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.

Obituary for Lisa Ann Greer

From the web site of the Ponder Funeral Home, Sikeston, Missouri.

Lisa Ann Lathum

Born: October 22, 1962
Died: March 11, 2014

Lisa Ann LathumLisa A. Lathum, age 51, died March 11, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Born October 22, 1962 in Sikeston to Otis and Merle McIntyre Greer who survive of Sikeston.

She was married to James Lathum[1]; he preceded her in death January 15, 2013. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Jenny Lathum and Mindy Jones both of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Daniel and Hilda Greer both of Salcedo; one sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Johnny Jenkins of Sikeston; paternal grandfather, Bud Miller of Sikeston; nieces and nephews, Bethany Jenkins, John Erik Jenkins, Dustin Greer, Sierra Greer, Joey Greer, Johnna Fisher and Robin Mayfield; and great nieces and nephews, Jackson Jenkins, Avrie Cannon, Claire Jenkins and Emelia Jenkins.

Friends may call Friday at Ponder Funeral Home from 10:00 until time of services at 12:00, Rev. Elizabeth Banks, will officiate.
Interment will follow in the Matthews Cemetery at Matthews.

There is also a video tribute at


[1] James Lathum was the son of Eber Lathum and Freeda King. Eber was the son of Frank Lathum and American Ann Watts. America was the daughter of my 2x great grandfather, William Alexander Watts, Jr. That makes Lisa my second cousin-in-law once removed.


Ponder Funeral Home. “Lisa Ann Lathum.” Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Obituary for Veda Rains

Originally published in the Appeal-Democrat of Sutter County, California:

Veda Grace Luttrell

Veda Grace RainsVeda Grace Luttrell, 89 of Sutter passed away March 25, 2014 in Sutter, CA. She was born December 21, 1924 in Searcy, Arkansas[1] to her parents, William and Eva Rains[2]. Veda was a longtime Sutter resident.

Veda was a member of the Sutter Church of Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family, children and grandchildren were her whole world. She could often be found in the kitchen baking the worlds best biscuits or trying to bake more angel food cake then her grandchildren could eat. Veda also enjoyed bird watching and reading, especially her bible.

Veda is survived by her daughter, Margaret Stephens and husband, Donald of Carmichael; sister, Loretta Salcido of Costa Mesa; brothers, Wendel Rains of Marshall, AR, Rex Rains of Marshall, AR, and James Rains of Concord, CA; 5 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Millard Luttrell, daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Luttrell and grandson, Donald Mark Stephens.

Graveside services will be Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Sutter Cemetery in Sutter.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, (530) 673-9542.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Sutter Church of Christ, PO Box 531, Sutter, CA 95982.


[1] Searcy County, Arkansas, not to be confused with the city of Searcy in White County, Arkansas. Veda’s memorial on Find A Grave made that mistake.

[2] Veda’s parents were William Guthrie Rains and Eva Elizabeth Bohannon. Eva was the daughter of Daniel Arthur Bohannon and Ada Barnes. Daniel was the son of William Cornelius Bohannon, Sr., who was my 2x great grandfather. That makes Veda my second cousin once removed through the Bohannon side of the family.

Sources “Veda Grace Luttrell,” Appeal-Democrat [Marysville-Yuba City, CA], 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Find A Grave. Veda Grace Rains Luttrell, Memorial 126965240. Retrieved on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

Two Watts Twice Counted

Charles Watts and his sister Blanche Watts were each counted twice in the 1940 census for Searcy County, Arkansas.

The first count for both was on sheet 4B of enumeration district 65-1, the city of Marshall in Bear Creek Township, Searcy County. Enumerator Blaine T. Myatt visited the Watts home on Walnut Street on Friday, 5 April 1940 and interviewed William Marley Watts. Mister Myatt recorded the family as follows:

1940 Census Marley Watts

1940 Census, Marshall, Bear Creek Township, Searcy County, Arkansas.

Recorded was Marley, his wife “Dealy” (Cordelia), and their children: daughter “Blanch” (Blanche), son Charles, and daughter “Ermidine” (Ermadean). Marley and Cordelia’s marital status was “M” for married, naturally. It was the same for Blanche and Charles, yet no spouses were recorded for either. Also, it was recorded that Cordelia, Blanche, and Charles all had completed an eighth grade education, while Ermadean had completed sixth grade. Marley was employed as a surveyor at the Dogwood Mill.

This enumeration probably seemed very routine to Mister Myatt. How could he have known that Marley gave him incorrect information? Charles and Blanche did not reside at Walnut Street at that time.

Elsewhere on that same April day, enumerator Alta Shillings visited the household of Charles Watts, who was renting a farm in rural Bear Creek Township. While interviewing Charles’ wife Ruby did Mister Shillings record the following:

1940 Charles Watts

1940 Census, Bear Creek Township, Searcy County, Arkansas.

Charles, then, was counted twice – once in the household of his parents and once as the head of his own household. Note the difference in his age here, 23, and his age given by Marley, 22. Charles’ education level was the same as Marley had given it: eighth grade. Charles and Ruby had been married for just over a year at this point and had a six-months old son, Billy Wayne Watts.

It took some time for an undertaking as vast as the Federal census to be completed. It would be over a month before Charles’ sister Blanche would get her second entry.

On 13 and 14 May 1940, enumerator Ella Parks was working to record the households in rural Red River Township. Mrs. Parks recorded the following upon interviewing John Henry Graham at the Graham farm:

1940 Census, Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. This is the bottom of sheet 1A.

1940 Census, Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. This is the top of sheet 1B.

John informed Mrs. Parks that his household included son Daniel, his wife Blanche, and their three children: Leroy, Janice and William. Note that John had given Blanche’s age as 25, while her father Marley had given it as 23. Also, John said Blanche’s education level was fourth grade, while Marley said eighth grade. Thus was Blanche Watts counted again.

Sources 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Marshall, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 65-1. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Bear Creek, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 65-2. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Red River, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Pages: 1A, 1B; Enumeration District: 65-13. Retrieved 28 December 2014.


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