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Mr. Henry Allen Allison
Mr. Henry Allen Allison, 78, of Hamburg died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Allison was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Fremont, CA for many years until  moving back to Hamburg in 1978. He retired in 1976 from AC Transit Company in San Francisco after 30 years of service. A Baptist,  he was the co-owner of Allison Auto Glass & Body in Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maudie Ruth Waller Allison in 1974; infant twins, his parents, Mal & Johnie Dew Allison and a brother, Dude Allison.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn Goettling Allison of Hamburg; two sons, Shelby Ray Allison of San Francisco, CA, and Steven Allison of Hamburg; a daughter Sandra Ruth Johnson of Little Rock; two step-sons, Joseph Francis of Chico, CA, and Kenneth Francis of Collinsville, TX; a step-daughter, Coette Rogers of Hamburg; a brother, Vance Allison of Houston, TX; four sisters, Margie Cloade of Monticello; Jo Ann Moffatt of Hamburg; Dean Rankin of Mendenhall, MS and Rose Wilder of Redding, CA; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Allen Waldrup and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Turner, Freddie Martin, Claude Riley, Jr., Clyde Gardner, Junior, Mark & Tony Moffatt and Steve Rogers.  Memorials may be made to the Beech Creek Church Building Fund, c/o Mr. Roger Nutt, 1309 Chestnut Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

West Dillard
West Dillard, 81, of Little Rock, formerly of Parkdale, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Alabama and a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Louise Bankston, and a brother, Robert Dunning.
Survivors include his stepmother, Estelle Dunning of Bastrop, LA: five brothers, Lee Dillard and James Dunning of Little Rock, Gene Dillard of Alabama, Cloman Connely of Eudora and Ralph Dunning of Bastrop; four nieces, Melvin Stansfield, Pearline Robinson, Earnestine Bankston and Lillie Porter and husband O. J.; and four nephews, Willie Gulley, Jessie Henson, Fred Bankston and Kirk Bankston.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, September 24, in the Union Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Pallbearers were A. C. Campbell, Nathaniel Henson, James C. Brown, Jr., J. C. Brown, Sr., Carl Vaughn and Otis Anthony. Burial followed services at the Childress Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Alice Marie Doss
Alice Marie Doss, 88, of Crossett died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born November 5, 1912, in Van Buren to Charlie and Mindy McAfee Young, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Doss; two brothers, Harmon and Wes Young; and one sister, Elizabeth Bennett.
Survivors include a son, Harvey Doss of Crossett; four daughters, Hazel Alderman, Patsy Wright, Tressie Stodghill and Dessie Stevens, all of Rayville, LA; two sisters, Tressie Wright of Wilmot and Edith Nimmo of Crossett; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 24, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Dan Webb officiating. Pallbearers were Terrence Stodghill, Sr., Lynn Mullenaux, Elder Bunderson, Elder Allison, Elmer Strickland and Jackson E. Dye. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery.

Mrs. Doris Lee Ford Pistole
Mrs. Doris Lee Ford Pistole, 94, of Coralville, Iowa, died Fridday, September 21, 2001. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Lantern Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Home since 1995, she was a resident of Fairfield, Iowa, for 36 years and a resident of Hamburg for many years. A member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Cecil Pistole, Sr. in 1989; a son, Billy Pistole in 1962, two grandsons, Carey Johnson in 1997 and Jason Bonnell in 2000; her parents, William M. & Mary Francis High Ford; four brothers, Charlie, Everette, Earl and Woody Ford; and three sisters, Jennie Knight, Avis King and Annie Lou Rodgers.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Pistole Ludlam and husband Miller of Hamburg; Ann Pistole of North Liberty, Iowa, and Linn Pistole Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; a brother, Lawrence Ford of Panama City, FL; a sister, Laura Kridler of Corpus Christi, TX; a brother-in-law, Vaughn Pistole and wife Margaret of Crossett and a sister-in-law, Ona Ford of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren,.
Burial will be in the Judson Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Judson Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Dennis Cox, 2512 Hwy 425 N., Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. John Rice
Mr. John Rice, 87, of Portland died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Dermott City Nursing Home. A native of Bessemer, AL, and a lifelong resident of Portland, he was a retired farmer and  loved making a beautiful garden and was a very hard working man. A member of the New Light Baptist Church in Portland, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Randell Rice; his parents, Will & Francis Craig Rice; and four sisters, Novella Caldwell, Harriet McCoy, Charlie McCoy and Annie Bell Scott.
He is survived by a sister, Clara Robinson of Portland; a brother, Rev. Eddie Rice of Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the New Light Baptist Church with Revs. Eugene Mitchell and Eddie Rice officiating. Pallbearers were to be  Ricardo Harron, David Morris, Vincent Ross, Nathaniel Morris, Will & Roy Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were to be Henry Caldwell, Eddie Ross, Cleveland Caldwell and Eddie D. Rice. Interment was to follow services at the Portland #2 Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Jaynie Louise Sivils
Mrs. Jaynie Louise Sivils, 82, of Crossett, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Crossett for most of her life and a resident of Hamburg for the past five years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Pine Forest Baptist Church. She was called "Essie" by her grandchildren and her memories will always be special to everyone that knew her. Whenever one came to her home, she always had  one of her famous pound cakes or chicken and dumplings ready. While sitting crocheting or sewing, she enjoyed talking about family, God, and our nation. When leaving, fresh eggs from her chickens or her homemade pickles were always waiting at the door. She was a faithful Christian and always had her Bible by her side. When she was unable to go to church, she would listen to the taped services brought to her by her pastor. She was devoted to her God, her family, and her friends that she loved talking to on the telephone. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Sivils in 1959 and her parents, Herman & Martha Ann Upshaw Culp.
She is survived by a son, Neal Sivils and wife Dana; a daughter, LaFran Bierbaum and  husband Carl John, all of Hamburg; a brother, Durwood Culp and wife Mildred, of Bastrop, LA; a sister, Lola Boatright of Bastrop, LA; eight grandchildren, Jon Bierbaum and wife Stephanie, Cole Bierbaum and wife Diane, Chris Sivils and wife Jennifer, Josh Sivils, Dana Outlaw and  husband Randall, Angela Rice, Brooke Sivils and Nicole Maxwell; and six great-grandchildren, Mary Ashleigh, Maddison Reah and Connor Bierbaum, Lauren Stone, Jordan Sivils and Alaina Rice.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, September 21, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Lane, Royce, Jim, David & Tommy Culp and Mark Gibson. Interment followed services at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Maxine Elizabeth Sturdivant
Maxine Elizabeth Sturdivant, 82, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge. Born December 25, 1918, to Edgar and Eula Harris Maxwell in Ashley County, she was a homemaker, raised cattle as a hobby and loved gardening. A member and Sunday School teacher at the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, she was a former member of the Ashley County Cattlemen's Association and served on the Democratic Election Commission for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. M. "Buddy" Sturdivant, and two brothers, Harris and Travis Maxwell.
Survivors include three sons, Michael Vance Sturdivant, John Maxwell Sturdivant and Robert Edgar Sturdivant; two brothers, Steve and Alan Maxwell; two sisters, Rose Walker and Melba Thomas, all of Crossett; seven grandchildren, Michael Kyle Sturdivant, Jacky Lee Hamm  Sturdivant, Chance Cheyenne Sturdivant, Christopher Thomas Sturdivant,  Jennifer Diane Sturdivant,  Jana Lynn Sturdivant and Cara Leigh Sturdivant; and two great-grandchildren, BreAnn and Corby Sturdivant.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, in the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Dan Webb, Don Justice and Buddy Kinney officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Sturdivant, Keith Maxwell, Julian Walker, Rank Thomas, Dennis Maxwell, Kyle Sturdivant, Chris Sturdivant and Robert Riles. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Payne, J. B. Kelley, Lannie Sturdivant, Lynwood "Jack" Hamm and James Harrison. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Helon Pierce Wilcoxon
Mrs. Helon Pierce Wilcoxon, 89, of El Dorado died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Oak Ridge Nursing Home in El Dorado. Mrs. Wilcoxon was a native and former resident of Hamburg and a resident of El Dorado for the past 40 years. She was an admitting clerk for the Warner Brown Hospital in El Dorado, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Andrew E. Wilcoxon in 1983 and H. F. "Jack" Sawyer in 1953; her parents, Walter & Eva Lee Withers Pierce; one brother and three sisters.
She is survived by a brother, Richard Pierce of El Dorado; and two nephews and close friends, Rev. Hugh & Marian Nelson of El Dorado.
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 20,  in the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Hugh Nelson officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730 or to the Community Hospice (Union County) 1426 N. West Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730.

Mrs. Marie McCurdy Burns
Mrs. Marie McCurdy Burns, 78, of Snyder, died Monday, September 10, 2001, at the Rose Care Nursing Home in Stuttgart. Mrs. Burns was a native of Snyder; a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a resident of Snyder for the past 14 years. A retired farmer and member of the Montrose Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Washington Burns, in 1981; an infant son, a grandson, Joseph Michael Ballard; a great-grandson, Derick Michael Nichols; her parents, James & Luna Brown McCurdy; and eight brothers and sisters.
She is survived by six sons, David Burns of Montrose, Franklin Burns of Clarksville, TN, Earl Burns of Lake Village, Robert Burns of Crossett, Melvin Burns of Norwalk, CA, and Bernard Burns of Montrose; three daughters, Carolyn Swann of Snyder, Mary Cooley of Crossett and Martha Watts of Stuttgart; two brothers, James McCurdy, Jr., of Snyder and Edward McCurdy of Bakersville, CA; six sisters, Susie Burns of Monticello, Alice Sloan of Warren, Lizzie Walters of Fresno, CA, Beatrice Ackerman of Little Rock, Catherine Weideman of Cleveland, OH, and Ruby Savage of Pine Bluff; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 13, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Grandsons were pallbearers. Interment followed services at  the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Old Union Cemetery, c/o Mr. Philip Bonnette, 192 Shelton Turner Road, Montrose, AR 71658.

Mr. Richie Emory
Mr. Richie Emory, 51, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 13, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mr. Emory was born in Crossett and was a life long resident of the Promise Land community outside of Hamburg. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill for over 32 years. He was a dedicated member and Sunday School teacher of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Mist Deer Camp. He was the clock operator for the Hamburg High School football team for many years. He was instrumental in starting the Dixie Youth Baseball program in Hamburg and a national director for the Dixie Youth Baseball program and he was involved in the Hamburg Baseball Program for over 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Spurlin Emory of Hamburg; a son, Trey Emory of Hamburg; two daughters, Heather Smith and husband Dewayne of Oak Grove, LA and Genia Browning and husband David of Winnsboro, LA; his parents, Bobby & Janelle Chadwick Emory of Hamburg; a brother, Freddie Emory and wife Ann of Cleveland, TX; three sisters, DayLa Zieman and husband Sam of Spring, TX; KayLa Rabb and husband, Brian, and Susan Smith of Hamburg; a granddaughter, Bailey Smith and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 16, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Williams, Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Jeff Alderman officiating. Pallbearers were Buddy & Scutter Kilcrease, Don Kelley, Drew Carpenter, Randy Rice, Marty Sartin, Butch Hill, Jack McDonald, Dale Streeter and Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Mist Deer Camp. 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 Building Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

James Goree
James Goree, 86, of Wilmot died Sunday, September 16, 2001, at his home. A native of Crossett and a Wilmot resident for the past 50 years, he was a retired truck driver and a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Cornelius Turner Goree; four brothers and three sisters. 
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mrs. Annie Goree; one daughter, Bernice Mackie of Oakland, CA; two sisters, Almedia Adams of St. Louis, MO, and Travestine Bennett of Bastrop, LA: six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, in the First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Rev. James Crockett officiating. Pallbearers will be Cleveland Parker, Billy, Robert and Charles Kitchen, Les Mackie and Cleveland Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Natt, Luther, Otis, Earl and Jim Kitchen and Naaman Williams. Burial will follow services at the Jim Smith Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Bealie Harrison
Funeral services for Bealie Harrison, 93, of Bastrop, LA, were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, in the Tillou Baptist Church with Revs. Danny Roberts and Andy Myrick officiating. Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery, with arrangements by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertie Kitchens and Zelma Harber; and three brothers, Herbert Harrison, Lee Harrison and Gaston Harrison. He died Monday, September 10, 2001, in the Morehouse General Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mildred Sikes Harrison; two daughters, Debra Harrison Hughes and Shirley Harrison Warner of Bastrop; one son, John E. Harrison of Bastrop; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Pallbearers were Layne Warner, Michael Harrison, Chris Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Allen Campbell and Clint Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Stevenson, Steve Atkins, Dr. Carter Cox, Julian Kinnaird, Holden Harrison, Matthew Campbell and Chase Turner.

Mrs. Barbara J. Higginbotham
Mrs. Barbara J. Higginbotham, 69, of Hamburg died Friday, September 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardell & Iva Mae Hill Bates; and two brothers, Robert Howard Bates & Marvin W. Bates.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Higginbotham, Sr.; three sons, Frank Higginbotham, Jr., and wife Kathryn, Billy Ray Higginbotham, and Lamar Higginbotham and wife Janice, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Mosley and husband Wayne of Crossett; a brother, Richard Bates and wife Becky of Clarksville, TN; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 16, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy Bates,  Charles Pullin,  E. W. Ricks &  Kenny Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Smith, Luther Richardson, Daniel Grygrecyk, Dewayne Bussell, Alvin, Gene & Dale Bates. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and Floyd Ellingburg. Interment followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658 or to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Roy Lee McQuay
Roy Lee McQuay, 65, of Hamburg died Monday, September 10, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Hamburg and a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Gasie Sanders McQuay; two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include four sons, Royal Haywood of Las Vegas, NV, Michael Haywood of Winfield, LA, Gary Haywood of Tallulah, LA, and Herman Haywood of Los Angeles, CA; four daughters, Florene Jasper of Hamburg, Theresa Brown of Gary, IN, and Ronesha and Brittany McQuay of Tallulah, LA; six brothers, Rev. Oble McQuay, Rev. Olderns McQuay and Hollis McQuay of Hamburg, Roosevelt McQuay of Jackson, MS, Willie McQuay of Eagle Lake, MS, and R. J. McQuay of Gary, IN; three sisters, Ollie Fowler and Claudine Tolliver of Hamburg and Maudine Ervin of Gary, IN; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, September 14, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Frederick Simpson, Levell Stanley, Thurman Bradley, Curtis Tolliver, Lawrence Booker and Joe Williams. Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. 

Christine Prescott
Christine Prescott, 62, of Crossett died Saturday, September 8, 2001. Born May 9, 1939, in Crossett to Garfield and Bertie Pilgrim Campbell, she was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church where she was a firm advocate of tithing. She loved collecting angels and sending birthday and other cards. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Carrie Naff and Lois Hunter.
Survivors include her husband, Ottis Prescott of Crossett; one daughter, Sharon Rogers of El Dorado; a grandson, Ben Burgess of El Dorado; and two sisters, Ruth King of Crossett and Louise Hays of Warren.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Bro. Randy Maxwell officiating. Pallbearers were Junior Burden, Eugene Burnett, John P. Daugherty, Glenn, Roger and Steve Naff, Robert Prescott and Teddy Thurman. Honorary pallbearers were Eugene, Terry and Clarence Barnett, Charles Naff, Douglas and L. D. Prescott and Tommy Lee Sexton.  Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Baptist Church or the Paul Sullins Library. 

