Cassandra Joy Adcock
Cassandra Joy Adcock, 52, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at UAMS in Little Rock due to complications with pneumonia. Born on November 4, 1961, in Monticello to Charles and Faye Ware, she was a homemaker, loved to work on arts and crafts and was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God in Crossett.
She is survived by her mother, Faye Glover (Tommy) of Hamburg; two sons, John Bradley Cope and Cayne Adcock of Hamburg; one sister, Sonja Griffin (Kenny) of Crossett; one brother, Chris Ware (Alisa) of Hamburg; two stepbrothers, David Glover of Little Rock and Brian Glover of Kansas City; and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Ware; her grandparents, Ralph Stahley and Jean Stahley Butcher and Clark and Maybell Ware; two aunts, Janice Ware and Brenda Ware; and three uncles, Mac Ray Ware, William H. Stahley and Carl Stahley.
Funeral service was planned for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Pastor John Martin officiating followed by burial at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Peter L. Blake
Peter L. Blake, 56, of Huttig died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Born October 5, 1957, in Huttig to the late Edmun Blake, Sr., and Mamie Davis Blake, he attended Huttig Public Schools. He was the usher board president, trustee member, and worked on the kitchen committee. He worked at Georgia Pacific's plywood plant in Crossett for 35 years and was presently employed at West Fraser Lumber Mill..His hobbies were grilling and fishing with photography as his latest passion.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Nash Blake; two sons, Peter Lynn Blake II and Phillip Lamar Blake; one daughter: Patrena Mechell Blake, all of Huttig; two brothers, James Blake (Sara) of Cedar Hills, TX, and Larry Blake (Katherine) of Monroe, LA; four sisters, Edna Reeves (Jesse) of Dallas, TX, Maxine Hughes of Oakland, CA, and Donzetta Stockman(Odell) of Huttig and Francene Henderson of Huttig; one granddaughter, Reagan Rekenzie Blake; two godchildren, Shannon Rogers and Marcus Barr; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at the St. Andrews A.M.E. Church of Huttig. Burial followed in the Huttig Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett. Guest book at mitchellmemorial.com.
Sara Lee Watson Courtney
Sara Lee Watson Courtney, 77, of Dermott died on Friday, January 31, 2014. She was born on March 29, 1936, in Louisiana to the late Norman Trezevant and Agnes Dew Watson.
After high school, she was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She attended William Woods College for two years and graduated from the University of Arkansas. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and after graduation went to what is now the University of Arkansas-Monticello to become an English and social studies teacher. After teaching at Dermott and for Bellaire Academy, she became the GED examiner for Southeast Arkansas until illness forced her to retire. She was involved in several literacy campaigns and always stressed the importance of education.
She is survived by her daughter, Wendee Jenneane Courtney of Maumelle; and two granddaughters, Kirby Ashton Farrell of Dermott and Courtney Isabella Reed of Maumelle; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene Courtney, who she married December 22, 1959; her daughter, Tanya Lee Farrell; and her brother, Norman Trezevant "Trezy" Watson, II.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Dermott. Burial followed at the Dermott Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimers of Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Guest book at www.stephensondearman.com.
Morris Cunningham, 74, of Hamburg died Friday, January 31, 2014 at his residence. A native of Fountain Hill and a lifelong resident of Ashley County who lived in Redfield for the past two years, he was an U. S. Army veteran, serving from 1959 to1961. He was a specialist fifth class paratrooper in Vietnam and jumped from C-130, C-119 and C-124 planes and also served in Germany. He retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation's paper mill in 1996 after many years of service and was a member of the Ouachita Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey. He served as a volunteer fireman in every place he lived and was the Fountain Hill Fire Chief at one time. He loved the outdoors and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian Curtis Cunningham of Redfield; three daughters, Sharon Lovette and husband Frank, of Redfield, Angela Payne and husband Johnny of Columbus, Texas, and Melissa Lovett and husband Kenneth of Hamburg; a brother, Robbie Cunningham of Hamburg; six sisters, Pauline McNiece and Connie Vanhook of Crossett, and Marcille Hill, Climmie Palumbo, Madie Carpenter and Austoline Croswell of Hamburg; nine grandchildren, Dammon McGilton and wife Debbie, Brandon McGilton, Tamara Lara and husband Oscar, Brittany Neal, Tara and Tanya Hawk, and Josh, Jordan and Will Lovett; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer Powell and husband Chad, Nicholas Lovette and wife Crystal, Kindell and Jessica Payne; seven great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Viola Owens Cunningham; two brothers, Don and C.B. Cunningham; and a very special son-in-law, James Meeks.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 2, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. George Crump officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dammon McGilton, Brandon McGilton, Josh Lovett, Will Lovett, Jason Johnson, Sam Slater, Scott Moffatt and David Cunningham.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Angels, 3801 Camden Road, Chapel Village 1, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Ruby Mae Curtis
Ruby Mae Curtis, 89, of Crossett died Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Pinewood Health & Rehabilitation. Born on May 3, 1924, in Atkins to the late John and Alice Wilson Cossey, Mrs. Curtis was a homemaker and an immaculate housekeeper. She loved flowers and working in her yard. She was a member of Beulahland Assembly of God.
