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Chesley Andrews

Chesley Howard Andrews, 78, of Crossett, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. He was born Oct. 14, 1942, and was a 1960 graduate of Crossett High School.

He worked for Georgia Pacific until moving in 1968 to Ashdown where he later retired from Domtar Paper Company. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lily Duncan Andrews; four brothers, Johnny, Charles, Sam, and Henry Andrews; and three sisters, Betty McCoy, Maude Deggs, and Pauline Sharp.

He leaves behind one son, Chesley Andrews Jr. (Michelle) of Crossett; one daughter, Julie Dixon (Danny) of Logansport, La.; and two sisters, Gail Chaney of Leesville, La., and Annie Nelson of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Jackson officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers are Chris Clark, Jacob Smith, Jim Sharp, Roger Andrews, Aaron Smith, Chase Carter, and Danny Dixon.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.


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Charles Barnett

Charles Edward Barnett, age 88 of Crossett, died Sept. 25, 2021. He was born Dec. 9, 1932 in Hamburg and was a member of Wallers Chapel Methodist Church. He served his country as a corporal in the United States Army. He was a construction worker and a carpenter supervisor for Ideal Construction and Brown and Root.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryan and Ollie Barnett; three brothers, Oral, Robert and Glen Barnett; two sisters, Allene Christy and Opal Chapman; and two grandchildren, David Nelson and Tabitha Jeannette Barnett.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Maycel Jenkins Barnett; one daughter, Karen Nelson (Garland) of Scottsboro, Ala.; two sons, Charles K. Barnett (Patricia) and Tim Bryan Barnett (Kathy), all of Hamburg; one sister, Lucille Beirbaumn of Hamburg; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 28 with Bro. Jim Faulk officiating. 

Pallbearers will be James Barnett, Eric Sumner, Louie Gammel, Kenneth Barnett, Dewayne Chapman, Jake Compton, and John Craig.

Burial will follow in Crossroads Cemetery. 


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Ila Bing

Ila Faye Bing, age 73 of Monroe, La., died Sept. 21, 2021. She was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Jones, La., and was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sterlington, La. 

She was a graduate of Wilmot High School and received an accounting degree from Draughons School of Business in Little Rock. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at University of Arkansas at Monticello. She worked as a bookkeeper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles J. and Lessie Merle Lewis Bing; one daughter, Letha Carol Holland Schneck; and one sister, Marilyn Bing Harvey.

Survivors include one son, Larry C. Holland (Misti) of Crossett; one sister, Vivian V. Jeffers (Carl) of Portland; and two grandchildren.

The family will have private services at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. 


Lloyd Collins

Lloyd Henry Collins, age 62, of Crossett, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He is a native of Parkdale and a former resident of Hamburg. He worked in the maintenance department of Crossett and Hamburg school districts for a total of 39 years. He was a retiree of Hamburg School District. He was a member of First Baptist Church on MLK Drive in Crossett where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Latrece Collins; his parents, James Woods Sr. and Mattie Collins Shoulder; four brothers, Derrick and Boyd Brown, George Watkins, and Lamar Woods.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Deborah Collins of Crossett; four sons, Issac Collins (Marshellia) of Bryant, Lasedrick Collins of Little Rock, and Demarcus Collins and Demetrius Collins, both of North Little Rock; two stepsons, Marcus and Andre Moore, both of Crossett; one daughter, Cherrle Collins of Little Rock; one stepdaughter, Natalie Moore of Crossett; two brothers, Billy D. Cobb of Chicago, Ill., and Willie Earl Woods (Ada) of Greensboro, N.C.; nine sisters, Blanch Adams of Portland, Mary Magdalene Burns of Fayetteville, Lillie Cobb of Parkdale, Etta Robinson (Alfred) of Hamburg, Pamela Carter (James) of Parkdale, Virgilene Brown of Parkdale, Marilyn Woods (Rick) of Portland, Mary Hill of Wichita, Kan., and Lavern Patterson of Ardene, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at First Baptist Church on Parker Street in Hamburg with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. 

Pallbearers were James Carter, Mark Carter, Larry Robinson, Johnny Moore, Lawrence Tucker, Andre Moore, Thurnell Hynes, and Alex Goodwin. 

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of First Baptist Church and members of Hamburg School District’s maintenance department.

Burial followed in Westview Cemetery in Crossett.

Services were entrusted to Cromwell Funeral Home.


Marvin “Randy” Hammons

Marvin Randall “Randy” Hammons, 59, lifelong resident of Crossett, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. He was born in Monroe, La., on Sept. 19, 1962, and was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

He worked as a mechanic for the Bemis Bag Co. for 28 years.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jenny Hammons; three sons, Christopher Hammons (Amanda), and Michael Hammons both of Snyder, and Jesse Hammons of Crossett; one daughter, Anna Hammons of Crossett; his parents, Elvis and Cathy Phillips Hammons of Crossett; two brothers, Billy Hammons (Dawn) of Benton and John Hammons (Stacey)of Crossett; two sisters, Robin Foreman (Bill) of Crossett and Amanda Green (Bruce) of Junction City; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at First Assembly of God Church, 1500 Parkway Drive, Crossett, with Pastor Kenneth Neal officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers were Shane Austin, Carl “Bo” Green, Charles Huff, Johnny Burchfield, Steven Sharp, and Kirk Harris. 

Honorary pallbearers were David Bramel, Bro. Norman Riordan, and Craig Cranford.


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Ruth Martin

Ruth C. Martin, 90, lifelong resident of Hamburg, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. She worked at Akers cleaners and for 10 years with Hamburg Shirt Factory. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Judson Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Edward Martin; two sons, Jimmy G. “Jimbo” Martin and Freddie Martin; her parents, R.B. and Emma Loveless Culp; four brothers, Thomas William “Pete” Culp, Robert Chalmer Culp, James Uriah Culp, and Dudley Culp; and four sisters, Mary Hunter, Alma Gardner, Ellie Godwin, and Georgia McNeice.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Leigh and husband, Danny, of Bryant; two sons, Robert Martin and wife, Missy, of Hamburg and Frank E. Martin and wife, Donna, of Fountain Hill; one sister, Louise Cox of Hamburg; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Judson Cemetery with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons, Brian Leigh, Chance Martin, Jarrod Martin, Steven Martin, Tristan Walls, Brandon Hentschel, Mike Pallo, and Phillip Cook. 

Memorials may be sent to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR  72203-9984 or to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959. 

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


Norman Swilley

Norman O. Swilley, 83, of Crossett, died at his home Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, after a battle with cancer. 

His career spanned a combined 39 years and included leadership roles as a maintenance superintendent for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a maintenance manager for International Paper Corporation, and an area maintenance foreman and technical training director for Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He also owned and operated a business as a maintenance consultant to corporations across Arkansas, California, Indiana, and Tennessee. 

He also served his country in the National Guard. 

He attended First Baptist Church of Crossett. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Richard Swilley and Dorothy Hughes Swilley; two brothers, James Earl Swilley and Jackie David Swilley; one sister, Margaret Swilley McClung; two sons, Norman Randall “Randy” Landers and Frederick Scott “Scotty” Swilley (Myrenda); and one daughter, Amanda Blythe Swilley Guidry.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Watson Swilley of Crossett; one brother, Johnny Doren Swilley (Jane); one daughter, Regina Whatley (Todd); one son, Kenneth Landers (Donna Kaye); one stepson, James Michael Watson (Becky); one stepdaughter, Sharon Watson Wright (David); 13 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. 

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Pugh Cemetery in Crossett with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church of Crossett 701 Main St., Crossett AR 71635, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.


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Willie Jo Wallace

Willie Jo Parkerson Hale Renfroe Wallace, 86, of Harlingen, Texas died Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. She was born March 14, 1935 in Snyder.

She worked as the administrator of Leisure Lodge Nursing Homes in Sulphur Springs, Texas for 15 years. 

She volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, Valley Baptist Medical Center Gift Shop, Valley Baptist Medical Center Waiting Area, Harlingen First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Harlingen First United Methodist Church office, and the “No One Dies Alone” program. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Hale, Wallace Renfroe, and Robert Wallace; one son, Stan Hale; her parents, Dennis and Geraldine Austin Parkerson; two brothers, Junior Parkerson and Jimmy Parkerson; and one sister, Marilyn Hale.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Hale (Chris Cahill) of Harlingen and Jamie Winnett of Sulphur Springs; one sister, Chris Mhoon of Harlingen; and one grandson.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Promise Land Cemetery pavilion with Rev. Toby Austin officiating. 

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