William Harold Beckham
William Harold Beckham, 69, of Monticello died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born December 31, 1942, in Monticello to the late William Miller Beckham and Ethel Lane Beckham, he was a retired mechanic, a member of Victory Church in Camden and an avid Razorback fan.
Survivors include a son, Jason Scott Beckham and wife Jessica Lynn of Crossett; one brother, Jackie Wayne Beckham of Camden; one sister, Sandra Beckham Pryor of Conway; one grandchild, Chloe Nicole Beckham of Mobile, AL; and two step-grandchildren, Trace Allen Tucker and Jaci Lynn Tucker of Crossett. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Lynn Beckham.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 28, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Rev. Steven Willis officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Brantley, Ernie Smith, Chris Farrish, Clyde Beard, Chuck Kinniard and Timmy Beckham. Burial followed services at the Union Ridge Cemetery.
Tony Delet Goree
Tony Delet "Goat" Goree, 54, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and worked for Crossett Sanitation Dept. for approximately 30 years before his health failed.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Philisha Lavaly-Goree; one son, Denarius Buriss of Arlington, TX; three daughters, Patrice Brown and Jessica Brown of Crossett and Danielle Blackwell of Maumelle; his mother, Claudell Goree of Crossett; one brother, Fred Goree of Crossett; three sisters, Joyce Wade and husband David and Lora Tolefree of Crossett and Linda Ellis and husband Jeff of Huttig; two grandchildren, Alivia Bohanan and Malik Brown; his mother-in-law, Uneda Tillman and husband Oliver of Maumelle; and a host of all other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas "Tom" Goree; two brothers, Willie Melvin and Johnny Goree; and one sister, Cynthia Goree.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 29, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Murlee Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Dawkins, Sherman Dawkins, Preston Girtman, Jr., James Phifer, Frederick Belin and Milton Gaston. Honorary pallbearers were the City of Crossett Street Department workers. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Jacqueline Sanders Johnson
Jacqueline Sanders Johnson, 61, of North Little Rock died Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Baptist Health Hospital in North Little Rock. She was a native of Hamburg, a former resident of Oakland, CA, and had resided in the Little Rock area for the past 18 years. She was a former data entry supervisor for the Little Rock School District and a member of Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock. She enjoyed sewing.
She is survived her husband, Donald Johnson; one son, Elbert K. Sanders of Brooklyn, NY; one daughter, Triwanna M. Sanders of Hamburg; her father, Eld. Elbert H. Sanders of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Shenita R. King of Hamburg and Reggie A. King of Little Rock; six brothers, Winford Pugh and wife Joyce and Carnell Pugh of Houston, TX, Arlanders Lowe and wife Janice of Tulip, James Lowe and wife Wanda of Carthage, Rodney Lowe of Memphis, TN, and Ronald Lowe of Texas; six sisters, Dorthea St. Clair of North Little Rock, Glenda Pugh and Margie Pugh of Houston, TX, and Karen Lowe, Carrie Lowe and Angela Lowe of Little Rock. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Sanders; her biological father, Sanders "Sambo" Lowe; her biological mother, Beatrice Pugh; and her sister, Martha Roseanne Lowe.
Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Saturday, September 29, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. Cleo Nellum and Eld. Robert Adams, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were James Tucker, Tommy Walker, Earnest Jacob, Brian Jacob, Arlanders Lowe and James Lowe. Burial followed in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Clifton Ladd, 58, of Hamburg died Sunday, September 30, 2012, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1972. He was a farmer, a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and an avid duck hunter.
He is survived by two sons, Cliff Ladd of Lake Village and Colby Ladd of Monticello; his mother, Sue Shuck Ladd; a brother, Keith Ladd and wife Paula, all of Hamburg; a granddaughter, Aslan Ladd; his former wife, Debbie Holland Ladd; a sister-in-law, Patsy Ladd of Hamburg; four nieces, two nephews, two great-nieces and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Clifton Ladd, Sr., in 1995; a brother, Glenn Ladd, in 2000; a niece, Tonya Renee Ladd; and his grandparents, Victor and Clara Mae Peacock Ladd and Harry and Ora Olivia Shuck.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington, Rev. Rob Leonard and Rev. Lloyd Townsend officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers are Al Harrison, Philip Lauhon, Ray Hennington, John Smith, Don Williamson and Michael Stanley. Honorary pallbearers are the members of Hamburg High School Class of 1972.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Keith Ladd, 186 Ashley Road 121, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Donald Glenn Jeffers
Donald Glenn Jeffers, 80, of Crossett died on Friday, October 5, 2012, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 15, 1931, in Hamburg to John Calvin and Ollie Maude Knight Jeffers, he was an Air Force veteran and retired from Georgia Pacific where he worked as a tour foreman in the tissue machine room. A member of Cloverdale Assembly of God, his hobbies were camping, fishing, squirrel hunting and playing the piano.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Denver Jeffers of Crossett; his sons, John C. Jeffers and wife Renee of Little Rock, Bobby G. Jeffers and wife Sharon of Crossett, Danny L. Jeffers and wife Teresa of Hamburg, Carl D. Jeffers and wife V of Portland, Dennis Hines of Dermott, Donnie Hines and wife Kim and Tony Hines; one daughter, Kim Culbreath and husband Randy; a sister, Norma Jean McKee, all of Crossett; 18 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harold and Melvin Jeffers; a son, Terry Hines; and a grandson, Dakota Hines.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October 8, at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bros. John C. Martin and Gene Cullum officiating. Pallbearers were Jacob Jeffers, Corey Jeffers, Dennis Hines, Donnie Hines, Tony Hines and Randy Culbreath. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Moon, Don Hunter, Charles Berryman, Tom Brown, Royce Oden, Bruen Craig, J. Rabb, Wayne Moffatt and Larry Senn. Burial followed at Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Memorials may be made to I'll Fly Away Book. Operation Monarch, P.O. Box 828, Bryant, AR 72089.
Helen Dolorese Jones
Helen Dolorese Jones, 87, of Woodlawn died Thursday, October 4, 2012. Born June 19, 1925, in Fountain Hill, a daughter of the late Gus Pierce and Minnie Belle White Pierce, Mrs. Jones enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Jeanette Jones of Fountain Hill and Julian and Linda Jones of Woodlawn; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Manuel Marin of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren, Gary White, Jr., Staci Ward, Kristi Blankenship and Justin Carl Jones; and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Carl Jones; two sons, John Ronald Jones and Gus Donald Jones; and eight brothers and sisters.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 7, at the Flat Creek Cemetery near Fountain Hill with Reverend Garry Wiles officiating. Arrangements were by the Buie Funeral Home of Rison. Online guest book at www.buiefuneralhome.com.
Roy Dale Adams
Roy Dale Adams, 70, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on February 12, 1942, in Lake Village to Lonnie Parnell and Della May Ferguson Adams, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and a retired independent abstractor. He loved baseball and coached Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball in Crossett for years and enjoyed bird hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Eloise Adams of Crossett; one son, Andy Adams and wife Jacque of Fayetteville; one daughter, Angie Collins and husband Chris of Crosset; four grandchildren, Grant Collins, Gracie-Dru Collins, Seth Adams and Zachary Adams; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Feenstra and husband Gus of Houston, TX, Lana Hawkins of Bearden and Annette Standridge and husband Larry of McGehee; a host of nieces and nephews as well as some very special cousins in the Adams family. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers-in-law, Charlie Hawkins, Bo Hobbs, Hoot Townsel and Ferril Townsel .
Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 13, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett. Pallbearers were Russell Jenkins, Travis Wallace, Jack Allen, Bobby Richardson, Emmitt Wallace and Johnnie Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Freeman, Joe Cantley, Edgar Haynie, Red Walser, Joey Paul, Cecil Newsom, William Coleman, John Creach, Gary Villines, Roger Nutt and the Allen-Richardson Sunday School Class. Burial followed at the Dermott Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main, Crossett, AR 71635.
