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Area Deaths

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Bertha Collins

Bertha Mae Forsythe Collins, 93, of Hayti, Mo., died Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Pemiscot Memorial Nursing Home in Hayti.

Born May 14, 1909, in Grand Rivers, Tenn., daughter of the late John L. and Ruth Walker Forsythe, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Cooter, Mo. She married Amos Collins, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one son, one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home Chapel in Steele, Mo. with the Rev. Dwight Chapman officiating.

Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Steele.

Elmer Halford, Sr.

Elmer Thomas Halford, Sr., 78, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Hayti.

Born Aug. 31, 923, in Cooter, son of the late Thomas and Bertha Lee Wallace Halford, he was a member of R.S.V.P. and attended the Assembly of God Church.

In 1942, in New Madrid, Mo., he married Madeline F. Wooten, who preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 1986. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby Halford and wife, Loretta and Tommy Halford and wife, Cheryl, all of Caruthersville and Clifford Halford and wife, Jewel, of Portageville, Mo.; one daughter, Vickie Thrasher and husband, Gary, of Blytheville, Ark.; one brother, Jack Halford, of Bradenton, Fla.; one sister, Opal Waller, of Hayti; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brian Taylor officiating.

Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Steele, Mo. Pallbearers were Steve Watkins, Gary Hayes, Dave Burke, Zach Stevens, A.G. Franks, Jr., Dixie Reed and Robert Russell.

Thelma Hedges

Thelma Irene Hedges, 87, of Seattle, Wash., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at West Branch, Mich.

Born May 24, 1915, in Pemiscot County, Mo., daughter of the late W.C. and Eva Metzger McAnally, she was a member of the Fullerton Baptist Church and of the Ladies Aid.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Kalasz and husband, Steve, of St. Helen, Mich.; two sons, Ralph Hedges, and wife Pat, of Fullerton, Calif. and Jerry Hedges and wife, Mary Jo, of Seattle; one sister, Janey Turner, of Hayti, Mo.; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, W.C. McAnally and two sisters, Juanita Brooks and Algene Wintle. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Dry Bayou Baptist Church in Concord with the Rev. Stan Smith officiating.

Burial was in the Dry Bayou Cemetery at Hayti.

Pallbearers were Walt and David Turner, Danny and Charles Hedges and Jeff and Brandon Cousins.

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

Janet Lee

Janet L. Hayes Lee , 40, of Kennett, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Kennett.

Born Feb. 9, 1962, in Kennett, she was the daughter of Patsy Hayes, of Kennett and the late Clifton Hayes.

Survivors also include one daughter, Tara Davidson, of Kennett; two sisters, Laura Rickman, of Kennett and Lisa Parrish, of Clarksville, Tenn. and two grandchildren, Hannah and Taron Davidson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Dale Rickman officiating.

Burial was in the Piggott Cemetery at Piggott, Ark. Pallbearers were Randy Wright, Ray Kizer, Jackie Lee, Lee Frazie, Tom Preston and Andy Parrish.

W.C. Martin

W.C. "Dub" Martin, 72, of Holland, Mo., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Born Sept. 28, 1929, in Holland, Mo., son of the late W.C. "Pete" and Ruby Jackson Martin, he was a carpenter. On Nov. 12, 1948, in Piggott, Ark., he married Cqumela Copeland, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include one daughter, Judy Gail Ketchum, of Steele, Mo.; two sons, Dale Martin and wife, Cheryl, of Steele and Todd Martin and wife, Angie, of Cabot, Ark.; three brothers, Monroe Martin, of Kennett, Joe Martin, of Steele and Floyd Martin, of College Station, Texas; one sister, Carlene Brewer, of Jonesboro, Ark.; six grandchildren, Jessica, Heath and Anna Martin, Stephanie Pierce, Kristy Johns and Laura Ketchum and one great-grandchild, John Tucker Pierce.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Bruce Martin. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Assembly of God Church in Steele with Bro. Charles Clark officiating.

Burial was in Pemiscot Memorial Gardens at Caruthersville, Mo.

Pallbearers were Joe Wayne, Dave, Mark, Carl, Heath and Robert Martin, Jason Brewer, Sean and Wayne Still, Nick Copeland, Gary Ozment and Duston and Kyle Crawford.

John W. German Funeral Home of Steele was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Springer

Donald Neel Springer, 69, of Portland, Ore., died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Providence Medical Center in Portland. Born Oct. 15, 1932, in Hornersville, Mo., son of the late Raymond and Vercie Allen Springer, he was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Korean War.

He married Stephanie Akin, who survives of the home. Survivors also include two sisters, Ena Christian, of Hornersville and Betty Wronka, of College Station, Texas and seven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Allen Wayne Springer and one nephew, Mike Springer.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 28, in Portland.

Harold Stafford

Harold Dean "Birdie" Stafford, 67, of Malden, Mo., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Three Rivers HealthCare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Born Sept. 27, 1934, in Malden, son of the late Thomas and Gertie Paul Stafford and foster son of the late Mann and Ruth Crowder, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a Malden city councilman and a past member of the Malden American Legion. He worked at Brown shoe comapny and was of the Christian faith. On Feb. 13, 1971, in Malden, he married Betty Hoggard, who survives of the home.

Survivors also include two daughters, Kristi Burks, of Jackson, Mo. and Ruth Ann Stafford, of Malden; two brothers, Jerold and Jack Stafford, both of Malden; one sister, Margaret Burge, of Malden and one granddaughter, Allyson Hope Stafford, of Malden.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Theodore Stafford and one sister, Marilyn Kilgo.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 23, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Malden with the Rev. Richard Blagg officiating.

Burial with military rites were held at the Rosewood Cemetery in Malden.