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March 28

Arvie Dean Bridges

Arvie Dean Bridges, 71, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He was born on January 26, 1930 to Clarence and Maude Vale Bridges in Jonesboro, LA. Mr. Bridges was a retired truck driver and a member of the First Church of God. He was preceded in death by a grandson, David Norman, and a sister, Margie Klein.

His survivors include his wife, Shirley Bridges of Bastrop; two sons, Terry Bridges of Monroe, LA, and Brent Jenkins of Bastrop; five daughters, Brenda Cannon of Haughton, LA, Sharon Heath of Swartz, LA, Paula Norman of Choudrant, LA, Debra Hawthorne of Crossett, Monica Naugle of Heber Springs; his step-mother, Vera Bridges of Quitman, LA; two brothers, Orvin Bridges of Jonesboro, LA, and Purvis Bridges of West Monroe, LA; four sisters, Odell Smith and Jeanette Tharpe, both of West Monroe, LA, Jettie Burson of Jonesboro, LA, and Joy Bridges of Oklahoma City, OK; two step-sisters, Mary and Nelda; seventeen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the First Church of God with the Revs. Steve Casey and Roy Pepmiller officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Cullom, Brian Heath, Daniel Norman, Brent Jenkins, Ricky Smith and Eddie Smith. Interment was at the Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. J.D. Dean

Mr. J.D. Dean, 85, of Hamburg, formerly of Wilmot, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg.. Mr. Dean was a retired farmer, and a member of Union Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel Dean; one son, Willie James Dean; one daughter, Rosie Miller; his parents, Milton and Mattie Davis Dean; one brother, Manuel Dean; and one sister, Eliza Dean.

He is survived by two sons, James Edward Dean of Los Angeles, CA, and Robert Dean of Wilmot; three daughters, Mattie Wilson of Los Angeles, CA, Muriel Evans of Lynwood, CA, and Marilyn Jones of Fort Worth, TX; a brother, Shedrick Dean of Tulsa, OK; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Montgomery officiating. Pallbearers were Jim and A.B. Bass, James Bowman, Harold Moore, Paul Strickland, and Chris Owens. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Raino, Calvin Brown, Albert Dunn Sr., Robert Kitchen, Robert and James Dean, and Vernard Jones.

Interment was in the St. Martha Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Matthew C. Jeffers

Matthew C. Jeffers, age 17, of 9210 Briarbrook Drive NE, Warren, Ohio, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at his residence. He was born Nov. 16, 1983, in Little Rock, the son of M.L. and Lora (Demoney) Jeffers.

Survivors include his parents, with whom he made his home; a half-sister, Natalie Benafield of Conway; a half-brother, Jeff Jeffers of Little Rock; paternal grandmother, Marie Jeffers of Hamburg; and a maternal great-grandmother, Lucy McRoberts of North Little Rock.

Memorial services were held 10 a.m., Monday, March 19, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church of North Little Rock with Rev. Don White officiating. He was cremated and his ashes will be placed in the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Columbarium. The family requests memorial contributions to be sent to the American Red Cross.

Mr. Junior Lay

Mr. Junior Lay, 31, of Longview, died Saturday, March, 17, 2001, at Longview. A native of Warren, a resident of the Longview community outside of Fountain Hill for the past 2 and a half years, he was a resident of Hamburg for many years. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1987. He was the maintenance supervisor of Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Crossett and a member of the Meeks Hunting Club, the Ashley County and Drew County Bow Hunter's Association, the Victory Christian Fellowship and the Woodmen of the World.

He is survived by his wife, Ashley Elton Lay; a son, Regan Hunter Lay; his mother, Sonja McGaughey and stepfather Raymond, all of Longview; his father, Ninuel G. Lay, Sr. and stepmother, Sandy, of Tenaha, TX; a stepbrother, Todd Davis of Romance; a half-brother, Cody Lay of Tenaha, TX; four step-sisters, Jeanette Smith and Ramona Standrige of North Little Rock; Tiffany Jones of Tenaha, TX and Roxann Prior of Romance; and his maternal grandparents, Charles & Ester Copeland of Star City.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Rev. David Markham officiating. Pallbearers were to be Chuck & Brian Copeland, Benji Price, Chad & Bear Holleman and Tracey Graham. Honorary pallbearers were to be Cody Lay, members of the Meeks Hunting Club: Dickie & Larry Meeks, Willard Procell, Wayne Watkins, Jerry & Rambo Spratt, Larry Woods, Bruce Stafford, Danny Hill, Jeff Baker, Bill Shrigley and Michael Elton. Interment was to follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Woodmen of the World Arkansas State Youth Camp, c/o Micky Cartner, 5601 JFK Blvd, Suite 201, North Little Rock, AR 72116, or to the Hamburg Rescue Unit, c/o Mrs. Doris Huffman, V.A. Office, Hamburg Courthouse Annex, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Crossett Rescue Unit, c/o Mr. Don Reed, 4501 Coronet St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. William Henry Sammons

Mr. William Henry Sammons, 75, of Wilmot, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the John L. McClellan Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Wilmot for many years and a former resident of Little Rock, he was a retired farmer and an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a cook on a ship. He was a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church and a song leader for many years at the Midway Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Edna Warren Sammons.

He is survived by two sons, Johnny Sammons and wife Shirley & Carl Sammons of Crossett; three daughters, Iris Stark and husband George of Lake Village, Jennifer Hall and husband John of Atkins, and Corliss McCain and husband Floyd of Wilmot; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many dear friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in the Wilmot Baptist Church with Rev. Carlos Pitts officiating. Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Darrell Clifton, Janet Clifton, Steve Otwell, Mary Otwell and Robert Sims. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Foster, A.P. Simms, Jr. and Fred Montgomery. Interment followed services at the Dry Bayou Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Dry Bayou Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Polly Wolf, 138 Ashley 378, Wilmot, AR or to the Wilmot Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Shirley Montgomery, 517 Montgomery Road, Wilmot, AR 71676.

Page Webb

Mr. Page Webb, 87, of Wilmot, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. Mr. Webb was a native of England, a resident of Wilmot for the past 75 years, a retired farmer, and a member of Second Baptist Church in Wilmot where he was a deacon for over 50 years. He also served on the board at Ashley Chicot Electric for over 27 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Liza Webb; two brothers, William and Pipe Webb; and four sisters, Mildred Davis, Katie Haney, Ruth Hicks, and Lizzie Kidd.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Webb; a son, Page Webb Jr. of Oakland, CA; a daughter, Alverse Mitchell of St. Louis, MO; two step-daughters, Tanisha Smith of Wilmot and Lashunda O'Brien of Little Rock; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church with the Rev. L.M. Christian officiating. Pallbearers were Calvin Brown, Leotis Fenceroy, Oliver Fenceroy, James Fenceroy, Carl Fenceroy and Albert Fenceroy. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of Second Baptist. Interment was in the Trouser Hill Cemetery in Collinston, LA, under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

March 21

Jose Guadelupe Aleman

Jose Guadelupe Aleman, 41, of Hamburg died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Mexico, he was a laborer for P. E. Barnes Lumber Company and a Catholic. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Martin and Justa Rangel.

Survivors include his parents, Arestal and Alicia Compean Mendoza of Mexico; a brother, Alfredo Aleman of Mexico; a special companion, Pearline Marshall of Hamburg; stepchildren Melissa and Jessie Marshall of Hamburg and a step-granddaughter, LaTara Fields.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bishop D. C. Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Franklin, Sam McComb, Chilo Garcia and Don Colbert. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Edith T. Atwood

Mrs. Edith T. Atwood, 80, of Laurel, MS, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel. A native of Portland, a resident of Laurel for the past three years and a former resident of Parkdale for many years, she retired from the Eudora Garment Factory after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church, and she was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson L. Atwood in 1969; her parents, Walter & Willie Burney Gourley, one sister and six brothers.

Survivors include three sons, James Atwood of Hattiesburg, MS, Bill Atwood of Star City, and Jerry Atwood of Laurel, MS; a brother, Levell Gourley of Springdale; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, at the Old Troy Cemetery with Rev. Harry Noble officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Arie Mae Chester

Arie Mae Chester, 86, of Dermott died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. She was born January 18, 1915, in Hector to the late Dolphus and Annie Mae Wright Ogles. She was retired from Wells Lamont Glove Factory and was a member of the Collins Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, George Luther Chester of Dermott; one son, Walter Chester and his 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; two half-sisters, Pauline Mitchell of McGehee and Betty Jo Owens of Trenton, TN; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Collins Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Bates officiating. Burial followed in the Rash Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stan Chester, Glen Palmer, Johnny Murphy, Stephen Crane, Mark Hooks, Rusty Merchant, Bruce Kizer, and Danny Delahoussaye. Honorary pallbearers were George Cheramie, Wayne Morris, and Alvin Bates. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Carol Ann Hubbard

Carol Ann Hubbard, 49, of West Monroe, LA, formerly of Crossett, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. A native of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the Intercontinental Church of God in Monroe. She was preceded in death by her father, James Henry Williams; and two brothers, James Ronald and Rance Henry Williams.

Survivors include two sons, Freddie Hubbard, Jr., of Monroe and Eric Williams of Milwaukee, WI; two adopted daughters, Kayla and LaRance Williams of Monroe; her mother and stepfather, Clara Mae and LeRoy Durley; a brother, Wayne Williams; and three sisters, Cassandra L. Wright and Carla Green, all of Milwaukee, and Kayleen Odoms of Fort Worth, TX.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Mike Garrett officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Ray, Beck Love, Billy Burchell, Charles Spooner, Jim Coats and Howard Hill. Burial followed services at the Phillip Grove Cemetery.

Odell Emory Miller

Odell Emory Miller, 71, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at his home. Born March 8, 1929, in the Pugh community, he was an U. S. Army veteran and a retired city transit bus driver in Houston, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte.

Survivors include a brother, Don Sivils and wife Joyce of Crossett; a sister, Shirley Knight of Channelview, TX; two nieces, Shannon Sivils of Maumelle and Diane Ivins and husband Greg of Channelview; and a nephew, Stephen Sivils and wife Samantha of Benton.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Carter Cemetery with Robyn Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Travis Ferrell, Troy Wisecarver, Herman Johnson, Les Black, Billy Jack Ragland and Terry Gray. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. W. H. "Hamp" Norsworthy

Mr. W. H. "Hamp" Norsworthy, 84, of Portland, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born in Hot Springs and a resident of Portland for the past 62 years, he was a retired farmer; a member of the Portland United Methodist Church and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499 having received his 50 year pin. He was an U. S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Gregory Norsworthy in 1990; his parents, John L. & Jessie B. Lyles Norsworthy, two brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by a son, Bill Norsworthy; a daughter, Nancy Murphy, both of Portland; three grandchildren, Trey, Greg & Rosanne Moyers, and two great-grandchildren, Damien & Tabor Moyers.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Gerald Myers officiating. Pallbearers were Bill & Fletcher Lassiter, Chuck & Bill Stephens, Tommy Moyers and Joel Newcome. Interment followed services at the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Tom Pugh, PO Box 37, Portland, AR 71663-0037.

March 14

Mr. James Clyde Barnes, Sr.

Mr. James Clyde Barnes, Sr., 76, of Wilmington, N.C., died Friday, March 9, 2001, at the Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington. A native of Fountain Hill, he was raised in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School. He was a resident of Wilmington, N.C. since 1981 and a former resident of Crossett, Columbia, MS, Ruston, LA and Star City. He attended San Angelo College in San Angelo, TX, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, 69th Division, in the European Theatre where he received two Bronze Stars during the Battle of the Bulge. He retired in 1991 from Federal Paper Board as vice-president of wood products after spending over 30 years in the lumber industry. A member of the North Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, L.T. & Jessie Cleo Byrd Barnes, and four brothers, William Byrd Barnes, Leonard Timothy Barnes, Jr., Robert Barnes and P.E. Barnes, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Collins Barnes of Wilmington; three sons, James Clyde Barnes, Jr., and wife Karen of Clanton, AL, William Lynn Barnes and wife Lydia of Little Rock and Richard Byrd Barnes and his wife Krissi of Vail, CO; a daughter, Deborah Forbes of Vail, CO; eight grandchildren, Deborah Dockery Owen, Sophie Lynn Barnes, Cooper Savannah Barnes, Conner Luke Barnes, Kelli Lindsey, James C. Barnes III, Lindy Brooks Barnes and Zachary Michael Harris; three brothers, Carl Barnes of Sheridan, WY; Jerry Barnes of Hamburg and Michael Barnes of Georgetown, TX; and two sisters, Sue Stell and Betty Murphy of Hamburg.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg with Revs. John Miles & Leslee Phillips officiating. Pallbearers are to be Phil, Bob, Andy, Jay, Roger, Bruce, Thomas, Don & Ron Barnes, Richard, John & Jim Moore, Tim Stell, Joe Lynn Collins and Michael Collins. Honorary pallbearers are to be Mr. Fritz Caudle, Dr. Martin Connelly and Carter Mebane. Interment will be in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Grove Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 804 Valley Forge Court, Wilmington, NC 28411.

Brenda Lynn Strebeck Benning

Brenda Lynn Strebeck Benning, 28, of North Little Rock died Saturday, March 10, 2001, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Formerly of Crossett, she was a homemaker who cared for her three children until the last two years of her illness. She was born October 17, 1972, in Monroe, LA, and was a graduate of Benton High School where she excelled in athletics and creative interests.

Survivors include three daughters, Penelope Bruna Hicks and Freddie Kay Hicks of Little Rock and Bianca Daneile Canley of Crossett; her husband, Edwin Benning of Little Rock; her mother and stepfather, Vada Kay and Ernie Alonzo of North Little Rock; her father and stepmother, Billy Wayne and Mary Pat Stanley of Crossett; a brother, Braska Wayne Strebeck of Ashford, AL; three stepbrothers, Richard Alonzo of Cave City, Michael Alonzo of North Little Rock and Danny Carter of Crossett; three stepsisters, Stephanie Parsons of Myrtle Beach, SC, Joy Brooks of North Little Rock and Christy Carter of Crossett; her grandparents, Billy Wayne and Fay Johnson, Verda Stanley and Eunice Strebeck of Crossett, Heddie Caudillo of Orange Grove, TX, and Manual Alonzo of Laredo, TX. She was preceded in death by grandfathers James Daniel Herrington, Sam Strebeck and Lecil Stanley and great-grandparents Braska and Lavada Johnson, Dooley and Lorene Johnson and Nelson T. and Alice Randall.

Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett. Pallbearers were to be Tommy Strebeck, Pat Smith, Buddy Meyer, Mike Smith, Dennis Hill and Eugene Collins with Huey Hicks as an honorary pallbearer. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Caring Friends of Arkansas Hospice, Building 66, Room 65, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72114-1709.

Mr. Dudley Culp

Mr. Dudley Culp, 83, of Hamburg died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Bradley County and a resident of Hamburg and Fountain Hill all of his life, he was a retired subcontractor in the timber industry. He was a member of the Judson Missionary Baptist Church for 63 years and served as a deacon, a member of the Fountain Hill School Board for 19 1/2 years, and he served for 25 years as secretary & treasurer of the Judson Cemetery Association. He was preceded in death by his wives, Artie Wells Culp in 1971 and Lula Boyd Culp in 1997; his parents, R. B. & Emma Loveless Culp and two brothers, Thomas William "Pete" Culp and Robert Chalmer Culp; and three sisters, Mary Hunter, Alma Gardner and Ellie Godwin.

He is survived by a son, Wade Culp and his wife, Carol, of Hamburg; a daughter, Shirlene Josey and husband Larry of Crossett; a brother, James Culp of Hamburg; three sisters, Georgia McNiece, Louise Cox and Ruth Martin of Hamburg; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Judson Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Craig & Orville Clark officiating. Pallbearers were to be Frankie, Robert & Jimmy Martin, Carl Hunter, Dewey "Scutter" Kilcrease, Charles "Bull" Wells, Blaine Kilcrease and Willard Erwin. Interment was to follow services at the Judson Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Judson Cemetery or to the Judson Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Dennis Cox, 2512 Hwy 425 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

Forrest M. Hankins

Forrest M. Hankins, 95, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, March 11, 2001. Born August 25, 1906, to Walter F. and Maude Deberry Dunn Stoker, Mrs. Hankins was a legal secretary retired from Arnold, Hamilton & Streetman law firm, a member of the Business & Professional Women's Society and a member of the Eastern Star.

Her survivors include her son, Dan R. Hankins of Arlington, TX, and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Interment will follow services

Doris Williams

Doris Williams, 85, of Hamburg, formerly of Portland, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Portland, she had lived in Hamburg for the past two years and was a homemaker and a member of the New Light Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Williams; two daughters, Georgie Lee Johnson and Mary Wilkins; her parents, Thurlow and Georgia Ollison Hemmingway; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two sons, Sammie Lee Williams and Andrew Williams of Portland; two daughters, Ida Hayes of Crossett and Dorothy Smith of Little Rock; a sister, Inez Thomas of Sioux City, IA; 36 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the New Light Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating. Pallbearers are to be James, J. D. and Charles Wood, Phillip Williams, Charles Johnson and John Hughes. Honorary pallbearers are to be Curtis Wilkinson, Herb Ridgell, Marvin Smith, Troy Brown, Clarence Culbreath and Arthur Ray Robinson. Burial will follow services at the Holly Grove Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

March 7

Willie Bolden, Jr.

Willie Bolden, Jr., 55, of Crossett died Sunday, February 25, 2001. Born March 18, 1945, to Willie and Addie Jones Bolden, he received many safety awards and built a ten-foot stacker saw during his 36 years of service with Georgia-Pacific. He enjoyed fishing and carpentry and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Bolden of Crossett; three sons, Terrence Bolden and Tyrone Miller of Dallas, TX, and Cedric Bolden of Crossett; two daughters, Lakesha Douglas and husband Eric of Indianapolis, IN, and Katina Olive and husband Eric of West Monroe, LA; his mother, Addie Bolden of Crossett; five brothers, Charles, Jerry, Terry and Ronald Bolden of Rockford, IL, and Tony Bolden of Madison, WI; four sisters, Dorothy Luster, Emma Bolden, and Lois Bolden of Rockford, IL, and Mary Ann Bolden of Milwaukee; one grandchild, two uncles, two aunts and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Crossett Municipal Auditorium with Bro. Joe Harding officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Watson, Kirk Doles, Donald Levingston, Terry Rucker, Mack Mansfield, Tommy Shumpert, Lloyd Williams, Donald Wallace, Tommie Simpson and Gary Hamilton. Millwrights were honorary pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mary Ellen Cotton

Mrs. Mary Ellen Cotton, 61, of Montrose died Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at her residence in Montrose. Mrs. Cotton was a lifelong resident of Montrose, a homemaker, and a member of Aulds Baptist Church in Portland. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leon Barney; her parents, Elmer Lee and Dorothy Mae Mattiebell Allen; and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband, George Wesley Cotton, a daughter Tammy Hallman; a stepson, Kenneth Wesley Cotton, all of Montrose; her step-father, Joe Ayden of Hamburg; a brother, John Pritchard of Missouri, a half-brother, Tommy Peacock of Lake Village; six sisters, Lou Graham and Virginia Bunn of Fountain Hill, Ellen Welch of Harrisburg, VA, Kathy Voltz of Austin, TX, Estelle Allen of Little Rock, and Margie Ann Allen of Orangeville, CA; and two grandchildren, Edward Lee and Derek Anthony Hallman.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were Bob Graham Jr., Glenn Graham, Gene Trantham, Leon Crouch, Larry Bawcom and Willie Griffin. Interment was in the Trafalgar Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Betty Lanelle Courson Davis

Mrs. Betty Lanelle Courson Davis, 89, of Hamburg died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg since 1948 and a former resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker, a fantastic cook, an avid flower gardener, and she loved to do yard work. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bunyan A. & Bertha Richards Courson; two brothers, B.A. Courson, Jr., and Harry Courson; and three sisters, Modell Bunn, Carrie Hill and Peggy Echols.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Milam "Mutt" Davis of Hamburg; three sons, Bobby Davis and wife Nancy of Hamburg; Don Davis and wife Becky of Little Rock and Dennis Davis and wife Karen of Gulf Shores, AL; a brother, Richard "Dick" Courson of Hamburg; two sisters, Virginia Riley and Mary Sivils, both of Monticello; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Ronnie, Alan, Wayne & Barry Davis, Jim Hargis, Bob Sutton, Chris Comstock, Matthew Hargis and Sean Sutton. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Billie Margaret Jackson

Billie Margaret Jackson, 68, of El Dorado died at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock on Tuesday, February 27, 2001. Born January 12, 1933, in Hamburg to the late Robert Henry and L. C. Morris Gill, she was a homemaker, a member of American Legion Auxiliary, a Campfire Girls leader, a Cub Scout den mother and a member of the Second Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Gail Jackson, and a brother, Robert Louis Gill.

Survivors include a son, Tommy Gail Jackson of Norphlet; two daughters, Ester Carol Hollis of Fountain Hill and Billie Jean Carlyle of El Dorado; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Young Funeral Home chapel in El Dorado with Revs. Allen Grimmitt and Dwight Bird officiating. Burial followed services at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado.

David W. Johnson

Mr. David W. Johnson, 76, of Crossett died Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was born on August 16, 1924 in Crossett to the late James Lonnie and Rosella Rickman Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was preceded in death by one brother, J.L. Johnson.

His survivors include three sisters, Leona Jordan and Ardelle Seach, both of Crossett, and Thelma Estelle of Hamburg.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Randy Maxwell and Don Ward officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Jack Ragland, Travis Ferrell, Don Jordan, Bill Rodgers, Dewey Carter, Randy Gifford, Phillip Pennington and Larry Courson. Internment was at the Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Johnny Ray Porter

Mr. Johnny Ray Porter, 53, of Crossett died Monday, February 26, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Mr. Porter was a native of Orange, TX, but a resident of Crossett for the past nine-and-a-half years. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era and was a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Hamburg. He was preceded in death by a son, King David Porter, and his parents, David and Janice Lum Porter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Porter; five sons, Micka, David and Justin, all of Crossett, Johnny Porter Jr. of Houston, TX, and Shon Porter of Orange, TX; two stepsons, Paul and Robert Buffington, both of Bastrop, LA; a daughter, Christian Porter of Crossett; a brother, James Porter of Mauriceville, TX; a sister, Margaret Restelle of Queen City, TX; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with the Rev. James McDill officiating. Pallbearers were Willie Barker, Keith Sipes, Martin Restelle, Larry Restelle, Danny Carter and Leroy Laulamandier. Interment was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Dr. Claude Collins Snoddy

Dr. Claude Collins Snoddy, 78, a long-time Tullahoma, TN, physician and 18-year member of the Tullahoma School board, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, February 13, 2001. A native of Birmingham, AL, and the son of the late William Thurlow and Effie Louise Collins Snoddy, he graduated from Birmingham Southern College, the University of Alabama Medical School and the Jefferson Medical School. He was a captain in the U. S. Army Medical Corps in Korea from 1946-1948.

After a University of Alabama internship in Birmingham and surgical residency at Nashville's General Hospital, he opened his medical and surgical practice in Tullahoma in 1952, retiring in 1993 after a 41-year career. After retiring, he worked as a part-time physician for AEDC.

He was an American College of Surgeons Fellow, a member of the Tullahoma First United Methodist Church where he was a choir member for many years and a member of the Tullahoma Rotary Club. He served 18 years, including five years as chairman, on the Tullahoma School Board and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Harton Regional Medical Center. In 1999, he was presented the Tullahoma Lifetime Achievement Award by the city of Tullahoma.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. William T. Snoddy of Tuscaloosa, AL.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Pryor Snoddy of Tullahoma; a son and daughter-in-law, Claude and Sherrie Snoddy of Huntsville, AL; his daughters and sons-in-law, Claudia and Frank Van Cleave of Lynchburg; Janet and David Vance IV of Cleveland and Dorothy and Wayne Murphy of Murfreesboro; a sister, Dorothy Ginn of Gardendale, AL, and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine, Lauren, Leah, Will, Sarah and Carolyn.

Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 15, in the First United Methodist Church with Revs. Jim Beaty and A. Richard Smith and Dr. Bill Starnes officiating. Burial followed services at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Stanley P. Tullos

Mr. Stanley P. Tullos, 74, of Snyder, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 4, 2001, with his immediate family around him. He was born July 27, 1926, in Boston, MA. He retired as a 25 year veteran of the Armed Forces.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Tullos of Snyder; four sons and their wives, Ray and Sherry Turner of Snyder, Earl Boyles of Mobile, AL, Allen and Dolly Boyles of Snyder, and David and Vicki Boyles of Lake Village; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one nephew, John Tullos of Lake Village, and one great-nephew. He was a loving husband and father and will be sadly missed. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. at the Tullos home in Snyder. All friends were welcome.

February 28

Allen "June Bug" Gibbs, Jr.

Allen "June Bug" Gibbs, Jr., 49, of Crossett died Friday, February 23, 2001, in the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A native of Ashley County, he was a truck driver and a member of the Milo Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Gibbs and Lela Scales; his adopted mother, Mattie Gibbs Williams; and a sister, Betty Jean Tolefree.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Raley Gibbs; a son, Nathaniel Raley of Crossett; three daughters, Kimberly Gibbs and Terri Gibbs of Crossett and Connie Gibbs of Sacramento, CA; five brothers, Perry Williams of Crossett, Joel Williams, Guice Foster and Howard Scales of Monticello and Johnnie Foster of Pine Bluff; four sisters, Era Campbell of Hamburg, Ruthie Haynes of Fayetteville, NC, Bertha West of Monticello and Linda Scales of Milwaukee, WI; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services are to be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 1, in the Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. Byron Bess officiating. Pallbearers are to be Rance Haynes, David Henderson, Otis Miller, Shun Jacob, James Webb and Newt Washington. Burial will follow services at the Pugh Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg.

Mrs. Alta O. Kelley

Mrs. Alta O. Kelley, 92, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of the Extra Community in Ashley County and raised in the Berlin Community, she was a resident of Hamburg since 1918 and a homemaker. Mrs. Kelley was a Methodist, having joined the Extra United Methodist Church at an early age. She later moved her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg, where she was a member for many years. She served the church in many ways, including a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the WSCS. She was also a member of the Leisure Lodge Auxiliary, helping with the elderly for many years, a member of the Gold Star Wives of America, AARP and a member of the Ashley County Historical Society. She loved the outdoors, fishing and working in her yard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell H. (Hack) Kelley, Sr.; her parents, John Franklin and Saphronia Alice Holland Farmer; two brothers, Rev. Houston Farmer and Luther Farmer; two sisters, Lala McCameron and Estell Haney; and a nephew, Holly Langhan who was killed in Vietnam.

She is survived by a son, Haskell H. Kelley, Jr., and wife Joyce of Little Rock; a daughter, Patsy Kelley White and husband Ed of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Edward H. White and wife Paula, Ron W. White, Byron H. Kelley, Karon K Priest and A. Diane Bush, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, at Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg. Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, in the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg with Rev. Leslee Phillips officiating. Interment will follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Bridgette Monee Lowe

Bridgette Monee Lowe, 35, of Warren died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Bradley County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church in White. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Raven Monique Logan, and her fiancee, Eddie Logan Jr., on February 11, 2001.

Survivors include a son, DeMarcus Colbert of Warren; her mother, Katie Lowe of Chicago, IL; her father, James Gardner of Little Rock; five brothers, Michael Reeds of Dumas, and James R., Julius H., Berry and Marcus Gardner, all of Los Angeles, CA; and three sisters, Denise Owens of Warren and Shawanda Brown and Demetrius Williams of Little Rock.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Jesse Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Leonard Webb, Harold Tucker, Ed Cason, Ronald Williams, Jerry Pitt and Troy Webb. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery.

Verdell Tucker

Verdell Tucker, 82, of Hamburg died Friday, February 23, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care in Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Tucker; a son, Eld. Charles Tucker; her parents, Alfred and Mattie Calloway; a brother, Livel Calloway; and a sister, Lizzell Tucker.

Survivors include two sons, Alfreddie Tucker of Hamburg and Theotis Tucker of Muskegee, MI; four daughters, Lavern Guy of Hamburg, Clay J. Paskell of Muskegee, Willie M. Swinney of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Helen M. Lassiter of Pine Bluff; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Grandsons are to be pallbearers with deacons and trustees of the church as honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Equillo "Hon" Watson

Equillo "Hon" Watson, 78, of Hamburg died Monday, February 19, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Parkdale, she was a Hamburg resident the past two years, a homemaker, and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kirk and Annie Liggins.

Survivors include an adopted son, Jessie Lee Polk of Hamburg; two adopted daughters, Jean Watkins of Hamburg and Jessie Mae Polk of Crossett; a brother, Robert Johnson of Chicago, IL; ten grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 23, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Isaac Snyder officiating. Pallbearers were James Russell, Evermel Russell, Louis Russell, Jr., Leon Watkins, Jr., Frankie Wright and Marvin Walters. Honorary pallbearers were Herbert, Jonathan, Kendron and Marcus Watkins, Michael Polk and Sammie Brown. Burial followed services at the Union Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Charles "Pete" Wells

Mr. Charles "Pete" Wells, 30, of Hamburg, died Friday, February 23, 2001 at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Mr. Wells was a native and life long resident of Hamburg. He graduated from the Hamburg High School in 1989 and worked for Steve Wooten Contracting. He was a member of the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Heather Taylor Wells and a son, Kye Wells.

He is survived by a son, John Clifton Wells; a daughter, Kate Wells; a step son, Dustin Edwards; a step-daughter, Lacey Guy; his parents, Charles T. & Joan Wooten Wells; three sisters, Laura Berryman, Paulette Mitchell and Mendy Berryman all of Hamburg; Edward & Kathleen Wooten, all of Hamburg; his paternal grandmother, Ellen Wells; his paternal great-grandmother, Mable Fries, both of Little Rock; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 24, in the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Nathan Wooten, Dan Wooten, Steven Wooten, B.J. Pippin, Mike Pippin and Shane Wooten. Honorary pallbearers were the employees of Steve Wooten Contracting. Interment followed services at the Hollis Chapel Memory Garden under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Joan Wells, 263 Ashley Road 425, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Heather Dawn Wells

Heather Dawn Wells, 25, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 22, 2001, in an auto accident outside Hamburg. Born November 24, 1975, to Larry and Janice Taylor of Delight, she was a housewife and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include, in addition to her parents, her grandparents, D. L. and Dorothy Moody of Delight and James and Mildred Taylor of Houston, TX; two sisters, Carol and husband Jim Keuthan and LaCressia Russom and husband Sean and their families of Houston; a daughter Lacy Leann Guy; a son, Dustin Edwards; a stepson, Cliff Wells; and a stepdaughter, Kate Wells, all of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. "Pete" Wells, Jr., and a stepson, Kye Andrew Wells.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, February 26, in the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Delight with burial following services at the Pisgah Cemetery in Delight. Arrangements were by Latimer Funeral Home of Murfreesboro.

Kye Wells

Kye Wells, age 3, of Hamburg, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, in Ashley County as the result of an automobile accident. Kye was a native and life long resident of Hamburg. He attended the Church of the Redeemer and he loved children's church. He was survived by his father Charles "Pete" Wells who died several hours later and his step-mother, Heather Wells also died in the same accident as Kye.

He is survived by his mother, Sandy Roberts McCone and his step-father, Robert McCone, Jr. of Hamburg; a brother, Clif Wells of Hamburg; a sister, Kate Wells of Hamburg; two step-brothers, Dustin Edwards of Hamburg and Drake McCone of Crossett; a step-sister, Lacey Guy of Hamburg; his maternal grandparents, Raymond & Christine Roberts of Hamburg; his paternal grandparents, Charles T. & Joan Wells of Hamburg; his maternal great-grandparents, Earl & Jessie Stein of Hamburg; his paternal great-grandmother, Ellen Wells of Little Rock; his paternal great-grandparents, Edward & Kathleen Wooten of Hamburg; his paternal great-great-grandmother, Mable Fries of Little Rock; his step-grandparents, Mickey & June McCone of Hamburg and Larry & Janice Taylor of Delight; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, in the Church of the Redeemer with Rev. Jerry Grant officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Russell, Danny Carter, Paul Berryman and Randy Mitchell. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Redeemer Memorial Fund, PO Box 150, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Minnie Belle Wells

Mrs. Minnie Belle Wells, 94, of Wilmot, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at the Foley Nursing Home in Foley, Alabama. A native of Daleville, MS, and a resident of Wilmot for the past 80 years, she was a homemaker and owned and operated the Wells Cotton Gin and farm operations in Wilmot for many years. She was a member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church and a member of the Colonel Francis Vivian Brooking Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carl Wells, a daughter, Carolyn Wells Ainsworth and her parents, George & Mary Hicks Fikes.

She is survived by a son, Carl Wells of Gulf Shores, AL; three grandchildren, Dr. Scott Wells Ainsworth of Atlanta, GA; Ann Ainsworth Hawkins of Houston, TX and Robert Carl "Rob" Wells, III of Memphis, TN, a brother, Dick Fikes of North Little Rock and a sister, Adele Stewart of Earle.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 26, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Rev. Gerald Myers officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Margaret Hurley, 506 Ashley Road 362, Wilmot, AR 71676 or to the donor's favorite charity.

February 21

James Taylor Carter

James Taylor Carter, 92, of lifelong resident of Crossett, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 24, 1908, to Will D. and Katie Johnson Carter, he was a retired farmer and cotton gin operator and also sold and serviced sewing machines. A member and deacon of the Magnolia Baptist Church, where he served as music director for many years, he founded and taught a Sunday School class at the Crossett Leisure Lodge and was an avid outdoorsman and a dedicated hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tommie Wall Carter; and a granddaughter, Karen Whiteside.

Survivors include two sons, James Allen Carter and Thomas Faye Carter of Crossett; a daughter, Betty Lou Whiteside of Hurst, TX; three brothers, Harold Carter and Eugene Carter of Crossett and Buck Carter of West Monroe, LA; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 15, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Jody Ganaway and Dan Webb officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce Whiteside, Jim, Stephen and Mark Carter, Eddie Moore, Roy Patterson, James Neeley and Randy Townley. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Robert Franklin Cone

Robert Franklin Cone, 59, of Eudora died Saturday, February 17, 2001, in his home. He was a pipeline welder, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of Aulds Baptist Church.

Survivors are two sons, Donald Cone and wife Linda of Chatham, MS, and Timothy Allen Cone of Cassville, MO; a sister, Dorothy Jones of Springfield, MO; and a grandson, E.J. Pomeroy-Cone.

Grave-side memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Bud O'Neal officiating. Services are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Eudora.

Mrs. Carry Ruth Grayson

Mrs. Carry Ruth Grayson, 85, of Hamburg died Friday, February 16, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Hamburg for many years, she was a former resident of Los Angeles, CA, a homemaker and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezell Grayson, in 1960; a son, Jewel Pugh; her parents, Jim and Mattie Brandon Robinson; six brothers, Norris, J. M., Clint, Edwin, Leon and Alfred Robinson; and three sisters, Elizabeth Colbert, Roxie Cook and Allene Rucker.

Survivors include a daughter, Clotee Downing of Los Angeles; a brother, Carl Robinson of Hamburg; four sisters, Beatrice Huggin and Ossie Richson of Hamburg and Fannie Joe House and Betty Ruth Robinson of Los Angeles; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness with Elder Robert Adams, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Myron Tucker, Archie Lee Huggins, Horace Jr. Harrington, Levell, Glen and Ray Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were to be the deacons of the church. Burial was to follow services at the Robinson Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Willie "Pony" Green, Jr.

Willie "Pony" Green, Jr., 68, of Crossett died Sunday, February 11, 2001, in an auto accident on Highway 133 near Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Crossett and a retired timber worker, he was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell and Izora Childress Bryant, and two brothers, Mitchell Charles Green and Willie Lee Green.

Survivors include a brother, Grady Dawson of Greater Rapids, MI, and three sisters, Eula Robinson, Ruby Phifer and Mary Cason, all of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 15, in the Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford, Sr., officiating. Pallbearers were Leon Robinson, Jr., Faustino Cason, Artenus Cason, Renard Powell, Cedric Tucker and Amillo Cason. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Johnny "Simp" Kelley

Mr. Johnny "Simp" Kelley, 68, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 17, 2001,at his residence in the Promise Land community. A native of Hamburg; a resident of Hamburg for the past year; a former resident of North Crossett and a former resident of the Promise Land community he worked for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill for 18 years before retiring in 1998. He also worked for the Ashley County Road Department and Deep South Construction for many years. A Baptist and a veteran of the US Navy, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Simpson & Lillie Maude Tumlison Kelley; a brother, J.T. Kelley and a sister, Shirley Kelley.

He is survived by a son, Todd Kelley of Hamburg; two daughters, Kendall Brumley of St. Ingace, MI, and Laurie Kelley of Augusta, KA; a brother, Jimmy Kelley of Hamburg; a sister, Dorothy Clark of Hamburg and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin and Kenny Williams officiating. Pallbearers were to be Junior, Billy, Bobby Joe, Willie Claude, Danny & J.D. Kelley and Walter McArthur. Honorary pallbearers were to be Wayne Donaldson, Woody Forrest, Sonny White and Ular "YoYo" Ford. Interment was to follow services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Eddie Logan, Jr.

Eddie Logan, Jr., 45, of Crossett died Sunday, February 11, 2001, in an automobile accident on Highway 133 near Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was an employee of Bemis and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Moore Logan; his parents, Sammie and Erma Mae Williams Logan; and a brother, Sammie Logan.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Melanie Martin of Lake Village; four brothers, Eddie Gene Logan and Robert Tucker of Crossett, Ernest and wife Katie Logan and L. C. Logan of Detroit, MI; three sisters, Genevia Logan, Mary and husband Johnny Withers and Annie Bell Wade, all of Crossett; and two step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 16, in the Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Leonard Webb, Jerry Pitts, Ed Cason, Troy Webb, Ronald Williams and Harold Tucker. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Raven Monique Logan

Raven Monique Logan, 20 months, of Crossett died Sunday, February 11, 2001, in an automobile accident on Highway 133 near Hamburg.

She is survived by her mother, Bridgette Lowe of Warren; a brother, DeMarkus Calbert of Warren; a sister, Melanie Martin of Lake Village; her grandfather, James Gardner of Little Rock and her grandmother, Katie Lowe of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 16, in the Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Tucker, Terry Williams, Patrick Nalls and Danny Todd. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Harry E. H. Noble, Sr.

Mr. Harry E. H. Noble, Sr., 93, of Hamburg was born June 18, 1907, to Charles Luther & Mary Virginia McGough Noble, on the Noble family land on Springhill Road outside of Hamburg and passed away Saturday morning, February 17, 2001, at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Opal Elizabeth Upshaw Noble; three children, Rev. Harry Y. Noble, Jr., and wife, Betty Jean Smith Noble, of Parkdale; Mary Imogene Noble Carpenter of Hamburg and Gayle Linwood Noble, and wife, Marylee Smith Noble, of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Robin Elizabeth Noble Harris and husband Herb of Crossett, Harry Y. Noble, III and his Nita of Capitan, NM, Zoe Ann Dozier and husband Gary of Ft. Worth, TX, Robert A. "Rob" Carpenter, Jr. and wife Julie of Hamburg, Jeffery Gayle Noble and wife Carolyn, of Monticello and Amy Leigh Noble Darcey and husband James of North Little Rock; and six great-grandchildren, Joshua Noble, Chad Dozier, and Lauren & Mary Ashley Carpenter, and Samuel & Adelyn Noble.

He attended the Springhill School located on family land outside of Hamburg and built his home on Noble land across the road from his birthplace. He married Mrs. Opal Elizabeth Upshaw Noble on September 15, 1929, in Hamburg with the service by Rev. Freeman. He spend the first years of their marriage farming and logging with teams of horses. He was employed with the Mississippi River Fuel Transmission Corporation as a natural gas pipeline engineer, from 1936-1952 at Perryville, LA, then from 1952-1972 at the Fountain Hill pumping station, receiving many awards and honors for service to his company. He was the oldest ordained deacon of the First Baptist of Hamburg where he served as the superintendent of the Senior Adult Department, and was a tenor in the choir. He was an active church member until his death. He was a member of the Ashley County Fair Board, caretaker of the Noble Cemetery and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. His great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Noble of Virginia, was an ensign in the American Revolution.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, February 19, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington, Rev. Klois Hargis and Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Harry Y. Noble, III, Robert Allen "Rob" Carpenter, Jr., Jeffery Gayle Noble, Gary Dozier, James Darcey and Herb Harris. Also serving as pallbearers were Tyman Allison, Jack Carpenter, Sr., J. H. Lockwood, Mickey Noble, J. Lee Posey, and Coy Upshaw. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Men's Bible Class of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. His interment followed services at the Noble Cemetery on Springhill Road.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR or to the Noble Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Imie Carpenter, 403 E. Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Shirley Anne "Sissy" Parker

Shirley Anne "Sissy" Parker, 47, of Crossett died Monday, February 12, 2001, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church and the Crossett High School Class of 1972. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Latorsha Parker; and a brother, George Parker, Jr.

