Robertson Drago

Raymond E. Leathers

He was born January 21, 1924, at Parma, Missouri, to Thomas Leathers and Elizabeth Bruce Leathers. On April 18, 1974, he was married at Sullivan, Missouri, to Juanita Berent. Mr. Leathers was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post of West Plains. He worked as an iron ore and coal miner for twenty-seven years.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Leathers, of the family home; twelve children, Ronnie Leathers, Cathy Garrison, husband, Merle, Brenda Elfrank, husband, Les, Joe Leathers, wife, Judy, Donna Green, husband Bob, Mark Leathers, wife Cindy, Mike Willig, Jane Wilson, Carol Shinberger, Karen Judd, husband, Calvin, Kelly Brixey and Cindy Vavrinek, husband, Kevin; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Loretta Berent; and several nieces and nephews .

His parents, two sons, one daughter, two sisters and six brothers, precede him in death.

 

 

Lynn M. Hixon

Funeral services for Lynn M. Hixon, 90, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Hixon died at 1:25 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at Willow Springs, Missouri, surrounded by his close family.
He was born September 23, 1923, at Uniontown, Kansas, to Rolla Hixon and Bernice Boileau Hixon. On September 22, 1942, he was married at El Dorado, Kansas, to Katy Wadsack, who preceded him in death on March 25, 2009. He was a member of the Church of Christ since his burial in baptism on November 9, 1947, and was the current minister of Pomona Church of Christ. He preached over sixty-six years in the pulpit and radio work for over fifty-eight years. He ministered at gospel meetings in many states including brush arbor and television.
He is survived by two children, Rita Jane Turpin, Willow Springs, Missouri and Lynn Hixon, Jr. and wife, Rhonda, Independence, Missouri. He was a grandfather with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta Davis and husband, Warren, Fort Scott, Kansas; his nieces and nephews; and his church family and friends.
His parents, wife and a little brother, William Herbert Hixon, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Willow Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home or Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Tome Lee Kirkland

A Memorial Service for Tome Lee Kirkland, 60, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Kirkland died at 11:35 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his home.
He was born December 2, 1953, at West Plains, Missouri, to Charles Elvis Kirkland and Chloe Watts Kirkland. On February 12, 1972, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Joyce Formby. Mr. Kirkland worked as a pipeline construction foreman for thirty-five years. He loved his grandchildren and was a very loving grandfather. He enjoyed his dogs, was a member of the Caulfield Coon Hunters Association and loved to hunt and fish. Mr. Kirkland attended Dawt Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Kirkland, of the family home; two children, Tome Lee "Leon" Kirkland, Jr., wife, Jessica, Steelville, Missouri and Nick Lee Kirkland, wife, Stacy, Rogersville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Tome Lee Kirkland, III, Bailey Rae Kirkland, Christopher Allen Kirkland, Kohltin Lee Kirkland, Tristen Neff and Raylee Jane Kirkland; three brothers, Jack Kirkland, wife, Barbara, Gladston, Missouri, Bob Kirkland, wife, Cindy, Caulfield, Missouri and Kenneth Kirkland, wife, Mary Ruth, Caulfield, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, two brothers, Charles Kirkland Jr. and Dale Kirkland and one sister, Veltia Hicks, precede him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Rickie Coleman Pruiett

Funeral services for Rickie Coleman Pruiett, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Pruiett died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born July 13, 1946, at Caruthersville, Missouri, to Charlie C. Pruiett and Rachel Harbin Pruiett. On January 15, 2001, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Deborah Smith. Mr. Pruiett was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy and was employed at Regal-Beloit.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Pruiett, of the family home; six children, Jon Coleman Pruiett, wife, Joyce, Hayti, Missouri, Leah Michell Roberts, husband, Scotty, Kennett, Missouri, Aaron Thomas Pruiett, wife, Kerri, West Plains, Missouri, Tony Prater, wife, Amber, Dodge City, Kansas, Beverly Jones, Dyersburg, Tennessee and Jamie Fowler, Dyersburg, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way; his mother, Rachel Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri; four brothers, Joe Pruiett, wife, Michelle, St. Clair, Missouri, Billy W. Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri, Doug Pruiett, wife, Lula, Carthage, Missouri and M arty Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Charlene Church, husband, Ed, Denver, Colorado, Judith Hill, Cabool, Missouri, Sandra Moss, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Hicks, husband, Dewayne, Pomona, Missouri; sister-in-law, Julia Pruiett; and several nieces and nephews.
His father, one brother, Freddie L. Pruiett and one infant brother, Ernie Pruiett, precede him in death.
Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Gracie M. Gould Tucker

Graveside services for Gracie M. Gould Tucker, 73, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at Dripping Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Tucker died at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at daughter's home in Spring Hill, Kansas.
She was born January 1, 1941, at Chandler, Oklahoma, to Clinton Angus "Bud" Gould and Edith Josephine Turner Gould. On September 5, 1987, she was married at Springfield, Missouri, to Fred Tucker. She was a drum majorette in high school and graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1959. She enjoyed horses and in her younger years was a member of a saddle club. Mrs. Tucker was of the Pentecostal faith.
She is survived by her husband, Fred Tucker, Mt. Vernon, Missouri; four children, Teressa Lincoln, husband, Darren, Aurora, Missouri, Connie Smith, friend, J. J. Johnson, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Cynthia "Cyndy" Doyle, Liberty, Missouri and Judy Lynn Dosher, husband, Paul Sr., Spring Hill, Kansas; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford Gould, wife, Kay, Viola, Arkansas and Ron Gould, wife, Linda, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Velma Rieck, husband, Wilfred, West Plains, Missouri, Cledith Hawkins, special friend, Larry Harris, West Plains, Missouri and Tempa Worsham, Viola, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents and two brothers, Clinton Alvin Gould and Denny Gould, precede her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Belinda Sue Bryant Williams

Belinda Sue Bryant Williams, 43, Caulfield, Missouri, died at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her home.
She was born March 30, 1971, to Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Barbara Vandre. On July 23, 1990, she was married to Dewayne Williams.
She is survived by two sons, Chase Williams and wife, Tressa and Skylar Williams; two grandchildren, Maecyn and Sawyer Williams, all of Caulfield, Missouri; three brothers, Bobby Bryant, Jr., and wife, Regina, West Plains, Missouri, Brad Bryant and wife, Melinda, San Antonio, Texas, Jimmy Haslett and wife, Jami, Lawson, Missouri; and one sister, Tiffany Weintraub, San Diego, California.
Her parents precede her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Kim Peterman

Funeral services for Kim Peterman, 54, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Peterman died at 4:55 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 30, 1959, at West Plains, Missouri, to Floyd Edward Fox and Della Fay Callahan Fox. On June 30, 1979, she was married at Pottersville, Missouri, to Jim Peterman. Mrs. Peterman was the service desk manager at Walmart. She loved her grandkids very much. Mrs. Peterman was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Peterman, of the family home; three children, Jessica Jackson, husband, David, West Plains, Missouri, Jared Peterman, wife, Jessica, West Plains, Missouri and Joshua Peterman, wife, Elizabeth, Appleton, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Payton, Pierson, Preston, Whitney, Lindsey, Abby and Valerie; two brothers, Max Fox, wife, Lisa, Caulfield, Missouri and Stephen Fox, wife, Trish, Pottersville, Missouri; two sisters, Rita Robinson, husband, Don, Crider, Missouri and Thelma Batesel, husband, Berlin, Willow Springs, Missouri; mother-in-law, Sylvia Peterman; sisters-in-law, Juanita Peterman, Joy Harris, Joan Richardson, Judy Rice, Joanne Peterman; brothers-in-law, Jack Peterman, Jerry Peterman, Jeff Peterman and Jolly Peterman; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, father-in-law, Ivan Peterman and brother-in-law, Joe Peterman, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Miracle Network, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com

 

 

Nita Ray Mitts

Funeral services for Nita Ray Mitts, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mitts died at 3:40 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her home.
She was born August 22, 1940, at Hartman, Arkansas, to Floyd M. Gipson and Etta L. Riley Gipson. On January 16, 2002, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to James R. Mitts. Before her retirement, she worked at Marathon Electric, now known as Regal. Mrs. Mitts was a Christian and was baptized on August 3, 2003.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Mitts, of the family home; two children, Leon Mitts, West Plains, Missouri, and Melissa Wright, West Plains, Missouri; two grandsons, Dustin Wright, wife, Carol, Viola, Arkansas and Jesse Wright, wife, Miranda, West Plains, Missouri; three great-grandsons, Braxtin, River and Bayler; one great-granddaughter, Breanna; one brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, seven sisters, including a twin sister and three brothers, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Grove Cemetery, Children's Miracle Network or Three Rivers Hospice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Wanda Bridges

