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

Rae Michie

Rae Aileen Michie was born January 15, 1926 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She was the daughter of the late Ray Edwards and Nell Alexander Edwards.She departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on May 22, 2017.  She was 91 years old.Rae attended the Caruthersville School System graduating with the class of 1943.  She then attended Oklahoma Baptist College, Southeast Missouri State University and Memphis Business School.  She placed a very high value on education and encouraged all seven of her grandchildren to attain their college degrees.On January 27, 1945 in Hernando, Mississippi she was united in marriage to Mr. Erwin George Michie.  He preceded her in death in 1966.Rae, a remarkable woman, was part of the greatest generation in our Country’s history and dutifully served her country by working at the FBI in Washington, DC during W.W. II receiving a letter of acknowledgment from J. Edgar Hoover.She was a faithful supporter and participant of the First Baptist Church for her whole life being baptized there in 1939. Rae worked for the Caruthersville High School as secretary for over 38 years.  During this time, she mentored many teachers and principals on the subtleties of running a successful school system.  Up until the time of her death, she was fondly known around town by thousands of former students and citizens in town.  She was also known for her bridge playing skills.  She was the reigning tournament bridge champion and taught countless people to play competitive bridge. She was also widely renown for making the best divinity and date nut rolls in Southeast Missouri.  She was an avid reader and was known to have read most of the books in the public library.  Mystery novels were her favorites.On January 27, 2016 she received a Missouri House of Representative resolution acknowledging her life as one of the Show-Me State’s most beloved senior citizens.Being an only child, Rae desired a big family.  She was blessed with 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.Survived by – 1 son – George Allen Michie and spouse, Sherry Lenn Michie1 daughter – Peggy Gail Walker and spouse, Donald Walker7 grandchildren – Scott Allen Michie and spouse, Melissa Motz MichiePaul Edward Michie and spouse, Leigh Brooke MichieAlexis Michie Russell and spouse, Tobias Howe RussellTeresa Michelle Clark and spouse, Jimmy ClarkNatalie Gail Hampton and spouse, Jason HamptonJulie Brooke Burton and spouse, Chad BurtonKamala Renee Corkin15 great grandchildren – Oliver James Michie, Charlies Allen Michie, Milo Hitch Michie, Donovan Edward Michie, Thomas Huntington Russell, John Franklin Russell, Jayce Landis Hampton, Dylan Rance Hampton, Kaylan Gail Hampton, William James Corkin, Sophia Elise Corkin, Harris Avery Burton, Macie Ann Burton, Jordan Blake Clark, Jacob Ryan Clark1 great great granddaughter – Kaylee Faye ClarkOther relatives and many, many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents- Ray and Nell Edwards, her husband-Erwin George Michie, and a daughter- Teresa Ann Dixon.Funeral services were held Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Lemonds officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Jason Hampton, Dylan Hampton, Jayce Hampton, Jordan Clark, Scott Michie, Paul Michie.The family request that memorials be made to the Rae Michie Scholarship Fund at Caruthersville High School or to the Bethany Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   ​

Jerry Mack Isbell

 Jerry Mack Isbell, Sr. was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on October 8, 1940.  He was the son of the late Albert Isbell and Opal Green Fuhrman.He departed this life in Hayti, Missouri, on June 6, 2017.  He was 76 years old.Jerry proudly served his county in the United States Marine.On December 7, 1959 he was united to Betty Sue Gunter.  She preceded him in death.Jerry was employed at Trinity for many years as a welder.Jerry enjoyed watching old John Wayne westerns on television and also war movies.  He also very much enjoyed reading suspense novels with Stephen King being one of his favorite authors.Survived by – a daughter – Brenda Moore – Caruthersville, Mo2 sons – Jerry Jr – Lenox, TN-Robert Isbell – Caruthersville, Mo1 brother – Malcolm Isbell – Caruthersville, MO9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents – Albert Isbell and Opal Fuhrman – his brother – Albert Holt Isbell, II – and a daughter Olivia Hunt.Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on June 9 with Rev. Troy Alley officiating in the H.S. Smith Chapel. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Alfred Dean Carter​

 Alfred Dean Carter was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on December 8, 1952 to the late Vagie Mae Carter and the late Roosevelt Moore.He professed hope in Christ at an early age at Twelfth Street Baptist Church.He graduated from Caruthersville High School in 1972.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Vickie Covington, and two brothers, Bobby Joe Carter and Ricky Darnell Carter, a sister-in-law, Mary Carter and two special friends, Melissa Spates and Ruthie Ann Elps.He leaves to cherish his memories two brothers, Chester Carter of Butte, Montano, and Doyle (Carol) Carter of Caruthersville, two sisters, Eva Carter and Vergie Lee Carter both of Caruthersville, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Home going services were held on June 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Jeffrey Carter officiating.  Interment followed in Morgan Ridge Cemetery.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   

Mary Frances Whitener

Mary Frances Whitener was born in Hayti, Missouri on February 21, 1929.  She was the daughter of the late Truman Theodore Martin and Flossie Vivian Ford Martin.She departed this life at the Southgate Living Center on May 30, 2017.  She was 88 years old.Mary Frances graduated from Hayti High School in 1947.On February 21, 1947 she was united in marriage to Mr. Robert Whitener.  He preceded her in death in 2011.Mary Frances had many hobbies.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and also served as a Brownie Scout Leader.  She and Robert were known for their gardening and then canning the things they gathered.  They loved going to their cabin and fishing.  She was known for her china painting and oil painting.  She played bridge with a local group for many years and then learned how to play bridge on line.  This opened up a whole new world for her.  Mary Frances loved playing golf.  She spent many hours playing golf not only with friends but more importantly with her husband and her children.  Her most important job in life was the devotion she showed to her husband, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.Survived by – 1 son – Glen Robert Whitener and his wife, Connie – Hayti, Missouri1 daughter – Cara Lee Whitener Petersen and her husband, Eric – Caruthersville, Missouri8 grandchildren – Allison Lee Whitener Schroeder and her husband, Justin – Dyersburg, TennesseeRobert Hayden Whitener and his wife, Abby – Blytheville, ArkansasHalley Lynn Whitener Gurley and her husband, Jared – Kennett, MissouriMary Catherine Faris – Memphis, TennesseeJennifer Lynn Thompson Reeves – Caruthersville, MissouriJohn Clyde Thompson, II and his wife, Joly – Caruthersville, MissouriMatthew Stuart Pierce and his wife, Mary Hannah – Caruthersville, MissouriErin Elizabeth Pierce – Memphis, Tennessee12 great grandchildren – Luke Clayton Schroeder, Sydney Glen Schroeder, Kate Hayden Schroeder, Mary Grace Reeves, Emily Warren Reeves, James Owens Reeves, John Clyde Thompson, III, Caitlin McKenzie Kerley, Lawson Michael Gurley, Graham Hayden Gurley, Blair Larkin Gurley, Hayden Houseworth WhitenerMany other relatives and many many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents, Truman and Flossie Martin, her husband, Glen Robert Whitener, a daughter, Mary Lynn Whitener Thompson and four brothers, Teddy, Richard, Robert and Glen Martin.Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. in H.S. Smith Chapel with Mr. Ed Reeves officiating.  Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Justin Schroeder, Luke Schroeder, Jared Gurley, John Thompson, Robert Whitener, Matthew PierceH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.​

Donald Ray Lindsey

Donald Ray Lindsey, Jr. was born September 22, 1968 in Hayti, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Donald Ray Lindsey, Sr. and Martha Louise Atkins Lindsey.He departed this life on May 20, 1017 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was 48 years old.Donald was a huge Dallas Cowboy football fan.  He also enjoyed NASCAR racing with Mark Martin being his favorite driver.  Donald’s biggest passion was people.  He was very generous and absolutely never met a stranger.  He loved his family and getting them together for b-b-q and swimming.He was a member of the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church.Survived by 2 sons – Donald Ray “Trey” Lindsey, III, and Cole Isaac Lindsey4 sisters – Pauline Starkey Vinson, Rebecca Rachel Hopper, Donna Faye Brodie, Rita Louise Prater.1 brother – Paul Allen StarkeyMany other relatives and many friends.Funeral services were held Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment was in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Trey Lindsey, Harold Stataler, Lee Hawks, Larry Smith, Johnny MarcrumH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services​

