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Willie Earl Brown

Willie Earl Brown, 74, of Crossett died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Drew County and a resident of Crossett since 1968, he was a Vietnam era veteran of the United States Army and worked for Georgia Pacific Corporation for 38 years until retiring in 2006. He served as vice president of the paper makers union for eight years and was a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy Carol Sledge Brown; a son, Randy Sellers, both of Crossett; two daughters, Eydie Johnson of Crossett and Carolyn Woodard of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; two brothers, James Edward Brown of Monticello and Lavon Brown of Lebanon, Missouri; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two nieces, Sherry Brown of Monticello and Rhonda Fore of Lebanon, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Idell Doss Brown

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bros. John Martin and Zack Coffman officiating. Burial was in the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Berryman, Carlton Maxwell, Ronnie McDonald, Dennis Banks, John Fore and Rickey Middlebrooks.

Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Youth Department, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Marion Pierce Deckelman

Marion Louise Pierce Deckelman, 79, of Crossett died Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Born March 28, 1936, in Shreveport, Louisiana, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, the Crossett Book Club and her beloved coffee group.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Leroy "Buddy" Deckelman; her three children, Sharon Deckelman Mosley and husband Scott of Little Rock, Joy Roberson of Crossett and William Leroy "Bill" Deckelman, Jr., of Annapolis, MD; five granddaughters who spent many summers at the family's cabin at Longview on the Saline River, Dayna Mosley of Greeley, CO, Laura Deckelman Weissner and Matt of Sterling, VA; Emily Deckelman Nyaz and Charlie of Upper Marlboro, MD, Katie Deckelman of Churchton, MD, and Ilona Deckelman of Annapolis. She is also survived by one sister, Sherry Pierce McNabb and Ron of Monroe, LA; a brother, Bill Pierce of Elm Grove, LA; a brother-in-law, Simeon Wall of Shreveport, LA, and a great-grandson, Ayden Nyaz of Upper Marlboro; as well as many more nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Atlas A. Pierce; her sister, Connie Wall; her brother, Arthur "Bub" Pierce; a granddaughter, Margaret Roberson; and a grandson, William Jarred Deckelman.

A private grave-side service was held Saturday, April 11, at the Flat Creek Cemetery near Fountain Hill under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Willie Richard Ellis

Willie Richard Ellis, 43, of Hamburg died Friday, April 10, 2015, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, an employee of Hometown Tire in Crossett and a member of Phillip Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and loved watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks play.

He is survived by one son, Willie D. Walker of Hamburg; his mother, Doy Mae Rossiter of Hamburg; one brother, Marcus D. Webster of New Mexico; one sister, Marie Hampton and husband Johnny of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jelisa Ellis; his father, Willie Joe Ellis; one sister, Sylvia Inez Ellis; his maternal grandparents, Bill and Darlene Edwards Marshall; and his paternal grandfather, Willie Lee Ellis.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Phillip Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Horace Ingram officiating. Pallbearers are Darius Hampton, Jason Kelley, Derrick Williams, Charles Brown, George Dickerson, Daniel Smith, Michael Gilliam and McCoy Franklin, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are the Hamburg High School Class of 1990 and deacons of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the funeral home.

Alvin Jean Lambert

Alvin Jean Lambert, 72, of Hamburg died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She served in the Mother's Ministry and worked in missions ministries and served on the Pastor's Aide Committee. She enjoyed cooking and watching game shows.

She is survived by three sons, Anthony Webster and Billy Charles Lambert, both of Blytheville, and Fredrick Lambert of Hamburg; five daughters, Roxie Ann Downs and husband Timmy and Jennifer Martin and husband Curtis, Loretta Smith and husband Daniel and Janice Lambert, all of Hamburg, and Amy Brock and husband Benjamin of Fountain Hill; four brothers, Elmer "P-Man" King and Alfonza King of Hamburg, Archie Lee Haynes of El Dorado and Paul Simpson of Maumelle; two sisters, Christy Lee Davis and Rose Nell King of Hamburg; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Floyda Mae Arrington Lambert; two brothers, Sammy Lee King and Dave Haynes; and three sisters, Lena Mae and Eula Mae Haynes and Pearl King.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Martin, Robert Scates, Robert Stanley, John Ware, Ken Dunn and Jimmy Dismuke. Honorary pallbearers are Henry Dunn, George Howard, Jr., and Donald Manning, Jr. Burial will be at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Charles Willard Murphy

Charles Willard Murphy, 84, died at home in Alexandria, Louisiana, on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Born November 26, 1930, in Parkdale to Edward "Ned" Boyd Murphy and Aurice Lee Allen Murphy, he was the fourteenth of 15 siblings. A long-time member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, he became a Christian at 24 years old when he was baptized at Promise Land Baptist Church.

As a young man, he passed an opportunity to try out for the St Louis Cardinals because his father suffered a stroke and Charles chose to stay home to take over the family farm. After he left farming, Charles worked in industrial construction in more than 16 states. He then worked as a carpenter for the Crossett Public Schools and retired after 22 years with the school system. He and Oneida loved to plant large gardens, to pick fresh produce and to can vegetables to share with family and friends throughout the year.

Charles continued gardening into his 80s. He shared his love for baseball with Mike from the time he was a toddler and then eventually with his grandsons Patrick and Colten, teaching them, encouraging them, and attending their games.

He is survived by one son, Michael Anderson Murphy and wife Karen Leann Murphy of Alexandria, LA; grandsons Patrick Michael and Colten Sean Murphy of Ruston, LA; and one sister, Inez Patrick of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Oneida Mann Murphy.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with burial following at Pinewood Memorial Park. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association, 217 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201..

Joy Lynette Nutter

Joy Lynette Nutter, 55, of Hamburg died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High in 1978. She worked at Jade Grocery Store and the Dollar General Store, enjoyed fishing, working in her yard planting flowers, thrift stores and taking care of her dogs.

She is survived by a son, Doug Nutter; a daughter, Ashley Savage and husband Joseph; her parents, W. M. and Charlotte Douglass, Wigley all of Hamburg; a sister, Mary Ann Galvin of Johnson City, Tennessee, and three grandchildren, Dakota, Leland and William Savage. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clifton and Vergie Douglas and Walter and Julia Wigley.

A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Sallye Peterson Taylor

Sallye Peterson Taylor, 81, of Hamburg died Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Stuttgart and a resident of Hamburg for the past 65 years, she served as the Ashley County Tax Collector for 35 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved spending time with her grandchildren, bird watching, fishing, golfing and working in her yard and her flowers.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Frank Taylor; a son, Mitchell Taylor and wife Erin, all of Hamburg; two daughters, Lynda Taylor of Searcy and McKenzie Taylor Olsen of Encino, California; two brothers, Bobby Peterson of Hamburg and Fred Peterson of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren, Colt Taylor, Kaela Taylor, Nicholas Taylor, Jake Olsen and Taylor Olsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Katie Mitchell Peterson; and three sisters, Charlene Peterson Wells, Martha Nell Peterson Fleming and June Peterson Livingston.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Smith, Sam Evans, Bobby Griffin, Jim Moss, Joey Hartley and Billy Hudson.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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