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Erica Jackson

Erica Evette Jackson, age 47 of Little Rock, died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary. She was a native of Wilmot but lived in Little Rock where she worked as a hotel manager. She was a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church and of the Faith Chapter #6 order of Eastern Star A.F. and A.M. of Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rita Jackson and Andrew Lewis, and two sisters, Mashona Diane Jackson and Dorothy Jean McDade. 

She is survived by four sons, Derrick Jackson, Dedrick Jackson, Cedrick Jackson, and Elijah Huges Jackson, all of Little Rock; five brothers, Leroy Jackson and Kenneth Jackson, both of Wilmot, Issace Russel of Little Rock, and Larry Jones (Denesie) and Andrew Jackson of Ayer, Ma.; two sisters, Gloria Lewis Jackson of Leesburg, Fla., and Betty Johnson of Bastrop, La.; and one grandchild.

Graveside service was held Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m. in Second Baptist Cemetery with Pastor Willie McFelson officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Dominique Owens, LeDevan Owens, Christopher Jackson, Mon’treal Jackson, Trey Jackson, Craig Stephens, Kennon Saine, Gerald Haskin, Leo Woods, Antwan Harris, Christopher Toney, and Kenneth Rhodes Jr.

Service was under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Aubrey “Buddy” Lephiew

Aubrey Lee “Buddy” Lephiew, 73, of Crossett, died Saturday, March 6, 2021, at his home. He was born on June 25, 1947, graduated from Star City High School, and was a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church. 

He retired in 2010 from a 44-year career with Georgia Pacific.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Mary Lee Owens Lephiew; one daughter, Belinda Jo Lephiew Matthews; and one sister, Mary Leverne Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Beatty Lephiew of Crossett; one son, Danny Lephiew and wife, Angela, of Crossett; one sister, Connie Rogers of Hernando, Miss.; one son-in-law, Donald Matthews; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 10 at Medders Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. 

Pallbearers were Earl Carter, Andy Rials, Rocky Beatty, Ricky Taunton, Larry Threet, and Leon Hamm.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Peyten McNeice, Cody Lephiew, and Hayden Matthews.


Robert Meeks

Robert “Bobby” Meeks 

Robert “Bobby” Glen Meeks, age 85, lifelong resident of Crossett, died Thursday, March 11, 2021. He was born on June 10, 1935. He owned Bobby Meeks Used Cars in North Crossett. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Meeks; an infant son, Robert Glen Meeks Jr.; and two brothers, Mike Meeks and Fred Meeks.

Survivors include seven children, Steve White (Sharon) of Monticello, Stan White (Karen) of Hamburg, Ann Rickman of Crossett, Felicia Jones (Steve) of Hot Springs, and Melissa Nix (Mike), Heath Meeks, and Michelle Meeks, all of Crossett; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14 in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin McDaniel officiating. 

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Taylor, Russ Meeks, Tristan Hinton, Gunner Jones, Jerrick Rickman, and Ryan Brantley. 


Kay Simpson

Kay Lynn Simpson, age 61, a lifelong resident of Hamburg, died Monday, March 8, 2021 at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Flossie Lee Simpson, and one daughter, Kandra Nicola Miles.

She is survived by three brothers, Roosevelt Simpson Jr. (GLoria), Jessie Arnold Simpson (Evelyn), and Leroy Simpson, all of Hamburg; one son, Chancey Martin of Hamburg; and sisters, Betty Lou Harrington and Laretta Smith, both of Hamburg and Jacqueline Simpson of El Dorado.

Graveside services were held Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m. in Johnson Memorial with Pastor Dantony Square officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Brian Miles, Darien Burns, Izell Burns, Brandon Harrington, Horace Harrington III, and Antoine Johnson.

Services were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.


Robert “Tate” Watt

Robert Brian “Tate” Watt, 49, of Crossett, died Friday, March 5, 2021. He was born in El Dorado, on Jan. 15, 1972, and graduated from Crossett High School in 1990.

He worked for Bemis Bag Company before offering electrical and HVAC work. He started and managed several businesses including the Duct Doctor and Watt Farms, which was recognized as 2018 Farm Family of the Year. 

He was a member of Ashley County Bow Hunters Association and PSE Bow Hunting Shooting Staff. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lindsey and Lucille Watt and Bill and Jean Jordan.

He is survived by his parents, Billy Mack and Billie Fran Watt; two daughters, Jordan Lynzee Watt and BreAnn Sturdivant; one son, Corby Sturdivant and wife, Caroline, all of Crossett; and one granddaughter.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at Magnolia Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Griffith officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Corby Sturdivant, Stephen Carter, Brad Martin, Malcolm Lee, Greg Blankenship, Lee Taylor, Brad White, and Cliff Gee.

Honorary pallbearers were John Kenly, Pepe Bolano, Edgar Bolano, Chuy Bolano, Wendel Steele, John Grady Richard, and Randy Townley.