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MAVIS HARRIS 
Mrs. Mavis Harris of Little Elm, Texas, formerly of Blytheville died today at her home. She was the widow of Ernest Harris.

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

LEE MONROE HEALEY 
Mr. Lee Monroe Healey, 71, of Leachville, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at his home. Born in Manila, the son of Claude and Maggie Moore Healey, he had been a Leachville resident for most of his life. He was retired from the Brown Shoe Co. and was of the Church of God faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Healey, in 1999. 
Mr. Healey leaves one son, Vic LaRue Healey of Leachville; 
Four daughters, Lavenda Hood of Wilson, Karen Chipman of Manila, Sandra Davis of Hoxie and Paula George of Tishomingo, Miss.;

Two brothers, Claude William, "Dub" Healey Jr. of Yuma, Ariz., and Virgil Healey of Dallas; 
One sister, Betty Bowen of Trumann; and 
Thirteen grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one very special nephew, Danny Odom. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville, with the Rev. Larry Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Leachville Cemetery.

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

BARRY CLIFTON LUCKIE 
Mr. Barry Clifton Luckie, 40, of Osceola, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. He was a member of Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church. He was an associate minister and a landscaper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Luckie. 
Mr. Luckie leaves his mother, Martha Moore of Osceola; 
His daughter, Takeisha Luckie of Osceola; 
His sisters, Nedra Cook of Osceola, Vickie Richardson of Blytheville and Patricia Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; 
His brothers, Jimmie Luckie Jr. and Donnell Luckie, both of Osceola, and Glenn V. Luckie of Killeen, Texas; and 
One grandchild. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Osceola. Pastor Michael McKinnie officiated, and burial followed in Whiteside Cemetery in Osceola.

L.C. 'CEEWEE' ROYSTER JR. 
Mr. L.C. "CeeWee" Royster Jr., 40, of Osceola, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his father, L.C. Royster Sr. 
Mr. Royster leaves his mother, Earnestine Royster; 
His sisters, Brenda Royster of Memphis, Tenn., Shirley Tedford of Osceola, Daphne Royster and Kimberly Greene, both of St. Louis, and Rhonda Royster of Sacramento, Calif.; and

Her bothers, Thomas Walker and John Curtis Knighten, both of Osceola. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday 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 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola. 

JOHNNY LAFATE TUCKER 
Mr. Johnny Lafate Tucker, 58, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Caruthersville, Mo., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Born March 23, 1945, the son of Theodore Tucker and Faithan Wigginton Tucker, he attended Caruthersville schools. He later attended Kansas State University and graduated from Texas Christian University.

He was a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. 
Mr. Tuckers was a police officer with the Pittsburg, Kan., police department and later was engaged in the ranching business. He was of the Episcopal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Mr. Tucker leaves one son, Johnny Wade Tucker of Los Angeles; 
One brother, Theodore Tucker of Dayton, Texas; 
Three sisters, Mary Logan of Dayton, Louise Sanders of Beaumont, Texas, and Shirley Thomas of Devers, Texas; and 
One aunt and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends. 
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville, with Father Joe Campbell officiating.

The H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements. 

DANNY BOURLAND 
Mr. Danny Bourland, 62, of Blytheville, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Born in the Lost Cane Community to Merritt and Estelle Stutts Bourland, he was a lifelong area resident and member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He had farming and agricultural interests and was a former manager of Cotton Growers Gin. He was a financial consultant with A.G. Edwards and Sons in Blytheville prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Mr. Bourland leaves his wife, Mrs. Dorris Wheeler Bourland, of the home; 
Two daughters, Layne Bourland, and Kelly Boothe and her husband Tom, all of Maumelle; 
Three brothers, James Bourland of Jonesboro, Larry Bourland of York, Pa., and Freddie Bourland of Keiser; and 
One grandson, Carson Boothe. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Blytheville with the Rev. Bill Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville. 

FRANCES L. CHISM 
Mrs. Frances L. Chism, 83, of Blytheville, the widow of John Chism, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Sept. 13, 1918, she was a lifelong Blytheville resident and of the Pentecostal faith. She was the former owner of the Greyhound Bus Station Cafe in Blytheville.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Odie B. Vincent; one daughter, Geneva Vincent; one son, Thomas Vincent; and one sister, Inez Griffin.

