Helen Clarice Bailey
Helen Clarice Blake Bailey, 83, of Crossett died Monday, September 28, 2009, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on March 18, 1926, in Curtis to Lawrence and Mittie Cross Blake, Mrs. Bailey was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include one son, Levert Briggs, Jr., and wife Tran "Linda" of Crossett; one brother, Nathaniel Blake and wife Almetha of Crossett; and one sister, Pearlie Mae Hubbard of Killeen, TX; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 3, at the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Deacon Jeffery Woodberry, Bro. J. C. Woodberry, Bro. Donnie Blake and Bro. Earl Blake. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.
Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Nikki Carpenter, 15, of Wilmot died Monday, September 28, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident outside Wilmot. A lifelong resident of Wilmot and Fountain Hill, she was a tenth grade student at Hamburg High School and a prospective member of the N.E.W.S. Motorcycle Club of Ashley County. She loved four wheeler riding, motorcycles and her pets.
She is survived by her father, Leroy McManus of Wilmot; her mother, Sheila Carpenter Jones of McGehee; a brother, Jody Lynn Jones, Jr., of McGehee; her grandparents, Nellie Spires McManus of Parkdale and Carolyn Ogles Carpenter of Fountain Hill and Johnny Carpenter of Snyder; and a host of aunts and uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Archie (Jack) McManus.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Eddie Acord, Bob Bridges and Cecil Harvey officiating. Burial followed at the the Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clay Smith, Jerry Sims, Daniel Holland, Joey Anderson, J. R. Lane and Bobby Foster.
Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jack Anderson Coleman, 83, of McLain, MS, died Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. He was born on August 24, 1926, to Vol and Udera Coleman in Water Valley, MS, where he graduated from Jeff Davis High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Tokyo, Japan, during and immediately following WWII. After returning from service, he married Edna Ruth Langham of Water Valley on August 20, 1949, and earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Mississippi State University in 1956 and a master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi in 1964. Later, he continued his education with a fellowship at Texas A. & M. He served over 40 years after beginning his teaching career at the high school level in Warren and Wilmot. Among other positions, he was a principal in Charleston and McLain, MS. and a teacher in Fruitdale, AL. After retirement, in addition to time spent visiting his children and grandchildren, Mr. Coleman spent summers selling watermelons in McLain and traveling the world, with excursions to Europe. He was active in the Salvation Army Corps and a volunteer at Camp Shelby giving tours of the armed forces museum. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in McLain, serving as a Sunday School teacher and leading the music for many years.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, Andy Coleman and wife, Ramona and their children, Amanda and Andrew of Allen, TX; Jill Coleman Gunn and husband, Paul and their children, Lee Morgan and Jackson of Jackson, MS; and Tony Coleman and wife, Beth Jay and their child, Jay of Pelahatchie, MS. Mr. Coleman is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Coleman.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 26, at First Baptist Church of McLain. Grave-side services were held Sunday, September 27, at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Water Valley, MS.
Thomas Degges, 77, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at his residence. A native of Hamburg and a resident of the Maplevale community south of Hamburg, for most of his life, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1950 and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a farmer and worked as a paper maker for Georgia-Pacific for over 30 years and was member and deacon of the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church for over 45 years.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley Watson Degges of Crossett; three sons, Lamar Thomas Degges of Beekman, LA, Ronald Carmen Degges of Fargo, ND, and Daniel Jason Degges of Baton Rouge, LA; a daughter, Charre Degges Todd of Crossett; a brother, Ira Donald Degges of Nashville, TN; two sisters, Marceil Davis of Angleton, TX, and Eva Morgan of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bessie Maudine Coody Degges; his parents, Ira Dwight and Annie Eva Gibbs Degges; two brothers, Lamar Dwight Degges and Leslie Edward Degges; and a sister, Frances Walker.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 3, in the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Sam Tamburo and Joey Grappe officiating. Burial followed at the Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Courtney Todd, Bradley Todd, Josh Degges, Jimmy Don Gillum, Joey Miller, Bruce Degges and Markel Davis. Honorary pallbearers were the men of the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church, 3331 Highway 425 S., Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Tasha Barnett Jackson
Tasha Nicole Barnett Jackson, 25, of Crossett died Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 15, 1983, in Dermott to Dennis and Kathy Moran Barnett, she was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She attended Grace Christian Fellowship Church and was preceded in death by a son, Bannon Ray Jackson.
