Obituaries Published December 5

Renea Aulds Brantley

Renea Aulds Brantley, 52, of Houston, Texas, died November 26, 2012, at the East Houston Regional Medical Center. A native and resident of Portland for most of her life and a former resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Portland High School in 1977. She was a medical records assistant sdministrator for the state of Texas and was a member of the Aulds Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Logen Brantley of Houston; a brother, Michael Aulds of Lake Charles, LA; a niece, Miranda Fontenot; and a nephew, Casey Aulds of Lake Charles; and a host of cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Pauline Morris Aulds.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 4, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. E. W. Ricks officiating. Burial was to follow at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Ronnie Morris, Franklin Ricks, Dave Hackett, Jerad Selby, Keith Ladd and Lane Hunter. Honorary pallbearers were to be Buck Fryar, Grady Henson, Powell Aulds and Donnie Goodwin.

Memorials may be made to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Fund, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Robert Donald Crews

Robert Donald Crews, 83, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Monroe from complications of Lewy Body Disease. Born June 18, 1929, in DeQueen to Maude Fowler and Carlisle Crews, he graduated from DeQueen High School, where he participated in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He graduated from Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) in 1952, where he played football, making the All-AIC team his senior year. He also participated in track, where he set a record of 9.9 seconds in the 100-yard dash. He earned a Master of Arts degree in school administration from Memphis State College (now the University of Memphis). He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving two years in the U. S. Army and discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

He held high school coaching positions at Wilson, Marion, Hamburg and Smackover. In his nine years at Hamburg his football teams won three district championships. He was named Arkansas High School Football Coach of the Year in 1963 and was inducted into the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the University of Southern Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

After 15 years of coaching, he became a counselor for the Arkansas Department of Human Services and served in that position until his retirement. His hobbies included raising and training dogs for quail hunting and for field trial competitions. For ten years he served as a guide for the Big Country Celebrity Quail Hunt, an annual charity event, in Abilene, Texas. He was also a bass fisherman.

He was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church, where he had served as a member and chair of the Administrative Council, member and chair of the Board of Trustees, member of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and Sunday school teacher.

Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Dorinda Hale Crews; two daughters, Kimberly Crews Veazey and husband Stanton of Hamburg and Carla Crews Kidd of Jonesboro; and five grandchildren, Lauren Veazey, Crews Veazey, Kirby Kidd, Carter Kidd, and Collin Kidd. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

A service celebrating his life was held in the Hamburg First United Methodist Church at 1 p.m., Monday, December 3, with a reception following.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646 or the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Kathrain Rice Forrest

Kathrain M. Rice Forrest, 82, of Crossett died on Friday, November 30, 2012. Born in Fountain Hill on April 6, 1930, Mrs. Forrest was a homemaker and a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Roy Donald Rice and wife Beverly; a daughter, Debbie Barnett; four brothers, Gene Donaldson and wife Marlene, Doyle Donaldson and wife Bonnie, Charles Donaldson and wife Linda, and Glen Donaldson; three sisters, Sylvia Oliver and husband Billy, Alice Donaldson and Kathy Donaldson, all of Crossett; four grandchildren, Wade Barnett and wife Shannon, Michael Barnett, Jamie Rice and wife Heather, Angie Abernathy and husband Randy; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Donaldson; a sister, Carolyn Outlaw; her first husband, Roy H. Rice, in 1993; and her second husband, Johnnie Forrest, in 2008.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Don Justice and Jerry Carter officiating. Pallbearers were David Oliver, Johnny Oliver, Mark Oliver, Gage Rice, Chazz Rice and Kevin Donaldson. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Barnett and Wade Barnett.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, 2203 Main, Crossett, AR 71635.

Beatrice Kincade Hollis

Beatrice Kincade Hollis, 87, of Crossett died Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Atkins, a resident of Crossett for the past 20 years and a former resident of Dermott, she worked at the McGehee Garment Factory for several years and she worked at Pinewood Nursing Home until retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing and working in her flowers.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Earl Hollis and wife Linda of Hamburg and James Benjamin Hollis and wife Louise of West Crossett; four daughters, Shirley Hollis Watson and husband Walter of Arkansas City, Mary Hollis Wells and husband Charlie of Rohwer, Bonnie Hollis Matthews and husband Michael of North Crossett and Carolyn Hollis Jordan and husband David of Crossett; a sister, Edith Kincade Guerreo of Belleville, Illinois; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Benjamin Hollis, in 1995; a son, John Edward Hollis, a daughter, Donnie Louise Hollis Watson; her parents, Fred and Pearlie Bowline Kincade; three brothers, Earl, Roy and Troy Kincade; and three sisters, Lola Kincade Hollis, Georgia Kincade Ford and Annie Mae Kincade McCandless.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, November 30, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Revs. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Bryan Hollis, Lance Watson, Cody Cherry, Steven Sandlin, Bo Parris, Rickey Parris, Michael Hollis and Curt Hollis.

Memorials may be made to Ashley County Cares, P. O. Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Charles W. Hollis

Charles W. Hollis, 74, of Fountain Hill died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Portland, a resident of Fountain Hill for many years and a former resident of Pine Bluff, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1956. He worked for International Paper in Pine Bluff for 15 years, and in 1973 moved back to Fountain Hill and worked for Georgia-Pacific Corp. 27 years until retiring in 2000. He served on the board of directors of Mainline Health Systems and was instrumental in getting and building the Mainline Health Clinic in Fountain Hill. He was a member of the Eden Baptist Church. He raised cattle and loved spending time outside.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cynthia Ann Watson Hollis of Fountain Hill; three daughters, Cindy Adams and husband Ronnie of Crossett, Karen Dixon and husband Ricky of Texas and Nancy Hollis of Fountain Hill; his mother, Synthia Mae Foster Hollis of Fountain Hill; a sister, Ruth Riels and husband Glynn of Fountain Hill; nine grandchildren, Christy Thomas, Matthew Adams, R.J. Dixon, Hollis Dixon, Mason Dixon, John William Dixon, Kevin Stewart Jr., Kolby Stewart and Cason Stewart; and four great-grandchildren, T. J., Collin, Caitlyn and Madison. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Hollis; and two brothers, Pete Hollis and Lon Earl Hollis.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, December 3, at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Gene Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Pugh Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Adams, Ricky Dixon, Kevin Stewart, Sr., Andy Riels, Chuck Hollis and Michael Watson. Memorials may be made to the Eden Baptist Church, 3748 Highway 133 North, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Arthur Buford Leveritt

Arthur Buford Leveritt, 61, of Hamburg died Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Smackover and a resident of Hamburg for the past 44 years, he was a veteran of the United States Army, a retired pipe fitter and member of Local Union 155 in Little Rock for 35 years and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jorene Kellum Leveritt; two sons, Kenny Leveritt and wife Becky and Richard Leveritt; a daughter, Jamie Browning and husband Tommy, all of Hamburg; five brothers, Willis Leveritt and wife Ruby of West Plains, MO, Carl Leveritt and wife Betty of El Dorado, Mike Leveritt and wife Gloria of Pine Bluff, Ronnie Leveritt and wife Judy, and Randy Leveritt and wife Tammy of Smackover; a sister, Bonnie Johnson of Bentonville; six grandchildren, April Leveritt, Chad Leveritt, Bradley Leveritt, Keaton Griffith, Zack Browning and Dustin Browning; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elzie and Helen Johnson Leveritt; two brothers, Gene and James Leveritt; and two sisters, Elizabeth Davis and Nancy Leveritt.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 29, at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Kelley and Joey Meredith officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenny Leigh, Junior Campbell, Dewight Smitty, Ronnie Nelms, Marty Baker, Michael Dosher, Wade Dosher and Billy Jones.

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.

Shirley Stanley Pritchard

Shirley Ann Stanley Pritchard, 64, of Crossett died on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at her residence. Born on September 7, 1948, to Lincoln Lee and Annie Bell Smith Stanley, she enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Pritchard; one son, Bryan Pritchard and wife Courtney; one daughter, Melissa Bennett and husband William, all of Crossett; and eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Robert Dupree Pritchard, Jr.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 30, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Dale Jordan, Raeford Mills and Clayton Mills officiating. Pallbearers were Mitch Hill, Freddy Hipp, Darcy Jeffreys, Sammy Oden, Benji Price and Steve Courson.

Burial followed at the Simms Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Greg Stahley

Greg Stahley, 51, of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. After graduating from high school in Hamburg in 1979, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He graduated from the University of Houston, and he worked in accounting for many years.

He is survived by his partner of many years, Stephen Baggett; his mother, Sherry Watkins Stahley of Montrose; three brothers, Bill Stahley and wife Jessica of Crossett, Brad Stahley, and Mike Stahley and wife Tina of Denison, TX; one sister, Melanie Savage and husband Lyance of Grand Forks AFB, ND; his step-mother Kay Stahley of Denison, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Stahley, Sr., of Denison and his grandparents, Ralph and Jean Stahley and Fred and Opal Watkins of Hamburg.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at New Life Church in Crossett. David and Cindy Wheless will officiate.

Clifford M. Watson

Clifford M. Watson, 85, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

Born on May 1, 1927, in Lockhaven, PA, he was a retired truck driver and a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two step-sons, Stanley J. Farmer of Marion, IN, and Andrew O. Farmer of Neosha, MO; two step-daughters, Rita M. Orton of Crossett and Catharine A. Woodrick of Greentown, IN; one sister, Loretta Barner of Lockhaven, PA; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen Condo Watson; a brother, a sister, and his wife, Mary Helen Watson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Don Justice officiating.

