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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries


Obituaries
VELMA BATES
Velma Ruth Holdcraft Bates, 76, of Hamburg, died March 28, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice Center in Little Rock.

Funeral services were March 31 at Martinville Baptist Church, with burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Drew County. The Rev. Ryan McRae officiated.

She was a retired nursing home employee and a member of Martinville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Marion Dewitt Bates; a great-grandson, Brady Jaxon Dye; her parents, Ed Holdcraft and Ella Mae Graves Bell; a sister, Erma Jean Lewis and two brothers, Thomas Otis and Bobby Joe Holdcraft.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Jo Bates of Hamburg; a brother, Billy Junior Holdcraft of Idaho; a sister, Dorothy Mae Johnson of Hamburg; two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jim Barfield, Wade Knight, Curtis Aiken, Matthew Merriweather, Jimmy Merriweather and Kevin Holdcraft.

Memorials may be made to Martinville Baptist Church, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




FULTON BROCKWELL
Fulton D. Brockwell, 86, of Crossett, died March 30, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center.

Graveside services are at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Flat Creek Cemetery, with the Revs. Robin Allen and Eric Hodge officiating.

He was a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific, a Korean Conflict veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church
He was preceded in death by his wives, Jean Bays Brockwell, Evelyn Smith Brockwell and Janie Murphy Brockwell; his parents, Leroy and Ruth Gray Brockwell and three sisters, Joyce Ann Brockwell, Euphenia Courson and Gladys Faye Johnson.

He is survived by two sons, Glenn Brockwell and Tony Brockwell, both of Crossett; a brother, Roy Brockwell of Crossett; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives..

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71646.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




STEVEN LEE WILLIAMS-BROWNING
Steven Lee Williams-Browning, infant son of Nicole Williams and Thomas Dustin Browning, died March 25, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center.

Graveside services were March 30 at Rolfe Chapel Cemetery, with Pastor Ginger Weems officiating.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Tonya and Steve W. Williams of Crossett, Josephina Culp of Hutting and Thomas Browning of Hamburg; his great-grandmother, Nancy Smith of Crossett; his great-grandfather, Steve Wiggins and wife, Rita, of Hampton and other relatives.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




JEANETTE GRAY
Jeanette Kaye Gray, 56, of Parkdale, formerly of Crossett, died March 29, 2015 at her residence.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Baptist Church, with burial in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Bros. Tommy Boles and Ray Mills will officiate.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Oscar Hampton; a brother, Jack Hampton; and a sister, Sylvia Ann Hampton.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Allen Gray of Parkdale; two daughters, Jennifer Ann Gray and Kelly Marie Gray, both of Parkdale; her mother, Sylvia Hampton of Nixa, Mo.; five brothers, James O. Hampton III of Auburn, Ala., John J. Hampton of Omaha, Ark., Jerrry C. Hampton of Nixa, Mo., Jeff R. Hampton of Denver, Colo. and Jesse D. Hampton of Branson, Mo.; three sisters, Judy Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joyce C. LeDoux of Nixa, Mo. and Jane Donna Crawford of Branson, Mo.; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Cole Ramsey, Thomas Taylor, Ryan Kellebrew, James Roberts, Roger Gray and Michael Gray.

Visitation is from 6 p.m.-until Friday at Unity Baptist Church.

Cromwell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




HELEN LANGSTAFF-HARBISON
Helen Langstaff-Harbison, 87, of Crossett, died March 17, 2015.

Funeral services were March 27 at the New Bethel Baptist Church, with burial in Quinn Cemetery.

Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.




WESLEY LIVINGSTON
Wesley Livingston, 24, of Hamburg, died March 24, 2015.

Funeral services were March 27 at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Daily Cemetery. Bro. Buddy Boykin officiated.

He was a lifetime resident of Hamburg, a concrete finisher and a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank ‘Gip” and Margie Bell Craig Livingston and Graham and Zoe Ollinger Dacovich.

He is survived by his parents, Terry and Mary Dacovich Livingston of Hamburg; a brother, Joseph Livingston of Hamburg and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Adrian Moore, Cody Pennington, Nick Kelley, Paul Sawyer, Shawn Craig and Jimmy Ray Miller.

Memorials may be made to the Brianna Rainey Cancer Fund, 432 Binns Loop, Crossett, AR 71635.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




WARDELL OGUIN
Wardell Oguin, 88, died March 28, 2015 at Cherry Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility in Bastrop, La.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery in Strong. The Rev. Briscoe James Jackson will officiate.

He was a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Maybelle Ruffin Oguin; four infant children, two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Phifer Oguin; a daughter, Louise Hicks of Crossett; a brother, Willie “Bill” Oguin of Strong and five grandchildren.

Sims Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.




JESSE STARLING SR.
Jesse Starling, Sr., 68, of Burlington, Iowa, formerly of Crossett, died March 20, 2015.

Funeral services are at 12 noon Thursday at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Siloam Cemetery. The Rev. Murlee Carter will officiate.

He was a retired financial analyst for IBM, a Vietnam Conflict veteran of the U.S. Army, where he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a member of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Geneva and Fred Starling; a brother, Rocky Hunter and a sister, Ava Hunter.

He is survived by a son, Jesse Starling, Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters, Rhonda Johnson of Rockford, Ill. and Sherlene Ali of St. Louis, Mo.; his stepmother, Stella Starling of Crossett; two brothers, Fred Starling, Jr. of Burlington, Iowa and Bernard Hunter of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Bertha Brown of Burlington, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Cromwell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




EDITH WINBURY
Edith Winbury, 68, of Crossett, died March 24, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center.
Funeral services were March 28 at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, with Bro. Dale Doss officiating.

She was a former auto parts store manager and a a member of Rolfe Chapel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Manthy Knight Wilcox; two brothers, Sam and Robert Wilcox and a sister, Judy Wilcox Ross.

She is survived by a son, Donald Carter of Crossett; a daughter, Sharon Jones of Crossett; three brothers, Johnny Wilcox, Gordon Wilcox and Elba "Bud" Wilcox, all of Crossett; a sister, Shirley Lyons of Crossett; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Cromwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





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