< Leeper/Powell Family

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Ethel Irene Leeper, Brookie Powell, John Powell,
Children of Carrie Belle "Brooks Powell" Leeper

picture is of Ethel Irene Leeper [1913-1971]  standing on a chair with her half sister Brooksie Powell and brother John Powell, , about the time they moved to Trumann, Poinsett County, Arkansas in 1914.

Brooksie Powell ( 1899 Callaway Co., MO- 1993 OK, buried at Holly Springs Cemetery), married Joseph W. Forbess.

FORBESS, Brooksie Augusta Powell, born Feb. 22, 1899, died Oct. 1, 1993
(wife of Joseph W., dau. of Ollie Guy & Carrie Bell Brooks Powell)
FORBESS, John J., son of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Forbess, Pvt. Army Air Corps, born Jun. 5, 1921, died Sep. 5, 1942
FORBESS, Joseph Washington, born Oct. 24, 1889, died Feb. 1, 1964 (double with Brooksie A.)

She was a elementary school teacher in the Trumann, AR public schools for 34 years. she received her BS in Education from Arkansas State. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eudora, AR and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Trumann.
Brooksie was eighteen years old when her mother died. She likely cared for the two Leeper children until after the death of their father 3 years later. She and her brother returned to MO., and then came back to AR.

John Powell, born 22 July 1902 Callaway County, Mo., died September 1984 at Trumann, Poinseet Co., AR. He moved back to Trumann after retirement, he had married, but no children. Buried at Jonesboro Cemetery.


Born July 23 1903 Callaway County, Missouri
Died September 22 1984 Jonesboro, AR
Age 81 years 1 month 30 days
333 Melody Lane
Trumann, AR

Survived by:
Step Daughter: Mrs. Katherine Olsen of Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Sister: Mrs. Brookie Forbes, Trumann, AR
Half-sister: Mrs. Mildred Pugh, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Died: Saturday afternoon at Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro, AR
Mr. Powell was born in Fulton, Mo and had bern a resident of Trumann since 1980. Fornerly from Des Plaines, Ill. He was a retired employee of U. S. Steel and a member of the Mokane Baptist Church in Missouri. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces.

Funeral Monday morning at 10:00 am in the Chapel of the Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Stewart Pickle presiding.
Burial at Jonesboro Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ar.
{Death certificate lists Ollie Guy Powell as the father, no mother listed, but his mother was Carrie Bell Brooks } .

Brooksie and John Powell were the children of Carrie Belle Brooks and Ollie Powell of Callaway County, MO. Carrie B. married 2nd to Clarence "Red" Leeper and had two daughters.
[1] Ethel Irene and her younger sister, [2] Mildred E. Leeper b. 1915. They were orphaned at very young ages, four and two years old at the death of their mother in 1917 and three years later, the death of their father.

LEEPER, Carrie B., wife of C. W. Leeper, born Mar 3, 1879, died Feb 24, 1917
LEEPER, Clarence ( Red ) born June 1886 in Callaway County, MO, died 26 January 1920
Both buried at Holly Springs Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Carrie has a tombstone, but he must not have a stone, as it not listed in the cemetery listings.

The two Leeper daughters were taken back to Missouri by their guardian, Sam Cole, believed to be an uncle or relative of the Leeper family, ( court appointed) and raised in Montgomery and Callaway Counties, Mo.

Ethel Irene Leeper married Peter Monica in the St. Louis area and died in 1971.
Mildred E. Leeper married Henry Pugh and died in Henry County, Iowa in 1993.

Clarence Leeper was the son of John W. Leeper and Elizabeth Ferrier.

Carrie Belle Brooks Powell Leeper was b.  Mar. 29, 1879 [,1,2] Callaway County, Missouri- d. February 24, 1917 [1] Poinsett County, Arkansas

Carrie married first to Ollie G. Powell . She was married in the family home in Callaway County. They were the parents of four children, two died in childhood. Ollie Powell was the son of John Powell and Nannie Johnson, born 29 December 1879; died 1 June 1927; buried in Hams Prairie Cemetery, Callaway County, Missouri)

The oldest child of:

George Robert Brooks was born September 30, 1939 and died January 8, 1908 [3,7,8] in Callaway County.  He married March 14, 1878 [6] to Martha B. Mosley in Callaway County. Martha was born Feb. 12, 1861 and died  the 15th of November, 1910.


1.tombstone-Holley Springs Cemetery, Harrisburg, Ar
2.1880 federal Census, Callaway County, Missouri
3.Tombstones in Family Cemetery and obituaries
4.Callaway County Cemetery Records, Ham's Prairie
5.Family bible records
6.Marriages of Callaway County
7.Obituary and funeral notices
8.Callaway County Probate Records

This picture was sent to me by a great great granddaughter of George Robert Brooks of Callaway County, Missouri - grandfather of these children

Brooksie and John Powell