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John Adams Mack, 69, of Rt. 1, Maynard, died in Randolph County Hospital, Thursday of last week (1968).  Mr. Mack was born March 6, 1899 in Randolph County, a son of the late Sol and Barbara Penn Mack.  Mr. Mack is survived by his wife, Mrs. Zena Mack of the home; 2 daughters, Mrs. Viola Cook of Pocahontas and Mrs. Leola Riles of St. Louis, Mo.; 4 sons, Vernon and Finis Mack of St. Louis; Jay Mack of Des Arc and Wilburn Mack of Troy, Mo.; 1 brother, Silas Mack of Galesburg, Ill.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ethel Riney, and Mrs. Claris Lindsey of Abbington, Ill., and Mrs. Carrie Milam of Stokes.  Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Pyburn Street Church of Christ with Jerry Shaw and Cecil Wilson officiating.  Interment followed in Brockett Cemetery under direction of McNabb Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were Amon Buxton, Robbie Milam, Ervin Davis, Percy Ellis, Rufe Akins, and Estell Harris.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

Mrs. Lydia Stiles Maddox, 80, New Madrid, MO, PSH Jan 2, 1975 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 31, 1998)

Mrs. Sarah Thelma MALIN, 69, Imboden. PSH Feb 14, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Feb 12, 1998)

William Crisler MALONE of Long Beach, CA. PSH June 27, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, June 25, 1998)

Roland Lee MARIOTT, 70, of Fayetteville, d. Dec 11, 1997; b. Aug 13, 1927 near Ravenden Springs; son of late Charley & Pearl McIlroy Mariott; Served his country in three wars: WWII, Korea & Vietnam; wife Mabel Carroll Mariott of Fayetteville; sister Doris Jean Hunt of Pocahontas. PSH Dec 18, 1997

Dallas Martin Dies Following Open Heart Surgery: Dallas Martin, 45, well known farmer and stockman of Route 1, Pocahontas, died in a Houston Texas hospital, Tuesday, following open heart surgery. He had suffered from an artery condition for about a year, and had travelled to houston for the delicate operation to be performed by the world famous Dr. Michael DeBakey, who has operated upon such well-known persons at the Duke of Windsor and the late Billy Rose. Although the operation was known to be serious, members of his family and his doctors had not expected the surgery to prove fatal, however after entering the chest wall to implant a blood vessel in the heart and a plastic artery leading from the heart, it was found that his condition was much worst that expected. Accompanying Mr. Martin to Houston were his immediate family, as well as his 3 brothers, Dorman Martin of Pocahontas, Guy Martin of near biggers and Thurman Martin of Paragould, and Mitchell Johnson of Route 1. The body was flown back to Pocahontas, Wednesday evening. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Ella McCandless Martin, he is survived by a daughter, Miss Dallene Martin of the home; 2 sons, Darrell Martin of Pocahontas and Douglas of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Martin of Route 1 and the 3 brothers. Funeral arrangements will be announce by McNabb Funeral Home. (PSH? Date unknown) Contributed by Patric Riggs

Dorman Bertin Martin, 43, of Rt. 1, Pocahontas, died quite unexpectedly in Rockwood Hospital, Ellisville, Mo., Monday of last week. Hew was born May 6, 1926 in Randolph County, a son of Luther Martin and the late Mrs. Neta Bell Johnson Martin. A veteran of World War II, he was employed in Ellisville as a contractor. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Isabelle Throgmorton Martin of Rt. 1, Pocahontas; two sons, Pod and Jeffery and one daughter, Susan, all of Rt. 1, Pocahontas; his father, Luther Martin of Pocahontas; and two brothers, Guy Martin of Rt. 1, Biggers and Thurman Martin of Paragould. Funeral Services were held at 2 PM., last Thursday in the Freewill Baptist Chruch here with Rev. Ben Scott officiating. Interment followed in Barnett Cemetery under direction of McNabb's. Pallbearers were Allen Rutledge, Keith Taylor, Mitchell Johnson, Jim Martin, Willard Whitlock and Butch Eskridge. (PSH? Date unknown) Contributed by Patric Riggs

FRANK MARTIN, aged 74, a retired farmer of Fairdealing, MO, died at the Veterans hospital, Poplar Bluff, Sunday, following a long illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1882, at Elk Rapids, Mich, and had lived for several years of his life at Maynard. He was a veteran of WWI. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 at City cemetery, Poplar Bluff,, by Chaplain Sill of the Veterans hospital there. Interment was under the direction of the Frank Cottrell Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Glen Martin, Wayne Martin, Jerry Martin, Corby Bates, Jim Wilson and William Penn. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. _____ Bell Mims Martin of the home, four daughters, Mrs. Esther Bates of Desloge, MO, Miss Mary Martin and Mrs. Fern Souders of Fairdealing and Mrs. Jewel Wilson of Manila; three sons, Glen, Wayne and Jerry Dale Martin of Fairdealing and 21 grandchildren. PSH July 11, 1957.

Mrs. Neta Bell Martin, 74, of Rt. 1, Pocahontas, died at her home Wednesday of last week. She was born Sept. 21, 1893 in Randolph County, a daughter of the late J. C. and Sarah E. Nelson Johnson. Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Luther Martin of the home; three sons, Thurman of Paragould, Guy of Biggers and Dormand of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Exie Riggs and Mrs. Mildred Roberts, both of Pocahontas; and Mrs. Tennie McNabb of Rockford, Ill. Funeral services were held at 2 PM., Saturday at Shannon Baptist Church with Fagan Flowers and Ernest M. Kennedy officiation. Enterment followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens under direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Brian and Mitchell Johnson, Dick Roberts, Allen Rutledge, John Qualls, and Butch Eskridge. (PSH? Date unknown) Contributed by Patric Riggs

Edwin Philip Mason, 58 of Rt. 2, Maynard, passed away at his home there Monday, July 2.
He was born March 27, 1921 in Buford, KY., a son of the late Robert Samuel and Sally May Mason. He was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Evelyena Gibson Mason of the home; two sons, David Philip Mason of Granite City, Ill., and Michael John Mason of St. Louis; two daughters, Mrs. Diane Carpenter of Florissant, Mo., and Mrs. Sally Laurenti of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Robert Mason of Hockley, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Froelicher of Loveland, Ohio; 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Bob Adams officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. Pallbearers were Robert and Robert II Carpenter, John Laurenti, Michael and David Mason, and Chesser Phillips. PSH July 12, 1979. Submitted by his daughter, Sally Mason Standley.

Mrs. Evelyena Mason, 64 of Normandy, Mo., formerly of Maynard, passed away at DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo., Sept. 12, 1986. She was born July 28, 1922 in Pocahontas, a daughter of the late Floyd M. Gibson and Lola Mae (Kincade) Weeke. She was a homemaker, and also a member of the Baptist Church for over 50 years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Diane Carpenter and Mrs. Sally Laurenti of St. Louis, Mo.; one son Michael Mason; two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Douglas of Florissant, Mo., and Mrs. Geraldine Dohack of St. Louis; two brothers, Floyd and Donald Gibson; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Mason and two sons, David and Robert. Funeral services were held in Florissant, Sept. 13, with Rev. Dennis Newkirk officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas Monday. Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Benny Gates at 11 a.m. PSH (date unknown). Submitted by her daughter, Sally Mason Standley.

Uncle Billy MATTHEWS, aged 70 years, died in a Jonesboro Hospital. Mr. Matthews was for many years an engineer on the Frisco Railroad and was known locally as the engineer who drove the first locomotive across the Black River at Pocahontas. PSH Oct. 14, 1926 (taken from In The Long, Long Ago, Oct. 8, 1998)

Herbert MATTHEWS, 49, well-known farmer of Route One, died in the Jonesboro hospital Tuesday. PSH July 13, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, July 9, 1998)

ROBERT LEE MATHEWS, 72, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 26, 1998, at Randolph County Medical Center. Born Aug. 25, 1926 in Lawrence County, he was a son of the late Arvie and Nora (Roberts) Mathews. He was a veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Hendon Mathews. He was buried in Lawrence Memorial Park near Walnut Ridge. PSH Dec. 3, 1998

Phillipp A. MAY, 76, of Glencoe, died July 7, 1998 at Fulton County Nursing Home. He was born May 5, 1922 in Columbus, OH and a son of the late Phillipp Carl and Olga Magdalina (Schaefer) May. Wife, Gladys May. He was a navy veteran of WWII. Buried in Northside Cemetery, near Maynard. PSH July 16, 1998

GLADYS P. MAYS, 81, of Mt. Vernon, IL, died Aug 24, 1998, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. She was born Jan 25, 1917 in Pocahontas, a dau of the late James and Anne (McCandless) Hogan. She married Dallas Riley Mays Feb. 8, 1936, in Pocahontas, and he died June 19, 1990. She is buried in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. PSH 3 Sep 1998.

Etta Viola McCAMEY, 82, of Pocahontas, d. June 17, 1998; b. Aug 6, 1915 at Ingram; dau of late John Marion and Pearl (Condit) Shocklee; widow of George A. McCamey. PSH JUNE 25, 1998

Mrs. Hattie McCAULEY, 91, Gatewood, MO. PSH Feb 7, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Feb 5, 1998)

Ennis T. McClain, 79, Rt. 1, Maynard, PSH Oct 31, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Oct 29, 1998)

Kevin Eugene McCLESKEY, 40, of Pocahontas, d. Jan 13, 1998; b. May 26, 1957 in Pocahontas; son of Dr. and Mrs. E. W. McCleskey of Pocahontas. PSH Jan 22, 1998

MRS. ADA McCRARY, (right edge of obit is cut off), resident of Corning, died in Poplar Bluff, MO, hospital ________ 18 following an illness of several weeks. She was born in andolph County Aug. 27, 1905 and was a member of the Biggers Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist church in Corning March 19 by the Rev. Richard Vestal, pastor and _______ Brown, Methodist minister. Interment was in the Johnson Cemetery at Reyno under the direction of Russell Ermert Funeral Home. She leaves her mother ____ Maggie Street of Corning, __ sisters, Mrs. Herman Da_____, Miss Mamie Street of C______, Mrs. Mabel Edington of ______ville and Mrs. Mazie Ca______ of Biggers; three brothers, _____ Street of Plymouth, Mich, _____Street of Biggers and Car______ of Walnut Ridge. (copy cut off here) PSH March 28, 1963.

Mrs. Dovie Luetta McDANIEL, 68, wife of J.E. McDaniel, died at their home near Dalton Wednesday. She moved with her family to Randolph County from Oklahoma a few years ago. Funeral arrangements incomplete but will be under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. PSH June 8, 1950

Mrs. Dovie McDANIEL, 68, wife of J. E. McDaniel, died at home near Dalton, Wednesday. PSH June 8, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, June 4, 1998)

John Elbert McDANIEL, 63 Pocahontas, PSH Jan 26, 1950 (taken from In The Long Ago, PSH Jan 22, 1998)

A. H. "GUS" McDONNELL, 82, of Benton, died Oct. 25, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wives, Kathleen Spoonts McDonnell and Dorothy (Jim) McDonnell. He is buried in Grace Cemetery in Pine Bluff. PSH Nov. 5, 1998.

MRS. MARTHA JANE McELMURRY, aged 83, a resident of Biggers, died in the Corning nursing home Thursday. She was born in Kentucky Oct. 1, 1879, a daughter of the late John W. and Mary Cynthia Sullivan. Funeral services were conducted at the Biggers Baptist Church at 2 p.m., Saturday by the Rev. Basil Goff. Interment was in the Hite cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Oglesby of Pocahontas and Mrs. Hattie Barham of Portageville, MO; a brother, Dave Sullivan of Gideon, MO; two step-daughters, Mrs. Etta Deaver of St. Louis and Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Biggers. PSH March 28, 1963.

Mrs. Ressie Belle McFANN, 83, Thayer, MO. PSH Mar 21, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Mar 19, 1998)

Andrew Benjamin McGHEE, 66, Pocahontas. PSH July 25, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, July 23, 1998)

CHRISTINE McGUIRT, 74, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 15, 1998 at Randolph Home. She was born July 21, 1924 in West Ridge, a dau of the late Ollie and Annie (Gillespie) Rhinehart. Her husband, Captain Lee McGuirt, also preceded her in death. She was buried in Warm Springs Cemetery with McNabb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. PSH Dec. 24, 1998.

Lula Graham McIlroy, 103, of 100 Brook Trail, Pocahontas, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan 4, 1897, in Lees Chapel, Ark., a daughter of the late James and Joan (Tatum) Graham. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Erikson of Carrollton, Texas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Ray Burrow officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Victor Clark Sr., Sam McIlroy, David McIlroy, John Erickson, Bill Graham and Edward Graham.  PSH.

Robert McKAMEY, aged 18, was killed in Tankawa, Okla., when he took hold of a live wire containing 13,500 volts. PSH Oct. 14, 1926 (taken from In The Long, Long Ago, Oct. 8, 1998)

Walter W. McMILLAN, 66, well-known farmer of Supply, passed away Saturday. PSH July 27, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, July 23, 1998)

Mrs. Verdia McMillion, 98, of Maynard, died at Randolph County Medical Center, Tuesday, May 7 1991. She was born August 10.1892, at Tucker, MO, and was a daughter of the late Ed and Lou (Harmon) Seawel. Her husband, William McMillion, preceded her in death. She is survived by three brothers, Nevin Edgar Seawel, of Wenatchee, Wash., Quimby Seawel and Clifford Seawel, of Maynard: numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held (today) Thursday afternoon at the Maynard Church of Christ with Harmon Seawel officiating. Burial followed at Palestine Cemetery. Submitted by Darla Hopper.

William McMilion life long resident of Randolph county died May 24 at his home in Maynard. He was born Jan 8 1883 in Randolph County a son of the late Caleb and Lucinda Wright McMillion. His is survived by his widow Virdie McMillion and several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral Services were held Fri. at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ with Bro.. Grady Weston and Bro. Cecil Wilson officiating. Burial was in Palestine Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. PSH June 1 1967. Submitted by Darla Hopper.

ALVIN HERBERT McMULLIN, 89, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 14, 1998 in Cardwell, MO. He was born Aug. 8, 1909 in Ravenden Springs, a son of the late Daniel Boone and Canzada (Pierson) McMullin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Connie Cleo Armstrong McMullin. He was buried in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. PSH Oct 22, 1998.

JAMES DALIE "RED" MEREDITH, 77, Pocahontas, d. Jul 20, 1998; b. Feb 28, 1921 in Pocahontas; son of Elzada (Whitson) Meredith of Pocahontas and the late John Meredith; wife - Ermil Klais Meredith. PSH July 23, 1998

ELZADA MERIDITH, 96, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 24, 1998, at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab Center. Born April 4, 1902, in Randolph County, she was a dau of the late James R. and Matilda (Rasdon) Whitson. She was preceded in death by her husband John Jefferson Meridith. Funeral services were held in Shannon Baptist church and she was buried in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. PSH Oct 1, 1998

Imogene Meridith, 68, of North Little Rock, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct 10, in McNabb Funeral Home with Junior Jernigan officiating. Interment was in Randolph Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Roy Thielemier, Ronnie Rose, Ron Vincent, Elmer Kaplon, and Scott and Terry Holland. Mrs. Meridith was born in Floyd, Dec 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Earl and Ludy (Hall) Modlin. She was a former resident of Pocahontas. Mrs. Meridith was also preceded in death by two brothers, J. P. and Dick Modlin. Survivors are her husband, Chuck Meridith; one son, Johnny Johnson of Maumelle; one daughter, Shirley Brown of North Little Rock; two brothers, E. L. and Sam Modlin, both of Pocahontas, two sisters, Thelma White of Walnut Ridge and Bernice Brown of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren. Note: Thelma White was the widow of Woodrow White. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup.

