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Chase “Drew” Barbee

Chase Andrew “Drew” Barbee, age 18, of Montrose died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in an automobile accident in Montrose. Drew was born March 4, 1999 in Little Rock, AR. He is the son of Shawn Lester and LaWanda Kaye (Williams) Barbee. Drew was a hard worker who loved sports especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Razorbacks. He was employed by Jade Super Foods in Hamburg and a senior at Hamburg High School.

Drew was preceded in death by his brother, Logan Barbee, grandmother, Rita Barbee, and grandmother, Mary Williams.

He is survived by his parents, Shawn Lester and LaWanda Kaye (Williams) Barbee of Montrose; two sisters, Hailey Barbee and Harper Barbee of Montrose; two grandfathers, Charles Barbee of Montrose, and Jerry Williams of Lake Village; and a host of friends and other family. Pallbearers were Adam Newton, Nicholas and Riley Newcome, Payton, Trace, and Sam Graham and Larry Carter.

Visitation was Thursday, February 1 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Bishop-King Funeral Home in Lake Village. Funeral Services were at 11:00am on Friday, February 2 at Bishop-King Funeral Home in Lake Village with Bro. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial followed in Montrose City Cemetery under the direction of Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas.


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Thomas “Tommy” Browning

Thomas “Tommy” Browning, 50, of El Dorado, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. He was a native of Benton, a resident of El Dorado for the past two years, and a former resident of Hamburg for many years. He was a 1986 graduate of Benton High School. He worked for the El Dorado water department and formerly worked for the city of Hamburg. He was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Steven Lee William-Browning; his father, Ordis William Browning; and his step-father, Charles “Bones” Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Jamie Leveritt Browning of El Dorado; four sons, Thomas Dustin Browning and wife, Mikayla, and Zachery Browning, Bradley Leveritt and Keaton Griffith, all of El Dorado; his mother, Joyce Griffin Wright of Hamburg; one sister, Jan Wright of Benton; three brothers, Will Browning and wife, Melanie, Wayne Wright all of Hamburg and Elvis Wright of Benton; one granddaughter.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Micah Carter and Bro. Richard West officiating. Burial will be in Promise Land Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR  71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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


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Jesse “Sonny” Cole Jr.

Jesse “Sonny” Cole Jr., age 67 of Lake Village, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Lake Village, a retired welder and landscaper and member of Woodson Temple Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jason Cole; and his parents, Jesse and Willie Mae Jackson-Cole.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Betty Tyler-Cole; one son, Michael Cole of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Sheatasia Cole of Chicago and Teresa McJoy of Lake Village; four brothers, James Cole (Belinda) of Lake Village, John Cole (Laura) of Little Rock, Larry Manning (Lois) of Dermott, and Jerry Manning of Lake Village; five sisters, Betty Lee Easterling (Grover) of Benton Harbor, Mich., Betty Jean Williams (George) of Rochelle, N.Y., Rosie Haney (A.D.) of Chicago, Cora Dickson of Lake Village, and Lorraine Clark (Raymond) of Crossett; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 at Woodson Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Roy McCloyen officiating. Burial will be in Woodson Temple Cemetery in Lake Village.

Pallbearers will be Melivn Davies, Wilbert Anderson, Thorton Green, Freddie Bakes, Emmerson Chesterfield, Robert Bolden, Johnny Helen and Maurice McMiller.

Visitation is Friday, March 2 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Woodson Temple Baptist Church located on Hwy 82E in Lake Village.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Lester Fay Forrest

Lester Fay Forrest, age 74, of Crossett died Feb. 24, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock. He was born April 29, 1943 in White Station.

He worked at the chemical mill for Georgia Pacific and was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray B. Forrest and Myrtle Mae Maxwell Forrest; three brothers; one sister; and one grandchild.

Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Lochala, Sharon Abernathy, and Vanessa Brantley, all of Crossett; two brothers, Keith Forrest and Ronna Forrest; two sisters, Mary Sue Ferguson and Donna Coronado; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating. Burial will follow in Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.


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Bobby Jack Johnson

Bobby Jack Johnson, 81, of Montrose, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. He was a native of Winchester and a resident of Montrose for the past 70 years. He was a member of Montrose Baptist Church and a farmer. He was a founding member of Chicot County Bass Club from 1972 until 1990 and a member of Mainline Bass Club from 1990 until 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Doris Rotten Johnson; and one brother, Kimbro Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Jean Miles Johnson of Montrose; one son, Randall Johnson and wife, Tricia, of Lake Village; three daughters, Sherry Johnson Pryor and husband, Jerry, of Monticello, Bobbi Ann Barrington and husband, Roger, of Lake Village, and Becky Mahaffey and husband, Brent, of Camden; one sister, Kathleen Ward and husband, James, of Crossett; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Montrose Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Donaldson and Bro. Andy Connard officiating. Burial in Montrose Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Lawson, Chris Stauddy, Roy Rotten, Allen Ward, Dewey Ward and Wesley Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Darren Johnson and Bruce Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Montrose Baptist Church, PO Box 275, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Julius M. “Mert” McClain

Julius M. “Mert” McClain, 91, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at home while surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 14, 1926 in Fountain Hill, AR to Wesley & Bessie (Reynolds) McClain.

Mert served proudly in the United States Army from September 1944 to July 1946. He was stationed in the European Theatre. Mert bravely fought in The Battle Rhineland during World War II. He received the EAME Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Occupation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Mert worked at Whirlpool in Quality Control until his retirement in 1987. He was a life member of the VFW, the Eagles and the American Legion. Being an avid bowler, Mert played on several leagues over the years.

On September 21, 1984, he married Kathleen Wetzel; she survives. Also surviving are children, Deborah McClain, Rita (Greg) Armentrout, Michael (Heather) Jurovcik, and Ann (Larry) Mooney all of Fremont; sisters, Pauline Stell and Maxine Yingling both of AR; 6 grandchildren, Dale (Crystal), Heather and Holly Jones, Brittany Wagner, Michael Jurovcik and Lisa (Jude) Cook; 5 great-grandchildren, Desmond, Donovan, Daija, and Christopher Jones, Dezeree Whitt, Cameron (Ashly) Mooney and Kyle Cook; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, Christopher Jones, Jr., Vivenne Jones and Treshawn Murphy, Jr.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ervin, Derwood and Terrell.

Visitation was to be held on Tuesday, February 27 at the Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fremont from 2-7 p.m. where there was to be an Eagles Service held at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the funeral home beginning at 11 a.m. where there will be an additional hour of visitation being held prior to the start of the service. Pastor Julie Lejman-Guy will officiate. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of ProMedica Memorial Hospital.

To send an online condolence or to view Mert’s tribute video, please visit: www.hermanfh.com.


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Ronald “Bud” Miles

Ronald “Bud” Miles died Feb. 14, 2018 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born Sept. 4, 1939 in Ottuma, Iowa and he was a retired truck driver, substitute teacher and carpenter. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otta and Mildred; two brothers, Gene and Nate; one sister, Lorraine; wife, Mary Kaye; wife, Nancy; and granddaughter, Jenean.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; one sister, Sally; one son, Robert Miles and wife Carole of Tulsa, Okla., one daughter, Christine Rial of Hamburg; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

The family held a private internment service.


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Johnny Lee Withers

Johnny Lee Withers, age 72 of Crossett, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville, Miss. He was a native of Lacy and a resident of Crossett for the past 45 years. He was a retired timber worker and member of Church of God in Christ of Lacy.

He was preceded in death by one son, Maurice Withers; his parents, Samuel and Callie Franklin-Withers; four brothers, Don Withers, D.S. Withers, Freddie Withers and Cardell Withers.

He is survived by one son, Marcus Withers of Atlanta, Ga.; five daughters, Kara Jones (Louis) of Crossett, Shonta McCoy (Vincent) of Little Rock, Shiela Withers of Flint, Mich., Shelay Withers of Atlanta, and Erma Withers of Jackson, Miss.; three brothers, Cleophus Withers (Laura) of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Martin Withers of Branson, Mo., and Marcus Withers, of Little Rock; three sisters, Bobbie Bankston of Crossett, and Pamela Jamison (Samuel) and Kandice Withers, both of Monticello; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at The House of Prayer Ministries in Fountain Hill with Pastor Louise Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Gregory David, Shad Johnson, Ricky Daniel, Les Tolefree, Ray Lewis and Hollis McQuay.

Honorary pallbearers were Sam Jamison, Douglas Withers, Cleophus Withers, Martin Withers, Andre Miller and Maurice Withers.

Burial was in Mt. Pelium Cemetery in Longview and was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.