Obituaries Published Feb. 6
Agnes Stone Adair
Agnes Stone Adair, 95, of Searcy died Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Born October 9, 1917, in Hamburg to Jackson Van Buren Stone and Anna Riley Stone, she was a resident of Searcy for the past 14 years and was a resident of Snyder for many years. She was a homemaker and taught children's Sunday School at Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder for over 40 years where she and her husband, Thomas, were faithful members. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy where she was a member of the Mary Sunday School class.
She is survived by a daughter, Sue Bailey and husband Ed; a grandson, Bill Bailey and wife Stacy; two great-grandchildren, Emme Adair Bailey and William Jay Bailey, all of Searcy; five special relatives, Frankie Sumner, Linda Shiver, Buddy Barnes, Nancy Howard and Judy Moyers; and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Franklin Adair; her parents, eight sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Jimmy Wallace and Tim Noel officiating. Burial was in the Snyder Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Shiver, Derrick Douthit, Brian Stone, Charles Glen Stone, John Howard, George Moyers, Jesse Hathcote and Jeff Carpenter.
Memorials may be made to the Snyder Cemetery Association, c/o Sue Bailey, 1977 Holmes Rd., Searcy, AR 72143 or to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 1601 E. Moore Ave., Searcy, AR 72143. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Irma Elizabeth DeWitt
Irma Elizabeth DeWitt, 93, of Lee's Summit, MO, died Sunday, January 27, 2013. Born June 6, 1919, in Hamburg, she married Julius E. "Jude" Dewitt on Oct. 3, 1943 in Grandview, MO, and they enjoyed 68 years of marriage.
She is survived by a daughter, Jacquelin Maddux and husband Hank; two grandsons, Jason Maddux and wife Jennifer and Joshua Maddux and wife Cari; a great-grandson Nicholas Maddux; two nephews, John McLeod and Jerry Sage; and three nieces, Pat Tomerlin, Janet Johnson and Judy Ramsey. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011, her parents, Wayne and Emma McLeod; and two brothers, Osborn McLeod and Clifton McLeod.
Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
Patricia Farmer Douglass, 79, of Crossett died on Friday, February 1, 2013, at her home. Born February 3, 1933, in Crossett to Rockford Gates and Bernice Ozell Naff Farmer, Mrs. Douglass was a member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Thad A. Douglas, Jr., and wife Terri of Crossett; two daughters, Debra McClain and husband John of Grenada, MS, and Deanna Powers and husband David of Lake Village; two brothers, Troy L. Farmer and wife Nell of Crossett and Gary D. Farmer and wife Chloe; two sisters, Pam Thornton and Angie Rodgers and husband Roy, all of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Thad Anderson Douglass, Sr., and a sister, Dorla McGilton.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. David Powers, Clayton Hales and Danny Malone officiating. Pallbearers were to be Cliff Douglass, Eric Wall, Tony Wall, Casey McClain, Jonathon Gates and Jonathan Powers. Honorary pallbearers were to be Tim Toler, Robert Stone, Jack Allen, Larry Senn and Keith Carter. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Texarkana Baptist Children's Home, PO Box 611, Texarkana, TX 75504.
Sallie Washington Jackson
Sallie Lee Washington Jackson, 88, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Cherry Ridge Nursing Home in Bastrop, LA. A native of Winchester and a Crossett resident for 83 years, she was a former employee of Crossett Health Center, now Ashley County Medical Center and Ashley County Cooperative Extension Service. Mrs. Jackson had been a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church since the age of nine. She had served as youth director, on the Senior Usher Board, as director of the Youth Usher Board and as Sunday School teacher of Class #9. She was an Eastern Star member and had served as associate matron of Silver Star Chapter #306 and as matron of the Eastern Star youth fraternity. She enjoyed needle pointing and reading.
She is survived by one son, Charles Jackson and wife Mary of Oakland, CA, two daughters, Bobbie Hendrix of Florissant, MO, and Betty Levy of Kansas City, KS, eleven grandchildren and a host of other family, friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Rev. B.J. Jackson; one daughter, Dorothy Miller; her parents, Willie and Edna O'Neal Washington; two brothers, Levell Washington and Willie Washington; and one sister, Elizabeth Williams.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Alexander officiating. Pallbearers are Charles Moore, James Phifer, T. L. Lowe, Ricky Sims, Albert Goodwin and Derrell Newton. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Paul Eugene Reitzell
Paul Eugene Reitzell, 86, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, February 4, 2012. He had lived in Ashley County the last four years. Born in Caldwell Parish, LA, he attended school in Clarks, LA. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and served at Yonabru Okinawa Naval Air Base. He loved to fish and work in his garden and loved a good joke.
Survivors include his daughter, Paula Faye Oden; a sister, Bessie Crain LaBorde; three grandsons, Gregory Oden and wife Crystie and Brian Paul Oden; five great-grandchildren, Garrett Oden, Stephen Oden, Lola Oden, Emily Oden and LeAnne Oden; and a host of family and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Marie Jenkins Reitzell; his parents, Alvin and Lucy Viola White Reitzell; four brothers, Luther, Homer, Wilbur "Pete," and Bill Reitzell; and three sisters, Leatrice Benson, Mary McCarver, and Louise Crumley.
Grave-side services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, at Christ Church Cemetery in Bastrop. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Frisby, Michael Frisby, Darren Brantley,
Garrett Oden and Marvin Goeghagen. Arrangements are by Golden Funeral Home.
Linda Streeter Slaughter
Linda Laverne Streeter Slaughter, 60, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born January 17, 1953, in Ukiah, CA, she was the widow of John Allen Slaughter, a seamstress and a member of Second Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Irman Dewitt Streeter and Ella Fair Barnett Streeter.
Survivors include three sons, John Slaughter of Fountain Hill, Allen Slaughter and wife Angel of Hamburg and James Slaughter and wife Terri of Monticello; one brother, Robert Streeter of Snyder; one sister, Juanita Cotton of Bryant; and six grandchildren, Sabrina, Tommy, Simon, Justin, Mark and Grace. She was preceded in death by one brother, Irman Franklin Streeter; one half brother, James Land; and two half sisters, Joyce Jackson and Carrie Basile.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Bud Banks officiating. Pallbearers were Dean Wallace, Jimmy Don Norrell, Phil Thompson, Richard Addington, Tim Nichols and Orby Shaver. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Rice and David Wesson. Burial followed at the Snyder Cemetery. Online guestbook is found at www.stephensondearman.com.
Logan Hunter Smith
Logan Hunter Smith, infant son of Rebecca Swires and Danny Lavoun Smith, Jr., of Crossett died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Survivors include his parents, grandparents Danny Lavoun and Bonnie Smith of Hamburg, Nonika Suzanne Swires of Panama City, FL, and Rodney Shaw of Tunica, MS; great-grandparents Thomas and Doris Moran of Hamburg and Ann and Warren Taylor of Tunica, MS; brothers, Danny Lavoun Smith, III, of Crossett and Jacob Ryan Smith of San Bernardino, CA; and a sister, Taylor McKenzie Smith of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Vela Sue and Johnny Taylor; an uncle, Joshua Smith; and great uncles, Kevin Blunt and Kenneth Moran.
Grave-side services were at 2:30 p.m., Friday, February 1, at Eden Cemetery with Bro. Arnold Sheets officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Mary Alice Wilcoxon Stone
Mary Alice Wilcoxon Stone, 97, of Tyler, Texas, died on Friday, February 1, 2013, in Tyler. Born on January 17, 1916, in Ashley County to John Wiley Wilcoxon and Mattie Allen Wilcoxon, she grew up in Ashley County and spent most of her life in Arkansas. She married Charles Henry Stone on January 27, 1934, at the Baptist minister's home in Hamburg. The marriage lasted almost fifty years until Henry's death in 1983.
