Listed According to Week of Publication

December 26

Jimmy D. Ballard

Jimmy D. Ballard, 67, of Crossett died Thursday, December 20, 2001, at his home. Born April 1, 1934, to Simon P. and Mable Harrington Ballard in Bonnerdale, AR, he was a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and retired as millwright after 30 years of service with Georgia-Pacific. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Billie Ball.

Survivors include his wife, Lula Jean Johnson Ballard of Crossett; one son, Tim Ballard of Crossett; two daughters, Lynda Sullivan of Berryville and Pam Ballard of Crossett; six grandchildren, Greg and Tony Goodwin, Rainey Sullivan, Steven and Jason Carter and Stacey Swan; eight great-grandchildren, Sam, Nora, Mandy, Maggie, Lukas and Isabella Goodwin, Ryan Swan and Jenna Carter; one niece, one great-niece and one great-great-niece. >br> Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Ray Hearron and Lawrence Amos officiating. Burial followed services at the Arkadelphia Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Foundation) or Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Riley Ray Furgerson, Sr.

Riley Ray Furgerson, Sr., 68, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 28, 1933, in Marsdon, AR, to William and Barbara Davis Furgerson, he had 28 years of service for Georgia Pacific Central Stores, served in the Air Force and faithfully attended Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. He loved to fish, garden and spend time with his family. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Furgerson; and two grandchildren, Latisha Pyle and Erica Pyle.

Survivors include a son, Junior Furgerson of Crossett; two daughters, Angela Pyle of Bismarck and Melissa Jones of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Gabrielle Pyle, Cole Jones and Hailey Furgerson; and three sisters, Pauline Garrett of Warren, Irene Smith of Conway and Lou Henley of Norphlet.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, in the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Bruce Culp and Paul McKissic officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Tommie Laverne Rodgers

Tommie Laverne Rodgers, 74, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born November 25, 1927, in Tinsman to Thomas Jefferson and Edna Irene Bowen Brumley, she was a Baptist and retired from McDermott's after ten years of service as a sales clerk. She also was a substitute teacher in home economics and typing and was very active in civic duties such as counting votes on election day and participating in the census.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Joseph C. Rodgers of Crossett; two sons, Tommy Joe Rodgers and wife Lori and Benny Alan Rodgers, all of Fort Worth, TX; one brother, Harold Dean Brumley of Crossett; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Pippen of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Brandon J. and Jared M. Rodgers.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 20, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Gene Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Brumley, Terry Lane Pippen, Dennis Maxwell, Damon Dean, Bobby Joe Kelly and Thomas Van Sivils. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Hildegarde Elizabeth Arens Schueth

Hildegarde Elizabeth Arens Schueth, 96, of Crossett died Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born September 10,1905, in Dyersville, IA, to William H. and Mary Barbara Schirmer Arens, she was a retired nurse's aide and enjoyed visiting with people. A member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman A. Schueth, and a daughter, Elizabeth Jean Schueth.

Survivors include one son, Phillip Schueth and wife Mary Jane of Crossett; one brother, Arthur Anthony Arens of Marion, IA; four grandchildren, Stephen, Gail, Katie and Daniel; and two great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. A visitation, followed by a prayer service, was held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 21, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Coffey, Bobby Gill, Frank Mazzanti, Charles Grassi, Louis Horton, Ron Henley, Oscar Nelson and Martin Gutman.

Interment will be announced later, to be held at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Dyersville, IA, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2400 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to St. Jude's, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

December 19

Mr. C. W. Bradford

Mr. C. W. Bradford, 66, of Imboden, died Saturday, December 15, 2001, at the John L. McClellan Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Osceola, a resident of Imboden for the past seven years and a former resident of Hamburg, he was an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired agriculture pilot. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kay & Maudie Wafford Bradford and a sister, Eileen Martin.

He is survived by two sons, Carlon Bradford of Phoenix, AZ, and Jonathan Bradford of Hamburg; a daughter, Carlena Bradford of Hamburg; five brothers, Kay Bradford of Imboden, Kenneth Bradford of Memphis, TN; Johnny Bradford of West Virginia, Ricky Bradford of Warren, and Raymond Bradford of Evening Shade; five sisters, Ada Buchanan of Blytheville, Betty Peters, Linda Hodge & Janet Radford, all of Memphis, TN, and Sandra Guthrie of Pocahontas; and three grandchildren, Sean & Dylan Bradford and Hope Lemley.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were planned for 2 p.m., Thursday, December 20, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Grant officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Betty Lanell Carter

Betty Lanell Carter, 72, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at her home. Born December 1, 1929, to Arthur Pullen and Laura Ellen Maxwell Carter in Crossett, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, I. B Carter; and a son, Larry Smith.

Survivors include four sons, Michael Smith of Hot Springs; I. B. Carter III, Joe Carter and Tony Carter of Crossett; three daughters, Jan Sellers of Crossett, Barbara Smith of California and Joan Jolley of El Dorado; three sisters, Dorothy Hilburn and Shirley Carter of Crossett and Gracie Roberts of Hamburg; 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 14, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Dan Webb officiating.

Ozell Childress

Ozell Childress, 79, of Crossett died Friday, December 14, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care in Crossett. A native of Warren, but a resident of Crossett the past 55 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Georgia Rounder Davis.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, I. V. Childress; and a host of nephews and nieces, and other family and friends.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, in the Fudge Baptist Church in the White Station community with Rev. Jesse Radford officiating. Deacons and trustees of the church were to be pallbearers. Burial was to follow services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Carolyn Howie Clark

Carolyn Howie Clark, 66, of the Pumpkin Center community outside Hammond, LA, died Friday, December 16, 2001, at her home. A native of the Mount Pleasant community and a former resident of Kenner, LA, she was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Erma Caldwell Howie; and a brother, Robert Howie.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald L. Clark of the Pumpkin Center community; two daughters, Jacquese C. Ricks of Pumpkin Center and Sandra C. Roberts of Houston, TX; four granddaughters, Rebekah Kelley, Ashley Roberts, Katie Ricks and Kristin Roberts; and one brother, Edward Howie of Starts, LA.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, December 17, in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Howie officiating. Arrangements were by Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home of Hammond, LA.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 300, Shreveport, LA 71106.

Leona DeLee Cope

Leona DeLee Cope, 86, of Crossett died Monday, December 17, 2001, at her home. Born August 18, 1915, in Crossett to Ervin A. and Mary Annie Carter Burnett, she loved the outdoors and working with her flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Monroe Cope; a sister, E. Beth Hodge; and a grandson, Brian Fleming.

Survivors include a son, Travis Cope of Hamburg; three daughters, Bonnie Farmer and Margaret Fleming of Crossett and Lynda Perdue of McRae; one brother, Don Burnett of Crossett; ten grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, in the Mount Olive Baptist church with Rawls Pierce officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ernest Franklin Harper

Ernest Franklin Harper, 85, of Crossett died Monday, December 16, 2001, at the Leisure Lodge. Born June 14, 1916, in Wynne to T. G. and Willie Kate Parker Harper, he was an avid golfer and devoted family man. He was a former plant manager for the Ely and Walker Shirt Factory in Kennett, MO, a member of the E&W softball team and a member of the First Assembly of God in Crossett where he was a deacon and choir member.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Harper of Crossett; one son, Ernest F. Harper, Jr., of Columbus, MS; two daughters, Kay Duncan of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Jan Rice of Collierville, TN; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, in the First Assembly of God with Rev. Norman Riordan officiating. Burial was to follow services on Wednesday, December 19, at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Gardens in Kennett, MO. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kitchens

Mrs. Elizabeth Kitchens, 96, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg, she was a retired cafeteria worker for the Hastings School and a member of the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude L. Kitchens in 1995; a daughter, Hazel Kitchens Maxwell; her parents, Augustus & Mattie Perdue Johnson; three brothers, Gus, Robert & James Johnson, and a sister, Hazel Johnson.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. James Kitchens of Texarkana, AR, and Harold Kitchens of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Glenn Maxwell, Debbie Baker, Keith Maxwell, Diane Ginn, Terri Stevens & Mike Kitchens; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, in the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Sam Tamburo & Bryan Sellers officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jimmy, Aubrey & Buddy Johnson, Hilton Goodwin, Junior Oden & Thomas Deggs. Interment was to follow services at the Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Mr. Jimmy Johnson, 187 Ashley Road 710, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Dorothy Mosiman Meyer

Dorothy Mosiman Meyer, 96, of Hot Springs Village died Tuesday, December 11, 2001, in the Good Samaritan Health Care Center. She was born January 25, 1905, in Fall City, Nebraska, to the late William and Clara Heiser Mosiman. She was a member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church and a retired teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brune O. Meyer, in 1985.

Survivors include a daughter; Donna Bradshaw of Hot Springs Village; three grandchildren, Ken Bradshaw of Monticello, Deedra Berkemeyer of Lake Village and Kirk Bradshaw of Hot Springs Village; and four great-grandchildren, Rebekah and Caitlyn Bradshaw and Bryce and Brent Berkemeyer.

The body was cremated. A grave-side memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 24, in the Pinewood Memorial Cemetery near Hamburg. Arrangements were by Cedarvale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village and Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, c/o Dorothy Higginbotham, 518 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

John Hoover Miles

John Hoover Miles, 79, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at the Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, LA. Born September 4, 1922, to Tarlton Van Derren and Ella Mae Dunlap Miles, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, an ironworker for 40 years with Local #79 in Tidewater, VA, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Hugo, William, T. V. and Charles Miles; two sisters, Josephine Fletcher and Bessie Klinefelter; and a son, Gregory V. Miles.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Harry Fuerstenberger of Milford, NJ; a granddaughter, two grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, December 14, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating.

Dr. Mike Shell

Dr. Mike Shell, 66, of Portland, died Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Lubbock, Texas, a resident of Portland for the past 36 years and a former resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Arkansas A & M in Monticello and received his master's degree from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. He received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He was a education administrator and a former principal at the Portland School and the Portis Elementary School in Hamburg. He was a special education supervisor for five school districts in Southeast Arkansas and for the last year and a half was an education consultant. He was a member, deacon and Sunday School teacher at the Portland Baptist Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie & Effie Mae Taylor Shell and a brother, Jack Shell, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Piper Shell; a son, Bret Shell and a daughter, Lezlie Shell, all of Portland; a grandson, Kyle Taylor Shell and a granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth Shell.

