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Ray Edmond Bell

Ray Edmond Bell, 82, of Improve, MS, died at the State Veterans Home in Collins, MS, on May 16, 2015. He served his country in the U. S. Army mostly in Alaska. A graduate of William Carey College, he attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary where he met his future wife, Joanne Dunn of Hamburg, who was a music major there. After they married and moved back to his home town, he was licensed and ordained to preach. Later he became chaplain at the Columbia Training School. The two planned and organized the very first music program for the school, and together they touched the lives of thousands of youths during their tenure of 26 years. He served on the staff of churches in Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi. The Bells lived in Hamburg and taught music in the local schools. He was also a charter member of the Mississippi Baptist Chaplains Association.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Joanne Dunn Bell of Collins; a brother, Coy Wayne Bell and wife Peggy of Columbia, MS; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Bell; and a brother, Earl Bell.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, May 18, at Improve Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Daniels officiating. Music was provided by Rev. James P. Bell. Burial was in Improve Cemetery with Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia in charge. Pallbearers were Brandon Bell, Colby Ortega, Mike Watts, Ricky Bell, D.W. Watts and Todd Watts. Honorary pallbearers were Gary L. Morris, Tony Morris, Horace Herrin, Bill Stevens, Edward A. Bass and Olan Lott.

Memorials may be made to The Veterans Outreach, 15 Pritchett Drive, Collins, MS 39428.

Harold Farmer

Harold Farmer, 87, of Crossett died on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born on February 29, 1928, in Crossett Camp to Guy and Miriam McDuffie Farmer, he served in the U. S. Navy. After he was drafted and completed boot camp in San Diego, his job in Kwajalein Atoll was being over water distribution for personnel on the islands which provided many benefits including better food and all access to the islands. He was involved in the recovery of ships for nuclear bomb testing and also was recalled from the paper mill to train troops on LST landing craft for the invasion of Korea. He retired from Georgia Pacific after 42 years where he was a shipping clerk for #1 mill. He was an avid fisherman and cabinet maker, and a member, Sunday School teacher and active deacon of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Clyde Farmer and Debbie of Crossett and Lloyd Farmer and Betty of Johannesburg, South Africa; one daughter, Joyce Kelley and Phillip of Crossett; three stepsons, Steve Dickerson and Mary Ann of Seymour, MO, David Dickerson and Shelia of Crossett and Randall Dickerson and Cherrie of West Monroe, LA; one brother, Glynn Farmer of Bastrop, LA; one sister, Merle Pierce of Crossett; seven grandchildren, Brian Keith Farmer and Tammy, Hester Jean Hickman and Robert, Lane Kelley and Jessikah, Rachel Allison Farmer, Dr. Lydia Marie Steelman and Clay, Hannah Michelle Whitman and Adam, and Julia Ann Armstrong and Ben; a host of step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife in 1991, Maxine Jobe Farmer, and his second wife in 2014, Lois Dickerson Farmer; two brothers, Victor Farmer and John Alva Farmer; one sister, Violet Katherine Germany; one granddaughter, Amanda Paige Kelley; and one great-grandson, Karston Lloyd Steelman.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge, Lloyd Farmer and Don Justice officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers will be Brian Farmer, Kaleb Dickerson, Adam Whitman, Clay Steelman, Ben Armstrong and David Dickerson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School class and the deacons.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lottie Moon Fund, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Bea Myers Herron

Bea Myers Herron, 86, of Hamburg died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Grace Home Inpatient Hospice in Alexandria, Louisiana. A native of Wilmot, a resident of Hamburg for over 45 years and a resident of Bastrop, LA, for the past year, she owned and operated Sammy's Restaurant for many years and was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Laura Etheridge of Bastrop; a brother, Sidney Sammons and wife Dolly of Houston, Texas; a grandson, Ashley Etheridge and wife Shelly of Bastrop; three great-grandchildren, B. J. Etheridge, Brittany Russell and Annalichia Byrd; two great-great-grandchildren, Ashton Ponder and Johnathan Ponder; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hubert W. Myers, in 1990 and Marion "Shank" Herron, in 2008; her parents, Colvin and Mamie Haynes Sammons; and three brothers, Lacloys, Dupree and Olvis Sammons.

