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Kathleen Ashcraft

Kathleen Lorraine Purtle Ashcraft, 77, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 9, 2021, in Springfield, Mo. She was a native of Prescott and graduated from Prescott High School in 1962. She worked as the JADE Grocery Store bakery manager for over 35 years and was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, where she was active with the Lois Circle. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Wendell E. Ashcraft, and her parents, Wallace Charles and Myrtle Lee Yarberry Purtle.

She is survived by one son, Mike Ashcraft and wife, Susan, of Crossett; one daughter, Cheryl Jones and husband, David, of Malvern; one sister, Nancy Purtle Lamar Brandt of Norman, Okla.; three brothers, William T. Clay and wife, Shelley, of Libertyville, Ill., George Clay and wife, Mona, of Benton, and Tracy Johnson of New Mexico; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating.

Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Adam Hernandez, Michael Adams, Ramiro Hernandez, Steven Lamar, Garrett Ogletree, Hunter Adams, Steven Hodge, and Jim Pollock.

Honorary pallbearers are Micheal Jones, Sammy Denton, John Hodge, and Billy Jones.

Memorials may be sent to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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


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Debbie Ford

Debbie Ford, 69, a native and lifelong resident of Crossett, died Monday, July 5, 2021. She was a homemaker and worked as a licensed practical nurse at Ashley County Medical Center and Pinewood Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home. She played piano for Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a member, for over 30 years and for many different organizations. She was an honorary member of the Klassy Kruzers and was active in their annual drive for donations.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Ford; her parents, James Douglas and Rena Ada DuBose Tucker; one brother, Harold Allen Tucker; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Tucker and Faylene Tucker; and her father-in-law, James R. Ford.

She is survived by one daughter, Carrie L. Wells; one son, James Alan Ford and wife, Amy; one brother, Ronald Dale Tucker and wife, Joann; her mother-in-law, Monte Ford, all of Crossett; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs and Bro. Ray Hearron officiating. Burial will be in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Gill, Bryson Gill, Cole Gill, Ron Tucker, Owen Carpenter, Dillon Pence, Boyett Goodwin, and Tucker Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Carter, Todd Carter, Morris Herrington, Tim Tucker, James Outlaw, JimBob Godwin, Cooper Ferebee, Mason Goodwin, Zach Goodwin, Parker Ferebee, Trace Tucker, and the members of the Klassy Kruzer’s. 

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


Fay Giles

Fay Eugene Giles, 91, died June 28, 2021. He was born in Hamburg on Dec. 11, 1928 and graduated from Hamburg High School. He joined the Army, serving in Panama, then joined a seismic crew in Utah. He worked for the Natural Gas industry until he retired in 1991.

He was raised attending the Southern Baptist Church and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole Marian Giles; his parents, Morris Dean Giles and Jessie Lou Venters Giles Higgenbotham; and two brothers, Richard Giles and JD Higgenbotham, and their wives, Mildred and Gail.

He is survived by one brother, Doyle Giles; sister-in-law, Francis Giles; four daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Marshall, Nancy (Jerry) Basford, Cheryl Giles (Randy Misner), and Karen (Andy) Crouch; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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Jimmy Lowrance

Jimmy Lee Lowrance, 60, of Montrose, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Kennett, Mo., and a member of Montrose Baptist Church for over 10 years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Eugene and Avaleen Beatrice Gales Lowrance.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Janet Roberson of Montrose, and his sister-in-law, Teresa and her husband, Derrick.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at Montrose Baptist Church with Bro. Todd Ferguson officiating. Memorials may be sent to Montrose Baptist Church, PO Box 275, Montrose, AR  71658. 

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


Tonya Mashburn

Tonya Ann Lee Mashburn, 52, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Sunday, July 4, 2021, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. She was a 1987 graduate of Crossett High School and for 21 years worked as a bookkeeper at First National Bank, where she was often “employee of the month” and even “employee of the year.”

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Basil Doles Jr.