Vera Lee Brown
Vera Lee Brown, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born February 5, 1921, in Strong to Charlie and Linnie Fikes Holmes.
Survivors include two sons, Cleazell and Charles Brown of Crossett; two daughters, Virginia Brown Guilford of Upper Marlboro, MD, and Ruth Brown Byrd of Crossett; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the Pleasant Green Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Conley officiating. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Madeline Burks
Mrs. Madeline Burks, 82, of Crossett, died Saturday, September 8, 2001, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg; a resident of the Cooter Community outside of Crossett since 1975 and for many years a  resident of Fountain Hill, she was a homemaker and a member of the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Burks, in 1974; her parents, Roddy & Annie Carter Lochala, and a sister, Hazel McCaig.
She is survived by three sons, Bobby Burks of Louisville, MS, Mack Burks of Broken Bow, OK and Carl Burks of Laurel, MS; a daughter, Betty Helmbeck of Jacksonville; a brother, Roddy Lochala of Hamburg; two sisters, Edith Redenour of St. Marys, GA and Kate Murphy of Crossett; a sister-in-law, Lois King of Crossett; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 11, in the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Pallbearers were to be nephews Butch & Rick Lochala, Frank, Bill, Mike & Phil Murphy, Billy & Johnny King. Interment was to follow services at the Flat Creek Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, 998 Ashley 14 North, Crossett, AR 71653 or to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. V.W. Cason, 213 Ashley 482, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Mrs. Jean Compton
Mrs. Jean Compton, 69, of Hamburg, died Thursday, September 6, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County, raised in Hamburg, she was a resident of Andrews, TX,  for many years before moving back to the Milo Community outside Hamburg 14 years ago. A homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her parents, F. L. & Annie L. Hartley Craig; a brother, Garland Craig and two sisters, Elsie Bryan and Ann Blazier.
She is survived by her husband, Howard Compton of Hamburg; a step-son, Michael Lynn Compton of Tampa, FL; a step-daughter, Charlotte Davis of Abilene, TX; a brother, Bruen Craig of Crossett; five sisters, Ruby Turner of Coleman, TX, Lavada Osborne of New Braunfels, TX, Winnie Oglesby of Hamburg, Vivian Thurman of Lawton, OK and Norma Warren of Bryan, TX; five step-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at  2 p.m. Saturday, September 8, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Joe Sponaugle and Roy Craig officiating. Pallbearers were Craig, Albert and Dennis Blazier, Mark Moffatt, James Robert Meeks, Riley Frank Craig, Billy Don Oglesby, Laderl Craig and Oliver Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Moffatt, Dennie Jenkins, Jimmy Meeks Macel Baker, Jim Meeks and Johnnie Guthrie. 
Interment followed services at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry G. Stanley, 4026 Hwy 133 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

Jonathan Ray Craft, Jr.
Jonathan Ray Craft, Jr., an infant, of Crossett, died September 3, 2001, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born July 12, 2001, to Jonathan Ray Sr., and Crystal Pepper Craft.
Survivors in addition to his parents are two brothers, Tony Pepper and Thomas James Craft; one sister, Selena Craft, all of Crossett; grandparents Starr and Tommy Boles of Crossett, David Pepper of Jonesboro, LA, Ronnie and Terrie Craft of Redfield and Beth Duncan of Pine Bluff; and a great-grandmother, Wanda Jones.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, in the Unity Baptist Church with Dale Jordan officiating. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Doris M. Farrar
Doris M. Farrar, 78, of Crossett died Monday, September 3, 2001, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Born January 7, 1923, to Willie B. and Myrtle Willis McDougald, she was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a devoted wife, mother and homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking and working her flowers. She was the last surviving charter member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by an infant sister, Elise McDougald.
Survivors include her husband, A. G. Farrar; one son, Buddy Farrar; one daughter, Gwen Shaffer; two sisters, Helen Sivils and Joyce Dubose, all of Crossett; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Franklin and Donnie Dubose officiating. Pallbearers were Steve, David and John Paul Shaffer, Mike Purtle, K. K. Fox and Steven Roberts. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Gaston Harrison
Funeral services for Mr. Gaston Harrison, 101, of Bastrop, LA, were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, in the Golden Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Howard Hudson and Leslee Phillips officiating. Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery.
Mr. Harrison, a farmer and member of the Extra United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Launa Sawyer Harrison; two sisters, Birdie Kitchens and Zelma Harber; two brothers, Lee Harrison and Herbert Harrison; and one grandson, Jeffery Jenkins.
Survivors are two daughters, Mary K. Jenkins of Pine Bluff and Dorothy Atkins of Bastrop; one brother, Bealie Harrison of Bastrop; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steve Atkins, Jim Atkins, Morris Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Vernon Harrison, and James Harber. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Anderson, Dr. Robert Lyon, Julian Kinnaird, George "Red" Kinnaird, Vernon Cain, Doyle Kitchens, John E. "BoBo" Harrison, Kelly Pugh, Kent Williamson and Richard Nicholson.

