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

Joey Riggs

 Joey Cecil Riggs was born November 13, 1950 in Kennett, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Cecil Riggs and Juanita Autry Riggs.He departed this life at the Tennova Health System in Dyersburg, Tennessee on March 7, 2018.  He was 67 years old.On February 1, 1969 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Deering, Missouri he was united in marriage to Doris Adams.  This year they celebrated 49 years of marriage.Joey was an excellent carpenter who worked throughout his life building many of the homes in Caruthersville and in the area.  His work was sought after by many and he loved working on the job until his death. If he wasn’t working, he was out riding through the county with Doris or enjoying the grandchildren and great grandson.Survived by – his wife – Doris Riggs – Caruthersville, MO3 sons – Chris Riggs (Kristy) – Caruthersville, MO-Kevin Riggs – Caruthersville, MO-Adam Riggs (Nikki) – Caruthersville, MOA brother – Gary Riggs – Caruthersville, MOA sister – Anita Cain – Caruthersville, MO7 grandchildren – Allison, Sara, Tatum, Brandon, Sam, Lauren, Ford Riggs1 great grandson – Brantley LooneyOther relatives and many friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Mitchell Riggs, and a sister Joanne McGraw.Graveside services were held March 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Maple Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Ida Criswell​

Ida Phyllis Watkins Tarpley Criswell, 81, of Caruthersville, Missouri/Haines City, Florida, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and known worldwide as the best damn hair dresser in Southeast Missouri and most of all, a friend went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2018.Ida was born August 8, 1936 in Micola, Missouri and grew up in Pemiscot County, Missouri.  She attended Caruthersville public schools and graduated in 1954.  Ida was an avid golfer and friend to all.  She loved being a hair dresser.Ida was married to C.L. Criswell, her soul mate, golfing buddy and best friend for 43 years who preceded her in death.  She is survived by her brother Alvin Hall Watkins, sons, Audie (Karen) and Scott, Cole and Greg.  Twelve grandchildren-Justin, Zach, Adam, Matt, A.J., Sumerlin, Christian, Dakota, Aurora, Jackson, Caroline and Harrison and one great grandchild – Abel and a host of loving relatives including her beloved niece Ritta Jane!  She is preceded in death by her father Bayard Schindel Watkins, Sr., mother, Maudie Pearl Watkins, siblings Bayard Schindel Watkins, Jr, William Van Watkins, Stella Virginia Payne, Charles Ritt Watkins, Ralph Daniel Watkins, Donna Kay Watkins.Funeral services were held Monday, March 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Mattson officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Zach, Adam, Matt, A.J. Tarpley, Dakota Criswell. Jerry Don HayesMemorials should be made in Ida’s memory to a charity of your choice or to-Eastwood Memorial Methodist Church, Sweetwater Golf Board, 4635 US Highway 17/92 West, Haines City, FL 33844 or Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, HELP Fight RA, P.O. Box 1996, Windermere, FL 34786.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.  

Carolyn McCaig​

Carolyn McCaig was born January 14, 1944 in Kennett, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Cleo Wright and Birdie Wright.She departed this life at the Tennova Health System in Dyersburg, Tennessee on February 28, 2018.  She was 74 years old.Carolyn was a lady that always had a job.  She was a wonderful cook and cooked at many truck stops in the area and also at the Kennett Country Club.  She also owned a cleaning company for many years.In addition to having a job as a cook, she loved to cook for her family and friends.  Everything she made was from scratch.  She also enjoyed word search puzzles.  She loved her dog – Brownie.Survived by – 2 daughters – Michelle Morgan (Tom) – Benton, MO-Ann Mills – Roanoke, Alabama1 son – Marcus Latham (Sandy) – McClure, ILA sister – Patricia Moore - Phoenix, AZA Brother – Ronald Wright – Wauchula, FLGrandkids – Chris, Michael, James, Candice, Haley and Connie and  1 great grandchildA brother-in-law and sister-in-law – Bobby Gene and Deborah McCaig – Caruthersville, MOOther relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband – Eugene McCaig   

