Velma Ruth Bates
Velma Ruth Holdcraft Bates, 76, of Hamburg died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Arkansas Hospice Center in Little Rock. A native of Drew County and a resident of the Martinville community outside Hamburg for most of her life, she worked at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home for over 20 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Martinville Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting and doing crafts.
She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Jo Bates; a brother, Billy Junior Holdcraft and wife Michelle of Idaho; a sister, Dorothy Mae Johnson and husband Dewayne of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Michael Shawn Bates and wife Rebecca of Hamburg and Brandy Jo Dye and husband B. J. of Crossett; six great-grandchildren, Mary Beth, Dawson and Jon Michael Bates, Brynlee and Braylie Jo Dye, and JoAnn Wiley; a great-great-grandchild, Katherine Elizabeth Wiley; a host of nieces and nephews and three ladies she loved as her own, Carolyn Aiken, Freda Wright and Elle Merriweather, all of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Marion Dewitt Bates, in 1997; a great-grandson, Brady Jaxon Dye; her parents, Ed Holdcraft and Ella Mae Graves Bell; a sister, Erma Jean Lewis; and two brothers, Thomas Otis and Bobby Joe Holdcraft.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, at the Martinville Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan McRae officiating. Burial was to be in the Prairie Grove Cemetery in Drew County. Pallbearers were to be Jim Barfield, Wade Knight, Curtis Aiken, Matthew Merriweather, Jimmy Merriweather and Kevin Holdcraft. Honorary pallbearers were to be the men of Martinville Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Wilbur Franklin Calloway
Wilbur Franklin Calloway, 65, of Omaha, Arkansas, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Hospice of the Hills Hospice House in Harrison. Born January 15, 1950, in Warren, he was the son of Tollie Franklin Calloway and Clarice (York) Calloway. He married Wanda Joyce Smith on December 24, 1971. He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting and fishing and collected old guns.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Wanda Calloway of the home; a son, Christopher Douglas Calloway and wife Rebecca Duckworth of Danville; and a brother, Bob Calloway and wife Paulette of Warren.
No services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the Buffalo River Friends of NRA, 3876 Silver Valley Road, Harrison, Arkansas 72601. Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. For online condolences please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.
Jeanette Kaye Gray
Jeanette Kaye Gray, 56, of Parkdale died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at her home in Parkdale. She was a native of Detroit, MI, a resident of Parkdale for the past two years and had lived in Crossett for 13 years. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved playing with her dogs and going fishing.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Frank Allen Gray; two daughters, Jennifer Ann Gray and Kelly Marie Gray, both of Parkdale; her mother, Sylvia Hampton of Nixa, MO; five brothers, James O. Hampton, III, of Auburn, AL, John J. Hampton and wife Angie of Omaha, Jerry C. Hampton of Nixa, Jeff R. Hampton and wife Evangeline of Denver, CO, and Jesse D. Hampton of Branson, MO; three sisters, Judy Taylor and husband Rick of Colorado Springs, CO, Joyce C. LeDoux of Nixa and Jane Donna Crawford of Branson; seven grandchildren, Cole Ramsey, Paige Ramsey, Jacob Temple, Nataniel Hensley, Zacary Pamplin, Talon Rice and Dakota Rice; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her father, James Oscar Hampton; one brother, Jack Hampton; and one sister, Sylvia Ann Hampton. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Unity Baptist church with Bros. Tommy Boles and Ray Mills officiating. Pallbearers are Cole Ramsey, Thomas Taylor, Ryan Kellebrew, James Roberts, Roger Gray and Michael Gray. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Kellebrew, Stephen Cotton and Joel Tindall. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visitation will start at 6 p. m. Friday, April 3, at Unity Baptist Church. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
John Kleinhofs, Jr.
John Kleinhofs, Jr., 55, of Hot Springs died Monday, March 23, 2015, after a brief illness. Born on January 7, 1960, to John and Harriet Hayman Kleinhofs at Camp Hanford, Washington, he grew up in Crossett, but spent the last few years in Costa Rica before recently moving to Hot Springs. He was a member of the Crossett High School Class of 1978 and retired from the Georgia-Pacific Plywood Division plant in Gloster, Mississippi. He was a Presbyterian and loved the outdoors. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Maria del Carmen Afar of Hot Springs, formerly of Villalobos Heredia, Costa Rica; a daughter, Hanna Jeansonne and husband Kris of Denham Springs, LA; his mother, Harriett Hayman Kleinhofs of North Little Rock; one brother, Chris Kleinhofs of Little Rock; two sisters, Dana Rowlett and husband Rick of North Little Rock and Anna Kleinhofs of Wrangell, Alaska; one granddaughter, Khloe Madilyn Jeansonne; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John Kleinhofs, Sr.
In accord with his wishes, Mr. Kleinhofs' remains were cremated. His wife and daughter will be taking a portion of his ashes back to Costa Rica, and the other portion will buried at a private family ceremony next to his father at the Antioch Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.
