Cora Mae Duckery
Cora Mae Duckery, 84, of Little Rock died Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. She was a native of Wilmot, a Little Rock resident for the past 50 years, a homemaker and a member of John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church in Wilmot. She enjoyed talking on the telephone and watching her favorite soap operas.
She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives friends and loved ones. Mrs. Duckery was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Duckery; her parents, Lee Bennett and Josephine Allen Waters; one brother, Arthur Waters; and one sister, Annie Mae Harris.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31, at John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church with Rev. Harold Shaw officiating. Active pallbearers were Rocky Kitchen, Billy Kitchen, Cleveland Parker, John Metcalf, Dewayne Watt and James Boldwin. Honorary pallbearers were Cedric Harris, Jr., Courtney Harris, Dominique Harris, Donald Harris and John Harris, Jr. Burial was in the Harris Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Marion Faye Head
Marion Faye Head, 83, of Huttig died on Friday, August 23, 2013, at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. Born on November 14, 1929, in Drew County to the late James Hubert and Virginia Ruth (Goyne) Binns, she and her husband, Earl, owned and operated Head's Grocery in Huttig for almost fifty years before their retirement. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Huttig where she served in almost every capacity.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Head and wife Judy of Crossett and Dale Head and wife Debbie of Strong; one daughter, Sheila Mathews and husband Michael K. of Huttig; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Elizabeth Binns Warren and husband Travis of Crossett and Pat "Patsy" Stiles Carpenter and husband Cliff of Hamburg; and numerous other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl Edward Head; two brothers, Charles Binns and Robert Binns; and one sister, Beatrice Crosby.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 26, at the First Baptist Church of Huttig with Bro. Todd Gunter officiating. Burial followed at the Teel Cemetery near Strong under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of El Dorado. Memorials may be made to the Youth Fund at First Baptist Church of Huttig. Guest book at www.baileyfuneral home.net.
Maria Elena Mondragon
Maria Elena Mondragon, 49, of Jerome died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born April 9, 1964, in Zacapu, Mexico, the daughter of Jesus Mondragon and Gracia Mondragon, she was a homemaker and member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.
She is survived by her husband, Pedro Torres of Jerome; son, Gabriel Torres and wife Maria of Lake Village; three daughters, Cristina and husband Ezequiel of Lake Village, Margarita and husband Humberto of Lake Village and Rosa and husband, Javier of Zacapu, Mexico; six brothers, Gabriel, Adalberto and Gonzalo of Grady, Rogelio and Omar of Montrose and Bravlio of Mexico; three sisters, Erminia and Alejandra of Mexico and Lucila of Grady, and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Maria de Jesus, Soledad and Maria Ester.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village. Mass was at 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Theophilus Okpara as celebrant. Burial followed in the St. Isadore Cemetery. Guest book at www.bishopfuneralhomeinc.com.
Imogene Powell Wells
Imogene Powell Wells, 81, of Pensacola, Florida, died Thursday, August 22, 2013. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Pensacola for the past 30 years and a former resident of Crossett, Fayetteville and Orlando, Florida, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Norman Wells, Jr., of Pensacola; two sons, Eric Wells of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Jimmy Nutter and wife Ann of Crossett; three step-children, Cindy Rogers, Sharon Wells and Greg Wells; two sisters, Polly Carpenter and husband Jack of Russellville and Edith Watson of Little Rock; two sisters-in-law, June Powell and Nola Powell of Memphis, Tennessee; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Simpson and Madalena Powell; a sister, Vadis Powers; and two brothers, John and Gale Powell.
Memorial services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. David Tohlen officiating. A private burial will be held in the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Spencer Wilder, 79, of Redding, CA, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home. He was a native of Poca Sit, Okla., but moved to Oakland, CA., at the age of two. He graduated from Merritt College in Oakland as an electrical engineer and later joined the Army and was a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict. He and his four brothers were successful business owners of 5 Brothers Wilder in Santa Clara, CA., which included inventing and manufacturing parts for NASA. After selling the business, he retired to Redding. He loved the mountains, gardening, playing the 12 string guitar and helping others.
Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Moffatt and Dawn Allison of Hamburg and Dean Rankin of Mendenhall, MS; one brother-in-law, Vance Allison and wife Donna of Angleton, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rose Allison Wilder; his parents, Eliant and Effie Mae Wilder; four brothers and two sisters, all of California.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Veteran's Cemetery in Redding.
