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LALA SMITH VIA 
Mrs. Lala Smith Via, 95, of Kennett, Mo., died today, Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Kennett National Healthcare. Born April 3, 1907, in Caruthersville, Mo., she was a member of the Samford Church of Christ in Steele, Mo., and the Culbertson Community Homemakers Club. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Frame and Sally Clark Frame; her first husband, Homer Smith; her second husband, Herman Via; and five brothers.

Mrs. Via leaves one son and his wife, John and Lucille Smith of Steele; 
Her daughter and husband, Betty and Buck Whitfield of Steele; 
One grandson, Gary Whitfield of Texas; 
One granddaughter, Gwen Whitfield of Memphis; 
Two grandsons and their wives, Terry and Jim Smith of Steele and David and Gwen Smith of Branson, Mo.; 
Four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and 
Many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home, with Mr. John Mundy officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

LOUIS WILCHIE SR. 
Mr. Louis Wilchie Sr., 50, of Marie, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. He had been a farm worker.

Mr. Wilchie leaves his wife, Helen Wilchie of the home; 
Three sons, Anthony Tyrone Wilchie of Conway, Gerald Wilchie of Memphis, Tenn., and Louis Wilchie Jr. of Marie; 
Two daughters, Stephanie Bledsoe of Hot Springs and Latoya Brown of Driver; 
Four sisters, Mattie Wesson, Laura Bailey and Mary Chisum, all of Memphis, and Carrie Price of Hot Springs; 
Six brothers, Willie Wilchie, the Rev. Eddie Wilchie, Billy Wilchie and J.C. Wilchie, all of Memphis, Stanley Wilchie of West Memphis and Clarence Wilchie of Marie; and

Seven grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, with the Rev. Waldo Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercrest Gardens Cemetery in Marie. Active pallbearers will be the family.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

MARY ODESSA CARTER 
Mrs. Mary Odessa Carter, 96, of Leachville, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born in Ravenden Springs, the daughter of Robert Lee and Ella Marriott Higginbotham, she had been a Leachville resident since 1929. She was the widow of LeRoy Carter who was a prominent landowner and the owner of the L.G. Carter Gin Co. He preceded her in death in 1998.

According to family members, she was involved in many charitable organizations in her community including the Red Cross. In 1948 she and her husband founded the Melody Theater in Leachville. She was a longtime member of the Leachville First Baptist Church where she taught a Sunday school class until her late 80s. She was active in the church choir and other church functions. She was a charter member of the Leachville Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood. Mrs. Carter was a graduate of the Jonesboro Baptist College and had taught in the Jonesboro school system in the early 1920s. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Will Carter. 
Mrs. Carter leaves two sons, Bill Carter of Helena and Dr. Jerry Carter of Little Rock; and 
Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Leachville First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Doug Applegate officiating. Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. Active pallbearers will be Snowden Hawkins, Leon Swihart, Wilburn Lovelady, Jerry Lee Carter Jr., Brent Carter and Jared Zeiser. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the Leachville First Baptist Church.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

BOB CROSS 
Mr. Bob Cross, 55, of Blytheville, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born in Hurleyville, N.Y., the son of Harold Sr. and Virginia Ackerly Cross, he had been a resident of Blytheville for the past eight years. Mr. Cross was a maintenance worker for Moody's Appliance Service and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

His father and two sisters, Roberta Schmidt and Delores Katz, preceded him in death. 
Mr. Cross leaves his mother, Virginia Dunn of Hurleyville; 
His children, Tina Davis and her husband, Stephan, Bob Cross Jr. and his wife, Beth, and Wade Cross and his wife, Susan, all of Gosnell, Kathy Riveland and her husband, James, of Silver City, N.C., and Joe Cross of Blytheville;

Two brothers, Roger Cross of Blytheville and Harold "Sonny" Cross Jr. of Fallsburg, N.Y.; 
Five sisters, Lillian Miller, Louise Seitz, Donna Unger and Viola Benjamin, all of Monticello, N.Y., and Edith Breakey of Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.; and

Ten grandchildren, Zack, Nick, Allen, Heidi, Heather, Gabrielle, Allison, Amber, Kaitlyn and Rebecca. 
Funeral services will be private, with no visitation. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Lung Association.

Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of arrangements. 

LEE MONROE HEALEY 
Mr. Lee Monroe Healey, 71, of Leachville, died Sunday at his home. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. 

JIMMY LYNCH 
Mr. Jimmy Lynch, 61, a prominent Osceola leader and businessman, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the OK Hunting Club in Weiner.

