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Barbara Jeanette Brown
Barbara Jeanette Brown, 57, of Homer, LA, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at her home. Born December 31, 1943, in Eudora, she was a homemaker and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nikki Hernandez, and a brother, Alfred Graves.
Survivors include three sons, Kent Vercher of Hammond, LA, Keith Vercher of Mobile, AL, and Kyle Brown of Homer, LA; two daughters, Kim Vercher of Crossett and Kara Brigman of Bastrop, LA; her parents, Harold and Darling Leona Etue Graves of Homer, LA; one brother, Preston Graves of Alexandria, LA; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Robert McGaha officiating. Pallbearers were Kenneth and Lou Brigman, Kyle Brown, Kent and Keith Vercher and Wayne Hernandez. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery.

Delois Campbell 
Delois Campbell, 48, of Crossett died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her home. A lifelong resident of Crossett and an employee of the Georgia-Pacific extrusion plant, she was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a 1971 graduate of T. W. Daniels High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lou Wallace and Lucille Douglass Dawkins.
Survivors include two sons, Derrick and Jamaal Campbell of Crossett; a daughter-in-law, Carol Campbell; two brothers, Sherman and James Dawkins of Crossett; a sister, Georgetta Waters of Crossett; and two grandchildren, Derius and Cierra Campbell.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Boston, Sr., Archie Jones, Jimmy Ray Gilbert, Jerry McDonald, Dennis Williams and Scotty McCay. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

William Jackson Douglas
Mr. William Jackson "Jack" Douglas of Brookhaven, MS, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. A native of Dermott and a resident of Brookhaven, MS, for the past fourteen years, he was a retired Wal-Mart truck driver, a member of the Easthaven Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thad and Fedelia Stone Douglas, and a sister, Lillian Lee.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Edwards Douglas of Brookhaven, MS; two daughters, Jacky Prien and husband Paul of Dallas, TX, and Amy Greer and husband Chad of Picayune, MS; a brother, James Turner Douglas of Conway; two sisters, Virginia Douglas Teague of Dermott and Cloteene Augspurger of Orlando, FL; and two grandsons, Cody Douglas Greer and Cameron Thad Greer.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with the Rev. Charles Pullin, Rev. Thad Douglas, and Rev. Bendon Ginn officiating. Pallbearers were to be Dr. Jim Lee, Bill Lee, Chris and Barry Teague, Charlie and Tony Hopper. Interment will be in the Snyder Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Snyder Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Jane Graves, P. O. Box 264, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mrs. Jessie O. Gee
Mrs. Jessie O. Gee, 86, of Crossett, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County; a resident of Crossett for the past 25 years and a former resident of Hamburg and the Mount Pleasant Community east of Hamburg for many years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter P. Gee in 1966, a son, Homer Gee in 1999, her parents, Homer & Margaret King Howie and two sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Patsy Scranton of Hamburg; Mary Gee of Crossett and Sarah Richardson of Hamburg; a sister, Genie Brown of Jackson, MS; a daughter-in-law, Heidi Gee of Fayetteville, NC; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 27, in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder with Revs. Eugene Howie and. Charles Pullin & Dr. William Henry officiating. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Interment will be in the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lloyd Clifton Spratt
Lloyd Clifton "L. C." Spratt, 89, of Hamburg died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, he was a retired timber worker and a member of the Bethel Temple Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha Spratt; a son, Charlie Spratt; his parents, Jim and Ida Spratt; two sisters, Nancy and Ida Spratt; and four brothers, Joe, Charlie and Ad Spratt and Lee Wade.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl Spratt; two stepsons, Vernon Hendrix of Markham, IL, and William T. Hendrix of Milwaukee, WI; a daughter, Ethel Mae White of Inkster, MI; a stepdaughter, Frankie Burnes of Markham, IL; four grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, in the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Eld. Alphonso Madden officiating. Pallbearers were Baron Johnson, Frank Coakley, John Wimberly, Orlando S. Jones I, Orlando S. Jones II  and Curtis Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Simmons and Jerome Madden.  Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Joe Stuart
Joe Stuart, 83, of El Dorado died Thursday, June 21, 2001.  Born January 13, 1918, in Memphis, TN, to Fannye and Joseph Stuart, Sr, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis and received a BA degree in psychology from Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College. He served in World War II as a captain in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in England for three and a half years. He came to El Dorado with his wife, Janet, in August of 1946 and founded Stuart Typewriter Company, which evolved into Stuart's Inc., a regional office equipment dealership.
 He was a member of the congregation Beth Israel and was instrumental in the building of the Jewish Temple on Camp Street. He served as president of the congregation. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the United Way, a member of Rotary and a recipient of two Paul Harris Awards. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, he received the Silver Beaver Award in 1992 and served as a member of the board of directors.
He was president of the Office Machine Dealers Association of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and later served as president of the National Office Machine Dealers Association (NOMDA). He was a board member of SCORE, board member of RSVP, and active in the establishment of the El Dorado Racquet Club, also serving as president.
 Survivors include his wife, Janet Pachter Stuart; a son, Richard Stuart, and wife Joni of Shreveport, LA.; a daughter, Janey Stuart Pillsbury, and husband Dr. Richard Pillsbury of El Dorado; five grandchildren,  Kimberly, Richard and Megan Pillsbury and Rachel and Sarah Stuart; and a sister, Marie Newman of Memphis, Tenn.
 Grave-side services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at the Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado, conducted by Young's Funeral Directors. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2300 W. Main, El Dorado, Ark. 71730.