Memorial services were planned for 4 p.m., Wednesday , December 19, in the Portland Baptist Church. The family will be receiving friends at Dr. Shell's home in Portland Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. A private burial was to take place Wednesday morning in the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663.

Mrs. Lillian Standridge

Mrs. Lillian "Lillybean" Standridge, 85, of Dermott died Friday, December 14, 2001, at her home. A native of Hector, she had lived in Dermott for the past 11 years and was a former resident of Montrose and Lake Village. A homemaker and member of the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Utah Standridge, in 1990; a son, Rev. James Standridge, in 1995; her parents, Henry and Maudie Heffley Price; and a sister, Lucille Standridge.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeannie Anderson of Burton, Michigan; two sons, Thomas Standridge of Rison and Ronnie Standridge of Collins; one brother, Michael Price of Eudora; one sister, Hazel Ballinger of Russellville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16, in the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Brian Standridge and Phillip Payne officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas and Ronnie Standridge, William Hardie, Robby Waldrup, Bobby Toth and Jerry Handly. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Standridge and Wifford Coddington. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Cemetery, c/o Angie Lynn, Lynn Road, Portland, AR 71663.

Mallo Blann Strickland

Mallo Blann Strickland, 87, of Crossett died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001. She was born Oct. 19, 1914, to Charlie and Evie Williams Blann in Hampton, Ark.

Survivors are two sons, Billy C. Strickland of Hampton and Larry Strickland of Crossett; two daughters, Mercille Buck of Crossett and Shirley Goodson of Potosi, Mo.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Benton Funeral Home chapel in Fordyce. Burial was to follow services at the Means Cemetery near Hampton.

Mr. James Turner Watson

James Turner Watson, age 76, of Crossett died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at his home. Born Nov. 30, 1925, at Pugh, Ark., to William Pugh and Francis Elizabeth "Bessie" Turner Watson, he was a lifelong resident of the Pugh community where he raised his family, a tree farmer, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Mr. Watson was the Arkansas 4-H Club leader of the year in 1957 and was active in that organization for many years, traveling to numerous regional and national competitions. In the 1960s, he was elected president of the Ashley County Tomato Growers Association and was elected and served as president of the Ashley County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Watson served two terms as a councilman on Farmers Home Administration for Ashley County; a 3-year term on the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and two terms on the board of the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop. In 1976, he was elected to the then new Ashley County Quorum Court as Justice of the Peace, where he served six consecutive terms, and in 1981, he was elected to the board of directors of Ashley Chicot Electric Cooperative where he served as secretary-treasurer for over 15 years. Also during that period, he served as a director on the board of AECC-AECI, the state organization serving Arkansas' rural cooperatives.

He was a long-time member of the Ashley County Extension Council and served on the board of the Ashley County Soil and Water District. Mr. Watson was a self-educated forester, managing his mother's timberlands from 1956 until her death in 1982. His own expertise in handling his own timberlands brought him Arkansas' highest honor as Arkansas Tree Farmer of the Year in 1980. He was featured and recognized in a 1964 issue of Progressive Farmer magazine for his efforts to rehabilitate and increase production of pine sawtimber and pulpwood on his family acreage. Mr. Watson and his wife Hazel operated the sporting goods and boat dock at Lake Georgia Pacific for 17 years.

He was known for his daily radio reports and photographs of catches and happenings in the area. Mr. Watson was the caretaker for Pugh Cemetery and was a former trustee of the Crossroads Cemetery. Mr. Watson not only served his family; he served his church, community and state. He will be remembered for his rare leadership ability and as a balanced optimist, always thinking of and doing for others, always for their good, never desiring to injure or harm.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel May Watson of Crossett; one son, Mike Watson and wife Becky of Crossett.; one daughter, Sharon Watson Wright and husband David of Liberty, Mo.; three brothers, W.C. "Cornelius" Watson of Crossett, David R. Watson of Benton, and Thomas Watson of Oletha, Kan.; three sisters, Elizabeth Bays and Alice Swilley, both of Crossett, and Cynthia Hollis of Fort Hill, Ark.; three grandchildren, Anna Claire and Gabriel David Wright and Dakota James Watson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister, Bobby Glen and Minnie Louise Watson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bros. Thad Douglass and Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were Don Hartley, Jamie McElroy, Doogie Darling, Bob Pugh, Don Sisson, Dee Smith, Jerry Brumley, Malcom Lee, Conrad Pennington, and Mitchel White. Honorary pallbearers were Dugan Townley, Tommy Woods, the Sunday School class of First Baptist and the graduating class of 1944. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

James Woods, Sr.

James Woods, Sr., 86, of Portland died Monday, December 10, 2001, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. Born to Carter Woods and Maybell Williams on October 3, 1915, in Lacey, he was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hazel Woods of Portland; three sons, Willie Earl Woods of Greenville, NC, Lloyd Collins of Crossett and Lamar Woods of Portland; four daughters, Mary Hill of Wichita, Kansas, Lavern Patterson of Arvene, NY, Marilyn Webb of Portland and Pam Carter of Parkdale; two brothers, William C. Woods of Portland and George Woods of Little Rock; sisters Lucille Walker and Mildred Woods of Montrose and Dora Gipson of Houston; 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 15, in the New Light Baptist Church in Portland with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Davis Strickland Funeral Home of Dermott.

December 12

Mr. J. Keith Lockling

Mr. J. Keith Lockling, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 5, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of El Dorado Springs, MO, and a resident of Crossett for the past 40 years, he worked at Georgia Pacific until retiring in 1993 and was a member the Community of Christ Church in Crossett. He was an artist and loved to hunt for coins and metal detect. He was preceded in death by his parents, Winfred & Rosella Lockling; a brother, Norman Lockling and a sister, Mildred Allen.

He is survived by two sons, Steve Lockling of Springfield, MO, and Mark Lockling of Crossett; and five grandchildren, Christopher Jeremiah Lockling Hammett, Kristin Joy Lockling, Steven Andrew Lockling; Angelica Joan Lockling and John-Mark Norman Lockling.

Memorial services were at 7 p.m. Friday, December 7, in the Community of Christ Church in Crossett with Revs. Harold Benfer, Robert Freeman & James Dean officiating. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Missouri. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to The Community of Christ Church, c/o Rev. Harold Benfer, 138 Hidden Acres Drive, Crossett, AR 71635.

John Franklin King

John Franklin King, 62, of Crossett died Sunday, December 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 13, 1938, to Frank and Lois Burks King, he served in the 82nd Airborne in the U. S. Army and worked as a foreman for Georgia-Pacific. A member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his father, Frank Alexander King.

Survivors include his wife, Janice King of Crossett; one daughter, Shannon Nicole "Niki" King of Crossett; his mother, Lois King of Crossett; and one brother, Billy C. King of Strong.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, at the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Don Justice and Ray Jones officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

John Martin Perkins

John Martin Perkins, 89, of Wilmot died Thursday, November 29, 2001, at the University Medical Center in Little Rock. Born to David R. and Mattie Martin Perkins in Wilmot, he attended the public schools in Wilmot and Langston University in Langston, OK. He served the community as a teacher, president of the school board for 15 years, Sunday School teacher, stewart and trustee. He was Worshipful Master of Dexter Lodge #411 for fifteen years.

Survivors include his wife, Lois B. Perkins of Wilmot; three nieces, Karen Harrison of Detroit, Michigan, Blanche Kooly of Cleveland, OH, and Debra Rachell Perkins of Dallas, TX; and a sister-in-law, Ruth C. Perkins of Paris, TX.

Funeral services were Tuesday, December 4, at the Shady Grove Church in Wilmot. Burial followed services at the Jim Smith Cemetery in Wilmot with arrangements by Davis Strickland Funeral Home of Dermott.

Robert Wayne "Slim" Turlington

Robert Wayne "Slim" Turlington, 72, of Crossett, a native of Tatum, TX, died Thursday, December 6, 2001, at his home on Hancock Road. Born January 25, 1929, to Angus and Irene Goad Turlington, he retired from the maintenance department of the Crossett Public Schools in July,1994, after 14 years of service. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Blanche Hancock Turlington; one sister, Nell Hyatt of Tatum, TX; five daughters, Becky Turlington of Ozark, AL, Sherrie Turlington of Marshall, TX, Sherrye Lewis of Crossett, Kathy Ray of Paragould and Connie Gannaway of Arkansas City; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Philip Kelley and Rev. Jody Gannaway officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Jordan, Donald Noble, Phillip Kelley, J. B. Maxwell, Dale Carpenter and Mike Gates. Honorary pallbearers were James B. Maxwell and Orville Maxwell. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the John Pierce Scholarship Fund, c/o Administrative Office, Crossett High School, 301 West Ninth Avenue, Crossett, AR 71635; to the Crossett Cemetery Fund, c/o William E. Finch, 407 East Third Avenue, Crossett, AR 71635, or to any other favorite organization.

December 5

Verlon "Sonnyboy" Adams

Verlon "Sonnyboy" Adams, 68, of Hamburg died Monday November 26, 2001, at his residence in the Pine Hill community. A native of Ashley County, he was a Baptist and was preceded in death by his father, Verlon Adams, and two sons, Monroe Adams and Verlon Adams III.

Survivors include his wife, Lora Adams; his mother, Almeter Goree Adams of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Johnny and wife Irene Jasper and Jimmy "James" Adams of Hamburg and Ira "Buddy" Adams of St. Louis; three sisters, Lucille Daniel of Fountain Hill and Lanobie Allen and Ruby Allen of St. Louis; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 29, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Jackie Lee Robinson, Henry Moore, Jessie Parker, Richard Washington, James Hampton and Johnny Lee Hampton. Honorary pallbearers were John B. Gibbs, Billy Gibbs and Mortiel Gibbs. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery.

Louis "Buddy" Arrington

Louis "Buddy" Arrington, 70, of Hamburg died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at his home. A native of Ashley County, he was a retired railroad worker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Annie Snorton Arrington; three sisters and one brother.

