Mr. Henry Allen Allison

Mr. Henry Allen Allison, 78, of Hamburg died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Allison was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Fremont, CA for many years until moving back to Hamburg in 1978. He retired in 1976 from AC Transit Company in San Francisco after 30 years of service. A Baptist, he was the co-owner of Allison Auto Glass & Body in Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maudie Ruth Waller Allison in 1974; infant twins, his parents, Mal & Johnie Dew Allison and a brother, Dude Allison.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn Goettling Allison of Hamburg; two sons, Shelby Ray Allison of San Francisco, CA, and Steven Allison of Hamburg; a daughter Sandra Ruth Johnson of Little Rock; two step-sons, Joseph Francis of Chico, CA, and Kenneth Francis of Collinsville, TX; a step-daughter, Coette Rogers of Hamburg; a brother, Vance Allison of Houston, TX; four sisters, Margie Cloade of Monticello; Jo Ann Moffatt of Hamburg; Dean Rankin of Mendenhall, MS and Rose Wilder of Redding, CA; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Allen Waldrup and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Turner, Freddie Martin, Claude Riley, Jr., Clyde Gardner, Junior, Mark & Tony Moffatt and Steve Rogers. Memorials may be made to the Beech Creek Church Building Fund, c/o Mr. Roger Nutt, 1309 Chestnut Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

West Dillard

West Dillard, 81, of Little Rock, formerly of Parkdale, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Alabama and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Louise Bankston, and a brother, Robert Dunning.

Survivors include his stepmother, Estelle Dunning of Bastrop, LA: five brothers, Lee Dillard and James Dunning of Little Rock, Gene Dillard of Alabama, Cloman Connely of Eudora and Ralph Dunning of Bastrop; four nieces, Melvin Stansfield, Pearline Robinson, Earnestine Bankston and Lillie Porter and husband O. J.; and four nephews, Willie Gulley, Jessie Henson, Fred Bankston and Kirk Bankston.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, September 24, in the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Pallbearers were A. C. Campbell, Nathaniel Henson, James C. Brown, Jr., J. C. Brown, Sr., Carl Vaughn and Otis Anthony. Burial followed services at the Childress Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Alice Marie Doss

Alice Marie Doss, 88, of Crossett died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born November 5, 1912, in Van Buren to Charlie and Mindy McAfee Young, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Doss; two brothers, Harmon and Wes Young; and one sister, Elizabeth Bennett.

Survivors include a son, Harvey Doss of Crossett; four daughters, Hazel Alderman, Patsy Wright, Tressie Stodghill and Dessie Stevens, all of Rayville, LA; two sisters, Tressie Wright of Wilmot and Edith Nimmo of Crossett; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Dan Webb officiating. Pallbearers were Terrence Stodghill, Sr., Lynn Mullenaux, Elder Bunderson, Elder Allison, Elmer Strickland and Jackson E. Dye. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery.

Mrs. Doris Lee Ford Pistole

Mrs. Doris Lee Ford Pistole, 94, of Coralville, Iowa, died Fridday, September 21, 2001. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Lantern Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Home since 1995, she was a resident of Fairfield, Iowa, for 36 years and a resident of Hamburg for many years. A member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Cecil Pistole, Sr. in 1989; a son, Billy Pistole in 1962, two grandsons, Carey Johnson in 1997 and Jason Bonnell in 2000; her parents, William M. & Mary Francis High Ford; four brothers, Charlie, Everette, Earl and Woody Ford; and three sisters, Jennie Knight, Avis King and Annie Lou Rodgers.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Pistole Ludlam and husband Miller of Hamburg; Ann Pistole of North Liberty, Iowa, and Linn Pistole Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; a brother, Lawrence Ford of Panama City, FL; a sister, Laura Kridler of Corpus Christi, TX; a brother-in-law, Vaughn Pistole and wife Margaret of Crossett and a sister-in-law, Ona Ford of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren,.

Burial will be in the Judson Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Judson Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Dennis Cox, 2512 Hwy 425 N., Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. John Rice

Mr. John Rice, 87, of Portland died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Dermott City Nursing Home. A native of Bessemer, AL, and a lifelong resident of Portland, he was a retired farmer and loved making a beautiful garden and was a very hard working man. A member of the New Light Baptist Church in Portland, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Randell Rice; his parents, Will & Francis Craig Rice; and four sisters, Novella Caldwell, Harriet McCoy, Charlie McCoy and Annie Bell Scott.

He is survived by a sister, Clara Robinson of Portland; a brother, Rev. Eddie Rice of Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the New Light Baptist Church with Revs. Eugene Mitchell and Eddie Rice officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ricardo Harron, David Morris, Vincent Ross, Nathaniel Morris, Will & Roy Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were to be Henry Caldwell, Eddie Ross, Cleveland Caldwell and Eddie D. Rice. Interment was to follow services at the Portland #2 Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Jaynie Louise Sivils

Mrs. Jaynie Louise Sivils, 82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Crossett for most of her life and a resident of Hamburg for the past five years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Pine Forest Baptist Church. She was called "Essie" by her grandchildren and her memories will always be special to everyone that knew her. Whenever one came to her home, she always had one of her famous pound cakes or chicken and dumplings ready. While sitting crocheting or sewing, she enjoyed talking about family, God, and our nation. When leaving, fresh eggs from her chickens or her homemade pickles were always waiting at the door. She was a faithful Christian and always had her Bible by her side. When she was unable to go to church, she would listen to the taped services brought to her by her pastor. She was devoted to her God, her family, and her friends that she loved talking to on the telephone. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Sivils in 1959 and her parents, Herman & Martha Ann Upshaw Culp.

She is survived by a son, Neal Sivils and wife Dana; a daughter, LaFran Bierbaum and husband Carl John, all of Hamburg; a brother, Durwood Culp and wife Mildred, of Bastrop, LA; a sister, Lola Boatright of Bastrop, LA; eight grandchildren, Jon Bierbaum and wife Stephanie, Cole Bierbaum and wife Diane, Chris Sivils and wife Jennifer, Josh Sivils, Dana Outlaw and husband Randall, Angela Rice, Brooke Sivils and Nicole Maxwell; and six great-grandchildren, Mary Ashleigh, Maddison Reah and Connor Bierbaum, Lauren Stone, Jordan Sivils and Alaina Rice.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, September 21, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Lane, Royce, Jim, David & Tommy Culp and Mark Gibson. Interment followed services at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Maxine Elizabeth Sturdivant

Maxine Elizabeth Sturdivant, 82, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born December 25, 1918, to Edgar and Eula Harris Maxwell in Ashley County, she was a homemaker, raised cattle as a hobby and loved gardening. A member and Sunday School teacher at the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, she was a former member of the Ashley County Cattlemen's Association and served on the Democratic Election Commission for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. M. "Buddy" Sturdivant, and two brothers, Harris and Travis Maxwell.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Vance Sturdivant, John Maxwell Sturdivant and Robert Edgar Sturdivant; two brothers, Steve and Alan Maxwell; two sisters, Rose Walker and Melba Thomas, all of Crossett; seven grandchildren, Michael Kyle Sturdivant, Jacky Lee Hamm Sturdivant, Chance Cheyenne Sturdivant, Christopher Thomas Sturdivant, Jennifer Diane Sturdivant, Jana Lynn Sturdivant and Cara Leigh Sturdivant; and two great-grandchildren, BreAnn and Corby Sturdivant.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Dan Webb, Don Justice and Buddy Kinney officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Sturdivant, Keith Maxwell, Julian Walker, Rank Thomas, Dennis Maxwell, Kyle Sturdivant, Chris Sturdivant and Robert Riles. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Payne, J. B. Kelley, Lannie Sturdivant, Lynwood "Jack" Hamm and James Harrison. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Helon Pierce Wilcoxon

Mrs. Helon Pierce Wilcoxon, 89, of El Dorado died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Oak Ridge Nursing Home in El Dorado. Mrs. Wilcoxon was a native and former resident of Hamburg and a resident of El Dorado for the past 40 years. She was an admitting clerk for the Warner Brown Hospital in El Dorado, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Andrew E. Wilcoxon in 1983 and H. F. "Jack" Sawyer in 1953; her parents, Walter & Eva Lee Withers Pierce; one brother and three sisters.

She is survived by a brother, Richard Pierce of El Dorado; and two nephews and close friends, Rev. Hugh & Marian Nelson of El Dorado.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 20, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Hugh Nelson officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730 or to the Community Hospice (Union County) 1426 N. West Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730.

September 19

Mrs. Marie McCurdy Burns

Mrs. Marie McCurdy Burns, 78, of Snyder, died Monday, September 10, 2001, at the Rose Care Nursing Home in Stuttgart. Mrs. Burns was a native of Snyder; a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a resident of Snyder for the past 14 years. A retired farmer and member of the Montrose Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Washington Burns, in 1981; an infant son, a grandson, Joseph Michael Ballard; a great-grandson, Derick Michael Nichols; her parents, James & Luna Brown McCurdy; and eight brothers and sisters.

She is survived by six sons, David Burns of Montrose, Franklin Burns of Clarksville, TN, Earl Burns of Lake Village, Robert Burns of Crossett, Melvin Burns of Norwalk, CA, and Bernard Burns of Montrose; three daughters, Carolyn Swann of Snyder, Mary Cooley of Crossett and Martha Watts of Stuttgart; two brothers, James McCurdy, Jr., of Snyder and Edward McCurdy of Bakersville, CA; six sisters, Susie Burns of Monticello, Alice Sloan of Warren, Lizzie Walters of Fresno, CA, Beatrice Ackerman of Little Rock, Catherine Weideman of Cleveland, OH, and Ruby Savage of Pine Bluff; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 13, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Grandsons were pallbearers. Interment followed services at the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Old Union Cemetery, c/o Mr. Philip Bonnette, 192 Shelton Turner Road, Montrose, AR 71658.

