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Obituaries
Louden Huffty Jr.
Louden Frank Huffty Jr., 61, of Sterlington, La., died Aug. 10 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. He was a native of Bastrop, La., a resident of Sterlington for the past four years and a former resident of Wilmot. He owned Huffty Paving Company and was a Methodist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louden Frank “Buddy” Huffty Sr. and one step-son, Tony Dupree.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Huffty of Sterlington; one daughter, Jamie Huffty of Sterlington; one step-son, Michael DeVault of Hendersonville, Tenn.; his mother, Mattie Crossley Ladd of Blytheville; two sisters, LuAnn Little of Springdale and Katie Margaret Ladd of Seattle, Wash.; and one granddaughter.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in Wilmot Cemetery with Bro. Carlos Pitts officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be his many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Tribute Program, In Memory of Tony Dupree, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Jose Mondragon
Jose Antonio Mondragon, 87, of Hamburg died Aug. 10 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a native of Michoacan, Mexico and a resident of Hamburg for over 40 years. He was a farmer and a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Silbina Mondragon; one daughter, Aida Mondragon; his parents, Gabino and Victoria Talavera Mondragon; two brothers, Melesio Mondragon and Ramiro Mondragon; and a sister, Enedina Mondragon.
He is survived by nine sons, Jose Isidro Mondragon of San Bernardino, Calif., Froilan Mondragon of Snyder, Jose Genaro Mondragon of Pine Bluff, Francisco Mondragon of Crossett, Miguel Mondragon of Little Rock, and Hector Mondragon, Eugenio Mondragon, Jose Mondragon and Cesar Mondragon, all of Hamburg; one brother, Luis Mondragon of California; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Theo Okpara as celebrant.
Burial will be Aug. 17 in Viejo Panteon Municipal Cemetery in Ameca Jalisco, Mexico.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Joseph Washam
Joseph “Benjamin” Washam, 16, of Hamburg, died Aug. 11. He was born Oct. 5, 1999, in Olivia, Mn., and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Hamburg. He was a sophomore at Hamburg High School and a bull rider.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Davis, and his grandparents, Eugene Davis, Dema Marie Washam, and Tommy D. and Betty L. Sivils.
He is survived by his parents, Richard E. Washam of Albany, Mo., and Leann Price Davis and step‐father, John Davis of Fountain Hill; seven brothers, Richard A. Washam of Hot Springs, Jamie Netherly and Brandon R. Clark of Crossett, and J.C. Mason Davis, Jimmy L. Davis,
Caden R. Davis, and Johnathon Davis of Fountain Hill; and grandparents, Susie White and Steve Horsman of Hamburg, Judy Davis of Fountain Hill, Dewey Savage of Monticello, and Ozeal Cruz Price of Hamburg.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Tommy D. Sivils Jr., Joshua T. Tyler, and Elvin McDill officiating followed by burial in Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Richard E. Washam, G. Keith Watt, Brandon R. Clark, Jeremy L. Watt, C. Allen Watt, and J.C. Mason Davis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Arkansas High School Rodeo Association or the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
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Angela West
Angela Starr West, 66, of Conway died Aug. 12 at her home. She was born Dec. 26, 1949 in Brookings, S.D. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard R. Olson and Betty Ward Olson.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Neal West of Conway; one son, Nathan West of Conway; one daughter, Erica Wharton of Quitman; two brothers, Tommy Olson of Long Beach, Calif., and Donny Olson of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Betty Lomelina of Manchester, Ill.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Oakland Cemetery in Fordyce with Rev. Steven Word officiating. Arrangements were by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce.
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H. Leon Wood
H. Leon Wood, 68, of Hamburg, died Aug. 15 at his residence. He was a native of Dermott and a resident of Hamburg for the past 44 years. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1966.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation paper mill for 46 years having retired in 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Lee and Elizabeth Kilcrease Wood, and one brother, Lloyd Wood.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debra K. Hill Wood of Hamburg; one son, Jason Wood of Hamburg; two brothers, Lawrence Wood and Lewis Wood of Crossett; two sisters, Patti Brantley of Harrison and Pam Smith of Crossett; and two grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services and burial were at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in Hamburg Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.
Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Hattie M. Cooper
Hattie M. Cooper, age 92, of Crossett, AR passed away on August 10, 2016 at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehab. She was born on May 24, 1924 in Milo, AR to her parents, Mose and Sally Franks Bolin. Mrs. Cooper had been a Gemologist in Dallas, TX for over 15 years. Hattie also worked at the First Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out for over 10 years, where she was a member. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband, John Cooper; three brothers, Haskell Bolin, M.Z. Bolin, Lewis Mitchell “Bill” Bolin; two sisters, Mary Bolin Fletcher, Quida Bolin Johnson and one grandson, Thomas Pounds.
