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Ehret, John Otto
ST. LOUIS - John Otto Ehret, 91, died Nov. 4, 1997, at a nursing home in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., on March 6, 1906, he was the son of William and Lucille Stahl Ehret.
He was in the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines. He retired from Anheuser Busch after 31 years. For 14 of those years, he was a volunteer firefighter in St. Clair, Mo. After retirement, he and his wife, Elsie lived in Locust Grove for a time then moved back to St. Louis.
He became a volunteer for the R.I.T.E. Hall for senior citizens. He lived at the Five Church Older Adults Center where he also volunteered. He was a Lutheran.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Ehret; a son, Richard John Ehret of Floral; a daughter, Rosalie Lucille Hazard of St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; three stepdaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Vera Wehmeier Ehret; two sisters, Viola Frederici, and Elsie Cashion; a brother, Russell Ehret; a son, Johnny O. Ehret; and a grandchild, Randy Hazard.
The funeral was at Hoffmeister Mortuaries on Nov. 6 in St. Louis. The body was cremated per his request.

Harville, Thomas D.
CORINTH, Miss. - Thomas Donovan "Don" Harville, 59, of Corinth, Miss., died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997.
He was a member of West Corinth Church of Christ and a member of Mississippi and National Pawn Brokers. He was employed by the Wurlitzer Co. of Corinth for 23 years. He was the owner and operator of Don's Pawn Shop for 16 years.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia DePoyster Harville of Corinth; a son, Bruce Donovan Harville of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Deanna Harville Martin and her husband, Bill, of Batesville; a granddaughter, Samantha DePoyster Martin; his parents, Cecil and Stella Jones Harville of Glen, Miss.; a brother, Jerry Harville of Glen; a sister-in-law, Inez Johnson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gerald Dowd, Billy DePoyster and wife, Grace, Sonny DePoyster and wife, Dorothy; Cayce DePoyster and wife, Reba; Bobby DePoyster and wife, Nelda; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Harville Dowd.
The funeral will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth with James Vansandt, Brad Dillingham, and David DePoyster officiating. Burial will be in Indian Springs Cemetery in Glen, Miss.
Pallbearers will be David DePoyster, Donnie South, Wade Harville, Jimmy Dillingham, Jimmy Driver, and Phillip Mauney.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Isaac, Kathryn R.
HORSESHOE BEND - Kathryn Rose Isaac, 74, of Horseshoe Bend died Nov. 1, 1997, in a Horseshoe Bend nursing home.
Born Aug. 22, 1923, in Pana, Ill., she was the daughter of Arthur Clarence Freeman and Rose Henrietta Kalanquin Freeman. She was a retired research assistant and a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda, Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, Alpha Xi Delta, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society DAR, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, National Society Daughters of the Indian Wars, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and a troop leader of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She was an elder and member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include a son, Gary Dean Isaac of Batesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet Lynn and Glen Schwartz of Horseshoe Bend; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Marvin Isaac; her parents, two daughters, a son, two sisters and five brothers.
The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend with the Rev. Burle D. Mattingly officiating. Arrangements are by Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend to to any library, music organization or cancer research.

Shaw, J.E.
HAYSVILLE, Kan. - J.E. Shaw, 72, of Haysville, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, in Wichita, Kan.
Born Feb. 11, 1925, in Newark, he was the son of the late James William Shaw and Elsie Elizabeth Decker Shaw. He was an operations supervisor for Vulcan Chemicals and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haysville and the Haysville Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Lindsey Shaw; two sons, Gary Shaw and Greg Shaw, both of Wichita; a daughter, Debbie Wood of Haysville; two brothers, I.J. Shaw of Newark and Roy L. Shaw of Cave City; six sisters, Lucille Gabris and Helen Wygal, both of Pleasant Plains, Ann Lewallen and Geneva Long, both of Cord, Fern McClure of Batesville and Ruby Gardner of Newark; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Haysville with the Rev. Bo Graves officiating. Burial will be in Waco Cemetery in Waco, Kan.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Haysville.

Smith, Nellie
Nellie V. Smith, 77, of Bethesda died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, in a local nursing home.
Born on March 18, 1920, in Barstow, Texas, she was the daughter of Otey and Nellie Pollard Rodgers. She was a retired bookkeeper and was of the Presbyterian faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Weidinger of Atlanta and Sue Harmon of Bethesda; a brother, Bill Rodgers of El Paso, Texas; three grandchildren, Lynda Weidinger of Denver, Mark Weidinger of Atlanta and Shelly Terhune of Batesville; and a great-granddaughter, Julie Terhune of Batesville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Marcus Smith.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Campground Cemetery in Bethesda with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
There will be no visitation.