T. Omega MILAM, of Little Rock, d. Feb 6, 1998. B. in Maynard Jan 20, 1930; widow of Jesse D. Milam. PSH Feb 12, 1998

JESSE LEE MILLER,79, of 2526 Oak Creek Drive, Pocahontas, died Wednesday, April 14, 1999, at his residence. He was born May 14, 1919, at Sharum, a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Ball) Miller. Two brothers, Pink and Elmer Miller, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kaye Tiner Miller of the home; five sons, Gary Joe Miller of Middlebrook, Kenny Miller of Biggers, Randy Lee Miller of Maynard, Zendall Miller of Pocahontas and Jerry Tiner of Stokes; five daughters, Liz Boris of Wappapello, MO., Diana Miller of Dickson, Ill., Peggy Law of Rockford, Ill., Rebecca Cassidy of Maynard and Vicky Walton of Stokes; three sisters, Louise Eason of Pocahontas, Darla Smithey of Hawk Point, MO., and Lena Smithey of Pocahontas; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Billy Bob Strange and Gene Cullum officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery, Pallbearers were Mark Miller, Jimmy Law, Jeremy and Jeffrey Crow, Rick Johnson and Michael Johnson. Ron Haynes served as a honorary pallbearer. From April 22, 1999 Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Wilma Shelton Easley.

Joe MILLER, 31, son of Mrs. E. M. Issacs of Pocahontas and the late T. H. Miller, was fatally injured in an automobile when his car collided with a city bus in East Alton, IL. PSH June 22, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH June 18, 1998)

OLLIE NOVA SEGRAVES MILLER, 95, of Pocahontas, d. Aug 1, 1998 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro, AR. She was born Jan 10, 1903, the dau of the late Mark and Alice (Coleman) Seagraves. Husband, S. R. Miller, preceded her in death. Buried in Gravesville Cemetery. PSH AUG 6, 1998

Amburs Henry Million, 82, Pocahontas, Nov. 14, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Nov 12, 1998)

DAVID MILTON LOYD MILLION, 64, of Pocahontas, passed away in Randolph County Hospital, Sunday July 8, 1973. A life - long resident of Randolph County, he was born March 1, 1909, a son of the late William Edward and Birdie Belle Bowers Million. He is survived by a sister, Marcia Tuttle of Pocahontas ; a step - brother, Arthur Lamb, of Route , Pocahontas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Bradford officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabbs. Pallbearers were Charlie and Corb Smart, Fred Newberry, Arthur Lamb, Elbert Wilkerson, and Lester Cline. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Norman Glenn "Bud" Million, 42, Jonesboro, PSH Dec. 26, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 24, 1998)

Ruth McIlroy Williams MILLION, of Trumann, d. June 15, 1998; b. Dec 31, 1907 in Water Valley to the late Frank Ruff and Mertie Ann Pruitt McIlroy; first husband - Thomas B. Williams; second husband, George W. Million. PSH JUNE 25, 1998

Mrs. Minerva Lacy MINTON, 77, died Sat., July 8. Born and reared in Pocahontas, she had been making her home with a son, J. M. Lacy in Bernie MO, for the last several years. PSH July 20, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, July 16, 1998)

Freda Bell MITCHELL, 71, of Ravenden, d. June 28, 1998; b. Nov 16, 1926 in Walnut Ridge; dau of late Alfred and Betty (Tyson) Stroud; widow of George Mitchell. PSH JULY 2, 1998

Olla Earl Mitchell, 96, of Pocahontas, Ar. died Saturday, March 27, 1999, at the Randolph County Medical Center. He was a mechanic. Survivors include two sons, Coy Mitchell of Pocahontas, and Everett Mitchell of St. Louis, Mo. Two daughters, Dorothy Gunter of Imboden and Opal Byington of Arnold, Mo. one sister, Nellie Goings of Walnut Ridge, 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Reva G.(AuBuchon) Mitchell and one daughter. Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at 2 at the McNabb Funeral Home chapel in Pocahontas. Burial will follow in Chesser Cemetery at Pocahontas. Contributed by Robin Alphin Hamm

ESSIE ETHYL MOCK, 96, of 253 Hwy. 328 West, Maynard, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at her residence. Born Oct. 24, 1902, at Middlebrook, she was a daughter of the late John Cullen and Sallie (Smith) Pitman. Her husband, Hite Mock, also preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Joan Swindle and June Kerley, both of Maynard; a sister, Ethel Mason of Rockton, Ill.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Maynard Church of Christ with Grant Killion officiating. Burial followed in Maynard Cemetery with McNabb Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were Jeff Kerley, Erick Simpson, Tommy Taylor, Richard Dust, Shawn Sutton and Joey McDowell. Honorary pallbearers were Josh, Marcus and Wade Kerley, Caleb Taylor and Carl Cannady. PSH March 11, 1999.

Mrs. Gertrude MOCK, 82, Biggers. PSH June 20, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, June 18, 1998)

We learn with regret that Esselman MOCK, son of W.L. Mock of Ingram is dead as a result of being struck with a baseball bat while at play with some friends last Friday. He lived until Sunday. We are unable to obtain further particulars. PSH Sept 23, 1910.

William Earl Modlin, age 80, of Route 1, Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, Sep. 2, 1974, in Lawrence Memorial Hospital at Walnut Ridge. He was born February 19, 1893, in White County, a son of the late Fate and Sarah Kellough Modlin. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Ludy Noblin. He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Thelma White and Mrs. Bernice Tribble of Walnut Ridge, Mrs. Imogene Meridith of Batesville; 4 sons, James H. Modlin, Pocahontas, J. P. Modlin, Rt. 2, Plainfield, Ill., E. L. Modlin, Mabelvale, Ark., Raymond Modlin of Rt. 1, Pocahontas; 1 sister, Gertrude Hall of Search, Ark. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday at the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home, with the Revs. Harold Wilson and Oscar Davis officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb's. Pallbearers were Richard Robinett, Ted Rarick, Joe Jones, Johnny Holland, Johnny Brown and Charles Folks. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup. This man and his wife were good friends of my Mother and Father.

Mrs. Ruth R. Mofield, 94, of Evansville, Indiana died there Friday October 30, 1987. She was born Feb. 28, 1893 in Randolph County, a daughter of the late Rev. Milton Drew Bowers and Lucinda Pratt Bowers. Her husband, Herman Mofield, preceded her in death. Survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Fannie Cobbs of Tulsa, Ok. and Mrs. Theresa Hannaford of Pocahontas. 3 grandchildren and  3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Clytee Harness and Faron Rogers officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

DAILY D. MONDY, born Nov. 19,1889, died at his home in Pocahontas July 29,1924 after a long and wasting illness. He leaves a wife and one little girl. The funeral was held from the Methodist church wednesdy afternoon, and interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. W.R. McEwen and Rev. C.E. Gray officiated. Pocahontas Star Herald.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Mrs. Daisy Holder MONDY, 59, d. at home of her father, Howell Holder of Imboden Tues., PSH Jan 26, 1950 (taken from In The Long Ago, PSH Jan 22, 1998)

Mrs. Ethel Mondy, age 83, of 130 College Ave., Ithaca, New york, died in Tompkins County Hospital on June 1, 1972 following complications accompanying a hip fracture. Mrs. Mondy was born at Warm Springs on Feb. 19, 1889, a daughter of the late Jasper and Frances Pratt Carroll. She was a widow of the late Daly D. Mondy.  Mrs. Mondy was an employee of the Pocahontas Star Herald for 19 years. She left Pocahontas in 1943 to be near her daughter, Nell. Survivors include one daughter Miss Nell Mondy of Ithaca, New york and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services and burial were held at the conveience of the family. A Memorial Fund has been established by the Philathea Class of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, and friends who may wish to contribute to her memory may do so by sending the contribution to Mrs. Mary Ball, First Baptist Church Ithaca, N.Y. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

HOMER LEE MOONEY, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 2, 1998, at his residence. He was born Nov. 4, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, a son of the late Steve and Ruth Irene (Neece) Mooney. He is survived by his wife, Jan Mooney. He is buried in Charter Cemetery near Festus, MO. PSH Oct 8, 1998

Leslie Millicent "Dick" MOORE, 83, Biggers, d. Aug 24, 1998 at Randolph County Medical Center. Born July 5, 1915, in Randolph County, she was a dau of the late John Riley and Nancy Jane (Hufstedler) Lemmons. Preceded in death by her husband, William Charles Moore. Buried in Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas with McNabb Funeral Home directing. PSH Aug 27, 1998.

Mary Elizabeth MOORE, 79, of Corning, d. May 19, 1998; b. Aug 20, 1918 in Bethel Springs, TN; dau of Elic and Kate Alison Landreth; m. Hobert James Moore on Apr 18, 1936 in McNairy Co, TN. PSH May 28, 1998

Nathaniel Augustus Moore Jr. , age 70, of Imboden, died at his home on June 17, 1997. He was born July 18, 1926, in Harrisburg,  the son of Nathaniel and Minnie Cole Moore. (He was preceded in death by his 1st wife Noveline Teel Moore.) He was a retired cattle farmer. Survivors include his wife Alma Watts Moore ; 5 stepsons and 2 stepdaughters. Funeral services were held Friday morning at 10:00 in the Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial followed in the Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Noveline Moore, age 48, of Imboden, died Friday Dec. 17, 1982 in St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro. Born in Randolph County, Mrs. Moore lived most of her life in the Northeast Arkansas area. She was a former employee of the Arkansas State University Library and was a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband N.A. Moore; her parents Guy and Lucille Tucker Wells of Imboden; a brother Lanny Wells of Imboden. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 in the Imboden Church of Christ with G.W. Allison and Waymond Hatman officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Marshall Land, Ray Wallace, Jerry Foushee, Danny and Gary Wells and Lee R. Tucker.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Benjamin Tillman Pryor Morgan, age 45, died at his home near Hamil, October 9, 1908. He was born January 18, 1863 in Union Co., Illinois, a son of Gordon and Artamissa (Elkins) Morgan. He is survived by his wife Minnie Bell (Parks) Morgan and children, Felix Monroe, Millie Mae, Jesse Marion, William Henry and Lori Irene Morgan. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery. (Note: The son Felix was by his first wife Elizabeth Reed.) Submitted by granddaughter, Reba Morgan Alsup.

BEN MORGAN, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgan of Helena, Ark., died at their home on Wednesday, Oct. 13th. He had been ill only one day with congestion. Besides the parents, he leaves four sisters, Juanita, Reba Ray, Anna Dell and Othaniel; One brother, Charles, all of the home. Two grandmothers, Mrs. Mona Wells and Mrs. Minnie Snodgrass, several aunts and uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing. The Morgan's are former residents of Randolph County, having lived in the Sanders community for the past several years. Burial was in Modock Cemetery, Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. o'clock. PSH Oct. 21, 1937. Submitted by Ben's sister, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Mrs. Christine Tenney MORGAN, 80 of Delaplaine. PSH 22 Aug 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Aug 20, 1998)

Mrs. Christine "Teeney" Morgan, 80, of Delaplaine, AR. passed away in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital at Walnut Ridge on Tuesday, August 20, 1874. She was born in Randolph County, February 18, 1894, a daughter of the late Elic and Merva (Turnbolt) Burgess. She is survived by her husband Martin D. Morgan of the home; a son Elic Morgan of Knobel, AR; 3 daughters, Mrs. Hazel Rooker and Mrs. Vena Saylors, both of Delaplaine, and Mrs. Georgiann Brown of Marble Hill, MO. 26 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. 2 brothers, John Burgess of Pocahontas, and Noah Burgess, of St. Louis, MO. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Gray and Rev. Delmar Eveland officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with McNabb's in charge. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup.

GRACE LEE MORGAN, one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgan of O'kean died Wednesday of last week of pneumonia following an illness of eight days. Survivors are her parents, one brother Charles, and four sisters, Juanita, Reba, Anna and Othaniel. Funeral services were held last Thursday at 2:30 p.m. being conducted by Rev. Ralph Staten. Interment was in Sharum Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home. PSH May 9, 1940. Submitted by Grace's sister, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Jesse Marion Morgan, 91, a resident of Pocahontas Convalescent Center, died Monday, October 4, 1993, at Randolph County Medical Center. He was born July 22, 1902, in the Fender Community, a son of Ben and Minnie Bell (Parks) Morgan. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Mae (Gates) Morgan of the home; a daughter, Jane Henderson, also of Pocahontas; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister Elizabeth Ferguson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with James Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Submitted by niece, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Jesse Monroe MORGAN, 59, Pocahontas. PSH Mar 21, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Mar 19, 1998)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Morgan, 83, of Pocahontas, died Tuesday, May 17, 1994, at Randolph County Medical Center. She was born December 10, 1910, in Pocahontas, a daughter of Jesse F. and Minnie Lee (Wright) Gates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Marion Morgan. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Henderson of Pocahontas; two grandchildren, Vanessa Pratt and Vernon Henderson, Jr., both of Pocahontas; and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock today (Thursday) in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. James Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Submitted by niece, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Mae Morgan, 93, of Coulterville, IL, died November 9, 1995 in the Randolph County Nursing Home, Sparta, Illinois. She was born April 19, 1902, in Faulkner Co., AR, a daughter of John C. B. and Mona (Lester) Wells. Mrs. Morgan was a resident of Randolph County, Arkansas until December 1950 when she moved with her husband to Lake County, IL. Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Henry Morgan, 2 children Ben and Grace Morgan; 3 grandchildren; 6 brothers and 4 sisters. Survivors include a son Charles W. Morgan of Des Plaines, IL; Mrs. Juanita Thomas of Coulterville, IL; Mrs. Reba Alsup of Monument, CO; Mrs. Annie Gaiser of Chicago, IL; Mrs. Noie Hahnfeldt of Grayslake, IL and Ms. Bonnie Morgan of Algonquin, IL. 26 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on November 13, 1995 at the Coulterville United Methodist Church with Rev. Loretta Cummings officiating. Burial followed in the Coulterville Cemetery under the direction of Pyatt Funeral Home. Submitted by daughter, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Mrs. Nancy MORGAN, 94, Maynard. PSH Mar 21, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Mar 19, 1998)

Martin Dillard Morgan, 87, of Knobel, passed away in Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge, Tuesday, August 10, 1976. He was born March 1, 1889, in Illinois (born in AR) a son of the late Elick (James Alexander) Morgan. Survivors include a son, Elic Morgan of Williford; 3 daughters, Mrs. Hazel Rooker and Mrs. Vena Saylors of Delaplaine and Mrs. Georgian Brown of Knobel. a half-brother Walter Morgan, also of Williford. 26 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Gray and Rev. Delmar Eveland officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens with McNabb in charge. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Submitted by cousin, Reba Morgan Alsup.

William Henry Morgan, 49, died at his home in Long Grove, Illinois, June 4, 1954, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in the Holmes Community, in Randolph County, December 19, 1904, a son of Benjamin and Minnie Bell (Parks) Morgan. He was a resident of Randolph County until December 1950, when he and his wife Mae moved to Lake County, Illinois. He married Miss Mae Wells, on March 11, 1923 in Greene County, AR. Survivors are his wife Mae of Long Grove, IL; a son Charles Morgan of Long Grove, IL. 5 daughters, Mrs. Juanita Thomas of Coulterville, IL, Mrs. Reba Alsup of Des Plaines, IL, Mrs. Annie Janetzke of Chicago, IL. Noie Morgan and Bonnie Morgan, both of Long Grove, IL. His Mother Mrs. Minnie Snodgrass of Manila, AR; a brother, Jesse Morgan of Pocahontas, AR. a half-brother, John Snodgrass of Coloma, MI. 2 sisters, Mrs. Millie Brown of Jonesboro, AR and Mrs. Irene Sullivan of Phoenix, AZ. 2 half-sisters, Mrs. Ruby Wootton of Byesville, OH, and Mrs. Betty Ferguson of Columbus, OH. and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 children, Ben and Grace Morgan. Funeral services were held June 7, 1954, from the Howard and Wilson Funeral Home at Coulterville, IL. with Rev. J. L. Mathis officiating. Burial followed in the Coulterville Cemetery. Submitted by daughter, Reba Morgan Alsup.

Earl Wayne MORNINGSTAR, 72, of Maynard, d. June 22, 1998; b. June 22, 1926 in Chana, IL; son of late Casey and Ann (Wornick) Jones; wife, Fannie Jane Morningstar of Maynard. PSH JULY 2, 1998

BILLY JOE MORRIS, 69, of Pocahontas, d. Mar 12, 1998 at his home. Born Aug 29, 1928, in Lunsford, he was a son of the late Charles and Oma (Wicker) Morris. Wife - Elizabeth Wiltrout Morris. Buried in Randolph County Memorial Gardens. PSH MAR 19, 1998

PAUL JUNIOR MORRIS, 71, of Delaplaine, d. March 5, 1998 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro. He was born March 23, 1926 at Lunsford, and a son of the late Charles Samson and Oma Jane (Wicker) Morris. Wife - Wilma (Lovell) Morris. Veteran of WWII. Buried in Randolph Memorial Gardens. PSH MAR 12, 1998

Mrs. Callie Mae Moss, 78, Pocahontas, Nov. 14, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Nov 12, 1998)

Girtrude (Wiley) MOSS, 72, d. Jan 26, 1998 at her home in TX; graduate of Pocahontas HS in 1942; dau of late Lee and Curtis Wiley. PSH FEB 5, 1998

Jacob "Jack" Wiley MOULDER, 68, of Walnut Ridge, d. June 29, 1997; b. June 8, 1929 at Harrisburg; son of late Jacob, Sr. and Elizabeth Rennicke Moulder; wife, Betty French Moulder. PSH JULY 10, 1997

Mrs. Marie (Staten) MOYER, 51 of North Little Rock. PSH Oct 3, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Oct 1, 1998)

Mrs. Sallie Caroline Oxford MULLINS, 46, d. at home in Ravenden Springs Wed. night. PSH June 1, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, May 28, 1998)

Gussie O. MURDOCK died on Feb 17 from injuries....at work at the sawmill at Middlebrook. PSH Feb 25, 1926 (taken from In The Long, Long Ago, PSH Feb 19, 1998)

James W. MURDOCK, 51, Lodi, CA, from files of Mar 28, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Mar 26, 1998)

DENISE DIANE MURPHY (partial obituary, copy is cut off), infant twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey A. Murphy of St. Louis, but formerly of Pocahontas, died March 20 in Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis where she was born on March 19. Survivors besides her parents (end) PSH March 28, 1963.

JANICE PAULINE MURPHY, 64, of Pocahontas, d. at her home Mar 4, 1998. She was born Dec 1, 1933 in Pocahontas, and a dau of Hurschell Lavelle and Pauline Brown Pratt. Husband - Harvey Austin Murphy. Buried in Masonic Cemetery. PSH MAR 12, 1998

Janice Pauline Murphy, 64, of 1104 Wilson Drive, Pocahontas, passed away at her home on Wednesday March 4, 1998. She was born Dec. 1, 1933 in Pocahontas, a daughter of Hurschell Lavelle and Pauline Brown Pratt. She was preceded in death by a son Michael David Murphy; a twin daughter Denise Diane Murphy; and also by her father, Hurschell L. Pratt, of Pocahontas, and a brother Francis Lavelle Pratt of St. Louis. Janice was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She did substitute teaching in Pocahontas schools for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband Harvey Austin Murphy of the home; 2 daughters Dawn Renee Bowman of St. Louis and Dana Lynn Murphy of North Little Rock; her mother Pauline Pratt Wisner; a brother Bruce of Atlanta, Ga., and 1 sister Sheri Carpenter of Sherwood; 6 nephews and 1 niece. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 8, in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Don Strait officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Darrell and Howard Murphy, Kenneth Doyle, Darin and Larry Pratt and Larry Kirk. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Isom Hodge MURRAY, 89, a lifetime resident of near the Elm Store Community, died at the home of her son, M. E. Murray, of near Elm Store, March 17. He was born April 12, 1857, a son of the late Mr and Mrs. Cleveland Murray. His wife, Mary Jane Murray, passed away about 9 years ago. Survivors are two sons, W. L. and M. E. Murray, both of Elm Store Community. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Billy Rogers at the King cemetery Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment was under the direction of McNabb Undertaking Co. PSH March 20, 1947.

Edward L. "Ted" MURRAY, 86, of Pocahontas, d. June 27, 1998; b. Oct 66, 1911 at Doniphan, MO; son of late John Newton and Dory Borth Murray. PSH JULY 2, 1998

Ora Vall NASH, 90, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 11, 1998. He was born in INdiana April 7, 1908, a son of the late William and Lizzie (Wallace) Nash. A son, Dean Nash and a sister, Nell Bailey, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Ailene Nash of Pocahontas; a son, Jerry Nash of Pocahontas; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter; also several nieces and nepnews. Funeral services were Oct. 13 in Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas with Larry Owen officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery under direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas. PSH Oct 15, 1998 Contributed by Linda (Susie) Patton

MARTHA ADALINE "MATTIE" BARNETT NEELY was born in Pocahontas Arkansas March 1880 the daughter of James Pemberton and Mahala Hunter Barnett. Mattie died 3 December 1969 in Jefferson City Cole Co Missouri. She is survived by 2 sons Luther and Rufford Neely and one daughter Ethel Shipman fourteen grandchildren, forty four great grandchildren and fourteen great great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her husband William S. Neely, one infant daughter two sons Elson in 1942 and Blufford in 1958. Mattie had made her home in Linn Creek Camden Co Mo since her marriage in 1896. Mattie's brothers and sisters reside in and near Pocahontas Arkansas. Published in Reveille of Camdenton Missouri. Contributed by Sharon Shipman

Mrs. E. E. NELSON, 24 of Datto, was fatally burned while starting a fire with oil in her kitchen. PSH Aug 12, 1926 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH Aug 6, 1998)

Arthur James NEMIER, 81, Pocahontas. PSH Feb 7, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Feb 5, 1998)

Gladys Loree NEWMAN, 81, of Walnut Ridge, d. July 6, 1998; b. Sept 10, 1916 in Egypt, AR; dau of late William Jessie and Susan Arminda (Davis) Keith; m. the late Johnny Newman Feb 17, 1934 in Sedgwick. PSH JULY 9, 1998

LANTIE WOODROW NEWSOM, 76, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 2, 1998, in St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro. He was born Dec. 17, 1921, a son of the late John Frank and Cannie (Riggs) Newsom. He retired from the U. S. Navy and Navy veteran of WWII. Buried in Masonic Cemetery. PSH Oct 8, 1998

Mrs. Maude Alice NICEWONDER, 85, of Rt. 2, Pocahontas. PSH Oct 3, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Oct 1, 1998)

Mrs. Myrtle Brown NISWONGER, 77, Doniphan Retirement Home. PSH Oct 17, 1974 (from Looking Back - News From the Past, 24 Years Ago, PSH Oct 15, 1998)

Burley Noblin, 91, of 805 Weible St., Pocahontas, died Sunday (June 6, 1999) at the Randolph County Nursing Home. He was a lifetime resident of the Pocahontas area. Survivors include one son, Burley L. Noblin of Atlanta, GA.; three daughters, Janis Campbell of Myrtle, MO, Elizabeth Wilson of Phoeniz, Ariz., and Joyce Weir of Walnut Ridge (AR); four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 Tuesday morning at tha Masonic Cemetery (Pocahontas), with Glen Campbell officiating. All arrangements will be under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Submitted by Don H. Noblin.

Don NOVAK, 61, of Ash Flat, a Jonesboro native; d. Aug 22, 1997; son of late William H. and Clara Cushman Novak. PSH August 28, 1997

Urna C. OAKLEY, 86, Warm Springs, PSH Jan 24, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Jan 22, 1998)

Mrs. Jessie A. ODOM, 85, McGirk, MO. PSH Aug 4, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Aug 6, 1998)

OSCAR OLLEN ODOM..."A Sad Death..Randolph County Boy Dies Suddently at Poplar Bluff." Oscar Odom, a former Randolph county boy died very suddenly at Poplar Bluff, Mo. last Sunday after an illness of only a few hours duration. He was well known in this county, having formerly resided here and had a large number of relatives and a host of friends residing in the north part of the county where he formerly resided. he was the son of J.R. Odom of Biggers and his death was a sad blow to his father and near relatives. His family of a wife and three sweet little children resides at Hardy, he having gone to Poplar Bluff a few months ago in quest of work and was employed at Malugen's livery stable at the time of his death. PSH, Jul 1908. (N.B., The Ripley County newspaper of the day was less complimentary...it reported death was caused by a morphine overdose.) Submitted by Fred Odom.

Merle OGLESBY, 81, Richville, Ill.. PSH 19 SEP 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH 17 Sep 1998)

Michelle Marie ORCUTT, 24 of Waterloo, IA, d. Jan 21, 1998 from injuries received in auto accident. b. Feb 12, 1973 in Waterloo, dau of Barry & Diane Richardson Ross. m. Tobby Orcutt Nov 30, 1996. PSH JAN 29, 1998

Benjamin Oscar OWENS, aged 66, well known farmer of the Minorca Community, died in Randolph County Hospital Thursday. He was born in Randolph County July 31 (this is wrong, he was b July 25), 1892 a son of the late Silas (this is wrong, his name was Solomon Owens and he was called Sol) and Martha Spencer Owens. He was a veteran of World War I. Funeral services were conducted at the Glaze Creek Church of Christ at 10 o'clock Saturday morning by Bro Harold Littrell. Interment was in the cemetery there under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers were J.P. Weston, Roy Gibson, Noeal Luter, Eli Swindle, Joe Davis, and Junior Smith. He leaves three daughters Mrs. Lavella Rote of Fairview, Ill and Marilyn and Carolyn Owens of the home address, a half brother Raymond Rapert of Charleston Mo. Benjamon Oscar Owens was born July 25, 1892 in Randolph Co Ark and died July 31, 1958. He was son of Solomon Owens and wife Martha E. Spencer. His wife was Letha Hettie Roberts whose father was Thomas M. and wife Minnie Roberts. Lavella Rote is his stepdaughter. PSH August 7, 1958. Contributed by Pat Barnes Alred

James Horace OWENS died Wednesday morning September 9, 1925 at hotel in Devon in Bourbon Co. Kansas. He was born November 14, 1884 in Minorca, Randolph Co Ark. He was son of Martha E. Vester and Solomon "Sol" Owens . His funeral was held Friday morning at 10'oclock September 11, 1925 from the Chapel of Cheney Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Scott , Bourbon Co Kansas. Rev. Kimbrough conducted the services. He was buried in Woods Cemetery in Redfield , Bourbon Co. Kansas. He left his wife Verda Faye Tanner whom he married June 19, 1911 in Palataka, Clay Co Ark. He also leaves four children, Mildred aged 12, Cecil age 10, Idell age 8 and Marguerite age 6. Besides the four children left to mourn , he leaves a brother Benjamin Oscar Owens of Blodgett, Mo. James Horace was a member of the Christian Church at Palataka Ark. The Family came to Redfield Kansas a year ago from Hoxie Arkansas. This is not in obit but from family knowledge and Family Bible: James Horace Owens was raised by his grandparents John Berry"Bud Vester and wife Virginia Elnora "Jennie" Eagan from near Minorca, Randolph Co Ark. The Fort Scott Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas Sept 9-10, 1925. Contributed by Pat Barnes Alred

Perry Joe Pace, 81, of 2013 Thomasville, Pocahontas, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at his residence.  Born Aug. 9, 1918, in Pocahontas, he was a son of the late Noah Edward and Ora Wilma (Pyland) pace.  he was the former owner and manager of the John Deere Farm Implement Dealership here, and was a member of Pyburn Street Church of Christ.  He is survived by his wife, Virginia Elizabeth Cotton Pace of the home; two sons, Jim Pace of Cordova, Tenn., and Joe Pace of Pocahontas; a sister, Cona Jean Upshaw of Pocahontas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Terry Martin officiating.  Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery. PSH Aug 27, 1999. Submitted by Cathy Powell.

Jessie Gilbert PALMER, 90, of Delaplaine, d. June 19, 1998; b. Nov 25, 1907 at Warm Springs; son of late William Barney and Louise (Davidson) Palmer; wife, Velma Palmer. PSH JUNE 25, 1998

Miss Ora Agnes PARK, North Little Rock.. PSH Feb 7, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Feb 5, 1998)

Family of 3 Killed in Mobile Home Fire...Three persons were killed early last Thursday in a fire that destroyed their house trailer near Maynard, authorities said. The victims were identified as James A. PARKER, 18, his wife, Linda, 16, and their daughter, Linda, 4 months. The fire started about 5 a.m., apparently while the family was asleep. PSH Jan 2, 1975 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 31, 1998). Submitted by Tammie Chada, cousin to James Parker.

Ora Maggie PARKER, 97, of Pocahontas, d. Jan 31, 1998; b. Sep 12, 1900 in Poynor, MO, dau of late Johnny and Polly Ann McNutt Parrish. PSH FEB 5, 1998

Thomas Ralph Parker, 59, of 1111 Bowers, a lifelong resident of Randolph County, passed away in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Saturday, Mar 10, 1977. He was born Aug. 17, 1917 at Maynard, a son of Patrick Oren and Tula Swindle Parker. He has been associated for many years with his wife in operation of Dickson Phillips 66 Oil Co., in Pocahontas. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eugenia Dickson Parker of the home; two sons, Gary Parker of the U. S. Army and Michael Parker of Little Rock; and 2 grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday in the Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Tom Weir officiating. Pallbearers were Fred Dust, Glen Childress, Wesley Johnson, Frank Kincade, Leonard Goodwin and Lewis Garrett. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup.

John PARKS: Johnny, the 24 year old son of Mr. and Mrs Otis Parks of this city, died last Thursday night after an illness of only a few hours duration. He was stricken Wednesday while alone at home and was found unconscious by members of the family upon their return. Johnny was a cripple, his legs being useless. He was well known here as the boy who traveled in a goat wagon, his only means of self-propulsion being to walk on his hands and drag his body. Despite this handicap he traveled about extensively in his goat wagon, hunting, fishing and enjoying many other sports. Physicians reported that his illness was due to spinal trouble. He did regain consciousness after being stricken and his temperature mounted steadily to the end. The funeral was held Friday and the remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery. Rev. Knox Below conducted the services. ..... CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank all our kind friends who so loyalty aided us in our bereavement the sickness and death of our beloved son and brother, Johnny Parks. May God's choices blessings be upon each of you. Otis Parks family
(I don't know when Johnny's obit was published, but I believe that it was published in the Pocahontas Star Herald and judging by the death date it must have been about the 17 December , 1925.) Contributed by Skip Wilson

Otis PARKS: Funeral services for Otis Parks were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, January 23, at the McNabb Funeral Chapel in Pocahontas by Rev. Golden E. Neely. Mr. Parks was born in Tennessee January 6, 1865 and died Wednesday, January 21, 1953 at Pocahontas. He was married to Laconia Robinson on August 29, 1889 and to this union eight children were born, three of whom proceeded them in death, Mrs. Parks died February 11, 1951. Since her death he had made a home with a daughter, Mrs. C. M. Keith in Pocahontas. He united with the Baptist Church at an early age and lived a consistent Christian life the remainder of is life and commanded the love and respect of all who knew him. He came to Arkansas from Illinois when a young man, making the trip in a covered wagon and resided in Clay and Randolph Counties where he followed his trade, black-smithing. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Sally Park, Corning, Mrs Mattie Wilson, Datto, Mrs. Loraine Reid, St. Louis and Mrs. C. M. Keith, Pocahontas; and one son, Charles, of Pocahontas. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren; one brother, J. H. Parks of Legion, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Lyda Fisher, Corona, Calif., and Mrs. Zelma Parks of Riverside, Calif., and a host of other relatives and friends. All of his children were present for the funeral services. Out-of-town grandchildren attending the services were, Mrs. Ralph Lingle and family of Sikesto, Ralph Park of Piggott and Clyde Park of Jerseyville, Ill. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas. Contributed by Skip Wilson

DINAH COATS PASILIS, 53, of Imboden, died Nov. 5, 1998, at her residence. She was born Dec 9, 1944 in Walnut Ridge to Fay and Mabel Loveland Coats. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She married Michael Pasilis Oct. 2, 1984, who survives her. She was buried in the Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie. PSH Nov 12, 1998

Billy Gene PAYNE, infant son of Mose and Lue Ella Woodruff Payne, Delaplaine, MO. PSH Aug 4, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Aug 6, 1998)

Billy L. PENDERGRASS, 64, of Pocahontas, d. July 27, 1998 at Randolph County Medical Center. He was b. May 2, 1934 in Randolph County, a son of the late Thomas Elmer and Ethel (Webster) Pendergrass. Buried in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. PSH July 30, 1998

Mrs. Martha PENDERGRASS, aged 71, wife of A. C. Pendergrass, died at their home on the Dalton Route Thursday. PSH Aug 3, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH July 30, 1998)

Almus Herman Penn, 87 of Rt. 2, Pocahontas, passed away in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, last Thursday (1981).  A life-long resident of Randolph County, he was born July 26, 1893, a son of the late Richard Franklin and Emma Bell Price Penn.  He was a veteran of World War 1.   Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nancy Ethel Million Penn of the home; three sons, Hulen Penn of Pocahontas, Herman Penn of Rt. 2, Pocahontas and William Penn of Deming, N. Mex.; six daughters, Mrs. Elma Dauck and Josephine Hills, both of Rt. 2, Pocahontas, Mrs. Kathryn Taylor and Mrs. Clara Bell Eads of Yuma, Ariz., Mrs. Zelma Shipman of Riddle, Ore., and Mrs. Barbara Nibert of Monette, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Hamilton and Mrs. Lottie Wheeler of Pocanhontas; 32 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday in Hwy. 62 West Church of Christ with Larry Brinkley officiating.  Burial followed in Chesser Cemetery with McNabb's in charge.  Pallbearers were Charles, Ronnie and Mike Penn, Eugene and Herman Dauck, and Kenneth Hills.  Pocahontas Star Herald.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

God visited the home of J. A. Penn, October 28, 1922 and took from him his darling Wife, Lucinda. She was 29 years, 6 months, and 8 days old.  She leaves a husband, three boys and a little girl, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  Everything was done that loving hands could do to save her but all was in vain.  God had room on his beautiful throne for her.  She was loved by all who knew her.  She was an humble Christian.  Bro. Shaver conducted the funeral services.  She was laid to rest in the Overby Cemetery.  She is only sleeping.  A Neice.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

Death Takes Pioneer ... J. B. Penn, pioneer citizen of this section, died Monday, November 16, 1925, at his home near Brockett.  Born in 1841 in Perry county, Tennessee, he came to Arkansas in 1853 and lived here until his death.  He was married three times, each of his wives preceding him in death.  He was the father of sixteen children, six of whom survive, fifty -grandchildren and forty-eight great grandchildren.  Three years of his life were spent in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  He became a member of the Christian church at the age of 23 and was a member at his death.  Randolph County Arkansas.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

Richard Franklin Penn, aged 77, died at his home on Route Two March 5, 1950.  He was born in Randolph County, Sept. 6, 1872, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jasper H. Penn.  Funeral services were conducted at the Chessar Cemetery at 2 p.m., yesterday by Br. A. B. Shaver.  Interment was under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Bell Penn; a son, Almus Penn of Route Two; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ethel Hamilton of Hoxie and Mrs. Lottie Grissom of Route Two, 2 sisters, Mrs. M-a Landers of Campbell, No. and Mrs. Z--a Pickrell of Jackson, Mich., 15  grandchildren.  Pocahontas Star Herald, Pocahontas, Arkansas.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

VETREA ANN PEOPLES, 50, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 27, 1998 at her home. Born Aug 27, 1948 in Hayti, MO, she was a dau of Ollie Motley of Doniphan, MO. She is survived by her husband, Eurskin Eugene Peoples and is buried at Overby Cemetery in Maynard. PSH Dec. 31, 1998

Eli Lester PERRIN, 72, Pocahontas. PSH Oct 17, 1974 (from Looking Back - News From the Past, 24 Years Ago, PSH Oct 15, 1998)

Mrs. Eva Agnes PERSFUL, 72, Hobart, IN. PSH Mar 14, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Mar 12, 1998)

N. W. PERSFULL, 82, of Dexter, MO, a son of the late Dan and Ada Vandergriff Persfull, died Sept 18, 1998, at the Crowley Ridge Care Center there. He was born Oct. 24, 1915 in Pocahontas. On Sept 9, 1935, he married Helen Mae Smith, who preceded him in death. He is buried in the Sutton Cemetery near Pocahontas. PSH 24 Sep 1998

A.F. (Peck) Peters, 72 of El Dorado, PSH Dec 5, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Dec. 3, 1998)

JUDY PETERS, 49, of Orchard, died Oct. 22, 1998, in Little Rock, after being fatally injured in an automobile accident. She was born march 13, 1949 in Omaha, Neb., a dau of Maxine Mulkey of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Peters, Sr. She was a registered nurse. She is buried at Randolph Memorial Gardens with McNabb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. PSH Oct 29, 1998

Gid Pettit died at his home Friday (29 may 1931) and was laid to rest in the Attica cemetery Saturday afternoon.  The bereaved ones have our sympathy.   PSH 4 June 1931.  Submitted by Faye Hufford.

The death angel visited (29 July 1915) the home of Mrs. Gid Petit and took from her home her loving daughter, Grace, aged 17 years.  Grace was a popular girl, loved by all who knew her, and will be sadly missed by all.  God saw fit to call her away to a better world.  She professed hope in Christ about a year ago and has been a faithful follower since.  She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church.  If we were all prepared to go, as she was there would be no doubt but what we would meet our Savior.  She leaves a mother, five sisters, one brother and a host of relatives and friends.  Weep not, for Grace is at rest.  Let us prepare to meet her in heaven where there is no parting.  A Friend  (Grace was the daughter of J.A. and Lucy Abanathy Pettit)  PSH 13 Aug 1915.  Submitted by Faye Hufford.

Mrs. Stella Nora Meeks Pettit, 65, Rt. 3, Pocahontas, PSH Nov. 7, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Nov. 5, 1998)

CECIL C. PHILLIPS, 43, 520 W. 7th St., Rock Falls, died Saturday afternoon at Community General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Reverend Gene Auxier of Mt. Vernon, officiating with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Monday. Cecil C. Phillips was born Nov. 3, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, the son of Dallas C. and Reva Beniard Phillips. He was united in marriage to Emma J. Dixon on Dec. 23, 1949 in Pocahontas, Ark. They moved to Rock Falls in 1953 where he was employed at the Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. as a millwright for 15 years prior to his illness. Survivors include his widow, his father, Dallas Phillips, Springbrook, Wis., his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. HHerman A_ber, Dixon; one son, Dallas, at home; four daughters, Mrs. Peter (Linda) Martinei (sp?), Sterling; Reann, Jacinda and Regina, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Stanley (Rosalie) Lark, Chicago, and Mrs. Ken (Eunice) Sylvester, Lancaster, MO; three brothers, Lawrence, Oklahoma, James, Okau__ee, Wis.; and Norman, Newton, Miss.; one half sister, Judy Phillips, Delaware, Wis; and one grandson, Sergio Martinez, Sterling. THE DAILY GAZETTE, STERLING ROCK FALLS, IL. Monday, July 17, 1972. Contributed by Cathy Powell.

Mrs. Ida Lou Phillips, 42, Edwardsville, IL., PSH Nov. 7, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Nov. 5, 1998)

William H. Phillips, aged 82, well-known resident of the Maynard Route, died at his home Saturday. PSH Dec. 28, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH Dec. 24, 1998)

Almus Cleo PIERCE, 58, Maynard. PSH July 11, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, July 9, 1998)

Virginia Fay Pierson, 12-year-old dau of Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Pierson, Jr., Houston, TX, PSH Dec. 19, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 17, 1998)

Martha L. PIMENTEL, 80, b. 16 Jul 1917 dau of Jesse George & Nettie Lockhart Tennison; m. Pete Pimentel in 1958. Lists surviving children. PSH, May 21, 1998

CARSON L. PITMAN, SR., age 91, of Sikeston, MO, died Sept 21, 1998, at Festus Nursing Center in Festus, MO. He was born Aug 24, 1907 in Middlebrook, son of John Cullen and Margaret Lucinda Holcomb Pitman. He married Maudie Jane Quartermous Nov 10, 1927, at Doniphan, MO. She died Nov 16, 1982. He was buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery there. PSH Oct 8, 1998

Eugene PITMAN, 67, well-known colored resident of Biggers, d. at home Monday. PSH June 1, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, May 28, 1998)

JAMES "JIM" POINDEXTER, 69, of Arnold, MO, d. Feb 28, 1998. He was born in Water Valley, MS and was the husband of Vina Poindexter, a former resident of Randolph County, the daughter of the late Joe and Alma Poindexter. Buried at Shepherd Hills Cemetery in Barnhart, MO. PSH MAR 12, 1998

Effie PORTER, d. Lawr.Co. 6/17/1915. She was married to Christopher Columbus Thornton Oct. 25,1903 in Lawr. Co. She was 18, he was 31. Christopher Columbus Thornton b. Feb.13,1872 Hardy, Ak. d. July 11,1944 in Baker, Oregon. The other Grandparents were: Cornellius Walter Harkness b. 1878 Popular Bluffs, Missouri d. Mar. 30,1949 in Baker, Oregon.(wife) Rhoda Belle (Dodson) Harkness b. mar.15,1880 Place unknown. d. Jan.24,1956 in Baker,Oregon. They were married, July 9,1899 Lawr. Co. Theodore Harkness b.Jan. 16,1910 Little Rock, Ar. d. Feb.4,1990 in Pittsview, Al (wife) Leora Arzona (Thornton) Harkness b.Aug1,1907 Black Rock,Ar. d. Dec27,1980 in Baker, Oregon. They were married Dec. 31,1927 Lawr. Co. Newspaper Unknown. Contributed by BSims

Lee POTTER, 83, of Pocahontas. PSH June 13, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH June 11, 1998)

Lily M. POTTER, 88, of Pocahontas, d. Dec 13, 1997; b. Oct 11, 1909 at Brookfield, MO; dau of late John and Mary Gardner Neal; widow of Albert Darnell Potter. PSH Dec 18, 1997

ROY DURELL POTTER, 78, of Pocahontas, died Aug 24, 1998 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center (Jonesboro). He was born Oct. 24, 1919, in the Petit community near Pocahontas, a son of the late Tolbert (Tip) and Mattie Lou (Pettit) Potter. A veteran of WWII, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanda Johnson Potter. Buried in Masonic Cemetery. PSH 3 Sep 1998.

The dau of Tip POTTERS was laid to rest at Attica Thursday. PSH July 1, 1926 (taken from In the Long, Long Ago, June 25, 1998)

Vernon Floyd POWELL, 81, of Imboden, d. Aug 21, 1997; b. Apr 30, 1916 in the Birdell Community, son of late Robert and Orilla Cremeens Powell; widower of Anna Mae Powell. PSH August 28, 1997

HERMAN RAY POWERS, 63, of Halls, TN, formerly of O'Kean, died Dec. 21, 1998, at Memphis. Born at O'Kean, he had resided in Halls for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Belcher Powers and is buried in Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas. PSH Dec. 31, 1998

Mrs. Nancy Pond POYNOR, 89, Wichita Falls, TX., PSH Dec 22, 1949 (taken from In The Long Ago, PSH Dec 18, 1997)

AZ Pratt, 48, of St. Louis passed away in City Hospital there, Saturday. He was born August 2, 1923 in Randolph County, Arkansas a son of the late James L. and Lida Bell Dodson Pratt. Survivors include three brothers, Joe and Louis Pratt both of St Louis and Irvin Pratt of Memphis; one sister Mrs Neta Belle Story, also of St Louis. Funeral services were held at 10 AM Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Lewis officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabbs. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mrs. Amanda J. Pratt, age 87 died Sept. 14, 1948 at the home of her daughter Mrs Lillie Hance at Route 1 Bono. Mrs. Pratt was born Oct. 4, 1860 in Indiana. She had lived most of har life in Randolph Co., but had recently made her home with her daughter in Bono. She was preceded in death by her first husband James Fondran and her second husband Preston A. Pratt; 4 sons and 1 daughter. She is survived by 3 daughters Mrs. Maude Fondran Blansett of Pocahontas Mrs. Lillie Pratt Hance of Bono and Mrs. Gracie Pratt Tucker of Pocahontas; 1 son George A. Fondran of Pocahontas; several grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Shiloh Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Shiloh Cem. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangments. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mrs. Anita Vivian Pratt, age 73, of 1504 Douthitt Street Pocahontas, died in Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas December 23, 1985. Mrs. Pratt was enroute to San Antonio, Texas for a Christmas visit with relatives when she became ill at the home of a nephew, Patrick Booth in Houston, and died quite unexpectedly. Born August 15, 1912 in Randolph County, she was a daughter of the late Pitlizer Hamilton and Anna Nelson Booth. She was preceded in death by her husband Menden Pratt. Mrs. Pratt and her husband operated Pratts Supermarket for many years before their retirement. She is survived by a brother Col. (Ret.) Leo Booth of San Antonia, Texas; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10 AM Saturday in First Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Rev. Bill Ladd officiating. Interment followed in Nelson Cemetery in Reyno with McNabb Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were Glen Cox, Dr. Norman Smith, G. B. Hambrick, Sonny Ladd, Russell Merdith, and Jacob Reynolds. Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Benton Pratt, the 17 year old son of Doss Pratt who lives about 2 miles west of town died last Sunday morning after a weeks illness with typhoid fever. Mr. Pratt was a nice young man and his untimely death is a source of regret to his many friends. The remains were laid to rest at Shiloh, the funeral services being conducted by Rev J. A. Allison. (Benton died: September 18, 1910) Pocahontas Star Herald September 23, 1910. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

On Sunday morning, September 18, 1910, just as the glorious Sabbath day was dawning, the soul of Benton Pratt left its earthly abode and journeyed on to the Great White Throne of God. Benton was a kind good boy and loved by all who knew him. His death is a sad loss to his aged parents and brothers and sisters and he had a multitude of friends who are bitterly weeping today. A vacant seat in the home and at church and a new made grave in the lonely church yard cause our hearts to bleed and ache. It grieves us to give him up. He was such a true friend to all. But such is the will of the Great Creator who doeth all things well. We know that Benton’s soul has gone to a paradise of love and sweet unbroken peace. Death is only a transfer from one clime to another more beautiful and glorious. We shall all make this change very soon and with simple faith we should "Approach the grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasnt dreams". Beloved ones, cease repining and be of good cheer. Benton’s soul is in the brightest and happiest of all homes were dwell millions of other souls who have gone on before. Signed: A cousin Pocahontas Star Herald September 30, 1910.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

It is with regret that we chronicle the death of Benton Pratt, a member of our beloved Socratic Literary Society. The beloved brother died where manhood’s morning had just begun. He had not passed on lifes’ highway, the point that makes a career, but being weary he lay down by the wayside and fell into a dream. While in love with life and rapture with the world, he passed to a Paradise that knows no end, as a member of that celestial society of bliss. This brave and tender young man was an oak in storm and love in sunshine. He loved all that was joyous and happy and his life gave evidence that he would, had he been permitted, have added greatly to the sum total of the worlds joy. "Sleep on, my youth, in sweet repose, no prince such painless slumber know; nor in the cleft of his fathers throne, knows half the joys of thy home." By order of Socratic Society September 30, 1910 Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Clarence Edgar Pratt, 41, died at his home near Warm Springs June 17, 1940. He was well known in the county and was a member of one of the county's prominent families. Funeral services were conducted at Antioch June 18 by Rev. W.E. Chadwick. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Undertaking Co. Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife Clara Bishop Pratt ; his mother Amanda Corbin Pratt ; 3 sons Glen, Zan, and Shirley Pratt; 3 daughtes Marie, Ouida and Fern Pratt. ;3 sisters Mary M. Massey, Lillie L.Hance and Gracie E.Tucker ; 2 half- sisters Flora M. Pratt Welch and Maude W. Fondran Blansett. 5 half- brothers James L. , Jesse R. Joseph N. and Jacob T. Pratt and George A. Fondran. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Clyda Alexander Pratt, age 76, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mollie Shipman, of Warm Springs Thursday night. Mrs . Pratt was born in Dresden, Tn., Aug. 17 1884 a daughter of Jim and Mary Alexander, and was married to Sterling Price Pratt 58 years ago. She had resided in Randolph Co. for the past 60 years, and for many years was an active worker in the Baptist church. Mrs Pratt is survived by 5 sons ,Jesse Pratt of Weatherford, Ok. ,W.A. Pratt of Hardy, J.L. Pratt of Pocahontas , Kern Pratt of Greenville, Ms. and Lafayette Pratt of Peach Orchard ; 1 daughter Mrs. Shipman of Warm Springs; 11 grandchildren; a brother Bill Alexander of Lincoln; 2 sisters Patia Risner of Thayer Mo. and Pamelia Alexander of Durant Ok. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church in Pocahontas Saturday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. J.A. Allison. Interment was in the Pratt Cem. near Warm Springs. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

A Pocahontas man was killed Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 67, one mile south of Corning, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police said. David H. Pratt, 31, of 304 Black Street, Pocahontas, was the victim. A passenger in Pratt’s pickup truck, Teddy E. Hill, 22, of Corning, Rt. 1, was also injured. Both men were taken from the crash site to the Corning Hospital. The spokesman said the accident occurred when Pratt lost control of his southbound 1978 Datsun truck, struck the west side of a bridge, then the east side of the same bridge. The impact of the crash hurdled Pratt from the vehicle and he was found pinned between the truck and the bridge. The police indicated that it had been raining in the area and roads were wet at the time of the accident. Pratt is survived by one son, Jonathon Pratt of Reyno; his parents James Ray and Helen Nadean Tweedy Pratt of Biggers; 3 brothers Rick and Tim Pratt both of Reyno and Michael Pratt of Pocahontas. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Curtis Vandergriff and Jim D. Phillippe officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Kenny and Steve Mondy, Troy Hodge, Wayne Fortson, Calvin Flanigan, and Larry Engles.   Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Dewell H. Pratt, age 73, of Hoxie, died Friday in the emergency room of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness. Born Nov. 25, 1921 in the Richwoods community he was the son of Herbert D. and Elsie Dixon Pratt. A veteran of WW II, Mr. Pratt was a grocery store owner / manager at Clover Bend for many years. He was a retired owner / operator of Pratt Auto Salvage in Hoxie. Mr. Pratt was preceded in death by a son Dewell H. Pratt Jr. on Jan. 26, 1993. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Virl Ward Pratt to whom he was married on March 4, 1942 ; a son Robert Pratt of Hoxie; a daughter Sue Whitmire of Hoxie; his mother Elsie Pratt of Hoxie; 2 brothers H.V. and J.L. Pratt of Clover Bend; 3 sisters Vastina Smith of Sedgwick, Pauline Alls of Walnut Ridge and Pat Permenter of Quitman ; 6 grandchildren and a great- grandchild. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Davis and Archie McCord officiating. Burial followed in the Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Mitch Whitmire, Mike Whitmire, Richard Tinker, Chris Whitmire, Jerry Flippo, and Robin Whaley. Honorary Pallbearers were Terry Spradlin, David Abbott and Ronnie Shoe. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

The death of Uncle DOSS PRATT was a great shock to this community. He once was a citizen of this place and was always known as a good man. He was buried at Shiloh Cemetery Sunday evening. 47 cars followed the hearse from Pocahontas. ( Article taken from the Oct. 30, 1925 Pochontas Star Herald’s Lorine community newsletter.) Doss, (Joshua Cartee Pratt) as he was known by family and friends, died on Oct. 24,1925 in Greene County Arkansas where he had resided for a number of years.   Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Mrs. Elsie Elizabeth Dixon Pratt, 94, of Hoxie, died Tuesday Feb. 16,1999 at the Walnut Ridge Nursing Center.She was born Jan. 22,1905 at Warm Springs. She was a homemaker and had lived in Clover Bend for 45 years before moving to Hoxie 14 years ago.Survivors include 3 daughters, Vastina Smith of Walnut Ridge, Pauline Alls of Steelville, Mo. , and Pat Permenter of Quitman ; 2 sisters Nelma Peters and Delma Pender both of Doniphan, Mo.; 15 grandchildren ; 25 great grandchildren ; 5 great- great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert D. Pratt and 3 sons Dewell H. Pratt, H.V. Pratt, and J.L. Pratt ; 1 grandson and 1 great grandson. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 A.M. at House-Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge, with Donald Layne officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Francis L. Pratt, 53, a native of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Pratt was born Oct. 16,1931 in Pocahontas a son of  Mrs. Pauline Brown Pratt and the late Hurschell Pratt.  He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1949. He served 4 years in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, 2nd class. After his naval service Mr. Pratt graduated from Arkansas State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He taught at Bayless Junior High School in St. Louis County for 5 years and at Hancock Place Senior High School in the same county for 21 years.He was also a journeyman meat cutter and worked for Schnucks Markets for 20 years. He was a grandson of the late Jacob Newton and Mary Elizabeth Bates Pratt and of the late Jarman W. and Belle Waldron Brown all of Randolph County. Survivors of Mr. Pratt include his mother of Pocahontas; his wife Mary Carolyn Jolly Pratt; two sons, Larry and Darin Pratt of St. Louis; two sisters Janice Murphy of Pocahontas and Sheri Carpenter of Little Rock; one brother J. Bruce Pratt of Atlanta, Ga.; 13 nieces and nephews. Services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. Darrell R. Atkins at Geyer Road Baptist Church in Kirkwood, Mo. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County. Pallbearers were Alan Bruce, Bruce Michniok, Bob Wymore, Al Bourisaw, Ed Kurman, and Don Kuetzer. Pocahontas Star Herald . Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mrs. Gracie Ethyl Pratt Tucker, 92 of Pocahontas passed away in Sheltering Arms Nursing Home in Walnut Ridge on Dec 30, 1984. She was born Aug. 26, 1892 in Randolph Co. a daughter of the late Preston A. and Amanda Corbin Pratt. Her husband Albert M. Tucker preceded her in death. She is survived by 1 son Vernon Tucker of Pocahontas; 4 daughters Mrs Opal Camp and Mrs. Agnes Wyatt of Pocahontas, Mrs. Lucille Wells of Imboden and Mrs Louise Hebert of Slidell, La.; 13 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren and several gggrandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2pm in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Bruce Stone oficiating. Burial followed in the Shiloh Cem. near Pocahontas with McNabb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Hal Buck Pratt, 62, 1014 Spruce, died about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after an apparent heart attack while bird hunting near Ringling. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church conducted by Rev. Lucien Lindsey, pastor. Pratt was born Nov. 26, 1912 in Waurika. He had lived in Duncan the past 25 years, coming here from Wichita Falls, Tex. He had worked as an operator for Sun Oil Co. For the past 28 years. He was a member of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He married Maggie Adell Lahman on March 1, 1936 in Ardmore. Survivors include his wife of the home; his step father, J. A. Schmock, and his mother, Mrs Lillie Schmock, 1214 Grand; a daughter, Ann Pratt, of the home; three sons, Hal Byrne and Joe B., both of Oklahoma City, and Keith Pratt of the home; two brothers J. V. of Loco and Delbert of Velma, and one sister Mrs. F. W. Murray of Baltimore, Md. Burial will be in the Duncan Cemetery under direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home. A Tribute by The Banner Duncan, Oklahoma. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Helen Nadean Pratt, 64, of Biggers, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996. Survivors are 3 sons, Mike and Tim Pratt, both of Biggers and Rick Pratt of Reyno; 3 brothers Carl and Harold D. Tweedy, both of Pocahontas and Paul Tweedy of Dalton; 2 sisters Hazel Earley and Julene Melton, both of Pocahontas; 8 grandchildren. Mrs. Pratt was born in Eleven Point Township, May 24, 1932 , a daughter of the late Henry and Myrtle Vandergriff Tweedy. She was preceded in death by her husband James Ray Pratt. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 30, in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Perry Joe and Curtis Vandergriff officiating. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery near Hamil. Pallbearers were Robert, Bruce, Steve and Travis Tweedy, Jimmy Earley and David Cox. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Herbert Dewell Pratt, age 89, of Hoxie, a former resident of the Clover Bend community died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Born in Warm Springs( he was the son of the late Lonnie B. and Martha Robertson Pratt) he spent most of his lifetime in Lawrence County. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife Elsie Dixon Pratt; 3 daughters Vastina Smith and Pauline Alls of Walnut Ridge and Pat Permenter of Quitman; 3 sons Dewell H. and H.V. Pratt of Hoxie and J.L. Pratt of Alicia; 15 grandchildren 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Don Layne officiating. Burial followed in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Hurschell L. Pratt, 75, of 1302 Witt Street, passed away at his home Friday (December 21, 1984). He was born August 23, 1905 in Pocahontas a son of the late Jacob Newton Pratt and Mary Elizabeth Bates Pratt. Mr Pratt operated a local refrigeration service company. He is survived by his wife Pauline Brown Pratt of the home; two sons Francis L. Pratt of St. Louise, and J. Bruce Pratt of Atlanta, Georgia; two daughters Janice Murhpy of Pocahontas, and Sheri L. Carpenter of Little Rock; two brothers Lee Benton Pratt of Houston, Texas, and David Pratt of North Little Rock;  a sister Mary Carolyn Davis of Pocahontas; 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Henry Masingale and Jerol Swaim officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Robert and Brent Carpenter, Larry , Darin, James and Glen Pratt. Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Jacob Newton Pratt, 90, of 704 Schoonover Street, passed away in Randolph County Hospital last Thursday (Feb. 14, 1980). He was born March 1, 1889 in Izard County a son of the late Joshua Cartee and Tennessee Caroline Dawson-Pratt. He moved to Pocahontas in 1912. Mr. Pratt became a restaurant owner, and later owned and operated grocery stores for many years. He had the longest tenure in history of serving as a Mayor of Pocahontas, first being elected in the early 1930's, again in the 1940's during WWII and again in the 1950's for a total of sixteen years. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Ruby Cate Pratt of the home; four sons Herschell and Menden Pratt both of Pocahontas, Lee Benton Pratt of Houston , Texas, and David Pratt of North Little Rock; two daughters Thelma Proctor of Scottsboro, Alabama and Mary Carolyn Davis of Pocahontas; 12 grand children and 13 great-grandchildren. Another son J. N. Pratt, lost his life in WWII. Funeral services were held at 2 PM Saturday in the First Baptist Church with Revs. Jim Carter, Pastor of First Baptist and Dr. H. E. Williams of College City officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Francis and Bruce Pratt, Harvey Murphy, Dale Davis, and Conrad and Larry Pratt. Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons of First Baptist Church. Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Jacob Thomas "Tot" PRATT , 85 a lifelong resident of Randolph County , died Friday July 1,1966 at his home on Pratt St. in Pocahontas. He was born in Randolph Co. , Nov. 28, 1880 the son of the late Preston A. and Delana A. Lomax Pratt. He was a retired school teacher and a farmer. He is survived by his wife Lou Ada Riggs Pratt; one son Paul Pratt of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters Mrs. Delana D. Ashcraft of Pocahontas , Mrs. Josephine Shelton of Byron, Calif. and Mrs. Ethel Ezell of Bakersfield ,Calif.., one sister Flora Welch of Camanche Ok.; two half sisters, Lillie Hance of Peach Orchard and Gracie Tucker of Pocahontas.; 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren . Funeral services were conducted tuesday at 1 pm , in the Pyburn Street Church of Christ with G.W. Allison officiating .Interment was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Wayne McClesky, Eather McClusky, Dub Jones, Leonard McCright, Marvin Riggs and Byron Futrell. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

James Lomax "Dink" Pratt, age 74, died at the home of a son, Joseph Pratt, of the Dalton Route , at 9 a.m. March 6,1950. He was born near Shiloh May 7, 1875 a son of the late Preston A. Pratt and Delana Lomax Pratt. He had spent his lifetime in Randolph County. Funeral services were conducted at the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30 yesterday afternoon by the Rev. W. Harry Hunt. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. He is survived by 6 sons, Harry of Springfield, Mo., Ervin of Hardy, Ar., A.Z. who is in the army serving in Germany , Joe, Lewis and Tot Pratt of the Dalton Route; 1 daughter Netabelle Storie of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his wife Liddie Belle Dodson Pratt; 1 son Clifford Pratt ; 1 daughter Alean Pratt ; Other survivors include 1 brother Jacob T. Pratt of Pocahontas ;1 sister Flora Welch of Commanche, Ok. ; 2 half-sisters Gracie Tucker of near Shiloh and Lillie Hance of near Paragould ; a step- brother, George Fondran and a step-sister Maude Blansett ,both of Pocahontas. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

