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Mrs. Claressa Ann Hartley
Mrs. Claressa Ann Barker Hartley, 45, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 27, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of East St. Louis, IL, and a Hamburg resident for the past 25 years, she attended the Eden Baptist Church and was retired from the Hamburg Shirt Factory. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Smart, and a brother, Charley G. Barker.
Survivors include a son, Kevin Lee Hartley; a daughter, Kendra Marie Hartley, both of Fountain Hill; her parents, Charley and Wanda Hicks Barker of Hamburg; two brothers, Gary D. and Phillip S. Barker of Collinsville, IL; two sisters, Kathy Norrell and Rhonda Sawyer of Hamburg; two grandchildren, Destiny Neshea Hartley and Adam Tyler Choate; 21 nieces and nephews and ten great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Mike Titsworth and Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were to be Shane Hartley, Hank and Jimmy Don Norrell, Brad Sawyer, Shane Sivils and Shane Rickman. Burial was to follow services at the Eden Cemetery.

Harry Buford Hill
Harry Buford Hill, 76, of Eudora died Monday, January 24, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center. Born in Dry Bayou on December 23, 1923, to the late Henry and Anna Bell Hill, he was an U. S. Navy veteran of the Pacific Campaign during World War II, a retired farmer and member of the New Hope Baptist Church where he was a men's Sunday School class teacher for 30 years. He was also a member of the Scottish Rites of Freemasonry, F&AM #13 of Portland, the Association of Quorum Courts, and Delta Chapter 571 of the Order of Eastern Star. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Turner Butler Hill, Albert Gilbert "Dub" Hill and Leroy Hill; and three sisters, Viola Ferrell, Harvie Williamson and Essie Mays.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Louise Hill; two sons, Johnny Allen of Bridge City, TX, and Dennis Allen of Peterborough, NH; a sister, Gladys Blackwell of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Melissa Taylor of Port Arthur, TX, Brandy Phillips of Bridge City, Tina Allen of Houston, TX, Johnny Allen, Jr, of Bridge City, Shawn Allen of Atlanta, GA, and Shera Allen Brown of Mitford, NH; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Sanders Brooks officiating. Pallbearers were Lonnie Knight, Woody West, Tom Brady, Tommy Poole, Kenny Clark and Gilmer Whittington.
Burial followed services at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Eudora, directed by Steele Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Mr. Ray Anthony Rogers
Mr. Ray Anthony Rogers, 35, of Wilmot died Monday, January 24, 2000, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. A life-long resident of Wilmot, he was an employee of Justice Pecan Company and a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Rogers, on December 1, 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Diggs Rogers of Hamburg; four sons, Robert, Christopher and Corderra Diggs of Hamburg and Jeffrey Jermaine Stanley of Wilmot; two daughters, Christina Rogers of Hamburg and Azeria Cobbs of Parkdale; his stepfather, Troy Stanley of Wilmot; four bothers, Nathan, Dewayne "Charlie," and Troy Stanley, Jr., of Wilmot and James O'Nell of Little Rock; three sisters, Sheila M. Stanley, Gloria Jean Penn and Beverlyn R. Heard of Wilmot; and his grandmother, Fannie Raino of Wilmot.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, January 31, in the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. George Grisley officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Moore, Bennie Diggs, Calvin Brown, Jasper Rainey, Curtis Haskins, Jr., and William Whitaker. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Wilmot High School 1982 class. Burial followed services at the St. Martha Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Shirley Swan
Mr. Shirley Swan, 80, of Hamburg died Monday, January 24, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hamburg and life-time resident of the Pine Hill community, he was a member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church and an U. S. Army veteran of World War II.. He retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill in 1978 after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles "Buster" Swan in 1995; a daughter, Cathy Swan, in 1953; his parents, John W. and Hattie Jordan Swan; three brothers, Louis, Radford and Lonnie Swan; three sisters, including his twin, Verlie Swan, and Addine Leigh and Nathalee Bozeman Martin.
Survivors include his wife, Iva Kate Norrell Swan; a daughter, Susan Kay Swan of Longview, TX; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Norrell Swan of Hamburg; a brother, Rayford Swan of Hamburg; a sister, Donnie Pennington of Crossett; a grandson, Jason Lovett of Hamburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, in the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Paul McKissick and Lawrence Amos officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny and Billy Mark Swan, Kenneth and Johnnie Leigh, Wesley and Jerry Swan and Ronnie Bozeman. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Christian Academy, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Dell Corder Tucker
Mrs. Dell Corder Tucker, 58, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 26, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, she lived in Portland until 1958 and had lived in Hamburg for 40 years. She retired in 1992 after 30 years as a case worker for the Department of Human Services. She attended the Gardner Baptist Church, and she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy E. Tucker, in 1994.