A farewell to this world for Wanda Bridges, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bridges went to the Kingdom of God for her eternal life of youth, health and glory on July 5, 2014. She was extremely happy, pain free and peaceful in her last days with her family. She was sound asleep in her home when the Lord brought her to Heaven. The Holy Spirit comforted and cradled her as she was going through her transition to eternal life.
She was born January 18, 1931, her 83 years of physical life where many have been touched by her humor, zest for life and her fighting spirit.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Bridges whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage on April 28th; also survived by her daughter, Cathy "Blondie" Bridges, grandson Peter Bridges and his family, wife Samantha, great-granddaughters, Jaclyn 13, Katlyn 18, Ashlyn 23 and great-great-granddaughter, Mikala, 3; granddaughter, Brandy Bridges Parker, great-granddaughters, Elizabeth 14, Macy 20, Shealy 22 and great-great-granddaughter, Amilia, 2 and granddaughter, Danielle all of New Iberia, Louisiana; her sister and brother-in-law, Pat and John Arnold of Carmi, Illinois; nieces, Teresa of Illinois, Linda of Oklahoma City, Alicia of Wichita; nephews, Randy and Mike of Illinois, Rodney of New Orleans, Larry, Dennis and Randy of Florida.
Final resting place will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery at Olden, Missouri, where her body will be placed with her son Terry, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Amos and Ruby Bridges and many family members that have gone before her.
The family will be celebrating her life with friends and family from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
She was an avid gardener and loved all of nature; however her thoughts were that flowers and plants belonged in the ground; therefore, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery where she spent many hours clearing grass from family headstones and was always so happy when the grass was freshly cut. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Her spirit will live on through us all. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Curtis Daniel Killinger

Funeral services for Curtis Daniel Killinger, 31, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Killinger died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.
He was born October 20, 1982, at Springfield, Missouri, to Thomas Richard "Tom" Killinger and Shirley J. Lenardi Killinger. On October 15, 2011, he was married at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Danielle Stoops. He worked at Donahue Roofing and previously at Ozarks Medical Center. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, was active in sports. Curtis loved to hunt, fish, play cards, golf, music and guitar. He adored his niece and nephew. He was a kind hearted gentle soul and was a joy to be around. Curtis had made his wishes known to his family to be an organ donor. Mr. Killinger had attended Pomona Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his wife, Danielle Killinger, of the family home; parents, Tom and Shirley Killinger, West Plains, Missouri; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tim and Trish Stoops, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Luke Killinger, wife, Chrystal and their children, Addison and John, Springfield, Missouri and Zak Killinger, West Plains, Missouri; brother-in-law, Ethan Stoops, West Plains, Missouri, grandmother-in-law, Mary Stanley "Nana", Pomona, Missouri; one aunt, Carol Lenardi, West Plains, Missouri; one uncle, Tony Lenardi, wife, Paula; and cousins, Frank, Anthony and Michael Lenardi.
His grandparents precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Adele Wells

Funeral services for Adele Wells, 77, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wells died at 5:55 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Hospice of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas.
She was born October 11, 1936, at Caulfield, Missouri, to James Raymond "Ray J." Harper and Mary "Elsie" Lawing Harper. She attended the schools of Oak Grove and West Plains High School and on March 12, 1955, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to J. T. Wells. She worked at International Shoe Company, Baxter Lab, was a waitress and retired from Cloud 9 Ranch after many years. Mrs. Wells enjoyed her family and treasured the time she spent with them. Adele was a member of the Bakersfield Church of Christ for many years. She was a wonderful lady that enjoyed life and loved to smile and laugh. J. T. was the love of her life. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, J. T. Wells, of the family home; three children, Ronnie J. Wells, wife, Susan, Ronda K. Ledbetter, husband, Joe, all of West Plains, Missouri and Billy R. Wells, wife, Kellie, Bakersfield, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Dustin W. Ledbetter, wife, Brandi, Ashley D. Cotter, husband, Greg, John R. Wells, Kassi J. Dupler, husband, Bo, Gretchen J. Noon, husband, Jeff, Taylor L. Wells and Caleb W. Wells; eight great-grandchildren, Adie and Layne Dupler, Ellie Wells, Eli and Eden Cotter, Reece and Heidi Ledbetter, Libby Noon and one on the way; four sisters, Lenora Frazier, Dora, Missouri, Sue Lair, husband, Jerry, Jeannie Morris, husband, Steve and Sharon Moore, husband, David, all of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Lois Harper and Jackie Wells, both of West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Betty Meeks and Verlene Halford.
Her parents, one brother, Glen F. Harper, one sister, Kay Rhine, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Flossie Wells and three brothers-in-law, Truman H. Wells, Dallas Frazier and Ray Rhine, precede her in death.
Mrs. Wells will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fowler Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fowler Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Pauline Wilbanks

Funeral services for Pauline Wilbanks, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wilbanks died at 12:30 a.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born November 18, 1920, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Monroe Wood and Mary Viola Kiser Wood. On May 16, 1940, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to George A. Wilbanks, who preceded her in death on March 23, 1963. Mrs. Wilbanks worked as a sales clerk at a department store in Mountain View, Missouri and later worked at Missouri Home Care. She was a life time member of the VFW Auxiliary. Mrs. Wilbanks enjoyed quilting; having recently placed in a quilt show at West Vue Nursing Center. She loved to travel and was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. She also loved animals and was a supporter of the Humane Society. There were five generations in her family; her family was her life and she especially enjoyed time spent with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Wilbanks was a member of the Pomona Christian Church.
She is survived by two children, Connie Perkins, husband, Harry D., West Plains, West Plains, Missouri and Margaret "Marge" Bond, Palmyra, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kent Perkins, West Plains, Missouri, Kelly Kranawetter, Jackson, Missouri, Paul Eric Bond, wife, Carrie, Palmyra, Missouri and Michael Bond, wife, Jody, Bakersfield, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Brixey, West Plains, Missouri, special friend, Carol Gore; and several nieces and nephews, including three special nieces, Anita, Pat and Barbara.
Her parents, husband, son-in-law, Paul Bond, three brothers and four sisters, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

John Ralph McConnell

Funeral services for John Ralph McConnell, 75, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 30, 2014, at Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. McConnell died at 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born March 27, 1939, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to James Floyd McConnell and Jewell Comelia Farel McConnell. On May 3, 1980, he was married at Belvidere, Illinois, to Carol Shook. Before his retirement he was a design engineer at Comcar Division of Textron, Inc. in Belvidere, Illinois. He was a great storyteller and loved wildlife; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. McConnell was a member of Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Carol McConnell, of the family home; three children, Pam Thornton, husband, Butch, State of Florida, Sue Tolsma, State of Illinois and Mary Lee, Bakersfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tara Kenyon, Adam Lee, Ashley Lee and Sherri Taylor, husband, Shawn; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Ray McConnell, wife, LaVila, Capron, Illinois; one sister, Mona Ann Brown, husband, Billy, Bakersfield, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Janice McConnell, State of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, one daughter, Jean and one brother, Mike McConnell, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Baptist Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 


Birvon Lincoln Strong

Graveside services for Birvon Lincoln Strong, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, at Patrick Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Strong died at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.
He was born January 2, 1925, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Samuel Strong and Martha Smith Strong. Mr. Strong was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. On September 2, 1948, he was married at Sidney, Iowa, to Garnet LuEtta Younger, who preceded him in death on November 17, 2005. Mr. Strong worked for thirty-nine years for the City of West Plains, retiring as the City Scales Manager. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Mr. Strong was a Christian.
He is survived by three children, Patsy Atkinson, husband, Jesse Fred, West Plains, Missouri, Mike Strong, wife, Margret, Alton, Missouri and Jeanette Fraley, husband, Dan, Alton, Missouri; four grandchildren, LeAnn Barnard, husband, Tom, Birvon Strong, II, wife, Lara, Jill Roberts, husband, Donald and Crystal Crowder, husband Danny; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, wife and brothers and sisters, precede him in death.
Mr. Strong nwill lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Donnie Ray Jennings

Funeral services for Donnie Ray Jennings, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Jennings died at 1:51 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born April 9, 1941 at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Vernon Elvis Jennings and Eula Marie Walker Jennings. On April 24, 1959, he was married at Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte Robinson. Mr. Jennings was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He worked as a business owner and a nursing home administrator; he began his career in 1970 building his first facility in Chanute, Kansas, later built the Bethesda Nursing Center in Chanute, later owned and operated several residential care facilities in Missouri; lastly the South View Residential Care Facility in West Plains. He loved his family. Mr. Jennings had a love for flying and was a flight instructor. He also enjoyed shooting. Mr. Jennings was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Jennings, of the family home; four children, Kenneth Jennings and wife, Cindy, West Plains, Missouri, Keith Jennings and wife, Treasa, St. Clair, Missouri, Kandace Miller, West Plains, Missouri and Sheila Tiller and husband, Jeff, Loganville, Georgia; eleven grandchildren, William Jennings, Tara Miller, Kristin Mustion and husband, Casey, Sarah Wright and husband, Jeff, Thomas Fleming, Emily Jennings, Garrett Jennings and wife, Clarissa, Jeffrey Cowsert and wife, Allie, Jay Tiller, Thomas Jennings and Kyle Tiller; two great-grandchildren, Brodhi and Malcolm; five brothers, Elvis, Charles, Fred, Thurman and Sam Jennings; three sisters, Margie Hackney, Mary Carswell and Dorothy Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, two sisters, Sarah Huie and Bonnie Slack and one infant brother, Duane Jennings, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gum Creek Cemetery in Loganville, Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Vera May Wickham

