Adelle Freeman, 99, of Crossett died Thursday, January 19, 2012. Born on September 16, 1912, to the late Alex and Ella Ward Phifer in Strong in the Ward Chapel community, she was married to Hugh Freeman. After moving to Crossett in November, 1937, she owned rental property and rooming and boarding houses and sold fish baits and pecans. She loved fishing, gardening, cooking and raising animals. At Allen Temple CME Church, she was known as the Mother of the Church and was vice-president of the Mattie E. Coleman Foundation, a member of the missionary society and an usher until her health begin to fail.
Survivors include three grandsons, Percell Freeman, Jr., of Crossett, Patrick Williams of Perris, CA, and James Miller and wife Marsha of Warren; one granddaughter, Dorothy Miller of Dallas, TX; five nieces, Evelyn Ogwin and husband Wardell and Rose Mary Daniels of Crossett, Lue Ella Benton and Hazel Mae Howell of Strong and Kerry S. Palmer of El Dorado; five great-grandchildren and a host of other friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Freeman; her only son, Percell Freeman, Sr.; four brothers, Grover, Gordon, Garland and Burton Phifer; and four sisters, Etta Phifer, Media Phifer Howell, Julia Phifer Daniels and Alene Phifer Mitchell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 28, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Ruby Henderson officiating. Burial followed at the Ward Chapel Church Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Annie Catherine High
Annie Catherine Black High, 99, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the Healthsouth Specialty Hospital in Farmerville, LA. A native of Snyder and a resident of Hamburg and Fountain Hill for most of her life, she lived in Eloy and Glendale, Arizona, for several years. She graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1932 and Arkansas A&M College with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught elementary school in Eloy and Glendale, Watson, Strong and Fountain Hill before she retired in 1977. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, sewing, piecing quilt blocks and traveling.
She is survived by seven daughters, Barbara Ann Pogue of Glendale, AZ, Irene Riley and husband Billy of Hamburg, Joyce Pogue and husband Gene of Chandler, AZ, Betty Wright and husband Robert of Willow Park, Texas, Flora Mae Byrd and husband Dennis and Vickie Temple and husband John of Hamburg and Connie Teutsch and husband Ken of Clarksville; two sons, Dale High and wife Judy of Bossier City, LA, and Dewaine High and wife Mary of Avondale, AZ; a sister, Willie Zim Moore of Tucson, AZ; a brother-in-law, Horace High of Topeka, Kansas; 23 grandchildren, Cathy Godlove, Angie Pogue, Sandy Pogue, Sherri Hilker, Waine High, Rev. Bob Pogue, Glenn Pogue, Becky Farris, Julia Cranford, Beth Kernodle, Gloria Forrest, Danny Wright, Rachelle Wright, Farrah Lightbearer, Chad Higginbotham, Shawn Higginbotham, Carmen Selby, Mitsy Thames, Michael High, Darren High, Jason High, Cassidy High and Rachel Burney; 38 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Franklin High, in 1991; two granddaughters, Stephanie Carol High and Whitney Alise Temple; her parents, William Zimmery and Rachel Victoria Burgess Black; and a sister, Ethyl Olivia Black Beane.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 28, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Bob Pogue officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad and Shawn Higginbotham, Michael, Darren, Jason and Cassidy High, Chris Forrest, Dennis Cranford, Nick Thames and Eric Selby.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646, Flat Creek Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642 or to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnne Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Elizabeth Janes Kinabrew
Elizabeth Janes Kinabrew, 96, of Wilmot died Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi. A native of Rayville, LA, and a resident of Wilmot for over 80 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop, LA. She loved sending cards to her family and friends.
She is survived by three daughters, Brigita Diane McGuiness of Melbourne, FL, Linda Harvey of Wilmot and Wanda Horton of Hensley; a sister, Dr. Catherine Janes of Lafayette, LA; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James David Kinabrew, in 1987; a son, Tony Perot, in 1995; her parents, Frank and Brigita Knafel Janes; two brothers, I. A. "Buddy" Janes and Frankie Janes, Sr.; and two sisters, Acele Livingston and Dorothy "Dot" Janes Hampton.
Funeral mass was at 3 p.m. Friday, January 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Father Theophilus Okpara as celebrant. Burial was in the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven, Ricky and Randy Harvey, David McGuiness, Bob Young and Josh Barley. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Chandler, Joey Stovall, Allen Chandler and Bobby Biggers. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Ct., Ste 104, Little Rock, AR 72205, the Arkansas Disability Coalition, 1501 North University Ave, Suite 268, Little Rock, AR 72207 or to a favorite charity. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Dorothy Callaway Martin
Dorothy Callaway Martin, 89, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the Belle View Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello. A native of El Dorado and a resident of the Martinville community outside Hamburg for over 73 years, she was a homemaker, a member of the Martinville Baptist Church and loved gospel music.
