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Sophie Adams

Sophie Adams, 76, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Monroe, La. She a native of Korea and a resident of Hamburg for the past 44 years. She was a homemaker and worked for Hamburg Shirt Factory for over 20 years. She attended Tillou Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Glen Adams; her parents, E. Yun and Da Sun Hwang Kwon; and one brother.

She is survived by two children, Lisa Adams Fulgham and husband, Terry, and George Allen Adams, all of Hamburg; one sister, Sukie Simpson and husband, Mel, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Rick Mercer officiating. A private burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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


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Gene Bates

Gene Bates, 67, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at his home. He was a native of Dermott and a resident of Hamburg for many years.

He was a 1970 graduate of Portland High School and attended one year of college at University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he learned how to swim.

He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard, where he served as a first aid attendant. He was a Hunter’s Education instructor for 33 years and worked for Georgia-Pacific Paper Operations for 46 years. He had many jobs at Georgia-Pacific, the last of which was a boiler supervisor.

He was a member of Martinville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Alvin “Hoot” and Helen Marie Gwin Bates.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy Dale Martin Bates of Hamburg; two daughters, Amie Bates Kielwasser and husband, Paul, of West Monroe, La., and Haley Bates Birdyshaw and husband, Kris, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Jimmy Wayne Bates of Hamburg and Byron Dale Bates and wife, Dianna, of Monticello; one sister, Donna Marie Watts and husband, Kevin, of Lake Village; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Martinville Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen and Bro. Keith Martin officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Neil Martin, John Martin, Nick Martin, Barry Savage, Terry Martin, Brad Martin, Paul Gulledge, and Lyance Savage Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were John Johnson, Dave Harris, Bruce Towe, Darrel Daniels, Nathan Watts, William Watts, Wade Knight, Kyle Knight, Blake Martin, and Brian Martin.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


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Lou Graham

Lou Ella Graham, 77, of Fountain Hill, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Little Rock. She was a native of Rohwer and a resident of Fountain Hill for most of her life.

She was the city recorder and treasurer for Fountain Hill for many years and was previously active in the Fountain Hill school. She was a member of Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bobby Ray Graham; her parents, Elmer Lee and Dorothy Mattie Bell Dennis Allen; one brother, John Pritchard; and three sisters, Virginia Bunn, Mary Ellen Boney and Flo Ella Welch.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Trantham and husband, Gene, of Hamburg; three sons, Bob Graham Jr. of Lake Village, Glen Graham and wife, Martha, of Little Rock, and Barry Graham and wife, Vickie, of Fountain Hill; three sisters, Estelle Allen of Little Rock, Kathy Voltz of Texas, and Margie Ann Allen of California; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Bro. Gene Gregory officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Caleb Miller, Trace Moffatt, Bimm McKiever, Richard Walker, John Patrick, and Donald McKiever.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Ralph Hollis and Harold Pruitt.

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


Thomas Spratt

Thomas Lee “Boy Baby” Spratt, age 68, of the White Station community in Crossett died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County.

He was preceded in death by one son, Thomas “Puda” Spratt; his parents, John T. “Pat” and Emma Lee Spratt; one brother, Herbert Spratt; and one sister, Johnnie Mae Spratt.

He is survived by one daughter, Veronica Howard of Lakewood, Wash.; one brother, George “Wee” Spratt of Las Vegas, Nev.; one grandson; and one great-grandchild.

Service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ephrim Johnson officiating. Burial was in Ryles Cemetery.

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