John Charles Johnson
John Charles Johnson, 90, of Crossett died on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Born on June 29, 1922, in Traskwood, Ark., to Charlie and Beaulah Johnson, he worked at Georgia Pacific's paper mill in the power plant for 44 years. He loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and harmonica.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Johnson of Crossett; a son, John Carey Johnson of Monroe, LA; stepsons, Johnny Rushing of Calhoun, LA, and Danny Rushing of Crossett; a daughter, Becky Goyne; stepdaughters, June Chadwick and Arlene Brantley of Crossett; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruby Helen Rodgers Johnson; and three brothers, Raymond Johnson, Lester Johnson and Jim Johnson.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 11, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Willie Thornhill officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny Rushing, Danny Rushing, Lowell Stanley, Jerry Terrell, Ryan Goyne, Zachary Johnson, Dennis Chadwick and Gary Miller.
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Patty Jo Johnson
Patty Jo Johnson, 84, of Rockford, Illinois, died Saturday, October 13, 2012, at her home. A native of Strong and a resident of Rockford, Illinois since 1946, she worked for National Lock Co. for 15 years and worked as a self employed caregiver/CNA for 15 years.
She is survived by three sons, Jim Johnson and wife Peggy, William T. Johnson and wife Debbie, and Joe Johnson and wife Kathy, all of Rockford; nine grandchildren, Caleb, Rebecca, Michelle, Christy, Michele, Judy, Angie, Bill, Jr., and Jessica; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Johnson, in 1985 and her parents, William G. and Minnie Duke Sisco.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 20, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Arnold Sheets officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Hurshel E. Kelley
Hurshel E. Kelley, 81, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 11, 2012. at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1949 and was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Georgia-Pacific in the paper mill for 37 ½ years. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church for 32 years where he served as a deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anna Ruth Stone Kelley of Hamburg; a son, Scott Allen Kelley of San Francisco, CA; a sister, Merlyn Higginbotham and husband Norman of Hamburg; a brother, Dewayne Kelley and wife Julie of Monticello; three grandchildren, Marion Hurshel Kelley and wife Stephanie of Fort Hood, Texas, Angie Rambo and husband Courtney of Hamburg and Josh Bakerkelley of San Francisco; two great-grandchildren, James Cooper Rambo and Thayer Marion Rambo; and extended families of Al Ray Taylor, Roddy Lochala, Pat Fitts, Margie Hargis, Jimmy and Sharon Hargis and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Marion Kelley, in 2005; his parents, Frances and Eula Mae Scott Kelley; and an infant brother.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Bro. Bob Endel officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith Edgar, Noel Dean McGilton, Joe Foote, Pat Fitts, Austin Fitts, Todd Callaway, Jimmy Murphy and Roma Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the First Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Louise Lansdale, 80, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and attended the Martinville Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Len Lansdale of Hamburg; a daughter, Shirley Taylor and husband James of Warren; a brother, Fred Bozeman of Hamburg; a sister, Maxie Carpenter of Hamburg; and a grandson, Chris Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lansdale, in 1999; her parents, Tom and Lena Pittman Bozeman; a brother, Lon C. Bozeman; and two sisters, Lydia Stell and Madell Bellott.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 13, in the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Randy Rutledge officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J.D. Rankin, Jeff Foote, Tommy Breedlove, Hack Carpenter, Brian Bozeman, Justin Carpenter, Jason Carpenter and Billy Bozeman.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Odell "TV" Moseby
Odell "TV" Moseby, 80, of Pine Bluff died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the Hazel Street Nursing Home. A native of Montrose, a former resident of Lake Village and a resident of Pine Bluff for the past two years, he was a retired farm laborer and an avid hunter.
