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Hi and Merry Christmas to everyone from the folks here in the Bootheel of Missouri & other places around the Country.

Here it is time for another Hart Family Christmas Newsletter. Canít believe that this is the 28th Annual Christmas Letter that I have compiled. The first one was not really a Christmas Letter but an invitation to our friends and relatives to the Annual Hart Family Reunion.and was only one page long.

A Note from Charisse (Goldsmith) Bryant, Malden, MO Sun, 4 Feb 2007
Hey! How is everyone? We are fighting the flu bug here. But we are better this week. You can send our Newsletter either way is best for you. I just love receiving them. Some of the family I don't even know, but I feel like I do after reading what is going on in their lives. I will try to make it to the reunion in June. Take care. -----Our Love, Charisse and Tom

(Note:Clarisse is the daughter of the late Kenneth & Clarice (Hart) Goldsmith.) Clarice was our first cousin.

A Note from Carla Sue (Hankins) Tenbarge Evansville, IN
Hi M.A. - I am the daughter of Auburn Hankins and the granddaughter of Vera Melton. I have 2 pieces of info for your Christmas newsletter.

Emily Tenbarge graduated from the F. J. Reitz High School in Evansville, IN on May 24th, 2007. Emily is the daughter of Carla (Hankins) & Dan Tenbarge of Evansville, IN & granddaughter of the late Auburn & Pauline Hankins.
--- Congraulations Emily & we wish you the best in the future.

Carlaís brother Eldon Hankins & wife Dorotha Hankins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 1, 2007. Their children held a luncheon at the Old Mill Resteraunt in Evansville, IN on May 5th for family and friends.
-- Congraulations Eldon & Dorotha Hankins.

Eldon is the son of the late Auburn & Beaulah Hankins. (Note: Auburnís mother, Vera (Melton) Hankins was a sister to our Grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hart. If some of you cousinís will remember, Aunt Vera lived in White County, Illinois back in the 1930ís & 1940ís & would come to Dexter and visit with Grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hart.)

Branson, MO. - Berry Jordan Hart graduates from the Branson High School in Branson, MO on May 18, 2007. Jordan is the son of Perry & Mary Hart & grandson of Jerry & Doris Hart, Branson, MO. Congraulations Jordan & we wish you the best in the future. (Note: Jordan is our nephew..)

San Diego, CA. - Karis Don Ferguson graduates from Vista High School in San Diego, CA, June 7, 2007. She is the daughter of Donnie & Tamara (Hart) Ferguson of San Diego, CA & grand daughter of Richard (Dick) & Sharon Hart of Essex, MO. Congraulations Karis & we wish you the best in the future. (NoteL Dick is our Auctioneer at our Hart Reunion.

Oklahoma City, OK - Joseph Andrew Burns finished four years of Collage at the Oklahoma University, in June. He will graduate in November 2007. Congraulations Andrew & we wish you the best in the future. Andrew is the son of Jason & Sharon (Hart) Burns of Blanco, OK & the grandson on the late James (Vick) & Norma (Beck) Hart. (Note: Andrew is our nephew.)

A Note from Karla Aslin Austin, TX - 13 May 2007
Hello, I have heard that my father's condition is getting worse. I hope to get to visit with him soon. I wish I could be able to make it to the reunion but I will be in class around the beginning of June. In other news I am getting married this September and will send you pictures very soon. I am very excited. Talk with you more soon,
Karla Aslin

(Note: Karla father Gary Aslin that she referred to above passed away on June 5th, 2007. Her grand parents was the late Raymon & Clara (Hart) Aslin.)

Germany - Alex Noble married Claudia, 16 Feb 2007 in Germany. Alex is the son of Mike & Jill (Jennings) Noble, St. Charles, MO. & the grandson of Ruth (Hart) Jennings of Dexter, MO. the late Jack Jennings. Congraulations Alex & Claudia & we wish you the best in the future.

