Cretia Mae Riley
Mrs. Cretia Mae Riley, 75, of Blytheville, died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born July 14, 1923, in Turrell, she was a housewife and of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Riley leaves one son, Leander King of St. Louis;
One brother, Edward Jones of St. Louis; and
Five grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville with burial to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. Emmanuel Lofton will officiate.
The family will receive visitors from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Mary Lou Scott
Mrs. Mary Lou Scott, 61, of Steele, Mo., died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Born Aug. 24, 193,7 in Hermondale, Mo., the daughter of Arra Lee Allison and Dora Beatrice Taylor Allison, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Scott leaves her husband, Jerry Scott, of the home;
Four sons, Bill Marbry of Birmingham, Ala., and Terry Marbry, Jackie Marbry and Jeff Marbry, all of Steele;
Three daughters, Janice Ash of Steele and Pamela Hargis and Betty Marbry Evans, both of Blytheville;
Five sisters, Tilda Wiseman of St. Louis, Etta Gray of Ft. Mead, Fla., Dora Hays of Memphis, Ruth Carlton of Steele and Glenda Winters of Dyersburg, Tenn.;
Six brothers, Chester Lee Allison of Millington, Tenn., Lester Lee Allison and Kenneth Allison, both of St. Louis, Jesse James Allison and Charles Allison, both of Steele, and Tony Allison of Holland, Mo.; and
Eleven grandchildren, Kevin Potts, Jackie Marbry Jr., Holly Marbry, Terry Michelle Marbry, Lee Self, Kevin Self, Brandon Hargis, Michael Lynn Evans Jr., Evert Chase Evans, Colton Marbry and Dillon Marbry.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Steele with Pastor Mark Haston officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele.
The family will receive visitors from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Lahoma Burton, 75, of Steele, Mo., died Thursday, April 29, 1999 at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo. Born June 9, 1923, in Steele, the daughter of Cecil Campbell and Unie Turner Campbell, she was a retired secretary and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Burton leaves her husband, Harry H. Burton Jr. of the home;
Three sons, Michael Burton, David P. Burton and Victor B. Burton, all of Steele;
One sister, Helen Martin of Steele;
Eight grandsons, Chad, Jason, Nicholas, Brett, Jeremy, Aaron, Adam and Kyle Burton;
One granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth Burton; and
One great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Burton.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele. The Rev. Ronnie Yarbrough will officiate.
The family will receive visitors from 6-9 p.m. today at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Steele.
Cecil R. Richards
Mr. Cecil R. Richards, 84, of Perryville, formerly of Marked Tree, died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in Little Rock. Born March 19, 1915, in Harrisburg, he was a factory worker and of the Pentecostal faith.
Mr. Richards leaves his wife, Mae Richards, of the home;
Three daughters, Betty Jean Mize of Paris, Miss., Annie Mae White of Adona and Kathy M. Copes of Arnold, Md.;
Two stepsons, Stanley F. Fikes of Little Rock and James W. Fikes of Plummerville;
One brother, William Henry Richards of Pendleton, S.C.; and
Ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Tyronza with burial following in Marked Tree Cemetery with Bro. Gene Cameron officiating.
Juanita Zadie Petty
Mrs. Juanita Zadie Petty, 71, of Manila, died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Maynard, she had been a Manila resident since 1943. She was the widow of Hobert Petty and of the Pentecostal faith.
Mrs. Petty leaves six sons, Donny Petty, Johnny Petty, Ricky Petty, Gary Petty and Robert Arlen Petty, all of Manila, and Gerald Petty of Jonesboro;
Four daughters, Annie Paddock of Golden, Mo., Judy Petty of Steele, Mo., Annette Ward of Manila and Ruby Hiser of Searcy;
Two brothers, R.G. Knowlton of Manila and Leroy Knowlton of St. Charles, Mo.;
Two sisters, Margie Knowlton of Manila and Virgie Patterson of Benton;
A special friend, Gene Palmer of Manila; and
Twenty-seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with the Rev. Raymond Britt officiating. Burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dr. F. Don Smith
Dr. F. Don Smith, of Blytheville, died Monday, April 26, 1999, in Little Rock. He was a lifelong resident of Blytheville where he practiced dentistry until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blytheville.
Dr. Smith leaves his wife of 61 years, Margaret Keck Smith;
Two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jerry Lamb of Little Rock and Donna and Richard Shaw of Gainesville, Ga.;
Five grandchildren, Laurie Lamb Adcock, Kyle Lamb, Debi Shaw, Steven Shaw and Staci Shaw Lee; and
Five great-grandchildren, Courtney Adcock, Cody Adcock, Garrett Lamb, Justin Lamb and Carson Lee.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville with Dr. Larry Dodgen officiating.
