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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Mary Frances Allen, 90, of Mist, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi. Mrs. Allen was a native and lifelong resident of Mist. She was a graduate of Portland High School and a member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church. She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp and served from July 1949 until December 1952. She lived in New York for a short period of time for employment and after returning from New York, she began a career at Ashley-Chicot Electric. She worked for the Coop for approximately 40 years and witnessed the many changes the company experienced. She was a member of the American Legion Post 75 and one of her passions was the American Legion Boy’s State program. Mrs. Allen fulfilled various responsibilities within the American Legion Post 75, but the one she was most proud of is her role in sending many boys to the annual American Legion Boy’s State to learn about state government. Her enduring wish is that the veterans of the area would take the initiative to make Post 75 a more vibrant Post and continue the legacy of sending eligible students to Boy’s State.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hogan E. Allen in 1976; an infant daughter, Alice Jane Allen in 1957; her parents, Roby and Janie Ladd Henry; a brother, Jack Ladd Henry and a sister, Lorraine Wall.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Stanley of Finley, Oklahoma; a son, Dudley Allen of Papillion, Nebraska; a brother, Shirley Henry of Prattville, Alabama; a sister, Sallye Henry Thompson of Houston, Texas five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the Snyder Cemetery with Rev. Greg Comer officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the American Legion Post 75. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 75, Boy’s State Program, c/o Ronnie Rice, 183 Ashley Road 465, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Online guest book at

Visitation was 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Private family services for Ms. Mary Belle McDonald of West Monroe, La., will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home West Monroe.

Ms. McDonald was born June 29, 1944, in Crossett, and died July 7, 2017, in West Monroe, La., at the age of 73.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Willie Mae Miller and one son, Michael McDonald.

Survivors include her son, Trey McDonald of West Monroe; five grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Miller of Crossett, Frances Riles of Monroe and Dorothy Elliott of Yale, Okla.; and a number of extended family and friends.

Johnny Sammons, 68, of Crossett, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 31, 1948, in Lake Village, Arkansas to his parents, William Henry, and Ethel Irene Myers Sammons. He grew up in Wilmot working on his family’s cotton farm with his four siblings until he joined the Marine Corps in 1969. As a Marine, he fought on the front lines and was injured several times during the Vietnam Conflict, earning him multiple Purple Hearts. During this time, he was captured by the Vietnamese along with thirty others in his unit and was one of only three that were able to escape. After his honorable discharge, Johnny returned home and eventually married his schoolmate, Shirley Cossey on July 11, 1974. He began working for Bemis Bag Company as a Maintenance Supervisor until he retired in 1992. He loved crappie fishing, cooking, building things in his shop, and working in his garden and especially loved sharing these moments with his grandkids. He was a loving husband, daddy, Papaw, and brother and will forever be missed.
He is preceded in death by his father, William Henry Sammons; his mother, Ethel Irene Myers Sivils; and his father-in-law, Eugene Cossey.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley Sammons of Crossett; one daughter, Cynthia Polk and husband, Denny of Crossett; three sisters, Iris Stark and husband, George of Lake Village, Jennifer Hall and husband, John of Atkins, AR, and Corliss McCain and husband, Floyd of Wilmot; one brother, Carl Sammons of Crossett; four grandchildren, Colby Ward, Hailey Pepper, Brittney Nightingale, and Maegan Polk; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Ward, Gauge Pepper, and Kayson Wright; and a special mother-in-law, Estelle Cossey.

A Graveside Service was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, at the Parkdale Cemetery with Bro. Denny Polk and Pastor Kenneth Neal officiating under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Matt Pepper, Colby Ward, Justus Brazier, Bobby Smith, Jim Pollock, and Michael White.

Visitation was from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the cemetery prior to the service.

Wayman Odell Stanley, 59, of Fountain Hill, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. He was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Fountain Hill.  He was a construction worker and welder by trade and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Betty Trigleth-Stanley; and one sister, Betty Fran Stevens.

Survivors include one son, Patrick Stanley of Fountain Hill; one brother, Allen Stanley and spouse Paula of Crossett; one sister, Rita Caine of Hamburg; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Mabelean Curtis, 65, of Crossett, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was a native of Thebes, Ark., a former math teacher at Portland High School, and a member of the Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church of Crossett. 

Mabelean was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Fannie Grayson-Curtis; and one brother, Billy Joe Curtis.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Diamond and spouse Kayla and Brian Miles and spouse Venita, both of Crossett; one daughter, Nicole Miles of Crossett; three brothers, Herman ‘Bo’ Curtis and spouse Henrietta of Montrose, Roy Curtis and spouse Sheila of Crossett and Troy Curtis and spouse Margaret of Kansas City, Mo.; three sisters, Susie Reed and spouse John of Crossett, Bernice Sharp of Rockford, Ill. and Mattie Hardway and spouse Joe of Memphis; eight grandchildren and a number of other family and friends.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. July 18 at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Harriel White officiating. 

Pallbearers were Maurice Williams, Marcus Williams, Walter Jordan, George Brown, Dewin Pendarvis and Jimmy Thorton. 

Honorary pallbearers were the Portland High School class of 1970.
Burial followed in the Westview Cemetery.