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Area Deaths

Friday, November 1, 2002

G.W. Clay

Funeral services for G.W. ?Cotton? Clay, 63, of Braggadocio, Mo., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at the Braggadocio Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Ault officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the John W. German Funeral Home in Hayti, Mo.

Gladys Nelson

Gladys Irene Nelson, 72, of Knob Ark., died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at Rector Health Care in Rector, Ark.

Born Oct. 10, 1930, in Boydsville, Ark., she was daughter of the late William and Stella Layne.

She married Logan Nelson, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Emma Nelson and one brother, Everett Layne.

Survivors include one son, Terry Turner, of Paragould, Ark.; six daughters, Freda Trog, of Missouri, Wilma Williamson and Brenda Batten, both of Rector, Reta Nelson, of Rodchester, Minn., Sherry Nelson, of Kennett and Donna Lowe, of Paragould; one brother, Clyde Layne, of Searcy, Ark.; two sisters, Luceille Palmer and Lorene Cox, of Colorado City, Texas; 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 1, at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Ernie Rinks officiating. Burial will follow at the Purcell Cemetery in Rector.

Margaret Quinn

Margaret Naoimi Quinn, 76, of Hayti, Mo., died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Hayti.

Born Feb. 14, 1926, in Hayti, Mo., daughter of the late Curtis and Gertrude Autry Jackson, she was a beautician, a licensed realtor, a member of the Dry Bayou Baptist church and attended the Church of Jesus Christ.

In 1947, in St. Joseph, Mich., she married Warren Daniel, who preceded her in death in March of 1992. She later married Elzie Quinn in Kennett in February of 1993, who survives of the home.

Survivors include one son, Gene M. Williams, of Florida; one daughter, Peggy Bender, of Campbell, Mo.; five granddaughters, Nichole and Cynthia Williams, Tereasa Lester, Deborah Hampton and Nechell Smith; six step-children, Joan Gaines, Elzie J. Quinn, Jr. and Paul, Bill, Rodney and Bobby Quinn; one sister, Marvella Leto, of St. Joseph and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Linda and Ronnie Daniel. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Dry Bayou Baptist Church in Hayti with the Rev. Bobby Quinn officiating.

Burial was in the Dry Bayou Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry and J.R. Cronan, Michael Grissom, Donald Hampton, Brian Quinn and Jerry Wallace.

Ira White

Ira Thomas ?Tommy? White, 80, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Hayti, Mo.

Born Aug. 15, 1922, in Cooter, Mo., son of the late William Thomas and Cleopatrica Cranford White, he was a U.S. veteran, serving in WWII, worked in bridge maintenance and was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Caruthersville. He owned and operated a bait shop.

Survivors include one daughter, Janice Dugger and husband, John, of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Johnna Vaughan, of Collierville and Justin Dugger, of Meridian, Miss.; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Grayson Vaughan, of Collierville and Justin Dugger, of Meridian and one sister, Pauline Razor, of Blytheville, Ark.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel in Hayti, with Bro. John Earl Dunavant officiating.

Burial was in the Pemiscot Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Caruthersville.

Pallbearers were Chrles Dugger, Gordon, James and T.C. Razor, Larry Griffin, Joe VanCleve and Charles Stewart.

Margaret Wright

Bert Margaret "Mimi" Wright of Kennett passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, October 31st, 2002. She was 87.

Bert Margaret was the only child of Frank Arthur Maines and Bert Allen Maines McNeely. She was born on September 15th, 1915 in San Antonio, Texas. Bert Margaret spent her formative years in Thayer, Missouri. After her high school graduation in 1933 she moved to Memphis, Tennessee where she worked for Ark-Mo Power and Union Planters. Bert Margaret was a career woman before career women existed. In addition to her full time job, she was a Red Cross nurse volunteer and she could be found most weekends dancing the night away at The Skyway atop the Peabody Hotel.

In 1943, after a whirlwind courtship, Bert Margaret married Frederick Berkley Maus who was a salesman for Lima Locomotive Shovel and Crane Division. Fred and Bert Margaret lived all over the Southeastern U.S. including Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis, Tulsa, and Birmingham. When Fred was diagnosed with cancer, she went back to work full-time and cared for Fred until his death.

In early 1962, Bert Margaret caught the eye of longtime bachelor, William Vernon Wright of Kennett. Vernon fell head-over-heels for her and they were married on July 13, 1962. She lived in Kennett for over 40 years, longer than any other place she called home. She was an avid reader and traveler; she loved the theatre, the beach, and big-band music; she took great pride in her home, her garden, and her antique furniture. She especially loved spending the winter months at her home in Naples, Florida. Bert Margaret's greatest joy and delight was her beloved daughter, Sara Ann.

Bert Margaret was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kennett, the Royal Poinciana Country Club of Naples, Florida, the Kennett Country Club, Kennett Garden Club, Kennett PEO, and until her death, she was the CEO of Wright Farms of Kennett and Poplar Bluff.

Bert Margaret was preceded in death by her two loving husbands and a plethora of friends and family. She was survived by her daughter Sara Ann Maus Wright of Thayer, MO; granddaughter Camille Berkley Sexton Lockhart and her husband Alan W. Lockhart of Springfield, MO; grandson William Kent Sexton of Dallas, Texas; grandson Matthew Wright Pylant of New York, New York; great-granddaughter Olivia Berkley Lockhart of Springfield, MO; niece Alice Ann Wright of Kennett; sister-in-law and dearest friend Marilyn Maus of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law Gertrude Maus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her housekeeper of 40 years and dear friend, Laura Pulliam of Kennett; numerous nieces and nephews; and innumerous friends that she considered to be as close as family; and her dog, Lucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to one of Bert Margaret's favorite charities: The American Cancer Society, the National Alzheimer's Association, or the September 11th Fund of your choice.