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John Paul Craig

John Paul Craig, 55, of Longview, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Little Rock. He was a native of Crossett, a resident of Longview for over 20 years, and 1982 graduate of Crossett High School. He was a barber and owned Johnny’s Hair Design in Crossett. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and a volunteer firefighter for Johnsville Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bro. Roy and Edith Mae Willis Craig, and two brothers, David Craig and Keith Craig.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Rita Carpenter Craig of Longview; two daughters, Jessie Livingston and husband, Joseph, of Hamburg and Abby Craig of Longview; one sister, Patricia Martin of Hamburg; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Bro. Wes Miller and Bro. Jerry Carter officiating. Burial was in Hollis Chapel Memory Garden.

Pallbearers were Norman Lee Swan, Troy Brown, Jeff Pinson, Terry Pippen, Jason Craig, and Steven Martin.

Memorials may be made to University of Arkansas for Medical Science Cancer Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 401 West Markham Street, #716, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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


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Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer Denise Davidson, 40, of Fountain Hill, died July 13, 2019. She was born Aug. 20, 1978 and graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1996 before working as an equipment operator at the mill. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, to John Davidson; paternal grandparents, Andrew and Elizabeth Davidson; and maternal grandmother, Anice Allen.

Survivors include her children, Kirby Bonds; Madilyn Bonds, and Macey Bonds; her mother, Ann Allen Davidson; step-dad, Charles Hollis; one grandson; one brother, James Davidson; one sister, Ramona Bowen; her grandfather, James “Nubbin” Allen.

Services were scheduled to be held at Jones Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. Burial was to follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Buddy Clavet, Shannon Brennon, Phillip Allen, Bryan Allen, Cody Holloway and McKinley Tarver. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Class of 1996 Fountain Hill, Wayne Allen, James Davidson, Kirby Bonds Sr., Shane Hartley and Eric Montgomery.


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Danny Hill

Danny D. Hill, 75, of Hamburg, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at his residence. He was a native of Lake Village, a resident of Hamburg for the past 30 years, and a former resident of Crossett.

He was a 1963 graduate of Crossett High School, and he worked for Allied Phone Company for 17 years. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, south of Hamburg, and a member of Christian Motorcycle Association, where he had served as chaplin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph and Edith Wilson Hill, and one brother, Robin W. “Sandy” Hill.

He is survived by one son, Jason Hill and wife, Christi, of West Monroe, La.; one daughter, Kimberly Hutchins of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Diane Hill Merriweather and husband, Danny; one brother, Randy Hill and wife, Sharon, all of Crossett; four grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Danny Merriweather and Randy Hill officiating. A private burial will be in Zion Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Chad Winn, Hardy Sawyer, Derek Hill, Daniel Hill, Heath White, Andy Johnson, and Danish Yazdani.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


“J.J.” Martin

James “J.J.” Martin, 77, of Crossett died July 4, 2019, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Jan. 26, 1942, to his parents Green and Ouida Miller Martin; he was raised as a Baptist and attended Mt. Pelum Baptist Church. He was a resident of Crossett most of his life and a truck driver for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Kathrine Sawyer, Christine Brown, Ernestine Brooks, and Hazeline Foster; one brother, MacArthur Martin; one granddaughter, Jasmine Lee Turner; and one step-son, Michael Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Martin of Crossett; one brother, Leroy Martin and wife, Aquanetta, of Crossett; two daughters, Latonya Tolefree of Opelaka, Ala., and Sheila Turner and husband, Verner, of Kansas City, Mo.; one step-daughter, Shaun Brown of Crossett; and four grandchildren.

A homegoing celebration was held July 19 at 1 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, followed by burial in Quinn Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


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Larry Meeks

Larry K. Meeks, 75, of Longview, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his residence. He was a native of the Milo community outside of Hamburg and a resident of Longview since 1992.

He graduated in 1962 from Fountain Hill High School and went to Arkansas A&M, now University of Arkansas at Monticello, for two years before joining the United States Navy in which he served during the Vietnam Era. He later graduated in 1974 with a degree in accounting and  worked for the State Division of Legislative Auditing. He retired after 33 years of service and operated a private certified public accountant practice from his home.

He was a Mason, a member of Hamburg Prairie Lodge # 465, and a member of Victory Christian Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Macel Campbell Meeks; one grandchild, Macey Meeks; and one brother-in-law, John Gary Crain.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Chris Meeks of Longview; one son, Kenny Meeks of Victoria, Texas; two daughters, Kim Burnside and husband, Greg, of Hamburg and Neci Meeks Brann and husband, George, of Mexico; two step-sons, Michael Leung of Little Rock and Philip Leung of Portland, Ore.; one step-daughter, Ashley Choate of El Dorado; three brothers, Eddie Meeks and wife, Helen, of Crossett, Dickie Meeks and wife, Shirley, of Hamburg, and Joe Allen Meeks and wife, Cindy, of Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Sheliah Crain and Terrie Tadlock, both of Hamburg; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Boseman and Bro. Wes Miller officiating. Burial was in Egypt Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Clint Book, Hardy Sawyer, Danny Rainey, Freddie Hatfield, Richard Blackwell, and Jason Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were David Evans, Terry Williams, Bruce Stafford, Charles Robinson, Jerry Spratt, and the employees of the State Division of Legislative Auditing, Monticello Office.

Memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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


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Kiki Langford-Smith

Kiki Langford-Smith, 44, of White Hall, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

She was a native of Crossett, a resident of White Hall for three years, a machine operator at Evergreen Packing Company of Pine Bluff, and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Maybell Grayson-Langford.

She is survived by two daughters, Kashunna Wilson of Pine Bluff and Kalandra Smith of Conway; one brother, Derrick (Meritza) Webb of Crossett; three sisters, Eleanor Ivory and Vivian Langford, both of Crossett, and June Martin of Dallas, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bishop Danny Mays officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Burton Tisdale Jr., Burton Tisdale III, Kenneth Brandley, Zach Collins, Harold McDads, and Daylon Manning.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of Crossett High School Class of 1993.


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Linda J. Williams

Evangelist Linda J. Williams (nee Jackson), age 72, went to her final rest on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Carondelet Place, a caring respite community in Kansas City, Missouri.  From her birth in Hamburg, Arkansas on January 21, 1947 to her death on Thursday, she emboldened the people around her with love, humor, style, faith and music.  She was born to Isabell (Edwards) Williams and Jack Hubbard in a small close-knit town in southern Arkansas.  Linda was the third of nine children born to her mother.  She grew up in Hamburg, AR and attended Ashley County public schools, including T. W. Daniels High School. After High school, she attended Tabernacle Bible College in Brooklyn New York, where she completed an Associate Degree in Evangelism and Christian Counseling. 

Linda moved to Brooklyn, New York, and it is there that she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.  She was a long-time member of the Pentecostal House of Prayer for All People, where she was educated and ordained as a Missionary and Evangelist, spreading the gospel of Christ internationally.

She worked for Solomon Brothers in New York, and began work in Missouri at House of Lloyd, a toy party and catalogue company, as a packing supervisor, where she remained more than fifteen years.  She also worked for the Grandview Missouri School District in Food Services, retiring in 2002. Though she concluded formal employment, her involvement in mission work, evangelism, sewing and hospitality continued. It was her quick wit, ready encouragement, robust singing voice, kindness and acceptance that endeared her to biological and church family alike. She married Freddie Lee Williams on December 26, 1967 in Crossett Arkansas. They were happily married for fifty-two years.

Left to honor Linda and remember her love are her husband, Freddie Lee Williams and her four children:  Charlotte (Glenn) Williams-Rice, Grandview, MO; Derrick Williams, Tisa (James) Jones, Suwanee,  GA; Johnathan Williams, Kansas City, MO; one great-uncle: Donald Ray Edwards, Augusta, GA; five brothers:  Willie James (Alice-Maire) Jackson; Freddie Hubbard; Charlie James Hubbard;  Frankie Bunton; Stevie Robinson; five sisters: Billie Jean (J.C.) McDade; Gwendolyn (Ray) Lewis; Freda Edwards; Elizabeth (Benjamin) Couser; and Stacey (Bryant) Holmes; eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews. Her fragrance and her footprint remain with us today.

Funeral services will be held Friday July 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Temple C.O.G.I.C; 11922 Food Lane, Grandview, MO.  The reviewal will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. 

The Williams family would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the staff and members of Trinity Temple, Crossroads Hospice and Carondelet Place, specifically episcopal, social work and direct care clinical staff for their prayerful, committed and considerate care and support.


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Helen Williamson

Helen Wilcoxon Williamson, 90, of Texarkana, Texas died Tuesday, July 16, 2019. She was born March 4, 1929 in Kelso to James Franklin and Albertine Virginia Beavers of Rohrer.

She was a resident of Texarkana for the past 25 years and a former resident of Hamburg and Crossett.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, a former member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years, and a former member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Searcy Wilcoxon Jr. in 1978, Charles Kinard in 1994, and Joe Williamson in 2009; her parents; and four siblings, Bonnie Avery, Frank Sain, Charles Sain, and Willie Mae Milstead.

She is survived by five children, Allen Wilcoxon and wife, Pat Harrison, of Northport, Ala., Suellen Williams and husband, Mark, of Easton, Md., Shelley Gabbie and husband, Mark, of Texarkana, Texas, Sharon Sampolesi and husband, Ned, of Lake Village, and Steven Wilcoxon and wife, Angela, of Sulphur Rock; one brother, James Beavers Sr. and wife, Jean, of Tulsa, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service followed by a reception was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in the atrium at First Baptist Church of Texarkana with Rev. Larry Sims officiating.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Friday in Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Searcy Allen Wilcoxon IV officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks, Texarkana, TX 75503 or Barnabas Fund of First Baptist Church of Texarkana, 3015 Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas  75503. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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