Mr. Gary Alan Bowers
Gary Alan Bowers, 54, of Crossett, formerly of Clinton, Iowa, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on July 31, 1946, to  Clarence and Lillian Bowers, he .was assistant superintendent for electrical and instrument support for Georgia-Pacific Corp. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Crossett and a member of the board of directors of the Prairie Country Club. His hobbies included wood-working and ham radio (KD5KQG). He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Karen S. Bowers of Crossett; one son, John A. Bowers, of Crossett; one daughter, Georgiana L. Gochnauer of Crossett; his mother, Lillian Bowers of Clinton, Iowa; and two brothers, Tim Bowers, M.D., of Dubque, Iowa, and Danny Bowers of Clinton, Iowa.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001, in St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are asked to be made to a fund for his daughter, Georgia Lee Gochnauer, c/o First National Bank, 218 Main St. of Crossett, Ark. 71635.

Rev. Claude H. Fudge
Rev. Claude H. Fudge, 91, of Crossett died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 8, 1910, to Robert Henry and Susie Anna Smith Fudge, he was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Norma Mae Fudge of Crossett; a stepson, Willie Charles Garnett of Dallas, TX; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Garnett of Dallas and Peggy Jean Garnett of El Dorado; two cousins, Mrs. Ova Lee Evans of Monroe, LA, and Madora Hall of Fresno, CA; five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and many friends.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce Warren, Eugene Streeter, Thomas Lowe, Sr., Columbus Foster, Jesse Lowe and Willie Ed Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were the stewards and trustees of the church, usher service and the usher federation. Burial followed services at the Beekman Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Rose Mazzanti Kellerman McEwen
Rose Mazzanti Kellerman McEwen, 81, of Jacksonville, FL, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Vincent Hospital in Jacksonville. Born February 14, 1920, in Lake Village to the late Enrico and Maria Mazzanti, she was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Victor Mazzanti.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Wolfbrandt of Lake Elsinore, CA, and Debbie Street of Middleburg, FL; eight brothers, Ned, Al, Fiore, Joe and Henry Mazzanti of Lake Village, Gene Mazzanti of Little Rock, Frank Mazzanti of Crossett and Paul Mazzanti of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Gloria Morara and Catherine Talbot of Lake Village; and two grandchildren.
A Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m Thursday, June 14, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village with Father Richard Somers as celebrant. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Ouida Lavon Upshaw Moore
Ouida Lavon Upshaw Moore, 75, of Spanish Fort, AL,  died Monday night, June 11, 2001, at 10:30 p.m. in Mobile, Alabama. Born October 19, 1925, in Ashley County, she was the only child of Scottie May Brockwell Upshaw and Grady Henry Upshaw. Left without her mother when she was taken by death at a young age, she was dearly loved and cared for by her aunt and uncle, Opal and Harry Noble, Sr. A genealogical researcher, she served as regent of the Mobile chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and as regent of the DAR's Richards House Mansion in historic Mobile. 
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Moore; her daughter Wanda Joyce and husband Ned Healy of Port Clear, AL; three sons Michael Sr., and wife Sue Ellen Moore of Wilmer, AL, Scotty Ray and wife Vickie Moore of Silver Hill, AL, and Danny Joe and wife Mary Moore of Baton Rouge, LA,  as well as 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and cousins and other relatives. 
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home chapel. She was buried by her grandson in their family plot in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

Miss Martha Ann Pugh
Miss Martha Ann Pugh, 42, of Portland died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. Miss Pugh was a native of Portland. She was a graduate of Chatham Hall School in Chatham, VA. She also graduated from the University of the South in Swanee, TN. She was a resident of Washington, D.C. for the past 20 years and the former office manager for Senator David Pryor. She was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her parents, Robert Dean & Jo Ann Ederington Pugh of Portland; two sisters, Mary Pugh Manning of Bentonville and Virginia Pugh Hernandez of Madrid, Spain; two nieces, Ana Louise Hernandez and Mary Catherine Manning; and two nephews, Juan Wilson Hernandez and Van Jesse Manning.
The family will be at home in Portland. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, in the Portland United Methodist Church with Rev. Joel W. Pugh, II officiating. Pallbearers were to be  Joel Newcome, Leyden Pugh, John Newcome, Craig Shackelford, Eddie Scherm, and Jerry Sadler. Interment was to follow services at  the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. 
Memorials may be made to the Martha Ann Pugh Memorial Fund for Juvenile Diabetes, c/o The Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Carl Levett Sanford
Carl Levett Sanford, 47, of Crossett died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, he was a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church and a 1972 graduate of Crossett High School.
Survivors include his parents, Rev. Nolan and Alma Watson of Crossett; a brother, Chanslor Watson of Crossett; and  two sisters, Gwendolyn Harris of Crossett and Julie Hatter of Lakewood, CA.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Revs. Nolan Watson and Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Joel Ford, Curtis Boston, Jr., Larry Moore, Perry Johnson, Gordon Kidd and Robert Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were Chanslor Watson, Aaron Harris III, Tony Tatum, Maurice Williams, Bernard Martin and Jason Belser. 
Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. William Van Carpenter
Mr. William Van Carpenter, 80, of Monroe, LA, died Monday, June 4, 2001. at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Monroe for the past 24 years, he graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in commerce & finance.   He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, stationed on the <i>USS Yorktown </i>as a gunner's mate. He owned and operated Carpenter's Clothing Store in Hamburg for many years. He was a former president of the Hamburg Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Hamburg Rotary Club and the Hamburg PTA and a former member of the Hamburg City Council and the Democrat Central Committee of Ashley County. He trained with the Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind, now known as the Lions World Services for the Blind and was a representative spokesman for them across Arkansas. He was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church in Monroe where he was an outreach leader. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg where he was a youth Sunday School teacher for many years.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sara Carpenter in 1962; his parents, George Albert & Talnethus Irene Herrod Carpenter; two brothers, Arnold & Rev. Raymond Carpenter; and three sisters, Frances Locke, Alleen Rothchild and Zell Sullivan.
He is survived by two sons, David Carpenter and  wife Marilyn of Ladelle and Steve Carpenter of Monroe; a daughter, Claire McCants and  husband Art of Greenwood; a sister, Dell Carpenter Hedley of Lansing, MI; four grandsons, Shane & Marcus Carpenter and Will & John David McCants; and one great-grandson, Ryan Carpenter.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 7, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Lee McGlone & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Glen & Billy Ray Carpenter, Butch Locke, Rudy Bischof, Jack Carpenter, Sr. and Sonny Smith. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Parkview Baptist Church Senior Men's Sunday School Classes. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Lions World Services for the Blind, 2811 Fairpark Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204.

Ezra Lafae Divine
Ezra Lafae Divine, 67, of Dermott died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the McGehee-Desha County Hospital. A retired transportation supervisor for the state, he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Dermott. He was born September 25, 1933, in Eudora to the late James Monroe and Vonnie Mae Rucker Divine.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Jane Divine of Dermott; two sons, James Divine of Dermott and Dan Divine of McGehee; two daughters, Sandra Whitten of Memphis, TN, and Debra Divine of Dermott; three brothers, Roy Divine of Leland, MS, Everett Divine of Pensacola, FL, and Paul Divine of St. Louis, MO; three sisters, Flora Breedlove of Montrose, Dot Rea of Pensacola, FL, and Lena Burnum of Winona, MS, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the Northside Baptist Church in Eudora with Rev. Monta Kellebrew officiating. Burial followed services at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. 

Helen Titus Erwin
Helen Titus Erwin, 100, of Crossett died Friday, June 8, 2001. She was born April 21, 1901, in Lawson, MO, to James Frank and Alice Bethel Titus. In 1905, the family moved to Hamburg. She married Ashley Crossett Erwin and moved to Crossett in 1936. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, she was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include two sisters, Louise Gettle of Stuttgart and Ruth Ingram of Pine Bluff; a brother-in-law, Silas D. Snow of North Little Rock; three nieces and seven nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Scott and Todd Cooper, Bobby Titus, Billy Jack Ragland, Tom Pat Cook, Frank Dolan, Steve, Lane, Bill and John Titus, Silas Snow, Jr., and Ben Posey.
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

John Stanley Foy, Jr.
John Stanley Foy, Jr., 85, of Crossett died Monday, June 4, 2001, at his home. Born November 26, 1915, to John Stanley and Eliza Foy, he was a Georgia-Pacific employee and a deacon of the First Freewill Baptist Church. A dedicated family man, he loved to travel. He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Foy III.
Survivors include his wife, Lobelia Foy of Crossett; four sons, Harold Bonnette of Crossett, Jimmy Bonnette of Farmerville, LA, and Dan Bonnette and Joe Foy of Benton; three daughters, Audrey Buckley of Nashville, TN, Jean Waldie of Shreveport, LA, and Ann Hare of Benton; a sister, Mary Lou Greene of Memphis, TN; 27 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and twelve great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. John Reed and Blane Beck officiating. Pallbearers were Glynn Willis, Andrew Wallace, Herman Johnson, Joey Johnson, Stormy Braswell, Bruen Craig, and Johnny Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Rodgers, Royce Oden and J. W. Boseman. Burial followed services at the Lone Sassafras Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. William A. "Bill" Hill
Mr. William A. "Bill" Hill, 66, of Hamburg died Monday, June 4, 2001, at the Cumberland Lake Hospital in Cumberland, WI. A native of Hamburg; a resident of Turtle Lake WI since 1979,  a former resident of Bradenton, FL, he was a retired federal park ranger; an U. S. Air Force  veteran of the Korean Conflict and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norwood & Carrie Courson Hill, and a nephew, Phill Laskey.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Eid Hill of Turtle Lake, WI; a daughter, Karen Hill Bruckner and husband Tony of Clinton; two stepsons, Rodney & Keith Eid of Wisconsin;  a step-daughter, Charlene Kasper of Wisconsin; two sisters, Linda K. Harville and Winda F. Laskey of Hamburg; two grandchildren; two nieces, Vickie Pennington & Dee Dee Smith and a nephew, Russell Harville.
Memorial services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 8, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Rescue Unit, c/o Mrs. Doris Huffman, VA Officer, Ashley County Courthouse Annex, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lucy Inez McCone Jacobs
Lucy Inez McCone Jacobs, 76, of Crossett died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at her home. Born November 16, 1924, in Cominto to Flaudy Earl and Velma Cash McCone, she was a former employee of Chase Bag and retired from the Crossett Water Commission. A member of the Crossett First Baptist Church and the Crossett Quilting Club, she was an avid reader and enjoyed the outdoors, particularly bird watching and flower gardening.
Survivors include her husband, John W. Jacobs of Crossett; two sons, John Marion Carter, Jr., and Forrest "Buddy" Carter of Crossett; a daughter, Gaius Blackburn of Fort Smith; two brothers, F. E. McCone, Jr., of Springdale and Billy Bob McCone of Hamburg; two sisters, Berniece Bays and Pauline Sisson of Crossett; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with William Blackburn and Tom McCone officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Carter, John Earl and Mitch Bays, Armel Dean, Robert Faye Malloy and D. H. "Doogie" Darling. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. 

