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Joshua Autry

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Joshua Autry, 33, of Crossett, died on May 20, 2018. He was born November 6, 1984, to Alan Dale and Sheila Mae Forman Autry.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Dale Autry.

He is survived by his mother, Sheila Autry of Crossett; sisters Charity Faith Langston of Crossett, and Angela Gail Setzer and husband, Troy, of Dallas, Texas; grandparents Jerry Forman of Kansas, Eva Forman of Crossett, and Leah Shows of Rosenberg, Texas; and three pairs of aunts and uncles.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett with Pastor Larry Hickman officiating, followed by an interment at the Extra Cemetery in Hamburg under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dwayne Miles, Jerry Walton, Doyle Walton, David Johns, Mike Mills, and Guy Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers were John Forman, Jerry Forman, Freddy Hipp, Chris Bronson, Rusty Slayter, and Michael White.

Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m on, Friday, May 25, also at the church.

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Linwood Jenkins

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Linwood Jenkins, 81, of Crossett, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the home of Audrey New. He was born on February 28, 1937, in Fountain Hill to his parents, Arthur Lee “Tea”, and Nellie Carter Jenkins. After high school and serving short terms in the Army National Guard, he began his long career with Georgia-Pacific. For 55 years, he worked throughout the mill and eventually retired in 2006 as a Maintenance Crane Operator. He played an active role in the Cloverdale Assembly of God church bus ministry for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers, Dennie, Dwayne, Paul, Panzie, Edward, Troy, Roy, and Brutus Jenkins; four sisters, Fredia Mae Thomas, Erma Lee Vail, Lois Reitzell, and Jeannette Cox.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Poole Jenkins of Crossett; two daughters, Karen Bigelow and husband, Chuck, of Providence Village, Texas, and Anna Medley and husband, David, of Sheridan, Arkansas; one son, Todd Jenkins and wife, Araceli, of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church in Crossett with Pastors Wes Miller and Justin Uselton officiating, followed by an interment at Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Blake, Landon, and Jarrett Bigelow, and David, Penny, Bruce, Steve, Jeff, and Greg Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were Tracy Bulloch, Franklin McElwaney, Kenny Barfield, Virgil Cross, Stephen Cross, Bob Pill, Jr., Eddie Black, and Red Wells.

Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, also at the church.

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William Hughen Watson

William Hughen Watson, 60, of Crossett, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his home. He was born in Camden, Arkansas on January 18, 1958, to his parents, Travis Hughen, and Iris Allene Brown Watson.

He was a 1976 graduate of Crossett High School where he set two track records, and as an adult, played volleyball with the “Sammy Slammers” and “Bad Company” to win the Arkansas State Volleyball Championship. For over 39 years, He worked for Georgia Pacific, first in the shipping department and later in the storeroom, while serving as an active member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 369, until he retired in 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche Morgan Watson of Crossett; two sons, Daniel Watson and wife, Rosanna, and Chad Watson and wife, April, all of Crossett; one daughter, Jessica Barnum and husband, Mitchell, of Ada, Oklahoma; one sister, Renee Stokes and husband, Ray, of Crossett; and seven grandchildren..

A Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating, followed by an interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mike Shaw, Darren Brantley, Randy Townley, Ricky Townley, Dennis Holland, and Steven Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers were Stuart Thomas, Coach Bobby Richardson, Mike “Duck” Donaldson, David Jordan, Ricky Taunton, Joe Sivils, and Greg Johnson.