Funeral services for Vera May Wickham, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Abundant Life Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wickham died at 1:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born September 25, 1928, at West Plains, Missouri, to James Frank Williams and Cyntha May Willard Williams. On December 13, 1950, she was married at Springfield, Missouri, to Vernon Gene Wickham, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1999. She was a homemaker; a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary for many years and volunteered for West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, where she did sewing and thank you cards. Mrs. Wickham was a long time member of Abundant Life Baptist Church.
She is survived by six children, Donna Caldwell and husband, Mike, West Plains, Missouri, Perry Wickham, West Plains, Missouri, Trish Hammen and husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri, Linda Lewis and significant other, Cliff Fite, West Plains, Missouri, Dennis Wickham and significant other, Jennifer Perry, West Plains, Missouri and Lee Wickham and friend, Tad Duncan, Tampa, Florida; fourteen grandchildren, Chris Caldwell and wife, Marietta, West Plains, Missouri, Michael Wickham and wife, Lisa, West Plains, Missouri, Bryan Wickham, Willow Springs, Missouri, Jennifer Adams and husband, Allen, Louisville, Texas, Kristie Vandventer and husband, Gary, Bloomfield, Indiana, Travis Bales, West Plains, Missouri, Brianna Hammen, West Plains, Missouri, Shane Whited and wife, Cindy, West Plains, Missouri, Nicholas Lewis and wife, Aubrey, Anchorage, Alaska, Brittany Lewis, West Plains, Missouri, Brad Wickham and wife, Mandy, West Plains, Missouri, Nathan Wickham, West Plains, Missouri, Colt Perry, West Plains, Missouri and Luke Perry, West Plains; fourteen great-grandchildren, Stephen, Kristin, Alyssa, Kaylee, Danielle, Ryan, Taylor, Matthew, Zane, Cory, Zhilynn, Zahren, Noah and Raelyn; one great-great-grandchild, Isabella; one sister, Ruby Hanks and husband, Jr., Willow Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one sister, Norma Stubbs and one daughter-in-law, Marsha Wickham, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Floyd Thomas "Bill" Frommel

Graveside services for Floyd Thomas Frommel, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Willow Springs, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Frommel died at 5:11 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 8, 1928, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Hugh Leslie Frommel and Lena Elizabeth Wilson Frommel. On July 4, 1954, he was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Marian Clarene Green. Mr. Frommel was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Before his retirement, he worked as a salesman at Holsum Bread Company. Mr. Frommel was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Frommel, of the family home; one son, Mike Frommel, wife, Denise, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kristan Frommel, Kala Moulton, husband, Kirk, Ashley Frommel and Matthew Frommel; three great-grandchildren, Azlee Zimmer, Haydn Zimmer and Teigan Frommel; three brothers, George Frommel, West Plains, Missouri, Franklin "Pete" Frommel, wife, Lisa, Freemont, California and Ronald Frommel, wife, Linda, Willow Springs, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents, one son, Thomas D. Frommel, one granddaughter, Tabitha Frommel, two brothers, Hugh Frommel, Jr. and Willard Frommel and two sisters, Helen Bartlett and Erma Johnson, precede him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hazel Verline Hall,

Funeral services for Hazel Verline Hall, 93, Moody, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Free Union Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hall went to be with her Lord at 7:50 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born January 15, 1921, at Rockport, Missouri, to Robert Samuel Whitham and Minnie Mae Farley Whitham. On May 27, 1944, she was married at Hiawatha, Kansas, to Maxie Earl Hall, who preceded her in death on January 13, 1976. Mrs. Hall loved flowers and enjoyed canning vegetables, traveling, watching game shows, westerns and Cardinals baseball and most of all she loved her God and family. She was a second mother and grandmother to many children in the neighborhood and was called Grandma Hazel by many. Mrs. Hall was a member of the Free Union Church of Christ for over fifty years.
She is survived by five children, Annita Hall, Machesney Park, Illinois, Max "Sonny" Hall, wife, June, Gilbert, Arizona, Donna Hobbs, husband, Kenny, McLouth, Kansas, Karen Bowen, husband, Bobby, Moody, Missouri and Darla Cobb, West Plains, Missouri; eighteen grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Colwell, Imogene, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, two grandsons, one great-grandson; one great-great-granddaughter, five brothers and one infant brother, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Laura Melinda Downing

Graveside services for Laura Melinda Downing, 91, Blue Springs, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Downing died at 4:59 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Waterford Ladies Home, Blue Springs, Missouri, where she resided for the past four and a half years.
She was born December 5, 1922, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Bernie Hayes and Elma Stiner Hayes. She attended schools at Bakersfield, Missouri, and on August 10, 1940, was married at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Carl Russell Downing, who preceded her in death on May 21, 1993. She was a homemaker and moved to Blue Springs, Missouri eight years ago to be near her family. Mrs. Downing was a member for over fifty years at Victory Family Worship Center, West Plains, Missouri.
She is survived by two children, Harold Keith Downing, wife, Donna, North Kansas City, Missouri and Sharon O'Hara, husband, Lyle, Blue Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren, Deborah Whiles, husband Wayne, Overland Park, Kansas, Cynthia Hochstatter, husband, Mark, Independence, Missouri, Kent Wright, Mission, Kansas, Lesa Watson, husband, Mike, Lee's Summit, Missouri and Sean Downing, wife, Jessica, Kansas City North, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren, Austin Whiles, Ryan Whiles, Ashley Henson, Michael Henson, Morgan Watson, Ryleigh Watson, Erica Downing and Brooke Downing; and one great-great-grandchild, Tucker Henson; two sisters, Betty Jo McGoldrick, West Plains, Missouri and Janice Grisham, Dora, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, five brothers, Junior, Cecil, Wayne, Bobby and Jimmy Hayes and four sisters, Pansy Callahan, Rosie Lair, Inez Cotter and Fern Rennels, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice , and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Earlene Mae Carrell

Graveside services for Earlene Mae Carrell, 78, El Dorado, California, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, South Fork, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carrell died at 10:50 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at her home.

She was born December 29, 1935, at Ontario, California, to Earl Joseph Byrne and Elsie Mae Rodgers Byrne. On September 18, 1954, she was married at South San Gabriel, California, to Jack Frank Carrell. Before her retirement, she worked for over twenty years in the nursery department of the United States Forestry service. Mrs. Carrell attended First Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Carrell, of the family home; two children, Jack Carrell, Jr., wife, Randi, Reeds Port, Oregon and Susan Jennings, Florence, Oregon; two grandchildren, Kayla Carrell and Dustin Jennings; one great-grandchild, Marissa Jennings; one sister, Nadine Akins, husband, Robert, Novato, California; one sister-in-law, Sarah Crane; and one brother-in-law, Bill Carrell, wife, Nelda.

Her parents precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice organization, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bobby Dean Stewart

Memorial services for Bobby Dean Stewart, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 8:00 a.m., Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Mr. Stewart died 1:06 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born November 23, 1928 at Galena, Missouri to Blaine Willard Stewart and Alally Marchbank Stewart. On April 18, 1989, he was married at St. Charles, Louisiana to Phyllis Nadeau. Mr. Stewart was a veteran having served with the United States Navy and before his retirement, was employed as a plant manager for Boeing Aircraft. He was a 32 Degree Mason, a Shriner and enjoyed woodworking, gardening and reading. Mr. Stewart was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Stewart, of the family home; two children, Michael Stewart, wife, Felicitas, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Anne Roy, husband, Danny, Granite Falls, Washington; four step-children; Donna Johnson, Karen Crowley, Paul Jalbert and Kenneth Jalbert; twelve grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

His parents and one sister precede him in death.

 

 

John Denford Farrar and Michael Peanut Farrar

Graveside services for John Denford Farrar and Michael Peanut Farrar, stillborn infant sons of John Farrar and Samantha Hurley, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Babyland at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
John and Michael were born at 11:15 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
They are survived by their parents, John Farrar and Samantha Hurley, West Plains, Missouri; five brothers and sisters, Joshua Farrar, Chris Farrar and wife, Heather, Isaiah Farrar, Isabella Farrar and Anakin Hurley; grandparents, Robin and Chuck Moore; uncles, Ryan Hurley, Thomas Moore and John Atzent and one aunt, Debbie Woods.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Delphia W. Brooks

Funeral services for Delphia W. Brooks, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Brooks died 11:15 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 in West Vue Nursing Center. He was born August 17, 1922 at Gid, Arkansas to Charles Brooks and Josephine Jones Brooks. On December 15, 1945, he was married at Gid, Arkansas to Lillian Irene Adkisson who preceded him in death on July 7, 1999. Mr. Brooks worked at Cloud Oak Flooring and was a well known farmer in the West Plains area. He enjoyed hunting, his four-wheeler, camping and spending time with his family. Mr. Brooks was a Charter member of the United Freewill Baptist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by two children, Jimmie Glen Brooks, wife, Cheri, Republic, Missouri and Patricia Lynn Newsom, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jessica Gibson, Taylor Brooks, Hunter Brooks, B. J. Newsom and Amanda Woodyard, husband, Dewayne; three great-grandchildren, Jayke Gibson, Cody Gibson and Cooper Woodyard; one brother, Floyd Brooks, wife, Loretta, Peoria, Illinois; two sisters, Imogene Vanetta, husband, Ray, Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas and Doris Jean Jackson, Melbourne, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews; and long time special friend, Leverne Hightower.

His parents, wife, six brothers, Ezra, Everett, Elgin, Esbie, Ellis, Lloyd and one infant brother and one sister, Icaphine Shaver, precede him in death.

Visitation was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 8th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial was at the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cerebral Palsy in Honor of Jayke Gibson and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Charles Andy Franks

Funeral services for Charles Andy Franks, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 8, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Franks died Friday, June 6, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born August 9, 1928, at Viola, Arkansas, to Orvis Talmage Franks and Essie May Roe Franks. He graduated high school at Viola, Arkansas, with the Class of 1946. On May 27, 1950, he was married at Viola, Arkansas, to Maxine Parker. Mr. Franks was a veteran, having served with the United States Air Force. He worked as a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser for over forty years. Mr. Franks was a Master Mason, a member of Mt. Zion Lodge AF & AM and was a Shriner of HOST Shrine. He loved hunting, fishing and playing golf. He proudly provided for his family and helped friends and neighbors. Mr. Franks was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Franks, of the family home; one son, Roger Franks and wife, Candace, Little Rock, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Ava Franks, Little Rock, Arkansas; two brothers-in-law, Roscoe Parker, West Plains, Missouri and Hubert Mitchell, of the State of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one brother, Imon Franks and one sister, Janet Mitchell, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gloria Lorene Carlile

Funeral services for Gloria Lorene Carlile, 66, Imperial, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carlile died at 8:23 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Charles, Missouri.
She was born January 18, 1948, at Piggott, Arkansas, to Willie Fleemon Eskew and Gladys Marie Polsgrove Eskew. Mrs. Carlile attended Elementary School at Campbell, Missouri and graduated from Bendle High School, Burton, Michigan, with the Class of 1966. On July 2, 1966, she was married at Flint First Baptist Church, Burton, Michigan, to Kenneth Lee Carlile. In addition to being a homemaker she worked as a church secretary at First Baptist Church, Duran, Michigan, a bailiff for the Cairo Michigan Sheriff's Department, a nursing assistant at Doctor's Hospital, Poplar Bluff, Missouri and in 2010 she graduated from Sanford-Brown in St. Louis, Missouri, as a medical coding specialist. Mrs. Carlile was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by two children, Adam Carlile, St. Louis, Missouri, and Cyndi Printz and husband, Daniel, Republic, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jeffery Printz and Kaylin Printz; one sister, Carolyn Mallett and husband, Frank, Diamond City, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, and one brother, Hubert Eskew, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart and Lung Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ruth Ellen Crites

Funeral services for Ruth Ellen Crites, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Gospel Hill Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Crites died at 10:20 a.m., Monday, June 2, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
She was born October 14, 1947, at Mansfield, Missouri, to John Samuel Marcum and Violet Wood Marcum. She graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1965. On May 23, 1965, she was married at Pomona, Missouri, to Robert Crites. Mrs. Crites was a long time co-owner of Dairy Princess Restaurant. She loved to cook and enjoyed attending ball games to support her grandchildren. Mrs. Crites was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" Crites, of the family home; two children, Rhonda Meyer, husband, Marc, Overland Park, Kansas and Robbie Crites, wife, Lynn, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Lindsay Meyer , Jack Meyer, Bo Crites and Coy Crites; three brothers, George Marcum, Pomona, Missouri, Alvan Marcum, wife, Rose, Willow Springs, Missouri and Frank Marcum, wife, Sue, Duncan, Oklahoma; two sisters, Dolores Mayfield, husband, Ray, Monroe, Louisiana and Rosie Heinzmann, husband, Bob, Washington, Illinois; special friend, Tammy Woodworth; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Mildred Crites, three brothers, Carl, Kenneth and Loren Marcum and one sister, Margaret Butler, precede her in death.
Mrs. Crites will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center or Gospel Hill Church Library Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Betty Laverne Moss Walker

Funeral services for Betty Laverne Moss Walker 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

She went to be with the angels at 7:29 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 at her home. She was born November 8, 1938 at Elijah, Missouri to Joseph Ray Moss and Dorothy Willa Collins Moss. She attended the Oak Mound School and the Bakersfield High School and on March 30, 1956, was married at Pottersville, Missouri to Gene Harl Walker by Reverend Neal Reich of Pottersville. Mrs. Walker attended Davis Creek Church for fifty-one years, serving as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, song leader, secretary, and any other position where she was needed. Her greatest desire would be to see each and every one of you in Heaven one day.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Walker, of the family home; three daughters, Teresa Pruiett, Wet Plains, Missouri, Diane Wilbanks, husband, Jerry, Ava, Missouri and Karen Nye, husband, Lynn, Danville, Iowa; seven grandchildren; Gwendy Wadkins, husband, Tim, Jessica Bates, husband, Brian, Jason Pruiett, Mandy Sympson, husband, David, Missy Halbert, husband, Jeff, Jennifer Wilbanks, and Krista Carter, husband, Weston; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Faye Judd, husband, Bill; two brothers-in-law, Gary Walker, wife, Mary and Jolly Morgan; and many other relatives and friends.

Her parents, an infant son, Tommy Wayne, and one sister, Beulah Shipley, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pottersville Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Norma Jacqueline Laurin

Funeral services for Norma Jacqueline Laurin, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Laurin went to be with the Lord and his family Friday, May 30, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born October 24, 1926, at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, to Alfred Chouinard and Mathilda Belanger Chouinard. Mrs. Laurin graduated from High School at the age of sixteen and then graduated from Business College. After graduating, she worked as a secretary at a local company in Cornwall. On March 27, 1946, she married Florian "Ryan" Laurin. Norma continued working until the upcoming arrival of her first child. Five years later, with three children, Norma and Ryan decided to move to the United States, where they built and operated dry cleaning plants in Clearwater and Largo, Florida. It wasn't easy at that time to come to the United States to live; they had to be self sufficient for one year. In 1962 Norma received her certificate of Naturalization. She spoke French and English fluently. They lived in Florida for the next fifteen years before moving to West Plains, Missouri. Later in life and ten years after the youngest child was born, Norma gave birth to her fourth child. She was very ambitious; while raising four children and working with Ryan in the dry cleaning business, she also became a real estate agent in Florida. After their move to West Plains, she obtained her Missouri Real Estate Agent and Broker's license. She owned and operated Laurin Realty. Norma worked in the real estate industry for over forty years before her retirement. She was a founding member of the West Plains Board of Realtors, first woman in Howell County to be a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, one of the first women member of the Rotary Club and served on the board of directors at Missouri Southern Bank, now known as Wood & Huston bank. She enjoyed time spent with her family and friends, playing cards, traveling, reading, horses, horse racing and boating. Mrs. Laurin was a devoted Catholic and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church during her time living in West Plains.
She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Crownover and husband, Darrell, Lakeview, Arkansas, Linell Raulerson and husband, David, Micanopy, Florida and Hallie Laurin and special friend, Randy, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Greg Ransom, Rhonda Yunis, Michelle Hall, Amy Griffin and Darren Raulerson; eleven great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews living in Canada.
Her parents, husband, son, Robin Laurin, grandson, Michael Ransom and many brothers and sisters, precede her in death.
Mrs. Laurin will lie in state at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday until 11:00 a.m., Wednesday. The family will receive their friends at St. Mary's Catholic Church beginning at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Mary's Catholic Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Walter James Pierce

Funeral services for Walter James Pierce, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Pierce died at 7:05 p.m., Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Brooke Haven Health Care.
He was born April 15, 1924, at Witcker, Pennsylvania, to Walter Pierce and Elizabeth Tomco Pierce. On July 1, 1949, he was married at Overland, Missouri, to Birdiemae Burch, who preceded him in death on November 4, 2012. Mr. Pierce was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy. He was an Engineer with Leonard's Metal Company, and retired after thirty-five years. Mr. Pierce was a Christian.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Sharon and Richard Eaves, Cedar Hill, Missouri, Ron and Joyce Burch, Deland, Florida, Bill and Sally Burch, St. Charles, Missouri and Linda Wilkens, Austin, Texas.
His parents, wife and sister-in-law, Alice Burch, precede him in death.
Mr. Pierce will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Kay Wendell (Kasey) Nelson

Memorial services for Kay Wendell (Kasey) Nelson, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Mt. Zion Ledge A.F. & A.M., #327, West Plains.

