January 6

Martha Jean Cain

Martha Jean Cain, 66, of Lake Village died Friday, January 1, 2010, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. She was a life-long resident of Lake Village, a retired school teacher and a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, and director of Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by one son, Patrick B. Cain and wife Debra of Chicago, IL; one daughter, Pamala Harkless and husband Burkley of Lewisville, TX, two brothers, Jim Cain, Jr., of Chicago and Rev. Tyler Cain and wife Jessie of Conway; six sisters, Clemintine Lewis and husband Howard, Jeraldine Tucker, Alberta Watts and Evylene Kirkendolph, all of Lake Village, Ruby Smith and husband Edward of Pine Bluff and Linda Rose Cain of Eudora; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Velma Mae Miller Cain; one brother, Fudge Williams; and one sister, Louise Webb.

Visitation will Thursday, January 7, from 5:30-7 p.m at New Hope Baptist Church in Lake Village. Funeral services are Friday at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church. Pallbearers are Vincent Tucker, Gregory McCree, Charles Brooks, Marcus Green, Barkley Harkless, Maurice Norman and Gary Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Patrick Cain, Jr., Jordan Henry, Fabian Cain, Robert Cain and Wilbert Gentry. Burial will follow at New Cemetery in Lake Village under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. in Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneral-home.net

Grace Mormon Elton

Grace Mormon Crosby Elton, 89, of Hamburg died Saturday, January 2, 2010, at her residence in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County, she graduated from Portland High School in 1939. She was a telephone switchboard operator for nine years and a retired beautician. She was a member of the Hamburg Eastern Star, having received her 50 year pin, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She liked to paint, quilt and do needle work.

She is survived by a sister, Jean Shelton; and a brother, John Mormon, both of Hamburg; a step-son, Murray Elton and wife Julie of Jonesboro; a special friend, Charlie Mae Wallace of Hamburg; a great-great niece, Sara Elizabeth Brandon; and a host of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, P.C. Crosby in 1960 and Murray Elton in 1984; her parents, J. W. and Minnie Jones Mormon; and two sisters, Jessie Gober and Martha Wall.

Grave-side services and burial were at 2 p.m., Monday, January 4, at the Snyder Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge and the Hamburg Eastern Star Members.

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

Robert Henry Hudgens

Robert Henry Hudgens, 83, of Rogers, who was born August 23, 1926, in Little Rock to Frederick Henry and Lucille Bain Hudgens, died at the Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, TX, on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. He graduated from Portland High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and served in Jamaica. After his discharge, he attended Texas A & I College in Kingsville then transferred to the College Of the Ozarks in Clarksville where he was a member of the football team and the college choir. He graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the College of the Ozarks in 1950. He received an honorary Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas School of Pharmacy and served on the alumni board for several years for the University of the Ozarks. He was a retired pharmacist and long-time owner of Hudgens Drug Store in Crossett. He was one of the founding families of the Crossett Players and the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, as well as the Greater Crossett Area Food Bank. He was a past president of the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce, an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. In later years, he volunteered with community food pantries wherever he was living. He was a deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Rogers.

He is survived by his wife, Harriette N. Hudgens of Rogers, his children, Randall Hiatt Hudgens and wife Kathy of College Station, TX, Leslie Bain Hudgens Hill and husband Lamar of Crossett and Susan Virginia Hudgens Mullins and husband Mark, of San Antonio, TX, three step-children, Robin Steen and husband Joey of Batesville, John Williams and wife Mary of Plano, TX, and Matthew Williams of Natchitoches, LA; his sister, Dorothy Hudgens Young of Portland; nine grandchildren, Abbey Ebarb of Monroe, LA, and husband, Phil, Andy Hill of Start, LA, and wife Amber, Rachel Miller of Temple, TX, and husband Keith, Rachel Landolt of Victoria, Canada, and husband Sean, Brandon Fuller of San Antonio and wife Laura, Georgia Ashley Mullins of San Antonio, Katherine Hudgens of Gainesville, FL, and Lauren and Emily Cambias of Batesville; and eight great-grandchildren, Trib, Toby, Ethan, Erin, Collin, Conner, Ian and MacKenzie. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Hiatt Hudgens of Crossett.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9, in the Presbyterian Church of Crossett and at First Presbyterian Church of Rogers at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Crossett Area Food Bank, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635, Rogers Presbyterian Foundation, 1901 South 26th Street, Rogers, AR 72758, Meals on Wheels of Rogers, 120 Lake Atalanta Rd., Rogers, AR 71756, or the Marilyn Hudgens Music Scholarship Endowment at the University of the Ozarks, 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Dorothy Mae Leichmon

Dorothy Mae Leichmon, 80, of Strong died Friday, January 1, 2010, at Oak Ridge Nursing Home in El Dorado. She was a lifelong resident of Strong, a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy and wife Wanda Leichmon of Norphlet and Tracy Tyrone and wife Pat Leichmon of Strong; two step-daughters, Faye and husband Aurelle Miller and Belinda Wayne of El Dorado; one sister; Tressie Smith of Strong; one step-brother, Jim "Big Jim" Betters of Strong; nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Lee "G-Boo" Leichmon; her parents, Mackey and Deanna White Smith; three brothers, John T., George Lee and Joe Smith; and four sisters, Addie, Treenie Smith, Nettie Lovette and Viola Massey.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 6, at Curry Chapel A.M.E. Church in Strong with funeral services Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Elder Larry Smith officiating. Pallbearers are Bennie Howard, Eric Scott, Donell Smith, Mike Bolton, Darnell Smith, and Percy Smith. Honorary pallbearers are John L. Scott and grandsons.

Burial will be at County Line Cemetery in Laran, Louisiana. under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Kevin John Lirette

Kevin John Lirette, 39, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 31, 2009, at the Southwest Mississippi Medical Center in McComb, Mississippi. A native and former resident of Houma, Louisiana, he was a supervisor for Oilfield Production Corporation for the past four years and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Hamburg and an avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Fitch Lirette; two daughters, Shaina Crum and husband Rusty and Angelica Lirette, all of Hamburg; his father and step-mother, Charles and Charlotte Lirette of Magnolia, Mississippi; his mother and step-father, Patricia and Mike Porter of Springhill, Louisiana; a sister, Tammy Travis and husband Quinn of McComb; four brothers, Charles Lirette, Jr., and Kenneth Lirette and wife Leona, all of Houma, Christopher Lirette and wife Rainey of Fayetteville and Donald Wynn of Shreveport, Louisiana; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jules and Dorothy Lirette and Sidney and Earline Burg.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 5, at the First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett with Revs. Charles Townsend, Larry Hickman, Stan Keely and Wayne Cardwell officiating. Burial was to be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Charles Lirette, Jr., Kenneth Lirette, Chris Lirette, Donald Wynn, Mike Lester and Dale Cain. Honorary pallbearers were to be Brandon Fitch, Rodney, Randy and Ricky Pruitt, Rusty Crum, Elton Verdin, Quinn Travis, Guy Bell, Travis Sowyers, Tyson Pruitt and Harold Pruitt. Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Children's Mansion, P. O. Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Linda Marie Morrison

Linda Marie Morrison, 63, of Wilmot died Saturday, January 2, 2010, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. She was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church in Wilmot.

Survivors include one son, Fabbion Whaley of St. Joseph, MO; seven daughters, Ethal Brooks and husband Otis of Milwaukee, WI, Shirley Carolina of Little Rock, and Angela, Loretta and Carolyn Carolina and Kathryn Whaley, all of St. Joseph, and Erika Smith of Wilmot; her father and stepmother, Leon and Deloris Whaley of Crossett; seven brothers, Oscar Sellar of Wilmot, Arthur, Nelson, Donald and wife Michelle, Bobby and Ricky Dawson, all of St. Joseph, and Carl Whaley of Crossett; seven sisters, Gwendolyn Oshburn of Wilmot, Mildred Butler and husband Gerald of Little Rock, and Betty Moore, Ruby Jean Whaley, Helen Morris, Cheryl Whaley and Alicia Whaley, all of Crossett; 34 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchidren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Morrison; her mother, Dora Lee Green Dawson; her sister, Lois McClendon; and her brother, Leon Whaley, Jr.

Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 9, at the Union Baptist Church in Wilmot with Revs. Greg Baker and Louis Brown, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are John Metcalf, Hubert Smith, Roger Bankston, Charles Raino, Willie Penn and Albert Dunn. Burial will be at the Walnut Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at cromwell-funeralhome.net.

A. P. Moyers

A.P. "Bud" Moyers, 83, of Snyder died Saturday, January 2, 2010, in Dumas. A native of Morton, Mississippi, and a resident of Snyder most of his life, he was a retired hydraulic engineer and owned and operated Bud Moyers Steering Systems in Pineville, Louisiana. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder and a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He was active in the timber business with his brothers, T. E. and H.C. Moyers.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gertrude "Trudy" Rice Moyers of Snyder; two daughters, Nancy Howard and husband Bill and Judy Moyers, all of Canton, Mississippi; and three grandchildren, John, Ann & Ashley Howard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hulon & Rosa Herring Moyers; and two brothers, T. E. & H. C. Moyers.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Rick Sellers, Faye Collins and Scott Carter officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 6, at the Mound Bluff Cemetery in Flora, Mississippi. Honorary pallbearers were to be Tommy Moyers, David Moyers, Danny Moyers and Mark Rice. Memorials may be made to the Dumas Residential Care, 38 Belmont, Dumas, AR 71639. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Alvin Leron "Ron" Slaughter

Alvin Leron "Ron" Slaughter, 72, of Plain Dealing, LA, died Sunday, January 3, 2010, in Plain Dealing. He was born November 15, 1937, to Andrew Jackson and Callie Burch Slaughter in Fountain Hill. He had been a resident of Plain Dealing for the past seven years and was a former resident of Monroe, LA. Mr. Slaughter was a member and deacon of the Plain Dealing Baptist Church, was a retired system analyst for CenturyTel and was an accomplished musician.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Watkins Slaughter of Plain Dealing; daughters, Gerri S. Swink and husband Bobby of Spring, TX, and Stacy S. Pierce and husband, Keith of Benton, LA; grandchildren, Casey Kimsey, Kaleigh Kimsey, Kallie Pierce and Kyle Pierce; a great- grandchild, Ava; a sister, Ouida Sawyer of Crossett; brothers, Kirby Slaughter of Hamburg and Lester Slaughter and wife Ann of Thayer, MO and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, in the Plain Dealing Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Hardbarger officiating and Rev. Billy Pierce assisting. Burial will follow in Plain Dealing Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary of Plain Dealing. Pallbearers will be Obie Hamiter, Gary Don Murray, Bill Stahley, David Wheless, Keith Pierce and Bob Swink. Online guestbook at www.baileymortuary.net

Lucille Strickland

Lucille Strickland, 83, of Wilmot died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. She was a retired CNA for Wilmot Nursing Home and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Wilmot. Mrs. Strickland loved cooking and working in her vegetable and flower garden.