Survivors include one son, John “Jackie” Cooper III of Conroe, TX; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Lewis (Wes) of Tahlequah, OK, Jan Reneé Kennedy (Mike) of Crossett, AR; one sister, Sally Bolin Murphy of Milo, AR; six grandchildren, Timothy Pounds, Christopher Pounds, Dustin Floyd, Trace Cooper, David Cooper, Katie Cooper; two great-grandchildren, Isreal and Benjamin Pounds and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Mother’s Day Out, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
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Arnold Lee Blankers
Arnold Lee Blankers, 86, of Springdale and formerly of Crossett passed away Monday, August 15, 2016. He was born August 10, 1930 in Lynden, WA to Gerrit and Gladys Stuurman Blankers. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Gerrit Lee, and daughter Georgia Marlene.
Arnie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marlene Georgia Blankers; sons Lee Blankers and Dr. Christian Blankers (Kendra), all of Springdale; and grandchildren Ellie, Baron, Gerrit, Cole, and Lillie. He is survived by a daughter Janice Blankers and a son Arnold Blankers (Dianne) and grandchildren Rachel and Aaron. He is also survived by four siblings Glenda Polinder, Peter (Gigi) Blankers, and Helen (Peter Wayne) Plagerman, all of Lynden, WA, and Gary (Maggie) Blankers of Lenexa, Kansas.
Arnie served in the United States Army. He worked most of his life in the plywood industry, finishing the last 20 years of his career as plant manager. He retired from Georgia Pacific in 1995. Although he oversaw hundreds of employees, he knew almost all of them by name and took an interest in their families. He is remembered for his sense of humor and keen interest in learning new things. He was an avid reader and loyal Razorback fan.
A memorial service is being held at the Robinson Avenue Church of Christ in Springdale on Friday, August 19, at 10 am.
Online condolences may be shared at www.WestfieldChapel.com.
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Charlene F. Chisham
Charlene F. Chisham, 80, went to be with our Lord Jesus on August 1, 2016. She is survived by her husband Donald Chisham of 44 years; Her children: Teresa Hamilton, Rodney and wife Susan Boles, Toni Colyer, Traci Boles; Her grandchildren: Curtis and wife Marie Boles, Joshua Boles, Jennifer and husband Noe Mariscal, Zackery Boles, 5 Great Grandchildren; her step children: Mike, Steve, Dean and Sandra Chisham; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; and her beloved dog Teddy Bear.
Charlene was born in Hamburg Arkansas on April 15, 1936. Her family later moved to Crescent City, CA and afterward moved with her family to Napa, CA where her children attended Napa schools. Charlene also spent several years living in Idaho and Texas before returning to Napa in 1985.
Charlene was a big part of the homeless community and worked for the Napa Shelter as a shelter counselor for 25 years. With a counseling style all her own she nurtured countless individuals who needed guidance during the most difficult times of their lives. She was the mother to the homeless in our Napa community.
Charlene served our Lord Jesus and his mission faithfully. A Celebration of Life service was held for her August 14th, 2016, 12:00 noon at Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 1st St. Napa CA, 94558.




Obituaries
William “Bill” Cason
William Ray “Bill” Cason, 63, of Hamburg, died July 28 at his residence.
He was a resident of Hamburg for most of his life but graduated from Bruno High School.
He was a member of the Boilermakers Local 69 for 34 years where he was a business agent and secretary/treasurer from 1990 – 1993 and president from 2005 until he retired in 2008. He was an active member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Cason.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy Chambers Cason of Hamburg; one daughter, Christy Cason Burchfield of Hamburg; his mother, Janice McNaughton Cason Vines of Yellville; two brothers, Danny Wayne Cason of Chipley, Fla., and Bob Cason of Valley Springs; four sisters, Lois Taylor of Alpena, Jeanette Swafford of St. Joe, Judy Markle of Bruno and Carolyn Cason of Mountain Home; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. July 30 at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Raymond Roberts, Johnny Martin, Dennis Holland, Billy Rice, Don Hartley and Rod Drurey.
Honorary pallbearers were his brothers of the Boilermakers Local #69.
Memorials may be sent to Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home
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Bessie Hawkins
There will be a home-going celebration for Bessie Hawkins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Greater First Church of God in Christ, 2101 W. Madison Ave. in Bastrop, La., with Pastor Gabriel Winston officiating.
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Peggy Rice
Peggy C. Rice, 73, of Portland, died July 31 at her residence.
She was a native of Drew County and a resident of Portland for the past 56 years. She graduated from Hamburg High School and worked at Peoples Banks in Portland for over 35 years. She was a member of Portland Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Vera Lee Higgason Cox; one sister, Dovie Stanley; and three brothers, Lamar Cox, R.L. Cox and Leroy Cox.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Carl Rice Jr. of Portland; one daughter, Christie Owens of Metcalfe, Miss.; and one brother, Waymon Cox of Magnolia.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Portland Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Mason and Jerry Selby officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Jimmy Sadler, Richard Sadler, George Rutledge, Buddy Lawrence and Emory Austin.
Honorary pallbearers were Denver Burns, Bill Wilson, Benton Newcome, Michael Borland and Taylor Young.
Memorials may be sent to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 51, Portland, AR 71663.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Jerry Savage
Jerry Don Savage, 70, of Fountain Hill, died July 28 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. The native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years and was a member of Fountain Hill United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sallie Durey Savage; three brothers, Orrel Savage, J.C. Savage, and Boyd Savage; and three sisters, Vada Moses, Elroy Kirkland and Nancy Shaver.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dollie Jean Shaver Savage of Fountain Hill; one daughter, Tammy Allison of Fountain Hill; one son, Carlton Savage of Conway; three brothers, Lyance “Bo” Savage and Eddie Dean Savage, both of Hamburg, and Lawrence Savage of Maplevale; two sisters, Jackie Brooks and Chryl Slocum, both of Fountain Hill; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fountain Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rocky Savage, Ricky Savage, Eddie Savage Jr., Bobby Maxwell, B.J. Vail and Billy Edwards Jr.
Memorials may be sent to Flat Creek Cemetery Association, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Wesley Swan
Wesley Wayne Swan, 73, of Crossett died July 29 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Hospice Unit in Little Rock. He was born Aug. 22, 1942,
He was a lifetime resident of Crossett and worked for 43 years as a foreman at Georgia Pacific.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Radford Wesley and Angelene Swan; one infant brother; and
one great-granddaughter, Elysa Donley.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Leigh Dodd Swan of Crossett; three sons, Kenneth Wayne Swan of Crossett,
James Ritchie Swan of Bella Vista, and Alan Delane Swan of El Dorado; one daughter, Christie Carter of Hot Springs; one sister, Judith Wallace of Crossett; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. July 31 in Crossroads Cemetery with Pastors Justin Akers and
Darlene Akers officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Rice, Wayne Dodson, Sam McMahan, Doug Neal, Sam Trey Land, Johnnie Leigh, Samuel Swan, Gregory Don Goodwin, and Merchel Roberts.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Gideon’s
International or the Ashley County Humane Society.
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Berry Raymond Carter
Berry Raymond Carter age 76 passed away on Wednesday July 20, 2016 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was born on January 1, 1940 to his late parents Jefferson Eugene and Lela Burchell Carter.
He later moved to Crescent City, CA where he lived about 30 years. and worked at the standard mill. He moved back to Crossett and worked as a carpenter for the past 7 years. Mr. Carter has resided in Cottage, Grove, OR with his daughters.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Vivian Carter, Barbara Feagin, five Brothers, Billy Joe, Curtis, James, Kenneth, and Lawrence Carter. He is survived by a sister, Donnie Craig of Bakersfield, CA, one daughter, Tammie Bachelder (Ken) of Cottage Grove, OR, one son, Curtis Carter of Crescent City, CA. Grandchildren, Jesse and Brad Anderson, great grandchildren, Aubrey and Van along with nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Carter Cemetery.
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Robert Wiley “Butch” Davis
Robert Wiley “Butch” Davis, age 70, of Crossett, AR passed away on July 26, 2016 at his residence. He was born on February 17, 1946 in Hope, AR to his parents, Richard White and Ruby Mae Hardin Davis. Mr. Davis was an Engineering Assistant. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard White Davis, Jr. and a sister, Janis Reed.
Survivors include one son, Patrick Adam Davis of Warner Robins, GA; two sisters, Sue Reed (Raymond) of Grady, AR and Jean Cheeseman (John) of Crossett, AR and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
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Betty A. McCoy
Betty A. McCoy, 84, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Regional One Health in Memphis. Born April 10, 1932 to the late Arthur and Lillie Duncan Andrews, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughter, Caroline McCoy Griffith (Jeff) of Olive Branch, MS; one son, Warren Richard (Rick) McCoy, Jr. (Nancy) of Dyersburg; two sisters, Annie Nelson of Davis, CA, Gail Chaney of Anacolo, LA; one brother, Chesley Andrews of Crossett, AR; three grandchildren, Rachel McCoy, Melissa McCoy Baker (Trae), Warren Richard (Ricky) McCoy, III and one great-grandson, Miller Baker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Warren Richard McCoy; two sisters, Maude Andrews Deggs, Pauline Sharp; and four brothers, Johnie Andrews, Charles Andrews, Sam Andrews and Henry Andrews.