Survivors include his wife, Earnestine Arrington; two sons, Ricky and Curtis Arrington of Little Rock; a stepson, Johnny Ray Bennett of Hamburg; three daughters, Nadine Parker of Hamburg, Karen Arrington of Little Rock and Ruby Arrington of Lake Village; two stepdaughters, Florine and husband Johnny Jasper of Hamburg and Teresa and husband Charles Brown of Gary, IN; one sister, Lottie Bell Lyons of Little Rock; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Jasper, Etroy Lyons, Tyrone Bennett and Timothy Bennett. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Velora Bozeman

Mrs. Velora Bozeman, 84, of Portland died Thursday, November 29, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Monticello and a resident of Portland for the past 57 years, she was a member of the Portland Baptist Church and a cook at the Portland School for many years. She was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Bozeman, in 1998, and her parents, George and Mary Haynes Hudgins.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Guy David Bozeman of Portland; five sons, David Bozeman and wife Betty of Portland, Charles Bozeman and wife Linda of Monroe, LA, George Bozeman and wife Robbie of Portland, Russell Eugene Bozeman of Little Rock, and Jimmy Bozeman and wife Donna of Portland; three daughters, Mary Jane Streeter and husband Buck of Little Rock, Karon Roberts and husband Jimmy of Hamburg, and Julia Bridges and husband Daniel of Kingsburg, CA; 21 grandchildren, 32 great- grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Robert Wood & Bro. Jerry Selby officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jim Young, Tipton Pugh, Dave Hackett Jr., Wilburn Martin, Jerry Blake and Frankie Martin. Interment was to follow services at the Portland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 86, Portland, Ark., 71663.

Barbara Jo Cortez

Barbara Jo Cortez, 60, of Lake Village, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born February 8, 1941, in Bastrop, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Tomie Cook and Vivian Stanley Cook, she was a homemaker and member of First Free Will Baptist Church. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Cortez; and two brothers, Willie and Lee Cook.

Survivors are two sons, Leroy Cortez and wife Karen of Monticello and Michael Cortez and wife Linda of Lake Village; 5 daughters, Elizabeth Morgan and husband Paul, Tina Naquin and Telisha Morgan, all of Lake Village, Kelly Morgan and husband Ronald of Montrose, and Shelly Prestridge and husband Bill of Coleen, TX; six brothers, Edwin Lee Cook and Michael Cook of Collingston, LA, Tommy Ray Cook of Greeley, CO, Donald Cook of Ashdown, Tommy Williams Cook of Lincoln, AL, and Roger Cook of Rayville, LA; four sisters, Phyllis Moore of Epps, LA, Connie Wiggins of Meridian, MS, Deborah Diel of Bastrop, LA and Trishe Bradshaw of Ashdown; 24 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village chapel with Rev. Robert Davis officiating. Burial followed in Holy Innocents Cemetery.

Johnnie Mae Walker Evants

Johnnie Mae Walker Evants, 82, of Crossett died Friday, November 30, 2001. Born December 18, 1918, to James U. and Ruth Shockley Walker, she was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee F. Evants, and two sons, Jim and John Evants.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Charles Coleman of El Dorado; two grandchildren, Stefanie Jernigan and husband David of North Little Rock and Chuck Coleman of Germantown, TN; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, Emily and David.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Bobby Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were David Jernigan, Troy Farmer, J. W. Harris, Frank Englerth, Jim Martindale and Don Davis. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery.

Mrs. Rea Johnson

Mrs. Rea Johnson, 88, of Parkdale, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Atkins and a resident of Parkdale since 1929, she was a homemaker and the oldest living member of the Parkdale Baptist Church where she was a member for over 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Johnson, in 1985; a son, Frank Johnson, in 1995; her parents, Arthur & Ethel Holloway Myers; three sisters, Syble Lloyd, Ruth Harrison and Reba Hall and five brothers, A.R. " Poss," Tom, L.D., James & Hubert Myers.

She is survived by a son, Carlos Johnson; a daughter, Peggy Skender both of Crossett; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, at the funeral home. Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, in the Parkdale Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Noble officiating. Pallbearers are to be James Spurlock, L.D. Myers, Dale Myers, David Johnson, Rickey Brantley & Gary Skender.

Interment will be in the Parkdale Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Baptist Church, PO Box 6, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Mr. David R. Maxwell

Mr. David R. Maxwell, 43, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at his residence in Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Hamburg and a 1977 graduate of Hamburg High School, he was an automobile salesman for Murphy Ford for the past 12 years and worked for Global Marine for eight years before that. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg and an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He and his very close friend, the late Stephen Murphy, were known for their guitar & fiddle playing, including playing for the Arkansas House of Representatives in Little Rock and spending the night at the Governor's Mansion with Governor David Pryor. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Scott Maxwell in 1954.

He is survived by his parents, John Henry & Betty Scott Maxwell of Hamburg; a sister, Sissy McRae and husband Craig of Monticello; three nieces, Meghan, Britney & Ashlen and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, November 30, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating.

Pallbearers were Ken Bradshaw, Jimmy Murphy, Mike Ogden, Jon Bierbaum, Danny Kelley & Willard Noble. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Givens, William Harbison, Jimbo Ralph, Dr. Charles Hicks, Boyd Kusturin, Jim Moss and the employees of Murphy Ford and Crossett Ford. Interment followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

November 28

Charles Edward Allen

Charles Edward Allen, 32, of Great Bend, KS, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at the Central Kansas Medical Center. A native of Montrose, he was a supervisor at Great Bend Manufacturing and a member of the First Assembly of God in Great Bend. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Joe Matthews.

Survivors include his companion, Debra Grayson of Great Bend; four sons, Steven Allen, Christopher Allen, and Charles Grayson all of Great Bend and Marcus Allen of Pawnee Rock, KS; three daughters, Laquishia Grayson, Lakeisha Allen and Maisha Allen, all of Great Bend; his mother, Mrs. Annie B. Pitts of Montrose; five brothers, Herman Pitts of Great Bend, Joe Matthews of Montrose, Donnie McCone and Mark Fowler of Long Beach, CA, and Graylin James of Hutchinson, KS; and seven sisters, Felicia Matthews, Joyce McCone, Brenda McCone, Cynthia Matthews, Rose McCone and Phyllis McCone, all of Montrose, and Shirley Bethune of Pine Bluff.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Barnes officiating. Pallbearers were Will Henry Allen, Willie Hawkins, Teddy Hawkins, Jessie Mitchell, Jr., Leroy Bethune and Derrick Bethune. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Herman Conley, Sr.

Herman Conley, Sr., 74, of Wilmot died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at his residence in Wilmot. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, he was a retired farmer, an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Second Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gennie Mae Conley; his parents, Jesse and Alberta Moore Conley; his stepfather, Gill Moore; and one brother, George Moore.

Survivors include five sons, Jessie Conley and SSG Herman Conley, Jr., and wife Minnie, all of Little Rock, Edward and wife Gloria Conley and CW3 Andrew and wife Evittie Conley, all of Clarksville, TN, and Nelson Conley of St. Louis, MO; five daughters, Armello Conley, Betty Conley, Betty and husband Lonnie Barry, and Shelia and husband Jean Calvin, all of St. Louis, and Shirley and husband Hughie Sherrer of Milwaukee, WI; three brothers, Raymond Conley of Bastrop, LA, Coleman Conley of Eudora and Ed Conley of Pasadena, CA; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, November 30, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. L. M. Christian officiating. Pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of the church. Burial will follow services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ruby B. Conley

Ruby B. Conley, 71, of Wilmot died at her residence in Wilmot on Saturday, November 24, 2001. A native of Bonita, LA, but a Wilmot resident of Wilmot for the past 35 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Conley, Sr.; her parents, Charlie and Rosie Callion Morris; three sisters, Merdis Stokes, Marie Perry and Birdie B. Jackson; and one brother, Leroy Morris.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Smith and Lillie Morris, both of Wilmot; one brother, Robert T. Morris of Jones, LA; three sisters, Ruthie Montgomery of Wilmot and Melva Lee Turner and Lurie Jones of Oakland, CA; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, November 30, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. L. M. Christian officiating. Pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of the church. Burial will follow services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Donald Eugene Fleming Mr. Donald Eugene Fleming, 69, of Little Rock died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Little Rock. Born in Montrose on August 24, 1932, he was a former resident of Montrose and Hamburg and a resident of Little Rock for the past 30 years. He was an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. He attended college at Southeast Oklahoma State and Little Rock Junior College. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in McAlester, Oklahoma, and a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the McAlester Masonic Lodge. He served as president and secretary of the St. Vincent's Toastmaster's Club District #43. He was a retired truck driver for JB Hunt, having retired in 1989. Active in local government affairs, he was preceded in death by his parents, Vardaman & Stella Tumlison Fleming; a brother, Terry Fleming; and a sister, Nancy Carolyn Blucker.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Martha Peterson Fleming of Little Rock; a brother, Fontaine Fleming of Bremerton, WA; a sister, Sandra Ford of Bremer, AL; and a host of nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, November 26, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Thad Douglas & Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were O.B. Johnston, Dale Burnett, Edwin Fleming, Jeff Fleming, Bobby Peterson & Fred Peterson. Interment followed services at the Snyder Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Arkansas, PO Box 24663, Little Rock, AR 72221.

David Andrew Lambert

David Andrew Lambert, 46, of Lake Village died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland Wesley and Minnie Pauline Haynes Lambert, and a brother, Billy Wesley Lambert.

Survivors are a daughter, April Michell Tanksley of Crossett; three sisters, Carolyn Watt and Betty Martin of Lake Village and Polly Deal of Crossett; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, November 26, in the Union Grove Assembly of God at Hampton with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial followed services at the Union Grove Cemetery, with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Marguerite Crandall Martin

Marguerite Crandall Martin, 89, formerly of Wilmot, died Saturday, November 24, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. She was born March 3, 1912, in Ratcliff to Dr. Matthew Crandall and Anna Belle Lambert Crandall.

