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James Kenneth Herron

James Kenneth Herron, 68, of Crossett, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his home. He was born on April 4, 1950 in Delhi, Louisiana to his parents, Charles and Katherine Quimby Herron.

Herron resided in Crossett since the age of nine, was a 1968 graduate of Crossett High School and worked for Georgia-Pacific for 42 years until his retirement at the age of 62.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Aubrey Herron; and one sister, Carolyn Rizzo.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sheila Ross Herron of Crossett; one son, James Riley Herron of West Monroe, Louisiana; one daughter, Vanessa DeRuzzo of Clearwater, Florida; one sister, Joanne Herron of Corpus Christi, Texas; a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stand Up To Cancer organization.


Robert E. Crain, Jr.

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Robert E. Crain, Jr., 86, of Hamburg, formerly of Crossett and Lake Village, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on October 12, 1931, in Tillar, to his parents, Robert E. Crain, Sr. and Katie Harper Crain.

He graduated from Lake Village High School is 1949 and played football at Arkansas A&M College. He joined the U.S. Army, attended Officer Candidate School and retired as a captain. He served as principal at Price Elementary School and superintendent of the Crossett Public School System.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty Jane Hogue Crain; a brother, Gene Crain; two sisters, Evelyn Underwood and Marnette Bennett; and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by a son, James R. Crain of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Smith of Hamburg; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Farries Hogue of Benton; and two sisters-in-law, Yvonne Hodnett of Rogers and Dorothy Hogue of Lonoke.

A celebration of life service was held on Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with Pastor Tim Chennault officiating, followed by an interment with military honors at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Derrick Lyons, Chris Lyons, Colt Smith, Drew Smith, Greg Mattson and Larry Vaughn.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 at Medders Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House.


Paul Clavet

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Paul “Pollock” Clavet, 74, of Hamburg, died on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Clavet was a native of Lewiston, Maine; a resident of Hamburg for the past 12 years and a former resident of McGehee for many years. He was a veteran who served eight years in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Stephanie Bouchard Clavet; two brothers, Romeo Clavet and Roland Clavet and two sisters, Louise Woodard and Muriel “Lulu” Bouchard.

He is survived by his wife and the mother of his children, Debra Clavet of Hamburg; his children, Buddy Clavet of Hamburg and Kelly Clavet of Jonesboro; his brothers, Lou Clavet and Chuck Clavet both of Lewiston, Maine; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Barbara Faye Swafford

Barbara Faye Swafford, 78, of Crossett, died on September 27, 2018 at the Pinewood Health and Rehab Center in Crossett. She was born on December 9, 1939 in Transylvania, Louisiana to her parents Arlin and Ruby Ross. She was a 1958 graduate of Lake Providence High School and married Aaron “Joe” Swafford in 1969. She was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Marvin Johnson and William Riddle.

She is survived by her two sons, Phillip Ross of Hamburg and Richard Swafford of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; three sisters, Doris Bradley and Arlene Johnson of Transylvania, Louisiana and Edith Riddle of Lake Providence, Louisiana.

A celebration of life service was held on Monday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Herrington, Tommy Rawls, Johnny Upshaw, Ray Harper and Ronnie Rickman. Burial was at Rolfe Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

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