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Kathryn “Maude” Council 

Kathryn “Maude” Louise Council, 87, of White Hall, died Sunday, April 26, 2020, at The Waters of White Hall. She was a native of Pine Bluff, raised in Hamburg, and a former resident of Chicago, Ill. for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James “Suddie” Council; one daughter, Linda Faye Hill; one son-in-law, Augustus “Bubba” Hill; one great-grandson, D’Andre Seals; her parents, John W. Edwards and Kathreen Vanhook Nichols Edwards; one sister, Katie Nichols Watkins Terry; three brothers, James “Tudie P” Edwards, Joe Sterling “Joe Boy” Edwards, and Sullivant Scott; her step-father, Jordan “Jerdan” Milton; and one half-sister, Mary Lewis.

She is survived by two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Josephine Adams of Pine Bluff.

A private service was held Friday, May 1 at 2 p.m. on the campus of Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating.

Active pallbearers were Michael Ridgell, Michael K’von Ridgell, Rodney Seals, Cleveland Wilson, Larry Martin, and Daniel Shelton. 

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the staff of The Waters of White Hall, and Phil and Inez Barnes and family.

Services were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.


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Charles Farmer

Charles E. Farmer, 83, of Hamburg, died Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

He was a native of the Extra community, south of Hamburg and a resident of Hamburg since 1974. 

He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1955 and went to work for the Crossett Company, which later became the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He retired from Plum Creek after 41 years as a forestry technician. 

He was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church and was a former member of Louisiana National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Jessie Jewel Riels Farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Bridges Farmer; one son, David Farmer and wife, Betty of Hamburg; three daughters, Sandra Owens and husband, William, of Waxhaw, N.C., Angela Rosen and husband, Donald, of Hamburg, and Amy Courson and husband, Richard of Southaven, Miss.; one brother, Allen Farmer and wife, Dorothy, of Hamburg; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3 in Extra Cemetery with Stanton Veazey and Rev. Toby Austin officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were John Ricks, Steve McDonald, Jerry Watkins, Dewayne Bridges, Dudley Allen, John Harrison, Bennie Williams, and Dale Riels.

Memorials may be sent to Extra Cemetery Association, c/o Dorothy Farmer, 1303 N. Cherry Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Shelby Scott

Shelby Scott, 69, of Fountain Hill, died Monday, April 27, 2020. She was a native and lifelong resident of the Shiloh community outside of Fountain Hill, a 1969 graduate of Fountain Hill High School, and a former member of Arkansas National Guard. 

He worked as a converting mechanic for Georgia-Pacific Corporation Tissue Mill for over 43 years, having retired in 2013. He worked for C&W and G&W Rodeo Company from the 1970s until 1997. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Floyd and Virginia Riley Scott.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Alisa Martin Scott; one daughter, Brenda Scott McCone and husband, Justin of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Mary Ann Scott and Norma Hales and husband, Bobby, all of Fountain Hill; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Flat Creek Cemetery with Bro. Elvin McDill officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Richard, Rob Gifford, Carl Brown, Rodger Chavis, Chuck White, Mike Harville, Adam Poe, Mike Cain, James Outlaw, Dwight Duncan, and George Vestal. 

Memorials may be sent to Shiloh Baptist Church, c/o Rob Gifford, 716 Ashley Road 81 E., Hamburg, AR 71646. 

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

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