She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Savage and husband Bo, Gladys Gulledge and husband Rev. Edward, and Judy Bates and husband Gene, all of Hamburg; a special daughter, JoAnn Martin of Lowell; six sons, James E. "Sonny" Martin and wife Charlene of Crossett; Joe Martin and wife Pat, Freddie Martin and wife Joy, Bobby Martin and wife Sylvia, Jimmy Martin and wife Debbie and Randy Martin and wife Lacey, all of Hamburg; a sister, Virginia "Nita" Callaway Rogers of Shreveport, LA; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Haywood "Woodie" Martin, in 1984 and Clyde E. Edwards, Sr., in 1995; two grandchildren, Tabor Allen Martin and Chad Allen Martin; two great-grandchildren, Michael Drake Martin and Meghan Brooke Martin; her parents, Elisha Ewell and Johnnie Floyd Callaway; two sisters, Dean Callaway Attwood and Polly Callaway Wilson; and two brothers, Bill & Jack Callaway.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 28, in the Martinville Baptist Church with Revs. Ryan McRae and Eugene Howie officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith, Terry, Jamie, Nick, Brad, Blake, Brian, Neil, John and Sky Martin, Paul Gulledge, Wade Knight, Jack Pruitt, Scott Stevens and Buzzy and Barry Savage.
Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.
James Maxie Medders
James Maxie Medders, 78, of Crossett died Sunday, January 22, 2012, in Madison, MS. Born to the late James and Lela Mae Medders on August 10, 1934, in Merigold, MS, he was a 1952 graduate of Shaw, Mississippi, High School. He served in the U. S. Army in post war World War II operations in France and Germany, the U. S. Air Force and the National Guard. After military service, he received a B.S. degree from Delta State University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He then served as a science teacher in the Dermott Public School System until coming to Crossett in 1969. Mr. Medders was with the Crossett Public Schools until his retirement in 1990. He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett for 43 years where he enjoyed singing in the Golden Voices Choir; he was a member of SVS Hunting Club and a retired farmer.
Survivors include two sons, James Maxie Medders, Jr., and wife Karen of Monticello and Keith Medders and wife Rosie of Madison, MS; two daughters, Renee Medders Henderson and husband Bill of Alexandria, LA, and Malinda Medders Raley and husband Brian of Owasso, OK; one sister, Billie Faye Peeples and husband Bobby of Shaw; a sister in law, Myrtle Branning of Cleveland, MS; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou Johnson Medders.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Keith Medders, Maxie Medders, Chris Kleinhofs, Joe Reed, Russell Peeples and Mike Chisholm. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Men's Sunday School Class.
Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Gladys J. Reginelli
Gladys J. Reginelli, 83, of Lake Village died in her home after a long illness on December 31, 2011. She was a lifelong resident of Lake Village until moving to Snyder 10 years ago to be with her daughter and family. Born across Lake Chicot on September 25, 1928, to the late Claude Anderson Cunningham and Maggie Lou Boyer Cunningham, she was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was married for 50 years to Primo P. Reginelli and was a homemaker and caregiver for many children.
She is survived by a daughter, Sherry Ann Turner of Snyder; two brothers, Bill Cunningham of Haywood, CA, and James Cunningham of Oklahoma; two grandsons, Ray Turner, Jr., and Jamie Turner and wife Barbara of Snyder; two granddaughters, Stephanie Ross of Hot Springs and Lindseykay Turner of Snyder; five great-grandchildren, Deseriea Ross and Lane Ross of Monticello, Jamie Turner, Jr., and Anthony Turner of Snyder and Destinee Calhoun of Monticello; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant brother, John David Cunningham; a sister, Shirley Cunningham Denmon; and a son-in-law, Ray Turner, Sr.
Rosary service was on Wednesday, January 4, at Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, January 5, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Theo officiating. Burial followed in St. Isadore Cemetery in Lake Village. Pallbearers were David Boyles, Tony Boyles, Ray Turner, Jr., Jamie Turner, Tyler Vance and David Crow. Honorary pallbearers was Colton Gillumn.
Devedia Powell Scott
Devedia Evelyn Powell Scott, 90, a resident of Fort Smith for the past 12 years, died Friday, January 27, 2012, at Sparks Regional Health Center in Fort Smith. Born July 16, 1921, in Fountain Hill to Wiley J. Powell and Alphia G. Estelle, she attended Hamburg High School and married William E. Scott on October 15, 1939. They moved to Crossett in 1959 where she served as secretary and receptionist at William E. Scott Public Accounting for many years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and sang in the Golden Voices Choir. After retiring in 1999, they moved to Fort Smith to be near their daughter and were active members of the First Baptist Church of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, William E. Scott; a daughter, Becky Lacewell of Fort Smith; two sons, John William Scott of Austin, Texas, and Greg Scott of Los Angeles, California; a sister, Jeanette Morrison of Little Rock; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, at Fentress Mortuary Chapel in Fort Smith, with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be her grandsons, and honorary pallbearers were to be members of John Holland's Sunday school class.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 1400 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR, 72901. To sign the online guestbook visit www.fentressmortuary.com.
Ora Lee Tucker
Ora Lee Sydney Tucker, 69, of Hamburg died Monday, January 23, 2012, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Cotton Valley, LA, a resident of Hamburg for the past 45 years, and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness, she received her bachelor's degree from Grambling University in Grambling, LA, and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas. Mrs. Tucker taught elementary grades in the Hamburg School District for 30 years. She enjoyed doing word puzzles.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Cal Tucker; one son, Corey Tucker of Pine Bluff; one stepson, Harold Ward and wife Toney of El Dorado; two stepdaughters, Audra Hinton and husband Bryan of Little Rock and Marlene Sanchez of Little Rock; one brother, John Sydney of Cotton Valley; one sister, Virgie Mae Webb of Leesville, LA; four step-grandchildren, and a host of other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Monie Bea Gifford-Sydney.
