Billy Glen Gibbs
Billy Glen Gibbs, 73, of Crossett, formerly of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. He was born on June 7, 1941, was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a retired timber worker and a member of Fudge Baptist Church. An avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt and ride horses, he was a member of the Crooked Creek Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Juanita Girtman Gibbs; two sons, Curtis Pugh of Crossett and Ron Collins of Winnfield, LA; four daughters, Lisa Gibbs, Faye Gibbs, Senetta Gibbs and Sandra Lewis and husband Lexie, all of Crossett; three brothers, Sherman Gibbs and James Gibbs of Crossett and Richard Gibbs of Hamburg; two sisters, Erma Hawkins and husband Clifton of Hamburg and Vickie Scott and husband Michael of Crossett; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lovie Louvinia Womack Gibbs; two brothers, Elvin and Lindburg Gibbs; one sister, Elena Davis; and one grandson, Jhirmekyo Pugh.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, September 29, at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Hill with Rev. James Green officiating. Pallbearers were Marcus Williams, Anthony Lewis, Clifford Hawkins, Daryll Gibbs, James Hampton, III, and Marcus Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Crooked Creek Hunting Club members, Tony Barnes, Kevin, Jamal and Kenneth Cason, Antreal Pugh, Adarrius Gibbs and Eric Collins. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Madrid Octavia Madden
Madrid Octavia Madden, 94, of Crossett died Monday, September 22, 2014. Born on October 15, 1919, in Farmville, Bradley County, to Clifton Green and Mollie Lee Sloan Castleberry, Mrs. Madden was a member of the Crossett Church of Christ, a homemaker, a co-owner and cook in two local restaurants, and a nurse's aide. She was a master at crochet, attacked crossword puzzles, and had an unwavering commitment to walking for recreation and health.
Survivors include two nieces, Jan Hill and Russell of Helena, MT, and Joy Hickman of Albuquerque, NM; one nephew, John Hickman of Baytown, TX; great-nieces Emma Hill, Anna Hill, and Amy Woods Montoya; and great-great-nephews, Joseph Montoya and Mark Dean Johnson, III. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John H. "Toogie" Madden; and two sisters, Marguerite Pate and Vada C. Hickman.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 27, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Jimmy Lee Martin
Jimmy Lee Martin, 65, of Hamburg died Friday, September 26, 2014, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1968. He was the owner of Jimmy L. Martin Construction Company and retired from the Hamburg Fire Department after 20 years of service. A member of the Martinville Baptist Church, he was an avid hunter and a member of the Johnny Martin Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debbie Kusturin Martin of Hamburg; two sons, Neil Martin and wife Wendi of Monticello and John Martin and wife Andrea of Hamburg; five brothers, James E. "Sonny" Martin and wife Charlene of Crossett, Joe Martin and wife Pat, Freddie Martin and wife Joy, Bobby Martin and wife Sylvia, and Randy Martin and wife Lacey; three sisters, Dorothy Savage and husband Bo, Gladys Gulledge and husband Edward, and Judy Bates and husband Gene, all of Hamburg; a brother-in-law, Larry Kusturin and wife Gail of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Miguel Taylor, Amber Martin, Emily Martin, Jordan Martin, Reghan Martin and Jaci Martin and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Michael Drake and Meghan Brooke Martin; and his parents, James Haywood "Woodie" and Dorothy Callaway Martin.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, in the Martinville Baptist Church with Bros. Ryan McRae and Gene Gregory officiating. Burial was to follow in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Nick, James, Brad, Blake and Brian Martin, Paul Gulledge and Nick Akers. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jerry and Willie Elizandro, Terry Cain, John Herbert, Terry and Jamie Martin, Gary Callaway and Dusty Callaway. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591.
Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
James Michael McKoin
James Michael McKoin, 58, of West Monroe, LA, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Morehouse General Hospital. He had been employed in law enforcement for 30 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Holly Anna McKoin and Melanie Elizabeth McKoin of Monroe, LA; two aunts, Eunice Daily of Hamburg and Marie Fortune of Wilmot; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. L. McKoin and Vaunda McKoin; his paternal grandparents, J. D. and Lucille McKoin; and his maternal grandparents, Earl and Nancy Pruitt.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home in Bastrop with Revs. John Slade and Cecil Harvey officiating. Burial followed in the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Kenny, Dennis Doke, Cameron Parker, Jon Philley, Michael Moore, Jimmy Parker, Steve Hammond and Scott Travis. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mixon, B.J. Martien, Royce Pruitt, and David Pruitt. Guest book at www.goldenfh.com.
Herb Parker, 73, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at his residence. A native of Gillett and a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg for over 50 years, he worked at Estelle Tractor and Bearhouse Grain & Elevator. He was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kay Lochala Parker of Hamburg; two sons, Scott Parker and wife Angie of Crossett and Chris Parker and wife Angie of Hamburg; a daughter, Teresa Bailey and husband Alan of Pearl, MS; a sister, Gayla Cockerham and husband Bruce of Hamburg; ten grandchildren, Megan, Christopher, Brandi, Blake, Emily, Shawny, Courtney, Laina, Billy and Jordan; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Baylee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert "Bud" and Wilma Nutter Parker.
Grave-side funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, September 26, in the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Sammy Land officiating. Pallbearers were Fordie Cook, Trey Cook, Wayne McClain, Marvin Carter, Keith Hensley and Bobby Poole.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Lyman B. Pierce
Lyman B. Pierce, 78, of Crossett died on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Born on September 22, 1936, in Dearborn, MI, to Vernon Hall and Alberta Gertrude Holbert Pierce, he was a member of First Church of God.
Survivors include his daughter, Elaine Pierce Allen of Crossett; two sisters, Joan Rebecca Thoms and Don of St. Genevieve County, MO, and Mina Marie Pierce of Chiefland, FL; a grandson, Joe Allen and Kelly of Crossett; four great-grandchildren, Draylon Smith, Tyler Smith, Amberlyn Allen and Hanli Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlene Pierce; his mother-in-law, Rosa Burleson; and his sister-in-law, Nancy Burleson.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Randy Ivy officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Rubye Pearl Ferguson Spencer
(Internet Only) Rubye Pearl Ferguson Spencer, 91, of Monticello died Thursday, September 25, 2014, at her home near Ladelle. Born October 10, 1922, in Ladelle to the late Brown Willie and Mary Lutheria Lee Ferguson, she was the wife of Terrel Ford Spencer, Jr. She was active in the family-owned Otasco Store in Warren and played a supporting role in her husband's timber and cattle business. She loved antiques. She and her husband were long-time members of First Baptist Church in Monticello before moving their membership to Ladelle Baptist Church in their later years.
Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Alice Spencer of Monticello; three granddaughters, Karen Denise Kolb-Spencer of Monticello, Susan Denise Spencer of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Rebecca Lee Spencer Schultz and husband Christopher of Waukesha, Wisconsin; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Ford Spencer of Monticello, Lillian Mary Grace Schultz and Zachary Spencer Schultz of Waukesha; one brother, Brown W. Ferguson and wife Clara of Lonoke; one sister, Beatrice Foster of Somerville, TN; a daughter-in-law, Mary Anne Kulp Spencer of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Edgar Winston Spencer and wife Elizabeth, of Virginia, and their daughters. Preceding her in death was her husband of 65 years, Terrel Ford Spencer, Jr; a son, Terrel Ford Spencer, III; a brother, Cecil W. "Buck" Ferguson; and a sister, Lena Ferguson Jeffers.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, at Stephenson Dearman Funeral chapel in Monticello with Revs. Larry Wilkerson and Kenny Martin officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Pallbearers were Matthew Spencer, Ray Ferguson, Ricky Carpenter, Ryan McRae, David Booth and Mike McManus.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in Monticello, P O Box 427, Monticello, AR 71657 or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202-2863. Online guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.
Roy D. Vail
Roy D. Vail, 55, of Monticello died Tuesday, September 24, 2014, at Drew Memorial Hospital. Born on May 8, 1959, in Bastrop, LA, he was a welder and a member of Grace Christian Fellowship Church. He enjoyed fishing and camping and also liked working with wood and building things.
He is survived by one brother, James W. Vail, Jr., and wife Debra of Poplar Bluff, MO; two sisters, Debbie Ross of Hamburg and Billie Jean Rice and husband Ronnie of Johnsville; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Willard Vail, Sr., and Mary Helen Sisson Vail Taylor.
Memorial services were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Vail, Drake Gray, Allen Ross, Bruce and Bubby Vail.
Memorials may be given to the charity of choice. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Robert L. Womack
Robert L. Womack, 78, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at his residence. A native of Keiser, a resident of Hamburg for the past 28 years and a former resident of Osceola, he was a police officer and retired chief of police in Osceola and worked for the Hamburg Street Department. He was the founder of the Osceola Boys Club where he coached baseball and boxing. He was a former member of the Keiser Full Gospel Church and the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Hamburg and an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nina Staggs Womack of Hamburg; two sons, Bobby Womack and wife Dee of Hamburg and Kenny Womack and wife Michelle of Jonesboro; two daughters, Pam White and husband Benny of Luxora and Peggy Womack of Monette; four sisters, Shelby Rumbaugh of Osceola, Linda Rogers of Bassett, Shirley Hendrix of Memphis, TN, and Peggy Carter of Norman, OK; eight grandchildren, Josh Parker, April Porter, Terry, Bob, Brandon, Ken and Dalton Womack and Mark Robertson, Jr.; 14 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Jacob, Lynlee, Whitleigh and Case Womack, Tyler and Kaleb Porter, Kaleb "Dub" Childress, Easton Parker, James Heath Fleming, Kacen Kilcrease, Karli and Kyli Henson and Kenzi Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Nickie Lee Dailey; a great-granddaughter, Paislee Nicole Womack; his parents, Bandy and Eunice Williams Womack; and a brother, Bobby Womack.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jerry Weathers officiating. Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Allen, Terry Wayne, Kenneth Dewayne, Dalton Lee and Brandon Cole Womack, Mark Robertson, Jr., and Joshua Lee Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Book, Travis Wallace and Dane Weindorf. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published October 8
Anice Stanley Allen
Anice Elizabeth Stanley Allen, 78, of Fountain Hill died Thursday, October 2, 2014, at her residence. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Fountain Hill and Hamburg for most of her life, she was a former resident of Kilbourne, LA. She worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory for over 40 years and also worked on the farm and picked cotton.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James "Nubbin" Allen of Fountain Hill; a daughter, Ann Hollis and husband Charles; two sons, Phillip Allen and Wayne Allen and wife Lynda, all of Fountain Hill; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Allen of Hamburg; five sisters, Linda Shockley of Monticello, Evelyn Greer and Violet Doggett of Midland, Texas, Mary Craig and husband Jesse "Shorty" and Sherry Jeffers and husband James, all of Hamburg; a brother-in-law, J. H. Tollison of Midland, Texas; six grandchildren, Jennifer Davidson, James Davidson and wife Crystal, Brad Allen, Angie Clavet and husband Buddy, Tiria Allen and Bryan Allen; 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathaniel and Madie T. Slaughter Stanley; a brother, Clancy Stanley; two sisters, Elvie Price and Vera Tollison; four brothers-in-law, Ed Greer, Jack Shockley, Bob Doggett and Willie Price; and three nieces, Vicky Greer, Beverly White and Ann Gerrish.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 5, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Elvin McDill and Harold Yandell officiating. Burial was in the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stan Craig, Tony Craig, Micky Craig, Jeff Meeks, Bimbo Meeks, Joey Meeks, Ricky Price and Michael Jeffers. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers-in-law. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Johnny Ray Brown
Johnny Ray Brown, 59, of Center Ridge died Thursday, September 25, 2014, from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident in Heber Springs. He was born October 9, 1954 in Fountain Hill and was preceded in death by his father, John Earl Brown. He was an active member of the National Chuck Wagon Association.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Brown of Center Ridge; his mother, Clyda Faye Simms of Monticello; children, Nicole Ellenburg and Jason of Gillett, Josh Brown and Stephanie of Searcy and Kristy Rae Brown of Fayetteville; two sisters, Linda Ngar and Sam of Dumas and Audrey Edwards of Fountain Hill; and six grandchildren, Hunter and Emma Ellenburg of Gillett, Cadence, Emmilynn and Haven Brown of Searcy and Lela Cooper of Center Ridge.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at Abundant Life Church in Dumas.
Memorials may be made to The National Chuck Wagon Association, c/o P.O. Box 172, Center Ridge, AR 72027.
Ozell Day, 99, of Lake Village died Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Lake Village Health & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Bonita, LA, she had formerly lived in Hamburg for approximately five years and was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness in Hamburg. She enjoyed fishing and raising vegetables and flowers.
