Miscellaneous Ashley County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Lois Nell Carpenter
Lois Nell Carpenter, 68, of Crossett died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Born September 27, 1931, to Jessie and Mattie Jones Locke in Fountain Hill, she was a homemaker and a member of the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Carpenter.
Survivors include a son, Gary Carpenter and wife Marlys of Crossett; a daughter, Sharon Anders and husband Everett of Liberty, TX; three brothers, J. C. Locke of Cabot, Julian Locke of Petit Jean and Vernon Locke of Fountain Hill; a sister, Valarie Smith of Monroe, LA; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, in the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Craig and Donnie DuBose officiating. Pallbearers were Clinton and Ryan Carpenter, Mike Watson, Kenny and Steve Kelley and Bob Lloyd. Burial followed services at the Prairie Grove Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Elizabeth Hampton
Elizabeth Hampton, 81, of Vallejo, CA, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at the home of her daughter in Crossett. A native of Huttig, she had lived in Vallejo for the past seven years and was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Church of God in Christ in Vallejo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dallas Hampton; two sons, Willie Lee and Clinton Hampton; her parents, Will and Beulah McHenry Carney; four brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include eight sons, Raymond, Billy, Lavell, Johnny and Charles Hampton of Crossett, Troy Hampton of Camden, Roy Hampton of Vallejo, CA, and Walter Hampton of Texas; seven daughters, Beulah Mae Daniels of Crossett, Mary Hendrix, Ella Maxine Sanford, Dorothy Wright, Leola Davis, Corene Hampton and Lois Hampton of Vallejo; one brother, George Carney of Portland, OR; 65 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 3, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Revs. O. T. Carlock and Tracey Hampton, Doyle Miller, Toney Ray Williams, Gary Hollins and Melvin Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Levell, Johnny, Troy, Roy, and James Hampton and Thomas Jones.
Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Harold Edward Anderson
Harold Edward Anderson, 79, of Crossett died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Wabbaseka, he was a retired railroad worker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Crossett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Anderson; his parents, two sisters, Ally Mary Carter and Cynthia Callion; and two brothers, Robert Simpson and L. D. Simpson.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Hattie Mae McDonald of Crossett; a  special niece, Dorothy Savage of Crossett; two special nephews, DeJuan Simpson and Theodis Savage of Crossett, and many other relatives.
The remains were cremated. 

Dolphus Carey
Dolphus Carey, 95, of Wilmot died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. A life-long resident of Wilmot, he was a retired janitor for the Wilmot School District and a member of the Shady Grove A. M. E. Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Lee Carey on April 6, 1996; his parents, Edma and Paliney Botney Carey; a daughter, Agatha Coleman; and two sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Hazel Ross of El Dorado; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the Shady Grove A. M. E. Church with Rev. Karen Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Andrew Metcalf, Frank Romer, John Metcalf and Dewayne Watt. Burial followed services at the Jim Smith Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Robert Council, Jr.
Mr. Robert Council, Jr., 76, of Hamburg died Monday, June 19, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A retired sawmill worker, he was a life-long resident of Ashley County and a member of the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Council; his parents, Robert and Cleo Settlers Council; two brothers, Willie Council and Henry Lindsey; and two sisters, Doris Bell and Lula Mae Robinson.
Survivors include two brothers, James and Johnny Council of Hamburg, and one sister, Annie Perine of Carlton, AL.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. Mary Arnold officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Burns, Robert Robinson, Lawrence Tucker, Roger Bryant, Junior Simpson and Ray Watson. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Evelyn Stokes Eastwood
Mrs. Evelyn Stokes Eastwood, 91, of Hamburg, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center.She was a native of Boone County, MO; a resident of Hamburg since 1996 and a former resident of Mabank, TX. When she was 17 years old, she hitchhiked from St. Louis, MO to Seattle, WA to do her part for her country by working in the shipyards during World War II. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Mabank, TX, and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by three loving husbands, Bruce Diller, Marty McAlese and Carl "Buster" Eastwood, a son, LeRoy Diller, her parents, Jess & Dora Stokes, six brothers and one sister.
Survivor include three step-children and their spouses, Glennis & Davis Holland of Hamburg, Bonnie and Harry Joe Tumlison of Crossett, and Ricky & Delores Eastwood of Florence, WI; a brother, Lynn Stokes of DeSoto, TX; eight step-grandchildren, Deen Griffith and his wife, Jamie who lived with her, Davie Holland of Hamburg, Stacey White & Casey High of Crossett, Paul Ricks of Sarasoto, FL, Heather Eastwood of Florence, WI; Michael Holland of Monroe, LA and Lee Holland of Jones, OK; twelve step-great-grandchildren, two of which lived with her, Trent Griffith and Bradley Leveritt, numerous nieces & nephews; a very special friend and the mother of her step-children, Florence Yates of Fountain Hill.
She willed her body to the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock for the betterment of modern medicine. As per her request, there were no services. In lieu of flowers, her children ask that memorials be made to the Janet Brooks Memorial or to a favorite charity. 

