Shirley Bateman Carpenter
Shirley Ann Bateman Carpenter, 68, of Monticello died Thursday, December 22, 2011, in Lake Village. Born July 25, 1943, in Monticello, she was a retired teacher and business woman and a member of Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Vester and Beatrice Collins Bateman and was also preceded in death by one son, Randall Carpenter.
Survivors include her husband, Glen Carpenter of Monticello; one son, Lee Carpenter of Crossett; three daughters, Lachelle Boone and husband Bobby, Stacy Scott, and Amy Johnston and husband Brad of Monticello; three brothers, Robert Bateman of Monticello and Delbert Bateman and Gene Bateman of Pine Bluff; one sister, Elizabeth Hawkins of Orange, TX; nine grandchildren, Randall Carpenter, Jr., Steve Harper, Amber Carpenter, Heath Carpenter, Brittany Boone, Lara Boone, Dustin Scott, Chaney Scott, and Braden Johnston; and four great-grandchildren, Alayna Boone and Preslee, Greyson and Conley Sturdivant.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, in the Stephenson-Dearman chapel in Monticello with Rev. Larry Doggett officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky Spears, Robby Ball, Don Ball, Heath Carpenter, Steve Harper and Micha Lane. Burial was in the Glen H. Carpenter Family Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72203. On line guest book at stephensondearman.com.
Levi Clark, 86, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at his residence in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Army, worked for the Chase Bag Company for a number of years and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by a daughter, Ester Lindsey; three sons, Bennie Lee Clark, Allen Clark and wife Tina and Jerry Don Clark and wife Juanita, all of Crossett; a sister, Vennie Mae Norrell of Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Clark, in 1994; a grandson, Jade Clark Rial; his parents, Lonnie and Carrie Mae Watt Clark; four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 29, at the Beulahland Assembly of God Church with Revs. Roy Craig and Ricky Tyler officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Glen Roberts, John David Carter, Thomas Glen Childers, Richard Henry, Gene Hart and Gary Fife. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Roberts and Billy Earl Roberts, David and Danny Smith, Donnie, Darrel, Luke and Perry Clark, Houston Hart, M.E. Duncan and Tom Childers.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Louise Summers Cloud
Louise Summers Cloud, 85, of Russellville, formerly of Malvern, who was born March 11, 1926, in Hamburg to Lonnie and Alma Bryan Summers, died December 25, 2011. She attended and graduated from Hamburg Public Schools and was a homemaker, Sunday School teacher and church choir member. On May 5, 1945, married Morris L. Cloud. Beginning as childhood sweethearts, they were married 66 years 8 months.
Survivors are her husband; three children, Dr. Randy and wife Sandra Cloud of Texarkana, AR, Patricia Louise Harris and husband Muncy of Benton and Dr. Joe A. Cloud and wife Cheri of Russellville; nine grandsons, one granddaughter and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, at Second Baptist Church in Malvern, conducted by Dr. W. A. Dillard, Bro. Joe Bob Smith, Dr. Randy Cloud and Bro. Mike Cloud. Arrangements were by Regency Funeral Home. Guest book at regencyfuneral home.com.
Josephine Donaldson, 85, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 29, 2011, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Drew County, a resident of Hamburg for the past 25 years and a former resident of Monticello, she was a homemaker and a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Kelley of Hamburg; seven sons, James Donaldson, Jr., of Lake Village, George Donaldson of Monticello, Alfred Donaldson of Bryan, Texas, and Ronnie, Wade, Curtis and Chris Donaldson, all of Monticello; a brother, Joe Trantham of Monticello; a sister, Lois Conrad of Bastrop, LA; 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wilson Donaldson, in 1995; a son, Nathen Donaldson; her parents, Fred Dugger and Elsie Trantham; and a brother, Wade Trantham.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 1, in the Flat Creek Cemetery with Rev. Sanders Brooks officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Trantham, Tommy Rhoads, Tim Collier, Jr., Tim Collier, Sr., Arron Jennings, Joey Crouch, Chris Jones, Allen Jones and Jamie, Wayne, Roscell, Kevin, Sam, Rick, Jason, Joseph and Christian Donaldson. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Louella Jenkins, 74, of the Milo community outside Hamburg died Sunday, December 25, 2011, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A resident of Hamburg for 38 years, a native of Lumpkin, GA, and a past resident of Chicago, IL, for 23 years. Mrs. Jenkins was a retired beautician and a member of the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church where she served in the choir ministry and with the Pastor's Aid ministry.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Mack Jenkins, Jr.; her son, Thaddeus and wife Denise Jenkins of Grand Prairie, TX; two brothers, Clyde Johnson and wife Ella and Samuel Johnson, Jr.; two sisters, Minnie Lockett and Mattie Thomas and husband Rueben, all of Chicago; two grandchildren, Dominic and Jaslyne; and a host of other family members, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Mary Alice Green-Johnson.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, December 30, at Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Revs. Walton Weatherspoon, and Merle Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Calvin Barnett, Carl Lee Jenkins, Harvey Jenkins, Lee Terry Jenkins, Samuel Jenkins, Jr., Steven Paskel, Troy Paskel, and Cylester Smith. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Mary Lee Owens Lephiew
Mary Lee Owens Lephiew, 89, of Star City died Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at Stonegate Nursing Center in Crossett. Born February 26, 1922, in Lincoln County to the late Frank David and Cora Hamilton Owens, she was a member of Southside Missionary Baptist Church in Star City and was retired from The School Employees Association and was a former bookkeeper for the Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include one son, Aubrey Lee Lephiew of Crossett; one daughter, Connie Annette Rodgers of Hernando, MS; one sister, Imajean Sawyer of Pine Bluff; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Aubrey L. Lephiew; and two daughters, Mary Laverne Williams and Belinda Jo Lephiew Matthews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 29, at Griffin Funeral Home chapel in Star City with Bro. Allen Hagood officiating. Burial was at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Star City. Nephews and grandsons were pallbearers. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.