She is survived by one daughter, Ruthie Tabson and husband Joe of Lake Village; 15 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, 75 great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mable Stanley; her parents, Sam and Ella Godley Williams; two brothers, Robert and Gennie Williams; and two sisters, Lillie Jones and Lucille Hale.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at Morning Star Baptist Church in the Newport community with Rev. Elbert Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Damien Ashford, Marco Harris, Jason Hester, Damonte Stanley, Johnny Stanley and Emmanuel Downs. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of Morning Star Baptist Church and the deacons of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parkdale under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Billy Joe Holder
Billy Joe Holder, 76, of Crossett died on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at home, losing his battle with cancer. Born on October 11, 1937, in Louisville, MS, to the late Mary Hisaw Holder and Joe Love Holder, after graduation from Crossett High School in 1955, Holder attended Delta State in Cleveland, MS, and the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He worked with International Paper Company in Bastrop, LA, and with Georgia Pacific in Crossett, retiring from Georgia Pacific in 1996.
He was an active outdoors person who enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends. One of his favorite places to relax was Jersey Deer Camp. Another lifetime pleasure was enjoying friend Barry Switzer's career in football. He was the primary caregiver of his son, Christopher Woods Holder, who battled with rheumatoid arthritis and preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Margaret McGoogan Holder; and an uncle, Sherrill Hisaw of Crossett, lifetime friend, Barry Switzer of Norman, OK; and his extended family, Bryan K. Runyan and wife Mary and children of Alexandria, LA, Annetta R. Smith and husband Jeremy of Maumelle, John W. Runyan of Monroe, LA, John E. McGoogan and family of Lafayette, CO, and Marsha Richards Holder Herrick, his son Chris' mother, and many friends.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Russell Moore officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were John Grady Richards, Mike McDaniels, Waymon Lovette, Royce Young, Stetson Moon, Mike Chisholm, Bob Vandiver, and Paul Rainwater. Honorary pallbearers were Barry Switzer, Larry Black, Bill Boyer and his classmates. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Crossett, the Crossett Area Food Pantry or a charity of choice.
Wanda Williamson Purvis
Wanda Williamson Purvis, 64, of Hamburg died Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the Lifecare Hospital in Ruston, LA. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County, she graduated from Portland High School in 1968 and was a homemaker and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Grice and wife Jami of Thomasville, Alabama, and Jay Grice and wife Charlette of Portland; a brother, Don Williamson; a sister, Barbara Jeffers and husband Jerry, all of Hamburg; and five grandchildren, Tristan, Alex, Olivia, Ashton and Miles.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Lee Purvis, in 1997; her parents, L. V. "Bo" and Marceline Hopkins Williamson; a brother, Buddy Williamson; and a sister, Patricia Hale.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 3, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Howie officiating. A private burial will be held in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Keith Ladd, 186 Ashley Road 121, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published October 15
Betty Jean Harris
Betty Jean Harris, 85, of Crossett died Friday, October 10, 2014, at her home. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a former employee of Georgia Pacific's plywood mill, a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church where she was on the steward board. She was a member of Silver Star #306 of the Eastern Star. She loved to shop and dress nice.
She is survived by one son, Eddie Charles Sims of Crossett; two daughters, Jacqueline Rhodes and husband Curtis of Crossett and Linda Henderson of Rockford, IL; ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie James "A. J." Harris, Jr.; two sons, Donald and Archie Wendell Harris; two brothers, John and William Sims; and two sisters, Blanche Benford and Nellie Terry.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 17, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Revs. Harriel White and Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers will be Robert Williams, Herman Newton, Elbert Ray Gibbs and Tony Allen. Honorary pallbearers are stewards and trustees of Gates Chapel and members of Silver Star #306. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at the funeral home.
Tommy Johnson, 65, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was an Ashley County native, a small engine repairman, and a Baptist.
He is survived by one brother, James E. Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Mary Stevens of El Dorado and Lafran Singleton of Rayville, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Hill Hogue Johnson; his parents, Joseph Daniel Johnson and Lucille Coleman Barnett; his step-mother, Billie Dove Johnson; four brothers, Johnny Taylor and Don, Carl and Billy Johnson; and one sister, Laverne Carter.
Grave-side funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at the Simms Cemetery with Bro. Kerry Don England, officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
John Terrell Joiner
John Terrell Joiner, 70, of Spring, Texas, died Friday, October 3, 2014, at his home. Born June 15, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee, he was a Class A journeyman for Freeman Exhibits and retired in 2008. He loved fishing and working with wood, yard work and admiring his fish pond.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Paula Runion Joiner of Spring; one son, Jason Scott Joiner and wife Shelley; one daughter, Tiffany Ashley Estes; a grandson, Zackary of Spring; and five stepchildren, Alesha Murillo and husband Luis, Jacob Gamron and wife Naivi, Forrest Robinson and wife Roxanne of Louisiana and Scarlet Cartwright and Richard of Marengo, Il; one brother, Harold Joiner and wife Tomoko of Vilonia; three sisters, Judy Dean and husband Joe of Porter, Texas, Lynn Kubin and husband J. D. of Spring and Anita Myers and husband Dale of Crossett; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol June Moore; his father, John Nolan Joiner and wife Clarice Watt Joiner of Crossett; and his mother, Katie Jim Lewis of Hermitage.
