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Jean Barnard

Jean Barnard, 80, of Hamburg, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Crossett. She was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. She worked at Hamburg Shirt Factory for many years, and she was a member of Southside Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Gene Barnard; one grandson, Matthew Barnard; her parents, Walter and Carrie Pollock McCauly; two sisters, Helen Honeycutt and Wanda Sue McCauly; and one son-in-law, Johnny Smith.

She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia “Sam” Smith of Hamburg; one son, Dewey Barnard and wife, Brenda, of Mayflower; one sister, Ann Hill of Hamburg; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in Southside Baptist Church with Rev. David Newberry officiating. Memorials may be made to Ashley County Cares, PO Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be after the service.

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Robert Cox Jr.

Robert Cox Jr., 64, of Hamburg, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a retired truck driver, a veteran of the United States Army, and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Cox.

He is survived by his mother, Mardell Cox of Hamburg; one step-son, Douglas Withers of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Michael Cox of Hamburg and Carl James Cox, wife Patricia, of Crossett; and five sisters, Debra Fisher, husband Vernon, Mary Brown, husband J.W., Marcella Wilson and Linda Hawkins, husband Clifford, all of Hamburg, and Wanda Daniels, husband Clarence, of Fountain Hill. 

Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ricky Daniel officiating.

Active pallbearers are Keith Pippen, Walter Jenkins, Frankie Wright, Robert Robinson, Cornelius Girtman, and Timmie Downs.

Honorary pallbearers are his nephews, James Tucker and Earl Pollock.

Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

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Velma Gillum

Velma Gillum, 82, of Snyder, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. She was a native of Dardanelle, a resident of Snyder for the past 21 years, and a former resident of Eudora for many years. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Eliane Nichols; her parents, Jess and Leona Hamilton; three brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Travis Gillum of Snyder; three sons, Wayne Gillum of Lamar, Larry Don Gillum and wife, Allison, of Pearl, Miss., and Jeff Gillum and wife, Suzee, of Snyder; one sister, Adelaide Hamilton of Monticello; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Mount Carmel Cemetery with Bro. Sammy Land officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Gail Higginbotham

Gail Bing Higginbotham, 82, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at her residence. She was a native of Eudora and a resident of Hamburg for the past 63 years. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gary K. Higginbotham Sr.; one daughter, Valerie Higginbotham; one grandson, Zachary Seth Higginbotham; her parents, Earl and Loye Carpenter Bing; one brother, Rudy Bing; and one sister, Penny Kilcrease.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, J.D. Higginbotham of Hamburg; three sons, Eric Higginbotham and John David Higginbotham, both of Hamburg, and Jay Higginbotham of Crossett; one sister, Annette Weindorf and husband, Dane, of Hamburg; one half-sister, Libby Smith of Pine Bluff; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. Private burial was in Hamburg Cemetery. 

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

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Roger Horn

Roger Shelby Horn, 62, of College Station, Texas, died at his home Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. He was a native of Lacey and a resident of College Station for the past 39 years. 

He graduated from Drew Central High School in 1975 and was a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He received his masters of horticulture degree from University of Arkansas in 1981.

He held multiple positions at Texas A&M during his 39 year tenure. His most recent position was manager of growth facilities at the Borlaug Center for Southern Crop Improvement. While at Texas A&M, he was instrumental in the development of the Texas Grano 1015 Sweet Onion and the Texas Gold Spike Carrot.

He was a member of Lacey United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Shelby and Hettie Nell Rogers Horn; one sister, Sara Wigley; and one brother-in-law, Sam Wigley.

He is survived by his sister, Susan Williams and husband, Jon, of Little Rock.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. A private burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in Drew County.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of Weatherby Nation Forum.

Memorials may be made to Beulah Cemetery Association, c/o Commercial Bank, PO Box306, Monticello, AR  71657 or to the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, 1 Four-H Way, Little Rock, AR 72223. 