Obituaries Published September 11
Billy Marcus Boyd
Billy Marcus Boyd, 80, of Houston, Texas, died Thursday, September 5, 2013. Born on October 11, 1932, to William and Artie Mae (Wolfe) Boyd, he grew up and graduated from high school in Hamburg. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for Georgia-Pacific in Houston, becoming a supervisor. He and his wife, Imogene Michalak Cleary, enjoyed traveling, spending time at Galveston and family gatherings. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as commander of the VFW in Waller, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Imogene; sisters, Mary Ruth Carman of Houston and Evelyn Dunton of Idaho; a brother, Eugene of DeRidder, LA; three sisters-in-law, Virginia Gherbaz of Houston, Christine Parsons of Marlin, Texas, and Mary Roberts and husband, John, of Florida; two brothers-in-law, Henry Michalak of Elkhart, Texas, and J.W. Michalak and wife Barbara of Streetman, Texas, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Irma Garrett, Emma Lou Croswell, Mae McGough, and Ellen Brooks.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 9, in the Adams Funeral Home chapel in Marlin, Texas, with Bro. Doug Howell of First United Methodist Church in Marlin officiating. Pallbearers were David Michalak, Joel Parsons, Greg McInnis, Robert Nolton, J.W. Michalak, and Henry Michalak. Honorary pallbearers were his friends of the VFW Waller chapter, and old friends/co-workers at Georgia-Pacific. Guest book at www.wacotrib.com.
Louisa Britton, 91, of Pampa, Texas, died Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Pampa. Born January 27, 1922, in Hamburg, she was a 1939 graduate of Hamburg High School and attended what is now the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she majored in electrical engineering and minored in radar/sonar. Louisa married Percy Roudet Britton on September 2, 1945, in Hamburg. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1994. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Las Pampas chapter, and First United Methodist Church where she was active in UMW, bread ministry and visitation, and the Crusaders Sunday school class.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Cantrell and husband Tom of Pampa; her son, Bill Britton of Pampa; a sister, Bessie Bell Watson and husband Randall of Decatur, Texas; and a brother, John Leslie Serrett of Tyler, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Bessie Serrett, and by a brother, William Whitlow Serrett.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Revs. Blossom Matthews, pastor of First United Methodist Church, and Nick Matthews, associate pastor, officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1981, Pampa, Texas 79066-1981, or a favorite charity. On-line guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com.
Patricia Gail Cox
Patricia Gail Cox, 74, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Hamburg, she was a former resident of Monticello and lived at the Belle View Nursing Home in Monticello for the past year. She was a machine operator at the Hamburg Shirt Factory, retiring after 20 years of service, and was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Kaye Jones, Missy Parker, Beverly Laing and Sonya Harrington, all of Crossett; a sister, Margie Grider of Hermitage; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Cox, in 1987; her parents, Lamar and Margie Ozment Carver; two brothers, Marce Edward Carver and Gene Carver; and a sister, Kay Carver.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 7, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Elvin McDill officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin, Keith and James Herrington, Roy Mashburn, Drew Laing, Murry Jones and Clayton McGilton. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Jimmy Van Johnson
Jimmy Van Johnson, 61, of Fordyce died Friday, September 6, 2013, at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for most of his life and a resident of Fordyce for the past two years, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1969. He worked at Georgia-Pacific in the tissue mill for over 20 years and was a member of the Beech Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Fordyce and a former member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Barrett Johnson of Fordyce; his children, Gary Johnson and wife Durinda of Rison and Sammy Johnson and wife Shanon of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Donnie Johnson of Joaquin, Texas, and Ricky Johnson of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Gage, Garrett, Justice, Jaylon, Logan and Kenslie; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lovell and Jimmie Lou Henderson Johnson; and two brothers, Houston and Randy Johnson.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Joey Meredith and Allen Hagood officiating. The remains will be cremated. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Hattie Mae McDonald
Hattie Mae McDonald, 87, of Crossett died Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation.
A native of Crossett she lived in Milwaukee, WI, and was then a resident of Crossett for the past 37 years. She enjoyed cooking, socializing and taking care of her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruben McDonald and Pearl and Harold Anderson.