Betty Jane Fuel
Betty Jane Fuel, 70, of Portland died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at the West Carroll Hospital in Oak Grove, LA. She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, James Richard Fuel of Portland; a son, Marvin James Thompson of Portland; a brother, Buck Godbold of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Vera Weathers of Slidell, LA, Myrtle Warren of Eudora and Glenda Cotner of Pine Bluff; and six grandchildren.
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the Jennie Cemetery with Rev. Roger West officiating. Arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Betty Nell Cobbs Harris
Betty Nell Cobbs Harris, 47, of Crossett died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A life-long resident of Crossett, she was employed with the Arkansas Department of Health and was a member of the new Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and the senior choir. She was preceded in death by her parents, Modell and Ruby Cobbs Youngblood, and a brother, Ervin Hodges.
Survivors include her husband, Alonzo "Pete" Harris; one son, Jacquario T. Harris of Philadelphia, PA; three daughters, Royta Youngblood and Raimonkeal Harris Moore of Crossett and Tiffany Youngblood of Hampton, VA; three brothers, Henry L. Hodges of California, Charles Cobb of Arkadelphia and Gerald Cobbs of Tacoma, WA; one sister, Dorothy Coleman of Monrovia, CA; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Atkins officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Monroe, Greg Parker, Gerald Brown, Gean Griffen, Dennis Girtman and Herman Madison. Honorary pallbearers were John Tate, Thomas Jones, De'Marco Hodges, Levell Hampton, Glenda Ray Johnson, Kelvin Eldridge, Phil Hodge and Crossett High School 1971 class members. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Robert W. "Bob" Johnson
Robert W. "Bob" Johnson, 91, of Crossett died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at his home. Born July 27, 1908, in Ashley County to Augustus Harward and Martha "Mattie" Perdue Johnson, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett where he was active in the Men's Bible Class. He began work in Crossett as a forester for The Crossett Company and retired from Georgia-Pacific Corp. in 1972. He was past board chairman of the Antioch Cemetery Trust, a former member of the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of the SVS Hunting Club. He was interested in the preservation of wildlife and natural resources as well as local history. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Wayne Johnson, and a grandson, Robert Wayne Johnson, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Johnson of Crossett; three daughters, Carolyn Adams of Antioch, IL, Millie Petrie of Bartlesville, OK, and Sarah Richardson of Searcy; one son, James R. "Buddy" Johnson of Memphis, TN; one sister, Elizabeth Kitchens of Hamburg; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Harold Gene Kitchens, Aubry Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Gus Johnson, Lane Pierce, Bob Pierce, Johnny Pierce, Jimmy Meeks and Randall Meeks. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the Antioch Cemetery Trust, 358 Marais Saline Road, Crossett, AR 71635.

Merle Jean Kemp
Merle Jean Kemp, 74, of Decatur, AL, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at her home. She was born July 13, 1925, to Howard and Helen McDougald Estelle. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur, AL,  and was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Kemp of Decatur, AL; two daughters, Janet L. Thompson of Decatur, AL, and Judith C. Burnett of Crossett; two brothers, Leland Estelle of Crossett and John W. Estelle of Salem, OR; a sister, Mary R. Lupa of Two Harbors, MN; a grandson, Brad Burnett of Long Island, NY; and a granddaughter, Kelly Burnett of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the chapel of First Baptist Church in Crossett with Rev. David Newberry officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Calvin Purvis
Calvin Purvis, an Ashley County resident for the past 20 years, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. Born in Prentiss, MS, to Edgar Middleton Purvis and Mary Flora Pauline Ball, he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served two tours in the Vietnam War and one tour in Italy before retiring from the U. S. Navy after 20 years of service. He and his family then moved to Ashley County. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Joseph Doyle of Eudora and Edgar Owen of Jacksonville, FL; and a sister, Lillian Chestenia "Judy" Bailey of Memphis, TN.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Purvis of Crossett; a son, Glenn Purvis of Crossett; a brother, Otis B. Purvis of Homa, LA; a sister, Carolyn Farrow of Summit, Utah; and three granddaughters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Leroy Travis
Leroy Travis, 77, of Bastrop, LA, who was born at Rawls, died June Friday, 23, 2000, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. He was a retired equipment operator for Texas Gas, a member and deacon emeritus of the Bethel Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Travis.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Travis and wife Paula of Mobile, AL, and Steve Travis and wife Rita of Bastrop; four grandchildren, Scott and Karen Travis Diel and Kevin and Christopher Travis; two great-grandchildren, Tatum Michelle Diel and Whitney Leanne Diel; and a nephew, Tom Travis and wife Cheryl of Dallas, TX.
Funeral services were set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, in the Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Carlos Trapp officiating. Pallbearers were to be Floyd Lott, Ronald Hopkins, Charles Coody, Sam Little, Gary Stevenson and Craig Oliphant. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of the church.
Burial followed services at the Causey Cemetery, directed by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop.

Janice Belinda Allen
Janice Belinda Allen, 47, of Crossett died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at her home. A life-long resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Gradie Wine Allen; a brother, Robert Allen; and a sister, Mary Ann Allen.
Survivors include two sons, Marrio Davis and SanJuan Davis; a daughter, Quintishia Davis, all of Crossett; four brothers, James Allen of Monroe, LA, Johnny Allen of Little Rock and Melvin and Mavis Simmons of Crossett; and two sisters, Geraldine Simmons of North Little Rock and Mary Cavaness of Wilmar.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p..m on Tuesday, June 20, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were to be Larry Rogers, William Rogers, Terry Keys, Billie Allen, Harold McDade and Jimmy Tate. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Clifford E. Corder
Mr. Clifford E. Corder, 92, of Portland, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Mr. Corder was a native of Ashley County; a resident of Portland since 1946 and a resident of the Hillsboro Manor Nursing Home in El Dorado for the past two years. He was a member of the Portland Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He worked for the J.W. Pugh Company in Portland for many years and after his retirement he worked for and retired from the Ashley County Road Department. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dell Corder Tucker in January, two infant sons and his parents, Simpson and Gertrude Pamplin Corder.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie Woods Corder of El Dorado; a son, Charles W. Corder of Blanchard, LA; a daughter, Sue Russell of El Dorado; two brothers, Jim Corder of Snyder and John Corder of Hollandale, MS; four grandchildren, Kim Pounds of Hamburg, Toby Russell of El Dorado, Lisa Hay and Chuck Corder both of Blanchard, LA and five great-grandsons.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, June 16, in the Portland Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Selby officiating. Pallbearers were Benton Newcome, Dennis Holland, Phil & Ted Selby, Edward & Johnny Golden, Stanton Veazey and Lamar Woods. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Portland Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class. Burial followed services at  the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663.

Robert Calvin Howard
Robert Calvin Howard of Hamburg, infant son of Robert (Bo) & Tonya Rice Howard, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000 ,at the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Calvin Rice.
In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Beacher & Chris Ferrell of Crossett; his paternal grandparents, Mark & Sharon Deless of Crossett and Joel Howard of Hammond, LA; his paternal great-grandparents, Tink & Judd Dosser of Bastrop, LA and great-grandparents, Fulton & Janie Brockwell of Eudora and Harvey and Annie Rice of Winthrop.
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 16, in the Carlock Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Watt officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

LaVada Johnson
LaVada Johnson, 93, of Crossett died Thursday, June 8, 2000, in North Little Rock. Born November 6, 1906, in Alexandria, LA, to Winnick Buford and Lessie Randall Prudhomme, she was a former employee of Chase Bag, a certified welder in the California shipyards during World War II, a homemaker and a member of the Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death a son, Nelson Randall, Jr., and her husband, Braska Johnson.
Survivors include a son, Stanley Randall of Briceland, CA; a daughter, Verna Fay Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Jimmie Lane Guinn of West Monroe, LA, and Juanita Bratton of Milsap, TX; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Revs. Lawrence Amos, Joey Meredith and Bob Lonidier officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Alvin Riles
Alvin Riles, 79, of Crossett died Friday, June 16, 2000, at the St. Francis Medical Center. Born November 8, 1920, in Rawls to Willie William and Etta Rice Riles Lum, he was an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of Pearl Harbor in World War II, a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of Crossett Lodge #576. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing dominoes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Pruitt, and his parents.
Survivors include a son, Robert Alvin Riles of Crossett; two daughters, Betty Lou Wisecarver of Hamburg and Kathy Miles of Crossett; a brother, Tommy Russel Riles of Crossett; a sister, Willie Mae Miller of Crossett; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday, June 19, in the Meridian Baptist Church with Rick Pyron and Gayle Riles officiating. Burial followed services at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Alice Ara Weaver
Alice Ara Weaver, 79, of Crossett died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at the Countrywood nursing facility in Monticello. She was born November 24, 1920, in Winfield, AL, to Lewis C. and Lula Beasley Estes.
Survivors include a son, Frankie D. Weaver, Sr., of Crossett; two daughters, Freddie Ann Sharp of Crossett and Patsy Stuard of Hermitage; two brothers, Roy C. Estes of Winfield, AL, and W. Kary Estes of Sulligent, AL; a sister, Fannie Weeks of Winfield, AL; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, June 19, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Carlton White and Lloyd Townsend officiating. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Mrs. Helen Wells
Mrs. Helen Wells, 74, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at her residence in Hamburg. Mrs. Wells was a native and former resident of El Dorado and a resident of Hamburg for a number of years. She was a member of the Green Grove Assembly of God in Strong. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Wells, in January, 2000, and her parents, Ed & Nancy Sisco Frisby.
She is survived by a daughter, Robbie Pryor of Hamburg; five grandchildren, John Pryor of Crossett, Justi Pryor of Monticello, Christy Thornton of Fort Worth, TX, Shawna Akers of Monroe, LA, and Kim Pryor of Hamburg; and three great-grandchildren, John Alexander Pryor and Justin & Dakota Dawson.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 8, at the Green Grove Assembly of God in Strong with Revs. Jimmy Adams and  David Akers officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Myers, Larry Frisby, Jody Brannen, Justin Akers, Roger Wooten and John Pryor. Interment followed services at the Green Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ann Arnold Hastings
Ann Arnold Hastings, 76, of Crossett, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born on July 26, 1923, in Yonkers, New York to LeGrand Jenks and Hazel Strang Arnold. Mrs. Hastings was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, a Justice of the Peace and member of the Ashley County Quorum Court, a member of the League of Women Voters and an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her husband W.E. "Ned" Hastings, and her brother, William S. Arnold.
Her survivors include one son, David Hastings of Cabot; two daughters, Laurie Ray of Monticello and Lynn Hastings of Dallas, TX; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett or a favorite charity.

LaVada Johnson
LaVada Johnson, 93, of Crossett died Thursday, June 8, 2000, in North Little Rock. Born November 6, 1906, in Alexandria, LA, to Winnick Buford and Lessie Randall Prudhomme, she was a former employee of Chase Bag, a certified welder in the California shipyards during World War II, a homemaker and a member of the Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death a son, Nelson Randall, Jr., and her husband, Braska Johnson.
Survivors include a son, Stanley Randall of Briceland, CA; a daughter, Verna Fay Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Jimmie Lane Guinn of West Monroe, LA, and Juanita Bratton of Milsap, TX; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Revs. Lawrence Amos, Joey Meredith and Bob Lonidier officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ellis Melhart Moore
Ellis Melhart Moore, 79, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care of Crossett. A life-long resident of Crossett and a retired Georgia-Pacific paper mill supervisor, he was a World War II U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Blue Buck Hunting Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayman "BoBo" Moore; his parents, Willie and Mary Spencer Moore; two brothers, Adrian and George Moore; and two sisters, Lillian Pearson and Clovese Simpson. 
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred M. Moore; two sons, Marvin Angelo and wife Betty Moore and Larry and wife Yvonne Moore of Crossett; one daughter, Linda Walker of Kansas City, MO: one brother, Eric Moore of Crossett; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Edgar Johnson, Jr., Joe Smith, Michael Scott, Sherman Dawkins and Roger Bryant. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Blue Buck Hunting Club. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Sam J. Varnell
Sam J. Varnell, Jr., 73, of San Benito, TX, died Sunday, June 4, 2000. Born in Kingland February 8, 1927, he lived in Crossett and worked as a paper maker with Georgia Pacific Corp. from 1944 to 1985 until he retired and moved to San Benito. He was a veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his parents, Sam J. Sr., and Mary Johnston Varnell, and his brother, Veo Varnell.
Survivors include his wife, Crystal; a daughter, Crystal Courson of Star City; a son, Sam R. Varnell of San Benito; two granddaughters, Jimmie Ann Raney and husband Lance of Fordyce and Ame and husband Michael New of Crossett; a great-granddaughter, Michaila New; and a brother, Ed Varnell of Crossett.
Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed services at Brown's Cemetery in Bierne, AR, at 11 a.m. on June 13 with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett..
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Sandi Jo Funk Hospice Program, Valley Baptist Medical Center, P. O. Box 2588, Harlingen, TX 78551.

Mrs. Helen Wells
Mrs. Helen Wells, 74, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at her residence in Hamburg. Mrs. Wells was a native and former resident of El Dorado and a resident of Hamburg for a number of years. She was a member of the Green Grove Assembly of God in Strong. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Wells, in January, 2000, and her parents, Ed & Nancy Sisco Frisby.
She is survived by a daughter, Robbie Pryor of Hamburg; five grandchildren, John Pryor of Crossett, Justi Pryor of Monticello, Christy Thornton of Fort Worth, TX, Shawna Akers of Monroe, LA, and Kim Pryor of Hamburg; and three great-grandchildren, John Alexander Pryor and Justin & Dakota Dawson.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 8, at the Green Grove Assembly of God in Strong with Revs. Jimmy Adams and  David Akers officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Myers, Larry Frisby, Jody Brannen, Justin Akers, Roger Wooten and John Pryor. Interment followed services at the Green Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pearl Lowery Adams
Pearl Lowery Adams, formerly of Crossett, died in Frisco, TX, on Thursday, June 1, 2000, after a long illness. Mrs. Adams was a native of Brownsville, TN,  a Crossett resident for many years and an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She and her husband were the first Buick dealers in the area and were also the original owners of the Crossett NAPA store. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wagner W. Adams, in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Northcutt and husband Ron of Carrollton, TX; a granddaughter, Karis Gray and husband John of Frisco, TX; a grandson, Dr. Eliot Carter and wife Elizabeth of Sonoma, CA; a brother, Curtis Lowery and wife Ona of Tupelo, MS; and great-granddaughters Megan and Meredith Gray of Frisco, TX.
Family visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, at the Jones Funeral Home in Crossett. Grave-side services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Pinewood Memorial Park.
It is Mrs. Adams' request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Visiting Nurse Association, 140 West Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75247-4929 designated for either the Eldercare or Hospice programs.

Neal Edward Farrar
Neal Edward Farrar, 54, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born July 6, 1945, in Crossett to James Maysel and Annie Joe Hill Farrar, he was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include a son, Kendall Neal Farrar of West Monroe, LA; two daughters, Kelli Michelle Sligh of Germantown, TN, and Carla Dean Mayo of West Monroe; his mother, Annie Joe Farrar of Crossett; a brother, Earl Farrar of Columbus, MS; two sisters, Colene Goodwin of Crossett and JoAnn Broadway of Jonesboro, and five grandchildren.  
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, June 2, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Don Justice officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry White, John Martin, Eric Broadway, Robert Lawrence, Bill Dew, Ben Carlton Lawrence, Larry Goyne, Eddie Ray Hughes and Buddy Farrar. Burial followed services at the Rawls Cemetery.

Harry Grant
Harry Grant, age 85, of Crossett, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born June 4, 1914, to the late W.T. and Pearl Grant, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Irene Culp Grant; two brothers, Billy Ned and Faye; one daughter, Marjorie Ann Grant; and a grandson, Rusty Doss. He was a retired Georgia Pacific employee and past labor union president and labor organizer. He served in World War II with the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. Overseas 23 months, and he participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European campaigns as an 81mm mortar gunner.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda; three daughters and their husbands, Barbara Doss and Gary of Crossett, Betty Barnes and Jerry of Hamburg, and Kay Collins and Bert of Crossett; two sisters, Rosemary Holland and Charlene Browning; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grave-side services were held Saturday, June 3, at Pinewood Memorial Park with the Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Services were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Ralph Victor Griffis
Mr. Ralph Victor Griffis, 56, of Highlands, TX, died Monday, May 29, 2000 at his residence. A resident of the Highlands area for 35 years, he was a former resident of Bastrop, LA, a supervisor for A. J. Munday Contractors and a Vietnam veteran. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, cooking and telling jokes, and he loved being outdoors.
Survivors are a daughter, Sheila Goldman and husband Patrick of Highlands; a son, Victor Ray Griffis; his ex-wife, Brenda Griffis Marsh; a brother, Calvin Griffis; sisters Jessie Freeman and Floy Powell of Monroe, LA, and Colleen Irwin of Houston; two grandchildren, Daniel and Blake Goldman; two close friends, Clark Cornelison and Daniel Marsh; and many other relatives.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Sterling White chapel in Highlands with Bro. Paul Quinn officiating. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Hickory Grove Cemetery of Crossett. 

Willie Junior "Hatfield" Hendrix
Willie Junior "Hatfield" Hendrix, 40, of Texarkana, formerly of Crossett, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at the Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana. He was a native of Ashley County, a laborer at the Ward Davis Pallet Mill and a member of the Pentecostal Church.
Survivors are two stepdaughters, Ebony and Wakeidha Purifoy of Fort Worth, TX; his father, Jordan Hendrix, Jr., of Crossett; his mother, Mary Lou Hendrix of Vallejo, CA; his stepmother, Betty Joyce Hendrix of Crossett; three brothers, Steven and Danny Hendrix of Vallejo and Gregory Hendrix of Crossett; and five sisters, Joyce Hendrix, Regina Montgomery and Sharon Hendrix of Crossett and Wanda Franklin and Leslie Hendrix of Vallejo.  
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were to be Cedric Haynes, James Hampton, Jr., Eddie Page, Frederick Montgomery, Ricky Parker, Larry Goodwin, Earl Hampton and Kenlow Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Crossett High School Class of 1977.
Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Infant Matheney
Annajualiek Matheney, age 15 days, of Hamburg died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at the South Arkansas Medical Center in El Dorado. 
Survivors are her parents, Maurice Matheney and Francesca Simpson; paternal grandparents Sandra Kay Martin and Wilford Howard of Hamburg; great-grandparents Valonia Martin Wallace, Allen Wallace, and G. W. and Lee Ester Howard, all of Hamburg; and maternal grandparents Thomesa Scales of Pine Bluff, Leonard Campbell of Crossett, Ollie Phillips of Hamburg and Joe and Lille Mae Law of Crossett.
Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. Monday, June 5, at the Carlock Cemetery with Mary Arnold officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Robert Norvin Webb
Mr. Robert Norvin Webb, 75, of Huntsville, TX, formerly of Hamburg, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, in Huntsville. Born February 2, 1945, in Minneapolis, MN, he was a forester and a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. He was an U. S. Marines Corps veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Texas Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters, Knights of Columbus in Humble, TX, the Boy Scouts, Humble Area Assistance Ministries and Helping Every American Remember Through Serving. 
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Webb of Huntsville; four sons, Michael R. and wife Carolyn Webb of Etoile, TX, Gregory and wife Brenda Webb of Lufkin, TX, Gary and wife Janet Webb of Diboll, TX and Terence Webb of Richwood, TX; five daughters, Kathleen and husband Jeff Ferro of Cedar Park, TX, Mary Ellen Webb and husband Tom Milliman of Lee, NH, Barbara and husband Kip Sieger of Cedar Park, TX, Margaret and husband Ronny Rozell of Huntsville, TX and Louise and husband Wes Abbott of Dodge, TX; 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by granddaughters, Michelle and Tessa Webb.
Funeral services were set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Huntsville with Father Stephen Payne officiating. Pallbearers were to be Joe Shaw, Pete Patrosky, Jack Cogan, Al Losack, Josh Webb and Travis Webb. Honorary pallbearers were to be Joe Sullivan, Jim Peterson, Henry Neumann, Barney O'Neill, Dick Williams and Wes McCoy. 
Burial was to follow services at the Dodge Cemetery in Dodge, TX, directed by Huntsville Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, P. O. Box 14051, Humble, TX 77347, Helping Every American Remember Through Serving, P. O. Box 6060, Huntsville, TX, Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, AR 72865 or St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1323 Sixteenth Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

Augustine Campbell
Augustine Campbell, 82, of the White Station community outside Crossett died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at the North Monroe Hospital. A native of Ashley County and a homemaker, she was a member of the Holly Grove Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Campbell; her parents, Frank and Carrie Bell Campbell; and a brother, Irving Evans. 
Survivors include two sons, Frank Campbell of Crossett and Donald Watts of Detroit, MI; a daughter, Willistine Addison of Detroit; a sister, Myrtle Shaw of Bastrop, LA; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, in the Ryles Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Sr., officiating. Pallbearers were Ray C. Tucker, Donald Richmond, Terry Thompson, Mike Brown, Ricky Wray, Roderick Richmond, Bruce Richmond and George Campbell. Burial followed services at the Ryles Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Gus Edward Culbreath, Jr.
Gus Edward Culbreath, Jr., 70, of Crossett died Friday, May 26, 2000, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Born March 21, 1930, in Crossett to Gus E. and Mollie Jeffers Culbreath, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific, and he was a member of the Beech Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Tommy and Tony Culbreath, and one daughter, Pamela Gay Culbreath.
Survivors include his wife, Betty McNabb Culbreath of Crossett; two sons, Eddie Culbreath of Mer Rouge, LA, and Randy Culbreath of Crossett; three sisters, Barbara Flemister and Margie Kalil of Monroe, LA, and Betty Briggs of Crossett; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 29, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Bro. Bob Vest officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

R. Alan Ford
R. Alan Ford, 48, of Crossett died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born September 18, 1951, to James and Monte Shivers Ford in Crossett, he was employed as a fork lift driver for the Georgia-Pacific tissue mill and was a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, Klassy Kruzers and the West Crossett Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Tucker Ford; a son, James Alan Ford; a daughter and son-in-law, Carrie Lyne and Aubrey Wells; his parents, James and Monte Ford; and one grandson, Tanner Lane Wells, all of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Gayle Riles and Dennis Davis officiating. Pallbearers were Tony Adcock, Colby Houston, Billy Morris, Shawn Watkins, Greg Murphy, Jim Bob Godwin, James Greg Murphy, Don Brooks, Gary Mayhew, Bill Murphy, Vaughn Barnes and Herman White. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Gifford, Joe Frank Murphy, Glenn Riles, Robert Young and Ronnie Clark. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Mrs. Lillian Douglas Lee
Mrs. Lillian Douglas Lee, 80, of Montrose, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. Mrs. Lee was a native of Ashley County; a resident of Montrose for most of her life and a resident of Fort Smith for the past five years. She was a homemaker and a beautician. She was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church where she served as the church organist for over 30 years and for the past five years she has been a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Lee in 1982 and her parents, Thad & Fedelia Stone Douglas.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. James Lawrence Lee, Jr. and wife Linda of Fort Smith and William Thad Lee and wife Roxanne of Sheridan; two brothers, James Turner Douglas of Conway and William Jackson Douglas of Brookhaven, MS; two sisters, Virginia Douglas Teague of Dermott and Cloteene Augspurger of Orlando, FL, and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, in the Montrose Baptist Church with Revs. Billy West &  Larry Donaldson officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Hooper, Chris Teague, Dr. Hyatt Lee, Tom Lee, Steve Mazzanti and Dr. Hoy Spear. Honorary pallbearers were Barry Teague and Matthew Crane. Interment followed services at the Snyder Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Baptist Church, 209 W. Oak, Montrose, AR 71658.

Mrs. Lisa Maxwell
Mrs. Lisa Maxwell, 27, of Hamburg died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a life-long resident of Hamburg; a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph Landen Maxwell in 1990 and her father, 

Lynn Brown.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Maxwell; two sons, Andrew & Cole Maxwell; a step-daughter, Jennifer Maxwell, a step-son, Richard Maxwell, all of Hamburg; her mothers, Mrs. Willie Lee Etheridge of Hamburg and Barbara Brown of Decatur, Illinois; and a half-sister, Bettina Lynn Brown of Byrdtown, KY.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, May 26, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Charles, Greg, Allen & Richard Maxwell, John McLeod and Steven McDonald. Interment followed services at  the Hamburg Cemetery, directed of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Pat Ashford
Mrs. Pat Ashford, 56, of Dermott died Monday, May 22, 2000, at the McGehee-Desha County Hospital in McGehee. Mrs. Ashford was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Dermott, Lake Village and McGehee for most of her life. She was a nurse's aid and attended the Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie & Chevie Cotton Strickland.
Survivors are two sons, Randy Scucchi and wife Mary of Dermott, and Tony Scucchi of Little Rock; a daughter, Suzett Barhas and husband Al of Monticello; two brothers, B. W. & Robert Strickland of McGehee; a sister, Bernice Hill of Lake Village; a grandson, Wesley Wells; a granddaughter, Sabrina Wells and one step-grandson, Peewee Wells.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 25, in the New Bethel Assembly of God in Lake Village with Rev. Robert Davis officiating. Pallbearers are to be Alvin Wells, Peewee Wells, Barry, Rusty & Shannon Hill, Michael & David Strickland. Interment will be in the Trafalgar Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658. 

Bessie Lee Jones
Bessie Lee Jones, 80, of Hamburg, formerly of Portland, died Saturday, May 5, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A life-long resident of Ashley County, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gill Jones; her parents, Lonnie and Effie Washington Kilpatrick; and one brother.
Survivors include two brothers, J. C. Denton of Little Rock and M. C. Johnson of Chicago, IL.
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18, in the St. Marion Cemetery in Parkdale. Nephews were pallbearers. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Brenda Joyce Matthews   
Brenda Joyce Matthews, 54, of Crossett died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at her home. She was born October 16, 1945, in Lake Village to Marie Cash and Lewis Larkin Matthews. She had survived cancer for ten years. She was a member of the Judson Baptist Church and loved crossword puzzles, cards, stuffed animals, jewelry and attending the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop.
Survivors include her parents, Lewis and Marie Matthews of Crossett; two brothers, Bobby Matthews and wife Joyce of Bedford Heights, OH, and Michael Lewis Matthews and wife Bonnie of Crossett; a sister, Louise Hollis and husband Benjie of Crossett; nieces Nevamarie Matthews of Ohio and Whitney Matthews and Dusti Blankenship of Crossett and great-nieces Tyler Bergeron and Jodie Blankenship of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Roy Craig and E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Matthews, Pete Matthews, Franklin Ricks, Johnny Hennington, Alex Tyson and David Jones. Burial followed services at the Lick Prairie Cemetery.

Viola Inez Watkins
Viola Inez Watkins, 85, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at the Leisure Lodge. Born December 6, 1914, in Rison to Homer Wilson and Bertha Jane Hobson Hall, she was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Audrey Watkins, and a brother, Herman Hall.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Watkins and Doug Sipes, both of Crossett; four sisters, Vivian Walker and Lois Mercer of Crossett, Frances Carpenter of Monticello and Reba Minugh of Houston, TX; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Harold Richardson, John Marlar and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Woody Hall, Jim Toon, James Deal, Tommy Savage, Ralph Hall and George Walter. Burial followed services at the Lakewood Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Flora Mae White
Mrs. Flora Mae White, 83, of Hamburg died Monday, May 22, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native and life-long resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a life-long member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Tyler and Willie P. Bailiff White; three brothers, John W., J. D. and C. B. White; and a sister, Georgia Gardner. 
Survivors include her husband, Gerald D. White of Hamburg; a son, James D. Harrison and wife Rosalyn of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Loyce Gail Anglin of Haynesville, LA; a sister, Bernice Teague of Hamburg; and two grandchildren, Jim Harrison of Denton, TX, and Kevin Harrison and wife Meridith of Monticello.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were to be Glen Farmer, Kenneth Leigh, Tommy Thompson, Lynn Croswell, Teddy Hickman and Kenny Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were to be Susie Murphy, Bonnie Taylor, Faye Collins, Mildred Williams, Erma Johnson, Christine Moore, Shirley Scates, Billie Miller, Dorothy Miller and Youlanda Richardson. Burial was to follow services at the Antioch Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Memorials may be to Faith Promise, c/o Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 West Washington, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Fred Ester Wimberly
Fred Ester Wimberly, 80, of Crossett died Friday, May 19, 2000, at his residence. A life-long resident of Crossett, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Blue Buck Deer Club, a Big Wheeler volunteer for Beverly Health Care, a Score volunteer for the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, a member of the AARP and a member of the Usher Board #1 at his church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude Pippen Wimberly; his parents, Charlie Ester and Lee Anna Lowery Wimberly; a sister, Eula Taylor; and a stepson, David Green.
Survivors are his wife, Ella Zine Wimberly of Crossett; three sons, Darford Williams of Crossett, Arnold Williams of Los Angeles, CA, and Joe Lee Green of Bastrop, LA; a daughter, Gloria Parnell of Aurora, IL; two sisters, Rebecca Burks and Jessie B. Martin of Crossett; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers will be Bebe Reed, Roger Bryant, Augustus Hill, William Haynes, Robert Baldwin and Jessie Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the New Bethel Usher board, the Blue Buck Deer Club members and cousins and grandsons. Burial will follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Shirley Christina Brooks
Shirley Christina Brooks, 23, of Wilmot died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Wilmot. A life-long resident of Wilmot, she was a van driver for the Area Agency on Aging and a member of the First Baptist Church of Wilmot where she was youth choir director, Sunday School secretary and teacher. She was a 1994 graduate of Hamburg High School.
She is survived by a son, Bernard Brooks; two daughters, Adrianna and Tania Brooks; her parents, Lacey and Mary Bass Brooks, all of Wilmot; six brothers, William Lewis of Bastrop, LA, Steven Brooks of Grambling, LA, Evert, Willie and Darrien Brooks of Little Rock; and Casey Brooks of Eudora; five sisters, Willie Ann Jenkins of Shreveport, Rebecca Brock Smith,  Glenda,  Shirley and Angela Brock, all of Little Rock.
Funeral services were at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. James Crockett officiating. Pallbearers were William Lewis, Steven, Evert, Willie, Darrien and Casey Brooks. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of the church. Burial followed services at the St. Martha Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Annie Bell Douglas Franklin
Mrs. Annie Bell Douglas Franklin, 75, of Monticello died, Tuesday, May 9, 2000,  at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Franklin was a native of Drew County, a resident of Monticello for the past 10 years and a resident of Longview for most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Peleum A.M.E. Church in Longview. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Franklin,  in 1994; a daughter, Charlene Henderson, in 1996; her parents, Willie Douglas & Rosie Lee Thompson Jefferson; a brother and three sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Eunice Franklin Pauley of Daly, CA; four sons, Charles J. Franklin of Tracy, CA; Willie Franklin & James Franklin of Monticello and Leazette Franklin of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Willie Bell Douglas Block of Warren and Edna Douglas Allen of San Francisco, CA; three brothers, Rev. James Douglas, Al Wesley Douglas and Robert Jr. Douglas,  all of Monticello; 21 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were planned for  11 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, at the Mt. Peleum A.M.E. Church with Revs. Nolan Watson & Daniel Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were to be Ardell Miller, Bobby Hampton, John Franklin, Edward Spencer, David Franklin and Douglas Pauley. Honorary pallbearers were to be Rev. Charles Franklin, Willie, James & Leazette Franklin, James & Michael Sawyer. Interment was to be in the Longview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Evora Hicks
Evora Hicks, 72, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Crossett, she was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was superintendent and secretary of the Sunday School, vice president of missions, director of the B. T. U. and had been youth director for 35 years. She was a retired cosmetology inspector, matron of Silver Star Chapter 306 of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of E. V. Reed Assembly #76, and state director of the youth department of the Regular Arkansas State Convention. She was also secretary of the Order of the Golden Circle Council of Deliberation, chair of the Martin Luther King Commission, and served as a member of the governor's advisory council on aging, board member of the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, and she was a past president of the Ashley County AARP. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Hicks; and a daughter, LaJetta Harvey.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda R. Turner of Milwaukee, WI, and Overtis H. Brantley of Atlanta, GA; three brothers, Allen Ford of Pine Bluff, Ray Ford of Crossett and Matthew Ford of Detroit, MI: two sisters, Emma Cummings of Oakland, CA, and Ruth Williams of Indianapolis, IN; and five grandchildren. 
An Order of the Eastern Star memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11. Funeral services  were at 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Rev. Ricky Hicks officiating. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Sims Mortuary of El Dorado. 

Mrs. Ozell Holcomb McCain
Mrs Ozell Holcomb McCain, 87, of Wilmot died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. Mrs. McCain was a native of Hamburg, a resident of Monroe for the past 18 years and a resident of Wilmot most of her life. A homemaker and a Baptist, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel George McCain in 1984; three sons, James Arthur McCain, Daniel Otto McCain and an infant son, Charlie Wayne McCain; a daughter, Elsie Mae McCain and an infant daughter; a grandson and a granddaughter; her parents, Arthur and Pearl Sivils Holcomb; a brother and a sister.
She is survived by two sons, Leon McCain of Monroe, LA, and J.W. McCain of Texas City, TX; two daughters, Marie Taylor of Crossett and Mary Lynn Taggart of Jackson, MS; a brother, Frank Holcomb of Bastrop, LA; three half-sisters and two half-brothers; 24 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 11, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Donald Ray Bryan officiating. The pallbearers were her grandsons. Interment was in the Dry Bayou Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lillian Moore Pearson
Lillian Moore Pearson, 83, of Crossett died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at her home. A homemaker and a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, L. D. Pearson.
Survivors are two brothers, Ellis Moore and wife Agnes and James E. Moore; a sister-in-law, Mildred Moore, all of Crossett; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Roger H. Williams
Mr. Roger H. Williams, 78,  died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at his residence in Boydell. Mr. Williams was a native of Desha County; a resident of Boydell for the past 6 months and for many years a resident of Mesa, AZ. He retired from the state of Arizona after 35 years of employment. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, a Baptist and  an avid animal watcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton & Fannie Bell Mason Williams, four sisters and one brother.
He is survived by a son, Jim Clayton Williams of Mesa, AZ; two daughters, Martha Kate Hill of Benton, AR and Carolyn Sue Cusick of Boydell; his former wife, Dottie Beaton of Boydell; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services and interment were at 3 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the Scott Cemetery  outside Winchester with Rev. E.W. Ricks officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Pardon, Garrett & Allen Burney, Nathan Vernon, Randy & David Barton. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Eddie M. Anthony, Sr.
Eddie M. Anthony, Sr., 65, of Wilmot died Wednesday, May 3, 2000,  at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was a retired chief inspector for Williams Pipeline and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Anthony of Wilmot; a son, Eddie M. Anthony, Jr. of Monticello; two half-brothers, Bobby Porter and Jimmy Porter of Bastrop, LA; two half-sisters, Ola Mae Murphy of Bastrop and Ruby Nell Hoke of Kansas; and two grandchildren, Matthew Stephen Anthony of Wichita Falls, TX, and Thomas Andrew Anthony of Monticello.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the chapel of Bishop Funeral Home at Lake Village with Rev. Cecil Harvey officiating. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carter Cemetery in Bastrop.

Mr. Harold Junior Caine
Mr Harold Junior Caine, 42, of the Snyder community died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence. A life-long resident of Ashley County, he was a disabled truck driver and a member of the Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his father, J. C. Harold Caine, and two brothers, James and Willie Clarence Caine.
Survivors include his mother, Ruby Slaughter Caine of Snyder; a brother, Dale Caine of Snyder; three sisters, Patricia Cherry and Gail Williamson of Crossett and Glenda Thomas of Shreveport, LA. 
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Will Lambert and Harold Yandell officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jackie Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Mike Shaver, Frankie White, Steve Naff and Roger Naff.
Burial was to follow services at the Snyder Cemetery.

Garland Durwood Carpenter
Garland Durwood Carpenter, 70, of Crossett died Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born January 15, 1930, in Drew County to Marshal and Esther Carpenter, he retired after working at Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill for 47 years. He was a member of the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church and the Martin Bottoms Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Carpenter of Crossett; a son, Gary Carpenter and wife Marlys of Crossett; a daughter, Sharon Anders and husband Everett of Liberty, TX; his mother, Esther Carpenter of Fountain Hill; five brothers, Ronnie Carpenter of Ladelle, Kenny Carpenter of Hamburg, Mershel Carpenter of Crossett, Jimmy Carpenter and Randall Carpenter of Fountain Hill; a grandson, Aaron Carpenter of Crossett; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Anders of Liberty, TX.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Craig and Donnie Dubose officiating. Burial followed services at the Prairie Grove Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Peggy Ruth Courson Echols
Peggy Ruth Courson Echols, 74, of Monticello died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born April 15, 1926, in Ashley County, she was a daughter of the late Bunyan Aubrey and Bertha Richards Courson. The widow of W. C. "Bill" Echols, she was retired from the Arkansas Baptist Hospital where she was a 30 year employee and former director of radiology. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Little Rock. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers. B. A. Courson, Jr. and Harry "Doc" Courson; and two sisters, Modelle Courson Bunn and Carrie Courson Hill.
Survivors include a son, Bill Echols of Houston, TX; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Larry Cheatham of Little Rock; one brother, Richard M. Courson of Hamburg; three sisters, LaNelle Davis of Hamburg, Virginia Grice Riley of Little Rock and Mary Woods Sivils of Monticello; and one grandson, Derek Cheatham and wife Cathy of Fort Worth, TX.
Funeral services were held April 22 at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Ed McDonald officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Grice, Richard Woods, William A. Hill, Bobby Davis, Don Davis, Dennis Davis, Wayne Courson, Burt Courson, Paul Courson and John Courson.
Burial followed services at the Pine Crest Memorial Park in Little Rock on April 24 with Dr. Ray Higgins officiating, with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman.
Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Commercial Bank, Monticello, AR 71655.

Shirley Jean Riles
Shirley Jean Riles, 51, of Canton, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, May 7, 2000. She was a native of Ashley County, a CAT scan technician and a member of the Church of the Redeemer. 
Survivors are two sons, Kevin Gray of Houston, TX, and Steven Gray of Tyler, TX; her parents, Russell and Jean Turner Riles of Crossett; a brother, Ricky Riles of Crossett; a sister, Cheryl White of Crossett; and three grandchildren, Madison Gray of Houston and Lora Wagoner and Stephanie Gray of Tyler, TX.
Funeral services were planned for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Church of the Redeemer with Richard Byrd officiating. Pallbearers were to be Clifford Brown, Eddie Ray Hughes, Robert Riles, Mauricio Saldana, Todd Wisecarver and Jimmy Pennington. Burial was to follow services at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home.

Annis Melba Williams
Annis Melba Williams, 80, of Portland died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital. A homemaker and a member of the Jennie Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olie Williams, and her son Jimmie Lee Williams.
Survivors are three daughters, Jeanette Brinson of Jennie, Lula Belle Warren of Lake Village and Elizabeth Williams of Houston, TX; a brother, Edward Kane of Houston; a sister, Valeria Ryals of Houston; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the Jennie Baptist Church with Revs. James Dyke and Marvin Fuller officiating. Burial followed services at the Jennie Cemetery, with arrangements by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.


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