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Jan Christmas

Jan Christmas, 84, of Hamburg, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Little Rock. She was a native of Camden, N.J., and a resident of Hamburg for the past 63 years. She worked at Crossett Health Unit for 28 years, having retired in 2004. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was active in Women on Mission. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Robert L. Christmas; her parents, William Dischert Jr. and Eleanor Raker Dischert; one brother, Bill Dischert; and one daughter-in-law, Lynn Christmas.

She is survived by two sons, Scott Christmas of Ward and Mark Christmas of Hamburg; one sister, Eleanor Dischert Plumb of Yuma, Ariz.; two brothers, Bob Dischert of San Diego, Calif., and Ron Dischert of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1 in Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Gideons International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR  71635. 

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

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Lloyd Ford

Lloyd Ford, 70, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Little Rock. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a 1969 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. He worked for Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill for over 40 years, having retired in 2012. He was a member of Judson Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Roxie Ford; one daughter, Anita Ford Hense; his father, Otto Ford; and one brother, Wayne Ford.

He is survived by one daughter, Lisa Turner and husband, Don, of Bismark; his mother, Dorothy Farmer Ford of Little Rock; one brother, Charles Ford and wife, Joyce, of Hamburg; two sisters, JoAnn Roberts of Fountain Hill and Carolyn Ford of Little Rock; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4 in Judson Cemetery with Bro. Richard West officiating. 

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

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Roger Greene

Roger Lee Greene, age 95 of Little Rock died Dec. 29, 2020 at Good Shepard Nursing Home in Little Rock. He was a native of Baxter but lived most of his life in Montrose. He was a retired farm laborer and a member of New Zion Grove Worship Center in Little Rock. He previously served as a deacon in First Baptist Church of Montrose and as a music director in the singing union #4 of Southeast District Music Convention for many years.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Gwendolyn Faye Greene; his parents, Wesely and Mary Thompson Greene; and four sisters, Lottie Mae Skipper, Versie Williams, Ozella Davis, and Dora Hudspeth.

He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Edmonia Givens Greene; three sons, Roger Greene Jr., wife Shirley, of Chicago, and Curtis Edward Greene and Wendell Greene, both of Little Rock; two daughters, Barbara Smith of Little Rock and Evelyn Mickle, husband Cornlius, of Shertz, Texas; one sister-in-law, Rosie Lee of Tillar; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen T. Robinson I officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Loren Jackson Sr., Loren Jackson Jr., Kahlil Franklin, Christopher Key, Calvin Key, Stephen Robinson II, Maurice Robinson II, Wendell Greene Jr., and Deryan King.

Burial followed in Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

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Audrey New

Audrey New, 71, of Hamburg, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Little Rock. She was a native of Wilmington, N.C., a resident of Hamburg since 1997, and a former resident of Crossett for many years. She opened her home to the elderly as Audrey’s Special Home. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Mike New; her mother, Margaret Young Smith; and her step-father, Chris Smith.

She is survived by three sons, Michael New and wife, Diana, of Crossett, Matthew New of Hamburg, and Mackie New and wife, Angella, of Junction City; one daughter, Maria Rhodes and husband, James, of New Albany, Miss.; two sisters, Trudy Impastato of Slidell, La., and Margaret Jochum of Picayune, Miss.; two brothers, Brian Deese of Liberty, S.C., and Robert Deese of Slidell; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private graveside service and burial in Beekman Cemetery with Rev. Andy Connard officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

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Ruth Norton

Ruth Carpenter Norton, 77, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at her residence. She was a native of Greeley, Colo., a resident of Hamburg for the past 50 years, and a former resident of Houston, Texas. She worked for Ashley County Health Unit Home Health for a number of years, Hamburg Shirt Factory, and Rapid Die Molding for 27 years. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by one husband, L.T. Clark; two great-grandsons, Michael Carpenter and Seth Carpenter; and her parents, Byron and Gertrude Caulkins Campbell.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar Norton of Hamburg; two sons, Bucky Carpenter and wife, Denna, of Greenbrier and Robert Carpenter and wife, Melissa, of Midlothian, Texas; one brother, Frank Campbell of Colorado; two sisters, Peggy Lind and Kay Eichheim, both of Colorado; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Eden Cemetery. 

Honorary pallbearers are Glen Lawson, Charles “Bull” Wells, Ronnie Lauhon, Jackie Lauhon, Mike Riley, and John Sanderlin.

Memorials may be sent to Southside Baptist Church, PO Box 446, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Sylvia Pierce

Sylvia Hackett Pierce, 80, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was a native and former resident of Portland, but lived in Hamburg for the past 44 years. She was a homemaker and a member of North Main Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave Crockett and Lydia Janes Estes Hackett; one brother, Cecil Peoples; and five sisters, Estelle Crawford, Mary Breedlove, Frances Wilson, Bea Mazzanti, and Vaughta A. Glover.

She is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Jackson and husband, B.J., of Monticello and Sherry Thompson and husband, James, of Hamburg; one brother, Henry Dave Hackett of Dermott; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 in Portland Cemetery with Bro. James Thompson and Crockett Hackett officiating. 

Pallbearers were Bert Jackson, Tyler Thompson, Hunter Thompson, Wade Stell, Josh Pierce, Johnny W. Pierce, Cody Hollaway, Dave Hackett, Perry Wilson, Steve Brooks, and Tim Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Tomerlin, Mark Tomerlin, Mark Vaught, Peck Smith, Lee Adams, Scott Pennington, Fisher Grubbs, Caden Vaught, Austin Pennington, Jackson Grubbs, Jacob Overbey, and Garrett Pardon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to North Main Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 1105 N. Main Street, Hamburg, AR  71646; to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR  71663; or to Helping Hands Food Pantry, c/o Mary Williams, 816 Pine Ridge Drive, Hamburg, AR  71646. 

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

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Ethyl Shell

Ethyl Amelia Shell, 96, of Hamburg, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.  She was a homemaker and worked for Ashley Chicot Electric Cooperative for 27 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was involved in Women Missionary Union and taught Sunday school in the children’s department for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Shell Sr.; her parents, Barton “Bart” and Amelia Farrar Smith; one sister, Dell Aultman; and one brother, Edwin Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn McGilton and husband, Noel Dean, of Hamburg and Jacolyn Goodwin and husband, Jimmy, of Crossett; two sons, Jack Shell Jr., and wife, Kathryn, of Hamburg and James R. Shell and wife, Patricia, of Berryville; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Private funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR  71646. 

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

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Lottie Vincent

Lottie Jean Sawyer Vincent, 84, of Monroe, La., died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born in Lake Village on Oct. 12, 1936, raised in Clarkston, Mich., and later moved to Arkansas to attend Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway. 

She and her husband owned and operated Norcross Carpet and Lighting in Crossett. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sterlington, La. 

She was preceded in death by her father and stepmother, Farris and Helen Sawyer, and her mother and stepfather, Bracie and Virgil Robertson.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, David Dee Vincent of Monroe; one son, David Gentry Vincent and wife, Marlene, of Cameron, Texas; one daughter, Cheri Jean Vincent McDaniel and husband, Danny, of Waterproof, La.; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

A celebration of life graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in Eden Cemetery in Hamburg with Pastor J.E. Brown officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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Wiley White Jr.

Wiley Cecil White Jr., 79, of Crossett, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. He was a native of and was raised in Montrose and was a former resident of Hamburg and Junction City. He was a lumber inspector, having worked for P.E. Barnes Lumber Company for over 20 years. 

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Junction City where he was the Sunday school superintendent, a Sunday school teacher, and member of the choir. 

He was attending Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sue White; one grandson, Rusty James Savage; his parents, Wiley Cecil White Sr. and Eula Maxine Johnson Martin; and one brother-in-law, Teddy Hickman.

He is survived by one son, Barry White of Crossett; four daughters, Melanie Collins and husband, Tim, of Crossett, Alisa White of Crossett, Lesley Bayer and husband, Todd, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mary Ashley White of Cincinnati; one sister, Linda Hickman of Hamburg; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 in the Promise Land Cemetery pavilion with Bro. Richard West and Bro. Joey Meredith officiating. Burial will be in Promise Land Cemetery. 

Honorary pallbearers are Ethan Bayer, Eli Bayer, Garrett Blankenship, Todd Bayer, Tim Collins, and Todd Hickman.  

Memorials may be sent to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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Patricia Wolf

Patricia Darlene Wolf, age 89 died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at Idabel, Okla. She was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Marion, La.

She completed her nursing education at Warner Brown School of Nursing in El Dorado and worked for McCurtain Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She was a longtime member of Idabel First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Ozell Reppond Bardin; her husband of 46 years, John Frank Wolf Jr.; one sister, Tommie Jean Jennings; and one brother, Steve Bardin.

She is survived by one daughter, Julia Wolf Ives; two sons, John Franklin Wolf III and Billy Bob Wolf; one daughter-in-law, Jeanette Carper Wolf; two sisters, Martha Wilbur of Murfeesboro and Mary Brantley of Crossett; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 in Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 at White Family Funeral Home in Idabel.

Local services entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.

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