Digital Augusta

Augusta, Kansas

Collection: 1984





Small, George Richard

Ayres, Melton Wesley

Southard, Hershel "Jim"


Obituaries published in the Augusta Daily Gazette


Augusta Daily Gazette, Augusta, Kansas, USA


Augusta Historical Museum, Augusta, Kansas, USA


Augusta Public Library, Augusta, Kansas, USA










Augusta Daily Gazette, Augusta, Kansas, USA, “1984-11-19,” Digital Augusta, accessed November 30, 2023,

The Augusta Daily Gazette Monday, November 19, 1984
George R. Small rites Wednesday
George Richard Small, 47, 1420 Starkey, a 14-year veteran of the Augusta Department of Public Safety, died this morning at the Augusta Medical Complex.
A funeral service for police captain Small will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Dunsford Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Gaylen Burow, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery.
He was born July 17, 1937 in Wewoka, Okla., to Pat and Elaine Rutherford Small.
He married Katherine Kraft July 13, 1962 in Augusta. She survives.
He served four years of peacetime duty with the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church.
Small began his career as an Augusta law officer in 1970. During that time he was awarded many department citations including the Silver Wreath of Merit, the Bronze Wreath of Valor, the Exceptional Duty Medal, the Long and Honorable Service Medal and the Chief's Achievement Medal.
He was a 1982 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.

GEORGE R. SMALL ...police captain

He received a rating of expert marksman at the academy as well as a second place award in the physical fitness competition and a second place award in skeet shooting there.
During his law enforcement career, he earned numerous citations from the state and national fire and police academies.
Small was a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of Louisville, Ky.
He received an associate degree in applied police science from Butler County Community College. He also had taken 500 hours in advanced law enforcement classes.
Besides his wife, Small leaves daughters, Tanna Louise and Krystal Ann, both of the home; his mother, Elaine McNeil of Augusta, his father, Pat Small, of Augusta; brothers, Dan R. Small of Augusta, Rick McNeil of Houston, Texas, and William Lee McNeil of Wichita; sisters, Patsy Lies of Austin, Texas, Candace Watkins and Debbie Pocock, both of Augusta, Sandy Wallace of Dallas, Texas, and Michelle Mechels of Wichita.

Tuesday, November 20, 1984
Melton Ayres dies at 40
Melton Wesley Ayres, 40, Route 1, died today at the Augusta Medical Complex.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Central Baptist Church. Rev. Gus Kubish of will officiate and burial will be in the Indianola Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 20, 1944 in El Dorado to Allan V. and Anna Grist Ayres.
He was a graduate of Andover High School and attended Butler County Junior College.
He was a farmer and had been a member of the National Guard.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ayres; a brother, Timothy, all of Augusta; sisters, Carol Borger of Augusta, and Marilyn Yourdon of Wichita.
The Dunsford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established with the Central Baptist Church.

Augustan’s brother died on Saturday
Hershel “Jim” Southard, 62, Neosho Falls, brother of Bertha Meader of Augusta, died Saturday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
His service was at 1:30 p.m. today at the Waugh-Yokum Chapel in Iola. Rev. Paul Pentz officiated. Cremation followed.
He was born May 7, 1922 in Iola to Perl and Ethel Howard Southard.
He married Lela May West in 1953. She survives.
He was a retired truck driver.

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