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

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Jeannette Kilcrease

Jeannette Kilcrease, 73, of Hamburg, died, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Crossett and a resident of Promise Land Community outside of Hamburg for 50 years. 

She was a 1965 graduate of Crossett High School and worked for Farmer’s Bank for 30 years. She was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, worked with the youth, and taught Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Obie and Eva Grace Hartsfield Walser; and three brothers, Jimmy Walser, Mike Walser, and Johnny Walser.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Hiram Blaine “Buddy” Kilcrease; her sons, Phil Harville and wife, Jenny, Shawn Bates and wife, Becky, Joey Kilcrease and wife, Laurie, Casey Kilcrease and wife, Heather; two brothers, Byron Walser and wife, Rosie, of California and David Walser of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 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, Gavin Kilcrease, Brayden Harville, Jayden Estelle, Dawson Bates, Clayton Collins, Jamey Smithey and Jon Michael Bates.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Haley Creek Boys.

Memorials may be made 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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Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore, 64, of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Hamburg and Conway, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at Advent Health Hospital in Killeen. 

She was a native of Hamburg, a retired schoolteacher of kindergarten and second grade at Hamburg and Conway School Districts, and a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Conway.

She was preceded in death by one son, Chad Tolefree Sr.; her parents, Joenell Madison and Shirley Johnson; and one sister, Carolyn Jenkins.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin Tolefree and Isaac Moore, both of Killeen; her step-father, Jessie James Banks of Hamburg; one brother, Larry Banks of Hamburg; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. William Forte and Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. 

Active pallbearers were Ken McCray, Adrian Tolefree, Thad Jones, John Ware, Aaron Hickman, Ken Tolefree, Thomas Tolefree, and Alex Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Herman Madison, Frankie Wright, Lee Troy Ware, and members of the Hamburg High School Class of 1973.

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

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Dolly Sammons

Dolly Sammons, 84, of Bastrop, La., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. She was a native of Bonita, La., a resident of Bastrop for the past 11 years, and a former resident of Houston, Texas. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney A. Sammons; two sons, John and Stewart Sammons; and her parents, Thomas and Jennever Madison Buffington.

She is survived by five grandchildren; one brother, Willie Earl Buffington of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Verna Sue Ferrell of Bastrop and Allie Rainer of Monroe, La.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 in Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. John Skinner officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Willene Thurman

Willene Bozeman Thurman, 90, of Hamburg, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and the Promise Land community outside of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John Adrian Thurman; one son, Johnny Allen “Bebop” Thurman; and her parents, William and Pearl Lee Chavis Bozeman.

She is survived by one daughter, Kay Thurman Montgomery of Monticello; one son, Danny Ray Thurman and wife, Vickie, of Petal, Miss.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. Burial was in Lacey Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Thurman, Lamar Thurman, Thomas Wells, Blaine “Buddy” Kilcrease, Trey Montgomery, and Chad Smith. 

Honorary pallbearer was Kevin Martin.

Memorials may be made to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Jason Williams

Jason Shane Williams, 43, of Crossett, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. He was a native of Yellville and a resident of Hamburg and Crossett for the past 30 years. He worked in construction as a roofer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Murphy; one sister, Annette Green; and his grandparents, Grady and Ella Williams and Clarence Murphy and Janie Brockwell.

He is survived by one son, Jason Shane Williams Jr.; two daughters, Tori Wilcox and Jessica Williams, all of Crossett; his father, Leo Grady Williams and wife, Patsy, of Hamburg; three sisters, Pricilla Williams Bates of Watson, and Debra Cox and Sherry Williams, both of Prescott; two brothers, Grady Leo “Bo” Williams of Crossett and Bryan Hale of Monticello; one step-brother, Gordon Wilcox; and two step-sisters, Melinda Ferguson and Penny Murphy, all of Crossett.

Graveside services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Carlock Cemetery with Tommy Boles officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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