The family requests memorials be directed to McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 W. Court St., Dyersburg, TN 38024, Caruthersville Library, 707 West 13th Street, Caruthersville, MO 63830 or Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025.
Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, 1984 St. John Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.curryfuneral.com.
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Gordon Earl Rice
Gordon Earl Rice, 75, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Rice was a native and life long resident of Crossett. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation Paper Mill for 43 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge #576. He was a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and was known as the Cloverdale Greeter. He loved to hunt, was President of the Cloverdale Hunting Club and he loved to spend time at the deer camp. He loved his God, his family and his friends.
He is preceded in death by a son, Joey Michael Rice in 2003; his parents, Winfred and Mildred Johnson Rice; two brothers, Wilford & Jessie Rice; his father-in-law, Eddie Bolin and two very good friends, Jeff Woods and Dale Bolin.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Bolin Rice; two sons, Ricky Rice and wife, Sherri, and Tod Rice and wife, Cindy, all of Crossett; a daughter, Holly Rice Carter and husband, Scott, of Cabot; a daughter-in-law, Sherie Rice; a brother, Delton Rice and wife, Martha,; a sister, Lois Watt and husband, Jap, a sister-in-law, Hughlene Rice and his mother-in-law, Ruth Bolin all of Crossett; 8 grandchildren, Cortney Rice, Hunter Rice, Gage Rice, Allie Carter, Ethan Carter, Michael Knight, Jesse Knight and Danna Rice; 4 great-grandchildren, Kaden McCloy, Hudson McCloy, Lillie Moore and Kason Knight and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Bro. Ricky Tyler and Bro. Justin Uselton officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroad Cemetery with Bro. Ben Leonard officiating. Burial will be with Masonic Honors. Pallbearers are Ronnie McDonald, Keith Wesson, Roy Rogers, James Ward, Larry Black and Carl John Gwin. Honorary pallbearers are John Pennington, Ryan Carpenter and his nephews. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com




Obituaries
William “Bill” Cason
William Ray “Bill” Cason, 63, of Hamburg, died July 28 at his residence.
He was a resident of Hamburg for most of his life but graduated from Bruno High School.
He was a member of the Boilermakers Local 69 for 34 years where he was a business agent and secretary/treasurer from 1990 – 1993 and president from 2005 until he retired in 2008. He was an active member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Cason.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy Chambers Cason of Hamburg; one daughter, Christy Cason Burchfield of Hamburg; his mother, Janice McNaughton Cason Vines of Yellville; two brothers, Danny Wayne Cason of Chipley, Fla., and Bob Cason of Valley Springs; four sisters, Lois Taylor of Alpena, Jeanette Swafford of St. Joe, Judy Markle of Bruno and Carolyn Cason of Mountain Home; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. July 30 at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Raymond Roberts, Johnny Martin, Dennis Holland, Billy Rice, Don Hartley and Rod Drurey.
Honorary pallbearers were his brothers of the Boilermakers Local #69.
Memorials may be sent to Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home
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Bessie Hawkins
There will be a home-going celebration for Bessie Hawkins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Greater First Church of God in Christ, 2101 W. Madison Ave. in Bastrop, La., with Pastor Gabriel Winston officiating.
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Peggy Rice
Peggy C. Rice, 73, of Portland, died July 31 at her residence.
She was a native of Drew County and a resident of Portland for the past 56 years. She graduated from Hamburg High School and worked at Peoples Banks in Portland for over 35 years. She was a member of Portland Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Vera Lee Higgason Cox; one sister, Dovie Stanley; and three brothers, Lamar Cox, R.L. Cox and Leroy Cox.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Carl Rice Jr. of Portland; one daughter, Christie Owens of Metcalfe, Miss.; and one brother, Waymon Cox of Magnolia.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Portland Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Mason and Jerry Selby officiating. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Jimmy Sadler, Richard Sadler, George Rutledge, Buddy Lawrence and Emory Austin.
Honorary pallbearers were Denver Burns, Bill Wilson, Benton Newcome, Michael Borland and Taylor Young.
Memorials may be sent to Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 51, Portland, AR 71663.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Jerry Savage
Jerry Don Savage, 70, of Fountain Hill, died July 28 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. The native and lifelong resident of Fountain Hill was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years and was a member of Fountain Hill United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sallie Durey Savage; three brothers, Orrel Savage, J.C. Savage, and Boyd Savage; and three sisters, Vada Moses, Elroy Kirkland and Nancy Shaver.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dollie Jean Shaver Savage of Fountain Hill; one daughter, Tammy Allison of Fountain Hill; one son, Carlton Savage of Conway; three brothers, Lyance “Bo” Savage and Eddie Dean Savage, both of Hamburg, and Lawrence Savage of Maplevale; two sisters, Jackie Brooks and Chryl Slocum, both of Fountain Hill; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fountain Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rocky Savage, Ricky Savage, Eddie Savage Jr., Bobby Maxwell, B.J. Vail and Billy Edwards Jr.