James Luther "Lute" Pratt,76, a life long resident of Randolph County, died Sept. 30, 1964 at his home on the Maynard Rt. He was born Nov. 23 ,1887 in Randolph County and was the son of the late Sterling Price Pratt and Clydia Alexander Pratt. He is survived by his widow Mazie Gibson Pratt of Pocahontas ; 2 daughters Billie Sue Dust of Mountain Home and Mary Lou Wineland of Gaines Mich.; 5 grandchildren ; 2 brothers Jesse R. Pratt of Weatherford, Ok.and P.L. Pratt of Pocahontas ; 1 sister mollie Vandergriff of Pocahontas. Funeral services were conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday in the First Baptist church with Rev. Lawerence Ray and Dr. H.E. Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers were James Ray Haynes, Newt Pratt, Willard Kincade, William E. Trammel, Vernon King and Junior Johnson. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

James Ray Pratt, 70, of Biggers died Friday April 8, 1994 at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born March 16, 1924 in Paragould, a son of the late Jesse R. and Naomi Faulkner Pratt. A son David Pratt, also preceded him in death. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist preacher. He is survived by his wife Helen N. Tweedy Pratt of the home; 3 sons Rick Pratt of Reyno and Mike and Tim Pratt of Pocahontas ; 6 grandchildren ; 4 sisters Mae Lewis of Summit, Ar. , Opal Nesler, Halene Mosby and Mildred Pruitt all of Calif. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Curtis and Perry Vandergriff officiating. Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary, Don ,and J.T. Pratt, Travis Tweedy, Ronnie and Jimmy Early and David Stalnaker. Honarary pallbearers were Perry Joe Crisp ,Perry Murphy and Bruce Tweedy. Submitted by Lee and Betty Tucker. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

James Virgil (Jack) Pratt, of Rt. 1 Loco, retired oil field worker, died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a Duncan hospital after a year’s illness. He was 67. Pratt was born Nov. 7, 1909, at Comanche. He was married to Gladys Shipman at Ringling on Oct. 14, 1944. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Loco First Baptist Church. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at he Loco First Baptist Church with Rev. Maynard Campbell of Duncan officiating. Burial will be in the Loco Cemetery with the Morehead Funeral Home of Comanche in charge of arrangements. Survivors are his wife of the home; two sons, Jim of Pauls Valley and Robert of Weatherford, Okla.; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Schmook of 1214 Grand in Duncan; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Betty Jo Murray of Baltimore, Md., and one brother, Delbert Pratt of Comanche. The body will lie in state Tuesday at the Loco First Baptist Church until 1:30 p.m. Bearers will be George Hall, Larry Hall, Bill Alexander, Harold Dale Lawrence, Vernon Dunn Jr., and Rex Haller. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Jesse Richardson Pratt, a life long resident of Randolph County, died at his home on Route 2 at 2pm, Nov. 20 1947. He was born Sept. 12,1877, a son of the late Preston and Delana Lomax Pratt. He was well known throughout the county. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Pratt; 9 children, Mrs. Ed Kincade of Pocahontas; Mrs Theresa Witt of San Jose, Calif., Durell Pratt of Peach Orchard; Mrs. Thelma Graves, Mrs Opal Nesler and Mrs.Halene Boyce of Gilroy Calif.; James Pratt of Paragould and Mrs Mildred Kincade of Pocahontas.; 2 brothers Dink and Tot Pratt of Pocahontas; a sister , Mrs Flora Welch of Oklahoma ; 3 half-sisters, Mrs Grace Tucker , Mrs. Mary Massey and Mrs. Lillie Hance of Pocahontas. Funeral services will be conducted at the Free Will Baptist church in Pocahontas Saturday afternoon by the Rev. W. Harry Hunt. Interment will be in Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Undertaking Co. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Jesse R. Pratt, age 73, of Weatherford ,Ok. died Nov. 18, 1970 near Butler, Ok. He was born at Westville,Ok. Mar. 22, 1897 a son of the late Sterling Price Pratt and Clida Alexander Pratt. He is survived by his wife Phay Etta Hagood Pratt of the home ; 2 daughters Jessie Swindle of Farmer City, Ill. and Tella Jean Cain of Tucson , Arizona; 1 sister Mollie Vandergriff of Pocahontas;1 brother Fate Pratt of Pocahontas; 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Sat. at the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with S. Ray Crews officiating. Burial Followed in Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas. Pallbearers were Gary, Dewayne, Jim, Bob, Bill and Ronnie Hagood. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mrs. Lou Ada PRATT, 86, of 489 Pratt St. passed away in St. Louis on Aug 4 ,1971. Born in Tn.Aug.26,1885 she was a daughter of the late John and Susie Glasscock Riggs. Her husband ,the late Jacob Thomas Pratt preceded her in death. She is survived by a son Paul Pratt of St. Louis ; 3 daughters Delana Ashcraft of St. Louis, Josephine Shelton of Bryan, Calif., and Ethel Murphy of Bakersfield , Calif.; 2 sisters Emma Campbell of Pocahontas and Ruby Jones of Ridgecrest Calif.; 4 brothers Earnest Riggs of Flint Mich., Johnny Riggs of Fairfield, Calif., Marvin Riggs of Delaplaine and Edmond Riggs of Gozella, Calif.; 9 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 pm Saturday in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Whitaker officiating . Interment followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Lucien Dean Pratt, 60 of Stockton, Calif. passed away there March 24, 1978. He was born Nov. 1,1917 in Randolph Co. Arkansas, a son of the late Jesse R. and Belle King Pratt. His wife Velma Lorene Raglin Pratt preceded him in death. He is survied by 4 sons, Lucien Pratt Jr., Jesse T. Pratt, Gary Pratt, all of Pocahontas and Bobby Joe Pratt of West Plains, Mo.; a daughter Mrs. Joyce Ann Jones of Dyersburg, Tn.; a brother Jesse D. Pratt of Gilroy, Calif.; 4 sisters, Mae Lewis, Thelma Graves and Opal Nesler, all of Gilroy, Calif. and Myrl Kincade of Pocahontas; a half - brother, James Pratt of Biggers; 2 half - sisters Mildred Pruitt and Helene Mosley, both of Calif.; 16 grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 10:30 Wednesday morning at Sutton Cemetery with Rev. Curtis Smith officiating . McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mazie Pratt, age 83, passed away in Randolph Co. Hospital June 24, 1972. A lifelong resident of Randolph County, she was born June 11, 1889, a daughter the late William Jackson and Susan Ann Brown Gibson. Her husband James Luther "Lute" Pratt preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 daughters Billie Sue Dust of Mountain Home and Mary Lou Wineland of Gains Mich.; 5 grandchildren; a sister Stella Bennett of Pocahontas.Funeral services were held at 2pm in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Wendell Bradford officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Monty Wineland , David and Dean Dust, Bubba Meyers, W.E.Trammel, Glen Brown, Joe Martin and Vernon King. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.                                      

Menden N. Pratt, 69, of Pocahontas passed away in his home there Monday, (April 23, 1984) He was born February 14, 1915, in Pocahontas, a son of the late Jacob N. And Mary Elizabeth Bates-Pratt. Mr Pratt, after serving in WWII, purchased Pratts grocery from his father, and he and his wife expanded the business and operated Pratts Supermarket here for some thirty years until their retirement in recent years. He is survived by his wife Anita Booth Pratt of the home’; three brothers Herschell Pratt of Pocahontas Lee Benton Pratt of Houston, Texas, and David Pratt of Little Rock; a sister Mary Carolyn Davis of Pocahontas; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 PM Tuesday in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Tolbert officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Glen Cox, Glen Brown, G. B. Hambrick, Dr. Norman Smith, R. J. Barnett, and Jesse Hayes. Pocahontas Star Herald. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Mrs Naomi Pratt, age 38, of Paragould, died Dec. 20, 1932 at her home following an illness of eight days due to pneumonia. She was a native of Greene County and resided in the New Friendship community. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 tomorrow afternoon at the New Friendship Church with burial to follow in the New Friendship Cemetery. Surviving are her husband Jesse R. Pratt; 2 daughters Halene and Mildred Pratt of the home; 4 step- daughters Mrs. Ed Kincade of Pocahontas, Mrs. Chalma Valentine of Route 2, Mrs Cail Witt of Cardwell, Mo., and Miss Opal Pratt of the home.; 1 son James Pratt of the home; 2 step- sons Durell and Lucien Pratt of the home.; 4 sisters Mrs. Mack Dollins of Paragould, Mrs. Tom Dollins of Hollywood, Mo., Mrs Tom Estes of Cardwell, Mo. and Mrs. Hobart Smith of Route 2 ; 3 half- sister, Mrs. Frank Clayton of Route 2, Mrs. Pete Yeargain of Gainesville and Mrs. Clifton Brewer of Los Angeles , Calif.; 2 half- brothers, Raymond Faulkner and Orman Brewer. Also surviving are her father and step- mother Rev. and Mrs. J. D. J. Faulkner of Route 2. She was preceded in death by her mother Texie A. Weatherly Faulkner. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.

Paul Ezra Pratt, 76, of Pocahontas, died Monday, June 23, 1997, at his residence. He was born July 24, 1920 in Pocahontas, a son of the late Jacob Thomas "Tot" Pratt and Lou Ada Riggs Pratt. He was a warehouse worker for Kroger. He is survived by his wife Glenda Pearl Shank Pratt of the home ; two sons, Larry Pratt of Godfrey Il. and Mike Pratt of Columbia Mo. ; three daughters Pauletta Ward of Pocahontas, Kerri Weishaupt and Linda Young of Bathalto Il. ; a sister ,Josephine Shelton of Maynard; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Revs. David Malone and Clarence Burton officiating. Burial followed in the Jarrett Cem. near Maynard with McNabbs in charge. Pallbeares were Justin and Michael Pratt, James Heine, Randy and Gene Ward and Von Pease.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.    

Phay Etta Hagood Pratt, age ,94, of Tucson Arizona, formely of Randolph Co., died sunday July 6, 1997 at Northwest Hospital there. She was born Oct. 9, 1902,at Middlebrook, a daughter of the late Dewitt and Ella Johnson Hagood. She is survived by 1 daughter Tella Jean Cain of Tucson ; 2 grandchildren ; 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse R. Pratt and 1 daughter Jessie Swindle.Funeral services were conducted Thursday July 10 , 1997 in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Don Strait Officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of MaNabb Funeral Home.Pallbearers were Jim , Rick, Jerry, Ronnie and Dewayne Hagood and Ben Sims. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.    

The sad news reached Pocahontas Monday of the death of Price Pratt, a highly respected citizen of the County, who resided in the Ingram neighborhood. Mr Pratt leaves a wife and several children, nearly all of whom are grown. He also leaves 1 brother and 4 sisters . The remains were laid to rest in the family burying grounds near Warm Springs, Wednesday, in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. ( Mr Pratt passed away Nov. 7, 1916 )  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

The following article was taken from the Ingram community newsletter:  "The entire community is mourning the death of our friend S.P. Pratt. Mr. Pratt was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and was a man who was always fighting for God and right. Truly, the family, the church, and this community have sustained a great loss in the passing of this good man."  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.    

Riggs Preston Pratt, age 37, of Pocahontas , died near Poplar Bluff, Mo. early wednesday morning  May 19, 1954 from injuries sustained by a Frisco train at Thayer, Mo., a short time before. Mr. Pratt ,who had left his home here tuesday to travel north in search of employment was found on the railroad tracks in Thayer and it is not known how the accident occured. He was found a short time after a train had passed by and was being taken to a Poplar Bluff  hospital but succumbed before reaching there. He was born in Pocahontas Jan. 10,1917 a son of Jacob Thomas "Tot" Pratt and Lou Ada Riggs Pratt. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Neoma Lee Phillips Pratt ; a brother Paul Pratt of St. Louis ; 3 sisters Delana Ashcraft of St. Louis , Ethel Ezell of Ridgecrest Calif. and Josephine Shelton of Byron, Calif. Funeral arrangements have not been completed ,but will probably be held Saturday, pending arrival of out-of -state relatives. Plans will be announced by McNabb Funeral Home. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.     

Ruby Ella Cate Pratt, age 106, of Pocahontas, died Sunday, June 28, 1998, at Randolph Home.  She was born Nov.19, 1891, near Doniphan, Mo. a daughter of the late Sarah Bennett Cate. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Jacob Newton Pratt. There are no known survivors. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 9:30 A.M. , in the  chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Don Strait officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cem.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker.                                                                                                                      

Ruby E. PRATT, 106, of Pocahontas, d. June 28, 1998; b. Nov 19, 1891, near Doniphan, MO; dau of late Sarah (Bennett) Cate; widow of Newton Pratt. PSH JULY 2, 1998

Mrs. Tennessee C. Dawson Pratt was born at Searcy on Sept.2,1859 ,and passed away at her home in Pocahontas on Dec.12, 1944, at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 29 days. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. Harry Hunt at Pocahontas Baptist church and intement was made in the Shiloh Cemetery. Mrs Pratt was converted while yet in her teens and united with the Old Union Baptist church. She later became a member of the Shiloh Baptist church of this county,and still later moved her membership to the Pocahontas Baptist church where she remained a faithful member untill her death. She was united in marriage to Joshua Cartee Pratt on May 4, 1876. To this union 7 children were born. Her husband and 3 sons Milton D., Jesse A., and Lee Benton Pratt all preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 sons William J. Pratt of Paragould and Jacob N. Pratt of Pocahontas; 2 daughters Ora V. Haynes of Pocahontas and Blanche Hutcherson of Bell, Calif. A great group of grandchildren , other relatives and friends, also survive the deceased. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Tot Pratt, 52, of St. Louis died Oct.3,1964 in St. Louis. He was born Oct.1,1912 in Randolph County a son of the late James Lomax "Dink" Pratt and Liddie Belle Dodson Pratt. Survivors include 2 sons Tot Pratt Jr. of St. Louis and George Pratt of Yuma, Az. ; 1 daughter Betty Biggs of St. Louis ; 3 brothers James L., Joe E. and AZ Pratt of St. Louis ; 1 half- brother Ervin Pratt of Memphis ; 1 sister Netabelle Storie of St. Louis. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1 P.M. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. J.L. Bishop officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Velma Lorraine Pratt, 89, of Valencia Calif., died Wednesday Sept. 8, 1999, there. She was a retired school teacher for the Pocahontas School District, a daughter of the late Joseph Benjamin and Katie Ann Michael Allbright. Her husband Price L. Pratt, preceded her in death on March 20, 1975. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Walker of Canyon Country, Calif. ; 2 grandsons, Steven Walker of Arizona and Ken Walker of Oregon. Graveside services were held Saturday at Pirtle Cemetery near Peach Orchard under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.  Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

Velma Lorine Pratt, 47, of Rt.1 Walnut Ridge died Aug. 21, 1965 in Randolph County Hospital. She was born May 11, 1918 in Randolph County and was the daughter of Tom and Laura Burleson Raglin. Other than her parents she is survived by her husband Lucien Pratt of Rt. 1 Walnut Ridge; 4 sons Gary Pratt of the home, J.T.Pratt of Pocahontas, Junior Pratt of St. Louis and Bobby Joe Pratt of San Diego, California; 1 daughter Joyce Ann Tribble of St. Louis; 2 sisters Birdie Radcliff of Pocahontas and Lucille Gipson of Rt.1 Walnut Ridge;2 brothers Bill Raglin and Roy Raglin both of Ridgecrest California; 2 half- brothers Bud and Raymond Raglin of Marion IL.; 1 half -sister Othel Carmon of Chicago IL.; 2 grandsons Tommy and Danny Pratt. Funeral services were conducted at 2 P.M. Monday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Hulen Hackworth and Bennie Gates officiating. Burial followed in Lane Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Schaffer, Raymond Gipson, Doyle Lemmons, Jimmy Wheeless, Charlie Tribble and Bill Fort. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

William Luster Pratt, 88, of Chattanooga, Tn., formerly of Paragould, died Friday March 12,1999. He was a retired farmer and member of Oak Grove Heights Baptist church and senior adult mens Bible class. He was born Feb. 24, 1911 the son of the late William Joshua Pratt and Mary E. Kingree Pratt. He is survived by his wife Wava Davidson Pratt of Chattanooga ;1sister Marie Markley of Paragould ; 2 step- children. He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley McKelvey Pratt ; 1 brother Arville Pratt ; 1 sister Violet Spence. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 2 at Heath Funeral Home's Colonial Chapel in Paragould, with Rev. Billy J. Dowdy officiating. Burial will follow in Gainesville Cemetery. Submitted by Lee & Betty Tucker. 

