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Mary Curtis

Mary Anita Curtis, 61, of Crossett, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at her home. She was born in Portland on April 14, 1960, and in 1978, she graduated from Crossett High School. She later received an associate degree from Jackson State University, and worked as a secretary for the city of Crossett sanitation department for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Curtis; two sisters, Susie Curtis-Reed and Mabelean Curtis; and two brothers, James Woods and Billy Joe Curtis.

She leaves behind one daughter, Shakara Williams (Herburt) of Crossett; one son, Jamario Phillips of Crossett; her mother, Ida Mae Hayes of Crossett; six brothers, Charles Woods (Earnestine) of Lake Providence, La., Clarence Culbreath of Crossett, Terry Curtis of Baton Rouge, La., Herman Curtis (Henrietta) of Montrose, Roy Curtis (Shelia) of Crossett, and Troy Curtis (Margaret) of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Bernice Sharp of Rockford, Ill., and Mattie Hardway (Joe) of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A celebration of life graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 in Westview Cemetery in Crossett with Minister Falana Simpson-Hubbard officiating.

Services were entrusted to Medders Funeral Home

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Albert Goodwin Jr.

Albert Jefferson Goodwin Jr., age 72, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 at his residence in Crossett. He was a native of Dermott, a retired Airforce Master Sergeant, and a retired supply clerk at Georgia Pacific Chemical Mill. He was a member of The New Bethel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and usher and he was former president of the Southeast Arkansas Baptist Usher’s Association. He also served as vice president of the State Baptist Usher’s Association. 

He served his country for 23 years, 2 months, and 23 days. He had the Airforce Validation Valor and Achievement Metal, Air Force Good Conduct Metal with one silver Oak Leaf Cluster and one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. He had the National Defense Service Metal and the Vietnam Service Metal with three bronze stars.

He was preceded by his wife of 30 years, Cincinthia “CC” Goodwin, and his parents, Albert “AJ” Jefferson Goodwin and Lucille Randolph Goodwin.

He is survived by three sons, Michael Palmer Goodwin and Tavae “TJ” Goodwin, both of Crossett, and Chauncey (Deirdre) Goodwin of Alexandria, La.; two daughters, Michelle Kennedy of Washington D.C. and Latisha Jones (Jay) of Killeen, Texas; one brother, Tony Ray Williams of Crossett; one sister, Vasteen Carter (Murlee) of Crossett; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 in Westview Cemetery in Crossett with Pastor Jesse L. Radford Jr. officiating and were under the diredtion of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Moore, Johnny Gaston, Arthur Lanos, David Childress, Ricky Brown, James Mitchell, and members of the TW Daniel Class of 1966.

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Steve Listar

Steve Dudley Listar, 74, of Crossett, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at his home. He was born March 15, 1947, and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. 

He graduated in 1965 from Crossett High School and attended University of Arkansas at Monticello. He later joined the Arkansas National Guard and started a career at Georgia Pacific. In 2000 he retired from the #3 tissue mill as a floral printer operator after a 29-year career. He was a lifelong member of Morgan Hunting Club. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Listar; his mother and stepfather, Laverne and Robert E. “Pat” Rickman; and an infant son.

He leaves behind his wife, Janie Hudson Listar of Crossett; one daughter, Tracy Listar Bishop (Jed) of Crossett; one brother, Dennis Rickman (Carol) of Crossett; three half-sisters, Rhonda Listar-Guest (Ed) of Phoenix, Ariz., Julie Wright (Don) of Georgetown, Texas, and Pam Listar-Costley (Robin) of Groton, N.Y.; one half-brother, Michael Listar (Elaine) of Acworth, Ga.; and one grandson.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 in Carlock Cemetery with Bro. Chris Sexton and nephew Keith Oden officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made to Crossett Canine Rescue or the local animal rescue of one’s choice.

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Robert Rice

Robert Vaughn Rice, 82, of Clinton, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at his home.

He was born in Crossett on April 5, 1939, and was a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church where he was baptized at the age of 15.

He attended school in Crossett and at sixteen had received his GED and graduated from Eaton Barber School in Little Rock. He worked as a barber for many years, operating shops in Hope and Mountain View, along with his paint contracting business called Rice Paint Contracting, which he ran for 30 years. He was a former member of Antlers Hunting Club and often raised and sold squirrel dogs. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy DeWit and Avrice Hamacker Rice; two brothers, Raymond Rice and Roy Rice; and two sisters, Ellene Blackman and Nell Wolfe.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Mildred Rice; one son, Robert Rice Jr. of Arkadelphia; one daughter, Kathy Menah of Clinton; one brother, Ned Rice of Crossett; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 in Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Chris Sexton officiating.

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Vickie Stafford

Vickie Pennington Stafford, 73, of Crossett, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in El Dorado. She was a native of Big Spring, Texas; a lifelong resident of Crossett and Hamburg; and a 1966 graduate of Hamburg High School. She was a homemaker and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church. She was also a member of Ashley County Extension Club and Ashley County Potpourri Club and was active with Ashley County Fair for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, M.C. and Joyce Bly Pennington.

She is survived by her husband of 52, years, Jimmy Don Stafford of Crossett; three daughters, Donette Stafford Boyett and husband, Frank, of Port Townsend, Wash., Leslie Stafford Campbell and husband, Scotty, of Chatham, La., and Crystal Stafford Segars and husband, J.T., of West Monroe, La.; one step-daughter, Sheri Stafford Odle and husband, Buzz, of Rogers; three sons, Chris Stafford of Monroe, Brad Stafford of Crossett, and Jay Stafford of Flippin; one step-son, Donald Stafford and wife, Janette, of Crossett; two brothers, Micky Pennington and wife, Gail, of Lake Village and Rick Pennington of Monroe; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 at North Crossett First Baptist Church with Rev. Robin Allen and Rev. Donald Stafford officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeb Boyett, Andrew Stafford, Hunter Campbell, Noah Stafford, John David Boyett, Jerret Segars, Josh Akers, and Zane Akers.

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

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Robert Withers

Robert Withers, 71, of Hamburg died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Little Rock. He was a native of Crossett and a 1968 graduate of Hamburg High School. He was a salesman for Colonial Bread Company, having retired after 30 years of service, and he worked for M & M Tire in Hamburg for the past 15 years. He was a member of Gardner Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Pharris David Withers; one granddaughter, Allene Diane Withers; his parents, Robert P. “Bob” and Allene Pollock Withers; two sisters, Sherry Withers Crow and Bobbye Jean Withers Lewis; and one brother, Gerald Bruce Withers.

He is survived by one daughter, Kendal Emerson and husband, Kenneth, of Hamburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3 in Hamburg Cemetery with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers were Frankie Martin, Denny Holland, Denny Holland Jr., Jack Ervin, John Haynes, and Mike Ogden.

Memorials may be sent to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203-9984.

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

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