Danny Paul Lochala
Danny Paul Lochala, 63, of Wright, formerly of Monticello, died Friday, December 30, 2011, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born April 1, 1948, in Crossett to the late Chester Lochala and Wynona Jean Eubanks Lochala, he was a retired shipping clerk with Union Camp, a Baptist and an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include one son, Michael Paul Lochala and wife Laura of Monticello; two daughters, Tiffany Lochala and friend Britany of Wright and Amy Cantley and husband Tim of Crossett; one stepson, Josh Hummel; one brother, Bill Lochala of Great Britain; a special friend, caregiver and companion, Dianne Aiken; and six grandchildren, Tyler, Bryson, Jacob Paul, Landon, Aubrey and Addison. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sherrie Lochala.
A memorial service was planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello.
Obituaries Published January 11
Brad Allison, 50, of Monticello died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. A native of Parkdale, a resident of Monticello for the past eight years and a former resident of Hamburg, he was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Sardis Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy Word Allison; a son, Chance Allison of Monticello; two daughters, Crystal Gonzales and Haley Olwan of Little Rock; a brother, Loren Allison of Joplin, MO; his grandmother, Betty Keifer of Jasper, WY; four grandchildren, Isaac, Jaiden, Alissa and Madison; his uncle, Barney Allison and wife Martha; his aunt, LaRoyce Allison, all of Hamburg; four nieces, one nephew, two great-nephews and one great-niece.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Allison; his father, William Ashford Allison; his mother, Oatha Greer Height; a sister, Lisa Smith; an uncle, Kloyce Allison and his grandparents, Ernest and Lottie Allison and Les Keifer.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Charles Martin, Thomas Martin, Michael Martin, Bubbie Mashburn, Adnan Olwan, Ernest Gonzales and Joe Bickers. Honorary pallbearers are Harvey Allison, Joel Allison, Nick Allison and Terry Allison. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jeronia Anthony, 95, of Parkdale died Thursday, January 5, 2012, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Alabama and a resident of Parkdale for over 80 years, she was a retired farmer and a member of the Union Baptist Church.
She is survived by a special nephew, Robert Echols of San Jose, CA; two nephews, Sammy Cobb of Hamburg and Isaiah Burse of Pine Bluff; a niece, Mary Lee Westbrook of Oakland, CA; a sister, Pauline Vine of Crossett; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Anthony, in 1961; her parents, Charlie and Altha Adams Armistead; two brothers, Johnny Armistead and Frank Armistead; and five sisters, Gustavia Windom, Cora Mae Burse, Bertha Williams, Francis Cobb and Ruth Blakeley.
Funeral services are at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 14, at the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Childress Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Willie Williams, Dan Smith, A.C. Campbell, Jesse Packer, Roy Carter and Jay Russell. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Union Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Linda Collins Barnes
Linda Collins Barnes, 83, of Little Rock died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at her residence in Little Rock. A native of Seminole, Oklahoma, and raised in Little Rock, she lived in Wilmington, NC, for 20 years and moved back to Little Rock in 2004. She was a homemaker and attended the Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. She participated in the Bible Study Fellowship in leadership for 10 years in Wilmington and the Evangelism Explosion at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She was a cancer survivor.
