Frankie Lathum’s Obituary

I transcribed this obituary from an issue of The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri. I left the capitalization and spelling exactly how it appeared in the original publication.

Frankie Lathum Service Monday

MATTHEWS – Frankie Lathum, 60, farmer on route one, died of a heart attack, shortly after being admitted to the Missouri Delta Community hospital in Sikeston Saturday[1].

He was born[2] in Marshall, Ark., Nov. 9, 1906.

Surviving are his wife, mrs. Irene Lathum[3]; one son, D.J. Lathum[4], Memphis, one stepson, Thomas Jordan, St. Charles; three stepdaughters[5], Mrs. Ernest Bowien, West Memphis, Ark., Mrs. Fred Harris, Matthews, and Mrs. Bert Hembree, Las Vegas, Nev., three brothers, Steve and Eber Lathum, both of Matthews, and Joe Lathum, Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Halstead, Marshall, Ark., and Mrs. Lee Oliver, Cape Girardeau; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday[6] in the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, with Don Glover, officiating.

Burial was in the Chinquatin cemetery[7] in Marshall.


1. “Saturday” was Christmas Eve, 24 December 1966.

2. Frankie was born to parents Frank Lathum and American Ann Watts.

3. Frankie’s second wife, Irene Polk. Her obituary was transcribed here.

4. DJ is the only child of Frankie and his first wife, Nona Elizabeth Graham.

5. The step-children are all from Irene Polk’s first marriage to James Thomas Jordan. The three step-daughters, listed under their married names, are as follows:  Reba Lee Jordan (Mrs. Ernest Bowien), Ruby Mae Jordan (Mrs. Fred Harris), and Barbara Ann Jordan (Mrs. Bert Hembree).

6. “Monday” was 26 December 1966.

7. A misspelling of Chinquapin Cemetery.


The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Frankie Lathum Service Monday”,published Wednesday, 28 December 1966. Retrieved from on Friday, 10 July 2015.

A Gathering of Grahams

Forty-five years ago today, this brief article appeared in The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri recounting a gathering of Grahams. I’m not sure of the occasion – no obvious anniversaries or birthdays were on 19 October 1970, the date of the visit. Maybe they just missed each other’s company.

Visits Uncle

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Albert Graham[1] and family of Harvey, Ill.[2], visited his Uncle Jasper Graham. Others visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Graham[3] were Mr. and Mrs. Blane Rains[4], of Oran, Denver Graham[5] of Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Graham[6] and family of Oran.


1. Albert John Graham, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts, and his wife Mary Ellen Treat, daughter of James Carter Treat and Mary Margaret Watts.

2. I didn’t know that Albert and family lived in Harvey for a time! Now I’ll have to visit the library again to page through the old phone books.

3. John Jasper Graham, Jessie’s brother, and Silas Danner Copeland.

4. Blain Rains and his wife Junia Barnes, daughter of Harmon Barnes and Alcidine Watts.

5. Denver Etridge Graham, son of Jasper and Danner.

6. Dempsey Graham, son of Jasper and Danner, and his wife Lillian Harris.


The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Visits Uncle”, published on Thursday, 22 October 1970. Retrieved from on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

Jana Sue Rains Obituary

This morning I learned of the death of Jana Rains. Jana was a third cousin of mine. We corresponded briefly in 2013 after she discovered the article here at stately Graham Ancestry about her great grandmother, Minnie Graham. That article inspired Jana to create her own WordPress journal where, I hoped, she would write about her Rains and Melton families, alas, she never did. She was, however, active on Find A Grave, and managed several memorials for lost relatives. My condolences to Jana’s family.

Jana Sue Rains

Jana Sue RainsMay 10, 1967 – October 12, 2015

Jana Sue Rains, age 48 of Everton, Arkansas passed from this life on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas. She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on May 10th, 1967 to James Rains and Elsie (McGuffin) Rains.