The family will receive friends at Cobb Family Reception Home immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Blytheville.
Cobb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Katherine M. Westbrook
Mrs. Katherine M. Westbrook, 92, the widow of James Thomas Westbrook, died Saturday, April 24, 1999, at Four Oaks Living Center in Little Rock. Mrs. Westbrook was born in Williston, Tenn., and was a former longtime Blytheville resident before moving to Little Rock. She was the retired coordinator of the First Baptist Church Daycare in Blytheville and a member of the Blytheville Woman's Club and the First Baptist Church in Blytheville.
Mrs. Westbrook leaves two sons, Paul Westbrook of Poquoson, Va., and James B. Westbrook of Jonesboro;
One daughter, Katherine Dobson of Little Rock; and
Ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Bill Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors from 7-9 p.m. today at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.
Benjamin Franklin 'Hot' Rogers
Benjamin Franklin "Hot" Rogers, 90, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Tuesday, April 20, 1999. Born Oct. 3, 1908, in Lexington, Tenn., the son of Henry Rogers and Bessie Rogers Brandon, he was the former mayor of Caruthersville and a local entrepreneur.
Rogers' political career began in 1938 when voters elected him as a write-in candidate to the Caruthersville City Council. He served until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In 1970 he completed 12 years as Pemiscot County Tax Collector, and in 1986 he completed 24 years as mayor of Caruthersville.
During his tenure as mayor, Rogers sought to attract manufacturing plants to Caruthersville. In the early 1960s he asked the city to test a new law allowing municipalities to finance industrial construction through bond issues. The measure was successful and the Colson Corp. located its plant on what is now Truman Boulevard. In 1962 the Memphis Commercial Appeal presented Rogers with its "Man of the Year" award for "outstanding contribution to the economic development of the Mid-South."
Rogers was instrumental in securing the Caruthersville Shipyard Corp., now called Trinity, for the city in 1967 and was honored by the Missouri State Senate for his efforts. He also pushed for a new water works and for the city's first sewage treatment facility. Until that time, the city dumped raw sewage directly into the Mississippi River. Each time, he secured government grants or loans to finance the projects. Rogers oversaw the construction and completion of the present city hall building. He also brought to completion a $1 million street improvement project.
As a member of the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church, he was a former Sunday School superintendent and was formerly active in the Men's Prayer Breakfast program. He was also active in the American Legion and spearheaded the drive to build the Pemiscot County Memorial Park on the grounds of American Legion Post 88. Monuments at the park bear the names of area residents who died in military service. He also served on the boards of directors of a local band and numerous charitable organizations.
Rogers and his wife owned and operated the Arl. J. Dillman and Son Inc. auto parts business from 1967 until the mid-1980s. A former banker and grocery store owner, Rogers had only an eighth-grade education.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Emma Killett Rogers.
Mr. Rogers leaves one sister, Ollie Malugen of Caruthersville;
One half-brother, Edward Lee "Jack" Brandon of Norfolk, Va.;
Eight nephews, Rick Brandon, Mark Brandon and Jerry Greenway, all of Caruthersville, Keith Brandon of Norfolk, Jim Williams of Gilbertsville, Ky., Tom Williams of Calvert City, Ky., Bobby Wilks of Memphis and Joe Greenway of Pennsylvania;
Five nieces, Ellen Wilks Dickson of Memphis, Mirra Greenway of Columbia, Mo., Rebecca Killett Lowrey of Hope, Laura Killett Porter of Little Rock and Kate Killett Justice of Batesville; and
Numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Caruthersville with the Rev. Dr. Rick Broadway officiating. Burial followed in the Little Prairie Cemetery in Caruthersville.
Honorary pall bearers were Jim Ed Reeves, Robert Pike, Billy Gean, Edward Reeves, Charlie Jones and Ken Chastain. Active pall bearers were Nathaniel Wilson, John Gardner, Larry Spencer, Bobby Pike, Jerry Duncan and Keith Gean.
The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Nabiha Zaher Izmerian
Mrs. Nabiha Zaher Izmerian, 83, of Denver, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her home. She was the widow of Anania Izmerian and was a Roman Catholic. She was born April 21, 1916, in Nazareth, Palestine, Israel, the daughter of Shibley and Rose Zaher. After making a trip to Blytheville to visit their oldest son, Mrs. Izmerian and her husband decided to make Blytheville their home. She continued to live here until moving with her daughter to Denver in 1985.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Isabel Khoury in 1981.
Mrs. Izmerian leaves two sons, William Izmerian and Lee Izmerian, both of Blytheville;
Two daughters, Renee Izmerian of Denver and Ophelia Shehaden of Nazareth; and
Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Williams and the Rev. Eric VanMeter officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery by Cobb Funeral Home.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.