Pallbearers were Steven Wilcoxon, Greg Sivils, Billy Miller, Byron Walker, Clyde Hammil and Jimmy Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Orton, J. B. Kelley, Bill Clanton, R. E. Thomas and Johnny Bailey.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Obituaries Published December 12

John J. Brown

John J. Brown, 57, of Hamburg died Monday, December 3, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident. A native of Wiesbaden, Germany, and a resident of Hamburg since 1964, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1974. He was a boilermaker, and a member of the Lutheran Church and collected old books.

He is survived by a son, Alex Brown; his mother, Charlotte Löschner Brown of Hamburg; a brother, Gregory Brown of Huxley Bay, Texas; a sister, Linda Register, and a niece, Julianna Register of Texarkana; and a nephew, Brad Register of Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Brown in 2010.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m., Friday, December 7, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Caine, Alvin Boykin, Chuck Nutter, Danny Jeffers and Roy Vail. It was his request that his ashes be taken back to Germany.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jerome Laquinne Caldwell

Jerome Laquinne Caldwell, 25, of Crossett died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia. He was a native of Crossett, a former four year resident of Gurdon and had lived in Crossett for the past six years. Jerome was a member of the Gurdon High School class of 2006 and enjoyed rapping.

He is survived by his mother, Charlene Denise Henderson of Crossett; one son, LaBralon Caldwell of Gurdon; one daughter, Naudia Caldwell of Hot Springs; four brothers, Micah Henderson, Quentin Caldwell and Brandon Bryant of Crossett and Cedrick Caldwell of Warren; four sisters, Khalia Miller, Keandra Caldwell and Cherrelle Caldwell of Crossett and Shunkeyta Norwood of Louisiana; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Caldwell of Crossett; his maternal grandfathers, Jimmy Hubbard of Crossett and Linwood Johnson of Ohio; his maternal great-grandmother, Tressie Cromwell of Highland, CA; a special friend, Zakesha Washington; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Dean Caldwell; his paternal grandfather, William Caldwell; and his maternal grandmother, Kathryn Hubbard.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Adkins officiating. Active pallbearers were X-Zavion Gilliam, Todd Norman, Tony Brooks, Kentrell Green, Jerome Pollen and Charles Bryant. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers and the Gurdon High School Class of 2006. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Peggy Norrell Fletcher

Peggy Sue Dickerson Norrell Fletcher, 80, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, retired from the Georgia Pacific paper mill, and was a member of North Main Baptist Church. Mrs. Fletcher loved taking care of her dog.

She is survived by two daughters, Versa Reed and husband Phillip of Hamburg and Beverly Rice, and husband Donnie of Hamburg; one brother, Charles Gardner of Augusta, GA; four grandchildren, Jamie Rice and wife Heather, Angie Abernathy and husband Randy, LeAnne Reed and husband Justin and Kristy Higginbotham and husband Brian; ten great-grandchildren, Seth and Skylar Abernathy, Chazz Rice, Corrie Pahal, Zachary and Rylan Higginbotham, Brieana and Jimmy Hartsfield and Kimrey and Autumn Rice. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Laydell Dickerson; her second husband, Charlie Norrell; and her parents, Luke and Ora Lee Chadwick Gardner.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Tim Williams and Buddy Boykin officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmie Rice, Randy Abernathy, Brian Higginbotham, Justin Gray, Chazz Rice and Zachary Higginbotham. Burial in Pinewood Memorial Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Gerald Wayne Johnson, M. D.

Gerald Wayne Johnson, 72, of Crossett died Thursday, December 6, 2012. Born on March 11, 1940, in Crossett to Rubel and LaDelle Sisson Johnson, he graduated from medical school in 1966 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His post graduate work was at Baylor University Medical Center and the University of Texas. Dr. Johnson was a captain and flight surgeon in the U. S. Air Force, receiving two Bronze Stars and a recommendation for a Purple Heart. He was a well-known plastic surgeon in Houston, TX, and an inventor of numerous surgical procedures and medical instruments.

Survivors include his wife, Lana Johnson of Crossett; one daughter, Jennifer Barnard and husband Shawn of Hot Springs; two step-daughters, Carrie Goff of Austin, TX, and Lori Davis of Crossett; two sisters, Judy Izard and husband Ralph of Benton and Nancy Davis and husband Gary of Garland, TX; nine grandchildren, Kristen, Kevin, Kameron, Ashley, J. J., Johnathon, Jeremy, Aimee and Curry; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Gage; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and many friends. Dr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffrey Wayne Johnson.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, December 8, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Lloyd Gibbs and Shawn Barnard officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 6465 South Yale Ave., Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136.

