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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries


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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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)




Obituaries
James “Pete” Carpenter
James W. “Pete” Carpenter, 61, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 1 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He was a farmer and worked for Ladd Farms for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Carpenter, and three half brothers, Waymond Carpenter, Jimmy Carpenter and Doyle Carpenter.
He is survived by one son, Justin Carpenter of Hamburg; one daughter, Jennifer Carpenter of Dewitt; his mother, Maxie Bozeman Carpenter of Hamburg; three brothers, Willie Mac Carpenter and Charles Carpenter, both of Hamburg, and Haskell Carpenter of Crossett; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jamie Coulter officiating. Burial was in Promise Land Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Adam Westmoreland, Melissa Westmoreland, Richard Carpenter, Thomas Carpenter, Jason Carpenter and Keith Ladd.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Carpenter, Haskell Carpenter, Willie Carpenter, David Ladd, Reggie King and Terry Stephens.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Rosie Hamm
Rosie “Jo” Lee Hamm, 75, of Crossett, died Thursday, June 30 at Ashley County Medical Center. She was born Jan. 28, 1941.
She was a homemaker and co-owned Hamm’s Hydraulics with her husband. She was part of the Community Chapel Baptist Church family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Stephenson and Gertrude Futch Richardson; three brothers, Claude Richardson Jr., John White, and Fred White; and one sister, Ida May White.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lynwood “Jack” Hamm of Crossett; two sons, Belvin Hamm and Richard Marion Hamm, both of Crossett; one daughter, Deborah Sturdivant of Crossett; two sisters, Viola Neilson of Winnsboro, La., and Polly Guillot of Minden, La.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett with Bro. Mike Chain and Bro. Art Crymes officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Paul Hamm, Landel Hamm, Joe Hamm, Greg Hamm, Leon Hamm, David Hamm, John Garner, and Elton Taunton.
Honorary pallbearers were Steve Listar and Alford Watts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Chapel Baptist Church, 109 Hoss Carter Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.
Rosie Hamm
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C.B. Harriman
C.B. Harriman, 78, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 1 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He graduated from Hamburg High School and he was in the United States Army Reserves for four years. He worked for Jones Funeral Home and retired in 1992 from the United States Postal Service after 30 years, the last 12 years as postmaster. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Crossett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cordel and Claude Locke Harriman; one brother, Morril Harriman and one step-son, Nick Upshaw.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Shirley Eaves Harriman of Hamburg; three sons, Steve Harriman of Hamburg and Corey Harriman and Craig Harriman, both of Dallas, Texas; one step-son, Joe Upshaw of Crossett; one sister, Kathryn Carter of Bossier City, La.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Requiem Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with Father Bob Allen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 909 Hickory Street, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.




Obituaries
Frances Barrett
Frances Lucille Fulgham Barrett of Hamburg died Monday, July 11 among family at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. She was a native of Mathiston, Miss., but she resided in Hamburg most of her life and raised her family there. She was a member of Gardner Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Fulgham, and two brothers, James Fulgham and Roger Fulgham.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Burnice L. Barrett of Hamburg; three sons, Ronald Barrett of Louisiana, James Barrett of Hamburg and Shane Barrett of Hot Springs; her mother, Hazel Fulgham of Hamburg; one sister, Christine Wright of Hamburg; one brother, Dewayne Fulgham of Hamburg; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 15 at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Gayle Riles and Bro. Eugene Howie officiating. A private burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Drew County.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews, Anthony Fulgham, Mike Fulgham, Terry Fulgham, Shawn Fulgham, Adam Wright and Rane Barrett.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Lula Brooks
Lula Lee Howie Brooks, 77, of Hamburg, died Saturday, July 9 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and graduated from Portland High School in 1958. She was a homemaker and also worked for Foote’s and Jade Grocery Store for 40 years. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.S. Brooks in 1995; one daughter, Olivia Ann Brooks; one grandson, Benjamin Charles Brooks; her parents, Seab and Noba Lee Pruitt Howie; and one sister, Sarah Mae Howie.
She is survived by two sons, Rev. Sanders Brooks of Monticello and Don Brooks of Cabot; two sisters, Mary Alice Jackson of Tatum, Texas and Lois Mitchell of Gladewater, Texas; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Townsend and Bro. Eugene Howie officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Franklin Ricks, Keith Ladd, Sam Ricks, Jerod Selby, Matthew Ricks and Mike Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Benton Newcome, Carl Rice Jr., Bobby Foster, Denver Burns, Wilbur Austin, Booster Burns and Joe Foote.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Keith Ladd, 186 Ashley Road 121, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Benny Chandler Sr.
Benny Leo Chandler Sr., 71, of Crossett, died Thursday, July 7 at Ashley County Medical Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1944, in Morrilton.
He served in the United States Air Force which included two years in Vietnam and worked in the Georgia Pacific plywood plant for 16 years until he retired in 2004. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and of the Christian Motorcyclists Association Ministry.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamine Leo Chandler, and one great-grandchild, Aria Jade McGowen.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Murphy of Crossett; four sons, Benny Leo Chandler Jr. of Crossett, Jody Leo Chandler of Little Rock, Jimmy Gilley of Springhill, La., and Joe Gilley of Crossett; two daughters, Tammie Jean Moreno of Hot Springs and Judy Ann Brazier of Hot Springs; his mother, Nevene Chandler of Crossett; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11 at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley Rd 15 in North Crossett with Bro. Kenneth Neal and Bro. Justin Usselton officiating. Burial in Adams Cemetery in Lanty followed and was under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were James Gilley, Mason Chandler, C.T. Chandler, Justus Brazier, Elijah Moreno, and Nathan McGowen. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Brazier, Charles Berryman, Ryleigh Christy, Roger Reeves, David Whittington, Ricky Hall, Jerry Gonzalez, and the members of C.M.A.
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Eloid Daniel
Eloid Daniel, age 72, of Kansas City, Kan., died Saturday, July 2 at his residence. He was a native of Fountain Hill, a retired custodian at Unified School District 500 and a member of Community Baptist Church. He was a lifelong musician working for many local churches in the Kansas City area.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; parents, Nathan and Lottie Cason Daniel; two brothers, Henry Daniel and Timothy Daniel; and two sisters, Viola Brock and Merdis “Lois” Miller.
He is survived by one son, Johnnie Daniel of Kansas City; two daughters, Sheila Hayes and Barbara Daniel-Johnson, both of Kansas City; one brother, Joe Daniel of San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Nazaree Wilson, Ruby Cole and Mary Harris, all of Fountain Hill; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fountain Hill with Rev. Jessie Washington officiating.
Pallbearers will be LeVell Brock, Ben Brock, Fred Brock, Dennis Cole, John Johnson and Johnnie Daniel.
Burial will be in Norris Hill Cemetery.
Viewing will be Wednesday, July 13 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
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Mary Fowler
Mary Fowler, age 85 of Wilmot, died Monday, July 4 at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Wilmot, a retired certified nursing assistant and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by three sons, James Metcalf, Larry Smith and Lonnie Smith; her parents, William and Maggie Mullen-Porch; one brother, Leroy Porch; and three sisters, Mattie Porch, Lucille Goodlow and Classey Leonard.
She is survived by five sons, Roosevelt Smith Jr. of Sherwood, Herbert Fowler of Bastrop, La., Dennis Fowler of Grandview, Mo., Vincent Fowler of Grandview, and Willie Fowler of Wilmot; one daughter, Mary Smith of Eudora; one brother, Joseph Peter Porch of Los Angeles, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Eddie D. Montgomery and Rev. Ambrose Dozark officiating.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Morning Star Baptist Church.
Burial will be in St. Martha Cemetery in Wilmot.
Visitation is Friday, July 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
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Lonnie Gaston
Lonnie Earl “Tucson” Gaston, age 68 of Hamburg, died Saturday, July 9 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. He was a native of Wilmot but once lived in San Jose, Calif. He was a retired auto mechanic and a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gladis Gaston; stepfather, Willie Belion; two brothers, Joe Fred Collins and Lamar E. Belion; and one sister, Jewline Dancy.
He is survived by three daughters, Valerie Hillman, Betty Gaston and Antionett Gaston, all of San Jose; his mother, Sarah Belion Webb of Hamburg; two brothers, Phillip Belion of Fresno, Calif., and Jerry Belion of Palo Alto, Calif.; three sisters, Willie Marie Newton of San Jose, Claudell Belion of Fresno, and Evelyn Girtman of Hamburg; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at Christ Pentecostal Church in Hamburg with Bishop Alphonso Madden officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Lee Nimmer, Barron Johnson, Shuron Jenkings, Larry Tippie, Nathaniel Miller and Mark Zintel.
Viewing will be Thursday, July 14 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.
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Marie Gray
Marie Gray, 85, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 8 at her residence. She was a native of Monticello, a resident of Hamburg for the past 30 years and a former resident of Crossett. She worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation plywood mill for 25 years before retiring in 1994. She was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Bradford Gray in 1965; one granddaughter, Melinda Ferguson; her parents, Abraham Green and Willie Holecraft Elton; one brother, Fagan Elton; and two sisters, Flora Walker and Lela Holland.
She is survived by one son, Phillip Gray of Hamburg; one daughter, Jocelyn Wykoff of Hamburg; one sister, Daphine Martin of Camden; two brothers, Frances Elton of Little Rock and Bud Elton of Medford, Ore.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church with Dr. Shawn Williams officiating. Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Brad Gray, Chad Gray, Bobby Kelley, Dave Wykoff, Eddie Black and Harold Roberts. Honorary pallbearer was Robin Kelley.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Dennis Grubbs
Dennis Grubbs, 66, died June 27. Funeral services were 10 a.m. July 7 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Burial was in Houston National Cemetery.
He was born in Monticello May 27, 1950 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Vietnam War. He retired from AT&T after 40 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Royce Grubbs and Marguerite DeLane King Dickerson, and one sister, Melinda Thurman.
Survivors include his wife, Sophie; six children, Michael, Shara, Thomas, Theresa, Sheila, and Jeff; 16 grandchildren; four brothers, Garry Grubbs of Hot Springs, Eddie McGehee of Hammond, La., Darrell Thurman of Gloster, Miss, and Bobby McGehee of Eureka Springs; and four sisters, Dianne Naff of Monroe, La., Terry McGehee of Valdosta, Ga., Mitzi Williams of Crossett, and Melinda Thurman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of one’s choice.
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B.K. Harris
B.K. Harris, age 77, of Hamburg, died July 3 in Little Rock at Baptist Medical Center after a battle with leukemia.
Born July 12, 1938 to Franklin Polk Harris and Olga Viola Prinzing Harris, he was a retired Southern Baptist Minister having served as a pastor for over 42 years in several Arkansas churches. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg and also worked as a computer programmer.
He was preceded in death by a spouse, Linda Adams Harris; one grandson, Christopher Keanan Harris; two brothers, Edsel Harris and Alfred Harris; one infant brother; and two sisters, Elizabeth Harris and Betty Harris.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Akin Harris; two sons, John Keanan Harris of Warren and Mark Kevin Harris of Hampton; one sister, Martha Ketzscher of North Little Rock; three stepdaughters, Darlene Skender of Crossett, and Wendy Dailey and Tana Vail, both of Hamburg; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 7 at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Wilmar Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Wayne Reep, Mathew Smith, Jonathan Harris, Ethan Harris, Bruce Harris, Tommy Kelly, Paul Skender and John Dailey.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Joe Wharton, Dr. Mendelson, Dr. Tim Simon, Heath Reep, Jimmy Reep, Chuck Ketzscher, Dale Harris, Jerry Vail, Baptist Health, and Wilmar High School Class of 1956.
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Regina Jordan
Regina Ann Jordan, 53, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 6 at Ashley County Medical Center. She was born Feb. 16, 1963, in Bastrop, La. She was a 1982 graduate of Crossett High School and a member of Pine Forrest Missionary Baptist Church. She was an employee of Georgia Pacific.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan Gene and Marilyn Ruth Laing.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Alex Steven “Stebo” Jordan of Crossett; one daughter, Sarah Halley of Hamburg; one son, Rusty Jordan of Crossett; one brother, Michael Laing of Crossett; one sister, Margaret Kinnaird of Bastrop; and three grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Beech Street Baptist Church in Crossett with Bro. Donnie Dubose and Bro. Elvin