Survivors include three daughters, Sue Sipes of Crossett, Ann Hartsfield of Pine Bluff and Barbara Jean Sawyer and husband Ronnie of Strong; one brother, Henry Cossey of Hamburg; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Dee Curtis; a son, Wesley Don Curtis; a grandson, Keith Bolin; two sons-in-law, Doug Sipes and Bobby Hartsfield; one sister and seven brothers.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 1, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Kenny Bolin officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Billy Wayne Harville
Billy Wayne Harville, 68, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he was a retired deputy for the Ashley County Sheriff's Department and had worked for Georgia Pacific Corp. and the Hamburg Police Department. He was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Ramona Allison Harville; two sons, Phil Harville and wife Jenny and Grayson Harville of Hamburg; three daughters, Crystal Harville Savage and husband Barry of Hamburg, Angie Harville of Bryant and Lexie Harville of Hamburg; his father, Roger White of Hamburg; two sisters, Norma Swan and Sharon Jenkins and husband Jeff of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Courtney Harville, Emily Rush, Brayden Harville, Jayden Estell and Hastin Savage; one niece and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Floy Stanley White, in 2008.
Grave-side funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, January 31, in the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Michael Reese officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Stanley, Thomas Wells, Charles "Bull" Wells, Bob McCracken, Jeff Ponthieux, Darren Swan and Zack Jenkins. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Mildred Taylor King
Mildred Lee Taylor King, 94, of Crossett, formerly of Strong, died on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehab in Crossett. Born on June 14, 1919, in Strong to the late Sam Taylor and Lizzie Gunter Taylor, she was a self employed beautician for many years and didn't quit doing hair until she was 87. She was a member of Lapile Baptist Church and especially loved to cook.
Survivors include two sons, Ronnie C. King and wife Cheryl and Ernest Dwaine King and wife Shirley of Crossett; six grandchildren, LeeAnn Thurmon and husband Jesse, Denice Roberts and husband Chad, Lance King and wife Stacy, Roni Ray and husband Brian, Barbara French and husband John and Malcolm King and wife Lee; four siblings, Frances Hudson, Eva Bailey, Dean Colbert and Velma Gilliam; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. King; two sisters, Mary Lindsey and Margarite Taylor; and two brothers, Fred Taylor and J. W. Taylor.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, at Bailey Funeral Home chapel in El Dorado with Bro. Brian Ray officiating. Burial followed at Arlington Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 990 Hwy 425 N. Monticello, AR 71655. Guest book at www.baileyfuneralhome.net.
Randall Dewayne White
Randall Dewayne White, 31, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett and a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ, he enjoyed fishing, playing dominos, and playing with his infant cousin.
He is survived by his mother, Dorotha White of Crossett; his brother, Antione Thompson of Crossett; his grandmother, Clarice Penix of Crossett; and a host of other family, friends and loved ones.
Funeral services were at 1 p. m. Saturday, February 1, at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Eld. Robert G. Rudolph, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Colon Sims, Chad Johnson, Johnathon Thornton, Willie Griffin, Jr., Jeff Holyfield and Bryan Rogers. Burial was in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Court Suite 104 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.
Thomas Lee Woods
Thomas Lee Woods, 68, of Warren died Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Born August 4, 1945, in Portland, a son of the late James Woods and Anne Maye Cessor Woods, he was a Baptist.
Survivors are one sister, Jimmye Ann Owens of Wichita, KS; two nieces, Angie Jeffers and Pamela Sharp; and three nephews, Joey Warren, James Owens and Mark Owens. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Emily Gaston McDaniel; and a brother, James Woods, Jr. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at the Portland Cemetery with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Pallbearers were Daniel Warren, J. T. Warren, Ron Wolf, Charles Jeffers and Joey Warren. Arrangements were by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Guest book at www.frazerfuneral home.com.
Obituaries Published February 12
Tarah Dion King
Tarah Dion King, 36, of Crossett died on Monday, February 3, 2014. Born on August 28, 1977, to Billy Glen and Fran King in Bastrop, LA, she loved listening to music, riding horses and had a special place in her heart for animals and stray dogs.
Survivors include her mother, Fran Miles (Ralph) of Crossett; a daughter, Tiffany Chance Glover (Anthony) of Monticello; one son, Stetson King; a granddaughter, Marleigh Glover of Crossett; and one brother, Chris King (Stephanie) of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Glen King; and her grandparents, Harold and Ollie Barnett, and Griffin and Hazel King.
A grave-side service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 7, at Eden Cemetery with Bro. Keith Bozeman officiating under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Eddie Brennon, Scott Swaim, Brad Brennon, Phillip Brennon, Anthony Glover and Ralph Miles.
The family encourages memorials of dog food to the Ashley County Humane Society or an animal shelter of choice. Guest book at www.meddersfuneral home.com.
James Lurrell Pennington
James Lurrell Pennington, 74, of Crossett died on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 7, 1939, to the late Coy Ed "Coot" and Louise Pennington in Crossett, he retired after 48 years with Georgia Pacific where he worked as a bleach plant operator. He was a member of South Main Baptist Church, served six years in the Arkansas National Guard and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, coaching Little League and following his grandchildren in sports.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Montgomery Pennington of Crossett; a daughter, Phyllis Pennington Kovar (Charles) of Lufkin, Texas; two sons, Jamey Pennington (Julie) of Lufkin and Scotty Pennington (Milissa) of Crossett: and one brother, Doyle "Butch" Pennington; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Pennington; and an infant son.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, at South Main Baptist Church of Crossett with Bros. Lyle Hern and Jon Kovar officiating followed by burial at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Frances Burgess Streeter
Frances C. Burgess Streeter, 80, of Lake Village died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born September 25, 1933, in Lake Village to the late Lynn Burgess and Alberta Tharp Burgess, she was a retired nurse's aide and a member of Bayou Mason Baptist Church.
Survivors are her husband, Scott Streeter of Lake Village; two sons, James Dale Slaughter of Lake Village and Steve Slaughter and wife Peggy of Star City; a daughter, Sharon Slaughter Talkington and husband Joe of La Place, LA; a brother, J. D. Burgess of Robertsdale, AL; two sisters, Eunice Hackett and Diane Burgess of Monticello; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ricky Slaughter; two daughters, Lori Ann Slaughter and Alice Carol Geater; three brothers, David Burgess, Ray Burgess and Buddy Burgess; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Slaughter. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8, at Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village with Bro. Ken Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bayou Mason Baptist Church. Guest book at www.bishop funeralhomeinc.com.
Mary Sue Cook White
Mary Sue Cook White, 76, of El Dorado died Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Born Sept. 30, 1937, in Hamburg, she was a daughter of B. C. and Alice Lorene Spoonts Cook. She had been in the grocery business with her husband over 20 years and owned Robert's Grocery. She was a member of the East Main Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert White of El Dorado; a son, Dale White (Becky) of Fort Smith; a brother, Jerry E. Cook (Jo) of Steelton, PA.; a sister, Barbara Wells of Tunica, MS.; two grandchildren, Kristin Basham (Kyle) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Josh White (Sara) of Conway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Shawn White; and two brothers, Kenneth Cook and Floyd Cook.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the chapel of Young's Funeral Directors with Dr. Benjy McCann officiating. Burial followed in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Obituaries Published February 19
Lillian Curtis Cunningham
Lillian Curtis Cunningham, 73, of Hamburg died Friday, February 14, 2014, at her residence. A native of Y City, a resident of Hamburg most of her life and a resident of Redfield for the past two years, she graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1959. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hamburg and loved her flowers and drawing.
She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Lovette and husband Frank of Redfield, Angela Payne and husband Johnny of Columbus, TX, and Melissa Lovett and husband Kenneth of Hamburg; two brothers, Henry Curtis of Jessieville and Raymond Curtis of Needmore; four sisters, Wanda Rogers and Rosa Wagner of Waldron, Monette Austin of Harvey and Linda Rogers of Y City; nine grandchildren, Dammon McGilton and wife Debbie, Brandon McGilton, Tamara Lara and husband Oscar, Brittany Neal, Tara and Tanya Hawk, Josh, and Jordan and Will Lovett; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer Powell and husband Chad, Nicholas Lovette and wife Crystal, Kindell and Jessica Payne; seven great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Morris Cunningham, on Jan. 31; her parents, Joe and Daisy Thomas Curtis; two sisters, Oneta Shaddon and Dorothy Broomfield; a brother; Paul Curtis; and a special son-in-law, James Meeks.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 17, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. M. L. Faler officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dammon McGilton, Brandon McGilton, Josh Lovett, Will Lovett, Jason Johnson, Frank Lovette, Kenneth Lovett and Johnny Payne. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Angels, 3801 Camden Road, Chapel Village 1, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com,
Imogene Ray Gray
Imogene Ray Gray, 95, of Hot Springs died on Sunday, February 9, 2014. A resident of Garland Rehab and Nursing Home in Hot Springs for the past five years, she was born on July 11, 1918, in Philadelphia, MS, to Henry Milton Ray and Lee Una Clark Ray. She moved to Crossett as a child and met Odell C. Gray. They married on July 29, 1934, in Wilmar and were married for 47 years.
She was active in Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Pine Bluff for over 31, taught the second grade Sunday School class for 19 of those years, served on the Hospitality Committee, and worked the Vacation Bible School program every summer after she retired in 1981 from Illinois Tool Works, in Pine Bluff where she worked as a drill press machine operator. Her hobbies were crocheting, quilting, candy making, baking, gardening, camping and fishing, and she was an avid domino player.
She is survived by her daughters, Daisy Winchester and son-in-law Jim; Vicki Stanley and son-in-law Larry; grandchildren, Michael Winchester (Doris), Karen Paciocco, Ron Gray, Dana Gray, Jason Martin (Nancy) and Stormi Moritz (Caleb); great-grandchildren Shanna Byrd (Shea), Ryan Paciocco, Krysta Paciocco, Dalron Gray, Dante Gray, Abby Martin, Samantha Martin, and Ava Moritz; and great-great-grandson, Asher. She had many more nieces and nephews celebrating her life.
Her oldest son, Ronnie Dale Gray, died in an automobile accident in 1970, and her younger son, Randy Allen Gray, died in a motorcycle accident in 1973. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Odell, in 1981 and her grandson, Charles Christopher Martin, in 2011.
Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 15, at Simms Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Wanda Towns Harrison
Wanda Towns Harrison, 61, of Huttig died on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Born on August 23, 1952, in Harper Springs to G. E. and Betty Bolton Towns, Mrs. Harrison was an LPN, enjoyed crafts, jewelry making and singing and had a special love for animals. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Steve Towns.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Carter (James) of Huttig and Brandy Toney (Jared) of Crossett; her mother, Betty Towns of Huttig; two sisters, Judy Craig of Monroe, LA, and Freida Riley of Marshall, TX; and three grandchildren, Brett Clingan, Christopher Clingan and Logan Young. A private grave-side service will be held at a later date under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Novella Caldwell Hicks
Novella Caldwell Hicks, 54, of Little Rock died Saturday, February 8, 2014, at her residence in Little Rock. A native of Portland and a resident of Little Rock for the past seven years, she was a cook in the Kroger deli and was a member of Brown Temple Baptist Church in Portland.