Grave-side service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 9, at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Humble, Texas, with arrangements by Klein Funeral Home of Spring.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in Monticello, P. O. Box 427, Monticello, AR 71657.
Ernestine Inez Roberts
Earnestine Inez "Teenie" Roberts, 97, of Crossett died on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 23, 1917, in Ashley County to Daniel Mason and Effie Mae Coody Farmer, Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening and working with flowers. She always remembered to call friends and family to wish them a happy birthday or a happy anniversary. Mrs. Roberts was a founding member of First Church of God.
Survivors include one son, Davis Roberts and Judy of Ferriday, LA; one daughter, Erma Joe Walker of Crossett; one sister, Ethel Mae Allison of Hamburg; two grandchildren, David Walker and Sherry and Donny Walker and Jennifer, all of Crossett; four great-grandchildren, Bradley Walker, Joni Snow and Jeremy, Ashley Martin and Josh, and Dustin Walker; nine great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles David Roberts; and a son-in-law, Jimmy Walker.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 9, at First Church of God with Bros. Karvin Adams and Randy Ivy officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to Gideons, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.
Obituaries Published October 22
Sharon Ann Anders
Sharon Ann Anders, 56, of Cleveland, TX, formerly of Crossett, died on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Born on March 25, 1958, in Crossett to the late Garland Durwood and Lois Nell Locke Carpenter, she was a homemaker and loved to fish and to attend the Astro games. Mrs. Anders was a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Everett Bell Anders, Jr., of Cleveland; one brother, Gary Carpenter of Crossett; a nephew, Aaron Carpenter and Whitney of Indianapolis, IN; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, at Community Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. Burial will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Visitation will be held from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Community Chapel Baptist Church, 109 Hoss Carter Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.
Francis Gene Hedgecock
Francis Gene Hedgecock, 72, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Little Rock. Born in Horatio to Doris Cannon and Gene Stafford, she was the oldest child with brothers Tom and Jim Stafford. She married Todd Scott (T.S.) Hedgecock on December 30, 1961.
She grew up in Lockesburg, loved playing basketball and played basketball at Texarkana College. After marriage, she and Scott lived in Memphis, TN, while he attended dental school, and she worked at the Schumacher Mortgage Company during this time. They moved to Hamburg soon after his graduation and established his dental practice where she worked full time as his assistant beginning in 1972.
For many years, she was an active member of the Hamburg Garden Club, serving as president and other positions for many terms. She loved preparing her many award-winning designs. She worked tirelessly to obtain listing of the Hamburg Presbyterian Church in the National Register of Historic Places and was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her second career revolved around teaching at Hamburg's adult education program and at the Fountain Hill School. She loved watching sports, including the Arkansas Razorbacks, San Antonio Spurs, tennis of any kind and grandchildren playing baseball and softball in Dumas.
Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Miller and her husband Chris of Carmel, CA, and Alison Shepherd of Little Rock; and grandchildren John Scott and Sydney Shepherd and Lauren and Cameron Miller. She is also survived by her brother Tom and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband and her brother, Jim.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at the Hamburg Garden Center with Linda Yarbrough officiating. Memorials may be made in her honor to Hamburg Garden Club.
Arrangements were by Cremations and Funeral Services of Arkansas. Guest book at www.arcremation.com.
Malcolm Maloney, Jr.