McDill officiating. Burial in Egypt Cemetery followed and was under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
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Ricky McDaniel
Ricky Allen McDaniel, age 52, of Hamburg died July 3 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born May 18, 1964.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy McDaniel.
He is survived by one daughter, Melinda Wallice; two grandchildren; his mother, Patsy Simpson; and six siblings, Donnie Simpson, Ron Simpson, Tim Simpson, Mike Herrington, Linda Rushing, and Kaye Alonzo.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8 in Pinewood Memorial Park and under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
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Everett Pounds
Everett Fay Pounds, 74, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 8 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was a native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1959 and was a member of Hamburg First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Everett and Abbie Virginia Golden Pounds; two brothers, Jack and Johnny Ralph Pounds; and one sister, Betty Sue Chapman.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ellen Chapman Pounds of Hamburg; one son, Mark Pounds of Lake Village; two daughters, Michelle Pounds of Bryant and Nancy Jo Pounds of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Gwen Fischer of Hamburg and Frances Gosnell of Garland, Texas; and one grandson.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 11 at Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Comer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
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Rev. Elbert Sanders
Rev. Elbert Herbert Lee Sanders, 103, of Monroe, La., died Saturday, July 9.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness in Hamburg. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery and will be under the direction of Miller Funeral Home.
He was a retired pulp wood cutter in the timber industry and pastored for over 50 years at First Pentecostal Church of Sondheimer, La., and First Pentecostal Church of Lake Providence, La. He was also a founding elder of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Hamburg. He served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran.
He is survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.
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Bobby Thompson
Bobby Lee Thompson, 78 of Rison, died Thursday, July 7 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
He was born June 4, 1938 in Herbine.
He the retired owner and operator of Thompson Floor Covering and was involved in poultry farming. He was a lifelong member of Bethel #2 Missionary Baptist Church and was a past member of Cleveland County Farm Bureau board, Democratic committee and mounted patrol. He acted as president of Herbine Hunting Club for 16 years and was a member of Prosperity Cemetery board.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Thompson of Rison; one son, Terry Thompson of Herbine; one daughter, LaDonna Morrison of Pansy; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two brothers, Jerry Thompson of Rison and Billy Frank Thompson of Sheridan.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Bethel #2 Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Wade Petty officiating. Burial followed in Prosperity Cemetery in Rison.
Pallbearers were Trent Young, Bill Taylor, Allen Wilson, Bobby Griffis, Jason Sanders and Jeff Patrick. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Thompson, Tyler Thompson and Kyle Morrison.
Funeral arrangements were by Buie Funeral Home of Rison.
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James Wisecarver
James Troy Wisecarver, 84, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 8 at the Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. He was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Crossett where he lived and worked most of his life.
He was a veteran of the United States Army having served two years in Germany and Holland before he went to work for Georgia Pacific as a bleach plant operator. He retired after 51 years.
He also served as a deacon and member of Church of Christ on Pine Street.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Philip and Bertha Irene Gilbert Wisecarver; two brothers, Warren Wisecarver and Roy Wisecarver; and two sisters, Juanita Bolten and Jean Little.
He is survived by two sons, Dee Wisecarver of Hamburg and Jay Wisecarver of Sterlington, La.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15 at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett, with Bro. Larry Culbreath officiating.
Burial in Crossroads Cemetery will follow and will be under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Wisecarver, Caleb Wisecarver, Randy Rice, Bill Swafford, Chris Brainard, Philip Randy Rice, Bill Swafford, Chris Brainard, and Philip Wisecarver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Grayson Wisecarver and James Coleman.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 14 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice Home Care.




