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Rev. Hunter E. Carpenter

Rev. Hunter E. Carpenter, 82, of Hamburg, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 at Crossett Rehabilitation and Health Center. He was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for the past 56 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He was the parts manager for Higginbotham Motor Company and Linder Motor Company in Hamburg for many years. He was a minister and pastored several Southern Baptist churches in Arkansas and Louisiana. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lige Clark and Lula Strong Carpenter, and one brother, Floyd Norman Carpenter.

He is survived by is wife of 60 years, Willene Graves Carpenter of Hamburg; one son, Rev. Tim Carpenter and wife, Dianna, of Hot Springs; one daughter, Gail Carter and husband, Randall, of Van Buren; one sister, Janis Graves and husband, Jerry Wayne, of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Garry Graves officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery with Rev. Gayle Riles and Rev. Tim Carpenter officiating.

Pallbearers are Mark Bowden, Clyde Upton, Steve Upton, Jerry Jackson, Ricky Carpenter, Will Carpenter, Andrew Carpenter, Kevin Graves, Randall Carter and Wayne Graves.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bruin H. Craig

Bruin H. Craig, 89, of Crossett, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016, at his home. He was born in Mist, Arkansas on August 11, 1927, to his parents, Frank and Annie Craig. He survived the hardships of the depression and married his true love, Gussie True Bolin Craig, on September 22, 1945. The same year, he enlisted into the United States Army in which he served proudly.

After the war, Bruin continued to work in the Pascagoula shipping yard in Mississippi then eventually went on to work for Georgia-Pacific as a beater room engineer until he retired after 44 years. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and, with his bride, raised their four children to love the Lord by taking them to church every time the doors were opened. His family was his greatest treasure in life, and the love of his family, God’s blessing to him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Franklin Leroy and Annie Hartley Craig; one brother, Garland Craig; and six sisters, Winnie Oglesby, Elsie Bryant, Ione Blazier, Lavada Osbourne, Ruby Turner, and Jean Compton.

He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Gussie True Craig of Crossett; two daughters, Wandza Black and husband Larry, and Vickie Moon and husband Tommy all of Crossett; two sons, Laderl Craig of Yazoo City, MS, and Riley Craig and wife Melinda of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, Barbie Robinson and husband Downey of Crossett, Wendy Taylor and husband Les of Lexington, KY, Jamie Craig and wife Katrina of Crossett, Amy Rathbun and husband John of Bentonville, Brian Craig and wife Cory of Hamburg, Bradley Craig and Sabrina Pritchard both of Crossett, and Karlena Sabrina Pritchard both of Crossett, and Karlena Brooks and husband Chris of Pflugerville, TX; two sisters, Vivian Thurman of Lawton, OK, and Norma Warren and husband Wade of Tawakoni, TX; along with twelve great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5th at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley Rd 15, in Crossett with Bro. Wes Miller and Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating, followed by an interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Jamie Craig, Brian Craig, Bradley Craig, Chris Brooks, Downey Robinson, Stetson Moon, Les Taylor, Robbie Craig, and John Rathbun.

Visitation was from 6-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 4th at the church.

Vanita Jaynell Edens Croswell

Vanita Jaynell Edens Croswell, 69, of Crossett, died Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Life Touch Hospice Center in El Dorado. She was born in Alleene, Arkansas on September 3, 1947, to her parents, Charles Milton and Edna Moody Edens.

She was a kind and loving soul who gave one hundred percent to her family. She played the role as the “PTA mom” and was always there anytime her kids needed her. Vanita’s numerous talents included cake decorating, which she won several competitions, oil painting, singing, and playing the piano, accordion, and guitar, even recording an album. She loved music, but also collected Nancy Drew Mysteries and dolls, usually the ones that were slightly different and appeared to have character. Over the years, she worked at several places including The Rose Inn, Tiebel’s Café, and Georgia Pacific, but her most valued position and highest honor was being a mother and grandmother.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James “Buddy” Croswell.

She is survived by one daughter, Tamara “Tami” Jordan and husband Tommy of Crossett; two sons, Christopher Croswell and wife Tiffany of Collinston, LA, and Jason Croswell and wife Autumn of Crossett; two sisters, Brenda Chesser and husband Edgar of Crossett, and Jeanette Sawyer and husband Linsey of Maricopa, CA; one brother, Jim Edens and wife Lori of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren, Jessica Smith and husband Joe, Amber Jordan and special friend Chris Bradshaw, Cody Bays and special friend Shelby Mason, Kaci Bays, Allison Croswell, Jessie Croswell, and Lanee Croswell; two great grandchildren, Kinley Smith and Addie Bradshaw; along with a special friend and companion, Allen Webb.

A Celebration of Life service was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 6th at the Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bishop J.W. Howell and Pastor Chris Croswell officiating followed by an interment at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Sam Morgan, Josh Hartley, Joe Smith, Tommy Jordan, Kyle Felkins, and Zach Stewart.

Honorary pallbearers were be Cody Bays, Chris Bradshaw, Blake Stewart, Jim Edens, Edgar Chesser, and Robert Plum.

Visitation was from 7 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5th at Medders Funeral Home.

Bro. Paul Edward McDill

Bro. Paul Edward McDill, age 57, of Hamburg, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Columbus, Miss., a retired truck driver and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in the Snyder community.

Though he never pastured a church, he preached throughout the county.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bro. James Elvin McDill Sr. and Rosa Florence Allen-McDill; one step-son, Dean Everett White; and one sister, Shirley Marie McDill.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Debra Jeannie Shoemaker-McDill; two step-sons, Daniel Devereux and Derrick Devereux both of Monroe, La.; two daughters, Susan Rice, husband Daniel of Hamburg and Jessica Shoemaker, husband Brian of Monroe; three brothers, Bro. James Elvin McDill Jr., wife Nancy, Stanley Dale McDill, and Michael Joseph McDill, wife Mary Ann all of Hamburg; and nine grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1371 Ashley 25 (Berlin Rd.) in Hamburg, with Bro. Jamie Coulter and Bro. James Elvin McDill Jr. officiating.

Active pallbearers were Daniel Rice, Daniel Devereux, Derrick Devereux, Brian Shoemaker, Curtis “Elmo” McDill and Kyle Kulp. Honorary pallbearers were Bubba Lincoln and Austin Harrison.

Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Faye Poole

Faye Poole, 78, of Crossett, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at her residence. She was born Aug. 26, 1938, and grew up on a cotton farm in Rocky Branch, La. She was employed over the years by Olen Craft of Monroe, the shirt factory of Hamburg, and Avon where she was a sales representative for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Mason and Zepha Mae Roan; one brother, Jim Roan; and one sister, Betty Mae Martin.

She is survived by her husband, James Wade Poole Sr. of Crossett; one son, Jamie Poole of Crossett; two daughters, Cindy Craig and husband Douglas of Sheridan and Sandra Kay Henry of Crossett; four brothers, George D. Roan, John Roan, Raymond Roan and his wife Lori, all of Rocky Branch and Billie Joe Roan of Monroe; three sisters, Pat Martin and husband David of Farmerville, La., Diane Roan and husband Greg of Monroe, and Katie Woodall of Baton Rouge, La.; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at Meridian Baptist Church, 4593 Ashley Rd 703 in South Crossett, with Bro. Robert Ballard officiating. Burial followed in Hickory Grover Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

Glenna Irene Choate Barrett

Glenna Irene Choate Barrett of Little Rock, AR, age 89; a resident of Hamburg for the past 4 months and a former resident of Pine Bluff, AR died in Hamburg on Tuesday, October 4th. Mrs. Barrett was born Nov. 26th, 1926 in Maynard, AR to Ethyl Magdalene Johnson Choate and Benson Snow Choate. Glenna's nickname was "Good" because of her good nature and willingness to please her parents and those who knew her. Glenna and her sister, Corene, rode in a wagon to a one room schoolhouse in Maynard. She and her family later moved from their farm home in Maynard to Jonesboro then to Pine Bluff where she was a piano student, was active as a cheerleader at Pine Bluff High School, and graduated in 1944. Glenna then attended Arkansas Teachers' College in Conway where she earned a B.S.E. degree in home economics. While attending college, she was a member of the Delta Phi Delta Sorority. Mrs. Barrett taught home economics at Pine Bluff High School for eight years.

Mrs. Barrett began her lifelong, Christian walk with the Lord being baptised as a ten year old at Fourth Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR. She was later a member of the First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff where she was active in W.M.U., taught youth girls' Sunday School, as well as women's bible class for many years. An energetic homemaker and dedicated mother of two sons, Milton and Marc, she made certain her family was active in all church youth activities. Glenna made many fruitful home visits which brought many young ladies to the Lord. After moving to Little Rock, Mrs. Barrett was a member of the Grace Sunday School Class at Immanuel Baptist Church where her husband, Milton, served as a deacon.

Mrs. Barrett worked as a Calphalon and Mikasa sales representative for several years and side by side with her husband, Milton, in the rental property business. She and Milton enjoyed dance lessons, concerts, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performances, as well as many travels with their son, Marc. Glenna wrote beautiful poetry and her son, Marc, learned much about her way with words to write his own poetry.

Mrs. Barrett is preceded in death by her parents, Ethyl Magdalene Johnson Choate and Benson Snow Choate; two sons, Mark Andrew Barrett and Dr. Milton Ralph Barrett; an older sister, Corene Choate Carpenter; a brother in law, Jackson Henry Carpenter Sr.; a sister in law, Evelyn Meeks Barrett; and two infant brothers; Robert Louis Choate and William Lee Choate.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Milton R. Barrett Sr. of Hamburg; one grandson, Jacob Baldwin Barrett of Memphis, TN; two brothers in law; Don Barrett (Irma) of Huntsville, AL and Homer Dale Barrett of Hickson, TN. Other survivors are niece; Lisa Carpenter Atkins of Hamburg, nephews; Ben Choate Carpenter (Debbie) of Hamburg, Jackson H. Carpenter, II (Camille) of Houston, AR, Homer Dale Barrett, Jr. of Florida, and Greg Barrett of Huntsville, AL.

Visitation was 6 8 p.m., Thursday, October 6th at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock and the funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock with Dr. Rex Horn officiating. Pallbearers are Ben Choate Carpenter, Jack Carpenter Jr., Jackson Carpenter, Benjamin Carpenter, Jacob Baldwin Barrett, Dr. James Atkins, Greg Barrett, and Jim Atkins.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203 9984. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

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