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Area Deaths

Sunday, March 31, 2002

Luther Adams

Luther Lloyd Adams, 70, of Cheektawaga, New York, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Born Aug. 5, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. son of the late Lloyd E. and Gladys Rose Dalton Adams, he attended the Assembly of God Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver.

He married Donna Kruscka who preceded him in death in 1962. On June 27, 1987, in Springfield, Mo., he married Ruth L. Day, who survives of the family home.

Other survivors include two step-daughters, Sylvia Bauer of Tampa, Fla. and Shirrill Sue Myers of Chickamauga, Ga.; a brother, Loyd "Bud" Adams and his wife, Louise, of Koshkonong, Mo.; three sisters, Birtie LaVaughn Crawford and her husband, Jim, of Thayer, Mo.; a sister, Ruby Catherine Deal of Quitman, Texas, and Mary Elizabeth Milligan and her husband, David, of Forney, Texas; five step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Assembly of God Church in Koshkonong, with the Rev. Lloyd Adams officiating.

Burial was in the Koshkonong Cemetery under direction of Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden, Mo.

Norma Austin

Norma M. Austin, 87, of Visalia, Calif., died March 28, 2002, in Visalia.

Born July 11, 1914, in Campbell, Mo., daughter of the late Marion and Gertie Parrent Riley, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Norman Austin of Wichita, Kans. and Bobby Schneider of Visalia; a sister, Hilda Henderson of Arcadia, Calif. and four grandchildren, Lonnie Schneider of Cathedral City, Calif., Lynn Nolan of Yorba Linda, Calif., Neal and Jennifer Austin of Wichita.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Miller Memorial Chapel.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice of Tulare County, Inc., 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, Calif. 93291.

Arranges are under direction of Miller Memorial Chapel in Visalia.

Wilbur Demaree

Wilbur Demaree, 88, of Marion, Ark., and formerly of Malden, Mo., died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his home.

Born Aug. 17, 1913, in Malden, son of the late Abraham Otto and Sarah Elizabeth Bunnell Demaree, he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Malden. Demaree was a farmer and owner of Demaree Oil Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during World War II.

On Aug. 1, 1951, in Piggott, Ark., he married Martha Ann Hampton, who preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 2000.

Survivors include a son, George Demaree of Marion, Ark.; a daughter, Kandi Hopwood of Marion; three grandchildren, Gary Demaree, Tori Fraley and Nick Hopwood, all of Marion and one great-grandchild, Emma Caroline Fraley of Marion.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Chalmer, Robert, Billy and Wade Demaree.

Funeral services were 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Malden wit the Rev. Robert Morgan officiating.

Burial was in Park Cemetery of Malden.

Memorials may be made to the Bootheel Youth Museum or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Buster Frix

Buster Frix, 87, of Farmington, Mo., died March 28, 2002.

Born Dec. 17, 1914, at Sand Mountain, Ala., son of the late John Malcolm and Pearl Asalee Kirby Frix, he attended schools in Georgia. Frix was a farmer and motel manager before retirement. He was a mason and member of Temple Baptist Church of Caruthersville, Mo.

He married Mary Frances Mann. In 1980, at Caruthersville, he married Eva Wood who preceded him in death in Dec. 1988.

Survivors include three daughters, Faye Shepard, Louise Cunningham and Sherry Drye all of Farmington; three sisters, Jeffie Goodrum of Caruthersville, Elsie Shelby of Bertrand, Mo., and Lois Evans of Bloomfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sister.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, with the Rev. Jerry Harmon officiating.

Burial was in Maple Cemetery, under direction of H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville.

Pallbearers were Melvin Mann, John Mann, Charles Drye, Gary Henley, Steven Shepard and Rev. Mark T. Cunningham.

Adam Harmon

Adam Lee "Pete" Harmon, 77, of Mosier, Ore., died at his home Wednesday, March 27, 2002.

