January 1

Juanita Brawner

Juanita Brawner, 92, of El Dorado, formerly of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. A native of McCrory, she lived most of her life in Wynne, was a resident of Hamburg for 15 years, and had lived in El Dorado for the past two years. She retired from Addison Shoe Factory and was a member of Fitzgerald Crossing Baptist in Wynne.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Walters of Smackover; two grandchildren, Lacie Pullin and husband Scott of Smackover and Joey Mackbee and wife Angelia of Rochester, NY; seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones. Mrs. Brawner was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Brawner; one son, Mack Brawner; her parents, Thomas and Eula Johnson; a son-in-law, Lonnie Walters; three brothers, R. B., Gilbert and Elbert Johnson; and two sisters, Lou Ella Richardson and Gracie South.

Her remains were cremated with memorial services to be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Thomas Franklin Childers

Thomas Franklin "Tom" Childers, 99, formerly of Crossett, died on December 25, 2013, at his daughter's residence in Ovilla, TX. Born on February 7, 1914, in Ashley County to Franklin and Edna Harris Childers, he retired from Georgia Pacific after 40 years of service. He was a Baptist and an avid fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include his wife of 78 years, Dorothy Clark Childers of Ovilla; one son, Thomas Glen Childers and Ann of Crossett; one daughter, Rita Jones and Albert of Ovilla; seven grandsons, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and one niece, Edna Watt of Crossett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Gracie Davenport and Effie Watt; one brother, Rufus Childers; one daughter, Mary Nell Swan; and one grandson, Ricky Swan.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., on Saturday, December 28, at South Main Baptist Church with Bros. Buddy Burton and Lyle Hern officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Childers, Tab Childers, Brian Childers, Chris Jones, Thomas Roy Swan, Steve Swan and Phillip Swan. Honorary pallbearers were Bruen Craig, Arthur Clark, Max T. Ray, Craig Clark, Bruce Gray and Tony Blann.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Mary Elizabeth Hale

Mary Elizabeth Hale, 91, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, she was a homemaker and a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Willis Hale and wife Patricia of Hamburg and Marion Hale and wife Barbara of Lake Village; a daughter, Norma Jean Trout and husband James of Palestine, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Brady Pope Hale, in 2005; a daughter, Mary Keech, in 2009; a great-granddaughter, Amanda Whitehead; her parents, Henry Elmer and Lou Ella Slater Austin; two brothers, Henry and Houston Austin; two sisters, Olivia Judkins and Gwen Pryor; two half-sisters, Addie Harris and Eloise Christmas; and two half-brothers, Elbert Austin and Gerald Austin.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 29, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Vaughn Blue, Jr., and Ray Mills officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Mickey Hale, William Ferguson, Hal Ferguson, Bryan Hale, Emory Austin, Fred Ricks, Wilbur Austin and Joe McDill. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591 or to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Teri Lyn Pennington Jordan

Teri Lyn Pennington Jordan, 59, of Crossett died on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at her home. Born on September 9, 1954, in El Dorado to Melvin and Ruby Jenkins Pennington, Mrs. Jordan had worked as a CNA with a home health service prior to becoming ill. She was a member of the First Church of God and enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Wayne Jordan of Crossett; one son, Charlie Jordan (Katie) and children, Emily and Jase Jordan of Crossett; one daughter, Amy Harrington (Neil) and children, Jackson and Avery Harrington of Hamburg; her parents, two brothers, Mark and Lane Pennington of Junction City; one sister, Shelley Norris (Buddy) of Farmerville, LA; her mother-in-law, Sue Jordan of Crossett; two special sisters-in law, Judy Pippen (James) of Crossett and Ginger Aldridge (Calvin) of Cabot; numerous family, friends, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, at the First Church of God with Bro. Randy Ivy officiating with burial following at the Lone Sassafras Cemetery in Drew County under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Willie Virginia McMahan

Willie Virginia Farrish McMahan, 93, of Crossett died on Friday, December 20, 2013. Born August 21, 1920, in Watson to the late James Augusta and Lula Mae Farrish, Mrs. McMahan retired from the North Crossett Utility Co., serving from 1971 until 1983, and served on the Ashley County Medical Center auxiliary. After her retirement she worked at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett as a night hostess for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include three sons, Samuel James and Kaye McMahan, Frank W. and Mary McMahan and Gary L. and Sharon McMahan of Crossett; two daughters, Ruth and Jerry Morgan of Albany, GA, and Pat and Leonard Burke of Monticello; twelve grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Howard McMahan; four siblings, Jeanette Tarver, Franklin (Pete) Farrish; Marie Alexander and Jessie (Pogh) Farrish.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Monday, December 23, at First Baptist Church with Bros. Jamie Staley and Mike Griffith officiating with burial to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were to be Steven McMahan, Samuel McMahan, Jr., Jason McMahan, Andy McMahan, Clayton Burke and Marty McCasland with honorary pallbearers Tracy Saunders, Eric Smith, Mike Pippen, Billy Hall, Clay Saunders and Joshua Jackson.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Travis Murphy

Travis Murphy, 62, of Hamburg died Monday, December 23, 2013, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Lake Providence, LA, he was a diesel mechanic and of the Pentecostal faith. He loved working in his yard and enjoyed pulling his grandchildren in a wagon behind his lawnmower.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Walton Murphy; one son, Clifton Murphy and wife Renae of Hamburg; two daughters, Tracey Garay and husband Leo of Warren and Teresa Huff and husband Nick of Hamburg; four brothers, Tommy Murphy and wife Charlotte and Jackie Murphy and wife Linda of Lonoke, Bobby Murphy and wife Penny of Crossett and Ricky Murphy and wife Debie of Hampton; two sisters, Jannie Ann Murphy of Crossett and Chris Ferrell of Hamburg; eleven grandchildren, Jessica, Jerrica and Earnest Murphy, Landon Borque, Anna, Vianey, Esteban and Elisabeth Garay, Travis, Steven and Briana Huff; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by one son, Travis Gene Murphy, Jr.; his father, Clarence Murphy; and three brothers, Melvin, Raymond and Earnest Murphy.

