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Gerald Oliver Bailey
Pocahontas, AR: Gerald Oliver Bailey, age 75, of Cardwell, Mo., died February 1, 1988 at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He was born in Randolph County, was a member of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell, and a retired city judge in Cardwell. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Irene (nee Phelps) Bailey of the home; four sons, Dale and Kim Bailey of Paragould, James Bailey of Ashland City, Tenn., and Gary Bailey of Holly, Mich.; four daughters, Betty White of St. Louis, Alda Wells of Tulsa, Okla., Sharon Langley of Jonesboro, Ark., and Janice Pruitt of Cardwell; one sister, Alda Roberts of Sikeston, Mo.; 26 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Bailey. Funeral arrangements were with Heath Funeral Home in Paragould, with the Revs. Rudolph Davis and Leland Dement officiating. Burial was in the Cardwell Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3.[Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Feb 11, 1988; contributed by Freda Roberts]


Alfred Bennett Beard
Died of Congestion, at his home near Campbell, Dunklin County, Missouri on December 14th, Alfred Bennett Beard, oldest and beloved son of Thomas and Mary Ann Beard, aged 30 years, 11 months and 25 days.  He resided in Ironton many years with his parents and was well and favorably known by many of our citizens who will regret to learn of his death.  He leaves a wife and one child to whom he was devotedly attached, as he was also to his parents, to mourne their loss.  His father, Postmaster Beard received a telegram informing him of the serious illness of his son and in response took the first train, but arrived too late to see him alive.  The parents, as also the widow and child, have the sympathy of this community in their bereavement.
Source: Iron County Register, Ironton, Iron County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1880

Julia Wilson Brasfield
Julia Wilson Brasfield, long time resident of Unionville but for the past several years who has resided at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Baldwin, at Kennett, Mo. died on December 18th, and was buried in the Unionville Cemetery after her funeral here on Sunday. Mrs. Brasfield was born in Ohio on January 18th, 19857, and became the bride of H.R. Brasfield, deceased for many years. She made her home in Unionville for most of her life, and was prominent in the social and religious life of his community . Her many fine qualities endeared her to many friends here, who are saddened by her death. The funeral was held at two o'clock at the Comstock Funeral Home with Rev. Elston Hines of the Methodist church preaching the sermon and the Unionville chapter of the Eastern Star giving their service. The deceased was one of the oldest members of this chapter. She was the mother of Florence Counsil of Harlingen, Texas; Elizabeth Baldwin, Kennett, Mo; E.D. Brasfield, Jefferson City; and Julia O'Rielly, Chicago, Illinois. (Source: "Unionville Republican" 12/24/1947; Contributed by Karen Wali)

Charles Brown
Funeral services were held at Kennett Wednesday for Charles Brown, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mildred Brown, who was fatally injured when struck by an automobile driven by Leonard Morgan. The accident occurred five miles northeast of Kennett, when the child was said to have run into the road in front of the car. The death of the Brown boy was the 11th traffic fatality in Southeast Missouri since January 1. [The Sikeston Missouri Herald Feb 17 1938]

David T. Brydon
D. T. "Dave" Brydon, 76 long time and well known farmer of the Arbyd community, who had been ill for sometime, and had been a patient at the Dunklin Memorial Hospital for the past several days , died Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2: 30 o'clock today (Tuesday) at the Baptist Church in Arbyrd with the Rev. L. G. Scott conducting the services. Burial will be in Lulu Cemetery. Howard service. Mr. Brydon had been suffering from diabetes for many months and only last week, when his condition became most critical, one of his legs was amputated in a desperate effort to save his life. He had been in a coma for several days prior to his death. A resident of Dunklin County for more than 50 years, "Uncle Dave" had been an influential resident of the Arbyrd community for most of that time. He was a man who was active church work and was known foe his charitable qualities. He was born in Indiana. Mr. Brydon is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lily Huggins, Mrs. Mable Huggins and Mrs. Bertha Riley, all of Arbyrd. He is also survived by two brothers, H. H. Brydon of Kennett and W. T. of Arbyrd. [10 Mar 1876 - 3 Aug 1952; Submitters Name: Robert Elder]

Jerry Carmickle Franklin
Pocahontas, AR: JERRY CARMICKLE FRANKLIN, 30 of Stratford, Tex., passed away in Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo, Tex., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1982. He was born Mar 17, 1952 in Dunklin, Co., Missouri. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin of Ravenden; a son, Mickel of Pocahontas; a step-son, Leonard of Fargon, Okla; seven brothers, Bennie Franklin and Kenneth Smith of Sperry, OK, Leon Franklin of Paragould (AR), James Franklin of Corpus Christi, TX, Carl and Donnie Franklin of Stratford and Allen Franklin of Ravenden (AR); four sisters, Mrs. Wanda Ishmael of Collinsville, OK, Mrs. Elizabeth Bateman of Paragould, Mrs. Mable McIntoce of Ravenden Springs, and Mrs. Cathy Wattenhaver of Jonesboro (AR); his grandmother, Mrs. Reba Wilson of Senath, Mo. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Freddie Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Charter Oak Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. --[Pocahontas Star Herald, Nov 4, 1982; contributed by Freda Roberts]

