Lydia Mae Stanton Kelley
Lydia Mae Stanton Kelley, 89, of Portland, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at Dermott City Nursing Home. She was a native of Bigelow, attended school in Jerome and graduated from Dermott High School. She and her husband owned and operated Highway Café. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Farm Equipment Company and filled in as the office manager at Portland City Hall. She was a member of Portland Baptist Church where she served as Women’s Missionary Union director and Vacation Bible School and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of Eastern Star and had served as Worthy Grand Matron and Delegate to North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Floyd Kelley; her parents, James and Lillie Basden Stanton; and two brothers, Chester Stanton and Kenneth Stanton.
She is survived by one son, James Kelley and wife, Karen, of McGehee; four daughters, Janice Sadler and husband, Jimmie, Mary Lawrence and husband, Carlton, Joy Cunningham and husband, H.T., all of Portland and Nancy Young of Shreveport, La; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Portland Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Selby officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons: Clayton Lawrence, Chris Crane, Layton Kelley, Tyler Young, Matt Crane, Ben Cunningham and Hayden Cunningham.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205; Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 51, Portland, AR 71663; or Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Eric Montreal Orange
Eric Montreal Orange, age 39, of Wilmot, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. He was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, an attendee of University of Central Arkansas, an assistant manager of Fred's in Lake Village, and a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmot.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grover Penn.
He is survived by his mother, Jessie M. Penn of Wilmot; three brothers, Wilbert Brown wife Sandra, Edward Orange wife Shardell all of Little Rock, and Zachary O'Neal Orange of Hope; and three sisters, Sherron Days husband Orlando of Little Rock, Wendy Johnson and LaTonion Milton husband Darnell all of Atlanta, Ga.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at First Baptist Church, 428 Church Street, Wilmot with Pastor Albert Fenceroy officiating.
Active pallbearers were Randall Shelton, Ken Lawrence, Eric Moseby, Rodney Lewis, Gerald Haskin and Antwan Scott. Honorary pallbearers were the Hamburg Class of 1995 and Marvin Mills.
Burial was in Second Baptist Cemetery in Wilmot under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Relda Perry, age 97, of Crossett, died Oct. 29, 2016. She was born March 25, 1919 in Huttig. She was a homemaker and seamstress and a member of First Assembly of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Bettie Elizabeth Freeman Stinson; her husband, James Floyd Perry; one great-grandson, Jonathan Wallace; three sisters, Lucille, Thelma, and Jessie Elizabeth; and three brothers, Elvie “Red,” Paul “Dick” and Ferry.
Survivors include two sons, Charles A. Perry of Hampton and Bobby Perry of Little Rock; two daughters, Betty Walthall of Crossett and Frances Allen of Natchitoches, La.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at First Assembly of God with Rev. Bob Perry, Rev. Charles Perry and Rev. Kenneth Neal officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Assembly of God, Children's Ministries Building Fund, PO Box 615, Crossett, AR 71635.
Judge Roy Edward Rodgers
Judge Roy Edward Rodgers, 70, died at his home in McGehee, AR, surrounded by his family, on Friday, October 28, 2016. Roy was born on April 10, 1946, in East St. Louis, IL, to Hudson and Bertha Rodgers. He has six siblings, Bill Rodgers, Don Rodgers, Betty Christmas, Dr. Charles Rodgers, the late Tommy Rodgers, and Jim Rodgers. Roy was married to Mary Rodgers on 2001.
Roy was well known for his ability to connect with people through his affection and affinity for story-telling. Roy lived a life of love, joy, influence, and hard work. He loved South Arkansas and its natural beauty. His laugh was infectious and if you ever met him you remembered him forever.
Roy had been the Desha County Judge since 2012, a position for which he had great passion, and took pride in helping the people of his county. Prior to that, Roy spent nearly 30-years at Potlatch Corporation, working his way up from mechanic to Sr. Group Leader. He worked for Brown & Root in the construction and maintenance of the Weyerhaeuser paper mill in Valiant, OK, from 1969-77.
Roy participated in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He became a Mason in 1971, and was past-Master at Lodge 301 in Valiant, OK. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Roy was active in the McGehee Men's Club. In addition, he was active in professional maintenance organizations during his paper mill career.
He was also involved in several Arkansas Judges Associations.
He loved his hunting club, Crossett Camp on Big Island, for which he spent 30+ years as a member, where he also served as President of both the camp and the Big Island Association.
Roy is survived by his loving wife Mary, his children Robbin Rodgers (Casey), Becky Selby (Thad), Justin Matheny (Cara), Peyton Turner (Kip), and eight grandkids: Carson, Jake, and Rhett Matheny; Scarlett, Adriene, and Hudson Rodgers; & Avery and Allen Selby. He is also survived by father & mother-in-law, Ed & Betty Murphy, brothers & sisters-in-law Mike and Ginny Murphy and Brenda & Jimmy Marshall, in addition to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Sunday, October 30. Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church, in McGehee, at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016 with Rev. Reggie Russell and Dr. Ed Balducci officiating.
Interment followed at McGehee Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 495; or the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 467. Both of McGehee, AR, 71654.
On-line guest book may be signed at www.griffinculpepper.com