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Mary Franklin

Mary Alice Franklin, 72, of Hamburg, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. She was a native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg since 1967. She was an educator and librarian, and taught at Pine Street School in Hamburg, Fountain Hill High School, and Hamburg Middle School for 38 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Franklin; her son, Ted Franklin; and her parents, Clifton Albert and Melba Jean Terry Pendergrass.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Tran, and husband, Tuan, of Hamburg; three brothers, Marvin Pendergrass and wife, Kathy, of Dallas, Texas, Cliff Pendergrass and wife, Sarah, of Bastrop, La., and Dewitt Pendergrass and wife, Brenda, of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at First Baptist Church with Bro. Trey Emory officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Vernon Fischer, Trapper Holland, Cleveland Wilson, Dewey “Scutter” Kilcrease, Daryle Daniels Sr., Bob Martin, and Shelby Harrod.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR  71646.

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


Joe Hundley

Joe Hundley, 86, of Little Rock, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

He was a native of Hamburg and graduated from White Hall High School before receiving degrees in English and education from Arkansas A&M College, now University of Arkansas at Monticello.

While working toward his degrees, he served as a lay speaker for Pine Bluff Arsenal Community Church. He received his master’s degree and an educational specialist degree from University of Arkansas and began his teaching career at White Hall High School later teaching at Hamburg. He was a high school principal at Elkins and Lake Village High School, and served as an educational specialist at Ouachita Baptist University where he conducted workshops throughout Arkansas. He was an instructor at the Federal Job Corp Program in Northwest Arkansas, assistant superintendent at White Hall High School and he ended his career as an associate professor of education at UCA in Conway.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Dean Hundley, and two sisters, Ruth Hundley Chapman and Mary Hundley Nichols.

He is survived by two sisters, Sarah Hundley Wilf and Betty Hundley Jones, and one brother, Thomas Chase Hundley, all of Little Rock.

Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Hammett Evans officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be in Hamburg Cemetery 15 minutes before the service.


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Carl Rice Jr.

Carl Thomas Rice, Jr., 78, of Portland, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. He was a native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Portland. He worked as parts manager at Portland Farm Equipment Company for over 40 years, an EMT for Mainline Volunteer Ambulance Service, a Portland city councilman and a member Portland Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Portland Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a Mason and a member of Portland Masonic Lodge #499.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Peggy Cox Rice; his parents, Carl T. Rice Sr. and Emma Elton Rice; and one sister, Judy Rice.

He is survived by one daughter, Christie Owens, and husband, William, of Metcalfe, Miss.; and one brother, Bill Rice and wife, Stacy, of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Portland Baptist Church with Bro. David Sullivan and Jerry Selby officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Jimmie Sadler, Bob Young, George Rutledge, Buddy Lawrence and Emory Austin.

Memorials may be made to Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86,Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral.

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