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Obituaries from March 2003

E. Wondel (03/31/03)
Elizabeth Wondel, 88, of Painton, was born July 29, 1914, at Delta, the daughter of the late Charles and Rosie Welker Surface, and died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was a homemaker and a member of the Arbor General Baptist Church. ...
Judy Blackler (03/25/03)
Judy Ward-Blackler, the daughter of Reba Brazel Ward and the late James "Jack" Ward, was born in Dexter on Sept. 18, 1952, and died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus in Poplar Bluff at the age of 50. Mrs. Blackler was a graduate of Dexter High School. ...
Gaylord Marcus (03/24/03)
Gaylord Leon Marcus, son of Leon Marcus and Ruth Schrader Marcus of Quilin, was born on April 7, 1948 at Chigaco, Ill. and departed this life in the Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus on March 21, 2003 at the age of 54. Mr. Marcus was of the Baptist Faith, a former employee of Monsanto Chemical Company at St. ...
Albert Isaac (03/21/03)
Albert Isaac, the son of the late Ernie and Nora Stroup Isaac, was born in Kinder on July 31, 1929, and died at the Three Rivers Healthcare North Campus in Poplar Bluff on Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the age of 73. Mr. Isaac had lived all his life in the Kinder and Puxico areas. ...
Calob Wright (03/21/03)
Calob Wright, infant son of William Dale and Laura Michelle Comstock Wright, died shortly after birth on March 19, 2003, at the Three Rivers Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Johnathan Tyler Wright of Dexter; one sister, Brianna Wright of Dexter; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Charissa Comstock of Dexter; paternal grandparents, Janet Barrick Knight of Bloomfield and Tommy and Lori Wright of Dexter; maternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Carolyn Standridge of Wappapello and Earnest Kennedy of Desloge; paternal great-grandparents, Jewell Barrick of Vanduser, M.L. ...
N. Goldsmith (03/21/03)
Naomi Paul Goldsmith, the daughter of Green Paul and Minnie Karlish Paul, was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Malden, and died at her residence in Malden Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at the age of 78. On March 11, 1942, she was united in marriage to Leslie E. Goldsmith who preceded her in death on May 30, 2000. ...
G. Cunningham (03/21/03)
Glenda Ruth Cunningham, a resident of Campbell and the daughter of Leo Cranford and Wanda Clayton Cranford, was born Sept. 25, 1940, in Paragould, Ark., and died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Dexter at the age of 62. On April 18, 1958, she was united in marriage to Billy Wayne Cunningham, and he preceded her in death on Dec. ...
Nina Arnold (03/21/03)
Nina Arnold, daughter of the late Albert Andrew Anderson and Nettie Blagg Anderson, was born on Nov. 19, 1915, at Aid and departed this life in the St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City on Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at the age of 87. Mrs. Arnold was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter, a long-time business woman and active in the community. ...
Nina Arnold (03/20/03)
Nina Arnold, 87, of Dexter, died at St. Luke Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, March 19, 2003. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Trentice Burt (03/19/03)
Trentice "T-Bird" Burt, son of Florence Chadwell Walker and the late William E. Burt, was born in St. Louis on Sept. 16, 1933, and died at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Naptune, N.J., on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the age of 69. Mr. Burt owned and operated a leather shop in Wall, N.J. ...
Alpha Dowdy (03/19/03)
Alpha C. Dowdy, daughter of the late George Franklin Moring and Pruda Ann Gidcom, was born on June 24, 1900, at Keo, Ark., and died at her residence in Bernie on Monday, March 17, 2003, at the age of 102. Mrs. Dowdy was a homemaker and a member of the Bernie General Baptist Church. ...
Sabrina Bolton (03/18/03)
Sabrina Leigh Bolton, the daughter of Jim and Cathy Stanfield and Harry Bolton, III, was born Sept. 16, 1983, in Poplar Bluff, and died Monday, March 17, 2003, at her residence in Bernie. She was a member of the Kimball Baptist Church in Malden. Survivors include her parents, Jim and Cathy Stanfield of Bernie; one sister, Samantha Bolton of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Travis Stanfield of Bernie; grandparents, Al and Gladys Hartsfield of Malden, Elizabeth Bolton and the late Harry Bolton, Jr. ...
Alpha Dowdy (03/18/03)
Alpha Dowdy, a resident of Bernie, died on Monday, March 17, 2003, in her residence at Bernie, at the age of 102. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
M. Bennett (03/18/03)
Mildred Bennett, the daughter of the late Edward and Martha Christian Whitledge was born in Bloomfield on October 1, 1919 and died at Three Rivers Healthcare in Poplar Bluff on March 16, 2003 at the age of 83 years. Mrs. Bennett had spent her life in the Bloomfield Community. ...
