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Ernest "Ed" Doss
Ernest Norman Doss, 78, of Corvallis, Oregon, died Thursday, September 28, 2000, at Altera Wynwood of Albany Care Center in Corvallis. Born August 26, 1922, to George and Velma Pearson Doss in Hamburg, he spent most of his childhood in Ashley County and attended school in Hamburg.
On July 12, 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Pacific Theater. His decorations and citations included the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Following his discharge on December 16, 1945, he joined his wife and son in Long Beach, CA. While there he worked as an installer and technician for General Telephone Co. for almost 40 years, retiring in 1977 when he moved to Ashland, OR, then Corvallis in the early 1980s. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Second Ward and an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife Cora Doss; his son, John Doss of Keizer, OR; daughters, Mary Ann Taylor of Duarte, CA and Priscilla Jan Doss of Phoenix, OR; a sister, Dorothy LeVesque of Hamburg; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were at 10 a.m., October 5, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Corvallis State Center on Harrison Blvd. The dedication of the grave and burial followed at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Albany. Bishop Chris Zahlman officiated. Memorial donations can be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330.

Gabrielle "Gaby" F. Edmonds
Gabrielle "Gaby" F. Edmonds, 85, of Little Rock died Thursday, November 9, 2000. Originally from Paris, France, she came to Little Rock in 1946 after marrying James Russell Edmonds. Although naturalized as a United States citizen in 1956, she cherished her French heritage throughout her life. In addition to raising three children, she taught French and art at Our Lady of Holy Souls School, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral School and Franklin Elementary School in Little Rock and in the Portland Public Schools.  She was a member of Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 17 years, James Russell Edmonds.
Survivors include her son, Frank Edmonds; her daughter, Annie Ross, both of Little Rock; daughter-in-law Annemarie Escouflaire of Germany; five grandchildren, Frederick Escouflaire, Monique Escouflaire-Englert, and Annette Escouflaire of Germany, Stephen Ross of Little Rock and Michael Ross of San Francisco, CA; four great-grandchildren, and many friends and former students.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, in Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church with arrangements by Griffin Leggett Healy and Roth of Little Rock. 
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. 

Mrs. Annie L. Walthall
Mrs. Annie L. Walthall, 78, died Friday, November 10, 2000, at her residence in Fountain Hill. A native of Brandon, MS, and a resident of Fountain Hill for over 40 years, she was a homemaker and  a member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Franklin Walthall, in 1983; a son, James Lee Walthall, in 1960; her parents, Wesley & Mattie Sue Kersh Smith, and three brothers.
She is survived by two sons, Johnny Walthall of Fountain Hill and Eugene Walthall of El Dorado; seven daughters, Gracie Spivey of Dumas, Betty Chance of Lake Village, Mary Davis of Fountain Hill, Juanita Knight of Hamburg, Susan Gifford of Fountain Hill, Nancy Coulter of Hamburg and Cindy Harris of Fountain Hill; a brother, Lester Smith of Fresno, CA; three sisters, Louise Walthall of Bastrop, LA, and Willie Jones and Wilma Barrett of Fountain Hill; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Sunday, November 12, in the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Elton and  Edward Gulledge officiating. Pallbearers were Chris, Jonathan and Paul Walthall, Chris and  Dewayne Bussell, Will Coulter, Eric Roberts, and Dion Darbonne. 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

Mr. Robert "Doobie" Woods
Mr. Robert "Doobie" Woods, 64, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for over 40 years, he was a retired farmer; a member of the Martinville Baptist Church and  a veteran of the US Army. He was a devoted husband and father and  an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Travis & Lena Moore Woods, and one brother, Pete Woods.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Kelley Woods of Hamburg; two sons, Mark Woods of Selma, AL and Neal Woods of Hamburg; two daughters, Charlotte Woods of Hamburg and Deborah Woods of Houston, TX; two sisters, Hazel & Brenda Bolin of Hamburg; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, November 10, in the Martinville Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Dean Graves, Richard Collins, Jeff Woods, Charles Bolin, Rudy Wrzesinski and Eddie Corder. Interment followed services at the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

William H. Barnes
William H. Barnes, 83, of Moore, OK, died Sunday, October 15, 2000, surrounded by his loving family. Born January 24, 1917, in Monroe, LA, he grew up in Crossett.  His life was a tapestry of science, music, outdoor activities and time with family and friends. He was an ardent Arkansas Razorback fan and was the son of Iley M.Barnes, Sr., who was mayor of Crossett from 1922 to 1936. . 
He served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and was wounded in the Philippines. He was most proud of being chosen as a civilian scientist and being sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he assisted in the development of radar. In the Public Broadcast System documentary Echoes of War, he is shown working on the radar technology that was instrumental in the United States winning World War II. He was educated at Louisiana Tech and taught electronics at various universities. An accomplished musician, he recorded several songs with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1975 and was nationally recognized for his "unselfish contribution of time and energies, off the job, to community voluntary activities without legal compulsion or compensation in such services.". He was a 32 degree Mason. He organized the American Legion baseball program for the city of Moore and personally presented American flags to the city of Moore, the Moore Jaycees and the Boy Scouts. He organized a charter chapter of the Civil Air Patrol in Moore and South Oklahoma City and served for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sybil M. Barnes; a son, William R. Barnes and wife Sharon of Tuttle, OK; a daughter, Donna L. Newsom and husband Donald of Edmond, OK; a son, Jerry A. Barnes and wife Rebecca of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Iley M. Barnes and wife Doty of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren Julie, Jonathan, Jennifer, Aris and Marian; and great-grandchild, Jonathan Grant; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at the South Colonial chapel with interment following at Resthaven Cemetery.

Myrtle Dee Bright
Myrtle Dee Bright, 93, of Crossett died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at the Leisure Lodge nursing home in n Crossett. Born in Prescott on June 15, 1907, to Joseph William and Alpha Omega Lewis, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and was preceded in death by her husband, William A. "Bill" Bright, three brothers and a sister.
Survivors include a son, William L. Bright and wife Gail of Oklahoma City, OK; a daughter, Barbara Gates and husband Mike of Crossett; a brother, Glen Lewis of Delight; three grandsons, Doug Bright and wife Christy of Norman, OK, Tom Bright and wife Leslie of Oklahoma City and Pat Bright and wife Anna Lisa of Edmond, OK; and seven great-grandchildren, Amanda, Zack, Hunter, Trevor, Abby, Devin and Brandon.
Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bro. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were to be Tom Streetman, Jonathan Gates, and Loomis, Doug, Tim and Pat Bright. The Leisure Lodge Big Wheelers were to be honorary pallbearers.
Burial was planned following services at 2 p.m. at the Sweethome Cemetery in Prescott, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the Leisure Lodge activity fund, Crossett Scholarship Foundation or for Gideon Bibles.

Mr. L. T. Clark
Mr. L. T. Clark, 75, of Hamburg died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for all of his life, he worked at Big O's Tire and Pennington's Tire in Hamburg for the past 12 years. He was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher. He was an U. S. Navy  veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, William & Carrie Moore Clark; a brother, Max Clark; and an infant daughter, Shirley Jean Clark. 
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Campbell Clark of Hamburg; three sons; Johnny, Tommy and Bobby Clark, all of Hamburg; two daughters, Linda Day and Betty Beaver of Fort Worth, TX; two stepsons, Bucky Carpenter of Hamburg and Robert Carpenter of Downsville, LA; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 4, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin and Lane Amos officiating. . Pallbearers were Allen Waldrup, Oscar Clark, Steven Hodge, Russell Maxwell, George Norman Swan and Alan Swan. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Harville, Hob Moffatt, Fred Mausehardt, Howard Foster, Royce Bowden, Bobby Ferguson, Earl McCrory, W. M. Wigley, Charles White, James Tassey, Tommy Sivils, Jack Turner, Edward Akin, Jim Bailey, Tommy Morgan and Dennis Byrd. . Interment followed services at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Alfred B. Farmer  
Mr. Alfred B. Farmer, 74, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at his residence in Hamburg. Mr. Farmer was a life long resident of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for the past 15 years and a former resident of Crossett. He retired from Georgia-Pacific paper mill in 1988, and he was currently working as a night watchman at the Forest Echoes Technical Institute. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and  the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9360 in Hamburg. He was a musician who played with the Good Times Band, and he enjoyed playing music with and for his friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Annetta Townsend Farmer; his parents, Daniel & Larcie Fleming Farmer; a brother, Aubrey Farmer and two sisters, June Witcher & Merle Doss.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Witcher Douglas Farmer of Hamburg; a son, Gary Farmer; a daughter, Kathy Rowe, both of Crossett; two stepsons, Mark Douglas of Crossett and Glenn Douglas of Hamburg; a step-daughter, Lisa Allison of Branson, MO; a brother, A.D. Farmer of Hamburg; three sisters, Lila Woods and Ethel Allison both of Hamburg and Teenie Roberts of Crossett; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, November 3, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin and Thad Douglas officiating. Pallbearers were Eugene Davis, Billy Joe Haney, Vernon Barnes, Julian Estelle, John Myers, A. D. Witherington, Junior Oden, Charles Summerland, Jimmy Wilcoxon and Garner Hancock. Interment followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Junior F. Lawson
Mr. Junior F. Lawson, 69, of Parkdale, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Dardanelle and a resident of Parkdale for most of his life, he  was a retired farmer and a member of the the Parkdale Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by three children, Roy, Patricia & Bobby Lawson; his mother, Ollie M. Ballinger Maglothin in 1992, his father, J.T. Lawson in 1965; two brothers, Clevon & Leroy Lawson; and a sister, Eunice Lawson.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Pope Lawson of Parkdale; three sons, Jimmy Lawson of McGehee, Austin James Lawson of Kilbourne, LA, and Danny Ray Lawson of Parkdale; four daughters, Deborah Hughes of Dermott, Tammy Allen of Kilbourne, Joyce Ann Pope of Logansport, IN, and Shirley Allen of Kilbourne; two brothers, Lavan Lawson of Portland and Glen Lawson of Hamburg; 20 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 2, in the Parkdale Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Noble officiating. Pallbearers were John Noble Barnes, John Sumner Barnes, Bryan Allen, J. D. Grice, Sr., David Donham and J. L. McCain. Honorary pallbearers were C.C. Everett, Jack McManus, Owen Jones, Mark Hawkins, Jr. and Harry Dunigan. Interment followed services at the Kilbourne, LA, Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Don Simpson Lloyd
Don Simpson Lloyd, 73, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was born on August 19, 1927 to Thad Dink and Edyth Boyd Lloyd. Mr. Lloyd retired in 1992 from Georgia-Pacific after 36 years of employment. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Crossett Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn E. Lloyd of Crossett; one son, Thad Lloyd of Crossett; one daughter, Donna Garison of McGehee; and three granddaughters, Geneva Lynn Garison, Sarah Janette Garison, both of McGehee, and Ashley Evan Lloyd of Crossett.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Jimmie Lewis officiating. Pallbearers were Ronnie Pruitt, Johnny Blankenship, Jason Allen, Chuck Allen, Jim Ross, Jason Rainey and Jimmie Lewis with the Crossett Lions Club serving as honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Essie Swan Morgan
Essie Swan Morgan, 90, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge.  Born January 28, 1910, to Oscar and Mary Pippen Swan, she was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and enjoyed working in her yard and cooking. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Morgan.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Robinson of Crossett; a grandchild, Kelley Robbins, and a great-grandchild, Dylan Robbins of Benton.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Crossett with David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were Gerald Morgan, Tim Ballard, Lee Barnett, Sonny Brooks, Downey Robinson, Mike McDaniels, Gary Outlaw and Bill Deggs.
Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Willie Shaw
Willie Shaw, 88, of Hamburg died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at the Beverly Heath Care Center in Crossett. A life-long resident of Hamburg, he was a retired member worker and a member of the Phillip Grove Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabel Maggie Griffith Shaw; his parents, Winston and Mattie Jones Shaw; and five sisters.
Survivors include a son, Abraham Shaw of Crossett; three daughters, Sarah Jacob and Janice Lambert of Hamburg and Willie Jean Brown of Crossett; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 5, in the Phillip Grove Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Levell, Ray, and Glenn Stanley, Curtis Howard, Larry Tippie and Billy Ray Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Shaw Hunting Club.
Burial followed services at the Phillip Grove Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mae Avery
Mae Avery, 78, of Crossett, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000,  at the North Monroe Hospital. Born September 18, 1922, to  Willie Sam and Claudia Octavia Caldwell Free, she was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Avery.
Survivors include one son, Lester Avery and his wife Beth of Crossett; one daughter, Janice Stratton and her husband Donnie of Crossett; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Maxwell and Don Ward officiating. Pallbearers were Dan Kersey, Richard Edwards, Billy Ray Free, Dick Avery, Bryan Bays, Johnny Free and Tommy Free. Burial followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Leavy Rice Barnett
Leavy Rice Barnett, 89, of Crossett died Saturday, October 28, 2000, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Born January 25, 1911, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Ridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Toby Barnett.
Survivors include three sons, Leroy Barnett of Bonita, LA, Gene Barnett of Jones, LA, and Joe Barnett of Crossett; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday, October 30, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Revs. Roy Craig and Donald Bryant officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Hatfield, Robert Riles, Henry Sowers, Ed Hartness, Charlie Smith and Jimmy Krenshaw. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery. 