Huntington, Texas - Janet Fay Wilkinson & Thomas Dale Belmont were married 21 April 2007 in Huntington, Texas.

(Janet is the daughter of Patsy (Aslin) (Wilkinson) Lucas & step daughter of Jim

December 2007 - Lucas or Vidor, TX & granddaughter of the late Clara (Hart) & Ray Aslin. Congraulations Janet & Thom & we wish you the best in the future.

St. Louis, MO - Russell Lee Roy Mansfield & Stephanie Leah White were married 7 July 2007 at the Church of the Open Word, St. Louis, MO. Russell is the son of Douglas (Doug.) & Judy Mansfield of Pacific, MO and grandson of Neal & Christine (Hart) of Dudley, MO. Congraulation Russell & Stephanie & we wish you the best in the future.

Branson, MO - Sarah E. Hart & Jeremy Pearsons were married 1 Sept 2007 at the Prayer Mountain Chapel, Branson, MO. Sarah is the daugher of Perry & Mary Hart & granddaughter of Jerry & Doris Hart of Branson, MO. Jeremy is the son of George Pearson & Terri Pearson & grandson of Kenneth & Sandra Copeland of Fort Worth, TX Congraulations Sarah & Jeremy & we wish you the best in the future.

Cocoa Beach, FL - Karla Aslin & Andrew Hughes was married 23 Sept 2007 at Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, FL. (Karla is the daughter of the late Gary Aslin & granddaughter of the late Raymon & Clara (Hart) Aslin. Andrew is the son of Sam & Elaine Hughes. Congraulations Karla & Andrew & we wish you the best in the future.

Pleasant Grove, UT - Robert Arthur Roussel Jr. & Tara Boucher were married 7 Dec 2007 at the Mount Timpoanogos Utah Temple in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Robert is the son of Robert & Pattie Roussel of Gilbert, AR. & grandson of Marie (Hart) Roussel of Chandler, AZ. Tara is the daughter of Lt. Col. William & Marybeth Boucher. Congraulations Robert & Tara & we wish you the best in the future.

Longview, WA - Ruby Jane Hart arrived 13 Feb 2006 in Longview, WA to Seth & Erin Hart. Congraulations to Seth & Erin. Seth is the son of the late Michael Hart & grandson of the late Ezra & Geneva (Hankins) Hart.

Note: Sorry that I didnít get Ruby Jane in the 2006 Newsletter.

Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland - Cole Allen Swallows arrived at 4:38 p.m. 28 May 2007 at the Andrews Air Force Hospital, Maryland, weighing in at 7 lbs. 11 oz. 19 1/2 inches long to Travis & Diana Swallows , Alexander, VA.

- Congraulations to the parents Travis and Diana, the grandmother Donna Mansfield and great grandparents, Neal & Christine (Hart) Mansfield of Dudley, MO. Cole was born on Memorial Day, on a Military Base to Military parents. Both Travis & Diana are in the U. S. Air Force.

Paducah, KY - Kobey Allen Yates arrived at 9:34 a.m. 31 Aug 2007 at the Paducah Hospital in Paducah, KY, weighing in at 7 lbs 4 oz & 21 inches long to Emily (Teitlof) & Kyle Yates of Smithland, KY. Congraulations to Emily & Kyle, the grandparents Mickey (Hart) & Terry Teitloff of Smithland, KY & the great grandmother Earlene Hart of Smithland, KY. Kobey is the great grandson of the late Charles Henry Hart.


A little boy was walking down a dirt road after church one Sunday afternoon when he came to a crossroads where he met a little girl coming from the other direction.

"Hello," said the little boy. "Hi," replied the little girl. "Where are you going?" asked the little boy.

"I've been to church this morning and I'm on my way home," answered the little girl..

"Me too", replied the little boy. "I'm also on my way home from church."

"Which church do you go to?" asked the little boy.

"I go to the Baptist church back down the road," replied the little girl. "What about you?"

"I go to the Methodist church back at the top of the hill," replied the little boy.

They discover that they are both going the same way so they decided that they'd walk together.

They came to a low spot in the road where spring rains had partially flooded the road so there was no way that they could get across to the other side without getting wet.

"If I get my new Sunday dress wet my Mom's going to skin me alive," said the little girl.

"My Mom'll tan my hide too if I get my new Sunday suit wet," replied the little boy.

"I tell you what I think I'll do," said the little girl. "I'm gonna pull off al my clothes and líll hold them over my head and wade across."

"That's a good idea," replied the little boy. "I'm going to do the same thing with my suit."

So they both undressed and waded across to the other side without getting their clothes wet. They were standing there in the sun waiting to drip dry before putting their clothes back on when the little boy finally remarked ...

"You know, I never did realize before just how much difference there really is between a Baptist and Methodist."

30th Annual Hart Family Reunion

The descendants, relatives and friends of the late Martin Allen and Hannah (Melton) Hart family celebrate their 30th Annual Reunion at the American Legion in Dexter on 3 June 2007. Relatives from ten states were in attendance this year.

A short business meeting was held before the noon meal. This year the reunion made a donation to the Hagy Cemetery Association for the maintenance of the Cemetery.

Alan Hart of Advance gave the blessing on the food and everyone enjoyed the home cooked food. Thanks to cousins Harold and Vivian Hart of Bell City and Larry and Sandy Hart of Cathlamet, WA for cooking the chicken and ham. Also want to thank all the other good cooks that we have in the Hart family.

After the noon meal, group pictures was taken and a lot of visiting. Our cousin and auctionier Dick Hart from Essex, held the fun auction and we all had a lot of fun and raised money for the expenses for the reunion. John Hannah of Newport, AR brought some CD of the James Hart Family and the proceeds from those was donated to the Mount Hermon Cemetery Association in Bedford County, TN.

Those in attendance this year was Don and Gloria Musin, Sparta, TN, who was first time visitors. Jim amd Patsy (Aslin) (Wilkinson) Lucas, Vidor, TX, Janet (Wilkinson) and her husband Thom Belmont, Huntington, TX, and he was a first time visitor. Dan Wilkinson and his wife Lynn, Beaverton, OR, and she was a first time visitor. Kimberly Hart, Philomath, OR, and she was a first time visitor. Kay (Hart) Patterson and David Patterson, Portland, OR, Larry and Sandy Hart, Caltlamet, WA, James and Rosa

Lockeby, St. Jacob, IL. Neal and Christine (Hart), Mansfield, Dudley, MO, Brad Swallows, Dexter, MO. Doug Mansfield, Pacific, MO. Vera (Hart) Ross, Dexter, MO, Ruth (Hart) Jennings, Dexter, MO. Sam Hart, Tucker, GA and his son Dudley Hart, Columbus, GA, Mary Sue (Hart) and Gene Fulks, Camp Verde, AZ. Bill and Mary Hart, Chandler, AZ, their daughter Nancy (Hart) Morgan, Jim Morgan and their son Clinton, Benton, KY. Nancy, Jim and Clinton was first time visitors. . Leroy Dees, Zeigler, IL and daughterís Sylele Dees, of Sesser/Valier, IL & Kathy Young of Sesser/Valier, IL Sylele and Kathy was first time visitors. John Hannah, Newport, AR. Christine Walters, Livingston, TN, Aunt Ora Hart, Advance, MO who was the oldest relative attending. Dick and Sharon Hart, Essex, MO. Mitchell, Mary Hart and grandson Irie, Advance, MO., Harold & Vivian Hart, Bell City, MO.. David and Shirley Ryker, Advance, MO. and they were first time visitors. Rick and Karen Hart Dexter and their daughter Jessica Hart, Poplar Bluff, MO and she was a first time visitor. Vera, Wilma Staggs & Virginia Young, Dexter, MO. Alan and Della Hart and granddaughter Bethany Scherer, Advamce, Shelly (Hart) Young and daughter Sierra Young, Bloomfield, MO, Corey Hart and son Dalton and daughter Keylea, Dexter, MO., Kim and Brenda Hart, daughterís Stephenie Gee and Amanda Hart, grandson Ryan Thrower who was the youngest to attend. Dexter, MO., M. A. Hart, Dexter, MO. Eloise was ill and could not attend This was the first reunion she has missed in 30 years.

