March 1

Sandra Marlene Choate

Sandra Marlene Choate, 67, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 23, 2006, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker, a former beautician and a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Henry Louis Choate; one son, Willard Choate and wife Joyce of Hamburg; one brother, Golden Lane Ayers of Albany, GA; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Louis Choate; one daughter, Carol Ann Choate; and her parents, Jess Willard Stanley and Opal Estelle Ayers.

Grave-side services were held Saturday, February 25, at 2 p.m. at Egypt Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Off officiating. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Choate, Jess Choate, Shawn Choate, Danny Orr, Bradley Orr and Michael Turner.

Obie Miller

Obie Miller, 92, of Monticello, formerly of Fountain Hill, died Sunday, February 12, 2006, at Countrywood Estates. A native of Fountain Hill, he had lived in Monticello for the past four years. He was a retired from the Georgia Pacific paper mill and was a member of Mt. Pelium A. M. E. Church, a Master Mason and a member of Hamburg Masonic Lodge 232.

Survivors include four sons, Willie B. Miller and wife Erma and James Charles "J. C." Miller, all of Milwaukee, WI, Wise Miller of Kansas City, KS, and Charles Miller of Fountain Hill; two daughters, Earnestine Heggie of Kansas City, KS, and Thelma Hampton and husband Bobby of Monticello; one daughter-in-law, Gladys Miller of Fountain Hill; one brother, James Powell and wife Mattie of Kansas City, KS; two sisters, Margie Franklin of Fountain Hill and Savannah Youngblood of Milwaukee; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvertia Miller; one son, Obie Miller Jr.; one daughter, Jeanette Miller; his parents, Rev. Bowman and Isabella Franklin Miller; three brothers, B. C., Aaron and Zebedee Miller; and three sisters, Debbie Franklin, Beulah Miller and Evelyn Miller.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pelium A. M. E. Church with Revs. Nolan Watson and Kirby Newcome officiating. Burial was at Mt. Pelium Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were members of Hamburg Masonic Lodge 232. Honorary pallbearers were Willie, Wise, James Charles, Charles and Mark Miller and James Powell.

Martin McCullough

Mr. Martin McCullough, 89, of Hamburg died Friday, February 24, 2006, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi. A native of Tichnor and a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, a retired timber worker and a member of the Martinville Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Everett McCullough of Hamburg; a daughter, Lois McDaniels of Hamburg; two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and one step great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Opal E. Harrison McCullough, in 1988; his parents, John Arnold & Nellie Singleton McCullough, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 26, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Finney officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Russ Miller, Joe & Johnny King, Thomas Coleman, Dennis Byrd and Jerry Spurgress. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis King and Martin Pennington. To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com

Willie Lee Pitts, Sr.

Willie Lee Pitts, Sr., 83, of Crossett died Saturday, February 25, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Portland, he had lived in Crossett for the past 41 years. He was retireed from Georgia-Pacific Plywood and was a member of First Baptist Church on Florida Street.

Survivors include five sons, Willie L. Pitts, Jr., and Larry Pitts, both of Crossett, Jerry Pitts and wife Phyllis of Mobile, AL, Albert Pitts of El Dorado and Ricky Hawkins and wife Monica of Raymore, MO; six daughters, Bertha Haynes and husband Clarence of Hamburg, Betty Haynes, Pinkie Causey and Joyce McHenry and husband Jimmy, all of Crossett, Debra Graham of Dermott and Darlene Cherry and husband Eugene of Jacksonville; one sister, Rosie Lee Giles of Dermott; one step-sister, Inez Williams of Detroit, MI; 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy M. Martin Pitts; one son, William Pitts; and his parents, William and Mattie Frazier Pitts.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Florida Street with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Burial will follow at Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are to be Howard Tatum, Jr., Vernell Robinson, Tony Goree, Willie Earl Bryant, Devon Brown and Terry Gilliam. Honorary pallbearers are deacons and trustees of First Baptist Church.

Willie "Fat" Richards

Willie "Fat" Richards, 70, of Crossett died Monday, February 13, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. He was a life resident of Crossett and a retired timber worker.

Survivors include one daughter, Latoya Richards of Crossett; one step-brother, Ray Robinson of Hamburg; one step-sister, Josephine Williams of Oakland, CA; and one sister-in-law, Hazel Richards of Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Frances Walton Richards.

Grave side services were held Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Elder Jasper Mays officiating. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements. Nephews served as pallbearers.

March 8

Roosevelt C. Early

Roosevelt C. Early, 72, of Crossett died Sunday, February 26, 2006, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of West Helena and a resident of Crossett for the past 48 years, he was the principal of Crossett High School, a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He received his elementary and secondary education in the West Helena School District and attended AM&N College (University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff), where he played football and sang in the choir. He received a bachelor's degree from AM&N and his master's degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He did additional studies at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and earned administrative hours at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA. In 1958, he moved to Crossett and began teaching industrial arts at T. W. Daniel High School. After a short teaching career, he became assistant principal at T. W. Daniel Middle School, and later became principal at T. W. Daniel High School, Norman Junior High and was principal at Crossett High School until his death. He was employed by the Crossett School District for 48 years.

He served as chairman of the deacon board at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, chairman of the trustee board and served with the church brotherhood. He was the director of the E. C. Crossett Community Center, president of the UAPB Ashley County Alumni Association and participated in the Ashley County Medical Center board of directors, Ashley County Martin Luther King Planning Commission, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Society, Georgia-Pacific Planning Commission, the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, the Arkansas Association of Secondary Principals, Crossett Classroom Teachers Association, Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lendora Taylor Early; two daughters, Cassandra Early and husband Steven Green of Little Rock and Patricia Early of Detroit, MI; one brother, David Early of West Helena; three sisters, Thelma Franklin, Iola Redmond and Alma Taper and husband Louis, all of West Helena; and two grandchildren, Kenyellshia Early and Chase Morgan Green.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the Crossett Auditorium with Rev. B. J. Jackson and Elder R. E. Matheney officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Deacons of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church serving as deacons were James Dawkins, Thomas Lowe Sr., Ricky Simms, Earl Hardaway, James Phifer and Albert Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers were the faculty of Crossett High School and the Crossett School District, and the Third Jurisdiction Arkansas State Church of God in Christ.

John Derrell George

John Derrell George, 66, of Crossett died Monday, March 6, 2006, following a lengthy illness. Born May 21, 1939, to Mr. and Mrs. John Dewey George in Crossett, he was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a 1958 graduate of Crossett High School, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Crossett Masonic Lodge 576. He served in law enforcement for 27 years in Crossett and Ashley County. He was Crossett Police Chief from 1977-89, interim Ashley County Sheriff for four months and chief deputy for two years. He served as a Sunday School teacher on many occasions and last taught the Adult V Sunday School Class at Meridian Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Orr and husband Roger, Lisa McCaughan and husband Russell, all of Crossett, and Cindy Willis and husband Terry of Granada, MS; one son, James Pratt of Crossett; one sister, Peggy George McDaniel of Covington, TN; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Jo Evelyn Kitchens George; two brothers, Leslie Earl George and Kenneth George; and one great-nephew, Matthew Phares.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at Meridian Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Meridian Baptist Church, Men's Outreach, 4593 Ashley 703, Crossett, AR 71635.

Audrey Tubbs Hawkins

Audrey Mae Tubbs Hawkins, 78, of Livonia, Louisiana, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the Point Coupee General Hospital in New Roads, LA. Born at Dry Bayou in Ashley County, she was a resident of Livonia for the past ten years and was a former resident of Hamburg. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Johnnie Hawkins of Livonia; a son, Ricky Hawkins and wife Denese of Hamburg; a daughter, Peggy Pinsonat and husband John of Livonia; six grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Frances Fleming Tubbs; and four sisters, Blanche McCain, Harriett Wallace, Rachel Wallace and Lavelle Wallace.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 4, at the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Michael Reese officiating. Pallbearers were Marvin, Herbert, Andrew, Travis & Emmitt Wallace, Jimmy Wilcoxon and Floyd & J.L. McCain. Honorary pallbearers were Ted, Robert and Johnny Delbert Wallace and Thomas McCain. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com

Binford "Bud" Pittman

Binford "Bud" Pittman, 80, of Caraway, formerly of Portland, died Monday, February 27, 2006, in Batesville. Born October 23, 1925, to Ben and Ivy Moore Pittman, he was a catfish farmer, served on the board of Catfish Farmers of Arkansas for seven years and was 1991 Catfish Farmer of the Year. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World II, a Baptist and enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Barnett Pittman; one son, Don Barnett and wife Delores of Thida, AR; two daughters, Sharon Ross of Bartlett, TN, and Iris Brooks of Portland; one brother, Buck Buren Pittman of Midland, TX; one sister, Vera Isserman of Petaluma, CA; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Pete Pittman; and four sisters, Lucy Brooks, Mattie Butler, Ada Tenalio and Eula Ramsey.

A memorial service was held Thursday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Thornton officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, or by phone at 800-272-3900.

Nellie Carnley Pittman

Nellie Carnley Pittman, 79, of Matthews, MO, formerly of Fountain Hill, died Saturday, March 4, 2006, at St. Frances Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Born September 25, 1925, in Coffee County, AL, to Ira Carnley and Nellie Smith Carnley, she married Isaac T. Pittman on May 6, 1950. They made their home in Fountain Hill for many years, where he taught high school.

Survivors include; one son, Terry Isaac Pittman and wife Debbie of Catoosa, OK; two daughters, Linda Kaye Thompson and husband Ed of New Madrid, MO, and Olivia Denell Reed and husband Kendall of Springdale; one sister, Mildred Rhodes and husband Roland of Prattville, AL; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac T. Pittman, in 1985.

Grave side services were held Monday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Springdale under the direction of Sisco Funeral Home of Springdale.

Sam Crain Stanley

Sam Crain Stanley, 39, of Hamburg died Monday, February 27, 2006, in Farmerville, LA. Mrs. Stanley was a lifelong resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg. She graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1984 and from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1988. She worked for Best Home Health of Shreveport, LA, as the director of nursing for the Farmerville, Bastrop, Monroe, Columbia and Rayville, LA, offices and was a member of the Eden Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Greg Stanley; a son, Boots Stanley; a daughter, Shay Stanley; her parents, Gary & Sheila Meeks Crain; her maternal grandmother, Macel Campbell Knight, all of Hamburg; and two sisters, Sissy Cruce of Lacey and Nikki Calhoun of Wilmar.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, in the Eden Baptist Church with Revs. Doyle Wesson, Keith Wesson and Mike Titsworth officiating.

Burial followed services at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Trent Knight, David Wesson, Steve Bolin, Billy Withers, Jon Bierbaum, Tracey Strange and Mike McBarron. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Johnson, Clarence Daniels, Danny Stanley and Steve Sistrunk.

Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery, 747 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com Dorotea Steenson

Dorotea "Dorie" R. Benitez Steenson, 80, of Crossett, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Crossett. Born September 22, 1925, in Cavite City, Philippines, the daughter of Angel and Milagros Reyes Benitez, she was a homemaker and member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Steenson was an avid bowler and member of various bowling leagues and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Ashley County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Mrs. Steenson is survived by her husband, Clayton Steenson, of Crossett; one daughter, Lucy Dean of Crossett; three sons, Capt. Loren Steenson, of Iraq, Dr. Larry Steenson, of Kansas City, KS, and Louis Steenson of Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Bayani Benitez, of Waipahu, HI; three sisters, Esperanza Benitez, of San Diego, CA, and Cleotilde and Leonida Benitez, both of Cavite City, Philippines; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in the Presbyterian Church with Pastor Bonnie Milligan officiating. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635

Robert Clifton White

Robert Clifton White, 89, of Crossett died Monday, February 27, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center.

A native of Warren, he was born August 20, 1916, to Benjamin Thomas and Martha Elizabeth Watkins White. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and retired from Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill after 36 years of service as a mechanic. He was a Mason and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include one son, Allen Louis White and wife Florence of Crossett; one daughter, Betty Kidwell of El Dorado; one brother, Rev. R. V. White of Monticello; one granddaughter, Cindy McKinnon and husband Rick of El Dorado; two grandsons, Dr. Brad White and wife Toni of Searcy and Mark White and wife Tracy of Monroe, LA; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Revs. R. V. White and Jimmie Lewis officiating.

Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were J. B. Kelley, Danny Smith, Bill White, Bobby White, Mark White and Brad White. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Barnett and Larry Linder.

March 15

Delois Hatton Fenceroy

Delois Hatton Fenceroy, 74, of Wilmot died Saturday, March 4, 2006, in Oak Grove, LA.

Survivors include her husband, Warren Fenceroy; five daughters, Louise Williams of Wilmot, Susie M. Agee of Detroit, MI, Alma Schmitt and husband Steve of Sioux City, IA, Elnora Gentry and husband Isaac of Des Moines, IA and Tana Harris and husband Donald of Collinston, LA; eight sons, Rev. Albert Fenceroy and wife Loretta of Wilmot, Rev. Sam Fenceroy and wife Gloria and Rev. Leotis Fenceroy, all of Dallas, TX, Warren Fenceroy Jr. and wife Edna of Milwaukee, WI, and Rev. Carl Fenceroy and wife Elaine, Rev. Oliver Fenceroy and wife Kathy and James Fenceroy and wife Becky, all of Sioux City; two sisters, Rosa Steward and Sallie Pettaway and husband Ossie, all of Prichard, AL; one brother, Elijah Peters of Prichard; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Albert Fenceroy officiating. Burial was at Trouserdale Hill Cemetery in Collinston under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Ruthie Mae Freeman

Ruthie Mae Freeman, 76, of Hamburg died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and member of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Floyd Freeman of Hamburg; two daughters, Pearline and husband Robbie Lee Whitfield of Hamburg and Betty Jo Bradley of DeRitter, LA; one brother, Ellis Lowe and wife Vicky of Douglas, GA; two sisters, Maxcine Prewitt and husband James and Lucille Heard and husband Hosea of Hamburg; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Freeman; one daughter, Judy Kay Turner; her father, Willie Ed Bridges; her mother and step-father, Rev. Flanders and Lovie Collins Lowe; two brothers, James Henry and Willie Bridges Jr.; and two sisters, Pearlie Mae Watson and Linell Banks.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Phillip Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Richard Thompson, Robert Scates, William Gulley, Willie Gulley, Mark Simpson and Casey Simpson.

Violet Farmer Germany

Violet Farmer Germany, 86, a long time resident of Metairie, LA, and Ashley County native born January 2, 1920, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA. She served as assistant to the chair of the biology department of Tulane University for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Germany of Metairie; her children, Charles and Sandra Germany of Atlanta, GA, and Howard and Lee Germany of Richmond, VA; her grandchildren, Samuel and Stephen Germany of Atlanta, Ben Thien of College Station, TX, Laura Sandburg of Goldsboro, NC; a sister and brother-in-law, Merle and Rawls Pierce; brothers and sisters-in-law, Victor and Jessie Faye Farmer and Harold and Lois Farmer of Crossett and Glynn and Alyce Farmer of Bastrop, LA; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Farmer of Kingston, TN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, John of Kingston, TN.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rogers Chapel on the campus of Tulane University. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Hurricane Relief Fund, New Orleans, LA. L. A. Muhleisen and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cheechie Mae Gilbert

Cheechie Mae Gilbert, 58, of Crossett died Sunday, March 12, 2006. Born June 9, 1947, in Herrin, IL, to Sarah Curtwright Thompson, she was a supervisor for the Georgia-Pacific tissue mill and a Baptist. She loved horses and was an rodeo fan.

Survivors include her husband, Gary D. Gilbert; three sons, John Gilbert and Bert Gilbert, both of Crossett, and Steven Gilbert of Hamburg; one daughter, Lara Kilcrease of Crossett; two brothers, Hank Thompson of Jonesboro and Marshal Thompson of Hornersville, MO; three sisters, Marcella Ford of Manila, Heddy Cook of Portageville, MO, and Lavern Enis of Texas; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Nolan Watson officiating.

Elmer Johnson

Elmer Johnson, 53, of Crossett died Friday, March 10, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Stuttgart, he had lived in Crossett for the past 30 years. He was a former Wal-Mart employee and was a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Joe E. Simmons Johnson; two sons, Elmer Johnson Jr. of Detroit, MI, and Rahmel King of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Melanie King of Little Rock; three brothers, Willie James Johnson and Jessie L. Benjamin, both of Stuttgart, and Charles Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Helen Reams and Queen Ester Jefferson, both of Fresno, CA; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Artie and Sarah Brand Johnson; and two brothers, Artie and Calvin Johnson.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Leroy Sworn officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers are to be Rogers Bryant, Rahmel King, Leondrus Kitchen, Lee Kitchen, Preston Hawkins, Charles Brown, Anthony Johnson and Eddie Colbert. Honorary pallbearers are to be Joe Louis Simmons, Parnell Jackson, Elgin Canley, Marion Jones, Rodney Lawson and Willie James Danzy.

Charles Edwin Pennington

Charles Edwin Pennington, 68, of Crossett died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born February 4, 1938, in Crossett to Coy Ed and Louise Roberts Pennington, he worked as a security guard but was known best as a TV and radio repairman. He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran, a Razorback fan and loved fishing and hunting.

Survivors include one son, Mike Pennington of Swartz, La; two daughters, Judy Kunkle of Monticello and Sherri Strickland of Crossett; two brothers, Lurrell and Butch Pennington, both of Crossett; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Lee Love Pennington.

Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Crossett Senior Citizens Center, 1208 Pine St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Peggy Joanne Pope

Peggy Joanne Stevenson Pope, 56, of Crossett died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born in Cotton Valley, LA, on April 27, 1949, to Billy Lee Sr. and Louvenia Kelley Stevenson, she was a homemaker, an active volunteer with the Crossett School District and was a former president of the Crossett Adopt-A-School program. She enjoyed decorating, cooking, gardening and working in her yard.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Pope; one son, Chris Clark; one daughter, Holly Pope; one sister, Elizabeth Taunton, all of Crossett; one brother, Billy Lee Stevenson, Jr., of Atlanta, TX; one half-brother, Gerald Goza of Midwest City, OK; and one granddaughter, Emily Clark of Crossett. She was preceded in death by one half-sister, Jackie Pearah; and one half-brother, Jerry Kelley.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers are to be Baba Pearah, Todd, Pearah, Scotty McCay, Mike Kelley, John Doss, Mason Pope, Hudson Pope and John Howe.

Memorials may be made to the Crossett Community Scholarship Association, 101 West First Ave., Crossett, AR 71635.

Zeph Burton Sisson

Zeph Burton Sisson, 91, of Crossett died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born June 29, 1914, in Bonita, LA to Clarence Burton and Alma Humphreys Sisson, he was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater with the 57th Chemical Detachment.

He retired from Georgia-Pacific Paper Operations after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member and deacon of North Crossett First Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer for 40 years and was named treasurer emeritus in 1990. He was a former board member of the Crossett Paper Mills Federal Credit Union, served two terms on the loan committee and was a former member of the Crossett Civitan Club. He was an outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, gardening and cooking.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Pauline Sisson; one son, Mac Sisson and wife Donna of Arkadelphia; one daughter, Peggy Snow and husband Lowell of Prairie Grove; four grandchildren, Alan Sisson of Fort Hood, TX, Matthew Snow of Branson, MO, Stephanie Sisson Green and husband Jared of Little Rock and Meredith Snow Purifoy and husband Keith of Prairie Grove; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie Purifoy and Kale Purifoy, both of Prairie Grove. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Eloise Gates, Ladell Johnson and Erline Jenkins.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Revs. Robin Allen and Lowell Snow officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are to be Chester Anders, Gale Anders, James Ward, Denon Cagle, Marvin Spurlock and Lamar Hill. Honorary pallbearers are to be deacons of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box N, Crossett, AR 71635.

Thomas A. Thames, Sr.

Thomas A. Thames, Sr., 84, of Mangham, LA, died Monday, March 6, 2006, at Richardson Medical Center in Rayville, LA. Born December 9, 1921, in Mangham, he was a retired farmer and a member of New Light Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Aline Graves Thames; two sons, Alton Thames and wife Juanita and George Thames and wife Wanda, all of Mangham; two daughters, Kathryn Osborn and husband George of Vicksburg, MS, and Ella Marie Thornhill and husband Lee of Hamburg; four sisters, Ruth Mae Roundtree and husband Carrol of West Monroe, LA, Mavis Mangum and Wilma Harris, both of Winnsboro, LA, and Doris Evans of Baton Rouge, LA; nine grandchildren, Thomas Osborn, Kathy Osborn, Leia O'Fallon, Brent Thornhill, Shannon Thames, Stephen Thames, Bernard King, George Thomas Jr. and Chrystal Thames Haineault; 13 great-grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Ella Buie Thames; one sister, Loreece Reagan; one brother, Ray Thames; and one great-grandson, Reed Thomas Thames.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Revs. Gary Garris and James Miller officiating. Burial was at Gwin Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Mangum, Dennis Thames, Johnny Royals, Leo Cheek and George Lobrano.

Steven E. Turner

Steven E. Turner, 44, of Crossett died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born May 13, 1961, to Burl Turner Jr. and Virginia Jimmerson Turner, he was an agricultural equipment sales for many years and was a Baptist. He was an avid Razorback fan and loved to fish and hunt.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Turner of Crossett; his father, Burl Turner Jr. of DeWitt; one son, Trey Turner of DeWitt; his companion, Karen Mills of Crossett; and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial was to follow services at Rolfe Chapel Cemetery. Memorials for him may be made to the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.

March 22

Hubert Bridges

Mr. Hubert Bridges, 72, of Lake Village died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at the St. Francis North Hospital in Monroe, LA. A native of Gilmer, Texas, a resident of Lake Village, for the past 20 years and a former resident of Portland, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Aulds Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Stephen Bridges of McGehee; a daughter, Becky Bridges of Crossett; two brothers, Billy Joe Bridges of Portland and Leo Mack Bridges of Lake Village; four sisters, Juanita Parks of Parks, Virginia Pennington of Fountain Hill, Betty Lou Crow of Lake Village and Bonnie Gaylon of Urbana; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Connie Bridges & Ethel Mae Stanford Parks. and a brother, Larry Bridges.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Burton, Gary Bridges, Preston Streeter, Billy Ray Bridges, David & Johnny Crow. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com

Robert Coleman

Robert Coleman, 85, of Lake Village, formerly of Hamburg, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Beverly Health Care of Lake Village. A native of Hamburg, he was a resident of Lake Village for the past two years and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Joshua and Lula Elizabeth Earnest Coleman; two brothers, Henry and Jody Coleman; and three sisters, Lucille Barnett, Billie Dove Johnson and Ruby Pace.

His remains were cremated. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Carter Deal

Dorothy Belle Carter Deal, 84, of Crossett died Friday, March 17, 2006, at home surrounded by her family. Born on October 19, 1921, in Crossett to the late Oscar Lee and Maude Smith Carter, Mrs. Deal was a retired First National Bank of Crossett employee and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Gayle Deal and wife Gloria and Eddie Deal and wife Pollye; one daughter, Frankie Jean Welchel and husband Terry, all of Crossett; three sisters, Katie Joe Morgan and Willie Jeanette Fisher, both of Crossett, and Verna Morgan of McGehee; seven grandchildren, Cindy Robinson, Downey Robinson, Russ Deal, Denise McMillan, Jackie Johnson, LeAnne Rhodes, and Ashley Miller; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great­granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Calvin Frank Deal; a great-grandson, Zachary Wayne Clark Russell; and a sister, Sibyl Berry.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Griffith and Kevin Daniel officiating. Burial followed at the Deal Cemetery in Ladelle with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Downey Robinson, Russ Deal, Scott McMillan, Jackie Johnson, Jason Rhodes, Stephen Miller, Scott Wheeler, Matt Townley, and Wayland Stinson. Honorary pallbearers were nephews Dean Holland, Kenneth Morgan, Larry Morgan, Chuck Baxter, Paul Baxter, Billy Lafoon, Glen Woods, James Ed Daniel, Richard Abbott, John Lindsey, Randy Deal, Vern Deal, Gary Johnson, and Tom, Barry and Greg Smith.

Memorials may be made to Deal Cemetery Fund, c/o Gloria Deal, 144 Deal Drive, Crossett, AR 71635 or Magnolia Baptist Church, 822 Marais Saline Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.

Margaret Lucille Deloney

Margaret Lucille Deloney, 66, of Pine Bluff died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Davis Life Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Ashley County, she was a retired nurse and a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church

Survivors include one daughter, Denise Martin of Modesto, CA; two brothers, Plez Rance Jr. of Crossett and Donald Rance of San Andro, CA; two sisters, Abbie Cone of Pine Bluff and Annie Tharpe of Crossett; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Plez and Elenar Scales Rance; two brothers, Willie Ed Rance and George Rance; and one sister, Ollie Mae Rance.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers are to be Charles S. Cone, Vic Moseby, Freddie L. Tharpe, Victory Moseby, Marvin Moseby and Bernard Tharpe. Honorary pallbearers are to be Plez Rance Jr., Donald G. Rance, Melvin Tharpe, Milton R. Rance, Larry Tharpe, Preston Hawkins and members of the T. W. Daniel Class of 1956.

Billy Joe Haney

Billy Joe Haney, 73, of Crossett died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born on March 28, 1932, in Hamburg, to Joe and Estelle Farmer Haney, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and retired in 1990 after 34 years with Georgia Pacific Paper. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Crossett; a retired volunteer of the Crossett Fire Department and a former Boy Scout Leader for Troop #39. Mr. Haney was an avid outdoorsman and sports fan. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home to sporting events and for camping and hunting activities and in recent years enjoyed treasure hunting on eBay.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Nann Haney of Crossett; three sons, Jody Haney and wife Patsy of Crossett, Ray Haney and wife Joyce of Russellville, and Ricky Joe Parks and wife Debbie of Crossett; one daughter, Denise Gifford and husband Bill of Crossett; one brother, Don Haney of Milam, Texas; eight grandchildren, Erin Haney, Adam Parks, Heath Parks, Kristy Parks, Courtnie Gill, Scott Gill, Jennifer Smedley, and Cliff Haney; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Smedley.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Pallbearers Adam Parks, Heath Parks, Scott Gill, Matt Carter, Michael Knight, and Philip Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Holland, Royce Keen, Ronnie King, Dickey Harris, Ed Blankinship, Ronnie Mercer, Earl Deal, Parrish Griffin, Eddie Kelley and Jerry Kelley. Burial services followed at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or American Lung Association, 211 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72205.

Bettye Sue Parr Johnson

Bettye Sue Parr Johnson of Crossett died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. She spent over 40 years teaching English in Cherry Valley, Rosebud, Tillar, Glendale and Crossett. She was a graduate of North Little Rock High School, Arkansas State Teachers' College and received her master's degree from East Texas State University. She was active in many organizations including involvement with and leadership in Delta Counseling, Delta Kappa Gamma, Forest Echoes Vocational Technical Institute, Arkansas Council of Teachers of English, United Methodist Women and the Crossett Book Club.

Survivors include two sons, William Jack Johnson and Robert Joseph "Bob" Johnson; two daughters-in-law, Rebecca Lynn Johnson and Jane Temple Johnson; five grandchildren, Greg William Johnson, Brian Matthew Johnson, Robert Austin Johnson, Melinda Jo Atchison and Michael Joseph Atchison; six great-grandchildren, Anna Claire Atchison, Connor Matthew Johnson, William Davis Johnson, Luke Thomas, Grady Ryan Johnson and Michael Robert Atchison; and two sisters-in-law, Velma Warner and Fern Wendt. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, William Johnson; three brothers, Joe A. Parr, Jimmy Parr and William F. Parr; two sisters, Helen "Toots" Parr Suggs and Catherine Parr Feagins; and her parents, Jesse Clarence and Bessie Jackson Barker Parr.

