John Earl Bays, Sr.
John Earl Bays, Sr., 70, of Crossett died on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at his residence. Born on February 20, 1942, in Crossett to Vernon Chester and Bernice Lois McCone Bays, he was a U. S. Navy veteran, master printer for the Ashley News Observer and had worked for The Pillars.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Bays of Crossett; two sons, John Bays, Jr. of Cimarron, KS, and Joe Bays and wife Pam of Smithville, MO; one step-son, Jimmy Woods and wife Kristie of Crossett; one daughter, Beth Ann Beavers and husband Brian Lee of Pierceville, KS; one stepdaughter, Angie Haynie and husband Kenny of West Monroe, LA; one brother, Mitch Bays and wife Evelyn of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Sue Bays of Crossett; ten grandchildren, Amanda, Lauren, Matt, Nick, Cooper, Stan, Ryne, Ashton, Damien and Nicholas; and one great-grandchild, Braden. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Bays.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 3, at the First Baptist Church with Bros. Ray Hearron and Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Bays, Heath Bays, Tommy McCone, Buddy Carter, Lance Mercer and Mike Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Walter Kinard, Frank Taylor, Ronnie Willis, Gordon "Speedy" Shaffer, Searcy Thomas, Tommy Strebeck, Harold West and members of American Legion Post #111. 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 the American Legion Post #111 Building Fund, c/o Jack Neatherland, 614 Ashley Road 249, Crossett, AR 71635, First Baptist Church, 701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635 or Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.
Billy Joe "Bill" Bridges
Billy Joe "Bill" Bridges, 81, of Portland and Boles, Ark., died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at his residence in Boles. He was a native of Jacksonville, TX, was retired from the City of Greenville and was a Southern Baptist. He enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Flossie Bridges of Boles; two sons, Gary Lynn Bridges and wife Betty of Crossett and Billy Ray Bridges of Gulfport, MS; three daughters, Ann Bridges and Julie Kelley of Crossett and Janice Grayson and husband Joe of Star City; four stepchildren, Larry Boren and wife Patti and Linda Weatherly and husband Richard of Boles, Karen Williams and husband Steve and Teresa Holleman and husband Brad of Waldron; one brother, Mack Bridges of Monticello; four sisters, Juanita Parks, Betty Crow and Virginia Pennington of Lake Village and Bonnie Geahlan of El Dorado; 13 grandchildren, Billy Wayne, Donald, Terence, Dana, Dusty, Tami, Jason, Bryce, Julie, Ashley, Adam, Garret and Austin; eight step-grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Bond; one granddaughter, Misty Bridges; his parents, Connie Bridges and Ethel Mae Stanford Bridges Parks; and two brothers, Hubert and Larry Bridges.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Ray Williams and E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers are Donald Barnett, Garrett Bridges, Terence Bond, Austin Kelley, Bryce Bond and Larry Boren. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Von Caraway, 75, of Crossett died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas, and a resident of Crossett for the past 33 years, he was a retired boilermaker and worked construction for a number of years. He attended Second Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lelah Rose Riley Caraway of Crossett; a son, Ricky Caraway of Conway; a daughter, Angie McGilton and husband Corey of Crossett; four grandchildren, Natallie White and husband Brad, Lauren Ferguson and fiance Devin, Shane Heath, and Linzey Kelley; two step-grandchildren, Lexie and Alex McGilton; four great-grandchildren, Ryann, Logan, Landyn White and Avrie Gettman; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Caraway of Mountain Home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mollie Caraway; and a twin brother, Royce Don Caraway.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, at the Second Baptist Church with Revs. Travis Roberts and James Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brad White, Devin Gettman, Jamie Gulledge, Scott Smith, Conley Williams and Royce Blissett. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Williams, Robert Williams, Charles Blissett and Wallace Beck. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Glen Douglas Cooley
Glen Douglas "Doug" Cooley, 63, of Hamburg died Saturday, November 3, 2012, at his residence. A native of Bastrop, LA, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 22 years, he was a retired carpenter and a Vietnam era veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Vivian Townley Cooley; a step-daughter, Pam Fancher of Hamburg; his mother, Marie Rogers Cooley of Bastrop; a granddaughter, Bethany Fancher; a sister-in-law, Beverly Brazee and husband Toby of Spur, Texas; a special uncle and aunt, Harold and Ruby Linzay of Vaughan, LA; and a cousin that he thought of like a sister, Sally Sivils of Vaughan; and a host of aunts, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Cooley; and his grandparents, Ed and Josey Rogers.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with no services planned. A private burial will be in the Carlock Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Carlock Cemetery, c/o Mike Bays, 331 Ashley Road 462, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Ruby Hartness Pierce
