Obituaries from July 2004
Thelma Gaines Wilburn
Thelma Gaines Wilburn, the daughter of the late Charles and Dovie Forkum Kinser, was born in Bernie on Oct. 29, 1935, and died at the Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter on July 26, 2004, at the age of 68. Mrs. Wilburn had lived in Dexter for many years. She was retired from the International Hat Factory in Dexter. She attended the Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church in Dexter...
Della M. Mobley
Della Mae Mobley, daughter of the late Andrew and Opal Fowler Stewart, was born at Bloomfield on Dec. 7, 1944, and died at her home in Dexter on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the age of 59. Mrs. Mobley was a resident of Louisiana for several years but had been a resident of Dexter since March 2003. She was married to James Mobley, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2001...
George Lewis Wright, son of the late Jasper Newton Wright and Laura Stone Wright, was born on Nov. 9, 1915, at Manila, Ark., and died in Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the age of 88. Mr. Wright attended the Cornerstone Tabernacle at Poplar Bluff, had worked as a farmer, an employee of IXL Manufacturing in Bernie and a painter. He was a resident of Bernie...
George Wright, a resident of Bernie, died on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter at the age of 88.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Thelma I. Wilburn
Thelma I. Wilburn, 68, a resident of Dexter, died at Cypress Point Health Care Center in Dexter July 26, 2004.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Watkins & Sons Funeral Home of Dexter.
Rick King Jines
Rick King Jines, son of James and Barbara Jines of Dexter and the late Herbert King, was born on April 15, 1957, in Dexter and died at his residence in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, July 12, 2004, at the age of 47. Mr. Jines was an employee with Mission Prosthetics working as an orthopedic technician, veteran of the Navy (1977-1979), and a resident of Los Angeles County, Calif...
Shirley Louise Churchill
Shirley Louise Churchill, the daughter of George and Viola Clingsmith Washington, was born at Malden Aug. 1, 1933, and died at the Carraway Medical Center in Cullman, Ala., Friday, July 23, 2004, at the age of 70. She was a former resident of Dexter but had lived in Cullman, Ala., for several years...
Jimmie Dale Parr, Sr.
Jimmie Dale Parr, Sr., of Fredericktown, died on Sunday, July 25, 2004, at Parkland Health Center at the age of 70. He was born on Oct. 19, 1933, in Mississippi County, the son of the late Andy and Monica (Mathis) Parr. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth M. Parr; his step-father, Clyde Hutton; and two brothers, Paul and Russell Parr...
Thelma L. Jones, daughter of the late David and Hattie Murphey, was born at Bloomfield on May 28, 1915, and died at the Baptist Home in Ironton, Mo., on July 23, 2004 at age 89. Jones had spent most of her life in the Bloomfield community but had been a resident of Ironton since 1996. ...
Thelma Jones, a former resident of Bloomfield, died Friday, July 23, 2004, at the Baptist Home in Ironton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Stanley E. Land
Stanley E. Land, 73, a native of Neosho, died at his son's home in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Thursday, July 15, 2004. He was born April 14, 1931, in Neosho, the son of Elvin and Irene Land and the stepson of Florence Land and Winifred Land, all of Neosho. ...
Dale Lawrence, the son of the late Carl Eugene and Oma Agnes McClard Lawrence, was born in Pyle Town on April 24, 1933, and died at this home in Bernie on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at the age of 71. Mr. Lawrence had lived in Bernie since 1971 and had lived in the surrounding area all his life. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of the Bird's Corner Assembly of God Church near Dexter...
Novella Kathern Nelson
Novella Kathern Nelson, 83, a resident of Holcomb, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Piggott Community Hospital. She was the daughter of William Allen Neal and Clara Emma Lowery Neal. On Nov. 24, 1935, she was united in marriage to Robert Edward Nelson at Forty and Eight, Ark. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1997...
Johnette Parks Campbell
Johnette Parks Campbell, the daughter of the late Elmer F. and Edith Bell Parks, was born in Formosa, Ark., on Dec. 4, 1930, and died at her home in Parma on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the age of 73. Mrs. Campbell had lived in Parma for many years and had also lived in the Kewanee and Lilbourn communities. She was a member of the Parma Church of Christ...
James Henry Gregory
James Henry "Little Jimmy" Gregory, 53, of Poplar Bluff, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Mr. Gregory was born May 21, 1951, in Jacksonville, Ill., and was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam era...
Adam L. Newell
Adam L. Newell, 71, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in the Oak Ridge community, son of John A. and Dessie Walker Newell. He and Bertha Jaco were married on Nov. 1, 1952, and she survives. Survivors include two sons, Eddie and Dale Newell, both of Bloomfield; seven brothers, Rev. ...
Clara Mabel Grissom
Clara Mabel Grissom, daughter of the late Homer McGuire and Pearl Rogers McGuire, was born on Aug. 2, 1917, at Evening Shade, Ark., and departed this life in the Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau on July 14, 2004, at the age of 86. Mrs. Grissom was a member of the Faith Fellowship in Dexter, a homemaker and a resident of Dexter...
Clara Grissom, a resident of Dexter, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, in the Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau at the age of 86.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Leslie Eugene McElrath
Leslie Eugene McElrath, son of Raymond McElrath and Lucille House McElrath, was born Nov. 1, 1944, and died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during Vietnam and was an active member of the Sikeston American Legion. He attended the Nazarene Church in Malden...
Richard W. Watson
Richard W. Watson, son of Charles and Brenda Case Watson, was born in St. Louis on July 17, 1965, and died in Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the age of 38. He had been an employee of Tyson Foods and was a resident of Bloomfield for several years...
Charlotte Kowell, 74, of Sikeston, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at 10 p.m. at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Cleveland, Ark., to the late William Thomas and Zella Mae Bryant Brents. She was a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church and had been a waitress and cook at the Fastlane Deli. She was married to Adolph Kowell who preceded her in death...
Harold Dwayne Kirkpatrick
Harold Dwayne Kirkpatrick, son of Gail Kirkpatrick and Kathryn Owens Kirkpatrick, was born at St. Charles, Ill., on April 27, 1967, and died in the Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the age of 37. He was united in marriage to Shelly Wilson on Feb. 18, 1995, in Bernie and was a resident of Bernie...
Harold Kirkpatrick, a resident of Bernie, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter at the age of 37.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie.
Richard Watson, a resident of Bloomfield, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the age of 38.
Arrnagements are incomplete at this time and will be published later with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Ray Edward Kersey
Ray Edward Kersey, 78, a native of Bowling Green, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at his residence in Paso Robles. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-1945, and during time served he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star. Survivors include his wife, Jo Kersey of Paso Robles, three sons, Ed Kersey of Springfield, Wayne Kersey of Dexter, and Verolen Kersey of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Sue Poskin of Antelope, Calif., Chiquita Weatherly of Madera, Calif., and Anita Billingsley of Lowndes; brother, George Kersey of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Lorraine Fast and Lee Silva of Paso Robles; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.. ...
Jimmy Leon McCoy
Jimmy Leon McCoy, son of Mildred Purcell McCoy of Dexter and the late Leon McCoy, was born Aug. 28, 1948, at Dexter and died on Sunday, July 11, 2004, in the Missouri Southern Healthcare at the age of 55. He was united in marriage to Peggy Churchill on April 29, 1970, at Dexter. She survives of the home in Dexter...
H.D. "Hoppy" Hopkins
H.D. "Hoppy" Hopkins, son of the late Hestle D. Hopkins and Laveda Mae Carney Hopkins, was born on June 22, 1925, at Bloomfield and died in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Friday, July 9, 2004, at the age of 79. Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church in Dexter, a veteran of the United States Navy, a former meat cutter with the Dexter Packing Company and Denny's IGA in Puxico, a former resident of Dexter currently residing in Puxico. ...
David Lee McBee
David Lee McBee was born in Atlanta, Ga., on April 9, 1986, and died as the result of an automobile accident near Sikeston on Sunday, July 11, 2004, at the age of 18. He was a resident of Morehouse and had just graduated with the Sikeston High School Class of 2004. He was of the Baptist faith...
Ruth Pauline Marshall
Ruth Pauline Marshall, 83, of Poplar Bluff died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Delma Gardens Care Center in Chesterfield. Mrs. Marshall, one of 11 children, was born Sept. 10, 1920, in Frisco. She was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff, where she was a member of the Sue Messenger Circle. She was also an Altrusa Emeritus, as well as a lifetime member of the P.T.A. at Williamson Kennedy grade school...
Hestle Hopkins, a resident of Puxico, formerly of Dexter, died on July 9, 2004 in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center at Poplar Bluff at the age of 79. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter...