Grave-side services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers are Robert "Bob" Crain, Johnson Houston and grandsons Greg, Brian, Rob and Michael Johnson. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Mildred Louise Moore

Mildred Louise Moore, 83, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, March 10, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City. A native of Crossett but a resident of Kansas City for the past three and one-half years, she was a retired employee of Bob Elliot and Sons Jewelry and a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include two sons, Angelo Moore and wife Betty and Larry Moore and wife Evon, all of Crossett; one daughter, Linda Moore Walker of Kansas City; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Moore; one son, Waymon "Bo Bo" Moore; her parents, David and Malloy Poole Mitchell; and one sister, Margie Harris.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Raymond Canley, Michael Scott, Sherman Dawkins, Elbert Ray Gibbs, Larry Harris, James Johnson and Curtis Harris.

Annie Mae Orange

Annie Mae Orange, 89, of Wilmot died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a retired cook for Wilmot Nursing Home and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Rufus Orange Jr. and Larry Butler and wife Seritha of Wilmot and Frank Franklin and wife Irene of Little Rock; four daughters, Velma Smith of Crossett, Julie Faye Penn and husband Arthur and Jessie Penn of Wilmot, and Barbara Smith and husband Richard of Riverdale, GA; three brothers, Sammie Lee Thornton and Freddie Lee Tharpe and wife Annie Mae of Crossett and Matthew Tharpe of Chicago, IL; 36 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Orange; her parents, Norman and Nancy Ogleton Tharpe; and five brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Lee Smith officiating. Burial was at Second Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers were Jermain Dokes, Leotis Penn, William Penn, Darryll Stokes, Eric Penn and Damonte Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Kitchen, Charles Raino, Cleveland Parker, Gregory Walker and Willie Penn.

Emma Jean Parker

Emma Jean Parker, 83, of Crossett, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in W. Monroe, LA. Born on August 15, 1922 in Chidester to Robert Lee and Nannie Leola Smith Blankenship, she was employed at Safeway for 27 years, enjoyed quilting and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, James E. Parker of West Monroe; a son-in-law, Ben Brice of West Monroe; two grandchildren, Meredith Rowe and husband Rusty of West Monroe and Michael Brice of Ennis, TX; two great-grandchildren, Maci and Caleb Rowe; one brother, Doyle Lee Blankenship, Sr.; and one brother-in-law, Everett Parker of Crossett. Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by a daughter, Yvonne Parker Brice; a grandson, Gary Bentley Brice and a sister, Gladys Berniece Parker.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, March 17, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Red Walser, Earl Sivils, Mark Trammell, Earl Deal, Lane Parker, Jackie Parker, and Carroll Parker. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635 or a favorite charity.

Regina Pennington Reep

Regina "Snookie" Pennington Reep, 79, of Warren died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home. Born January 29, 1921, in Bradley County, a daughter of the late Edward Ross Pennington and Eleanor MacFadden "Ellie Mac" Green Pennington, she was a graduate of Hermitage High School. She was a retired employee of Dollar Store, Gannaway Drug Store, Sears and West Brothers and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the church choir and taught Sunday school. She was also a homemaker and a lifelong care giver.

She married H. T. Reep on December 7, 1946, in Hermitage, and he died June 4, 2002.

Survivors are two sons Johnny Reep and spouse La Verne of Little Rock and Randy Reep of El Dorado; one daughter, Regina "Genie" Reep Kersten and spouse Bill of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Jodey Reep and spouse Amy, Jeremy Reep and Kari Nichole Reep of El Dorado, Brandi Beth Kersten of Hamburg and Casey Martin Reep of Fayetteville; and two great-grandchildren McKenzie Reep of El Dorado and Jayda Beth Knight of Hamburg. Two brothers, Jack Pennington and Curtis Pennington, and three sisters, Mable Pennington LeFevere, Mary Elizabeth "Missie" Pennington Parrish and Anita "Nita" Pennington Reaves Abernathy also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were T.C. Ashcraft, Jodey Reep, Jeremy Reep, T. Roy Reep, Charles Doggett, Tracy Slaughter and Mike Lathan.

Honorary pallbearers were Warren Fire Department members, the women of First Presbyterian Church and members of the chancel choir of First Presbyterian Church.

Memorials are preferred to Hickory Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Wilmot Green, 5 Jay Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671; First Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, 212 East Church Street, Warren, Ark 71671 or the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, c/o Johnny Reep, Chairman, Post Office Box 56470, Little Rock, Ark. 72215.

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Inez White Corder

Inez White Corder, 83, of Hollandale, MS, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. She was born in Promise Land to Joseph Calvin and Carrie Claudia White and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, John Hampelton Corder; three daughters, Claudia Newton of Yazoo City, MS. Marilyn Corder of The Colony, TX and Barbara Belk of Greenwood, MS; one brother, Roger White of Promise Land; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at Delta City Baptist Church in Delta City, MS. Burial was at Hollandale City Cemetery under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home of Greenville.