An Arkansas resident most of her life, she grew up in Wilmot and graduated in 1933 from Hendrix College. She taught elementary school in North Little Rock where she met and married Edward E. "Ted" Martin in 1936. She was a mother and homemaker. The family lived in Searcy, Batesville, Cleveland, Ohio, Fort Smith, North Little Rock, Blytheville, Fort Worth, Texas, Memphis, Tenn., Heber Springs and Little Rock before she moved to Dallas in 1996 to be near family. She learned to play the piano and organ at a young age and kept that love for music throughout her life, often playing at home or at church. She was active in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches. She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Ann Puryear.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Christopher of Dallas, grandchildren Mary K Bridges of Korea, Martin Puryear of Redmond, Wash., Elizabeth Thies of Westminster, Colo., Scott Cain of Springdale, Mary Ann Pike of San Antonio; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the ALS Association. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas with the Rev. Don Pike officiating. Burial will be in Wilmot.

Rosie Lee Moore

Rosie Lee Moore, 79, of Hamburg died Monday, November 19, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Urbana and a Hamburg resident for the past 30 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Izella and Sallie Lowry Bradley.

Survivors include a brother, Thurman and wife L. V. Bradley of Hamburg.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, November 23, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were R. D. Morgan, Earl Jacob, Merlee Carter, Lonnie Walker, Lawrence Booker and Lawrence Tippie. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lucille Trotter Moseley

Lucille Trotter Moseley, 77, of Crossett died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born November 15, 1924, in Monticello to William and Ada Amelia Holman Trotter, she was a member of the Crossett Housing Authority board, the Forest Echoes board and the Delta Kappa Gamma International Teachers' Society. She was a retired teacher with 42 years of service, including 18 years as an elementary principal, and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe A. Moseley.

Survivors include a daughter, Joe Moseley Johnson of Crossett; a sister, Hazel Dean Gulledge of Little Rock; and a grandchild, Jillian Leigh Johnson of Crossett.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a. m. Tuesday, November 27, in the First Baptist Church with Bro. Larry White officiating. Burial was to follow services beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Enon Cemetery in Monticello with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Josephine "Josie" Myles

Josephine "Josie" Myles, 73, of Wilmot died Friday, November 23, 2001, at her residence. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Yolanda Russell, in 1993; her parents, Tommy and Rosetta Davis Myles; and a sister, Odell Myles.

Survivors include two sons, Orlando Days of Little Rock and Tommy Russell of Toledo, OH; four daughters, Alethea Curenton and Elosie Smith of Little Rock and Rowena Days and Wanda Ramie of Toledo, OH; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. J. D. Crockett officiating. Pallbearers were to be Carl Rollins, James Boldwin, John Metcalf, Ron Miller, Herbert Shelton and Harvest Moore. Honorary pallbearers were to be Orlando Days, Tetzel Turner, Jimmy Smith, Tommy Russell, Reginald Fowler and Leroy Stanley. Burial will follow services at the Jim Smith Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Oma Jeanette Smith

Oma Jeanette Smith, 82, of Greenwood died Thursday, November 22, 2001. Born January 28, 1919, to James Henry and Carrie Agnes Powell DuBose, she was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Smith, and a brother, Bobby DuBose.

Survivors include three daughters, Sue Carol Smith of Fort Worth, TX, Donna Stewart of Little Rock and Janet Patton of Greenwood; one brother, James DuBose of Crossett; five sisters, Leta Kelley, Rena Tucker, Betty Murphy, and Elise Courson, all of Crossett, and Ollie Barnett of Monticello; seven grandchildren, Brian, Whitney, Abby, Joseph, Caroline, Mary Alice and Lucie, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Donnie DuBose and Gary Farmer officiating. Pallbearers were Harold Allen Tucker, Ronnie Tucker, Steve Courson, Danny Courson, Richard Murphy and Matthew Farmer. Burial followed services at the Outlaw Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Fannie Wood Tatum

Mrs. Fannie Lou Wood Tatum, 86, of Monroe, LA, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at her daughter's residence in Monroe. Mrs. Tatum was a native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Crossett for over 50 years until moving back to Fountain Hill in 1975, and she was a resident of Monroe since March, 1999. She was a graduate of Crossett High School and a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church. She and her husband owned and operated the Tatum Grocery Store in Crossett for many years and was a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Charles Reginald Tatum, in 1992; her parents, Dr. Jesse Thomas & Mittie Louise Deal Wood, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. J D. Wood.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty W. Lemmer of Monroe, LA; a granddaughter, Renee Chance and husband J.L. of Sterlington, LA; a great-grandson, Tatum Reese Chance; two brothers, Dr. Julian Deal Wood of Seminole, OK, and Dr. Jack A. Wood and wife Dottie of Fayetteville; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, in the Pinewood Cemetery with Revs. Bill Elton & Randy Farmer officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642 or to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.

Joe Willis

Joe Willis, 79, of Crossett died Thursday, November 22, 2001, at the Leisure Lodge nursing home. Born April 25, 1922, to Lemmie and Lottie Stell Ware Willis, he was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pearlie Bates Willis; a son, Michael Joe Willis; and a grandson, Patrick Morgan.

Survivors include his wife, Dois Allen Willis of Crossett; two sons, Roddy Willis of Nacogdoches, TX, and Dewayne Willis of El Dorado; one stepson, Doyle Shook; a daughter, Debra Morgan of Coushatta, LA; a brother, L. D. Willis of Warren; two sisters, Charleen Doss and Gracie Harris of Hamburg; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with David Newberry and Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Dennis Rice, Scotty Fletcher, Willis Doss, Joey Bledsoe, John Morgan, and Jeff Willis. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery.

November 21

Clayton Fielder, Jr.

Clayton Fielder, Jr., 85, of Wilmot died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care in Lake Village. A native of Wilmot and a former resident of Parkdale, he was a retired farm laborer and a member of the Union Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Nicey Jackson Fielder; two brothers, Gene and Jerry Fielder; and one sister, Nettie Jordan.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Girtha Fielder; one son, Earl Clayton Fielder of Woodfield, TX; two daughters, Lois Fielder of Wilmot and Nicey Fielder of Monticello; a stepdaughter, Joyce Singleton of Lake Village; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, November 16, in the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Pallbearers were the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Childress Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Shiree Johnson

Ms. Shiree Shuntay Johnson, 35, of Hamburg died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a life long resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1985 and later attended the Bastrop Beauty School and became a licensed nail technician. She was a faithful and devoted employee of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg for the past eight years and worked part-time at The Works Hair and Nail Studio. She attended the Christ Temple Church in Hamburg and was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Latiffany Nicole Johnson and her grandmother, Mary Ann Trice.

She is survived by a daughter, Ashley Amanda Johnson; a son, Jonathun Demon Clark; her mother, Rebecca J. Miller; and her husband, Elijah, all of Hamburg; her father, Carnell Curenton of Flint, MI; four sisters, Tammy Nimmer and husband Lee, Vernicia Huggins and husband Allen of Hamburg, Shayla Quinn and Desha Curenton of Flint, MI; three brothers, Barron Johnson and wife Tamela and Adrian Tucker of Hamburg and Carnell Kyle Curenton of Flint, MI; her grandfather, J.O. Johnson, and his wife, Lucelle, of Hamburg; her grandmother, Wesola Adkins of Flint, MI; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were planned at 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, in the Christ Temple Church in Hamburg with Rev. Alfonso Madden, Sr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Nathan Miller, Marvin Walter, David Dennis, Richard Hatchet, Jr., Cannon Foster, Vincent Foster, Undra Reynolds and Darren Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were to be J.O. Johnson, Elijah Miller, Barron Johnson, Adrian Tucker, Lee Nimmer and Allen Huggins. Interment was to follow services in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Chester Raymond King

Chester Raymond King, 65, of Crossett died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at his home. Born on October 23, 1936, in Sandgate, VT, to Jessie and Della Theresa Sherman King, he was a mechanic and an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by a son, Gilbert G. King; his parents, three brothers, Jessie, George, and Austin King; and two sisters, Pearl Lavictorie and Joan Merrill.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Rice King of Crossett; two daughters, Connie Buckner and Tammy Kelley of Crossett; one brother, Gilbert King of Granville, NY; a foster brother, Forrest Mason Cabool, MO, and five grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 15, in the Arkadelphia Cemery with Carlton White officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Robert "Bobby" Selby

Mr. Robert "Bobby" Selby, 60, of Lake Village died Monday, November 12, 2001, in Lake Village. Mr. Selby was a native of Ashley County; a resident of Lake Village for the past six years and a resident of Montrose for most of his life. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a retired farmer and an agriculture pilot and a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Derryberry Selby of Lake Village; a son Chris Allen Selby of Monticello; two daughters, Lisa Smith of Lake Village and Suzanne Singleton of Watson; a step-son, Waylon Brown of Monticello; two step-daughters, Tillie Brune of Norfolk, VA, and Carrie Milholland of Monticello; his parents, R.D. & Doris Nelms Selby of Montrose; a brother, Jerry Selby of Portland; two sisters, Nina Pamplin of Monticello and Patricia Wright of Farmerville, LA; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, in the Lake Village Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Bell & Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were Philip, Ted & Eric Selby, Jody Moreau, Freddy & Thad Selby. Honorary pallbearers were Homer Beavers, Hardy Pope, Bruce Bond & Gerald Martin. Interment followed services at the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Lake Village Baptist Church, 301 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Village, AR 71653.

Mrs. Orpha Lee Spurlock

Mrs. Orpha Lee Spurlock, 83, of Hamburg died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at her residence outside Hamburg. A native of Pottsville, a resident of Hamburg for the past 10 years and a resident of Wilmot for most of her life, she was a homemaker and a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen E. Spurlock, Sr., in 1980; her parents, Robert & Pearl Holloway Staggs; two brothers, Lorrell & John Staggs; two sisters, Ruth Allison and Essie Myers and an infant sister.

She is survived by two sons, Allen and Marvin Spurlock of Crossett; two daughters, Lois Englerth and Shirley Meeks of Hamburg; three sisters, Lois Jones of Panama City, FL, Grace Gribble of Minden, LA, and Helen Coulter of Sheridan; a special friend, Judy Ricks of Fountain Hill; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 15, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Jeffery Spurlock, Kenneth Barrett, Larry Meeks, Michael Elton, Kenny & Johnathan Cameron. Interment followed servcices at the Wilmot Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, c/o Delta Trust, PO Box 95, Wilmot, AR 71676.

