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Clarence “Dewayne” Beard

Clarence “Dewayne” Beard, 69, of Crossett, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at St. Francis Specialty Hospital in Monroe, La. He was born in Camden on Feb. 20, 1952.

For 17 years, he worked on offshore oil rigs then followed that by truck driving for various employers for nearly 30 years.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Clarence Millard Beard; his mother and stepfather, Ouida Miller Jordan and Charles Jordan; his wife, Peggy Beard; one sister, Lou Dodson; and one brother, David Van Wright.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory one son, Richard Beard of Crossett; one granddaughter; one sister, Jean Wilson of Louisville; one sister-in-law, Jeanie Lloyd (Andy) of Crossett; and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Watt (Charlotte) of Lake Village.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 11 at the Medders Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating and followed by burial in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers were Gabe Jenkins, Phillip Wisecarver, Brett Henry, Bryan Watt, Jerry Moody, Robert Fletcher, Dawson Albritton, and James Farrish. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Kimberly Collins

Kimberly Latrece Collins, age 43 of Hamburg, died Friday, June 11, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, she was a native of Little Rock but was raised in Parkdale. She was the manager of Taco Bell and a member of Penny Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

She was survived by one son, Jacqirio Collins of Parkdale; her father, Lloyd Collins (Debra) of Crossett; her mother, Georgia Mae Morris of Parkdale; four brothers, Issac Collins of Bryant, Lasedrick Collins of Little Rock, and Demarcus Collins and Demetrius Collins, both of North Little Rock; and four sisters, Temikka Wright-Tucker of Myrtle Beach, N.C., Saretta Carter of Houston, Texas, Dominique Wright of Monticello, and Cherrle Collins of Little Rock.

Funeral service will be Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating and followed by burial in Childress Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Germaine Webster, Steve Campbell, Robert Mooney, Willie Williams Jr., Jeremiah Williams, Larry Robinson, Herman Davidson, and Eddie Davidson.

Honorary pallbearers are the stewards of Penny Chapel C.M.E Church.

Service is under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Barbara Dixon

Barbara Ann Dixon, age 73 and a native of Lake Village, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 at her home. She was a retired licensed practical nurse and a member of Christian Liberty Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Levern Freeman and Queen Ester Spaight; three sisters, Martha White, Yvonne Freeman, and Carla Freeman; and five brothers, Richard Martin, Don White, Jones “Surge” White, Alfred Freeman, and Levern “Nutty” Freeman Jr. 

She is survived by one son, Travis Dixon Jr. of Little Rock; two daughters, Yolanda Dixon-Boatner (Mark) of Dermott and Tiffany Dixon of Lake Village; five brothers, Bernard Martin of Jacksonville, Nelson White Jr. of Chicago, Ill., Bobby Earl Freeman of Maumelle, Dewayne White of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cedric Freeman (Tiffany) of Little Rock; six sisters, Mary Evans (James), Marva Martin (Dee), and Tarsha Armour (Gerard), all of Lake Village, Madora White of Calumet City, Ill., Patricia White of Kansas City, Kan., and Laura Freeman of Little Rock; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Central Community Baptist Church in Lake Village with Rev. Charles Hargraves officiating and was followed by burial in Little Greenland Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Harry Tucker, Reginald Dixon, Cedric Jackson, Shannon Williams, James Plummer, and Glen Dixon. 

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Dixon, Travis Dixon, James Evans, Travis Dixon Jr., Bobby Earl Freeman, and Jordan Matthew. 

Service was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Kelly Jennings

Kelly Marie Jennings, age 45, of Crossett, died with her family at her side on June 11, 2021. She was born June 19, 1975 in Indianola, Miss. She was a member of Level Ground Fellowship in North Crossett.

She was preceded in death by one son, Justin Harley Jennings.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 25 years, Jeremiah Jennings of Crossett; three daughters, Crystal Holloway (Wayne), Caitlyn Avery, and Alexis Jennings, all of Crossett; her mother, Dianne Weeks of Crossett; her father, Willie Vance (Gail) of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; one brother, Michael Vance (Rebecca) of Springville, Utah; and three grandchildren.

Level Ground Fellowship hosted a memorial service for the family on Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m.


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Leatha Royce

Leatha Lynn Royce, 70, of Hot Springs Village, died Thursday, June 10, 2021. She was a native of Lake Village, a graduate of Lake Village High School, a hospital clerk at Chicot Memorial Medical Center for 13 years, and the owner of Mrs. Leatha’s Daycare in McGehee for several years. 

She was a member of Irons Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Dibble, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Gary “Sonny” Wayne Royce; one granddaughter, Callie King; and her parents, Ferrell and Gladys Knight Lynn.

She is survived by two daughters, Marie Pope and husband, Ricky, of Moore, Okla., and Kacey Prince and husband, Glen, of Hot Springs; one son, Steven Royce and husband, Thomas, of Harrison; two brothers, Ricky Lynn and wife, Lealor, of Bastrop, La., and Kenny Lynn and wife, Debra, of Jerome; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ronnie Garrett and Bro. Philip Payne officiating.  

A private burial was held in Montrose Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nate King, Hunter King, David Royce, Wade Lynn, Glen Prince, and Ruven Royce. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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


Tony Tatum

Tony Harlon Tatum, age 64 and a native of Crossett, died on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at his mother’s home. He was a member of Gates Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nakeshia “Nikki” Coleman-Scales, and his father, Robert Tatum.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Allen Tatum of Crossett; three sons, Christopher Allen Tatum (Ortavius) of Indianapolis, Ind., Tony Harlon Tatum II of Atlanta, Ga., Courtland Tatum of Dallas, Texas; and two daughters, Sonya Tykisa Chiffon Tatum of Pine Bluff and Sharounda B. Bens of Crossett.

Funeral service will be Wednesday June 16 at 12 noon at Gates Chapel A.M.E Church with Rev. Harriel White officiating and followed by burial in Westview Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Cornell Brown, Roy Curtis, Aaron Harris, Bobby Jackson, Glenn Newton, and Fredie Norwood.

Honorary pallbearers are Bernard Martin, Steven Paskel, Chanslor Watson, and Lawrence Williams.

Service will be under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Alonzo Tolefree

Alonzo Tolefree, age 70, of Crossett died Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Somerset Senior Living Nursing Home. He was a native of Thebes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Tolefree and Dorothy Jean Richardson; one son, Carl Williams; one daughter, Carletta Williams; one brother, Raymond Tolefree; and one sister, Mary Clark.

He is survived by two sons, Daniel Tolefree of Minnesota and Tommie Tolefree of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Sherry Lillie of Rockford, Ill., and Yolanda St. John of Lacrosse, WC; one brother, Enous Tolefree of Crossett; two sisters, Betty Holmes of Rockford and JoAnn “Bobbie” Jackson of Crossett; 15 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Thursday, June 10 in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Falana Hubbard officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

Service was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Audrey Wilson

Audrey Diann Wilson, age 57 and a lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, died Tuesday June 8, 2021 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Westside Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ordolph Wilson, and one brother, Ray Anthony Wilson.

She is survived by her mother, Nazaree Wilson; three brothers, Ronald Wilson (Sheila) of Ft. Hill, Larry Wilson (Jan) of Lacey, and Bobby Duckworth of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Donna Duckworth of Chicago, Ill.

Graveside service was held Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m. in Norris Hill Cemetery with Rev. Jamie Rochelle officiating. 

Pallbearers were Jonathon Wilson, Calvin Miller, Darnell Miller, R.J. Wilson, Ryce Wilson, Windell Wilson, Greg David, and Ben Brock.

Service was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.