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Evisteen Arnold

Evisteen Ross Arnold, 81, of Hamburg, formally of Greenville, Miss., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Hamburg. 

She was a retired school bus driver and a member of Ball Temple African Episcopal Church in Greenville.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Leonard Ross; her second husband, Rev. John Westley Arnold; two sons, Leonard Ross Jr. and Dennis L. Ross; one daughter, Brenda Gail Ross; her parents, Evis and Louise Parker-Jordan; four brothers, Bennie E. Clark, Theopurs Campbell, John Clark, and Evis Jordan, Jr.; and three sisters, Margaret Clark, Carmella Wines, and Lora Adams.

She is survived by two sons, Jermaine Ross, wife Rondreaca, of Monroe, La., and John Mark Ross, wife Delilah, of Shongaloo, La.; one daughter, Yvonne Ross of Hamburg; one daughter-in-law, Rosa S. Ross of Waterproof, La.; three sisters-in-law, Linda Jordan of New Orleans, La., and Mary Arnold and Cherry Arnold, both of Hamburg; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Grove with Rev. Ronald Williams officiating. 

Active pallbearers were Sonny Hickman, Fred Freeman, Donta Robinson, Damine Ross, Courtney Ross, and Trayvin Ross. 

Burial was in Southside Cemetery in Oak Grove.

Arrangements were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Jacqueline Bivens-Williams

Jacqueline Bivens-Williams, 61, died Dec. 31, 2019. She was born in Crossett May 1, 1958. She was a member of the Crossett High School class of 1976, a former member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and Faith Ministries, and a member of Freedom Ministries where she participated in the Praise Team. She previously sang with the Keystone Singers.

She was retired from City of Crossett Sanitation Department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie L. Williams.

Survivors include three children, Monda Ladon Bivens-Tucker (Lester) and J. Demond Bivens both of Crossett, and Reginald Sharome Williams of Fayetteville; an adopted son, Joseph L. Bivens (Camellia) of Monticello; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; her parents, Early James and Eloise Brown Bivens of Crossett; and siblings, Rose LaDon Bivens of Crossett, Stevie Bivens (Patrice) of El Dorado, and Donald Charles Sr. (Mildred) of Houston, Texas.

A homegoing celebration was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Freedom Ministries with Pastor Barbara Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marc Williams, Jermaine Ellis, Jahmar Durby, Sequan Duke, Michael Thompson Jr., Lavoris Johnson, Freddy Wallace, and Jessie Hampton Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Stevie Bivens, Donald C. Bivens Sr., J. Demond Bivens, Reginald S. Williams, Joseph L. Bivens, Donald C. Bivens Jr., Anthony J. Bivens, David Bivens, Javonn Watson, Elijah Bivens, Michael Fenison, and members of the CHS Class of 1976.



J.D. Higginbotham

J.D. Higginbotham, 84, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a graduate of Hamburg High School. He worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 46 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg for over 70 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gail Bing Higginbotham; one son, Gary K. Higginbotham Sr.; one daughter, Valerie Higginbotham; one grandson, Zachary Seth Higginbotham; his parents, Johnny and Jessie Lou Venters Higginbotham; and two half-brothers, John Richard Giles and Paul Dean Higginbotham.

He is survived by three sons, Eric Higginbotham and John David Higginbotham both of Hamburg and Jay Higginbotham of Crossett; two half-brothers, Fay Giles of Price, Utah and Doyle Giles of Conway; one half-sister, Johnita Lebow of Houston, Texas; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. A private burial will be in Hamburg Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be after the service.


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Millard Logan Jr.

Millard Fillmore Logan Jr., 95, of Crossett, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at Northeast Louisiana Veteran’s Home. He was a native of San Antonio, Texas; a member of Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church; and a retiree from the United States Navy having served in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Eli Baker Lodge #62 F&AM, a Shriner, a member of Menelik Temple #36, and a member of VFW Post 9360. He was also a member and past patron of the order of Eastern Star Rebecca Chapter #56 and Victoria Consistory #25.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Boyce Lee Logan; his parents, Millard F. Logan Sr. and Rosie Nolan-Logan; one brother, James Logan; and three sisters, Annie Gainer, Mildred North, and Rose Stevens.

He is survived by one son, Steven Logan from St. Marie, Mont.; three stepdaughters, Toyce Newton, husband Herman, of Crossett, Joyce Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Valentina Culberson, husband Eric, of Oakland, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Harriel White officiating.

Pallbearers were Lee Simpson, Larry Taylor, Curtis Harris, Larry Rogers, Michael Boston, Freddie Hargraves, Charles Moore, and Walter Hendrix. Burial was in Meadow Lawn Memorial Park in San Antonio with full military honors.

Arrangements were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.


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Frederick Sivils

Funeral services for Mr. Frederick Eugene Sivils will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Dennis Hackler officiating. Interment will follow in Bartholomew Cemetery.

Mr. Sivils, retired from International Paper Company and a resident of Bastrop, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of eighty-two. Mr. Sivils was a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing, gardening, and also competed in lumberjack competitions. Mr. Sivils was a United States Veteran who served in the Navy.

Mr. Sivils is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Nancy Annette Scoggins Sivils; children, Michael Sivils and wife Maggie, Susan Sivils Kinney and husband Gary Kinney, Jr.; son-in-law, Brad Gilmore; grandchildren, Christopher Lewis, Jordan Newberry and wife Lauren, Jeremy Sivils, Emilee Kinney, Vanessa Sivils, Adam Kinney, Jacob Gilmore; great grandchildren, Jaycelynn Lewis, Brylon Lewis; and siblings, Glenda Faye Sivils Doss, and Billy Ralph Sivils.

Mr. Sivils is preceded in death by his mother, Goldie White Sivils; father, Thomas Irven Sivils; children, Joni Lyn Sivils Gilmore, David Dewayne Sivils; and siblings, Thomas Earl Sivils, Ferrell Sivils, William Marion Sivils, Doyle M. Sivils, and Linda Sivils.

Serving as pallbearers will be Christopher Lewis, Jordan Newberry, Jeremy Sivils, Adam Kinney, Jacob Gilmore, and Jarrod Wyatt.

The family received friends Monday from 5 PM until 7 PM at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church.

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