Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
Operation and Management Agreement between Counties and LaSalle
News | Posted 11/27/2019 - 1:13pm
The accompanying photos show the Operations and Management Agreement between LaSalle Arkansas Southeast Corrections and Bradley and Drew Counties. This document was used by the Quorum Court to help decide to move forward with the Regional Jail contract.
News | Posted 11/22/2019 - 1:00pm
In March of this year, Monticello was honored when Monticello, turned Drew Central student, Aleigha Burns won the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation's "It can wait" essay contest. Burns wrote the essay while a student at Monticello in her AP English class. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Terri Cobb, the executive assistant for the Arkansas Press Association, which sponsors the contest travelled to Monticello to award Burns with the $500 prize money for the contest. The contest for which Burns took the...
News | Posted 11/20/2019 - 5:16pm
SEARK Concert Association will host the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Festival Ballet as they present the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at the UAM Fine Art Center in Monticello.  General admission tickets are currently sold out.  UAM Student Tickets are going fast; current UAM students with a valid student ID can pick up their one free ticket from the UAM Music Office until Friday, November 22 at noon or while supplies last.  The 80 Student...
News | Posted 11/20/2019 - 5:13pm
The UAM Department of Music has collaborated again with SEARK Concert Association to bring you a musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  UAM’s own students will star in this hilarious show held at the UAM Fine Arts Center in Monticello on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30p.m.  UAM students have been offered up to two free tickets available in the Music Building Office on campus until Friday, November 22 at noon or while supplies last.  There will...
News | Posted 11/19/2019 - 12:00pm
The number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers will begin to grow starting this weekend as millions of Americans hit the road, eager to spend time with friends and family in places near and far.  It’s one of the busiest holiday travel periods every year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means there is a greater potential for an increase in traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Arkansas law enforcement officers from local, county and state...
News | Posted 11/19/2019 - 11:58am
The number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers will begin to grow starting this weekend as millions of Americans hit the road, eager to spend time with friends and family in places near and far.  It’s one of the busiest holiday travel periods every year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means there is a greater potential for an increase in traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Arkansas law enforcement officers from local, county and state...
News | Posted 11/18/2019 - 2:06pm
The Monticello City Council will hold their November meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at City Hall. Ahead of the meeting an updated agenda has been released for the public. Monticello City Council Agenda Regular Meeting November 19, 2019     •    Call to order     •    Roll call     •    Invocation     •    Pledge of Allegience     •    Approval of Minutes     •    Reports and Presentations     •    City Inspector – Brian Rodgers     •    Senior Citizen Center – Pam McEowen...
News | Posted 11/18/2019 - 10:26am
Since taking the position earlier this year, Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers has made a lot of updates and changes to the police department. This week, the latest tool in Monticello law enforcement's tool box will become operational. The Monticello Police Department, in conjunction with Monticello Economic Commission and other law enforcement agencies, will unveil its fully operational crime Tips Line on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Tips Line number will be 870-723-LEAD, or 870-723-5323. The...
News | Posted 11/15/2019 - 5:07pm
Drew Central Basketball's games at Hermitage have changed. The games will begin at 5 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m. as previously scheduled. There will be no Seventh grade girls game.
News | Posted 11/15/2019 - 12:35pm
LITTLE ROCK — After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees Fahrenheit, something that Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System...
News | Posted 11/15/2019 - 7:00am
Native American ingredients and traditions helped create the unique culinary culture of the South.      Home-style food, country cooking, soul food, Southern-styleówhatever you call it, these words alone can make your stomach begin to rumble. Your mind may conjure the sound of a bubbling pot of beans, the recognizable scent of greens simmering in a pan, and the sight of golden-brown cornbread awaiting its chance to join with potlikker and set your taste buds to dancing. Food carries...
News | Posted 11/14/2019 - 12:00pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The interactive public humanities series, Arkansas Stories of Place and Belonging, continues this fall with a two-day exploration of “Captivity and Resistance” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16. “Captivity and Resistance” features presentations and site visits by historians, archeologists and artists whose work delves into the Arkansas stories of Japanese Americans in internment camps, German and Italian prisoners-of-war and African Americans living under Jim Crow Laws...
News | Posted 11/14/2019 - 7:00am
2019 Homecoming Queen Halle Wilson, Senior Maid Kayli Selby; Sophomore Maid Anslee Hayes; Freshman Maid Drew Brasher; Eighth Grade Maid Miri Bliss Jones. The homecoming celebration kicks off  with a pep rally on Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m.   The evening ceremony and game will begin at 5 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend as Cornerstone Christian Academy celebrates their 2019 Harvest Ball Homecoming.   
News | Posted 11/13/2019 - 1:16pm
Experience the delights of Fall Birding at the 2019 Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) Spring convention, which will meet Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Hampton Inn and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The convention will feature birding field trips and special presentations. Additionally, participants will enjoy a silent auction, door prizes, and opportunities to network with other wildlife enthusiasts. Friday registration lasts from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the breakfast room of...
News | Posted 11/13/2019 - 1:08pm
The ACLU of Arkansas will celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday, Nov. 14 as membership in the iconic civil rights organization continues to grow. The number of card-carrying ACLU of Arkansas members has more than doubled since 2016, and the organization now boasts nearly 3,000 members and thousands more supporters. The ACLU of Arkansas will celebrate its achievements and thank its supporters at a special anniversary bash on Nov. 14 in Little Rock. Tickets for the event are available on the...
News | Posted 11/08/2019 - 9:51am
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statewide public service announcement, Monday, Nov. 4, addressing the opioid epidemic that continues to devastate Arkansas. Rutledge has been a leader in the State and the nation combating the opioid epidemic by using a multifaceted approach of education, litigation, treatment and enforcement. “Opioids kill hundreds of Arkansans every year tearing families apart and devastating communities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “On average there...
News | Posted 10/18/2019 - 4:00pm
University of Arkansas Monticello Chamber Choir and Musical Theater Workshop will present a Dinner Pops Concert in the Green Room of the Gibson University Center at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. In addition, UAM bachelor of music in education alumni, Robert Fellows, Jr., 1994 graduate, and John McBee, 1998 graduate, will be inducted into the UAM Choral and Music Theater Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The program will include music by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, including Trial by Jury...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 12:03pm
Bennie Glosup Foster, 7,9 of Hot Springs, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Lake Hamilton Health & Rehab in Hot Springs.  She was born November 19, 1939 in McGehee, AR to the late Bennie Glosup and Linnie Sheffield Glosup. She was a United State Air Force veteran. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry and James Sheffield. Survivors include one sister, Helen Christmas of Collins; one brother, Wendell Glosup of McGehee, and several nieces, nephews and...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 12:02pm
Larry Robert Davidson, Sr., 83, of Monticello, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  He was born July 25, 1936 to the late John Robert Davidson and Lois Virginia Davidson in Duval, TX. Survivors include his wife, Jacque Tewalt Davidson of Monticello; one son Larry R.  (Lisa) Davidson, Jr. and grandson, Will Davidson, Burlington, New Jersey; one daughter Laura Glasser and grandchildren, Heather and Ryan Glasser, Bakersfield, Cali.; a step-daughter, Daphne Chester;...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 12:02pm
Glenda Woodell Boyd, 52 of Monticello, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  She was born March 26, 1967 in Norristown, PA to John Henry Woodell and Rose Mary Dyer Woodell Ouzts. Survivors include her husband, Tommy Boyd, Jr. of Monticello; her daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Henry of Monticello; three grandchildren, Christopher Henry, Victor Henry and Ambrosia Henry; her father, John Henry Woodell and wife Pam of Canton, GA; her mother, Rosemary Ouzts of...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 11:59am
George Wilbur Hayden,  ,42 of Monticello, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at UAMS in Little Rock.  He was born March 23, 1977 to George William "Billy" Hayden and the late Debra Rouse Hayden. In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his brother, William George Hayden; and his grandparents, George Wilbur Hayden and Tommie Creighton Hayden and Frankie Marnell Mhoon Rouse Pharr. Survivors include his father, George William "Billy" Hayden of Monticello; five uncles, Larry Hayden,...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 11:56am
Evelyn Joann Shaw Dorrough, 84,  of Monticello died, Friday, September 20, 2019 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  She was born October 8, 1934, in Drew County to the late Kyle and Martha Banks Shaw. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. Survivors include one daughter, Ruthie Griffin; a special friend, Lonnie Walker; five sisters, Martha Coleman, Mary (Lee) Hootsell, Maryland Shaw, Brenda Henderson, Debra (Roy) Bassett; two brothers, Tommy (Dee Dee) Shaw...
Obituaries | Posted 10/09/2019 - 11:55am
Barbara June Mashburn Stover, 68, of Woodlawn, died Thursday, September 26, 2019, at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 19, 1951, in Keo, Arkansas, to the late John William and June Letta Coleman Mashburn. Survivors include her husband, David Stover; her daughters, Heather Rachelle (Brian) Stover Hargis and Leah Allison Stover Lambert, all of Woodlawn; son, Brian David (Chelsea) Stover; four grandchildren, three sisters, Brenda Mason of Conway, Judy Denton of Des Arc and Evelyn...
News | Posted 09/26/2019 - 4:37pm
   Construction to widen U.S. Highway 82 south of Hamburg in Ashley County requires a traffic shift, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials. Northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 82 will shift to newly constructed pavement between County Road 22 and State Highway 52. Weather permitting, this traffic shift will occur Saturday.  Flagging operations, pavement lines and traffic barrels will control traffic. The public is advised to be cautious when traveling in the work...
Obituaries | Posted 09/26/2019 - 4:21pm
Judy McKenney Ryburn, 80, of Monticello passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, at her home in Monticello. She was born June 3, 1939, in Monticello to the late William Ray McKenney and Nora Lee McDaniel McKenney. She was the oldest of two daughters and grew up in Monticello where she graduated from Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello).  Judy was a mother of three and JuJu to her four grandchildren and three great-...
Obituaries | Posted 09/26/2019 - 4:14pm
William Eugene Carr of Monticello passed from this life September 21, 2019 at home and in the presence of his wife of 66 years, Irma Lee Jones Carr. He was born on June 27, 1934 in Dumas to the late Thomas William and Dora Leona Carr.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Grady, Mary Brady, Shelia Dean; one brother, Tommy Carr; and an infant daughter, Patricia Carr. Mr. Carr was seldom called anything but Gene his entire life, except for being called “...
Obituaries | Posted 09/26/2019 - 4:11pm
Kaitlyn Hope Forrest, 7-day-old infant daughter of Michael and Caley Sanders Forrest, died Monday, September 16, 2019 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She was born September 9, 2019 in Little Rock.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Melissa Forrest; paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Pat Forrest; maternal great-grandfather, Glen Carter; and great-grandfathers, Mike Pace and Pryor Sanders. Survivors include her parents, Michael and Caley Forrest of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/26/2019 - 4:09pm
W.T. Forrest, 79, of Monticello died Saturday, September 21, 2019, at his home in Monticello. He was born February 28, 1940, in Drew County to the late Samuel Jo Forrest and Myrtle Braden Forrest. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Forrest; three sisters, Christine Jackson, Luella Gibson and Velma McNeese; six brothers, Willie, J.D., Earl Lee, J.C., Alfred and Dixon Forrest; and one grandson, Brent McDougald. Survivors include one son, Jonathan...
Obituaries | Posted 09/19/2019 - 11:24am
Harold Fred McCormick, 74, of Monticello passed away Monday, August 12, 2019. He was born February 21, 1945 in Pine Bluff to the late Fred McCormick and Maddie Brooks McCormick. He was the owner/operator of McCormick Electrical Service and was a Christian.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Marion Hill McCormick; their son, Stephen Paul McCormick; one grandson, Johnathan McCormick; one brother, C.A. McCormick; and two sisters, Fern Barren and June Lunsford...
Obituaries | Posted 09/19/2019 - 11:23am
Annamae Copeland Sawyer, 91, of Monticello passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born May 12, 1928 in Amity (Clark County) to the late Lendon Copeland and Ethel Isom Copeland. She was the widow of Horace V. “Punk” Sawyer Jr. and a retired financial secretary for First Baptist Church of Monticello. She was an active member of Second Baptist Church, where she served as greeter for many years.  Mrs. Annamae also served on the “We are Monticello...
Obituaries | Posted 09/19/2019 - 11:17am
Clint Self of Monticello died at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock September 1, 2019.  He served in the Army, completing a tour in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor for his service.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Jodie; his biological mother, Mary Richard; his adoptive mother, Vivian Viola; and his father, Emmett Self. Survivors include his children, Missy Olson and Stacy Self; his grandson, Addison Olson; his granddaughter, Victoria Self; his...
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News | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:43pm
Special Judge William Randal Wright, appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court, ruled Tuesday afternoon during an appearance at the Drew County Courthouse that former Ashley County attorney Dustyn Codie Martin be placed on a modified house arrest during a hearing to revoke Martin’s $75,000 bond.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
News | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:39pm
Budgets, electronic paychecks for county employees, grants and cemetery restoration were the topics at the Drew County Quorum Court meeting and the budget meeting that directly followed Monday night.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
News | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:22pm
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, the city of Monticello would like to remind residents that the city has a recycle program available to those inside and outside the city limits. The program is mostly a self-sustaining program that is paid for by the money made by the city on the items and by a grant for the electronic recyclables from Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, according to Ashley Foreman, assistant to Mayor Paige Chase. Residents who would like to...
Sports | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:14pm
Leave it to seniors to come up with one of the biggest plays of their respective careers when it counts most.  Cornerback Kerenzo Credit, a first-year University of Arkansas at Monticello player after transferring from Missouri Southern State University, and Josh Marini, a three-year letterman who has been a fixture for the Boll Weevils for since 2016, teamed up—albeit on difference sides of the ball—to give UAM a 26-23 overtime win over Arkansas Tech University last Thursday at Willis “Convoy...
Sports | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:11pm
Into the second quarter, Class 4A Monticello was playing step-for-step with 5A Watson Chapel on the road last Friday night. Unfortunately for the Billies, the host Wildcats woke up to the tune of 21 unanswered points, then wrapped up the night with 21 more late as Monticello dropped its 2019 season opener 49-10 in Pine Bluff.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
Sports | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:06pm
Sometimes, coaches must wish high school had a preseason just like the NFL. Drew Central opened the 2019 football season by hosting Poyen at Mike Pennington Stadium. It wasn’t pretty but at least the Pirates kept the Indians in check, losing only 20-6 (last year, Poyen beat DC 55-22 in the season opener).   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
Sports | Posted 09/12/2019 - 12:02pm
Mary Mencer (sitting atop her horse, Roy) won the overall title in in Junior Barrel Racing at the 56th annual Arkansas State Horse Show Association State Championship Horse Show over Labor Day weekend. Mencer turned in a time of 16.035 seconds to win the state competition in this highly competitive class. She topped 59 other riders in her group. All four classes of barrel racing had a full card as well, and the daughter of Susan and David Mencer of Monticello’s posted time held up to be the...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 11:23am
Thomas Edward Clark (Tom), 78, was born October 17, 1940, at home in Wilmar. He departed this life August 29, 2019, at the Washington Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Unit in Fayetteville. Tommy, as he was known by his home folks, was preceded in death by his father, William Boyett Clark; his mother, Audrey Trantham Clark; two sisters, Mary Jo (Jodie) Clark Hall and Janet Clark Mercer; and a nephew, Howard Boyett Hall. He is survived by three nieces, Amy Hall of Perryville, Carma Mercer Beason...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 11:20am
Nathan David Hamblen, 46, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019, in Bella Vista. He was born May 7, 1973, to David and Suzanne Hamblen in Little Rock.  He was a 1991 graduate of Russellville High School and a 1995 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a degree in History and Political Science. He completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Arkansas Law School in 2002. He also became a member of the Arkansas Bar Association in 2002. Upon graduation from law school, Nathan worked at Walmart...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 11:11am
Emmett B. Smith Jr., 77, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello, on the evening of September 8, 2019. Emmett is survived by Barbara Magee Smith, his loving wife of 59 years, his daughters, Memorie (Dave) Dickson and Dana Carol Smith; three granddaughters, Meredith (Andrew) Sprecher, Anna Dickson and Katherine Dickson; two brothers, Gary (Laura) Smith of Keystone Heights, Fla. and Donnie (Betty) Smith of Meridian, Miss.; and one sister, Diane (...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 11:08am
Mary Dixon Ware, 81, of Monticello passed away on August 12, 2019. She was born March 2, 1938 in Blackshear, Ga. to the late Mary and George Dixon.  It was in Atlanta that she met her future husband, John Thomas Ware. The two were married January 9, 1960. The couple were blessed with four beloved children, Johnny, Gina, Kip and Jeff.  In 1971, the family moved from Greensboro, N.C. to Monticello, where Mary quickly immersed herself in the community and social life. She actively gave of herself...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 11:00am
Gwendolyn Joyce Cook Bailey, 61, of New Edinburg died August 27, 2019 in New Edinburg. She was born August 30, 1957 in Camden to John L. Sullivan and Shirley D. Cole before being adopted at age 7 by Chaney and Jethro Cook of Warren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Bailey; one sister, Venessa Sullivan; and her parents.  Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl (Reginald) Wofford Sr. of New Edinburg; two grandchildren, Genice (Jonathan) Tatum of El Dorado and Reginald Wofford Jr....
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 10:59am
Robert Lee Daniels Jr., 72, of Monticello died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Chapel Woods Nursing Home in Warren. He was born on February 1, 1947 to the late Robert Lee Daniels Sr. and Roberta Rush Daniels.   In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Archie Lee Daniels, and a sister, Robbie Lynn Fisher. Survivors include three sons, Alfred Daniels of Maumelle, and Christopher Daniels and Fredrick Daniels, both of Monticello; one sister, Jearldean (Louis) of New...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 10:58am
Stanley David Evins, 64, of Monticello, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his home. He was born August 12, 1955 in Dallas to Peggy Berryman Evins and the late George Stanley Evins. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by an infant brother and sister. Survivors include two sons, Jonathan Evins and Jeffery Evins, both of Monticello; his mother, Peggy Evins of Monticello; one brother, Michael (Suzanne) Evins of Burleson, Texas; one sister, Phyllis (Jimmy) Bone of Dardanelle...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 10:52am
Joyce Jean Rice Hines, 87, of Bossier City, La., formerly of Monticello, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Heritage Manor Stratmore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Shreveport, La. She was born August 14, 1932 in Ashley County to the late Marvin Rice and Ellen Rosen Rice. Her biological father was accidentally killed when she was two months old and Rev. Frank A. Hesselbein became her stepfather. In addition to her biological father, she was also preceded in death by her son, Ricky Carmical...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 10:51am
David James “Tiger” Meier, 51, of the Collins community died Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his home. He was born March 29, 1968 in Drew County to A.J. Meier and the late Sally MacGregor Meier. He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Ricky Hammock. Survivors include two sons, Darrell Meier of Monticello and Dusty (Heather) Meier of Collins; his father, A.J. Meier of Monticello; one brother, Monty (Mammie) Meier of Monticello; two sisters, Becky (Charlie) Hammock of Monticello and Marsha (...
Obituaries | Posted 09/12/2019 - 10:49am
Ouida Inez Jones Taylor, 85, of Monticello died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Gardner Nursing Home in Star City. She was born September 28, 1933, in Winchester to the late Harvey Nelson Jones and Elna Lee Bond Jones. In addition to her parents, also preceding her in death was a son, Marty Taylor; the father of her children, Hoyle Taylor; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Martin.  Survivors include one daughter, Lee Ann Taylor of Monticello; one brother, Keith (Faye) Jones of Warren; and one sister...
News | Posted 09/09/2019 - 1:52pm
At 12:28 p.m. Monday, the Advance-Monticellonian received notice from Drew County Judge Robert Akin he was instituting an immediate emergercy burn ban for the county. "Due to dry conditions and extreme fire hazard," the order from the County Court read, "all persons in Drew County are directed to refrain from outdoor burning until further notice." The note went on to say the ban will be lifted by the Court only upon written order after weather and moisture conditions permit. Akin solicited the...
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News | Posted 09/05/2019 - 1:31pm
For many months this summer, Monticello residents have noticed some changes in the smell, taste—and in some instances—discoloration of their water. For months, Monticello Mayor Paige Chase, Monticello Water Works and the Arkansas Department of Health have assured the residents and users of city water is safe to drink. However, news of a water well testing positive for E. coli and the city of Monticello not sending out a state required mandatory notice made many residents question the validity...
News | Posted 09/05/2019 - 1:28pm
Tenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Quincey Ross denied the Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Allege a Crime in the Stephanie Rogers case last Thursday afternoon, along with a Motion for Reconsideration filed by Joe Rogers in a succinct order. However, Stephanie Rogers’ attorney, Patrick Benca of Little Rock, was successful in filing a Notice of Interlocutory Appeal, which means her trial will not begin Thursday as scheduled. No date has been set at this time.   Read the entire article in this...
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Sports | Posted 09/05/2019 - 1:08pm
It’s finally here. A mere 10 months and five days after concluding his best season at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Hud Jackson will lead the Boll Weevils onto the turf at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Bowl Stadium Thursday night to begin what the ninth-year head coach hopes will be a continuation of 2018. Arkansas Tech University, now coached by former UAM offensive coordinator Kyle Shipp, himself a three-year letterman for the Wonder Boys. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Community...
Sports | Posted 09/05/2019 - 1:01pm
Despite Drew Central’s seven-point victory over Palestine-Wheatley on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at Mike Pennington Stadium, last year was largely an unforgettable one for both area high schools when it came to football. Even the fact DC made history with that win didn’t help much. By finishing 1-8, Drew Central not only came out on top in its first conference game since 2015, it gave new head coach Matt Gonzales his first win as a Pirate and the school finished with more victories then did...
Sports | Posted 09/05/2019 - 12:59pm
This time of year, the majority of sports fans’ attention is turned to the gridiron—and rightly so with all the emphasis placed on football in America. Some of that awareness, though, might best be served watching cross county, golf and tennis. All three local schools, Drew Central, Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, participate in cross county. Both high schools have tennis teams and both Monticello and UAM field golf teams. And, lest fans forget, the Cotton Blossoms also...
Obituaries | Posted 09/05/2019 - 11:09am
Doyle Curtis “Curt” Mayo, 83, of the Valley community in Drew County passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born September 21, 1935 in Drew County to the late Roy T. Mayo and Pauline Thomas Mayo. He was a retired Forestry Tech for Georgia-Pacific Timber Company, a United States Army Veteran and a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  Curt was an avid outdoorsman as he loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He was very connected to the history of Drew...
Obituaries | Posted 09/05/2019 - 11:07am
Lloyd Lee Poole, 78, died August 28, 2019 at Christus St. Joseph Home in Monroe, La. He was born April 1, 1941 in Olla, La. to the late Velva Smith Poole and Leroy Poole. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jimmie Lawrence Poole; and a sister, Betty Jo Poole Cruse. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Poole; two daughters, Charlotte Poole and Laura Poole; a brother, Donnie Lane Poole; three sisters, Marion Poole Johnson, Lavinia Poole Blake and Gloria Poole Marshall; three...
Obituaries | Posted 09/05/2019 - 11:06am
James Leon Rawls, 65, of Monticello, died Sunday, September 2, 2019 at Arkansas Hospice-St. Vincent’s in Little Rock. He was born November 30, 1953 in Monticello to the late Stanley Rawls and Marie Jenkins Rawls. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Lanier Rawls of Monticello; two sons, Tony (Kim) Rawls and Darren (Tera) Rawls, both of Monticello; three sisters, Charlotte (Wendell) Ply and Karen Pierce, both of Monticello, and Joyce (Gary) Raney of Ivan (Dallas County); and four...
Obituaries | Posted 09/05/2019 - 11:05am
Clint Roland Self, 71, of Monticello, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock. He was born June 25, 1948 in Hattiesburg, Miss. to the late Emmett Self and Vivian Viola Self. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include one son, Stacy Self; one daughter, Melissa Olsen; one brother, Maxie Self; one sister, Hilda Dunemn; one grandson, Addison Olsen; and one granddaughter, Victoria Self. A memorial service will be held at a...
Obituaries | Posted 09/05/2019 - 11:01am
Clint Roland Self, 71, of Monticello, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock. He was born June 25, 1948 in Hattiesburg, Miss. to the late Emmett Self and Vivian Viola Self. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include one son, Stacy Self; one daughter, Melissa Olsen; one brother, Maxie Self; one sister, Hilda Dunemn; one grandson, Addison Olsen; and one granddaughter, Victoria Self. A memorial service will be held at a...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:48am
William C. “Bill” Waller Jr., 88, passed away July 19, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae Hales Waller; his son, William C. “Billy” (Katherine) Waller III of Seguin, Texas; his daughter, Leslie Ann Waller of Norfolk, Va.; and his grandson, William C. “Will” Waller IV of Cedar Park, Texas. Bill was born on September 11, 1930 in Pine Bluff to parents William C. Waller Sr. and Clara Grace Waller. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1948 and held jobs in the Electrical Industry...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:44am
Esley Riley, 87, of Lacey died August 17, 2019. He was born June 9, 1932 in Lacey to the late Luther and Kathana Langdon Riley. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Tyree, Charlie Lee, L.C., Leslie and Alvernia; and one sister, Ida Mae Binns. Survivors include seven nieces, LaRaine (Alvin) Green, Angelina (Maurice) Evans, Kathleen Kitching, Mattie Riley, Kelly Riley of New York, Mary S. Riley and Peggy Trantham of Monticello; three nephews, Melvin (Niecey) Riley, Alvin Lee...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:40am
Lloyd Hughes Crossley, 88, of Hot Springs and Montrose, Colo., passed away of an aneurysm on August 16, 2019 in Montrose. He was born in Parkdale on July 17, 1931.  He grew up in Wilmot, where he graduated high school. He left Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War.  After the war, he attended Northeastern State College in Monroe, La. (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), where he met his wife, Peggy Rawls....
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:37am
Paul Raymond McHan Sr., 82, of Monticello died peacefully at his home in Columbia, Tenn. on August 16, 2019. He was born July 13,1937 to the late Thomas and Lula Jane McHan. Paul retired from his business, Southeast Truss Co., Inc., after achieving his goals in business and life. He was an active member of First Assembly of God Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His integrity and drive made him the man he was. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:32am
Rhonda Burks Hankins, 53, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at her home. She was born November 29, 1965 in Pine Bluff to the late Hershel Burks and Peggy Gibbs Bumpass of Monticello. She was retired from Family Dollar and was of the Baptist faith. She was deeply loved by many and dearly loved her children, grandchildren and family. Rhonda was all about her family.  Rhonda’s hobbies included rock hunting, the beach, playing games on her phone and taking Savannah for ice cream...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:31am
Kenneth Juan “Sonny” Foreman, 86, of Monticello died August 13, 2019, at his home. He was born July 9, 1933 in Monticello to the late Charles Foreman and Lavetra Higgins Foreman. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Foreman Johnson; two brothers, Billy Foreman and Mike Foreman; and three sisters, Charlsie Wiscaver, Theda Stacks and Patricia “Tish” Welch. Survivors include his...
Obituaries | Posted 08/29/2019 - 9:30am
Judy Hawkins Flemister Randle, 69, of Monticello died Friday, August 16, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born March 7, 1950 in Warren to the late James B. Hawkins and Ruby Haynes Hawkins Loveless. In addition to her parents and husband, James B. “Jim” Randle, she was also preceded in death by the father of her children, Jerry Flemister; her brother, Dudley Hawkins; and her sister, Caryl Hawkins Palmer. Survivors include two sons, Tony Flemister and Dewayne (Tara) Flemister, both of...
News | Posted 08/26/2019 - 9:24am
The Arkansas State Police has been in close contact in recent days with the Federal Bureau of Investigation attemping to identify the source of an alleged threat of gun violence at an undisclosed Arkansas school reportedly planned for later this week. At this time no corroborating evidence or useful details have been uncovered in regard to the information provided to the FBI. In the event more specific or credible information is received; it will be shared with local law enforcement offices,...
Arkansas State Police, Drive Sober, Labor Day, News | Posted 08/16/2019 - 11:22am
(LITTLE ROCK) – As the Labor Day holiday period approaches, Arkansans will begin to see to see more law enforcement officers patrolling streets and highways prepared to arrest drunk drivers. Starting this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will partner with Arkansas State Police, county sheriff’s offices, and local police departments during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization which will continue through Labor Day.  Statewide and national advertising that...
News | Posted 08/16/2019 - 11:04am
News | Posted 08/16/2019 - 11:01am
Twenty-eight million patients, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care, are served by community health centers nationwide. In addition to their work as primary care facilities, health centers also produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special populations, according to the National Health Center Week website. Last...
News | Posted 08/16/2019 - 10:53am
Monticello residents may have noticed smoke coming from the ground, pipes and houses around town last week. Monticello Water Works and the Arkansas Rural Water Association were busy searching for defects in the sewer lines in town with a smoke machine that would show them where the defects were. Arkansas Rural Water Association, with help from money provided by the United Stated Department of Agriculture, provides free technical assistance to help public utilities cut down on electric bills and...
News | Posted 08/16/2019 - 10:46am
Sports | Posted 08/16/2019 - 10:38am
It’s that time again. Ryburn Motor Company, Inc. and Commercial Bank are partnering with the University of Arkansas at Monticello to host the seventh annual UAM Sports Fan Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 on the lot at Ryburn Automotive Superstore, 156 U.S. Highway 425 South. Coaches and student-athletes from all of UAM’s intercollegiate athletics teams, as well as the cheerleaders and the UAM mascots, Weezy and Blossom, will participate in the event. Sports Fan Day is open to the...
Sports | Posted 08/16/2019 - 10:36am
After the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s best season under his tutelage, Boll Weevil head football coach Hud Jackson led his team onto the field at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium Sunday night to begin fall practice for the 2019 campaign. Tuesday, UAM was voted fifth in the Great American Conference preseason poll with 66 points. The 2018 Weevils finished the regular season 6-5 following a dramatic 20-17, last-second win over their rivals from Southern Arkansas University (...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 12:01pm
Barbara White Abston, 81, of Monticello went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, August 5, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born April 22, 1938 in Monticello to the late George Barkley White and Bessie Bates White. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Abston, and a daughter, April A. Abston. Her work career began as a home economics teacher at Blytheville Junior High School in 1960 before she became the organist at First United Methodist Church in...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:58am
Carroll J. Feeser, 85, of Jonesboro passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born January 7, 1934 in Harper County, Oklahoma to the late Floyd Ralph and Ester Octavia Foster Feeser. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. an AA Leader of Fellowship for 38 years and a U.S. Navy Veteran. Survivors include his children, Carol Denise (Dennis) Sawyer of Monticello, Beth Anne (Doug) Langdon of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:54am
Casey Lynn Hill, 42, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born February 25, 1977 in Monticello to Ricky Lynn Hill and Penny Lynn Brown Hill.  He was a painting, sheet rock and wallpaper contractor, and attended Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Casey was a very gifted guitar player but his first love was his family and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Survivors include his mother, Penny Hill; his father, Ricky Hill; one...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:53am
Willie Chester Bassett, 84, of Little Rock died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at his home. He was born January 9, 1935 in Drew County to the late Chester Bassett and Verline Phillips Bassett. He served 30 years in the U.S. Navy , receiving numerous awards and medals before his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Willie B.; five sisters, Mary, Edna, Georgia, Joyce and Linda; and four brothers, Milton, Robert, Calvin and LeVester. Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Bassett of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:52am
Charlsie Knobloch Evans, 80, of Monticello died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born November 2, 1938 in Star City to the late James Moody Knobloch and Annie Myers Knobloch.  In addition to her parents and husband, Doyle Evans, she was also preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and two daughters, Wanda Sue Bodiford and Diane Evans. Survivors include three sons, Gregory (Judy) Bodiford Sr. and Kenny (Laura) Bodiford,  both of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/15/2019 - 11:47am
Jo Beth Hudgens, 66, of Little Rock died August 5, 2019.  She was born July 5, 1953 in Monticello to the late Robert Ben and Jo Ann (Meek) McDaniel. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Alan McDaniel. Survivors include her children, Shea Harrell of Little Rock and Dr. Joseph “Jay” (Marlana) Hudgens of Virginia Beach, Va; five grandchildren, Bethany Harrell, Austin Harrell, Hanya Hudgens, Margaret “Maggie” Hudgens and Stella Hudgens; and eight siblings, Darrell (LeeAnn...
News | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:47am
As her trial date nears, Stephanie Rogers’ attorney is doing some last-minute maneuvering. Two motions, one on Stephanie Rogers’ behalf and the other from her husband, former Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers, were presented in the ongoing State of Arkansas v. Stephanie Lynn Rogers case last Thursday morning—and both were denied by Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Quincey Ross in Drew County Circuit Court.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!  
News | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:45am
As usual, the Drew County Log A Load for Kids committee delivered. The annual banquet drew more people, the auction items were selling like hotcakes and those in attendance discovered just how much Arkansas Children’s Hospital needs them through an informative video from Mallie Mullins, this year’s featured patient.   Read the entire article in tis week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!  
News | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:42am
Since 1976, the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association has “brought the arts” to the area, according to their website. Tuesday, the organization released its 2019-20 schedule. This season, the association has expanded to six events—beginning with Steel Magnolias on Saturday, Aug. 24. Produced by Cleveland County Community Theater, the play has been seen across South Arkansas by many already this summer. The Monticello performances, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center,...
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Sports | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:23am
Sports | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:21am
It’s that time again. Ryburn Motor Company, Inc. and Commercial Bank are partnering with the University of Arkansas at Monticello to host the seventh annual UAM Sports Fan Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 on the lot at Ryburn Automotive Superstore, 156 U.S. Highway 425 South.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
Sports | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:06am
Coleman “Buddy” Randle, 83, of Monticello passed away Friday, August 2, 2019 at his home.  He was born November 25, 1935 in Cary, Miss. to the late William Thomas Randle and Mary Earl Anderson Randle. He was a retired farmer and tow truck operator, a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a very active member of the United Pentecostal Church.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, James Coleman Randle; four brothers, James Randle and Thomas William...
Obituaries | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:03am
Robert Archer Sanderlin, 86, of Benton, formerly of Monticello, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Center in Benton.  He was born November 12, 1932 in Monticello to the late Joseph B. Sanderlin Jr. and Ruby Anne Archer Sanderlin. He was a retired Chief of Surveys for the United States Army Corp of Engineers and a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Anderson Chapel Baptist Church. Mr. Sanderlin’s...
Obituaries | Posted 08/08/2019 - 10:00am
Louvenia Hamm Cater, 84, of Monticello died Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born February 21, 1935 in Roosevelt (White County) to the late Tom Hamm and Mary Edwards Hamm. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Travis Fore; her second husband, Johnnie Elizah Fore; two daughters, Cheryl Fore and Mary Ellen Fore; one grandson, Jamie Fore; and 11 siblings. Survivors include her husband, Richard Cater Jr. of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 08/08/2019 - 9:59am
Frances Lucille Green Cotton, 97, of Monticello died Friday, August 2, 2019, at her home. She was born March 25, 1922, in Warren to the late Issac William Green and Renna Coker Green.  Also preceding her in death was a brother, Kenneth W. Green, and a daughter-in-law, Janet Norris.  Survivors include two sons, Charles Wilburn (Debra) Cotton of Monticello and Kenneth Floyd Norris of Houston; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be...
Obituaries | Posted 08/08/2019 - 9:53am
William A. Moore III, 58, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at his home. He was born February 19, 1961 in Bellflower, Calif. to Linda Piper Moore and the late William Alford Moore, Jr. He served as a Green Beret in the Special Forces in the United States Army. Survivors include his mother, Linda Piper Moore of Monticello; one son, William Moore IV of Little Rock; two daughters, Sara Moore and Rachel Moore, both of Monticello; one brother, Steven Moore of Monticello; two sisters, Terri (...
Obituaries | Posted 08/08/2019 - 9:52am
Elva J. Turner, 85, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at her home. She was born February 24, 1934 in Drew County to the late Sam and Sallie Victoria Wherry. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Lavern Turner; her parents, five sisters, Roxanna Ambrose, Fannie Partee, Sammie Lee McCray and Mary Frances Avery; and her son, Larry Turner.  Survivors include two children, Angela Evertt and Sofonda Turner, both of Monticello; one brother, Julius Wherry of Monticello; two grandchildren...
News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 12:37pm
Two motions were presented in the ongoing Stephanie Rogers case Thursday morning—and both were denied by Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Quincey Ross. Stephanie Rogers’ attorney, Patrick Benca of Little Rock, filed a motion for the GPS ankle monitor to be removed (which she has worn since Ross’ February ruling when he reduced her bond from $500,000 to $100,000), and one of the alleged victims in this case, Rogers’ husband Joe Rogers, filed a motion through his attorney to have the no-contact order...
H, News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:30am
Anglers, take note: Pat Fitts, the director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has removed all daily sportfish limits and length limits on Lake Monticello—for all species of fish—in an emergency proclamation as a result of the recent decision by the city of Monticello to drain the lake for repairs to its dam. At the July city council meeting, the city of Monticello decided to drain the lake to repair issues with portions of the dam sagging, which could indicate issues with structural...
News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:27am
Thanks to the Regular Session of Arkansas’ 92nd General Assembly, Monticello School District administrators have been busy. As a group, they presented policy updates made available through the Arkansas School Board Association to the MSD School Board during a lengthy July meeting. The session resulted in 119 revised policies, a new form and two new policies.      Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:24am
In a jam-packed meeting, the Drew Central School District School Board first approved the transfer of $950,000 from the operating fund to the building fund, then heard a presentation from DCSD Architect Steve Elliott regarding the soon-to-be-built Kindergarten building during its July regular meeting.  Elliott, who came to the meeting with a schematic drawing of the new building, had a rather detailed presentation and his time on the floor was extended by board members asking questions.   Read...
News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:22am
Some unique pieces have made their way into the Drew County Log A Load for Kids auction since 1993. Chances are, though, none is more distinct than one of the items those that attend this year’s banquet will see. Monticello’s Troy Burton, a regular contributor to the live action at past banquets, has outdone himself. Burton has—with a lot of friends’ help—crafted a miniature log truck, complete with logs, that he made as much to scale as possible with mainly old scraps lying around his Troy...
News | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:18am
Sports | Posted 08/01/2019 - 10:14am
“In many ways, swimming could be considered an individual sport, but these swimmers have worked hard as a team and it has paid off,” Monticello Marlins’ head coach Taylor James said after the Marlins successfully defended their South Arkansas Swim Association summer-only championship in Warren two weeks ago. Four of those Marlins—Garrett Carter, Allie Hall, Landon Reid and Dylan Snuffer (out of the 21 that qualified)—enjoyed that success en route to the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics...
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:45am
Sylvia D. Kulbeth, 72, of Monticello went to join her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at her home while receiving Hospice Care and surrounded by her family. She was born on January 11, 1947. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Louise Simmons; two sisters, Mygnon Tackett-Adams and Alice Hudson; and an infant brother and sister. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Norman “Bo” Kulbeth; a daughter, Wanda Harris (Jimmy) of Vilonia; a son, Jeff (Michelle) Kulbeth of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:44am
Carrie Hayden, 43, of Park Hills, Mo., formerly of Monticello, died on July 2, 2019 in St. Louis. She was born in Little Rock on September 2, 1975 to Eddie Hayden and Deborah Ross.  Survivors include her mother, Deborah (Gary Johnson) Ross. Her father, Eddie (Gayle) Hayden; one sister, Melody (Dennis) Lix; and two brothers, Chance and Caleb Hayden. Memorial services were Monday, July 29, 2019 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation was two hours prior to service time.
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:43am
Edward Lewis Sr., 65, of Dermott died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at McGehee-Desha Memorial Hospital. He was born August 14, 1953 in the Grace community (Drew County) to the late Benjamin Lewis Sr. and Willie Mae Hokes Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Ann Lewis. Survivors include one son, Edward Lewis II of Monticello; two daughters, Erica Lewis Swan of Monticello and Sharnita Lewis Moore of Dermott; one sister, Brenda (R.B.) Barnes of Dermott;...
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:42am
Judy Cockrum Peterson, 73, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born June 16, 1946 in DeWitt to the late Jimmie Douglas Cockrum and Violet Kathleen Hawkins Cockrum. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gina Ward Wilson. Survivors include her husband, Randy Peterson of Monticello; one daughter, Misty Greenwood of Monticello; one brother, Alan Cockrum of Ionia, Mich.; one sister, Lois Smith of Ionia; two...
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:41am
Joanna Lea Savage Taylor, 47, of Muskogee, Okla. died Friday, July 26, 2019 at her home. She was born November 4, 1971 in Warren to Bruce Savage and Glenna Groves Norman. She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Thomas Savage. Survivors include one son, J.B. Taylor of Muskogee; one daughter, Leah Dean of Muskogee; her father, Bruce Savage of Monticello; her mother, Glenna Groves Norman of Warren; one brother, James Allen (Julie) Savage of the Possum Valley community; one sister, Amy Beth...
Obituaries | Posted 08/01/2019 - 9:40am
Tommy Neal Temple, 41, of Monticello died Monday, July 22, 2019 at his home in Monticello. He was born June 21, 1978 in Warren to Larry Thomas Temple and Kathy Ann Harrison. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carrie Alice Temple and Thomas William Temple; his stepmother, Edrie Lynn Williams; and his mother-in-law, Dwanna Rouse. Survivors include his father, Larry Temple of Monticello; one brother, Joseph Wayne (Teresa) Temple of Monticello; one sister, Victoria Lynn (Keith) Settles...
Sports | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:57pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Hollywood could not have written a better script. One year ago in Cheyenne, Chase Outlaw was pulled down on a bull named War Cloud (Peggy VanCleve), breaking 30 bones in his face, requiring emergency surgery to insert 11 plates and 68 screws. Tonight, in front of a raucous crowd at Cheyenne Frontier Days, he was the Last Cowboy Standing, winning the prestigious PBR major, taking home a paycheck of $156,856.41, and 875 world points.  The Arkansas cowboy who was advised by some to...
News | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:41pm
Boaters on Lake Monticello were greeted by a sign this weekend warning them to boat at their own risk due to problems discovered along the Hunger Run Dam last week. Light was shed on the potential problem of the dam and levee Tuesday night at the Monticello City Council meeting by Atoka, Inc. of Hot Springs, one of the four engineer firms that have been called in to evaluate the dam and make recommendations for what to do to fix the problems. The recommendations may have a silver lining for the...
News | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:37pm
Water complaints from Monticello residents—everything from a chlorine or bleach smell to discolored water—have been raised for several weeks now. This problem was acknowledged and discussed by the Monticello City Council in their July meeting Tuesday night.  The main takeaway: The water is safe to drink, cook with, wash clothes with and anything else for which residents normally use water.   Read the entire article in this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now!
News | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:34pm
Problems with sewer lines and the wastewater pond for Monticello prompted a trip to Little Rock and a meeting with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality by Monticello Mayor Paige Chase, four members of the city council and Assistant Public Works Superintendent Charlie Hammock on July 16. Those difficulties have been an ongoing issue for Monticello for years now. The city has been working with an engineer to figure out how to combat the problems, but they have yet to be resolved.  ...
