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December 3

Charles Akers

Charles Akers, 89, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 30, 2014, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was the owner and operator of Akers Cleaners from 1952 to 1985. After he retired, he worked for the City of Hamburg and R. M. Courson Farms. He served on the Hamburg City Council and the Ashley County Quorum Court and was a member and a deacon of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a charter member of the Akers & Taylor Deer Camp and enjoyed square dancing.

He is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Elton and husband Ray, Linda Akers, and Vicky Rial and husband Danny, all of Hamburg; three brothers, Billy Dean Akers of Hamburg, Joe Akers of Benton and Roe Akers of Little Rock; three granddaughters, Christy Roberts and husband Scott of Hamburg, Lisa Davis of Monticello and Lauren Gardner and husband Matthew of West Monroe, LA; five great-grandsons, Eli and Garrett Roberts, Mason, Caden and Jonathan Davis; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Shockley Akers, in 2011; a granddaughter, Catherine Raelinn Elton, in 1994; his parents, Joe Fletcher and Alma McGaha Akers; and a brother, James Fletcher Akers.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Luther Richardson, Junior Oden, Charles Summerland, Tom McLemore, Dr. J. D. Rankin and Wayne Courson. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of the First Baptist Church and the employees of Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71655 or to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205-1569. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Margie Ballard Cox

Margie Ballard Cox, 90, of Parkdale died Sunday, November 30, 2014, at the Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. A native of Marianna and a resident of Parkdale for the past 67 years, she was a homemaker and a nurse's aide at the Memphis Hospital while her husband was in the Army Air Force. She was a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church and an avid gardener.

She is survived by two daughters, Nita Williamson and husband Johnny of Parkdale and Brenda Luker Kendrick and husband Ken of Monticello; two brothers, George Ballard and Charles "Buddy" Ballard, both of Marianna; two grandsons, Dewel Williamson and wife Cathy and Jerod Williamson and wife Patricia; and two great-grandsons, Derik Williamson and John Curtis "J.C." Williamson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Dewel Hale Cox, in 2004; a grandson, William "Hale" Luker in 2008; a son-on-law, Robert Luker; and her parents, John and Neva Hawke Ballard.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Carl Mason and Sanders Brooks officiating. Burial was to be in the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jerod Williamson, Derik Williamson, Franklin Ricks, Keith Ladd, Michael Miller and Chris Hicks. Honorary pallbearers were to be Johnny Williamson, Ken Kendrick, J. C. Williamson, Ron Miller and Dewel Williamson.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Curley Daniels

Curley Daniels, 91, of Crossett died on Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on January 7, 1923, in the Longview community in Drew County to the late Lee Daniels and Salina Dophine Daniels, he retired from Georgia Pacific's paper mill and was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising his vegetable garden.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Beulah Mae Hampton Daniels; five sons, Roy Lee Daniels of San Jose, CA, and Lawrence Daniels, John Lee Daniels, Christopher Daniels and Ja'Shon Daniels, all of Crossett; three daughters, Christine Chambers and husband Paul of Pittsburg, CA, Deborah Whigham and husband Willie of Manteca, CA, and Jennifer Canfield and husband Graylin of Crossett; a sister, Carolina Bankston of Crossett; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by four sons, Curley, Jr., Howard, Frederick and Jonathan Daniels; two brothers, Robert and Leborn Daniels; and six sisters, Mammie Turner, Relo Daniels, Fannie Burnett, Clara Bell Withers, Martha Stanley and Glennis A. Daniels.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 29, at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Murlee Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Leonard Webb, Ollie Jones, Billie Daniels, Edward Daniels, Dennis Williams, Earl Hampton, Randy Turner and Cedric Hampton. Burial was in Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Jesse Grant Marshall

Jesse Grant Marshall, 38, of Hamburg died on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Hamburg and a Baptist, he was a sports fanatic and enjoyed watching any sport playing on television with football and basketball his favorites. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by one brother, Price Marshall of Hamburg; one sister, Melissa Merritt and husband William of Crossett; a special friend, Neisha Marrett of New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Pearlean Pugh Marshall.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 5, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Nadine Parker

