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Bobby Croswell

Bobby Earl Croswell, age 82, died Feb. 28. He was born in Crossett June 27, 1937 and retired from Georgia Pacific – Paper in 2001 after 41 years. He started in the beater room and retired as a mill yard general mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Thomas and Gladys Marie Croswell; his twin siblings, James “Buddy” and Jane Lowry; and one daughter, Kathryn Angelique Burnett.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kay Parham; one son, Robert Thomas Croswell and wife Jessica of Elgin, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in the Medders Funeral Home chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W in Crossett, with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial was to follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.


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Ray Hennington

Ray Hennington, 64, of Lake Village, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Lake Village. He was a native of Portland and a resident of Lake Village for the past 37 years. He graduated in 1973 from Wilmot High School and worked at John Deere in Lake Village and Portland for over 38 years. After retiring from John Deere, he started his own trucking business.

He was a member of Portland Baptist Church and he attended Jennie Baptist Church. He also attended John 3:16 Ministries where he volunteered helping young men that struggle with addictions. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence “C.H.” Hennington.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dolores “Dee” Averett Hennington of Lake Village; two sons, Jock Hennington and wife, Leigha, of Portland and Brandon Hennington and wife, Aubrey, of Raymore, Mo.; one daughter, Whitney Williams and husband, Chris, of Lake Village; his mother, Frances Eddy Hennington of Portland; three brothers, Frank Henry Hennington and wife, Pat, of Gainesville, Ga., Johnny Hennington and wife, Vikki, of Crossett, and Jessie Hennington and wife, Ashley, of Greenbrier; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Portland Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Wetzler and Bro. Bryan Tuggle officiating. Burial was in Jennie Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were John Britt, James Ashley, Allen Cole, Wesley Ramshur, Don Arensman, and Ralph Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Gary Matthews and George Regalado. 

Memorials may be sent to John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522.

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


Sandy Rice

Sandy Jennifer Rice, 43, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Conway. She was born July 8, 1976, in Longview, Texas, and was a lifelong resident of Crossett having graduated from Crossett High School in 1994.

Through the years she worked at Baker’s Pharmacy, Jr. Meeks Chevrolet, Area Agency on Aging Home Health, and most recently, Drew Memorial Hospital as the patient access manager.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bobby and Cornelia Smith and Chester and Scottie Trammell, and her mother-in-law, Sandra Rice.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Timmy Rice; one son, Luke Rice; her parents, Mark and Vicki Trammell; her father-in-law, Ronald Rice; and one sister-in-law, Karen Harrington; all of Crossett.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating. A private burial is planned in Carter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prairie Benefit Trail Ride in her honor.


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Billy Riley

Billy F. Riley, 83, of Hamburg, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Ashley County. He worked for Georgia-Pacific Forestry and Tucker Oil Company for many years, and he was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Novella Morrow Riley; four sisters, LaVon Riley Miller, Pauline Riley Estelle, Jayne Riley Allen, and Mattie Pearl Riley Kilcrease; and three brothers, Arthur Riley, Kenneth Riley, and Floyd Riley.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Irene High Riley of Hamburg; three daughters, Julia Riley Cranford and husband, Dennis, of Ridgeland, Miss., Beth Riley West of Boiling Springs, S.C., and Gloria Riley Forrest and husband, Chris, of Hamburg; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Luellen and Bro. Trey Emory officiating. Burial was in Promise Land Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were his grandson, Cody Forrest, Steven Ricks, Benjamin Cranford, Hunter Cranford, Phillip Cranford, and Caden Archer. 

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


LaShaun Swaim-Stanley

LaShaun Swaim-Stanley, 34, of Crossett, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Zachary, La., but a resident of Crossett, a manager at Daylight Doughnut Shop, and owner and operator of Play Pretty Boutique in Hamburg.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Bonnie Swaim and maternal grandfather, Ronnie Grantham.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Stanley of Crossett; four daughters, Makyla Sheehan and Maleigh Stanley, both of Crossett, and Malary Sheehan and Mariah Sheehan, both of Alexandria, La.; two brothers, Kyle Staal of California and Josh Swaim of Texas; one sister, Kelsey Staal of California; her father, Mark Swaim of Texas; her mother, Samantha (Joe) Upshaw of Crossett; maternal grandmother, Martha Grantham of Crossett; paternal grandfather, Ocie Swaim of Crossett; and in-laws, Bobby and Sharon Jones of Crossett.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Minister Sativa Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Rolfe Chapel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Chris Jones, Allen Jones, Richard Staal, Kyle Staal, Landon Johnson, and Bill Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Cain Stanley and Caleb Miller.


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Charlotte Wigley

Charlotte Douglass Wigley, 84, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at her residence. She was a native of the Mist community outside of Hamburg and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of and the song director for Southside Baptist Church and a former member and song director of Gardner Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Joy Lynette Nutter; one great-grandson, Dominick Monroe Savage; her parents, William Clifton and Virgie Mae Ferguson Douglass; and two brothers, Thad Anderson Douglass and Waymond Douglass.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, W.M. Wigley of Hamburg; one daughter, Mary Ann Galvin of Johnson City, Tenn.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. David Newberry officiating. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lamar Higginbotham, Douglas Crane, Stephen Dumas, Nathan Burchfield, Tommy Breedlove, and John Dailey. Honorary pallbearers were Royce Bowden and Freddie McNeil.

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

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