Homer Dwight "Pigeon" Emmons, 72, of Holcomb, Mo., passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his residence after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 7, 1938, in Success, Ark., the eighth child and fifth son of Homer Franklin and Eura Wallace Emmons of Gideon, Mo., formerly of the Peach Orchard, Mo. area. The family moved to Peach Orchard in the winter of 1942-1943. They are a well-known family having farmed the late A.R. and Norman Pierce farms. Some of the grandsons and great-grandsons still farm some of the land.
H.D. farmed for the late Norman Pierce and they were co-owners of a registered Red Angus herd of cattle in the 70's-80's. He grew cotton, wheat, peas, corn, beans and milo, but his greatest joy was planting, growing and harvesting cotton. He farmed for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
H.D. graduated from Wardell High School in 1957. In July of 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and spent 28 months in Germany with the 1147th Engineer Battalion.
On Oct. 14, 1957, he married the love of his life, Anita Lassiter of Holcomb, Mo. To this union, four sons were born.
Survivors include his loving wife, Anita, of the home; three sons, Keith Emmons and wife, Vicki, of Holcomb, Rodney Emmons and wife, Lisa, of Kennett, and Roger Emmons and wife, Sandra, of Rosamont, Calif.; five grandsons, Dwight Emmons and wife, Kim, of Holcomb, Brian Emmons, of Kennett, Jeffrey Emmons and wife, Whitney, of Holcomb, Homer Douglas Emmons, of Holcomb and John Emmons, of Rosamont, Calif.; two granddaughters, Ashley Emmons, of Kennett and Kiersten Emmons, of Rosamont, Calif.; one brother, Leo Emmons and wife, Lois, of Holcomb; two sisters, Pauline Meade and husband, Bob, of Herrin, Ill., and Betty Burgess, of Portageville, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Emmons, of Blytheville, Ark., Martha Emmons, of Holcomb and Eva Emmons, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; two special brothers-in-law, Wayne Lassiter and wife, Virginia, of West Memphis, Ark., and Jerry Lassiter and wife, Willa, of Southaven, Miss., and also a host of nephews, nieces and friends.
Preceding him in death besides his parents are a son, Roderick Emmons, triplet to Rodney and Roger on Dec. 26, 1963; four brothers, Wayne Emmons, of Blytheville, Ark., Ossie Emmons and wife, Peggy, of Fisk and Poplar Bluff, Mo., Paul Emmons, of Holcomb and Darrell Emmons, of Maynard, Ark.; two sisters, Eula Franklin and husband, Harold, of St. Louis, Mo., and Aline Julian and husband, Max, of Benton, Ark., formerly of Kennett, and one brother-in-law, Clint Burgess, of Portageville, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 29, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30 at McDaniel Funeral Home with Jared Hancock officiating.
Burial will follow in the Stanfield Cemetery at Clarkton, Mo.
Pallbearers are Neil Bergman, Joey Crucani, Dwight Emmons, Jeffrey Emmons, Homer Douglas Emmons and Larry Emmons.
Honorary pallbearers are Corky Dalton, Robbie Winston, James Hamm, Steve Hawkins, Howard Bradshaw, Byron Pffefer, Doug Deckard, Victor Samples, Eric Lemings, Phillip Emmons, Jimmy James, Rick Rebstock and Chris Emmons.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.