Clay County Living


Joyce Pfeifer, 74 of Jonesboro, formerly of McDougal, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Bernards Hospital. She was born April 23, 1940 in Ann Arbor, MI daughter of Vernie and Verna (Morris) Parrish. Joyce was a retired tax consultant for H&R Block. She is a member of Connection Point Baptist and had lived in the Jonesboro area for the past 50-plus years. Survivors include her husband Doyle Pfeifer; sons Mark (Michelle) Steele, Chris (Shelby) Pfeifer and Carey Pfeifer all of Jonesboro; grandchildren April Steele, Tony Steele, Jordan Steele, Jake Steele, Cheyenne Williamson, Kirk and Molly Pfeifer; great-grandchild, Eli Steele; sister Brenda Garver of Brookland; brother Darrell Parrish of Jonesboro. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Crela Hatley and Tullin Melton. Graveside service was held Tuesday, March 17, at Post Oak Cemetery in McDougal, with Chad White officiating. Memorials can be made to the St. Bernard Senior Life Center, 700 E. Washington, Jonesboro, 72401.

Rev. William E. Polk, Jr. was born in Corning, son of Postmaster William E. Polk, Sr. and educator Juliette (House) Polk. He died January 11, 2015 in Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson, Maryland. He was 89. A 1943 graduate of Corning High School, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before being appointed a Methodist minister in 1963 and was ordained in 1967. It was said his sermons were down to earth and he helped people lead a Christian life. He earned a master’s degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington while serving a church in Bowie. There, Rev. Polk oversaw the merger of the church’s white congregation with an African- American congregation, and helped oversee desegregation of Prince George’s public schools and court-ordered busing in 1973. Survivors are his wife Carol of 60 years; children Laura (Brian) Siegel, William Timothy (Marianne) Polk, and Catrina (Robert) Diem; nine grandchildren; brothers Donald and Robert; son-in-law David (Martha) Myers and their daughters Ella and Emily; and friends Lynn and Larry Dickens; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Marcia (David) Meyer; brother Richard Polk. Funeral services were Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial may be made to the church or hospice center.

David Ricker, Sr. of Corning was born at Macks Creek, Missouri September 4, 1940 son of June and Ace Ricker. He died in Corning Therapy and Living Center Thursday, March 19, 2015. He was 74. An employee of Corning School District and an assembler at Darling Store Fixtures in Corning, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, re-loading ammo and motorcycles. He was of the Baptist faith. October 14, 1967 he married his wife Marie Pearl Ricker who preceded him in death on March 23, 2011. Survivors are one son David Ricker, Jr., Corning; five grandchildren Shray, Mary Elizabeth, John and Jason Ricker and Gage Meridith. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and brother John Ricker. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Pastor Herbert Ellis officiating. Burial in Cantwell Cemetery, east of Corning. Sign online condolences at

Mr. Jackie C. Gott, 83, of Mc- Dougal, was born near Pollard, November 19, 1931, son of Sam and Lula (Hillyer) Gott. Jack passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Corning Therapy and Nursing Center in Corning, surrounded by family and friends. A veteran of the PEC U.S. Army 1st Armored Division Military Police, he enjoyed gardening, lawn care, going to church, and supporting different children’s organizations. He was a member of the Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Boydsville for many years. He and his wife Cathy Gott shared 52 wonderful years together. They were married on April 28, 1962. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Henry Clay Gott, George G. Gott and Benjamin D. Gott; and one sister, Novella Gott Parrish. Survivors are his wife, Cathy (VanGordon) Gott of the home; one daughter Freda (Gott) Smith and husband Tim of Dothan, Alabama; one son, Clyde Earl Gott of Paragould; one sister Vivian (Gott) Russom of Michigan; two brothers; Kennith W. Gott of Wisconsin, and Evert L. Gott and wife Pansy of Missouri; a special daughterin- law Barbara (Odle) Gott of Paragould; three grandchildren: Jordan Allen Gott of Navarre, Kansas, Amanda (Smith) Lewis and husband Jimmy of Dothan, Alabama, and Megan Gott, and friend Garrett Chandler, of Paragould; two great-grandchildren: Colton Chandler of Paragould and Jacob Lewis of Dothan, Alabama; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home with Bro. David Floyd officiating. Burial in Mars Hill Cemetery in Crockett.

Reverend Weldon Paul Anderson, Sr. of Senath, Missouri, formerly of Paragould, was born in Farmington, Illinois, April 13, 1942, son of Weldon Oliver and Thelma Marie (McCain) Anderson. He died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Senath Nursing and Rehabilitation in Senath. He was 72. A minister and a salesman, he proudly served as a member of the United States Navy. He was Pentecostal and a member of Seed of Faith Church in Paragould. Survivors are his ex-wife Anna Rose (Frost) Anderson of Paragould; three sons Marcus Anderson, Addington, IL, Weldon Anderson, Jr., Paragould, and Ernie Anderson, Colorado; two daughters Shonna Thom, Loves Park, IL, and Rachel Anderson, Muscatine, IA; two brothers David Anderson and Roger Anderson; three sisters Ida Marie Record, Sue Ellen and Christal Beats; one step-daughter Terry Harris, Senath; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Veda Anderson; two brothers Gene Anderson, Blair Anderson; and one step-son Charles Butler. Graveside funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Richwoods Cemetery west of Corning with Pastor Truman Wycoff officiating. Sign online condolences at