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January 7

Tatyana Belin

Tatyana Belin, 16, of Crossett died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Born July 23, 1987, in Dallas, TX to Leriel C. Morton and Felishia Belin, she was an eleventh grade student at Crossett High School, where she was involved in basketball and track. She was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her parents, Leriel Morton and Felishia Emerson, both of Dallas; grandmother, Donna Woodberry of Crossett; one brother, Johnathon McWilliams of Houston, TX; three sisters, Chandra Hampton of Crossett and Marcea Bailey and Tiffany Trimble, both of Dallas; six uncles, Johnny Mack Brown Jr., Burl Shaw, Derrick Burks, Louis Gaston II, Triston Morton and James Morton; four aunts, LaShanda Waters, Donna Bowman, Dezra Gaston and LaToya Gaston; three special cousins, Jahmar Durby, Shalitha Waters and Destiny Bowman; two nephews, Marquise and Marqueze Mitchell; two godmothers and three godsisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3, at 1 p.m. at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Walter Witherspoon and Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Derrick Williams, Cedric Collins, Stuart Ballard, Corey Williams, Courtney Hampton, Tony Edwards, Keigan Wilburn and Terrence Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Coe, Jackie Coe, Anthony Deloache, Derrick Burks, Louis (Kennedy) Gaston II, LeDarryl Gaston, Andre Williams and Izale Williams.

Athleen Hargis

Athleen Hargis, 87, of Warren, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at her son’s home. Born June 15, 1916, in Bradley County, a daughter of the late Samuel Ederington Ragar and Hester Berry Ragar, she was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She married Dale Hargis in 1933, and he died Aug. 21, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Rex Hargis and spouse Marie of Hensley, Ark.; a brother, Laron Ragar and spouse Jeanette of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Rachel Williams and spouse Herk of Crossett and Marguerite Lovell of Harrison; four grandchildren, Karen Sale and spouse Steve of Hensley, Diane Hargis, William Henry Hargis and Derek Hargis and spouse Lesia, all of Little Rock; four great grandchildren, Dustin Sale and Dillon Sale, both of Hensley, and Samantha Hargis and Amber Hargis, both of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Berry Ragar, Herbert Ragar and Sammie Ragar, and two sisters, Irene Hughes and Mary Derryberry.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Frazer’s Funeral Home chapel in Warren with burial following services at the Oakland Cemetery.

George Marabanian Jr.

George Marabanian Jr., 56, of Crossett, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Chicago, IL, he had been a resident of Crossett for the past 32 years. He was an employee of Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Area 2125.

Survivors include two sons, George Marabanian III and wife Micky of Lake Village and Jeff Marabanian and wife Heather of Crossett; one daughter, Angie Marabanian of Crossett; his parents, George and Mattie Blankenship Marabanian of Eastman, GA; two sisters, Pat Rossman of Streamwood, IL, and Mary Ann Turner of Springhill, FL; and four grandchildren. His remains were cremated with Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg in charge of arrangements. No memorial service is planned.

Marcia Ann Melton McKenzie

Marcia Ann Melton McKenzie, 47, of Starkville, MS, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the Webster County Medical Center in Europa, MS. A housewife, she was born in Greenville, MS, and attended Faith Baptist and First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Humane Society.

Survivors include her husband, Bert W. McKenzie of Starkville; her mother, Betty Joe Huffty Melton of Wilmot; a daughter and son-in-law, Meredith Ann and husband Faron Andrews of Starkville; a brother, Robert Lane Melton of Benton; and a granddaughter, Neeley McKenzie Andrews of Starkville. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Lloyd Melton.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with Rev. Nap Clark officiating. Burial was to follow services at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Human Society or Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome agencies.

Mattie Voncile Morris

Mattie Voncile Human Morris, 89, of Kernersville, N.C., formerly of Dumas, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, in Kernersville. Born May 25, 1914, in Dothan, AL, she was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Dumas and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include one son, Chuck Morris Jr. of Kernersville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morris Sr.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 4, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas with Rev. Julius Carter officiating. Burial was at Walnut Lake Cemetery.

Jean Newbern Moss

Jean Newbern Moss, 84, of McGehee died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at her home. She was born November 22, 1919, in Marianna to the late Thomas Hubbard Newbern Sr. and Evie Maie Bonner Newbern. She was a mother, a homemaker, a founding member of the Delta Country Club, a member of the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary, a member of First Presbyterian Women’s Organization and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of McGehee.

She is survived by four sons, Thomas R. Moss of Stuttgart, Steven G. Moss of North Little Rock, Swan B. Moss Jr. of Dermott, and James N. Moss Sr. of Hamburg; one daughter, Suzanne Moss of Little Rock; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Swan Burrus Moss.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, at the McGehee cemetery with Rev. Ross Raymond officiating. Pallbearers were the grandchildren. Arrangements were by Griffin Funeral Service of McGehee.

Memorials may be made to the Vera Loyd Presbyterian Home for Children, 754 Old Warren Road, Monticello, Ark., 71655 or to the First Presbyterian Church of McGehee.

Jessie Gladys Simpson

Jessie Gladys Simpson, 96, of Crossett died Friday, January 2, 2004. Born August 4, 1907, to Robert Hughie and Ida Mitchell Stephenson Gill in Dilley, TX, she was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Tucker of Crossett and Mary Moehring of Starkville, MS; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. L. Simpson, and a son, Billie Hugh Simpson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were Andy Tucker, Matt Moehring, Lindsey Hall, Mike Moehring, Lee Shumpert and Larry French. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Pearl Taylor

Pearl Taylor, 89, of Wilmot died Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Dermott and a Wilmot resident for the past 45 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church.

Survivors include one brother, Rev. Annais Scott of Ann Arbor, MI; one sister, Nancy Christian of Ann Arbor; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Simmons; her second husband, Jimmy Taylor; one daughter, Margaret Bell; one son, James Simmons; her parents, Calvin and Estelle Porter Scott; ten brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 2, in the Second Baptist Church with Rev. L. M. Christian officiating. Nephews were pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Second Baptist Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Supora Lee Toler

Supora Lee Toler, 71, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, December 26, 2003, in the Depaul Hospital in St. Louis. A native of Montrose, she was a retired teacher, a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She taught in Bastrop, LA, Strong and Lake Village.

Survivors include one son, Eric Toler of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Bobby Kilpatrick of Portland; and two sisters, Trudy Mendoza of Chicago, IL, and Mary Harris of Vicksburg, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theron and Mattie Walker Alexander; and one sister, Helen Hardy.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Eric Toler, William Toler, Robert Bradford, Percell Freeman, Johnathan Danzy, and Odell Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were the trustees of the church. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Denita Wells

Mrs. Denita Wells, 37, of Monticello, who was born December 8, 1966, in Monticello, died Friday, January 2, 2004, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A lifelong resident of Monticello, she was a waitress and a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Josh Wells of Andover, KS; her mother and stepfather, Bill and Glenda Wood of Hamburg; her maternal grandmother, Pearl Brown of Monticello; a niece, Kelsey Wood of Hamburg; and a special friend, Larry Kelley of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Brown Wood; and her brother, Michael “Woodie” Wood.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at the Eden Cemetery with Revs. Robert Wood and Mike Titsworth officiating with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 717 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Cora Lee Wimberly

Cora Lee Wimberly, 75, of Wilmot died Sunday, December 28, 2003, in Oakland, CA. She was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, a member of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church and was retired from Ashley County Home Health.

Survivors include two sons, William Weatherly of St. Louis, MO and Christopher Wimberly of Pine Bluff; nine daughters, Jean Johnson and Rosie Scott, both of Oakland, Lois Wood of Berkley, CA, Lanell Woods and Shirley Simms, both of St. Louis, Katie Mooney of Wilmot, Beverly Bailey and Tijuana Wimberly, both of San Leandro, CA ,and Evelyn Wimberly of Houston, TX; four brothers, Odessa Johnson and Charles Johnson, both of Chicago, Willie Johnson of St. Louis and Fred Johnson of Jacksonville; two sisters, Lucille Nunley of San Francisco, CA and Bernice Waters of Wilmot; and 23 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Wimberly Sr.; her parents, Captain and Bessie Taylor Johnson; two brothers, Ted and James Johnson; and two sisters, Ola Mae Franklin and Essie Lee Johnson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3, at 2:30 p.m. at John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. James A. Vault officiating.

Burial was at St. Martha Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers were members of the John Wesley A.M.E. Church family. Honorary pallbearers were William Wimberly Jr., Christopher Wimberly, Odessa Johnson, Charles Johnson, Willie Johnson and Fred Johnson.

January 14

Ardelia Barnes

Ardelia Barnes, 85, of Hamburg died Friday, January 9, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Louisiana and resident of Hamburg for the past 40 years, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include her cousin, Juanita Hampton of Hamburg; and a special friend and caretaker, Bertha Haynes of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Viola Walker Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 12, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. W.R. Taylor officiating. Burial was at Phillip Grove Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Martin Donald Edwards

Martin Donald Edwards, 59, of Bastrop, LA, died Sunday, January 5, 2004, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. Born July 18, 1944, in Arizona to Jerry and Hazel Edwards, he was a member of the Fath Tabernacle Church in Log Cabin, LA.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel Edwards of Snyder; two sons, Donnie Edwards of Lake Village and John Carlton Edwards of Tyler, TX; three daughters, Toni Jones, Lisa Hughes and Charlene Gregory, all of Bastrop; six brothers, Junior and Terry Edwards of Minden, LA, Kenneth Edwards of Hamburg, Eddie Edwards of Dermott and John and Robert Edwards of Snyder; five sisters, Janette Hutchinson of Tiller, Linda Roberts of Hamburg, Nancy Williamson of Portland and Annette Jones and Becky Brake of Lake Village; and 19 grandchildren. His father preceded him in death.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, in the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Village with burial following in the church cemetery. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Mr. Bradley Thomas Englerth

Mr. Bradley Thomas Englerth, I, 32, of Monticello, who was born March 25, 1971, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at his residence in Monticello. native of Wilmot, a resident of Monticello since 1990 and a former resident of Crossett, he was a 1989 graduate of Crossett High School and a student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he was a former member of the Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity and a member of the marching band and choir. He was a member of the Fountain Hill United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Clark W. Englerth.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Thompson Englerth; a son, Bradley Thomas Englerth II; a daughter, Megan Englerth; a stepson, Stephen Payne, all of Monticello; his father, Frank Englerth; his mother and stepfather, Jimmy and Jo Boykin; a brother, Mark H. Englerth, all of Longview; a half brother, Russ Craig; and a half sister, Carlynne Bozeman, both of Little Rock; and two stepsisters, Susan Holland and Sharon Walters, both of Hamburg.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 11, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Burial followed services in the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Collins, Mark Englerth, Russ Miller, Glen Allen Walters, Keith Browning, Gene Braswell, Randy Kelley and Russ Craig.

Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill United Methodist Church, PO Box 4, Fountain Hill, Arkansas 71642 or the UAM Foundation Marching Band Fund, UAM Box 3520, Monticello, Arkansas 71656.

Marie Wooldridge Evans

Marie Wooldridge Evans, 79, of Warren died Friday, January 9, 2004, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home. She was born April 24, 1924, in Cleveland County, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Claudie Belle Curry Wooldridge. She was a retired employee of the J.T. Eddington Co. and was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Andy Evans of Warren, formerly of Hamburg, and Mark Evans of Warren; one daughter, Alayne Zimmerly of Warren; one brother, Daymon Wooldridge of Monticello; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Evans; two brothers, Carl Hollis Wooldridge and Billy Troy Wooldridge; and one sister, Rob Lee Ashcraft.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren with Rev. Paul Martin officiating. Burial was at Moseley Cemetery near Warren. Pallbearers were Tom White, Floyd Dale Ashcraft, Robert Coyce Ashcraft, Randy Wooldridge, John Wooldridge and Kenny Wooldridge. Memorials may be made to the Merl and Marie Evans Scholarship Fund, c/o Central Baptist College, 1501 College Ave., Conway, AR 72032.

