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

Pam Dale

 Pamela Wolford Dale was born in Williamson, KY on March 7, 1965 to Charles Omer Wolford and the late Lana Kay Chapman.  She departed this life at her home on September 11, 2018 at the age of 53.  She graduated from Phelps County High School in Freeburn, KY. She was united in marriage to Damon Dale May 25, 2013 at Reelfoot Lake, Reelfoot, TN. In her free time, Pam enjoyed instructing & participating in a very rigorous kickboxing class, riding motorcycles with her husband & closest friends, cooking & making coffee for her loved ones, as well as spoiling her fur babies & grandbabies. Pam was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, friend, & listening ear. She wasn’t afraid to shoot it straight & let you know when you needed to “Suck it up, Buttercup!” Pam was a woman of great strength, love, courage with a smile that could light up the room. She never met a stranger & was always so quick to do for others, even if that meant she was doing without.Pam, also known as Pamalama, was preceded in death by her mother & step father, Lana & Paul Kays. She leaves behind her husband, Damon Dale of Caruthersville, her father & step mother, Charles & Pamela Wolford of Freeburn, KY, two children, Andrea Creekmore of Hayti & Keith Aaron Creekmore of Caruthersville, four brothers, Joseph Hurley, Charles Wolford, Christopher Wolford, all of Lake of the Ozarks, MO and Shane Wolford of Kentucky, three sisters, Tammy Chapman & Beverly Hurley of Lake of the Ozarks, MO, and Jessica Dean of Kentucky. Some of her most prized possessions were her grandchildren, Christopher, Blake, Cade, Channing & Cash, & her two Dachshunds, Dave & Dani Kay. The list of beloved family & friends left behind could go on & on.The celebration of life was held on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville.

Fern McDonald​

 Emma Fern McDonald was born July 8, 1932 in Wilton, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Oren Wren and Clarice Glascock Wren.She departed this life in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on September 11, 2018.  She was 86 years old.On August 8, 1958, in Ashland, Missouri she was united in marriage to William Perry McDonald. He preceded her in death in 2011.Fern was a very active lady in the community.  She was a member of the Caruthersville Woman’s Club.    For many, many years you would always find her working as an election poll worker.  Fern worked at the office of Grantham, McDonald, McDowell, and Middleton with her husband for many years and then continued to after his death.She was a faithful and active member of the Central church of Christ.  She taught Sunday school, sang with others at funerals, worked in the kitchen to provide meals, and went with other ladies of the church to a Thursday devotional group at the local nursing home weekly.  Fern was a lady that could always find contentment and show unconditional love.  She wore a smile at all times and was happy to see and share with others.One of her greatest joys was being known as “Grandma Fern” because that is who she was to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  “Grandma Fern” would be found at any events that her grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in just as she had been at her children’s for so many years.Survived by – 3 daughters – Gayle McDonald – Henderson, Tennessee Gwyn McDowell (Doug) – Caruthersville, MissouriLisa Gore (Jamie) – Caruthersville, Missouri-3 sisters – Esther Lewis, Oleta Forsee, Lora Jones – all of Ashland, Missouri- 5 grandchildren – Adam McDowell (Susan), Sara Wood (Richard), Logan Alsup (Natasha), Ben McDonald, Spencer Alsup- 6 great grandchildren – Emma Wood, Ansley McDowell, Grayson Wood, Haidyn McDowell, Austin Henage, Kambreigh HenageOther relatives and many, many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents – Oren and Clarice Wren, her husband – Perry McDonald, a son – Randy McDonald, a great granddaughter – Camdyn McDowell, and 3 brothers – Lahmon, Virgil, and Thurman Wren.Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. with Doug McDowell & Brother Mike McDaniel officiating. The interment was in the Little Prairie Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were Adam McDowell, Logan Alsup, Spencer Alsup, Ben McDonald, Richard Wood and Jon Pruiett.  The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.    