The remains were cremated. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Teretha Sanders

Teretha Sanders, 63, of Portland died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Portland, a retired teacher for the Hamburg School District and a member of Unity Temple COGIC. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and writing poetry.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas "T. C." Sanders, Jr.; one son, Otis Sanders of Conway; three daughters, Michelle Dunbar and husband Tim of Portland, Shawna Tamakloe and husband Gilbert of Lawrenceville, GA, and Terri Holley and husband Lee of Maumelle; four brothers, Earl Moseby and wife Yvette and Terry Moseby, Jr., of Oakland, CA, Roscoe Moseby of Richmond, CA, and Lloyd Moseby of Granite Bay, CA; three sisters, Bettye Bunton of Richmond, CA, Mae Robinson of Nashville, TN, and Chantel Moseby of Crossett; eight grandchildren, a dearest friend, Sarah Moseby of Montrose; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones. Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by one daughter, Antoinette Sanders; her parents, Terry and Birdo Jackson Moseby; and one brother, John Moseby.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at the Portland United Methodist Church with Eld. Johnnie Winfield, Sr., officiating. Pallbearers were Eugene Holmes, David Robinson, Leo Bell, Edward Moseby, Jr., Leo Griggs and Charles Bynum. Honorary pallbearers were Otis Sanders, Tim Dunbar, Gilbert Tamakloe, Jarrod Brown, O. J. Sanders, Sterling Tamakloe and Oscar Tamakloe. Burial was in the Portland #2 Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Jason Duffy Wallace

Jason Duffy Wallace, 50, of Hamburg died Monday, December 23, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Houma, LA, a former brick layer and was a Christian.

He is survived by his father, Marvin L. Wallace of Hamburg; his mother, Helen Porche Wallace of Hamburg; one brother, Brian Wallace and wife Traci of Fayetteville; one sister, Lawanna Wallace of Hamburg; two nephews, Mark and Jake; three great-nephews, two great-nieces and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Shawn Wallace; his maternal grandparents, Duffy and Nolia Porche; and his paternal grandparents, Louis M. and Rachael Tubbs Wallace.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, at the Promise Land Cemetery with Bro. Ray Mills officiating. Arrangement were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

January 8

Rose Howard Barker

Rose Howard Barker, 91, of Crossett died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 2, 1922, in Monticello to Jess and Ruth Richards, Mrs. Barker worked in retail stores off and on for 40 years and was a member of South Main Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky Thompson and husband Larry; a son-in-law, Bobby White, all of Crossett; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two step-children, three step-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Barker was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tim Howard; one daughter, Linda White; an infant grandson, four sisters, three brothers and her husband of 23 years, Robert L. Barker.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Friday, January 3, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Lee Thompson, Jerry White, John Grady Richards, Cade Freeland, Billy Morris and Thomas Glen Childers. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes, 320 Executive Court, Suite 104, Little Rock, AR 72205 or Arkansas Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

April Miller Caldwell

April Miller Caldwell, 36, of Crossett died Friday, December 27, 2013, at Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation in Crossett.

Survivors include her husband, William Caldwell, III; four children, Shunequa and Shemar Miller, Keyan Kennedy and Malik Caldwell of Crossett; her father, Charlie Foster of Montrose; six sisters, Lavenna Foster of Parkdale, Starlette Watts of Eudora, Wanda Osburn of Jacksonville, Melissa Salvage of Monticello, LoTosha Tolliver of Wilmot and Jacklyn Wilson of Dermott; and four brothers, Adrian Foster and Keneu Salvage of Dallas, TX, and Charlie Salvage, Jr., and Jeremy Foster of Montrose.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at the Union Baptist Church of Parkdale with Revs. Jessie Knight and Murell Carter officiating. Burial was in the Childress Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Rev. Royce Christmas

Rev. Royce Christmas, 78, died Saturday, January 4, 2014, at his residence outside Hamburg. A native of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953 and attended junior college at Walnut Ridge. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He received a doctorate at the Mississippi Baptist Seminary in Jackson in 1982. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Southern Baptist minister for over 49 years with churches including Beirne Baptist Church in Beirne; Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas; First Baptist Church in McGregor, Texas; Eudora Baptist Church (twice); Highland Heights and Immanuel Baptist in Benton; Parkview Baptist Church in Greenville, MS; Immanuel Baptist and Glacier Valley Baptist in Juneau, Alaska; First Baptist Church in Kenai, Alaska; First Baptist Church in Marshall; First Baptist Church in Judsonia; Arkansas City Baptist Church; and twice at Greenacres Baptist Church in Bastrop, LA..He was also chaplain of the State School for Boys at Gatesville, Texas. He started two mission churches and made two mission trips to Africa. He moved back to Hamburg in 2010. Hobbies were fishing, bow hunting, gardening and doing yard work.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Rodgers Christmas of Hamburg; two sons, John Christmas and wife Kem of Arkansas City and Tim Christmas of Hamburg; a daughter, Lisa Christmas Rose and husband Tom of Spotsylvania, VA; a sister, Joyce Ann Rhodes and husband Wayne of Pine Bluff; a sister-in-law, Jan Christmas of Hamburg; seven grandchildren, Brett Christmas and Samantha Christmas of Arkansas City; Liz Christmas Taylor of Virginia; Tyler Taylor of Montana; Zach Christmas and wife Hannah of Hamburg, Jonathan Taylor and Rebekah Christmas Taylor of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Mabrey Courtney Christmas; and two brothers, Robert Lloyd Christmas and Donald Collins Christmas.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in North Crossett with Revs. Jimmy D. Wallace and Eric Hodge officiating. Burial was to be in the Hollis Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Mark, Brett, Zach and Scott Christmas, Clayton Rhodes, Drew Carpenter, Butch Lochala and Jackie Carpenter with James Morris as an honorary pallbearer. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Coby Alan Courson

Coby Alan Courson, 27, of Crossett died at his home on Thursday, January 2, 2014. He was born on November 18, 1986, to Chris and Ralinda Courson.

Survivors include his daughter, Erin Elise of Louisiana; his grandmother, Elise Courson of Crossett; his mother, Ralinda Courson of Farmerville, LA; two sisters, Amanda (Justin) Neighbors and Brandee Courson of Farmerville; three uncles, Danny (Jean) Courson and Steve (Shelia) Courson of Crossett and Freddy Joe, Jr., (Gwen) Smith of Texarkana, TX; two aunts, Joe Ann Lively of Rayville, LA, and Scottye Courson of Crossett; along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Chris Courson; his grandfathers, Scott Herman Courson and Freddy Joe Smith; and his grandmother, Lema Griffin.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, at Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church in Milo with Bros. Keith Boseman and Donnie Dubose officiating followed by burial at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Culp, George Courson, Dan Courson, Justin Courson, Jonathan Pearcy and Benjamin Murphy. Honorary pallbearers were Frederick Hollis, John Richardson and the crew at Steve's Body and Frame. Arrangements were by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

John William "J. W." Crews

John William "J. W." Crews, 70, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Gurdon and a resident of Hamburg for many years, he worked for the Hamburg Shirt Factory for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean Kellum Crews; a son, Troy Crews of Hamburg; two brothers, Steve Kelley and Larry Kelley of Monticello; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter and his mother, Pearl Crews Hogue.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 4, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. Sammy Land officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marty Baker, Michael Doshier, Wade Doshier, Kenny Leveritt, Chad Leveritt and Bradley Leveritt. Honorary pallbearers were Rodger Phillips and Tommy Browning. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, P. O. Box 180, Monticello, AR 71657. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Kathryn Jones Dean

Kathryn Marie Jones Dean, 82, of Crossett died Monday, December 30, 2013 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation. Born on July 14, 1931, in Huttig to Marion Ezra and Mollie Catherine Vestal Jones, Mrs. Dean was a member of Community of Christ and liked to sing gospel music.

Survivors include one son, Clovis Dean of Crossett; four daughters, Donna Pennington of Qunicy, IL, Debra Lochala and Lisa Gulledge (Curtis) of Crossett, and Rhonda Barnes (Andy) of Hamburg; one brother, Marion Ezra Jones, Jr., (Nellie) of Nederland, TX; one sister, June Johnson of Crossett; twelve grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, George, James and Vestal; three sisters, Davey, Merle and Frances; a son-in-law, Jerry Pennington; a great-granddaughter, Reagan Richardson; and her husband of 59 years, James Dean.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 2, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Ellis Lewis and Robert Freeman officiating. Pallbearers were Ceth Pennington, Jesse Gulledge, Brad Dean, Matt Gulledge, Rusty Gulledge, and Joel Gulledge.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Community of Christ Local Outreach, c/o Nancy Thompson, 1101 Ashley 6 E, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mildred Nisler Foote

Mildred Martin Nisler Foote, 98, of Lake Village, died Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. She was born April 15, 1915, and grew up in East Texas as the second of four daughters born to Johnnie Goforth Martin and Edward Emri Martin. Her parents and all her sisters preceded her in death.

In 1933 while living in Tyler, Texas, William E. "Billy" Foote of Hamburg introduced his roommate, William C. "Billy" Nisler of Morrilton to Mildred Martin. Later that same year Billy Nisler and Mildred married and to that union one daughter, Marilynn, was born. They moved to Dermott in 1942. Billy Foote returned to Hamburg, married Mildred Sawyer, and they reared three sons. Fifty-seven years after their first meeting, Mildred Nisler and Billy Foote were both widowed. They renewed their relationship and were married in September, 1987. They were married seven years before Billy died in 1994.

She lived the last 15 years of her life at Lake Village Residential Care. She was active in community service, loved to play bridge and work crossword puzzles. All of her almost 99 years she was an avid reader and was very upset if her newspaper did not arrive on time every morning. She loved her United Methodist Churches in Tyler, Dermott, Hamburg, and Lake Village.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilynn Nisler Loyd (Dr. Marvin Loyd) and two grandchildren, Dr. Gregory Marvin Loyd (Dr. Marta M. Loyd) and Dr. Nancy Loyd Rieves. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Dr. Susan Loyd McDonald (Jason), Scott Martin Loyd, Bryan Gregory Loyd, Grace Rieves Humber (David) and Loyd Nisler Rieves (Deeann), and one great-great-granddaughter, Anna Caroline McDonald; and friends including Nancy Foote Spivey.

Burial was planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, at the Dermott Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village with Rev. Bart Bynum officiating. Arrangements are by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Helen Ford Franklin

Helen Ford Franklin, 84, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 5, 2014, at The Oak Woods Home in Mer Rouge, LA. A native of Bastrop, LA, a resident of the Berlin community south of Hamburg for the past 25 years and a former resident of Houston, Texas, she was a homemaker and a member of the Tillou Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Johnson of Collinston, LA, and Shelia Boone and Carolyn Wilson of Dayton, Texas; two sons, Thomas Ford of Hamburg and Doyle Ford of Spring, Texas; 22 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Herman E. Ford, Sr., and Bennie F. Franklin; two sons, Jerry Wayne Ford and Herman E. Ford, Jr.; her parents, Tommy and Berti Wilson Bennett; and three sisters.

Funeral services are at 3 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Tillou Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Curtis Ray Haynes

Curtis Ray Haynes, 67, of Hamburg died Saturday, January 4, 2014, in Magnolia. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a timber worker, attended the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons, Anthony Haynes and Joseph Haynes of Hamburg; five daughters, Rachel Katcham and April Haynes of Texarkana, Texas, and Heather Haynes, Susan Haynes and Brianna Lee and husband Chris of Texarkana, Arkansas; four brothers, Harold and Larry Haynes of Crossett and Aubrey and John Haynes of Hamburg; two sisters, Leonia Crass of Hamburg and Shirley Haynes of Lake Village; six granddaughters, Summer and Autumn Swayze, Winter Katcham, Sarah and Maddison Pfeifer and Zoe Haynes; and two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Lee and Tiny Bell Savage Haynes; a sister, Christine Haynes; and a brother, William Lee Haynes.

Grave-side services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, at the Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. Lavon Piker officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Wendell Steel, Melvin Cross, James Mashburn, Ryan Piker, Henry Bissell and Raymond West. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with expenses. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Janice LaFran Maxwell

Janice LaFran Maxwell, 66, of Hamburg died Saturday, January 4, 2014, at her residence. A lifelong resident of the Hamburg and Crossett area, she was a retired secretary for Hamburg School District and a member of the Promise Land Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, hunting and playing with her dogs. She was also co-owner of Hubert's BBQ and worked with her husband.

She is survived by two sons, Alan Maxwell and wife Fran and Greg Maxwell and wife Carla of Hamburg; four grandchildren, Nicole, Tyler, Adam and Conner Maxwell; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Hubert Lee Maxwell; her parents, Van and Helen Jones Murphy; and one brother, Royce Van Murphy.

Grave-side funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Michael Reese and Mike Griffith officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Christine Riley, Colleen Robbins and friends of the Hamburg School District.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, at Cromwell Funeral Home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

James R. Smith

James R. Smith, 85, of Crossett died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, in Crossett. Born December 15, 1928, in Lamar County, Alabama, to Frances Marion and Donnie Rebecca Palmer Smith, he was a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church and was a retired millwright at Georgia Pacific. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry and hunting.

Survivors include four children, Fran (Barry) Bagley of Harvest, AL; Billy Smith, Bobby (Lynette) Smith and Mike (Mandy) Smith, all of Crossett; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy F. Stanley Smith, who he cared for the last thirteen years of her life as she battled Alzheimer's. He was also preceded in death by eleven siblings.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Donnie DuBose and Don Justice officiating. Burial was to follow at the Simms Cemetery in Crossett under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church, 120 E. Church St. Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Nathan Henry Tanksley

Nathan Henry Tanksley, 54, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a disabled logger and a member of New Life Pentecostal Church in Crossett. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Tanksley; one son, Nathan Henry Tanksley, Jr., and wife Hope of Hamburg; one daughter, Stephanie Lynn Carrion and husband Rudy of Crossett; four brothers, Willie Tanksley and wife Dona of Stuttgart, Terry Tanksley and wife Cheryl of Bastrop, LA, and Frankie Tanksley and Phillip Tanksley and wife Jackie of Crossett; three sisters, Shelby Parker and husband Carroll, Cathy Johnson and Donna Johnson and husband Tim of Crossett; three grandchildren, Tyler, Natalie and Matthew Tanksley; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Travis and Mary Maudie Lee Hennington Tanksley; one brother Jerry Dewayne Tanksley; a brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson; and his father and mother in-law, Kenny and Helen Morris.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, at New Life Pentecostal Church with Bros. Ricky Pack and Norman Riordan officiating. Pallbearers were Dennis Murphy, Rodney Austin, Darren Minnieweather, Jarrett Sams, Jonathan Lum and Chad King. Honorary pallbearers were nephews.

Burial was at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Robert O. Wallace

Robert O. Wallace, 81, of Warren died Monday, December 30, 2013, at home. Born February 15, 1932, in Wilmot, son of the late Ollie Wallace and Harriett Tubbs Wallace, he was a retired millwright, Korean War Army veteran, and of a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Gelynn Clark Wallace, who he married February 15, 1963; two sons, James Wallace and spouse Debra of North Zulch, TX, and Robert Allen Wallace of Warren; one brother, Ted K. Wallace of Trinity, TX; one sister, Shirley Royals of Lewisville, TX; four grandchildren, Mike Kelley and spouse Lora of Gould, Jay Kelley and spouse Sandy and Christy "Pooh" Doggett and spouse Jason of Warren and Brian Kelley of Fountain Hill; eleven great-grandchildren; and a great niece, Raigan Gorman. Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Carrie Elizabeth Wallace; a brother, Johnny Wallace; and a sister, Robbie Sullivan. Grave-side services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Oakland Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home.

Ja'Miyah Yvette-Renee Watson

Ja'Miyah Yvette-Renee Watson of Crossett, age three months, died Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

Survivors include her parents, Jamal Watson and Minnie Dozier of Crossett; her brother, Javion Watson of Crossett; her paternal grandparents, Judy and Roosevelt Chatman of Crossett and Robert Watson of Bastrop, LA; her maternal grandparents, Vanessa and Greg Hubbard of Arkansas City and Steven Dozier of Little Rock; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 2, at Westview Cemetery with Eld. Ricky Matheney officiating and arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book found at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

January 15

Odelle Owens Johnson

Odelle Owens Johnson, 92, of Crossett died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Born on July 5, 1921, in Crossett to Chester A. and Richie Mae Barnett Owens, Mrs. Johnson was the founder and a teacher for the Carousel School for many years and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Owen Johnson; a daughter, Susan Craven (Ken); a brother, Herman Owens (Pat), all of Crossett; three grandchildren, Todd Craven (Katie) of Cabot, Christi Price (Kurt) of Crossett and Jillian Arbogast (Rob) of Conway; and two great-granddaughters, Lucy Craven and Caroline Price. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Arthur Richard Owens; and her husband of 58 years, Frank H. Johnson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 11, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655 or to the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mary Ruth Miles

Mary Ruth Miles, 86, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Robinson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Little Rock. A native of Hamburg, a resident of Crossett for most of her life and a resident of Sherwood for the past 12 years, she was a homemaker, a former member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Crossett and a current member of the Fellowship Christian Center in Sherwood. She was a self taught author and wrote a book about her life.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Clark of Sherwood and Sherrye Ginn and husband Dewitt of Walker, LA; three sons, John Miles and wife Diane, Ralph Miles and wife Fran, all of Crossett, and Ronnie Miles and wife Beckie of Little Rock; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, T.V. Miles; a son, Harry David Miles; her parents, John W. and Minnie Jane Ware Mann; two brothers, John W. Mann and Lynn Howard; and four sisters, Johnnie Wiese Kelley, Laverne Kelley; Margie Lois Jeffers and Minnie Bell Scott.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 11, at the Simms Cemetery with Rev. Robin Allen 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.

G. P. Riels

G.P. "Pete" Riels, 85, of Fort Worth, Texas, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Born Sept. 23, 1928, in Hamburg to Christopher Columbus and Mary Magdeline Riels, he graduated with honors from Hamburg High School. A carpenter and cabinet maker, right out of high school, he built his parents a new home. He worked for three oil companies for 23 years in maintenance and construction and helped build 226 Walmart Garden Centers, six of which were in Mexico. He was a member of Southcliff Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen Riels; two daughters, Rita Logan and Robin Annette Riels; a son, Reginald Riels and wife Sharon; two granddaughters, Holly and Lauren; a great-grandson, Tristan; and other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Johnnie, Floyd, Lloyd, Oliver, Everett and infant twins; sisters Jewell Farmer and Juanita Mitchell; and one son, Roger.

A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Laurel Land Memorial chapel with burial in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Guest book at www.laurellandfortworth.com.

Sara Rankin Vandiver

Sara Elizabeth Sharp Rankin Vandiver, 98, of Albertville, Alabama, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Born November 3, 1915, in Dermott, Mrs. Vandiver served as postmaster in Driver from 1954 until she retired in 1980. She attended the First Baptist Church in Osceola and the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Albertville.

She is survived by her son, James D. Rankin, Jr., and wife Nancy of Hamburg; her daughter-in-law, Syble Lang Rankin of Albertville; her stepdaughter, Carolyn Vandiver Pollan and husband Corbett of Memphis, TN; seven grandchildren, Robin Rankin; Elizabeth Rankin Henson and husband Michael of Albertville, James D. Rankin, III, and wife Ashley of Little Rock, Stanley Downey Rankin and wife Stacie of Springdale, Joshua David Rankin and wife Valerie of Fayetteville, Greg Pollan and wife Terri of Memphis and Brent Pollan and wife Vicky of Cordova, TN; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 36 years, James Dorothy Rankin, and her second husband of 18 years, William Doyle Vandiver; her parents, James Earl and Celeste Heskett Sharp; her son, William Earl Rankin; her brother, James Earl Sharp; and her sister, Martha Jane Sharp Brouse Myers.

A grave-side service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in the Dermott Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. A funeral service was held Thursday, January 9, at the Albertville Funeral Home in Albertville, Alabama.

January 22

Troy Albert Collins

Troy Albert "Red" Collins, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. at his home after a brief illness. He retired after 43 years at the Georgia Pacific plywood plant where he worked as a supervisor. He was also a Mason and a distinguished U. S. Army veteran who was awarded five Bronze Stars, the Korean Silver Medal and an Army Occupation of Japan Medal. Mr. Collins enjoyed working on and repairing small engines, woodworking, and collecting antique bottles and coins.

He is survived by three sons, Michael Collins of Crossett, Tim Collins (Melanie) of Hornbeck, LA, and Randy Collins of Shreveport, LA; three daughters, Kimberly Gilley (Joe) of Crossett, Linda Moore (Randy) of Many, LA, and Karen Garrett (Johnny) of Pulaski, TN; six grandchildren, Michelle Zielinski, Rebecca Durr, Amy Moore, Wade Moore, Patrick Moore, Tara Stephens and Aleena Collins; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Anna Zielinski and Adah and Ellie Durr. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Jo Evelyn Collins; and a sister, Joy Collins Jordan.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Johnny Garrett officiating. Arrangements were by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

The family requests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Almeda Hopkins Fox

Almeda Carran Hopkins Fox, 88, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Pinewood Nursing Home. Born on July 7, 1925, in Hamburg to Jim and Fannie Copeland, she worked most of her life in the clothing industry which included the shirt factory in Hamburg and the Levi's Factory in Star City. She also worked at LaGrone's Drug Store in Hamburg. She loved to cook.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Fox (Wayne) of Crossett; one son, Carl Hopkins (Robyn) of Crossett; four grandchildren, Kevin Fox, Jennifer Wood, Jamie Hopkins and Marka Cutrell; four great-grandchildren, Mary Beth Wood, Hannah Hopkins and Justin and Jeremy Cutrell; two sisters in law, Annette Hopkins and Novelene Arnold Berry; five stepchildren; 14 step-grandchildren and a host of other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Claude Fox; her first husband, Sammy Hopkins; a granddaughter, Tammy Hopkins; five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 17, at Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bros. John Williams and Mike Griffith officiating followed by burial at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Lloyd Dean Leonard, Bill McLeod, George White, Edgar Haynie, Frankie Carter and Phillip Bowles. Honorary pallbearers were the nurses and staff of Pinewood Nursing Home.

Tommye Etta Garza

Tommye Etta Garza, 72, of Parkdale died Friday, January 17, 2014, at the St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, LA.

Survivors include a son, Nick Garza; four sisters, Shirley Ann Sadler, Margie Box, Matte Opal Moore and Mary Kathryn Gardner; a brother, Jim Powell; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Garza was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Garza; a son, Kevin Garza; her parents, Henry Scott and Grace Davis Powell; and four brothers, Frank Powell, H.S., Bill and Ben Powell.

Funeral services were in the chapel at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, at 2 p.m. Saturday January 25, with Father Job Edathinatt officiating. Guest book at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.

Eddy Dean Smith

Eddy Dean Smith, 65, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at his home. Born on January 15, 1949, in Crossett to W. D. and Myrtice Smith, he attended the Assembly of God and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include one son, Stephen R. Smith of Crossett; one daughter, Erin M. Smith of Benton; one brother, W. M. Smith (Grace) of Benton; two sisters, Bettye R. Hansche (David) of Ramona, OK, and Cathy M. Kelley (Perry) of Crossett; one aunt, Shirley Smith of Crossett; and nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Wesley and Deora Smith and Authur David and Mary Francis Smith.

Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 20, at Flat Creek Cemetery with Bro. W. M. Smith officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Reginald Dean White

Reginald Dean White, 75, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Crossett for most of his life, he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the Missionary Baptist Seminary at Little Rock. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard and was deployed in 1957 to Little Rock to keep the peace during the desegregation of Central High School. He was the owner of Underground Service Company and pastor of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church for the past 36 years.

He is survived by a son, Gary White and wife Patty of Branson, MO; a daughter, Wendy Griswould and husband, Dan; a brother, Dale Wade White and wife Shelia; a sister, Faith White Nowlin and husband John, all of Crossett; three grandchildren, Mitchell White, Karen Stephenson and Tabitha Freeman; and three great-grandchildren, Lexie Ruth Freeman, Rachel Rice and Gage Coleman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Hester White, in 2001; a daughter, Wanda White, in 1970; his parents, Ashton R. and Edith Mae Doss White; a brother, Don White; and a sister, Linda K. White.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Garry Massey and Danny Kirkland officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Mitchell, Randy Mitchell, Eugene Mitchell, Glenn Kelley, Jerry Stell and Kenny White. Honorary pallbearers were James Dodd, Philip Nowlin, Jay Nowlin and Keith Breshears. Memorials may be made to the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 921, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

January 29

Elizabeth Bays

Elizabeth Bays, 86, of Crossett, formerly of El Dorado, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in El Dorado after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 4, 1927, in Ashley County to William P. and Bessie T. Watson, she was an active member of North Crossett First Baptist Church and loved to cook, garden, and spend time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Becky Glasgow and husband Gary and Jaynie Swager and husband Tim; one son, Bobby Bays and wife Jo Lynn; grandchildren, Clay Glasgow, Dana Glasgow Morgan, Jennifer and Elizabeth Bays, Lauren, Rebecca, Erik, Emily, Amber, and Daniel Swager; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cynthia Ann Hollis and Alice Swilley; and one brother, Thomas Watson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 67 years, T. M. Bays, three brothers, James Watson, Cornelius Watson and David Watson; and a grandson, Jonathan Swager.

Funeral service was at 1 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Medders Funeral Home in Crossett with Revs. Robin Allen and Gary Glasgow officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.meddarsfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Don H. Burt

Dr. Don H. Burt, 81, of Durham, NC, died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at his home. He was born in Crossett to the late Frederick Murray Burt and the late Hattie Mae Ready Burt. Dr. Burt attended college in Arkansas on a football scholarship and attended medical school at Tulane University. He was an orthopedic surgeon at the Bone and Joint Clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Burt loved his profession and practiced medicine for 50 years. He also served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force.

He is survived by his daughter, Lindy B. McHutchison, M.D. of Durham, NC; a son, Don D. Burt and wife Elizabeth of Round Rock, TX; grandchildren, Cameron and Kit McHutchison and Brianna and Braedon Burt; and a brother, Frederick N. "Skip" Burt and Mary of Crossett.

Services will be held in Crossett, his hometown, on Saturday, February 15, at 12 noon. Services in Crossett are being assisted by Jones Funeral Home www.jonesservice.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to www.debra.org (to honor Dr. Burt's six year old great-niece who is affected with EB) or please donate to a favorite charity.

The family is also being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Nell E. Burney

Miss Nell E. Burney, 96, of Lake Village died Monday, January 27, 2014, at the Nashville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. A native of Line, a resident of Lake Village for most of her life and a former resident of McGehee, she graduated from Portland High School in 1936 then attended the Dravohan Business School in Memphis, TN. She started her career with Farmers Home Administration in Hamburg in 1940. She retired in 1982 after 42 years of service. She was a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church.

She is survived by her caregivers, her nephew, Eli Burney and wife Lana of Nashville; a brother, John H. Burney of Ironton, Missouri; two nieces, Jeanette Ashley of St. James, Missouri, and Allene Molinaro of Little Rock; two nephews, Garrett Burney of Hamburg and John T. Burney of St. Louis, MO, and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Eli and Emma Garrett Burney; two brothers, Alcus and Edwin Burney; a niece, Beverly Elizandro; and a nephew, Allen N. Burney.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 30, at the Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy Bates and Billy Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Old Troy Church, c/o Dian Ricks, 405 E. Wilcoxon Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until funeral time Thursday at the church.

Billy Joe Caine

Billy Joe Caine, 79, of Hamburg died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. A native of Brinkley, a resident of Hamburg since 1974 and a resident of Crossett for 18 years, he retired from Georgia-Pacific's tissue and paper mills after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen Caine and wife Rita of Hamburg and Billy G. Caine and wife Regina of Princeton, West Virginia; two daughters, Diann Gulledge of Hamburg and Belinda J. Outlaw and husband David of Locust Grove; two sisters, Helen Wells of Little Rock and Betty Lauhon of Hamburg; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Emma Kelley Caine, in 2010; a great-grandson, Kenny Westerbuhr; his parents, Sidney W. and Jan Kenuam Caine; three brothers, Harold, Sidney P. and Roy Caine; and a sister, Earlene Collins.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 25, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith Ladd, Billy Maxwell, Donnie Tanksley, Shane Wells, Thomas Wells and Waylon Caine. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the American Heart Association, 909 West Second Street, Little Rock, AR 72203. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Marilyn Doss Carpenter, Ed D.