She is survived by her two sons, Charles Glenn Stone and wife Judy and John Edward Stone and wife Connie; four grandchildren, Dr. Charles G. Stone, Jr., Dr. Brian H. Stone, Erin Means, and Joanna Stone; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition, there are many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Edward Allen and John Henry Allen, sisters Verlie Allen, Velma Allen, Helen Patrick, Nancy Harp, and Elizabeth Carpenter, brothers James, Dean, Searcy, Frank, George and Andrew Wilcoxon; and by sisters Bessie and Pearl Wilcoxon.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. The service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at the funeral home chapel with burial to follow at Oakland Cemetery. The family invites everyone to a lunch reception afterward at a place to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mary's memory to Southside Baptist Church, 2309 South Poplar, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603, or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701
Olga Taylor, 91, of Crossett died Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born on June 21, 1921, in Strong to John and Ola McKinney Little, Mrs. Taylor was a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Taylor, Jr.; a daughter, Mary Alves; one brother and three sisters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers were Max McGowen, Steven Shirley, Mac Hughes and Joe Taylor. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Obituaries Published February 13
James Dewitt Ashford
James "Jimmy" Dewitt Ashford, 75, of Hamburg, formerly of Warren and McGehee, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born April 28, 1937, at McGehee, a son of the late James Dewitt Ashford, Sr., and Julia Janson Ashford, he was a graduate of McGehee Public School System and the University of Arkansas at Monticello . He was a retired farmer and state of Arkansas employee and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Warren. He loved hunting, fishing and visiting his buddies at the Warren Bank coffee shop and enjoyed his dogs and loved dancing with friends.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bell Ashford, who he married on May 24, 1996, at McGehee; three daughters, Debra Ann Ashford of McGehee and Claudia Higgins and Mary Jon Wells and spouse Jim of Hamburg; a son, Chuck Ashford of Conway; a sister, Judy Ashford Whitaker and spouse Gary of North Little Rock; grandchildren Daniel Clark, Matthew Smith and spouse Jennifer, Kimberly Clark and Anna Williams; and a nephew, Matt Whitaker. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Ashford.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday February 9, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Rev. Dr. Dari Rowen officiating. Burial was in McGehee Cemetery. Pallbearers were T. Roy Reep, Herman Phillips, Robert Watson, Perry Watkins, John McNeely and Jim Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Porter Mullins, Ray Ryburn and Jacob Callaway. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Warren, 212 East Church St., Warren, AR 71671. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com
Jim Barham, 63, of Little Rock died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at his lake house on Lake Enterprise in Wilmot. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Little Rock for 39 years and a resident of Wilmot for the past two years, he graduated from University of Arkansas-Little Rock and was a Vietnam era veteran of the United States Marines. He worked for the Little Rock Waste Water Department for 38 years until retiring in 2011. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite of the Oak Grove Lodge, a 30 year member and former president of the Little Rock Civitan Club and worked with Special Olympics for a number of years. He was a Cub Scoutmaster and a volunteer parent at the Little Rock Racquet Club in the swimming program. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maumelle where he served as church treasurer at one time.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donnice Hammond Barham of Little Rock; a daughter, Ashley M. Barham of Little Rock; a son, Mark A. Barham of Wilmot; a grandson, Andrew Miller; a brother, Jack Barham of Belle Glade, FL; and a sister, Pat Pillert of Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his father, Andy Barham; his mother, Vera Mae Nolley Barham; and a brother, Dr. Jerry Barham.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 8, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Rev. Charles R. Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Hammond, Scott Miller, Michael Miller, Neal Hammond, Paul Akers, John David Barham, Ron Miller, Stevie Hammond, Eddie Hammond, B.J. Harrison and Enoch Miller.
Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics Arkansas, 2115 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114.Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Lillie Bell Cessor
Lillie Bell Cessor, 87, of Hamburg died Thursday, February 7, 2013. A native of Vernon, Alabama; a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Monticello, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by three sons, James Cessor and wife Dianne of Hamburg and Jerry Wayne Cessor and Lonnie Cessor of Little Rock; five daughters, Glenda Fought of Hazen, Janice Higginbotham and husband Lamar of Hamburg, Nita Burriss of Crossett, Charlet Towe of Olla, LA, and Frances Maglothin of Dermott; 19 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Lee Cessor, in 1988; her parents, Early and Estelle Reynolds Stanley; four brothers, Grady, Odell, Charles and Cedall Stanley; and two sisters, Omie Rice and Edith Cessor.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 9, in the Prairie Grove Cemetery with Rev. Vaughn Blue officiating. Pallbearers were James Cessor, Kevin Cessor, Chris Higginbotham, Benji Brooks, Brandon Burriss, Alan Richardson and Daniel Cessor.