Mr. Richie Emory

Mr. Richie Emory, 51, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 13, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mr. Emory was born in Crossett and was a life long resident of the Promise Land community outside of Hamburg. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill for over 32 years. He was a dedicated member and Sunday School teacher of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Mist Deer Camp. He was the clock operator for the Hamburg High School football team for many years. He was instrumental in starting the Dixie Youth Baseball program in Hamburg and a national director for the Dixie Youth Baseball program and he was involved in the Hamburg Baseball Program for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Spurlin Emory of Hamburg; a son, Trey Emory of Hamburg; two daughters, Heather Smith and husband Dewayne of Oak Grove, LA and Genia Browning and husband David of Winnsboro, LA; his parents, Bobby & Janelle Chadwick Emory of Hamburg; a brother, Freddie Emory and wife Ann of Cleveland, TX; three sisters, DayLa Zieman and husband Sam of Spring, TX; KayLa Rabb and husband, Brian, and Susan Smith of Hamburg; a granddaughter, Bailey Smith and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 16, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Williams, Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Jeff Alderman officiating. Pallbearers were Buddy & Scutter Kilcrease, Don Kelley, Drew Carpenter, Randy Rice, Marty Sartin, Butch Hill, Jack McDonald, Dale Streeter and Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Mist Deer Camp. 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, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

James Goree

James Goree, 86, of Wilmot died Sunday, September 16, 2001, at his home. A native of Crossett and a Wilmot resident for the past 50 years, he was a retired truck driver and a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Cornelius Turner Goree; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mrs. Annie Goree; one daughter, Bernice Mackie of Oakland, CA; two sisters, Almedia Adams of St. Louis, MO, and Travestine Bennett of Bastrop, LA: six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, in the First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Rev. James Crockett officiating. Pallbearers will be Cleveland Parker, Billy, Robert and Charles Kitchen, Les Mackie and Cleveland Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Natt, Luther, Otis, Earl and Jim Kitchen and Naaman Williams. Burial will follow services at the Jim Smith Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Bealie Harrison

Funeral services for Bealie Harrison, 93, of Bastrop, LA, were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, in the Tillou Baptist Church with Revs. Danny Roberts and Andy Myrick officiating. Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery, with arrangements by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertie Kitchens and Zelma Harber; and three brothers, Herbert Harrison, Lee Harrison and Gaston Harrison. He died Monday, September 10, 2001, in the Morehouse General Hospital.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mildred Sikes Harrison; two daughters, Debra Harrison Hughes and Shirley Harrison Warner of Bastrop; one son, John E. Harrison of Bastrop; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Layne Warner, Michael Harrison, Chris Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Allen Campbell and Clint Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Stevenson, Steve Atkins, Dr. Carter Cox, Julian Kinnaird, Holden Harrison, Matthew Campbell and Chase Turner.

Mrs. Barbara J. Higginbotham

Mrs. Barbara J. Higginbotham, 69, of Hamburg died Friday, September 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardell & Iva Mae Hill Bates; and two brothers, Robert Howard Bates & Marvin W. Bates.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Higginbotham, Sr.; three sons, Frank Higginbotham, Jr., and wife Kathryn, Billy Ray Higginbotham, and Lamar Higginbotham and wife Janice, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Mosley and husband Wayne of Crossett; a brother, Richard Bates and wife Becky of Clarksville, TN; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 16, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy Bates, Charles Pullin, E. W. Ricks & Kenny Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Smith, Luther Richardson, Daniel Grygrecyk, Dewayne Bussell, Alvin, Gene & Dale Bates. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and Floyd Ellingburg. Interment followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658 or to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Roy Lee McQuay

Roy Lee McQuay, 65, of Hamburg died Monday, September 10, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hamburg and a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Gasie Sanders McQuay; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include four sons, Royal Haywood of Las Vegas, NV, Michael Haywood of Winfield, LA, Gary Haywood of Tallulah, LA, and Herman Haywood of Los Angeles, CA; four daughters, Florene Jasper of Hamburg, Theresa Brown of Gary, IN, and Ronesha and Brittany McQuay of Tallulah, LA; six brothers, Rev. Oble McQuay, Rev. Olderns McQuay and Hollis McQuay of Hamburg, Roosevelt McQuay of Jackson, MS, Willie McQuay of Eagle Lake, MS, and R. J. McQuay of Gary, IN; three sisters, Ollie Fowler and Claudine Tolliver of Hamburg and Maudine Ervin of Gary, IN; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, September 14, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Frederick Simpson, Levell Stanley, Thurman Bradley, Curtis Tolliver, Lawrence Booker and Joe Williams. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Christine Prescott

Christine Prescott, 62, of Crossett died Saturday, September 8, 2001. Born May 9, 1939, in Crossett to Garfield and Bertie Pilgrim Campbell, she was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church where she was a firm advocate of tithing. She loved collecting angels and sending birthday and other cards. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Carrie Naff and Lois Hunter.

Survivors include her husband, Ottis Prescott of Crossett; one daughter, Sharon Rogers of El Dorado; a grandson, Ben Burgess of El Dorado; and two sisters, Ruth King of Crossett and Louise Hays of Warren.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Bro. Randy Maxwell officiating. Pallbearers were Junior Burden, Eugene Burnett, John P. Daugherty, Glenn, Roger and Steve Naff, Robert Prescott and Teddy Thurman. Honorary pallbearers were Eugene, Terry and Clarence Barnett, Charles Naff, Douglas and L. D. Prescott and Tommy Lee Sexton. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Baptist Church or the Paul Sullins Library.

September 12

Vera Lee Brown

Vera Lee Brown, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born February 5, 1921, in Strong to Charlie and Linnie Fikes Holmes.

Survivors include two sons, Cleazell and Charles Brown of Crossett; two daughters, Virginia Brown Guilford of Upper Marlboro, MD, and Ruth Brown Byrd of Crossett; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Conley officiating. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Madeline Burks

Mrs. Madeline Burks, 82, of Crossett, died Saturday, September 8, 2001, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg; a resident of the Cooter Community outside of Crossett since 1975 and for many years a resident of Fountain Hill, she was a homemaker and a member of the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Burks, in 1974; her parents, Roddy & Annie Carter Lochala, and a sister, Hazel McCaig.

She is survived by three sons, Bobby Burks of Louisville, MS, Mack Burks of Broken Bow, OK and Carl Burks of Laurel, MS; a daughter, Betty Helmbeck of Jacksonville; a brother, Roddy Lochala of Hamburg; two sisters, Edith Redenour of St. Marys, GA and Kate Murphy of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Lois King of Crossett; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 11, in the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Pallbearers were to be nephews Butch & Rick Lochala, Frank, Bill, Mike & Phil Murphy, Billy & Johnny King. 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 Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, 998 Ashley 14 North, Crossett, AR 71653 or to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. V.W. Cason, 213 Ashley 482, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Mrs. Jean Compton

Mrs. Jean Compton, 69, of Hamburg, died Thursday, September 6, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County, raised in Hamburg, she was a resident of Andrews, TX, for many years before moving back to the Milo Community outside Hamburg 14 years ago. A homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her parents, F. L. & Annie L. Hartley Craig; a brother, Garland Craig and two sisters, Elsie Bryan and Ann Blazier.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Compton of Hamburg; a step-son, Michael Lynn Compton of Tampa, FL; a step-daughter, Charlotte Davis of Abilene, TX; a brother, Bruen Craig of Crossett; five sisters, Ruby Turner of Coleman, TX, Lavada Osborne of New Braunfels, TX, Winnie Oglesby of Hamburg, Vivian Thurman of Lawton, OK and Norma Warren of Bryan, TX; five step-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 8, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Joe Sponaugle and Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Craig, Albert and Dennis Blazier, Mark Moffatt, James Robert Meeks, Riley Frank Craig, Billy Don Oglesby, Laderl Craig and Oliver Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Moffatt, Dennie Jenkins, Jimmy Meeks Macel Baker, Jim Meeks and Johnnie Guthrie.

Interment followed services at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry G. Stanley, 4026 Hwy 133 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

Jonathan Ray Craft, Jr.

Jonathan Ray Craft, Jr., an infant, of Crossett, died September 3, 2001, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born July 12, 2001, to Jonathan Ray Sr., and Crystal Pepper Craft.

Survivors in addition to his parents are two brothers, Tony Pepper and Thomas James Craft; one sister, Selena Craft, all of Crossett; grandparents Starr and Tommy Boles of Crossett, David Pepper of Jonesboro, LA, Ronnie and Terrie Craft of Redfield and Beth Duncan of Pine Bluff; and a great-grandmother, Wanda Jones.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, in the Unity Baptist Church with Dale Jordan officiating. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Doris M. Farrar

Doris M. Farrar, 78, of Crossett died Monday, September 3, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Born January 7, 1923, to Willie B. and Myrtle Willis McDougald, she was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a devoted wife, mother and homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking and working her flowers. She was the last surviving charter member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by an infant sister, Elise McDougald.

Survivors include her husband, A. G. Farrar; one son, Buddy Farrar; one daughter, Gwen Shaffer; two sisters, Helen Sivils and Joyce Dubose, all of Crossett; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Franklin and Donnie Dubose officiating. Pallbearers were Steve, David and John Paul Shaffer, Mike Purtle, K. K. Fox and Steven Roberts. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Gaston Harrison

Funeral services for Mr. Gaston Harrison, 101, of Bastrop, LA, were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, in the Golden Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Howard Hudson and Leslee Phillips officiating. Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery.

