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Emory “Ed” Cross

Emory Edward “Ed” Cross, 76, lifelong resident of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Little Rock. He attended Hamburg High School where he played football and worked as a produce manager at Piggly-Wiggly for many years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, having received his 50 Year Pin, the treasurer of Hamburg Prairie Lodge #465, and a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Brenda Sue Stanley Cross; his parents, Willie and Jo May Savage Cross; two brothers, David Milton Cross and Herman Cross; and one stepson, Ted Hennington.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kilcrease Cross of Hamburg; one daughter, Karen Williams of Montana; three sons, James Cross, Steven Cross and wife, Angel, and Michael Cross and wife, Melanie, all of Crossett; two stepdaughters, Babs Shockley and husband, Bobby, of Hamburg and Beth Knight and husband, Clay, of Sheridan; one stepson, Earnie Hennington and wife, Jacque, of Hamburg; two brothers, Lewis Melvin Cross of Crossett and Bobby Wayne Cross of El Dorado; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh Luellen and Bro. Carlton White officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites was in Rolfe Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gene Cross, Reggie Cross, Richard Cross, Casey Kelley, Dusty Johnson, and Kevin Cessor. 

Honorary pallbearers were members of Hamburg Prairie Masonic Lodge #465 and Crossett Masonic Lodge #576. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Patty Griffith

Patty Griffith, 72, of Fountain Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at her residence. She was a native and former resident of Hamburg, having attended Hamburg High School, and she was a homemaker. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Lonnie J. Griffith Sr.; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter, Austin and Adaleigh Paccio; her parents, William B. “Bill” and Geneva Norrell King; six sisters, Nancy Gail Barnett, Mary Smith, Vickie King, Barbara Woods, Susan Savage, and Peggy Woods; and two brothers, Bruce King and Billy Wayne King.

She is survived by four daughters, Tressie Tucker and husband, Paul, of Hamburg, Amy Hudson and husband, Bryan, and Megan Griffith, all of Hamburg, and Samantha Rankin and husband, Matt, of Wilmar; two sons, Roy Sanders (Cali) of Grapeville, Penn., and Lonnie Griffith Jr. of Fountain Hill; one sister, Dixie Fairchild of Hamburg; one brother, Reggie King of Fountain Hill; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in Carlock Cemetery with Rev. J.W. Dobbins officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Shane Griffin, Matt Rankin, Paul Tucker, Doug Nutter, Bryan Hudson, Jeff Fairchild, Bradley McDonald, Andrew Pierce, William Dodson, and Michael McDonald. 

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


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John Murdaugh

John Arthur Murdaugh, 63, of Portland died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Lake Village. 

He was a native of Indianola, Miss., and graduated in 1977 from Indianola Academy. He was a member of Portland Baptist Church and worked as an emergency medical technician for several years. 

He was a member of Jackson Gamers - Miniature War Games. He often worked the election polls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William O. Murdaugh Jr. and Gladys Kimble Murdaugh.

He is survived by two brothers, William Murdaugh of Spotsylvania, Va., and Richard Murdaugh and wife, Amanda, of Portland; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at Portland Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Harris officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR 71663 or to Portland Food Pantry, c/o Judy Sadler, PO Box 367, Portland, AR  71663. 

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