Clay County Living


Gene Miller of Corning was born in Poplar Bluff, March 10, 1941 son of Ira and Jessie (Eddington) Miller. He died in Corning Therapy and Living Center Wednesday, December 10, 2014. He was 73. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was Street Supervisor for the City of Corning before his retirement. Over his 45 years as a City employee, he had served as police chief and head of the water department and volunteer firefighter. March 21, 1964 he married his wife, Rita, and in the spring of 2014 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member. Survivors are his wife, Rita, of the home; sons Steve Miller of Searcy and Tony Miller of Pocahontas: sister Shirley Miller of Pocahontas; five grandchildren Samantha Winebaugh, Will and Blake Woods, Dylan and Austin Miller; three greatgrandchildren Cooper Winebaugh, Jaxson and Grady Woods. He was preceded in death by his parents: seven brothers Carl, Gordon, Willis, Jerry, Wayne, Jimmy and Clyde Miller; two sisters Violet Crowley and Helen Eddington. Funeral services were Friday, December 12, 2014 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Modlin officiating. Burial in Nelson Cemetery. Sign online condolences at

Robert Clifton “Butch” Hammett, age 67 of Corning, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 at home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. Butch served in the U.S. Navy and was a proud member of the Free Masons. Butch retired from Arkansas Best Freight Trucking Company (ABF) in Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his loving wife, Sheila of 32 years; sons Gary (Amanda) Toczylowski, James Hammett; daughter Angie (Mike) Johnson; seven grandchildren; two sisters; a host of nieces and nephews; and a beloved family pet. A memorial service to celebrate Butch’s life will be held at a later date for family members and friends. 34t1p

Charles Monroe Forbes was born in Lafe May 31, 1953 son of Ed and Roberta Forbes. He died in his home in Loves Park, Illinois November 10, 2014 surrounded by his family. He is survived by one son Dawayne and one daughter Jinnifer; four grandchildren Lilly, Raven, Nora and Daniel; his mother Roberta Forbes of Corning; two brothers Walter and Justin of Loves Park, IL; two sisters Ramona Harris, Bismarck, AR and Penny Ewald, South Beloit, IL. Charles, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. for four years, went to Harlam School where he played sports. He has lots of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and a devoted soul mate Colleen. He died of cancer at the age of 61. He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Forbes in 2001; sister Virginia Ann Hynise, Rockford, IL; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Franklin Forbes of Knobel and Mr. and Mrs. James Price, Sr. of Corning. Memorial services were conducted in Loves Park, Illinois. 34t1p

Freida Lewallen of Corning and Caraway was born in Black Rock July 14, 1929, daughter of Ed and Ollie Sauls. She died in her Caraway home Thursday, December 11, 2014. She was 85. A member of Church of Christ and a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and cooking, she married Wallace B. Lewallen on September 3, 1947. He preceded her in death in August 2004. Survivors are her children Suzanne Daniels and Wallace Gaylon Lewallen, both of Caraway; brother J.E. Sauls, Walnut Ridge; sister Edna Bookout, Anderson, IN; grandchildren Marcus (Heather) Price, Corning, T. (Becky) Daniels, Lake City, Lacey (Austin) Cotter, Greenbrier, Channing Claude, Corning; greatgrandchildren Dalton Price, Chandler Daniels, Cayci Daniels, Colton Ladyman, Erica Masterson, Collin Eaton, Cole Williams, Miley Cotter, Chacey Claude, Bailey and Hanna Fisher; great-grandchildren Baylor Eaton, Kelci and Kyler Masterson. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Kelly Lewallen; and parents. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Earl Ladyman officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery. Sign online condolences at 

Connie (Pierce) Hankins of Hardy was born in Corning May 28, 1956 daughter of Junior and Faye Pierce. She died in Southeast Health Hospital of Ripley County in Doniphan Sunday, December 14, 2014. She was 58. A member of the Church of God of Prophecy, she enjoyed sewing and wildlife photography and worked as a dietary aid at a Pocahontas nursing home. She married her husband Tom Hankins June 3, 1974, and he survives. Other survivors are three children Christy (John) Barich, Marysville, WA, Tammy (Jason) Hamilton, Maynard and Billy (Tracy) Hankins, Pocahontas; father Junior (Pauline) Pierce, Corning; brothers Richard (Joyce) Pierce, Mountain Home, Delbert (Karen) Pierce, Poplar Bluff and Randall Pierce, Corning; sisters Judy Henderson, Corning, Janet (Dale) Cooper, Poplar Bluff, Pam (John) Anderson, Shreveport, LA, Becky (Chuck) Wells, Corning; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Faye Pierce; two sisters Teresa June Price and Donna Kay Gilbee. Visitation will be Thursday, December 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Ermert Funeral Home, Corning. Memorial services will be held Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Ermert Funeral Home chapel with Larry Tribble officiating. Burial in Corning Cemetery. Sign online condolences at