Funeral services for Richard Jackson, 77, of Elaine will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Christian Stone Church in Elaine. Burial will be in the St. Peter Cemetery in Elaine.
Jackson, born May 27, 1925, to the late Walter and Annie Jackson in Oxford, Miss., died April 5, 2003, at his home in Elaine.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at the chapel of Jackson and Highley Funeral Home.
He was baptized in 1948 under the leadership of Rev. Otter Tate. He was a member of the New Hope M.B. Church.
In 1950, he married Annie Lee Portee, and to their union four children were born. A daughter, Lucile, preceded him in death.
He later married Minnie Britton, and to their union three children were born, but there was a total of five, for he considered Ernestine Reynolds and Perry Reed as his own.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Minnie Jackson of Lambrook; five sons and their families, Richard Jackson Jr., of Marks, Miss., Johnny and Easter Jackson of Milwaukee, Wis., Kenny and Tawanna Jackson of Lake View, Tyrone Jackson of Lambrook and Perry Reed of Richmond, Calif.; three daughters, Jackie Jackson of Helena, Dorothy and Cedric McCraney of Crumrod and Earnestine Reynolds of Lambrook; 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Jackson Jr., J.W. Jackson and Bruce Jackson of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Lillie Mae Jackson; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jackson and Highley Funeral Home will direct services.
BENJAMIN PROWELL SR.
Funeral services for Benjamin Prowell Sr. 49, of Little Rock, formerly of Marvell, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the Mt. Moriah M.B. Church in Marvell. The Rev. Calvin Jackson will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Marvell.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Mt. Moriah Church.
Prowell was born Aug. 17, 1953, to the union of Willie and Clara Mathis Prowell in Marvell. He died May 17, 2003, at his home in Little Rock. He accepted Christ at a young age and joined the St. Luke M.B. Church and remained a faithful member until his death.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Betty Prowell of Little Rock; his father and step-mother, Willie and Jealene Prowell; two daughters and their families, Nina and David White and Tina and Cleo Mills; five sons, David Allen, Marco Prowell, Timothy Whitfield, Kado Prowell Sr. and Benjamin Prowell; four step-sons, Timothy Prowell, Johnnie Carruth Jr., Jonathan Carruth and John Anthony Carruth; four stepdaughters, Jennifer Carruth, Jennie Carruth, Joanna Carruth, and Jamie Carruth; four sisters, Queen and Michael Robinson, Eva and Maurice Woods, Barbara Prowell and Angela Prowell; a brother, Rickey Prowell Sr. and wife Cynthia; and 22 grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Brown's Home for Funerals will direct services.
Funeral services for Gloria Jean Young-Hunt of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Elaine, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Snow Lake. The Rev. Leroy Carter will officiate. Burial will be at the First Baptist Church cemetery in Elaine.
Hunt was born June 3, 1951, to Bedie Ann Young and Eddie Billington. She accepted Christ at a young age at the Gumwood Baptist Church, and later moved her membership to Precious Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She moved from there to the House of Prayer Church of God In Christ, where she remained until her death May 17, 2003.
She leaves three daughters, Charlotte Green, Eugenia Hunt, and Machunka Hunt of Memphis; three sons, Kendrick Hunt, Christopher Hunt and Courtney Hunt of Memphis; a sister, Marie Wright of Elaine; three brothers, David Young of Crumrod, Charles Thorton of Oneida and George Thorton of Florida; and eight grandchildren, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends, and a special daughter-in-law, Alexa Rose.
Brown's Home for Funerals in West Helena will direct services.
HOLLY GROVE - Funeral services for Rillie Rosena Taylor McKissic, 87, of Holly Grove will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2003, at the New Zion Baptist Church near Marvell. Burial will be in the Mt. Union Cemetery in Blackton.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the chapel of Jackson and Highley Funeral Home.
McKissic, born Nov. 9, 1915, at Postelle, died June 1, 2003, at Helena Regional Medical Center.
She was the third of four siblings born to Johnny and Pearly Fitzchew-Taylor. Her siblings Joe Willie, Nora and John Wesley Taylor all preceded her in death as did her parents, and husband Mack McKissic, whom she married at an early age.
She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and became a member of Mt. Union Church of God in Christ and later joined New Zion M.B. Church and remained a member there until her death. She served as secretary of the Sunday school for many years. She loved singing, was an active member of the choir and sang with many gospel groups during her lifetime.
She was a member of the Sacred Order of the Eastern Stars and served as matron for 20 years and was also a member of the Previous Jewel Chapter.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Fannie M. Fields; two sons, Mack and Marty McKissic, and John and Vikki Taylor; two granddaughters, Jenny V. Cumington and Valeriea Jean and Walter Cannon, 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, who was as close as a sister, Johnnie Mae McKissic of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a host of relatives, friends and her church family whom she loved very much.
Jackson and Highley Funeral home will direct services.
Funeral services for Jessie Lee Arter, formerly of West Helena will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2003, at the Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Desha District Center at Helena Crossing. The Rev. G.G. Brown will officiate. Burial will be at the Morning Star Cemetery in Elaine.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Calhoun Funeral Home at 230 Walnut St., Helena.
Arter died May 30, 2003, at Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
She leaves to celebrate her memory; 11 daughters and their families, Ollie Mae and Willie Murray, Elizabeth and Edward Liddell and Wanda and Arvy Jordan, of Chicago, Ill., Fannie Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Jacqueline and Dwayne Henry of Helena, Shirley Arter, Susie Arter, Linda and Curtis Evans of Flint, Mich., Sue Ellen Wade and Alicesteen and Man Childs of Lake View and Ora Lee of Los Angeles, Calif.; five sons, Alfred Arter and Cornell Arter of Chicago, Lucious and Patricia Arter of Fort Smith, Clifton and Carolyn Owens of Minneapolis, Minn., and Columbus and Linda Owens of Hanover Park, Ill; a sister, Fannie Owens of Dumas, a brother-in-law. Joseph Williams of Minneapolis, Mich., 69 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and her church family at New Haven Baptist Church and a host of relatives and friends.
J.M. Calhoun Funeral Home in Helena will direct services.
WILLIE B. ALLEN
Funeral services for Willie B. Allen, 86, of Turner, will be held at noon Saturday, June 7, 2003, at the St. Matthew Church in Marvell. The Rev. Harvie Gates will officiate. Burial will be in Israel Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the chapel of Progressive Funeral parlor in Marvell.
Allen, who was born April 21, 1917, in Turner, died May 30, 2003, at Crestpark Skilled Nursing Home in Helena.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter-in-law, Willie C. Allen of Capitol Heights, Md.; seven grandchildren, Glen, Darlene, Beverly, Candus, Linda, Alvin Jr. and Iran all of Capitol Heights, Md.; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Odie Morrow and Pearl Allen of Turner; a sister-in-law, Magnolia Johnson of Turner and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Progressive Funeral Parlor in Marvell will direct services.
Funeral services for Margaret Wade King, 75, of Marvell were held Sunday, June 8, 2003 at the Trenton Baptist Church. Bro. Robert Arther and Bro. David Helwig officiated. Burial was at the Cypert Cemetery in the Cypert Community.
King, born Feb. 29, 1928, at Trenton, died June 6, 2003, at the DeWitt Hospital.
She was a retired cafeteria worker from the Marvell Pubic Schools and was a member of the Trenton Baptist Church. She was an avid hunter and fisherman.
She leaves her husband of 42 years, Fred King of Marvell; a daughter, Linda Brown of Clarksdale, Miss., two sons Donnie Adams and Danny Adams of Lonoke; a brother, Tommy Wade of St. Charles; a sister, Minnie Bullington of Tumble Shoals; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Lawrence and Callie Wade, and two brothers Jack Wade and Jim Wade.
Pallbearers were David Wade, Glen Kale, Mike Crisp, Richard Turner, Chris Adams, and Donnie Adams Jr. Honorary pallbearers were: Don Grider, Freddy Williams, Tommy Wade Jr., Bobby Wade, Tommy Ray Wade, Jackie Wade and Jimmy Wade.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home directed services.
MARVELL - Funeral services for Frank Everett Kirkley, 58, of Marvell will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2003, at the Cypert Church of Christ. Burial will be at the Turner Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of Bob Neal and Sons-Brickell Funeral Home in Marvell.