Our next Annual Reunion will be held at the American Legion in Dexter on June1, 2008.

Received the following from Fleeta Guffey a member of the Catlin Family.
Catlin Reunion, June 24, 2007

Herald, IL -

Dear M. A. & Eloise,

Over 80, attended our reunion yesterday and we ďtalkedĒ about all of you. I will put these in order of families except for a few that Iím not sure where they belong. Children of Chester & Caroline (Wilson) Catlin & their descendants.

1. Fannie Catlin - Imogene and son Paul Pankey. Carol & Phiillip Klein are step relatives of Fannie Catlin.

2. Ivy Catlin - Mable Fouts, Daniel & Phillis Fouts, Herschel, Margaret & Larry Catlin, Cathy Harrington, Carol Hudson.

3. Lora Catlin - Laura White, Rosilyn Powell, June VanGampher, Kenneth & Pat Stuckey.

4. Mae Catlin - Fleeta, Henry & Crystal Guffey, Junior Williams, Bob & Melba Williams, Leon & Margaret Hale, Pat & Eugene Oneal & Danny Williams. Children of Chester & Laura (Hendrix) (Melton) Catlin.

5. Judd Catlin - James O. & Minnie Catlin, Tim & Anita Catlin.

6. Otto Catlin - Dwight, Stella Knowles, Aubrey Catlin & sons, Guthrie & Miriam Catlin, Linda Russell, Steve Catlin, Muriel Pool.

7. Ethyl Catlin - Albert & Lodema Brown, Otto & Anita Brown.

8. Edyth Catlin - Charlotte Roark, John & Jenny Gallagher.

9. Lottie Catlin - Orley Bryant, Veda, David & Cheryl, Roger, Mary Ann Stewart, Jerry & Bonnie Holman, Howard, Karen, Devin, Allen, Diara, Danielle & Kay Young, Phyllis & Mike Stokton, Glenda & Larry Maynard, Lee & Naomi Frymire & Grandsons.

10. Charles & Ann Melton, Charlie, Jeasnetee Melton, & Barbe Melton. Charlesí dad was Julian (Jack) Melton & his dad was Charlie Melton who was a step son of Chester Catlin & son of Laura (Hendrix) (Melton) Catlin. Mary Baker, Barb & Jim Hall are from John Reeves Catlin Family & John was a brother to Chester Catlin..

Betty Chapman that takes care of the Museum.

Rose Newcomb from the Tennessee Bend Baptist Church organization that is trying to preserve the building.

We had a good shower of rain which was needed & enjoyed by everyone.

The little museum is very interesting & really needing more room.

Everyone says hello & hope you can attend again. We really had a good time. So many of us grew up right there at Herald & the others visited often. Even the ones that attended and had not been there before enjoyed the ďstoriesĒ.

Hope you all are in better health & come see us.

Love Fleeta


Warrenton, MO - Julie A. Bowden
Julie A. Bowden, died Apr. 24, 2007 on the Charbonier Road near Warrention, MO of injuries in an automobile accident. Julie was born Dec. 20, 1987 in Florissant, MO to Billy & Ellie Bowden. Surviving are her parents & two brotherís Jeffer-son Bowden of Kansas City, MO & Brian Bowden of Warrenton, MO her grandmothers Iona Clark of Horseshoe Lake, AR & Chloe York of Paris, TN. (Julie and her Dad and Mother attended our Hart Reunionís in 1993 when Julie was six years old. Julieís dad, Billy is related through our Melton Family.

