Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Jimmy Hamilton
March 3, 1945
January 9, 2004
Jimmy Dale Hamilton, 58, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1945, at Dardanelle (Yell County), a son of the late James Robert Hamilton and Era Workman Hamilton. He attended schools at Plum Bayou and White Hall. He was a retired general yard supervisor at International Paper for over 30 years. He was a Baptist. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard Unit at Pine Bluff from 1966 until 1972. He was preceded in death by one brother, Albert L. Hamilton; and one sister, Dianne Wilson. Survivors include his wife, Dianne Holloway Hamilton, whom he married on Feb. 23, 1973; one son, Scotty Hamilton of Pine Bluff; one brother, Bobby Hamilton of White Hall; one sister, Karen Maddox of Greenbrier (Faulkner County); and one grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall with the Revs. Bobby Smith and Tim Martin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 5510 W. Malcomb, Pine Bluff, AR 71602 and American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72202. The family will be at their home on Highway 104.

Tommy Reynolds
June 27, 1921
January 8, 2004
REDFIELD -- Tommy Reynolds, 82, of Redfield, died Thursday at Austin, Texas. He was born June 27, 1921, at Roganville, Texas, a son of the late John B. Reynolds and Ida M. York Reynolds. He was a graduate of Redfield High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was a retired pipefitter with Union 597. He served in the Army during World War II from 1940 to 1945. He was preceded in death on July 15, 1997, by his wife, Helen Dempsey Reynolds, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1948; and nine brothers and sisters. Survivors include two sons, Tommy W. Reynolds of Redfield and James Reynolds of Illinois; four daughters, Vickie Erickson of Indiana, Deborah Varner of Mississippi and Tammy Glass and Sandy Reynolds, both of Austin; three brothers, Boyd Reynolds and Jerry Reynolds, both of Redfield, and Loyd Reynolds of Dallas; two sisters, Josephine Patterson of Redfield and Rosemary Kumpe of Dallas; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall with the Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Burial will be in Redfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at their home at Redfield.

William Hicks
May 20, 1914
January 10, 2004
SHERIDAN -- William E. Hicks, 89, of Sheridan, died Saturday. He was born May 20, 1914, in the Shaw community, a son of the late Eliga F. Hicks and Victoria Hicks. He was retired from Reynolds Metals. He was a Mason. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, William Hicks Jr. of Sheridan; one daughter, Pat Davis of Sheridan; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Jones-Palestine Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home of Benton with Jerry Wallace officiating. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mittie Braswell
February 13, 1931
January 8, 2004
TINSMAN -- Mittie Jane Davis Braswell, 72, of Tinsman (Calhoun County), died Thursday at Baptist Medical Center at Little Rock. She was born Feb. 13, 1931, at Tinsman, a daughter of the late Hubert Watson and Irene Hopper Watson. She was a retired school teacher. She was a member of Tinsman First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilford Beau Braswell. Survivors include one son, David H. Davis of Beaumont, Texas; two daughters, Sandi Holt of Fordyce and Freda Jane Hall of North Little Rock; four sisters, Annette Hernandez of Shafter, Calif., Carolyn Risinger of Spearsville, La., Margarett Spence of Seattle and Judy McManus of Thornton (Calhoun County); five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Tinsman First Baptist Church by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce with the Revs. Homer Williams and Wayne Porter officiating. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery at Tinsman. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marie Evans
April 24, 1924
January 9, 2004
WARREN -- Marie Wooldridge Evans, 79, of Warren, died Friday at Wagnon Place Nursing Home at Warren. She was born April 24, 1924, in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late William Thomas Wooldridge and Claudie Belle Curry Wooldridge. She was a retired employee of the JT Ederington Company. She was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death on Sept. 8, 1998, by her husband, Merle Evans, whom she married on April 16, 1947, at Lake Village; two brothers, Carl Hollis Wooldridge and Billy Troy Wooldridge; and one sister, Rob Lee Ashcraft. Survivors include two sons, Andy Evans and Mark Evans, both of Warren; one daughter, Alayne Zimmerly of Warren; one brother, Daymon Wooldridge of Monticello; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Burial will be in Moseley Cemetery near Warren.

William Fane
February 2, 1902
January 8, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. -- William Fane, 101, of Fresno, Calif., died Thursday at Fresno. He was born Feb. 2, 1902, at Dermott, Ark. He was pastor for Greater Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff for 43 years. Survivors include one brother, Newton Fane of Fresno; and one sister, Georgia Grant of Seattle. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Salvation Army Chapel at Fresno by Wildrose Chapel & Funeral Home of Fresno. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery at Fresno.

Louis Varnado
January 14, 1944
January 10, 2004
Louis Silas Varnado, 59, of Pine Bluff, died, Jan. 10 at his home. He was born Jan. 14, 1944, at Pine Bluff, a son of the late Andrew Curtis Varnado and Thelma Garner Varnado. He was a minister and a member of St. Paul Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Louise Varnado-Stith of Pine Bluff and Luetta Varnado of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Clifton Welton Varnado of Oak Park, Ill., Lavelle Varnado of Greenville, S.C., and Samuel Varnado of San Francisco; four sisters, Vashti Varnado and Thelmare Varnado, both of Oak Park, Gertrude Varnado-Nash of Pine Bluff and Debra Varnado-Tobias of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifton O'Neal officiating. Burial will be in P.K. Miller Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Delores Nolan at 725 E. 17th Ave.

Jerry Clark
June 28, 1938
January 16, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Jerry Lee Clark, 65, of Sheridan, died Friday at his home. He was born June 28, 1938, at Leachville (Mississippi County), a son of Thelma Clark of Sherwood and the late Burt Clark. He worked for Brown and Root. He was a member of Junet Pentecostal Church. He had served in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Freda Clark; and a brother, Larry Clark of Lonoke. Other survivors include his wife, JoAnn Clark; a daughter, Misty Lucas of Sheridan; two brothers, Don Clark of Clarksville and Tommy Clark of McCrory (Woodruff County); a sister, Betty Kirsch of Sherwood; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home at Sheridan with the Rev. Jon Cox officiating. Burial will be in Center Campground Cemetery at Prague (Grant County). Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kathryn Hook
December 1, 1935
January 15, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Kathryn Kay Hilyard Hook, 68, of Sheridan, died Thursday at the Sheridan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1935, at Mt. Sterling, Ohio, a daughter of Nell Forest Todd of Powell, Ohio, and the late Al Hilyard. She was a member of the Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan. She was a member of the Christian Women of America and a homemaker. Other survivors include her husband of 47 years, Warren G. Hook; a son, Rocky Lyn Hook of Clinton, Mont.; a daughter, Kathy McGarrah of Mena (Polk County); five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Click officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Sheridan. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sammie Harris
January 20, 1935
January 7, 2004
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Sammie Lee Harris, 68, of Richmond, died Jan. 7 at Doctor's Hospital. She was born Jan. 20, 1935, at Plum Bayou, Ark., a daughter of Rosie Bland Jackson of Wabbaseka, Ark., and the late Charles Amos Ingram. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethleham Baptist Church at Richmond. Other survivors include her husband, Cornelious Harris Sr.; five sons, Cornelious Harris Jr. of San Leandro, Calif., Cornell J. Harris Sr. of Oakland, Calif., Andy R. Harris Sr. of Vallejo, Calif., and Curtis L. Harris and Michael J. Harris Sr., both of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Jeannie H. Epperson of Pine Bluff; a brother, Carl Jackson of Little Rock; five sisters, Claudia M. Edwards and Nellie D. Edwards, both of Toledo, Ohio, Rosie Ingram Rice of Chicago; Patsy R. Ingram of Fresno, Calif., and Vada Ingram of Paris, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church at Gethsemane, Ark., with the Rev. Curlee Mays Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. The family will be at the home of Jeannie Epperson, 104 Park Place, Pine Bluff.

