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Lesa Barnett

Lesa Renee Barnett, age 59, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, July 22, 2021. She was a native of Hamburg and was a retired certified nurse’s assistant. She was a member of Epistles of God Church of Deliverance.

She was preceded in death by one son, William Clyde Jones Jr.; her parents, Charles Barnett and Mae Ella Jenkins Barnett-McQuay; six brothers, Johnny Mack Robinson, Bobby Dale Robinson, Billy Ray Robinson, Charles Barnett Jr., Kenneth Barnett, and Douglas Robinson; and two sisters, Savannah Barnes and Willie Mae Harden.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth M. Barnett of Hamburg and Ronald Barnett of Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter, Crystal Jones-Goolsby (Michael) of Pine Bluff; four brothers, James Lawrence Robinson of Bellingham, Wash., Calvin Barnett (LeAlma) of Crossett, M.C. Barnett of Florida, and Marshall Bonner of El Dorado; two sisters, Diane Singleton (YT “Butch”) of Little Rock and Lora Brooks (Charlie) of Huntsville, Ala.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was scheduled for Tuesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Bishop Alfonso Madden officiating. 

Pallbearers are Richard Robinson, Fredrick Barnett, Douglas Robinson Jr., William Mack Robinson, Jason Jenkins, and Kevin Robinson.  

Burial was to follow in Carlock Cemetery in Hamburg.

Services were entrusted to Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Billy Ethridge

Billy Mack Ethridge, 87, of Lake Village, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his home. He was a native of Drew County and a former resident of Dermott. He was a 1952 graduate of Dermott High School and a veteran of the United States Army, where he was a paratrooper. He worked for Alice-Sydney Dryer & Seed Company for over 55 years and was a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Lake Village. 

He was preceded in death by three infant sons; his parents, James and Velma Haven Ethridge; and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ethel Joyce Gladden Ethridge of Lake Village, and one grandson, William Mondragon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 26 at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Philip Payne officiating. Burial was in Dermott Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were William Mondragon and Luis Mondragon. 

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


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Lonelle Johnston

Lonelle Johnston was born April 21, 1939, in Wilmont, Arkansas to the late Vesper and Charlotte Haynes. She departed this life on July 22, 2021, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, AR. She was 82 years old. She married Larry Johnston in 1963 and they were married for 58 years. Mrs. Johnston graduated from Wilmot High School and from Arkansas A & M, now known as UAM, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. After graduation, she taught school for 30 years at Drew Central and Monticello in 2nd and 3rd grade. Outside of her teaching career, her hobbies include gardening and she hosted a multitude of parties and family events. Lonelle was a faithful member of Pauline Baptist Church for 54 years and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas. While at Pauline Baptist Church, she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Vacation Bible School Director, and Senior Citizen Sponsor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlotte Chambers Haynes and Vesper Haynes.

Her survivors include her husband, Larry Johnston; their daughter, Aimee Cloud; two grandchildren, Kaleigh Cloud Boone (Brennan) and Kelsey Cloud from Conway; her siblings, Marcelle Oliveira (Wanderley) of Dallas, Buddy Haynes of Memphis, TN, Carolyn Elton (Bill) of Crossett, VH Haynes (Leota) of Gillett, Bill Haynes of Wilmot, Bonnie Cruce (Jr.) of Monticello, Randy Haynes (Cindy) of Jones, LA; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. at Pauline Baptist Church, North Hyatt, Monticello, Arkansas. Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, in Monticello.

Memorials Can be made to Pauline Baptist Church


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Bruce King

Bruce “Ole Man” King, 74, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 23, 2021, at his home. He was a native of Ashley County and a truck driver. For several years he drove a log truck for Mashburn Logging. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Southside Baptist Church. He was a member of Buckrun Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. “Bill” and Geneva Norrell King; one brother, Billy Wayne King; and six sisters, Barbara Woods, Susan Savage, Peggy Woods, Nancy Gail Barnett, Mary Smith, and Vicki King.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Darlene Vail King of Hamburg; one daughter, Lori King McDonald and husband, Michael, of Hamburg; two sons, Anthony “Tony” King of Long Prairie, Minn., and William Cody King of Hamburg; one brother, Reggie King of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Dixie Fairchild of Hamburg and Patty Griffith of Fountain Hill; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 27 at Southside Baptist Church with Bro. David Newberry officiating. Burial was to be in Carlock Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Cody King, Tony King, Clint Mashburn, James Mashburn, Brian Adams, and Johnny Pierce.

Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Austin, Jamie Smith, Lawrence Booker, Jim Skender, and Thomas Martin.

Memorials may be sent to CARTI Foundation, PO Box 55011, Little Rock, AR 72215 or to Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation, 1701 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR 72211.

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