Obituaries

<strong>McDonald Jr.</strong>

Phillip Adrian McDonald Jr., 47, of Dermott, died Wednesday November 1, 2006, in Pine Bluff.

Born August 31, 1959, in Crossett, he was a son of Phillip Adrian McDonald Sr. of Crossett and Jean Stewart Smith of Lake Village.

He was a trucker and a Baptist.

Other survivors include a son, Phillip Adrian McDonald III or Monticello; a daughter, Velisha Adams of Benton; his stepfather, Grady Smith of Lake Village; two sisters, Sheila McDonald of Monticello and Maria McDonald of Lake Village; and two halfbrothers, Robert Alan McDonald of Las Vegas, Nev., and James Scott McDonald of Crossett.

Funeral services were held November 4 at Stephenson- Dearman Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Campagna officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Stewart, Darrell Stewart, Louis Ray, Keith Stewart, Marty Burgess, Shane Ray and Augustin Andrade.

<strong>Mary Charles</strong>

Mary Wilson Charles, 87, of

Dumas, died Saturday, October

28, 2006, at Select St. Vincent

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Born April 24, 1919, in

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of the late Deal May Wilson.

She was a homemaker and a

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member of the Church of Christ at Dumas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allie Charles;

and a daughter Gloria Charles. Survivors include two sons, Leroy Charles of Warren and Raymond Charles of Gould; Seven daughters, Betty Charles, Ailean Jones and Linder Mathis, all of Dumas, and Emma Martin, Icephine Jones, Bobbie Patton and Sarah Marshall, all of Warren; 39 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 4 at West Central Street Church of Christ at Warren with Robert Waller officiating. Burial was at Harding Cemetery at Warren with arrangements by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.

<strong>Ann McGuire</strong>

Ann L. McGuire, 79, of Wilmar, died Thursday, November 2, 2006, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home in Warren.

Born September 8, 1927, in Ingalls, she was a daughter of the late Lee Temple and Nannie Miller Temple.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Garvin Hines of Malvern; four brothers, William Temple, James Temple and Pete Temple, all of Warren, and Edward Temple of Wilmar; a sister, Ouita Morris Wright of Longview, Texas; two grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 4 at Frazer's Funeral Home in Warren with the Rev. Wayman Mann officiating.

Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery in Ingalls.

Pallbearers were Wayne Temple, William Temple, Jody Jester, Jeff Jester, James Harold Temple, Jimmie Temple, Dale Douglas and Doug Temple.

Honorary pallbearer was Dr. Ken Purvis.

<strong>George Edward</strong> <strong>Willis</strong>

George Edward Willis, 89, of Monticello, died Thursday, November 2, 2006, at Golden Living Center in Monticello.

Born April 5, 1917, in Greenbrier, he was a son of the late John Willis and Effie Shipley Willis.

He was retried from Burlington Industries, a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a member of Second Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Willis; three brothers, John Willis, David Willis, and Wade Willis; and three sisters, Iva Morgan, Eva Willis and Martha Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lexie May Ogles Willis; two daughters, Joyce Willis Higgins and husband Fred of Delhi, La., and Mary Willis Thornhill and husband Tommy of Monticello; two sisters, Bronnie Rice of Henderson, Texas, and Sarah Beard of Conrad, Texas; three grandsons, Sonny Thornhill, Shane Thornhill and Edward Higgins; and four great-granddaughters, Gianna, Nicholett, Shana and Kimberly.

Funeral services were held November 4 at Stephenson- Dearman Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Albrecht officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers were Ivon Sipes, Travis Stephenson, Jim Baker, Carroll Ross, Ed Nichols and Edgar Wyles.

<strong>Jessie J. Verdun Sr.</strong>

Jessie James Verdun Sr., 69, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett.

Born May 30, 1937, in New Orleans, La., he was a son of the late Paul Valcor Verdun and Retha King Verdun.