Margaret Marie Lloyd

Margaret Marie Lloyd, 81, of Crossett died Monday, December 3, 2012. Born on September 6, 1931, in Crossett to Marshall L. and Alice Belle Fleming Barnett, she retired from Georgia Pacific after many years of service. She was an avid gardener and a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Mike Lloyd and wife Julie of Texarkana; one daughter, Jackie Sivils and husband Richard of Crossett; one sister, Yvonne Kirkland of Marietta, GA; six grandchildren, Sarah Taunton and husband Richie of Crossett, Rebekah James and husband Josh of Benton, and Brandon Lloyd, Jason Lloyd, Lindsey Lloyd and Christopher Lloyd, all of Texarkana; and three great-grandchildren, Lainey Taunton, Landon Taunton, and Aaron Dean James. Mrs. Lloyd was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Quentin Lloyd; and two sisters, Imogine Marcile Barnett and Willie Bell Palmer.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 6, at the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Don Justice and Donnie DuBose officiating. Burial followed at the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Charlie Griever, Donnie Walker, David Walker, Kenny McGilton, Rob Chapman and Rodney Chapman. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Brenda Jane Matthews

Brenda Jane Matthews, 61, of Lake Village died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at home. Born June 4, 1951, in Dermott to the late Charles O'Neal Parker and Mary M. King, she was a secretary for Lake Village Baptist Church and Lakeside School in Lake Village and a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church.

Survivors are her husband, Gary D. Matthews of Lake Village, two sons, John O'Neal Matthews and wife Robin of Hendersonville, TN, and Robert Todd Matthews and wife Christy of Glenwood; a daughter, Krista Matthews Perry and husband Michael of Lake Village; a brother, Michael Parker of Clinton; six grandchildren, Nolan Weaver, Molly and Chloe Matthews, Hannah Perry, Josiah and Miriam Matthews; and her mother, Mary M. Parker. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles O'Neal Parker.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Lake Village Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Bell and Phillip Slaughter officiating. Burial was in the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Guest book at www.bishopfuneral homeinc.com.

Sharon Kay Parham

Sharon Kay Parham, 62, of Crossett died Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado. Born on August 3, 1950, in Crossett to Edward, Sr., and Eloise Mayo Curry, Mrs. Parham was retired from the U. S. Navy and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Parham of Crossett; two sons, Shannon Ray Johnson and wife Jessie and Kenneth Michael Parham and wife Rachelle of Crossett; one daughter, Kelli Marie Langston of Crossett; her mother, Eloise Johnson of Wilmot; one brother, Edward Curry, Jr., of Mississippi; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Curry, Sr., and a sister, Terry Mayo.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Ron White officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207.

John Huey Patterson

John Huey "Johnny" Patterson, 56, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Born on March 15, 1956, in Crossett to the late Huey Franklin and Frances Marie Stanley Patterson, he enjoyed collecting antiques and oddities. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; and loved motorcycles and retired from Georgia Pacific after over 20 years of service. Johnny was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Judy Carol Patterson Johnson and husband Wayne of Crossett; a niece, Grace Frances Johnson; and a host of cousins, friends, and other extended family.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, December 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Risher, Randy Risher, Rusty McCone, Phillip Deal, John Middlebrooks and Greg Sivils. Honorary pallbearers were David Cathey and Lonnie Cockrell. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Curtis Glen Perkins

Curtis Glen Perkins, 100, of the Snyder community died Monday, December 3, 2012, at Union General Hospital in Farmerville, LA. A native of Branson, MO, a resident of the Snyder community outside Montrose, he was a retired auto salvage dealer and a member of the Church of Christ in Hamburg. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one son, Curtis Don Perkins of Baton Rouge, LA; one daughter, Betty Jean Bussell of the Snyder community; five grandchildren, Donna Cox Busby and husband Jamie, Linda Oliver, Loretta Carpenter, Glenn David Crosswhite and Donna Crosswhite; seven great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Kay Brundage Perkins; one daughter, Patsy Perkins Crosswhite; one granddaughter, Nancy Perkins; his parents, Jim and Nettie Williams Perkins; one brother, Rupert Perkins; and three sisters, Louise Johnson, Alice Neptune and Bonnie Duncan.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Pallbearers were James Nelms, Dale Cane, Johnny Price, Jr., Herman Mormon, Joe Sharrick and Rocky Salvage. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Kelly, Mike Shaver and Anthony Lowrey. Burial was in the Snyder Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Adelle Said

Adelle Said, 72, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Crossett, had spent most of her life in Texas, California and Washington, and had lived in Crossett for the past six months.

She is survived by one sister, Ruby Girtman of Crossett; three brothers, Clemmie J. Johnson of Bastrop, LA, Clarence Johnson, Jr., and Sherwood Johnson of Friendswood, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Laura Brown Johnson; and one brother, Clifton Johnson. She loved listening to gospel music, sewing and crocheting.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford officiating. Pallbearers were to be Melvin Nalls, Wayne Bridges, Mario Brown, Carl Miles, Devins Baker and Kyron Norman. Burial was set for the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Jeremy Antonio Thompson

Jeremy Antonio Thompson, 25, of El Dorado died Friday, November 30, 2012, at Union County Medical Center in El Dorado. He was a member of the Union Mission Baptist Church in El Dorado. Jeremy enjoyed baseball and track.

