Dennis Wayne Cain
Dennis Wayne Cain, 56, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at his residence in Crossett. A native of Oak Grove, LA, a resident of Crossett for the past five years, and a past resident of Fountain Hill and Greenville, MS, he was a disabled truck driver and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed riding in the woods looking at the scenery and loved to fish.
He is survived by four brothers, A.D. Cain and wife Betty of Hamburg, Clarence Cain and wife Patricia of Rolling Fork, MS, Eugene Cain and wife Barbara of Arkadelphia and Ernie Cain and wife Cathy of Tyler, TX; five sisters, Janette Wright of Crossett, Joann Crabtree and husband Toney of Pelsor, Inez Everett and husband Johnny of Tomball, TX, Louise Jones of Bastrop and Marie Clowers and husband Jimmy of Lake Village; and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ida Sproles Cain; and two brothers, Charles and Willie Cain.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mount Zion Baptist Church on the Berlin Road with Bro. Danny Merriweather officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Williams, Clint Gee, Cliff Gee, Robert Prescott, Doug Prescott, and Gary Cain. Honorary pallbearer was Jerry Jones. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Sherlie Maxine Denson
Sherlie Maxine Denson, 70, of Richland, Washington, who was born in Fountain Hill on September 16, 1941, to Luther and Callie Denson died Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Richland after suffering a stroke.
She is survived by her daughter, Fawnda Crozier of Richland; a son, Sedgie (Tre') Ginn and wife Kelli of Richland; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death her parents and her oldest son Charles "Randy" Crozier.
Her final resting spot will be at the Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill in the Denson family plot with arrangements by Einan's Funeral Home of Richland. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent the National Alzheimer's Association. Online guestbook at www.einansfuneralhome.com
Johnnie R. Gardner
Johnnie R. Gardner, 88, of Crossett died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Born on September 1, 1923, in Hamburg to James Valentine and Anna Pearl Bays Ridgell, Mrs. Gardner was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church where she was an active member of Women on Missions and taught Sunday School for many years.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Dumas and husband Elton of Crossett and Joan Blann and husband Tim of Sherwood; four grandchildren, Melany Hodges and husband Chad of Hattiesburg, MS, Kevin Lloyd Kennedy and wife Lisa of Eustis, FL, Beverly Weidner and husband Aaron of Prairie Village, KS, and Barbara Raney and husband Dustin of Little Rock' six great-grandchildren, Josh and Rebecca Hodges, Ashton, Anna and Abigail Kennedy, and Breckon Raney; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Lloyd Everett Gardner, and a brother, James Ridgell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 4, at First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial followed at the Judson Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Bob Bridges, Leon Gifford, Wes McDougald, Tim Toler, Bobby Richardson and Laron Burke.
Memorials may be made to Annie Armstrong Mission Offering, c/o First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jones service.com.
Linda Harris, 53, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center. A native of Bastrop, a former resident of Hamburg, a resident of Bastrop since 2000, she worked at Fred's Pharmacy and was a member of the Victory Tabernacle of Bastrop.
She is survived by a son, Henry Lee "Hank" Harris, Jr., and wife Samantha; two daughters, Mary Francis Mayberry and husband R. L., and Virginia Lee Harris-Diel and husband,Dewey; a step-daughter, Amanda Barton and husband Ricky; her mother, Odell Matthews, all of Bastrop; a brother, Frank Brock of Dye; six sisters, Theresa Westmoreland of Ozark, Tammie Fatheree, Janie Bader and Sharon Gregory of Bastrop, Patty Dye of Colorado Springs, CO, and Betty Jo Matthews of Beekman, LA; a very close friend, Sharon McKeigan of Bastrop; and 18 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Harris, Sr., in 1999 and her father, Loyd Brock.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, March 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Pastors Kevin Sander and Jerry Rowley officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Julian Hodge, 79, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at his residence. Born on October 7, 1932, in Crossett to Joseph Keena and Emma Ethel Scobey Hodge, Mr. Hodge served in the Air Force and retired from Georgia Pacific. He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Hodge and wife Twylia of Crossett and Scott Hodge of Calion; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy Hodge; a son, Vance Hodge; brothers, Joe Knox Hodge, Gerald Hodge, Don Hodge, Lamar Hodge and Harry Hodge; and a sister, Olga Hodge.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at the First Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Jason Bates and Keith Boseman officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Active pallbearers were Roger Nutt, Jimmy Lloyd Pennington, Richard Murphy, Glenn Willis, Andrew Wallace and Keith Boseman. Memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 1301 Mimosa Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Dorothy Katherine Jeffers
Dorothy Katherine Jeffers, 87, of Warren died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born July 31, 1924, at Warren, a daughter of the late William Jeffers and Maggie Ashcraft Jeffers, she was a retired employee of Potlatch Corp, a retired taxi operator and a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church. She received her education in the Warren school system.
