Clay County Living


Thomas Moore, 91, of Sedalia, MO. passed away July 27, 2015, at home. Mr. Moore was a retired teacher and superintendent. He served in the US Navy. On October 9, 1948, he married Mary Moler Moore. She preceded him in death. Survivors include children Frances (Lynn) Shafer of Sedalia, MO and James L. (Thea) Moore of Independence, MO; sisters Maudie Sullinger of O’Kean, AR and Lula Meier of Old Monroe, MO; grandchildren Michelle (Dan) Shafer Marine, Amy (Mark) Shafer Wilkerson, Jennifer (Bobby) Moore Jeffers, Nicole Moore, and Colt Moore; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents James and Janie Moore; sisters Martha Bost and Serena Rogers; and brothers William and Robert Moore. A celebration of life will be conducted Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.
at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Online condolences:

Florence McComb, 73, of Neelyville, MO., died Friday, July 24, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. McComb was born April 15, 1942, in St. Louis, She served on the City Council from 1994 – 2007 as well as serving as mayor and a head start teacher for Neelyville. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Ruth Chapter #23 in Poplar Bluff. She was a member of the Agape House of Worship in Neelyville, where
she served as church secretary , treasurer, Sunday school teacher, choir director. On May 10, 1969 she married Ted McComb in Corning, AR. He survives. Also surviving are her eight children: Teddy (Cindy)
McComb Jr. of Neelyville, Mo., Cliff (Jennifer) of Wichita, Ks., Pat Wallace (Lee) of Neelyville, Donnell (Loretta) McComb, Neelyville, Katina (Gerald) Howell, Wichita, KS., Troy (Gina) McComb, Del Rio,TX., Kristina (Linden) Gibson, Columbia, MO., Lennell (Kevin) Wilson, Columbia, Retha Deaner, raised by Florence as a daughter; 35 grandchildren; and 74 greatgrandchildren. Preceding her in death are her parents; four sisters, Vernita BrownLee, Gerelean Brown- Lee, Fannie Barker, Marcella BrownLee; and three brothers, Javers BrownLee, Isaiah Smith, and Lewis Charles Smith. Funeral Services were Wednesday, July 29, at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville with burial in Neelyville Cemetery. Pastor Donnell Mc- Comb officiated.  

Mrs. Erma Dean Knowlton, 75, of Corning, passed away Wed. July 22 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Mrs. Knowlton was born in Corning on Jan. 17, 1940. She was a retired assembler from Basler Electric Co., she also worked for East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, shopping, eating out at restaurants and loving on her dog Abby. She was Baptist in faith. She married her husband Richard Knowlton on Jan. 4. 1974, he preceded her in death on March 22, 2011. She is survived by daughter Cindy Counts of Pollard; son Jim Duff of Corning; stepchildren Mary Woods of Corning and Rick Knowlton of Cape Cod, MA.; sister Irene Berry of Doniphan, MO; brother Billy Joe (Billie Sue) Holland of St. Charles, MO.; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; parents John Eli and Ora Belle (Coffee) Holland; three brothers Sonny, Floyd and Johnny Holland; two sisters Ila McConnell and Ilene Greene. Visitation was Fri. July 24 in the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel, funeral service followed 3:00 pm with Rev. Carl Thomason officiating. Burial followed in the Corning Cemetery. 

Norma Dean Young, 84, of McDougal, AR, passed away July 24, 2015, at her home in McDougal. She was born on August 7, 1930, in McDougal, and was the daughter of the late Ralph Owen and Ora Baker Read. She was united in marriage to Earl Devon Young on July 23, 1948, and to this union four children were born. Norma was a member of the McDougal Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Matthew Young, one great grandson, Ross Young; brother, Carl Read; and sister, Juanita Medling. Survivors include her husband Devon Young and her children: Franklin Young and wife Diane of Milan, Michigan, Michael Young and wife Nancy of Hernando, Mississippi, Marianna Bowers and husband Freddy of McDougal, Arkansas, and Timothy Young of Bartlett, Tennessee; grandchildren: Jody Bowers, Jeremy Bowers, Jason Bowers, Justin Young, Curtis Young, Stephanie Squire, and Melissa Mansuy; great-grandchildren: Austin Young, Avery Young, Ian Mansuy, Kaitlyn Mansuy, Ashley Bowers, Hunter Bowers, Julia Young, and Joseph Young; two brothers, Nathaniel Read of Milan, Michigan, and Larry Read of Bernie, Missouri; two sisters, Barbara Howe of Saline, Michigan and Carol Bell of Piedmont, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. with Johnny Bradshaw officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery in Pollard. Pallbearers were Jody Bowers, Jeremy Bowers, Jason Bowers, Justin Young, Curt Young, Ian Mansuy, Stephanie Squire, and Melissa Mansuy.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest memorials be made to the Children’s Homes, 5515 Walcott Rd, Paragould, AR 72450, or give online at 

Mr. Michael Lloyd Fennell, 58, of Piggott, AR., passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Rector Nursing and Rehabilitation in Rector. Mr. Fennell loved collecting Elvis memorabilia, he was Baptist in faith. He is survived by his mother Louise (Rice) Fennell of Piggott, AR., his father Lloyd Fennell and wife Margaret of Poplar Bluff, MO.; his brother Steve Fennell of Piggott, AR.; a niece Elizabeth Fennell of Piggott, AR., step-sister Susan Ellis of Poplar Bluff, MO.; and a stepnephew Hunter Ellis of Poplar Bluff, MO. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Garland and Gladys Rice. Visitation was Saturday, July 25, 2015, in the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Funeral services following. Bob Halcomb officiated. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery in McDougal.