Arnita Ann Hopkins

​Arnita Anne Rodgers Hopkins, 54 years old, of Moore, Oklahoma, was called home to glory.  Arnita was the 5th child born to the union of Clifford Giles and Geneva Margaret Rodgers Portwood.  She was affectionately raised by her mother, Geneva Portwood.Her father, mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, a sister-in-law, a granddaughter and a brother preceded her in death.Arnita was born January 28, 1963 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She departed this life on May 28, 2017 at her home in Caruthersville.Arnita graduated from Caruthersville High School and married Jesse Hopkins, III in 1981 while he was serving his country in the U.S. Navy.Arnita loved to cook, dance, spend time with her family, listening to music, and was a team mom for the little league football team.  She was passionate and loved being around children.  She also loved gardening, shopping and beautifying her home.  She was a licensed respite provider for the Department of Family Services.She confessed her hope in Christ at Paradise Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Roseborough.She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, friend, partner, and “love of her life” Jesse Hopkins, III; four sons, Jesse Hopkins II, Roderick Germaine (Rahmeka) Hopkins, Justin Kadeem Hopkins, and Sabastian Giles Hopkins, and a daughter, Devin Katherine (Zachary) Hariston, all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, three sisters, Shirley (Tommy) Cobb, Patty Isable, both of Caruthersville, Missouri; and Marilyn (Danny) Coleman of St. Louis, Missouri; a brother, Curtis (Shirley) Rodgers of Atlanta, Georgia; 30 grandchildren, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  She was loved by so many people.Funeral services were held Saturday, June 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Power New Life Deliverance Church with Bishops Tommy Cobb and Danny Coleman officiating.  Interment in Morgan Ridge Cemetery.Active Pall bearers: Tommy Portwood, Kerry Cobb, Roderick Hopkins, Justin Hopkins, Sabastian Hopkins, De’nille Isable.Honorary Pall bearers: Tommy Cobb, Danny Coleman, Curtis Rodgers, Brodrick Kimble, Jesse HopkinsH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Minnie Biggs​

Minnie Mae Biggs was born July 26, 1940 in Selmer, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of J.D. Kiser and Bonnie Mae Sweat Kiser.She departed this life on May 19, 2017 in Hayti, Missouri.  She was 76 years old.Minnie was a lady with a very outgoing personality.  She never met a stranger and was never at a loss for words.  She loved being around people.  She also loved animals.  Her love of animals included a large collection of stuffed animals.She was a member of the Assembly of God church.Survived by – her son – James L. Elliott & his wife Mequeeta7 grandchildren – Tenika Ford and Scott, Nickie Luna and Ernesto, Adam Karidis and Sommer, Trisha Barnes and Scott, James H. Elliott and Beth, Krislyn Hollis, and Alisha Parsons, 15 Great Grandchildren, Mathew Riggs, Bryce Glisson, Ryan Guest, Colton Ford, Katylina Karidis, Victoria Karidis, Ashlynn Elliott, Audrey Elliott, Colton Barney, Kimberly Luna, Dominique Luna, Emily Luna, Jamison Elliott a Sister, Brother, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents – J.D and Bonnie Mae Kiser, her husband – Tommy Joe Biggs, 2 daughters – Vickie Lynn Hollis and Patricia Kay Kiser, a son – Clyde Parsons, and a great grandchild, Jaylyn ElliottFuneral services were held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating in the H.S. Smith Chapel.  Interment in Little Prairie Cemetery.Pall bearers;  Scott Barnes, Matt Riggs, Scott Ford, Dominique Luna, Ernesto Luna, Josh Riggs, Ryan Guest, Bryce Glisson.H. S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Wenzola Mcternan