Survivors include his mother and father, Barbara Gantt and Donald Thompson of Crossett; two brothers, Donald Gantt and wife Sharon of El Dorado and Lucas Thompson of Crossett; three sisters, Corshelie Thompson of El Dorado, Valorie Williams and husband Delvin of Crossett, and Jasmine Smith and husband Lorenzo of Oceanside, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Lamar Thompson; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Pace; his paternal grandparents, Ellis and Shirley Mae Tucker Thompson; and his maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Carroll.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at Davis Memorial C.O.G.I.C. with Supt. Robert G. Rudolph officiating. Pallbearers were Terry Thompson, Kim Thompson, Ellis Thompson, Jr., Ulish Haynes, Jr., Kenneth Robinson and Manuel Black, Jr. Burial was in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Nick Upshaw

Nick Upshaw, 44, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at his residence in Crossett. A native and resident of Crossett for most of his life, he was a heavy equipment operator and a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Upshaw of Silsbee, Texas; his mother and step-father, Shirley and C.B. Harriman of Hamburg; his father and step-mother, Johnny and Margie Upshaw of Crossett; a brother, Joe Upshaw of Russellville; and a niece, Emily Upshaw of Crossett. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Colby David Upshaw and an uncle, Buddy Upshaw.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 8, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Father Bob Allen celebrant. Inurnment will in the columbarium at St. Mark's. Memorials may be made to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 909 Hickory Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the North Crossett First Baptist Church, 1035 Highway 133, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Elsie Overton Wallace

Elsie C. Overton Wallace, 87, of Malvern died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at The Crossing. Born May 12, 1925, in Tulip, the daughter of Jim and Amy Lawrence Overton, she was a seamstress and beautician for many years. She was a member of Francois Missionary Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star of Hamburg and enjoyed quilting and sewing.

Survivors include four daughters, Merle Smith of Gifford, Joyce Clift and husband Norman of Gifford, Dianne Williams and husband Ronnie of Magnet Cove and Karen Long and husband David of Piedmont, Alabama; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Wallace; two sons, Bobby Wallace and Jackie Wallace, Sr.; and three granddaughters, Billie Brown, Tiffany Brown and Kathryn Abercrombie.

Funeral service was at 1 p. m. Friday, December 7, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. W.A. Dillard and Bobby Goodknight officiating. Burial was at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Shawn Purifoy, Dr. Bruce White and Hospice Home Care of Hot Springs.

Memorials can be made to the Promise Land Cemetery, c/o JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Arrangements were by Regency Funeral Home. Guest book at regencyfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Published December 19

LaVerne Johnson Carter

LaVerne Johnson Carter, 48, of Longview died Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born October 13, 1964, in Monticello, she was employed at Andy's Restaurant in Crossett and was a member of the Assemblies of God. The daughter of the late Joseph Johnson and Billie Coleman Johnson, she loved playing bingo.

Survivors include her husband, John D. Carter of Longview; one son, Robert David Carter of McGehee; one daughter, Janet Lynn Nolan of Monroe, LA; one brother, James Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Mary Stephens of El Dorado and her twin, LaFran Singleton of Bastrop, LA; and five grandchildren, Rayelynn Carpenter, Nicholas Burton, Madison Nolan, Ayden Carter and McKenzie Carter. She was preceded in death by one son, Charles David Burton; four brothers, Johnny Taylor, Billy Joe Johnson, Don Johnson and Carl Johnson; and two sisters, Elizabeth Johnson and Norma Johnson.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were to be Joe Fred Yates, Nick Holland, Carl Gray, Robert David Carter, Jody Edwards and Danny Dumas with Ronnie Wooldridge and Jason Kelly as honorary pallbearers. Burial was to follow services at the Hickory Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Guest book at www.step hensondearman.com.

Ezra Marion Cook

Ezra Marion Cook, 77, of Bastrop, La., died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. He was a retired butane truck driver, a member of Horseshoe Baptist Church, and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by a daughter, Vicky Naff and husband Steve; a son, James Cook and wife Tammy, all of Crossett; three sisters, Mary Hogan and husband Lon, Imogene Ralph, and Maxine Gates; one brother, Kenneth Cook; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Cook and Edna Herrington Cook; his step-mother, Hazel Cook; a daughter, Rena Cook Patterson; four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were Friday, December 14, at Golden Funeral Home with Bros. Francis Smith, Newton Smith and Bob Lonadier officiating. Burial followed at the Mer Rouge Cemetery.