Mavis Lavon Thomas

Mavis Lavon Thomas, 72, of Warren died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Bradley County Medical Center. Born Dec. 30, 1928, in Cleveland County to the late Arlis Owen Jackson and Gladie Moree Hall Jackson, she was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ginger Lynn Thomas; and two brothers, Ray Owen Jackson and Woodie Dale Bloodworth.

Survivors include her husband Travis James "Boe" Thomas; two sons, James Arlis Thomas of Monticello and Danny Ray Thomas of Warren; two daughters, Nena Thomas of Warren and Becky McKamie of Hope; one brother, Bill Bloodworth of Livingston, TX; six sisters, Ruth Bloodworth Thomason of Monticello, Rachel Bloodworth of Pasadena, TX, Gladie Bloodworth Weigand of San Antonio, TX, Dorothy Davis of Little Rock, Cherry Bloodworth Sinclair of Hamburg, and Judy Bloodworth Hever of Grandberry, TX; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel in Warren with burial following services at the Oakland Cemetery.

Blanche Willard

Blanche Willard, 79 of Thaxton, MS, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a homemaker, a retired employee of Emerson Electric, and a member of the Eastern Star the Pleasant Bale Baptist Church in Thaxton. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Oliver Barfield Jr. and Jared Willard.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, J.T. Willard of Thaxton, MS; three daughters, Sonja Barfield and husband Oliver Barfield of Hamburg, Tommie Karen Wood-Warren and husband Robert of Ponotoc, MS, and Jeannie Pence and husband Terry of Ponotoc; a son, Jackie Willard of Ponotoc; three sisters, Winnie Wallace and husband Jewell of Etta, MS, Tommie Burchfield and husband Olan of Zackary, LA, and Kathryn Fulton of St. Peters, MO; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were be at 11 a.m. on November 8 at the Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru, MS, with Brother Doug Jones officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Rushing, Mark Wood, Robert Warren, Wayne Wood, Terry Pence and Jon Barfield. Honorary pallbearers were Oliver Barfield, Corey Rushing, Chris Barfield and Patrick Stanley. Burial followed services at the Warren Cemetery in Ponotoc County.

November 14

Fairy Arnold

Fairy Arnold, 92, of Crossett died Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at the Oak Dale Nursing Facility. Born on Sept. 28, 1909, in Trafalgar, to Jim and Carrie Copeland Bawcom, Mrs. Arnold was a nurse's aide and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.B. Arnold.

Survivors include one son, A.J. Arnold of Little Rock; three brothers, Elbert Bawcom of McGehee, Parker Bawcom of Bastrop, LA, and Burney Bawcom of Searcy; two sisters, Juanita Gammel of Crossett and Cumi King of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Mary Kay Ladner, Will Arnold, Randall Arnold; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 8, in the Church of Christ with Ed Sanders officiating. Pallbearers were Will and Randall Arnold, Billy, Lamar and Mark Gammel and H. J. Roberts. Interment followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Macel D. Baker

Mr. Macel D. Baker, 72, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of Fountain Hill and a Hamburg resident all of his life, he was a timber contractor for Georgia Pacific Corporation and a member of the Hamburg Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Earl & Rozell Noble Baker; a brother, W. Earl Baker; and two sisters, Myrtle Baker Helbing and Jeroline Baker Downey.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise Alldread Baker of Hamburg; a son, Mike Baker and wife Debbie of Hamburg; a daughter Sissy Meacham and husband Kirby of Monroe, AR; a brother, Ralph N. Baker of West Monroe, LA; two sisters, Bernice B. White of Fairfield Bay and Marianna B. Mears of Ruston, LA; five grandchildren, Candy Ogletree, Amber Evans, Angie Bowman, Bryan Baker and Joseph Meacham and three great-grandchildren, Allison Nicole Evans, Brett Macel Baker and Garrett Dean Ogletree.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, November 12, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Joe Sponagule officiating. Pallbearers were Joseph Meacham, Chris Evans, Joey Bowman, Bryan Baker, Billy Mack McDonald, Oliver Griffin and Jon Bierbaum. Interment followed services at the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Church of Christ, c/o Mrs. Betty Griffin, 409 E. Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Miss Mary Ann Boyd

Miss Mary Ann Boyd, 46, of Little Rock, died Monday, November 5, 2001, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Miss Boyd was a native of and was raised in Fountain Hill and was a resident of Little Rock for the past 28 years. She graduated from the Fountain Hill High School in 1972. She formerly worked as a nurse at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A member of the First Baptist Church in Fountain Hill, she was preceded in death by her parents, John & Monitte Johnson Boyd, and a sister, Carolyn Marie Boyd.

She is survived by two brothers, Steve Chupp of Stella, MO, and Robert Darr of Fountain Hill; four aunts, Doris Covey of Leachville, Mary Belle Johnson of Dexter, MO, Nyline Avitts of Fountain Hill and Mildred Brown of Rockwall, TX, and several nieces and nephews.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 8, in the Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill with Revs. Gene Gregory and Bill Elton officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Clarice Pence Gray

Clarice Pence Gray, 89, of Texarkana, formerly of Magnolia, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at the Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, TX. Born January 20, 1912, in Sumner, IL, to the late Lawrence Jacob and Elie Schick Pence, who later owned the ice house in Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School. She and her late husband, Artie Gray, founded Gray Steel Corp. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Magnolia and the Pilot Club.

Survivors include a daughter, June Gray and husband W. Kelvin Wyrick, Sr., of Texarkana; a sister, Eloise Pence and husband John Chandler of Dallas, GA; grandchildren Kristin and husband Daniel Jones of Houston, TX, W. Kelvin Wyrick, Jr., of Magnolia and Michael Wyrick of Alexandria, VA; nephews David and wife Christine Chandler of Dallas, GA, Bill and wife Jan Chandler of Acworth, GA, and Larry and wife Shirley Chandler of Marietta, GA: a niece, Laura and husband Jim Strickland of Atlanta, GA; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were planned for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in the First United Methodist Church of Magnolia with Dr. Bob Burnham officiating. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 320 West Main Street, Magnolia, AR 71753 or to the Artie and Clarice Gray Scholarship Fund, Southern Arkansas University, P. O. Box 9174, Magnolia, AR 71754.

Katherine Groce

Katherine Groce, 78, of Warren died Sunday, November 4, 2001, at her home. Born July 29, 1923, in Ashley County to the late Ernest D. and Ola Gibbs Coody, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Warren. A retired teacher, she served in the Drew Central and Bastrop, LA, school systems. She married Conway Wilson Groce on July 19, 1954, and he died in October, 1981. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Erastus Coody, and a sister, Ola Ernestine Coody.

Grave-side services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, at the Rock Springs Cemetery near Monticello with Rev. Greg Stanley officiating and with arrangements by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Wayne, Bill Sr., Bill, Tom and Rodger Groce and Brooks Vick. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Warren or to the Rock Springs United Methodist Church building fund.

Tracy Lee Hill

Tracy Lee Hill, 59, of Monticello died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born July 27, 1942, in Ashley County, he was manager of the Hamburg Shirt Factory and a member of the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Maxwell Hill and Eloise Bates Hill.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Shirley Sanson Hill of Monticello; two sons, Tony Hill of Arkadelphia and Brad Hill of Monticello; four brothers, Dean Hill of Hamburg, Phillip Hill of Little Rock, Ricky Hill of Sacramento, Calif., and Walter Hill of Hamburg; two sisters, Karen Carter of Mountain Home and Charlun Brett of Hamburg; and three grandchildren, Evan Hill, Tyler Hill and Jessy Hill, all of Monticello.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, in the Stephenson-Dearman chapel in Monticello with Rev. David Jacks officiating. Pallbearers were to be Darrell Windham, Mickey Finley, Billy McDonald, Sonny Withers, Alvin Jordan and Gale Hill. Burial was to follow services at the Union Ridge Cemetery.

Steven Dearell Johnson, Jr.

Steven Dearnell Johnson, Jr., 10, of Oakland, CA, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at the Oakland Children's Hospital. A native of Crossett, he was a student at the Eastmore Cox Elementary School.

Survivors include his father, Steven Dearell Johnson of Crossett; his stepmother, Dashunda Johnson; his mother, Sharon Robinson of Oakland, CA, and his stepfather, Emmanuel Robinson; one brother, S. D. Johnson of Crossett; three sisters, Tyeishia Johnson and Nakeshia Wilson of Oakland and Donyell Johnson of Crossett; his maternal grandparents, Carrie and Allen Stroud of Portland and James Wilson of Bastrop, LA; and his paternal grandparents, Levell Johnson of Oakland and Rosie Hicks of Bastrop.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in the Ivory Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Gregory Baker officiating. Burial was to follow services at the H. B. Adams Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Christine Lanier

Mrs. Christine Lanier, 72, of Hamburg died Friday, November 9, 2001, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. A native of Decatur, AL, and a Hamburg resident for the past ten years, she was a former resident of Thorsby, LA, a homemaker and a Jehovah's Witness. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Hardy; her mother, Elsie Bailey Loggins; a sister, Irene Ireland; a grandson, Chris Pennington; and a granddaughter-in-law, Vicki Pennington.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Walter Ed Lanier of Hamburg; a son, Charles Lanier and wife Sandy of Thorsby, AL; three daughters, Glenda Pennington and husband Butch of Hamburg, Elizabeth Rawls and husband Leon of Monticello and Angie Craig and husband Mark of Hamburg; a brother, Donald Kookans and wife Sandy of Erie, PA; a sister, Dorothy Smith and husband George of Fort Myers, FL: 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Scott Roberts and Michael Scott officiating. Pallbearers were Tim Pennington, Tony Rawls, Darren Rawls, B. J. Craig, Charles Lanier, Jr., Henry Bissell, Darren Birdwell, Jarrod Culp and John Smith. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery.

Freddie Mitchell, Sr.

Freddie Mitchell, Sr., 71, of Portland died Tuesday, October 16, 2001. He was born June 4, 1930, in Parkdale to the late Corine and Monroe Mitchell. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Montrose. On November 12, 1950, he married Geraldine Curtis, and to this union, ten children were born. His second wife, Margaret Mitchell, also preceded him in death. He was known as a farmer, hunter, fisherman, frog hunter, gardener, craftsman, mechanic and cook.

