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Debra Ann Vail, 61, peacefully passed August 2, 2016 at her home in
Poplar Bluff, Mo. Debra, formerly from Little Rock, AR and also
Monticello, AR, was born August 21, 1954 in Farmington, Ar. to the late
Charles Cunningham and Betty Workman. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 40 year, James W. Vail Jr.
Debra was always active in her community. She was a den mother for
the cub scouts and active in a family support group for active duty
military. She retired from Little Rock School District Transportation.
She was awarded the Adjutant General's Volunteer Award in 2000. Debra
was also awarded the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher Award. This award
recognized her courage, patience, and best traditions of military service.
BE IT FURTHER UNDERSTOOD: That we hereby confer upon her the
shield of Molly Pitcher emblazoned above and enjoin all Field Artillerymen
henceforth to show due honor and respect whenever she enters their
Also surviving are one son, Benjimin Vail; three daughters, Shannon
Ferrell, Carolyn Ellis and Deanna Vail; two sisters, Barbara Parnell and
Wanda Hays; one brother, Raymond Cunningham; 13 grandchildren,
Sarah, Emily, Hannah, Allen, Kenneth, Jerry, Marshall, Molly, Oliver,
Emma, Sam, Haylee, Isabelle and two great-grandchildren; and a host of
nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at the VFW Post in Monticello, AR
August 21, 2016 from 1 to 6 PM. Arrangements are under the direction
of Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home.
Ruby J. Williams,92, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died August 19, 2016 at Cedar
Gate Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 7, 1923 at Chaonia, Mo. to the
late Benjamin Barks and Frances Underwood Barks. She was a member
of the First General Baptist Church.
Ruby was married to Namon F. Wilkerson in Greenville, Mo. He
preceded her in death. She then married Joseph E. Williams in Paragould,
Ark. He also preceded her in death.
Before retiring she did product introduction and demonstration for
Wal-Mart. She enjoyed attending church, volunteered at the V.A.
Hospital, being with her grandchildren, bowling, making candy and was a
member of the Red Hat Society.
She is survived by two sons, Jimmy L. Williams of Apex, NC., and Kim
Williams of Poplar Bluff; one daughter, Betty F. Wilkerson of Granby,
Mo.; one brother, Norman C. Barks of Piedmont, Mo.; one sister Dorothy
Imogene Barker of Neelyville, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 8 great
She was preceded in death by one son, Edwin E. Williams: three brothers,
Lester K. Barks, Jesse W. Barks, and Charles O. Barks; four sisters, Iva
E. Barks, Eva E. Wilkerson, Stella O. Atnip, and Vernicce L. Gentry.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 P.M. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home. The
funeral service will be Monday at 1 P.M. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home. The
Rev. John Crowley will officiate. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.