Clay County Living


John Brooks, 67, of Corning, died Monday, September 29, 2015, in Corning Therapy and Living Center. He was born Saturday, November 29, 1947, in Corning. John is survived by siblings Ruby Littell, Doniphan, William Brooks, Cape Girardeau, MO, Peggy Cannady, Houston, Wanda Howard, Denham Springs, LA, Wilford Brooks, Rockford, IL, Priscilla Hunter, Cape Girardeau, and Betty McCain, Orlando, FL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Tillie Brooks and siblings Dallas Brooks and Alice Myers. Funeral arrangements are not yet completed. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Ermert Funeral Home of Corning is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Rice Wendelken, 84, died at her home in Snellville, Georgia on Sunday, September 27, 2015. She was born December 22, 1930, in Corning, Arkansas, and served as an executive secretary for the Veteran’s Administration. She was preceded in death by her husband Capt. William Henry Wendelkin who died in 2010; parents E.H. and Maggie Rice. She married her husband on December 7, 1956. She is survived by her son David Wendelken of Fayetteville, N.C.; brother Clarence Rice and family of Little Rock, AR; sister Helen Rich and family of Lilburn, Georgia. A graveside service will be held at Corning Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015, with Pastor Herbert Ellis officiating. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Ermert Funeral Home of Corning is in charge of arrangements.

Estle H. “Bud” Knowlton, 93, of Poplar Bluff, Mo, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Oakdale Care Center in Poplar Bluff. Mr. Knowlton was born to Claude and Matilda (Ivy) Knowlton on April 25, 1922 in Ripley County. He was previously married to Genevive Richardson and Hazel Richardet who preceded him in death. Mr. Knowlton was a 1941 graduate of Neelyville High School and held a position as a welder in a shipyard. He was an active member of the Poplar Bluff Eagles Club and had owned Knowlton’s County Club on the Arkansas/Missouri state line. Mr. Knowlton enjoyed antique cars and raising Tennessee Walking horses during his lifetime. He is survived by two daughters, Verneal Braden of Viola, AR and Carolyn Michnal of Kalispill, MT: a step daughter, Robin Perna of Lindsey, Calf.; a sister, Louise Gillispie of Montgomery, Al., eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by a son, Stanley, and three sisters, Ollie Hines, Celesta Armstrong and his twin, Esther Engleman. Funeral services were held Tuesday September 26, at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel of Neelyville with burial in the Memorial Garden of Poplar Bluff.

Mark Quintin Gearhart passed away Monday, September 26, 2015, at his home in Corning, Arkansas, at the age of 43. He was born December 17, 1971, in Pocahontas, AR. Mark worked as a transportation professional, delivering petroleum products. He enjoyed deer hunting, four wheelers, mudding, playing softball with his children and cooking for his children. Mark and former wife Melanie Reed had one son, Joseph Rusell Gearhart, both of whom survive. He later married Kathy Borders and from that union three children were born: Destiny Danielle, Cheyenne Renee and Dylan Matthew; all of whom survive. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Lee Gearhart. Survivors along with his children include his mother Sharon Whitaker Blackman; grandfather Russ Williams; two sisters Johanna Sullivan Woolard and Lisa Gearhart Hail; two brothers Joseph Lynn Gearhart and Robert Lee Blackman, Jr.; niece Samantha Gearhart Denton; nephew Alexander Lee Blackman; great nephews Caden Lee Denton and Dakota Hunter Blackman. Visitation was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, MO. Graveside service is at 3 p.m. at Corning Cemetery.

Dorlis Micenhamer, 74, of McDougal, passed away September 22, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro. Mr. Micenhamer was a farmer and lifelong resident of McDougal. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and proud graduate of Corning High School Class of 1959. He attended Harmony Baptist Church in Pollard and was very active, truly beloved by the entire congregation. His smile and greeting will forever be remembered. A dedicated Christian, Mr. Micenhamer was known for his playful nature and was considered a surrogate parent and grandparent by many in his church and community. On October 1, 1960, he married his loving wife Zelda (Hardin) Micenhamer. She survives. Other survivors include a son Tony (Misty) Micenhamer of Brookland; sister Carolyn Stokes of Tipton, IN; nephew Robin Stokes of Tipton, IN; niece Twyonna Deckard of Tipton, IN; and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Nettie (Parrish) Micenhamer. Graveside service was held at New Hope Cemetery in Pollard with Pastor Tim McCleskey and Bro. Elvis Brandon and officiating.