Monthly Archives: May 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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