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William Courson Sr.

William E. Courson Sr., 83, of Crossett, died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at his home after fighting a five-year battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 3, 1935, to his parents, Horace and Evelyn Cain Courson.

He was a 1954 Crossett High School graduate and lifelong resident of Ashley County.

For 41 years, he worked for Georgia Pacific in the board mill from where he eventually retired as a supervisor in 1997.

He was a member and former deacon of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and former member of Temple Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Ann Barnett Courson; one daughter, Teresa Ann Donald; and one sister, Barbara Arrant.

He is survived by his children, Gayla Snelgrove and husband, Eric, of Leesville, La., Brenda Garison and husband, Jamie, of Crossett, Sonya Knight and husband, James, of Crossett, William E. “Eddie” Courson Jr. and wife, Freda, of Crossett, and Mark C. “Clay” Courson of Hamburg; one son-in-law, Greg Donald of Crossett; three brothers, Jerry Courson and wife, Sharon, of Pine Bluff, Daryl Courson of Crossett, and Larry Courson and wife, Margaret, of Cabot, AR; one sister, Shirley Calhoun and husband, David, of Brevard, NC; one brother-in-law, Michael Arrant of Bastrop, La.; along with 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett with Clay Courson and Pastor Eric Hodge officiating, followed by burial in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jon Beasley, Daniel Beasley, Cory Snelgrove, Clint Snelgrove, Nick Courson, Andy Trichell, Stan Haynie, and Joel Gulledge.

Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Trichell, Courson Haynie, Drew Gulledge, and Ricky Rice.


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Barron Johnson

Barron Keith Johnson, 48, of Hamburg died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Cornerstone Rehabilitation Hospital in Little Rock.

He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a retiree of the Arkansas Highway Department, and a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church, where he served as deacon.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Ann Johnson-Miller; his father, Hosie “Snapper” Heard; and two sisters, Shiree Johnson and Debbie Sue Heard.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Oneka Allen-Johnson; one son, Cameron Keith Johnson of Hamburg; two daughters, Cierra K. Johnson of Hamburg and Carriell C. Brown of Stuttgart; three brothers, Adrian Tucker of Fayetteville, and Kelvin Heard and Bruce Heard, both of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Tammy Nimmer, husband Lee, of Hamburg, Vernnicia Huggins, husband Allen, of Dallas, Texas, and Shelby Wood, husband Henry, of Burkeville, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Service was held Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Bishop Alfonso Madden officiating.

Active pallbearers were Joe Killingsworth, Shrun Jenkins, Walter Jenkins, Jason Jenkins, C.T. Lewis, Taci Gillam, Keith Pippen, and William Tippett.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Hamburg High School Class of ’89 and Christ Temple Men’s Ministry along with Lee Nimmer, Adrian Tucker, Allen Huggins, Derrick Allen, Allen Johnson, Lee Allen, Connon Foster, Undra Reynolds, and Vincent Foster.

Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Marjorie Moody

Former Ashley County resident Marjorie Scott Moody died surrounded by loved ones in Gulfport, Miss., May 9, 2019.

She was born to the late Lawrence E. Scott and the late Margaret Harris Scott Feb. 13, 1926.

She was a graduate of Hamburg High School and of Arkansas Baptist School of Nursing. Her career in nursing spanned more than 50 years, and her specialties included surgical, occupational, health, oncology, and addictions.

She was a member of Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Morrow, Ga., where she served three terms on the vestry.

She is survived by her sister, Dell Harriman; her two children, Margaret DiVito and Mike Moody (Cindy); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held at Saint Augustine’s Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. under the direction of Southern Mississippi Funeral Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in memory of Marjorie Scott Moody.


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Robert “Pat” Rickman

Robert E. “Pat” Rickman, 92, of Crossett, died Friday, May 17, 2019.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Crossett, a Baptist and a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II.

He worked for Chase Bag Company for 37 years. He was a member and past president of the Morgan Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Lavern Sanderlin Rickman and Julia Norrell Rickman; his parents, Robert Melton and Josie Maxwell Rickman; one brother, J.T. Rickman; and five sisters, Lucille Watt, Lorene Byrd, Minnie Clark, Nina Josey and Polly Hill.

He is survived by two sons, Dennis Rickman and wife, Carol, and Steve Listar and wife, Janie, all of Crossett; three step-daughters, Ann Reed of Monroe, La., and Dixie Adams and husband, W.T., and Sandy Harrison and husband, Gary, all of Crossett; two brothers, Charles Lexie Rickman of Crossett and James Edgar Rickman and wife, Mary, of Ozark, Mo.; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Josey, Larry Josey, Bubba Gilmore, Allen Swan, Roy Rodgers, Ronnie Rickman. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Mac Watt, Tommy Rickman, Lamar Hill and John Pennington.

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


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James “Jimmy” Robinson

James “Jimmy” Neal Robinson, 57, of Crossett, died Friday, May 17, 2019, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La.

He was born, to his parents, James H. and Sarah Varnell Robinson on Oct. 29, 1961, in Malvern.

He worked as a maintenance supervisor at Interfor Lumber Corporation in Monticello and performed with many local bands over the years.

He was preceded in death by his father, James H. Robinson.

He is survived by his wife; Kaye Rice Robinson of Crossett; one daughter, Michelle MacCloskey of Dallas, Texas; one stepdaughter, April Spence and husband, Justin, of Bastrop, La.; three stepsons, Craig Handly and wife, Laura, of Monticello, Lance McGhee and wife, Vanessa, of Conway, and Brad McGhee and wife, Kelly, of Crossett; one sister, LouAnne Richardson of Hamburg; his mother, Sarah Robinson of Hamburg; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a memorial visitation in his honor.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteers of the Crossett City Pound, 435 Binns Loop Crossett, AR 71635.

All local arrangements are under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.


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Linda Stewart

Linda Stewart, 70, of Crossett, died Saturday, May 18, 2019. She was a native of Baltimore, Md., and a resident of Crossett for the past 50 years. She worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 20 years, and she was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Lee and Ida Mae Reynolds Petty; and a daughter-in-law, Holly Michelle Stewart.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, LM Stewart of Crossett; two sons, Johnie Stewart and wife, Alicia, of Hamburg and Troy Stewart of Crossett; one brother, Clifford Lee Petty and wife, Melba, of Bastrop, La.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Rose officiating. Burial was in Egypt Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Blake Stewart, John Michael Stewart, Zachary Stewart, Tony Craig, James Smith, and Kenneth Box.

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

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