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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

James Roberts Sr., 71, of Hamburg, died Sunday, April 1, 2018. Mr. Roberts was a 1965 graduate of Hamburg High School and a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Roberts worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 35 years and was a member of the North Main Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Graves Roberts; his parents, Johnny and Ruby Trantham Roberts; two sisters, Judy Ford and Pat Swan, a brother, Danny A. Roberts and a brother-in-law, Harry “Scooter” Davey.

Survivors include two sons, James Allen Roberts, Jr., and Scott Roberts and wife, Christy, all of Hamburg; a step-son, Michael Cunningham and wife, Sandy, of Lacey; Elizabeth Tucker of Hamburg, whom he thought of as a daughter; two brothers, Jimmy Roberts and wife, Karen, and Raymond Roberts and wife, Teenie; a sister, Lynda Davey all of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Eli Roberts, Garrett Roberts and Colton Cunningham and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be 10 a.m, Wednesday, April 4, in the Promise Land Cemetery with the Rev. David Strickland officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Cunningham, Eli Roberts, Jerod Williamson, Frank Fredrick, Dickey McClung and Thomas Swan.

Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashely Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online condolences may be made to

Harris Edward Ross died suddenly at his home in Lacey, Washington, on March 29, 2018. Born November 11, 1946, in Crossett, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Henry Clay Ross and Ruth Elizabeth Harris. A 1964 graduate of Crossett High School, he attended the University of Arkansas where, after an unpleasant encounter with Organic Chemistry, he abandoned his preparation for medical school to become an English major. Harris wrote weekly film reviews for the official student newspaper and for a highly regarded regional independent paper through his undergraduate and graduate studies and, in 1967, with financial backing from his mentor, Professor Ben Kimpel, founded the Film Arts Society. Ultimately co-opted by the University, the Film Committee became the most successful organization operating out of the Student Union.

An extraordinary teacher, Harris credited the University of Arkansas’ English Department for assigning him increasing numbers of course sections each semester through his years as a graduate student. Though he often worried that he was not up to the job, his earliest course evaluations were already as positive as they remained for the rest of his teaching life. After completing his Ph.D., Professor Ross began his career at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, before moving to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he first taught courses in Journalism. In 1984, he accepted a position in the University of Delaware’s English Department, working first in the Journalism and then in the Film concentrations. His gifts as an instructor, advisor and mentor were recognized by the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003. He retired in 2014, following his daughter and her family first to Connecticut and then to Washington state.

When Harris met Kathleen Duke in early September 1966, neither realized that a chance encounter would lead to a lifetime partnership as they moved from casual acquaintances to classmates to friends, to better friends, to unstar-crossed lovers. They established a life together, formalizing their relationship in 1977, much to the relief of older relatives and their more conservative professors. Their only child, Caroline Elizabeth Ross, was born during their year in Texas. His daughter, who shares his sense of humor, was the delight of his life. His family was its center, and he rejoiced when it grew to include Caroline’s husband David Wojcik and their daughters, Stella and Lucy.

During their last decade at the University of Delaware, Harris and Kathleen conducted a number of Study Abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland. As a consequence, students from colleges and majors across the University had a chance to learn and laugh with Dr. Ross.

In addition to his immediate family, Harris is survived by his sister, Mary, and his brother-in-law, William Scarlett, of Crossett, Arkansas; his niece, Anne Gavin Lynagh and her family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his uncle by marriage, George Edward McCain of Jacksonville, Arkansas; and brother-in-law, Franklin Duke, also of Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Timothy Dewayne Poole, 58, of Crossett, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at his home. He was born on April 23, 1959, in Warren. He was a Baptist, a machine operator for the Georgia Pacific Plywood Mill for 15 years, and a member of the CHS class of 1978.

He is preceded in death by his father, Willie Clyde Poole; his stepfather, Charles Posey; one brother, Mike Poole; one sister, Martha “Little Bit” Poole; grandparents, Ben and Lizzie Jane Franklin, and Clarence and Lola Poole; and one aunt, Ruth Ferrell.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Simpson Poole of Hot Springs; one son, Russell D. Poole and wife, Elizabeth, of Petersburg, Alaska; one daughter, Sabrina Poole and fiancé, Robert Smith, of Hamburg; his mother, Martha Posey of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Linda Poole of Vilonia; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service was 11 a.m. March 30 at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Boseman officiating.

Pallbearers were Robert Franklin Jr., Benji Franklin, Lance Jenkins, Adam Rhodes, Brad White, Kevin Ferrell, and Kason Poole. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Stanley, Robert Franklin, Lee Franklin, Thomas Coleman, Jimmy Dee Law and Jon Poole.

Bonnie Elton, 88, of Hamburg, died Monday, April 2, 2018. Mrs. Elton was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence D. Elton; two granddaughters, Catherine Raelinn Elton and Leslie Renee Elton; her parents, Edgar and Ruby Barnes Barnett; four brothers, Warren and Roy Lee Barnett and twins, Raymond and Rayford Barnett; four sisters, Jean Wright, Jessie Marie McMillian, Opal Edwards and Francis Barnett.

Survivors include two sons, Lewis Elton and wife, Dianne, and Ray Elton and wife, Cheryl all of Hamburg; three daughters, Cheryl Spurlock and husband, Billy, Arline White and husband, Don, and Janice Jordan all of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Colby Harper officiating.
Burial will follow in the Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Collins, Mike Sanderlin, Eli Roberts, Cameron Smith, Emmitt Jeffers, Neal Elton, Brent Elton and Darrell Spurlock.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Aaron “Bubba” Lee Bardin, 56, of Crossett died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Oct. 27, 1961.

Mr. Bardin was retired from the Georgia Pacific Extrusion Plant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, JB Bardin and Margaret Ann Duncan and one sister, Charlene Bardin Mosley.

Survivors include his only brother, Karl Bardin; one nephew; four nieces; one great nephew; three great nieces; and a host of other family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. April 2 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel.