Lois Maxine Hackett

Maxine Hackett

Maxine Hackett

Maxine Tucker Hackett, 97, of Thayer, Missouri, died May 23, 2015.

Maxine, born May 24, 1917 in Couch, Missouri, was the daughter of Gilbert Winston Tucker and Mayme Crowell Tucker. She was a graduate of Couch High School and worked at Old Brothers Department store in Thayer. She married Dan Riley Hackett, Jr. on March 3, 1940. Shortly after her marriage, Maxine joined the First Baptist Church where she was an active church member. She was in the WMU, was the nursery director, worked with the youth group, was a Sunday school teacher, and was a church camp volunteer throughout her more than 75-year membership.

Maxine was descended from the Couch family and was interested in her family history. She was a member of the Oregon County genealogical and history societies. She loved to piece and quilt and belonged to the church quilting group. She was an avid gardener and a legendary cook. She was preceded in death by her husband Dan, brother Olon Tucker, sister Mertha Morgan, stepsister Helen Rhodes and great-grandson Tyler Simer.

She is survived by two daughters; Katherine (Lloyd) Best of Thayer and Jane (Kenneth) Romines of St. Louis; five grandaughters, Margaret (Danny) Simer of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Suzanne (Greg) Langley of Thayer, Elizabeth Romines, Katherine (Geoffrey) Littleton, and Emily Romines of St. Louis; 5 great-grandchildren, Jessica (Jonathan) Smith, Sam (Annalise) Simer, Madeleine Littleton, Gigi Littleton, and Riley Mullgardt.
Three great-great grandchildren; Bailey McGuire, Ethan Simer, and Jenner Smith.
A memorial celebrating Maxine’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to The First Baptist Church, Thayer, Missouri.

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Phyllis L. Smith

church in the wildwoodPhyllis Lynn Smith was born the daughter of John D. Owens and Elva Mae (Arnold) Owens on May 12, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, and departed this life May 19, 2015, at her home in Myrtle, Missouri, at the age of 62 years.

She was united in marriage on October 31, 1975, at Portia, Arkansas, to Larry G. Smith.

She is survived by her husband of thirty-nine years, Larry Smith of the family home in Myrtle, Missouri; one daughter, Laura McFann and husband, Ralph of Myrtle, Missouri; two grandsons, Gus McFann and Jake McFann of Myrtle, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elva Owens.

Phyllis had worked at Walmart in Pocahontas, Arkansas for eleven years, achieving the position of customer service manager.

Family was one of the most important things in Phyllis’ life. Larry was the love of her life; Laura, her only child, was most of all, “her best friend,” and her greatest pride and joy were her twin grandson’s, Jake and Gus, who affectionately called her “Ninny.”

Phyllis enjoyed preparing meals for her family. She loved roses, visiting with friends, sharing a good laugh, finding a good yard sale, and attending auctions.

She was a Christian lady and a faithful and active member of the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church.

Phyllis will be remembered as a sweet lady with a kind heart, giving spirit, and her unconditional love and devotion for her family. She was a lady of strong faith and great determination, even in the trials of her life.

Her life touched many and she will truly be missed by her family, her church family, her friends, and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services for Phyllis Smith, age 62, of Myrtle, Missouri will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Thayer Freewill Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Thursday evening, May 21st from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, south of Myrtle, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

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Ardell James

Ardell James

Ardell James

Amos Ardell James was born the son of Amos Arthur James and Alta Marie (Goins) James on December 14,1951, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and departed this life May 8, 2015, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 63 years.

He is survived by his sister, Loretta Pulliam and husband, James of Myrtle, Missouri; one niece, Michelle Lee and husband, Jeff Croney of Myrtle, Missouri; one nephew, Bill Shaw, Jr. and wife, Kim of Couch, Missouri; three great nephews, Seth Lee, Chris Lee and Colby Shaw; several cousins; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Alta James.

Ardell was a graduate of the State School #60 in Doniphan, Missouri. He was a Christian, and attended the First Baptist Church in Myrtle, Missouri. Ardell has now “gone to see Jesus.” He loved listening to Gospel music and enjoyed building with Lincoln Logs.

He will be remembered as deeply devoted to his family, and was truly a loving son, brother and uncle. He will be missed by his family and his cherished life-long friends.

Funeral Services for Ardell will be Monday, May 11, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Jake Lawrence officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 11th from 1:00 PM until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

 

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June Cerutti

June Cerutti

June Cerutti

Mildred June Cerutti was born the daughter of Lyle Francis Jenkins and Myrtle (Leatherman) Jenkins on October 17, 1939 and departed this life May 7, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 75 years.

She was united in marriage on September 7, 1957, in Independence, Missouri, to Zack Cerutti.

She is survived by her husband, Zack Cerutti of the home in Thayer, Missouri; three children, Velda June Pierce and husband, Waterman James of Overland Park, Kansas, Velma Jean Rogers and husband, Rick of Edwardsville, Kansas; and Zack Dwayne Cerutti and wife, Carolyn of Thayer, Missouri; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews , other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Myrtle Jenkins, one infant daughter, Sherri Lynn Cerutti, one great grandchild, and two sisters, Juanita Bowling and Edna Mae Fudge.

June enjoyed two careers. First, she was a banker, achieving the rank of vice president. Following her work as a banker, she became a truck driver in partnership with her husband.

June was a member of the Noland Road Assembly of God church in Independence. In addition, she served the church as its treasurer.

She enjoyed music and received a music scholarship in high school. She could play many musical instruments including the accordion, guitar, organ, piano and flute.

She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Cerutti will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Brad Pierce officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 10th at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer from 2:00 PM until service time.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri.

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William Davenport

Bill Davenport

Bill Davenport

William Harold Davenport was born the son of Lewis Thomas Davenport and Beulah Mae (Woods) Davenport on July 9, 1922, in Slick, Oklahoma, and departed this life May 6, 2015, at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat, Arkansas, at the age of 92 years.

He was united in marriage on January 10, 1946, at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Mildred Laverne Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Laverne Davenport of the home in Hardy, Arkansas; two daughters, Linda Bassham and husband, Russell, and Denise Hilton and husband, Dan, all of Hardy, Arkansas; one son, Dale Davenport and wife, Brenda of Van Buren, Missouri; six grandchildren, Gayla, Janna, Aaron, Savannah, Johnny, and Charity; nine great grandchildren, Austin, Brianna, Zachary, Lena, Benton, Judah, Alex, Ben and Curtis; one sister, Dorothy Jane Rodgers; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Fredrick Davenport; and four sisters, Nellie Mae Lindsey, Evelyn Faye Jones, Thelma Cordella Garner, and Wilma Grace Treat.

Bill was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army-Air Force during World War II. When his country called, he answered and spent seventeen months as a P.O.W.

He was a construction worker and was custodian at Williford Schools.

Bill was an avid Razorback fan, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and making handmade walking canes. His most enjoyable times were spent with the love of his life, best friend, and wife of sixty-nine years, Laverne. He treasured his family and will be remembered as a man of integrity with a kind heart and gentle spirit.

He was a Christian man and a member of New Hope Baptist Church where he served as deacon for many years.

He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services for Mr. Davenport will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the New Hope Baptist Church near Wirth, Arkansas, with Brother Keith Marlin officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, on Friday evening, May 8th, at the New Hope Baptist Church near Wirth.

Burial will be in the McCollough Cemetery near Wirth, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the New Hope Baptist Church building fund and may be left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Ruth Ann Craig

Ruth Ann Craig

Ruth Ann Craig

Ruth Ann Craig was born the daughter of Oris Risley and Estella (Powers) Risley on January 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, and departed this life on April 25, 2015, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the age of 72 years.

She was united in marriage on July 11, 1977, in Rockford, Illinois, to Franklin Craig, who preceded her in death on November 2, 2008.

She is survived by three children, Kris Johnson and husband, Lee of Lake Havasu, Arizona, Franklin Michael Craig of Thayer, Missouri, and Sherry Goetting of Myrtle, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jessica Davis and husband, Brandon, Nicole Johnson, Luke Craig, Colten Goetting, Cody Goetting, and Cameron Goetting; two brothers, Jim and John Risley; four sisters, Mary Quick, Carmen Flynn, Teresa Adams, and Eileen Eck; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oris and Estella Risley; her husband, Franklin Craig; one son, Herbert Craig; one daughter, Teresa May Craig; three brothers, Arnie, Reno, and Joe Risley; and one sister, Joyce Joos.

Ann loved the Green Bay Packers and enjoyed watching old western movies, listening to Elvis Presley music, watching the deer and birds play in her yard, attending family gatherings, and visits from her children and grandchildren.

She will be remembered as a quiet lady with a fun sense of humor, a kind heart, giving spirit, and her unconditional love and devotion for her family. She will truly be missed by her family, friends, and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Craig will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Wednesday evening, April 29th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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Howard Wilcox

Howard Wilcox

Howard Wilcox

Howard K. Wilcox was born the son of Kenneth A. Wilcox and Josephine (Stewart) Wilcox on May 16, 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri, and departed this life April 23, 2015, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 76 years.

He was united in marriage on June 2, 1968 at West Memphis, Arkansas, to Marie Hurtt.

He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Marie Wilcox of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two sons, Scott Wilcox and wife, Hazel of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Ed Smith of Thayer, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jason Smith, Amber Gibson, Brett Wilcox, Shauna Wilcox, and Tate Wilcox; two great grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Wilcox of Hutchinson, Kansas; two sisters, Carol Wilcox of Eudora, Kansas and Becky Wilcox of Lawrence, Kansas; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Josephine Wilcox.

Mr. Wilcox was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army.

