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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

James William Payne Jr., 47, of Dermott, died Thursday, March 1, 2018. Mr. Payne was a 1989 graduate of Dermott High School. He was also a member of Brown Temple No. 2 Church in Portland.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy Carolina, Elizabeth McCoy and L.P. Bethane.

Survivors include his parents, James Sr. and Linda Bethane Payne of Dermott; a brother, Greg Payne and wife, Mieisha, of Warren; four sisters, Lois White, Jennifer Hall and Jacqueline Lowe, all of Dermott and Roschell Booker and husband, Anthony, of Hawaii; his grandmother, Roberta Bethane of Houston; a grandfather, James Payne I, of Illinois; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, at Brown Temple No. 2 Church with the Rev. Walter Witherspoon Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Boydell.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jamal Bethane, Eddie Madden, Charlie Bynum, Leotis Bell, Raymond McCoy and Jessie Turner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold White II, Warren Lowe, Anterio Matthews, Xavier Hall, Quindarious Payne and Damyiontay Allen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
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Mr. Charlie Ray Price was born August 18, 1957 in Monroe, Louisiana. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Crossett, Arkansas. Services celebrating his life was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop with Bro. Kevin McDaniel and Bro. Don Fletcher officiating. Committal services with military honors and burial will followed at the Herringville Cemetery in the Monticello Community of East Carroll Parish.

The family received friends on Wednesday, February 28th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop, Louisiana.

Mr. Price is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Melvin Price, his mother, Wilma Ann McLarrin Ball, step-father, Harry “Hubba” Ball, a brother, Ricky Price, and his mother-in-law, Geneva Wynn.

Charlie was a member of the Meridian Baptist Church near Crossett where he served many years as a Sunday school teacher. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired Staff Sergeant after 19 years of service in the United States Army. He also retired as a service manager with Dedicated Logistics Trucking Company in Crossett. Charlie was a true patriot who loved his country and was proud of his military service. He was also known as people person. Charlie never met a stranger. He was an honorable man, strong in his faith and his convictions. Charlie was proud of his family and his love for them was immeasurable, being with them brought him much joy. He was loved by all fortunate to know him.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sharon Price of Crossett, Arkansas; his five children, David Carroll Miller and wife Andrea of McComb, Mississippi, Daphne Nicole Wayment and wife Jennifer of Ogden, Utah, Olivia Dawn Gargano and husband Dave of Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Ellen George and husband Ben of Bastrop, Louisiana, and Charlie Ray Price, Jr. of Alabama. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren, Slade Miller, Austin Miller, Megan Miller, Hayden Wayment, Bryce Hawks, Ava Gargano, Christian Selby, Kaiden George, Madeline George, and Livie George; three great-grandchildren, Sadie Miller, Miya Miller, and Gabe Mejias; two brothers, Tommy Price of Pioneer, Louisiana and Ronnie Price and wife Kim of Salem, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Ricky Wynn and wife Marie of Bella Vista, Arkansas; and a host of extended family.

Serving as pallbearers were Austin Miller, Christian Selby, Bryce Hawks, Jimmy Woods, Will Cooper, and Jerry Eads.

Austyn Elise Hogan, precious baby daughter of Eric and Tyler Hogan of McGehee, AR was born into the arms of Angels on February 26, 2018 at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Arkansas. She was born at 33 weeks, weighed 4 lbs.7 ozs. and was 17 ½ inches long. Austyn was so loved, she came into this world too soon and was taken too soon. Our loss was Heaven’s gain.

Other than her parents, Austyn is survived by her big brothers, Gray and Emmett of McGehee, AR; maternal grandparents, Chris and Bridget Gill of McGehee, AR; paternal grandparents, Fred and Beth Hogan of Hamburg, AR; maternal great-grandparents, Jake and Starr Kemp of McGehee, AR and Gary Turner of Pine Bluff, AR; paternal great-grandparents, Merle Hogan and Angie Bradshaw of Hamburg, AR; aunts and uncles, Garrett and Cheyenne Clavet of McGehee, AR, Evan and Lindsey Hogan of Hamburg, AR and Mallory Clavet of Monticello, AR; cousins, Barrett Clavet, Ainsley Hogan and Will Hogan. Austyn was greeted in Heaven by her uncles, Blake and Bradley Kemp and great-grandfathers, Huey Bradshaw and Julian Hogan.

Visitation were held 5-7pm Monday, March 5, 2018 at Griffin-Culpepper

Funeral Service in McGehee, AR. Graveside services were held at 2:00pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at McGehee Cemetery in McGehee, AR with Rev. Reggie Russell officiating. Memorials may be made to Paws and Claws Humane Society of McGehee, P.O. Box 975, McGehee, AR 71654.

Arrangements made by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service of McGehee, AR.

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Charles W. Taylor, 57, of McRae, formerly of Crossett, passed from this world February 26, 2018.

He was born in Crossett to Charles and Eva Nell Allen Taylor on September 7, 1960.

He is preceded in death by his father Charles O. Taylor.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Gordon) Taylor; his mother, Eva Nell Allen Taylor; brother, Perry Taylor (Paula) of Hot Springs; sister, Bobbie Ross of Bastrop, LA; children, Melissa Taylor Sharp (Frank) of Toon, TN and Charles W. Taylor, Jr. of Crossett; stepchildren, Alex Knight of Jonesboro and Ardith Minneweather of McRae; five grandchildren, Kambria Minneweather, Alleyona Taylor, Charlise Taylor, Aleena Collins and Frank Sharp, Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Arkansas Hospice.

Visitation was held Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob. The family held a memorial service in Crossett at a later time. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home Bald Knob-Judsonia.

The family of Mary Frances McCay Pendergrass Terrell bids farewell to our Mom, Sister, Grandmother and Aunt. We celebrate a wonderful and steadfast Christian life. Mary Frances was born on January 22, 1930, on the family farm in Green Hill, near Monticello, Arkansas. Mary Frances’ parents, Bob and Mae McCay, left the farm and eventually moved the family to Crossett.

Other than following her Army husband, Curtis, the first several years of their marriage to various Army bases, Mary Frances lived the majority of her life in Crossett.

Mary Frances was an original charter member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, founded in 1949, when she was only 19. She has been a lifelong faithful servant to this same Church serving as elder, session member choir member, secretary, commissioner, and Sunday school teacher. In the early 1980’s, Mary Frances and Curtis began what is now the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry, still located within the Presbyterian Church.

In 1957, Mary Frances would decide that military bases were not ‘home’ and that she needed to permanently move her children to Crossett where she would rear them on her own and threw herself into the workforce to provide for the family. First, she was a reporter, junior editor and weekly columnist at the News Observer. Mary Frances was often the first one on a scene and became quite adept at photography as well. A keen editor, she strived to protect the English language until her last days. Then she began a 35-yr career at the First National Bank of Crossett retiring in 1996. She was an avid reader and a voracious crossword puzzle expert. Mary Frances pursued her love of travel when she visited a daughter in Japan, and also travelled to Canada, the Bahamas, Europe, Alaska and New England.

Mary Frances lost her first husband to cancer in 1990. Almost ten years later, a new love found her when she met Doyle Terrell and married in 1999 - the two were inseparable until his death in 2008. She was blessed to have been loved by three families in her lifetime – the McCays, the Pendergrasses and the Terrells.

While Mary Frances has moved on to be with the God who walked with her through life, we are left to celebrate an extraordinary woman and to always remember her beautiful smile. She lived her values every day and taught her children to think for themselves, question everything and most importantly, be kind and generous to others. Those who await her are her parents, Robert F. (Bob) and Ethel Mae Walton McCay; her first husband, Curtis Pendergrass (1990), Doyle Terrell, her second husband (2008); her sister, Betty, and brothers Bobby, Paul and Gene (Samuel) McCay.

She leaves behind two brothers; David McCay (Rhonda) of Boulder, Colorado, and George McCay of Crossett; her children: Rick Pendergrass of North Little Rock, Beti Gunter (Mike Smith) of North Little Rock, Sharleen Bakeman (Mark) of Olympia, Washington and Susan Pendergrass of Crossett; four grandchildren: Josh Pendergrass of Grand Junction, Colorado, Kimzey Gunter of Mancos, Colorado, Gordon Pendergrass (Megan) of Reno, Nevada, and Delia Samblanet (Tom) of Westborough, Massachusetts; and seven great-grandchildren. Mary Frances’ Terrell family includes a stepson, Clark Terrell (Martha) of Crossett, six grandchildren: Scott Sweet of Springdale, Arkansas; Matthew Sweet, Michael Terrell and Christin Hankins (Edwin IV), all of Little Rock, Arkansas; Lisa Reed (Justin) of Crossett, Arkansas and Mark Terrell of Hot Springs, Arkansas; thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held March 16, Friday, at 2:30 pm, at the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, Arkansas. Officiants are Reverend Bonnie Wilkins of Omaha, Nebraska and Reverend Lauren Moore of Lake Village, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary Frances’ name to the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry, 309 Pine Street, Crossett, Arkansas, 71635.