DeLois Treece​

 Mary DeLois Treece was born March 13, 1942 in Pompano Beach, Florida.  She was the daughter of the late Homer Jerrolds and Nancy Elizabeth McFalls Jerrolds.She departed this life in Caruthersville, Missouri on August 19, 2018.  She was 76 years old.DeLois was a member of the graduating class of 1961 at Ross High School in Wardell.On April 6, 1962 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri she was united in marriage to Danny Treece.  They celebrated 56 years of marriage.She was employed as a bookkeeper for many years at Stewart Oil and Dalton Petroleum. DeLois was known for her cooking.  She loved cooking for her family. She also enjoyed Cardinal baseball and traveling.She was a member of the First Christian Church.Survived by – her husband – Danny Treece – Caruthersville, Missouri2 sons – Scott Treece (Teresa) – Newbern, Tennessee Brad Treece (Pam) – Caruthersville, Missouri1 daughter – Beth Warmath (Joe) – Dyersburg, Tennessee7 grandchildren – Danielle Treece, Joshua Treece, Jessica Treece, Lindsey Treece, Madeline Treece, Gavin Warmath, Jackson Warmath1 great granddaughter – Kayci Rae Treece1 brother – Ira Jerrolds3 sisters – Irene Kasper, Lou Ferrell, Dorothy RobbinsMany other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, 8 siblings – Louise Parker, Bomer Jerrolds, Mackie Polkowsi, Jackie Anderson, J.B. Jerrolds, Hobert Jerrolds, Little Junior Jerrolds and baby Jerrolds, and 2 grandsons – Ronald Lynn Price, Jr, and Benjamin Treece.Funeral services were held August 21, at 1:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Jon Haywood officiating. Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Scott Treece, Joshua Treece, Brad Treece, Gavin Warmath, Joe Warmath, Jackson WarmethH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Clyde Jones

 Clyde Alfred Jones, Jr. was born May 10, 1945 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Clyde Alfred Jones and Mary Willie Vaughn.He departed this life August 13, 2018 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was 73 years old.Clyde was a member of the Caruthersville High School graduating class of 1963.On January 24, 1966 in Caruthersville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Nita Carol Malone.  She preceded him in death.Clyde was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He had a love for both baseball and softball.  He also loved going to Boyette’s at Reelfoot Lake to eat.  Another love was playing croquet at the family reunions.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by 1 sister – Lillian Brown – Olive Branch, Mississippi 3 brothers - Ronnie Jones – Caruthersville, Missouri Charlie Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriMarty Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriA niece – Robin Wilford – Ooltewah, TennesseeA nephew – Christopher Brown – Olive Branch, MississippiHis mother-in-law – Nita Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri2 brothers-in-law – Randy Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri-Mike Malone – Milan, TennesseeMany other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wifeFuneral services were held Friday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Randy Malone, Mike Hazel, Paul Malone, Scott Malone, Chris Brown, Ed VaughnHonorary pall bearer:  Johnny BarnettH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.Clyde Alfred Jones, Jr. was born May 10, 1945 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Clyde Alfred Jones and Mary Willie Vaughn.  He departed this life on August 13, 2018 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was 73 years old.Clyde was a member of the Caruthersville High School graduating class of 1963.On January 24, 1966 in Caruthersville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Nita Carol Malone.  She preceded him in death.Clyde was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He had a love for both baseball and softball.  He also loved going to Boyette’s at Reelfoot Lake to eat.  Another love was playing croquet at the family reunions.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by 1 sister – Lillian Brown – Olive Branch, Mississippi 3 brothers - Ronnie Jones – Caruthersville, Missouri Charlie Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriMarty Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriA niece – Robin Wilford – Ooltewah, TennesseeA nephew – Christopher Brown – Olive Branch, MississippiHis mother-in-law – Nita Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri2 brothers-in-law – Randy Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri-Mike Malone – Milan, TennesseeMany other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wifeFuneral services were held Friday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Randy Malone, Mike Hazel, Paul Malone, Scott Malone, Chris Brown, Ed VaughnHonorary pall bearer:  Johnny BarnettH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.Clyde Alfred Jones, Jr. was born May 10, 1945 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Clyde Alfred Jones and Mary Willie Vaughn.Clyde was a member of the Caruthersville High School graduating class of 1963.On January 24, 1966 in Caruthersville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Nita Carol Malone.  She preceded him in death.Clyde was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He had a love for both baseball and softball.  He also loved going to Boyette’s at Reelfoot Lake to eat.  Another love was playing croquet at the family reunions.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by 1 sister – Lillian Brown – Olive Branch, Mississippi 3 brothers - Ronnie Jones – Caruthersville, Missouri Charlie Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriMarty Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriA niece – Robin Wilford – Ooltewah, TennesseeA nephew – Christopher Brown – Olive Branch, MississippiHis mother-in-law – Nita Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri2 brothers-in-law – Randy Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri-Mike Malone – Milan, TennesseeMany other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wifeFuneral services were held Friday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Randy Malone, Mike Hazel, Paul Malone, Scott Malone, Chris Brown, Ed VaughnHonorary pall bearer:  Johnny BarnettH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.Clyde Alfred Jones, Jr. was born May 10, 1945 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Clyde Alfred Jones and Mary Willie Vaughn. Clyde was a member of the Caruthersville High School graduating class of 1963.On January 24, 1966 in Caruthersville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Nita Carol Malone.  She preceded him in death.Clyde was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He had a love for both baseball and softball.  He also loved going to Boyette’s at Reelfoot Lake to eat.  Another love was playing croquet at the family reunions.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by 1 sister – Lillian Brown – Olive Branch, Mississippi 3 brothers - Ronnie Jones – Caruthersville, Missouri Charlie Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriMarty Jones – Caruthersville, MissouriA niece – Robin Wilford – Ooltewah, TennesseeA nephew – Christopher Brown – Olive Branch, MississippiHis mother-in-law – Nita Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri2 brothers-in-law – Randy Malone – Caruthersville, Missouri-Mike Malone – Milan, TennesseeMany other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his wifeFuneral services were held Friday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment in Maple Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Randy Malone, Mike Hazel, Paul Malone, Scott Malone, Chris Brown, Ed VaughnHonorary pall bearer:  Johnny BarnettH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Lynn Kelsey

