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Patricia Aldridge

Patricia “Pat” Aldridge, 76, of Wilmot, died Sunday, April 21, 2019. She was a native of Grady, a resident of Wilmot for the past 17 years, and a former resident of Portland for many years.

She was a homemaker and a member of Portland Baptist Church, where she helped with the Mission Friends program for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Lee and Zula Bell Davis Watkins; one brother, Leon Watkins; and two sisters, Helen Waddle and Martha Brown.

She is survived by husband of almost 57 years, Charles W. Aldridge of Wilmot; her children, Darin Aldridge and wife, Debra, of Wilmot, Amanda Murdaugh and husband, Richard, of Portland, and Jennifer Winters and husband, Shannon, of Deer Park, Texas; one sister, Catherine Tuck of Spokane, Washington; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Carl Mason officiating. Graveside services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Lonoke Cemetery in Lonoke.

Pallbearers are Spencer Aldridge, Mike Watkins, Billy Sellers, Spencer Dupuy, Bradyn Dupuy, and Craig Dupuy.

Memorials may be made to CARTI Foundation, PO Box 55011, Little Rock, AR  72215.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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Robbie Cannon

Robbie Courson Cannon, 84, of Crossett died at her home Monday, April 15, 2019. She was born in Crossett May 16, 1934, to her parents, Burl and Annie Lou Byrd Courson.

She was a resident of Crossett, formerly of Ashdown, a graduate of Crossett High School, and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. In 1997, she retired from Little River County Sherriff’s Department after 15 years of service as a dispatcher.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 57 years, Charles “Blackie” Cannon; two brothers, Lexie Courson and Scott and Elise Courson; and one sister, Melba Courson.

She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Thrash of Ashdown and Alexia Santiago and husband, Julian, of St. Paul, Minn.; one brother, Charlie Courson and wife, Candace of Crossett; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1562 Hwy 52W in Crossett, with Bro. Colby Harper officiating and was followed by burial in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nick McNeil, Rusty Courson, Glyn Thrash, Brandon Thrash, Scot Thrash, Mickey Courson, Larry Cannon and Dan Courson. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Courson, Steve Courson, Greg Murphy, George Courson, Jeff Cannon, Ben Murphy, Rusty Courson, Robert Stone, Phillip Sharp, Jonathan Murphy and Mason McNeil.


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John “Butch” Cheeseman

John Edward “Butch” Cheeseman, 83, of Crossett, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was born in Mobile, Alabama on September 26, 1935, to his parents, John and Pauline Lowry Cheeseman.  Butch was a graduate of Crossett High School and worked for Georgia Pacific for 46 years until he retired in 2001 as a converting mechanic and E&I Technician.

Butch was a quick witted man who enjoyed racing, whether it was cars, motorcycles, or even racing cars against horses, he had a need for speed, and always enjoyed working on various motors and his latest inventions.

He was a very devoted family man, who's happiness came from spending time with his kids and grandchildren with little need for anything else.  As long as he had them his heart was full.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his two sisters, Maggie Coody and JoAnn Witherington.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Davis Cheeseman, of Crossett; one son, Edward Kyle Cheeseman and wife, Zandra, of West Monroe, LA; two daughters, Connie Nell Austin and husband, Wilburn, of Crossett, and Kayla Jean Noble and husband, Greg, also of Crossett; nine grandchildren, Beth Kearney, Hannah Cheeseman, Krista Goyne, Allison Austin, Anna Austin, Alexandra Mills, Meredith Austin, Garrett Marks, and Katie Noble; six great-grandchildren, Sawyer Kearney, Liam Kearney, Hope Spurlock, and Savannah Goyne; and one special four legged baby, Einstein Cheeseman.

A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16th, at Crossroads Cemetery in Crossett, with Bro. Donnie Dubose officiating.  Pallbearers are Ashley Goyne, Greg Noble, Buster Mills, Patrick Shepherd, Chris Jordan, and Austin Pantall.

Visitation will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16th, at Medders Funeral Home, 1562 hwy 52 W Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105

Tel: 1-800-805-5856


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Joyce Choate

Joyce Choate, 60, of Hamburg died Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at her son’s home in Hamburg, surrounded by her family and friends. She was a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, but a resident of Hamburg most of her life. She was a former restaurant manager at several restaurants in the area and a member of Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Willard Henry Choate; and her father, Cecil ”C.L.” Stevens.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher Choate, wife Kendra, of Hamburg, and Shawn Choate, wife Ashley, of El Dorado; one daughter, Anna Faye Turner of Hamburg; her mother, Faye Stevens of Hamburg; one brother, Terry Stevens of Hamburg; two sisters, Linda Worrell of Crossett and Jeanette Craig, husband Micky, of Hamburg; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Service was held Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Carlton White officiating.

Active pallbearers were Logan Stevens, Cole Rice, Zach Griffith, Chris Higginbotham, Tanner Rich, and Garrett Ogletree.

Honorary pallbearer was Benjamin Brooks.

Burial was in Egypt Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Larry Grayson Sr.

Larry Joe Grayson Sr., 68, of Crossett, formerly of Star City, died Friday April 19, 2019. He was born Aug. 12, 1950 in Prescott to his parents Jack Taylor and Melba Lou Ballard Grayson.

He was raised in Star City, where he was a graduate of Star City High School and a former member of the Star City Masonic Lodge. After many years of service, he retired from the United States Department of Agriculture in McGehee.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jack T. Grayson Sr., Darren Grayson, and Remmel “Happy” Grayson; and one stepson, Donald Barnett Jr.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Janice Bridges Grayson of Crossett; one son, Larry Joe Grayson Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Las Cruces, N.M.; one daughter, Laura Grayson Gray of Nashville; one stepdaughter, Dana Barker and husband, Willie, of Crossett; and one sister, Tammie Moore and husband, Raymond, of Prescott; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation and arrangements were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home.


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Gloria Howard

Gloria Ann Howard, 51, of Hamburg died Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Drew Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Parkdale but a resident of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mickie Earl and Corene Robinson-Sellers.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Curtis Howard; one son, Alexander Howard of Hamburg; two brothers, Calvin Earl Sellers and James Sellers, wife Carolyn, both of Dallas, Texas; and one sister, Mamie Lee Divers, of Las Vegas, N.V.

Service will be Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating.

Active pallbearers are Robert Robinson, Johnny Guy, Robert Scates, Alvin Brewer, Stevie Paskel, and Demarcus Daniels.

Burial will be in Phillip Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.


Larry Audrey Pogue

Larry Audrey Pogue joined his Lord and Savior on April 10, 2019, in his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was born on March 21, 1955, at Crossett, Arkansas. He grew up in the Milo Community and was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church. He attended school at Hamburg, Arkansas and was a member of the 1973 graduation class. He attended Henderson College and served his country as a Navy Seabee.

He is preceded by his father, James Audrey Pogue, and survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth McKellar, his son Shane, and grandson, Brandon, his mother, Roxie Pogue, siblings, Shirley Hollis (Bill), Linda Donalson (Charles), Ginger Townzen (Carroll), Steve Pogue (Rita), nieces and nephews, Genia, Shelia, Brad, Cindy, Kevin, Jeni Lind, Stacey and Jennefer, numerous great and great grand nieces and nephews, his Aunt Grace Holland, many cousins, and friends and school college, the Navy Seabees, work, neighbors and West Hills Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.


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