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Ruth Bonnette

Ruth Ann Bonnette, 82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at her home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 21, 1937, she was a lifelong resident of Crossett and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, nursery worker, and member of the Autumn Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Harlen and Hazel Marie Hobbs Toler; her husband of 61 years, Harold Dean Bonnette; one brother, Billy Ralph Toler; and her mother and father in-law, Lobelia Foy and A.K. Bonnette.

Her survivors include two daughters, Deanna Gilbert (Dana) of Hope and Tenetha Gay Bonnette of Pine Bluff; one son, Scotty Alan Bonnette of Crossett; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Dan Bonnette and Bro. Jimmy Bonnette officiating. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


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W.L. Brantley

W.L. Brantley of Choteau, Mont., died Monday Dec. 9, 2019 at Benefis East Hospital in Great Falls, Mont. He was born March 16, 1948 to Waymon and Leona Brantley of Crossett.

He graduated from Crossett High in 1966 and attended University of Arkansas at Monticello where he majored in music before receiving his bachelor’s degree in counseling at Jonesboro. He taught at Parkin, Cotton Plant, and Brinkley before retiring after 28 years of teaching.

He was active at different times in teaching Vacation Bible Schools, leading church and public school choirs, and traveling with Collegiate Crusade for Christ from Hensley.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; five stepchildren, Heather McCartney-Duty (Rod) and Matthew McCartney (Devonna) of Choteau, Amber Fowler (Elichai) of Billings, Mont.; Kimber Hollar (Nate) of Boulder, Colo., and John Hollar (Brittany) of Maricopa, Ariz., and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Irene, Minnie, Lettie, Oleda and brother D.C.

Funeral services were at Choteau Baptist Church.

Condolences may be sent to his widow at POB 344, Choteau MT 59422.

A local memorial service will be held in January in Crossett, with the date and time of the service to be announced.


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Grace Brock

Grace Mae Brock, 65, of Hamburg, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a native of Longview, a resident of Hamburg most of her life, and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Alzora Harris-Miller; four brothers, L.V., John L., Andrew, and Elijah “BoBo” Miller; and one sister, Elizabeth Collins.

She is survived by two sons, Phillip Brock, wife Sheneka, of Hamburg and Johnny Brown of Crossett; two daughters, Serena Miller, husband Michael, and Ashley Brock, all of Hamburg; five brothers, Lee Marvin Miller, wife Tonya, of Hamburg, and Larry Miller, Jerry Miller, Nathaniel Miller, and Virgil Miller, wife Lawanda, all of Crossett; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating.

Active pallbearers were Timmie Downs, Lance Thompson, Robert Thompson, George Howard III, Edward Morris III, and Frankie Wright. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.



Lida “Kathy” Cason

Lida Kathleen “Kathy” Cason, 65, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at her home. She was a native of Springfield, Mo., a resident of Hamburg since 1972, and a former resident of Yellville.

She worked for R.M. Courson, Inc. for over 30 years and for the Ashley County Sheriff’s office for 10 years under E.B. Sparks and Charles “Bull” Wells.

She was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Koinonia Sunday school class, was president of the United Methodist Women for 12 years, and was a member of the choir. She also cooked for the Wednesday night meals and took food to shut-ins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, William Ray “Bill” Cason; her parents, Alton B. and Elizabeth “Betty” Simpson Chambers; and one brother, John Alton Chambers.

She is survived by her daughter, Christy Cason Burchfield and husband, Brad, of Hamburg; one sister, Carol Godfrey and husband, Eric, of Springdale; two grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; one step-grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer and Rev. Toby Austin officiating. Burial will be in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Wayne Courson, Tom McLemore, Johnny Stanley, Freddy Willis, Tony Meeks, and Seth Sadler.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Koinonia Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Stained Glass Fund, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.


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Rev. Orby Gregory

Rev. Orby Gene Gregory, 77, of Monticello, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Jan. 4, 1942 and graduated from Monticello High School and Monticello A&M College, now University of Arkansas at Monticello. He earned his master’s degree in education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

He began his teaching and coaching career at Hermitage High School. He later moved to Fountain Hill Public Schools where he served as coach and principle, eventually becoming the superintendent of education before moving to hold the same position at Arkansas City Public Schools.

He also served as executive director of C.B. King Memorial School for 15 years and served as pastor of Halley Baptist Church for 36 years. He was a 32nd degree mason, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Eureka Chapter # 374 in Monticello, dual with Margaret Chapter # 151 in Hamburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elouise Miller Gregory.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sherry Jaggers Gregory; three daughters, Kimberli (Shane) Kern of Rogers, Wendi (Neil) Martin of Monticello, and Shelli (Heath) Bryant of Springdale; two sisters, Kay Stanley of Dallas, Texas, and Shirley Gregory of Yellville; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Halley Baptist Church with Dr. James Heflin, Rev. Fred Gay and Rev. John Compton officiating. Burial followed in Flat Creek Cemetery at Fountain Hill.

Memorials may be made to Halley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 105, Dermott, AR 71638. Arrangements were by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service.


Lula Milus

Lula Jean Milus, 78, died Dec. 10, 2019.

She was born Aug. 30, 1941 in Hope and graduated valedictorian from Yerger High School in 1960. She graduated magna cum laude from Philander Smith College in Little Rock with a bachelor of arts degree in 1964 and added a master of science in education degree in 1974.

She taught school in Hamburg Independent School District and was selected as the Top Teacher and Friend of the Year in 1973-1974.

She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Patmos and a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Augusta and Isaac Milus; and four brothers, Thomas, Billy, Oscar, and Jimmy Milus.

Survivors include two sisters, Brenda Thomas (Jeffrey) of Red Oak, Texas, and Bessie Reeves of Atoka, Tenn.; and one brother, Eddie Milus of Hope.

Funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Hope. Burial was in Scott’s Memorial Gardens in Perrytown. Arrangements were entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home.


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Sandra Wilson

Sandra Wilson, 69, of Atlanta, Ga., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Brightmoore Hospice in Griffin, Ga. She was a native of Fountain Hill and a former employee of Wells Fargo and Bank of America for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald Wilson Jr.; her parents, Jessie and Bessie Lambert-Jones; one brother, George Henry Jones; and two sisters, Peaches Edmonds and Celestine Allen.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Donald Wilson; one son, Robby Wilson, wife Stacy, of Sand Springs, Okla.; one brother, James E. Jones of Redding, Calif.; two sisters, Osby Oroville of California and Jessie Daniel, husband Henry, of Fountain Hill; two grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at House of Prayer in Fountain Hill with Pastor Louise Miller officiating.

Active pallbearers were Bobby Ray Miller, Ricky Daniel, Daryle Daniel, Kevin Davis, Ben Brock, and Clarence Daniel.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Miller, Andrew Wilson, Robert Wilson, Adolphus McHenry, and Henry Daniel.

Burial was in Norris Hill Cemetery in Fountain Hill and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

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