Surviving is a special friend, Travis Ricketts, and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Central Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Wooley officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery near Hamburg by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Tommy McLemore, Gerald Davidson, Gregg Reep, Rick Anders, Charlie Doss and Denzil Stewart. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com.
Gwen Rose Stone Moffatt
Gwen Rose Stone Moffatt, 73, of Crossett died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Life Care Rehabilitation Center in Farmerville, LA. Born on June 12, 1938, in Warren to Shelton and Ollie Mae Smith Stone, Mrs. Moffatt was a sixth grade science teacher for over 40 years in the Ashley and Bradley county areas. She was also a cheerleader sponsor for many years in Crossett and was involved in many student activities.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and enjoyed photography.
Survivors include nine cousins, JoAnn Stone Johnson of Fordyce, William Tracy Stone of Holt, MO, Wiley Cecil Stone of McGehee, Tommie Jo Wagon Stockley of Marion, Nick Wagon of Hot Springs Village, Mike Burns of Decatur, GA, and Donald Stone, Rob Stone and Joe Jay Stone of Santa Fe, NM. Mrs. Moffatt was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Pamela Mary McGriff.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery in Warren. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time.
Memorials may be made to Crossett Community Scholarship Association in memory of Pam McGriff, C/O Richard Maxwell & Assoc., P. O. Box 548, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Margie Ann Davis Prescott
Margie Ann Davis Prescott, 64, of Folkston, GA, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at her residence. Born October 8, 1947, in Wilmot to Lawrence and Olvie Viola Wilson Davis, she was a mail sorter with the United States Postal Service and also delivered papers for the Charlton County Herald for ten years. She was a member of the Georgia Bombarettes Softball League and a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Lloyd and husband Steve of Folkston; a son, Roger Prescott of Folkston; five grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Lloyd, Christina Powell and husband Justin and Dylan Prescott of Folkston, and Leslie Willis and husband Josh of Hinesville, GA, three great-grandchildren, Colbitt Willis, Emily Willis and Caiden Powell; one brother, Marvin Davis and wife Mary of Hamburg; three sisters, Vivian Ware of Hamburg, Lucille Greene and husband Don of Crossett and Virginia Robertson and husband Kenneth of El Dorado; a special friend and care giver, Tracey Williamson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ruby Wilkerson; and two brothers, Raymond Davis and Thurman Davis.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Wainwright officiating. Burial followed in Little Phebe Cemetery. Arrangements were by Shepard Funeral Home of Folkston. Guest book at www.shepardfh.com.
Steven Randall Thurman
Steven Randall Thurman, 52, of Little Rock died Monday, February 27, 2012. Born on December 23, 1959, in Crossett to Marion and Lila Thurman, he was a 1978 Crossett High School graduate. He graduated with a BS degree in journalism and public relations from ASU in 1983 and with a master's degree in education from UCA in 1995. He taught in Arkansas schools at the junior and senior high and college levels and also traveled with the United States Navy and taught English courses. A member of the Episcopal Church in Little Rock, he was preceded in death by his father, Marion Thurman.
Survivors include his mother, Lila Thurman; a brother, Doug Thurman and wife Kristi; a niece, Katie Thurman; and a nephew, Taylor Thurman, all of Crossett.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 1, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial will be at the Crossroads Cemetery at a later date. The family requests that donations may be made to a charity of choice. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Spec. Shardae Wright
U.S. Army Specialist Shardae Wright, 23, of Clarksville, TN, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Clarksville. She was a native of Hamburg, a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness, and a 2007 Hamburg High School graduate.
