Left to right
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.
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.
jOHN ePPERSON POWELL oBITuary
Born July 23 1903
Callaway County, Missouri
afternoon at Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro, AR
morning at 10:00 am in the Chapel of the Thompson Funeral
Home with Rev. Stewart Pickle presiding.
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.
 Ethel Irene and her younger sister,  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.
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  Poinsett County, Arkansas
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  to Martha B. Mosley in Callaway County. Martha was born Feb. 12, 1861 and died the 15th of November, 1910.
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