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Area Deaths

Sunday, November 18, 2001

Mary Coutts

Mary Ordway Wickham Coutts, born in Kennett, Mo., on Jan. 23, 1915, died on Nov. 9, 2001, at the Northern Virginia Community Hospital.

Mrs. Coutts was the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Fred O. Wickham, U.S. Army (Jessie Pearl Hawkins) of Kennett. She was the granddaughter of Representative C.P. Hawkins of Dunklin County and the great-grandaughter of Judge J.M. Waltrip of Clarkton.

As a child she accompanied her parents on tours across the country and abroad. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas and was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

She met her late husband, James Winfield Coutts, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, while accompanying her parents to a tour at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. She shared her husband's career, and during World War II supported fellow paratroop wives by publishing a regular newsletter.

She was an avid amateur actress and participated regularly in local little theater productions while stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. She raised three children while traveling the world on military assignments. She had a continuing and abiding interest in the care and treatment of animals and her home was never without "several" cats. She and her husband returned to her family home in Kennett upon his retirement from the San Francisco Retail Dry Goods Association. She was an active member of the Kennett Community, a mainstay of the local Humane Society, and a supporter of the Kennett Library. She recently contributed to the fund for the relocation and modernization of the library.

She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Jack W. Schwartz (Jessie Augusta Wickham), of San Diego, Calif; her children, Kathleen Coutts Murphy, of Leavenworth, Kans., Mary Coutts Beck, of Arlington, Va., James Allen Coutts, of El Toro, Calif.; her grandchildren, Erin H.M. Akin, of Wurzburg, Germany, Ian Henderson Murphy, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and her great-grandchildren, Hilary Lee Akin and Stephanie Kathleen Akin, of Wurzburg, Germany. She will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her. She will be buried with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery on November 26.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Caruthersvile Humane Society, P.O. Box 345, Caruthersville, Missouri, 63830. Bonnie Dawson

Bonnie Mitchell Dawson, 78, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Kennett, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Florissant.

Born April 13, 1923, in Arbyrd, Mo., daughter of the late James A. and Clara Belle Trantham Russell, she was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Kennett.

On June 20, 1948, she married William Boyd Mitchell, who preceded her in death April 20, 1974. On Oct. 20, 1978, she married Buel "Shorty" Dawson, who preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1995.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Melvin, Hawkins and E.J. Russell and one sister, Lillie Mae Manley.

Survivors include two daughters, Roxie Nieroda of Hazelwood, Mo. and Dixie L. Wallace of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 18, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers are Bob Redman, Keith Westerfield, Glen Leach, Tom Kinsey, Bob Lamb and John Tant.

Bertha Floyd

Bertha "Doe" Floyd, 69, of Senath, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at her residence.

Born March 24, 1932, in Senath, she was the daughter of the late A.C. "Slim" and Frances E. Goodrich McFall.

On Aug. 26, 1949, she married Doyle Wayne Floyd.

Survivors include one son, Danny Floyd and his wife, Rita, of Cleveland, Okla.; four sisters, Glennon Swindle of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Nelda Boone of Kennett; Emma Lou Swindle and Faye Swindle, both of Eupora, Miss.; two grandchildren, Josh and Jeff Floyd and two great-grandchildren, Justin and Kenney Floyd.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sue Small and Dorothy Palmer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Senath Church of Christ with Rev. Dale Rickman and Greg Pollock officiating.

Burial was in Lulu Cemetery near Senath.

Pallbearers were Josh Floyd, Jeff Floyd, Larry Smotherman, Faron Smotherman, Byron Small, Don Swindle, Herman Swindle and Wade Swindle.

Arrangements by McDaniel Funeral Service of Senath.

James Gowan

James "Sonny" Gowan, 72, of Steele, Mo., died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Blytheville, Ark.

Born Thursday, Jan. 3, 1929, in Denton, Mo., son of the late William Henry and Artie Mae James Gowan, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a farm worker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a son, Johnny Clinton Gowan of Louisa, Ky.; a daughter, Jimmy Gail Gowan of Naugatuck, W. Va.; three sisters, Opal Steward of Blytheville, Barbara Gown of Steele and Doris Marie McCollum of Columbus, Miss.; a brother, Talmage Eugene Gown of Oak Harbor, Wash. a granddaughter, Amber Cherelle Gown of Columbus and a grandson, Johnny Clinton Gowan II, also of Columbus.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Steele with the Rev. Joe Thompson officiating.

Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Steele.

Maggie Jackson

Maggie Leoda Jackson, 100, of Senath, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in the Senath Nursing Center in Senath.

Born April 16, 1901, in Leapwood, Tenn., daughter of the late Tommie and Tennie Tacker, she was a member of the Bible Grove Church.

Survivors include four sons, Carlos and W.T. Jackson of Senath, Max Jackson of Kennett and Ralph Jackson of Sikeston, Mo., one daughter, Barbara Roark of Poplar Bluff, Mo. one brother, Paul Tacker of Indiana; three sisters, Georgia Horton, Abby Essery and Mabel Foster, all of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Joe Neal Jackson, a daughter, Mae Nell Cates, three brothers, Joe, Ezra and Brady Tacker, a sister, Morene Wyatt and three granddaughters.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 17, at the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Senath with the Revs. Carroll McGruder, Doug Clinton, Vernon Purser and Virgil Weeks officiating.

Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers were Jamie Cates, Sonny Jackson, Scottie Jackson, Neal Jackson, Tim Jackson and Tom Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel, Dustin, Brad, Matthew, Chris, Jason, Jeremy, Matt, Aaron, Jordan, Graham and Nick.

Alma Rowland

Alma Joyce Rowland, 49, of Kennett, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

Born August 21, 1952, in Piggott, Ark. she was a daughter of Norman Galloway of Calico Rock, Ark. and Thelma Settlemire Galloway Bridwell of Imboden, Ark.

Survivors include long time companion Charles Lasswell, a daughter, Lerin Rowland of Kennett; as brother, Gene Galloway of Kennett; three step-brothers, Eugene, Wayne and Glenn Galloway of Calico Rock; two step-sisters, Darlene and Debbie Galloway of Calico Rock.

Memorial services are at 4 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 18, in the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett.

Carnell Sowell

Carnell Sowell, 84, of Kennett, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett.

Born Nov. 9, 1917, in Kennett, he was the son of the late Arthur Edward and Rose Mae Evans Mills.

On March 28, 1936, he married Pleas Sowell, who preceded him in death Feb. 14, 1994.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Bud Mills.

Survivors include a son, Bob Sowell and his wife, Laurie, of Kennett; three sisters, Julia Maxine Yadon of Ardmore, Oka., Joyce Nutt of Benton, Miss. and Carol Burns of Homa, La. and two granddaughters, Emily Dawn and Amy Elizabeth Sowell of Jonesboro, Ark.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 15, in the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett with Bishop Les Jackson, assisted by Elder Short Walker, officiating.

Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.

Pallbearers were Elder Kingston, Elder Strana, Elder Endischee, Elder Saunders, Elder Siaosi and Elder Christiansen.