Mrs. Lola Mae Jackson

Mrs. Lola Mae Woods Jackson, 99, of Waco, Texas, who was born March 11, 1904 in Ashley County, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. A resident of Waco for the past eight years and for many years a resident of Hamburg, she was a retired registered nurse and a member of the First Baptist Church in Waco.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Bachman of Bristol, TN, And Bonnie Person of Hamburg; one son, Richard H. Jackson and wife Dora Lynn of Waco; one sister, Marie White of Fountain Hill; a brother-in-law, Norman Hester of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Brucie Woods of Cape Girardeau, MO; eleven grandchildren, 28 eight-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard R. Jackson, in 1975; one grandson, Ed Bachman; and her parents, John L. and Willie Watkins Woods.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, in the First Baptist Church in Fountain Hill with the Revs. Klois Hargis, Howard Jackson and Bill Elton officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Harold and Danny Jackson, Thom and David Person, Charles White, Dennis Thurman and Dave Bachman. Honorary pallbearer was to be John Marvin Woods.

Dr. Frank Johnson, Jr.

Dr. Frank Johnson, Jr., 72, of Indianapolis, IN, died Wednesday, December 24, 2003. Born to the late Rose Davis Johnson Hamiter and Frank Johnson, Sr., in Portland on June 27, 1931, he was the son of a sharecropper. He graduated from Arkansas A&M College in 1955 and served in the U. S. Army as a medical laboratory technician at Fort Riley, KS. After military service, he moved to Indiana, receiving his M. D. Degree in 1965. He completed specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University in 1970.

As director of the Marion County, Indiana, Health Department for 17 years, he supervised a staff of over 600 professional and support personnel. He created the first teen health center in the state, which won recognition from the American Medical Association. Other programs he improved or created included a mother and baby health line, neighborhood adolescent teams, family and infant care, tuberculosis control, and the Marion County mosquito control program. He was a frequent guest speaker on radio and television stations to discuss health issues. He won many honors including physician of the year as well as other civic and professional awards. One of his most famous accomplishments was the delivery of the Gaither quintuplets in 1983, the first African-American multiple births in the nation without benefit of fertility drugs. He also served as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University from 1970 to 1993. After his retirement from the health department in 1992, he continued in private practice until the summer of 2003. He was a member and elder of the Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church and also attended Light of the Wold Christian Church for many years.

Dr. Johnson's survivors include his wife, Elaine Bradley Johnson; his daughters, Augustavia Jeancie Johnson Haydel, Berenecea Yvonne Johnson Eanes and Katie Marie Williams; a son in law, Oscar Allen Eanes; his brothers, Harold and Shallie Johnson, Theo, Frank, John and Willie Hamiter; his sisters, Illie Mae and Truedy Moore Hamiter and Carrie Johnson Welch; his great aunt, Bernice Sims; and many other relatives.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m on Tuesday, December 20, in the Light of the World Christian Church in Indianapolis with Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin officiating. Burial followed services at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis with arrangements by Stuart Mortuary of Indianapolis. . Memorials may be made to the George H. Rawls, M. D. Scholarship Fund, c/o Wishard Memorial Hospital, 1001 West Tenth Street, Indianapolis, IN.

Leon Johnson

Leon Johnson, 85, of Crossett died Monday, January 5, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Eudora who had resided in Crossett for the past 56 years, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific Forestry Division and the City of Crossett. He was a member of First Baptist Church on Florida Street.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Johnson; two sons, Glen Johnson and wife Vicky of Crossett and Harold Johnson and wife Linda of Denver, CO; four daughters, Catherine Johnson McKinney and husband Albert and Odessa Johnson, all of Chicago, IL, and Eloise Johnson and husband C.W. and Rosita Johnson Lanos and husband Arthur, all of Crossett; 22 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hillman and Elnora Moses; and one grandson, Stanley Maurice McKinney.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 10, at First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Jessie Lowe, Ed Rogers, Lester Tucker, Robert Thompson, Robert Gilbert and Derrell Newton. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

Murriel O. Jones

Murriel O. Jones, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, January7, 2004. Born April 17, 1928, to Rubyn and Pruvell G. Galbert Jones in Camden, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mattie Jones of Crossett; one daughter, Mattie Earline Pace and husband Ernest of Shepherd, TX; seven brothers, Earl Jones of Buffalo, NY, Rubyn Jones of Malvern, Charles and wife Dorothy Jones of Atlanta, GA, Paul and wife Erma Jones of Oakland, CA, Don Wilson and wife Sandra of Atlanta, GA; and Andrew and Robert Wilson of Crossett; one sister, Mary E. Jones of Buffalo, NY; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were planned for 12 noon on Tuesday, January 13, in the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. A. L. Owens, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be T. L. Lowe, Ernest Pace, Dedrick Davis, Leondras Simpson, Archie Jones and John Gaston. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Georgia Pacific Extrusion maintenance crew. Burial was to follow services at the Quinn Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Bobbie Peacock

Mrs. Bobbie Peacock, 82, of Montrose, who was born February 5, 1921, in Ashley County, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of the Mount Pleasant Community east of Hamburg, a homemaker and a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Peacock in 1984; one son, Larry Joseph Peacock; her parents, Wesley and Mary Biggs Williamson; three brothers, Marvin, Edward and L. V. Williamson and four sisters, Ruby Bawcom, Erma Mathis, Dorothy Pollock and Georgia B. Robison.

She is survived by one son, Joe Peacock of Montrose; a sister, Frances Woods of Ashdown; two grandchildren, Joseph Peacock of Portland and Terah Martar of Eudora; and two great- grandchildren, Sarah Peacock and Nathan Martar.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, January 9, in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. Eugene Howie and Houston Austin officiating. Burial followed services at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Keith Ladd, E. W. Ricks, Gary and Buddy Williamson, Tommy Hooks and Robert "Booster" Burns. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

Charles Singleton

Charles Singleton, 44, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at Tucker. He was a native of Hamburg and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Keisha Holt of California; four brothers, Willie "Bo Pete" Shaw and Y.T. "Butch" Singleton, both of Little Rock, Curtis Howard of Hamburg and John Howard of St. Paul, N.C.; and five sisters, Mary Dean Poole of Detroit, MI, Eva Barnett of Baton Rogue, LA, Sarah Ann Singleton of Little Rock, Leontyne Howard of Pomona, CA and Denise Hipp of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Y. T. Greene Sr. and Mildred Singleton; two sisters, Ruby Bennett and Mildred Singleton; one brother, Timothy Barnett; and his grandmother, Lena Singleton.

Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Hill officiating. Burial was planned for Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Nephews were to be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were to be Willie "Bo Pete" Shaw, Y. T. "Butch" Singleton, Curtis Howard and John Howard.

January 21

Mr. Ray Evans

Mr. Ray Evans, 66, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who was born September 16, 1937 in Monticello, died Monday, January 12, 2004 at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. A resident of Mt. Juliet for the past ten years, and a former resident of Hamburg, he was a Baptist. He was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Confederate Air Force Association and a former member of the Arkansas National Guard. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Evans, in 1986.

He is survived by two sons, Scott Evans and wife Nicki of Mayfield, KY and Michael Evans of Dexter, MO; his mother, Etta Yeldell Evans of Crossett; a brother, Ronald Evans of Bryan; a sister, Virginia Henricks of Bellaire, TX; and one granddaughter, Cassandra Evans.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, January 16, in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett with the Rev. Eric Hodges officiating. Pallbearers were Brian, Clyde and Harold Farmer, Larry Land, Joe Sasser and Mike Smith. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. William Buey McKee

Mr. William Buey McKee, 75, of Parkdale, who was born August 22, 1928, 1937 in Wilmot, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. He had lived outside Parkdale since 1970 and was a former resident of Farmerville, LA, and Phoenix, AZ. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a Mason and member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499, a retired farmer and a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jackie Compton McKee of Parkdale; three daughters, Linda Sue Brandon of Wasilla, Alaska, Cora Lee Bridges of Eudora and Terry Ruth Armstrong of Parkdale; a brother, Wayne McKee of Bastrop, LA; four sisters, Sally Galler of Bastrop, Juanita Grice and Alma Bordeaux of Wilmot and Nellie Jean May of Bastrop; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Jack McKee; his parents, Earl and Dolly Rogers McKee; two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, January 16, in the Wilmot Baptist Church with the Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Burial followed services at the Parkdale Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Steve, Dennis and Billy Joe McKee, Bernard Blocker, Larry Holland, Yancey May and Michael Armstrong. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Glenda Wells, PO Box 104, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Margery Josephine Noble Tucker

Margery Josephine Noble Tucker, 70, of Crossett died Friday, January 16, 2004, at her residence. Born September 29, 1933, in Hamburg to Zemery D. and Mamie Kate Pickle Noble Sr., she was a graduate of Crossett High School and Draughn School of Business. She worked with the Homemakers Extension Club and was a cashier at Western Sizzlin and a members of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. She was active with the AARP and other organizations and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett, where she participated in missions and the music ministry.

Survivors include one son, William Thomas Tucker Jr. of New Jersey; three daughters, Sheryl Denise Tucker David of McKinney, TX, Melionee Kay Knight of Pine Bluff and Alicia Diane Gough of Conway; three brothers, Zemery D. Noble Jr. of Crossett, Donald Thomas Noble of Hot Springs and Allen Lee Noble of Conway; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry and Rev. Gene Cullum officiating. Burial was to be at Noble Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Avis White

Avis White, 86, of Crossett died Thursday, January 15, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 31, 1917, in Union County to James Armon and Rosa Lee Taunton Little, she was a homemaker and a member of the Beech Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ben White of Crossett and Dr. Bruce White of Malvern; one daughter, Annette Roberson of Collierville, TN; two brothers, Cortez Little of Farmerville, LA, and Armon M. Little of Crossett; one sister, Annie Lee Little of Crossett; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by a sister, Hilda White; two brothers, Raymond and Kermit Little; and her husband, Clay White.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 17, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Jason Goodwin and Sedric Wesson officiating. Pallbearers were Billy and James White, Donald Ray Smith, James Little, Byron Blackburn and Dudley Little. Burial followed services at the Sweet Home Cemetery in Strong with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

January 28

Eunice Geurin Grigsby

Eunice Marie Geurin Grigsby, 88, of Crossett died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. Born on May 28, 1915, in Benton to William Albert and Nettie Virgil Geurin, she attended Garland Elementary, Westside Junior High School and was a 1933 graduate of Little Rock High School. She earned an associate degree from Central Baptist Junior College in Conway. Mrs. Grigsby served diligently as the church secretary for Immanuel Baptist Church. She was the secretary to Mr. L. Bruce Jones, director of the Louisiana State University Golden Tiger Marching Band. She earned a B.A. degree in elementary education at Arkansas A&M College in Monticello and a M. Ed. at Northeast Louisiana University at Monroe.

As a child she was a member of the Order of the Rainbow for girls in Little Rock. Mrs. Grigsby was an elementary teacher in the Crossett Public Schools and the Rapides Parish Schools in Alexandria, LA. She was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa and enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada as a long time member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club. Mrs. Grigsby was a member and board member of the National Grigsby Family Society and assistant editor of the Southwest Chapter of the NGFS newsletter. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. Mrs. Grigsby was preceded in death by an infant sister, Sarah Juanita Geurin.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Hoy C. Grigsby of Crossett; two sons, Steven R. Grigsby and wife Margie and Dr. Benson A. Grigsby and wife Diana, all of Ruston, LA.; one daughter, Nancy G. Powell and husband John of Baton Rouge, LA.; three grandchildren, Jennifer G. Buckner and husband Paul of College Station, TX, Sarah Grigsby and Geurin Grigsby, both of Ruston; and one sister, Billie June Geurin Sharp and husband Ike of Arkadelphia.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Rev. Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Baxley, Earl Deal, Jack Allen, Jim McCormick, Roger Nutt, Jr., Claude Spainhour, David Harbour and Ed Walser. Interment was at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, the Madden Cemetery in Bienville Parish, LA., under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church, 701 Main St., Crossett, Ark. 71635.

Mr. Leonard "Jack" Johnson

Mr. Leonard "Jack" Johnson, 78, of Hamburg, who was born March 27, 1925 in Shilow, LA, died Thursday, January 22, 2004 at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. A resident of Hamburg for the past 40 years, he was a retired truck driver and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jewel Roper Adams Johnson of Hamburg; three daughters, Elaine Clark of Greensburg, Indiana, Ruth Ann Chance of Sheridan, and Paula McDuffee of Hamburg; one stepdaughter, Betty Kinney of Monroe, LA; a brother, Jody Johnson of Conway, LA; three sisters, Margie Parker of Coos Bay, Oregon, Myrtle Dodd of Farmerville, LA and Patricia King of Conway, LA; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and four step- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maurine Bardin Johnson, in 1973; an infant daughter, Jackie Lynn Johnson; his parents, Pete and Eunice Pilgreen Johnson; two brothers, Dick and Red Johnson; one sister, Tessie Whitehead and one stepson, C.L. Adams.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 24, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne and David Chance, Joey Sistrunk, Roy McDuffee and Michael and Crawford Adams. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery.