Survivors include a son, Sonwello Detwayne Lewis; a daughter Latekia S and husband Timothy Moses; her parents, George and Ollie Goree Parker, Sr., four brothers, Larry Keith, Ronnie Parker and wife Cheryl, Ricky Parker and wife Linda and Gregory Parker; four sisters, Debra Moore, Evelyn, Hazel, and Judy Parker, all of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Detarius Lewis and Sonwello Lewis, Jr.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17, in the Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Rev. Billy G. Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Billy R. Kitchen, Robert E. Kitchen, Pete Harris, Cleveland Parker, Spencer Griffin and Doyle Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Sonwello Lewis, Larry Keith, Ronnie, Ricky and Greg Parker, Elias Duncan, David Dupree, Cedric Keith, Tyrone Moore, Shun Keith and Timothy Moses. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Nancy "Mama Coot"Tharp

Nancy "Mama Coot" Tharp, 103, of Wilmot died Saturday, February 10, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care in Wilmot. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Wilmot. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Tharp; two sons and three daughters, her parents, James and Ella Overton and one sister.

Survivors include three sons, Sammie L. Tharp and Freddie Tharp of Crossett and Mathis Junior Tharp of Chicago, IL; four daughters, Annie Mae Owens, Eula V. Bankston, Beatrice Slack and Pearline Rent, all of Wilmot; 58 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 17, in the Union Baptist Church with Rev. David Green officiating. Pallbearers were Ernest Montgomery, Albert Dunn, Robert Mooney, Calvin Brown, Charles Raino and Gregory Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Vincent Fowler, Wilbur Brown, Lee Otis Penn, Norman Grant, Frank Franklin, Terry Williams, LaCalvin Bethea, Sterling Bryant, Mark Johnson and Gene Smith. Burial followed services at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

February 14

Logan Shawn Barbee

Logan Shawn Barbee, the infant son of Shawn and Lawanda Barbee of Montrose, died Sunday, February 4, 2001. Survivors in addition to his parents are a brother and sister, Chase Andrew and Haley Nicole Barbee; paternal grandparents Charles and Rita Barbee of Montrose and paternal grandparents Jerry Williams of Lake Village and Mary Williams of Malvern.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, at the Union Cemetery near Montrose with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Mrs. Eloise Johnson Clark

Mrs. Eloise Johnson Clark, 72, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 11, 2001, at her residence. A native of Warren and a resident of Hamburg for the past 46 years, she was a homemaker and worked for the Hamburg Shirt Factory for 14 years, and was a member of the Judson Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Abe F. & Katie Evans Johnson; and three brothers, Abe Johnson Jr., Lovell Johnson & Aubrey Carl Johnson.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Orville Clark of Hamburg; two sons, Ronnie & Richard Clark of Crossett; a daughter, Gayla Sydoriak of Crossett; a brother, Larry W. Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Maxine Martin of Hamburg and Robbie Corker of Peel; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 13, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Joey Meredith and Dale Crumby officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Hines, Davey Farabough, Levi Gray, Dennis Cox, Sluggo Norris and Bryan Smith. Interment was to follow services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Literature Fund, 400 W. Washington, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Mary Morris Foster

Mrs. Mary Morris Foster, 88, of Parkdale, died Monday, February 5, 2001, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Parkdale, a life long member of the Parkdale United Methodist Church and a member of the Colonel Francis Vivian Brooking Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a homemaker and she retired in 1977 from the Ashley County Social Services Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude L. Foster in 1965, a great-grandson, Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl, and her parents, Herman William & Mable Hunt Ralph Morris.

Survivors include daughter, Ann Foster Stone and husband Donald of Daphne, AL; three granddaughters, Kathleen Springer and husband William, Ashley Stone and Holly Dobberpuhl and husband Joe; and four great-grandchildren, Lindsay & Mary Springer and Samuel and Lily Dobberpuhl.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Revs. John Henley and Harry Noble officiating. Honorary pallbearers were J.D. Grice, Troy Abruagh, Harrison Ralph, Jeff Foster, Joel Dobberpuhl, William Springer and Mark Hawkins. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale United Methodist Church, PO Box 34, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Mr. Joe Brooks Hart

Mr. Joe Brooks Hart, 65, of Monroe, LA died Monday, February 5, 2001, in Portland. Born in Crossett and raised in Monticello, he was a resident of Monroe, LA, for the past two years and was a resident of Wilmot for many years. He was a retired teacher and coach, having taught at the Portland High School, Montrose Academy, Ross Van Ness High School and at Eudora High School for the last 15 years before retiring. An avid fisherman and a member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Leland & Dell Brooks Hart.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Thomas Hart of Monroe, LA; two sons, Joey Bennett of Crystal River, FL and Greg Bennett of Franklin, TN; a brother, Don L. Hart of Crossett; and three granddaughters, Chelsea, Sydney & Tara Bennett.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 7, in the Wilmot United Methodist Church with Revs Gerald Meyers & Charles Dupree officiating. Pallbearers were Gene Chandler, Robert Sims, James Traylor, Steve Otwell, Stephen Otwell and J. L. McCain. Honorary pallbearers were Allen Chandler, Levin Johnson, Floyd McCain & Frank Powell. It was Mr. Hart's request that his body be cremated. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Central Arkansas Chapter, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409.

Dora Dean Smith Howie

Dora Dean Smith Howie, 72, of Crossett died Monday, February 5, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 3, 1928, to the late Calvin and Carrie Claudia Kelly White, she was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Smith; two infants, and several brothers and sisters, Dewayne, Bud, Gene, Goldie, Bernice and Olin.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Howie; two sons, David and Danny Smith, all of Crossett; a stepson, David Howie of Liberty, MO; three brothers, Roy White of Sacramento, CA, Harold White of Benton and Roger White of Hamburg; a sister, Inez Corder of Hollandale, MS; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, in the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Billy Kite and Randy Maxwell officiating. Pallbearers were Darrell White, Fred Sivils, Harold Farmer, Stephen Smith, Edward Gulledge and Chic Sipes. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Nell Carpenter Owens

Nell Carpenter Owens, 86, of Crossett, died Friday, February 9, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born April 23, 1914, to Frank and Lottie Wallace Carpenter in Hamburg, Mrs. Owens was a waitress at the Angels About Tea Room, librarian for 25 years at the Paul Sullins Library and was a member of the Church of the Redeemer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noel "Mutt" Owens, and two brothers, Preston and Harold Carpenter.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Vickers of Crossett and Pam Stell of Hamburg; five grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12, at the Church of the Redeemer with Bro. Jerry Grant officiating. Interment followed services at the Hamburg City Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

William Leroy Norrell

Mr. William Leroy "Sonny" Norrell, age 65, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County and a resident of New Orleans, LA, for 25 years, a former salesman for R.T. French and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett, he was proceeded in death by his parents, Leroy Pete Norrell and Gladys Jones DeRouen.

He is survived by two sons, Dale Norrell of Hamburg and Billy Norrell of Violet, LA; two daughters, Pam Gonzales of Movrovia, CA, and Joanne Cangelosi of Meraux, LA; two brothers, Alpha and Bobby DeRouen, both of Chalmette, LA; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 10, at 11:00 a.m., at Cromwell Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Randy Maxwell and Bro. Brian Peck officiating. Pallbearers were Harold Farmer, Herb Evans, Mike Smith, Jimmy Mills, Ronald Dopson and John Frank Johnson. Interment was in the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Helen Little Sawyer

Helen Little Sawyer, 80, of Houston, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, February 9, 2001. She was born on November 4, 1920, to William Carl and Bertha Gray Little. Mrs. Sawyer was a retired manager for Flair Dress Shop in Houston, TX, and a retired restaurant owner in Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Farris Sawyer.

Survivors include one daughter, Paula Hamilton and husband Robert of Atascocita, TX; one step-daughter, Lottie Vincent and husband David of Sterlington, LA; two grandsons, Keith Welshimer of Palm Springs, CA, and David G. Vincent of Houston, TX; two granddaughters, Susan Hamilton of Atascocita, TX, and Cheri Ingram of Houston, TX; one great-grandson, Blake Ingram of Houston, TX; one brother, Jid Little of Mesquite, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were planned for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Craig and Wayne Wyatt officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ronnie Little, Bo Manion, David Little, Keith Welshimer, Wayne Wyatt, Jid Little, Harold Nelson, and Jimmy Little. Interment was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ovid T. Switzer, Sr.

Ovid T. Switzer, Sr., 97, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at the Ashley County Convalescent Center in Wilmot. He was born February 21, 1903, to Fred H. and Lillie Switzer, members of the pioneer Ashley County family who came to the area from North Carolina in 1849 and purchased 2,000 acres of land southwest of what later became Crossett in the area of Sulfur Springs and Petersburg, then a thriving river-front community.

Mr. Switzer attended the Crossett school then housed in the Green building on Gates Avenue (Third Avenue) under Superintendent D. C. Hastings. He attended Mississippi State College from 1919 to 1921. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for C. W. Woods at a service station in North Crossett and was also employed at the Crossett Post Office under Postmaster Cammack.

He was admitted to the bar and became the first lawyer in private practice in Crossett in 1929. Because the town was whole owned and operated by The Crossett Company, only company employees were allowed to own a business. He overcame the opposition and, with the aid of his father, State Senator Fred Switzer, was given a corner of the mayor's office, then located in the natatorium. Living first in a YMCA apartment, he was later allowed a house on Third Street (Oak) next to the beanery. He later obtained Dr. Cammack's dental office in the Masonic building and kept his office there until after World War II when he moved to an office on Pine. He and his brother, W. P. "Billy" Switzer practiced there several years until he build the present office where his son, Bruce D. Switzer, now practices law.

Mr. Switzer served the county as deputy prosecutor for twelve years and as state senator from 1935-1938. In addition to his law practice, he was also active in many other business areas. He built and operated the Western Auto Associate Store, the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and the first modern motel in the area, complete with swimming pool. He also owned liquor stores in West and North Crossett when the county was wet. He build his home in West Crossett, paying for lumber from The Crossett Company largely with coupons collected from his customers who were paid in coupons by the company.

One of the greatest aspects of his life was his devotion to the Department of Parks and Tourism, of which he was a commissioner. For nearly 40 years, he was dedicated to the development of parks and recreational facilities with those facilities now a factor in attracting about 20 million visitors to the state each year.

In 1957, he began the Lake Chicot State Park project. Beginning with a $25,000 grant, the park site was cleared. He diligently continued the development of the park, obtaining more grants and appropriations until it has gained the reputation of one of the finest parks in the state. Until this project, Southeast Arkansas had no parks or facilities to attract tourists.

First appointed to the commission in 1953 by Governor Francis Cherry, he served during the tenures of Govs. Orval Faubus, Winthrop Rockefeller, David Pryor and Dale Bumpers until January, 1979. When his term expired, the other commission members asked the state legislature to make him a lifetime member to retain his experience and expertise. State Rep. N. B. "Nap" Murphy and State Senator George "Butch" Locke sponsored House and Senate resolutions designating Mr. Switzer as a life member of the Parks and Tourism Commission, which won unanimous approval. The resolutions became Act 213 of 1979, naming Mr. Switzer Commissioner Emeritus of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. In March, 1982, the Arkansas Academy for Tourism Achievement inducted Commissioner Switzer in to the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame as the first inductee.

He was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and past president of the Ashley County Bar Association and the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute, practicing law for 60 years. He was a Democrat and a charter member and past president of the Crossett Riding Club, a member of the Crossett Rotary Club and Prairie Country Club and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Marguerite Taylor Switzer and Chloe Courson Switzer; two brothers, Frank and W. P. "Billy" Switzer; a son, Roderick Switzer; and a grandson, Douglas Allen Switzer. Survivors include three sons, Ovid, Jr., Bruce and Phil; his long-time companion, Bettye Melton; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Pallbearers were Tommy Strebeck, Gayle Deal, Gary Draper, Edgar Chesser, William E. Johnson and Richard Welch. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Paul Sullins Library, Crossett Riding Club or Crossett Centennial Park Project.

W.C. Wigley

Mr. W.C. "Dub" Wigley died on January 9, 2001, in Crescent City, California. He was born and reared in Ashley County and was a former employee of the Ashley County Road crew under then County Judge L.W. Dew.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris H. Wigley, four children, eleven grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Crescent City, CA.

February 7

Carl DeWitt Barnett

Carl DeWitt Barnett, 81, of Crossett died Monday, January 29, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born August 15, 1919, to Benson and Lula Nancy Barnett, he was employed with Georgia-Pacific for 41 years. He was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, touring in many countries including Africa where he drove a Jeep for General George Patton. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and served as an usher for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Barnett; a daughter, Roberta Nutter; a brother, Lexie Barnett, all of Crossett; three grandchildren, Nanci Druey, Thomas McKay and Jim Nutter; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the First Baptist Church. Pallbearers were J. B. Kelley, Tommy Hooks, Louis White, Bobby Richardson, Bob Cooper, Jack Allen and Dean Ray. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's research.

Dorothy Brooks

Dorothy Brooks, 87, of Eudora died Thursday, February 1, 2001, at the West Carroll Nursing Center in Oak Grove, LA. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Brooks, and a son, Robert Lee Brooks.

Survivors include a son, Paul Brooks of Hamburg; seven daughters, Laverne DeLong of Rogers, Donna Venable of Grady, Lucille Crosby of Kosciusko, MS, Colette Smith of Mer Route, LA, Rosemary Bolding of Kilbourne, LA, Christine DeLoach of Sardis, MS, and Geynelle Haygood of Eudora; a brother, Curtis Bowers of Troy, MO; two sisters, Florence White of Springdale, IL, and Ruth Meyers of Lonoke, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 3, in the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Elmer Holiman officiating. Burial followed services at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home of Eudora.

Francis Grider Courson

Francis Grider "Sonny" Courson, 71, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001. Born October 15, 1929, to W. G. "Guy" and Osa Whitton Courson, he was an electrician who retired after 45 years with Georgia-Pacific during which he participated in the many construction and expansion projects which saw the plant grow from a small paper mill to one of the South's largest diversified mills currently employing more than 1,850. A member of the First United Methodist Church and an U. S. Air Force veteran, he spent many hours in his retirement tracing his family genealogy. He was an avid gardener and spent considerable time taking care of the family 20-acre home place and derived tremendous satisfaction from his annual Christmas light display which drew families from throughout the area. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Courson, and a sister, Neva Courson Mancini.

