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Peggy Lou Beard, 68, of Crossett, died Jan. 14, 2015 at St. Vincent Healthcare Hospital in Little Rock.

Funeral services were Jan. 17 at Community Chapel Baptist Church, with burial in Crossroads Cemetery. Bros. James Fleming and Mike Chain officiated.

She was a retired teacher for the Crossett School District and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Victor “Mutt” Watt and Lois Marie Johnson Watt.

She is survived by a son, Richard Dewayne Beard of Crossett; a brother, Rev. Kenneth Alvin Watt of Hamburg; a sister, Lois Jean Lloyd of Crossett; a granddaughter, Victory Marie Beard of Mexico and other relatives.    

Pallbearers were David Weatherly, James Farrish, Leon Hamm, Jacob Jenkins, Gabe Jenkins and Brett Henry.

Cromwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Laverne Townsend Plaeger, 86, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Crossett, died Jan. 12, 2015.

Graveside services were Jan. 16 at Pinewood Memorial Park.

She was a longtime educator in the New Orleans Parish School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Joseph Plaeger; her parents, Percy and Ruth McCain Townsend and two brothers, Dan and Milton Townsend.

She is survived by three daughters, Catherine Latino of New Orleans, La., Laurie Plaeger of California and Gretchen Groth of Houston, Texas; a sister, Margaret Townsend Bauwens; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mitchel White, 84, of Hamburg, died Jan. 12, 2015 at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville, Miss.

Funeral services were Jan. 17 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Cleveland Cemetery. The Rev. Greg Comer officiated.

He was a lifetime resident of Hamburg, a Korean Conflict veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired general manager of Ashley-Chicot Electric Co., served on the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc. boards, a former member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church, a Mason and a member of Hamburg Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, M.B.  and Etta McGinnis White; two brothers, Steven and Perry White and four sisters, Ocie Gibbs, Jean McCoy, Cora White and Ruth Blemmel.

He is survived by his wife, Elise Morman White of Hamburg; a son, Mitchel White of Hamburg; a daughter, Jean White of North Little Rock; a brother, Franklin White of Maynard; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Danny Thurman, Wayne Gates, James Robinson, J.W. White, Shelby Harrod, Jeff McCoy, Bruce Pennington, Mickey Pennington and Raymond Karnes. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148-0142.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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