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Jack Sorrells
Mr. Jack Sorrells, age 88, of Marianna, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Sorrells was born in England, on July 29, 1912. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sorrells. He had lived in Marianna most of his life.
Mr. Sorrells was preceded in death by a wife, Vivian Sorrells, and a son, Lonnie Anderson. He is survived by a son, Jackie Sorrells, of Marianna; five daughters, Agnes McNair, of Minot, N.D., Pauline Ward, Juanita Martin, both of Forrest City, Winsel Harper, of Lexa, Peggy Casteel, of Marianna; a brother, Harold Sorrells, of Wynne; three sisters, Nettie Davis, Margie Fisher, both of Marianna, Goldie Shepherd, of Holly Grove; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at LaGrange Cemetery, with Bro. Gary Malone officiating. Fowler Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ervin W. Johnson
Mr. Ervin W. Johnson, age 84, of Heber Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Lakeland Lodge in Heber Springs.
Mr. Johnson, born May 4, 1916, was the son of Thomas Johnson and Pearl Cullum Johnson. He was a retired service station owner and lived in Heber Springs most of his life. He was also a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Heber Springs.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine Tapley Johnson, of Heber Springs; two daughters, Barbara Robbins, of West Memphis, Betty Montesi, of Little Rock; a sister, Opal Goff, of Heber Springs and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Johnson are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the Olmstead Chapel with Rev. Ron Kelley officiating. Graveside services and burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City under the direction of Olmstead Funeral Home of Heber Springs.

Mary Douglas
Mrs. Mary Douglas, age 84, of Marianna, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Douglas was a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter, Gloria Berry, of North Little Rock; five sons, Herman Douglas, Melvin Douglas, both of Chicago, Ill., Carl Douglas, of Manhattan, Kan., James Douglas, Fred Douglas, both of Marianna; three sisters, Mary Butler, of St. Louis, Vora Bell Foster, of Oak Forrest, Pearlie Mae Jones, of Marianna; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Douglas will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Douglas will be Saturday Jan. 6, 2001, at noon, at Bethleham M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Pilgrim Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.

Neva Blackard
Mrs. Neva Blackard, age 91, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at St. Benard Hospital in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Blackard was born March 31, 1909. She was the daughter of Robert Delon Frost and Martha Ona King Frost. She lived in Forrest City most of her life, moving here from Clarksville. Mrs. Blackard was a retired school teacher, an artist, and a Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jackie Blackard, in 1991, and her husband, Marvin Jack Blackard, in 1996.
Mrs. Blackard is survived by a brother, Wylie Frost, of Forrest City; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Blackard will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Morgan Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at 9 a.m., at Morgan Chapel, with the Rev. Rex Darling officiating. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m., in Clarksville, at the Oak Land Cemetery, under the direction of Joan Frost Gray-Ehnert.

Louis Johnson
Mr. Louis Johnson, age 85, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Johnson was born on July 11, 1915, in Baton Rouge, La. He was the son of Louis Johnson Sr., and Lue Vingue Davis Johnson. He was retired from Vaccaro Lumber where he worked for 41 years.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Lucille Nesbitt Johnson, of Forrest City.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Chapel of Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at 1:30 p.m., at Christian Redeeming Spiritual Church, with the Rev. Theodis Cochran officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Castella Williams
Mrs. Castella Williams, age 84, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.
Mrs. Williams was born May 12, 1916, in Indianola, Miss. She was a retired farmer.
Mrs. Williams is survived by nine sons, Dunbar Williams, of Detroit, Mich., Leodis Williams, of Forrest City, Herman Williams, Eugene Williams, Howard Williams, Cornelius Williams, all of Chicago, Ill., Leonard Williams, Elisie Williams, Timothy Williams, all of Little Rock; five daughters, Catherine Smith, of Memphis, Stella Howard, of Chicago, Ill., Deloris Stewart, of Little Rock, Lola Hall, Sadie White, both of Cleveland, Ohio; 34 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation services for Mrs. Williams will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Salem Baptist Church, with the Rev. Felix Duckworth officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemtery. Clay Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel Williams
Mrs. Ethel Williams, age 82, of Forrest City, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Williams was born on Aug. 18, 1918, in Forrest City. She was the daughter of Eddie Williams and Blanch Adams Williams.
She is survived by a son, Roy Burkes, of Madison; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Williams will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at 12 p.m., at the United Christian M.B. Church, with the Rev. Leroy Lacey officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery, under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Nancy Belle Threat
Mrs. Nancy Belle Threat, age 84, formerly of Forrest City, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Oakdale Nursing Home in Judsonia.
Mrs. Threat was born Feb. 20, 1916, in Ozark. She was the daughter of Darch Peeler and Mary Peeler. Mrs. Threat made her home in Forrest City until moving to Cherry Valley. She was a retired LPN and a member of First Baptist Church in Forrest City.
Mrs. Threat was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Threat Sr., in 1958, and a son, Tom E. Threat. She is survived by seven sons, George Threat, of Garland, Texas, John Threat Jr., of Grady, Jack Threat, of Petal, Miss., N.E. Threat, of Rex, Ga., Jerry Threat, of Morrillton, J.B. Threat, of McRae, Sam Threat, of Palestine; four daughters, Elaine Stowell, of Texarkana, Martha Walls, of Forrest City, Mary Alice Stuck, of Eugene, Ore., Dorothy Taylor, of Templeton, Calif.; a sister, Dolly King, of Dekalb, Texas; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Threat will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery.

Castella Williams
Mrs. Castella Williams, age 84, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.
Mrs. Williams was born May 12, 1916, in Indianola, Miss. She was a retired farmer.
Mrs. Williams is survived by nine sons, Dunbar Williams, of Detroit, Mich., Leodis Williams, of Forrest City, Herman Williams, Eugene Williams, Howard Williams, Cornelius Williams, all of Chicago, Ill., Leonard Williams, Elisie Williams, Timothy Williams, all of Little Rock; five daughters, Catherine Smith, of Memphis, Stella Howard, of Chicago, Ill., Deloris Stewart, of Little Rock, Lola Hall, Sadie White, both of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Tom Knox, of Colt; 34 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation services for Mrs. Williams will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Salem Baptist Church, with the Rev. Felix Duckworth officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemtery. Clay Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Woody Wofford
Mr. Woody Albert Wofford, age 76, of Toledo, Ohio died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 at Toledo Hospital.
Mr. Wofford, a native of Widener,was the son of Jerry and Ethel Wofford. He served in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was a retired HVAC/R technician from Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo where he had over 42 years of service.
Mr. Wofford is survived by his wife, Geneva Wofford; two daughters, Sharon Wofford, of Toledo, Ohio, Carolyn Langseth, of Longview, Texas; four sons, Barry Wofford, Eric Wofford, both of Toledo, Ohio, Shelby Wofford, Richard Wofford, both of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nathaniel Wofford; a sister, Helen Wofford and a granddaughter.
Funeral services for Mr. Wofford were held Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio with Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemeter under the direction of Dale Funeral Home.

Joe Andrews
Mr. Joe Andrews, age 63, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Wynne, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at a Tyler hospital.
Mr. Andrews was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Whitehall. He was a resident of Tyler for the last 30 years. Mr. Andrews was an engineer with Union Pacific Railroad and a member of Friendly Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Cleda E. Andrews, of Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Mattie Faulkner, Donna Walls; and six step-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Andrews were held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home, in Tyler, Texas, the Rev. Dale Perry, Bro. Tim McKeown and Bro. Pat Alvey officiated the service. Burial was held Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Wynne, under the direction of Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home.

Edna Louise Hand
Mrs. Edna Louise Hand, age 87, of Butte, Mont., formerly of Little Rock, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001.
Mrs. Hand was born May 28, 1913 in Fort Smith. She was the daughter of Edward Searle and Julia Wagner DeLoach. Mrs. Hand was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, George Hand, in 1990. Mrs. Hand is survived by a sister, Catherine Barros, of Fort Smith.
A funeral mass was held for Mrs. Hand Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at St. Andrews Cathedral in Little Rock. Burial followed in the National Cemetery in Little Rock. Griffin Leggette Healy and Roth Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Smith
Mrs. Mary Frances Smith, age 55, of Forrest City, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Smith was born in Berkeley, Calif. She lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Forrest City 10 years ago. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and had an Associates Degree from William Baptist College. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Gary V. Smith, of the home; her parents, Marvin and Irene McAnulty, of Camden; three daughters, Lori Douglas, of Holly Springs, Miss., Kimberly Soper and Jennifer Smith, both of Forrest City; four sisters, Linda McCartner, of Conway, Shirley White, Nancy Massey and Jackie Bell, all of Camden; a brother, Ray McAnulty Jr., of Camden.
A memorial service for Mrs. Smith will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Forrest City, with Don Marston and David Ramsey officiating. Visitation for Mrs. Smith will be Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Walcott, with Don Marston officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that all memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Juanita Draughon Nichols
Mrs. Juanita Draughon Nichols, age 80, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Nichols was born on Sept. 29, 1920, in Morten, Miss. She was the daughter of Aruthur Brown Draughon and Minnie B. Parkman Thomas. Mrs. Nichols had lived in West Memphis and Forrest City all of her life. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
Mrs. Nichols was married to Wallace Nichols in 1942 and he survives her along with, a daughter, Janice Lee, of Cullman, Ala.; a son, Roger Nichols, of West Memphis; three sisters, Wanda Sanders, of Wynne, Freida Wood, of Magnolia, and Dolores Findlay, of Lafayette, Ind.; a brother, Love Draughon, of Wynne; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother, Aruthur Draughon, in 1991.
Visitation for Mrs. Nichols will be Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Loughridge Cemetery in Colt, with Rev. Berlon Davis officiating. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pencolia Saine
Mrs. Pencolia Saine, age 85, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Crestpark Nursing Home in Forrest City.
Mrs. Saine was a homemaker and was preceded in death by a brother, Booker Hansberry Sr., who died on Dec. 23, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Roosevelt Saine Sr., of Forrest City; a daughter, Dorothy Goodwin, of Chicago, Ill.; a son, Roosevelt Sain Jr., of Forrest City; two brothers, Q.B. Bradley, of New Jersey and R.D. Bradley, of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Saine will be Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at 11 a.m., in the Pine Tree Church of God in Christ in Caldwell, with the Elder Verlee Lucas officiating. Burial will follow at Stanley Grove Cemetery. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William M. Crick
Mr. William M. Crick, age 84, of Crossett, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett.
Mr. Crick was born May 19, 1916, in Marked Tree. He was the son of Nancy Margaret Adeline and Thomas Joshua Crick. Mr. Crick was a retired clerk for Wal-Mart and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a Christian and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Crossett.
He is survived by his wife, Joy Lee Smith Crick, of Crossett; one daughter, Martha Sue Bohnen, of Crossett; two sons, Jerry Wayne Crick, of Simpsonville, S.C. and Mark Anthony Crick, of Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers.
Visitation was today, Jan. 11, 2001, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Rumph-Owers Funeral Home in El Dorado. There will be a graveside service for Mr. Crick on Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at 2 p.m., in Arlington Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry W. Crick and Rev. Don Rotherbush officiating. Rumph-Owers Funeral Home in El Dorado is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Hope Gray Rowe
Mrs. Wilma Hope Gray Rowe, age 88, formerly of Forrest City and Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at the Beverly Nursing Home in North Little Rock.
Mrs. Rowe was born on Sept. 8, 1912, in Jasper, Ala. She was the daughter of John L. Gray and Barbara V. Anderson Gray. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Rowe was married to Olan Ray Rowe in 1932, and he preceded her in death in 1976. She is survived by two daughters, Rita Greer, of Rome, Ga., and Carol Barry, of Pine Bluff; one son, James M. Rowe, of Forrest City; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Rowe will be Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny James Hemphill
Mr. Johnny James Hemphill, age 91, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Crestpark Nursing Home in Forrest City.
Mr. Hemphill, a retired framer, is survived by his wife, Vella Morrow Hemphill, of Los Angeles, Calif.; four daughters, Tammy McCoy, of Forrest City, Dorothy Cambell, of Los Angeles, Calif., Pearlie Russell, of Gary, Ind., and Amie Morrow, of Chicago, Ill.; five sons, Jimmy Morrow, of Madison, Simon Morrow, of Widener, Perry Morrow, of Los Angeles, Calif., Billy Morrow and John McCoy, both of Forrest City and a sister, Josephine Ross, of Chicago, Ill.
There will be a memorial service for Mr. Hemphill, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Kennedy Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Elbert Carr officiating. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Richardson
Mrs. Jane Richardson, age 77, of Earle, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Johnson Hobson Health Care, in Marion.
Mrs. Richardson was a teller and bookkeeper at Earle State Bank. She was active in community volunteer work for Good Neighbor Center and Heifer Project International. Mrs. Richardson was a member of Earle First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.R. Richardson. She is survived by three daughters, Claire Devazier, of Palestine, Shirley Hildebrand, of Fayetteville, and Mary Richarson, of Little Rock; a son, Don Richardson, of Clinton; a sister, Agnes Bilewicz, of Little Rock; a brother, Wesley Ross, of Little Rock and five grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Richardson will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at 10 a.m., in the Earle First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lowell Sitzes
Mr. Lowell Sitzes, age 80, of Memphis, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. Sitzes was born on June 18, 1920, in Palestine. He was the son of Noah Sitzes and Nettie Kyzer Sitzes. Mr. Sitzes had lived in Palestine before moving to Memphis. He was retired from sawmill work and was a member of Raleigh Assembly of God Church.
Mr. Sitzes is survived by three sisters, Lela Barthalow, of Bartlett, Tenn., Marilyn Maddox, of Collierville, Tenn. and Evalynn Goodwin, of Forrest City; two brothers, Clivy Sitzes, of Mt. Vernon, Mo. and McRae Sitzes, of Memphis, Tenn.
Funeral services for Mr. Sitzes were held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at the Twin Assembly of God Church in Palestine. The Rev. Ron Woods officiated the service. Burial followed at the Salem Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Valerie Hope Davenport Elliott
Mrs. Valerie Hope Davenport Elliott, age 26, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Colt.
Mrs. Elliott was born Feb. 24, 1974, in Forrest City. She was the daughter of Jesse and Mary Davenport. Mrs. Elliott was employed at the Forrest City High School cafeteria as a substitute. She graduated from Forrest City High School in 1991, and was a member of the Colt Baptist Church.
Mrs. Elliott's three children, Jessica Jean, Christeen Ann and Jeffery Thomas Elliott II, also died in the fire.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffery Thomas Elliott, of Colt; her parents, Jesse and Mary Davenport, of Forrest City; her grandmother, Velva Melton, of Forrest City; six brothers, Jerry Davenport, of Greenville, Miss., Joel Davenport, William Davenport, Paul Davenport, Kendall Davenport and Keith Davenport, all of Forrest City; two sisters, Karen Carr, of Belton, Texas and Trena Flowers, of Norfork.
Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Davenport in 1986, and her grandparents, Lige Melton, Jim Davenport and Fannie Davenport.
Visitation for Mrs. Elliott will be held tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home, with the Bro. Charles Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christeen Ann Elliott
Christeen Ann Elliott, age 7, of Colt, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Colt. She was born Jan. 4, 1994, the daughter of Jeffery Thomas Elliott and Valerie Hope Davenport Elliott. His mother and two siblings, Jeffery Thomas Elliott, and Jessica Jean Elliott, died with her in the fire.
She is survived by her father, Jeffery Thomas Elliott, of Colt; her grandparents, Margaret Busby and Jesse and Mary Davenport, all of Forrest City; and her great-grandmother, Mrs. Velva Melton, of Forrest City.
Visitation will be tonight Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home, with Bro. Charles Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffery Thomas Elliott II
Jeffery Thomas Elliott II, age 5, of Colt, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Colt.
He was born on Jan. 18, 1995, the son of Jeffery Thomas Elliott and Valerie Hope Davenport Elliott. His mother and two siblings, Christeen Ann Elliott and Jessica Jean Elliott, also died in the fire.
He is survived by his father, Jeffery Thomas Elliott, of Colt; his grandparents, Margaret Busby and Jesse and Mary Davenport, all of Forrest City, and his great-grandmother, Mrs. Velva Melton, of Forrest City.
Visitation will be held tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home, with the Bro. Charles Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jessica Jean Elliott
Jessica Jean Elliott, age 1, of Colt, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Colt.
She was born on May, 17, 1999, the daughter of Jeffery Thomas Elliott and Valerie Hope Davenport Elliott. Her mother and two siblings, Christeen Ann Elliott and Jeffery Thomas Elliott, II, also died in the fire.
She is survived by her father, Jeffery Thomas Elliott, of Colt; her grandparents, Margaret Busby and Jesse and Mary Davenport, all of Forrest City and her great-grandmother, Mrs. Velva Melton, of Forrest City.