Visitation was on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

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Jimmy G. Martin

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Jimmy G. “Jimbo” Martin, 61, of Fountain Hill died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Martin was a native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill and a 1975 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard for 13 years and worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 32 years. He was a member of Judson Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Edward Martin in 1990 and a brother, Freddie Martin in 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia Craig Martin of Fountain Hill; two daughters, Janet Martin of Hamburg and Shelly Martin of Crossett; a son, Steven Martin of Fountain Hill; his mother, Ruth Culp Martin of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Robert Martin and wife, Missy, of Hamburg and Frankie Martin and wife, Donna, of Fountain Hill; a sister, Brenda Leigh and husband, Danny, of Bryant; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the Judson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. James Morris and Bro. Mike Farmer officiating. Burial was in the Judson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Craig, Dennis Cox, Wade Culp, John Paul Craig, Bobby Ray Miller, Timmy Allison, Mark Moffatt and Brian Leigh. Honorary pallbearers were his coffee drinking buddies of the Fountain Hill Store and the Fountain Hill High School Class of 1975.

Memorials may be made to the Judson Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Dennis Cox, 2512 HWY 425 N., Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Henry Marquette Gilliam, Sr.

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Henry Marquette “Mark” Gilliam, Sr., 88, of Oak Grove, Louisiana died on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Gilliam was a native of Lawson, Arkansas; a resident of Oak Grove, Louisiana for the past 18 years and a former resident of Wilmot for many years. He worked as an operator at the Wells-Pugh Gin in Wilmot for many years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty L. Gilliam; his parents, Terrell Gillum, Sr. and Gertie Poole Gillum; two brothers, Benny and Winfred Gillum and two sisters, Dorothy McPherson and Delia Jean Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Prudhomme Gilliam of Oak Grove, Louisiana; a daughter, Deborah Long and husband, Ronald, of Bastrop, Louisiana; four sons, Benny Gilliam and wife, Sheryl, of Portland, Jimmy Don Gillum and wife, Holly, of Hamburg, Mark Gilliam, Jr. and wife, Susan, of Bastrop, Louisiana and Kenny Gilliam and wife, Vicki, of Clinton, Mississippi; four brothers, William Bernard Gillum of Waco, Texas, Travis Gillum of Snyder, Terrell Gillum of Eudora and James Gillum of Noble, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 in the Dry Bayou Cemetery with Bro. Douglas Edwards officiating. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Philip Mears Couey

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Philip Mears Couey, 68, of Hamburg died on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Couey was a native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Hamburg for the past 13 years and a former resident of Hot Springs and Casper, Wyoming. A 1968 graduate of Fountain Hill High School; he attended the Arkansas A&M College in Monticello - now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was a faithful member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church and the Hamburg First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Quinton and Rachel Mears Couey and his older brother, Oliver Quinton Couey in 2012.

He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Summerlin and husband, Jay, of Bryant and Kathy Fleming and husband, Marc, of Casper, Wyoming; two sisters, Nancy Clair Couey Foote Spivey of Hamburg and Cheryl Diane Couey Wilson and husband, Chuck, of DeWitt; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Tanner Summerlin, Alex Summerlin, Dr. William Foote, Quint Couey, Jason Wilson, Morgan Couey, James McDonald, Larry Johnson, Earnie Stephenson and Tommy Gray. Honorary pallbearer is Shelby Scott.

Visitation was from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, c/o the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Mary Price

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Mary “Sue” Price, 69, of Crossett died on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born March 21, 1949, in Bastrop, Louisiana to Fred Calvin Barnett and Helen Pauline Murphy. She was life-long resident of Ashley County, and a graduate of Crossett High School and later married the love of her life, the late Benny Price. Sue was a retired seamstress at the Hamburg Shirt Factory and a homemaker. She was a Baptist and a member of South Main Baptist Church since 1998, where she served as head of the Ladies Social Committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Benny; and two sisters, Pat Clark and Linda Browning.

She is survived by one son, Ben Allen “Benji” Price and wife Gena of Crossett; two grandchildren; one brother, David Barnett and wife Maletha of Wooster, Arkansas; and one brother in law, Bill Browning of Crossett.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating.

Pallbearers were Zach Price, David Barnett, Royce Swaim, Shane Copes, Bill Runyan and Jeff Harrison. There was no visitation prior to the service and memorials may be made to the South Main Baptist Church or the Gideons International.

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