Gary Randall Honeycutt, Sr.
Gary Randall Honeycutt, Sr., 54, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 4, 2001. Born January 1, 1947, in Camden to W. T. and Bessie Domanski Honeycutt, he was employed as an electrical and instrument technician at Georgia-Pacific and was a member of the Church of the Redeemer. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed duck and deer hunting, fishing and golf.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Honeycutt of Crossett; a son, Gary Randall Honeycutt, Jr., of El Dorado; a daughter, Ursula Dyer of Longview, TX; his mother, Bessie Honeycutt of Crossett; one sister, Jan Gillespie of Crossett; a stepson, Morgan Sneed of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Megan Ostner of Memphis, TN; and five grandchildren, Brandon Dyer, Tyler, Cody and Owen Honeycutt and Savannah Ostner.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 6, in the First Baptist Church with Bros. Kirk Hall and Jerry Grant officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Rainwater, Gary Draper, John Miles, Gary Higginbotham, Don Sullivan, Richard Byrd, Jimmy Pennington and Danny Malone. 
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Victory Christian Ministries, c/o Willis Doss, 808 Cedar Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Tommy L. Roberts
Tommy L. Roberts, 64, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2001. Born May 29, 1937, in Crossett to Ocie and Lillie Roberts, he was a graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and a retired management associate of J. C. Penney Company with 33 years of service in seven states. A member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett, he was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Harrison Roberts of Crossett; one brother, Bob Roberts and wife Karlynn of Pine Bluff; one sister, Linda Land and husband Larry of Crossett; his mother, Lillie Roberts of Crossett; two nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 7, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Dr. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Brooks, Bill Holder, Billy Howie, Denon Cagle and Wesley Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers were Ivan Smith, Jimmy Grubbs, Pat Cook, Dick Williams, J. C. McGoogan and Bruce Deless.
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Crossett Community Scholarship Association.
Mrs. Nora Murphy Swan
Mrs. Nora Murphy Swan, 91, of Hamburg died Monday, September 3, 2001 at her residence. Mrs. Swan was a native of Hamburg and a resident of the Pine Hill Community outside of Hamburg all of her life. She was a homemaker, a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Spring Hill EHC Club for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Franklin Swan, in 1967; her father, Hugh Murphy; her mother and step-father, Mattie Dailey Murphy Livingston and Wesley Livingston; and three brothers, Hugh Murphy, Frank Edward "Gip" Livingston and George Dailey.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Bowles Woods and Willa "Stumpy" Ray  of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Philip & Neal Bowles, Patricia Lockridge, Joe Britt Ray and Cindi Whitaker; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 5,  in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Ferrell Breshears and Dale Crumby officiating. Pallbearers were Willie Earl, Ed, Billy, Jerry & Doyle Murphy, Ronnie & Terry Livingston, Allen, Bruce & Norman Swan. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Murphy, Junior Jordan, Danny Sweeney, Ollie Austin, Eugene Morris, Drew Shields, Jarrod Bowen and Morris Pennington. Interment followed servicese at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Lillie Mae Tweedy
Lillie Mae Tweedy, 94, of Hamburg died Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Summit Hospital in West Monroe, LA. A native of Ashley County, she was a homemaker, the oldest  member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Harold Tweedy; and two sons, Ray Wilfred Tweedy and Robert Tweedy.
Survivors include one son, Don Louie Tweedy of Bellevue, Nebraska; one daughter, Bernice Williams of Cypress, CA; one sister, Reba Shell of Huntsville, AL; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, September 10, in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Noel McGilton, Jim Goodwin, Ben Huckaby, Jack Shell, Brett Shell and Bill Wise. Honorary pallbearers were Freeman Shell, Jr., Mike Shell, Frank Taylor and Ed Shell. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

George Washington "G. W." Ward
George Washington "G. W." Ward, 88, of Crossett died Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Union County and a Crossett resident for the past 57 years, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific chemical plant and was a veteran of World War II. A member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Ward; his second wife, Alice Davis Ward; one son and three brothers.
Survivors include one son, Larry Ward of Malvern; four daughters, Lee Ester Howard and Mardell Cox of Hamburg and Mary Etta Bowens and Alberta Wilford of Gary, IN; one sister, Patience Lewis of Texarkana, TX; 47 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, in the Mount Zion Baptist Church with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were to be Cal Tucker, Lawrence Tippie, Robert Hall, Thurman Bradley, Willis Bowens and R. D. Morgan.
Burial was to follow services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Resie Lee Wimberly
Resie Lee Wimberly, 73, of Crossett died Monday, September 3, 2001. Born on August 9, 1928, to Henry Neal and Sylvania Ellis Sanders, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Wimberly; five brothers, Elie, Roosevelt, Ernest, Cleo and Ulas Sanders, Sr.; and a sister, Mattie Davis.
Survivors include a stepson, Aldo Wimberly of Crossett; a daughter, Vickie Wimberly of Crossett; one brother, Resie Dee Sanders of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Rebecca Bynum of Chicago and Earnestine Abraham of Crossett; and three grandsons, Jessie Wimberly, Charles Maloon and Clarence Maloon, all of Crossett. 
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 8, in the New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Chester Lee Mansfield
Chester Lee Mansfield, 48, of Crossett died Tuesday, August 28, 2001, in Eudora. A native of Wilmot, but a resident of Crossett for the past 28 years, he was formerly a truck driver for Charles Brooks Logging and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Earnestine Mansfield; two sons, Chester Andre Mansfield and Demarcus Terrell Mansfield of Crossett; two daughters, June Evelyn Fields of Crossett and Veverly Rachelle Williams of Bastrop, LA; his parents, Lee Henry and Tessie Dixon Mansfield of Eudora; three sisters, Lore Farris of Eudora, Lavern Williams of Little Rock and Susan Deane of Dallas, TX; and four grandchildren, Darus Fields, Brandon Fields, Briauna Williams and KeyShawn Mansfield. 
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, August 31, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Morgan, Jimmy McHenry, Willie Bryant, T. C. Lewis, Robert Thompson, Charles Brown, Jr., Glenn Johnson and Michael White. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Kinneth Stell
Kinneth Stell, 75, a native of Hamburg, died Monday, August 27, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, IL. Born May 26, 1926, in Ashley County, he lived in Hamburg until he moved to Chicago after his marriage. He was a member of VFW Post #5079 in Bridgeport, IL, and a past member of American Legion Darius-Girenas Post #271. A veteran of World War II, he was the grandson of the late James Carroll and Della Haley Stell and the son of the late William Benson and Velma Martin Stell. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, J. B., Bobby, Jimmy and DeWitt Stell and his sisters, Gertrude Stell Hill, Odell Stell Tullos, Vennie May "Peg" Stell Moore and Mimmie Bell Stell Sims; and two children, Elizabeth and Kevin Stell. 
Survivors include children Janette of Arlington, TX, Suzanne of Anna, IL, and Kenneth "Mike" Stell of Chicaco and Denise Ostrowski and husband Frank of Chicago and Theresa Downey and husband of Anna, IL. 
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 30, at the Pomierski & Son Funeral Home in Chicago. Burial followed services at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to veterans' organizations. 