She is survived by three sons, Lee Henry Smith of Kansas City, MO, and Paul and Patrick Strickland of Wilmot, six daughters, Agnes Strickland & friend Greg of Wilmot, Shirley Moore & husband Robert, Mary Moore, Patrice Green and Eliza Strickland, all of Kansas City, and Loretta Brooks of Wilmot; two sisters, Miesha Davis and husband Shawn of White Hall and Latrece Haynes and husband Freddy of Pine Bluff, one great-aunt, Thelma Brim Olive of Lake Village; 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Strickland; her father, George Sherman; her mother, Rosie Lee Williams Smith; her step-father, J.R. Smith; one brother, Roosevelt Reed; and two sisters, Mary Lou Brown and Ora Lee Smith.

Funeral services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, at Union Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. David Green officiating. Pallbearers were to be Curtis Hillard, Jimmie Stanley, Harvest Moore, Frank, Ramey, Bill Kitchen, Calvin Brown, Clyde Ramey and Willie Rogers. Honorary pallbearers were to be Napoleon Smith, Bernard Sherrer, Ricky Moore, Preston Smith, Markelo Brooks and Fredrick Brooks. Burial was to follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. www.crom-wellfuneralhome.net.

Lois Johnson Watt

Lois Marie Johnson Watt, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Born on April 22, 1924, in Ashley County to Walter and Ruth Ellen Howell Johnson, Mrs. Watt was a homemaker and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Watt and wife Charlotte of Hamburg; two daughters, Peggy Beard of Bismarck and Jeanie Lloyd and husband Andy of Crossett; six grandchildren, Paula Jenkins, Bryan Watt, Lane Lambert, Shannon Watt, Richard Beard and Jennifer Tice; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Watt was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters, and her husband, Alvin "Mutt" Watt.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 31, at Community Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Lawrence Amos and Kenneth Watt officiating. Pallbearers were David, Donnie and Larry Watt, David Weatherly, Billy and Glen Johnson and Leon Hamm. Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Community Chapel Baptist Church, 109 Hoss Carter Rd, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com.

Clarence Huey Woods

Clarence Huey Woods, 49, of Montrose died Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. He was a life-long resident of Montrose, a member of the Full Gospel Outreach Ministry, and an avid fish and outdoorsman.

He is survived by one son, Roderick Deshawn Woods and wife Jesha of San Jose, CA; one daughter, Amy Mitchell and husband Jessie of Montrose; his mother, Tretha Woods of Montrose; three brothers, Elder Jack Wood and wife Ethel of Montrose, Elder Ray C. Woods and wife Yvonne of Hamburg and John Woods and wife Rosetta of Portland; three sisters, Arma Woods and Esther Moseby of Montrose and Evelyn Taylor and husband Myron, of Pocahontas, IA; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Elder Huey P. Woods; three brothers, William, Kenneth, and Christopher Woods; and one sister, Mary Lee Woods.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 2, at Full Gospel Outreach Ministry, with Elder Jack Woods, Rev. Vernon Coulter and Rev. Larry Coulter officiating. Pallbearers were John Ware, Kenneth Moore, Edward Moseby, Jr., Adolphus Foster, Larry Ford and Jonathan Webb.

Honorary pallbearers were Roderick Woods, John Woods, Jr., Sharod Blakely, Kenny Woods, Earl Moseby and Jack Woods, Jr. Burial followed at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See guest book at www.cromwellfuneral-home.net.

January 13

Peggy D. Austin

Peggy D. Austin, 79, of Montrose died Thursday, January 7, 2010. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a resident of the Mt. Pleasant community east of Hamburg for the past 63 years, she was a homemaker, office manager of Austin Termite & Pest Control for many years, a licensed real estate broker, and she and her husband owned and operated Bankston Realty Company until his death in 2003. She was an active member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder where she was a former Sunday school teacher and a member of the Women's Missionary Union for many years. She loved to cross stitch, read and was an excellent cook.

She is survived by two sons, Wilburn Austin and wife Connie of Crossett and Emory Austin and wife Millie of Montrose; two daughters, Shelia Drake and husband Dickey of Newark and Nita McDaniel and husband David of Monticello; 13 grandsons, seven granddaughters and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry W. Austin, in 2003; a son, Dean Austin, in 1991; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Vestal; her parents, Wesley Roberts, Sr., and Cumi Elton Roberts; two brothers, Eldridge Roberts and Robert Wesley Roberts, Jr.; a sister, Hazel Hyde; and an infant sister, Annie Ruth Roberts.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 10, at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Burial was at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lamar Vestal, Austin Vestal, Shane Austin, Toby Austin, Ashley Goyne, Nick Austin, Chris Boreani, Eric Maxwell, Ryan Austin, Wade Stell, Clay Stell and Justin Stell.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association, 186 Ashley Road 121, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Cordie Brown

Cordie Brown, 85, of Wilmot died Monday, January 4, 2010, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. He was a life-long resident of Wilmot, a retired farm laborer, and a member of the Union Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for over 40 years.

He is survived by two sons, Charles Brown and wife Sarah of Crossett and Cordie Brown, Jr., and wife Angie of Sioux City, IA, nine daughters, Mary Ann, Belinda, Robie, Brenda and Marietta Brown, all of Wilmot, Jeanetta Vines of Bastrop, LA, Helen Burns and husband Clarence of Parkdale, Evelyn Clark and husband Will of Kansas City, KS, and Juanita Brown of Texarkana; one brother, Theophilus Brown of Monroe, LA; 29 grandchildren and 31 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Sherman Brown; his parents, Edward & Daisy Bell Brown; and one brother, Willie Brown.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 9, at the Union Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Greg Baker officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Kitchen, Kevin Brown, Paul Strickland, Donald Brown, Randy Brown and Charles Raino. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Union Baptist Church and grandchildren. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net

Joe Fred Brown

Joe Fred Brown, 90, of Montrose died Monday, January 4, 2010, at the Lake Village Healthcare Center. A native and lifelong resident of Montrose, he was a farm laborer and a member of the Mt. Pisgah Church in Montrose.

He is survived by two sisters, Ruth Lee Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Laura Bruce of Little Rock and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jink & Lizzie Walker Brown; four brothers, James, David, Leon and Herman Brown; and three sisters, Ruby Edwards, Clara Frazier and Emma Mae Ridges.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 9, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. David Owens officiating. Burial followed at the Montrose Cemetery. Pallbearers were his nephews and friends. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Juanita Curry

Juanita Curry, 87, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Born on December 9, 1922, in Columbus, GA, Mrs. Curry was a homemaker and a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching hummingbirds, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include one son, Curtis Heflin and wife Jo Anne of Kent, OH; one daughter-in-law, Mary Stephens of Deatsville, AL; seven grandchildren, Pam Gravely and husband Ken, Rodney Smith and wife Amy, Curtis Heflin Jr., Jennifer Shaw and husband Sam, Danny Stephens, Nicole Stephens and David Stephens and wife Amy; eight great-grandchildren and some close friends, Leo and Nelda Wright, John and Cheryl Lewis, Faye and Oogie Huntsman and Georgia and Billy Jarvis. Mrs. Curry was preceded in death by her husband, David Curry; a son, James Stephens; a daughter, Barbara Smith; a grandson, Tim Smith; one sister, Ethyl Smith; and two brothers, Jack Benton and Wilbur Benton.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 9, at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Grantham officiating. Pallbearers were Rodney Smith, Ken Gravely, John Lewis, Billy Jarvis, Leo Wright and Burl Toler. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Willie Jeannette Fisher

Willie Jeannette "Billie" Fisher, 82, of Crossett died Thursday, January 7, 2010. Born on November 15, 1927, in Crossett to Oscar Lee and Maudie Belle Smith Carter, Mrs. Fisher was a former employee of Crossett Mercantile, a co-owner of Charlie's Grocery & Market and a retired sales clerk for Spikes Drug Store. She enjoyed genealogy, loved to write and working crossword puzzles. Mrs. Fisher was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church .

Survivors include her husband, Norman T. Fisher of Crossett; two sons, Charles Lee "Chuck" Baxter and wife Karon of Dewitt and Paul S. Baxter and wife Doris of Conyers, GA; three step-children, Marie Dack and husband Art and David Fisher of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Michael Fisher of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; one sister, Katie Jo Morgan of Crossett; five grandchildren, Phillip Baxter and wife Mandy, Kristopher Baxter, Staci McCulley and husband Darren, Brent Baxter and wife Robin and Lindsay Hilkert; two step-grandchildren, Amanda Dack and Rochelle Willier; and two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Phoebe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three infant sons, two husbands, Charles Baxter and John Harrod, and three sisters, Sybil Berry, Dorothy Deal and Verna Morgan.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 9, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. David Tohlen and Eric Hodge officiating. Pallbearers were Dean Holland, Gayle Deal, Eddie Deal, Kenneth Morgan, Billy Lafoon and Terry Welchel. Burial followed at the Carter Cemetery Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655. www.jonesservice.com.

Tony L. Maxwell, Sr.

Tony L. Maxwell Sr., 40, of Crossett died Saturday, January 9, 2010, at his residence in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a truck driver and worked at the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill. He loved hunting and fishing with his son and was a member of the J&J Hunting Club.

He is survived by his son, Tony (TJ) Maxwell, Jr.; his mother, Joann Christy and husband Religh; his father, Carlton Maxwell, Sr., and wife Darlene; a brother, Carlton Maxwell, Jr., and wife Suzanne, all of Crossett; a sister, Dannielle Maxwell of Jena, Louisiana; three step-brothers, Gerald Brumley of Crossett, Scott Brumley of Lonoke and Mike Brumley of Kodiak, Alaska; his grandmother, Lefreda Johnson and husband Ernest of Hamburg; four nieces, Caity and Shelby Maxwell and Chasity and Dalanna Baker; two nephews, Dalton and David Baker; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents Bessie and M.L. Maxwell and Wesley D. Miller.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. Justin Uselton and Keith Boseman officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers are Scott Brumley, Bodie Ozment, Ricky Rice, Robin McElroy, Charlie Rice, Michael Miller, Kevin N. Miller, Chad Gregg and Clay Outlaw. Honorary pallbearers are Keith Maxwell, Stephen Miller, Anthony Cockrell, Jason Roberts, Lane Gregg and Jeremy Maxwell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book can be found at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

William R. Norrell

William R. "Boy" Norrell, 78, of Crossett died Thursday, January 7, 2010, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for over 50 years, he was a retired truck driver who worked for Scott LP Gas, Gray's Butane and Jerry Daugherty Construction. He also worked for the Crossett Lumber Company for many years and was a member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Mallie Halley Norrell of Crossett; a daughter, Penny Cessor and husband Randy of Hamburg; two sons, Tommy Lane Smith and wife Alice of Crossett and Don Smith and wife Marlene of Willard, Missouri; two sisters, Frances Gray of Monroe, Louisiana, and Mary Ruth Johnston of Harold; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Brooksie Coulter Norrell; three sisters, Willie Swan, Lillian Green and Julia Woods; and a brother, Richard "Bull" Norrell.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday January 9, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. John Williams and Brandon Meeks officiating. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Hubbard, Thomas Halley, Brent Halley, Larry Norrell, Fred Norrell and Danny Wade Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Black, Gene Roberts, Billy Roberts, Harold Roberts, Don Pennington, Mike Stanley, Gene Stanley, Bruce Pennington, LaDon Martin and Kenneth Moran.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 803 Ashley 95 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Oal O. Ring

Oal O. Ring, 94, of Hardy and Cave City died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. He was a World War II U. S. Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific and Australia. He worked in the Kokomo, Indiana, area for more than 30 years before returning to Arkansas in 1973, living in Hardy until May, 2008. He was a bi-vocational minister until his retirement.

He was the father of Becky Way and husband John of Crossett. He is survived by two other children, Danny Ring and wife Joleen of Overland Park, Kansas, and Betty Greiner and husband J. R. of Greenwood, Missouri. He also leaves five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Services were held at the Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church near Cave City on Saturday, January 2, with burial at Sharpsville Cemetery in Sharpsville, Indiana, on January 4. Memorials may be made to the Gideons.

January 20

Charles Edward Brooks

Charles Edward Brooks, 84, of Crossett died Friday, January 15, 2010, at his residence after a four year battle with cancer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and attended Faith Ministries Church of Crossett.

Born on December 17, 1925, to John Wesley and Ada Malloy Brooks in Crossett, he served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry Division from 1944-1946 with overseas duty in Japan. Upon return from military service he worked briefly for the Crossett Paper Mill before he went into the chemical wood business and as an independent contractor. For 56 years, he contracted with The Crossett Company, Tommy Reynolds Sawmill, Georgia Pacific and other mills before closing the business in 2002. He started with two employees and grew to 83 employees in the mid-1990s. His company was the first and only to deliver over 1 million board feet of saw logs in one work week to the Georgia Pacific sawmill south of El Dorado. He was an active member for 60 of the 61 years of the Crossett Riding Club and was an outspoken supporter of the sport of rodeo, the local riding club and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He had a strong interest in the area youth and was a strong supporter of the local school system, its sports programs and many community youth activities. He supported local financial efforts towards charities, especially the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop. He was a member of the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce and served under Governor Clinton on the Arkansas Draft Board Advisory Council.

He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Ann Brooks Laney, John Charles "Sonny" and wife Elizabeth Brooks, James Edward "Jim" and wife Sheri Brooks, Cynthia L. "Cindy" and husband Timmy Weaver, Stacey Hanry and husband Greg Chace, all of Crossett, and Charles Bradley "Brad" Brooks of Little Rock; ten grandchildren: Kara Brooks and husband Jay Greiner and James Bryson Brooks of Greenbrier, Tannie Adamic and husband Larry Courson, John Charles Brooks, Jr., SunniDeb Weaver, Daniella Paulina "Danni" Dolan, Matthew Remington "Remi" Chace of Crossett, Miranda Adamic Gray of Slidell, LA, Kelsey Brooks and Sarah Brooks and husband Taylor Cauthen, all of Clarksdale, MS, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, one special friend and cousin, Robert Faye Malloy, his special church friend, Sage Brewer, and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Harold Brooks, Erma Gardner, Lucille Donovan White, Verdell Hart and John T. Brooks. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Hanry Brooks, and his friend and companion Jean Sparks.

Services were held at 2 p. m. Monday, January 18, at the Cap Gates Arena with a musical tribute at 1 p.m. Officiating were Buddy Kinney, Nolan Watson, Herbert Allison, Father George Hart, Bettye Griffin, Richard Earl Griffin & Charlotte Penson Hogan.

Active pallbearers were Justin Gray, Brent Sharrick, Bob Vickers, Gary White, Max Pope, Jim Edney, Davis Locke Harper, Mark White, Donnie Walker, Don Fleming, Joe Griffin, Billy Taunton, Sonny Hollins, Gary Hollins, Arthur Hendrix, Johnny Hampton, Billy Reynolds, Eddie Mays, Jeff Bolding, Ernie Fowler, Kenneth French, Dan Allison, Rob Griffin, Justin Doakes, Jim Fincher, William Coody, Herbert Wells, David Walker, Eugene Davis and Belvin Hamm. Honorary pallbearers were Jap Watt, Randy Burks, Everett Wells, Bishop Danny Mays, Jim Yeager, Don Rodgers, Jim Scott, Robert Malloy, Leonard Howard, Charles Carter, Billy Newt Carter, Luther Richards, Ronnie Webb, Ben Posey, Rob Smetts, Terrell Wise, Ben Murphy, John Payne, Steve Henley, Jim Toon, Jerry Penson, Jack Dach, Dr. Shah, W.H. Williams, Chink McDougald, Harold Owery, Pam Richardson, Natasha Kelley, Versa Reed, Sandy McGriff, Nancy Spivey, Virginia Bowman, Valerie Martin, Linda Murry, Teresa Walsh, Remona Bishop, Charlotte Miller, Terri Webb, Tammy Cody Roberts, Mary Catherine Carter, Beverly Richards, Pearline Marshall, Gayle Madden, Lynn Rodgers, Tracey Listar, Nancy Toon, Renee Stokes, Rhonda Carter and Barbara Jordan. Burial followed at the Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorials may be may be made to the Crossett Riding Club Scholarship Fund, Ashley County Skilled Work Center, Crossett Area Relay for Life or the charity of choice. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Alvin "Tiny" Duckery