Ray Davis

Ray Davis, 87, of Crossett died Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Butler, a resident of Summit, IL, for over 40 years, and had lived in Crossett for the past 15 years. He was retired from CPC Manufacturing Plant in Summit, IL, and was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Gilbert Davis; one son, Rafael Davis of Bellwood, IL; one daughter, Ferendianda Parrott of Summit; one brother, Jessie Davis and wife Shirley of Chicago, IL; three sisters, Myrthis Waller of Summit and Mary Speech and Vera Irons of Haynesville, LA, two step-children, eleven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Thompson, his parents, Jessie and Angie Brown Davis; and four brothers, Aaron, Chester, Michael and Doris Davis.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, at Friendship Baptist Church in Haynesville with Rev. Roger Curry officiating. Pallbearers are Robert Davis, Tommy Davis, Rev. Roger Speech, Dewetha Malone, Rafael Davis and Jessie Davis. Burial will be in Garden Heritage Cemetery in Haynesville under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Victor Ralph Farmer

Victor Ralph Farmer, 87, of Crossett died on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his home. Born July 18, 1925, to Ernest Guy and Miriam Emily McDuffie Farmer at Crossett Camp, he was an U. S. Army veteran who served his country in Germany and France in World War II. He retired from Georgia Pacific after 44 years of service and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and enjoyed all the activities of his church especially the trips with the senior citizens' group. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends at Andy's.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie Faye Holland Farmer; two daughters, Theresa White and husband James and LaFran Rodgers and husband Ronnie of Crossett; a step-daughter, Wanda Livingston and husband Bobby and a step-son, Michael Adams and wife Stacy of Hamburg; two brothers, Harold Farmer of Crossett and Glynn Farmer of Bastrop, LA; one sister, Merle Pierce of Crossett; four grandchildren, Brooks White and Heather Adair, Meridith Harrison and David Rodgers; three step-grandchildren, Kayla and Daniel Livingston and Hunter Adams; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Alva Farmer; a sister, Violet Katherine Germany; and his first wife, Ruby Joleane Wyman Farmer.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Pallbearers were to be Brooks White, David Rodgers, Tim Adair, Kevin Harrison, Buddy Livingston and Michael Adams. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Edith Rickman Johnson

Edith Elizabeth Rickman Johnson, 90, of Crossett died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on April 3, 1922, in Paragould to Peter Marion and Dovia Ellon McMillian Rickman, she was a homemaker, a Christian, enjoyed crafts and liked to hunt and fish.

Survivors include one son, Lelan G. Johnson and wife Marie of Hamburg; three daughters, Ellon Johnson and husband Johnny M., Libby Carter and Gwen Stephenson and husband Aubrey of Crossett; one sister, Oledia Mann of Richland, MS; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vrelan Clyde Johnson; two grandchildren, Brad Johnson and Sharon Mason; one great-grandson, Dustin Evans; and one son-in-law, Johnny F. Carter.

Grave-side services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, December 13, at the Crossroads Cemetery with James Harrington officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Michael Carter, Robert Carter, Steven Johnson, David Stephenson, Corey Harriman and Greg Johnson. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Kenneth Robertson

Kenneth Robertson, 82, of El Dorado died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. He was the first born of 21 children, a native of Hector, and a resident of El Dorado for the over 50 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, worked for the El Dorado Police Department for 20 years, the Smackover Police Department for five years and retired from the Union County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of the West Side Baptist Church and loved fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Davis Robertson; a daughter, Debra Kirby; a son, Malcolm Robertson and wife Laura, all of El Dorado; two grandchildren, April Wendt and husband Otto, of Palmer, Alaska, and Angie Shields and husband Mitch of El Dorado; and five great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Clark, Corey Clark, Anna Shields, Justin Shields and Ashleigh Wendt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Floy Craig Robertson; and a son-in-law, Babe Kirby.

Grave-side funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, December 14, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Cynthia Ann Smith

Cynthia Ann Smith, 49, of Dermott died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native and resident of Dermott for many years and a former resident of Portland, she was a fish hatchery manager and a member of the Portland Baptist Church. She loved to do crafts, needle point and sewing.

She is survived by two sons, Timmy Smith of McGehee and Tommy Smith of Hot Springs; two daughters, Asya Murphy of Dermott and Ashton Motes of Pine Bluff; her parents, David and Betty Smith Bozeman of Portland; three sisters, Pam Hackett of Dermott, Guylene Hand of Conway and Davinia Martin of Portland; a granddaughter Madelin Murphy; four step-grandchildren and a special friend, Patricia Haney of Dermott. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Guy and Velora Bozeman and Charlie and Mona Chapman.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Jody Gannaway officiating. A private burial will be in the Portland Cemetery at a later date. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Bozeman, Michael Murphy, Franklin Ricks, Crockett Hackett, Ryan Hackett and Greg Hand.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 217 W. 2nd Street, Suite 105, Little Rock, AR 72201 or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

J. P. Woods

J. P. Woods, 77, of Crossett died Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Carthage for many years, and a current resident of Crossett, he was a retired log truck driver for Holloway and Sons, Inc., and was a member of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He will be remembered as a baseball umpire.

