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Russell Lee Jenkins
Russell Lee Jenkins, 37, of Hamburg died Wednesday, August 9, 2000, at his residence. A life-long resident of Hamburg, he was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother, Bessie Howard; his father; Samuel and wife Jessie Jenkins; four brothers, Samuel and wife Shalane Jenkins, Tony Leonard Jenkins and Harvy Lamont Jenkins, all of Hamburg, and Marcus Watkins Jenkins of Conway; a sister, Scherries Tippie of Hamburg; three stepbrothers, Zachary Sales of Monroe, LA, Derrick Sales of Warren and Michael Sales of Kansas City, MO; and a stepsister, Lisa Matheney of Crossett. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Reggie Wilson, Ricky Tippie, Carl Pippen, Roosevelt Simpson, Lonnie Walker and Joshua Tippie.  Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Oscar C. Jones
Oscar C. Jones, 87, of the Jennie community outside Portland died Monday, August 7, 2000, at his home. A retired farmer and member of Faith Fellowship Church, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jones; a daughter, Juanita Jones; and a grandson, John Czudek III. Survivors include three sons, Wade, Ronnie and Allen Jones, all of Jennie; three daughters, Rosie Honnicutt of Dermott, Joyce Cain of Dover and Rita Czudek of Jennie; a brother, Lee Jones of Tipton, CA; a sister, Mary Staggs of Gustine, CA; 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10, in the Faith Fellowship Church with Revs. Gary Ryals, James Dykes and Marvin Fuller officiating. Burial followed services at Jennie Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Dan Lair
Dan Lair, 61, of Monticello died Sunday, August 6, 2000, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born March 28, 1939, in Hamburg to the late Charles L. and Ellie Belle Brady Lair, he retired from the Monticello Police Department on November 5, 1999, after serving 35 years in law enforcement in Hamburg, McGehee and Monticello. He was a member of the Promise Land Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Lair Winters. Survivors include a son, Danny Lair and wife Nichole of Fountain Hill; a brother, John Lair and wife Sandy of Lakeview; a sister, Charlie Mae Grubb and husband Charles of Hamburg; a granddaughter, Megan Lair of Fountain Hill; a brother-in-law, Charlie Winters of Deer Park, FL, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, in the Promise Land Baptist Church with Revs. Buddy Lemons, R. V. White and Kenny Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Don King, Jimmy Carpenter, LaRon Meeks, Jerry Pevey, Kurt Pate and Clifford Adams. Burial followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery, directed by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Angel Grace Mormon
Angel Grace Mormon, infant daughter of Matthew Lee Mormon of Hamburg and Annie Marie Haynes of Wilmot, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Survivors in addition to the parents are paternal grandparents Herman Jr., and Betty Mormon of Hamburg and maternal grandparents Charles and Lorraine Haynes of Wilmot; and a sister Kelsey Jordan Haynes of Wilmot. Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, at the Cleveland Cemetery with Rev. Randall Eddlemon officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

Howard White
Howard White, 71, of Parkdale died Tuesday, August 8, 2000, at his residence. A native of Jackson, MS, he was a retired farm laborer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Parkdale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Sr., and Bertha Turner White, and a sister, Loraine Mae Holmes. Survivors include his wife, Helen White of Parkdale; six sons, Hershel Lee and Gary White of Atlanta, GA, Larry White of Eudora, Howard White, Jr., of Jacksonville, Ricky White of Little Rock and Rodney White of Columbus, GA; five daughters, Terri Lindsey, Celestine White and Angela White of Eudora and Dorothy Burns and Vicel Marie Jones of Columbus, GA; three stepchildren, Stacy Brown, Cedric Pace and Lashonda Brown of Wilmot; three brothers, Buddy Charles Gilbert of Eudora and Samuel White, Jr., and Larry White of Orange, TX; four sisters, Pearline Glass of Cleveland, OH, and Bonnie, Lorraine and Annie White of Orange, TX; 27 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 12, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. James Crockett officiating. Pallbearers were Larry, Hershel, Gary, Ricky, Howard Jr., and Rodney White. Grandsons and stepsons were honorary pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Billie H. Bussell
Mrs. Billie Higginbotham Bussell, 66, of Lake Village, died Saturday, August 5, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mrs. Bussell was a native of Bastrop, LA, a resident of Lake Village since 1988 and a former resident of Hamburg. She worked for 18 years for the Ashley County Ledger and the Ashley News Observer as a bookkeeper. A member of the Chicot Baptist Church in Lake Village, she was preceded in death by her parents, J. C. & Eunice Griswould Higginbotham; and a sister, Lorece Ozment Rainey. She is survived by her husband of 47 years , R. H. "Sonny" Bussell of Lake Village; a son, Randy Bussell of Lake Village; a daughter, Camille Goodell of Gillette; a sister, Helen Foote of Hamburg; three brothers, Don Higginbotham of Houston, TX, Phillip Higginbotham of Winona, TX and James Higginbotham of Crossett; and five  grandchildren.  Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, August 7, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. James Morris &  David Powers officiating. Pallbearers were Chad, Shawn & Stacy Higginbotham, Nan & Kyle Barnett, Dallas Stanberry, Brad Lott and Chris Lay. Honorary pallbearers were Shanna Lay, Donnie Goodwin, William Hankins and Frank Jenkins. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Chicot Baptist Church, 744-A Lake Hall Road, Lake Village, AR 71653.

Parilee Childress
Parilee Childress, 80, of Crossett died Friday, August 4, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born January 23, 1920, to Vester and Mattie Lee Hillman Childress, she was a homemaker and a member of the Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ. Survivors include one brother, L. V. Childress; two sisters, Eddis Tucker and Cora Lee Jones, all of Crossett, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, August 10, in the Ryles Chapel with Rev. H. W. Satterwhite officiating. Pallbearers will be Marion Jones, Johnny Jones, Eddie Williams, Gene Tucker, Willie Green, Jr., and James Tucker. Burial will follow services at the Ryles Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Fred Edward Harbison               
Fred Edward Harbison, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born November 17, 1919, in Crossett to Willie and Ruth Taylor Harbison, he was a member of Hunters Chapel and was involved in the Crossett Usher Club and Crossett Reunion Club. Survivors include his wife, Helen Harbison of Crossett; three stepsons, James Harris of Crossett, Lee Langstaff of Sumerset, KY, and Alonzo Langstaff of Las Vegas, NV; a stepdaughter, Crystal Pace of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Mrs. Ovie Thrower of Crossett; eleven step-grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 3, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Colquette officiating. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Minnie Lou Hobbs
Mrs. Minnie Lou Hobbs, 89, of Hamburg, died Saturday August 5, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She was a native of Hermitage, a resident of Hamburg for over 70 years, and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She retired from the Hamburg Shirt Factory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Allen Hobbs in 1986; a son, Allen Hobbs in 1996 and her parents, James & Roseanne Dailey Jones. She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Wardlaw of Hamburg; a step-son, Jim Jenning of San Antonio, TX; three grandchildren, Carol Culp, Dierke & Terry Hobbs; two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Grave side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m. Monday, August 7, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Akin, Dennis Byrd, Royce Bowden, Floyd Fairchild, Luther Richardson, Howard Foster, Allen Waldrup, Ted Rial, Jim Wahl and Earl McCrory. Funeral arrangements were by direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1610, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Nadine Bernice Jenkins
Nadine Bernice Jenkins, 82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000,  at the Baylor Medical Center in Garland, TX. She was born on October 18, 1917, to  Andrew and Mattie Lee Doss Medcalf. Mrs. Jenkins was a homemaker and a member of the Beulahland Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Lee Courtney, and her husband, Paul Jenkins. Survivors include one grandson, Gary Courtney, and two great-grandchildren, Kaylan Courtney and Micah Courtney. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4 at the Beulahland Assembly of God Church with the Reverend Dewitt Rousey and Larry Hickman officiating. Interment followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Eva K. Johnson
Eva K. Johnson, 81, of Crossett, died Monday, August 7, 2000,  at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born on October 1, 1918 to  Samuel Fred and Allie Katherine Lowery Ferrell in Vick. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Willis James Johnson. Survivors include two daughters, Jean Dunn of Crossett and Sandra Kay Shellnut of Pass Christian, MS; one brother, Samuel Clarence Ferrell of Crossett; four grandchildren, Gregory Allen Dunn, Shawn Dunn Davis, Suzanna Ferrell Carrier and  Katherine Blair Shellnut; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery with Father George Hart officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Janice Clark Trail Fund, Crossett, AR 71635. 

Ouida Carpenter Hill McGill 
Ouida Carpenter Hill McGill, 89, of Springhill, LA, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000,. She was preceded in death by her parents, T. E. {Elmer) and Mattie Carpenter; her son, Donald F. Hill; her daughter, Jean Hill Hogg; two sisters, Nadine Carpenter Johnson and Lucille Carpenter Davis; and two brothers, Oliver Carpenter and Darrel E. Carpenter. Survivors include her husband, Junius Bragg "Mac" McGill; a sister, Marie Carpenter Williams of El Dorado; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grave-side services were held Friday, August 4, at the Springhill Cemetery in Springhill, LA, with arrangements by Bailey's Mortuary of Springhill. 

Verta Faye Posey
Verta Faye Posey, 91, a resident of the Ridge Crest Nursing Home of West Monroe, LA, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Born December 27, 1908, to Charles Edward and Nannie Mae Pope Downey in Johnsville, she was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee E. Posey. Survivors include a son, C. L. Posey of Texarkana, TX; two daughters, Rita P. Smith and Jacquelyn P. Adams, both of West Monroe, LA; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, August 4, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Tommy and Travis Smith, Mike and Lee Hendricks, Herman White and J. Lee Posey. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Vivian Ann Davidson
Funeral services for Mrs. Vivian Ann Davidson, 39, of Hamburg were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2000, in the Penny Chapel A. M. E. Church in Parkdale with Sis. Willie Mae Goodwin officiating. Survivors include her husband, George Davidson; three daughters, Teretha, Betty and Martha Davidson; a son, Eddie Davidson, all of Hamburg; her father, Matt Stanley, Sr., of Portland; her mother, Flossie Stanley of Wilmot; two sisters, Crise Mae Stanley of Hamburg and Shirley Ann Stanley of Montrose; six brothers, Matt, Jr., and Wesley James Stanley of Wilmot, Lawrence and Elijah Stanley of Hamburg; Willie D. Stanley of Monticello and Willie L. Stanley of Crossett; and one grandchild. Burial followed services at the Johnson Cemetery in Hamburg with arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Mr. Ralph Gardner
Mr. Ralph Gardner, 80, of San Bernardino, CA, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in San Bernardino. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force and Southern Pacific Pipeline Company. A native of Parkdale, he attended what is now the University of Arkansas-Monticello and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway before enlisting in the Air Force where he was assigned to the Intelligence Service. He served 23 years before retiring in 1964. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Jewel Gardner, and two brothers, Edward "Jake" and Jack Gardner. Survivors are his wife, Theresa Gardner of San Bernardino; a son, Dr. Dan Gardner of Benton; a daughter, Cheryl Gardner of Ohio; three brothers including his twin, Robert Gardner of Seattle, WA, William Gardner of San Ramen, CA, and Frank Gardner of Little Rock; two sisters, Martha Sealander of Little Rock and Mary Ann Sacco of North Little Rock; and six grandchildren. Memorial services were held Tuesday, August 1, in San Bernardino, CA. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 3, in the Parkdale Baptist Church. Burial will follow services at the Egypt Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Parkdale Baptist Church, P. O. Box 6, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Florence Etta Harrison
Mrs. Florence Etta Harrison, 73, of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg died Sunday, July 29, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Mississippi, she was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel Washington Stanley and George Elwood Stanley; two sisters, Annie Curry and Eunice Norrell; and one brother, Lee Curry. Survivors include her husband, Bill Leon Harrison; one son, Ernest Dewayne Stanley of Phoenix, AZ; seven daughters, Linda Rose Barnett and Carolyn Jean Barnett of Monticello, Doris Louise Moran, Loretta Lynn Holland, Donnie Lavern Moran, all of Hamburg, and Lorrie Ann Cameron and Debbie Kay Hicks of Bastrop, LA; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, in the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Paul McKissac and Bruce Culp officiating. Pallbearers were to be Lavon, Virgil and Danny Smith, David Holland, Wayne Barnett, Marlon Bennett, Gary Strickland and David Moran. Burial was to follow services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ethel Lewis
Ethel Lewis, 89, of Parkdale died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Leisure Lodge nursing center in Crossett. She was a native of Alabama, a retired dietician assistant for the Parkdale Schools, and a member of Zion Hill A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Charlie" Lewis; two sons, Jack Johnson and Leonard Lewis; one daughter, Earnestine Johnson James; four brothers and four sisters. Survivors include three sons, Charles "T. C." Lewis of Crossett and J. B. and Clinton Lewis of Chicago, IL; three daughters, Effie Mae Lewis, Rosie Lee Worthy and Willie Mae Hunt, all of Chicago; a brother, Allen Law, Jr., of Parkdale; four sisters, Leslie Franklin, Bama May, Rhodie Mansfield and Maggie Lene Case, all of Dermott; 67 grandchildren, 168 great-grandchildren; and 34 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, in the Penny Chapel C. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating. Grandsons Manuel Boston, Andre Hollins, Kenny Lewis, Anthony Lewis, Shawn Keith and Sherman Worthy will be pallbearers. Burial will follow services at the Zion Hill Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Robert "Buddy" Lewis               
Mr. Robert "Buddy" Lewis, 50, of Beekman, LA, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, in Bastrop, LA. A native of Ashley County, he was a scaler for G-P Timber Company and a member of the New Light Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Tyrone Lewis; his parents, Oscar and Odell Lewis; and two brothers, Oscar Lewis, Jr., and R. L. Lewis. Survivors include his wife, Latanye Boston Lewis of Beekman; two sons, Robert Lewis, Jr., of Bastrop and Stacey Lewis of Alexandria, LA; four  daughters, Sharon Givens of Bastrop, Najeria Lewis of Portland and Shaneka and Angela Pittman of New Orleans, LA; four brothers, James Harold Lewis of Beekman, Cleophis Lewis and Cedric Haynes of Crossett and Kenny Wimberly of Houston, TX; three sisters, Inell Trotter, Mary Odessa Lewis  and Betsy Miller of Crossett; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Sonny, Deion and Ray Lewis, Donald J. Smith, Billy Taylor, Neil Sivils, James Adams and Dennis Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Givens, Richard Carter, Curtis Boston, Jr.,  Robert Hampton, Michael Jones, and Robert, Jr., James Harold,  Stacey, and Cleophis Lewis. Burial followed services at the Union Ridge Cemetery of Monticello, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

James Edward Maxwell
James Edward Maxwell, 88, of Crossett died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born February 4, 1912, to Lin Lenard and Lula Bertha Forest Maxwell in Crossett, he was a farmer for most of his life. Survivors include three sisters, Jewel Fleming, Annie Carter and Ollie Mae Taunton, all of Crossett; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, January 31, in the Community Baptist Church with Bros. Dan Webb and James Halford officiating. Pallbearers were Ronna Dean Forest, Ron Tucker, David Duncan and Chad, Brad and Keith Maxwell. Burial followed services at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

W. Farris Sawyer
W. Farris Sawyer, 86, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, in Monroe, LA. Born February 16, 1914, to W. P. and Lou Ella Oden Sawyer, he started to work for the Crossett paper mill in 1937 during the mill startup and helped organize the International Brotherhood of Paperworkers (now PACE) and was a charter member. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1942, and after World War II, returned to work for the paper mill. He and his wife owned the operated the Wagon Wheel Caf‚ from 1947 to 1955. Mr. Sawyer was employed as an organizer and union representative for the International Brotherhood of Papermakers in 1956. In 1960, he and his family moved to Houston, TX, where they lived until he retired in 1976 and returned to their farm in Milo, remaining there until 1998. He was a member of the Crossett Lodge #576 of the Freemasons for 54 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett where he was an active member of the choir. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lindsey George and Ogden Sawyer. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Helen Little Sawyer; two daughters, Paula Hamilton and husband Robert of Atascocita, TX, and Lottie Jean Vincent and husband David of Sterlington, LA; two grandsons, Keith William Welshimer of Twenty Nine Palms, CA, and David Gentry Vincent of Houston, TX; two granddaughters, Cheri Ingram of Houston and Suzanne Hamilton of Atascocita, TX; a great-grandson, Blake Ingram of Houston, TX; two sisters, Lee Ella Ely of North Crossett and Luna Broach of Milo; and a brother, Billy Sawyer of Milo. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Titsworth officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mr. Charles Samuel Weatherly
Mr. Charles Samuel Weatherly, 77, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at his home outside of Wilmot. A native of Monroe County and  a resident of Wilmot for the past 32 years, he was a former resident of Brinkley. He was a retired farmer and an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. He attended the Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Wilmot. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Susie Jackson Weatherly and three brothers, Louie, Arthur and Ira Weatherly. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Helen Beatrice Brann Weatherly of Wilmot; two sons, Richard & Phillip Weatherly, both of Wilmot; three daughters, Barbara Fitts of Brinkley, Judy Bailey of Newport and Cindy Cossey of Fountain Hill; 13 grandchildren, Harold & Ryan Fitts, Lisa Bailey Roland, Bobby & Jonathan Bailey, Clinton, Blake and Lee Weatherly, Carrie Weatherly Morris, Shawn Cossey Hickman, Crystal, Chassity and Cecil Ray Cossey; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Randell Eddlemon and  Roger West officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons  Clinton, Blake & Lee Weatherly, Ryan & Harold Fitts, Bobby & Jonathan Bailey and Cecil R. Cossey. Interment followed services at the Wilmot Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Maranatha Assembly of God Church, 1879 Hwy 52,  Wilmot, AR  71676.

Felma Henry Webb
Sister Felma Henry Webb was born August 25, 1918, to the late Aaron and Maybell Henry and died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at her home in Crossett. She was a member of the Church of Living God Pillar Ground Truth in Haynesville, LA. She was married to the late Ivory Webb and was the mother of 11. Three children, Gene Audrey Webb, Shelia Taylor and Verda Mae Washington, preceded her in death, as did four sister and two brothers. Survivors include three sons, Arlester Webb of Crossett, John and wife Elizabeth Webb and Charles Ray and wife Gloria Webb of Texarkana, TX; five daughters, Shirley and husband Newt Washington, Mary Hawkins, Linda and husband Charles Edwards and Annie Mae Webb of Crossett and Gloria and husband Johnnie Jones of Chicago, IL; 28 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Revs. E. G. Colquitt and B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Nakia Hawkins, Timothy Hawkins, Charles Jones, Tracy Webb, Donnie Webb and Johnnie Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Ray, John Ivory, Arlester, Troy, and Leonard Webb and James Hampton. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

William Lafayette Black
William Lafayette Black, 85, died April 25, 2000, in Santa Fe, Texas.  He was an internationally respected civil engineer, born September 20, 1914 to Howard Black and Effie Jarvis.  A native of Hamburg, he was an Atlanta resident from 1962 until 1985.  He served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 41 years and, while in Atlanta, was the Chief of Operations for the South Atlantic Division, retiring in 1976.  Prior to moving to Atlanta, he served in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington D. C. and, earlier, with the U.S. Army Engineer District, Galveston, Texas.  He  was an expert on the maintenance of waterways and harbors and authored numerous publications on the subject of dredging techniques and management of navigable waterways and harbors. He chaired a task committee on maintenance of navigable waters and a  committee on regulation and stabilization of rivers.  He organized and led emergency recovery operations following Class-5 Hurricane Camille in 1969, for which he was recognized with the first of two Army decorations for Meritorious Civilian Service.  He received numerous honors and recognition for his contributions to the advancement of civil engineering.  Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1937 and continued in service to the U.S. Army for the remainder of his career.   Bill's memberships included the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, NARFE, Tucker Lodge No. 297, A.F. & A.M. Galveston Council No. 16 and Royal Arch Masons, (past commander).  His brother, Truman Black, preceded him in death.  The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, Bill was a teacher and member of the First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates and The Arcadia First Baptist Church.  His grandfather, Reverend Saint Adolphus Jarvis was a prominent minister in Ashley County in the early century. Bill is survived by his wife of fifteen years, Vesta Johnson Black, his children Anita Orr, Bill Black and Vicki Black, of Atlanta; Alfred Black of Fairfax, Virginia and Cheryl Wilson of Houston, Texas, and their spouses.  He left ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was laid to rest with his beloved wife, Rose Marie, at Floral Hills Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mrs. Peggy Sue Waters Bonds
Mrs. Peggy Sue Waters Bonds, 63, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She  was a native of Star City; a resident of Pine Bluff since 1985 and a former resident of Hamburg. She was the retired owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Hamburg and a hostess at the Woodlands Restaurant in Pine Bluff. She was a Baptist and was preceded in death by her parents, Bart & Elva Payton Waters and four brothers, Jake, C.B., Charlie & Duffy Waters. She is survived by a son, Bill Bonds, Jr.; a daughter, Tammy Bonds Shelton both of Hamburg; a sister, Alice Waters Hinkle of Pine Bluff; a cousin, Jeanette Cogbill of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Grave-side funeral services and interment are 10 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2000 in the Oak Grove Cemetery, at Yorktown with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ronnie David
Ronnie David, 43, of Clarkston, GA, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, in Georgia. A native of Hamburg and a Georgia resident for the past 13 years, he was a construction worker for Pittman Co., and a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary David and Sherman and Zannie Miller.  Survivors are two sons, Robert L. Tucker of Dallas, TX, and Andrew Baker of Toledo, OH; four daughters, Rotundra Tucker and Shinika Davis of Dallas, Arnissa Davis of El Dorado and Melissa Pippen of Little Rock; his mother, Alma Barnett of Hamburg; his father, Charlie Miller of Bowling Green, KY; four brothers, Bobby Barnett of Hamburg, Jamie Barnett of Sedalia, MO, Charles Miller of Atlanta, GA, and Tyson Miller of Bowling Green, KY; three sisters, Marilyn Wilson and Janice Williamson of Hamburg and Letitia Rushin of Lithia Springs, GA; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Wilford Howard, George Howard, Jr., David Henderson, Lonnie Walker, Levell Stanley and Edward Holt. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of the church and members of the Hamburg High School 1975 class. Burial followed services at the Lacey Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Frances L. Miller
Frances L. Miller, 76, of Camden died Tuesday, July 18, 2000,  at the Ouachita County Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris Grady Miller; her parents, Williams and Idelia Riddick; and a brother, James Barber Riddick. Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Miller and wife Selena of Texarkana, TX, Donnie Miller and wife Tawana of Hamburg, and Doug Miller and wife Sharon of Emerson; a daughter, Kathy Harrell of Camden; four brothers, Roscoe Riddick and wife Marion of Pine Bluff, Bernard Riddick and wife Marie of Jackson, MS, Benny Riddick and wife Myrtle of Camden, and Howard Riddick and wife Gwen of Lafayette, LA; thirteen grandchildren, Scotty Miller, Timmy Miller, Lisa Kaar, Ray Miller, Raney Miller, Deke Miller, Zeke Miller, Ariel Thomas, Joey Don Miller, Krystle Miller, Jenny Miller, Shannon Story, and Paul Covington; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20,  at the Proctor Funeral Home with burial at 3:00 p.m. in Antioch Cemetery in Ashley County. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Doyle Kenneth Nichols
Doyle Kenneth Nichols, 70, of Crossett died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born October 17, 1929, to Doyle Ray and Leonard Geraldine Nolan Nichols in Banks, he retired from Georgia-Pacific as a tissue mill machine tender after 25 years of service. He was a former vice president of Papermakers Local #369, enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Nichols; two daughters, Barbara Cantley and Linda McDougald, all of Crossett; one brother, Henry Nichols of Banks; one sister, Jackie Reddin of Alexandria, LA; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Revs. Jimmie Lewis and David Newberry officiating. Burial was to follow services at 3 p.m. at the McFarland Cemetery in Banks, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Inezer Sanders 
Inezer Sanders, 75, of Eudora died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at the Four Oaks Living Center in Little Rock. She was born February 23, 1925, to the late Matthew and Minnie Carr Wesley in Eudora. She was a homemaker and a member of the Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a grand child, LaTanya Webster. Survivors include three sons, Curtiss Wesley of Sherman, TX, Cedric Wesley and Bonnie Sanders and wife Brenda of Little Rock; five daughters, Bettie Wesley of Little Rock, Vertie Stapes and spouse Raymond of Eudora, Johnettee Walker and spouse John of Wilmot; Joyce Webster of Little Rock, and Vaughncier Davis and spouse William of Little Rock; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one goddaughter, Legirtha Weston; and a god-sister, Emma Cashier. Visitation will be Friday, July 28, from 7-8 p.m. at the Griffin-Steele Funeral Home in Eudora. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, in the Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Glenn Donald, Roderick Torrence and Clyde Sanders officiating. Burial will follow services at the Hill Cemetery. 

Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson, 95, of Crossett died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County and life-long resident of Crossett, he was a retired Georgia-Pacific Plywood employee and a member of the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Talmadge Simpson; two sons, Noelton and Charles Simpson; two daughters, Bernice Scott and Alverta Griffin; and six brothers. Survivors include a son, Ernett L. Simpson; two daughters, Bernetta Woffard and Earlene Pace, all of Crossett; two brothers, George Simpson of Oakland, CA, and Travis Simpson of Crossett; two sisters, Margie Luster and Alverna Thomas of Oakland, CA; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, July 24, in the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. A. L. Owens officiating. Pallbearers were Chadwick Sims, Charles Moore, Roderick Kidd, Ricky Sims, Marvin Scott and Tamichael Scott. Honorary pallbearers were the trustees and stewards of the church. Burial followed services at the Quinn Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Charlie F. Teague
Charlie F. Teague, 84, of Crossett died Friday, July 21, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born to the late Calvin and Ethel Teague on January 29, 1916, in Norman, AR, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Tommie Johnson Teague. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving four years in the South Pacific and Japan. He retired as an accountant and office manager in the forestry division after 32 years of service with The Crossett Company and Georgia-Pacific Paper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.  Survivors include his wife, Jean Causey Teague of Crossett; a son, Dr. Tommie K. Teague of Mission Viejo, CA; a daughter, Alice Teague Castleberry of Longview, WA; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Causey of Lancaster, CA; an adopted daughter, Martha Horn of Hamburg; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry and Father George Hart officiating. Pallbearers were Red Walser, Charles McLain, Leonard Biggs, Oliver Tillman, Gene Rawls, Jimmy Rodgers and John Jacobs. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class at the church. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Louise Virginia Williams
Louise Virginia Williams, age 91, of Crossett, died Thursday, July 20 at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born January 30, 1909, to her parents, Fulton and Kate Redding Womble in Ashley County. Mrs. Williams was a housewife and a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, I. H. "Bill" Williams. Survivors include one son, Billy Williams of Jacksonville, FL; four daughters, Katie Kitchens of Texarkana, Sybil Rolen of West Monroe, LA, Margie Strebeck and Linda Young, both of Crossett; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett  with the Revs. Jimmy Lewis and James Kitchens officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Jordan, Gary Booker, Curtis McDill, Mike Kitchens, John Ginn and Steve Kinchloe. Interment was at the Pinewood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett

Timothy Allen Amerson
Timothy Allen Amerson, 50, of Crossett died Monday, July 10, 2000, at his home. He was born June 1, 1950, to Donald Lewis and Edith Mae Daniels Amerson in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was an U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict and worked as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Amerson of Crossett; two sons, Timothy Allen Amerson, Jr., and John Amerson; two stepsons, Charlie Barfield and Tommy Barfield, all of Pottsville; a daughter, Nichole Amerson of Oklahoma City; his mother, Edith Amerson of Crossett; a brother, Richard Amerson of Crossett; two sisters, Patricia Norman of Hamburg and Boots Kelley of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Francis Austin Burt
Frances Austin Burt, 82, a life-long resident of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, in Mobile, AL. Born December 25, 1917, to Charlie Austin and Pearl Ruth Melton Burt in Crossett, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and the Crossett Masonic Lodge #576 and was a former Crossett city councilman. As a teenager, he began work at the Crossett Mercantile store. In 1937, he transferred to the Crossett Company paper mill where he was employed for 45 years. In 1983, he retired as a supervisor for Georgia-Pacific and was the last original Crossett Company employee working at that time. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Carter Burt. Survivors include a son, Charles Burt of Jonesboro, LA: a daughter, Jane Burt Locke of Pascagoula, MS; a sister, Mary Alice Grubbs of Crossett; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry and Rev. Billy Carter officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Finley, Tommy Pahal, Gayle Deal, Eddie Deal, Burt Grubbs and Robin Grubbs. Honorary pallbearers were Chesley Peters, Walter McArthur and Jim Garrison. Burial followed services at the Carter Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Grounds and Maintenance Fund, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. 

Pete Hill
Pete Hill, 85, of Hot Springs died Friday, July 14, 2000. Born October 10, 1914, in Parkdale to the late Earle J. and Kate Williams Hill, he was a retired insurance fraud investigator and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. He attended schools in Ashley County and what is now the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He worked as a reading clerk for the Arkansas House of Representatives for two sessions and as an undercover enforcement agent for the State Revenue Department. A veteran of World War II, he earned the Normandy, Northern France and Ardennes Forest campaign awards and attained the rank of captain in the military police. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as state commander in 1969-1970. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Velma Culpepper Hill of Hot Springs; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Batson of Fayetteville; a grandson and wife, Geoffrey and Cori Batson Hill of Boulder, CO; a granddaughter and husband, Sarah Kathryn "Katie" and Jeremy Swearingen of Little Rock; a sister, Talitha Hill Lindsey of Panama City, FL; several nieces and nephews, and a dear friend and neighbor, Joyce Moore. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 17, in the First Baptist Church of Hot Springs with Dr. John McCallum officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Beckwith, Fred Bibbs, Bob Taylor, Geoffrey Hill Batson, Jeremy Swearingen and Bob Lacey. Honorary pallbearers included Drs. Charles Clifton, Joe Howe, Jim Burton, and Chuck Lane, Q. Byrum Hust, Sr., Al Lane, Jacob King, James Lacy, Frank Witts and pastors, staff and Sunday School members of the church and Larry Jegley. Burial followed services at the Crestview Cemetery with military honors by the honor guard of Thaddeus H. Caraway Post 2278 of the VFW with arrangements by Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hot Springs building fund. 

