Monthly Archives: January 2015

Obituary for Randy Scott Treat

Randy Scott Treat

(January 6, 1971 – December 10, 2007)

Randy Scott TreatRandy S. Treat, 36, of Pullman[1], died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1971 in Martinsville, Indiana , to Eddie Joe and Geneva (Stephens) Treat[2]. He was a carpenter and lived in the Pullman area for many years.

Surviving is his mother Geneva Treat of Pullman; children Christopher Treat, Travis Treat, and Timothy Treat-Maas all of Pullman; Step child Trinity Benevidez and grandchild Eithyn Benevidez; sister Katrina Treat and James Nowak of Pullman; fiancee Nancy Maas of Pullman; two nieces Sarah and Riley; also many other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Don Jabaay officiating.


[1] The city of Pullman in Allegan County, Michigan.

[2] Randy is doubly related to me, once on each side of my family. Eddie Joe Treat is my second cousin once removed on my father’s side, being descended from William Alexander Watts, Jr. That makes Randy my third cousin on my father’s side. Randy’s mother, Geneva Stephens, is my first cousin once removed on my mother’s side, being descended from William Jasper Stephens. That makes Randy my second cousin on my mother’s side.


Chappell Funeral Home. “Randy Scott Treat,” published December 2007. Retrieved on Tuesday, 13 January 2015.

Modean Jackson, Not Bohannon

On Saturday, 25 July 1942, Floyd Treat signed a bond for a marriage license, with Ray J. Warren as security, “authorizing the solemnization of the rite of matrimony” between Floyd Treat and Modean Jackson. The bond was attested by J. Frank Watts, county clerk.

Mister Watts, in his role as clerk, completed the entire form. In the Marriage License portion, he filled in the details of the groom: “Mr. Floyd Treat of Imo in the County of Searcy and State of Arkansas aged 22 years.” He did the same for the bride: “Miss Madean Bohannon…” Whoah, wait a second! Did the clerk record the wrong name?

Yes, he did. In the bond portion of the form, Mister Watts recorded “Madean Jackson,” yet in the license portion he recorded “Madean Bohannon.”

As a result of J. Frank Watts’ error so long ago, this record was eventually indexed under “Madean Bohannon” by FamilySearch. references the record the same way, since they use FamilySearch’s index.


Record indexed at FamilySearch. (Click for larger image.)



Record indexed at (Click for larger image.)


Treat Jackson Marriage

Scan of marriage record from FamilySearch. (Click for larger image.)



“Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 January 2015), Floyd Treat and Madean Bohannon, 25 Jul 1942; citing , Searcy, Arkansas, United States, county offices, Arkansas; FHL microfilm 2,048,298. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Obituary for James Kenneth Martin

Originally published in the Harrison Daily Times of Harrison, Arkansas.

James Kenneth Martin

June 30, 1928 – Sept. 17, 2014

James Kenneth MartinJames Kenneth Martin was born the son of James Frank Martin and Stella Vione (Graham) Martin[1] on June 30, 1928, in Searcy County, and departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 17 (2014) at his home in Couch, Missouri, at the age of 86 years.

He was united in marriage on June 3, 1950, in Harrison, to Vinita Hancock.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vinita Martin, of the home in Couch, Missouri; one son, Dwight Eric Martin and wife, Kimberly Ann, of Couch, Missouri; two grandsons, Blake Eric Martin and wife, Michelle, of West Plains, Missouri, and Derrick James Martin, of Springfield, Missouri; one great-granddaughter, Kylee Brooke Martin; one great-grandson, Wyatt Matthew Martin; two brothers, Dalph Martin of Hasty, and John Henry Martin and wife, Ardith, of Hasty; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.    

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Stella Martin; an infant son, Arlin Carroll Martin; and two sisters, Bernice Earwood and Imogene Davis.

Kenneth was a graduate of the Mt. Judea High School in Newton County, graduating with the class of 1948.

Farm life was Kenneth and Vinita’s way of life. They lived and raised their family in Hasty, for 33 years and continued the same farm tradition after moving to Couch. Through their dedication and Kenneth’s long hours and hard work on the farm, they developed a successful livestock and beef cattle farming operation.

Kenneth had strong Pentecostal faith, reading and studying his Bible, and attending Midway Pentecostal Church as long as his health permitted.

He will be remembered as a devoted family man, and was well respected by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Missouri. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Holmes Cemetery near Bellefonte, with Brother Derwin Martin officiating.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.


[1] Stella Graham was the daughter of my great grandfather, John Henry Graham. That makes James my first cousin once removed.

In 1958, Kenneth served as a pallbearer at the funeral for his aunt, Callie Watts Graham, per her obituary.


Find A Grave. “James Kenneth Martin,” Memorial 136151373. Retrieved on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

Harrison Daily Times.James Kenneth Martin,” published September 2014. Retrieved on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

Thayer Carter Funeral Home. “James Kenneth Martin,” published 17 September 2014. Retrieved on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

%d bloggers like this: