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MARTIN M. HART
Son of John Henry & Cassandra Hart

Martin M & Martha (Emerson) Hart Family
Top Row: Henry & Lillie (Hedges) Hart, Mollie Dawson Hart, Martin & Hannah (Melton) Hart
1st Row: Martin & Martha (Emerson) Hart, holding Starlus, Elsie (Hart) Melton holding Mattie

Children of Martin M. and Martha (Emerson) Hart
Amy Ambie Hart 17 March 1871 - 1874
Maggie Lou Dica Hart 21 June 1874 - 1 February 1899
Henry Ezra Hart 17 Feb 1877 married Lillie Ann Hedges
Martin Allen Hart 03 November 1879 married Hannah Iona Melton
Elsie A. Hart 19 May 1883 married Noah Conway Melton
Mollie Dawson Hart 19 Dec 1886 - 30 September 1907


Martin M, Hart served in the Union Army, 4th TN Mounted Inf Co I. This company was made up of men from Bedford and Giles counties. Martin enlisted March 10, 1865. His captain being John Simpson, and his commanding officer Col. Blackburn. He served in the same company with Thomas J. Hart, a cousin, who was theson of James Williamson Hart. Martin became a Baptist preacher. In the minutes of the Mt. Hermon Church, recorded in August 1890, is found the statement, "Preaching by Elder Martin Hart". Then on November 9, 1907 is found the following "... passing the following resolution; Whereas our beloved brother, Eld. M.M. Hart has had the sad misfortune of the loss of his daughter and has asked an interest in our prayers and sympathies; be it resolved that we enter into solem prayer and deep sympathy with him and his family in their sad bereavement; resolved further that we send him a copy of the above resolution and enter one on our church book." On October 10, 1908 is found the following; "Peaching by Bro. R. E. Gore, and a sermon read by J.F. Hart from Elder M.M. Hart of Illinois. Church accepted the sermon and appointed Elder J.F. Hart to write to him".






Martha Emerson Hart of Broughton, widow of Elder Martin Hart, departed to be with Jesus on August 28, 1927, having lived in this life 76 years 3 months, and 7 days. She was born in White County, Illinois, on May 21, 1851, and was the daughter of William and Mary Emmerson. She was married May 20, 1870, (marriage records say May 12, 1869), and this union was blessed with two sons and four daughters. The daughters, Amby White, Maggie Lou, Mrs Elsie Melton, and Mattie D., all preceded her to the great beyond. Her husband also crossed to the other side eight years ago. The two sons, Henry of Macedonia, Ill., and Allen of Parmo, (Parma), Mo., survive her. She is also survived by fifteen granchildren, six great grandchildren, and two sisters, besides many other relatives and friends, who will greatly miss her because of the many good deeds of her life, and her kind disposition and friendly greeting to all. The two surviving sisters are, Mrs. Dica Oldham of Thackery, and Mrs. Maggie Burris of Carmi. In early life, she professed faith in Christ, and united with Old Kingdom church near Carmi, and at the time she went to join the church triumphant, she was a member of the Baptist Church of Broughton. The funeral was conducted Monday, August 29, at Broughton, by Elder Fred Hedges of Ewing, a life long friend of the deceased, after which interment took place at Hickory Hill Cemetery;
Obituary contributed by M.A. Hart

Dear mother, tho’ our tears fall fast,
O’er the loss of one so precious,
We still can feel within our hearts
That thou art kind and gracious,
And so still trusting in thy love,
We breathe a thankful prayer,
That tho’ she can’t come back to us,
We can some day go to her.




Miss Maggie Hart a young lady of excellent reputation, died at her fathers home about one mile sw of here last Wednesday after a long illnes. The deceased leaves a father, mother, two brothers, two sisters and a number of friends to mourn her death. Services were conducted at this place by Rev. R. B. Tudor, Thursday, after which the remains were followed to the Kingdom Cem for interment. Buried next to her grandprents, William E and Mary Ann Emerson
White Co Democrat, Carmi IL 9 Feb 1899

Henry Ezra Hart and Family
Son of Martin M. and Martha (Emerson) Hart

Henry Ezra Hart & wife Lillie Ann Hedges Hart
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Henry E. Hart, 88 of Akin retired farmer & Carpenter died at 5 P.M. Friday. Hart was born in White County and had resided 47 years in Franklin County. His parents were Martin and Martha Emmerson Hart. His wife, the former Lillie Hedges, died in 1960. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by two sons, Clarence E. Hart of Decatur and George A. of Kalamazoo, Mich., 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. H. E. Hayden officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery east of Benton.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home.
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William Martin Hart, 30 died at his home in Akin, Friday, following a several days illness, suffering from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Hutchcraft Hart and two children. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hart, and two brothers, Clarence and George Hart, all of Akin. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Akin baptist church, Rev. Guy Taekett officiating. Interment will be made at the Knob; Prairie cemetery with the funeral home directing.
Obituary contributed by Matt Underwood

Clarence Hart & Audrey Whetstone
Photo and Obituaries contributed by Matt Underwood

Clarence E. Hart, 68, of 1323 E. Division St. died 2:20 pm: Saturday (Oct. l3. 1979) in St. Mary’s Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Calvary Baptist Church with visitation 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park. Mr. Hart was born in CabondaIe, son of Henry and Lillie Hart. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, the Carpenter’s Union 742 and was a carpenter. He married Audrey L. Whets­tone in 1933. Surviving are his wife, sons: James E. of Eureka, Calif.; Ralph E. of Princeton; C. Ernest of. Wadsworth, Ohio; Gary A. of Decatur, Bobby D. of Warrensbusg; daughters, Mrs. Jerry (June) Eng1ish of Charlottesville. Va., Mrs. Robert (Mary) Underwood and Joan Jones, both of Decatur; Mrs. Jack Carol) Hinton of Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. Dan ( Linda) CoIe of Normal: brother, George A. Hart of Kalamazoo, Mich.: 26 grandchildren: two great-grandchildren One daughtet and one brother preceded him in death.

Audrey Lucille Hart, 89, of Decatur died Sunday (Dec. 22, 2002) in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial wll be in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown.
Memorials: Calvary Southern Baptist Church. Mrs. Hart was born Jan. 12, 1913, in Akin, the daughter of Oscar and Monnie Summers Whetstone. She was a member of Calvary Southern Baptist Church. She married Clarence Ezra Hart on Aug. 18, 1933, in Akin. He preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1979. Surviving are her sons, James (Marty) Hart of Califor­nia; Ralph (Carolyn) Hart of Princeton; Ernest (June) Hart of Florida; Gary (Norma) Hart of Decatur; Bobby (Christine) Hart of California; daughters, June (Jerry) English and Mary (Bob) Underwood, both of Decatur; Linda (Daniel) Cole of Normal; Carol Hinton of Florida; brothers, Ronald (Hazel) Whetstone of Peoria; Kenneth (Wilma) Whetstone of Peoria; sisters, Wilma (Kenneth) Shafer of Minnesota; Imogene (Bob) Secretan of Peoria; Helen Bertram of California; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Norma Hart and Joan Jones; brothers, Virgil Whetstone and James Whet­stone; and sisters, Mildred Knight, Sybil Brandhorst and Ruth Payne.

Joan Jones, 64, of Decatur died 8:13 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Mon­day in Cal­vary Bap­tist Church. There will be no visi­tation. Pri­vate family burial will be at a later date in Macon County Memorial Park. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrange­ments. Memorials: American Cancer Society. Joan was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Akin, the daughter of Clarence and Audrey Whetstone Hart. She was an A.W. Cash Co. secretary for 25 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed bowling and golf. Surviving are her sons, Steve Jones and Rodney Jones and wife Linda, all of Decatur; daughter, Carol Eyestone and husband Brian of St. Louis; brothers, James Hart and wife Marty of California; Ralph Hart and wife Carolyn of Princeton; Ernie Hart and wife June of Fla.; Gary Hart and wife Norma of Decatur; Bobby Hart and wife Chris of California; sisters, June Eng­lish and husband Jerry and Mary Underwood and husband Bob, all of Decatur; Kay Hin­ton of Florida; Linda Cole and husband Danny of Normal; mother, Audrey Hart of Deca­tur; seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Norma Jean. Obituary contributed by Matt Underwood

Martin Allen Family
Son of Martin M. and Martha (Emerson) Hart

Photo contributed by M.A. Hart
Martin Allen Hart & Hannah Iona Melton around 1951
Parents of Starlus, Roosevelt, Grayson, Martin M., Meredith, Clara Belle, Charles Henry, Amos, Milas Emerson & Ezra Melton


Martin Allen Hart, son of the late Martin M. and Martha Emerson Hart, was born in Gallatin Connty, Illinois on November 3, 1879, and departed this life at his home in Dexter on Jan. 16, 1959 at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 13 days. On January 27, 1901 he was united in marriage to Hannah Iona Melton, and to this union 12 children were born, four of which passed away in infancy. He is survived by his wife Hannah of the home; by eight children - Star of Dade City, Florida; Roosevelt of St. Louis; Joe G. of Bernie; Martin and Amos of Bell City; Mrs Ray (Clara) Aslin of Oakridge, Oregon; Milas of Chowchilla, Calif; and Ezra of Bloomfield. He is also survived by 38 grandchildren, 36 great-grand children; by one brother, Henry E. Hart of Decatur, Illinois. One grandson preceded him in death in February 1958. He also leaves a host of other relatives and many friends. He united with the Missionary Baptist Church at Herald, Illinois as a young man and remained faithful until he was called home. In 1918 Martin Hart and family moved by covered wagon from White County, Illinois to Parma, Missouri. He lived there until 1929 when he moved north of Dexter. He spent his entire life farming until his retirement when he moved to Dexter where he lived until his death. His passing leaves many fond memories with all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted in the Missionary Baptist Church of Dexter on Sunday afternoon Jan. 18, 1959. Rev. Sam Pulliam of Poplar Bluff officiating, assisted by Rev. Harold Garrett of Dexter. Interment in Hagy Cemetery near Dexter with Strickland-Rainey Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Photo Contributed by Matt Underwood - Obituary from M.A. Hart (The Dexter Statesman)