 Lynn Monroe Kelsey was born January 6, 1953 in Hayti, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Kimball Kelsey and the late Dorothy Bay Notgrass and Morris Notgrass.He departed this life at Hayti, Missouri on August 13, 2018.  He was 65 years old.Lynn worked for Ameren Utilities for 30 years before retiring. He was had many hobbies – deer and dove hunting, fishing, and golfing. Lynn was an avid golfer who  won the Caruthersville County Club Championship in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.  His greatest love was spending time with his family.  This might be playing ball, swimming or just sitting and talking in the backyard.  The greatest name he had was “Pops” because that is who he was to the grandchildren.    Lynn was a man that always was known for helping.  If he saw a need, he found a solution.  This is why he was often called, “The Fixer.”On April 28, 2006 in Caruthersville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Ginger Hopgood.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by – Ginger Kelsey – Caruthersville, Missouri4 children -  Kristi Stevens and her husband, Zach – Hayti, Missouri Tony Kelsey and his wife, Jessica – Paragould, ArkansasStuart Treece  and his wife, Heather – Kennett, MissouriGinna Glisson and her husband, Alex – Caruthersville, Missouri4 brothers – Kim Kelsey, Kerry Kelsey, Danny Notgrass, John Notgrass1 sister – Peggy Notgrass6 grandchildren – Kelsey Stevens, Jake Stevens, Talor Hopgood, Taner Hopgood, Mary Clare Glisson, Luke KelseyMany other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife – Nita Kelsey.Funeral services were held at Temple Baptist Church on August 16, 2018 with Brother Jim Pilcher and Mr. Jerry Don Hays officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Cemetery with Brother Mike McDaniel.Pall bearers:  Chris Crysler, Lee Bethune, Bill Reno, Mike Wagster, Josh Ray, James WhiteHonorary Pall bearers:  Kevin Faulkner, Scott Foster, Jerry Don HaysH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Benna Kay Johnson

