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Bertha Marie Jordan

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Bertha Marie Jordan, 92, of Little Rock, died on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at her home in Little Rock surrounded by her family. She was a native of Jerome but grew up in Crossett in the White Station Community, a resident of Rockford, Illinois for 22 years and a resident of Little Rock for 22 years. She was a retired cook in the Governor’s mansion and a member of Tenth Street Church of Christ in Rockford, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewel Jordan; two sons, Artrice Jordan and Bruce Wiley; four grandchildren; her parents, George and Norma Johnson-Putney; one brother, Artice Putney; and two sisters, Ola Lee Putney and Madeline Hendrix.

She is survived by two sons, Elbert (Genetta) Jordan, of Rockford, Illinois and Derosher Wiley, of Little Rock; six daughters, Jewel Tucker, of Rockford, Illinois, Barbara Jordan, Linda Jordan, Shelia Wiley-Kennedy, and Debbie Wiley, all of Little Rock and Marie Brown of Crossett; thirty-seven grandchildren; sixty-five great-grandchildren; forty-four great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Norma Love and Jessie Putney, of Crossett, Ruth Pulliam and husband, Gene, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, Marion Putney and wife, Linda, and Georgia Curry of Rockford, Illinois.

Services were on Wednesday, August 15 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in Crossett with Rev. Jesse Radford, Jr. officiating. Active pallbearers were A.C. Love, Dennis Fountain, James Wiley, JaVaris Williams, Montrale Brown, and Terry Fountain. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons. Burial was in Ryles Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg.

Viewing was on August 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church.


Jacquelin Wooten


Jacqueline “Jackie” Wooten, 71, of Hamburg, died on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Wooten was a native of Hope and a resident of Hamburg for the past 51 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ruth Elise Bowden Reynolds; a brother, Maxie Reynolds and an infant grandchild.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Eddie Wooten of Hamburg; two daughters, Theresa Naff and husband, Johnny, and Pam Noble and husband, Lynn, all of Hamburg; two sons, Nathan Wooten and wife, Jessica, of Hamburg and Dan Wooten and wife, Sheree, of Nederland, Texas; a sister, Alicia Stewart and husband, Johnie, of Hamburg; a brother, Charles Reynolds and wife, Linda, of Odessa, Texas; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11 at the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Franklin and Bro. Dan Wooten officiating. Burial was in the Hollis Chapel Memory Garden. Pallbearers were Brad Burchfield, Jimmy Don Gillum, Leo Chandler, Stephen Campbell, Clint Fleming and Rod Drurey. Honorary pallbearers were Jay Naff, Nate Wooten, Kyle Naff, L.J. Noble, Kason Wooten, Blaine Wooten, Dax Wooten and Wyatt Wooten. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Joseph Frank Parks

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Joseph “Joey” Frank Parks, 37, of Crossett, died on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at his home. He was born on November 25, 1979, to his parents, James and Bonnie Tanksley Parks. He was a 1999 graduate of Crossett High School and a member of Tillar Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Tanksley, and O.D. and Margaret Parks; and his aunt and uncle, Bobby and Dora Parks.

He is survived by his parents, James and Bonnie Parks of Crossett; four sisters, Christie Quimby and fiancé, Glen Elliott, of Crossett, Tammy Parks and fiancé, Thomas Williams, also of Crossett, Tabatha Parks and fiancé Doyle Kelley, of Big Sandy, Texas and Alverta “Verta” Johnson and fiancé, “Red” Lawrence, of Hot Springs; one brother, James Parks, Jr. and wife, Clarissa, of Crossett; his mamaw, Lavenia Tanksley of Crossett; his aunt, Eloise Shaver of McGehee; and aunt and uncle, Doris and Paul Colburn of Evanston, Wyoming; along with twelve nieces and nephews and four greatnieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Crossett with Pastors Carlton White and Ricky Pack officiating, followed by an interment at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tyler Pennington, Lance Ross, Michael Quimby, Dillon Quimby, Cody Stevens, and Jessie McCarty.

Visitation was from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the church prior to the service.


A.B. Nelms


A.B. Nelms, 79, of Snyder, died on Friday, August 10, 2018. Nelms was a native and lifelong resident of the Snyder Community, east of Hamburg. He worked as a logger and was the owner of Nelms Brothers Logging Company. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder, where he served as a Deacon.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Dewayne Nelms in 2015; his parents, John and Emma Streeter Nelms and two brothers, Cecil and Leo Nelms.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Kelley Nelms of Snyder; a daughter, Patricia Lambert and husband, Cory, of Jonesboro; four sons, David Nelms, Ronnie Nelms and wife, Bernice, Roger Nelms and wife. Lesley and James Nelms all of Snyder; three sisters, Betty Sue King of Vaiden, Mississippi, Marcelle Buckner and Kathy Tanksley both of Hamburg; three brothers, Jackie Nelms of Snyder, Frankie Nelms of Crossett and Curtis Nelms of Lake Village; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 13 at the Fellowship Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Greenwood officiating. Burial was in the Greene Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mart Nelms, Kevin Barfield, John Paul Kelley, Ryan Culpepper, Brandon Patrick and Bryan Nelms. Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, 179 Ashley Road 107, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Susan Florence Spivey Freydl


Susan Florence Spivey Freydl died on Saturday, August 11, 2018, following a battle with breast cancer. Her best friend and loving husband, Scott, was by her side. Susan was born October 27, 1956, in Crossett. She was the fourth child and only daughter of John William and Mary Matthews Spivey, who preceded her in death.

Susan graduated from Hendrix College in 1979 and also earned a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas. She taught for many years in the public schools in Little Rock and Carlisle and for a time at the Montessori Children’s Center in Little Rock before relocating to Washington, D.C. where she met and fell in love with Scott. Following their marriage in 1990, they returned to Washington but later moved to Hope. Susan continued her work as a counselor and therapist for many organizations before retiring in 2010.

In addition to Scott, her husband of 28 years, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Mary Freydl of Leesburg, Florida, her step-mother, Nancy Foote Spivey of Hamburg, her brothers and their wives, Bill and Cathy Spivey of Little Rock, Tom and Paulette Spivey of Paris, Arkansas, James and Katie Spivey of Phoenix, Arizona and David and Ronda Spivey of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, her step-sisters Rachelle Foote Speegle of Shreveport, Louisiana and Stephanie Foote Johnston and her step-brother, William Foote, both of Hamburg.

A memorial service will be conducted at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 17 with Rev. Tim Reed officiating, followed by a reception at the Church. A graveside service at the Hamburg Cemetery will follow later that day at 4 p.m. with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1 Covenant Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211; CARTI, 8901 CARTI Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-6523; or Hospice Home Care, 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Ray Calvin Shipley, Sr.

Ray Calvin Shipley, Sr., 93, of Warren, died on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born February 7, 1925, in Hermitage to Iva Hazel Green Shipley and Jesse Calvin Shipley. Except for brief absences, he spent his life in Bradley County, working in auto parts sales, clothing sales, and, for the final 18 years of his career, as a representative of MetLife Insurance. He was a member of the Wood Avenue A.R.P. Church in Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Carr Shipley, to whom he was married from 1945 until her death in 2008, and by his parents and his brother, Paul Leslie Shipley.

He is survived by his son, Ray Calvin Shipley, Jr. and wife, Vickie of Arkadelphia and his daughter Carla Jean Shipley Vandal and husband, Donnie of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; five grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 16 at Frazer’s Chapel in Warren. Visitation will follow the memorial service at Frazer’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hickory Springs Cemetery, P.O. Box 911, Warren, Arkansas, 71671.


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