Specialist Wright served in Company E, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation, 101st Cav at Fort Campbell, KY, and was awarded Marksman, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
She is survived by her son, Kameron Ray of Hamburg; her parents, Frankie and Retha Tylar-Wright; one brother, Carl Wright of Houston, TX; two sisters, Sonya Blanch of Bastrop, LA, and Carla Love of Bedford, TX; her maternal grandparents, Roosevelt and Louise Joiner of Eudora; and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Irene Wright.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Elder Robert Adams and Revs. W.R. Taylor, Jessie Knight, Jamie Rochelle, and Ralph Coleman officiating. Visitation is Friday, March 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
Burial will be in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Guest book signing at www.cromwell funeralhome.com.
Obituaries Published March 14
Gladys McDougald Creed
Gladys McDougald Creed, 93, of Richland Hills, TX, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Richland Hills. Born April 21, 1918, in Crossett, a daughter of the late Walter McDougald and Anna Lou Beall McDougald, she was a homemaker and the widow of Klondys Givens Creed who died July 22, 2008. They were united in marriage December 24, 1934.
Survivors are a son, Roy Ray Creed of Murietta, CA; a daughter, Hilda McFadden and spouse John of Bedford, TX; a brother, Lester McDougald of Sulphur, LA; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death was a son, William Mack Creed; two brothers, Tom and Billy McDougald; and three sisters, Elvie Clark, Ella Pennington and Lela Cunningham.
Funeral services were held 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Gravel Ridge Cemetery near Hermitage by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Online guest register www.frazerfuneral home.com
Mitchell Jenkins, 50, of Dermott died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the McGehee-Desha County Hospital. Born in Hamburg, he attended Chicot County High School and completed his education in the U. S. Army, serving five years, and then serving in the National Guard. He was employed with Riceland Foods in McGehee.
Survivors include his wife, Robbie McFadden Jenkins; a daughter, LaTonya Reese of Monticello; two sons, Christopher Jenkins of Milwaukee, WI, and Rickey Reese of England, Ark.; his father, Earnest Jenkins of Hamburg; three sisters, Vanessa Hope Colbert and Valeria Berkley of Milwaukee and Constance Lemons of Little Rock; two brothers, Rickey Colbert of St. Louis, MO, and Michael Jenkins of Montrose; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church on South Freeman in Dermott with Rev. Raymond Hawkins officiating. Burial was at the Davis Cemetery in Dermott with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Dermott.
Doris Mae Johnson
Doris Mae Johnson, 88, of Hamburg died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her residence. A native of Portland, a resident of Hamburg for the past 29 years and a former resident of Los Angeles, California, she was a homemaker and attended the Woodson Church of Christ.
She is survived by four sons, James Johnson and Calvin Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, and Melvin and Richard Johnson of Los Angeles; four daughters, Shirley May Lee and Juanita Johnson of Moreno Valley, CA, and Christina and Clarissa Johnson of Hamburg; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Fate Johnson, Jr., in 2009; a daughter, Bobbie Johnson, in 2009; and her parents, Ivory and Johnnie Matheny George.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Gregory Spells officiating. Burial will be in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny Stanley, Robert Stanley, Glen Stanley, Billy Ray Stanley, Lawrence Stanley and Cantrell Martin. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Eleen Johnston, 90, of Crossett died Sunday, March 11, 2012. Born April 21, 1921, in Warren, she graduated from Banks High School, where she played basketball and was voted most beautiful. She was a homemaker and a member of Crossett First Baptist Church, where she had worked with Vacation Bible School and GAs. She was a volunteer at Crossett Health Center and enjoyed her travels around the country with her husband and friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Jan Keith and husband Terry of Little Rock and Glynda Richardson and husband Jim of Navarre Beach, FL; four grandchildren, Molly Keith, Lindsay May Thompson, Laura Leigh Richardson and James Anthony Richardson, II; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Adams and Eva Adams Stewart; her nine siblings and her husband, Omer Johnston.
Funeral services will at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 701 Main Street Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Johnnie Bell King
Johnnie Bell King, 91, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her residence in Crossett. A native of Warren who lived in Crossett for the past 65 years, she was retired from the Georgia Pacific plywood mill and was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. King loved quilting, cooking, and fishing.
She is survived by four sons, Wardell King of Houston, TX, Kenneth King and wife Audrey of Coalinga, CA, Robert King of Crossett and Dewayne Franklin and wife Ardell of Stockton, CA; two daughters, Marsha Miller and Magelene King Moses of Crossett; one sister, Dorothy Green of San Jose, CA; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland King; one son, Cleveland King, Jr.; her parents Willie Morgan and Pearl Ganner-Ridgell; one brother, Jacob Ridgell; and one sister, Willie Mae Hatton.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Pallbearers are Larry Roger, Hosie Brown, Robert Gilbert, Terrian Keys, Timothy Davis, and Charles Moore. Visitation is Friday, March 16, from 6-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
John Henry Miller
John Henry Miller, 74, of Monticello died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born June 7, 1937, in Fountain Hill to the late John and Maureese Hackney Miller, he was a truck driver and a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Monticello.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Boyd Miller; two daughters, Susan Golden and Cindy Kellum; and one son, John Henry Miller, IV, all of Monticello; two brothers, Charles Miller of Crossett and James Miller of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Charlene Scoggins of Monticello, Reba Fletcher of Crossett and Gloria Lone of Van Buren; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Patsy Ruth Wisecarver, Carolyn Jean Summerford, Ouida Jordan and Lucille Bays.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the United Pentecostal Church in Monticello with Revs. Rex Williams and Anthony Hearnesburger officiating. Burial was in the Lacey Cemetery with arrangements by Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello.
Pallbearers were Barry Fletcher, Bill Lemley, Jimmy Hearnsburger, Aaron Travers, John Summerford, Bobby Cherry, and Oscar "Burn" Summerford. Honorary pallbearers were Dewayne Beard, Marshal Thurman and Bobby Dale Bays.
Thomas Ray Pack
Thomas Ray Pack, 60, of Montrose died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his residence. A native of Wilmot and a resident of the Mt. Pleasant Community outside of Hamburg for the past three years, he was a former resident of Hamburg and Crossett. He was a mechanic for Junior Meeks Chevrolet for 29 years and for Ashley County for eight years until he retired in 2009.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bonnie Middlebrooks Pack; a daughter, Christy Pack of Montrose; his father and step-mother, Edgar and Barbara Jean Pack of Austin, Ark.; three brothers, Kenneth Pack of Hot Springs, James Pack of Austin and Charles Pack of Texas; four sisters, Lula Faye Dawson and Betty Baker of Wingate, NM, Lavina Tanksley of Crossett and Linda Bolin of Sanford, FL; two sisters-in-law, Jewel Pack of Little Rock and Maudie Harper of Montrose; two grandchildren, Sydney Daniels and Braxton Ray Pack; special friends, Jerry Foreman, Jan Lauhon, Emory and Millie Austin, Harold and Clarice Prescott and Deborah Daniels and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alverta Scogin Pack; a brother, James Leroy Pack; and a sister, Arlene Pack.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 11, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Pack and Ashley County Judge Emory Austin officiating. Burial was in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were the Ashley County Road Department employees and Steven Jeffers. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Forrest, Roosevelt Goodwin, Jerry Foreman, Desiderio Navarijo-Asensio, Harold Prescott, Undrea Singleton, Earl McCrory and Jackie Keith Cooter Brown. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Verdell Radford, 87, of Crossett and the White Station community, died Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Lifetouch Hospice House in El Dorado. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retiree of the Old Crossett Health Center, and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church in the White Station community.
She is survived by one son, Jesse L. Radford, Jr., and wife Lorraine; one daughter, Mary Jean Martin; one brother, Austin Williams and wife Ella; one sister, Cora Lee Jones, all of Crossett; a daughter-in-law, Lora Jean Radford of West Helena; ten grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Rev. Jesse L. Radford, Sr., on March 22, 2009; one son, William Wayne Radford; one daughter, Carol Sue Brown; her parents, Green Williams and Mary Etta Cason Williams; two brothers, Earl Williams and Lacy Washington; and two sisters, Ozell Simpson, and Vevia Bailey.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Crossett with Revs. Quinton Radford, Jesse Radford, III, Brady Radford, and William Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Rev. Quinton, Jesse, Brady, William Radford, Mike Brown, Brunton Brown, and Montrale Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Albert James, Lee Radford, and the deacons and trustees of the Fudge Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to Fudge Baptist Church Building Fund, 503 Ashley 201 W., Crossett, AR 71635.
Burial was in the Ryle Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Ralph Douglas Steen, Sr.
Ralph Douglas Steen, Sr., 71, of Crossett died Friday, March 9, 2012, in Little Rock. Born on September 6, 1940, in Kosciusko, MS, to Robert A. and Ruby Howell Steen, mr. Steen was a retired supervisor at the Baldwin Piano Co. and a lifelong musician. He was a member of Meridian Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Steen of Crossett; a son, Ralph "Doug" Steen, Jr., of Enterprise, MS; four sisters, Lois Blaine and Bernice Lowe of Kosciusko, Evelyn Peeler of Durant, MS, and Mamie Brown of Slidell, LA; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at Meridian Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating. Burial followed at the Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Randy Smith, Allen Jackson, Glen Howie, Mike O'Neal, Wayne Johnson and Mike Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Goyne, Mike Hinton and David Riles. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Meridian Baptist Church, 4593 Ashley 703, Crossett, AR 71635 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.
Carrie Ann Wilson
Carrie Ann Davis Wilson, 34, of China Spring, Texas, died March 6, 2012. Born December 11, 1978, to William and Cynthia Davis in Waco, she graduated from China Spring High School where she played drums in the band. She loved to drive down country roads and playing pool.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Wilson of Kentucky; her parents, Bill and Cindy Davis of China Springs; children, Noah, Johnna, Samuel, and Marley Davis of China Springs; two brothers, Will Davis, Jr., of Flower Mound, TX, and James Davis of China Springs; her grandfather, Rev. Lawrence Amos of Hamburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Margie Amos.
Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with burial at the Wortham Bend Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Oak Crest Funeral Home in Waco . Guest book at www.oakcrestwaco.com.
Obituaries Published March 21
James "Buddy" Croswell
James "Buddy" Croswell, 68, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on June 22, 1943, in Crossett to Earl Thomas and Gladys Barnett Croswell, he was a millwright for Georgia Pacific and attended Believers Worship Center in Log Cabin, LA.
Survivors include his wife, Vanita Edens Croswell; two sons, Chris Croswell and wife Tiffany and Jason Croswell and wife Autumn; one daughter, Tami Jordan and husband Tommy; one brother, Bobby Earl Croswell and wife Kay, all of Crossett; and seven grandchildren, Jessica Jordan, Amber Jordan, Cody Bays, Kaci Bays, Allison Croswell, Jessie Croswell and Lanee Croswell. He was preceded in death by his parents and a twin sister, Jane Lowry.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, at First Assembly of God with Bros. Chris Croswell and Norman Riordan officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Tommy Jordan, Edgar Chesser, Zachary Stewart, Blake Stewart, Cody Bays and Jordan Edens. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Earl Croswell and Jimmy Edens.
Memorials may be made to Believers Worship Center Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 1158, Bastrop, LA 71220.
Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Lois Frances Davis
Lois Frances Davis, 77, of Monticello died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born May 1, 1934, in Hamburg, she was the widow of Charles F. Davis, a homemaker, loved quilting, fishing and camping, and was a very active member of Oak Grove Assembly of God for over 50 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Cendye Halley and husband Emmett of Monticello; three sisters, Pauline Weast of Star City, Catherine Gray of Philadelphia, MS, and Arcola Todd of Monticello; three granddaughters, Cynthia Halley, Becky Ware and Shanna Hayes; two grandsons, Ricky and Steven Halley; three great-grandchildren, Brooke, Elizabeth and Evan; a host of nieces and nephews and a special nephew, Doug Langdon and wife Beth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Riley Roberson and Willie Bell Kellum Roberson; two sisters, Clara Cater and Jessie Mae Dodson; and an infant daughter, Lois Ann Davis.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial followed at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Assembly of God , Oakland and Hwy. 138, Monticello, AR 71655. Guest book at www.step hensondearman.com.
Rev. Wallace Eddlemon
Rev. Wallace Lee Eddlemon, 89, of Eudora died Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Oak Woods Nursing Home in Mer Rouge, LA. A native of Pearcy, a resident of Eudora for the past four years and a former resident of Parkdale, he was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a retired Assembly of God minister, ordained for over 58 years, and pastored Assembly of God churches in Mansfield, Macedonia, Texas, Dumas, Lake Village, Noxapater, MS, and Bentley, LA.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pearlie Mae Scarbrough Eddlemon; a daughter, Charyl Lee West and husband Rev. Roger of Eudora; a sister, Ella Short of Orville, CA; a granddaughter, Candace West Posey and husband Aaron of Junction City, KS; and a great-grandson, Matthew Posey.
He was preceded in death by a son, Rev. Randall Eddlemon, in 2007; his parents, Willie Lee and Betty Weathford Eddlemon; a sister, Floy Sarafin; and four brothers, Henry, Roy, Thurmon and Lloyd Eddlemon.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at the Indian Switch Assembly of God with Chris Hammond and Ronnie Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Dry Bayou Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Kelley, James Knight, Chris Hammond, Patrick Welch, Henry Welch and Harold Dobbs. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Knight, Donald Harris, Gene Martar and Bill Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the Indian Switch Assembly of God, 6723 South Hwy. 159, Eudora, AR 71640. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Willie Claude Kelley
Willie Claude Kelley, 81, of Hamburg died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1949 and was employed by R.E.A. Construction until he joined the United States Air Force on January 4, 1951. Following basic training, he was sent to Germany for three and a half years. In March, 1952, he was named Airman of the Month, and in June of 1952, he was elected by officers and the men of his squadron Airman of the Year from among ten other Airmen of the Month, receiving a plaque, a seven day furlough in Scotland, Ireland and England with all expenses paid and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer. After his discharge, he attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello, then returned to Ashley Chicot Electric and worked until his retirement on December 22, 1989. He was a past president of the Ashley County Fair Board and a member of the First Baptist Church where he served on the building and grounds committee and Sunday school officer/money counter for many years. He was a frequent blood donor to the Crossett Health Center and gave approximately two gallons of blood over a period of several years and was a regular Red Cross blood donor and gave a total of five gallons of blood. He loved deer hunting and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha Scott Kelley of Hamburg; a son, Chris Kelley and wife Connie of Crossett; two daughters, Jana Evans and husband Sam and Melinda Long and husband Keith; a brother, Bobby Joe Kelley; a sister, Mary Ann White, all of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Javan Long, Olivia Long, Myra Evans, Aubrey Evans, Garrett Kelley and wife Cassie, and Nick Kelley; and one great-grandchild, Tylasin Kelley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Sallie Brooks Kelley.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, March 19, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Javan Long, Garrett Kelley, Nick Kelley, Chuck White, Terry Cain and Richard Shelton. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Lee Kelley Deer Camp and the Carl Locke Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Ms. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Harold Grady Mann, Sr.
Harold Grady Mann, Sr., 80, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for most of his life, he retired in 1982 after 44 years as a machine operator at Georgia-Pacific's paper mill. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kathleen Willis Walker Mann of Crossett; two sons, Grady Mann, Jr., of Hamburg and Michael Lee Mann of Crossett; two daughters, Linda Mann of Pine Bluff and Kalli Jo Mann of Wolf City, Texas; a step-son, Harold Walker of Allison, Texas; and a step-daughter, Elizabeth Bishop of Hot Springs; a sister, Willie Mae Lohrey of Crossett; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul David Mann, in 1983; his parents, Eddie Lee and Susie Priscilla Roark Mann; three brothers, Leonard Mann, Sidney Spencer Mann and Gerald Mann and two sisters, Naomi Holcomb and Myrtle Ellingburg.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, in the Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Sanders Brooks officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409 or to the Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. W.R. Blankenship, 358 Marais Saline Road, Crossett, AR 71635.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
James Garland "Jay" McClain
James Garland "Jay" McClain, 52, of Lacey died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home in Lacey. Born April 7, 1959, in Crossett, he was a construction worker and a member of the Lacey United Methodist Church and was the fourth generation to live on the McClain homeplace in Lacey.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Mitchell McClain of Lacey; his parents, James and Gwen Slaughter McClain of Lacey; two sons, James Jonathon "JJ" McClain and wife Christy of Carrollton, TX, and Mitchell Deal of Crossett; three sisters, Debbie Haynes of Fountain Hill, Jan Shairrick and husband Brent of Crossett and Teresa Swan of Crossett; and his grandson, James Jonathon "Trey J" McClain.
Funeral services were held at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Burial followed at the Lacey Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Lacey Cemetery, Lacey New Hope Road, Monticello, AR 71655 or Lacey United Methodist Church, c/o Sherry Wallis, 2540 Prairie Rd., Monticello, AR 71655. Guest book at www.stephensondearman.com.
Obituaries Published March 28
Fannie Curtis, 88, of Crossett died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Parkdale, a homemaker and a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church of Crossett, Mrs. Curtis enjoyed quilting and working in her flowers.
Survivors include three sons, Herman "Bo" Curtis and wife Henrietta of Montrose, Roy Curtis and wife Sheila of Crossett and Troy Curtis and wife Margaret of Kansas City, MO; four daughters, Susie Reed and husband John and Mabelean Curtis of Crossett, Bernice Sharp of Rockford, IL, and Mattie Hardway and husband Joe of Memphis, TN; one brother, Willie Grayson of Memphis; 27 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Willie Curtis; one son, Billy Joe Curtis; her parents, Richard and Fredonia Lassiter-Grayson; three brothers, Walter, Robert, and Thomas Grayson; and two sisters, Marian Barns and Lovey Coleman.
Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Harold White officiating. Pallbearers are Raymond Clark, George Brown, Johnny Dupree, Donald Flentroy, Herman Newton, and Lumas Blakley. Honorary pallbearers are Bryon Miles, Mariano Reed, Calvin Curtis, Anthony Curtis, Joseph Hardway, Jr., and Marvin Hardway. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery. Guestbook signing at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Geraldine "Mrs. Jerry" McDaniels, 94, of Crossett died Friday, March 23, 2012. Born on August 10, 1917, in Warren to Henry Attie and Rosa Lee Crane Sanders, she was a nursery school worker for First Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she had been active in all church activities, the Eastern Star and Golden Voices.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Mike McDaniels and wife Sherman Ann of Crossett; three grandchildren, Mark Andrew McDaniels, Sherma Kay Bass Thomas and Michael Bradford Bass; and five great-grandchildren, Jack and Dustin McDaniels, Mallory McDaniels and Bo and Katie Bass. Mrs. McDaniels was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul McDaniels; and a grandson, Michael Scott McDaniels.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at First Baptist Church with Bros. Gregg Bennett and Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Boyer, Roddy Goodwin, Ben White, Jerry Finley, Ronnie Little, Ronnie Ford, Bill Moffatt and Jimmy White. Honorary pallbearers were Billy White, Lavon Abbott, Freddy McKinley and Max Pope. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.joness ervice.com. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Glyn McGilton, 80, of Rayville, LA, died Thursday, March 22, 2012. Born April 9, 1931, in Fountain Hill, he was an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Rayville.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley McGilton of Rayville; children, Gwen Handley and husband Ray of Englewood, TN, and Robin K. McGilton and wife, Jackie of Pineville, LA; grandchildren, John Allen Ritchie and wife Becky, Heather Klauber and husband Rob, Carrie Miley and husband Matt, Allison Trapp and husband Keith, and Robyn Michelle McGilton; step-granddaughter, Kristi Hightower and husband Brad; sisters, Mary Joyce Gifford and husband Clifton, Imagene Mitchell, Shirley Carter and husband Billy, and Audrey Kelley and husband, Billy; a brother, Noel Dean McGilton and wife Carolyn; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth McGilton; a sister, Frances Gifford; and his parents, Ellsworth and Sarah McGilton.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Brown-Holley Funeral Home in Rayville with Revs. Johnny Smith and Chris Crawford officiating. Grave-side services were at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jesse Gwin, Corey McGilton, Bill Dampier, Robert Earl Herrington, Randy Mitchell, and Kevin McGilton. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews and Rayville VFW members.
Guest book at brownholley funeralhomes.com.
Kenneth Glenn Moran
Kenneth Glenn Moran, 63, of Hamburg died Thursday March 22, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born April 27, 1948, in Milo, a son of the late Thomas Rufus Moran and Lona Lee Goodwin Moran, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Georgia Pacific and a member and deacon of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors are his wife, Donnie Stanley Moran, who he married April 14, 1973; one son, Jason Glenn Moran and spouse Beth of Oklahoma City, OK; one daughter, Ashlee Michelle Moran of Lake Village and fiancé Jayme Stanley; two brothers, T. J. Moran of Hamburg and James Moran of Texarkana, TX; five sisters, Carolyn Pratt and Sherry Nichols of Bastrop, LA., Charlotte Wilcoxon and Kathy Barnett of Crossett and Norma Reynolds of Hamburg; and one grandchild, MacKenzie Jay Moran of Oklahoma City. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger Dale Moran and Charles William Moran; and two sisters, Tennie Watkins and Libby Dison.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church near Hamburg with Bro. Keith Boseman, Rev. John Williams and Rev. Arnold Sheets officiating. Burial was in Carlock Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Timmy Moran, David Moran, Steven Wilcoxon, Wayne Barnett, Chris Barnett, Michael Reynolds, Jimmy Dale Barnett and Seth Watkins. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Pennington, Steve Naff, Lane Culp, Mike Stanley, Eddie Black, Danny Wade Rice, Keith Boseman, Randy Gifford, Gene Roberts, Danny Hulsey, Harold Roberts and Billy Roberts. Online guest register at www.frazerfuneralhome.com.
Sgt. Kevin Moseby
Sergeant Kevin Moseby, 28, of Fayetteville, NC, formerly of Parkdale, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his residence in Fayetteville. A native of Lake Village raised in Parkdale, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 2002 where he was a basketball player all of his junior high and high school years. He joined the United States Army in 2006 and was stationed in South Carolina, Virginia and Germany before his most recent posting at Fort Bragg, NC. He was deployed to Iraq from April, 2008, to May, 2009, and to Afghanistan from July, 2010, to July, 2011. Sgt. Moseby‘s awards include the NATO Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. A petroleum handler for the United States Army, he was a member of the United States Army basketball team and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale.
He is survived by four sons, Kevion Moseby of Little Rock, Jaheim Moseby of Monticello, Kaden Moseby of Wilmot and DeAndre Moseby of LaVernia, Texas; his mother, Denise Moseby of Monticello; his step-father, Price Hamilton, Jr., of Parkdale; his father, Martimer Campbell of Chicago, IL; four brothers, Demengo Coleman of Oklahoma City, OK, Martese Caldwell of Parkdale, LeDarren Hamilton of Monticello and Jackson Campbell of Crete, IL; five sisters, Denisha Hamilton and Takela Hamilton of Monticello; Robin Campbell of Crete, Clarissa Caldwell of Parkdale and Sade Coleman of Oklahoma City; his grandparents, Verlean Campbell of Chicago and Albert Campbell and Melba Rhone of Parkdale; his great-grandmother, Ada Rhone of Hamburg; and a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Otha Moseby; his great-grandmother, Beulah Moseby; and three uncles, Otis, Steven and Cleveland Moseby.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. Burial with full military honors followed at the Zion Hill Cemetery outside Parkdale. Pallbearers were the United States Army Honor Guard from Fort Bragg. Honorary pallbearers were Orlando Wilson and Jonathan Williams.
Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Vela Sue Taylor
Vela Sue Taylor, 63, of Crossett died Monday, March 19, 2012, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. A native of Fannie, Ark., a resident of Crossett for the past six years and a former resident of Parkdale and Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by four sons, Keith Blunt of Crossett; Kevin Blunt and wife Jennifer of Vicksburg, MS, Willie Swires of Killeen, Texas, and Takota Swires of Crossett; two daughters, Nonika Swires of Panama City, FL, and Rebecca Swires Smith and husband, Danny Smith, Jr., of Crossett; three step-sons, Frank Atkinson and wife Shelly of Woodlawn, Johnny Kelley and wife Trisha and Jason Kelley of Hamburg; two stepdaughters, Jessie Johnson and husband Shannon of Crossett and Jennifer Bates and husband Jay of Monticello; two brothers, James Nowles of Little Rock and Raymond Nowles of Searcy; a sister, Fay Bush of Placid Lakes, FL; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Ray Taylor, in 2008; her parents, T. J. "Red" and Nona Harper Biggs; and a sister, Truby Sullivan.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1, at the Pleasant Lane Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Hass officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.