Howard was a truck driver, hauling mail for Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. for several years.

He enjoyed fishing and riding his Kawaski Mule, but most of all, he loved his little dog and companion, “Uno”.

Howard was a Christian and treasured the time spent with family and friends. He will truly be missed by all.

The family of Mr. Wilcox will receive friends Tuesday evening, April 28th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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Shane Shipp

Shane Shipp

Shane Shipp

Shane William Shipp, son of Judy (Stewart) Shipp Griffin and the late Sherman Shipp, was born on February 14, 1970, in Salem, Arkansas, and departed this life on April 21, 2015, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the age of 45.

He is survived by his wife and caregiver, Kenzie of Jonesboro, Arkansas; three sons, Drew Shipp of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Spencer Graves and Tanner Shipp of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one daughter, Adrianna Shipp of the home in Jonesboro, Arkansas; his mother, Judy Griffin and husband, Randy of West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Angie Cuffia and husband, Robby and two nephews, Kade Weatherford and Madden Cuffia, all of Jonesboro, Arkansas; maternal grandmother, Rexine Stewart of West Plains, Missouri; two uncles, Mark Stewart of West Plains, Missouri and Johnny Shipp and wife, Lisa of Thayer, Missouri; several cousins, Shannon, Tammy, Paige, Ian, Amanda, Suzy, Lilly, Johnny and Hannah; and special friend, LaSonya Lacy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sherman Shipp; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Johnnie Shipp; maternal grandfather, Jack Stewart, and uncle, Jon Stewart.

Shane was quite adventurous and loved all the latest technology. Before his illness, Shane was employed at AT&T and Arkansas Glass Container.

As a child, Shane enjoyed putting together model cars and going on family vacations to Holiday Hills at Lake Norfork. Growing up, Shane was a Cub Scout and became interested in golf where he had many accomplishments. He was a 1988 graduate of Thayer High School and attended college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Shane was baptized into Christ on March 17, 2015, with his sister and best friend.

Special moments were spent with his children at Craighead Forest Park and Nature Center in Jonesboro. After being diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2013, he continued to fight kidney cancer as a single dad. In 2014, he met McKenzie Pickle, who helped care for him throughout the end of his life. He never stopped smiling or lost his sense of humor. Shane will be remembered as a sweet gentle spirit and loyal friend to all that knew him.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Shane’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Paragould Children’s Home and may be left at the funeral home in Thayer.

 

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Charlotte Colvin

Charlotte Colvin

Charlotte Colvin

Charlotte Eldest Colvin was born the daughter of Willard Donald Richardson and Imogene Butler Richardson on July 28, 1942, at Riverside, California, and departed this life on April 5, 2015, in Duluth, Georgia, at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Teresa Colvin Stillings, husband Mark and their daughter, Lauren of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Andrea Colvin Weaver and her two sons, Kyle and Grant of Ruidoso, New Mexico; her loving stepmother, Sylvia Richardson of Thayer, Missouri; two sisters, Tammy Eldred McPherson and husband, Jerry of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Terry Eldred James and husband, Scott of Ravenden Springs, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; three brothers, Donald and Kenneth Richardson and Dwight Eldred, and one sister, Trudy Eldred.

Charlotte graduated with a Bachelors degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee.

During her working career, Charlotte was cafeteria manager at Schering-Plough Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee; dietitian at Kirby Pines Senior Living Community in Memphis; and also general manager of the Memphis Food Bank. After many years working in the food industry, Charlotte retired in June of 2014 as the Nutrition Director at Shelby County Head Start in Memphis.

She was a member of American Culinary Federation Greater Memphis Chapter, the Tennessee Restaurant Association, and an Honorary Judge for the Memphis in May International BBQ Contest.

Charlotte was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 3:30 PM at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Connie Pierson

Connie Pierson

Connie Pierson

Connie Vance Pierson was born the son of John Allen Pierson and Mary (Phillips) Pierson on April 26, 1930, at Prosser, Nebraska, and departed this life on March 30, 2015, in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

He was united in marriage on October 20, 1965, at San Francisco, California, to Vivian Platts.

He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Vivian Pierson of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; Lisa Shatzer of Kalona, Iowa, Van Pierson and wife, Karla of Atalissa, Iowa, and Jonathan Pierson of Belleville, Iowa; three grandchildren, Amber, Davin, and Carlos; one great-grandchild, Gideon; one sister-in-law, Ima Jean Pierson of Lamar, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Pierson; five brothers, Orris Pierson, Doral Pierson, Roy Pierson, Dale Lloyd Pierson, and Russell Pierson; and one sister, Phyllis Pierson.

Connie was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and retiring after twenty years of service.

After his retirement, he was employed as an Orthopedic Technician at the V.A. Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa for twenty-two years.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and bowling. He was a member of bowling leagues, both in Iowa City, Iowa and in Thayer, Missouri for many years.

Connie was deeply devoted to his family and will truly be missed by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived

Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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