Memorials may be made to the Prairie Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Clifford Bowden, 905 Goose Hollow Road, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Wanda Louise Curry
Wanda Louise Curry, 67, of Campti, LA, died on Monday, February 4, 2013, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. Born on December 26, 1945, in Warren to the late Olen and Louise Doggett, she was retired from Georgia Pacific and was a member of Cain River Missionary Baptist Church of Natchitoches, LA.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bobby Curry of Campti; three daughters, Stephanie Jackson and husband Robert of Minden, LA, Dennice Gill and husband Andy of Crossett and Barbara Gammel and husband Scott of Alexandria, LA. She had seven grandchildren, Joshua Jackson, Elizabeth Cox, Brittney Patrick, Amanda and Caleb Gammel, Courtnie Gill and Scott Gill and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Catherine McDiarmid of Banks. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cindy Taylor.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 7, at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery in Warren under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Patricia Ann Dale
Patricia Ann Dale, 73, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 5, 2013. She was born on March 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Harry and Margaret Mynes Hanby. On August 19, 1979, she married Albert Dale. She was a devoted member of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Crossett where she taught first Communion.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Dale of Crossett; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Mitchell and Connie Farrell of Marion, James Baker of Phoenix, AZ, Harry and Wendy Baker of Fountain Lake and Larry and Faith Baker of Mountain Pine; four daughters and one son-in-law, Terry Slaight of Hot Springs, Dyrles and Norman Gomillion of Paron, Marion Farrell and Lorriena Farrell; one stepdaughter, Brenda King and husband Bruce of DeValls Bluff; one stepson, David Dale and wife Sherry of DeValls Bluff; one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Anita Hanby of San Ramon, CA; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Betty and James Woodard of Port Isabell, Texas, Mary Ratbun of Hobbs, NM, Margaret Herbert of Tampa, FL, Laurien and JD Chidester and Barbara and JC House, all of Flippin; 17 grandchildren, Kate Erickson, Margaret Nava, James McGowen, Kara Johnson, Dyrl Johnson, Austin Gomillon, Nathanel Lamb, Ryan Lamb, Tiffany Lamb, Kernan Jackson, Courtney Jackson, Tiffani Baker, Sarah Baker, Patricia Simpson, Jennifer Esponaze, Amy Caillas-Munoz, Zachary Dale, Nicole Meredith and Charlie Lovell; nineteen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Newton Baker; her second husband, Sidney Dyrl Farrell; a stepson, Leonard Farrell; and a granddaughter, Casey Baker.
Mass of Christian burial was at 10 a.m Saturday, February 9, in the St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church with Father Innocent Okure officiating. Pallbearers were Harry Baker, Larry Baker, Mitchell Farrell, James McGowen, Norman Gomillion and Bobby Harvey. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Belk, Rigo Nava, Hospice Homecare, Fountain Lake Fire Department, Buck Trucking, Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church, the Lamb Family, Bobby Bates and Mark Castro. Burial was in the Peak Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
Don Pennington, 81, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 10, 2013, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg, he was a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Army, a building contractor for 45 years, a dedicated member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church for many years and enjoyed Razorback football and basketball games, traveling, hunting, fishing and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Jean Uptigrove Pennington of Hamburg; two daughters, Donna Dvorshock and husband Jim of Hamburg and Debbie Elrod of Hamburg; a son, Kenny Pennington and wife Brenda of Monticello; two brothers, Conrad Pennington of Crossett and Bruce Pennington of Hamburg; three sisters, Merle Murphy of Hamburg, Macel Rodgers of Crossett and Annette Craig of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, David Dvorshock of Findley, Ohio, Jennifer Kelley and Clint Book of Hamburg, Keri Layne Davis and husband Steven of Little Rock, Caleb Elrod of Crossett and Jessica, Alexandria and Warren Pennington of Monticello; four great-grandchildren, Collin and Logan Dvorshock of Crooksville, Ohio, Gracie Kelley of Hamburg and Levi Book of Little Rock; and two special former sons-in-law, Doyle Book of Hamburg and Gaylon Elrod of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, McClellan and Annie Lou Howard Pennington; two brothers, Elton and M. C. Pennington; and a sister, Erma Lou Pennington Sharp.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. John Williams and Arnold Sheets officiating. Burial will be in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers are Royce Sharp, Gerry Rodgers, Ronnie Rodgers, Mickey Pennington, Ricky Pennington, Jimmy Pennington, Reagan Craig, Phillip Craig, Jeff Pennington and Mack Pennington. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Stanley, Lane Culp, Steve Naff, Gene Roberts and Jim Moss. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Norma Mae Sivils
Norma Mae Sivils, 80, of Fountain Hill died Wednesday, February 6, 2013. A native and resident of Fountain Hill for many years, she was a former resident of Crossett and Monticello. She graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1950. She worked at Burlington Industries in Monticello until retiring in 1979. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fountain Hill.
She is survived by a son, Carl Sivils, Jr., and wife Melinda of Crossett; two brothers, Rev. Robin Hood and Jimmy Hood of Monticello; two sisters, Mackie Boyd of Monticello and Retha Wright of Ozark; two granddaughters, Taylor Lynn Sivils and Carly June Sivils; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Sivils, Sr., in 1996; her parents, Mac and Nola Mae Roberson Hood; two brothers, Aaron Hood and Johnny Lee Hood; and an infant sister, Pat Hood.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 9, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Bill Elton and Gene Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Carter Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lance Mercer, Justin Green, James Hamilton, Andy Riels, Chris Kelley and Floyd Morgan. Memorials may be made to the Carter Cemetery Association, 5450 Highway 82 West, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
James Harold Smith
James Harold Smith, 63, of Lake Village died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born December 6, 1949, in Dermott, he graduated from Portland High School in 1967 followed by graduation from the University of Arkansas in Monticello. He was a member of the Army National Guard 216th Medical Company from 1971-1981. After many years of farming and farm chemical sales, he became a certified farm equipment appraiser and worked throughout the states of Arkansas and Louisiana.