Alvin "Tiny" Duckery, 47, of Wilmot died Monday, January 11, 2009, in Montrose. He was a native and lifelong resident of Wilmot and a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Milton; six brothers, Samuel Butler and wife Mary of Wilmot, Marzell Morris and wife Georgia of Parkdale, Jerry Raino of Wilmot, Albert Duckery and Johnny Milton of Pine Bluff, and Calvin Duckery of Wilmot; four sisters, Erma Duckery, Jewel Mollete and husband Derek of Los Angeles, CA, Mary Duckery of Wilmot, and Irene Duckery of Los Angeles.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 16, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wilmot. Burial followed at St. Martha's Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net

Dustin Hunter Evans

Dustin Hunter Evans, 19, of Hamburg died Friday, January 1, 2010. Born on April 11, 1990, in Bastrop, LA, to Robert Wayne Evans and Cathy Linn Carter Evans, Dustin was a pipeliner for WillBros of Houston, TX. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and baseball.

Survivors include his mother, Cathy Carter Evans of Crossett; his father, Robert Wayne "Butch" Evans and wife Betty of Monticello; one sister, Summer Nicole Evans of Crossett; his grandparents, Johnny F. and Libby Carter of Crossett, Wayne and Betty A. Evans of Monticello, and Sara Jones of Coldwater, MS; his foster grandparents, Bob and Judy Person of Monticello; his great-grandmother, Edith Johnson of Crossett; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and a special friend, Heather Berryman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, January 18, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Boyd Savage and Kenneth Johnson officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Crossett Rescue Unit, P. O. Box 997, Crossett, AR 71635 or Hamburg Rescue Unit, 307 West Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Sammie Joe Hayes

Sammie Joe Hayes, 73, of Warren died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born May 4, 1936, in Bradley County, a son of the late Luther Hayes and Hazel Rice Hayes, he was a retired electrician for Potlatch Corporation, a former member of the Arkansas National Guard and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rex Hayes.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Craig Hayes; three sons, Marty Hayes of Gould, Greg Hayes of Hermitage, and Sean Grisham of Warren; one daughter, Pam Hayes of Luther, Okla.; one sister, Denver Jeffers of Crossett; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Frazer's chapel with the Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was at Outlaw Cemetery at Sumpter.

Pallbearers were Larry Wherry, Ray Marcantel, Seth Hayes, Tyler Hayes, Danny Sinclair, Dennis Hines, Donnie Hines, and Tony Hines. Honorary pallbearers were Merl Richard, Max Courtney and Randy Tillery. Online guest book at frazerfuneralhome.com.

Bertha E. May

Bertha E. May, 95, of Byhalia, Mississippi, died Friday, January 15, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Mrs. May was a native of England, a resident of Byhalia for the past 22 years and a former resident of Memphis, Tennessee. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda E. Collum; two sons, Thomas D. May and James E. May, all of Byhalia; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy W. May, in 1973; her parents, Thomas and Florence Watkins Bunyard; and a sister, Pearl May Bunyard.

Grave-side services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 20, in the Rowell Cemetery in Rowell with Bro. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jackie Compton McKee

Jackie Compton McKee, 76, of Parkdale died Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at the West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove, Louisiana. A native and resident of Parkdale for many years, she was a former resident of Farmerville, Louisiana, and Phoenix, Arizona. She was a homemaker, a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Sue Brandon of Wasilla, Alaska, Cora Lee Bridges and husband Robert of Eudora and Terry Ruth Armstrong of Parkdale; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Buey McKee, in 2004; a son, Jack McKee, in 1966; her parents, Jack and Cora Nelson Compton; a son-in-law, Larry Armstrong; two sisters, Lois McKee and Ruby Fomby; and two brothers, Andrew and Jesse Compton.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 14, at the Wilmot Baptist Church with Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Burial was in the Parkdale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gerad Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Robert Bridges, William Bridges, Chris Bridges and Fred Montgomery.

Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Cemetery Association, Mrs. Glenda Wells, PO Box 104, Parkdale, AR 71661. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Mable Harris Merritt

Mable Reddin Harris Merritt, 83, of Wilmar died Friday, January, 15, 2010, at Drew Memorial Hospital. Born October 20, 1926, in Hampton, she was the widow of Melvin Harris and Bill Merritt, and a retired teacher who having taught all her years in Wilmar, before becoming postmaster in Wilmar. She retired from the post office in 1988. She was a member of Wilmar United Methodist Church and long time member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Drew Memorial Hospital. She was a very active member of the United Methodist Women, a member of Wilmar area churches and the Barkada Community Assn. She loved dancing and gardening.

