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Ashley News Observer- Obituaries

Donnie Mack Stratton, age 76, of Flippin, AR, formerly of Crossett, AR passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at John McClellan V.A. Hospital in Little Rock, AR. Donnie was born in Hampton, AR on February 17, 1941, to Herbert and Bessie Lee Reeves Stratton. He was a U.S. Air Force/Vietnam veteran and a retired machine operator at Georgia Pacific Tissue Mill. Donnie was preceded in death by his wife Janice Avery Stratton in 2012, his parents, a sister, Myra Stratton Daniels and a grandson, Donnie Lynn Stratton.

He is survived by a son, David Stratton of Flippin, AR; and three daughters, Debra Day (Brian) of Cherokee Village, AR, Teresa Merritt (Wayne) of Nesbit, MS and Amber Henderson (Mark) of Sherman, TX; a brother, Gary Stratton of El Dorado, AR; a sister, Shelba Kramer of Hewitt, TX; seven grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Stratton officiating . Interment followed at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR (


Mrs. Clarice Penix, 79, of Crossett, died Tuesday June 12, 2017, at Baptist Health and Medical Center in Little Rock. She was a native of Strong, but had been a resident of Crossett for the past 59 years. She was a member of Davis Memorial Church of God and Christ and a retired custodian for the Crossett School District.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman White and her second husband Employ Penix; one daughter, Clara Lee White-Jones; her parents, Ferdinand and Della Tyler-Reynolds; four brothers, Fred, Willie, Henry and Gordon Reynolds; one grandson, Randal White; one great granddaughter, Kylie White; and a son-in-law, Cornelius Brown.

Survivors include two sons, Herman White and spouse Bettie of Pine Bluff and Michael White of Benton; three daughters, Doolrecy Brown and Dorothy White of Crossett and Sarah Butler and spouse Gregory of Marion, La.; six brothers; James Reynolds and George Reynolds of Oakland; McArthur Reynolds of Detroit, Robert James Reynolds, Arthur Reynolds and Leon Reynolds, all of Strong; two sisters, Della Lee of Emeryville, Calif., and Melva Reynolds-Hicks of Oakland; 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at Davis
Memorial Church of God and Christ in Crossett with the Rev. Theodis Shelton, Elder Mark Danzy, the Rev. Curtis Jackson and the Rev. Herbert Holtwanger officiating under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc.

Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Strong.


Betty Jo Channell, 93, of Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Harbor View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis. Mrs. Channell was a native of Nevada, Mo.; a resident of Memphis for the past 13 years and a former resident of Wilmot for many years. She was a homemaker and the former Owner of Callaway Oil and Butane. She was a member of Wilmot United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, George Dupuy Channell; a son, George William “Bill” Channell and her parents, Joe and Ollie Medford Callaway.

Survivors include two daughters, Jody Allen and Ann Cole and spouse, Jimmy, all of Memphis; a daughter-in-law, Twyla Fisher of Portland; Twyla’s son, Robert Pugh; cousins, Katy and Don Hartley of Hamburg; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were 2 p.m., June 16, in the Wilmot Cemetery with the Revs. David Sullivan and Jackson Currie officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were James Johnson, Richard Stock, Cayce Stock, Randy Haynes, Jackson Currie, Bill Johnson Jr. and Jimmy Stanley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilmot United Methodist Church, PO Box 338, Wilmot, AR or to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, PO Box 160, Wilmot, AR 71676.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg.

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Homer C. Walker, 63, of Crossett, died Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Lake Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Walker was a native and lifelong resident of Crossett. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1972 and he worked for Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill for over 30 years. He was a Baptist.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Jeanette Hall Walker and his father, Robert Lee Walker.

Survivors include three sisters, Patricia Robinson and spouse, Sonny, of Crossett, Janice Bland and spouse, Jerry, of Lake Village and Shirley Scallion of Greenbrier; two brothers, George Walker of Lake Village and Robert Walker Jr., of Greenbrier and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services were 3 p.m., June 19 in the Crossroads Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Griffith officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg.

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Johnny Mack Fletcher, 75, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Ashley County to John Fletcher and Mary Eubanks Fletcher.

He was retired from AD&N Railroad, a United States Army Veteran and was a Christian of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Dustin “Rooster” Ferguson; one brother, Eddy Fletcher; and a niece, Ginny Lawson.

Survivors include one son, John Shannon Fletcher and spouse Rhonda of Rison; one daughter, Tina Ferguson and spouse Ray of Monticello; one sister, Mary Lawson and spouse Joe of Harrison; two granddaughters; three great-grandsons; and one niece.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. June 19 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial following in Oakland Cemetery.

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