Griffin, Lavada
Lavada Griffin, 76, of Newark died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
She was the daughter of Albert and Jessie Poynor Crawford. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church at Newark.
Survivors include her husband, Frank T. Griffin; two sons, Frankie Griffin and Robert Griffin, both of Newark; a daughter, Anne Moore of Little Rock; two brothers, Marland Crawford of Moorehead, Ky., and Malcolm Crawford of Batesville; two sisters, Loyce Ingram of Michigan and Alberta McDoniel of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Newark with the Rev. Bill Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Macdonia Cemetery at Newark under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Moore, Joel Moore, Jon Moore, Dr. Frankie Griffin, Brad Griffin and Rodney Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Angela Batson and Natalie Griffin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Passmore, Lillian
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Lillian Pearl George Passmore, 87, of Mountain View died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, in a Mountain View nursing home.
Born Sept. 11, 1910, at Alco, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a son, Leroy Passmore of Marshall; six daughters, Netta Gilbert of Mountain View, Shirley Butler of Moscow Mills, Mo., Cansata Arnold of Sedalia, Mo., Jane Potts of Fairfield, Iowa, Katie Bibbs of Chesterfield, Mo., and Rita Welker of Troy, Mo.; a sister, Nora Passmore of Jonesboro; and 28 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlis Passmore; two daughters, including an infant, Angaline Passmore, and Molly Branscum; and three sons, Albert Passmore, Glenn Allen Passmore and Riley Passmore.
The funeral and burial will be at Kahoka, Mo., under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Local arrangements were by Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.

Taylor, Benny Lee
CAVE CITY - Benny Lee Taylor, 59, of Batesville died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, in a Searcy hospital.
Born July 11, 1938, in Franklin, he was the son of Ben and Tressie Hinson Taylor. He was a retired oil field worker and mechanic and a member of the West Baptist Church of Batesville.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy J. Taylor; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Lee and Kristen Taylor of Batesville; a daughter, Karen Sue Taylor of North Little Rock; two brothers, Tommy Joe Taylor of Batesville and Carlos Taylor of Coalinga, Calif.; a sister, Joan Fields of Broken Arrow, Okla.; three grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Taylor and Mollie Kaitlyn Taylor, both of Batesville, and Courtney Oakley of North Little Rock; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at West Baptist Church in Batesville with Bobby Dailey and David Insell officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Adams, James
James W. Adams, 72, of Batesville died today, Dec. 26, 1997, in a local nursing home.
Born in Swifton on Aug. 1, 1926, he was the son of the late Walter and Virgie Means Adams. He was a retired employee of Liberty Foundry in St. Louis where he worked for 32 years, and he was of the Assembly of God faith.
Survivors include three sons, J.W. Adams, David Adams and Patrick Adams, all of St. Louis; a daughter, Mary Ann "Angel" Lavine of St. Louis; a brother, Harold Adams of South Haven, Kan.; three sisters, Gustavah Goad of Jonesboro, Vernell Sullivan of Willoughby, Ohio and Christine Bell of Batesville; and several grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Adams; a brother; and two sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Deliverance Tabernacle with James Larue officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Ward Cemetery in Saffell under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Hayden Bell, Carl Cook, Steve Cook, Wayne Goad, Marty Duncan and Bob Simpson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today.

Everett, Samuel D.
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Samuel Denzil Everett, 68, of Mountain View died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, in Mountain View.
Born Oct. 23, 1929, at Hanover, he was the son of Myrtie Everett and the late William Everett. He was a retired carpenter, an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of East Richwoods Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Everett; a son, Tom Everett of Mountain View; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Larry Allcorn and Sandy and Bill Pritchard, all of Mountain View; two stepsons, Jim Pritchard and Rick Pritchard, both of Mountain View; a stepdaughter, Linda Clark of Mountain View; his mother of Prim; a brother, Bob Everett of Prim; two sisters, Erma Dean Bittle of Edgemont and Ruth Stone of Greers Ferry; three grandchildren, Michael Everett, Keith Everett and Andrew Allcorn, all of Mountain View; and a great-grandchild, Haley Everett of Mountain View.
Other than his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley Everett and John D. Everett.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View with Dennis Knapp and Frank Curtis officiating. Burial was in East Richwoods Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Garner Treece, Joe Stewart, Junious Stewart, Clyde Parker, Jap Holt and Jim Broyles.
Honorary pallbearers were Chester Hipp, Billy Thomas and Ben Stewart.

Wren, Jannie
Jannie Marie Willis Wren, 77, of Spring Mill died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, in a local nursing home.
Born June 25, 1920, in Baxter County, she was the daughter of H.O. Willis and Rebecca Sams Willis. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three sons, Wesley O. Wren Sr. of Spring Mill, Harold Wren of Salado and Glen Wren of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Cora Clinkingbeard of Mountain Home and Elizabeth Brashears of Marshall, Mo.; a brother, Floyd Willis of Spring Mill; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvis O. Wren; four brothers, W.L. Willis, Lige Willis, Marshall Willis and Junior Willis; three sisters, Pauline Howard, Mary Coursey and Ernestine Pretty.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Pentecostal Church in Batesville with the Rev. M.D. Parmley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Wesley O. Wren Jr., Richard Moore, Chip Phillips, Bobby Willis, Michael Varnell and Benny Kinion.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Bone, Edward E.
Edward E. Bone, 68, of McCrory died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, in a Little Rock medical center.
He was born June 3, 1929, in the Gourdneck community of Jackson County to Edgar and Fern Edwards Bone. He attended school in Gourdneck, Beedeville and McCrory. In 1946 he joined the Merchant Marines, then he returned and graduated from McCrory High School in 1948. He was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. In 1951 he joined his father in purchasing farm land until his death. He resided most of his life in the Gourdneck community.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Cates Bone; a son, Rick Bone of McCrory; a daughter, Carole Burkett of McCrory; a stepson, Brian Evans of Stuttgart; three grandsons, Stephen Bone of Memphis, Brad Burkett of McCrory and Jason Bone of Conway; a granddaughter, Fran Burkett of McCrory; and a great-granddaughter, Taylor Nicole Bone of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral was to be at 2 p.m. today at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery 10 miles north of McCrory.

Brewer, Nellie
Nellie Barrett Brewer, 96 of Batesville died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in Sikeston, Mo.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Neely, Novella
Novella "Bug" Neely, 94, of Batesville died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, in a local hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced by Batesville Funeral Service.

Smith, Marvin R.
Marvin R. Smith, 87, of Jacksonville died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in Jacksonville.
Born April 16, 1910, in Cushman, he was the son of Alvia M. and Ethel Simmons Smith. He was a graduate of Batesville High School and attended Arkansas College and the University of Texas. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and served in the Pacific.
He married his wife of 49 years, Lillian Hood, in Batesville on May 16, 1948. They moved to Harrison in 1955 and were owners-operators of the Cresthaven Motor Court until his retirement in 1971.
They were charter members of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Harrison where he served as financial secretary for many years.
Upon retirement, they moved to Batesville where he served as city clerk from 1973 to 1979. He was an active member of Central Avenue United Methodist Church and served as financial secretary for 16 years. The Smiths moved to Jacksonville in 1989, where they were members of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Marvin Smith Jr. of Naperville, Ill.; a daughter, Mary Helen Coop of Jacksonville; a sister, Thelma Case of Brookhaven, Miss.; and two granddaughters, Katie Coop, and Jessica Coop, both of Jacksonville.
The funeral was to be at 2 p.m. today in the Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville chapel with the Rev. Vernon Paysinger officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Larry Bentley, Steven Case, Buddy Pierce, Marshall Bentley, David Norton and Billy Jennings.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville; Central Avenue United Methodist Church of Batesville; and St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Harrison.
 
Pitts, Harvey L.
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Harvey Lamuel Pitts, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, in a Mountain View hospital.
He was born Aug. 22, 1905, at Fifty Six to Andrew "Andy" and Emma Fitzhugh Pitts. He was a member of Vine Avenue Baptist Church. He lived several years in Eudora and Lawrence, Kan., where he was in building construction.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Gerene Pitts of Mountain View; a daughter, Sue Neustifter of Eudora, Kan.; four grandchildren, Pamela Pitts Moore of Hollister, Calif., Marsha Pitts Vance of Springfield, Va., James Pitts of Mountain View and Sandra Neustifter Hull of Jackson, Mich.; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nina Pogue of Fifty Six.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Covey Pitts; an infant son; four brothers, Clarence Pitts, Johnny Pitts, Collie Pitts and Luther Pitts; seven sisters, Flora Stevens Barnhill, Sarah Wallis, Clarice Corter, Lillie Blankenship, Genevera Fulks, Alice Pitts and Pearl Pogue.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Vine Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Alton Holt and the Rev. Junior Avey officiating. Burial was in Fifty-Six Cemetery with arrangements by Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Terry Pogue, Edward Stevens, Benny Stevens, Charles Stevens, R.C. Pogue and Arlis Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Stevens and Joe Thacher.

Tipton, Charles
Charles "Johnny" Tipton, 62, of Batesville died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at his home.
He was born in Jamestown Jan. 12, 1935, the son of William Moses and Alverda Rorie Tipton. He was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Perryville. He was a musician and a retired butcher at Simpson's Grocery.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Hitchcock Tipton of Batesville; four sons, Richard Tipton of Sterling Heights, Mich., Randy Tipton of Perryville, Chuck Tipton of Batesville and Marty Tipton of Cave City; eight grandchildren, Damon Tipton, Morganne Tipton and Micah Tipton, all of Perryville, Charles Tipton of Cave City, Kristina Tipton and Brannen Tipton, both of Batesville, and Miranda Tipton and Olivia Tipton, both of Beebe; two sisters, Joyce Cason of San Bernadino, Calif., and Bonnie Jean Crawford of Wichita, Kan.; three nephews, Anthony Tipton of Beebe, Carrell Smith of Texas and Bill Tipton of Michigan; and other relatives.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Tipton and Ronald Tipton; two brothers, William Tipton and Oglin "Tip" Tipton; and a sister, Marma Lee Tipton.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hutchinson Mountain Community Center with the Rev. Robert Duhon officiating. The body will be cremated.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 Tuesday evening at Batesville Funeral Service.

Brewer, Nellie A.
Nellie Ann Barrett Brewer, 96, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997 in Sikeston, Mo.
She was born in Batesville on Oct. 5, 1901, to Preston and Julia Mariah Cornish Barrett. Prior to moving to Missouri in 1989, she had lived in Batesville her entire life where she was a member of the West Baptist Church and the LLL Sunday School Class. She married Nelson Brewer in Batesville on Feb. 2, 1919.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Mikki Brewer of Lake Charles, La.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nelsene and Ray Hillhouse of Charleston, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and two stepgrandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Christene Brewer; and two grandsons, William Leon Brewer, and Benny Hillhouse.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville chapel with the Rev. Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, John Hillhouse, David Brewer, James Brewer, Steven Brewer, great-grandsons, Mark Hurley and Mike Hurley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 Wednesday evening.
Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Cemetery Fund, 3240 White Drive, Batesville, Ark. 72501 or Mississippi County Library, 105 East Marshall, Charleston, Mo. 63834.

Dorey, Epoleta E.
Epoleta Ella Collier Dorey of LaHabra, Calif., died on Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997.
She was born in Mount Etna, Ind., on July 18, 1915.
Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Patterson of Newark; and a stepson, Richard Stevens of Columbus, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Francis Miller and Maebelle Brush, both of Florida, and Donna Clark of Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Merikae Elkins; and two sons, Douglas Stevens and Thomas Stevens.
A memorial service was Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Culpepper Church in Clinton, Ark.

Johnston, Geraldine
Geraldine Johnston, 79, of Batesville died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, in a Batesville nursing center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Batesville Funeral Service.

Martindale, Barbara
NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Barbara Martindale, 50, of Little Rock died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997.
She was a Baptist and a line supervisor with DeWaffle Bakery.
Survivors include a son, Billy Martindale of Little Rock; a daughter, DeeAnn Corley of Little Rock; her mother, Dele Wakefield of Little Rock; a brother, Billy Wakefield of Little Rock; a sister, Joan Wakefield of Little Rock; and a granddaughter, Jessica Corley of Little Rock.
The funeral was to be at 11 a.m. today at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel, 1921 Main St. Burial will be in Nooner Cemetery.

Neely, Novella
Novella "Bug" Neely, 94, of Batesville died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, in a local medical center.
She was born in Batesville on May 5, 1903, to Frank Lexion and Minnie Bone. She was a member and usher of the Friendship Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Survivors include a brother, Lewis Bone of New York; six great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius Neely; a daughter, Nova Milon; two sisters, Stellese Dean and Mabel Ellison; and a granddaughter, Barbara Paige.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. Otis Harper and the Rev. Lee Bland officiating. Burial will follow in Ruddell Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Smith, Carlos Ramsey, Cecil Hennings, Benny Earls, Arthur Montgomery, N.H. Strong, Joe Conley, Don Crawford and Richard Milon.


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