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Cynthia Evans

Cynthia Nutt Evans, 62, of Hamburg died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at her residence. She was a native of and raised in Crossett and was a resident of Hamburg for the past 40 years. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, John Eric Evans; two sons, Yousef Ray Atashkadeh and Eric “Ricky” Evans; her father, W.R. Nutt; and her mother and step-father, Claudine Johnson Huff and Buddy Huff.

She is survived by one daughter, Christy Norrell and husband, Jimmy Don, of Hamburg; two sons, Casey Huff and Jessy Nutt, both of Hamburg; one brother, Clifford Huff of Johnsville; one sister, Beverly Key and husband, John, of Crossett; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Carlton White officiating. A private burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.

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


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Deacon “Kirt” Grayson

Deacon Curtis Lee “Kirt” Grayson, 86, of Parkdale, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Monticello.

He was born July 17, 1933, in Parkdale, and he attended Savage Elementary and High School there. He worked many jobs including as a butcher at Gregory General Store, a custodian at Parkdale Bank, a bus driver for Parkdale and Wilmot Schools, a civil defense worker for Ashley County, and a landscaper. He later created his own landscaping business. He attended Union Baptist Church in Parkdale where he served as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the deacon board, and in the choir.

He served as a member of Parkdale School Board, Masonic Lodge, and the Singing Union and acted as a scout master for the Boy Scouts of America.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louisie Mae Grayson; two sons, Ricky Grayson and Roderick Altron Grayson; one daughter, Mary Catherine Grayson; his parents, Fred and Mary Johnson Grayson; one sister, Juanita Morris; four brothers, Edward Grayson, Frank Grayson, Willie Grayson, and Thomas Curtis “TC” Grayson; two brothers-in-law, Henry Evans and Glady Morris; and two sisters-in-law, Inez Grayson and Christine Grayson.

Survivors include two sons, Kirt Grayson Jr. and wife, Felicia, of Dermott and Donald Bernard Grayson and wife, Lequieta, of Little Rock; two daughters, Gwendolyn Mershell Grayson Watson of North Little Rock and Kimberly Grayson of Monticello; three step-sons, Patrick Franklin of Houston, Texas, Mickey Jasper of Humble, Texas, and Rickey Jasper and wife, Sheila, of Arlington, Va.; four sisters, Mary Evans of Dallas, Texas, Beulah Bledsoe of Los Angeles, Calif., Alsenaith Rudolph and husband, Leon, of Fontana, Calif., and Barbara Williams and husband, Hardy, of Olympia Fields, Ill.; one brother, John Grayson of Calumet City, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Rev. Rickey L. Jasper officiating. Burial will be in Childress Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Randolph Morris, Dennis Morris, Rodney Goodwin, Justin Goodwin, Randy Smith, and Wayne Mooney.

Honorary pallbearers are Hardy Williams, Leon Rudoph, Eddie Armstead, Glen Armstead, John Armstead, Steve Armstead, John Grayson, Bobby Clark, Ben Alexander and Henry Clark.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.


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Geneva Moore

Geneva Moore, 90, died Nov. 15, 2019, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett.

She was born July 8, 1929, in Crossett and attended Ashley County Training School (T.W. Daniels). She was a member of Hunters Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess and as the church treasurer for many years. She worked as a hairdresser.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alberta McGee; her husband, Rev. Joseph Moore Jr.; one son, William Moore; one infant daughter, baby Moore; four sisters, Versie

Lee Martin, Thelma Carlock, Bobbie Coleman, and Lucille McGee; and two brothers, Elmerice McGee and James McGee.

Survivors include three daughters, Kayla Wright and Sheila Moore, both of Milwaukee, Wis., and Brenda Webb of Fairview

Heights, Ill.; six sons, Willie Moore (Vickie) of California, Roy Moore (Janice), Gary Moore (Alicia), and Raymond Moore (Michelle), all of Milwaukee, Tommy Moore (Karen) of Crossett, and Johnny Moore (Cynthia) of N. Little Rock; two sisters, Eula Wright of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robbie Williams of

Richton Park, Ill.; three brothers, Freddie McGee (Carolyn) of Chicago, Ill., Leo McGee (Gloria) of Cookeville, Tenn., and John T. McGee of Crete, Ill.; one brother-in-law, Andrew Moore of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Catherine Foster of Toledo, Ohio; 35 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Crossett with Pastor Quintin Radford officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


Josephine Robinson

Josephine Robinson, 79, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was born in Hamburg May 18, 1940, and was a life-long resident of Ashley County.

She attended Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ and Evangelist Temple until her health declined. She was a Sunday School teacher, Y.P.W.W. (Young People Willing Workers) president, Mother’s Board member, choir member, Bible Band teacher, Home & Foreign Missions worker, and Sewing Circle participant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearlie and Lizzie Marie Jacob Hughes; two brothers, Pearlie Hughes Jr. and Travis Hughes; and one grandson, J.D. Robinson.

She is survived by six children, Dr. Carl Robinson (Judy) of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Dorothy Langley (Roger) of Tyler, Texas, Rob Robinson of Omaha, Neb., Peggy Brown (Earl) of Bastrop, La., Jessie Foster

(Bestre) of Crossett, and Judge Judy Robinson of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Davis Memorial COGIC, 300 N. Virginia St. in Crossett, followed by burial in Pugh Cemetery.

The service is entrusted to Medders Funeral Home.


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Luella Ross

Luella Ross, 83, of Lake Village, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Lake Village, a retired certified nurse’s assistant having worked at Beverly Nursing Lodge and Our Lady of the Lake for a number of years, and a member of Zion Temple Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gloriasten Ross; her parents, Nep and Luella Howard-Ross; one brother, William Henry Ross; and five sisters, Jelleaner Moore, Virginia Ford, Rosie Akins, Laura Bolden, and Ruth McClaim.

She is survived by eight sons, Earnest Ross, wife Gwen, of McComb, Miss., Charles Ross, wife Joanna, of Greenville, Miss., Dwight Childs, wife Joyce, of Jackson, Miss., Dennis Jackson, wife Ira, of Birmingham, Ala., Roy Ray Jackson of Lake Village, Tracy Fields, wife Marie, of Eudora, and Ricky Fields, wife Tequilla, and Johnny Fields, wife Lakeia, both of Conway; one daughter, Delois Gantt, husband David, of Lake Village; two sisters, Dorothy Ross of Lake Village and Daphne Butler of Indianapolis, Ind.; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Lake Village with Supt. Charles Taylor officiating.

Active pallbearers were Antonio Brown, Quentin Gantt, Quincy Wallace, David Gantt III, Johnny Fields, and Eric Jefferson.

Honorary pallbearers were her sons and son in law.

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

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