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Joyce Carter

Joyce Collins Carter, 83, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at her home. She was born in Bastrop, La., on April 14, 1937, and was a graduate of Bastrop High School. 

She did secretarial work for various companies, including the wood-molding business she and her husband operated for several years. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oren and Flossie Boyd Collins; two sisters, Mary Roberson and Martha White; and one brother, Jim Collins.

Survivors include husband of 63 years, Treswell Carter Sr.; one daughter, Rebecca Davis (Raymond) of Hamburg; two sons, Treswell Carter Jr. (Bobbie) of Fouke and George Michael Carter (Debra) of Hamburg; one brother, Kenneth Collins (Jeanette) of Tyler, Texas; and six grandchildren.

A private celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Medders Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating and was followed by burial in Carter Cemetery.

Pallbearers were JR Carter, Frank Davis, Johnie Stewart, Randy Abernathy, Gus Lofton, Lance Smith, Aaron Wright, Jake King, and Craig “Bubbie” Mashburn.

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Chere Clingen

Chere Ann Harris Clingen, 52, of Crossett, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at her home. She was born March 10, 1968, in Bastrop, La., and she was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Harris Sr. and Carol Ann Middlebrooks Harris; her mother- and father-in-law, Lemmie and Josephine Clingen; and one grandchild, Justin Clinger Jr.

She is survived by her husband of  28 years, Author Manuel Clingen Sr.; two sons, Author Clingen Jr. of Hamburg and Justin Clingen and wife, Destiney, of Oak Grove, La.; three daughters, Rebecca Carrol and husband, James, of Oak Grove, Crista Jackson and husband, Ricky Jr. of Mer Rouge, La., and Charlay Harris of Conway; three brothers, Charlie (Boog) Harris of Bastrop, Kirt Harris and wife, Sharon, also of Bastrop, and Jody David Harris and wife, Susan, of Greenbrier; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at Pine Grove Community Church with Bro. Doug Edwards officiating and was followed by burial in Tillou Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Chris Alex, Nic Harris, Little Man, Drake Harris, Ricky Jackson, and Dalton Jackson. 

Honorary pallbearers were Author JR. (Bubba) and Justin Clingen.

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Gene Hazlewood

Gene E. Hazlewood, 78, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. He was a native of Houston, Texas, a resident of Crossett for many years, and a former resident of Lufkin, Texas and Houston, Texas. 

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a court clerk for Harris County, Texas, district clerk’s office. He was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and American Legion Post 111.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Harper Hazlewood.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Cole Hazlewood; two daughters, Gina Brockwell and husband, Tony, and Gretchen Hazlewood, all of Crossett; one sister, JoNell Hazlewood Duke of Houston; two brothers, Robert Cole and wife, Martha, and Martin Kristen and wife, Kay, all of Crossett; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Atkinson of New Caney, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12 in Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Mike Griffith and Bro. Lester Hutson officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Willie Washington, Allen Jackson, Lloyd Dean Leonard, Danny Barton, Dean Holland, Owen Williams, Randy Townley, Harold Brumley, Charles Stell, Billy Mac Watt, Billy Norrell, Ernie Thompson, David Alsworth, Harold Ellis, and Ted Aaron.

Memorials may be sent to American Legion Post 111, PO Box 2167, Crossett, AR  71635.

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

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Joyce McElroy

Joyce McElroy, 81, a native and lifelong resident of Crossett, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. She was a 1957 graduate of Crossett High School, a registered nurse, having worked at Ashley County Medical Center for 20 years and Morehouse General Hospital for 10 years, and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Dale McElroyand Alan McElroy; her parents, Dewey Benton and Lonia Mae Burchell Murphy; and one brother, Bobby Glen Murphy.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet Ricks and husband, David, of Hamburg and Kathy Harcrow of Crossett; one son, Robin McElroy and wife, Mandy, of Crossett; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. A private burial was in Carlock Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Dale Barnett, Bryan Huskey, Matthew McElroy, Ethan McElroy, Luke Ricks, Alan Burney, Eli McElroy, and Bronx Huskey.

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

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Frank Pugh

Frank Augustus Pugh, 62, native and lifelong resident of Portland, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at his residence. He was a 1977 graduate of Montrose Academy, the owner and vice president of Arkansas AG and GPS Gin Company, and a member of Portland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Robert “Tom” and Elsie Silverman Pugh.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Brinson Pugh of Portland; two sons, Robert Pugh and wife, Ashley, of Lake Village and Cody Channell and wife, Kristyn, of Ruston, La.; two daughters, Stephanie Pugh Smith and husband, Tom, of Lake Village and Hayley Golden and husband, Billy, of Lacey; one stepson, Blake Morgan of Dumas; one stepdaughter, Meagan Johnson and husband, Chance, of England; one brother, Tom Pugh Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Little Rock; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 in Portland Cemetery with Stanton Veazey and Bro. E.W. Ricks officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Adams, George Rutledge, David Yocum, Matt Livingston, Ronnie Berkemeyer, Don Arensman, Perry Wilson, and Alvaro Mondragon.

Memorials may be sent to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR  71663. 

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

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James “Jimbo” Ralph

James Lamar “Jimbo” Ralph, 61, a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at his residence. He was a 1977 graduate of Hamburg High School, worked at Georgia-Pacific Tissue Mill for 22 years, and owned and operated J & S Quick Lube. He was a member of Gardner Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Harrison Ralph.

He is survived by two daughters, Jeanie Ralph of Little Rock and Dora Ralph of Springdale; his mother, Ima Jean Cook Ralph of Hamburg; and one sister, Rhonda Cook and husband, Brad, of Monroe, La.

Graveside services are to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Beech Creek Cemetery with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers are Brad Cook, Jimmy “Coon Dog” Horn, Rob Johnson, Russell Dale Maxwell, Wayne Gates, John Gee, Jack Edward Gee, Chris Kelley, John Sanderlin, Steve Lister, Peppy Gillum, and Jimmy Don Gillum. 

Memorials may be sent to Beech Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Jan Moffatt, 518 Ashley Road 77, Hamburg, AR  71646.

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

Visitation will be from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the cemetery.

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Betty Walthall

Betty Jo Walthall, 82, of Crossett, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born in Huttig on Nov. 2, 1937, and for many years, worked at First National Bank of Crossett. She also worked as the mayor’s secretary for the City of Crossett. 

She was a member of First Assembly of God Church, where she played the organ, occasionally the piano, and sang harmony. She was also a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Relda Stinson Perry, and one grandson, Jon Wallace.

Her survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jesse Walthall of Crossett; one son, Terry Walthall, and wife, Anna, of Texarkana; two daughters, Lisa Wallace and husband, Don, of Hamburg and Jan Stephenson and husband, Bryan, of Monticello; two brothers, Bob Perry, and wife, Wanda, of Little Rock and Charles Perry of Hampton; one sister, Frances Allen, and husband, David, of Natchitoches, La.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at First Assembly of God Church with Pastors Kenneth Neal and Bob Perry officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jesse Stephenson, Will Stephenson, Sam May, Mark Hawkins, Billy Reynolds, and Cecil Walthall.

Honorary pallbearers were City of Crossett employees.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her memory to First Assembly of God Church Building Fund.

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