Fern Tompkins, 68, of Pollard died Saturday, May 15, 2004, in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center North.
She was born Oct. 21, 1935, in Qulin. She lived around Qulin and Pollard all of her life.
She was united in marriage to Ray Tompkins on Sept. 1, 1951.
Mrs. Tompkins was a member of Trailer's Chapel General Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Clay County Home Extension Club for several years and had formerly served as president of the club. She was a member of the Cache Bottom Singers and had formerly attended Fagus General Baptist Church. She served as secretary of the Fagus church for 17 years.
She was a homemaker and a farm wife. She loved sewing, singing and cooking.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Tompkins of Pollard; three children, Greg Tompkins of Sheridan, Ark., Sonia Lee of Springfield, La., and Kevin Tompkins of Qulin; two sisters, Betty Brockman of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Judy Hicks of Corning; two brothers, Gail Osborn of Corning and Garry Osborn of Moscow Mills, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the White-Sanders Funeral Home in Qulin with Rev. Mark Trout officiating. Burial followed in the Qulin Cemetery.
Henrietta Young Willis
Henrietta Young Willis, 90, of McDougal, died Friday, May 14, 2004, in the Murphy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Piggott.
She was born June 14, 1913, in McDougal, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Anna Hudspeth Young.
She was united in marriage to Harve Willis and to this union one son was born.
She was a member of the True Light Baptist Church in McDougal.
Preceding her in death was her husband, who died in 1936; a son, David Gean Willis who died in 2001; one brother, Frank Buster Young who died in 1936, two sisters, Alta May Young Parrish, in 1976, and Martha Young Welty, in 1985.
She is survived by two grand-daughters, Judy Adair and Barbara Sanders; two grandsons, David G. Willis Jr. and Robert Willis, all of Florrisant, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren, Chris Collins, Brian Adair, Matt Sanders, Nancy Sanders, April Sanders, Russell Sanders and Robert Willis Jr.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Devon Young officiating.
Burial was in the Post Oak Cemetery
in McDougal with Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Elaine Bomar
Elizabeth Elaine Bomar, 70, of Piggott died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at the Piggott Community Hospital.
She was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Piggott, the daughter of the late Claude Otis and Vera Mae Braden Montgomery.
She married Gene Bomar on Feb. 21, 1959, to this union three children were born.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Morrow; and two brothers, Donald Montgomery and Claude Montgomery Jr.
She is survived by her husband; three children, Kevin Bomar of Carmel, Ind., Greg Bomar and wife, Penny, of Little Rock and Kim Bomar of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Hannah, Micah, Kyle, Clayton, Carissa and Connor; five sisters, Twyla Baker of Piggott, Claudena Bellers of Piggott, Pagene Cook of Piggott, Annetta Rogers of Dyersburg and Barbara Montgomery of Piggott; two brothers, Bob Montgomery of Piggott and Rex Montgomery of West Plains, Mo.; and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Jerry Riddle officiating.
Pallbearers were Kyle Bomar, Clayton Harrington, Bradley Vannada, Monty Bellers, Connor Bomar and Micah Bomar.
Burial was in the Piggott Cemetery
with Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
David Charles Gregory
Piggott businessman and civic leader David Charles Gregory , 74, died of heart complications as a result of rheumatoid arthritis on Friday, May 21, 2004.
He was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., where his parents, David and Nora Gregory, had moved to find work during the Great Depression, but lived most all of his life in Piggott.
Raised on a farm west of Piggott, his parents moved into town so he could attend Piggott High School, from which he graduated in 1946. At the age of 16, he entered college at Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) in Jonesboro where two momentous things occurred. He met his future wife, Alice Lee Cochran from Hoxie and he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
Gregory graduated from Arkansas State in 1950, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve on May 26, 1950, and married Alice on Sept. 3 of that same year. They were happily married for over 53 years. At Arkansas State, Gregory was a charter founder of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and served as its first chaplain. Alice, incidentally, was the very first TKE Sweetheart.
Called to active duty in 1951, he served as a forward observer, executive officer and battery commander in the 955th Field Artillery in Korea from January to December 1952. Following the Korean War, he returned to Piggott but remained in the Arkansas National Guard, attaining the rank of Captain and serving as the Battery Commander of Piggott's National Guard unit, Battery C, 4th Howitzer Division, 142 Field Artillery. He was forever proud of his military service and of the men with whom he served. His military experience and discipline shaped his life, but he believed that a commander could only serve well if his men respected him, and he later commented that he never felt it was necessary to berate or belittle those he commanded.