Memorials may be sent to Flat Creek Cemetery Association, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Wesley Swan
Wesley Wayne Swan, 73, of Crossett died July 29 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Hospice Unit in Little Rock. He was born Aug. 22, 1942,
He was a lifetime resident of Crossett and worked for 43 years as a foreman at Georgia Pacific.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Radford Wesley and Angelene Swan; one infant brother; and
one great-granddaughter, Elysa Donley.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Leigh Dodd Swan of Crossett; three sons, Kenneth Wayne Swan of Crossett,
James Ritchie Swan of Bella Vista, and Alan Delane Swan of El Dorado; one daughter, Christie Carter of Hot Springs; one sister, Judith Wallace of Crossett; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. July 31 in Crossroads Cemetery with Pastors Justin Akers and
Darlene Akers officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Rice, Wayne Dodson, Sam McMahan, Doug Neal, Sam Trey Land, Johnnie Leigh, Samuel Swan, Gregory Don Goodwin, and Merchel Roberts.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Gideon’s
International or the Ashley County Humane Society.
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Berry Raymond Carter
Berry Raymond Carter age 76 passed away on Wednesday July 20, 2016 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was born on January 1, 1940 to his late parents Jefferson Eugene and Lela Burchell Carter.
He later moved to Crescent City, CA where he lived about 30 years. and worked at the standard mill. He moved back to Crossett and worked as a carpenter for the past 7 years. Mr. Carter has resided in Cottage, Grove, OR with his daughters.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Vivian Carter, Barbara Feagin, five Brothers, Billy Joe, Curtis, James, Kenneth, and Lawrence Carter. He is survived by a sister, Donnie Craig of Bakersfield, CA, one daughter, Tammie Bachelder (Ken) of Cottage Grove, OR, one son, Curtis Carter of Crescent City, CA. Grandchildren, Jesse and Brad Anderson, great grandchildren, Aubrey and Van along with nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Carter Cemetery.
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Robert Wiley “Butch” Davis
Robert Wiley “Butch” Davis, age 70, of Crossett, AR passed away on July 26, 2016 at his residence. He was born on February 17, 1946 in Hope, AR to his parents, Richard White and Ruby Mae Hardin Davis. Mr. Davis was an Engineering Assistant. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard White Davis, Jr. and a sister, Janis Reed.
Survivors include one son, Patrick Adam Davis of Warner Robins, GA; two sisters, Sue Reed (Raymond) of Grady, AR and Jean Cheeseman (John) of Crossett, AR and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
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Betty A. McCoy
Betty A. McCoy, 84, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Regional One Health in Memphis. Born April 10, 1932 to the late Arthur and Lillie Duncan Andrews, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughter, Caroline McCoy Griffith (Jeff) of Olive Branch, MS; one son, Warren Richard (Rick) McCoy, Jr. (Nancy) of Dyersburg; two sisters, Annie Nelson of Davis, CA, Gail Chaney of Anacolo, LA; one brother, Chesley Andrews of Crossett, AR; three grandchildren, Rachel McCoy, Melissa McCoy Baker (Trae), Warren Richard (Ricky) McCoy, III and one great-grandson, Miller Baker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Warren Richard McCoy; two sisters, Maude Andrews Deggs, Pauline Sharp; and four brothers, Johnie Andrews, Charles Andrews, Sam Andrews and Henry Andrews.
The family requests memorials be directed to McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 W. Court St., Dyersburg, TN 38024, Caruthersville Library, 707 West 13th Street, Caruthersville, MO 63830 or Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025.
Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, 1984 St. John Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.curryfuneral.com.
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Gordon Earl Rice
Gordon Earl Rice, 75, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Rice was a native and life long resident of Crossett. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation Paper Mill for 43 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge #576. He was a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and was known as the Cloverdale Greeter. He loved to hunt, was President of the Cloverdale Hunting Club and he loved to spend time at the deer camp. He loved his God, his family and his friends.