Survivors include her son, Carroll Harris and wife Barbara of Portland; one brother, Jim Reddin of Hampton; two sisters, Ruth Blann of Hampton and Nell Foster of Winnemucca, NV; two grandsons, Dr. Bryson Harris and wife Jenny of Lincoln and Greg Gilliam and wife Glenna of Ft. Smith; one granddaughter, Joanie Harrison and husband Jeff of Star City; twin great-grandchildren, Anna Myers and Casey Myers, two great-grandsons, Alex Harris and Jon Harrison; and two great-granddaughters, MacKenzie Gilliam and Heather Harrison.

The daughter of the late Robert Reddin and Lurlene Nichols Reddin. She was preceded in death by her daughter in law, Jane Pennington Harris; five brothers, Bill, Kirby, Lee, Fay and Bob Reddin and one sister, Mildred Bass.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial followed at the Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Wilmar. Guest book at stephensondearman.com.

Randolph Ivy Perritt

Randolph Ivy Perritt, 95, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 12, 2010. He was born January 9, 1915, in Huttig. Mr. Perritt retired in 1985 from Georgia-Pacific Corp. where he served as payroll division supervisor. He served on numerous committees during his lifetime including the PTA, Band Boosters, Cub and Boy Scouts and the First United Methodist Church of Crossett. He was the recipient of a distinguished service award for his civic service as judge of the Crossett Police Court for twenty-three years. Mr. Perritt was an active member of the Lions Club where he had perfect attendance for 55 years. He was a district governor and past chairman of the Council of District Governors for multi-district 7 (Arkansas). He was a Senior Master Key member, named a 100% Club President, and a 100% District Governor by Lions International. He was appointed an International Counselor by Lions International as well as a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Lifetime Member. Mr. Perritt was an active outdoorsman all his life spending many hours on the water and in the woods and was considered one of the most knowledgeable about the Ouachita River swamp.

He is survived by his two sons, Michael and wife Diana of Little Rock and Gary and wife Dell of Little Rock and three grandchildren, Jamie Marchione of Johns Creek, Georgia, Shawn Perritt of Conway and Paige Perritt of Little Rock. He is survived by five great-grandchildren, Christian and Gabriella Marchione and Hailey, Morgan and CiCi Perritt. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Maxine Powell Perritt; his parents, John William and Loretta Perritt; one brother, John L. Perritt of Waldo; and two sisters, Clara Guinn and Annie Mae Via of Huttig.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Dr. Russell Moore officiating.

Pallbearers were Ben Johnson, Jerome Nunnally, Bert Jordan, Dr. Andy Gresham, Bill Runyan and Don Fleming. Honorary pallbearers were O. H. Darling, J. H. Robertson, Tom Streetman, James Morgan, Perry Jordan, Howard Watts and Scott Campbell. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 738, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.

Jeffrey Jermaine Stanley

Jeffrey Jermaine Stanley, 26, of Little Rock, formerly of Wilmot and Crossett, died Saturday, January 9, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a cashier.

He is survived by his mother, Edna Stanley of Little Rock; three brothers, Robert Whitaker, Christopher Diggs, and Cordera Diggs, all of Wilmot; two sisters, Whitney Stanley of Hamburg and Christine Rogers of Wilmot; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Anthony; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Beatrice Stanley; and his paternal grandparents, Robert Raino and Rosie B. Stanley.

There was no memorial service, and the remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

January 27

George Hunter Bell, III

George Hunter Bell, III, 38, of Crossett died on Friday, January 22, 2010. He was born on September 4, 1971, in Clarksdale, MS, and was preceded in death by his father, George Hunter Bell II.

Survivors include his parents, James C. and Mary Jane Manning of Crossett; his grandmother, Jane Webb of Jonesboro; his sisters, Keeshan Bell Crow of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Sharon Deist of Bismark; his brothers, James C. Manning, Jr., of Columbus, OH, and Mark Manning of Santa Monica, CA, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St. Crossett, AR 71635; the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635, or the Salvation Army, c/o Betty Griffin, 409 E. Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646. www.jonesservice.com.

Delphine Patridge Buck

Delphine Partridge Buck, 92, of Crossett died Thursday, January 21, 2010, at the Golden Living Center. Born on July 27, 1917, in Amity to Vernon and Mary Ellen Chancelor Partridge, Mrs. Buck was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. She enjoyed crocheting and proudly sharing her labors of her love with all her family.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Nann Haney of Crossett; two sons, Naymond Earl Buck and wife Bonnie of Alexander and Vernon Ray Buck of Sachse, TX; one sister, Maurice Partridge Shephard of Arkadelphia; grandchildren, Clay Buck and wife Ginger of Alexander, Ricky Joe Parks and wife Debbie, Denise Gifford and husband Bill, Jody Haney and wife Patsy, all of Crossett, Carla Halter and husband Billy of California, Jeff Buck of Alabama, Brandon Buck and Caleb Buck of Sachse; great-grandchildren, Adam Parks of Crossett, Heath Parks and wife Tanya of Cheyenne, WY, Kristy Parks of Batesville, Courtnie Gill Carter and husband Matt of Bastrop, LA, Scott Gill and wife Ashley of Crossett, Christa Buck Bell and husband Matthew of Bradley, Brittany Buck of Alexander, Hannah Halter of California and Erin Haney of Crossett; and great-great-grandchildren, Josie Grace Parks, Lindsey Miller and Logan Miller, all of Crossett, and Eli Bell of Bradley.