Born May 31, 1941, in Victoria, the son of Margaret Wilder Lynch and Gilbert Lynch, he was a 1964 graduate of the University of Tennessee. Following graduation he immediately went to work for Guy Newcomb and became general manager of the Newcomb Drug Store in 1965. He was a member of the Osceola Rotary Club for 35 years and was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award in 2001. Mr. Lynch was a member of the OK Hunting Club, honorary member of the Arkansas State Police and a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Lynch. 
Mr. Lynch leaves his wife, Minta Cherry Lynch of the home; 
Three daughters, Cindy Pumphrey and Lyn McCarty, both of Little Rock, and Mallory Lynch of the home; 
His mother, Margaret Lynch of Osceola; 
One brother, Robert "Bob" Lynch of Tifton, Ga.; 
One sister, Debra Lynch of Marion; and 
Four grandchildren, Lindsey and Drew Pumphrey and Mary Carolyn and Hudson McCarty, all of Little Rock. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Osceola, with the Rev. Dale Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osceola.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church. 
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Osceola, Ducks Unlimited or Mississippi County Christian Academy in Dell.

Roller-Swift Funeral Home of Osceola is in charge of arrangements. 

ROBERT TUNSTELL 
Mr. Robert Tunstell, 83, of Hayti, Mo., formerly of Blytheville, died Sunday in Sikeston, Mo. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home of Blytheville. 

JEAN ASHABRANNER 
Mrs. Jean Ashabranner, 95, of Campbell, Mo., formerly of Manila, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at General Baptist Nursing Center in Campbell. Born in Portageville, Mo., the daughter of Joseph and Willie Sexton Downing, she was a graduate of Caruthersville High School, and after receiving her master's of science in education degree she began teaching in her own private kindergarten. Later she became a teacher in the Manila and Campbell school districts until she retired. For several years she served as dean of women at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, having taught Sunday school, and she was a member of the United Methodist Women. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Bud" Ashabranner, and five brothers, Melvin Lee Downing, Joseph Preston Downing, William Edward Downing, Paul Shirley Downing and Charles Wesley Downing. 

Mrs. Ashabranner leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Bryant Stewart Jr. of Campbell. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Manila, with the Rev. Chad Downing Kingsberry and the Rev. Craig Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery, under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila. Pallbearers will be Eddie Adams, Chris Bauschlicher, Jerry D. Cherry, Brady Cornish and Bryant Stewart III.

The family will receive visitors from noon until service time Wednesday at the church. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Manila. 

JOHN CISSELL 
Mr. John Cissell, 47, of Bassett, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at his home. Born Aug. 17, 1955, in Memphis, Tenn., he was a member of the Bassett Presbyterian Church. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his father, E.E. Cissell. 
Mr. Cissell leaves his wife, Janet Cissell of Bassett; 
Two sons, Josh Cissell and Stephen Cissell, both of Bassett; 
Two brothers, Carl Edward Cissell and Paul David Cissell, both of Bassett; and 
One sister, Charlotte Oates of Joiner. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Roller-Swift Funeral Home Chapel in Osceola, with burial following in Bassett Cemetery. The Revs. Joe Thompson and Steve Diamond will officiate.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

EDITH MAE HICKS 
Mrs. Edith Mae Hicks, 78, of the Buckeye community near Leachville, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Arbyrd, Mo., she was the daughter of Tom and Ethel Faulkner Dollins and a lifelong resident of the Leachville area. She was the widow of Raymond "Farmer" Hicks and a longtime member of the New Providence Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hicks leaves one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Cherry Hicks of Leachville; 
Two brothers, Dow Dollins of Edenburg, Texas, and Ralph Dollins of Houston; 
One sister, Essie Pace of St. Louis; and 
One granddaughter, Kristie Sanders of Leachville. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. today at the New Providence Baptist Church near Leachville, with the Rev. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial followed in the Horner Cemetery in Hornersville, Mo., under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. 

MERRILYN JUNE WILLIAMS KINCHEN 
Mrs. Merrilyn June Williams Kinchen, 67, of Fredericksburg, Texas, formerly of Manila, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her home. Born in Manila, the daughter of John Williams, she had been a resident of Fredericksburg for the past 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her father. 
Mrs. Kinchen leaves her husband, Al Kinchen of Fredericksburg; 
Two sons, Randy Kinchen of Fredericksburg and Michael Kinchen of Boerne, Texas; 
One daughter, Bethany Simpson of Fredericksburg; 
Her mother, Mrs. Hester Williams Clayton of Manila; and 
One sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Douglas Walker of Manila. 
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Manila Cemetery, with Howard Funeral Service of Manila in charge of arrangements.

No visitation will be conducted. 

DR. C.J. MCCORMICK 
Dr. C.J. McCormick, 80, a retired longtime Monett, Mo., veterinarian and civic leader, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo., following a short illness.

Born July 23, 1922, in Holland, Mo., he was one of 12 children of Cleveland Justice McCormick and Minnie Ethel White McCormick. He graduated from Holland High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942, serving in World War II with the 600th Squadron of the 398 Bomb Group. He served as a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber and completed 25 missions over Germany.

Following his discharge as a second lieutenant in 1945, he received his bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He taught agriculture at Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar Bluff, Mo., for two years, and then he returned to the University of Missouri where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1952. He was instrumental in the reestablishment of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity on the University of Missouri campus.

In that same year he established his veterinary practice in Monett, practicing from his home and later establishing Monett Veterinary Clinic. He practiced for 32 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and served in several offices of the Southwest Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. McCormick had been active in Monett civic organizations as a member of the Monett Chamber of Commerce and later Monett Senior Chamber, Monett Lions Club and Monett Hobbs-Anderson Post 91 of the American Legion. He was a charter member of Monett Industrial Development Corp. and served on the board of directors many years. He was also a long-term volunteer for Loaves and Fishes and a driver for the American Cancer Society.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Monett, serving in many capacities over the years, including the board of trustees, Building Committee and Pastoral Search Committee. He was a longtime Sunday School teacher and at the time of his death was the teacher of the Young Adult Sunday School Class.

He was married to Wylla Jeanne Newell on Aug. 1, 1944, in Amarillo, Texas, and she survives. 
Dr. McCormick also leaves two sons, Dr. Don McCormick and his wife, Vicki, of Monett and Alan McCormick and his wife, Rhonda, of Carthage, Mo.;

One daughter, Sharon McCormick of Washington, D.C.; 
Three brothers, Charles Stanley McCormick of Buford, Ga., Joe McCormick of Duluth, Ga., and Bud McCormick of Montgomery, Ala.;

One sister, Cara Foster of Postville, Iowa; 
Four grandchildren, Shawn McCormick of Seligman, Mo., Steve McCormick of McKinney, Texas, Jamie Stevens of Fayetteville and Cody McCormick of Carthage; 

Four great-grandchildren, LeAnn and Andrew McCormick , both of Purdy, Mo., Jared McCormick of McKinney and Caden Stevens of Fayetteville; and

Many nieces and nephews. 
He also had many relatives and friends in the Blytheville area. 
Memorial services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the First Baptist Church, with Dr. Ed Burris officiating. 

Memorials may be made to Loaves and Fishes and the First Baptist Church. 
Services and burial were under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home. 

ERNIE C. PATE 
Mrs. Ernie C. Pate, 89, of Hughes, the widow of B.R. Pate, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at her home. Born in Iuka, Miss., the daughter of Joseph Lonzo and Pearl Waldrip Pate, she was a former longtime Blytheville resident, a retired nurse's aide and a member of Woodland Corner Baptist Church. According to her family, she enjoyed quilting, cooking and gardening.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and four sons, Roy Edward, Joseph Kelly, George Lee and Arthur F. Pate.

Mrs. Pate leaves two sons, William Earl Pate of Blytheville and Buford Pate of Hardy; 
One half-brother, J.C. Bachuss of Paducah, Ky.; 
Four daughters, Mary Smith of Hughes, Eloise McGill and Pearl Hughes, both of Blytheville, and Cindy Anglin of Judsonia; and

Twenty-three grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. William Estep officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

PAUL VINCENT RILEY 
Paul Vincent Riley, the infant son of Jamie Lee Riley Sr. and Susan Renah Jackson Riley of Manila, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

In addition to his parents, he leaves two brothers, Jamie Lee Riley Jr. and Shawn Wesley Allen Riley, both of the home; 
His paternal grandparents, Billy Criswell of Blytheville and Linda Parks Cogburn of Leachville; and 
His maternal grandparents, Henry W. Jackson and Joyce B.J. Merriman Jackson, both of Manila. 
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Leachville Cemetery, under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. 

JIMMY 'BUDDY' TAYLOR 
Mr. Jimmy "Buddy" Taylor, 70, of Bassett, died Monday, June 2, 2003, in Bassett. Born Dec. 14, 1932, in Bassett, he had been a member of New Bethel Church and served on the deacon board and trustee board. He was a retired farmer and worked at American Greetings until he retired.

Mr. Taylor leaves his wife of 50 years, Annie Taylor of Bassett; 
Three sons, Jimmy Taylor Jr. of Bassett, Alexander Taylor of Osceola and Brandon Taylor of Fredericksburg, Va.; 
Four daughters, Bonnie Jean Hawkins of Fredericksburg, Patricia Adams of Wilson, Ozzie Lee Hughes of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Rosemary Reed of Wilson;

Two sisters, Rosie Mae Boyd and Janett Riley, both of Bassett; and 
Nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church at Evadale, with the Rev. Jimmy Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Riley, Willie Bland, Tommy Minor, Alvin Russell, Clearence Russell and Bruce Russell.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Taylor and Kimbrough Funeral Home in Joiner. 

CLEO CREWS WOODARD 
Mrs. Cleo Crews Woodard, 92, of Athelstan, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Born Sept. 17, 1910, in Waynesboro, Tenn., the daughter of Walter Brown Crews and Annie Mae Dial Crews and one of 16 children, she married James Howard Woodard Dec. 9, 1928. He preceded her in death May 15, 1983.

According to family members, she was an avid quilter, gardener and a life-long farm wife who enjoyed her time as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a lifelong member of Little River Church of Christ and Osceola Eastern Star and a past mother adviser of Rainbow Girls. She worked with 4-H clubs in Mississippi County for many years. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mrs. Woodard leaves two sons, Howard Woodard and his wife, Marjorie, of Edmond, Okla., and Larry Woodard and his wife, Sandra of Hilton Head, S.C;

One daughter, Annelle Woodard Cate and her husband, Benton, of Fayetteville; 
Twelve grandchildren, Brenda Alexander and her husband, Rod, of Marion, Howard Woodard Jr. and his wife, Pam of Mustang, Okla., Lenette Stinson and her husband, Johnnie, of Richton, Miss., Lance Woodard and his wife, Kim, of Kosciusko, Miss., Brandon Cate and his wife, Laura, and Levena Woodard, all of Little Rock, Lee Woodard, formerly of Stockholm, Sweden, Chad Cate and Allyson Cate, both of Fayetteville, Tyler Cate of Fort Hood, Texas, Michael Dacey and his wife, Michelle of Fayetteville, Ga. ,and Sean Dacey and his wife, Cheryl of Atlanta; 

Ten great-grandchildren, Amber Howard of New York City, Wesley Howard of Richton, Tori Woodard and Hunter Woodard, both of Kosciusko, Ryan Woodard and Kylee Woodard, both of Mustang, Cameron Dacey, Christian Dacey and Cali Dacey, all of Fayetteville, Ga., and Jillian Dacey of Atlanta; and

Her loving friend, Charlene Smith of Gravette. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola, with burial following in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osceola.

Memorials may be made to the Little River Church of Christ, in care of Patricia Stokes, 3572 West St., Highway 136, Manila, Ark., 72442.

WILLIE BELL SR. 
Mr. Willie Bell Sr., 72, of Blytheville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Jan. 28, 1941, in Wilson, the son of James and Mable Bell, he worked as a tractor driver for Gene McGuire for many years, and then later drove trucks for Blytheville Terra Chemical Co. He also worked as a truck driver for the city of Blytheville Sanitation Department and also drove for the Friendly Cab Service in Blytheville. He was the guitarist for the original Pearly Gates. 

He was preceded in death by one son, Tommie Lee Bell; one sister, Eva Bruce; and one brother, James Bell. 
Mr. Bell leaves his wife, Elnora Wilson-Bell of Blytheville; 
Seven daughters, Elizabeth Johnson of Gosnell, Julia Franklin and her husband, Johnny, Mary Russell, Ruthie Bell, Dorothy Brooks and her husband, DeWitt, and Michelle Bell, all of Blytheville, and Jennifer Bell of Little Rock; 

Five sons, Willie Bell and his wife, Shelia, of Blytheville, Bernard Bell of Caruthersville, Mo., Cleotha Bell and his wife, JoAnn, of Gosnell, Paul Bell of Jackson, Tenn., and Troy Bell of Blytheville;

One brother, Jack Bell and his wife, Pearlie, of Blytheville; 
Four sisters, Elizabeth Warner, Martha Crain and Amy Bell Wilson, all of Blytheville, and Jean Dunagan of Osceola; and 
Twenty-eight grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Matthews Spiritual Temple in Blytheville, with burial following in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Blytheville under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

MARK MCAFEE 
Mr. Mark McAfee, 35, of Jonesboro, died Monday, July 28, 2003, in Jonesboro. Born Aug. 14, 1967, in Memphis, Tenn., he was of the Methodist faith. He was a graduate of Rivercrest High School and received a bachelor of science in radio and television from Arkansas State University. He was a member of the Arkansas Officials Association and a member of the Northeast Arkansas Fly Fishers Association.

Mr. McAfee leaves his wife, Karen Hudson McAfee of Jonesboro; 
One son, Mark McAfee Jr. of Jonesboro; 
One daughter, Carol Ann McAfee of Jonesboro; 
His parents, Billy Joe and Ann McAfee of Wilson; 
Two brothers, Billy Joe McAfee Jr. of Osceola and Frederick Scott McAfee of Conway; and 
His father- and mother-in-law, Burl and Kathy Hudson of Osceola. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Roller-Swift Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Stone will officiate. Pallbearers will be Randy Calhoun, Ray Prince, Kevin Beck, James McFatridge, Scott McAfee and B.J. McAfee.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Wilson or the charity of the giver's choice. 

MARY BLACKARD WEBER 
Mrs. Mary Blackard Weber, 82, of Blytheville, the widow of Nathaniel Weber, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Heritage Square Nursing Center. Born July 1, 1921, in Iuka, Miss., the daughter of John David and Gillie Grisham Blackard, she was a longtime Blytheville resident and a retired clerk for the JC Penney Co. Mrs. Weber was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and sang in the choir. She attended Blytheville schools and was the valedictorian of the Blytheville High School graduating class of 1938. She was a member of the Northeast Arkansas Retired Federal Employee's Association.

According to her family, she was an avid gardener with a beautiful yard full of flowers and a generous contributor to many charities.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ercye "Blackie" Blackard, and one sister, Linda Fay Blackard.

Mrs. Weber leaves one brother, Carl Blackard of Blytheville; 
Three nieces, Carla Ferguson of Blytheville, Linda Cowden of Memphis, Tenn., and Padee Black of Tucson, Ariz.; 
Three great-nieces, Leigh Ann Ferguson of Blytheville and Ashley and Catharine Piediscalzi, both of Fayetteville; and 
Many friends. 
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Dany Partlow officiating. 

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville. 
Memorials may be made to the Mary Northcutt Nursing Home Project, P.O. Box 467, Blytheville, AR 72316. 

NOLA CLARK 
Mrs. Nola Clark, 88, of Luxora, the widow of John Clark, died early today at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville. 

JOSEPH 'JOE' WILLIE DAVIS 
Mr. Joseph "Joe" Willie Davis, 52, of Osceola, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and had been a resident of Mississippi County for 52 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Davis and Hattie Davis. 
Mr. Davis leaves his daughters, Hattie Davis and Barbara Davis, both of Saginaw, Mich., Angela Jones and Willona Davis, both of Osceola, and Lawanda Davis of Jonesboro;

His brothers, Patrick Davis, Lawrence Davis, Darin Davis and Tommy Lee Davis, all of Illinois, Calvin Davis of California, Melvin Davis of Indianapolis, Tony Davis of Iowa and Charles Davis and Sammy Davis, both of Osceola; and

Twelve grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Osceola, with the Rev. Moses Black officiating. Burial will follow in Whiteside Cemetery in Osceola.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

EARL FLOYD 
Mr. Earl Floyd, 84, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Friday, March 28, 2003, at his home. Born Dec. 26, 1918, in Selmer, Tenn., the son of Will Floyd and Virginia Oswell Floyd, he was employed by the Brown Shoe Co. of Caruthersville for over 28 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the U.S. Army and received his honorable discharge Nov. 15, 1943.

He was united in marriage to Ivie Floyd, who preceded him in death in 1982. He later married Christine Pearlie Reagon, who preceded him in death May 31, 2002. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Steele, Mo.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Gene Floyd. 
Mr. Floyd leaves four sons, Billy Floyd of Caruthersville, Ricky Floyd of Tulsa, Okla., and Danny Robertson and Glenn Robertson, both of Steele;

One daughter, Phyllis Kennedy of Steele; 
One brother, Tom Floyd of Kansas City, Mo.; 
Seventeen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and 
A number of other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, with the Rev. John Badgley and the Rev. Gary Andrews officiating. Burial followed in the Little Prairie Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pallbearers were Greg Payne, Ricky Floyd, Danny Robertson, Glenn Robertson, Brian Kennedy and Charles Robertson Jr. 

CLIFFORD RAY HALL 
Mr. Clifford Ray Hall, 53, of Manila, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Manila, the son of John and Vady Lambert Hall, he had been a lifelong Manila resident. He was a retired commercial fisherman and a member of the Manila Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Mr. Hall leaves his wife, Betty Hall of Manila; 
Three sons, Casey Hall, John Hall and David Hall, all of Manila; and 
Two brothers, Vernon Hall and Lance Mullins, both of Manila. 
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Manila Cemetery, with the Rev. Brian Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


 


 

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