She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Forbes of Little Rock; three sons, James Clyde Barnes, Jr., of Nashville, TN, William Lynn Barnes of Little Rock and Richard Byrd Barnes of Edwards, CO; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Barnes, Sr., in 2001; her parents, Lynn and Nell Mae Bennett Collins; and two brothers, Mason Lynn Collins, Jr., and William Collins.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, at the First United Methodist Church with Revs. John Miles and David Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Phil Barnes, Bob Barnes, Jimmy Porter, Gene Barnes, Britt Barnes, Rob Barnes, Jim Barnes and Brian Lantzy.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jessie Mae Boykin Burns
Jessie Mae Boykin Burns, 71, of Montrose, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a resident of Montrose for the past few years, she worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory for 22 years. She was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church where she served as the pianist and Ladies Sunday School Class teacher and was a former member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where she was still an active member of the Lois Circle.
She is survived by her husband, David Burns of Montrose; two sons, Michael Boykin and Alvin Keith Boykin of Hamburg; a step-son, Vernon Burns of Beebe; two step-daughters, Lisa Rowe of Cabot and Stephanie Boney of Lake Village; a sister, Margaret Huffstetler of Mena; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lane Boykin, in 2003; her parents, Herman and Gladys Hill Burgess; two brothers, Bill and Eddie Burgess; and two sisters, Betty Ruth Adams and Sadie Maxwell.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 5, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese and Todd Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Maxwell, Bill Sellers, Julian Estelle, Sonny Holland, Brad Boykin and Lee Bufkin. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Baptist Church, P. O. Box 275, Montrose, AR 71658 or to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Billie Ruth Caprio
Billie Ruth Braddock Caprio, 86, of Crossett died Saturday, January 7, 2012. Born on December 5, 1925, in Clarks, LA, to George Dewey and Elizabeth Simmons Braddock, Mrs. Caprio was a retired Safeway cashier and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Survivors include two sons, Gene D. Caprio, Jr., and wife Rosa of Crossett and James D. Caprio of Little Rock; a sister, Donna Wesson and husband John of Greenville, SC; one grandchild, Michelle Caprio Euler and husband Michael of Oahu, Hawaii; two great grandchildren, Alex Bardin of Brandon, MS, and Bianca Euler of Oahu; and one niece; Janet Mercer and husband Craig of Marietta, GA.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakewood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, 222 West Pope, Monticello, Arkansas 71655. www.jonesservice.com.
Paul E. Davis, Jr.
Paul E. Davis, Jr., 57, of Pine Bluff died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Crossett but had lived in Pine Bluff for the past three years and was a former Tyson Foods employee and a Baptist. He enjoyed traveling and baseball.
He is survived by two sons, Mario Davis and San Juan Davis and wife Monda of Crossett; one daughter, Quintisha Davis of Crossett; two brothers, Timothy Davis and wife Fontella of Crossett and Dwight Davis of Little Rock; three sisters, Thelma McRae and husband Donald of Camden, Lois Jones and husband Nathaniel and Brenda Davis, all of Dallas, TX; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Davis; his second wife, Edna Davis; and his parents, Paul Lee and Helen Dantzler Davis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 14, at the First Baptist Church on Florida St. in Crossett with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net
Robert A. Davis, Sr.
Robert Alan Davis, Sr., 79, of Hamburg died Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1950 and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He served four years in the United States Air Force. He was a farmer until he retired in 1998, and he and his family were voted the Farm Family of the Year in 1965 and 1975. After his retirement, he worked for B&F Martin for ten years.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg for 56 years where he served as a Sunday School teacher, chairman of the board of trustees, chairman of the board, past choir member and Pioneer Club bus driver. He was the president of the Arkansas Rice Council from 1994-1995, past president of the Hamburg School Board and a member of the board from 1965 to 1974. He was a Century Member of the Boy Scouts of America and received an honorary Eagle Scout Award in 2010. He was also a member of the Hamburg City Council, Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, Hamburg Kiwanis Club, past president of the Jaycees and a school volunteer at Allbritton-Noble and Hamburg Junior High schools. He also helped establish the Little League Baseball Program in Hamburg. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Pryor Davis of Hamburg; two sons, Robert Alan Davis, Jr., and wife Kaye, and Cole River Davis; three daughters, Sharon Anne Hargis and husband, Jimmy G., Allie Kathrine and Hannah Rainey Davis, all of Hamburg; a brother, Donald Wayne Davis and wife Becky of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Anna Claire Greenhaw and husband Eric, Mary Rosamond Crismon and husband Ben, Philip Alan Davis, Matthew C. Hargis and Elizabeth Moseley and husband Joseph; and three great-grandchildren, Paxon Milam Hargis, Bennett Jefferson Moseley and Hudson Michael Greenhaw. He was preceded in death by a son, Milam Wayne Davis, in 2007; his parents, H. M. "Mutt" and LaNelle Courson Davis; and a brother, Dennis L. Davis, in 2003.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 8, at the First United Methodist Church with Revs. David Moore, Carol Moore and Ben Crismon and Dr. Bobby Pennington, officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Philip Davis, Matthew Hargis, Joseph Moseley, Ben Crismon, Eric Greenhaw, John Pryor, Phil Pryor, Claude Snoody, Barry Davis, Ronnie Davis and Louis Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Martin, Freddie Martin, Bobby Martin, Dr. J. D. Rankin, Herman Hamilton, Joe Foote, Shelby Harrod, Charles "Bull" Wells, Kevin Martin, Bill Cason and the members of the First United Methodist Church Men's Class, Jeff Foote, Phil Couey and Fay Pounds.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR or to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Philip "Foots" Ferrell, 61, of Johnsville died Friday, January 6, 2012, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Born October 27, 1950, in Warren, a son of Madeline McKenzie Ferrell and the late Thomas Marshall Ferrell, he was a farmer, a truck driver and a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. He loved to swap stories with buddies. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and watching old westerns.
