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Area Deaths

Friday, November 15, 2002

Carl Blume

Carl Matthew Blume, 72, of Glennonville, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at the Malden Nursing Center in Malden, Mo. Born Jan. 26, 1930, in Glennonville, son of the late Joseph Leo and Edna Laux Blume, he was a U.S. Army veteran and of the Catholic faith.

He was married to Alberta Mary Krapf.

Survivors include four daughters, Carla Potter, of Malden, Sandy Blume, of Broseley, Mo., Sheila Welty, of Lake Village, Ark. and Lisa Buie, of Campbell, Mo.; three sons, Rick and Kevin Blume, both of Malden and Jeff Blume, of Broseley; one brother, James Blume, of El Campo, Texas; 12 grandchildren and one great- grandson.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Bader and Lucille Blume and one son Conrad Joseph Blume.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 15, at the Landess Funeral Home in Campbell. Rosary will also be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick White officiating.

Burial will follow at the St. Teresa's Cemetery in Campbell.

Nina Smith

Nina Broadway Smith, 72, of Dyersburg, Tenn. formerly of Kennett, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Jordan officiating.

Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.

Evelyn Crouthers Stillman paid obituary

March 1, 1921 - November 13, 2002 Evelyn Crouthers Stillman, 81, died Wednesday, November 13 at her home in Kennett, Missouri. After five surgeries and a 30 year battle with cancer, Mrs. Stillman finally lost. Mrs. Stillman was born in Atkins, Arkansas on March 1, 1921, the daughter of Ona Mae Heflin and Wayne Crouthers. Wayne Crouthers died in 1924, and the family remained in the Little Rock area until December 1940 when they moved to the Bootheel of Missouri.

Evelyn married Claud Stillman on October 7, 1944. To this union were born James in 1946 and Linda in 1949. All are now deceased, Claud in 1955, James in 1992, and Linda in 1997.

In 1970, she married Dr. Ralph Braund of Memphis, a renowned oncologist, and lived there until his death in 1977. After returning to Kennett, she maintained a home in Memphis and continued to participate in many social and cultural activities.

Evelyn Stillman was a fine lady who gave of herself everyday to improve the life of our community, its citizens and our world. Mrs. Stillman will be remembered for her service and her personal goodness. Death cannot erase her good deeds.

Evelyn Stillman was a homemaker and a successful businesswoman. She took great pride in the home she and Claud built in Kennett in 1954. She was famous for her parties and was often called "the hostess with the mostest". Widowed at age 34 for over fifteen years and then again at the age of 55, she applied her perceptive intelligence and good sense to very effectively manage the family farming business for close to fifty years.

Mrs. Stillman was a lifelong learner. From her childhood, she was bright and curious. Starting school at age 5, she never stopped learning. Friends talk about how they always learned something when they were in her home or in her company. She was widely read with broad ranging interests, from common sense solutions to everyday life problems, good recipes, farm policy and international politics. Her world travels, from China to Egypt, brought her more insight into the human condition.

Several years ago, Mrs. Stillman took a creative writing class at the University of Mississippi. Most of the students were professional writers and retired college professors. On campus one day, she ran into her teacher who asked her what she hoped to learn from the class. At first, she was shy to answer, since she thought her goal so modest. Then she told her teacher, "I want to learn to write a good letter." Very seriously her teacher responded, "Yes, you are right. That's so important." In fact, Mrs. Stillman was an inveterate letter writer, a gift that has become a lost art.

Mrs. Stillman celebrated social graces and lived her life in accordance. Kindness, consideration and personal generosity flowed into everything she did. Her character, charm, and unswerving loyalty earned her lifelong friends in Kennett, Memphis and around the U.S.

Bringing food and caring to the sick or lonely, she never neglected her belief in direct personal action to help others. Over her life of hard work and civic caring and in her business dealings, she was a person of absolute integrity. At the same time, she was self effacing and modest, believing that she was simply doing her duty, that her goodness was a natural, God given obligation, the "rent we pay" for living in a civilized society.

Mrs. Stillman was a walking talking history lesson, about Peach Orchard, Kennett, Piggott, and the tri-state area. Her stories described the rich tapestry of changes in farming practices and personal histories. From those stories emerged the vital truth about what really matters: caring, giving, and personal responsibility. That was her central gift to us, the day-to-day reality of her example, expressed so elegantly through her personal dignity, grace, and principled actions.

Mrs. Stillman was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kennett and numerous civic organizations in Memphis including the Cotton Wives, Doctor's Wives, Brooks Art Gallery League, the Dixon Art Gallery, and Stage Set (Little Theater of Memphis).

In addition to her personal service, she was a benefactor to many individuals and institutions, sponsoring scholarships to the College of the Ozarks, the Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and others.

Mrs. Stillman was preceded in death by her brother James in 1967, her mother in 1977 and her brother L.G. Crouthers in 1990. She is survived by her sisters Jo Ann Marchi of Crofton, Maryland and Alene Smith of Belton, Missouri and nine nieces. She was preceded in death by one nephew, Dr. Ron Crouthers and one niece Mary Margaret Crouthers.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Kennett, 300 College Avenue on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Paul Lanning and Rev. Michael Kelpe officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a reception in the church dining hall. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1378 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. .

(McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett, Missouri is in charge of funeral arrangements.)