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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Paul Lee Pendergrass, 73, of Huffman, Texas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Paul was born in Crossett, Arkansas, to parents Edward Lee Pendergrass and Louise Holton Pendergrass on October 13, 1944. He married Brenda Joyce Cooper on May 6, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas. Paul moved to Channelview, Texas in 1967 to begin an operator’s job at Southland Paper Mill Company where he worked for 35 years. He went on to work another 7 years at Woodforest Baptist Church as a maintenance supervisor.

Paul lived most of his life in Channelview, Texas where he served his community by holding the position of Precinct Judge #141, Harris County FWSD #6 board member, member of the Northshore Crime Stoppers and United Paper Workers International Union AFL-CIO local 1068.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Louise Pendergrass. Paul leaves behind to cherish is memory, his wife of 53 years, Brenda Cooper Pendergrass of Huffman; two daughters Lea Ann Howard and husband Jon of Huffman, Amy Pendergrass of Huffman; his two sons, Tommy Pendergrass and wife Donya of Huffman, Eric Pendergrass and Mary Kelley of Huffman; his three sisters, Mary Hoff of West Monroe, LA, Maxine Hendrix of Crossett, AR, and Nancy Thompson and husband Earnest of Crossett, AR; Grandchildrn, Kaleigh, Megan, Kaycee, Lexi, Shelby, Kayla, Hannah, Danielle, Allyson, Noah, Alysha, Jesse, and Kalob; Great-grandchildren, Colton, Waylon, Luke, Gabrielle, Callie, Haiden and Abigail.

Paul would often say, “you can’t out give God” and demonstrated it through his life and the creation of No Place Ministry.

No Place Ministry contributed to the lives of many and was Paul’s greatest passion. It provided clothing, food and shelter to those in need. No need was met without Paul Pendergrass planting the seed of salvation and the love of Jesus through God’s word and his saving grace. Paul’s greatest joy was providing transportation to all who would go to church.

His legacy will live on through the hearts and minds of all those he interacted with, as well as those he reached but never met.

Funeral services for Roddy L. Watt, 65, of Bastrop, will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 1, 2018, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe, with Rev. Warren Eckhardt officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Roddy Lee Watt was born April 19, 1953, in Crossett, AR to Noel and Francis Watt. Roddy was a dedicated employee at Georgia Pacific for 43 years. He spent every moment he had with his family and everyone enjoyed their precious time together outdoors hunting, fishing, and traveling. His passion for life was contagious and he made so many friends that saw his energy and love.

Family was his cornerstone, he always surrounded himself with loved ones and kept everyone fed with so many cookouts or fish frys. He closely mentored his children and grandchildren instilling the values of being a man that takes care of their families. Even though he was a grandfather, many of his grandchildren saw him as a second father. Roddy will live on in our hearts and joyous memories forever.

Roddy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Noel and Francis Lee Jones Watt; 3 sisters, Edna Mae Watt, Norma Jean Harshburger, and Betty Johnson; and a brother, Roy N. Watt, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Patricia Watt; children: son, Chris Watt and wife Mandy; son, Michael Watt and wife Laura; daughter, Jennifer Dossett and husband Shane; and daughter, April Dillingham; 11 grandchildren, Kason Martin Watt, Jase Addison Watt, Maylee Claire Watt, Austin Michael Watt, Aubrey Blake Watt, A. J. Marlin, Dakota Lance Marlin, Leo Palmer Fontana, Anthony Joseph Fontana, Thomas Hugh Dossett, and Christopher Cole Dossett; sisters, Lois Jean Lowry, Maxine Felkins, and Barbie Thornton; niece, Margie K. Holt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Lance Michael Thomas Foundation, 700 University Ave., Monroe, LA 71209, or the Diabetes Foundation.

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Buford Eugene McCarty, 61, of Crossett, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018, at his home. He was born on April 14, 1957, to his parents, Buford, and Effie Garrett McCarty. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Hamburg.
He worked as a certified machinist, a trade which he learned from his father, and was employed by Mechanisms followed by many years at Williams Welding.

Buford played guitar, and loved to cook, especially after watching his favorite cooking shows. He was a Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast and often enjoyed taking his family camping along bike runs.

Buford was a former member of the Mad Max Deer Camp where he scouted and hunted deer with his boys, always anxiously waiting to witness their excitement when they got one.

He is preceded in death by his father, Buford Lee McCarty; and one brother, Jack Curtis McCarty.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Sandidge McCarty of Crossett; four sons, Jonathan Liles and wife, Alicia, of Crossett, Kevin Padgett of Claremore, OK, Jesse Eugene McCarty and wife, Michelle, of Calhoun, LA, and Joseph Martin McCarty of Crossett; one daughter, Molly Young of Claremore, OK; his mother, Effie Brewer and stepfather, Jake, of Houston, TX; three sisters, Gidget McCarty Gestring and husband, Jimmy, of Crossett, Teresa Monreal and husband, Tony, of Cut n Shoot, TX, and Cindy Rochelle Barnhill and husband, Mike, of Houston, TX; one brother, Danny Ray Yocum, II and wife, Mary Ann, of Liberty, TX; and twelve grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2nd at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 1st at Medders Funeral Home.

The Rev. Cecil Harvey, 75, of Wilmot, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Cecil was a 1961 graduate of Dumas High School, a veteran of the United States Army and was a Staff Sergeant in the Arkansas National Guard for six years.

He was a minister and was the Pastor of Family Worship Center in Lake Village for the past seven years and the Bonita Church of God in Bonita, La. for 33 years.

He also worked as a carpenter and handyman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Bing Harvey ; his parents, Vernon and Ruby Williams Harvey, and a brother, Deon Harvey.

Survivors include his wife, Lenn Chatham Carr Harvey of Wilmot; two daughters, Cecilia Segars and husband, Larry, of Hot Springs and Kelli Harvey of Bastrop; a step-son, Jeff Carr of Springfield, Mo.; two step-daughters, Tommie Stapleton of Shreveport, La., and Christy Pippen of Crossett; three sisters, Zelma Book of Hamburg, Clemetene Martin of Little Rock and Sharon Burns of Dumas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, July 27, at the Family Worship Center in Lake Village, with the Revs. Don Borland and Alfred Lee Harvey officiating.
Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery outside of Wilmot.

Pallbearers will be John Segars, Zach Bussey, Payton Stapleton, Jordan Stapleton, Collin Stapleton, Jeffery Carr, Mike Pippen and Eric Freemyer.

Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of the Family Worship Center.

Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center, PO Box 162, Lake Village, AR 71653.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Janet Brooks Newberry, 62, of Monticello, died Friday, July 27, 2018. Mrs. Newberry was a former resident of Lake Village for many years. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Marjorie Worthy Brooks; two brothers, Gene and Huey Brooks and a sister, Rita Faye Brooks.

Survivors include two sons, Thad Selby, and wife, Becky, of Lake Village and Michael Selby of McGehee; a brother, Carlis Brooks of Hamburg; three sisters, Dee Ann Record of Henderson, Tenn., Sharion Brooks of Monticello and Monica Smith of Hamburg; five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sammy Land officiating.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of services Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Brown, Cameron Stain, Jake Wallace, Mark Wallace, Benji Brooks, Monty Brooks and Zane Brooks.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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