Bobbie Ray Abney

Bobbie Ray Abney, 72, of Crossett died Thursday, November 26, 2009, at her residence in Crossett. Mrs. Abney was a native and lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Redeemer.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula Beard of El Dorado; two sons, Tim Abney and wife Pam of Crossett and Jon Abney and wife Dana of Roanoke, Virginia; two sisters, Edith Upshaw of Prairieville and Patsy Peck of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Cassie Reed and husband Jason and Jonathan Buck Oldham of El Dorado and Ryan, Blake & Jennifer Abney of Crossett; and two great-grandchildren, Haley and Cody Reed of El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Leonard Abney, Jr., in 2004; her parents, Shack & Versie Gilbert Rice; a brother Murry Rice; and a sister, Ethel Foy.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 28, at the Church of the Redeemer with Rev. Bob Whiteley officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Terry Upshaw, Jacob Allen, Todd Grubbs, Trey Grubbs, John Johnson and Rodney Reeves. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Streeter and Laron Berryman.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Redeemer, P. O. Box 150, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Flora Mae Miller

Flora Mae Miller, 55, of Hamburg died Thursday, November 26, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Miller was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker, and a member of Epistles of God Church of Deliverance.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, David Miller; one son, Allen Huggins & wife Vernicia of Arlington, TX; two daughters, LaSalle Fisher and husband Vernon of Hamburg and Danyell "Wanda" Scates of Monticello; two brothers, Rev. Andrew Morgan & wife Ruthie and Rev. Aaron Morgan and wife Myrtis, all of Milwaukee, WI; three sisters, Faye Collins and husband Samuel of Hamburg, Othello Yates of Gary, IN, and Peggy Williams and husband Willie of Milwaukee, WI; and 17 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Beadie Mae McQuay Morgan; two brothers, Worthy Morgan and R.D. Morgan on Sept. 9; and two sisters, Opha J. Morgan & Mary Dean Morgan Griffin on April 22.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating. Pallbearers were to be E.G. Morgan, Tremmell Yates, Lawrence Tucker, Michael Burns, Robert Stanley, Johnny Guy, Elias Duncan & Lee Marvin Miller. Honorary pallbearers were to be the ushers of the church with burial following at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Roger Nutt, Sr.

William Roger Nutt, Sr., 94, of Crossett died Friday, November 27, 2009, at the Cherry Ridge Guest Care Center in Bastrop, LA. Born October 21, 1915, in the Beech Creek community outside Hamburg to the late W. W. and Irene Hudgens Nutt, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1933 and attended Monticello A&M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He began working in the post office in 1936 and on October 14, 1937, married Bernice Boyd of Fountain Hill. In 1944, he was drafted into the Army, serving in Co. A 357th Inf. Regt, 90th Division, 3rd Army, serving in World War II in Germany and was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and various other medals. He and four of his brothers served in the war at the same time.

In 1946, he returned to his job in the post office in Hamburg. He worked there for 37 years, the last 20 years as postmaster. While working at the post office, he became an avid stamp collector. After he retired from the post office in 1973, he and his wife moved to Little Rock where he worked for the Arkansas Pollution Control for 10 years. He and his wife moved back to Crossett where he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and a deacon emeritus at the First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was also a Sunday school teacher and loved working in his garden, raising vegetables and flowers, sharing them with family and friends.

He is survived by four children, William Roger Nutt, Jr., and wife Margaret of Crossett; Betty Ann Weatherly and husband Richard of Hamburg, Larry Boyd Nutt and wife Robbie of Cabot and Janet Eugenia Nutt of Hamburg; three brothers, Wayne Nutt and wife Pat of Hopkins, SC, Warren Nutt and wife Bonnie of Covington, GA, Hugh Lynn Nutt and wife Frances of Ozark, MO; a sister, Annice Durham of Medford, Oregon; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 56 years in 1994; his parents, W.W. & Irene Hudgens Nutt; three brothers, Herman, Lavell and Woodrow Nutt; and two sisters, Lena Sawyer and Verna Mol.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, November 30, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Rev. Jeff Smart and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial followed at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Noah Weatherly, Richard Weatherly, Charlie Goodwin, Benjamin Pratt, Shaylon Hood and Ray Gene Horton. Honorary pallbearers were his former fellow employees of the United States Postal Service and the members of the Men's Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the MMC Building Fund, First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Billy Jack Ragland

Billy Jack Ragland, 82, of Crossett died Thursday, November 26, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, LA. Born on December 18, 1926, to the late Robert Floyd and Ella Mae Fleming Ragland in Portland, he was an U. S. Army veteran serving in the Philippines during World War II, and retired from Georgia Pacific as payroll auditor in 1988. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett, an avid gardener and loved to cook.

Survivors include nieces Fran and husband Robert E. Stone of Crossett, Judy Naugher of Baton Rouge, LA, and Betty Burton of Monroe, LA; great-nieces, Robinan and husband Derrick Gentry of Monroe, Jennifer and husband Henry Peltier of Thibodaux, LA, Beth Naugher of New Orleans, LA, and Kathy and husband Julian Russ of Houma, LA; great-nephews, Robert D. and wife Teresa Stone of Crossett and Robert and wife Lisa Naugher of Columbus, MS; and 16 great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Homer, Robert and Paul Ragland; and his sisters, Inez Willis, Vivian Golden, Ouida Ingram, Helen Ragland and Martha Jane Ragland.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 29, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Robert D. Stone, Robert Naugher, Henry Peltier, Derrick Gentry, Julian Russ and Porter Peltier. Honorary pallbearers were Don Fleming, Bill Boyer, Gary Dean Gilbert and O. H. Darling. Burial followed at the Lakewood (Old Crossett) Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Multi Ministry Center, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com.

Rev. Frank Leonard Summers

Rev. Frank Leonard Summers, 90, of Timpson, Texas, died Thursday, November 26, 2009, the in Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison, TX.

Born July 4, 1919, in Hamburg to the late Earl Willis and Blanche (McMillian) Summers, he married Helen Blanche Moore in Mist on December 24, 1938. They were rice farmers and ranchers until August, 1955, when they moved to Henderson, TX, to attend Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary where Rev. Summers received the Doctor of Theology. He retired as an American Baptist Association minister after 54 years of serving six churches in the East Texas area and one church in Pasadena, TX.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Blanche Summers of Timpson; two sons, Jerry Summers and wife Cindy of Timpson and Dale Summers and wife Cass of Henderson, TX; two sisters, Earlene Laskey and husband Ray of Hamburg and Leone Burnett of Jacksonville; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Summers of LaPorte, TX; a sister-in-law, Cora Mae Summers of Crossett; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, Frank Summers was preceded in death by a son, Earl Eugene Summers; a brother, Maurice Summers; and a sister, Edith Thomas.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, November 30, in the Taylor Funeral Home chapel in Timpson with Bros. Nolan Ritchie and Cliff Hughes officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Heights Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise, TX. To convey condolences online, visit www.taylorfh.net.

Obituaries Published December 9

Fran Bierbaum

Fran Bierbaum, 69, of Hamburg died Wednesday, December 2, 2009, after a brief hospitalization at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born on July 30, 1940, to Tom and Louise Culp Sivils of Crossett, she was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 49 years. Fran received her early education in Crossett and graduated from Crossett High School in 1958. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her husband, Carl John Bierbaum, who she married in 1960; two sons, Jon Bierbaum and wife Stephanie of Hamburg and Dr. Cole Bierbaum and wife Diane of Little Rock; a brother, Neal Sivils of Crossett; four grandchildren, Mary Ashleigh and Maddison Bierbaum of Hamburg and Connor and Carter Bierbaum of Little Rock and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 4, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. David Jacks officiating. Burial followed at the Hamburg Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Henry and Billy Bierbaum, Gene and Phil Barnes, Jimmy Murphy, Bill Givens, Alan Riels, Reid Harrod and Charlie Searcy. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Charles E. Bridewell, Jr.

Charles "Charlie" Edward Bridewell, Jr., 83, of Lake Village died Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born September 9, 1926, in Morrilton to the late Charles E. Bridewell, Sr., and LaVerne Hellums Bridewell, he was a veteran of World War II, volunteering at the age of 18 for the Army Air Corps. He proudly served his country in the Philippines until the end of the war. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas (formerly Arkansas State Teacher's College) in 1949 and then moved to Montrose where he farmed for over 30 years. He retired from management with Wilson-Pugh Corporation in 1998. He served as a member of the board of directors of Parkway Bank and was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice Guise Bridewell; two sons, Charles William Bridewell and Robert Guise Bridewell, Sr., all of Lake Village; and five grandsons, William Burke Bridewell, Charles Edmund Bridewell, Robert Guise Bridewell, Jr., William Alexander Bridewell and Andrew Owen Bridewell.

Grave-side services and burial were at 2 p.m., Friday, December 4, in the Holy Innocents Cemetery on Stuart Island with Rev. Tony Hill officiating. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village. Pallbearers were Craig Shackelford, Bill Elliott, Jr., Regan Clark, Ronnie Berkemeyer, Earl Ashley, Benton Newcome, Bob Pugh, Guy "Bud" Botsford, Marvin Loyd, David Livingston and Tom Pugh.

Memorials may be made to the Lakeside United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 192, Lake Village, AR 71653 or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

V. W. Cason

V. W. "Son" Cason, 89, of Fountain Hill died Monday, November 30, 2009, at the Pinewood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1939 and the University of Arkansas. He was a high school math and science teacher and taught in Homer, Alaska, for 20 years. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves in September, 1942, from Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, California, and was appointed aviation cadet on March 20, 1943 at Santa Anna, California. He requested bombardier-navigation training at Victorville, California. After graduation he was assigned to the 398 Bomb Group at Rapid City, South Dakota, and had combat training in B-17s. He missed a flight that killed his crew so he served as instructor until a vacancy occurred for combat. He was a lieutenant with the 8th Air Corps, stationed in England, 834 Squadron, 486 Bombardment Group and served as bombardier-navigator for 35 missions over Germany. He returned home and was in pilot training when the war ended. He was a member of the Hamburg Prairie Masonic Lodge #465 for many years and a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Elsa Raye Phillips Cason of Fountain Hill; three sons, Lynn Cason and wife Beverly, Jonathan Cason and wife Marissa, and Sam Cason and wife Jackie, all of Anchorage, Alaska; a stepson, Robert V. Lamar and wife Sheila of Rogers; two sisters, Gladys Deckelman Lambert and Leone Hendrickson, both of Monticello; nine grandchildren, Samuel Lynn, David Jefferson, Maxwell Martinez, Jonathan Drew, William Galatin, Everett Fleming, Genevieve, Michelle Marie and Lindsey Rose; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack & Luna Brown Cason; a sister, Annis Marie Eackles; and two brothers, Jack Brown Cason and Robert Earl Cason.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, at the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with burial following at the Flat Creek Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Mike Andrews, Glenn Deckelman, Bill Phillips, Dennis Thurman, Ed Cunning-ham, Charles Ralph Hollis and Robert V. Lamar. Honorary pallbearers were to be J.D. Hollis, J. B. Oglesby, Jimmy Welch and James Phillips.

Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Margie Lee Cloud

Margie Lee Cloud, 88, of Monticello died Monday, November 30, 2009, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born April 1, 1921, in Ashley County, she was the daughter of the late Mal Allison and Johnnie Dew Allison. She was retired from MonArk Boat Company and was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Loveless.

Survivors include one son, Freddie Mac Coulter of Monticello; one brother, Vance Allison of Galveston, TX; three sisters, Joann Moffatt of Hamburg, Dean Rankin of Mindenhall, MS, and Rose Wilder of California; three grandchildren, Steven Anthony Skender, Margie Lynn Skender and Lisa Lynnette Loveless; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial service were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 4, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Guest book at stephensondearman.com.

Eddie Duckery, Sr.

Eddie Duckery, Sr., 87, of Wilmot died Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Lake Village Health Care Center. A native of Wilmot, he lived in Gary, IN, for 40 years and was a retired industrial construction worker, a member of Second Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by two sons, Eddie Duckery, Jr., and Kevin James Duckery, both of Wilmot, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Williams Duckery; two brothers, John, Jr., and Homer Lee Duckery; and one sister, Bessy Wooden.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, at Second Baptist Church with Rev. James Lewis officiating. Pallbearers are Kevin Duckery, Eddie Duckery, Jr., Billy Kitchen, Arthur Penn, Gerald Haskins, & Paul Strickland. Honorary pallbearers are Alvin Cox, Henry Parker, Carl Rollins, & Thurman Shaw. Burial will follow at Second Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc, of Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Ether Lee Green

Ether Lee Shelbey Green, 89, of Crossett died Monday, November 28, 2009, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation. Born on October 4, 1920, in Rosedale, MS, to Dewey Shelbey and Mallaway Matthews, Mrs. Green was a homemaker. She was a member and mother of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church where she was also a choir member and a member of Eastern Star #306.

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence Green of Detroit, MI, Joe Green, Jr., of Crossett, James Green of Milwaukee, WI, and Willie Green of Crossett; five daughters, Viola Rochell and Onnie Russ of Star City, Ethel Hatch of Stuttgart and Birthola Webb and Lillian Gibson, both of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Fannie Hall of Robin, IL; forty-one grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Green Sr.; two children, Russell Green and Jessie Green; and a sister, Molly Bell Gage.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 5, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Olive Marie Mathews

Olive Marie Cash Mathews, 84, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Born on June 19, 1925, in Monticello to Oliver Perry and Florence Louella Copeland Cash, she was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing. Mrs. Mathews was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Lewis Mathews of Crossett; two sons, Bobby Mathews and wife Joyce of Bedford, OH, and Michael Lewis Mathews and wife Bonnie of Crossett; one daughter, Louise Hollis and husband Benjie of Crossett; one brother, John Ed Cash and wife Onis of Bodcaw; two sisters, Virginia Clark of Stamps and Francis Taylor and husband Bill of Wildwood, FL; two grandchildren, Neva Marie Mathews of Ohio and Whitney Mathews Hill and husband Brandon of Benton; and one great-grandchild, Brayden Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Brenda Joyce Mathews; one brother and four sisters.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 4, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Pallbearers were John Paul Craig, Steve Kannard, David Jones, John Grady Richards, Franklin Ricks and James Mathews. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Hill and Pete Mathews. Burial followed at the Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Youth Department, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635.

William "Billy" Sadler

William "Billy" Sadler, 67, of Portland died Sunday, December 6, 2009, at his residence in Portland. A native and lifelong resident of Portland, he was an active member of the Portland Baptist Church where he served as head usher for many years.

He is survived by a sister, Carolyn Kimbrell of Little Rock; three brothers, Bobby Sadler of McGehee, Jimmie Sadler of Portland and Jerry Sadler of Siloam Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Easel & Myrtle Lee Doss Sadler.

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, in the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Carl Mason and Jerry Sadler and Stanton Veazey officiating. Burial will be in the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Bob Young, Scott Young, Ted Selby, George Rutledge, Emory Austin and Richard Murdaugh. Honorary pallbearers are H.T. Cunningham, Carlton "Buddy" Lawrence, Errol Barrett and Cliff Tarvin.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663 or to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Obituaries Published December 16

Myrtle Carter Collins

Myrtle Carter Collins, 92, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on July 30, 1917, in White to Walter James and Annie Belle Andrews Carter, she was a 1935 graduate of Huttig High School and entered the nursing program in the original Crossett Lumber Company Hospital. After marriage in 1939, she was a homemaker for several years as the family moved to North Carolina and back to Magnolia. When the family returned to Crossett in 1953, she began work as a dental assistant. She and her husband, Bert moved to Alexandria, VA, in 1975 and returned to Crossett 6 ½ years later. She was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one son, Bert Collins, Jr., and wife Kay of Crossett; one daughter, Ann Nelson and husband Jim of Bethesda, MD; one sister, Louise Camp and husband Ewell of West Monroe, LA; three grandchildren, Chris Collins and wife Angie, Brett Collins and wife Ladale of Crossett and Jessica Harbeson and husband Eric of Boulder, CO; three great-grandchildren, Grant, Sarah, and Gracie-Dru Collins, all of Crossett; three nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bert Collins, Sr.; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. L. H. McCollough officiating. Pallbearers were Bert Collins Jr., Ewell Camp, Chris Collins, Jim Nelson, Eric Harbeson ad Brett Collins. Burial followed at the Lakewood Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Aquettia Hampton

Aquettia Hampton, 50, of Crossett died Thursday, December 10, 2009, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. She was a native of Jonesboro, a homemaker, and a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness.

She is survived by her husband, Cedric Hampton; one son, Tyrone Ruffin of Jacksonville; one daughter, Lena Ruffin of Jonesboro; one stepson, Cederic Hampton; her parents, Robert & Iona Jean Burns of Jonesboro; one brother, Robert Burns, Jr., of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Rhonda Perkins of Dallas, Vickey Ann Wilson of Jonesboro and Margaret Bond of Jonesboro; six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Sanders, and her grandmothers, Lucille Murphy and Margaret Kendall.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 19, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness; 402 W. Pierce St. N. Crossett, AR 71635 with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Elatrice Hargrove

Elatrice Hargrove, 80, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was a life-long resident of Crossett, a food service manager for the Crossett School District at T. W. Daniels and Hastings and a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, William Hargrove of Inglewood, CA; one daughter, Dr. Janice Warren of Crossett; one sister, Veola Miller of Crossett; three grandchildren, Jimmy Warren, Jonah Hargrove and Alexonreia Hargrove; and a great-grand child, Amaya Warren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie "Catfish" Hargrove; one son, Dennis O'Neal Hargrove; her parents, Mitchell and Claudia Simpson Federson; two brothers, Mitchell, Jr., and Cordell Federson; and two sisters, Jione Bea Martin and Ola Vee Barnes.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Jessie L. Radford, Marvin Scott, Rev. Falona Simpson, Charles Adkins, and Eddie Loggins officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas L. Lowe, James Adams, Robert Thompson, Albert Goodwin, James Phifer andMilton Gaston. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc., of Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Dorothy Ree Horton

Dorothy "Ree" Horton, 94, of Monticello died Sunday, December 13, 2009, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born August 26, 1915, in Fountain Hill, she was a resident of Monticello for the past 10 years and a long time resident of Hamburg and Fountain Hill. She graduated from Fountain Hill High School and Monticello A&M College. She began her teaching career in Fountain Hill Elementary School and then taught in the Hamburg Public Schools for over 30 years. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and was currently a member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Rison.

She is survived by a son, Ray Gene Horton and wife Claudia Stinson Horton of Monticello; two granddaughters, Gina Horton Lawrence and husband Johnathon of Beebe and Jennifer Horton of Monticello; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Nataleigh and Haven; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and her special caregiver of four years, Gayle Knight of Monticello. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray & Bettie Bankston Boyd; and two sisters, Bernice Nutt and Blanche Shelton.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Wade Peddy, Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Tony Williams officiating. Burial was to follow at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Ben Carpenter, Roger Nutt, Jr., Richard Weatherly, Johnathon Lawrence, Larry Nutt and Wayland Stinson. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Joyce Juanita Kinion

Joyce Juanita Kinion, 57, of Monticello died Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Born January 13, 1952, in Hampton, she was the widow of John William "Bill" Kinion, a home health aide and a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Collins "Pete" Wall.

Survivors include six sons, Michael Walls of Monticello, Tony Walls and wife Betty of Fountain Hill, Shane Kinion and wife Takara of Melbourne, Bronson Kinion, Melvin Kinion and wife Allison and Johnathan Kinion, all of Monticello; her mother, Reathel Wall of Monticello; two sisters, Theresa Higgins and husband Kenneth of Flippin and Wanda Schroder and husband Rusty of Mountain Home; seven grandchildren, Alexandria "Alex" Walls, Caleb Walls, Autum Walls, Cody Walls, Tristan Walls, Emily Walls and Addysyn Kinion.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 10, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Rev. Alvin McMahon officiating. Burial followed services at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Cushman. Guest book at www.stephensondearman.com.

Jessie Lee Odem

Jessie Lee Odem, 90, of Dermott died Friday, December 4, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Mangum, LA, she was a resident of Dermott for most of her life, a homemaker, and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Odem; her parents, Clabe & Annie Stell Vaughn; three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by great-nieces Ethel Lumpkins and Catherine Curry of Bonita, LA, and a host of other relatives.

The remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.,of Hamburg. Guest book at cromwellfuneral home.net

Carol Ann White

Carol Ann White, 50, formerly of Virginia Beach, VA, died Sunday, December 6, 2009, in Laferia, TX. Born August 22, 1959, in Dunlap, TN, to the late Dewey and Carolyn Burton, she lived in Fountain Hill and graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1977. She had recently begun her lifelong dream of traveling the United States with her husband.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Larry White of Virginia Beach, VA; two children, Megan Galan and husband, Tony of Chesapeake, VA, and Luke Adams and wife Irene of Fayetteville; one stepson, Ray White and wife Carla of Dallas, TX; two brothers, Downey Burton of Tupelo, MS, and Charles Burton of Crossett; one sister, Donna Martin of Hamburg; two granddaughters, Luciana Galan and Sloane White; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Ethan Adams, and one nephew, David Burton.

Funeral services were at 12 noon Saturday, December 12, in the chapel at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Tony Galan officiating.

Pallbearers were Luke Adams, Keith Burton, Tony Galan and Ray White. Burial followed at the Lone Sassafras Cemetery. Guest book at stephensondearman.com.

Obituaries Published December 23

Kenneth Daniels Collins

Kenneth Gean Daniels Collins, 54, of Tucson, AZ, died Monday, December 15, 2009, at his residence in Tucson. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Tucson for the past 22 years, he was employed by a motor transport service at David Monthon Air Force Base in Tucson, was of the A.M.E. Methodist faith, a retired staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and a 1974 graduate of Hamburg High School.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rosalie Curiel Collins; two sons; Edward Young and wife Sonedia of Santa Ana, CA, and Kenneth Elijah Collins of Irvin, CA; two daughters, Sarie Waldrup and Johannah Collins, both of Tucson; his mother, Nadine Collins of Hamburg; two brothers, Woody Collins and wife Fannie of Hamburg and Jerry Collins of Crossett, three sisters, Joyce Ann Collins and Cynthia Collins of Little Rock and Georgia Collins-Cheadle & husband Don, of Dallas, TX; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, George Collins; and two brothers, Michael Collins and Johnny Robinson.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, at Soldiers Chapel A.M.E. with Rev. Gwan Hammick officiating. Pallbearers are John Ware, Earl Jacob, Letell Jenkins, Bobby Hubbard, Kenneth Burns, and Rick Daniels. Honorary pallbearers are Hamburg High School Class of 1974. Burial will follow at Norris Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc, in Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Hazel White Fitzgerald

Hazel White Fitzgerald, 97, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 19, 2009. at the Newton County Nursing Home in Jasper. A native of Rawls and a resident of Hamburg since the early 1970s, she worked for American Airlines for 35 years and retired as director of American Airlines Stewardess College.

A member of the First Baptist Church, she traveled extensively after her retirement, and she loved gardening and the outdoors.

She is survived by a sister, Evelyne Smith of Jasper; a niece, Camille Carpenter and husband Jack Carpenter, Jr., of Compton; a nephew, Johnny Smith and wife Belle of Moselle, Mississippi; three great-nephews and two great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. E.O. & Minnie Rawls White; and her twin sister, Helen White.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. A private burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jasper Mays, Jr.

Jasper Mays, Jr., 54, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A life-long resident of Hamburg, a minister and pastor at Miles Memorial Church of God in Christ in El Dorado, he served as superintendent of El Dorado East District of COGIC. He served 13 years on Hamburg School Board, served 16 years as NAACP representative and served as Presiding Elder of the Third Jurisdiction of COGIC of Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Irma Belcher Mays; two sons, Rodney & Timothy Mays, both of New Orleans, LA; one daughter, Tenilius Hampton of Santa Monica, CA; four brothers, Bishop Danny C. Mays & wife Carolyn, Willie Mays & wife Paula, Eddie Mays & wife Beverly and Phillip Mays & wife Roshonda, all of Hamburg, six sisters, Alice Booker of Atlanta, GA, Alma Tolefree & husband Carl of Hamburg, Gloria Jackson & husband Lee of Wichita, KS, Cora Hicks & husband Robert of El Dorado, Melinda Bess & husband Carl of Fort Pierce, FL, and Lucille Isom of Round Rock, TX, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Sammie Haynes Mays.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 23, from 6-7 p.m., at Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg. Funeral services are Thursday, December 24, at 11 a.m., at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Bishop Frank Anderson and Pastor Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers are Marty Davis, Sylvester Davis, Willie Ashford, Jarmarcus Mays, Kevin Stroud, Derrick Booker, A.J. Mays, and Chris Mays. Honorary pallbearers are the Ministers of COGIC. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Sandra Brooks King

Sandra Brooks King, 64, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 17, 2009, at her residence. A native of Dermott, she was raised in Portland and was a resident of Hamburg for the past 14 years and a former resident of Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Portland High School in 1962 and was a retired hairdresser and social worker and a Baptist.

She is survived by cousins, Dewayne Brooks of Hamburg and Karen Huffman Batchelor of Crossett and a host of Brooks & Huffman cousins and close friends Norma Bailey of Hamburg and Loyd Young of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy & Winnie Huffman Brooks.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 19, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Lamar Huffman and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kirby Brooks, Brad Gray, B.J. Huffman, Dale Kerr, Steve Powers and Loyd Young. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bailey and David Ables. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Ark. Chapter, 6213 Father Tribou Street, Little Rock, AR 72205. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Vera Stell Smith

Vera Ross Stell Smith, 89, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the Woods Nursing Home in Monticello. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Strong, she was a retired school teacher who taught in Strong, Fountain Hill and Homer and Mer Rouge, Louisiana. She was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and the Eastern Star and was a former president of the Ashley County Retired Teachers Association. She loved fishing and gardening.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Graham of Hamburg; a son, Van Stell and wife Theresa of El Dorado; a brother, Virgle Ross of Sue Valley, CA; a sister, Lois Simpson of Crossett; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dewitt Stell and Murphy Smith; her parents, Jesse & Margaret Johnson Ross; two sisters, Ollie Bryan and Evie Kilcrease; and a brother, Harvey Ross.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Judith Ross and Cliff Bernard officiating. Burial was to follow at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were to be Michael Smith, Shawn Ezell, Brandon Vail, David Brown, Butch Hill and Jimmy Stell with grandsons as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Gardner Baptist Church, P. O. Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Gerald Wayne Thornton

Gerald Wayne Thornton, 69, of Crossett, formerly of West Monroe, LA, died Monday, December 14, 2009. Born January 10, 1940, to Hershel Monroe and Lenora Miller Thornton, he was an Air Force veteran and retired as warehouse manager from Lowe's in West Monroe, LA. He loved to fish and grill.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Pam Thornton of Crossett; two sons, Randy Thornton and wife Leslie of San Antonio, TX, and Scott Thornton and wife Aimee of Crossett; one daughter, Kim Pegram and husband Dee of Collins, MS; three brothers, James Reginald "Bud" Thornton, Hershel "Bo" Thornton and wife Gaye and Danny "Dump" Thornton and wife Jean; two sisters, Norma Emory and husband Edwin and Nelda Hendrix; one sister-in-law, Rosie Thornton, all of West Monroe; five grandchildren, Chris Thornton, Brittany and Brooke Pegram, Drake and Lily Thornton; one step-grandson, Ryan Valentich; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clell Thornton.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Thad Douglass and Farrell Breshears officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Curry, Eddie Emory, Thad Douglas, Jr., Kenny McGilton, Kirk McGilton, Corey McGilton and Wade Farmer. Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery. www.jonesservice.com.

Obituaries Published December 30

Dorothy Mae Craig

Dorothy Mae Lifsey Craig of Crossett died December 22, 2009, at Health South Specialty Hospital. A homemaker and a member of Beech Street Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Ora Lifsey; her husband, Allen Craig; a sister, Virginia Freeland; and two nieces, Judy McPhearson and Becky Knight.

Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Deason and husband Gene of Dubach, LA; two grandsons, Greg Deason and wife Kerry of Simsboro, LA, and Eric Deason and wife Kayla of Vienna, LA; two great-grandchildren, Madelynn and Harrison Deason of Simsboro; one sister, Lona Smith of Crossett; and three nieces, Donna Byrd of Crossett, Robbie Nutt of Cabot and Kay King of Dallas, TX.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 24, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Donnie Dubose officiating. Pallbearers were Greg Deason, Eric Deason, Chris Byrd, Bill King, Clint Knight and Larry Nutt. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Joel Whitlow Foote, Jr.

Joel Whitlow Foote, Jr., 24, of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 27, 2009. as the result of an automobile accident in Montrose. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 2003 and was the manager of Jade Foods. A member of the First Baptist Church, he attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe and was a member of the KA fraternity. He was an avid duck and deer hunter and loved to lift weights and play baseball.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Garner Foote; his parents, Joe & Leslie Seamans Foote; a brother, Drew Foote, all of Hamburg; a sister, Destin Foote of Monticello; his grandparents, Dane & Annette Weindorf of Hamburg; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Felicia Stock Foote; his paternal grandparents, Billy Foote & Mildred Sawyer Foote; and his maternal grandfather, Donald Seamans.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Jim Ward officiating. Burial was to follow at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jeremiah Simms, Brent Harrod, Michael Stanley, Patrick Owens, Javan Long, Gregg Hiegel, Rob Perry and Gene Barnes. Honorary pallbearers were to be William Foote, Bain Foote, Jeff Foote, Jr., Blake Weindorf, Dax Weindorf and Wade Lindon Tubbs.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jimmy Dale Green

Jimmy Dale Green, 60, of Crossett died Saturday, December 26, 2009. Born on June 8, 1949, in Springhill, LA, to Ernest Alvin and Violet Cook Green, he worked as a forester for Georgia Pacific Corp. and was a member and served as a deacon at the Church of Christ in Crossett. He enjoyed camping and hunting, watching football and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Green of Crossett; a son, Justin Green and wife Carrie of Crossett; two daughters, Kelli McCartney and husband Josh of Zachary, LA, and Amy Green of Crossett; his two granddaughters, Ryan Green and Brady Green; his mother, Violet Green of Taylor; and one brother, Kevin Green of Homer, LA. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Alvin Green.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Mark Mosher officiating. Pallbearers were to be

Leon White, Billy Gammel, Joe Friend, Jamie McCartney, Glenn Madden and Henry Bierbaum. Honorary pallbearers were to be Brian Russell, Ralph Parker, Andy Shaw and the elders and deacons of the Crossett Church of Christ. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

Jerry Allen Hawkins

Jerry Allen Hawkins, 60, of Crossett died Friday, December 25, 2009, at John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. He was a life-long resident of Crossett and a member of the Camp Ground A.M.E. Church.

He is survived by four sons, Reggie Hawkins and wife Latoya and Maurice Hawkins of Chicago, IL, Antoine Brown of Greenville, SC, and Brian Hawkins of Crossett; four daughters, Lesia Rucker of Las Vegas, NV, Shanna Stroud and husband Kevin of Crossett, Shantel Love of Chambersburg, PA, and Valencia Hawkins of Crossett; his mother, Juanita ‘Nita’ Hawkins of Crossett; two brothers, Preston Hawkins, Jr., and wife Edith of Crossett and Clifton Hawkins and wife Erma of Hamburg; four sisters, Martha Hendrix of Chicago, Ruby Hubbard and husband Freddy of Little Rock, and Thelma Hawkins & Eula Hawkins, both of Crossett; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Preston Hawkins, Sr.; one brother, Franklin D. Hawkins; and one sister, Audrey Hughes.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 30, from 6-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc., in Hamburg. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 31, at 1 p.m., at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Revs. Karal Hammock officiating. Pallbearers are Larry Martin, Terry Taylor, Billy Allen, Larry Rogers, Eddie Hawkins and Zack Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers are the Crooked Creek Hunting Club, members of the T.W. Daniels High School Class of 1967, Plez Rance, Kurt Harris, Freddy Hubbard and Travis Haynes. Burial will follow at Carlock Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Maggie Wade Jackson

Maggie Maryola Wade Jackson, 64, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at Pine Rehab Center. Born January 9, 1944, in Wilmot to the late Priest O'Neal, Sr., and Miley Wade, she graduated from the Slack LeGrande School in Wilmot and completed one year at AM&N, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She married Curtis T. Gilbert, Sr., and to this union two children were born, Terri LaNetti and Curtis, Jr. Later in life she married Parnell Jackson, Sr. She began her career as a seamstress at an early age in life, had a passion for it and created her own patterns by just looking at a picture. She continued in this profession until her health failed and sewed for almost everyone in Crossett and patrons in other states.

She was a member of the Kingdom Builders Church and served in the Sunday School Department as secretary, as president and later vice president of the House of Manna and was a member of the choir and on the decorating committee. She was previously a member of Davis Memorial C.O.G.I.C. where she worked on the hospitality committee, as a Sunday School teacher and in any other capacity needed.

Survivors include her husband of thirteen years, Parnell Jackson, Sr., two daughters, Terri Lanetti Love Covington and husband Alexander of Monroe, LA, and Glory Butler and husband Bobby of El Dorado; three sons, Curtis T. Gilbert, Jr., and wife Tonja of Olathe, KS, Thomas Jackson and wife Jeanette of Houston, TX, and Parnell Jackson, Jr., of Crossett; two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Wade Cooper and husband Odie of St. Roberts, MO, and Murphy Jacobs and husband Thearth of San Francisco, CA; one brother-in-law, Harvey Jackson and wife Nancy of Jackson, MS; two adopted sisters, Addie Robinson of Richmond, CA, and Myrtle Watts of Wilmot; an adopted uncle, William Jackson and wife Deborah; two grandchildren; Candice Love- Caldwell and husband Marcus and Joshua Love; and two great-grandchildren, Trinity and Brandon; a host of other relatives; and special friends Kara Fields, Sarah Johnson and the Kingdom Builders Church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers ,William, Priest, Jr., and Charles Wade; and one sister, Marzell Watson.

Funeral services were Monday, December 28, at 11 a.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Hazie Wendell Fields officiating. Pallbearers were Rodney Wade, Anthony Henderson, Roderick Green, Chanor Jasper, Rahmeal King and Greg Watson. Burial was at Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Tenant Funeral Home of Rayville.

Isiah Jamerson

Isiah Jamerson, 83, of Kansas City, KS, formerly of Crossett, died December 18, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas City. He was a native of Litroe, LA, and a retired Kansas City School District custodian.

He is survived by one stepson, Robert Tatum of Crossett; three sisters, Ronnie Jamerson of Houston, TX, Eula Jamerson of Crossett and Dorothy Botley of Huston, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Mosley Jamerson; his parents, Lloyd and Annie Mae Benford Jamerson; and one sister, Rosetta Waters.

Funeral services are Tuesday, December 30. 1 p.m., at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Herman Botley, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Joe Monroe, Monte Bartlett, Tony Tatum, Terry Washington, Albury Rowland, and Wayman Lusk. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Marion, LA, under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Leonard Kemp

Leonard Kemp, 87, of Crossett died at Decatur General Hospital in Decatur, Alabama, on December 23, 2009. He was born October 7, 1922. Mr. Kemp served in the Air Force during World War II and had worked for Georgia Pacific's paper mill in Crossett and Champion Paper Mill in Courtland, AL, for a total of 50 years. After retirement, he enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, working crossword puzzles, and was an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Chicago Cubs.

He is survived by two daughters, Janet Thompson of Decatur, AL, and Judy Burnett of Crossett; one sister, Euna Gaddy of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Brad Burnett and wife Elizabeth of Lords Valley, PA, and Kelly Spradlin and husband Jeff of Crossett; and several special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Merle Jean Kemp; his mother, Gertrude Kemp; and his father, Henry Elgin Kemp; four brothers, Elbert, Lewis, Finis, and Henry; three sisters, Myrtie, Ada, and Esther; and two son-in-laws, Bill Thompson and Don Allen Burnett.

Funeral services were held in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett at 2 p.m. Monday, December 28, with Bro. Ron Carter officiating. Pallbearers were David Smith, Michael Shaw, Todd Shaw, Terry Garrett, Billy Binns, Brad Burnett and Jeff Spradlin. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. www.jonesservice.com.

Murlene Ellingburg Pamplin

Murlene Pamplin, 79, of Kirby died Sunday, December 20, 2009. She was born on March 28, 1930, at Montrose, the daughter of Jim Ellingburg and Mattie Vennie Bates Ellingburg. On June 12, 1948, she was married to Thad Pamplin who preceded her in death on April 24, 1993. A Baptist, her passion was spending time quilting at Vicki's Quilting Shack. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and David Griffis of Buna, Texas, and Vickie and Don Handley of Kirby; six grandchildren and their spouses, Tony and Sherry Smith, Richard and Pam Jones, Terry Smith, Dusty and Kim Griffis, Danielle and Bruce Sims and Leslie Handley; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Ellingburg of Bastrop, Louisiana; one sister, Sue Harris of Crossett; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jackie Bogard; her grandson, Josh Griffis; her parents, her sister, Vera Harris; and a brother, Frank Ellingburg.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, at the Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home Chapel in Buna with Bro. Jim Jones officiating. Visitation was at the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood.

Burial was at the Morse Cemetery in Buna under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tony Smith, Terry Smith, Charles Steele, Dusty Griffis, Bruce Sims and Jason Walls. Honorary pallbearer was Rusty Hathaway. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice at 5600 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

Herman Parker

Herman Parker, 82, of Parkdale died Friday, December 25, 2009, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native and resident of Parkdale for most of his life and a former resident of Chicago, Illinois, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force who served during World War II. He retired from Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill and served his community as a police officer. He was a member of Union Baptist Church, where he served as the president of the usher board and as a deacon, and a Mason and a member of the Parkdale Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Evora Parker; three daughters, Deborah Moore of Parkdale and Carolyn and Roshonda Parker of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Courtney Liggins of Crofton, Maryland, Robert Liggins, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, and Abeje Paris of Dallas; five sisters, Marie Wells, Erma Johnson, Mable Johnson and Beatrice Vines, all of Chicago, and Ora Barns of Salem, New Jersey, a brother; Clinton Parker of Cleveland, Ohio; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, along with two very special lifelong friends, Kurt Grayson and Melva Rhone. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry "Rabbit" and Beatrice Lewis Parker; and one brother, William Henry Parker, Jr.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 2, at the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Curtis Hillard, Randy Smith, David Smith, Leroy Smith, Herman Williams, Leonard Watkins and Willie Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Kurt Grayson, Roosevelt Goodwin, Courtney Liggins, Robert Liggins, Jr., Eric Paris and Harold Moore. Arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Cindy Rice

Cindy Rice, 51, of Montrose died Monday, December 28, 2009, at her residence. A native of Tyler, Texas, a resident of Montrose for the past 15 years and a former resident of Dermott, she was the comptroller for Farm Equipment Company for the past 14 years and worked for Delta Production Credit in Dermott for 17 years.

She was a member of the Portland Baptist Church and a member of the choir.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Mark Rice of Montrose; two sons, Jared Rice and Nicholas Rice, both of Montrose; three step-sons, Adam Rice and wife Chelsea of Little Rock, Aaron Rice of Montrose and Alex Rice of Whitehall; her mother and step-father, Barbara & Hugh Harvey of Arp, Texas; her mother-in-law, Beatrice Rice of Montrose; six brothers, A.D. Warren of Tyler, TX, Chuck Warren and wife Vicki of Wichita, Kansas, George Warren and wife Bethany of Tyler, Texas, Jon Warren and wife Roxanne, of Gilmar, Texas, Tim Warren and Darrel Warren and wife Wendy, all of Tyler, Texas; a sister, Kim Pitts and husband David of Kirbyville, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Clarence "Bud" Warren.

Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, in the Montrose Cemetery with Rev. Carl Mason officiating. Honorary pallbearers are the Farm Equipment employees. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

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