Mary Burnett​

Mary Etta Burnett was born August 11, 1944 in East Prairie, MO.  She was the daughter of Aaron and Gladys Ashley.Mary departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, MO on February 23, 2018.  She was 73 years old.Mary enjoyed life.  She loved to shop, particularly for shoes, and when she could find them at a bargain price it was even better.  She was known as the family matriarch and took care of no just her children and grandchildren but also many other family members and friends.  She also took very good care of and loved her dog “Snow.”   If you couldn’t find Mary at home she was probably down at the gambling boat. Survived by – 1 son – Steven Scott Burnett- Caruthersville, MO5 grandchildren – Christa, Joetta, Taylor, Jessica, and Samantha12 great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband – Harold Burnett, a daughter – Fonda Burnett, a grandson – Aaron Scott Burnett and a granddaughter – Jennifer Nicole Burnett.Memorial services were held Thursday, March 01, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Kenny Lee officiaiting.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.Edit Post Text

Dollie Harrison​

 Dollie June Harrison was born August 31, 1937 in Kennett, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Hershel Melvin Cummings and Ora June Eades Cummings. She departed this life at her home at Stubtown, Missouri on February 22, 2018.  She was 80 years old.Dollie was united in marriage to Mr. Edward Eugene Harrison in Piggott, Arkansas.  They were the parents of four children.  He preceded her in death.Dollie, along with her parents, ran Cummings Store at Stubtown. In addition to being mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her own children she also was that to many other kids including her brother’s six kids that she helped raise..  She was known far and wide as “Granny Dollie.”  Her house was always full of kids that loved being there.  She was known for her cooking skills particularly biscuits and gravy.  She made at least 585,000 biscuits just for grandkids and great grandkids.She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church.Survived by 4 children – Karen Dodd (Stan) – Caruthersville, MO-Lynn Harrison – Caruthersville, MO- Kim Hefler (Chris Avis) – Caruthersville, MO- Kristy Hill (Jeff) – Jefferson City, MO9 grandchildren – Kara Kingston, Krystal Drone, Kyle Helfer, Matt Dodd, Justin Hill, Jeremy Harrison, Kelly Jo Suiter, Kaylyn Hefler, Michael Dodd19 great grandchildren and one more baby girl on the wayMany other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.Funeral services held Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church. 

Virginia Cain​

Virginia Claire Cain was born in Ridgley, Tennessee on December 3, 1913.  She was the daughter of Willie Lee Cain and Cordie Hariston Woods Cain.She departed this life at the Southgate Living Center in Caruthersville, Missouri on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  She was 104 years old.Virginia graduated from Caruthersville High School and then moved to Washington, D.C. where she went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture.After her retirement, she returned to Caruthersville and enjoyed many years with her family and friends.  In addition to enjoying her family, she also was known for sewing skills.Survived by her sister – Rebecca Jane Cain – Caruthersville, MOA special friend – Pam Gardner – Caruthersville, MOOther relatives and friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers – Charles, Edward, and Will Cain, and 2 sisters – Karneese and Grace.Funeral services were held on February 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.​

Joe Bradshaw​

 Joseph Riley Bradshaw was born May 21, 1949 in Blytheville, Arkansas.  He was the son of William Luther Bradshaw and Dorothy Louise Moody Bradshaw.He departed this life at his home in Caruthersville, Missouri on February 19, 2018.  He was 68 years old.Joe was a member of the 1967 graduating class of Caruthersville High School.  After high school he attended Freed Hardman College and then Harding University.Joe was a very passionate outdoorsman.  He was a member of the Wild Turkey Federation and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was an instructor with the Hunter Safety Certification Course.He was a Pemiscot County Deputy with the badge number of 3714.Joe was a part of the foreign exchange host family program and hosted Roland Noth from Switzerland and Simon Gannon from Austria.More than anything, Joe desired to be remembered as a man that tried to be fair to everyone.Survived by his daughter – Lauren McCracken (Shawn) – Marion, ARGranddaughter – Julia McCracken – Marion, ARHis sister – Jacque Barfknecht (Thomas) – Dyersburg, TNHis dear friend, Sandra Hooker – Caruthersville, MOMany other relatives and good friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents.Pallbearers were Tommy Greenwell, Joe Bryant, Jimmy Alsup, Alan Carlton, Jess Cagle and Jerry Hudgins.  Honorary pall bearers were Steve Moody, Doug Moody, Tim Bradshaw, Bobby Pike, Don Parsley and Josh Bost.Funeral services were held at H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Mickey Moody and Kenny Lee officiating on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Interment was in Little Prairie Cemetery.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.   

Marilyn Quinn​

Marilyn Jean Quinn was born October 31, 1936 in Steele, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Robert Elleoy Frakes and Virginia Still Frakes.She departed this life at the Pemiscot Memorial Health System in Hayti, Missouri on February 13, 2018.  She was 81 years old.She was united in marriage to Bill Quinn on September 4, 1982 in Braggadocio, Missouri.Marilyn worked in the nursing field.  She was a nurse and the safety administrator at the Caruthersville Shipyard for many years.  She then became the administrator of the River Oaks Nursing Center in Steele.Marilyn enjoyed life.  She loved playing card games such as pitch and bridge.  She was an avid bowler.  She was fond of music.  She especially loved listening to her husband and family play and sing, and she even wrote a song of her own.  These hobbies were important to her, but nothing was more important than spending time with her family.  She inspired them to face life with a positive attitude.She was a very faithful and active member of the Steele Church of Christ.Survived by – her husband – Bill Quinn – Steele, MO3 sons – Dale E. Nunnery (Pam) – Poplar Bluff, MO Steven R. Nunnery (Carol) – Cape Girardeau, MOJohn A. Nunnery (Pamela) – Virginia Beach, VAStepdaughter – Michele Manley (Sherman) – Caruthersville, MOA niece/best friend – O’Nita McClure – Steele, MO7 grandchildren – Laura Nunnery Love (Ryan), Sherman Manley III, Jennifer Palmer (David), Eric Manley, Ben Nunnery, Nathan Nunnery, Derek Nunnery9 great grandchildren2 great nieces – Rebecca Coleman, Debbie LedfordMany other relatives and friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents, a sister – Bethel Frakes, and 2 brothers – Robert C. Frakes, Glen (Whish) Frakes  ​

Wilda Dodd McElyea​

Wilda Dodd McElyea was born in Holladay, Tennessee on March 1, 1926.  She was the daughter of Deward D Dodd and Lyda Odle Dodd.She departed this life at the Heritage Living Center in Conway, Arkansas on February 14, 2018.  She was 91 years old.Wilda moved to Caruthersville with her family in 1932.  She attended the Caruthersville Public Schools and was a member of the graduating class of 1945.She worked as the assistant to the Superintendent of the Caruthersville Schools until her retirement in 1992. During her retirement she enjoyed playing cards with her many friends and spending time with her family.  She was very proud of her children but her real joy was her 2 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. She was a member of the Caruthersville Presbyterian Church.Survived by – 2 daughters:  Pam Clark-Jefferson City, MOPaula Jean Duran (Jim) – Conway, ARSons – Phil McElyea – Memphis, TNRandy Thompson – Memphis, TN3 sisters – Nancy Hill – Riverside, CAJo VanHorn (Ralph) – Thousand Oaks, CAVicki Alls – Dyersburg, TNGrandson – Zachary Vize – Linn Creek, MOGranddaughter – Alison Hill (Jeff) – Greenbrier, ARGreat granddaughter – Ashlee Hill – Greenbrier, ARMany other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents (DD and Lyda Dodd), 3 brothers, James, Carl (Jiggs), Gerald (Bub) Dodd and a sister, Betty McQuiston.Graveside services were held at Pemiscot Memorial Gardens with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating on Friday, February 16, 2018.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. ​