Sports | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:30pm
Seldom do fans come across sure things, especially with the parity in sports these days. Granted, there is the occasional unbelievable upset (see the University of Maryland-Baltimore County over the University of Virginia in men’s basketball just last year; Appalachian State University over the University of Michigan in football in 2007; the United States over the Soviet Union in ice hockey in the 1980 Winter Olympics; or the New York Jets over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969) but...
Sports | Posted 07/26/2019 - 5:26pm
One of the most poignant NCAA-produced television commercials run during all its championship telecasts features legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice. The graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and an NFL Hall of Famers, Rice notes that of some 480,000 student-athletes at NCAA institutions, only 2% will play professional sports.  He then goes through a list of things the more than 470,000 student-athletes won’t experience—fan clubs, private jets, autograph seekers and Hall of Fame...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
Haylee Lynn Wooten, the 3-week-old daughter of Chris and Hope Wooten of Downsville, La., died July 15, 2019 in Downsville.  She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Jim Wooten, and a great-grandmother, Katie Webb. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Horace and Sheree Smith of Lake Village and Gaye Lynn Edwards of Hamburg; her great-grandparents, Larry and Linda Webb and John and Vicky Edwards; and her great-great-grandmother, Kathryn McHan. Visitation was Friday...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
James Laron Daniels, 57, of Monticello died Sunday, July 14, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 13, 1961 to the late James Daniels and Eula Mae Green Daniels in Lacey.  In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Survivors include his mother, Eula Mae Daniels; three sisters, Atlean Riley and Willie Jean Sawyer of Lacey and Lisa (Harold) Bell of Wilmar; and two brothers, John L. (Deborah) Daniels and Damon Daniels of Lacey. Funeral services were...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
Hazel Willowdene Ferrell, 94, of Monticello, formerly of Warren, peacefully passed into Heaven Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born April 24, 1925 in Winchester, and was a daughter of Elbert Carl Dorman Sr. and Susan Ophelia Roberts.  Hazel was a proud mother and homemaker. She was a great cook, gardener, homemaker and friend who worked tirelessly for her family, church and the Eastern Star. She was a member of First Baptist...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
Larry K. Meeks, 75, of Longview (Ashley County) died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his residence. Mr. Meeks was a native of the Milo community outside of Hamburg and a resident of Longview since 1992. He graduated in 1962 from Fountain Hill High School and went to the Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello), for two years. He was a pre-law major when he joined the United States Navy.  After having served during the Vietnam Era in the Navy, he went back to college...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
Billy Gene Hayes, 88, passed away peacefully at Chapel Woods Nursing Facility in Warren on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. He was born to James P. and Josie B. Hayes in Bradley County on May 14, 1931. He lived most of his life in Drew County.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Charlsie Prestridge Hayes; his brothers, Bennett, James and Bob; his sisters, Mildred DeArmond, Donie McNeese and Marie Leggett; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Carpenter. Billy loved the Lord. ...
Obituaries | Posted 07/25/2019 - 8:00am
David Richard Donovan, 59, of Monticello passed away Saturday, July, 13, 2019 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. He was born November 20, 1959 of the Catholic faith, in Castro Valley, Calif. He dedicated 34 years of his life to his community serving as a paramedic, firefighter, teacher, mentor and policeman. Being a paramedic was his life and he had a deep commitment to helping others in need. He was the owner and operator of his own ambulance service and sought to bring up-to-date and...
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News | Posted 07/21/2019 - 9:59am
HOT SPRINGS—The August exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will mark the 15th year of business for the gallery. The August Gallery Walk is also the 30th year of the Hot Springs Gallery Walk. The exhibit at Justus Fine Art will feature a selection of work by Randall Good, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Sammy Peters, Tony Saladino, Sandra Sell, Gene Sparling, Rebecca Thompson, Steven Wise and others. The show will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, in conjunction with the...
News | Posted 07/18/2019 - 10:12am
A desire to bring more people to Monticello and to share the idiosyncrasies of the largest town in Drew County has led the Monticello Advertising and Promotion Committee down many turning roads. The first order of business, the commission soon discovered, was the need to brand the town. In order to do this, the commission joined forces with Tiffany Maltezo of CJRW, a marketing firm out of Bentonville, who pointed out the lack of a city logo.  This began the series of steps and months that...
News | Posted 07/18/2019 - 10:10am
When the Georgia-Pacific hammer fell early last month, its reverberations were felt far and wide. Six weeks after the June 4 announcement G-P was “shutting down the equipment and processes supporting the bleached board operations at its Crossett facility as of October 2019” (according to the official news release from gp.com), some folks in the area still haven’t gotten their heads wrapped around its magnitude. All over the region—including Monticello—people will be affected by this closure. In...
News | Posted 07/18/2019 - 10:06am
On March 15, 1919 in Paris, the first meeting that would form the American Legion was held. Just four months later, American Legion Post 2, Monticello was born, sharing the 100th anniversary of the Legion. The Legion has helped to shape the benefits of the American military and legions of veterans and has promoted patriotism in the United States.  After selecting a temporary name and executive board, the American Legion was born. “They were to promote an organization which would not take form...
Obituaries | Posted 07/18/2019 - 9:56am
Shannon Lamar “Shane” Williams, 52, of the Green Hill community in Drew County, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born December 30, 1966 in Warren to Carolyn JoAnn Watts Williams and the late C.E. Williams. He was a member of Second Baptist Church. Shane loved his church family and Green Hill family and would always ride his bike around the community to visit with friends. Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Williams of the Green Hill community; one...
Obituaries | Posted 07/18/2019 - 9:55am
Reather Phillips Jr., 78, of Monticello died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his home. He was born on April 21, 1941, in Bradley County to the late Elder Reather Phillips Sr. and Esther McCoy Phillips. In addition to his parents, three brothers, Arnell, Otis David (O.D) and Oliver (Bud); and one sister, Brenda Phillips, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Cora Pickett-Phillips of Alexandria, La.;  seven children, Margaret (Roland) Walton of White Hall, Orlando Phillips and Regina...
News | Posted 07/18/2019 - 9:53am
Check out some of the many artifacts in our own Drew County Museum on Page 1B of this week's Advance-Monticellonian—out now! 
Sports | Posted 07/18/2019 - 9:48am
Had last weekend’s Pine Bluff Sharks Invitational been just another regular-season meet, the Monticello Marlins’ results would have been impressive. Knowing that it was the last tune-up before the South Arkansas Swim Association Championships, though, made those times and places all the more outstanding. Monticello completed the pre-SASA Championships part of its schedule in a flurry, scoring 1,067.5 points and literally swimming away from the competition in the 15-team meet at the brand new...
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LITTLE ROCK) – Arkansas law enforcement officers will be working overtime shifts and regular patrols committed to the assignment of making state highways and streets safer by stopping drivers who don’t obey the speed limit.  The special enforcement operation will begin today (Monday, July 15th) and continue through Sunday, July 21st. “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” is a coordinated effort aimed at stopping drivers who exceed the posted speed limit along streets and highways they’re traveling...
News | Posted 07/12/2019 - 10:27am
Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute has trained a diverse group of leaders dedicated to improving their communities through the Executive Academy. DLI was created to support and educate leaders committed to helping create jobs, build their communities and improve the lives of their neighbors. DLI provides professional leadership and policy training on issues that advance the economic and workforce competitiveness of Delta communities. DLI fellows attend sessions for 10 months, traveling...
News | Posted 07/12/2019 - 10:16am
PINE BLUFF—A Keeping it in the Family Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention program meeting for woodland owners is scheduled for Monday, July 22, at The Great I Am Temple, 300 North Main Street. The meeting will begin promptly at noon with lunch followed by the meeting agenda and end at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Small Farm Program, the meeting’s purpose is to inform landowners of available forestry services so they can manage and improve...
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 3:05pm
With the severe shortage of blood affecting hospitals in southeast Arkansas, Drew Memorial Health Systems and LifeShare Blood Center are holding a blood drive today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the DMHS Oncology Center. Earlier this summer LifeShare issued a statement calling the critical blood shortage an emergency stating LifeShare is currently unable to fill hospital orders and is rationing blood, in a news release. “Hospitals may ask us for 20 units, but they only get 10. We can’t send what...
Sports | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:47am
For the majority of the Monticello Marlins, swimming at the Amateur Athletic Union Summer All-Star Junior Olympics Championships—even for the ones who had participated in meets at El Dorado HealthWorks Fitness’ indoor pool before—was strange. Different events, different lengths of races, more swims and a different order of competition could have caused confusion. Not so for 8-year-old-Allie Hall. The only Marlin to swim at the 2018 Junior Olympics, Hall found herself right at home in the water...
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:42am
The Advance-Monticellonian's annual Readers' Choice Awards balloting is available now in the weekly newspaper! Pick up your copy and vote for your favorities!
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:26am
Purple Heart recipients filled the room of the Quorum Court meeting on Monday night as Drew County was designated a Purple Heart County. The Purple Heart is commonly referred to as the United States military’s oldest medal, created by Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution.   Read the entire stiry in this week's Advance-Montiellonian—out now!
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:23am
Ward 4’s vacant seat left in the wake of Johnathan Schell’s resignation was the reason for the special called city council meeting Tuesday night. Those wishing to fill the vacancy were invited to speak to the council. Dr. Jack Lassiter, a former chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was the only candidate to present himself for consideration for the vacancy.   Read the entire story in this week's Advance-Montiellonian—out now!
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:20am
New protective gear for the fire department, a new vehicle for the police department and additional road signs for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (McCloy Street) was the agenda for the Monticello finance committee meeting Tuesday night. The city council had previously approved a bid of $2,200 plus $214.50 in tax to consolidate and replace network wiring in city hall. Upon further discussion, the decision was made to locate the network rack with patch panel from an office where it is currently...
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:18am
Immediately following the official Quorum Court agenda items Monday night, Drew County Judge Robert Akin briefed the court and the community on his and other county judges efforts’ to declare a state of disaster following the June 19 storm that swept across four counties in southern Arkansas, leaving upwards of 80,000 Arkansans without power.  “This thing stretched from Ouachita County to Drew County, including Calhoun and Bradley Counties,” Akin explained. “We all received significant damage....
News | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:14am
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:05am
Alexander Everett Harris Jr., 77, died July 6, 2019 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He was born the first child and son of Lt. Col. Alexander Everett Harris and Alma Fletcher Walker Harris on December 23, 1941 in Carmel, California. He attended high school in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated high school in Missouri in 1958. He then continued his education in Michigan State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree with a...
Sports | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:04am
Julia Ann “Judy” Derryberry Stodghill, 71, of Monticello passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Gardner Nursing Home in Star City. She was born February 1, 1948 in Dermott to the late William R. Derryberry and Jean Davis Derryberry. She was the widow of Larry Stodghill, a retired bookkeeper and truck driver for Ozark Truck Lines and was a Christian. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her grandson, Robert Davis, and one sister, Melba Christy. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:02am
Dale Howard Summerford, 59, of Crossett passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5, 2019. He loved his family dearly and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Dale was a great cook and even better at eating. He lived life to the fullest and was fully engaged in it. He loved his job as a chemical engineer at Georgia Pacific. He was the “go-to” person at the mill, a problem solver and traveled internationally with the company. He was preceded in death by...
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:01am
Edith Mott Broyles, 57, of McGehee died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born November 19, 1961 in the Ozarks to the late James Samuel Mott and Betty Whitney Mott. In addition to her parents and husband, Johnny Lee Broyles Sr., she was also preceded in death by one brother, James Wesley Mott. Survivors include two sons, Johnathan Broyles of West Memphis and Johnny Broyles Jr. of McGehee; one daughter, April (Gerald) Irons of...
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 9:00am
Charles Kenneth Hodo, 64, of Monticello died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born November 17, 1954 in Chicago. He was the son of the late Gladys B. Pate Sanchez; his stepfather was Willie Sanchez. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Carroll Hodo of Monticello; his children, Brandon Tharp and Ashley (Fabian) Gonzalez, both of Indiana, and Leslie McCool, Brad (Jackie) Hodo, Joshua Myers, Joseph Myers and Lacey Hodo, all of Monticello; and his grandchildren, Tyler Tharp...
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 8:59am
Mary Bobbye Smith Phillips, 85, of Conway, formerly of Monticello, died July 6, 2019. She and her twin, Mildred Robbye, were born on February 3, 1934 in Crossett.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Phillips; her parents, Elmer and Ola Smith; four sisters, Louise Lay, twin Robbye Bland, Ethel Dees and Shirley Lee; and a brother, Edwin Smith. Survivors include her sister, Sue Rice; and her nieces and nephew, Nancy Grainger, Beverly House, Jeanie McCarley, Renae Hightower, Randy Lee,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/11/2019 - 8:59am
Perry Williams, 67, of Monticello died July 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 24, 1951 to the late Fred and Georgia Williams in Rosston (Nevada County). He served for two years in the U.S. Army, then joined the Army National Guard. In 1990, SSG Williams went into active duty as Support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, as a medic for the 148th Evac Hospital.  He was awarded Honorable Discharge in May of 1991. He was preceded in death by three brothers; Ervin Martin, John...
News | Posted 07/10/2019 - 12:28pm
EL DORADO—Are you ready for some magic? Murphy Arts District is excited to announce a performance by Jonathan Erlandson on the Griffin Restaurant cabaret stage in the Murphy Arts District on Friday, Aug. 16. Erlandson is a world class magician and mentalist who has performed for audiences from all over the world. He became interested in magic at the age of 6 while living in California and watching a popular magic TV show. Erlandson now calls Little Rock home, and for the past eight years has...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:31am
Vivian Arlene (Nix) Davis, 88, of Crossett passed away on June 12, 2019 in Humble, Texas. She was born on December 18, 1930 in Willow (Dallas County) to the late Willie Burnette Goyne Nix and the late Joel Sanford Nix.  She graduated from Taylor High School in 1947 and Magnolia A&M (now Southern Arkansas University) in 1949. Vivian was the beloved wife of 70 years to Billy Kea Davis, formerly of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Vivian B. Davis; a sister, Kathryn Rea; a...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:28am
Edith Leola Owen Pace, 91, of the Green Hill community in Drew County went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, July 1, 2019, at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born August 26, 1927, in Crigler (Lincoln County) to the late Ernest Jackson Owen and Edith Josephine Morgan Owen. She was the widow of Edward “Bo” Pace, a farmer’s wife, longtime member of Green Hill United Methodist Church and a 1948 graduate of Arkansas A&M University (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). Mrs....
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:26am
Jerry Lee Brockman, 79, of White Hall died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his home. He was born December 15, 1939 in Steele, Mo. to the late John Virgil Brockman and Eva Overshine Brockman. A United States Army veteran serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Brockman, Harry Cunningham and Frank Cunningham, in addition to his parents. Survivors include his wife, Ann McArthur Brockman of White Hall; one son, John Robin “Rob” (Tracey) Brockman of...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:26am
Annie Mac Hoover Dablock, 85, of Monticello died Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born June 7, 1934 in Hudspeth (Chicot County) to the late Walter Hoover and Margaret Carpenter Hoover. In addition to her parents and husband, Frank “Butch” Dablock, she was also preceded in death by one brother, George Hoover, and one sister, Lila Mae Pamplin. Survivors include one son, Joe (Sue) Dablock of Conway; four daughters, Cathy Billberry of Tulsa, Okla., Denise (Jim)...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:25am
Carl Randell Garganeous, 54, of Pine Bluff died Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born August 2, 1964 in Pine Bluff to the late Carl Eugene Garganeous and Bettie Jo Lacy Garganeous. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Glen Garganeous and Michael Garganeous; his grandparents, Rev. W.J. Lacy and Lula Mae Piper Lacy; and one aunt, Joyce Ann Dickens. Survivors include his son, Keith Garganeous of Pine...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:24am
George Raymond Hoover, 75, of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1944 in Monticello.  He served in the Arkansas National Guard and the Army Reserve. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tanya Hoover. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Gigi (Greg) Taylor of Chandler, Texas and Candy Hamilton of Texarkana, Texas; one brother, James (Ronnie) L. Hoover of Woodlawn; and six grandchildren, Craig Hamilton, Jessica Watson, Tristan...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:23am
J.R. Wesley Manes, 64, of Monticello died Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  A memorial service was held Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church in Monticello. Arrangements were by Roselawn Funeral Service and Crematory in Pine Bluff. Online guestbook: www.griffinfuneralservice.net.
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:22am
Crystal Gail Russell, 31, died June 23, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born January 7, 1988 in Monticello. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jannie Russell, her grandparents, Mildred Crawford Russell and Woodie Russell; and two uncles, Wayne and Waymond Russell. Survivors include her brother, William (Ashley) Oakes of Trenton, Fla.; one son, Cobey Russell of Monticello; and two daughters, Abigail Russell and Emylee Russell, both of Monticello. Memorial services will be at 1...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:21am
Patricia “Pat” Busby Akin, 76, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born August 16, 1942 in Little Rock to the late Dr. Arlee Kelton Busby Sr. and Louise Yocum Busby. She was the widow of George Robert Akin Sr., a retired school teacher, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master’s degree in Special Education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and was a longtime...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:18am
Hugh Warden Pennington, 91, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at his home. He was born August 12, 1927, in Drew County to the late Charles Leonard Pennington and Susie Warden Wilson Pennington. He was a retired Georgia Pacific forester with 42 years of service and was a longtime member of New Hope Assembly of God Church before becoming a member of First Assembly of God Church of Monticello.  Mr. Hugh loved the outdoors, forestry and hunting. His wife was the love of his life...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:16am
Robert Moore DeFir Jr., 93, of Selma died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born April 5, 1926 in Desha County to the late Robert M. and Hetti E. DeFir Sr.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Sharon Milholland and Regina DeFir; two brothers, Walter Henry DeFir and Kilbourne DeFir; and one sister, Norma Burton.  Survivors include his wife, Venita Marilyn DeFir of Selma; one son, Robert...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:15am
Richard Keith Shafer, 67, of Jonesboro, formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born June 8, 1952 in Douglas, Wyo. to Delois Smith Shafer Dilbeck and the late R.C. Shafer. He was a United States Army Veteran and was, in addition to his father, also preceded in death by a sister, Morene Fisher. Survivors include his wife, Linda Carter Shafer of Jonesboro; three daughters, Paula Shafer (Peter) Britain and Brandy Shafer (Stephen)...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2019 - 11:14am
Mattie Ruth Boykin Tucker, 81, of Monticello died Friday, June 21, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born March 17, 1938 in Drew County to the late George Boykin and Oma Smith Boykin.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Dennis Tucker, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Herrera; a son, Kim Tucker; a sister, Mary Harrell; and a brother, William (Bill) Boykin. Survivors include two daughters, Angela (J.R.) Rawls of the Green...
Obituaries | Posted 06/20/2019 - 2:19pm
Brenda Howell Lemley, 72, of Monticello passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at her home. She was born September 8, 1946 in West Monroe, La. to the late Floyd Howell and Allene Bordelon Howell Watson. She was a homemaker and a member of United Pentecostal Church in Monticello. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher Delpapa. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, William Burl Lemley of Monticello; three sons, David (Amanda) Lemley of Gulfport,...
Obituaries | Posted 06/20/2019 - 2:18pm
Debra White Cater, 61, of Monticello died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at her home. She was born September 9, 1957 in Drew County to the late Lester Owen White and Joyce Burris White. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Rhonda Knight, and one brother, Terry White. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Cater of Monticello; one son, Stephen (Shana) Kelly of Monticello; one daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Thompson of Monticello; two brothers, Randy (Paula) White of...
Obituaries | Posted 06/20/2019 - 2:17pm
James Larry Swan, 77, of Monticello died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born December 7, 1941 in Drew County to the late George T. Swan and Edith Chambers Swan. Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Faye Newton Swan; and one brother, Gene Swan.  Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Swan Merrett of Sherwood, Kim Swan Stafford of Bearden and Sandy Swan Riley of Crossett; six grandchildren; six great-...
Obituaries | Posted 06/06/2019 - 9:21am
Charlie William Belknap, 85, of Cartersville, Ga. (formerly of Monticello), passed away on January 3, 2019 at his home in Cartersville. He was born July 25, 1933 in Blytheville to the late Raymond Otto Belknap Sr. and Louise Ross Belknap.  In addition to his parents, his wife Patsy Ruth Bartholomew Belknap proceeded him in death. Charlie also had two brothers Raymond Otto Belknap Jr. and Eugene Belknap that proceeded him in death. Survivors include two sons, James Steven (Rebecca) Belknap and...
Obituaries | Posted 06/06/2019 - 9:20am
Diane Martindale, 69, of Star City died Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born August 3, 1949 in Tamo (Jefferson County) to the late Marvin E. and Frances Grisham Avant.   Also preceding her in death were a son, James Kelly Gale; a daughter, Tonya Avant; a brother, Marvin C. Avant Sr.; and a sister, Georgie Barnett. Survivors include a daughter, Samantha Dickey of Monticello; a brother, Robert Avant of Star City; four grandchildren; and seven...
Obituaries | Posted 06/06/2019 - 9:20am
Gloria Dean Miller Spencer, 66, of Monticello died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born November 3, 1952 in Drew County to the late Rastus Miller Sr. and Julia Washington Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rastus and Julie Miller; two sisters, Luvinia and Mary; three brothers, Rastus Jr., Marvin and Eugene; and her husband, Larry Spencer Sr. Survivors include two brothers, Lee Charles Miller and Laron (Carolyn)...
