Alton Bohannon

February 04, 1921 – August 10, 2019

Alton Bohannon

William Alton Bohannon, age 98, of Morehouse, Mo., passed away at Southeast Health in Dexter, Mo., on August 10, 2019.

He was born in Bear Creek, Arkansas to the late Euggie Irtle and Effie Eunice Savage Bohannon.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Morehouse, where he served as deacon for many years. He served during WW II in the United States Army Air Corps as a corporal and had owned and operated Bohannon’s T.V. and Radio repair in Morehouse, where he worked every day until 4:00 p.m. when he reported for the evening shift at Himmelberger Harrison which ended at 1:00 a.m.

On January 18, 1945, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, he married Emma Julia Green Bohannon, who preceded him in death on December 11, 2006.

He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Ann and Terry McDonald of Malden, and Donna Sue Davidson and her companion, Frank Ellinger of Scott City; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lenord Bohannon of Fulton, Mo., Gene and Betty Bohannon, and John and Margaret Ann Bohannon all of Sikeston; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert “Tuffy” Bohannon.

Visitation will be held Tuesday August 13, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 1 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston. Bro Jason Crow and Rev. Randy Conn, pastor First Baptist Church Delta, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, with full Military Honors.


My condolences to the Bohannon family.

I had the pleasure of corresponding with Alton in 2012. He’d responded to a post I made to the ARSEARCY mailing list at Rootsweb looking for information about the Copeland and Coker families. He offered to supply a copy of Danner Copeland’s obituary, and told me he knew Danner from visiting his aunt Bertha Savage at the Sikeston Convalesent Center. Danner and Bertha had been roommates there. Alton and I had one brief phone call after exchanging a couple of emails.

Alton is my third cousin once removed through the Bohannon family, our common ancestors being Daniel Bohannon (1795-1878) and Nipsy Murchison (1805-1868). Alton and I are also second cousins once removed though the Watts family, as we are both descendants of William Alexander Watts, Jr (1845-1930) and Eliza Ann Luna (1852-1926). Our relationship has been verified with Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder test.

Click here to read the obituary for Alton’s mother, Effie Savage Bohannon.


“Alton Bohannon.” Ponder Funeral Home, August 2019,

3 thoughts on “Obituary: Alton Bohannon

  1. Byron – did U ever know any Luna’s/Lutrells that moved to Wilcox AZ in the 1920″S? Let me know ok?? Thanks Barbara


    1. Barbara, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question, but I needed to check my research in order to give you a proper answer. Unfortunately, the answer is no. I haven’t researched the Lunas and Lutrells much at all. That may change down the road.


  2. Alton was a real help with the Watts Family Reunion’s in Marshall, Searcy Co., AR. He was a very good researcher and was always willing to share his findings. He and his wife, Emma – were a wonderful couple – he was a great quilter and made quilts for our reunions that was sold in the raffle we had each year. And – everyone that won one of his quilts was thrilled and treasure them today. Those in the Watts family will miss him, every year. He usually attended the reunions with his daughter Ann McDonald, but sometimes he came by his self after Emma passed away. And anyone that knew him knew he was a Christian – he always had his Bible with him and was willing to share Gods Word with others. He will be missed.

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