William Horace PRIDE, Jr., 73, of Maynard, d. Feb 8, 1998; son of late William & Ethel Sanders Pride, Sr.; wife - Norma. PSH Feb 12, 1998

John E. PRINCE, 84, Warm Springs. PSH June 20, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, June 18, 1998)

John Henry PRINGLE, age 63, a former resident of Randolph County, died in a St. Louis hospital on March 25, 1943, after an illness of several years. Mr. Pringle left Randolph County about 18 years ago and moved to Corning. For the past 8 years he had resided in St. Louis. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. He was married to Mona Alexander, Sept. 8, 1901, and to this union were born three sons and six daughters, eight surviving, Thelma Kistner, Eula Pry, Dorothy Verharst and Mary Frances Morr, all of St Louis, Ester Zuna, Fern Pringle and Roy Pringle of Los Angeles, Calif., and John Pringle, of the U. S. Marines. A sister, Mrs. Tom Fowler of Minorca and a brother, Horace Pringle, of Doniphan, Mo., also survive. Funeral services were held at the Pitman church, under the direction of Irby Funeral Service. Interment was in the Imgram cemetery. Submitted by Lenora Stewart Blankenship.

Mrs. Mona ALEXANDER PRINGLE, 80 of 246 1/2 N. Jackson, died Monday (January 10, 1966) in a Glendale Hospital. She was born in Arkansas and had lived 18 years in Glendale (California) where she was a seamstress. Mrs. Pringle leaves six daughters, Mrs. Thelma E. Kistner of Glendale, Mrs. Esther Zuna of Montrose, Mrs. Dorothy Verharst and Mrs. Eula Pry of St. Louis Mo., Mrs. Mary Frances Morr of Montrose and Mrs. Fern Stewart of Newhall. She also leaves a son Roy of Baldwin Park; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Hills. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Submitted by Lenora Stewart Blankenship.

Robert Edward PROFFITT, aged 80, well-known Maynard resident died at his home there at 5 p.m., December 24. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. F.W. Gould of Pocahontas at the Maynard Church of Christ Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Nellie Simmons Proffitt, 2 daughters, a brother and 4 sisters. PSH 29 Dec 1949

Bonnie Francis (Robert Edwin) [BOB] Pyland, born April 13, 1930, in Noland, Randolph County, Arkansas, died Monday, January 3, 2000, at St. John's Regional Hospital, in Springfield, Greene County, MO. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 5, at 5:30 - 7:30, with funeral services on Thursday, January 6, at the Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Ltd-DeGraffenreid-Wood, in Springfield, MO. Submitted by Becky Pyland Davis.

KATHLEEN BAKER RAEBURN, a resident of Albuquerque, NM for 26 years, died Nov. 11, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Alexander Raeburn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Gladys Brown Baker. Her body was cremated. PSH Nov. 19, 1998.

Mrs. Dot P. Rains, 88, Pocahontas, PSH Jan 2, 1975 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 31, 1998)

SHELLY DAWN RAINWATER, newborn dau of Tony and Connie Rainwater of Pocahontas, died Dec. 2, 1998. She is also survived by her sister, Tanya Leonard; her grandparents, David and Peggy Rainwater of Pocahontas and Gloretha Welch of Portagville, MO; her great-grandparents, Etta Adams of Portagville and William and Elsie Hayes of Pocahontas. She is buried in Palestine Cemetery. PSH Dec. 10, 1998

DEWEY CLEVELAND RAMSEY, 86, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 1, 1998 at Randolph County Medical Center. He was born Nov. 27, 1911 at Palestine, a son of the late Theodore and Maudie (Long) Ramsey. He was preceded in death by his wife Livla Lee Shaver Ramsey. Buried in Palestine Cemetery. PSH 10 Sep 1998

Mrs. J. C. RAMSEY died at the home of her son, Theo Ramsey at Ingram. She was aged 98 years. PSH Aug 5, 1926 (taken from In the Long, Long Ago, PSH July 30, 1998)

Man Shot and Killed Accidentally...The RC Sheriff's Office reported this week that Teddy B. RANDLEMAN, 29, of Rt. 1, Rector, was killed in a freak accident about 4 p.m. Saturday. The sheriff's office said that Randleman and several friends were building a hunting cabin near Spring River just east of Imboden and Randleman was operating a chain saw while wearing a .44 Magnum pistol in a shoulder holster. The pistol is reported to have fallen from the holster, hit a board and discharged accidentally, the bullet strinking Randleman in the chest and killing him. PSH Jan 2, 1975 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 31, 1998)

Joseph RAPERT, 76, Corning, PSH Dec 22, 1949 (taken from In The Long Ago, PSH Dec 18, 1997)

Mrs. Nettie M. RASMUSSEN, 65, Onarga, IL. PSH Mar 21, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Mar 19, 1998)

Mrs. Madge Ray, 71, Marietta, GA, PSH Jan 2, 1975 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 31, 1998)

William J. Reardon, 77 of Rt. 2, Pocahontas, PSH Dec 5, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Dec. 3, 1998)

C.H. Redwine ...   Charles Haney Redwine, 70, of Route 1, Maynard, passed away Monday, April 28, 1980, in the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.   A lifelong resident of Maynard, he was born there July 28, 1909, a son of the late Charley Jefferson and Lena Richardson Redwine.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joyce Early Redwine of the home; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lillian Smith, and Mrs. Marie Parker of Maynard, and Mrs. Vivian Abbott of Newport. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. last Thursday in Witt's Chapel Baptist Church with Reverends Ralph Kerley, Bobby Jackson and Walter Crosson officiating.  Burial followed in Maynard Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. Pallbearers were Sammy Jackson, Jimmy Brooks, Leonard Goodwin, Walter Kruempel, Paul Spencer and T. L. Redwine. PSH, Thursday, May 5, 1980. Submitted by Tammie Chada.

Charles Howard REDWINE, 44, of Hardy, d. May 19, 1998; son of Charles Redwine and the late Marjorie Elizabeth Joyce Redwine; b. Nov 26, 1953 in Chicago, IL. PSH May 28, 1998

Lucian Ren Redwine, age 85, a native of the Supply Community near Maynard, died in a Poplar Bluff, Missouri hospital September 15, following a short illness. He was born August 28, 1874, and was engaged in farming in the Supply community until about 17 years ago when he moved to Doniphan, Missouri, to make his home. He was married to Mollie Vester in July 1894, who preceded him in death in 1918. Funeral services were conducted at Pitman last Thursday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. W.C. Henson, Baptist minister. Interment was in the Pitman Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Doniphan. He leaves four sons, Arlie Redwine of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Newman Redwine of Memphis, Garnett Redwine of Rochester, Minnesota, and Chester Redwine of St. Louis; two daughters, Mrs. Christine Roberts of Maynard, Mrs. Lena Reeves of Ann Arbor; a sister, Mrs. Francis Allen of Supply; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. PSH Sept. 24, 1959. Contributed by Deb Roy.

MAY JOYCE REDWINE, 90, of Maynard, died Sept. 4, 1999, at Randolph County Medical Center.  She was born Oct. 26, 1908, in Memphis, a daughter of the late Wilson Dewitt and Minnie Lee Province Early.  Her husband, Charles Redwine, also preceded her in death.  She is buried in Maynard Cemetery. Submitted by Tammie Chada.

Rex F. REDWINE, 61, a resident of Pocahontas for many years, died in Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis Sunday. PSH July 20, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, July 16, 1998)

Floyce Earl REED, 63, of St. Louis. PSH June 13, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH June 11, 1998)

Raymond Leighton REID, 82, of Jonesboro, d. Jul 7, 1997; b. at Rosebud May 10, 1915; son of late M. M. and Mattie Helen (Goodloe) Reid; widower of Virginia Evans Reid. PSH JULY 10, 1997

LaVere "John" REISNER, 82, of Pocahontas, d. Dec 11, 1997; b. Dec 26, 1914 at Kennan, WI; son of late Otto and Ethel Marie Cork Reisner; wife, Edna Roach Reisner, preceded him in death. PSH Dec 18, 1997

Earl E. RENIE, 75, of Layton, Utah, d. Jul 3, 1997; b. June 17, 1918 in Reyno; son of late Joseph Clarence and Eva Shaver Renie; m. Janice Wanda Halford, Dec 24, 1940 in Hoxie; WWII vet. PSH JULY 10, 1997

Joseph Clarence RENIE, 81, Tampa, FL. PSH Aug 4, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Aug 6, 1998)

Entered into life eternal after a brief illness at his home in Hoxie, Ark., on June 22nd, 1921.  Ulric Hatley Reynolds, age 29 years 11 months and 4 days.  There were many sad hearts when it became known that Ulric had closed his eyes forever upon the scenes of this life and had passed into the life beyond, but what a consolation to his loved ones to know that he said. "It will be alright." He was the son of Augustus M. Reynolds who died Feb. 12, 1907 and Mrs. Ellen Ebbers of this city.  He was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Schoonover, daughter of Mrs. Ella Schoonover, Dec. 20, 1912. Their married life was ideal.  Besides a wife and two small sons (Ulric II and Curtis Dennis), he leaves his mother, one brother,  Raymond, and other relatives to mourn the passing away of one so young just as life was growing brighter as the years passed on, so many cherished hopes are blasted, but an alwise Father has only placed another jewel near his throne to draw his children to him, for it is said, "Where our treasures are, there our heart is also." Ulric was honest in all his dealings with is fellow men, naturally kind and generous, he was in all things a worthy and upright citizen and a true Mason, and was worthy of the confidence reposed in him by his firends and neighbors.  All that could be done, by his family and friends to restore him to health, but he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. NOTE: I typed this directly from a newspaper article I am assuming came out of the Pocahontas Star Herald.  It continued with who attended the funeral but I do not have the rest.  I do know the funeral was held at his residence. Submitted by Ulric H. Reynolds' granddaughter, daughter of Curtis Dennis Reynolds. kwood@hcis.net

Carroll RHODES, 72, Cheyenne, Wyo., PSH Apr 25 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Apr 23, 1998)

Abe Zaniel Riggs, 69, died Oct 3 at Randolph County Memorial Hospital. He was born May 22, 1909 in Randolph County, a son of the late William Finis and Elizabeth Bates Riggs. He was a retired iron worker and in his early years of employment he worked in construction the Black River Bridge at Pocahontas, the first bridge at Current River Beach, the Spring River Bridge at Imboden, as well as others in Arkansas and several other states. In later years he was employed in constructing important buildings in several states and helped build Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mr. Riggs was also a faithful member of Shannon Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Maude Pettit Riggs, two step-daughters, Mrs. Maxine Meeks of Imboden and Mrs. Carole Szabo of Aurora, Ill.; four step-grandsons; two sisters, Mrs. Sue Milburn of Pocahontas, and Mrs. Dell Chesser of Route 2. Funeral services were held last Thursday at 2 P.M., at Shannon Baptist Church with Rev. J. G. Jernigan officiating. Burial followed in Sutton Cemetery with McNabb Funeral Home in Charge. Pallbearers were Lester Eaton, Durell and Cecil Potter, Bill Rapert, Bill Decker and Tee Riggs. (PSH? Date unknown) Contributed by Patric Riggs

Bedford Bates RIGGS, aged 48, a former resident of Pocahontas, died in St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Yakima, Washington, January 14, 1948. He was born near Pocahontas, July 13, 1899, a son of the late W. F. and Mary Riggs, he was married to Miss Exie Ann Johnson in 1924. They were the parents of 4 Children, 3 of whom survive. He was baptized into the Chruch of Christ in 1932. The remains were returned to Pocahontas, and taken to the home of a brother, Mack Riggs of Attica until Wednesday whre funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ here, Bro. A. B. Shaver and Bro. Carroll C. Trent officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. he is survived by his wife; 3 children, Mrs. Dorothy Jamison of Marks, Miss., Mary Ann and Bedford Warren Riggs of Pocahontas; a granddaughter; 4 brothers and 4 sisters. A Tribute published in the pages of Pocahontas Star Herald, Jan 14, 1974. Contributed by Patric Riggs

Bedford Warren RIGGS, 66, of Sugarland, Texas, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, Texas, Thursday, June 16, 1994. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, at Pocahontas, a son of the late Bedford Bates Riggs and Exie Ann Johnson Riggs. He was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Christine Hunter Riggs of the home; three sons, Micheal Warren Riggs of Gouldsboro Maine, Patric Bedford Riggs of Richmond Texas, and Herbert Jesse Riggs of Provo, Utah; two sisters, Dorothy Jamison of Marks Mississippi, and Mary Anne Hopper of Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren. Graveside sevices were held Tuesday afternoon at Thoma Cemetery with Bill Cates officiating. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge. Pallbearers were Riggs' three sons, Bill Decker, David Schratz and Bill Rapert. PSH (date unknown) Contributed by Patric Riggs

Mrs Exie A. RIGGS, 74, 2431 Sandy Hollow Road, died at 11:45 a. m. Monday in Swedish American Hospital, after a short illness. The widow of Bedford B. Riggs, she worked for a number of years as a salad-maker at the former Hickey's restaurant on W. State Street. Survivors include a son, Bedford W. Riggs, of Ashville, Maine; two daughters, Mrs Dorothy Jamison, Marks Miss., and Mrs. Mary Ann Hopper, Rockford Ill.; Eight gradchildren; and two sisters, Mrs Pennie McNabb, Rockford Ill. and Mrs. Mildred Roberts, Pocahontas Ark. Services will be Thursday afternoon at McNabb Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Ark., with burial in Masonic Cemetery there. local arrangements are by Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave. A Tribute published in the pages of Pocahontas Star Herald, Jun 19, 1973. Contributed by Patric Riggs

Mrs. Grace Riggs, 89, of Pocahontas, died at her residence Monday, Aug 12, 1991. She was born at Pocahontas, July 6, 1902, a daughter of the late George W. and Florence Lemmons Million. Her husband, Mack Riggs, died in 1975. She is survived by three sons, Bill Riggs of Sparta, Tenn., Ronald Riggs of Springfield, Va., and Bob Riggs of Fayetteville;, two daughters, Emma Rapert and Mary Decker, both of Pocahontas; a brother Audrian Million of Goddard, Kansas. Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon at Sutton Cemetery with Lawrence Harris officiating. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Galen, Sam, Bobby, Jimmy and Mack Riggs and Jim Shafer. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Contributed by Patric Riggs, on behalf of Mrs. Riggs' son, Bob Riggs.

