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Sherry Stanley Jeffers

Sherry Stanley Jeffers, 67, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. She was a native and lifelong resident of the Shiloh community outside of Hamburg. She was a 1967 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. She worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 25 years and Hamburg Shirt Factory for 23 years. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church and a former member and drummer of Good Times Band.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Melissa Jeffers Barnett; her parents, Nat and Madie Slaughter Stanley; one brother, Clancy Stanley; and three sisters, Elvie Price, Vera Tollison and Anice Allen.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Conley James Jeffers of Hamburg; one daughter, Belinda Kay Jeffers of Lacey; one son, James Michael Jeffers and wife, Karla, of Hamburg; four sisters, Mary Craig and husband, Jesse “Shorty,” of Hamburg, Linda Ray Shockley of Monticello, and Evelyn Greer and Violet Doggett, both of Midland, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Hollis Chapel Memory Garden with Bro. J.W. Dobbins officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Clint Jeffers, Ace Jeffers, Tony Craig, Joey Meeks, Stan Craig and John Paul Jeffers.

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

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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William Jerald Selby

William Jerald Selby, 76, of Portland, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. He was a native of Boliver County, Miss., a resident of Portland for over 40 years and a resident of Dermott City Nursing Home for the past two years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Vietnam, an agricultural pilot in the Portland area for over 25 years, and a member of Portland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Casey and Annie Laura Gilmer Selby.

He is survived by one son, Jerad Wayne Selby and wife, Missy Brooks Selby, of Portland; one daughter, Kellie Ann Selby of Alexandria, Va.; one brother, Dennis Selby and wife, Diane, of Huntsville, Ala.; and one grandson.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in Portland Cemetery with Bro. Ben Coulter officiating. Memorials may be made to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR 71663 or to Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 400, Portland, AR  71663.

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


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E.L. “Doby” Thurman

E.L. “Doby” Thurman, 89, of Bastrop, La., died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. He was a native of Lacey and a resident of the Log Cabin community outside of Bastrop for the past 67 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marines, and he worked for International Paper for 43 years, having retired in 1988. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Thurman Deer Camp.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jean White Thurman; his parents, J.C. “Collie” and Bonnie Hackney Thurman; and four brothers, Adrian Thurman, Laron “Wink” Thurman, Marshall Thurman, and Jimmy Carl Thurman.

He is survived by two sons, Lamar Thurman and wife, Gloria, of Crossett and Bobby Thurman and wife, Gail, of Bastrop; one daughter, Drucilla Wall and husband, Frank, of Bastrop; two brothers, Charles “Bitty” Thurman and Keith Thurman, both of Lacey; two sisters, May Carter of Crossett and Fay Wilhite of Lacey; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in Lacey Cemetery with Bro. Andy Myrick officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the members of Thurman Deer Camp.

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


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Bessie Bell Watson

Bessie Bell Watson, 86, of Decatur passed away November 10, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Service was at 10 am Friday, November 17, 2017 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial following at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

Bessie Bell was born April 10, 1931 in Hamburg, AR to Leslie J. and Bessie Serrett. She attended Hendrix College and then graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA with a major in Music Education and a minor in Piano and Organ. Bessie Bell married her beloved husband Randall on December 27, 1953 in Hamburg. She began her music career when she was 14 years old playing piano at the Methodist and Catholic Churches in Hamburg, AR. As the family moved about the country, she continued to find a place to serve the Lord with music. For the last 15 years she has been the pianist at Rhome United Methodist Church. As passionate as she was about music her children and family always came first. Bessie Bell was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Billy Serrett, John Leslie Serrett; sister, Louisa “Sis” Britton.

Bessie Bell is survived by her husband of 65 years, Randall Watson of Decatur; sons, David Watson of Galveston, Randy Watson of Decatur; daughter, Beth Addington and husband Paul of Decatur; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org or the charity of your choice.