He was a retired mechanic and a member of Fountain Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Marie McCraw; a granddaughter, Diane Rose; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Laura Piro Verdun; two sons, Jessie James Verdun Jr. of California and Joseph Paul Verdun Sr. of Fountain Hill; four daughters, Rose McCraw of Longview, Jackie Torres and Dorci Verdun, both of Hamburg, and Laura Prince of Fountain Hill; three brothers, Theadore Verdun of Star City, Victor Verdun and Valcor Paul Verdun both of Louisiana; five sisters, Rita Verdun, Victoria Verdun, Angel Hunt, Patsy Wiggins and Valentine Cook, all of Louisiana; 27 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Memorial services were held November 5 at Stephenson- Dearman Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Ellton officiating.

<strong>George Russell</strong>

George Waymon Russell, 59, of Wilmar, died Monday, November 6, 2006, at his home.

Born June 5, 1947, in Warren, he was a son of the late Woodie Dowell Russell and Mildred Crawford Russell.

He was retired from Burlington Industries and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Gates Russell, whom he married February 4, 1972; a son, Jason Russell of Wilmar; three daughters, Susan Russell and Lisa Russell, both of Wilmar, and Jennifer Russell Baker of Warren; one brother, Wayne Russell of Hermitage; two sisters, Judy Adair of Rye and Janie Russell of Wilmar; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday, November 8) at Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Burial was at Union Cemetery in Rye. <strong>Kay McKenney</strong> <strong>Hyatt</strong>

Kay McKenney Hyatt of Old Town, Maine, died Nov. 5, 2006, of ovarian cancer at home. She was born May 2, 1942, in Monticello, Ark., the daughter of Nora (McDaniel) and Ray McKenney. She was married to Edward K. Hyatt, who died in 1964, in Little Rock, Ark. They had three children.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, she came to Maine in 1972, where she worked for daily and weekly newspapers before joining the University of Maine as a news writer in 1986. Since 1994, she was the communications coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development. Throughout her career, she enjoyed the best of journalism and public relations, interpreting daily events and complex issues to readers and promoting the University of Maine, its faculty and students. An active community citizen, who loved her work and deeply appreciated the many opportunities she received in life, Kay was blessed with a thoughtful, helpful family, many genuine, caring friends, colleagues and neighbors and with a fine medical team.

She is survived by two sons, Edward Lindsey of Orono, Maine, and William Lindsey of Lawrence, Kan.; a daughter, Deborah Hyatt of Rochester, N.Y.; a daughter in-law, Barbara Harrity of Orono; three grandchildren, Emmett and Siobhan Harrity of Orono and Sara McIrvine of Rochester; a sister, Judy McKenney Ryburn of Monticello.

There will be no funeral. There will be a simple gathering to remember Kay from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Treat Room of the Buchanan Alumni Center, University of Maine, Orono.

Those who wish may make donations in her honor to the Maine Press Association Kay Hyatt Scholarship Fund, care of University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469- 5792; The Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 163, Old Town, ME 04468, or a charity of one's choice, particularly those that deal with human and/or animal welfare and rights.

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<strong>Raymond Donald</strong> <strong>McManus</strong>

Ra ymo n d Do n a l d McManus, 71, of Ladelle, died Sunday, November 5, 2006, at St. Vincent Medical Center North in Sherwood.

Born October 20, 1935, in Ladelle, he was a son of the late Carl O. McManus and Effie Carpenter McManus.

He was a retired grader operator for the GP Road Department and was employed by the Ashley County Road Department.

Survivors include his wife, Clariece Myers McManus; a son, Mike McManus and wife Sandra of Ladelle; a daughter, LaWanda Booth and husband David of Monticello; three brothers, Harold McManus and Jerry McManus, both of Ladelle, and the Rev. Bob McManus of Maynard; four grandchildren, Charlie Booth, Michael Booth, Katelan McManus and Sarah McManus.

Funeral services will be held (Wednesday, November 8) today at 3:30 p.m. at the Ladelle Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark McManus and Ray Williams officiating.

Burial will be in the Ladelle Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dane Neeley, Harold McManus Jr., Greg Deal, Ross Norris, Chance Norris, Monty Brooks, Lloyd "Frog" Price and Greg McManus.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles "Sonny" Booth, Emory Austin, Durwood Cruce, James Glennon and James D. "Bubba" Cruce III.

