June 6

Thomas H. Chambers

Thomas Hamilton Chambers, 95, of Hamburg died Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Briggsville and a resident of Hamburg for the past 63 years, he was a graduate of Havana High School, Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was an U. S. Army World War II veteran, serving as a combat infantry platoon leader and forward observer in the 13th Infantry, 8th Army Division, landing on Omaha Beech. He was in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantry Badge. When he received his Purple Heart, he was a second lieutenant forward observer platoon leader in August, 1944. He and his radio operator were on Hill 88 outside of Brest, France, when a German artillery or mortar shell exploded nearby, striking him in the neck and shoulder with shrapnel and phosphorous. He was treated at a field hospital and was back on the hill the next day. In September, 1944, he was awarded the Bronze Star for "heroic conduct on the field of battle." He received a battlefield promotion to first lieutenant in October, 1944. According to his regimental commander, "his performance of duty as a forward observer and as cannon platoon leader placed accurate fire on enemy emplacements, without endangering our troops, thus giving the supporting fires necessary for our troops to advance." He continued to serve with distinction throughout the Western Europe conflict until the war's end. He was employed by the Department of Agriculture as a supervisor for Farmers Home Administration in Conway, Lake Village for 10 years and Hamburg for 30 years. He was a ruling elder and Sunday School teacher at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. When the Hamburg Presbyterian Church closed he took his letter to the Presbyterian Church in Crossett where he was an active elder until his death. He was a member of the Prairie Country Club and an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Hickman Chambers of Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas H. and Verna Estelle Walkup Chambers.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Bonnie Wilkins and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Murphy, Ralph Parker, Henry Bierbaum, Jon Murphy, Sonny Tucker and Kenneth Williams. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Garden Club, c/o Sandra Knight, 109 Honeysuckle Lane, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Crossett Presbyterian Church, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Willie Mae Chapman Mills

Willie Mae Chapman Mills, 96, of Little Rock died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Born August 21, 1915, in Hamburg to the late John Robert Chapman and Addie Carruth Chapman, she met her future husband, Arthur L. Mills, during World War II at the Maumelle Ordnance plant where they both worked. She worked for Blass Department Store in the 1950s and owned and operated Mrs. Mills Childcare during the 1960s and '70s, where she cared for the children of many prominent Little Rock families. She was a faithful member of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, where she and Arthur were members of the Young at Heart group and enjoyed their many activities and travel.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Mills and wife Barbara of Little Rock, and Ronald C. Mills and wife Gwen of New Braunfels, Texas. Her grandchildren are Jason Mills, Justin Mills, Hunter Mills and Emily Clair Mills; and great-grandchildren are Nolan Mills and Brynn Mills. Also surviving her is a sister, Elizabeth Lashenko and husband Nick of Alameda, California, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and also by her siblings, Robert, A.B., Marvin, Wyatt, Quinton and Leroy Chapman, and Ruth Peacock.

A grave-side service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock with arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Guest book at www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Published June 13

Jack Bell

Jack Bell, 77, of Parkdale died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at his residence. A native of Empire and a lifelong resident of Parkdale, he was a retired farmer, a Mason and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499 where he had received his 50 year pin. He was a member of the Wilmot Baptist Church and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Katie Smith Bell of Parkdale; a son, Joe Bell and wife Renee of Empire; a daughter, Nancy Everett and husband Allen of Jones, LA; four grandchildren, Kathryn Parkerson, Joey Bell, Chad and Bryan Everett and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Bell, in 1975 and his parents, Joseph Caldwell and Jewell Reynolds Bell.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Philip Bowles officiating. Burial will be in the Parkdale Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chad Everett, Bryan Everett, Joey Bell, Brett Parkerson, James Lee Austin and Waylon Cain. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Gerald Wayne Boyd

Gerald Wayne Boyd, 75, of Crossett died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his residence. Born on February 19, 1937, in Wilmar to Clarence Almo and Clara May Rawls Boyd, he had served in the Air Force. He was a truck driver and enjoyed being outdoors, boating, fishing and cooking for the family at holidays on the Saline River.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Boyd of Crossett; two sons, Dommie Boyd of Flippin and Jerry Boyd of Las Vegas, NV; three daughters, Debbie Boyd, Francine Boyd and Sherry Boyd, all of Las Vegas; one sister, Darlene Boyd Novak of Monticello; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother.

Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at the Montrose Cemetery with Bro. Donnie DuBose officiating. Arrangements handled by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Andrew Edward Browning

Andrew Edward Browning, 38, of Kimball, Nebraska, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Born on June 4, 1974, in Monroe, LA, to Edwin E. Browning and Sharon Copeland Henderson, he was a carpenter and loved to grill. He served in the National Guard for 21 years, including four deployments overseas to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He enjoyed riding horses.

Survivors include his wife, Denice Browning of Kimball; a son, Edwin Andrew Browning of Crossett; a daughter, Megan Ann Browning of Kimball; a step-son, Austin David Allison of Kimball; his mother, Sharon Henderson, and his father, Edwin E. Browning of Crossett; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Garvis Browning, Charlene Browning and Clarence Copeland.

Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Wade Barnett, James McDonald, Eric Kersey, Hank Rice, Owen Carpenter, Steven Hamilton, Cody Rice and B. J. Dye. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Rice, Edwin Browning, Austin Allison, Mike Barnett, Chris Walthall, Brett Carpenter and David Taylor.

Memorials may be made to Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book available at www.jonesservice.com.

John Calvin Bussell, Jr.

John Calvin Bussell, Jr., 79, of Hamburg died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Southeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Hamburg for the past year and a 30 year resident of Lake Village, he was a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Army, a mechanic for the Potlatch Corporation and a member of the Chicot Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Winnie Streeter Bussell of Hamburg; a son, Johnny C. Bussell and wife Sharon of Middleton, TN; a sister, Brenda Gray of Jacksonville; a brother, Carrol E. Bussell and wife Willie of Sulphur Springs, Texas; nine grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Bussell, in 2010; his parents, John Calvin and Mildred Sparks Bussell; and his grandmother, Appie Sparks.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 9, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Revs. David Powell and Robin Hood officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Oliver, Morris Knight, Mike Bays, Mickey Craig, Hugo Barajas and Andy Kinnard. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Amos, James Arey, Bill Spurlock, Eric Stone and Patrick Tomerlin. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Arnella Graham

Arnella "Nell" Graham, 71, of Hamburg died Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native of Elaine, a resident of Hamburg for the past 58 years, a homemaker and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her flowers and quilting.

She is survived by one brother, Jessie Banks of Hamburg; two nephews, Larry Banks of Hamburg and Charlie Franklin of Dallas, TX; and a host of other family members and friends. She was proceeded in death by her parents, James Lacey and Adlaid Haynes Banks, and one sister, Iretha Walter.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Lawrence Booker, Wayne Pugh, Frankie Wright, Alfred Robinson, George Howard, Jr., and John Henry Pugh. Burial followed in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book found at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Don Haynes

Jessie Don Haynes, 70, of West Monroe, LA, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Born on January 15, 1942, in Crossett, he had been an avid fisherman and camper.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Donna Haynes; his mother-in-law, Anita Reed; brothers-in-law, Monroe Reed and David Reed; a sister-in-law, Mary Capps; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie H. Haynes and Ozelle Haynes; and his sister, Jane Haynes.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, in Ouachita Baptist Church in West Monroe with Rev. Eddie Shoemaker and Pastor Dennis Hensley officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Capps, Kevin Reed, Monroe Reed, David Reed, Scott Goldstein, and Thom Hoeflinger. Honorary pallbearers Tom Vickery, Nicky Smith, and H.A. Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Peniel Baptist Church and Ouachita Baptist Church.

Arrangements were by Mulhearn Funeral Home. Guest book at www.mulhearn funeralhome.com,

Carol Ann Jenkins

Carol Ann Jenkins, 51, of Crossett died on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Born on February 10, 1961, in Houston, TX, to James Loyd McGough and Mildred Marie McDaniel Hart, she loved working as a teacher at the Carousel School. She enjoyed putting up vegetables, cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Jenkins of Crossett; three sons, Justin McGough and wife Brandi, Josh Jenkins and wife Liz of Crossett, and Jaylon Jenkins of Benton; a daughter, Jyna Jenkins of Crossett; her mother, Mildred McDaniel Hart of Crossett; her father, Loyd McGough and wife Jean of Houston; a grandmother, Ethel McDaniel of Monticello; three brothers, Michael Maxwell of Crossett, Alan McGough of Amarillo, TX, and John McGough of Houston, TX; a sister, Penny Poole and husband Nolan of Morrilton; and grandchildren Gracie and Greyson McGough.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 8, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Pallbearers were Hank Rice, Jeffery Barnett, Lane Jenkins, Matt Townley, Brad White, J. P. Malloy, Dan Courson and Ronald Lebrun. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Stephenson, Stephen James Carter, Patrick Davis, Casy Jenkins and Ricky Jenkins.

Burial Interment followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Verna Fay Johnson

Verna Fay Johnson, 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Born on February 8, 1932, in Rosefield, LA, to Nelson Johnathan and Lessie Vada Prudhomme Randall, Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and bookkeeper for their family log contracting business until retirement. Although her children and grandchildren were the primary focus of her time, she loved fishing, gardening and working in the yard. She was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Billy Wayne "Buck" Johnson of Crossett; two daughters, Linda Herrington Rushing of Crossett and Kay Herrington Alonzo and husband Ernie of North Little Rock; one son, Michael Herrington and wife Martha of Crossett; one special nephew, Ricky McDaniels; one brother-in-law, Bobby Johnson and wife Ellen of North Little Rock; four sisters-in-law, Susie Bolin and husband Sammy of Crossett, Patsy Simpson of El Dorado, Irene Randall of Briceland, CA and Lavern Randall of Garberville, CA; eleven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Nelson Randall; her mother, LaVada Johnson; her stepmother, Alice Randall; her stepfather, Braska Johnson; a granddaughter, Brenda Hicks; and two brothers, Nelson Johnathan Randall, Jr., and Stanley Randall.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bros. Robin Allen and Eric Hodge officiating. Pallbearers were Jonathan Rushing, Religh Christy, Anthony Cockrell, Wally Johnson, Larry Hudson and Chad Gregg. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Tommy Pennington

Tommy Pennington, 71, of Fountain Hill died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Harrison and a resident of Fountain Hill for 70 years, he retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Lenerville of Nashville, TN; two sons, Martin Pennington of Crossett and Anthony Wood of Shaw, MS; a sister, Diane Kinney; two brothers, Rodney Pennington and Ronnie Pennington of Fountain Hill; a grandson, Martin Pennington, Jr.; two granddaughters, Jacqueline and Josephine Coleman; and a great-grandchild, Kale Thomas Hoggat.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Proctor and Thelma Wallis Pennington; and a brother, Justin "Red" Pennington in 2007.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. Burial was in the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Barfield, Mark Pennington, Jeff Pennington, Wayne Pennington, Randy Crum and Curtis Crum. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Hollis, Larry Stanley, Jerry Stanley, Jimmy Welch and Waymond Graham. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Tammy E. Terrell

Tammy E. Paynter Terrell, 34, of Sussex, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 5, 2010. A veteran, she was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on December 12, 1977.

Survivors include her husband, Benji Terrell of Sussex, formerly of Ashley County, two children, Hunter and Garrett; her mother, Yvonne and husband Jeff Liesenfeld; her father, Richard and wife Peggy Paynter; siblings, Pamela and husband Edwin Colin and Jason and wife Shanna Liesenfeld, Kalie Liesenfeld and Jonathan and wife Janelle Paynter; a grandmother, Elaine Webber; and her in-laws, Jamie Morman and Joey Terrell.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waukesha with arrangements by Church and Chapel Funeral Service. Burial was in the Southern Wisconsin Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove on Monday. Online guest book found at www.churchandchapel.com.