Betty WoodaLL

Betty Sue Woodall was born April 5, 1948 in Wilson, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of Ervin Carr and Lucille Singleton Carr.She departed this life on January 25, 2018 at the Pemiscot Memorial Health System in Hayti, Missouri.  She was 69 years old.On October 28, 1982 in Caruthersville, Missouri she was united in marriage to Charles David Woodall.  He preceded her in death.Betty loved going to the casino boat in Caruthersville and also playing the scratch off lottery tickets.Survived by – 3 daughters – Donna Sue LeasureRebecca Jo CardwellKimberly Jones1 brother – Carl Carr, Jr.1 sister – Helen Berry8 grandchildren – Kellie, Steven, David, Richard, Destiny, Alyson, Bryar, Bentley7 great grandchildren – Jayden, Carmen, Koden, Lily, Taylor, Neveah, MayceOther relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brother: William and Buster Carr and a sister; Shirley Phillips.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.​

Chasity Leech​

 Chasity Ja’Ree Leech departed this life on January 16, 2018.  She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age.  She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Curly Loggins and her grandmother Mrs. Lillie Mae Myles. Chasity leaves behind to cherish her memory her mother Mrs. Seylass Loggins of Caruthersville, MO, Her sister, Tina Leech, 4 brothers, Joshua Leech (Jackie), Marquis Leech (Ashley), Marcedus Leech Sr., all of Caruthersville, MO, Pierre Leech (Deidra) of Dyersburg, TN, as well as a God sister Rene Hollywood of Hayti, MO., and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.Services were held Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel.  Interment in Morgan Ridge Cemetery.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Mary Alice Roberts

 Mary Alice Roberts was born July 3, 1930 at Chute 16, Missouri.  She was the daughter of the late Glover Cleveland Lafferty and Dixie June McCary Lafferty.She departed this life at Kennett, Missouri on January 26, 2018. She was 87 years old.Mary Alice was united in marriage to Mr. James Edward Roberts in Piggott, Arkansas.  He preceded her in death on May 3, 1997.Mary Alice was the baby of a large family.  She loved being from a large family and always said she wanted a large family.  She and James had 8 children.Mary Alice was truly a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother.  She loved having her family around her.  She not only had her family but it included friends of her kids and grandkids.  She cooked and took care of all of them.  Not only did she take care of her family but you never went by her house that there weren’t all kinds of animals from dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and anything else that came by.Survived by – 8 children:  Karen DavisJimmy RobertsJackie MorseDenise HenningMike RobertsChris RobertsSteve RobertsLisa Chandler24 grandchildren and 42 great and great great grandchildrenMany other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 6 brothers, Bill, Bob, Grover, Joe, Henry and Johnny Lafferty, a sister, Catherine Mott and a baby sister, Edith.Funeral services January 29 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church with Brother Steve Rodgers.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.  

Ruth Hale Hart​

 Mrs. Ruth Hale Hart entered eternal rest on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital. She was born March 18, 1923 in Newport, Arkansas, the eldest of seven children born to Annie Augusta Hale. She married Marcus Hart January 8, 1953 in Blytheville, Arkansas.  No children were born from this union. Mother Hart was baptized and joined the Church of God in Christ in New Madrid, Missouri at the age of 16.  She was a member of the Church of Christ in Caruthersville, Missouri for many years serving in various capacities including church secretary.  Later she was a founding member of Gospel Temple where she was a missionary and secretary.  Her faith was strong and never wavered.  She was well known for her gardening skills, cooking and canning.  She would always bake a cake if she knew you were coming to visit.Although she never had children, she was a mother to many.  She became a surrogate mother to her sister, brothers, and cousins when their mother died at an early age.  Her home was meager and resources were limited, but her heart was big.  She never turned away a family member.  Many lived with her from time to time.  She was a church mother who loved children and worked with them through children programs at the church.Mother Hart was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Mildred Williamson, her brothers Eugene, David, Roy Hale; and her cousin, James Sheard.Left to cherish and share her memories are her brothers Frank Hale of Joliet, IL and Albert (Bonnie) Hale of Maywood, IL; cousins she grew up with Edward Sheard of Chicago, IL, Robert (Mattie) Sheard  of Hayti, MO, Annie Hill of Lawton, OK and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.Funeral services were held January 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Israel of God Church in Hayti, MO with Rev. Marvin Sheard officiating.  Interment followed in Little Prairie Cemetery.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. 



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