Anita R. Kelley

Anita R. Kelley, 76, of Crossett died Saturday, January 24, 2004, at her home. A native of Bastrop, LA, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Tracy Kelley of Crossett; three daughters, Shannon Wendtlendy of Crossett, Barbara Lynn Cook of Natchitoches, LA, and Brenda Carol Johnson of Cabot; two sisters, Beatrice Rice of Crossett and Reba Yates of Sheridan; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy K. Kelley; one sister, Myrna Switzer; and her parents, Tom and Blanche Shelton.

The remains were cremated with no memorial service planned. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tom I. Kinnaird

Mr. Tom I. Kinnaird, 66, of Hamburg, who was born February 4, 1937 in Galion, LA, died Thursday, January 22, 2004, at his residence. A resident of the Extra community south of Hamburg for many years, he retired from the Georgia Pacific Forestry Division in 1996 after over forty years of service. He was a member of the Extra United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Circle K hunting club and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lou Chappell Kinnaird, in 1997; his parents, Easter and Mary Reavie Holland Kinnaird; one sister, Bonnie Dean Kinnaird; and two brothers, Charles Edward and Larry L. Kinnaird.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Vaulner Kinnaird; two sons, Calvin Kinnaird of Hamburg and Kenneth Leo Kinnaird of El Dorado; a stepson, Claude Garner of McCrory; seven stepdaughters, Nancy Hyatt of McCrory, Claudia Higginbotham of Oxnard, CA, Sarah Garner Crews of Hunnington, IN, Frances Garner Haverstick and Jeannie Cansler, both of Augusta, Betty Garner Ladd of Bono and Peggy Garner Wilson of Cabot; one brother, R.E. Kinnaird of Hamburg; five sisters, Billie Jean Doles of Bonita, LA, Sarah Cruce, Rachel Summerland, Faye Hunter and Ann Austin, all of Hamburg; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, fourteen step-grandchildren and ten step-great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 25, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church on the Berlin Road with the Revs. James Fleming and Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were be Mr. Kinnaird's nephews. Memorials may be made to the Extra Cemetery Association or the Extra United Methodist Church both in care of Mrs. Katherine Dew, 2026 Ashley Road 25, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Miss Hollie Knight

Miss Hollie Knight, 20, of Hamburg, who was born July 18, 1983 in Monroe, LA, died Sunday, January 25, 2004 south of Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School with highest honors in 2001 where she was captain of the dance line her senior year. She received numerous academic awards, was a FFA sweetheart and received several scholarships. She had recently applied to the School of Radiology at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock. She had attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville where she was the secretary of the Delta Zeta Sorority for two years and had attended the University of Arkansas in Monticello. She was currently employed at the True Value Home Center in Hamburg and the Monsanto Cotton Experiment Station in Leland, Mississippi.

She is survived by her parents, Richard C. and Sandra Holland Knight; one brother, Jeff Knight; her grandmothers, Nell Watson Holland and Dorothy Ludlam Knight, all of Hamburg; one aunt, four uncles and a host of cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Dale Holland and Henry Knight.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Britt Barnes, Ben Cunningham, Heath Breedlove, Kirby Bonds, Billy Golden, Arron Murphy, Payton Shelton and Brandon Murphy. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the 2001 Senior Class of Hamburg High School.

Memorials may be made to the Hollie Knight Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Pauline Lochala, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Jyrlean McQuay

Jrylean McQuay, 69, of Crossett died Thursday, January 22, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Strong, but a Crossett resident for the past 40 years, she was a retired janitor for Forest Echoes Vocational Technical School and a member of the Living Word Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include three sons, Larry and wife Barbara Ward of Malvern, Willie Champion of California and Wallace Champion of Long Beach, CA; two brothers, Matthew Bowman of Crossett and William Bowman of Houston, TX; three sisters, Almetha and husband Nathaniel Blake and Stella Starling of Crossett and Ceola Bowman of Oakland, CA; nine grandchildren and two great=-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Moses and Annie Mae Littleton Bowman; four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, in the Living Word Church of God in Christ with Eld. Joe Mason officiating. Pallbearers were to be Dewayne Bowman, Clarence Steel, Herman Pumphrey, David Hampton, Nathaniel Keith and Cleotha Hampton. Burial was to follow services at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Urbana with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Gladys M. Taylor

Gladys M. Taylor, 78, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 20, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. Born January 20, 1926, in Alto, LA, to Burk Edward and Maudie Mae Jones Smith, she had been a resident of Crossett since 1947 and was a member of Meridian Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Richard Lee Taylor of Crossett; three brothers, William Tanton, Glen Tanton and Jimmy Tanton, all of El Dorado; two sisters, Ruth Smith of Memphis, TN, and Dianne Sue Green of El Dorado; seven grandchildren, Christopher Lee Taylor, Robert Allen Taylor, Jennifer Michelle Miles, Steven Jennings Taylor, Shianne Rivers, Konni Murphy and Kody Murphy; one nephew, Earl Murphy; and one niece, Laurie Murphy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Lee "Doc" Taylor.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 22, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Kenny Bolin and Billy Gammel officiating. Burial was at Lick Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Earl Murphy, Ray Caldwell, Donald Wheeler, Charlie Miller, Jesse Miller, James Ray, Joseph West and Eddie West. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Sharp and David Miller.

February 4

Almeter Goree Adams

Almeter Goree Adams, 91, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of the Pine Hill community near Hamburg, died Friday, January 16, 2004, in St. Louis. A native of Pine Hill who had lived in St. Louis for the past 13 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy “James” Adams of Hamburg and Ira “Buddy” Adams of St. Louis; three daughters, Lucille Daniels and husband Rev. Ester Joe Daniels of Fountain Hill and Ruby Sain and Elnora Allen, both of St. Louis; one sister, Travestine Bennett of Bastrop, LA; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlon Adams; her second husband, Neimiah Jasper; two sons, Verlon Adams Jr. and George Adams; and her parents, Jim and Cornelius Goree.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 23, at 2 p.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. James Simpson officiating. Burial was at Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were A.C. Tucker, Johnny Hampton, James Hampton, Maurice Douglass, Charleston Pippen and Ronnie Parker.

Maurine McGowan Hinson

Maurine McGowan Hinson, 67, of Bastrop, LA died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Roy T. Hinson; three daughters, Mary Singley of Bastrop, Kay Laurich and husband Joe of Colorado Springs, CO and Linda Sanders of Bastrop; two sons, Frankie Hinson and wife Debra of Bastrop and Steve Castro and wife Julie of Panama City, FL; two sisters, Jerri Davis and Lonette Reed, both of West Monroe; one brother, Don McGowan of Monroe, LA; 14 grandchildren, Michael and Jeff Laurich and Dustin Castro, all of Colorado Springs, Johanna Durham of Manchester, N.H., Chris Singley, Charity Strawn, Tiffany Bancroft, Melissa Watkins, Racheal Palma, Rochelle Palma, all of Bastrop, Tory Sanders of Atlanta, GA, Andrew Sanders of Hamburg and Joey and Tony Castro, both of Panama City; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Claudine Hawkins McGowan; one son, Robert Castro Jr.; and a great-grandson, Nathaniel Orion Strawn.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop with Rev. J.T. Wheat officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop. Pallbearers were Ronald Hall, Ryan Hall, LeChris Anders, Nick Strawn, Abel Bancroft and Jeremy Watkins.

Roland Joseph Laiche

Roland Joseph Laiche, 95, of Crossett, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004. Born in Paulina, LA, he came to Crossett in 1936 to be a member of the original Miller Baseball Team and work at the Crossett paper mill, retiring in 1973 as a welder after 37 years service.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett, a member of Crossett Masonic Lodge #576 since 1945, a member of Reynolds Masonic Lodge #563 of Lake Village, an honorary member of Desha Lodge #643 of McGehee and Eureka Lodge #40 in Monticello; and a member of the 32nd degree club of Ashley County. Mr. Laiche was a member of 32nd degree Scottish Rite Bodies of Little Rock since 1970. He was a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies since 1975. He received a life membership of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Little Rock for meritorious service in November, 1981.

Mr. Laiche was a member of Sahara Shrine Temple of Pine Bluff since 1989; was honored as the “Top Gun” Shriner in 1994; and served as a Potentate’s aide and a member of the Southeast Arkansas Shrine Club of McGehee. His latest honor was being elected to receive the 33rd degree of Freemasonry of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America, Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 1995. He was selected as Man of the Year of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Little Rock for 1994 and 1995. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Futhey Laiche after 62 years of marriage. Mr. Laiche is survived by a very special niece, Nona Maxey Jordan, who made her home with Roland and his wife at a very young age after the death of her mother. Also surviving are Nona’s husband, Don W. Jordan of West Monroe, La.; a grandson, Damon W. Jordan and wife Sondra of Shreveport, La.; a granddaughter, Lisa Jordan Payton and husband Richard of West Monroe; two great-granddaughters, Victoria Laiche Jordan and Jordan Breanne Payton; two great-grandsons, Zachary Joseph Jordan and Colton Wayne Payton; several nieces; and a host of friends.

A Masonic funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, in Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, Ark. 71655; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3100 Samford Avenue, Shreveport, La. 71103

Orville Maxwell

Orville Maxwell, 62, of Crossett died Monday, January 26, 2004, at his residence. Born March 1, 1941, in Crossett to James D. and Erma Lee Carter Maxwell, he was a high school graduate, a U.S. Army veteran, an E&I technician for Georgia-Pacific and a member of Wallers Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Angela Wisecarver and husband Jay of Sterlington, LA, and Connie Ford of Glenwood; one son, Steven Sooter of Crossett; six grandchildren, Caleb Wisecarver and Grayson Wisecarver, both of Sterlington, Michelle Ford, Kayla Ford and Erin Ford, all of Glenwood, and Kristine Sooter of Somers, CT; his parents, James D. and Erma Maxwell of Crossett; two sisters, Ruby Clark of Crossett and Erma Bennett of Spearsville, LA; and one brother, J. B. Maxwell of Crossett.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 28, at 2 p.m. at Wallers Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ora Lane Morris

Ora Lane Morris, 64, of Reno, NV, died Thursday, January 8, 2004. Born in Warren December 20, 1939, to Harry H. and Beulah “Billie” Morris, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years after school and was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda Morris; two sons, Terry Lane Morris and wife Patricia and Troy Howard Morris, all of Reno; four grandchildren, Sharina and husband Chris, Sean, Stephen and Shane; one brother, Harry Barnes Morris of Hemet, CA; one sister, Virginia Eastwood Bunn of Vivian, LA; six nieces, Glennis Holland of Hamburg, Bonnie Tumlison of Crossett, Carla Sue Walton of Morningsport, LA, Gail Cook of Vivian, Shirley Frye of Louisiana and Carol Sue Frye of California; three nephews, Carl “Ricky” Eastwood of Florence, WI, and two other nephews in Oklahoma; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Heather; one brother, Carl “Buster” Eastwood; and three sisters, Gloria Eastwood Carmichael, Lois Frye and Ida Bell Morris. A memorial service will be announced later by O’BrienRogers and Crosby Funeral Home of Reno.

Lorene Tucker

Lorene Tucker, 85, of Crossett died Sunday, January 18, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of the White Station community near Crossett, she was a retired cook and a member of Holly Grove Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Henry, Johnny and Gene Tucker, all of Crossett; three daughters, Lurlene Hollis and husband Hayward and Mary Washington of Crossett and Mearle Washington and husband Roosevelt of Bastrop, LA; one brother, Rev. John Childress of Crossett; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 22, at 11 a.m. at Ryles Chapel A.M.E. Church with Elder Roy Matheney officiating. Burial was at Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Sylvia Lawrence Wooley

Sylvia Lawrence Wooley, 91, of Crossett died Friday, January 30, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born January 30, 1913, in the Pleasant Home community in Jefferson County to George Christopher and Nancy Ellen Phillips Lawrence, she attended school at Pleasant Home and Watson Chapel and was a resident of Pine Bluff before moving to Crossett in 1996. She worked at Davis Hospital and Jefferson Regional Medical Center in the dietary department before retiring in 1964. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and a charter member of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir.