Sports | Posted 05/30/2019 - 9:33am
Margaret Connard Knight, 71, of Monticello died Monday, May 27, 2019 at her home. She was born July 1, 1947 in Dermott to the late Arvis O. Connard and Ilar Davis Connard. In addition to her parents and husband, Jake Knight, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Connard, and one sister, Maxine Reaves. Survivors include two daughters, Malissa McCallie Manila and Stephanie Morgan (James Wesley) of Monticello; one brother, John (Nadine) Connard of Lacey; one sister, Lisa (Michael)...
Obituaries | Posted 05/30/2019 - 9:32am
Robert Michael Neelon, 71, of Summerville, S.C. died Saturday, May 25, 2019. He was born June 25, 1947 in Milton, Mass. to the late John Neelon and Teresa Langlois Neelon.  He served in the United States Army, and was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Suzanne and Patricia.  He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Berryman Neelon; two sons, Patrick Neelon of Wilmington, N.C. and Kyle (Katie) Berryman (Katie) of Monticello; three grandchildren: Ely and Kylie Berryman and Kylie Qualls,...
Obituaries | Posted 05/23/2019 - 10:57am
Orlean Hoover Horn, 96, of Monticello passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 17, 1923 in Star City to the late Earl N. Hoover and Maudie Barrett Hoover. She was the widow of Charles Garvin Horn, a housewife and was a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and Campground United Methodist Church.  She graduated from Drew Central High School in 1940 and enjoyed working in the yard and painting. In addition to...
Obituaries | Posted 05/23/2019 - 10:56am
Ronald Gardner, 57, died Sunday, May 12, 2019. He was the son of Dalton Fisher Jr. and the late Martha L. Fisher. He was born December 31, 1961 in Monticello. Survivors include his father, Dalton Fisher Jr. of Monticello; four children Antonio “Tony” Remley of Wilmar, Rachael Gardner of Monticello, Lakedra “Nae” Gardner of Pine Bluff and Airman 1st Class Camry Gardner of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Altus AFB in Oklahoma; two sisters, Stephanie (Boris) Fisher-Dietrich of Golden Isles, Ga....
Obituaries | Posted 05/23/2019 - 10:55am
George Rodgers Harris, 86, of Calmer (Cleveland County) died May 16, 2019 in Little Rock.  He was born October 30, 1932 in Randall (Cleveland County) to Ethel Rodgers Harris and Edward Harris.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Edward Harris. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Jones Harris of Little Rock; two daughters, Rhonda (Jim) Reilly of Bonnerdale (Hot Spring County) and Carmen (Charles) Tucker of Rye; a sister, Almarieda Hyatt of...
Obituaries | Posted 05/23/2019 - 10:46am
Robby Gene “Rob” Young, 81, of Wilmar died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home. He was born May 3, 1938 in Drew County to the late Jesse Leonard Young and Ester Maewood Webb Young. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Young. Survivors include his wife, Candy Greco Young of Wilmar; one son, Ryan Young of Wilmar; one stepson, Johnny Clemons Jr. of Hampton; one daughter, Robbin Curry of Woodlawn; and six grandchildren, Kylee Caldwell, Kensley Young, Tarren...
Obituaries | Posted 05/16/2019 - 10:50am
John Gary Crain, 75, of Hamburg died Monday May 13, 2019. Mr. Crain was a native of Lacey and a resident of the Milo community, outside of Hamburg, for the past 52 years.  He graduated in 1961 from Drew Central High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello), where he played basketball in 1962. Mr. Crain worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 44 years, retiring in 2006.  He loved his church family and was an active member of the Mt....
Obituaries | Posted 05/16/2019 - 10:48am
Winburn Carter Tucker, of the Coleman community near Monticello, went to be with his Lord on May 11, 2019. He was born October 15, 1932 to the late R.J. and Margie Carter Tucker. W.C. was a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello and a veteran of the Korean War, serving from January 1953 to September 1954. He then became a member of the Army reserve until he was discharged in February of 1961. He was awarded several medals for his service.  Mr. Tucker traveled with the...
Obituaries | Posted 05/16/2019 - 10:45am
Eathel Harmon McDaniel, 97, of Monticello died Friday, May 10, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born December 29, 1921 in Boydell (Ashley County) to the late Frank Harmon and Myrtle Pamplin Harmon. In addition to her parents and husband, Johnny James (Jack) McDaniel, she was also preceded in death by one son, Johnny Frank McDaniel. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Eugene McDaniel and Billy Wayne (Melinda) McDaniel, both of Monticello; five...
Obituaries | Posted 05/16/2019 - 10:44am
William Henry Trout, 63, of Monticello died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born October 4, 1955, in Lake Village to the late David Ravey Trout and Pauline Reynolds Trout. He was a U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Millerd, James and David; and three sisters, Charlotte, Lorene and Mary. Survivors include his wife, Judy Trout of Monticello; one stepdaughter, Mary Ann Arrington of Monticello; five grandsons...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:22pm
James “Son” Brewster, 95, of Wilmar transitioned to his heavenly home Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. He was born in Wilmar on April 1, 1924, to late James Garvin Brewster and Lois Martin Saffold Brewster. He was a World War II Marine Veteran, seeing action in Okinawa and mainland China. James was a retired farmer, and a member and deacon of First Free Will Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:20pm
Betty Roberts Chapman, 83, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born August 28, 1935 in Woodlawn to the late Ervin and Mary Roberts. She was the widow of Charles Raymond Chapman, member of Lacey Assembly of God Church and a former business owner of Merle Norman Studio and Betty’s Kitchen. Betty enjoyed sewing, working in her flower garden and was an excellent cook. Survivors include four sons; Randy, Raymond...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:17pm
Robert Laron Robertson, 75, of Tillar passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019. Robert was born on March 22, 1944 in Dumas to the late John Bennett and Graydell Preston Robertson.  He was a lifelong farmer. Robert served on the City Council of Tillar and served one year as Mayor. He served in the Air National Guard and as a Drew County Deputy Sheriff.  He was retired from the Tillar Volunteer Fire Department. Robert was a member of the Mt. Tabor Hunting Club. He was a member of the First Baptist...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:15pm
Douglas Elliot Ridgell, 66, of Monticello died Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born to James Weldon and Precious Jewel Ridgell on December 4, 1952 in Drew County.  He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Travis, Leon, Troy and Evans Ridgell; and four sisters, Maudell, Narvis, Willie Mae and Charity. Survivors include six brothers, Donald (Maxine), Billy (Dantanese), Dwight and Bommie, all of Monticello, Earl (Anna) of Grand...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:14pm
Winnie Tumey Standley, 72, of the Rock Springs community died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 26, 1946 in Eudora to Nancy Craven Tumey and the late Alton Tumey. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Tumey. Survivors include her husband, Robert Standley of the Rock Springs community; one son, Robert A. Standley of Denver; one daughter, Kimberly Standley (Erek) Starnes of Hernando, Miss...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:13pm
Mary Lynn Griffin Temple, 82, of Wilmar died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born August 12, 1936, in Wilmar to the late Jessie and Pearl Burkhardt Griffin. In addition to her parents and husband, Ed Temple, she was also preceded in death by one grandson, Ben Cook; four sisters, Frances Wade, Lucille Davis, Emma West and Betty Jo Reddin; and four brothers, Bill Griffin, Jake Griffin, Sonny Griffin and Nathan Griffin. Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Susie)...
Obituaries | Posted 05/09/2019 - 12:12pm
Donald M. Wiggam, 89, of the Green Hill community died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born October 22, 1929 in Corinth (Yell County) to the late Floyd Wiggam and Irene Gamble Wiggam. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Gary Wiggam; and one sister, Phyllis Wiggam. Survivors include his wife, Faye Pace Wiggam of Green Hill; and two sisters-in-law, Mae Hobbs and Cleora Crook. Funeral services were Sunday, May 5,...
Obituaries | Posted 05/06/2019 - 9:55am
Kerry Lane Hargis, 69, of Bearden passed away April 27, 2017. He was born October 16, 1949 in Bradley County. He began his career as an engineer with Arvin Automotive Company in Monticello. In February 1983, he began working for Lockheed Martin in Camden. Throughout his 36-year career with Lockheed Martin, he held numerous management positions and was serving as the Senior Manager Finance and Business Operations at the time of his death. Kerry was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast with a...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:44am
James E. Brown, 100, of Monticello passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born March 15, 1919 in the Montongo community in Drew County to the late George Thomas Brown and Peggy Cameron Brown. He was a retired farmer, educator and owner of Brown’s TV and Appliances. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Monticello.  Mr. Brown received a BSE in Agriculture, Math and Science from Arkansas A&M College (now University of Arkansas at Monticello) before...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:42am
Lucille Rauls, 92, of Rison went to be with her Lord, surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, April 19, 2019. She was born May 28, 1926 in Boynton, Okla. to the late Lee Roy and Nora Stewart.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, R.B. Rauls; and four brothers, Bennett Stewart, Kenneth Stewart, Roy Stewart and Jackie Stewart.  She was a faithful member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Rison. Mrs. Rauls enjoyed quilting, gardening and was always...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:41am
Dr. Richard Corby of Alexander, formerly of Monticello, passed away April 15 in Benton. Raised in Illinois, he attended Milligan (Tenn.) College for his undergraduate degree in music, after which he served as band director at the Illinois School of Math and Science for several years.  The following decade saw his return to graduate school and a stint in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, which subsequently drew him to pursue a doctorate in African Studies from Indiana University. He returned to...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:40am
Shirley Miller Barnett, 76, of Warren died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born December 6, 1942 in Rison to the late Joseph Lee Miller and Grace Lee Harrison Miller. In addition to her parents and husband, Houston LeFaye “Fay” Barnett, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Morgan, and her brother, William “Bill” Miller. Survivors include three sons, John Robert Johns Jr. of Tennessee, Tommy Johns of California and Jeriamy Lefaye...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:39am
Merry FeLinda (Tucker) Trotter, 59, a Drew County native, died Monday, April 15, 2019. She was born on September 24, 1959 to Vertia Mae Mitchell and the late Jethro Tucker in Tillar. Survivors include her husband, Wiley Trotter of Olympia, Wash.; her son, Kevin Trotter of Oroville, Wash.; her daughter, Jennifer Trotter of Olympia; her granddaughter, Tori Trotter of Lacey, Wash.; to her mother and stepfather, Vertia Holmes and Theadore Holmes of Winchester; and her siblings, Shirley Mae Issacs...
Obituaries | Posted 04/25/2019 - 9:39am
Mildred Williams, 78, of Monticello died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born September 11, 1940 in Lake Providence, La. to the late Robbie Lee Dukes and White Hall.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Mac Williams. Survivors include two brothers, Charles Chatman of New York and Richard Miller of California; and six sisters, Augustine Wallas of Texas and Arleen Brooks, both of Texas, Erlinda Chatman, Brenda Stringer and Sheila Stall, all of California...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:59am
Brian O’Neal Scogin, 47, of Sherwood passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Vincent North Hospital. He was born March 2, 1972 in Pine Bluff to Larry Scogin and Nancy Gail Herring Scogin. He was owner/operator of Concord Boats and Repair, an avid deer hunter and was a member of Indianhead Lake Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gerald and Irene Herring-Rogers and Delbert Rogers, Herman and Iva Merle White Scogin; and his dad, Francis Hawkins. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:57am
John Thomas Ware, 85, of Monticello passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 after a long illness. He was born January 31, 1934 in Tennille, Ga. to the late Lollie and Henry Ware Sr.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Ware. He was employed by Burlington Industries for more than 40 years, where he became division manager over all three plants located in Monticello.  John enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. In his later years, gardening became a real passion. But above...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:57am
Marzee McGough Brookings, 102, died Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Mountain Home. She was born October 12, 1916 in Monticello.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry Marvin and Lela Ann (Chapman) McGough; her husband, George Wilbur Brookings; two daughters, Roxie Gale Brookings Crow and Sandra Lynn Brookings Willis; an infant son, Don Wilbur Brookings; and five siblings. Survivors include her four grandchildren, Kim Crow (Mark) Sheaner of Mountain Home, Mark (Melani) Willis of Mountain...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:56am
Carol Zimmerman Hannah, 63, of Monticello, formerly of Parkers Chapel (Union County), died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at her home. She was born September 18, 1955 in Topeka, Kan. to the late Lloyd Zimmerman and Meriam Hershey Zimmerman. Survivors include one daughter, Autumn Lawrence of Monticello; one daughter-in-law, Mandy Morphis of Monticello; and three grandchildren, Hannah Lawrence, Alyssa Morphis and Tristan Jarmin. Graveside services were Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Old Union Cemetery in...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:55am
Wilma Rae Ham Heflin, 76, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Elaine Center in Hadley, Mass. She was born November 10, 1942 in Strong to Sallie Calloway Ham and Grady Henry Ham. Two brothers, her father and her mother preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, James “Jimmy” Heflin of Monticello; one James David (Amy) Heflin of South Deerfield, Mass.; one granddaughter, Stella; one sister, Frances Marvelle Fipppen of Little Rock; and one brother, Grady Ronald “Ronnie” Ham of Little...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:53am
Louise Nolen Smith, 79, of Dallas, formerly of Monticello, died Monday, April 8, 2019, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas. She was born July 2, 1939, in Lake Village to the late Annie Bell Stephens Nolen and Zach Nolen Sr. She was preceded in death by three children, Willie Lemar Smith Jr., Evelyn Louise Smith and Jessie Lee Smith; two grandchildren, Randy Coleman and Leon King, and her ex-husband, Willie Lemar Smith Sr. Survivors include five daughters, Gladys Young of Monticello, Minnie...
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:52am
Raylene Steelman, 96, of Monticello died Friday, April 12, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born October 16, 1923 to the late Arthur Ray and Mary Lyon Menter in Warren. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Herman C. Steelman.  She will be laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery in Fordyce.
Obituaries | Posted 04/18/2019 - 9:51am
Laila Marie Whitaker, 2-month-old daughter of Rickey Whitaker and Ashley Beckham Whitaker, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born January 31, 2019 in Monticello. Survivors include her parents, Rickey and Ashley Beckham Whitaker of Monticello; one brother, Brayden Whitaker of Monticello; her grandparents, Robert Beckham and Leigh Ann of McGehee, Sherie Keller and Bryce of Washington state, and Mark Whitaker and Teresa Woods, with of Monticello; and her great-...
Obituaries | Posted 04/11/2019 - 9:47am
Charlotte Louise Sloan Majors Files, 79, of Monticello passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  She was born May, 18, 1939 in Knoxville, Tenn. to the late Commadore Edward Sloan and Effie Lee Stone Sloan.       She was a retired Administrative Assistant for the president of First National Bank of McGehee and was a member of Second Baptist Church. She grew up in the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home in Monticello where she had many, many brothers and...
Obituaries | Posted 04/11/2019 - 9:45am
Mary Sue Rowe Burgess, 66, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born November 12, 1952 in Dermott to the late Mary Christine Odom Chambers Rowe and Pete Junior Rowe of Monticello. A housewife, she was affectionately known as “Ms. Monticello Live” and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by one son, Eric Lee Wash. Survivors include her husband, Joe Burgess of Monticello; one son, Benjamin (Jennifer...
Obituaries | Posted 04/11/2019 - 9:42am
Robert Jackson Lee Carlton, 88, of LaPorte, Texas died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born May 5, 1930 in Charles City, Iowa, to the late Basil Brown and Hope Lee Carlton.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. Also preceding him in death were his wife, Bettye Jo Farquhar Carlton; two brothers, Alwin Carlton and Hoyt Leroy Carlton; and a sister, Carol Carlton McGovern. Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Carlton...
Obituaries | Posted 04/11/2019 - 9:41am
Alben “AL” George Pearson III, 69, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Monticello, died Saturday, March 30 at the Davis Life Center in Pine Bluff. He was born April 28, 1949 in Kansas City, Mo. to the late Alben George Pearson II and Gladys Louise Johnson Pearson.  He served his county in the United States Air Force and the Arkansas National Guard. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Effie Carr Pearson; a son, Alben George “Bengi” Pearson IV; a sister, Rose Mary Pearson; and a grandson, Alben...
Obituaries | Posted 04/04/2019 - 9:43am
Christopher R. O’Neal, 41, of Carlsbad, N.M., formerly of Monticello, died Monday, March 18, 2019. He was born January 28, 1978, in Monticello to the late Joyce Ann O’Neal and Mark Wilkes. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Ann Scott. Survivors include his wife, Taishia Martinez O’Neal; one daughter, Christonnie O’Neal; three sons, Christian O’Neal, DayShaun O’Neal  Anthony O’Neal; his dad, Mark Wilkes of Monticello; his grandmother, Joyce Steen and stepgrandfather, Lee Chester Steen...
Obituaries | Posted 04/04/2019 - 9:42am
Larry Earl Stodghill, 71, of Monticello died Friday, March 29, 2019 at his home. He was born January 11, 1948 in Tampa, Fla. to the late Earl Stodghill and Bettye Murray Stodghill Witte. He was a United States Army Veteran. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Davis, and one brother, Jack Stodghill. Survivors include his wife, Judy Derryberry Stodghill of Monticello; two daughters, Michelle (Jimmy) Valencino of Florence, Miss. and Charlsie (Billy) Polk...
Obituaries | Posted 04/04/2019 - 9:40am
Jerry D. Vail, 67, of Hamburg died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born November 24, 1951 in Wilmot to the late Dick Vail and Ann Mason Flournoy. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Sondra Rouse; and his father-in-law, Edward Akin. Survivors include his wife, Tana Akin Vail of Hamburg; three daughters, Pamela Vail of Ward, Tarrah (Richard) Smithson of Milton, Ga. and Brittany (Dustin) Phillips of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:13pm
Morgan Clifton Briant, 70, of Monticello went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 22, 2019. He was born on December 16, 1948 in Pine Bluff to the late Charles Ray and Marie Ruth Simms Briant.  Mr. Briant loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks basketball fan.  Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nora Mae Puckett Briant; two sons, Morgan Ray Briant and Douglas Clifton Briant; one grandson, Asher Ryland Briant; one brother, Kenneth Ray (Brenda) Briant;...
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:11pm
Madeline Allison Gibson, 94, of Monticello passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born September 29, 1924 in the Florence Community in Drew County to the late Rev. Emmett Dayton Allison and Esther Whitaker Allison. She was the widow of Floyd Thomas Gibson, retired manager of Selma Mercantile, Postmaster, bus driver and cafeteria worker at Drew Central Schools and a longtime member of Selma Baptist Church, where she led the singing...
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:07pm
Marion Jacklet Allen, 82, of Monticello died Monday, March 18, 2019, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She was born January 14, 1937, in Monticello to the late Bishop Ray Allen and Mavis Lee Carter Allen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Bruce Allen. Survivors include one brother, Jack (LaVeda) Allen of Monticello; three sisters, Manon Allen Slaughter and Brenda Allen Jiles, both of Monticello, and Wanda Allen Hudson of...
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:07pm
Jonathan Q. Goodman, 52, of Warner Robbins, Ga., formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. He was born April 7, 1966 in Monticello to the late J. C. Goodman and Martha Dunlap Goodman. He was a 23-year veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include two sons, Christopher Everett Goodman and Jonathan Isaiah Goodman; four siblings, Leslie Goodman, Pastor Christopher (Brenda) Goodman, Regina Goodman and Reggie Goodman; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were...
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:06pm
Richard McKeever, 81, of Wilmar died March 21, 2019. He was born April 22, 1937 to the late Joe and Janie McKeever. Survivors include his wife, Judy McKeever; and two daughters, Betty McKeever Johnson and Donna Hammond. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hammons Funeral Home in Warren.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Greater Shady Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmar.
Obituaries | Posted 03/28/2019 - 1:05pm
Gary Wayne Tate, 70, of Monticello died Friday, March 22, 2019 at his home. He was born June 13, 1948 in Monticello to the late Emery Cleve Tate and Mary Herring Tate Yount. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Donnie Tate; one sister, Joan Hill; and one grandson, Samuel Allen Curtis. Survivors include one daughter, Amanda Tate of Monticello; one stepdaughter, Kelley Dancer of Redfield; two grandchildren, Wayne Curtis and Wesley Faulkner, both of Monticello...
Sports | Posted 03/21/2019 - 9:56am
John William “Johnny” Jarrett, 66, of Monticello passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born January 25, 1953 in Lake Village to the late Ezra Earl Jarrett and Margaret Morrison Jarrett. He was of the Baptist faith, and attended First Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jackie Jarrett and Tommy Jarrett; and two sisters, Janice Jarrett Barlow and...
Obituaries | Posted 03/21/2019 - 9:54am
Jimmy Eugene Orrell, 85, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born September 27, 1933 in Perry County to the late Elza Lewis Orrell and Nancy Alice Dilbeck Orrell. He was a horse trainer and a member of Collins Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Jimmy was a member of the Arkansas Cutting Horse Association, where he was a 1970 Hall of Fame inductee; the National Cutting Horse Association, where he was a 1990...
Obituaries | Posted 03/21/2019 - 9:52am
Donna Gail (Smith) Stewart was born on April 14, 1947 in Crossett to parents Don and Oma Smith, deceased; she grew up in Monticello; she is survived by her husband David Stewart; son Brian Blackburn and granddaughter Sarah Blackburn of Hot Springs; son Whitney Milam and daughter Abby Milam, both of Bentonville; sister Sudie Smith, of Grapevine, Texas; stepson Kevin Stewart and wife Helen, and sons Robert and Patrick, of Alexandria, Va.; and stepdaughter Elizabeth Hill and husband Zac, and...
Obituaries | Posted 03/21/2019 - 9:48am
John David Gandy, 60, of Hot Springs Village, formerly of Monticello, died Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home. He was born September 20, 1958 in Monticello to the late William Verbon Gandy and Gloria Ann “Doe” Dunn Gandy. Survivors include his brother, William “Bill” (Melody) Gandy of Hot Springs Village; his nephew, Christopher Gandy of Plumerville; his niece, Shena (James) Phagan of Plumerville; and his great-nieces and great-nephews, Rochelle, BreAnna, Kolton and Kyler. Graveside services...
Obituaries | Posted 03/21/2019 - 9:47am
Bobby Lee Kyzer, 58, of Monticello died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at his home. He was born June 8, 1960 in Malvern to Emogene Conley Kyzer and the late Ralph M. Kyzer. Survivors include one son, Kody Kyzer of Missouri; one daughter, Lia Kyzer of Missouri; his mother, Emogene Kyzer of Monticello; one brother, John (Patricia) Kyzer of Monticello; two nephews, John Kyzer and Caleb Kyzer, both of Monticello; and two nieces, Christy Boothe  and Kimberly Kyzer, both of McGehee. A private memorial...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:40am
Larry Clark Tucker, 75, of Wilmar went to his heavenly home on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Chapel Woods Nursing Center with his family by his side. Larry was born November 29, 1943 in Monticello to the late Otis and Bama Lee Tucker. He married Beatrice (Bea) Lester on August 12, 1978 in Crowell, Texas. He was a Christian and loved the Lord; he was a member of Wilmar Baptist Church, where he served on several different committees. Larry loved his church family—and especially the children in the...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:35am
Opal Marie Anders Wright went to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. Opal was born on September 1, 1930 in Bradley County to Travis and Eunice Files Anders.  She married L.F. (Junior) Wright June 19, 1948. Together they raised their three sons, Gerald, Robert (Bubba) and Cecil. Opal doted on her sons and later on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchild. They all reciprocated that admiration to her.  Opal was a dedicated...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:33am
Larry Richard Hoover, 72, of Conway passed away on January 7, 2019. He was born Richard Lawrence (later changed to Larry R. Hoover) to the late Paul Richard Hoover and Annie Peacock Hoover in Dermott on May 19, 1946.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Hoover, and sister Pauline (Daugherty) Brady. Larry is survived by his son, L. Wayne (Stefanie) Hoover; his grandchildren, Brittany Hoover and great-grandchild Eden, Brett Hoover, Greg Hoover and Payton Hoover; his sister, Gay...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:26am
Virginia Grice Riley, 97, of Little Rock was called home Friday, March 8, 2019. Mrs. Riley was a native of Ashley County, a resident of Little Rock for most of her life, and a former resident of Hamburg and Monticello.  Mrs. Riley was a wonderful and caring nurse, having worked in the operating room at Baptist Health Medical Center for 29 years. She was a strong, committed Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. She very rarely said goodbye without adding, “I love you” or...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:26am
Audrey LeBlanc Phillips, 92, of Monticello died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at her home. She was born December 29, 1926 in LeBlanc, La. to the late Francis Belzair LeBlanc and Kate Robertson LeBlanc. In addition to her parents and husband, Rodney Phillips, she was also preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. Survivors include one son, Eric Phillips of Monticello; two daughters, Suzanne (Steve) Cochrane of West Helena and Karen (Richie) Derryberry of Monticello; five grandchildren,...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:24am
Shirley Ann Wells Wilson, 81, died Thursday, March 7, 2019. She was born February 21, 1938 to the late Loveless and Nancy Wells. Survivors, all of Monticello, include her husband, Charles Wilson; her daughters, Karen (Tony) Coleman, Doris Wortham and Jacklyn Brown; her son, Ronnie Bassett-Wilson; eight grandchildren, Latrice, LaToya, LaShawna Canty, Veronica Lewis, Kristie, Constance, Whitney and Joshua Wortham; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Andrew Wells; and two sisters, Nancy (Leon)...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:32am
Marlee Hope Pack, 12, of Missouri City, Texas passed away February 23, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 27, 2006 in San Antonio to Bill and Shelly Pack.   Marlee is survived by her parents; a sister, Meredith Pack; maternal grandmother Sharon Gunter Martin of Mount Pleasant, Texas; paternal grandmother Paula Raley Pack of Monticello; uncles Les Pack of Monticello and Jeff (Brittany) Martin of Paris, Texas; cousins MacKenzie Walker and Molly Martin, both...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:31am
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:31am
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:29am
Otis Caldwell Sr., 67, died February 17, 2019. He was born May 4, 1951 in Star City to Earl Sr. and Restee Caldwell. In addition to his parents, his mother-in-law, Amy Gonder; his father-in-law Paul Gonder; three brothers, Earl Jr., Thomas (T.J.) and Franklin; and one sister, Mary, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Caldwell; his two children, Otis Jr. (O.C.) and Andrea; a daughter-in-law, Candice; six grandchildren, Portia, Jasmine, Jaeden, Caleb, Olivia and Jackson;...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:29am
Jacqueline F. Reverand Jones, 55, of Warren died March 1, 2019. She was born July 7, 1963, a daughter of Willie Sr. and Margaret Reverand. Survivors include her husband, Casey Jones; one son, Shawn Robinson; two grandchildren, Ramos Tucker III and Kingston Allen; six sisters; and four brothers. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the Revival Center Church Of God In Christ, 311 South Pine Street. Arrangements are by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:28am
Vicki Lephiew McCartney, 57, of Warren died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born June 22, 1961 in Warren to the late Thomas L. Lephiew and Patsy Crawford Lephiew. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Regina McCartney. Survivors include one son, Kelley McCartney of Warren; one daughter, Heather Pickle of Warren; four brothers, Thomas (Erma) Lephiew of Star City, Calvin (Charlotte) Lephiew of Hermitage,...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:27am
Ethel Mae Summit Spears, 93, of Monticello died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born in Sims (Montgomery County) to the late Charlie Summit and Pairlee West Summit. In addition to her parents and husband, Arl Clayton Spears, she was also preceded in death by a son, Clayton Spears; one sister, Bessie Mullins; and three brothers, James Summit, Virgil Summit and Kirby Summit. Survivors include two sons, Arlie Spears and Dennis (Hilda)...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 12:12pm
Marilyn Irene Saleska Bickford, 83, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at her home in Monticello. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 5, 1935 to late Amil and Irene Saleska. She was a housewife and of the Assembly of God faith. Survivors include her husband, Eugene Norman Bickford of Monticello; five children; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family received visitors at the home of Don and Mindy Bickford, 338 South Bowser Road, on Friday, February 22, 2019....
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:19am
Betty Ann Knowles Findley, 87, of Monticello went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Drew Memorial Health System. She was born June 13, 1931, in Drew County to the late Albert Knowles and Servilla Harrison Knowles. She was a homemaker and member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Bohannan. Mrs. Betty loved being outdoors and working in her flowers. She had a special love of helping others any...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:17am
Terry Glen Hawkins, 66, of Dumas passed away on February 24, 2019 at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas. He was born July 10, 1952 in Great Bend, Kan. and was the son of the late Martha Jane Ballard Hawkins and Homer Glen Hawkins. He was a member of the Dumas First United Methodist Church. Terry was a Monticello native, graduating in 1970 from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn. and earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1974. He held...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:09am
Charles Michael (Mike) Staten, 66, of Lake Village entered into eternal rest in the presence of family at home after a stoic, lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was born January 10, 1953, in Shreveport, La. to the late Charles Hewel Staten and Treby Lindsey Staten. Mike was an avid outdoorsman who valued God’s creation and made it his career to leave this world a better place. He truly valued hunting, fishing and conservation. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Louisiana...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:03am
Doyle R. “Dobber” Collins, 82, of Monticello died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born August 22, 1936 in Drew County to the late Marshall Collins Sr. and Lillie Pace Collins. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Olean Collins; and three brothers, Hubert Collins, Marshall Collins Jr. and Cecil Collins. Survivors include two sisters, Macel (Foy) Kuhn of Little Rock and Susie (Jimmy) Henry of Monticello. Funeral services...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:02am
Jerry Lee Davis, 66, of Monticello died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at his home. He was born July 30, 1952 in Lacey. Funeral services were Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial following in Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.stephensondearman.com.
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:01am
Virginia Orlean Shook, 93, of Hoschton, Ga. died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Bell Minor Home surrounded by her family. She was born July 7, 1925 in Baxter (Drew County) to the late Ira Ab and Alma Belle Davis Funeral services were held in Hoschton, Ga. at Celebration Church. A small service/viewing was held Friday, February 22, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Shook; her parents; and nine siblings. Survivirs include a son, John (Cissy)...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 12:00pm
Mary Lou White Henderson Akin, 85, of McGehee passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Mary Lou was born in Drew County on August 24, 1933 to the late Virgil Levi and Velma Glennon White. She was a foster grandparent, a McGehee Hospital Auxiliary volunteer and was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association. Mary Lou was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of McGehee. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her sons, Ricky Don (Sandy) Henderson of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:58am
Virginia Nell Hughes Johnston, 90, of Monticello passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born May 6, 1928 in Drew County to the late Copeland M. Hughes and Virda Gilliam Hughes. She was the widow of Harrell Johnston, a retired teacher and librarian and a member of Rose Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:55am
Peggy Calhoun Lasiter, 70, of Wilmar passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. She was born August 10, 1948 in Monticello to the late A.L. Calhoun and Thelma Miles Calhoun. She was a retired supervisor at Burlington Industries and of the Baptist faith, attending Pauline Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Alan Dewayne Lasiter, and one brother, Johnny Calhoun. Survivors include her husband,...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:54am
Nellie Jo Millen Bostian, 77, of Monticello died Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born February 15, 1942, in Drew County to the late Joe Millen and Mildred Calhoun Millen. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Hammock; a sister, Barbara Millen; and a great-grandson, Ridley Bostian. Survivors include one son, Don (Teresa) Bostian of Monticello; one daughter, Bettye (Tommy) Judkins of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:53am
Mrs. Martha Lee Fisher, 76, died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born January 23, 1943 in Monticello, a daughter of the late Winston and Lucille Gardner. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Pierce, Erma Cotton and Melba Williams; and one brother, Ira Gardner. Survivors include four children, Ronald Gardner of Monticello, Stephanie Fisher-Dietrich (Boris) of Golden Isles, Ga., Dorsey Fisher of Atlanta and Dalton Maurice...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 12:04pm
Rev. James W. Beck, 95, of Monticello passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born March 12, 1923 in Tuckerman to the late Sam Beck and Stella Hunter Beck. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 76 years, Mildred Thompson Beck;  one sister, Gracie Stone; and two brothers, Owen Beck and Earl Beck. Rev. Beck was a retired Assembly of God minister, a United States Army Veteran of World War II and a member of First Assembly of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 12:03pm
We lost the patriarch of our family, David “Spuds” Hospodor, on February 5, 2019 after a brief battle with brain cancer. David was born in Johnson City, N.Y., on November 14, 1942, to Verna and Andrew Hospodor. He joined Elle and Andy with Robert to follow. Elle enjoyed being David’s caretaker on a daily basis until she went away to college when he was seven years old. Dave attended Union Endicott High School, where he excelled at all sports but especially football, being named to the...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:49am
Laron “Son” Tucker was born September 9, 1933 in Monticello to Lee Vester and Della (Youngblood) Tucker. He was raised in Monticello where he accepted Christ into his life and was baptized at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He eventually became a Sunday school teacher and deacon. Later in life, he became a member and deacon at St. Ollie Missionary Baptist Church, where he loved worshipping throughout his final years. He enjoyed sports throughout his youth and school...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:34am
Billy “Mike” Michael Alderman, 62, of Monticello died Tuesday February 5, 2019. He was born on July 24, 1956 in Louisiana to Billy and Jowea Alderman.  He served with the 2nd Infantry Combat Division in South Korea, as well as a deployment to Germany. Survivors include his daughter, Maylissa Dawn Alderman (Steve) Russell of Sarasota, Fla.; his son, Michael Ryan Thomas Alderman of Hoodsport, Wash.; his granddaughters, Hadley Renee Alderman and Victoria “Tori” Brooke Russell; his great-grandson...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:32am
Delton Otis “Fish” James, 62, of Monticello died February 2, 2019 in Monticello. He was born May 4, 1956, the 11th child of the late Ebenezer and Willie Mae Block James. Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Jones; five daughters, Telicia Harrell and Relonda (Tim) Batts, both of Monticello,  Gina James of Jacksonville, Mae Jean James of Little Rock and Belinda Powells of Las Vegas; four sons, Deltue James of Monticello, Josh James and Johnny (Antoinette) James, both of Little Rock and Joe Lee...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:02pm
Louise Herring Donham, 91, of Pine Bluff passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019. Born January 19, 1928 in Monticello, she was reared in the Montongo community in Drew County and graduated from Monticello High School. Her parents were the late Leslie Herring and Sallie Raines Herring. Louise married James Edward Donham on August 14, 1948, and they moved to Pine Bluff in 1953. Mr. Donham predeceased her on January 5, 1996. Also preceding her in death are a son, William Richard “Dicky” Donham;...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:01pm
Rose Marie Willis, 78, of North Little Rock went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, January 30, 2019. She was born June 26, 1940 in Monticello to the late Thomas Wesley Willis and Mary Bob (Tuggle) Willis of Monticello. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jane (Willis) Burchfield of Crossett.   She is survived by her brother-in-law, Jackie Burchfield, of Crossett; one nephew, Barry (Dawn) Burchfield of Sterlington, La; one niece, Jennifer Burchfield of North...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:57pm
Nellie Ivon Douglas Chambers, 87, of Monticello died Monday, February 4, 2019 at her home. She was born December 5, 1931 in Mountain Home to the late Jesse Douglas and Mary Eva Cunningham Douglas Brands. In addition to her parents and husband, D.W. Chambers, she was also preceded in death by a son, James Roderic Dye Sr.; two sisters; and one brother. Survivors include four daughters, Nancy (James) Trantham and Sue Taylor, both of Monticello, Karan Mathis of Vilonia and Jane (John) Coleman of...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:56pm
Mary Kathleen Jackson, 82, of Monticello died Monday, January 28, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born August 31, 1936 in Drew County to the late Bryan Cox and Hazel Griffin Cox. In addition to her parents and husband, Bert Jackson, she was also preceded in death by one brother, James V. Cox. She is survived by one son, Billy David Moore Jr. of Monticello; one daughter, Brenda Lytle of Monticello; two grandchildren, Cathy (Randy) Edley of Asheboro, N.C. and...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:55pm
Charity Ann Miller, 67, of Star City died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born April 1, 1951, to James Weldon and Precious Jewell Blair Ridgell in Monticello. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Travis Ridgell, Troy Ridgell, Leon Ridgell and Evans Ridgell: and three sisters, Narvis Harris, Maudell Ridgell and Willie Mae Ridgell. Survivors include her husband, Carl; her son, Mark; and nine brothers, Chris...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:55pm
Bobby Edward Parker, 72, of Rowell died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home. He was born December 30, 1946 in Bradley County to the late Clarence Parker Sr. and Gertrude Alberta Parker. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Parker Jr.; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Parker; two sons, Bobby Edward Parker Jr. and Billy Wayne Parker; and one grandson, Brandon Wayne Parker. He was a United States National Guard veteran. Survivors include his wife of 52...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:53pm
Milton Remley Sr., 60, of Monticello died on January 28, 2019 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was born to the late Willie Jean Remley and Robert Brooks. Survivors include his wife, Denetra Foster-Remley; a daughter, Amelia Remley; a son, Milton Cyrus Remley Jr.; three brothers, Kenneth Remley of Hot Springs, Otis (Barbara) Remley of Wilmar and Darrell Remley of Gould; three sisters, Carolyn Swift of Fort Polk, La., Gwendolyn (Kenneth) Scott of Little Rock...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:52pm
Angela Hoover Wallace, 56, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from injuries in a house fire. She was born November 21, 1962 in Dermott to the late George H. Hoover and Claireece Leonard Hoover. Survivors include three sons, Joshua Wallace of Monticello, Corey M. Wallace and Kyle (Stephaney) Wallace of North Little Rock; one grandson, William Wallace; one granddaughter, Anna Belle Wallace; and three brothers, Jim Hoover of California, Tim Hoover Sr. of Monticello and Kevin Hoover of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:49am
Janice Annette Willis Taylor died January 26 in Little Rock at the age of 83. Born November 4, 1935, at Sand Springs, Okla., she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Fred Taylor of Little Rock, and sons—Gregory (Danielle) Taylor of Little Rock and Bradley Taylor of Little Rock. She has three grandchildren—Andrew Taylor, Jackson Taylor and Lindsey Taylor, daughter of Bradley and Marsha Taylor of Little Rock. She graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1953. She received a bachelor’s...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:48am
Ruth Barrett Brown, 88, of Monticello passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 25, 1930 in Warren to the late James Burney Barrett and Lucy Beard Barrett. She was the widow of T.H. Brown, her husband of 64 years, a housewife and a member of First Baptist Church of Monticello. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Claudia Barrett Brown and Louise Barrett Bartley; and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:46am
Frances G. Kelley, 91, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born December 4, 1927 in Dermott to the late Gordon Gober and Lena Moore Gober. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Kelley; one sister, Mildred Prater; and four brothers, G.L. Gober, Eugene Gober, Jim Gober and Basel Gober. She was a housewife, retired nurse, member of the Eastern Star and was of the...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:44am
Jay R. Manes, 91, of Monticello passed Sunday, January 27, 2019. Mr. Manes was the 11th child of 14 children born to George Washington Asberry-Manes and Kizzy Runnells Manes of Collinsville, Okla. on June 22, 1927. Mr. Manes originally lived in Dumas before living in Monticello. He was a retired farmer who described by his family as free-hearted and loving—always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He loved to play dominos, card games and the harmonica. On Sept. 9, 1946, he married Febbie...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:42am
Robert Franklin Poe III, 69, of Gould died January 18, 2019 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born Dec. 28, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas, a son of the late Robert Franklin Poe Jr. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Steed Poe; his mother, Marguerite Fern Poe of Selma; a son, Robert F. (Dustin) Poe IV; a stepson, Joseph R. (Jody) Hardin Jr.; two brothers, Toby and Michael Poe; four sisters-in-law, Celena Poe, Paulette Smith, Beth Foster, Brenda Steed; two brothers-in-law,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:35am
Donald Paul Birks, 52, of Monticello died Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. He was born August 5, 1966 in Salem, Ore. to the late Paul Birks and Elaine Birks. Survivors include one son, Tyler Birks of Maumelle; one daughter, Sarah Birks of Maumelle; one sister, Sharon (George) Brown of Mulberry, Mo.; one nephew, Gary Brown of Missouri; and the mother of his children, Kathy Donaldson of Maumelle. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:35am
Larry W. Brunston, 64, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He was born on April 22, 1954 in Thornton (Calhoun County) to the late Joe and Blanchie Brunston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, James Brunston, Joseph Brunston, Johnny Brunston, Robert Brunston and George Brunston; two sisters, Martha Brunston and Darlene Brunston; and one daughter, Melanie Brunston. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Ingram Brunston of Monticello; two daughters, Tequile Lee of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:34am
Dimitri Lee Johns, newborn son of Lee Johns and Michaela Dunham, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. Survivors include his mother and father, Michaela Dunham and Lee Johns of Monticello; two brothers, Bentley Gosswiler and Elijah Johns; his grandparents, Bobby Johns of Monticello, Shannon Golmon of Columbus, Miss., James Dunham of Hampton and Brenda Morton of Monticello; and his great-grandparents, Danny Mack and Lola Graves of Monticello, Kathy Morgan of Monticello...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:33am
William H. (Dub) Phillips, 81, died Friday, January 25, 2019. He was born January 10, 1938 in Plainview, Texas to the late Harvey and Opal Sherrill Phillips. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Clary Phillips of New Home community (Cleveland County); two sons, Russell (Shirley) Phillips of Hot Springs and Randy (Julie) Phillips (Julie) of Monticello; a daughter, Lorri (Donald) Myrick of Star City; a brother, Jerry (Betty) Phillips of Star City; two sisters, Wanda (Loyd) Owen of Star City...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:32am
William Foster Smith, 87, of Warren died Sunday, January 27, 2019, at his home. He was born January 1, 1932, in Harrisburg (Poinsett County), a son of the late William Henry Smith and Dellar Britnell Smith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Clanton Smith; two sons, Greg (Rachelle) Mann of Monticello and Jeff Smith of Warren; two grandchildren, Joseph (Allison) Smith and Gabby Mann; and one great-grandchild, Eli Smith. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m....
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:13am
Stella Bullock Judkins, 88, of Monticello passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at her home. She was born June 16, 1930 in Dallas County to the late Lucious Samuel Bullock and Ida Hathcock Bullock. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, James Robert Judkins; and a sister, Sammye Edwards. She was a retired school teacher, member of the Retired Teachers Association, past president of the Drew County Extension Homemakers Club and a member of the Drew Memorial...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:12am
Ted T. Rial, 88, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Mr. Rial was a native of Ladelle and a resident of Hamburg for the past 63 years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard for 26 years, having retired in 1973. Mr. Rial worked as the produce manager for Kroger for 27 years, was a bailiff for Ashley County and was a former president of the Lone Sassafras Cemetery Association. He was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church for 55 years and loved his church and church family. Mr. Rial...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:11am
Kelley D. Grubbs, 88, of Monticello passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born December 28, 1930, in the Possum Valley community to the late Nat Grubbs and Ida Bell Knowles Grubbs. He was a self-employed businessman, United States Air Force Veteran and a member of the First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Curry Grubbs; a granddaughter, Madeline Grubbs; three brothers, Travis, Russell...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:09am
Ernest Green, 73, of Monticello died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 28, 1945 to John A. Green and Atlee Lambert Green. Funeral services were Friday, January 18, 2019 at Holy Divine Spiritual Church. Visitation was one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial followed in Lacey Cemetery.
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:09am
Dowell Wayne “Home Grown” Russell, 68, of Warren died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born October 27, 1950 in Wilmar to the late Woody Dowell Russell and Mildred Crawford Russell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, George Waymon Russell; one sister, Jannie Gail Russell; and his mother-in-law, Marjorie Adair. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Sutton Russell of Warren; one son, Richard Wayne (Carolyn)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:08am
Rozell Kelley Webb, 87, of Monticello died Saturday at the The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born January 22, 1931, in Ashley County to the late Walter Washington Kelley and Lela Pink Roark Kelley. In addition to her parents and husband, Willie Eugene Webb, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Wesley Kelley of Wilmot, Artrue Lee Kelley of Bastrop, La. and Arvie Clinton Kelley of Houston; and three sisters, Girlie Mallory of Waverly, N.Y. and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:59am
Richard Aubrey “Dick” McKinstry Jr., 92, of Hoschton, Ga., went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, shortly after midnight. He had suffered a stroke two days after Thanksgiving 2018 and quietly passed away at home with a smile on his face, surrounded by his family who had lovingly cared for him during his last years. Dick was born in Stuttgart on June 30, 1926. Shortly afterwards, his family moved to Wilmar, where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:58am
Cleo Franklin “Cotton” Padgett, 92, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at his home. He was born January 16, 1926 in Lamar, Okla. to the late Andrew Padgett and Lilly May Haney Padgett. He was a retired welder and truck driver, and loved playing dominoes and was a Believer. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, decorated with two Bronze Stars for his meritorious performance of military duty at the Rhine River and in the European Theater of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:31am
Nadine Cranford, of Madison, Miss., formerly of Monticello, died on January 14, 2019. She was born on January 10, 1928 in Fayetteville, as the only child of Virgil Ray and Opal Lierly Ray. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1949 and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in French. In 1955 she married Cornelius “Buddy” Cranford of Horatio. Early on, she was a full-time homemaker, setting up housekeeping at the many stops along Buddy’s career,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:30am
Larry Richard Hoover, 72, of Conway passed away on January 7, 2019. He was born Richard Lawrence (later changed to Larry R. Hoover) to the late Paul Richard Hoover and Annie Peacock Hoover in Dermott on May 19, 1946. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Hoover; and a sister, Pauline (Daugherty) Brady. Larry is survived by his son, L. Wayne (Stefanie) Hoover; his grandchild, Brittany Hoover; and his great-grandchildren, Eden Hoover, Brett Hoover, Greg Hoover and Payton Hoover...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:29am
Faye Boyd Sartor, 58, of Collierville, Tenn. passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at the Methodist Hospice Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Dermott on Aug. 19, 1960, to the late Horace G. Boyd Jr. and Billie Dickson Boyd. She lived in many places in her lifetime but her growing-up years were spent in Arkansas, including Portland, Dermott, McGehee, Monticello, Batesville, Little Rock and Hamburg. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Hamburg High School in 1979. After high...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:29am
Velma Lee Jones, 77 of Monticello died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born August 4, 1941 in the Lacey community of Drew County to the late Erwood Jones and Lula Durham Jones. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James E. Jones. Survivors include a niece, Susan Young of Little Rock; and a nephew, Kenneth Jones of Little Rock. Funeral services were held at Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:27am
Raymond R. McGaughey, 79, of Monticello died Saturday, January 12, 2019.  He was a veteran of the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Ruohs and Thelma Daniel McGaughey; and two stepsons, Ninuel “Jr.” Lay and Kenny Avery. Survivors include his wife, Sonja Patricia Smith McGaughey of Monticello; his daughters, Jeanette (Jerry) Smith of Sherwood and Ramona S. (Michael) Standridge of Greenbrier; his grandchildren, Michelle Hamilton of San Antonio, Jeremy Smith of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:25am
Bobby Ray Wood Sr., 62, of Dermott died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at McGehee-Desha County Hospital in McGehee.  He was born June 8, 1956 in Hampton to Rosie Marie Lambert Wood and the late Chester Ray Wood. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one son, James Garland Wood; and one brother, Earl Wood. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Ray (Ashley) Wood,Jr. and Donald (Shelby) Dofflemyer, both of Dermott; two daughters, Edith (Justin) Faulkner of Oklahoma and Barbara Steel...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:21am
Charlie William Belknap, 85, of Cartersville, Ga., formerly of Monticello, passed away on January 3, 2019 at his home in Cartersville. He was born July 25, 1933 in Blytheville to the late Raymond Otto Belknap Sr. and Louise Ross Belknap. In addition to his parents, his wife, Patsy Ruth Bartholomew Belknap, preceded him in death. Charlie also had two brothers, Raymond Otto Belknap Jr. and Eugene Belknap, that preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons and one daughter, James Steven (...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:17am
Robert W. Crain passed away December 23, 2018 in Albuquerque, N.M. shortly before his 97th birthday. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Liz), sons Bob Jr. and partner Judy Ducharme of Albuquerque and Jim and wife Sylvia of Santa Fe, N.M., as well as sister Marnelle Van Cleave of Monticello. He grew up in Monticello and met Elizabeth at Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in February 2018. They married in...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:14am
James Monroe Dodson Sr. passed away December 30, 2018 at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas. He was born April 24, 1935 in Clark County to the late Rufus Earl and Della Crews Dodson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Pete Dodson; a sister, Daisy Mae Russell; and three infant siblings. He was a retired construction worker, United States Army Veteran and member of the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:12am
Yvonne Mosley Morgan, 83, of Ingalls (Bradley County) died Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. She was born April 5, 1935, in Loxley, Ala, the youngest of eight children born to Thomas and Alice Mosley. Yvonne was a homemaker, a member of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church and the widow of Charlie Bertram Morgan, who died June 24, 2010. They were united in marriage March 31, 1951 in Lucedale, Miss. Survivors are one son, John Thomas Morgan of Warren; two...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:06am
James J. Walter, 93, of Fountain Hill, a former resident of Hamburg and LaMarque, Texas, was born September 14, 1925 in Rosedale, Pennsylvania to James Edward Walter and Mary Edith Macrum Walter. He left this world Wednesday morning, January 2, 2019. Jim was a proud veteran of the Army Air Corps and the Army Signal Corps and he served in both World War II and the Korean War. He flew to Washington in September as a guest of Honor Flight DFW in celebration of his service to our country. In his...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:04am
Norma Jean Graves Wheeler, 78, of Pine Bluff passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born July 19, 1940 in Drew County to the late Ira Homer Graves and Willie Emma Turner Graves. She was a retired retail store manager and was a member of Green Meadow Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Ira Doyel (Pete) Clampit, and one sister, Evelyn Faye Carpenter. She enjoyed...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:59am
Donald Gene Barrett, 76, of Monticello died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home. He was born March 8, 1942 in Monticello to the late Irvin Barrett and Mildred Hackney Barrett. He was a United States Army Veteran. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Donald Anthony Barrett. Survivors include three stepchildren, Curt Barrett, Cammie Lopez and Dana Priest, all of California; and one sister, Ann Shockey of California. Graveside services were Thursday,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:56am
Betty Jo Wigley Bennett, 83, of Wilmar died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born September 25, 1935 in Monticello to the late Bunyon Wigley and Annie Lane Wigley. In addition to her parents and husband, Bobby Lee Bennett, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Wigley, Buster Wigley and Jimmy Wigley; two sisters, Margie Hill and Mary Jones; and two sisters-in-law, Faye Wigley and Carolyn Wigley. Survivors include three sons, Bobby (Felecia)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:55am
Billy Ray Booker, 59, of Monticello died Friday, December 28, 2018 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born March 25, 1959 in Little Rock to the late Sammy Edward Booker and Cinderella Parnell Booker. Survivors include his wife, Anita Forrest Booker of Monticello; four children, Donna Norris, Scott Booker, Keith Booker and Craig Booker, all of Monticello; one brother, Larry Booker of Monticello; one sister, Tresea Smith of Monticello; nine grandchildren; and one great-...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:54am
Rose Marie Wilkinson Goza, 69, of Wilmar died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born January 14, 1949 in Wilmar to the late W.D. Wilkinson and Evelyn Lloyd Wilkinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Goza. Survivors include two daughters, Charlie (Jimmy) Sandage and Monie Ethridge; one brother, Lawrence “Buddy” (Teresa) Wilkinson of Wilmar; six grandchildren, Hunter Reaves, Keaton Sandage, Ariel Sandage, Joe Helm, Lanie Helm and Jake Helm;...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:53am
Mary Francis Deal Hudgens, 89, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born February 16, 1929 in Crossett to the late Frank Deal and Mary Susie Akin Deal. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Randall Deal, and two sisters, Polly Meeks and Betty Deal. Survivors include four daughters, Debra (Wayne) Andrews of Monticello, Melissa (Joe) Sepahrom of Cleburne, Texas, Sharon (Steve)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:53am
Dironda Faye Moore, 97, of Monticello died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at McGehee-Desha Hospital. She was born December 19, 1921 in Marked Tree to the late Earnest Turnbow and Fannie Roy Turnbow. In addition to her parents and husband, R.B. Moore, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Buddy Turnbow, and two sisters, Melba Burnett and Dorothy Faulkner. Survivors include one daughter, Jo Ann May King of Monticello; one brother, J. D. Turnbow of Beaumont, Texas; one sister, Margie Whitmire...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:52am
Cory Shepard, 50, died December 30, 2018. He was born December 6, 1968 in Drew County to the late David Shepard Sr. and Ruby Shepard. Survivors include two sons, Cory (Tiffany) Smith of Benton and Tory Shepard of West Memphis; one daughter, Shatorya Shepard of Little Rock; two granddaughters, LeeAnn Henson of Dumas and Sa’Coya Smith of Benton; one sister, Velma (Samuel) Leonard of Selma; and two brothers, David (Linda) Shepard of Monticello and Jonathan (Lashannon) Shepard of Olive Branch,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:02am
Jesse O. Lowery, 75, of Collins died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at his home. He was born June 24, 1943 in Amite City, La. to the late Jesse Lowery and Larkie Cutrer Lowery. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he was preceded in death by one son, David D. Lowery. Survivors include his wife, Lydia Warnock Lowery of Collins; two daughters, Lee Ann (Jerry) Rotten of Jacksonville and Leslie (Edward) Estes of Collins; five grandchildren, Kristen, Jessica, Ashly, Sara and Emma; one sister,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:01am
Esther Mary “Marian” Cotham Bowden, 94, of Monticello died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born February 10, 1924 in Arkansas City to the late John H. Cotham and Emma Clayton Cotham. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Bowden; one sister, Martha Dayton Miller; two brothers, Richard and Louis Cotham; and a son, Lynn Bowden. She was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:59am
Robert S. Barnett, 54, of Monticello died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at his home. He was born September 14, 1964 in Monticello to James S. Barnett and Dawn Barnes Barnett. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lois O’Conner, and his paternal grandparents, Unis and Eva Lasiter Barnett. Survivors include his father and mother, James S. Barnett and Dawn Barnes Barnett of Monticello; two sisters, Traci (Steve) Holland and Jamie (Matt) Clark, both of Monticello; a niece, Lauren (...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:58am
Raymond Dale Fulcher, 61, of Haleyville, Ala., formerly of Banks, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at his home. He was born on Oct. 17, 1957 in East Bernard, Texas to Sterlin William and Ada May Swanson Fulcher. During his life, Raymond worked in the oil field industry in Texas, as a contract logger in Southeast Arkansas and as a truck driver throughout the continental United States. With his wife of 35 years, Raymond raised four children, and loved and influenced others through his life and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:58am
Margaret “Marge” Beck Neel, 94, died peacefully after a brave battle on Monday, December 17, 2018 at home with her family in Monticello. She was born on June 29, 1924 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana to Charles Earnest Beck and Bertha Graves Beck. She graduated from San Angelo, Texas Senior High School in 1941. She worked for several years as a telephone operator. It was in that job that Marge met and later married the love of her life, Bill Neel, on December 12, 1948 in San Angelo, where he was...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:56am
Edith “Faye” (Fleming) Beard, 89, of Monticello went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Monticello. She is survived by her children, Van Beard of Monticello, Pamela Mencer of Lake Village and Monica Blakely of Bryant; her grandchildren, Stephanie Gladden, Leslie Beard, Alex Beard, William Mencer, Josef Mencer, Raven Hefner and Adrianna Denay; her great-grandchildren, Addison Bradshaw, Asher Gladden, Natalie Beard, Madilyn Beard, Cole Hefner and Roan Hefner; her nephew, Gary...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:55am
Michael Leon “Mickey” Arrington, 72, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home in Monticello. He was born December 31, 1945 in Monticello to the late Norman Arrington and Lola Brown Arrington. He was a United States Army Veteran, retired owner and operator of Arrington Roofing and was a member of Pauline Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Hale Arrington; one brother, Johnny Arrington; two sisters, Norma Warren...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:39am
Ethel Mae Adams Newton, 94, of Monticello, passed away Monday, June 25,  at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 28, 1923 in Collins, to the late George Adams and Effie Anderson Adams Ogles. She was the widow of Arthur Lee Newton, Sr., retired from Burlington Industries and was a member of East Side Missionary Baptist Church. Her passion in life was the Relay for Life. Having had cancer herself in 1986, she supported and was involved in that endeavor. She and...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:38am
Dorothy Ann Willingham, 77, of Dermott passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. Ann was born on December 31, 1940 in Dermott to the late Doyle “Red” Davis and Dorothy Marie Brewster Davis. She was a 1959 graduate of Dermott High School. Ann was a member of Red Hat Society and the Dermott Chamber of Commerce. She was the class reunion coordinator for many years. Ann loved to travel and loved Elvis Presley. She dearly loved working at Griffin-Culpepper...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:36am
Syble Wright Vinson, 85, of Rye, died Saturday, June 23, at her home.  She was born October 7, 1932 in Jefferson County, to the late Clyde Wright and Mary Esker Adair Wright. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Jones; a granddaughter, Becky Vinson; three brothers, W. C. Wright, Richard Wright and Carlton H. Wright; and one sister, Virginia Wright Sullivan. Survivors include three sons, Mark (Vickie) Vinson  and Jeremy (Angila) Vinson all...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:37am
Karlee Rose Whittemire, infant daughter of Megan Ferrington and Randy Whittemire III of Wilmar, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Survivors, other than her mother and father, include grandparents Roy “Pokey” and Johnnie Ruth Ferrington of Wilmar and Randy and Ashley Whittemire Jr. of Monticello; great-grandparents Ernest and Eloise Summerford of Monticello, and Cecil Birchfield of Monticello and Christine Capps of McGehee; aunts Tonya and Tracy...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:36am
Gene Browning Sullivan, 80, died Feb. 25, at Audrey’s Special House in Hamburg.  He was born Oct. 15, 1937 in Boise, Idaho to the late Floyd Sullivan and Marie Browning Sullivan. Sullivan was a retired United States Air Force Master Sgt. and was retired from the Pentagon. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, El Roy Sullivan, Douglas Sullivan and Marshall Sullivan, Sr.; and his stepmother who raised him from a baby, Mamie Overton Sullivan. Survivors include his...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:36am
Gloria Shaw Hicks, 72, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 16, at her home. She was born September 28, 1945 to the late Kyle Shaw and Martha Banks-Shaw. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jacayla Hicks and a brother Augustus Shaw. Survivors include her children, Eric (Pam) Hicks, Brenda Hicks Trotter, Shawn Hicks and Kevin (Renae) Hicks all of Monticello; six sisters; Evelyn Dorrough, Martha Coleman, Mary (Sanders) Hootsell, Brenda Shaw...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:35am
Ione D. Gibson, 92, of Milan, Tenn., formerly of Olive Branch, Miss., died Tuesday, February 13, 2018. She was born on August 7, 1925 in Fountain Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter M. Gibson; one daughter, Joy Lunati; two sisters and one brother. Survivors include one daughter, Kae (Pat) Haney of Hernando, Miss.; one son, Dee (Sherry) Gibson of Milan; six grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Visitation and funeral...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:34am
Julius M. “Mert” McClain, 91, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at home while surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 14, 1926 in Fountain Hill to Wesley and Bessie (Reynolds) McClain. Mert served proudly in the United States Army from September 1944 to July 1946. He was stationed in the European Theatre. Mert bravely fought in The Battle Rhineland during World War II. He received the EAME Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Occupation Medal and the...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:33am
Joan Holland Adcock, 84, of Monticello, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation in Monticello. She was born April 9, 1933 in Arkansas City, to the late Joel Wright Holland and Gladys Leodis McCormick Holland. She was the widow of John Adcock, a homemaker, member of Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church, had a degree in Cosmetology and worked as a hair stylist briefly. She was a long time member of Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. In addition to her...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:32am
Melissa Ann Cayton Forrest, 35, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  She was born August 3, 1982 in Little Rock, to Teddy C. Cayton, Sr. and Shelia Troy Cayton Holstead. She was a graduate of Jefferson School of Nursing, a Registered Nurse employed by Arkansas Hospice and was a Christian of the Pentecostal Church of God faith.  She was a very loving wife, daughter, mother and nurse being very devoted to her job and clients.  She was...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:32am
Thomas Edward Brown, 82, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, at Drew Memorial Health System.  He was born Oct. 2, 1935 in Center, Texas to the late William Lawton Brown and Mary Estelle Williams Brown.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two daughters, Sandy Craig of Monticello, and Brenda Brown of Newport Tenn.; and one brother, Roger Brown of Pine Prairie, La. He was a retired rig manager for Pool Arabia in Saudi Arabia where he worked for many years, a...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:08am
Edna Lavearn Ballard, 82, of Dermott passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Monticello. Edna was born in Rison, a daughter of the late Ted Clarence and Alma Josephine Cranford Laws. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a major in business education and a minor in art. She taught school at Parkdale Schools and was also the principal there. Edna worked at the Adult Education Program in Eudora for many years. She...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:07am
Jonathan Isaac Hartley, 34, of Monticello passed away Monday, Jan. 15. Born July 23, 1983 in Little Rock, he was the only child of Andrea Stanley Hartley of Hunter and the late John Charles Hartley. He was reared and educated in the Pine Bluff area and graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 2001. Jonathan furthered his education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he earned and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forestry. He worked in the School of Forest Resources at UAM...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:05am
Ronald “Ronnie” David Woodall, 62, of Rison passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at his home. He was born September 16, 1955 in Bradley County to the late Howard T. Woodall and Minnie Myers Woodall. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Woodall. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and worked many years for SeaArk Marine in their IT Computer Department. Ronnie was a very private man. He enjoyed woodworking, electronics, building computers and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:02am
Bobby Lee Green, 50, of Monticello died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home. A son of the late George and Helen Green, he was born September 18, 1967. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Green; his children, Taquita Green and Emmanuel Green; his siblings, Cheryl Green, Joe Green and James (Lisa) Green; his step-grandmother, Estelle Franklin Lemon; and four granddaughters. Funeral services were January 20 at Brooks Chapel Baptist Church in Monticello. Burial followed in Union Cemetery in...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:01am
Linda Kay Bassett Johnson, 61, of Monticello died Friday, Jan. 12, at her home. She was born April 9, 1956 to the late Chester Bassett and Verline Phillips Bassett. Survivors include her husband, Earl Johnson of Monticello; a sister, Velester Meads of Little Rock; and two brothers, W.C. Bassett of West Covina, Calif. and Cornelius Ray (Debra) Bassett of Monticello. Funeral services were Saturday, January 20 at First Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in Oakland Cemetery. ...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:00am
William Edward Marvin Spears, 9 months, of Monticello died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home. He was born April 10, 2017 in Monticello to Jacob Spears and Brittney Davey Spears. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Kelly Davey; and two great-grandfathers, Marvin Spears and Edward Davey. Survivors include his mother and father, Brittney and Jacob Spears of Monticello; his grandfather, Albert Davey of Monticello; his grandfather and grandmother, William Spears and Stacy Spears of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:59am
Sybil Wilson Sulephen, 80, of El Dorado, formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Arkansas Hospice St. Vincent’s in Little Rock. She was born June 25, 1937 to the late John “Bud” and Vera Rhodes Waites. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Wilson and Harold Bo Sulephen; a brother, John A. Waites; a sister, Rachael White; a daughter, Rhonda Shackelford; a son-in-law, Gary Shackleford; and grandsons, Caleb Carroll and Michael Wilson....