Eddie Dewitt Mays Jr.
Infant Eddie Dewitt Mays Jr. of Hamburg, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001,  at he Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Beverly Mays of Hamburg; one sister, April Shaniese Mays of Hamburg; grandparents Mrs. Sammie Mays of Hamburg and Rev. R.N. and Edna Sanders of Malvern; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Grave-side services were Tuesday, June 5, at 4:30 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Dora Fox Walden
Dora Fox Walden,  82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. Born on April 16, 1919, to Walter and Ora Lee King Sheffield in Monticello, Mrs. Walden was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude H. Fox, and her second husband, Rueben Walden.
Survivors include two sons, Herbert Wayne Fox and Robert Ernest Fox, both of Crossett; three daughters, Shirley Ainsworth of Crossett, Betty Joan Ferguson of Hamburg, and Marilyn Jean Williams of Hughes Springs, TX; one sister, Georgia Peterson of Bastrop, LA; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Don Justice and John Williams officiating. Interment followed at Green Hill Cemetery in Monticello under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers were Lance Wood, Phillip Bowles, Robert Evans, Earl Haynie, Steve Courson, and Kevin Kilcrease.

Mary Louise Ware
Mary Louise Ware, 77, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker, and a member of Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, she was preceded in death by her parents, William John and Zebbie Walker Peoples, and one brother, William John Peoples, Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James Ware; three sons, Arthur Robinson of Little Rock and John and Lee Troy Ware of Hamburg; three daughters, Charlotte Clifton of Cedar Hill, TX, Carolyn Allen of Plano, TX, and Kathy Davis of Denton, TX; one brother, Ben Chandler of Elsinor, CA; one sister, Doris Griggs of Hamburg; 19 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Eld. H.P. Woods officiating. Pallbearers were John Woods, Jonathan Young, Johnny Stanley, Teddy Hawkins, Levell Stanley, and Charles Dunn. Interment was in the Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

Mrs. Gladys Burgess Blackwell
Mrs. Gladys Burgess Blackwell, 91, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. A native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Herman Burgess and Jack Blackwell; two daughters, Sadie Maxwell and Betty Ruth Adams; a son, William Burgess; her parents, Henry & Anna Bell Hill, four brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by a son, Edward Burgess of Bastrop, LA; two daughters, Margaret Huffstetler of Mena and Jessie Mae Boykin of Hamburg; three step-sons, Charles Blackwell of Monroe, LA, Buddy Blackwell of San Antonio, Texas and James Blackwell of Bastrop, LA; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Pallbearers were Emmitt & Travis Wallace, Dennis Byrd, Howard Foster, Roger Brantley and Clarence Lindsey. Interment followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church , PO Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

Mr. A. D. Farmer
Mr. A. D. Farmer, 63, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at the Hamburg Clinic. Mr. Farmer was a native of and was raised in Crossett. He was a resident of Hamburg for the past 50 years and  a car salesman for Murphy Ford for 10 years. He worked for the Ashley Life Insurance Company for many years. A member of the Gardner Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel & Larcie Fleming Farmer; two brothers, Aubrey & Alfred B. Farmer and two sisters, June Witcher and Merle Doss.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Bennett Farmer of Hamburg; a son, Rodney Farmer and wife Rebecca of Budapest, Hungary; three sisters, Lila Woods & Ethel Allison of Hamburg and Tina Roberts of Crossett and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, in the Gardner Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Murphy, Jim Barker, Mike Morris, Royce Curry, James Robinson and Hunter Buatt. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Murphree, Mike Ogden, Danny Kelley, Ted Richardson, John H. & Robert Maxwell, Carroll Womack, Carl J. Bierbaum, Johnny M. Nolan and John Hunter Buatt. Interment followed servcies at the Cleveland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646