She is survived by one son, Tarence Caldwell of Milwaukee, WI; her father, Cleveland Caldwell of Little Rock; four brothers, Will Caldwell and Arthur Hulett and wife Lucy of Crossett, Roy Hulett and wife Lovie Ann of Portland and Jessie McCoy and wife Shirley of Milwaukee; three sisters, Shirley Collins and husband David of Milwaukee, Catherine Dukes of Montrose and Shirley King and husband Able King of Great Bend, KS; one granddaughter, Tyanna Caldwell of Milwaukee; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Nathan Hicks, on March 24, 2013; her mother, Willie B. McCoy Caldwell; one brother, Allen McCoy, Jr.; and one sister, Bertha Hulett.
Funeral services were at 1 p. m. Saturday, February 15, at Portland #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Thurman Robinson officiating. Pallbearers were Antwon Johnson, Emmitt Tyler, Ed McCree, Terry Johnson, Roy Porter, Leonard Dixon, Jon Moseby, Antonio Dukes, David Collins, Cleveland Caldwell, Larry Hartley and Henry Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie McCoy, Jr., Kenny Caldwell, Mario Scott and Billy Scott. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.
Ammie Hilburn Hurst
Ammie Louise Hilburn Hurst, 75, of Crossett died on Monday, February 10, 2014, at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. Born on March 26, 1938, to Richard Cecil and Myrtle Louise Berry Hilburn, Mrs. Hurst was a homemaker and visited the United Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Ricc C. Beyard.
Survivors include four sons, Anthony Wayne Beyard and James Allen Poorman of North Crossett and Bobby Ray Hurst and Darrel Wayne Hurst of Texline, TX; two daughters, Brenda Creekmore Harris and Amy Lorainne Johns of North Crossett; one brother, Joe Wayne Hilburn of Hamburg; three sisters, Dorothy Clevenger of Mulberry, Darlene Lofton of Camden and Carolyn McClendon of Hermitage; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private grave-side service will be held at a later date under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Edgar Thomas McLarrin
Edgar Thomas McLarrin, 76, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. Born July 7, 1937, in Conway to the late Ruby Reid McLarrin and Thomas McLarrin, he was self-employed in lawn maintenance and landscaping.
Survivors include his children, Joe McLarrin and wife Terry of Hamburg, and Sheila Yates, Sherry McLarrin, Christine Fatheree, Sekret Richardson, Onna McLarrin, Lexie McLarrin, Scott Flowers, and Eugene Flowers, all of Bastrop; four brothers, Glynnis McLarrin and wife Barbara Lou, Randle McLarrin and wife Linda, Kenneth McLarrin and wife Mary and Rayburn McLarrin and wife Anita; a sister, Laura McLarrin; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by; a son, David Michael McLarrin; his wives, Carolyn McLarrin and Charlotte McLarrin; and two sisters, Julie McLarrin and Wilma Ann Ball.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. February 15, at the chapel of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop with Rev. Marvin Tabora officiating. Burial followed at the Reagan Cemetery near Baskin, LA. Pallbearers were Daniel Yates, T.J. McLarrin, David Fatheree, Randy McLarrin, Jonathon Powell, and Wade Yates. Guest book at www.coxfuneral.com.
Ruth Ann McManus
Ruth Ann McManus, 77, of Crossett died on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on June 30, 1936, in Canton, IL, to Cecil and Mildred Suydam, Mrs. McManus was a registered nurse and an Eastern Star member. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett and attended First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin McManus of Rainier, OR, and Barry McManus (Justine) of Midwest, OK; five grandchildren, Marshall, Hudson, Campbell, Haddon and Chris McManus; two great-grandchildren, Kya and Zemecha McManus; and her friends at the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, First Baptist Church and The Pillars. Mrs. McManus was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert G. McManus.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 21, at the Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Bonnie Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Arkansas, 904 Autumn Rd., Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72211 or Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.