Survivors include his wife, Claudette Walker Courson of Crossett; two sons, William G. "Bud" Courson and wife Gay of Baton Rouge, LA, and Britt W. Courson of Crossett; two daughters, Beverly Courson Shepherd of Little Rock and Tonya F. Courson of Monroe, LA; and three grandchildren, Chancely Nicole Courson, Christian Grider Courson and Jackson Grider Culp.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Don Justice and Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Roy Brockwell, Tommy Pahal, Kenneth Kelley, Grady Shivers, Butch Hill, Robert Cornelius and Lexie Courson. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to a donor's favorite charity.

Archie Vernon Craig

Archie Vernon Craig, 73, of Huttig died Monday, January 29, 2001, at his home. Born June 6, 1927, in Tinsman to Archie Monroe and Myrtle Bell Bowen Craig, he was a Master Mason in Lodge #591 in Strong and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Jimmie Craig; and a sister, Myrtle Dean Craig.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Craig of Huttig; two sons, Ralph Eugene Craig of Strong and Jerry Vernon Craig of Mansfield; three daughters, Linda Jean Hughes and Rebecca Lynn Toney of Huttig and Lisa Elaine Myers of Dubach, LA; a brother, Winfred Dale Craig of Felsenthal; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Eldon Dean Alfred officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Ronald Eugene Craig, Phillip L. Hughes, Richard Adam Green, Timothy Lynn Toney, Jerry Brian Craig, Kevin Bruce Hughes and Scotty Johnson. Burial followed services at the Harper Springs Cemetery.

Jimmy Louis Edwards

Jimmy Louis Edwards, 58, of Hamburg, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Crossett and a Hamburg resident for the past 25 years, he was a member of the Ryles Chapel A. M. E. Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Garland and Almetter Edwards, and a brother, Levell Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Melva Collins Edwards; a son, Tommy Edwards; three brothers, Earlie and Cordell Edwards, all of Crossett, and Frankie Gadie of Malvern; and five sisters, Faye Rochelle of Chicago, IL, and Lajoyce Anderson, Lizzie Jean Gibbs, Barbara Kay Edwards and Rosie Block of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 3, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were David Childress, Patrick Nalls, Alfred Davis, Mavis Simmons, Charles Binns and Robert Williams. Burial followed services at the Siloam Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Sydney Grantham

Mrs. Sydney Grantham, 76, of Hamburg, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. Mrs. Grantham was a native of Marvell, resident of Hamburg since 1978 and a former resident of West Memphis. She was a retired yellow page salesperson, having worked for L.M. Berry Company for 12 years. A member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Grantham, Sr.; her parents, Roscoe and Ada Stingley; a brother, Roscoe Stingley, Jr. and a sister, Mariane McClendon.

Survivors include a son, Harvey Nolen of Bald Knob; three stepsons, Roy Grantham, Jr. of Crossett, Rudy Grantham of Mt. Morris, MI, and Adam Grantham of Corunna, MI; four stepdaughters, Nancy Bundy of Fordyce, Deborah Reed and Karen Smith of Owosso, MI, and Dorothy Walsh of Crossett; a brother, Ted Stingley of Branson, MO; three sisters, Paula Hewitt of Denham Springs, LA, Dixie Wagnon of Warren, and Ada Andrews of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, twelve step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m, Monday, February 5, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Roy Grantham, Jr. officiating. Grandsons were be honorary pallbearers. Grave-side funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Barton. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Arkansas, 211 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205-9869.

Mrs. Nell Hammond

Mrs. Nell Ferrell Hammond, 67, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at the Oak Woods Home for the Elderly in Mer Rouge, LA. Mrs. Hammond was a native of Jones, LA; a resident of Bastrop, LA for the past 25 years and lived in Wilmot for many years. A homemaker and a member of the Bonita Road Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her father, Henry Ferrell, and her mother, Corene Ferrell McCarty, and a brother, Henry "Hank" O. Ferrell.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Hammond and wife Doris of Wilmot and Stevie Hammond and wife Diane of Portland; two daughters, Donnice Barham and husband Jim of Little Rock and Gale Miller and husband Ron of Wilmot; three brothers, Carvin Ferrell of Bastrop, Richard Ferrell of Sacramento, CA and Henry Ferrell, Jr. of Bastrop; four sisters, Dee Dee Conley, Wanda Milliren, Joyce Johnson and Patsy Lusby all of Bastrop; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 1, at the Beekman Cemetery with Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Michael Miller, Scott Miller, Neal Hammond, Mark Barham, Chris Hammond and Nicholas Johnson. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Oak Woods Home for the Elderly Memorial Fund, in memory of Nell Hammond, 1400 Davenport Ave., Mer Rouge, LA 71261.

Mrs. Gladys Knight Lynn

Mrs. Gladys Knight Lynn, 69, of McGehee died Friday, February 2, 2001, at her residence. A native of Boydell, resident of McGehee for the past two years and for many years a resident of Jerome and Montrose, she retired in 1991 from McGehee Industries. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferrell Lynn, in 1985; her parents, Charlie & Artie Cunningham Knight; a sister and four brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Ricky Lynn and wife Lealor of Bastrop, LA, and Kenny Lynn and wife Debra of Jerome; a daughter, Leatha Royce and husband Sonny of McGehee; two brothers, J. L. Knight of Greenville, MS, and J.C. Knight of Choudrant, LA; two sisters, Margie Hart & Bell Whittington of Winnsboro, LA; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a very good friend, Joyce Knight of Dermott.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 4, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Ray Williams & Sonny Royce officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff, Wade, Johnny & David Lynn, Steven Royce & Johnny Chandler. Interment followed services at the Montrose Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Cemetery Association, c/o Angie Lynn, 329 Lynn Road, Portland, AR 71663.

Chlorene Elver Calloway Jones

Chlorene Elver Calloway Jones, 84, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at her home. Born November 5, 1916, to Joe Lee and Naughvelle Futch Calloway in Laran, LA, she was a homemaker, loved working in her flower bed and was a long-time member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royal S. Jones, Sr.; her daughter, Florence Evelyn Bowden; and a brother, Clarence Calloway.

Survivors include three sons, Willie J. Jones and wife Lucy Nale, Leroy Jones, and R. S. Jones, Jr., and wife Beverly; a daughter, Christelle Ricketts, all of Crossett; three brothers, Victor Calloway of Boston, MA, Billy Calloway of Crossett and Wayne Calloway of Strong; seven sisters, Sally Hamm of Monticello, Allie Cantley of Crossett, Leola Burns of Strong, Sudie Garner of El Dorado, Martha House of Huntsville, AL, Joann Smiley of Shreveport, LA, and Elaine Dees of Hermitage; ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 2, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Thad Douglas, John Marlar and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Joe and Henry Cantley, Linwood and David Dees, Stan and Steve Calloway and Ronnie Ham. Honorary pallbearers were Harold and Larry Cantley and Len Burns. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church building fund.

Willie Sue Wade

Mrs. Willie Sue Wade, 83, of Crossett, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker, and a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, she was proceeded in death by her husband, Dave Wade; two sons, Troy and Celester Wade; a granddaughter, Renea Bolden; her parents, Benjamin and Delia Edwards Lowe; two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include two sons, David Wade of Crossett and Danny Wade of Little Rock; four daughters, Ouida Fluckers and Brenda Walker of Crossett, Mammie Gill of Eudora, and Delora Butler of Little Rock; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m., at the New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. B.J. Jackson officiating. Interment was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Margaret L. Walser

Margaret L. Walser, 44, of Crossett died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Born January 11, 1957, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Chris Johnston; a daughter, Melissa Johnston; her parents, Fagen and Florence Barnett Elton, all of Crossett; a brother, James Allen of El Dorado; and a grandchild, Brianna Diamond Johnston.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Pallbearers were Glen Allen, Kenneth Tharp, Tommy Boles, Don Michaels, James Allen, Dennis Holland and Jason Woods. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery.

Hettie Estelle Wilkinson

Hettie Estelle Murphy Wilkinson, 86, of Crossett, died Sunday, February 4, 2001, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. Born September 24, 1914, to Jim W. and Lizzie Higginbotham Murphy, Mrs. Wilkinson was a native of the Promise Land community, but lived in Crossett for 60 years, and was a member of the First Church of God for over 40 years, serving as a Sunday School teacher for the adult class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Wilkinson; two brothers, L.C. Murphy and Hunter E. Murphy; one sister, Goldie Golden and a half-sister, Druzzy Coulter.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry M. Wilkinson of Austin, TX, and Billy Earl Wilkinson of Crossett; two daughters, Sue Judkins and Tine Nearn, both of Mountain Home; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, in the First Church of God with Reverend Steve Casey officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6, from 5- 8 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home.

January 31

Grace Evelyn Talley Barham

Grace Evelyn Talley Barham, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, January 25, 2001, at her home. Born February 5, 1925, in Hermitage to Clifton Hunter Talley, Sr., and Alda Burt Evans Talley, she was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church since 1934, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and a charter member of the Ashley County AARP. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hollier.

Survivors include a son, John David Barham, Sr., of Falkville, AL; two daughters, Linda Carolyn Deal of Crossett and Betty Evelyn Maxwell of McGehee; a sister, Malsie Ella Ehrensberger of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

A private family burial was held at 10 a.m. Sunday, January 28, in the Crossett City Cemetery. A memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Charles Eugene Bradley

Mr. Charles Eugene "Chuck" Bradney, 53, of Montrose died Monday, January 22, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Waukegan, IL, and a resident of Montrose for most of his life, he was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey & Frances Bradney and a brother, Robert Wayne Bradney.

He is survived by two brothers, Harvey Cone Bradney and wife Marguriette of New Braunsfels, TX, and Marvin Francis Bradney and wife Betty of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters, Elizabeth Irish and Harvetta Bradney, both of Montrose; 10 nieces and nephews; 28 great-nieces and nephews, 14 great-great-nieces and nephews and his care giver for over 20 years, Beatrice Morris.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 25, in the Montrose United Methodist Church with Revs. Keith Goza & Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were Roy Vaden, David Burns, Bill Sellers, Sr., Bobby Price, Neil Sloan, Craig Shackelford, Ray Woodruff, George Goree and Bill Mixon. Interment followed services at the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Montrose United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Goree, PO Box 305, Montrose, AR 71658.

Hattie Mae Brown

Hattie Mae Brown, 74, of Crossett died Thursday, January 25, 2001, at her home. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Julia Mobley Ross; a brother, Sammie Lee Ross; and a sister. Lucille Baldwin.

Survivors include three sons, Paul Anthony and Cornelius Brown of Crossett and David Brown of Kansas City, MO: five daughters, Phyllis Monroe, Renea Crawford, Candie Smith and Janice Rogers of Crossett and Karen Mitchell of Memphis, TN; three brothers, Napoleon Ross of Crossett, Lawrence Ross of Milwaukee, WI, and Willie Lee Ross of Las Vegas, NV; four sisters, Alberta Washington, Grace Tyler and Linda Wimberly of Milwaukee and Addie N. Dunlap of Chicago, IL; 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in the First Baptist Church on Florida Street with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Pallbearers were to be Tony Williams, Leon Ross, Ben Couser, Brent Campbell, Harold Tucker and Edward Watson. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Henry Lee Brown

Henry Lee Brown, 68, of Crossett died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Southeast Arkansas Medical Center in El Dorado. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of Exodus Lodge #403 and served on the senior usher board at New Bethel. He was preceded in death by a son, Donnie L. Brown; two daughters, Robin M. Brown and Katherine D. Brown; his parents, Charlie and Addie Fudge Brown; two brother and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Hester Mason Brown; two sons, Ricky D. Brown of Crossett and Henry L. Brown of Arlington, VA; three daughters, Barbara Bouie of Crossett, Bobbie Mason of Houston, TX, and Vicky Crosby of Pascagoula, MS; four brothers, Bobby Brown of Crossett, Thurman Brown of Hamburg, Danny Brown of Los Angeles, CA, and Cornelius Brown of Portland, OR; three sisters, Ruby Bradley of Chicago, IL, Loice Mays of Kansas City, KS, and Addie Temple of Kansas City, MO; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Visitation was to be from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday. Pallbearers were to be members of Exodus Masonic Lodge #403 with the deacons and members of the senior usher board of New Bethel as honorary pallbearers. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Alford Clark

Alford Clark, 81, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at the Hudson Nursing Home in El Dorado. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the St. Peter Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaree Joe Clark; his parents, Johnson and Maggie Pennington Clark; two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include ten sons, Willie D. and Raymond Clark of Crossett, Claudell and Jessie Clark of Phoenix, AZ, James and Chris Clark of Oakland, CA, Donnell Clark of Brentwood, CA, Freddie Clark of Tracey, CA, Eddie Clark of West Memphis and Alford Clark, Jr., of Stockton, CA; three daughters, Dorothy Grayson and Kathay Clark Brown of Crossett and Mary Hemphill of Rockhill, SC; a brother, Chris Clark of Oakland, CA; 48 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, January 29, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Boston, Jr., Larry Rogers, Larry Waters, Robert Duke, James Duke, James Webb and Michael Scott. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Erma Jean Grayson

Erma Jean Grayson, 45, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care in Star City. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Irma Haynes Grayson; three sisters, Rebecca Haynes, Georgia Grayson and Mary Bell Langford; and two brothers, Jerry and Johnny Lee Grayson.

Survivors include a son, Brent Green of Hamburg; a brother, George Grayson, Jr., of Hamburg; and three sisters, Idell Dainkins of Queens, NY, Jean Penson of Milwaukee, WI and Idia Mason of Hamburg.

Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 1, in the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Rev. Alphonso Madden officiating. Pallbearers will be Alphonso King, Dewayne Pugh, Nolton Mason, Johnny Crain, Willie Ashford, Phillip Mays, Lonnie Walker, and Eddie Mays. Burial will follow services at the Phillip Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Winfred Matthew Hudgens

Winfred Matthew "Wimp" Hudgens, 74, of Monticello, died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born February 3, 1926, in Parkdale, the son of the late William Pittman Hudgens Sr. and Allie Pippen Hudgens. He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 304th Infantry, 76th Division in the European Theater for fifteen months. He was preceded in death by a son, James Charles "Jimmy" Hudgens; three brothers, William P. "Bill" Hudgens Jr., Clarence Lafay "Si" Hudgens Sr., and Maurice Dwain "Jack" Hudgens; and three sisters, Ola Virginia Smith, Gladys Hudgens and Florence Augusta Outlaw.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Matthew Hudgens and wife Cindy of Monticello; four daughters, Judy Carol Jenkins and husband Jessie, Linda Diane Griffin and husband Richard, Michelle Lea Bailey and husband Darren, all of Monticello, and Cheryl Susan Shirey and husband Homer of El Dorado; one stepson, Randy Ellis and wife Dana of Monticello; one sister, Katie Sue Moore and husband Junior of Monticello; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday, January 31, at l:30 p.m. at the Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with Revs. Gary Jordan and David Jacks officiating. Internment will follow at the Ladelle Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers are to be Keith Griffin, J.R. Shirey, Matthew Hudgens, Brian Jenkins, Kevin Griffin, Chris Shirey, Tony Jenkins and Robert Gordon. Honorary pallbearers are to be Buddy Carter, Whit Thornhill, Ken Ouellette, Bill Moore, William Moore III, Houston Berryman, Roy Williams, John Collins, Terry Babin and P.Q. Gardner.

Elbert Glen Kemp

Elbert Glen Kemp, 62, of Crossett died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born October 12, 1938, in Strong to Elbert L. and Elvie King Kemp, he was employed with Georgia-Pacific Corp. for 24 years and was a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church near Strong.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Kemp of Crossett; two sons, David Glen Kemp of Strong and Russell Alan Kemp of Curtistown, HI; two daughters, Samantha Lowery of Crossett and Gwendolyn Murray of Waycross, GA; a stepson, William S. Meredith of Manchester, England; a stepdaughter, Kathy Murray of Crossett; his parents, Elbert L. and Elvie Kemp of Strong; a brother, Marwin Kemp of Tulsa, OK; a sister, Marsha Gentry of Bridge City, TX; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church near Strong with Bro. Shepardson officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Ebenezer Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Doyle Wayne Lea

Mr. Doyle Wayne Lea, 55, of Crossett, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mr. Lea was a native of Manning, a resident of Crossett for the past 10 years and a former resident of Hamburg. He worked as a lab technician for Georgia Pacific Paper Division and had worked for Georgia Pacific for the past 33 years. He was a retired Army Reservist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett where he served as a deacon. He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Lea.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Miller Lea of Crossett, two daughters, Angi Lewis and husband Steve of Crossett and Michelle Farmer and husband Brad of Whitehall; his mother, Daphne Reynolds Wood of Arkadelphia; a brother, Bo Lea of Hot Springs; a sister, Fonda Ayers of Little Rock; and two grandchildren, Carter and Madeline Lewis.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, in the First Baptist Church in Crossett with Dr. Bobby Pennington, Dr. Tommy Cunningham and Rev. Charles Christie officiating. Pallbearers were to be are Pete Hollis, Dan Kersey, Freddie Martin, Jess McCrory, Bob Rush, Robert Stone, Jim Yarbrough and Pat Allison. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jimmie Lewis and Keith Carter. Interment was to follow services at the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Lottie Moon Fund, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Lora Matheny Maxwell

Lora Matheny Maxwell, 84, of Crossett died Sunday, January 28, 2001. Born February 4, 1916, at Dry Bayou to Bishop and Effie Simmons Matheny, she was the middle child, with two brothers and two sisters who all preceded her in death. A graduate of Parkdale High School, she married George Hilliard Maxwell on Christmas Day, 1934. In her early years, she managed a chain of dairy cafes, and due to her husband's occupation, they moved frequently. A homemaker, she set up 45 different residences for the family during her life. After moving to Crossett, she established and was the former owner of Maxwell Cleaners. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. George Larry Maxwell of Leesville, LA, and Richard Lee Maxwell of Crossett; two grandchildren, George Larry Maxwell, Jr., and Amanda Leigh Maxwell; and one great-grandchild, Codie Maxwell; two step-grandchildren, Linda Perrin and Judy Ames; a step-great-grandchild, Jennifer Barnes; and a step-great-great-grandchild, Dalel Harrison.

Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in the First United Methodist Church with Bill Williams officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Percy Payton

Percy Payton, 87, of Wilmot died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Wilmot. A native of Eudora and a Wilmot resident for the past 70 years, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Sweet Home Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board for 55 years. He was preceded in death by nephew he raised as a son, Jessie James Stanley.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Louise Lemon Payton; one son, Curtis "Fox" Hillard of Parkdale; one daughter, Shirley Shelton of Wilmot; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, February 2, in the Sweet Home Baptist Church with Rev. W. L. Plummer officiating. Pallbearers will be Elijah Brown, William Jackson, Robert Kitchen, Harold Moore, Calvin Lemon, Jr., and Hubert Shelton. Burial will follow services at the Jim Smith Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Eddie Lee Vail

Mrs. Eddie Lee Vail, 75, of El Dorado died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Rayville, LA, and for many years a resident of Hamburg and Crossett, she had lived in El Dorado for the past five years. A homemaker and member of the Victory Baptist Church in El Dorado, she was preceded in death by her parents, Neil and Anna Lee Langley Vines, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Vail; a son, Doyle Vail, both of El Dorado; a sister, Estelle Cossey of Parkdale; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Mark Staples officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jerry Childs, Hershel Alford, Carlton Vines, David Grice, Bill Vines and J.D. Grice. Burial was to follow services at the Parkdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Glenda Wells, P. O. Box 104, Parkdale, AR 71661.

January 24

Bobbie Jean Adkins

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Adkins, 54, of Crossett, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at North Monroe Hospital. Mrs. Adkins was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, an employee of GP Plywood Mill and a member of Faith Center Church. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Norman and Mae Etter Foreman Adkins.

Survivors include two sons, Terrance Adkins of Los Angeles, CA, and Aubrey Cortez Canley of Crossett; one daughter, Marita Sykes of Memphis, TN; one brother, Rev. Charles Adkins of Crossett; one sister, Louise Canley of Crossett; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial with the Rev. Charles Adkins officiating. Pallbearers were Perry and Edgar Johnson, Redio and Marcileno Reed, and Ben and Willie Kyzer. Interment was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Mr. Billy Bonds

Mr. Billy Bonds, 70, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at his residence in Fountain Hill. A native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Hamburg and the Longview community, he was a retired painter and a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston & Malley Howell Bonds; two brothers, Gilbert & Preston Bonds and two sisters, Virginia Price and Lila Mae Goodwin.

He is survived by a son, Bill Bonds, Jr.; a daughter, Tammy Bonds Shelton, both of Hamburg; his companion, Mary Taylor of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Travis Bonds of Morrilton and Bobby Bonds of Texarkana; three sisters, Doris Clark of Crossett, Hazel King of Hamburg and Nina Cummings of Haynesville, LA; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 19, at the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Mike Titsworth officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery, c/o Mr. Jerry G. Stanley, 4026 Hwy 133 N, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Edith Craig

Mrs. Edith Craig, 65, died Monday, January 22, 2001, at her residence in North Crossett. Mrs. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett and Ashley County, she was a homemaker, a devoted Christian and a member of the Hollis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Willis.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bro. Roy Craig of Crossett; three sons, Keith Craig and wife Cindy of Crossett, David L. Craig and wife Kay of Possum Valley, and John Paul Craig and wife Rita of Longview; a daughter, Patricia Martin and husband Jimmy of Hamburg; her mother, Susie Willis of Crossett; two brothers, Marvin Wayne Willis of Crossett and Buford Joe Willis of Texarkana; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, in the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. R.V. White, Jerry Carter and Lane Amos officiating. Pallbearers are to be Jimmy & James Meeks, Philip & Greg Kelley, and Steve & Tony Craig. Interment will follow services at the Hollis Chapel Memory Garden under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 623, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Dorothy Deal Croom

Dorothy Deal Croom, 81, of Crossett, died Sunday, January 21, 2001. Born on March 9, 1919, to Corry H. and Mary McMillan Croom in Portland, Mrs. Croom was the first female water commissioner appointed back in the 1950s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Croom was preceded in death by one brother, McMillan Croom.

Mrs. Croom's closet family survivors are Sarah Atkins, Corry Atkins and Jane Magnuson.

Memorial services were held to be held Tuesday, January 23, at the First United Methodist Church was Rev. Bill Williams officiating and the family receiving friends from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Malvia Golden

Mrs. Malvia Golden, 94, of Crossett died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, a Crossett resident since 1979 and a Montrose resident for many years, she was employed by the E. J. Austin, Outlaw and Montrose Variety Stores. She also worked for the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation in Warren for six years before retiring. A member of the North Crossett First Baptist Church, she was a former member of the Montrose Baptist Church where she was church clerk, Training Union director, song director and Sunday School teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Parker Golden, in 1968; her parents, Harvey and Jeredine Adams Woods; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny and Edward Golden of Crossett and Jimmy Golden of Houston, TX; a daughter, Clydean Carden of Crossett; a sister, Carrie Corder of Portland; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 20, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Gayle Riles and Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Lamar, Tommy and Sonny Woods, Douglas Crane, Dewey Ward and Keith Martin. Honorary pallbearers were members of the North Crossett First Baptist Church Senior Adult Men's and Women's Sunday School Class. Burial followed services at the Snyder Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the North Crossett First Baptist Church, 416 W. Church Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Martha Hardison Stover Henson

Martha Hardison Stover Henson, 93, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, in Montgomery, AL. Born September 29, 1907, to the late Mack Millard and Florence Keener Stover, she placed second in the Miss Alabama Nursing Home pageant in 1999 at the age of 91. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Maxine Whitman and husband Tommy of Wetumpka, AL; a sister, Addie Stover Roberts of Longview, TX; four grandchildren, Debra Ann Johnson, Marsha Kay Brown, Thomas James Whitman and Chuck Whitman; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, in the Temple Baptist Church with Bro. Milton Wilson officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Whitman, Sr., Thomas James Whitman, Charles Whitman, Jr., J. J. Johnson, Randall Wilson and Dewayne Wilson. Cliff Wilson was an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed services at the Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Houston Johnson

Mr. Houston Johnson, 39, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of Warren and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he was a mechanic, a logger and a member of the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Lovell Johnson, in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Renee Slaughter Johnson of Hamburg; a son, Tony Lovell Johnson, a daughter, Ashley Geneva Johnson, both of Beekman, LA; his mother, Jimmie Lou Johnson of El Dorado; four brothers, Donnie Johnson of Mansfield, LA, Jimmy Johnson of El Dorado; Ricky Johnson of Hamburg and Randall Johnson of El Dorado; 11 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, January 19, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Carlton White and Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Michael & Frankie White, Roger Smith, Sammy Johnson, Billy McDonald and Deane Streeter. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Wayne Johnson, Troy Hagood, Kenny Meredith and Archie Lee Haynes. Interment followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 786 Hwy 82 W., Crossett, AR 71635.

Ellen Francis Orr

Ellen Francis Orr, age 85, of Hermitage, died Friday, January 19, 2001, in the Baptist Medical Center. Born September 30, 1915, in Eagle Lake, a daughter of the late Charlie and Emma Hamilton Colvin, she was a housewife and homemaker and a member of Eagle Lake Crossroads Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garner Orr, whom she married April 1, 1934, and he died January 13, 1985, and one sister, Ruth Stanley.

Survivors include two sons, Tony Orr of Warren and Collier Wayne Orr of Eagle Lake; three daughters, Connie Michel of Ingalls, Angelyn Indest of Orlando, FL, and Reia Thomas of Hamburg; one brother, Sam Colvin of Eagle Lake; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, January 22, at 1:30 p.m., at Frazer's Funeral Home with Revs. Michael Griffith and Buddy Burton officiating. The organist was Scott Lindsey. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Ingalls. Pallbearers were Robert Michel, George Indest III, Steve Orr, Todd Orr, George Indest IV, Alex Indest, Mike May, Scott Lindsey, Scott Smith and Brett Stoval. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Estelle Gardner Russell

Estelle Gardner Russell, 91, died December 30, 2000, at the Monte Siesta Retirement Center in Austin, TX. She had lived in Austin since 1993. Born July 26, 1909, in Hamburg to Dudley D. and Maud Duckworth Gardner, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1928 and attended what was then Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway.

After teaching school briefly in Fountain Hill, she left Hamburg and went to Chicago, IL, where she worked for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Malcolm E. Gardner of Falls Church, VA; and two sisters, Caroline Horan of Tucson, AZ, and Louise Minnick of Brazil.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Imodene Kelly of Shreveport, LA; a brother and sister-in-law, Dudley D. and Carlise Gardner of Buda, TX; three nieces and five nephews. Her ashes will be interred in the Hamburg Cemetery on a date to be determined.

Martha Jane Youngblood

Mrs. Martha Jane Youngblood, 83, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Mrs. Youngblood was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a homemaker and a member of Full Gospel Church of God in Christ. She was proceeded in death by a son, Bernice Griffin, and her parents, Columbus and Lee Adams Whiteout.