He was active in his church and community throughout his life. A member of the Piggott First United Methodist Church, he loved the church and served in almost every lay capacity, including serving on the Board of Trustees, the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and ushering. He was among the first in Piggott to complete the Disciple Bible Study and he was a long-time member of the Newton Sunday School Class. Recently, he loved the Wednesday night fellowship supper, which he faithfully attended even as his health steadily declined.
In his community, he was a respected businessman. He owned Gregory Insurance Agency, which he joined in March 1957 when it was known as Clay County Abstract and Insurance. Eventually becoming sole owner of the agency, he grew it into one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Clay County and continued to participate in the agency after his retirement in January 1995. In fact, he was at the office Monday just before entering the hospital this past Tuesday.
Knowing he had been blessed with many things, he gave back to his community in many ways, including by being active in the Lions Club, serving on the Building Committee for the new Piggott Community Hospital completed in 1978, and serving as a board member of the Selective Service System. He was also sometimes known to be a vocal supporter of various Piggott Mohawk athletic teams, especially those on which his sons and grandchildren participated. His Mohawk loyalty was equated by his passion for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1965 and suffered from teh most crippling and disabling form of the disease. While enduring several levels of pain, he rarely missed a day of work until his retirement. His strength, courage and endurance was an inspiration to his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Lloyd Cochran.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, whom he loved dearly and who has cared for him for many years; his sister Ethella Ward and husband, Charles, of Heber Springs; a daughter, Sarah Davis and husband, William, of Walnut Ridge; two sons, David Gregory and wife, Kelly, of Piggott and Joseph and wife, Gena, of Little Rock; his mother-in-law, Isabel Cochran of Piggott; and seven grandchildren, Laura Madden and husband, Chris, of Bono, Erin Kennemer of Walnut Ridge, Brian Gregory of Piggott, Josh Gregory of Little Rock, Taylor Gregory of Piggott, Spencer Gregory of Little Rock and Noah Gregory of Piggott.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, at the Piggott First United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Bill Hogue, Jerry Ward, Mike Ward, Charles Ward Jr., Danny Baldwin, Joe Mowery and David Benson. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Mowery, John R. Brown, Bob Martin, Denver Oxley, Charles Ward Sr., Bill Irby, Jim Winton, Donnie Blake, Leland Gibson, Clete Barlow, Gene Holland, Gary Dehls, Hillard Duckworth and Ronnie Dunlap. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Piggott businessman Jim Watson, 61, of Piggott died Saturday, May 22, 2004.
Watson was involved in a wide range of civic activities in Piggott.
Watson started working at Brown Shoe Company in 1960. He retired from Brown Shoe in 1983. He served as the plant manager for 10 years.
In 1979 he purchased Davis Brothers Furniture Store in Piggott. He purchased the Montgomery Ward Catalog Agency in 1983.
Watson obtained his real estate license in 1985. He worked as principal broker of Watson Real Estate until his death.
He was a member of the Economic Development Council, a charter member of the P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council, past board member of the Piggott Little League and served on the Airport Commission.
Watson coached many sports teams for his children and grandchildren, including baseball and basketball.
Watson was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Piggott. He served as a deacon at the church as well as a Sunday school teacher, faithful choir member and on various committees, including the Pastor Search Committee.
He was born July 19, 1942, in Bernie, Mo., the son of the late Triss and Pearlie Fannie Lane Watson.
He was united in marriage to Linda Kay Ellis on Dec. 5, 1960. They had three children.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett and Chester Watson; and one sister Colleen Watson.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kay Watson of Piggott; three children, Todd Watson and wife, Elizabeth, of Piggott, Sherri Wright and husband, Gary, of Piggott and Brian Watson and wife, Crystal, of Paragould; six grandchildren, Alec and Elise Watson, Jonathan, Breanna and Mallory Wright and Jacob Watson; eight brothers and sisters, Juanita Lamunion and husband, Red, of Dexter, Pete Watson and wife, Bonnie, of Bloomfield, Mo., Bob Watson and wife, Lois, of Barnhart, Mo., Jerry Watson and wife, Bernice, of O'Fallon, Mo., Jack Watson and wife, Terry, of St. Charles, Mo., Gary Watson and wife, Joann, of Evansville, Ind., Bill Watson and wife, Mary, of Bernie and Beautone Watson of Mountain Home, Ark.; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Watson of Granite City, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Piggott with Charles Carrens and Dr. Ken Gore officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were John Scheffler, Larry Winberry, Harry Niewald, Jerry Muse, Travis Boyd, Keith Woolverton, Bobby Shanklin and Rodney Rouse. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Winton, Max Mayberry, Mike Yon, Tommy Hardcastle and James Morris.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Leland Cole Sells
Leland Cole Sells, 18, of Piggott died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, in the Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott.