Mr. Harrison, a farmer and member of the Extra United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Launa Sawyer Harrison; two sisters, Birdie Kitchens and Zelma Harber; two brothers, Lee Harrison and Herbert Harrison; and one grandson, Jeffery Jenkins.

Survivors are two daughters, Mary K. Jenkins of Pine Bluff and Dorothy Atkins of Bastrop; one brother, Bealie Harrison of Bastrop; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Steve Atkins, Jim Atkins, Morris Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Vernon Harrison, and James Harber. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Anderson, Dr. Robert Lyon, Julian Kinnaird, George "Red" Kinnaird, Vernon Cain, Doyle Kitchens, John E. "BoBo" Harrison, Kelly Pugh, Kent Williamson and Richard Nicholson.

Gary Randall Honeycutt, Sr.

Gary Randall Honeycutt, Sr., 54, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 4, 2001. Born January 1, 1947, in Camden to W. T. and Bessie Domanski Honeycutt, he was employed as an electrical and instrument technician at Georgia-Pacific and was a member of the Church of the Redeemer. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed duck and deer hunting, fishing and golf.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Honeycutt of Crossett; a son, Gary Randall Honeycutt, Jr., of El Dorado; a daughter, Ursula Dyer of Longview, TX; his mother, Bessie Honeycutt of Crossett; one sister, Jan Gillespie of Crossett; a stepson, Morgan Sneed of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Megan Ostner of Memphis, TN; and five grandchildren, Brandon Dyer, Tyler, Cody and Owen Honeycutt and Savannah Ostner.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 6, in the First Baptist Church with Bros. Kirk Hall and Jerry Grant officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Rainwater, Gary Draper, John Miles, Gary Higginbotham, Don Sullivan, Richard Byrd, Jimmy Pennington and Danny Malone.

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

Memorials may be made to Victory Christian Ministries, c/o Willis Doss, 808 Cedar Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Tommy L. Roberts

Tommy L. Roberts, 64, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2001. Born May 29, 1937, in Crossett to Ocie and Lillie Roberts, he was a graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and a retired management associate of J. C. Penney Company with 33 years of service in seven states. A member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, he was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Harrison Roberts of Crossett; one brother, Bob Roberts and wife Karlynn of Pine Bluff; one sister, Linda Land and husband Larry of Crossett; his mother, Lillie Roberts of Crossett; two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 7, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Brooks, Bill Holder, Billy Howie, Denon Cagle and Wesley Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers were Ivan Smith, Jimmy Grubbs, Pat Cook, Dick Williams, J. C. McGoogan and Bruce Deless.

Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Crossett Community Scholarship Association.

Mrs. Nora Murphy Swan

Mrs. Nora Murphy Swan, 91, of Hamburg died Monday, September 3, 2001 at her residence. Mrs. Swan was a native of Hamburg and a resident of the Pine Hill Community outside of Hamburg all of her life. She was a homemaker, a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Spring Hill EHC Club for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Franklin Swan, in 1967; her father, Hugh Murphy; her mother and step-father, Mattie Dailey Murphy Livingston and Wesley Livingston; and three brothers, Hugh Murphy, Frank Edward "Gip" Livingston and George Dailey.

She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Bowles Woods and Willa "Stumpy" Ray of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Philip & Neal Bowles, Patricia Lockridge, Joe Britt Ray and Cindi Whitaker; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Ferrell Breshears and Dale Crumby officiating. Pallbearers were Willie Earl, Ed, Billy, Jerry & Doyle Murphy, Ronnie & Terry Livingston, Allen, Bruce & Norman Swan. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Murphy, Junior Jordan, Danny Sweeney, Ollie Austin, Eugene Morris, Drew Shields, Jarrod Bowen and Morris Pennington. Interment followed servicese at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Lillie Mae Tweedy

Lillie Mae Tweedy, 94, of Hamburg died Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Summit Hospital in West Monroe, LA. A native of Ashley County, she was a homemaker, the oldest member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Harold Tweedy; and two sons, Ray Wilfred Tweedy and Robert Tweedy.

Survivors include one son, Don Louie Tweedy of Bellevue, Nebraska; one daughter, Bernice Williams of Cypress, CA; one sister, Reba Shell of Huntsville, AL; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, September 10, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Noel McGilton, Jim Goodwin, Ben Huckaby, Jack Shell, Brett Shell and Bill Wise. Honorary pallbearers were Freeman Shell, Jr., Mike Shell, Frank Taylor and Ed Shell. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

George Washington "G. W." Ward

George Washington "G. W." Ward, 88, of Crossett died Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Union County and a Crossett resident for the past 57 years, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific chemical plant and was a veteran of World War II. A member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Ward; his second wife, Alice Davis Ward; one son and three brothers.

Survivors include one son, Larry Ward of Malvern; four daughters, Lee Ester Howard and Mardell Cox of Hamburg and Mary Etta Bowens and Alberta Wilford of Gary, IN; one sister, Patience Lewis of Texarkana, TX; 47 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were to be Cal Tucker, Lawrence Tippie, Robert Hall, Thurman Bradley, Willis Bowens and R. D. Morgan.

Burial was to follow services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Resie Lee Wimberly

Resie Lee Wimberly, 73, of Crossett died Monday, September 3, 2001. Born on August 9, 1928, to Henry Neal and Sylvania Ellis Sanders, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Wimberly; five brothers, Elie, Roosevelt, Ernest, Cleo and Ulas Sanders, Sr.; and a sister, Mattie Davis.

Survivors include a stepson, Aldo Wimberly of Crossett; a daughter, Vickie Wimberly of Crossett; one brother, Resie Dee Sanders of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Rebecca Bynum of Chicago and Earnestine Abraham of Crossett; and three grandsons, Jessie Wimberly, Charles Maloon and Clarence Maloon, all of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 8, in the New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

September 5

Chester Lee Mansfield

Chester Lee Mansfield, 48, of Crossett died Tuesday, August 28, 2001, in Eudora. A native of Wilmot, but a resident of Crossett for the past 28 years, he was formerly a truck driver for Charles Brooks Logging and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Earnestine Mansfield; two sons, Chester Andre Mansfield and Demarcus Terrell Mansfield of Crossett; two daughters, June Evelyn Fields of Crossett and Veverly Rachelle Williams of Bastrop, LA; his parents, Lee Henry and Tessie Dixon Mansfield of Eudora; three sisters, Lore Farris of Eudora, Lavern Williams of Little Rock and Susan Deane of Dallas, TX; and four grandchildren, Darus Fields, Brandon Fields, Briauna Williams and KeyShawn Mansfield.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, August 31, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Morgan, Jimmy McHenry, Willie Bryant, T. C. Lewis, Robert Thompson, Charles Brown, Jr., Glenn Johnson and Michael White. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Kinneth Stell

Kinneth Stell, 75, a native of Hamburg, died Monday, August 27, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, IL. Born May 26, 1926, in Ashley County, he lived in Hamburg until he moved to Chicago after his marriage. He was a member of VFW Post #5079 in Bridgeport, IL, and a past member of American Legion Darius-Girenas Post #271. A veteran of World War II, he was the grandson of the late James Carroll and Della Haley Stell and the son of the late William Benson and Velma Martin Stell. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, J. B., Bobby, Jimmy and DeWitt Stell and his sisters, Gertrude Stell Hill, Odell Stell Tullos, Vennie May "Peg" Stell Moore and Mimmie Bell Stell Sims; and two children, Elizabeth and Kevin Stell.

Survivors include children Janette of Arlington, TX, Suzanne of Anna, IL, and Kenneth "Mike" Stell of Chicaco and Denise Ostrowski and husband Frank of Chicago and Theresa Downey and husband of Anna, IL.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 30, at the Pomierski & Son Funeral Home in Chicago. Burial followed services at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to veterans' organizations.

Colby David Upshaw

Colby David Upshaw, 16, of Crossett died Monday, August 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 29, 1984, to Joe Upshaw and Jennifer Scott Stell in Monticello, he was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jim Scott.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Glen Stell of Crossett; his father and stepmother, Joe and Danetta Upshaw of Buna, TX; his grandparents, Barbara Scott of Crossett, Shirley and C. B. Harriman of Hamburg and Johnny Upshaw of Heritage; his step-grandparents, Charles and Lynda Stell of Crossett; one sister, Emily Upshaw; and two stepsisters, Melanie and Kaylee Stell.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. John Marlar and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Griffith, Jerry Stell, Nick Upshaw, Ricky Martin, Jerry Watkins, Doyle Blankenship, Jr., Billy White and Chester Rosen. Honorary pallbearers were Jarrod Arnold, Blake White, Matthew Griffith, Anthony Clayton, Jeremy Martin, Josh Martin, Ian McClain, Charlie Morgan and Chris Musgrove.

Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Abiding Faith Christian School, 1552 Highway 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635.

Marie Wilburn

Marie Wilburn, 87, of Sulphur, LA, died Monday, August 27, 2001. She was the widow of David Richard Wilburn.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Sullivan of Arkansas; a granddaughter, Myra Bennett of Sulphur; a grandson, David Wilburn of Brooklyn, NY; a sister-in-law, Gwen Haddox of Washington state; and four great-grandchildren, Myra Sylvia Marie Bennett and Olivia Ruth Annette Bennett of Sulphur and Roy Dean Sullivan and Morgan Lamar Sullivan of Arkansas.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

August 29

Fagen Armell Elton

Fagen Armell Elton, 72, of Crossett died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge nursing home. Born September 15, 192, in Line, Ark., to Green and Willie Holdcraft Elton, he was an U. S. Army veteran, a former Baptist minister, and a devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Margaret Walser; one sister, Lela Holland, and a brother, W. T. Elton.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Elton of Crossett; one son, James E. Allen of Junction City; two brothers, Francis Elton of Little Rock and Bud Elton of Medford, OR; three sisters, Marie Gray of Hamburg, Flora Walker of Hot Springs and Daphine Martin of Camden; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Bro. Bobby Bradford officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Holland, Glynn Allen, Dennis Holland, Tommy Boles, Brent Allen and Sammy Bolin. J. W. Sawyer was an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Lovie Louvinia Gibbs

Lovie Louvinia Gibbs, 84, of the Pine Hill community near Hamburg died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at her home. A lifelong resident of Pine Hill, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Gibbs; a son, Elvin Gibbs; a daughter, Elena Davis; her parents, Wheeler and Laura Benson Womack; and seven sisters.

Survivors include five sons, Linberg and wife Mabel Gibbs of Monticello, Billy and wife Junita, and Richard and Sherman Gibbs of Pine Hill and James Gibbs of Crossett; two daughters, Erma and husband Clifton Hawkins of Hamburg and Vickie and husband Michael Scott of Crossett; three brothers-in-law, Lester Gibbs of St. Louis, MO, Leonard Gibbs of Los Angeles, CA, and John B. Gibbs of Pine Hill; 43 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, in the Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. David Bouie officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Cleazell Brown, Rance Haynes, Preston Hawkins, Earnest Green and Michael Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Linberg, Billy, Richard, James and Sherman Gibbs, Clifton Hawkins and Michael Scott. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mariadelcarmen Mongragon

Mariadelcarmen Mondragon, the 15-day-old daughter of Odilon & Marisol Mondragon of Hamburg, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.

She is also survived by two brothers, Octaviano & Cruz Mondragon both of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Daniel & Juana Mondragon of Snyder; her paternal grandparents, Cruz & Carmen Mondragon of Hamburg; her maternal great-grandparents, Luiza Mondragon of Mexico and Abigail Chavez of Mexico and her paternal great-grandfather, Octaviano Trajillo of Mexico.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Friday, August 24, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg

William Evans Place

William Evans Place, 78, of Little Rock died Monday, August 20, 2001. Born in Gillett to Ralph and Evans Barnes Place, he was a 1945 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and first taught school in Gillett before moving with his parents to Parkdale. He joined the Postal Administration and became the postmaster at Parkdale. Mr. Place was an administrator for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Administration in El Dorado before he and his late wife, Vera Warfield Place founded Place Nursing Home in Wilmot.

He served one term as president of the Arkansas Nursing Home Association and also served on the State Board of Nursing. He was elected mayor of Wilmot and served for over twenty years. In 1986 he married the former Sally Smith McGaughy and moved to Little Rock in 1989. He then worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in the Long Term Care Division for over ten years, until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister and as an usher. He was also an avid Razorback fan and long time member of the Little Rock Razorback Club.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; one son, William Evans Place, II and wife Susan of Ann Arbor, MI; one daughter, Wendy W. Place of Little Rock and step-daughters, Leslie Turley and husband Rex of Rogers, Linda Inebnit and husband Tommy of Hot Springs, Cindy Harris and husband Mike, and Ginger Townsend and husband Mike of Little Rock; one grandson, Daniel Place and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and a daughter, Susan Warfield Place.

A rosary was held at 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 22, in the Ruebel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23, at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church with burial of cremated remains at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Wilmot Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic School or the Monsignor Allen Trust Fund.

Mr. Michael "Woodie" Wood

Mr. Michael "Woodie" Wood, 28, of Crossett died Thursday, August 23, 2001, at his residence in Crossett. Mr. Wood was a native of Monticello; a resident of Crossett for the past 15 years and a former resident of Hamburg. He was a graduate of Hamburg High School and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Brown Wood.

He is survived by a daughter, Kelsey Wood of Hamburg; his father and step-mother, Bill & Glenda Wood of Hamburg; a sister, Denita Wells of Hamburg; his maternal grand mother, Pearl Brown of Monticello; three step-sisters, and two step-brothers.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 25, in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 4026 Hwy 133, Hamburg, AR 71646.

August 22

Georgia Hazel Christmas

Georgia Hazel Christmas, 89, of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, August 17, 2001, in the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop. She was a homemaker and a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Bastrop.

Survivors include two sons, Carroll V. Christmas and wife Syble and Jimmy Christmas and wife Peggy of Bastrop; one sister, Irene Stell of Hamburg; two brothers, Gerald White of Hamburg and Charles White of Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Susan White, Debbie Pettis, Mary Bryan, Faye Frost, Christy Wright and Chris Christmas; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 19, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home in Bastrop with Rev. Presto Church officiating. Pallbearers were Matt Spikes, Chris Christmas, Troy Bryan, Ronald Pettis, Jack Frost and Reggie White. Burial followed services at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, c/o Lisa Mailhes, 2304 Pinehurst, Monroe, LA 71201.

Mrs. Lorene Church

Mrs. Lorene Church, 85, of Hamburg died Sunday, August 19, 2001. at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Church was a native of Blytheville, a resident of the Eden community northwest of Hamburg for the past 30 years and a former resident of Benton Harbor, MI. A homemaker and member of the Eden Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Church, in 1997; her parents, Wes & Maudie Mapps Byers; three sisters, Bertie Powell, Bertha West and Ruby Church. and a brother Clarence Byers.

She is survived by two sons, William (Billy) Church of Tomball, TX, and Rick Church of Hamburg; two daughters, Joyce Height of Glendora, MI, and Sue Warren of Marshall, TX; a brother, Jay Byers of Symar, CA; a sister, Gladys Stephenson of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Monday, August 20, in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Mike Titsworth officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Danny, Ernie & Jim Stephenson, Skip Davey & Ken Byers. Funeral services were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Baptist Church, 3748 Hwy 133 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Rutledge F. Ford

Mr. Rutledge F. Ford, 74, of Saltillo, MS, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at the Dogwood Plantation Nursing Home in Saltillo. Mr. Ford was a native of Crossett; a resident of Saltillo, MS since 1985 and a former resident of Jonesboro, Leachville & Pine Bluff. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1944, and he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a master's degree. A World War II Pacific Theater veteran of the US Army, he was an agronomist and worked with cotton, soybean and rice producers in northeast Arkansas for almost thirty years, having a long and distinguished career with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service before retiring in 1985. After he retired, he established and maintained a crop consulting business in the Mississippi valley region until 1999. He was a Methodist; a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge having received his 50 year pin and a member of the Eastern Star. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Paulene Dunn Ford.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Orr Ford; a son, Jonathan Jeffery Ford, both of Saltillo; a daughter, Rebecca Suzanne Ford of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Gordon Ford of Sulphur Springs, TX; a sister, Martha Holland of Dallas, TX and two grandchildren, Taylor & Brittany Ford.

Grave-side services with Masonic honors are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, at the Judson Cemetery with Gordon Ford officiating. Funeral services are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Judson Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Mr. Dennis Cox, 2512 Hwy 425 N, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Maxine Elnora Girtman

Maxine Elnora Girtman, 83, of Crossett died Saturday, August 18, 2001, at her residence in the White Station community. A homemaker and member of the Mount Zion Crossett Camp Baptist Church, she was a board member of the Singing Union #3, secretary for her church, and a former foster grandparent. She was preceded in death by a son and three daughters, her parents, James Burks and Ruth Edna Bridges, and two brothers.

Survivors include two sons, James Girtman of Oakland, CA, and Nathaniel Girtman of Crossett; two stepsons, Preston Girtman of Oakland, CA, and Willie L. Girtman of New York, NY; five daughters, Rosa Lincoln, Joyce Thornton, Carolyn Davis, Juanita Gibbs and Melba Wright, all of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Helen Tucker of Crossett; one sister, Doris Henderson of Fordyce; 42 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Baker officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow services at the Nimmons Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Charles Ely Grant

Charles Ely Grant, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, August 13, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 3, 1921, to Herod and Lou Ella Ely, he served in Patton's Third Army, Fifth Infantry Division, the Red Devils. He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Oscar Benitez and Jesus Benitiz.

Survivors include his wife, Juventina Ely of Crossett; two sons, Charles "Buddy" Grant Ely, Jr., of Crossett and Chuck Lund of El Paso, TX; three stepdaughters, Rosa Wallace of Crossett, and Doris Contreras and Irma Lee of Van Nuys, CA; three brothers, Bill Hale of Dallas, TX; Monty Hale of Tecula Lake, CA, and Robert "Bob" Ely of Canoga Park, CA; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Ray Mills officiating. Pallbearers were Preston Malloy, Frank Thacker, A. D. Witherington, Johnny Pierce, Clayton Mills, Ray Lochala and Stormy Braswell. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery.

Demontria Andre Hampton

Demontria Andre Hampton, 26, of Crossett died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at the University Hospital in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a member of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Hampton, and his grandparents, Oscar and Odell Lewis.

Survivors include two daughters, Adrianna Hampton of Crossett and Neisha Hampton of El Dorado; his father, Raymond Hampton of Crossett; his mother and stepfather, Matthew and Mary Hampton Bowman of Crossett; four brothers, Robert, Jr., Earl, Cleophis and Robert Levell Hampton, all of Crossett; four sisters, Ruth Laverne Hampton of Crossett, LaJoyce Benton of North Little Rock, Otha Jean Hampton of Oakland, CA, and Contray Hampton of Little Rock; his finance, Trina Johnson of Crossett; 17 nieces, six nephews and one great-niece.

Funeral services will be at 11 a..m. Friday, August 25, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Witherspoon officiating. Pallbearers are to be Ulyss Haynes, Caine Wells, Mike Ellis, Reggie Martin, Aaron Govan and Jimmy Lee Mayweather. Burial will follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Erma C. Howie

Mrs. Erma C. Howie, 87, of Hammond, LA, died Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at her daughter's residence in Hammond. Mrs. Howie was a native of Parkdale, a resident of Hammond for the past 16 years and a resident of the Mount Pleasant community east of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a homemaker and was known for her homemade sausage. She was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hammond where she was secretary of the Beulah Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for many years, a former member of the Mount Pleasant Home Demonstration Club and was the caretaker of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Howie in 1976; an infant son, Robert Howie; a great-grandson, Lyndon Howie; her parents, Edward & Kate Williams Caldwell; a sister and two brothers.

She is survived by a son, Edward Howie and his wife, Vera, of Start, LA; a daughter, Carolyn Clark and husband Gerald of Hammond, LA; three brothers, Edward Caldwell of Mablevale, J. L. Caldwell of Van Nuys, CA, and Carl Caldwell of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18, in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Eugene Howie & Houston Austin officiating. Pallbearers were Dewayne, Don & Sanders Brooks, Joey White, Gary Williamson and Kevin Burns. Interment followed services at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Jerusalem Baptist Church Building Fund, 11109 Jerusalem Church Road, Hammond, LA 70403 or to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Howard Foster, PO Box 217, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Rhuben Lee Newton

Rhuben Lee Newton, 87, died Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at his residence in Crossett. A native of Strong, he was a retired Georgia-Pacific paper mill employee. He was also a retired barber who worked at the Greenview Barber Shop for over 55 years. A member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church where he was Sunday School superintendent, a steward, trustee, Bible study leader, class leader and group study leader, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Newton, and his parents, Eugene and Florence Williams Newton.

Survivors include his wife, Albertine Warren Newton; four sons, Rhuben Newton, Jr., and Isaac Newton of Oakland, CA, and Joe G. and Dennis Newton of Crossett; a stepson, Elbert Ray Gibbs of Crossett; two daughters, Rebecca Newton of Crossett and Florence Milton of Oakland, CA; a stepdaughter, Patricia Duff of Crossett; one brother, Charles Newton of Toledo, OH; one sister, Deborah Dawkins of Strong; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, August 20, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Darryl, Herman and Waymon Newton, Ervin Dawkins, Eugene Streeter and Robert Duckworth, Sr.

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

Mr. Frank H. Pearson

Mr. Frank H. Pearson, 88, of Hamburg died Thursday, August 16, 2001, at his residence. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Shiloh community north of Hamburg for the past 65 years, he was a retired farmer and a produce manager for Footes Grocery Store in Hamburg and the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Crossett for many years. A member of the Fountain Hill Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mae Downey Pearson, in 1996; his parents, William & Mary Berry Pearson; four brothers, Billy, Jimmy, Marvin & Byron Pearson; and three sisters, Bobbie Tilton, Mamie Lynn & Myron Pearson.

He is survived by a son, Frank Douglas Pearson of Searcy; two daughters, Arline Lloyd and Mary Carolyn Stanley and husband Roma of Hamburg; two brothers, John B. Pearson and wife Maxine of Crossett and Jack Pearson and wife Johnnie of Houston, TX; two sisters, Frances Lynn of Houston, TX and Jane Richards of Houma, LA; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 18, in the Shiloh Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Hershell Kelley, Bobby Hales, Shelby Scott, Noel Dean McGilton, Jimmy Jones & Jimmy Meeks. Interment followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. V.W. Cason, 213 Ashley Road 482, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

James William Pennington

James William Pennington, 73, of Benton, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at the Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. Born March 27, 1928, to Roy James and Hattie Mae Steelman Pennington in Holly Springs, he was an Air Force veteran, was retired from International Paper Company in Pine Bluff and was a member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Laverne Pennington.

Survivors include three sons, James Downey Pennington of Sheridan, Michael Pennington of Fayetteville and Billy Pennington of Little Rock; one daughter, Lynette Gracie of Fayetteville; two sisters, Winnie McCann of Benton and Neva Thomas of Crossett; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Monday, August 20, at the Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Paul Payne officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Eula Mae Robinson

Eula Mae Robinson, 72, of Crossett died Friday, August 17, 2001, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Robinson, Sr., her parents, Mitchell and Izora Childress Green; and three brothers, Michael C., Willie Lee and Willie Jr. "Pony" Green.

Survivors include five sons, Leon Robinson, Jr., Carl Edward and Ricky Todd Robinson of Crossett, Terry Charles Robinson of Los Angeles, CA, and Darryl Raye Robinson of Sacramento, CA; four daughters, Angelia Tucker of Crossett, Hazel Robinson of Los Angeles, CA, and Sheila Williams and Ramona Robinson of Berkeley, CA; one brother, Grady Dawson of Grand Rapids, MI; two sisters, Ruby Phifer and Mary Cason of Crossett; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, August 24, at 1 p.m. in the Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Rev. Travis V. Simpson

Rev. Travis V. Simpson, 84, of Crossett died Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from the Crossett sawmill and was a member of the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church. Rev. Simpson served as pastor for 55 years in 16 churches including Gates Chapel, Green Grove in Portland, St. Peter's in Lake Village, Mount Pleasant in Monticello and St. James in Warren. He acted as secretary of the South Arkansas Conference for over 40 years and was chairman of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Travestine Simpson; his parents, Rafe and Ardella Warren Simpson; and seven brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Georgia Simpson; one son, Raymond Simpson of Grady; one daughter, Emma Hornton of Houston, TX; one brother, George Simpson of Oakland, CA; two sisters, Margie Luster and Alverna Thomas of Oakland, CA; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Presiding Elder J. R. Hooper officiating. Pallbearers were Revs. Nolan Watson, Ken Broughtan, Jessie Washington, Gwain Hammock, Charles Lovett and Bro. Larry Strong. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Duckworth, Sr., Leandrus Simpson, Rev. Danny Franklin, Billy Simpson and other A. M. E. ministers.

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

August 15

Mrs. Fannie Lagrone Black

Mrs. Fannie Lagrone Black, 97, of the Jennie community near Lake Village died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at her home. Born February 6, 1904, at Long Prairie in Ashley County, she was a daughter of the late Henry Bunyon Lagrone and Della Scott Lagrone. She was the widow of Harvey Gurtman Black, a homemaker and a member of the Jennie Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, David Zeke Black and Harvey G. Black of Lake Village; two daughters, Lois Adamson of Edmond, OK, and Patsy Black of Lake Village; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, August 13, in the Jennie Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Fuller officiating. Burial followed services at the Lake Village Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home.

John Larrison

John Larrison was born in Wilmot on Nov. 18, 1918, and died July 27, 2001, in Costa Mesa, CA. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1939 and was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineers in 1989. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

While working for General Electric Co. in New York, he was involved in the infancy of the semiconductor industry. He later moved to Hughes Aircraft in California to develop the first machine to mass produce semiconductors. John Larrison joined Orthodyne Electronics in 1972, where he designed a bonding machine which simultaneously bonds numerous microscopic wires. This equipment is used in the manufacture of automobiles throughout all of Europe and the United States. It is also used extensively in the communication industry.

Larrison was the holder of six patents. He was an avid golfer and dedicated church worker.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl; two children and their families, Mary Jane and Daniel Sola of Costa Mesa, CA, and John and Kay Larrison of Huntsville, Utah. He has three grandchildren, Lauren Sola of Costa Mesa and Darcy and Matt Larrison of Huntsville, Utah. He is also survived by his brother, Clifford Larrison of Wilmot and Greenville, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Jimmie Curtis Larrison of Wilmot and his sister, Mary Henry of California. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jefferson Austin Maddox

Jefferson Austin Maddox, an active member of the Gilroy Church of Christ and founder of the Hollister, California, congregation, died July 25' 2001, in Bastrop, Louisiana. He was 85.

Mr. Maddox was born in Arkansas, served as a second lieutenant in the 77th Infantry Division of the Army During WWII, then settled near Santa Cruz, California, to work with the Soil Conservation Service. In 1955 he moved to Hollister, where he lived until 1992 when he married Mary Louise Johnson and moved to Crossett. He retired in the early 1970's after having worked in USDA Soil Conservation offices in San Benito, Santa Clara, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in California.

Mr. Maddox was preceded in death by his three wives: Florence Margaret Neil Maddox, Elizabeth Bette Long Hardison Maddox, and Mary Louise Reid Johnson Maddox.

Survivors include children Bruce Austin Maddox of South San Francisco, California, and Eugene Denis Maddox of Maryland.

The funeral was August 7 at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home, Hollister, California, followed by interment at the IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of the American Diabetes Association.

Addie Kelley McArthur

Addie Kelley McArthur, 95, of Crossett died Friday, August 10, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 17, 1905, in the Promise Land community to J. J. and Nannie Higginbotham Kelley, she joined the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church in August, 1916, and was baptized in Berry Lake by Rev. T. G. Morgan. A homemaker and member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, one sister, and her husband, John Ellis McArthur.

Survivors include two sons, John E. McArthur, Jr., of Fresno, CA, and Walter McArthur of Hamburg; two daughters, Nancy Harris and Linda Haygood of Crossett; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 12, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with J. W. Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Steve, John and Michael Haygood, Kelley McArthur, Paul Harris and Gary Gallaway. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Jimmy Ree Warren

Jimmy Ree Warren, 82, of Crossett died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at the Leisure Lodge nursing home in Crossett. A native of Marion, LA, but a Crossett resident for the past eight years, he was retired as a laborer at the Huttig plywood mill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Williams and Florence Everett Warren; three brothers, Vasco Warren, Joe Ollie Benford and Lesley Scott; and two sisters, Lorene Jackson and Briddie Starling.

Survivors include a brother, Minor Warren of Pontiac, MI; sisters Gladest Wimberly of Crossett, Dallas Bohannon of Milwaukee, WI , Carrie Slade of Lake Village, Jerene Jackson of Los Vegas, NV, and Elsie Campbell of Oakland, CA, and a special niece Tunicia "Muffy" Williams of Crossett.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, August 17, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. O. T. Carlock officiating. Burial will follow services at the Springhill Cemetery in Strong.

August 8

Mrs. Pearl E. Burks

Mrs. Pearl E. Burks, 99, of Hamburg died Monday, July 30, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Banks, Georgia, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 12 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Burks, a son, two daughters, her parents, Generah & Nora Strickland Hopkins; a brother and a sister.

She is survived by a daughter, Anna Watkins of Hamburg; two grandsons, Larry Cooper of Peoria, IL, and Willie L. Watkins of Albuquerque, NM. and a granddaughter, Flossie Watkins of Hamburg.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at the Johnson Cemetery with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Darlene Rice

Darlene Rice, 58, of Monticello, died Saturday, June 30, 2001 at her home. She was born May 3, 1943, in Monticello to the late Harold Dean and Marie Free Piper. A a sales clerk at Barton's Lumber Company and a member of the Assembly of God, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Delburt Jackson, and one granddaughter, Cindy Hawkins Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Rice and Bobby Rice, both of Monticello; two daughters, Julie Kinnaird of Fountain Hill and Renee Ferrell of Johnsville; four brothers, Ronnie Piper and Johnny Piper, both of Monticello, and Donnie Piper and William Piper, both of Rogers; two sisters, Margaret Nealey of Pine Bluff and Brenda Walker of Monticello; thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 3 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with the Revs. Terry Newman and R.V. White officiating. Burial was at Green Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Pallbearers were Chuck Karnes, Brett Burton, Larry Fisackerly, David Forrest, Clarence Wells and Kenny Loveless.

Mrs. Paula Selby

Mrs. Paula Selby, 48, of Montrose, died Sunday, August 5, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Montrose most of her life, she was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Tiner Selby in 1971; a brother, Charles Michael Selby, and her grandparents, John Herbert & Mary Lucy Ann Selby, Paul & Mary Tiner.

She is survived by a daughter, Christy Ward of Walden, CO; her father, Leon Selby of Montrose; two brothers, Freddy Selby of Lake Village and Brian Selby of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Brittney Selby of Montrose; two grandsons, Jonathon & Matthew Scucchi and a host of family & friends.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, in the Montrose Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Selby & Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were to be Thad, Michael, Scott & Brian Selby, Jody Moreau and Jimmy Ward. Interment will be in the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Wanda Rice Stanley

Mrs. Wanda Rice Stanley, 43, of Hamburg died Saturday, August 4, 2001, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of the Milo community outside of Hamburg, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1976, the Crossett Beauty School and the Great Rivers Vo Tech School in McGehee. She was a beautician and a member of the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Stanley; a daughter, Farrah Lansdale Sawyer; her parents, Weldon & Virginia Meeks Rice; a brother, Danny Wade Rice, all of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Harley & Bryce Sawyer and two nieces.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, August 6, in the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff King officiating. Pallbearers were Timmy Craig, Michael Stanley, Tony Moffatt, Ricky Hawkins, Brian Craig, Jackie Davis, Jay McClain & David Cunningham. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Griffith and Lamar Vestal. Interment followed service at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646.

August 1

James Leland Estelle

James Leland Estelle, 79, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born June 14, 1922, in Crossett to James Howard and Helen McDougald Estelle, he retired as a particle board supervisor at Georgia-Pacific Corp. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and after retiring, became involved with woodworking. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Marie Garrett and Merle Kemp, and a grandson, Paul Adcock.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Estelle of Crossett; five daughters, Marianne Little of Fort Smith, Jeanie Binns of Houston, TX, and Helen Outlaw, Jimmie Smith and Rose Kinard, all of Crossett; one brother, Dr. John Wayne Estelle of Salem, OR; a sister, Mary Ruth Lupa of Two Harbors, MN; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, in the Mount Olive Baptist church with Revs. Randy Maxwell and Steven Carroll officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Binns, Don Little, David Smith, David Kinard, Brian Little, Chad Little, Michael Shaw, and Todd Shaw.

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

Charles C. Hanson

Charles C. Hanson, 91, of El Paso, TX, died Saturday, July 14, 2001. Born in Berea to Dr. Charles and Laura Jo Hanson on October 23, 1909, he graduated from Arkansas A&M College in 1935.

After graduation, he became a teacher and principal at McGehee High School. During World War II, his National Guard unit, the 206th CAAA was inducted into the U. S. Army in 1941 and was ordered to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Highlights of his career included induction into the regular U. S. Army in 1947, attending the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario, and attending the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He achieved the rank of colonel and retired from the Army in 1960. In 1963, he moved to El Paso, TX, and taught chemistry at Bel Air High School for 12 years, retiring from teaching in 1975.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian J. Hanson; a daughter, Patricia C. Hanson; and two sisters, Mary Mildred Elizabeth Scott and Willie Ruth Hicks.

Survivors include his son, Charles C. Hanson, Jr., and wife Grace; four grandchildren, Celina M. Hanson, Chrystal L. Hanson, Carrie Catharine Gray, Charles H. Smith and wife Maria, and eight great-grandchildren, Brad Gray, Tara L. Gray, Chad E. Gray, Jessica L. Gray, Kevin C. Smith, Clayton C. Smith, Kenneth D. Smith and Raven G. Hanson.

Grave-side services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery with arrangements by Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina.

Mr. Jose Huante

Mr. Jose Huante, 20, of Hamburg died Friday, July 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Las Canoas Mpia de Zacupa Michoacan, Mexico, he had lived in Hamburg since 1980. A 1998 honor graduate of Hamburg High School, he was employed at Georgia-Pacific's plywood mill in Crossett. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents, Herminio and Celia Torres de Huante of Hamburg; two brothers, Cesar and Edgar Huante; and a sister, Guadalupe Herrera, all of Hamburg.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Father Chet Artysiewicz officiating. Pallbearers were Rigo Perez, Alfredo and Fernando Mondragon, Ignacio Herrera, Rogelio Palmerin and Roy Barajas. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Mr. Marshall D. Williams

Mr. Marshall D. Williams, 52, of Parkdale, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at his sister's residence in El Dorado. Mr. Williams was a native of Dewitt; a resident of Parkdale for most of his life and a resident of El Dorado for the past three years. A retired truck driver and a Baptist, he was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Marshall Williams, and a brother, Ricky Williams.

He is survived by his mother & step-father, Elizabeth & Albert Rand of Parkdale, a brother, Philip Williams of Redfield; three sisters, Pat Hall of Pine Bluff; Cathy Strother of Wilmot and Robbie Molnaird and husband Allen of El Dorado; a step-brother, Steve Rand of Warren; eight nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.

Grave-side services and interment were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Stanton Veazey officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg

July 25

Eddie Webster Franklin

Eddie Webster Franklin, age 58, of Crossett, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock as a result of an industrial accident at Georgia-Pacific. He was born on October 9, 1942, to Cody Turner and Maxine Birmingham Franklin in Magnolia. Mr. Franklin worked 37 years for Georgia-Pacific as a general mechanic. He was a Navy veteran for four years, having served on two aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington and the USS Saratoga. Mr. Franklin was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved baseball, softball and cars.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mickey Franklin of Crossett; two daughters, Dianne White and husband Paul of Monroe, LA, and Laura Creach and husband Johnny of Crossett; one sister, Cody Jane Burchfield and husband Larry of Ashdown; two grandchildren, Chris and Kasey White of Monroe; his step-father, Jett Aubrey of Magnolia and a brother, Grady Mike Franklin of Texarkana; a niece, Jodi Burchfield; a nephew, Brad Burchfield; and two great-nieces, Abby and Aubrey Burchfield, all of Ashdown.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at First Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Craig and Dr. William Henry officiating. Interment will follow at Bell Cemetery in Wilmot under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Honorary pallbearers will be the old utilities crew and all G.P. employees.

Garland Maurice Hankins, Ph.D.

Garland Maurice Hankins, Ph.D., 54, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Crossett. He was a native of Crossett, a music educator, and a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

He was a 1964 honor graduate of T. W. Daniels High School and received a bachelor's degree in music from Tennessee A&I State University in Nashville. He received a master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign. A former principal of the East St. Louis High School and a former pianist for Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church, he was preceded in death by his father, Rozell Hawkins, in 1983.

Survivors include three daughters, Carmesia Rogers of Dallas, TX, and G'Ahynne & Kelli Hawkins of St. Louis; his mother, Reba Hawkins of Crossett; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Odell Lawson, Eugene Streeter, C. T. Foster, Herman Newton, Tony Tatum and Curtis Boston, Jr.

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

Marvin Edward Henslee

Marvin Edward Henslee, 60, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at his home in Hamburg. Mr. Henslee was a native of Ashley County, retired from G-P Plywood Mill, and a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann Barnett Henslee, and his father, L.C. Henslee.

He is survived by a companion, Violet Pickle of Hamburg; three sons, Marvin L.C. and Keith Edward Henslee of Hamburg and Marshall Wayne Henslee of Crossett; two step-sons, James Allen and Ricky Lemley of Crossett; one daughter, Barbara Lea White of Crossett; one step-daughter, Kathy Tucker of Hamburg; his mother, Willa Dean Henslee of Hamburg; one brother, Udell Henslee of Hamburg; two sisters, Mattie Cunningham of Hamburg and Linda Harris of Springfield; eleven grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lane Amos and Roy Craig officiating. Visitation was Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Pallbearers were Rufus McClain, Herb Parker, Dane Cunningham, Darrle Henslee, and Paul Sawyer. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Bolin, Nimrod Bolin and Rodney Pennington. Interment was in the Eden Cemetery.

Beulah L. Welch

Beulah L. Welch, 91, of Crossett died Thursday, July 19, 2001, in Shreveport, LA. Born November 12, 1909, to Homer G. and Clara C. Hixon Landers in Hermanville, LA, she was a homemaker, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. C. Welch; a son, David C. Welch; a daughter, Sue Welch Thomas; and three brothers, Jessie, Alvin and Carl Landers.

Survivors include five grandchildren, Scott and Ken Thomas of Shreveport, LA, Wendy Welch Kennedy of Tuscaloosa, AL, Celia Welch Morrison of Collierville, TN, and David C. Welch, Jr., of Opelika, AL; a sister, Virginia Parks of Homer, LA; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Dr. William Henry officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Landers, Buddy Thomas, Scott McCormick, Richard Brown, Carl Morrison and Todd Kennedy. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett or to the Paul Sullins Library.

Mrs. Bertie Blaine White

Mrs. Bertie Blaine White, 97, of Minden, LA, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the Town and Country Nursing Center in Minden, LA. Mrs. White was a native of Ashley County, a resident of Minden since 1994 and a former resident of Pine Bluff, Crossett and Hamburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jeff Blaine & Burl White; a son, Owen Blaine and two infant sons; a grandson, J. W. Holland; her parents, Robert & Fannie Hester Doss; six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcelle Holland of Pine Bluff and Bobbie Chapman Fuller and husband Larry of Minden, LA; one grandson, Royce Blaine Chapman; three granddaughters, Patricia Holland, Janice Johns and Rhonda Chapman; three great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. James Craine & Rev. Gerald Evans officiating. Pallbearers were to be Royce Chapman, Brandon Chapman, George Johns, R. B. Doss, Ralph Holland and Ralph Doss. Interment was to follow services at the Unity Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Unity Cemetery, c/o Mr. Ray Lochala, 190 Ray Lochala Road, Crossett, AR 71635.

Susie Mae Willis

Susie Mae Willis, 84, of Crossett died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born October 3, 1916, to Joseph M. and Annie Octavia Copeland Simpson Shirfield in Hamburg, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Magnolia Baptist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin B. Willis, and a daughter, Edith Mae Craig.

Survivors include two sons, Marvin Wayne Willis of Crossett and Buford Joe Willis of Texarkana,; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Magnolia Baptist Church. Pallbearers were to be John Rader, James Harris, Paul Burchfield, Keith Keen, Harold Bonnette and Ed White. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

July 18

Opal Mattie Barton

Opal Mattie Barton, 78, of Crossett, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 20, 1923, to William Tebie and Mary Myrtis Snell Moore, she was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cephas Barton, and a daughter, Pat Yancey.

Survivors include one son, Charles "C.C." Barton of Monroe, LA; one daughter, Charlene Martin of Crossett; two sisters, Willie Mae Reynolds of Bastrop, LA, and Claudia Wilkerson of Crossett; nine grandchildren, Keith Martin, Jamie Martin, Terry Martin, Kayla Minor, Shannon Williamson, Jeff Yancey, Dr. Charles Barton, Stacey Church, Cristie Barton; fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2001, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Gerry Martin, Joey Williamson, Jeff Yancey, Dr. Charles Barton, Kim Minor, James Martin III, Caleb Martin and Darrell Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Robert Garcia, David Sapp, Steve Yancey, Mark Bishop, Gerald Williamson and Charles Reynolds. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Martha Herrington

Mrs. Martha Sivils Herrington, 85, of Hamburg, died Monday, July 16, 2001. at the Mississippi Care Center in Greenville, MS. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Hamburg for the past 36 years and a former resident of Bastrop, LA, she was a retired dental assistant and a member of the North Main Baptist Church in Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Louis W. Herrington in 1983 and John Elvin Sivils in 1950; her parents, Robert & Annie Wood Locke, three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Morse of Greenville, MS and Pam Herrington of Hot Springs; two sons, John Lee Sivils of Lineville, AL and Elvin Dan Sivlis of Ruston, LA; three step-sons, Louis Herrington of Hattiesburg, MS, Gerald Herrington of Meridian, MS and Glen Herrington of Pineville, LA; two stepdaughters, Lea Swan of Jacksonville and Joan Hebert of Monroe, LA; her twin sister, Marion Horton of Monticello; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Clyde Mitchell, Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ralph Doss, Doyle & Fred Sivils, Gerald & Mark Tomerlin and Billy Kelley. Interment will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the North Main Baptist Church, 1011 N. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Deila Mae Holcomb

Mrs. Deila Mae Holcomb, 91, of Wilmot died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at her residence. A native and life long resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker and a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church and Delta Chapter 571 of the Eastern Star, Delta Chapter 571. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Evans Holcomb, in 1966; a son, Arthur Carlton Holcomb, in 1981; her parents, William & Lillie Long Warren; two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Gladys Jean Holcomb McAlister and husband Fred Leon McAlister of Jones, LA; three granddaughters, Robin McAlister Mangione and husband Michael of Fayetteville, Elizabeth McAlister Monk and husband Dwayne L. of Choudrant, LA and Ashley McAlister Hurst and husband Kevin of Jones, LA; and six great-grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth & Hannah Leigh Monk, Cody McAllister Hurst, Evan James Hurst, Ryan Thomas Hurst and Dominic Mangione.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the Wilmot Baptist Church with Rev. Dwayne L. Monk officiating. Pallbearers were Darrell Clifton, Danny Simms, James Crossley, Tracy Mayo, Kevin Hurst, Michael Mangione, Leland Pruitt and Travis Warren. Interment followed services at the Dry Bayou Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Richard John Weber

Richard John Weber, 44, of Crossett died Monday, July 2, 2001 at his residence. He was born in Canton, Ohio, on August 1, 1956, to Richard J. and Anabella Engle Weber.

He is survived by his wife, Helene Weber of Crossett; his mother, Anabella Weber; three sisters, Gretchen Haren, Kate Sponseller and Kirsten Boswell; three brothers, John Weber, Marling Weber and Mark Weber, all of Ohio; and one stepson, Chance Word.

A Memorial Mass of Resurrection was held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 6, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Bettie Jane Wesley

Bettie Jane Wesley, 58 of Little Rock, who was born April 19, 1943, to Inezer Wesley Sanders and Jessie L. Woodson in Eudora, departed her life at UAMS in Little Rock, Tuesday, July 10, 2001. Mrs. Wesley was baptized at age ten on August 15, 1953, by the late Rev. E.D. Handie at Zion Chapel Baptist Church. She later joined Independence Full Gospel Church where she served as church pianist and remained a faithful member until her death.

Mrs. Wesley was a 1961 graduate of East Side High School of Eudora and a 1965 graduate of Philander Smith College, Little Rock. She was a mentor to six siblings that followed in her footsteps and attended/graduated from Philander Smith College.

An accomplished pianist since age twelve, Bettie was the pianist for the Zion Chapel Sunday School; Sister Pearlie Williams and the Stars of Faith; Midway Baptist Church, Old Shiloh; St. Paul, Eudora, and St. Paul, Green Ridge; Second Baptist Church, 29th and High, Little Rock; Greater Shiloh, North Little Rock; First Baptist Church, Higgins; Faith Temple, Little Rock; and God's House of Deliverance, Jacksonville. She also enjoyed teaching piano to many students, both in Eudora and Little Rock.

Mrs. Wesley was formerly employed at Philander Smith College, the State Department of Education and NPT, Inc. Her mother, Inezer Wesley Sanders; father, Jessie L. Woodson; brothers, Jessie Jr. and Kenneth Woodson; grandparents and niece, LaTanya Webster, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wesley is survived by two sons, Marlon D. Wesley, Little Rock, and Kevin J. Jones, Conway; two granddaughters, Elexus and Kira Jones, Little Rock; sisters, Vertie and husband Raymond Staples of Eudora, Johnette and husband John Walker of Wilmot, Joyce Webster and Vaughneier and husband William Davis, both of Little Rock, Brenda, Althea and Pamela Woodson of Richmond, CA; brothers, Bonnie and wife Brenda Sanders and Cedric Wesley of Little Rock, Curtiss Wesley of Sherman, TX, Terrill, Keith, Rodney and Ralph Woodson of Richmond, CA; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services was held Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Zion Chapel M. Baptist Church in Eudora with Rev. Clyde Sanders, Rev. Rodrick Torrence, and the pastor, Rev. Glen Donald officiating. Burial was in Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Eudora.

July 11

Mary Jane Beck

Mary Jane Beck, 59, of Crossett died Friday, July 6, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born July 10, 1941, to Houston T. and Lula Charlene Hamilton Childers, she was a homemaker, a member of the Second Baptist Church, a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Wallace Beck; two daughters, Karen Harrington and Connie Jordan, all of Crossett; two sisters, Ramona Savage of Chatham, LA, and Pat Lunsford of Crossett; a granddaughter, Jane Marie Jordan of Crossett; and a very dear friend, Rose Surratt.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Clay Courson and Bill Elton officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis "Elmo" McDill, Wayne Keith, Charles Rice, John and Talbot Surratt, Jason Savage and Tim Jordan, Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Tim S. Berry

Tim S. Berry, 77, of Crossett died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born January 6, 1924, to Thomas H and Mary Ellen Cauthen Berry in Sparkman, he was an Air Force veteran of World War II, serving as an airplane electrical mechanic for the Thirtieth Bomber Squadron. He was stationed in Guam during the air offensive campaign in the Western Pacific. His decorations and citations included the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, AP Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Service Stars. He was honorably discharged January 1, 1946, with the rank of sergeant, but continued to serve in the reserve corps for four more years. A member of the First Baptist Church and a retired particle board plant superintendent, he was very active at the Crossett Senior Citizen Center and enjoyed traveling and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sibyl Berry; two infants sons, and two brothers, Daniel and Gervais Berry.

Survivors include two daughters, Julie LaFoon of Crossett and Pam Glosup of Bastrop, LA; two brothers, Thomas H. Berry of Texarkana and Gerald A. Berry of Sutherland, VA: and four grandchildren, Jason Keen of Shreveport, LA, and Benjamin, Wesley and Rosalind LaFoon, all of Crossett.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Buddy Kinney and Jerry Grant officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Carter Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Carter Cemetery Property Fund, c/o Ben T. Carter, 10900 Wilkins Drive, Bastrop, LA 71220.

Mr. Fred E. Emory

Mr. Fred E. Emory, 89, died Wednesday, July 4, 2001 at his residence in Hamburg. Mr. Emory was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Hector for many years before moving back to Hamburg in 1987. He was a retired forester for the U.S. Forest Service. He was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II; a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg and a former member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hector. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Cheek Emory and his parents, Oscar & Mayme Shockley Emory.

He is survived by a brother, Bobby Emory of Hamburg; a sister, Beatrice Locke of Crossett and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, July 6, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Richie & Freddie Emory, Brian Rabb, Sam Zieman, Richard Smith, Ronnie LaGrone & Henry Bierbaum. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Carl Locke Sunday School Class. Interment followed services at 4 p.m, Friday, July 6, in the Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville with Rev. David Carpenter officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Helen Vines Toney Howie

Helen Vines Toney Howie, 83, of Crossett died Saturday, July 7, 2001, in Monroeville, AL. Born March 11, 1918, in Ashley County, she worked as a receptionist in the executive offices of Georgia-Pacific for many years. A member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, Mrs. Howie was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Howie.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Gail Howie of Crossett; a daughter, Betty Howie of Monroeville, AL; three grandchildren, Cathy Howie of Monroe, LA, Cindy Craig of Crossett and David Burchell of Sewanee, TN; and two great-grandchildren, Brad Howie and A. J. Craig.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Jimmy Lewis and Father George Hart officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Sally Marie Owens

Mrs. Sally Marie Owens, 58, of Hamburg died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Chicot County and a resident of Hamburg for the past three years, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Owens; a son, Forrest Daniel Sandefur in 1997, her parents, Lee & Nancy Ziggler Trigleth; two sisters; a brother and a half-brother.

She is survived by three sons, Eric Walter Sandefur of Marion, Adrian Keith Sandefur of Nesbit, MS, and Kayle Wade Sandefur of Marion; two brothers, Caleb Trigleth of Lake Village and Jessie Trigleth of Eudora; two sisters, Betty Stanley of Hamburg and Martha Ann Baker of Columbus, MI and seven grandchildren.

A private burial of her ashes will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips, 65, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Lacey and a resident of Crossett for 40 years, he was a retired Georgia-Pacific forestry worker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Eveleaner Martin Phillips.

Survivors include two brothers, Kelly Phillips of Clarksdale, CA, and James Clemmon Phillips of Warren; two sisters, Margrie Franklin of Lacey and Annie Foster of Washington, D. C.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ephram Franklin, Clemon Phillips, Roger Miller, Charlie Miller, Jordan Hendrix, Leslie Phillips and John McCoy.

Burial was to follow services at the Longview Cemetery.

Dorothy Lynell Savage

Dorothy Lynell Savage, 63, of Crossett died Tuesday, July 3, 1001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Helen Warren Simpson.

Survivors include her husband, Theodis Savage; a son, DeJuan Simpson of Crossett; two brothers, Donald Simpson of Chicago, IL, and William Simpson of Crossett; two sisters, Etta Joe Mackie of Richmond, CA, and Brenda Mumphrey-Smith of Oakland, CA.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church, 405 North Missouri, Crossett, AR 71635 with contributions to go for new hymnals.

July 4

Nancy Lou Burleson

Nancy Lou Burleson, 69, of Crossett died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born May 13, 1932, to the late Joseph Edward and Rosa Pearl Phiefer Burleson in Dent County, MO, she enjoyed reading and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rolla, MO.

Survivors include two sisters, Charlene Pierce of Crossett and Juanita Thomas of Williamson, GA; three nieces, one nephew and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Martin, Kenneth Brown, Ronnie Rickman, Mike Derrick, Roy Thomas and J. D. Allen. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Philip J. Cecola, Sr.

Services for Philip J. Cecola, Sr. were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2000, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Officiating was Father Charles Glorioso. Interment followed in Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA.

Mr. Cecola was born August 23, 1926, in Shreveport, LA, and died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at his residence. A member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he was a lifelong resident of Shreveport, LA. He owned and operated several restaurants and clubs in the Shreveport area until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Josephine Cecola.

Survivors include his wife, Lurline Morman Cecola, formerly of Hamburg; a son, Philip J. Cecola Jr., both of Shreveport; a sister, Jeanne Cecola of Shreveport; a brother, Dr. Russell Cecola of Uncertain, TX; a step-son, Raymond Karnes of Shreveport; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dr. Thomas Cecola, Nicholas Cecola, Dr. Patrick Cecola, Richard Elston, Johnny Bonomo, and Raymond Karnes. Honorary pallbearer was D. John Condaro.

Memorials of Mass offerings may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or St. Pius Catholic Church.

Clarence Doyle Coody, Sr.

Clarence Doyle Coody, Sr., 70, of Crossett died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born October 18, 1930, to Clarence E. and Doris Lochala Coody in Hamburg, he was a carpenter. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Betty Ann McNeice.

Survivors include two sons, Doyle Coody, Jr., of Crossett and Kenny Wayne Coody of El Dorado; a daughter, Helen McNeice of Crossett; a stepson, Willie Earl Pollock of Bastrop, LA; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Revs. Jason Dubwig and James Fleming officiating. Pallbearers were Michael West, David Goodwin, Rusty Linares, Dustin Smith, Dearl Patrick, Ronnie Bowen and Jarred Bowen. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery.

Thelma Ruth Harrison

Thelma Ruth Harrison, 90, of Dermott, formerly of Wilmot, died Friday, June 29, 2001, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. She was born January 28, 1911, in Atkins to the late Arthur and Molly Ethel Holloway Myers. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Whitfield Harrison, and a son, Delbert Ray Harrison.

She is survived by two sons, James L. Harrison of Monroe, LA, and Billy Ralph Harrison of Gardendale, TX; six daughters, Margaret Hensley of Bastrop, LA, Edith Marie Gay of Monroe, LA, Frances Marilyn Barnes of Bellaire, Thelma Fay "Sissy" Echlin of Star City, Nancy Sue Barnes of Dover, Shirley Jean Makovec of Dermott; one sister, Rea Johnson of Hamburg; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the Griffin Funeral Home chapel in McGehee with Rev. Ricky Burke officiating. Burial followed services at the Beech Creek Cemetery near Hamburg.

Lee Andrew Smith

Lee Andrew Smith, 49, of Toledo, OH, died Monday, June 18, 2001, in Toledo. Born December 20, 1951, in Wilmot to the late Tom and Alma Smith, he moved to Toledo as a young child and attended Libbey High School. He was employed with the city of Toledo for a number of years in the refuge, parks and recreation department and held various other jobs until his health failed in 1992. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John L. King.

He married Crystal Owens in May, 1980. Survivors include a son, Lee Smith, Jr., of Toledo; two brothers, Felton and wife Milreen Benton of Toledo and Lorenzo Smith of South Bend, IN; three sisters, Lottie and husband Curtis Haskins of Wilmot, Tommie L. Harris and Rosa White and husband Moses of Toledo; an aunt and great-aunt, Theola McNeal and Bennie Mae Browning of Toledo; and a special friend, Karen Lehman.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, in the Day Funeral Home in Toledo with Bishop Harold E. Haynes, Sr., officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Haskins, Jr., Felix Jones, Tony Harris, Kenneth Strickland, Moses White, Jr., Cornell Benton, Wilbert Brown and Gerald Haskins. Honorary pallbearers were Felton Benton, Curtis Haskins, Sr., and Moses White, Sr. Burial followed series at the Forest Cemetery.

Bobby James Wallace

Bobby James Wallace, 68, of Malvern died Monday, June 23, 2001, at the Arkansas Hospice in North Little Rock. Born July 13, 1932, in Snyder to the late John Franklin and Mary E. Fuel Wallace, he was employed as a store manager of Davis Lumber Company. He was a Mason and a member of the John F. Wallace Hunting Club and the Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Kathryn Grace Abercrombie.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Page Wallace of Malvern; two sons, John Ralph Wallace of Benton and Anthony A. Wallace of Sanger, TX; a stepson, John Clift of Magnet Cove; two daughters, Betty Catherine Clardy and Mary Suzanne Abercrombie of Garland, TX; two stepdaughters, Regina Jackson of Malvern and Sherry Antrim of Dardanelle; his stepmother, Elsie Wallace of Malvern; a brother, Jackie Wallace of Pine Bluff; four sisters, Merle Smith, Joyce Clift and Diane Williams of Malvern and Karen Bierbaum of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m Thursday, June 28, in the Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Shawn Hill and Gary Copeland officiating. Pallbearers were James Clift, Ralph Speer, Bill Taylor, Danny Jones, Steve Collie, George Wilson and Emmitt and Travis Wallace. Honorary pallbearers were members of the John F. Wallace Hunting Club.

Burial followed services with full military honors at the Promise Land Cemetery near Hamburg with arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Hospice, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72114-1709.

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