Survivors include four sons Ray Anthony Moseby of California, Shelton Lee Moseby and Ricky Lee Moseby of Milwaukee, WI, and Kevin Matheney of Little Rock; four daughters, Patricia Smith of White Hall, Anita Ann Dupree and Aletha Ann Spears of Milwaukee and Gwenzetta Moseby of Monticello; one brother, Shelton Lee Moseby of Toledo, OH; one sister, Johnnie Lee Garner of Toledo; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Lee Moseby; two sons, Albert Lee and Odell Moseby, Jr., and his parents, Perry Moseby and Beulah Sims Moseby.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. Al Brewer, officiating. Pallbearers were Shelton Lee Moseby, Reginald Moseby, John L. Moseby, Edward Moseby, Jr., Larry Woods, Kevin Matheney, Lee Edward Plummer and Don Peoples. Burial followed at the St. Marion Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Gracie Lee Rial
Gracie Lee Rial, 98, of Hamburg died Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Stonegate Villa Nursing Home in Crossett.
Mrs. Rial was a native of McArthur, a resident of Hamburg since 1978 and was a resident of Ladelle in Drew County, for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church, was very active at the Hamburg Senior Citizen Center for a number of years and was the matriarch of six generations.
She is survived by a son, Ted Rial and wife Vera of Hamburg; a daughter, Norma Lee Harrell of Bartlett, TN; a brother, Dale Keeton of Vienna, VA; four sisters, Ruby Wells and Sug Orrell of Monticello, Regina Engles of Gardner, KS, and Francis Coulter of Merriam, KS; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Rial, in 1992; two sons, Percy Wayne Rial in 2012 and James Stanley Rial in 1931; her parents, Jim and Clara Miles Keeton; a brother, Marvin Keeton; two sisters, Nellie Samson and Gladys Snow; a great-grandson, Jade Clark Rial; and her grandparents, Jim and Alice Johhnson Keeton and James Ebenezer and Bertha Florene Limbley Miles.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 14, at the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Howie and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Lone Sassafras Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Jackson, Jason Jackson, Kevin Rial, Ted Gray, David Kilcrease and Jeff Futrell.
Honorary pallbearers are the men of Gardner Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines Street, Monticello, AR 71655. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Mary “Sugar Boo” Smith, 65, of Crossett died Friday, October 12, 2012, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a former telephone operator, a beautician for 30 years and was the owner of Mary's Glamorama. A member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, Mrs. Smith loved fishing and playing dominos.
She is survived by her husband of 45 and one-half years, Donald J. Smith; three sons, Dallas "D.L." Smith of Pine Bluff, Donald Smith, Jr., of Crossett and Kuyunnie Smith and wife Kristine of Rowlett, TX; two daughters, Katrina Smith Williams of Crossett and DaShonda Smith Johnson of Hot Springs; three brothers, Mitchell Scott, Jr., and wife Brenda of Jacksonville, James Scott and wife Cynthia of Little Rock and Eddie J. Scott and wife Clarice of Jacksonville; six sisters, Linda Ellis and husband Glenn, Marilyn Whaley and husband Carl, Vera Scott and Michelle Bradford and husband Audwin of Crossett, Pernilla Smith and husband Walter of Louisville, KY, and Emma Tate of Camden; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by one son, Cedric Smith; her parents, Mitchell and Annie Bea Perkins Scott; and one sister, Rose Scott Hampton.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Walter Smith officiating. Active pallbearers were to be Lorenzo Smith, Jelani Williams, T. J. Williams, Brian Carlock, Steven Johnson and Dallas Smith, Jr., with honorary pallbearers to be Donald Smith, Jr., Kuyunnie Smith, James Scott, Dallas Smith, Mitchell Scott, Jr., and Eddie Scott. Burial was to follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Ophelia Lynn Baker
Ophelia "Opie" Lynn Baker, 26, of Hamburg died Saturday, October 20, 2012. A native of Crossett and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 2003 and was a homemaker and a member of the South Main Baptist Church in Crossett.