Nadine Parker, 61, of Hamburg died on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on September 14, 1953, in Hamburg to the late Annie Mae Love and Louis Arrington, she was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness. She loved to cook and was a foster grandparent.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hampton and husband Earl and Latissie Hampton and husband Raymond, both of Crossett; two brothers, Ricky Arrington of Little Rock and Curtis Arrington of Dallas, TX; four sisters, Helen Scates and husband Sammy and Patricia Love of Hamburg, and Karen Arrington and Ruby Arrington of Louisiana; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one stepsister, Florene Jasper of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee Parker, Jr.; one daughter, Carolyn Jenkins; three sisters, Ida Bell Reese, Shirley Mae "Sissy" Johnson and Regina Colbert; and her stepmother, Earnestine Arrington.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, November 28, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Danny Mays, Eld. Robert Adams, Jr., and Eld. James Green officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Scates, Craig Hampton, Willie Ashford, Mark Simpson, Robert Thompson and Matthew Thompson. Burial was in Phillip Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published December 10

John Berks Hollins

John Berks Hollins, 65, of Crossett died on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 6, at the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Crossett. Burial of the cremated remains followed in the West View Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett. Guest book at www.mitchellmemorial.com.

William H. Keen

William H. Keen, 88, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at the Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, he was an U. S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 39 ½ years until retiring in 1990, was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clotine LaGrone Keen of Crossett; two daughters, Vickie Keen Farler and husband Tom of Mabelvale and Barbara Miller of Monticello; two sons, Charlie Keen and Gerald Doss, both of Crossett; a brother, Jack Barrett of Brookhaven; a sister, Catheryn Tuley of Moss Beach, CA; nine grandchildren, Melanie Hutchison, Jacob Carlton, Chris Knight, Monica Freeman, Bill Morgan, Tim Anderson, William Marcus Carpenter, Amy Keen and Rusty Miller; and six great-grandchildren, Kristen Morgan, Caleb Anderson, Nicholas Anderson, Madeline Knight Heavenley and Aaylah Miller. He was preceded in death by three daughters, Janice Keen, Marilyn Doss Carpenter and Glenda Doss Evans; a grandson, Brad Miller; his parents, William H. Keen, Sr., and Beulah Pebbles Keen; two brothers, Wayne and Keith Keen; and a sister, Eloise Foy.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, December 5, at the First Assembly of God with Bros. Kenneth Neal and Norman Riordan officiating. Burial was in the Lone Sassafras Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jacob Carlton, Bill Morgan, Tim Anderson, William Marcus Carpenter, Scott Freeman and Drew Hutchison. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Martha Sue Kelley

Martha Sue Scott Kelley, 82, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at her residence. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for many years and a former resident of Fountain Hill and Greenville, Mississippi, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School and entered nursing school at King's Daughters' Hospital in Greenville. She graduated from nursing school in 1954 with honors, had the highest academic record in her class and was voted best nurse by the teaching staff. She enjoyed nursing very much. After she retired from nursing, she enjoyed spending time with her family, embroidery, quilting, crocheting and cooking, especially Sunday dinners. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she worked in Vacation Bible School, Children's Sunday School and choir for many years.

She is survived by a son, Chris Kelley and wife Connie of Crossett; two daughters, Jana Evans and husband Sam and Melinda Long and husband Keith, all of Hamburg; a sister, Edith Phillips of Crossett; six grandchildren, Javan Long and wife Jessica of Hamburg; Olivia Long and Myra Evans, both of Little Rock, Aubrey Evans of Monticello, Garrett Kelley and wife Cassie of Crossett and Nick Kelley and fiancé Mandy Huddleston of Gillette; two great-grandchildren, Tylasin and Lynndon Kelley; a special sister-in-law and friend, Mary Ann White of Hamburg; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 ½ years, Willie Claude Kelley, in 2012; her parents, Aubrey D. and Trudy Wigley Scott; two brothers, James "Jim" Scott and Louis Aubrey Scott; and a sister, Betty Maxwell.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 4, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Javan Long, Garrett Kelley, Nick Kelley, Chuck White, Shelby Scott and Jack McDonald.

Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Ina Williams Menninger

Ina M. Williams Menninger, 73, of Crossett died on Monday, December 8, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation. Born on July 10, 1941, in Lake Village to the late Grady and Ella Marley Williams, she was a Baptist and enjoyed collecting angels.

Survivors include one son, Donald Milton Awalt of Chicago, IL; her brothers, Roger Williams and Charlotte of Crossett and Leo Williams and Patty of Fountain Hill; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Jordan and Marty; Ricky Williams and Sharon, Chuck Williams and Jennifer and numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Goodrum and Jewel Dean Sylvest; and one brother, John Williams.

Grave-side services were at 4 p.m., Monday, December 8, at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 990 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR 71655.

Myrtis Crook Morris

Myrtis Crook Morris, 95, of Wilmot died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at her home in Wilmot. Born on January 13, 1919, in Rowell to the late Marvin Estus Crook and Mary Frances Pennington Crook, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wilmot. As long as her health allowed she remained active in Sunday School and numerous church activities. She was an avid reader and had read through the Bible numerous times, studying the scriptures, and possessing great knowledge and understanding of its teachings. She worked beside her husband in the family's farming enterprises and enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens. Her love of flowers extended to her membership in numerous garden clubs and her national accreditation as a Master Flower Show Judge.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Daina Harp Morris; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Harp Morris and wife Jennifer and Karen Morris Cooper and husband Bob. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Claiborne Morris, Garrett Morris, John-Ivan Morris, Walker Morris, Larkin Morris, Katy Kelly, Jake Kelly, and Briley Kelly; two step-grandchildren, Debbie Williams and Don Everett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Oden Morris, Sr.; her son, Ivan Oden Morris, Jr.; a granddaughter, Ellen Frances Morris; a stepdaughter, Billie Jean Everett; and nine siblings.

A grave-side service was at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 30, at the Wilmot Cemetery with Bobby Foster and Rev. Molly McGee officiating and arrangements by Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Guest book at www.coxfuneral.com.

James Scott Smith

James Scott "Scotty" Smith, 49, of Crossett died on December 5, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. Born on June 11, 1965, in Orange, TX, to the late James William "Billy" and Mary Blanche King Smith, he was a construction worker. He was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and camping and was a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Smith and Tarra of Heflin, LA, and William Chase Smith of Jones, LA; one daughter, Stephanie Smith of Crossett; one sister, Kristie Michau and John of Chester, SC; five grandchildren, Eli, Peyton, Jaxon, Brantlee, Maddox; and two nieces, Kayla and Melanie; one nephew, Devin; three great-nephews, two great-nieces and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crosssett with Bro. Art Crymes officiating. Pallbearers were David Woods, Chris Forrest, Phillip Jones, Joseph, Stephen and Jon Lochala, Cody King, Joe Baird and Jamey Smithey. Honorary pallbearers were Max and Brady Brooks. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Rev. Nolan Watson

Rev. Nolan Watson, 75, of Little Rock died at 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Born in Hermitage on January 2, 1939, to the late Roosevelt Watson and Ms. Ruth Barber, he attended T. W. Daniel High School in Crossett where he was valedictorian of the class of 1957. He recently retired as pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He pastored St. Andrew, Bethel and Union AME Churches in Little Rock and several churches in South Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Lyndajo Jones-Watson; a son, Chanslor "Champ" Watson and Carla; a daughter, Gwendolyn L. Harris and Aaron; a granddaughter, Chandolyn Watson; a goddaughter, Crystal D. Simpson and Martez; four sisters, Murial Carr of Pasadena, CA., Cora Gilbert of Hermitage, Lynda Herbert of Buffalo, NY., and Mary Hale of Malvern; a special sister-in-law, Jackie Martin; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma P. Watson; and a son, Carl Sanford.

A celebration of Rev. Watson's life was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 8, at Union AME Church, 1825 Pulaski St., in Little Rock. Arrangements were by Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home of Little Rock. Online guest book at www.ruffinjarrett.com.

Obituaries Published December 17

Karon Hill Carter

Karon Deloise Hill Carter, 65, of Conway died Friday, December 12, 2014, in Rogers. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Conway for the past 10 years and a former resident of Little Rock, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1967 and Ouachita University in 1972. She was a homemaker, an artist and enjoyed painting.

She is survived by a son, John Kirk Carter and wife Ann of London, England; a daughter, Michael Carter Mitchell and husband John of Yellville; a son-in-law, Duncan Shumate of Conway; four brothers, Dean Hill of Hamburg; Ricky Hill of Placerville, California, and Phillip Hill and Walter Hill, both of Hamburg; a sister, Charlun Brett of Nashville; six grandchildren, Avy Carter, Caleb and Haley Mitchell, Aiden, Abbie Kate and Carter Shumate; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Wayne Carter; a daughter, Katie Ellen Shumate; a son, Caleb Carter; her parents, Maxwell Hill and Eloise Bates Hill; and a brother, Tracy Hill.

Grave-side services and burial were 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Warren Finney officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207 or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Mack Stover Courtney

Mack Stover Courtney, 58, of Bay St. Louis, MS, formally of Crossett, died at his residence on Friday, November 28, 2014. Born November 24, 1956, at Warner-Brown Hospital in El Dorado to the late James and Nell Courtney, he was an U. S. Army sergeant as a helicopter mechanic from 1975-1980.

He is survived by his daughter, DeAnna Oden and husband Mike; one son, Brad Courtney, all of Crossett; and grandchildren, Casey Oden and wife Kate and Tanner Oden, all of Crossett, and Braden Courtney and Bailey Cook of Junction City. Funeral arrangements were by Edmond Fahey Funeral Home of Bay St. Louis, MS.

Betty Jo Woodie Temple

Betty Jo Woodie Temple, 81, of Warren died on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Chapel Woods Nursing Center in Warren from complications of Alzheimers. Born on December 14, 1932, in Little Rock to John Claude and Nettie Gardner Woodie, she moved to Warren when she was 3.

She was a supportive Army wife to her husband during their 20 years of service including ten years in Germany, nine years in Fort Knox, KY, and a year in Arkansas while he served in Vietnam. Betty was involved with the officers wives' organization in many charitable activities during these years. They retired from the military in 1976 and relocated to the Longview community where they enjoyed fishing the Saline River, and hosting friends and family during their nine years there before moving back to Warren. She was a long time member of Warren First Baptist church and was active in her Sunday School class and the church hospitality activities. She also served her community on the board of the Warren City Planning Commission under three city mayors.

Survivors are her husband of 64 years, Clyde Temple; a daughter, Deborah Heike and husband John of Bentonville; a son, John Douglas Temple and wife Vickie of Hamburg; two granddaughters, Rachel Temple Burney and husband Chris of Prairieville, LA, and Lara Cooper and husband Dave of Bentonville; and three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Abigail Brown and Gus Cooper, all of Bentonville; two sisters, Mary Carol Woodie of Montgomery, Texas, and Nancy Amidon of North Carolina, a brother, Walter Woodie and wife Anita, of Star City; a sister-in-law, Jane Woodie of West Helena; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, David Allen Temple; a granddaughter, Whitney Alise Temple; and a brother, John C.Woodie, II.

Funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel with burial at 12 noon Monday, December 15, at the Little Rock National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Walter Woodie, Jr., Bert Hubbs, Hal Hubbs, Jr., John Amidon, John C. Woodie, III, James Woodie, Scotty Heritage, Jeremiah Brown and Gus Cooper. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Kerry Pennington and John B. Frazer, Jr. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Published December 24

Almetha M. Blake

Almetha M. Blake, 81, of Crossett died on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehab. Born on January 5, 1933, in Urbana to John A. Moore and Annie Mae Littleton, she retired from Georgia Pacific's tissue mill. Mrs. Blake was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Nathaniel Blake of Crossett; children, Cleo Ward and Maxine of Kirkland, MO, Earlene Hollins of Crossett, Michael Adams and Sylvia of Bellwood, IL. Lexie Lewis and Sandra of Crossett, and Cleatrice Smith of Dallas, TX; brothers, Matthew Bowman and Mary of Crossett, Johnny Moore and Porter Moore of El Dorado, Jessie Moore and Aretha, Willie Moore and Dorothy Jean, all of Milwaukee, WI, Charles Moore of Memphis, TN, and Richard Moore and Lola of El Dorado; sisters, Stella Starling of Crossett, Rozella Barnes, Ida Mae White and River Miller of El Dorado, and Rose Mack of Milwaukee; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, at Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with Bro. Murlee Carter officiating. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Irma A. Sawyer Bolin

