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Lillian Aunene Harrell
Lillian Aunene Harrell, 81, of Beebe, Arkansas, was born March 26,1935 at Russell, Arkansas to Joe and Irene Talley and she went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 29, 2016. She was a retired telephone operator for Alltel Telephone Company. She was a sweet, loving and kind-hearted woman whose family was her utmost priority. Aunene never met a stranger and everyone was welcomed as family. In 2008 she overcame breast cancer, and was a loving support for her daughter during her own battle with breast cancer.
Aunene is survived by daughters Nancy Harrell of Beebe, Pat (Mark) Earnest of Harrison and Shirley (Steve) McDaniel of Crossett; grandchildren Kristi (Kevin) Toblesky, Bryan (Donnetta) Wheeler, Tara (Keith) Eifert and Miriam McDaniel; ten great-grandchildren Lena, Cady, Daxton, Ethan, Zack, Zane, Shay, Aaliyah, Matthew and Malyki; and her granddogs Laney and Sam.
She was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, Cleveland Harrell and her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022. bcrfcure.org.
Family receiveD friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral WAS 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com




Travis S. Bryan
Funeral services for Travis S. Bryan, 84, of Owasso, OK were held at Mulhearn Funeral Home, 2308 Sterlington Rd., Monroe, LA on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Terry Slawson officiating. Visitation was held at Mulhearn Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment followed the funeral services at the Unity Cemetery in Crossett, Arkansas.
Travis was a native of the southern Arkansas/northern Louisiana area where he spent the majority of his life. He was born November 18, 1932 at Smith Prairie in Ashley County, Arkansas and passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 in Owasso, OK where he and his wife Sue had moved to be closer to family due to his declining health.
He is preceded in death by his parents Holmes Chavis Bryan and Brady Thelma Carter Bryan; and four brothers and their spouses, Adrian and Wanda Bryan, Max Bryan , Billy and Arlene Bryan and Dale and Peggy Bryan.
Travis is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Sue Harris Bryan; his three sons, Tim Bryan of Monroe, LA, Andy Bryan and his wife Girlie of Arizona City, AZ, and Phillip S. Bryan and his wife Laura of Owasso, OK; 6 grandsons, Seth, Matthew, Liam, Aidan, Daniel, Arjay and 4 great-grandchildren.
Travis loved to build and work with his hands from a very young age. This naturally led to his developing an interest in engineering and eventually earning his Mechanical Engineering degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1955 where he was also a member of the Air Force ROTC. Upon completing his degree, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut and was employed by Pratt & Whitney for 9 months before being called up by the Air Force to fulfill his commitment and begin his flight training. Upon completion of his time in the Air Force, Travis took a job with International Paper for whom he worked 13 years at several locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. This was followed by a move to Monroe, LA to work for Ford, Bacon & Davis for 20 years and finally RSH Engineering for a short time prior to his retirement.
During Travis’ flight training in the Air Force he was stationed in Laredo, TX and Malden, MO. It was during this time in 1956 that he met his wife to be, Mary Sue Harris. Travis and Sue were married a short time later on May 23, 1957 while stationed at Edwards AFB in California.
Travis had many activities that he was interested in over the years, chief among these was his commitment to his church. While in Monroe, LA where he lived for 41 years, he and Sue were members of North Monroe Baptist Church for over 30 years, Bayou Oaks Baptist Church and New Hope Baptist Church. Travis loved music and always enjoyed being part of the choir, but also, over the years, worked in children’s ministries, youth ministries, Awanas and was an ordained deacon.
In addition to his family and church activities, Travis had many interests and pursued a variety of hobbies: archery, hunting, astronomy, designing and building model planes, photography, painting, sailing, ham radio operating, motorcycle touring, woodworking, making furniture, singing, playing his guitar and harmonica, wrestling with his grandsons and in later years, found particular enjoyment in working with his computer. As was always the case, building was a part of all his hobbies.
Travis accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior early in life, and in recent years as the progression of years took its toll on his body, he looked forward to being united with his Savior face to face. Travis spent the last 16 months of his life in the Evergreen Nursing Home in Owasso, OK being loved on by his wife, family and care givers. Travis became a favorite of the staff at Evergreen and always had an easy smile for everyone he encountered.
We will all miss Travis dearly: husband, father, uncle, cousin and friend. Rest in peace with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Pallbearers were Seth Bryan, Matthew Bryan, Liam Bryan, Aidan Bryan, Daniel Bryan and Arjay Bryan. Honorary pallbearers were James Wheeler, Sig Gorman, Wayne Huff, Charles Pryor, Don Beech.
Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
Mulhearn Funeral Home
Sterlington Road
Monroe, LA




Katherine Oliva Billingsley
Katherine Oliva Billingsley, 94, of Crossett, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at her daughter’s residence. She was born on November 23, 1922, in Brooklyn, NY to her parents Leo and Katherine Oliva. She lived most of her life in New York and moved to Bastrop in 1974. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis George Billingsley; three brothers, Leo Oliva, Johnny Oliva, and Anthony Oliva; one sister, Josephine Billingsley; and two sons-in-law, Don Green and Craig Huff Sr.
Survivors include four daughters, Kathi Davis of Terrell, Texas, Carol Green of Bastrop, Teresa Huff of Homer, La., and Marie Stephenson and husband David of Crossett; one sister, Louise Amato of Springhill, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel with her grandson, Elder Mark Singleman, officiating
Burial followed followed at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop under the direction of Medder’s Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Bryan Singleman, Scott Singleman, Steven Davis, Kenny Shanks, Craig Huff Jr., Lewis Huff, Justin Huff, Stephen Stephenson, Matthew Nubles and James Nubles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.




Mr. Elum Richson
Mr. Elum Richson, 94, of Hamburg, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Martin Luther King Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was a native of Monroe, La., he recently moved to Los Angeles, a military police Veteran of World War II and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mary Richson, and two daughters, Ida Marie Jackson and Joyce Richson.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 70 years, Ossie Robinson-Richson; six sons, Robert Richson and spouse Neicey of Victorville, Calif., Jerry Richson and spouse Yolanda of Fontana, Calif., Morris-Ray Richson and spouse Tina of Hamburg, Willie Jean Richson and spouse Sue of Clarksville, Tenn, David Richson of Hamburg and Lonell Richson spouse Yolanda of Hamburg; one daughter, Lorene Williams of Compton, Calif.; three grandchildren raised as their own; one great-grandchild raised as their own; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness, 1117 N. Pine Street in Hamburg.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Richson, Jerry Richson, Lonell Richson, Lonell Richson, Morris Richson, Robert Richson and Bo Stanley.
Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg.
Online condolences may be made to cromwellfuneralhome.net.




Rita Roberts
Rita Roberts, 61, of Hamburg died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at the Crossett Rehabilitation and Health Center.  Mrs. Roberts was a native and resident of Fountain Hill for many years and a resident of Hamburg for the past 15 years.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Malvin and Hettie Curley Graves.
Survivors include her husband, James Roberts of Hamburg; a son, Michael Cunningham and spouse Sandy of Lacey; two step-sons, James Allen Roberts and Scott Roberts and spouse Christy, all of Hamburg; two brothers, Charles “Skip” Davey and spouse Gail and Harry “Scooter” Davey and spouse Linda, all of Hamburg; a sister, Vera Leard of Tyler, Texas; three grandsons and a step-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chryl Slocum officiating.  
Burial will follow be in the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.  
Pallbearers will be Carl Cunningham, Eric Montgomery, Jerod Williamson, Scott Robert, James Allen Roberts and Neal Mausehardt.  
 Online condolences may be made to jones-hartshorn.com.





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