He is survived by his wife who he married October 24, 1972; Candice Kuppinger Ferrell, two daughters, Jamie Joy Jones and spouse Eddy of Springdale and LaKendal Piper of Johnsville; his mother, a brother, Thomas E. "Tommy" Ferrell and spouse Renee of Johnsville; a sister, Nancy Martin of Hamburg; four grandchildren, Kami Piper of Johnsville, Sidney Jones of Springdale, Lynzey Best and spouse Joe of Rogers and Ashley Jones of Lowell; one great-grandchild, Alexxa Best of Rogers; a nephew, Steven Ferrell of Johnsville and nieces Courtney Ferrell of Johnsville and Nikki Martin of Hamburg.
He was preceded in death by his father, his maternal grandparents, Harvey and Esther McKenzie; and his paternal grandparents, J.C. "Jimmy" and Lizzie Ferrell; a brother in law, Charles Martin and a cousin, Alma McClain.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 9, at Frazer's chapel with Revs. Tim Saunders and Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Scotty Ferrell, Heath Maxwell, Clay Lowry, Bob Williams, Mitch Wardlaw, Robbie Lowry, Eddie Ferrell, Charlie Maxwell and Justin Calhoun. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Ferrell, Keith Outlaw, Bobby Ray Wilson, Donie Ray Lowry, Bryan Ferrell, Kenneth Ferrell, Otha Ferrell, Sonny Rainey, Billy Joe Ferrell, Mack Wayne Harrod, Dr. Kerry Pennington, Karen Richardson and James Pennington. Online guestbook at www.frazerfuneral home.com
Edward D. Fields
Edward D. Fields, 87, of Crossett died Friday, January 6, 2012, at Cherry Ridge Nursing Home. Born on November 4, 1924, in Ferriday, LA, to Charles W. and Nancy Elizabeth Maples Fields, he retired from Georgia Pacific after 42 years of service. He was involved in the invasion at Normandy Beach and Omaha Beach during World War II and fought to liberate small towns and villages in France. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He loved to fish and hunt with his son, Dean, and friends. His favorite spring and summer pastime was gardening and growing the largest and tastiest tomatoes he could grow.
Survivors include a son, Dean Fields and wife Debby of Crossett; one daughter, Wanda Cascio and husband Charles of New Iberia, LA; one sister, Nita Stapp of Rayville, LA; five grandchildren, Joey Cascio, Bryan Fields, Donna McDonald, Michelle Fortier and Crystal Fields Terrell; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters, his wife, Lily Grace Fields; and a granddaughter, Robin Cascio.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 8, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. John Hillis officiating. Pallbearers were Ken McDonald, Bryan Fields, Joey Cascio, Michael Terrell, Bill Fields and David Fields. Burial followed at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery. www.jonesservice.com.