Obituaries Published June 20

Olen O. Carter

Olen O. Carter, 82, of Sheridan, formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Sheridan Health and Rehab. Born February 9, 1930, in Hamburg, he was retired from Burlington Industries after over 21 years and was a member of Second Baptist Church in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Bernice Hall Carter of Sheridan; one son, Randell Carter of Sheridan; six daughters, Linda Shafer and husband Richard of Jonesboro, Charlotte Fisher and husband Pat and Mary Pezzullo and husband Anthony of Monticello, Cathy Owens and husband Dean of Pine Bluff, Audrey McKenzie of North Little Rock; and Brenda Watson and husband David of Sheridan; four brothers, Treswell Carter of Hamburg, Norwood Carter of Lewisburg, TN, Billy Carter of Houston, TX, and Robert Carter of Kirbyville, TX; four sisters, Helen Moore of Texarkana, TX, Ethlyn Wooten of Huntsville, AL, Elizabeth Tillerson of Celina, TX, and Jeanette Collins of Arcadia, LA; eleven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was the son of the late Wyatt Taylor Carter and Zelma Mamie Wallace Carter and was preceded in death by three brothers,Willie Dave Carter, Wyatt Carter Jr. and Johnny Ray Carter; three sisters, Mary Louise Phillips, Evelyn Dodd and Linda Fay Carter; and one great–great granddaughter, Stormy Barber.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Kyle Bryan officiating. Pallbearers were Nathan McKenzie, Richard McKenzie, Jr., Jason Higgins, Tim Lloyd, Stephen Higgins and Treswell Carter. Burial followed at the Carter Cemetery. Online guest book at stephensondearman.com.

Dorothy Stell Fox

Dorothy Mae Stell Fox, 92, of Hamburg died Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Ashley County since the 1970s, she was a homemaker and a member of the Central City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She enjoyed gardening and her cat Foxy.

She is survived by three sons, Dale Lauhon and wife Martha, Gerald Lauhon and wife Betty, and Philip Lauhon and wife Hilda, all of Hamburg; a brother, Robert Stell and wife Mary of Sewell, Nebraska; a sister, Carolyn Berryman and husband Laron of Fountain Hill; seven grandchildren, Jackie Lauhon and wife Angie, Ronnie Lauhon and wife Kim, Martha Jo Collins and husband Marc, Kim Jones and husband Mike, Becky Smith and husband Kevin, Vickie Simpson and husband Chris, and Amy Hartshorn and husband Andrew, 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and special friends Mae McDonald, Joy Nelson, Nell Clark and Ken Byers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.H. (Hardy) Fox; her parents, R.Z. "Zimmery" and Annie Mae Kelley Stell and two brothers, Garland and Jack Stell.

Grave-side services were at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 17, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Reese officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Johnny Lee Harden

Johnny Lee "Bull" Harden, 78, of Lacey died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at The Woods of Monticello Health & Rehabilitation Center. A lifelong resident of the Lacey community in Drew County, he was a retired pulpwood truck driver and a member of Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lacey. He enjoyed fishing and raising a vegetable garden.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Spencer-Harden; eight sons, Anthony Watson and wife Patricia of Fountain Hill, Bernard Baines and wife Beatrice of Raleigh, NC, John L. Harden and wife Betty of Lawton, OK, Henry Harden and wife Lula of Monticello, and Glenn Harden and wife Bobbie, Linell Harden and wife Wanda, Jeffery Harden and wife Merrion of Pine Bluff and Stacy Harden and wife Toni of Grand Prairie, TX, four sisters, Larnie Mae Ferrell, Claudie Handy, Sullisteen Riley and husband Tyre and Carleen Satterwhite, all of Monticello; 30 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Harden; his parents, Dan Wesley and Katie Mae Sims Harden; four brothers, Will, D. S., Henry, and Eugene Harden; and one sister, Murl Jean Hendrix.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Holy Divine Church with Rev. Jesse Washington and Presiding Elder James Jiles officiating. Pallbearers were Jayson Harden, Damion Spencer, Virgil Darrough, Frederick Harden, Kenneth Watson and Dan Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were Edgar Spencer, Charlie Smith, B. J. Grayes, Richard McKiever, and Edgar Withers. Burial was in the Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Marian Cole Hayes

Marian Elizabeth Cole Hayes, 88, died Friday, June 15, 2012, in Warren. The youngest of eight children born to John William and Zilla Castleberry Cole, she was born on May 8, 1924, and graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1942.

She met her future husband, Irv Hayes, while he was stationed at Walnut Ridge. During World War II, she worked as a legal secretary in Jonesboro. She married on August 16, 1945, in her mother's home. In April, 1952, she and Irv moved to Hot Springs where she worked as an executive secretary for Arkansas Bank and Trust (Regions Bank). Her last position at ABT was the fourth floor manager for several businesses. During her married life, she visited 31 U.S. states and Niagara Falls. After her retirement she began a volunteer career at St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center. She was a pink lady for several years, and she amassed over 1,600 hours of service. She was a charter member of Hot Springs Baptist Church and stayed active until illness kept her away.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Anne (Kari) and husband Marty Martin; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Christopher Martin and Tarah M. Pamplin and husband Robbie, all of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Marie Murrell and Bryson Hayes Selby; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years, five sisters, Ernestine Cole, Jewell Redd, Edith Schwieter, Alma Lou Knott, and Lois Wallace; and two brothers, Fred Cole and John Allen "Bud" Cole.

Visitation will be at Gross Mortuary in Hot Springs at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rev. Shane Roberson presiding. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are the staff of St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Kerry Pennington, the staff of Wagon Place Nursing Home in Warren, and the deacons and staff of Hot Springs Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Hot Springs Baptist Church. Guest register at www.grossfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy L. Merbitz

Dorothy L. Merbitz, 94, of Bowling Green, Kentucky died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Bowling Green. Born in Richfield, Nebraska, November 24, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Audrey Frost and Arthur Draelants and graduated from high school in Clayton, Kansas. She married the late Harold R. Johnson of Grain Valley, Missouri, in 1938 where they lived for 38 years and had one son, Mark W. Johnson of Bowling Green. After his death in 1975, she married Dr. Lloyd Merbitz of Greenville, MS, in 1978 and moved there. In 1988 she and Dr. Merbitz moved to their retirement home in Wilmot and lived there until Dr. Merbitz's death in 1996. In 1997 she moved to Bowling Green. She was involved in many charitable organizations in Greenville and until recent years, was an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. She enjoyed entertaining, fishing and traveling throughout the world, visiting six continents.

Survivors include her son, Mark Johnson and wife Elizabeth Downing and granddaughter, Goodman Johnson of Bowling Green; three stepchildren, Martin Merbitz of Memphis, TN, Marilyn Thomas of Harrisonville and Paul Merbitz of Smyrna, TN; eight step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She requested donations in her memory be to the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green or Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.

Arrangements for cremation were by Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home in Bowling Green. A memorial service honoring her will be at a later date.

Maxine Royal Murphy

Maxine Murphy, 83, of Portland died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Portland, she was a beautician and a member of the Portland Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by four sons, Charlie A. Streeter Murphy of Portland, Roy E. Streeter Murphy of Hamburg, Lamar E. Streeter Murphy and wife Stacy of Magnolia and Anthony Clyde Murphy of McGehee; two sisters, Mavis McCown of Gladewater, TX, and Elizabeth "Tiny" Gulledge of Montrose; 13 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beauford Murphy, in 1996; her parents, Frank and Rilla Howie Royal; a brother, Aubrey Royal; and four sisters, Iner Mae Luker, Louise Huffman, Muriel Williamson and Madel Griffin.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Mark Harris and Carl Mason officiating.

Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jay Powers, Jerod Williamson, Lamar Huffman, Brian Huffman, Dale Kerr and Steve Powers. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Kelley.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Rosie Mae Raino

Rosie Mae Raino, 82, of Wilmot died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at her residence. A native of Crossett who had lived in Wilmot for the past 70 years, she was a retired LPN and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Wilmot. Mrs. Raino enjoyed cooking, gardening, and worked faithfully in her church.

Survivors include one son, Tony O'Neal Raino and wife Tracy of Fort Smith; two daughers, Kathleen Hampton of Wilmot and Angela Johnson and husband Chester of Gainesville, FL, one brother, Ivory Goodrum of Tracy, CA; one sister, Bonnie Mae "Ruthie" Penn of Wilmot; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Willie Raino; two sons, Bennie and Johnny Raino; one daughter, Betty Raino; her parents, Harry and Luberta Phillips Raino; two brothers, Harry, Jr., and J.D. Jackson; and three sisters, Jessie Mae Willis, Mattie Dean and Christeen Heard.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Union Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Baker officiating. Pallbearers were Harry Cole, Paul Strickland, Chester Johnson, Stanton Johnson, Nate Stanley, and Charles Raino. Burial was in St. Martha Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Marteal Tanksley

Marteal Tanksley, 83, of Parkdale died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Portland and a lifelong resident of Ashley County and Parkdale, she was a homemaker and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder. She enjoyed visiting at Generations with her friends.

She is survived by three sons, Johnny Ray Tanksley of Parkdale, Charles "Buddy" Tanksley, Jr., of Hamburg and Robin Tanksley of Springdale; a daughter, Helen Elmore of Montrose; eleven grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Tanksley, in 1998; two great-grandsons, Sam Tanksley in 2011 and J. C. Powell in 2008; a son-in-law, John Elmore; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Sue Tanksley.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Elvin McDill and Sammy Land officiating. Burial was in the Parkdale Cemetery. Pallbearers were J.J. Elmore, Chris Elmore, David Tanksley, Jonathan Tanksley, Kevin Tanksley and Adam Tanksley. Honorary pallbearers were Chance Elmore and Dwayne Tanksley. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Obituaries Published June 27

Alvis Aaron "Jason" Jordan

Alvis Aaron "Jason" Jordan, Jr., 19, of Sherwood died Saturday, June 16, 2012, in a swimming accident at Indian Lake at Austin. He was a native of Wilmot and a member of the Second Baptist Church in Wilmot. Alvis was an avid sportsman who loved playing basketball and football, telling jokes and dancing.

He is survived by his parents Alvis Aaron and Angela Moore Jordan of Sherwood; three brothers, Marquis Moore of Maumelle, Adrian Moore and Jacarius Jordan of Sherwood; one sister, Kiara Jordan of Houston, TX; his maternal grandfather, Harvest Moore, and paternal grandmother, Shirley Brooks, both of Wilmot; and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Helen Moore, and paternal grandfather, Horace Jordan.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at First Baptist Church with Rev. James Lewis officiating. Active pallbearers were William Jackson, III, Montreal Jackson, Darren McAdoo, Aljuan Dunn, Randy Brown, Jr., Frankie Robinson, Tyler Brown, and Breon Cox. Honorary pallbearers were Gregory Henman, III, Jamison Williams, Kendrion Houston, Rodney White, Devante Bridge, and Deundre Bryant. Burial was in the Second Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book located at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Charles Morgan Kelley, Jr.

Charles Morgan Kelley, Jr., 81, of Farmerville, LA, formerly of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, June 22, 2012. He was retired from South Central Bell and was a member of the Cross Roads Baptist Church in Cross Roads, LA. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting gardening and was an avid Razorback fan. Mr. Kelley served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a military police officer and was active in the South Central Bell Telephone Pioneer Club.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Barnett Kelley of Farmerville; a daughter, Camille Gates and husband Dusty of Farmerville; two sisters, Bonnie Kelley of Little Rock and Martha Lauhon and husband Dale of Hamburg; a brother, Billy F. Kelley and wife Audrey of Hamburg; grandchildren, Kelley Gates of Farmerville and Morgan Lowery and husband Kyle of Sterlington, LA; one great-granddaughter, Sadie Lowery of Sterlington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, C. Morgan Kelley and Frances Stell Kelley, and a brother, J.D. Kelley.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Ingram officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy McDaniel, Eric McDaniel, Danny Kelley, Jeff Foster, Ray Hebert, Kyle Lowery and Kelley Gates. Burial followed in the Promise Land Cemetery of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to: Promise Land Cemetery at 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646 or the American Cancer Fund.

Elizabeth Duckworth Shields

Elizabeth Duckworth Shields, 83, of Felicity, Ohio, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Hospice Care of Cincinnati after a short illness with cancer. Born in Hamburg on February 28, 1929, to Thomas Guy and Elizabeth Cole Duckworth, she graduated from Hamburg High in 1947 and moved to Ohio to work with her sister, Vivian Tepper in the Maury-Henery Booking Company. She met and married Frank Shields. They owned and operated the Shields Lumber and Hardware Company. She was an active member of the Christian Church in Felicity, OH. After the death of her husband in 1966, she worked for the Clermont County Dept. of Children's Services until her retirement.

She is survived by three children, George Shields of Florida, Susan Jennings and Douglas Shields of Ohio; one brother, Guy Duckworth of Cabot; three sisters, Gladys Chisum of New Orleans, Sybil Noble of Hamburg and Judy Sandusky of Claremore, OK; five grandchildren, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, six brothers and three sisters.

Memorial services will be held at the Christian Church in Felicity, OH, Wednesday, June 27, with burial in the Bethel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesada Foundation, P. O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263 or Felicity Christian Church, P. O. Box 201, Felicity, OH 45120.

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