Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Ellis Horne
January 31, 1921
April 21, 2004
Ellis G. Horne, 83, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1921, at Herbine (Cleveland County), a son of the late Martin Horn and Evie Horn. He lived in the Prague community for 25 years. He was reared at Pine Bluff and attended Pine Bluff High School. After joining the Navy in 1940, he saw action in the Battle of the Coral Sea and Leyte Gulf in World War 11 and served in the Korean War. He retired after 21 years in the military. After retiring from the military, he worked 13 years as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration at Grider Field and Adams Field. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Sheridan Saddle Club. Horne was a Baptist. Horne was preceded in death by one sister, Aara Goodman; one son, Buddy McGriff; and a grandchild. Survivors include his wife, Maxine Horne, whom he married on June 23, 1963, at Pine Bluff; one daughter, Gwen Cameron of Pine Bluff; one brother, Jimmy Horn of Pine Bluff; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Dalton officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12th Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204 and Forrest Park Assembly of God, P.O. Box 1065, Pine Bluff, AR 71613.

Mary Jones
July 1, 1949
April 22, 2004
Mary Ellen Jones, 54, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Baptist Health at Little Rock. She was born July 1, 1949, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of the late Jack Wilson and Erma Davis. She received her education in the Pine Bluff School District. She was a homemaker. She was a member of New Harvest Church of God and the ladies ministry. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Taylor. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Eugene Jones of Pine Bluff; a son, Stephen Jones of Woodlawn; two daughters, Debbie Smith of Pine Bluff and Gennaifer Ashcraft of Woodlawn; a brother, Larry Wilson of Sheridan; a sister, Sandra Mixon of Pine Bluff; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Harvest Church of God with the Rev. Rick Miley officiating. Burial will be in Cypress Memorial Gardens Cemetery by Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at their home. Memorials may be made to the New Harvest Church of God, 9016 Highway 270, White Hall, AR 71602.

Frankie Taylor
November 2, 1915
April 23, 2004
BEARDEN -- Frankie Elizabeth Taylor, 88, of Bearden, died Friday at Sheridan. She was born Nov. 2, 1915, at Bearden, a daughter of the late George Oliver Holmes and Agnes Maude Riggs Holmes. She was a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of the Holly Springs Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer Allen Taylor Sr., and a son, Delmer Allen Taylor Jr. Survivors include a son, George Robert Taylor of Little Rock, three daughters, Frances Alene Taylor of Pine Bluff, Margaret Elaine Mosley of Bearden and Gloria Janet Gibbins of Hot Springs; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Benton Funeral Home at Fordyce with the Rev. Jessica Durand officiating. Burial will be at Tanyard Cemetery at Princeton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Crouson
October 19, 1918
April 23, 2004
GILLETT -- Mary Margaret Cruthirds Crouson, 85, of Gillett, died Friday at Little Rock. She was born Oct. 19, 1918, at Beaumont, Texas, a daughter of the late Thomas Applewhite Cruthirds and Ola Marie Burns Cruthirds. She was retired from Krogers. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Crouson; a daughter, Billie Marilyn Johnston; and a grandchild. Survivors include four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Gillett with the Rev. Tom Smith officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Elizabeth Ozment
September 15, 1954
April 23, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Elizabeth Clark Ozment, 49, of Sheridan, died Friday at University Hospital at Little Rock. She was born Sept. 15, 1954, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of Pauline Young Clark of Sheridan and the late Jessie Franklin Clark. She was a 1972 graduate of the Sheridan High School and a clerk at the Arkansas State Revenue Department. She was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church. Other survivors include her husband, James D. Ozment; two sons, Doug Ozment and Max Ozment, both of Sheridan; one sister, Linda Baker of Sheridan; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel in Sheridan with the Rev. Al Michael officiating. Burial will be at Center Grove Cemetery near Sheridan.

Ruthie Greenwood
December 28, 1915
April 22, 2004
KIRBY -- Ruthie Mae Greenwood, 88, of Kirby (Pike County), died Thursday at St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center at Hot Springs. She was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Warren, a daughter of the late Luther Everett Jones and Edith Elder Jones. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Daisy Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by the Rev. Herman A. Greenwood, whom she married on Oct. 2, 1937, and who died March 22, 1999; five brothers, Herman Jones, Loyd Jones, Ray Jones, Sherman Jones and Howard Jones; and a grandchild. Survivors include three sons, Mitchell Greenwood of Warren, Gerald Greenwood of White Hall and Louis Greenwood of Cameron, Okla.; two daughters, Betty Radcliff of Kirby and Judy Moore of Newhope (Pike County); 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Frazer's Funeral Home at Warren. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Martha Allison
November 16, 1937
April 30, 2004
Martha Louise Young Allison, 66, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. She was born Nov. 16, 1937, at Malvern, a daughter of the late George Elmo Young and Elizabeth Edna Gregg Young. She was reared and educated at Pine Bluff. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College at Lynchburg, Va., and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also received a master's from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was a lifetime resident of Pine Bluff and a member of First United Methodist Church. A civic leader, she was president of the Junior League of Pine Bluff, a member of the Pine Bluff Planning Commission and a founding member of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. She was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. A teacher and professional artist, she created the first art department at White Hall High School. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bettyed Young Newbern. Survivors include her husband, Cecil Duke Allison Jr., whom she married in November 1957 at Muskogee, Okla.; a son, Gordon Young Allison of Fayetteville; a daughter, Catherine Anne Atkinson of White Hall; two sisters, Catherine Young Cockrill and Virginia Anne Young of Little Rock; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Settle officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Shadowlawn Cemetery at Malvern by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the donor's favorite charity.

Inez Smithwick
February 10, 1913
April 29, 2004
Inez V. Abernathy Smithwick, 91, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 10, 1913, at Bastrop, La., a daughter of the late Luther Fisher Abernathy and Martha Jane Hutson Abernathy. She attended school in England (Lonoke County), Galveston, Texas, and Little Rock, where she graduated from Little Rock Central High School. She married Clyde H. Smithwick at San Benito, Texas, on March 6, 1935, and moved to Pine Bluff. He died in Sept. 21, 1974. She was vice president of Smithwick Inc., where she was the company's interior decorator and landscape designer until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a longtime member and a past president of the Pastor's Sunday School Class. She was a member and past president of the Pine Bluff Homebuilders Ladies' Auxiliary and Arkansas State Homebuilders, and a member of the Audubon Society. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Smithwick Morrisey; one sister, Cauda Abernathy Shepard; and two brothers, Luther Fisher Abernathy Jr. and Joe Abernathy. Survivors include two sons, Bill Smithwick of Pine Bluff and J. Richard Smithwick of Monticello; a daughter, Phyllis Smithwick Thomas of Pine Bluff; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 6501 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

John Delamore
August 26, 1926
April 30, 2004
FORDYCE -- John Harrington Delamore, 77, of Fordyce, died Friday at the Dallas County Medical Center at Fordyce. He was born Aug. 26, 1926, at Little Rock, a son of the late Francis Edward Delamore and Lula Laura Harrington Delamore. He was reared at Little Rock, where he graduated from Little Rock Senior High School at the age of 15 in 1942. He was also a member of Delta Sigma while in high school. He served in the Army during World War II, spending 17 months in the Philippines. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was a member of Kappa Sigma and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine at Little Rock in 1952. While at UAMS, he was elected to the Honor Scholarship Society. After relocating to Fordyce, he became one of the founders of the Dallas County Hospital at Fordyce in 1958. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He served as chief of staff, vice chief of staff and secretary for the hospital. He was certified by the Board of Family Practice for 20 years. The doctor also served as medical director for a number of nursing homes, president of the Fordyce Rotary Club, president of the Fordyce Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the Pine Belt Golf Tournament at the Fordyce Country Club. He was a member of First United Methodist Church at Fordyce and served on the administrative board and board of trustees. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nell Berryman Delamore; one son, Michael F. Delamore of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Downie Talbot of Memphis and Mrs. Jerry Bowen of Jonesboro; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church at Fordyce. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery at Little Rock by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce.