Funeral services were at 1 p. m. Thursday, January 26, at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Moore, Chan Tucker, Dewon Hollins, Chris Tucker, James Tucker, and Sylvester Bennett. Burial followed at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness Building Fund, P. O. Box 443, Hamburg, AR 71646. On line guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
Obituaries Published February 8
Lois LaFran Adams
Lois LaFran "Frannie Girl" Adams, 42, of Valley Park, MS, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, MS. A native of Raceland, LA, a resident of Valley Park for the past four years and a former resident of Vicksburg, she graduated from Central Lafourche High School in Lockport, LA, and was a member of the Catholic Church.
She is survived by a son, Corie Ledet of Houma, LA; a daughter, Carly Ledet of Lockport; her parents, Lois and Lynwood Keathley of Valley Park; her grandmother, Barbara Lois Woods of Hamburg; her fiancé, Chris Rigsby and his three children of Vicksburg; four brothers, Chris Adams of Vicksburg, Clyde Keathley of Lumberton, MS, Michael Keathley of Strong and Chris Keathley of Amarillo, Texas; three sisters, Karen Butler, Jodie Martin and Shannon Fraizer of Vicksburg; ten nephews; 14 nieces and one great-nephew, Justin Brayden Adams.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Ledet; her father, C.J. Adams; her grandfather, Vernon Woods; her great-grandparents, William and Geneva King; and two uncles, Billy and Bobby Woods.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 3, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Keathley, Mark Adams, Clay Green, Justin Harris, Kenny Leveritt and Steve Butler. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Melinda Thurman Adcock
Melinda Thurman Adcock, 48, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 4, 2012, at her residence. A native of Crossett raised in Gloster, MS, she was a resident of Hamburg for the past six years and was a former resident of Lacey and a member of the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello.
She is survived by a son, Garrett Marshall Thurman; her father and step-mother, Marshall and Irene Thurman of Lacey; three brothers, Gary Grubbs of Hot Springs, Dennis Grubbs of Pasadena, Texas, and Butch Thurman of Gloster; a sister, Mitzi Williams of Crossett; a special friend, Roy Vail; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike "Droopy" Adcock, in 1997; a son, Bradley Thurman; her mother, Margurite King Dickinson; and her grandparents, Collie and Bonnie Thurman and Smead and Hazel King.
Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, in the Lacey Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Carpenter officiating. Pallbearers are Chris Williams, Trey Williams, Kipp Carter and Cameron Stain. Visitation will be just before the service at the cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Rosie M. Foster
Rosie M. Foster, 56, of Parkdale died at her home on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. A daughter of the late Junior and Away Miller, she graduated from Parkdale High School.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie Foster of Montrose; three daughters, April Caldwell of Crossett and LaVonne Foster and Starlett Watts of Parkdale; one son, Adrian Foster of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Billy Gray of Spearsville, LA, Shirley Miller of Oklahoma City, OK, and Patricia Miller of Parkdale; nine brothers, Willie Earl Miller and Melvin Miller of Palm Beach, FL, Jerry Miller of Portland, OR, Leroy Miller of Orlando, FL, Willie Miller of Oklahoma, City, James L. and James E. Miller of Parkdale and Jamal Miller of Atlanta, GA; and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, February 6, at Union Baptist Church in Parkdale with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Burial followed at the Childress Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.
Calvin Jackson Griffis
Calvin Jackson Griffis, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on January 31, 1937, in White to Jessie Lynn and Ouida Harper Griffis, he was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He graduated in the class of 1955 from Bastrop High School and served in Louisiana Army National Guard for several years. He worked as a pipefitter for Georgia Pacific for 47 years and owned Griffis House of Music for 28 years. He was a charter member of the Unity-Frost Prairie Fire Department and served as a volunteer fire fighter for 26 years and was chairman of the board. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Hooter Griffis of Crossett; two daughters, Doris Baxter and husband Paul of Conyers, GA, and Shelvia Ross and husband Jim of Crossett; a son, Bob Griffis and wife Cindy of Crossett; a sister, Floy Griffis Powell and husband Mack of Monroe, LA; brother in grace, Ronald Hughes and wife Joyce of Zwolle, LA; seven grandchildren, Staci McCulley and husband Darren, Brent Baxter and wife Robin, Lindsay Baxter, Kelly Welch, Jennifer Schutzman, Rebecca Riley and husband Dustin, J. C. Ross and wife Rosalind; six great-grandchildren, Phoebe and Dolan McCulley, Stephen Baxter, and Layla, Maggie and Jemma Riley; and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Jessie Lee Griffis Freeman and Colleen Griffis Irwin; and two brothers, Clarence Griffis and Ralph Griffis.
Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 4, at First Baptist Church with Bros. Jerry Grant and Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers were Dan Keresy, Robert Sturdivant, Chuck Allen, Jacob Allen, Terry Thompson and Robert Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were James White, Bill Lafoon, Bobby Thompson, Robert Mann, Jimmy Carpenter, Clinton Carpenter, Carl Keller, Joe Cantley, Mike Harper, the Bastrop High School Class of 1955 and members of the Unity-Frost Prairie Fire Department.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207 or charity of choice. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Charles Orian Hattaway
Charles Orian Hattaway, 63, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 12, 2012, in the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett after a lengthy illness. A native of Tallulhah, LA, he had been a resident of Hamburg for 22 years. He was a farmer and member of the Church of Christ and loved to hunt and fish.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Stanley Hattaway; one daughter, Audra Hattaway Clark and husband Oscar of Hamburg; two sons, Chaz S. Hattaway and wife Sarah and C. Taylor Hattaway, all of Hamburg; his mother, Joan Smith Hattaway of Tallulah; two sisters, Linda H. Evans and husband Jimmy of Tallullah and Brenda J. Sansone and husband Johnny of Monroe, LA; four grandchildren, Dakota and wife Danyell, Hope Clark and Gracie and Ryder Hattaway; a great-grandchild, Kane Clark of Hamburg, a special aunt, Berry Hattaway Neuman; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Orian Hattaway; a brother, James Boyd; and his grandparents, Claude and Lilly Hattaway and Hilrey and Eunice Smith.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, in the chapel of Carothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with Bros. Bill Bearden and Ricky Parker officiating. Pallbearers were Alex and Drew Evans, Jared and Jordan Sansone, Dakota Clark, and Jay and Jimmy Hattaway. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Johns, Mike Lewis, Richard Estes and Eddie, Alan and Gary Hattaway. Burial followed at the Silver Cross Cemetery in Tallulah.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Elaine Jenkins Lewis
Elaine Jenkins Lewis, 60, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 2, 2012, at her home in Hamburg. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker, a former Ashley County Area Agency van driver, and a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church, Mrs. Jenkins enjoyed working in her flowers and fishing.
She is survived by two sisters, Earlene Jenkins of Los Angeles, CA, and Bennie Clora Walton of Monticello; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoover Lewis, in December, 2008; one son, Dennis Olden McQuay; her parents, Bennie and Johnnie Mae Miller Jenkins; four brothers, John Earl and Jesse Griffin and Leander and Lavaughn Jenkins; and one sister, Mary Jenkins.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday, February 10, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. George Toney, III, officiating. Pallbearers are Bennie Lee Jenkins, Jr., Leander Jenkins, Jr., Troy Webb, Emmanuel Jenkins, Samuel Walter, Brandon Lambert, and Derrick Johnson. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lacey Cemetery. Guestbook signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Bobby Ray Jones
Bobby Ray Jones, 69, of Crossett died Saturday, February 4, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born in Salina County, Kansas, a son of the late Virgil and Ruth Mary Jones, he was an electrician and formerly worked for Gammel, Inc., in Crossett. He also worked as the manager for the cable television in Crossett and Allied Telephone Company and was very active with the Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce. The past president of the Arkansas Cable TV Association, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and wood carving and was a member of Tillar First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Overton Jones; two sons, Bobby Glen Jones and wife Sharon and William A. "Bill" Jones and wife Lisa of Crossett; a brother, Ralph Jones of Halley; two sisters, Geneva Stodghill of Start, LA, and Mildred Whisnant of Little Rock; and his grandchildren, Chris Jones, Sarah Jones, Brooks Jones, Katie Jones, Allen Jones, Stephen Stanley and Cain Stanley. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Jones and Billy Robert Jones; a sister, Jeanetta Jones; and two granddaughters, Kristin Jones and Kasey Lynn Jones.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Services will be at 2 p.m.Wednesday at Tillar Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Beatty officiating. Burial will be at the Tillar Cemetery. On-line guest book may be signed at www.griffinculpepper.com.
Don L. Johnson
Don L. "Sonny" Johnson, 73, of Hamburg died Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a lifelong resident of the New Milo community and Hamburg, he was a carpenter, an avid coon hunter and fisherman and a member of the Johnson Brothers Deer Camp.
He is survived by six sons, Jerry "Cooter" Johnson and Allen Johnson and wife Rhonda, Robert Johnson, Donald Wayne Johnson, Amon Johnson and wife Sydney, and Hardy Johnson, all of Hamburg; three daughters, Barbara Barnard and husband Tom of Mobile, AL, Dowery Barnett and Billie Jo "B.J." Johnson of Hamburg; two brothers, Scott Johnson and Billy Johnson of Crossett; five sisters, Verdell Moore of Monroe, LA; and Jean Ballard, Tina Burt, Norma Hamm and Sara Francis "Sally" Tomblin of Crossett; eleven grandchildren, Reagan Williamson, Cara Cooper, Jeremiah Johnson, Seth Sweeney, Maddison McGinnis, Kim Tyler, Abby, Zane, Sara, Liza and Sonny Johnson; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey Williamson, Breanna Cooper, Lexi Zeigler and Aubrey Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rastus and Cora Watt Johnson; three brothers, Robert, Wilton and Raymond Johnson; and three sisters, Georgie Carter, Robbie Lynda Johnson and Francis Johnson.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at the Arkadelphia Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating. Pallbearers were his sons, Jerry "Cooter" Johnson, Allen Johnson, Robert Johnson, Donald Wayne Johnson, Amon Johnson and Hardy Johnson. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Claude "Luke" Parnell , 76, of Crossett died Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. He was born July 17, 1935, in Munford, Alabama, to M.G. "Johnny" and Mary Frances Sims Parnell, he enjoyed fishing and playing golf and was retired from Georgia Pacific as a pulp mill supervisor. Mr. Parnell was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Harris Parnell of Crossett; one son, Randy Parnell of Crossett; two daughters, Vicki Parnell Wickliffe of Texarkana and Rhonda Parnell Johnson of Crossett; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Anita Foster.
Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
David Paul Slade
David Paul Slade, 17, of Montrose died Saturday, February 4, 2012. Born in Lake Village on May 6, 1994, he attended Hamburg High School and worked at Atwoods Farm and Ranch Store in Crossett. He wanted to join the National Guard and become a military policeman. He was a member of the Delta Task Force in Montrose, Portland and Wilmot, loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and swimming.
Survivors include his parents, Charles and Saundra Watson of Montrose and David Slade of Kansas City, Kansas; a sister, Jennifer Gayle Slade of Kansas City; two brothers, Brandon Watson of Eudora and C.W. Watson, Jr., of Watson; his grandmothers, Lee Wanda Whitaker of McGehee, Betty Jo Watson of Eudora and Joanna Hanson of Hot Springs; a nephew, Kaden Greening of Kansas City; two nieces, Macie Watson and Laiden Watson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, E.R. Whitaker, C. M. Watson and Paul Slade.
Services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, at Liberty Baptist Church in McGehee with Revs. Steve Fleming and Jody Gannaway officiating. Burial was to follow at the Tillar Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Home of McGehee. Guest book at http://www.griffinculpepper.com.
Dorothy Jean Wright
Dorothy Jean Hampton Wright, 63, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. She was a native of Crossett, but lived in Biloxi, MS, about seven years, Vallejo, CA, for 30 years, and Hinesville, GA, for two years. She was a homemaker, member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, and a former member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo where she was the choir director for 25 years. Mrs. Wright enjoyed playing bingo, singing and working word puzzles.
She is survived by four sons, Dallas Smith and wife Donna of Pine Bluff, Toney Barnes and wife Tiffani of Vallejo, Lonnie Barnes and Johnny Perry and wife Danielle of Sacramento, CA; seven brothers, Raymond, Billy, Levell, Johnny, Charles, and Roy Hampton of Crossett and Troy Hampton of Camden; six sisters, Bulah Mae Daniels of Crossett, Mary Lou Hendrix, Ella Maxine-Sanford, Leola Davis and Lois Hampton of Vallejo and Corene Hampton of Sacramento; 25 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a special friend, Anne Ruth Husband, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Wright; her parents, Rev. Dallas and Elizabeth Carney-Hampton; and three brothers, Junior, Walter, and Clinton Hampton. Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Revs. Kevin L. Crumpton, Sr. and Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jereon and Christopher Daniels, and Tracey, Billy Joe, Cedric and Parell Hampton. Burial will be in the Biloxi National Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Guest book at www.crom wellfuneralhome.net.
Obituaries Published February 15
Narvie Lee Ferrell
Narvie Lee Ferrell, 77, of Crossett died Thursday, February 9, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Bonita, LA, and a Crossett resident for the past 62 years, she was co-owner and office manager of Ferrell House Moving Company and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Mrs. Ferrell was very active in her church, formerly serving as Sunday School teacher and working with the senior citizens until her health failed. Throughout the years she also worked with Easter Seals and the March of Dimes.
She is survived by one son, Mark Ferrell of Crossett; three brothers, Huey Sims and wife Mary Ann of Monroe, LA, Bobby Sims and wife Martha of Alexandria, LA, and Charles Sims and wife Kay of Bastrop, LA; two sisters, Nancy Fincher and husband Joe of Beebe and Linda Fletcher and husband James of Morrilton; one granddaughter, Aja Ferrell Peters and husband Daniel of the Milo community outside Hamburg; and one great-granddaughter, Cailee Peters.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Samuel Clarence "S.C." Ferrell, on June 18, 2002; her parents, Aubrey and Rosie Armstrong Sims; and one brother, James Sims.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with Dr. L.H. McCollough and Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Pallbearers were Daniel Peters, David Peters, Wade Fincher, Royce Cabbiness, Steve Pogue and Mike Fulgham. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, c/o Vicki Shirley, 1533 Highway 52 W., Crossett, AR 71635.
Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
Dovie B. Phillips
Dovie B. Jeffress Phillips, 93, of Crossett died Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born May 12, 1918, to John and Lelia Sivils Jeffress, Mrs. Phillips was saved in 1928 at Magnolia Baptist Church. She was an avid songwriter and singer of gospel music and a dedicated prayer warrior.
Survivors include her son, Marty and wife Ann Phillips; a daughter-in-law, Pat Phillips; two grandchildren, Shana Phillips Raymond and husband Gerald and Madison Phillips; and a sister-in-law, Mary Robinson. Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Martin Phillips; a son, Earl K. Phillips; and her brothers and sisters, Jewell M. Nolin and Delphia, Essie, Homer and Roney Jeffress.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, at Beech Street Baptist Church with Bros. Donnie DuBose and Mike Griffith officiating. Burial was to follow at the Unity Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Beech Street Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Jeffress School of Gospel Music, P.O. Box 424, Crossett, AR 71635.