He is preceded in death by a son, Joey Michael Rice in 2003; his parents, Winfred and Mildred Johnson Rice; two brothers, Wilford & Jessie Rice; his father-in-law, Eddie Bolin and two very good friends, Jeff Woods and Dale Bolin.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Bolin Rice; two sons, Ricky Rice and wife, Sherri, and Tod Rice and wife, Cindy, all of Crossett; a daughter, Holly Rice Carter and husband, Scott, of Cabot; a daughter-in-law, Sherie Rice; a brother, Delton Rice and wife, Martha,; a sister, Lois Watt and husband, Jap, a sister-in-law, Hughlene Rice and his mother-in-law, Ruth Bolin all of Crossett; 8 grandchildren, Cortney Rice, Hunter Rice, Gage Rice, Allie Carter, Ethan Carter, Michael Knight, Jesse Knight and Danna Rice; 4 great-grandchildren, Kaden McCloy, Hudson McCloy, Lillie Moore and Kason Knight and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Bro. Ricky Tyler and Bro. Justin Uselton officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroad Cemetery with Bro. Ben Leonard officiating. Burial will be with Masonic Honors. Pallbearers are Ronnie McDonald, Keith Wesson, Roy Rogers, James Ward, Larry Black and Carl John Gwin. Honorary pallbearers are John Pennington, Ryan Carpenter and his nephews. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com




Obituaries
Charles Barnett Jr.
Charles Barnett Jr., age 57 of Hamburg, died Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a retiree of Georgia Pacific Plywood Mill and a member of Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ.
He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Barnett III; his parents, Charles Barnett and Mae Ella Jenkins Barnett-McQuay; four brothers, Johnny Mack Robinson, Bobby Dale Robinson, Billy Ray Robinson, Kenneth Barnett; and one sister, Savannah Barnes.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Gloria Moore-Barnett; one daughter, LaConda Robinson of Hamburg; five brothers, James Lawrence Robinson of Bellingham, Wash., Douglas Robinson and Calvin Barnett, both of Crossett, M.C. Barnett of Florida, and Marshall Bonner of El Dorado; four sisters, Diane Singleton of Little Rock, Willie Mae Harden of Hamburg, Lora Brooks of Huntersville, Ala., and Lesa Barnett of Crossett; and one grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating.
Pallbearers are Alfron Williams, Kalvin Stroud, Robert Thomas III, Keitrich Brewer, Marlon French and Perry Dupree. Honorary pallbearers are Hamburg High School Class of 1977, Tyce James and Michael Dupree.
Burial will be in Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Angie Lynn
Angie Lynn, 62, of Portland, died July 18 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. She was a native of Kinder, La., and a resident of Portland for the past 46 years. She worked as a therapist at Lake Village Clinic for over 40 years. She was a member of Montrose United Methodist Church, former member of Bethel Assembly of God in Lake Village and director of children’s church. She was the president of Montrose Cemetery Association for many years.
She was preceded in death by two sons, John Edward Lynn Jr. and Brandon Cecil Lynn, and her father, Robert V. Stewart Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Johnny Lynn of Portland; one son, Adam Lynn of Portland; her mother, Ellen Gregory of Bastrop, La.; and one brother, Robert Stewart of West Monroe, La.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. July 21 in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Dan Bonnette and Bro. Jimmy Bonnette officiating. Burial was in Montrose Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Phillip Bonnette, Kevin Bonnette, Chandler Thompson, Larry Adams, Bubba Jones and Roberto Bernal.
Montrose Cemetery Association, 329 Lynn Road, Portland, AR 71663.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Gordon Rice
Gordon Earl Rice, 75, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 26 at his residence.
He was a native and life long resident of Crossett. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation Paper Mill for 43 years.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge #576. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church where he was the Cloverdale greeter.
He was president of Cloverdale Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by one son, Joey Michael Rice; his parents, Winfred and Mildred Johnson Rice; and two brothers, Wilford Rice and Jessie Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Bolin Rice; two sons, Ricky Rice and Tod Rice, both of Crossett; one daughter, Holly Rice Carter of Cabot; one brother, Delton Rice; one sister, Lois Watt; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Bro. Ricky Tyler and Bro. Justin Uselton officiating.
Burial will be in Crossroad Cemetery with Bro. Ben Leonard officiating.
Burial will be with Masonic Honors.
Pallbearers are Ronnie McDonald, Keith Wesson, Roy Rogers, James Ward, Larry Black and Carl John Gwin.
Honorary pallbearers are John Pennington, Ryan Carpenter and his nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley Road 15, Crossett, AR 71635.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Elmar Donald Crutchfield, Sr.
Celebration of Life for Mr. Elmar Donald Crutchfield, Sr., 69, of Bastrop, LA, will be 11:00 AM Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Rayville, LA with Rev. Floyd Griffis officiating.
Mr. Crutchfield was born February 13, 1947 and passed from this life on July 17, 2016. He was a veteran who served in the United States Army. Mr. Crutchfield was a mechanic by trade. His pride and joy was spending time with his family especially the grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Ota Crutchfield; two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Janie Parnell Crutchfield; five children, Elmar Crutchfield, Jr., Janell Nugent (Jay), Alicia Crutchfield, Dottie Bailey, and Theresa Booth (Ben); nine grandchildren; as well as numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Caring Hearts Hospice, especially Annette Branco, RN.