Survivors include one son, Floyd Wooley of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Margaret Rice of Crossett and Mary Toon of New Braunfels, TX; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Wooley; nine brothers, Stafford, Pat, Russell, Tambor, Levi, Gilbert, Burke, Glaucus and Oswald Lawrence; three sisters, Barbara Worthen, Dot Wooley and Bessie Lawrence; and twin infants.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 2, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff with Rev. Larry White officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 Main, Crossett, AR 71635, or to Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines St., Monticello, AR 71655.

February 11

Robert Lee Berryman Davis

Robert Lee Berryman Davis, 18, of Monticello died Sunday, February 1, 2004, at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock. Born August 20, 1985, in Monticello, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Monticello and was a construction worker.

Survivors include his father, John Davis and wife Lisa, of Longview; his mother, Charlsie Berryman Bates and husband Jim of Monticello; two brothers, Jimmy Davis of Monticello and Mason Davis of Longview; one sister, Hannah Davis of Monticello; his grandparents, Gene and Judy Davis of Longview, Larry and Judy Stodghill of Dallas, TX, Bob and Shirley Berryman of Green Hill and Sonny and Wilma Rawls of Warren; and great-grandparents, Robert Berryman of Green Hill and Lavern Rawls of Warren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Jim Bates officiating. Burial was at Valley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Davis, David Bostian, Brian Cater, Brandon Jones, Chris Farrish and Kevin Maxwell.

Mr. Dwain Hale

Mr. Dwain Hale, 79, of Portland, who was born December 1, 1924, in Ashley County, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A resident of Portland since 1947 and a cotton, soybean and rice farmer, he was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Portland United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Zelma Sivils Hale, and three brothers, Norman, Raymond and James W. Hale.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Parkerson Hale; one daughter, Janice Brooks, both of Portland; two brothers, Brady Hale of Hamburg and Glen E. Hale of Dallas, TX; three grandchildren, Missy Hicks and Mike Brooks, both of Portland, and Steve Brooks of Hamburg and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, in the Portland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Briant officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Bill and Fletcher Lassiter, Bubba Pugh, John Jaggers, John Jefferson, Terry Bierbaum and Bruce Bond. Honorary pallbearers were to be Earl Cochran, Billy Hawkins, Vernie Harris, Bud Botsford and Rudy Wrzesinski. Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Tom Pugh, PO Box 37, Portland, AR 71663.

Susie Mae Liggins

Susie Mae Liggins, 61, of Pine Bluff died Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Parkdale, but a Pine Bluff resident for the past two years, she was a retired teacher for the Eudora School District and a member of Penny Chapel C. M. E. Church.

Survivors include one son, James and wife Stacy Morris of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Sandra and husband Bruce McAllister of Pine Bluff; one brother, Edgar Morris, Jr., of Parkdale; two sisters, Willdoean Williams and Thelma Morris, both of Pine Bluff; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Liggins; her parents, Edgar and Inez Alston Morris; and one brother, Earnest Morris.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in the Penny Chapel C. M. E. Church with Pastor Ruby Henderson officiating. Pallbearers were Randolph Morris, Wayne Mooney, Willie Williams, Roy Carter, Donnell Morris and Earnest Morris. Burial followed services at the Zion Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

James Edward Pruitt

James Edward Pruitt, 75, of Stuttgart died Saturday, February 7, 2004, at his residence. Born June 9, 1928, in Dabney, the son of William Earl and Nancy Pack Pruitt, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He was in the car wash business for 18 years and was an independent newspaper contractor with the Stuttgart Daily Leader.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Pruitt; seven sons, Ronnie Pruitt of Bastrop, LA, Glen Pruitt of Fort Smith, Doug Pruitt of Olive Branch, MS., David Lee Jr. of North Little Rock, Ronald Pruitt of Hot Springs and Jeff Pruitt and Kenneth Pruitt, both of Houston, TX; one daughter, Debra Pruitt Kern of North Little Rock; three brothers, Norman R. Pruitt of Monroe, LA, Leon Pruitt of Bastrop and Royce Pruitt of Crossett; three sisters, Marie Fortune and Vaunda McKoin, both of Wilmot, and Eunice Daily of Hamburg; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 9, at 10 a.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with Bro. David Inzer officiating. Burial was at Wilmot Cemetery under the direction of Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 910 E. 19th St., Stuttgart.

Joyce Ann Singleton

Joyce Ann Singleton, 51, of Wilmot died Sunday, February 1, 2004, at the Beverly Health Care of Hamburg. A native of Parkdale and a Wilmot resident for the past four years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Wilmot.

Survivors include one son, Bartoski “Bart” Stanley; one daughter, Patricia Singleton; her mother, Girtha Lee Fielder, all of Wilmot; two brothers, Billy Ray Kendricks of Southfield, MI, and Earl Fielder of Houston, TX; three sisters, Barbara Yancy of Southfield, Nicey Singleton of Monticello and Lois Fielder of Wilmot; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, R. V. Doyle, and one brother, Robert Earl Singleton.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, in the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. J. D. Crockett officiating. Pallbearers were Matt Stanley, Jr., Reginald Stanley, James Baldwin, Paul Strickland, Johnny Claibourne and Nathan Stanley. Burial followed services at the Jim Smith Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Patsy Ruth Miller Wisecarver

Patsy Ruth Miller Wisecarver, 71, of Crossett died Monday, February 2, 2004, at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. Born February 19, 1932, in Lacey to parents John Henry and Maureese Hackney Miller, she was a cafeteria worker for Crossett Public Schools for 20 years and was a member and adult Sunday School teacher at Grace Fellowship Ministry of Hamburg.

Survivors include three sons, Roy Phillip Wisecarver and wife Sherry of Crossett, Kevin Wisecarver and wife Lisa of Lafayette, LA and William Karl Wisecarver of Crossett; one daughter, Stephanie Hamilton and husband Jimmy of Norphlet; three brothers, John Henry Miller of Monticello, Charles Miller of Crossett and James Miller of Dumas; four sisters, Charlene Scogins of Monticello, Lucille Bays of Hamburg, Reba Fletcher of Crossett and Gloria Green of Bastrop, LA; five grandchildren, Bryan, Shara, Scott, Carrie and Tray; and three great-grandchildren, Roark, Hunter and Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Wisecarver; and two sisters, Ouida Jordan and Carolyn Summerford.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 5, at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God with Charles Miller, Gloria Green and James Miller officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Mike Rabb, Brent Sharrick, Douglas Green, Bobby Hill, Robert Fletcher, Dee Wisecarver and Enoch Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Hamilton and Jay Wisecarver.

February 18

Mrs. Audra Barbee

Mrs. Audra Earline Barbee, 76, of Wilmot, who was born August 25, 1927 in Bentonia, MS, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Beverly Health Care in Lake Village. A resident of Wilmot since 1975 and a former resident of Indianola, MS, she was a nurse’s aide at the Wilmot Nursing Home until she retired in 1989 and was a Baptist.

She is survived by two brothers, Albert Murphy of Clinton, MS, and James Murphy of Wilmot; three sisters, Gladys Owens of Lake Providence, LA, Opal Stevens of Florence, MS, and Clara Ann Hastings of Memphis, TN; and a host of nieces and nephews and Wilmot friends that she loved. She was preceded in death by her parents, T. T. and Perlie Mae Hatchcock Murphy, and one sister, Edna Peterson.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Monday, February 16, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Burial followed services at the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve and Stephen Otwell, Cayce Stock, James Crossley, Robert Stanley and Herbert Shelton.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.

William Stedman “Billy” Dalton

William Stedman “Billy” Dalton, 57, of Portland died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A farmer and communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village, he was born December 6, 1946, in Chicot, AR, to the late William Stedman Dalton, Jr., and Allie Mae Sanderson Dalton.

He is survived by a son, David Dalton and wife Carole of Dallas, TX; a daughter, Angie Rosella and husband Brandon of South Haven, MS; two brothers, Bob Dalton of Little Rock and Don Dalton of Eudora; three sisters, Lula Harper and Linda Martar of Eudora and Marilyn Dalton of Portland; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Dalton and Parker Rosella; and 16 nieces and 15 nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, David, Ben and Jim Dalton.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Monday, February 16, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Erik Pohlmeier as celebrant. Burial followed services at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Eudora with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Leslie Edward Degges

Leslie Edward Degges, 80, of Warren died Friday, February 13, 2004, at the Wagnon Place Nursing Home. Born August 24, 1923, in Ashley County to the late Ira D. and Eva Gibbs Degges, he was a disabled veteran after serving in the U. S. Army in World War II, a retired electrician and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Murlene Barnett Degges, who he married on July 23, 1955; a son, Russell Degges, M. D., of Jonesboro; a daughter, Cheryl Rose of Farmington; two brothers, Donald Ira Degges of Nashville, TN, and Thomas Degges of Crossett; three sisters, Frances Walker of Baton Rouge, LA, Marceil Davis of Angleton, TX, and Eva Morgan of Houston, TX; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 15, in the Frazer Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Rev. Craig Jenkins officiating and Janice Sullivan as organist. Pallbearers were Paul Degges, Stewart Simmons, Bill Jones, Gary Thornton, Tim West, Bobby Hargrave and Dennis Young. Burial with military honors was in the Oakland Cemetery.

Mrs. Kathryn Gwin

Mrs. Kathryn Gwin, 63, of Fountain Hill, who was born September 27, 1940, in Portland, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at her residence in Fountain Hill. A resident of Fountain Hill for the past thirty years and a former resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and loved to hunt and fish.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Wayne Gwin; two sons, Mickey Gwin and Steven Gwin, all of Fountain Hill; two daughters, Sherry Stanley of Hamburg and Gail Barnett of Wilmar; two sisters, Jean Toler of Crossett and Martha Bradshaw of Bastrop, LA; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Norwood and Helen Bozeman Morrow and a sister Marion Cone.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, February 16, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Bates officiating. Burial followed services at in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Singleton, Dale Bates, Mike Cone, Gene Bates, Dickey Bradshaw, and Richard Gwin. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines St., Monticello, Arkansas 71655.

Margaret Louise Hubbard

Margaret Louise Hubbard, 71, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at her residence. A native of Ladelle who had lived in Hamburg for most of her life, she was a retired custodian of the Hamburg School District and was a member of Soldiers Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald “Bo Bo” Hubbard and wife Marilyn of Hamburg and Patrick Hubbard of Hartford, CT; two daughters, Michelle Harris and husband Curtis of Crossett and Alveria “Tiny” Daniels and husband Rickey of Fountain Hill; one stepdaughter, Evelyn Simpson and husband Jessie of Hamburg; one brother, Osmond Phillips of Lacey; three sisters, Mozelle Jacobs, Alpha Ambrose and Dorothy Ann Phillips, all of Monticello; her mother-in-law, Annie Hubbard of Lake Village; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Leonard Hubbard; and her parents, Jasper and Lillie Bell Banks Phillips.

Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, February 17, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. with Rev. Gwain Hammock officiating. Burial was to follow services at Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Phillip Ambrose, Roderick Ambrose, Stevie Phillips, Terry Rucker, Morrell Rochelle and John Wright.

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson, 67, of Piedmont, KS, died Monday, February 9, 2004, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, KS. Born May 29, 1936, in Fountain Hill to Isaac Cleveland and Lula Mae Adair Jackson, he attended school and grew up in Portland. In 1954, he moved to Kansas City, KS. He and his wife, Peggy, lived in Boydell for many years. In 1963, he began his career as a long-distance truck driver. In 1976, he moved to Wichita, where he was employed by Christopher Steel as a crane operator. In 1983, they moved to Snyder and he returned to truck driving until his retirement in 1998. They moved to their home near Piedmont in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy; three sons, Benny, Jesse and Norman, all of Piedmont; one brother, Buck Jackson of Augusta, KS; four sisters, Ellie Harville, Ruth Nelson and Don Howie, all of Hamburg, and Vivian Hill of Olympia, WA; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Jessie Bates and Olevia Pottlato.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 13, at Piedmont United Methodist Church with Rev. Robin Haines officiating. Burial was at Piedmont Cemetery under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, KS. A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association. Contributions may be sent to the funeral home.

Charlene Pierce

Charlene Pierce, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 11, 2004. Born August 1, 1930, in Dent Co., MO, to Joseph Edward and Rosa Pearl Pfeifer Burleson, she was a homemaker and a member of the Rolla First Baptist Church in Missouri.

Survivors include her husband, Lyman Pierce; one daughter, Elaine Allen and husband Donald; one grandchild, J. D. Allen; one step-grandchild, Amanda Oliver; and one great-grandchild, Carolyn Oliver, all of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nancy Burleson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Dewey Ward, Kenneth Brown, Len Oliver, Robert White, Mark Guin and Ricky Martin. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Maudie Roberts

Maudie Roberts, 99, of Madison, MS, died Friday, February 6, 2004. She was a housewife and a member of Concord Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Prentiss Roberts of Magee, MS, and Frank Roberts of Mt. Olive, MS; three daughters, Hazel McGilton of Magee, Lillie Dale Brown of Raymond, MS, and Linda Ann Lacy of Clinton, MS; one sister, Mattie Catia of Tremont, MS; 10 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Roberts; one son, Earl Roberts; and one daughter, Glenda Ann Roberts.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 7, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Mims Mitchell Funeral Home of Magee. Burial was at Sharon Cemetery in Magee.

Mrs. Gracie Lee Rutledge

Mrs. Gracie Lee Rutledge, 75, of Portland, who was born January 4, 1929 in Monroe, LA, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at her residence in Portland. She was a resident of Portland for the past fifty years, a homemaker and an EMT for the Mainline Ambulance Service in Portland for eight years, and a member of the Portland Baptist Church and the Chicot Home Extension Club.

She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Roy Hill ìBuddyî Rutledge; six children, David Rutledge and wife Linda of Marion, IL, Freda Cunningham Scroggins of Parkdale, Bruce Rutledge and wife Joy of Florence, MS, George Rutledge and wife Brenda of Portland, John Paul Rutledge and wife Beth of Maumelle, and Jennifer Hill and husband Craig of Benton; a sister, Faye Wilhite of West Monroe, LA; fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Keith Cunningham; her parents, George and Beatrice Ruddle Hefley; a sister, Georgia Humphrey; two brothers, Allen and W.H. (Dub) Hefley and a niece, Virgie Sadler.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 12, in the Portland Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark Harris and Bobby John Panni officiating. Burial followed services at the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Chris, Jared, Vinnie, Aaron, Michael and Holden Rutledge, Craig Hill, Bobby John Panni, Tony Blackwell, Jim Rogers, Brian Smith Cunningham and Don Boudreaux.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Tom Pugh, PO Box 37, Portland, AR 71663.

Floyd Ellis Sturdivant

Floyd Ellis Sturdivant, 86, of Crossett died Sunday, February 16, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 28, 1917, in Strong to James Benjamin and Carrie Louise Ball Sturdivant, he was a retired lathe operator for Georgia-Pacific Plywood and an active member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church for over 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Sturdivant; two sons, James Ellis Sturdivant of Pine Bluff and Floyd Edward Sturdivant of Palm Coast, FL; two daughters, Mary Sturdivant Stell of Seward, NE ,and Sue Sturdivant Nolan of Crossett; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, at 2 p.m. at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Donnie Dubose and Don Justice officiating. Burial was to be at Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Shirley Mary Webb

Shirley Mary Webb, 80, a retired teacher in the Humble (TX) Independent School District, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at the Huntsville (TX) Memorial Hospital. She had lived in Huntsville since 1998 and had previously lived in Humble, TX, Lufkin, TX, and Hamburg, AR. She was born April 11, 1923, in St. Paul, MN, to Robert and Irene (Faye) Jones. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and had a long teaching career in Nevada, Arkansas and Texas. She was a special education teacher and was very involved in Special Olympics.

Survivors include four sons, Michael R. Webb and wife Carolyn of Etoile, TX, Gregory and wife Brenda Webb of Lufkin, Gary and wife Janet Webb of Diboll, TX, and Terrance Webb of Colmesneil, TX; five daughters, Kathleen and husband Jeff Ferro of Cedar Park, TX, Mary Ellen and husband Tom Milliman of Lee, NH, Barbara and husband Kip Sieger of Cedar Park, TX, Margaret and husband Ronny Rozell of Huntsville, TX, and Louise and husband Wes Abbott of Dodge, TX; grandchildren, Travis and wife Amy Webb, Clint Webb, Andrea and husband Allen Braxdale, Melissa, Nick and Anthony Ferro, Josh and wife Delana Webb, Jennifer and Jeremy Webb, Gwen and Taylor Milliman, Abbey, Laura, and Heather Sieger; Casey, James, Jenna, Barbie, Christina and Ross Rozell; and Ryan, Ethan, Alex, and Renee Abbott; and three great-grandsons, Tyler, Trevor and Trent Webb.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Webb; her parents, two sisters, Margaret Maher and Gwen Gebhart; a brother, Robert Jones; and two granddaughters, Tessa and Michelle Webb.

Rosary services were planned at 6 p.m. at the Huntsville, TX, Funeral Home.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Stephen Payne of St. Thomas and Monseigneur Paul Procella of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Humble officiating. Burial will follow at the Dodge Cemetery in Dodge.

Memorials are quested to the Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, AR or to St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group in Huntsville, TX.

February 25

Lula B. Hawkins Baker

Lula B. Hawkins Baker, 82, of Crossett died Sunday, February 15, 2004. Born on May 5, 1921, in the Cooter community to William and Priscilla Simpson Hawkins, she met and married John Thomas Baker, Jr., in 1967. They enjoyed traveling and attending African Methodist Episcopal church functions. She was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church and its gospel choir, Bells of Joy, Class #10, and Stewardess Board #1 and a member of the Silver Star Chapter #306, Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by one son, William Gilbert; one daughter Dorothy Gilbert Davis and husband Ray of Crossett; three grandchildren, Tony Newton of Dallas, TX, Gale and husband Steve Williams of Fairfield, CA, and Breck Hall of Summit, IL; two great-grandchildren, Qiana and Donnie Newton, both of Oakland, CA: one great-great-granddaughter, Jiana Newton Lewis of Oakland; and two god-children, Bernard and Marjorie Martin of Crossett; and many other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, February 20, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating.

Pallbearers were Preston, Clifton, Willie, Eddie, Johnny and Eddie Jr. Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers were the stewardesses of Gates Chapel and members of the Silver Star Chapter #306.

Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Stella Craig

Mrs. Stella Elizabeth Stanley Craig, 89, of Hamburg, who was born November 14, 1914, in Ashley County, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at her daughters’ residence in the Milo community outside of Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, she was a homemaker and owned and operated the Pine Hill Grocery for many years. She was a member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church and loved fishing and gardening.

She is survived by a daughter, Sybil Jenkins and husband Dennie of Hamburg; a son, Larry Craig of Panama City, FL; two brothers, J. B. and Eugene Stanley, both of Hamburg; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Craig, in 1971; one son, Bobby Craig, in 2003; her parents, Shelton and Anna Knight Stanley; two sisters, Elsie Craig and Ruby Culp and a brother, Willard Stanley.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 20, in the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Sam Smith and Dale Crumby officiating. Burial followed services at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Mark, Randy, Chad and Chase Craig and Jeff and Greg Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, 805 Ashley 95 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Dean Curtis Evans

Dean Curtis Evans, 77, of Lake Village died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born April 8, 1926, in Fountain Hill to the late Charles Curtis Evans and Ollie Mae Forester Evans. He was a catfish farmer, a realtor and a Baptist. He was a World War II Air Force veteran, president of Woodstock Island Hunting and Fishing Club, a former board member of Producers Feed Company and had served on the board of Farm Fresh Catfish. He was also a member of the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas and Catfish Farmers of America.

Survivors include his wife, Pippa Evans of Lake Village; three sons, Randy Evans of Lake Village and Robert and Samuel Evans, both of Hamburg; a daughter, Deborah Ann Williams of Greenville, MS: a brother, Leon Evans of Hamburg; a sister, Madie Stroud of St. Louis, MO; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Evans.

Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, at Holy Innocents Cemetery on Stuart Island with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were to be the board members of the Woodstock Island Hunting and Fishing Club, Sam Angel, Robert Bridewell, Bill Elliott, George Hollowell, Ronnie Berkemeyer and Jim Young. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Ollie Mae and Curtis Evans Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 825, Lake Village, AR 71653.

Joseph Herbert Gates

Joseph Herbert Gates, 86, of Crossett died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at the Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home. Born May 2, 1917, in Farmerville, LA, to Henry and Eva Jane Meeks Gates, he served in the U. S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill. He enjoyed hunting, fish, coin collecting and visiting with family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Herbert Dale Gates and wife Lynda; two daughters, Shirley and husband Doug Ogburn and Marilyn and husband Steve Moss; one brother, Henry Earl Gates; four sisters, Louis Taunton, Irene Baden, Norma Jean Townsend and Betty Burchfield; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, in the First Church of God with Rev. Karvin Adams officiating. Burial was to follow services at Bonne Idee Cemetery in Mer Rouge, LA, under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were to be Donnie Taunton, Herman Wayne Gates, Jerry Swan, Pat Ray, Charles Gates and Sherrel Hisaw.

Visitation was planned for 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Church of God, 1501 Main, Crossett, AR 71635.

Rev. Delton Jordan Sr.

Rev. Delton Jordan Sr., 84, of Bastrop, LA, died Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired Baptist minister. He retired as pastor of Horseshoe Baptist Church after 17 years.

Survivors include eight daughters, Lucille Gee and husband Harry of Bastrop, Barbara Powell of Monroe, Linda Brumley and husband Frank of Crossett, Janie Turnbow and husband Andy of Bastrop, Kay Taylor of Bastrop, Tammy Musgrove and husband Greg of Bastrop, Katherine Barnes of Crossett and Rachel Moore of Transylvania, LA; three sons, Delton "Bubba" Jordan Jr. and wife Shelia of Farmerville, LA, Carroll Jordan of Greenwood, MS and Adrian Jordan of Hattiesburg, MS; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Jordan; one son, Paul Jordan; and one son-in-law, Ken Taylor.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Eppinette and Bro. Delton Jordan Jr. officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Ashton P. "Bud" McCombs

Ashton Pugh "Bud" McCombs Jr., 78, of Arkadelphia died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Baptist Medical Center in Arkadelphia. Mr. McCombs was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Little Rock, the son of Ashton Pugh McCombs Sr. and Eugenia Hineman McCombs of Hamburg. He was a retired agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arkadelphia. He was a graduate of Columbia Military Academy, a veteran of World War II and held two degrees from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joyce Denton McCombs; his brother, John Hineman McCombs of Bonnerdale; his daughter, Mary McCombs Whipple and husband Ross Maxwell Whipple of Arkadelphia; and his son, Ashton Pugh McCombs III and wife Betts Singleton McCombs of Wassenar, The Netherlands. Grandchildren are Mary Elizabeth Whipple Eldridge, Margaret Maxwell Whipple, Emily Jane Whipple, Caroline Elizabeth McCombs, Ashton Pugh McCombs IV, Anna Stewart McCombs and William Singleton McCombs. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Bernard McCombs.

The family will receive friends at the home of Ross and Mary Whipple in Arkadelphia from 6:30 to 8 on Tuesday evening. A memorial service will at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, at First Presbyterian Church in Arkadelphia, followed by a grave-side service at 2:30 at the Hamburg Cemetery. Arrangements are by Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Arkadelphia and to Group Living Inc. in Arkadelphia.

Garry Franklin Oden

Garry Franklin Oden, 55, of Crossett died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born August 24, 1948, in Crossett to Odell and Lavon Ray Oden, he was a Baptist and a retired operator on Comp 1 for Georgia-Pacific Corp. He enjoyed duck hunting and playing the guitar.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Oden; one son, Mike Oden and wife Deanna of Crossett; one daughter, Jamie Sipes and husband Keith of Crossett; his parents, Odell and Lavon Oden of Crossett; one brother, Royce Oden of Crossett; two sisters, Pat Gibbs of Bald Knob and Kathy Duncan of Alexander; and three grandchildren, Casey and Tanner Oden and Alana Sipes.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at First Church of God with Bro. Karvin Adams and Claude Gibbs officiating. Burial was to be at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were to be Royce Blissett, Corey McGilton, Matt Goodwin, Todd McGilton, Jason Goodwin, Michael Vorhease and Bobby Lovett.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, No. 1 Lile Court, Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Mr. Darrell D. Shulter

Mr. Darrell D. Shuler, 78, of Eudora, who was born November 27, 1925 in Humble, Texas, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at his residence on the levee outside Eudora. He was a graduate of Conroe High School and attended college in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was in active overseas duty in the United States Navy in World War II. He moved to Eudora from Texas in the late forties and was a rancher. He was retired from the Government Veterinarian Service and was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church. He was a well known horseman, particularly in the cutting horse circuits, winning many honors and shows on his favorite horse, Royal Fanny, including honors as the Regional Cutting Horse of Southeastern United States. He won many shows in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas during his career.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Botsford Gay Shuler of Eudora; a son, Bill Shuler and wife Tabby of Richmond, TX; a stepdaughter, Beverly Stephenson; a stepson, Jake Gay and wife Denise both of Portland; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Shuler Darby and his father, Claude Shuler.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, in the Portland United Methodist Church in Portland with the Rev. Ron Feeser officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be John Gates, Alvin Meyer Jr., Charles Pete Poole, David Vaughn, Bill Norsworthy, Benton Newcome and Fletcher and Bill Lassiter. Honorary pallbearers were to be Dr. J.D. Bilberry, Bill Roberts, Allen Hillman, Mack Ball Sr. and George Pugh. Memorials may be made to the Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 400, Portland, Arkansas 71663 or the Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Leroy Trantham

Leroy Trantham, 72, of Hamburg died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. He was a native of Point Pleasantville and was a resident of Boydell for most of his life but had lived in Hamburg and Crossett for the past four years. He was a retired farm laborer and was a Baptist.

Survivors include one brother, Orville and wife Freddie Trantham of Conway; five sisters, Louise and husband Edward Holley of Shungaloo, LA, Helen and Rescoe Cundiff of Springhill, LA, Faye and husband Lloyd Wallace and Shirley and husband Kenneth Edwards, all of Hamburg, and Bonnie and husband Charles Summers of Fountain Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burley and Leona Fleming Trantham; two brothers, Jerry and Gene Trantham; and two sisters, Ruby Roberts and Jewel Streeter.

Grave side services were held Thursday, February 19, at 2 p.m. at Snyder Cemetery with Rev. E.W. Ricks officiating. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers were James Roberts, Raymond Roberts, Danny Roberts, Jody Edwards, Kennon Edwards and David Carter.

March 3

Cecil L. Brown

Cecil L.. Brown, 87, of Lake Village died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born August 16, 1916, in Dewitt to Richard R. and Tena Mae Watkins Brown, he received his early education in Dewitt, moving to Pine Bluff in 1935. He began working for the Cotton Belt Railroad, where he worked for 37 years, retiring as a conductor in 1980. He married Ethel Davis, April 4, 1944. They resided in Pine Bluff until moving to Hamburg in 1988 and then to Lake Village in 2001. He was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, Jacob Brump Lodge #160 F.&A.M., the Sahara Shrine Temple and the United Trainmen Union.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Baker of El Dorado and Nancy Thompson and husband Fred of Lake Village; one sister, Nettie Keaton of Dewitt; one step-sister, Margaret Jarnes of Leslie; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ethel Davis Brown; a son, Ricky Brown; one brother, Willie L. Brown; one half-brother, Richard Riedhar; and one half-sister, Aline Porter.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son in Pine Bluff with Rev. Jimmy Watson officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mia Rose Hollis

Mia Rose Hollis, infant daughter of Chuck and Stephanie Morse Hollis of Hamburg, was born February 26, 2004, in Crossett and died Sunday, February 29, 2004, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

She is also survived by her paternal grandparents, Pete and Sharon O'Neal Hollis of Hamburg; her maternal grandmother, Nelda Carter Morse of Crossett; her paternal great-grandmother, Synthia Hollis of Fountain Hill and her maternal great-grandmother, Ruby Morse of Lake Village. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Morse.

Grave-side services and interment are 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, in the Carter Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Thomas officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Ray D. Maglothin

Mr. Ray D. Maglothin, 85, of Montrose, who was born August 21, 1918, in Marmaduke, died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. He was a resident of Montrose and Boydell for most of his life, a retired farmer, a Christian and an U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vonnie Lee Pamplin Maglothin, in 1996; a grandson, Robert Earl Maglothin; his parents, W.L. and Mary Jane Roth Maglothin; three brothers, Roy, David and Mack Maglothin and two sisters, Cora Blackwell and Flora Maglothin.

He is survived by his son, Pat Maglothin of Boydel; two daughters, Jane Graves and Ann Collins, both of Hamburg; a brother, Robert Maglothin of Dermott; four grandchildren, Paul Maglothin of Montrose, Jodi Graves Carney of Mountain Home, Marc Collins of Hamburg and Becky Collins Gray of Hackberry, LA, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 28, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Burial followed services at the Snyder Cemetery. Pallbearers were Coley "Bubba" Lovett, Jerry and Ronnie Pamplin, Keith Ladd, Dewayne Massey, Junior Brooks, Glen Hayes, Ricky Russell and Jimmy Moore. Honorary pallbearers were C.H. Hennington, Sid Ashcraft and C.G. Perkins. Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Health Foundation, PO Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635.

James Earl Phillips

James Earl "Jim" Phillips, 58, of Crossett died Saturday February 28, 2004. Born May 28, 1945, to Harry H. and Ida Phillips in Crossett, he was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and was a retired teacher from Morehouse Parish, LA, where he coached football and basketball. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Bastrop, LA, Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include one daughter, Brandi Lynn Phillips of Sterlington, LA; one step-son, Joey Farrar of Bastrop; one step-daughter, Christy Pepper of West Monroe, LA; and four step-grandchildren.

Grave side services were held Monday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Cemetery with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements. Honorary pallbearers were Ray D. Waller, Eddie Mac Watt, Justin Waller, Charles Goodwin, Joey Farrar and Jimmy Sistrunk.

Nettie Gilbert Ross

Nettie Gilbert Ross, 85, of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004, in Los Angeles. She was a native of Crossett and had resided in Los Angels for the past four years. She was a retired cook and a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include one son, Robert L. Davis and wife Debra of Ladera Heights, CA; three daughters, Yolanda B. Williams of Los Angeles, Stefanie Askins and husband Guy of Phillips Ranch, CA, and Katrina Ross of North Little Rock; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Ross; one daughter, Willametta Beals; her parents, Robert and Cynthia Roberts; two brothers, Ellis and Houston Gilbert; and one sister, Hazel Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Quinn Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Raymond Canley, Charles Cleaver, Willie Fields, Eddy Hawkins and Preston Hawkins Jr.

Nancy Ellen Walker

Nancy Ellen Walker, 45, of Monticello died Saturday, February 28, 2004, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Casa Grande, AZ, but had lived in Monticello for most of her life and was a Baptist.

Survivors include one son, Curtis Walker of Monticello; her father, David Crosswhite and her step-mother, Janice Crosswhite, of Monticello; a grandfather, Curtis Perkins of Snyder; her step-father, Robert McGhee of Gulfport, MS; one brother, Glenn Crosswhite of Monticello; one step-brother, Doug Steward of Banks; one foster brother, Dewayne Marks of Searcy; three sisters, Linda Gayle Oliveaux, Loretta Carpenter and Donna Mortor, all of Monticello; and one step-sister, Christi Stewart of New Edinburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Perkins Crosswhite; and her grandmothers, Anna Kay Perkins and Fannie McGhee.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 29, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Bro. Ken Jerome officiating. Burial was at Snyder Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Tollison, Randy McDaniel, Billy Owen, Johnny McDaniel, Wilson Ray Branch, Tim Hoover and Charles and James Brian.

Nathan Woods

Nathan Woods, 81, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Parkdale and a Hamburg resident for the past 60 years, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Union Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Willie Mae Woods; three sons, Joe Nathan Woods of Virginia Beach, VA, Frank Charles Woods of Indianapolis, IN, and Barney Woods of Hamburg; four daughters, Betty Birdsong, Carrie White and Rosa Evans, all of Indianapolis, and Dorothy Robinson of Hamburg; three brothers, Barney Woods and Arthur Woods of Chicago, IL, and John Willie Woods of Little Rock; two sisters, Jessie Bell Shelton of Wilmot and Mable May of Little Rock; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mable Lee Woods Townsend, and his parents, Bonnie and Betty Waters Woods.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Earl Jacobs, Eddie Mays, Philip Mays, Willie Mays, Kenneth Strickland and John Woods. Burial followed services at the Woods Family Cemetery in Hamburg under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Zelma Wall Carter Young

Zelma Wall Carter Young, 96, of Crossett died Sunday, February 29, 2004. Born October 13, 1907, in Crossett to J. M. and Mattie Lou Brooks Wall, she was a member of North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church and a former member of the Women's Auxiliary. She was a homemaker, a former nurse's aide for several years at the Crossett Health Center and a longtime member of the Pine Hurst Home Demonstration Club. She loved to garden, work with flowers, crochet and take care of her pets.

Survivors include one daughter, Martiel Carter Barnett of Crossett; one foster son, Alvin Malloy of North Little Rock; one grandson, Jerry Mac Barnett; one grandson-in-law, Johnnie Bolin; one granddaughter, Kathy Baldwin, all of Crossett; five brothers, Garland Wall of Amarillo, TX, James Wall of Birmingham, AL, Carroll Wall of Crossett, Bill Wall of Aurora, CO, and Roy Wall of Ruston, LA; four sisters, Catherine Ford of Hot Springs, Gladys Duncan of Mesa, AZ, Polly Sullivan of North Little Rock and Jimmie Ann Robbins of Onalaska, TX; five great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William H. Carter, Elzie Barnett and Curtis Young; one granddaughter, Betty Barnett Bolin; one grandson, Bruce Barnett; two brothers, Travis Wall and Travis Smith; and one sister, Tommie Wall Carter.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Ralph Carter, Bro. Gene Cullum and Johnnie Bolin officiating. Burial was to follow at Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Carter Cemetery, c/o Martha Holland, 1217 Marais Saline Rd., Crossett, AR 71635, or North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church, 1301 Mimosa St., Crossett, AR 71635.

March 10

Ruby Barnett Cooper

Ruby F. Barnett Cooper, 78, of Crossett died Friday, March 5, 2004, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born Oct. 9, 1925, in Howard County to Henry and Maggie Cunningham Barnett, she was a bookkeeper for Melton Truck Lines and a member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Cooper was an avid gardener and loved plants and flowers.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce and husband Charles Gardner of Crossett, Shirley and husband Carl Copes of Shreveport, La., and Wanda and husband Bill Runyan of Crossett; one sister, Evelyn Shelton of Center Point; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the Rose Neath Chapel on Marshall Street in Shreveport. Interment was to follow services Forest Park West in Shreveport, LA, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Myrtis Fairchild Funderburg

Myrtis Fairchild Funderburg, 92, of Crossett, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at Southwest Hospital in Little Rock. Born Feb. 15, 1912, in Ashley County she was the widow of Erby Lee Funderburg, a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Ouida Marie Funderburg, and one son, Billy Gene Funderburg.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Lee Funderburg of El Dorado and Bobby Wayne Funderburg and wife Dorothy of Little Rock; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Lone Sassafras Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice or Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.

Billy Joe Johnson

Billy Joe Johnson, 47, of Fayetteville, formerly of Hamburg, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. A native of Hamburg and a Fayetteville resident for the past year, he was a former concrete finisher for McClinton Anchor and a Baptist.

Survivors include four daughters, Jessica and husband Jason Houston of Brentwood, Billie and husband John Hudson and Kristy and husband Conley Calico of Fayetteville and Earla Mae and husband Leigh Wallen of Portland; three brothers, Johnny Taylor of Parkdale, James Johnson of McGehee and Thomas Johnson of Crossett; three sisters, LaFran Singleton of Bastrop, LA, Laverne Carter of Longview and Mary Stevens of El Dorado; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Daniel and Billy Dove Coleman Johnson; two brothers, Don and Carl Johnson; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Norma Johnson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Ronnie Woodridge, David Burton, Jason Kelley, Kevin Blunt, Joe Stevens and Billy Ray Stevens. Honorary pallbearers were Willie Swires and Charles Burton. Burial followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery.

