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November 2007 Obituaries

The following obituaries were taken from the Standard Democrat newspaper located in Sikeston, Scott County, Missouri.

Fannie Allen

(obituary printed Monday, November 26, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID - Fannie Lucille Allen, 93, died Nov. 24, 2007, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born Oct. 24, 1914, in Fredericktown, to the late Walter and Bessie Harris Welshans, she was a member of the New Madrid Baptist Church. She was marred to O.A. Allen, who preceded her in death in 1972. Four sisters and one brother also preceded her in death. Survivors include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, William C. and Jean Allen of Charleston, S.C. and James R. Allen of Premont, Texas; one sister, Roberta Bell of New Madrid; and 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Tripp Spangler will officiate. Burial will follow in Sikeston City Cemetery.

Carmen Basham

(obituary printed Monday, November 19, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID -- Carmen U. Basham, 80, died Nov. 17, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born June 2, 1927, in New Madrid, to the late Ernest Unsel and Edna Gasaway Unsel, she was a member of the New Madrid Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and American Legion Women's Auxiliary 595. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul Unsel. Survivors include: one daughter, Mary Edna Basham of Tiptonville, Tenn.; one brother, Junior "Bud" Unsel of New Madrid; and four grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. She was also survived by her niece and her spouse and child, Rebecca, Larry and Stephanie Treece, all of New Madrid. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. Graveside services will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Long will officiate. --Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or New Madrid United Methodist Church 627 Mill Street New Madrid, MO 63869

Dixie M. Akins

(obituary printed Thursday, November 15, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID -- Dixie M. Akins, 69, died Nov. 13, 2007, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Born Aug. 26, 1938, in Portageville, she was the daughter of the late J.R. and Leona Hunt Chambliss. On Sept. 27, 1975, she married J.D. Akins who preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 2005. Also preceding her in death were one daughter, Venus Kimball; and two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include: one daughter, Lonnie Jackson of Litchfield, Ill.; one son, Billy Douglas of Pevely; four sisters, Judy Keck of Sikeston, Nancy Walker of Lilbourn, Teresa Flegal of the state of Oregon and Cindy Akins of the state of Kentucky; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Dodie Townsend officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.

Beulah I. Tucker

(obituary printed Thrusday, November 15, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID - Beulah Iva Tucker, 63, died Nov. 14, 2007, at her daughter's home in New Madrid. Born July 2, 1944, in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late George Elmer Barfield and Frankie and Rudolph Swanson. Survivors include: three sons, Chris Voegtlin of Channelview, Texas, Richared Stegall of Portageville and Scott Stegall of Piedmont; one daughter, Vicki Barnett of New Madrid; one brother, George Barfield of Pacific; 13 grandchildren including Crystal Britt of Piedmont, whom she raised; and 10 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: one daughter, Kimberly Voegtlin; two brothers, Billy Barfield and Elmer Barfield; and five sisters, Edith Huffman, Betty Lloyd, Bertha Henson, Alice Barfield and Dorothy Barfield. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Dude Clark

(obituary printed Friday, November 9, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID -- Claudius H. "Dude" Clark, 85, died Nov. 7, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid. Born July 6, 1922, in Jonesboro, Ark., he was the son of the late Claude and Edna Reno Clark. On Dec. 12, 1941, he married Dorothy Johnson who preceded him in death in Sept. 1970. On Dec. 14, 1985, he married Ruth Patterson Clark who survives of New Madrid. Other survivors include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, James E. and Carolyn Clark of Chillicothe, Ill., Tony Clark of Morton, Ill., and Tim and Judy Clark of Morley; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn Cobb of Circle City, Dianne and Bobby Clark of Kennett and Donna and Ronnie Glidewell of Cape Girardeau; and 15

grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Louise Ash. He was preceded in death by: one son, Harold Clark, one granddaughter, Shawna J. Cobb; and two brothers and four sisters. Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Bud Evans will officiate. Burial with full military rites provided by the American Legion Post No. 595 Honor Guard will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Rubin Hill

(obituary printed Thursday, November 1, 2007, page 5) LAFORGE - Rubin Hill was born April 26, 1964, in Lilbourn. He was one of eight children born to Rosie Lee Wilderness Hill and Eugene Hill. Five boys and three girls were born to this union. Rubin attended school at Kewanee and New Madrid High School. He also attended truck driving school in Milllington, Tenn. He was employed as an over- the-road truck driver for 12 years until his health failed him. Rubin's father; two brothers, Jacob and Eugene Hill Jr.; and five sisters, Rosie Davis, Alberta Manuel, Hazel Moore, Dorothy Wilderness and Betty Jean Brown preceded him in death. Rubin departed this life on Oct. 30, 2007, at his home in LaForge. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beautiful, loving and God fearing mother, Mrs. Rosie Lee Hill of the home; four brothers, Joseph Hill of New Madrid, Kelvin Hill of Parma, Jerry Lewis Hill of Carlton, Calif. and James Hill of Milwaukee; five beautiful sisters and brothers-in-law, Lyndora Hughes (Ronnie) of Cape Girardeau, Rose Marie Spicer (Arthur) of St. Louis and Ruthie Phillips and Velma Hill of Chicago; two aunts, Nola Rucker (Melvin) of St. Louis and Georgia Mae King (Eddie) of Chicago; two uncles, Calvin Wilderness and Willie Lewis of St. Louis; three special nieces, Lolita Hill of New Madrid, Shannon Moore (Parnell) of St. Louis and Kateeka Hill of Cape Girardeau; two special greatnieces, Precious and Lyndria Hill; and one special great-nephew, Lorenzo Hill of the home; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Frank Wilderness Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sandhill Cemetery in New Madrid.

Simon Wofford

(obituary printed Thursday, November 1, 2007, page 5) HOWARDVILLE - Simon Wofford, 82, died Oct. 30, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born Sept. 28, 1925, in Woodland, Miss., son of the late Simon and Fannie Wright Wofford, he was a U.S. Marine veteran serving during World War II and a member of the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ at Howardville. On Feb. 8, 1947, in New Madrid, he married Pecola Lee, who survives of the home. Other survivors include: 19 children, Alberta Farr of Kennett, Simon Wofford IV of

Parma, Alice Cornley and Jann Wofford of Howardville; Mary Wofford of Huntsville, Ala., Aaron Wofford of Madison, Ill., Larry Wofford of Lilbourn, Rose Mary Bailey and Janice White of Minneapolis, Norma Amos of Menomonie, Wis., Robert Wayne Wofford of Independence, Ruth Ann Thompson of St. Louis, Anthony Wofford of Tacoma, Wash., Samue Wofford of Auburn, Wash., Sandra Devine of Brandon, Miss., Vanessa Strong of Jacksonville, Fla., Helen Thomas of Sikeston, Emory Wofford of Osceola, Wis. and LaShone Wofford of Clarksville, Tenn; two brothers, Johnny Robinson and Dean Robinson of St. Louis; and 64 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers and one sister. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Howardville Friendship Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Marvell Cranford officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.

Wilma Higgerson

(obituary printed Thursday, November 1, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID - Wilma L. "Bill" Higgerson, 84, died Oct. 31, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid. Born March 18, 1923, in Morrilton, Ark., she was the daughter of the late James E. and Mabel Gordon Williams. She was married to Walter "Urch" Higgerson, who preceded her in death on July 11, 1993. She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary Higgerson; and one sister. Survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Glen Morris of Festus; one sister, Alma Farrenburg of Farrenburg; and one grandson, James William Hawks of Festus. Visitation is from noon Friday until time of services at 2 p.m., at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. The Rev. Thad Grimstead will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.

Carl Brown

(obituary printed Thursday, November 1, 2007, page 5) NEW MADRID - Carl Brown, 52, died Oct. 30, 2007, at his home. Born Oct. 7, 1955, in Charleston, he was the son of Gene Brown of Kewanee and the late Frances Hurley Brown. Survivors include: three sons, Carl Walter Brown of St. Louis and Kamden Brown and Christopher Brown of the state of South Carolina; four brothers, Gerald Brown of Whitewater, Jimmy Brown of Granite City, Ill., Glen Brown of Sugar Hill, Ga. and Charles Brown of Jackson; three sisters, Frankie Blom of Whitewater, Linda Porter of New Madrid and Judy Harris of Jackson. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Richards Funeral Home of New Madrid is in charge of arrangements.

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