Novella Lewis, 94 of Little Rock, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Woodland Hills Healthcare and Rehab in Little Rock. She was a homemaker and a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ in Crossett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewis; two sons, Robert Lewis Jr. and Franklin David Lewis; her parents, John and Izora Bryant-Nalls; seven brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by three sons, Troy Lewis, wife Sharon of Redford, Mich., Carl Lewis, wife Marilyn of Little Rock, and Raynard Lewis of Jacksonville, Fla.; five daughters, Maxine Lewis of Little Rock, Arnetha Grissom, husband Calvin of Pine Bluff, Gloetta Williams, husband George of Magnolia, Lois Newton of Crossett, Ermagene Williams of Southfield, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Davis Memorial C.O.G.I.C. with Elder Ronald Matheney officiating. Pallbearers were Chad Newton, Gregory Williams, Raphel Lewis, Tremain Lewis, Dwight Lewis, Gary Nalls, Kevin Nalls and Jerry Nalls.
Honorary pallbearers were Troy Lewis, Carl Lewis, Raynard Lewis, Calvin Grissom and George Williams.
Burial was in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Jacob "Bubba" Naff
Jacob "Bubba" Naff, 39, of Mathis, Texas died Friday, May 20, 2016.
He was born in Bastrop, La., Sept. 22, 1976, and worked as a crane operator.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sherry Clary Prentis; and grandparents, Ewell and Carrie Campbell Naff, Joel Clary, and LeeRoy and Captolla Benson.
He is survived by his daughter, Kaleigh Marie Naff of Mathis; father and stepmother, Walter Glen and Flora Freeman Naff of Crossett; one half-brother, Harold William Baugus and wife Christy of Wagner, S.C.; one half-sister, Captola Chandnanais of Mathis; one step-brother, Jeremy Norman and wife Cindy of Hamburg; and two step-sisters, Rhonda Minga and husband Andy of Crossett, and Karen Vail and husband Eric of Crossett.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27 at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating and was followed by burial in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers were Chris Watkins, Jarrod Pippen, Jeremy Norman, Brad Naff, Johnny Naff, and Jay Naff. Honorary pallbearers were his family friends from Texas.
Doyle (Buck) White
Doyle (Buck) White, 75, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Crossett Rehabilitation and Health Center.
He was a native of England, Ark., and a resident of Hamburg and Crossett for most of his life. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.J. and Anna Yandell White; one sister, Anita Faye White and one brother, Silas White.
He is survived by one daughter, Suzzanne Brown of New York; five brothers, Carl White and wife, Karen, of Killeen, Texas, James White and wife, Elsie, of Crossett, Sammy White and wife, Audrey, of Alabama, Phillip White and wife, Faye, and Don White and wife, Arline, all of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 in Snyder Cemetery with Bro. Sammy Land officiating. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Johnny L. Ray
Johnny L. Ray, 80, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his home in Brandon, Miss.
He was a son of the late Warren and Pauline Arnold Ray, a 1953 graduate of Drew Central High School, and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett where he taught first grade Sunday school for 17 years. He served with the Arkansas National Guard and retired from Georgia Pacific after 43 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Norma Willis Ray; two sons, Mike Ray (Linda) and Tim Ray; one daughter, Johnna Cronk (Stan); one sister, Linda Lindsey (Don); four grandchildren; and one great grandson.
Life celebration services were held Wednesday, May 25 at Brandon Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi Baptist Foundation, P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205.