Survivors are a daughter, Kim Pounds and husband Mark of Hamburg; her parents, Clifford and Carrie Woods Corder, formerly of Portland; a brother, Charles W. Corder of Blanchard, LA; a sister, Sue Russell of El Dorado; a grandson, Jonathan Pounds; two nephews, Toby Russell of El Dorado and Chuck Corder of Blanchard, LA; and a niece, Lisa Hay of Blanchard, LA.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Charles Pullin and Gayle Riles officiating. Pallbearers were Eddie Mack Murphy, Jeff Foster, Coley Lovett, Tommy Clark, Todd Callaway and Gale Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Toby Russell and Chuck Corder. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Dot Higginbotham, 518 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Ira Lane Bays
Ira Lane Bays, 70, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 18, 2000, at his home. Born July 20, 1929, in Crossett to Leland and Gladys Hagood Bays, he was a retired millwright for the Crossett Lumber Company and a member of the Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Dixon Bays of Crossett; three sons, Dennis Lane Bays of Dayton, TX, Danny Lamar Bays and David Ramond Bays of Crossett; eight granddaughters, Dana Bays Sawyer of Monticello, E. Dianne Bays Davis of Little Rock, Anna Lane Bays, Carrie Spurlock, Rita Dixon, Rhonda Curran, Tina Carter and Stacy Cope, all of Crossett; two grandsons, Tyler Spurlock and Darrel Nellums of Crossett; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Davis of Little Rock.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, at the Carlock Cemetery with Rev. Farrell Breshears officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Wayne Jeffers, Bryan Bays, LaDon Martin, Jimmy Dixon, Mike Cone and Darcy Jeffers. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Jean Stell Cahill
Jean Stell Cahill, 82, of Pine Bluff died Friday, January 21, 2000, at the Davis Life Care Center in Pine Bluff. Born October 3, 1917, in the Promise Land community outside Hamburg to the late David E. and Johnnie Mae Smith Stell, she received her education in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School. She worked 27 years as a clerk for Good Grocery Company which later became Good Home Center and also at J. C. Penny as an alternation lady until she retired in 1985. A member of the Immanuel Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Dave Cahill; a sister, Frances Stell Kelley; and a brother, John D. Stell.
Survivors include a son, Ira Don Cahill of Sherrill; three sisters, Celeste Fairweather of Davenport, Iowa, Carrie Austin of Monticello and Betty Donaldson of Crossett; two grandsons, David and Doug Cahill, both of Morrilton; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 22, in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Rev. Houston Austin officiating. Burial followed services at the Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Conway County Community Center, 1307 North Business 9, Morrilton, AR 72110.

Maxine Pierce Carpenter
Maxine Pierce Carpenter, 75, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, at the Methodist Nursing Home in Fort Smith. A native of Forrest City, she lived in Hamburg for over 45 years and had lived in Greenwood for the past two-and-a-half years. She retired from the Ashley County Library in 1996 after 27 years, and she was a faithful member and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg until the past year, when she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sara Carpenter; her parents, Clarence and Thelma Thompson Pierce; a twin sister, Mildred Narrell; and a brother, C. R. Pierce.
Survivors are two sons, David Carpenter and wife Marilyn of Ladelle and Steve Carpenter of Monroe, LA; a daughter, Claire McCants and husband Art of Greenwood; a sister, Helen Jacks of Camden; a sister-in-law, Archie Pierce of Asheville, NC; four grandsons, Shane and Marcus Carpenter and Will and John David McCants; and a great-grandson, Ryan Carpenter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 22, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington, Rev. Klois Hargis and Rev. Ronnie Deal officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Shane and Marcus Carpenter, Will and John David McCants and nephews Jay Westbrook and Lee Narrell.
Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 350, Hamburg, AR 71646; the Leukemia Society of America, attention Barbara Robinson, 600 West Third Ave., NY NY 10016, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 10002 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Carl Ray Collins
Carl Ray Collins, 51, of Crossett died Friday, January 21, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of the Promise Land community outside Hamburg and a former Hamburg resident, he had lived in Crossett since 1991. An U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, he was a truck driver and a Baptist and was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Mildred Elton Collins; a sister, Shirley Collins Harper; and two brothers, Jerry Wayne and Travis Collins.
Survivors include his fiancee, Glenda Maxwell; a son, Chris Collins; two daughters, Dawn and Chasity Collins; a brother, Richard Collins, all of Crossett; three grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary and Seth Collins; Glenda's children, Kim Hollis, Lee Savage and Karen Huntsman, all of Crossett; and Glenda's nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 23, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Sanderlin, Ray and Lewis Elton, Jerry Lee Stanley, Ronnie Ware and J. W. Mann. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby and Mark Stanley, Glen Hamilton and Lee Savage. Burial followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Hazel Agnes Hill
Hazel Agnes Hill, 93, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 1, 1906, in Hamburg to Jesse and Amzie Hill, she was a graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (University of Central Arkansas) and Peabody College (Vanderbilt University). She taught for many years and retired as the Crossett High School librarian in 1971. Ms. Hill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett where she was a church librarian and taught adult Sunday School classes. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Carlton Hill.
