Kristie Kelley Griffin
Kristie Kelley Griffin, 36, of Shreveport, La., died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. She was a native of Shreveport and a former resident of Memphis, Tenn., Greenville, Miss., Lake Village and Hamburg. She graduated from Phoenix University in Memphis and worked in the casino industry.
She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Kenny Griffin of Shreveport; her parents, Jim and Vickie Frisby Kelley of Byhalia, Miss.; one brother, James Brian Kelley and wife, Kay, of Little Rock; and her grandfather, Curley Frisby of Hot Springs.
Funeral services were at 2 pm. Monday, Nov. 14 at Green Grove Chapel outside of Strong with Bro. Rodney Thompson officiating. Burial was in Green Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tyler Knapp, Mike Frisby, Mark Risher, Travis Mann, Gilberto Mondragon, Jerry Elliott and Glen Elliott.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Linda Faye Hill
Linda Faye Hill, age 67, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a retired teacher with Hamburg School District and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She earned a bachelor's of science degree in education from AM&N now University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. She continued her education earning a master's degree in education from University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and a G/T Certification from University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She also completed advanced studies at Arkansas State University and University of Louisiana Monroe.
She was a teacher in Hamburg School District where she taught kindergarten before becoming Gifted and Talented Coordinator, ESL Coordinator, and 504 Equity Coordinator. She also served on committees, joined professional organizations and served as an ABC Monitor for the Arkansas Department of Education.
She was a life member of the NAACP, a board member of the scholarship committee for Aid in Community Development and a member of the AM&N/UAPB Ashley County Alumni Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Augustus "Bubba" Hill; her father, Carl "Raymond" Lewis; stepfather, James "Suddie" Council; one brother, Christopher Lewis; one sister, Julia Marie Jackson; and one grandson, D'Andre Seals.
She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Katherine Council of Hamburg; two daughters, Kymara Seals and Kenetta Ridgell husband Michael all of Pine Bluff; one stepdaughter, Michelle Hill-Ri'chards husband Robert of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Carl "C.T." Lewis wife Karen of Hamburg and Lexie Lewis wife Sandra of Crossett; two sisters, Bridgett Lewis of Hamburg and Juanita Booker husband Ralph of Gary, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 404 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. in Hamburg, with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers were John Ware, Shon Jacob, Edward G. Morgan, Curtis Hill, Derrick Tucker, Cleveland Wilson, Barron Johnson and Jesse Cook. Honorary pallbearers were Pine Street School class of 1966, Pine Street School classmates of 1965 and 1967, and the deacons of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Randall D. "Randy" King
Randall D. "Randy" King, age 54, of Selma, passed away Sunday November, 6, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born July 10, 1962 in Monticello, Arkansas. He is the son of Ira Laron King Sr., and the late Mary Elizabeth Vance Barnett. Randy was a private contractor for 35 plus years for all of south Arkansas. Randy was a member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello, President of Selma Hunting Club, coached girl’s peewee basketball for many years and was Lieutenant of the Selma Fire Department. Randy was well known for his avid hunting and fishing habits, for he has traveled all over the world to hunt all different types of game. His most passionate hunting of all was turkey and deer hunting on their lease in Kansas, along with spending time with his family and grandchildren at the family deer camp in Selma, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Vance Barnett, and brother, Ira Laron "Ronnie" King.
Survivors are his wife of 29 years, Norma Snow King of Selma; three sons, Cody King and wife, Courtney of Selma, Matthew Ferguson and wife, Ashley of Rogers, Arkansas, Skyler King and wife, Karel of Lake Village; 2 daughters, Kassie King Walker and husband, Casey of Monticello, Dana Barrett of Warren, Arkansas; parents, Ira Laron King and wife, Janie of Selma, and Dewey Barnett of Cominto; three brothers, Terry King of Enon, Johnny Young of Big Lake, MN, and Terry Young of Star City; three sisters, Belinda King Ferrell of McGehee, Shelia Ratledge of Owasso, OK, and Teresa Fourroux of Sugar Land, TX, 11 grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation was from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services were at 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. David Jacks, Bro. Zane Pierce and Bro. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial followed in Tillar Cemetery in Tillar, Arkansas. Arrangements were by Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas. Sign online guest book at www.bishopkingfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in memory of Randy King.
Steve Dustin Reed
Steve Dustin Reed, 38, of Crossett died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. He was born in El Dorado on Sept. 3, 1978, and was an Ashley County resident most of his life. He was an employee of SeaArk Boats of Monticello and formerly worked for Gammel's Inc. of Crossett.
He is survived by two daughters, Channing and Charley Reed of Crossett; his mother and stepfather, Martha and Jimmy Kinney of Crossett; his father and stepmother, Steve and Gail Reed of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Brandon Hartness and wife Courtney and Justin Kinney all of Crossett; two sisters, Amy Thomas and husband Canon and Ashley Morgan also of Crossett; one grandmother, Maxine Reed of Crossett; and a special friend and her father, Jennifer Hamilton and Gary Hamilton of Hamburg.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett with Bro. Taylor Freeland officiating and was followed by interment in Crossroads Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Justin Kinney, Kip Carter, Tracy Chandler, Austin Chandler, Keith Fox, Scottie Fox, Ron Henry and Ricky Henry.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Speaks Organization at www.autismspeaks.org.
Robert A. Sims
Robert A. Sims, 89, of Wilmot, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Cavalier Healthcare Center in England. He was a native of Sikeston, Mo. and a graduate of Wilmot High School. He was a cotton farmer and member of Wilmot Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Gella Coatney Sims; three brothers, Reginald Sims, Ray Sims and Raymond Sims; and two sisters, Juanita Collins and Fern Riggs.
Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Wilmot Cemetery with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Helen Marie Girtman Tucker
Helen Marie Girtman Tucker, age 77, of Crossett, died Nov. 5, 2016. She was born Sept. 12, 1939 in White Station and retired from Leisure Lodge Nursing Home as housekeeping supervisor after many years of service. She was a member of Fudge Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Preston Girtman Sr. and Maggie Mae Williams; her husband, Lester Allen Tucker Sr.; one son, William Lee Tucker; one daughter, Stephanie Tucker; four sisters and one brother.
Survivors include four sons, Lester Tucker (Monda), Ray Tucker (Gladys), Samuel Tucker (Tabitha) and Johnny B. Tucker; three daughters, Lottie Hart, Lessie Toney (Leroy) and Latova Fritz (Craig); one step-daughter, Joyce Wade, all of Crossett; five brothers, Sumner Wimberly of California, James Girtman Sr. of Oakland, Calif., Nathan Girtman I and Preston Girtman Jr., both of Crossett, and Willie Girtman of New York, N.Y.; four sisters, Caroline Davis, Melba Wright, Ella Brown and Pauline Radford, all of Crossett; 33 grandchildren; and 49 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor James Green officiating. Burial followed in Ryles Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Vicki Nicole Summers Wallace
Vicki Nicole Summers Wallace, 43, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.
She was born May 29, 1973, in West Monroe, La., to her parents, Charles Ronald and Bonnie Trantham Summers. She previously worked at Steve Landers Toyota and most recently at the Receivables Management Corporation.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Trantham Summers.
She is survived by her husband, Justin Wallace of Pine Bluff; two sons, Jacob Glenn Cannon of Crossett and Charles Bailey Cannon of Hamburg; her father, Charles Ronald Summers of Hamburg; one granddaughter; and one brother, Mark Summers also of Hamburg.
A memorial gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.