Clay County Living


Thelma Irene Brewer of Corning was born December 11, 1917 in Corning, daughter of James Samuel and Ella (Boshears) Duff. She died in Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Friday, November 14, 2014. She was 96. A homemaker, she was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. In February 1939 she married her husband Ray Brewer, who preceded her in death April 13, 1986. Survivors are two sons Don (Fletta) Brewer, Corning and Jim (Linda) Brewer, Success; four grandchildren Steve, Shana, Jeff and Tim; 12 great-grandchildren  and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two sisters Dorothy Hagar and Mary Kazee. Funeral services were Monday, November 17, 2014 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Tim Brewer and Pastor Robert Moore officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery. Sign online condolences at

Bette Cochran Hall died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. She was born November 5, 1925 in Success, to Eulis and Alma (Cunningham) Cochran. Ms. Hall graduated from Corning High School and Ouachita Baptist University. After graduation she married Rev. J. Leland Hall who preceded her in death in 2009. The Halls served the Lord, pastoring churches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Florida. Ms. Hall was a godly pastor’s wife, an inspiration and witness to many people. She never met a stranger. Proverbs 31:10-31 is a very fitting scripture for her life. Survivors are two sons: Dr. Jim (Dawn) Hall, Wildwood, MO, Hal (Sharon) Hall, Roland, WS; three daughters: Bette L. (Charles) Moesser, Ballwin, Mo., Alma (Norman) Wakefield, Bulverde, TX., Lydia (Gry) Goode, Titusville, FL; 20 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, a sisterin- law Doll Cochran, Corning, and several other in-laws, many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents: Eulis (Alma) Cochran, and brother Bob Cochran. Services were held November 22 in Corning under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to WCIF, Melbourne, FL. 32904 where they founded the radio station in First Baptist Church in Melbourne. 30t1p 

Ronald Catt, 75, of Corning, passed away Nov, 16, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, surrounded by his family. Mr. Catt was born in Knobel, on Feb. 8, 1939, the son of Dale and Hazel (Hancock) Catt. He was a graduate of Knobel High School. He was a farmer raising rice and soybeans and had cattle. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Corning. On Jun. 30, 1961, he was married to Judy (Garver) Catt. She survives. Other survivors are one daughter Rhonda McKinney of Corning; two sons Jerry and Tim Catt of Corning; grandchildren Trent (Jessica) McKinney of Corning, Scotty (Amy) Catt of Paragould, Ashlee (David) Gill of Jonesboro, Colby Catt of Knobel, Samantha (Aaron) Young of Corning, Caleb Catt of Piggott, Travis McKinney of  Corning and Lynzi Catt of Knobel; great grandchildren Bailey Catt, Cooper Gill, and Kade McKinney; five sisters Betty (Marron) Archer of Boydsville, Doris Bell of Heber Springs, Shirley (William) Flowers of  Heber Springs, Garonda Stevens of Corning, Dena (Bobby) of Corning; four brothers Jack (Doris) Catt of Knoxville, TN, Larry (Shirley) Catt of Corning, Roger Catt of Imperial, MO, and Gary Catt of Arnold, MO; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law Eugene Bell and Bob Stevens; and a son-in-law Lonnie McKinney; Funeral service was Nov. 19 at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Kent Modlin officiating. Burial followed in Corning Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to Flo and Phil Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, 72401
or Paragould Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, 72450.

Alvie Foster, 69, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home in Success, Arkansas. He was born August 1, 1945 in St. Louis, to Bill and Geri (Filzsimmons) Foster, who preceded him in death. Mr. Foster is survived by his children: Jeri Warbritton of Clinton, AR., Debra Smith, and Rick Foster, Poplar Bluff; two brothers: Rolla Foster, Doniphan; Tom Foster, Oxly; one sister: Tempe Shults, Doniphan; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Visitation is 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Ermert Funeral Home Chapel in Corning with funeral services conducted thereafter by Pastor Herb Ellis. Burial will follow in Hit Cemetery in Success. Online condolences may be offered at