Jerry Ford, 70, of Crossett died at his home on Monday, January 2, 2012. Born April 7, 1941, in Milo, he had been a resident of Crossett for the past 50 years. He was employed at Georgia Pacific's tissue mill, a ham radio operator and was a member of Crossett Masonic Lodge #576 and the Beech Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of forty years, Shirley Heinley Ford; three sons, Mike Ford and wife Donna and Alan Ford and wife Kathy, both of Loginville, Georgia, and Tommy Woods and wife Shelia of Crossett; one sister, Shirley Ray and husband Lonnie of Crossett; one brother; David Ford and wife Martha of Hamburg; four grandchildren, Amy and Glen Ford of Loganville, GA, Jonathan Woods of Orlando, FL, and Natalie Harrison of Wentzville, MO; and four great-grandchildren, Conner and Alicia Harrison of Wentzville and Nathan and Gracie Young of Loganville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Ona Pogue Ford; and a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Carolyn Ford.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, at Judson Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Jonathan Woods, Tommy Pearson, Jason Chancellor, Robert Atkins, Charles Ray and Allen Wooley. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Townsend, Frank Jenkins, Charles Ford and Doyle Scarlett. Burial followed at the Judson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Judson Cemetery Fund, 2512 Hwy. 425N, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Dennis Morgan, 51, of Crossett died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at his home. Born on October 30, 1960, in Crossett to William Gene "Red" and Virginia Mills Morgan, he was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church where he was involved with youth activities. In 2005, he was the fourth patient in Arkansas to receive a liver transplant at UAMS.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia Morgan of Crossett; one daughter, Rhianna Morgan and her mother, Tammy Morgan of Crossett; and one brother, Phillip Morgan and wife Debbie of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Eula Morgan and Wallace and Effie Mills and his father.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jason Bates officiating. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Active pallbearers were to be William Sowyers, Michael Maxwell, Glenn Hamilton, James Kelley, Kenny Perry and Mike Kelley. Memorials may be made to First Freewill Woman's Auxiliary, P. O. Drawer F, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com
Chrystola Sawyer Ray
Chrystola Dean Sawyer Ray, 78, of Clinton, MS, died at her home on Friday, December 30, 2011. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Clinton for over 40 years, she graduated from Hamburg High School and attended University of Arkansas at Monticello. She worked with students in the Clinton School District and was a founding member of Northside Baptist Church in Jackson, MS.
She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Deason and husband James of Alabama and Debra Caldwell and husband Bobby of Mississippi; two grandsons, Jonathan Stuart and wife Danya of Mississippi and Brandon Deason of Alabama; two step-granddaughters and their families, Christina Buckley and husband Chris and their daughter Jeannie of Mississippi and Kelly Savage and husband Larry and their daughter Kaelynn of Colorado; a sister, Marjorie Sawyer Thacker of Fountain Hill and her family; and a brother, David T. Sawyer of Louisiana and his family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Roy Dale Ray, in 2009, and by her parents, Zemry and Nennie Gulledge Sawyer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 31 at Lakewood Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson with burial at the Clinton Cemetery.
Jimmie Eugene Trost
Jimmie Eugene Trost, 76, of Little Rock died Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Born December 25, 1935, in Leedey, OK, he was the youngest son of the late Herbert and Cecelia Trautman Trost of Green Forest. He graduated from Green Forest High School and a barber college, served in the U.S. Army, attended Arkansas Technical College, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was licensed as a professional engineer and retired as a civil engineer with the Survey and Maintenance Division of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. After retirement, he served part-time as a disaster relief professional with the Federal Emergency Management Administration. He was a member and deacon of the Temple Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Witherington Trost, who he married in Hamburg April 6, 1969; two daughters, Margaret Trost of San Antonio, TX, and Lt. Col.- select Jennifer Vecchione of Vandenberg AFB; a son-in-law, Scott Vecchione; and a grandson, Sijan Nickolas of Santa Maria, CA; two sisters, Beatrice Wiser of Clarksville and Eunice Wise of Beebe; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m., Friday, January 6, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Aaron Ledford, Dr. Joel Slayton and Rev. Jerry Kidd officiating. Graveside services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 7, in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Witherington, Bobby J. Witherington, Winston Foster, Mark Mizell, Eddie Edwards, Garay Holland, Ron Ross and Larry Trost. Honorary pallbearers were the Open Door Sunday School Class and deacons.
Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Arrangements were by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home.
Icola Watkins, 68, of Hamburg died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she worked at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Hamburg for over 25 years. She was a member of the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance where she was the Mother of the Church.
She is survived by four sons, Venson Davis of Crossett, Mickey Davis and wife Margaret of Syracuse, NY, Marcus Cason and Antonio Cason of Hamburg; six daughters, Mary Howard and husband George of Hamburg, Idella Caldwell and husband Robert and Tressia Bowman and husband Dwayne of Crossett, Ada Stanley and husband Glen of Hamburg, Beverly Logan and husband Kenny and Kimberly Doaks of Jacksonville, AL; a sister, Sarah Jacobs of Hamburg; 25 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Watkins, in 1997; two sons, Benjamin Cason in 1996 and LeVell Cason in 1962; her father, Cleveland Greene; her mother, Lucille Haynes Davis; three sisters, Emily Johnson, Mary Lou Davis and Lou Emma Scates; and two brothers, Will Davis, Jr. and Abe Shaw.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14, at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating. Burial will be in the Phillip Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mark Carter, James Carter, John Ware, Shannon Strickland, Steve Bennett and John Young. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons and sons-in-law.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Obituaries Published January 18
Nina Ruth Bagwell
Nina Ruth Bagwell, 77, of Russellville died Sunday, January 8, 2012, at Legacy Heights Nursing Home in Russellville. The daughter of Edwin and Lula Catherine Wilcox Hall, she was born June 25, 1934, in Springhill. She was a bus driver with Pulaski County Special School District for 22 years and was an employee with the Little Rock School District for five years and was a member of the First Christian Church of Murfreesboro.