Mr. Nelson died 5:50 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born May 28, 1935 at Chariton, Iowa to Charles Wendell Nelson and Clara Leona Anderson Nelson. He attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he met Virgie Huffman, and they were married at Bismarck, Missouri on December 28, 1955. Kasey was a veteran having served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman. He worked for Rexall Drug in the Chicago area for a time, before his career and retirement, from sales with General Electric, in the lighting division. That career took him to Minnesota and Colorado, before settling back in the Ozarks. He enjoyed travel, fishing, water skiing, bowling, golf, horseback riding, leather and woodworking, and coaching his wife's softball team. Mostly, he loved his family, and was a devoted husband and father. He was proud to be a Mason for over fifty years and a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite, and the Shrine. He was Past Master of Mt. Zion Lodge A.F. & A.M. #327, West Plains, and Past Rajah of the local HOST Shrine Club. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Virgie Nelson, of the family home; three daughters, Sue L. DuClos, husband, Rick, West Plains, Missouri, Teri Covington, husband, Steve, Moody, Missouri and Marilyn Bartlett, husband, Lee, Parker, Colorado; three grandchildren, Neysa Simpson, husband, Scott, Travis Bartlett and Michelle Bartlett; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Simpson and Jared Simpson; and one brother, Charles Vernon Nelson, wife, Carol, Salem, Arkansas and their daughter, Connie, Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Zion A.F. & A.M. #327 Building Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Robert William Holzapfel

Funeral services for Robert William Holzapfel, 80, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Holzapfel passed away peacefully on May 16, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center, after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Arleen McDaniel Holzapfel, Caulfield, Missouri; his children, Linda Holzapfel Lindsey and husband, Ronald and Frankie Holzapfel Truesdell and husband, Baron, all of McKinney, Texas and Richard Holzapfel and wife, Jeni, Provo, Utah; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and seventeen nephews and nieces.

Bob loved as his own, his brothers' children, Pat Holzapfel Impagliatelli, Alice Holzapfel Evans, George Holzapfel, Carolyn Holzapfel Payne, Bill Holzapfel (deceased), Fred Holzapfel and Art Holzapfel.

His father, mother, stepmother, and two older brothers, Art and George Holzapfel preceded him in death.

He was born October 2, 1933, at Kansas City, Missouri, to Arthur and Norma Stein Holzapfel. He lost his mother when he was three years old. Bob's father eventually married Lamberta Wachter, who loved him and raised him.

Bob attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and Missouri University in Columbia, Missouri. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1954. He married Arleen McDaniel on November 20, 1959, at Blackfoot, Idaho.

An early graduate of the United States Navy Nuclear Power School at Arco, Idaho in 1960, Bob was immediately assigned to the first operating nuclear submarine in the Pacific, USS Swordfish (SSN 579). Later, he served at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine; the Small Craft Repair Facility, Da Nang, Vietnam; the United States Naval Station, Point Loma, California; and the United States submarine base, Holy Loch, Scotland. Bob retired as a lieutenant commander in 1975 after twenty-one years of dedicated service to his country.

He and Arleen then moved to south-central Missouri where they have lived, raising cattle on their farm. During this second career, Bob was involved with many civic organizations and causes, including the Twin Lakes Base of the Submarine Veterans group. He helped organize the Ozark County Ambulance District. The American Red Cross recently awarded him a 17-gallon blood-donation pin.

Completely honest and trustworthy, Bob lived an admirable life because he was a modest man who treated people with respect and concern. Countless family members, friends and neighbors will remember him as a generous man, a "Good Samaritan" to the people he met along the way during his mortal journey.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 30 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Holzapfel will lie in state at the Langston Street Chapel until service time. Interment will be at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, 1711 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Elmer Bryan

Funeral services for Elmer Bryan, 73, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Bryan died at 4:17 p.m., Thursday, May 22, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 29, 1940, at Pomona, Missouri, to Wayne Bryan and Jessie Merrett Bryan. He graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1958 and on April 27, 1961, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Ann Cochran. He retired from Doss & Harper Stone Co., after forty-five years. He was the former president of Mackey Cemetery and was a former member of the Pomona Fire Board. Mr. Bryan was a Christian.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Bryan, of the family home; two children, Jim Bryan, Pomona, Missouri and Glenda Shertz and husband, Richie, Pomona, Missouri; four grandchildren, Briana, Emily, Kurt and Jimalee; five great-grandchildren, Colt, Alexis, Kamren, Austyn and Ashlyn; one brother, Ronnie Bryan, wife, Bonnie, Pomona, Missouri; two sisters, Jo Corman, Pomona, Missouri and Betty Holman-Adams and husband, Fred, Kansas City, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mackey Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mackey Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Carrie Lyn Womack

Funeral services for Carrie Lyn Womack, 44, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Womack died at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home.
She was born June 26, 1969, at West Plains, Missouri, to Gale Thompson and Tanga Burk Thompson. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1987; she was a member of the First State Championship Zizzer Girls Cross Country Team and was an All-State Runner in track. She obtained her Associate degree at Missouri State University. On July 1, 1989, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Scott Womack. She worked as an In-Home Services Coordinator with Riverways Home Health and was a board member of the Missouri Council of In-Home Service. Carrie was a very loving wife, mom, daughter and friend, who touched and inspired many people throughout her life. She loved being a mom and following her boys athletic activities. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crossword puzzles, flowers and being with her family. Mrs. Womack was a devoted Christian and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Womack, of the family home; two sons, Sam Womack and Jacob Womack, both of West Plains; her parents, Gale and Tanga Thompson, West Plains; one brother, Christopher "Buck" Thompson and wife, Billiejean, West Plains; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Janet Womack, West Plains; two sisters-in-law, Frankie Harrill-Jones, husband, David and Angie Holloway, husband, Jason, all of West Plains; aunts and uncles, Tommy and June Thompson, Bob and Sonja Boudreau, David Smith, Dale and Carolyn Smith and Danny and Alice Smith, all of West Plains, Missouri; great-aunt, Hazel Bradley, Peace Valley, Missouri; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and one great-nephew.
Her grandparents, Russell and Helen Thompson, Ross Burk, Pollyanna Burk Claibourne, Cal Claibourne, Frank and Lottie Smith and E. N. and Lottie Womack, precede her in death.
The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Morgan and the oncology department for many years of care and support throughout Carrie's courageous battle.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Bobby J Richardson

Graveside services for Bobby J Richardson, 38, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Elijah Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Richardson died at 12:20 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 13, 1975, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jerry L. Richardson and Vicki M. Hodgson Richardson.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Vicky Richardson, Bakersfield, Missouri; one sister, Erin Bonham, husband, Matt, Bakersfield, Missouri; grandmother, Bonnie Hodgson, Udall, Missouri; four nieces and nephews, Clora Aleese "Alee" Bonham, Cooper Bonham, Dylan Bonham and Addison Bonham; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friend, Liberty Long Sleiter.
His grandfather, Robert E. Lee Hodgson, grandmother, Bertha Lou Richardson, uncle, James Richardson, and three cousins, Amy Pemberton, Danny Badell and Sonja Richardson, precede him in death.
Mr. Richardson will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Friday, until Noon Saturday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bradley Steven Sanders

Funeral services for Bradley Steven Sanders, 32, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Sanders died at 12:40 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014, at St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bradley was the son of Sharon and Cory Bassham. He was born March 29, 1982, at West Plains, Missouri and graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 2000. On July 17, 2007, he was married at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to Stephanie Lester and to this union two beautiful boys were born, Hayden Reece Sanders and Harlen Reed Sanders. Brad was such a loving son, husband and a wonderful father to his beautiful sons. He was deeply loved by all of his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He was soft hearted, but would stand up for what he believed in; and was an honest, caring and generous man. Brad enjoyed every part of the outdoors from fishing and hunting to simply just being outside with his boys. He enjoyed music and was a great guitar player. Brad was his son's hero; they adored their daddy. He was loved much and will be missed very much.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Sanders, of the family home; two children, Hayden Reece Sanders and Harlen Reed Sanders, both of the family home; his parents, Sharon and Cory Bassham; two sisters, Lauren Sanders and Lindsey Bassham, both of West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Garrett Bassham, West Plains, Missouri; grandparents, Nelson and Kay Bassham, Moko, Arkansas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Terena Lester, Bakersfield, Missouri; brother-in-law, Troy Lester and wife, Lia, Bakersfield, Missouri; and many other family and friends .
His grandparents Nelson and Donna Collins precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Helen Lucille Marcum

Funeral services for Helen Lucille Marcum, 77, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Marcum died 8:46 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born March 5, 1937 at Pottersville, Missouri to Russell Lloyd Woods and Edna Ruth Lee Woods Sooter. On March 5, 1965, she was married at Dixon, Illinois to George Marcum. Mrs. Marcum and husband, George, owned and managed several businesses in the West Plains area including M & S Shake & Burger, Marcum's Truck Stop, Junction 14 Truck Stop and Hillbilly Junction. For many years, she had also worked at Midwest Truck Stop. Mrs. Marcum loved her family and treated everyone else like family; she enjoyed cooking, reading, fishing and gardening. She was a Christian with her membership at the Immanuel Southern Baptist Church, Pomona, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, George Marcum, of the family home; two sons, George F. Marcum, wife, Cathy, Cabool, Missouri and John Marcum, wife, Wonda, Pomona, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Her parents, step-father, Ed Sooter, who raised her, and one infant brother, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be express at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Mary Lou Hanson

Graveside services for Mary Lou Hanson, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hanson died Monday evening, May 12, 2014 at the Ozarks Medical Center. She was born April 18, 1938 at Coshocton, Ohio to Neal Treadwell and Othelia Neldon Treadwell. Before her retirement, Mrs. Hanson was employed with the Litton Company. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her son, Robert Hanson, State of California; one grandson, Conner Hanson; one brother, Neal Hanson, wife, Sheila, Las Vegas, Nevada; nieces and nephew, Vicky Fulbright, Willow Springs, Missouri, Sheila Decker, husband, Thomas, West Plains, Missouri and Reggie Fulbright, Willow Springs, Missouri; and great nieces and great nephews, Andrea Decker, Logan, Nora, Dania and Tori Fulbright.

