Betty Eldon Criswell
Betty Elton Criswell, 74, of Little Rock died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native and former resident of Crossett and a resident of Little Rock for the past 30 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Robert L. Criswell of Little Rock; two sons, John Samuel Wilson, II, of Saudi Arabia and Benjamin Cash Wilson of Arlington, VA; a brother, Murray V. Elton of Jonesboro; an adopted brother, Rev. Paul N. Mitchell of Waco, Texas; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. John Wilson; and her parents, Murray & Ethel Mitchell Elton.
Grave-side services and burial were at 10 a.m., Friday, July 2, in Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Bill Singleton officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Brant Harrell, 41, of Parkdale died Friday, July 2, 2010, at his residence in Parkdale. A native and lifelong resident of Parkdale, he was a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church.
He is survived by his father, Charles Harrell of Parkdale and a brother, David Harrell and wife Heide of Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Morris Harrell, in 2006; and his grandparents, Percy and Mable Kindness Morris and Henry and Lillie Harrell.
Grave-side services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 10, in the Parkdale Cemetery with Rev. Bob Bridges officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Baptist Church, P. O. Box 6, Parkdale, AR 71661. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Ezekiel Hawkins, Sr.
Funeral services for Ezekiel Hawkins, Sr., 84, of Portland were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at the Portland #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Mitchell officiating.
Survivors include eight daughters, Dorothy A. Hawkins of Portland, Tressie Sneed Morell of Milwaukee, WI, LeVolta A. White of Montose, Marilyn R. Hawkins of Lewisville, TX, Telese Hawkins of Brookland, NY, Emma J. Martinez of San Antonio, TX, and Shelia Thomas and husband Sedric and Cora Mae Holmes of Texarkana, TX; four sons, Ezekiel Hawkins, Jr., and wife Nancy of Longview, TX, Fred Hawkins and wife Sandra of Pine Bluff, Bennie Hawkins of Compton, CA, and Clyde Hawkins of Dermott; one brother, Chester B. Hawkins of Seattle, WA; three sisters, Lula B. Benton of Richmond, CA, Essie L. Fletcher of Kansas City and Alsena Blair of Oakland, CA; a great aunt, Rosie Sims of Monticello; 50 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Burial followed services at the St. Marion Cemetery in Sunshine with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.
Margie Mann Jeffers
Margie Lois Mann Jeffers, 77, of Hamburg died Monday, July 5, 2010, at her residence outside Hamburg. Born in Hamburg where she spent her entire life as a homemaker and mother, she was a member of the Martinville Baptist Church, the love of her life. Yard sales were another interest that brought her much enjoyment.
She is survived by four sons, John C. Jeffers and wife Rene of Little Rock, Bobby Jeffers and wife Sharon of Crossett, Danny Jeffers and wife Teresa of Hamburg, and Carl Jeffers and wife V of Portland; a daughter, Carolyn Webb of Monroe, LA; a sister, Mary Ruth Miles of Little Rock; special care givers and friends, Mary and Marvin Davis of Fountain Hill; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Minnie Ware Mann; two brothers, John W. Mann and Lynn Howard and two sisters, Johnnie Wiese Kelley & Laverne Kelley.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, in the Martinville Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan McRae officiating. Burial will be in the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers are Corey Jeffers, John M. Jeffers, Chris Jeffers, Doyle Jordan and Bobby Wright. Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obituaries Published July 14
Lynn Croswell, 68, of Hamburg died Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1960. He owned and operated Croswell Construction Company and was a member of the Carpenters Union, Local 497, where he served as a business agent. He was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, church treasurer and former Sunday School Superintendent and was the teen sponsor for over 20 years. He was a Gideon and served as the Memorial Bible chairman. He enjoyed fishing and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Austoline Cunningham Croswell of Hamburg; a son, Mike Croswell and Tracy Croswell of Hamburg; a daughter, Jackie Ulmer and husband Steve of Chillicothe, Missouri; three sisters, Charlotte Watt and husband Kenneth, Sue Gwin and husband Richard of Hamburg and Louise Wall and husband Dickey of Crossett; six grandchildren, Christin, Michelle, John, Kyle, Greg and Miranda; and three great-grandchildren, Dilyn, Keyton and Dayten. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman & Emma Lou Boyd Croswell; and a brother, Joe Croswell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 10, at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Joel Meredith, Danny Kennedy and Joseph Pemberton officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kyle Ulmer, Greg Croswell, John Croswell, Donald Barnett, Dennis Carpenter, Adam Croswell, Trey Tubbs, Paul Warren and Mike Farmer. Honorary pallbearers were Gideons, deacons of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and the employees of Croswell Construction Company. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Mae Childs Goree
Mae Childs Goree, 77, of Crossett died Thursday, July 1, 2010. She was born October 13, 1932, in Banks to the late Roosevelt and Essie Strong Childs and received her education in the Hermitage schools.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett and a member of the Senior Choir and Southeast Singing Union and served as a Sunday School teacher for the primary department until her health failed.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, James Allen Goree; one son, Eric Goree of Crossett; five daughters, Wanda Goree of Pine Bluff, Mae G. and husband Bobby Brooks of Harrisburg, PA, Kathleen Johnson, Beverly Goree and Rosemary Goree of Crossett; one grand niece she helped raise, Clarice and husband Andre Spencer of Crossett; a daughter-in-law, Loretta Goree of Little Rock; nine grandchildren Brandon and wife Latoria, Erin, Quincy, Charlissa, Jessica, Ieasha, Robert, Eyona, and Elissa; two great-grandchildren, Bryana and Latavia; one sister, Christine and husband Howard Cone of Warren; three sister-in-laws, Juanita Perkins, Shirley Goree and Claudell Goree of Crossett; two brothers-in-law, George Parker, Sr., and Warfield Gibbs of Crossett; a goddaughter, Karen Foster; a close friend, Bobby Tatum; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Ruby Lee Johnson; two sons, Stanley and Donald Goree, and one granddaughter, Evan Goree.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, at the First Baptist Church on Florida Street. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Rani Niashala Jenkins
Rani Niashala Jenkins, 18 months, of Little Rock died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
She is survived by her parents, Cedric Jenkins and LaKenya Martin of Little Rock; one brother, Jeremiah Jenkins of Little Rock; her paternal grandparents, Janice Rucker and LeTerry Jenkins of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Anita Morgan and Andrew Martin of Hamburg; and her adopted grandfather, Troy Paskel of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, R.D. Morgan; and her paternal great-grandparents, Tommy Lee and Minnie Rucker and Letell and Leona Jenkins.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, July 12, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Bishop Alfonso Madden officiating. Pallbearers were Chancellor Jenkins, Brent Martin, Devonte Collins and Tareyton Rucker. Burial followed in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home Hamburg.
Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Alvin Meyer, Jr.
Alvin Reynold Meyer, Jr., 65, of Eudora died Monday, July 5, 2010, at home. Born in Lake Village, he lived his entire life in the Grand Lake area as the owner-operator of SAL Ranch farm. After attending the University of Arkansas as a Sigma Chi, he married his college sweetheart, and together they had four children. Some of his past involvements include Mainline Health Systems board of directors, Eudora Christian Charities, Southeast Arkansas Levee Board, Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission, ASCS County Committee, Chicot County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Eudora Bank Board of Directors and the Delta Cattlemen's Association.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Turnage Meyer; and their four children, Marlys Meyer Brown and husband William and children Web and Benton; Alvin Reynold Meyer III and wife Jill and children Caroline, Catherine, Mary Patton and Reyn; Carol Cashion Meyer Doolittle and husband Jeffery and children Prentiss and Cashion Riley; and Lollie Meyer Hayles and husband Jason. He is also survived by his two sisters, Shirley Meyer Bell and Lollie Meyer Rosen. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Morrice Meyer and Alvin Reynold Meyer, Sr.
A celebration of Alvin's life was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village.
Memorials may be made to: Amyloidosis Research, Dr. Morie Gertz, c/o Mayo Clinic, 200 SW First, Rochester, MN, 55905; St. Mary's School in Lake Village, St. Joseph School in Greenville, MS; or Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village.
Milton Preston Simmons
Milton Preston Simmons, 90, of Fountain Hill died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, he was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where he served as steward president and trustee president. He served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran, and was also a Mason and member of Hamburg Lodge #232. He served on the Fountain Hill School Board for 10 years and loved growing vegetables in his garden.