Survivors are her three children, Robin Bagwell and wife Karen of Hector, Ruth Ann Oliver and husband Michael of Hamburg and Richard Bagwell and wife Nancy of Hensley; five grandchildren, Jason Bagwell and wife Rosa of Billstown, Heidi Bagwell Finch and Matt Finch of Bryant, Stonewall Bagwell of Hector and Colton Bagwell and Mackenzie Bagwell of Hensley; great-grandchildren Gage Perry Bagwell, Bethany Grace Bagwell and Payton Alexa Finch, and a brother, Mike Hall and wife Charlotte of Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 35 years, James Perry Bagwell; and a sister, Sue Hill.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 12, at Humphrey Chapel. Arrangements were by Humphrey Funeral Service. On-line guest book at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 2405 East Parkway, Ste. 3, Russellville, AR 72801.
Anna Marilyn McLeod Collier
Marilyn Collier, 70, of Carthage, Texas, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012, in Carthage. She was born April 20, 1941, in Ashley County, the fifth of six children born to Harvey Irvin and Willie Mable Crawford McLeod. She graduated from Wilmot High School in 1959 and married Luther Edward Collier on June 21, 1959. She worked for many years at a Ben Franklin Store, Steptoe's Jewelry, Jack and Jill and Central Baptist Day Care. She was a member of the First Christian Church and loved working with children, flower gardens, cruising, travel and sports.
Survivors include her husband, Luther "Bubba" Collier; a daughter, Terry Yarberry and husband Ricky; a granddaughter, Lauryn Michelle Yarberry; all of Carthage; a brother, Billy Wayne McLeod; two sisters, Macelle McDougald and Delores "Loisie" Skender, all of Crossett; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Basil "Buddy" and Doyle McLeod.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 11. Cremation arrangements were by Hawthorn Funeral Home. Guest book at www.hawthornfuneral home.com.
Thad Anderson Douglass
Thad Anderson Douglass, Sr., 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at his home. Born on January 1, 1931, in McGehee to William Clifton and Virgie Mae Fergerson Douglass, he served in the U. S. Army's 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He was employed by Allied Telephone Company for over 20 years. In 1974, he surrendered to the ministry, serving as pastor for Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church in Crossett and West Heights Missionary Baptist Church in West Monroe, LA. He was an active member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patricia Farmer Douglass of Crossett; one son, Thad A. Douglass, Jr., and wife Terri of Crossett; two daughters, Debra McClain and husband John of Grenada, MS, and Deanna Powers and husband David of Lake Village; one sister, Charlotte Ann Douglass Wigley of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Waymon Douglass.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. David Powers, Clayton Hales, Don Justice, Steve Franklin and Danny Malone officiating. Active pallbearers were Cliff Douglass, Bruce Douglass, Eric Wall, Tony Wall, Casey McClain, Jonathon Gates, Jonathan Powers and Kenneth McGilton. All ordained ministers in attendance were asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Texarkana Baptist Children's Home, PO Box 611, Texarkana, TX 75504.
Hershel Duean Hamm
Hershel Duean Hamm, 77, of Crossett died Monday, January 9, 2012. Born on June 17, 1934, in Pelahatchie, MS, to Lee and Mae Phillips Hamm, he was a millwright, a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and working in the garden.
Survivors include one son, Leon Hamm and wife Dina of Crossett; seven brothers, Paul and James Allen Hamm of Monroe, LA, Bill and Jack Hamm of Crossett, and Thomas, Cleave and Huey Hamm of Rayville, LA; two sisters, Jessie Mae Burgess of Tallulah, LA, and Barbara Ann Gardner of Mountain View; two grandchildren, David Hamm and Jamie Kay Blankenship; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Laken Blankenship. Mr. Hamm was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mae Hamm.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Kenneth Watt and Mike Chain officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. www.jonesservice.com.
Ruth M. Keene
Ruth M. Keene, 93, of Texarkana, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Monday January 16, 2012, at Sterling House in Texarkana. Born June 15, 1918, in Kingsland, she was a Baptist.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Harry G. Parkhill of Texarkana, Ark., and Deborah Keene and Sadler James of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; one step-son and wife, Charles and Nita Keene of Homer, LA; two brothers, Richard Mitchell of Kingsland and Carl Mitchell of Warren; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford R. Keene; a son, John Edward West; and a daughter Ruth Annette West.
Grave-side services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dierksen Hospice, 6500 N. Summerhill Rd. St 2-B, Texarkana, TX 75503.
