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Kaye Roach

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Kaye Roach of Monticello, AR passed away peacefully on Monday, September 10, 2018, at her home at the age of 74.

Kaye is survived by her devoted husband, Johnny Roach of 50 years; four dear children, Frank Roach of Atlanta, Ga, Howe and (Brandi) Roach of Fayetteville, AR, John and (Paula) Roach of Bixby OK, and Cindy and (Brian) Campion of Richardson, TX; one brother, Steve and (Sherry) Howe of Nebo, OK; one sister, Karen and (Tom) Byrd of Mount Pleasant, TX; ten grandchildren, Griffin, Anna, Samantha, Riley, Emerson, Lofton, Keller, Wyatt, Lola, and Mase; and many nieces and nephews which she held very dear.

The family will host a visitation on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Monticello, 413 North Main St. from 6:00-8:00 p.m. while her body will lie in state at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral home from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A private committal service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15th. A celebration service will be held at First Baptist Church of Monticello, AR on Saturday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. The family has designated the College Ministry of FBC, 413 North Main, Monticello, AR 71655 for memorial contributions. Arrangements are by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Online guestbook pages at www.stephensondearman.com.


Carolyn Emory Ray

Carolyn Emory Ray, 84, of Crossett, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Carolyn was born on August 26, 1934, to George C. and Geneva Maxwell Emory. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired resident of Longview, a 1952 graduate of Crossett High School and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dean Ray; one son, Bill Ray; one daughter, Lynn Ray Courtney; and one sister, Marolyn Lloyd.

Carolyn is survived by two daughters, Fran Blankenship, of Crossett, and Pam Oliver of El Dorado; one daughter-in-law, Kim Ray; one brother, Dan Emory; one sister, Joyce Allen; and two sisters-in-law, Judy and Shirley Ray all of Crossett; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and three great, great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 14 at the First Baptist Church in Crossett with Pastor Jamie Staley officiating, followed by an interment at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jason and Josh Blankenship, Brad Courtney, Will Oliver, Casey Oden and Matt Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Luis Garcia, Bro. Jamie Staley, Mike Ray, Chuck Allen and Thad Lloyd. Visitation was from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.


Michael Lee Zollman

Michael “Mike” Lee Zollman, 61, of Crossett, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on August 31, 1957, in Otisco, Indiana. He spent most of his childhood in Waynesville, Missouri where he graduated high school in 1974.

For twenty-three years, he worked for Georgia Pacific as a maintenance supervisor until his retirement in 1998. He was a veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Chester and Hazel Zollman; his mother, Donna Ann Plummer; one brother, David Alan Zollman; and one sister, Kathy Graves.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Massey Zollman of Crossett; one son, Marty Zollman of Crossett; three daughters, Tracy Baker of Belleville, Michigan, Jennifer Smith of Crossett and Jessica Murphy of Orlando, Florida; twelve brothers and sisters; one brother-in-law, Richard Saseen of Crossett; and several grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett. Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 14 at Medders Funeral Home.


Nancy Horton

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Crossett lost a true pillar of the community. Nancy Horton died peacefully at the age of 89 on September 14, 2018 as she was surrounded by her family. A lifelong resident of Crossett, AR, Nancy was born on March 19, 1929 to her parents, Eunice and Whitcomb Anderson. She was a graduate of Crossett High School where she played the marimba and was crowned Termite Queen. Afterwards, she studied music education at Arkansas State Teachers College. During college, she met and married Dr. Edward Gresham and was married to him for 19 years. After his death, she married the late Dr. Lewis Horton.

Nancy spent most of her life sharing her unique talent and love of music at the United Methodist Church where she played the piano, directed the choir and sang. She had many friends and loved the social activities including bridge with her friends, parties at the country club, supper club and hosting showers, coffees and more. She was a beautiful southern lady and a great southern cook. For the past three years, she resided at The Pillars where residents and staff became second family to her. She enjoyed reuniting with old friends and making new ones.

Most of all, Nancy loved her family. She is survived by her brother, W.B. Anderson “Buddy”, Jr. (Jo) of Pensacola, FL; four children, Mary Gresham Steensland (Chuck) of Springfield, VA, Dr. Andy Gresham (Glenda) of Crossett, AR, Leann Gresham Haynes (Todd) of Morrilton, AR and Dianne Horton Patota (Michael) of Suwanee, GA; eight grandchildren, Nancy Gresham, Sara Gresham Rowland, Whitney Haynes Romanoff, Jordan Haynes, Mary Patota, Will Patota, Kate Patota and Josie Patota; four great

grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Visitation was 1:00PM, Monday, September 17, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Crossett, AR with Bro. Brian Diffee officiating. Funeral followed at 2:00PM. Interment is in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Chuck Steensland, Todd Haynes, Jordan Haynes, Todd Rowland, John Merriman and Stephen Romanoff. Honorary pallbearers are Campbell Wilkerson and the First United Methodist Choir.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Nancy Horton would like donations to be made to:

First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.


Ola Hudson Land

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Ola Hudson Land, 73, of Crossett, died on Friday, September 14, 2018. Land was a native of Bastrop, Louisiana and a resident of Crossett for the past 54 years. She graduated from Bastrop High School in 1963 and she was a Baptist. She worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 38 years and retired in 2007.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn “Kathy” Land Brown in 2017; her father, G.W. Hudson; her mother, Myrtis Harper Hudson and her step-mother, Auline Hudson.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James Land of Crossett; her children, Susie Haseloff of Brandon, Mississippi; James Land, Jr. of Crossett and Gregory Winn of Strong; her sisters, Gayle Veazey of Bastrop, Louisiana, Barbara Stoll of Humble, Texas and Janie Listar of Crossett; her brothers, Sonny Hudson of Sterlington, Louisiana and Walter Sebren of Oil City, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services and burial were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 in the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Jim Stoll and Mike Emanuele officiating. Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Guylene Bozeman-Tanksley

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Guylene Bozeman-Tanksley, 53, of Conway, died on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Bozeman-Tanksley was a native of Portland; a resident of Conway for the past 20 years and a former resident of Portland for most of her life. A 1983 graduate of Montrose Academy, she worked for the Kimberly Clark Corporation for 15 years and was a member of the Portland Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David & Betty Smith Bozeman, a sister, Cynthia Ann Smith and a nephew.

She is survived by her wife, Heather Bozeman-Tanksley of Conway; her children, Brittany Aultman of Conway and Greg Hand of Ankeny, Iowa; her two sisters, Pam Hackett of Dermott and Davinia Martin of Portland; her three grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Freda Ann Tanksley; and her father-in-law, Billy Clyde Tanksley.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Selby officiating. A private burial was in the Portland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Hoyle Wood


Hoyle Wood, 71, of Mayflower, died on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Hoyle was born July 4, 1947 in Monticello and was a former resident of Fountain Hill and Hamburg for many years. He was a 1965 graduate of Fountain Hill High School, where he was Co-Captain of the Wildcats Basketball team, and he was a veteran of the United States Army. Hoyle worked as a Fleet Manager for Larco, Inc. in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Starling Pierce, and his father, Durelle Wood.

He is survived by his children, Shelly Savage of Mayflower and Steven Wood of Vilonia; his sisters, Kay Etue of Star City and Charlotte Tadlock of Boise, Idaho; and his grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m, on Tuesday, September 18 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Boyd Savage and Billy Edwards officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Pierce, Travis Wallace, Jeff Myers, Ricky Meeks, James Tinnin and Jason Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were truck drivers for Larco, Inc. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Joe Baylor Mason

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Bishop Joe Baylor Mason, 73, of Crossett, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado. He was a native of Lawson and a resident of Crossett for 49 years. Bishop Mason was the pastor of Living Word Church of God in Christ, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retiree of Georgia Pacific Chemical Division as a lab technician after 25 years of service.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth B. Mason; his father, O.B. Mason; two sisters, Roberta Williams and Lillie Faye Mason.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Laretta Manning-Mason; one son, Victor B. Mason of Crossett; one daughter, Loretha Johnson of Crossett; his mother, Arcie Gentle of El Dorado; two brothers, Ray Charles Gentle of El Dorado and James Mason of Chicago, Illinois; three step-brothers, Cal, James, and Chris Tucker all of Hamburg; four sisters, Alberta McBee, Flora Moody Crumes, both of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Ezell Wallace of El Dorado and Ollie Faye Mason, of Chicago, Illinois; four step-sisters, Sue Gibbs, of Gena, Louisiana, Annette Davis, of Winfield, Louisiana, Maxine Tucker, of Little Rock and Marva Jo Gumble of Memphis, Tennessee; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Living Word Church of God In Christ in Crossett. Arkansas Third Jurisdiction Celebration Service will follow at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett. Active pallbearers are National Adjutancy of the Church of God in Christ. Honorary pallbearers are Superintendents, Pastors, and Elders of Arkansas Third Jurisdiction Church of God In Christ. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg.


Clarence Steel

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Clarence Steel was born on September 28, 1930 to the late Jimmy and Arnethia Steel in Lapile and died in Crossett on September 13, 2018 at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was employed by Georgia-Pacific and retired on January 29, 1993 after 36 years of service. He was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in West Crossett.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Larry Dale Steel and Clarence Jimmy Steel; step-sons Luther Barnes, Eddie Barnes and Lonnie Barnes; siblings Ceola, Leroy, Christine, Clifton, Minnie, Lizzie and Simmie.

He is survived by his only daughter, Shirley Mae Steel Parker of Washington, D.C.; a step-son, Earl Barnes of Urbana; two brothers, John L. Steel and Robert James Steel of Huttig; and a sister, Pearl Steel Waters of Huttig.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21 at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Burial at Batts Chapel Cemetery in Huttig. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 in the Chapel at Jones Funeral Home.

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