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Marsha Griffin

Marsha Wiggins Griffin, 82, of Crossett, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. She was in Monroe, La., Jan. 23, 1937 and was a 1954 graduate of Crossett High School before receiving a degree from Draughan’s School of Business in Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and served as the church pianist for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Jesse Frank Griffin; her parents, W.C. and Eula Mae Dickerson Wiggins; one sister, Linda Nicholas; three brothers-in-law, Murray, Charles, and Gene Griffin; and three sisters-in-law, Jeanne, Angie, and Faye Griffin.

Survivors include three daughters, Leah Hendrix and husband, Tony, of Crossett, Laura Giannavola of Little Rock, and Ellen Templeton and husband, Roger, of Little Rock; two brothers, Charles Wiggins and wife, Pat, of Wichita, Kan., and Phil Wiggins and wife, Judie, of Pinehurst, N.C.; one sister, Pat Wiggins of Little Rock; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of the life service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Greg Bennett and Pastor Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Landon Mercer, Lance Mercer, Mason Mercer, Alex Giannavola, Rosie Giannovola, Griffin Templeton, and Caroline Templeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association.

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Douglas “Poppy” Grubbs

Douglas Lamar “Poppy” Grubbs, 82, of Crossett, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at his home. He was born in Monticello, on June 10, 1937, and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

In 1955, he graduated from Drew Central High School, moved to Crossett, and began a 20-year career as a pipefitter for Georgia Pacific. Later, he and his wife ran a childcare business.

He was a member of Barnett Hunting Club and former member of Bluff Trails Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Grubbs Barnett; one brother, Michael Barnett; and one son-in-law, Buddy Stephens.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Frances “Motzy” Grubbs of Crossett; one daughter, Judy Grubbs Stephens of Crossett; one son, Todd Grubbs and wife, Tinetha, of Perryville; one brother, Patrick Barnett of Monticello; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Barnett of Crossett; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jason Cater and Bro. Tim Williams officiating. Burial was to follow in Ozment Valley Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Wylie, Darren Eubanks, Hershell Loveless, Ronnie Rodgers, Barry Barnett, and Zach Swaim.

Honorary pallbearers were Terry Upshaw, J. R. Jeffress, Bobby White, Tracy Bulloch, and Thomas Knight.

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Mamie Hamilton-Hammett

Mamie Wolfe Hamilton-Hammett, 84, of Crossett died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at her home. She was born March 5, 1935, in Hermitage. She grew up working in the cotton fields and studying the Mormon faith.

She had a 20-year career at KAGH radio station and later worked at Hanna Furniture and Boyd’s Women’s Clothing Shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Melissa Gaston Wolfe; three brothers, Tom, Alfred, and Johnny Wolfe; and three sisters, Eva Rich, Minnie Sharp, and Catherine Childers.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ron Hammett of Crossett; two sons, Gary Hamilton of Hamburg and John Phillip “Phil” Hamilton of Crossett; one brother, Ellis Gene Wolfe and wife, Joni, of Clinton, Okla.; one sister, Janet Keith and husband, Bobby, of Monroe, La.; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with President Arlyn Richards of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints and Bro. Andy Connaird officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joey Tokarz, Bobby Wolfe, Glen Wolfe, Colten Williams, Michael Holland, and Trey Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Drake Williams, Preston Tokarz, Caleb Hammett, Steve Webb, Blaine Culp, and Price Tokarz.

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Connie Herrington

Connie Anita Herrington, 67, of Crossett, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Somerset Senior Living Center. She was born Nov. 13, 1952 and graduated from Crossett High School in 1971. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and over the years worked for Chase Bag Company and as a cashier and greeter at Walmart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Jessie and Betty Jane Ogden Bowen and Don Yates; one brother, Ronnie Bowen; and one daughter in-law, Carmen Fields.

She is survived by one son, Bryan Fields of El Paso; two daughters, Donna McDonald (Ken) and Brooke Herrington, both of Crossett; two sisters, Carolyn Sue Hendrix (Robert) of West Monroe, La., and Pam Abney (Tim) of Crossett; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andrew McDonald, Jeremy Whisler, Adam Whisler, Austin Whisler, Ken McDonald, Scott Crass, and Bryan Fields. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Abney and Robert Hendrix.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Ronald McDonald House.

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Joe Hilburn

Joe Wayne Hilburn, 80, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Dumas July 24, 1939. He was a mechanic and welder who retired from Ashley Chicot Electric Company in 2000. He became a Christian at 70 years of age.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Cecil and Myrtle Berry Hilburn, and two sisters, Ammie Hurst and Dorothy Clevenger.

He is survived by three children, Billy, Linda, and Sandra Hilburn; two sisters, Darlene Lofton of Camden and Carolyn McLendon and husband, David, of Hampton; and a host of grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in Unity Cemetery with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating.

Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Pippen

Jimmy Dariel Pippen, 61, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Somerset Senior Living in Crossett. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg and a retired construction worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston Pippen and Ethel Harris-Pippen; and one sister, Dorothy Rena Pippen.

He is survived by one son, Bradford Pippen of Little Rock; five brothers, Billy Clyde, wife Delois, and Ronnie Pippen, both of Hamburg, Carl Pippen, wife Glenda, of Houston, Texas, Donald Pippen, wife Paula, of Wilmar, and Scottie Pippen of Los Angeles, Calif.; and five sisters, Barbara Kendricks of Chicago, Ill., Sharon Pippen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Faye Tucker, husband Clarence, Raye Robinson, and Kimberly Pippen, all of Hamburg.

Service was held Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating.

Active pallbearers were Quinton Pippen, Dontriel Pippen, Adrain Tolfree, Derrick Pippen, Keith Pippen, Patrick Pippen, Cedric Pippen, and Curtis Martin.

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

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Francine White

Francine B. Carter White, 85, of Olive Branch, Miss., died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. She was a native of Portland and a former resident of Lake Tapps, Wash., and the Little Rock, Benton and Cabot area.

She was of the Baptist faith and played the piano and organ for her church. She was a licensed practical nurse and retired from Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marvin James Carter Sr.; two sons, Marvin James Carter Jr. and Robert K. Carter; one grandson, Nick Williams; her parents, Lercy and Mattie Laura Lynn Breedlove; one sister, Bernice White; and four brothers, W.L. Breedlove, Carroll Breedlove, Robert Breedlove and Mike Breedlove.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd White of Lake Tapps; four daughters, Laura Lovell of Austin, Michelle Isaac and husband, Martin, of Cabot, Margaret Rankin and husband, Bill, of Piedmont, Okla., and Liz Woods and husband, Bill, of Olive Branch; two sons, Samuel Carter and Matt Carter, both of Alaska; one step-daughter, Kay Carter of Hot Springs; one brother, Reed Breedlove of Lake Village; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Montrose Baptist Church with Reed Breedlove officiating. Burial was in Montrose Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Williams, Andrew Breedlove, Luke Woods, James Lovell, Bill Bruner, and Bill Rankin.

Honorary pallbearers were Link Lovell, Ruger Rains, Sauyer Rains, Carter Moody, Greyson Breedlove, and Clay Williams.

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

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Roy White Sr.

Roy D. White Sr., 69, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at his home. He was born and raised in Bastrop, La., and was a former resident of Crossett. He graduated from Bastrop High School in 1969, worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 47 years, and was a member of Crossett Riding Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Allie Mae Wyatt White, and nine brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Denney White of Hamburg; two sons, Roy D. White Jr. and wife, Mandy, and Heath Allen White, both of Crossett; one step-son, Josh Cossey and wife, Georganna, of Hamburg; two step-daughters, Becky Landry of Baton Rouge, La., and Roxie Ann Orr and husband, Brad, of Niceville, Fla.; one brother, Sidney Douglas “Bo” White and wife, Gail, of Culleoka, Tenn.; one sister, Gladys Perot of Crossett; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation was set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Crossett Riding Club, PO Box 1720, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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