Gean Atteberry (03/25/03)
Gean Atteberry was born in Alabama on June 28, 1908, and died Saturday, March 22, 2003, in Bloomfield at the age of 94. Mr. Atteberry retired from General Motors Company in Michigan in 1963. After retirement, he moved to Arkansas, but for the past eight years he had been a resident of Bloomfield. ...
B. McIntyre (03/25/03)
Burnadetta M. McIntyre, 82, of Bell City, was born Nov. 4, 1920, at Polo, Ill., the daughter of the late Paul and Elsie Pulver Easterbrook, and died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. She had been an inspector at Ralph Edwards Sportswear in Cape Girardeau. ...
Nova J. Jones (03/31/03)
Nova Jean Jones, the daughter of the late Enoch and Lena Shaw Pedigo, was born in Republic on Sept. 20, 1924, and died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter at the age of 78. Mrs. Jones had lived in Dexter all her life. She was employed at the Dexter Hospital for many years and also worked for the Dexter Police Department. ...
Eula James (03/28/03)
Eula Marie James, 67, of McGee, was born Jan. 18, 1936, at McGee, the daughter of Lillie VanMatre Wills and the late Clarence Wills, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Brush Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Zalma. ...
Lura Lee Mills (03/28/03)
Lura Lee Cook Mills, daughter of the late Jess Lee Cook and Neeley Cook, was born on May 26, 1921, at Bernie and died in the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on March 26, 2003, at the age of 81. Mrs. Mills was a retired school teacher and had taught at St. ...
Nova J. Jones (03/28/03)
Nova Jean Jones, age 78 and a resident of Dexter, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 1 p.m. in Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel in Dexter. Interment will follow in Hagy Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published later by Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter...
Gale "Big" Orr (03/27/03)
Gale "Big" Orr, the son of the late Thomas B. and Etta King Orr, was born in Clarkton on March 31, 1927, and died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at his home near Gray Ridge at the age of 75. Mr. Orr was a retired farmer and was a member of the Essex Lions Club. ...
Lura Mills (03/27/03)
Lura Mills, a resident of Bernie died on March 26, 2003 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau at the age of 81 years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and wil be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Gale Orr (03/26/03)
Gale "Big" Orr, 75, of Gray Ridge died at his home near Gray Ridge on Tuesday, March 25, 2003. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and a complete obituary will be published later by Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter.
Betty Latham (03/26/03)
Betty Lu Latham, the daughter of the late Reuben Francis and Jewel Josephine Haskins Bowling, was born in Lilbourn on Jan. 22, 1941, and died at her home in Jacksonville, Ill. on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at the age of 62. Mrs. Latham was employed for 18 years at the International Paper factory in Litchfield, Ill. ...
Arnold Long (03/25/03)
Arnold "Odell" Long, 75, of Advance was born Feb. 20, 1928, at Scopus, the son of the late Marshall and Hester Limbaugh Long, and died Friday, March 21, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Long was a retired farmer. On Oct. 14, 1949, he was united in marriage to Louise McIntosh at Advance, and she survives of the home. ...
Barbara Rose (03/25/03)
Barbara June Rose, daughter of the late Howard Berlin Williams and Catherine Schmittel Williams, was born on March 23, 1940, at Westville, Ind., and died in Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the age of 62. Mrs. Rose was a member of the New Beginnings Pentecostal Church in Dexter, a driver for Renzenberger Transportation, a former deputy sheriff for McHenry County, Ill., and a resident of Dexter. ...
Emory McGee (03/25/03)
Emory U. McGee, 77, of Advance, was born Aug. 5, 1925, at McGee, the son of the late Hugh and Lucy Briscoe McGee, and died March 21, 2003, at the Advance Nursing Center. He was a 1945 graduate of Advance High School, where he was a member of the Advance varsity basketball team from 1942 to 1945. ...
Ronnie Gregory (03/25/03)
Ronnie Gene Gregory, son of the late Howard Gregory and Venita Tucker Gregory, was born on July 19, 1942, near Bernie and died at his residence near Dexter on Monday, March 24, 2003, as a result of heart failure at the age of 60. Mr. Gregory was baptized two years ago and was a member of the Second General Baptist Church in Dexter, a former lift truck driver for Purolator Filter Company in Dexter and a resident of Dexter. ...
M. McMillian (03/25/03)
Maryann McMillian, the daughter of Bill and Mary Carman Provance, was born on July 14, 1931, in Clarkton and died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau at the age of 71. She first worked as a medical secretary for Anderson Air Activities and later worked as a bookkeeper for Malden Implement for 35 years. ...
Melvin Cureton (03/18/03)
Charles "Melvin" Cureton, 69, of Bell City, was born Dec. 12, 1933, at Bessville, the son of the late Charlie and Dessie Skaggs Cureton, and died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Mr. Cureton had been a farmer. ...
Sue Swinger (03/18/03)
Sue Swinger, 69, of Caruthersville, died Monday, March 17, 2003 at her home, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Swinger was born March 11, 1934 in Dunklin County, the daughter of Raymond and Imogene Clayton. She married Dr. Terry Swinger on July 17, 1969 in Caruthersville. ...
Richard Bath (03/12/03)
Richard G. Bath, a resident of Dexter, died on Friday, March 7, 2003, at Milledgeville, Ga. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
S. McCarthy (03/11/03)
Sarah Ann McCarthy, 34, of Lilbourn, the daughter of James Cordell Morgan of Malden and Elizabeth Mae Siemons Morgan of Malden, was born July 2, 1968, in Galveston, Texas, and died Sunday, March 9, 2003, as the result of a automobile accident. On May 31, 1987, she was united in marriage to Clarence Lynn McCarthy in Bernie, and he survives of the home. ...
James Rudd (03/11/03)
James E. Rudd, son of the late William A. Rudd and Lessie Bell Chappell Rudd, was born on Nov. 20, 1919, at Bogota, Tenn., and died in the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center at Dexter on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the age of 83. Mr. Rudd was a former employee of Brown Shoe Company at Piedmont, a veteran of the U.S. ...
Clifford Warren (03/11/03)
Clifford R. Warren, 85, of Bell City, was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Stoddard County, the son of William and Mattie Scism Warren, and died Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was a retired rural mail carrier for 32 years. ...
Mary Long (03/11/03)
Mary Woodfin Long, 77, of Advance, was born Aug. 29, 1925, at Gibbs, Tenn., the daughter of Harold and Mary Shupe Duncan, and died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Advance Nursing Center. She retired from Advance School after 42 years of teaching. She was baptized in the Baptist faith. ...
Chris Cloninger (03/11/03)
Chris Cloninger, son of Roy Cloninger of Dexter and the late Lena Lewis Cloninger, was born on Aug. 16, 1978, at Dexter and died at Dexter on Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the age of 24. He had been disabled and was a resident of Dexter. Survivors include his father, Roy Cloninger of Dexter; two brothers, Jerry Simpson of Bernie and Danny Simpson of Cape Girardeau; and one sister, Charlotte Bohnenstiehl of Alton, Ill. ...
Peggy Kirk (03/11/03)
Peggy June Kirk, 72, of Advance, was born Oct. 30, 1930, at McGee, the daughter of the late Hugh and Lucy Brisco McGee, and died March 9, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses of Advance. ...
Esther Rice (03/11/03)
Esther Elizabeth Rice, the daughter of the late Carnelius and Anna Ensz Jantzen, was born in Plymouth, Neb., on Jan. 29, 1920, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the age of 83. Mrs. Rice had been a resident of Plymouth, Neb., until 1961 when she moved to Pacific where she lived until 1990 when she moved with her husband to Dexter. ...
Francis Kimbrel (03/10/03)
Francis Ilene Kimbrel, daughter of the late William Kimbrel and Marguerite Howell Kimbrel, was born on Dec. 15, 1924, at Essex and died in the Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau on March 7, 2003, at the age of 78. Miss Kimbrel was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Dexter and a resident of Dexter. ...
Carolyn Wright (03/10/03)
Carolyn Sue Wright, daughter of the late Carl and Riva Wright, died Friday, March 7, 2003. Survivors include one brother, Glynn Wright; three sisters, Brenda Wright, the late Riva Jean Davis, and the late Willa Dean Wright. Miss Wright retired in 2001 from Famous-Barr after 42 years of service. ...
Violet Treadway (03/03/03)
Violet Treadway, a former resident of Dexter, died on February 28, 2003 at Three Rivers Healthcare, North Campus, in Poplar Bluff. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Nina Pennington (03/03/03)
Nina M. Pennington, daughter of the late Homer Henson and Leona Widows Henson, was born on March 18, 1924 at New Madrid, Missouri, and died at her home in Bloomfield on Thursday, February 27, 2003, at the age of 78. Mrs. Pennington was of the Baptist Faith, a former employee of Elder Manufacturing Company in Bloomfield and a resident of Bloomfield. ...
Mary Swinger (03/03/03)
Mary Helen Swinger, daughter of the late Arzie Baldwin and Bertie Barnett Baldwin, was born on January 6, 1926 at Charter Oak, Missouri, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Friday, February 28, 2003, at the age of 77. Mrs. Winger was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, a very active member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #311 for 53 years and a resident of Dexter. ...
Linda Ruble (03/12/03)
Linda Nell Ruble, 62, of Poplar Bluff, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Ruble was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Atkins, Ark. She was a retired certified nurse's aide, and affiliated with the Baptist faith. ...
H. Pritchett (03/13/03)
Harold M. Pritchett, age 65, died at his residence in Bloomfield on Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Jerry Lane (03/18/03)
Walter William "Jerry" Lane, son of the late J.B. Lane and Ruble Snider Lane, was born on Feb. 17, 1942, at Essex and died in his residence at Hazelwood on Friday, March 14, 2003, at the age of 61. He was of the Baptist faith, a retired employee of Ford Motor Company at Hazelwood, had previously served in the National Guard, a resident of Hazelwood, formerly of Essex. ...
Lola Henson (03/18/03)
Lola Henson, the daughter of the late Homer and Irene Shepard Lewis, was born in Advance on April 8, 1935, and died at her home in Bloomfield on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 67. Mrs. Henson had lived in the Bloomfield area all of her life. ...
Ruby Goforth (03/18/03)
Ruby Goforth, the daughter of the late Charlie and Irene Staples Woodruff, was born in Lepanto, Ark., on Feb. 25, 1913, and died at the Sikeston Health Care in Sikeston on Sunday, March 16, 2003, at the age of 90. Mrs. Goforth had lived in the Catron area the past 65 years. ...
B. Fitzgerald (03/17/03)
Bulah Barnett Fitzgerald, the daughter of the late Claude and Lucy Woods Little, was born in Parma on April 7, 1920 and died at her home in Middle Brook on March 13, 2003, at the age of 82 years. Mrs. Fitzgerald had lived in the Morehouse and Sikeston areas before moving to Middle Brook in 1993. ...
Jerry Lane (03/17/03)
Walter W. "Jerry" Lane a resident of Hazelwood, formerly of Essex, passed away on March 14, 2003 at his residence in Hazelwood at the age of 61. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter...
Lola Henson (03/14/03)
Lola Henson, the daughter of the late Homer and Irene Shepard Lewis, was born in Advance on April 8, 1935, and died at her home in Bloomfield on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 67. Mrs. Henson had lived in the Bloomfield area all of her life. ...
Esther Rice (03/14/03)
Esther Elizabeth Rice, the daughter of the late Carnelius and Anna Ensz Jantzen, was born in Plymouth, Neb., on Jan. 29, 1920, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the age of 83. Mrs. Rice had been a resident of Plymouth, Neb., until 1961 when she moved to Pacific where she lived until 1990 when she moved with her husband to Dexter. ...
B. Fitzgerald (03/14/03)
Bulah Barnett Fitzgerald, former area resident, died in Middlebrook near Pilot Knob on Thursday, March 13, 2003. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Watkins & Sons Funeral Home of Dexter.
H. Pritchett (03/14/03)
Harold M. Pritchett, son of the late Guy and Elsie Capps Pritchett, was born at Gray Ridge on Jan. 5, 1938, and died at his home in Bloomfield on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 65. Mr. Pritchett moved to Bloomfield at the age of three and had been a resident of Bloomfield since that time. ...
Richard Bath (03/13/03)
Richard George Bath, son of the late Herman George Bath and Margaret Marie Ritz Bath, was born on April 2, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, and departed his life in Milledgeville, Ga., on Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the age of 65. Mr. Bath belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dexter. ...
W. Middleton (03/13/03)
Willis Edward Middleton, son of the late James Henry Middleton and Eva Sanders Middleton, was born on April 18, 1916, in Dexter and departed his life in the Saint Francis Medical Center at Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 86. ...
Cleon McAnally (03/13/03)
Cleon McAnally was born in Alabama on July 21, 1937, and died in Vasilia, Calif., on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 65. Mr. McAnally was a former resident of Madison County but had lived in California the past several years. Survivors include his wife, Billie Jo McAnally of the home in Vasilia, Calif.; three sons, Cleon, Jr. ...
Nadine Carver (03/13/03)
Nadine A. Carver, the daughter of the late Fred A. and Fay Hogue Hefner, was born in McGee on Aug. 31, 1934, and died at her home in McGee on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the age of 68. Mrs. Carver had lived in the McGee and Puxico areas all of her life. ...
Warren Beacham (03/03/03)
Warren G. Beacham, son of the late John Wesley Beacham and Ida Francis Snider Beacham, was born on October 30, 1920, at Kennett, Missouri, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Thursday, February 27, 2003 at the age of 82. Mr. Beacham was a farmer and a resident of Bernie, Missouri. ...