Visitation for will be held tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Chapel Funeral Home, with Bro. Charles Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Lindsey Busby
Mrs. Mary Lindsey Busby, age 95, of Benton, died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2001.
Mrs. Busby was born on Feb. 23, 1905, in Caldwell. She was the daughter of William James Lindsey and Sarah Elizabeth Brown Lindsey. Mrs. Busby had lived in Marianna before moving to Benton. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Marianna.
Mrs. Busby was married to Bruce Busby in 1928 and he preceded her in death in 1990. She is survived by two daughters, Robbie Hobbs, of Covington, Va. and Marilyn Dickson, of West Memphis; a son, Bruce M. Busby, of Benton; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Busby will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. W.L. Prentiss officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Samuel Davis Smith Sr.
Mr. Samuel Davis Smith Sr., age 84, a resident of St. Joseph Nursing Home in Brinkley, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Smith was a farmer and a resident of Goodwin. He was named Farmer of the Year in the late 1960s and was a member of New Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church in Goodwin.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Smith. He is survived by five sons, Ervin Smith and Samuel Smith Jr., both of Memphis., Tenn., Otis Smith, of Goodwin, Thomas Smith, of Jacksonville, and Donnie Smith, of Houston, Texas; seven daughters, Martha Phillips, Ida Smith, Ruby Worsham, Christine Brooks and Katherine Smith, all of Little Rock, Fannie Metcalf, of Brinkley, and Agnes Coleman, of Forrest City; a brother, Frank Smith, of Goodwin; a sister, Mamie McKissick, of Forrest City; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Smith will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at New Mt. Zion Church in Goodwin. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 11 a.m., at New Mt. Zion Church. McNeal Funeral Home in Brinkley is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth Parker Thompson
Mrs. Elizabeth Parker Thompson, age 80, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Forrest City, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001.
She was the daughter of Peter and Vozzie Parker and was a graduate of Lincoln High School.
Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, Lola Parker, and a brother, Rudolf Parker.
She is survived by seven children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Friendship Baptist Church, in Detroit, Mich. Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery. C.W. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Larry D. Allen
Mr. Larry D. Allen, age 49, of Memphis, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in his home.
Mr. Allen is survived by two daughters, Chaundra Allen and Larrina Allen-Wilson; two brothers, Willie Franklin and William Allen; six sisters, Dorothy Statewright, Hattie Blackshire, Geraldine Crayton, Martha Davis, Bernice Fisher, and Debra Carter; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 2:30 p.m. in Union Baptist Church in Clarendon. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of McNeal Funeral Home.

Bessie Barron
Mrs. Bessie Barron, age 81, of Palestine, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in Palestine.
Mrs. Barron was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in Hackelburg, Ala.. She was the daughter of A.M. Coons and Nellie Mae Frederick Coons. Mrs. Barron lived in St. Francis County most all of her life. She was retired from Reltoc Industries, and was a member of the Church of Christ in Palestine.
Mrs. Barron married Herman Clifton Barron in 1943, and he preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by one son, William Deckelman, of Proctor; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Barron will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 11 a.m., in Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Farmhill Cemetery in Harrisburg. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Della Jett
Mrs. Della Jett, age 99, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Crestpark Nursing Home. Mrs. Jett was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church in Madison.
She is survived by her niece, Elouise Joyner, of Forrest City.
Visitation for Mrs. Jett will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Sat. Jan. 20, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Kennedy Funeral Home, with the Rev. L.Z. Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Deric Kellum
Mr. Deric Kellum, age 38, of Chicago, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago.
Mr. Kellum is survived by his parents, Lonnie Marshbank and Dessie Marshbank; a son, Chauncey Carroll; a daughter, Mai Nicole Carroll; a brother, Gary Marshbank, all of Chicago, Ill.; and grandparents Odessie Droughn and Cora Marshbank, both of Forrest City and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Kellum will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. John M.B. Church in Madison with Rev. James Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

Bessie Mae Kirkwood
Mrs. Bessie Mae Kirkwood, age 68, of Madison, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Kirkwood was a receptionist for Adult Day Care. She was a member of Mt. Sinai M.B. Church in Caldwell.
