Desha County Arkansas Genealogy Trails

BOWERS, Sadie Mae Pierce

COLLIER, James W. Sr.

DAILEY, Gilbert L.

DAILEY, Vernon M.


FRENCH, John Albert

GLOVER, Ernest M.

GRAY, Agnes

GRAY, Claude

HAUSHERR, Ruby Lee Biggs

JEFFERSON, William C. Jr.

MAYS, Ernest L.


RAYDER, Samuel Wright


ROBINSON, Billy Meeks


SMITH, Elmer

STONE, Ruthie Mae Dean

TALLEY, Esther Hopson

TUCKER, David M.


WOOD, Vernon H.

SAULSBURY - MRS. SADIE MAE PIERCE BOWERS, 88, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Ark.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Dumas with burial at 5 p.m. today in West Memorial Cemetery near here. Shackelford Funeral Home of Bolivar has charge.
Mrs. Bowers was born in the Granville community near here and moved to the Valley Plantation in Winchester, Ark., in 1941. She was a member of the Desha County (Ark.) Historical Society board, a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and had received a Dumas Civic Volunteer award. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Tiller Garden Club and Highway Garden Club in Dumas.
Mrs. Bowers, the widow of Frank Bowers, leaves a son, William Warren Gooch of Dumas, and two granddaughters.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - September 3, 1991.

PARIS, Ark. - JAMES W. COLLIER SR., 90, joined God with his wife, Hattie, on Sept. 7, 1994.
Mr. Collier is survived by three sons, one being Troy Collier, of Newport News, who is the founder and executive director of Youth Challenge; five daughters; 30 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Collier retired from Conoco Oil Co. His life, other than working and taking care of his family, was to help others to find a better way of life. His one-man crusade in the 1940s helped many sharecroppers receive better treatment, derive more return from their crops and provided better housing in Desha County, Ark.
Mr. Collier was a member of First Assembly of God, United Mine Workers of America and was a 32nd-degree Mason in the Fort Smith Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be sent to Youth Challenge, P.O. Box 543, Newport News 23607.
Arrangements by Roller Funeral Home. --Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - September 9, 1994.

AKRON, OH–GILBERT L. DAILEY, 75, went to be with the Lord Feb. 3, 1999.
He was born in Arkansas City, Ark., and a longtime resident of the Akron area. He was a machinist and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He also was the manager of the Cathedral Bookstore and was a member of the Cathedral of Tomorrow.
Mr. Dailey is survived by sisters, Beatrice Hay of Cuyahoga Falls, Lucille Donigan of Warren, Ohio; brother, Vernon N. Dailey of Uniontown, Ohio; and stepdaughter, Mary Lou Stratton of Cuyahoga Falls. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Monday 11 a.m. at Northlawn Chapel. Rev. John Seskes officiating. (McGowan-Reid & Santos 928-1313)
--Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - February 7, 1999

AKRON, OH–VERNON “MAC” M. DAILEY, 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999.
Born in Arkansas City, Ark., he was a longtime resident of the Akron area. He was a department manager for Roadway Express trucking company with 28 years of service, a member of Coventry Lodge 665 AF&AM, and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Dailey is survived by wife of 51 years, Helen; sisters, Beatrice Hay and Lucille Donigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McGowan-Reid & Santos Funeral Home, at Third Street, one block north of Portage Trail, where services will be held Monday at 10 a.m., Pastor Larry Engle officiating. Interment at Northlawn Cemetery. (McGowan-Reid & Santos.)
--Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - February 20, 1999.

PORTLAND, OR--CECILE ELOHEIMO--A private service will be held.  Mrs. Eloheimo died of cancer May 8, 1994. She was 75.
Mrs. Eloheimo was born Nov. 15, 1918, in Arkansas City, Ark. She moved to Washington and married Joe Eloheimo in 1946. They were divorced in 1975.
She had lived in the Vancouver, Wash., area since 1949.
Her career was in fashion. She worked at Caplan's Clothing Store, organizing and modeling fashion shows. She also managed the Point of View shop in downtown Portland Nordstrom. And she was dining room manager for Northwest National Bank from 1978 to 1992.
Mrs. Eloheimo is survived by her former husband, of Vancouver; and her daughter, Mary Jo of Olympia.
Remembrances: American Cancer Society or Kaiser Permanente Hospice.
Arrangements: Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel.
--Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - May 12, 1994

JOHN ALBERT FRENCH, 93, of Hot Springs, Ark., died May 24 in Wheat Ridge.
Mr. French was born in Arkansas City, Ark., on June 1, 1905. He married Louise Lavander, 1928.
He retired from the Army. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Kiwanis of Wheat Ridge.
Survivors include son J. David of Arkansas; a grandchild; a great-grandchild.
-- Rocky Mountain News (CO) - June 7, 1999

ARKANSAS CITY, ARK–ERNEST M. GLOVER, 69, of Arkansas City, Ark., died Sunday, Aug. 26, 1990, at McGehee-Desha County Hospital, McGehee, Ark. He was a retired millwright; was a member of the Methodist Church, Millwright Local No. 1080 in Boonville, Ind., and Veterans of Foreign Wars; and was a Mason.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Hall Glover; a son, Ronnie W. Glover of Henderson; two grandchildren, Mark Glover and Robin Glover, both of Henderson; and a brother, Ellis Glover of El Dorado, Ark.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Service chapel, McGehee. Burial in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens, Heber Springs, Ark., where graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation at the funeral home.
--Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) - August 28, 1990.

McGehee, AR--MRS. AGNES GRAY--Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Gray, 82, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Langford in Monroe, last Wednesday (Aug 16, 1950), were held at Dyer Funeral Home in McGehee Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Theo T. James officiated.
Burial was in the McGehee Cemetery. Prior to the McGehee service, a service was held at Hickson Brothers Funeral Home in Monroe.
Pall bearers were:  Wesley Willoughby, Jr., H. L. Beck, G. L. Stuart, Dick Cantrell, Shelby Mathhews and Dewey Howell.
Mrs. Gray formerly lived in McGehee.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Langford, Mrs. Marie Hyde, Port Angeles, Wash., and Mrs. Lena Reigel, San Pedro, Cal.  --Contributed by Patricia Hyde.

McGehee, AR--CLAUDE GRAY--Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the First Methodist church for Claude Gray, 41, former conductor for the Missouri Pacific Lines, who died at 8:30 o'clock Thursday night (April 23, 1936) at his home here.  Mr. Gray had been in ill health for several years.  Services were conducted by the Rev. J. H. Cummins, pastor of the First Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. G. F. Jenkins, pastor of the First  Baptist church, and Dr. G. S. Sizemore, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Burial was in the McGehee cemetery.  Mr. Gray is survived by his mother, Mrs. Agnes Gray of McGehee; and three sisters, Mrs. W. A Langford of McGehee, Mrs. Charles Reigels and Mrs. L. F. Hyde of Wilmington, Calif.  He was a resident of McGehee for about 15 years.  The Dyer Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.  Pall bearers were:  Weaver Norwood, C. F. Drennan, D. S. Day, T. F. Graham, L. G. Crow, A. O. Wash, W. M. Peebles, R. L. "Dutch" Beck and J. J. Ragland.  --Contributed by Patricia Hyde.

LAWRENCE, KS--Services for RUBY LEE (BIGGS) HAUSHERR, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, with the Rev. Vince Krische officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Mrs. Hausherr died of natural causes Sunday at her home.
She was born in Desha County, Ark., and was a resident of Lawrence for 45 years. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella.
Mrs. Hausherr was a 1953 graduate of the Kansas University School of Law. She was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Kansas Bar Assn. and the Douglas County Bar Assn. She was valedictorian of her high school class and attended A&M College, Monticello, Ark., and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard; a son, Bernard Jr.; a daughter, Julia Caruth, Durham, N.C.; two sisters, Millie Baker, St. Sulpice, Switzerland, and Myrtle Clayton, Belle Glade, Fla.; and three grandchildren.   --Lawrence Journal-World (KS) - June 6, 1990

GREENVILLE - WILLIAM C. JEFFERSON, JR., 40, general contractor, died of knife wounds Saturday at McGehee-Desha County (Ark.) Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boone-Wells Funeral Home with burial in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness. He had attended Mississippi State University and Delta State University. He leaves two daughters, Kristin Danielle Jefferson and Brittany Alyse Jefferson, and a son, Donald Robert 'Scooter' Jefferson, all of Houston, Texas; his mother, LaVonne Dean Jefferson, and a sister, Lee Ann Bowlin, both of Greenville, and a brother, Bradly Wonnacott of Alpharetta, Ga. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.  --Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - January 13, 1998.

PEORIA, IL–ERNEST L. MAYS, 64, of 1716 S. Kneer died at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1992, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Born Nov. 27, 1927, in Arkansas City, Ark., to Philip and Adie Pork Mays, he married Mae Ann Mollett on March 21, 1972, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are seven sons, Raymond, Melvin and Larry, all of Peoria, Samuel of Kansas City, Kan., Levell of Miami, Duane of Fort Hood, Texas, and Andrew C. of California; three daughters, Bonnie Van Zant of Peoria and Mattie B. Richardson and Trudy Mays, both of Philadelphia; 32 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
A Korean War Navy veteran, he worked for 24 years at Caterpillar Inc. before retiring.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Simons Mortuary, the Rev. John Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before services Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.
--Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - January 27, 1992

HOLIDAY, FL–LOIS S. MORGAN, 91, of Holiday, died Monday (Oct. 31, 1994). Born in Arkansas City, Ark., she came here four years ago from Dallas.
She was an assistant to the sales manager for Huey and Philip Hardware, Dallas, and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas. She was a member of the Lydians Class and the past president of the Dallas Quota Club.
Survivors include a son, Robert B. Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Martha, Holiday; and two grandsons.
Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - November 2, 1994

LEXINGTON, VA -SAMUEL WRIGHT RAYDER, SR., 97, died Friday (Nov. 5, 1999) at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
He was born Jan. 4, 1902, at Desha County, Ark., a son of Benjamin W. and Elva (Haynes) Rayder.
He was a 1930 graduate of Washington and Lee University Law School and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served as treasurer of Washington and Lee Student Body Fund for 45 years from 1930-1975. He retired as president of the former Rockbridge National Bank, presently Crestar Bank. He was a member of the Lexington Rotary Club and served on Lexington City Council. For many years he was treasurer of the Salvation Army and also received the Silver Beaver Award-Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mayree (Hotinger) Rayder and a son, Samuel Wright Rayder Jr.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Anne Marie (Rayder) Haugen of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Mrs. Sandra Wright (Rayder) Arendall of Roanoke a sister, Mrs. Clara R. Saeler of Monticello, Ark. two grandsons, John of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Sage of Loveland, Colo. and a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Sage.
A memorial service will be conducted for both Mayree (Hotinger) Rayder, who died Oct. 1, 1995, and Mr. Rayder at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oxford Presbyterian Church and Lexington Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements by Williams Funeral Service, Lexington.   --Daily News Leader (Staunton, VA) - November 6, 1999.

ARKANSAS CITY, ARK--MILDRED S. REITZAMMER, 63, of Arkansas City, Ark., formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin Funeral Service in McGehee, Ark., with burial in Tripp Cemetery near there. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis has charge of local arrangements.
She was a member of Arkansas City Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church of West Memphis, where she belonged for 30 years.
Mrs. Reitzammer, wife of Edward Reitzammer, also leaves a daughter, Anna Marie Summerford, and a son, Joseph Gary Reitzammer, both of West Memphis; a sister, Vyrie Creel of Enterprise, La.; a brother, Bud Sandidge of Minden, La., and a grandson.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 13, 1992.

NEWPORT NEWS, VA--BILLY MEEKS ROBINSON, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999. He was a native of Arkansas City, Ark., and had been a resident of Newport News for the past 47 years.
Mr. Robinson retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer after 20 years of service. He also retired from civil service after 20 years of service.
He was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and was a Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gladys Robinson; his daughter, Nan Dunaway, and her husband, James, of Seaford; his son, Albert McCaskill, and his wife, Janet, of Chesapeake; his sister, Imogene Morgan, and her husband, Vernon, of Fordyce, Ark.; his sister-in-law, Mildred Fleming of Newport News; his grandchildren, Debbie and Andy Marcus of Orlando, Fla., Cindi and Jim Hutchins of Chesapeake, Kevin McCaskill of Portsmouth, and Shellie Crouse of Atlanta, Ga.; and seven great- grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at Peninsula Funeral Home by Rev. Lawrence J. Biermann and Dr. R. Furman Kenney. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park with full military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 20 Koger Center, Suite 233, Norfolk, Va. 23502; or Parkview Baptist Church Organ Fund, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News 23605.
--Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - September 11, 1999.

DENVER, CO--MAX LEO SEDBROOK, 77, of Denver died April 28. Services were May 4; the body was cremated. Born in Arkansas City, Ark. Plaster contractor. Survivors: daughters Cherry Winter, Polly; sons Michael, Jim, John, Max; sister Ellen Davis; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
--Rocky Mountain News (CO) - May 6, 1995.

McGEHEE -- ELMER SMITH, 58, of McGehee died Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Jonesboro.
Born in Walnut Ridge, he was a foreman for West Tree Service and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Smith of McGehee; one son, Clifford Smith of Jonesboro; three brothers, Donald Ray Smith and Ronny Ray Smith, both of Jonesboro, and Delford Smith of Como, Miss.; one sister, Elsie Weaver of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Service chapel in McGehee. Burial will follow in Tillar Cemetery.
--Jonesboro (AR) Sun, January 3, 2003

MC GEHEE, AR--RUTHIE MAE DEAN STONE, 78, of McGehee, died October 22, 1998 at McGehee Desha County Hospital.  
 She was born on March 5, 1920, at Marigold, Mississippi, a daughter of the late Dossie Dean and Dovie Higgin Dean.
 She was a retired nurse's aide at Leisure Lodge Nursing Center and was a Baptist.
 Survivors include her husband, Jack James Stone; a son, Joe Stone of Baker, Louisiana; a daughter, Bertie Mcclurg of Mcgehee; a sister, Marie Whitaker of Mcgehee; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
 A graveside service will be at 2:00 pm Saturday in Mcgehee Cemetery with Rev. George Waldrup officiating. Arrangements are by Griffin  Funeral Service of Mcgehee.  --Contributed by Bertie M. Stone McClurg.

McGehee, AR --ESTHER HOPSON TALLEY, 87, of Dermott, died Monday, December 30, 2002 at McGehee Desha County Hospital in McGehee. She was born December 27, 1915 in Flora, MS to the late Walter William and Josephine Lucy O'Neal Hopson.
Mrs. Talley was manager of the Dermott Chamber of Commerce for many years before her retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Past Grand Royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Woman of the year in 1982, and a member of Temple Baptist Church of Dermott.
She is survived by two sons: Bill Watson of Fordyce, AR, Hunter Talley of Bastrop, LA; two daughters: Sue Hellums and Lucy Stevens, both of Dermott; one sister: Billie Sue Moore of Monroe, LA; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin Funeral Service Chapel in Dermott.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Temple Baptist Church with grandsons and nephews serving as honorary pallbearers.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at Temple Baptist Church in Dermott with Rev. Jody Gannaway officiating. Burial will be at 2 PM at Crossett Cemetery in Crossett, AR under the direction of Griffin Funeral Service of Dermott.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church.  Source:  News-Star, The (Monroe, LA) - January 1, 2003. 

McGEHEE, AR -- DAVID M. TUCKER, age 79, of McGehee, died Wednesday, April 23, (1997) at McGehee Desha County Hospital.
Mr. Tucker was a Baptist and a retired mechanic. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles F. and Grace C. Tucker.

Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife, Mary E. Wilkins Tucker; two sons, David Wayne Tucker of Durham, NC., Bradley Tucker of Memphis, TN.; one daughter, Doris Ann Epperson of St. Louis, MO.; one brother, George Tucker of Pocahontas, AR.; four sisters, Josephine Turner, Betty Wells both of Monticello, AR., Era Artz of Memphis, TN., Evelyn Vanderford of Hughes, AR.; and 6 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 1 great-granddaughter.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel, with Tommy Cunningham, Harold Epperson, and David Tucker officiating. Interment in McGehee Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin Funeral Services of McGehee. --Source:  Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC) - April 25, 1997.

Gulfport, MS--NAYNOLA D. WASHINGTON, 101, of Gulfport, died Sat. 8-6-05 in Gulfport. She was the oldest of ten siblings born in Choctaw County, AL to the late Tillman and Lettie B. Howard on July 1, 1904. She lived most her adult life in McGhee, AR where she retired from the Desha County School System (Arkansas). In 1947 she received a license in cosmetic therapy from the State of Louisiana. She moved to Gulfport in 1989 to be closer to her family and united with the St. Mark United Methodist Church where she attended until her health failed.
While residing in Arkansas she was active in many social and civic organizations. She was Loyal Lady Ruler of the Improved Protective Benevolent Order of Elks, of Arkansas. She received numerous certificates from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service among them for quilting. She also held various offices with the Home Extension Club of Desha County, AR where she and her husband owned a small family farm which she maintained until leaving Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Jim" D. Washington; brothers, Grover (G.C.) Howard, Roosevelt Howard, Brown Lee Howard, and Leroy Howard and sisters, Odessa Howard Young, Magnolia Howard Grant and Olivia Howard Harding. She leaves to cherish her memory: one brother, Taylor Howard, Gulfport, and one sister, Dr. Alpha H. Jones, Gulfport, MS/Texas; five nephews, eight nieces and a host of cousins and great nieces and nephews. Visitation Sat. 8-13-05 from 10-11a.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Gulfport with funeral at 11a.m. from the church. Burial Monroe Memorial Park, Landon.  --Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS) - August 12, 2005 

KANSAS CITY, KS--VERNON H. WOOD, 73, Kansas City, Kan., died May 7, 1991, at Bethany Medical Center. He was born in Arkansas City, Ark., and moved to this area in 1945. Mr. Wood worked at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base for 24 years, retiring as a supply specialist in 1978. He was a member of the Trinity AME Church, Kansas City, Kan. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, May Wood of the home; two daughters, Eddye Williams and Karen Ingram of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Gloria Mallory, Kansas City, Kan.; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church; graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - May 10, 1991

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