Marilyn Doss Carpenter, 59, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg and the Prairie Grove community north of Hamburg for most of her life, she graduated from Hamburg High School with honors in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and secondary education and a master's degree in educational administration. Certified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade in many subject areas, she obtained a superintendent's certificate in 1990 and served as elementary and secondary principal, curriculum coordinator, and assistant superintendent for several districts in Arkansas. She received a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1993. She was also a successful author and published A Feather for My Wing, a personal narrative of recovering from a stroke, reconnecting with life and becoming a master quilt maker. In 2004 she started Quest Education and developed her instructional methods with innovative teaching strategies and leadership concepts that were adopted by hundreds of schools around the nation and utilized by thousands of teachers and administrators. Dr. Carpenter also co-developed social and emotional learning programs in collaboration with Yale University and edited instructional textbooks with some of the nation's foremost educational researchers. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David Carpenter of Hamburg; a son, William Marcus Carpenter and his fiancée, Candace Bailes, and her son Logan of Maumelle; her mother and step-father, Clotine LaGrone Keen and William H. Keen; a brother, Gerald Doss, all of Crossett; a sister, Vickie Keen Farler of Mabelvale; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Doss, in 1993 and a sister, Glenda Doss Evans, in 2009.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at the First Baptist Church of Monticello with Rev. Bruce Venable and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Davis, Jerry Woodall, Randy Laper, Chuck Hoover, Harry Crossett, Sr., Daryl Grey, Jimmy Price and Floyd Killough. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the First Baptist Church of Monticello. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 413 N. Main, Monticello, AR 71655. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

James Deryl Courtney

James Deryl Courtney, 75, of Crossett died on Friday, January 24, 2014, at University Health in Shreveport, LA. Born April 29, 1938, in Ingalls to the late Covern Courtney and Alma Sharp Phillips, he was a Baptist, a U. S. Air Force veteran and retired from Georgia-Pacific. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyne Wilson Courtney of Crossett; two sons, Hal Mark Courtney of Monticello and Darrell Falk and wife Laura of Crossett; one daughter, Rosalind Jayne Goodwin and husband Wesley of Petal, MS; one brother, Doyle Courtney of Melbourne, FL; four grandchildren, Courtney Goodwin, Jennifer Freeman and husband Jeremey, Jared Falk and Kirby Falk; three great-grandchildren, Josh, Jenna and Jordan Freeman; one special nephew, Mike Courtney of Springhill, FL; and one niece, Kelley Courtney Collier of Baton Rouge, LA.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 27, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Farrell Breshears officiating. Burial followed in the Union Hill Cemetery in Bradley County. Pallbearers were John Brown, Jared Falk, Kirby Falk, Jeremey Freeman, Charles Huff and Teddy Huff.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D. C. 20004. Guest book at www.jones service.com.

Lee Ella Ely

Lee Ella Ely, 96, of Crossett died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on September 26, 1917, to the late William Paul and Lou Ella Oden Sawyer, Mrs. Ely was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and was at her happiest when she was digging in the dirt or showing off her prize daylilies.

Survivors include one son, Don E. Wesson and wife Jan; one daughter, Janice Wesson Plummer; one brother, Billy Sawyer; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Mrs. Ely was preceded in death her step-mother, Nellie Bolin Sawyer; her husband, Robert C. Ely; eight brothers, one sister and a son-in-law.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. David Tohlen and Billy Bolin officiating.

Pallbearers were Rick Plummer, Don Plummer, John Stoute, Ronnie Sawyer, Michael Phelps and Billy Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Romero and Lloyd Phelps.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Guest book at www.jones-service.com.

Gloria Faye Emerson

Gloria Faye Emerson, 62, of Lake Village died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Born June 13, 1951, in Dumas, the daughter of the late Les Wolfe and Annie Hall Wolfe, she had been employed as circulation manager for the Chicot Spectator for many years and was a Baptist.

Survivors are her husband, John "Petey" Emerson of Lake Village; a daughter, Connie Emerson Fuller of Oak Grove, LA; a brother, Johnny Hall of Snyder; four sisters, Carol Jean Hicks of Lake Village, Maude Wilkerson of Starkville, Miss., Gracie Meaux of De Ridder, LA, and Billie Jean Valle of Huntsville, Texas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son and daughter, John Pete Emerson, Jr., and Sandra Faye Emerson.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 25, at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Ricky Earl Franklin

Ricky Earl Franklin, 35, of Crossett died Monday, January 20, 2014, at his residence in Crossett. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett and a member of West End Temple C.O.G.I.C. He enjoyed fishing and listening to music.

He is survived by two daughters, Rickael and Mickael Williams of Crossett; four brothers, Lawrence "Sonny" Bankston, Jr., of Crossett, Harvey Franklin and wife JoAnne and Dennis Franklin of Pine Bluff and Willie Lee Franklin of Cedar Rapids, IA; five sisters, Shelia Franklin, Linda Parks and Pamela Franklin of Pine Bluff, Betty Ford and husband John of Arlington, TX, and Stella Franklin of Detroit, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews, family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Pearline Cason Franklin; one brother, D. Bankston; and one sister, Alma Franklin.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were LaRon Williams, Reginald S. Williams, Johnny Stanley, Renard Powell, Robert Caldwell, Melvin Nalls, Timothy Webb and Wendall Martin. Honorary pallbearers are members of the CHS Class of 1998. Burial was in Nimmons Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Marilyn Lou Grantier

Marilyn Lou Grantier, 69, of Monticello died Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a native of Hot Springs, a resident of Monticello for the past 15 years, a homemaker and was of the Apostolic faith. She enjoyed cooking.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, John Grantier; one son, Johnathan Grantier of Monticello; one daughter, Shannon Grantier of Monticello; one stepdaughter, Chelle Lenz of Hermitage, TN, and three sisters, Ernestine Ware and husband Travis of Pearcy, Betty Stroope of Hot Springs and Carol Harrison and husband Dale of Bella Vista; and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Wanda Edwards Standiford, and one sister, Wanda Lee Standiford.

