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Harry “Sonny” Andrews

Harry Edward “Sonny” Andrews, 79, of Crossett, died Thursday, July 25, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Andrews; his parents, Charles Edward and Mary Louise Wafer Andrews; and one brother, William “Bill” Arthur Andrews.

He is survived by four sisters, Patsy Koepsel and Mary Haas, both of Derby, Kan., Carol Justus of Monroe, La., and Linda Joiner of Royal.

No services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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David Dye

David Harold Dye, 83, of Crossett, died Friday, July 26, 2019 in Hamburg. He was a native of Monticello, a tanker for a chemical plant, a member of Shepard Chapel in Gravette, and a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Claudie Doss-Dye; two brothers, Jackson Dye and John R. Dye Jr.; and one sister, Eloise Hall.

He is survived by one son, John Dye of Crossett; two daughters, Brandie, husband Gordon, and Rose Taylor, both of Crossett; and two grandchildren.

No service is scheduled. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Janice “Lucy” Hoops

Janice Ann “Lucy” Hoops, 68, of Snyder, died Monday, July 22, 2019, in Little Rock. She was a native of Monroe, La., was raised in Rayville, La., and was a former resident of Morgan.

She was a homemaker, and she worked as an underwriter for Charter Mortgage and Investments for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Williams Stell, and one sister, Jean Stell.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bobby Hoops of Snyder; one son, Clayton “Gator” Hoops and wife, Stephanie, of Hamburg; one brother, Kenneth Stell and wife, Judy, of Bryant; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Mark Wheeler officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. in McDonald Cemetery in Fordyce.

Pallbearers were Shane Harper, Brian Skender, Chad Mooney, Lucas Burge, Jeremy Gadberry, Joey Kilcrease, Josh Cossey, and Eckie Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Cordell, Ricky Lynn, James Reed, Richard Gwin, John Howard, Trey Tubbs, Jimmy Burt Gulledge, Casey Riley, Martin Perez, Evan Hogan, Eric Hogan, Jeremiah Simms, Mike Richard, Timothy Streeter, and family and friends from Trafalgar Hunting Club, Chuckwagon Racing and Rodeos.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR  72203-9984. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Thomas Pugh Sr.

Thomas Robert “Tom” Pugh Sr., 89, of Portland and Little Rock, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in the palliative care unit of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

He was born April 20, 1930, and was a 1948 graduate of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. 

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of Portland United Methodist Church, and an attendee of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

He served as director of Worthen Banking Corporation; chairman of Bank of Parkdale; chairman of Delta Trust and Bank; chairman of Farm Equipment Company (Arkansas Ag); chairman of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission; president of Portland Cemetery Organization; and president of Portland Hunting Club located on Caulk Island in the Mississippi River.

He was a cotton ginner and owned farmland in southeast Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by wife, Elsie Silverman; wife, Susie Ingram Hogan; parents, Gus and Evelyn Newman Pugh; and two brothers, Gus “Buddy” Pugh Jr. and George Pugh Sr.

He is survived by one brother, Augustus “Bubba” Pugh of Lake Village; two children, Tom Pugh Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Little Rock and Frank Pugh and wife, Melissa, of Portland; three stepchildren, Miles Hogan, Maggie Hogan, and Dan Hogan, all of Little Rock; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Nolley and Rev. Jimmy Faulk officiating. Burial will be in Portland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Leyden Pugh, Miles Hogan, Dan Hogan, Scott Young, Wayne Ricks and Gary Morgan.

Memorials may be made to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 51, Portland, AR 71663; Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 400, Portland, AR 71663; or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116.

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


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Frank “Ed” Watt

Frank Edward “Ed” Watt, 87, of Crossett, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Sept. 14, 1931, and was raised in the Cooter area. He was a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church.

He was a carpenter who worked primarily for himself building houses, and for approximately 42 years, he sang tenor and played the mandolin as a member of Haley Creek Boys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Duel Lambert Watt; his wife, Marbeth Hamm Watt; one granddaughter, Staci Fletcher Adkins; two brothers, James Watt and Willie Van “Buddy” Watt; and five sisters, Louise Barnett, Jeanette Simmons, Patsy Nell Watt, Genieva Watt, and Leviana Watt.

He is survived by one daughter, Carol Fletcher and husband, Robert, of Crossett; one son, Lawrence Watt of Crossett; three brothers, Bobby Watt and wife, Billie, of Crossett, Curtis Watt and wife, Ruthie, of Hamburg, and Ronald Dean Watt of Strong; one sister, Veralyn Oden and husband, Jr., of Hamburg; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, with Bro. Mike Chain and Bro. Jerry Carter officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Frankie Tanksley, Billy Bolin, Roy Grantham, Belvin Hamm, Paul Hamm, and Leon Hamm.

Honorary pallbearers were Carroll Parker, Legett Jenkins, Harold Tucker, James Outlaw, and the Haley Creek Boys.


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