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Tonya Bridges
A private memorial service was held for Tonya Bridges, 36 of D’Iberville, Miss.
The Crossett native died June 18 in Ocean Springs, Miss.
Survivors include her husband, Toby Bridges of D’Iberville; her mother and step-father, Alice Smith and Todd McClain of Crossett; her father and step-mother, Billy and Kristi Smith of Strong; her grandfather, Abraham Smith; six sisters, Christy Harris, April Curtis, Melissa Smith, Kelsey McClain, Tiffany Jonson and Cathrine Johnson; and one brother, C.J. Johnson.
Arrangements were handled by Southern Mississippi Funeral Services.
Edwin Lee Johnson, age 73, was healed and met Jesus on June 25th, 2016. Names he was often called were Granddaddy, Daddy, coach, teacher, leader, principal, and Big Ed. Edwin lived by the word of God and demonstrated that by loving God and loving people. Whether it was with his cherished family, athletes, and students, he carried out I Corinthians 13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Lessons were learned not by him telling but by showing. He showed others how to love by serving them. He served in church, school, athletics and community.‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40. For over 20 years, physical limitations did not hinder his quest for life and love of laughter. Loved ones would describe Edwin with attributes such as: man of integrity, humble, God fearing, full of life, and hard working. He loved well and made much of Christ and his faith. For more than 30 years, Edwin devoted his service and love to the students and athletes of Crossett Public Schools. Edwin was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett for more than 40 years, in which he was a servant, leader, and deacon of the church. Edwin’s legacy of faith and love lives on with his wife, Beverly Johnson of Fort Smith, AR, his sister, Patsie Hartness and husband Bobby of Little Rock, AR, his son, Greg Johnson of Conway, AR, his daughter Leigh Ann Hasley and husband Doug of Fort Smith, AR, and six grandchildren, Derek Johnson with wife Rachel of Conway, AR, Kelly and Bailee Johnson of Crossett, AR, Bennett, Addison, Bryant Hasley of Fort Smith, AR.
Graveside service was 9:00 AM Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Roselawn Cemetery in Ft.Smith.
Visitation will be 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wednesday June 29, 2016, at the Multi-Ministry Center at First Baptist Church in Crossett, AR. Edwin’s Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 PM Wednesday in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Crossett.
Honorary pallbearers in Crossett were Keith Carter, Allen Jeter, Jimmy Rodgers, Curtis Boston, Roderick Kidd, Donald Fulcher, Phil Kelley, Robert Hartness, Johnny Babb, Campbell Wilkerson, and Joe Cantley.
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Renee Johnson
Renee Slaughter Johnson, 46, of Hamburg, died June 20 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg where she was a member of Hamburg High School class of 1988 and of Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Johnson.
She is survived by her parents, Bobby and Della McCrory Slaughter of Hamburg.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. June 23 at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Carlton White and Bro. Kenny Bolin officiating. Burial was in Crossroad Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tony Craig, Mickey Craig, Stan Craig, Wayne Allen, Phillip Allen and Jason Sanders. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
William Savage
William T. “Tommy” Savage, 71, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, June 22 at his residence.
He was a native of Crossett, a resident of Hamburg for the past 40 years and a former resident of Jackson, Ala. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked for Ideal Construction for 40 years, having retired in 2007.
He was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where he was a worker in the Awana program and Vacation Bible School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Miller Myrick and William T. Savage Sr.
He is survived by three sons, Donnie Savage Sr. of Raleigh, N.C., Wayne Savage Sr. of Jackson and Steven Gilbert of Hamburg; one daughter, Lara Kilcrease of Crossett; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Reese and Bro. Josh Luellen officiating. Burial was in Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Donnie Miller, Norman Higginbotham, Charles “Bull” Wells, Jeff Foster and Kenneth Lovette. Honorary pallbearers were the breakfast club at McDonalds.
Memorials may be made to Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Awana Program, 765 Ashley 70, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Raymond Sims
Raymond Dean Sims, 83, of Wilmot, died Wednesday, June 22 at his residence. He was a native of Parkdale, a resident of Wilmot for the past 30 years and a former resident of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War. He worked for Ford Motor Company as a sales representative for many years and was a member of Bonita Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas O. and Gella Coatney Sims; two brothers, Reginald Sims and Ray Sims; and two sisters, Juanita Collins and Fern Riggs.
He is survived by one brother, Robert Sims of Wilmot.
Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Friday in Wilmot Cemetery with Bro. Carlos Pitts officiating.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Tommy Wayne White, age 58, of Crossett died June 24, 2016 of a massive stroke at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born August 12, 1957 in Laurel, Miss.
A graveside service was held Sunday, June 26 at 9 a.m. in Heidelberg Cemetery in Heidelberg, Miss., with Rev. Bill Bolton officiating.
Tom spent his life as a radio commentator and a disc jockey. He enjoyed music of every kind and playing the guitar, and he had many friends in the music field, locally and nationally.
Tom was currently employed by The Ashley News Observer in Crossett. He also had worked as a journalist at the Laurel Leader Call, Wayne Co. News, Jasper Co. News and the Stone County News in Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Lucille White; an infant sister, Willie Mae; and another sister, Linda Faye White of Heidelberg.
He is survived by his family including three brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Patricia White, Eddie and Joyce White, and Steven and Shirley White, all of Heidelberg; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and George Walters of Sandersville, Miss.; a special aunt, Alice Smith of Ocean Springs, Miss.; six nieces, Brenda Gatlin, Tina Powe, Tammy Gambrell, Pam Rivers, Crystal Loper, and Carol Hickson; two nephews, Tony White and Freddie Shoemake; a host of great and great-great-nieces and nephews; and numerous other kin.
Pallbearers were Tony White, Freddie Shoemake, Danny Gatlin, Huey Powe, Terry Gambrell, and Jamie Hickson.
Honorary pallbearers were Ryan White, Barney White, Dewayne Schlette and Chris Gatlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Tom.

