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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries


Obituaries
RALPH HOLLIS
Ralph Hollis, 81, of Fountain Hill, died April 8, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Funeral services were April 12 at Eden Baptist Church, with burial in Flat Creek Cemetery. The Revs. Gene Gregory and Keith Hicks officiated.

He was a lifetime resident and former mayor of Fountain Hill, owned Hollis Garage and was a member of Eden Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Wilkerson Hollis; two daughters, Delores Allison and Sherrie Harville; a grandson, Kyle Jacob Craig; his parents, Dillard and Hazel Stanley Hollis and three brothers, W.L. “Dub” Hollis, J.D. Hollis and Harold James Hollis.

He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Harville of Hamburg and Lana Carpenter of Arkansas City; a son, Charles Ralph Hollis Jr. of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Jack Hollis of Huntsville, Ala. and Paul Hollis of Blytheville; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Harville, Landon Carpenter, Michael Harville, Chad Allison, Dexter Lawrence and Cody Hollis. 

Memorials may be made to Eden Baptist Church, 3748 Hwy 133 North, Hamburg, AR  71646.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


TRAVIS HUGHES
Travis “Shorty” Hughes, 72, of Hamburg, died April 10, 2014 in Cedar Park, Texas.

Funeral services are Saturday at Medders Funeral Home, with burial in Pugh Cemetery. Dr. Mary Arnold will officiate.

He was a retired logging saw man.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearlie Hughes Sr. and Lizzie Marie Cason and a brother, Pearlie Hughes Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Chapel Hughes of Hamburg; eight sons, Johnny Ashford of Stone Mountain, Ga., Mickey Davis of Syracuse, N.Y., Adam Hughes of Texas, Jonathan Hughes of Minneapolis, Minn., Kendron Watkins of Crossett and Travis Hughes Jr., Calvin Hughes and Kelvin Hughes, all of Cedar Park, Texas; four daughters, Yolanda Hughes, Vonnie Hughes and Evelyn Hughes, all of Gary, Ind. and Ada Stanley of Hamburg; a sister, Josephine Hughes Robinson of Crossett; 42 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers are John Ware, Troy Ware, Wally Jenkins, James Tucker, Travis Hughes Jr., Calvin Hughes and Kelvin Hughes.

Medders Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


BETTY BUSSELL
Betty Ann Bussell, 79, of Hamburg, died April 6, 2014 at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville, Miss.

Funeral services were April 10 at Cromwell Funeral Home, with burial in Snyder Cemetery. Bro. Joe Sponaugle officiated.

She was the retired owner of the Harvester Restaurant and a member of the Church of Christ in Hamburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Glen and Annie Kay Brundage Perkins and a sister, Patsy Perkins Crosswhite.

She is survived by a brother, Curtis Don Perkins of Baton Rouge, La. and other relatives.

Pallbearers were James Nelms, Herman Morman, Rocky Savage, Johnny Pierce, Jr., Joe Sharrick and Glenn Crosswhite.

Cromwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


SYLVIA CHAMPION
Sylvia Anita Champion, 47, of Malvern, formerly of Crossett, died April 10, 2014 at Hot Springs County Medical Center.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Cromwell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Greg Baker officiating.

She was a certified nurses assistant at Heritage of Hot Springs Health and Rehabilitation and a member of First Baptist Church in Malvern.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Cason and Rosa Mae “Rose” Lincoln and a brother, Lawrence Brown.

She is survived by a son, Anthony Camel of Malvern; three daughters, Shaquetta Cason of Minden, La., Sharrita Cason of Hot Springs and Shacoya Haynes of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Anthony Lincoln and Willie Lincoln, Jr., both of Crossett; two sisters, Pamela Vaughn and Felicia Daniels, both of Crossett; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Cromwell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


BOBBY MATHEWS
Bobby Mathews, 67, of Ft. Blackmore, Va., formerly of Crossett, died April 6, 2014 at Indian Path Medical Center.

