Alphabetical Listing by Week of Publication

June 27

Barbara Jeanette Brown

Barbara Jeanette Brown, 57, of Homer, LA, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at her home. Born December 31, 1943, in Eudora, she was a homemaker and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nikki Hernandez, and a brother, Alfred Graves.

Survivors include three sons, Kent Vercher of Hammond, LA, Keith Vercher of Mobile, AL, and Kyle Brown of Homer, LA; two daughters, Kim Vercher of Crossett and Kara Brigman of Bastrop, LA; her parents, Harold and Darling Leona Etue Graves of Homer, LA; one brother, Preston Graves of Alexandria, LA; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Robert McGaha officiating. Pallbearers were Kenneth and Lou Brigman, Kyle Brown, Kent and Keith Vercher and Wayne Hernandez. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery.

Delois Campbell

Delois Campbell, 48, of Crossett died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her home. A lifelong resident of Crossett and an employee of the Georgia-Pacific extrusion plant, she was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a 1971 graduate of T. W. Daniels High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lou Wallace and Lucille Douglass Dawkins.

Survivors include two sons, Derrick and Jamaal Campbell of Crossett; a daughter-in-law, Carol Campbell; two brothers, Sherman and James Dawkins of Crossett; a sister, Georgetta Waters of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Derius and Cierra Campbell.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Boston, Sr., Archie Jones, Jimmy Ray Gilbert, Jerry McDonald, Dennis Williams and Scotty McCay. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

William Jackson Douglas

Mr. William Jackson "Jack" Douglas of Brookhaven, MS, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. A native of Dermott and a resident of Brookhaven, MS, for the past fourteen years, he was a retired Wal-Mart truck driver, a member of the Easthaven Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thad and Fedelia Stone Douglas, and a sister, Lillian Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Edwards Douglas of Brookhaven, MS; two daughters, Jacky Prien and husband Paul of Dallas, TX, and Amy Greer and husband Chad of Picayune, MS; a brother, James Turner Douglas of Conway; two sisters, Virginia Douglas Teague of Dermott and Cloteene Augspurger of Orlando, FL; and two grandsons, Cody Douglas Greer and Cameron Thad Greer.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with the Rev. Charles Pullin, Rev. Thad Douglas, and Rev. Bendon Ginn officiating. Pallbearers were to be Dr. Jim Lee, Bill Lee, Chris and Barry Teague, Charlie and Tony Hopper. Interment will be in the Snyder Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Snyder Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Jane Graves, P. O. Box 264, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Jessie O. Gee

Mrs. Jessie O. Gee, 86, of Crossett, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County; a resident of Crossett for the past 25 years and a former resident of Hamburg and the Mount Pleasant Community east of Hamburg for many years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter P. Gee in 1966, a son, Homer Gee in 1999, her parents, Homer & Margaret King Howie and two sisters.

She is survived by three daughters, Patsy Scranton of Hamburg; Mary Gee of Crossett and Sarah Richardson of Hamburg; a sister, Genie Brown of Jackson, MS; a daughter-in-law, Heidi Gee of Fayetteville, NC; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 27, in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder with Revs. Eugene Howie and. Charles Pullin & Dr. William Henry officiating. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Interment will be in the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lloyd Clifton Spratt

Lloyd Clifton "L. C." Spratt, 89, of Hamburg died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, he was a retired timber worker and a member of the Bethel Temple Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha Spratt; a son, Charlie Spratt; his parents, Jim and Ida Spratt; two sisters, Nancy and Ida Spratt; and four brothers, Joe, Charlie and Ad Spratt and Lee Wade.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl Spratt; two stepsons, Vernon Hendrix of Markham, IL, and William T. Hendrix of Milwaukee, WI; a daughter, Ethel Mae White of Inkster, MI; a stepdaughter, Frankie Burnes of Markham, IL; four grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, in the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Eld. Alphonso Madden officiating. Pallbearers were Baron Johnson, Frank Coakley, John Wimberly, Orlando S. Jones I, Orlando S. Jones II and Curtis Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Simmons and Jerome Madden. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Joe Stuart

Joe Stuart, 83, of El Dorado died Thursday, June 21, 2001. Born January 13, 1918, in Memphis, TN, to Fannye and Joseph Stuart, Sr, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis and received a BA degree in psychology from Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College. He served in World War II as a captain in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in England for three and a half years. He came to El Dorado with his wife, Janet, in August of 1946 and founded Stuart Typewriter Company, which evolved into Stuart's Inc., a regional office equipment dealership.

He was a member of the congregation Beth Israel and was instrumental in the building of the Jewish Temple on Camp Street. He served as president of the congregation. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the United Way, a member of Rotary and a recipient of two Paul Harris Awards. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, he received the Silver Beaver Award in 1992 and served as a member of the board of directors.

He was president of the Office Machine Dealers Association of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and later served as president of the National Office Machine Dealers Association (NOMDA). He was a board member of SCORE, board member of RSVP, and active in the establishment of the El Dorado Racquet Club, also serving as president.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Pachter Stuart; a son, Richard Stuart, and wife Joni of Shreveport, LA.; a daughter, Janey Stuart Pillsbury, and husband Dr. Richard Pillsbury of El Dorado; five grandchildren, Kimberly, Richard and Megan Pillsbury and Rachel and Sarah Stuart; and a sister, Marie Newman of Memphis, Tenn.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at the Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado, conducted by Young's Funeral Directors. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2300 W. Main, El Dorado, Ark. 71730.

June 20

Mr. Gary Alan Bowers

Gary Alan Bowers, 54, of Crossett, formerly of Clinton, Iowa, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 31, 1946, to Clarence and Lillian Bowers, he .was assistant superintendent for electrical and instrument support for Georgia-Pacific Corp. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Crossett and a member of the board of directors of the Prairie Country Club. His hobbies included wood-working and ham radio (KD5KQG). He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Karen S. Bowers of Crossett; one son, John A. Bowers, of Crossett; one daughter, Georgiana L. Gochnauer of Crossett; his mother, Lillian Bowers of Clinton, Iowa; and two brothers, Tim Bowers, M.D., of Dubque, Iowa, and Danny Bowers of Clinton, Iowa.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001, in St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are asked to be made to a fund for his daughter, Georgia Lee Gochnauer, c/o First National Bank, 218 Main St. of Crossett, Ark. 71635.

Rev. Claude H. Fudge

Rev. Claude H. Fudge, 91, of Crossett died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 8, 1910, to Robert Henry and Susie Anna Smith Fudge, he was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Norma Mae Fudge of Crossett; a stepson, Willie Charles Garnett of Dallas, TX; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Garnett of Dallas and Peggy Jean Garnett of El Dorado; two cousins, Mrs. Ova Lee Evans of Monroe, LA, and Madora Hall of Fresno, CA; five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and many friends.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce Warren, Eugene Streeter, Thomas Lowe, Sr., Columbus Foster, Jesse Lowe and Willie Ed Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were the stewards and trustees of the church, usher service and the usher federation. Burial followed services at the Beekman Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Rose Mazzanti Kellerman McEwen

Rose Mazzanti Kellerman McEwen, 81, of Jacksonville, FL, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Vincent Hospital in Jacksonville. Born February 14, 1920, in Lake Village to the late Enrico and Maria Mazzanti, she was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Victor Mazzanti.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Wolfbrandt of Lake Elsinore, CA, and Debbie Street of Middleburg, FL; eight brothers, Ned, Al, Fiore, Joe and Henry Mazzanti of Lake Village, Gene Mazzanti of Little Rock, Frank Mazzanti of Crossett and Paul Mazzanti of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Gloria Morara and Catherine Talbot of Lake Village; and two grandchildren.

A Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m Thursday, June 14, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village with Father Richard Somers as celebrant. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Ouida Lavon Upshaw Moore

Ouida Lavon Upshaw Moore, 75, of Spanish Fort, AL, died Monday night, June 11, 2001, at 10:30 p.m. in Mobile, Alabama. Born October 19, 1925, in Ashley County, she was the only child of Scottie May Brockwell Upshaw and Grady Henry Upshaw. Left without her mother when she was taken by death at a young age, she was dearly loved and cared for by her aunt and uncle, Opal and Harry Noble, Sr. A genealogical researcher, she served as regent of the Mobile chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and as regent of the DAR's Richards House Mansion in historic Mobile.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Moore; her daughter Wanda Joyce and husband Ned Healy of Port Clear, AL; three sons Michael Sr., and wife Sue Ellen Moore of Wilmer, AL, Scotty Ray and wife Vickie Moore of Silver Hill, AL, and Danny Joe and wife Mary Moore of Baton Rouge, LA, as well as 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home chapel. She was buried by her grandson in their family plot in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

Miss Martha Ann Pugh

Miss Martha Ann Pugh, 42, of Portland died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. Miss Pugh was a native of Portland. She was a graduate of Chatham Hall School in Chatham, VA. She also graduated from the University of the South in Swanee, TN. She was a resident of Washington, D.C. for the past 20 years and the former office manager for Senator David Pryor. She was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her parents, Robert Dean & Jo Ann Ederington Pugh of Portland; two sisters, Mary Pugh Manning of Bentonville and Virginia Pugh Hernandez of Madrid, Spain; two nieces, Ana Louise Hernandez and Mary Catherine Manning; and two nephews, Juan Wilson Hernandez and Van Jesse Manning.

The family will be at home in Portland. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Joel W. Pugh, II officiating. Pallbearers were to be Joel Newcome, Leyden Pugh, John Newcome, Craig Shackelford, Eddie Scherm, and Jerry Sadler. Interment was to follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Martha Ann Pugh Memorial Fund for Juvenile Diabetes, c/o The Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Carl Levett Sanford

Carl Levett Sanford, 47, of Crossett died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, he was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church and a 1972 graduate of Crossett High School.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. Nolan and Alma Watson of Crossett; a brother, Chanslor Watson of Crossett; and two sisters, Gwendolyn Harris of Crossett and Julie Hatter of Lakewood, CA.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Revs. Nolan Watson and Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Joel Ford, Curtis Boston, Jr., Larry Moore, Perry Johnson, Gordon Kidd and Robert Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were Chanslor Watson, Aaron Harris III, Tony Tatum, Maurice Williams, Bernard Martin and Jason Belser.

Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

June 13

Mr. William Van Carpenter

Mr. William Van Carpenter, 80, of Monroe, LA, died Monday, June 4, 2001. at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Monroe for the past 24 years, he graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in commerce & finance. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, stationed on the USS Yorktown as a gunner's mate. He owned and operated Carpenter's Clothing Store in Hamburg for many years. He was a former president of the Hamburg Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Hamburg Rotary Club and the Hamburg PTA and a former member of the Hamburg City Council and the Democrat Central Committee of Ashley County. He trained with the Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind, now known as the Lions World Services for the Blind and was a representative spokesman for them across Arkansas. He was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church in Monroe where he was an outreach leader. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg where he was a youth Sunday School teacher for many years.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sara Carpenter in 1962; his parents, George Albert & Talnethus Irene Herrod Carpenter; two brothers, Arnold & Rev. Raymond Carpenter; and three sisters, Frances Locke, Alleen Rothchild and Zell Sullivan.