Malcolm Maloney Jr., 83, of Crossett died on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Born on August 30, 1931, to the late Malcolm Maloney and Leola Fulks, he was the fourth born of eight children. He was an auto body mechanic; owned his own shop and loved fixing and painting cars.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Charlene Fields Johnson Maloney of Rosamond, CA; one son, Floyd Douglas Maloney and Sharon of Charleston, SC; daughters, Varita Brown of Crossett, Consetta Ann Ponds and Eugene; Jacqueline Winfield and Kenny, all of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Erica Maloney; one brother, Bobby Joe Fulks and Vonna; and one sister, Oralee Henry and Joe, all of Omaha, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and special cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm Maloney; his mother, Leola Fulks; a brother, Maurice Maloney, and his sisters, Dorothy Brown, Alice Day, Mae Helen Maloney and Mary Joe Fulks; the mother of his children, Kiria Maloney; two sons, Ronald Dean Maloney and Malcolm Maloney, III; and two daughters, Brenda Nette Maloney Wyatt and Karen Eloise Maloney.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Reverend Harold Box officiating. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Cyndi Kay Scott
Cyndi Kay Scott, 65, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Houston, Texas. and a resident of Crossett for the past 25 years, she worked as a bank teller and was a homemaker for the last 20 years and helped raise her grandchildren.
She is survived by four daughters, Debbie McDonald and husband Jack of Hamburg, Laurie Murphy and husband Earl of Crossett, Rena Snider and husband Dewayne of Magnolia and Toni Kay Hartley and husband Tony of Crossett; three sisters, Sue Cox of Hideaway, Texas, Carol Alexander of Cypress, Texas, and Betty Davis and husband Mike of Chester, Texas; two brothers, Ray McKnight and wife Carrie and Donald McKnight and wife Marsha, all of Corrigan, Texas; a sister-in-law, Linda McKnight of Longview, Texas; ten grandchildren, Jami Hartshorn, Scott McDonald, Konni Stafford, Wyatt Snider, Kodi Murphy, Jesse Snider, Kaiden Murphy, Addison Hartley, Aubrey Hartley and Ciera Scott; and four great-grandchildren, Seth and Kathryn Hartshorn, Alex McDonald and Karson Neel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Aubrey Scott, in 2010; an infant daughter, Connie Ann Anderson; a son, Russ Scott, in 2007; her parents, Alfred Buren and Connie Lee Neal McKnight; and a brother, Butch McKnight.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 18, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bros. John Martin and Kenneth Neal officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Hartshorn, Scott McDonald, Wyatt Snider, Jesse Snider, Kenneth Sawyer, Damon Dean, Donald Wheeler and Greg Cooper. Honorary pallbearers were Kodi Murphy, Hunter Stafford, Kaiden Murphy and Seth Hartshorn.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591 or to the Pine Grove Cemetery Association, 1073 McSpadden Road, Moscow, Texas 75960. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Michael Vance Sturdivant
Michael Vance Sturdivant, 65, of Crossett died at his home on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Born May 24, 1949, in Eureka Springs to the late Vance and Maxine Sturdivant, he was a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School director for many years along with assisting with youths and VBS.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah Hamm Sturdivant of Crossett; two sons, Kyle Sturdivant of Houston, TX, and Jacky Sturdivant and wife Cortney of Crossett; one daughter, Chancee Sturdivant Griffith and husband Michael of Crossett; and two brothers, John Sturdivant and wife Veronica and Robert E. Sturdivant and wife Lynn, all of Crossett; and seven grandchildren.
A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 20, at Medders Funeral Home chapel in North Crossett with Bros. Mike Chain and Art Crymes officiating followed by burial at the Crossroads Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Marion Hamm, Dave Hamm, John Anthony Sturdivant, Dennis Maxwell, Robert Riles, David Maxwell, Keith Maxwell and Julian Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of AD&N Railway Co.
Online guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Obituaries Published October 29
Irene Sivils, 84, of Crossett died Monday, October 27, 2014, at the Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville. A native of Lake Village, a resident of Crossett for the past 42 years and a former resident of Wilmot, she was a nurse and worked at the Ashley County Medical Center for ten years. A member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church, she enjoyed working with her flowers, cooking and loved her cat.
She is survived by three daughters, Iris Stark and husband George of Lake Village, Jennifer Hall and husband John of Atkins and Corliss McCain and husband Floyd of Wilmot; two sons, Johnny Sammons and wife Shirley and Carl Sammons, all of Crossett; a sister, Madge Hicks and husband Billy of Atkins; seven grandchildren, Kay Reel and husband Tony of Atkins, Robbie McCain and Doug Stark of Lake Village, Henry McCain of Wilmot, Joni Sammons of Louisville, KY, and Cal Tucker Sammons and Cynthia Polk of Crossett; 16 great-grandchildren; and her companion, Allen Martin of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey B. Sivils. in 1999; her parents, Tom and Winnie Rainbolt Myers and a brother, Jimmy Myers.
Grave-side services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, in Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Visitation will be 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the cemetery.