Mrs. Hannah Iona Hart, 77, died at her home in Dexter, December 27, 1959, and came to Stoddard County in 1921. (Bronchitis Cronic). Born July 23, 1882, in Herald, Illinois, she was married January 27, 1901 to Martin A. Hart in White County, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1959. Among the survivors are eight children, Star Hart, Dade City, Fla; Roosevelt Hart, Dexter; Joe Hart, Bernie; Mrs. Ray (Clara) Aslin, Oakridge, Ore; Milas Hart, Chowchilla, Calif, Martin and Amos Hart, both of Bell City and Ezra Hart, Bloomfield. There are 38 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; two brothers, Lou Melton, Sioux City, Ia; and charles Melton, Herald, Ill; two half brothers, Judd Catlin, Herald, Ill., and Otto Catlin, Norris City, Ill.; a step brother, Ivy Catlin, Terre Haute, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Joe (Vera) Bates, New Haven, Ill.; two half sisters, Mrs. Ola Kyle and Mrs. Lottie Brown, both of Eldorado, Ill.; and three step sisters, Mrs. May Williams, Norris City, Ill.; Mrs. Lora Foster and Mrs. Fannie Butry, both of Eldorado, Ill. Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the Dexter Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Sam Pulliam and the Rev. Harold Garrett officiating. Burial was in the Hagy Cemetery under the direction of the Strickland-Rainey Funeral Chapel.
Obituary from M.A. Hart (The Dexter Statesman)

Starlus Hart, the son of the late Martin A. & Hannah I. Hart, was born in White Co, IL on 9 Aug 1902 & died 14 Aug 1987 at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO at the age of 85. He resided in Zephyrhills, FL, & was a former resident of this community. Surviving are his wife, Lucille, of the home, & three daughters, Christine Mansfield, of Dudley, Marie Roussel & Sue Fulks, both of Chandler, AZ; two sons; Bill Hart of Chandler, AZ & Stanley Hart of Estes Park, CO., five stepchildren; 11 grandchildren & 20 great-grandchildren; three brothers; Velt Hart of Dexter, Amos Hart of Bell City & Ezra Hart of Silver Lake, WA. He was preceded in death by one son, Edgar & three brothers, Joe, Mart & Milas; & one sister, Clara Aslin. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Zephyrhills, FL.

Contributed by M.A. Hart - Note from M.A. "Uncle Star had came home for our Annual Hart Family Reunion that was held on Sunday 9 Aug 1987, his 85th birthday. He took sick that morning before the Reunion & entered the Dexter Hospital & later that week, transferred to the St Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau where he passed away.

Elizabeth(Lizzy) Hart passed away 12 Mar 1990, Chandler, Arizona. Funeral services was held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, 15 March 1990 at the Chapel of Bueler Mortuary, Chandler, Arizona, by Pastor Leroy Rehrer, & laid to rest in the East Resthaven Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona. Casket Bearers were Bill & Stan Hart, Gene Fulks, Jim Morgan, Bill Howlier, Bob & Keith Roussel.
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Roosevelt Hart, the son of the late Martin A. and Hannah I. Melton Hart, was born at Herald's Prairie Township, White County, Illinois 13 Jan 1904 and died at the Dexter Memorial Hospital in Dexter 2 January at the age of 85. He was a former resident of Parma, and had moved to Dexter in 1952 where he resided until his death. He had taught G. I. Carpentry School following World War II. He was a carpenter and builder until his retirement. He was a member of the General Baptist Church in Parma. 28 Nov 1925 he married to Sylvia Ramsey. She preceded him in death 28 April 1964. Surviving are five children: one son, Ezra Hart of Henderson, Kentucky; four daughters: Vera Ross and Lucille Bennett both of Dexter, Helen McClintick of Williamsburg, Virginia & Ruth Jennings of St. Peters: 21 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; two brothers, Amos Hart of Bell City, and Ezra Hart of Silver Lake, Washington; on daughter, Clarice Goldsmith preceded him in death in July 1989, and one son, Henry "Hank" Hart preceded him in death in February 1985. Other relatives and many friends also survive. Friends may call at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home after 5 p.m. today, Wednesday. Funeral services will be held on Thursday in the Watkins and Sons Chapel in Dexter at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Clifford Wray of Dexter officiating. Burial will be in the Hagy Cemetery at Dexter with Watkins and Sons Service in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by M.A.Hart from The Daily Statesman, Dexter, MO, Wed, 3 Jan 1990

