Howard R. Elliott

Howard Ransom Elliott, age 68, of South Myrtle, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 6:20 AM in St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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George Dutton

George Dutton, age 78, of Myrtle, Missouri, formerly of Harley, Mississippi, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:55 AM at his home in Myrtle.

A memorial service for Mr. Dutton will be held at a later date  in Mississippi.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer.

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Joan Lancaster

Joan Lancaster

Joan Lancaster

Joan Lorene Lancaster was born the daughter of Cecil “Shorty” Smith and Wilma Fraizer Smith on March 14, 1943, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and died July 21, 2017, at her home near Koshkonong, Missouri, at the age of 74 years.

She was united in marriage on February 20, 1967 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas to Jerry Lancaster.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry of the home in Koshkonong, Missouri; one daughter, Jennifer Litteken of Sullivan, Missouri; two sons, Jeff Lancaster and wife, Holly of Koshkonong, Missouri and Jackie Lancaster and wife, Kimberly of Pomona, Missouri; four granddaughters, Cecelia, Olivia, Abigail and Isabel; one brother, James Smith and wife, Carolyn of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil “Shorty” and Wilma Smith.

She was a life long member of the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ.

Joan was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening, cooking and was an excellent seamstress.

She will be remembered as deeply devoted to her family. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Graveside services for Joan Lancaster will be held Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Ricky Ragsdale officiating.

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

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Ethel Heger

Ethel Frances Heger was born the daughter, and only child, of John Heger, Jr. and Mary Ann Baertels Heger on November 13, 1916, in Stratford, Texas, and died July 17, 2017, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 100 years.

She is survived by her cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Ann Heger.

Ethel worked in the Loan Department at the Bank of Thayer for many years.

In her earlier years, Ethel was active in her community and was a former member of the Mammoth Spring Garden Club and the Mammoth Spring Altruist Club.

She was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Thayer, Missouri.

She will be sadly missed by her cousins and her family at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, where she had lived for the past few years.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 11:30 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Thayer with Father Shoby Chettiyath officiating.

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

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Ada Lee Reynolds

Ada Lee Reynolds

Ada Lee Reynolds

Ada Lee Reynolds was born the daughter of William Henry Gazaway and Nellie Jane Holland Gazaway on September 5, 1910, in Gatewood, Missouri, and died July 17, 2017, at Tablerock Healthcare in Kimberling City, Missouri, at the age of 106 years.

She is survived by her son, David Paul Reynolds of Rolla, Missouri; one granddaughter, Traci Fox and husband, Bobby of Rome, New York; twin great grandchildren, Landon David Mathews and Lauren Olivia Mathews of Steelville, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter-in-law, Ruthann Reynolds; her grandson, Mark David Reynolds; two sisters, Maida Roberts and Ruth Tucker and one brother, William Irvin Gazaway.

She was a member of the Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy in Myrtle, Missouri.

Ada was an amazing cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Her favorite pastime was quilting her hand-pieced quilts and sharing them with family.

Ada was a special lady. She will be missed by her family and her extended family at Tablerock Healthcare, where she had lived for many years.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until service time.

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

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Imogene Rucker

Imogene Rucker

Imogene Rucker

Imogene Opal Rucker was born the daughter of Arnold Dunham and Lucille (McGhee) Dunham on March 11, 1926, in Myrtle, Missouri, and died June 18, 2017, in Caldwell, Texas, at the age of 91 years.

She was united in marriage to Wafe Deckard in January of 1943.

She is survived by seven children, Barbara Jones of Caldwell, Texas, Shirley Benjamin and husband, Scottie of Kansas City, Missouri, James Deckard and wife, Teresa of Republic, Missouri, Michael Ray Deckard of Boonville, Missouri, Marilyn Combs of Bryan, Texas, Maxine Deckard of Caldwell, Texas, and Robert Deckard of Caldwell, Texas; one brother, Larry Dunham of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Annie Mae West of Hoxie, Arkansas, Oweda Few of Albion, Michigan, and Lola Mclellen of Albion, Michigan; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; fourteen great-great grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Lucille Dunham; her husband, Wafe Deckard; one daughter, Linda Faye Deckard; two grandchildren, Aaron and Sherrie; two great grandchildren, Diana and April; four brothers, Samuel, Paul, Billy, and Charlie; and three sisters, Sue, Ann, and Opal.

Mrs. Rucker was a Christian lady and loved to sing gospel hymns with friends, while living at Burleson St. Joseph Manor in Caldwell, Texas.

She enjoyed arts and crafts and the game of bingo.

She was a homemaker and was deeply devoted to her family. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 AM until service time.

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

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Viola Herrick McDonald

Viola Herrick McDonald

Viola Herrick McDonald

Viola Elvira (Sterling) Herrick McDonald was born the daughter of Elmer Anderson Sterling and Ethel Lee (Phillips) Sterling on September 22, 1921, in Quitman, Arkansas and died June 15, 2017, in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 95 years.

She was united in marriage on December 19, 1942 in Camp, Arkansas to Harold Ray Herrick who preceded her in death in October 1948. She was united in marriage in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas in July 1950 to Austin McDonald who preceded her in death in May 1993.

She is survived by four daughters, Sharon Nickless and husband, Paul Dean of Camdenton, Missouri, Shirley Henley and husband, Dick of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Charlotte Hurtt and husband, Charlie of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Diana Rogers and husband, Kennith of Joshua, Texas ; one sister, Carole Koehn of Orville, California; five grandchildren, Rick Henley and wife, Tammy, Amy Henley Bryant and husband, Larry, Kimberly Desiderio and husband, Tom, Kennith Bradley Rogers and wife, Wendi and Nathan Todd Rogers and wife, Taylor; twenty-two great grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ethel Sterling; five brothers, Leonard, Albert, Floyd, Joe and Cecil Sterling and two sisters, Ruby Browning and Selma Sterling.

She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Mrs. McDonald enjoyed life. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting and embroidering. She was the oldest active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #7831 and was a member of the Spring River Lions Club.

She was a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services for Viola Herrick McDonald will be held, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 PM until time of service.

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

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Michael Smith

Memorial services for Michael Alan Smith, age 59, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

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

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Bertha England

Bertha Leona England, daughter of the late Bedford F. Mitchell and Martha M. Brewer Mitchell, was born October 27, 1921 in Myrtle, Missouri and died March 24, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina at the age of 95 years.

She was united in marriage at Billmore, Missouri on April 27, 1947 to Gordon Manuel England. They enjoyed more than 65 happy years together.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane England Olson and husband, Steven of Durham, North Carolina; one grandson, Thomas Olson of Durham, North Carolina; one sister, Gertrude Sorrell of Jonesboro, Arkansas and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon England; her parents, Bedford and Martha Mitchell; two brothers, Everett and Bedford Mitchell; and six sisters, Willie Cypret, Pearl Cantrell, Annie Newman, Vada Cantrell, Jessie Dunkin and Lorine Bennett.

Bertha was a substitute teacher at Couch School for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Myrtle Missouri and taught Sunday School as well as serving in other ways in the church. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered by the older members of the church for her cinnamon rolls and doughnuts.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and a strong Christian who was ready to go home to be with her Lord.

A Celebration of Life Service for Bertha England, age 95, of Durham, North Carolina, formerly of Myrtle, Missouri, will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Myrtle First Baptist Church in Myrtle, Missouri with Brother George Box officiating.

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Earl D. “Buddy” Rogers

Buddy Rogers

Buddy Rogers

Earl D. “Buddy” Rogers was born the son of Walter Rogers and Alma (Evans) Rogers, on July 15, 1941 in Thayer, Missouri and died on June 4, 2017 at his home in Thayer, Missouri at the age 75 years, ten months and 10 days.

He was united in marriage on December 20, 1961 at Alton, Missouri to Mary Thompson, the daughter of Willis and Velia Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rogers of the home in Thayer, Missouri; his son, Earl Ray Rogers of Thayer, Missouri; his granddaughter, Keeley Rogers of Thayer, Missouri; four sisters, Mary Lou Sloan of Farmington, Missouri, JoAnne Ogle and Alice Rogers, both of Natchitoches, Louisiana and Janice Tolar of Thayer, Missouri; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alma Rogers; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Rogers; and two sisters, Jean Rogers and Glenda Files.

Buddy was a businessman and was also a police officer for the City of Thayer for several years. He, along with his wife and son owned and operated Rogers Service Station in Thayer for over forty years. He was active in his community, serving the citizens of Thayer in many capacities. He served as Mayor for two terms and was currently serving as Alderman and Treasurer and was overseer of the park and cemetery. Buddy was a retired school bus driver, driving for the Thayer School System for many years.

Buddy had a passion for antique cars and trucks, and still owned his 1949 Ford convertible.

He was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.

Buddy will be remembered for his kind heart and his willingness to help others. He was deeply devoted to his family and was a caring husband, father and a loving “Pa” to Keeley.

Funeral services for Earl D. “Buddy” Rogers, age 75, of Thayer, will be held, Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bobby Ryan  officiating.

Masonic rites will be held Thursday evening at 5:30 PM at the chapel, with visitation to follow from 6-8 PM.

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

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