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LORNE THELMA MAY 
Mrs. Lorne Thelma May, 66, of Caraway, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at St. Bernards Regional Medical in Jonesboro. She had been a housewife and was of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. May leaves her husband, Glen May Sr. of Caraway; 
Her sons, Glen May Jr. of Horn Lake, Miss., Bobby May of Missouri, Gordon Dale May of Etowah and Steven May of Leachville;

One daughter, Rose Peridore of Caraway; 
Her sisters, May Brewer of Sikeston, Mo., Vera Thompson of Florida and Rose Hightower of Caraway; 
Her brothers, Edward Milligan of Jonesboro and Robert William Mulligan of Kentucky; and 
Fourteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, with Bro. Billy Moore officiating. Burial followed in Potter Cemetery in Lepanto.

ROSIE L. BOBO 
Mrs. Rosie L. Bobo, 85, of Blytheville, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Born in Fayette County, Ala., to Garland and Mary Alice Poe Blackburn, she had lived in this area for most of her life. She lived in Chicago for a few years, but moved back to Blytheville.

According to family members, she was a devoted homemaker and an outstanding cook. She was a Baptist and a member of the Naked Truth Full Gospel Ministries, where the Rev. Willie Warren is the pastor. She was a member of the Mothers' Board.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey Bobo; sisters, Mrs. Alphie Simpson, Mrs. Sophie Lynch and Mrs. Romayer Haley; brothers, Nelson Blackburn, Alfred Blackburn, Albert Blackburn and Alson Blackburn; a stepson, Leon; and her son, Virgil Bobo.

Mrs. Bobo leaves five daughters, Mrs. Lonnie Scott and her husband, the Rev. Edward Scott, of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. Gordie Murphy of Blytheville, Mrs. Mary Douglass of Markham, Ill., Mrs. Wanda Washington and her husband, Elijah, of Gosnell and Mrs. Leona Tate and her husband, Leroy, of Osceola;

Her son, Garland Bob and his wife, Ora Lee, of Osceola; 
Her stepdaughter, Mrs. Rosetta Agee of Gobler, Mo.; 
Three sisters, Mrs. Illayera Rudd and Mrs. Beulah Ware, both of Elkhart, and Mrs. Tauheedah Salaam of Chicago; and 
Thirty-six grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where the pastor is the Rev. J.W. Williams. The Rev. Edward Scott will do the eulogizing. Burial will follow at Whiteside Gardens in Osceola under the direction of McDonald-Horne Funeral Home of Blytheville.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

EULIS EUGENE KILBURN SR. 
Mr. Eulis Eugene Kilburn Sr., 63, of Koslkonong, Mo., formerly of Etowah, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at Shady Oaks Health Care Center in Thayer, Mo. Born Nov. 3, 1937, he was a retired factory worker and a U.S. Navy veteran and of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Kilburn leaves one daughter, Jennifer Lane of Edwardsburg, Mich.; 
Two sons, Jason Randall of Reno, Nev., and Eulis Kilburn Jr. of Florida; 
One sister, Maxine Reese of Koslkonong; 
Two brothers, Paul Kilburn of Vicksburg, Miss., and Joe Kilburn of Elkhart, Ind.; and 
Five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. today in Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Osceola, with burial following in Garden Point Cemetery in Etowah. The Rev. Huey Meherg officiated.

ROBERT LEMONS 
Mr. Robert Lemons, 75, of West Hermondale, Mo., died Saturday at his home. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McDonald-Horne Funeral Home in Blytheville. 

GINA MCGREW 
A memorial service for Mrs. Gina McGrew, 44, of Manila will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Betheny Baptist Church in Manila, with the Rev. Rich Elligson officiating.

Born Aug. 8, 1956, in Benton Harbor, Mich., she passed from this life July 30, 2001, at her home in Manila. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Bertha Cordell Nations, in 1986, and one brother. 
Mrs. McGrew leaves her husband, David McGrew of Manila; 
Two sons, Dennis Chitester of Kennett, Mo., and Jamie Chitester of Florissant, Mo.; 
Her father, Richard Foley of Palm Harbor, Fla.; 
Her mother-in-law, Katharina McGrew of Manila; 
One brother, Andy Cordell of Kennett; 
One sister, Terry Winkle of Kennett; and 
Four grandchildren. 
Howard Funeral Service of Manila is in charge of arrangements. 