She is survived by two special cousins, William Wimberly and wife Sue and Thomas Johnson and wife Ruby, all of Crossett; and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services are at 11 a. m. Friday, September 13, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Kedrick Rogers, Adam Brooks, Spencer Brown, Newt Washington, Charles Brown and Andre Tate. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwelllfuneralhome.net.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Porter
Jacqueline "Jackie" Porter, 61, of Crossett died Saturday, August 31, 2013. She was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late Wilma Hatton Porter. Her maternal grandparents, Ame Hatton and Inez Hatton of Nacogdoches who reared her since she was three, also preceded her in death. A retired social studies teacher and librarian in the Strong School District and the Crossett School District, she led the Crossett School District into the district wide use of technology and became the first technology coordinator. She loved to work with all types of technology, to read, and to quilt.
She is survived by her sister, Suesette Porter of Crossett; her brother, Allan Porter and wife Loretta of Huttig; two aunts, Polly Williams of Huttig and Opal Perkins of Nacogdoches; two uncles, James Hatton and wife Pat of Waco, Texas, and Bobbie Hatton and wife Mae of San Antonio, Texas; two nieces, Angela Byrd and husband Chris of Crossett and Shannon Cole and husband Kenny of Junction City; one nephew, Jason Porter of Huttig; three great nephews, various cousins and friends.
Visitation was held at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with no other services held. Memorials are requested to an animal shelter or food bank in her memory. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
J. Eloy Ramos
J. Eloy Ramos, 35, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Mexico, had lived in Hamburg for the past 18 years, was a chain saw operator and was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.
He is survived his parents, Adrian and Maria Uribe Ramos of Hamburg; three brothers, Adrian and wife Lourdes Juarez Ramos of Warren, Gabriel and wife MaDaena Garcia Ramos and Carlos Ramos of Hamburg; two sisters, Emilia Ramos and husband Adrian Juarez of Warren and Cristina Ramos and husband Leonardo Torres of Dermott; his paternal grandmother, Cleofas Loredo Mancilla; and his maternal grandparents, Enedina Yalban and Yumeeido Uribe of Mexico; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Samuel Ramos.
Rosary was at 6 p.m. Friday, September 6, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg. Funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, in the funeral home chapel with Father Theo Okpara celebrant.
Pallbearers were Vincente Soto, Antonio Cruz, Mario Talavera, Luis David Rodriguez, Odilon Mondragon and Marcelino Navarrete. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Jerry Lee Stanley
Jerry Lee Stanley, 73, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, an U.S. Army veteran, a former truck driver and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann Stanley; one son, Mark Stanley and wife Melissa of Hamburg; three daughters, Sonya Lee Meeks and husband Rickie of Hot Springs Village, Melissa Ann "Micki" Myles and Stacey Jo Cooper of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Brandon Knight, Justin McDougald, Michael Don Irons and Cole Stanley of Hamburg and Madison Lee Ann Adams and husband Luke of Colorado Springs, CO; two great-grandchildren, Riddick and Raini Knight; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends .
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Bascom and Annie Pearl Knoblock Stanley; one brother, Billy Mack Stanley; and one sister, Jolene McGuffie. The remains were cremated with no memorial services planned at this time. Memorials may be made to the charity of a choice. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Dorothy Virginia Stewart
Dorothy Virginia Fairchild Stewart, 77, of Flowood, Mississippi, died Thursday, September 5, 2013. Born on February 17, 1936, in Fountain Hill, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin L. Stewart of Crossett, and her parents, James Clark Fairchild and Winnie Helen Fairchild of Fountain Hill.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah S. O'Bryan, M.D., her son-in-law, Phillip W. O'Bryan of Flowood; and her granddaughters, Hannah O'Bryan, 13, and Rebecca O'Bryan, 20. She is also survived by her sisters, Marie Hogan and Bonita Jeffers of North Crossett; and her brother, J. C. Fairchild of Fountain Hill.
A grave-side service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorial donations to a favorite charity in her honor are suggested. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published September 18
Sue Barnett, 78, of Hamburg died Wednesday, September 11, 2013. at her residence south of Hamburg. A native of Drew County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 56 years, she was a retired beautician and a member of the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Larry Barnett of Hamburg; a daughter, Carol Ann Wheat and husband Mike of Shelby, NC; a sister, Bonita Johnson of Monticello; two grandchildren, Suzanne and Clark Wheat; and two nieces and special friends, Michael and Rhonda Carter. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carroll H. Clark; and her parents, Ira C. and Inez Reynolds Fanell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, September 13, at the Maplevale Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Carter and Dr. J. D. Rankin officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Chase Carter, Kevin Cessor, Junior Oden, Bobby Clark, Chuck Simms and Joey Miller. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Velma Ruth Clark
Velma Ruth Clark, 74, of El Dorado died Friday, September 13, 2013, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Born March 17, 1939, to Louis Lacey Cross and Della Mae Cross in Hamburg, she was a member of Harmony Baptist Church and worked as a security guard for Cross Oil.
Survivors include her sons, Calvin Pollock of El Dorado, Tron Clark and wife Bobbie of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jerry Don Biggs and wife Debbie; a daughter, Sandra K. Vickers of North Little Rock; grandchildren, Jeremy Biggs, Tron Clark, Jr., Christy Clark Linn and husband Justin, Danielle Vickers, Chris Vickers, Chris Biggs, and Eric Wiser; great-grandchildren, Micayla, Aubrey, and Jamison; and a brother, Billy Wayne Cross and wife Lorene of Bastrop, La.; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 40 years, Travis Clark; a daughter, Teresa Gail Clark; a son, Bill Pollock; three brothers, King Willie Cross, Lonnie Cross, and Hillard Cross; and a sister, Ruby Adams.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, September 16, at Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Newson officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors. Guest book www.youngsfuneralhome.com.
Lee JR Denney
Lee JR Denney, 84, of Crossett died Sunday, September 15, 2013, after a year long battle with cancer. He retired as a master sergeant after a 20 year career in the Air Force, during which he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also retired with over 20 years of service to Dow Chemical in Pierre Part, LA. He became a resident of Crossett in 1988 when he and his wife, Bobbie Denney, came to Crossett to be with their children and grandchildren. He had a passion for old cars (and trucks), gardening, and loved the time he spent traveling the world during his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie Denney; four children, Debbie Cossey of Crossett, Sandy Dean of Nashville, TN, Karen Bunch of Russellville and Frederick Lee Denney of Fort Smith; one brother, Herbert Denney of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Lucille Karr of Atlanta and Pauline Clausen of Cartersville, GA. Grandchildren include Becky Landry of Donaldsonville, LA, Tonya Dean of St. Louis, MO, Roxie Orr of Jacksonville, Hannah McAleer of St. Pete Beach, FL, Josh Cossey of McGehee, Wesley Godfrey of Russellville, and Daniel Denney, Neiha Denney and Neika Denney of Fort Smith. Great grandchildren include Quint Landry, J. D. Landry, Reace Landry, Aryee Landry, Annalee Landry, Sela Orr, Caleb Cossey, and Elijah Cossey.
Services will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 18, at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Pastor Robin Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Rolfe Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church, 1035 Hwy 133, Crossett, AR 71635.
Henry Earl Gates
Henry Earl Gates, 73, of Crossett died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at his home. Born November 8, 1939, in Bonita, LA, to Henry and Eva Jane Meeks Gates, he was a Vietnam veteran and retired from Georgia Pacific.
Survivors include two daughters, Fleta Stell and Connie Lloyd of Crossett; two sisters, Lois Taunton and Jean Townsend of Crossett; three grandchildren, Melanie Stell, Kaylee Stell and Ashley Evan Flowers; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, at the First Church of God in Crossett with Bro. Randy Ivy officiating. Burial will follow at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Marilyn Harris Martin
Marilyn Sue Harris Martin, 70, of Fountain Hill died Wednesday, September 11, 2013. at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Born March 6, 1943 to the late Claude and Nellie Alice Teer Harris, she was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and working in her garden.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Jessie D. Martin of Lacey; three daughters, Michelle Howell and husband Wade of Jefferson, Shelia Rochelle and husband Tim of Haskell and Suzette Phillips and husband Ronnie of Lacey; two brothers, Hershel Harris and wife Fay of Jefferson and William Harris and wife Joy of Jacksonville; one sister, Betty Lou Franco and husband Paul of Carson City, NV; a stepson, Kevin Martin and wife,Trenia of Lacey; a stepdaughter, Sue Estelle and husband Robert of Lacey; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by one son, Richard Tamminen, and two brothers, Claude Harris, Jr., and Charles Harris.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church in Monticello. A committal service followed at 5 p.m. at Morris Cemetery in Jefferson, AR. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.
Coleman C. Matthews
Coleman C. Matthews, 92, of Hector died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at his grandson's residence in Hamburg. A native of Hector and a 50 year resident of Portland, he moved back to Hector 20 years ago. He was a Baptist, a retired farmer and a World War II veteran of the United States Navy where he was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He enjoyed life and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his children, Coleman "Pete" Matthews and wife Eunice of Hamburg, Connie Gaskill of Summerville, SC, and Barbara Owens of Hector; a brother, Lewis Matthews of Crossett; two sisters, Mary Bell Ricks of Hamburg and Frances Hennington of Portland; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Brown Matthews, in 1993; his parents, Larkin and Minnie Coffman Matthews; five brothers, Leroy, Archie, John, Galyn and Harvey Matthews; and three sisters, Gladys Fuller, Exie McQuin, and Verlin Winters.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 14, in the Portland Cemetery with Coleman Matthews and Rev. E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers were Ray Hennington, Franklin Ricks, Rodney Ricks, Michael Matthews, Billy Sellers, Johnny Matthews, Gary Matthews, Kenny Matthews and Henry Matthews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Juanita Nutter Sasman
Juanita Laverne Nutter Sasman, 83, of Albany, Georgia, died Thursday, August 29, 2013. Born in Gillette, she was a member of Faith Baptist Church and the Ladies of Nassau and was a past president of the Moose Auxiliary. She owned and operated Laverne's Beauty Shop.
She is survived by her husband, William L. Sasman of Albany; a daughter, Dana Morman and husband Billy of Lagrange, GA; a son, Steve Rand and wife Sherry of Warren; a step-daughter, Virginia Duke and husband David of Albany; a brother, Daniel Nutter of Hamburg; a sister, Linda Murphy and husband Jerry of Albany; two granddaughters, Christy Cushing and husband Todd of Hamburg and Lisa Hudson and husband Kevin of Sherwood; and two great-grandsons, Steven and Seth Sadler of Hamburg.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home with entombment to follow at Floral Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Rev. Jerry Deans officiated.
Those desiring may send memorial contributions to Faith Baptist Church, 1824 W. Oakridge Dr., Albany, GA 31707, or to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Ln., Albany, GA 31707. Guest book at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Johnny Ray Tucker
Johnny Ray Tucker, 54, of Crossett and the White Station community, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a custodian for the Crossett School District and a member of Holly Grove Methodist Church.
He is survived by two sons, Lazarus Tucker of Hamburg and Derrick Watkins of Crossett; four daughters, Tiffany Tucker, Adrienne Tucker and Sharonda Jenkins of Crossett and Deshauna Tucker of Little Rock; two brothers, Henry and Gene Tucker of Crossett; three sisters: Lurlene Hollins and husband Haywood and Mary Washington of Crossett and Mearl Washington and husband Roosevelt of Bastrop, LA; eight grandchildren, a special friend, Linda Watkins; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Junior and Lorene Childress Tucker; one brother, Doyle Tucker; and one sister, Daisy Gill.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Friday, September 13, at Ryles Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. James Green officiating. Pallbearers were Jessie Tucker, Jr., Reggie Tucker, Doyle Tucker, Jr., David Hampton, Wilson Owens and Patrick Washington. Honorary pallbearers are the Crossett High School Class of 1977. Burial was in Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Linda Kaye White
Linda Kaye White, 72, of Crossett died Wednesday, on September 11, 2013, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Born on July 11, 1941, in El Dorado to J. A. "Tim" and Rose Richards Howard, she was a homemaker and also enjoyed working at Jones Flower Shop for many years. Mrs. White was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Survivors include her husband, Robert L. "Bobby" White of Crossett; one son, Jerry White and wife Angie of Athens, GA; one daughter, Kala Freeland and husband Earl of Hot Springs; her mother, Rose Barker of Crossett; one sister, Becky Thompson of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Cade and Kensi Freeland. She was preceded in death by an infant son and her father, J. A. "Tim" Howard.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 14, at First Baptist Church with Bros. Jimmie Lewis and Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Elton Dumas, Larry Linder, Mike White, Bill White, Jim Knighton, Claude Spainhour, Todd Grubbs and Michael Ray. Honorary pallbearers were Leland Barnett, Kevin Thompson and Jason Thompson. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published September 25
Louise Canley, 74, of Crossett died Monday, September 16, 2013, at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock. A native of El Dorado and a resident of Crossett for the past 66 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Davis Memorial C. O. G. I. C. She enjoyed sewing and making crafts.