He is survived by his two sons, Jim Smith and wife Lydia and their two children, Gavin and Brody of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Scott Smith and wife Peyton of Crossett; two brothers, George Keys of Quitman, LA, and Craig Keys of Little Rock; as well as his dearly loved cousin, Judy Baxter of White Hall.
A Rosary service followed by a memorial service will be held Monday, February 18, starting at 6 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopfuneralhomeinc.com.
Gloria Ann Williams
Gloria Ann Williams, 70, of Huttig died on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at her residence. Born on November 30, 1942, in Sterlington, LA, to Jack and Mary Manning Canfield, Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Huttig.
Survivors include her husband, Bennie Williams of Huttig; one son, Tyrone Canfield of Arcadia, LA; four daughters, Carla Harper and Gloria Mason of Marion, LA, Marilyn Williams of Crossett and Shirley Gaston of Huttig; 20 step-children; two brothers, Jackie R. Canfield and Grayling Canfield of Huttig; two sisters, Debra Ross of Baytown, TX, and Sheila Taylor of El Dorado; 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Ray Canfield and Darryl Canfield; a daughter, Linda Scott; a brother, Bobby Canfield; a grandson, Jonathan Williams; and a granddaughter, Ayawna Gaston Thomas.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 12, at First Baptist Church of Huttig with burial to follow at the Huttig Community Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published February 20
James Lamar Bays
James Lamar Bays, 75, of Crossett died Friday, February 15, 2013. James, known as Pedro to friends, he was born September 6, 1937, in Crossett to the late Leland Lamar Bays and the late Gladys Hagood Bays. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1955 at the age of 17 and volunteered to serve in the United States Marines. Returning home to Crossett he was employed by Georgia Pacific for 39 years. He was an active member of Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Bryan Bays of Crossett; a daughter, Sheri Harrison and husband Tommy of Pine Bluff; two stepchildren, Nancy Brown and husband Ricky of Little Rock and Mike Greene of Crossett; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Gibson of Ruston, LA; a very special niece, Linda Robinson and husband Leroy; and other nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ira Lane Bays; and his wife and companion of 30 years, Carolyn (Frazier) Bays of Crossett.
A celebration of his life was held at Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 18,. under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Roy Rodgers, Bubba Gilmore, David Bays, Mitch Bays, Tommy Harrison and Norman Swan.
Memorials may be made to the Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2467 Hwy 133 N, Hamburg, AR 71646. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Doyle Lee Blankenship, Sr.
Doyle Lee Blankenship, Sr., 87, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation in Crossett. He was a Bradley County native, a Crossett resident most of his life and was a retired paper maker for Georgia Pacific's paper mill. A member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, he was an US Army veteran, serving his country during World War II and receiving the WWII Victory and Army of Occupation Medals. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
He is survived by two sons, Doyle Blankenship, Jr., and wife Judy and Bruce Blankenship and wife Rita; three daughters, Betty Tyson and husband Alex, Charlotte McDonald and Carolyn Crow, all of Crossett; ten grandchildren, Tony, Greg and Brad Blankenship, Mark Tyson, Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Gilbert, Barbie Clark, Kim Young, Gina Hicks and Amy Carter; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Doris Grace Barnett Blankenship on March 11, 2011; one grandson, Matthew Lee Tyson; his parents, Lee and Nannie Smith Blankenship; and two sisters, Bernice and Emma Jean Parker.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, February 15, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Clayton Hales and John Marlar officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Maxwell, Brad, Tony and Greg Blankenship, Brady Tyson and Cliff Gee. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Tyson, Kenny Clark, Paul Gilbert and Michael Young. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Betty Ann Bozeman
Betty Ann Bozeman, 70, of Portland died Sunday, February 17, 2013. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Portland for most of her life, she graduated from Portland High School in 1959. She had worked at the Portland Elementary School in the cafeteria for the past 18 years and formerly worked as a secretary at Montrose Academy. She was a member of the Portland Baptist Church and a member of the Portland Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid Razorback fan; she loved gardening, flowers and working with children.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Bozeman of Portland; three daughters, Pam Hackett and husband Dave of Dermott, Guylene Hand of Conway and Davinia Martin and husband Wilbur of Portland; two brothers, Kenneth Smith of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Riley Howard Smith of Texas; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Ann Smith, in December, 2012; her parents, Charlie and Mona Lovett Chapman; and a step-brother, Frankie Chapman.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 21, in the Portland Baptist Church with Bros. Jerry Selby and Carl Mason officiating. Burial will be in the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Don Arensman, Jeff Foster, Curtis Rotton, Ronnie Kelley, Robert Pugh and Franklin Ricks. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Hackett, Wilbur Martin and Mike Hand. Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 174, Portland, AR 71663or to the Portland Elementary School, 314 Highway160 East, Portland, AR 71663.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be 6-8 Wednesday at the funeral home.