James Edward "Monk" Birdner
James Edward "Monk" Birdner was born in Mer Rouge, LA, on July 14, 1941, to Ms. Bernice DeBose Birdner and the late William Birder. After living there, he moved to Bastrop, LA, and graduated from Morehouse High School. He later moved to Crossett and married Sandra Releford, and they had three children. Employed at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill until his death, he was converted, baptized and united with the First Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. I. J. Jordan in Mer Rouge.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Bernice DeBose Birdner of Bastrop; three daughters, Felisa "Lisa" Smith and husband Dennis of Lynwood, CA, Constance Brown and husband Geryle of Crossett and Cynthia Austin and husband Clarence of Bastrop; three sons, Erin Rex Robinson and wife Gail of Panorama City, CA, Ray Anthony Birdner and James "JJ" Webb of Crossett; three sisters, Anna Lucas and husband Joseph of Detroit, MI, Irene Lanier and Ruthie DeBose of Bastrop; two brothers, Michael DeBose and wife Gwendolyn of Baton Rouge, LA, and Ervin DeBose of Bastrop; 18 grandchildren, two god children, many other relatives, and  a special friend, Dorothy Smith of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 26, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Revs. T. A. Broomfield and E. G. Colquitt officiating. Pallbearers were Roland Dale Hester, Clezell Brown, Leonard Webb, Ray Charles Martini, Tim Hawkins, Willie Green, Monroe Christian, Lazarus Adams, Anthony Dawkins, Glen Ellis, Nakia Hawkins, Keith Martin, Ralph Reese, and James Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Erin Rex Robinson, Ray Anthony Birdner, James Webb, Ervin DeBose, Michael DeBose, Edward Lanier, Keith Wilson, Robert Baldwin, Geryle Brown, Jr., Spencer Brown, Antwain Birdner and Tararus Hunter. 
Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Aaron Cason
Aaron Cason, 82, died Friday, October 27, 2000, at his residence in Crossett. A life-long resident of Ashley County, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a member of the Hunter Chapel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Mary Sue Benson Cason; and two sisters, Clara and Lottie Daniels.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Lee Cason; two sons, Leroy Cason of Crossett and Harry Gene Cason of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Mary Williams of Crossett and Lillie Dennard of Southfield, MI; one sister, Willie Mae Wilson of Crossett, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, in the Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. E. G. Colquitt officiating. Pallbearers were to be Carl Dupree, Ronnie Parker, Ricky Parker, Michael Robinson, Randy Dupree and Edgar Nalls. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Edna Green Fleming
Edna Green Fleming of Houston, TX, died Monday, October 23, 2000, after a brief illness. She grew up in Crossett, the daughter of Arthur and Mattie Green, and graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She lived in the Galveston Bay, TX, area for the past 30 years and was a commercial property manager, an avid gardener and genealogy researcher. She loved travel, music, history and animals. She was a member of the Seabrook United Methodist Church and the Board of Friends of the Freeman Memorial Library.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Robert N. Fleming, Jr.; a son, Keith Fleming and wife Cindy of San Antonio, TX; a brother, Robert S. Green of Monroe, LA; and a niece, Sarah Green Wyatt and husband Tracy of Monroe.
A memorial service was held at 11 a. m. on Monday, October 30, in the Crossett United Methodist Church. The remains were cremated, with arrangements by Forest Park East Funeral Home of Webster, TX.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Seabrook United Methodist Church, 513 Third Street, Seabrook, TX 77586.

Mrs. Penny Kilcrease
Mrs. Linda Jane "Penny" Kilcrease, 56, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. Kilcrease was a native of Eudora, a resident of Hamburg for most of her life and a resident of Little Rock for the past 14 years. She was a nurse and  a member of the Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. She fought a courageous battle against cancer for the past 14 years and still had time to serve other people and her Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl & Loye Carpenter Bing.
Survivors include  two daughters, Mitzi Holmes of Monroe, LA, and Mary Ellen (Sissy) Dixon of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Rudy Bing of Crossett; two sisters, Annette Weindorf and Gail Higginbotham of Hamburg, a half-sister, Libby Smith of Pine Bluff and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, October 27, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Bill Wellons officiating. Pallbearers were Matt Moffatt, Steve Cunningham, Johnny & David Kilcrease, Eric Higginbotham and David Johnston. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Wendy Esmeralda Mendiola
Wendy Esmeralda Mendiola, the thirteen month old daughter of Caludio & Marcela Mendiola of Hamburg, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000, at the Nebraska Health System University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Survivors in addition to her parents are two brothers, Heriberto & Roberto Mendiola; a sister, Claudia N. Mendiola, all of Hamburg; her paternal grandparents, Mucio Mendiola and Juana Garay of Mexico and her maternal grandparents, Lucas Munoz & Patricia Almaraz of Mexico.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 28, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Ariel Hernandez officiating. Pallbearers were Erasmo Munoz, Nabor Mendiola, Nolberto De La Cruz and Jose G. Luevanos. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

John H. Powell
John H. Powell, 64, of Memphis, TN, owner/operator of A Cut Above Barber Shop,  died of cancer Thursday, October 19, 2000. Funeral services were at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery East in Memphis. 
He was a member of Germantown Baptist Church and a Navy veteran. Mr. Powell was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Simpson Powell. He is survived by his  wife, Nola S. Powell, three daughters, Tara Kettles of Alexander, Nola M. Piland of Pensacola, FL, and Dana Powell of  Memphis, four sisters, Vadis Powers and Polly Riley of Russellville, Edith Watson of Little Rock, and Imy Wells of Pensacola, FL; a brother, Gale Powell of Memphis and one granddaughter.