Grave-side services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 6, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Bro. Danny Kelley officiating. Pallbearers were Ashley Etheridge, B. J. Etheridge, Kevin Weant and Joe Byrd. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Janie Maude Johnson

Janie Maude Johnson, 75, of Crossett's Cooter community died Wednesday, June 3, 2015,k at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a homemaker, and was a member of Unity Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, James Edward Kelley of Crossett; one daughter, Rebecca Henley and husband Craig of Star City; four brothers, Johnny, Richard, and Robert Kelley, all of Crossett, and Jimmy Kelley and wife Janet of Hamburg; three sisters, Mary Sue Wolfe of Palestine, TX, Mary Sivils Blake and husband Douglas and Peggy Kelley of Crossett; two grandchildren, Josh Henley and wife Bailey and Heather Johnson and husband Justin; two great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Jake Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Elder Scott Johnson, on October 5, 2013; her grandson, James Lee Kelley; and her parents, Johnny and Martha Pilgram Kelley.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bros. Carlton White and Dale Doss officiating. Pallbearers were Josh Henley, Justin Johnson, Mark Kelley, Alan Johnson, Barry Johnson and Craig Schlesier. Honorary pallbearers were James Kelley, Bud Livingston and Mike White. Burial was in the Arkadelphia Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneral home.net.

Samuel Eugene McCay

Samuel Eugene McCay, 89, of Crossett died on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe, LA. Born on January 20, 1926, in Green Hill to Robert F. and Ethel Walton McCay, he was a World War II U. S. Navy veteran and retired from Georgia Pacific serving in quality control. He enjoyed fishing and going to the beach with family on vacations and as a charter member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett.

Survivors include his wife, Betty McCay of Crossett; two sons, Scotty and Judy McCay and Andy McCay, all of Crossett; two brothers, George McCay of Crossett and David McCay of Colorado; one sister, Mary Frances Terrell of North Little Rock; four grandchildren, Angie Bass, Kelly Dumas, Caitlin McCay, Joshua McCay; and three great-grandchildren, Sydney Dumas, Ashleigh Letterman and Austin Letterman. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Grave-side services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Toby Austin officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Shirley Mae Vincent

Missionary Shirley Mae Vincent, 75, of Dermott died on Thursday, May 25, 2015, at Drew Memorial Hospital. Born May 3, 1940, in Portland to the late James and Callie Mae Nelson, she was a member of Revival Center East in Dermott.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley McCants and Elizabeth Marthel; five sons, Calvin Davis Sr., Robert Marshall, Sr., Johnnie Davis, Rodney Marshall and Gene Marshall; one brother, James Nelson; 43 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, twin daughters and a son.

Services were by Christian Brothers Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Revival Center Church of God in Christ in Monticello with Elder Calvin Davis, Sr., officiating. See www.christianbrothers funeralhome.com.

Louise Evelyn White

Louise Evelyn Williams White, 91, of Crossett died on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. Born August 17, 1923, in McGehee to James Madison and Maude V. Hill Williams, she was a dietary cook and retired from Ashley County Medical Center after 50 years of service. A member of Meridian Baptist Church, she enjoyed gardening, flowers and spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Herman O. White and Sheila and James D. White and Ann; two daughters, Wanda Steen and Sue Johnson, all of Crossett; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James A. White; a son, William T. White; and two sons-in-law, Doug Steen and Mike Johnson.

Funeral services were planned for10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Meridian Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating. Burial was to follow at Lick Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Lick Prairie Cemetery, c/o Sue Johnson, 5032 Ashley Road 703, Crossett, AR 71635.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bob Golden Broomfield; two sons, Bobby Broomfield, II, and Marvin Henslee, both of Crossett; Violet Strange and husband Richard and Loleta Myers and husband Patrick, all of Hamburg; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Broomfield, Dakota Brown, Samantha Strange, Joel Broomfield, Nakita Broomfield, TaLyn Myers, Ashley Strange and Nathaniel Henslee; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. Mrs. Broomfield was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Lee and Ludie Mae Thornhill Smith; and two brothers, Wilbert and Gary Smith.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Bros. Charles Perdue and Kenny Bolin officiating. Pallbearers are Lavon Smith, Virgil Smith, Danny Smith, Randy Hill, Kenneth Pack and Darrell Henslee. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in the funeral home. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

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