She leaves behind her husband of seven years, Jimmy L. Mashburn Jr.; five children, Gabriel Jordan of Crossett, James Mashburn (Madison) of Johnsville, Mathew Mashburn (Natasha) of Battle Mountain, Nev., Lindsey Meeks of Crossett, and Clint Mashburn (Jeanie) of Crossett; her parents, Gail Doles of Rayville, La., and William Tony and Sherri Lee of Crossett; four siblings, Phillip Lee (Mandy), Amy Smith (Jessie), Melissa Curl (Jimmy), and Lori Sapp (Brandi Hill), all of Crossett; and 10 grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 8 at Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ron Neely and Bro. Chris Barnes officiating. Burial followed in Carlock Cemetery and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mason Taunton, Clint Mashburn, James Mashburn, K.W. Rial, Mike Pippen, and Bryson Lee.

Honorary pallbearers were Mathew Mashburn, Mike Bays, Kenny Clark, Scott Cameron, Brody Smith, Peyton Kyle, and Carl John Gwin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her memory to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.


Levell “Boe” Stanley Jr.

Levell “Boe” Stanley Jr., age 64, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 9, 2021 at his residence. He was a native of Parkdale and was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness, where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by one son, Eric S. Woods; his parents, Levell Stanley Sr. and Mabel Stanley; two brothers, James Stanley and Johnny “Dumas” Stanley; and one sister Pearletha Freda Ray.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Hazel Stanley; one son, Levell Stanley III (Melicia) of Portland, Oreg.; three daughters, Lashundra Stanley of Hamburg, and Lakeita Hill and Renesha Stanley, both of Crossett; two sisters, Jacqulyn Cason of Hamburg and Kim Barnes of Briscoe; three brothers, Billy Ray Stanley and Glen “Dusty” Stanley (Ada), both of Hamburg, and Robert “Maine” Stanley (Romona) of Crossett; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Service will be held Friday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance in Hamburg with Rev. Dantony Square officiating. 

Pallbearers are Derek Molette Jr., YT “Butch” Singleton, Clyde Leonard, Ed Brown, Walter Jenkins, Ronald Hubbard, Mickey Tolbert, and Timmy Downs. 

Honorary pallbearers are members of Shaw Hunting Club and Hamburg High School Class of 1975.

Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 15 at Cromwell Funeral Home from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Services are entrusted to Cromwell Funeral Home.


Royce Oden

Royce Gene Oden, 77, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. He was born May 10, 1944, in Milo. 

He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church in Crossett. 

He worked as a paper maker for Georgia Pacific until his retirement after 43 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odell Franklin and Mary Lavon Ray Oden; two sons, Royce Gene Oden Jr. and Kevin Oden; and one brother, Garry Oden.

He leaves behind his wife, Alice Bell Oden; one son, Greg Oden (Kristen) of West Monroe, La.; two daughters, Dana Oden OBryan of Ackworth, Ga., and Jennie Oden of Maynard; one daughter-in-law, Dana Holcomb Oden of Canton, Ga.; one stepdaughter, DeWanna Beard of Crossett; one stepson, Troy Abraugh (Karen) of Wilmot; two sisters, Pat Gibbs of Bald Knob and Kathy Duncan (Lynn) of Alexander; one sister-in-law, Betty Oden of Crossett; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Medders Funeral Home chapel with Bro. David Williams officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers were Bob Pill Jr., Lynn Duncan, Scott Duncan, Blake Oden, Ricky Glennon, and Ronnie McDonald. 

Honorary pallbearers were his past co-workers at Georgia-Pacific.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Cloverdale Assembly of God building fund.


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Evora Parker

Evora Claiborne-Parker, 87, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Parkdale, died July 3, 2021.

She was born July 19, 1933, and taught in the Hamburg School District for over 35 years, starting out at Savage Junior High, which later changed to Parkdale Elementary. 

She served her community as an alderwoman for several years. 

She was a former member of Childress Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and attended Shady Grove in Wilmot before joining Greater True Light Baptist Church in Tyler. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Parker; her mother, Janie Bozeman-Claiborne; her father, Lushion Claiborne; one sister, Fannie Mae Watkins; and one brother, Lushion Claiborne Jr.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Runnels and husband, John, of Tyler, and Carolyn Parker and Roshonda Wood and husband, Fred, all of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Evelyn Claiborne and Lucille Anthony, both of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at Union Baptist Church with Rev. John A. Runnels officiating. Burial was in Childress Chapel Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Leroy Smith, Randy Smith, Jesse Packer, David Smith, Maury Coleman, and Abayomi Ajene. 

Honorary pallbearers were Courtney T. Liggins, Robert L. Liggins, Jr., Ronald Claiborne, and Fred Wood. 

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