Wendell Ashcraft

Wendell Eugene Ashcraft

Wendell Eugene Ashcraft, 74, of Hamburg, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock. He was a native of Prescott and a resident of Hamburg for the past 42 years. He was an automotive technician and worked at Jr. Meeks Chevrolet, Ashley Motor Company and Hennington Chevrolet. He was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ishmael and Irie Barker Ashcraft, and one brother, Allen Ashcraft.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy Purtle Ashcraft of Hamburg; one son, Mike Ashcraft and wife, Susan, of Crossett; one daughter, Cheryl Jones and husband, David, of Malvern; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Luellen, Bro. Trey Emory and Bro. Tommy Sivils officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Micheal Jones, Ian Ashcraft, Michael Adams, Tyman Allison, Doug Jackson and George Courson. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Bierbaum, Darrell Johnson, Johnny Kilcrease, Johnny Pierce, Lexie Courson and Sam Denton.

Memorials may be made to Ashley County Library, 211 E. Lincoln Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


Helen Croswell

Helen Jean Duke Croswell

Helen Jean Duke Croswell of Panama City, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in her home. She was born in Dermott Oct. 22, 1949. She graduated from Hamburg High School in 1967. She furthered her education and graduated from University of Arkansas at Monticello with a bachelor of science in education. Her career began as an educator which led to social work, and she retired as an administrator for the care and welfare of Florida's abused and neglected children.

She was a member of Grace Sunday school class at First Baptist Church Panama City. She became the substitute teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Richard Duke and Muriel Riley Duke; and her husband, Lonnie Joe Croswell.

Survivors include her son, Adam Croswell, and wife Jennifer of McLean, Va.; one sister, Susie Duke Harrison of Lake Village; two brothers, Jimbo Duke and wife, Regina, of Pine Bluff and David Duke and wife, Sheffield, of Little Rock; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Rev. Ben Coulter and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. A private burial will be held in Hamburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Care, Panama City Rescue Mission, Second Harvest, or The Humane Society of Bay County. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


Colby Jackson

Colby Correll Jackson

Colby Correll Jackson died Feb. 2, 2017. He was born Dec. 24, 1976 in El Dorado, to the late John T. and Queen Esther Jackson. He was a graduate of Crossett High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and of the Mass Choir, and he was employed by Georgia Pacific paper mill.

He was a past Master of Exodus Lodge 403, a member of State Line #81 Royal Arch of Commandery #5 Knight Templar and a member of Sliver Star #306 Order of Eastern Star where he was appointed patron for 2017.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eddie Colen and Johnny Jackson.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannetta Goodwin Jackson of Crossett; one daughter, Niyah Jackson of Crossett; five brothers, Rev. Curtis Jackson Sr. (Linda) and Bobby Jackson (Patty), both of Crossett, Rev. Travis Jackson Sr. (Carolyn) and Winford Jackson (Merdis), both of Fordyce, and Johnny Fisher (Debra) of Warren; and three sisters, Patricia Jackson and Jackie Willis (William), both of Crossett, and Carolyn Dismute (Lonnie) of Fordyce.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Curtis Jackson officiating and Rev. Marvin Scott assisting.

Active pallbearers were Mario Brown, Raynard Danzy, Jabarre Davis, Chad Johnson, Marlon Moore, Colin Sims, Terrell Wimberly, and Bruce Wright. Honorary pallbearers were members of Masonic Lodge #403, Order of Eastern Stars #306, and CHS Class of 1997.


Mary Johnson

Mary Catheryn Johnson

Mary Catheryn Johnson, 54, of Crossett, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a former sales clerk at Walmart and a member of First Freewill Baptist North Crossett.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 16 years, Larry Wayne Johnson; her parents, Willie and Mary Hennington Tanksley; two brothers, Jerry Tanksley and Nathan Tanksley.

