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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Perry Jordan, age 100, of Crossett, AR passed away September 6, 2017. Mr. Jordan was born on January 18, 1917 in Milo, AR to his parents, Charlie Henry and Ollie Pogue Jordan. He was one of thirteen children. Mr. Jordan was the owner of Jordan Bros. Garage and a member of Crossett Lodge #576. He was a devoted husband and loved his family. Mr. Jordan was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and served as a Men’s Sunday school teacher.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 79 years, Leona Johnson Jordan; his brothers, J. B., LeRoy, Delton, Royce, Green, Delmar and Parnell Jordan; his sisters, Eula Belle Brantley, Annie Morman, Gladys Johnston and Myrtle Willis.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn Jordan (Alice) of Crossett, AR, Don Jordan (Nona) of West Monroe, LA; one daughter, Betty Rodgers (Bill) of Crossett, AR; one sister, Pauline McClain of El Dorado, AR; eight grandchildren, Larry Jordan of Little Rock, AR, David Jordan (Carolyn), Stephen Jordan (Brenda), all of Crossett, AR; Damon Jordan (Sondra) of Houston, TX, Lisa Payton of Monroe, LA; Paige Grissom (Jason) of Crossett, AR, Brooke Hogue (Tony) of Monticello, AR, Derek Rodgers (Briana) of Crossett, AR and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Bro. Eric Hodge officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (

Marshall Thurman, 86, of Lacey, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Mr. Thurman was a native and lifelong resident of Lacey and a 1950 graduate of Drew Central High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 22 years, Potlatch for 19 years and he was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melinda Adcock; a grandson, Bradley Thurman; his parents, J.C. “Collie” and Bonnie Hackney Thurman and two brothers, Adrian Thurman and Laron “Wink” Thurman.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Irene Lunsford Thurman of Lacey; a son, Butch Thurman of Gloster, Miss.; a daughter, Mitzi Williams of Crossett; two step-sons, Gene Owen and Dean Owen both of Monticello; five brothers, Doby Thurman of Bastrop, Charles “Bitty” Thurman of Lacey, Jimmy Thurman of Quitman, Keith Thurman of Lacey and Lamar Thurman of Crossett; two sisters, May Carter of Crossett and Fay Wilhite of Lacey; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 10 a.m., Sept. 7, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Carpenter officiating.

Burial followed in the Lacey Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kip Carter, Cameron Stain, Danny Ray Thurman, Lee Moore, Bobby Ray Thurman and Justin Thurman.

Honorary pallbearers were Ben Tiner, Curtis Gilbert, Ralph Holland and Hurley Ashcraft.

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

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Buford Ray Brown, Sr., 84, of Crossett died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at home. He was born in Pickens, Ark. Sept. 13, 1932, to his parents, Kyrel George and Willie Mae Barnes Brown. He drove trucks and was employed by Georgia Pacific for many years. He later moved to Crossett and eventually opened Brown’s Cafe and Fish Market, which he owned and operated for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Virginia Marie Henson Brown; one sister, Gertrude Clay; and three brothers, Lamar Brown, Tom Arthur Brown, and Raymond Brown.

Survivors include his five children, Ray Brown and wife, Stacie, of Downsville, La., Cindi Robbins and husband, Mike, of Crossett, Tammy Renee Chenoweth and husband, Don Paul, of Welch, Okla., Ricky Brown and wife, Tina, of Wilmar, Ark., and Ray Arlond Denny and wife, Lee, of Oklahoma City; one sister, Mary Ann Jackson of Mesa, Ariz.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10 a.m., Sept. 11 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at at Tyro Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brandon Martin, Alex Martin, Raymond Brown, Dale Norrell,
Dee Wisecarver and Philip McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Homecare.

Billy Joe Williams Passed from this life to eternal life on April 7, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He was born in Crossett, Arkansas on January 22, 1929 to Ivey Holland “Bill” Williams and Louise Womble Williams. He graduated Crossett High School in 1947 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps when he served twenty two years and retired as a First Sergeant.

He was married to Margaret Theresa “Peggy” Frye on December 6, 1952 in Jaksonville Beach, Florida. While in the Marines, he served his country in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also served as a military funeral director for several years at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by three children, Thomas Williams, Peggy Ann Matthes and Amanda Williams, and three grandchildren, all of Florida. He is survived by three sisters, Katie Kitchens, Sybil Rolen, and Linda Sue Young. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Strebeck. Per his request, his body was donated to science.

His ashes were then buried in a private memorial service with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on July 14, 2017.

Nick Vincent, 16, of Beebe, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. He was born May 23, 2001 in Little Rock to Martin and April Vincent.

Nick is survived by his parents, Martin and April Vincent; brothers Jonathan Vincent and Christopher Vincent; grandparents, David and Sara Kemp, Darlene and Cliff Vick and Sue Vincent; and great-grandparents the Rev. Charles and Lynda Perdue and Shirley Tomerlin.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Terry Kemp, great-grandfather Mac Tomerlin and infant sister Casey.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Sept. 2, at Beebe Church of Christ.

Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Ebenezer Presbyterian Cemetery in Strong.

Arrangements were under the direction of Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.
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