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Billy Carpenter

Billy Randal Carpenter, 75, of Fountain Hill, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Monticello. He was a native of the Prairie Grove community in Drew County and a 1963 graduate of Drew Central High School. 

He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard for many years, and he worked for Burlington Industries for over 30 years. He was a member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church, a Mason, and a member of Monticello Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshal and Esther Alphie Carpenter; three brothers, Kenney Ray Carpenter, Garland Carpenter, and Rev. Ronnie Carpenter; and one sister, Clotene Carpenter.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Adams Carpenter of Fountain Hill; one son, Randal Wade Carpenter and wife, Melissa, of Hamburg; one daughter, LaRhonda Deal and husband, Carl, of Jonesboro; two brothers, Mershal Carpenter and wife, Faye, of Crossett and Jimmy Carpenter and wife, Barbara, of Fountain Hill; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 in Prairie Grove Cemetery with Bro. Josh Luellen and Bro. Paul Halley officiating. Memorials may be sent to Prairie Grove Baptist Church, c/o Sandy West, 309 Bowden Loop, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Michael Childress

Michael James Childress, age 29, a native of Monticello, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. He was a former resident of the White Station community outside of Crossett and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. James and Vernie Childress.

He is survived by his mother, Angelia Childress of Monticello.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in Ryles Cemetery with the Rev. Pamela Lambert officiating and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tameka Franklin, Lonnie Walker, Skylar Jacob, Dominique Smith, Malik Randolph, Deverick Franklin, Alfonzo Franklin, and Ephran Franklin.

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Henry Cossey

Henry Cossey, 99, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. He was a native of Hector and a former resident of Eudora. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II, and was a retired cotton and soybean farmer. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Marjory Hamilton Cossey; one son, Tilman Cossey; his parents, John H. and Alice Wilson Cossey; seven brothers, Vernon Cossey, Arvle Cossey, Lee Cossey, Othel Cossey, Eugene Cossey, Ray Cossey, and Cecil Cossey; two sisters, Mary Cossey Pack and Ruby Cossey Curtis; and one daughter-in-law, Dottie Cossey.

He is survived by one daughter, Betty McDill of Hamburg; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in Parkdale Cemetery with Bro. James Edwin Cossey and Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. 

Pallbearers were Johnny Hodge, Steven Hodge, Kolten Hodge, Norman Cossey, Mike Cossey, and Coleman Matthews. 

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Cossey, Tommy Wood, Woody West, Elbert Cossey, and all veterans.

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

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David Moran

David Charles Moran, 51, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, La. He was born March 7, 1969, in Bastrop, La.

He was a former vegetable farmer and later worked as a boilermaker with Boilermakers local 69. He attend Pine Grove Community Church in Beekman, La.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles William Moran, and both sets of grandparents, Thomas and Lomar Lee Moran and Sammy and Rose Hawkins.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Mulkey Moran; two sons, Charles Garrett Moran and Eli William Moran of Beekman; his mother, Cathie Hawkins of West Monroe; two brothers, Tim Moran of Hermitage and Mark Stacy Moran of West Monroe; and one sister, Shannon Nicole Moran of Hot Springs.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in Calvary Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Johnsville with Bro. Doug Edwards and Bro. Michael Griffith officiating.

Pallbearers were Tommy Best, John Paul Johnson, Wayne Barnett, Chris Barnett, Jason Moran, and Reggie Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Kirt Harris, Kenneth Freeland, Jeremy Adams, Mark Morgan, Dylan Johnson, Fred Mulkey, Phillip Mulkey, Connie McCarver, Michael Reynolds, Eddie Ferrell, Blake Harrod, Mickey Joe Watson, and Jenny’s Boys.

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William “Billy” Parker

William “Billy” Parker, 22, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. He was a former resident of West Helena where he worked as a sales associate at AutoZone Auto Parts.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Herb and Kay Lochala Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Serena Clark Parker of DeSoto, Mo.; his parents, Chris and Angie Watt Parker of Hamburg; one brother, Jordan Parker of Hamburg; one sister, Laina Shew of Fargo, N.D.; and his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Ruthie Woods Watt of Hamburg.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 in Carlock Cemetery with Bro. Zac Coffman officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Chad Leveritt, Fabian Chavira, Patrick Baker, Aaron Mashburn, Draden Baker, Dillon Baker, and Clint Barnett.

Memorials may be sent to Hope at Home, PO Box 1001, Crossett, AR 71635. 

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

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Gwendolyn Sawyer

Gwendolyn Myers Sawyer, 71, of Monticello, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. She was a native of Wilmot and graduated from Wilmot High School in 1967 and University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1970 with a degree in business education. She was a homemaker and a member of Wilmot United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, James B. Myers.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Walton Edward “Ed” Sawyer Sr. of Monticello; one son, Walton Edward Sawyer Jr. of Monticello; one daughter, Melissa Nicole Sawyer of Little Rock; her mother, Merle McKee Myers of Hamburg; and one sister, Dorothy Iona Myers of Jacksonville. 

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Edward Terry

Edward Velasquez Terry, 66, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Jonesboro. He was a native of El Salvador and worked for Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill for 28 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Charyl Peters Terry; one granddaughter, Peyton Terry; his parents, Ascencion and Hermenegilda Velasquez; one brother, Carlos Alberto Velasquez; and one sister, Maria Agustina Velasquez.

He is survived by one daughter, Stephanie Terry of Hamburg; two sons, Staven Terry and wife, Jessie, and Toby Terry and wife, Jaci, all of Hamburg; his father-in-law, John Peters of Hamburg; one sister, Bertha Velasquez Sanchez and husband, Manuel, of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Miguel Angel Velasquez and wife, Nadine, of Hamburg and Juan Ramon Velasquez of El Salvador; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in Zion Cemetery with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Shawn Chavez, Edward Chavez, Oscar Lopez, Brian Velasquez, Jose T. Sanchez Lopez, and Brandon Lloyd. 

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

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