John Howard Richards
John Howard Richards, 80, a life-long resident of Crossett, died Thursday, October 26, 2000. Born on August 12, 1920, to Jess B. and Ruth Hamaker Richards, Mr. Richards was an Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in the 75th Squadron. He was employed with AD&N Railroad for 41 years before retiring in 1980. Mr. Richards was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Survivors include his wife, Marteal Richards of Crossett; one son, John Grady Richards of Crossett; two daughters, Charlotte Miller of Crossett and Marsha Herrick of Benton; two sisters, Rose Barker of Crossett and Dorothy Streety of Cleveland, TN; five grandchildren and on great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 28, in the First Baptist Church with David Newberry and Rick Pyron officiating. Pallbearers were Greg Toney, Gordon Toney, Phillip Bowles, Jim Woods, Bill Holder and Don Woods; with the Sunday School Class, C.W. Woods Deer Camp, and AD&N workers serving as honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at the Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Gideons, PO Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635 or the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, 4942 West Markham, Suite 1, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Artie Lee Williams
Artie Lee Williams, 87, of Wilmot died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of La-Ark, LA, she was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lecester Williams, on May 31, 1999; two sons, Willie and Lecester Williams, Jr., and her parents, William and Julie Harrington Moore.
Survivors are a son, Eddie Williams of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Dorothy White and husband Willie of Port Charlotte, FL; a sister, Mable Lee Mann  and husband George of Berkeley, CA; 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 28, in the Second Baptist Church with Rev. L. M. Christian officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Burial followed services at the Second Baptist Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Bertie Kitchens
Mrs. Bertie Harrison Kitchens, 97, of Bastrop, LA, died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at the Oak Woods Home of the Elderly in Mer Rouge, LA. Mrs. Kitchens was a native of Ashley County  and a resident of the Extra Community south of Hamburg all of her life. A homemaker and  member of the Extra United Methodist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Kitchens, in 1983; her parents, Johnny F. & Sallie Kinnaird Harrison, two brothers, Herbert & Lee Harrison and a sister, Zelma Harber.
She is survived by a daughter, Oma Jean Roberson; two brothers, Gaston D. and Bealie Harrison,  all of Bastrop, LA; three grandchildren, Brenda Davis of Potomac Falls, VA, Patricia Roberson of Shreveport, LA and Doyle Roberson of Bastrop, LA and three great-grandchildren, Tara Davis Reed, David Franklin and Dalton Roberson.
Graveside funeral services were planned are 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 24, at the Extra Cemetery with Rev. Paul McKissick officiating. Honorary pallbearers were to be John Harrison, Dalton & Doyle Roberson, David Franklin, Jerry Barton, Charles Franklin, Steve Atkins, Claude Roberson, James Harber, Harold Gene Kitchens and Vernon Harrison. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Extra Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Virgil Dew, 2026 Ashley Road 25, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Clarence Edward Parks
Clarence Edward Parks, 77, of El Dorado died Friday, October 20, 2000, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born February 1, 1923, in Tom, Oklahoma, his family moved to Portland soon afterwards. He lived in Portland until moving to El Dorado in 1945. A veteran of World War II, he served in the 35th Infantry Division with General George Patton in France earning the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Marksmanship award and the Bronze Star. He worked for Murphy Oil Company for 32-and-a-half years.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mollie Parks; and three brothers, Elmer, O. D. and Marlin Parks.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Parks; two daughters, Barbara Merritt of Seoul, Korea, and Patsy Brown of Waldo; a son, Clarence E. Parks, Jr., of Bossier City, LA; three sisters, Faye Knight of Greenwood, MS, Louise Upchurch of Itta Bena, MS, and Viola Ricks of Farmerville, LA; a brother, W. L. Parks of Kansas City, KS; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 22, in the Immanuel Baptist Church in El Dorado with Dr. David Uth and Rev. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial followed services at the Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado with arrangements by Rumph-Owens Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church building fund or the First Assembly of God building fund.

