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
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
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
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Seventh
and Main streets in Blytheville.
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
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,
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
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.
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
One daughter and son-in-law, Donna Meacham Haley and Bill Haley of
Two brothers, Montell Meacham of Reno, Nev., and Junior Meacham of
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.
Mr. Harold Cude, 73, a retired farmer of Leachville, died early today
at his home. He was the husband of Bernice Cude.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Howard
Funeral Service of Leachville.
Gail Badgett, 61, of Edmond, Okla., formerly of Blytheville, died Saturday
at her home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cobb Funeral
Home in Blytheville.
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.
JAMES ROBERT ESTES
Mr. James Robert Estes, 64, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Sunday, Dec.
2, 2001, at his home. Born March 6, 1937, in Hardy, the son of James Rowe
Estes and Jennie Gann Estes, he attended schools in Caruthersville.
He was united in marriage to Miss Janice Hudgings March 6, 1959, in
Caruthersville. He was a veteran, having served his country in the U.S.
Air Force. Mr. Estes was self-employed in the construction business for
many years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Temple Baptist
Church of Caruthersville.
Mr. Estes leaves his wife Janice Estes of Caruthersville;
Three daughters, Morgan Janae Treece and Micalan Estes Anderson, both
of Caruthersville, and Cara Michelle Gardner of Dunmor, Ky.;
His parents, James Rowe and Jennie Estes of Caruthersville;
Two sisters, Rosa Lee Metzger of Hayti, Mo., and Mary Virginia Shoaf
of Jefferson City, Mo.;
Five grandchildren, Claressa Renee Anderson Nave, Jeffrey Sayre Treece,
Jenifer Michelle Anderson, Cody Ryan Anderson and James Dylan Treece;
Two great-grandchildren, Hannah Nicole Anderson and James Curtis Nave;
A number of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Temple Baptist
Church in Caruthersville, with the Rev. Jerry Harmon officiating. Burial
followed in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pallbearers were Billy
W. Constant, Bill Broderick, B.A. Cross, Charles Moody, Robert Hundhausen
and Jim Madison.
The H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements.
Tommy Lee Clay
Mr. Tommy Lee Clay, 38, of Blytheville died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at his home. Born Nov. 24, 1962, in Blytheville, he was a steel worker and a member of the Church of Christ.
He leaves his father, Maxie Clay of Blytheville;
His mother, Glenzie Adams Clay of Blytheville;
His wife, Christine Biggs of Blytheville;
One daughter, Katherine Kasey Clay of Wichita, Kan.;
Four sons, Tommy Clay Jr. of Wichita, Maurice Biggs, Alvin Biggs and Jonathan Biggs, all of Blytheville;
Two sisters, Jacqueline Clay and Meshunda Clay, both of Blytheville; and
Three brothers, Wayne Clay, Alfred Clay and Melvin Clay, all of Blytheville.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at New St. Paul Baptist Church. The Rev. Alvin Clay, pastor, will officiate, and burial will follow in Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home of Blytheville.
Dois Jean Dobbins
Mrs. Dois Jean Dobbins, 66, of Manila died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Roseland, the daughter of Homer and Nettie Bourland Boren, she had been a lifelong Manila area resident. She was a retired migrant tutor at Manila Public Schools and a member of the Milligan Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Warene Graham.
Mrs. Dobbins leaves her husband, Glenn Dobbins of Manila;
Two sons, Roy Gene Thomas of Osceola and Terry Thomas of Huntsville;
One daughter, Teresa Thomas of Manila;
One stepson, Gary Dobbins of Marmaduke;
One stepdaughter, Judy Abernathy of Jonesboro;
One brother, Herbert Boren of Ward;
Four sisters, Mrs. Aleine Connell of Des Plaines, Ill., Mrs. Faye Cokenhower of Des Plaines, Mrs. LaVonne Schmidt of Des Plaines and Mrs. Virginia Sneathen of Gillette, Wyo.; and
Eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila. The Rev. Waymon Holt will officiate, and burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Loy Jackson, Bobby Lee Barker, Gary Endicott, Michael Minton, Sammy Parker and Scott Crawford.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Dara Sing, 84, of Blytheville died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born April 17, 1916, in Hickman, she was a homemaker. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church where she was the church secretary, a member of the choir, a Sunday school teacher and president of the Usher Board.
Mrs. Sing was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She leaves four daughters, Dorothy Hall of Benton Harbor, Mich., Velois Sing of Chicago, Shirley Sing of Gosnell and Vera Marshall of Blytheville;
Three sons, Richard Sing of Detroit, Roosevelt Cole of Chicago and Jerry Lee Cole of Pontiac, Mich.;
Two sisters, Catherine Jones and Annie Bee Sing, both of Chicago;
One brother, L.C. Northern of Union, Ill.; and
Thirty-one grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville. The Rev. Gilbert Davis will officiate, and burial will follow in Memory Garden in Blytheville.