Ruby Caurene Hartness Pierce, 87, of Crossett died Monday, November 5, 2012. Born on July 25, 1925, in Cominto to Andrew Jackson and Maggie Ethline Lee Hartness, Mrs. Pierce was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Andrew William Pierce and wife Laurie of Baton Rouge, LA; a daughter, Wanda Dianne Pierce of Crossett; six grandchildren, Gloria Hill and husband Chris of Stoneville, NC, Tony Pierce and wife Jennifer of Benton, LA, Sandra Kleinert and husband Shorel of East Asia, Kelly Smith of Crossett, Chelsea Pierce of Houston, TX, and Whitney Pierce of Baton Rouge, LA; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas O. Pierce; two sons, Michael O. Pierce and Thomas Hampton Pierce; and two brothers, James Marion Hartness and Rev. Robert Francis Hartness.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 10, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Infant La'Nazia Robinson
Infant La'Nazia Le'Helen Robinson was born and died Monday, October 29, 2012, at Drew Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her parents, Laron and Laconda Robinson of Crossett; two brothers, Laron, Jr., and Tavae Robinson of Sherwood; her maternal grandparents, Charles and Gloria Barnett of Hamburg; her paternal grandparents, Limmie, Jr., and Mary Lee Robinson of Wilmot; and a host of aunts, uncles, other family and loved ones.
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at the Montrose Cemetery with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
Janice Stratton, 61, of Flippin, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at Baxter Regional in Mountain Home. Born on June 10, 1951, in Crossett to William Verlon and Mae Eleanor Free Avery, Mrs. Stratton was a homemaker and enjoyed working puzzles in books.
Survivors include her husband, Donnie Stratton of Flippin; one son, David Stratton of Flippin; three daughters, Debra Day of Cherokee Village, Teresa Merritt of Nesbit, MS, and Amber Henderson of Sherman, TX; one brother, Lester Avery of Pangburn; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, November 2, at Grace Christian Fellowship Church. Pallbearers were Brain Day, Jerod Watts, Mark Stratton, Michael Stratton, Gary Stillwell and Mike Avery. Burial followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Glenda Eloise Wiley
Glenda Eloise Wiley, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was a native of Bonita, LA, was a former employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory and was a member of Second Baptist Church. Mrs. Wiley enjoyed sewing and knitting and loved Elvis Presley.
She is survived by two sons, Tommy Wiley of Houston, TX, and Roger Wiley of Allentown, PA; one brother, John L. Surratt and wife Rose of Crossett; and a host of other loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Louise Hamilton Surratt.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. James Fleming officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Kevin Wisecarver, 52, of Van Buren, formerly of Crossett, died on Friday, October 26, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. Born on August 16, 1960, in Crossett to Roy and Patsy Miller Wisecarver, who preceded him in death, he was a maintenance supervisor in the construction industry. Over the past 30 years, he had ministered as a worship leader, youth leader and pastor.
Survivors include his wife, Carmen Sue Wisecarver of Van Buren; one son, Scott Wisecarver and wife Tiffany of Franklin, TN; one daughter, Sharalee Newman and husband Eugene of Oxford, Ark.; one stepson, Rocky Portillo of Baton Rouge, LA; one stepdaughter, Margarita Norment and husband Clint of Magnolia; two brothers, Phillip Wisecarver and wife Sherri and Willie Wisecarver of Crossett; one sister, Stephanie Hamilton and husband Jimmy of Norphlet; seven grandchildren, Austin, Allison, Faith, Destiny, Naomia, Kelsi and Alissa; two nephews, Brian Hamilton and Tray Wisecarver; one niece, Carrie Wisecarver; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 1, at the First Assembly of God with Bros. Wyatt Pickens and Terry Newman officiating. Pallbearers were Bryan Hamilton, Eugene Burnett, Mike Rabb, Brian Rabb, Jeff Langley and Dee Wisecarver. Honorary pallbearers were John Tyler, Mark Furgerson and Brandon Wisecarver. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Velma Odle Easerling
Velma Odle Easterling, 94, of Crossett died Sunday, November 11, 2012, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation. Born on September 8, 1918, in Blocker, TX, to C. C. and Allie Odle, Mrs. Easterling worked for the Crossett Company and retired from Georgia Pacific after 35 years of service. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Becky Meadows of Hot Springs; one sister, Allie Ruth Vastine of Rogers; two grandchildren, Jack Meadows, III, and wife Sarah of Hot Springs and Melissa Riley and husband Cooper of Little Rock; four great-grandchildren, Olivia Easterling Riley, Rachel Park Riley, Sarah Cooper Riley and Ryder McCoy Meadows ; two nephews, Lane Vastine and wife Sally of Rogers and Doug Vastine and wife Karen of Bentonville; a special family friend, Fannie Posey of Crossett; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Easterling was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years, James Byron Easterling; a sister, Vivian Taylor; a nephew, Charles Taylor; a niece, Martha Vastine; and two brothers-in-law, Felton Taylor and Arthur Vastine.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers will be Jack Meadows, III, Cooper Riley, Jack Meadows, Jr., Lane Vastine, Doug Vastine and Bill Meadows.
Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., on Saturday prior to service.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Matthew Lucas, Jr.
Mathew Lucas, Jr., 87, of Wabash, Indiana, died at 2:20 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2012, at Wabash County Hospital. Born March 30, 1925, in Duagannon, VA, to Mathew James Sr. and Emma Whistlehunt Lucas, he as a WWII Army veteran. He first married Lily Gibson in May of 1944; she preceded him in death. He then married Opal Marie Nelson on July 9, 1972, in Wise, Virginia; she died on January 31, 1993. He then married Stella Verjean Jessee on November 27, 1999, in Roann. He worked at Gypsum in Wabash, was a firewatcher for the Federal Forest Service, a truck driver in the logging industry, and was an electrician for the Chrysler Corporation, in Kokomo, retiring in December, 1987. He was a member of Wabash Freewill Baptist Church and the Wabash American Legion. He loved fishing, woodworking, gardening, and reading Louis L'amour western books.
He is survived by his wife, Stella Verjean Lucas of Wabash, seven children, Betty (Gale) Hill of Hamburg, Don (Vicci) Lucas of Roann, IN, Roger (Brenda) Lucas of Lincoln, MI, Rickey Lucas of O'Fallon, MO, Sammy (Kikumi) Lucas of Abilene, TX, Donna (Johnny) Sisco of Roann, and Randy (Pam) Darnell of Wabash; a daughter-in-law, Marge Lucas of Concordia, MO; a brother, Dwight "Dboy" Lucas of West Chester, PA; 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Lucas; a daughter, Ina Mauldon; four brothers, and nine sisters.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Wabash Freewill Baptist Church in Wabash with Pastor Hobert Meek officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Preferred memorial is Alzheimer's Association. The memorial guest book be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.
Sharon Lee Watson
Sharon Lee "Nova" Watson, 56, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, November 10, 2012 at her residence. She was a native of Crossett, had resided in Arlington for the past 40 years, was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Mrs. Watson is survived by her mother and stepfather, Glenda Bufkin Henderson and J. C. Henderson of Hamburg; two sisters, Terry Ann Boykin and husband Michael of Hamburg and Vickie Sawyer and husband Billy of Crossett; two nephews, Lee Bufkin and Josh Sawyer; two nieces, Mickey Kinney and Lacey Jordan; five great-nephews and six great-nieces; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Laudis Leroy Bufkin.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, at the Sims Cemetery with Bro. Randy Gill officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Kinney, J. C. Henderson, Donnie Flemming amd Lee Bufkin. Guest book at www.cromwellfunera home.net.
Robert Tatum, 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Magnolia, he had lived in Crossett for 72 years and was a retired supervisor for Jefferson Smurfitt after working there for 43 years. He was a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church and a Korean Conflict U. S. Army veteran. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and also loved football, baseball and basketball.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Allen Tatum; one son, Tony H. Tatum of Crossett; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family, loved ones and friends.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Nakeshia "Nikki" Coleman-Scales, and his parents, Alma Tatum and Daisy Moseley Tatum Jamerson.
Funeral services were at 12 noon Saturday, November 10, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Harriel D. White, III, officiating. Pallbearers were Cornell Brown, Roy Curtis, Larry Rogers, Curtis Harris, Albert Goodwin and Walter R. Hendrix. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Gladys Duckworth Chisum
Gladys "Polly" Duckworth Chisum, 93, who was born December 16, 1918, in Hamburg to Guy and Elizabeth Duckworth, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in New Orleans, LA, at Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care.
She married John Chisum in 1938, and they owned and operated the Dixie Cleaners in Bastrop, LA, for many years. They moved to Ohio for several years and then settled in New Orleans.