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:58am
Marlene Waldrup Tucker, 81, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 29, 1936 in Desha County to the late Noah Joshua Waldrup and Ozie Jones Waldrup. In addition to her parents and husband, Bobby Tucker, she was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Tucker; one brother, N.D. Waldrup; and one sister, Gladys Waldrup. Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Chuck) Hoover of Monticello; two grandchildren...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:54am
Dallas Youngblood, 73, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born January 1, 1945 in Pine Bluff to the late Dallas Youngblood Sr. and Cora Pittman Youngblood. Survivors include one brother, Bernard (Dianne) Youngblood of Lake Village; one niece, Lea Ann McIntyre of Crossett; and one great-nephew, Nathan McIntyre of Fayetteville. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Lemons...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:54am
Deontra Montrell Ollison Sr., 29, of Monticello died Thursday, January 18, 2018. He was born on April 3, 1988 to JoLynn Jordan and Gregory Ollison. Survivors include his mother and father, JoLynn Jordan and Greg Ollison, both of Monticello; his children, Deontra Ollison Jr., Chanel Ollison, Lauryn Jackson and Paisley Ollison; his siblings, Greg (Caitlin) Ollison Jr. of Haughton, La., and Donterrious Ollison and Jordan Ollison, both of Monticello; his aunts, Molly Thompson, Tommie Mae Berger,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:04am
Donald Leo “Don” Pace, 76, of the Green Hill Community, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, at his home.  He was born November 3, 1941 in Drew County, to the late Woodrow Wilson Pace and Blanche Molly Piper Pace. He was a contractor, business owner, United States Army Veteran and a member of Green Hill Baptist Church.  Some of Don’s favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, cooking and entertaining others, and raising exotic animals.  He loved to make people laugh and his personality...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:03am
Anna Jo Palmer Rash, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born on April 29, 1924 to parents Charles and Lona Palmer. She was the last surviving sibling from a family of 15 children. Anna Jo grew up in Monticello where she met Lewis Carlton Rash in elementary school. They were married on May 26, 1944 and lived in Monticello for ten years before moving to Lake Village to raise their children. During World War II, Anna Jo worked for Western...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:01am
Louise Case Sipes, 82, of Monticello, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, Jan. 13, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born December 1, 1935 in Star City, to the late James Carl Case and Beadie Mae McKinzie Case.  She was the widow of Travis Sipes, a retired teller at Commercial Bank and was a long-time member of Second Baptist Church.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:00am
Bro. Larry Eugene Wilkerson, 67, of Tyro, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.  He was born January 12, 1951 in Monticello to the late Herschell Eugene Wilkerson and Martha Nell Collins Wilkerson. He was a Pastor currently serving with Anderson Chapel Baptist Church.  Bro. Larry’s hobbies included playing baseball and softball, hunting, fishing, and serving as a volunteer fireman with the Monticello Fire Department and rescue unit.  However, his greatest love...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:58am
Fleta Madden Collins, 71, of Monticello died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born October 3, 1946 in Plain Dealing, La. to Leon Madden and Gertrude Warren Madden. Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Susie Henry of Monticello, Macel Ruhn of Bryant and Flosteen Collins of Bismark; two brothers-in-law, Doyle Collins and Larry Etheridge of Monticello; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:57am
Gerald Wayne Gladden, 75, of Monticello, died Friday, Jan. 12, at his home in Monticello. He was born March 12, 1942 in Hamburg, to Jewell Jordan Hargis and the late Delton Gladden. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gay Youngblood Gladden; a son, Parish Gladden; and a sister, Susan Herring. Survivors include one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden of Monticello; his mother, Jewel Jordan Hargis of Monticello; two brothers, Billy Gladden and Dennis Gladden both of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:56am
Johnny Graves, 76, of Monticello, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello.  He was born May 17, 1941 in Ashley County, to the late Guice Graves and Earlene Wigley Graves Myrick. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Tiner and Patricia Hunter; four brothers, Billy Ed Graves, John Clyde (Bobo) Graves, Gary Glenn (PeeWee) Graves and David Graves; his step-father, Tarver Myrick and step-mother, Betty Jean Holland Graves....
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:35am
Evelyn “Lucille” McLure Burroughs, 83, of Buhl, Ala. died December 27, 2017, at Hospice of West Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Lora McLure, Early Brooks Ferguson and seven siblings. Survivors include her husband, John Edward Burroughs; daughters Judy McLure, Shelley Johnson and Diane Proffitt; sons Jimmy Braden and John Edward Burroughs Jr.; a sister, Virginia Robinson; a brother, Fain McLure; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Born near the Prairie Grove...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:34am
Robert E. “Bob” Cockrell, 90, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock. He was born October 14, 1927 in the Green Hill community to the late Earl Cockrell and Vera Ray Cockrell. He was owner/operator of Bob’s Shoes, a World War II United States Army Veteran and a longtime member of Second Baptist Church where he served as usher and Sunday school secretary for 40 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:29am
Hattie Grace Davis, daughter of Bryan and Brandy Davis, went to be with her Lord Friday, January 5, 2018 at the the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She was born January 4, 2018 in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald Davis and Mary Davis Kitchel, and a great-grandmother, Austie Johnson. Survivors include her parents, Bryan (B.K.) and Brandy Johnson Davis, her brother, Drake Davis, and her sister, Olivia Davis, all of Monticello; her...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:28am
Robert Devon Marter, 85, of Collins passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born July 17, 1932 in Monticello to the late James Ezra Marter and Gertrude Jane Griffith Marter. He was retired from Burlington Industries and a member of the Dermott Assembly of God Church. Mr. Marter played several musical instruments and loved music and singing his favorite hymns. He was a very loving husband, daddy and papaw, was a friend to many and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:27am
Billie Fern Nelms Reinhart, 76, of Monticello passed away peacefully with her family at her side Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born July 23, 1941 in Monticello to the late Jess Nelms and Bonnie Doss Nelms. She was the widow of James Lewis Reinhart, a retired employee of Drew Memorial Hospital and a member of Oak Grove Assembly Of God Church. Survivors include her son, Dr. Lewis King of Dallas; a daughter, Theresa Burnett of Little Rock; one...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:24am
Gene “Bear” Veazey Jr., 58, of Monticello died January 4, 2018 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in Houston on November 8, 1959 to Gene Lavoy Veasey Sr. and Betty Lawson Veazey. He was a United States Marine veteran. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Sarah Veazey, and one sister, Janet Castle. Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Veazey and Hannah Veazey, both of Monticello; the mothers of his children, Angela Lewis of Monticello and Paula Veazey of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:23am
Addie Bea Lamb Washington, 89, of Monticello died on January 2, 2018 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Gracie Lamb. She was the widow of Newt Washington Sr. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, James and Edward Washington; a grandson, Anthony “Tony” Watson Jr.; a great-grandchild, Anthony Watson III; three sisters: Lillie Washington, Georgia Washington and Mary Christian; and one brother, Terry...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:56am
Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr., 88, of Hamburg passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017. Mr. Atkins was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He was a 1947 graduate of Hamburg High School. Mr. Atkins began working as an electrician for the Crossett Company in 1949 and retired from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1979. He joined the Hamburg First United Methodist Church in 1955 and was a 1950s Gold Club member. A 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Promise Land Masonic Lodge #652, he was a...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:54am
Harold Wayne Cooper passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the age of 86 years. He was preceded in death by his father, William B. Cooper; his mother, Bernice Cooper; and his brothers, James Cooper and Travis Cooper. Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara Cooper. They were married in Dallas on June 5, 1959. He is also lovingly remembered by his sister, Janice (Seth) Daniel of Hernando, Miss.; two sons, Bennett (Jackie) Cooper of Platte...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:52am
Flarrie Estelle “Flo” Willis, 92, of Redfield, formerly of Monticello, died Saturday, December 30, 2017. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6 at Cranford Funeral Chapel of White Hall. Burial will follow in Union Ridge Cemetery at Monticello. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday. Online guestbook: CranfordFH.com. (Paid obituary)
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:50am
Judy Diane Bostian, 79, of Arkadelphia, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at her home. She was born March 26, 1947 to the late Marzel Prince and Mildred Johnson Anthony. Judy worked in the Food Service department at Henderson State University for many years. She always enjoyed visiting with people and never met a stranger. Survivors are her children, Tina (Tim) Johnson and Bryan Bostian, both of Bismarck, and Teresa (Jason) Hixon of Midway; a stepson, Kenneth Bostian of China; nine...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:49am
Sandra “Sandy” Brown Craig, 56, of Monticello passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Baptist Health Care in Little Rock. She was born January 4, 1961 in Houston to Thomas Brown of Monticello and the late Etta Chadwick Brown Hughes. She was a homemaker and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Brown and Melonie Hughes. Survivors include one son, Steven Craig of Wilmar; one daughter, Anna Craig of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:48am
Steve Block, 52, of Monticello died December 23, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born January 25, 1965 in Monticello to the late Theodis Block and Betty Sawyer Block. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three grandchildren. He is survived by two children, Brittany Block of Monticello and Stevia Block of Arkadelphia; four sisters, Linda (Jerry) Vincent, Gloria Oates, Ladonna (Eddie) Jones and Elaine Ingram, all of Monticello; and two grandchildren, Christian and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:47am
Donald R. Geise, 58, of Monticello died Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home. He was born on February 6, 1959 in Chicago to the late Richard Andrew Geise and Carol Ann Spinney Geise. Survivors include two daughters, Natasha Geise of Wisconsin and Sarah Geise of Las Vegas; two brothers, Ronald Geise of Appleton, Wis. and Ricky Geise of Chicago; three stepdaughters, Jennifer, Angela and Rebecca; and 10 grandchildren, Dominic, Drayk, Lillyian, Anthony, Alex, Hank, David, Blane, Chase and Heaven...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:47am
Annie Mae Griffen, 85, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Monticello, died December 12, 2017 at Integris Hospice in Oklahoma City. She was born in Drew County on July 9, 1932 to William Griffern and Jewel Jackson Griffen. Survivors include her daughters, Eleanor Ann McNeary, Clifton Ann Keaton, Jenny McDaniel and Yetter McNery, all of Oklahoma City, and Janet Michelle Dew of Fargo, N.D.; and one son, Van William McNeary of Oklahoma City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:45am
Kathryn Coslin McCrory, 70, of Monticello died Monday, December 25, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born March 9, 1947 in Monticello to the late Herman Coslin and Freddie Mae Owens Coslin. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Brandon McCrory, and one brother, Larry Coslin. Survivors include her husband, Phillip “Phil” McCrory of Monticello; one daughter, Misty McCrory (Damon) Wilhite of Monticello; three grandchildren, Reese,...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:29pm
Christon Laron Sheets, 20, was born November 13, 1997 at Drew Memorial Health System to Shavon James and Carlos Sheets. He died November 15, 2017, at Drew Memorial Health System. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Shirley Sheets; great grandparents, Charles and Nettie Sheets, Ollie Beatrice Avery and Willie Lee Tilman; his maternal great-grandparents, Adam and Maxine Stanley, Lexi Hicks Stanley and Ebenezer James, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Shavon James of...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:28pm
Sadie Haynes, 86 of Monticello died Saturday, November 18 at her home. She was born October 25, 1931 to the late Thomas Benjamin Sessions and Ada Hodges Sessions in Thornton. Preceding her in death was her husband, Johnny Haynes; a sister, Ora Cathey; and an infant brother. Survivors include two sons, Mark (Connie) Haynes of Monticello and Blake (Gemma) Haynes of Dallas; a brother, Roy Wesley Sessions of Fordyce; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 22...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:27pm
Rev. Daniel L. Franklin, 75, of Monticello died Friday, November 17, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born December 19, 1941, to the late William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin of Longview. He was preceded in death by his parents, William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin; his brother, John W. Franklin, Sr.; and his grandchildren, Fredon Teamer and Travis Skaggs. Survivors include his wife, Helen D. Franklin, daughters, Shirley Franklin of Milwaukee, Lynn Skaggs...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:25pm
Joshua “Josh” Randall Thompson, 38, of Cameron, N.C., formerly of West Monroe, La., passed away on November 21, 2017. He was born in Jackson, Miss., on November 8, 1979, to Keith and Sue Thompson. He served his country in the United States Army. Josh was a great father and a Christian. He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed coaching baseball, football and softball and making everyone laugh. Josh was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Crenshaw. Josh is survived by his...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:23pm
Caryl Hawkins Palmer, 70, of Monticello, passed away Friday, November 24, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was born September 24, 1947 in Texas to the late James Blake Hawkins and Ruby Haynes Hawkins Loveless. She was employed by Phillips Management and was a Christian of the Baptist faith.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry Coslin; and one brother, Dudley Hawkins. Survivors include two daughters, Traci Coslin of Monticello...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:43pm
Virginia Wright Sullivan, 93, of the Rock Springs community in Drew County, died Tuesday, November 14.  She was born November 8, 1924 in Rye, to the late Clyde Wright and Esker Adair Wright. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, John D. Sullivan. Survivors include one son, C. L. (Kim) Sullivan of Columbia, Tenn.; one sister, Syble Vinson of Rye; one brother, Daymon Wright of Rye; grandchildren, Kathy (Tom) Spirito of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Jennifer (Bill...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:43pm
Annie M. Jacobs, 89, of Monticello died Tuesday, November 14, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation. She was born April 2, 1928 to the late Jasper and Lillie Bell Phillips. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Hubbard and Dorothy Phillips and one brother, Osman Phillips. Survivors include one daughter Barbara (Melvin) Hampton of Pine Bluff, her sons, Carl (Brenda) Jacobs of Monticello and Albert D. Jacobs, Jr. of Sacramento, Calif...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:42pm
Jimmy David McWhorter, 70, of Star City passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home in Star City.  He was born on December 3, 1946 to the late Howard Fred McWhorter and Lula Virginia Burns McWhorter. He was a retired supervisor for Anthony Timberlands and a member of Yorktown Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Fred McWhorter and a daughter, Teresa Renee McWhorter. Jimmy went to work straight out of high school...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:41pm
Susan Annette Marter, 49, of Dermott, passed Wednesday, November 15, at Dermott City Nursing Home in Dermott. She was born November 2, 1968 to Ava Hollinger Marter and the late Harold Marter. She taught school in the Montessori School in West Helena and was a Christian of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Marjorie Hollinger and paternal grandparents, Homer and Callie Marter. Survivors include one daughter,...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:40pm
William Bruce Clemons, 78, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, November 16, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born March 26, 1939 in Camden, to the late Guy Williams Clemons and Imogene Silliman Clemons. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Robert William Clemons; along with several aunts and uncles. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. Survivors include his wife, Gwyn of Monticello; two sons, Robert “Bob” (Vonda) of Monticello and...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:24pm
Wanda R. Williams, 76, of Hermitage died October 19, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born November 16, 1940 in Warren to the late Ray Jackson and Ruthie Mae Hargis Jackson. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Wayman, Wallace and Winford Jackson. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Arnold Williams; two sons, Jeff (Rhonda) Williams and Kenny (Kerry) Williams, both of Warren; one daughter, Brenda (Jason) Pennington of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Justin Beth...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:22pm
Lawrence Johnson, 82, died October 16, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabiitation and Care Center in Monticello. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Bethel Cemetery in Wilmar. Visitation was from 9-10:30 p.m. at The Great I Am Temple in Monticello. Arrangements were by Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:22pm
Audis O’Neal Goss, 85, of Monticello died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at her residence in Monticello. She was born September 13, 1932 in Itta Bena, Miss. to the late James Robert O’Neal and Nola Whinery O’Neal. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Goss, and one sister, Elouise Goss. Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Goss (Jack) Paden of Monticello; one brother, Bob (Diane) O’Neal of Tupelo, Miss.; three sisters, Dean Tucker of Aberdeen, Miss.,...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:21pm
Billy Wayne Etheridge, 42, of Monticello died Friday, October 20, 2017 at his home. He was born February 20, 1975 in Little Rock to Susan Mays Etheridge Morgan and the late Gary Don Etheridge. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Callie Mays; a grandfather, Wilson Etheridge; and a great-grandmother, Susie Fuqua. Survivors include the love of his life, Kim Cobb of Monticello; his mother, Susan (James) Morgan of Monticello; two sisters, Stacy (...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:20pm
Marvin David Crook, 63 of Monticello, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his home. He was born April 12, 1954 in Monticello to the late Donald Leroy Crook and Mattie Virginia Lane Crook. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Danny Crook and Donald Crook; two twin sisters, Brenda Adams and Linda Crick; and one great-grandson, Gauge. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Haynes Crook of Monticello; four daughters, Becky (Keith) Caldwell, Angela Crook and...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:19pm
David Lee Clyburn Jr. died on October 16, 2017 in Monticello. He was born on November 26, 1955 in Newport News, Va. to David L. Clyburn Sr. and Mary Clyburn. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lilly Mae Clyburn. Survivors include his two children, Jonylah and Bryson; the love of his life, Tabitha; his mother, Mary; his stepfather Carnell; his father, David Sr.; two brothers, Christopher (Santana) and Nicholas; three sisters, Delisa, Tianna and Latoya; his grandparents, Teresa (Joe)...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:18pm
Ira Carroll Lagrone, 75, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home. He was born October 26, 1941 in Monticello to the late Ira Lagrone and Ruby Stevers Lagrone. He was a retired shipping clerk for Georgia Pacific, cattle farmer, United States Army Veteran and was a Christian and member of North Side Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin sons Terry and Thomas Carroll Lagrone. Carroll was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fishing, hunting...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:16pm
Ralph Edward Chastain Jr., 81, of Monticello passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at his home. He was born November 8, 1935 in Rossville, Ga. to the late Ralph E. Chastain Sr. and Ella Walker Chastain. He retired from SeaArk Marine after many years of service, served in the United States Army Reserve and was of Baptist faith. His hobby was photography and he could always be found with a camera or two in his truck or hand. His interests were reading and keeping up with world news and events...
Obituaries | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:10pm
Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman, 78, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born July 27, 1939, in Monticello, a daughter of the late Raymond Earl Stephenson Sr. and Frances Raoul Stephenson. Growing up in Monticello, she was a graduate of Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello), where she was a member of Phi Sigma Chi sorority and 1957 Homecoming Queen—which was a title she held in common with her mother....
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:28am
Dorothy Wilkes, 68, of Atlanta, formerly of Monticello, passed away September 28, 2017 at her home.  She was born June 12, 1949 in Monticello, to the late Smedia Wilkes, Sr. and Mary Wilkes. Her last employment was at Morehouse College of Atlanta.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death two brothers, Smedia, Jr and Vance; and one sister, Linda. She leaves to cherish her memories; her son, Lionel Wilkes; one grandson, Tre McQueen; her brothers, Garnett, Cleolen, Leonard (Sonja...
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:27am
Paul Watson, 83, of Selma passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock.  He was born May 15, 1934 in Selma to the late Charles Kenneth Watson and Aileen Dickson Watson. He was a retired Chief Engineer for Union Mechlin, a member of Selma United Methodist Church and also attended Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. After graduating from Selma High School in 1952, he started working for Mechlin at age 18 and continued working...
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:25am
Mary Jayne Smith Sark, 78, of White Hall passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017. She was born October 2, 1938 in Springfield, Ohio, daughter of the late Franklin and Myra Young Smith. Mary was reared and received her education in Springfield, Ohio. She was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship Church, where her husband was the pastor for several years. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Samuel Sark; a son, Stephen Sark; and a brother, Bud Smith....
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:23am
Della Leah Herrington McBee, 93, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017 while in the care of Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born in Bruno (Marion County) on January 18, 1924 to the late Patrick Henry and Nevil Pyle Herrington. She lived in many places in Arkansas during her life, including Huntsville, Perryville, Yellville, Flippin, Warren and Monticello. In recent years, she resided in Rogers with her daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Steve Langton,...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:57pm
Genice Jones, formerly of Monticello, died Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. She was born to Joe Lynn Jones and Calvin White on November 27, 1960. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lula Mae Jones. Survivors include her mother, Joe Lynn Jones of Monticello; her father, Calvin White of Gary, Ind.; two daughters, Kamesha Jones of Atlanta and Dyetra Jones of Monticello; a granddaughter, Kamauri Trotter of Monticello; four sisters, Jeannie Jones and Barbara Jones, both of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:56pm
John W. “Johnny” Carpenter, 70, of Snyder (Ashley County), died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia Carpenter Jones; a granddaughter, Nikki Carpenter; his parents, Clem and Doris Rowe Carpenter, four sisters; and a brother. Survivors include his wife, Edna Jones Carpenter of Snyder; two sons, John William Carpenter Jr. of Fountain Hill and Joe Winters of Snyder; two daughters, Marilyn Carpenter Hall of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:56pm
Lillie Early Ashmore, 89, of Monticello, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation.  She was born March 29, 1928 in Okemah, Okla., to the late Henry Houston Early and Ruby Newell Early. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “ Bill” Ashmore; five brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include one son, Randy (Sandy) Ashmore of Monticello; one daughter, Cathie Swartz of Yuba City, Calif.; three grandchildren,...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:55pm
Loretta Boyd Harmon, 80, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home.  She was born October 8, 1936 in the Cornersville community in Lincoln County to the late Floyd Boyd and Ruby McBride Anderson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Becky Kay Williams. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Paul Harmon of Monticello; one daughter, Shelia (Bruce) Harris of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:54pm
William Curtis Andrew Rogers, formerly of Monticello, died September 20, 2017 in Little Rock. He was born on February 4, 1984 to the late Dwight Rogers and Gwendolyn Anderson Rogers. He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight Rogers; and his grandparents, E.A. and Louise Rogers and Jimmy Ray and Deloris Anderson. Survivors include his mother, Gwendolyn Rogers; his sister, Natasha Rogers; his fiancé, Ketrina Green; and his son, Andrew Rogers. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:53pm
Bobby N. Reep, 73, of Monticello, formerly of Warren, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He was born July 10, 1944 in Warren, to the late Roy Reep and Era Pinckard Reep. Bobby was employed by Johnsville Company, a United States National Guard veteran, a Christian and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Warren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his second wife, Ruby Daughtery Reep. Survivors include his wife...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:52pm
LeRoy Alexander, 85, of Lake Village passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at his home.  LeRoy was born October 3, 1931 to the late Albert B. and Louise Mangrum Alexander in Eudora. He was a member and Deacon of Portland Baptist Church in Portland.  He served in the United States Army and was a 33rd degree Mason in the Masonic Lodge located in Hamburg. He was always eager to serve the Scottish Rite Temple.  He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to hunt, fish, or just simply enjoy the outdoors...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:47pm
William J. (W.J.) McKiever, 81, of Monticello passed away September 19, 2017. W.J. was born the youngest child into the loving home of George William and Bessie Lee Jordan McKiever on July 20, 1936 in the Prairie Grove community.  W.J., nicknamed “Jay” by his parents and siblings, attended Prairie Grove School through the seventh grade until he transferred to Drew Central. He graduated with honors in 1954, lettering in baseball, basketball and track. In the ninth grade, W.J. found a part-time...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:03pm
Patsy Green Winchester, 67, of Monticello, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.  She was born December 29, 1949 in Beedeville, to the late Earnest Green and Reathy Allen Green. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her two husbands, Danny Winchester and Donnie Baty; and one brother, Earl Green.  Survivors include one son, Danny (Charlotte) Winchester of Rohwer; three daughters, Sandra (Mark) White of Farmington, Kami Winchester, and Debbie Baty of Rohwer; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:02pm
Cherie Kellum Prince, 63, of Monticello, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation.  She was born March 24, 1954 in Monticello, to the late Charles Edward “Ed” Kellum and Pasty Ruth Barnett Kellum.                            In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ricky Kellum and Jamie Kellum. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dennis Prince of Monticello; one son, David (Kim) Prince, of Monticello; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:00pm
Horace Junior, 77, of Monticello passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitiation and Care Center in Monticello.  He was born on July 12, 1940 in Lacey, to late Robert and Verlie Miller Junior. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Junior.                                                Survivors include two sons, Gregory and Marvin Junior of Monticello; one daughter, Reginia Junior of Crossett; one brother, Kenny Ray...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:59pm
Mary Bernice Carter, 83, of Sheridan, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Arkansas Hospice-St. Vincent’s in Little Rock.  She was born August 23, 1934 in Crossett, to the late Joseph James Hall and Bessie Mae Wallace Hall. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Randall Carter. Survivors include six daughters, Brenda (David) Watson of Sheridan, Audrey McKenzie of North Little Rock, Cathy (Dean) Owens, Mary Frances (Tony) Pezullo, Charlotte (Pat) Fisher...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:57pm
Irene Herring Sealy, affectionately known to many as “Miss Irene”, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her home, at the age of 90. She was born in Centerpoint, on July 23, 1927 to the late Wesley and Della Shoops Phillips. She was a survivor of the tornado that decimated her small community of Centerpoint in 1939, killing over 40 people, many of whom were members of the Phillips family. The event was one that impacted her life. She and two of her first cousins became student nurses,...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:54pm
Joe T. Huskey, 76, of Wilmar, went to his heavenly home on September 13, 2017 at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born May 13, 1941 in Drew County,  to the late Roy and Reba Montgomery Huskey. He was a Christian and member of Green Hill Community Baptist Church. Joe was a pipeline foreman and equipment operator for over 35 years until his retirement in 2003. Survivors include his wife, Linda McCullough Jones Huskey of Wilmar, to whom he married on December 5, 1994...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:53pm
Susan Johnson Burns, 65, of Pine Bluff passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her home. She was born April 22, 1952 in Drew County, to the late Troy Thomas Johnson and Margaret Graves Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James Troy Johnson and a sister-in-law, Iris Johnson. Susan was a Christian, a member of Summit Baptist Church in Pine Bluff and was retired from the Pine Bluff Commercial after 33 years of service in sales and advertising....
