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

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.

Lois Greer

 Lois Lavern Greer was born January 9, 1937 in Denton, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Arthur Thomas and Ella Mae Curtis Thomas. She departed this life at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  She was 80 years old.Lois loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  If you talked to her, you would hear about them.  She never met a stranger.  She would talk with everyone she met as if she had known them forever. Lois was a member of the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church where she was baptized by Rev. Kenny Lee in 2011.Survived by – her son: Ricky Brandon and his wife, Susana sister: Linda Toler and her husband, Thomasa brother: Gary Thomas and his wife, Gledia3 granddaughters: Shelly Mize and her husband, Justin; Tiffany Krammes and her husband, Matthew; Brittney Pickens2 grandsons: Tyler and Bryan Brandon3 great grandchildren: Kyle and Aiden Brandon and Anya MizeMany other relatives and friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents-Arthur and Ella Thomas, her husband-Gerald Greer, 3 sisters-Betty Moore, Barbara Holt, Faye Burchard, 2 sons-Keith and Mark BrandonMemorial services were held Thursday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. at the Caruthersville Wesleyan Church with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.  

Ella-Claire Joy Kimes​

 Ella-Claire Joy Kimes of Jonesboro, Arkansas was born on October 24, 2017.  She was the beloved daughter of Tyler Kimes and Britney Ledford Kimes.She departed this life in the arms of her mom and dad on October 24, 2017.Ella- Claire is survived by her parents – Mr. and Mrs. Tyler KimesHer grandparents – Joey Ledford, Lisa and Kevin Winkle, Rebecca and Keith SharpGreat grandmothers – Sheila Taylor, Patricia DrewGreat great grandmother – Wanda Ethridge2 aunts – Allison Ham, Haley KImes2 uncles – Joey Ledford, Jonathan OatsvallGraveside services for Ella-Claire were held at Pemiscot Memorial Gardens with Pastor Clint Burns officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Bernese "Bernie" Bumpers Carey Stephens

  BERNESE BUMPERS CAREY STEPHENS “Bernie” Bumpers Carey Stephens, 96, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017, peacefully at her home.  She was born to the late Lorenzo Glen and Floy (Flanagan) Bumpers on September 16, 1921, in Charleston, Arkansas.In early childhood, Bernese and her family moved to Paris, Arkansas.  Growing up in Paris, Bernese nurtured her natural talent of the piano.  Throughout school she won multiple county competitions as well as taught piano to local young ladies.  After graduating from Paris High School in 1938, Bernese attended University of Central Arkansas, formerly State Teacher’s College in Conway.  September 18, 1943, Bernese married her high school sweet heart, Sigler Scott Carey.  Already active in the military, Sigler and his bride moved to Denver, Colorado.  Upon Sigler’s deployment to India, she returned to Vian, Oklahoma where her family’s theater business had taken them.  After World War II, the couple returned to Caruthersville, where Sigler was a partner with his father in his family’s theater business.  They enjoyed a happy marriage of twenty-three years.  Sigler passed away in December of 1966.  The following summer Bernese and their daughter, Jana, moved to Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  Bernese later married her first Paris beau, Morris Glen Stephens, in March of 1968.  The three called Shreveport, Louisiana home for seventeen years.  Upon Morris’ retirement, “Bernie” and Morris returned to their beloved Arkansas.  For the next twenty-eight years, Hot Springs Village was their little paradise.  Morris passed away in March of 2003.  In August of 2013, Bernese returned to Caruthersville to be near her daughter and her family.Throughout Bernese’s life, she was active in multiple church activities.  In Caruthersville, she taught children’s vacation Bible school as well as Sunday School.  In Shreveport, “Bernie” participated in multiple Bible studies.  Bernese was an active member of the Village United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village.  She served on the Administrative Board, Evangelism, and Memorial committees as well as being a member of the United Methodist women.  “Bernie” was also a member of the Searcher’s Sunday School class which she dearly loved and enjoyed.  And of course, “Bernie” and Morris were members of the Hot Springs Village Razorback Club and “Bernie” was a member of the Razorback Belles!  She always loved dancing and socializing with her friends and family.Mrs. Stephens is survived by her daughter, Jana Carey Merideth (Baughn, Sr); Grandson: Baughn Thomas Merideth, Jr (Randi); Grand-daughter: Caroline Merideth Tipton (Michael) all of Caruthersville, Missouri.  Nieces:  Fran Hutchison, Carol Hutchison and Jane (Rick) Cooper of Garner, North Carolina and nephew, John (Barbara) Hutchinson III of Caruthersville.  Her younger sister, Bequita Bumpers Huggins Gray preceded Bernese in death earlier this fall.  “Bernie” also leaves a host of cousins she dearly loved.The family wishes to thank her special Hot Springs Village friends who continued to stay in touch through greeting cards and telephone calls as well as her special friends in Caruthersville who continued to visit and provide support with love and devotion.  A note of appreciation to the staff of Always First In-Home Care of Caruthersville and Legacy Hospice of Kennett, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church, the Caruthersville Public Library or the Caruthersville Area Arts Council.The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. October 26 at the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Mattson officiating.  Reverend George Tanner will officiate over the interment in Paris, Arkansas at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.  H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of service.

Glenda Dale

 Glenda Faye Dale was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on July 16, 1946.  She was the daughter of Joseph B. Perkins and Roselee Rhynes Perkins. She departed this life in Caruthersville, Missouri on October 13, 2017.  She was 71 years old.On October 3, 1961 in Blytheville, Arkansas she was united in marriage to Mr. Walter Stephen (Steve) Dale.  They celebrated 56 years of marriage.Glenda loved her family.  She was known for cooking huge meals for all the holidays.  She also served as a very active Den Mother for Boy Scout Pack 158.  She loved to work crossword puzzles, to watch soap operas, keep up with people on Facebook, going shopping for bargains particularly at Goodwill, and the music of the Bee Gees.She was a member of the Kinfolks Ridge Baptist Church.Survived by – her husband – Steve Dale6 children – Walter Stephen Dale, II, Lisa Gaye Roberts, Anthony Wayne Dale, Sr., Jo Michelle Abbott, Rita Kay Black and Nita Ann Dale.4 brothers – Talmadge Hardy, Gay Perkins, Dan Perkins, Norman Perkins1 sister – Bonita McDaniel22 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters, 4 brothers and a daughter – Teresa Lynn Dale.Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Pilcher officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery. Pall bearers:  Anthony Wayne Dale, Sr., Anthony Wayne Dale, Jr., Cory Black, Sr., Walter Stephen Dale, III, Charles V. Dale, Bret Ralston, Tim Abbott, John NoehlH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Shena Allen

 SHENA MARIE ALLEN Shena Marie Allen was born in Kennett, Missouri on April 2, 1983.She was a beautiful, sweet, vibrant, and loving soul who was instantly loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. She touched the lives of countless people during her far too brief time on earth, and above all she loved her three children deeply.Shena departed this world at the age of 34 years in Caruthersville, Missouri on September 25th, 2017.She is survived by,Her momma: Dorma GermanHer Daddy: Martin WilkersonThree siblings: Sisters Lauren Wilkerson and Lacy German, Brother Gary Watson, JrThree children: Alexa Casey, RJ Agnew and Kalise AgnewAn extended family that includes: Gary Watson, Norma Morris, Nancy Wilkerson, Belinda Wilkerson, Ricky Allen, Tommy Allen and Kimberly TidwellAnd countless other family and friends.Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM  in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. The interment was in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were: John Swofford, Charles Guy, Damien Whiteside, Paul Lafferty, Gary McLemore and Tommy Allen. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

lynn medlin

 JAMES LYNN MEDLIN Was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on November 7, 1941.Departed this life at his home in Caruthersville on October 10, 2017 at the age of 75.He was the son of the late Jimmie Neville Medlin & Mary Jewell Cowen Medlin.Attended the Kinfolks Ridge & Caruthersville schools, graduating in the High School Class of 1959.On April 18, 1966 in Caruthersville he was united in marriage to Martha Faye Moon.He was employed by the Missouri Division of Employment for over 17 years and also the Pemiscot County Assessor’s Office.Lynn enjoyed numerous things, including fishing, shooting guns, reloading, telling jokes and yard sales. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest.He was of the Methodist Faith.SURVIVED BY –His Wife           - Martha Medlin          - Caruthersville, Missouri1 Son                   Jayme L. Medlin & his wife, Kelly, of Caruthersville.2 Brothers          Mike Medlin               - Caruthersville, Missouri                             Danny Medlin & his wife, Jane, of Caruthersville.A Special Aunt   -  Doris Cowen            - Caruthersville& a number of other relatives and many, many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 Sisters, Ernestine Morgan, Jimmie Rose Gann and Shirley Hemenway.                       JAMES LYNN MEDLIN Was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on November 7, 1941.Departed this life at his home in Caruthersville on October 10, 2017 at the age of 75.He was the son of the late Jimmie Neville Medlin & Mary Jewell Cowen Medlin.Attended the Kinfolks Ridge & Caruthersville schools, graduating in the High School Class of 1959.On April 18, 1966 in Caruthersville he was united in marriage to Martha Faye Moon.He was employed by the Missouri Division of Employment for over 17 years and also the Pemiscot County Assessor’s Office.Lynn enjoyed numerous things, including fishing, shooting guns, reloading, telling jokes and yard sales. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest.He was of the Methodist Faith.SURVIVED BY –His Wife           - Martha Medlin          - Caruthersville, Missouri1 Son                   Jayme L. Medlin & his wife, Kelly, of Caruthersville.2 Brothers          Mike Medlin               - Caruthersville, Missouri                             Danny Medlin & his wife, Jane, of Caruthersville.A Special Aunt   -  Doris Cowen            - Caruthersville& a number of other relatives and many, many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 Sisters, Ernestine Morgan, Jimmie Rose Gann and Shirley Hemenway.                        