Survivors include one son, Earnest Jenkins of Hamburg; one sister, Georgia Bell Rindle of Hamburg; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Jessie James Banks, Lawrence Tippie, Lonnie Walker, James Prewitt, Phillip Mays and Earl Jacob. Interment was in the Norris Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

January 17

Abbie Snapp Arnold

Abbie Snapp Arnold, 103, was born October 9, 1897, the ninth child in a family of ten to Charles Franklin Snapp and Elizabeth Jane Flinn Snapp of McHue, Independence County, Arkansas, and died January 12, 2001, in Little Rock. She attended elementary school at Jamestown and graduated from Batesville High School in 1916. Her first teaching experience was in 1912 when she was fifteen years old at Blowing Spring where she boarded with a local family. In 1916 and 1917, she lived with her parents and taught the third and fourth grades in Jamestown. She attended State Teacher's College in Conway from 1918 to 1920 when she became principal of the Batesville Elementary School, remaining there until 1926.

She married Carl Arnold of Walnut Grove, AL, on September 5, 1923, and they had three children born from 1927 to 1932. When the youngest child began first grade in 1938, she returned to teaching at Desha High School where she taught until 1955.

She attended Lyon College in the summer sessions and received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1955. She accepted a position as head of the English department of Crossett High School where she taught from 1955 to 1960 when she retired.

Lyon College recognized her contribution to education by giving her the Eta Sigma Outstanding Educator Award in 1980 and the Friend of Education Award in 1990. In Batesville she was an active member of the First Methodist Church, Athena Study Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Independence County chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Kaufman of Little Rock, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Arnold; two sons, William J. Arnold and Carl F. Arnold; and one grandson, R. Brent Arnold.

Services were planned for Tuesday, January 16, at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Batesville. Burial was to follow services at the Oaklawn Cemetery, with arrangements by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were to be her grandsons, Blair, Guy, and William Arnold, John and Kenneth Kaufman; and a great-grandson, William Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were to be Thomas Dennis, Marcus Halbrook, Charles,. C. R., Pete and James Snapp.

Memorials may be made to the Abbie Snapp Arnold English Award, Lyon College, P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503 or to the First United Methodist church, 615 E. Main St., Batesville, AR 72501

William Thomas "W. T." Carter

William Thomas "W. T."Carter, 86, of Crossett died Saturday, January 13, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born October 10, 1914, to the late Marian Eugene and Daisy Ellen Malloy Carter of Hamburg, he married Velma Boney Ingalls in 1940. From this union, two children were born, Mary Ann Carter Castillon of New Orleans, LA, and Carl Eugene Carter of Hamburg. He was a proud American farmer his entire life and a loving and dedicated caretaker for the Pinewood Memorial Park for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, Sybil Kincaid Carter of Hamburg; his daughter and son, three grandchildren, Dewayne Carter of Crossett, Mark Castillon of New Orleans and Carla Carter of Crossett; two great-grandchildren, Arron and Kaitlyn Carter of Crossett; five stepchildren and many step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 16, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Edward Nelson and Stan Keely officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mr. Houston Lane Chapman

Mr. Houston Lane Chapman, 73, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and life long resident of Hamburg, he was a retired automobile salesman and automobile dealer, an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, an avid hunter, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. & Florene Hill Chapman, and a sister, Mary Frances Vick.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Lloyd Chapman of Hamburg; three sons, Rodney Chapman and wife Lynda Kay, Rob & Patrick Chapman, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Cindy Rabb and husband Mike of Camden; a sister, JoAnn Luebkeman of Monroe, LA; and six grandchildren, Johnathan, Daniel, Kaley & Lane Chapman and Drew & Laney Rabb.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Bob, Bill & David Luebkeman, Randy Templeton, Tim Vaden, Kenny Bowden, Mike Reed and John Vick. Honorary pallbearers were Billy & Henry Bierbaum, Bobby Emory, Jack Carpenter, Luther Richardson, Buddy Griever, Odell Smith and Lavon "Slick" Higginbotham. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Bernie Cecil Croswell

Bernie Cecil Croswell, 78, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born August 14,1922, to Lige Thomas and Pearl Redding Croswell, he worked most of his adult life as a grocery clerk at Piggly Wiggly, loving his job and the people he served. He was a Baptist and was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruby Brown, and three brothers, Earl, Ed and Robert Croswell.

Survivors include two brothers, Raymond Croswell of Little Rock and John Croswell of Bastrop, LA, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Dan Webb officiating. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Unity Cemetery Fund, 190 Ray Lochala Road, Crossett, AR 71635.

Leon Garner

Leon Garner, 82, of Crossett died Monday, January 8, 2001, at the Fort Roots Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. Born January 19, 1918, to Charlie Washington and Georgia Riles Garner, he was a self-employed salesman and a member of the Meridian Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Emory and LeRoy Garner, and three sisters, Doris Farrar, Aziel Silloway and Charlene Garner.

Survivors include a brother, Sill Vester Garner and wife Shirley of Crossett, and a sister, Betty Jo Davidson of Bastrop, LA.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Rick Pyron officiating. Burial followed services at the Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Mr. A. C. Kilcrease

Mr. A.C. Kilcrease, Jr., 85, of Hamburg died Friday, January 12, 2001 at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department in 1980. He was a faithful member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where he was a deacon and a church musician. He was a member of the Southern Witness Quartet, and he played with the Haley Creek Band. He was a charter member of the Mist Deer Camp and a member of the Promise Land Masonic Lodge and had received his 50 year pin. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Rell Draper; his parents, A.C. & Ophelia Kelley Kilcrease; four brothers, John William, Conrad, Aubrey & Carroll Kilcrease, and a sister, Hazel Sloman.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Wells Kilcrease of Hamburg; two sons, Richard D. "Scutter" Kilcrease and Blaine Kilcrease of Hamburg; two daughters, Gwen Kilcrease Draper of Camden and Elaine Kilcrease of Hamburg; a sister, Kit Dixon of Minden, Nevada; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 13, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. B. G. Woodall, Kenny Williams and John Mooney officiating. Pallbearers were Tim Stell, Willard Irwin, Jarrod Brooks, Jimmy Stell, Ed Watt, Ralph Hunter, Ernie Hennington and Ronnie Coulter. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Mist Deer Camp, deacons of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Muriel McCarver

Graveside services were held December 2, 2000, at Rome Cemetery in Rome, MS, for of Hattiesburg, who died November 30 at the Forrest General Hospital. The Rev. Lawrence Jones officiated.

Mrs. McCarver was a native of Sunflower County, a homemaker, a member of Rome Christian Church, had lived in Hattiesburg since 1986 and was a resident of Hamburg many years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gibson McCarver, and a son, Bill McCarver.

Survivors include a son, Paul McCarver of Hattiesburg, MS; three daughters, Nancy Williford of Metairie, LA, Tony McCarver of Hattiesburg, MS, and Johnsie Tucker of Charleston, MS; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James Murdock

Mr. James Murdock, 80, of Parkdale died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the St. John's Regional Hospital in Oxnard, California. Mr. Murdock was a native of Casper, Wyoming; a resident of Parkdale since 1949, and he had been staying with his daughter and family in Ventura, California for the past six months. He was the owner and operator of Murdock's Service Station in Parkdale for many years and he taught at the Parkdale High School. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Parkdale United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Grice Murdock in March, 1999, and his parents, James Moses & Frances Blodgett Murdock.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Dunn and her husband, Wayne, of Ventura, CA; a brother, William L. Murdock of San Angelo, TX; two sisters, Sylvia Mounce of Stillville, MO and Mary Provancha of Crocker, MO; two grandsons, Jeffrey Wayne Dunn and Patrick James Dunn and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 14, in the Parkdale United Methodist Church with Revs. John Henley and Harry Noble officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Powell, Jimmy, Randy, Steven and David Grice, and Tommy Mounce. Interment followed services at the Parkdale Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale United Methodist Church, c/o Mr. Glyn Pope, PO Box 127, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Gladys Bernice Parker

Gladys Bernice Parker, 82, of Crossett, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at her home. She was born on February 12, 1918 to Robert Lee and Nannie Smith Blankenship in Bradley County. Mrs. Parker was a retired hairdresser and loved camping and fishing. She was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church where she served as church clerk for 32 years.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Everett E. Parker of Crossett; four sons, Carroll Parker and wife Shelby, Lane Parker and wife Jo Ann, Keith Parker and wife Beth and Jackie Parker and wife Jeanie, all of Crossett; one daughter, Connie Smith and husband Bobby of Little Rock; grandchildren Vicki Trammell and husband Mark, Stacey Davis and husband Chuck, Roxanne Leonard and husband Ricky, Carla Griffin and husband Parrish, John Parker and wife Angie, Gina Parker, Kristy Terrell and husband Michael, Jamie Parker, David Parker and wife Julie, and Candy Parker; great-grandchildren: Sandy Rice and husband Timmy, Brooke Davis, Alaina Davis, Parker Davis, Danielle Leonard, Kacee Leonard, Kayla Leigh, Jonathan Leigh, Sabrina Parker, Nikki Parker, and Wesley Parker; one great-great-grandchild, Luke Rice; a brother, Doyle Blankenship and wife Doris, one sister, Emma Jean Parker and husband James, all of Crossett; a stepson, Billy Ramsuer and wife Pat of Tallulah, LA; and grandchildren, Billy Jean, Pattie Kay and Robin Ramsuer.

Visitation was held at Jarvis Chapel at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11 and continued until the funeral services, which were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Danny Johnson and Ray Herron officiating. Pallbearers were Malcolm Lee, Harold Tucker, James Outlaw, Mark Trammell, Joe Frank Byrd and Sam McMahan. Honorary pallbearers were Walcie Rice, James Tucker, Ed Watt, Curly Frisby and Clifton Tucker. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

January 10

Mr. John Nobles Barnes

Mr. John Nobles Barnes, 63, of Parkdale, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Parkdale, he was a former resident of Prescott and McGehee, where he coached football at McGehee High School for four years before moving back to Parkdale 30 years ago. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1959, where he was captain of the football team his senior year. He was a farmer and a vice president of the Parkdale Gin Co. He was an active member of the Parkdale United Methodist Church and a Mason. He was the mayor of Parkdale for the past seven years, and he was president of the Barnes Hunting Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nobles and Vera O'Hara Barnes.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara McClendon Barnes of Parkdale; two daughters, Carla Barnes of Orlando, FL, and Sherry Tara and her husband, Brad, of Columbus, OH; a grandson, Evan Tara; and two sisters, Mary Ann Leslie of Warren and Emily Byers of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. John Henley and Harry Noble officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Murphee, Royce Curry, John Hunter Buatt, J. D. Grice, John Sumner Barnes, Ralph Sewell, Harry Dunigan and Carroll Womack. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Hawkins, A. D. Farmer, Prentice Harrell, Harrison Ralph and Sumner Barnes. Interment followed services at the Parkdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale United Methodist Church, c/o Glyn Pope, 209 S. Bayou St., Parkdale, Ark. 71661 or to the Parkdale Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Glenda Wells, P.O. Box 104, Parkdale, Ark. 71661.

Jean Cathey

Jean Cathey, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at her home. Born May 4, 1925, to the late Henry and Helen Pansy Gatling Kilpatrick, she attended the Lighthouse Pentecostal Tabernacle and loved to sew. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. W. Cathey.

Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Parchem and husband Jim of Crossett; two grandchildren, Tracy Rogers and husband Dale and Lisa M. Jones and husband Marty; and two great-grandchildren, Alisha and Nathan Jones.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Revs. Warren Finney, John Martin and Marty Jones officiating. Pallbearers were Wesley Jones, Sam Finney, Curtis Finney, George Uselton and Justin Uselton and Ricky Miller. Burial followed services at the Smackover Cemetery.

Charles Lee Childress

Charles Lee Childress, 59, of Crossett, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, a timber worker, and a member of Fudge Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Childress and his parents, Vernon and Elizabeth Monroe Childress. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam era.

He is survived by a son, Charles Childress of Crossett; two daughters, Charlett Childress of Crossett and Elizabeth Ann Childress of Little Rock; his brother, Rev. James Childress of Crossett; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, January 10 at 11:00, in the Ryles Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Jessie Radford officiating. Internment was to follow services at the Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Mr. Harold D. Griffin

Mr. Harold D. Griffin, 67, of Longview, TX, died Tuesday, Jan 2, 2001, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Longview, TX for the past 25 years and a former resident of Bakersfield, CA, he was a truck driver and diesel mechanic. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Harris, an infant son, David Eugene Griffin; his parents, Lofton & Betty Spires Griffin and a brother, Paul Edward Griffin.

He is survived by a son, Richard Griffin of Marshall, TX; a daughter, Sandra Woods of Longview, TX; four brothers, Carl Griffin of Omaha, NE, A.D. Griffin of Hughes, Roy Dean Griffin of Clyde, MI, and Kenneth Griffin of Hamburg; five sisters, Trecel Miller and Bertha Crow of Bakersfield, CA, Lois McDonald of Fletcher, NC, Ethel Bates of Meeker, OK and Betty Ann Silva of Madison, TN; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services and interment were at 11 a.m., Friday, January 5, at the Flat Creek Cemetery with Rev. Houston Austin officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Donald Ray Harris

Donald Ray Harris, 46, died Friday, January 5, 2001 at his residence in Crossett. Mr. Harris was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a construction worker and a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. He was a 1972 graduate of Crossett High School.

He is survived by a son, Columbus James Harris of Texas; a daughter, Donyelle Harris of Crossett; his parents, A.J. and Betty Harris of Crossett; two brothers, Charles Sims of Rockford, IL and Archie Harris of Crossett; and two sisters, Linda Collins of Rockford, IL and Jacqueline Rhodes of Bastrop, LA.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 12, at 1:00 p.m. at Gates Chapel A.M.E. with the Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers will be Edgar Johnson Jr., Perry Johnson, Todd Brown Jr., Elijah Harris, Antoine Collins and Curtis Rhodes. Internment will be at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Mary Jane Jackson

Mary Jane Jackson, 98, of Wilmot died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care of Wilmot. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Jackson; a daughter, Tisha Mae Sharkey; three sons, Robert Jr., Thomas and Timothy Jackson; her parents; Hillard and Carolyn Taylor Lewis; and two brothers, H. W. and Joseph Jackson.

