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Area Deaths

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Harold Houchins

Harold Houchins, 55, of Kennett, died Friday, June 21, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Arrangements incomplete with Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett.

Odas Isaacs

Odas C. "Puch" Isaacs, 72, of Clarkton, Mo., formerly of Doniphan, Mo., died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his residence.

Born April 30, 1930, at Gideon, Mo., son of the late Harvey and Lucy Mae Rothley Isaacs, he was a retired draftsman-architecture. He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a member of St. Louis Scottish Rite, past master of Doniphan Masonic Lodge 369, past patron of the Doniphan Order of Eastern Star 288, member of Doniphan VFW and American Legion Post 645 at Clarkton. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Clarkton. He married Mary Evelyn Bailey, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 29, 1994, he married Mary Ann Waltrip Henry who survives.

Other survivors include two daughters: Sandra Powell and husband, John, of Marion, Ark. and Glenda Martin and husband, Michael, of Atoka, Tenn.; a step-daughter, Jannetta Allison and husband, Duane, of Waterloo, Ill., three grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Baker.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, June 23, at Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Malden with the Revs. Vernon Self and Susan Marner-Sides officiating.

Burial was in Stanfield Cemetery at Clarkton.

Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice, 100 Harrison St., Kennett, Mo. 63857-3013.

Chester Merritt, Jr.

Chester Merritt, Jr., 56, of West Ridge, Ark., formerly of Kennett, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Osceola, Ark.

Born Dec. 10, 1945, in East St. Louis, Ill, he was the son of the late Chester, Sr. and Goldie Johnson Merritt. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lois Moody Sinko.

Survivors include two sons: James Wesley Merritt and Chester Dwayne Merritt, both of West Ridge; six daughters: Katrina Peyton, Rebecca Diane Merritt, Rachel Diane Merritt, Kimberly Joyce Merritt, all of West Ridge, Amy Lynn Coatney of Etowah, Ark. and Christina Beth Merritt of Osceola; one brother, Michael Merritt of Kennett; five sisters: Wilma Doberry and Mary Pickens, both of Kennett, Joyce Francis of Cape Girardeau, Janiet Adams of Nashville, Tenn. and Alice Patrick of Springfield, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Gary Masters officiating.

Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Keith Pickens, Richard Francis, Michael Francis, Gary Doherty, Jr., Jason Moody and Brian Moody.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Patrick and Darrell Jones.

Vanessa Potter

Vanessa Potter, 42, of Paragould, Ark., died Friday, June 21, 2002, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Arrangements incomplete with McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett.

Cora Shields

Cora Lee Shields, 75, of Rives, Mo., died Friday, June 21, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

Born May 3, 1927, in Caruth, Mo., daughter of the late Robert Alexander and Mattie Dee Johnson Hartle, she was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Rives.

She married James Hockaday who preceded her in death. On April 17, 1965, she married James Shields who survives.

Other survivors include two sisters: Virginia Collins and Betty Scott and her husband, Rondal, all of Rives; three brothers: Elmer Hartle and his wife, Lagert, of Bradford, Ark., Bobby Hartle and his wife, Lois of Farmington, Mo. and Samuel Ode Hartle and his wife, Ada of Rives.

Visitation is 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. today, Sunday, June 23, at McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, June 24, at the Missionary Baptist Church in Rives with the Rev. David Powell officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers were Alton Payne, Russell Weaver, Kenny Payne, Parker Worrell, Larry Conley and Archie Scott.