Irma A. Sawyer Bolin, 92, of Crossett died Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of the Milo community outside Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for the past 58 years, she was a homemaker and worked for Tom Norsworthy at the Dollar Store. She was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, quilting and working with her husband in their hobby shop.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry G. Bolin and wife Virginia of Morrilton and Johnnie M. Bolin of Crossett; two daughters, Jewel Remona Bolin Ray of Crossett and Mary Kathryn Bolin Storset of Port Orchard, WA; a daughter-in-law, Ann Bolin; a sister, Ruth Sawyer Bolin, and a sister-in-law, Zoe Ann Sawyer, all of Crossett;

six grandchildren, Michael Ray and wife Rebecca, Stephen Bolin and wife Rhonda, Lana Page Bolin and husband Brian, all of Crossett, Barbie Ray Nichols and husband Alan, of Stonewall, LA, Melissa Gayle Bolin McPherson of Texarkana, Texas, and Vickie Bolin Cupp and husband, Les, of Morrilton; 12 great-grandchildren, Logan Ray, Lawson Ray, Drew Ray, Avery Ray, Dax Colby Bolin, John Marshal McPherson, Carter McPherson, Alek Storset, Isaiah Suko, Rachelle Suko, Levi Suko and Les Cupp, III; and three great-great-grandchildren, Louden Cupp, Finley Cupp and May Lee Bolin.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Willie Mart "Doc" Bolin, in 2010; a son, William Dale Bolin earlier this year; a daughter-in-law, Betty LaFran Bolin, in 1999; a son-in-law, Bobby Ray, in 2010; her parents, John Morgan and Mary E. Bellot Sawyer; six sisters, Allie Ree Sawyer Pennington Griffin, Nona Bell Sawyer Withers, Ellena Sawyer Bolin, Era Sawyer White, Jamia Lois Sawyer and Sallie Mae Sawyer White; and two brothers, J. M. "Johnny" Sawyer and Orvis A. Sawyer.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Johnnie Bolin, Jerry Bolin and Bro. Jason Bates officiating. Burial was at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Ray, Logan Ray, Andrew Ray, Marshal McPherson, Stephen Bolin, Brian Bolin, Dax Bolin and Les Cupp. Honorary pallbearers were Virginia Morgan, Brenda Neal, Carolyn Fielder, Mary Sharpe, Jeannie K. Manning and Carol Rickman. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 747 Hwy. 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Kathy Jordan Martin

Kathy Jordan Martin, 57, of Crossett died Monday, December 15, 2014, at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after battling cancer. She was an employee for the University of Arkansas of Monticello where she taught adult education and an active member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, AWANA, and the Ladies' Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Ricky Oliver Martin; her parents, Alvin and Marie Jordan of Monticello; two sons, Joshua and wife Ashley of Crossett and Jeremy and wife Magen of Crossett; two brothers, Paul Jordan and wife Connie of Crossett and David Jordan and wife Stacy of Conway; a sister, Annette Watson and husband Kenny of Selma; brothers-in-law Bobby Martin of Crossett, Jerry Martin and wife Joyce of Minden, LA, and Donald Johnson of Rayville, LA; a sister-in-law, Pat Bignar, and husband Joey of Jonesboro, LA; four grandchildren, Caleb, Brody, Maggie, and Rushing Martin; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Roy Dannehl, Sr., Tom Dannehl and Rayford Oliver Martin Jr.; a sister-in-law, Billie Jean Gatlin; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jordan, Sr. and her maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John (Archie) Loveless.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 18, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. John Marlar and Clayton Hales officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Pallbearers were Chester Rosen, Bruce Carpenter, Tommy Shumpert, Jerry Watkins, Gary Farmer, and Doyle Blankenship, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Kirk Kemp, Rick Owens, and Clovis Dean.

Memorials may be made to West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, P. O Box 447, Crossett, AR 71635.

Nola Bernice Mathews

Nola Bernice Mathews, 78, of Portland died Monday, December 22, 2014, at her residence. A native of Independence County and a resident of Portland for the past 60 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Aulds Baptist Church and loved working with her crafts.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Kelley and husband Ronnie and Crystal Mathews, all of Portland; a son, Henry Mathews and wife Liz of Crossett; a brother, Eloyd Owens of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Mathews, in 2005; her parents, Henry and Frannie Ward Owens; four brothers, Truitt, Ira, Jimmy and Wilburn Owens; and four sisters, Irene Owens, Wilma Dean Crutcher, Mary Lee Holland and Patricia McQuin.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, at the Aulds Baptist Church with Bros. Ray Williams and E.W. Ricks officiating. Burial will be in the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ronald Ricks, Gary Matthews, Johnny Matthews, Franklin Ricks, Bud Henderson, and Ronnie Pamplin.