Mrs. Chism leaves two daughters, Shirley Milburn of Blytheville and Janet McFarland of Paragould; 
One stepson, Danny Chism of Blytheville; and 
Eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Steve Spears officiating. Burial will follow in Dogwood Cemetery.

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

BILLY CALVIN COBB 
Mr. Billy Calvin Cobb, 74, of Cabool, Mo., died Monday, June 3, 2002, at his home. Born in Blytheville, the son of Charles Ellett Cobb and Stella Lorene Morgan Cobb, he and his wife, Pat, had resided in Cabool for the past 28 years.

He was a retired business owner and had turned a much-loved hobby of flying into a business by buying and selling airplanes. Before moving to Cabool, he was sales manager for HiAir, an aircraft sales subsidiary company of Holiday Inns. After retiring from flying, his hobby became traveling in his recreational vehicle. He and his wife have spent the last 20 years traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles Ellett Cobb Jr. and James Edward Cobb. 
Mr. Cobb leaves his wife, Patricia Morris Cobb, formerly of Paragould; 
Two sons, William Kendall Cobb and Richard Ellett Cobb and wife, Leasa, of Rogersville, Mo.; 
Two daughters, Brenda Sue Huestis of Bakersville, Calif., and Sharon Faye Flick and husband, Phil, of Fresno, Calif.; 
Two brothers, Donald Joe Cobb and wife, Nancy, of Richmond, Va., and Philip Morgan Cobb and wife, Elaine, of Yukon, Okla.;

One sister, Doris Jean Grimes and husband, Jerry, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 
Two sisters-in-law, Melba Jarrett of Blytheville and Louise Cobb of Memphis; 
Two brothers and sisters-in-law, the Rev. Royce and Kathryn Boling and Hughlen and Deloris Shatley of Paragould; and 
Nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cabool Christian Church. Bro. Royce Boling and Bro. Bob Martin will officiate. Burial will conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Paragould.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home in Cabool. 
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Thoracic/Head and Neck, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77030, or Community Hospice of America, 101 E. Second St., Mountain Grove, Mo., 65711.

GEORGE COWLEY SR. 
Mr. George Cowley Sr., 80, of Blytheville, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in Joiner. Born in Tupelo, Miss., he had been a farmer.

Mr. Cowley leaves his wife, Bernice Cowley of the home; 
His daughters, Barbara Taylor, Diane Wilson, Gloria Smith, Rena Cowley, Valerie William and Yolanda Cowley, all of Saginaw, Mich., Debra J. Dawkins of St. Louis, Angela Barker of Wilson, Pamela Cowley and Ruby Cowley, both of Blytheville, Georgia Mae Cowley of Tupelo, Emma Jean Jackson of Chicago and Paulene Merion of Plantville, Miss.;

His sons, George Cowley Jr., Deroll Cowley and James Cowley, all of Blytheville, Roosevelt Cowley of Trumann, Timothy Cowley of Frenchman's Bayou and Murial Cowley of Saginaw;

His brothers, Chester Cowley of Tupelo, Nolan Cowley of Chicago and Murial Cowley of St. Louis; and 
Sixty grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Taylor and Kimbrough Funeral Home Chapel in Joiner, with burial following in Bowden Cemetery.

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

JOHN LAWRENCE WOODARD 
Mr. John Lawrence Woodard, 89, of Athelstan, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Osceola. Born Oct. 29, 1912, in Fayetteville, Tenn., he had been a member of Keiser Methodist Church, a former member of the boards of directors of Home Oil Co., Federal Land Bank, Production Credit Association and Little River Gin Co.. He had been a landowner and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Woodard; three sisters, Sarah Gibson, Helen Ashley and Thelma Ashley; a grandson, James David Alexander; one stepson, Edward Beardsley; and one stepdaughter, Frances Morgan.

