Obituary: Effie Savage

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…

Obituary: James Lathum

Published today in the Sikeston Standard-Democrat: James Lathum MATTHEWS -- James Franklin Lathum, 55, died Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born July 17, 1957, in Sikeston to the late Eber and Freeda King Lathum, he was a self-employed farmer and well driller. He was of the Baptist faith, and…

Obituary: Birley Bohannon

My previous post mentioned Lawson Scott and Birley Bohannon, so now is a good time to post Birley’s obituary, which I’ve had in my collection for a while. This appeared in the Sikeston Standard-Democrat on Friday, 13 February 2004: Birley Scott MATTHEWS – Birley Evelyn Scott, 97, died at 2:50 p.m. Feb. 11, 2004, at…

Obituary: Freeda King

In a sad coincidence, just as I posted an article mentioning Eber Lathum and his wife Freeda, I discovered that Freeda died this past Tuesday, 4 September 2012. Here is her obituary, which was published yesterday in The Sikeston Standard Democrat: Freeda Lathum Parker MATTHEWS -- Freeda Lathum Parker, 87, died Sept. 4, 2012, at…

Chaotic Genealogy

Here’s an example of how genealogy research can lead a person into unplanned directions. Yesterday, I was searching the website of the Sikeston Standard Democrat for news on Grahams and related families living in the area. There’s a lot of family in that part of Missouri! I saved several obituaries to be added to my…

Irene Polk

Yesterday, while I was making notes for which articles here at Graham Ancestry would need to be updated with data from the forthcoming 1940 census, I decided to do some more digging in regards to Irene Polk. You may recall from my article on Nona Elizabeth Graham that Nona has sometimes been erroneously recorded in…

Obituary: Denver Graham

Found at the Sikeston Standard Democrat’s web site.  Denver Graham was one of the sons of my grand uncle John Jasper Graham. SIKESTON – Denver E. Graham, 86, died at 5:45 a.m. Sept. 10, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Born Oct. 29, 1917, in Watts, Ark., son of the late J.J. and Danner Copeland…