She is survived by her husband, Cody Baker; a son, Christian Hayden Baker; a daughter, Sadie Grace Burchfield; her mother, Joy Burchfield; her father and step-mother, Ken and Monica Burchfield; two sisters, Terri Kelley and Lily Burchfield, all of Hamburg; a step-sister, Courtney Barnett of Crossett; two step-brothers, Mitchell and Paul Sellers of Hamburg and her grandparents, Ken and Peggy Kenly of Waldo. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Sadie and Ecil Burchfield.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, in the South Main Baptist Church in Crossett with Rev. Lyle Hern officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers are to be Brandon Knight, Mitchell Sellers, Paul Sellers, Will Maxwell, Brandon Peterson and Will Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are John Fineout, Jack Allen, Bill Runyan, Bobby Keen and Tommy Maxwell. Memorials may be made to the John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Harleen Burchfield, 72, of Hamburg died Saturday, October 20, 2012, at her residence. A native of Crocketts Bluff, a resident of Hamburg for the past seven years and a former resident of Lancaster, Texas, she was a retired certified nursing assistant and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Jordan and husband Bennie of Hamburg; four sons, Ray Burchfield and wife Cathy of Oak Cliff, Texas, Frank Burchfield and wife Jenny of Elmo, Texas, and Ricky Burchfield and wife Margaret and Jack Burchfield and wife Rose of Alvon, Texas; a brother, Charles Goodwin of Texas; a sister, Dawn Yow and husband Jerrel of Red Oak, Texas; 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Ray Burchfield, in 2001; her parents, Harley Goodwin and Sybil Knight Bickard; and a brother, Bill Goodwin.
Grave-side services were planned for 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, at the Rawlins Cemetery in Lancaster, Texas, with Rev. Nick Harris officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jarrod Yow, Quinton Yow, Will Carty, Tommy Townsend, Kenneth Lefler and Darrel Lefler. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Myrtis Windham Cotton
Myrtis Windham Cotton, 92, of Crossett died on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Born on January 27, 1920, in Gena, LA, to Edward G. and Olla Mae Stapleton Windham, Mrs. Cotton retired from the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Alexandria, LA, after 15 years of service and was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. She loved to cook, fish and work in the yard with her flowers.
Survivors include a son, Charles Reeves and wife Carolyn of Crossett; a step-son, Billy Joe Cotton and wife Sandy of Crossett; an uncle, Buckshot Stapleton; nine grandchildren, Estelle Jackson and husband Walter, Jeanette Calk, Justin Reeves and wife Cynthia, Daniel Cotton, Vanessa Purvis and husband Glenn, David Reeves, Levelle Reeves, Stevie Cotton and Renee Musgrove; 18 great-grandchildren, Angela, Kristin, Matthew, Jessie, D. J., Ashley, Nicole, Jamie, Renee, Frankie, Jessie, Terry, Brooke, Ronald, Alexis, Dakota, Eric and Jacob; and 23 great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Cotton was preceded in death by her first husband, Madison Earl Reeves; her second husband, Bradford Cotton; two sons, Matthew James Reeves and Raymond Lee Reeves; a step-son, Glen Warren Cotton; a grandchild, Charles Lee; a great-grandchild, Carl David; and a great-great-grandchild, Matt Jr.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bros. John Martin and Jeremy Tyler officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Charles Levelle Reeves, Dale Calk, John Mitchell, Matthew Patterson, Don Paul Fletcher, Josh Tyler, Randall Watt and Frankie Reeves. Guest book at www.joneservice.com.
Steven Ray Hodge
Steven Ray Hodge, 32, of Crossett died October 20, 2012. Born on June 10, 1980, in Bastrop, LA, to Steven Bruce and Twylia Jalynn Cude Hodge, he was a pipefitter in the construction industry and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Whittney Sellers Hodge of Crossett; two sons, Steven Brice Hodge of Russellville and Hunter Carter of Beekman, LA; one daughter, Bailey Rae Hodge of Crossett; his parents, Steven and Twylia Hodge of Crossett; a grandmother, Elman Cude of Carlsbad, New Mexico; two brothers, Jeffrey Marabanian and wife Heather of Crossett and Trey Marabanian and wife Mickey of Lake Village; two nephews and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julian and Peggy Hodge and W. D. Cude.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, at Second Baptist Church with Bros. James Fleming and Keith Boseman officiating. Pallbearers will be Craig Moore, Jason Holland, Jason Clark, Cannon Thomas, Steven Bird, Rob Markham, Adam Bishop and Allen Buck. 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 5-7 p.m.Tuesday at the funeral home.
J. Ben Posey, Jr.
J. Ben Posey, Jr., 97, of Crossett died Saturday, October 20, 2012. Born June 2, 1915, in Monticello to John B. Posey, Sr., and Vera McCullough Posey, he graduated from Monticello High School, attended Arkansas A & M for two years and then completed his education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and led a dance band. Upon graduation he accepted a position at the Crossett Company as a personnel officer and organized a company news magazine, Forest Echoes, which was recognized as an outstanding publication in industrial communications throughout the Southeast.
In 1951 he was transferred to the Rose Inn as acting manager and then in 1953 he was promoted to the Bank of Crossett. In 1960 when the bank became the First National Bank of Crossett, Posey was appointed executive vice president. When he retired in 1980 he was executive vice president of the bank and vice-chairman of its board of directors. He continued to serve as an active member of the board of directors from 1980 to 1990, serving one term as chairman of the executive committee of the board. During his tenure he guided the bank through two bank facility expansions, including the present facility on Main Street as well as two new commercial branches of the bank in North Crossett and Fountain Hill.
He served the City of Crossett and Ashley County in numerous positions, including being a member of the Crossett City Council, the board of Crossett School District #52 and the Ashley County Quorum Court. He also served the Crossett Lions Club, the Crossett Rotary Club and the Crossett Chamber of Commerce as president. He represented Crossett with distinction serving as the president of the Arkansas Jaycees.
Following retirement he served on the SCORE Committee and the Transportation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the Ashley County Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons as well as a member of the Arkansas State Legislative Committee of AARP. He was also instrumental in raising funds for the Ashley County Hospital Foundation. Throughout his life in Crossett, Ben was an active member of the First Methodist Church.
He was an avid recorder of the history of southern Arkansas and its citizens. Through the years he published five collections of his memories, as well those of numerous friends and relatives, of growing up in Arkansas. Those bound copies can be found at the public library in Crossett.
He is survived by his son, John B. Posey, III, and wife Victoria of New Orleans; a son-in-law, James Fox and wife J'Laine of Hot Springs Village; five grandchildren, Nicholas Fox, Jon Fox, Robert Fox, Ben Fox and Michelle Posey Gonzales; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Virginia Guthrie; his daughter, Linda Posey Fox; a grandson, John Posey, IV; a great-grandson, Andrew Ryan Fox; and his second wife, Olivia Bingham.
Funeral services were planned for 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with burial at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello at 1 p.m. under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home with Dr. Russell R. Moore officiating. Officials of First National Bank of Crossett will serve as pallbearers.
The family requests memorials to The First United Methodist Church, 500 Main Street, Crossett, Arkansas 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Eugenia Louise Barnett
Eugenia Louise Barnett, 79, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a homemaker and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, camping and sewing quilts.
She is survived by two sons, Doyle Wayne Barnett and wife Tonya and Kenneth Eugene Barnett and wife Jen of Hamburg; one daughter, Vivian Leah McCain and husband Sonny of Ruston, LA; four brothers, Ed Watt and Bobby Watt and wife Billie of Crossett, Curtis Watt and wife Ruthie of Hamburg and Ronald Dean Watt of Strong; two sisters, Veralyn Oden and husband Junior of Hamburg and Jeanette Simmons of Strong; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert Barnett; her parents, Frank and Duel Lambert Watt; and two brothers, James and Willie Van Watt.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Kenneth Watt and Mike Chain officiating. Pallbearers were Dewayne Chatman, Gerald Kelley, Lawrence Watt, Wade Barnett, Frankie Watt and Tim Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Max Ray and Keith Barnett. Burial was in the Arkadelphia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Arkadelphia Cemetery Fund, c/o Scott Johnson, 129 Scott Johnson Rd., Crossett, AR 71635 or to the charity of choice. Guestbook at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net
Dattie Bell Curry
Dattie Bell Curry, 70, of Crossett died Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Texarkana, she was retired from the Georgia Pacific plywood mill and was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and fishing.
Survivors are two sons, Jeffrey Woodberry and wife Charlotte and Bobby Woodberry and wife Karen; one daughter, Larita Woodberry Pendarvis and husband Derwin of Crossett; eight brothers, Lee Dale Williams of Crossett, Johnny Williams of Texarkana, TX, Robert Williams and wife Sue of Texarkana, AR, Frank McCowan and wife Doris and Leroy McCowan of Oakland, CA, Lee "Buck" and Henry McCowan of Tucson, AZ, and Phil McCowan and wife Elizabeth of Richmond, CA; six sisters, Beatrice Miller and husband Chester of Crossett, Elizabeth Webb of Texarkana, TX, Darlene Williams Shackelford and husband Jessie of Richmond, VA, Flossie Mae and Bernice McCowan of Tucson, AZ and Betty Jo McCowan of Sacramento, CA; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivory Curry; two sons, Victor Woodberry and Garland Woodberry; her parents, Elee and Elizabeth Henderson Williams; two brothers, John McCowan and Roosevelt Williams; and one sister, Molly Bell Voykin.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Walter Witherspoon, Murlee Carter and Rev. Roger Curry and Dr. Billy G. Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Robert Scates, Randy Dupree, Michael Boyette, Robert Lewis, Jr., John Ivory Webb, and Chester Miller. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery. Guestbook at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Ira D. Degges
Ira D. Degges, 83, of Nashville, TN, formerly of Ashley County, died Tuesday, October 23, 2012. An U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a licensed professional engineer and worked for the Federal Highway Administration and Tennessee Department of Transportation for over 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Faye Degges; three sons, James Degges, Paul and wife Saundra Degges and Bruce Degges; a daughter, Karen Degges; two grandsons, Adam and wife Megan Mayberry and Brendan Sena-Degges; a granddaughter, Cassity Degges; a great-grandson, A. J. Mayberry; and two sisters, Marceil Davis and Eva Morgan.
Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, in the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton funeral home of Nashville with Dr. Carl Hoffman officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Julia Faye Finney
Julia Faye Finney, 61, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at her residence. Born on June 28, 1951, in Crossett to Johnnie Oliver and Willie Mae Perry Jones, Mrs. Finney was a homemaker, a librarian at the Crossett Library and a lay minister. She taught Christian education for 20 years and was a member of Lighthouse Family Church.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel "Sam" Finney; two sons, Warren Finney and wife Tammy and Curtis Finney and wife Sarah; one brother, Wesley Jones; one sister, Chestine Uselton, all of Crossett, and six grandchildren, Lane, Blake, Tyler, Brooklyn, Katie and Trey. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Harvel Jones' and two grandchildren, Samuel and Hope.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 27, at the Lighthouse Family Church with Bros. Warren Finney and T. D. Boyd officiating. Pallbearers were Lane Finney, Blake Finney, Jim Parchem, Doyle Book, Marty Jones, Richard Jones and Brant Finney. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Dudley Daniel Gardner
Dudley Daniel Gardner, 96, of Austin, Texas, died Thursday, October 25, 2012, at his home. Born on February 29, 1916, to Dudley and Maude Gardner in Ashley County, he was the fifth of six children and grew up in the Depression in Hamburg.
When World War II began, he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre. He was a career military man, serving for 23 years. He was in the Strategic Air Command for the majority of his military tenure, serving during the Cold War. After retiring he began his own business as a manufacturers' representative for many of the major boat and water ski companies. He retired from his business and spent the next 25 years with his wife in Buda, Texas, minding his home vegetable garden. More recently, he and his wife resided at the Continental Retirement Community enjoying the company of many friends. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan.
Survivors include his daughter, Gail and husband Barry McAtee; two sons, Danny and wife Faye Gardner and Scott Gardner and wife Pascale Vial; a sister, Imodene Gardner Kelly; a niece, Kathy Pugh of Baton Rouge; three grandchildren, Sarah Caldwell, Jenny and husband Scott Daughtry and Jason and wife Karla Gardner; and two great-granddaughters, Faye and Charlotte Daughtry.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Carlise Boykin Gardner, who died August 24 of this year.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue in Austin. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home chapel in Austin with a grave-side service to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
The family requests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization benefitting the nation's veterans. On-line guest book at www.wcfish.com.
Donald G. Summerland
Donald G. Summerland, 69, of Little Rock died Monday, October 22, 2012, at Brookside Health & Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. He was a native of Texas and had resided in Hamburg and Little Rock most of his life. He enjoyed walking and fishing.
He is survived by two brothers, Charles Ray Summerland and wife Mildred of Hamburg and Joe Summerland and wife Jane of Hermitage; and a host of other family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and May Josephine Bond Summerland; and two sisters, Joe Ann Summerland and Iva Marie Summerland.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, October 26, at the Antioch Cemetery with Bro. Roy Williams officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
Infant Emanuel Taylor
Infant Emanuel Jarae Taylor was born and died on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Stanley.
He is survived by his parents, : Reggie and Brenda Taylor of Hamburg; two sisters, Bridget Taylor of Bastrop, LA, and Regina Taylor of Hamburg; his paternal grandparents, Rev. Willie R. and Tessie Taylor of Hamburg; his maternal grandmother, Susie Stanley of Bastrop, LA; and a host of aunts, uncles, other family and loved ones.
Graveside funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Bobby E. Turner, Sr.
Bobby E. Turner, Sr., 78, of Crossett died Monday, October 22, 2012. Born July 16, 1934, in Rison, a son of the late Virgil Turner and Ruthey Roberts Turner, he served in the United States Army as a master sergeant and the Army National Guard for a total of 13 years. He was a dedicated employee for Westinghouse Electric and Eastern Electric and a retired co-owner of Mid South Electric in Greenville, Mississippi. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God in Crossett from 1975 to present, and was a former trustee. Mr. Turner attended Rison Baptist Church and First Assembly of God while living in Rison. He loved spending time on his small family farm, enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Monica Gallin Turner of Crossett, who he married on June 14, 1958; four sons, Bobby E. Turner, Jr,, and Allison of Redfield, Louis M. Turner and Paulette of Magnolia, Tony T. Turner and Shelley of Batesville, MS, and Thomas S. Turner and Emily of Monticello; three daughters, Karin R. Cater of Joiner, Angela R. Rushing and Shannon of Choudrant, LA, and Lisa Shairrick of Rogers; 16 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lorie Ann Turner; two brothers, John E. Turner and James R. Turner; one sister, Mabel R. Powers.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m, Thursday, October 25, at Cloverdale Assembly of God near Crossett with Rev. John Martin officiating. Burial followed at 1 p.m. in the Varnell Cemetery at Rison. Pallbearers were Chad Turner, Tavis Turner, Allyn Turner, Todd Kelley, Matt Goslowsky and Thomas Mullinaux. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Elliott, Hayden Turner, Ryan Turner, and Josh Casey.
Memorials may be made to Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 123 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Arrangements were by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. Guest book at www.buiefuneral home.com.