Jana graduated from Rio Linda High School in Rio Linda, California where she was a member of the band and played First Chair in trumpet. Jana attended the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove. She was a beautician. Jana was a very free hearted person and enjoyed being the family party organizer. She became caregiver to her parents after their health failed. She loved caring for her family and her nieces and nephews held a very special place in her heart.

Jana is preceded in death by her nephew, Richard Olt.

Survivors include her parents; sisters, Marsha Rains (Ernie) Verduzco of Olvey, Sharon (Dave) Nichols of West Sacramento, CA, Lanita Kay (Mark) Longboy of Mt. Vernon, MO and Ronda Rains (Leslie) Turner of Bellefonte; brothers, James L. (Lorna) Rains Jr. of Forsyth, MO, Jon Rains and Roger A. Rains, both of Ozark; nieces, Tamy (Buddy) Keen and family, Melinda Gallardo, Grace Nally and Sherolyn Nally.

Arrangements by Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Jana will be 10:00 AM Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove, Arkansas with Bro. Dorvin Ricketts officiating. Burial will be in Nubbin Hill Cemetery, 5036 Kimbrell Creek Road, Leslie, Arkansas. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.


Roller-Coffman Funeral Home. “Jana Sue Rains,” published on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Retrieved on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.

Obituary for Loreda Graham

I was alerted to the passing of Loreda Graham via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family group on Facebook. Here is Loreda’s obituary, copied from the web site of Clinton Funeral Service of Clinton, Arkansas. My condolences to cousin Alpha Graham and family.

Loreda Graham

Alpha and Loreda GrahamLoreda Catherine Graham, 79, of Marshall passed away Friday August 28, 2015. Born January 22, 1936 in the Watts community of Searcy County to the late Lester and Ida Belle Thompson Bohannon, Loreda was a homemaker. She was most importantly a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, She enjoyed catching fish and eating them. She was an experienced seamstress and made many handmade quilts. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, but her greatest love was her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Alpha Graham; children Sheila Bixler and husband Ben of Alread, Roy Gene Graham and wife Dinah of Marshall and Cathy Carter and husband Ricky of Leslie. Grandchildren include Matthew Cotton, Nathaniel Cotton, Jessie Craig Graham, Jeremy Lee Carter, Christy Nicole Mosher, 6 step-grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and 2 step great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving Loreda are her two sisters, Leola Judd of Brighton, Colorado and Joella Hagar of Sutter, California.

Pallbearers are Phil Graham, D.J Lathum, John Coppersmith, Greg Griffith, Brian Klunk, and Donnie Bert Watts.


Loreda was related to me in a number of ways. First, her father Lester Bohannon was the son of Patrick Bohannon and his third wife Mary Frances Graham, my great great aunt. This connection means Loreda was my second cousin once removed. Loreda married Alpha Graham, my first cousin once removed, and her own second cousin. I haven’t yet worked out the Bohannon relationships, but I’m certain there are many – Alpha’s grandmother on the Graham side was Mary Matilda Bohannon,  my great grandmother.


Clinton Funeral Service. “Obituary for Loreda Graham.” Retrieved on Thursday, 3 September 2015.

Obituary for Opal Geeham

A member of Find A Grave going by the name Cardinals Fan recently posted a scan of this obituary to the memorial that I manage for Opal Graham, née Geeham. The obituary most likely appeared in the Standard-Democrat newspaper of Sikeston, Missouri, but no source or date of publication was cited with the image.

Mrs. Opal L. Graham

SIKESTON – Funeral service for Mrs. Opal Lou Graham of Sikeston will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Rev. Robert Burns and Rev. Raymond Armstrong will officiate, with burial in Dogwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 5 p.m. today.

Mrs. Graham, 81 years old, died Friday, Feb. 16, 1990, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

She was born July 1, 1908, at Big Oak Tree, daughter of Bud and Jeanie Presson Geeham. She married Denver Graham[1] Dec. 10, 1966, at Morley.

