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Joe Blocker

Joe Blocker, 69, of Fountain Hill, died Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at his residence. 

He was a native of Ashley County, a resident of Fountain Hill since 2012, and a former resident of Arkansas City for several years. 

A 1970 graduate of Portland High School, he was a small engine specialist for John Deere for over 20 years, having worked at Arkansas Ag in McGehee and Portland. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Linn Blocker; his parents, James Paul Blocker Sr. and Alma Lillian Carroll Martin Blocker; his step-father, Emory Elvin Martin; two sisters, Frances Martin Brown and Patricia Ann Roberts; and two brothers, Jessie Elvin Martin and Clyde Thomas Martin.

He is survived by one son, Bill Wells and wife, Staci, of Monticello; one brother, James Paul Blocker Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3 in Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Bro. Sanders Brooks officiating.

Pallbearers were Bill Wells, Terry Tate, Tony Roberts, Don Brooks, Jim Blocker, and Bruce Towe.

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


Rhett Garrett

Rhett M. Garrett, 79, of Ringgold, La., formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at Carpenter House Hospice Center in Shreveport, La. He was born July 23, 1941, and was a 1959 graduate of Crossett High School.

He worked many years as a wood product salesman for Georgia Pacific and other companies. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Marie Estelle Garrett.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila Graham Garrett; one son, Greg Garrett and wife, Heather, of Brandon, Miss.; one daughter, Laurie Chandler and husband, Steven, of Shreveport; one brother, Terry Garrett and wife, Nell, of Pollock, La.; and seven grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 3 in Crossroads Cemetery with Dr. Clarence Cooper officiating.

Pallbearers were Danny Smith, Eric Smith, Stephen Smith, John Chandler, Garrett Chandler, and Glenn McKinney.

Arrangements were under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


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Rev. John Williams

Rev. John Carroll Williams, 79, of Sheridan, died Friday, July 2, 2021, at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Hamburg March 26, 1942 but attended West Columbia High School in Brazoria, Texas, before serving in the United States Navy as an aircraft director handler on the U.S.S. Oriskany Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam Conflict. 

He later attended the Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas; the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary in Minden, La.; and the Gulf Coast Baptist Institute in Bogalusa, La.; and he earned his bachelor’s degree. He served as a pastor until his final days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Willie Crosby Williams; one sister, Ruth Mae Ellingburg; and one brother, David Leon Williams.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Jean Fox Williams; five children, Terry Don Williams (Tammy) of Sheridan, Kenny Ray Williams (Renita) of Glenwood, Tony Jay Williams (Kim) of Delight, Candace Palmer (Jason) of Sheridan, and John Mark Williams (Meredith) of Sheridan; one sister, Margie Ainsworth of Brazoria; one brother, Larry Joe Williams of Houston, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at East Union Missionary Baptist Church, 20422 N. Springlake Road in Hensley, with his sons officiating. Burial was to be in New Hope Cemetery in Sheridan under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Ryan Palmer, Aaron Williams, Trevor Williams, Jason Palmer, Justin Vines, Lawson Easley, Colton Williams, Ethan Williams, and Maverick Williams. 

Honorary pallbearers are all of his great-grandchildren.

A visitation was to be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.