Obituaries for Feb. 22

Obituaries for Feb. 22

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:02 pm

Richard Smythe Buckelew Jr.

Richard Smythe Buckelew Jr., 46, of Capte Girardeau, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at his home.

Services were held at 12 p.m. today (Feb. 22) at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel in Martin with Rev. Bill Benefield officiating. Burial will be in Buckelew Cemetery in Tiptonville.

Buckelew was born Aug. 3, 1964, in Lake County, son of Richard Buckelew of Dresden and Katie Voss Buckelew of Fulton, Ky. He was an electrician of K&K Electric. He was married to Cindy Benefield Buckelew of Cape Girardeau.

Survivors also include his stepmother, Enola Buckelew of Dresden; a son, Cody Bradencamp; a daughter, Kayla Bradencamp, both of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Tammy Draughn of Fulton; stepbrothers, James Nichols of Tupelo, Miss and Kenny Nichols of Jackson; stepsisters, Shelia Reagan and Patsy Morgan, both of Dresden; Virginia Driver of Union City; Brenda Lowrance of Martin and Judy Chambers of West Virginia; several nieces and nephews Michael and Amanda Dunn and family; Misty and Cullen Brown and family; and Tabitha Lannom and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Whitby Buckelew.

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Dorothy Damron

Dorothy W Damron, 89, of Martin, died Thursday, Feb. 17 at Martin Health Care.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, at Sharon Church of Christ with Larry Powers and Jim Bryant officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Sharon.

Prentice Ary, Larry Damron, Donald Estes, Donald Evans, Scotty Gilbert and Scotty Riggs served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Damron was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Sharon, daughter of the late Jessie Thomas and Ruby Finch Wright. She was the wife of David Damron of Martin. She was a homemaker.  

Survivors also include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Pat Damron of Hayti, Mo., and Jim and Robbie Damron of Sharon; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jimmy Fisher of Kingsport; a sister, Faye Walker of Toledo, Ohio; and a brother, Gaye Wright of Memphis; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John H. Wright, Dean Wright, Gene Wright and James “Pete” Wright; and two sisters, Mildred Estes and Jessie Lee Mitchell. 


Wanda Sue O’Steen Gatewood

Wanda Sue O’Steen Gatewood, 77, of Dresden died Feb. 16, 2011 at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Services were 1 p.m. Saturday at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel in Dresden with Dr. Don McCulley and Bro. Jim Barnhouse officiating. Burial was in Macks Grove Cemetery.

Greg Bell, Buddy Bell, Lloyd Bell, James Mayse, Jerry Kelley and Donald Perkins served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family and employees of Lingl Corp.

Mrs. Gatewood was born, on Nov. 14, 1933 in Dresden, daughter of Lerlean Elizabeth Rhoades O’Steen of Dresden and the late Ony Leon O’Steen. She was the widow of Samuel Gatewood. She was a bookkeeper for Lingl Corp. and AEI in Paris. She was a member of Macks Grove Baptist Church near Dresden.

Survivors also includes a daughter Sheila Turbeville of Sharon; and a granddaughter, Precious Elizabeth Turbeville of Dresden.  

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Joey W. Guest

Joey W. Guest, 41, of Martin, died Sunday, Feb. 20 at Volunteer Community Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Martin. Visitation will from 5-8 p.m., at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin.

Guest was born June 29, 1969, the son of Mike and Shelia Walker Thompson of Martin and the late, Joe W. Guest Jr. He was the husband of Carol Scott Guest of Martin. He was a graduate of Westview High School and The University of Tennessee at Martin. He originated the Press Box #1 website and was an employee of Servall.

Survivors also include a son, Bo C. Guest of Martin; a sister, Christel McKee of Martin; two brothers, Michael Thompson of Clinton, Maine and Brad Thompson of Troy; his maternal grandparents, T. Joe and Verna Mae Walker.

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Lowell V. Kupfer

Lowell V. Kupfer, 91, of Martin, died Monday, Feb. 21 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East, Memphis.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel in Martin with the Rev. Larry Reagan officiating. Burial will be in Palmersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel.

Chester Ezell, Danny Edney, Gale Isom, Matt Isom, Clint Damron and Marty Pounds will serve as pallbearers.

Kupfer was born June 24, 1919, in Mounds, Ill., son of the late Harry and Anna Taylor Kupfer. His wife, Bertha Harris Kupfer, preceded him in death. He was a retired welder of Lear-Sigler Company in Union City and a WW II U. S. Army veteran. He attended Adams Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane Damron of Martin, LaDon Ezell of Linden and Debbie Isom of Memphis; five grandchildren, Clint Damron, Amanda Damron, Ashley Damron, Raygan Edney and Matthew Isom; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Viola M. Ward

Viola M. Ward, 69, of Gleason, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. 

Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Williams Funeral Home in Gleason with Bro. Tony Terrell officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Gleason.

Ward was born March 31, 1941, in Greenfield, daughter of the late Roy and Ruby Rambo Fortner. She was the widow of Ray Ward and a factory worker.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Johnston of Murfreesboro; and a son, Tommy Ward of Pensacola, Fla.

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Cecil Williams

Cecil Romero “Joe Boy” Williams, 70, of Martin, died Feb. 10, 2011, at Martin Healthcare.

Services were 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Martin with the Rev. Alvin Summers officiating  and burial was in Parham Cemetery in Martin.

Pallbearers were Wayne Clayton, Roylee Windham, Marcus Martin, Antwon Martin, Darshea Martin and Anthony Brasfield.

Honorary pallbearers were LC Martin, Roosevelt Martin, WC Martin, Dewey Rucker, Andre Counce and Melvin Minifee.

He was born March 17, 1940, in Texarkana, Ark., son of the late Juliette (Lowe) Smith and Roevelt Williams. He married the former Gloria Dean in 1976. She died in 2004. 

He attended Washington Carver junior and senior high schools in El Dorado, Ark., and Wendell Phillips School in Kansas City, Mo. He had been employed by Burlington Northern Railroad and by Parker Hannifin. He was an avid bowler who participated in televised tournaments, was an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Taymonia and Dewey Williams-Rucker of Independence, Mo.; his son, Vernon Reed of Greenbelt, Md.; two sisters and his brother-in-law, Jeanice and Andre Counce and Shirley  Smith, all of Kansas City; his brother, Melvin Minifee of Kansas City; and his granddaughter, Danyell Rucker of Independence.

He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Annie Edwards.

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