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
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'
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
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.
Mr. Robert Lemons, 75, of West Hermondale, Mo., died Saturday at his
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McDonald-Horne
Funeral Home in Blytheville.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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;
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
Two daughters, Alice Hodges of Leachville and Linda Drury of Tupelo,
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
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
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
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
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