Colby David Upshaw
Colby David Upshaw, 16, of Crossett died Monday, August 27, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 29, 1984, to Joe Upshaw and Jennifer Scott Stell in Monticello, he was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jim Scott.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Glen Stell of Crossett; his father and stepmother, Joe and Danetta Upshaw of Buna, TX; his grandparents, Barbara Scott of Crossett, Shirley and C. B. Harriman of Hamburg and Johnny Upshaw of Heritage; his step-grandparents, Charles and Lynda Stell of Crossett; one sister, Emily Upshaw; and two stepsisters, Melanie and Kaylee Stell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. John Marlar and Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Griffith, Jerry Stell, Nick Upshaw, Ricky Martin, Jerry Watkins, Doyle Blankenship, Jr., Billy White and Chester Rosen. Honorary pallbearers were Jarrod Arnold, Blake White, Matthew Griffith, Anthony Clayton, Jeremy Martin, Josh Martin, Ian McClain, Charlie Morgan and Chris Musgrove. 
Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Abiding Faith Christian School, 1552 Highway 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635.

Marie Wilburn
Marie Wilburn, 87, of Sulphur, LA, died Monday, August 27, 2001. She was the widow of David Richard Wilburn.
Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Sullivan of Arkansas; a granddaughter, Myra Bennett of Sulphur; a grandson, David Wilburn of Brooklyn, NY; a sister-in-law, Gwen Haddox of Washington state; and four great-grandchildren, Myra Sylvia Marie Bennett and Olivia Ruth Annette Bennett of Sulphur and Roy Dean Sullivan and Morgan Lamar Sullivan of Arkansas.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Fagen Armell Elton
Fagen Armell Elton, 72, of Crossett died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge nursing home. Born September 15, 192, in Line, Ark., to Green and Willie Holdcraft Elton, he was an U. S. Army veteran, a former Baptist minister, and a devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Margaret Walser; one sister, Lela Holland, and a brother, W. T. Elton.
Survivors include his wife, Florence Elton of Crossett; one son, James E. Allen of Junction City; two brothers, Francis Elton of Little Rock and Bud Elton of Medford, OR; three sisters, Marie Gray of Hamburg, Flora Walker of Hot Springs and Daphine Martin of Camden; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Bro. Bobby Bradford officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Holland, Glynn Allen, Dennis Holland, Tommy Boles, Brent Allen and Sammy Bolin. J. W. Sawyer was an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Lovie Louvinia Gibbs
Lovie Louvinia Gibbs, 84, of the Pine Hill community near Hamburg died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at her home.  A lifelong resident of Pine Hill, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Gibbs; a son, Elvin Gibbs; a daughter, Elena Davis; her parents, Wheeler and Laura Benson Womack; and seven sisters. 
Survivors include five sons, Linberg and wife Mabel Gibbs of Monticello, Billy and wife Junita, and Richard and Sherman Gibbs of Pine Hill and James Gibbs of Crossett; two daughters, Erma and husband Clifton Hawkins of Hamburg and Vickie and husband Michael Scott of Crossett; three brothers-in-law, Lester Gibbs of St. Louis, MO, Leonard Gibbs of Los Angeles, CA, and John B. Gibbs of Pine Hill; 43 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, in the Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. David Bouie officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Baldwin, Cleazell Brown, Rance Haynes, Preston Hawkins, Earnest Green and Michael Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Linberg, Billy, Richard, James and Sherman Gibbs, Clifton Hawkins and Michael Scott. Burial followed services at the Pugh Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mariadelcarmen Mongragon
Mariadelcarmen Mondragon, the 15-day-old daughter of Odilon & Marisol Mondragon of Hamburg, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.
She is also survived by two brothers, Octaviano & Cruz Mondragon both of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Daniel & Juana Mondragon of Snyder; her paternal grandparents, Cruz & Carmen Mondragon of Hamburg; her maternal great-grandparents, Luiza Mondragon of Mexico and Abigail Chavez of Mexico and her paternal great-grandfather, Octaviano Trajillo of Mexico.
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Friday, August 24, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg

William Evans Place
William Evans Place, 78, of Little Rock died Monday, August 20, 2001. Born in Gillett to Ralph and Evans Barnes Place, he was a 1945 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville  and first taught school in Gillett before moving with his parents to Parkdale.  He joined the Postal Administration and became the postmaster at Parkdale.  Mr. Place was an administrator for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Administration in El Dorado before he and his late wife, Vera Warfield Place founded Place Nursing Home in Wilmot.
He served one term as president of the Arkansas Nursing Home Association and also served on the State Board of Nursing.  He was elected mayor of Wilmot and served for over twenty years.   In 1986 he married the former Sally Smith McGaughy and moved to Little Rock in 1989.  He then worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in the Long Term Care Division for over ten years, until his retirement in 2000.  He was a member of Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister and as an usher. He was also an avid Razorback fan and long time member of the Little Rock Razorback Club. 
 He is survived by his wife, Sally; one son, William Evans Place, II and  wife Susan  of Ann Arbor, MI; one daughter, Wendy W. Place of Little Rock and step-daughters, Leslie Turley and  husband Rex of Rogers, Linda Inebnit and  husband Tommy of Hot Springs, Cindy Harris and  husband Mike, and Ginger Townsend and husband Mike of Little Rock; one grandson, Daniel Place and nine step-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and a daughter, Susan Warfield Place. 
A rosary was held at 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 22, in the Ruebel Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23,  at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church with burial of cremated remains at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Wilmot Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic School or the Monsignor Allen Trust Fund.

Mr. Michael "Woodie" Wood
Mr. Michael "Woodie" Wood, 28, of Crossett died Thursday, August 23, 2001, at his residence in Crossett. Mr. Wood was a native of Monticello; a resident of Crossett for the past 15 years and a former resident of Hamburg. He was a graduate of Hamburg High School and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Brown Wood.
He is survived by a daughter, Kelsey Wood of Hamburg; his father and step-mother, Bill & Glenda Wood of Hamburg; a sister, Denita Wells of Hamburg; his maternal grand mother, Pearl Brown of Monticello; three step-sisters, and two step-brothers. 
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 25,  in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 4026 Hwy 133, Hamburg, AR 71646. 

Georgia Hazel Christmas
Georgia Hazel Christmas, 89, of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, August 17, 2001, in the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop. She was a homemaker and a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Bastrop.
Survivors include two sons, Carroll V. Christmas and wife Syble and Jimmy Christmas and wife Peggy of Bastrop; one sister, Irene Stell of Hamburg; two brothers, Gerald White of Hamburg and Charles White of Houston, TX; 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. Sunday, August 19, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home in Bastrop with Rev. Presto Church officiating. Pallbearers were Matt Spikes, Chris Christmas, Troy Bryan, Ronald Pettis, Jack Frost and Reggie White.  Burial followed services at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop.
Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, c/o Lisa Mailhes, 2304 Pinehurst, Monroe, LA 71201.

Mrs. Lorene Church
Mrs. Lorene Church, 85, of Hamburg died Sunday, August 19, 2001. at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Church was a native of Blytheville, a resident of the Eden community northwest of Hamburg for the past 30 years and a former resident of Benton Harbor, MI. A homemaker and  member of the Eden Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Church, in 1997; her parents, Wes & Maudie Mapps Byers; three sisters, Bertie Powell, Bertha West and Ruby Church. and a brother Clarence Byers.
She is survived by two sons, William (Billy) Church of Tomball, TX, and Rick Church of Hamburg; two daughters, Joyce Height of Glendora, MI, and Sue Warren of Marshall, TX; a brother, Jay Byers of Symar, CA; a sister, Gladys Stephenson of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 10 a.m., Monday, August 20,  in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Mike Titsworth officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Danny, Ernie & Jim Stephenson, Skip Davey & Ken Byers. Funeral services were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Eden Baptist Church, 3748 Hwy 133 N., Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Rutledge F. Ford
Mr. Rutledge F. Ford, 74, of Saltillo, MS, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at the Dogwood Plantation Nursing Home in Saltillo. Mr. Ford was a native of Crossett; a resident of Saltillo, MS since 1985 and a former resident of Jonesboro, Leachville & Pine Bluff. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1944, and he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a master's degree. A World War II Pacific Theater  veteran of the US Army, he  was an agronomist and worked with cotton, soybean and rice producers in northeast Arkansas for almost thirty years,  having a long and distinguished career with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service before retiring in 1985. After he retired, he established and maintained a crop consulting business in the Mississippi valley region until 1999. He was a Methodist; a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge having received his 50 year pin and a member of the Eastern Star. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Paulene Dunn Ford.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Orr Ford; a son, Jonathan Jeffery Ford, both of Saltillo; a daughter, Rebecca Suzanne Ford of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Gordon Ford of Sulphur Springs, TX; a sister, Martha Holland of Dallas, TX and two grandchildren, Taylor & Brittany Ford.
Grave-side services with Masonic honors are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, at the Judson Cemetery with Gordon Ford officiating. Funeral services are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Judson Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Mr. Dennis Cox, 2512 Hwy 425 N, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Maxine Elnora Girtman
Maxine Elnora Girtman, 83, of Crossett died Saturday, August 18, 2001, at her residence in the White Station community. A homemaker and member of the Mount Zion Crossett Camp Baptist Church, she was a board member of the Singing Union #3, secretary for her church, and a former foster grandparent. She was preceded in death by a son and three daughters, her parents, James Burks and Ruth Edna Bridges, and two brothers.
Survivors include two sons, James Girtman of Oakland, CA, and Nathaniel Girtman of Crossett; two stepsons, Preston Girtman of Oakland, CA, and Willie L. Girtman of New York, NY; five daughters, Rosa Lincoln, Joyce Thornton, Carolyn Davis, Juanita Gibbs and Melba Wright, all of Crossett; a stepdaughter, Helen Tucker of Crossett; one sister, Doris Henderson of Fordyce; 42 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Baker officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow services at the Nimmons Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Charles Ely Grant
Charles Ely Grant, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, August 13, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 3, 1921, to Herod and Lou Ella Ely, he served in Patton's Third Army, Fifth Infantry Division, the Red Devils. He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Oscar Benitez and Jesus Benitiz.
Survivors include his wife, Juventina Ely of Crossett; two sons, Charles "Buddy" Grant Ely, Jr., of Crossett and Chuck Lund of El Paso, TX; three stepdaughters, Rosa Wallace of Crossett, and Doris Contreras and Irma Lee of Van Nuys, CA; three brothers, Bill Hale of Dallas, TX; Monty Hale of Tecula Lake, CA, and Robert "Bob" Ely of Canoga Park, CA; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Ray Mills officiating. Pallbearers were Preston Malloy, Frank Thacker, A. D. Witherington, Johnny Pierce, Clayton Mills, Ray Lochala and Stormy Braswell. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery.

Demontria Andre Hampton
Demontria Andre Hampton, 26, of Crossett died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at the University Hospital in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a member of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Hampton, and his grandparents, Oscar and Odell Lewis.
Survivors include two daughters, Adrianna Hampton of Crossett and Neisha Hampton of El Dorado; his father, Raymond Hampton of Crossett; his mother and stepfather, Matthew and Mary Hampton Bowman of Crossett; four brothers, Robert, Jr., Earl, Cleophis and Robert Levell Hampton, all of Crossett; four sisters, Ruth Laverne Hampton of Crossett, LaJoyce Benton of North Little Rock, Otha Jean Hampton of Oakland, CA, and Contray Hampton of Little Rock; his finance, Trina Johnson of Crossett; 17 nieces, six nephews and one great-niece.
Funeral services will be at 11 a..m. Friday, August 25, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Witherspoon officiating. Pallbearers are to be Ulyss Haynes, Caine Wells, Mike Ellis, Reggie Martin, Aaron Govan and Jimmy Lee Mayweather. Burial will follow services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Erma C. Howie
Mrs. Erma C. Howie, 87, of Hammond, LA, died Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at her daughter's residence in Hammond. Mrs. Howie was a native of Parkdale,  a resident of Hammond for the past 16 years and a resident of the Mount Pleasant community east of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a homemaker and was known for her homemade sausage. She was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hammond where she was secretary of the Beulah Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for many years, a former member of the Mount Pleasant Home Demonstration Club and was the caretaker of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Howie in 1976; an infant son, Robert Howie; a great-grandson, Lyndon Howie; her parents, Edward & Kate Williams Caldwell; a sister and two brothers.
She is survived by a son, Edward Howie and his wife, Vera, of Start, LA; a daughter, Carolyn Clark and husband Gerald of Hammond, LA; three brothers, Edward Caldwell of Mablevale,  J. L. Caldwell of Van Nuys, CA, and Carl Caldwell of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18, in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Eugene Howie &  Houston Austin officiating. Pallbearers were Dewayne, Don & Sanders Brooks, Joey White, Gary Williamson and Kevin Burns. Interment followed services at the Mount  Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Jerusalem Baptist Church Building Fund, 11109 Jerusalem Church Road, Hammond, LA 70403 or to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Howard Foster, PO Box 217, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Rhuben Lee Newton
Rhuben Lee Newton, 87, died Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at his residence in Crossett. A native of Strong, he was a retired Georgia-Pacific paper mill employee. He was also a retired barber who worked at the Greenview Barber Shop for over 55 years. A member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church where he was Sunday School superintendent, a steward, trustee, Bible study leader, class leader and group study leader, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Newton, and his parents, Eugene and Florence Williams Newton. 
Survivors include his wife, Albertine Warren Newton; four sons, Rhuben Newton, Jr., and Isaac Newton of Oakland, CA, and Joe G. and Dennis Newton of Crossett; a stepson, Elbert Ray Gibbs of Crossett; two daughters, Rebecca Newton of Crossett and Florence Milton of Oakland, CA; a stepdaughter, Patricia Duff of Crossett; one brother, Charles Newton of Toledo, OH; one sister, Deborah Dawkins of Strong; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, August 20, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. T. A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Darryl, Herman and Waymon Newton, Ervin Dawkins, Eugene Streeter and Robert Duckworth, Sr.
Burial followed services at the Quinn Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.


 


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