Recent Obituaries

Mary Frances (Fran) Hilliard  

Fran was born October 25, 1938, in Steele, Missouri. She was the daughter of Lucille Wall Carter and Henry L. Carter. She departed this life at the Caruthersville Nursing Center on July 31, 2016. She was 77 years old. Fran attended the Blytheville School System. On February 29, 1967, in Blytheville, Arkansas, she was united in marriage to Ray Hilliard. He preceded her in death in 2007. Fran was retired from the sales department of U.S. Steel. She loved to travel and had lived in four different countries overseas. When she and her husband were living in South Carolina, Fran owned and operated a shop that had ceramics, porcelain, and did custom framing. After moving to Caruthersville in 1995, they had an upholstery shop. She was very devoted to her family and friends. Survived by – 1 son – Scott K. Henley – Nashville, Tennessee - 1 daughter – Dawne Hilliard Henry – Las Vegas, Nevada - 3 sisters – Jimmie Larsen – Caruthersville, Missouri - Barbara Busby – Caruthersville, Missouri - Rebecca J. Makowski – Hartsville, South Carolina -2 brothers – Roy L. Carter – Villages, Florida - John R. Carter – Matthews, North Carolina 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 6 nieces, 5 nephews, other relatives and many friends. Memorial services were held Wednesday, August 03, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services

Earline Jones Vickers Sayre

 Earline Jones Vickers Sayre was born September 11, 1929 in Rector, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of the late George Jones and Essie Tidwell Jones.She departed this life at the Tennova Healthcare Hospital in Dyersburg, Tennessee on January 14, 2018.  She was 88 years old.Earline was united in marriage to Mr. Earsey Vickers.  He preceded her in death.  She was then united in marriage to Mr. Carl “Bud” Sayre who also preceded her in death.Earline was a worker.  She was a floor supervisor at Brown Shoe.  After that career, she became the owner/operator of the Roundhouse Restaurant.  She also was involved in the trucking business with Bud.She loved life and having fun.  She believed that “you have feet to dance.”  In addition to dancing, she liked to sing and yodel.  Cooking was not just a hobby but a passion.  Since she lived across the street from the high school, tailgating was a Friday night tradition.  She loved animals and made sure that all of the strays were fed.Survived by – her children – Dennis Vickers – Laughlin, NVJeretta Davis, and Butch Henson – Caruthersville, MOVickie Carver, and Ray Van – Bragg City, MODana Mora – Rock Dale, TXCarl E. Sayre, and Rosie – Proctor, ARPatricia Steven – Wichita, KSThomas E. Sayre – Milano, TXA brother – Billy John Jones14 grandchildren and several great grandchildrenOther relatives and many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents – George and Essie Jones, a son – Dewayne Vickers, a daughter – Carlene Sayre and a sister – Ailene Jones

Lamar Durham

 Johnny Lamar Durham was born June 11, 1962 in Hayti, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Johnnie Arvel Durham and Shirley Faye Todd Durham.He departed this life at his home in Denton, Missouri on January 11, 2018.  He was 55 years old.Lamar was united in marriage to Phyllis Reno in Caruthersville, Missouri on November 25, 1995.He had many hobbies and interest.  He could pick up just about any musical instrument and play it from the bass guitar to the drums.  He loved fishing and hunting particularly deer hunting.  Of course, being the hunter he was, he enjoyed collecting guns.Many people knew of Lamar as a Civil War buff.  He enjoyed watching movies and documentaries about history.His greatest love and hobby was spending time with his family.Survived by – his wife – Phyllis Durham – Denton, MissouriHis mother – Shirley Durham – Braggadocio, Missouri1 daughter – Christian Durham – Kennett, Missouri3 sisters – Lois Friner – Hanford, LAEtah Durham – Blytheville, ARElizabeth Parks – Hayti, MO3 brothers – Kenneth Durham – Poplar Bluff, MOTodd Durham – Braggadocio, MORicky Parks – ILSeveral nieces and nephews including one special one – Cadence Burns-DurhamMany friendsHe was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie DurhamFuneral services were held Monday, January 15 in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Brother James Riley and Kenny Durham officiating.  Interment in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in West Point, Tennessee.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Mary Pounder​

 MARY MARGARET POUNDER  Was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on December 28, 1929.Departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on January 10, 2018 at the age of 88.She was the daughter of the late William Roy Thrasher & Hattie Mae Eaves Thrasher.Attended the Caruthersville Schools.On November 23, 1946 in Caruthersville she was united in marriage to Thomas LaFayette Hardesty. He preceded her in death on February 3, 1971.In 1978 she was united in marriage to Lawrence O’Dean Pounder. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2015.Mary enjoyed playing cards with her friends, gardening, working in her flower beds and cooking. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.She was a former member of the Caruthersville Woman’s Club and was also active in the RSVP program.Mary was also a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Ladies Organization.SURVIVED BY – 2 Daughters          -  Dianne Banka & her husband, Bill of Caruthersville.                                    Susan Duran & her husband, Rich, of Peotone, Illinois2 Grandchildren       Jennifer Spears     -  Kankakee, Illinois                                    Meredith Spears   - Charolotte, North Carolina2 Brothers                 Kenneth Thrasher  - Jackson, Tennessee                                    Bob Thrasher          - Gerald, Missouri3 Sisters                     Jeanette Hudgins   - Caruthersville, Missouri                                    Ruth Stimel              - Clayton, North Carolina                                    Josie Anderson        - Doniphan, Missouri2 Step-Sons               Gary Pounder          - Yorktown, VA                                    Gerry Pounder        -  San Diego, California& a very special person whom she regarded as her “third” daughter, Pattie Woods Grable, of Caruthersville along with many, many friends.She was preceded in death by 3 Brothers, William Roy Thrasher, Jr., Eugene Thrasher and Thomas Thrasher.Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Jaroslaw Skrzypek officiating. The interment was in the Pemiscot Memorial Gardens in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were Gary Pounder, Gerry Pounder, Rich Duran, Bill Banka, Patrick Hudgins and Chris Wade. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.                                  I                                                

Louie Franks​

Elizabeth Ann (Louie) Franks was born at Hayti, Missouri on July 12, 1952.  She was the daughter of Newton Strawn and Dora Jarboe Strawn. She departed this life at her home in Blytheville, Arkansas on January 4, 2018.  She was 65 years old.Louie graduated from Caruthersville High School with the class of 1970.Louie loved life and loved people.  She was a wonderful cook which many people enjoyed.  She worked as a supervisor in the food/beverage department at Lady Luck.  She also worked at the Caruthersville County Club.  She was known by many as a quilter.In Blytheville, Arkansas in 2007 she was united in marriage to Ronnie Franks.She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Caruthersville.Survived by – her husband – Ronnie Franks – Blytheville, Arkansas2 sons – Toby Mejia – Caruthersville, MissouriBen Mejia and his wife, Angela – Calvert City, KentuckyA step-son – Steven Franks – Farmington, Iowa2 brothers – Ray Strawn and his wife – Marilyn – Caruthersville, MOJerry Strawn and his wife, Linda – Caruthersville, MOA sister – Barbara Pruitt – Caruthersville, MOA nephew – Russell PruittHer father-in-law and mother-in-law – Leon and Betty Franks – Blytheville, AR6 grandchildren – Bailey Walker, Dorian, Sarah, Dillian, Savana, and Colt MejiaA very special friend – Teresa Jean, and many other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton and Dora Strawn, a brother, Toby Strawn, and a sister, Margaret Moody.Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 6 at 12:00 p.m. with Brother Jimmy Lemonds officiating.  Interment in Little Prairie Cemetery.  Serving as pall bearers were the deacons of First Baptist Church. ​