Mr. Arvey J. Hughes
Mr. Arvey J. Hughes, 88, of Hamburg, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Crossett. Mr.  Hughes was a native of Bigelow, a resident of Hamburg for the past 51 years and a former resident of California. He was a retired truck driver for the Ashley County Road Department and P.E. Barnes Lumber Mill. A member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church,  he was preceded in death by his wife, Alta A. Firestone Hughes in 1989; his parents, Charles A. & Ellie McCuin Hughes; two brothers and a sister. Survivors include a son, James Hughes of Hamburg; a daughter, Vera Morgan of Crossett; a brother, Evert D. Hughes of Hamburg; a sister, Ivey McCain Roper of Collinston, LA; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Clyde Mitchell, Jr. &  John Peters officiating. Pallbearers were Barry & Steve Morgan, Jeff & Jimmy McCain, Dale Myers, Guy, Charles & Billy Jo Hughes and L.D. Myers, Jr. Burial followed services  the Crossroad Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.

Mr. Cleveland L. Jones
Mr. Cleveland L. Jones, 92, of Crossett died Friday, July 14, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A a native of Yazoo City, MS; a resident of Crossett since 1981 and a former resident of Wilmot, he was a retired farmer, a Mason and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499 and a member of the Midway Baptist Church at Dry Bayou near Wilmot. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Ella Allen Jones, a sister and four brothers. Survivors include his wife of over 70 years, Vernie Lee Ward Jones of Crossett; two sons, Charles "Buddy" Jones and wife Dorothy of Crossett and Gerald Jones and wife Mary of Monticello; a daughter, Louise Taylor and husband, Buddy, of Crossett; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild. Grave-side funeral services and interment were 10 a.m., Saturday, July 15, at the Dry Bayou Cemetery with Rev. Cecil Harvey officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Dry Bayou Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Polly Wolf, 138 Ashley Road 378, Wilmot, AR 71676 or to the donor's favorite charity.

Ethel Brouyette Reith
Ethel Brouyette Reith, 86, of Rochester, Indiana, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at the Woodland Hospital in Rochester. Born May 19, 1914, in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Herbert and Beulah McHenry, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. She married Guy Brouyette, Sr., on October 12, 1934, and married Joseph A. Reith on June 6, 1974. Her second husband  preceded her in death on May 5, 1993. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Brewer, in 1972; a grandson, Jay Lee Vance, in 1981; and a sister, Sally Anderson. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy and husband Earl Vance of Rochester and Sallie and husband DeWayne Broach of Hamburg; two sons, Guy Paul "Sonny" and wife Kay Brouyette of Akron, IN, and Frederic and wife Sallie Brouyette of Rochester; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13, in the Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home in Rochester with burial following a the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rochester. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Mark Julius Tolefree
Mark Julius Tolefree, 62, of Hamburg died Monday, July 10, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A life-long resident of Hamburg, he was a retired timber worker, and a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Enos and Janie Kazee Tolefree, and a brother, Leon Tolefree. Survivors include three brothers, Rev. Levi Tolefree and George Tolfree of Crossett and James Tolefree of Rockford, IL; and a sister, Vera Washington of Crossett. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Adrian Tolefree, Earnest Cromwell, Jr., Chris Washington, Leslie Tolefree, Larry Tippie and Herman Pippen.  Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery.  

Mr. Omer White
Mr. Omer White, 90, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his residence in Fountain Hill. A native and a life-long resident of Fountain Hill, he retired in 1975 from Ashley Drew and Northern Railroad after 46 years. He was an active member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church for 70 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eatmon & Sula Griffin White; two brothers, Grover & Carl White and two sisters, Janie & Allene White. He is survived by his wife of 67 years; Lois Oliver White of Fountain Hill; a son, Gerald "Buddy" White of Hamburg; a daughter, Sylvia Alldread of Pine Bluff; a brother, Sterling White of Fountain Hill; a sister, Odell White Sivils of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Dana Roberts, Kim Thornton and Chuck White and five great-grandchildren, Damian & Jeremy Roberts, Ashlee Bonner, Philip Roberts & Colby White. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 17, in the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Elton & Gene Gregory officiating. Pallbearers were J. B. Oglesby, Kerry Yelvington, Bobby Griffin, Dennis Thurman, Bobby Allison, V.W. Cason, Clint Jeffers & Charles White. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Simmons, Willie Roy Taylor, Bobby Graham, Carl Sivils, Mike Richard, Shelby Scott, Johnny Walthall, T.J. Stanley, Vernon Locke, Harold Hollis, Shane Smith, William Moffatt, Steve Bolin, Buddy Griever, Johnny W. Pierce and George Vestal. Interment followed services at  the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, c/o Mr. Velton Cason, 213 Ashley Road 482, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Larry Dale Acord
Larry Dale Acord, 51, of Mist died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 21, 1949, in Dermott, he was a Baptist and a truck driver who retired from the United Parcel Service. He was preceded in death by his father, Price Acord, and a sister, Menna Sue Acord. Survivors include his fiancee, Peggy Hallman; two sons, Wayne Acord of Mist and Stephen Acord of El Dorado; a daughter Shonia Singleton of Monticello; his mother, Elsie Wright Acord of Alma; one brother, Darrell Acord of Montgomery, AL; two sisters, Doris Jordan of Mulberry and Barbara Toney of Spartanburg, SC; and two grandchildren, Eric and Heather Singleton. Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Ocker Funeral Home in Alma. Pallbearers were to be Ricky Craighead, Mike Parker, Ben Toney, Kenneth Moorehead, Charles Reese and Smiley Garcia. Ricky Acord was to be an honorary pallbearer.  Burial was planned to follow services at the cemetery in Dyer. 