She is survived by six daughters, Barbara El-Nimeiri, of Chicago, Ill., Glenda Hollimon, of Seattle, Wash., Virgie Dyson, of Macillister, Okla., Gloria Hawkins, of Forrest City, Karen Kirkwood, of Madison, and Bessie Christopher, of West Memphis; four sons, Cleo Kirkwood, of Blytheville, Ronald Kirkwood, of Columbus, Ohio, Donald Kirkwood, of Denver, Colo., and Kelvin Kirkwood, of Pontiac, Mich.; two brothers, John Gaines, of Columbus, Ohio, and Lethel Vaughns, of Chicago, Ill.; 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Kirkwood will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at 1 p.m., at Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church, with the Rev. Ronald Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Paradise Garden Cemetery in Edmondson. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Garfield Lewis Jr.
Mr. Frank Garfield Lewis Jr., aged 69, of Pocahontas, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born June 14, 1931 in Mississippi County, a son of the late Exie Arbell Stutts Lewis and Frank Garfield Lewis Sr. He was a farmer.
Mr. Garfield is survived by his wife, Gloria Lewis, of Pocahontas; a son, Tim Lewis of Mineola, Texas; three daughters, Judy Littleton of Pocahontas, Cissie Newell of Phoenix, Ariz. and Nina Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas; three brothers, Jack Lewis of Dell, Hal Lewis of Doddridge and Bobby Lewis of Imboden; a sister, Frankie Ann Gaines of Thomasville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held today, Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at First Baptist Church of Pocahontas, with the Rev. Don Strait officiating. Burial followed at Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon, under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Anderson H. Williams Jr.
Mr. Anderson H. Williams Jr., aged 81, of Wilson, died Jan. 17, 2001. He was born March 20, 1919 in Cordell, Okla., a son of Anderson H. and Minnie Williams.
He was a veteran of World War II, a former 32nd Degree Mason and an avid golfer. He was retired from Home Oil Co. He was a member of the Osceola Church of Christ.
Mr. Williams leaves his wife of 55 yeas, Mary Cullom Williams; four sons, Andy Williams of Forrest City; Charles Williams of Wilson, Jerry Williams of Tulsa, Okla. and Joe Williams of Wilson; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at the Osceola Church and Christ.

Ralph Henry Ross
Mr. Ralph Henry Ross, age 61, of Tumbling Shoals, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001 at Baptist Medical Center in Heber Springs.
Mr. Ross, born Feb. 27, 1939, was the son of Marvin Ross and Mary Bell Nicholas Ross. He lived in the St. Francis County area most of his life and was the owner of Ross Construction Company for 28 years. He retired to Tumbling Shoals 10 years ago.
Mr. Ross is survived by his wife Helen, of the home; four sons, Ricky Ross, of Lonoke, Allen Ross and Heath Ross, both of Caldwell, and Todd Ross of Haynes; a step-son, Bryan Meeks, of Dallas, Texas; a step-daughter, Jana Meeks, of Searcy; two brothers, Jerry Ross and Melvin Ross, both of Gill; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin Ross, Billy Joe Ross and Austin Ross.
Visitation services for Mr. Ross will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Morgan Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Colt Baptist Church with Bro. Carl Baldwin officiating and assisted by Bro. Charles Bradley. Burial will follow at the Marianna Memorial Park Cemetery in Marianna under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

Verna Brown
Mrs. Verna Brown, age 40, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, Will Hester III, of Forrest City; two sisters, Ormie Moore and Ivory Pennick, both of Austin, Texas; and a brother, Henry Harris Jr., of Heth.
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Rising Sun MB Church in. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 12 p.m., at Rising Sun M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Paradise Garden. Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Eugene Davis
Mr. Raymond Eugene Davis, age 62, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis.
Mr. Davis was born on Jan. 26, 1938, in Somerville, Tenn., and was the son of Mackie Thomas Davis and Mabel Edwards Davis. He lived in Forrest City most of his life, was retired from Yale Industries, and was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church.
Mr. Davis married Cathy Rosica in 1965, and she survives him along with two sons, Bradley Davis of Forrest City and Christopher Davis of Searcy; two brothers, Lonnie Mack Davis of Little Rock and Thomas Edwards Davis of Crystal River, Fla.; and one sister, Martha Ann Fox of Little Rock.