Judy Maupin​

JUDY ANN MAUPIN It is with great sadness that the family of Judy Ann Maupin announces her passing after a brief illness on Thursday, December 28, 2107, at the age of 72 years old.  Judy grew up in Caruthersville, Missouri the daughter of Joseph B. Weddington and Oma M. Weddington (McClendon).  She left the area after marrying James LeRoy Maupin, United States Air Force. After 23 years living in Europe and all over the United States, Judy and famiy returned to the Bootheel area.  Judy had an oversized personality and easily made friends wherever she went.  Her loving kindness was unsurpassed unless you interrupted her getting whipped into a fury watching Judge Judy.  She will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her.Survived by – 1 son – James Michael Maupin – Houston, Texas2 daughters – Terri Lynn Pangborn, and her husband, Rodney – North Pole, AlaskaCathy Maupin – Wappapello, Missouri1 brother – Michael Joe Weddington – Caruthersville, Missouri7 grandchildren – Tov’e Michelle Webster and her husband, Jerrod – San Diego, CABrandi Lee Modler and her husband, Jon – Las Vegas, NVSebastian Bailey Maupin – Katy, TXCody John Mars – North Pole, AKVictoria Fall Pangborn – North Pole, AKSean James Parker – Wappapello, MORodney Malary Pangborn – North Pole, AK4 great grandchildren – Hayden, Haylee, Aurora, Abel& a number of other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents – Joe and Oma Weddington, her husband – James Maupin, 3 brothers – Jack, Ted and Melvin Weddington and 1 sister – Patsy AlexanderMemorial services were held In Caruthersville, Missouri on January 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Funeral Chapel. 

Gladys Neely​

 Gladys Louise Neely was born December 20, 1927.  She was the daughter of Charlie M. Neely and Eunice Kelly Neely. She departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on December 29, 2017.  She was 90 years old.Gladys graduated from Caruthersville High School with the class of 1945.She worked for MidWest Farms in the accounting department.Gladys was a huge sports fan.  She followed the St. Louis Cardinals faithfully.  She held season tickets to the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team for many years. She also attended the St. Jude/Danny Thomas professional golf tournament for years.  In addition to being a devoted sports fan, she also was a member of a bridge club and canasta club.She was a member of the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church.Survived by – 1 brother – Frankie D. Neely – Jacksonville, ARNephews – James (Jimmy) Cagle, Mark NeelyNieces – Iris Alexander, Kelly Maners, Sandy Neely, Jana Neely, Tracey Neely, Micki Patras, Marla NeelyOther relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Eunice Neely, a sister – Frances Cagle, a brother – Charles Neely, an infant sister – Dorothy Sue, a niece – Patty Neely & a nephew, Kim Cagle.Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Mattson officiating.  Interment in Little Prairie Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Jimmy Cagle, Danny Maners, Bobby Alexander, Daniel Maners, Corey Cagle, Bobby Swanson.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

                       Sue Malin​

 Margaret Sue Malin was born November 22, 1945 at Kennedy, Missouri (14 Bend).  She was the daughter of Dorothy Mae Wagner.She departed this life at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on December 26, 2017.  She was 72 years old.On April 17, 1976 in Steele, Missouri she was united in marriage to Carl “Sawdust” Malin.Sue was a lady that loved her family especially her grandkids.  She was known for baking sweets.  She always made Mike a cheesecake for his birthday.  In fact the recipe card is titled “Mike’s cheesecake.”  She also made lots of candy at Christmas.  In addition to her own kids, she really took care of all the kids on the block.  She was often called the “Kool-Aid mom.”Survived by – 4 children – Michael Gene Russell – Steele, MissouriDonna Sue Russell – Steele, MissouriJuana Dayle Driskill – Pennelville, New YorkCarla Ann Cecil and her husband, Brad – Hayti, Missouri8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Wagner and her husband, Sawdust Malin.Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. Pall-Bearers were: Dr. Shane Green, Dylan Howe, Ethan Green, Micheal Russell, Jr., Brad Cecil and Tevor Cooper. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

Stella Gill

 Stella Virginia Watkins Payne Gill was born December 29, 1930 at Micola, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Bayard Schindel Watkins and Pearl Camp Watkins.She departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on December 21, 2017.  She was 86 years old.On November 11, 1948 she was united in marriage to Frank Howard “Hap” Payne.  They were the proud parents of three daughters. Hap was a preacher and Stella loved being the preacher’s wife.  She ministered along with him to all of the congregation and the community.  She loved “making a joyful noise” to the Lord although some thought her singing wasn’t very good.Stella was always a very busy lady.  She loved life, loved laughing, and loved friends and especially family.  She was a wonderful “Gee Gee” to grandkids and great grandkids.  She could be found almost every day at the Caruthersville Nutrition Site eating and visiting with friends.  She also led an exercise group twice a week.Survived by – 3 daughters – Sherry Hays and her husband, Larry – Caruthersville, MOSheila Smith and her husband, David – Kennett, MOShelly Main and her husband, Jeff – Evansville, IN1 sister – Ida Criswell – Haines City, Florida1 half sister – Betty Kathleen Deweese1 brother – Alvin Watkins – Henderson, TN2 half brothers – Danny Michael Watkins, Bayard Shendell Watkins5 grandchildren – Jerry Don Hays, Tonya Gunnels, Stacy McNew, Kristen Mojica, Nic Main7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Bayard and Pearl Watkins, husband “Hap” Payne, her second husband, Roy Gill, her brothers, Charlie Watkins, Bayard Watkins, Jr., Billy Watkins, Ralph Watkins, and a sister Donna Kay, and a half brother, John Albert WatkinsFuneral services were held Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at the Temple Baptist Church with Brother Jim Pilcher officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery. Pall bearers:  Christian Gunnels, Brian Gunnels, Nic Main, Jerry Don Hays, Charlie Jones, Tommy Halford, Jeff Hudgens, Daimon McNew, Drake McNew.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Norman Adams​

 Norman Eugene Adams was born in Henderson, Tennessee on January 12, 1931.  He was the son of William Arthur Adams and Claire Oliver Adams.He departed this life at the Autumn Wings Retirement Home in Schertz, Texas on December 17, 2017.  He was 86 years old.Norman proudly served his country in the United States Army.He was in the Service department at Consolidated Freightweight before he retired.  He was proud to be a member of the Teamster Local 618 for many years. On January 28, 1968, he was united in marriage to Christina Lytle.  She preceded him in death.Survived by – his son Joseph Adams and his wife, Dawn – Cibolo, Texas2 grandchildren – Danielle Adams – Schertz, TexasJoseph Adams, Jr. – Schertz, Texas1 brother – Larry Adams – Caruthersville, Missouri3 sisters – Betty Caple and her husband, Gene – Fairmount City, IllinoisBrenda McKee – Chicago, IllinoisNeveda Gendron – St. Louis, MissouriNumerous nieces and nephews and many friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents – Art and Claire Adams, his wife – Christina Adams, and 2 sisters - Rythia Crowe, and Joallen WolfeFuneral services were held Saturday, December 23 in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Joe Adams, Joe Adams, Jr, Larry Linnemeyer, Dan Travis.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Kelli Coleman​

 Kelli Dean Coleman was born on February 7, 1998 in Hayti, Missouri. She was the daughter of the late Bobby Lee Coleman and Melinda Underwood Coleman.She departed this life in Hayti, Missouri on December 13, 2017.  She was 19 years old.Kelli was an honor graduate of Caruthersville High School in 2015.  She was very active in the choir and also completed the CNA nursing program.  She loved writing poetry and was working on writing a book. She was an active member of Kinsfolks Ridge Church.Survived by – her mother – Melinda Coleman1 sister – Kayla Cook and her husband, Chris Cook1 brother – Bobby ColemanHer grandmother – Zera ColemanHer grandfather – Bobby UnderwoodAunts – Bobbie Griggs and her husband, PhillipCristy Hemmingway and her husband, MichaelTeresa Abbott and her husband, KenUncles – Michael Coleman and his wife, ReginaChris Coleman and his wife, Jennifer and Robert Underwood and his wife, JacqulineThe love of her life – Scott VirginioOther relatives and many friendsShe was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Coleman, - her grandmother, Brenda Underwood – and her grandfather, Bobby Coleman, Sr. 

Bill Taylor​

 William Smith (Bill) Taylor was born February 9, 1960 in Hayti, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Paul Smith (Bill) Taylor and Edith Katherine Moore Taylor.He departed this life at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on December 9, 2017.  He was 57 years old.On September 22, 1984 in Braggadocio, Missouri he was united in marriage to Elizabeth June Crain.Bill started working along side his father at the family owned business, New Madrid Harbor Service, at the age of 14.  After that he started tending bar at the Chaparral, he then worked at the sheriff’s office as a dispatcher, and later started his own insurance agency.He had lots of hobbies and interest.  Bill started an annual family float trip on the Jacks Fork River in Eminence, Missouri.  He was a golfer for many years then later became an avid fisherman.  He also enjoyed dove hunting with his good friends.  Bill had a strong passion and love for the Mississippi River that he inherited from his father.Bill’s greatest accomplishment, pride and love was for his daughter, Shay.Bill is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Taylor.His daughter, Shay Harbaugh and her husband, Adam.1 brother – Paul Allen Taylor and his wife, Sylvia of  Las Vegas, NV3 sisters – Janice Tringali – Dyersburg, TNCathy Taylor – Nashville, TNBecky Taylor – Memphis, TNAnd many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends that he loved dearly.He was preceded in death by his parents – Bill and Edith Taylor. 

Randall Waldrop​

 Thomas Randall Waldrop was born June 25, 1949 at Braggadocio, Missouri.  He was the son of Marvin and Maxine Waldrop.He departed this life at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 6, 2017.  He was 68 years old.Randall graduated from Caruthersville High School in 1967.  He then proudly served his country for 4 years in the United States Air Force.  He was stationed at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts.He returned to Caruthersville and on October 31, 1970 he married Beverly Conway.  They were the proud parents of two daughters- Randi and Kori.For 35 years, Randall worked for the local cable company, Mediacom.  After retiring from there, he immediately went to work for the City of Caruthersville Parks and Recreation.  He worked there for 7 years. He was also a past volunteer with the Caruthersville Fire Department.Randall was the pillar of strength for his family.  He went above and beyond to let his family know how loved and cared for they were. His grandkids were his heart and he cherished spending time with them.He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.  His best stories to tell were always about his years of hunting trips and his Friday night card games.He was the kind of man who took pride in his family, his home and his community.  He cared about the people in this community and was always there when someone was in need.  To most people in town, he was their PA too!Survived by – his wife, Beverly Waldrop – Caruthersville, MO2 daughters – Randi Merideth and her husband, BT – Caruthersville, MOKori Walker and her husband, Jon – Caruthersville, MO3 Grandchildren – Hunter Trevathan, Dawson Ford and Hallie Walker.His mother – Maxine Waldrop – Caruthersville, MO2 brothers – Steve Waldrop his wife, Karen and family – Pineville, MOTerry Waldrop his wife, Kathryn and family – Caruthersville, MOOther relatives and more friends than could ever be listed.He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Waldrop, and his nephew, Andrew Waldrop.Funeral services were held Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel.  Mr. Bobby Sanchez officiated.  Interment was in Maple Cemetery.Active pall bearers:  Hunter Trevathan, Steve Waldrop, Terry Waldrop, Jon Walker, BT Merideth, Tyler Trevathan, Timmy Ferrell, Guy Haddon.Honorary Pall bearers:  Don Parsley, Nick Parsley, David Brands, Joe Scherer, Bubby BerryH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Wanda Faye Hudgens​