Online guestbook: www.griffinfuneralhome.net
Griffin Funeral Home
West Monroe, Louisiana
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Katherine Rachel Stratton Dixon
Katherine Rachel Stratton Dixon, age 101 of Crossett, AR passed away on July 21, 2016 at the Lifetouch Hospice. She was born on January 20, 1915 in Hermitage, AR to her parents, John Edward and Lizzie Padfield Stratton. Mrs. Dixon had worked for the Crossett Lumber Company and was a homemaker. She loved her family, quilting and working in her flower garden. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends. Mrs. Dixon was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Palmer C. Dixon; her son, Abie Gerald “Jerry” Dixon; her step-mother, Gertie Stratton; three brothers, Harold and Pete and Phil Stratton and two sisters, Ruby Evone and Emma Marjorie Stratton.
Survivors include one son, William Dixon of Crossett, AR; one daughter, Mary Whitworth of Benton, AR; one sister, Gloria Jean Buckaloo of Memphis, TN; two grandsons, Gerald Dixon of Crossett, AR, Philip Whitworth of Benton, AR; two granddaughters, Christina Dixon of Portland, OR, Kristen Whitworth of Hot Springs, AR and four great-grandchildren, Christina and Casey Dixon of Eldorado, AR, Camryn Gulledge of Hot Springs, AR and River Whitworth of Benton, AR.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Lifetouch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado, AR 71730.
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Virginia “Ginger” Reibe Weems
Virginia “Ginger” Reibe Weems, age 69, of Crossett, AR passed away on July 22, 2016 at her residence. She was born on June 4, 1947 in El Dorado, AR to her parents, Forrest Willard and Frances Edith Osborne Reibe. Mrs. Weems was a Pastor of Transition Ministries International and a member of the The Upper Room Church of Bastrop, LA. She was very involved with mission work and loved giving to everyone. Mrs. Weems was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gene Weems.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelley Anderson Odom (William Stacy) of Grayson, LA; one step-son, Paul Weems (Mardi) of Crossett, AR; one step-daughter, Tana Karnes (Ray) of Bossier City, LA; one brother, Jerry Reibe (Alva) of El Dorado, AR; eight grandchildren, Taylor Travis, Hannah Travis, Jordan Payne, Candace Guice, Tolland Weems, Josh Salley, Holly Rogillio, Kayla Williams; six great-grandchildren, Tenley, Raelynn, Lynlee, Landry, Carsyn, Allisyn and a special friend, Cathy Howie.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Justin Akers and Darlene Akers officiating. Interment followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
Memorials may be made to Transition Ministries International or The Upper Room Church, c/o 156 Hidden Acres, Crossett, AR 71635.




Obituaries
Karen Sivek
Karen Lee Sivek, 60, of Crossett, died July 10 at home. She was born Oct. 19, 1955, at New London Naval Base in Connecticut.
She earned an accounting degree from Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., and worked as a bookkeeper before becoming the secretary for Grace Christian Fellowship Church where she was an active member and Sunday school teacher for the 45 year olds.
She also worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Crossett and assisted with the thrift store. She worked as the housekeeper at the Paul Sullins Library and volunteered with their summer reading program.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Craig Griffin.
She is survived by one daughter, Jessie Lynn Sivek Candejas of Taholah, Wa.; three grandchildren; her parents, Earl Daniel Griffin of Spanish Springs, Nev., and Ruth Elizabeth MacDonald Griffin of Reno, Nev.; three brothers, David Griffin of Hamden, Conn., Mark Griffin of Reno, and Thomas Griffin of Chicago, Ill.
A funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. July 16 at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 912 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., in Crossett with Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Damon Dean, Mark Griffin, Josh Hartley, Thomas Griffin, Alan Brewer, George Thurman, Jojo Monroe, and Kyle Griffis.
Honorary pallbearers were David Griffin and the men of Grace Christian Fellowship.
Karen Sivek
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Elmer A. Sparks
Elmer A. Sparks, 74, of Hamburg, died July 16 at his home after a battle with cancer.
He was a native of Surry County, N.C., a former resident of Marvell, and a resident of Ashley County since 1989. He earned his bachelor of science degree in education from Cumberland College and his master’s in education from Northern Arizona University. He worked more than 40 year in education, having served as the principal at Marvell High School and then at Fountain Hill School. He retired in 2002, having served as a teacher and school administrator in North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas.
He was a born-again Christian, a Gideon, and a member of Gardner Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Claudie Sparks; his parents, Amos and Lucille Sparks; and one brother, Ronnie Sparks.
