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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Funeral services will be Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 3 PM from the Chapel of Taylor Funeral Home, Dickson, TN with Bro. John Lankford officiating. Place of rest will be in Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday November 22nd from 12 PM until time of service.

Mrs. Anna Lou Monsue, age 74 of Dickson, TN died Monday November 20, 2017. Born in Dickson County, she was the daughter of the late James Finley and Betty Rene Pack Hamilton and was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Reece Monsue. She had worked as an Ad Designer for the Dickson Shopper. Ann was a member of the Colesburg Church of Christ.
Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Monsue (Cindy) of Mt. Juliet, TN, Jeff Monsue (Nancy) of Crossett, AR; sisters, Betty Jo Hargrove (Jerry) of Dickson, TN, Shirley Deloach of Dickson, TN, Judy Hamilton of Denton, TX; granddaughter, Jessica Bible; grandsons, Kevin, Kolby and Kason Stewart; great grandchild, Camden Littlejohn; several nieces and nephews.
Services under the direction of the Taylor Funeral Home, Dickson, TN (615)

William Jerald Selby, 76, of Portland, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Mr. Selby was a native of Boliver County, Mississippi, a resident of Portland for over 40 years and a resident of the Dermott City Nursing Home for the past two years. Mr. Selby was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Vietnam, an agricultural pilot in the Portland Area for more than 25 years and a member of the Portland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Casey and Annie Laura Gilmer Selby.

Survivors include a son, Jerad Wayne Selby and wife, Missy Brooks Selby, of Portland; a daughter, Kellie Ann Selby of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Dennis Selby and wife, Diane, of Huntsville, Ala.; a grandson; a niece and a nephew.
Graveside services and burial were 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20 in the Portland Cemetery with the Rev. Ben Coulter officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 174, Portland, AR 71663 or to the Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 400, Portland, AR 71663.

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

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Sherry Stanley Jeffers, 67, of Hamburg, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Mrs. Jeffers was a native and life long resident of the Shiloh Community outside of Hamburg. She was a 1967 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. She worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 25 years and the Hamburg Shirt Factory for 23 years. She was a member of the Eden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Jeffers Barnett; her parents, Nat and Madie Slaughter Stanley; a brother, Clancy Stanley and three sisters, Elvie Price, Vera Tollison and Anice Allen; father-in-law, Woodrow Jeffers; four brothers-in-law, John Jeffers, Jack Shockley, Bob Doggett and Ed Greer; a niece, Tammy Bolin.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Conley James Jeffers of Hamburg; a daughter, Belinda Kay Jeffers of Lacey; a son, James Michael Jeffers and wife, Karla, of Hamburg; four sisters, Mary Craig and husband, Jesse “Shorty”, of Hamburg, Linda Ray Shockley of Monticello, Evelyn Greer and Violet Doggett, both of Midland, Texas; five grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Bonita Jeffers; four sisters-in-law, Carolyn Jeffers, Virginia Bowman and husband, Bobby, Mary Ivey and husband, Charles, Jeanette Jones and husband, Jimmy; three brothers-in-law, James Allen, Gary Jeffers and wife, Vanice, and Larry Jeffers and wife, Tolisa; and a number of nieces and nephews and friends.

Graveside services and burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, in Hollis Chapel Memory Garden with the Rev. J.W. Dobbins officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clint Jeffers, Ace Jeffers, Tony Craig, Joey Meeks, Stan Craig and John Paul Jeffers.

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

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Dixie Martin
Dixie Nel Milby Martin, returned to her heavenly home November 12th, 2017. Her devotion to family and firm belief in God provided support in her valiant struggle with a long illness and ultimately gave her peace.

Dixie, born February 08, 1944, grew up in Rayville, LA. She served the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe, LA as the Director of Financial Services for 20 years. She was an active member in church and Bible studies. Dixie served First West Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA, First Baptist Crossett, AR, and attended Bible study at Gulf Breeze United Methodist, Gulf Breeze, Fl. Dixie was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by her daughters Terrisa Wallace and husband Keith, Denisha Read and husband Mike. Her grandchildren Tyler and Savannah Wallace, Dillon and Summer Stanley. She is also survived by her brothers Donald Milby, Larry Milby, and their families.

She was preceded to Heaven by her parents, Toliver Milby and Ethel Netherland Milby.

Dixie’s Celebration of Life service will be held at the Flower’s Chapel of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home on Saturday, November 18th. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service following at 2:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, 7200 DeSiard Street, Monroe, Louisiana 71203.

Donald Kenneth “DK” Smith, 78, of Crossett, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home. He was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on May 19, 1939, and after losing his mother at age 2, and his father at age 14, had to begin working at a movie theater as a projector operator to help support his younger sister.

In 1958, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, which he served proudly with honor. After discharge, he returned to his hometown and began working for the Rock Island Railroad. In the early 60’s, he moved to Crossett and began his long career with the Ashley Drew & Northern Railway Co. where he worked as an engineer, trainmaster, and eventually the Operational Superintendent. He remained there until AD&N closed in June of 1996, and was the last one to lock the depot door.

DK enjoyed camping, playing guitar, making people laugh, taking kids skiing, family road trip vacations, and especially loved old cars. His love for antique and street rod cars eventually led to the first official meeting of the Klassy Kruzers Street Rod Club in his living room in February of 1990. He held the office of president of the club twice and remained active until his health deteriorated and then became an honorary member.

DK was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church, a loving husband, dad, and “Papaw Choo Choo”. He will be forever missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Eva Manley Smith; one sister, Marketa Thurlkill; and one son, Gary Don Smith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Glenda Ware Smith of Crossett; one son, Don Smith, Jr. of Hatfield, AR; three daughters, Debbie Watts and husband, Tombo, of El Dorado, Wendy Bowles and husband, Philip, of Milo, and Rosetta Medders and husband, Keith, of Crossett; four grandsons, Ray Dodge, Jeremy Perdue, and Cody and Jacob Dehart; five granddaughters, Hali Jeffers, Emily Medders, Stephanie Foreman, Brooke Loomis, and Maggie White; and four greatgrandchildren, Addison Dodge, Landon Jeffers, Gavin Medders, Peyton Huffstetler, and Shannon Perdue.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 6th at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, with Pastor Donnie Dubose, officiating, followed by an interment at Craig Cemetery in El Dorado. Pallbearers were Ray Dodge, Cody Dehart, Jacob Dehart, Corey Jeffers, Bill Nance, Thomas Glen Childers, Johnny Seach, and Billy Mack Watt. Honorary pallbearers were the Klassy Kruzers Street Rod Club and his AD&N family.

Visitation was from 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5th at Medders Funeral Home.