El Dorado News-Times




Lawrence Hill, 60, of El Dorado, AR, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, AR. Profession­al & personal care entrusted to Andrews Funeral Home of El Dorado, AR.


Patricia Ann Hosford, 94, of El Dorado, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Courtyard Health and Rehab in El Dorado.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., today at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Cremations services entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors.

Condolence­s may be expressed at www.youngsfune­ralhome.com.


Eileen Jackson, Also known as our Nanna, was born September 30, 1951, in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Willie Jackson and Thelma Jackson. Eileen transition­ed on February 8, 2023, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.

She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. Willie and Thelma Jackson, one granddaugh­ter Victoria Smith, and four brothers, Victor Jackson, Harold Jackson, James Willie Jackson, and Clarence Jackson. Four sisters Marylee Jackson, Beverly Jackson, Francis Jackson, and Zola Smith; one niece Greta Jackson; two nephews, Michael Payne, and J.D. Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories to her son Alonzo Jackson (Taji) Jackson, daughter Brittney Tate (Victor Smith), two brothers Lawrence (Anita) Jackson Edgar (Geraldine) Jackson, and five grandchild­ren Dominique Jackson, Destiney Jackson, Bria Jackson, Laila Jackson, and Skylar Smith. Three great-grandchild­ren, Camden Jackson, Caden Jackson, and Ayanna Gilbert, special friend Monica George, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Eileen will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial Service Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Sims Mortuary Chapel. Sign the guestbook at www.simsmortua­ry. com


Raymond Michael “Mike” Phillips, 73 of El Dorado passed away at Baptist Health in Little Rock Monday, February 13, 2023.

Born February 11, 1950 in Little Rock, he was the son of Herbert Grady and Eva Pearl Boothe Phillips. Mr. Phillips had been a mechanic for El Dorado Chemical and was of the Baptist faith. To those that loved him most he was affectiona­tely known as “Pop”.

Preceding him in death along with his parents were his wife, Cathy Phillips and a daughter, Cassie Jo Phillips.

Survivors include his daughter, Jenny Lee (John) of El Dorado, a sister, Brenda Garrett (Larry) and a brother, Danny Phillips (Debbie) all of Magnolia.

Surviving grandchild­ren are John Tyler Lee (Brooklyn) and Callie Ray (Dakota) all of El Dorado along with a special niece, Kristen Nolan (Michael) of Franklin, TN and his lunch partner, Becky Childs.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2023 at Young’s. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2023 in Young’s Chapel with Michael Nolan officiatin­g. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to CARTI, 8901 Carti Way, Little Rock, AR 72205 or to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Online condolence­s may be expressed at www.youngsfune­raldirecto­rs.


Dr. Paul Rainey was born on August 9, 1944, to the late Sammy and Bobbie Lee Rainey Sr. in Mount Holly, AR. He departed this Life on February 11, 2023, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.

On June 07, 1980, Paul married Laverne Furlough-Gray (Vern).

They were blessed with 43 years of marriage and 45 years together.

Paul was preceded in death by five brothers: Timmy, S.J. Culp, John Culp, Eddie Rainey, and Sam Rainey Jr., and one sister: Ethel Lee Palmer.

His loving memories will be cherished by his wife (Vern), Laverne Rainey. Daughters, La Quita Rainey (Curtis), Barbara (Kennon) Rainey-Bouldwin, and Christa Rainey. Bonus sons:

Arnold (Ann) Furlough and Brian A. Gray. Bonus daughters: Ingrid (Bryant) Trapp, and Sonya Smith. One brother Jerry Rainey, and one sister: Francis Gray, Paul was blessed to have twenty grandchild­ren: and thirteen great-grandchild­ren, along with a host of special nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Public Visitation Friday, February 17, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Sims Mortuary. Funeral Service Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. at Moring Star Baptist Church #2. The interment will be at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Sims Mortuary. Sign the guestbook at www.simsmortua­ry.com


Betty “BJ” Woods, 68, of El Dorado passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.

She was born May 5, 1955 in El Dorado to John W. Gill and Florence E. Crew Gill. Before retiring Betty worked as a machine operator at Cooper.

She was a softball mom for the Quannas Club and was a member of First St. James Baptist Church. Betty loved to shop and cook. Most of all she loved her grandkids and spending time with them.

Preceding her in death are her parents and her sister, Jacquetta Gill.

Surviving her are her husband J.T. Woods of El Dorado; her daughters, Shanda Kesee, Teresa Ben, Alesia Woods, Keniqua Ollison and Penny Hoosier (Kevin); sons, Keith “Pooh” Woods, Keith Woods (Denise) and Brandon Dawson; sisters, Patricia Warren Buggs and Carolyn Hart; brothers, Jerry Gill (Betty) and Johnny Ray Gill (Kathy), 12 grandchild­ren and 27 great-grandchild­ren and special and dear friend, Rema Vartenian.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2023 at First St. James Baptist Church with Rev. Felton F. Burgie, Rev. Roy C. Aaron and Rev. Billy Miller officiatin­g. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

An online registry will be available at www.youngsfune­ralhome. com.

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