Jo Ann Watson Simpson
Jo Ann Watson Simpson, 77, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Born February 7, 1935, in Minden, LA, Joe Elijah and Pearlie Jewel Nickolson Watson, Mrs. Simpson was an aide coordinator for Ashley Memorial Home Health and a member of Meridian Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, John Travis Cummings and wife Carolyn of Burkeville, TX, and Terry Lynn Cummings of Nacogdoches, TX; one daughter, Ann White and husband James of Crossett; one brother, Eugene Watson of Crossett; ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Cummings; a brother, Lavell Watson; and a sister, Lucille Culbreatson.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 10, at Meridian Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Smith, Wayne Johnson, Allen Jackson, Danny Jordan, Glen Howie and Herman White. Honorary pallbearers were Blake Smith and Mike Johnson.
Burial followed at the Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Meridian Baptist Church, 4593 Ashley 703, Crossett, Arkansas 71635. Guest book at www.jones service.com.
Obituaries Published February 22
Carrie Helen Coulter
Carrie Helen Coulter, 83, of Monticello died Thursday, February 16, 2012, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Russellville, a resident of Monticello for the past two years and a resident of Sheridan for nine years, she had also lived in Lake Village for many years. She was a homemaker, a Baptist, a quilter and loved making quilts.
She is survived by a sister, Lois Jones of Jacksonville; five grandchildren, Robin Coulter Caldwell of Monticello, Shayne Coulter of Benton, Bria Coulter and Lindsey Coulter of Crossett and Carrie Coulter of Selmer, TN; six great-grandchildren, Kelsey Drew Cruce, Sydney Caldwell, Parker Caldwell, Chamberly Martin, Shawna Coulter and Spencer Murphy; and three great-great-grandchildren, Elijah Cruce, Jaiden Ward and Heidi Switzer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Coulter; two sons, Bobby Glenn Coulter and an infant son; her parents, Robert and Pearl Holloway Staggs; two brothers, James Lorell Staggs and John Brown Staggs; and five sisters, Essie Pauline Myers, Thelma Staggs, Ruth Allison, Ortha Lee Spurlock and Grace Gribb.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 20, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Rewel Cruce officiating. Pallbearers were Darren Caldwell, Parker Caldwell, Wayne Harrison, Kevin Henry, Terrell Outlaw and Ron Paul. Burial was in the Wilmot Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hope Place, 103 N. Main Street, Monticello, AR 71655. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Elise Land, 91, of Portland died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Portland, she was a homemaker and a Baptist, an avid fisherman and loved gardening and camping.
She is survived by two sons, Bro. Sam Land, Jr., of Montrose and James Land and wife Ola of Crossett; three brothers, James Morris, Leon Morris and wife Dianne and C. W. Morris and wife Rynn, all of Pine Bluff; a sister, Inez Hamby of Monroe, LA; four grandsons, Trey Land and wife Deandria, Jamie Land and wife Casey and Stacy Kellum of Crossett and Greg Winn and wife Nicole of Strong; three granddaughters, Kathy Brown and husband Luke of Lexington, TN, Susie Haseloff and husband Robert of Jackson, MS, and Doylene Ricks and husband Franklin of Hamburg, 18 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Land, Sr., in 1992; her parents, Bill and Emma Finney Morris; three sisters, Erie Mae Atkins, Louise Harrell and Mary Cogbill; three brothers, Billy Dean Morris, Sr., Joe Morris and George Morris; and a special daughter-in-law, Barbara Land.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 17, at the Sardis Baptist Church with Dr. Greg Pierce and Rev. Timmy Williams officiating. Burial was in the Snyder Cemetery. Pallbearers were Franklin Ricks, Clyde Cossey, Wilbur Austin, Bob Young, James Curtis Gwin and Robby Spaulding. Honorary pallbearers were her great and great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Snyder Cemetery Association, c/o Sue Bailey, 1977 Holmes Road, Searcy, AR 72143. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Stephani Denise Madison
Stephani Denise Edwards Madison, 24, of Hot Springs, died Friday, February 10, 2012. Born on June 11, 1987, she is survived by her husband, Carl James Madison, Sr.; two sons, Carl James Madison, Jr., and Erik Anthony Madison; one daughter, Lesley Jayde Madison of Hot Springs; her mom, Rita Milholland; her dad, Timothy Milholland, Sr.; her father, Robert Lee Edwards; her step-mom, Christina Evans; one sister, Virginia Edwards; three step-brothers, Timothy Milholland, Jr., Michael Milholland, and Joseph Evans; one step-sister, Amanda Evans; her father-in-law, Carl E. Madison; her mother-in-law, Robin Madison; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Carl and Dorothy McHan Cessor, Sr., of Lake Village; and her paternal grandparents, Jerry and Hazel Edwards of Snyder.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at Bayou Mason Baptist Church in Lake Village. Burial followed services at the Old Troy Cemetery in Drew County with arrangements by Arkansas Funeral Care.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society in Hot Springs.
James Billy Morgan
James Billy "Rusty" Morgan, 79, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 5, 1932, in Beekman, LA, to Phillip Vernon and Letha Mae Butcher Morgan, he retired as a millwright after 42 years of service for Georgia Pacific. He was a member of Crossett Masonic Lodge #576, and the Scottish Rite, a Shriner and served in the Louisiana National Guard for eight years. Mr. Morgan was a charter member of the Klassy Kruzers and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene Morgan; two sons, Mike Morgan and wife Linda of West Monroe, LA, and Dick Erwin and wife Tina of Conway; two daughters, Blanche Donaldson of Crossett and Karen Scott of Seattle, WA; five grandchildren, Brooke Barritt, Luke Erwin, Jackson Scott, Elliott Scott and Jessica Barnum; and two great-grandchildren, Morgan Barnum and Brock Barnum. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vernon Morgan and Derwin Morgan; and a sister, Hilda Mae Schultz.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 18, at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Pallbearers were Leon Gifford, Kenny Jenkins, Billy Morris, Harrison Ralph, Gary Johnson and Floyd Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Sivils, Jim Jernigan, John Dumas, Nicky Burt, Joe Sivils, Dee Smith and Paul Selby.