Her parents and two sisters, Nancy Fulbright and Patsy, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Clinic of West Plains and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Stephen Henry DeGrasse

Stephen Henry DeGrasse, 61, West Plains, Missouri, died 11:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home.

Mr. DeGrasse was born October 5, 1952 at Gloucester, Massachusetts to Harry DeGrasse and Margaret Louise Hopkins DeGrasse. He was employed by Ed Duke as a carpenter and had been an automobile mechanic and handyman.

He is survived by two children, Amber Lynn Fernandes, husband, Steve and Stephen Henry DeGrasse, II; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; his parents, Harry and Margaret DeGrasse, LaVerne, California; one sister, Lynda Sims, husband, Jeff, LaVerne, California; and two nephews.

One brother, Jeffrey Robert DeGrasse, precede him in death.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lillie May Wilson

Funeral services for Lillie May Wilson, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wilson died at 7:25 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born October 31, 1940, in the State of Oklahoma, to John Hendrix Lone and Irene Ruthie Pevie Lone.
She is survived by three children, Daniel Wilson, Darrell Wilson and special friend, April and Barbara Rouse and husband, Earl; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry, Terry and Don Lone; and three sisters, Hazel Taylor, Lucy Woosley and Molly Beachem.
She is preceded in death by two husbands, Boyd Wilson and William Charles Sears, one daughter Vickie and one son, Boyd Wilson.
Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Green Hill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Mina Rose Gobel

Mass of Resurrection for Mina Rose Gobel, 98, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gobel died 5:12 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born March 3, 1916 at Merril, Iowa to Cyus Montagne and Melvina Rose Gaines Montagne. On August 16, 1946, she was married at Camp Stoneman, California to Chief Warrant Officer Leo John Gobel who preceded her in death on December 9, 1987. During the couple's many military assignments, they raised seven children, five girls and two boys and retired to West Plains, Missouri in 1967 from where their children graduated from high school. She was active in St. Mary's Women's Sodality and was a march of Dimes volunteer. Mrs. Gobel was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, West Plains.

She is survived her children, Ginger Burns, husband, Jim, Raymond Gobel, wife, Margaret, Connie Bales, husband, Larry, Marilyn AlAmody, husband, Saeed, Joyce Loos, husband, Kenny and Jeanette Carter, husband, Ken; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, son, Joe Gobel, granddaughter, Stephanie Young, great-grandson, Azuil AlAmody, and three brothers, precede her in death.

There will be a Prayer Service beginning at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 11th, followed by a visitation until 8:00 p.m., at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, White Church, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or West Vue Nursing Center and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Louis Franklin Carr Ward

A Memorial Service for Louis Franklin Carr Ward, 79, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of West Plains, with the Reverend David Stuckey officiating, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Ward died at 8:44 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born December 15, 1934 in Greenville, Missouri, the son of Wilma Sybilla and Louis Franklin Carr Ward. He was married August 8, 1956 to Miriam Hixon. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of West Plains, Marine Corp League, member and past president of Missouri State University Booster Club and former member of West Plains Rotary Club, Mason's, Shriner's and Junior Chamber of Commerce. He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1953 – 1956 during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife Miriam, of the family home; one son, Carr Lawrence Ward and wife, Lisa, Kitimat, Canada; one daughter, Cindy Huitt and husband, Larry, Willow Springs, Missouri; two sisters, Lillian Chaney and husband, Louis, Troy, Missouri and Ginger Glasco and husband, Garry, Wolf Lake, Illinois; two half-sisters, Carrlin and Sheila; one half-brother, Tom Ward, Denver, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Chad Ward and wife, Danielle, Las Vegas, Nevada, Zachary Talbot and wife, Jill, Wentzville, Missouri, Ashley Wilson and husband, Colt, Fordland, Missouri, Zeke Talbot and wife, Jessie, West Plains, Missouri, Chase Ward and wife, Jessie, Bolivar, Missouri, Christina Green and husband, Ty, Caulfield, Missouri and Sam Ward, Kenniwick, Washington; two step-granddaughters, Megan Nance and husband, Chris, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Sarah Downs and husband, Matt, Cleveland, Oklahoma; seventeen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Missouri State University Athletic Department, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Athena Holland

A memorial service for Athena Holland, 45, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Holland died at 1:25 a.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.
She was born July 27, 1968, in Mountain View Missouri. On August 9, 1988, she was married to Brian Holland. Athena loved reading, cross stitching and music. Her greatest love was her three children, Shelby Holland, Ethan Hale and Emily Morris.
She is survived by her husband; three children; one brother, Scott Smallwood and wife, Trina; one nephew, Kolton Smallwood; mother, Kay O'Neal and step-father Scott O'Neal; grandmother, Bobby Havens; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Smallwood and grandfather, H.R. Havens.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Elaine Crider

A memorial service celebrating the life of Elaine Crider, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2014, at The Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. Crider died at 1:05 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Brooke Haven Health Care.
She was born July 20, 1920, at Diagonal, Iowa, to Ervin and Ethel Strong Morrow and had five brothers and four sisters all of whom preceded her in death. On July 27, 1936, she was married to J. C. Crider who preceded her in death December 17, 1996.
She is survived by three children, Joe Crider and wife, Ruth, Alton, Missouri, Carolyn Kelley and husband, John, West Plains, Missouri and Tom Crider and wife, Fern, Rio Rancho, New Mexico; six grandchildren, Stanleigh Crider, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Allen Crider, Alton, Missouri, Michael Crider, West Plains, Missouri, Kent Kelley, West Plains, Missouri, Sara Kelley Ortiz, Springfield, Virginia and Cheryl Crider Foster, Clinton, Missouri; and ten great-grandchildren. A grandson, Kenneth Crider preceded her in death in 1989.
J. C. and Elaine moved from Iowa to Missouri in 1950 and raised the children on their dairy farm near West Plains. Elaine also worked at Richards Brothers for about thirty years and then at Discount Mart for a short time before retiring. She spent many of her retirement days working at Ozarks Medical Center Thrift Store. Elaine had attended the Church of the Nazarene, First Church of God and Brandsville Church of God at various stages in her life.
Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Norval Lee Sullivant

Funeral services for Norval Lee Sullivant, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Sullivant died at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his home.
He was born January 6, 1929, at Camp, Arkansas, to Dixie Lee Sullivant and Verbie Ella Sutherland Sullivant. He attended school at Salem, Arkansas and West Plains High School. On June 2, 1951, he was married at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Bonnie Ellen Napier. Mr. Sullivant was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a Purple Heart recipient. He worked as a foreman at International Shoe Factory. Mr. Sullivant was the owner and operator of a shoe business in El Reno and Ponca City, Oklahoma; then later moved back to West Plains and opened the Sullivant Shoe Store on the square. He worked for West Plains R-7 School Transportation Department for several years. He and Bonnie managed Junction Hill S-Mart from 1988 until his retirement. Mr. Sullivant enjoyed his farm and restoring old tractors as well as deer hunting and fishing with his brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sullivant; two children, Dirk Sullivant and Jill Pietroburgo, husband, Philip three grandchildren, Jesse, Grace and Samuel; two sisters-in-law, Jean Sullivant and Linda Sullivant; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, and two brothers, Noble Sullivant and John David Sullivant, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Christian Academy, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Judith Carol Smith

A Memorial service for Judith Carol Smith, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died at 8:54 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born March 5, 1944, at West Plains, Missouri, to Duane Craig and Gladys Kathleen Barton Craig. On August 10, 1963, she was married at Summersville, Missouri, to Robert O. Smith. Mrs. Smith was a bookkeeper for Craig Industries and volunteered many hours with Ozarks Medical Center, Birthright and West Vue Nursing Center. She loved to travel and had visited all fifty states and many foreign countries. Judy also loved time spent on the North Fork River and her visits to the beach. Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church of West Plains for many years and had served as Sunday school teacher and helped with the Clothing Closet.