Visitation for Mr. Davis will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. A vigil service will follow at 7 p.m., with visitation continuing afterwards. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Tillman Jackson
Tillman Jackson, age 41, of Little Rock, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, in Little Rock.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his parents, John Jackson and Earline Davis Jackson; six sisters, Carrie Lee Hall of West Memphis, Carlortta Jackson, Charlortta Flenoy, Olivia Rachel, Alice Garrett and Gloria Jackson-Hail, all of Marianna; six brothers, David Lee Jackson, James Cooper and Frank Cooper, all of Chicago, Alfred Lee Davis, of Forrest City, John R. Jackson Jr., of Marianna and Ocie W. Jackson, of Kansas City, Mo.
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home in Marianna.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery, with the Rev. Michael Thomas officiating. J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Floyd "Lumpy" Jones Jr.
Mr. Floyd Jones Jr., age 33, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Jones was a barber. He is survived by his parents, Ethel Jones of Forrest City and Floyd Jones Sr., of West Memphis; his grandmothers, Helen Malone of Madison, and Lucy Carter of Little Rock; two daughters, Marinda Jones of Forrest City, and Kenya Jones of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Carneighn Jones of Little Rock, and Marquies Jones, of Forrest City; four sisters, Helen Alexander of Pontiac, Mich., Pamela King of Forrest City, Constance King, and Stephanie King; nine brothers, Michael Alexander of Pontiac, Mich., Russell Jones, Marty Jones, and Derrick Malone, all of Madison, Bobby Malone and Randy Milbrook, both of Forrest City, Thomas Robinson of Madison, Kevin King and Bryant King, both of Marianna.
Visitation services for Mr. Jones will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Day's Temple Church of God in Christ, with the Bishop J.H. Jennings officiating. Burial will follow at Scott Bond Cemetery in Madison.

Maxie Smith
Mrs. Maxie Smith, age 96, of Orange, Texas died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in Orange.
Mrs. Smith, formerly of Madison, was born on May 5, 1904, in Bronson, Texas. She was the daughter of Mary Leah LaRue Anderson and Thomas Maxfield Anderson. Mrs. Smith lived in Madison during the 1950s, before moving to Orange, Texas. She was a homemaker and did needle work. Mrs. Smith was a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Orange, Texas.
She married Thomas Franklin Smith in 1920, and he preceded her in death in 1960, along with a daughter, Frances Poindexter of Hemphill, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Nelda Smith of Orange, Texas, and Frankie Heustess of Forrest City; two sons, Charles Smith of Caldwell and Thomas E. Smith of Orange, Texas; a sister, Lucille Warner of Nacododoches, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, in Orange, Texas, with the Reverends Lindsey Smith and Willard Anderson officiating the service. Burial followed in Bronson Cemetery, in Bronson, Texas.

Bette J. Turk
Mrs. Bette J. Turk, age 76, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Turk was born on Sept. 5, 1924, in Eldorado and was the daughter of Ernest Lee Fisher and Lora L. Royal Fisher. She lived in Forrest City all of her life. Mrs. Turk was a retired accountant from the Federal Compress, was past president of the Musical Coterie, was secretary and treasurer for the Hughes Cemetery Association, was a member of the National Association of Accountants and was a teacher for the Reflectors Bible Study Group. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Forrest City.
Mrs. Turk married Vernon D. Turk Sr., and he survives her along with two daughters, Verna J. Powell of Hillsboro, Ill. and Becky Puryear of Benton; a son, Vernon D. Turk Jr., of West Memphis; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation services will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, with burial following in Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Lee Waller
Mr. Willie Lee Waller, age 82, of Palestine, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis.
Mr. Waller was born March 9, 1918 in Palestine and was the son of George Lee Waller and Mae Willie Waller. Mr. Waller was a retired farmer.
He is survived by five sons, Lenell Waller of Palestine, Willie J. Waller and Leodis Waller, both of St. Louis, Mo., Johnny C. Waller and Alonzo Waller, both of Fort Worth, Texas; four daughters, Stella M. Waller of Oak Park, Ill., Armelia Smith of Memphis, Mildred A. Hood of Little Rock and Bobbie A. Fingers of Palestine; 24 grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Waller will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 12 p.m., in Elcannon Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Howard C. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Elcannon Cemetery. Clay Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Reeves Jr.
Mr. Willie Reeves Jr., age 73, of Palestine, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, in Palestine.