Rev. Robert Leonard Wood
Rev. Robert Leonard Wood, 83, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 25 years, he was an U. S. Army veteran, and a Southern Baptist Minister for 63 years having pastored at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot, Haw Creek Baptist Church in Waldron, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Whelen Springs, First Baptist Church in Jones, OK, Corinth Baptist Church in Hamburg, Lapile Baptist Church in Strong, Martinville Baptist Church in Hamburg, Green Hill Baptist Church in Wilmar and Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, June McCollum Wood of Hamburg; special friends Robert Paul Schee and wife Nikki, of Whelen Springs; a brother, Bill Wood and wife Glenda of Hamburg; five sisters, Lois Vest and husband Lloyd of Monticello, Mary Vest and Ella Worrell of Houston, Texas, Frances Tate of Mountain Home, and Guylene Smith of Hamilton Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two infant children, William Gay Wood and Lois Ann Wood; and his parents, Guy and Mary Sharp Wood.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Mike Chain officiating. Burial was to follow at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Byron Pharr, Buddy Tanksley, Chris Wilson, David Nelms, Jon Paul Kelley and Thomas Martin.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635, Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, P. O. Box 427, Monticello, AR 71657 or Eden Cemetery Association, 747 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published February 26
Merle Kennedy Bee
Merle Bardin Kennedy Bee, 95, of Crossett died Friday, February 21, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehab. Born on April 16, 1918, in Oakland, LA, to James Bithel and Jesse Murray Bardin, Mrs. Bee was a business clerk for Ashley County Medical Center. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, fishing and traveling and was a member of First Baptist Church and the Golden Voices.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Bee of Crossett; one daughter, JoAnn Kennedy Pierce of Crossett; a granddaughter, Suzan Rogers Baker (Randall Baker) of Nikiski, Alaska; a granddaughter-in-law, Kay Rogers of Gainsville, FL; five great-grandchildren, Alex, Stefany, Amber, Lily and Colby; and eleven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lloyd (PeeWee) Kennedy; grandsons, Keith Rogers and Jeffery Pierce Rogers; five sisters and four brothers.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, February 24, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Andy Connard officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 990 Hwy 425 N., Monticello, AR 71655.
Larry Stephen Coulter
Larry Stephen Coulter, 62, of Montrose died Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Little Rock. Born July 8, 1951, in Dermott to Roy and Hazel Boyd Taylor Coulter, he was a graduate of Rhema Bible College, an ordained minister and served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany and France. He served as mayor of Montrose for 14 years and loved to collect presidential buttons. He was active in civic affairs in the Arkansas South Tourism Board, Southeast Cornerstone Coalition, Ashley County Extension Council, was past president of the Hamburg Rotary Club, Delta Leadership Institute, Kentucky Colonel, Southeast Arkansas Development District, Ashley County Home Town Health Council, Southeast Arkansas Regional Literacy Council and was president of the McGehee High School class of 1969.
Survivors include his sons, Robert Coulter of Montrose and Timothy (Carrie) Coulter of Yazoo City, MS; a brother, Vernon Coulter of Montrose; grandchildren, Jonathan Golden, Cory Coulter, Bailey Coulter and Collin Coulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Frank Coulter; and his sister, Barbara Morphis.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service chapel in McGehee with Reverend Jack Woods officiating. Burial was at tje McGehee Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Paws and Claws Humane Society of McGehee, P.O. Box 975, McGehee, AR 71654. On-line guest book may be signed at www.griffinculpepper.com.
Della "Sue" Shuck Ladd
Della "Sue" Shuck Ladd, 81, of Hamburg died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. A lifelong resident of Hamburg and a resident of the Lake Village Senior Center for the past five years, she was a homemaker, a farmer's wife, former owner of the Snyder Grocery Store and she worked at Kroger in Hamburg for a number of years. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Keith Ladd and wife Paula of Hamburg; two daughters-in-law, Debbie Holland Ladd of Hamburg and Patsy Edwards Ladd Austin of Montrose; eight grandchildren, David Ladd and wife Cara, Cliff Ladd, Olivia Ladd Golden and husband Bobby, Colby Ladd, Amanda Ladd Murdaugh and husband, Rick, Tiffany Ladd, Victoria Ladd and Patrick Ladd; and seven great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Clifton Ladd, Sr., in 1995; two sons, Glenn Ladd in 2000 and Clifton Ladd in 2012; a granddaughter, Tonya Ladd; her parents, Harry and Ora Olivia Wilson Shuck; a brother, Harold Shuck; and a sister, Juanita Kelley.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, February 21, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. E.W. Ricks and Lloyd Townsend officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Foster, Don Williamson, Dale Dunigan, Rick Murdaugh, Michael Stanley and Bobby Golden.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, 186 Ashley Road 121, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Leola McHenry, 77, of Hamburg died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at her residence. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 34 years, she was a stay at home mom and an active member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She loved Sunday School, morning worship services and enjoyed going on church outings, especially the seniors' trip to Monroe.
