Clay County Living

Obituaries

Geraldine “Jerry” Anne (Farr) Richardson died peacefully at her home in West Hartford, Connecticut, at the age of 99. Jerry was born in the township of Colt in rural Arkansas on March 6, 1916, and died on June 23, 2015. She was the daughter of Jesse William Farr and Francis Adele (Hooper) Farr and was predeceased by both parents. She is survived by a step-son, John David Richardson and his wife Mary of Corning, Arkansas; step-grandchildren, J. D. Richardson II and Christie (Richardson) Getman; and Tim Kirby, Jr.; step-great grandchildren, Will and Gage Getman; and Jackson and Caroline Kirby; a brother, Richard C. Farr and his wife Marcille of West Hartford; a niece, Denise and her husband Andrew; nephews Rich, David, Lynn, and Rogers and his wife Sue; a great niece Kelly, a great-nephew Marcus, and their mother Margaret Jo; She is also survived by numerous cousins in various locations in the United States and abroad, including Patricia and Joe and others from the Hooper branch of the family. Other family members who predeceased her were: her husband, Sterling O. Richardson; a step-daughter, Dorothy Ann (Richardson) Kirby Bateman; and a brother, William Glenn Farr and his wife, Miriam, all originally from Arkansas. Additionally, she was predeceased recently by two close lifelong friends, Doryce (Fisher) Wiltshire of Wynne, and Wilma Cox of Pocahontas. Jerry was educated in public schools in Wynne, where she was Valedictorian of her graduating high school class in 1933. Later, she continued her education and graduated from Draughn College in Memphis. At various times in her working life she was a dump-truck driver, an executive secretary; a banker; a farmer of cotton, rice and soybeans; and a breeder of prize bulls. Widowed at age 39, she became the owner and chief executive officer of Belford and Roe Oil Company and managed that company successfully until she sold the firm in 1976. In 1983, she moved from Arkansas to West Hartford, where she has resided for the past 30-plus years. At the core of Jerry’s long life were two consistent threads: close and loving relationships with her family and countless friends; and, her strong Christian faith, as manifested by active and prayerful participation in church activities and worship, most recently as a member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church of Hartford, Connecticut. Throughout her life, she was an active and enthusiastic volunteer with numerous charitable, civic and religious organizations. Most recently, she felt keen satisfaction from her voluntary work in the Greater Hartford area with Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. She continued to attend church services regularly until a few months ago. She had a gentle determination about her that kept her going. Jerry had strong relationships with many friends who were many years younger than she. They adored her and loved being with her. She spanned the generations with her many close friendships. An avid sports fan, she usually knew as much, if not more, about the worlds of baseball, tennis, basketball, football and thoroughbred racing than did those who participated actively in these sports. In her retirement years, Jerry traveled broadly and extensively in this country and internationally, meeting new friends and keeping in touch with others from her past. In all walks of life, it is widely said and felt about Jerry, “She loved everyone, and everyone loved her.” Jerry died with utmost grace, just the way she lived her life. Jerry’s family members are deeply indebted to her many, many friends; to the clergy, staff and membership of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church; to many doctors, nurses and staff members of hospitals and other medical and health facilities; and in particular to her personal physician, Dr. Michael Jiminez, M.D. of Pro Health Physicians. All these individuals and institutions made her final years very comfortable and meaningful to her. Burial arrangements have been entrusted to Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home of West Hartford. No calling hours are planned. A Memorial Service to celebrate Jerry’s life will be scheduled later, and will be announced in a timely manner. For additional information or online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com. For any who may wish to make contributions in memory of Jerry, the following recipients are suggested: Loaves and Fishes; Meals on Wheels; and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. 10t1p

Jacky Lynn Miller, 57, of Manila, AR. died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Mr. Miller was born Feb. 5, 1958 in Aurora, IL. He worked as a heavy equipment operator who enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, and teaching his grandchildren how to use his tools. On September 12, 1980 Jacky married Debbie Spears in Success. She survives. In additional to his wife, Jacky was also survived by his two children, Brandi Michelle DeForge and husband Paul Ivan of Manila, and Heather Elaine Pierce and husband Frankie of Paragould; six brothers, John Carmon Miller of Paragould, Jesse Carl Miller of Montgomery, IL., Dennis Eugene Miller, Robert William Miller, Tommy Wayne Miller, and Mark Steven Miller all of Corning, and three grandchildren, Colten Hollowell, Aaron Hollowell and Aubree Pierce. Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, James Bryant Miller Sr. and Rosalie Emily Marie Pounds, and two brothers, James B. Miller Jr. and Timothy Duane Miller. Services were held Tuesday, June 30, in the Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Panagas officiating. Burial will be held at Black Cemetery in Paltka.

Mattie Irene Tilley, 73, of Datto, Arkansas, died June 22, 2015, at her home. Irene, as her friends and family knew her, was born on December 3, 1941, in Delaplaine to Arttie and Nancy (Maynard) Page. She was married to Cletus Tilley on July 4, 1995. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Dale Robertson; stepson, Jeff Tilley; brothers, Waylon Page, and Eddie Page. Survivors include husband, Cletus Tilley, of the home; daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Wheeler, of Datto; son, Danny (Darla) Robertson, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; stepsons, Gary Tilley, of St. Louis, Missouri, and David Hunter, of Pocahontas; brother, Glen Page, of Brookland; sisters, Maryetta (Bob) Wooldridge, of Reyno, Joyce (David) Midgett, of Datto, and Carolyn Page, of Corning; 12 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. A visitation and graveside service was held at the Johnston Cemetery, near Reyno, on June 24, 2015 with Charles Midgett officiating. Honored to serve as pallbearers were Danny Robertson, Joe Thomas, Douglas Tisdal, and Ed Tisdal. An online guestbook may be signed by visiting: www.fearsfamilyfuneralhome.com

Dr. Steven Kimball Morello, 47, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, died June 23, 2015, at his home. His life’s work was an anesthesiologist. Steven was born September 29, 1967, to Vince and Sandra Morello. His father preceded him in death in 1998. He is survived by his mother Sandra of Maryland Heights, MO., and two siblings, twins Stewart and Shelly, 40, also of Brazil. He is the grandson of the late Orpha Kimball of Corning. Funeral service was held in Brazil on June 24.

Sheila Mae Holland, 53, of Knobel, Arkansas, passed away June 20, 2015, in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born August 20, 1962, in St. Louis, to the late Harry Lee Dunn and Geneva Marie Kavy. She was married to Kenneth Holland. He survives. Also surviving, her mother, Geneva Kavy and husband Pete Richardson Kavy, of Knobel;, her children, Jonas Vanpool of Corning,, Rachel Holland of Poplar Bluff, Kenny Holland of Knobel, Jessica Trice and Jordan Holland, both of Poplar Bluff. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. A Memorial visitation and funeral were held June 26, 2015 starting at in the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel of Neelyville.