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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Nathaniel Kidd, 81, of Crossett, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 15, 1936, in El Dorado, to his parents, Rufus Kidd Sr. and Cora Lee Dorton Mitchell. He proudly served in the United States Navy, established his own business, the Modern Cleaning
Service in 1969 and retired from the United States Postal Service in 2003 after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Kidd Sr.,Lillie Pearl Kidd, and Cora Lee Dorton Mitchell; and one brother, Rufus J. Kidd Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Velma Burton Kidd; five children, Valerie Phillips and husband, John, of Little Rock, Keith Kidd of Springdale, Roderick Kidd and wife, Shandyla, of Crossett, Kendall Kidd of Atlanta, and Lisa Traylor of Calion; three brothers, George S. Kidd and wife, Sedonia, of Dallas, Gordon V. Kidd and wife, Marcia, of Crossett, and Jesse Mitchell of
Oakland; six sisters, Lillie P. Kidd, Dorothy J. Kidd, Thelma J. Kidd, and Bonita Kidd all of El Dorado, Geraldine Brown of Detroit, and Mary E. Kidd of
Harvey, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three god sons

A Celebration of Life Service will be p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, at the Pine Street Church of Christ at 301 Pine Street in Crossett with the Rev. John Phillips
Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Keith Kidd, Roderick Kidd, Kendall Kidd, Paul Kimbrough Jr., K. Dwight Burns, and Brannon Kidd.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nathaniel’s former co-workers at the U. S. Post Office in Crossett.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52W in North Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

DeCario Martez Walter was born on Feb. 26, 1990 in Crossett, to Ralph DeCarlo Walter and Monda Marchelle Wade Walter. He attended Crossett High School but completed his education at the Little Rock Job Corps Center. He was an active member of the Gama Mu Phi Fraternity.

Survivors include his father, Ralph Walter; his mother, Monda Walter; his sister, Raquel Walter; a special brother and sister, Spencer and Shanae Govan; his grandparents, Tedd and Jacqueline Langdon; four aunts; four uncles; and a number of great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved and cherished him dearly.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 2017 at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance in Hamburg.

Burial followed in the Johnson Cemetery in Hamburg, under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.

Tanya Lynn Hawk, 28, of Columbus, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at her residence. She was a 2007 graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine and she worked in the fast food industry.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Morris and Lillian Curtis Cunningham and her grandmother, Florence Smith.

Survivors include a son, Domynick La’sean Hawk of Columbus, Texas; her father, Donald Hawk of Canton, Maine; her mother and father, Angela Payne and Johnny Payne of Columbus, Texas; six sisters, Tamara Lara and husband, Oscar, of Haughton, La., Amber Stern of Bogalusa, La., Sarah O’Neal and husband, Christopher, of Tecumseh, Okla., Tara Hawk of Columbus, Kindell Church and husband, Chris, of Ellinger, Texas and Jessica McClendon and husband, Nicholas, of Bastrop, Texas; her grandparents, John and Donna Payne of Columbus, and Beulah Bond of Salem, Mo.; aspecial aunt and uncle, and a number of other aunts, uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews..

Graveside services were 2 p.m., Dec. 8, in the Flat Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Coulter officiating.

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

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Alex ‘Uncle Bud’ Harris Jr., 75, of Hamburg, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at his residence in Hamburg.   He was of the Baptist faith and a timber worker. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Beatrice Harris; five brothers, Augustus, L.C., Bobby, Ed and William Harris; four sisters, Sharron Pooled, Willie Mae Miller, Fannie Simpson and Alzora Miller.

Survivors include two brothers, Mitchell and Vennice Harris, both of Dumas; one sister, Joyce Campbell of Dumas, and a nummber of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Dec. 8, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hamburg with the Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. 

Burial  followed in Johnson Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were McCoy Franklin, Clyde Leonard, George Dickerson, Michael Thompson, Frankie Wright and Jessie Pam. 

Services were under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.

Robert Lee Duke Jr., 70, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Jefferson Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  He was of the Baptist faith.  Robert retired as a supervisor from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill, where he worked for 30 years. 

Mr. Duke was preceded in death by one daughter, Katrina Duke; one grandson, Christopher “Lil’ Chris” Duke; his parents, Robert Lee and Fannie Jane Biggers-Duke.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Ruth Ann Duke; four sons, Tredrick Duke of Maumelle, Armondo Duke of Tahlequah, Okla., Christopher Duke and spouse Ramanda of Crossett, Rodriguez Duke and spouse Diedra of Atlanta; four daughters, Lashawn Chapman and spouse Joe, Kimberly Rogers and Chasity Duke, all of Crossett, and Ashley Duke of Fayetteville; one brother, Harvey Duke of Crossett; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a number of other family and friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Radford Jr. officiating. 

Burial followed in Westview Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be the sons of Mr. Duke along with Hasani Duke and Johnathan Chapman. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be T.W. Daniel High School Class of 1965. 

Visitation is from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home.