Mother Bobbie Sue Barringer

Mother Bobbie Sue Barringer was born June 3, 1939 to the late John Morgan James and Celustia James, which preceded her in death.  She departed this life in Hayti, Missouri on October 10, 2017.  She was 78 years old.Mother Bobbie attended the Central School in Hayti, Missouri.  She was united in marriage to the late, Fred Douglas Barringer in 1958; and to this union, six children were born.Mother Bobbie Barringer was a faithful member of the Faith Temple Church for over 40 years.  She was a member of the Mother's Board and faithful to the noon day prayer.  She loved the church and always gave God the glory.She leaves to cherish her memories, four daughters, Doris (Alex) smith of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Clara (John) Lane of Caruthersville, Missouri, Lura (Andrew) Rutledge of Hayti, Missouri, Alyce Barringer of Hayti, Missouri; three sons, Fred Jr. (Stella) Barringer of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Tony (Lisa) Barringer of Cape Coral, Florida, and Jimmy Shephard of North Chicago, Illinois; four sisters, Johnny Tuggles of Kansas City, Missouri, Malvator James of Chicago, Illinois, Fannie Sue James of Hayti, Missouri, Annie Lue (Jimmy Shephard) of Chicago, Illinois; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and frineds.Services were held Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Temple with Pastor Courtney Sanders, Jr. officiating.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.Active pall bearers; Karl Humes, Alex James, Jeremiah Barringer, Cortez Barringer, Johnny Barringer, Kevin WellsHonorary pall bearers;  Dr. Tony Barringer, Fred Barringer, Jr., Jimmy Shephard, Frank Barringer, Cedrick Barringer, Roy Barringer​

Betty Schwartz

 Betty Lou Schwartz was born in Caruthersville, Missouri on February 11, 1926.  She was the first of three remarkable human beings, born to Felix Powell and Mary Holt Powell. She departed this life in Anniston, Alabama on September 4, 2017.  She was 91 years old.Mrs. Schwartz traveled the world with her husband during his Air Force career, later settling in Anniston, Alabama.  She was the recipient of the “Clara Barton Award” for her many years of service to the American Red Cross.  In her later years, Mrs. Schwartz worked as a volunteer with the Regional Medical Center of Anniston, Alabama until illness forced her to retire at the age of 90.  She was a devoted wife and mother to her family always putting others before herself.  She loved God and was of the Episcopal faith.She is survived by son Charles M. Schwartz, Jr, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, daughter Pamela Sue McGarity and husband Tom McGarity of Anniston, Alabama.  Grandchildren Charley Musinsky Schwartz and wife Kongpaseuth Schwartz of Tallahassee, Florida, granddaughter Summer Michelle McGarity of Anniston, and great grandchildren:  Maxwell and Alexander Schwartz of Tallahassee, FLShe was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Schwartz of Steele, Missouri, sister Martha Thompson and brother Robert Powell, both of Caruthersville.Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on September 7, 2017 at Maple Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Regional Medical Center Auxillary in Anniston, Alabama.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Elizabeth Burnett

 ELIZABETH BURNETT  Was born in Broadmore, Tennessee on June 4, 1931.Departed this life at the Pemiscot Memorial Nursing Home in Hayti, Missouri on September 1, 2017 at the age of 86.She was the daughter of the late Elihue Kennedy & Julia Ann Thurmond Kennedy.Attended schools in New Madrid County, Missouri.On January 10, 1946 in Piggott, Arkansas she was united in marriage to Mr. John Jewell Burnett. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1984.Mrs. Burnett was a charter member of the Temple Baptist Church, where she was very active. Taking care of the nursery was just one of many tasks that she took care of.She enjoyed shopping, gardening and going to dances.Mrs. Burnett was employed by the Brown Shoe Company for over 41 years prior to her retirement. She was also the secretary for Woodmen of America.SURVIVED BY –3 Sons              -  Cletus Burnett & his wife, Carol, of Hayti, Missouri                              Chester Burnett & his wife, Linda, of Caruthersville, Missouri                              Barry Burnett & his wife, Brenda, of Caruthersville.7 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandsons, & 7 Great Grand-daughters.1 Sister                 Martha Kennedy & her husband, Steve, of Woodstock, Georgia1 Brother             Lonnie Kennedy & his wife, Debbie, of Hayti.& A number of other relatives and many friends.She was also preceded in death by 1 Brother, John Kennedy, and 1 Sister, Marcell Jackson.Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Pilcher officiating. The interment was in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were: Mike Griffin, Jay Stricklin, Landon Stricklin, Eddie McElyea, Derrick Burnett and Matt Kennedy. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services. 

Randy Fisher

 Randall Maurice (Randy) Fisher was born July 26, 1949 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of late Amos Lee Fisher and Rosa Marie Norman Fisher.He departed this life in Blytheville, Arkansas on Monday, September 11, 2017.  He was 68 years old.Randy was a man that enjoyed people.  He had a very fun, quick witted personality.  He was a very generous man who loved his friends and family.  He loved going to stock car races and also watching racing on T.V.  In 1961, Randy was the very first customer of Knox’s Drive Inn.  Every year on his birthday, he would receive a free meal from there. Randy was known for his excellent carpenter skills. Survived by – his mother – Rosa Fisher – Caruthersville, MO2 daughters – Jamie Fisher – Caruthersville, MO Alayna Fisher – Caruthersville, MO1 son – Randall Fisher – Steele, MO2 sisters – Gaye Currier and her husband, Bill – Burr Oak, MI Brenda Trowbridge and her husband, Ronnie – Caruthersville, MO3 grandchildren – Camron and Amos Fisher, River GarnerOther relatives and many friends. 

JoAnn Wallace​

JoAnn Elaine Wallace was born October 31, 1943 in Hayti, Missouri.  She was the daughter of J.W. Richardson and Nadine Ward Richardson.She departed this life in Jonesboro, Arkansas on September 10, 2017.  She was 73 years old.JoAnn was married to Johnny Wallace on August 14, 1970.  He preceded her death on January 19, 1997.She was a lady that loved life-she enjoyed shopping via the television on QVC, she worked puzzle books, and did adult coloring books.  Her flower beds and yard were very important.  Parking on the grass was off limits.  She helped her husband on their farm and even continued to stock their fish pond after his death.  Casper, her totally white cat, was always getting petted and loved.  All of these things were important to JoAnn but nothing was more important than her grandkids and great grandkids.JoAnn’s favorite time of year was the fall.  She loved to go for rides and look at all the leaves turning colors and falling.She was a member of the 7th and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould.Survived by – 3 daughters – Teresa Ward - Wardell, MO Dana Milloway – Wardell, MOJohnna Pratt and her husband, David – Paragould, ARA brother – Jerry “Brother” RichardersonA sister – Sheila Greenwell6 grandchildren – Jonathon Davidson and his wife, Mary, Kim Keene and her husband, Marcus, Elizabeth Wallace, Michael Milloway, Kaitlyn Wilkerson, Lana Franks8 great grandchildren – Zachary, Annalee, Logan, Kinley, Crislyn, Bentley, Mack, PearlMany other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents – J.W. and Nadine Richardson, her husband-Johnny Wallace, a sister – Donna Smith, a granddaughter – Ashton Wilkerson, and a great granddaughter – Kaylee Davidson.Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Keene officiating at the H.S. Smith Chapel.  Interment followed in the Wallace Mound Cemetery in Wardell.Pall bearers:  Kent Buck, Jonathan Davidson, Marcus Keene, Danny Glass, Kenneth Gilmore, Gary Wilson.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   ​

Joe Pattillo

 Joseph Ira Pattillo was born in Portageville, Missouri on May 5, 1935.  He was the son of Elith William (Buck) Pattillo and Margaret Ann Penrod Pattillo.He departed this life at his home in Caruthersville, Missouri on August 19, 2017.  He was 82 years old.Joe graduated with the Caruthersville High School class of 1953.On April 16, 1955 at the Nazarene Church in Caruthersville, Missouri he was united in marriage to Betty Sue Gibson. Joe had many jobs.  He worked at Baskins Drug Store, Big Star Grocery, Hays Grocery in both Hayti and Caruthersville, he sold insurance, and worked at the County Courthouse.  He was known for delivering the newspapers including the St. Louis Post, St. Louis Globe, Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Democrat Argus.  In addition to these jobs he was an avid reader of westerns and also watched all the old John Wayne movies on television.  He loved fishing and also playing the slots at the boat.  He was truly a people person.Joe was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a very faithful member of the First Baptist Church.Survived by – a son – Joe Allen Pattillo (Paula Thompson) – Caruthersville, MOA daughter – Lisa (David) McClendon – Caruthersville, MOAn aunt – Clara Beatrice Penrod – Springfield, MO2 grandsons – Joseph Allen (Lori) Pattillo, Jr., Matthew McClendon2 great grandchildren – Addison and Ava PattilloOther relatives and many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Boyd and Rev. Jimmy Lemonds officiating.  Interment was in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Jamie Strickland, Jay Strickland, Raymond Owen, Joe Allen Pattillo, Joseph Pattillo, Matthew McClandon.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

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