Mary Jo Ates, 74, of Stanton, Texas, formerly of Malden, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Stanton Care Center.
Born Jan. 2, 1928, in Malden, she worked for the Stanton Independent School District and was of the Baptist faith.
She married Robert Lee Ates, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one son, Billy Joe Clark; one grandson, Terry Jones and a great-granddaughter, Donna Hope Garza.
Survivors include four daughters, Donna Clark and Linda Mendez, both of Stanton, Linda Jones of Missouri and Joyce Turner, of Joplin, Mo.; three sons, Roger Ford, of Florida, John Clark, of Midland and Charles Clark, of Austin, Texas; five brothers, Bill Burke, of Chicago. Ill., Jim Burke, of Hayti, Mo., Bob Burke, of Malden, Charlie Burke, of Missouri and Donald Burke, of Florida; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Stanton Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Stanton with Kelly Inman officiating.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Memorial Cemetery in Malden.
Iva C. Browning, 85, of Kennett, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Slatton officiating.
Burial will follow at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Paragould, Ark.
William "Seb" Sylvan Buck, 92, of Hornersville, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Madison Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo.
Born April 13, 1910, in Hornersville, son of the late Newt and Frances Caroline Harkey Buck, he was a farmer and was in the service station business. He was a member of the First Baptist church in Hornersville.
On Sept. 13, 1935, in Hollywood, Mo., he married Myrtess Crawford, who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1987. He was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby Crawford Buck; two brothers, Edison and Wesley Buck and three sisters, Gladys Dollins, Lizzie Buck and Florence Ridings.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Branum, of Fredericktown; one sister, Oleda Brewer, of Paragould, Ark. one brother, Alvy Buck, of Kennett; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the First Baptist Church in Hornersville with the Rev. Doug Clinton officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Bradshaw-Emerson Funeral Home of Hornersville was in charge of arrangements.
Wendell Brent Dunning, 48, Hollandale, Miss., formerly of the Buckeye community near Leachville, Ark., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Murphy, Miss.
Born in Leachville, son of the late Jack and Betty Buck Dunning, he was employed at Delta Pride Catfish and was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Susie Dunning, of Hollandale; one son, Dustin Brent Dunning, of Hollandale; one daughter, Brittany Dunning, of Hollandale; two nieces, Tonya Atchison, of Rives, Mo. and Mitzi Medsker, of Hornersville; one great-nephew, Jared Shaneyfelt, of Rives and two great-nieces, Lindsey Atchison, of Rives and Jacklynn Medsker, of Paragould, Ark.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Monda Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Howard Funeral Home Chapel in Manila, Ark. with the Rev. David Powell officiating.
Burial was in Manila Cemetery.
Jessie Fowler, 68, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Kennett, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at St. Bernard Hospital in Jonesboro.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett.
Billy Hopper Sr.
Billy R. Hopper Sr., 72, of Arbyrd, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Covenant Health Care Center in Saginaw, Mich.
Born Aug. 19, 1930, in Arbyrd, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He lived in the Flint, Mich. area 35 years and was retired from General Motors. He was serving a second term as mayor of Arbyrd at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Louise, of the home; a daughter, Sherry Bragg and husband, Michael of Durand, Mich.; two sisters, Shirley Overman of Blytheville, Ark., and Toni Burwell, of Knoxville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Billy Hopper III, Angel Hulett, Randy Hopper, David Bailey, Amy Roach and Carrie Hopper; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Hopper Jr., daughter-in-law, Kathy Hopper and a brother, Bobby Hopper.
Private graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Thetford Township Cemetery with the Rev. Clint Peters officiating.
Memorial gifts may be offered to the family.
Marcille Jones, 84, of Bernie, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.
Born June 23, 1918, in Bernie, daughter of the late George and Minnie Fonville Jones, she worked at Malden Grain Company and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bernie.
Survivors include one sister, Georgena Kilosick, of Covina, Calif. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eva Kincade, Edna Mae Jones and Naomi Murphy and one brother, William Jones.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home Chapel in Bernie with the Rev. O.H. Brooks officiating.
Burial was in the Bernie Cemetery.
Dan H. Lell, 78, of Senath, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the St. Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Born June 13, 1924, in Senath, son of the late Earl and Ruth Holligan Lell, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in WWII.
On Dec. 30, 1944, in Paragould, Ark., he married Velma Whitlock, who survives of the home.
Survivors also include one son, Jim Lell, of Edwardsville, Ill.; one daughter, Danna Fach and husband, Robert, of St. Charles, Mo.; one granddaughter, Lynna Aubuchon and two great-grandchildren, Danielle and Emma Aubuchon.He was preceded in death by one sister, Pat Mullen.
Funeral servicecs were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Denny Brown officiating.
Burial was in the Lulu Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Sam Massey, Troy Daniels, Steve Westmorland, Bobby Stark and Bobby and Kevin McGrew.
Herman W. Mizell, 87, of Conway, Ark., formerly of Cardwell, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at his residence.
Born Oct. 29, 1918, in Senath, Mo., he was the son of the late William L. and Ollie May Mizell.
He married Doshie Killian, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two brothers Horace "Doc" and Paul Mizell and two infant sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Patty Cooper and husband, John, of Conway; two granddaughters, Lauri Thomas and Lisa Rice, of Rogers Ark.; two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Thomas and Adam Rice, both of Rogers; one sister, Irene Doherty and three nieces, Judy Doherty and Janice Hyde, both of Paragould, Ark. and Sharon Eddington, of Arbyrd, Mo.
A family visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at the Fist Baptist Church in Cardwell.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Paragould.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Conway Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Katherine Sawyer, 89, of Guntersville, Ala., formerly of Caruthersville, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Mmarshall Medical Center North in Guntersville.
Born Jan. 9, 1913, in Beebe, Ark., daughter of the late McHenry L. and Lucia Griffin Milner, she was a homemaker, co-manager of the Golden Rule Shop in Caruthersville and a member of the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the PEO and a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in Hayti, Mo.
On Jan. 3, 1933, in Blytheville, Ark., she married John W. "Spud" Sawyer, who preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1997. She was also preceded in death by two twin brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Sawyer Jones, of Guntersville and Margaret "Patty" Sawyer Sommerkamp, of Caruthersville; four grandchildren, Lissa Jones Brown, of Guntersville, Andrea Jones Thompson, of Boaz, Ala., Buck Sommerkamp, of Lee's Summit, Mo. and Margaret "Meg" Sommerkamp Childers, of Caruthersville and seven great-grandchildren, Alan Sawyer and Sarah Katherine Brown, both of Caruthersville, John Garland, Dylan Anderson and Lee Hayden Thompson, all of Boaz and John Alexander and Stephen Andrew Sommerkamp, both of Lee's Summit.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec, 31, at the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Caruthersville with the Rev. Dwight Chapman and Rev. Dr. Paul Currie officiating.
Burial was in the Little Prairie Cemetery at Caruthersville.
Pallbearers were Fred Hardy, Jiggs Dodd, William Townsend, Gearl Adams, Joe Parkinson and Jim Atchison.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Geneva Townes, 69, of Malden, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Born Feb. 24, 1933, in Summer, Miss. daughter of the late Willie and Viola Brown Booker, she worked for Tyson Foods and was a member of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Malden.
Survivors include five sons, Robert Ivy, Melvin Townes and wife, Dora and Johnny Townes and wife, Mary, all of San Antonio, Texas; Cal Ivy, of Malden and Michael Ivy, of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Ida Evans and husband, Richard, of Los Angeles, Calif. and Ruby Wilson, of San Antonio; her step-mother, Esther Brooks, of Broseley, Mo.; two brothers, Lonnie Booker and wife, Bonnie and Willie Booker, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Carrie Brooks, of Malden and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Malden with the Revs. Otis L. Hawes, Jr. and Margaret Williamson officiating.
Minnie Willis, 64, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Arbyrd, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at the St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis.
Funeral arrangemeobit nants are incomplete with the McDaniel Funeral Home of Arbyrd.
She is the sister of Zola Wilcox, of Senath, Mo. and Pauline Carroll, of Arbyrd.