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Billy Banks

Billy Charles Banks, 72, of Collins, Miss., died Sept. 4, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was born Oct. 10, 1946 and was a graduate of Hamburg High School.

He was employed with Georgia Pacific in Crossett for 41 years, served 21 years in the National Guard, and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Alvin Banks and Leveter Waltman Banks.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Debbie Banks of Collins, three sons, T.J. (Guida) Murray of Ocean Springs, Miss., Brad (Dianne) Murray of Ocean Springs, and William “Brad” Banks of Memphis, Tenn.; one daughter, Christie Lynn Wells of Memphis; one brother, Dennis (Marti) Banks of Crossett; two sisters, Delouise (Willis) Doss and Imogene Deal, both of Crossett; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Jimmie Ray Bardin

Jimmie Ray Bardin, age 71, of Crossett, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. He was born Nov. 10, 1947 and retired from Georgia Pacific where he was a tissue maker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul James and Norma Malone Bardin; one son, James Wade; and all of his sisters and brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Margaret Bardin; two sons, Hubert Ray Bardin (Kim) of Eureka Springs and Jimmy Dion Bardin of Crossett; eight grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Jones Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial followed in Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Richard Watt, Randall Watt, Donnie Murl Watt, Zack Bardin, Mathew Bardin, and Allen Bardin.


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Jen Barnett

Jen Barnett, 65, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at her home. She was a native of Texarkana, Texas and a resident of Hamburg for the past 23 years. She graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas in 1972.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Etta Maedell Wardlaw Lucas.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Kenneth Barnett of Hamburg; one step-son, Dale Barnett and wife, Amy, of Crossett; one twin sister, Jon Etta Wooten and husband, Steve, of Hamburg; five step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m, Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Hollis Chapel Memory Garden.

Pallbearers are Austin Fitch, Brandon Fitch, Dakota Fitch, Jared Miles, Michael Miles, and Jerod Williamson. 

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


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Jackson Carpenter Jr.

Jackson Henry Carpenter Jr., 73, of Houston, Arkansas, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 27, 1945, and was raised in Hamburg.

He attended University of Arkansas at Monticello where he majored in physical education and biology. He coached and taught in several school districts including Smackover, Eudora, Benton, Harrison, and Jasper before joining the family business, Carpenter's Fine Furniture, on the square in Hamburg. Later he and his wife established Mountain Springs Cabins at Compton near the Buffalo National River and managed the business for the next 15 years.

He was a member of Perryville First Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jackson Henry Sr. and Corene Choate Carpenter; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Smith; one brother-in-law, Johnny Smith; and one sister-in-law, Karen Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Camille Smith Carpenter of Houston; one son, Jackson Henry Carpenter III of Little Rock; one grandson; one brother, Ben Choate Carpenter and wife, Debbie, of Hamburg; one sister, Lisa Carpenter Atkins and husband, Jim, of Hamburg; and one sister-in-law, Belle Smith of Hattiesburg, Miss.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Rev. Jimmy Wallace and Rev. Jason Campbell officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Carpenter, Benjamin Carpenter, Sonny Holland, Jim Atkins, Dr. James R. Atkins, and Robert Allen Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and the members of Bill Rudkin Sunday School Class of Perryville First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Perryville First Baptist Church, 207 Fourth Street Perryville, AR, 72126.

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


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William Crockett

William Lydell Crockett, age 60, of Crossett died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. He was born July 7, 1959 in Wayne, W.V.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Crockett.

Survivors include one son, Henry Crockett (Alyssa) of El Dorado; one stepson, Brian Jenkins of Crossett; his mother, Lina Estep of Norphlet; five sisters, Nannie, Robin, Patricia, Wilma Jean, and Kathy Crockett; and nine grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.


Charlotte Spraggins

Charlotte Louise Barker Spraggins, age 92, of Warren, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at her home. She was born in Warren on May 19, 1927.

She was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Otis Barker and Lilas Mossholder Barker; her husband, J.C. Spraggins; one grandchild, Wendy Sheree Spraggins; and one great-grandchild Bradleigh Klair Glosup.

Survivors include four children, Connie Jones (Bill) of Warren, Patricia Ann Duran (Dennis) of Rison, David Spraggins (Debbie) of Texarkana, and Tommy Spraggins (Carolyn); 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

Memorials are preferred to Ebenezer Baptist Church, 621 Bradley 7 South, Warren, AR, 71671.


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Lila Thurman

Lila Mae King Thurman, age 82, of Crossett, AR passed away on September 16, 2019.  She was born on February 2, 1937 at Bruno, Arkansas to her parents, Frank and Goldie Suggs King.  She graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) in 1958 with a B.S.E. degree. She taught school for Hamburg School District for 7 years, then she taught math at Price Elementary School in Crossett for 23 years before retiring in 1990.  Lila was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church, Retired Teachers Association of Ashley County, The Cattleman’s Association, a member of Ashley County Quorum Court for 16 years and Crossroads Cemetery Committee since 2015. 

She will be remembered as a person who lived life to its fullest each day, a generous person with much love and compassion for others.  She was a dedicated Canasta player.  She played with the same group for over fifty years, never missing a game.  She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family, extended family, deer camps, church family and friends.  She was on the church cooking committee for several years  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and canning the vegetables from her garden.

She is preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, Marion Thurman (2008); her son, Steve Thurman (2012), two brothers, Buell King of Yellville, AR and Doy King of Renton, WA. 

She leaves to cherish her memories, one son, Doug Thurman (Kristi); one granddaughter, Katie Thurman of Monticello, AR; one grandson, Taylor Thurman of Monticello, AR; two adopted grandsons, Colt Smith of Crossett, AR and Drew Smith of Boston, MA; three sister-in-laws, Joanne King of Yellville, AR, Willie Deal and Carolyn Lochala, both of Crossett, AR.

Funeral services were 10:00am on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Magnolia Baptist Church in Crossett, AR with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating.  Pallbearers were Greg Stanley, Mitch Stanley, Bill Rice, BJ Pippen, Frank McMahan and Tony Blann.  Honorary Pallbearers were John D. Carter, Mike Gates and Tony Lee.  Interment was in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Inc.  Visitation was from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett, AR.

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