Paul A. Goforth Carmi Times, II
NEW HAVEN, IL, Dec. 27, 2007
Paul A. Goforth, 72, New Haven, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006 at his home following an extended illness. He was born March 8, 1934 in New Haven, the son of Clyde and Flossie (Melton) Goforth. He was married to the former Judith Brown, and she survives. Surviving are his wife, Judith of New Haven; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Glen McNeilly of Grafton and Teri Lynn and Steve Dozier of Enfield; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Deborah Goforth of Alton; 10 grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; three brothers, Harlis Goforth and Kenny Goforth, both of New Haven, and Donald Goforth of Emma; and three sisters, Delores Cathey and Linda Upton, both of New Haven, and Patsy Phillips of Evansville, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carl, Burtis and Larry Goforth; and a sister, June Goforth. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Union Ridge Presbyterian Church, northwest of New Haven, the Rev. Kathy Dunn officiating. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at the church Thursday. Burial will be at Union Ridge Cemetery, near New Haven. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Visiting Nurse Association or Union Ridge Presbyterian Church in Mr. Goforth's memory. (Paul is related through the Melton Family )

Jean Bryant - Carmi Times, Jan 2, 2006
Jean Bryant, 79, Norris City, died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 at her winter residence in Sun City, Ariz. She was born March 13, 1927 in Oklahoma, the daughter of Tom E. and Emma (Ragan) Bryant. She married Orley Junior Bryant on June 14, 1947. She was a homemaker and had been a beautician. Mrs. Bryant was a member of Norris City First Southern Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Orley Bryant of Norris City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Melvin Partridge of Mt. Vernon, Ill. and Betty Lou and Dan Hizer of Murrieta, Calif.; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Dolores Bryant of Woodland, Mich., and Duane and Glenda Bryant of Mt. Vernon, Ill. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael David and Ronald Eugene Bryant. Funeral services for Millie Jean Bryant, Norris City, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 at First Southern Baptist Church in Norris City, the Rev. Dennis Reed officiating. Darla Chappelle was the organist. Pat O'Neal sang "Victory in Jesus" and "In the Sweet By and By." Pat Eveland sang "Serenaded By Angels." Burial was at Plainview Cemetery near Norris City. Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Children's Home. (Paul is related through the Melton Family)

The Daily Register, Harrisburg, IL, 17 Feb
John L. Hart

Funeral services for retired Maj. John L. Hart, 84, Lawton, Okla., will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Lawton, Okla. Major Hart died Thursday in an Oklahoma hospital. Burial with full military honors will be in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, Okla. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2007 at the funeral home. He was born on January 10, 1923 in Carrier Mills to Dr. A. E. and Annie (Hetherington) Hart. He graduated from Western Michigan University with his bachelorís degree and earned his masterís degree in 1948 from Drake University. He married Wanda Lee Wilkins on March 14, 1943 in Jackson, Missouri. She died August 19, 2003 in Lawton. Survivors include a son and daughter-inlaw, Mike and Suzanne Hart of Columbia, Mo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Ann and Phillip Curtis of Annandale, Va.; four grandchildren, Kirk Hart, Stephanie Hart, Travis Curtis and Sidney Curtis; and two great grandchildren, Frannie Hart and Hannah Hart. His wife, a grandson, John Robert Hart, his parents, three sisters and a brother preceded him in death. John L. Hart is a half Uncle to John Wayne Tanner & John Has attended several of our Hart Reunionís here in Dexter in the last 28 years.