She is survived by two daughters, Beth and husband Dr. Earl Rozas of New Orleans and Margie Coward of Fairhope, AL; two grandsons, Keith Life of California and Jeff (Laura) Life of Grandbury, Texas; two granddaughters, Dr. Lynn Life of Fairhope, AL, and Allison (Ryan) Rodriquez of New Orleans; one brother, Guy A. Duckworth of Cabot; two sisters, Sybil and husband Willard Noble of Hamburg and Judy and husband Rev. Charles Sandusky of Oklahoma; a step-grandson, Darren (Lollie) Rozas of New Orleans; and a step-granddaughter, Dr. Jeanie (Dr. Clark) Cook of Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a grandson, Brent Rozas; a great-granddaughter, Lyndie Life; six brothers, Hildreth, Kenneth, Lawrence, Thomas, Ralph and Bobby Duckworth; four sisters, Myrtice and Edith Duckworth, Vivian Tepper and Elizabeth Shields and a son-in-law, Jack Cowart.
A private memorial service will be held later at Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care.
Donnie Leroy Davis
Donnie Leroy Davis, 68, of Forsyth, Georgia, formerly of Danville, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. Born August 27, 1944, in Hamburg, the son of Luther O. and Zora L. Roark, he married Edeltraud Heininger in 1964 in Frankfurt, Germany. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1986.
He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1966 and then worked for General Motors in Tilton as a millwright until he retired in 1992. After retiring from GM, he decided to buy a sailboat, Elisha E, and sailed to the Bahamas. He spent 10 years sailing in the Bahamas. He also sailed up to Kentucky Lake on the Tombigbee Waterway. It was during that time he sailed into Apalachicola, Florida, and met Carolyn Trest who became his life partner. He purchased two shrimp boats in Apalachicola and spent the last five years cooking food in his food trailer. He was known for his oyster po' boys and barbecue pulled pork. He enjoyed coaching his kid's baseball teams, enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball, fishing, NASCAR, woodworking and loved cooking, especially fish fries.
Survivors are three sons, Donnie Michael and wife Tina Davis of Oakwood, Joe and wife Julie Davis of Danville and Jeff and wife Penny Davis of Dana, II; seven grandchildren, Jerry and wife Ashley Myers of San Diego, CA, Cory and wife Kilee Myers of Dana, Taylor Davis of Florence, KY, Elisha Davis of Carbondale, IL, Chloe Davis and Trevor Davis of Danville and Jesse Davis of Oakwood; one great-grandson, Dallas Myers; one brother, Bobby Ray and wife Sue Davis of Danville; one sister, Annie L. and husband George White of Hillsboro; special nephew, Homer "Skeeter" and wife Patty Meyers, Jr., of Hillsboro; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends that were like his brothers. He is also survived by his partner, Carolyn Trest of Forsyth, Georgia, and her children, James Trest of Antioch, TN, Nena (Shelly) Trest of Thomaston, GA and Dianna and husband John Kenny of Ridgeview, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Luther Deross Davis, Luther "Bo" Devon Davis and Billy Joe Davis; a sister, Deloris Bridgeman; and a niece, Crystal Richardson.
Private family services were held at the Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home in Potomac. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Riley's Children's Hospital. Guest book at : www.wolfeblurtonfuneral home.com.
Cassandra LeAnne Dixon
Cassandra "Cassi" LeAnne Dixon, 28, of Crossett died on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Born on June 29, 1984, in Monroe, LA, to James and Rita Nellams Dixon, she was a loving mother and always had a smile for everyone.
Survivors include her son, Skylar Dixon; her parents, Jim and Rita Dixon; grandparents Danny and Dixie Bays; a sister, Amelia "Ami" Joy Dixon, all of Crossett; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, L. C. Nellams, and her paternal grandparents, Henry and Dora Dixon.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, November 19, at Heritage Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Gene Cullum officiating. Pallbearers were Josh Curran, Daryl Nellams, Freddy Hipp, John Russell, Mark Carter and Levi Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Cole Curran, Zach Nellams, Zeke Nellams, Terry Stevens, Rich Alphord and Logan Stevens. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
A memorial fund has been set up at First National Bank of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Carl Edward Harrington
Carl Edward Harrington, 93, of Crossett died Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the John L. McClellan VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired farmer, a member of Second Baptist Church, and an U. S. Army veteran of World War II in the 357th Infantry. He received a Purple Heart, a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, an American Theater Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
He is survived by one son, Carl E. Harrington, Jr.; one daughter, Kim Branson; one brother, Billy Joe Harrington; six sisters, Estella Chandler, Francis Blissett and Essie Meyer, all of Crossett, Jessie Harvy of Bogalusa, LA, Rosie Lee White of North Little Rock and Rethea Laws of Harrison; and four grandchildren, Chris, Madison, Jordan and Ian Branson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner Morris and Fannie Barnett Harrington; five brothers, Curtis, Robert, Amon, Roy and Gerald Harrington; and one sister, Syble Standridge.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 18, at Second Baptist Church in Crossett. Ministers were Bros. Travis Roberts and James Flemming. Pallbearers were Keith Harrington, Kevin Harrington, James Harrington, Harold Wayne Pennington, Kenny Pennington and John Surratt. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
James "Banie" Hill
James "Banie" Hill, 77, of Crossett died Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A Hamburg native, he had lived in Crossett for the past 35 years, was retired from the Georgia Pacific plywood mill and was a Baptist. He loved gardening.
He is survived by one son, Curtis Hill and wife Tonya of El Dorado; two daughters, Alice Mae Henderson and husband Robert of Hamburg and Annie Mae Davis and husband Henry of Riley, NC; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Augustus and Alice Elizabeth Cason Hill; and four brothers, Bobby, Eugene, Jr., Augustus and Jack Hill.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W.R. Taylor, officiating. Pallbearers are Willie Holt, Germaine Fisher, Darrick Tucker, Demetrius Henderson, Rodney Hill and Curtland Hill. Visitation is from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the Phillip Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeral home.net.
Irene Carter Johnson
Irene Carter Johnson, 81, of Monroe, LA, died Thursday, November 15, 2012. Born on December 22, 1930, in Crossett to John Hunter and Annie Ora Maxwell Carter, she was a homemaker, a member of Victory Baptist Church in Monroe and a long-time member of Magnolia Baptist Church in Crossett.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Johnson and wife Deannie of Lake Village; one daughter, Peggy Hodge and husband Tommy of Monroe; two brothers, Lester Carter and wife Marguerite of Heber Springs and Johnny Fay Carter and wife Libby of Crossett; six grandchildren, Kim Webb and husband Mike of Arlington, TX, Rob Johnson and wife Pam of Conway, Brandi Hampton and husband Slade, Patricia Niswanger and husband Rudy and Glen Hodge and wife Valerie of Monroe and Carol Miller and husband Jeff of Crossett; and 15 great-grandchildren, Hannah Webb, Jonathon Webb, Aaron Webb, Ashton Johnson, Amber Johnson, Ellie Hampton, Emory Niswanger, Ava Grace Niswanger, John Carter Niswanger, Robert Noah Niswanger, Laura Taylor Hodge, Lana Hodge, Whitney Farmer, A. J. Morgan and Benji Morgan.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert E. Johnson; three sisters, Earlene Carter, Magdalene Stephenson and Faylene Tucker; and one brother, William J. Carter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 18, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Kenneth Johnson, Jody Gannaway, Mike Griffith and John Mark Little officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Robin Johnson, Ashton Johnson, Mike Webb, Johnathon Webb, Earl Carter and Ron Tucker. Memorials may be made to Mission Scholarship Fund for Pastors, Delta Baptist Association, P.O. Box 9, Dermott, AR 71638. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Linnie Jones Keen
Linnie Jones Keen, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Stonegate Nursing Home after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Crossett for the past 20 years and a former resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1950, and after having four children, attended nursing school in 1966. She worked as a nurse for 32 years including in the Hamburg and Crossett nursing homes and for 29 years at the Ashley County Medical Center where she retired in 1998. She especially enjoyed her years working in the hospital nursery with the newborn babies. She attended the Pine Forest Baptist Church and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star Margaret Chapter 151. Other interests included cooking for family and friends, summer canning, and planting flowers.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jack Keen of Crossett; two daughters, Jacquelyne Morgan of Monticello and Debra Ann Martinez of Hot Springs; two sons, Royce Keen and wife Brenda of Crossett and Lyndal Keen and wife Nita of Hallsville, Texas; a sister, Lenora Hopper and husband Lawrence of Crossett; two brothers-in-law, Richard Hartz of Omaha, Nebraska, and T.J. Thornhill of Malvern; eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Timothy Keen; her parents, Albert (Red) and Lois Locke Jones; and two sisters, Treacel Hartz and Elvie Thornhill.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 18, at the Pine Forest Baptist Church with Revs. Willie Thornhill and Martin Hopper officiating.
Burial was in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Keen, Jonathan Keen, Justin Keen, Cory Keen, Sean Morgan, D. Tyler Morgan, Brandin Keen and Brian Wright. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 904 Autumn Road, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72211.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jesse David McCrory
Jesse David "Jess" McCrory, 71, of Hearne, Texas, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, at St. Joseph's Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas, due to complications from bypass heart surgery. He was a native of Montrose, a resident of Hearne for the past 10 years and a former resident of Somerville, Texas, and Hamburg. He graduated from Lakeside High School in Lake Village in 1958 and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1963 with a degree in agronomy. He was a veteran of the United States Army, retiring after 29 years of service. He was a farmer and a member of the Gause Full Gospel Church and a former member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. He led a life of service, beginning with his military career, and reached a broad range of causes that he cared about including serving on the Hamburg School Board. Jess loved to play golf and hunt.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Cason McCrory of Hearne; his daughter, Missy McCrory Warren and husband Charles of Fort Smith; a brother, Roger McCrory and wife Donna of Basehor, Kansas; twin sisters Ella Ferguson and husband Bill of Crossett and Della Slaughter and husband Bobby of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Marley and Jesse Warren of Fort Smith; and many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Siscily Slater McCrory; and a brother, Thomas McCrory.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, November 19, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Jerry Burns officiating. Burial followed at the Flat Creek Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Cares, Inc., P. O. Box 366, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Duward "Dewey" Oden
Duward "Dewey" Oden, 85, of Poyen died Monday, November 12, 2012, at his home. Born April 27, 1928, in Hamburg, the son of Thomas Franklin and Velma Stanley Oden, he was a self-employed television repairman for 15 years. He retired from the United States Army after serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars where he received the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Unit Citation with Palm, National Defense Service Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal with Sixth Award, United Nations Service Medal, Air Medal and a Purple Heart. He was a world class gardener, thirty-second degree Mason, and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, who he married on November 7, 1952, Sarah Archer Oden; two sons, R. L. Oden and wife Sheri of Malvern and Lynn Oden and wife Cindy of Poyen; a brother, Junior Oden and wife Veralyn of Hamburg; two sisters, Tommie Williamson and husband Paul of Alvin, Texas and Lois Williams and husband Donald of Crossett; a sisterin-law, Cliffie Oden of Alexander; grandchildren, David Oden, Danny Oden. Madison Oden. Cole Oden, Jake Sharp, and Jessica Mathis; six greatgrandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at Regency Funeral Home chapel in Malvern with Brother John Owens officiating. Burial was at the Lindsey-Poyen Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers were Robbie Robertson, Norman Oden, Ronnie Robertson, Tony Geurin, and Doyle Oden. Honorary pallbearer was Dr. Bruce Burton. Guest book at regencyfuneralhome.com.
Frank Powell, 84, of Parkdale died Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. A native and resident of Parkdale for many years, he lived in McGehee for 20 years. He graduated from Parkdale High School and attended the East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas. He was a graduate of Arkansas A&M College, now the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He was a math teacher for 40 years in Fountain Hill High School, McGehee High School, Montrose Academy, Eudora High School and Ross Van Ness High School. He attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
He is survived by a brother, Jim Powell of Bastrop, LA; five sisters, Mary Kathryn Gardner of San Ramon, CA, Mattie Moore of Bastrop, Margie Box of McGehee, Tommie Garza of Irving, Texas, and Shirley Sadler of Parkdale; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Scott and Grace Davis Powell; and three brothers, H.S., Bill and Ben Powell.
A memorial service was planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. Lloyd Townsend officiating. Honorary pallbearers were to be Glenn West, Frank Grimes, Charles "Chic" McGhee, Billy Hanes, Stanton Veazey, Jim Moss, John Byrd and George Kimbrell. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Autism Organization, 2001 Pershing Circle, Suite 300, North Little Rock, AR 72114 or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Arkansas Chapter P. O. Box 22445, Hot Springs, AR 71903. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg, Arkansas. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Eunice Honeycutt Taylor
Eunice Honeycutt Taylor, 91, of Conway, formerly of the old Crossett Camp, died on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Conway Regional Medical Center. Born on October 30, 1921, in Hamburg to John Carroll and Amy Dell Witt Honeycutt. Mrs. Taylor was a Baptist.