MINNIE LOU WATKINS 
Mrs. Minnie Lou Watkins, 102, of North Little Rock, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, in Little Rock. Born in Harrisburg, the daughter of Will Durham and Etta Wright, she was a pioneer girl whose family homesteaded at the turn of the century near the Big Lake area. She was known in her youth as "the prettiest girl in Mississippi County." She and her daughters survived the Depression and two millenniums on their farm near Manila. According to her family, she had many friends who loved her and an extended family that included, Nola Curtis and the family of Sue Tegthoff.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ari Watkins, and daughters, Betty Lou, Faye, Kathryn and Helen. 
Mrs. Watkins leaves one daughter, Berneda; 
Her grandchildren, Charles Lewis Harker, J. Michael Harker, Sue Gaskin, Marylou Vanhook, Elizabeth Reincke, Ken Amick Jr. and Alan Robb; and

Fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
A private service was conducted. 
Griffin Leggett Rest Hills funeral home is in charge of burial arrangements. 

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. 

BIRL NOEL 'BILL' ADAMS 
Mr. Birl Noel "Bill" Adams, 83, of Leachville, died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at his home. Born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Orn and Emma Neal Adams, he had been a Leachville resident since 1935. He retired from the Buffalo Island School District in 1991 after 44 years of service. He was an avid sportsman, having coached many Pee Wee basketball teams over the years. In 1946, Mr. Adams won the highly publicized National Cotton Picking Contest in Blytheville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. 
Mr. Adams leaves his wife, Martha Hubbard Adams of the home; 
Two sons, David Parham of Gibson, Ga., and Terry Adams of Lawrenceville, Ga.; 
Six daughters, Brenda Stone, Janie Rogers and Patty Barrett, all of Leachville, Diane Tucker and Cindy Carle, both of Monette, and Sherry Lairsey of Monroe, Ga.;

Two brothers, Lloyd Adams of Piggott and Charles "Boe" Adams of Leachville; 
Three sisters, Bonnie Lloyd of Irving, Texas, and Rose Gray and Tulula Cagle, both of Leachville; and 
Twenty-one grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville, with the Rev. Charles Stoddard and the Rev. Doug Applegate officiating. Burial will follow in the Leachville Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Adams, Mark Teguns, Mitchell Slayton, Richard Slayton, Steve Slayton and Brent Slayton. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Kennett, Snowden Hawkins, R.D. Jackson, Ronnie McFarland, Bob Gray, Sonny Ladd, Tommy Reed, Carl Drury and Clarence Cornish.

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

SARAH J. PATTON 
Ms. Sarah J. Patton, 64, of Blytheville, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at her home. Born Oct. 22, 1938, in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Catherine and Otha Patton.

Ms. Patton was a 1958 graduate of Dallas County Training School in Fordyce. In 1962 she received her bachelor's degree from Arkansas Mechanical and Normal College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She earned her master's of science education degree from Arkansas State University in 1985.

She taught in the Blytheville School System for 31 years, nine of which were at Franklin and 22 years at Fairview. Her hobbies were reading, writing, listening to music and participating in community activities. Her interest in poetry dates back to her high school days when she wrote the words to her senior class song. She was a speech writer, as well as a writer of plays and poems. She also wrote the words to Fairview School's first song.

Ms. Patton served on the first State Pilot Project sponsored by the Blytheville District Education Association and Arkansas Education Association. She also served as a delegate and was a member of the State North Central Association Visiting Committee in 1988. She received an award from the Les Chic Club for tutoring and was honored by the Mississippi County Black Cultural Association for her contribution to fine arts. Ms. Patton also served as treasurer of the Northeast Arkansas Reading Council and was a member of the Mississippi County Retired Teachers Association. She was an active member of the community at Westminster Village.

Ms. Patton was a member of New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and worked in all capacities of the church.

She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Larry Winzer of Dallas; 
Her son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Roberta Williams of Blytheville; 
Seven grandchildren; 
An aunt, Mrs. Willie M. Allison; 
An uncle, Luther Stroud; 
Her goddaughter, Denise Handy and godson, Terril Handy; 
Cousins and other relatives; and 
A very special friend, Albert Dwight Williams of Chicago. 
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Wednesday at New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville, where the Rev. A.L. Clay is pastor. Burial will follow at Mount Tabor Cemetery in Fordyce.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald-Horne Funeral Home in Blytheville. 