<strong>Thomas 'Eddie'</strong> <strong>Lewis III</strong>

Thomas Edward "Eddie" Lewis III, 31, of Monticello, died Saturday, November 4, 2006, at his home.

Born July 30, 1975, in Monticello, he was a son of Thomas Edward Lewis Jr. and Betty Czudek Lewis of Monticello.

He was a construction worker and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John Czudek Sr. and Dorothy Bates Finley; and his paternal grandfather, Thomas Edward Lewis Sr.

Other survivors include his grandmother, Ruth Lewis of Wilmar.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday, November 8) at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Lemons officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dale Walker, Colby Snow, Allen Dickerson, Shannon Gavin, Nathan Scogins, Dane Smith and Phillip Brennen.

<strong>Mrs. Emma Jean</strong> <strong>(Jacobs) Brown</strong>

Mrs. Emma Jean (Jacobs) Brown was born to Cornelius and Bertie Ella (Trotter) Jacobs on January 20, 1925, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She passed in Monticello on Saturday, November 4, 2006.

Mrs. Brown attended Monticello schools and graduated from Langston High School in Hot Springs in 1943. Immediately following high school, she helped open the doors for many women in the military by serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A f t e r t r a v e l i n g the world and being a w a r d e d s e v e r a l m e d a l s , she attended UAPB ( f o r m e r l y known as Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College) in Pine Bluff. Her postgraduate work was completed at the University of Texas and the University of Arkansas. Mrs. Brown held a B.S. in History, a B.A. in Counseling, and only lacked an oral presentation in achieving her PhD in Individual and Family Counseling.

After working with students in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, she continued as a positive role model for her students in Pine Bluff, Lake Village, and Lonoke before retiring from the Arkansas School system. Not one to be still long, she immediately began working as a counselor for the Arkansas Employment Security Division for the Little Rock and Monticello offices. After her second state retirement, she shared her love of books with others for her last 14 years. She was the owner and operator of The Bookshelf, a local paperback exchange store.

Always ready to make progress, Mrs. Brown was a charter member of the Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at UAPB. She was also the off campus advisor to Zeta Phi Beta and the parliamentarian for the Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter for several years. She was a member of the Arkansas Employment Counselors Association, serving as its secretary for three years, and its president for two years. For five years, she served as secretary of the Monticello Council on Human Relations.

Believing in being involved, she also held several other memberships, such as: International Association Personnel in Employment Services, the American, as well as, the Arkansas Personnel and Guidance Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Effie E. Brooks Civic Club, the American Legion, and Special Interest Group Systems Research. She considered her most treasured and honorable membership to be held at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church. In 1978, she was selected for <em>Who's Who in America in the</em> <em>South and Southwest.</em>

Preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and two brothers, Mrs. Brown was survived by a host of family and friends. Her faithful ones include two brothers, AD (Barbara) Jacobs of Sacramento, Calif., and Collie "Bo" (Ann) Anderson of Jacksonville, Fla.; a nephew, Carl "Pokey" (Debbie) Anderson of Monticello; a niece, Bernelda (Ray) Gonzales of New York; and two devoted and faith- ful friends, Richelle Danley and Veronica Tucker, both of Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church of Monticello at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11. Graveside services will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation will be Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Stephenson- Dearman Funeral Home.

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<strong>Erna Busch</strong> <strong>Cross</strong>

Erna Busch Cross, 87, of Pine Bluff, died Monday, November 6, 2006.

Born August 16, 1919, in Almyra, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Clara Wilson Friedenburg. After her parents' death, she was adopted by the late Charlie and Pearl Sanders.

She was a nurse and a member of Hawley Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Joseph Lee Busch of Almyra and Samuel Cross of West Memphis.

Survivors include a son, Joe C. Busch and wife Barbara, of Monticello; two daughters, Clo Beavert and husband Jim of Hot Springs and Annette Roop and husband Tom of Woodlawn; five grandchildren, Chuck Busch and Melissa Petty, both of Monticello, Tim Busch of Pine Bluff, Deborah Jennings of Hensley and Tom Mark Roop of Fayetteville; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held today (Wednesday, November 8) at Almyra Cemetery with arrangements by Roller-England Funeral Home of England.



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