Sylvia Estele Hart the daughter of the late John & Etta Mae (Gulley) Ramsey was born at Parma, MO 4 Dec 1909 & succumbed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vera Gilbow in Dexter, 28 Apr 1964 at the age of 54 years 4 months & 24 days. Mrs. Hart had resided in Parma, Malden & Dexter all her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Malden, MO. Surviving are seven children; Mrs. Lucille Bennett, Mrs. Ruth Jennings of Bloomfield, MO., Charles Hart of Burna, KY., Mrs. Vera Gilbow & Ezra Hart of Dexter, MO., Mrs. Helen McClintick of Mishawska, IN., & Mrs. Clarice Goldsmith of Malden, MO. Also surviving are 19 Grandchildren, one brother Lee Ramsey of Blytheville, AR., two sisters; Mrs. Mary Eldridge of Flint, MI & Mrs. Marie Wofford of Bloomfield, MO. Other relatives & many friends survive. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, 30 Apr 1964, at 2: P. M. at the First Baptist Church in Malden with the Pastor Dr. C. H. McClure of Malden officiating & being assisted by Rev. Billy Hamlett of Malden. Interment in the Malden Cemetery. Watkins & Sons Service
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Hannah Lucille (Hart) Bennett
Hannah Lucille (Hart) Bennett, the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Sylvia Estele (Ramsey) Hart, was born near Parma, MO on July 4, 1927, and died at her home in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at the age of 76. Mrs. Bennett had lived most of her life in Bloomfield and Dexter and had lived in Cape Girardeau the past two years. She had been a member of the First General Baptist Church in Dexter until moving to Cape Girardeau where she transferred her membership to the First General Baptist Church there. She had been a seamstress and worked at the Elder Manufacturing Company in Bloomfield. Surviving are one daughter, Connie Bennett of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Miles Ezra Hart of Henderson, KY.; three sisters, Vera Ross, Ruth Jennings of Dexter, and Helen McClintick of Williamsburg, VA. She was preceded in death by, one brother, Henry “Hank” Hart, and one sister, Clarice Goldsmith. Visitation was held at from 12: noon to 2: p.m., Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter. Funeral services were held at 2: p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Pastor Sam Ramdial of Cape Girardeau and Rev. Kenneth Biggs officiating. Interment followed in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden, MO with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
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Charles (Hank) Hart, 55, of Marion, died at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Earlene Hart; his father Roosevelt Hart of Dexter, Mo.,; five daughters, Mrs. Pat Barrett and Mrs. Mickey Teitloff of Salem, Mrs. Donna Dukes and Mrs. Janet Hale of Smithland, and Mrs. Vicki Henson of Grand Rivers; a son, Ronald Hart of Hopkinsville; five sisters, Mrs. Lucille Bennett and Mrs. Vera Ross of Dexter, Mo., Mrs. Clarice Goldsmith of Malden, Mo., Mrs. Helen McClintick of Williamsburg, Va., and Mrs. Ruth Jennings of St. Peter's, Mo.; a brother, Miles E. Hart of Henderson; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Home in Salem.
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Clarice M. Goldsmith, 53 year old Malden resident, was born June 8, 1936 in Parma to Roosevelt Hart and Sylvia Ramsey Hart and died July 13 in Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. She was assistant librarian at the Risco schools, was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, Malden, where she was organist and was a member of the Adene Keller Music Club. Mrs. Goldsmith was also a piano teacher. She was married to Kenneth Goldsmith June 5, 1955 in Malden and he survives along with two daughters, Charisse Bryant of Malden and Carol Jolly of Springfield; one son Ken Allen Goldsmith of Malden; eight grandchildren; her father, Roosevelt Hart of Dexter, one brother, Ezra Hart of Henderson, KY, four sisters, Lucy Bennett and Vera Ross, both of Dexter; Helen McClintock of Williamsburg, VA., Mrs. Ruth Jennings of St. Peters and several nieces and nephews. One brother, Henry, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Landess Funeral Chapel in Malden with Rev. Ted Wimberley officiating and interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden.
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The Daily Statesman, Dexter, MO, 17 July 1989

Kenneth Allen “Pat” Goldsmith, 65 of Malden, died November 27, 1998, at Dexter Memorial Hospital. The son of the late John Ollie and Elsie Hampton Goldsmith, he was born Oct 28, 1933. On June 4, 1955, he married Clarice Hart. She preceded him in death July 13, 1989. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in malden. He was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He was also a member of the American Legion Post of Malden. Survivors include a son, Ken Goldsmith of Malden; two daughters, Chrisse Bryant of Malden and Carol Ann Jolly of Canon City, Colo.; a brother, Leslie Goldsmith of Malden, a sister. Bobbie Jean White of Malden; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jennings Goldsmith, and a sister Pansy Telker. Visitation was held November 29 at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden. Funeral services were held November 30 at Bradshaw Chapel in Malden. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden was in charge of arrangements
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Delta News, Malden, MO 2 Dec 1998

Joe G. Hart, resident of Route 2, was born Feb 18, 1906 in Shawneetown, and died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday Dec 13 at the Dexter Memorial Hospital. He was 64 years, 9 months and 25 days of age at the time of his death. He was a retired forman for IXL Handle Company. He was the son of Martin Allen Hart and Hannah Melton Hart. On July 30, 1927 he married Ann Bruce in Edwardsville, Ill. Mr. Hart was a member of the General Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow; three sons, M. A. Hart, Dexter,Vick Hart, McAlester, Okla.; Jerry Hart, Granite City, Ill., five brothers, Star Hart, Zephurhills, Fla., Velt Hart, Malden, Amos Hart, Bell City, Milas Hart, Chowchille, Calif and Ezra Hart, Longview, Wash.; one sister Clara Aslin, Oakridge, Oregon, seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at the Rainey Funeral Chapel with the Rev. W. R. Elledge officiating with interment in Hagy Cemetery. Rainey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Anna Marie (Bruce) Hart Mann was born October 21, 1908, in Essex to the late James Sherman and Rachel Piota (Covalt) Bruce and died April 18, 2001, at the Beverly Health and Rehab Nursing Home in Dexter. Mrs. Mann had lived in Dexter and Stoddard County Most of her life. She was employed at the Elder Mfg. Co., and Weber ’s Ben Franklin Store for several years before her retirement in 1975. she was affiliated with the Second General Baptist Church of Dexter. She married Joe G. Hart on July 13, 1927, at Edwardsville, Ill., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1970. Three children were born to this marriage, M. A. Hart, James Vic Hart and Donald Jerry Hart. She married Frank Mann on March 5, 1976 in Dexter and he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1991. Surviving are two sons and their wives, M. A. and Eloise Hart of Dexter and Jerry and Doris Hart of Russellville, Ark; seven grandchildren; one step grandchild; ten great grandchildren; six foster great grandchildren; four step great granddaughters; three great great grandchildren; one brother, Joseph R. Bruce of Flint, Mich.; many nephews, nieces, other friends and neighbors. Preceding her in death was one son, James Vic Hart; one daughter-in-law, Norma Hart; one brother, George Newton Bruce and one sister, Margaret Ray. Friends may call Friday, April 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the Rainey Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Rainey Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, with Rev. Jerry Hart officiating and grandson Kim Hart assisting. Interment will follow in the Hagy Cemetery in Dexter with Rainey Funeral Home of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
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Anita Eloise Hart, daughter of the late Lawrence Albie and Lillian Irene (Lewis) Myrick, was born May 20, 1930, in Parma and died at her home in Dexter on March 3, 2008, at the age of 77. She was saved and joined the First Missionary Baptist Church in Dexter on Jan. 23, 1955, and was a faithful member until the last few months. She was an Avon representative for over 43 years. Mrs. Hart had lived in Parma and Dexter most of her life. On Aug. 27, 1948, she married M.A. Hart in Piggott, Ark., and two sons were born to this marriage, Alan Leigh and Kim Martin Hart. Surviving are the two sons, Alan and his wife Della of Advance and Kim and his wife Brenda of Dexter; four grandchildren, Shelly Young of Bloomfield, Corey Hart of Bloomfield, Kevin and Amanda Hart of Dexter; five great-grandchildren, Dillan and Brooke Bader, Sierra Young, Dalton Hart and Kaylea Hart of Bloomfield; three step- grandchildren, Tina Ulrich of Advance, Amanda Gee and Stephanie Gee of Dexter; three step-great-grandchildren, Luke Livingston of Bell City, Bethany Scherer of Advance, Ryan Thrower of Dexter; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Doris Hart of Branson; several cousins, nephews, and nieces; and many, many friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Leon Myrick and Richard Lee Myrick. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008, in the Rainey- Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Hart and Dr. Curtis Porter officiating. Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.

James Victor "Vic" Hart, a tool and die worker at Arvin Industries here, was born Jan 12, 1930 in Dexter, and died Oct 15 at Veterans Hospital in Poplar Bluff. He was 49 years old and had been ill with cancer. Mr. Hart had retired from the Army after 23 years service in 1968, and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dexter. On Dec 23, 1953, he married Norma Jean Beck at Dexter, Mo. & she survives at Haileyville, OK. On Aug 14, 1971, he married Pauline Millington at Malden, and she survives at the home in Dexter. Other survivors include his mother, Ann Hart Mann and step-father, Frank Man, Dexter; sons Danny Hart, McAlister, Okla., Tony Hart, McAlister, Okla., step-sons Thomas Millington, Oklahoma City, Okla. and Steven Millington, Cape Girardeau; daughter Sharon Hart, McAlister, Okla., step-daughters Connie Stanford, Dexter and Janet Morgan, Sikeston; two brothers, M.A. Hart, Dexter and Jerry Hart, Tulsa, Okla; and five step grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Rainey Funeral Home in Dexter from 4 to 9 p.m. today. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Rainey Chapel, with Rev. George W. Cummins Jr., Dexter, officiating. Burial will be in the Hagy Cemetery.
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The Daily Statesman, Oct 15, 1979

Norma Jean Hart, 63, of Dow, died Wednesday at McAlester Regional Health Center. Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery, with Jerry Hart officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Mills Funeral Home of Hartshorne. Hart was born Feb. 25, 1931 at Dow, to Jessie amd Alta Dale Rager Beck. She was a seamstress at

Komar & Sons, and was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Burns and Jason, of Ti Valley; two sons Craig Hart, of Haileyville, and Victor D. Hart, of the home; a brtoher and sister-in-law, Robert J. Beck and Lucille, of Dow; a sister-in-law, Gayle Beck, of Spiro; two grandchildren, Andrew Burns and Jamie Burns, both of Ti Valley; two brother-in-law and wives, M.A. and Eloise Hart, of Dexter, MO., and Jerry and Doris Hart, of Yellville, Ark.; her mother-in-law, Ann Mann of Dexter, Mo.; & several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Victor Hart, her parents; four brothers, Paul Beck, Cecil Warren, Fred Warren, and Ira Warren. Burial will follow in Hagy Cemetery at Dexter.
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Martin M. & Capitola (Smith) HartLola Mae Hart born in 1931, married William Wade Smith

Martin Laverne "Buddie" Hart, 14 Oct 1929 - 24 Feb 1958.
Married Elsie Baker in 1955

Opal Geneise Hart born in July 1939, married Wendell Livingston

Marjorie Ann Hart - Jan 1935 - 21 Mar 1988. Married Glenn Campbell

Mising from the picture is Jack Gene Hart, the oldest child. Taking the picture maybe?

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Martin M. Hart - Obituary A retired farmer and ginner of Bell City, Martin M. Hart, 60 years old, died Sunday at his home, apparently of a heart attack. Mr. Hart was born Dec 17, 1907, in Gallatin County, Illinois. On Oct 31 1926, he married Miss Captola Smith, who survives. He is also survived by a son, Jack Hart, St. Louis, three daughters, Mrs. Lola May Smith, North Fond Du Lac, Wis., Mrs. Margie Campnbell, Plummerville, Ark., and Mrs. Genesse Livingston, St. Louis; 11 grandchildren and a great grandchild; a sister, Mrs Clara Aslin, Eugene, Ore.; six brothers, Amos Hart, Bell City, Joe Hart, Dexter, Milas Hart, Chowchilla, Calif, Ezra Hart, Longview, Wash, Velt Hart, Parma and Star Hart, Dade City, Fla. The body is at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 by the Rev. Claude Jenkins of Jackson. Burial will be in Hagy Cemetery in Dexter.
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Capitola Smith Hart - Obituary - Captola Hart, 68, died Friday. She was born Dec. 9, 1910 in Catron. A former resident of Parma, Bell City and Bloomfield communities, she had lived in Morrilton for 10 years and was a member of Riverview Baptist Church. On Oct 31, 1926, she married Martin M. Hart, who died Nov 17, 1968. One son, Martin L. Hart, also preceded her in death on Feb 24, 1958. Survivors include: One son, Jack Hart of Parma; three daughters, Lola Mae Smith of Juneau, Alaska, Margie Campbell of Plummerville, Ark., and Genesse Livingston of St. Louis; three brothers, Orlando Smith of St. Louis, W. L. Smith of Redford, Mich., and Dale Smith of Rector, Ark.: five sisters, Lee Hamlin and Ruth Evans of Sikeston, and Frona Johnson of Calif., Nola Hill of Tulsa, Okla., and Louise Wilson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren and 9 great-granchildren. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Monday at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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Jackie Gene Hart, the son of the late Martin and Captolia Smith Hart, was born at Catron, Mo., August 11, 1928 and died at the Missouri Delta Community Hospital in Sikeston, Mo., November 18, 1981 aat the age of 53 years, 3 months and 7 days. Mr. Hart had lived in the Parma Community most of his life. He was an aircraft mechanic before he became disabled about nine years ago. Mr. Hart was a member of the Parma First Baptist Church. On June 26, 1949 he was married to Normalene Cunningham and to this union three sons were born. Surviving are his wife: Normalene Hart of Parma, Mo., three sons; Steve Hart of Smyrna, Del., Gary Lynn Hart of Hartly, Del., and Brian Lee Hart of the U. S. Navy, stationed at Whidbsey Island, Wash., two grandchildren, three sisters; Lola Smith of Juneau, Alaska, Margie Campbell of Plummerville, Ark. and Gennessee Livingston of Bowling Green, Ky., also other relatives and many friends. Friends may call at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Parma after 11 a. m. Saturday. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, November 22, 1981 at 2 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Parma with Rev Roy Bartlett of Parma officiating. Burial will be in the Hagy Cemetery at Dexter.
Contributed by M.A. Hart
Daily Statesman, Dexter, MO. 20 Nov 1981

Martin L. Hart, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Martin Hart of Bell City, Mo. was born in Stoddard County, Mo, near Parma Oct 14, 1929 and passed away at Peoria, Ill. Feb 24, 1958 at the age of 28 years 4 months and 10 days. He lived around Parma, Mo. until he entered the U. S. Air Force where he served 5 years. After returning from service he lived at Dexter for about 1 year. 2 years ago he moved to Peoria, Ill. where he has resided until his death. Jan. 30, 1955 he married to Elsie Baker of Parma, Mo. To this union one child was born. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie Hart of Peoria, Ill., one daughter, Shelly of the home. Also surviving are one brother, Jack Hart of Dexter, Mo., 3 sisters, Mrs. Glen Campbell of Catron, Mo., Mrs. Wade Smith of Peoria, Ill., and Genesse Hart of Bell City, Mo., His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Hart of Bell City, Mo., his paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. M. A. Hart of Dexter, Also surviving are other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Calvery Baptist Mission Church in Dexter, Thur. Feb 27, 1958 at 2 P. M. with Rev. Claude Jenkins of Kennett, Mo. officiating. Interment in the Hagy Cemetery near Dexter, Mo. Watkins & Sons Service.
Contributed by M.A. Hart
Martin was called Buddy, & his funeral was the first to be held in the Calvery Baptist Mission Church, Dexter, MO

Mrs. Margie Ann Hart Campbell, 53, of Plumerville, wife of Glen Campbell Sr., died Monday. Mrs. Campbell was a member of Portland Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Harris Funeral Home, Morrilton. Burial will be in Plumerville Cemetery. Other survivors are a son, Glen Campbell Jr. of Plumerville; a daughter, Mrs. Sherry Eoff of Delight; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Smith of Alaska and Mrs. Janice (Genessse) Livingston of Bowling Green, Ky., and six grandchildren. (Note: Marjorie was the daughter of the late Martin (Mart) & Captola (Tola) Hart)& she is buried across the road from the Shady Grove Baptist Church, southwest from Plumberville, AR.)
Contributed by M.A.Hart - Arkansas Democrat - Wednesday, March 23, 1988 Plumervile, AR

Glen Dickson Campbell, Sr., 69, of Plumerville, died Tuesday, Nov 13, 2001. He was born Oct 1, 1932, in Senath, MO., a son of Ira Dickson Campbell Sr. and Cora Ann Gordon Campbell. Mr. Campbell was a row crop farmer, a member of the Portland Missionary Baptist Church, and owner and operator of Campbell’s Grocery for 23 years. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 253 where he served as past worshipful master and present secretary, a 32 degree Mason, and an Air Force Veteran serving in Squadron 3740 in Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Survivors include his wife; Billie Pettingill Campbell; one son, Glen Dickson Campbell, Jr. of Plumerville; one daughter Sherry Ann Eoff of Delight; three brothers, Jimmy Dale Campbell of Plumerville, Jerry Wayne “Coco” Campbell of Perryville, A. B. “Bud” Campbell of Parma, MO.; two sisters, Della Matlock of Parma, MO., and Ruby Mauk of Texarkana, AR.; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, at the Portland Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Lindy Davis officiating. Masonic graveside services will be at Plumerville Cemetery. Arrangements are by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. The family will received friends from 7-8 tonight (Wednesday) at the funeral home. Pallbears will be Tommy Johnson, Grady Eoff, Farrell Russell, Mack Brown, James Wilson and Bob Gordon.
Contributed by M.A. Hart

Amos Hart, a resident of Bell City, was born on Jan 27, 1917 at Harold (Herald, IL) to the late Martin Allen and Hannah Melton Hart and died Thursday, May 5, 1994 at the Dexter Memorial Hospital, at the age of 77. He was a retired farmer and had formerly worked as an L. P. gas delivery man for Dunn Uregas at Bell City. He had also been a maintenance worker at Inland Shoe Company at Advance. On Dec. 24, 1935 he was married to Ora Mae Perriagan in Dexter. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include four sons, Harold Hart of Bell City, Richard Hart of Dexter, Mitchell Hart of Cape Girardeau and Butch Hart of Swinton; one brother, Ezra Hart of Silver Lake, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Dean Hart, who died April 22, 1989; six brothers and one sister. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 1994 at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 1994 in the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. The Rev. Doyle Stogsdill, pastor of the Bell City General Baptist Church, will officiate and burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Contributed by M.A. Hart from the Dexter Statesman May 6,1994

Thomas Dean Hart, 51, of Route 2, Sikeston, died on Saturday, April 22, 7:35 p.m., at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born on April 16, 1938, in Lilbourn, the son of Amos and Ora Mae Perrigan Hart, who survive of Bell City. A horse trainer, he formerly worked as a foreman for the Inland Shoe Company at Advance. He was a member of the Sikeston Eagles, and a member of the ARK-MO Cutting Horse Association and the Eastern Missouri Cutting Horse Association. Other survivors include: Dorothy Thompson, a friend of the home; two daughters, Tammie Goodson of Bloomfield and Tina Tropf of Bell City; one stepson, Rick Gregg of Advance; one stepdaughter, Diane Durham of Jackson,; four brothers, Harold Hart of Bell City, Richard Hart of Gonzales, La., Mitchell Hart of Cape Girardeau and Butch Hart of Swinton; and six grandchildren. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at Nunelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the chapel with Rev. Duke Tolbert of the First Baptist Church in Dexter officiating. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Contributed by M.A.Hart -- The Daily Statesman, Dexter, MO. Mon., April 24, 1989

IN MEMORY OF MILAS HART
September 6, 1919 - Parma, Missouri
October 18, 1983 - Chowchilla, California
FUNERAL SERVICES
First Presbyterian Church
Friday, October 21, 1983 - 11:00 a.m.
Rev. Ed. Spongberg - Officiant
Dorothy Seals - Pianist
Kathy Chambers - Vocalist
"Peace In The Valley"
"How Great Thou Art"
INTERMENT
Chowchilla District Cemetery
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Frank Cross, Joe Law Sam Schuh, Aldo Rabbiosi Dan Branco , Robert Ragsdale Duane Deeter, Frank Hijos Maurice Clay, Cecil Corbin, Isaac Smith
CASKET BEARERS
Don Buttrey, Joe Foster John Hoftiezer, Douglas McRee Bobby Ragsdale, Robert Whitehead
Arrangements by Worden Funeral Chapel Chowchille, California
Contributed by M.A. Hart - From Funeral Card
Johnny is 11 mts old in this photo on their way to WA