Alma Mae Allen
Alma Mae Allen, 84, of Hamburg died Friday, June 30, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A life-long resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Allen; her parents, Lewis and Amie Arrington; and two sons, Jasper Mays and Maxsidon Allen. Survivors include two sons, Robert Allen of Rome, GA, and Charles Edward Allen of Long Beach, CA; two daughters, Reba Vinson and Charlie Lee Pippen of Hamburg; a brother, Lewis Arrington of Hamburg; two sisters, Ladde Bell Lyons of Little Rock and Charlie Mae Arrington of El Dorado; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in the Emmanuel Church of in Christ with Rev. Jasper Mays officiating. Pallbearers were Willie and Phillip Mays, Larry and Henry Lee Dunn, Carl Bess and Alphonso King. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Viola Franklin
Viola Franklin, 70, of Monticello, formerly of Fountain Hill, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Drew County and an Ashley County resident for the past 27 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Coleman and Artie Lee Spencer Franklin; her stepmother, Avery Franklin; and a brother, Tim Franklin. Survivors include two brothers, Willie Ed Franklin of Fountain Hill and James Wilson Franklin of Ashdown; and five sisters, Margaret Grays of Fountain Hill, Lanell Ross of Pine Bluff, Dorothy Bradford of Portland, OR, Estell Lemon of Fountain Hill and Hilda Webb of Crossett. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 10, in the Bethel A. M. E. Church with Rev. E. J. Daniels officiating. Pallbearers were Willie Daniels, Ray Johnson, Benjamin Brock, Jodie Franklin, Earnest Green, and Johnny Porter Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were B. J. Grays. Adam Martin, Richard Ross, Ray Johnson, Jr., John William Franklin and Fred Lee Sharp. Burial followed services at the Longview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Vance Clark High
Mr. Vance Clark High, 75, of Hamburg died Monday, July 3, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Crossroads community all of his life, he retired in 1984 after 37 years with the Georgia-Pacific paper mill. An U. S. Army veteran of World War II who was discharged on July 4, he was a member and deacon of the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by wife, Nannie Mae Hollis High, in March, 1999; a son, Roby Vance High; an infant daughter, Betty Maleda High; a grandson, Jason Vance High; his parents, James and Jessie Moore High; a brother, Leonard "Buck" High; and a sister, Merle Harbin. Survivors include a daughter, Alice Merle Seamans and husband Ronald D.; a granddaughter, Rhonda Denise High Courson and husband Dan; a grandson, Leonard Clark "Lynn" High, all of Hamburg; and four great-grandchildren, Laura Lynn and Vance Eastwood High and Brittney Nicole and Justin Alan Courson. Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Adrian Jordan, Lawrence Amos and Hurley Ashcraft officiating. Pallbearers were Doyle Blankenship, Billy Earl Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Ronnie Rodgers, Eddie Corder and Jerry G. Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Gandy, Joe Harper, Hugh and Buddy Harrod. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crossroads Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Bernice Farmer, 2166 Ashley Road 12 West, Crossett, AR 71635 or to a favorite charity.

Hazel Hill
Hazel Hill, 80, of Warren, formerly of Monticello, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care in Warren. Born March 22, 1920, in Hamburg to the late Edwin Eugene Kemp and Mary Ann Yates Kemp, she was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Warren. She married Lawrence Everett "Dutch" Hill on October 17, 1936, and he died March 28, 1995. Survivors include a son, Lawrence "Sonny" Hill of Warren; a daughter, July Hill Longley of Charlottesville, VA; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Bill Leslie officiating. Pallbearers were Gene Kemp, Pat Howell, Mike Garvey, Richard Rhinehart, Tommy Burrrow and Andy Green. Arrangements were by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. 

Charles E. Spooner, Jr.
Charles E. Spooner, Jr., 75, a 35-year resident of Crossett, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, after a lengthy illness. Born February 18, 1925, to Charles and Eulala Athurn Spooner in Worden, Montana, he was a retired superintendent for Georgia-Pacific's plywood mills. Survivors are a sister, Susan Larison of Bloomington, CA, and several cousins. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Buddy Lane, Ronnie Ranes, Tracy Bulloch, Troy Ransom, Elmer Strickland and Bruce DeLess. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

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.


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