Obituaries
Archie Arnold
Archie Lee Arnold, age 75, of Pine Bluff died Monday at his residence in the Watson Chapel community, with his family by his bedside. He was a native of Morrilton, a retired heavy equipment operator and of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Laura Jones-Arnold, and one brother, Frank Arnold.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Doris Carter-Arnold; one son, Randall Arnold of Rison; one step-son, Bobby Bond Jr. of White Hall; two daughters, Pamela Arnold of Franklin, N.C., and Tracie Phillips of Mayflower; two step-daughters, Debbie Francis of Rison and Lisa Riles of Franklin; two brothers, Pete Green of Mountain Home and James Green of Rison; three sisters, Mary Burton of Warren, Gale Black of Texarkana, and Lavonne Terry of Sheridan; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Carter Cemetery on Highway 52 southwest of Hamburg and was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Burton officiating.
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Rosalyn Gardner
Rosalyn Marie Avery Gardner, 62, died June 13.
She was born May 20, 1954 in Wilmar to the late Ollie Beatrice Avery and Elkin Avery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin D. Gardner; one son, Johnathon Avery; two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include one son, Talvin Gardner of Monticello; one daughter, Brenda Gardner of Monticello; three grandchildren; five sisters, Deborah Daniels of Lacy, Sylvia V. Carr of Monticello, Evangeline Carr of Wilmar, Dethra Gardner of Wilmar, and Valerie Carr of Wilmar; and four brothers, Herbert Avery of Wilmar, Dexter Carr of Monticello, Orlando Baker of Pine Bluff, and Michael Webb of Pine Bluff.
A funeral service was held Friday at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church of Wilmar. Burial followed in Turner Hill Cemetery in Wilmar and under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.
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Harold Hall
Harold Cooper Hall, age 80, of Crossett died June 14 at his residence. He was a native of Rosedale, Miss., and former resident of Omaha, Neb., where graduated and remained an active alumnus of Boys Town. He served 23 years in the US Air Force, where he gained a rank of master sergeant and aircraft maintenance superintendent receiving a Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.
He owned and operated H and H Mobile Home Park in West Crossett for 37 years and was an active member of Southern Cross Chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Cooper Hall; his mother, Beulah Molder Hall-Anderson; his stepfather, Robert Anderson; one sister, Maxine Quinzi; and two great-grandchildren.
He is survived by one son, Rick Hall of Caruthersville, Mo.; one daughter, Dawn Goodale of Sikeston, Mo.; one sister, Christine Smythe of Creswell, Oreg.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Rev. Alan Womack officiating.
Pallbearers were Jerry Gonzalez, Ernesto Gonzalez, Samuel Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Roger Reeves and Charles Berryman. Honorary pallbearers were members of Southern Cross Chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association, James Stanbery, John Stanbery and Leo Chandler.
A private burial will be at a later date. Arrangements were made by Cromwell Funeral Home.
Memorials may be sent to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010; Saint Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley 15 Road, Crossett, AR 71635.
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Mary Nelson
Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Nelson, 76, of Crossett died Thursday at Ashley County Medical Center.
She was born in Louisville, Ken., Feb. 17, 1940, to the late Benjamin and Golda Stinson. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and worked as a secretary for Georgia Pacific for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe Kenneth Nelson of Crossett; two daughters, Mary Teresa Nelson and Denise Thornton of McKinney, Texas; one son, Michael Kenneth Nelson of Monroe, La.; two grandchildren and three great‐grandsons.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Union County with Bro. Toby Austin officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Honorary pallbearers were Roy Patterson, Jim Carter, Lester Avery, Dan Kersey, Dan Dumas, Kelley Lindsey, and Jason Barnett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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LeDell Williams
LeDell “Buddy Boy” Williams, 75, died June 15 at Ashley County Medical Center.
He was born in Texarkana Nov. 7, 1940 to the late Elee and Elizabeth Williams. He graduated from Washington High in Texarkana, before moving to Crossett, and he accepted Christ at an early age.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Frazier of Las Vegas, Nev., Margaret Everett of Rowlett, Texas and Myricle Robinson of Crossett; two sons, Richard Ellis of Texarkana, Texas, and Ledon Robinson of Crossett; seven brothers, Johnny Williams and Robert Williams of Texarkana, Phil  McCowan of Richmond, Calif., Frank McCowan and Leroy McCowan of Oakland, Calif., and Lee McCowan and  Henry McCowan of Tucson, Ariz.; six sisters, Elizabeth Webb of Texarkana, Beatrice Miller of Crossett, Darlene  Williams-Shackelford of Richmond, Betty Jo McCowan –Jones of Sacramento, Calif., and Bernice McCowan-Weatherless and Flossie McCowan-Lamay of Tucson; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Crossett. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery and under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.