Survivors include three sisters, Bayda Lawrence of Portland and Annie Jo Farrar and Mildred Dew of Crossett and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 22, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were Carlton Lawrence, Bill Dew, Earl Farrar, Neal Farrar, Dr. Bob Lawrence, Tommy Hooks, Pat Cook and Tommy Tucker. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 701 Main, Crossett, AR 71635.

Rhonda Annette Powell
Rhonda Annette Powell, 54, of Crossett died Monday, January 24, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. A life-long resident of Ashley County, she was a retired secretary for the Crossett Public Schools and a member of the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was the church treasurer for 22 years and the pianist for the past 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Kana Melverta Holland Blake; and a sister, Elizabeth Meredith.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Ray Powell; two sons, Bobby S. "Bo" Powell and wife Sandra and Brandon Keith Powell and wife Brandy; a brother, Douglas Blake, Jr., all of Crossett; two sisters, Oma Lee Head of Victoria, TX, and Jean White of Bastrop, LA; and a granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Powell.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Carlton White and Kenneth Watt officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Pallbearers were to be Wayne Herron, Keith Forrest, W. D. Herron, Mike White, Wilburn Seamons and Phillip Lum. Honorary pallbearers were to be Frankie White, Jimmy Kelley, Ronald Ricks and LaDon Martin. Burial will follow services at the Antioch Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1404 Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. W. A. Rutledge
Mr. W. A. Rutledge, 82, of Portland died Friday, January 21, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of West Monroe, LA, he was a resident of the Aulds community outside Portland since 1937 when he and his father homesteaded the family home place. He was a retired farmer and pipeline welder and an U. S. Army Medical Corps veteran of World War II. A member of the Aulds Baptist Church and the Pipeliners Union 798, he was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ara Armstrong Rutledge; a brother, Erskin Rutledge; and two sisters, Repta Tippen and Leola Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Baumann Rutledge; a son, William "Willie" Rutledge, Jr.; a brother, Roy Hill Rutledge; a sister, Elizabeth Bozeman Hamilton, all of Portland; and a grandson, Josh Hammond of Little Rock.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, January 24, in the Aulds Baptist Church with Revs. Ray Williams and E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers were George Bozeman, David Ponder, Jake Gay, Donald M. Bozeman, and Bruce and John Paul Rutledge. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Dalton, Justin and Josh Carpenter, Leroy Matthews and George and David Rutledge.
Burial followed services at 3 p.m. Monday in the New Sardis Cemetery in West Monroe, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Marie Simpson
Marie Simpson, 82, of Crossett died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born in Crossett April 12, 1917, to L. L. and Braska Standard Kelley, she worked at the Minit Shop for many years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Simpson.
Survivors are a brother, Willis Kelley of Kennett, MO: a sister, Jayne Pennington of Crossett; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, January 24, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Larry Williams and Bro. Bobby Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were Philip, Jerry and Bobby Pennington, Laron Burke, Tommy Kelley and Rex Dodson. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Edith Brown
Mrs. Edith Brown, 93, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 13, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. Brown was a native and life-long resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Brown, in 1984; a daughter, Bettye Hobbs in 1993; two grandsons, David Ray Brown and Greg Brown; and her parents, John and Martha Sedberry Hill.
Survivors are five sons, Cecil Brown of Farmerville, LA, Bill Brown of Bastrop, LA, Bobby Brown of Little Rock, Jimmy Brown of Clarksville, TX and John Brown of Cupertino, CA; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 15 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Brown, Charlie Spencer, Dierke Hobbs, Richard Byrd, Dennis Byrd and Milton Raulston. Interment was at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Pearline Franklin
Mrs. Pearline Franklin, 63, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 12, 2000, at the Jefferson Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Franklin was a native of Ashley County, a lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of Living Testament Church of God in Christ. . She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Franklin; one son, Gary D. Bankston; her parents, Mose and Ada Cason Goree; one brother, Richard Cason; and three sisters: Evora Colbert, Rhoda B. Hayes and Evonne Rowe.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Bankston Jr. of Crossett and Ricky Franklin of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Robert Cason of Houston, TX and John L. Cason of Oakland, OH; two sisters, Cornelius Simmons of Oakland, CA and Florene Franklin of Crossett; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, at 11 a.m. at the Living Testament Church of God in Christ with Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Levell Stanley Jr., Robert Stanley, Johnny Stanley, Glenn Stanley, Ray Stanley and Doyal Miller. Interment was at the Nimmons Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Thurman Paul Gilmore
Thurman Paul Gilmore, 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 12, 2000, at his residence. He was born on May 2, 1919, in Strong to his parents, Thermion and Annie Pearl Taunton Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore was a World War II veteran and a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific Paper.