Mr. Woodard leaves his wife, Ola Mae Woodard of the home; 
One daughter, Betty Lawrence Woodard Alexander of Wilson; 
One stepdaughter, Peggy Benefield of Calico Rock; 
One stepson, Robert Newton of St. Louis; 
One sister, Mrs. Evelyn Hughes of Manila; 
Eight grandchildren, William Jackson Alexander, MD, of Denver, Mapra Kathleen Gentry of Houston, Elizabeth Jeanne Stratton of Bentonville, Dr. Eldon Lawrence Alexander of Seal Beach, Calif., Julie Isabelle Smith of Fairview, Tenn., Steven Bradshaw Alexander of Benton, Pam Klaus of St. Louis and Lynne Newton of Minneapolis, Minn.; and

Twenty great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in the Roller-Swift Funeral Home Chapel in Osceola, with burial following in Ermen Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Stone will officiate.

The family will receive visitors at 9 a.m. prior to service time. 

JOE T. GIBSON 
Mr. Joe T. Gibson of Osceola died at his home this morning. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Roller-Swift Funeral Home of Osceola. 

PAUL WAYNE HAYDEN 
Mr. Paul Wayne Hayden, 21, of Leachville, died Wednesday at his home. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. 

KENNETH DOUGLAS MARTIN 
Memorial services for Mr. Kenneth Douglas Martin will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville. The Rev. Thad Grimstead will officiate. Mr. Martin, who was 39 when he died April 2, 1999, was born and raised in Michigan and a resident of Tulsa, Okla., in his later years. He had served in the U.S. Navy and, after discharge, pursued a career as a nurse.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary. 
Mr. Martin leaves his parents, Louis and Donna Mahan of Dell; 
Four brothers, Ronald Wilcoxson, Michael Wilcoxson, Greg Martin and Steve Martin; and 
Four sisters, Joyce Prim, Sheri Hammond, Donna Kay Walker and Rachel Johnson. 
Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of arrangements. 

LORENE COCHRAN METZGER 
Mrs. Lorene Cochran Metzger, 93, of Blytheville, the widow of William Taft Metzger, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Oct. 3, 1909, at Cottonwood Point, Mo., the daughter of James and Maggie White Cochran, she was a lifelong area resident and a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Women's Missionary Union Circle. She was a former member of the Armorel Home Demonstration Club and the Eastern Star. According to family members, she loved flower arranging, fishing and watching Atlanta Braves baseball.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Ricky Keith Metzger. 
Mrs. Metzger leaves her children, LaVerne Metzger Parrish of Searcy, W.T. Metzger Jr. of Blytheville and Rex Metzger of Newport;

One sister, Modene Steele of Benton; 
Six grandchildren, Jeri Parrish Bryan of Cabot, Michael Parrish of Blytheville, Brenda Metzger Travis of Maumelle, Wayne Metzger and Barbara Metzger Hackney, both of Newport, and Alan Metzger of Tuckerman; and

Twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Pam Estes officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

NELLIE ROBERTSON MUSE 
Mrs. Nellie Robertson Muse, 81, of Clinton, La., died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. She was a native of Greensburg, La.

Mrs. Muse leaves her husband, Robert Muse Sr.; 
Four sons, Hosea Muse and Alphonze Muse of Clinton and Robert Muse Jr. and Larry Muse, both of Memphis, Tenn.; 
One daughter, Cora Rogers of Greensburg; 
One sister, Mrs. Peggy Hughes of New Orleans; and 
Two brothers, Freddie Roberson of Baton Rouge and Roscoe Roberson of Blytheville. 
Religious services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Day's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Clinton. The Rev. Willie Brumfield will officiate, and burial will follow in Pipken Chapel Cemetery in Chipola, La.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. 
MJR Friendly Service Funeral Home Inc. of Denham Springs, La. is in charge of arrangements. 