Erma Reynolds
Erma Reynolds, 103, of Crossett, died Friday, October 13, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care of Crossett. She was born on May 1, 1897 to her parents, Florence and Alice Veasley Spencer in Drew County. Mrs. Reynolds was a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by six children, three brothers, one sister and her husband, George Reynolds.
Survivors include two sons, George and wife Pauletto Reynolds of Milwaukee, WI, and Eugene and wife Annie Reynolds of Denver, CO; one daughter, Georgia and husband Curtis Burns of Milwaukee, WI; one brother, Virgil Spencer of Bastrop, LA; three sisters, Blanche and husband James Hall of Bastrop, LA, Edna and husband William Franklin of West Memphis, and Vernice and husband Pat Collins of Oakland, CA; 41 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at the New Bethel Baptist Church with Reverend Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Internment followed at Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Willard Smith
Willard Smith, 77, of Crossett died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at his home. Born in Fountain Hill on October 10, 1923, to Wesley and Deora Fairchild Smith, he was a retired self-employed auto body shop owner, an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He enjoyed wood working and furniture making. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Baker Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Thelma M. Harris Smith of Crossett; a son, Ronnie Smith; two daughters, Mary Katheryne Simpson and Pat Rainey, all of Montevallo, AL; a stepson, J. W. Harris of Crossett; a sister, Shirley Smith of Crossett; ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, October 23, in the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Randy Maxwell and Don Ward officiating. Pallbearers were Dennis Maxwell, Kenneth Brown, Laron Burke, Floyd Lott, Charles Cummins, Jimmy Mills and Eddie Smith. Burial followed services at the Concord Cemetery near Marion, LA, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Louis M. Wallace
Mr. Louis M. Wallace, 90, of Hamburg, died Thursday, October 19, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mr. Wallace was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg most of his life. He was a retired carpenter, a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and a charter member of the Louis Wallace Hunting Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Wallace,  in 1985; a daughter, Ruby Hopkins; a grandson, Shawn Marvin Wallace; his parents, Bob & Mary Burgess Wallace, four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by three sons, Marvin & Herbert Wallace of Hamburg and Andrew Wallace of Crossett; a daughter, Barbara Wilcoxon of Hamburg; five brothers, Ben Wallace of St. Martinville, LA, Clifton Wallace of Oklahoma City, OK, Melvin Wallace of Hamburg, Roger Wallace of Medford, CA, and J.R. Wallace of Conroe, TX; four sisters, Clara Waits of Springhill, LA, Bonnie Northrup of Yreka, CA, Allene Carter of Crossett and Billie Sue Bonner of Fordyce; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Sunday, October 22, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Kenny Williams and John Reed officiating. Pallbearers were J. L., Jerry & Floyd McCain and Emmitt & Travis Wallace. Honorary pallbearers were Willard Erwin, Wayne Gates, Larry Rowe, Bobby Wallace, and Bobby & Freddie Martin. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. 
Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Library Fund, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the First Freewill Baptist Church Library Fund, 1301 Mimosa Street, Crossett, AR 71635. 

Basil D. Barnette
Basil D. Barnette, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, October 12, 2000, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. Born June 6, 1925, to Benson and Lula Hester Barnett, he was an Army veteran, a long-time member of the Dead End Deer Camp and the Crossett Riding Club and an avid hunter and horseman.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Barnette of Crossett; a daughter, Beverly Ann Robinson and husband Bob of Shreveport, LA; two brothers, Lexie Barnette of Hamburg and Carl Barnette of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Taylor and Laura Lee Robertson of Shreveport.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 15, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pezullo officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Cooper, Jim Garrison, Tony Skender, Shane Skender, Jerry Skender, Rex Dodson, Gary Beasley and Keith Barnette. Burial followed services at the Hughes Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Loyola College Preparatory High School, 921 Jordan, Shreveport, LA 71101, Hogue Cemetery Fund, 2455 Ashley Road 17, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2400 Main, Crossett, AR 71635. 

Frederick John Boston
Frederick John Boston, 60, of Crossett died Sunday, October 8, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care of Crossett. A life-long resident of Crossett, he was a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street and was preceded in death by his wife, Marion  Boston; his parents, Will and Mary McGhee Boston; and three brothers, William, James Rudolph and Robert Boston.
Survivors include two sons, Frederick Boston, Jr., and Ricky Boston, both of Boston, MA; four daughters, Gail Jenkins of Dermott, Sharon Boston and Lisa McFarland of Boston, MA, and Karon Hollins of Crossett; a brother, Curtis Joe Boston of Crossett; five sisters, Ethel Roath of Kansas City, MO, Laverne Sowers of Chicago, IL, Georgia Robinson of Madera, CA, Dorothy Loftis of Crossett and Cathern Boston of El Dorado; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, October 13, in the First Baptist Church on Florida Street with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Duke, Jr., Carl Tucker, Larry Rogers, Curtis Boston, Jr., Glenn Moore and Plez Rance. Honorary pallbearers were members of the T. W. Daniel High School 1957 class. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Tressie Lanell Boykin
Tressie Lanell Boykin, 80, of Crossett died Monday, October 16, 2000. Born August 28, 1920, to Cornelious Harrison and Hattie Viola Oden Stanley, she was a homemaker and a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Mack Boykin.
Survivors include two sons, Lane Boykin of Hamburg and Jimmy Boykin of Crossett; one daughter, Lottie Crossley of Wilmot; one brother, Charlie Harrison Stanley of Nicholasville, KY; four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bro. Bryan Peck officiating. Burial will follow services at the Flat Creek Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Mildred Adell Englerth
Mrs. Mildred Adell Englerth, 83, of Rochester, NY, died Sunday, October 15, 2000, at her residence. Mrs. Englerth was a native of Eudora, and she lived most of her childhood and her teen years in Monroe, LA. She was a resident of Rochester for the past nine years and a  resident of Wilmot for many years. She worked at Janes Store in Wilmot until her retirement. She attended the First Bible Baptist Church in Spencerport, NY, and was a member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Bert Englerth in 1989; her parents, James Merritt & Lottie Vincent Stephenson.
She leaves behind a heritage of three children; Bobby Englerth of Hamburg and Frank Thomas Englerth of Longview and Nancy Motley of Spencerport, NY; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6 till 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 17,  at Jones Funeral Home in Hamburg. The family invites friends to join them in a memorial service to celebrate her life at the Wilmot United Methodist Church at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 18,  with Rev. Dewayne Motley and Rev. Gerald Myers officiating. Pallbearers are to be Bobby & Billy Golden, Jason Motley, Jonathan Cameron, Mark England and Allen Chandler. Interment will be in the Wilmot Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation, PO Box 131, Spencerport, NY 14559.