VESTER HERSHEL PATTON 
Mr. Vester Hershel Patton, 85, of the Buckeye community near Leachville, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at his home. Born in Senath, Mo., the son of John and May Wafford Patton, he was a lifelong resident of the Leachville area. Mr. Patton was a longtime farmer and also retired from the Brown Shoe Co. in Leachville with 24 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell, Mo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Henry Patton, five sisters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Patton leaves his wife, Mrs. Frances Myracle Patton of the home; 
Two sons, William Patton of Versailles, Mo., and Franklin Patton of Leachville; 
Two daughters, Alice Hodges of Leachville and Linda Drury of Tupelo, Miss.; and 
Eleven grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell, with the Rev. Leland Dement officiating. Burial will follow in the Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. Active pallbearers will be Danny Robbins, Danny Ford, Bud Rauls, Eric Kisner, Charlie Purcell and J.W. Carder. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Boss, Wayne Dement, Floyd Brandon, Don Boss, Raymond Baldridge and Kevin Lexton.

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

GEORGE WILSON WISEMAN 
Mr. George Wilson Wiseman, 82, of Clu-Ru-Devill Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo., died Friday, June 20, 2003, at Mineral Area Parkland Hospital in Farmington, Mo. Born March 1, 1921, in Ripley County, Tenn., he was a retired farm worker and had served in the U.S. Army. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie Wiseman and Mary Ann (VanVicle) Wiseman. 
Mr. Wiseman leaves his wife, Tilda (Allison) Wiseman of Marquand, Mo.; 
His sons, Jim Wiseman of Tahoka, Texas, Clarence Wiseman of Fort Worth, Texas, Winston Wiseman of Dallas, Jerry Wiseman, Roy Wiseman and Tim Wiseman, all of Seattle, Wash., Alfred McGrath Jr. of Marquand and John McGrath of Pevely, Mo.;

His daughters, Jane Hanks of Marquand, Linda Husman of McAlester, Okla., and Ruth Anderson, Sylvia Nelson, Judy Brawner and Violet Nelson, all of Seattle; and

His sisters, Lou McLemore of Hayti, Mo., and Mary Miles and Irene Fair, both of Steele, Mo. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home in Steele, with the Rev. Kenny Durham officiating. Burial followed in Mount Zion Cemetery.

FREDDIE BELL JR. 
Mr. Freddie Bell Jr., 73, of Pontiac, Mich., died Friday, July 18, 2003, at Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in Hayti, Mo. Born Feb. 3, 1933, in Greenwood, Miss., the son of Freddie Bell Sr. and Mary Lee Bell, he was a member of St. John United Methodist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Frederick B. Moore in Pontiac. According to family members, he enjoyed ushering, bowling and fishing. He was retired from GMC Pontiac Motors in Pontiac after serving 37 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lee Bell, and two brothers, Sammie Lee Bell and Tommy Lee Bell. 
Mr. Bell leaves his son, Freddie Bell III of Pontiac; 
His fiancee, Madeliene Sullivan of Pontiac; 
His father, Freddie Bell Sr. of Caruthersville, Mo.; 
Three brothers, Jesse Lee Bell and his wife, Etta, Phedentry Bell and his wife, Peggy, and Henry Bell, all of Caruthersville;

Five sisters, Annie Lee Prather and her husband, Willie C., Willie Mae Taylor, Malissie Harris and Martha Driver, all of Caruthersville, and Mary Ann Tyner and her husband, Oscar, of Gathersburg, Md.;

One sister-in-law, Birdie Bell of Caruthersville; 
One stepgrandaughter, Katrina George of Pontiac; and 
A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, with the Rev. Frederick B. Moore Sr. and Bishop James L. Lane officiating. Burial followed in the Morgan Ridge Cemetery in Caruthersville.

BETTYE CLAY CHAMBERS 
Mrs. Bettye Clay Chambers, 74, of Osceola, died Monday, July 28, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Osceola.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hinten, and her husband, Robert Chambers Jr. 
Mrs. Chambers leaves two stepsons, Charles Chambers and Earnest Sanders, both of Saginaw, Mich.; 
Three stepdaughters, Rose Jones of Blytheville and Diane Speed and Donna Chambers, both of Osceola; 
One grandson, whom she raised, Blanton Jones of Blytheville; 
One special cousin, Freddie Mae Jones of Chicago; 
One special niece, Linda Williams of Osceola; and 
A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Whiteside Cemetery in Osceola under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola. Friends and family members will be pallbearers.

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


 


 

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