He is survived by two sons, David Carpenter and wife Marilyn of Ladelle and Steve Carpenter of Monroe; a daughter, Claire McCants and husband Art of Greenwood; a sister, Dell Carpenter Hedley of Lansing, MI; four grandsons, Shane & Marcus Carpenter and Will & John David McCants; and one great-grandson, Ryan Carpenter.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 7, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Lee McGlone & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Glen & Billy Ray Carpenter, Butch Locke, Rudy Bischof, Jack Carpenter, Sr. and Sonny Smith. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Parkview Baptist Church Senior Men's Sunday School Classes. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Lions World Services for the Blind, 2811 Fairpark Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204.

Ezra Lafae Divine

Ezra Lafae Divine, 67, of Dermott died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the McGehee-Desha County Hospital. A retired transportation supervisor for the state, he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Dermott. He was born September 25, 1933, in Eudora to the late James Monroe and Vonnie Mae Rucker Divine.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie Jane Divine of Dermott; two sons, James Divine of Dermott and Dan Divine of McGehee; two daughters, Sandra Whitten of Memphis, TN, and Debra Divine of Dermott; three brothers, Roy Divine of Leland, MS, Everett Divine of Pensacola, FL, and Paul Divine of St. Louis, MO; three sisters, Flora Breedlove of Montrose, Dot Rea of Pensacola, FL, and Lena Burnum of Winona, MS, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the Northside Baptist Church in Eudora with Rev. Monta Kellebrew officiating. Burial followed services at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Helen Titus Erwin

Helen Titus Erwin, 100, of Crossett died Friday, June 8, 2001. She was born April 21, 1901, in Lawson, MO, to James Frank and Alice Bethel Titus. In 1905, the family moved to Hamburg. She married Ashley Crossett Erwin and moved to Crossett in 1936. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, she was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include two sisters, Louise Gettle of Stuttgart and Ruth Ingram of Pine Bluff; a brother-in-law, Silas D. Snow of North Little Rock; three nieces and seven nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Scott and Todd Cooper, Bobby Titus, Billy Jack Ragland, Tom Pat Cook, Frank Dolan, Steve, Lane, Bill and John Titus, Silas Snow, Jr., and Ben Posey.

Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

John Stanley Foy, Jr.

John Stanley Foy, Jr., 85, of Crossett died Monday, June 4, 2001, at his home. Born November 26, 1915, to John Stanley and Eliza Foy, he was a Georgia-Pacific employee and a deacon of the First Freewill Baptist Church. A dedicated family man, he loved to travel. He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Foy III.

Survivors include his wife, Lobelia Foy of Crossett; four sons, Harold Bonnette of Crossett, Jimmy Bonnette of Farmerville, LA, and Dan Bonnette and Joe Foy of Benton; three daughters, Audrey Buckley of Nashville, TN, Jean Waldie of Shreveport, LA, and Ann Hare of Benton; a sister, Mary Lou Greene of Memphis, TN; 27 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and twelve great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. John Reed and Blane Beck officiating. Pallbearers were Glynn Willis, Andrew Wallace, Herman Johnson, Joey Johnson, Stormy Braswell, Bruen Craig, and Johnny Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Rodgers, Royce Oden and J. W. Boseman. Burial followed services at the Lone Sassafras Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. William A. "Bill" Hill

Mr. William A. "Bill" Hill, 66, of Hamburg died Monday, June 4, 2001, at the Cumberland Lake Hospital in Cumberland, WI. A native of Hamburg; a resident of Turtle Lake WI since 1979, a former resident of Bradenton, FL, he was a retired federal park ranger; an U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norwood & Carrie Courson Hill, and a nephew, Phill Laskey.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Eid Hill of Turtle Lake, WI; a daughter, Karen Hill Bruckner and husband Tony of Clinton; two stepsons, Rodney & Keith Eid of Wisconsin; a step-daughter, Charlene Kasper of Wisconsin; two sisters, Linda K. Harville and Winda F. Laskey of Hamburg; two grandchildren; two nieces, Vickie Pennington & Dee Dee Smith and a nephew, Russell Harville.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 8, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Rescue Unit, c/o Mrs. Doris Huffman, VA Officer, Ashley County Courthouse Annex, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lucy Inez McCone Jacobs

Lucy Inez McCone Jacobs, 76, of Crossett died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at her home. Born November 16, 1924, in Cominto to Flaudy Earl and Velma Cash McCone, she was a former employee of Chase Bag and retired from the Crossett Water Commission. A member of the Crossett First Baptist Church and the Crossett Quilting Club, she was an avid reader and enjoyed the outdoors, particularly bird watching and flower gardening.

Survivors include her husband, John W. Jacobs of Crossett; two sons, John Marion Carter, Jr., and Forrest "Buddy" Carter of Crossett; a daughter, Gaius Blackburn of Fort Smith; two brothers, F. E. McCone, Jr., of Springdale and Billy Bob McCone of Hamburg; two sisters, Berniece Bays and Pauline Sisson of Crossett; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with William Blackburn and Tom McCone officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Carter, John Earl and Mitch Bays, Armel Dean, Robert Faye Malloy and D. H. "Doogie" Darling. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Eddie Dewitt Mays Jr.

Infant Eddie Dewitt Mays Jr. of Hamburg, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at he Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Beverly Mays of Hamburg; one sister, April Shaniese Mays of Hamburg; grandparents Mrs. Sammie Mays of Hamburg and Rev. R.N. and Edna Sanders of Malvern; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Grave-side services were Tuesday, June 5, at 4:30 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Dora Fox Walden

Dora Fox Walden, 82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. Born on April 16, 1919, to Walter and Ora Lee King Sheffield in Monticello, Mrs. Walden was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude H. Fox, and her second husband, Rueben Walden.

Survivors include two sons, Herbert Wayne Fox and Robert Ernest Fox, both of Crossett; three daughters, Shirley Ainsworth of Crossett, Betty Joan Ferguson of Hamburg, and Marilyn Jean Williams of Hughes Springs, TX; one sister, Georgia Peterson of Bastrop, LA; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Don Justice and John Williams officiating. Interment followed at Green Hill Cemetery in Monticello under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Lance Wood, Phillip Bowles, Robert Evans, Earl Haynie, Steve Courson, and Kevin Kilcrease.

Mary Louise Ware

Mary Louise Ware, 77, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker, and a member of Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, she was preceded in death by her parents, William John and Zebbie Walker Peoples, and one brother, William John Peoples, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James Ware; three sons, Arthur Robinson of Little Rock and John and Lee Troy Ware of Hamburg; three daughters, Charlotte Clifton of Cedar Hill, TX, Carolyn Allen of Plano, TX, and Kathy Davis of Denton, TX; one brother, Ben Chandler of Elsinor, CA; one sister, Doris Griggs of Hamburg; 19 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. H.P. Woods officiating. Pallbearers were John Woods, Jonathan Young, Johnny Stanley, Teddy Hawkins, Levell Stanley, and Charles Dunn. Interment was in the Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

June 6

Mrs. Gladys Burgess Blackwell

Mrs. Gladys Burgess Blackwell, 91, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. A native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Herman Burgess and Jack Blackwell; two daughters, Sadie Maxwell and Betty Ruth Adams; a son, William Burgess; her parents, Henry & Anna Bell Hill, four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by a son, Edward Burgess of Bastrop, LA; two daughters, Margaret Huffstetler of Mena and Jessie Mae Boykin of Hamburg; three step-sons, Charles Blackwell of Monroe, LA, Buddy Blackwell of San Antonio, Texas and James Blackwell of Bastrop, LA; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Emmitt & Travis Wallace, Dennis Byrd, Howard Foster, Roger Brantley and Clarence Lindsey. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church , PO Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. A. D. Farmer

Mr. A. D. Farmer, 63, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Hamburg Clinic. Mr. Farmer was a native of and was raised in Crossett. He was a resident of Hamburg for the past 50 years and a car salesman for Murphy Ford for 10 years. He worked for the Ashley Life Insurance Company for many years. A member of the Gardner Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel & Larcie Fleming Farmer; two brothers, Aubrey & Alfred B. Farmer and two sisters, June Witcher and Merle Doss.

He is survived by his wife, Velma Bennett Farmer of Hamburg; a son, Rodney Farmer and wife Rebecca of Budapest, Hungary; three sisters, Lila Woods & Ethel Allison of Hamburg and Tina Roberts of Crossett and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Murphy, Jim Barker, Mike Morris, Royce Curry, James Robinson and Hunter Buatt. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Murphree, Mike Ogden, Danny Kelley, Ted Richardson, John H. & Robert Maxwell, Carroll Womack, Carl J. Bierbaum, Johnny M. Nolan and John Hunter Buatt. Interment followed servcies at the Cleveland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646

Mr. James H. Franklin

Mr. James H. Franklin, 91, of Wilmot, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. A native and lifelong resident of Wilmot, he was a retired farmer and cattleman, an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Gaines Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Olga Crawley Franklin; three brothers, Alvin, Otis & Leslie Franklin; and two sisters, Esther Franklin and Beuna Mae Barton.

He is survived by a niece, Renee Gourley of Wilmot; a nephew, Robert Franklin of Bastrop, LA and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 1, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Cecil Harvey officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Gourley, Christopher Garnder, Ronald Pollock, Jerry & Jeremiah Sims, Robert O'Neal, Michael Gourley and Trey Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were Lenwood Williamson, Ruben "Bud" Smith, Richard & Billy Smith, and Jack & Tom McManus. Interment followed services at the Bell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bell Cemetery, c/o Mr. Jack McManus, PO Box 114, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Mary C. McNeal

Mary C. McNeal, 68, of Crossett died Friday, June 1, 2001. Born November 15, 1932, in Pine Hill to William and Viola Hampton Carlock, she was a member of the Greater Jericho Full Gospel Baptist Church in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd McNeal.

Survivors include a son, Luke Jones of Houston, TX; a daughter, Belinda Dawkins of Crossett; a brother, Otis Carlock; two sisters, Corine Henderson and Addie Williams, all of Crossett; one stepson, Wallace McNeal; three stepdaughters, Leowine McNeal, Bonnie McNeal and Allace Hardley, all of Grand Rapids, MI; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 12 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial was to follow services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Maria Navarro

Mrs. Maria Del Refugio Nol Quirarte Navarro, 62, of the Snyder community, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at her residence. Mrs. Navarro was a native of San Iqnacio Jalisco, Mexico; a resident of the Snyder Community since 1996 and a former resident of Ameca Jalisco, Mexico. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.

She is survived by her husband, Gerardo Navarro of Snyder; seven sons, Ramon Navarro of Lake Village, Jesus Navarro of Montrose, Pedro Navarro of Tyro, Gerardo Navarro of El Dorado, Gustavo Navarro of Lake Village, Pablo Navarro of Nevada and Carlos Navarro of Montrose; five daughters, Leticia Mondragon of Snyder, Atanacia Gomez of Texas, Carolina Jimenez of Boydell, and Maria Jimenez and Maria Elena Navarro of Snyder; three brothers, Gabrid, Hilario & Ruben Nol of Mexico; two sisters, Maria & Juana Nol of Mexico; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Ariel Hernandez officiating. Interment will be in the Calle Posito Sin Numero Pantion in Ameca Jalisco, Mexico. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Vera Lee Rice

Mrs. Vera Lee Rice, 83, of Hamburg died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Rice was a native of Kilbourne, LA, a resident of Hamburg for many years, a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Rice in 1987; a daughter, Linda Rice Collins in 1988; an infant daughter, Kitty Lou Cinder; her parents, Van & Nora Gatlin Pullin; two sisters and a brother.

She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Charles Rice & Mickey Rice Hamburg; two daughters, Betty Sue Hunter of Columbia, S.C., and Brenda Carnell of Hamburg; two brothers, Ralph Pullin of Warren and Rev. Charles Pullin of Hamburg; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Kinney of Navasota, TX and Bobbie Sue Carpenter of Hamburg, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Monday, June 4, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin, Mike Titsworth & Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Dustin Carnell, Luke & Gary Brown, Colby Collins, Rex & Scott Hunter, Christopher, Jason, Greg & Petie Rice. Interment followed services at the Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mable Milton Ross

Mable Milton Ross, 74, of Crossett died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at her home. A native of Wilmot and a Crossett resident for the past 42 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jessie Knox and Dennis McAdoo; a granddaughter, Hannah Foster; and her father, James Milton.

Survivors include her husband, Napoleon Ross; one daughter, Karen Foster of Crossett; two adopted daughters, Denita Baldwin of Milwaukee, WI, and Inger Williams of Crossett; her mother, Lucreshia Milton; a brother, Wardell Whaley of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Mary Kidd of Los Angeles, CA, and Elizabeth Duckery of Wilmot; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the First Baptist Church on Florida with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Cornelius Brown, Calvin and Johnny Duckery, and Kevin and Rodney Hollins. Honorary pallbearers were Darren McAdoo, Jr. and Sr., Deverick McAdoo, Christopher and Nicholas Ball, Randy Williams, Adam and Nicholas Knox and Stanley Goree.

Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Kathleen Frances Schwartz

Kathleen Frances "Kay" Schwartz of Crossett died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in her home. Mrs. Schwartz was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Originally from Churchtown, Southport, England, she came to the United States as a young woman in 1958 on an extended visit. She met and married Peter Schwartz of Syracuse, NY, and never returned to England to live. She became a naturalized citizen in 1968. A loving and devoted mother and wife and very active in her church, her community, and a close circle of friends with whom she loved to travel, she was an avid gardener well known for her beautiful English roses and enjoyed caring for her cats as well. Mrs. Schwartz was preceded in death by two sisters: Winford Mary Hudson and Doris Cadwell, and a brother, John Joseph "Jack" Cadwell.

She is survived by her husband, Peter Schwartz, Jr. of Crossett; a daughter Elizabeth White and husband Mark, of Crossett; three sons, Peter Schwartz III and wife Denise of Ashdown, John Schwartz and wife Susan of Alexandria, VA, and Paul Schwartz and Nancy (Reves) of Clarksville, TN; a brother Harold Cadwell of Southport, England; and eight granddaughters, Erica and Abigail White, Rachael, Katie and Hannah Schwartz, Audrey and Caroline Schwartz, and Allison Schwartz.

Funeral mass was celebrated Friday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Grassi, Ronald Henley, Frank Mazzanti, Rex Dodson, Phillip Schueth, James Kirkley, Jimmy Grubbs and Bobby McMahen. Internment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2400 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635; The American Cancer Society; or Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Alfred M. Shockley, Jr.

Alfred M. Shockley, Jr., 83, of Monticello died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born October 16, 1917, in Ashley County to the late Alfred M. Sr., and Bertha Walker Shockley, he was a retired textile mill worker and was employed at Wal-Mart. An U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Second Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, Daniel G. Shockley, Sr., of Monticello; a daughter, Linda Rankin of Dumas; two brothers, Hendrix Shockley of Pine Bluff and Dwayne Shockley of Slidell, LA; one sister, Bernice Morris of Halley; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m Monday, June 4, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Shawn Barnard officiating. Pallbearers were Edgar Wyles, Chuck Owen, Louis Hudson, Floyd Killough, Ivon Sipes and Ed Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were John Collins, Horace Sawyer and Warner Vining. Burial followed services at the Oakland Cemetery.

Mrs. Ludie Mae Smith

Mrs. Ludie Mae Smith, 94, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. Smith was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of the Milo Community. A homemaker and a devoted mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Smith in 1967; two sons, Wilbert L. & Virgil Gary Smith; her parents, Thomas Whitfield & Lottie Herring Thornhill; two brothers, Addison & Odis Thornhill and a sister, Vera Allen.

She is survived by a son, Jehu Smith of Gary, Indiana; three daughters, Ruth McKay of Little Rock, Ann Pummill of Cabot and Lydia Broomfield of Hamburg; a brother, Whitt Thornhill of Monticello; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. John Ripley officiating. Pallbearers are Lee, T.J., Willie & Tommy Thornhill, Buddy Haycock and Kenneth Moran. Interment followed services at the Eden Cemetery.

William "Billy" Thomasson

William "Billy" Thomasson, 57, of Monticello died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in Stuttgart. A native of St. Louis, MO, and a former employee of the Arkansas Science and Math School in Hot Springs, he was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Alton Hudspeth Thomasson.

Survivors include three sons, Anthony, Lance and Kenneth Thomasson of Stuttgart; two daughters, Adrienne Thomasson of Stuttgart and Tessa Thomasson of Jonesboro; three brothers, Charles and James Thomasson of St. Louis and Robert Thomasson of Monticello; and eight grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Alford Branch officiating. Honorary pallbearers were John, Dwight and Justice Hudspeth, Jr., R. C. McCoy, Craig Smith, Robert Arrington, and Joe Gray. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Leona Trantham

Leona Trantham, 89, of Boydell died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the Medical Center of Southeast Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Boydell, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burly Trantham; a daughter, Ruby Roberts; two sons, Jerry and Gene Trantham; her parents, Henry and Catherine Bunyon Fleming; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include two sons, Orville Trantham of Conway and Leroy Trantham of Crossett; six daughters, Louise Holley of Chungala, LA, Helen Cundiff of Springhill, LA, Jewel Streeter of Crossett, Faye Wallace of Hamburg, Bonnie Summers of Fountain Hill and Shirley Edwards of Hamburg; a brother, Raymond Fleming of Kalamazoo, MI; and 33 grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel. Pallbearers were Jody Edwards, Shannon Wallace, Timmy and Thomas Swan, Joe Roberts and Jarrod Williamson. Burial followed services at the Snyder Cemetery.

May 30

Nicholas "Nick" Taylor Barnett

Nicholas "Nick" Taylor Barnett, 82, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his residence. Born September 3, 1918, to Marshall Taylor and Eulla Sims Barnett, he was a pipefitter and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Herman Barnett; three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Cope Barnett; a son, Tony Nicholas Barnett, both of Crossett; a daughter, Jo Ann Barnett Cooley of Bald Knob; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Roy Craig, Travis Roberts and Randy Maxwell officiating. Members of Masonic Lodge #576 served as pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Bertha Jordan Burchfield

Bertha Jordan Burchfield, 93, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at the Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, LA. Born February 2, 1908, in Drew County to Rufus and Nancy Wigley Jordan, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and active in her Sunday School class and a member of the Golden Voices Choir. She was a past matron of the Order of the Easter Star and the Order of Amaranth. She loved to cook, arrange flowers, care for her family, visit, and read, and in her earlier days, enjoyed fishing as well. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Burchfield, and a daughter, Patsy Ann Ray.

Survivors include three sons, Olen Burchfield of Zachary, LA, and Bobby and Jackie Burchfield of Crossett; a daughter, Becky Pritchett of Simmsboro, LA, 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Dr. Wilton Wall officiating. Pallbearers were Larry, Barry and Greg Burchfield, Brian and Stephen Ray, Phillip Pritchett and Bobby Hill.

Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Betty Jane Willis Burchfield

Betty Jane Willis Burchfield, 67, of Crossett died Monday, May 21, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 30, 1933, to Thomas Wesley and Mary Bob Tuggle Willis in Collins, she worked as a secretary for the public schools for many years and loved genealogy. A member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, she was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her husband, Jackie Burchfield; a son, Barry Burchfield and wife Dawn of Crossett; a daughter Jennifer Burchfield of North Little Rock; her mother, Mary Willis and a sister, Rose Marie Willis, both of North Little Rock; and two granddaughters, Jordan Bailey Burchfield and Maci Grace Burchfield of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry and Bro. R. V. White officiating. Pallbearers were L. C. Cooper III, Mike Jones, Michael Ray, Jack Allen, Jimmie Lewis, and Jimmy Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Mike and Steve Jones, Gary Don Madden, Chris and Brett Collins, Greg and Jeff Knight, David Fowler, Mike Pennington and Eddie Tew.

Burial followed services at the Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. Joe Kusturin

Mr. Joe Kusturin, 78, of Little Rock, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Southwest Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Filbert, West Virginia, he was raised in Hamburg and was a resident of Little Rock for the past 47 years. He was a retired plumber; an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and. a Catholic. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Verona Cherry Kusturin; three brothers, Johnny, Matt & George Kusturin and two sisters, Mary & Paula Kusturin.

He is survived by two daughters, Nelda Hodges of Shannon Hills and Cynthia Anderson of Cabot; two brothers, Albert Kusturin of Hamburg and Martin Kusturin of Boone, NC; a sister, Lennie Mahan of Corpus Christi, TX; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the funeral home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Interment will be in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Nancy Spivey, 127 Ashley Road 26, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Ethel "Irene" Langley

Ethel "Irene" Langley, 92, of Crossett died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born August 10, 1909, in Crossett to William Walter and Alabama Rickman Lochala, she was a member of the Assembly of God for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alymer Langley.

Survivors include two sons, William Charles Langley of Houston, TX, and Donald D. Langley of Crossett; three daughters, Alma Jean Pinkston of Crossett, JoAnn Johnson of Jacksonville, FL, and Christine Graves of Crossett; three sisters, Gladys Murphy, Onie Rickman and Eloise Young, all of Crossett; twelve grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were planned for 10 a. m. Tuesday, May 29, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Larry Hickman officiating. Services were directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Jack David Townley

Jack David Townley, 45, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his home. Born July 22, 1955, to Belton Albert and Jo Ann Johnson Townley, he worked for Georgia-Pacific as a back tender and was a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and the McCormic-Hill Deer Camp. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved sports, coaching girls softball at Huttig High School last year.