He is survived by one son, Wandy Simmons and wife Teresa of St. Louis, MO; two daughters, Brenda Simmons Harris and Audrey Dianne Simmons of St. Louis; eight grandchildren, Cassandra Simpson, Peggy Toe, Chandra Simmons, Sommer Nance, Brittany Robotham, Lauren Crawford, Andre Robinson, Quinn Simmons and Jason Simmons; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one god-son, Eric Woods. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Simmons; two daughters, Dorothy Miller and Betty Bryan; one grandson, Levell Robinson; his parents, Willie and Aurthie Gould Simmons; two brothers, Robert Simmons and Wayne Simmons; and two sisters, Jereldine Standeford and Aurthie Bell Simmons.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Christopher Goodman officiating. Pallbearers were Rickey Daniels, Clarence Brooks, Dennis Girtman, Jerry Miller, Reagan Craig amd Lamar Hill. Honorary pallbearers are Hamburg Lodge #232 and the Bethel A.M.E. stewards and trustees. Burial was in Norris Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Donna "Jackie" Woodberry, 58, of Crossett died on Thursday, July 1, 2010. Born on December 8, 1951, to Chester T. and Lottie Haynes Belin in Crossett, Mrs. Woodberry was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. She served as a city wide usher and was in the Socialites and enjoyed babysitting and playing cards.
Survivors include, two sons, Johnny Mac "Tang" Brown, Jr. and Greg Brown; three daughters, Felishia "Lisa" F. Johnson, LaShanda Waters, and Donna "Terese" Bowman, all of Crossett; a special loved one, Cedrick "Dump" Black of Crossett; her surviving spouse, Jeffery Woodberry of Crossett; six grandchildren, Johnathon D. McWilliams of Witchita Falls, TX, Jahmar O. Durby of Grady, Chandra L. Hampton, Shalitha Waters, Jaden T. Lewis and Destiny Bowman, all of Crossett; six great-grandchildren, Marquise Mitchell, Marqueze Mitchell, Bryan S. Simpson, KyAra McWilliams, Tayia Heard and Zarianna Durby; one brother, Bobby J. Mitchell of Grady; and two sisters, Carrie May Boyce of Indianapolis, IN, and Mary Glenda Saunders of North Carolina.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at Gates Chapel AME Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published July 21
Imogene Adcock, 92, of Hamburg died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and resident of Hamburg for most of her life and a former resident of Parkdale and Wilmot, she was a homemaker and a member of the Gaines Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Ronald Adcock of Bastrop, LA; a daughter, Shirley Adcock Walker of Hamburg; three brothers, Ed Vail of Hamburg, Pete Vail of Bastrop and Lane Vail of Monroe, LA; numerous grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Winifred Adcock; seven sons, Johnny Mike "Droopy," Gary Dean, Harold, Billy Wayne, Steve, Paul and Eddie Roy Adcock; her parents, Ed and Ronnie Jeffcoat Vail; a sister, Corrine Roberts; and four brothers, Mac Norris Vail, Arnold Vail, Leroy Vail and James Vail.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 17, in the Beulah Cemetery in Drew County with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Emma Jean Bass
Emma Jean Bass, 52, of Wilmot died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Wilmot, an employee of deYampert's Gin and a member of First Baptist Church in Wilmot.
She is survived by two sons, Carlos Bass of North Little Rock and Eric and wife Carmen Bass of Jacksonville; three daughters, Tonya Bass of Wilmot, Erica Bass of Bonita, LA, and Deandriea Bass of Conway; three stepsons, Randal and wife Shurunn Shelton of Pine Bluff, Robert and wife Christy Whitaker of Monticello and Nathaniel Shelton of Wilmot; two stepdaughters, Lawanda Whitaker and Cashawana Whitaker of Wilmot; her mother, Viola Bass of Wilmot; three brothers, Jimmy and wife Ruth Bass of Kilbourne, LA, Albert "A.B." Bass and Lamar and wife Sandra Bass of Wilmot; one sister, Mary (Lacey) Brooks of Wilmot; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, William Lindsey "Jack" Bass; two brothers, John William Bass and William Lindsey Bass, Jr.; and two sisters, Annie Pearl Clark and Helen Marie Brown.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. James Crockett officiating. Burial will follow at St. Martha Cemetary under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guestbook signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Eliece Gunter, 86, of Crossett died Friday, July 16, 2010. Born on March 24, 1924, to Andrew Jackson and Lula Pearl Linch Jones in Lapile, Mrs. Gunter was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett and a life member of Eastern Star. She enjoyed camping and fishing and sewing and recently had completed 24 dolls for children at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Survivors include her daughter, Annie Ruth Pitzer and husband Terry of Crossett; grandchildren Rob Blankenship and Paula Stadler and John and Eric Pitzer; and great-grandchildren, Chelsie, Chance and Andrew, Lane, Alexa, Jamie and Chris. She was preceded in death by her son, James Gunter, and her husband, Jack Gunter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Pallbearers were Andrew Stadler, Lenny Stadler, Jamie Mann, Keith Gunter, Ryan Hopkins and James Gunter. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the Methodist Daycare, c/o First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.
Rolanda Shenett Jones, 40, of Chicago, Illinois, died Friday, July 9, 2010, at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. A native of Chicago and an employee of UPS, she attended Chicago Christianland Church and enjoyed singing.
She is survived by four sons, Timothy McKinney, D'Carius Davis, Tavion Davis, and Demitrius Smith, all of Chicago; one daughter, Candice McKinney of Chicago; her mother Lorise Tucker Jones and husband Charles Hughes; her father, Willie and wife Brenda Jones, Jr.; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Tom and U. Z. Tucker; and her paternal grandmother, Rhodie B. Cason.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 19, at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church with Minister Jesse Radford, Jr. officiating. Active pallbearers were family and friends. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetary under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guestbook at cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Evalyn Kirkwood, 89, of Searcy died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the Byrd Haven Nursing Home in Searcy. Born November 6, 1920, in West Line, MO, she was a resident of Searcy for the past seven years; a resident of Little Rock for many years and a former resident of Wilmot. She worked for 22 years with her husband, Norman Kirkwood, president of Wilmot State Bank and was a former member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Lake Enterprise Garden Club, was on the board of two Little Rock garden clubs and served as state president from 1975-1977. She was a Master Flower Show Judge and served on the National Board of NGC and the National Flower Show Committee. She taught flower arranging workshops and classes for many years, traveling from one end of the country to the other.
She is survived by her care giver, Mary Windisch of Searcy; two nieces, Colene Chastain of Marvell and Melinda Windisch of Broken Arrow, OK; a stepdaughter, Sue Berry; four step-grandchildren, Susan Winkler, Sara Ward, Paul and Norman Kirkwood of Des Arc; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 37 ½ years, Norman Kirkwood; her parents, Horace and Cora Watkins Hill; a sister, Norene Windisch; two nephews, Bob and David Windisch; a niece, Lula Crisp and husband, J. C.; and a great-niece, Denise Pankey.
Grave side services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Rev. David A. Moore officiating. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jimmy McKinney, 72, of Hamburg died Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Moro and a resident of Hamburg for the past 46 years, he graduated from Aubrey High School and attended business school in Memphis. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Pacific Fleet. He worked for Georgia-Pacific particle board and paper mills until he started working in the restaurant business in 1983. He, along with his partners, Robby Thompson and Joe Green, opened the Catfish Inn on White's Ferry Road in West Monroe. In 1993, he purchased the Catfish Inn in Hamburg and was still actively managing it until his death. He was a member of the Eden Baptist Church, the Prairie Lodge #465 of Hamburg, Little Rock Scottish Rite and the Sahara Shrine Temple in Pine Bluff. He was a past president of the Fountain Hill School Board and past secretary of the United Brotherhood of Pulp, Paper and Sulfide workers. He loved working outdoors, cutting grass and bailing hay.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Shelton McKinney; a son, James McKinney and wife D'Ann, all of Hamburg; a sister, JoAnn Holloway and husband Wiley of Lampasas, Texas; a brother, Robert McKinney and wife Hisae of Aiea, Hawaii; a granddaughter, Brooke McKinney of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vern McDaniel McKinney; and a sister, Mildred Untermeyer.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, July 16, at the Eden Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Flowers and Ricky Watt officiating. Burial followed at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy Riels, Casey Riley, Mike Riley, Steve Bolin, Chad Huffman and Brad Huffman. Honorary pallbearers were Robby Thompson, Glynn Riels, Don Hartley, Kenneth Hartley, Jerry Stanley and Larry Stanley.
Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Jerry Stanley, 747 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Hazel Smith, 78, of Crossett died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 24, 1931, to William Jesse and Ruby Willowree Byrd Jones in Hazelwood, NC, Mrs. Smith owned a fabric store in West Crossett for seven years and was a member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Terri S. Meinhold and husband Bill of Horse Shoe, NC; one brother, William Bruce Jones and wife Barbara of Galena, OH; and three grandchildren, Wesley Drew Smith, Bruce Coulter Smith and Kelly Lee Meinhold. She was preceded in death by her son, Wesley Bruce Smith, and her husband, James "Jimmy" Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, at Jones Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Obituaries Published July 28
Modelle McLure Naron
Modelle McLure Naron, 80, of Springfield, MO, died Friday July 23, 2010, at the Jordan Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Monticello, a resident of Springfield for the past 15 years and a former resident of Fort Smith, she was a homemaker and had taken care of foster children for over 30 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ and an avid gardener.
