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; one daughter Patricia Travis; and two sisters Dorothy Hagar and Mary Kazee. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 17, 2014 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Tim Brewer and Pastor Robert Moore officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Steve Brewer, Jeff Brewer and  Ed Lomax; and great-grandsons Lucas Brewer, Brayden Brewer and Zeke Lomax. Sign online condolences at

Sterling Lee White, 81, of Paragould and formerly of the Corning area departed this life on November 15, 2014 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. He was born October 11, 1933 in Blytheville, son of Walter Lee White and Bessie (Oglesby) White. Sterling retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department as road grader operator, having received many awards. He lived life to the fullest and loved his family and friends very much. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann White; two daughters, Deborah (Edward) Snow of Cabot and Jackie Eldridge of Jonesboro; one stepson, Jimmy (Vicky) White of Paragould; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and five step great grandchildren; one brother, Bill (Nyla) White of Corning; and three sisters, Nina Easterwood of Arizona, Sharon Williams of Corning and Darlene Parks of Paragould; a host of nieces, nephew and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Leona McMillan. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 18 in a visitation setting at Peace Tabernacle Church in Paragould. 31t1p

Bette Cochran Hall died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. She was born November 5, 1925 in Success, daughter of 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, WA; three daughters: Bette L. (Charles) Moeller, Ballwin, MO, Alma (Norman) Wakefield, Bulverde, TX, Lydia (Dr. Greg) 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 and Alma Cochran; and brother Bob Cochran. Services were held Saturday, 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. 31t1p

Wyman G. Alliston of Neelyville was born November 12, 1923, son of Roy and Pearl Ray Alliston. He died Friday, November 21, 2014 in Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff. He was 91. A farmer and bus driver for Neelyville Schools from the fall of 1963 until November 1993, he was a member of the Independence Missionary Baptist Church. On February 25, 1950 he married his wife Gladys Ward in Pocahontas. She preceded him in death January 20, 1992. Survivors are his children Lavonne (Greg) Hinton, Glenda (Sean) Donnelly, Beth (Bill) Briney and Johnny Alliston; grandchildren Laura and Shannon Donnelly, Courtney, Brooke and Ridge Briney; sisters Wilma Bush, Melvetta Grimmett, Lavedia Moran and Shirley Burson; one brother Bill Alliston. Funeral services were led by Donnie Fowler Sunday November 20, 2014, followed by burial in Kinsey Cemetery in Harviell under the direction of Fowler- Sullivan Memorial Chapel. Sign online condolences at 

Billy Joe Bridgewater of San Francisco, California was born September 22, 1954 in Corning, son of Floyd and Rosa Bridgewater. He died October 10, 2014 in San Francisco, California. He was 60 years old. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors are one son, Curtis James Bridgewater, Poplar Bluff; two brothers Terry Bridgewater, Belvedere, IL, and Ted Bridgewater, Taloga, OK: one sister Ilene Halcomb, Pascagoula, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Rosa Bridgewater and brother Norman Bridgewater. Burial was in Williams Cemetery in Corning.