He is survived by three daughters, Pearline Whitfield and husband Robert of Hamburg, Darlene Jimmerson of Carthage and Freda Edwards of Crossett; one sister, Helen Robinson of Monroe, LA; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beatrice Moore Woods; three brothers, James "Big Daddy" Woods, Jr., Lonnie "L.C." Woods and Alfred "Goody" Woods; and two sisters, Joanne Summerland and Bertha Canady .

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Horace Ingram, John Childress, Ephriam Johnson and Willie R. Taylor officiating.

Pallbearers were Floyd Freeman, Elvis Belleford, Tim Mooney, Terry Gilliam, William Haynes and Clarence Haynes. Honorary pallbearers were nephews. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net

Obituaries Published December 26

Robert Lee Baldwin

Robert Lee "Dawg" Baldwin, 64, of Crossett died Friday, December 21, 2012, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a former employee of Georgia Pacific's paper mill, a member of First Baptist Church and a Mason, a member of Exodus Lodge 403.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fox, squirrel and deer hunting and horses. He was a member of Blue Buck Hunting Club, H &G Riding Club & the Dixie Region Team Pinning Assoc (DRTPA). He currently was serving as president of Blue Buck Hunting Club and H & G Riding Club and was a volunteer firefighter for the Milo community.

He is survived by one son, Ryan Baldwin of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters, Robbie Baldwin Stanley and husband Johnny of Hamburg and Mona Baldwin of Crossett; one adopted daughter, Ravion Baldwin of Hamburg; one brother, Donald Baldwin and wife Erma of Warren; one sister, Ollie Sylvester of Crossett; four grandsons, Ryan Jr. "R.J." and Damien Baldwin of Sioux Falls, Rahmir Baldwin of Hamburg and Roderick Baldwin of Crossett; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lucille Ross Baldwin

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at First Baptist Church on Florida Street in Crossett with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Pallbearers are Joe Shavers, Clifford Hawkins, Mark Orr, Charles Brown, Michael Scott and Eddie Wayne. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Visitation will be Friday, December 28, from 6-8 p. m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

Guest book at cromwellfuneral home.net.

Joyce Block

Joyce Block, 68, of Wilmot died Friday, December 21, 2012, at her residence in Wilmot. She was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, a social worker for the Arkansas Dept. of Human Services in Chicot County, and a faithful member of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church. She served on the Hamburg School Board for six years, and was an alderman for the City of Wilmot and served on the Chicot County Single Parent Scholarship Board.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Michael "Boo" Block; two sons: Jessie Block and wife Tara of Baton Rouge, LA, and Edward Block and wife Adrian of Lowell; three daughters, Darlene Todd and husband Danny of Greenville, AL, Rosia Block of Maumelle and Mable Block of Wilmot; three step-sons, Brian Parker of Mesquite, TX, Kenneth Block of Los Angeles, CA, and Michael Block of Little Rock; three step-daughters, Cassandra Wade and husband Richard of Little Rock, Rosalind Lewis and husband Anthony of Allen, TX, and Kadran Block of Conway; three brothers, John H. Walker of Wilmot, Dannie Edwards and wife Rosetta of Chicago, and Kenneth Stevenson and wife Joyce of Conyers, GA; three sisters, Tina Bell Gaston of Lake Village, Hazel Edwards of Wilmot and Mary Butler and husband Samuel of Wilmot; 25 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mansfield and Rosia Yarby Edwards, three brothers, Thomas "T.C." and Charlie Walker and Havard Edwards; and two sisters, Ruby Shelton and Dorothy King.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Sunday, December 30, at John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Harold Shaw officiating. Pallbearers are Billy Kitchen, Larry Waters, John Metcalf, Charles Raino, Lloyd Williams & C.L. Clark. Burial will be in the Jim Smith Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

Robert Delmar Buchanan

Robert Delmar Buchanan, 73, of Crossett died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Born November 3, 1939, to Harry Alfred and Mary Ruth Stotts Buchanan in Pontiac, MI, he was a trucking manager for many years, most recently employed by Convoy Logistics. He liked to hunt, fish and woodwork.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patsy L. Buchanan of Crossett; one son, Chris D. Buchanan of Lexington, KY; one daughter, Cheri Lynn Marson of Tuttle, OK; three brothers, Gary Richard Buchanan of Pontiac, MI, Terry Wayne Buchanan of Detroit, MI and Barry Dean Buchanan of Seneca, IL; one sister, Margaret Ann Houk of Bernie, MO; and one grandchild, Keri Marson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harry Ronald Buchanan.

Memorial services will be held at a later date with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Tommy Rudolph Carter, Sr.

