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Agnes Jeanette Simmons

Agnes Jeanette Simmons, 70, of Strong, died Dec. 20, 2015 at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

She was born Feb. 7, 1945 and was member of Union Missionary Baptist Church of Strong.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Duel Elizabeth Watther; husband, Jesse Simmons; two brothers, James Watt and Willie Van (Buddy) Watt; four sisters, Louise Watt Barnett, Patsy Watt and one-day-old twin girls.

Survivors include her son, Michael Simmons (Monica); three grandchildren; four brothers, Edward Watt of Crossett, Bobby Watt (Billie) of Crossett, Ronald Dean Watt of Strong and Curtis Watt (Ruthie) of Hamburg; and one sister, Veralyn Oden (Jr) of Hamburg.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 at Union Missionary Baptist with Bro. Danny Malone and Bro. Kenneth Watt officiating. Burial was in Norris Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Perry’s Funeral Chapels.

Pallbearers were Joel King, Nick King, Justin Meshell, Tommy Norris, Jim Guest, and Joey Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie King, Morgan Fairris, Travis Norris, Charles Noble, Doyle Barnett and Jr. Oden.

Mary Lynn Thomas Smith

Mary Lynn Thomas Smith of Crossett died Dec. 15, 2015, at Baylor Hospital in Plano, Texas, from complications following surgery. She was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Dallas, Texas, to her parents the late William W. Thomas and Mildred Pauline Carroll.

She grew up in Irving and graduated high school in 1966. She lived in Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana before moving to Crossett.

She attended Austin (Texas) Community College where she received her associate degree in nursing, graduating with honors, before attending Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where she earned her bachelors in nursing, again graduating with honors.

She completed concurrent master’s degree/nurse midwifery program through Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and the Kentucky School of Midwifery in Hyden, Ken. She earned her degrees in 2001 and became the only Certified Nurse Midwife in the southern half of Arkansas. She worked at Ashley County Medical Center until her retirement in December of 2012.

She was a Master Gardener and volunteered at Crossett Centennial Gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Leonard Smith of Crossett; two sisters, Donna Jean Power of Grand Prairie, Texas and Carol Ann Powers and husband Buster of Cedar Hill, Texas; two stepchildren, Dr. Charles Damon Smith and wife Jennifer of Whitehouse, Texas and Kelley E. Price and husband Kenneth of Bastrop, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 9 at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Crossett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Volino, Justin Powers, Ben Power, Matthew Roper, Walt Davis, John Baxley and Kenneth Price.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Crossett Centennial Gardens, 101 W. 1st Avenue Crossett, Arkansas 71635.

Dewayne Brooks

Dewayne Brooks, 66, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He was a native of Portland and a resident of Hamburg for the past 44 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a log truck driver for Mashburn Logging for many years. He was a founding member of Hamburg Riding Club and an active member of Southside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Laverne Miller Brooks

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda Farmer Brooks; one daughter, Kelli Clark and husband, Thomas; two sons, Kirby Brooks and wife, Celita, and Steven Brooks all of Hamburg; one sister, Lanette Ables and husband, David of Traskwood; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 at Southside Baptist Church with Bro. Vaughn Blue Jr. and Bro. Sanders Brooks officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Martin, Kenny Bowden, Darren Johnson, Eugene White, Ray Woods, Wade Jacks, Bryon Jackson and Don (Duck) Gwin.

Honorary pallbearers were John Dumas, Glen Lawson, John Daley, Walter Wigley, Lamar Higginbotham, Royce Bowden, Ralph Jackson, Richard Gwin, Tony Vestal and Herman Jackson. Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, PO Box 446, Hamburg, AR 71646 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Log a Load for Kids, attn: Jennifer Selig, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Donald Fay Burchell

Donald Fay Burchell, age 73, of Hamburg, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015. He was born in Hamburg Oct. 26, 1942 to his late parents, Estel and Laverne Burchell. He was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. He worked 25 years for Georgia Pacific, then became a truck driver and worked another 22 years before retiring in 2007. He was a member of American Quarter Horse Association.

Survivors include one daughter, Caryn Burchell of Crossett; two sons, Byron Burchell of Monroe, La., and David Burchell of Amherst, Mass.; and one grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Farrell Breshears and Bro. Rick Etheridge officiating. Burial will follow in Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Lester W. Lancaster

Lester W. Lancaster, 81, of Felsenthal and formerly of Magnolia died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock.

He was born April 2, 1934 in Troy and attended North Crossett First Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during the Korean War.

He was a patrol officer from 1968 to 1978 and the criminal investigator from 1978 to 1990 for the city of Magnolia. He was presented the Outstanding Professionalism Award for his dedication to the protection of children in the state of Arkansas by the South Arkansas Youth Services which he helped develop. He was the park manager for Felsenthal Grand Maris RV Park from 1999 to 2005 and the mayor of Felsenthal from 2007 to 2010.

He was preceded in death by his father, Neil King Lancaster; his wife, Sonya Lancaster; one grandson, Joshua Neil Lancaster; and one brother, Danny Lancaster.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Jo Lancaster of Felsenthal; his mother, Louella Lancaster of Magnolia; six children, Trina Lynn Munn of Magnolia, Tommy “Chaulk” Lancaster of Texarkana, Texas, Elaine and Russell Blackwell of Smackover, Mike Harkrider of Magnolia, and Steve and Venda White and Mark and Elizabeth White, all of Crossett; one sister, Shirley May of De Queen; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Pallbearers were Shawn Hamilton, Chris Willis, James Nation, Mike Lancaster, Brandon Blackwell, Stan White, Colt Craig, C.C. Kilcrease, and Bradley Andrews.

Doyle H. Pennington

Doyle Hugo “Butch” Pennington, 72, of Hamburg died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center.

He was born June 22, 1943, to the late Coy Ed “Coot” and Mary Roberts Pennington in Crossett. He was a mill wright at Georgia-Pacific for 46 years and a member of South Main Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Allen Pennington; and two brothers, Charles and Lurrell Pennington.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Glenda Lanier Pennington of Hamburg; one son, Tim Pennington and wife Sherry of El Dorado; one daughter, Tonya Gail Bissell and husband Henry of Hamburg; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at South Main Baptist Church with Pastor Lyle Hern officiating.

Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Zach Childress, Lane Childress, Joe Chambliss, Austin McKoin, Casey Pullin and Johnathon Bailey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Keller and Eddie Ray Hughes.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

Doyle H. Pennington

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