Survivors include her sister, Hazel Stedman of San Diego, CA; one niece; one nephew, both of the Dallas, TX, area; numerous cousins and other relatives; and her dear friend, Emma Lou Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert L. "Bob" Taylor; two infants; one sister, Mattie Weeks; and one brother, Arleigh Honeycutt.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Carter officiating. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. (www.jonesservice.com)
Visitation will be held from 11-12:30 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the graveside service. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72203.
Stanley Junior Burton
Stanley "June Bug" Junior Burton, 71, of Crossett died Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe, LA. Born July 15, 1941, in Monticello, he worked as the manager of Puryear Wood Products in Dumas, Oaklawn Foods in Crossett and Berry's Packing in Crossett. He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army on September 30, 1966, due to a wreck on an Army base in Germany. A member of Cloverdale Assembly of God in Crossett, he was the son of the late Stanley William Burton and Dollie Fern Wright Burton and was preceded in death by two brothers, James Stanley Burton and William O. Burton. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Fredia Harris Burton of Crossett; three sons, Mark Burton and wife Lorna of Searcy, Steve Burton and wife Kelley and Tony Burton of Monticello; two daughters, Crystal Hogue and husband Mark and Marla McCandless of Crossett; one brother, Romagene Burton and wife Inez of Monticello; two sisters, Margaret Jordan and husband James of Camden and Joy Dell Akin Harris and husband B. K. of Hamburg; 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, November 23, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel with Rev. B. K. Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Brian Skender, Blake White, Gator Hoops, Mark Hogue, Clayton Cothron and Brett Burton. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery with military honors. Online guest book at www.stephenson dearman.com.
Johnny F. Carter
Johnny F. Carter, 72, of Crossett died on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at his residence. Born on May 21, 1940, to John Hunter and Annie Oree Maxwell Carter, he retired from the Georgia Pacific water treatment plant. He was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and the Arkansas Trace Deer Camp.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sarah E. "Libby" Carter of Crossett; two sons, Glen M. Carter and wife Ronda of Hamburg and Robert A. Carter and wife Molly of Haughton, LA; one daughter, Cathy Evans of Hamburg; one brother, Lester Carter and wife Marguerite of Heber Springs; three grandchildren, Linsey Cessor, Summer Evans and Chase Carter; two step-grandchildren, Shay and Jaelyn McClain; three great-grandchildren, Camden Grace Cessor, Carter Jace Cessor and Ayden Carter; three step-great-grandchildren, Amberlin, Hanly Allen and Ryker McClain; and numerous other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Dustin Evans; one brother, William Carter; and four sisters, Magdelene Stephenson, Faylene Tucker, Earlene Carter and Irene Johnson.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, at the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Kenneth Johnson officiating. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Berniece Jordan, 89, of Hamburg died Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Hillcrest Care and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott. A native of Monticello and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life, she was a licensed cosmetologist for over 50 years and a member of the Martinville Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Douglas Henderson and wife Carolyn of Prescott and Rodger Henderson and wife Sylvia of Madison Heights, VA; a brother-in-law, Doyle Jordan of Crossett; two granddaughters, Carrie Nivens and husband Randy and Christie Cannon; and five great-grandchildren, Robert Haynie, Chas Haynie, Abbey Nivens, Kori Cannon and Haley Cannon, all of Prescott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Jordan; a daughter, Faith Henderson; a son, Russell Henderson; her parents, Bunyan and Fannie Williams Riley; a brother, Barnes Riley; and a sister, Jean Lawson.
Grave-side funeral services were planned for 3 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, in the Flat Creek Cemetery with Rev. Allen Hagood officiating and with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Mary Barbara Parish
Mary Barbara Parish, 77, of Flossmoor, IL, formerly of Petal, MS, and Hot Springs, died on Monday, November 19, 2012. Born on October 11, 1935, in Crossett to Homer Pierce and Mary Julia Jenkins Pierce, she was a graduate of Arkansas A&M College and taught grade school and high school history for many years.
Survivors include three sons, David and wife Laura of Flossmoor, Mark of Excel, AL, and Jason of Petal, MS; and three grandchildren, Matthew and John of Flossmoor and Julia of Brooklyn, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald O. Parish; a grandson, Preston C. Parish; and one brother, Benny Pierce.
Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Bonnie Wilkins officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jones service.com.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Darren Scott Snow
Darren Scott Snow, 23, of Rison died Thursday, November 22, 2012, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born February 25, 1989, in Monticello, he was a mechanic and a Baptist.
He is survived by his parents, David Snow and wife Susan of McGehee and Mary Durham and husband Bennett of Rison; a daughter, Callie Cheyenne Lindley of Star City; his fiance', Sara Inman of Rison; two brothers, Colby Snow of Monticello and Dustin Snow of Hamburg; five sisters, Kandi Holmes of England, Brittney Snow, Jessica Durham and Baleigh Durham of Rison and Melissa Carpenter of Hamburg; his grandparents, Pat Durham of McGehee and Larry and Florine Turner of Rison; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oliver Snow, Dorothy Snow and Benny Durham.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village with Bros. Johnny Durham and Ben White officiating. Burial was to follow in the Montrose Cemetery. Guest book at www.bishopfuneral homeinc.com
Jimmy Don Slaughter
Jimmy Don Slaughter, 65, of Fountain Hill died Sunday, November 25, 2012. A native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1965 and was a Vietnam Era veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from Wal-Mart in 2000, served on the Fountain Hill City Council and was a member of the Judson Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lizzette Gray Slaughter; a son, Brian Slaughter and wife Amy; a daughter, Chanelle Sledd and husband Larry of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Carolyn Jeffers and husband John of Fountain Hill and Penny Moffatt and husband Frank of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Miranda Turner and husband Chad, Johnathon Burgess, Johnathan Dawson and wife Tiffany, Kenzie Slaughter and fiancé Steven Cross, Morgan Dawson and Son Slaughter; a great-granddaughter, Grayson Turner; extended family, John and Tonya Burnside and children and Kody Sawyer and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton "Son" and Betty Jean Craig Slaughter.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Lane Amos and Roy Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnathan Dawson, Johnathon Burgess, Steven Cross, Son Slaughter, Trent Burnside, Steven Burnside and Chad Turner. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Gay LaFran Watt
Gay LaFran "Mama Gay" White Watt, 62, of Crossett died Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God where she was involved in the prayer chain ministry. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Donnie R. Watt of Crossett; three sons, Richard E. Watt of El Dorado and Donnie M. Watt and Randall B. Watt of Crossett; a daughter, Keela K. Watt; two sisters, Ruthie Bardin and Ester White, all of Crossett; 10 grandchildren, Jake Watt, Joey Don Watt, Brian Oelsen, Aaron Watt, John Randall Watt, Brittney Weckerly, Gaven Watt, Raylan Miller, Megan Pittillo and Christopher Pittillo; two great-grandchildren, Balin and Rayna; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Mintie McClain White.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Rev. John Martin officiating. Burial was to be in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jake Watt, Aaron Watt, John Randall Watt, Don Paul Flemming, Ronnie Murphy and Joey Don Watt. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jimmy Ray Miller, Brian Oelsen, Christopher Pittillo, Zack Marshall and Allen Willis. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God, 132 Ashley 15 Road, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Howard Watts, 92, of Crossett was born September 11, 1920, in Elaine and died Tuesday, November 20, 2012, in Crossett.
He served aboard the U.S.S. Charles Carroll and was in the amphibious invasions on Nov. 8, 1942, Casablanca, North Africa; on July 10, 1943, Scoglitti, Sicily; September 9, 1943, Agropoli, Gulf of Salerno, Italy; June 6, 1944, Normandy, France; August 15, 1944, invasion of southern coast of France, at Frejus, France; and April 1, 1945, invasion of Okinawa and Jima Nansei. He was discharged March 24, 1948, with the rank of QM/1C.
He was an employee of Georgia Pacific, owned a family business in Crossett and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett.
Survivors include his wife, Wrayma Thomas Watts; his sister, Linville Watts Calhoun of Monticello; two sons, Dennis Watts and wife Mary of Austin, TX, and Charles Watts and wife Brenda of Hoschton, GA; one daughter, Carol Hardaway and husband Larry of Austin, TX; six grandchildren, Greg R. Watts of Charleston, SC, Jon Paul Soliday of Keller, TX, Jamie Grainger of Flowery Branch, GA, Jennifer Watts of Morgantown, IN, Amy Girtman of Colorado Springs, CO, and Tyler Watts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Winona Majors Watts; his father, L.B. Watts; his mother, Letha Davis Watts; his brothers, Harold Watts, Bill Watts and Bob Watts; and his sister, Marie Watts Hoover.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at the First Baptist Church in Crossett
with Rev. James Staley officiating. Pallbearers were Dave Grainger, Bill Phillips, Jon Paul Soliday, Mason Thomas, Greg Watts and Tyler Watts. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Monticello with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman. Online guest book www.stephenson dearman.com.