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Frank Dye Jr.

Frank A. Dye Jr., 91, of Crossett, died Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was a native of Los Angeles, Calif., a resident of Crossett for the past 15 years, and a former resident of Clearlake, Calif.

He was a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II, where he worked on the atomic bomb, and also served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era.

He retired from GTE Phone Company after 20 years and was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bastrop, La. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, having received his 50-year pin, and was a member of Clearlake Callayomi Masonic Lodge #183.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty Anderson Dye; one daughter, Delina Schroff; two grandsons, Brian Proctor and Scott Schroff; one great-grandson, Brady Jaxon Dye; his parents, Frank and Virginia Humpherys Dye; three brothers, Jay Dye, Richard Dye and Earl Dye; an infant sister; and three sons-in-law, Arthur George Williamson, John Schroff and Lawrence Caldwell.

He is survived by two sons, Randy Dye of San Diego, Calif., and Frank A. Dye III of Pearblossom, Calif.; four daughters, Mary Lane of Omaha, Neb., Carol Williamson of Crossett, Frances Caldwell of Clearlake and Nancy Ebarb and husband, Tom, of Crossett; one brother, Selby Drew of Fort Bragg, Calif.; 27 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Arkansas funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with President Arlen Richards and B.J. Dye officiating.

Funeral services in California will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clearlake with President Thomas Engstrom officiating.

Burial will be with full military honors in Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake, Calif.

Pallbearers are his grandchildren, Mark Hutchinson, B.J. Dye, Stephen Proctor, Ryan Dye, Shaun Proctor, Robert Dye, Tonjaih Thomas, and Trent Elliott.

Memorials may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Nebraska  68010.

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


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Tommy Hetland

Tommy E. Hetland, 75, of Montrose, died Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was a native of Tallulah, La., a resident of Montrose for 50 years, and a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was a farmer, and he attended Portland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise Ashley Hetland, and one sister, Margo White.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kay Rice Hetland of Montrose; two daughters, Nicole Menard of Pocahontas and Tabitha Hetland of Texas; one brother, Ashley Hetland and wife, Pamela, of Maine; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Portland Baptist Church with Bro. David Sullivan officiating.

Pallbearers were Walter Dodson, Paul Maglothin, Nicholas Rice, Reagan White and Wade McDonald. Honorary pallbearer was Mark Rice.

Burial was to be in Montrose Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Montrose Cemetery Association, c/o Rita Chandler, 133 Lynn Road, Portland, AR  71663.

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, a son of Wallace Rainey Jr. and Nettie Clanton Rainey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lanny M. Rainey.

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

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 in Union Hill Cemetery in Ingalls under the direction of Frazer Funeral Home with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating.

Pallbearers are Danny Rainey, Marcus Rainey, Cody Rainey, Caleb Wash, and Matthew Clanton.

Honorary pallbearers are Billy Clanton and Stephen Cotton.


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Wrayma Thomas-Watts

Wrayma Thomas-Watts, 95, of Crossett, died Friday, June 7, 2019, at Countryside Assisted Living Facility. She was born in Haywood County, Tenn., Feb. 22, 1924, to her parents,

Raymond and Edna Laney Stott. She graduated from Haywood County High School in 1942.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and Mrs. Knighton’s Sunday School Class.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert S. Thomas; her second husband, Howard Watts; and one brother, Raymond Stott.

She is survived by two daughters, Pam Scott and husband, James, of Byhalia, Miss., and Gail Thomas and husband, David, of Crossett; one son, Stuart Thomas also of Crossett; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main St., with Pastor Jamie Staley officiating, and followed by burial in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ricky Scott, Aidan Thomas, Mason Thomas, Joey Tokarz, Colten Williams, Jack Allen, and honorary pallbearer, Bobby Richardson.


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Albert “David” Witherington

Albert “David” Witherington, 62, of Tulsa, Okla., died Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Tulsa for the past 40 years.

He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1974 and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in business. He worked as a sales person and for American Airlines.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.D. and Steena Warner Witherington.

He is survived by one son, David Witherington and wife, Holli, of Ada, Okla.; and two brothers, Phillip Witherington and wife, Maha, of Bryant and Warner Witherington of Lake Charles, La.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 in Egypt Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.

Memorials may be made to Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR  71646.

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

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