Survivors include two sons, Richard L. Jackson of Chicago, IL, and James E. Jackson of Pine Bluff; four daughters, Clovice Wilder of Wilmot and Beatrice Clark, Lossie Davis and Juel Richardson, all of Chicago, IL, two adopted daughters, Jacqueline Bankston of Crossett and Jenette Johnson of Little Rock; a sister, Mamie Lindsay of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, January 5, in the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. James Crockett and Bro. James Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Kelvin Clark, Daryle Davies, Leroy Lindsey, Jr., Joe Richardson, Carl Wilder and Cleotis Wilder. Honorary pallbearers were Richard and James Jackson and the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Harris Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Belinda Jo Lephiew Matthews

Belinda Jo Lephiew Matthews, 29, of Crossett died Sunday, December 31, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born January 18, 1971, to Aubrey and Kathy Beatty Lephiew in Crossett, she owned and operated Peyton Days. She was a member of the Cooter Hunting Club-Weatherly Club, and her hobbies were riding horses, deer hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains. Most of all, she loved her children. She was preceded in death by two of her grandparents, Lottie Henley Beatty and Aubrey Lavern Lephiew.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Wayne Matthews; two sons, Peyton McNiece and Hayden Matthews; her parents, Aubrey "Buddy" and Kathy Lephiew, all of Crossett; her grandparents, Woodrow Beatty and Mary Lee Owen Lephiew of Star City; and a brother, Danny Lephiew of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, January 5, in the Community Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. E. W. Ricks and Dan Webb officiating. Pallbearers were Leon Hamm, Dan Kersey, Jeff Sawyer, Roger Hackney, Billy Taunton and Johnny Hodges. Honorary pallbearers were Rodney Ricks, Robbie Fuller, Ricky Taunton and Wayne Mosley. Burial followed services at the Arkadelphia Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Yvonne Barker Robinson

Yvonne Barker Robinson, 78, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Thursday, January 4, 2001. Born December 28, 1922, to Robert Andrew and Waif Allison Barker, she was a member of the South Main Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleonice Robinson.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Robinson and wife Carol of Gulfport, MS; a brother, R. L. Barker of Crossett; a sister, Frances Hernsberger of Murfreesboro, TN; and a grandchild, Whitney Robinson.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Jimmie Lewis officiating. Pallbearers were Keith Keen, Bobby Brooks, Mike Hernsberger, Charles Cummins, Bobby White and Larry Thompson. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery.

Myrdie Lee Sawyer

Myrdie Lee Sawyer, 81, of Crossett died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at her home. Born April 30, 1919, to the late Andrews Eugene and Violet Boil Anthony, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Kalkhoff; a grandson, David McClain; and her husband, Orvis Sawyer.

Survivors include a son, Lavon Sawyer of Diamond City; two daughters, Mary Ellen McClain and Rosa Kelley of Crossett; a brother, C. W. "Sonny" Anthony of Crossett; a sister, Bracie Robertson of Sterlington, LA; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, January 5, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. David Ashcroft officiating. Pallbearers were John Kelley, Marty McClain, Paul McClain, Ronnie Anthony, Larry Peebles and J. M. Sawyer. Burial followed services at the Eden Cemetery.

Mamie Lee Tucker

Mamie Lee Tucker, 84, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A life-long resident of Crossett, a retired beautician and member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Bama Coleman; and a brother, J. T. Coleman. She was also a Past Worthy Matron for Silver Star Chapter #306, Order of the Eastern Star, and a volunteer tutor for the foster grandparent program.

Survivors include her husband, Abram Tucker; two daughters, Phyllis Washington of Kansas City and Beverly Cannon of Rockford, IL; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 6, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were James Dawkins, James E. Phifer, Sr., Bobby R. Brown, Nathaniel Keith, C. T. Foster and Jessie Lowe. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mary Tucker

Mary Tucker, 76, of Hamburg died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Beverly Health Care in Hamburg. A life-long resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Tucker; her parents, Terry and Artie Lee Haynes Callins; two brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include a brother, Harvey Morrison of Carthage; and five sisters, Mildred Smith and Lue Willie Callins of Crossett, Mattie Jean Hampton of Compton, CA, Betty Ruth Tines of Los Angeles, CA, and Mable Harris of Hattisville, MD.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Marvin Harris, Alonzo Harris, Jimmy Thornton, Carl Smith, Ronnie Smith, Terry Callins, and Rick Matheney. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Hazel Veazey

Hazel Veazey, 84, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000, in Hamburg. Born May 18, 1916, in Hot Springs to Hubert and Goldie Isom Biven, she was a Baptist and lived in Hot Springs most of her life, also living in Bismarck for about five years and in Hamburg for the past seven months. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hubert Veazey, and a great-granddaughter, Holly Eubanks.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Jan Veazey of Cabot and Marvin and Patricia Veazey of Hot Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Kenneth Prince of Bismarck and Deloris and Randy Coulter of Hamburg; a brother, William Biven of Arkadelphia; two sisters, Dorene King of Beebe and Janette Lovell of Benton; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, December 18, in the Caruth-Hale Funeral Home chapel in Hot Springs with Revs. Donnie Veazey and Randy Knoles officiating. Grandsons were pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Lott, Kenneth Prince and Randy Coulter. Burial followed services at Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs.

Mae Lillie Williams

Mae Lillie Williams, 73, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Cora Mae Rosston; three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her husband, William Henry "W. H." Williams; a son, Freddie Lee Williams of San Bernardino, CA; two god-children, Drew Danzy and Josh Govan; a brother, Roy Rosston of Dermott; four sisters, Dollie Mae Peddleton of Hopkinsville, KY, Pearlie Mae Lucas and Josephine Rosston of Clarksville, TN, and Willie Block of Monticello; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, in the Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie L. Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Tucker, William Lambert, Cedric Tucker, Al Tucker, Greg Junior, Ronald Williams, Junior Logan and Eddie Logan. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Maude Hickman Duncan

Maude Hickman Duncan, 95, of Pine Bluff died Sunday, December 17, 2000. A homemaker and member of the Olivet Baptist Church in Little Rock, she was preceded in death by her husband, Major Seth V. Duncan; her parents, John J. and Sarah E. Hickman; and four brothers, Luther, William, Roy and John C. Hickman.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret Hickman Chambers of Hamburg; a nephew, James I. Hickman of Oark; and a niece, Judith Gates of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Roller McNutt chapel. Burial followed services at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway.

Hogan Morrell Estelle

Hogan Morrell Estelle, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 15, 1915, to Willie and Lillie Stanley Estelle in Ashley County, he retired as a mechanist supervisor with the Ashley Drew and Northern Railway after 30 years of service. He loved to squirrel and bird hunt in his younger days and was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, J. B. Estelle, and his wife, Mildred McFarland Estelle.

Survivors include a brother, George Estelle of Van Buren; two sisters, Helen Crowder of McGehee and Sally Ross of Little Rock; three stepchildren, Wilda Marchand, Russell Curl and Mae Curl; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, December 29, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park

Mr. Dewey Golden.

Mr. Dewey Golden, 75, of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 31, 2000 at his residence. Mr. Golden was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He retired from the Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill in 199, and he was a former employee of Murphy Ford. He was a charter member of the Gardner Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex & Josie Murphy Golden and two brothers, Roy & Lewis Golden.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pearl Reynolds Golden of Hamburg; a son, Ricky Golden and his wife, June, of Hamburg; a daughter, Helen Stagg and her husband, George, of Crossett; four grandchildren, Bobby & Billy Golden, Jamie Craig & Amy Griffin; two step-grandchildren, Jeff & Jennifer Stagg and five great-grandchildren, Robby & Roxanne Craig, Coby & Blake Griffin and Samantha Stagg.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers are to be Dennis Byrd, Russell Maxwell, Bennie Jordan, Johnny W. Pierce, John Dailey and Dewayne Fulgham. Honorary pallbearers are to be Clint Carpenter, Robert Maxwell, B.L. Barrett, Floyd Fairchild, Ted Rial and Royce Bowden. Interment will be in the Hamburg 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.

Lavern Haynes

Lavern Haynes, 39, of Hamburg died Monday, December 25, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Montrose, she was a homemaker and a member of the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Haynes; her father, Andrew Moore; a sister, Cassandra Elaine Gulley; and two grandmothers, Corene Robinson and Evelyn Jones.

Survivors include a son, Keitrich Brewer of Monticello; a daughter, Tiffanie Haynes of Hamburg; six brothers, Perry Dupree of Palmdale, CA, Al Brewer of Montrose, Ricky Moore of Pine Bluff, Jimmy Moore of St. Louis, MO, and Dean and Percy Moore of Dermott; seven sisters, Gloria Barnett and Linda Williams of Hamburg, Lois Moore, Paula Moore and Dorothy Hollins of Crossett, Shannon Dukes of Monticello and Christine Moore of Dermott; and two grandchildren, Phalilah Brewer and Keitrich Brewer, Jr.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 30, in the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ with Bishop Danny Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Rick Dunn, Kelvin Stroud, Ricky Moore, Joe Williams, Charles Barnett and Michael Dupree.

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

Maggie Lucille Braswell Lee

Maggie Lucille Braswell Lee, 84, of Crossett died Monday, December 25, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born September 24, 1916, to Walter and Callie Bond Braswell in Mississippi, she was a homemaker and a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jesse, Dawaine and Walter Braswell, Jr.; one sister, Lavern Woodall; a grandson, Scott Lee; a great-grandson, Timothy Keen; and her husband, Wesley Lee.

Survivors include five sons, Thomas Edward Lee and wife Sandra, Normie Glen Lee and wife Kay, William Anthony Lee and wife Sherri, all of Crossett, Charlie Lee of Little Rock and Harold Wayne Lee and wife Ruby of Palatka, FL; three sisters, Bessie Burnette of Bastrop, LA, Dell Hyman of Glendale, CA, and Shirley Burge of Jackson, MS; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 28, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Thad Douglas and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Phillip, Chris, and Michael Lee, Jason Keen, Dennis Holland and Billy White. Honorary pallbearers were all other grandsons, Brad Newberry and Brad Maxwell.

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

Mrs. Marceil Norrell

Mrs. Marceil Norrell, 73, of Hamburg, died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native and former resident of Crossett and a resident of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg since 1955, she was a homemaker and a member of the Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Norrell, Jr., in 1991; a daughter, Debra LeFran Norrell and her parents, Sam & Allie Mae Courson Lofton.

She is survived by a son, Jimmy Norrell of Hamburg; three daughters, Kathryn Swan, Pauline Lowry and Debbie Laing of Hamburg; a brother, Lowell Lofton of Crossett; five sisters-in-law, Geneva King of Hamburg; Doris Jenkins & Virginia Hearn of Crossett, Frances Corker of Dallas, TX, and LeFreda Johnson of Banks; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Thad Douglas & Dale Crumby officiating. Pallbearers were Bryan Bays, Jimbo Mashburn, Norman Swan, James Miller, Sonny Betha and Gale Jackson. Interment followed services at the Carlock Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Carlock Cemetery, c/o Mr. Mike Bays, 331 Ashley Road 462, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Marvin A. Rambo

Mr. Marvin A. Rambo, 79, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Sparkman, a resident of Hamburg for the past five years and a 50-year former resident of El Dorado, he was a retired accountant having worked 27 years for Lion Oil until retiring in 1982. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg and a former member of the Parkview Baptist Church in El Dorado where he served as a deacon for many years and served in many other capacities. He was a former president of Abilities Unlimited in El Dorado and a member of MENSA. He was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his father, Augustus Rambo and his mother, Etta Yarbrough Savage.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruby Ozment Rambo of Hamburg; a son, Joe B. Rambo and wife Lynn of Hamburg; a daughter, Linda Jean Rambo of Atlanta, GA; three sisters, Jean Ballering of Milwaukee, WI, Lena Mae Fink of Philadelphia, PA and Nora Reese of Austin, TX; four grandchildren, Joe B. Rambo, Jr., Amy Rosegrant and husband Scott, James Courtney Rambo and Jonathan Craig Rambo and wife Mandy; and two great-grandchildren, Hanna Rosegrant and William Grant Rambo.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were to be Joe, Courtney and Craig Rambo, Scott Rosegrant, Jay Johnston and Lynn Fite. Interment was planned for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado with Rev. Lawrence Harrison and Rev. Tommy Mellinger officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Christian Children's Fund, PO Box 1364, Jakarta, Indonesia 10013 or to the Parkview Baptist Church Daycare, 608 W. 8th, El Dorado, AR 71730.

Ben Colvin Rhodes

Ben Colvin Rhodes, 57, of Crossett, formerly of El Dorado died Wednesday, December 27, 2000. He was a mechanic with Georgia Pacific in Crossett.

Survivors include his mother, Celia Rhodes; two daughters, Darla Johnson and Alicia Jolene Rhodes; a sister, Carolyn Saulsbury; and six brothers, Charles, John, Mike, Bobby Jack, Don and Pat Rhodes.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, in the Young's Funeral Home chapel in El Dorado. Burial followed services at the Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Farmerville.

William Horace "Bill" Thompson

William Horace "Bill" Thompson, 63, of Decatur, AL, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000. Born on September 28, 1937, to Horace and Thelma Ramage Thompson, he was a retired foreman for Champion Papers.

Survivors include his wife, Janet K. Thompson of Decatur, AL; and a sister, Jerri Ann Thompson of Crossett.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 29, at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Junior Edward Weeks

Junior Edward Weeks, 62, of Lake Village died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at his home. He retired after 25 years in the service department of Farm Equipment Company and was a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Weeks.

Survivors include five brothers, Bill and Bobby Weeks of Lake Village, James Weeks of Cullman, AL, Perry Weeks of Altus, OK, and Burley Weeks of Jasper, TX; and a sister, Louise Card of Greenville, MS.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel with Lake Village with Rev. Brandon Massey officiating. Burial followed services at the Jennie Cemetery.

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