Survivors include her husband, Jon "Rock" Jackson; her parents, her grandparents, Doyle and Jean Sellers; three brothers, Kevin Wayne Barnett and wife Kristina, Chris Barnett and wife Kim and Brandon Barnett; one sister, Hope Griffith and husband Matthew; four nephews, Dillon Barnett, Levi Taylor, Blake Knight and Bryson Green; and two nieces, Jacey and Rylie Griffith, all of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m., Saturday, October 3, at Grace Christian Fellowship with Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating. Pallbearers were David Moran, Timmy Moran, Jeffery Barnett, Bubba Edens, Steven Wilcox and Carl Bozeman with Ben Wood as honorary pallbearer. Burial followed at the Simms Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Charles Raymond Johnson
Charles Raymond Johnson, 79, of Crossett died Monday, September 28, 2009, at his residence. Born on June 2, 1930, in Crossett to Walter Patterson and Ruth Ellen Howell Johnson, Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the Korean War and Past Master of Crossett Masonic Lodge #576. He retired in 1995 from Georgia Pacific Extrusion as a millwright.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, June Johnson of Crossett; four sons, Glenn Johnson and wife Rose Mary and Billy Johnson, Carl Johnson and wife Leah of Crossett and Stephen Johnson and wife Pam of Lake Village; one sister, Lois Watt of Crossett; grandchildren, Shanna Dearing, Kelly Johnson, Stephen Charles Johnson, Stephanie Ramthun, Kacie Guerrero, Carl Ray Johnson Jr., Leah Pauline Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Stacie Brasher, David Brasher, Trace Kimbrell and Cody Brickey; and great-grandchildren, Xander Ramthun, Lawson Guerrero, Mason and Madison Dearing, Stephen Johnson, Jr., Hailey and Blake Cotten and Bella Brickey and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Walter Willard Johnson, Terry Johnson and W. C. "Trick" Johnson; and two sisters, Lola Wyman and Emma Nell Weatherly.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 2, at the First Church of God with Bro. Karvin Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Stephen Charles Johnson, Tim Ramthun, Brandon Dearing, Chad Guerrero, Carl Johnson Jr., and Larry Johnson. Nephews were honorary pallbearers. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
James Oliver Miller, Jr.
James Oliver Miller, Jr., 41, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Friday, September 25, 2009, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born on June 24, 1968, in Crossett to James O., Sr., and Patricia Stell Miller, he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a retired forklift mechanic. He loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the First Church of God.
Survivors include his parents; his wife, Maranda Poole Miller of Crossett; two sons, James O. Miller, III, (Trey) and Wesley Edward Miller of Crossett; one daughter, Hannah Miller of Cabot; two brothers, Michael Miller and wife Stephanie and Stephen Miller of Crossett; grandmothers, Barbara Stell Foster and LaFreda Johnson of Hamburg; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jimmy G. Stell and Wesley Oliver Miller.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, October 2, in the First Church of God with Bro. Karvin Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Ben Stell, Anthony Cockrell, Carlton Maxwell Jr., Scott Swain, Barry Strebeck and Joe Foster. Honorary pallbearers were Chad Gregg, T. J. Maxwell, Layne Gregg, Tony Maxwell, Stacy Bugsby and Kevin Cessor. Burial followed at Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of God Building Fund, 1501 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Marie Phyllis Smith
Marie Phyllis Smith, 64, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at her residence. A native of Indianola, MS, she was a retired waitress and a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Reynolds of Mesquite, TX; two brothers, Thomas Ray Mills of Crossett and James Clayton Mills of Chotia, OK; one grandchild, Kelvin Reynolds; and a host of other relatives & friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Thomas and Alice "Minnie" Smith Mills.
Funeral services were grave-side at Beech Creek Cemetery, Friday, October 2, at 11 a.m., with Bro. Thomas Ray Mills officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Joe McDill, Paul McDill, James Mills, Anthony Mills, J. Edwards, & Kelvin Reynolds. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Obituaries Published October 14
Elgin Canley, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, October 4, 2009, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Lockhart, LA, and a resident of Crossett for the past 70 years, he was retired from the Georgia Pacific paper mill and was a member of Davis Memorial COGIC.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Adkins Canley; three sons, Rev. Allen & Michele Canley of Memphis, Terry L. & Tangerine Adkins of Los Angeles, CA, & Aubrey C. Canley of Crossett; one daughter, Marita L. & Anthony Sykes of Memphis; three brothers, L.V. & Louise Canley of Santa Barbara, CA, Warner Canley and Willie Earl & Jenetta Canley, all of Tacoma, WA; four sisters, Ruby Robinson and Nobie Lovett of El Dorado, Sula Carson of Richmond, CA, & Betty Andrews of Crossett; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonas & Roscity Slade Canley; three brothers, J.M. Canley, Johnny "Baby Ray" Canley and Dennis Malvin Canley; and three sisters, Girdy Ross, Earlene Hawkins & Pinkie Canley.
Funeral services were at 12 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at Davis Memorial COGIC with Rev. Allen Canley & Elder Roy E. Mathaney, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Raymond Canley, Jonathan Canley, T.L. Lowe, Rev. Charles Adkins, Ray Hubbard and James Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Aubrey Canley, Keenon Canley, Ralpheal Adkins, Ricky Harper, Curtis Harper, Antonio Reed, & Donnie Ray Canley. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Jimmy Everett, 60, of Louann died Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Valley Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Camden. A native of Dermott, a resident of Louann for the past five years and a former resident of Jones, LA, El Dorado, Crossett and Parkdale, he was a retired welder and a Baptist.
He is survived by a daughter, Jamie Everett of West Monroe, Louisiana; a brother, Johnny F. Everett of Tomball, Texas; a sister, Claudia Rodgers of Rison; and a grandson, Truett Everett Hoston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin & Dorothy Altendahl Everett.
Grave-side services and burial were at 10 a.m., Friday, October 9, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Gary Traylor officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Joseph Westley Key
Joseph Westley Key, 68, of Crossett died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A native of Memphis, Tenn., he was a retired public school administrator, taught high school in Camden, was assistant superintendent at Eudora, served as president of Arkansas Education Association, and was a member of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Merkia Griffin Key of Crossett; one son, Joseph W. Key, Jr., of Camden; one stepson, James LeDon Childress, U.S. Air Force, of Hampton, VA; one daughter, Felecia C. Key Gingery of Little Rock; one brother, Rodney and wife Margie Key of San Diego, Calf.; one sister, Norma J. Key-Fontenot of San Diego, Calf.; and two god-daughters, Chala B. Simpson and Tyra N. Simpson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shelly Flowers Key, his parents J.Y. and Effie Lee LaSure Key, two brothers, James Key and Clarence Robinson; and a sister, Cheryl Ann Robertson.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church with Revs. A.L. Owens and Marvin Scott officiating. Pallbearers are Oliver Griffin, Spencer Griffin, Freddie Griffin, Willie E. Griffin, III., Johnny Gaston, Thomas Tolefree, and Michael Scott. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net
Mattalene Clark Roberts
Mattalene Clark Roberts, 87, of Crossett died Friday, October 9, 2009, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation. Born on January 19, 1922, in Crossett to her late parents, Lonnie and Carrie Mae Watt Clark, Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and a charter member of Beulahland Assembly of God.
Survivors include four sons, Harold Roberts and wife Martha, Billy Roberts and wife Jeanne, Mike Roberts and wife Carol, all of Crossett, and Gene Roberts and wife Sharon of Hamburg; one daughter, Carolyn Harlan and husband Doyne of Sherwood; one brother, Levi Clark of Crossett; one sister, Vennie Mae Norrell of Crossett; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ralph Roberts; a daughter, Martiel Roberts; four brothers, Ernest Clark, Ander Clark, Lonnie Clark and Frank Clark; and one sister, Lurlene Carter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 11, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. John Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Roberts, Steven Roberts, Jason Roberts, Randy Roberts, Clark Roberts, Mike Patton, Tim Gilbert and Doyle Book. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Christian Academy Scholarship Fund, 803 Ashley 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Estelle Roam Savage
Estelle Roam Savage, 84, of Sumpter died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born June 11, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Harry P. Roam and Eunice B. Hargraves Roam, she was a homemaker, a member of the Martins Chapel United Methodist Church and the Sumpter News columnist for the Warren Eagle Democrat for many years.
