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Maynard, AR--Mrs. Anna Townsley Cain, 86, of Rt. 2, Maynard, passed away Wednesday, June 2, (1982) in Randolph County Medical Center.  She was born Dec. 3, 1895 near Rush Hill, Mo., a daughter of the late John Townsley and Anna Laura Hudnell Bradley.
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Cain of the home; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Detienne of Kirksville, Mo.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in Mexico, Mo., under direction of Arnold Funeral Home.
--Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, June 10, 1982; contributed by Freda Roberts.

Name of Deceased: Ezra E. Cain
Newspaper: The Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: Jan. 21, 1998
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Ezra E. Cain, 85, of 520 Eastholm, died at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Columbia Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Stevens officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Cain retired from A. P. Green Industries after working there for 35 years. He also did carpenter work after his retirement. He was born Aug. 12, 1912, in Ashland, a son of John W. and Edna James Cain. On Dec. 24, 1935, he married Gladys E. Johnson in Columbia. They lived most of their married lives in Mexico. She survives. He is also survived by one son, Ronald Cain of Columbia; two daughters, Judy Cain of Mexico and Ruth Ann Beasley of Auxvasse, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Connie Cain of Sanford, Fla., and Wesley Cain of Belton; and five sisters, Mrs. Ray (Ann) Jackson and Mrs. Floyd (Nellie) Johnson, both of Fulton, Mrs. Lynn (Josie) Stokes of Dallas, Texas, Mary Crump of Centralia, and Dorothy Rhea of Trenton, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother, Zettie Cain; and a half brother, Stanley Cain. Mr. Cain was an active member of the Friendship Baptist Church and had served as a deacon. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Friendship Baptist Church, or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Name of Deceased: Gladys E. Johnson Cain
Newspaper: The Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: June 19, 2000
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Gladys E. Cain, age 82, of Mexico, died on Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 8:16 a.m. at the Audrain Medical Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Jones officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be form 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arnold Funeral Home. Mrs. Cain was born on Nov. 1, 1917 in Ashland to George W. and Merle Keeling Johnson. On Dec. 24, 1935, she married Ezra E. Cain in Columbia. She was an active member of the Friendship Baptist Church where she was finanical secretary for over 30 years, had been a Sunday School teacher, the director of WMU, and had worked with the youth for many years. She was also well known for her homemade pies. Survivors include a son, Ronald Cain of Columbia; two daughters, Judy Cain of Mexico and Ruth Ann Beasley of Auxvasse; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died on Jan. 20, 1998 and a sister Frances Wyss. Memorilas may be made to Friendship Baptist Church or to the donors choice.

Name of Deceased: Edna L. Chapman
Newspaper: From the Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: Nov. 30, 1996
Submitters Name: Robert King

Forty-six days after her husband of 43 years died, Edna L. Chapman, 67, of Mexico, died at her home Friday, Nov. 29, 1996. Funeral services are set for Monday at 1:30 at Arnold Funeral Home with the Rev. Wesley Keeling officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Chapman was born June 24, 1929, in Paris, to Oscar and Flossie Zuck Smith. On May 2, 1953, she married Harold V. Chapman in Mexico. He died Oct. 14, 1996. She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Crouch of Aurora, Colo., Sheryl Hawkins of Bellflower and Leslie Chapman of Mexico; two brothers, Clyde and Howard Smith of Mexico; four sisters, Clara Gibler of Madison, Leona Campbell of Paris, and Lois Farrah and Jessie Littrell of Mexico; and seven grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Walter E., and Ray Smith; and a sister, Crystal Brandenburg. Mrs. Chapman had lived in Mexico for the past 38 years. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Thompson and the VFW Auxiliary. The family suggest that memorials be given to the donors choice.

Name of Deceased: Harold V. Chapman
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Oct. 15, 1996
Submitters Name: Robert King

Harold V. Chapman, 71, of 601 Mars St., died at 7:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 1996, at Audrain Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Arnold Funeral Home, with Rev. Wesley Keeling officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Chapman was a farmer and had worked at A. P. Green Farms. He had lived in the Mexico area for 38 years. He was born Nov. 18, 1924, at Paris, a son of William P. and Mary Belle Dodson Chapman. On May 2, 1953, he married Edna L. Smith at Mexico. She survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Kathy Crouch of Aurora, Colo., Sheryl Hawkins of Bellflower and Leslie Chapman of Mexico; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Leota Gregg of Paris. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mr. Chapman was a Baptist and a member of the Eagles. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

CLANTON, LAURA
Mrs. Clanton Dead
Mrs. Laura Clanton, 77 years, of age, died at her home just north west of this city last Saturday morning. She had been ill for some time past. Eight children survive her – Mesdames H. R. Gilbert, J. T. Coleman, I. J. Ellis, J. W. Wilson and Miss Ida Clanton and J. R. and W. M. and J. L. Clanton.
Mrs. Clanton was a woman in great faith in God. She lived a beautiful Christian life and she will be missed in the home and in the community.
The funeral was held at the residence Monday morning at 10:30 conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. I. Cobb.
(Mexico Missouri Message, Audrain Co., Mo., December 30, 1909, front page. Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

George H. Clowers, 75 of Toppenish, Wash., died Tuesday March 23 at Yakima Memorial hospital, Yakima, after a long illness.
Mr. Clowers was born at Mozier in Calhoun county. He was a retired farmer.
Surviving are his widow; two sons, Kenneth Clowers of Yakima, and John Clowers of Missouri; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Remillard of Walla Walla, Wash., and three sisters, Mrs. Flossie Clendenny of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Lola Foiles of Mozier, and Mrs. Bertha Weeks of Toppenish, Wash.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 at Hopkins Watson Mortuary, Toppenish with Oscar Lindseth, pastor of the Toppenish Assembly of God church. Burial was in Zillah cemetery.
From Kathy Robinson’s notes: Mr. Clowers was born Feb. 18, 1890 in Audrain County, Missouri and died in Yakima, Washington on March 16, 1965.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne

Name of Deceased: Frances Laverne Rodgers Coil
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Ledger
Date: July 2, 2010
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Frances Laverne Coil, 87, Benton City, died at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Golden Living Center-Pin Oaks. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Arnold Funeral Home. Visitation is from 10 a.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Name of Deceased: Randall R. Cole
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Ledger
Date: Feb. 17, 1997
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Randall R. Cole, 85, of Mexico died at 2:28 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Mexico Manor. Funeral services for Mr. Cole will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pickering Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Sawyer officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Cole had been active in the Mexico work force for more than 60 years. He was parts supervisor for Mexico Auto Salvage for approximately 30 years, manager of Zeeway Products and Midland Truck Lines for approximately five years each and worked for 11 years in sales and bookkeeping at White Electric. He was born June 19, 1911, at Kearney, a son of Thomas LeRoy and Lucy Marie Cole. On Sept. 9, 1933, he married Grace Black at Mexico. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1973. On Aug. 7, 1976, he married Maurine Holsheiser at Mexico. She died Aug. 17, 1993. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Joyce) Duckworth and Mrs. Robert (Judy) Iman, both of Mexico; four brothers, Jesse Lee Cole of Olathe, Kan., Lewis D. Cole of Ottawa, Kan., Bill Cole of Little Rock, Ark., and John H. Cole of Boston Mt., Ark.; one sister, Mrs. Carl (Mary) Bowels of Plainview, Texas; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Don Cole. Mr. Cole was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a deacon emeritus. He had served on the church board, was a past president of the Christian Men's Fellowship, a Sunday school teacher and was a Boy Scout leader and served as a neighborhood commissioner. He was instrumental in the organization of the Mexico Handi-Shop Inc. Mr. Cole was well-known as being a handyman. The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church.

Name of Deceased: Thelma Grace Cowherd
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: June 14, 1999
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Thelma Grace Cowherd, 78, of Paris, formerly of Benton City, died at 11:30 a.m. June 12, 1999 at Monroe Manor in Paris. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at the Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Scheffler officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, June 14, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pickering Funeral Home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico. Pallbearers are Francis Meyer, Walter Meyer, Emory Cox, Finley Cox, Richard Primus and Jerome Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Tratchel, Kirby Allen, James Mundy and Floyd Mullins. Mrs. Cowherd was born May 20, 1921 in Laddonia, the daughter of Clarence Cleveland Gray and Maude Monroe Beagles Gray. She attended Beagles School and graduated from Mexico High School. Mrs. Cowherd was married February 17, 1952, in Benton City to Wallace Settle Cowherd who died on March 4, 1997. She worked at Fredendall-Wilkins as a seamstress and also as a sewing instructor for Singer Sewing Center. Survivers include one nephew, Gary Gray Dudgeon, Jefferson City and neighbors and good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Francis (Betty) Meyer, Sherri, Elizabeth and Katlin Orr, Benton City. She was a member of Martinsburg Community Church, Martinsburg. She moved from her home into nursing care in 1990 and had lived at Monroe Manor in Paris since April 30, 1992. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Name of Deceased: Wallace Settle Cowherd
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Mar. 5, 1997
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Wallace S. Cowherd, 79, of Benton City, died unexpectedly at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at Audrain Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Scheffler officiating. Burial will be in Laddonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from noon until time of the service. Mr. Cowherd had been a farmer and lived most of his life in this area. He was born Sept. 28, 1917, a son of Ray L. and Anna Margerite Settle Cowherd. On Feb. 17, 1952, he married Thelma Gray at the Benton City Christian Church. She survives at Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris. He is also survived by one sister, Lorena Buchanan of Hatton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his step-mother, Willia Marie Cowherd. Mr. Cowherd was a veteran of the army. He was a member of the Martinsburg Community Church. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

E. S. Creed, a Confederate Veteran, was born March 24, 1843; and died at his home, in Mexico, Mo., on January 14, 1912. He first enlisted under Capt. Daniel McIntyre in the State Guard, where he served one year. He then joined Company E, 9th Missouri infantry, in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and served til the end of the war. He was a fine soldier and ever loyal to the cause for which he fought.
He lived an upright life and reared a large and worthy family. He was successful in business life and faithful follower of the Nazarene.
(Confederate Veteran, pg 35, April 1912, Vol. XX, No. 4)

 

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