Wesley Livingston, 24, of Hamburg died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 2008 and attended welding school in Crossett and Newport. He worked as a concrete finisher. He was a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and the Milo Hunting Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his parents, Terry and Mary Dacovich Livingston; a brother, Joseph Livingston, all of Hamburg; four uncles, Ronnie Livingston of Hamburg, Joe Dacovich of Houston, Texas, Ellis Dacovich and Andy Dacovich both of Mobile, Alabama; two aunts, Cathy Stenberg of Atlanta, Georgia and Phylis Grayson of Maryland and a host of cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank ‘Gip" and Margie Bell Craig Livingston and Graham and Zoe Ollinger Dacovich; and a aunt, Judy Morris.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Boykin officiating. Burial was in the Dailey Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adrian Moore, Cody Pennington, Nick Kelley, Paul Sawyer, Shawn Craig and Jimmy Ray Miller. Memorials may be made to the Brianna Rainey Cancer Fund, 432 Binns Loop, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Funeral service for Madell Moseby, 61, of Little Rock, formerly of Portland, was at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Number Two Missionary Baptist Church in Portland with Elder Johnny Winfield officiating. She died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock.
Born June 13, 1953, in Portland to the late Otha, Sr. and Maebell Moseby, she attended Savage Elementary in Parkdale and Tillis High School in Portland and graduated in 1971 from Slack LaGrande in Wilmot.
She moved to Chicago, IL, and then to Little Rock. While living in Little Rock, she was employed for 35 years with the Arkansas State Building Service, retiring in 2012. She was a member of the St. Marion Baptist Church in Sunshine.
Survivors include one daughter, Shonda Moseby of Little Rock; ten sisters, Dorothy and Don Canpi of Los Angeles, CA, Shirley and Stephen Whitehead of Walls, MS, Patricia Jones and Pearlie and Cedrick Kitchen of Honlake, MS, Mickey Moseby of Portland, Kimala and Trent Fowler of Southaven, MS, Ada and Herman Black of Atlanta, GA, Melva Moseby and Helen and Daryl Holifield of Monticello and Lisa Moseby of El Dorado; six brothers, Perry and Jackie Moseby, Henry and Nathaniel (Rosalind) Moseby of Jacksonville, Roger Moseby of Huntsville, TX, Tavares Moseby of Monticello and Adrian Moseby of Eudora; four grandchildren, Kiana Moseby, KeyShawn Moseby, Kiauna Fackles and Kavarius Kelley of Little Rock and one great-grandchild., DaJuan "GG" Holden, Jr., of Little Rock. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Otha, Jr., Otis "Bo,", Steven "Skunk," and Cleveland Moseby. Burial was at St. Marion Cemetery in Sunshine with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.
Jesse Starling, Sr.
Jesse Starling, Sr., 68, of Burlington, IA, died Friday, March 20, 2015. A native of Crossett, he was a retired financial analyst for IBM, a member of Faith Temple C.O.G.I.C. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Survivors include one son, Jesse Starling, Jr., and wife Angela of Minneapolis, MN; two daughters, Rhonda Johnson and husband Terry of Rockford, IL, and Sherlene Ali and husband Farrad of St. Louis, MO; his stepmother, Stella Starling of Crossett; two brothers, Fred Starling, Jr., and wife Vivienne of Burlington and Bernard Hunter of Buffalo, NY; one sister, Bertha Brown of Burlington; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geneva and Fred Starling, Jr.; one brother. Rocky Hunter; and one sister, Ava Hunter.
Funeral services are at 12 noon on Thursday, April 2, at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Murlee Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Steven Lee Williams-Browning
Steven Lee Williams-Browning, infant son of Nicole Williams and Thomas Dustin Browning of Crossett, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Tonya and Steve W. Williams of Crossett, Josephina Culp of Huttig and Thomas Browning of Hamburg; his great-grandmother, Nancy Smith of Crossett; his great-grandfather, Steve Wiggins and wife Rita of Hampton; and several aunts and uncles.
A grave-side service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, in the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Ginger Weems officiating.
The funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Edith Winbury, 68, of Crossett died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center.
A native of Pasadena, TX, she was raised in Crossett and was the former manager of Napa Auto Parts Store and was a member of Rolfe Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed helping people, being outdoors, fishing and gardening. She is survived by one son, Donald Carter and wife Tina; one daughter, Sharon Jones and husband Bobby; three brothers, Johnny Wilcox and wife Leone, Gordon Wilcox and wife Joyce and Elba "Bud" Wilcox and wife Marcia; one sister, Shirley Lyons, all of Crossett; six grandchildren, Heather Culbreath and Randall, Mark Canter and Jordan, Stephen Stanley and LaShaun, Cain Stanley and Lakin, Chris Jones and Jacie and Allen Jones; four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Manthy Knight Wilcox; two brothers, Sam and Robert Wilcox; and one sister, Judy Wilcox Ross.
Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Dale Doss officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.