Sarah Rogers
March 7, 1911
May 1, 2004
GOULD -- Sarah Ellen Williams Rogers, 93, of Gould, died Saturday at her home. She was born March 7, 1911, in the Red Hill Community near Chidester (Ouachita County), a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Williams and Lillie May Cassell Williams. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Leslie Rogers; a son, Thomas Leslie Rogers; and a daughter, Marion Rogers. Survivors include one son, John Henry Rogers of Gould; two daughters, Frances Earlene Grandgeorge and Sarah Robinette Ferguson, both of McGehee, Melba Smith Woodard of Gould, Barbara Rogers Hamilton of St. Louis and Angela Rogers Dunn of Benton; one sister, Nancy Davis of Camden; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church at Gould. Burial will be in Walnut Lake Cemetery at Dumas by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Taylor
November 21, 1927
April 30, 2004
GRAPEVINE -- Robert Nell Taylor, 76, of Grapevine (Grant County), died Friday at her home. She was born Nov. 21, 1927, at Carthage (Dallas County), a daughter of the late J.D. Lee and Lora Wilson Lee. She graduated from Grapevine High School in 1947. She attended University of Arkansas at Monticello for three years. She owned and operated Taylor's Grocery and Station for 27 years until she sold the business in 1992. She was a member of Bethany No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church at Grapevine and the Ladies Auxiliary. She married Cletis Taylor on Aug. 17, 1947, at Grapevine and he died in April 19, 1988. Survivors include a son, Kent Taylor of White Hall; two daughters, Dena Brown of Grapevine and Sandra Steed of Salem (Fulton County); a sister, Betty Jo Rogers of Lafayette, Colo.; a brother, W.J. Lee of Coos Bay, Ore.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Buie Funeral Home at Sheridan with the Rev. Roger Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Grapevine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marissa Davis
April 18, 2004
April 29, 2004
HENSLEY -- Marissa Jade Davis, 11-day-old daughter of Kevin Davis and Jennifer Bertsch, both of Hensley, died Thursday at University Hospital at Little Rock. She was born April 18 at Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James "Buzz" Davis. Other survivors include her grandparents, Robin Henry of Hensley, John Bertsch of Landmark and Bonnie Davis of Sheridan; and great-grandparents, Paula Bertsch, William Bertsch, John Henry and Mary L. Davis of Sheridan. Graveside Service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Center Campground Cemetery near the Prague community (Grant County) with Michael Walton officiating. Burial will be handled by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home at Sheridan. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jewell Duck
January 5, 1923
April 30, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Jewell Ann Branch Duck, 81, of Sheridan, died Friday at Davis Life Care at Pine Bluff. She was born Jan. 5, 1923, at Russellville, the daughter of the late Isaac Branch and Ollie Peevey Branch. She was a member of the Sheridan Church of the Nazarene, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary at Pine Bluff. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl V. Duck. Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Duck and Oscar Duck, both of Pine Bluff, and Danny Duck and Gary Duck, both of Sheridan; four daughters, Geneva Gray and Brenda Hale, both of White Hall, and Sandra Holland and Donna Duck, both of Sheridan; two brothers, Owen Branch of Wooster and Doyne Branch of Cabot; two sisters, Lois Whitaker of Lonoke and Betty Priest of Conway; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Sheridan with the Rev. George Crumbly officiating. Burial will be handled by Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Sheridan. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leo Carney
July 4, 1931
April 30, 2004
WARREN -- Leo Mike "Mickey" Carney, 72, of Warren, died Friday at Baptist Medical Center at Little Rock. He was born July 4, 1931, at Shreveport, La., a son of the late James Edward Carney and Leona Johns Carney Elston. He was a member of the Lighthouse Church. He is a retired employee of the Masonite Corporation at Warren. Survivors include his wife, Clara Hayes Carney, whom he married on June 4, 1970; a son, Rickey Carney of Shreveport, La.; two daughters, Vickie Welch of Shreveport and Penny Carney of Los Angeles; two brothers, Tommy Carney of Mt. Lake Terrace, Wash., and Abe Elston of Shreveport; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Frazer's Funeral Home at Warren. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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