She is survived by a son, Felton Reese Savage and wife Janice of Warren; two daughters, Sue Ellen Ferrell and husband Glynn of Godfrey Place and Tammy Lynn McWilliams and husband Danny of Sumpter; a brother, Harley P. "Bob" Roam of Crossett; a sister, Pat Ferrell of Johnsville; six grandchildren, David Ferrell and wife Suzzanne of White Hall, Karen Erwin and husband Greg of Fordyce, Leann Carl and husband Joe of Warren, Laneisa Reep and husband Kevin of Sumpter, Jeffery Tillman and wife Holly of Lawson, and Ashley McWilliams of Talhina, Okla.; eleven great-grandchildren, Chandler Ferrell and Michalyn Ferrell of White Hall, Carlee Erwin and Lathan Erwin of Fordyce, Joey Carl of Warren, Justin Reep, Allie Reep and Reece Reep of Sumpter, Alexis Brooke Tillman, Brandon Lane Tillman and Trenton Gregory Tillman, all of Lawson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Maurice "Jeff" Savage, on March 25, 1999; and four brothers, Harry Dean Roam, Harvey Richard Roam, Purvey Roam, and Plez Roam.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Wayman Mann and the Rev. Melissa Maskell officiating. Burial was at Outlaw Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bobby Hargraves, Tommy Chandler, Michael Cauley, Gerald Wayne Wilson, Hugh Allen Beasley, Ken Thornton, Jimmy Leon McKinney, and Larry Chandler. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Savage, Terry Savage, Tracy Savage, Dr. Ken Purvis, Randy Cauley, Levan Outlaw, Roger Chandler, Randall Smith, Jerry Chandler and Wayne Griffin. See guest book at www.frazerfuneralhom.com.
James Monroe Temple
James Monroe Temple, 85, of Warren died Thursday, October 8, 2009, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home in Warren. Born September 8, 1924, in Ingalls, a son of the late Lee Temple and Nannie Miller Temple, he was a retired sawyer for Potlatch Corporation and a member of Christian Fellowship Church.
Survivors are one son, James Herman Temple of Warren; one daughter, Patricia Ann Temple Craig of Crossett; two brothers, Edward Temple of Wilmar and Pete Temple of Warren; a sister, Ouita Morris Wright of Longview, TX; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Also, preceding him in death were a son, Roger Dale Temple; a brother, William Temple; and a sister, Ann L. McGuire. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Union Hill Cemetery at Ingalls by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. www.frazerfuneralhom.com.
Dorothy Aaron Welch
Dorothy Aaron Welch, 94, of Hamburg died Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Neelyville, MO, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 88 years, she was a homemaker and a farmer. She loved working in her flowers.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet McKiever; a son, Jimmy Welch and wife Gale, all of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Jason Welch and wife Roxanne of Hamburg; Kim Rice and husband, Tracy of Chapin, SC, and Karen Leggett and husband Thomas of Madison, MS; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi A. Welch, Sr., in 1982; a son, Levi A. Welch, Jr., in 1971; her parents, Nell & Josie Smith Aaron; two brothers, Oscar & Cecil Aaron; and a sister, Annie Pogue.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, October 9, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed at Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Welch, Thomas Leggett, Tracy Rice, Danny Smith, Richard Welch and Mickey Welch. Honorary pallbearers were the great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409 or to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Jerry Stanley, 747 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published October 21
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.
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.
Obituaries Published October 28
Rev. James Childress
Rev. James Henry Childress, 65, of the White Station community outside Crossett died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Crossett, a Baptist minister, a former employee of Vescom Security, the pastor of Fudge Baptist Church in White Station, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict and was a former pastor of the First Baptist Church in Smackover and Promiseland Baptist Church in Lacey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon & Bobbie Lee Rhodes Childress, one brother, Charles Lee Childress.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vernie Mae Franklin Childress; one daughter, Angie Childress of Monticello; and one grandchild, Michael James Childress and a host of other family & friends.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, October 26, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bros. Curtis Tatum & Jesse Radford officiating. Pallbearers were David Childress, Ray Charles Tucker, Sammie Lee Tucker, Walker Hendrix, Alphonso Franklin and John Franklin, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Franklin, Bryant Rogers, Tyrone Franklin, John Porter Franklin, Deverick Franklin, Darnell Handley, Dominque Smith, and the T.W. Daniel Class of 1964. Burial followed at Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Martin Louis Lucas
Martin Louis Lucas, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at Life Touch Hospice. Born on June 27, 1924, in Warren to the late William Monroe and Annie Elizabeth Gorman Lucas, he was a retired security guard for Georgia Pacific and attended Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church. He loved to fish, play checkers, dominoes and watch old cowboy movies and wrestling.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte R. Lucas, and a son, Danny Ray Lucas.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 24, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. David Reynolds officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ross Reynolds, Elmer (Buddy) Garrett, Wesley Williams, Colton Williams, Thomas Breeding and Rodney Kubecka. www.jonesservice.com.