Military graveside services were April 11 at Cox Banner Cemetery in Ft. Blackmore, Va.

He was a retired auto technician and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Olive Marie Cash Mathews and a sister, Brenda Joyce Mathews.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Land Mathews of Ft. Blackmore, Va.; a daughter, Nevamarie Mathews of Cleveland, Ohio; his father, Lewis Larkin Mathews of Crossett; a brother, Michael Mathews of Crossett; a sister, Louis Hollis of Crossett; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were James Riley, Mike Mathews, David Walker, Freddie Carter, John Brickey, Jr., Chris Turk, Rafa Hernandez, Donnie Saul, Josh Williams, and Bobby Williams.

Gate City Funeral Home of Gate City, Va. was in charge of arrangements.


FANNIE MORRIS
Fannie Bea Morris, 96, of Parkdale, died April 9, 2014 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village.

Funeral services were April 15 at Penny Chapel CME Church, with burial in Zion Hill Cemetery. Dr. Odessa Darrough officiated.

She was a homemaker and a member of Penny Chapel CME Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Morris; a stepson, Lonnie James Morris; her parents, Henry and Tamie Holmes Davidson; two brothers, George and Henry Davidson and three sisters, Volene Hill, Belle Davidson and Octavia Davidson.
She is survived by an adopted daughter, Lilly Waddielove of Kansas City, Mo. and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Carl Vaughn, Roy Carter, Dan Smith, Willie Williams, Richard Robinson, III and Paul Pride.

Cromwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


BUD PLANCHON
Bud Planchon, 51, died April 11, 2014.

Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Pugh Cemetery.

He was a retired captain from the Springdale Fire Department and an Operation Desert Storm veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lena Planchon and a sister, Tammi.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Sexton Planchon: a son, Shane Logan; a stepson, Jon Madison Sexton; a daughter, Olivia Kathryn Planchon; his father and stepmother, Claud Planchon and Judy Planchon of Dothan, Ala.; a brother, John Planchon of Warner-Robbins, Ga.; a sister, Toni Mott of Nevada, Mo.

Medders Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


DOYLE SIVILS
Doyle M. Sivils, 78, of Hamburg, died April 10, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. 

Funeral services were April 13 at First Baptist Church, with burial in Promise Land Cemetery. Dr. Bobby Pennington and Bill Sivils officiated.

He was a lifetime resident of Hamburg, a blacksmith, an employee of Georgia-Pacific, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Hamburg Masonic Prairie Lodge, a former member of the Ashley County Fair Board and a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irven and Goldie White Sivils; three brothers, Earl, Marion and Ferrell Sivils and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Summarell Sivils of Hamburg; three daughters, Becky Sivils of West Monroe, La., Laura Sivils Dawson, of Hamburg and Melanie Geer of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Fred Sivils of Bastrop, La. and Billy Ralph Sivils of Greenbrier; a sister, Glenda Doss of Hamburg and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clovis Dean, James Higginbotham, Johnny Dumas, Mark Christmas, Eddie Black and Joe Roberts. 

Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


BETTY WALTHALL
Betty Marie Walthall, 70, of Hamburg, died April 13, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral services were April 15 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Flat Creek Cemetery. The Rev. Gene Gregory officiated.

She was a homemaker and a member of Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tanner Darbonne; her parents, Tony and Anie Smith Walthall and a brother, Buster Walthall.

She is survived by a son, Craig Dion Darbonne of Shreveport, La.; two brothers, Johnny Walthall of Fountain Hill and Eugene Walthall of El Dorado; six sisters, Gracie Spivey, Mary Davis and Susan Gifford, all of Fountain Hill, Juanita Knight and Nancy Coulter, both of Hamburg and Cindy Harris of Crossett; a grandchild, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Rob Gifford, Danny Jeffers, Corey Jeffers, Jacob Jeffers, Billy Sawyer and Ricky Brazier.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





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