Beatrice Martin, 89, of Kansas City, MO, died Thursday, January 5, 2012, in Parkway Nursing Home in Kansas City. Born in March, 1922, to the late Tigson and Ethel Blalark, she was a long time resident of Parkdale and a member of Childress Chapel AME Church before moving to Kansas City and joining St. James United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Earnest Martin, Jr., of Kansas City; a sister, Mattie Lee Wilson of Los Angeles, CA; a brother, William Blalark and wife Norma of Portland; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Martin, Sr.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 15, at Shady Grove AME Church in Wilmot with Rev. J. R. Hooper officiating. Burial was in the Childress Chapel Cemetery of Parkdale with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.
Pauline Risher, 95, of Crossett died on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the Cherry Ridge Rest Home. Born on September 28, 1916, to Pat and Ola Croswell Sivils, Mrs. Risher was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Charles Goodwin and wife Betty of Crossett; her daughters, Martha Smith and husband Charles of Crossett, Peggy Walpole and husband Bob of Houston, TX, and Nancy Nason and husband, Steve of Ville Platte, LA; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Horace Goodwin; her second husband of 50 years, Henry Risher; a son, Joe Risher and his wife, Hazel; her brothers, L. C. Sivils, Doyle Sivils, Clarence Sivils and Melvin Sivils; and a grandson, Chuck Goodwin.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Don Justice officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church 2201 South Main Crossett, Arkansas 71635 or to a charity of choice.
Mary Hennington Tanksley
Mary Maudie Lee Hennington Tanksley, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, January 8, 2012, at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Crossett for the past 50 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Tanksley enjoyed reading, doing word puzzles and listening to gospel and country music.
She is survived by five sons, Willie Tanksley and wife Dona of Stuttgart, Terry Tanksley and wife Cheryl of Bastrop, LA, Frankie and Nathan Tanksley and wife Michelle of Crossett and Phillip Tanksley of Lake Village; three daughters, Shelby Parker and husband Carroll, Cathy Johnson and husband Wayne and Donna Johnson and husband Tim, all of Crossett; two brothers, Hubert Ricks and wife Ginger of Pine Bluff and G. W. Ricks and wife Mattie of Monticello; two sisters, Hettie Clark of Hamburg and Maurice Bonnett and husband Jim of Monroe, LA; 25 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Travis Tanksley; one son, Jerry Dewayne Tanksley; her parents, Nathaniel and Gladys Hazel Jordan Hennington Norrell; and one brother, Eugene Pennington.
Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Wednesday, January 11, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs and Rev. Ricky Pack officiating. Pallbearers were Richie Tanksley, Brannon Smith, John Parker, Bryan, Junior and Rusty Tanksley, Chad King, and Luke Saucier. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Pippen and Brad, Anthony and Josh Tanksley. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be given to Jarvis Chapel Bus Fund. Guest book signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.com.
Willie Van Watt
Willie Van "Buddy" Watt, 76, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 12, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a Baptist faith, a veteran of the U.S. Army with the rank ofsSergeant, a member of the former Hamburg VFW Post 9360, a volunteer with Ashley County Food Pantry and an avid Razorback fan who enjoyed football, basketball, and wrestling.
He is survived by two sons, Frankie Watt and wife Nina of Freeport, TX, and Willie Van Watt, Jr., of Hamburg; one daughter, Teresa Ogletree of North Little Rock; four brothers, Frank "Ed" Watt, Bobby Watt and wife Mary of Crossett, Ronald Dean Watt of Strong and Curtis Watt and wife Ruthie of Hamburg; three sisters, Louise Barnett of Crossett, Veralyn Oden and husband Junior of Hamburg and Jeanette Simmons of Strong; six grandchildren, Tyler, Zachery and Ambia Watt and Greg, Marshall, and Jeremy Ogletree; and a host of other family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; his parents, Frank and Duel Lambert-Watt; and one brother, James Watt.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 15, Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Watt, Kenny Leverittt, Joey Barnett, Michael Simmons, Doyle Barnett and Bobby Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Hollis, Luther Richardson, and the members of the former VFW of Hamburg. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Obituaries Published January 25
Oliver Quinton Couey
Oliver Quinton Couey, 70, of Fountain Hill died on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born on May 1, 1941, and raised in Fountain Hill, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1959 and received a bachelor's degree in business from Arkansas A&M College where he was a member of the Phi Lambda Chi national fraternity. A member of the Army National Guard, he worked as a vice president at Farmers Bank in Hamburg and in 1971 moved to Monticello as a vice president for Union Bank. While in Monticello, he served as president of the Kiwanis Club. In 1974, he moved to Crossett where he owned and operated the Couey Chrysler, Plymouth, American Motors and Jeep dealership. He later moved his family to Wheaten, Missouri, where he owned and operated the Junction Quick Stop. In 2008, he retired and moved back to Fountain Hill. He was a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church and a former member of the Hamburg Jaycees.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Ann Morgan Couey of Fountain Hill; two sons, Oliver Quinton Couey, II, and fiancé Rhonda Lawson and her daughter, Sunni Jo Lawson of Fountain Hill and Morgan David Couey and wife Juna and their sons, Aaron, Austin and Garrett Quinton Couey of Ridgley; a brother, Phillip Mears Couey of Hamburg; two sisters, Nancy Foote Spivey of Hamburg and Cheryl Wilson and husband Charles of DeWitt and an aunt, Mabel Couey Thompson of Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Quinton Couey in 1994 and Rachel Mears Couey in 1990 who were lifelong residents of Fountain Hill.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Elton and Bill Wright officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were A.B. Wood, Charlie Rice, Michael Bearden, Shane Smith, William Foote and Danny Courson. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Jones, Russ Meeks, Larry Barnett, Mark Engelkes, Bubba Gilmore and the members of the Fountain Hill Coffee Club. Memorials may be made to Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.
