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Area Deaths

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Charley Branum

Charley Lester Branum, 88, of Kennett, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Born July 6, 1914, in Hornersville, Mo., son of the late Thomas J. and Alice Hastings Branum, he was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church.

On Sept. 24, 1938, in Kennett, he married Juanita Lurleen Burk, who preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1996. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lee, Milton, Willie and Chester Branum and two sisters, Nellie Hanners and Beryl Holmes.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Brent Branum, of Kennett and James Stephen Branum, of Mabelvale, Ark.; one brother, Tommy Branum, of Kennett; three grandchildren, Stephanie, David and Jennifer Branum and one great-grandchild, Jessica Hernandez.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Kennett with the Rev. Jim Lewis officiating.

Burial was in the Lulu Cemetery at Senath, Mo.

Pallbearers were Darrell, Bill, Lee and Gary Branum, David Hanners and Joe Maxwell.

McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Cantrell

Charles Fate Cantrell, 61, of Dexter, Mo., died Tuesday, Dov. 17, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Born Nov. 30, 1941, in New Madrid County, Mo., son of the late James Newt and Mattie Semino Cantrell, he was employed by Bush's Canning in Blytheville, Ark. and was a farm laborer.

On March 3, 1978, in Dexter, he married Melba Carpenter, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include six sons, James Dale Cantrell, of Jonesboro, Ark., William Dewayne Cantrell, of Leachville, Ark., Bobby Newt Cantrell, of Malden, Mo., Charles Edward Cantrell, of Advance, Mo. and Jasper and Charles Brandon Cantrell, both of Dexter; five daughters, Mary Conner, of Sikeston, Mo., Christine, Brittany Santana and Brooke Ann Cantrell, all of Dexter and Marsha Conner, of Clarkton, Mo.; one brother, Ralph Cantrell, of Apopka, Fla.; two sisters, Bonnie Stitz, of Dexter and Cathy Eubanks, of Eureka, Mo.; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leamon, Junior, Leon and Gene Cantrell; three sisters, Norma Barnett, Collean Burchett and Barbara Brant; one son, Danny Cantrell and one daughter, Doris Gibbs.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Metcalf officiating.

Burial will follow at the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield, Mo.

James Damron

James Damron, 92, of Senath, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 19, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brant Pierce officiating.

Burial will be in the McGrew Cemetery at Senath.

Anna Hackworth

Anna Geraldine Hackworth, 90, of Kennett, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with Spencer Furby officiating.

Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in 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 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.

Nona Hughes

Nona Louise Hughes, 87, of Kennett, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at National HealthCare in Kennett.

Born Nov. 19, 1915, in Red Granite, Wis., daughter of the late James Lee and Florence Helen Thurston Hughes, she was a registered nurse.

She married Charles A. Freise, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Freise, of Wheatland, Calif. and James R. Lindsey, of Chanute, Kan.; two daughters, Beverly Helen Beasley, of Gardner, Kan. and Mary Lois Kruep, of Paola, Kan.; one sister, Ethel I. McCall, of Illinois; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a special friend, Shawn Presson, of Manila, Ark.

Services will be set at a later date with the Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett.

Cebie Johnson

Cebie Johnson, 86, of Kennett, died today, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Kennett.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett.

Pearlie Mack

Pearlie Mae Mack, 72, of Hayti, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Born Feb. 25, 1930, in Newport, Ark., daughter of the late Johnny and Gloria Dean Edwards Jones, she was a member of the Full Gospel Evangelist Church and a member of the Mother Board of the Church.

On Aug. 20, 1950, she married James Mack, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by four children, James Ray, Eddie Lee and Addie Mae Mack and Phyllis Mae Edwards; three brothers, Ed, John and Richard Jones; six sisters, Minnie, Sarah, Laura and Willie Lee Jones, Emma Nelson and Alice Marie Washington and 10 grandchildren.

Survivors include five sons, Earl Mack and wife, Beatrice, of Kansas City, Rondia Mack and wife, Retha, of St. Louis, Mo., James Mack, of Springfield, Ill. and Phillip and Jimmy Mack, both of Warrensburg, Mo.; nine daughters, Gertrude Brown, Alice Jones, Mattie Brown and husband, M.C. and Linda Burton and husband, Robert, all of Hayti, Mary Lasley and husband, Wendell, of Springfield, Minnie Smith and husband, Louis and Dottie Mack, all of St. Louis, Lovie Harper and husband, Freddie, of Warrensburg and Carolyn Thomas and husband, Scottie, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two step-daughters, Martha Mack-Robinson, of St. Louis and Elizabeth Mack, of Alton, Ill.; five brothers, Joe Bob, Walter, Jessie, Dee and Bobby Jones; three sisters, Lula Mae Olden, Annie Sue Childress and Ruby Lee Jones; 65 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Hayti with Bishop George Wilson officiating.

Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Hayti.

Pallbearers were M.C. Brown, Robert Burton, Freddie Harper, Sr., Wendell Lasley, Louis Smith and Scottie Thomas, Sr.

Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Joyner, Benjamin, Derrick and Travis Mack, Christopher Moore and Christopher Williams.

John W. German Funeral Home of Hayti was in charge of arrangements. Christine Tucker

Christine R. Tucker, 80, of Kennett, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Born April 8, 1922, in Kennett, she was the daughter of the late Morgan and Aoma Starnes Layden.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Mungle and Rick Tucker, both of Kennett; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral servicecs were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapelin Kennett with the Rev. Don Emery officiating.

Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.

Pallbearers were Greg Mungle, Tim Yarbrough, Chris and James Tucker, Gene Glover and Billy Tansil.

Oral Waddell

Oral Ernest Waddell, age 75, of Vilonia, Ark., formerly of Kennett, died Wednesday, Dec. 18.

He was retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and was a member of Vilonia United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Oma Nell Waddell of Vilonia, seven children, Jeannine Flowers, Malden, Mo; LaVaughn Waddell, Mountain Grove, Mo; Kim Waddell, Carlisle; Bridget Pitonyak, Robin Rhoades, George Waddell, all of Little Rock, Ark. and Kristy Townsend of Bentonville, Ark.; a stepdaughter, Lianne Cole of Vilonia ; 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at Vilonia United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., followed by family visitation at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Vilonia Senior Citizens Center, 10 Bise Street, Vilonia, AR 72173.