Marianna Baker Mears
Marianna Baker Mears, 87, of Humble, Texas, formerly of Jena, La., died Monday, October 19, 2009, in Grace Home of Shreveport, La. She was born December 15, 1921, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Willie Earl and Rozelle Noble Baker, but lived almost all of her early years in Ashley County.
Surviving children and their spouses include John Carroll Mears and wife Janet E. Mears of Kingwood, Texas, Don Samuel Mears and wife Judith Cox Mears of Ruston, LA., Olga Cannon Mears, widow of Ken Mears, of Jena, and George William Mears of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Timothy Louis Mears and wife Shelley of Fort Worth, Texas, Jennifer Elaine Mears of Houston, Texas, Christopher Don "Rookie" Mears of Frisco, Texas, Jon Richard Mears and wife Mary of Buda, Texas, Cheryl Marie Mears Perales of Plano, Texas, and Patrick Carroll Mears of Shreveport; and a sister, Berniece Baker White and husband Arthur of Fairfield Bay. Mrs. Mears is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and many others.
She was the wife of C.G. Mears, Jr., who died December 30, 1995. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Baker Mears. Five siblings who preceded her in death were W. Earl Baker, Ralph N. Baker, Myrtle Baker Helbing, Jerolene Baker Downey, and Macel D Baker.
Services were in the chapel of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home in Jena at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 22, with Rev. Dale Oden officiating. Burial followed at the Woodland Cemetery in Jena.
Pallbearers were Timothy L. Mears, Christopher D." Rookie" Mears, Jon R. Mears, Patrick C. Mears, Carlos Perales, and Jerry Breithaupt.
The family requests memorials to Louisiana Baptist Children's Home of Monroe, First Baptist Church of Jena, Organ Fund, or a donors' choice. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com or at southernfuneralhome.com.
Roy Dale Ray
Roy Dale Ray, 78, of Clinton, MS, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, October 19, 2009. Born October 23, 1930, to the late Warren John and Pauline Arnold Ray, he was a graduate of Arkansas A&M College, now the University of Arkansas-Monticello, and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the United States Forest Service. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves, and football, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks, and music, including playing the guitar and dobro.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Chrystola Sawyer Ray; two daughters, Rebecca Ray Deason and husband James Edward and Debra Ray Caldwell and husband Bobby; grandsons Jonathan Ray Stuart of Clinton and fiancee Dayna Pitts and James Brandon Deason of Montgomery, AL; step-granddaughters Christina Caldwell of Clinton, Kelley Caldwell Savage and husband Larry of Colorado; a brother, Johnny Ray and wife Norma; and a sister, Linda Lindsey and husband Don of Colorado; a sister in law, Louise Ray; brother in law, Jay White; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Darrell, Raymond, Thurman and Kenneth Ray; and two sisters, Daisey Phillips and Joy White.
Funeral services were Wednesday, October 21, at the Northside Baptist Church in Clinton with burial following at the Clinton Cemetery.
William A. "Buddy" Taylor
William A. "Buddy" Taylor, 82, of Crossett died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on November 4, 1926, in Morrilton to Ervin and Flossie Tennessee Voss Taylor, he was a carpenter and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Taylor of Crossett; two sons, Bruce Taylor of Lafayette, LA, and David Taylor of Boca Raton, FL; one daughter, Elaine Murphy of Stuttgart; one brother, Keith Taylor of Eudora; one sister, Margaret Ann Patrick of Snyder; two grandchildren, Lee Murphy and Teri Kelley; and three great-grandchildren.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 24, at Dry Bayou Cemetery with Bro. Buddy Kinney officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Joshua Guy Wells
Joshua Guy Wells, 24 of Udall, Kansas, formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, due to complications from Huntington's Disease. He was born June 27, 1985, in Monticello. A high school graduate and a Baptist, he was preceded in death by his mother, Denita Wood Wells; and his grandmother, Barbara Brown Wood.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Steve and Cindy Wells, of Udall; four brothers, Jett Wells of Oxford, MS, Corey Wells and Chase Scott, both of Andover, Kansas, and Issac Patteson of Udall; one sister, Sarah Patteson of Udall; his grandparents, J.B. & Beatrice Wells of Monticello and Bill & Glenda Wood of Hamburg; and his great-grandmother, Pearl Brown of Monticello.
Services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with burial following at the Union Ridge Cemetery. Guest book at www.stephensondearman.com.