Allie Calloway Cantley
Allie Melba Calloway Cantley, 95, of Crossett, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation. Born on January 29, 1918, in Laran, LA, to Joe Lee and Naughvelle Futch Calloway, Mrs. Cantley was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sons, Harold Cantley and wife Lucy of Traskwood, Henry Cantley and wife Shirley of Cabot, and Joe Lee Cantley and wife Barbara and Larry Cantley of Crossett; three brothers, Victor Calloway of Boston, MA, Billy Ray Calloway and wife Eloise of Crossett and Wayne Calloway of Strong; five sisters, Leola Burns of Strong, Sudie Garner of El Dorado, Martha House and husband William of Huntsville, AL, Joann Smiley and husband Drayton of Shreveport, LA, and Elaine Dees of Hermitage; a sister-in-law, Grace Calloway of Strong; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lester H. Cantley; a sister Clorine Jones; a brother Clarence Calloway; and Allie's twin sister Sallie Ham.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 15, at Jones Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Harold Cantley and Mike Cantley officiating. Pallbearers were Matthew Cantley, Tim Cantley, Terry Hawkins, Aubrey Dunn, Dean Davis, Michael Mills, Jonathan Gosdin and Mike Cantley. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Memorials can be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Mark Harmon, 44, of Crossett died Sunday, February 10, 2013, in Opelousas, Louisiana. A native and former resident of Little Rock he had lived in Crossett for the past 11 years. A heating and air technician, he was a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Little Rock and attended the First Church of God in Crossett. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Speck Harmon; a son, Justin Mark Harmon; a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Harmon; his parents, Charles and Ethelyn Harris Harmon, all of Crossett; a brother, Tim Harmon and wife Donna of Perryville; a sister, Jennifer Adkins and husband Steve of Port Barre, LA; three nieces, Kailyn Harmon of Crossett and Lexie Lyn Adkins and Alea Rae Adkins of Port Barre; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Bernice Harris, Vicky Formby and Charles Harmon; and a niece Olivia Bailee Adkins.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 16, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Ivey officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sammy Gray, Thad Douglas, George Courson, Brandon Courson, Jeff Wallace and Carter Hinze. Honorary pallbearer was Larry Gray. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Royce Jordan, 82, of Crossett died Thursday, February 14, 2013, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Born on June 20, 1930, the youngest of 13 children to Charlie and Ollie Pogue Jordan, he was a charter member of the First Church of God.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Sue Jordan of Crossett; one son, Wayne Jordan and wife Teri of Crossett; two daughters, Judy Jordan of Crossett and Ginger Aldridge and husband Calvin of Cabot; two brothers, Perry Jordan and Parnell Jordan of Crossett; a sister, Pauline McClain of El Dorado; five grandchildren, Mardi Weems and husband Paul, Charlie Jordan and wife Katie, Andrew Aldridge and wife Adrien, Amy Harrington and husband Neil, and Amanda Bush and husband Ryan; eleven great-grandchildren, Tolland Weems, Jordan Day, Justine Day, Emily Jordan, Jase Jordan, Jackson Harrington, Sophia Bush, Samuel Bush, Silas Bush, Daniel Aldridge and Chloe Aldridge; and a great-great-grandchild, Jaycee Janine Meeks; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Nemi Day. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 17, at the First Church of God with Bro. Will Hughes officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Jordan, Jerry Johnson, Jerry Brantley, Ronnie Tippen, Buddy Barrett, Gary Jordan and Keith Glover.
Burial followed at Lone Sassafras Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Richard Edward Watt
Richard Edward "Jake" Watt, 94, of Crossett died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired employee of Chase Bag Company and a Baptist. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.
He is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Neel of Crossett; a special friend, Bernice McClain; his grandson, Gerald Glen Garrett; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta Evora Watt, on July 2, 1996; his adopted son, Thurlow Garrett; his parents, Richard Marion and Maud Norrell Watt; three brothers, John Everett Watt, Alvin "Mutt" Watt and Gean Watt; abd two sisters, Gladys Mae Hamm and Robbie Lee Bryant.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, at Cromwell Funeral Home with Bros. John Martin and Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers are Hamp Neal, Wayne Bryan, Richard E. Watt, Randall B. Watt, Arron T. Watt and John R. Watt. Honorary pallbearers are, Paul Savage, Donnie M. and Donnie R. Watt. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Youths, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635.
Visitation will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at Cromwell Funeral Home.
Anita Faye White
Anita Faye White, 66, of Clearwater, Florida, died Thursday, February 14, 2013. A native of England, Ark., and raised in the Portland-Snyder area, she was a resident of Clearwater for the past 12 years and was a former resident of Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Portland High School in 1964 and was a veteran of the United States Navy. She worked for Scott Equipment in Monroe and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder.
She is survived by six brothers, Carl White of Hot Springs, Doyle White of Crossett, James White of Lake Village, Sammy White of Pensacola, and Phillip White and Don White of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, E. J. and Anna Yandell White; and a brother, Silas White.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, February 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bates officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Snyder Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Drew Richard Williams
Drew Richard Williams, 26, of Fayetteville died Saturday, February 16, 2013. Born on August 27, 1986, to Rick and Paula Fulton Williams in Dallas, TX, Drew served in the United States Navy and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved duck hunting, fishing and especially snowboarding.
Survivors include his parents, Rick and Paula Williams of Crossett; one brother, Pierce Williams of Conway; one sister, Lindsay Dixon and husband Kyle of Springdale; his grandparents, Ann Fulton, Herk and Rachel Williams, all of Crossett; an uncle, Steve Williams; aunts, Kathy Edgar and husband Marty, Susan Newman and husband Greg and Mary Margaret Gardner; and a host of cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Paul Fulton.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, at the First Baptist multi-ministry building with Bro. Jamie Staley and Pierce Williams officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Deep Well Ministries, P. O. Box 10614, Conway, AR 72034.
Obituaries Published February 27
Carrie Mae Stell Austin
Carrie Stell Austin, 82, of Monticello died Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Born April 18, 1930, she was an honor graduate of Hamburg High School and attended ASU, UCA and graduated summa cum laude from UA-Monticello. She was a retired high school English teacher, businesswoman, an avid reader, family historian, minister's wife, a patriot and a yellow dog Democrat. Her career was spent in public schools in Tillar, Star City, Bearden, England and Dermott. Born and reared in her beloved Promise Land community in Ashley County, she traced her family ancestry from 16th century England to the founders of the community she always called home. She shared her gifts freely with others until her mind was ravaged by Alzheimers Disease.
She is survived by her children, Ginger Norris and Gloria Gladden and husband Royce of Monticello, Hugh Austin and wife Wrenetta of Conway, David Austin and wife Debbie of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, Kristy Hales and husband Mike of Wasilla, AK, Andy Norris and wife Donna and John and Drew and wife Lauren Gladden of Monticello, Stephanie Witherspoon and husband Chris of Benton, Ashley Braswell and husband Jason and Lauren Erion and husband Matt of Conway; and great-grandchildren Abby, Lily, Keith, Brayden, Valeri, Ava Claire, B. J. and Lane' and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Houston E. Austin; her parents, Johnnie Mae Smith and David Eugene Stell; one grandson, Jason Austin; one brother, John D. Stell; four sisters, Francis Kelly, Jean Cahill, Celeste Fairweather and Betty Donaldson; and her beloved son-in-law Keith Norris.
Grave-side services were at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at Union Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials in her honor may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Guest book at www.stephensondear man.com.
Beatrice W. Bradford
Beatrice "Bea" W. Bradford, 86, of Mer Rouge, LA, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, TX. Born on July 17, 1926, to Isiah and Willie Bell Davis Woods, she was a retired sales clerk in the retail industry. Mrs. Bradford was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Ruth Boyd of Lufkin, Texas; two sisters, Julia Mae Barnett of Bonita, LA, and Virginia Knight of Crossett; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alton Bradford; a son, Kevin Lee Bradford; two brothers, James Woods and Charles “Lucky” Woods; and one sister, Louise Kennington.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, February 22, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Dorris Jean Colbert
Dorris Jean Colbert, 65, of Crossett died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at her residence. A native of Camden, she was a resident of Crossett for the past 35 years, a retired CNA and a member of First Baptist Church on Florida Street.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Eddie Lee Colbert; two sons, Jimmie Lee Mayweather of Camden and Aaron Lee of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Regina Mayweather and Donna Ellis of Crossett; one brother, Kenneth Mayweather of Dallas; seven sisters, DeLores F. Wimberly of Crossett, Mary Mayweather of Buffalo, NY, Tina Mayweather and Sherry Mayweather of Camden, Gloria Dawn and husband Robert and LaReta Mayweather of Dallas and Helen Hawkins and husband William of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shakyra Colbert; one granddaughter, Jasmine P. Mayweather; a stepson, Derrick Colbert; a stepdaughter, Sabrina Colbert; her parents, Harvey and Lillie B. Ingram Mayweather; and two brothers, Clifford Wiggins and Harvey Mayweather, Jr.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at the First Baptist Church on Florida Street with Rev. Dominic Mayweather officiating. Pallbearers were Milton Gaston, Charles Moore, James Adams, Tony Allen, David Childress and Freddie Hargraves. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth, Brandon, Jimmie Mayweather, Jeremy Ellis, Aaron Lee, Roderick Ellis and Marcus Taylor. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net
Willie Mae Mann Sivils Lohrey
Willie Mae Mann Sivils Lohrey, 89, of Crossett died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Born on May 6, 1923, in Hamburg to Eddie Lee and Susan Priscilla Roark Mann, she was a retired hairdresser and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Lohrey loved camping, fishing and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Lohrey of Crossett; two daughters, Jo Ann Tucker and husband Ronnie and Deborah Sivils of Crossett, a daughter-in-law, Janice Sivils of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Sharon Garner and husband Bob of White Oak, Texas; and a stepson, Rick Lohrey of Sumner, TX. She had six grandchildren, Marsha Lee, Stacey Davis, Roxanne Leonard, Bobby Sivils, Jr., Brandi Sivils Fratesi and Jaden Sivils; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lavelle Sivils; a son, Bobby L. Sivils; a son-in-law, Lane Parker; five brothers, three sisters and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, February 22, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Carroll Parker, Roger Lee, Bobby Sivils, Jr., Chuck Davis, Cole Richard and John Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy McDougald, Fred Atkins and Ricky Leonard. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church Building or Bus Fund, 1018 Ashley 14N, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Michael D. O'Brien
Michael D. O'Brien, 57, of Crossett died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Little Rock. He was born on December 3, 1955, in Crossett to Jerry and Dorothy Smith O'Brien and was a painter in the construction industry.
Survivors include one brother, Gary Smith and wife Nancy of Crossett; one niece, Shannon Dickerson of El Dorado; one nephew, Christopher Jordan of Crossett; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents, Derril and Etta Smith; and one sister, Debbie Jordan.
Grave-side services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bros. Eric Hodge and Ken Burchfield officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Ruby Jewell Putney
Ruby Jewell "Mickey" Putney, 58, of Crossett died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center.
A native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for the past 42 years, she was a retired Crossett School District employee and a member of Living Word Church of God in Christ. Mickey enjoyed working in her flowers, going to church and doing crafts.
She is survived by four sons Scottie Putney of Grambling, LA, and Stedrick Putney, Shelton Putney and Seymour Putney of Crossett; six brothers, L. V. "Buddy" Paskel and wife Carolyn of Crossett, Jimmy Paskel and Steven Paskel and wife Angie of Pine Bluff, Troy Paskel and Charles Paskel and wife Pamela of Hamburg and Limmie Earl Paskel of Parkdale; five sisters, Eunice Williams of San Jose, CA, Cora Hubbert of Chicago, IL, Gloria Allen of Alexandria, LA, Emma Wright and husband Larry of Little Rock and Lowandia "Faye" Williams and husband Carnell of Pine Bluff; nine grandchildren, Trayon, Trevelle, Nicola, Stedrick Jr., Scottie Jr., Jalen and Sierria Putney, Jeremy Wise and Se'marion Perkins; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, L.G. "Peter" and Caravine "Bean" Jenkins Paskel; and one brother, Cornelius Paskel.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at Living Word Church of God In Christ with Bishop Joe Mason officiating. Pallbearers were Glen Newton, Samuel Jenkins, Cedric Tucker, Harold Tucker, Calvin Barnett, Christopher Tatum, Curtis Tucker and Sylvester Tucker. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.