Survivors include one son, James Monroe Gilmore of Crossett; three daughters, Paulette Gilmore of Pine Bluff, Linda Mitchell of Altus, and Betty Watson of Rye, TX; two sisters, Sarah Christine Gilmore Lee and Shirley Ann Gilmore Faulkner, both of Little Rock; eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at two p.m. Friday, January 14, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Isaac Patton officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Dillard, Jimmy Cook, Michael Gilmore, Nicholas Amos, Walter Paul Clark, Chris Evans, Tommy Rice, Lonnie Sharp, and Charles Burton. Interment was at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Howard Buford Graves
Howard Burford Graves, 86, of Monticello died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at his home. Born in Drew County on March 16, 1913, to the late Otis and Lucy Chavis Graves, he worked for Continental Can Company and was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors are a son, William Graves of Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Linda Irwin of Washington and Ruby Ann Simmons of California; one brother, Preston Graves of Monticello; a sister, Deva Adair of Pine Bluff; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a stepson, Cecil Howell of Bryant; and two stepdaughters, Virginia Graves of Monticello and Barbara Day of Oregon.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 13, in the Prairie Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Jim Bates and Jack Ferguson officiating. Pallbearers were Tommy, Wayne, and Dale Graves, Donny Bowden, Clifford Bowden and Roger Chavis.
Burial followed services at the Prairie Grove Cemetery, directed by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Christopher Allen Howard
Christopher Allen Howard, 16, of Crossett died Thursday, January 6, 2000, in Crossett. Mr. Howard was a native of Ashley County, a resident of Crossett and a Baptist. He was proceeded in death by his father, Vance Allen Howard.
He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Stanley, and his step-father, Willie Stanley; three brothers, Antonio Charleston, Alonzo Lambert and Marcus Charleston; one step-brother, William Robinson; and one sister, Veronica Curtis; his maternal grandmother, Irene Fisher, all of Crossett; his paternal grandparents, George W. and Lee Ester Howard of Hamburg; and a special friend, Monique Kennedy.
Funeral services were Thursday, January 13, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Burt Shaw, Elroy Beverly, Herbert William, Curtis Jackson Jr., Marcus Harris and Marlee Carter. Honorary pallbearers were William Robinson, Louis Gaston II, Marcus Jordan, Oliver Caldwell Jr., Edward Morris Jr. and Jonathan James. Interment was at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Hazel Ann Risher
Hazel Ann Risher, 64, of Crossett died Friday, January 14, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Mrs. Risher was born February 5, 1935, to Bobby and Lena Frisby. She was retired from Wal-Mart and was a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors are her husband, Joe C. Risher of Crossett; three sons, Roger D. Teague of Phoenix, Mark C. Risher of Crossett and Randy S. Risher of Houston, TX; a daughter, Linda D. Goodwin of Crossett; three brothers, Charles Frisby of Crossett, Bob Frisby of Bay and Curly Frisby of Crossett; two sisters, Lillie Reed of Monroe, LA, and Betty Krouse of Minden, LA; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, January 17, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Dan Webb officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Sled, Glen Sled, Greg Sivils, Terry Upshaw, Wade Upshaw, Todd Grubbs, Johnny Paterson and Philip Deal. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Florence E. Wheelock
Mrs. Florence Etheridge DeSutter Wheelock, 79, of Hamburg died Thursday, January 6, 2000, at the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. A native of Hamburg, she was a former resident of Beaumont and San Antonio, TX, a homemaker and retired dental hygienist and was the first licensed dental hygienist in Texas. She was a member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ashley County Library Society. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jim Wheelock in 1992 and David DeSutter in 1954, and her parents, Y. W. and Ruth Brown Stapleton Etheridge.
Survivors are a son, Allen A. DeSutter and wife Karla of Hamburg; and a sister, Frances Way of San Antonio, TX.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, in the Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Shafer officiating. Pallbearers were Stanton and Billy Veazey, Joe Foote, Bill Johnson, Jimmy McKinney and John William Spivey. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Manervia Williams
Manervia Williams, 87, of the White Station community outside Crossett died Friday, January 14, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Williams; her parents, Ed and Annie Washington Gilliam; and a sister, Roberta Tucker.
Survivors are a son, Eddie Williams of Crossett; two daughters, Pauline Radford and Helen Tucker of Crossett; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, January 20, at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers will include T. L. Lowe, Richard Montgomery, Bobby R. Brown, Larry Dawson, Hayward Hollins, and Lester Tucker, Jr. Burial will follow services at the Ryles Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Bernice Haisty Durham
Bernice Haisty Durham, 81, of Crossett died Monday, January 10, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born September 12, 1918, in Monticello to William Preston and Ecil Wells Haisty, she was the window of Robert Walter Durham. She was also preceded in death by a sister, LaBonne Willene (Deanie) Haisty Jordan.
Survivors are three brothers, Wesley Kenneth Haisty of Lebanon, MO, Carroll Wood Haisty of Crossett and John Stanley Haisty of Springdale; and a sister, Dorohy Nell Haisty Byrne of Franklin, MA.
Grave-side services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. There will be no public visitation.

Leslie L. Hoover
Leslie L. Hoover, age 89, of Crossett died Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. She was born February 20, 1910, in Ashley County to Bill and Vesta O'Neal Couey. Mrs. Hoover was a retired telephone operator, and a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Hoover, and her daughter, Mary Ruth Gates.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Joe Smith and his wife, Connie, of Sherwood; four granddaughters, Vicki Trammel of Crossett, Terri Koontz of Dallas, TX, Lisa Bohannon and Susan Risinger, both of Spearsville, LA; and nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Grave-side services were held Saturday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pinewood Memorial Park with David Newberry officiating, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Myrtle W. Jordan
Mrs. Myrtle W. Jordan, 97, of North Little Rock died in the early evening hours of Sunday, January 9, 2000. She was born in Southeast Ashley County to Rev. Neal and Bess Walker and was the last surviving child of that union. She was a member of the Levy Baptist Church where she served as W. M. U. president, senior adult Bible teacher and associate Bible teacher for the outreach department of the church. A member of the Retired Teachers Association, she spent 42 years as a public school teacher in Ashley County. At age 46, she attained a B. S. degree from the University of Arkansas-Monticello and at age 58, received a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The last 26 years of her career were spent in the Wilmot Public Schools, including 21 years as grade school principal. She and her late husband, Emmitt G. Jordan, moved to North Little Rock where she lived until her death. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Survivors are a son, Leland D. Jordan and wife Louise; granddaughters Kathleen Blackman and Dutchie Wilson; five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, in the Levy Baptist Church. Burial will follow services at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pinewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Levy Baptist Church Robe Fund, 3501 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock, AR 72118. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the North Little Rock Funeral Home at 1921 Main Street.

Mr. Robert R. "Ray" Phillips
Mr. Robert R. "Ray" Phillips, 99, of Fountain Hill died Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Crossett. He was a native and life-long resident of Fountain Hill until the last seven years when he lived in Crossett, a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, and was co-owner of the Phillips Brothers General Merchandise store in Fountain Hill for 50 years and also the Phillips Brothers Gin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Avery Lee and Mary Lucie Downey Phillips; two sisters, Ethel Lee Phillips Pierce and Mary Margaret Phillips Knight; and a brother, Lucian M. Phillips.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Ora Hester Phillips of Fountain Hill; three sons, James Avery Phillips and wife Maxine of Houston, TX, William R. "Bill" Phillips and wife JoAnn and Millard E. Phillips and wife Edith of Crossett; two daughters, Elsa Raye Cason and husband V. W. of Fountain Hill and Gladys Hester Sanders and husband Robert of Lubbock, TX; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, a niece Virginia Pierce Gatewood of Warren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Chenault Phillips of Fountain Hill; and many cousins.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 8, in the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Elton and Gene Gregory officiating. Pallbearers were Terry, Neal and Stuart Phillips, Tim Vaden, Bill and Dale Hester, and Tim Krisell. Honorary pallbearers were Robert A. and Edward Phillips, Frank E. Denson, Bobby Graham, Sterling and Omar White. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, c/o Mr. V. W. Cason, 213 Ashley Road 482, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Mr. Jessie Lee Tucker
Mr. Jessie Lee Tucker, 42, of the Pine Hill community near Hamburg, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. Mr. Tucker was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a member of the Campground African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was proceeded in death by his parents: Troy and U.Z. Tucker; two brothers, Larry and Monel Tucker; and one sister, Uzell Tucker.
He is survived by three brothers, Vasco Tucker of Pine Bluff, Carle Lee Tucker of Crossett, and Allen Tucker of Hamburg, and two sisters, Lorise Jones of Chicago, IL, and Alice Hayes of East St. Louis, IL.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the Campground A.M.E. Church with the Rev. A.L. Owens officiating. Pallbearers were John B. Gibbs, Lindburg Gibbs, Richard Gibbs, Billy Gibbs, Johnny Lee Hampton and Paul Tucker. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. James "Pete" Vaughan
Mr. James "Pete" Vaughan, 49, of Watson died Wednesday, January 5, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Vaughan was a resident of Watson for the past two years after living in Portland and Montrose for most of his life and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church; an U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian McCory Vaughan, and a sister, Brenda Griffith.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Stewart Vaughan of Watson; a son, James Vaughan, Jr., of Memphis; two daughters, Patricia Kelley of Hamburg and Loretta Palmerin of Crossett; his father, James Vaughan of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Kathy Ticer and Sandra Lunsford, both of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren, Tony, Kevin and Gregory Kelley, Rosa and Elizabeth Palmerin and Tavion Vaughan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 7, at the Montrose Baptist Church with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Pallbearers are Bill Bridges, David Burns, Bobby Ticer, James Vaughan Jr., James Kelley and Billy Gosney. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Mr. Earnest Wells
Mr. Earnest Wells, 84, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 2, 2000. Born September 26, 1915, in Strong, he was the son of Tommy and Annie Fife Wells.
