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Area Deaths

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Herschel Ayers

Herschel Edward Ayers, 78, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.

Born July 16, 1924, in Bassett, Ark., son of the late Harley Roy and Jennie Vera Spencer Ayers, he was U.S. Army veteran, serving in WWII, employed at Brown Shoe Company and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Caruthersville.

On June 21, 1947, in Caruthersville, he married Mary L. Prince, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include three sons, Herschel Edward Ayers, Jr. and Bobby Keith and Stephen Paul Ayers, all of Caruthersville; three daughters, Linda Jean Reno and Mary Sue Hilburn, both of Caruthersville and Cynthia Jane Short, of Louisiana; one brother, Harley Ayers, of Florida; one sister, JoAnn Roberts, of Lexington, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was prececded in death by two children; one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Larry Griffin officiating.

Burial was in the Little Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael David Reno, Chris Bullington, Robert Guest, Dr. Doug McKillip, Tommy Halford and Howard Kirby.

H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements.

Scottie Barnett

Scottie S. Barnett, 44, of Wappapello, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden, Mo.

Dubb Ford

Dubb Ford, 82, of Hornersville, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Hornersville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the United Methodist Church in Hornersville with the Revs. Mike Hargraves and Doug Clinton officiating.

Burial will follow at the Horner Cemetery.

Emma Foster

Emma Marie Foster, 79, of Kennett, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Born Feb. 9, 1923, in Arbyrd, Mo., daughter of the late Robert Lee Fleming and Lula Grace Smith, she was a homemaker.

She married Murrel Foster, who preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 1981. She was also preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Foster; one brother in infancy and three sisters, Jessie McCurdy, Myrtle Davis and Irene Campbell.

Survivors include two sisters, Ruby Crowell, of St. Charles, Mo. and Grace Dennis, of Kennett and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.

McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.

Claramay Grimes

Claramay Brown Grimes, 62, of Camden, Ark., died Satruday, Sept. 14, 2002, at her residence.

Born May 25, 1940, in Gideon, Mo., daughter of the late Fountain and Clara Kirk Brown, she was the owner of a book store and of the Methodist faith.

She married Gary Wayne Grimes, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include one daughter, Jill Christine Fairley, of McKinney, Texas; two sons, Andrew Corey Grimes, of North Little Rock, Ark. and Timothy Ronald Grimes, of Newark, Del.; one brother, Paul Brown, of Searcy, Ark.; one sister, Christine Brown, of Searcy and four grandchildren, Amelia and Madeline Fairley and Ethan and Audra Grimes.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Powell Funeral Home in Searcy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Searcy.

Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Malden Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden, Mo.

Nella Kelley

Nella Kelley, 88, of Braggadocio, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Born Jan. 16, 1914, in Tennessee, daughter of the late Sherman and Nancy Ham Staggs, she was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.

On March 5, 1930, in Decaturville, Tenn., she married James Levi Kelley, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Mart Staggs, Jr. and Walter (Sandy) Kelley and one daughter, Margaret King.

Survivors include six sons, Junior Kelley, of Wardell, Mo., Henry (Cotton) Kelley, of Braggadocio, J.R. Kelley, of Steele, Mo., Tommy Kelley, of Alexandria, La., Melvin Kelley, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Chester Kelley, of Caruthersville Mo.; five daughters, Sue Austin, of Sardis, Tenn., Billie Jo Casteel and Patricia Wilcox, both of Braggadocio, Mary Rodgers, of Memphis, Tenn, and Bobbie Jean (Barbara) Clay, of Pascola, Mo.; 72 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home in Steele.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Boyd officiating.

Burial will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele.

Bradley and Brandon Palmer

Bradley Lee and Brandon Dale Palmer, infant sons of Bobby Dale Palmer and Maggie Alena Chafin, of Dexter, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Survivors also include one brother, Ameal Manuel Chafin, of Dexter; paternal grandparents, Joe and Teresa Cecil, of Dexter and Ronald and Carolyn Palmer, of Bernie, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Barbara Hill Chafin, of Gray Ridge, Mo. and Lisa and Anthony Pafford, of Camden, Tenn.; paternal great-grandparents, Bobby and Margaret Adams and Ronald Palmer, Sr., all of Bernie; paternal great-grandmother, Phillis Gilmore, of Malden, Mo. and maternal great-grandparents, George Chafin, of Gray Ridge, Linda Lemons, of Dexter and Carol Rodgers, Sr., of Camden.

Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Chalk Bluff Cemetery near Dexter with the Rev. Doyle Corlew officiating.

Leroy Potts

Leroy Potts, 76, of Kennett, died today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at his residence.

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

Max Putnam

Max Lynn Putnam, 63, of Bernie, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo.

Born May 16, 1939, in Dexter, son of Vivian Perry Putnam, of Bernie and the late G.E. Putnam, he was truck driver and was presently employed at Southeast Coop in Dexter.

On June 9, 1956, in Bernie, he married Jean Williams, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include three daughters, Teresa Hutchcraft and husband, David, Tammy Brown and husband Michael and Kelly Urhahn and husband, Derek, all of Dexter; four grandsons, Garett and Justin Hutchcraft, Bradley Brown and Myles Urhahn, all of Dexter; one granddaughter, Macy Urhahn, of Dexter and three brothers, Harold Putnam, of Warrenton, Mo., Larry Putnam, of Phillipsburg, Mo. and Gary Putnam, of Dexter.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dean Williams and Kenneth Biggs officiating.

Burial will follow at the Bernie Cemetery.

Brandi Rash

Brandi Nicole Rash, 25, of Steele, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at The Med in Memphis, Tenn.

Born Dec. 7, 1976, in Hayti, Mo., daughter of Roger Davis, of Steele and Jan Brown Hojnacki, of Blytheville, Ark., she was a homemaker and attended the Church of Christ in Steele.

She married Kevin Rash, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include three children, Alyssa, Tyler and Madison, all of Steele; grandparents, Mary Davis, of Steele and Ruby Brown, of Blytheville, Ark. and two brothers, Shawn Brown and Adam Hojnacki, both of Blytheville.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Virgil Davis and Floyd Brown.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home in Steele.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home Chapel with John Mundy officiating.

Burial will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele.

Charles Smith

Charles E. Smith, 67, of Kennett, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at National HealthCare in Kennett.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett with the Rev. Lee Weeks officiating.

Stella Wilson

Stella Wilson, 88, of Senath, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Senath Nursing Center in Senath.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayland Tom officiating.

Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.