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Samuel Lawrence “Lil Sam” Arnold, Jr., 40, of Hamburg, died Aug. 7, 2015 in Drew County.

Funeral services were Aug. 29 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Arnold officiating.

He was an employee of Barnes Lumber Co. and a member of Soldiers Chapel AME Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Samuel Lawrence and Evelyn Gray Arnold; two brothers, James Arnold and Lawrence Arnold, and his grandparents, Rev. Robert and Sutilla Primm Arnold and Joseph and Mattie Hutchins Gray.

He is survived by a son, Jontavious Barfield of Bastrop, La.; two daughters, Sayveeon Arnold and Amilleeon Arnold, both of Hamburg; six sisters: Sharon Walls of Lake Village, Meyonna Arnold and Lawanda Simpson, both of Monticello, Peggy Brown of Bastrop, La., Carolyn Cromwell of Fayetteville, N.C. and Chanel Carter of Woodbridge, Va.; five brothers: Raymond Arnold of Los Angeles, Calif., Lawrence Arnold of Little Rock, LaDerron Arnold of Eudora, Brandon Brown of Hamburg and Cleophus Robinson of Omaha, Neb. and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Edward Brown, Mark Simpson, Vincent Mitchell, Willie Gulley, Todd Cox and Larry Adcock.

Cromwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roy Brewer, Jr., 77, of Hamburg, died Aug. 27, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance, with burial in Phillip Grove Cemetery. Pastor Mary Arnold will officiate.

He was a lifetime resident of Ashley County and a longtime employee of P.E. Barnes Lumber Co. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Cynthia Erving Brewer; four brothers, Otis, Religh and Fintis Brewer and Luncus Mitchell and a stepson, Robert Franklin.

He is survived by a son, Alvin Brewer of Hamburg; four daughters, Linda Wright and Irecia Brewer, both of Crossett, Tamara Franklin of Hamburg and Virginia Martin of Little Rock; a stepdaughter, Patricia Leonard of Hamburg; four sisters, Ollie Lee Brewer, Abby Clark and Earlene Savage, all of Montrose, and Betsy Hudson of Milwaukee, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Visitation is from 5-6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. 

Shirley Ruth Curran, 78, of Crossett, died Aug. 29, 2015, at Stonegate Villa.

Funeral services were Aug. 31 at First United-Pentecostal Church, with burial in Carlock Cemetery. Bro. Larry Hickman officiated.

She was a retired employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory and a member of First United-Pentecostal Church in North Crossett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin Curran; her parents, Roy William and Myrtle Inez Jackson; a brother, Wilbert Jackson and two sisters, Narcil Jackson and Martha Purvis.

She is survived by four sons, Charlie Curran of Arkadelphia, Jimmy Curran of Nunnelly, Tenn., Bobby Curran of Crossett and Donnie Curran of Gurdon; two daughters, Kathy Norris and Shirley Carter, both of Crossett; three brothers, William Jackson of Crossett, Willie Jackson of Warren and Eugene Jackson of Andalusia, Ala.; three sisters, Hazel White and Faye Stevens, both of Crossett and Geneva McQuillian of Beekman, La.

Pallbearers were Nathan Norris, Bubba Carter, Johnathan Carter, Brandon Fitch, Jason Curran and Jake Curran.

Medders Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia “Patty” Scroggins, 52, of Hot Springs, died Aug. 29, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice Center in Hot Springs.

Funeral services were Sept. 1 at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, with burial in Jennie Cemetery in Chicot County. The Rev. Bob Bridges officiated.

She was a farmer and a published poetand a member of Parkdale Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nora E. Rich Scroggins and her grandparents, Ike and Flora Booher Scroggins and John and Juanita Rich.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Billy and Betty Scroggins of Hot Springs; two brothers, Billy Gene Scroggins of Crossett and Freddy Scroggins of Hamburg; three stepbrothers, Tony Hummel and Jerry Hummel, bothl of Illinois and Paul Hummel of Monticello; a stepsister, Sharon Lee Harrison of Hot Springs and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Alex Johnson, Stephen Forrest, Steven Scroggins, David Johnson, David Patrick and Robert McArthur.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, 220 Mockingbird, Hot Springs, AR 71913.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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