She is survived by three sons, Eld. Allen Canley of Memphis, TN, Terry L. Adkins and wife Tangerine of Los Angeles, CA, and Aubrey Canley of Crossett; one daughter, Marita L. Sykes of Memphis; one brother, Eld. Charles Adkins and wife Sharon of Crossett; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. Mrs. Canley was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Elgin Canley; her parents, Norman and Mae Etta Foreman Adkins; and one sister.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, at Davis Memorial C. O. G. I. C. with Elds. Allen Canley and Robert Rudolph officiating. Pallbearers were Chad Johnson, Edric Danzy, Kenny Ray Lewis, Robert Thompson, Johnathan Canley, Mark Danzy, Terry Adkins and Raphael Adkins. Burial was in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Kay Deckelman, 74, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 19, 2013. A native of Crossett, a former resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, she moved back to the Milo community outside Hamburg 23 years ago. She was a retired secretary for Georgia-Pacific's paper mill and was a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Valerie Dark and husband Kevin of LaPlace, Louisiana, and Melanie Deckelman of Crossett; a brother, Jerry Finley and wife Sherry of Lakeview; and two nephews, Paul and Steve Finley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Adelle Peters Finley
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, in Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Lyle Hern officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Randy Gifford, 64, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at his residence. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1968. He was a firefighter for the City of Crossett, retiring after 14 years of service, and was a retired truck driver. He was an active member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Estelle Gifford of Hamburg; his children, Melissa Gifford Nash of Monticello and Aaron Camplain of Hamburg; two brothers, Leon Gifford and wife Cheryl and Keith Gifford and wife Barbara of Crossett; four step-brothers, Jimmy Bozeman of Salem, Ronnie Bozeman of Hamburg, Ardell Bozeman of Benton and Ricky Bozeman of Huntington, West Virginia; a sister, LaFran Brown and husband Larry of Dandridge, Tennessee; a step-sister, Brenda White of Beekman, Louisiana; a brother-in-law, Julian Estelle and wife Lexie of Hamburg; two grandsons, Brad Johnson of Duncan, Oklahoma. and Cole Nash of Monticello and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Chuck Gifford, in 1970; his parents, Carl Gifford and Bernice Hunter Gifford Hale; his step-mother, Nathalee Gifford; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Estelle.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, September 20, at the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Arnold Sheets and Keith Boseman officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jon David Gifford, Danny Rice, Bruce Culp, Lane Culp, Eddie Corder, Robert Estelle and David Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Brown, Eddie Black, Andy Evans, Alex Tyson, Steve Naff and Mike Stanley.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Oncology Department, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203-9984. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Brenda Donaldson Wallace
Brenda Donaldson Wallace, 49, of Hamburg died Wednesday, September 18, 2013. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1982 and was a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Klent Allen Wallace of Little Rock and Shea Wallace of Hamburg; her parents, Charles and Linda Moses Donaldson of Hamburg; a brother, Kevin Donaldson of Flippin; a sister, Cindy Rice of Crossett; her grandmother, Roxie Sullivan Pogue of Nashville, Tennessee; two nephews, Devin Donaldson and Gage Rice; two nieces, Hailey and Becky Donaldson; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence V. and Ola Mae Smith Donaldson, James Audrey Pogue and Talbert Moses.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 22, at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Buddy Boykin and Farrell Breshears officiating. Burial was in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were David, Mark and Johnny Oliver, Gage and Donny Rice and Steve Pogue. Honorary pallbearers were Sam Knight, Gordon Rice, Brad Hollis, Billy Hollis and Billy Oliver. Memorials may be made to the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, 563 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Cleonia Aurelia Warren
Cleonia Aurelia Warren, 85, of Crossett died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired teacher for Crossett School District and was a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church. Mrs. Warren was a member of the African American History Association, The Crossett Reunion Club, the National Education Association and the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and the Board of Adjustments for the City of Crossett.
She is survived by one daughter, Robbie Warren of Crossett; one grandson, Darryl Alphonso Gill and wife Sondra of Stockbridge, GA; two great-grandsons, Cameron and Aaron Gill; two great-granddaughters, Iliscia and Morgan Gill; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Alphonso Warren; her parents, Daniel and Robbie Brown Warren; two sisters, Mamie Warren Radford and Juanita Covington; and two brothers, Urelee Covington and Wayland Warren.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Harriel White officiating. Pallbearers are James Adams, Cornell Brown, Roy Curtis, Donald Flentroy, Columbus Foster and Herman Newton. Honorary pallbearers are the stewards and trustees of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church. Burial was to follow in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net