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Faye Atkins

Faye Atkins, 93, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Little Rock. A resident of Hamburg for most of her life, she was born June 19, 1926 in Bonita, La.

She graduated in 1943 from Bonita High School, where she was a member of the 1941 Louisiana state championship softball team. 

She worked as a payroll clerk at Selman Airfield during World War II. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg, where she sang in the choir, worked in the nursery, and served as Sunday school secretary. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roy Atkins; father, Floyd Newsom; her mother, Jackie Hill Newsom Carr; and twin sister, Mary Raye Newsom Boone.

She is survived by one daughter, Dolores Nutter and husband, David, of Hamburg; one son, Jim Atkins and wife, Lisa, of Hamburg; one sister, Peggy Holland of Hamburg;three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27 in Promise Land Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Memorials may be sent to Helping Hands Food Pantry, 816 Pine Ridge Drive, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646.

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


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Ralph “Tiny” Gray Jr.

Ralph “Tiny” Franklin Gray Jr., 53, of Parkdale, died Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. He was a native of Crossett, a truck driver for the postal service, and a member of Northside Baptist Church in Eudora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fellishia Day-Gray; his father, Rev. Ralph Franklin Gray; and one sister, Phyllis Mitchell.

He is survived by one son, Michael Gray, wife Kaitlyn, of Branson, Mo.; two daughters, Amy Day of Branson and Megan Day of Springfield, Mo.; his mother, Juaniece Gray of Parkdale; four brothers, James Gray of Harrison, Dale Roberts of Yellville, and Frank Gray and Roger Gray, both of Parkdale; two sisters, Cristie Tindall, husband Joel, of Omaha and Beverly Kellebrew, husband James, of Crossett; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced later date.


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Louise Huffstetler

Louise Yelvington Huffstetler, 91, of Oak Grove, La., died Tuesday, March 24, 2020. She was a native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Oak Grove for the past 15 years, and a former resident of Little Rock and Eudora. She was a homemaker and a retired sales clerk. She was a member of Eudora Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Bonner Huffstetler; two sons, Dannie Deloss Huffstetler and Robert Charles Huffstetler; one daughter, Betty Blanton; one grandson, Todd Kellebrew; her parents, George “Dan” and Mary Frances Moore Yelvington; one sister, Elsie Yelvington Deal; one brother, Leland Yelvington; and one son-in-law, Wayne McDaniel.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy McDaniel of Oak Grove and Judith Kellebrew and husband, Bobby, of Greenville, Miss.; two sons, Cliffton Huffstetler and wife, Kathy, of Sedona, Ariz., and Greg Huffstetler and wife, Martha, of Bartlett, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. A private burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Eudora. Memorials may be sent to Eudora Baptist Church, 339 S. Archer Street, Eudora, AR  71640. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Mary Mormon

Mary Ann Tumlison Gwin Mormon, 85 of Hamburg, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020. She was raised in Snyder and graduated from Portland High School. She was the owner and operator of Red Lantern, the operator of Past Time Restaurant, and the owner of Gwin & Son’s Logging for many years. She was a member of Hamburg Church of Christ. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James C. “Jake” Gwin and John J. Mormon; her parents, Noel H. and Mary Austin Tumlison; one step-son, John Whitten Mormon; and one step-grandson, Eric Adams.

She is survived by five sons, James Gwin and wife, Sandra, of Montrose, Carl John Gwin and wife, Dayla, of Crossett, and Richard Gwin and wife, Sue, Bobby Joe Gwin and wife, Nancy, Don Gwin, all of Hamburg; two daughters, Pat Thompson and husband, Gene, of Lake Village and Paula Ladd and husband, Keith, of Hamburg; four brothers, Harry Joe Tumlison and wife, Bonnie, of Crossett, John William “Bill” Tumlison and wife, Ressie, of Kingwood, Texas, Jerry Tumlison and wife, Tammy, of Van Buren, and Noel “Buck” Tumlison and wife, Kathy, of Flora, Miss.; three sisters, Linda Gilliam and husband, Allen, of Portland, Nancy Cowan and husband, Lance, of Nashville, Tenn., and Pam Roberson and husband, Doyle, of Bastrop, La.; one step-daughter, Marilynn Wood of Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 in Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Robin Allen and Bro. Joe Sponaugle officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be sent to Helping Hands Food Pantry, 816 Pine Ridge Drive, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. 

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


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Johnny “Mike” Streeter

Johnny Michael “Mike” Streeter, 68, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Little Rock. He was a native of Crossett, a past resident of Fordyce, a retiree of G-P Plywood Mill, a member of Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a veteran of the United States Army, and a Mason member of Exodus Lodge # 403. 

He attended United Electronics Institute in Little Rock and was experienced in mechanical drawing. He worked setting up the cable company in Fordyce.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Wilbur Streeter, and two brothers, Bobby Moore and Danny Streeter.

He is survived by two sons, Jemar Streeter, U. S. Navy stationed in Bahrain, and Jermaine Streeter of Memphis, Tenn.; one daughter, Kendra Galloway of Wilmot; his mother, Jessie Mae Streeter of Crossett; four brothers, Donald Streeter, wife Blanche, of Crossett, Charles Streeter, wife Diana of Los Angeles, Calif., and James Jackson, wife Alma, and Eddy “Chuck” Streeter, wife Janice, both of Pine Bluff; one sister, Shirley Wade of Crossett; one adopted sister, Shirley Knox of San Leandro, Calif.; and one grandchild.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m. in Westview Cemetery with Rev. Harriel White officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were his sons, his brothers, Gordon Kidd, and Billy Allen.


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Clifton Tolbert

Clifton Junior Tolbert, 60, of Arlington, Texas, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at his home. He was a native of Hamburg and a printer for Pargoh Packing Company.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Tolbert; his mother, Shirley Mae Tolbert-Dabbs; and his stepfather, Roosevelt Dabbs.

He is survived by one daughter, Bridgett Gilliam of Crossett; two stepsons, Marcus Austin and Chris Okilo, both of Arlington; one brother, Mickey Tolbert, wife Wanda, of Cedar Hill, Texas; three sisters, Evelyen Faye Cartwright of Phoenix, Ariz., and Hazel Stanley, husband Bo “Lavele,” and Jeanette Davis, both of Hamburg; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, March 27 at 1 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home with Pastor Danthony Square officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Harris Martin, Andrew Martin, Lavell Tolbert, Fred Austin, Berron Ware, John Ware, Lavele Stanley, and Lee Troy Ware.


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Ben Tyler

Ben Edward Tyler, 55, of Irving, Texas, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Life Care Hospice Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was a native of Lake Village but a resident of Irving for 33 years, was a forklift driver for Mattel Toy Company, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jacqueline Jackson-Tyler; one daughter, Shantwana Williams of Pine Bluff; his parents, Craven “CJ” and Doris Rogers-Tyler of Dermott; three brothers, Thomas Jones (Shirley) of LaGuna Nigual, Calif., Rick Jones (Carmen) of Monticello, and David Jones (Sherita) of Dermott; nine sisters, Dorothy Ann Tyler-Sims (Leroy) of Star City, Dorothy Mae Tyler and Central King (Dale) of Monticello, Reda, Sharon and Vivian Tyler, all of Dermott, and Mary Tyler, Betty Cole, and Edna Porter (Roy), all of Lake Village; and one grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at Woodson Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Glenn McJoy officiating. Burial was in Woodson Temple Cemetery and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Keithdrick Whitehead, Irvin Whitehead, Ra’mon Williams, John Williams, Roderick Williams, and Lonnie Palmer.

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