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:53pm
James Curtis Barnard Jr. died on September 7, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born August 25, 1975 to James and Marsha Barnard. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors are his mother, brother Steven Barnard, and several aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Monticello Christian church. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Arkansas Cremation (www.ArkansasCremation.com).
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:52pm
Vincent Franklin “Papa” Adair, 73, of Mena, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Stroud Medical Center in Stroud, Okla.  He was born August 28, 1944 in Dermott, to the late Frank T. Adair, and Linnie Milholland Adair of Monticello.                                               Adair was a United States Army Veteran addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carole Ann Adair. Survivors include four brothers, Timothy, Titus, Michael and Frank Carol; and three sisters, Jerilyn...
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:50pm
Winfred Everett Thurman, 91, died Saturday, September 2, 2017, at his home in Booneville, Miss. He was born October 17, 1925, to Charlie Allen and Elma Pearl Wells Thurman in the Prairie Grove community of Drew County. He served two years in the U.S. Army in 1945-46. He was an employee of Houston Light and Power in Houston from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Booneville Civitan Club. He was a member of Park Memorial Baptist Church in Houston. He and his wife, Bernice...
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:49pm
George Horace Ballow Jr., 97, passed away Sunday September 3, 2017, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. He was born January 1, 1920 in Seymour, Texas to the late Cora (Tipton) and George Horace Ballow Sr. He graduated from Sam Houston Junior High School in Amarillo, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served nine years in World War II in Korea and occupied Germany. He then worked in the public sector until his retirement in the 1950s, after which he...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:30pm
Scott Lavon Richards, 43, of Hermitage, died Saturday, September 2 at his home.  He was born December 4, 1973 in Warren,  a son of the late Wilson Richards and Linda Payne Richards.  He is survived by a sister Kelly Richards of Rye and one niece Madeline Beaty of Rye. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 5 at Union Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tim Saunders officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:27pm
Nancy Lee Vondrak Clayton, 73, of Warren, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017, in Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born August 31, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., a daughter of the late Edward Victor Vondrak and Rose Komarek Vondrak. She is survived by her husband, Clifford Wayne Clayton; two daughters, Donna (Pat) Rich of Ogden, Utah, and Laura (Fred) Eady of Carrollton, Ga.; two sisters, Barbara Allen of Palos Park, Ill., and Cynthia Mills of Berwyn, Ill.; a brother, Edward Vondrak of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:25pm
Kassie “Ann” Birchfield Temple, 37, of Monticello passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at her home. She was born in McGehee, on June 17, 1980 to Cecil Birchfield and the late Rose Carver Birchfield. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by her grandparents, D.W. and Vesta Eubanks Birchfield and her grandfather, Paul Capps. Survivors include three sons, Nicholas Brown, Brandon Brown and Samuel Temple all of Monticello; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:24pm
Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Roark, 95, of Wilmar, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home in Wilmar. He was born December 19, 1921 in Warren to the late Samuel Oslin Roark and Eunice Allison Roark. Also preceding him in death was the love of his life, Robbie Lee Shepherd Roark when at the time of her death on December 31, 2010, they had been married 63 years. He was retired from Mississippi River Transmission Corporation and was a United States Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. S.T. was a...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:22pm
                                                                                                                Wayne Lane, 74, of Monticello, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.  He was born August 4, 1943 in Monticello, to the late Cordis Lane and Phenton Chambers Lane He was a retired building contractor, a veteran of the United States Army National Guard and was a Christian of the Baptist faith In addition to his parents, he was also preceded...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:20pm
Harry E. Crossett Sr., 91, of Monticello died September 4, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on June 6, 1926, in Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Thelma Crossett and brothers, Richard and Andy Crossett. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Floy Mae of Monticello; one sister, Mamie Carter of Dardanelle; three sons, Harry, Jr. (Becky) of Batesville, Jim (Cookie) of Monticello, and Randy (Kathy) of Bryant; one daughter, Brenda (Ron)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:08pm
Audrey Denise Hill Cessor, 50, of McGehee, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at her home in McGehee.  She was born August 10, 1967 in Drew County, to the late Monroe E. Hill and Audrey Anita Strickland Hill. Survivors include her husband Travis Cessor of McGehee; one son, Brandon Cessor of McGehee; one daughter, Sarah Hill of Monticello; three grandchildren, Savannah Evans, Steven Evans, Jr., and Skylar Evans all of Monticello; one brother, Jimmy Don (Teresa) Hill of Dumas; brother and sister, Judy...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:06pm
Benjamin Jack Bourland, 80, passed away August 22, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born July 17, 1937 in Drew County to the late Isaac Don Bourland and Kathryn Roberts Bourland. Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Constance Louise Tibbs Bourland. Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne Lorraine Bourland of Monticello; two sons, Benjamin Jack (Nancy) Bourland III of Pahrump, Nev. and Louie Granger Bourland of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Nita (David)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:05pm
Timothy Allen BradenTimothy Allen BradenTimothy Allen Braden, 29, of McGehee, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Monticello. He was born April 21, 1988 in Bastrop, La. to John and Connie Trigleth Braden. Timothy attended Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City and was a veteran of the Arkansas National Guard. He was a deputy sheriff for the Drew County Sheriff’s Department since February and had been a police officer with the McGehee Police Department for 3 years. He was a past...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:40pm
Dorothy Richardson, 86, of Wilmar passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born on November 14, 1930 in Wilmar, to the late James R. “Jim” Bailey and Vonnie Stone Bailey.                She was a retired clerk for the city of Wilmar and a member of Wilmar Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Edward Harris and Justin Richardson; one son, Jim Harris; four sisters, Janie...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:38pm
Jay Reed McGee, 20, of Monticello passed away early Saturday, August 12, 2017. He was born June 6, 1997 in Little Rock to Jason Brian McGee and Lindsey Echols McGee.  Jay loved nothing more than to be with his friends and family. He adored his niece and nephew and always looked forward to spending time with his beloved cousins, Elizabeth and Scout Echols and Stone Phillips. Jay was an incredibly kindhearted and loving man. He was bright and hardworking and had a wonderful sense of humor. There...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:38pm
Betty Cater McDaniel, 69, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born January 23, 1948 in Drew County, to the late J. D. Cater and Arcola Robertson Todd. She was retired from Home Health, a Christian and member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one grandson, Dylan Dannehl. Survivors include her husband, Bobby McDaniel of Monticello; two daughters, Lisa (Bret)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:37pm
hief Master Sergent (ret.) Erica Elfreida Jackson, 54, of Monticello transitioned from labor to reward on August 14, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 20 at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello. Funeral serves will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 21 at First Baptist Church of North Little Rock, 811 S.A. Jones Drive with the body present at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery with full military...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:36pm
*/ Michael John Gauthier, 64, of Monticello, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at his home in Monticello.  He was born October 5, 1952 in Boston, Mass. to the late Raymond Gauthier and Ruth Edgre Wilkinson.                                                     Michael was a Sales Manager for Ryburn Motor Company, a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and attended the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. Other than his parents, his was preceded in death by one brother, Buddy...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:34pm
Billy “Bill” G. Donham, 84, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation in Monticello. He was born May 4, 1933 in Drew County, to the late Jake Donham and Mattie Devine Donham. He was a retired co-owner/operator of Bill & Clara’s Hair Salon, United States Army veteran, serving in the Army Security Service in Germany in WWII, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and was a Christian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:15pm
Alexandria Lynn Parks, infant daughter of Megan Parks, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at her home. She was born May 16, 2017 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  Survivors include her mother, Megan Parks of Monticello; her grandparents, Robert and Patty Parks and Christy and Michael Forrest, all of Monticello; of Monticello; her great-grandmother, Linda Hicks of Muldrow, Okla.; her great-grandfather, Johnny Pemberton Sr.; one aunt, Ashley Parks of Monticello; one uncle, Robbie Parks of Kansas...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:11pm
Maggie Delphia Luper, 94, of Monticello, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born June 14, 1923 in Corbin, Ky.  Survivors include one son, Randy (Cindy) Luper of Monticello; one daughter-in-law, Marie Luper of Copperas Cove, Texas; seven grandchildren, Bob Luper, Ryan (Natasha) Luper, Dominic (Haley) Carbonero, Brittany (David) Armstrong, Jessie Luper, Kelsey (Blair) Tucker and Tim Luper; and four great-grandchildren, David...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:09pm
Van Austin Brown, 76, of Wilmar died Thursday, August 3 at the Bradley County Medical Center. He was born May 18th, 1941 in Warren, a son of the late Ollie Brown and Lura White Brown. He served his country in the United States Navy. He was also preceded in death by brothers James Ollie Brown, Ricky Don Brown and Roy Dwayne Brown, and a sister, Mammie Ilene Brown Harton. He is survived by one son, Bob Brown of Hermitage; three daughters Becky Hildebrand of Flora, Ill and Tonya Loveless and...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:07pm
Geneva Sue Roberds Brown, 88, of Monticello died August 2, 2017 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on January 1, 1929 to the late William Roy Roberds and Laverta Howard Hopping.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ray Brown; one daughter, Lillian Ray Brown; one son, James Richard Brown; two brothers, Marion Roberds and Junior Hice; three sisters, Betty Erwing, Irma Ruth Holdcraft and Margaret Hice. Survivors include two sons, Daniel Brown of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:05pm
Victor Benjamin Montgomery, 90, of the Rock Springs community passed away August 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 7, 1927 in Snyder, Texas to Joe Roy and Mary Evelyn Montgomery. He was a Mason and a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church. He loved to tinker and woodworking. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lila Mae Collins; two daughters, Jo Carolyn Clampit and Vickie Lynn Montgomery; two grandchildren, Shannon Montgomery and Jamie Jo...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:04pm
Patricia Ann Layne Hatfield, 66, of Star City died Tuesday at Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City. She was born October 5, 1950 in Monticello. She was a member of Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City and was a homemaker. Preceding her in death were her husband, John Hatfield Sr.; her father, Cecil Layne; three sons, Kenneth David Hatfield, Joseph Carl Hatfield and Floyd McMunn Jr.; and one daughter, Jennifer Lee McMunn. Survivors include her mother, Gay Cole of Monticello; two...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:03pm
Zelda Ruth Lassiter Cooper, 92, of Monticello passed away Tuesday at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born June 27, 1925 in Ben Hur, Texas to the late William Edgar and Ruth Sansom Johnson. She was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Bellmead, Texas and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a retired office manager for Shirey Corp. in Greenville, Texas. Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Jack Lassiter Sr., who passed...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:36am
Frank Douglas Pearson Sr, 72, of Lake Village and the Lacey community in Drew County, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Lake Village.  He was born May 16, 1945 in Ashley County, to the late Frank H. Pearson and Edith Mae Downey Pearson. He was retired from Georgia Pacific, a United States Army Veteran, and a Southern Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter,Phyren and one sister, Arline Lloyd. Survivors include three sons, Frank Douglas (...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:33am
Dwight Allen Hudspeth, 49, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home. He was born March 27, 1986 to the late Bryan Hudspeth and Marnett Hudspeth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Beverly Ann Davis and Linda Hudspeth. Survivors include his wife, Brenetta Hudspeth of Monticello; two daughters, Tiffany Lee of Las Vegas and Treshai Hudspeth of Monticello; four grandchildren, Mariah Collins, Mekhi Collins, Macavia Collins and...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:32am
Genevieve Marie Fields Harris, 94, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Woods Nursing and Rehab Facility in Monticello.  She was born in Kansas on November 29, 1922 to the late Lewis and Nora Fields. She was the widow of Delbert V. Harris, a homemaker and was of the Jehovah Witness faith. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Elaine Harris; a granddaughter, Amy Harris and a daughter-in-law, Janet Akiens Harris. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:30am
Dorice Grasper,  64, of Monticello died July 16, 2017 in Biloxi, Miss. She was born to August 14, 1952 to the late Pinky and Mose Grasper. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marzell Grasper-Wimberly, Gloria Jean Grasper-Hubbard and Bennie Rose Grasper-Green. Survivors include one daughter, LaChendara Grasper of Biloxi; two sons, Marcus Davis of Hamburg and Terrance Davis of Monticello; one sister,  Bridgett (Keith) Ziegter of Deerfield, Ohio; one brother, Bryant (Monique) Edington of...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:29am
Evelyn Ruth Stewart, 83, of Monticello,  passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Texas.  She was born in Harrold, Texas on February 11, 1934 to the late Thomas and Jessie Maud Franklin and was raised in Ft. Worth.  She moved to Arkansas in 1959 where she made her life and raised her children, but Texas was always her heart and home. Evelyn worked at Commercial Bank & Trust for over 20 years in the Note Department where she enjoyed her job, co-workers and customers very much.  She was an avid...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:47pm
Sidney F. White, 89, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.  He was born February 11, 1928 in Monticello, to the late Henry Ellis White and Virgie Bailey White. He was a United States Army Veteran, a retired mechanic and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Grady, Wilfred, Garvin, Charles, Winfred and Nick White; and two sisters, Mary White and Thelma White.  Survivors include his wife of 62 years,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:44pm
Gay Youngblood Gladden,  75, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home. She was born July 19, 1942 in Drew County, to the late Ray Youngblood and Mattie Gibson Youngblood. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Parrish Gladden. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Gladden of Monticello; one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden Smith of Monticello; one brother, Lyrkie Youngblood of Dumas; one sister, June Brixie of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:43pm
Gary Lynn Brewer, 61, of Monticello, formerly of Rison, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born on November 2, 1955 in Pulaski County. He is preceded in death by his parents. Gary was the Chief of Police in Rison for 20 years. Survivors include three daughters and one son; Keri (Robert) Levecchia of Ward, Keli (Dana) Boykin of Monticello, Kyle (Melissa) Brewer of Rison, and Kacy (Jason) Bradshaw of Sheridan; nine grandchildren, Emerson...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:42pm
                                                                        Barbara L. Morgan Manues Abernathy, 84, of Monticello passed away, Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home.  She was born August 26, 1932 in Attala Co., Kosciusko, Mississippi to the late Jessie Irby Morgan and Juanita Sweatt Morgan.                                               In addition to her parents and her husband, Harley Abernathy, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bethal York Sanders, her sister, Earlene Jones,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:40pm
Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie, 61, of Monticello died July 15, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, surrounded by family. He was born August 10, 1955, in Little Rock to the late Ozelma Butler and James Gillespie Sr. Shay gave his life to Christ at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. T.S. Skipper. He preached his first sermon in March 2003 and was ordained as a minister in January 2005. In September 2010, he was installed as the proud pastor...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2017 - 10:13am
John Grantier died peacefully in his home in Monticello on January 4, 2017. He was born in Kentucky to Kenneth and Edna Grantier on May 30, 1939, who are now deceased. He was the fourth child born out of their six children and was preceded in death by his sisters Donna and Rebecca. He is survived by siblings Connie, Richard Lowell and Ann. He lived most of his life in the state of Arkansas, choosing Monticello to be his home. He lived in Monticello for 22 years with his second wife, Marilyn,...
Obituaries | Posted 12/28/2016 - 4:40pm
Janet Kay Treadwell Allen, 62 of Monticello passed away Christmas Eve with loved ones surrounding her at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  Janet was born on February 5, 1954 in Dermott to the late Wesley Euin and Vivian Treadwell.  She graduated from Desha Central in 1974 and later earned her nursing degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Her nursing career ended too soon after being diagnosed with lupus. Janet is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Thomas...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:30pm
Patty Jean Wolfe Nelson, 76, of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 in Hendersonville, Tenn. Nelson was a native of Monticello and a resident of Hamburg for the past 53 years.  She moved to Hendersonville, four months ago to live with her daughter.  She was a homemaker and was a daycare provider in her own home for 13 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her parents, Jesse and Hazel Mullins Wolfe and an infant sister preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:06pm
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65 of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on August 27, 1951 to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. She was the widow of Larry Dean, a cashier at Ryburn Motor Company, and a charter member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Monticello. Survivors include two sons, Kenny Davis (Michelle) and Lance Davis all of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:01pm
Patrick Wayne Lloyd, age 38 of Monticello passed away December 19, 2016 at his home.  He was born January 12, 1978 in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. to Judith Grant Kelly and the late Robert Barton Lloyd. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth and Shyanna Lloyd;  the mother of his children Amy Hogue Lloyd; his mother Judith Grant Kelly and stepfather Steve Kelly; two sisters, Mandy Lloyd  and Jennifer Thompson (Kevin); one brother Stephen Kelly all of Monticello....
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 2:55pm
Shirley Armbrewster Martin, age 83 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  She was born June 6, 1933 in Rochester, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Florence Armbrewster. She was a retired owner/operator of a day care, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.  In addition to her parents, her first husband, Daniel Martin; one grandson, Carl Anderson; and one granddaughter, Tracey Thurman, also preceded her in death. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 2:44pm
Jackie Phillips Prehm, age 70 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.  She was born April 14, 1946 in Manila, Ark. to the late Roy Phillips and Alberta Corneilson Phillips.She was the widow of James A. “Jim” Prehm, a homemaker and a member of New Life Assembly of God Church.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Glenda Staggs.Survivors include one son, Mark Chapman and wife Patsy of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:17pm
Marion Hill McCormick, 70, of Monticello died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home. She was born December 23, 1945 in Sheerness Sheppey, Kent, England to Sylvia Newell Hill and the late Clayton Henry Hill. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her son, Stephen Paul McCormick and one grandson, Johnathan McCormick. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold McCormick of Monticello; her mother, Sylvia Newell Hill of Monticello; one brother, Kenneth (Linda) Hill of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:15pm
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65, of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born August 27, 1951 in Harrisburg to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include two sons, Kenny (Michelle) Davis and Lance Davis, both of Monticello; one daughter, Staci (Brian) Gregory of Texarkana; the father of her children, Cotton Davis of Monticello; her mother-in-law,...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:15pm
Martha Graves Kirby, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, began her life on April 4, 1942 in Hamburg. On May 27, 1960, her parents, Horace and Nadine Handley, gave Martha in marriage to Ted Kirby Sr. Martha and Ted resided in Fountain Hill until 1967, where Martha was a homemaker and piano teacher. Thier children—Sandy (Mike) Morman, Ted Kirby Jr. and Mandy (Doug) Meador—were born in nearby Monticello. Martha later taught music in the Prescott (AR) School District and Ted and...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:13pm
Betty Jo “Jody” Hammock Cogar, 65, of Monticello passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born March 23, 1951 in Monticello to the late James Pell Hammock and Polly Pauline Gregory Hammock. She was the widow of Clint Cogar, co-owner and vice-president of CC Cabinets in Houston, a business that she and her late husband, Clint Cogar started. They began their business in a shed in their backyard, which went on to become a very successful and thriving business that ended up in a...

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