Burial followed at the Causey Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Elmer Lee Perkins
Elmer Lee Sidney Perkins, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at Pinewood Health in Crossett. Born July 23, 1926, in Russellville to Cullen S. and Ola Mae Allen Perkins, he enjoyed gardening and fishing, and was a Baptist. Mr. Perkins was a retired farmer, ginner and a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Rice of Pine Bluff, Teresa Slack of Crossett and Wilma Wooten of Tennessee; a sister, Betty Streng of Crossett; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Bell Perkins, whom he married in 1950; a daughter, Vickie Reams; a brother; James Perkins; and a sister, Audrey Alice Halford.
The remains were cremated with no public services planned. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Jhirmekeyo Santrel Pugh
Jhirmekeyo Santrel Pugh, 30, of Crossett died Friday, February 17, 2012, at his residence in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Crossett and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in the old Crossett Camp community, Jhirmeyeko loved singing and writing his own music and spending time on his computer.
He is survived by his mother, Sandra "Sand" Lewis and husband Lexie; his father, Billy Allen and wife Lawanda; one brother, Antrel Pugh; one sister, Ashle Allen; his maternal grandparents, Billy and Juanita Gibb; his step-grandparents, Nathan and Almeda Blake, all of Crossett; his companion, Tasha Dixon; and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Odessa Whitehead-Allen.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Taylor officiating. Pallbearers are Cornelius Dawson, Rodney Hendrix, J. T. Harris, Nakia Tucker, Brad Hayes, Hayward Tatum, Jr., Bruce Wright, and J. P. Wright. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Crossett High School Class of 2001. Visitation will be Friday, February 24, from 6-8 p m. at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the in Nimmer Cemetery. Guest book signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.com.
Marion "Dale" Ramsey
Marion "Dale" Ramsey, 68, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 16, 2012, at his residence. A native of Helena and a resident of the Hamburg area for the past 40 years, he was a Vietnam era veteran and airman in the United States Navy, a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church and a board member and former fire fighter for the Berlin Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved camping.
He is survived by two sons, Marion Dale Ramsey, Jr., of Indiana and Michael O'Neal Ramsey and wife Jene' of Harrison; three daughters, Darby Lynn Edgin and husband Charlie of Marianna, and Cathy Jo Ramsey and Clara Jane Ramsey of Hamburg; his mother, Clara O'Neal Ramsey of Marianna; three sisters, Frances Miles of Little Rock, Pat Owens of Marianna and Marsha Crader of Collierville, TN; two grandchildren, Shady and Tyler Edgin and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Marion "Poss" Ramsey, in 1964.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 19, at the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Merriweather officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Helena. Memorials may be made to the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1371 Ashley Road 25, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Ronnie Robbins, 49, of Bishop, GA, died Sunday, February 12, 2012, at his residence. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Bishop for the past 17 years, before he moved to Georgia, he owned and operated the Pastime Meat Market in Hamburg. He worked as a dispatcher for Fairfield Trucking in Georgia and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He loved animals, was an avid golfer and fisherman and loved playing the guitar.
He is survived by his mother, Colleen Rayborn Robbins; a sister, Debby Robbins Collier and husband Billy of Hamburg; his companion, Stephanie Diann Barnes of Bishop; a nephew, Corey Collier of Hamburg; a niece, Holly Collier Gray and husband Drake of Monticello; and two great-nieces, Caleigh Collier and Draylee Gray. He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua N. Wright; and his father, Fay Robbins.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 18, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Charles Miller and Mike Griffith officiating. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were Boyd Kusterin, Joe Hennington, John Law, Doug Wood, Johnny W. Pierce and Corey Collier. Honorary pallbearers were Fairfield Trucking employees Davie Holland, Dale Knight, Andy Barnes, Chris Collins, Todd Stiles, Randal Carpenter and Ron Hunsinger and the Hamburg High School Class of 1980. Memorials may be made to the Grace Fellowship Church, 707 N. Grace Street, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to an animal shelter of the donor's choice. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Eliza Mae Smith
Eliza Mae Smith, 61, of Lacey died Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Drew County, a homemaker and a member of House of Prayer Ministries in Fountain Hill.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Earnest "Bulldog" Smith; three sons, Leander Jenkins of Lacey, Johnny Hall of Louisiana and Earnest Smith, Jr., and wife JoAnn of Crossett; three daughters, Sherry Lambert of Lacey, Darlene Craigen of Southhaven, MS, and Sharon Caldwell of Crossett; one sister, Twylia Plummer of Warren; a god-daughter, Remona McBride of Ridgland, MS, and a special niece whom she helped raise, Stacey Wilson of Crossett; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Gessery and Erma Lee Withers Junior; and two sisters, Willie Jean Junior and infant Arlene Junior.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, at House of Prayer with Pastor Louise Miller officiating. Pallbearers are Ephraim Franklin, Alphonso Franklin, Anthony Wilson, Chad Johnson, Jerry Simpson and Corey Moore. Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Hall, Earnest Smith, Jr., Cleo Withers, Nicholas Wilson, Christopher Jenkins and Bennie Jenkins. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lacey Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Obituaries Published February 29