Mr. James H. Franklin
Mr. James H. Franklin, 91, of Wilmot, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at the Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. A native and lifelong resident of Wilmot, he was a retired farmer and cattleman, an U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Gaines Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Olga Crawley Franklin; three brothers, Alvin, Otis & Leslie Franklin; and two sisters, Esther Franklin and Beuna Mae Barton.
He is survived by a niece, Renee Gourley of Wilmot; a nephew, Robert Franklin of Bastrop, LA and several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 1, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Cecil Harvey officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Gourley, Christopher Garnder, Ronald Pollock, Jerry & Jeremiah Sims, Robert O'Neal, Michael Gourley and Trey Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were Lenwood Williamson, Ruben "Bud" Smith, Richard & Billy Smith, and Jack & Tom McManus. Interment followed services at the Bell Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Bell Cemetery, c/o Mr. Jack McManus, PO Box 114, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Mary C. McNeal
Mary C. McNeal, 68, of Crossett died Friday, June 1, 2001. Born November 15, 1932, in Pine Hill to William and Viola Hampton Carlock, she was a member of the Greater Jericho Full Gospel Baptist Church in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd McNeal.
Survivors include a son, Luke Jones of Houston, TX; a daughter, Belinda Dawkins of Crossett; a brother, Otis Carlock; two sisters, Corine Henderson and Addie Williams, all of Crossett; one stepson, Wallace McNeal; three stepdaughters, Leowine McNeal, Bonnie McNeal and Allace Hardley, all of Grand Rapids, MI; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 12 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial was to follow services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Maria Navarro
Mrs. Maria Del Refugio Nol Quirarte Navarro, 62, of the Snyder community, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at her residence. Mrs. Navarro was a native of San Iqnacio Jalisco, Mexico; a resident of the Snyder Community since 1996 and a former resident of Ameca Jalisco, Mexico. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.
She is survived by her husband, Gerardo Navarro of Snyder; seven sons, Ramon Navarro of Lake Village, Jesus Navarro of Montrose, Pedro Navarro of Tyro, Gerardo Navarro of El Dorado, Gustavo Navarro of Lake Village, Pablo Navarro of Nevada and Carlos Navarro of Montrose; five daughters, Leticia Mondragon of Snyder, Atanacia Gomez of Texas, Carolina Jimenez of Boydell, and Maria Jimenez and Maria Elena Navarro of Snyder; three brothers, Gabrid, Hilario & Ruben Nol of Mexico; two sisters, Maria & Juana Nol of Mexico; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Ariel Hernandez officiating. Interment will be in the Calle Posito Sin Numero Pantion in Ameca Jalisco, Mexico. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Vera Lee Rice
Mrs. Vera Lee Rice, 83, of Hamburg died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Rice was a native of Kilbourne, LA, a resident of Hamburg for many years, a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Rice in 1987; a daughter, Linda Rice Collins in 1988; an infant daughter, Kitty Lou Cinder; her parents, Van & Nora Gatlin Pullin; two sisters and a brother.
She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Charles Rice & Mickey Rice  Hamburg; two daughters, Betty Sue Hunter of Columbia, S.C., and Brenda Carnell of Hamburg; two brothers, Ralph Pullin of Warren and Rev. Charles Pullin of Hamburg; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Kinney of Navasota, TX and Bobbie Sue Carpenter of Hamburg, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Monday, June 4, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin,  Mike Titsworth &  Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Dustin Carnell, Luke & Gary Brown, Colby Collins, Rex & Scott Hunter, Christopher, Jason, Greg & Petie Rice. Interment followed services at the Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

Mable Milton Ross
Mable Milton Ross, 74, of Crossett died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at her home. A native of Wilmot and a Crossett resident for the past 42 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jessie Knox and Dennis McAdoo; a granddaughter, Hannah Foster; and her father, James Milton.
Survivors include her husband, Napoleon Ross; one daughter, Karen Foster of Crossett; two adopted daughters, Denita Baldwin of Milwaukee, WI, and Inger Williams of Crossett; her mother, Lucreshia Milton; a brother, Wardell Whaley of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Mary Kidd of Los Angeles, CA, and Elizabeth Duckery of Wilmot; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the First Baptist Church on Florida with Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Cornelius Brown, Calvin and Johnny Duckery, and Kevin and Rodney Hollins.  Honorary pallbearers were Darren McAdoo, Jr. and Sr., Deverick McAdoo, Christopher and Nicholas Ball, Randy Williams, Adam and Nicholas Knox and Stanley Goree.
Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

Kathleen Frances Schwartz
Kathleen Frances "Kay" Schwartz of Crossett died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in her home. Mrs. Schwartz was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Originally from Churchtown, Southport, England, she came to the United States as a young woman in 1958 on an extended visit. She met and married Peter Schwartz of Syracuse, NY, and never returned to England to live. She became a naturalized citizen in 1968. A loving and devoted mother and wife and  very active in her church, her community, and a close circle of friends with whom she loved to travel, she was an avid gardener well known for her beautiful English roses and enjoyed caring for her cats as well. Mrs. Schwartz was preceded in death by two sisters: Winford Mary Hudson and Doris Cadwell, and a brother, John Joseph "Jack" Cadwell.
She is survived by her husband, Peter Schwartz, Jr. of Crossett; a daughter Elizabeth White and husband Mark, of Crossett; three sons, Peter Schwartz III and wife Denise of Ashdown, John Schwartz and wife Susan of Alexandria, VA, and Paul Schwartz and Nancy (Reves) of Clarksville, TN; a brother Harold Cadwell of Southport, England; and eight granddaughters, Erica and Abigail White, Rachael, Katie and Hannah Schwartz, Audrey and Caroline Schwartz, and Allison Schwartz.
Funeral mass was celebrated Friday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Grassi, Ronald Henley, Frank Mazzanti, Rex Dodson, Phillip Schueth, James Kirkley, Jimmy Grubbs and Bobby McMahen. Internment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2400 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635; The American Cancer Society; or Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Alfred M. Shockley, Jr.
Alfred M. Shockley, Jr., 83, of Monticello died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born October 16, 1917, in Ashley County to the late Alfred M. Sr., and Bertha Walker Shockley, he was a retired textile mill worker and was employed at Wal-Mart. An U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Second Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son, Daniel G. Shockley, Sr., of Monticello; a daughter, Linda Rankin of Dumas; two brothers, Hendrix Shockley of Pine Bluff and Dwayne Shockley of Slidell, LA; one sister, Bernice Morris of Halley; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were at 2 p.m Monday, June 4, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Shawn Barnard officiating. Pallbearers were Edgar Wyles, Chuck Owen, Louis Hudson, Floyd Killough, Ivon Sipes and Ed Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were John Collins, Horace Sawyer and Warner Vining. Burial followed services at the Oakland Cemetery.

Mrs. Ludie Mae Smith
Mrs. Ludie Mae Smith, 94, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. Mrs. Smith was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of the Milo Community. A homemaker and a devoted mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Smith in 1967; two sons, Wilbert L. & Virgil Gary Smith; her parents, Thomas Whitfield & Lottie Herring Thornhill; two brothers, Addison & Odis Thornhill and a sister, Vera Allen.
She is survived by a son, Jehu Smith of Gary, Indiana; three daughters, Ruth McKay of Little Rock, Ann Pummill of Cabot and Lydia Broomfield of Hamburg; a brother, Whitt Thornhill of Monticello; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. John Ripley officiating. Pallbearers are Lee, T.J., Willie & Tommy Thornhill, Buddy Haycock and Kenneth Moran. Interment followed services at the Eden Cemetery.

William "Billy" Thomasson
William "Billy" Thomasson, 57, of Monticello died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in Stuttgart. A native of St. Louis, MO, and a former employee of the Arkansas Science and Math School in Hot Springs, he was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Alton Hudspeth Thomasson.
Survivors include three sons, Anthony, Lance and Kenneth Thomasson of Stuttgart; two daughters, Adrienne Thomasson of Stuttgart and Tessa Thomasson of Jonesboro; three brothers, Charles and James Thomasson of St. Louis and Robert Thomasson of Monticello; and eight grandchildren. 
Grave-side services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Alford Branch officiating. Honorary pallbearers were John, Dwight and Justice Hudspeth, Jr., R. C. McCoy, Craig Smith, Robert Arrington, and Joe Gray. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Leona Trantham
Leona Trantham, 89, of Boydell died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the Medical Center of Southeast Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Boydell, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burly Trantham; a daughter, Ruby Roberts; two sons, Jerry and Gene Trantham; her parents, Henry and Catherine Bunyon Fleming; three brothers and a sister.
Survivors include two sons, Orville Trantham of Conway and Leroy Trantham of Crossett; six daughters, Louise Holley of Chungala, LA, Helen Cundiff of Springhill, LA, Jewel Streeter of Crossett, Faye Wallace of Hamburg, Bonnie Summers of Fountain Hill and Shirley Edwards of Hamburg; a brother, Raymond Fleming of Kalamazoo, MI; and 33 grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel. Pallbearers were Jody Edwards, Shannon Wallace, Timmy and Thomas Swan, Joe Roberts and Jarrod Williamson.  Burial followed services at the Snyder Cemetery.

Nicholas "Nick" Taylor Barnett
Nicholas "Nick" Taylor Barnett, 82, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his residence. Born September 3, 1918, to Marshall Taylor and Eulla Sims Barnett, he was a pipefitter and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Herman Barnett; three brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Cope Barnett; a son, Tony Nicholas Barnett, both of Crossett; a daughter, Jo Ann Barnett Cooley of Bald Knob; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Roy Craig, Travis Roberts and Randy Maxwell officiating. Members of Masonic Lodge #576 served as pallbearers. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Bertha Jordan Burchfield
Bertha Jordan Burchfield, 93, of Crossett died Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at the Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, LA. Born February 2, 1908, in Drew County to Rufus and Nancy Wigley Jordan, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and active in her Sunday School class and a member of the Golden Voices Choir. She was a past matron of the Order of the Easter Star and the Order of Amaranth. She loved to cook, arrange flowers, care for her family, visit, and read, and in her earlier days, enjoyed fishing as well. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Burchfield, and a daughter, Patsy Ann Ray.
Survivors include three sons, Olen Burchfield of Zachary, LA, and Bobby and Jackie Burchfield of Crossett; a daughter, Becky Pritchett of Simmsboro, LA, 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Dr. Wilton Wall officiating. Pallbearers were Larry, Barry and Greg Burchfield, Brian and Stephen Ray, Phillip Pritchett and Bobby Hill.
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett. 

Betty Jane Willis Burchfield
Betty Jane Willis Burchfield, 67, of Crossett died Monday, May 21, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 30, 1933, to Thomas Wesley and Mary Bob Tuggle Willis in Collins, she worked as a secretary for the public schools for many years and loved genealogy. A member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, she was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Jackie Burchfield; a son, Barry Burchfield and wife Dawn of Crossett; a daughter Jennifer Burchfield of North Little Rock; her mother, Mary Willis and a sister, Rose Marie Willis, both of North Little Rock; and two granddaughters, Jordan Bailey Burchfield and Maci Grace Burchfield of Crossett.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry and Bro. R. V. White officiating. Pallbearers were L. C. Cooper III, Mike Jones, Michael Ray, Jack Allen, Jimmie Lewis, and Jimmy Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Mike and Steve Jones, Gary Don Madden, Chris and Brett Collins, Greg and Jeff Knight, David Fowler, Mike Pennington and Eddie Tew.
Burial followed services at the Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Mr. Joe Kusturin
Mr. Joe Kusturin, 78, of Little Rock, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Southwest Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Filbert, West Virginia, he was raised in Hamburg and was a resident of Little Rock for the past 47 years. He was a retired plumber; an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and. a Catholic. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Verona Cherry Kusturin; three brothers, Johnny, Matt & George Kusturin and two sisters, Mary & Paula Kusturin.
He is survived by two daughters, Nelda Hodges of Shannon Hills and Cynthia Anderson of Cabot; two brothers, Albert Kusturin of Hamburg and Martin Kusturin of Boone, NC; a sister, Lennie Mahan of Corpus Christi, TX; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the funeral home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Interment will be in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Nancy Spivey, 127 Ashley Road 26, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Ethel "Irene" Langley 
Ethel "Irene" Langley, 92, of Crossett died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born August 10, 1909, in Crossett to William Walter and Alabama Rickman Lochala, she was a member of the Assembly of God for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alymer Langley.
Survivors include two sons, William Charles Langley of Houston, TX, and Donald D. Langley of Crossett; three daughters, Alma Jean Pinkston of Crossett, JoAnn Johnson of Jacksonville, FL, and Christine Graves of Crossett; three sisters, Gladys Murphy, Onie Rickman and Eloise Young, all of Crossett; twelve grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Grave-side services were planned for 10 a. m. Tuesday, May 29, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Larry Hickman officiating. Services were directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Jack David Townley
Jack David Townley, 45, of Crossett died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his home. Born July 22, 1955, to Belton Albert and Jo Ann Johnson Townley, he worked for Georgia-Pacific as a back tender and was a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and the McCormic-Hill Deer Camp. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved sports, coaching girls softball at Huttig High School last year.
Survivors include a son, Bradley Jonathan Townley of Salt Lake City, UT; his parents, Belton "Dugan" and Jo Ann Townley; two brothers, Ricky and Randy Dale Townley; a sister, Kimberly Watson, all of Crossett; three nephews, five nieces, two great-nieces and one great-nephew. 
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Gayle Riles and Ray Hearron officiating. Pallbearers were Dan Doughty, Tony Blann, David Thomas, Mike Matthews, Jerry Gill, Steve Hebert, Brent Stokes and Jimmy Lloyd Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Griffis, Bobby Vickers, Jerry Pahal, Doug Garner and Dale Bolin.
Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ronald Paul Wilkens
Ronald Paul Wilkens, 79, of Crossett, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001. He was born on November 29, 1921 to Ernest H. and Nellie Bridgeford Wilkens. Mr. Wilkens was a member of Masonic Lodge #1328 of Houston, TX, and a World War II Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Wilkens of Crossett; three sons, Ronald Paul Wilkens Jr. of Hockley, TX, Randy Harville of Plantersville, TX, and David Harville of Cypress, TX; two daughters, Janis Dietzel of Houston, TX, and Evelyn Harville of Crossett; one sister, Dorothy Alban of Freeport, TX; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 25, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Carlton White, John Reed and Dan Bonnette officiating. Pallbearers were Harold and Jimmy Bonnette, Bill Carpenter, and Leon, Frankie and A.E. White. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Irene Rice Boyd
Irene Rice Boyd, 92, formerly of South Fulton, Tennessee, died May 13, 2001, at Belmont Village in Memphis where she had made her home for the last two years. Mrs. Boyd was born May 15, 1908, in Milo to the late Mallie V. and Maybell Moffatt Rice. She was reared in Milo and graduated from Crossett High School. She had been employed as a clerk in the Ashley County School Superintendent's office in Hamburg and was instrumental in establishing the Parks and Recreation Department in Arkansas. She and her late husband, Paul G. Boyd, moved to South Fulton where they owned and operated a gas company for many years. She was a member of Fulton First Baptist Church and a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was also an avid bridge player.
Survivors include a brother, Forrest Rice of Crossett; three grandchildren, Irene Templeton Smith of Cordova, TN, Paul Boyd Templeton of Harrisonburg, VA, and Ann Thomas Templeton of Enumclaw, WA; and one great-grandson, Thomas Hudson Smith of Cordova.
She was presided in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Templeton; a brother, Floyd W. Rice; and three sisters, Annabelle Crane, Marie Branson Barton, and Myrtle Rice.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton, Kentucky. Burial was in Obion County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 115, Second Street, Fulton, KY 42041, or the Alzheimer Association, 3960 Knight Arnold Road, Suite 215A, Memphis, TN 38118.

Ms. Diane Pryor Harper
Ms. Diane Pryor Harper, 54, of Hamburg died Thursday, May 17, 2001, south of Monticello.  She was a native of and raised in Crossett and was a resident of Hamburg for the past 28 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett. She was a homemaker, worked with pre-school children for many years, and helped start the girls softball program in Hamburg, and she loved to write poetry.
She is survived by a daughter, Kim Smalling and husband Mark of Little Rock; a son, Chris Harper of Monticello; her parents, Fred & Audrey Phillips Pryor of Crossett; three brothers, Fred Pryor, Jr. of Windermere, FL, John Pryor of Little Rock and Phil Pryor of Azle, TX; three sisters, Carolyn Morgan of Branson, MO, Pam McKinney of Crossett and Beverly Pryor of Dallas, TX; and two grandchildren, Connor & Corbin Smalling of Little Rock.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg with Revs. John Alston and Leslee Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Michael, David & Scott Temple, J. D. Andrews, Donnie McKinney and Robert Morgan. Interment followed services at  the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Diane Pryor Harper Memorial Fund to Benefit Children; c/o Farmers Bank, PO Box 350, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to First National Bank, 218 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Mrs. Clementine B. Herren
Mrs. Clementine B. Herren, 84, of Portland died Monday, May 21, 2001, at the St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. A native of Dumas and a resident of Portland for the past 68 years, she resided in Jonesboro with her daughter, Glenda, for the past 18 months. She was a retired mail carrier, and she taught music in the public schools and  taught private music lessons. She was the pianist and organist for several area churches for many years. A member of the Portland Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Andrew Herren, Jr. in 1983; her parents, Cullen Oliver & Mary Uland Borland, a sister, Pauline Gannaway and a brother Marshal Borland.
She is survived by a son, Andy Herren II and his wife, JoAnn, of North Little Rock; two daughters, Glenda Maglothin and husband Pat of Jonesboro and Mary Eleanor Henderson and  husband of Portland; a brother, Hilburn Borland of Pickens; a sister, Glenda Fowler of Little Rock; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services are 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Jody Gannaway,  Don Borland and  Sanders Brooks officiating. Pallbearers are to be Richard Sadler, Benton Newcome, Scott Young, Jeramy Dalton, Ronnie Pamplin and Jake Gay. 
Interment will be in the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663 or to the New Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 8 West, Eudora, AR 71640.

Billie Dove Johnson
Billie Dove Johnson, 68, of Hamburg died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hampton and a Hamburg resident for the past 60 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Daniel Johnson; two daughters, Elizabeth and Norma Johnson; two sons, Don and Carl Johnson; her parents, John Joshua and Lula Elizabeth Earnest Carpenter; a brother, Henry Coleman; and a sister, Lucille Barnett.
Survivors include three sons, Johnny Taylor of Parkdale, Billy J. Johnson of Crossett and James Earl Johnson of Hamburg; a stepson, Thomas Johnson of Crossett; three daughters, Mary Stevens of El Dorado, Laverne Carter of Monticello and LaFran Singleton of Monticello; two brothers, Robert Coleman of Hamburg and Jody Coleman of Bearden; a sister, Ruby Pace of Warren; 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Calvary Baptist Church with Bros. Joel Meredith and Gary Powell officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas Walters, Eddie Johnson, Rickie Cessor, Jason Kelley, Charles Burton and Tommy Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Mills and Ronnie Wooldridge. Burial followed services at the Promise Land Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mattie Mae Johnson Neel
Mattie Mae Johnson Neel, 93, a lifelong resident of Crossett, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 22, 1907, to Murray and Ella Rice Johnson, she was a member of the Unity Church, a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, gardening and bird watching. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Neel, and her son, Robert Fay Neel.
Survivors include two daughters, Hazerie Stell and Myrtle Mae Hughes; a sister, Armetta Andrews, all of Crossett; six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Unity Church with Bro. Lawrence Amos officiating. Pallbearers were Robert, Hamp, Wayne and Mark Neel and Dennis, Ashley and Lance Stell. Honorary pallbearers were Dan Emory, Herman Johnson, Jason Rainey, Jim Carter, Ron Jones and Timmy Smith. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.


 


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