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Mary Carpenter

Mary Frances Carpenter, 93, of North Little Rock, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Springhill Baptist Hospital. She was a native of Hamburg and a resident of North Little Rock for the past six years.

She and her husband, Billy, were former residents of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services. She was a member of Bono Baptist Church in Greenbrier and a former member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Billy R. Carpenter; two sons-in-law, Howard Sanderlin and Mike Scallion; her parents, Homer and Bertha Hobson Hall; one brother, Herman Hall; and four sisters, Vivian Walker, Inez Watkins, Lois Mercer, and Reba Minugh.

She is survived by her daughters, Jeanette Sanderlin of North Little Rock and Shirley Scallion of Greenbrier; her grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 5 in Pinewood Memorial Park with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren, Joel Webb, Bogie Webb, Will Sanderlin, Addison Sanderlin, Laney Deal, Peyton Greiner, and Brody Greiner.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Hamburg, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


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Donna Rice

Donna Sanders Rice, 72, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at her home. She was born in Warren, Arkansas on December 27, 1946, to her parents Bill and Jean Parnell Sanders. Donna was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a 1964 graduate of Crossett High School, and a faithful member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church for 56 years.

She worked at West Department Store and Spikes Drug Store before her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 1985, which she battled for the next 34 years. Donna loved her family and her church family very much. Her favorite pastimes were visiting with her children and grandchildren, working in her flower beds, and pursuing many different craft projects.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Keith Sanders; two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Rice, and Jimmy Robinson and two sisters-in-law, Sandra Rice, and Nikki Rice.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dale Rice; one daughter Tammy Adams and husband, Crawford, of Hamburg, AR; one son, Ricky Rice of Crossett, AR; six grandchildren, Aimee Squyres, Casie Glennon, Klint Connor, Jacob Adams, Chris Rice, and Heather Rice; five great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Hailey, Kylan, Trace, and Rhyann; one brother, Bill Sanders and wife, Becky, of Corrigan, TX; two brothers-in-law, Ronald Rice and wife, Earlene, and Billy Rice; and two sisters-inlaw Margaret Rice, and Kay Robinson all of Crossett.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6th at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church, 116 East Church St. in North Crossett with Bro. Don Justice and Bro. Willie Thornhill officiating, followed by interment at Carter Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Johnnie Bolin, Mack Toler, Steven Bolin, Tommy Pearson, Pete Meeks, Dennis Banks, Kenneth McDougald, and Chuck McGinty.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 5th, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.



Taylor Smith

Taylor Makenzie Smith, 7, of Fountain Hill, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019. She was a native and lifelong resident of Ashley County. She just finished the first grade at Noble/Allbritton Elementary School in Hamburg.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Logan Smith; one uncle, Joshua Smith; and her great-grandparents, Johnny and Vela Sue Taylor and Doris Moran.

She is survived by her parents, Danny Jr. and Becky Swires Smith of Fountain Hill; three brothers, Jacob Smith of San Bernardino, Calif., and Danny Smith III and Remmington Smith, both of Fountain Hill; one sister, Racheal Smith of Fountain Hill; her grandparents, Nonika Swires of Stockton, Calif., Rodney Shaw of Alabama and Danny Sr. and Bonnie Smith of Hamburg; her great grandparents, Thomas Moran of Hamburg and Warren and Ann Taylor of Southaven, Miss.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Clayton Hales officiating. Burial was in Eden Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chad Chadwick, Blake Mills, Raymond Blunt, and Richard Bowles.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


Dale Summerford

Dale Howard Summerford, age 59, of Crossett, died at home while surrounded by his family Friday, July 5, 2019. He worked as a chemical engineer at Georgia Pacific.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Allison Summerford.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Angela Morris Summerford; one son, Ben Summerford; two daughters, Nancy Summerford and Sarah Summerford (Eric); his father, James Summerford; one brother, Al Summerford (Kay); two sisters, Lou Ann Howard (Bill) and Teresa Willard (David); and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Jones Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 with Bro. Donnie Dubose officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the memorial service.


John Summers

John David Summers, 76, of Ward, formerly of Hamburg, died June 26, 2019 in North Little Rock. He was born June 24, 1943 in Crossett to the late William and Bonnie Elton Summers. He was a truck driver for 50 years and retired from Bruce Oakley, Inc. He was a member of Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church since 1996.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Lynn Christmas; two half-sisters, JoEllen and Debbie Hamilton; and one half-brother, Lamar Hamilton.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; one son-in-law, Scott Christmas; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles R. Summers; and two half-brothers, Glen and Steve Hamilton.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1 at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Ward with Brother Ron Fears officiating. Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


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Johnny Todd

Johnny Ray “T-Bird” Todd, 66, of Crossett, died Sunday, June 30, 2019, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. He was a native of Hamburg but was raised in the Pine Hill community, a retired truck driver, and a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Dan Wilson and Pearlie B. Carlock-Todd; and two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia “Pat” Todd; six sons, Cottra Miles of Crossett, Danny Todd, wife Darlene, of Pipe Road, Ala., Willie Smith, wife Shelly, of Crossett, Jacob Smith, wife Tiffany, of Bastrop, La., Jaq Miles of Crossett, and Perrell Hampton of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Laqueisea Oliver, husband Derrick, of Longview, Texas, and Patricia Martin of Crossett; one granddaughter who was raised as a daughter, Andrea “Peaches” Miles of Crossett; two brothers, Willie Todd, wife Nellie, of Marshall, Texas, and Terry Lee Todd of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Diane Taylor of Crossett; 28 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Service were held Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Jesse Radford, Rev. Harriel White, and Rev. Falana Hubbard officiating.

Active pallbearers were Larry Rogers, Curtis Harris, Lee Simpson, James Hampton Jr., Clifford Hawkins Jr., and Ronnie Gibbs.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Crooked Creek Hunting Club and Johnny's Angels.

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


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Mitchel White III

Mitchel White III, 61, of Hamburg, died Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was a native and resident of Hamburg for most of his life and a former resident of Bossier City, La. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1976 and attended University of Central Arkansas. He worked as a superintendent in the oil field and was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mitchel White Jr.

He is survived by one son, Sawyer White of Bossier City; his mother, Elese Morman White of Hamburg; and one sister, Jean White of North Little Rock.

A private burial was held Monday, July 8 in Cleveland Cemetery. A private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of one’s choice.

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


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