Mr. Reeves was born on May 6, 1927 in Palestine. He was the son of Willie Reeves Sr., and Mable Jordan. Mr. Reeves was a veteran, a grocery store owner and a member of the Church of God.
Mr. Reeves is survived by his wife, Tommie Jackson Reeves of Brinkley; his mother, Mable Wilson of Conway; three daughters, Teresa Barnhill of Sheridan, Betty Wheeler and Brenda Self, both of Moro; a son, Roger Reeves of Palestine; two sisters, Pat Montgomery of Conway and Mary Jinks of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation service for Mr. Reeves will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roller-Citizens Chapel, in Marianna. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at 10 a.m., at Roller-Citizens Chapel, with the Rev. Gene Craig officiating the service. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in Salem. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Mae Bickerstaff
Mrs. Lena Mae Bickerstaff, age 90, of Hughes, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at Beverly Health Care in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Bickerstaff was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church in Hughes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.H. Bickerstaff. Mrs. Bickerstaff is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Turman, of Meridan, Miss., Anna Gracey, of Forrest City, and Rose Wilkerson, of Mt. View, Mo.; four sons, Roger Bickerstaff, of Arlington, Texas, Wallace Bickerstaff, of Chicago, Ill., Russell Bickerstaff, of Jonesboro, and Marion Bickerstaff, of Tyronza; 32 grandchildren and a host of great and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bickerstaff will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that all memorials be made to the Central Baptist Church in Hughes.

Viola "Pete" Grantham
Mrs. Viola "Pete" Grantham, age 76, of Wynne, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001.
Mrs. Grantham was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Waterloo, Ala. She was the daughter of Clarence H. Eppes and Pearl Craven Eppes. Mrs. Grantham was a retired bus driver for the Wynne School District and was a housewife. She was a member of Good Sam's Crowley's Ridge Runners, and a member of Wynne Church of Christ.
Mrs. Grantham was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Brown; three brothers, C.H. Eppes, Jr., Kenneth Eppes, and Jerry Eppes.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond H. Grantham, of Wynne; a son, Danny Grantham, of Wynne; two sisters, Pauline Cowan, of Wynne, and Odessa Holt, of Rochell, Ill.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. in Kernodle Funeral Home in Wynne, Burial followed in Harris Chapel Cemetery. The family requests all memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen Chambliss Lines
Mrs. Helen Chambliss Lines, age 82, formerly of Forrest City, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, in Searcy.
Mrs. Lines was born on July 13, 1918, in Forrest City. She was the daughter of Russell Williams and Sadie Borden Williams. Mrs. Lines had lived in Phoenix, Ariz., before moving back to Forrest City and then to Searcy. She was a housewife and a member of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Lines married Richard Lines in 1936, and he preceded her in death in 1992. She is survived by a daughter, Chambliss Lines of Searcy; a sister, Margie Russell Whittenton of Forrest City; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Lines on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at 11 a.m., in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, with the Rev. Harry Young officiating the service. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Henry Surginer
Mr. Henry Surginer, age 74, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis.
Mr. Surginer was born on June 9, 1926, in Forrest City, and was the son of Dave Surginer and Cora P. Surginer. He was a member of the Jolly Elders, and was a member of Second Baptist Church.
Mr. Surginer married Anita Devasier and she preceded him in death. He is survived by several friends and a host of church family.
Visitation for Mr. Surginer will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held for Mr. Surginer on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at 10 a.m., at the Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Leslie Williams
Mr. Leslie Williams, age 53, of Forrest City, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Williams was born May 1, 1947, in Tillatoba, Miss., the son of Ruthie Bradford. He was the director of Counseling Services of Eastern Arkansas, and he was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn C. Williams of Forrest City; two sons, Jason Williams and Justen Williams, both of Forrest City; his mother; six brothers, L. C. Poole of Hayward, Calif., Joe Williams of Forrest City, John Williams and Glen Williams, both of Memphis, Charles Williams of San Francisco and Huley Williams of Charleston, Miss.; seven sisters, Cleotha Flowers and Lizzie Matherson, both of Milwaukee, Wis., Girdine Smith of Charleston, Miss., Christine Dumas of Riverdale, Ill., Essie Bland of Chicago, Ill., and Bessie Reed and Winnie Mae Johnson, both of Memphis and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Williams will be Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.


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