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Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr.

Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr., 88, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was a 1947 graduate of Hamburg High School and began working as an electrician for the Crossett Company in 1949. He retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1979.

He was 1950s Gold Club member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church, having joined the church in 1955. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Promise Land Masonic Lodge #652, and a Shriner who provided transportation and assistance to children and families needing the Shriners Hospital services.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Jettie Mae Atkins; one son, Sterling “Bubba” Atkins Jr.; one grandson, Neal Faulk; his parents, William Clark and Annie Lou Carpenter Atkins; two brothers, W.C. “Buddy” Atkins and James Roy “Jimmy” Atkins; and three sisters, Delle Grantham, Inez Watkins and Mary Essie Bawcom.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen Kelley and husband, James, of McGehee and J. Gail Faulk of Hamburg; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were James Kelley, Layton Kelley, Gavin Kelley, Drew Kelley, Tyce Gulledge and Stoney Fortenberry. Honorary pallbearers were the former electricians of Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Memorials may be made to Hamburg First United Methodist Church Children’s Department, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to Sahara Shriners, Hospital Transportation Fund, PO Box 6226, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.

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

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Virginia Ann Fulton

Virginia Ann Fulton, 79, of Crossett, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Hospice Home Care Center in Little Rock. She was born May 5, 1938, and was raised in Lexington, Miss. She attended Delta State University and received her bachelor of elementary education degree from University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1969. She was a member of the Methodist church and the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. She taught for 30 years combined at Price and North Crossett Elementary before she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey and Mary Luby Pierce; her husband, Paul Fulton; one brother, Aubrey Pierce Jr.; one sister, Patsy Lynn Yokum; and one grandson, Drew Williams.

She is survived by her four daughters, Paula Williams and husband, Rick, of Muskogee, Okla., Mary Margaret Gardner of Crossett, Kathy Edgar and husband, Marty, also of Crossett, and

Susan Newman and husband, Greg, of Fayetteville; two sisters, Faye Byars of Silsbee, Texas, and Beth Hershberg of New Orleans, La.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett with Pastor Bryan Diffee officiating. A graveside service was officiated by her grandson, Pierce Williams in Rocky Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Miss., on Saturday at 2 p.m. under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Paul Edgar, Hunter Newman, Pierce Williams, Kyle Dixon, Jason Sanders, and Daniel Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missionary Pierce Williams at www.giving.ag.org.

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Barbara Faye Jeffers

Barbara Faye Jeffers, 60, of Hamburg, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native of Snyder and worked for Hamburg Public School District. She attended Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, L.V. “Bo” and Marceline Hopkins Williamson; one brother, Buddy Williamson; and two sisters, Patricia Hale and Wanda Purvis.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Jerry W. Jeffers of Hamburg; one son, Jared Jeffers of Hamburg; one daughter, Christy Lynn Murphy and husband, Wes, of McGehee; one brother, Don Williamson of Hamburg; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Grant officiating. Burial was to be in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jay Grice, Michael Grice, Mickey Hale, Billy Bart Willis, Kevin Martin and Britt Jeffers.

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

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Nellie Ruth Spires McManus

Nellie Ruth Spires McManus, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. She was a native of Parkdale and a a lifelong resident of the Gaines Community outside of Wilmot and Parkdale. She was a homemaker, the caretaker of Bell Cemetery for 18 years, and a member of Parkdale Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie “Jack” McManus; one daughter, Jackie Ruth McManus; one granddaughter, Jodi Nicole “Nikki” Carpenter; her parents, D.C. and Lucy Brown Spires; two sisters, Betty Jordan and Mary McManus; and one son-in-law, Byron Smith.

She is survived by two sons, Johnny McManus and wife, Margie, of Mexia, Texas and Leroy McManus of Hamburg; two daughters, Anita Williams of Parkdale and Betty Acord and husband, Eddie, of Fairfield, Texas; five brothers, Buddy Spires of Grayson, La., Charles Spires, Jimmy Spires and Curtis Spires all of West Monroe, La., and Raymond Spires of Chatham, La.; three sisters, Macel Taylor and Maryland Dicks, both of Eros, La., and Debbie Parker of Columbia, La.; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Parkdale Baptist Church with Bro. Eddie Acord and Bro. Bob Bridges officiating. Burial was in Bell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Raymond Spires, Jimmy Spires, Curtis Spires, Clay Smith, Joey Anderson and Paul Everett. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Bell Cemetery, c/o Simmons Bank, PO Box 27 Parkdale, AR 71661. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Bobbie Jean Miller

Bobbie Jean Miller, age 84 of Ft. Hill, died Dec. 28, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Lacey.

She was a retired certified nurse’s assistant and a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ft. Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Edward Miller II; four sons, Louis Edward III, Dwain Lee, Jimmy Ray and Charles Levelle Miller; parents, Roy and Maggie Grays; eight brothers, Bailey, Joe Lee, Isaac, Nunnie ‘Sam’, BJ, Shelby, Burl and Charles Grays; and five sisters, Geneva Simpson, Vera Johnson, Jackie Brooks, Christine Patterson and Nancy Ann Grays.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Miller (Mae Lee) of Monticello and Bobby Ray Miller (Gwen) of Ft. Hill; five daughters, Lillie Simpson (A.C.) of Monticello, Cathy Miller of Monticello, Lecinda and Melinda Miller of Dallas, Texas and Barbara Hamilton of Ft. Hill; two brothers, Roy Grays Jr. (Alma) and Johnny Ray Withers (Peggy) of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Gracie Matheney of Los Angeles; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ft. Hill with Rev. Shalane Jenkins officiating. Pallbearers will be Patrick Miller, Curtis Simpson, Shawn Keith, Jarvis Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Jimmy Ray Miller, Marcus Miller and Dontrell Pippen. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Ray Miller, Jerry Miller, Edward Charles Grays, Wyndel Sasser, Ray Johnson Jr., Brandon Miller and Deion Smith.

Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

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Leigh Ann Reed Robertson

Leigh Ann Reed Robertson, 32, of Crossett, died Dec. 28, 2017, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born on May 11, 1985, in Lake Village, and lived in Crossett most of her life.

She was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church and a 2003 graduate of Crossett High School where she was voted Miss CHS and crowned the 2003 Homecoming Queen.

She attended University of Central Arkansas and received a bachelor of science degree in business marketing. She most recently worked as a preschool teacher at the Kid’s Corner.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jim and Ruby Batterton and Kenneth Reed Sr.

She is survived by one daughter, Brynna Leigh Robertson; one son, Gunther Reid Robertson, both of Crossett; her mother, Phyllis Rawls and stepfather, Tommy, also of Crossett; and one brother, Kenneth Bruce “Brent” Reed III and wife, Tracey, of Greenbriar.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 at North Crossett First Baptist Church, 1035 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, with Pastors Robin Allen and Bob Whitely officiating, followed by burial in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Heath Breedlove, Deric Breedlove, Wesley Breedlove, Eric Stone, Alex Johnson, and Ross Allen.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NCFBC building fund.

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Marjorie Sawyer Thacker

Marjorie Sawyer Thacker, 90, of Fountain Hill, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center. A native of the Extra community south of Hamburg, and was a former resident of Washington State. She was a 1945 graduate of Hamburg High School and she retired in 1989 from the Department of the Army after 25 years of service. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Zemry and Nennie Gulledge Sawyer and a sister, Chrystola Dean Sawyer Ray.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Frank B. Thacker Jr. of Fountain Hill; one son, George Paul Thacker and wife, Betty, of Darien, Conn.; three daughters, Anna “Looney” Thacker of Crossett, Vinita Carol Dew of Kirksville, Mo., and Dava Chrystola Zirnheld and husband, Jerome, of Toledo, Wash.; one brother, David T. Sawyer and wife, Barbara, of Springhill, La.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held in the spring. Burial will be in Extra Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Extra Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Dorothy Farmer, 1303 N. Cherry Street, Hamburg, AR  71646. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Drew J. Turner

Drew J. Turner, 93, of Crossett died Dec. 27, 2017 at Stonegate Villa. He was born March 24, 1924. He was a disabled Veteran and member of Veteran of Foreign Wars. He was also a Mason, a member of Dead End Deer Camp, and a Sunday school superintendent.

He was preceded in death by one son, Coleman Turner; and his parents, Burl and Tulia Johnston Turner.

Survivors include his wife, Edwina Turner; one son, Dennis Turner; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Cemetery under direction of Jones Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Harold Wesson

Kenneth Harold Wesson, 68, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

He worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 33 years and was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Wesson; one granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Wesson; his parents, Everett and Geraldine Smith Wesson; one sister, Ellon Stell; one brother, Lewis Wesson; and one son-in-law, Ted Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Annette Tanksley Wesson; one daughter, Alicia Powell and husband, Bo; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Kelley Wesson; two brothers, Robert Wesson and Royce Wesson and wife, Brenda, all of Hamburg; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Keith Wesson officiating. Burial was in Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bo Powell, Billy Tanksley, Jeff Tanksley, Johnny Tanksley, Billy Bassett, Frank Wesson, Ray Wesson and David Wesson. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Franklin, Nick Wesson, Dustin Wesson, Chris Walter and Alex Powell.

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

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George Wilson

George Wilson, 79, of Portland, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Ruston (La.) Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a native of Nola, a resident of Portland for 21 years, and a former resident of Marseilles, Ill. for many years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard and was a member of Aulds Baptist Church. He was a member of a country western band for years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Annie Newsom Wilson; his parents, Tom and Mae Blair Wilson; two sisters, Virgie Hogue and Syble Christmas; and two brothers, Oscar Dewey “Hux” Wilson and Tommy Noel Wilson.

He is survived by one daughter, Georgia Fuller and husband, William, of Ruston; one brother, Bill Wilson and wife, Francis, of Portland; two sisters, Ruby Bennett of Hot Springs and Pat Temple of Trussville, Ala.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ben Coulter officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jack Frost, Ronald Pettis, Joe Wilson, David Wilson, Perry Wilson and Bruce Smith.

Memorials may be made to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR 71663.

The family expressed special thanks to the staff of Ruston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and to Aime Hospice Care of West Monroe, La., for their loving and compassionate care.

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

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