Mr. Willie W. Carpenter
Mr. Willie W. Carpenter, 84, died Saturday, October 14, 2000, at his residence in Hamburg. Mr. Carpenter was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life. He retired from the Hamburg Water Department in 1981 and was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church. He was an U. S. Army  combat veteran of World War II, earning the Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by a son, Doyle Carpenter, his parents, Richard & Florence Boykin Carpenter; two brothers, a sister, and two half-brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Maxie Bozeman Carpenter of Hamburg; six sons, Vance Waymon Carpenter of Berea, KY, Jimmy Carpenter of Monticello, Willie Maxie Carpenter of Dumas, Charles Edwin and James William (Pete) Carpenter  of Hamburg and Haskell Ray Carpenter of Crossett; a half sister, Eva Pruitt of Fountain Hill; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are set for 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Charles Pullin and Lane Amos officiating. Pallbearers are to be  Thomas, Justin, Jason & Steven Carpenter, Tommie Bellot, Len Lansdale and James Spurlock. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Stell, Ed White and Clinton Bozeman. Interment will be in the Prairie Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Grace Mae Gardner
Mrs. Grace Mae Gardner, 76, of Tomball, TX, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the Tomball Regional Hospital. Mrs. Gardner was a native of North Little Rock, a resident of Tomball for the past seven years and she was a former resident of Jena, LA.. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Gardner in 1995 and her parents, Tom & Thelma Mathis Farrar.
She is survived by three sons, John Gardner of Woodville, TX; Bill and Jim Gardner of Tomball;  a daughter, Barbara McCrory of North Little Rock; a sister, Maxine Redding of North Little Rock; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, October 13, in the Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Bowles officiating. Pallbearers were Glenn & Tom McCrory, James, Kenny, Ricky, William & Joshua Gardner. Interment followed services at the  Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Harold L. Howell 
Master Sgt. Harold L. Howell, USAF retired, 78, of Crossett died Monday, October 9, 2000. He was born on February 26, 1922, to his parents, Robert and Ruby Ford Howell. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and enjoyed wood working.
His survivors include his wife, Bobbie Howell of Crossett, and  two cousins, Victor Hoar of Crossett and Valerie Thomas of Paris, TX.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12, in the  Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Internment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Betty Lucille Seamans
Mrs. Betty Lucille Gardner Seamans, 86, of Houston, TX, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the Columbia East Houston Medical Center in Houston. Mrs. Gardner was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Houston for the past 47 years. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Jacinto City, TX, for over 30 years, and she was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Jackson Seamans and Ira J. Carter; a son, Roy Seamans; a granddaughter, Karen Seamans; her parents, Henry and Lottie Gardner, and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Seamans.
She is survived by two sons, Fred Seamans of Houston and Larry Seamans of Bendale, MS; two daughters, Ann Seamans and Linda Pander; a daughter-in-law Bonnie Seamans, all of Houston;  12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 14, in the Judson Cemetery with Rev. Rawls Pierce officiating. Funeral arrangements were by of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Katy Frank Ladd Toney
Katy Frank Ladd Toney, 95, of Crossett died Friday, October 13, 2000. An alumnus of Arkansas A&M College, she was a teacher, an accomplished seamstress, a homemaker and a long-time member of the Crossett First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Toney; a daughter, Jo Ann Toney; her parents, Frank and Margaret Ladd; and four sisters, Lillian Johnson, Buford Berry, Mary Scribner and Margaret Cheeseman.
Survivors include a daughter, Polly T. Roberson and husband Grit of Crossett; two grandchildren, John W. Robertson and Toney Harrington; three great-grandchildren, Kelli Edgar, Adam Edgar, and Chad Robertson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Grave-side services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, October14, at the Snyder Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Byron Easterling, Jimmy Johnson, Owen Johnson, Jay Scribner, Ken Cravens and John Carty.
The family requested memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, Crossett AR 71635.

Mr. Carroll A. Christmas
Mr. Carroll A. Christmas, 95, a retired farmer and merchant, died Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop, LA.  A member and Master Mason of the Portland Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and a deacon in the Montrose and Portland Baptist churches,  he was a member of the Westside Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a daughter, Clemmie Carolyn Christmas McCollum; a sister, Bertie French; and two brothers, Louis and Pell Christmas.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Georgia Hazel Christmas; two sons, Carroll V. Christmas and wife Syble and Jimmy Christmas and wife Peggy, all of Bastrop; six grandchildren, Susan White, Debbie Pettis, Mary Bryan, Faye Frost, Christy Wright and Chris Christmas; eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 5, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home with Houston Austin and John Deschner officiating. Pallbearers were J. D. Kelley, Zane Tubbs, Jack Witcher, Elva Greer, Felix Brown, and Buddy Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were John Bond and Dr. Mike Smith.  Burial followed services at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop.

Murl Jean Ewing
Murl Jean Ewing, 75, died on October 4, 2000 on the Weinberg Campus, Amherst, New York. Dr. Ewing, a retired teacher, had lived in Gainesville, FL, with her husband of 41 years, William James Ewing. Widowed in 1988, she moved briefly to Jenson Beach, FL, to be near her sister, Ruth White. Since 1990, in failing health, she lived with her two daughters, Dana Wright of Snyder, NY, and Leisa Haire of Albany, GA. Five grandchildren and her sister Ruth White of Stuart, FL also survive her.
Murl Jean White was born May 11, 1925, the eighth child of Annie and Burl White. She was raised in Crossett, and attended Hamburg High School and the University of Arkansas. She moved to St. Louis to work for the Dept. of Defense and then to Washington, D.C. where she worked at the Pentagon. There she met and later married William James Ewing, First Lt., US Army in 1947.
A firm believer in higher education, Murl Jean graduated from the University of Florida with a Master's of Education and Florida State University with a Maste'rs of Education and with a doctorate in linguistics. Selected in 1971 by the State Dept. of Education, she traveled to India as an educational exchange delegation. Her professional career covered students of all ages from middle school through college and faculty.
A life-long member of the Baptist church, she taught adult Sunday School classes wherever she lived. She belonged to the Gainesville Golf and Country Club where she enjoyed golfing and swimming. She was an avid gardener and flower arranger with the Gainesville Garden Club.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 14, at the Crossroads Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery in Crossett.

Joleane Farmer
Joleane Farmer, 71, of Crossett, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000, at her home. Born September 4, 1929, to  Archie and Lola Johnson Wyman, Mrs. Farmer was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Victor Farmer; two daughters, Theresa Paulette White and  husband James, and Wanda LaFran Rodgers and  husband Ronnie, all of Crossett; two brothers, Richard Wyman of Houston, TX, and Conway Wyman of Los Angeles, CA; four grandchildren, Meridith Lee Rodgers Harrison and husband Kevin of Monticello, David Allen Rodgers of Crossett, Brooks Christopher White of Jonesboro, and Heather Paige White Adair and husband Timothy of Muldrow, OK.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 7, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Don Ward and Tim Adair officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 
Pallbearers were Clyde Farmer, Brian Farmer, Brooks White, David Rodgers, Gerry Rodgers and Glen Sled.
Mrs. Farmer wished to have Gideon Bibles placed in her memory.