Survivors include his wife, Helen E. Frisby Wells of Hamburg; a daughter, Robbie Lynn Pryor of Hamburg; a sister, Eunice Massey of El Dorado; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, in the Green Grove Assembly with Revs. James Adams and David Acres officiating. Burial followed services at the Green Grove Cemetery near Strong, directed by Rumph-Owens Funeral Home of El Dorado.

Mrs. Gustavia Hicks Windom
Mrs. Gustavia Hicks Windom, 85, of Parkdale died Monday, January 3, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Camden, AL, and a Parkdale resident for the past 80 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leroy Windom and Hugo Hicks; her parents, Charlie and Altha Adams Armistead; two brothers, Johnny and Frank Armistead; and two sisters, Cora Mae Burse and Bertha Williams.
Survivors are a foster daughter, Mabel Moseby of Portland; four sisters, Francis Cobb of Parkdale, Pauline Vine of Crossett; Jeronie Anthony of Parkdale and Ruth Blakely of Crossett; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 8, in the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Cobb, Randolph and Dennis Morris, Otis Anthony, Curtis Hamilton and Carlos Washington. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Zion Hill Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Alton L. "Brad" Bradford
Alton L. "Brad" Bradford, 77, of Bonita, LA, formerly of Crossett died Thursday, December 30, 1999, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Born October 20, 1922, to John and Lexer Hamaker Bradford in Banks, he was a district manager and appraiser for Interstate Life Insurance Company and a member of the VFW, AARP and Underwriters' Association. He served four years in the U. S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Egypt Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Beatrice Woods Bradford of Bonita; a son, Kevin Lee Bradford of Oklahoma; a daughter, Helen Ruth Boyd of Lufkin, TX; three brothers, H. L. and James Bradford of Houston, TX, and Donald Bradford of Waskem, TX; a sister, Mary Mercer of Rison; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 2, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Farrell Breshears officiating. Pallbearers were Earl Murphy, Keith Mercer, Joey Mercer, Jefferey Moore, Keith Breshears, James Ed. Woods, Marvin Holmes and Nick Martin. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Pauline Page Brooks
Pauline Page Brooks, 57, of Crossett died Sunday, January 2, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born in Crossett March 3, 1942, to Charlie J. and Bill Slocum Page and was a member of the First Baptist Church, a homemaker and enjoyed being with people and working with flowers in her yard. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Coleen and Janie Page.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Brooks of Crossett; a son, Lance Hanry of Crossett; two daughters, Lynn Lochala and Stacy Dolan of Crossett; and two sisters, Martha Hoffman of Farmerville, LA, and Charlene Morris of Crossett.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Buddy Kinney, Gene Thomas and Bob Vest officiating. Pallbearers were to be Brick Morris, Steve Courson, Mike Flemister, Lois Hodges, Jim Shoulders, Eugene Davis and Mark Reed. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Bro. J. W. Buckner
J.W. Buckner was born December 16, 1907 in Aloha, LA to the late Martin Luther Buckner and Martha Elizabeth Murrell Buckner. He departed this life on Sunday, January 2, while at his home, 705 Oak Street, Crossett, AR. He was 92.
Bro. Buckner, as most people knew him, married Dorothy Idella Luker in 1929. They had five children: Martha Elizabeth, Martin Luther, James Luker, John Wordy, Jr. and Dorothy Ann. Dorothy died in 1952. Bro. Buckner later married Juanita Rainwater of Crossett, adopting her daughter Eunice Helen.
Bro. Buckner received his high school diploma from Poland High School in Rapides Parish, LA. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Louisiana College in Pineville in 1932 where he was a member of the college championship debate team. He did graduate work in theology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary the following two years. He received a Master Degree in History from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. He later served on the History faculty at Northeast Louisiana University and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Bro. Buckner was an active minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for 65 years, serving as pastor of churches in Louisiana and Arkansas. Buckner was also known as a stewardship evangelist for many years. As a Southern Baptist minister, Bro. Buckner was recognized as a church builder. He was pastor during fund-raising and construction of numerous new church buildings. As a gesture to him as a church builder, Bro. Buckner was awarded an honorary "Doctor of Church Architecture" on April 23, 1951, by the First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Bro. Buckner served on many boards and commissions of the Louisiana and Arkansas Baptist Conventions. He was a co-founder (1951) and first moderator of the Ashley County Baptist Association in Arkansas.
In addition to his pastoral duties, he was always active in community affairs. He was President of the Crossett High School Parent-Teachers Association in 1955, an active member of the Crossett Chamber of Commerce for many years as well as being a member of the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs of Crossett. He was selected as Kiwanis Club Man of the Year in 1977 and 1979, elected President of the Crossett Lions Club in 1985-86 and elected a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1979, serving on the Suffrage and Elections Committee.
He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Grand Chaplain of Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Arkansas, 1967-68. On the occasion of eclipsing 60 years in the ministry, Governor Bill Clinton designated August 4, 1985, as J.W. Buckner Day in Arkansas. Another J.W. Buckner Day was designated by Ashley County Judge Don Hartley and Mayor Les Black on the occasion of his 85th birthday.
