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Jim Kelley, 69, of Byhalia, Miss., died Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis.
Mr. Kelley was a native of Hamburg and a resident for many years and resident of Byhalia for the past three years. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the owner of Direct Imaging, LLC. He was a racing enthusiast and drove and owned his own race car for the past 38 years. He attended Shady Grove Church in Williston, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristie Kelley Griffin; his parents, Elmer and Johnnie Mann Kelley; two sisters, Robin Kelley and Lucille Hollis and four brothers, Raymond, Lonnie, Jimmy and Ralph Kelley.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Vickie Frisby Kelley of Byhalia; a son, James Brian Kelley and spouse, Kay, of Little Rock; two brothers, Johnny Castleberry of Monroe, La. and Timmy Kelley of Hamburg; two sisters, Betty White of Monticello and Carolyn Webb of Monroe; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. April 13 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Artie Fulcher officiating.
Burial followed in the Green Grove Cemetery outside of Strong.
Pallbearers were Alex Hubbard, Sonny Perry, Gilberto Mondragon, Terry “Jabbo” Forsythe, Kenneth Harvey and Travis Mann.
Honorary pallbearers were Dan Lippy and Dwight Armstrong. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Hospice Residence, 6416 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.
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Infant Tru Journee Turney, of Fayetteville, Ark. died Monday, April 10, 2017, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Survivors include her parents, Montrell and Quanita Hollins-Turney of Fayetteville; four brothers, Termijay Rhodes  of Crossett, Tywan Turney of Prescott, Tidorian Turney of Prescott, and Montrell Turney Jr. of  Nashville, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Angela Walton of Nashville and Jeff Turney of Bastrop, La.; and maternal grandparents, Dewone and Tammy Hollins of Crossett.
Graveside services were 11 a.m. April 12 at Westview Cemetery with the Rev. Muriee Carter officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.

Donald Joe Smith, 71, of Crossett died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett and a retiree of Georgia Pacific Paper Mill.  He was a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, where he served in the deacon ministry and trustee ministry.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Smith; a son, Cedric Smith; his parents, Leon and Lillie Mae Collins-Smith; and a sister, Ruth Cappin.
Survivors include three sons, Dallas Leon Smith and spouse Dona of Pine Bluff, Donald Smith Jr. and spouse Cindy of Willard, Ohio, and Kuyunnie Smith and spouse Kris of Dallas; two daughters, Katrinia Smith Williams and DaShonda Smith-Johnson, both of Crossett; five brothers, Reverend Melvin Smith and spouse Doris of Crossett, Darror Smith and spouse Gwin of Lake Village, Lawrence Smith of Malvern, Dennis Smith and spouse Lisa of Pine Bluff, and Mark Smith of Crossett; three sisters, Hester Handley , Cynthia Hollins and spouse Gary and Diane Jackson and spouse Andra, all of Crossett; nineteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nephews, nieces, other family and friends.
Funeral Services were 11 a.m. April 18 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating.
Active pallbearers were Billy Taylor, Donald Foster, Daryle Daniels, Michael White, Lumos Blakely, Charlie Jefferson, Ken Neal and Terry Morgan.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of Pleasant Green Baptist Church.
Burial followed in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg.


Herbert Lawrence Wood, 70, of Petal, Miss., died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Asbury Hospice House.
Graveside services were 1:30 p.m. April 1 at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mr. Wood served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Petal Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Elizabeth Wood and two brothers, Leon and Lloyd Wood.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Wood of Petal; one daughter, Jennifer Wood of Petal; one grandson; two sisters, Pamela Smith of Crossett, and Patricia Brantley of Harrison, Ark., and one brother, Louis Wood of Crossett.

Born in Crossett on July 6, 1942, Oleda Gardner lived her whole life here, except for a brief period in California as an infant when her father, Waymond Brantley, worked in the Oakland shipyards during World War II. He and Oleda’s mother, Leona (Cornelison) Brantley, raised six children here: Irene Willis (Jack), Lettie Moore (Bllly), Minnie Brennon (Charles), Oleda herself, D.C., and W.L. (Julie). They all preceded her in death, except for W.L., who alone remains and even felt able to sing at all of his brother’s and sisters’ funerals.
Oleda married James Sanford (Jimmy) Gardner in 1966, and they had two children: Lisa Marie, who died soon after birth, and James Scott, now Rev. Scott Gardner, a Roman Catholic priest based in Kansas City, MO. Jimmy preceded her in death in 1980, and she lived for 37 years as a faithful widow, certain that she would never do as well, much less better, and that it was pointless to try.
Known for her musical talent, her cheerful disposition, and her willingness to help out in any way she could, “Miss Oleda” got to know countless people when she ran the old Fina station in North Crossett and in her other jobs in retail and at Superior Surgical in Hamburg. Her fried chicken was the toast of family and workplace potlucks, and her avid and voracious reading habit kept the librarians at the old Paul Sullins Library in business.
She was a dedicated Baptist and called Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church home for longer than any other. Her church family certainly repaid her dedication during the years of her declining health with visits, little gifts, encouragement, and, most of all, prayers.
After the death of Jimmy, Oleda never spared herself for a moment in doing what was necessary to raise Scott alone, and the health problems that eventually took her life began then. She had an incredible tolerance for pain and a strong, stubborn will. Diabetes, amputations, a heart attack, a stroke, and kidney failure may have threatened her and laid her low, but it was heart failure that finally sapped her strength and spirit. God will reward the loving care Miss Oleda experienced at Crossett Rehab and Health (as one of
their longest residents) and Davita Dialysis Center, and the staff of Hospice Home Care eased her final days immensely.
Oleda came face to face with Jesus Christ on April 5, 2017, at the age of 74.
In addition to her brother, W.L., and her son, Rev. Scott, Oleda leaves behind in particular her nieces and nephews: Mike Willis (LaDonna), Karla Addington, Charles Brennon (Becky), Karen Haas (Tim), Sue Brennon, Pamela Hamilton (Gary), and Deborah Moore, as well as a host of other great and greatgreat nieces and nephews, cousins, and inlaws.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Medders Funeral Home in North Crossett. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. on Monday April 10, 2017, at the funeral home, and the funeral service will begin in the funeralhome chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 11, 2017, with Rev. Willie Thornhill officiating. A graveside service will follow immediately, weather permitting, at Simms Cemetery, North Crossett, with Rev. Don Justice officiating. Aunt, Sister, loving Mother: may God grant her eternal rest.

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