Mr. Nathan "Skip" Hensley
Mr. Nathan "Skip" Eugene Hensley, 49, of Snyder died Wednesday, October 4, 2000,  at his residence. He was a native of Jonesboro,  a resident of the Snyder Community outside  Hamburg since 1985 and a former resident of Los Angeles, CA, and Eudora. He was a machinist and a member of the Indian Switch Assembly of God Church in Eudora. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Hensley in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Smith Hensley of Snyder; a son, Skip E. Hensley and wife Shelly of Fulton, MS; his mother, Helen Hensley of Weldon; a brother, Melvin Wayne Hensley of West Memphis, a sister, Mary Jane Bynum of Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Nathan Lee & Lois Elizabeth Hensley.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Roger West officiating. Pallbearers were John Hawkins, Keith & Glenn Ladd, John Harris, Randell Harris and John Barfield. Interment followed services at the Jennie Cemetery in Chicot County.

C. L. Hopper
C. L. Hopper, 75, of Crossett died Sunday, October 8, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 2, 1925, to Elmer Lee and Mary Evelyn Earnest Hopper in Tinsman, he was a three-year U. S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a combat engineer in the Philippines and the Solomon Islands. A Little League and Babe Ruth manager for several years, he retired as a supervisor after 40 years of employment with Chase Bag and loved to hunt, fish and garden. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a brother, Edmond Hopper.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Grace Esther Johnson Hopper of Crossett; a son, Ronnie Hopper and wife Becky of Crossett; three sisters, Mervyn Townsend of Crossett, Myrtle Dodd of Hampshire, TX, and Elna Jean Berard of Beaumont, TX; and two granddaughters, Mandy Caroline Horton and husband Robby and Carrie Lynn Hopper.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Bob Vest officiating. Burial will follow services at the Arkadelphia Cemetery.

Willie Herman Jenkins
Willie Herman Jenkins, 71, of Crossett died Sunday, October 8, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born October 9, 1928, to Joe Cleveland and Evalena Mills Jenkins, he was a retired Georgia-Pacific forestry employee and enjoyed constructing fishing nets. He was a member of the Community Chapel Church.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Jenkins of Crossett; four sons, Jimmy Jenkins of Lufkin, TX, Billy and David Jenkins of Crossett and Glen Jenkins of Waldo; two daughters, Betty Williams of Crossett and Peggy Higginbotham of Hot Springs; two brothers, Arlie and Joseph Jenkins; two sisters, Katie Murphy and Verda Mae Rodgers, all of Crossett; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. William James "Dub" Lochala
Mr. William James "Dub" Lochala, 78, of Hamburg, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg since 1946, he was an U. S. Army  veteran of World War II. He retired from the Georgia-Pacific Extrusion Plant in 1981, and he attended the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God in Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Alabama Rickman Lochala; four brothers, Ira, Espie, Chester and Curtis Lochala; and a sister, Eunice Estelle.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Cummings Lochala of Hamburg; a son, John David Lochala and wife, Sandi, of Dallas, TX; four sisters, Irene Langley, Gladys Murphy, Onie Rickman and Elouise Young, all of Crossett; two grandchildren, David Lochala of Little Rock and Tammi Sheppeard of Arlington, TX; a great-grandson, Joshua Caleb Sheppeard and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 4,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. John Grantier &  John Ripley officiating. Pallbearers were Royce & Bennie Young, Jimmy & William Murphy, Chris Irvine & Espie Mac Lochala. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.
 Memorials may be made to the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God, 127 Shelton's Loop, Crossett, AR 71635.

Reba Nell Gifford Martin
Reba Nell Gifford Martin, 64, of Crossett died Friday, October 6, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A life-long resident of Ashley County, she was a bookkeeper and telephone operator for First National Bank of Crossett and a member of the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Marie Whitehead Gifford; and three brothers, Leward, Billy and Roy Dale Gifford.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, LaDon Martin; a son, Phillip Lemar Martin of Fountain Hill; three daughters, Dona and husband Willie Tanksley of Stuttgart, Kelly D'Ann Melanson and Penny and husband Rodney Brown of Crossett; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 8, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bros. Carlton White and Wayman Mann officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Ray Whitehead, Raymond Whitehead, John Will Shipman, P. D. Shipman, Tracy Bulloch and Don Bulloch. Honorary pallbearers were Bill and Terry Gifford and First National Bank Employees.
Burial followed services at the Lacey Cemetery in Drew County, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Memorials may be made to the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1409, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. James Audrey Pogue
Mr. James Audrey Pogue, 86,  died Monday, October 2, 2000 at his residence near Hamburg. Mr. Pogue was a native and life-long resident of the Milo Community outside of Hamburg and an U. S. Army veteran of the Philippines Campaign in World War II.   He retired in 1976 from the Mississippi River Transmission Corporation. A member and deacon of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church for many years, he was preceded in death by his parents, Curran & Mable Locke Pogue; and four brothers, John, Sidney, Lawrence "Dock" and C.W. Pogue. 
He is survived by his wife, Roxie Sullivan Pogue of Hamburg; two sons, Steve Pogue and  wife Rita of Hamburg and Larry Pogue and wife Elizabeth of Lebanon, TN; three daughters, Shirley Hollis and  husband Bill of Gonzales, LA, Linda Donaldson and  husband Charles of Hamburg and Virginia Townzen and husband Carrol, of Mt. Juliet, TN; a sister, Florence Sanders of Monticello; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, in the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Carter,. Dale Crumby &  Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Craig, John Laing, Hurley Berry, Tony Craig, L.M. Stewart, and Sam Knight. Interment followed services at  the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of 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.

Mr. James "Red" Riley
Mr. James Clark (Red) Riley, 72, of Hamburg died Sunday, October 8, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Riley was a native of Ashley County and a life-long resident of the Promise Land community outside of Hamburg. He retired from Deep South Construction in 1990. He was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in the Berea community and an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira G. & Lula Bell Stanley Riley; two brothers, Claude Riley, Sr., and Fred Riley.
He is survived by a daughter, Jamie Carpenter and her husband, Herbert, of Hamburg; a brother, I.G. Riley of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Amy Cedotal and  husband Adam; Herbert Carpenter, Jr., and Justi Carpenter, all of Hamburg and two great-grandchildren, DesRae & Hillary Cedotal.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Charles Pullin and Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers are to be  Carlis Brooks, Dennis Cox, Kerry Withers, Mitchell Taylor, Johnnie Pierce and Shane Wells. Honorary pallbearers are to be Billy Riley, Joe Sullivan, T.J. Thornhill, Dr. Charles Hicks and Frank Taylor.  Perry Livingston was to be an honorary pallbearer. 
Interment will be in the Mount Olive Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Nadean S. Harrison
Nadean S. Harrison, 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at the Monticello Leisure Lodge. Born October 25, 1918, in Kingsland, she worked as a bookkeeper at the Chase Bag plant in Crossett and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Harrison; a sister, Christine Walters; and her parents, W. L. and Katye M. Stricklen.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth Jean Stricklen of Moore, OK; a sister-in-law, Bessie H. and  husband Henry L. McFarlin; a brother-in-law, Jesse Harrison and wife Martha Lane, all of Crossett; and a niece, Patricia Lee Funk and husband John of Alpharetta, GA.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, September 29, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Raymond Brown, Byron Easterling, Fellon Jones, John Rader, Bert Jordan and Bobby Gill. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Mildred Estelle Locke
Mrs. Mildred Estelle Locke, 89, of Fountain Hill, died Saturday, September, 30, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. Locke was a native and  resident of Fountain Hill for many years and a former resident of California and Smackover. She was a homemaker and she worked during World War II at the Defense Plant in Jacksonville. A member of the Hollis Chapel Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theron Locke; her parents, John William & Tempie Jones Allison; three brothers, Herbert, Noel & Quentin Allison and two sisters, Inez McGilton & Barbara High.
She is survived by two brothers, James & Bobby Allison of Fountain Hill; three sisters, Lois Ford of Hamburg, Doris Scott of Ringgold, LA, and Olive McNiece of McComb, MS, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, October 2,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Clyde Mitchell, Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were Paul, Pat & Wade Allison, Bill Scott, Kerry Yelvington and Noel Dean McGilton. Interment followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery.

Thomas Louis Lunsford
Thomas Louis Lunsford, 55, of Crossett died Monday, September 25, 2000, at the McClellan Veterans' Hospital in Little Rock. Born December 23, 1944, to James Herschel and Hazel Millie Johnson Lunsford in Harriman, TN, he was an U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war, a Georgia-Pacific pulp mill employee for 29 years and a member of the Second Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ronnie, Gene, Bobby, Jerry and Bill; a sister, Sue, and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Lunsford; a daughter, Amy Patterson and husband Randy of Crossett; two brothers, Jim Lunsford and David Collins of Harriman, TN; two grandchildren, Megan and Justin Patterson of Crossett; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in the Second Baptist Church of Crossett with Revs. Jody Gannaway, Clay Courson and Bill Elton officiating. Pallbearers were John, Ronnie and Eddie Lunsford, Rick Pruitt, Paul Jordan, Robbie Harrington, and Jason Savage. Willis Doss and Johnny Sawyer were honorary pallbearers.
Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

LaVerne Russell
LaVerne Russell, 75, of Crossett died Sunday, October 1, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born May 30, 1925, to Jessie Brown and Mabel Alloway Miller in Hustontown, PA, she was a life-long resident of Crossett and worked as the receptionist for Dr. C. E. Ripley for over 20 years. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Russell of Crossett; a son, Buddy Russell and wife Denise of Crossett; a daughter, Debbie Holzhauer and husband Gary of Greenwood; a brother, Don Miller, and a sister, Audrey Cutchall, both of Hustontown; and five grandchildren, Laura, Lindsey and Laiken Russell and Zach and Sage Holzhauer, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 3, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial was to follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Crossett Riding Club Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 698, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the South Main Baptist Church, 2801 South Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Floyd Oliver Spencer, Sr.
Floyd Oliver Spencer, Sr., 87,  died Monday, September 25, 2000, at his residence in Fountain Hill. A life-long resident of Ashley County, he was a retired laborer for the Ashley Drew and Northern Railway, a barber who cut hair in Crossett, Fountain Hill and Monticello, and a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lee King Spencer; and his parents, Florence and Alice Marie Veasy Spencer.
Survivors include five sons, Floyd Spencer, Jr., of Bastrop, LA, Marvin  Spencer of Fountain Hill, Eugene and Raymond Spencer of Compton, CA, and Lecester Spender of Sacramento, CA; four daughters, Elsie Wilson of Fountain Hill, Alice Marie Ferguson and Patricia Nalls of Exeter, CA, and Peggy Marie Withers of Pomona, CA; one brother, Virgil Spencer of Bastrop; four sisters, Erma Reynolds of Crossett, Edna Franklin of Memphis, TN, Bernice Collins of Oakland, CA, and Blance Hall of Bastrop, LA; 31 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, in the Church of Christ of Fountain Hill with Bro. Jamie Rochell officiating. Pallbearers were Marvin, Jr., Kelvin, and Lecester Spencer, Jr., and Reggie, Charles and Jonathan Wilson.
Burial followed services at the Lacey Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ashley Nicole Wesson
Ashley Nicole Wesson, infant daughter of Robert & Lisa Kelley Wesson of Hamburg, died September 23, 2000, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. She is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Lane Wesson; her maternal grandparents, Jerry & Vivian Kelley of Hamburg; her paternal grandparents, Kenneth & Annette Wesson of Hamburg; her paternal great-grandparents, Clyde & Evelyn Tanksley of Crossett; her maternal great-great-grandmother, Pansiey Kelliey of Alexandria, LA, and a host of aunts, uncles and other family members.
Graveside funeral services and interment were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 28, at the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.


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