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Fred W. Davis

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Fred W. Davis, 82, died June 27, 2018 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He was born November 20, 1935 in Rison, Arkansas, the son of the late Willie B. and Rosie Davis.

He was a supervisor for Louisiana Pacific and retired after 50 years of service. He loved fishing and he loved people. He would honor any favor asked of him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ellis J. Davis, son Wayne Hatchett and daughter Diane Coleman.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Annette Davis, daughters Freddie Mae Cowians and Rosemary Davis, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A wake was help July 2, 2018 in Winnfield at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home followed by the burial, July 3, 2018 at Johnson Memorial Cemetery, Hamburg, AR.

The family wishes to thank the Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness, USA, the community and the many friends and family for their prayers, calls and visits during our time of loss.


David Maiden

David Maiden, 83, of Eudora died on July 12, 2018 in Farmerville, Louisiana.

He is survived by three daughters, Cora Martin of Monroe, Louisiana, Shelia Odom of Wheaton, Illinois, and Sharon Maiden of Chicago, Illinois; two sons, David Maiden, III of Chicago, Illinois and Patrick Maiden of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Oneal Maiden of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Estella Sutton of Phoenix, Arizona, Rebecca Johnson of Corona, California, and Lurena Jenkins of Flossmore, Illinois; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Bloomy Shades Baptist Church in Eudora with Rev. James Handie and Pastor Lurena Jenkins officiating. Burial was at Hill Cemetery in Eudora. Family hour was held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Dillard Funeral Home in Eudora.


Melvin Caldwell, Sr.

Melvin Caldwell, Sr. died on July 10, 2018 at El Dorado Medical Center in El Dorado.

He is survived by his wife, Vera Caldwell of Parkdale; six children, Felicia Caldwell of Parkdale, Stevi Caldwell of Oklahoma City, Melvin Caldwell, Jr. of Parkdale, Cushewina Caldwell of Eudora, Shondreaka Gaines of Haltom, Texas, and Jasmine Caldwell of Parkdale; five brothers, Robert Caldwell, Sr., Wilbert Caldwell, Arthur Caldwell, John S. Caldwell, and Elijah Caldwell; nine sisters, Elva Jean Caldwell, Georgia Holmes, Worthy Woods, Oliver Caldwell, Mazie Russell, Latrice Taylor, Mary Levingston, Melissa Caldwell, Belinda Caldwell, and Miranda Caldwell.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Union Baptist Church in Parkdale with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parkdale. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home in Eudora.


Sancheze Demarte Watkins

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Sancheze Demarte Watkins, 24, of Monticello, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in a motor vehicle accident near Monticello. He was a native of Parkdale but a resident of Monticello. He worked for the Diamond Dog Food Company.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Taylor Lewis; paternal grandparents, Herman and Jean Watkins.

He is survived by his father, Herbert Watkins and step-mother, Latashia Watkins, of Hamburg; his mother, Kim Lewis and husband, Leroy of Parkdale; one brother, Lorenzo Watkins of Hamburg; seven sisters, Randisha Brown, Tianna Stanley, Auburi Tidwell, Felicia Stanley, all of Parkdale, Sherika Watkins of Pine Bluff, Skylar Watkins, and Shawanda Sams and husband, Damarion of Hamburg; and his grandmother, Melva Rhone, of Parkdale.

Services will be on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Billy Sherrer officiating. Active pallbearers are Randy Brown Jr., Quniterrous Lee, Tyler Brown, Al Dunn, Damion Betha, Javonte Black, Darren McAdoo Jr., Damond Black, and Lamond Black. Honorary pallbearers are the Hamburg High School Class of 2012. Burial will be at Zion Hill Cemetery in Parkdale.

Visitation will be Friday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.


Billy James Hampton

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Billy James Hampton, 71, of Crossett, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a grandson; his parents, Rev. Dallas and Elizabeth Carney-Hampton; seven brothers, Walter, Clinton, Junior, Levell, Troy, Charles, and Raymond Hampton; four sisters, Dorothy Wright, Ella Woods, Coren Hampton, and Mary Lou Hendrix.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Betty Ann Brown-Hampton; six sons, Tracy Hampton, Terry Hampton, and Billy Joe Hampton, all of Crossett, Tracy Hampton, Jr. and wife, Cierra, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Undrea Singleton of Crossett and Derrick Singleton of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; three daughters, Janice and Tamekka Hampton of Bastrop, and Shaliz Singleton of Crossett; two brothers, Johnny and Roy Hampton of Crossett; three sisters, Bulah Daniels of Crossett, Lois Hampton and Leola Davis and husband, Thomas, of Vallejo, California; twenty-five grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Services were on Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. James Simpson and Rev. Murlee Carter officiating. Active pallbearers were Undrea Stanley, Harlen Colbert, Freddie Brown, Charles Brown, Earnest Bryant, and Kenneth Wallace. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Pleasant Green Baptist Church. Burial was at Carlock Cemetery.

Viewing was on Monday, July 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.


George Thomas

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George Thomas, 90, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his wife and children. He was a lifelong resident of Montrose, a retired farmer, and a member of First Baptist Church in Montrose.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Riley and Bernice Thompson-Turner; and one brother, William Riley.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Addie Katheryn Jackson-Thomas; four sons, Freddie Lucas and wife, Peggy of Chicago, Illinois, George E. Thomas and wife, Deloris and Grealin Thomas and wife, Cassandra, both of Seattle, Washington, and Eric Thomas of Hamburg; six daughters, Georgetta Guyton and husband, Arthur of Peoria, Illinois, Azilee Leavell and husband, Robert of Cumberland, Tennessee, Angela Price and husband, Sam, Shelia Thomas, and Linda Thomas all of Seattle, Washington, Anne Thomas of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; one brother, Edward Earl Gillis and wife, Juanita, of Montrose; twenty-nine grandchildren; forty-four great-grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren.

Services will be on Friday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Montrose with Rev. Jim Hadley officiating. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and Trustees of the First Baptist Church. Burial in Montrose Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.


Mildred Irene Woods

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Mildred Irene Woods, 91, of Montrose, died on July 21, 2018 at the Dermott City Nursing Home. She was a native of Portland, but a resident of Montrose. She was a homemaker and a member of Brown Temple Baptist Church in Portland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Stepps; one son, James Leppol, one daughter, Merline Stepps-Johnson; her parents, Carter and Maybell William-Woods; three brothers, Perry, James, and Clayborn Woods; four sisters, Geraldine Harbey, Dora Gibson, Lucille Walker, and Buleah Woods.

She is survived by three sons, George Stepps and wife, Pearly, of Pine Bluff, Charles Bynum and wife, Jackie, of Portland, and Danny Woods and wife, Gloria, of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Brenda Lacey and husband, Willie, of Bastrop and Sharon Johnson and husband, Danny, of Montrose; one brother, Willie Woods and wife, Geneva, of Montrose; twenty-five grandchildren; fifty-three great-grandchildren; and thirteen great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be on Saturday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Brown Temple Baptist Church in Portland with Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Pallbearers will be Melvin Crow, Kristopher Stepps, Kelvin Stepps, Michael Porter, Maxx Webb, and Charles Lacey. Honorary pallbearers will be her sons, her brother, and Willie Lacey. Burial will be at Montrose Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, July 27, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brown Temple Baptist Church.

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