Ezra Melton Hart was born Aug. 29, 1921 in Parma, MO and died Feb. 27, 2002 in Yuma, AZ where he lived since 1986. He was the son of the late Martin Allen Hart and Hannah Melton Hart. Ezra was preceded in death by six older brothers and one sister and his youngest child, Clara Jo (Jody). He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geneva, and five children; Jean Hart (Alexander Zatarain) of Los Altos, CA., Larry Hart (Sandra Hart) of Cathlamet, WA., Kay Hart (David Patterson) of Portland, OR., Michael Hart of Vancouver, WA., and Stephen Hart (Sharon Hart) of Cathlamet, WA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom will miss him. Ezra was a member of the United Methodist Church since early adulthood. He was also a member of the Longview-Kelso B.P.O.E and a past president of the Kelso Lion’s Club. He had many interests including wood working, stringed musical instruments, and gardening. Ezra’s sense of humour and gregarious nature were his defining characteristics. A memorial service will be held at Gila Mountain United Methodist Church, 12716 N. Frontage Road in Yuma, AZ. 85367. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund for the Gila Mountain United Methodist Church or to the chairty of choice.
Contributed by M.A. Hart

Michael David Hart, 58, of Longview died June 24, 2007, at St. John Medical Center. He was born March 4, 1949, in Dexter, Mo., to Ezra and Geneva (Hankins) Hart and moved to the local area in 1961. Although he had no formal higher education, Mike was known for being mechanically minded and worked throughout the years in the auto and paper businesses. He enjoyed computers and gadgets and was once active in local ham radio organizations and search and rescue groups. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Hart of Philomath, Ore.; two sons, Seth Hart of Longview and Gabriel Hart of Moxee, Wash.; four grandchildren, Scott, Dylan, Logan and Ruby Hart; two brothers, Larry Hart of Cathlamet and Steve Hart of Coupeville, Wash.; two sisters, Kay Hart and Jean Hart, both of Portland; his former wife, Julie Woodriff of Longview; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jody Tucker; and his parents. Columbia Funeral Service is in charge.
Contributed by Kimberly Hart - Published in The Daily News on 6/27/2007.

Former local resident Clara "Jody" Hart Tucker, 39, of Boise, Idaho, died of cancer June 7, 1992, in Boise. She was born in Bloomfield, Mo., and lived in Longview from 1962 to 1984, graduating from R. A. Long High School in 1970. She graduated from Western Washington State College in 1974 and earned a master's degree in education from Lewis and Clark College in 1979. She taught elementary school for the Kelso School District from 1975 to 1984. In 1987, she and her family moved to Boise, and she attended the United Methodist Church there. She is remembered as one who loved others and was loved by all she met. She leaves her husband, Dan F. Tucker, and children, Barry Tucker and Hayley Tucker, all at home. Also surviving are her parents, Ezra and Geneva Hart of Silver Lake; three brothers, Larry D. Hart and Mike Hart, both of Longview, and Steve Hart of Cathlamet; and two sisters Jean Hart Zatarine of Los Altos, Calif., and Kay Hart Patterson of Portland. No services are planned, and no memorials or contributions are solicited.
Contributed by M.A. Hart

Elsie A. Hart
Wife of Noah Conway Melton
Daughter of Martin M. and Martha (Emerson) Hart

Mrs. Florice Irene Dees, wife of Bryan Dees, died at 8:30 o’clock this morning at her home in Waltonville. Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon at the Waltonville Methodist church and burial will follow in Hickory Hill Cemetery. Besides her husband, Mrs. Dees is survived by three children, Donald, Leroy & Janice. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour.
Contributed by M.A. Hart from Mt. Vernon Register - News - Wed. 24 July 1940

Donald Dees, 20 - son of Bryan Dees of Waltonville, died at his home there at noon yesterday. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Marsh Marpole of Mt. Vernon, will be held at South Hickory Hill church at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by M.A. Hart

Lena M. Beaver, 93 of Girard died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Doctors Hospital. She was born Feb. 2, 1908, in Herald, the daughter of Henry F. and Elsie A. (Hart) Nelson. She married Emil Cornille; he preceded her in death. She later married Harley Beaver; he preceded her in death. An infant son also preceded her in death. Mrs. Beaver worked as a cook in the former Fiesta Restaurant in Virden. She later worked at the dress factory in Virden and in various restaurants in the West Frankfort area for may years. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church. Survivors: a son, Emil (wife) Charleen) Cornille Jr. of Metropolis; a daughter, Elsie (husband) Clarence “Smokey”) Cornille-Stoll of Girard; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grand children; and a great-great-grand child. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Girard, the Rev. Stephen Miller officiating, Burial: Girard Cemetery.
Contributed by M.A. Hart, who had looked for this family for over 25 years & located a nephew Leroy Dees in 2002, just one year after Lena died.

Mollie Dawson Hart
Daughter of Martin M. and Martha (Emerson) Hart

Mollie Dawson Hart, daughter of Elder Martin and Martha Hart was born in New Madrid MO December 19, 1886. Died at the home in Broughton Illinois September 30, 1907 Aged 20 years, nine months and 11 days. She professed a hope in Christ at the age of 14 years and united with the Tennessee Bend Baptist Church, White county, Illinois. On re­moving with the family to Brougton she placed her membership with the church at that place. As a christian she was faithful in service and loyal to the cause of her Master. She leaves a father and a mother, two brothers and a sister, two sisters having preceded her to a better home. Funeral services by . the writer in the presence of a large con­gregation of sorrowing friends after which the body was conveyed to Calvary Hill cemetery and laid. to rest until those who sleep in Christ come forth to their eternal home.
Photo and Obituary contributed by Matt Underwood


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