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From: Rita DonCarlos <>
Subject: Obits from the Clay County Courier...........
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 00:21:32 -0400 (EDT)

Recent obits taken from the Clay County Courier, Corning, Clay County Arkansas.


Norma Green MUDGETT was born January 2, 1920 and departed this life March 1, 2004. Born in Knobel, she finished high school then attended college for two years. She accepted teaching positions in the one-room school houses of Thorn Grove and White Schools, then moved to Michigan where she worked in a bomber factory in Ann Arbor and met her future husband, Howard MUDGETT. They were married in 1947. They later relocated in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Norma worked as an operator for Michigan Bell Telephone. She was an active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Ellen GREEN, one brother killed in service, Howard GREEN; two sisters, Mildred GREEN and Elva WISEMAN. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Howard MUDGETT; two daughters, Linda and Don IDSINGA and Debrah and Gary KING, all of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren; four brothers, Buford GREEN of Corning, Jack and Sue GREEN of Springfield, Missouri, Dean and Lucia GREEN of Folsom, California. Bill and Gail GREEN of Bartow, Florida; three sisters, Lois and Noel FOSTER of St. Charles, Missouri, Flossie and Stanton ASHBY, Nona and George CONWAY all of Knobel.
Funeral services were March 4, 2004 in the Alt and Shawmut Hills Chapel with burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Retha SMITH, Corning resident, owner and operator of an antique shop, was born September 14, 1915 in Delaplaine, daughter of James and Mary Ann GOODMAN HUBBLE. She died March 20, 2004 in Arkansas Methodist Hospital, Paragould.
She was affiliated with House of Prayer and New Covenant Fellowship, Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Her hobbies included traveling, playing cards and antiques.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Brack SMITH, August 16, 1980 and a son, Jimmy W. SMITH, April 6, 1967.
Survivors are two sons, James Lindon SMITH, Las Vegas, Nevada and Ronnie SMITH, Corning; one sister, Alma PUCKETT, Corning; three granddaughters, Amberly Michelle SMITH, Brookland, Andrea LEE, Datto and Cindy SMITH, Houston, Texas; three grandsons, Brian CONKLIN, Pocahontas, Michael L. SMITH and Michael Scott SMITH, Las Vegas, Nevada; six great-grandchildren, Brent SMITH, Aaron SMITH, Ashleigh HARRIS, Mitchell LEE, Amanda ECCLES and Jessica ECCLES.
Graveside services were conducted in Corning Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon, March 23, with Reverends, Jerry MORE and Jimmy McMASTERS officiating. Services under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to House of Prayer, Corning.


Sue Stephens OLIVER, Indiana, Pennsylvania, died in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 10, 2004 as a result of complications from severe head injuries sustained in a fall while birding and exploring Mayan ruins at Lamanai in Belize, Central America. She was born November 15, 1930 in Herrin, Illinois.
Mrs. Oliver taught first grade at Ben Franklin School for many years. She had special interests in learning disabilities, especially as they related to the development of reading skills. For a number of years she was active in the American Council of Learning Disabilities. She retired from teaching in 1993. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was active in AAUW, the League of Women Voters, the IUP, Women's Club and the New Century Club. A special interest was the development and expansion of the Indiana Free Library.
She is survived by her husband James, Indiana; and by four children, James of Springfield, Illinois, Kate of Arlington, Virginia, Steve of Menlo Park, California and John of Raleigh, North Carolina. There are nine grandchildren.
Contributions in Mrs. OLIVER's name may be directed to Children's Books section of Indiana Free Library, The Audubon Society or to a charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held April 3 at 11:00 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church in Indiana. The Reverend William GEIGER will officiate. The eulogy will be given by the Reverend Arthur DILG.


Bobby Charles Hambrick, 69, died Thursday, March 18, 2004 in Baptist East Hospital, Memphis. Survivors include his wife, Teresa RUSSELL HAMBRICK, Biggers, three sons, Michael Charles HAMBRICK, West Memphis, James Glenn HAMBRICK, Cardova, Tennessee and David Bryan RICE, Maynard; three daughters, Marian Allison REED, Pocahontas, April Dawn HAMBRICK, Cardova and Laura RICE, Nashville, Tennessee; his mother, Dessie HAMBRICK, Pocahontas; one brother, G.B. HAMBRICK, Sulphur Springs, Texas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Saturday afternoon in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home, Pocahontas. Burial in Hite Cemetery, Biggers.


Brenda Gail SMITH McCOLLUM, 51 died in her home in Corning, March 18, 2004. She was born February 7, 1953 in Piggott, daughter of Berlon Herman SMITH and Velma Louise MATHERS RISE. A member of First General Baptist Church, Corning, she was a fan of Nascar and loved to fish. She married William Warren McCOLLUM on September 29, 1985 and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael McCOLLUM and wife, Shelly, Paddock Lake, Wisconsin and Billy McCOLLUM, Crystal Lake, Illinois; one daughter, Jennifer McCOLLUM, Crystal Lake; mother and father, Marlin and Louise RICE , Corning; two sisters, Pat PASSMORE, Cuthbert, Georgia and Kelly DAVIS, Corning; one step-brother, Pete RICE, Rockford, Illinois; one grandson and one granddaughter; a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Berlon SMITH.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternon, March 21, in Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wayne BALDWIN officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery, pallbearers were Tommy HANCOCK, Donnie SHARPE, Jim CHANDLER, Tom CHANDLER, Sam CHANDLER and Larry MELTON.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.


Goldie BYES, 92, Corning, died March 15, 2004 in Biloxie Regional Hospital , Biloxie, Mississippi. She was born July 14, 1911 in Success, daughter of Thomas REEVES and Ava BERRY and was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. She was a member of Moark Highway Tabernacle Church and married Osborn (O.B.) BYES on January 10, 1927.
Survivors are one daughter, Doris WALLS, Biloxie, Mississippi; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, O.B. BYES on April 23, 1993; two sons, Leroy BYES, May 29, 1996 and Richard BYES, September 22, 2002; two grandchildren, Tawana SMITH and Richard BYES,Jr.; three brothers, Monte REEVES, Jeff REEVES and Johnny KNOWLTON; two sisters, Fleda LESTER and Lura Dean LESTER.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, March 20, in Ermert Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Billy SNOW officiating. Burial in Hitt Cemetery, Success.


Luther A. RICE, 73 of Piggott, died Monday, March 15, 2004 in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro. He was born January 17, 1931 in McDougal, son of the late George Robert and Eatti Mae MORGAN RICE.
He was united in marriage to Debbie WILKES on March 22, 1991. Preceding him in death, one daughter, Pamila Mae RICE; four sisters, Gladys McILLWAIN, Mary JOHNSON, Francis Ellen CHRISTIAN and Della GREEN.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie RICE, Piggott; nine children, Charles RICE of Michigan, Rhonda RICE of Casseville, Missouri, Beverly ROSSON of Neelyville, Missouri, Bobby RICE, Neelyville, Starla GORDON, DeSoto, Missouri, Betty Ann RICE of St. Louis, Missouri, Michael Shawn HAGER, Greenway, Misty Dawn RUSSELL, Potter, Nebraska and Christopher Gene HAGER, Piggott; 26 grandchildren; two brothers, John Thomas RICE, Corning, George Robert RICE, Grand Rapids, Michigan and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Friday March 19, in Hoggard and Sons Chapel, Piggott, with Danny SELF officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Allen GORDON, Justin LEWIS, Timothy TUTOR, Shawn HAGER, Raymond HOBBS and Steve WILKES.

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