Harvey Ashcraft
June 8, 1939
January 16, 2004
OCALA, Fla. -- Harvey O. "Buddy" Ashcraft, 64, of Ocala, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Friday at his home. He was born June 8, 1939, at Sylacauga, Ala., a son of Reba Welch Ashcraft of Pine Bluff and the late Harvey W. Ashcraft. He was a 1959 graduate of Watson Chapel High School and a member of Whiteville Missionary Baptist Church. He worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad for 15 years and was a retired business owner. Other survivors include his wife of 41 years, Barbara Maroney Ashcraft; a son, Scott Ashcraft of Ocala; a daughter, Tina Seiple of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, William Ashcraft of Pine Bluff; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Funeral Home at Orlando with the Rev. Darren Seiple officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Marybell Cherry
November 7, 1912
January 22, 2004
Marybell Cherry, 91, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at her home. She was born Nov. 7, 1912, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of the late Victor Minor Harrison and Pauline Scull Harrison. She was reared at Pine Bluff, where she attended Miss Boyette's Private School and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1931. Immediately after high school, she began working for the Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation at Pine Bluff. She worked for Home Owner's Loan Corporation and Arkansas Power and Light Company for five years before she married. She married Robert Shannon Cherry Jr. on April 19, 1940, at Pine Bluff. He died in 1995. She joined the First Presbyterian Church and remained a member for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Women of the Church (now Presbyterian Women), past member of the Pine Bluff Junior Auxiliary and was an emeritus member of the Junior League of Pine Bluff. She was a member of Junior Mathontes and a member of Synergy Forum Inc. Survivors include her daughter, Pauline Cherry of Pine Bluff; and one grandson. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Lee Kinney officiating. Burial will be in Bellwood Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Memorials may take the form of contributions to First Presbyterian Church, 717 W. 32nd Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71603, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Connie Shelton
January 3, 1915
January 23, 2004
Connie Shelton, 89, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Trinity Village Infirmary. She was born Jan. 3, 1915, at Staves (Cleveland County), a daughter of the late William Eli Shelton and Mary Jane Taylor Shelton. She moved to Pine Bluff when she was 7 and attended Watson Chapel Schools. She was a former owner of the Whitten Concrete Company at Pine Bluff. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she served on the Pulpit Selection Committee, the Finance Committee and was a member of the T E L Sunday school class and the ukulele band. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. There were no immediate survivors. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Sons Funeral Directors with the Rev. Gordon Topping officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Baptist Church TV65 Fund, 1801 W. 17th Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Nell Ramey
October 5, 1919
January 22, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE -- Nell Birch Grubb Ramey, 84, of Fayetteville, formerly of McGehee, died Thursday at her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1919, at Dumas, a daughter of the late William Austin Birch and Clemmie Mae Chapman Birch. She was a retired food service supervisor for McGehee-Desha County Hospital at McGehee. She was a Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce C. Grubb; a brother, Frank Birch; four sisters, Ruth Collins, Lucille Honeycutt, Frances Birch and Margaret Hemingway. Survivors include two sons, Tommy Ramey of Denham Springs, La., and David Ramey of Memphis; a daughter, Bruce Claire Kirby of Mountain Home (Baxter County); one brother, Raleigh Birch of McGehee; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Service at McGehee with the Rev. David Kassos officiating. Burial will be in Tillar Cemetery at Tillar.

Wanda Carruthers
January 14, 1948
January 21, 2004
MONTICELL0 -- Wanda Trotter Carruthers, 65, of Monticello, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center at Little Rock. She was born Jan. 14, 1948, at Selma (Drew County), a daughter of the late K. D. Trotter and Gertrude Shepherd Trotter. She was a member of Trinity Full Gospel Ministries at Monticello. She retired from Allen-Bradley Inc. Survivors include three sons, Frankie Harris Jr. and Lionel Carruthers, both of Milwaukee, and Kendrick Harris of Texarkana; five brothers, John Trotter Sr. of McGehee, Karon Trotter and Kerwin Trotter, both of Monticello, DeJuan Trotter of Garland, Texas, and Gerald Trotter of Little Rock; seven sisters, Vertie Pettiford of Garland, Emma Carr of Tacoma, Wash., Azzie Munson of Seattle and Bettye Simpson, Ola Simmons, Florene Moore and Mary Simpson, all of Monticello; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Trinity Full Gospel Ministries at Monticello with the Rev. Lorenza Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Selma Cemetery at Drew County by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Roy Hogg
November 27, 1926
January 23, 2004
STAR CITY -- Roy L. Hogg, 77, of Star City, died Friday at Baptist Hospital at Little Rock. He was born Nov. 27, 1926, at Smackover (Union County), a son of the late Hampton Hogg and Maudie Clausen Hogg. He was a former sheriff of Desha County and served in the Arkansas State Police and as a game warden. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Crigler Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry Leonard "Buddy" Hogg, Burl Hogg and Sherman Hogg. Survivors include his wife, Zerlene Hogg; one son, Larry King of Cleveland County; one daughter, Becky Hogg of Crossett; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin Funeral Home at Star City with David Leopard officiating. Burial will be in Butler/Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Star City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Addison Polk
June 16, 1925
January 20, 2004
TARRY -- Addison "Doll" Polk, 78, of Tarry, died Monday at his home. He was born June 16, 1925, at Tarry, a son of the late Erwin Polk and Eliza Russell Polk. He received his education in public schools at Lincoln County. He was a farmer for many years. He worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal until he retired. He was a member of Old Macedonia Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, choir director and song leader. He worked with the Big Creek & Reedville District Association and was a member of the Layman Association. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Christine Polk; five sons, Rufus Polk of Flint, Mich., the Rev. Jimmy Polk, Lawrence Polk and Clarence Polk, all of Pine Bluff, and Arthur Polk of Vacaville, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Old Macedonia Baptist Church, southwest of Tarry, with the Rev. G.L. Ford officiating. Burial will be in Old Macedonia Cemetery at Tarry by Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitations will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Virgil Martin
September 24, 1931
January 23, 2004
WRIGHT-- Virgil William Martin, 73, of Wright, died Friday. He was born Sept. 24, 1931, at Bauxite (Saline County), a son of the late Jack Martin and Lena Merriweather. He served in the Army and was a member of VFW Post 10442. He farmed 30 years and moved to Wright after retiring from the State Highway Department. Survivors include his wife, Rose Martin; four daughters, Bonnie Dorn of Texas, Jenny Beliew of Humnoke and Sharon Freeney and Jane Martin, both of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Boyd Funeral Home at Lonoke. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery at Lonoke. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Roland Laiche
CROSSETT -- Roland Joseph Laiche, 95, of Crossett, died Saturday. He came to Crossett in 1936 to be a member of the original Miller baseball team. He worked as a welder at the Crossett papermill and retired in 1973 after 37 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Crossett. He had been a member of Crossett Masonic Lodge 576 since 1945 and a member of Reynolds Masonic Lodge 563 at Lake Village. He was an honorary member of Desha Lodge 643 at McGehee and Eureka Lodge 40 at Monticello. He was a member of the 32nd-Degree Club in Ashley County and had been a member of the 32nd-Degree Scottish Rite Bodies at Little Rock since 1970. He was a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the 32nd-Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies since 1975 and received a life membership of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Little Rock for meritorious service in 1981. He had been a member of Sahara Shrine Temple at Pine Bluff since 1989, was honored as "Top Gun" Shriner in 1994 and served as a potentate's aide. He was a member of the Southeast Arkansas Shrine Club at McGehee. He was elected to receive the 33rd-Degree of Freemasonry of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern jurisdiction, United States of America at Washington D.C., on Oct. 9, 1995. He was selected as Man of the Year of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Little Rock in 1994 and in 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Lucille Futhey Laiche. Survivors include a niece, he whome he reared, Nona Jordan of West Monroe, La two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Masonic funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home at Crossett with the Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park at Crossett. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines St., Monticello, AR 71655 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103.

Sylvia Wooley
January 30, 1913
January 30, 2004
CROSSETT -- Sylvia Lawrence Wooley, 91, of Crossett, died Friday at Beverly Health Care at Crossett. She was born Jan. 30, 1913, at Pleasant Home (Jefferson County), a daughter of the late George Christopher Lawrence and Nancy Ellen Phillips Lawrence. She was reared in Jefferson County and attended school at Pleasant Home and Watson Chapel. She lived at Pine Bluff until 1996 before moving to Crossett. She worked at Davis Hospital and Jefferson Regional Medical Center in the Dietary Department before retiring in 1994. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Crossett and a charter member of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Wooley whom she married July 27, 1935 at Pine Bluff; nine brothers, Stafford Lawrence, Pat Lawrence, Russell Lawrence, Tambor Lawrence, Levi Lawrence, Gilbert Lawrence, Burke Lawrence, Glaucus Lawrence and Oswald Lawrence; three sisters, Barbara Worthen, Dot Wooley and Bessie Lawrence; and twin infants. Survivors include a son, Floyd Wooley of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Margaret Rice of Crossett and Mary Toon of New Braunfels, Texas; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors at Pine Bluff with the Rev. Larry White of Crossett officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials should be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635 or to Hospice Home Care of Monticello, 455 W. Gaines St., Monticello, AR 71655.

Harry H. Norton
April 13, 1916
January 26, 2004
LITTLE ROCK -- Harry H. Norton, 87, of Little Rock, formerly of Woodlawn and Pine Bluff, died at the Arkansas State Veteran Nursing Home at Little Rock. He was born April 13, 1916, at Woodlawn, a son of the late John Norton and Ruth Reed Norton. He was reared at Woodlawn and graduated from Woodlawn High School. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1944. He worked as a wholesale jewelry salesman and owned a motel at Crossett in the 1950s and 60s. He also owned a juke box supply company in Jefferson County and reportedly sold the first television in Arkansas. He owned and operated the Colonial Cleaners at Benton and retired in 1988 after 20 years. Survivors include two sons, Joe Norton of Conway and Bob Norton of Little Rock; a brother, Warren Norton of Springfield, Mo.; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Woodlawn with the Rev. Jimmy Watson officiating. Funeral arrangements by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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