Clay County Living


Penelope Nicole McGrew was born and went to heaven on November 19, 2015. Survivors are parents Nick and Brooklyn McGrew of the home; a brother Jordan Veal of the home; grandparents Jim and Angie McGrew of Corning; uncle Cody (Magen) Mc- Grew; and aunt Amber (Jeremy) Arnett. She was preceded in death by her sister Paislee Nicole Mc- Grew and great grandmother Beverly Clark. Graveside service was held Sunday at Hitt Cemetery in Success with Bruce McGrew officiating. Burial followed at Hitt Cemetery under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home.

Laverda Maple, 83, of Corning passed away November 19, 2015, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Mrs. Maple was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, quilting, spoiling grand and great-grandchildren, and loved watching Cardinal baseball especially with her youngest great grandchild. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Corning. On August 23, 1949 she married Leon Maple. He survives. Other survivors are children Donna (Don) Andrews of Poplar Bluff, Marsha (Billy) Butts of Paragould, Dennia VanVickle of Anahuac, TX, and Mike (Kim) Maple of Sheridan; brother Joe Johnson of Paragould; sisters Guynneth Nelson of Jonesboro, Fletta Brewer of Corning, Debbie Wilkerson of Springfield, Darlene Hambrick and Celesta Allen both of Reyno; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Lola and Everett Johnson; brothers Ladoin, Dewayne, and General Johnson; and sister Imodene Mason. Funeral services were held Saturday Nov. 21 at Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kent Modlin and Pastor Don Andrews officiating. Burial was in Bond Cemetery in Knobel. Serving as pallbearers were Junior Bowers, Trey Bowers, Larry Catt, Bruce Catt, James Nipper, and Bill Swint. Honorary sisters are Judy Catt, Betty Bowers, and Bernice Bowers 

Lou Dell Border, 84, of Knobel, passed away Nov. 19, 2015, at Greene Acres Nursing Home in Paragould. Mrs. Border was retired from Basler Electric and a homemaker. She was a member of Knobel Church of Christ. On March 19, 1947 in Piggott, she married Rex Border. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1989. Survivors are children Linda Shatley of Paragould and Marshall (Jane) Border of Jonesboro; sister Betty Barker; brother-inlaw Olan Hanes; sisters-in-law Martha Border and Darleen (Hugo) Mora; grandchildren Belinda (Randy) Godfrey, Eddie (Millie) Leach, Heath (Nicole) Border, and Jerrod Border; seven great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents William Lassiter and Vola Smith Lassiter McGowan; step-father John McGowan; brother Leo Lassiter; and sister Nellie Bowers. The funeral was held Tuesday, November 24, at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning, with Dr. Win Bridges officiating. Burial was in Hosea Cemetery in Knobel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knobel Cemetery Assoc., c/o Doris Sellmeyer, PO Box 129, Knobel, AR 72435. Online condolences: