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Tony Berry Sr.

Tony Richard Berry Sr., 82, of Crosby, Texas, formerly of Crossett, died April 13, 2020. He was born in Strong April 16, 1937 and worked with Rock Island Railroad and later Ashley Drew & Northern Railway Co. as a brakeman and conductor, and eventually retiring as an engineer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony Dee and Cynthia Dozier Berry; his wife of 51 years, Martha Jo Freeman Berry; and one sister, Joyce Yeager.

He is survived by two daughters, Belinda Berry of Reseda, Calif., and Kathy Thomas and husband, David, of Melbourne; one son, Tony Berry Jr. and wife, Winnie, of Crosby; one brother, Ronnie Berry of Strong; and one sister, Sonja Mathews and husband, Harold, of Dollar Junction; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17 in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. 

Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Berry, Harold Mathews, Thomas Glen Childers, Jackie Burchfield, Johnny Seach, Doug Fitzgerald, Ricky Daniels, Glen Sivils, and Mike Smith.


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Gloria Kitchen

Gloria Jean Kitchen, 69, of Wilmot, died Sunday, April 12, 2020, at her home. She was a native of East Point, Ga., and a former resident of Little Rock, a computer tech, and a member of African Hebrews Israelites of Jerusalem. She owned and operated a vegan restaurant in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Thomas, and her mother, Olivia Henderson-Hanes.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Theodis Kitchen of Wilmot; one son, Dewitt Sheats III, wife Phyllcia, of College Park, Ga.; one daughter, Melanie Ballard, husband Craig, of Pulaski, Ill.; one brother, Larry Hanes, wife Jane, of Lithonia, Ga.; four sisters, Delores Thomas of Wilmot, Dorothy Underwood, husband Larry, of College Park, Cynthia Hanes of Kennesaw, Ga., and Lisa Shockley of Conyers, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A private graveside service was held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in Gospel Temple Cemetery in Wilmot with Tommy Shelton officiating and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Marshall Scott McCormick II

Marshall Scott McCormick II, 62, of Crossett, died Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in Salina, Kan., on Aug. 18, 1957, was a 1976 graduate of Crossett High School, and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

He served the City of Crossett and its citizens for nearly 42 years beginning his tenure with the Crossett Police Department, where he served from 1978 to 1998. During this time, he became a criminal investigator, along with earning the rank of captain. 

In November of 1998, he was elected as the mayor of Crossett and was re-elected to serve five additional terms.

He was also an ambassador for Crossett for 20 years as a member of the Arkansas Municipal League’s executive committee, through which he served as vice president of District 4 for 2009 and 2010 and on the First Class Cities Advisory Council and the Public Safety Advisory Council.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Scott I and Yvonne Evelyn Wolf McCormick, and his wife, Mary Ruth White McCormick.

His survivors include two sons, Sean McCormick of Dumas and Wesley McCormick of Crossett; one sister, Stacy Johnson, and husband, Gary, of Crossett; and one grandson.

A private family service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 20 at Medders Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Allen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the North Crossett First Baptist Church building fund at 1035 Hwy 133 N, Crossett, AR 71635


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James Oliver

James Oliver, 76, of Hamburg, died, Friday, April 17, 2020. He was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and he worked as a truck driver for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for over 30 years, having retired in 1999. He was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Ann Shaver Oliver; twin grandchildren, Ava Virginia and James Maddox; his parents, Ervin and Edith Sivils Oliver; and three brothers, Billy Oliver, Ricky Ross and Jeff Ross.

He is survived by two sons, Jimmy Oliver and wife, Debbie, and Brian Oliver and wife, Tammy, all of Mabelvale; two daughters, Cindy Smith and husband, Jeff, of Livingston, Texas, and Priscy Farmer and husband, Mike, of Clarksville, Tenn.; one sister, Linda Hall and husband, Harold, of Maumelle; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held Monday, April 20 in Flat Creek Cemetery with Bro. Bill Elton officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons and Ravi Wadhawni. 

Memorials may be sent to Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation, 1701 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. 

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


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JoAnn Quarles

JoAnn Quarles, 65, of West Monroe, La., died Wednesday, April 15, 2020. She was a native of Hamburg and a former resident of Crossett. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Yates; her mother, Lola Muse Henderson; and one half-sister, Nancy Wilcox.

She is survived by one son, Michael Carney and wife, Leigh, of Lexington, Ken.; one daughter, Cindy Fletcher and husband, Kenneth, of Madisonville, Ken.; one brother, James Fred Yates of Little Rock; three half-brothers, Billy Joe Yates of Fountain Hill, Butch Yates of New Edinburgh, and Joe Fred Yates of Hamburg; one step-brother, Ricky Eastwood of Florence, Wis.; one half-sister, Joyce Smith of Monticello; two step-sisters, Glennis Holland of Hamburg and Bonnie Tumlison of Crossett; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in Hamburg Cemetery with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Debbie Robinson

Debbie Ann Robinson, 46, of Parkdale died Thursday, April 16, 2020 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She was a lifelong resident of Parkdale, a homemaker, a caregiver, and a member of Union Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lizzie Robinson, and one brother, Timothy Robinson.

She is survived by four sons, Octavius Robinson, wife Brenda, of Pikeville, N.C., Demarcus Robinson of McGehee, Darien Robinson of Wilmot, and Dorrian Mooney of Parkdale; four brothers, Marcus Robinson, wife Richika, of Goldsboro, N.C., Alphonso Robinson, wife CoManda, of Monticello, Anthony Brown, wife Lateesha, of Parkdale, and Kendrion Brown of Bryant; three sisters, Katina Robinson of Parkdale, Toimekin Brown of McGehee, and Charmaine Brown of Dermott; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, April 25 at 11 a.m. in Zion Hill Cemetery with Pastor Nicholas J. Worrell Sr. officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Davieon Feazeal, Jay Goodwin, Adrian Cobbs, Alonzo Smith, Kyran Smith, and Jeremiah Williams.


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Jo Anna Ward

Jo Anna Ward, 30, of Crossett, died in a vehicle accident Tuesday, April 14, 2020. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a former security guard at Ashley County Medical Center, and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Jacob Allen Barnes of Crossett; one daughter, Brinley Yawn of Crossett; her parents, J. Allen and Lois Ward of Crossett; her paternal grandparents, James and Kathleen Ward of Crossett; her maternal grandmother, Jackie Brooks of Picayune, Miss.; and two sisters, Tia Smith, husband Matt, of Hot Springs and Keyla Castleberry, husband Danny, of Crossett.

Graveside service was held Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Castleberry, Dewey Ward, Jacob Ward, Cody Smith, Collin Smith, and Matt Smith.

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