Kirkley was born Jan. 7, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo. the son of John Everett and Lillian Rushin Kirkley. He died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at his home in Marvell. He was employed for many years as a plant manager for Douglas & Lomason in Marianna. He was a member of the Cypert Church of Christ, the Brair Ridge Hunting Club and the Fools Hill Hunting Club.
He leaves his wife Ruth Patterson Kirkley of Marvell; his mother, Lillian Alvern Kirkley of Helena; a son, Frank Kirkley Jr. and wife Beth of Jonesboro; three daughters and their families, Renée Williams and husband Randy of Branson, Mo., Denise Gschwend and husband, Lenny Ray of Jonesboro and Tiffany Alexander and husband Lyn of DeWitt; a foster daughter, Jackie Jacks Rutherford and husband, Dee of Lubbock, Texas; two brothers, Johnny Kirkley of Batesville and Walter Kirkley of Atkins; two sisters, Jo Ann Parker and Peggy Martin of West Helena; eleven grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Norris Aunspaugh, Johnny Benham, J.W. Beard, Nathan Patterson, Allan Culp and Gene Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Grider, Gary Catlett and Johnny Rose.
Memorials may be made to the Wings Cancer Foundation, 110 North Humphries, Memphis, TN., 38120 or Hospice, P.O. Box 788, Forrest City, AR. 72336-0788.
Arrangements are by Bob Neal and Sons-Brickell Funeral Home in Marvell.
CLARENDON - Funeral services for Leonard Amos, 41, of Clarendon will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003, at the Clarendon High School Auditorium. Elder McArthur Dismuke will officiate. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the Faith Deliverance Center in Clarendon.
Amos, born March 14, 1962, to Edith Wynn Amos and the late Ervin Dillard Amos Sr. died June 4, 2003, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Elder Wiley Johnson.
He attended the Clarendon Public Schools, graduating in 1980. He was active in basketball, football and track. He received a scholarship to play football for Coahoma Junior College in Coahoma, Miss. He worked for Riceland Foods before attending college. Later Lennox Industries employed him for 12 years before his health failed.
He leave to cherish his memory; a son Cedric Houston of Knoxville, Tenn., a daughter, Alisha Houston of Clarendon; the children's mother, Lynette Houston and a granddaughter, Precious C. Houston of Clarendon; his mother, Edith Amos of Clarendon; a brother, Ervin Dillard Amos Jr. of Clarendon; four sisters, Carmanetta Sain, Florence Amos, Angela Amos and Loretta Amos of Clarendon; four aunts, Erma Robinson of Chicago, Ill., Ruthie Tyree and Mary Abston and husband Herod of Clarendon and Sharon Amos of Brinkley; 11 nieces and nephews; twelve great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends and two long-time friends, Davis Lee and the Rev. Willie Gilmore.
Brown's Home for Funerals in West Helena will direct services.
CLARENDON-Funeral services for Edith Amos, 67, of Clarendon will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003 at the Clarendon High School Auditorium. Supt. Alex J. Smith will officiate. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery Clarendon.
Visitation will be from 6 at 8 p.m. today at the Deliverance Temple Church in Clarendon.
Amos, born Jan. 19, 1936 to the late Finimon Wynn and Magnolia Wiley Wynn, died June, 16, 2003 at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.
Missionary Amos confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Pastor Wiley Johnson.
She united in marriage to the late Ervin Dillard Amos Sr. on March 16, 1954. To their union 10 children were born, five of which preceded her in death. She was a member of the Clarendon C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor McArthur Dismuke until her health failed. She served in several capacities of the church, as church missionary, Sunday school superintendent, Bible band president, chairman of the anniversary committee and as a Sunday school teacher for Class One.
Her husband, parents, a son, two sisters and a brother also preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters, Carmanetta Sain, Florence, Angela and Loretta Amos all of Clarendon; a son, Ervin Dillard Amos Jr., of Clarendon; four sisters-in-law, Erma Robinson of Chicago, Ill., Ruthie Tyree and Mary Abston of Clarendon, Sharon Amos of Brinkley; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Brown's Home for Funerals in West Helena will direct services.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Wash Ross, 86 of Benton Harbor, Mich., formerly of Lambrook died Tuesday, May 10, 2003 at his home, after a courageous battle with an illness.