 Wanda Faye Hudgens was born April 7, 1956 in Hayti, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Murry Mills and Marilyn Clark Mills.She departed this life in Dyersburg, Tennessee on November 28, 2017.  She was 61 years old.On September 19, 1974 in Caruthersville, Missouri she was united in marriage to Mr. Johnny Ray Moore.  He preceded her in death.Wanda loved cooking.  She worked at the deli at Hays Grocery Store and ran the restaurant at Trinity Marine for many years.  She loved cooking for all of her family.  Since she was known as the family babysitter, of course the grandchildren loved her cooking.Wanda was a huge Elvis Presley fan.  She enjoyed going to Tunica mostly for just the relaxing, talking, and laughing with family that was with her.She was a member of Kinfolks Ridge Baptist Church.Survived by – 3 children – Johnny Ray Moore, Jr.Jennifer ColemanRegina Coleman2 brothers – James Mills, Philip Mills1 sister – Marilyn Tally7 grandchildren – Kohlyn Moore, Thackery Moore, Hailey Coleman, Michael Tyler Coleman, Terri Coleman, Lynne Coleman and Hannah Coleman3 great grandchildren –Kateleigh, Colton and Dorian AlexanderOther relatives and many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Murry Mills, and her husband, Johnny MooreFuneral services were held Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. James Mills officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Kohlyn Moore, Michael Tyler Coleman, Shawn Mills, Kevin Tally, Ken Tally, Blake Turner.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Randy Grubbs​

 Randy Stephen Grubbs was born August 13, 1960 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of the late James Silas Grubbs and Bonnie Jane Chaney Grubbs.He departed this life in Marble Hills, Missouri on November 17, 2017 at the age of 57 years.On June 3, 1981 in New Madrid, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Sharon Conner.Randy was a big joker, always telling jokes causing lots of laughter.  Not only did he like making people laugh but he loved to laugh right along with them.  He loved fishing.  He spent lots of time riding around listening to music.  His very favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family and mostly his grandchildren. Survived by – his wife – Sharon Conner1 son – Randy Grubbs, Jr and his wife, Jennifer1 daughter – Rebecca Grubbs3 sisters – Wanda Alexander, Patricia King, Lana Burks4 brothers – Gary, Lanny, Troy and Loren Grubbs9 Grandchildren-Kaylee Grubbs, Landon Grubbs, Christopher Grubbs, Nicholas Morton, Jr., Hayliegh Stapleton, Jessie Stapleton, Sophia Stapleton, Makennna Stapleton, Theodore StapletonLots of nieces and nephews that loved him very much and other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents – James and Bonnie Grubbs, 3 brothers – Edward, James Robert and Ricky Grubbs, 3 sisters – Carmella Brannon, Vickey Long, Melissa Lacey and 1 granddaughter, Makayla Lyn Conner.Memorial services were held on November 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jim Pilcher officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Fred Junior Robinson​

 Fred Junior Robinson was born March 13, 1926 at Cottonwood Point, Missouri.  He was the son of Fred M. Robinson and Martha Battles Robinson.He departed this life at his home in Festus, Missouri on November 20, 2017.  He was 91 years old.Fred proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was married to Norma Jean Myrick in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She preceded him in death in 1996.Fred was manager for Denver Ward Chevrolet in Desoto, Missouri before he retired.He was a huge coin collector.  He enjoyed fishing, trading guns and traveling.Survived by – his son – Fred Robinson – Caruthersville, Missouri1 sister – Barbara Angela – Conway, Arkansas4 grandchildren – Ian Suttle, Erin Suttle, Fred Robinson, Jr, Jason Robinson3 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Robinson, his wife, Norma Jean Robinson, a daughter, Linda Jane Suttle, 2 brothers, Virgil and Billy Joe Robinson, and a sister, Mary Virginia HilburnFuneral services were held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Pilcher officiating.  Entombment followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Brandon Wilkerson, Gary Hilburn, Ian Suttle, Jeffery Angela, Jeff Hinton, Joe ClarkH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Randall (Randy) Mathenia​

