Joyce Marie Davis Franklin, age 71, of Cairo, Illinois, passed away at 5:04 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015, at Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, Illinois. Ms. Franklin was a member of Arlington First Baptist Church. She was a volunteer at the VFW in Cairo, Illinois. She is survived by one son, Shane McGee and wife, Jenise of Bardwell, Kentucky; three sisters, Inez Jackson and husband, Jim of Augusta, Arkansas, Jane Hudgens and husband, Joe of Bardwell, Kentucky, and Judy Burton and husband, James of Cartersville, Georgia; one brother, Billy Joe Sams and wife, Betty of St. Charles; and three grandchildren, Brittany McGee, Daven McGee and Malle McGee. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Davis and Joe Bennett Kimble Davis; and one brother, Charles Sams. Funeral services for Ms. Franklin were held at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Bardwell on Monday, May 25, 2015, at 12 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Hoskins officiating. Burial followed at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, Kentucky. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Gordon Ray McDowell, 87, of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Cave-in-Rock, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Lone Oak Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Joyce McDowell; two sons, Mitch McDowell of Mt. Vernon and Mike McDowell of Phoenix; two daughters, Phyllis Frailey of San Antonio, Texas, and Cindy Maxim of Benton; one brother, Gathel McDowell of Marion; one sister, Veldine Riggs of Marion; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. His parents were Manford and Mildred McDowell. Services were held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-in-Rock with interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.