Born Dec. 27, 1924, at Holcomb, son of the late Roy and Wilice Thornberry Harmon, he was a member of Life in Christ Center Church, United Steelworkers, Oregon Territorial Council on Furs and National Trappers Assn. He retired from Harvey Aluminum/Martin Marietta Aluminum in 1985.

On May 3, 1942, in Paragould, Ark., he married Iva Louise Smith, who survives of the family home.

Other survivors include sons Dannie "Doc" Harmon and his wife, Jayne, of The Dalles, Ore., Jerry Harmon, and his wife, Patty, of Boise, Idaho; DeLinda Koster and her husband, Bob, Janice Menzie, Cathy Smith and her husband, David, Becky Bradley and her husband, Terry, all of The Dalles; brothers Dick Harmon of Boliver, Mo., John Harmon of Senath, Mo., Tom Harmon of Holcomb and Frank Harmon of Stockton, Mo.; a sister, Eve Dinkens of Senath; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Mosier Christian Church with Pastor Dennis C. Connor and Rev J.W. Jepson officiating.

Interment followed in the Mosier Cemetery under direction of the Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, Ore. 97058.

Earl Johnson

Earl Kenneth Johnson, 74, of Kennett, died Friday, March 29, 2002 at his home.

Born Sept. 27, 1927, in Kennett, son of the late George and Nell Wilsong Johnson, he was a farmer and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

On Aug. 31, 1984, he married June Whitlock, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Vic Brooks of Jonesboro, Ark. and Chad Brooks of Kennett; a daughter, Kalene Warner of Antioch, Tenn., and 8 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, Sunday, March 31, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett with the Rev. Brian Whitlock officiating.

Pallbearers are Derek Whitlock, Curt Whitlock, Terry Hicks, Jerry Hicks, Bobbie McMasters and Jim Heath.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett.

Willis Kelley Willis Kelley, 79, of Kennett, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at National Health Care in Kennett.

Born Nov. 2, 1922, in Hamburg, Ark., son of the late Lonnie L. and Braska Standard Kelley, he was a member of Third Street Baptist Church of Kennett and the Lions Club. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Air Force.

On Dec. 20, 1941, in Corssett, Ark., he married Norma Carnes, who survives.

Other survivors include a son, Tommy Kelley, and his wife, Linda, of Kennett; two daughters, karen Kirkpatrick and Kathy Ford, both of Kennett; a sister, Jayne Pennington of Crossett, Ark.; six grandchildren, Kevin Sullivan, Brett Sullivan, Kris Kelley, Kyle Kelley, Becky Vidal and Kelley Ford and three great-grandchildren, Dustin, Shelby and Hope Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Kelley and a sister, Marie Simpson.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett with the Revs. Bud Evans, Gary Mayes and Kevin Sullivan officiating.

Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers were Rev. Gary Mayes, Richard Rice, Tommy and Kyle Kelley, Kevin and Brett Sullivan. Honorary pallbearears were Don Haney, Jack Rowland, Ray Elders, Elvis Bell, Huel Jackson, Carlton Crom and Raymon Casper.

Mabel Thomas

Mabel Thomas, 96, of Kennett, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at National Health Care of Kennett.

Born June 13, 1905, in Kennett, daughter of the late Willis and Hettie Grugett Roberston, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Kennett since 1919. She took over kindergarten at the church until kindergarten became part of the school system.

On Jan. 22, 1928, she married Wesley Earnest Thomas who preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1982.

Survivors include three daughters Jerri Scott of Kennett, Janice Gabriel of Ottumwa, Iowa and Linda Robinette of Memphis, Tenn. and three granddaughters, Dr. Carol Scott and Laura Scott, both of Springfield, Mo. and Lee Ann Lemal of Norwich, Vermont.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Fenske.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.

Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers were Tom Kinsey, Tommy Striegel, John Tant, Brandon Rouse, Ollie Craft and Joe Prance. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Kennett.