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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Peggy King Woods, 75, of Crossett, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Woods was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for over 30 years. She was a Baptist and attended Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Max E. Woods; her parents, William “Bill” and Ruth Geneva “Moma King” Norrell King; a brother, Billy King and four sisters, Nancy Gail Barnett, Mary Smith, Vickie King and Susan Savage.

Survivors include three daughters, Denise Tourdot and husband, Pete, of Bryant, Freda Seago and husband, Darren, and Lisa Ricks all of Columbus, Miss.; two sons, James Ricks and wife, Brenda, of Russellville and Micah Woods and wife, Mary, of Crossett; two brothers, Bruce King and wife, Darlene, of Hamburg and Reggie King of Fountain Hill; three sisters, Barbara Woods and Dixie Fairchild both of Hamburg and Patty Griffith of Fountain Hill; six granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. July 24, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carlton White officiating.

Burial followed in the Carlock Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dean Fairchild, David Woods, Cody King, Freddie McNeil, Stacey Pamplin and Joseph Savage.

Honorary pallbearers were Terry Martin, Dakota Savage and Christopher Smith.

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

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Marjorie Rogers, 85, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. Mrs. Rogers was a native of Huttig and a resident of Crossett for over 60 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Louise Hudson; her parents, Henry Anderson and Birdie Bell Hays Gilmore and a sister, Myrna Danley.

Survivors include a son-in-law, Billy Hudson of Hamburg; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services and burial were 10 a.m. July 21 in the Strong Cemetery with the Rev. J.W. Dobbins officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Hudson, Jim Hudson, Chad Hudson, Kenny Dunemn, David Rochester and Alan Chavis.

Memorials may be made to the Eden Baptist Church, 3748 HWY 133 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

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

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Saif El Hashan Baxter, 29, of Denver, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. He was a lifelong resident of Denver, an iron worker and a member of the Iron Worker’s Union No. 24.

He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Tonya Manuel.

Survivors include his adoptive parents, James Daniel Baxter and Darlene Cobb-Baxter of Fountain Hill; one son, Tion Royal Maleek Baxter of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Shahada Davis of Aurora, Salimu Baxter of Bastrop, and Celisse Mason of Denver; one brother, Robert Robinson; his maternal grandmother, Cynthia Irvin of Denver, and a number of other family members and friends.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. July 22 at Norris Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Rochell officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers were Lonnie Blanks, Jerry Collins, Thomas Jones, Nick Thornton, Kenny Greggs and Frank Navarro.

Frank Douglas Pearson Sr., 72, of Lake Village and Lacey Community in Drew County, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Lake Village. He was born May 16, 1945 in Ashley County to the late Frank H. Pearson and Edith Mae Downey Pearson.

He was retired from Georgia Pacific, a United States Army veteran, a Southern Baptist and member of Eden Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Phyren and one sister, Arline Lloyd.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Douglas Pearson Jr. and wife Amanda of Lacey, John William Pearson and wife Hollie of Hamburg and Barry Pearson and wife Kristi of Searcy; one sister, Mary Stanley of Hamburg; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

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James W. Ragar, 75, of Crossett, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was born in Warren, Arkansas on May 5, 1942, to his parents, James Berry and Margarite Galloway Ragar. After completing high school, James enlisted in the United States Army where he was trained in satellite communications and stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Upon discharge from the service, he returned to the states and eventually met and married his wife, Brenda. They made their home in Crossett where he worked for many years as a supervisor for Robinson Contracting and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and morning trips to Andy’s Restaurant visiting with his coffee drinking buddies. James was a “no frills” kind of guy who would always tell you like it was and was loved and respected by many for doing just that. He was a good, loving husband and “Papaw” who adored his grandchildren and cherished every moment with them.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Juanita Ragar, and Patty Owens; and one grandson, Dustin Reed.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Brenda Ragar of Crossett; three sons, Sam Ragar and wife, Melissa of Nashville, AR, Mike Hartness and wife, Teresia of Crossett, and Matt Hartness of Little Rock; three daughters, Jamie Dowdy and husband, Mark, and Dee Garner and husband, Jerrel, both of Nashville, AR, and Missy Dumas and husband, John of Crossett; two brothers, Mike Ragar of Garden Grove, CA, and Joe Ragar of Monroe, LA; two sisters, Brenda Drake of Warren, and Ann Rowell and husband, Ray of Mobile, AL; twelve grandchildren, Brandon Hartness and wife, Courtney, Jenna, Hannah, and Kelsey Dumas, Christian, Danielle, and Anna Hartness, Stephen and Josh Robbins, Christopher Carroll, and Ella and Ava Ragar; along with one great- grandson, Colby Hartness.

A Funeral Service was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 26th at the First Assembly of God Church, 1500 Parkway Drive, Crossett with Pastors Justin Usselton and Kenneth Neal officiating, followed by an interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tim Ballard, Danny Kimbrell, Mike Lonsberry, Clifton Poole, Rex Grant, and Billy Joe Harrington.

Honorary Pallbearers wew Bennie Cochran, Tracy Gray, Allen Jackson, and Jessie Walthall.

Visitation was from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 25th at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.