 Randall H. Mathenia was born June 12, 1962 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was the son of Harold L. Mathenia and Sharon Elkins Mathenia. He departed this life in Jonesboro, Arkansas on November 14, 2017. He was 55 years old.Randall graduated from South Pemiscot High School with the class of 1981.He worked in the steel industry.Randall loved his family and the time he spent with them.Survived by – his parents:  Harold and Sharon Mathenia – Steele, MO2 sons:  Josh Mathenia and his wife, Addy – Steele, MO-Derek Mathenia – Steele, MO1 brother: Thomas Mathenia and his wife, Tina – Jonesboro, ARHis grandmother – Mary Elkins – Hayti, MOGranddaughter – Alexis Mathenia – Steele, MOA nephew – Matthew Mathenia – Fayetteville, AR and a niece – Breanna Skimahorn – Jonesboro, AROther relatives and friendsGraveside services were held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville.  Rev. Kenny Lee officiated.Pall bearers:  Bill Odom, Dylan Marsh, Austin Barnett, Charles Mitchell, Mark Martin, John HarrisH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Louise Herren​

 Rether Louise Herren was born August 24, 1950 in  Hohenwald, Tennessee.She was the daughter of Willie Strange and Retha Watkins.She departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on October 31, 2017 at the age of 67.On April 25, 1992 in Caruthersville, Missouri at the Wesleyan Church she was united in marriage to Mr. Claud Herren.Louise was a collector.  She had a big collection of dolls, coca cola items, and angels.  She loved watching T.V.  Her greatest collection was her 12 grandkids plus the great grandkids.Survived by – her husband – Claud Herren – Caruthersville, MO1 son – Marvin Strange – Philadelphia, PA3 daughters – Jannet Wiggins and her husband, James – Jamestown, LAMisty Rudd and her husband, Jimmy – Deering, MOPeggy Strange – Deering, MOA brother – Daniel Strange and his wife, Brenda – San Antonio, TX2 brothers-in-law – Loyd Herren and his wife, PauletteSteve Herren and his wife, Patricia2 sisters-in-law – Alice Smith and Lorretta Spray and her husband, Dennis12 grandchildren – Todd Strange and his wife, Erin – Caraway, ARTeresa Northcutt and her husband, Jerry – Bossier City, LAAngelica Barham – Salina, KSPriscilla Davis and her husband, Dion Foster – Caruthersville, MOKyler Faulkner – Deering, Blake Strange – Deering, Taylor Wiggins – Jamestown, LA, Jordan Faulkner – Deering, Micheal Flippo – Deering, Hunter Rudd – Deering, Miranda Strange – Houston, TX, Kressy Strange – Buchanan, MI5 great grandkids – Hudson, Alyssa, De’trique, Cameron, Eleanor Rose A very faithful friend – Jo Ann Rogers2 God Children – Jessica and Christina Reeves – both of CaruthersvilleAnd many other relatives and friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Strange and Retha Gaskins, a son – John Sikkema, 2 daughters – Jennifer Davis and Regina Lytle, a sister-in-law – Laverne Ayers, a brother-in-law – J.C. Herren and 4 brothersFuneral services were held Friday, November 03, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.

Paul Eugene Walker

Paul Eugene Walker was born on June 21, 1937 in Newbern, Tennessee.  He was the son of Harold Eugene Walker and Alma Fay Alexander Walker. The Lord called him home in Caruthersville, Missouri, on October 27, 2017.  He was 80 years old. He graduated from Caruthersville High School in 1955. On June 15, 1958, he was united in marriage to Shelby Jean Privett at First Baptist Church in Caruthersville.  They had 59 adventurous and fun filled years together. In 1955 Paul enlisted in the United States Navy from his hometown of Caruthersville, and proudly served for 25 years as a radioman/cryptographic technician.  He initially served on the USS Gudgeon, the first US submarine to circumnavigate the globe.  He then served on the USS Scorpion and was a part of the commissioning crew for this submarine.  He next moved on to complete a total of five patrols on the USS Benjamin Franklin.   During the Cuban missile crisis, Paul was a part of CINCLANT fleet.  He then completed two tours of duty in Naples, Italy. After his work in Europe, he was transferred to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to serve as command master chief under Admiral Kinnard McKee. Paul completed his military career in Hawaii as command Master chief third fleet, again with Admiral Kinnard McKee. After retiring from the Navy, Paul and Shelby moved to Caruthersville, where he worked with his father as an auto technician at H and W Auto Electric.  Paul and Shelby were very involved in the submarine vets association, attending conventions and traveling with good friends.  There were many, many practical jokes played amongst this group.  It was truly a brotherhood and sisterhood among theses retired submarine sailors.  Paul loved RVing,  and was an avid reader- particularly about military history.  He was a member of the Lion’s club for over 35 years, serving as president, vice president, secretary, and Bingo chairman.  It was because of his dedication and electronic skills that the Lion’s club was able to develop Channel 7, Lion’s Club TV. Paul was a devoted and faithful member of First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Shelby Walker One daughter, Kelly Harden and her husband Michael, of Jackson, TN His son in law, retired marine Michael Steadman, of Middletown, Connecticut. 6 granddaughters:  Christy Armstrong, Laurel Jones, Amanda Haesaert, Chelsea Harden, Mackenzie Steadman, and Cameron Steadman. 3 great granddaughters, Haley Jones, Maggie Jones, and Anna Kate Jones. 1 great grandson, Dillon Jones Many other relatives and friends all over the globe. He was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his daughter Kathryn Steadman, a brother- Bobby Walker, and a sister- Norma Linsman. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Brother Jimmy Lemonds officiating. Pall bearers:  Slugger Hudgens, Jerry Hudgens, Dennie Green, Franklin, Linsman, Nick Cartee, Tony Linsman, Pete Meales.Serving as honorary pall bearers were members of the Caruthersville Lions Club.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   

Carl Burchard

 Carl Dean Burchard was born October 11, 1937 in Shook, Missouri.  He was the son of Walter Burchard and Helen Morgan Burchard.He departed this life in St. Louis, Missouri on October 25, 2017.  He was 80 years old.On March 10, 1961 he was united in marriage to Loretta Faye Thomas.  She preceded him in death in 2007.Carl was a man that loved life.  He and brothers picked cotton as kids.  They wouldn’t quit picking until they had picked 600 pounds for the day.  His neighbors loved reaping the reward of tomatoes that Carl shared all summer.  He loved hunting and fishing and this is a skill that he shared not only with his own sons but many others also.  Whatever they killed or caught, was then cooked and eaten. Carl worked for Tipton Box Company for many, many years.Anyone that has even driven past the river has seen Carl sitting there in his truck watching the river and also talking to everyone there. Survived by – 2 sons:  Kevin Burchard and his wife, SandraCurtis Burchard and his wife, Cinzia4 sisters: Wanda Marler, Shirley Thomas, Linda Huddleston, Sue Simon1 brother: Donald Burchard5 grandchildren: Casey Burchard, Christopher Burchard, Kayla Dormer, Garrett Burchard, Abby Burchard2 great grandchildren: Aubrey Claire Dormer, Kylie BurchardOther relatives and many friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents – Walter and Helen Burchard, his wife – Faye Burchard, 3 brothers – Glen, Jimmy, and baby, Roy Gene BurchardFuneral services were held Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  David Brogdon, Mike Cole, Mike Watkins, Michael Watkins, Joey Watkins, Danny ManersH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

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