Jack Jennings, son of the late B.W. Jennings and Mattie Murr Jennings, was born on Feb. 1, 1932, at Newtonia and died in his residence near Dexter on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the age of 72. Mr. Jennings was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Dexter, a former electronic specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration operating out of Lambert Field in St. Louis, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and a resident of rural Dexter...
America, the confused
Given that this is an election year and we have all been subjected to one political tirade after another; many people apparently see themselves fit to continually vote along party lines. Personally, I think such a decision is always rash and foolhardy. Rather than support any party, I prefer to look at individual criteria and base my decision on individual merit; but that's just me...
Darnell Nelson, the son of the late William and Alice May McFadden, was born in Ozan, Ark., on Feb. 23, 1907, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on July 5, 2004, at the age of 97. Mr. Nelson had lived near Essex and Dexter most of his life and had lived in New Madrid the past two years. He was a retired farmer where he worked on the Fisher Plantation...
Terissa A. McClelland
Terissa A. McClelland, daughter of Charles A. McKee and Shirley McKee, was born Aug. 17, 1955, at Cape Girardeau and died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau at the age of 48. Survivors include her parents, Charles and Shirley McKee of Arab; two sons, Rob McClelland and his wife Lindsey of Advance and Joshua McClelland of Zalma; one daughter, Emilya McClelland of Advance; two brothers, Chuck McKee and his wife Candace of Arab and Captain Millard McKee and his wife Rhonda of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Cindy Newby and her husband Keith of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mary Meyer and her husband Jim of Arab; one grandchild, Bridon McClelland of Advance; and one special friend, David May of Patterson.. ...
Jack Jennings, a resident of Dexter, passed away on July 8, 2004 in his residence near Dexter at the age of 72. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Doyle Ray Pitts
Doyle Ray Pitts, 48, of West Plains, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, in Cox Medical Center South at Springfield. Mr. Pitts was born May 11, 1956, at Houston, the son of the late Leonard and Ethel Craig Pitts. He graduated from the Summersville High School in 1974, attended the School of the Ozarks and received his Master's Degree from William Woods College...
Darnell Nelson was born Feb. 23, 1907, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on July 5, 2004, at the age of 97.
Funeral arrangements are tentatively set for Saturday, July 10, 2004.
A complete obituary will be published later.
Bobbie Jean Bonner
Bobbie Jean Bonner, a resident of Corning, Ark., was born March 3, 1931, in Mississippi, the daughter of the late Robert Akins Kennedy and Odie Ethel George Kennedy, died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, Ark...
Dellie Marie Duboise Campbell, daughter of the late Aron Brown Campbell and Dellie Deboard Campbell, was born on Nov. 3, 1918, at Pleasant Grove, Ala., and died in the St. Francis Medical Center of Cape Girardeau on Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the age of 85...
Laverne Lovett, daughter of the late John Edward Pratt and Alta Tyler Pratt, was born on May 7, 1929, at Gray Ridge and died in her residence at Dexter on Friday, July 2, 2004, at the age of 75. Mrs. Lovett was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church, a former employee of Brown Shoe Company at Charleston, and a resident of Dexter...
Dorothy Ann Drouin
Dorothy Ann Drouin, daughter of the late Roy Johnson and Jesse Hazel Davis Johnson, was born on Jan. 6, 1944, at Cinco, W. Va., and died in her residence at Dexter on Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the age of 60. Mrs. Drouin was a member of The Master's Touch Church in Bloomfield, a homemaker and resident of Dexter...
Dennis Gordon, the son of the late George Riley and Leoma Wells Gordon, was born in Sikeston, on Dec. 24, 1959, and died near Morehouse due to injuries received in an automobile accident Friday, July 2, 2004, at the age of 44. Mr. Gordon had lived in Bloomfield the past six years and was a former resident of Morehouse. He was a carpenter...
Ivan Raymond Hisaw
Ivan Raymond Hisaw was born Oct. 13, 1929, at Dexter, the son of Elmer and Mona Irene VanPool Hisaw and died on Saturday, June 26, 2004, at St. John's St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View at the age of 74. He was married to Helen Delsie Ivy on March 31, 1957, at Tunica, Miss., and to this union two daughters were born...
Aurelia Margaret Ivy
Aurelia Margaret Ivy, the daughter of the late Jesse James and Lydia Margaret Welker Fields, was born in Campbell on Nov. 29, 1923, and died at the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at the age of 80. Mrs. Ivy had lived in Dexter most of her life. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Dexter...