He was born Nov. 16, 1985, in Paragould, the son of Larry Sells and Kathy O'Bryant Mauldin.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ruth and William O'Bryant; maternal great-grandparents, Benton and Artie Lacey; and his paternal great-grandparents, Lewis and Bessie Sells.
He is survived by his father, Larry Sells of Piggott; mother, Kathy Mauldin of Boydsville; paternal grandfather, Floyd Sells of Clarksville, Ark.; paternal grandmother, Mary Page of Bangor, Mich.; four sisters, Cassandra Sells and Laura Sells, both of Piggott, and Amanda Sells and Lindsey Sells, both of Paragould; one brother, Daniel Granger O'Bryant of Piggott; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2004, in the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott with Bro. Kevin Murray and Todd Milburn officiating. Pallbearers were Daniel Granger, Joe Busby, Adam Hackworth, Andy Graves, Steven Graves, John Tucker, Jason Davis and Dennis Linsley. Burial followed in the Post Oak Cemetery
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Nelda Miriam Settlemoir
Nelda Miriam Settlemoir, 94, of Piggott died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
She was the wife of the late Frank Settlemoir.
She was born Aug. 14, 1909, in Springerton, Ill., the daughter of the late Edmond "Ed" and Clara (Pifer) Johnson.
She was a lifelong member of the community and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Piggott General Baptist Church. She loved quilting, cooking and working in her garden and lawns.
She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Pat Settlemoir; one son-in-law, Bill Crismon; and one granddaughter, Jerri Lynn Crismon.
She is survived by two daughters, one son, one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law, Louise and J.D. Ellis of Piggott, Glenda Crismon of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Vernon and Peggy Settlemoir of Sherwood, Ark.; one sister, Edna Underwood of Campbell; two brothers, Vernon Johnson of Searcy and Leland Johnson of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Judy Ellis Eubanks, Jim Ellis, Keith Settlemoir, Barry Settlemoir, Allen Crismon, Tom Crismon, Kathy Becker, Dennis, James and John Narlock; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2004, in the chapel of Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott with Bro. Joe Payne officiating. Burial followed in Piggott Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mrs. Settlemoir's grandsons, Keith Settlemoir, Barry Settlemoir, Allen Crismon, and Mitch Eubanks, Gerald Morris and J.B. Featherston.
Wilma A. Roach
Wilma A. Roach, 88, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Monday, May 10, 2004, at her home after a short illness.
She was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Pollard, the daughter of Arthur and Minnie Belle Bennett.
She married Doyle Presley in 1934. He preceded her in death. She married Noel Roach in McDougal on Oct. 14, 1938.
Mrs. Roach was a devoted Christian and a past member of the Post Oak Baptist Church in McDougal.
For many years she worked from her home as a seamstress/upholsterer and after her years as a counter clerk with Artway Cleaners, they became a major customer of hers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, R. Louise Schneider; a brother, Brice Bennett; a sister, Thela Kaiser; and a granddaughter, Anita Presley.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Noel; her children, Charles D. Presley of Adrian, Mich., Neoma A. Robinson of Ypsilanti, Mich., Raymond N. Roach of Findlay, Ohio, and Keith E. Roach and wife, Judith, of Monclova, Ohio; two brothers, James Bennett and wife, Mildred, of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Dredman Bennett and wife, Myrna, of Corning; two sisters, Lucille Downey of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Syble Fields of Ann Arbor, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Doris Garver of Jonesboro and Edna Potter of Piggott; one niece, Sue Bell of Piggott; and one brother-in-law, Earl Roach and his wife, Jan, from St. Charles, Mo.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2004. Burial followed at Washtenong Memorial Park.