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Travis Brantley

Travis Fulton “Little Brother” Brantley, 98, of Crossett, died at home May 5, 2021.

He was born Sept. 10, 1922 and worked for Georgia Pacific for 40 years. He was also in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church his entire life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Faye Standard Brantley; two grandsons, Ethan Brantley and Lance Brantley; one granddaughter, Kristi Brennon Sass; his parents, Elmer Hudson and Minnie Etta Brantley; eight sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by three daughters, Cora Geels, Wanda Brennon (Eddie), and Tina Maxwell (Keith); six sons, Alvin (Patti), Travis (Julie), Roger (Marilyn), Tony (Barbie), Darren (Amy), and Ricky Brantley; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Simms Cemetery fund.

A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Hibbard officiating. Burial followed in Simms Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mike Shirley, Eugene Burnett, Ronnie Lochala, Keith Gardner, Larry Land, and Steve Hebert.


Raymond Conley Sr.

Raymond Conley Sr., 96 of Milwaukee, Wis., died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Veteran’s Hospital. He was a native of Wilmot, a G-P Plywood Mill retiree, and a member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and superintendent of Sunday school. 

He was a World War II veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal, World War II Victory Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Furtis Robinson Conley, second wife, Shirley Freeman Conley, four children Donald Ray, Alfred Ray, Gloria Mayfield, and Raymond Jr. and his parents Jesse and Alberta “Vick” Conley.

He leaves to cherish his memories his children, Bobbie Green of Bastrop, La., Jack (Willean) Conley, Dorothy Mitchell, Lauretta (Jerry) Waters, Helen (Ozie) Callahan, Felton (Brenda) Conley, Gregory (Kathy) Conley, Patrick (Sherron) Conley and Eva Duncan, all of Milwaukee, Loyce (Larry) Robinson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Thurman (Lora) Shaw of Wilmot, Barbara Conley of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael (Bonita) Conley of Allen, Texas, and Anthony Conley of Fort Worth, Texas; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in Second Baptist Cemetery in Wilmot.

Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home.


Robert Cornelius

Robert Earl Cornelius, age 75, of Crossett died Friday, April 30, 2021 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was a native of Camden, a retired electrician for G-P Paper Mill, and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school superintendent, chairman of the board of Christian education, and a trustee. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and as a Deputy Grand Mason. He was the Master for Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Arkansas, High Priest of Stateline Chapter #81 of Royal Arch Masons of Crossett, Crossett Commandery #5 Knight Templar Masons, 2nd Lieutenant of Angerona Consistory #78-Pine Bluff, Grand Inspector General of the United Supreme Council of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons 33 degree- Southern Jurisdiction, Memphis, Tn.

He served on the Crossett School Board for 32 years, 11 of those years as president, and was inducted into the Ouachita Baptist University Hall of Fame. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Isaiah and Pearline Harris- Cornelius; and one brother, Edward Isaiah Cornelius Jr. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Emma Jean Cornelius; one son, Robert E. Cornelius Jr. (Rebecca) of Crossett; two daughters, Staci Y. Cornelius of Crossett and Shirlene Cornelius of Camden; one sister, Edith M. Cornelius of Camden; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Friday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett with Pastor Jesse Radford Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery. Pallbearers were the members of Exodus Lodge #403.

Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Elizabeth Gulledge

Elizabeth “Tiny Ann” Gulledge, 86, of Hamburg, died Sunday, May 9, 2021, at her residence. She was a native of the Mount Pleasant community east of Hamburg and a lifelong resident of Ashley County. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lewis Gulledge; her parents, Frank Louis and Cynthia Rilla Howie Royal; one brother, Aubrey “Bud” Royal; and five sisters, Iner Mae Luker, Louise Huffman, Muriel Williamson, Madel Griffin, and Maxine Murphy.

She is survived by two daughters, Martha Crane and husband, Douglas, of Montrose and Misty Kelley and husband, Robert, of Hamburg; three sons, Danny Gulledge of Hamburg, Ricky Gulledge of Eureka Springs, and Keith Gulledge of Hamburg; one sister, Mavis McCown of Gladewater, Texas; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Larry Huffman, John Dailey, and Rev. Lamar Huffman officiating. 

Burial will be in Promise Land Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Sammy Wallace, Lamar Higginbotham, Marc Collins, John Dailey, Pete Rice, and Bud Henderson. 

Memorials may be sent to Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Lindsey Brooks, 427 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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


Virginia Kupfner

Virginia Elaine Kupfner, age 78 of Hamburg died Thursday, May 6, 2021 at her home. She was a native of Delhi, La., a homemaker, and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Kupfner, and her parents, Earnest and Frances Pearlie Rogers-Herrington. 

She is survived by one son, Billy Sanders (Teara) of West Monroe, La.; four daughters, Cindy Page (Darrel) and Tina Carpenter (Terry), both of West Monroe, Stacy Adams (Michael) of Hamburg, and Michelle Kupfner of Greenville, Miss.; three sisters, Louise Plunkett of Plaindealing, La., Carolyn Barkley of Downsville, La., and Ida Herrington of West Monroe; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

No service will be held but burial will be Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. in Mt. Zion Cemetery.


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Thomas (“T.P.”) Noble, III

Funeral services for Thomas P. (“T.P.”) Noble, III, 84, will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clark Road, Keithville, Louisiana. A visitation will be held Monday, May 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be Reverend Bill Green. 

T.P. was born on January 10, 1937 to Mable Susan Taylor Noble and Thomas P. Noble II in Port Arthur, Texas and passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from a broken heart over his wife of 57 years, Delores’ recent passing. He and Delores will be sorely missed. 

T.P. was a resident of Shreveport and a Veteran of the Army National Guard of Louisiana and the United States Army Reserve. He was also a member of Greenwood Baptist Church for over 20 years. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Delores. Left to cherish his memory are his first cousins, Carrol Noble of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Sarah Jane Noble Newton of Cleveland, Mississippi, Linda Noble Lange of Jackson, Mississippi, Olivia Taylor of Round Rock, Texas; and many distant cousins, including Imie Noble Carpenter of Hamburg, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe, Louisiana.


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Reba Stevens

Reba J. Stevens, 75, of Crossett, died Monday, May 3, 2021, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was born Jan. 24, 1946, was a lifelong resident of Ashley County. She was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church, and in 1964, she graduated from Hamburg High School before earning an associate degree in business at the Droanes Business School in 1965.

For 25 years, she worked at Ashley County Medical Center as a licensed practical nurse and social service worker. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Doris Norrell Jenkins, and her husband of 33 years, James “Lamar” Stevens.

She leaves behind two sons, Shane Austin (Disha) of Crossett and Toby Austin (Brooke) of Hamburg; five sisters, Linda Dasch (Jack), Norma Chance, and Judy McCay (Scotty), all of Crossett, Sharon McMahan (Gary) of Bella Vista, and Ginger Stewart (Darrell) of Crossett; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A private family service was planned at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Toby Austin officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Scotty McCay, Gary McMahan, Darrell Stewart, Jim Stahley, Alex Stahley, Johnny Burchfield, Jon Grannon, Jason McMahan, and Andy McMahan.