Gladys Faye Brockwell Johnson

Gladys Faye Brockwell Johnson, 69, of Crossett died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Born June 15, 1934, to the late Leroy and Ruth Gray Brockwell in Crossett, she was a retired quality inspector for Georgia-Pacific and a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Dodd of Crossett, Misty D. Sharp and Christan Johnson of Mansfield, OH, and Noresa Johnson Nichels of Crossett; two brothers, Roy Brockwell of Crossett and Fulton Brockwell of Eudora; one sister, Euphenia Courson of Bastrop, LA; five grandchildren, Byron Dodd, Angel Cross, Makayla Nichels, Airyona Nickels and Skyla Phillips; and one great-grandchild, Matthew Ryan Dodd. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolann Joiner.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Gene Thomas and James Fleming officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Woods, Larry Gowan, Steven Lalumandier, Leroy "Jabo" Lalumandier, Tony Brockwell, D. C. Dodd and Thad Douglas. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Wright, Glen Blockwell, Steven Cross, Frank Dodd and Byron Dodd.

Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Joyce Ann Stewart Lochala

Joyce Ann Stewart Lochala, 47, of Crossett, formerly of Camden, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at her residence. She was born September 4, 1956, in Shreveport, LA.

Survivors include her husband, Ricky Lochala; three sons, Gary McLelland and Jason Stewart, both of Camden, and Charlie Stewart of Pearl River, LA; two brothers, Charles Delaughter and Clay Delaughter, both of Pearl River; six sisters, Renee Dibble of La Place, LA, Nanette Pate of LaCombe, LA, Paula Shortnancy of Marshall, TX, Pam Singletary of Pearl River, Kathlene Biro of Brownsville, TX and Roxanne Delaughter of Baton Rouge, LA; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Luene Fletcher.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Victory Assembly of God Church in Camden with Rev. Jerry Ables and Rev. Lynn Chipps officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery. Proctor Funeral Home of Camden was in charge of arrangements.

Lila Mae Pamplin

Lila Mae Pamplin, 76, of Lake Village died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A homemaker and member of the Lake Village Baptist Church, she was born in Boydell on November 27, 1927, to the late Walter E. and Maggie Carpenter Hoover.

Survivors include three sons, David Pamplin of Brazoria, TX, Eddie Pamplin of Dermott and Joey Pamplin of Lake Village; one brother, George Herbert Hoover of McGehee; two sisters, Laura Ashcraft of McGehee and Anne Mac Dablock of Benton; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Pamplin, and a son, Johnny Mac Pamplin.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Lake Village Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bell officiating. Burial followed services at the Dermott Cemetery with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Floyd H. Riley

Floyd H. Riley, 87, was born at Fountain Hill on February 25, 1915, and died at Sacramento, CA, on December 17, 2003, of a heart attack. He attended schools in Fountain Hill and Hamburg and was raised on the family farm near Berea. He was a descendant of early Ashley County settlers James Cooper Riley (great-grandfather) who help lay out the town of Hamburg and Joseph Holmes Riley, (grandfather) who served as county judge A farmer at heart, he also was a carpenter, shipwright, office machine repairman and merchant. During the depression, he worked for the W.P.A. in Jerome. During World War II, he worked for Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, CA. During the early 1950s, he moved his family to South Lake Tahoe where he and his wife Oberlin established Tahoe Office Supply. After selling Tahoe Office Supply in the mid 1970's. Floyd worked for the Livermore, CA, school district until he retired.

He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Oberlin French Riley, originally of Montrose. In his later years, he married Evelyn Cox and then Myrtle Holder. Both preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his father and mother, J. W. "Bill" Riley and Novella Morrow Riley, and two younger brothers, Kenneth and Arthur, and his sister Polly Riley Estelle. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, of which he was active as a deacon and elder. He was also a former member of the Kiwanis Club, Nature Club and Camera Club. Floyd enjoyed fishing, hunting, CB radio, and his computer.

He is survived by his sons and their wives, Ron Riley and wife Bente of Sacramento and Charles Riley and wife Jere of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; daughters and husbands, Nina and Fred Stephens of Placerville, CA, and Suzy Bob and husband Bruce of Sacramento, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He also is survived by a brother, Billy Riley and wife Irene of Fountain Hill, and sisters Mattie Pearl Kilcrease of Hamburg, LaVon Roden and Jayne Allen of Oklahoma and a sister-in-law, Billie Sue French Watson and husband Bill of Crossett.

Mr. Riley was buried on January 3, 2004, beside his wife, Oberlin at Westwood Hills cemetery in Placerville following services at the Placerville Adventist church.

Doris Maedelle Royce

Doris Maedelle Royce, 91, of Lake Village died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at her residence. Born on October 19, 1912, in Fountain Hill to John Murray Hollis and Rosie Malloy Hollis, she was a retired nurse's aide and a member of Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Gary "Sonny" Royce of DeQueen; three daughters, Wilma Royce and Nancy Royce, both of Lake Village, and Sue Perkins of Cullen, LA; one sister, Frances Hollis of Lake Village; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Elmer Holiman officiating. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Bettye Jean Wells Scarborough

Bettye Jean Wells Scarborough, 75, of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Portland, died Friday, February 2004, in Atlanta. She was born in Portland on August 13, 1925, to John C. Wells and Elise Hendrix Wells

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Louise Hendrix Bagby of Tyrone, GA; one son, John E. Hendrix of Lilburn, GA; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, E. L. "Bill" Hendrix and L. T. Scarborough; one son, W. Randall Hendrix; and one brother, John C. Wells Jr.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 23, in Tyrone with Dr. William "Bill" Scarborough officiating. Burial was in LaFayette, GA.

Nancy Alice Shaver

Nancy Alice Shaver, 64, of Fountain Hill died Friday, March 5, 2004, at her home. Born June 14, 1939, in Hermitage to the late Joe and Sallie Durey Savage, she was a homemaker and a member of the Fountain Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her husband, William Anderson Shaver, who she married January 20, 1962; two sons, Bobby “Skip” Maxwell of Fountain Hill and Randy Shaver of Crossett; two daughters, Gena Vail of Hamburg and Connie Pruitt of Monticello; four brothers, Lyance “Bo” Savage and Eddie Savage of Hamburg, Lawrence Savage of Mabelvale and Jerry Savage of Mayflower; three sisters, Chryl Slocum and Jackie Brooks of Fountain Hill and Elroy Kirkland of Woodville, TX; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Fountain Hill United Methodist Church with Revs. Gary Jordan and Boyd Savage officiating. Linda Martin was pianist and Ben Colder, Terri Ashcraft and Linda Martin were soloists. Pallbearers were Bubba Edwards, Ronnie Shave, Ricky Savage, Carlton Savage, Rocky G. Savage and Jason Allison. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph, Billy, Jim and Frank Hudson. Burial followed services at the Outlaw Cemetery with arrangements by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.

A. C. "Dude" Tumlison

Mr. A.C. "Dude" Tumlison, 82, who of Hamburg was born June 2, 1921 in Hamburg, died Sunday, March 7, 2004 at the University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Puyallup and Randle, Washington and Clinton, Arkansas. He was a retired automobile body shop owner and operator and a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in World War II on the U.S.S. Mustin in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by two sisters, Mildred “Sister” Pamplin of Portland and Nellie High of Gulfport, Mississippi and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives, Lura Downey Hayden Tumlison and Bea Tumlison; his parents, James and Emma Vieth Tumlison; two brothers, Jim and James (Son) Tumlison and one sister, Tiny Callaway.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Friends of Special People, 390 Factory Road, Clinton, Arkansas 72031.

March 17

Mr. Alva Lee Adams

Mr. Alva Lee Adams, Sr., 71, of Hamburg, who was born September 25, 1932 in Jones, LA, died Tuesday, March 09, 2004, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A resident of Hamburg and the Martinville community outside of Hamburg for most of his life, he was a retired automobile mechanic and attended the Martinville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Linsley Lee Adams in 1999; his parents, Louis and Estelle Moore Adams; one brother, Louis Edward Adams and one sister, Mary Frances Kelley.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Opal Jones Adams of Hamburg; three sons, Alva Lee Adams Jr. of Monticello, Jackie Adams of Cedarcreek, MO, and Robert Louis Adams of Hamburg; one daughter, Judy Adams of Hamburg; one brother, Harold Adams of Monticello; two sisters, Shirley Savage of Little Rock and Sue Kent of Texas; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services and interment were at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 11, in the Hamburg Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

R. H. “Ed” Edmonston

R. H. "Ed" Edmonston, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at his residence. Born July 15, 1930, in Melbourne to parents, H. R. and Mabel Edmonston, he was an industrial contractor who worked internationally until retirement, and then operated heavy equipment. He was an active member of the Cattlemen's Association and was an avid quarter horseman. He was a 32nd degree Mason in Kentucky and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Edmonston; four daughters, Vickie Ramsey and husband John and Toni Hyatt, all of North Little Rock, Terri Webb and husband Mike of Jacksonville and Tracy Monk and husband Jent of Benton; one sister, Jean Thrower of Weatherford, TX; four granddaughters, two great-grandchildren and a special niece, Susie Ralph, and her daughters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March13, at 2 p.m. at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Jody Parker, John Ramsey, Brian Amaden, Jacob Hyatt, John David Varnell and Mike Brockwell. Sunday School class members were honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 422 West Church St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. Alfredo Ramirez

Mr. Alfredo Ramirez, 67, of Hamburg, who was born October 5, 1936, in Michoacan, Mexico, died March 9, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. He was a resident of Hamburg for the past year, a former resident of Bastrop, LA, a farm laborer and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Vargas Ramirez; four sons, Jose Luis Ramirez of Warren, Isidro Ramirez of Lake Village, Juan Carlos Ramirez of Portland and Alfredo Ramirez Jr. of Los Angeles, California; two daughters, Margarita Ramirez of Bastrop and Maria Ramirez of Mexico; three brothers, Artemio, Jesus and Arturo Rameriz and two sisters, Emma and Maria de los Angeles Ramirez, all of Mexico and 19 grandchildren

Funeral mass was at 10 am Monday, March 15, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Father Eric Pohlmeier officiating. Burial followed services in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Jesus and Santiago Mondragon, Javier, Jose and Miguel Ramirez and Fortino Chavira.

Mrs. Betty Lou “Becky” Sivils

Mrs. Betty Lou “Becky” Sivils, 57, of Crossett, who was born December 4, 1946 in De Valls Bluff, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at her residence in Crossett. A resident of the Crossett area for many years and a homemaker, she attended the First Freewill Baptist Church in North Crossett.

She is survived by one son, Tommy D. Sivils, Jr., of Wilmot; four daughters, Tammy J. Patterson and Angela M. Washington of Rockledge, FL, Mary G. Tyler of Crossett and Shari L. Sivils of Leoti, KS; her mother, Dema Marie Washam of Rison; three brothers, Robert Washam of Merritt Island, FL, Richard Washam of Crossett and Ricky Washam of Russellville three sisters, Doris Coleman of Quitman, LA, Helen Furr of Fort Smith, and Kathy Watt of Rison; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Dean Sivils, Sr., in 1997; her father, Garland Washam; and one brother, Buddy Washam.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Monday, March 15, at the First Freewill Baptist Church in North Crossett with the Revs. Blaine Beck and Gene Cullum officiating. Pallbearers were Keith, Jeremy, Charlie and Alan Watt, John Tyler and Wayne Pennington. Burial followed services in the Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

March 24

Mr. Willie Jones

Mr. Willie "Billy" Jones, 65, of Lacey, who was born November 7, 1938, in Lacey, died Wednesday March 17, 2004. at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A lifelong resident of Lacey, he retired from Burlington Industries in 1978. He was an active member of the Lacey Assembly of God where he served as the church pianist and Sunday School director for many years.