Archie Arnold
Archie Lee Arnold, age 75, of Pine Bluff died Monday at his residence in the Watson Chapel community, with his family by his bedside. He was a native of Morrilton, a retired heavy equipment operator and of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Laura Jones-Arnold, and one brother, Frank Arnold.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Doris Carter-Arnold; one son, Randall Arnold of Rison; one step-son, Bobby Bond Jr. of White Hall; two daughters, Pamela Arnold of Franklin, N.C., and Tracie Phillips of Mayflower; two step-daughters, Debbie Francis of Rison and Lisa Riles of Franklin; two brothers, Pete Green of Mountain Home and James Green of Rison; three sisters, Mary Burton of Warren, Gale Black of Texarkana, and Lavonne Terry of Sheridan; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Carter Cemetery on Highway 52 southwest of Hamburg and was under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Burton officiating.
Rosalyn Gardner
Rosalyn Marie Avery Gardner, 62, died June 13.
She was born May 20, 1954 in Wilmar to the late Ollie Beatrice Avery and Elkin Avery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin D. Gardner; one son, Johnathon Avery; two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include one son, Talvin Gardner of Monticello; one daughter, Brenda Gardner of Monticello; three grandchildren; five sisters, Deborah Daniels of Lacy, Sylvia V. Carr of Monticello, Evangeline Carr of Wilmar, Dethra Gardner of Wilmar, and Valerie Carr of Wilmar; and four brothers, Herbert Avery of Wilmar, Dexter Carr of Monticello, Orlando Baker of Pine Bluff, and Michael Webb of Pine Bluff.
A funeral service was held Friday at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church of Wilmar. Burial followed in Turner Hill Cemetery in Wilmar and under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.
Harold Hall
Harold Cooper Hall, age 80, of Crossett died June 14 at his residence. He was a native of Rosedale, Miss., and former resident of Omaha, Neb., where graduated and remained an active alumnus of Boys Town. He served 23 years in the US Air Force, where he gained a rank of master sergeant and aircraft maintenance superintendent receiving a Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.
He owned and operated H and H Mobile Home Park in West Crossett for 37 years and was an active member of Southern Cross Chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Cooper Hall; his mother, Beulah Molder Hall-Anderson; his stepfather, Robert Anderson; one sister, Maxine Quinzi; and two great-grandchildren.
He is survived by one son, Rick Hall of Caruthersville, Mo.; one daughter, Dawn Goodale of Sikeston, Mo.; one sister, Christine Smythe of Creswell, Oreg.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Rev. Alan Womack officiating.
Pallbearers were Jerry Gonzalez, Ernesto Gonzalez, Samuel Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Roger Reeves and Charles Berryman. Honorary pallbearers were members of Southern Cross Chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association, James Stanbery, John Stanbery and Leo Chandler.
A private burial will be at a later date. Arrangements were made by Cromwell Funeral Home.
Memorials may be sent to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010; Saint Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley 15 Road, Crossett, AR 71635.
Mary Nelson
Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Nelson, 76, of Crossett died Thursday at Ashley County Medical Center.
She was born in Louisville, Ken., Feb. 17, 1940, to the late Benjamin and Golda Stinson. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and worked as a secretary for Georgia Pacific for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe Kenneth Nelson of Crossett; two daughters, Mary Teresa Nelson and Denise Thornton of McKinney, Texas; one son, Michael Kenneth Nelson of Monroe, La.; two grandchildren and three great‐grandsons.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Union County with Bro. Toby Austin officiating and under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Honorary pallbearers were Roy Patterson, Jim Carter, Lester Avery, Dan Kersey, Dan Dumas, Kelley Lindsey, and Jason Barnett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
LeDell Williams
LeDell “Buddy Boy” Williams, 75, died June 15 at Ashley County Medical Center.
He was born in Texarkana Nov. 7, 1940 to the late Elee and Elizabeth Williams. He graduated from Washington High in Texarkana, before moving to Crossett, and he accepted Christ at an early age.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Frazier of Las Vegas, Nev., Margaret Everett of Rowlett, Texas and Myricle Robinson of Crossett; two sons, Richard Ellis of Texarkana, Texas, and Ledon Robinson of Crossett; seven brothers, Johnny Williams and Robert Williams of Texarkana, Phil  McCowan of Richmond, Calif., Frank McCowan and Leroy McCowan of Oakland, Calif., and Lee McCowan and  Henry McCowan of Tucson, Ariz.; six sisters, Elizabeth Webb of Texarkana, Beatrice Miller of Crossett, Darlene  Williams-Shackelford of Richmond, Betty Jo McCowan –Jones of Sacramento, Calif., and Bernice McCowan-Weatherless and Flossie McCowan-Lamay of Tucson; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Crossett. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery and under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.

Eric Adams, 49, of Hamburg, died April 28, 2016 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Funeral services were May 1 at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Hamburg Cemetery. Bro. Josh Luellen officiated.

He was a truck driver for Timber Producers and a member of First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Adams; his grandparents, Walter and Connie Blankenship Adams and Tilman Jerome “Pop” and Hazel Polk Hargrave.

He is survived by a son, Jake Adams of Hamburg; his mother and stepfather, Nancy Hargrave Gwin and Bobby Jo Gwin; a sister, Kim Lauhon and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Foster, Darren Cason, Richard Weatherly, Jeff Pennington, Zach Bostick and Hunter Thompson.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Katherine “Kitty” Ludolph, 69, of Oneonta, Ala., died April 19, 2016 at TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta, Ala.

Funeral services were April 25 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Oneonta, Ala., with burial in Alabama National Cemetery. The Rev. Joan Henrick officiated.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Ludolph and her parents, Joan and Elizabeth Ralston Allen.

She is survived by a brother, John Allen of Parker, Colo.; two sisters, Betty Purcell of Jasper, Ala. and Jean Ann Schott of Madison, Miss.; and other relatives.

Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Colleen Rayborn Robbins, 75, of Hamburg, died April 30, 2016 at Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock.

Funeral services were May 3 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Carlock Cemetery. Bros. Charles Miller and Michael Griffith officiated.

She was a longtime employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory and a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Robbins; a grandson, Joshua N. Wright and her parents, Walter and Viola Taylor Rayborn.

She is survived by a daughter, Debby Collier of Hamburg; a sister, Barbara Jean Pennington of Hamburg; a stepsister, Bettye Mae Anderson of Morrilton; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Johnny Pierce, Boyd Kusterin, Earl Pollock, Greg Maxwell, Couey Collier and Drake Gray.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Marguerite Smith, 94, of Hamburg, died April 27, 2016.

Funeral services were April 29 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Hamburg Cemetery. Dr. Bobby Pennington officiated.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Aubrey Smith, Sr.; a granddaughter, Lyndsay Barnett Meyer; her parents, Thomas Zealy and Della Mae Chadwick Martin; a sister, Dorothy Jordan and two brothers, Claudell Martin and Gerald Martin. She is survived by a son, Bruce Smith of Little Rock; a daughter, Marsha Barnett of Edmond, Okla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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