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Charles Brown

Charles Edward Brown, 73, of Crossett, die Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Ashley County Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1945, and was a lifelong resident of Crossett.

He was a 1964 graduate of T.W. Daniel High School and a supervisor at Jones Funeral Home of Crossett where he helped serve the families of Ashley County for 46 years.

He was a member and former deacon of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. He served on the Trustee Board, was past president of the Youth Ushers, and a member of both the Senior Ushers and the male chorus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleotha and Vera Lee Holmes Brown; one sister, Billy Jean Brown; and one brother, Cleazell Brown.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Helen “Cookie” Brown of Crossett; six children, Latoria Brown of Crossett, Undra Stanley of Bernice, La., Edward Charles Brown and wife, Tonya, of Crossett, Pamala Stanley of Alexander, and Bernita Jones and husband, Tony, and Napoleon Brown and wife, Shalisa, all of Crossett; three sisters, Virginia Guilford and husband, Charles, of Upper Marlboro, Md., Ruth Byrd of Crossett, and Billy Dove Willis of Strong; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17 at Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Crossett with Rev. Steven Conley officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


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Gwendolyn Chadwick

Gwendolyn Eloise Chadwick, 94, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Crossett and a resident of the Shiloh community, north of Hamburg, for most of her life. She was a homemaker, a Christian and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was a former member of Ashley County Harmonetts.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Udell Chadwick; three grandsons, Shaun Udell Chadwick, Bryan Bain Chadwick, and Bryor Lane Chadwick; her parents, Halcard and Virgie Rodgers McDougald; two brothers, Doyle and Melvin McDougald; and one sister, Dorothy Maxine McDougald Harville Wallace.

She is survived by two sons, Max Chadwick and wife, Sandra, of Hamburg and Dennis Chadwick and wife, June, of Crossett; four grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. Elvin McDill officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Harville, Melvin Chadwick, Chad Chadwick, Richard Addington Jr., Mark McDougald and Bubbie Mashburn.

Honorary pallbearers were Eugene Gifford, Daniel Kirkland, John Bourgeois and Allen Holland.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 716 Ashley Road 81 E., Hamburg, AR 71646.

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


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Idell Dainkins

Idell Dainkins, 74, of Queens, N.Y., died Wednesday, June 5, 2019. She was native of Hamburg, a resident of Queens for over 49 years, and a retiree from the United States Postal Service after 42 years of service.

She was preceded in death by husband, Dorthus C. Dainkins; her parents, George W. and Irma M. Haynes-Grayson; five sisters, Rebecca Hughes, Georgia Ruth Grayson, Maybelle Langford, Jean Olds, and Erma Jean Grayson; and two brothers, Johnny L. Grayson and Jerry W. Grayson.

She is survived by one daughter, Angela Bethea, husband DeJuan, of Crossett; one son, Eric Dainkins of Greenbelt, Md.; one sister, Idia Mae Mason of Hamburg; and one brother, George W. Grayson Jr.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. DeJuan Bethea officiating. Burial was in Phillip Grove Cemetery.


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Francis Forrest

Francis Joe Forrest, 76, of Hamburg, died June 12, 2019, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab Center in West Monroe, La. He was born in Crossett Dec. 26, 1942.

He was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and the NRA. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, he began driving trucks for Georgia Pacific which continued until his retirement in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Helen Tucker Forrest; two brothers, Bobby Lamar Forrest and Johnny Ray Forrest; one half-brother, E.C. Forrest; and one grandson, Austin Thames.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice Faye Benson Forrest of Hamburg; two daughters, Kimberly Thames of Rayville, La., and Rosa Bolin and husband, Steve, of New Albany, Miss.; one son, Michael Scott Forrest of Hamburg; two sisters, Becky Jean Thompson and husband, Tommy, and Shirley Ann Jeffers also of Hamburg; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church in Hamburg with Pastor Keith Rose officiating. Burial followed in Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tommy Thompson, Tony Craig, James Austin, Tony Wilkes, Steve Bolin, and Jimmy Meeks.


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Karen Gant

Karen Ann Gant, 57, of Lake Village, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, surrounded by her family at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a lifelong resident of Lake Village, a former employee of Beverly Enterprise for 20 years, and a supervisor at McDonald’s for 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lueverda Gant; her father, Causey D. Sharp Sr.; one brother, Michael Gant; and her grandparents, Burnell and Leedell Sharp.

She is survived by one son, Seimon Jones of Lake Village; two daughters, Kimberly Gantt of Shreveport, La., and Latisa Mitchell of Lake Village; three adopted daughters, Alicia Wilson and Carveyeta Walker-Bridges, both of Lake Village, and Ekara Mitchell of Kingsville, Texas; adopted sons, Arlando Wilson, wife Patricia, of Lake Village and Anniah Jackson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Eddie Michell Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.; five sisters, Barbara Johnson, husband George, of Lake Village, Rebecca Gantt-Fulford of Lake Village, Durby Sanders, husband Eddie, of Shreveport, Equilla Gantt, husband Reco, of Shreveport, and Linda Lue Scott of Texas; two brothers, David Gantt, wife Deloris, of Lake Village and Causey D. Sharp Jr. of Gautier, Miss.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 518 St. Mary Street in Lake Village, with Bro. Arlando Wilson officiating.

Active pallbearers are Selento Miller, James Aurberry, John Owens, Lonnie Palmer, Marlando Phillips, Ervin Brown, Gerald Armour, and Houston Grant.

Honorary pallbearers are Seimon Jones Sr., Seimon Jones Jr., Causey Sharp, Eddie Sanders, George Johnson, Benny Mosley, Eddie Mitchell, Arlando Wilson, Anniah Jackson, David Gantt, Darrell Gant, Rodriquez Kennon, and Gordon Brown.

Burial will be in New Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church.


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Annette Hopkins

Annette Gober Hopkins, 88, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019. She was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, and she worked at Hamburg Shirt Factory for over 20 years. She was a member of Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of Corinth Baptist Church, where she taught Vacation Bible School for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, I.M. Hopkins; two grandsons, Wesley Augustus Withers II and Brian Keith Ricks; her parents, Oscar L. and Annie Pamplin Gober; and three brothers, Aubrey Gober, Quinton Gober and Bootsie Gober.

She is survived by three daughters, Martha Horn of Hamburg, Debbie Ford and husband, David, of Sterlington, La., and Becky McDonald and husband, James, of Hamburg; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Carter and Bro. Mike Chain officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Eric Ricks, Coy Ford, Jake Ford, James McDonald, David Ford, and Joey Miller.

Memorials may be made to Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church, 3331 Hwy 425 South, Hamburg, AR  71646.

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


Wendell Rainey

Wendell Maury Rainey, age 53, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Baptist Health Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1965 and was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Rainey Jr. and Nettie Clanton Rainey, and one brother, Lanny M. Rainey.

He is survived by one son, Zachary M. Rainey and wife Stephanie; three grandchildren; and one sister; Teresa Walsh and spouse Jeff, of Crossett.

A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Union Hill Cemetery in Ingalls under the direction of Frazer Funeral Home with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Rainey, Marcus Rainey, Cody Rainey, Caleb Wash, and Matthew Clanton. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Clanton and Stephen Cotton.

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