Mrs. Buck was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of fifty-six years, Namond Eugene Buck; brothers, L.V., Forrest and Estee Partridge; twins, Cleo Partridge Collins and Leo Partridge; a son-in-law, Billy Joe Haney; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Buck; and a grandchild, Stacy Buck.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 24, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Bill Gifford, Ricky Joe Parks, Clay Buck, Scott Gill, Matt Carter, Adam Parks, Matthew Bell, Heath Parks, Brandon Buck and Caleb Buck.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Golden Voices Choir, 701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Lettie McCartney

Lettie McCartney, 94, of Crossett died Thursday, January 21, 2010. Born on August 17, 1915, in Strong to Alvie Clyde and Clyde A. McKinney Russell, Mrs. McCartney was member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and a member of the Golden Voice Choir.

Survivors include one daughter, Gwendolyn Moffatt and husband William of Crossett; three half-brothers, Jesse Doyle Russell, Steve Russell and Marcus Russell; one grandchild, John David Law, II, of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Lindsay Law Murphy and husband Sean of Chicago, IL, and Sydney Law Johnson and husband Amon of Hamburg; and two great-great-grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson and Liza Anne Johnson and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold McCartney; four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 23, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Leon Hamm, Bob Vickers, Gerald Mercer, Gill Johnson, Jimmy Maroney and Mike Bender.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Cynthia Renea Montgomery

Cynthia Renea Montgomery, 48, of the White Station community outside Crossett died Saturday, January 23, 2010, at University Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a former cook at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Shelia Montgomery, Ashley Montgomery Williams and husband Carlos and Mona Montgomery; her mother, Theolia Tucker; three brothers, Cedric Tucker and wife Dee, Harold Tucker and wife LaToya and Lawrence Tucker and wife Audrey; one sister, Debra Moore and husband Anthony; and one grandson, Montavious Williams, all of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Junior Tucker.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 29, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Jr., officiating. Active pallbearers are Greg Bridges, Charles Montgomery, Derrick Williams, Michael Burns, Doyle Tucker and Bobby Brown. Honorary pallbearers are the Crossett High School Class of 1980. Burial will be at Ryles Chapel Cemetery in the White Station community under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home Inc. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Leatha Ann Newton

Leatha Ann Newton, 82, of Montrose died Saturday, January 16, 2010, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Crossett, a resident of Montrose for over 50 years, a retired factory worker for Hamburg Shirt Factory, drove a school bus for three years for the Lakeside School District, and was a member of St. Peter's Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew Allen Newton, two sons, George Crow and wife Brenda of Belton, MO, and Melvin Crow of Dermott; one step-son, Leon Allen of Oakland, CA; five daughters, Brenda Peoples and husband Howard of Kansas City, KS, and Linda Brewer and husband Al, Mary Lancaster and husband Darrell, Ruth Newton and Dolleatha Webster, all of Montrose; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace & Leatha Ann Rogers Warren; four sisters, Lily Bryant, Mattie Warren, Velma Ball and Hazel Davis; two brothers, Odell Warren, Sr., and Osie Warren; and one son, Carl Crow.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg with Pastor Victor Dolls officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Webster, Charles Bynum, Lee Edward Plummer, Landriel Woods, Roylee Holmes, David Robinson, Larry Woods and Al Brewer, III. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Lancaster, Jr., Darius People, Eric Crow, Elvin Crow, Howard Peoples, Jr., Julien Crow, and Eugene Battle. Burial followed at Quinn Chapel Cemetery in Crossett under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Theodore J. Pope, Jr.

Theodore Jordan Pope, Jr., 79, of Hamburg died Friday, January 22, 2010, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a native of Montrose, a resident of Hamburg for the past 21 years, was retired from Sanyo Electronics, and was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1954 from Arkansas A&M University (now University of Arkansas at Monticello) and was also a former Men's Sunday School teacher at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 4 1/2 years, Helen Mitchell Pope; three sons, Circuit Judge Sam Pope and wife Gayle of Hamburg, Theodore Pope, III, and wife Linda of Blakely, GA, and William Ross Pope and wife Lorraine of Bryant; one brother, Joe Daniel Pope and wife Elaine of San Antonio, TX; six grandchildren, Samuel Eric Pope, Meghan Pope, Theodore Pope IV, Caroline Pope, Elizabeth Faye Pope Hill and husband Nick and William R. Pope, II; and one great-granddaughter, Presley Elizabeth Hill. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Betsy Faye Pope, and his parents, Theodore Jordan & Arnice Reid Pope.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Johnny Ross and Michael Reese officiating. Burial will be at the Promise Land Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, 765 Ashley 70 Rd., Hamburg, AR, 71646, or Gideon International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214. Guest book at cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Chester Tucker, Jr.

Chester Tucker, Jr., 76, of Benton died Monday, January 18, 2010, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. He was a native of Crossett and the White Station community and was a retired timber man.

He is survived by one daughter, Evandy Ware and husband Letroy of Hamburg; two brothers, Albert Tucker of the White Station community and Robert Tucker of Crossett; one sister, Annie Bell Wade of Crossett; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Evandy Jones Tucker.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, January 22, 1 p.m., in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Adams officiating. Burial followed at Ryles Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral-home.net.

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