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Area Deaths

Sunday, May 5, 2002

Donna Austill

Donna Lea Austill, 32, of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Malden, Mo., died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.

Born Feb. 18, 1970, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she was the daughter of Norman Austill of Zephyrhills, Fla. and Sandra Bruning of Palm Bay, Fla.

Survivors include a brother, Gregory Austill of Lithia, Fla; a sister, Cheryl Dailey of Palm Bay, Fla., two nieces Tiffany and Kelsey Austill and a nephew, Joey Dailey.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Malden, followed by graveside services in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden with the Rev. James Black officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 20, Maitland, Fla. 32751, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, Suite 415, Maitland, Fla. 32751.

Corrine Blankenship

Corinne Dement Blankenship, 86, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Kennett, died Thursday, May 2, 2002 at Grace Manor in Orlando.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett, followed at 11 a.m. by funeral services with the Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Darrell Briggs

Ernest Darrell "Squeaky" Briggs, 84, of Senath, Mo., died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at NHC Healthcare of Kennett.

Born Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1917, in Gates, Tenn., son of the late Ernest and Nora Beatrice Sloan Briggs, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Senath, the Barnes, Casinger, Montgomery American Legion Post and former fire chief at Senath for 30 years. He was drafted into the Army in 1944 and served in World War II. He was sent to England, then to Metz, France. His prowess with a machine gun in combat earned him the Silver Star medal for gallantry in action on April 7, 1945 while battling German troops at Osterbonen, Germany. He was discharged Dec. 22, 1945.

On June 5, 1938, in Hayti, Mo., he married Lois Wallace who survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sandra Davis of Little Rock, Ark, and Vicky Svoboda and husband, John, of Victoria, Texas; two sisters, Edna Earl Penny of Kennett and Evelyn Warf of Sikeston, Mo.; four grandchildren, William E. Byrd III, Hans Chaput, Dr. Chris D. Chaput and Sheldon Svoboda; and two great-grandchildren Kendall and Trenton Byrd. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Rose Briggs. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at First Baptist Church of Senath with the Revs. Doug Clinton and Derek Combs officiating.

Burial was in the Senath Cemetery.

American Legion members of Senath served as active pallbearers: Bill Holifield, Haze Montgomery, Gene Slinkard, Carlos Jackson, Alvie Wilcox, Tom Chandler and other members.

Honorary pallbearers were James Davis, Charles Hendershott, Oble Reagan, Teddy Deck, Bobby Deck, Robert Allen Deck, Carl Lee Newman, Robert Caneer, Charles Adams, Jack Brewer, Freddie Chandler, Glen Johnson, James Blackwell, Vernon Purser and Skip Crossno.

Juanita Cain

Juanita C. Cain, 85, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Tuesday, April 29, 2002, at her home.

Born Jan. 17, 1917, in Caruthersville, daughter of the late William Wells and Mary Jane Gullic Corbett, she attended Caruthersville schools. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Marathon Bridge Club and Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church. She was deputy recorder for Pemiscot County for more than 45 years prior to retirement.

On Jan. 31, 1965, in Caruthersville, she married Hoyt F. Cain who preceded her in death July 20, 1982. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Jane Oates of Webster Groves, Mo.; a niece, Barbara Bush of Ladue, Mo.; five nephews, George Wells Cook of Franklin, Tenn., Bill Cook of Houston, Texas; Winston Cook of Medical Lake, Wash., John Corbett Holland of Plummersville, Ark. and Bo Oates of Richmond, Va.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dwight Chapman and Winston Cook officiating.

Burial was in Little Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Cook, John Holland, Winston K. Cook, George W. Cook, John "Bo" Oates and R. Michael Bush.

H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Nina Harrellson

Nina Harrellson, 78, of Kennett, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Born March 25, 1924, at Poughkeepsie, Ark., daughter of the late John H. and Vera Lee Watson Nichols, she was a former Emerson Electric Co. employee.

Survivors include a son, Verlon Harrellson of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter, Carmelita Mills and her husband, Waburn, of Memphis, Tenn., a brother, Paschel Nichols and his wife, Joan, of Columbus, Ind.; two sisters, Delta McNutt of Bragg City, Mo., and Melva Nichols of Kennett and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a grandson and a nephew. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, Sunday, May 5, in the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett with James Powell and Gale Benson officiating.

Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett. Pallbearers were Henry, Danny and Lanny Broglin, Gary and Brian McDonald and Chris Martin. Ruby E. Hawkins Ruby E. Hawkins, 84, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at her residence.

Visitation will be Monday, May 6, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett.

Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Robert Montgomery

Robert Claude Montgomery, 38, of Gideon, Mo., died Thursday, May 2, at his home in Gideon.

Born July 27, 1963 in Kennett, son of Claude Montgomery and the late Elsoner Baker Montgomery, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clarkton, Mo.

On Nov. 23, 1986, in Monroe, Ga., he married Debora Banks who survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Robert Claude Montgomery II of the home; two daughters, Rachel Dawn Montgomery of the home and Ashley Renee Calvert of Gideon; three sisters, Freda Mae Montgomery of Gideon and Sonia Kay Hicks of Bloomfield, Mo. and a half-brother, Rod Baker of Texas.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, May 5, in the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Gideon with the Rev. Perry Clark officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery at Clarkton.

Burley Pollard Burley Pollard, 65, of Senath, Mo., died Thursday, May 2, 2002 at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould, Ark. Born Feb. 16, 1937 in Kennett, he was the son of the late Homer S. and Ethel McNeal Pollard.

Suvivors include three sons, Curtis Pollard of Clarkton, Mo., Mark Pollard of Malden, Mo., and Dennie Bybee of Galien, Mich.; three daughters, Patricia Diane Hubbard of Sikeston, Mo., Tammy Tripp of Portageville, Mo. and Tressie Vance of Campbell, Mo.; a brother, James Pollard of Rector, Ark.; three sisters, Gwendolyn Smallmon of Niles, Mich., Bonnie Crittenden of Rector, Ark. and Barbara Albred of Ocean Springs, Miss.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Oak Ridge Cemetery of Kennett under direction of McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett.