G.T. (George Thomas) Humphries, 83, of Glencoe died Aug. 23, 2002, at his home.
Born Feb. 25, 1919, at Day, he was the son of Tollie Farra and Etta Elzada Moore Humphries. He married Violet Olevia Coggins Sept. 12, 1942, at Salem. They had two sons together.
He spent his working years as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Fulton County revenue collector 12 years, Fulton County treasurer for eight years, and was a cattle farmer on the farm where he resided for his lifetime. He was on the first planning committee of the Fulton County Hospital where he served as a charter board member for 12 years. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife; two sons – Max Humphries and his wife, Arlene, of Salem, and Larry Humphries and his wife, Barbara, of Glencoe; six grandchildren, Heath Humphries and his wife, Kelli, of Gainesville, Mo., Lance Humphries and his wife, Mandy, of Ash Flat, Link Humphries and his wife, Jennifer, of Salem, Tyler Humphries of Glencoe, Jo Kaye Bandy and her husband, Steven, of Fayetteville, and Misti Carter and her husband, Ross, of Glencoe; four great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Debbie Coggins Kehrli.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers – Truman Humphries, Charlie Humphries and William Humphries, and three sisters – Mildred Gleghorn, Emma Cochran and Faye McCandlis.
The funeral was Aug. 26 at Salem United Methodist Church with Doug Criss officiating. Burial followed at Humphries Cemetery at Glencoe.
Pallbearers were Heath Humphries, Lance Humphries, Link Humphries, Tyler Humphries, Steven Bandy and Ross Carter.
Honorary pallbearers were Russell Benton, Hayden Sexton, Roy Lee Barker, James Price, Garl Sutherland, Eldon Coil, Max Sullivan, Jack Cochran, and John Moody Jr.
Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church or Humphries Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Barker Funeral Home of Salem.
Jurl Brown, 75, died June 6, 2002.
Born Feb. 5, 1927, at Pocahontas, he was the son of Cecil Willis and Jewel Jones Brown. He served in the Army during World War II. He was married to Thelma Thompson who preceded him in death April 12, 1993.
Survivors include six sons - Larry May Brown of Alton, Mo., Cecil Willis Brown of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Gary Don Brown of Alton, Mo., Jerry Newton Brown of Doniphan, Mo., Robert James Brown of Myrtle, Mo., and Michael Eugene Brown of Poplar Bluff; five daughters – Jerri Folsom of Huffman, Texas, Jeaneen McGinnis of Huntsville, Ala., Donna Eldringhoff of Mountain View, Mo., Lisa Daniel of Athens, Ala., Patricia Adams of Camdenton, Mo.; 34 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother, Henry Brown.
The graveside service and burial was June 8 at Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Carr-Montgomery Funeral Home of Thayer, Mo.
John A. Dunn
John Allen Dunn, 59, of Melbourne died July 15, 2002,
Born April 28, 1943, in Richmond, Calif., he was a member of the Agnos Church of Christ, and a veteran of the United States Army.
Survivors include his wife Carol; three daughters and a son-in-law – Amanda Dunn of Melbourne, Tammy and Paul Curtis of Cave City, and Johnnie Pflaumer of Hot Springs; a son and daughter-in-law – Josh and Leslie Dunn of Jonesboro; two sisters – Lillie Hanson of Clearlake, Calif., and Sharon Mobley of Austin, Texas; a brother, George Melvin Dunn of Glassboro, N.J.; four grandchildren – Brittany, Austin, Shayna, and Dalton; and 13 nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by parents.
Arrangements were under the direction of Jones and Lewis Funeral Home, in Clearlake.
A memorial service was July 22 at Agnos Church of Christ with Jack Richardson officiating.
John Rex Barber
John Rex Barber, 65, of Highland died Dec. 9, 2002.
Born April 29, 1937, in Wallace, Idaho, he was the son of Lena Furguson Barber and William Rex Barber.
He was the owner/operator of Ponderosa Motel in Highland.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Barber of Highland; three daughters – Cynthia Ann Barber of Tulsa, Okla., Angela Dawn Baxter of Highlandville, Mo., and Deborah Lea Bridger of Charlotte; a sister, Sammie Kamphefner of Huguenot, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.