Survivors include eight sons, James Mitchell of Oakland, CA, Freddie and wife Joann Mitchell of Chicago, IL, Jessie and wife Alice Mitchell of Montrose, Eddie and wife Lisa Mitchell of Killeen, TX, Tilon and wife Jeanette Mitchell of Dermott, Edmond and Brandon Mitchell of Portland and Greg Gillis of Montrose; ten daughters, Fannie Mae Mitchell of St. Louis, MO, Mary Wilson of Fort Worth, TX, Corine Mitchell of Montrose, Alice and husband Harold Watts if Chicago, Maud and husband James Mitchell of Chicago, Dell Mitchell of New Orleans, LA, Geraldine "Rosie" and husband Willie Branch of Montrose, Sylvia and husband David Drake of San Antonio, TX, Katina Mitchell of Montose and Brenda and husband Lucan Hargraves of Dermott; four brothers, Charlie and wife Verna Mae Mitchell of Dermott, Handy and wife Lillie Mitchell, Monroe and wife Annie Pearl Mitchell, and Enoch and wife Desiree Mitchell, all of Kenosha, WI; one sister, Girlean Bowie of Cleveland, OH; 40 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20, in the Number Two Baptist Church in Portland with Revs. Archie Smith and Albert Fenceroy officiating. Pallbearers were Freddie Jr., Eddie, Edmond, Jesse Sr., Tilon Sr., and Brandon Mitchell, Jake Gay, Kevin Frazier, Greg Gillis and Seafar Frazier. Honorary pallbearers were George Thomas, Jr., Joe Bonner, Robert Williams, William C. Woods, Sylvester Curl, Charles Wade, Sr., and Charlie, Monroe, Handy and Enoch Mitchell. Burial followed services at the Number Two Cemetery with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Louis Douglas Norrell

Louis Douglas Norrell, 51, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 4, 2001, at his home. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a former construction worker for David Crockett and a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Louis Norrell, Jr.

Survivors include a son, Adam Louis Norrell of Atlanta, GA; and his mother, Grace Norrell of Hamburg.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, at the Carlock Cemetery with ro. Roy Craig officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

November 7

Mr. Charles G. Grubb

Mr. Charles G. Grubb, 72, of Hamburg, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at his residence. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of the Promise Land community east of Hamburg for the past 32 years, he served in the US Air Force from 1948 until 1952. He retired in 1991 from the Ashley County Road Department as the road foreman in the Delta Area. He was a Baptist and attended the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents, Ray & Lonnie Jim Locke Grubb, and four brothers, George Lee, James E., Cecil Dwain and Doyle E. Grubb.

He is survived by his wife, Charlie Mae Lair Grubb of Hamburg; two sons, Richard Grubb of Hollandale, MS and Max Grubb of Hamburg; three daughters, Patricia Simpson and Kay Avery of Eudora and Glenda Jones of Shreveport, LA; a brother, Billy Grubb of Beebe; and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned are 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Kenny Williams & Bill Woodall officiating. Pallbearers were to J.R. Grubb, Nicholas Simpson, Brandon Richter, Tony Grubb, Jonathan Grubb, Daniel Richter, Devin Richter, Zachary Grubb, Bill Grubb, Tyler Richter, Jordan Richter, Emory Grubb and Spencer Richter. Interment was to follow services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Carl Chester "Raymond" Lewis

Carl Chester "Raymond" Lewis, 76, of Hamburg died Wednesday, October 31, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and retired as a laborer at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ida Marie Jackson; his parents, Carl and Caldonia Tucker Lewis; two brothers, Sonny Kemp and LaVaughn Harris; and one sister, June Faye Bunton.

Survivors include three sons, Chris T. Lewis and Carl Terry "C. T." Lewis of Hamburg and Lexie Lewis of Crossett; three daughters, Linda Hill and Bridget Lewis of Hamburg and Juanita Booker of Gary, IN; two sisters, Carlene Tucker of Hamburg and Dorothy Harris of Los Angeles, CA; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were to be Lawrence Tippie, R. D. Morgan, James Prewitt, Willie Ashford, Jessie Banks and Willie Earl Jacob. Burial was to follow services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Helen Marie Moore

Helen Marie Moore, 48, of Wilmot died Thursday, November 1, 2001, at the Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, a certified nurse's assistant and a member of the Second Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her mother, Freddie Mae Rollins, and one sister, Maxine White.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Harvest Moore; one daughter, Angie Jordan of Jacksonville; her father, Mr. Mack Rollins of Wilmot; seven brothers, Willie James, Carl and Willie Lee Rollins of Wilmot, Tommy and Michael Rollins of Los Angeles, CA, Johnny Rollins of Jones, LA, and Tracy Rollins of Little Rock; three sisters, Saretha Butler of Wilmot and Jackie and Pat Rollins of Little Rock and four grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, November 9, in the Second Baptist Church with Rev. L. M. Christian officiating. Pallbearers are to be Billy Kitchen, William Jackson, Bruce Rollins, Michael Rollins and Rodney White. Burial will follow services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Katie Knowles Willis

Katie Knowles Willis, 79, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, October 28, 2001, at her residence in Austin, TX. Born July 3, 1922, in Wilmar to Jesse and Mamie Senn Knowles, she was a homemaker, an avid gardener and a member of the First Baptist Church. She loved birds and enjoyed spending time at her childhood home and with family and friends. A tremendous supporter of her late husband, Hugh Willis, and his work in the school system, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Pharris Knowles; and a sister, Emogene Harris.

Survivors include a son, Max Willis and wife Elizabeth Brumage of San Antonio, TX; one daughter, Kathy Willis and husband Patrick Schmidt of Austin, TX; three sisters, Virginia Brown of Pine Bluff, Marguerite Williams of Little Rock and Maxine Montgomery of Ashton, MD; and three grandchildren, Jesse Willis and Lee Willis of San Antonio, TX, and Will Schmidt of Austin, TX.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 1, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Malloy, Lavon Abbott, Joe Cantley, James Willis, James Knowles, Jessie Willis and Gerrel Boast. Burial followed services at 2 p.m. at the Union Ridge Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Rufus Obadiah Wood

Rufus Obadiah Wood, 97, of Humnoke died Monday, November 5, 2001 He was a member of Flynn Pentecostal Church and was a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors are two sons, Paul Wood and wife Betty of Bruce, MS, and Jimmy Wood and wife Nancy of Stuttgart; a daughter, Carolyn Lawson and husband Glen of Hamburg; a step-daughter, Faye Barth and husband Bob of Alamogordo, NM; a step-son, Bill Lokey and wife Helen of Carlisle; a step-daughter, Virginia Crawford of Kennett, Missouri; a sister, Ione Morris of Weed, CA; 24 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, in the Pentecostal Church of God in Humnoke with burial in Flynn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Roller-England Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

October 31

Mrs. Willie Lee Etheridge

Mrs. Willie Lee Higginbotham Etheridge, 99, of Hamburg, died Friday, October 26, 2001, at her daughter's residence in Amory, Mississippi. Mrs. Etheridge was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and she worked for years in the Hamburg School lunch room and in the central supply at the Crossett Health Center. She was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star Margaret Chapter 151 in Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Etheridge, in 1950; a son, Ruben Allen Etheridge, in 1977; a foster daughter, Lisa Maxwell in 2000; and her parents, Will & Ella Ingram Higginbotham; five brothers, Harold, Leroy, Garvin, Rush & Joe Higginbotham; and three sisters, Nellie Patterson, Edna Riley and Virdelle McDonald.

She is survived by a son, Rev. W.F. "Rick" Etheridge of Sheridan; a daughter, Nell Johnston of Amory, MS; a daughter-in-law, Merlene Etheridge of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 28, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jackie Adams & Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Pete Higginbotham, Charles Akers, Walter Chester, Kenneth Leigh, Lynn Croswell and Doyle Sivils. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers. Interment followed services in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 W. Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Martin Oldham

Mr. Martin Oldham, 53, of Baker, LA, died Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. A native of Tyronza, a Baker, LA, resident for the past 11 years and a former resident of Portland, Marked Tree and Monroe, LA, he graduated from Marked Tree High School in 1966 and attended Arkansas State University. He was an U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, a carpenter contractor journeyman and a certified electrician. A member of the Bethany Christian Church in Baker, LA, he was preceded in death by his father, William Oldham, Sr., in 1984, and a brother, Bill Oldham in 1992.

Survivors include his mother, Irene Coats Oldham; a sister, Susan Lawson, both of Baker, LA; a sister-in-law, Joan Oldham of Portland; and two nieces, Emily Oldham of Portland and Amy Mimiaga of Denver, CO.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ed Ellis, Todd Adams, Peter Farragut, Gil Constant, Heath and Jerry Breedlove, H. T. Cunningham and Carlton Lawrence. Burial was to follow services at the Portland Cemetery.

Zachary Wayne Clark Russell

Zachary Wayne Clark Russell, 16, of Crossett died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at his home. Born Nov. 23, 1984, to his parents, Bryan Russell and Cindy Robinson in Bastrop, LA, Zach had completed the ninth grade at St. John's Military Academy as a 1st Sergeant Major. While there, he was awarded three Parade Ribbons, a Personal Appearance Ribbon, LET Service Ribbon, Proficiency Ribbon, JROTC Commendation Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Varsity Athletic Ribbon (football), Blue Leadership Tabs, NCO Leadership Tabs, Gold Medal Star, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Medal, the J.D. Berkley Scholarship and two Service Stripes.

Survivors include his mother, Cindy Robinson of Crossett; his father, Bryan Russell of Florida; two sisters, Ryann Lauren Russell of Crossett and Shelby Russell of Florida; his grandparents, Frankie Jean Deal Welchel and Terry Welchel of Crossett, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Robinson of Crossett, Billy and Sue Russell of Texas; his great-grandparents, Calvin Frank and Dorothy Carter Deal of Crossett; one uncle and two aunts, Downey C. and Barbie Robinson of Crossett, and Cheryl Russell Barrett of Texas; two cousins, Brooklyn Robinson of Crossett and Robert Barrett of Texas.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were Russ Deal, Jason Robison, Jason Rhodes, Stephen Miller, Scott McMillan, Stetson Moon and Dennis Moon. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Kelley, George Lewis, Mathew Griffith, Jamie Carpenter, Luke Carter, Jim Lawless, Rusty Atchison, Ricky Jones, Shane Reeves, Daniel Peters, and Josh and Justin Lochala.

Burial followed services at Deal Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Deal Cemetery, 901 Pine Street, Crossett, Ark. 71635.

Jewell Woodrow Powell

Jewell Woodrow Powell, 85, of Johnson City, Tennessee, died October 11. 2001. He was a native of Ashley County and was in insurance and real estate in Magnolia for forty years. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Simpson Powell and Wiley Powell.

Survivors are his wife, Madeline Powell of Johnson City, TN and two children, John Powell of Houston, Texas and Jana Losey of Johnson City, TN and five grandchildren. Funeral service was at Lewis Funeral Home in Magnolia.

October 24

Dorothy N. Carpenter

Dorothy N. Carpenter, 71, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at her home. Born August 23, 1930, in Crossett to Johnnie and Lillian Jones Aiken, she retired as a payroll auditor with Georgia-Pacific after 30 years of service. She was a Baptist and loved taking care of her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, John C. Carpenter, Jr., of Crossett; three sons, John C. Carpenter III of Owasso, OK, Michael E. Carpenter of Springfield, MO, and James F. Carpenter of Monroe, GA; one daughter, Rebecca Weidmann of El Paso, AR; her mother, Lillian Aiken of Crossett; two grandsons, Erick Carpenter of Osceola and John Cody Carpenter of Owasso, OK; one granddaughter, Staci R. Carpenter of Owasso, OK; one sister, Patricia Lochala of Crossett; one brother, Jackie Aiken of Wright; and two aunts, Mary Ellen Bays and Lessie Pennington of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 19, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Richardson, Jim Pettit, H. T. Nichols, Mike Webb, Phillip Gates and Don Hart. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Gene Carruth

Mr. Gene Carruth, 63, of Fountain Hill died Monday, October 8, 2001, at the Dallas County Nursing Home in Fordyce. Mr. Carruth was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Fountain Hill. He was a former employee for Shipping Systems and Georgia-Pacific in Crossett and a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl & Iris Roberts and a brother, John Earl Roberts.

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Smith and Tonya Carruth both, of Hampton, and five grandchildren.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, in the Flat Creek Cemetery with Revs. Bill Elton & Travis Roberts officiating. Honorary pallbearers were W. L. Hollis, Ralph Hollis, Rev. James Cook, J.D. Hollis, Dallas Lansdale, Gus Watkins, Lane Boykin and Harold Pruitt. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mattie "Big Momma" Collins

Mattie "Big Momma" Collins, 85, of Crossett died Thursday, October 18, 2001, at her residence in Crossett. A native of Ashley County, she was a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Collins; four sons, two daughters, two brothers, 12 sisters, and her parents, Rance and Adelaide Marshall Simpson.

Survivors include a son, Larry Collins; a stepson, Mack Henry Collins of Washington, D. C.; three daughters, Katherine Thrower and Versie Lee Ward of Crossett and Hazel Roberts of Los Angeles, CA; a brother, L. C. Simpson of Washington, D. C: and 24 grandchildren.

Funeral services were set for Wednesday, October 24, at 1 p.m. in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Mattie Lee Cunningham

Mrs. Mattie Lee Henslee Cunningham, 59, of Hamburg died Saturday, October 20, 2001. at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Cunningham was a lifelong resident of Hamburg. She was a home health aide for the Area Agency on Aging of Pine Bluff and worked in the health care field for over 30 years and a member of the Eden Baptist Church. She loved to go to bluegrass festivals and fish. She was preceded in death by her father, L.C. Henslee; a brother, Marvin Henslee; and a granddaughter, Krista Savage.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mr. Hoyt Cunningham of Hamburg; a son, Dane Cunningham and wife Jenny of Silver Creek, MS; a daughter, Patricia Savage and husband Billy Joe of Hamburg; her mother, Dean Brogan Henslee of Hamburg; a brother, Udell Henslee and wife Edna of Hamburg; a sister, Linda Harris and husband Gail of Springfield, AR; two granddaughters, Candis McGilton of Dermott and Kelli Savage of Hamburg; a great-granddaughter, Sheridan McGilton; two step-granddaughters, Natalie Young & Hannah Ware; and one step-grandson, Ethan Wolfe.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, October 22, in the Zion United Methodist Church with Revs. Paul Payne & Lane Amos officiating. Pallbearers were Darrell, Donald, Bubba and Keith Henslee, Paul Tucker, Heath Cunningham, Tommy & Jason Burch. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Ray Brogan and Wayne Burch. Interment followed services at the Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Emily Louise Gaston McDaniel

Emily Louise Gaston McDaniel, 61, of Hamburg died Monday, October 15, 2001, at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. A native of Portland and a Hamburg resident for the past two years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Slidell, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Gaston; one daughter, Connie Warren; and her parents, James L. and Annie Maye Cessor Woods.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Danny McDaniel, Sr.; one son, Joey Warren of Hamburg; three stepsons, Danny McDaniel, Jr., William Charles McDaniel and Michael Shane McDaniel, all of Rollins, Wyoming; two daughters, Pamela Sharp and Angela Jeffers of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Julia Michelle McDaniel of Rollins, Wyoming; one brother, Tommy Woods of Alexander; one sister, Jimmye Ann Owens of Wichita, KS; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 18, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Carlton White officiating. Pallbearers were Daniel Warren, Steven Herron, Ron Wolf, Mike Derrick, James King and Jesse Barnes. Honorary pallbearers were Wade Goyne and Lonnie Sharp. Burial followed services at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

October 17

Edna E. Edens

Edna E. Edens, 77, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at the North Monroe, LA, Hospital. Born September 12,1924, to Edward Clayton and Beulah Katy Lichliter Moody, she was a homemaker, worked for twelve years as a licensed psychiatric technician and was a member of the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Debi Plum.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Rev. Charles M. Edens of Crossett; one son, Jimmy Edens and wife Lori of Bismarck; three daughters, Jeanette Sawyer and husband Lindsey, Vanita Croswell and husband Buddy and Brenda Chesser and husband Edgar, all of Crossett; four sisters, Ann E. Terrill of Schulter, OK, Ester Kyles of Texarkana, TX, Vernie Carver of Texarkana, AR; and Donnie Lee of Atlanta, TX; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, in the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God with Bro. Billy Dunahoe officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Plum, Chris Croswell, Jason Croswell, James "Bubba" Edens, Jr., Michael Sawyer and Bryan Bays. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Dalton Howell Johnson

Dalton Howell Johnson, 60, of Sherwood, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, October 9, 2001. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, a singer, guitar player, and BMI songwriter. He and his wife performed and traveled as The Johnson Family. He served eight years in the Army Reserves.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Wilson Johnson; three sons, David Johnson of Mansfield, Texas, Daryl Johnson of Grand Saline, Texas, and Christopher Johnson of Sherwood; one daughter, Julie Johnson of Bryant; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, B.M. Johnson of Warren; five sisters, Lorene Reed and Athalene Armstrong of Warren, Audrey Berry of Ajo, Arizona, Willie Lovitt of Newport News, Virginia, and Elaine Yarberry of New Boston, Texas.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13, in the North Little Rock Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain Russell Howard and Rev. Cecil Harvey officiating. Burial followed services at 2:30 p.m. at the Union Hill Cemetery in Hermitage.

Mrs. Vicki Laskey Pennington

Mrs. Vicki Laskey Pennington, 39, of Hamburg died Monday, October 8, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1980 and was a construction worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris Pennington, in 1995; a brother, Phillip Laskey, in 1988; her maternal grandparents, Norwood and Carrie Courson Hill; and her paternal grandfather, Phillip Laskey.

She is survived by two daughters, Raigen Smith and Danyel Pennington; her parents, Ray & Winda Hill Laskey, all of Hamburg; her paternal grandmother, Agnes Laskey of Worth, IL; an aunt, Linda Harville of Hamburg; and an uncle, Felix Laskey of Calumet Park, IL.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, in the Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Leslee Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Courson, John Courson, Wayne Davis, Richard Courson, Barry Davis & Don Davis. Interment followed services at the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Elener Scales Rance

Elener Scales Rance, 99, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Plez Rance, Sr., and her parents, Nick and Virginia Hill Scales.

Survivors include three sons, Willie Ed Rance of Taylor, TX, Plez Rance, Jr., of Crossett and Donald Rance of Oakland, CA; three daughters, Annie Tharpe and Margaret Deloney of Crossett and Abbie Cone of Pine Bluff; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Monday, October 15, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Cone, Vic Moseby, Freddie Tharpe, Donald Rance, Larry Tharpe, Melvin Tharpe and Plez Rance, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were the stewards and stewardesses of Gates Chapel. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Gerald Harvey "Pete" Stratton

Gerald Harve "Pete" Stratton, 82, of Crossett died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born born April 21, 1919, in Marsden to parents John Edward and Lizzie Padfield Stratton, he was an Army Air Corps veteran, serving in the Ninth Air Division during World War II. Mr. Stratton received several decorations and citations including the Bronze Service Star. He retired in 1984 from AD&N Railroad after 35 years of service as a conductor. Mr. Stratton enjoyed coaching Little League baseball for many years and was a football official with the Arkansas Athletic Association for seven years, and was an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Gertie Stratton; one brother, Harold Stratton; and two sisters, Ruby Evone and Emma Marjorie Stratton.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Stephens Stratton of Crossett; one son, John Stratton of Indianola, Miss.; one daughter, Stella Turbeville of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one brother, Phil Stratton of Conway; two sisters, Catherine Dixon of Crossett and Gloria Jean Buckaloo of Memphis; four grandchildren, John Stratton II, Charisse Oberle, Carrie Johnson, and Ryan Strebeck; and two great-grandchildren, Malon Stratton and Lena Marie Johnson.

Funeral services were planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were to be Harold Bonnette, Bill Jordan, Don Hart, John Carpenter, A. B Moore and Jim Pettit. Honorary pallbearers were to be Hampton Etheridge, Terry Terai, John T. Brooks, Bailey Hankins, members of the Prairie Country Club's Men's Golf Association and the Andy's Morning Coffee Pals.

Interment was to follow at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main St., Crossett, Ark., 71635.

Patsy Ann Edwards Webb

Patsy Ann Edwards Webb, 56, of Crossett died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 9, 1944, to the late Preston "Pete" and Ottie McFalls Edwards in Gould. Mrs. Webb worked as a laborer at the Bag Plant and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Edwards, and two sisters, Neva Hackleton and Bonnie Burton.

Survivors include her husband, Rudy Webb of Crossett; one son, Steven Webb of Crossett; one daughter, Michelle Webb Rogers of El Dorado; three brothers, H. D. Edwards of Crossett, Charles Edwards of Pine Bluff, and Mack Edwards of Cabot; one sister, Linda Barringer of Pine Bluff; and five grandchildren, Zan and Tyler Webb; Laura, Leslie and Lacey Rogers.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church. Pallbearers were to be Denon Cagle, Ervin Rodgers, Dewey Ward, Larry Martin, Ronnie Rickman and Mershall Carpenter. Interment was to follow services at the Leake Cemetery in Star City, under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

October 10

Jewel Dean Boseman

Jewel Dean Boseman, 76, of Crossett died Saturday, October 6, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Warren and a Crossett resident for 55 years, she was a homemaker and member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ellis Bell; her second husband, Willie Travis Boseman; and two sisters, Mildred Zacharius and Eva Thrillkill.

Survivors include two sons, Travis Ray Boseman and Jerry Wayne Bell of Crossett; a daughter, Marcia Wilcox of Crossett; two sisters, Florine McClain of Monroe, LA, and Hazel Frye of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

John William Grant

John William Grant, 83, of Monticello died Thursday, October 4, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Monticello. He was born May 24, 1918, in Drew County to the late Drew Grant and Mattie Brooks Grant. He was retired from texile mill work as a supply agent and was an U. S. Navy veteran, a deacon emeritus of First Baptist Church of Monticello and a Mason. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Terri Lee Nichols; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Martha Jane Tedder Grant of Monticello; one daughter, Denitia Nichols of Palestine, TX; one brother, Lamer Grant of Jacksonville, NC; two grandchildren, Janet and Jana Cunningham of Milo; and two great-grandchildren, Krystal Deal and Karlee Robbins.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 14, in the First Baptist Church of Monticello with burial at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Dodson officiating. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Brooksie Donald Grice

Brooksie Donald "Don" Grice, 60, of Ponchatoula, LA, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, September 30, 2001. He was a safety director in the construction industry. In 1957, he was a state champion in the 440 relay team as lead off runner with other team members Milton Johnston and Jimmy Ross, with Dicky Dunn as anchor. He was also a 1958 and 1959 state champion in track, lettering all three years. In 1958, he was all district and all state in football as a halfback, and he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Arkansas to play for the Razorbacks.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Grice of Ponchatoula, LA; three sons: Brad Grice and wife Norma of Jackson, MS, Chris Grice and wife of Fordyce, and Jim Bryan, Jr. and wife Tammy of Crossett; three daughters, Carolyn Watt and husband Timmy of Crossett, Pam Smith of Crossett, and Nancy Jackson and husband Joe of Ponchatoula, LA; two aunts and sixteen grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 4, in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Holdiness, Jimmy Roberts and Don Justice officiating. Pallbearers: Sidney Coady, Jim Ballard, Jeffry Spurlock, Ken Burchfield, Dirk Courtney, Eric Bolin. Pallbearers were Sidney Coady, Jim Ballard, Jeffry Spurlock, Ken Burchfield, Dirk Courtney and Eric Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Burchfield and Bobby Sutton.

Interment followed services at the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Myrtle Baker Helbing

Myrtle Baker Helbing, 85, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, in West Monroe, LA. Born April 8, 1916, in Ashley County, the first of seven children of Willie Earl and Roselle Noble Baker, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1935. She attended business college in Little Rock and then went to California where she married Ernie Helbing. She lived and worked for many years in Oakland, CA, for the Alameda County Assessor's office as a drafting clerk. After her retirement, she moved to Paradise in the Pines near Magalis, CA. She was very active in community affairs and held office in several organizations. She was president of the Paradise Pines Women's Club and the Eastern Star and a member of the Paradise Church of Christ. She moved to West Monroe, LA, two years ago to be close to her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of more than 50 years, a brother, W. Earl Baker, and a sister, Jeroline B. Downey.

Survivors include two brothers, two sisters, and their spouses, Ralph N. and Alyene Baker of West Monroe, LA, Macel D. and Elouise Baker of Hamburg, Berniece B. and Arthur E. White of Fairfield Bay and Marianna B. Mears of Jena, LA; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe on Tuesday, October 2. Grave-side service with interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park at a later date with Jones Funeral Home of Crossett in charge.

Memorials may be sent to White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, 3201 North Seventh Street, West Monroe, LA 71291 for the Baker Memorial Fund or given to a charity of the giver's choice.

Roney Mack Jeffress

Roney Mack Jeffress, 45, of Crossett, died Thursday, October 4, 2001. Born on February 7, 1956, in Crossett to Homer and Mildred McAdams Jeffress, he was a construction worker and a member of Beech Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Jeffress.

Survivors include one daughter, Jana Jeffress of El Dorado; two brothers, State Senator Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett and State Representative Gene Jeffress of Camden; and four sisters: Judy Head of Crossett, Rhonda Rouse of Fort Worth, TX, Dovie Bussell of El Dorado, and Tammy Bussell of Fouke.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Horace Dunn and Gene Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Joe Rouse, Richard Head, Chris Head, Stephen Johnson, Justin Jeffress, and Ricky Purifoy. Interment followed services at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funcral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

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Evelyn Deloris Arnold

Evelyn Deloris Arnold, 60, of Hamburg died Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Summerville, TN, and a Hamburg resident for the past 35 years, she was a retired cook and a member of the Soldiers Chapel A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Hattie Hutchins Ray; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Presiding Elder Samuel Arnold, Sr.; three sons, Samuel and LaDarian Arnold of Hamburg and Raymond Arnold of Los Angeles, CA; one stepson, Lawrence Arnold of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Sharon Whitaker and Meyonna Arnold of Hamburg; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Cromwell of Fayetteville, NC, and Chenelle Carter of Houston, TX: three brothers, Van Gray of Summerville, TN, Esau Gray of Memphis, TN, and Joel Gray of Chicago, IL; three sisters, Lula Pearl Crout and Josephine and Mary Sue Morrow of Memphis, TN; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Presiding Elder Samuel Arnold officiating. Pallbearers were to be Adolphus Daniels, Jack Hill, Larry Strong, Rev. Nolan Watson and Rev. Jessie Washington. Burial was to follow services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Irene Bealer

Mrs. Irene Bealer, 68, of Montrose, died Sunday, September 30, 2001, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mrs. Bealer was a native of Grady and a resident of Montrose for the past 40 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Light Baptist Church in Portland. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Bealer in 1999; her father, George Hilliard, her mother, Ida Murphy and one brother.

She is survived by a son, Larry Bealer of Little Rock; three daughters, Ruthie Bealer Dunlap of Little Rock, Ira Jean Hall and Dorothy Mae Hatten both of Detroit, MI; a brother, George Hilliard of West Memphis; four sisters, Georgia, Alene & Pearlene Hilliard all of Rochester, NY, and Rosie Kazee of St. Louis, MO; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m., Friday, October 5, at the funeral home. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at the New Light Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Maudine Clerget Kordsmeier

Maudine Clerget Kordsmeier, 84, of Crossett died Saturday, September 29, 2001, at her home. Born March 22, 1917, in Morrilton to Frank Xavier and Ocie Mabel Wood Clerget, she was a retired x-ray technician and an active member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. She enjoyed arranging flowers and playing games such as cards and dominoes. She will be remembered as a person who loved visiting with people.

Survivors include her sister, Jean Clerget Dickenhorst of Monroe, LA; four nieces and nephews, many great- nieces and nephews and a host of special friends.

Funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a..m Monday, October 1, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pazzulo officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Tommy E. Lee

Tommy E. Lee, 68, of Crossett died Saturday, September 29, 2001, at his home. Born March 28, 1933, to Wesley and Maggie Lucille Braswell Lee in Crossett, he was an Air Force veteran, a retired bleach plant operator for Georgia-Pacific, a member of the Beech Street Baptist Church and was an avid coon and deer hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Snearly Lee of Crossett; two sons, Kenny Lee of Mountain Home and Chris Lee of Crossett; two daughters, Kim Coburn of Shreveport, LA, and Belinda Holland of Crossett; four brothers, Normie Glen Lee of Crossett, Harold Wayne Lee of Palataka, FL, Tony Lee of Crossett and Charles Bruce Lee of Little Rock; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October 1, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Revs. Horace Dunn and Steve Franklin officiating. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Edith Mae Nimmo

Edith Mae Nimmo, 85, of Crossett died Friday, September 28, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 20, 1915, in Van Buren to Charles Wesley and Mindy McAfee Yong, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell R. Nimmo, and one daughter, Judy Henry.

Survivors include a son, Russell Nimmo of Crossett; a sister, Tressie White of Wilmot; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Monday, October 1, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Services were directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Cora Lee "Ms. Pete" Williams

Cora Lee "Ms. Pete" Williams, 87 of Hamburg, formerly of Montrose, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Rison, she lived in Montrose for 35 years and was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Robizine Holmes and Sophia Barnes; a son, James Curtis "J. C." Wade; her parents, Eugene and Lula Dunlap Duncan; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Mr. Matthew Williams; three sons, Duncan Wade of Little Rock, Celesey Barnes of Flint, MI, and Lamon Barnes of Milwaukee, WI; four daughters, Olere Johnson of Little Rock, Georgia Johnson of North Little Rock; and Bertha Hill and Hertha Peters of Milwaukee, WI; two brothers, Nathaniel Duncan of Des Moines, IA, and Leon Duncan of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Jane Matthews and Dora Haynes of Flint, MI; 63 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 4, in the New Light Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Burial will follow services at the Montrose Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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