Tommy Rudolph Carter, Sr., 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at his home. Born December 17, 1932, to Forest L. and Omma Croswell Carter in Crossett, he was an Air Force veteran and had worked in plywood until he went into business for himself as an auto mechanic. A charter member of North Crossett First Baptist Church, his hobbies were deer hunting, fishing and working on cars.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Allene Carter of Crossett; one son, Tommy R. Carter, Jr., and wife Brenda of Hot Springs; one daughter, Deborah K. Carter Ross and husband Jimmy of Crossett; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Marion Carter, Leon Carter and Leslie Carter; an adopted brother, Bobby Pilgram; and a sister, Shirley Rickman.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bros. Robin Allen and Scott Wheeler officiating. Pallbearers were Buddy Carter, Joe Carter, Ronnie Rickman, Jerrick Rickman, Josh Carter and Jonathan Liles. Honorary pallbearers were Buck Thompson, Jack Wallace and Buddy Dean. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones service.com.

Marie Daniels

Marie "Ree" Daniels, 85, of Fountain Hill died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at The Woods of Monticello nursing facility. She was a lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, a retired employee of the Fountain Hill School District where she was a cafeteria worker for 32 years, and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. She enjoyed playing the piano and was the pianist at her church for over 52 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Golden Chapter 380.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Graves of Benton Harbor, MI; one god-son, Rev. Charles "Bucky" Killion of McGehee; three brothers, Lee Morris Miller and Raymos Miller of Toledo, OH, and Clinton Miller of Carson, CA; four sisters: Geneva Tribbett of Toledo, Claudell Goree of Crossett, Sarah Collins of Detroit, MI, and Annie Curtis of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Gia Graves of Chicago, Douglas Thomas of Austin, TX, and Dexter Thomas of Dumas; a granddaughter-in-law, Joyce Graves of Bridgman, MI; and two great-grandchildren, Jared Graves, Jr., of Kalamazoo, MI, and Javen Graves of Bridgman, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Willie Daniels; one daughter, Vertis Stranes; a grandson, Jared Graves; her parents, Virgel Lee and Verta Martin Miller; two brothers, Napolean and Amos Miller; and three sisters, Annette Redman, Rozell Duckworth and Helen Fisher.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Revs. Chris Goodman and Billy Reddick officiating. Pallbearers are Eric Woods, Keddrick Woods, Milton Johnson, Jr., Bobby Hill, Jr., Antonio Fisher and Vernon Fisher, Jr. Burial will be in Norris Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Julian R. Johnston

Julian R. "JJ" Johnston, 68, of Elmore, AL, died on Saturday, December 15, 2012. He was an employee at Union Camp for many years and was a long time member of the Prattville Country Club. He grew up in Crossett and graduated from Crossett High School.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra "Sandy" White Johnston, who lived in Hamburg and Fountain Hill; one daughter, Angela and husband Kenny Sayers; one son, Kelly and wife Jennifer Johnston; four grandchildren, Emily Johnston, Dexter "Shimmy" Sayers, Wesley Johnston, and Dylan Sayers; two brothers, Jerry and wife Patricia Johnston and Charles and wife Margaret Johnston; and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, in the chapel of Prattville Memorial with Chaplain Larry Layne officiating. Burial followed in Prattville Memory Gardens with Prattville Memorial Chapel directing. Memorials may be sent to Baptist Hospice, 301 Interstate Park Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109 or one's favorite charity in c/o Julian "JJ" Johnston. To send an online condolence, please visit www.prattville memorial.com.

John Ronald Morgan

John Ronald "Ronnie" Morgan, 52, of Crossett died Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Crossett, an air conditioning technician and a member of the Wallers Chapel Baptist Church and was a nature lover.

He is survived by one brother, Gary Morgan and wife Stephanie; one sister, Tina Morgan Clark and husband Allen, all of Crossett; one adopted daughter, Brianna Morgan; and a host of other family, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Sue Moore Morgan; and one brother, Randy Morgan.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up at Crossett Paper Mills Employees Federal Credit Union to help with funeral expenses. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Edgar Lee Withers

Edgar Lee Withers, 86, of Lacey died Thursday, December 20, 2012, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Lacey, a retired pulpwood worker, a member of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, a Mason and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by one son, Eddie Lee Withers of Lacey; three daughters: Geraldine Bell and husband Daniel of Monticello, Mary Louise Withers of Lacey and Helen Smith and husband Gerald of San Antonio, TX; one granddaughter, Tiffany L. Jones and husband Stephan of Edgewood, MD; one sister, Sarah Johnson of Crossett; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Bell Withers; his parents, John and Elvie Wilson Withers; four brothers, John, Jr., Samuel, Wiley and Lester Withers; and two sisters, Ester Mae Lambert and Erma Lee Junior.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, December 24, at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church with Rev. Jessie Washington, officiating. Active pallbearers were Daniel Bell, Gerald Smith, Leander Jenkins, Jr., Chad Johnson, Billy Daniels, Randy Turner, Floyd Handley and Ephraim Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were Antonio Merritt, Howard Scales, Johnny Lee Withers, Cleophus Withers, Cardell Withers, Martin Withers and Ernest Green. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery in Lacey under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at cromwellfuneral home.net.

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