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Carolyn “Ann” Austin

Carolyn “Ann” Austin, 74, of Hamburg, died Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Little Rock. She was a native of the Berlin community south of Hamburg and a 1965 graduate of Hamburg High School. She worked at Hamburg Shirt Factory, and later in home health as a certified nurses assistant. For many years she wrote the Extra Community News column for The Ashley County Ledger. She was a member of Tillou Baptist Church.  

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Horace M. Pollock; her parents, Easter and Reavie Holland Kinnaird; three sisters, Rachel Summerland, Bonnie Dean Kinnaird, and Jean Doles; and four brothers, Larry L. Kinnaird, Charles Edward Kinnaird, Tom I. Kinnaird, and R.E. “Buddy” Kinnaird.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, James L. Austin of Hamburg; one son, James “Jim” Pollock and wife, Lisa, of Bastrop, La.; one step-son, Philip Austin and wife, Jessica, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Sara Cruce of Monticello and Faye Hunter of Hamburg; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 29 in Tillou Baptist Church with Bro. Taylor Freeland and Bro. Allan Eppinette officiating followed by burial in Extra Cemetery. 

Pallbearers are Cody Pollock, Ragan Hunter, Kirk Doles, Keith Summerland, Cleveland Summerland, Junior Cruce, Chuck Kinnaird, and Andy Kinnaird.

Honorary pallbearers are the men of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class at Tillou Baptist Church. 

Memorials may be sent to Tillou Baptist Church, 19242 Cain Road, Bastrop, LA  71220. 

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


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Kenneth Burchfield

Kenneth Lee Burchfield, 62, of Hamburg, died Monday, June 28, 2021, at his residence. He was a native of Crossett and graduated in 1977 from Crossett High School. He also graduated from University of Arkansas at Monticello, College of Technology in 1978. He worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation in the maintenance department. He was a member of South Main Baptist Church and would visit Freedom Ministries. 

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ophelia “Opie” Lynn Baker, and his parents, Ecil and Sadie Gibbs Burchfield.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Monica Burchfield of Hamburg; three daughters, Lily Burchfield Payne and husband, Drew, of Little Rock, Teri Taylor Freeman and husband, Scott, of Crossett, and Courtney Peterson of Hamburg; two sons, Paul Sellers and Mitchell Sellers, both of Hamburg; two sisters, Sarah Beth Maxwell and husband, Tommy, of Monticello and Melanie Fineout and husband, Tommy, of Sulphur Springs, Texas; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at Freedom Ministries with Bro. Lyle Hearn and Apostille Angie Hogan officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Kent Kilcrease, Galen Jerry, Dusty Johnson, John Thomas Fineout, Wil Maxwell, Peyton Sellers, and Silas Sellers.

Honorary pallbearers are Mitchell Sellers, Paul Sellers, Drew Payne, Charles Peterson, Chuck Peterson, Jesse Lemons, Jack Allen, Bill Pierce, members of Crossett High School Class of 1977, and his Crossett High School sports teammates.

Memorials may be sent to Hope at Home, PO Box 1001, Crossett, AR 71635.

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


William “Bill” Garner

William “Bill” Lewis Garner, 73, of Mountain View, died at his home Monday, June 21, 2021. He was born Sept. 18, 1947, in Atkins, was a former resident of Hattieville, and was a member of Herpel Missionary Baptist Church.

He joined the United States Navy serving as a radio operator on the U.S.S. Enterprise during both the Vietnam Conflict and the Korean War.

He was a carpenter by trade and spent many years working as a millwright and home builder.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Ann Garner; his parents, William Lewis Garner and Elmeda Meeks Garner; one brother, John Elvin Garner; and one half-sister, Louise Jones.

He leaves behind five children, Michael Johnson (Stephanie) of Lancaster, Pen., Raymond Ray Johnson Jr. (Sherry Marshall) of Pioneer, La., Latisha “Tess” Edwards (Nathan) of Charlotte, John A. Garner (Samantha) of Kasilof, Alaska, and Bill Garner Jr. of Mountain View; one sister, Margaret Kathleen Garner-Bardin of Crossett; one half-brother, Mike Garner of Charlotte; and one step-brother, Lonnie Czak; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Community Chapel Baptist Church, 109 Hoss Carter Road in Crossett, with Rev. Michael Conyers officiating. Burial will follow in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Landel Hamm, Bill Garner Jr., David Garner, Mike Garner, Nathan Edwards, and John Garner.

Visitation was scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Chapel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to “We Are the 22” Organization (Combating Veteran Suicide), Post Office Box 241391, Little Rock AR 72223.


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James Gosnell

James Earl Gosnell, 61, of Hamburg, died Thursday, June 24, 2021, at his residence. He was a native of Blytheville and a former resident of Portland. A 1978 graduate of St. Charles High School and a 1979 graduate of the Ricebelt Vocational-Technical School in Dewitt, he worked as an electrician for Dale Ross Drilling. 