IONA WENZOLA NADINE McTERNAN Was born in Canalou, Missouri on May 7, 1932.Departed this life at the Southgate Living Center in Caruthersville, Missouri on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at the age of 84.She was the daughter of the late Zelmer Clarence Butler & Callie Williams Butler.Attended schools in Moorehouse, Missouri and was a member of the 1949 High School Graduating Class.On December 30, 1956 in Sikeston, Missouri she was united in marriage to Mr. Garlan McTernan.Prior to her retirement she was employed as a Secretary with the Tipton Box Company and Earl Bullington Farm Services.She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union, Business and Professional Women (B & PW) , Relay for Life and Girl Scouts of America.SURVIVED BY –Her Husband of over 60 years, Garlan McTernan  -  Caruthersville, MO3 Daughters     -     Wenlan (William) Reno               -  “                             “                                  Roblyn (Jeffrey) Melton              - Farmington, Missouri                                  Terri Ann (Denny) Callen             - Caruthersville, MO8 Grandchildren  -  Erica Prater, Lara Knowlan, Chris Callen, Drayton Callen, Dexter Callen, Todd Hatch, Tiffany Drumright and Allison Hatch.12 Great Grandchildren  -  Brayden Prater, Chase Knowlan, Will Garrett Knowlan, Addalyn Drumright, Logan Fisher, Olivia Drumright, Braxton Hatch, Michaela Saxbury, MaKenna Callen, Paisley Callen, Bentley Callen & Ainsley Callen.1 Sister  -  Betty Annabelle Ditto  - Silvis, Illinois1 Brother  Gaylon Butler                - Sikeston, Missouri& a number of other relatives and many, many friends.She was also preceded in death by 2 Sisters, Margaret Earnestine Marion & Naomi Vaughn along with 3 Brothers, Billy Butler, Leonard Butler and Rayburn Butler.Funeral services were held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, Missouri with Pastor Jimmy Lemonds officiating. The interment was in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were: Denny Callen, William Reno, Jeffrey Melton, Chris Callen, Scott Foster and Todd Hatch. Mr. Earl Bullington served as an Honorary Pall-Bearer. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

Joyce Ann Short

Joyce Ann Short was born May 10, 1944 in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of Robert Moody Wright and Gladys Adaline Johnson Wright.  Her step mother, Nora Virginia Meachum Wright, helped raise her.She departed this life in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on May 7, 2017.  She was 72 years old.On May 13, 1961 in Newbern, Tennessee, she was united in marriage to Clyde Short.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2016.Joyce had many hobbies.  She loved to play the game of Yahtzee and other card games..  She was a faithful watcher of The Young and the Restless for many, many years.  She enjoyed listening to country music.  The most important things in her life revolved around her family and her dog, Snuggles.  She and Clyde hosted many family gatherings that included her kids, her grandkids, great grandkids, and her extended family.Survived by – 1 son – Dennis Short and his wife, Dewona – Caruthersville, Missouri2 daughters – Penny Cook – Hayti, Missouri and Linda Miller – Southaven, Mississippi1 brother – Larry Wright4 sisters – Sharon Hamil and her husband, Ray, Shirley Burr, Melinda Proctor, and Janet HuntGrandchildren – Chris and Stefani Short, Kristi Altice, Whitney Duffy, Brandy Thomas, Jacob Myers, Stephen Cunningham, Joy Short, Charlie and Gabrielle Cook, Amber Short, Cameron ShortGreat grandchildren- Brooke, Evan, Chloe, Caden, Rylan, Slayde, Ariyell, Shaun, Preston, and JaystonShe was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers- Robert Wright, Jerry Burr and  Moody Keith Wright, 2 sisters – Barbara Rushing, and Debbie Wright, and a great granddaughter-Abbigayle Hall.Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, Missouri with Pastor Danny Neal officiating. The interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Missouri. Pall-Bearers were Christopher Short, Jake Myers, Stephen Cunningham, Charley Cook, Cody Dudley and Ricky Burr. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of the services. ​

Helen Wimberley

 Helen Louise Wimberley was born November 8. 1948 in Savannah, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of Belon Creekmore and Velma Louise Burks Creekmore.She departed this life in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on April 29. 2017.  She was 68 years old.In 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina she was united in marriage to Ronnie Wayne Wimberley.Helen had many hobbies which included shopping, watching old movies, and fishing.  She also loved animals.She worked at several different places – Brown Shoe, Colson, Loxscreen and Lady Luck Casino.She attended the Kinsfolks Ridge Baptist Church.Survived by – her husband – Ronnie W. Wimberley – Caruthersville, Missouri3 brothers – in – laws – Larry Wimberley and his wife, Denise – San Antonio, Texas Donald Wimberley – Cape Girardeau, MissouriBob Smith -1 sister – in – law – Beverly Cunningham and her husband, John – Hendersonville, North Carolina1 sister – Joyce Mills and her husband, Phillip – Caruthersville, MissouriHer uncle – David Burks – Kennett, MissouriMany nephews, nieces and friendsShe was preceded in death by a sister Barbara Smith, and a brother – in – law – Kenny WimberleyGraveside services were held Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Little Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Helen Pauline Woods

 HELEN PAULINE WOODS  Was born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on July 6, 1938.Departed this life on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Caruthersville, Missouri at the age of 78.She was the daughter of the late Ira Frederick Storer & Ahlola Alice Crail Storer.Attended schools in McCarty & R-3.On November 16, 1959 in Kennett, Missouri she was united in marriage to Elmer Lee Woods, Jr.Helen enjoyed reading, crocheting, hunting and cooking along with entertaining her family.She was of the Baptist faith.SURVIVED BY –Her Husband  -  Elmer Lee Woods, Jr.          -  Ridgely, Tennessee2 Daughters    -  Carol Daniel & her husband, Shad, of Caruthersville, Missouri                             Karen Tyson     -  Barnhart, Missouri3 Grandchildren             Robert “Bobby” Hoke & his wife, Christyn                                          Barbara Hygail & her husband, John                                          Justin Tyson & his wife, Kimmie5 Great Grandchildren- Haylee, Tyler, Melody, Ariel & Brock1 Brother                         Wayne Storer& a number of other relatives and many friends.Helen was also preceded in death by 1 Great Grandchild Robert Hoke, III,  along with 4 Brothers; Don Engle, Robert Engle, Larry Storer and Marvin StorerFuneral services were held Friday, April 28 in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Robert Hoke, Clarence Woods, Jr, Shad Daniels, Leon Woods, Justin Tyson, Donny Holt, IIIH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Bonnie B. Blagburn

 BONNIE B. BLAGBURN Was born at Cottonwood Point, Missouri on November 10, 1919.Departed this life at the Portageville Nursing Home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the age of 97.He was the son of the late Homer Blagburn & Dora Howard Blagburn.Attended schools at Cottonwood Point.On November 10, 1941 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri he was inducted into the United States Army. He served as a Combat Infantryman in Papuan, New Guinea and the Phillippines during World War II where he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars. Mr. Blagburn received his Honorable Discharge at Jefferson Barracks on July 27, 1945.He retired from Michigan Fruit Canners in Benton Harbor following many years of service.Bonnie was well liked by everyone he met and knew. He had a wonderful, outgoing personality.He enjoyed gardening and sitting down by the Mississippi River watching it roll along.Bonnie was survived by a number of nephews, nieces and a host of friends.He was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Dalton & Robert Blagburn and 2 Sisters, Ada Lard and Marie McCaslin.Funeral services were held on Saturday. April 29 at 12:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment, with full military honors, followed in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Douglas Blurton, Jimmy Graham, Floyd Pendergrass, Steven Blagburn, Byron BlagburnH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Mary Collins

 Mary Kay Collins was born February 5, 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was the daughter of the late John D. Crocker and the late Velma Sue Myers CrockerShe departed this life in Dublin, Georgia on March 27, 2017.  She was 52 years old.Mary Kay enjoyed spending time with her family, laughing and just hanging out.  She was a very loving person.  Mary Kay loved the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.  She loved a good time and was always up for anything. Survived by – 1 son – Jerry Lyn Crocker4 brothers – Joe Lesieur, Lewis “Cool Breeze” Crocker, Lee Mooney, Albert MooneyShe loved her nieces and nephews – Joe Lesieur, Jr, “J.J.”, Hannah Lesieur, Scharlotta Dowler, Deloris Adams, Gwyndolyn Bookout, Anna Crocker, Micheal McNeesAnd many other relatives including aunts, uncles, and cousins.In addition to her parents preceding her in death, she was also preceded by a brother, Eugene Crocker.H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Alfred Harris Jr.​