In 1993, he was inducted into his alma mater Poland High School (LA) Hall of Fame for Lifetime of Achievements. Gov. Jim Guy Tucker presented Bro. Buckner with an Arkansas Certificate of Recognition for Public Service on December 14, 1995. He received the Centennial Award of Appreciation from Fist Baptist Church and the City of Jonesboro, LA in 1996. He was awarded the Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship. Bro. Buckner was elected the first president of the Ashley County Chapter of AARP in 1987-88. He led in establishing an endowment fund for the Friends of the Paul Sulllins Library in Crossett.
Bro. Buckner was a noted historian of Crossett and Ashley County. He authored Wilderness Lady in 1979 which is a history of Crossett and Ashley County. He later wrote Cap Gates Tent City in 1983, a history of his beloved home of Crossett.
Bro. Buckner was a quiet, friendly man who smiled and spoke kindly to everyone he saw. The memory of Bro. Buckner will live in the hearts and minds of everyone who ever knew him. Bro. Buckner is survived by his wife of 46 years, Juanita; 3 daughters, Martha Arrington of Monroe, LA, Dottie Clark of Guatemala and Helen Wright of Crossett; 3 sons, Luther Buckner of Murphreesboro, TN, Jim Buckner of Fayetteville and Wordy Buckner of Springfield, MO, as well as 26 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Crossett at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 5 with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Interment will take place at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetary immediately following. Arrangements under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Build Your House on the Rock, Guatemala Home for Children, P.O. Box 12764, Lake Charles, LA 70612, or The Endowment Fund for Paul Sullins Library, 125 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635, or any Church or Charity of your choice.

Georgia Lee Carter
Georgia Lee Carter, 70, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 29, 1999, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born May 26, 1929, to Robert Rastus and Cora Elizabeth Watt Johnson in Ashley County, she was a homemaker and a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, William J. Carter of Crossett; a son, William Earl Carter of Crossett; two daughters, Katie Flowers of Montgomery, AL, and Sherri Lee of Crossett; four brothers, Wilton Johnson of San Antonio, TX, Scott Johnson of Crossett, Sonny Johnson of Hamburg and Billy Johnson of Crossett; five sisters, Verdell Moore of Monroe, LA, Lula Jean Ballard, Tina Burt, Norma Hamm and Sally Tomlin, all of Crossett; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 31, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Thad Douglass and John Marlar officiating. Pallbearers were Joey Rogers, Tracy Carter, Glenn Michael Carter, Tim Ballard, Glenn Moore, Bruce Moore and Ron Tucker. Honorary pallbearers were her remaining nephews. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Morrell Fred Foster
Mr. Morrell Fred Foster, 87, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 30, 1999, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native and life-long resident of Ashley County and the Mount Pleasant community outside Hamburg, he was a retired farmer and worked as a compliance manager for the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for over 20 years. He was a life-long member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and served as a deacon for over 50 years, and he served as a member of the Portland School Board for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Minnie Dew Foster in 1953 and Elizabeth Toler Foster in 1983; a son, Guy Thomas Foster, in 1965; two grandsons, Tommy Foster in 1992 and Jimmy Foster in 1979; his parents, Jess and Jenny White Foster; three brothers, Clem, Guy and Clifton Foster; and two sisters, Essie Perkins and Clara Bell Foster.
Survivors include three sons, Howard Foster of Hamburg, Bobby Foster of Wilmot and Joel F. Foster of Pine Bluff; a brother, Harold Edward Foster of Maplevale; two sisters, Willie Lee Lawrence of Hamburg and Cynthia Mae Hollis Swayze of Fountain Hill; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 2, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Bobby Biggers and B. K. Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff, Johnny, Joe and William Foster, Jimmy and Ben Srell. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Austin, E. W. and Franklin Ricks, Keith and Glenn Ladd, Gregg Grantham, Booster Burns and Houston Austin. Burial followed services at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Howard Foster, 320 West Radford, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Carolyn L. Hill
Mrs. Carolyn L. Hill, 69, of Hamburg died Monday, January 3, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native and life-long resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, she was retired from the Hamburg school lunchroom and was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Billy Hill, Jr., in 1995; her parents, Clifton and Mary Lou Stovall Strickland; a half-brother, Johnny Strickland; and a half-sister, Patty Shelton.
Survivors include her husband, Billy B. Hill; two sons, Billy W. "Butch" Hill and wife Phyllis and James R. "Buddy" Hill and wife Tammy; a daughter, Nelda Wells and husband Thomas, all of Hamburg; a sister, Doris Mahoney of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Lawrence Amos and Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were to be Shannon and Seth Hill, Shane Wells, Jason Akers, Tim Endlsey and Andy Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Lloyd, Lamar McCain, Benny Summitt, Ronnie McDougald, Harold McKiever, Blaine Kilcrease, Buddy Reeves and Forrest Rice.
Burial will follow services at the Promise Land Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Billy Hill Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Sandra Gwin, 1144 Ashley Road 189, Portland, AR 71663.

Mrs. Lenora Cunningham Hollis
Mrs. Lenora Cunningham Hollis, 85, of Hamburg died Friday, December 31, 1999, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Mrs. Hollis was a native and life-long resident of Ashley County and a life-long member of the Zion United Methodist Church. She retired from the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill. Mrs. Hollis was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Cunningham in 1971 and Dillard Hollis in 1992; a daughter, Patricia Gayle Cunningham; her parents, Isaac and Jesse Shelton Norrell; a brother Isaac Norrell; and a sister, Bertie Allen.
Survivors are two sons, Hoyt Cunningham of Hamburg and Lane Cunningham of Lake Village; five daughters, Lorene Miles and Elouise McClain of Crossett, Macel Felchle, LaFran Tucker and Vickie Burch of Hamburg; a sister, Ophelia Bryan of Bastrop, LA; 27 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, January 3, at the Zion Cemetery with Rev. Tom Norrell officiating and with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Monty and Ricky McClain, Shawn Craig, Paul Tucker, Dane and Heath Cunningham. Memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church or to the Zion Cemetery Association, c/o Karen Pennington, 4146 Highway 133 North, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Ellene Huffman
Mrs. Ellene Huffman, 77, of Crossett died Monday, December 27, 1999, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Crossett. A native of Kingsland and a resident of Hamburg and Crossett for over 60 years, she was a homemaker and member of the First Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Elma Saelor Thurman, and a sister, Pauline Durham.
Survivors are her husband, Dan Huffman; a daughter, Karen Batchelor of Crossett; a brother, Virgil Thurman, Jr., of Warren; two granddaughters, Michelle Grisham and Latonya Batchelor of Crossett; and five great-grandchildren, Phillip Chavis, Paton, Blake, Larah and Alex Grisham.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 30, in the First Church of God in Crossett with Rev. Steve Casey officiating. Pallbearers were Louie, Joe, Lamar and Larry Huffman, Dale Kerr and Travis Warren. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Erla Jean Thurman
Erla Jean Thurman, 60, of Haughton, LA, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, December 28, 1999, in the Willis-Knighton Hospital in Bossier City, LA. She was a native of Ashley County, a homemaker, and a resident of Haughton for the past year. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Calvin Nathan and Velma Ann Lewis Thurman.
Survivors are a son, Bobby Glen Hendrix of Haughton; two daughters, Rebecca Jane Hendrix of Crossett and Beverly Carol Collier of Haughton; a brother, Marion Thurman of Crossett; three sisters, Mamie Rodgers of Gainesville, TX, and Carolyn Lochala and Willie Deal of Crossett; seven grandsons and one granddaughter, Aimee Nicole Keen.
Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. Friday, December 31, at the Lakewood Cemetery with Rev. Lewis Attaway officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell Ryan Doss, Benjamin Lamar Hamilton, Joshua David Allen, Caleb Elijah Collier, Jared Daniel Collier, Nathan Paul Hendrix and Jacob Wayne Hendrix. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Myra Weatherly Travis
Myra Weatherly Travis of Bastrop, LA, died Wednesday, December 29, 1999, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. She was a retired nurse for Morehouse General Hospital and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Leroy Travis; two sons, Mike Travis and wife Paula and Steve Travis and wife Rita of Bastrop; a sister, Shirley Weatherly Travis of Crossett; a brother, James Weatherly of Crossett; three grandchildren, Karen Travis Diel and husband Scott, Kevin Travis and Christopher Travis, all of Bastrop; and two great-grandchildren, Tatum and Whitney Diel.
Funeral services were the Bethel Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 1, with Rev. Carlos Trapp officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Coody, Gary Stevenson, Sam Little, Craig Oliphant, Ronald Hopkins and Lloyd "Buddy" Richards. Honorary pallbearers were John Stringer and the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Causey Cemetery, directed by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Memorials may be made to the Mount Zion Cemetery Fund or contact a family member for other memorials.

Mr. Marion Eugene White
Mr. Marion Eugene White, 88, of Hamburg died Monday, December 27, 1999, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Ashley County, he retired from the Georgia-Pacific Extrusion Plant and was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Waits White; his second wife, Nadine Hadley White; his parents, three brothers, Olin, Varner and Dewayne White; and two sisters, Goldie Sivers and Bernice Wigley.
Survivors are a daughter, Marion LaFaye White of Crossett; three brothers, Roger White of Hamburg, Harold White of Benton and Roy White of Sacramento, CA; two sisters, Dean Howie of Crossett and Inez Corder of Hollandale, MS; and two grandchildren, Tanya White Hanschen of Bemidji, MN, and Stephen White of Fulldale, AL.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 30, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin and Eugene Howie officiating. Pallbearers were David Smith, Danny Smith, Earl Sivils, Gary Smith, Royce Wigley and Don White. Honorary pallbearers were Royce Bowden, Kenny Bowden, Fred Silver, Doyle Sivils and Leonard Farrar. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.


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