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Area Deaths

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Clyde Bolton

Clyde H. Bolton, 96, of Puxico, Mo., formerly of Rector, Ark., died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at his home.

Born March 20, 1907, in Rector, a son of the late John and Ella Bolton, he was a mechanic and attended First Church of God in Piggott, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice.

Surviving are three sons, Herbert Bolton, Leroy Bolton and Joe Bolton, all of Piggott; four daughters, Norma Thompson of Paragould, Ark., Glenda Watts of Flushing, Mich., Vonna Jean Cummings of Jonesboro, Ark. and Sandra Kilbreth of Puxico; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, April 27, at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the First Church of God in Piggott with Brother Gene Madigan officiating.

Burial will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Billy Burson

Billy Paul "Bill" Burson, 74, of Holcomb, Mo., died Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Landess Funeral Home of Campbell, Mo.

Stella Knuckles

Stella Knuckes, 83, of Sikeston, Mo., died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.

Born Nov. 10, 1919, in Bugscuffle, Okla., daughter of the late Wylie and Minnie Gamble Downs, she was a member of Christian Tabernacle in Sikeston.

On Aug. 31, 1938, at Charter Oak, Mo., she married Herschel Knuckles who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 1987. She was also preceded in death by one son, Arcel Knuckles, two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Lloyd Knuckles and Rick Knuckles both of Sikeston and Ronnie Knuckles of Dexter, Mo.; three daughters, Arlene Kirby of Dexter, Carolyn Moore of Sikeston and Donna Mallott of Kennett; two brothers, Clifford Downs of St. Louis and Eugene Knuckles of Enterprise, Texas; one sister, Birdie Cates of Kennett; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today, Sunday, April 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the Ponder Funeral Chapel with the Revs. E.J. McDougal and LeRoy Young officiating.

Burial will be in the Sikeston Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mark Moore, Darrin Knuckles, Lannie Moore, Billy Arnold, Brian Knuckles and Ryan Knuckles.

Elmer Skaggs

Elmer Skaggs, 93, of Campbell, Mo., died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Landess Funeral Home of Campbell.

L.A. Taylor

L.A. Taylor, Sr., 81, of Hayti, Mo., died Monday, April 21, 2003, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Born Feb. 8, 1922, in Knobel, Ark., a son of the late John Wesley and Shirley Mae Allen Taylor, he owned a repair shop and served as a firefighter in Hayti.

On May 27, 1939, in Hayti, he married Arlie Ruth Spence, who preceded him in death Jan. 20, 1994. He was also preceded in death by a son, Charles David Taylor.

Surviving are two sons, L.A. Taylor, Jr., of Pevely, Mo. and Jerry Terry of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one daughter, Gwendolyn Jones of Tiptonville, Tenn.; one brother, Thomas Harold Taylor of Costa Rica; one sister, Marcel Johnson of Connecticut; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the John W. Herman Funeral Home Chapel in Hayti with Dr. Ralph Bruce officiating.

Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Hayti.

Pallbearers were Bobby Alexander, Richard Ashbaugh, Ken DeBretto, Neely Mitchell, Jr., James Paul Mulcahy and Bob Turnage.