He is survived by three sons, Jeff Sparks of Hamburg, Chaplin Jay Sparks of Albuquerque, N.M., and Major Jeremy Sparks of Fayetteville; one sister, Linda Esparza of Mount Airy, N.C.; and six grandsons.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. July 20 at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with sons, Chaplin Jay Sparks and Maj. Jeremy Sparks, and Bro. Eugene Howie and Bro. David Williams officiating. Burial was in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jonah Sparks, Jeremiah Sparks, David Ricks, J.R. Cruce, J.W. Cruce, Darrin Billings, Bobby West and Brian Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Joseph Sparks, Jett Sparks, Jude Sparks, Jas Sparks, Jerry Freeman, Ted Rial, Earl McCrory and Dennis Byrd.
Memorials may be sent to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 83 Crossett, AR 71635 or the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock, AR 72203. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Charles Tanksley
Charles “Buddy” Tanksley, 69, of Hamburg, died July 15 at his residence.
He was a native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life. He was a carpenter and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder for 30 years.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Sam Tanksley, and his parents, Luther Charles Tanksley Sr. and Helen Marteal Ricks Tanksley.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathy Nelms Tanksley of Hamburg; two sons, Dwayne Tanksley of Judsonia and Kevin Tanksley of Hamburg; one daughter, Jessica Kelley of Hamburg; one step-daughter, Vickie Holland of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Johnny Ray Tanksley of Parkdale and Robin Tanksley of Springdale; one sister, Helen Land of Montrose; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Terry Greenwood and Bro. Elvin McDill officiating. Burial was in Promise Land Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tommy Clark, Adam Tanksley, David Nelms, Roger Nelms, Ronnie Nelms and Mike Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Mac Sullivan, Marvin Ricks and Frank Edward Ricks.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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A.D. Witherington
A.D. Witherington, 94, of Hamburg, died July 6 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in North Little Rock. He was a native of Hampton and a resident of Hamburg for the past 56 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation paper mill for over 37 years. He was an active member of Southside Baptist Church and a member of Submarine Veterans of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Maude Porter Witherington; four brothers, John Hays, Clyde L. and Ralph Witherington and an infant brother.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Steena Warner Witherington of Hamburg; three sons, Phillip Witherington of Bryant, Warner Witherington of Lake Charles, La., and David Witherington of Tulsa, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. July 9 in Egypt Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Frederick Etheridge officiating.
Memorials may be made to Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o John Lang, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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eunice
Maydell Brown
Eunice Maydell Brown, of Crossett, AR passed away on July 18, 2016 at her residence. She was born on December 14, 1915 in Dry Prong, LA to her parents, Ed and Sally Neal Lasyone. Euince was a homemaker who loved to crochet and enjoyed working in her yard. Mrs. Brown was a member of the First Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil Brown; a son, Hershel Brown; a son-in-law, Troy Farmer; two brothers, Grady and Ivy Lasyone; a sister, Idell Hataway and a grandson, Laron Brown.
Survivors include two sons, Darwin Brown (Gale) of Salem, OR, Larry Brown (Fran) of Dandridge, TN; a daughter, LaNell Farmer of Crossett, AR; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Brown of Pineville, LA; three sisters, Mildred Lonidier of Pineville, LA, Maxine Williams of Pollock, LA, Doris Shaw of Lake Charles, LA; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the First Church of God. Interment will follow at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Alexandria, LA under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the First Church of God.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of God, Building Fund, 1501 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Gideon’s, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.
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Leonard Ponder
Leonard Ponder, age 88, of Crossett, AR passed away on July 13, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center. He was born on March 15, 1928 in Lester, AR to his parents, Bradley and Mattie Teague Ponder.
Mr. Ponder was a store manager for a clothing and shoe store for 69 years, having served for West Brothers for 44 years and Sharpe’s for 25 years. He enjoyed the retail business.
He was a member and past president of the Lions Club and the Grand Marshal for the 2001 Christmas Parade. Mr. Ponder was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ted Ponder and an infant son, Richard Wayne Ponder and six brothers, Earl, George, Jim, Eugene, Earnest and Carl Ponder.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Maggie Ponder of Crossett, AR; a daughter, Rochele “Shelly” DuBose (Mack) of Crossett, AR; one brother, Charles Ponder of White Oak Lake, AR; three sisters, Katie Ackley of Franklin, TN, Emma Jean Wood of Chidester, AR, Annie Sarrett of Camden, AR; three grandchildren, Kelly Ted Ponder (Sarah) of Jonesboro, AR, Ashley Ponder Burks (Josh) of Little Rock, AR, Justin DuBose of Crossett, AR and four great-grandchildren, Shaun, Kala, Lily Burks of Little Rock, AR and Kimber DuBose of Crossett, AR.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden, AR under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (www.jonesservice.com)





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