She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Barnes of Springfield, Linda Brewster of Wynne and Charlotte Korzenborn of Springfield; two sons, Paul Naron of Springfield and James Kiger of Lavaca; two sisters, Virginia Robinson of Monticello and Lucille Burroughs of Buhl, AL; a brother, William Fain McLure of Pine Bluff; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Brewster, James Kiger, Jr., and Katherine Kiger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dolphus Naron; her parents, T. L. and Early Ferguson McLure; two brothers, Thomas Franklin McLure and Earl Daniel McLure; and four sisters, Marie Breedlove, Francis Smith, Jewell Wilson and Martha Wood.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Old Troy Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
George Parker, 78, of Crossett died Monday, July 19, 2010, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Wilmot and a resident of Crossett for the past 59 years, he was retired from the Georgia Pacific plywood mill and was a member of Davis Memorial COGIC.
He is survived by three sons, Larry Keith, Ronnie and wife Cheryl Parker and Rickey Parker; five daughters, Debra Parker Moore, Evelyn Parker Tate, Hazel Parker, Judy Parker, and LaTekia Parker, all of Crossett; 29 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Mae Parker; two sons, George Parker, Jr., and Gregory Parker; one daughter, Shirley Ann Parker; his parents, Miley and Delia Riley Parker; one brother, Wardell Parker; five sisters, Estella Dunning, Annie Tate, Earnestine Kitchen, Louise Diggs, and Mable Lanier; and one grandson, Sonwello Lewis.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Davis Memorial COGIC in Crossett with Supt. Roy Matheney officiating. Pallbearers were Elias Duncan, Tyrone Moore, David Dupree, Jemario Tate, Jamal Watson, and Reginald Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Cedric Keith, Terrance Green, Alfred Olive, Shawn Keith, Jeremy Davis, Detarious Lewis, Sonwello Lewis, Jr., and Darius Chatman. Burial was at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guestbook signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Kristi Leah Sass
Kristi Leah Brennon Sass, 30, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Drew Memorial Hospital. Born January 10, 1980, in Monticello, she was a mother, housewife and a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Dale Sass; one daugher, Kinsey Lorrain Sass; her parents, Willie E. Brennon and Wanda Faye Brantley Brennon; two brothers, Phillip Ryan Brennon and Bradley Paul Brennon, all of Monticello; her grandfather, Travis Brantley of Crossett; one sister-in-law, Dusty Stanley of Monticello; two nieces, Erica Forrest and Hana Brennon of Monticello; two nephews, Shannon Brennon of Fountain Hill and Cameron Brennon of Monticello; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Edith Faye Standard Brantley and Ollie Ruth DuBose Barnett; one grandfather, Bennie Harold Barnett and one father-in-law, Thomas 'Poppa' Sass.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Marcus Junior, Ronnie McEntire, Buddy Clavet and Tony, Darren and Lance Brantley. Brad Allen, Rickey Brantley and Travis Wayne Brantley were honorary pallbearers.
Burial followed services at the Union Ridge Cemetery.
Ed Vail, Jr.
Ed Vail, Jr., 84, of Hamburg died Friday, July 23, 2010, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Marigold, MS, and a resident of Hamburg since 1962, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He was a retired automobile mechanic, a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and an avid gardener and farmer.
He is survived by two sons, Bruce Vail of Hamburg and James "Buddy" Vail of Monticello; two daughters, Darlene King of Hamburg and Rose Mary Young of Crossett; two brothers, Pete Vail of Bastrop, LA, Lane Vail of Monroe, LA; 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Pope Vail, in 1982; a granddaughter, Jolynn Kuebler; a great-great-granddaughter, Alicia Pickins; his parents, Ed and Ronnie Jeffcoat Vail; two sisters, Corrine Roberts and Imogene Adcock; and four brothers, Mac Norris Vail, Arnold Vail, Leroy Vail and James Vail.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Boyd Savage and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were B.J. Vail, Jamie Vail, Michael McDonald, Bradley McDonald, Scott Young and Cody King. Honorary pallbearers were Zack Young and Todd Kuebler.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Koman for the Cure, 904 Autumn Road, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72211. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Charles Anthony Vining
Charles Anthony "Tony" Vining, 44, of Mabelvale, formerly of Crossett, died on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Born on November 21, 1965, in Warren to Charles Leonard and Judy Dean Robinson Vining, he was employed as a server for the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his father, Charles Leonard Vining of Crossett; a sister, Tammy Murphy and husband Patrick of Crossett; a niece, Jessica Murphy; and two nephews, Jason Murphy and Justin Murphy. Tony was preceded in death by his mother, Judy Vining. Memorial services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jim Taylor officiating. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.