Ronald Dean Maloney
Ronald Dean Maloney, 61, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Born in Omaha, NE, on September 12, 1951 to Malcolm and the late Kiria Maloney, he was the second of eight children and was a Baptist. A graduate of Silver Creek High School in San Jose, CA, he lived in Las Vegas, NV, before moving to Crossett, enjoyed fishing and was a skillful mechanic.
Survivor include three daughters, Juanita Martin, Tiffany Morris and LaTonya Morris; his father, Malcolm Jr. Maloney, Sr.; an older brother, Floyd Douglas and wife Sharon Maloney; three sisters, Varita Brown, Connie and husband Eugene Ponds, and Jackie and husband Kenneth Winfield; twelve nieces; three nephews; two grandchildren; a host of uncles, aunts, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Darlene Carr Maloney and Rosemary Morris Maloney; a brother, Malcolm Jr. Maloney, Jr., and two sisters, Brenda Maloney Wyatt and Karen Maloney.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Harold Box officiating. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
R. L. Pollock
R. L. Pollock, 73, of the Berlin community outside Hamburg died Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Berlin community, and a retired Georgia-Pacific Forestry crewman, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Linder and husband Bobby and Rebecca Bates and husband Shawn of Hamburg, two brothers, Earl Pollock and wife Wanda of Hamburg and Troy Pollock and wife Virginia of Anacoco, LA; one sister, Fayerene Rickman of Vidor, TX; six grandchildren, Bobby, Jr., Joey, and Michael Linder, and Mary Beth, Dawson, and John Michael Bates; five great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Holland Pollock; his parents, Garland and El Vira Holland Pollock; seven brothers, Alton, C. W., Horace, L.C., Ludell, Willard, and Willie Ray Pollock; and four sisters, Carrie Chadwick, Lorene Morgan and Ruby and Sue Holland.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m.; Friday, January 20, in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Berlin community with Bros. Danny Merriweather and Elvin McDill, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Linder, Jr., Joey Linder, Michael Linder, Danny Smith, Jr., Robert Smith, and Anthony Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are John Young, John Doley, Bruce Sharp, Richard Adams, Brian Russell, Dale Ramsey, William Smith, and Greg Calhoun. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church Youth Department, P.O. Box 427, Crossett, AR 71635. Burial was in the Extra Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.crom wellfuneralhome.net.
Irene White Stell
Irene White Stell, 89, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 19, 2012, at the Hospice Home Care Center in Little Rock. A native of Ashley County who lived in Hamburg and Crossett all of her life, she was a homemaker; a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Ashley County Medical Center and an active member of the First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ester Sunday School Class, the choir and WMU.
She is survived by a daughter, Becky Culp and husband David of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Leslie Harris and husband James Allen of Little Rock and Chuck Dumas of Fort Worth, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Harris and Garrett Dumas; a special caregiver, Billie Miller of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John David Stell, in 1990; her parents, Henry and Bessie Higginbotham White; four brothers, Gerald Dean, Garvin, Leo and Charles H. White; and two sisters, Hazel Christmas and Willie West.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg. Pallbearers were Bob White, Doug White, Grady White, Jimmy White, Johnny Dumas and Ralph Parker. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Ester Sunday School Class. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.
Mary Elizabeth Watson
Mary Elizabeth Beard Watson, 65, of Crossett died Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born on September 6, 1946, in Warren to the late William Sid and Mary Ethel Morris Beard, she taught the third grade in the Crossett School District for 32 years, retired in 2002, and returning to work the following year as librarian at Crossett High School.
Survivors include her son, John McClary Watson of Dewitt; a daughter; Laura Elizabeth Watson and fiancé Stephen William Huffman of Conway; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ray "Bill" Watson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Crossett with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Beard Cemetery near Warren under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 24, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.