Sikeston Standard, Sikeston, MO. 1/31/2007
Ruby Tope
LILBOURN, MO. Ruby Rosalia Tope, 87, died Jan 29, 2007, at Beverly Healthcare in New Madrid. Born May 9, 1919, in Catron, daughter of the late Ralph and Ethel M. Riggs Tope Sr., she was a retired school teacher and principal from Lilbourn Elementary School, a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Lilbourn and a member and past worthy matron of the Eastern Star. Survivors include: one brother, Ralph ďBlackieĒ Tope Jr. of Lilbourn; three nephews, Paul Ralph Atwill of Olive Branch, Miss., Tony Tope of Cordova, Tenn., and Tracy Tope of Lilbourn;í and one niece, Jackie Sullenger of Lilbourn. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Garner and Virginia Atwill. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Lilbourn with the Rev. Paul Hicks, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Mounds Park Cemetery at Lilbourn. Sikeston Standard, Sikeston, MO.03/19/07 LILBOURN ó Ralph ďBlackieĒ Tope Jr., 80, died March 17, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid. Born March 11, 1927, in Lilbourn, son of the late Ralph and Ethel Riggs Tope Sr., he was a member of First Baptist Church in Lilbourn. He had been a star route postal carrier and had held several positions for Federal Compress. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II and delivered ice to homes upon his return home after the war. On July 11, 1951, he married Maxine Cravens who survives of the home. Other survivors include: two sons, Tony Tope of Cordova, Tenn., and Tracy Tope of Lilbourn; three grandchildren, Christy Tango of Hampton, Va., Heather Tope of Sikeston and Justin Tope of Cape Girardeau; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: three sisters; one grandson, Jason Tope; and one great- granddaughter, Sherry Cuff. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Paul Hicks, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mounds Park Cemetery at Lilbourn.

Palestine, Texas -5 June 2007
Gary Leon Aslin was born 25 Aug 1940 at Vancouver, WA and died 5 June 2007 at Tennessee Colony, Palestine, TX. at the age of 66. He married Geralda Prado in Oct. 1974 at Reno, NV and two children were born to this marriage, Raymon Alvin Aslin of Moore, OK and Karla Raquel Aslin of Austin, TX.. He attended High School in Eugene, OR. He served in the US Air Force for 20 years and retired in 1980. He is also survived by two children, Raymon Aslin of and Karla Aslin, one grandson Ethan Beckett and one step granddaughter Makalyn Kowalik, two sisters, Patsy Lucas of of Vidor, TX, Susan Sundins, of Gresham, OR., two brothers, Bob Aslin of Chester, VA. and Jim Aslin of Loveland, OH. He was preceded by his parents, Raymond Aslin & Clara (Hart) Aslin. The family held a Memorial Service in Memory of him in Oklahoma City, OK on June 30th.

Longview, WA - Michael D. Hart 1949 - 2007
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 grand-children, Scott, Dylan, Logan, 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. A service will be planned for a later date. Columbia Funeral Service is in charge.

Carmi, IL 10 July 2007
H.L. "Spud" Poshard, 88, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2007 at his home near Brownsville. He was born Feb. 15, 1919 in Heralds Prairie Township, the son of Louis Fredrick and Margaret Almeda (Givens) Poshard. He was married Sept. 5, 1945 to Helen Louise Browning, who survives. Mr. Poshard was a grain and livestock farmer, a World War II Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 106 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the White County Board for ten years and was on the Emma Township school board. He was a Pentecostal, an avid high school basketball fan and a pinochle player. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Louise; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Danny Williams of Norris City; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim and Sharon Poshard, and Steve and Ann Poshard, all of Danville, and Stan Poshard of Carmi; 10 grandchildren, Shannon Mendonca, Vicki Blake, Bethany Ideus, Jeff and Tony Williams, Tammy Musgraves and Stephanie, Carmen, Daniel and Kimberly Poshard; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Sarah M., Idabell and Altonia Poshard, and Nellie Mae Harvey; and five brothers, John George "Curley" Poshard, Louis Ezar "Lib" Poshard, Robert Stewart "Chalk" Poshard, Roy Edward "Carnie" Poshard and David Rudolph "Pete" Poshard. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, the Rev. William Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven. Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of American Legion Post 109 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3851. (Carolyn & Danny attended our Hart Reunion in 2002 & Danny is related on Grandma Hartís side of the family.)

NORRIS CITY, IL -13 July 2007
Ruth Catlin, 90, Norris City, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was born Aug. 29, 1916 in Iron, the daughter of Vay and Ola (Murphy) Buttry, and was married Jan. 29, 1938 to Dwight Wayne Catlin, who survives. Mrs. Catlin, was cook for WCRC for 31 years and a member of Ditney Ridge Baptist Church near Norris City. Also surviving are a daughter and son-inlaw, Stella and Paul Knowles of Imperial Beach, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Aubrey and Sue Catlin of Carmi; a sister, Dorothy Johnson of Evansville, Ind.; a brother and sister-in-law, Starlis and Kathryn Buttry of Evansville, Ind.; six grandchildren, Kevin Wayne Hutchinson, Karlton Wesley Hutchinson, Curtis Lynn Hutchinson, Brian Catlin, Mike Catlin and Troy Catlin; 16 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ulon Buttry, and a brother, Othel Buttry. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, the Rev. Dennis Reed officiating. Burial will be in Ditney Ridge Cemetery near Norris City. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Note: Ruthís husband Dwight Catlin is related on Grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hartís side of the family.

Shelbyville, TN, 27 Aug 2007 James Thomas Hart
Funeral services for James Thomas Hart, 79, of Shelbeyville, who died at Bedford County Medical Center, will be at 10: a.m. Tuesday Aug. 28th at the Hillcrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Tedder offic- iating. Burial will follow at Hellcrest Memorial Gardens. A native of Huntsville, Ala., He was the son of the late David Samuel and Exie Odell Batt Hart. He was a retired mechanic of Cartwright Trucking Co., and attended the Victory Baptist Church. Surviving is his caregiver, Virginia Gassaway of Lewisburg. (James is listed on page #121 of the James Hart & his descendants book. )

Eldorado, IL, 23 Feb 2007
Lester Feuquay, 88, of 1137 Lincoln St., Eldorado, died 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Ferrell Hospital. Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado with the Rev. David Mays and the Rev. Jack Holloman officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery with military rites. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at the funeral home. He was born Sept. 15, 1918, in Eldorado to Frank and Myrtle (Forrester) Feuquay. On May 29, 1938, he married the former Iris Widick, who survives. He worked in sales for Federal Wholesale and Scot Lad. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 71st Infantry, 44th Division, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Eldorado Church of God, VFW and a life member of the Eldorado American Legion. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Marty (Donna) Feuquay of Harrisburg and Les (Myra) Feuquay of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Saundra (Marty) Patchett of Sesser; a brother, Charles (Mia) Feuquay of Murray, Ky.; a sister, Marie Bennett of Eldorado; 12 grandchildren, Angie and Jack Kincaid of Tucson, Ariz., Derek and Kathryn Feuquay of Portland, Ore., Jane and Keith Barker of Houston, Texas, James Pritchett of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ross Rayburn, Rebecca Mitchell of Carrier Mills, Tracy Dailey and Jeff Bonora of O'Fallon, Mo., Dawn and Chris Gulley of Harrisburg, Brad and Abbie Miller of Marion, Mesha Fox of Carbondale, Jeff and Mary Patchett of Oblong and Lindy and Isaiah Stonecipher of Ft. Worth, Texas; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, two brothers-in-law and a sister. For those who desire, contributions may be made to the Eldorado Church of God home missions. (Lesterís wife Iris Widick is the daughter of Ola Dell (Catlin) (Kyle) Widick & related on Grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hartís side of the family. )

Elizabethtown, KY. Mariam Maxine Newman Catlin Mariam Maxine Newman Catlin, 84, of Louisville, formerly of Hodgenville, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Survivors include her husband, Guthrie Catlin; two daughters, Linda D. Russell and Patti J. Toole; and a son, Stephen W. Catlin. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at Levelwoods Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville and continues at 9 a.m. Friday at the church. (Mariamís husband Guthrie was related on grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hartís side of the family.)

