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Jessie Lowe

Jessie James Lowe, 82, of Crossett, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 at his residence. 

He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retiree of Georgia Pacific Paper Mill shipping and receiving department, a member of First Baptist Church, a 33rd degree Mason, and a member of Exodus Lodge #403.

He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Crossett for over 40 years. He was a member of Crossett Reunion Club, an associate member of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Alumni Club, and a member of the Blue Buck Hunting Club for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Billy” and Evie Battle-Lowe.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Emogene Wallace-Lowe; one son, Victor Lowe (Sharon) of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Sheryl Lowe-Wade of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Michael Jordan of Oakland, Calif., and Jimmy Earl Jordan of Dallas, Texas; five sisters, Debra Lowe-Barnes of Crossett, Ethel Smith of Bastrop, La., Louise Thurman, husband Sam, of Houston, Texas, Lexi Oliver of Kansas City, Kan., and Johnnie Marie Mattis, husband Willie, of Rayville, La.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in Westview Cemetery with Rev. Curtis Jackson Sr. officiating and under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Larry Dawson, Tony Allen, Bobby Dale Jackson, Glen Newton, Lloyd Collins, and Bryan Dallas.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Exodus Lodge #403, T.W. Daniels class of 1956, First Baptist Church Sr. Choir, Crossett Reunion Club, Singing Union #3, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Alumni Club.


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Georgia McNeice

Georgia McNeice, 97, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. She was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg since 1951. 

She graduated from Fountain Hill High School and worked as a seamstress. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie McNeice; her parents, R.B. and Emma Loveless Culp; four brothers, Thomas William “Pete” Culp, Robert Chalmer Culp, Dudley Culp, and James Culp; and three sisters, Mary Hunter, Alma Gardner, and Ellie Godwin.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Akers and husband, Billy Dean, of Hamburg and Cheryl Bellot of White Hall; one son, Robert Don McNeice and wife, Jean, of Lake Village; two sisters, Louise Cox and Ruth Martin, both of Hamburg; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in Pinewood Memorial Park with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.


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Roma Stanley

Roma B. Stanley, 82, native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. He was a 1956 graduate of Fountain Hill High School, a carpenter, and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Eva Agnes Bolin Stanley, and one sister, Elsie Stanley Allison.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Carolyn Pearson Stanley of Fountain Hill; one son, Roma Carroll Stanley and wife, Paula, of Lake Village; one daughter, Glenda Allison and husband, Tommy, of the Valley Community; two brothers, Glendol Stanley of Beekman, La., and Hershal Stanley and wife, Margie, of Mayflower; two sisters, Judy Mace and husband, Jerry, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Dianne Stephenson of Bastrop, Texas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Flat Creek Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to Gideon’s International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.

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

Visitation will be from 1:45 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the cemetery.


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Phillip Swan

Phillip Don Swan, 74, of Fountain Hill, deid Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Little Rock. He was born on Jan. 5, 1946 and was a 1964 graduate of Crossett High School. For 42 years he worked for Georgia Pacific and in 2006 retired as a training coordinator in the tissue mill.

He was a member of Hamburg First United Pentecostal Church where he occasionally filled in for his pastor during worship and played bass guitar.  For nearly 40 years, he was part of the prison ministry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott Alvin and Madgie Faye Eubanks Swan; his wife of 49 years, Ilene Johnson Swan; his wife of 4 years, Charlene Pruitt Swan; and one stepson, Travis Sowyers.

He is survived by one daughter, Karen White (Dale) of Crystal Springs, Miss.; and one granddaughter; two stepdaughters, Pam Keely (Stan) of Fountain Hill and Penny Whitaker (Lee) of Greenville, Miss.; one brother, Bennie Swan (Alice) of Crossett; and a host of step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and step-great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 in Crossroads Cemetery with Pastors Larry Hickman, Wilbur Cupstid, and Randy Russell officiating. 

Pallbearers were Chance Ray, Justin Leslie, William Sowyers, Joey Sowyers, Mark Hickman, Tino Garcia, Jerek Garcia, Nathaniel Sowyers, Cecelia Chambless, and Tasha Garcia.  Honorary pallbearers were Stan Keely, Wayne Keely, and James Rodney Sowyers.

Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.


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Betty Whitworth

Betty Courson Whitworth, 95, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. She was a native of Fort Smith, a former resident of Atlanta, Texas, and a resident of the Promise Land community east of Hamburg for most of her life.

She was a reading teacher at Noble and Allbritton Elementary Schools and a school bus driver for 19 years. She was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Harry “Doc” Courson and Lewis Whitworth; her parents, John and Cora Harris Crittenden; three brothers, Harris Crittenden, Jack Crittenden, and John Harold Crittenden; one sister, Wanda Brooks; and one son-in-law, Davis Myers.

She is survived by three daughters, Harriet Myers of Atlanta, Renee Hackworth and husband, Garret, of Crossett and Betty Sue Parker and husband, Danny, of Bella Vista; one son, John Courson and wife, Sancy, of McGehee; three stepdaughters, Margaret Hall and husband, George, of Atlanta, Sherry McCasland and husband, Tim, of Bloomburg, Texas, and Brenda Whitworth of Orange, Texas; two stepsons, Lloyd Whitworth and wife, Judy, of Kennewick, Wash., and Larry Whitworth and wife, Nanette, of Atlanta; one sister, Doris Watson of Atlanta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Promise Land Cemetery pavilion with Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Jason Hackworth, Jim Toon, John Harris, Randy Ward, Josh Courson, Chris Courson, Matt Courson, Scott Knight, Daniel Toole, and Stephen Parker.

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

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

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