She is survived by a son, Chester Savage of Hampton, VA; a daughter, Lucy Hulett and husband Arthur of Crossett; a brother, Jimmy McHenry of Crossett; two sisters, Cora Mae Caldwell and Queen Ester Hamilton of Crossett; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim McHenry and Annie Mae Savage; four brothers, Tom Hicks, Jesse Brown, Marice Hicks and Willie B. Savage; and five sisters, Quinnie Neval, Ella Lewis, Essie Mae Caldwell, Louisa McHenry and Hazel Mae Caldwell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 22, at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W.R. Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Childress Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Booker, Jessie Cooke, John Ware, Chester Owens, Roosevelt Simpson and James Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Leotis Akins, Willie Sellers, James Sellers, Paul Sellers, George Morris, Edward Morris, Ken L. Morris and the deacons of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Helen Melton Murphy
Helen Melton Murphy, 91, of Broken Arrow, OK, formerly of Wilmot, died Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Village Health Care Center in Broken Arrow. A native of Mayflower and a lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker, a part time bookkeeper for her husband's service station business and was a member of Wilmot Baptist Church, where she participated in women's Missionary Society and taught youth Sunday school classes.
Survivors include her daughter, Gwen Winfield and husband Harry of Broken Arrow; three great-grandsons, Braden, Connor, and Micah Winfield; and their mom, Karen; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Murphy, in 1994; a grandson, William Winfield; her parents, Sidney and Mamie Harrison Melton; two brothers, William and Ralph Melton; and three sisters, Maxine House, Mamie Pogue, and a baby sister, Fay Rene.
Memorial services are planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel. A private burial will be in the Wilmot Cemetery. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Andrew Allen Newton, Jr.
Andrew Allen Newton, Jr., 95, of Montrose died Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. He was a lifelong resident of Montrose and retired from the Lakeside School District, working as a mechanic for 37 years and a bus driver for 47 years. He loved his job and working.
He is survived by three sons, Leon Allen of Oakland, CA, George Crow and wife Brenda of Belton, MO, and Melvin Crow of Dermott; five daughters, Brenda Peoples and husband Howard of Kansas City, KS, Linda Brewer and husband Rev. Al, Mary Lancaster and husband Darrell, Ruth Newton and Dolleatha Webster, all of Montrose; 19 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other loved ones, relatives and friends.
Mr. Newton was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Ann Newton; one daughter, Doris Reed; and his parents, Andrew and Mary Newton.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Victor Dolls officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Bynum, Lee Edward Plummer, Tarrell Morris, Lawrence Webster, Landriel Woods and Nathan Simmons. Honorary pallbearers were Al Brewer, III, Darnell Lancaster, Jr., Darius Peoples, Eric Crow, Elvin Crow, Howard Peoples, Jr., Julian Crow and Eugene Battles. Burial was in the Quinn Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Helen Thornton, 95, of Parkdale died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. She was a native of Camden, AL, a resident of Parkdale for the past 84 years, a homemaker, and a member of Penny Chapel C.M.E. Church.
She is survived by her sister, Margie Morris of Pine Bluff; a god-son, Albert Davidson and wife Nancy of Little Rock; god-granddaughters, Martha and Betty Davidson of Hamburg and Territha Reed of Little Rock; a god-grandson, Eddie Davidson, Sr., of Monticello; god-great-grandsons, Ethan Davidson, Demarien Johnson, Joshua and Jeremiah Burrell and Eddie Davidson, Jr., god-great-granddaughters, Auriona Whitaker, Faith Burrell and Vivian Guy; her aunt, Fannie Morris; and a host of other loved ones, family and friends.
Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Thornton; her parents, George and Nadine Thornton; and her god-son, George Davidson, Jr.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Cromwell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Donald Manning officiating.
Pallbearers were Jeremiah Williams, Eddie Davidson, Sr., Willie Williams, Jimmie Bynum and Michael Davidson.
Honorary pallbearers were Randy Smith, James Dillard and A.C. Campbell. Burial was the in Zion Hill Cemetery. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral-home.net.