Obituaries

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James Warner Forinash

James Forinash

James Warner Forinash of Irondale, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. He was 92.

James was born on October 21, 1926, in Raymondville, a son of the late Jacob Ray Forinash and Dorothy Belle (Richardson) Forinash.

James was united in marriage to Waneda Lorraine Chapman on December 19, 1948, in Piggot, AR. They were blessed with four children born to the union.

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22
Feb

Dixie Ann Cole

Dixie Ann Cole

Dixie Ann Cole of Des Arc passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at her residence. She was 84.

She was born on June 8, 1934, to parents John and Martha (Osborn) Miller, at Russell, AR.

In April 1977, she was united in marriage to Charles Cole, Sr., and he preceded her in death in 2007.

Dixie was a loving mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She truly enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. Through the years Dixie had worked in nursing homes and was a certified nurse assistant. She was of the Baptist faith and had past attended White Hollow Church near Clubb. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Robert Dudley of St. Louis, James “Rick” Dudley and wife Judy of Des Arc, and Charles Cole, Jr., of Fenton; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Wed
20
Feb

Bonnie Emma Ivester

Bonnie Emma Ivester

Bonnie Emma Ivester of Ironton passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at The Baptist Home. She was 96.

She was born on May 27, 1922 in Old Appleton, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Boren) Moll.  She was raised by the late Euphrates and Dell Bonnie.

Bonnie is survived by four children, Cindy Edwards of Charlotte, NC, Melody Hodges of St. Charles, Bruce James of Putnam, CT and James Garner of Napa, ID.  Also surviving are her daughter-in-law, Patricia Strange of Ironton, 11 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ivester on March 13, 2007.  She was also preceded by two children, Linda Ruth James and Jimmy James, and her sister, Helen Gibbs.

Bonnie was a graduate of Jackson High School.

She worked as a floral arranger in a flower shop.  She was a member of Marble Creek United Baptist Church.

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20
Feb

William Anthony “Mousey” Midgett

William Anthony “Mousey” Midgett of Ironton passed away on Sept. 27, 2018.

He was born on February 16, 1957 in Bonne Terre to William Thurston Midgett and Nola Kelley Watts Midgett, both deceased.

On Oct. 6, 2001, he was married to Pam Bonagura.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Eric Midgett of Millstadt IL; three step-daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; a sister, Mary Jane Bright of St. Louis; one great-aunt Nelda Phelps of Belgrade; and numerous cousins.

A service will be held at home on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. Services to be conducted by Pastor Charles Sutton.

Wed
20
Feb

Glenn D. Witcher

Glenn Witcher

Glenn D. Witcher of Hot Springs, AR, formerly of Ironton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. He was 87.

He was born on May 13, 1931, in Corning, AR, the son of James Herbert Witcher and Sylvia Athlea Rapert Witcher.

On July 22, 1950,  he married Nelma Lee, who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his son, Rick Witcher, his parents, and his brother, Joe Witcher.

Glenn retired from Entergy where he was a district manager. After he retired, he worked as a consultant for Union Electric. Glenn enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family. He also volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Crossgate Church Food Pantry.

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20
Feb

Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas

Shirley Thomas

Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas of Ironton passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2019. She was 82.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1936 in Oswego, NY, the daughter of the late Murphy and Evelyn O’Brien Occhino.

On Oct. 12, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to John R. Guertin, who proceeded her in death on April 14, 2012.

To this union seven children were born, Denise (David) Bates of Ironton,  Debra A. (Joel III) Gordon of Desloge, John R. (Mary Memhardt) Guertin, Jr. of Ferrum, VA, Diane Sweeney of Ironton,  Brian (Kathleen Burke) Guertin of Marshall, VA, the late Kevin Guertin of Cornelia, GA, and Mark Guertin of Ironton.

On February 10, 1978, Shirley was united in marriage to Roy G. Thomas who proceeded her in death on April 23, 2002.

From this union Shirley’s stepchildren are Carson (Linda) Thomas, Roger (Sharon) Thomas, Brenda (Charles) Brooks, Linda (Scott) Freeman.

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Feb

James Alfred Sackett

James Sackett

James Alfred Sackett of Russell, AR, died on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at his home.  He was 87.

He was born on March 3, 1931 in Great Bend, PA, to the late Donald and Maddie Louise (Preston) Sacket.

James was a plant manager for Quick Point for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he especially loved to go square dancing with his wife; they traveled all over the state and out of state to different dance halls.

James served in the Army and Marine Corp and was a Korean War Veteran. He also was a long time member of the Russell Baptist Church.

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04
Feb

Carol Sue Williams

Carol Sue Williams

Carol Sue Williams of Ironton passed away on Jan. 23, 2019 in Des Peres. She was 75.

Carol was born on July 10, 1943 in Poplar Bluff, the daughter of the late Marshall “Bud” and Ruby (Wray) Arnold.

On March 16, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jack Delano Williams, who survives.

To this union one son was born, James Williams (Chi) of Odessa, DE.  Carol is also survived by three grandchildren, Joshua, Cristal, and Samuel Ho of Odessa DE; her sister, Marsha Nicholson of Ste. Genevieve; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her grandson, Solomon Ho.

Carol was a 1962 graduate of Cape Central High School.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Farmington.

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04
Feb

Kay Ruth Wilson

Kay Wilson

Kay Ruth Wilson of Doe Run passed away on Jan. 7, 2019 at her residence. She was 76.

She was born on July 12, 1942 in Memphis, TN, the daughter of the late James and Ruth (Riggs) Jerden.

On March 28, 1959, she was united in marriage to Joseph Wilson, Sr., who preceded her in death on April 3, 2009.

To this union four children were born, Deborah Pryor of Cherryville, Denise Sikes and husband Richard of Ironton,  Joseph Wilson, Jr. and wife Jill of Doe Run, and Charity Murphy, who preceded her in death.  Kay is also survived by one sister, Joyce Snyder of Jonesboro, AR, nine grandchildren, and 14 great- grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and daughter, Kay was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Jerden, Bobbie Jean Duncan, and Wilma Best; her brother, Kenneth Jerden; and son-in-law, Dennis Pryor.

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04
Feb

Charles Everett ‘Bud’ Warren

Bud Warren

Charles Everett Warren, known to most as “Bud”, passed away at his residence on Jan. 16, 2019. He was 76.

He was born on March 28, 1942 in Chloride, the son of the late Charles William and Rosetta (Womack) Warren.

On June 2, 1962, he was united in marriage to Donna Maye Brewer, who survives. To this union five children were born, Charles “Lenny” Warren, Archie Warren and wife, Sarah, Richard and wife Angie, and Paul and wife, Pamela, all of Annapolis.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Deonna Warren.

Bud is survived by four sisters, Juanita McDowell of Richland, Margaret Orrick of Fredericktown, Kathy Birkhead of Raymondville, and Dorothy Sutton of Arkansas; his brother-in-law, Kent Miller of Dixon; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren (with one more on the way), and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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