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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries


John Powell
John “Nookie” Powell, Sr. 68 of McGehee, Ark., died Aug. 20, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Cast Powell; two brothers, Wilbert Wade and Cast Powell Jr. and one sister, Ruby Lee Simpson.
He was survived by his wife, Claudine Powell of McGehee; Five daughters, Iris Dixon of Michigan, Shawanna Powell of Louisiana, La’Toya Powell of Arkansas, Regina Williams of Nebraska, Jasmine Powell of Arkansas, Angela Powell of Arkansas and Kimberly Davis of Arkansas; Five sons, Dennis Fontenot of Florida, Derrick Kerry of Louisiana, John Powell Jr.of Oklahoma, Charles Baker of Arkansas, and Jeremy Campbell of Arkansas; four sisters, Linda Powell, Hattie Burkhatter, Eliza Addison and Pearlie Whitten; five brothers, Leonard Wade, Henry Davis, Freeman Addison, Sammie White and John Wayne Addison.
Funeral services will be noon Aug. 27 at the Bailey Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Tillar, Ark.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Seven Star Baptist Church in Tillar, and 10 .m. until service time at the Bailey Chapel Church Saturday.
Burial will follow in the Seven Star Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.




Kelly Williams
Kelly Diane Halcomb Williams,48, of Crossett, died Aug. 21 at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1967, in St.Louis. She was a licensed practical nurse in the healthcare industry, and was loved for her fun-loving personality.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Halcomb, and two brothers, Kenny and Kevin Halcomb.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, James H. Williams of Crossett; two sons, James Michael and John Calvin Williams, both of Crossett; three brothers, Daniel Halcomb and wife, Dana, of Jacksonville, Ark., David Halcomb and Keith Halcomb. both of Hot
Springs, Ark.; one sister, Kim McGlothin and husband, Paul, of El Paso, Ark.; and her mother, Dorothy Diane Halcomb.
A memorial service will beat a later date under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.




The Rev. Foster Lee Winston
The Rev. Foster Lee Winston, 60, of Bastrop, La., died Aug. 18, at his residence. He was a native of Mer Rouge, LA, a preacher for 29 years, a retired Forklift Truck Driver for 40 years at Georgia Pacific Paper Mill and a member of the Greater First Church of God in Christ in Bastrop.
He is survived by a devoted wife of 34 years, Leslie Gatson-Winston; four daughters, Foslesshia Winston, Tameka Winston, Leslie Winston, Jerrie Daniels and husband, Willie, all of Bastrop, LA; one son: Kenji Thaxton and wife, Tiffany, of Dallas; two brothers, the Rev. Jesse Winston Sr. and wife, Mona, of Bastrop and Willie Robinson of Compton, Calif.; six sisters, Quentina Flowers and husband, K.A, Concetta McNeal and husband, Larry, Christine Jones, Jackie Burrell and husband, Sherman, and Norma Grant, all of Bastrop, Annie Phillips and husband Howard of Detroit; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Aug. 27 at Greater First Church of God in Christ in Bastrop with the Rev. Alton Gatlin officiating.
Pallbearers will be Elder Jesse Winston Jr., the Rev. Gabriel Winston, the Rev. Michael Winston, Seth Gatson, Jr., Albert Johnson and Colonel Evans.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Rev. Jesse Winston Sr., Roosevelt James, Seth Gatson Sr., Chris Gatson, Deacon Kenneth Flowers, Steve Gatson, Kenji Thaxton and the Rev. Larry McNeal.
Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery in Bastrop under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. of Hamburg.




Thomas Martin
Thomas Richard “Joe” Martin, 75, of Hamburg, died Aug. 18 at his residence. Mr. Martin was a native and life long resident of Hamburg. He was the owner of J&P Construction Company and J&P Quick Lube. He was a former member of the Hamburg Fire Department for 13 years and he was a member of the Martinville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Haywood “Woodie” and Dorothy Callaway Martin and a brother, Jimmy Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat Edwards Martin; two daughters, Bobbie Jo Martin and Donna C. Knight and husband, Mike, all of Hamburg; four brothers, James “Sonny” Martin and wife, Charlene, of Crossett, Freddie Martin and wife, Joy, Bobby Martin and wife, Sylvia, and Randy Martin and wife, Lacey; three sisters, Dorothy Savage and husband, Bo, Gladys Gulledge and husband, Edward, and Judy Bates and husband, Gene, all of Hamburg; a sister-in-law, Debbie Martin, of Hamburg; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Martinville Baptist Church with the Revs. Ryan McRae and Edward Gulledge officiating.
Burial followed at the Hamburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brad Martin, Neil Martin, Brian Martin, Billy Ray Edwards, Jr., Sky Martin, Caleb Martin, Nick Martin and John Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny William Pierce, James Thompson, James Jay Martin, John H. Martin, Billy Ray Edwards Sr., Johnny Edwards and Clyde Edwards Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Martinville Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Barry Savage, 129 Wright Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to jones-hartshorn.com.




Bonnie Mae Gordon
Bonnie Mae Gordon, 74, of Crossett, died Aug. 19 at her residence. She was born on Feb. 9, 1942, in Mountain Pine, Ark., and moved to Ashley County in 1981, where she worked several years at the Garment Factory before becoming manager at Subway and then Assistant Manager of Sav‐a‐lot Food Store.
She is preceded in death by her father, Clarence David Wagley; her mother, Audie Self Jeffress; and one brother, Waymond Wagley.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Gale Gordon of Crossett; two daughters, Terri Cheek and husband Roger of Murfreesboro, and Jerri Hagood and husband Donnie of Crossett; one son, Gary Buck and wife Karla of Hot Springs; six grandchildren; nine great‐grandchildren; and one special grandchild.
Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Aug. 2o at First Freewill Baptist Church in Crossett with the Rev. John Baker officiating.
Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jeffery Buck, Dominick Williams, T.J. Watt, Justin Cheek, Jonathon Cheek, and Donald Hagood.
Honorary pallbearers were Marty and Ann Phillips, Tommy and Phyllis Cook, Shirley Cooper, Dr. Garcia, and the nursing staff at ACMC and Hospice Homecare.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.





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