Lois Nell "Toni" Fairley

Lois Nell "Toni" Fairley, 75, of Hamburg died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at her residence. She was a native of Ashley County, a resident of San Diego, CA, for 30 years and a resident of Hamburg for the past 18 years. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Glen McCrory and wife Brenda of Burnsville, MN, and Phillip Trent McCrory and wife Kathy of Monticello; one brother, Keith Wesson of Mountain View; four sisters, Pat Wesson, Fran Smith and Faye McDonald, all of Shreveport, LA, and Annette Watson of Conway; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Aaron McCrory; one son, Henry Curtis McCrory; and her parents, Henry and Mary Bays Wesson.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Bro. Kenny Bolin officiating. Burial was at Montrose Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Wesson, Wayne Wesson, Billy Bassett, Earl McCrory, David Carter and Brian Milum.

Ether Cleo Lewis

Ether Cleo Lewis, 89, of Crossett died Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Oak Woods Nursing Home in Mer Rouge, La. She was born Feb. 26, 1917 at Rosston.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by one daughter, Wanda Sue Lewis of Grapevine, TX; one son, Jimmie L. Lewis and wife Joan of Crossett; one sister, Emogene Reed of Camden; one brother, Wayne Sanders and wife Pansy of Hot Springs; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James A. "Pete" Lewis; two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lewis were at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Chapel of Young's Funeral Directors, 508 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, with Rev. Vaughn Blue officiating. Interment followed at the Smackover Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dr. Charles Lewis, Steve Lewis, Brad Harville, Matthew Harville, John Woodward and Matt Cole.

Memorials may be made to South Main Baptist Church Bus Fund at P.O. Box 622, Crossett, AR 71635.

Ouida Vonell Miller

Ouida Vonell Miller, 86, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at her residence. Born on April 22, 1919, in Hector to William Lee and Margaret Ann McGee Crouch, Mrs. Miller was a cook for Ashley Memorial Hospital and Leisure Lodge Nursing Home. She enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, quilting and cooking. She was a member of Meridian Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Carl "Shorty" Miller of Crossett; four sons, Billy Miller and wife Katherlene of Hamburg, Bobby Miller and wife Charlotte of Crossett, Freddy Miller and wife Nicki of Moro Bay and Jimmy Miller and wife Luanne of Jacksonville, FL; one daughter, Susie Jerry and husband, Galen of Crosset; one brother, Willis Crouch of Monticello; twelve grandchildren 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, J. C. Crouch, Arthur Crouch, Rosco Crouch, Oscar Crouch and Charlie Crouch and her sisters, Lilly Crouch Curran, Sally Crouch Curran and Lavada Crouch.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, March 24, in Meridian Baptist Church with Bros. Rick Pyron and Jim Taylor officiating. Interment followed at Hickory Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Roger, Jeff, Steve, Phil, Todd, Chad and Don Miller, Matt Newsom and Brian Jerry.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

William Pruitt

Mr. William "Earl" Pruitt, 97, of Wilmot, died Monday, March 20, 2006, at his residence in Wilmot. A native of Van Buren County and a resident of Wilmot since 1946, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Gaines Baptist Church and the Zachary Baptist Church.

He is survived by three sons, Leon Pruitt of Bastrop, LA, Norman Ray Pruitt of Monroe, LA, and Royce Pruitt of Crossett; three daughters, Eunice Dailey of Hamburg, Vaunda McKoin of Bastrop and Marie Fortune of Wilmot; a sister, Mamie Ward of Little Rock; 21 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Elizabeth Pack Pruitt; a son, James Edward Pruitt; a daughter, Oma Mae Swopes; his parents, Jim & Alice Forbes Pruitt; and two brothers,

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Lloyd Townsend and Cecil Harvey officiating. Burial followed services at the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Dailey, Lee Fortune, Mike McKoin, Floyd Swopes, Jim Kelley, David Levertt, David, Bobby, Ronnie, Wayne and Tim Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Otwell, Ron Miller, Bobby Foster, Gene Chandler, W.C. Dew, Walter Dew and A. C. Adams. Memorials may be made to the Zachary Baptist Church, Jones, LA 71250.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com

Gerald Dean White

Mr. Gerald Dean White, 80, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department and was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

He is survived by a daughter, Gail Angiln and husband, Tommy, of Haynesville, LA; two stepsons, Paul Wilkerson of Hamburg and James Harrison of Crossett; two step-daughters, Shirley Smith of Hamburg and Barbara Strickland of Greenbrier; a sister, Irene Stell of Hamburg; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Ruby Wilkerson White in 2005 and Flora Mae White in 2000; a son, Danny Dean White; his parents, Henry & Bessie Higginbotham White; three brothers, Garvin, Leo & Charles H. White and two sisters, Hazel Christmas and Willie West.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 23, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Freddie Martin, Leon Crouch, Kenneth Leigh, Lynn Croswell, Teddy Hickman and Ronnie Nelms. Honorary pallbearers were the Men's Sunday School Class of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Hamburg Senior Citizen's Center, P.O. Box 507, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. To sign the online guest book, visit www.jones-hartshorn.com

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