He is survived by one brother, Hurley Jones and wife Mary; two nephews, Greg and Phillip Jones and wife Michelle; a great-nephew, Hunter Jones and a great-niece, Krista Jones, all of Lacey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl and Clyde Lee Daughtery Jones; an infant brother and an infant sister.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, March 19, at the Lacey Assembly of God with the Revs. Roger Pierce and Dane Hall officiating. Burial followed services in the Lacey Cemetery under the direction Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Kevin Martin, Greg and Phillip Jones, Billy Yelvington, Robert Estelle and Mike Kellum. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Rowe, Rev. James Beck and LeRoy Williams.

Memorials may be made to the Lacey Assembly of God, 123 West Lacey Road or the Lacey Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Reva White, 608 Hwy 133 South, both of Monticello, AR 71655.

Clara Richards

Clara Richards, 87, of Crossett died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Farmerville, LA, but a Crossett resident for the past 28 years, she was a homemaker and a member of St. John Baptist Church in Farmerville.

Survivors include her husband, William Richards, Jr., of Crossett; three sons, Henry Richards of Crossett, William Capers, Jr., of Farmerville, LA, and Mack Kesee of El Dorado; three daughters, Martha Ridgell of Crossett, Gracie Neil of Pine Bluff and Betty Gray Moore of Farmerville; one sister, Willie Mae Floyd of Farmerville; 33 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 25 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Junior Calvin; two daughters, Annie Lois Griffin and Rachel Bailey; her parents, Henry and Bessie Holly Lewis; five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Eld. Willie Jones officiating. Pallbearers are to be Jimmy Heard, Richard Kesee, Hubert Ridgell, Marquius Johnson, Lee Moore and Charles Young. Burial will follow services at the St. John Cemetery in Farmerville.

Faye Wells Thomas

Faye Wells Thomas, 82, of Lake Orion, MI, formerly of Portland, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, in Lake Orion. She grew up in Portland, the daughter of Ab and Eva Wells. She was the manager of the Portland Telephone Office during the early 1940s, and also worked for Oakland University for 19 years.

Survivors include two sons, Tommie Thomas and wife Jennifer and Brent Abner Thomas and wife Lynn; two sisters, Mary Reeder and Ruth Traphagen; and three grandchildren, Chris and Julie Thomas and Scott Hazelton; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Thomas; five brothers, Joe Ben, A. D., W. H. "Peck," Henry and Milner Wells; and one sister, Maxine.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 3, in Lake Orion. Burial was at Pine Lakes Cemetery in West Bloomfield, MI.

Dorothy Marie Gardner Vines

Dorothy Marie Moseley Gardner Vines, 87, of Crossett died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born in Warren December 26, 1916, to Alex and Annie Wheeler Moseley, she was a homemaker, retired from the Quality Stamp Store and was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star and Amaranth organizations. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Luke Gardner Jr. and Doyle Vines; one brother, Verna Moseley; one sister, Ola Mae Pierson; and her step-mother, Lois Moseley.

Survivors include one son, Ronnie Gardner and wife Margie of Magnolia; two daughters, Janice Little and husband Dudley of Fort Smith and Sandie Rice and husband Ronald of Crossett; one brother, Jim Moseley of Pine Bluff; seven grandchildren, Dewayne Gardner, Stanley Gardner, Teresa McDermott, Paul Little, Ashley Little, Karen Dumas and Timmy Rice; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at South Main Baptist Church with Rev. Don Justice and Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Johnnie Bolin, Jimmy Rice, Dale Rice, Bob Lloyd, Pete Meeks and Ritchie Taunton. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Ford Wheeler and David Barnes

March 31

John T. Brooks

John T. Brooks, 85, of Crossett did Sunday, March 28, 2004, at his residence. Born July 28, 1918, in Crossett to John W. and Ada Malloy Brooks, he was a retired shipping superintendent for Georgia-Pacific Paper and was an avid golfer. He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include one son, Johnny Brooks and wife Toni of Crossett; one daughter, Carolyn Brooks Ross of Lacey; one brother, Charles E. Brooks of Crossett; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Jared and Lindsay Brooks of Hamburg, Jennifer and Nate McLaughlin of Little Rock, Julie Brooks of Hamburg, Jim and Shelvia Ross of Crossett, Roxanne and Robert Garcia of Crossett, John Thomas Evers Jr. of Tupelo, MS, and Patricia Lynn Evers of Pine Bluff; five great-grandchildren and their spouses, Rebecca and Dustin Riley, J.C. Ross IV, Jamie Elizabeth Garcia, Elisabeth Claire Brooks and Mary Preston Evers; one great-great-grandchild, Layla Brook Riley; a special sister-in-law, Mary Emily Bussell; and a special niece and her husband, Marilyn and David Barnes.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Nolan Watson officiating. Burial was scheduled for Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were to be Jim Brooks, Sonny Brooks, David Barnes, Ronald Gardner, John Jared Brooks, James C. Ross III, Robert Luis Garcia and John T. Evers Jr. Honorary pallbearers were to be A. B. Moore, Terry Terai, Hamp Etheridge, Maurice Hanry, Harold Owrey and Don Hart.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Crossett Area Food Bank, 309 Pine St., Crossett, AR 71635, or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Mrs. Reba Tarvin Dorsey

Mrs. Reba Tarvin Dorsey, 88, of Portland, who was born May 28, 1915, in Lonsdale, Arkansas, died Saturday March 27, 2004, at her brother's residence in Portland. A president of Portland for the past two years and a resident of Shamrock, Texas, for most of her life, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shamrock and a member of the ladies auxiliary at the Shamrock Hospital.

She is survived by a brother, Roy Tarvin, and wife Jean of Portland and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlin Dorsey; her parents, Ed and Nora Reeves Tarvin; three sisters, Elsie Giehart, Mary Strickland and Sally McAllister; and three brothers, Harley, Lige and William Tarvin.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the First Baptist Church in Shamrock, Texas. Burial will be in the Shamrock Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at the Wright Funeral Home 311 N. Wall in Shamrock, Texas. Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church 401 North Main Shamrock, Texas 79079.

Lonnie Fred Gardner

Lonnie Fred Gardner, 66, of Crossett died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at his home. Born January 30, 1938, in Crossett to Lonnie Frank and Mary Maude Brantley Gardner, he was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He retired from Georgia-Pacific after 42 years of service and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Margie G. Gardner of Crossett; two sons, Lonnie Keith Gardner of Crossett and Alan Lane Gardner of Orange, TX; a daughter, Vicki Lyn Gardner of Ft. Valley, CA; two brothers, Charles Gardner of Crossett and Clyde Gardner of Milo; a sister, Mildred Ogden of Macon, GA; and four grandchildren, Kyle, Kevin, Loni and Joseph.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and L. H. McCullough officiating. Pallbearers were Darren Brantley, Mike Odgen, Todd Moffatt, and Mike, Robert "Bo," and Tommy Scroggins. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class.

Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Norman Hester

Mr. Norman Hester, 93, of Crossett, who was born March 18, 1911 in Fountain Hill, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare in Crossett. A resident of Crossett for many years and a former resident of Little Rock, he was a member of the Beech Street Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Jones Hester of Crossett; one son, John Hester of Little Rock ; one daughter, Joyce Keathley of Little Rock; a sister, Inez Norrell of El Dorado; five grandchildren, two-great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Merle Woods Hester, in 1984; a daughter, Norma White, in 2001; a granddaughter, Wanda White; his parents, James Robert and Magnolia Geddie Hester; two brothers, Roland and Aldon Hester; and three sisters, Adelle Hollis, Ora Phillips and Corine Binns. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, March 26, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Reginald White officiating. Pallbearers were Bill, Dale, Brice and Brannon Hester, Gary White, Bill Phillips, Tim and Tom Norrell. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Dan Huffman

Mr. Dan Huffman, 92, of Crossett, who was born on April 14, 1911 in Ashley County, Arkansas, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, Louisiana. A resident of Crossett and Hamburg all his life, he retired from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in 1976 and was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the First Church of God in Crossett.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Batchelor of Crossett; two sisters, Winnie Brooks of Hamburg and Myrtis Caldwell of California; two granddaughters, Michelle Grisham of Town Creek, Alabama, and Latonya Batchelor of Crossett; and five great-grandchildren; Phillip Chavis and Paton, Blake, Larah, and Alex Grisham. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellene Thurman Huffman, in 1999; his parents, W. E. and Hattie Lee Anders Huffman; and three brothers, Louis, Willie Abe and Curtis Huffman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the First Church of God in Crossett with the Revs. Will Hughes and Karvin Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Brian, Chris and Lamar Huffman, Ray Cossey, Joe Howe and Travis Warren. Burial followed services in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Rev. Josie Vail "J. V." Johnson

Rev. Josie Vail "J. V." Johnson, 91, of Crossett died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retiree of the Georgia-Pacific Sawmill and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a minister for 48 years and had pastored at Mt. Zion, Crossett Camp and Phillip Grove Baptist Church in Hamburg and New Light Baptist Church in Monticello.

Survivors include one daughter, Johellene Griffin and husband Oliver of Crossett; one brother, Rev. James Johnson of Hamburg; two sisters, Eunice Johnson of Milwaukee, WI, and Ruth Johnson of Pine Bluff; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Mae Johnson; his parents, Joseph and Ellen Johnson; one brother, David Johnson; and two sisters, Martha Coleman and Mary Powell.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Todd Brown Jr., Derrell Newton, Charles Hunsucker, Cornelius Girtman Jr., Joe Haynes and Thurman Bradley.

Mr. James Harold Pennington

Mr. James Harold Pennington, 63, of Crossett who was born December 19, 1940, in Ashley County, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was raised in the Milo community outside Hamburg and had lived in Crossett since 1960. A 1958 graduate of Hamburg High School, he retired on March 1 from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill after 38 years of service. He was a member and deacon of the Second Baptist Church, a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge #536 where he was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, a charter member of the Crossett Rescue Unit and chief of the Unity-Frost Prairie Fire Department and was also a board member of the Wasp Nest Deer Camp.

Survivors include his wife, Lavern Blissett Pennington of Crossett; two sons, Harold Wayne Pennington of Crossett and Kenny Pennington of Watson; a daughter, Pam Pennington Harris of Fayetteville; a brother, Morris Pennington; a sister, Edna Knight, both of Hamburg; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, James "Bud" and Jewel Giles Pennington.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Second Baptist Church in Crossett with Revs. Clay Courson and Travis Roberts officiating. Pallbearers were to be Gary Morgan, Ronnie Joe Dykes, Wayne Neal, John Louis Surratt and Ovid Switzer. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Unity-Frost Prairie Fire Department and the Crossett Rescue Unit. Burial was to follow services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Second Baptist Church, Po. O. Box 1040, Crossett, AR 71635.

Norma Jean Ritter

Norma Jean Ritter of North Little Rock died Wednesday, March 17, 2004. A faithful member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, she worked for many years at the Senior Citizens Activities Today and retired in December, 2003, after over 24 years at the Good Shepherd Retirement Center in Little Rock. She was past president of the State Federation of Judges Society, past president of the Little Rock State Department of Council Clubs, a past president of the Arkansas Horticultural Club and co-chair of the first horticulture study held in Little Rock.

Survivors include her first cousins, Dorothy Helen Sprague of Crossett and Rose Mary Olson of Madisonville, TN, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Clora Mullins.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Roller-Owens Funeral Home. Burial followed serves at the Edgewood Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in North Little Rock or the Good Shepherd Retirement Center in Little Rock.

Mittie Ruth Judkins Tucker

Mittie Ruth Judkins Tucker, 82, of Crossett died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 13, 1921, in Hamburg to John T. and Ethie Bell Douglas Judkins, she was a homemaker and member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. She was the activities director at the nursing homes in Crossett and Hamburg for over 20 years and enjoyed her church family, visiting with people and dining out with family and friends.

Survivors include one son, Bob Tucker of Ruston, LA; one daughter, Ruth Ann Morgan and husband Floyd of Crossett; two sisters, Bobbie Pullin of Hamburg and Johnnie Laney of Monroe, LA; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben T. Tucker; her parents; her step-mother, Etta Judkins; six brothers, James, Roland, Gaston, Ralph, Jack and McCoy Judkins; four sisters, Ora Williamson, Marie Riley, Phenton Walker and Margaret Glaze; and two step-brothers, Herbert and James Sliger.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin and Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Harold Tucker, Ronnie Tucker, Lamar Hill, Denon Cagle, Clifton Tucker and Ervin Rodgers.

Memorials may be made to the North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 422 West Church St., Crossett, AR 71635, or to Southside Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 221, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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