Lamoine - Jesse Vernon Riggs, 13, died July 16, 1994, In Texas of an accidental drowning. He was born Aug. 28, 1980, in Ellsworth Maine, the son of Michael Warren Riggs and Nancy (Bickford) Brann. Jesse was an honor student at the Lamoine Consolidated School. He was an avid basketball supported and player. He was also a deacon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ellsworth. Jesse is survived by his father and stepmother, Michael W. and Patti A. Riggs of Gouldsboro; his mother and stepfather, Nancy B. and Michael D. Brann of Lamoine; two sisters, Heidi L. Riggs of Lamoine and Cathy H. Riggs of Gouldsboro; a stepbrother, Jared L. Merritt of Gouldsboro; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Laverne Bickford of Hancock; parernal grandmother, Christine Riggs of Sugarland Texas; stepgrandparents, Linwood and Yvonne Brann of Lamoine; paternal great-grandfather, Jesse James Hunter of Pocahontas Arkansas; and a maternal great-grandmother, Mae Bickford of Winter Harbor; four aunts and four uncles, nine cousins and many other uncles, aunts and cousins. Friends are invited to call 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 1994, at the Jordan Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, with Elder Steven Phillips officiating. Interment will be in Lamoine Corner Cemetery, Lamoine. The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions in Jesse's memory to the Lamoine Consolidated School, Athletic Fund, Box 80, Lamoine 04605. Contributed by Patric Riggs

Mack Riggs, 72 of Rt. 5, Pocahontas, passed away in Randolph County Hospital, last Saturday. Mr. Riggs was a resident of the Attica community and he was elected to the office of Randolph County Judge in 1958 and served three consecutive two-year terms from 1959 through 1964. He was born Oct. 30, 1903 in Randolph County, a son of the late William Finis and Elizabeth Bates Riggs. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Million Riggs of the home; 3 sons, Bill Riggs of Sparta, Tn., Weir Riggs of Camden Tn., and Bob Riggs of Fayetteville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Maxine Sago, Mrs. Bill Rapert and Mrs. Bill Decker, all of Rt. 5, Pocahontas; a brother, Abe Riggs; 2 sisters Mrs. Sue Milburn and Mrs. Dell Chesser, all of Pocahontas; 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m.., Monday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Cecil Wilson. Contributed by Patric Riggs, on behalf of Mr. Riggs' son, Bob Riggs.

Mrs. Mary Tribble RIGGS, 76, Walnut Ridge, PSH Feb 21, 1975 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Feb 19, 1998)

Joseph Soloman Riney, 70, of Route 1, Maynard, died at the V. A. Hospital. Memphis, Wednesday, Dec. 11. 1991.  He was born May 16, 1921, at Maynard, a son of Ethel Mack Riney and the late Edward Simon Riney.  He was an employee of the Sallee Handle Mill and veteran of World War ll.  In addition to his mother, who resides at Abingdon, Ill., he is also survived by his wife, Euple Tutt Riney of the home; two sons, Mickey Joe Riney of Hillsdale, Ill., and Dickie Riney of Maynard; three daughters, Rhonda Byrd of Flanigan, Ill., Regina Cook of Maynard, and Stephanie Tidwell of Pocahontas; three brothers, James Victor Riney of London Mills, Ill., and Verlon and Doyle Riney of Abingdon, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with David Webb and Charles Grant officiating.  Burial followed in Overby cemetery with McNabb's in charge.   Pallbearers were Donald Flanney, James McCurter, Jesse Grant, Clevan Cox. Davis and Red Pearcy.  December 19, 1991.  Submitted by Cathy Powell.

James M. RISENHOOVER, 81, Biggers. PSH Mar 16, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, Mar 12, 1998)

Frank Ritchie, 90, Lynn, PSH Dec. 26, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, PSH Dec. 24, 1998)

Mrs. Matilda Augustine ROACH, aged 93, died at her home here Tuesday. PSH Oct. 12, 1950 (taken from In The Long Ago, Oct. 8, 1998)

Lucan Richard ROARK, 63, Maynard. PSH July 11, 1974 (taken from Looking Back, 24 Years Ago, July 9, 1998)

Mrs. Helen ROBERTS of Martin TN. Reared in Randolph County; sister of late Claude Moore. PSH Feb 12, 1998

Mrs. Ida ROBERTS, aged 76, died Saturday, Oct. 21, at the home of her son Thomas Roberts of the Jarrett community. PSH Oct. 26, 1950 (from In the Long Ago, PSH Oct 22, 1998)

Thomas Earl Roberts, 68, of Rt. 2, Maynard, PSH Dec 5, 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, Dec. 3, 1998)

WILLIAM THURMAN ROBERTS, 91, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 8, 1998 at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab Center. Born Oct. 8, 1907 near Attica, he was a son of Steven Columbus and Janie (Ulmer) Roberts. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Johnson Roberts. He is buried at Gross Cemetery near Maynard. PSH Dec. 17, 1998

John Franklin ROBERTSON, 84, retired farmer of Swifton, died Dec 16. He was a native of Mill Spring, MO. Funeral services conducted at the Swifton Church of Christ and he was buried in the Swifton cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Widow, Mrs. Lura Robertson. PSH Dec 24, 1959

Charles ROBINETT, 67, of Benton Harbor, MI, d. May 16, 1998; wife - Freda White Robinett; Korean War vet. PSH June 4, 1998

Charles Robinett, age 67, of Benton Harbor, Mich., died May 16, 1998, in a Lansing, Mich. hospital. He was a Korean War Veteran and a deacon in the First Baptist Church at Berrien Springs, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Freda (White) Robinett; two daughters, Carol Brown of St. Joseph, Mich., and Rhonda White of Arden, Mich.; three brothers, Richard Robinett and James Robinett of Pocahontas, and Jack Robinett of Jonesboro; two sisters, Clovie Gates of Pocahontas and Thelma Carlton of Olympia Wash.; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Funeral was May 20 in the Chapel of Florin Funeral Home in Benton Harbor. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mich. Rev. James Shelton, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Berrien Springs officiated. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup.

Boyd ROBINSON, 76, Cape Girardeau, Mo.. PSH 19 SEP 1974 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH 17 Sep 1998)

Mrs. Ellen Permilia Robinson, age 82, widow of John T. Robinson, died at Randolph County Hospital following a stroke. She was born in Texas, April 13, 1875, a daughter of the late James Louis and Zilphia Parker Robinson. She made her home in Reyno for many years and operated a millinery and specialty shop there until ill health forced her retirement. Funeral services will be conducted at the Reyno Baptist Church at 2 o'clock, Friday afternoon. Burial will be in the Nelson cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sarah McCrary of Reyno, two stepsons, Loran Robinson of Piggott and DeLoyce Robinson of Dexter, Missouri; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Homer Burris of Salina, Oklahoma; three half sisters, Mrs. E.G. McGuire of Memphis, Mrs. Jimmy Reed of Charleston, South Carolina, and Mrs. Louis Myers of March Corner, South Carolina; a half brother, Charley Robinson of Reyno. PSH Nov. 21,1957. Contributed by Deb Roy.

MARY ROBINSON  Dexter -- Mary Grace Robinson, 85, of Dexter died Saturday, July 20, 1996, at Central Gardens Residential Care Center in Dexter.  s. Robinson was born on April 21, 1911, at Mountain Glen, Ill.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter.  On June 6, 1928, she married Dee B. Robinson at Knobel, Ark.  He preceded her in death on August 15, 1994.  Survivors include two sons, Carter Robinson of Cullman, Ala., and Jim Robinson of Dexter; three daughters, Mary Ellen Blankenship and Ann Smyth, both of Dexter and June Horton of Baton Rouge, La; one brother, Harold Carter of Poplar Bluff; four sisters, Dorothy Baugh, Helen Jones and Eleanor Booker, all of Poplar Bluff, and Alice Rhea of Payson, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.  Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter until time for the funeral services at 2:30 p.m. Monday that will be held in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Mike Watkins of Dexter officiating.  Burial will be the Dexter Cemetery.  (taken from the Daily American Republic newspaper Sunday, July 21, 1996.)  Contributed by Deb Roy.

PFC JIM TOM ROBINSON DIES IN GERMANY AFTER 4 YEARS OF SERVICE....Thomas H. Robinson of Biggers, Route 1, received a message from Ulio, the Adjutant General, Tuesday morning, which reported that his son, Private First Class Jim Tom Robinson, 27, had died in Germany on April 1. No other information was given, except that a letter of confirmation would follow. Pfc Robinson, one of Randolph Counties most popular young men, and one who was loved and respected by everyone who knew him, was born at Reyno, August 7, 1916. His mother was the late Mollie Parker Jones Robinson. He spent his entire life at Reyno before entering military service on March 10, 1941. He received heavy artillery training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, and was sent to Alaska August 17, 1941, where he spent thirty-one months with the Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft). He returned to the States last fall and after a furlough with his homefolks, he returned to Ft. Bliss and remained in training there until he was sent to the European Theatre of Operations last November. He was in England and France before going to Germany where he had been serving as a driver of an ammuntion truck. Mr. Robinson's last letter from Jim Tom was dated March 10, and read as follows: "I am now stationed in Germany. This country is not so bad, but the towns are all torn up. I am living in what is left of a house, sleeping on an innerspring mattress, not bad. I am writing this letter by a small lamp with no globe, and the smoke is not too bad. Dad, I saw alot of pretty country in France. I think France is far ahead of England in lots of ways - better roads and the country looks better. Dad, I can't help but feel sorry for some of the Germany people. They have no homes - no place to go; old people like you, and small children, but they have all brought it on themselves. Don't you worry about me, for that won't help any, and I am faring fine over here. Well, I must close and get some sleep. Hope everything is fine at home. Love, Jim T." Pfc Robinson is survived by his father; a half sister, Mrs. Harold Richardson, of Reyno; 2 half brothers, Alva L. Jones of Panama City, Florida, and John Jones of St. Louis, Missouri; and a large number of other near relatives. PSH Apr 19, 1945. Contributed by Deb Roy.

MRS. C.G. ROBINSON, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Robinson, age 64, wife of Charley G. Robinson of Biggers, died in Randolph County Hospital, Friday following an illness of several weeks. She was born at Gatewood, Missouri, July 21, 1894, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Barney Pulliam and had lived in the Biggers Community. Funeral services were conducted at the Biggers Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon by the Rev. Y. D. Whitehurst, pastor. Interment was in Nelson Cemetery at Reyno under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Miss Mary Beth Robinson of the home and Mrs. Cona Mae Cole of Corning; two sons, Billy Robinson of Festus, Missouri; and Joe Robinson of Biggers; two brothers, Barney Pulliam of North Little Rock and Bill Pulliam of Biggers; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. PSH Nov. 6, 1958. Contributed by Deb Roy.

William Walker ROGERS, aged 82, well-known citizen of Ravenden Springs, died at his home there Thursday after a long illness. PSH Aug 17, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, Aug 13, 1998)

Mr. and Mrs. E.D. ROMINE, who reside on Park Street here, received a telegram from the War Department Monday morning announcing that their son, Pvt. John D. Romine, aged 24, had been killed in action in Korea on Sept. 2. PSH 4 Sep 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH 10 Sep 1998)

RUTH SEAGRAVES ROSE, 96, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 26, 1998, at Randolph Home. She was born May 24, 1902, at Gravesville, a dau of the late Robert Lee and Cora Isabell (Stockwell) Seagraves. Her husband, Edd Rose, preceded her in death. She is buried in Masonic Cemetery. PSH Oct 29, 1998

William L. Rose, W. L. Rose 82 born March 22 1881 the son of William W. and Jane (Hogan) Rose died at the home his daughter Bellah Reed August 29 1963. Burial was conducted in the Thomas Cemetery. Survivors included his wife Anna, sons: Earl, Fred and William Jr. one daughter; Bellah Reed. 2 step sons: Cicil Johnson of Pocahontas and Durell Johnson of East Alton Ill. 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. One brother Lodie Rose of Naylor Mo. 2 sisters: Della Tyler, and Ada Gipson of Gardene Ca. 1 half brother and 3 half sisters. PSH Star Herald 12 July 1963. Submitted by Darla Hopper.

Cecil Edward Rowe, 83, of Rt. 3, Pocahontas, passed away in Randolph County Hospital, Aril 26, 1976. He was born in Arkansas, Feb 8, 1893, a son of the late Lewis and Adeline Weaver Rowe. His wife Mrs. Martha Ann Gates Rowe preceded him in death. Survivors include a son, Arvel Rowe of Rt. 1, Pocahontas; 3 daughters, Mrs. Trecie Franklin of Bluntsville, Fla., Mrs. Vida Goodrum of Pocahontas, and Mrs. Mildred Hayes of Rt. 3, Pocahontas; a step-daughter, Mrs. Lizzy Fossey of Rt. 2, Pocahontas; a brother, Jess Rowe of Pocahontas; a sister, Mrs. Cloie Burgess of Rt. 1, Pocahontas; 19 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. last Thursday in Sharum Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Carl High officiating. Burial followed in Sharum Cemetery, with McNabb's in charge. Pallbearers were James Arvil Knotts, Charles Collins, James Bagwell, John L. McCluskey and Kenneth and Jerry Rowe. Submitted by Reba Morgan Alsup.

DOROTHY MAY RUSE, (picture included), 80, died Nov. 28, 1998 in La Mesa, CA. She was born May 24, 1918, in Fremont, Nebraska and had been a resident of Pocahontas for the past five years until suffering a stroke while on a trip to California in May. She will be buried in San Diego by Greenwood Mortuary. PSH Dec. 3, 1998

Ernest Argo RUSH, 69, Dalton, PSH Dec 20, 1973 (taken from Looking Back-24 Years Ago, PSH Dec 18, 1997)

MRS. MARY RUSHING, age 76, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday evening in Randolph County Med. Center. Born in Franklin, KY, March 20, 1907, she lived in Black Rock from 1965 to 1971 and she lived in the Pocahontas and Sharp County area for a total of 60 years. She was a housewife and was of Pentecostal belief. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rushing, who passed away March 21, 1970. She is survived by two sons, J.C. Rushing of Goshen, Ind., and Larry Rushing of Black Rock; nine daughters, Joyce Miller of Pocahontas, Minnie Copeland of Jacksonville, Jewel C. Tighor of Poplar Bluff, MO, Dollie Ann Elders of Sherwood, Mollie Roberts of Little Rock, Pollie Roberts of Houston, Tex., Ruby Pearl Edwards of Egypt, Carrie Wanda Mieberger of Mena, and Betty Sue Ezell of Ravenden; 37 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge. Burial followed in Lawrence memorial Park in Walnut Ridge, under the direction of Higginbotham's. PSH Feb 20, 1984.

BIRDIE LOU GRISHAM RUSSELL, 84, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 13, 1998 at Randolph County Medical Center. Born June 4, 1914, she was preceded in death by her husband, John William Russell. She was buried in Legate Cemetery. PSH 17 SEP 1998

Miss Amanda RYBURN, aged 78, died at her home in Pocahontas Monday. PSH June 15, 1950 (taken from In the Long Ago, PSH June 11, 1998)


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