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Karen Beavers

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Karen Sue Beavers, 63, of Conway, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at her residence. She was a native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Conway for the past two years, and a former resident of Crossett and Fountain Hill for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Pruitt Withers; and her grandparents, Ancy and Eva Lansdale Pruitt, George Dewey, and Verla Bryan Withers.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dennis Beavers of Conway; two daughters, Rebecca Ledbetter of Crossett and Melanie Bradshaw and husband, Michael, of North Little Rock; her father, Bobby Withers of North Little Rock; one brother, Bryan Withers of Conway; two sisters, Sandra Withers Arnold and husband, Lawrence, of North Little Rock and Glynda Withers of Carlsbad, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Gordon Lemings and Rev. Ed Adcock officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chandler Odom, Michael Bradshaw, John Paul Huggins, Taylor Withers, Bryan Withers, and Lawrence Arnold. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Willene Carpenter

Willene Graves Carpenter, 82, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Crossett. She was a native of Hamburg and a former resident of Fountain Hill. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rev. Hunter E. Carpenter; her parents, Ira Homer and Willie Emma Turner Graves; and two sisters, Evelyn Faye Carpenter and Norma Graves Wheeler.

She is survived by one son, Rev. Tim Carpenter and wife, Dianna, of Hot Springs; one daughter, Gail Carter and husband, Dr. Randall Carter, of Van Buren; one brother, Jerry Wayne Graves and wife, Janis, of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ty Danielson and Rev. Gayle Riles officiating. Burial was in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Drew County. Pallbearers were Mark Bowden, Jim Atkins, Dr. Justin Atkins, Ben Carpenter, Clyde Upton, and Steve Upton. 

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Garry Graves, Wayne Graves, Dr. Randall Carter, Jerry Jackson, Will Carpenter, Kevin Graves, and Andrew Carpenter. 

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Cora Couser

Cora Mae Couser, 81, of Crossett, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at her home. She is a native of Mobile, Ala., but a resident of Crossett for 61 years, a former employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory, and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Couser; her son, Robert Martin; one grandson, Joshua Couser; her parents, Willie and Annie Mae Williams; two sisters, Annie Lee Norwood and Virgie Dean “Red Girl” Nickerson; and one brother, Charlie Williams.

She is survived by four sons, Harvey Williams, wife Lisa, of Las Vegas, Nev., Fred Haynes, wife Maxine, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tony Couser and Derrick Couser, wife Teresa, both of Crossett; two daughters, Audrey Tucker, husband Lawrence, and LaJetta Tate, husband Jeffrey, both of Crossett; one brother, Willie Williams Jr. of Mobile; three sisters, Willie Mae Williams of Mobile, and Ovetta Click and Edna Adams, both of Crossett; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, 309 N. Georgia St. in Crossett, with Pastor Fred Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Milton Gaston, Paul Tucker, Freddie Norwood, Ulish Haynes Jr., Ronnie Rogers, and Jesse Tate.

Honorary pallbearers are her sons and grandsons.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

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Jesse “Shorty” Craig

Jesse “Shorty” Craig, 85, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at his home. He was a native and lifelong resident of the Milo community outside of Hamburg. He worked for Safeway Grocery Store for 25 years and for Fountain Hill Grocery Store for five years. He was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Ryan Craig; his parents, Jesse and Allie Pogue Craig; three sisters, Betty Jean Slaughter, Margie Livingston and Rosie Williamson; and one brother, James Ed Craig.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Stanley Craig of Hamburg; three sons, Stan Craig and wife, Nancy, Tony Craig and wife, Lisa, and Mickey Craig and wife, Jeanette, all of Hamburg; one brother, Jimmy Craig and wife, Annette, of Hamburg; one sister, Joyce Ann Berry and husband, Hurley, of Hamburg; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Rose and Bro. Buddy Boykin officiating. Burial will be in Egypt Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Wayne Allen, Michael Jeffers, Reagan Craig, James Smith, Steve Cunningham, and Terry Livingston. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Livingston, Ronnie Pennington, Sam Knight, John Laing, Bobby Kilcrease and L.M. Stewart. 

Memorials may be sent to Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Charlie Grubb

Charlie Mae Lair Grubb, 89, of Hamburg, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg. She worked for Arkansas Power and Light for 30 years and was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as church treasurer and taught Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Grubb; her parents, Charles L. and Ellie Belle Brady Lair; one brother, Dan Lair; and one sister, Marie Lair Winters.

She is survived by two sons, Ricky Grubb and wife, Melinda, of Glen Allan, Miss., and Max Grubb and wife, Debbie, of Hamburg; three daughters, Glenda Jones and husband, Don, of Joaquin, Texas, and Pat Simpson and husband, Jerry, and Kay Avery and husband, Bob, both of Jefferson, Texas; one brother, John Lair and wife, Sandy, of Lakeview; 16 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Luellen and Bro. Trey Emory officiating. Burial was in Promise Land Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandsons.

Memorials may be sent to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, Don Kelley’s Playground for Kids, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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

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Linda Lambert-Daniel

Linda Ruthie Lambert-Daniel, 64, of Olathe, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Olathe Medical Center. She was a native of Fountain Hill and a former resident of Kansas City, Kan. She worked as a certified nurses’ assistant at Kansas University Medical Center and as a culinary specialist for General Motors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lem and Lorine Miller-Lambert; one daughter, Stacey L. Lambert; one grandson, Undra L. Lambert Jr.; two sisters, Dorothy M. Veasey and Barbara Lynn Lambert; and three brothers, George Lambert, James Lambert, and William Lambert.

She is survived by two sons, Undra L. Lambert Sr., wife Anita, of Sherwood, and Daniel S. Daniel Sr., wife Crystal, of Kansas City; two daughters, Tiffany McCallop of Overland Park, Kan., and Tamira Daniel of Shawnee, Kan.; two brothers, Joe Lambert of Lacey, and Waymond “Buddy” Lambert, wife Trudy, of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven sisters, Vera Dotson of Spring, Texas, Louise Miller and Pamela Lambert, both of Fountain Hill, Mary Franklin, husband Johnny, of Lacey, Shirley Benton and Doris Franklin, both of Monticello, and Marilyn K. Jones of Covina, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

A funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at House of Prayer, 135 Wilson Road in Fountain Hill, with Pastor Daryle Daniels Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pelium Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Eddie Davidson, Terrance Daniels, Tyrone Franklin, Daryle Daniels Sr., Edward Grays, and Alfonzo Franklin.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Lambert, Waymond Lambert, De’Andre Ramone Shepard, Dreschaun McCallop, Brandon Caldwell, Johnny Daniel, Johnny Porter Franklin Sr., and Levell Brock. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

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Bobby Joe Smith

Bobby Joe Smith, 89, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the home of Audrey New. He was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Bastrop, La., was a graduate of Crossett High School, and was a member of South Main Baptist Church. 

He was a former resident of El Dorado and North Little Rock.

He worked in the lab for Georgia Pacific, before starting his own home contracting business building homes in the Crossett area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Leslie Couey Smith; one sister, Mary Ruth Gates; and one brother-in-law, Frank Gates.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Connie Parker Smith of Hamburg; one daughter, Vicki Trammell and husband, Mark; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 with Pastor Lyle Hern officiating. Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

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