 Alfred Harris, Jr. was born June 6, 1955 in Miami, Florida to Alfred Sr. and Grace Malone Harris.  He was the oldest of two.  He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age.  He was a long-time faithful member of 12th Street Missionary Baptist Church, where he was an active deacon under the leadership of Reverend Joshua Black.  Alfred Harris was the jack of all trades.  He worked for Mays Trucking, River Ready Mix, etc for years until he started his own trucking business called Big “Al’s” Trucking.  Alfred Harris, aka Buba, Re-Run, Big Al, was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, who did a lot for numerous communities.  But, he really took care of his hometown, Caruthersville.  He kept people smiling.  He always had a joke or two for you.On August 19, 1978, he married the love of his life, his best friend, the mother of his five children, his wife of 41 years, Ada May (Ricks) Harris, whom he loved and cherished.  Alfred Harris Jr. departed his life on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at 3 a.m. at NHC Nursing Home in Kennett, Missouri, where the staff really loved him.  He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Harris, Sr.; mother, Grace Malone Harris; a brother, A.L. Harris; grandmother, Nora Mariah Harris; and grandfather, Corbet Harris.Alfred leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Ada May Harris of Caruthersville, Missouri; 4 daughters and a son, Seprina (David) Hall III of Dyersburg, Tennessee; Alfred Harris III of Caruthersville, Missouri; Regina M. Harris of Caruthersville, Missouri, Sheila (Joe) Travis, Jr. of Dyersburg, Tennessee, and Reshawnda Lashay (aka “Lil Bit”) Harris of Caruthersville, Missouri; a sister, Rhonda Kay Woods Payne of St. Louis, Missouri; 4 sisters-in-law, Rozella (Porter) Malone, Lonnie Louis Ricks,  and Laura Mae (David) Gray, all of Caruthersville, Missouri, and Tricia Ann Ricks of Peoria, Illinois; five brothers-in-law, Dannie Ricks, and Billy Joe Ricks, both of Caruthersville, Missouri, Willie Lee Ricks and Bobby L. Ricks, both of Peoria, Illinois, and Oma Ricks of Michigan, 13 grandchildren; 2 special cousins, Glen Harris of Cordova, Tennessee and James Harris of St. Louis, Mo.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.Home going celebration was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the 12th Street Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joshua Black officiating.  Interment followed in Morgan Ridge Cemetery.Pall bearers:  James Hunter, Marcus Russell, Myron Middleton, Steven Rodgers, Shawndrae Isable, Jacob Wiley.  Honorary pall bearers:  Alfred Harris III, Alfonzo Jordan Jr., David Hall III, Joe Travis Jr.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Cindy Lou South Conway

 Cindy Lou South Conway was born June 12, 1957 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of the late Jimmy Joe South and the late Melissa Jane Magness South.She departed this life in Osceola, Arkansas on April 14, 2017.  She was 59 years old.Cindy graduated from Caruthersville High School with the class of 1975.  She attended college for a while and then decided to enlist in the United States Navy.  She very proudly served her country for 10 years.  She was awarded 2 bronze stars during her overseas service.  She received her honorable discharge in Pensacola, Florida on November 7, 1988.She is survived by – 4 daughters – Melissa Dawn Campbell, Rebecca Jo Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Conway, and Ruth Aline (Ali) Conway1 brother – Byron South1 sister – Patricia Storf5 grandchildren, other nieces, nephews and many, many friendsMemorial services were held on Thursday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Patricia Brown

 PATRICIA DARLENE BROWN Was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 18, 1958.She was the daughter of Grace Lillian Alexander Brown & the late John Austin Brown, Sr. Departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on March 22, 2017 at the age of 58.Attended the Caruthersville Schools, graduating in the High School Class of 1976.She had many hobbies, including arts & crafts, playing the bass and enjoying her 2 dogs who she dearly loved. Her greatest passion, however, was being with her family and taking good care of them.She was of the Baptist faith.SURVIVED BY –Her Mother    - Grace Lillian Alexander Brown              - Caruthersville, Missouri2 Daughters    -  Christine Hamm (Eric Campbell)          - Bragg City, Missouri                              Tonya Hilburn (Ben)                               - Steele, Missouri1 Son                -   Austin Brown (Kelly)                               - Kennett, Missouri 10 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren & 2 more on the way.3 Brothers  -         John Austin Brown, Jr.                           -  Poteet, Texas                               Barry Ray Brown                                      - Steele, Missouri                               Stephen Ray Brown                                 - Caruthersville, Missouri& a number of other relatives and many friends.She was also preceded in death by 2 Sisters, Wandena & Sandra.Funeral services were held Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 with Brother Ken Johnson officiating.  Interment followed in Portageville Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Bradley Brown, Cody Brown, Eric Campbell, Shaun Hilburn, Ben Hilburn, Brett BrownH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   

Crystal Luna

 Crystal Luna was born on March 28, 1992 in McAllen, Texas to the late Ernesto Luna and Armandina Mireles Luna.  She departed this life on March 17, 2017 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  She was 24 years old.At the age of 2, her family moved to Caruthersville, Missouri.  She attended Caruthersville schools from head start till she graduated with the class of 2010.  After she graduated high school, she went on to attend Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, Arkansas.  In 2013, she earned her Dental Assistant Technical Certificate.  She went on to do her clinical at Dr. Boyd’s office in Caruthersville where shortly after she was hired full time.  After two years, in 2015, she decided to go back to school at Arkansas Northeastern and went to work at Wal Mart part time.Crystal was well known and loved by many.  Always smiling, always laughing, she had the greatest personality.  Whenever she walked into a room, her smile lit it up.  Her smile and uncontrollable laugh were contagious.Crystal loved spending time with her family.  She loving being an aunt.  Crystal shared a special bond with her older sister, Aida, every week end was a new adventure.  She loved music.  She could ride around for hours and listen to all her favorite songs.She was preceded in death by her father, Ernesto Luna.She leaves to cherish her loving memories her mother – Armandina Luna2 brothers – Ernesto (Nickie) Luna, Jr.Orlando LunaOne sister – Aida Luna (Lance) MansfieldAll of Caruthersville, Missouri.She also leaves many wonderful memories to her 5 nieces, 4 nephews, her many relatives and many many friends that loved her.Funeral services were held Monday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Caruthersville Church of God with Rev. Jon Haywood and Sister Darlene Presley officiating.  Interment was in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Dominique Luna, Eric VillagasJr., Alfonso Elizondo, Jr., Austin Carrillo, Michael Mireles, Orlando LunaH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services

​Aaron Burnett

 Aaron Scott Burnett was born August 14, 1984 in Hayti, Missouri.  He was the son of Steven Scott Burnett and Kathy Elliot BurnettHe departed this life at his residence in Caruthersville, Missouri on March 7, 2017.  He was 32 years old.Aaron had a lot of hobbies.  They included drawing, fishing, and watching stock car races in person or on television.  One of his favorite activities to enjoy were cook-outs with family and friends.He graduated from Delta C-7 School.Survived by – his father – Steven Burnett – Caruthersville, MO2 sisters – Christa Gunnels and her husband, Aaron and their children, Haylee, Hanna, and Riley – Dyersburg, TN-Samantha Reed and her husband, Chris and children, Lillie and Braden – Greenbriar, AR1 brother – Taylor Scott Burnett and his children, Nevaeh, Breyden, and AubreyHis grandmothers – Mary Burnett – Caruthersville, MO and Hazel Reddick – Dyersburg, TN2 very special cousins – Jessie Burnett and her children, Lofton, Lilly and Liam being his very special little buddy – Caruthersville, MO and Joetta Calderon and her children Logan, James and Jillian – Hayti, MoOther relatives and friendsHe was preceded in death by his mother – Kathy HornerMemorial services were held Monday, March 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services

Bethel Berry

 Bethel Joan Berry was born January 13, 1936 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Bob Watkins and Mary Holder Watkins.She departed this life in Caruthersville, Missouri on March 9, 2017.  She was 81 years old.Bethel married Mr. James P. Berry in Caruthersville, Missouri on July 4, 1954.  They were the proud parents of 5 children.  Mr. Berry preceded her in death in 2007,Bethel was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She cooked many meals for her family and also did a lot of sewing for them. She served as a Boy Scout den mother and also as a Girl Scout leader.  In addition she enjoyed bowling.  Bethel was a two time breast cancer survivor.She was a member of the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church.Survived by – Jimmy Berry and his wife, Barbara – Madison, MS-Billy Berry – Caruthersville, MO- Patricia Oatsvall and her husband, Jeff – Caruthersville, MO8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, Joe and Michael Berry, and a sister, Ethel Delleart.Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed in Little Prairie Cemetery. Pall bearers:  Heath Conaway, Eric Maclin, Neil Essary, William W. Berry, Chris Carr, John AkridgeH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

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