The funeral was Dec. 12 at Heath Oak Hill Chapel with Farrel Duffel officiating. Burial was in Hackleman Cemetery in Eldorado Springs, Idaho.
Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.
Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Janice “Jan” Stigall, 63, of Cherokee Village died May 25, 2002, at her home in Cherokee Village.
Born in Detroit, Mich., she was a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Laurilyn Lee Dickmann of Charleston S.C.; three sons – Michael Robert Stigall of Pocahontas, Danny Roy Stigall of San Diego, and Steven Wayne Stigall of Cherokee Village; and six grandchildren.
The funeral was May 30 at Walnut Ridge. Burial followed at Dail Cemetery at Ravenden.
Pallbearers were George Dickmann, Huey Stigall, Ronnie Stigall, Dan Owens, Ron Littleford and Mark Stigall.
Mary J. James
Mary J. James, 59, of Hardy died June 11, 2002, at her home.
Born Oct. 22, 1942, in Corning, N.Y., she was the daughter of Claude M. Wood and Alice B. Wright Wood. She moved to Hardy eight years ago from Knoxville, Pa. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Michael “Pud” James; four sons – James Stratton of Woodhull, N.Y., Mike Stratton of San Diego, Richard Kelley Stratton of Long Island, N.Y., and Wade Causer of Woodhull, N.Y.; two daughters – Tammy Gigee of Knoxville, Pa., and Bonnie Smith of Westfield, Pa.; a brother, Bruce Wood of Smithfield, N.C.; two sisters – Dorothy Williams of Rathbone, N.Y., and Ruth Cole of Hardy; a sister-in-law, Twilla Wood of Westfield, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers – Claude M. “Sonny” Wood Jr., and David J. Wood; and a sister, Sue Anne Wood.
The funeral was June 15 at Bradford Community Church near Ravenden with the Rev. Ferrel Duffel officiating. Burial followed in Bradford Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County’s Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Memorial may be made to the family.
Elaine B. Kimbler, 51, of Hardy died March 25, 2002, at her home.
Born Nov. 8, 1950, in Ashland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Paul Kilzer and Marilyn Vanlick Kilzer. She married Willie Kimbler in 1990.
She had a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She moved to Sharp County seven years ago from Marion, Ohio. She worked as a registered nurse for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, and was formerly a registered nurse for Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village.
Survivors include her husband; her mother of Marion, Ohio; a son, John Holloway of Caldonia, Ohio; a daughter, Freia Holloway of Hardy; a stepson, Justin Kimbler of Hardy; a brother, Kevin, of Phoenix; a sister, Debra, of Columbus, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Ohio.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County’s Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Glenn K. Luff
Glenn K. Luff, 87, of Cherokee Village died June 9, 2002, at his home.
Born Jan. 13, 1915, near Woodville, Ill., he was the son of Charles E. and Rosa Bell Thompson Luff. He was retired from Bridgestone Firestone Company in Akron, Ohio, and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Cherokee Village.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Irene Luff; a son, Charlie Luff of Virginia Beach, Va.; a step-daughter, Elaine Barton of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Mildred Luff.
A private memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery at Akron.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
James Hayden Kankey, 77, died Aug. 24, 2002, in Mountain Home.
Born March 3, 1925, in Wideman, he was the son of James William and Nora Long Kankey. He married Blonda Sherrill Dec. 31, 1950, in Batesville. The had two children together.
During his working years, he owned and operated the Wideman Store. He was also employed by the shirt factories in Melbourne and Salem, and enjoyed raising cattle on his farm. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law – Phyllis Emerson and Patricia and Kirk Miller, all of Melbourne; a sister, Mildred Kankey of Wideman; and five grandchildren – Jason Miller, Mandy Miller, Luke Miller, Abbi Miller and Nick Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a sister, Vetral Robins; a brother-in-law, Flavil Robins; and a son-in-law, David Emerson.
The funeral was Aug. 27 at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel with Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial followed at Wideman Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gamelliel Jones, Darrell Ball, Kim Yancey, Charles Townsend, Joe Washington and Morris Jones.
Arrangements were under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Maurine M. Kramer, 77, of Batesville, Ark., died March 4, 2002, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born Sept. 12, 1924, at Evening Shade, she was the daughter of Hal Robb and Caruth Shaver Moore. During World War II she was in the WACs where she served in the administrative office at Fort Belvedere, Va., and the Third Army headquarters in Atlanta where she made sergeant. She worked at Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat for many years; was a former mayor of Evening Shade; and was currently working as deputy 9-1-1 coordinator of the Independence County Office of Emergency Service. She was a member of Central Avenue Methodist Church in Batesville.
Survivors include a son, four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; and a brother.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Loyd H. Byers
Loyd Hubert Byers, 86, of Cherokee Village died Aug. 29, 2002, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village.
Born Oct. 4, 1915, in Mammoth Spring, he was the son of George Washington Byers and Mary Murphy Byers. He married Lavern M. Smith June 4, 1938, in Wirth. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the infantry during World War II. He retired from Cooper Communities Inc. in Cherokee Village after many years working in construction and landscaping. He also worked as a farmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherokee Village.
Survivors include his wife, Lavern; three daughters and two sons-in-law – Shirley and Thomas Pirtle of Covington, Tenn., Peggy and Bill Higginbottom of Chesterfield, Mo., and Daphine Rogers of Cherokee Village; a sister, Thelma Oakes of Mammoth Spring; five grandchildren – Camille Vollmer, Kimberly Heil, Stacy Neely, Dustin Rogers and Mandy Humphries; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers – Johnny Byers, Herschel Byers, and Virgil Byers; and two sisters – Ruthie Brake and Delphia Smith.
The funeral was Aug. 31 at the Tri-County’s Cherokee Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Pirtle officiating. Burial followed at Baker Cemetery near Ozark Acres with full military honors.
Pallbearers were Dustin Rogers, Charlie Heil, Gregg Neely, Rusty Vollmer, Lance Humphries, Johnny Byers, Darrel Byers and Farrel Byers.
Honorary pallbearers were Willie Oyler, Jim Harrison, Loyd Booth, Louie Trout, John Angelletti, John Story, Brian Holcomb and Floyd Baker.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County’s Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Home, c/o First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village.
Lora Armstrong Cathey, 88, of Broken Bow, Okla., died Oct. 14, 2002, at her residence.
Born Aug. 8, 1914, at Wirth, she was a homemaker. She also taught school in Oklahoma and Arkansas for several years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and working in the garden. She was a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Broken Bow.
She married Floyd N. Cathey Sept. 9, 1941, in Hardy. They made their home in Broken Bow for 48 years after moving from Thayer, Mo.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Noel and Connie Cathey of Broken Bow; two daughters and sons-in-law – Carmen and John Rhyne and Loretta and Tommy Wilson, all of Broken Bow; two sisters – Dorothy Keiss of Mena, and Inez Keiss of Watson; six grandchildren and their spouses – Steve and Vicki Rhyne, Brandon and Beverly Cathey, Pamela Wilson, Angela Wilson, Beth Wilson and Melissa Cathey; three great-grandchildren – Ty Cathey, Morgan Barrett and Gabriella Rhyne; and four special caregivers – Alene, Twilla, Pat and Marcella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, R. Landon Armstrong and Sarah E. Murphy; a son, James Ray Cathey; a grandson, Michael Rhyne; two brothers; and three sisters.
The funeral was Oct. 17 at the Norwood-Coffey-Leonard Chapel in Broken Bow with John Rushing officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Norwood-Coffey-Leonard Funeral Home of Broken Bow.
Larry Gragg, 65, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Jonesboro, died Sept. 5, 2002, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village.
Born June 7, 1937, in Monette, he was the son of Ruby Hoke Gragg and Wilbur Gragg. He was a former owner and operator of Gragg Plumbing in Jonesboro.
