Clay County Living


Danny Eugene Hill, of Paragould was born July 2, 1943 in Delaplaine, son of Charles Woodrow and Lenora (Stevens) Hill. He died Friday, July 18, 2014 at his home. He was 71. A former cook at Coy’s Steak House in Hot Springs, he enjoyed taking care of animals. He was of the Christian faith. He married his wife Ellen C. Hill on April 25, 1975 and she preceded him in death on August 3, 1989. Survivors are his children Wayne (Lydia) Hill, Little Rock, Boyce (Janette) Hill, Paragould, Vicky (Anthony) Banks, Corning, Daniel (Jennifer) Hill, Paragould, Crystal (Stephen) Van- Nada, Yellville, Brittany Hill (Taeyler) Hill of Paragould, Charles Hill of Poplar Bluff; brother Rickey (Lana) Hill, Poplar Bluff; sisters Janie Neal of Wentzville, MO., Rita (Denny) Stormes, Paragould; fourteen grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and brother Jerry Hill. Funeral services were Sunday, July 20, 2014 in the chapel Ermert Funeral Home with Denny Stormes officiating. Private burial at Jones Ridge Cemetery near Delaplaine, at a later date. Sign online condolences at 

Billy Joe Thompson, formally of Corning, departed this life on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Billy was born on Friday, August 13, 1937 in White Hall, Arkansas to Willie Lee (Bud) and Ruth Elma Bonham- Thompson. Billy served our country in the United States Air Force in Korea, from 1955-1959 and was active reserve for an additional two years. He received his training in the field of Aerospace ground power and missile maintenance at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois and also cross-trained into gas engine repair. After serving in the Air Force he earned a diploma from Marked Tree Vocational School for Refrigeration Repair. Billy worked many different  jobs throughout his life. He worked for Chris Craft boats in Chicago, Illinois; he was a Deputy Sheriff in Poinsett County; Constable of Scott Township in Poinsett County; He farmed from an early age and he worked for Johansen  Brothers Shoe Company in both Harrisburg and Corning a total of 32 years. Billy was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Harrisburg, Arkansas. He was an avid reader, a grand storyteller, and a math whiz. Billy’s dream was to someday go to Alaska. He moved there in 2003 and that is where he departed his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Lindsey- Thompson; three granddaughters Jessica, January and Adrian; his parents; three brothers; and  
three sisters. Billy leaves behind two sons and two daughters Clay, Terrie, Marty and Stacy; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Billy is and will always be missed and loved; Until We Meet Again. 13t1p 

Floye Verdier of Corning was born in Success, March 12, 1920 daughter of Adam and Ellen (Hart) Counts. She died Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was 94. A homemaker and member of Church of Christ, she married Roy Verdier on December 7, 1935. He preceded her in death. Survivors are two sons Dewayne Verdier, Dittmer, MO and Ronnie Verdier, Corning; one daughter Brenda Nenninger, St. Louis; 11 grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren; and 4 great-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers Elda and Haskle Counts; and  sister Ruth Long. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Ermert Funeral Home. Burial in Corning Cemetery at a later date. Sign online condolences at