Archive for November, 2019

Israel “Izzy” DeShane Porterfield EMT# 24144

Israel DeShane Porterfield, 38, a lifetime resident of Lunsford, died Friday, November 15, 2019, at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center.  He was a member of the Lunsford Baptist Church.  “Izzy” worked 15 years in the EMS field and was a Nationally Registered Paramedic.  He was a member of the S.H.O.T. (Special Hazards Operations Team) for Medic I.  He also worked for the Harrisburg Police Department.  In addition to his active work life, he always found time to go fishing and hunting.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Madlyn Batten; Neal and Nita Jo Porterfield and his aunt, Barbara Batten Knight.

Survivors include his wife of nine years, Stacy Porterfield, of the home; daughter, AnnaLynn Porterfield of the home; stepson, Tristin Curtis of Paragould; parents, Ricky “Pete” and Charlotte Porterfield of Lunsford; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 Monday, November 25, 2019 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ron Langston officiating and Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Burial will follow at Prairie Cemetery near Lunsford with Matt Emerson, Logan Furnish, Jon Paul Weatherford, Dan Loven, Vance Evans, and Jarred Young serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be all EMS personnel in NEA.  Visitation will be from 5-7 Sunday night at Emerson Memorial Chapel  To sign an online guestbook, go to


Buren John “B. J.” Johnson EMT# 5245

Buren John “B. J.” Johnson, Jr., age 74, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Born February 10, 1945 at Paris, AR, he was the son of the late Buren John Johnson, Sr. and Myrtle Faye Lumpkin Johnson. He graduated from Dollarway High School in 1963 and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He also served in the United States Army Reserves for a number of years.

B. J. was well-known in law enforcement and emergency medical circles. He was an EMT for over 40 years. He was also a corporal in the Arkansas State Police for 11 years and had worked for the Pine Bluff and Sheridan Police Departments.

He was a member of Bethel #1 Missionary Baptist Church in Rison and was also a Mason.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryne “Kathy” Tyler Johnson, who he married on December 23, 2000; his children, Teresa Howie (Shannon), Steve Johnson (Jodie), Austin Johnson, and Samuel Johnson (Saige Brodnax); step-sons, Tyler Puckett (Courtney) and Wilson Puckett; a sister, Brenda Rogers (Glen); grandchildren, Allison Brasher (Jacob), Katie Howie, Olivia Howie, Marlee Johnson, and Maycee Johnson; a great-grandson, Carsyn Brasher; and many other loving family and friends.

There will be a visitation for B. J. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Robinson & Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel.

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Obituary for Thomas “Tommy” Daniel Crouch EMT# 27124

Thomas “Tommy” Daniel Crouch, 33, of Bauxite, Arkansas, passed away October 31, 2019. He was born December 21, 1985 in Houston, Texas to James and Elizabeth (Smith) Crouch.

Tommy was a 2004 graduate of Bryant High School. He was a hard worker. Tommy had served as a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff Department, had previously volunteered as a firefighter with Sardis Fire Department. Worked as a security guard with Elite Protection Group, was an EMT, and worked alongside his father at Door Control Services, Inc. a division of DH Pace. Tommy loved being a dad and enjoyed spending time with his children. He was an avid gamer and collected many video games. Tommy was into Superheroes and was a big kid himself.

Preceding Tommy in death are his daughter, Elizabeth Angel Crouch; brother, Justin Foster; and his grandparents.
He leaves behind his parents, James and Elizabeth Crouch of Mabelvale, Arkansas; children: Rayden Crouch and Serephina Crouch ( Savannah), and Austyn Crouch (Kandice) all of Benton, Arkansas; Valorie Sharp, the mother of their soon to be son Ryan, whom he loved so very much, of Leola , Arkansas ; sister, Heather Crouch of Arkansas; brother, Kevin Fulghum of Houston, Texas; aunts: Patricia Weir of Deridder, Louisiana, Michelle McIntire and husband Mitchell of Lonoke, Arkansas, Alethea “Leigh” Shu and husband Gary of Louisville, Kentucky; and Krissy Delaney of Ward, Arkansas; uncle, Robert Smith of Louisville, Kentucky; and many family members and friends who love Tommy and will miss him always.

Visitation will be held 6:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 5, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Pastor Kevin McManus, will follow at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.