Survivors include two daughters – Cheryl Bennett of Jonesboro, and Teresa Burgess of Drummonds, Tenn.; five grandchildren – Lindsay Baker, Cedes Baker and Colby Baker, all of Jonesboro, and Blake Burgess and Daniel Burgess of Drummonds; two sisters – Linda Ward and Francis Warren, both of Paragould; five brothers – Loyall Gragg of Jonesboro, Leon Gragg, Gilbert Gragg and Lloyd Gragg, all of Shreveport, La., and Warren Gragg of Norfork,.
The funeral was Sept. 7 at Friendly Hope Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Heath Funeral Home of Hardy.
Leroy Maupin Sr.
Leroy Maupin Sr., 86, of Cherokee Village died July 6, 2002, at John J. Pershing Veterans Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Born July 16, 1916, in San Diego, he was the son of Clarence King Maupin and Lyda Keplew Maupin. He was a retired mechanic for Ford Motor Company and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He moved with his family to Sharp County in 1979 from San Diego.
He was a member of the Corinth United Methodist Church in Ash Flat, served as a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church for 17 years, was a member of the United Ostomy Club in Batesville and the Kiwanis Club. He also ran the Cave City Food Room for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Maupin; three sons – Leroy Maupin Jr. of Cave City, Joe Maupin of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and John Maupin of Dexter, Mo.; three daughters – Lyda Jones of Cave City, Fran Dell of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Cathy Mauipin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 27 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lonie Kob.
A graveside service was July 9 at Powell’s Chapel Cemetery near Poughkeepsie with the Rev. Delbert Essen officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County’s Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Memorials can be made to the United Ostomy Foundation.
Estella Lackey, 91, of Batesville died March 17, 2002, at Cave City Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 14, 1910, at Emery, she was the daughter of Pleasant Miller and Amanda Jane Wilson Christenberry. She was a homemaker and a member of the Milligan Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two sons, – Robert Lackey of Denver, and Lloyd Lackey of Batesville; two daughters – Doris Henderson of Wichita, Kan., and Linda Carol Bullington of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, V. F. Lackey; six brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren.
The funeral was March 20 at Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Jimmy Thompson officiating.
Burial followed at Milligan Campground Cemetery east of Cave City.
Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Cora M. Lemanski, 92, of Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Horseshoe Bend, died March 1, 2002, at Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock.
Born Aug. 15, 1909, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Stanley and Anastasia Grawski Witucki. She was married to Bruno Lemanski June 9, 1934, in Chicago. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Wellington Arms Hotel in Chicago and was a member of St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend where she also was a member of the Ladies Guild.
Survivors include a son, Daniel Lemanski and his wife, Caryl, of Woodstock, and two grandchildren – David Lemanski and Stacie Lemanski both of Woodstock.
A funeral Mass was March 8at St. Mary of The Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend. Burial followed in Violet Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel.
Martha Ellen Hall
Martha Ellen Hall, 91, of Williford died March 26, 2002.
Born March 5, 1911, in Glasgow, Ky., she was the daughter of Robert Petty and Laura Riddle Petty. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include Frank Hall and Bob Hall, both of Portage, Ind., and Charles Hall of Griffith, Ind.; and a daughter, Joyce Yurkovich of Ozark Acres.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
McVon Edwards, 68, of Hot Springs, formerly of Williford, died July 5, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs.
Born Oct. 26, 1933, in Sitka, he was the son of Ira T. and Myrtle Cruse Edwards. He married Bobbie Roach. He was a retired supervisor from W.W. Smyth Construction.
Survivors include his wife; four sons and two daughters-in-law – Steve and Charlotte Edwards of Hot Springs, Kenny Marshall of Jonesboro, Chris and Lisa Marshall of Edmond, Okla., and Thomas Ray Beals of Lamar, Miss.; six daughters and three sons-in-law – Lisa Barnett and Vonda Edwards, both of Hardy, Rhonda and Dossie McKeller of Plumeville, Yvonna and Eddie Breckenridge and Kimberly Ann and Tommy Weeks, all of Hot Springs, and Tina Mae Croft of Sheridan; a sister, JoAnna Sneed of Williford; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a daughter.
The funeral was July 9 at Higginbotham Chapel in Hardy with Randy Roach officiating. Burial followed in Williford Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy.