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WL “Dub” Brown

WL “Dub” Brown, 77, of Crossett, died Monday, June 15, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 4, 1942, in Huttig where he graduated Huttig High School before serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Crossett and after 43 years, retired as a machine operator in the Georgia Pacific Tissue Mill. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lucius Brown and Sybil Barkley Smith; one daughter, Sabrina Kay Grider; two brothers, John Randolph Brown and Stephen Lamar Brown; and one sister, Barbara Joyce Brown. 

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Deborah Hipp Brown of Crossett; two daughters, Kayla Brown-Lane (Daniel) of Monticello and Lavina Grider (David) of Hamburg; two step-daughters, Angela Charlene Smith of Monticello and Samantha Frances Maxwell (Dennis) of Louisiana; and one sister, Sylvia Ann McDonough of Florida; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18 in Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Lloyd Townsend and Bro. Caleb Lane officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


Sonny Holland

“Sonny” Holland Jr.

Harold “Sonny” Holland Jr., 71, of Hamburg, died Sunday, June 21, 2020. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, a 1967 graduate of Hamburg High School, and a 1971 graduate of Arkansas A&M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was part-owner and worked at the family-owned NAPA Store in Hamburg for 48 ½ years, and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was the voice of Hamburg Lion Football for over 20 years and coached summer league baseball for many years. He was also a member of Cottonwood Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold C. Holland Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan Boykin Holland of Hamburg; one daughter, Jessica Patoka and husband, Michael, of Star City; two sons, Harold “Trey” Holland III and wife, Kerry, of Hamburg and Richard Martin of Crestview, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Andrea Martin of McGehee; his mother, Peggy Rose Newson Holland; one brother, Dennis F. Holland Sr., and wife, Sonja; one sister, Debbie Ladd all of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24 in Hamburg Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Chuck White, Dusty Stanley, Bobby Griffin, Al Harrison, and the members of Cottonwood Hunting Club.

Memorials may be sent to Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Program, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646, or to Hamburg Booster Club, PO Box 517, Hamburg, AR 71646.

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


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Rosia Johnson

Rosia Marie Johnson, 82, of Lake Village, died Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill. She was a native of Lake Village, a retired certified nurses assistant, and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruffin Johnson; one son, Myron Dunbar; her parents, Ned Dunbar and Louise Davis; two brothers, Ned Dunbar Jr. and Ronald Brown; and three sisters, Cozette Dunbar, Aubrey Tolson, and Elmma Dunbar.

She is survived by two sons, Tyron Graddy, wife Karen, of Owensboro, Ken., and Darnell Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Dwan Wiggins, husband Phillip, of Crete, Ill.; one sister, JoAnn Ramsey of Chicago; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Strangers Rest Cemetery in Lake Village with Rev. Glenn McJoy officiating and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Ruby Johnson

Ruby Janet Shelton Johnson, 86, of Montrose, died Friday, June 19, 2020, at her home. She was a native of Watson and a resident of Montrose for 70 years. She was a homemaker, a farmer’s wife, and a worker for the shirt factory in Lake Village. She was a member of Montrose Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Kimbro Johnson; her parents, Ross and Willie B. Lynn Shelton; one sister, Sherlene Jacobs; one brother, W.E. Holliday; and one daughter-in-law, Betty Johnson.

She is survived by two sons, Jackie Johnson and wife, Peggy, of Hamburg and Bruce Johnson and wife, Pamela, of Montrose; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22 in Montrose Cemetery with Bro. Todd Ferguson and Bro. Larry Donaldson officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Bernard Burns, Ben Stell, Bryan Hornbuckle, Wesley Johnson, Darren Johnson, Brian Rushin and Antonio Vargas. 

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


Clifton Pierce

Clifton Britt Pierce, age 56, died at home June 17. 

He is survived by his parents, Lloyd and Wanda (Jones) Pierce of Portland; and sisters, Nora (Reed) Breedlove of Portland, Cindy (Chris) Sims of McGehee, and Lisa (Jim) Coats of Tontitown. 

He was preceded in death by one sister, Elaine. 

A graveside service was held Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in Jennie Baptist Church Cemetery and under the direction of Bishop-King Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Shane Sims, Jonathan Breedlove, Andrew Pierce Breedlove, Chris Cannatella, William Coats, and Gary Swaim.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Sims, David Martar, Jeff Martar, Jason Martar, Keven Shepherd, Michael Curry, and Bruce Moon.  


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Ruby Spencer

Ruby Lee Spencer, 75, died Friday, May 8, 2020 at Los Angeles (Calif.) Medical Center. She was a native of Bastrop, La. and a resident of Los Angeles for the past 50 years.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillie Mae Dillard and Jim H. Spencer Sr.; two brothers, Willie C. Spencer and Lee Andrew Kelley; and one sister, Delore Henderson.

She is survived by her step-mother, Dorothy Spencer of Fountain Hill; one daughter, Dorothy Mae Jenkins, husband Leetell, of Fountain Hill; two granddaughters; one great-grandchild; one brother, Jim H. Spencer Jr., wife Mae, of Bastrop; and one sister, Ollie Lee Spencer of Bastrop.

A private graveside service was scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


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