Ross was born Nov. 11, 1916, in St. Joseph, La., to the late Enus and Rachael Ross. He later moved to Arkansas. Ross resided in many cities in Arkansas before finally settling in Lambrook. He was a retired owner and operator of an agricultural business. He raised many types of grain and cattle. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was a member of the Brooks Chapel M.B. Church in Lambrook, under the leadership of Elder A. James. He served as a deacon for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the Faithful Harmonizers Quartet. In August 2002 he moved to Benton Harbor, Mich. He became a Watch-Care member of the Second Baptist M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. K Gavin. Ross resided with his daughter and son-in-law.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Florida Ross; nine sons, Willie and Lily Ross of South Holland, Ill., Bobby Ross of Los Angeles, Calif., Charlie Clark and John Clark of Saginaw, Mich., Johnny and Cheryl Ross of Raywood, Texas, Felix Ross of Detroit, Mich., Kenneth Ross of Denver, Colo., James and Odessa Ross of San Antonio, Texas, Henry Ross of Friars Point, Miss., twelve daughters, Alie Jackson of Helena, Charlene Powell of Saginaw, Mich., Matley and Willie Ewing of Victorville, Calif., Sherline and Melvin Gum of Lake View, Bobbie Holmes of Los Angeles, Calif., Alma and Earnest Hinton of Los Angeles, Calif., Rose Grier and Donna Ross of Helena, Sharon and Jeffrey Johnson of Oakland, Calif., Mary Broadus of Lambrook, Marilyn and Dana Miller and Nina Ross of Benton Harbor, Mich., two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law; 59 grandchildren; 81 great grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Rosemary Goodwine; a son Wash Ross Jr., two sisters, Celia Hampton and Ernestine Ross; two brothers, Enus Ross Jr. and Jake Ross.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, June 14, 2003 at Second Baptist M.B. Church, 600 Donald Atkins Drive in Benton Harbor. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 at the Morning Star M.B. Church Cemetery in Elaine
Arrangements are by Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor.
NEWELL "BUNK" BROWN
Newell "Bunk" Brown, 76, of West Helena, born on October 18,1926 in Pritchard, Miss. to Newell Sidney Brown Sr. and Mary Jackson, died on June 12, 2003, at the Helena Regional Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
He was a Machinist at the Chicago Mill in Chicago, Ill.
His son James "Bugs" Brown preceded him in death.
He leaves his wife Wanda Watts Brown of West Helena, two daughters Linda Cavette and Katherine Terry both of West Helena, a sister Mary Taylor of Searcy, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday June 14, at Roller Citizens Funeral Home. The Reverend Audie Richardson will officiate. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery with Pallbearers Glen Terry, Larry Ferris, Jimmy Ferris, Bobby Cavette, Bobby Cavette Jr. and Jonathon Terry.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home will direct services.
Funeral services for Donald L. (Don) Abel, 69, of Lexa were held at 1 p.m., Friday June 20, 2003 at the West Helena United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Crouch officiated. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena.
Visitation was held Thursday night at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Abel, born Dec. 8, 1933, in Hughes to the late James Ross Abel and Ida Lee Crouch Abel, died June 19, 2003, in Helena.
He was the retired service manager for West Horner Motor Company in Helena and a member of the Lexa Methodist Church. He was a Mason.
He leaves a daughter Tracy Abel Ledgess of Oologah, Okla., two nieces, a nephew and several family members and friends.
His wife Ernestine Abel preceded him in death on June 13, 2003.
Pallbearers were Arnie Fraze, Joe Smith, Mal Stokes, Brian Summerhill, Randy Ward and Ricky Wheeler. Honorary pallbearer was Lester Helton.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home directed services.
Funeral arrangements for Ernestine Abel of Lexa are incomplete and will be announced later by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Abel died Friday, June 13, 2003.
Funeral services for Leoma Somlar Redd, 80, of West Helena will be held at noon Aug. 2, 2003 at the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena. The Rev. Lonnie Whitfield will officiate. Burial will be at Jackson Memorial Cemetery in the Southland Community.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2003 at the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home, 257 Panama Road, West Helena.
She was the beloved wife of Theodrice Redd Sr., and devoted mother of four children, Loistyne Redd Burrell, Jordan L. Redd both of West Helena, Theodrice Redd Jr. and wife Diane of Chicago, Ill. and Barbara Williams of Broadview, Ill, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, three grandsons -in-law; one granddaughter-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was a homemaker and a member of True Vine M.B. Church in West Helena.
Stephens Funeral Home in West Helena will direct services.
Funeral services for Kortney Tasheed Ross, 25, of Little Rock will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at the Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Desha District Center at Helena Crossing. The Rev. James H. Turner and the Rev. Kevin Kelly will officiate. Burial will be at the Morning Star Cemetery in Elaine.
Ross, born June 15, 1978, in Little Rock, died July 27, 2003, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.
He began his early education at Lake View Elementary School and graduated from J.A. Fair High School in Little Rock. He attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Phillips Community College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Phifer Camp for at risk youths employed him as a counselor; he was a member of the Arkansas Chapter of Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and also volunteered at the Arkansas Children's Hospital and educated small children about Sickle Cell. He loved outdoor life and animals.
He received and confessed his salvation as a young man at the Gumwood Baptist Church in Ratio under the leadership of the late Rev. P.L. Perkins. His grandfather, the late Rev. L.C. Gamble Sr. baptized him. l He united with Second Baptist Church in Little Rock under the leadership of the Rev. Kevin Kelly.
He leaves to cherish his memory his parents Clarence and Alice Ross of Little Rock; four brothers and their families, Chiron and Barbara Ross, Jamel Ross and Korji Ross of Little Rock, Keavin and Brenda Ross of Blue Island, Ill.; four sisters Shelia McGee and Cassandra McGee of Milwaukee, Wis. Charnell Ross of Atlanta, Ga., and Ashton Ross of Little Rock; two grandmothers Odessa Gamble of Chicago and Evangelist Dorother Gamble of West Helena and a host of other relatives and friends.
A sister Katonya; his paternal grandparents, Jacob and Maggie Ross; his maternal grandfather the Rev. L.C. Gamble Sr., all preceded him in death.
Active pallbearers will be Perry Gamble, Cedric Gamble, Bruce Ross, Dan Toney Davis Jr., Melvin Gamble, and Jacob Ross III Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Robinson Mortuary of Little Rock will direct services.
MARCUS TATE JR.
Memorial services for Marcus Jeffery Tate Jr., the infant son of Victoria Ward and Marcus Tate Sr. of West Helena, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003 at Brown's Home for Funerals.
The infant died July 27, 2003 at Helena Regional Medical Center.
Along with his parents he leaves his grandparents Lucille Ward and Carley Tate of West Helena and a host of cousins and friends.
Brown's Home for Funerals will direct services.
Funeral services for Dorether Hoskins, 66, of Helena will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003 at the Beautiful Zion Baptist Church at 218 Ponotoc St., in Helena. The Rev. E.T. Moore will officiate. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Helena.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Beautiful Zion Church.
Hoskins, born Feb. 28, 1937, to Fannie Bates Ferguson and the late Lee Bates in Tallulah, La., died July 27, 2003, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.
She confessed faith in Christ in 1952 at the Point Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. W.L. Debro.
She was united in marriage to the late James Dennis on Sept. 28, 1952; to their union two daughters were born Opal and Birdie.
She joined St. Mary's No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. P.C. Claiborne, where she served on the usher board. She was a faithful member of the church until her illness left her homebound.
Hoskins leaves to cherish her memory, her mother Fannie Ferguson of West Helena; two daughters Opal and Cornelious Littlejohn of Helena, Birdie Dennis Knowlton of West Helena; a granddaughter Ashley Garrett of Pine Bluff; five brothers and six sisters, Minnie Bates of Madison, Wis., Manervia and Lee Otis Banks of Helena, Cora Bell and W.T. Brown of Madison, Wis., Ethel Bates and Willie Mae Bailey of West Helena, George Ferguson of St. Paul, Minn., Sidney Ferguson of Detroit, Mich., Andrew Ferguson of Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia and John Ivory of West Helena, Jessie Ferguson of Madison, Wis., and Stanley Ferguson of West Helena and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.
Two brothers, Herbert Bates and Raleigh Bates, preceded her in death.
Brown's Home for Funeral will direct services.