Memorials may be made to the Aulds Baptist Church, c/o Delane Pamplin, 536 Ashley Road 58, Montrose, AR 71658 or Portland Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 174, Portland, AR 71663. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Everett L. McLain

Everett L. McLain, 58, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at his residence. A native of Bar Harbor, Maine, and a resident of Hamburg since 1986, he was a truck driver and worked for R. Thompson, Inc., for 18 years. A member of the Eden Baptist Church, he loved to fish and work on his old cars.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Debbie Byers McLain of Hamburg; a daughter, Sharlotte McLain of Sullivan, Maine; his mother, Evangeline Pinkham McLain of Steuben, Maine; two sisters, Lois Look of Steuben, Maine, and Regina Day of Harrington, Maine; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dorward McLain.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 9, at the North Main Baptist Church with Bro. James Thompson officiating. Arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Derrick Jermaine Porter

Derrick Jermaine Porter, 34, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Lake Village, died Saturday, December 13, 2014. He had lived in Arlington for the past 16 years and was a barber. He was a Baptist, a 1998 graduate of Lakeside High School, and attended Mid Cities Barber College in Grand Prairie, TX, where he completed classes to become a barber. He loved to play pool and to play in pool tournaments.

He is survived by one son, Jaden Moore of Arlington; one daughter, Honest Porter of Garland, TX; his parents, Roy, Sr., and Edna Tyler Porter of Lake Village; two brothers, Larry Johnson, Jr., of Arlington and Roy Porter, Jr., and wife Shanta of Lake Village; his maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, C. J. Tyler and Dorothy Tyler of Dermott; and a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice Tyler; his maternal grandmother, Lucille Tyler-Green; and his paternal grandparents, John H. Porter and Ruby Johnson Porter.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20, Central Community Baptist Church with Rev. Arthur Haney officiating. Pallbearers are Cedric Gaston, Gregory Johnson, Selento Miller, Marcus Jones, Octavious Easterling and Walter Smith. Honorary pallbearers were the Lakeside High School Class of 1998. Burial followed in the Woodson Temple Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Helen Marie Wells

Helen Marie Wells, 76, of Cabot died Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born October 24, 1938, in Lake Village to the late Sid and Georgia Kenaum Caine, she attended Celebration Christian Fellowship. While living in Hamburg, she attended Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Wells is survived by John Abner Wells, the father of her daughters, Judy Wells of North Little Rock and Pam Wells Dolan and Tracy of Cabot; her sister, Betty Lauhon and Gerald of Hamburg; and her grandchildren, Andrew and Hannah Dolan; and by her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Sidney, Roy, Harold and Billy Joe Caine; and her sister, Earlene Collins.

Visitation was 10 a.m. Friday, December 19, at Grace Fellowship in Cabot with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. A second visitation was held at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg on Saturday, December 20, from 12 to 1 p.m. with a grave-side service following at 2 p.m. at the Promise Land Cemetery outside Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com or moorescabotfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries Published December 31

Louise Geraldine Couser

Louise Geraldine Couser, 93, of Crossett died Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Banks, she was a homemaker and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She loved attending church and spending time with all of her children.

She is survived by four sons, Milton Couser, Jr., and wife Cora and Willie Ray Couser and wife Mable, all of Crossett, Bennie L. Couser and wife Lisa of Monroe, LA, and Carlos Couser of Kansas City, MO; four daughters, Eula Mae Powell and husband Richard of Omaha, NE, Ruth Love, Carolyn Walker and husband Bruce and Joyce Gray, all of Kansas City, MO; 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Warren Couser; her parents, Bennie and Ethel Givens Bradley; two brothers, Bennie Bradley, Jr., and Roosevelt Bradley; and three sisters, Katherine Pumphrey, Eula Green and Sue Ella Childs.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Charles Moore, James Phifer, Milton Gaston, Terrian Keys, Lawrence Tucker and Freddie Hargraves. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7 p. m. Friday, January 2, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

R. B. Doss

R. B. Doss, 95, of Hamburg died Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg for the past 63 years, he was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a retired farmer, and he and his family was twice named the Ashley County Farm Family of the Year. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Charlene Willis Doss of Hamburg; four sons, Glenn Doss of San Bernardino, California, Willis Doss and Dale Doss of Crossett and Dan Doss of Round Rock; two daughters, Tina Tyler of Crossett and Lisa Rice of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; two brothers, Elmer Doss of Lubbock, Texas, and Ralph Doss of Hamburg; three sisters, Hazel Dean Langley of Hamburg and Syble Barnes and Naomi Barnard of Norman, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mancy Doss and Beulah Moore Doss; three sisters, Ammetta Holland, Geunette Doss and Martha Jean Kirkpatrick; and four brothers, Durwood, Leo, Bobby and Marion Doss.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, December 29, at the Mount Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating. Burial was in the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Meeks, James Robert Meeks, Jamie Meeks, Pat Allison, Julian Estelle and John Richardson. Memorials may be made to the Unity Cemetery Association, c/o Keith Barnett, 1710 Parkway Drive, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Gary Lynn Griffith

Gary "Tug" Lynn Griffith, 49, of Strong died on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at his home. Born Friday, November 5, 1965, in Monticello, he was the son of Thomas Junior Griffith and Winona Bussell Griffith.

Survivors include his mother, Winona Bussell Griffith; and three brothers, Jerry Griffith, Lane Griffith and Keith Griffith. He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. at Hamburg Cemetery Wednesday, December 31. A grave-side service will be in the Hamburg Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, under the direction of Perry's Funeral Chapels of El Dorado.

Rev. John W. Perdue

Rev. John W. Perdue, 77, of Crossett died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Born in Sikes, LA, on September 24, 1936, to J. B. and Geneva Thornton Perdue, he was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Sexton Perdue; his daughter, Rebecca Perdue; and his sister, Margaret Ann Perdue.

He is survived by two sons, Bruce Perdue and Andrea of Grove, OK, and Douglas Perdue of Crossett, a grandson, Eriq Perdue of Crossett; two brothers, Jack Perdue and Juanita of Kilgore, TX, and Rev. Charles Perdue and Lynda of Strong; two sisters, Mary Helen Tillman and James of Warren and Glenda Graves and Marshall of Huttig; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, at Friendship Worship Center in North Crossett. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Treva Jerrilene Phillips

Treva Jerrilene "Jerri" Phillips, 84, of Crossett died on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 19, 1930, in Smackover to Dewey Lester and Treva Benroth Carder, Mrs. Phillips retired after teaching in the Strong Schools for 25 years. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Robert A. "Bob" Phillips of Crossett; one son, Robert C. "Robbie" Phillips of Crossett; three daughters, Deborah Lee and David of Smithsfield, OH, Janice Hammock and Chuck of Smackover and Clarissa Rice of Crossett; one brother, Dwain Carder of Shreveport, LA; one sister, Jo Ann Carder of Texas; four grandchildren, Robbin Phillips, Cacy Pena', Jason Hammock and David Lee, II; and five great-grandchildren, Samantha Moneypenny, James Hammock, Isabella Pena', Gabrielle Pena' and Ricky Pena'. Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jean Marie Aidala; and a brother, David George Carder.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial will follow at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Minnie Lee Sharp

Minnie Lee Sharp, 94, of Crossett died on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born on August 13, 1920, in Johnsville to John Silas and Melissie Catherine Gaston Wolfe, Mrs. Sharp was a homemaker and enjoyed flowers, quilting, gardening and her chickens. She was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include two sons, Hank Sharp and Pam and Lonnie Sharp and Robbin, all of Crossett; four daughters, Betty Jackson and Mary Sharp of Crossett, Alice Jo Ethridge and Jimmy of Monticello, and Lillian Johnson and Ricky Joe of Hamburg; one brother, Ellis Gene Wolfe and Joanie of Oklahoma; two sisters, Mamie Hamilton and Ron of Crossett and Janet Keith and Bobby of Monroe, LA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years, John W. C.. Sharp; a daughter, Catherine Gail Gortney; a son-in-law, Mac Jackson; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bros. Danny Merriweather and John Martin officiating.

Burial was to follow at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

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