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passed away at her residence on July 22, 2011.
Mrs. Gordon was born December 1, 1931 in Dewagiac, Michigan. She was a home
maker and enjoyed fishing, sewing, and quilting. Mrs. Gordon was also a member
of the Little Brown Baptist Church.   
On December 10, 1947 she entered into marrigae with James Gordon.  He preceded
her in death.
Survivors include five sons, Curtis Gordon, of Campbell, Mo, Rocky Gordon Sr.,
of Poplar Bluff, Mo, James W. Gordon Jr., of Poplar Bluff, Mo, Richard Lee
Gordon, of Poplar Bluff, Mo, and Tommy Lee Gordon, of Poplar Bluff, Mo; one
daughter, Linda J. Gaultney, of Campbell, Mo; two brothers, John L. Williams, of
Michigan, and Patric Williams, of Indiana; one sister, Dixie Balentine, of Alabama;  
thirteen grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren
Margaret P. Gordon Dilbeck
Valla Jo Carman White passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2011, at the home
of her daughter and under the care of family and hospice.
Valla Jo was born on June 27, 1926, in Jonesboro, Ark., to James David and Dollie
Mae Stevenson. They precede her in death as well as her only sibling Ralph
Stevenson. She married Warren Talmadge Carman on Feb. 7, 1947, in St. Louis,
Mo. They moved to Doniphan, Mo., and lived there for 18 years. She worked in
and later owned the Beauty Shop on the courthouse square. While there they had
three children, Gwenn, Greg and Brad Carman.
In 1966, they moved to Poplar Bluff where she worked in health care, retail and
eventually opened another beauty shop in her home. Warren passed away in 1998.
In 2000 she married Warner S. White of Poplar Bluff. He preceded her in death on
Dec. 27, 2010. Valla Jo lived the remainder of her life in the care of Gwenn Shanks
in Paducah, Ky.
She is survived by daughter, Gwenn Shanks and husband, Vernon, parents of Mrs.
Laura Braley, Sarah Shanks, Mrs. Rachel Spees, Mrs. Ellen Kenny and Jacob
Shanks; Greg Carman and wife, Karen, parents of Jeremy and Stevenson Carman;
Brad Carman and wife, Gail, parents of Mrs. Amy McIlhaney, Carrie Jo Carman,
Allan Carman and Mrs. Dani Reed. Valla Jo enjoyed the favor of 11 grandchildren
and 13 great-grandchildren.
Valla Jo loved Jesus and lived her life accordingly, as a Bible school teacher for
many years and was known for innumerable acts of charity, kindness and love in
his name. Until recently she was able to glorify God with an amazing alto voice. She
was a member of the Green Forest Church of Christ and later attended the
Broadway Church of Christ of Paducah.
Valla Jo White
Sylvia Hodge
Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Griffith was employed as a Railroad Engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He
enjoyed hunting, traveling, and spending time with his family.
On March 17, 2002 he entered into marriage with Vielka Rosa Gomez.  She survives
Other survivors include: his mother, Mildred Barks, of Poplar Bluff, MO; two sons,
Michael Griffith, of Rockford, IL, and Lewis Griffith, of St. Louis, MO; three
daughters, Katherine Teeter, of Conrad, Iowa, Glenda Armstead of Blanchard,
Oklahoma, and Lesley Rousan of Mineral Point, MO, Isabel Griffith, of Poplar
Bluff, MO; Ten Grandchildren and One Great-Grand Child.
Sylvia Hodge, 90, of Poplar Bluff, MO, died Wednesday, July 19, 2011, at Mark
Twain Nursing Home.
Mrs. Hodge was employed as a clothes sorter for a dry cleaner, and she enjoyed
On March 22, 1938 she married Alva Hodge.  He preceded her in death.
Survivors include: one son, Alva Hodge Jr, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one daughter, Judy
Hodge, of Poplar Bluff, Mo; Five Grandchildren, Nine Great-Grand Child, and Two
Great Great Grandchildren.
Westwood Hills Nursing Home.
Mrs. Tharp was self-employed and the owner of Memory Lane Antiques. Mrs.
Tharp was a Cardinal's fan who enjoyed cats, spending time with family and
friends, and traveling. She was also a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
On September 24, 1977 she married Jimmy D. Tharp.  In May of 2005, Mr. Tharp
preceded her in death. Others include: two brother-in-laws, Donald Tharp and
Robert Tharp; two sisters, Elsie Rowold and Pauline Prescher; and one sister-in-law
Mary Holloway.
Survivors include: three brother-in-laws, William Tharp, of St Louis, Mo., Hershel
Tharp, and Jack Tharp, both of Hawk Point, Mo.; one sister, Lucille McElroy, and
husband Jerry, of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Peggy Hannah, of Camdenton,
Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Carol Tharp