Mrs. Lon French, Lindell Hickerson, Essie Stephens, Esther Wallace
Four Kennett People Killed Instantly Friday
Their speeding automobile crashing late Friday night into the rear of a disabled motor truck parked on Highway 84 about 7 miles east of Kennett, four of five persons in the vehicle were killed outright. The fifth, the driver, died Monday in a Memphis hospital. The dead are Mrs. Lon French, 23; Lindell Hickerson, 21, Miss Essie Stephens, 19, and Mrs. Esther Wallace, 21, all employees at a shirt factory in Kennett. Lon French, 28, husband of one of the women, was driving the car a 1937 model Ford coach He sustained a brain concussion and other injuries. Patrolmen Cletus Bidewell and P. W. Scott of the State Highway Patrol were among the first to reach the scene of the accident, They said the passenger car had run under the rear edge of the truck, completely demolishing the front of French's car. The front wheels of the Ford were so wedged with the rear dual wheels of the truck that they had to be removed before the passenger car could be extricated. All of the bodies were wedged in the car. French was removed first and taken to the hospital. Seeing that life had passed from the others, the officers did not remove the bodies until after the cars had been pulled apart by wreckers summoned from Kennett. Patrolmen Bidewell and Scott; said the truck is owned by a firm in Paragould. Ark., arid was loaded with soft drinks for distribution. The driver, Jim Hester, 30, of Paragould had gone into Kennett for assistance after a wheel had rim off his truck. He had set out three flares in front of the truck and three at the rear, the officers said. No eye witnesses to the accident could be located, but it was apparent that the passenger car had been driven at a high speed, officers said. Checking over the activities of the quintet overtaken by tragedy, the officers said it had been reported to them that the five were seen at the Okeena Club, a road-side establishment near Kennett. a short time before the accident took place. Officers said they found four bottles in the badly damaged car, but that all of them were empty and one was broken. [The Sikeston Herald, Jan. 27, 1938]

Gary C. Isom
Wood River, IL--Gary C. Isom, 70, passed away 12:47 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Alton Memorial Hospital. Born in Kennett, Mo., on July 12, 1943, he was the son of Luing and Mabel (Webb) Isom. A navy veteran and avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, he had been a Building Engineer for SIU-Edwardsville 34 years before retiring in 1999. Gary was an active member of the 1st Christian Church in Wood River, enjoying hosting Bible studies. On June 30, 1967 in Wood River, he married the former Rise Rhea. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Michael Isom of Wood River; daughter, Danielle (Keith) Pontow of Wood River; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Larry Isom of Auburn. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Monday Nov. 4, at the 1st Christian Church in Wood River. Walter McCaslin will officiate. Burial will follow in Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana.Marks Mortuary in Wood River is in charge of arrangements. [The Telegraph, Alton, IL, Nov 3, 2013; submitted by Donna Knight]

Lora B. Johnston Lindsey
Collinsville, IL--Mrs. Lora B. Johnston Lindsey, age 93, of 1040 Villa Ridge, Collinsville, died Jan. 13, 1995 in Collinsville Care Center. Born Aug. 5, 1901 in Pine, Mo., she was a daughter of Rev. Larkin and Sally Carter Johnston. She was the spouse of Charley E. Lindsey, deceased, of Middlebrook. Mrs. Lindsey was a member of First United Methodist Church in Collinsville. She is survived by five sons, Charles W. Lindsey of Springdale, Jack G. Lindsey of St. Peters, Mo., Nelson L. Lindsey of Collinsville, Clarence F. Lindsey of St. Louis, and Loran C. Lindsey of Vancouver, Wash.; a daughter, Charlene Whitwell of Germantown, Ill.; a brother, Liston Johnston of Rolla, Mo.; three sisters, Willa Henson and Mary Shaver of Doniphan, Mo., and Ella Croom of Walnut Ridge (AR); 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, William L. Lindsey and Bob E. Lindsey, preceded her in death as well as two brothers, Roy and Lewis Johnston. Funeral services were held in Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, Monday, with Rev. Donald Burroughs officiating. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Collinsville under direction of Herr's. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Jan 19, 1995; submitted by Freda Roberts]

Omer Thomas O'Neal
BRAGG CITY, MO: Omer Thomas O'Neal, age 71, of Bragg City, died Jan 31, (1982) in a Kennett, MO hospital after several months of illness. He was born Sept. 10, 1911 at Attica, a son of the late James and Jennie Hibbard O'Neal.Survivors include his wife, Ivern Goodman O'Neal; two sons, Travis and Allen O'Neal, both of Bragg City; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six brothers, Joe O'Neal, Rockford, IL, Raymond and Leman O'Neal, Bloomfield, MO, Earl and Fred O'Neal, Pocahontas, Glenn O'Neal, Nashville, TN; six sisters, Mayme McChonnagghay and Faye Wheeler of Flint, MI; Juanita Rankins, Grey Ridge, MO; Opal Smith, Henderson, TN; and Lavelle Young, Clearwater, FL.Funeral services were held Feb. 3, in Bragg City Church of Christ. Burial followed in Kennett, MO. [unknown newspaper, c. Jan. 1982; -- Contributed by Freda Roberts]

Ernest Ward
Relatives recieved word here Tuesday telling of the death at Kennett, Mo., of Ernest Ward, which occurred at that place last Monday. Death was due to heart trouble.
Several weeks ago Mr. Ward and his family left for Missouri where he had accepted a position with the Wyckoff Bros. on their dredge work. He had only been sick about a week when death occurred.
The remains arrived here Wednesday afternoon and funeral services were held Wednesday evening. Interment was made at Wabash.
Mr. Ward was 45 years of age. He was born in Lima but the greater part of his life was spent in the county. He is survived by his wife, one son ten years of age, his father, G. H. Ward, two brothers J. A. and Will Ward and two sisters, Mrs. John Bader, of this city, and Mrs. L. C. Bushor, of Lima.
[The Celina Democrat (Celina, Ohio) Aug 18, 1916]

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