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DeAnna Carr

DeAnna Kaye Ross Carr, 54, lifelong resident of Crossett, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at her home. She was born April 24, 1967, and was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph D. Jackson, and one brother, Steve Stevenson.

She leaves behind her husband, Oscar Carr of Crossett; six children, Blake Laing (Tasha) and Devin Ross, both of Crossett, Douglas Ross of Norfolk, Va., Shane Ross (Kati) of Jacksonville, Fla., Jamie Newhouser (Casey) of Crossett, and Johnny Carr of Milpitas, Calif.; three brothers, Scott Stevenson, Bennie Ray Cochran Jr. (Sharon), and Darren Cochran, all of Crossett; her mother and stepfather, Dianne and Bennie Cochran of Crossett; and her stepmother, Bren Jackson of Crossett; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. James Harrington officiating. 

Pallbearers were Byron Jackson, Clayton Collins, Greg Watt, Zach Cochran, Coy Davis, and Bodie Glennon.


Robert Cornelius Jr.

Robert Earl Cornelius Jr., age 51, of Crossett died Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado. He was a native of Camden, a retired lift driver for GP Paper Mill, a member of New Bethel Baptist Missionary Church, and a Mason member of Exodus Lodge 403.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Earl Cornelius Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Rebecca Newton Cornelius; two sons, Robert Earl Cornelius III “Trey” of Crossett and Loranzo Keys of Bryant; his mother, Emma Jean Cornelius of Crossett; two sisters, Staci Cornelius of Crossett and Shirlene Cornelius of Camden; and one grandchild.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 in Westview Cemetery with Pastor Jessie Radford Jr. officiating.

Pallbearers were Wayne Boston, Robert Cornelius III, Roy Curtis, Elbert Ray Gibbs, Danny Lowe, and David Riley Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were member of Exodus Lodge 403.

Services were entrusted to Cromwell Funeral Home.


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Johnny Knight

Johnny Gale Knight, 74, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of the Milo community. After he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1965, he entered the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a construction worker and a construction superintendent for Pioneer Civil Construction for over 25 years, having retired in 2020. He was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, John McCoy Knight, and one daughter-in-law, Sheena Knight.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann Knight of Hamburg; two sons, Chris Knight and wife, Lelia, and Shelby Knight, all of Hamburg; his mother, Rudolph Knight of Hamburg; two sisters, Charlotte Thompson and husband, Barry, and Doris Harder, all of Crossett; one brother, Kenneth Knight and wife, Linda, of Hamburg; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Boykin officiating. Burial was in Egypt Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Hardy Sawyer, Paul Sawyer, Kevin Dale Chavis, Timothy Chavis, Jimmy Don Norrell, and Dewayne Bussell. 

Honorary pallbearers were George Wise, Roger Chavis, Billy “Wild Bill” Morton, Downey Robinson, Carlton Maxwell, and Danny Amos. 

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


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Earlene Livingston

Earlene Livingston, 81, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Little Rock. The native and lifelong resident of Ashley County was a 1958 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. She worked as a waitress at Sammies Restaurant for over 15 years. She attended Pleasant Lane Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Abigail Watson; her parents, Herman Levi and Frances Deora Godwin Collier; and one brother, George Collier.

She is survived by one son, Bobby Livingston Jr. and wife, Wanda of Hamburg; one daughter, Tammy Aiken and husband, John, of Hamburg; one brother, Billy Collier and wife, Debby, of Fountain Hill; one sister-in-law, JoeAnn Collier of Hamburg; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ricky Pack and Tommy Boles officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry Bissell, Chance Allison, Dewayne Collier, Brandon Collier, Andy Tanksley, and Logan Stevens.

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


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Aubrey “Mark” Orr

Aubrey “Mark” Orr, 59 and a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Oct. 3, 2021. He was born Jan. 11, 1962, was a 1980 graduate of Crossett High School, and was a member of South Main Baptist Church. 

For several years, he served as a shop steward for the USW Local 369 and was the president of Hickory Grove Cemetery Board for two years. He was also a 32nd-degree mason and a boilermaker.

He traveled as a boilermaker for some time, working at different plants whenever needed, until he was hired by the Bemis Bag Company in Crossett. After a few years at Bemis, he began a career that would last 21 years with Georgia Pacific, working as a boilermaker/mechanic in the maintenance department then an air technician for the last 15.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Dorothey Miller Orr.

He leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Shelley Dixon Orr; four sons, Lee Orr of Crossett, Josh Cunningham (Leann) of Benton, Caleb Cunningham of Sherwood, and David Parker (Julie) of Crossett; one sister, Linda Brooks of Shreveport, La.; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service with masonic rites was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Crossett with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating.

Pallbearers were Larry Hudson, Bill Rawls, Bill Simpson, David Ferguson, Jeff Norrell, and Lonnie Martin.

Services were under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.


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Sarah Robinson

Sarah Varnell Robinson, 83, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was a native of Carthage, a resident of Hamburg for over 40 years, and a former resident of Malvern; Portland, Ore.; and Houston, Texas.

She worked for over 30 years as an executive secretary for Georgia-Pacific and retired as the Ashley County tax collector after several years. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Robinson; one son, James “Jimmy” Neal Robinson; and her parents, Wilbur and Lillian Sims Varnell.

She is survived by one daughter, LouAnne Richardson of Hamburg; three sisters, Patsy Montgomery and Yvonne Samons and husband, Jerry, both of Little Rock and Wilma Silvers of Pine Bluff; one brother-in-law, Curtis Robinson and wife, Melba, of Friendship; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Ty Danielson and Brandon Murphy officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers are Brandon Murphy, Aaron Murphy, Curtis Robinson, David Oliver, Jim Culp, Tommy Sturgeon, Johnny Pierce, Bob Rush, Ted Richardson, and Todd Callaway.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959. 

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


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Patsy Simpson

Patsy Ruth Johnson Simpson, 76, a native of Crossett, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Ashley County Medical Center. She attended Crossett High School and then traveled with her husband.

She was preceded in death by one son, Rickey McDaniel; her parents, Dooley and Loene Meeks Johnson; two brothers, Charles Edward Johnson and Bobby Ray Johnson; and one sister, Doris Nell Johnson Hudson.

She is survived by three sons, Don McDaniel and wife, Donna, Ron Simpson and wife, Lydia, and Tim Simpson and wife, Azur, all of Texas; one sister, Susie Johnson Bolin and husband, Sammy, of Crossett; one brother, Billy W. Johnson of Crossett; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.