Aunt Ora Hart fell on July 8th at the Advance Nursing Home where she is a resident. She spent several days in the hospital at Cape Girardeau & had shoulder surgery. She returned to the Nursing Home where she has had a long recovery.

Notes from Cousins and Distant Cousins

Talked to Christine (Hart) Mansfield & her brother Bill Hart who lives in Ariziona is having some more health problems.

Cousin Helen (Hart) McClintick who lives in West Virginia & her husband Bill is having health problems.

Had an e-mail from Phyllis Dees in Sesser, IL & her husband, Leroy Dees is having some health problems. Leroy & Phyllis have attended some of our Hart reunions in the past few years.

Our distant cousin Margueretta Powellís husband Dean has had several treatments for cancer this year. Margueretta is related to our Coats family in Texas County, MO.

Our heart goes out to all of these family members & we will keep you all in our daily prayers.

Our distant cousin Lilly Bridgemanís husband Kelly has been having health problems for some time & at this time he is in a healthcaare center in Carmi.

Eloise was in the Dexter Hospital in April for four days with back & stomach problems, Then back in the Hospital for nine days in May. Had back surgery the 15th of June & therepy after that, but still having back problems. Then on Oct 15th she had a PET Scan at the Hospital in Cape Girardeau & we got the report on Oct 19th that it was Cancer in the bones & in the right lung. Since then she has had a biopsy on the lung on Nov. 1st, saw another Dr. on Nov 9th. Since then, we have seen other doctors, and she started radiation treatments on Dec. 4th.

Famous Relative Revealed!

For those that may not know how Robert S. Duvall (The Actor) is related to the Hart Family, Chris Walters posted the following information on the Hart Website (here it is as I know it).
Robert S. Duvall ( 5 Jan 1931 San Diego CA
Mildred Virginia Hart Aug 1901 St. Louis MO married Wm. Howard Duvall
Felix Stanley Hart 1866 LA - 1928 married Sarah Elizabeth Graham
Robert Johns Hart 9 Dec 1834 AL - 3 Jan 1907 AL married Martha Elizabeth Stanley
Derrell Hart 9 Mar 1789 SC - 6 Sep 1855 Chambers AL (Brother to our Henry Hart)
Robert Duvall has always been one of my favorite actor, from his role in the GodFather to the cowboys he's always playing. He's getting old like me now, but he's still got it.

Alan Hart receives The Vietnam Medal
Photo courtesy of The North Stoddard Countian, Bloomfield, Mo.

A U.S. Army colenel (right) presents the Missouri State Vietnam Medal to Alan Hart (left) as Stoddard County Military Honors Guars members look on. The ceremony was held 10 Nov. 2007 at the Stars & Stripes national Military Museum and Library in Bloomfield, Mo. Alan is the son of M.A. & Eloise Hart of Dexter, Mo.

Be sure and send me any new eventís that take place in your families,
from now until Dec. 2008, so that it can be included in the Newsletter.

Do You Have An E-Mail Address ??

I will be emailing the Hart Family Christmas Newsletter in the future.
If you have an email address, please send it to me M.A. Hart
[email protected]

Please keep me posted if you change your email address.

Love & Best Wishes,

M.A. & Eloise Hart



Time of love and healing
With season that is right
Stars are up in heaven
Snow fills earth at night

Footsteps left behind you
Wherever you may go
Someone sure to follow
To catch your special glow

Trees are blessed with diamonds
That gather in the snow
Light up with magnificence
Canvas life will show

Special time to gather
Love that will abound
Hands are held out reaching
Friendships new are found

Season of Glad Tidings
That fills the heart with glee
Walking in this happiness
Brings love for you and me

Breath of air refreshing
Earth is bright and gay
Dressed for special reason
Christmas on it's way.

Poem Written By:
Francine Pucillo








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