He was preceded in death by twin grandchildren, Willow and Memphis; his parents, O.V. and Carole Gilreath Gosnell; and his father-in-law, Dale Ross.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Toni Ross Gosnell of Hamburg; three children, Jimmi Lynn James and husband, Jason, of Dumas, Ross Gosnell of Hamburg, and Jodi Gosnell of Parkdale; one brother, George Gosnell and wife, Dee, of Florida; two sisters, Vicky Robertson of Texas and Pam Gosnell of Cabot; his mother-in-law, Sylvia Ross of Dumas; one sister-in-law, Felecia Ross of Monticello; and three grandchildren.

There will be a family-led graveside memorial service in Crocketts Bluff Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Crocketts Bluff Cemetery, PO Box 56, Crocketts Bluff, AR 72038.

Honorary pallbearers will be Timmy Gardner, Jimmy Wilson, Noble Hoy, Bill Rush, Kelly Lindsey, and Charlie Starks. 

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


Richard Head

Richard Earl Head, 69, of Junction City, formerly of Crossett and Huttig, died Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 16, 1951 and graduated Huttig High School in 1969. He was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church in Crossett.

He worked most of his life as a field service technician and engineer. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Marion Binns Head, and his wife of 48 years, Judy Jeffress Head.

He leaves behind two sons, Chris Head and wife, Melissa, of Crossett and Jonathan Head of Junction City; one daughter, Lacey Farrar and husband, Brian, of Junction City; two siblings, Dale Head and wife, Debbie, and Sheila Mathews and husband, Mike, all of Huttig; and 10 grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Beech Street Baptist Church with Pastor Donnie Dubose officiating. A private family burial followed in Unity Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brennan Lee, Christian Head, Braedon Farrar, Brady Hutchison, Brandon Brumley, Michael Fife, DJ Bussell, and Chad Hines.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Beech Street Baptist Church Jeffress School of Music Scholarship Fund - 500 Beech Street, Crossett, AR  71635.


Larry Mason

Larry Leon Mason, age 58 of Wilmot, died Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his residence. He was a native of Lubbock, Texas, and a retired carpenter. He was of the Assembly of God faith. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Bufford Leon Mason. 

He is survived by his mother, Iva Nell Mason of Wilmot, and one sister, Melissa Mason of Wilmot.

Graveside memorial service will be Wednesday, June 30 in Wilmot Cemetary with Bro. Roger West officiating.


Jennifer Schat

Jennifer Carol Schat, 43, of Lubbock, Texas, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Covenant Health Medical Center. 

She was born in Monroe, La., on Feb. 17, 1978, and was a 1996 graduate of Crossett High School. 

After graduation, she attended South Arkansas Community College and earned an associate degree as a physical therapy assistant.

She was a member of both the National Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Alan McElroy.

She leaves behind her husband of 12 years, Bobby Schat of Lubbock, Texas; one daughter, Kayla Trussell (Garrett) of Crossett; one son, Alan Michael Burney of Lubbock; one stepson, Alexander J. Schat of Granbury, Texas; her mother and stepfather, Marilyn and Rick Stephenson of Calhoun, La.; five siblings, Gerry Dunlap (Steven) of Vancleave, Miss., Matthew McElroy and Michael McElroy, both of Calhoun, Michelle McElroy of Whitehall, and stepsister Connie Dudziak (Tom) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 25 in the Medders Funeral chapel with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating.


Pearlean Williams

Pearlean Williams, 60 years old of Parkdale, died June 23, 2021 at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, La. She was a member of Penny’s Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Parkdale. 

She graduated from Parkdale High School and attended University of Arkansas at Monticello where she was later inducted to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Ashley County Hall of Fame. 

She was preceded in death by mother, Atheline Davidson; her father, George Davidson; two brothers, Larry Davidson and Samuel Davidson; and two sisters, Linda Davidson and Betty Faye Davidson. 

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Willie Williams of Parkdale; one daughter, Latasha (Steve) Campbell of Parkdale; two sons, Jonathan Williams of White Hall and Jeremiah Williams of Parkdale; three granddaughters; sisters, Grady Lewis of Manteca, Calif., Atheline (Earl) Goodwin of Augusta, Ga., Shirley Owens of Hot Springs, Georgia (Marzell) Morris of Parkdale, Barbara Davidson of Portland, Bernada Davidson of Hamburg, and Martha Davidson of Hamburg; and six brothers, Bennie Strickland of Indianapolis, In., Louis Mitchell of Parkdale, George Davidson III of Monticello, George Davidson IV of Houston, Texas, Michael Davidson of Hamburg, and Eddie Davidson of Fountain Hill. 

Graveside service is set for Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m. in Childress Chapel Cemetery in Parkdale with Rev. Kentrell Woods officiating.