Mrs. Graham was a member of House of Prayer General Baptist Church at Grant City.

Survivors include her husband; a son, William Holmes[2] of Sikeston; a daughter, Anna Doherty[3] of Villa Park, Ill; a brother, Vee Geeham of Chicago; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


[1] Denver Graham was the eldest child of John Jasper Graham and Danner Copeland. Denver was Opal’s second husband.

[2] William Holmes is the son of Opal’s first husband, Freeman Holmes.

[3] Anna is the daughter of Freeman Holmes.


Find A Grave. “Opal Lou Geeham Graham,” Memorial 107885604. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Obituary for Anna Corinne Russell

Originally published in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee on 3 December 2013.

Anna Corrine Graham

Anna Corrine GrahamAnna Corrine Graham[1], 81, passed away December 1, 2013 at her home in Kriby[2] Pines Retirement Community.

Corrine grew up in Brownsville , TX in her earlier years prior to attending Harding University in Searcy AR[3], were [sic] she received her degree in education. She taught elementary school in and around Searcy for 18 years. Mrs. Graham was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and fondly remembers the four years she lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. Corrine and her husband, J.R. have been members at Sycamore View Church of Christ since 1989.

She was preceded in death by her son, Royce Eubanks[4], and grandson, Terry Lynn Fuller, Jr.

Mrs. Graham leaves her husband of 29 years, J.R. Graham[5]; daughter, Elizabeth Fuller (Terry); grandchildren, Christy Procell, Jeremy Fuller, Nicole Fuller and Robert Fuller.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 5, from 10:30 until service time at 11:30 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Friday in Center Grove Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, TX.


[1] Per her birth certificate, her middle name was spelled with one R and two Ns – Corinne. She apparently maintained that spelling, for her name was recorded that way on the birth certificates for her son Royce and daughter Elizabeth, and in other records. Thus, the spelling in this obituary (and her Find A Grave memorial) is likely incorrect.

[2] Actually, Kirby Pines. Another typo from the original obituary.

[3] Harding University is located in White County in the city of Searcy, Arkansas, not to be confused with Searcy County, Arkansas.

[4] Royce’s father was Corinne’s first husband, Robert Eugene Eubanks.

[5] Julius R. Graham, a son of John Jasper Graham and Danner Copeland. Corinne was Julius’ second wife, and he was her second husband.

Sources “Memphis-area obituaries for Dec. 3, 2013,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 3 December 2013. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery. “Anna Corrine Graham.” Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Find A Grave. “Anna Corrine Graham,” Memorial 121153127. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Obituary for Ruel Ellison McClung

Ruel Ellison McClung

Ruell McClungRuel Ellison McClung of Yuba City[1] passed away on November 25, 2008 at his residence, surrounded by his Family. He was born on July 8, 1924 in Marshall, Arkansas.

Ruel served in the US Army in WW II. and also worked as a Construction Foreman for several construction companies in the local area.

He was a member of Christian Life Assembly of God Church in Gridley, CA and was a member of Masonry Union Local, Chico, CA.

Ruel is survived by his daughter Yvonne McVey; sisters Dalphna Treat[2] and Dora Graham[3]; 1 grandson, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alma McClung[4] and grandson Steven McVey.

Visitation will be at Ullrey Memorial Chapel on Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm. Services will be conducted Monday at 2:00 pm at Sutter Community Assembly of God Church, Sutter CA with Pastor Dwight Deaton, officiating. Burial will follow at Sutter Cemetery. Arrangements by Ullrey Memorial Chapel.


[1] Yuba City is in Sutter County, California.

[2] Dalpha’s husband is Chester Treat, the son of James Carter Treat and Mary Margaret Watts.

[3] Dora’s husband is Alvin Graham, the son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts.

[4] Alma Lee Treat.

Sources “Ruel Ellison McClung ,” Appeal-Democrat [Marysville-Yuba City, CA], 28 November 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2015.


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