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Dr. Gary F. Beasley

Dr. Gary F. Beasley, 65, of Crossett lost his battle with cancer on Monday, October 19, 2009, at his home. Born on July 3, 1944, to Eldridge Alton and Marie Rials Beasley in Hazelhurst, MS, he was a member of First Baptist Church, but attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

He graduated from Copiah Lincoln Junior College with an AS degree, Mississippi State University with a BS degree, Ohio State University with a MS and Ph. D. degrees and did graduate additional work at Colorado State University. He was employed by Georgia­ Pacific as Senior Training and Development Manager.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Brenda Courson Beasley; three sons: Marc Beasley of Crossett, Jon Beasley of Zachary, LA, and Daniel Beasley of Whitehall; two daughters: Tammy Binns of Bastrop, LA, and Brandi and husband Jeff Mann of Warren; one brother, Al and wife Pat Beasley of Byram, MS; one sister, Glenda and husband John Hall of Hazelhurst; six grandchildren, Hannah, Andy, Tyler, Hunter, Fisher, Bethany; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Skip Beasley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a. m. Friday, October 23, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and Clay Courson officiating. Pallbearers will be Eddie Courson, Greg Donald, Eric Snelgrove, Cory Snelgrove, Clint Snelgrove, and Andy Trichell. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Leigh, Kenny Leigh. John Little, Jim Garrison, Raymond Roberts, Joe Don Greenwood, Powell Millard, Stacey Campbell, Robert Sturdivant, Mitch Chance, Steve Courson, Bill Rodgers and his agri friends. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Herman E. Ford, Jr.

Herman E. Ford, Jr., 64, of Fountain Hill died Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. A native of Bastrop, Louisiana, a resident of Fountain Hill for the past five years and a former resident of Houston, Texas, he was a log truck driver for Steve Bolin Logging.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Courtney Ford of Fountain Hill; a son, Joe Ford of Houston; two daughters, Lisa Cox and Ami Thomas, both of Houston; a stepson, Kelly Joe Morman of Hermitage; two step-daughters, Zanna Ray Linder and Britt Ray, both of Hamburg; his mother, Helen Traylor Ford Franklin of Hamburg; two brothers, Thomas Ford of Hamburg and Doyle Ford of Spring, Texas; three sisters, Sandy Johnson of Houma, LA, and Shelia Boone and Carolyn Wilson, both of Dayton, Texas; and eleven grandchildren, Jessi, Cora, Garrett, Maclane, Aidan, Maggie, Addison, Christian, C.J., J.D. and Hayden. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman E. Ford, Sr., in 1987 and a brother, Jerry Ford.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Sammy Land officiating. Burial was to follow at the Tillou Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be James Gwin, Don Jackson, Joseph Ford, Steve Cox, Jerry Ford Jr. and Byron Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were to be Kelly Morman, Gary Bridges and Donny Ray Lowery. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jimmie D. French

Jimmie D. French, 72, of Manteca, CA, died Monday, October 5, 2009. The only son of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. William French, he was born on March 20, 1937, in Montrose and had made Manteca his home for over 27 years.

Jimmie served his country proudly for nine years through the United States Air Force. After serving in the Air Force, served in the Navy Reserves for two years and the Coast Guard Reserves for two years. He retired after 30 years from Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District as director of maintenance and operations. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rites, V.F.W., American Legion, where he sponsored over 50 members and was a 20 year member of The Elks Lodge where he held office of Tyler. He was a member of the Manteca Moose Lodge since 1984 where he held the highest rank of Pilgrim and sponsored over 100 members and also held office in the state association of the Moose as governor and administrator. He was an avid 49er fan and loved to fish and golf.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Martha French of Manteca; three daughters, Nawanna Chaidez and husband Tony of Acton, Ca., Patricia Russell and Chris of Az., and Tracey Crisologo of Dublin and husband Gerry; seven grandchildren, Richard Saldivar, Jennifer Lalimarmo, Thomas French, Andrew Bowman, Michael Bowman, Chris Crisologo and Stephanee Crisologo, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Billie Sue Watson of Crossett and Norma Janelle Trent and husband Kenneth of Livermore, CA.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m.at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. Guest book is available at www.plfryandson.com

Memorials may be made to Moose Charities, Inc., 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.

Verda Outlaw Lowry

Verda Outlaw Lowry, 85, of Crossett, formerly of Warren and Johnsville, died Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born May 17, 1924, in Sumpter, a daughter of the late William Alonzo Outlaw and Etta Mae Wolfe Outlaw, she was a tomato farmer, a former employee of Sykes Flooring Company, and in her later years a sitter for people in need. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church in Warren and attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett.

She is survived by a son, Donny Ray Lowry and wife Gayla of Johnsville; three daughters, Judy Blankenship and husband Doyle of Crossett, Lummye Joy Courson and husband Wayne of Hamburg and Gaylon Lowry of Gardiner, Montana; one brother, Louis Outlaw of Hermitage; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was the widow of Douglas David Lowry, who died January 15, 1993, and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Preston Outlaw, Curtis Outlaw and Elmon Outlaw; and three sisters, Veda Pennington, Lena Bell Sharp and Estelle Fletcher.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, at Frazer Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Revs. Wayman Mann and Buddy Boykin and David Tohlen officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Clay Lowry, Benny Lowry, Tony Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Chad Sweeney and Jared Sweeney. Honorary pallbearers were Louise Brady and the Andy's gang of Crossett. Burial was at the Palestine Cemetery. www.frazerfunealhome.com.

David R. Watson

David R. Watson, 75, of Benton died Tuesday, October 13, 2009, after a long illness. He was born December 27, 1933, the fifth of nine children born to William Pugh and Bessie T. Watson in Pugh. He was an honors graduate of Crossett High School in 1952. Upon graduation from Arkansas A&M (U of A at Monticello) in 1956, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in chemistry and mathematics, David immediately went to work for Reynolds Metals Company as an analytical chemist in its research lab. In 1957 he was promoted to Project Director – Ceramics and over the next 30 years he obtained 15 patents involving products and processes in the U.S., Britain, Canada, and Japan.

He prepared and gave numerous technical papers to the American Ceramic Society and customers and was elected to the prestigious honor of Fellow of the society in 1976. He retired in 1993 as manager of the Alumina and Ceramics Research Laboratory and Vice President of Malakoff Industries, a subsidiary of Reynolds International. After retirement, David served as a consultant to Randolph Reynolds, vice chairman of Reynolds for the next seven years. His favorite pastimes were quail hunting and fishing

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue; a son, Dr. Kirk Watson and wife Cheryl; a daughter, Diane Howe and husband Allen of Noblesville, Indiana; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristin and Julian Watson; three sisters, Elizabeth Bays and husband T.M., Alice Swilley and husband John, both of Crossett, and Cynthia Hollis and husband Charles of Fountain Hill; one brother, Tommy and wife Joyce of Olathe, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jim Ezell, Jim Kane, Bill Watts, Ken Holiman, Tom Blair and Gib Weisbecker. Honorary pallbearers were James Gardner and coworkers of Reynolds Research.

Memorials may be sent to Parkview Methodist Church, 514 N. Border Street, Benton, Ark. 72015. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

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