Benna Kay Johnson was born December 17, 1941 in Blytheville, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of Benjamin F. Slaten and Frances M. Mullis Slaten.She departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on July 22, 2018.  She was 76 years old.Benna Kay was united in marriage to Mr. Kenneth Paul Johnson in January of 1959 in Sikeston, Missouri.  They celebrated 59 years of marriage.She had many hobbies that included collecting figurines such as clowns, roosters and angels.  She also enjoyed watching soap operas, and going shopping.  When it was time for coffee it also meant having a cookie with it.  After coffee time, you would always find her with a Diet Coke.In addition to these hobbies, her most important activity was spending time with her family.She was a member of the Central church of Christ.Survived by – her husband – Paul Johnson – Caruthersville, MO2 daughters – Lisa Kay Johnson and Paula Jean Hollis – both of Caruthersville, MO2 brothers – Mack Slaten – Sikeston, MO Danny Slaten – Scott City, MO6 grandchildren – Stephanie Sherrill, Kimberly Sherrill, Ricky Joe Ledbetter, Danny Paul Medlin, Anna Medlin, Taylor Hollis15 great grandchildren Other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents – Benjamin and Frances Slaten, and a sister – Jenny Mosley.Funeral services were held July 25 at the Central church of Christ with Brother Mike McDaniel officiating.  Interment was in Little Prairie Cemetery.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Sherman Ray Willoughby

 Sherman Ray Willoughby was born July 17, 1937 in Wardell, Missouri.  He was the son of Ardell Willoughby and Opal Gray Willoughby.He departed this life in Riverdale, Georgia on July 7, 2018.  He was 80 years old.In St. Louis, Missouri on May 24, 1955, he enlisted in the United States Army. He received his honorable discharge on May 31, 1985 at Fort McPherson, Georgia.  He achieved the rank of command sergeant major.  He proudly served his country for 30 years and 7 days.During his service to his country he served on the presidential bomb squad from President Johnson though President Reagan.One of the things he decided after serving all over the world was that he hated snow.  Once he retired, he stayed in Georgia so that snow wasn’t an issue.Survived by – the mother of his 3 beautiful children – Carmen B. Willoughby – Widefield, CO                        2 sons - David Wayne Willoughby (Trinidad) – Fountain, CO Robert Henry Willoughby (Ramona) – LaJunta, CO1 daughter – Michele Hall (Larry) – Fountain, CO4 grandchildren – Jesse (Lauren), Cheyenne (Justin), Ashley (Caleb), Brandon (Gabby)6 great grandchildren – Gavin, Salym, Jadence, Isaac, Cadence, Cryus2 nleces – Pat and MarthaOther relatives and friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents (Ardell and Opal Willoughby), his wife (Barbara Gallentine), a brother (Herman) and a sister (Sue)Funeral services were held July 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed with full military honors at Wardell Cemetery.H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Robert Earl Grant​

 Robert Earl Grant was born on July 7, 1974 in Hayti, Missouri to John Eddie Taylor & Lexie Dora Reed. He graduated from Caruthersville High School with the Class of 1992. Robert was united in marriage to Bernice Sledge on October 15, 2004 in Flint, Michigan. He was a well-known Facebook celebrity, speaking his mind during his airings of FBNL@8. Robert was a huge sports fanatic, & always full of love & laughter.He was preceded in death by his father, John Eddie Taylor, sister, Rose Mary Grant, & brothers, Claude Taylor & John Eddie Taylor, Jr.Robert leaves behind his beloved wife, Bernice Rena Grant, his mother, Lexie Dora Taylor, his sisters, Shirley (Greg) Marshall, Rose (Willie) Moss, Barbara Grant, Lee Dora Grant, Linda (Fred) Hopkins, Debbie Grant, Sefawnda Grant, Juliet Grant, Jacqueline (Joshua) Leech, Lexie (Tyisha) Taylor, Dorothy Thomas, & Alice (Edward) Tate. His brothers, David Grant, Herbert Grant, Lewis Bob Grant, Ronnie (Shirley) Grant, Larry Grant, Vincent (Jennie) Grant, Lee Taylor & Chris Johnson., His children, Robert (Brittany) Grant, Jondre Grant,Tremaine (Leigha) Grant, Tamahis Grant, Jamar Hibbler, Robvae Grant, Asia Grant, Ariel Grant, Amari Grant, grandchildren & a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, & friends.Funeral services were held June 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Caruthersville High School Gym with Darion Jones and Jamie Jones officiating. The interment was held in the Morgan Ridge Cemetery in Caruthersville, MO. The pallbearers were Darius Jones, Vincent Grant, Claude Taylor Jr., Elbert Jordan III, Kenneth Luster Jr., Jamal Jackson, Dwayne Grant, & Bryon Thomas. Honorary pallbearers included, Lee Taylor, Robert Grant, Tremaine Grant, & Jondre Grant. The H. S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Walter Anthony (Walt) Trammell, III​

 Walter Anthony Trammell III of Blytheville, Arkansas passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville, Arkansas.  He was born in Hayti, Missouri on July 30, 1964.  He was the son of Walter and Helen Trammell.Walter was a 1982 graduate of South Pemiscot High School in Steele, Missouri.  After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served for 13 years, where he obtained the rank of First Class Petty Officer.  He then returned back to his childhood home of Steele, Missouri.  He was employed at Maverick Tools for a few years then he started employment at NIBCO for 19 years.Walter accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at a very young age.  He was a former member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Steele, Missouri under the spiritual guidance of the late A. L. Burton.He was an active member of C. Robinson lodge #10 of Blytheville, Arkansas.  He enjoyed NASCAR racing, listening to Blues and Gospel music, and watching his favorite team-Razorbacks.His memory will forever be cherished by: his wife Sheila of Blytheville, Arkansas, his three children, daughter Temeka Cartwright of Chicago, Illinois, daughter Payton Trammell of Atlanta, Georgia and son Christopher Pugh of Blytheville, Arkansas and step daughter Breanna Pugh of Blytheville, Arkansas and granddaughter, Ramiah Cartwright.Anthony will also be cherished by his mother and father, Helen and Walter Trammell of Blytheville, Arkansas, his two brothers, Michael of Blytheville, Arkansas and Robert of Chesapeake, Virginia, sister-in-law, Wanda of Chesapeake, Virginia and his only nephew, Robert Jr., of Chesapeake, Virginia and a host of cousins, friends, and co-workers.

Frances A. Young​

 Frances A. Young was born July 29, 1923 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She was the daughter of the late James Arthur Schaffer and Mary Jane Mills Schaffer.She departed this life at the Southgate Living Center in Caruthersville, Missouri on April 1, 2018.  She was 94 years old.Frances was united in marriage to George L. Young on November 23, 1946 in Piggott, Arkansas.  He preceded her in death in 2010.For many years, she worked as a switch board operator for Southwestern Bell in Caruthersville, Pacific Bell in Pasadena, California and the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital.  After that she went to work for Missouri Department of Family Services as a case worker.In addition to working and raising her family, she was involved in the community.  She was a member of the RSVP, a member of the American Legion Auxillary, a Brownie Scout leader, a member of the Pemiscot County Historical Society, a volunteer at the nursing home for 30 years and worked as an election judge. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Caruthersville for 64 years.Survived by – twin sons – Joe Young (Debby) – Bryan, Texas-Jack Young (Donna) – Bryan, TexasA daughter – Elizabeth Hardesty – Caruthersville, Missouri6 grandchildren – Jeremy Young (Risa) Adam Malin, Valarie Swanson, Suzanne Young, Matthew Young (Codi and Carson Hardesty.7 great grandchildrenOther relatives and many friendsShe was preceded in death by her parents – James and Mary Schaffer, her husband – George Young, 2 brothers – James A. (Buster) Schaffer, George Thomas (Tommy) Schaffer, a son-in-law – Chuck Hardesty and a granddaughter – Brittany Young.    

Mae Helen Smith​

 Mother Mae Helen Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 15, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.Mother Mae Helen Smith was born to the late Willie Earl Jones and Pearline Jones in Vielda, Tennessee on October 25, 1951.  Mother Mae Helen was the third eldest of nine children.  She was raised in Tennessee until her family moved to Missouri.  She attended elementary, middle, and high school in Caruthersville, Missouri and received her GED in 1970.  In 1973, she married the late Coy Smith, Sr. at the Pentecostal Power Church in Caruthersville, Missouri.  In 1976, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and became an active member of the Pentecostal Power Church and was a member for over 42 years under the leadership of the Late Presiding Bishop James L. Lane, Sr.She obtained the Licensed Practical Nurse credential in 1985 and scored the highest score in her class.  She also had two years of college where she received honors.  She was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 30 years until she retired in 2009.  She loved her patients and the staff that she worked with at both Caruthersville and Hayti Nursing homes.  She had a friend, Mary Wilson, whom she cared for dearly and they met and worked together for many years.  She had another great friend, her mother, Ms. Pearline Jones, whom she talked to on a daily basis.Mother Mae Helen was a loving mother of eight children and five of those children were from her union with the late Coy Smith, Sr. who went home to be with the Lord in 2000.  Her children are Johnny Jones, Kevin Jones, Angela Jones (who preceded her in death), Carolyn Bell, Elizabeth Smith, Coy L. Smith, Jr., Cheryl Morgan, and Kimberly Smith.  She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and biological and church families dearly, and she proved this unconditional love for them on a daily basis.  Mother Mae Helen wore many hats throughout her life-she was a daughter, sister, aunt, mentor, confidante, caregiver, lover, friend, a Great Mother and a Faithful Saint.  Mother Mae Helen was also a member of the Mother’s Board at New Life Deliverance Temple Pentecostal Power Church.Mother Mae Helen Smith was preceded in death by her grandparents, her father Willie Earl Jones, her brother Willie Lee Jones, Sr., and a host of other relatives. She leaves to cherish her memories: her mother, Ms. Pearline Jones of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, seven siblings Roberta Geiger and Dorothy Jones of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Martha Taylor (Edward) of Hayti, Missouri, Charles Jones (Linda) and Marie Jordan (Robert) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Michael Jones (Loretta) of Evans, Georgia and Marvin Jones (Corinthia) of Caruthersville, Missouri, one sister-in-law Georgia Mae Smith and one brother-in-law Silas Smith of Caruthersville, Missouri and seven children Johnny Jones (Markeida) of Fort Meade, Maryland, Kevin Jones of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Carolyn Bell of Hayti, Missouri, Elizabeth Smith of Caruthersville, Missouri, Coy L. Smith, Jr. of Waldorf, Maryland, Cheryl Morgan of Del City, Oklahoma, and Kimberly Smith of Caruthersville, Missouri and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, close friends and saints at her beloved church.  Mother Mae Helen Smith will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.Funeral services were held March 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Life Deliverance Temple Pentecostal Power Church with Bishop Tommy Cobb officiating.  Interment in Morgan Ridge Cemetery.Pall bearers:  Clarence Geiger, Jr., George Taylor, Phillip Jones, Felix Jones, Edward Taylor, Mitchell TaylorHonorary Pallbearers:  Charles Jones, Marvin Jones, Michael Jones, Robert JonesH.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

Joe Darnell​

 Joe Wayne Darnell was born March 1, 1948 in Braggadocio, Missouri.  He was the son of the late Curtis C. Darnell and Lula Mae Lampley Darnell.He departed this life on March 22, 2018 at his home in Braggadocio at the age of 70.Attended the Braggadocio schools and graduated from Deering High School.His interests included cooking, reading & watching westerns, dancing and watching television in general. He always had the remote very accessible as well.He had many friends locally as well as in the Cape Girardeau area.Joe worked as a restaurant manager for many years.  He was very successful because of his personality and his ability to be such a big cut up.He was of the Baptist faith.Survived by – 1 son – Joe Wayne Darnell, Jr. (Haza)Angie Emanie, who he raised like a daughter.A brother – Curtis Darnell, Jr. (Rubenia)3 sisters – Doris Pearson-Mary Cannon (Glenn)-Alice CobbA grandson and granddaughter – Tavus and Janel DarnellHe was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother – Danny Ray Darnell, and a sister – Claydene Darnell.The family would like to thank Dr. Arshad, the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital staff, the cardiac care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and the Fresenius Kidney Care staff in Kennett, Missouri where he received dialysis treatments.Graveside services were held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Maple Cemetery with Pastor Bill Ivy officiating.

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.   

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