Survivors include a son, Bradley Jonathan Townley of Salt Lake City, UT; his parents, Belton "Dugan" and Jo Ann Townley; two brothers, Ricky and Randy Dale Townley; a sister, Kimberly Watson, all of Crossett; three nephews, five nieces, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Gayle Riles and Ray Hearron officiating. Pallbearers were Dan Doughty, Tony Blann, David Thomas, Mike Matthews, Jerry Gill, Steve Hebert, Brent Stokes and Jimmy Lloyd Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Griffis, Bobby Vickers, Jerry Pahal, Doug Garner and Dale Bolin.

Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ronald Paul Wilkens

Ronald Paul Wilkens, 79, of Crossett, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001. He was born on November 29, 1921 to Ernest H. and Nellie Bridgeford Wilkens. Mr. Wilkens was a member of Masonic Lodge #1328 of Houston, TX, and a World War II Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Wilkens of Crossett; three sons, Ronald Paul Wilkens Jr. of Hockley, TX, Randy Harville of Plantersville, TX, and David Harville of Cypress, TX; two daughters, Janis Dietzel of Houston, TX, and Evelyn Harville of Crossett; one sister, Dorothy Alban of Freeport, TX; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 25, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Carlton White, John Reed and Dan Bonnette officiating. Pallbearers were Harold and Jimmy Bonnette, Bill Carpenter, and Leon, Frankie and A.E. White. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

May 23

Irene Rice Boyd

Irene Rice Boyd, 92, formerly of South Fulton, Tennessee, died May 13, 2001, at Belmont Village in Memphis where she had made her home for the last two years. Mrs. Boyd was born May 15, 1908, in Milo to the late Mallie V. and Maybell Moffatt Rice. She was reared in Milo and graduated from Crossett High School. She had been employed as a clerk in the Ashley County School Superintendent's office in Hamburg and was instrumental in establishing the Parks and Recreation Department in Arkansas. She and her late husband, Paul G. Boyd, moved to South Fulton where they owned and operated a gas company for many years. She was a member of Fulton First Baptist Church and a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was also an avid bridge player.

Survivors include a brother, Forrest Rice of Crossett; three grandchildren, Irene Templeton Smith of Cordova, TN, Paul Boyd Templeton of Harrisonburg, VA, and Ann Thomas Templeton of Enumclaw, WA; and one great-grandson, Thomas Hudson Smith of Cordova.

She was presided in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Templeton; a brother, Floyd W. Rice; and three sisters, Annabelle Crane, Marie Branson Barton, and Myrtle Rice.

Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton, Kentucky. Burial was in Obion County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 115, Second Street, Fulton, KY 42041, or the Alzheimer Association, 3960 Knight Arnold Road, Suite 215A, Memphis, TN 38118.

Ms. Diane Pryor Harper

Ms. Diane Pryor Harper, 54, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 17, 2001, south of Monticello. She was a native of and raised in Crossett and was a resident of Hamburg for the past 28 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett. She was a homemaker, worked with pre-school children for many years, and helped start the girls softball program in Hamburg, and she loved to write poetry.

She is survived by a daughter, Kim Smalling and husband Mark of Little Rock; a son, Chris Harper of Monticello; her parents, Fred & Audrey Phillips Pryor of Crossett; three brothers, Fred Pryor, Jr. of Windermere, FL, John Pryor of Little Rock and Phil Pryor of Azle, TX; three sisters, Carolyn Morgan of Branson, MO, Pam McKinney of Crossett and Beverly Pryor of Dallas, TX; and two grandchildren, Connor & Corbin Smalling of Little Rock.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg with Revs. John Alston and Leslee Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Michael, David & Scott Temple, J. D. Andrews, Donnie McKinney and Robert Morgan. Interment followed services at the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Diane Pryor Harper Memorial Fund to Benefit Children; c/o Farmers Bank, PO Box 350, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to First National Bank, 218 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Mrs. Clementine B. Herren

Mrs. Clementine B. Herren, 84, of Portland died Monday, May 21, 2001, at the St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. A native of Dumas and a resident of Portland for the past 68 years, she resided in Jonesboro with her daughter, Glenda, for the past 18 months. She was a retired mail carrier, and she taught music in the public schools and taught private music lessons. She was the pianist and organist for several area churches for many years. A member of the Portland Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Andrew Herren, Jr. in 1983; her parents, Cullen Oliver & Mary Uland Borland, a sister, Pauline Gannaway and a brother Marshal Borland.

She is survived by a son, Andy Herren II and his wife, JoAnn, of North Little Rock; two daughters, Glenda Maglothin and husband Pat of Jonesboro and Mary Eleanor Henderson and husband of Portland; a brother, Hilburn Borland of Pickens; a sister, Glenda Fowler of Little Rock; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services are 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Jody Gannaway, Don Borland and Sanders Brooks officiating. Pallbearers are to be Richard Sadler, Benton Newcome, Scott Young, Jeramy Dalton, Ronnie Pamplin and Jake Gay.

Interment will be in the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663 or to the New Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 8 West, Eudora, AR 71640.

Billie Dove Johnson

Billie Dove Johnson, 68, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hampton and a Hamburg resident for the past 60 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Daniel Johnson; two daughters, Elizabeth and Norma Johnson; two sons, Don and Carl Johnson; her parents, John Joshua and Lula Elizabeth Earnest Carpenter; a brother, Henry Coleman; and a sister, Lucille Barnett.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny Taylor of Parkdale, Billy J. Johnson of Crossett and James Earl Johnson of Hamburg; a stepson, Thomas Johnson of Crossett; three daughters, Mary Stevens of El Dorado, Laverne Carter of Monticello and LaFran Singleton of Monticello; two brothers, Robert Coleman of Hamburg and Jody Coleman of Bearden; a sister, Ruby Pace of Warren; 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Calvary Baptist Church with Bros. Joel Meredith and Gary Powell officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas Walters, Eddie Johnson, Rickie Cessor, Jason Kelley, Charles Burton and Tommy Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Mills and Ronnie Wooldridge. Burial followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mattie Mae Johnson Neel

Mattie Mae Johnson Neel, 93, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 22, 1907, to Murray and Ella Rice Johnson, she was a member of the Unity Church, a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, gardening and bird watching. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Neel, and her son, Robert Fay Neel.

Survivors include two daughters, Hazerie Stell and Myrtle Mae Hughes; a sister, Armetta Andrews, all of Crossett; six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Unity Church with Bro. Lawrence Amos officiating. Pallbearers were Robert, Hamp, Wayne and Mark Neel and Dennis, Ashley and Lance Stell. Honorary pallbearers were Dan Emory, Herman Johnson, Jason Rainey, Jim Carter, Ron Jones and Timmy Smith. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Benjamin Prentiss White

Benjamin Prentiss White, 89, of Warren died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation in Warren. Born November 22, 1911, to the late Benjamin Thomas and Alice Elizabeth Watkins White, he was a retired Potlatch Corp. employee, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and a member of Warren Lodge #33, F&AM. He was preceded in death by his wives, Faloah Jolley White, who died in 1947, and Syble Willia Phillips White, who died June 24, 1997; and two sons, John D. and Richard B. White.

Survivors include three sons, Robert L. White of Crossett, Henry C. White of Stuttgart and Donald Ed White of Hampton; three daughters, Ann Adams of St. Louis, MO, Sherry A. White of Warren and Susie Knight of Hamburg; two brothers, Rev. R. V. White of Wilmar and Clifton White of Crossett; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the Frazer's chapel in Warren with Revs. R. V. White and Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were Leon Burton, James Kitchens, Donnie Baker, Danny Durey, Mike Brumley, Sammy Hayes, Lewis Smith and William E. White, Honorary pallbearers were Jackie Williams and Dr. Kerry Pennington. Burial followed services at Oakland Cemetery.

Roy Phillip Wisecarver

Roy Phillip Wisecarver, 78, of El Dorado, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at his home. Born September 17, 1922, to Ralph and Bertha Gilbert Wisecarver in Crossett, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired in 1985 from Georgia-Pacific after 42 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Warren Wisecarver, and a sister, Eugena Little.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patsy Wisecarver of El Dorado; three sons, Phillip Wisecarver of Crossett, Kevin Wisecarver of Sparkman and William Wisecarver of El Dorado; a daughter, Stephanie Hamilton of Norphlet; a brother, Troy Wisecarver of Crossett; a sister, Juanita Bolton of Harrell; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the First Assembly of God on Parkway with Revs. Gloria Green and Monroe Hill officiating. Pallbearers were Brent Sherrick, Robert Fletcher, Danny Courson, Charlie Frank Courson, Dee Wisecarver, Jay Wisecarver and Robert Dale Hill.

Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

May 16

Frances Silliman King

Frances Silliman King, 70, of Conway died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at her home. Born May 3, 1931, in Conway to of V. M. "Buddy" and Velma Fletcher Silliman, she was a self employed businesswoman and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, James W. King; three daughters, Lynn Wilson of Greenbrier, Susan Brakefield of Alachua, FL, and Mary King of Conway; a brother, Vance L. Silliman of El dorado; two sisters, Wanda Blackwood of Hamburg, formerly of El Dorado; and Melba Phillips of Texarkana, TX; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the Roller McNutt chapel in Conway with Rev. Robert Winters officiating. Pallbearers were Bob Blackwood, Matt McNeely, Chuck Phillips, Larry King, Kenny Harrison and W. Harrison. Burial followed services at Crestlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Effie Lee Polite

Effie Lee Polite, 89, of Portland died Monday, May 7, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Portland, she was a homemaker and a member of the Portland #2 Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Velma Polite; her parents, Aungston and Jane Willis; and three sisters, Mamie Williams, Leola Harvey and Otha Mae Polite.

Survivors include five sons, James and Eldridge Polite of Portland, Artis and Percy Polite of Flint, MI, and Willie Polite of Sacramento, CA; three daughters, Jeweline Lewis and Minnie Connely of Little Rock and Erma Brooks of Jacksonville; a stepdaughter, Mildred Harris of Portland; a brother, A. J. Willis of Dermott; a sister, Hattie Polite of Hamburg; 31 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Portland #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Dean officiating. Pallbearers were Zimme Moseby, Charlie Kennedy, Cedric Hawkins, Anthony Polite, Anthony Dotson, James Lewis and Randy Lewis. Burial followed services at the Portland #2 Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Karl R. Pollock, Jr.

Mr. Karl R. Pollock Jr., 19, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, outside of Hamburg. A native of Bastrop, LA and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he worked for Underground Services and was also a construction worker. A member of the Faith Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Earl Pollock in 1997; his paternal grandfather, Willie Ray Pollock; his maternal grandmother, Willie Jo Boyer; his paternal great-grandfather, Rayburn West; and his paternal great-grandparents, Garland & Vira Pollock.

He is survived by his parents, Karl Ray Pollock of Crossett and Judy Roberts of Hamburg; a brother, Shawn Allen Pollock of Hamburg; two sisters, Jacquline Noel Pollock of Hamburg and Misty Winter Pollock of Bastrop, LA; a half brother, Blake Allen Mills of Hamburg; his paternal grandmother, Elsie Mae West Pollock of Hamburg; his maternal grandfather, Jackie Roberts of San Jose, CA, and his paternal great-grandmother, Elsia Lovitta West of Bonita, LA.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Revs. Alan Eppinette and Tommy Boles officiating. Friends served as pallbearers. Interment followed services at the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Odelle White Sivils

Mrs. Odelle "Little Mama" White Sivils, 95, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at her residence in Hamburg. Mrs. Sivils was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg since 1943. She worked as a sales clerk for 35 years at Carpenters & Harrison's Department Stores and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She married Floyd Garland Sivils on December 24, 1919. in Fountain Hill. He preceded her in death in 1983. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Richard Arnold Carpenter, her parents, William E. & Sula Lane Griffin White; three brothers, Grover, Carl & Omer White; and two sisters, Jayne & Ailene White.

She is survived by two sons, Gwain Sivils and wife Mary Beth of Monticello and Johnie Sivils and wife June of Great Britain; two daughters, Marcelle Carpenter & Jayne Hobbs both of Hamburg; a brother, Sterling White of Fountain Hill; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 10, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Revs. Klois Hargis & Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Griffin, Joe Sivils, Glen, Billy Ray, Kenney Ray and Jeffery Carpenter, Sam Hobbs and Billy Wayne Stafford. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy, Charles, Bill, Chuck & Stan White, Richard "Dickie" Sivils, Henry & Houston Austin. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

May 9

George Luther Chester

George Luther Chester, 89, of Dermott, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at the Dermott Nursing Home. Born January 13, 1912, in Camden, TN, Mr. Chester was a retired textile-mill worker, a deacon emeritus of Collins Baptist Church and the son of the late Jim and Lillie Chester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arie Chester.

Survivors include one son, Walter Chester and wife Wanda of Hamburg; three daughters, Jean Hooks and husband Billy of Halley, Sue Merchant and husband Kenneth of Monticello, and Shirley Kizer and husband Bob of Collins; one sister, Lera Smothers of Camden, TN; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Collins Baptist Church. Burial took place in the Rash Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Bates officiating.

Pallbearers were Stan Chester, Glen Palmer, Johnny Murphy, Stephen Crane, Mark Hooks, Rusty Merchant, Bruce Kizer, and Danny Delahoussaye. Alvin Bates served as honorary pallbearer. Arrangements were made by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Shirley Ann Fairchild

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Fairchild, 64, of Bastrop, LA, were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Golden Funeral Home chapel in Bastrop with Rev. Paul Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Lonnie Polk, Shannon Polk, Luke Stowe, Mike Goyne, Ritchie Stanley, Bruce Stewart, Brian Stewart and Robert Allen Stanley. Burial followed services at the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Fairchild died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, in the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. A member of the Cherry Ridge Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Lamarcus Chester Fairchild, a native and former resident of Fountain Hill; her father, Edwin Cameron Stanley; and two brothers, William "Shorty" and George Stanley.

Survivors are her mother, Rosie Copeland Stanley of Rayville, LA; two daughters, Marcia Allen and husband Mike of Bastrop and Anita Sivils and husband Randy of Katy, TX; a son, Stanley Lamarcus Fairchild of Monroe; three sisters, Martha Goyne of Monroe, Maggelene Polk of Pioneer, LA, and Rose Dale Stowe of Rayville; three brothers, Bobby Stanley of Rayville, Bill Stanley of Freer, TX, and Roy Stanley of Beaumont, TX; and three grandchildren, Staci Nicole Sivils of Houston, TX, and Holly Nicole and Chasity Denae Allen of Bastrop.

Loyce Fielder

Loyce Fielder, age 80, of Crossett died Sunday, May 6, 2001. She was born on June 14, 1920, to Guy L. and Ora May Rayner Monroe. She was employed by Georgia-Pacific for 34 years. Mrs. Fielder was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Cecil Fielder, Sr.

Survivors include one son, Cecil Fielder, Jr., of Mesquite, TX; two daughters, Carolyn Fielder and Patty Coody, both of Crossett; five granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Visitation was to be held Tuesday, May 8, from 5 until 9 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett. Funeral services were to be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 9 in the funeral home chapel with Bros. John Reed and Donnie Dubose officiating. Interment was to follow at 3 p.m. at Spring Hill Cemetery in Ball, LA.

Evelyn Dodd Kelley

Evelyn Dodd Kelley, 84, of Crossett, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. She was born on October 23, 1916, to William Green and Cora Ann Lee Dodd. In the 1930s, Mrs. Kelley worked at the Mercantile Store for several years and retired as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved to play the piano to entertain her family and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Fleming Pruett.

Survivors include her husband, Tillman Kelley of Crossett; two daughters, Janice Pruett and Joyce Key, both of Spring, TX; one sister, Dorothy Dodd Hooks of Crossett; three grandchildren, Michael D. Leach, Brian J. Pruett, and Scott D. Pruett; and two great-grandchildren, Jennifer R. Leach and Mariann Pruett.

Funeral services were planned for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bobby Stanford officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jerry, Jeremy and Danny Dodd, Kenneth Swan, Mike Buchner, and Dale Lauhon. Interment was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mildred Ann Kincaid

Mildred Ann Allison Kincaid, 64, of Crossett died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at her home. Born May 3, 1937, in Hamburg to Herman and Virginia Eastwood Allison, she was a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific Corp and was a member of South Main Baptist Church where she was involved in numerous activities. She was a former member of the Order of the Amaranth, and she enjoyed working in her yard. Mrs. Kincaid was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Kincaid.

Survivors include her mother, Virginia Allison of Vivian, LA; two sisters, Carla Sue Walton of Shreveport, LA, and Gayle Cox of Vivian, LA; one niece, Tasha Beck; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the South Main Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Interment was to follow services at the Cleveland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Jeffie Monroe Wilson

Jeffie Monroe Wilson, 81, of Crossett died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born in Dabney, AR, on December 22, 1919, to Raleigh and Lillian Davis Wilson, he was a member of the First Assembly of God in Crossett, and at the time of his death, he attended the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, of which he was a founding member and deacon on the board. He was an U. S. Army veteran and loved hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, and two stepchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Velma Wilson of Crossett; a son, Tommy Wilson of Hampton; two daughters, Linda Dufrene of Des Allemands, LA, and Naomi Everett of Portland; three sisters, Marry Bedwell of Salem, MO, Irene Davis of Atlanta, TX, and Ruth Null of Fordyce; three stepchildren, Ruth Miller of Crossett, Ben Frisby of New Summerfield, TX, and David Frisby of Monticello; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church with Revs. Lee Nunley, Warren Finney and Charles Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Donald Forbes, Sidney Dufrene, Joey Wilson, Shane Dykes, Michael Frisby and Lee Frisby. Honorary pallbearers were the congregation of the church. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

May 2

William W. "Wimp" Boyd

William W. "Wimp" Boyd, 70, of Crossett died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born January 13, 1931, to Percy and Susie Brady Boyd, he retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill after 42 years. He was preceded in death by a brother, P. K. Boyd, and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie Boyd of Crossett; a daughter, Patricia Brantley and husband Kent; two grandsons, Chris Brantley and wife Angela and Jason Brantley, and a great-grandson, Tyler Brantley, all of Junction City.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Bros. Jimmy Lewis and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Carter, James Coleman, Bobby Croswell, Billy Howie, Mike Brown, Frank Dolan, Nicky Burt and Keith Craig. Honorary pallbearers were Dewey Carter, Bobby Burt and David Rice. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Lebirda Dawson

Lebirda Dawson, 64, of Montrose died Saturday, April 20, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Rosston, but a Montrose resident for the past 54 years, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Baptist Church in Montrose. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sinthe Mae Dawson; her parents, Walter and Sinthe Ervin Brewer; two brothers, Rollins Dawson and Lushen Mitchell; and a sister, Jereline Brewer.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Dawson; a son, Raymond and wife Linda Dawson of Montrose; a brother, Roy Brewer of Hamburg; five sisters, Velma Brewer of Oakland, CA, Bessie Hudson of Milwaukee, WI, and Abbie Clark, Ollie Matheney and Earlene Sabbage, all of Montrose; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in the New Light Baptist Church in Portland with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating. Pallbearers were Charlie Kennedy, Larry Wood, Larry Spratt, Earl Gillis, Willie Williams, Jr., and James Polite.

Burial followed services at the St. Peter Cemetery, with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

W. Z. "Dub" Spencer

Mr. W. Z. "Dub" Spencer, 82, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of Winchester and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1995, and he also retired from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a game and fish enforcement officer in 1983 after 22 years of service. He was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Spencer; a great-grandson, Zachary Charles Spencer; his parents, Roger Spencer & Bertha Bierbaum Horak; two brothers, Charles and Joy Spencer; a sister, Kate Venters; a half-sister, Gladys Horak and a step-granddaughter, Ashley Vogt.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie Rice Spencer of Hamburg; a son, Zack Spencer and wife Sarah of Farmerville, LA; three grandsons, Scott Spencer of Fort Smith, Michael Spencer of Stonewall, LA and Sean Spencer of Fayetteville; two great-grandchildren, Carrie & Shelly Spencer; three stepdaughters, Pat Glosup and husband David of McGehee, Pam Tarver and husband Joe of Winnsboro, LA, and Kathy Earney and husband Frank of Conway; a stepson, Terry Knight and wife Lisa of Alexander City, AL; nine step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, April 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Klois Hargis & Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Scott, Michael & Sean Spencer, James Michael Vogt, Teddy Hickman & Scott Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Callaway, Pat Fitts, Nick Childers & Joe Hairston. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Fran Stevens

Fran Stevens, 42, of Hamburg died Friday, April 27, 2001, in the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. A native of Ashley County, she was employed by Bemis and was a member of the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Terence Lee Stevens; three sons, Brandon Lee, Eric Lance and T. Logan Stevens, all of Hamburg; her parents, Odell and Betty Stanley of Hamburg; two brothers, Wayman Stanley of Hamburg and Allen Stanley of Crossett; a sister, Rita Caine of Hamburg; and one grandchild.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 29, from noon until 6 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donald Ray Wheeler

Donald Ray Wheeler, 41, of Crossett died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Hermitage. Born September 15, 1959, in Miami, AZ, to Joe Fred and Mary Frances Williams Wheeler, he attended the Crossett Full Gospel Church. He was a member of the Crossett Covenant Riders and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arter Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Rolan Wheeler, all formerly of Warren.

Survivors include his parents, Joe Fred and Mary Frances "Fannie" Wheeler of Crossett; a son, Donald Brian Wheeler of Harrison; a daughter, Anastacia Rose Wheeler of Portland, TN; four brothers, Ronnie and Paul Wheeler of Crossett, Ken Wheeler of Conway and Randy Wheeler of Burnet, TX; and a sister, Beverly Ellis of Fountain Hill.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. David Wheless and Gene Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were to be Crossett Covenant Riders Terry Lochala, Ken Turner, Jamie Watkins, Carl Stahley, Donald Wheeler, Frankie Weaver, Cary Wyatt, John Jackson and David Wheless. Honorary pallbearers were to be Don Holland and other members of the Crossett Covenant Riders. Burial was to follow services at the Arkadelphia Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

April 25

Clevester Barnes

Mr. Clevester Barnes, 59, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his home. Mr. Barnes was a native of Parkdale, but a resident of Hamburg the past 41 years. He was an employee of Akers Cleaners for 40 years and a member of Liberty Mission Church of God in Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Savannah Barnes; his parents, Jeffroe and Corean Dismuke Barnes; three brothers, Houston, Claude and R.B. Barnes; and one sister, Louise Robinson.

He is survived by two sons, David Dennis and Herman Madison, both of Hamburg; one daughter, Evelyn Barnes Taylor of North Little Rock; one brother, Ezell Barnes of Salem, NJ; one sister, Gerelean Smith of Bridgeton, NJ; and 22 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Cleveland Wilson, Larry Works, James Prewitt, Jack Hill, Earl Jacob and Carl James Cox. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Banks, Lawrence Tippie, Willie Ashford and Willie Jackson. Interment was in the Phillip Grove cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Inelma Fike Freeman

Mrs. Inelma Brown Fike Freeman, 81, of Crossett died Sunday, April 15, 2001. The sixth child of Dock and Fannie Easter Brown, her parents and five siblings preceded her in death. She accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized by Rev. Hue Gooden, pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Strong. In 1943, she united with New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J.H. Allen. Sis Freeman remained a faithful member of New Bethel until her death, and she served on the senior usher board for several years. Before moving to Crossett, Inelma married Lewis Fike of Strong and bore one son, who preceded her in death at nine months of age.

She graduated from T.W. Daniels High School after successfully completing night courses. In August, 1950, she received a certificate for successfully completing course work as a practical nurse. She received certificates of appreciation from the Ombudsman Club, Order of Eastern Star #306 and Ashley County Extension agency. She was employed by Ashley Memorial Hospital, Rose Inn Hotel and Area Agency Home Health. She was a member of Silver Star Chapter #306 Order of the Eastern Stars for more than 50 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Jonnie Faye Jones and Erma Jean Swanson, both of Gary, Indiana; two grandsons, Willie Harlod Freeman and Michael Edgar; one granddaughter, Pam Robinson; five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B.J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were the deacons of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, with members of Eastern Star #306 serving as honorary pallbearers. Burial was at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Melissa Inez Hooks

Mrs. Melissa Inez Hooks, 94, of Crossett, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at North Monroe Medical Center. Born March 25, 1907, to Joseph Lafayette and Roena Trim Peacock, Mrs. Hooks was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Louis Hooks; four brothers, Carl, George, Floyd and J.L. Peacock; and three sisters, Clara Ladd, Ruth Ladd, and Bessie Peacock.

Survivors include one son, Tommy Hooks of Crossett; one daughter, Shirley Mobley and her husband John; one grandson, John David Mobley; one granddaughter, Melissa Ann Mobley, all of Sikeston, MO; and one sister, Christine Peacock of Crossett.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Interment followed at the Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Wayne Moffatt, Joe Cantley, Doogie Darling, Paul McDougald, Roger Nutt, D.C. Pierce, Jack Allen, and Bob Bridges. Services were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Rev. Larry Eugene Johnson

Rev. Larry Eugene Johnson, 75, of Crossett, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Coldwater, Mississippi; a resident of Crossett for many years and a former resident of Hamburg and Strathmore, CA, he was ordained by the General Council of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, MO. He pastored for over 50 years with his churches including the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church in Crossett for 15 years, First Assembly of God Church in Hamburg for eight years, Strathmore Assembly of God Church in Strathmore, CA, Buttonwillow Assembly of God Church in Buttonwillow, CA, Maricopa Church of God in Maricopa, CA and several others. He started and finished his ministry at the Cloverdale Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Johnson; a sister, Goldie Stockton; and two grandchildren, Rick Rick Johnson and Tressie Crouch.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elaine Anders Johnson of Crossett; three sons, Danny Johnson and wife Helen; Wayne Johnson and wife Cathy; and Roger Johnson and wife Marie, all of Crossett; two daughters, Judy Crouch and husband Ed of Hamburg and Diane Riordan and husband Norman of Crossett; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Revs. J. W. Bobo, Jackie Kinard and Bro. Johnson's son-in-law, Rev. Norman Riorden officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Bolin, Charles Berryman, Keith Curran, James Hamilton, Bob Pell, Jr. and Kenneth Knight. Honorary pallbearers were the ministers of the Arkansas District of the Assemblies of God. Interment followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 376 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. Roger D. Johnson

Mr. Roger D. Johnson, 48, of Crossett, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Bakersfield, CA; a resident of Crossett for the past eight years and a former resident of Merced & Atwater, CA, he attended the Cloverdale Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Larry Eugene Johnson on April 16, 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Marie McCracken Johnson of Crossett; two sons, Mack A. Montgomery, III of Merced, CA, and Joshua David Johnson of Crossett; two daughters, Tonya Lynn Pennebaker of Visalia, CA, and Christy Fay Johnson of Simi Valley, CA; his mother, Elaine Anders Johnson; two brothers, Danny & Wayne Johnson of Crossett; and two sisters, Judy Crouch of Hamburg and Diane Riordan of Crossett; and one granddaughter, April Michelle Johnson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 22, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Rev. Norman Riordan and Bro. Keith Curran officiating. Pallbearers were Joshua Johnson, Mack Montgomery III, Shawn King, Tom Chenowith, Clifford Moore and Aaron Frisby. Honorary pallbearers were Mike & Billy Haen and Lee Riordan. Interment followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God, 376 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635.

Irma Lee Kazee

Mrs. Irma Lee Kazee, 88, of Hamburg died Monday, April 16, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. Mrs. Kazee was a native of Montrose, but a resident of Hamburg for the past year. A homemaker and a member of Soldiers Chapel A. M. E. Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Kazee; a son, Columbus Kazee; her parents, William and Henrietta Gober Ridgell; and one brother, C.L. Ridgell.

She is survived by four sons, Robert Kazee of St. Louis, MO, Frank Kazee of Mt. Clemens, MI, Samuel Kazee of Lake Village, and James Kazee of Montrose; seven daughters, Carrie Mixon of Los Angeles, CA, Willie Mae Richardson, Leola Bealer and Shirley Moore, all of St. Louis, MO, Linda Benton, Patsy Kazee and Mary Kazee of Milwaukee, WI; one sister, Ota Mae Battey of Mt. Clemens, MI; 32 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Soldiers Chapel A. M. E. with the Rev. Columbus Wilder officiating. Her grandsons were the pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the trustees of Soldiers Chapel AME. Interment was in the Montrose cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Teresa Marie Lucas

Teresa Marie Lucas, 27, of Hamburg died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at the University Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a waitress and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Village.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Lucas of Hamburg; a daughter, Kristina Lucas of Hamburg; her mother and stepfather, Beverly and Frank Rosio of Lake Village; a brother, Frank Rosio, Jr., of Gulfport, MS; a sister, Celeste Rosio of Lake Village; and her grandparents, Pearl King of Sangerville, Maine, and the late Gene King and Frank and Carolyn Rosio of West Fork.

Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Oak Grove Cemetery with Revs. Ronnie Garrett and John Edwards officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Verdell Stephenson McGough

Verdell Stephenson McGough, 83, of Crossett, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Bastrop Rehabilitation Hospital. Born November 5, 1917, to William Matthew and Sarah Lena Carnes Stephenson, Mrs. McGough was a member of Meridian Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry McGough; one son, Jesse C. McGough; and one grandson, Jayden McGough.

Survivors include one son, James Lloyd McGough of Houston, TX; one daughter, Hazel Jones of Crossett; one brother, Floyd Stephenson of Lawton, OK; eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 23, at Meridian Baptist Church with Bro. Dale Webb officiating. Burial followed services at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mitchell Pearson, Daniel Pearson, Dewayne Hudson, Robert Neel, Billy Rice, and Harlon Meshell. Services were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Grace Shurtleff Stone

Mrs. Grace Shurtleff Stone, 76, of Hamburg died Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for the past 15 years and a former resident of Monticello, she retired from the Monticello post office in 1966. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas V. B. Stone in August, 2000; her parents, Walter and Ardell Young Shurtleff; a brother, Norman Shurtleff; and a sister Ozell Poole.

Survivors include a son, Robert Stone and wife Fran of Crossett; a daughter, Joyce Hussey and husband J. C. of Berryville; four sisters, Mildred Johnson and Bobbie Roberts of Little Rock, Billie Sheppard of Alexandria, and Alice Grider of Crossett; three grandchildren, Robert Stone and wife Susan of Crossett; Robinan Gentry and husband Derrick of Monroe, LA, and James R. Shell and wife Donna of Manassas, VA; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Jack Ragland, Ronnie LaGrone, Tommy Hollis, Donald Wayne, Bob Rush and Freddie Martin. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the Mount Olive Cemetery Association, c/o Linda Shiver, 215 James Stone Road, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Norma Jean White

Norma Jean White, 62, of Crossett, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born September 3, 1938 to Norman and Merle Mae Woods Hester, Mrs. White was a registered nurse and a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda White, and her mother, Merle Hester.

Survivors include her husband, Reggie White; one son, Gary White and wife Stacey; one daughter, Wendy Allen, and her father, Norman Hester, all of Crossett; one brother, John Robert Hester, and one sister, Joyce Keathley, both of Little Rock; and three grandchildren, Tabitha Freeman, Mitchell White and Karen Howell.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Craig and Farrell Breshears officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Kirkland, Martin Tharpe, Randy Mitchell, Harold Bonnette, Jerry Stell, and Jason Freeman. Interment was at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

April 18

Mrs. E. Hazel King

Mrs. E. Hazel King, 82, of Hamburg died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she worked at the Sterling Department Store as a sales clerk for many years and was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Griffin King; a son, Charles G. King; two daughters, Betty Sue and Nila Janell King; her parents, Preston and Mallie Howell Bonds; three brothers, William, Gilbert and Preston Bonds; and two sisters, Virginia Price and Lila Mae Goodwin.

Survivors include a son, Billy Glen King and wife Patricia of Crossett; two daughters, Janice Sivils of Crossett and Linda Kinnaird and husband Calvin of Hamburg; two brothers, Travis Bonds of Morrilton and Bobby Bonds of Texarkana; two sisters, Doris Clark of Crossett and Nina Cummings of Haynesville, LA; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Kinnaird, Joe Sivils, Bill Bonds, Frankie Williams, Lane Culp, Phil Clark, Richard Shelton and Charlie Preston Price. Burial followed services at the Eden Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 4028 Highway 133, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Sonwello Delwayne Lewis

Mr. Sonwello Delwayne Lewis, 24, of Crossett, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in Crossett. A was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a construction worker, and a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ, he was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Ann Parker, on February 12, 2001, and his father, Sonny Lewis.

He is survived by two sons, Sonwello Lewis Jr. and Detarius S. Lewis; one brother, Sonny Lewis Jr.; one sister, Latekia (Timothy) Moses; his grandparents, George and Ollie Mae Parker, all of Crossett; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with the Elder Roy Matheney Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were to be Dremus "Jodie" Howell, Patrick Thompson, Byron Jasper, Byron Davis, Reggie, Martin and Frederick Goree. Interment was follow services at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Laurene Samantha Mays

Mrs. Laurene Samantha Mays, 80, of Hamburg, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. A resident of Ashley County since 1964, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jeffery Woodberry, her second husband, Shadrick Mays; one son, Freddie Woodberry; one daughter, Rose Maria Mays; one step-daughter, Nell Marie Mays; her parents, Lawrence and Mitte Cross Blake; two brothers, Willie and Samuel Blake; and two sisters, Roberta Washington and Mae Ella McClain.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffery Woodberry of Crossett and J.C. Woodberry of San Antonio, TX, one step-son, Shadrick Mays Jr. of Los Angeles, CA; six daughters, Flora Lawrence Smith of Dallas, TX, Doris Russell of Atlanta, GA, Evelyn Michael Johnson of Grand Prairie, TX, Elaine Mays of Oahu, Hawaii, and Ardelia Mays and Dattie Curry of Crossett.; two brothers, Nathaniel Blake of Crossett and Clarence Blake of Hope; three sisters, Beatrice Newsome of Arkadelphia, Helen Bailey of Hamburg, and Pearl Hubbard of Colleen, TX; three sisters-in-law, Almetha Blake of Crossett, Ardelia Daniel of San Francisco, CA, and Lou Woodberry of Gurdon; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Green Baptist with the Rev. Byron Bess officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Smith, Jeffery Woodberry Jr., Michael Smith, Robert Lewis, Khelyn Johnson and Charles Woodberry. Honorary pallbearers were the Ashley County Dialysis Center. Interment was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Lorene McCauley

Mrs. Lorene McCauley, 90, of Lake Village, died Sunday, April 15, 2001. at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Leake County, MS, and a resident of Lake Village for the past 40 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Lakeport Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis McCauley in 1959; her parents, Ishom and Dora Jane Barrett Rucker; five sisters, Thelma Koler, Vonnie Devine, Arlie Smith, Edna Hollis, and Olla Cox and a brother, Chester Rucker.

She is survived by nine nieces; four nephews and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 3 p.m., Monday, April 16, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Paul Keith officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

James Coleman Turner

James Coleman Turner, 58, of Crossett died Tuesday, April 9, 2001. Born December 19, 1943, he was a former sales manager for Ideal True Value and enjoyed hunting, fishing and western collectibles.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Turner; a son, Michael Allen Turner, both of Crossett; two daughters, Kim Trichel of Fort Smith and Julie Misenheimer of Crossett; his parents, Drew and Edwina Turner of Crossett; a brother, Dennis Turner; two grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Rev. George Wortham officiating. Pallbearers were Holyan Outlay, Gary Booker, Richard Welch, Gerald Brown, Mack Laughlin and Bruce Turner. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Bobby Gene Washington

Mr. Bobby Gene Washington, 57, of Crossett, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at his residence in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was preceded in death by his parents, Vail and Rose Tucker Washington, and three brothers, Earnest Spratt, John T. Spratt, and Leonard Washington.

He is survived by two sons, Jerome Washington of Arcadia, CA, and Chancellor Washington of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Monica Washington of Los Angeles, CA, and Veronica Washington of Crossett; one brother, Lonnie and wife Hattie Washington of Lancaster, CA; one sister, Virginia Jones of Los Angeles, CA; and one granddaughter, Brianna Velazquez.

Funeral services were Monday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Ryles Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Jessie Radford officiating. His nephews served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Ryles Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

April 11

Charlotte Mae Arrington

Charlotte Mae Arrington, 72, of El Dorado, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at the Southeast Arkansas Medical Center in El Dorado. A native of Hamburg and an El Dorado resident for the past 28 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Miles Memorial Church of God in Christ. She was preceded in death by a son, E. G. Green; her parents, Lewis and Annie Arrington; and three sisters, Alma Allen, Maddie Arrington and Flotie Mae Lambert.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry L. Robinson of Darnell and Lewis Robinson of El Dorado; six daughters, Gloria B. Wright, Maydell Moore, Rozella Coleman and Tammy Robinson of El Dorado and Rosie Robinson and Kathy Jefferson of Long Beach, CA: a brother, Lewis Arrington of Hamburg; a sister, Lottie B. Lyons of Little Rock; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Alvin Reynolds, Rodney Henry, Alfonso King, Willie Mays, Henry Dunn and Eddie Mays. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Willie Mac Barnett

Willie Mac Barnett, 77, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001. Born September 27, 1923, to Elzie and Ollie Mae Doss Barnett, he was a self-employed building contractor, a Baptist, and a long-time member of the Crossett Riding Club and the Old Carter Deer Camp. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Barnett; a daughter, Betty Bolin; two brothers, Leroy and Norris Barnett; and two sisters, Ione Barnett and Hazel Schictel.

Survivors include his wife, Martiel Barnett; a son, Jerry Mac Barnett and wife Margaret; son-in-law, Johnnie Bolin; a daughter, Kathy Baldwin and husband Tom; his mother-in-law, Zelma Young, all of Crossett; three sisters, Willene Stinson of Crossett, Martha Ingram of Rayville, LA, and Violet Ross of Whitehall; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the First Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Craig and John Reed officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Grassi, Roger Naff, Joe Harper, Don Henson, Ben T. Carter and Jimmy Mills. Burial followed services at the Carter Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Carter Cemetery Fund, c/o Ben T. Carter, 10900 Wilkin, Bastrop, LA 71220 or to the Crossett Riding Club Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 1720, Crossett, AR 71635.

Camille Anita Paulk Bearden

Camille Anita Paulk Bearden, 55, of Crossett died Saturday, April 7, 2001. Born June 14, 1945, to Bertram and Geraldine Hall Paulk, she was a homemaker and loved to paint, draw and read.

Survivors include a son, William Cody Bearden; a daughter, Summer Bearden, both of Crossett; three sisters, Katie Willacker of Merced, CA, Diana Peacock of Monticello, and Denise Paulk of Humble, TX.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m Tuesday, April 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Carlton White officiating. Pallbearers were to be Steve Kannard, Will Kannard, Josh Kelley, Jason Akers, Kenny Duncan, Rusty McGaughan, Donnie McCaughan and Deon Peacock. Burial was to follow services at the Simms Cemetery.

Sharon Starling Cook

Sharon Starling Cook, 54, of Conroe, TX, died Friday, April 6, 2001, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 14, 1946, in Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her father, C. T. Starling; a sister, Janice D. Harris, and a brother, Michael D. Harris.

Survivors include her husband, R. C. Cook, Sr.; a daughter, Teresa J. Cody; a son, Troy Dale Lohr; her mother, Janet, and stepfather Winfred Harris; grandchildren Rodney Cody, Codi Carr, Taylor Lohr, and Jazmine Lohr, all of Conroe, and Todd Lohr of Tomball, TX; two brothers, Charles and wife Sandy Starling of Dayton, TX and Kirk Starling; four sisters, Peggy and husband Harry Moyer and Christal Smith of Hamburg, Yvette Ostolasa of Emmett , Idaho, and Retta Murphy of Louisiana; a stepsister, Dianna and husband Bill Cannan of Huntsville, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Cashner Colonial Chapel in Conroe with Rev. Mark Stoval officiating.

Carl Barry Dintelman

Carl Barry Dintelman, 53, of Stuttgart died Thursday, April 4, 20001, at the Stuttgart hospital. Born July 14, 1947, in Pine Bluff, he was retired from the U. S. Army after serving in the Vietnam era and was a member of the Stuttgart First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Jim Dintelman of Hamburg and George Dintelman of Stuttgart.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Lone Tree Cemetery with Rev. George Williams officiating and arrangements by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.

The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Stuttgart.

Mr. James Hershell "Boogie" Harris

Mr. James Hershell "Boogie" Harris, 56, of Bastrop, LA died Monday, April 2, 2001. at the Hill View Nursing Home in Bastrop. A native and former resident of Jones, LA, and a resident of Bastrop for the past 20 years, he attended the Pine Grove Church of God. He was preceded in death by his father, Berry Harris, and three brothers, Calvin, Lee & Hersey Harris.

He is survived by his mother, Robbie Cole Harris of Bastrop; four brothers, Ernest and Pete Harris of Seminole, TX, and G.W. and Royce Harris of Bastrop; three sisters, Marie Moore, Jewel Ruth & Betty Sue Middlebrooks of Bastrop and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, at the Pine Grove Church of God with Rev. Bobby O'Fallon officiating. Nephews were pallbearers. Interment followed services at the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Pine Grove Church of God, c/o Mrs. Mary Harris, 410 Middlebrooks, Bastrop, LA 71220.

Adrian Paskel

Adrian Paskel, 34, of Alexandria, LA, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, in Alexandria. A native of Chicago, IL, he was a former electrician, a member of the Latter Rain Pentecostal Church in Alexandria, and a 1983 graduate of the George Washington Carver High School in Chicago.

Survivors include his mother, Gloria Allen of Pine Bluff; his grandmother, Carvine Paskel of Hamburg; his great-grandmother, May Bell Jenkins of Hamburg; a sister, Yolanda Cunningham of Alexandria, LA; a niece, Crystal Williams of Alexandria, LA, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with pastor Gloria Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Sammy Jenkins, Jr., Sheldon Putney, Carl Jenkins, Charles and Calvin Barnett and Chris Tatum. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lucille Fleming Pruett

Lucille Fleming Pruett, 87, of Crossett, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 12, 1913, to William and Cora Lee Dodd, Mrs. Pruett had worked for the Ashley County Medical Center as a clerk for 15 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Fleming.

Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Hooks and Evelyn Kelley, both of Crossett; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Don Ward and Randy Maxwell officiating. Pallbearers were Frank Dodd, D.C. Dodd, Danny Dodd, Brian Pruett, Scott Pruett, and Jerry Roland Dodd. Interment followed services at Lakewood Cemetery (Old Crossett Cemetery).

Miss Eloise Richardson

Miss Eloise Richardson, 74, of Portland, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Portland for most of her life, she was a homemaker, a member of the Portland United Methodist Church, and loved life, people and children. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. D. & Maggie Kindness Richardson.

She is survived by two brothers, Jack K. Richardson of Hamburg and Earl R. Richardson of Onalaska, TX; a sister, Margaret Pennington of Austin, TX; two nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Gerald Myers officiating. Funeral services were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Virginia Lang Sasser

Virginia Lang Sasser, 86, widow of Ira L. Sasser, died on April 6, 2001. Born October 12, 1914, in Collins to Elmer and Maude Ross Lang, Mrs. Sasser was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. She retired after teaching for 31 years in Collins, Hamburg, Enon and Bellaire Academy in Arkansas and Springhill and Bastrop, LA. She was preceded in death by an infant son and two brothers, Tom Lang of Pascagoula, Miss., and Frank Lang of Fallon, Nev.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Shirley Sasser of Crossett; one sister, Mary France Jasay of Little Rock; one brother and sister-in-law, Willard D. and Gennell Lang of Summerville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Carla Sasser Christian and husband Bill of Germantown, Tenn., Scott Sasser and wife Donna of Crossett and Jason Sasser of Crossett; five great-granddaughters, Danielle, Meredith and Kaitlin Christian, and Carli and Sadie Sasser.

Grave-side funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at the Collins Cemetery in Collins, with Dr. David Newberry and Rev. Randy Maxwell officiating. Pallbearers were Carey Philley, Ed Dumas, Bud Bulloch, Ted Carmichael, Jr., Bob Kizer and Bobby Owens, At 1 p.m., the family conducted a memorial service at the Collins Baptist Church. Arrangements under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Preston Simmons

Preston Simmons, 87, of Scott, formerly of Dermott, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001. He was born January 22, 1914, in Coatopa, AL.

Survivors are his wife of 66 years, Callie Wiliford Simmons of Scott; six sons, Henry Simmons of Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis and wife Pearlie Simmons of Grenada, MS, William "Willie" Simmons, of Crossett, Douglas and wife Ferry Simmons of Little Rock, Alvin Simmons of Scott, and Bobby and wife Linda Simmons of Atlanta, GA; five daughters, Joella and husband Elmer Johnson, and Effie and husband Robert Danzy of Crossett, Ida and husband Roosevelt Rogers of Little Rock, Lecester and husband George Brown of Coatopa, Ala., Evelyn and husband Sie Moore of Scott; one brother, Burt and wife Hannah Simmons of Dermott, Ark.; two sisters, Carrie Carter of Coatopa, Ala., and Juanitha and husband Warren Pearson of Phoenix, Ariz., 60 grandchildren and host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2001, at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5800 Geyer Springs, Little Rock. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rest-in-Peace.

Larlue Smith-Stokes

Larlue Smith-Stokes, 85, of Wilmot died Monday, April 2, 2001, at the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a retired cook for Place Nursing Home. A member of the John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church, she was an usher at the church for over 50 years, currently serving as president, and she was a member of Class #2. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Stokes, Sr.; her son, Arthur Stokes, Jr.; her parents, Ed and Vessie Young Smith; two sisters, Lucy Dale Smith-Tolston and Arizona Smith; and a brother, James Lasker.

Survivors include five sons, Cloman and wife Della Stokes and Levert and wife Connie Stokes of Wilmot, Sterling and wife Sandra Stokes of Inglewood, CA, Willie Stokes of Fontana, CA, and Lee Stokes of Sherman Oaks, CA: a daughter, Vessie and husband Leroy Harris of Wilmot; a favorite cousin, Henry Parker of Wilmot; 18 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church with Rev. James A. Vault officiating. Pallbearers were Calvin Brown, Curtis Hillard, William Jackson, Cleveland Parker, Charles Raino and DeWayne Watts. Honorary pallbearers were sons and grandsons. Burial followed services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Karlida Kenyotta Thornton

Karlida Kenyotta Thornton, 29, of Crossett died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Los Angeles, CA, and a Crossett resident for the past 20 years, she was employed at Brookshire's and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. A 1989 graduate of Crossett High School, she was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Thornton; two sons, Demarcus Bridges and Devin Adams of Crossett; her father, Woodrow Wilson Dent of Los Angeles, CA: and three sisters, Shante Morris of Crossett, Kenyatta Dent of San Bernardino, CA, and Cynthia Dent of Hawaii.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Gerald Brown, Vaughn Smith, Bobby McDaniel, Gordon Kidd, Cannon Foster, Curtis Boston, Jr., Johnny Mack Brown and Ronnie Smith. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Crossett High Class of 1989.

Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Opal Perry Barner

Opal Perry Barner, 76, of Crossett died Monday, March 26, 2001, at her home. Born August 27, 1924, in Atlanta, AR, to Hershel N. and Addie Carson Perry, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett where she was active in the Willie Spivey Sunday School Class. Before moving to Crossett, she taught and was involved in several businesses with her husband, the late Roland Ashley "Ash" Barner. When they moved to Crossett, she and her husband operated Barner and Sons Trucking Company and the Wagon Wheel Caf‚. She enjoyed flower gardening and was an avid sports fan, especially following the Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy Ruth and Jody Haney of Crossett; a granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Haney of Crossett; and three sisters, Pauline Porter of Edgemont, and Clara Vansickle and Mary Cheatham of Victoria, TX.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Bob Rush, Bob Biggers, James Herbert Burchfield, Jim Brooks, Ben Johnson and Johnny Craig. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to Kaleidoscope of Caring, c/o Hospice Home Care, Inc., 1501 North University Ave., Prospect Building, Suite 330, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Lucille Futhey Laiche

Lucille Futhey Laiche, 91, a life-long resident of Crossett, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at the St. Francis Medical Center. Born November 8, 1909, to Eugene Augusta and Nannie Leona Hathaway Futhey in Hamburg, she retired after 34 years as a secretary for Crossett Forestry, a division of Georgia Pacific, and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include her husband, Roland Joseph Laiche of Crossett; a special niece who made her home with them and they considered a daughter, Nona Maxcy Jordan and husband Don of West Monroe, LA; a grandson, Damon and wife Sondra Jordan of Shreveport, LA; a granddaughter, Lisa Payton and husband Richard of West Monroe; two great-grandsons, Zachary Jordan and Colton Payton; two great-granddaughters, Victoria Jordan and Jordan Payton; two nieces, a nephew, and several grand-nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Pallbearers were Eugene Burnett, Walter Carpenter, Billy Jack Ragland, Bobby Brooks, Rusty McCaughan, Doogie Darling and Bruce Martar. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Wayne Yarbrough, Walter White, Ashley Williams and Carroll Haisty. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mr. J. P. (John) Malloy

Mr. J. P. (John) Malloy, 79, of Ogden, Utah, formally of Fountain Hill, died Tuesday, March 27, in Ogden. Mr. Malloy was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Ogden since 1945. After going to Fountain Hill School, Mr. Malloy served in the C.C. Camp for two years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Air-Sea Rescue Unit in the South Pacific Flying P.B. Catalinas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Ann Malloy; his parents, Roy C. & Violet Malloy and two brothers, Lester & G.W. Malloy.

He is survived by a son, Dan; a step-son, Kelly; three daughters, Susan, Patricia & Michelle; three brothers, Alvin Malloy of North Little Rock, Carnell Malloy of Crossett and Preston Malloy of Hamburg; two sisters, June Evans and Joyce Ann Johnson of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Grave-side funeral services are 11 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2001 at the Aultorest Memorial Park Cemetery in Ogden, Utah. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Myers Mortuary in Ogden, Utah.

Mr. Charles J. Martin

Mr. Charles J. Martin, 73, of Hamburg died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Gillett, a resident of Hamburg for the past 34 years and a former resident of Parkdale, and Ashfork, AZ, he retired from P. E. Barnes pallet mill in 1982 and was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eula V. Martin in 1999; a son, Jimmy Don Martin, in 1958; a daughter, Penny Louise Martin in 1966; his parents, Nathaniel Thomas & Rebecca Pope Martin; four brothers, Thomas Martin, Jr., Frank, Wilburn & Earl Martin; two sisters, Pearl Martin & Lucille Askew.

He is survived by three sons, Thomas Martin of Hamburg, Charles Wilburn Martin of Parkdale and Mike Martin of Hamburg; two daughters, Diane Thomas of Hamburg and Myrtle Carter of Crossett; two sisters, Sue Cossey of Hamburg and Marie Roark of Peru, IN; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services are set for 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Charles Pullin & E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers are to be Dewayne Collier, Butch Zaunbrecher, Bruce King, Chris Johnston, Johnny Barrett, Carrol Parker, Frank Edward Ricks and Andy Tanksley. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. Interment will be in the Bell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bell Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jack McManus, PO Box 114, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Mrs. Maurine Weeks McDaniel

Mrs. Maurine Weeks McDaniel, 87, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. McDaniel was a native of Houston, MS; a resident of Hamburg since 1949 and a former resident of Round Lake, MS. She was a homemaker and a member of the Nazarene Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey McDaniel in 1999; a daughter, Doris Daugherty; a son, Harold McDaniel; her parents, John G. & Mattie Spurell Weeks; three brothers and a sister.

She is survived by two daughters, Mae Daughtery and husband Ben of West Monroe, LA and Pat Sled and husband Charles of Malvern; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2001 at the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Austin Dakota Smith

Austin Dakota Smith, three month old infant son of Allen Lamar Smith and Christie Ann Anderson of Lake Village, died Thursday, March 29, 2001. Other survivors are a sister, Destiny Smith of Lake Village; paternal grandmother Teresa Hayden of Monticello; paternal great-grandparents Cindy Booker of Monticello and Clois and Bessie Smith of Hermitage; maternal grandparents Judy and Randy Bussel of Lake Village; and paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Mattie Fuller of Portland.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Phillip Payne and Billy Clark officiating. Burial followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Juanita Cokley Wells

Juanita Cokley Wells, 72, of Jerome died Monday, March 26, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village A retired store owner and member of the Jerome Baptist Church, she was born December 13, 1928, in Montrose to the late Elbert and Lura Pamplin Hawkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Cokley.

Survivors include a son, Ernie Cokley of Fanett, TX; a daughter, Beverly Cokley of Dermott; three grandchildren, Jennifer Hill, Jim Cokley and Lesli Cokley; and two great-grandsons, Max and James Hill.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Dermott Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Selby officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

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