L.A. Collins

L.A. Collins, age 82, of Crossett, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born in Bald Knob Dec. 7, 1934 to his parents, Linzie Virgil and Bessie Adalin Moody Collins. He was a retired school teacher and member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Miles Collins; one son, David V. Collins of Allen, Texas; one daughter, Janet Friesen of Plano, Texas; three grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Collins of Searcy, Dennis Collins of Corsicana, Texas, and Ronnie Collins of Bald Knob; and three sisters, Wanda Knight of Bald Knob, Barbara Wells of Beebe, and Charlotte Money of Searcy.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at First Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating.

Burial was to follow in Shady Grove Cemetery in Bald Knob.


Louise S. Coody

Louise S. Coody, age 90, of Crossett, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born in Hamburg July 1, 1926. She was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and worked at Hamburg Shirt Factory and the fabric department at Wal-Mart for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Rena Sweeney; her husband, H.C. Coody; and one son, Johnnie Dale Coody.

She is survived by one son, James Coody and wife Sharon; one sister, Florence Craig; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Pastors Jerry Carter and Keith Rose officiating. Burial followed in Daily Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tony Craig, John Laing, Bobby Kilcrease, Daryl Morgan, Terry Livingston, and Joe Livingston. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Livingston, Jimmy Craig, L.M. Stewart, J.R. Jeffress, and Frank Moffatt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.


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Roger Stephen Hayden

Roger Stephen Hayden, 64, of Crossett, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 in Mena. He was a native of Crescent City, Calif., and was a 1970 graduate of Crossett High School. He was a former resident of Fordyce and Nashville having moved back to Crossett 10 years ago. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard and worked in the lumber industry for many years. He was also a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Hayden.

He is survived by four daughters, Shana Marquis and husband, Tony, of Benton, La., Jennah Hayden Bennett and husband, Brian, of Nashville, Ashley Hayden of Houston, Texas, and Kristina Hayden of Rogers; his mother and step-father, Claudia Wigley Hayden Hatcher and Tommy Hatcher of Belcher, La.; one brother, Mike Hayden and wife, Connie, of Natchitoches, La.; one sister, Marlys Ellen of Cotter; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Father George Hart officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Hayden, Nick Stransky, Kyle Gunn, Gary Carpenter, Jason Moore and Kevin Rails.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 1610, Little Rock, AR  72203. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


Wanda Helen Hargraves Lawrence

Wanda Helen Hargraves Lawrence, age 82, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Feb. 11 at her home. She was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Dyess. She was a retired machine tender for G.P. Paper Division and a member of Eden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Warner Dozier Hargraves and Virgil Opal Kitchell Hargraves; one husband, Eldridge Ford; and one brother, Dewayne Hargraves.

Survivors include her husband, Myrl V. Lawrence; two sons, Larry E. Ford of Hamburg and Ronnie D. Ford and spouse Cynthia of Crossett; three stepsons, Myrl V. Lawrence Jr. and spouse Belinda of Cabot, Charles Wayne Lawrence of Hamburg, and Jame Scott Lawrence and spouse Lynn of Warren; two brothers, Wayne Hargraves and spouse Dorothy of Lilly, La., and Warnuel Hargraves of West Memphis; four grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Eden Baptist Church with Rev. J.W. Dobbins officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Andy Riels, Tony Streeter, Jim Hudson, Julius Ebarb, Gene Sturgis and Glenn Riels. Honorary pallbearers were James Pippen and William Adcock.

Memorials preferred to Eden Baptist Church Building Fund; 3751 Highway 133 North; Hamburg, AR, 71646.


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Leo Nelms

Leo Nelms, 64, of Mist, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. He was a native and lifelong resident of Ashley County. He was a timber worker and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally Nelms; one daughter, Emmily Nelms; his parents, John and Emma Streeter Nelms; and one brother, Cecil Nelms.

He is survived by his wife, Jody Tanksley Nelms of Mist; two sons, Alan Tew and wife, Kelli, of Montrose and James Tanksley and wife, Jazmine, of Mist; six daughters, Stacy Cessor and husband, Clay, of Portland, Jenny Tanksley and husband, Raymond, of Lake Village, Melissa Nelms of Crossett, Brandy Thomas and husband, Sean, of Monticello, Amy Hickam and husband, Joshua, of Crossett and Misty Serie of New Orleans, La.; four brothers, A.B. Nelms and Jackie Nelms both of Snyder and Frankie Nelms and Curtis Nelms both of Crossett; three sisters, Betty Sue King of Vaiden, Miss., and Marcelle Buckner and Kathy Tanksley both of Hamburg; 33 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder with Bro. John Calvin Martin officiating. Burial was in Snyder Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Nelms, J.D. Nelms, Ricky Nelms, Bryan Nelms, Ray Nelms, James Nelms, Roger Nelms and Mart Nelms. Honorary pallbearers were John Paul Kelley, J.J. Elmore, Kevin Barfield, Macky Williams, Steven Nelms and Ronnie Nelms.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Hazel F. Perdue

Hazel F. Perdue, age 101, of Crossett, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at her residence. She was born June 9, 1915 in Hamburg, graduated high school in Shreveport, La., and was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church where she had served as president of her Sunday school class and worked in the nursery for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude E. and Sarah Francis McDuffy Tull; her first husband, John Gulledge; her second husband, William A. Perdue; two daughters, Judy Corder and Judith Simmons; and three brothers, Benton Tull, Claude Tull Jr. and Charlie Tull.

Survivors include one son, Ronnie Gulledge of New Braunsfal, Texas; two daughters, Phyllis Holiman of Little Rock and Janie Perdue of Crossett; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Bennett officiating. Burial followed in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Bill Holimon, Fred Gulledge, Sean Simmons, Tony Patterson, David Hunter, Dave Dalton, Jason DuBose and Justiss Patterson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Simmons and Jimmy DuBose.


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Odessa Smith

Odessa Smith, 90, of Crossett, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation in Crossett. She was a native of Summerfield, La., and a resident of Crossett for 52 years, a homemaker, and a member of Baptist Faith Church.

She was preceded in death by one son, John Henry “Rudolph” Bennett; parents, Claude and Addie Thompson Smith; six brothers, L.P. Smith, Alvin Smith, Zoymon Smith, Emmanuel Smith, Henry Smith, and Sam Smith; and two sisters, Olivia Glover and Gertrude Fuller.

She leaves to cherish her memories one son, Howard Bennett of Crossett; three brothers, Leon Smith (Mary) of Spearsville, La., Nathaniel Smith of Bernice, La., and Bobby Smith of Lillie, La; one sister, Melba Addison (Edward) of DeSoto, Texas; and one granddaughter.

Graveside services were to be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Lillie with the Rev. Bruce Henry officiating. Viewing was to be at Cromwell Funeral Home Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Reggie Rydell Taylor

Reggie Rydell Taylor, 51, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg and a retired employee of Hamburg School District where he worked as a bus driver and custodian. He was also a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Emanuel Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Brenda Stanley Taylor; his parents, Rev. Willie Roy Taylor and Tessie Taylor both of Hamburg; two daughters, Bridgett Taylor and Regina Taylor, both of Bastrop, La.; four brothers, Rev. Gregory Taylor wife Tina of Montgomery, Ala., Eric Taylor wife Octavia of Crossett, Willie R. Taylor Jr. wife Tracie of Hamburg, and Ralph Hunter of El Dorado; five sisters, Kim Collins of Rock Island, Ill., Shelby Johnson husband Tim of Katy, Texas, Stacy Taylor of Katy, Barbara Mosely of Memphis, Tenn., and Dorothy Taylor of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Gregory Taylor officiating.

Pallbearers are Lloyd Henry, Lee Niemmer, Willie Mays, Baron Johnson, Shamol Ricks, Roderick Tarven, Donald Pack, and Lawrence Stanley. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons and trustees of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.