She is survived by two daughters, Leann Sams husband Jarrett and Mary Lou Clark husband Kason, all of Crossett; four brothers, Willie Tanksley wife Dona of Stuggart, Terry Tanksley wife Cheryl of Bastrop, La., and Frankie Tanksley wife Trisha and Phillip Tanksley wife Jackie, all of Crossett; two sisters, Shelby Parker husband Carroll and Donna Sue Johnson husband Tim, all of Crossett; and six grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at New Life Pentecostal Church of God, 809 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Crossett with Bro. Billy Rath and Bro. Ronnie Pack officiating.

Pallbearers were John Parker, Ricky Hopper, Daniel Warren, J.R. Tanksley, Rusty Tanksley, and Gordon Edwards.

Burial was in Promise Land Cemetery.


Mary Misho

Mary Lee Brady Misho

Mary Lee Brady Misho, 61, of Crossett, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. She was born in Warren Oct. 15, 1955, to her parents, Otis and Louise Brady. She was a Methodist and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father and one stepson, Heath Edward Misho.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Misho of Crossett; one daughter, Amy Courson and husband Mickey of Crossett; one step-daughter, Breah Misho of Iowa, La.; one step-son, Travis Misho of New York, NY; her mother, Louise Brady of Crossett; one sister, Emma Jean Cooper and husband L.C. of Crossett; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W in Crossett, with Bro. Waymon Mann officiating, followed by burial in Smyrna Cemetery in Johnsville under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


Edward Lane Sims

Edward Lane Sims, 46, of Three Creeks died Feb. 5, 2017. He was born July 31, 1970, and was a lifelong resident of Three Creeks. He was a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and member of Three Creeks Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Sims.

He is survived by his wife, Sharrise Briery-Sims of Camden; two daughters, Hallie Clingen and husband Michael of Three Creeks and Shelby Sims of Atlanta, Texas; and one son, Will Sims of Atlanta; his mother, Melba Sims of Three Creeks; and one brother, Paul Sims and wife Wendy of Three Creeks.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Shiloh Cemetery in Three Creeks under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to CAMP camp, PO Box 27086, San Antonio, TX 78227, or go to support.campcamp.org


Leon Whaley

Leon Whaley

Leon Whaley, 87 of Crossett died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center. He was a native of Wilmot. He was a retired shipping superintendent for Georgia Pacific Plywood Mill and a member of Union Baptist Church in Wilmot where he served as a senior deacon.

He was preceded in death by one son, Leon Whaley Jr.; one daughter, Linda Whaley Morrison; his parents, Doss and Caroline Bell Whaley; five brothers, Robert Whaley, Lemmie Whaley, Willie Whaley, James Whaley and Leroy Whaley; and four sisters, Clementine Bailey, Alma Taylor, Christine Evans, and Ella Mae Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Deloris Sellers Whaley; one son, Carl Whaley, wife Marilyn; five daughters, Betty Moore, Ruby Benton, Helen Morris, husband George, Cheryl Whaley, and Alicia Whaley; one sister, Selina Coleman, all of Crossett; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 9 at Union Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. David Green officiating.

Pallbearers were Rodney Whaley, Marlon Moore, Jeremy Jenkins, Charles Jenkins, JaCarlo Whaley, and Charles Moore.

Honorary pallbearers were Wardell Whaley, Edward Rogers Jr., William Jackson, Earnest Montgomery, Limmie Robinson, and Terence Rogers.

Burial was in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.


Steena Witherington

Steena Witherington, 86, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at Stonegate Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. She was a native of the Milo community outside Hamburg and a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years. She worked at Hamburg Shirt Factory and Boyd Nichols Store in Fountain Hill for many years. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church where she served as the church pianist. She was a member and played the piano for the Ding-a-lings, a group of older ladies that sang. She played the piano at the nursing home until Christmas of the past year.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, A.D. Witherington, and her parents, Charles and Ethyl Knight Warner.

She is survived by three sons, Phillip Witherington and wife, Maha, of Bryant, Warner Witherington of Lake Charles, La., and David Witherington of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Joe Don Warner of Monroe, La.,; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Egypt Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.