W.B. 'DUB' STEWART 
Mr. W.B. "Dub" Stewart, 76, of Osceola, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, in Jonesboro. Born Dec. 6, 1925, in Osceola, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Osceola and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr. Stewart leaves his wife, Wanda Stewart of Osceola; 
Two stepsons, Mike Creecy of Alabama and James Creecy of Senatobia, Miss.; 
One brother, Max Stewart Jr. of Osceola; 
One sister, Tommie Lou Barber of Osceola; and 
Six grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in Roller-Swift Funeral Home Chapel in Osceola, with burial to follow in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. Allen Rainey will officiate.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

KRISTY CHRISTOPHER 
Mrs. Kristy Christopher, 25, of Blytheville, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. Born Dec. 26, 1975, in Blytheville, she was a lifelong resident. Even though she became paralyzed following an automobile accident some two years ago, according to her family, she loved to continue to be "on the go."

She leaves her husband of seven years, Brian Christopher; 
A daughter, Kayla Jones of the home; 
Her father, John Jones of Blytheville; 
A brother, John Jones Jr. of Memphis; 
A stepbrother, Ramon E. Jones of Cabot; 
A stepsister, Lisa Jones of Alabama; 
Her paternal grandparents, by whom she was raised, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Jones of Blytheville; and 
Her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Louise Neisler of Blytheville. 
She was preceded in death this past January by her mother, Alberta Jones. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jeff Moody will officiate, and burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

RUTH FLEEMAN 
Mrs. Ruth Fleeman, 91, of Blytheville, the widow of Fred Fleeman, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born in Crenshaw, Miss., the daughter of Benjamin "Ben" and Don Miller Matthews, she was a longtime area resident and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss., and a retired elementary school teacher.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mrs. Fleeman leaves three nephews, John E. Matthews and Ben Matthews, both of Tunica, Miss., and Joe Matthews of Rock Hill, S.C.;

One niece, Mary Don Koonce of Tunica; and 
Many great-nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Pamela Estes will officiate, and burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Seventh and Main streets in Blytheville. 

TULLAS HENSON 
Mrs. Tullas Henson, 83, of Blytheville, the widow of Harley Henson, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born in Lexington, Tenn., the daughter of Robert and Lucille Hart Farmer, she was a longtime area resident and a member of North 10th Street Baptist Church. She was a retired beautician and a member of Town and Country Home Demonstration Club.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mrs. Henson leaves five daughters, Mrs. Betty Carmon of Huntley, Ill., Mrs. Patsy Reese of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Lou Fernatt of Hanover Park, Ill., Miss Carolyn Henson of Chicago and Mrs. Terry Calcutt of Dayton, Ohio; and

Eight grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Max Briley and the Rev. Henry Applegate will officiate, and burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

WENDELL HURLEY 
Mr. Wendell Hurley, 57, of Manila, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born March 23, 1944, in Manila, he was the son of the late Charles and Effira Carpenter Hurley. Mr. Hurley was a lifelong Manila area resident, a retired cotton ginner and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Ronda, and his son, Wendell Ron Hurley. 
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Janet Newton Hurley of the home; 
One son, Brian Hurley of Manila; 
One brother, Buddy Hurley of Manila; and 
Three sisters, Mrs. Wanda Estus of Manila, Mrs. Monteen Mouyer of Manila and Mrs. Lorene Armfield of Oak Grove, La. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila. The Rev. Waymon Holt will officiate, and burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery.

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

JIMMY MEACHAM 
Mr. Jimmy Meacham, 80, of Blytheville, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Born Aug. 17, 1920, in Ripley, Tenn., the son of Thomas Eldridge and Sally Ann Needham Meacham, he was a longtime area resident and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Mr. Meacham was a retired jeweler and the co-owner of Meacham's Jewelry in Blytheville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion, Chickasawba Masonic Lodge No. 134 and the Knights Templar Shrine.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Ford Meacham, to whom he was married July 5, 1945.

Mr. Meacham leaves one son and daughter-in-law, Don and Jenny Meacham of Gosnell; 
One daughter and son-in-law, Donna Meacham Haley and Bill Haley of Memphis; 
Two brothers, Montell Meacham of Reno, Nev., and Junior Meacham of Washington; 
One sister, Rosie Gann of California; and 
Four grandchildren, Brandon Kamm of Memphis and Kelli, Chase and Nikki Meacham, all of Gosnell. 
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dogwood Mausoleum. The Rev. Henry Applegate will officiate.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville.


 


 

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