Clay County Living


February 18, 1932 - October 7, 2014 Ray Gene Hancock passed away on Tuesday, in the comfort of his youngest daughter’s home in Toledo, Oregon, from the commonly known Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ray was born in Thorn Grove, Arkansas, to the late Charlie Harrison and Ethel Pearl Hancock. He grew up In Knobel. Ray was married to Merlene Cate on November 27, 1954. He was a member of the Albany Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising a garden. Ray is survived by wife Merlene Hancock; children Steven Hancock, Kimberly Waggoner and Angela Templeton; grandchildren Tim, Barbara, Tera, Hunter, Kayla and Trent; great grandchildren Madelyn, Weston, Addison, Aubrey, expecting Nolan. Ray has two remaining  sisters, Ella Bell, of Heber Springs, Arkansas and Lucille (Earl) Thomas, of Hot Springs, Arkansas of siblings that originally numbered nine. A celebration of life service was conducted on Saturday October 11, 2014, at Albany Missionary Baptist Church 710 SW Walnut St Albany, OR 97321. Donations may be made to the church building fund. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements (

Kenneth T. McDowell, age 71, a resident of Corning, AR formerly of Charleston, died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, AR. He was born September 16, 1943 in Cape Girardeau to the late Wilson Clarence and Mildred Tant McDowell. A graduate of Anniston High School, he enlisted in the US Air Force in September 1962 serving during the Vietnam War until his discharge in September 1966. During his Air Force service he received recognition as a Sharp Shooter and as Airman of the Month. Following his discharge, he returned to Charleston and attended Barber training and worked at Henry’s Barber Shop with Henry Coffer. In 1971 he established Mc- Dowell Flying Service and was still active in crop dusting until ill health forced retirement.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Charleston. On March 17, 2001 he married Glinda Darlene Haynes who survives of the home. Also surviving are two sons,  Tony McDowell of Port Allen, LA and Jamie McDowell of East Prairie, MO; two daughters, Stephanie Parker and Amy Dill, both of East Prairie; one step son, Gene Haynes of Corning; one step daughter, Teresa Kindred of Blodgett; one brother, Byron McDowell of Charleston; one sister, Carolyn Burcks of Charleston; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, one sister, Martha Lou Boone preceded him in death. Pallbearers Dan Haney, Rick Haney, John Haney, David McDowell, Jamie Conn and Kenny Jones. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 442, Charleston, MO 63834. Online condolences may be shared at  

Luanna Bauschlicher, 81, of Corning passed away Oct. 8, 2014 at home. Mrs. Bauschlicher was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, church activities, cooking, crossword puzzles, gardening, and yard work. She was a member of Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and Corning Harvest Festival Committee. She was also a  member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Corning where she taught Sunday school for more than 40 years and served the church in many other capacities. On Oct. 18, 1953 she married  Eugene Bauschlicher. They were married 53 years when he preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2006. Survivors are a son David  (Lynn) Bauschlicher of Corning; a brother Jerry Fischer of Rose Bud, IL; two grandsons Chris Bauschlicher and Will (Olivia) Bauschlicher both of Corning; a great grandchild Macy Bauschlicher; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by  her husband; parents William and Emily (Mueller) Fischer; and siblings Linda McCaffrey, Wayne, and Herbert Fischer. Funeral service was Saturday, October 11, 2014 in St. Matthew Lutheran Church with Pastor Jon Bischof officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, PO Box 399, Corning 72422. Sign online condolences: at