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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Jessie Lee Polk, 66 of Parkdale, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. 

Mr. Polk was preceded in death by his father, George Polk; his aunt, Equillio Watson, who raised him; one sister, Georgia Jean Watkins and three brothers, Fred Jones, Eddie Weathers and Eugene Brown.

Survivors include his mother, Ever Lee Polk Weathers of Hot Springs; seven sisters, Jessie Mae Polk of Hamburg, Ruby Jones and Wilson Lene Weathers of Hot Springs, and Jeannie Mae Brown, Jeannie Lee Brown, Jo Anne Banks and Jeannette Brown, all of St. Louis; and one brother, Allen Weathers of Hot Springs.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cromwell Funeral Home Chapel. 
Burial followed in Union Grove Cemetery in Parkdale under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers were Todd Brown Sr., Todd Brown Jr., Jonathan Polk, Julius Polk, Carl Wright and Dennis Bridges. 

Erwin Jackson Turner, 74, of Hamburg, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. Mr. Turner was a native of Ashley County. He was a 1960 graduate of Hamburg High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, having retired in 1990 after 28 years of service. He also worked as a dispatcher for the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department for several years and for Southeast Arkansas Transportation “SEAT.” He was a member of Gardner Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Erwin and Ora Chamberlin Chance Turner; two half-brothers, Bill and Walter Chance, Jr. and a half-sister, Marie Mae Grant and three nephews.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Chance Foster of Hamburg; five nephews and two nieces.

Graveside services and burial were 10 a.m., Oct. 7 in the Hamburg Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Howie officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Sunday school class of Gardner Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church, PO Box 311, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg, Arkansas. Online condolences may be made to

Brandi Beth Kersten, 40, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at her residence. Brandi was a native and life long resident of Hamburg, a 1995 graduate of Hamburg High School and a member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, H.T. and Regina Pennington Reep and Willfred Kersten.

Survivors include a daughter, Jayda Beth Knight; her parents, Bill and Genie Reep Kersten, all of Hamburg; her grandmother, Mary Beth Lawrence Kersten of Benton; three uncles and two aunts. The family would like to express a special Thank You to James and Sarah Robinson for their love and care of Jayda, and to the doctors and nurses that have helped with Brandi’s care and her fight with diabetes for the past 32 years.

A memorial service was 2 p.m., Oct. 7 at the Hamburg First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Comer officiating.

A private inurnment will be in the Hamburg First United Methodist Church Columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 S Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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Roy Lee Grayson Sr., 65, of Camden died Sept. 28, 2017. He was born on Dec. 4, 1951 to Richard Grayson and Carrie Mae Austin. He retired from El Dorado Paper Bag and worked as a driver for the Central Arkansas Development Council.

He was preceded in death by his son, Roy Lee Grayson Jr.; his Father, Richard Grayson; his step-father, Jessie Lee Austin; one brother, Jessie James Austin and one sister, Tina Austin Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Grayson of Louann; his mother, Carrie Mae Austin of Crossett; daughter, Kerri Grayson – Hunsucker of Jacksonville, Ark.; step-children, Charles Ray Johnson of El Dorado, Ray Allen Johnson of Los Angeles, Isaac Allen Johnson of Las Vegas, Rachel LaShun Johnson of El Dorado and Allen Travon Johnson of Peoria, Ill.; four Brothers, Eddie Austin of Crossett, Larry Austin of Kansas City, Mo., Fredrick Austin of Little Rock, and Ronald Austin of Las Vegas; three sisters, Linda Okoli of Arlington, Texas, Wanda Williams of Crossett, and Trina Austin of Arkadelphia.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Crossett with the Rev. Lacy Miles officiating.

Burial followed in Westview Cemetery in Crossett, under the direction of Williams Funeral Home Van Buren, an affiliate of Sims Mortuary.

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Susan Kaye Jackson, 69 passed away at her home, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Camden, AR. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Lucille Paris Hargraves. She was born in Crossett, AR on August 23, 1948. She was a nail tech and attended Timothy United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Lucille Paris Hargraves.
She is survived by her husband, James Jackson of Camden, AR; two sisters, Kathryn “Pinky” Garner of Crossett, AR and Jackie Baker of Salem, IN; two sister-in-laws, Marjorie Curtis and husband, Billy of Camden, AR and Mary Goss and husband, Roger of Smackover, AR.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register visit