November 6

Kelcy Delmar Jordan

Kelcy Delmar Jordan, 83, of Crossett died on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at his residence. Born on June 2, 1930, in Crossett to Delmar Denton "Biggon" and Cynthia Barnett Jordan, he was a retired welder for Georgia Pacific and had served in the Air Force. He enjoyed fishing, camping, reading his Bible and he loved his cats. Mr. Jordan was a member of Pine Grove Church of God.

Survivors include a sister, Bobbie Christine Parkerson and John, Sr., of Crossett; a nephew, John Parkerson, Jr., of Crossett; a niece, Susan Lee Hamilton and Scott of Monroe, LA; and close friends, George and Stacy Courson, Brandon Courson, Tanner Courson, and Lexie Courson of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Joy Collins Jordan.

Funeral services were planned for 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, at Pine Grove Church of God. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at

Tony Everett Lyons

A memorial service for Tony Everett Lyons, 57, of Crossett was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Arnold Sheets officiating. He loved sports and fishing on the Saline River.

Survivors include his sons, Derrick Anthony Lyons and Christopher Everett Lyons; his daughters-in-law, Laci Lyons and Erin Lyons; and his grandchildren, Gena Ezma Lyons, Gage Stephenson, Lory Stephenson and Jada Sanders; his aunts, Angie Holland and Patsy Webb; a brother, Kenneth R. Lyons, nieces and nephews Katrina Craig, Matthew Brooks, Benjamin Brooks, Angela Terell and Daniel Lyons; his stepdaughter, Jessica Sanders; and cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Sanders Lyons; his parents, Christine Holland Lyons and Everett Eugene Lyons; and his sisters, Kathy Jean Lyons and Terry Lynn Brooks.

The service included eulogies by Christopher Everett Lyons, Ronnie and Vicki Donaldson and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin, Billy and Mattehew Brooks, Jim Cone, Mark DeLess, David Dickerson, Ronnie Donaldson, Thomas Halley, Mike Harrington, Daniel Lyons and Hank Stell.

Bennie Williams

Bennie Williams, 79, of Huttig died on Monday, October 28, 2013, at his home. Born on May 11, 1934, in Crossett to the late Inez and James Williams, he worked many years for Olin Kraft and retired from Plum Creek after many years of service.

Survivors include eight sons, Lee Otis Webster, Larry D. Williams, Johnny B. Williams and Christine, Randy J. Williams, Clarence A. Williams, Lloyd H. Williams, Lee O. Rochelle and Bruce D. Williams and Kimberly; eight daughters, Inez A. Williams, Greta Lynn Cregg and Victor, Wendy Mae Williams, Charlean Archie and Ronald, Amanda Lee Henderson and Demetrius, JoAnn Rochelle, Alice Rochelle, and Patricia Ann Hollinggest and Travis; one brother, Arthur Warren; one sister, Joyce Tyson; 42 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, four step-daughters, one step-son and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Amanda Lee Jordan-Williams, his second wife, Gloria Williams; three brothers, Lonnie Hughes, James Williams and Richard Warren; one sister, Eve Mae Randoff; a step-daughter, Linda Scott; and four grandchildren, Johnathan, Sherry, Randy Jr. and Bobby Ray.

Grave-side services were planned for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at the Huttig Cemetery with Reverend W. T. Ward officiating with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at

November 13

James E. Carpenter

James E. "Jamie" Carpenter, 65, of Crossett died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home. Born on December 31, 1947, to Dorothy and S. J. Carpenter in Lufkin, Texas, he worked for Georgia Pacific in the pulp mill as an E&I technician until he retired. He was a member of Beech Street Missionary Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, riding motorcycles, fishing and anything that had to do with water.

Survivors include a son, Mike Carpenter of Crossett; two daughters, Jamie Wallesch and Barbie and Billy Townsend of Little Rock; his mother, Dorothy Carpenter of Crossett; one brother, Robert Carpenter of Shelbyville, TX; one sister, Jan Matteson of San Rafael, CA; three grandsons, Jesse and Brittani Harrington of Crossett, Adam Townsend and Luke Wallesch of Little Rock; two nephews, Daniel and Andy Matteson of San Rafael; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, November 11, at Medders Funeral Home in Crossett with burial following at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.meddersfuneral

Ethel Louise Carr

Ethel Louise Carr, 81, of Crossett died Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

She was a native of Bassett, Arkansas, a Crossett resident for the past 53 years, a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Lane Baptist Church. Mrs. Carr enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Oscar Lee Carr of Crossett and Larry Stepp of Westpoint, MS; two daughters, Kathy Jones and husband Ted of Bastrop, LA, and Caroline Glaser and husband Joe of Crossett; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Carr; one daughter, Mary Ann Stanley; her parents, William Todd "W.T." and Fannie Farrish Brown; five brothers, Earl, Eugene, Ike, Bob and Sam Brown; and two sisters, Lillie Wilson and Elvine Witt.

The remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorial services will be held a later date.

Memorials may be given to the charity of choice. Guest book at

Herbert Vanemeter Miller

Rev. Herbert Vanemeter "Bubba" Miller, 70, Crossett, formerly of New Orleans, LA, died on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a New Orleans native, had lived in Crossett for the past eight years, was a retired truck driver and a member of Hunters Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed carpentry and remodeling his home.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Dorothy Williams Miller; three sons, Herbert Miller of Ft. Worth, TX, Marvessik Miller and wife Angelle of Bridge City, LA, and Barry Miller of Canton, MS; one stepson, Juan Seals and wife Alyse of Snelleville, GA; four daughters, Cynthia Morris and husband Michael of Foxworth, MS, Jessica Miller of Jackson, MS, Mariah Faith Miller of Atlanta, GA, and Tanya Scott and husband Cassius of New Orleans; one stepdaughter, Samira Rankin and husband Darrin of Kingwood, TX; his mother, Betty Velma Jackson Miller of Gray, LA; one brother, Edward Miller and wife Meeklyn of New Orleans; one sister, Beverly Williams of Gray, LA; 23 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Miller; and two brothers, Felton Ray and Robert Bert Miller.

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Wilton Baines officiating. Pallbearers were Ray and James Martin, Lee Fred Brown, Tommy and Melvin Moore and Earnest Smith. Burial was in Providence Memorial Park Cemetery in New Orleans with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at

November 20

Gladis Daugherty

Gladis Daugherty, 93, of Crossett died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 22, 1919, to Jesse and Ethel Slaughter, she married John Phillip Daugherty on August 6, 1935. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church and worked many years for Nunn's Laundry Service along with being a seamstress and may have been most well known for her produce stand and being a homemaker. In her free time she was in her garden tending her flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her children, John Raymond Daugherty of Bastrop, LA, and Shelia Elizabeth Jones and Jerry Daugherty of Crossett; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her two brothers, Thomas Virgil and Curtis Burch; and a sister, Hazle Hughling.

Services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett with Bro. Larry Hickman officiating followed by burial in the Lacey Cemetery with arrangements by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.medders

Pearl Golden

Pearl Golden, 83, of Hamburg died Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Adams Home south of Hamburg. A native of Drew County and a resident of Hamburg for over 70 years, she was a homemaker and worked at the Ashley County Ledger for many years until she retired in 1982. She was a charter member of Gardner Baptist Church and loved cooking for family gatherings.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen Stagg and husband George of Crossett; a son, Ricky Golden and wife June of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Bobby Golden of Leland, Mississippi, Billy Golden of Monticello, Jamie Craig of Crossett, Amy Rathbun of Centerton, Jeff Stagg of Crossett and Jennifer Stagg of Little Rock; and ten great-grandchildren, Robby Craig, Roxanne Craig, Colby Griffin, Blake Griffin, Samantha Stagg, Colin Stagg, Cole Wallace, Carson Fothergill, Abby Glenn Golden and Adler Golden. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dewey Golden, in 2000; her parents, John and Abbie Fairchild Reynolds; a brother, Bart Reynolds; and three sisters, Sadie Segars, Dell Oliver and Velma Hill.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Bros. Cliff Bernard and Eugene Howie officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bobby Golden, Billy Golden, Blake Griffin, Colby Griffin, Robby Craig and Jeff Stagg. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, P. O. Box 180, Monticello, AR 71657. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Danny Ray Grimes

Danny Ray Grimes, 72, of West Monroe, LA, died at home Sunday, November 17, 2013, after a lengthy illess. Born on March 5, 1941, in Portland, he retired from Union Pacific after 42 years as a railroad engineer and attended Cheniere Baptist Church. He and his wife spent most of their time on Cheniere Lake and also spent time in Wilmot and on Caney Lake in Jonesboro, LA.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bobbie Blocker Grimes; and daughters, Dana Long and husband Jeff of Acworth, GA, and Kristin Bennett and husband Brett of Calhoun, LA; his brothers, Frank Grimes, Jr., and wife Novyle of McGehee and Billy Grimes and wife Virginia of Portland; and grandchildren Dillon and Carson Long and Jerrica, Beaux and Rayleigh Bennett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bernice Jones Grimes of Portland.

Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, November 19, at Cheniere Baptist Church in West Monroe with Reverend Bodie Spicer officiating. The family will receive guests at the church from 2-3 p.m. Pallbearers are Brent Blocker, Shawn Blocker, Terrance Broussard, Adam Douglass, Andy Douglass and Frankie Grimes.

Memorials can be made to the Cheniere Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements were by Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe. Guest book at www.kilpatrickfuneral

Sarah Jacqueline Herrington

Sarah Jacqueline "Jackie" Herrington, 85, of Crossett died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on February 2, 1928, in Austin, AR, to Clifford and Ruth Gunter Cooper, Mrs. Herrington was a homemaker, loved to work in her yard and was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Morris Herrington and wife Tina of Crossett; one sister, Cindy Harrison and husband Don of Cabot; two grandchildren, Whitney Gill and husband Chris and Courtney Ferebee and husband Parker; and three great-grandchildren, Bryson, Alissa and Cole. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Byron, Kenneth and Jimmy; two sisters, Marilyn and Olga; and her husband, Amon Morris Herrington.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 15, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Pallbearers were Keith, Kevin, James and Jesse Harrington, Donny Walker and Lee Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Tucker, James Outlaw, Don Harrison, Billy and Joey Harrington, Chris Gill and Parker Ferebee. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home . Guest book at Memorials may be made to Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, 1018 Ashley 14 N, Crossett, AR 71635.

Lula Bell Pugh

Lula Bell Pugh, 89, of Parkdale died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, in a health care facility in Greenville, MS. She was a member of the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Parkdale where she served as mother of the church. She enjoyed fishing, canning, quilting and babysitting.

Survivors include four daughters, Mya Morris of Crossett, Carrie Lue Lang and Carrie M. Hillard of Parkdale and Jessie Mae Ward of Keline, TX; two sons, Jessie Pugh of Eudora and Mark Johnson of Atlanta, GA: one brother, Joe Glass of Cleveland, OH; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Donald Manning, Jr., and Rev. James Crockett officiating. Burial will follow at the Gospel Temple Cemetery of Wilmot with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora. The family will be at home on Middle Street in Parkdale..

November 27

Betty Carpenter Hill

Betty Carpenter Hill, 64, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at her residence south of Hamburg. A native of Dungannon, VA, a resident of Hamburg for the past nine years and a former resident of Portland, she was a Baptist. She and her first husband owned and operated Doug's in Portland for 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Gale Hill of Hamburg; two sons, Kirk Douglas Carpenter and wife Holly and Steven Jay Lucas and wife Katie of Portland; two daughters, Brenda Rutledge and husband George of Portland and Michelle Dowd and husband David of Huntsville, AL; three stepdaughters, Tammy Hill Byers, Dana Hill Callaway and husband Todd, and Leslie Hill Hodge of Hamburg; four brothers, Don Lucas and wife Vicki of Wabash, Indiana, Dale Lucas and wife Brenda of Lincoln, Michigan, Ricky Lucas of O'Fallon, Missouri, and Sam Lucas and wife Kikomi of Abilene, Texas; a sister-in-law, Margaret "Marge" Lucas of Concordia, Missouri; 15 grandchildren, Vinnie, Aaron and Holden Rutledge, Courtney, Hunter, Mady and Maverick Carpenter, Dustin Sellers, Sarah and Stephen Fowerbaugh, Britian and Candace Webb, Kolten Hodge, Conner Callaway and Kelbe Callaway and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Doug Carpenter, in 2003; a son, Clint Douglas Carpenter; her mother, Lilly Gibson Lucas; her father, Mathew Lucas; a sister, Ina Kathaleen Mauldon; and a brother, Dan R. Lucas.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Stanton Veazey officiating.

Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Holden, Vinnie and Aaron Rutledge, Jason Wood, Charles Stell and Conner Callaway. Honorary pallbearers are Kirk Carpenter, George Rutledge, Gary Morgan and Charles Farmer. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Home Care, 990 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR 71655 or to the donor's choice. Online guest book at

Billy Ray Kelley

Billy Ray "Cat" Kelley, 64, of Hamburg died Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Ark. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he retired from the Ashley County Sanitation Department.

He is survived by a brother, Willard Kelley and wife Jewell of Bastrop, LA; four sisters, Alice Marie Kelley Swan and husband Bennie of Crossett, Janie Juanita Kelley Streeter Rivas of Cane Hill, Frances Ann Kelley Nelms of Hamburg and Barbara Sue Kelley Nelms and husband A.B. of Montrose; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lavern Howard Kelley.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Pruitt officiating. Burial was to follow in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be David, Ronnie, Roger, James, Billy Dewayne, Steven and Bryan Nelms and Wade Kelley.

Gloria Nell Robertson

Gloria Nell "Polly" Robertson, 86, of Crossett died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. Born on April 2, 1927, in Crossett to Willard and Katy Frank Ladd Toney, she was the co-owner of Robertson Outboard Service and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, John H. "Grit" Robertson; one daughter, Toney Harrington and husband Joe of Crossett; five grandchildren, Kelli Sivils and husband Chris, Chad Robertson, Adam Edgar and wife Kandace, Justin Harrington and wife Kendra and Jarrod Harrington of Crossett; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, John W. "Snap" Robertson; and a sister, JoAnn Toney.

Graveside services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Dr. Russell Moore officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Honorary pallbearers were to be Adam Edgar, Chad Robertston, Chris Sivils, Joe Harrington, Jimmy Johnson, Justin Harrington and Jarrod Harrington. Guest book at

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Jeremy Clifton Rouse

Jeremy Clifton Rouse, 30, of Fountain Hill, formerly of Monticello, died Friday, November 15, 2013, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born February 11, 1983, in Monticello, he was a mechanic and of the Assembly of God faith.

Survivors include his wife, Amber Bennett Rouse of Star City; one son, Joshua Bennett of Star City; three daughters, Alanah Rouse of Russellville, Elizabeth Rouse and Abigail Rouse of Star City; his parents, Earnie C. Rouse and Dwanna Shifflett Rouse of Monticello; two sisters, Lavonda Donaldson and husband William H. of Dermott and Cathi Martin and husband Lee of Fountain Hill; three nephews, Jacob H. Donaldson, William Christian Donaldson and Dereck Donaldson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Frances Wilson Shackelford

Frances Wilson Devany Shackelford of Little Rock and Montrose died Sunday, November 24, 2013. Born in Dendron, Virginia, in 1923, the daughter of Jacqueline Epes and Walter Leslie Devany, Jr., at age three, Frances went to South Arkansas to live with her aunt and uncle, Frances Devany and Samuel Joel Wilson, who later adopted her. She attended the Hockaday School in Dallas, Fairmont College in Washington, D.C. and the University of Arkansas, where she was a Chi Omega.

She traveled each summer to Virginia to visit her father and mother and her sisters, Anne Freeman Devany Wood and Rebecca Bland Devany, and a brother, Walter Leslie Devany III. The siblings remained close friends and traveling companions throughout their long lives.

She was proud of her early and continuing involvement with The Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and she felt a special connection and commitment to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she served on the foundation board for many years.

Survivors include her son, Louis Craig Shackelford, Jr., and wife Ann of Montrose; her daughters, Rebecca Bland Shackelford Currie of Wilmot, Frances Wilson Shackelford and Gladys Parks Shackelford Whitney and her husband Haynes of Little Rock. Her grandchildren are Jacqueline Epes Currie Shrider and husband Seth of Little Rock, Frances Bellfield Currie and Virginia deYampert Currie, both of New Orleans, Thomas Haynes Whitney, III, of Little Rock, Samuel Wilson Shackelford and Bland Devany Shackelford of Montrose, and Ann Alston Devany Shackelford of Boston; and great-grandchildren John Edwin "Jack" and Elizabeth Bland Shrider.

A celebration for Frances will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS, 4301 W Markham St #554, Little Rock AR 72205. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, Guest book at

Ernest D. Smith

Ernest Dillon Smith, 79, of Cabot, formerly of Hamburg and Lake Village, died Friday, November 22, 2013. He received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master's degree in school administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He began his public school education career in 1955 at Tillar and continued this career for 47 years. He was employed with Lakeside School District in Lake Village and retired with Hamburg School District as principal of Portland Elementary. While principal at Portland Elementary, the school was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a School of Distinction and as one of 21 high poverty, high-performing schools in the United States by the Heritage Foundation of Washington, D.C. The Washington Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette also featured an article entitled Principals of Success where Smith and Portland School were profiled. He joined the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1955. He served as company commander of the 216th Medical Ambulance Company in Lake Village, commander of the 125th Medical Battalion in North Little Rock, and executive officer of the 148th Evacuation Hospital at Camp Robinson. After 32 years of military service, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila Smith of Cabot; two sons, Steve Smith of Lake Village and Richard Smith of Brighton, Tennessee; a stepson, John Brian McBee of Vilonia; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; and two sisters, Mariam Ford of Little Rock and Dotsie Hebblin of Bryant. He was as member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Juanita Smith of Watson, and three brothers, George, Terry, and Ricky Smith.

A memorial service was planned for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village with Reverend Larry Charles officiating.

A private burial will be at Jennie Cemetery in Jennie with the arrangements are by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Guest book at www.bishopfuneralhome

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