Mrs. Doris Mullins Crews, age 85 of Gainesville, Texas, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at Atrium Medical Center in Corinth, Texas. She was born July 26, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Chris L. Mullins and Ina Mae Mullins. Mrs. Crews was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Hope. She is a former member of the Hempstead County Extension Homemakers and a 30 year volunteer at Medical Park Hospital, where she was in charge of the ordering and making several flower arrangements and baby wreaths. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Crews is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 55 years, John T. Crews, one brother, Raymond Mullins, one sister, Fay Mullins Wright, and one son-in-law, Donald “Bo” Quirk. Survivors include; two sons, Russell Crews, wife, Paula, of Star City, Arkansas and Mark Alan Crews, wife, Carrie, of Florissant, Missouri, three daughters; Kathy Crews Quirk of Opelousas, Louisiana, Marcia Crews Shannon, husband, Earl, of Gainesville, Texas and Jan Crews Golden, husband, Ken, of Clarksville, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law; Vadine Mullins of Memphis, Tennessee, Rita Crews of Florida, and other family members and friends. There will be no family visitation. The funeral service will be 11:00 am, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope with Brother Mark Fischer and Dr. Bobby Mullins officiating. 


Lucille Bernice Colen Powell-Fort was born December 1, 1932 to the union of Addie Thompson and James Colen. She was the eighth of their nine children. Lucille accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age at BayouMetoChurch in Humphrey, Arkansas. Upon moving to Washington, Arkansas, she united with First Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess and treasurer of the building committee. She also served as a deaconess and sang with the choir at UnityMissionaryBaptistChurch in Lewisville, Arkansas. Lucille was united in holy matrimony to James Pearl Powell, her husband of 48 years and 3 months. To this union, three children were born; Javas Pat Powell, Dale Bruce Powell and Artie Pearlette Powell-Williamson. Her husband, James Pearl Powell and son, Javas Pat Powell preceded her in death. She later married Otha Fort, Jr., her husband of 15 years. Lucille was a graduate of Rosenwald High School in Humphrey, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arkansas A.M & N College (UAPB) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She began her teaching career with the Clow Training School. After a year, she moved to Lewisville, Arkansas and she retired from the Lewisville Public School System after 29 ½ years of teaching there. God called her home on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from Reunion Plaza Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center. She is preceded in death by her 12 siblings: Willie Colen, Harry Colen, James Colen, Gertrude Colen-Johnson, Mildred Colen, Elmer Colen, Ardami Colen-Holmes, Artie Lee Colen-Johnson, Irene Colen-Parker-Turner, Herbert Colen, Sr., Clarence Colen and Ophelia Colen; and a step-grandchild, Timya Stevenson. She leaves to cherish her loving memories; her husband, Otha Fort, Jr. of Lewisville; one son, Dale Bruce Powell of Stamps, Arkansas; one daughter, Artie Pearlette Williamson (Augusta) of Batesville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Dale Bruce Powell, Jr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, James Herman Powell (Jayna) of Atlanta, Georgia, Kolyn Kamica Powell “Kim” of Muskegon, Michigan, Ronica Michelle Williamson of Batesville, Arkansas, Philip Daniel Williamson (Katlyn) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jonathan Nicholas Williamson of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Quinton Deshawn Powell of Ozan, Arkansas and Madrina Powell of Kansas City, Kansas; one great-grandson, Harrison James Powell of Atlanta, Georgia; five stepchildren, Rose Fleming, Otha Fort, III, Timothy Stevenson (Latrica), Opal Anderson (Henry) all of Lewisville, Arkansas and Beverly Stinson (George) of Longview, Texas; 13 step-grandchildren and 14 step great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held 11am-5pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 11 am Saturday, March 7 at Hicks Memorial Chapel for Funerals in Hope. Burial will be at WashingtonCemetery in Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home.


Mr. Jerry Lee Neal, age 60 of Saratoga, Arkansas, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home. He was born October 9, 1954 in Hope, Arkansas to Andrew Earl and Lois Hartman Neal. Mr. Neal was a loving father and grandfather. He was a retired brick layer and his favorite hobby was riding his motorcycle. Mr. Neal is preceded in death by his father. Survivors include; his mother, Lois Hartman Neal, of Texarkana, Arkansas, one son; Brandon Neal of Texarkana, Arkansas, one daughter; Chasity Foster, husband, Jimmy, of Wake Village, Texas, two brothers; Andy and Timmy Neal, both of Genoa, Arkansas, three sisters; Janet Brown and Darlene Reed, both of Genoa, Arkansas, and Jo Ann Barker, of Little Rock, Arkansas, three grandchildren; Dylan Foster, Ashlyn Foster, Chase Neal, and other family members and friends. The Neal family will be holding a private memorial service.


Mr. Louis Ray Steed, age 85 of Prescott, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Garden Park Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born August 7, 1929 in Laneburg, Arkansas to the late Hillman “Red”  and Girteen Sampson Steed. Mr. Steed is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, Joyce L. Steed, two sons, James Ray and Michael Louis Steed, five brothers; James, Ralph, Leroy, Harold, and Donald Steed, one sister, Genevia Steed, and one grandson, Jeremy Steed Williams.  Survivors include; four daughters, Brenda Kay Hatch, husband, John, of Lake Villa, Illinois, Barbara Ann Campbell, husband, Mark, Doris Kathryn Grigsby, husband, Chester, Jana Elizabeth Tyson, husband, Brent, all of Shreveport, Louisiana, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends. No formal visitation is scheduled for Mr. Steed. Funeral service will be 2:00pm, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Prescott with Bro. Neil Ridling officiating. Arrangements by Brazzel/Cornish The Funeral Home of Prescott, Eddie Brazzel, Director.


Theresa “Terry” B. Secrest, 93 of Springhill, La., formerly of Hope, Ar., passed away at Carrington Place of Springhill, on March 2, 2015. Theresa was born September 4, 1921 in Haynesville, La. to Robert Cleveland and Henrietta Marks Smith. Mrs. Secrest was preceded in death by loving husband, J.W. Secrest, two sisters, Billie Burrage and Sybil Perry and one great great grandchild, Payson Colvin. She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Ward of Montrose, Co. and Lynda Tate and husband Don of Vidalia, La.; grandchildren, Donna Sindle and husband, Dale of Springhill, La., Leslee Rowland and husband, Edward of Saltillo, Ms. and Jason Ward and wife, Bethney of Montrose, Co.; great grandchildren, Megan Colvin and husband, Michael of Springhill, La., Jordan Sindle of Springhill, La., Colton Ward of Montrose, Co. and Hannah Rowland of Saltillo, Ms.; great great grandchildren, Addison, Kadi and Jaxon Colvin of Springhill, La. Special thanks to Carrington Place of Springhill, especially to Cody, Stephanie and Susan. Also special thanks to Gamble Hospice of Minden, especially to John, Elizabeth and Buster. Visitation will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 between the hours of 5:00pm-7:30pm at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00pm in the chapel at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Ar. with Don Tate officiating, interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.


Joseph S. Devlin, IIII “Butch” was born on April 24, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Joseph and Judy Devlin. He departed this life on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a grandson. At an early age, he attended school and joined the Bartholomew Catholic School in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating from West PointHigh School in Little Rock, Arkansas; he enlisted in the United States Army. While serving in the military reserve, he worked at Hudson and Potlatch for many years. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Devlin and to this union three children were born. Butch will be missed by many. Among those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Shanta Devlin (Rodney) and Michelle (Autry) Burton of Hope, Arkansas; his son, Delsondro (Tanya) Devlin of Jonesboro, Arkansas; one adopted son, Clayburn Hicks of Hope, Arkansas; his stepchildren, Jimmy Witherspoon of Hope, Arkansas, Pamela (Bobby) Hardiman of Clarkville, TN and Ja’leshia Hicks of Hope, Arkansas; six sisters, Carolyn (L.C) Toney of Chidester, AR, Jackie Reed of Atlanta, GA, Pamela Thomas, Sandra (Elgie) Gilbert, Sharon (Randy) Norman and Toni Devlin of Little Rock, AR; brother, Gary Wayne (Denise) Devlin of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Shuntearia, Lashayla, O’Sheena, Trey, Audria, Rodney Jr., Delsondro Jr., and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Jamarion, Amarionna; special friends, Mary Azanza, Shasme Hicks; stepmother, Martha Devlin of Little Rock, Arkansas; and a host of cousins, nephews, aunts, uncles, nieces and friends. Visitation will be held 11am-5pm Friday at the funeral. Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Providence Baptist Church in Hope. Burial will be at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home.



Mr. Richard Briggs, 64 years old, passed away February 25th. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hicks Funeral Home.




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