Belinda Kay Duncan
Belinda Kay Duncan, 43, of Crossett died Monday, February 20, 2012. Born on July 29, 1968, in Bastrop, LA, to Marvin E. and Archolor Taunton Duncan, she was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Michael Ryan Austin of Tabor City, NC; two daughters, Britney Austin of Hamburg and Rebecca Patterson of Tabor City, NC; her parents, Marvin and Archolor Duncan; a grandparent, Ollie Mae Taunton; two brothers, Emory Duncan and David Duncan; one sister, Jennifer Duncan, all of Crossett; and five grandchildren, Emma, Lani, and Noah Bergeron, Brody and Bear Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Debbie Renee Duncan; and her grandparents, Emory Bill Taunton and Thelma Duncan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 23, at Community Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. Pallbearers were Mitch Hill, Michael Taunton, Josh Taunton, Sam Taunton, Ty Duncan and Greg Watt. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Kevin Joseph Morgan
Kevin Joseph Morgan, 30, of Seward, Alaska, died Thursday, February 23, 2012, at his residence. A native of Dermott, a resident of Seward for the past six months and a former resident of Hermitage and Monticello, he graduated from Monticello High School in 1999 and attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Arkansas at Monticello and was currently attending the Alaska Technical Institute. He was a licensed certified boat captain and had a Hazmat license. He was a Christian and an avid Razorback fan.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Donna Nolan Morgan and Jimbo Mashburn, of Hermitage; a sister, Jessica Morgan Sayers of Aberdeen, SD; a stepsister, Lindsey Mashburn Johnson of Crossett; three stepbrothers, James Earl Mashburn and Clint Allen Mashburn of Hermitage and Matthew Scott Mashburn of New Mexico; his grandmothers, Bonnie Gene Noland and Jane Adams of Dermott; his step-grandmother, Viola Cullum of Bald Knob; three aunts, Linda Lee of Milwaukee, WI, Janice Sledge of Dermott and Brenda Cossey of Missouri; two uncles, Gene Phillips of Dermott and Bill Nolan of Monroe, LA; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Dale Morgan, in 1996; a brother, William Jason Morgan; his grandfathers, William Curtis Nolan and George Thomas Morgan; his aunt, Jeannie Phillips; his uncle, Ronnie Sledge; and his step-grandfather, Jim Mashburn.
Grave-side service is at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 29, in the Dermott Cemetery with Rev. David Vaughan officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers are James Mashburn, Clint Mashburn, Darren Johnson, John Scroggins, Andy Morrison, Jared Phillips, Jordan Hoffman, Richard Shelton and James Bacon.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jimmy "Jim" Stephenson
Jimmy "Jim" Stephenson, 65, of Crossett died on Saturday February 26, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Born on November 8, 1946, in Searcy to D. L. and Gladys Byers Stephenson, after college graduation, he served in the National Guard for six years. He was an environmental chemist at Dow Chemical in Freeport, TX, for eight years before returning to Crossett to start his sporting goods business. He owned and operated Sport About for 32 years was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, loved cooking for his family and was a member of South Main Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Joye Stephenson of Crossett; three daughters, Julie Bridges and husband Robby of Crossett, Janel Walker and husband Jeff of Tomball, TX, and Jenna Meeks of West Monroe, LA; his mother, Gladys Stephenson of Crossett; brothers, Danny Stephenson of George-town and Ernie Stephenson of Crossett; a sister, Peggy Walters of Crossett; a brother-in-law, Glynn Stephenson and wife Dianne of Canton, TX; a sister-in-law, Anne Pierce of Little Rock; his mother-in-law, Audrey Stephenson of Crossett; and seven grandchildren, Taylor Meeks, Luke Bridges, Shayn Walker, Cameron Bridges, Kaedon Walker, Zoe and Allie Meeks.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 29, at South Main Baptist Church with Bros. Jerry Grant and Lyle Hern officiating. Burial will follow at the Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday at South Main Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635, South Main Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 2801 South Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or a charity of choice.
Mary Gill Watt
Mary Gill Watt, 75, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Pelahatchie, Mississippi, a resident of Crossett since 1986 and a former resident of Bastrop, LA, she was a homemaker and a member of the River Church in Crossett. She loved gardening and was an avid gardener.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Bobby Faye Watt of Crossett; a son, Harmon Gray Chunn of Comstock Park, MI; three daughters, Betty Coggins of Tupelo, MS, Mandy Bertaline Jones of Bastrop and Teresa Ann Chumney and husband Jack of Boyce, LA; a brother, Franklin Gill of California; seven grandchildren, Melissa Yachinich and husband Pete, Shelia Montgomery and husband Brandon, K. K. Young, Jessia Waller, Eric Gray Chunn, Kellie K. Jones and Nicole Hopper; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Ray Chunn; her parents, Estus and Carrie Miles Gill; two brothers, Mack "Jack" Gill and Robert W. "Bobby" Gill; the father of her children, Charlie Gray Chunn; and a son-in-law, LaVelle Jones.
Grave side funeral service was at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 23, in the Crossroads Cemetery with Revs. Jerry Grant and Dewight Fulton officiating and arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.