Memorial services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Donald Manning officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, TX 78759. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Eloise Leona Harris

Eloise Leona Harris, 70, of Crossett died Saturday, January 18, 2014, at her residence. She was a retired lab technician for Georgia Pacific's paper mill and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Harris enjoyed working in her flowers and decorating.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, C. W. Harris, two sons, Damon C. Harris and wife Audrey of Marietta, GA, and Christopher Harris of Crossett; two daughters, Celeste Harris of Crossett and Sherry Murray and husband Rickey of Tulsa, OK; her mother, Snowsie Terry of Eudora; seven brothers, Harold Johnson and wife Linda of Denver, CO, Otis Terry of Miami, FL, and Cleo Terry, Michael Terry and wife Carolyn, Reginald Terry, Avery Terry and Leroy Terry, Jr., all of Eudora; two sisters, Odessa Johnson of Chicago, IL, and Rosita Lanos and husband Rev. Arthur of Crossett; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her father, Leon Johnson; her step-mother, Annie Mae Johnson; two brothers, Robert Terry and Glenda Ray Johnson; and two sisters, Vickie Lusk and Katherine McKennie. Mrs. Harris enjoyed working in her flowers and decorating.

Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Saturday, January 25, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Willie Ashford, Derrell Newton, Jeffrey Tate, Bruce Daniels, Roderick Kidd and T. J. Goodwin. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwell funeralhome.net.

Nellie L. High

Nellie L. High, 95, of Gulfport, Mississippi, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at the Driftwood Nursing Home in Gulfport. She grew up in the farming community near Snyder and moved to Gulfport from Orange, Texas, in 1997. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gulfport and a former member of the Little Cypress Baptist Church of Orange. Her church and her family were the focus of her life.

She is survived by three daughters, Angela S. Williams of Orange and Cheryl High and Tara E. High of Gulfport; two sons, Charles Michael High of Orange and Leonard Keith High of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, Bradley Williams, M. Keith Williams, Randy Hall, Reagan Hall, Tamara Elliot, Amy Meranda, Leonard "Bucky" High and Josh High; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard High, in 1986; her parents, Jim and Emma Vieth Tumlison; three brothers, A.C. "Dude" Tumlison, Jim Tumlison and James Tumlison; and two sisters, Tiny Callaway and Mildred Pamplin.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 25, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Vaughn Blue, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Josh High, Mike High, Keith High, Reagan Hall, Randy Hall, Bradley Williams, Keith Williams and Bucky High. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Carey Wise Philley

Carey Wise Philley, 82, of Crossett died on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 7, 1931, to the late Cary and Gertrude Philley in Oak Grove, LA. where he grew up farming the family land, he served in the United States Air Force but was released early due to the need for his help on the family farm. He married his sweetheart, Dolores Anne Shows, on May 22, 1952, and worked as a paper maker with various companies in Louisiana, Idaho, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas. He later worked as a consultant to develop a process for converting paper-making byproduct/waste into a usable product. When he was well into his 50s he, along with friends, dismantled a wood building on area land, and reassembled it in the backyard of his family home to use as his workshop to house his many and varied tools.

He loved anything that connected him to his Choctaw ancestry including turquoise and silver. He had lived in the Crossett community since May, 1971, and was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Philley; one son, Carey W."Buster" Philley, Jr., and Kim of Kingwood, TX; two daughters, Cynthia Philley of Crossett and Renita Philley-Hale of Hot Springs; one sister, Rachel Kinney of Bastrop, LA; five granddaughters, Ava Conville-Parker, Dori Woerhide (Dan), Noel Philley, Cassie Philley Henderson, Erin Philley, and Blake Philley; and five great-granddaughters in Crossett and Germany. He was preceded in death by three brothers, James "Bud" Philley, William "Bill" Philley and Dewayne Philley; and a sister-in-law, Joan Shows.

Services were at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, at the Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating followed by burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m. Pallbearers were Zeb Benton, Ethan Benton, Jarrod Benton, Clay Lewis, Brian Lewis and Jeff Saxton. Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday School class members along with Campbell Wilkerson, Doogie Darling and Tommy Hooks. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Susan Streeter Savage

Susan Streeter Savage, 56, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She loved working in her flower beds and her yard.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Dean Savage of Hamburg; a son, Jackie Streeter, Jr., and wife Susan of Hamburg; three stepsons, Eddie Savage, Jr., Wayne Savage and Richard Savage, all of Fountain Hill; two stepdaughters, Lynn Tindall of Greenbrier and Tonya Burnside of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Bruce King of Hamburg and Reggie King of Fountain Hill; four sisters, Barbara Woods and Dixie Fairchild of Hamburg, Peggy Woods of Crossett and Patty Griffith of Fountain Hill; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Draven and Jessica. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jackie Streeter, in 1997; her parents, Bill and Geneva Norrell King; three sisters, Nancy Gail Barnett, Mary Smith and Vickie King; and one brother, Billy Wayne King.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, January 27, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Vaughn Blue, Jr., officiating. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim, Doug, Larry and Chad Hudson, Dale Chavis and Tim Chavis. Memorials may be made to the Carlock Cemetery Association, c/o Mike Bays, 331 Ashley Road 462, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Harold F. West

Harold F. West, 80, of Crossett died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born November 18, 1933, in Kingsland to the late Gus and Hilda West, Mr. West was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship. He retired from Jade's Super Foods as store manager after several years of service. In his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and softball and later enjoyed spending time golfing with his friends.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Peggy Gulledge West of Crossett; one son, Dr. Mark West and wife Kathy of Mountain Home; three grandchildren, Eric Willis of Bossier City, LA, and Mark West, Jr., and Elizabeth West of Mountain Home; two great-grandchildren, Luke and Lydia Willis of Bossier City; and several cousins, many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 24, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Dennis Maxwell, Eddie Courson, J. W. Harris, Damon Dean, Bill Gulledge and Mike Gulledge. Honorary pallbearers were James "Buddy" Dean, Gordon "Speedy" Shaffer, Eric Willis and Mark West, Jr.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635 or Grace Christian Fellowship, 912 S. Florida St., Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

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