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Sam Curran

Sam Curran, 79, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his home in North Crossett. He was a native of Wilmot and a resident of Crossett for the past 65 years. He worked in the food sales industry and was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the church board. 

He was the founder and president of Curran Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Curran; his parents, Tom and Sallie Crouch Curran; four sisters, Hazel Curran Milligan, Louise Curran Bell, Belle Curran Allen, and Eva Faye Curran Turner; and three brothers, Melvin Curran, Elvin Curran and John W. Curran.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patsy Sledge Curran of Crossett; one son, Keith Curran and wife, Rhonda, of Tampa, Fla.; one daughter, Darlene Jackson and husband, Walter; one daughter-in-law, Belinda Greene Curran all of Crossett; one sister, Lois Curran of Lebanon, Mo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28 in Carlock Cemetery with Bro. David Williams and Bro. Carlton White officiating. Pallbearers were Josh Curran, Cole Curran, Dustin Curran, Slade Curran, D.J. Bussell, and Ronnie McDonald. 

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Berryman, Kenneth Knight, Carlton Maxwell, Doug Piker, and Bryan Bolin. 

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


Barbara Hamm-Garner

Barbara Ann Hamm-Garner, 74, died June 21, 2020. She was born April 25, 1946, in Epps, La., and she was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Mae Hamm; four brothers, Huey Hamm, Marvin Hamm, Paul Hamm, and Hershel Hamm; and one sister, Marbeth Watt.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William “Bill” Garner; five children, Michael Johnson (Stephanie) of Lancaster, Penn., Raymond Ray Johnson Jr. of Louisiana, Latisha “Tess” Edwards (Nathan) of Mountain View, John A. Garner (Samantha) of Charlotte, and Bill L. Garner Jr. of Mountain View; six siblings, Thomas Hamm (Linda) and Cleve Hamm, both of Rayville, Jessie Mae Burgess of Tallulah, La., James Allen Hamm (Sandy) of West Monroe, La., and Jack Hamm (Becky), and Bill Hamm (Norma), both of Crossett; eight grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held Wednesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at Community Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. John Carrol Williams officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Raymon Dyrl Johnson, David Scott Garner, Randy Hamm, Landale Hamm, Loyd Ray Hamm, and Leon Hamm.


Joe Harvey

Joe Lee Harvey, 83, of Portland, died Monday, June 22, 2020 at his home. He was a life-long resident of Portland, a retiree of Akon Box Company, and a member of New Light Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Harvey, and his parents, Otis and Leola Willie-Harvey.  

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jessie Mae Harvey; four sons, Marvelin Harvey, Alfred Kelly, Greg Kelly, all of Chicago, Ill., and Bruce Washington of McGehee; three daughters, Jozette Harvey-Williams, husband Fredrick, and Essie Mae Kelly, both of Chicago, and Patrice Matheney of Portland; four brothers, Otis Harvey Jr., wife Terrie, Andrew Harvey, Lee Wayne Harvey, wife Fran, and Otis Harvey III, wife Barbara, all of Chicago; six sisters, Jeanie Harvey, Nancy Harvey, Hazel Harvey, Rosie Harvey, Ella Mae Burrell, husband Carl, all of Chicago, and JoAnn Harvey of Crossett; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Friday, July 3 at 11 a.m. on the campus of New Light Baptist Church, 620 2ND Avenue in Portland, with Rev. Jessie Washington officiating. 

Active pallbearers are Charles Bynum, Lee Otis Bell, Jonathan Webb, Kevin Woods, Darrell Woods, and David Robinson.

Burial will be in Portland #2 Cemetery.

Viewing will be Thursday, July 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.


Murice Jenkins

Murice Verlee Jenkins, 92, of Crossett, died Saturday, June 27, 2020. She was born in Hamburg on Oct. 16, 1927.

She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a member of Beulahland Assembly of God, and a caregiver to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Archie Lee Jenkins; one grandson, Tracy Jenkins; her parents, Cecil Legett Rice and Abbie Nora Stanley Rice; and four siblings, Charles Faye Rice, Tracy Rice, Thomas Madison Rice, and Julia Ann Jenkins.

She is survived by two sons, Legett Jenkins of Crossett and Russell Jenkins and wife, Judy, of Harrison; one daughter, Candace Courson, and husband, Charlie, of Crossett; three sisters, Lexi Mae Estelle, and husband, Julian, and Gladys Martin, both of Hamburg, and Dixie Bays and husband, Danny, of Crossett; one daughter-in-law, Ann Jenkins of Cabot; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at Beulahland Assembly of God Church with Pastors Rich Murphy and Ricky Tyler officiating and was followed by burial in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brian Farmer, Rusty Courson, Mickey Courson, Bruce Brown, Joe King, Mark Jenkins, Rob Moffatt, and Drew Courson.

Honorary pallbearers were Justin Chumley and Logan Teague.


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Helen Tucker

Helen Marie Tucker, 75, of Hamburg, died Thursday, June 25, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was a native of Lacey, a homemaker, and of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie “DeeDee” and Robbie Ashford-Brock; and one son-in-law, Aundrey Wynn.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Alf Freddie Tucker; one son, Alf Freddie Tucker Jr., wife Melissa, of Arlington, Texas; three daughters, Barbara Williams, husband Kenneth, of Bedford, Texas, Patricia Smith Marrero, La., and Joyce Wynn of Cedar Hill, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Graveside service was scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Robert Tucker, DeAndre Wynn, Larry Smith Jr., Alf Freddie Tucker III, Damondre Crawford, and Elijah Rogers.

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