I found this obituary at Barbara Van Camp’s WATTS Family group over at MyFamily.com, where it had been posted (and probably transcribed) by Ann McDonald. I’m not certain in which newspaper it appeared, but I suspect it was the Sikeston Standard-Democrat.

Effie Savage Bohannon

Effie Eunice Bohannon, 96, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., passed away February 26, 2000, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Born May 2, 1903, in Atlas, Ark., the fourth of eleven children to the late Robert Claiborn and Armelta Bellzora Watts Savage. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Morehouse, Mo.

On August 26, 1919, at Welcome Home, Ark. she was married to Euggie Irtle Bohannon, who preceded her in death on December 31, 1991.

Survivors include: four sons, William Alton of Morehouse, Mo., Lenord Odell of Fulton, Mo., Melvin Eugene of Sikeston, Mo., John Robert of Pana, Ill; one sister Lucy Thomason of Frostproof, Fla.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Amaryllis Ann McDonald of Malden, Mo., Donna Davidson of Scott City, Mo., Michelle Yahnig of Holts Summit, Mo., Cindy Brown of Dexter, Mo., Dennis Bohannon of St. Louis, Mo., Ann Little of Taylorville, Ill., Debbie Pohlmann of Lockport, Ill. and Kathy Brazeau of Sylvania, Ohio.

She also leaves nine great grandchildren; Shane McDonald of RAF Lakenheath, England, Spencer McDonald of Branson, Mo., Brent Miederhoff of Scott City, Mo., Caleb Yahnig of Holts Summit, Mo., Jacob and Aaron Little of Taylorville, Ill., Max Pohlmann of Lockport, Ill. and Mathew and Kaithlyn Brazeau of Sylvania, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one son, Herbert Ray Bohannon in 1959 and five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo., Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Rev. Dolan Rogers, pastor of Sikeston Community Church will officiate assisted by Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church. Her final resting place is in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Sikeston, Mo.

Graham Connection

Well, technically, there is no direct Graham connection here. As mentioned above, Effie was the daughter of Armelta Watts, who herself was the daughter of William Alexander Watts, Junior. Since I am also descended from William Watts, Jr., and Effie and I are first cousins twice removed, that’s an indirect connection good enough for Graham Ancestry!


MyFamily.com. The WATTS Family, “Effie Savage Bohannon,” obituary transcribed by Ann McDonald, probably from the Sikeston Standard-Democrat, posted 6 March 2000. Retrieved on 4 February 2013.