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Area Deaths

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Ellis Duffel

Ellis Duffel, 82, of Clarkton, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at John Cockran VA Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Born July 2, 1920, in Marmaduke, Ark., son of the late E.M. amd Effie Gertrude Potter Duffel, he was a U.S. veteran, a farmer and a member of the Stanfield Baptist Church in Clarkton.

He married Reva Smith, who preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 1972. He later married Grace Smith on June 24, 1973 and she preceded him in death on Nov, 4, 1990. On April 3, 1994, in Clarkton, he married Gurline Bell, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include one son, Dennis Duffel, of Clarkton; one daughter, Margaret Jahay, of Hazelton, Kan.; two brothers, Don Duffel, of St. Louis and Hershel Duffel, of Houston, Mo.; one sister, Estelle Cuttle, of St. Louis; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Duffel; one brother, Carlos Duffel and one sister, Flucie Smart.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Stanfield Baptist Church in Clarkton with the Rev. Jack Allen officiating.

Burial was in the Stanfield Cemetery at Clarkton.

Pallbearers were Rodney and Daniel Lawless, Guy Foster, Alan Evans, Glen Roland and Eric Jahay.

McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Forsythe

Ruby Forsythe, 84, of Steele, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at her residence.

Born Sept. 20, 1917, in Holland, Mo., daughter of the late Jody and Maggie Shumate Lumsden, she ws a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Tyler, Mo.

On Oct. 3, 1931, in Huffman, Ark., she married Halford Clifford Forsythe, who preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 1997.

Survivors include four sons, Clifton U. Forsythe, of Cooter, Mo. and Troy, Roy and Dale D. Forsythe, all of Tyler; three daughters, Alma R. Fournier, of Bakersfield, Calif., Mary Franklin, of Tyler and Joyce DeFoe, of Blytheville, Ark.; one sister, Opal Fowler, of Redding, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 12 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, Mo., with the Revs. Gary Andrews and William Clark officiating.

Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Steele.

Pallbearers were Steve and Jeff Forsythe, Jason Anderson, Allen Franklin and Scott and Mike DeFoe.

Bobby Lack

Bobby Lack, 69, of Campbell, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Landess Funeral Home of Campbell.

Leo Like, Sr.

Leo R. Like, Sr., 61, of Millington, Tenn., fomerly of Campbell, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at his residence.

Born June 30, 1941, in Holcomb, Mo., son of the late Elmus Jake Like and Mary Alice Weeks, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and of the Baptist faith.

On Dec. 1, 1959, he married Martha Carpenter, who survives of the home. Survivors also include two daughters, Carrie Tarrance, of Memphis, Tenn. and Donna England, of Walls, Miss.; one son, Leo R. Like, Jr., of Wichita, Kan.; his step-mother, Carleen Like, of Campbell; a grandmother, Minnie Mabrey, of Campbell and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Landess Funeral Home in Campbell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel with LaVerne Wright officiating.

Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Campbell.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Alliance Hospice, St. Jude Children's Hospital or the American Red Cross.

Freddie Moss ' Freddie Moss, 67, of Oklahoma, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, in Oklahoma.

Born in Hernando, Miss., he was the son of the late Reverse Moss, Sr. and Lena Clayton Moss.

Survivors include three daughters, Joann Davis and husband, Willie, of Blytheville, Ark., Freddie Mae and Donna Moss, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four sons, Freddie Moss, Jr., Donnell, Chris and Frederic Moss, all of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Maggie Dean, of Washington Park, Ill., Alma J. Moss, of Fairview Heights, Ill. and Lovie Jean Clay, of Blytheville; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the McDonald-Horne Funeral Home in Blytheville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the McDonald-Horne Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Burton Furlow officiating.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens.

William Smart

William Donald Smart, 73, of Clarkton, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Born Feb. 9, 1929, in Gideon, Mo., he was the son of the late Arttie and Willie Ann LaFont Smart.

Survivors include three brothers, Virgil and Evertt Smart, both of Clarkton and Jessie Smart, of Sioux Saint Marie, Mich.; one sister, Pearl Loughary, of Gideon and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruby Garrison.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Gideon.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Gideon with the Rev. Jack Allen officiating.

Burial will follow at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Clarkton.

Laura Tarkington

Laura Mae Tarkington, 90, of Gideon, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Southeast M issouri Hospial in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Born Nov. 27, 1911, in Morrilton, Ark., daughter of the late James Franklin and Hattie Hendrix Plunkett, she was a member of the United Church of God in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

On April 29, 1928, in Ada Ark., she married Wylie Tarkington, who preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1969. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Billie Jean Tarkington; three sons, Wylis Tarkington, Jr., Charles (Lefty) Tarkington and Larry Tarkington; two sisters, Julie and Hazel Plunkett and one brother, William Bean.

Survivors include three sons, James, Jerry and Kenneth Tarkington; four daughters, Wanda Hostetler, Jean Gifford, Sue Crane and Betty Garris; one brother, James Plunkett; one sister, Addie Brown; two half-brothers, Robert Bean and John Lott; two half-sisters, Martha Spain and Myrtle Bumpus; 29 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchilden.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel with David Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Stanfield Cemetery in Clarkton.

Opal Whittington

Opal Kathryn Whittington, 86, of Qulin, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at the Mark Twain Care Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Born Dec. 26, 1915, in Malden, Mo., daughter of the late Guy E. and Cora Margaret Vancil Scott, she was a member of the United Methodist Church in Qulin.

On July 5, 1944, in Piggott, Ark., she married Eugene Whittington, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Louis "Bo" Scott and one sister, Christine Huber.

Survivors include one daughter, June Sue Johnson, of Piggott; two sisters, Lola Haynes, of Poplar Bluff and Jullean Crane, of Odessa, Texas; one brother, Ray Scott, of East Alton, Ill.; four grandchildren, Marty Seegraves, of Lubbock, Texas, Terry Seegraves, of Amarillo, Texas, Michelle Johnson, of Greenway, Ark. and Heather Johnson, of Piggott and a sister-in-law, Mildred Whittington, of Looking Glass, Ore.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Brown Chapel Cemetery in Broseley, Mo. with the Rev. Gary Hancock officiating.