Obituaries
ERIC ADAMS
Eric Adams, 49, of Hamburg, died April 28, 2016 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Funeral services were May 1 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Hamburg Cemetery. Bro. Josh Luellen officiated.

He was a truck driver for Timber Producers and a member of First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Adams; his grandparents, Walter and Connie Blankenship Adams and Tilman Jerome “Pop” and Hazel Polk Hargrave.

He is survived by a son, Jake Adams of Hamburg; his mother and stepfather, Nancy Hargrave Gwin and Bobby Jo Gwin; a sister, Kim Lauhon and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Foster, Darren Cason, Richard Weatherly, Jeff Pennington, Zach Bostick and Hunter Thompson.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




KATHERINE LUDOLPH
Katherine “Kitty” Ludolph, 69, of Oneonta, Ala., died April 19, 2016 at TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta, Ala.

Funeral services were April 25 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Oneonta, Ala., with burial in Alabama National Cemetery. The Rev. Joan Henrick officiated.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Ludolph and her parents, Joan and Elizabeth Ralston Allen.

She is survived by a brother, John Allen of Parker, Colo.; two sisters, Betty Purcell of Jasper, Ala. and Jean Ann Schott of Madison, Miss.; and other relatives.

Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.




COLLEEN ROBBINS
Colleen Rayborn Robbins, 75, of Hamburg, died April 30, 2016 at Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock.

Funeral services were May 3 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Carlock Cemetery. Bros. Charles Miller and Michael Griffith officiated.

She was a longtime employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Robbins; a grandson, Joshua N. Wright and her parents, Walter and Viola Taylor Rayborn.

She is survived by a daughter, Debby Collier of Hamburg; a sister, Barbara Jean Pennington of Hamburg; a stepsister, Bettye Mae Anderson of Morrilton; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Johnny Pierce, Boyd Kusterin, Earl Pollock, Greg Maxwell, Couey Collier and Drake Gray.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




MARY SMITH
Mary Marguerite Smith, 94, of Hamburg, died April 27, 2016.

Funeral services were April 29 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Hamburg Cemetery. Dr. Bobby Pennington officiated.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Aubrey Smith, Sr.; a granddaughter, Lyndsay Barnett Meyer; her parents, Thomas Zealy and Della Mae Chadwick Martin; a sister, Dorothy Jordan and two brothers, Claudell Martin and Gerald Martin. She is survived by a son, Bruce Smith of Little Rock; a daughter, Marsha Barnett of Edmond, Okla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





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