She is survived by her husband, Robert O. Smith; three children, Craig Scott Smith, wife, Julie, Dana Christina Branson, husband, Alan and Michael Robert Smith, wife, Dedra; six grandchildren, Ian Smith, Jack Smith, Sean Smith, Anna Judith "A.J." Branson, Noah Branson and Robert David "Robbie" Smith; her mother, Kathleen Craig; one sister, Kay Katherine Cochran, husband, David; her special aunt, Norma Massie; and several nieces and nephews.

Her father precedes her in death.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Marvin Henry Lewis

Funeral services for Marvin Henry Lewis, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Lewis died at 4:40 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born January 3, 1928, at Mount Pleasant, Arkansas, to Ervin Lewis and Myrtle Ferguson Lewis. On October 15, 1949, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Virgie "Louise" Alsup, who preceded him in death on September 10, 2013. Mr. Lewis was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during World War II. Before his retirement he worked at the International Shoe Factory. He loved to shoot pool and enjoyed gardening. Mr. Lewis was a member of the First General Baptist Church.

He is survived by one sister, Charlene Dunlap, Harrison, Arkansas; two brothers-in-law, Orvil Dean Alsup, wife, Linda, Franklin, Tennessee and Amos Alsup, wife, Martha, Arcola, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Opal Alsup, Rockford, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, wife and brother-in-law, Noah Alsup, precede him in death.

Mr. Lewis will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Sunday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Donald Lee McCracken

Graveside services for Donald Lee McCracken, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. McCracken died at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born February 16, 1940, at Flippin, Arkansas, to Guy McCracken and Elma Crownover McCracken. Mr. McCracken graduated from Flippin High School with the Class of 1958. On April 27, 1960, he married Gussie Stoner. Donald and Gussie recently celebrated fifty-four years of marriage. Mr. McCracken was a lifelong farmer and owned a successful fishing service in Arkansas. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Gussie McCracken, of the family home; two children, Donna Redburn, husband, Curtis, Caulfield, Missouri and Monty McCracken, special friend, Hedi, and her children, Summer and Jaden; five grandchildren, Amanda Osborn, husband, Jason, Pomona, Missouri, Ashley Young, husband, Shane, West Plains, Missouri, Angela Redburn, special friend, Tommy, West Plains, Missouri, Carter McCracken, West Plains, Missouri and Jerad Stokes, West Plains, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, Austin and Morgan Smith; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Osborn, Lindsey Osborn and Gracie Young; one sister, Judy Stewart, husband, Charles, West Plains, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Burness Stoner, Flippin, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Mary Treat, Flippin, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, including niece, Charlene McKee, husband, Craig, West Plains, Missouri; and a host of special friends and neighbors, who knew him as Uncle Donnie.
His parents, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, precede him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Riverways Hospice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Billy Ray Leatherwood

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Billy Ray Leatherwood, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Am Vets Post 98, West Plains, Missouri.
Mr. Leatherwood died 6:10 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014 at the White County Medical Center, Searcy, Arkansas. He was born March 22, 1951 at Mineral Wells, Texas to Julia Ann Teslich Leatherwood and the late Ray Donald Leatherwood. Mr. Leatherwood was a veteran having served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He was the owner of Magnum Construction. Mr. Leatherwood was a member of the Am Vets Post 98, West Plains, was Am Vets state president and was a member of the Am Vets Riders.
He is survived by his mother, Julia Leatherwood, West Plains, Missouri; three children, David Ray Leatherwood, wife, Dawn, West Plains, Missouri, Jarred Reed, Vernal, Utah and Rachel Dianne Leatherwood, Nixa, Missouri; three step-daughters, Chantel Stoops, Yvette Ware and Tyana Bennett; six grandchildren, Dakota, Kiawa, Coy, Montana, Brynlee and Puddin; one brother, Leonard Leatherwood, wife, Coleta, Caulfield, Missouri; two sisters, Judy Yates, husband, Gene, Peaster, Texas and Ruby Carnley, Weatherford, Texas; wife, Cathy Leatherwood, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
His father preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude's Children's Hospital and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Jerry Dale Newton

A memorial service for Jerry Dale Newton, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the family home on West 7th Street, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Newton died at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born November 5, 1947, to Clifford and Edna Newton. Jerry was married for thirty years to JoAnn Newton. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoyed gambling and fishing.

He is survived by four children; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister; one sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

His parents, wife and 5 brothers, Alvie, Mark, Donnie, Jim and Lonnie, precede him in death.
Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Joyce C. Richey

Graveside services for Joyce C. Richey, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at New Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Richey died at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Brook Haven Healthcare.
She was born May 19, 1936, to Ralph Richard Webb and Helen Louise Shaw Webb. On September 19, 1964, she was married to Edward Richey. Mrs. Richey was a registered nurse. She enjoyed flowers and gardening. Mrs. Richey was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband, Ed Richey, of the family home; three grandchildren; one brother, Richard Webb, wife, Pat, Forestville, New York; uncle and aunt, Fred and LaVerne Kubbi, Warren, Ohio; and friends Charlie and Sherri Sams, West Plains, Missouri.
Her parents and one daughter, Kim Hodges, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Liberty Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Amy Michelle Pemberton Spangenberg

Graveside services for Amy Michelle Pemberton Spangenberg, 37, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Shrable Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spangenberg died at 6:21 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born June 12, 1976, at Goldsboro, North Carolina, to Rocky Allen Pemberton and Sherry Dianne Richardson Pemberton. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and on June 13, 2009, she was married to Jesse Spangenberg.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse Spangenberg; three children, Kody Cameron Minge and Jeramy Greydan Rhoads and Jesse James "J.J." Spangenberg, II; parents, Rodney and Sherry Pemberton; one brother, Michael Pemberton, wife, Shawna; grandmother, Ruby Pemberton; mother-in-law, Monica Mann; grandmother-in-law, Barbara Mann; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her grandparents, James C. and Bertha L. Richardson and Eulis Pemberton, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Shrable Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Peggy Sue Davidson

Funeral services for Peggy Sue Davidson, 61, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Central Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Davidson died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born August 13, 1952 at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Hester Hasseltine Shrable Pendergrass and the late Roy Lester Pendergrass. On June 14, 1969, she was married at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Darrell Ricky Davidson. Peggy and Rick were faithful members of the Central Church of Christ in West Plains, Missouri. Through God's hand and her strong faith, Peggy acquired her love for life and spiritual things.

Peggy received her education from South Fork and West Plains R-VII School District. As an adult she was wife, mother, and housewife first and later entered the work force. She owned the Fashion Crossroads ladies clothing store and later joined her husband as managers for Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant in West Plains, Missouri for many years. She spent her final years being employed by the West Plains Middle School. She loved her Middle School Zizzer family and the special children as she frequently referred to them.

Peggy truly loved life and her walk with God and her church family. She also loved her immediate family as well as all the extended family. Family gatherings, holidays and outings were so important to her. Precious time for Peggy also included the time spent with her mother. They gardened together and made weekly trips to town buying groceries, shopping and eating out. Her love for her husband and their "Big Springs Farm" dominated her life. She so enjoyed their drives through the fields looking at the trees, flowers and checking the livestock. She frequently referred to their home as "God's Creation" and how blessed they were to live in such a beautiful place. She waited anxiously for all holidays to spend family time with her children and grandchildren. They loved to play in the creek, take grandmother walks and spend endless hours playing checkers. Peggy loved to get up early, drink her coffee, work crossword puzzles and look out at the beautiful scenery.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Ricky Davidson, of the family home; one daughter, Laura Sue Davidson Brauhn and husband, Dan, Ottumwa, Iowa; one son, Richard Melton Davidson and wife, Kristin, Caulfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Michal Sue Brauhn, Isbella Brauhn and Shelby Davidson; her mother, Hester Hasseltine Pendergrass, Bakersfield, Missouri; two brothers, R.A. Pendergrass and wife, Connie, Bakersfield, Missouri and Larry Pendergrass and wife, Carol, Caulfield, Missouri; four sisters, Helen Harber and husband, Russell, Springfield, Missouri, June Campbell and husband, Joe, Raymore, Missouri, Joy Holloway and husband, Dan, West Plains, Missouri and Cathy Baird and husband, Jackie, Rogersville, Missouri; her mother-in-law, Virgie Holmes, Gamaliel, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Linda McGahan and husband, John, Gamaliel, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Steve Holmes and special friend, Cindy, Yellville, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Her father, baby brother, Roye Kenneth and fathers-in-law, Claude Davidson and Wayne Holmes, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Big Springs Cemetery.

Because of Peggy's love for children and life itself, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Paragould Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Leslie Wayne Wilson

Graveside services for Leslie Wayne Wilson, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilson died at 4:16 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014, at NHC Healthcare.
He was born February 13, 1941, at West Plains, Missouri, to Oliver Leslie "Les" Wilson and Mabel L. Holbrook Wilson. Mr. Wilson was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. In 1962 he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Nora Presley. Mr. Wilson worked at West Plains Civic Center, being one of the first employees. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and operating road graders. Mr. Wilson was a Christian and had attended Faith Assembly of God Church and Spring Creek Community Church.
He is survived by his wife, Nora Wilson, of the family home; two children, Margie Rogers, husband, Ronald and Josie Hines, husband, James, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his mother, Mabel Wilson, West Plains, Missouri; and one aunt, Lois Dodds, West Plains, Missouri.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Tanner O'Brian Lager

Funeral services for Tanner O'Brian Lager, 12, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the West Plains Middle School Gymnasium, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Tanner died at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born September 7, 2001, at West Plains, Missouri, to Donna Lager. Tanner attended West Plains Middle School. He was of the Lutheran faith.
He is survived by his mother, Donna Lager, of the family home; his dad, Jeremy Nicholas, wife, Jessica, West Plains, Missouri; five brothers and sisters, Christian Nicholas, Dillion Nicholas, Savanna Johnson, Justin Lager-Welker and Matthew Turnbull; several aunts and uncles, Theodore Lager, Cindy Cowens, Shelby Cooper, Jolene Mock, Cody Lager, Mark Lager, Stacey Lager, Joshua Lager, Jeremiah Lager PFC and Richard Lager; and many other loved ones.
His grandparents, Theodore Lager, Sr., Barbara Lager and his name sake, Timbo O'Brian Cobb, precede him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Eva Jessie Featherston

Funeral services for Eva Jessie Featherston, 90, Red Bud, Illinois and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Featherston died 5:38 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, Illinois. She was born August 26, 1923 at Hoxie, Arkansas to Gardner Houston Whitsell and Jessie Florence Little Whitsell. On July 15, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas to Donald Ray Featherston who preceded her in death January 29, 2007. During World War II, she worked at an ammunition plant and later attended beauty school to become a beautician. Mrs. Featherston enjoyed crocheting and loved to cook and entertain family and friends. She was a member of the Church of God, Brandsville, Missouri.
She is survived by two children, Patricia Robert, husband, Carroll, Red Bud, Illinois and Steve Featherston, wife, Terri, Eagle Rock, Missouri; four grandchildren, Christopher Robert, wife, Jaime, Annette Rau, husband, Nathan, John Paul Robert, wife, Lindsey and Tracie Sipes, husband, Aaron; four great-grandchildren, Ava Rau, Hazel Rau, Lilly Robert and Luke Robert; one sister, Georgia Acklin, husband, Don, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one brother, Raymond Whitsell and wife, Mabel, and two sisters, Reva Blackshear and husband, Everett and Louise Bushong and husband, Travis, precede her in death.
Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Union Hill Cemetery near Brandsville, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Hill Cemetery, Brandsville Church of God or Alzheimer's Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Linda Atkinson Burroughs

Funeral services for Linda Atkinson Burroughs, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Burroughs died 7:04 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains. She was born July 28, 1943 to Leonard Atkinson and Gladys Colbert Atkinson. She received her education in the schools of Bakersfield, Missouri and on October 22, 1964, was married at West Plains, Missouri to Eddie Lee Burroughs who preceded her in death on February 3, 1998. Mrs. Burroughs was a veteran and early in life was employed as a L.P.N. at the Ozarks Medical Center. Also, she had worked at the International Shoe Company until it closed, along side many of her friends.

She is survived by two children, Janet G. Franks, husband, Todd, Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Blaine Burroughs, wife, Kelly, West Plains, Missouri; special son, "Wheeler", West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Ben Franks, Laura Franks, Daniel Franks, Adason Franks, Tiffany Burroughs, Kristin Burroughs and Isaac Burroughs; two brothers, Lawrence Atkinson and Ray Poe, wife, Margaret, all of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Jeanie Atkinson Petrus, husband, Edward, West Plains, Missouri and Carolyn Hartman, husband, Donald; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband and one daughter, Penny Lea, precede her in death.

Mrs. Burroughs will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 11th until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery near Bakersfield, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Hill Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Edward Lee Willard

Funeral services for Edward Lee Willard, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Willard died at 7:25 a.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born July 24, 1933, at West Plains, Missouri, to Orville King Willard and Bertha Gertrude Walker Willard. He received his education in West Plains and went into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After returning home with his honorable discharge, he later met JoAnn Harris. They were united in marriage May 12, 1956. In this union two children were born, Terry Willard of Springfield, Missouri and Sheryl Willard Shipley of West Plains.

Mr. Willard departed leaving his two children, many friends and family including son-in-law and very good friend, Chris Shipley; eight grandchildren, Jody Chrenek, Edmonton, Canada, Amanda Jenkins, Battlefield, Missouri, Wendy Maina, State of Texas, Lacey Davis, Springfield, Missouri, Terra Gilliam, Peace Valley, Missouri, Aaron Shipley, West Plains, Missouri, Melody Willard, State of Texas and Terryn Willard, Springfield, Missouri; eleven great-grandchildren; his brother, Jim Willard, wife, Lynn, Rover, Missouri; five sisters, Dorothy Storey, husband, Mickey, Springfield, Missouri, Mary Kunstleben, husband, Marv, State of Minnesota, Clara Koelling, West Plains, Missouri, Kay Hunt, State of Alabama, Sharon McReynolds, husband, Jim, State of Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Willard was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters, Ruby Weeks and Margaret Judd, one brother, Norman Willard and one infant brother, Ernest Roy Willard.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday in the Langston Street Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jolliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Harry Edwin Ingalsbe

Graveside services for Harry Edwin Ingalsbe, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Ingalsbe died at 5:45 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 29, 1930, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harry Otis Ingalsbe and Ella Rasmussen Ingalsbe. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1948. On October 21, 1951, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Mary Lou Teague. Mr. Ingalsbe was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy. He was the owner and operator of West Plains Heating & Air for over thirty years. He enjoyed music, raising cattle and farming. Mr. Ingalsbe was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Ingalsbe, of the family home; two sons, Mark Ingalsbe and Andy Ingalsbe, wife, Judy, all of West Plains, Missouri; two granddaughters, Andrea Ingalsbe, Little Rock, Arkansas and Abby Corman, husband, Clint, West Plains, Missouri; three brothers, James "Sonny" Ingalsbe, wife, Louise, West Plains, Missouri, John Ingalsbe, West Plains, Missouri and Howard Lee Ingalsbe, Buckner, Missouri; two sisters, Harriett Sobin, St. Augustine, Florida and Helen Powell, husband, Joe, Monett, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Richard, who was killed during the invasion of Normandy.
Visitation was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hammond Mill Bible Camp, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Grover Eugene Johnston

Funeral services for Grover Eugene Johnston, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnston died at 10:03 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 15, 1932 to Lewis Stephen Johnston and Eleanor Casey Johnston. He was born and raised on Cloud 9 Ranch. He was united in marriage to Donna Donaldson and to this union four children were born, Ricky, Samantha, Eric and Kim. Before his retirement he worked as a pipefitter, welder and truck driver. Mr. Johnston attended Fowler Chapel Church.

He is survived by six children, Ricky Johnston, wife, Victoria, Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Samantha Bryant, husband, Barry, Evansville, Tennessee, Eric Johnston, West Plains, Missouri, Kim Gipson, husband, Phillip, Vilonia, Arkansas, Jesse Johnston, West Plains, Missouri and Doug Cotter, West Plains, Missouri; two step-children, Heather Karr, husband, Nathaniel and Hilary Montgomery; eleven grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; former wife, Donna Donaldson Elliott; one brother, Edsel Johnston, wife, Joy, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Tammy Newman, husband, Jason, Flippin, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews; and special friend and caretaker, Barbara Coffel.

His parents and one son, Rocky, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elijah Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Everett Loyd Cook

Funeral services for Everett Loyd Cook, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Gospel Hill Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cook passed from this life on April 3, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

Everett, one of seven boys, was born July 4, 1927, in Ozark County, Missouri to Lee and Nancy Hopkins Cook. He attended grade school at Oak Mound and then Bakersfield High School. On November 24, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Myrtle Louise Burleson. After a four year stint stationed in Indiana with the United States Air Force, the couple settled in Howell County, Missouri. Before his retirement, Mr. Cook was a sheet metal cutter at DRS, formerly Southwest Truck Body and as a carpenter, built many homes in the Howell County area. He had been a member of the Pioneer and 101 Saddle Clubs and loved to coon hunt. Mr. Cook was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Myrtle "Sofie" Cook, of the family home; one daughter, Linda Roberts, Caulfield, Missouri; two grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, wife, Hillary and Brian Roberts, wife, Martha; one brother, Jack Cook, Mountain Home, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Hayes, Springfield, Missouri and Bobbye Burleson, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and five brothers, Fred, Melvin, Robert, Elmer "Drump" and Charles Cook, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery or Gospel Hill Church Library Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
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Evelyn Murlee Powell

Funeral services for Evelyn Murlee Powell, 84, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Powell died at 11:47 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at her home.
She was born June 12, 1929, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Clarence Edward "Bud" May and Bethel Nadine Arnold May. On March 23, 1951, she was married at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Elzie Ray Powell, who preceded her in death on October 22, 2011. Mrs. Powell was a homemaker; her family was her life. She enjoyed country music and time with her family. Mrs. Powell was a member of the Church of Christ faith and attended Crider Church of Christ.
She is survived by six children, Ellen Rodriguez, Wagoner, Oklahoma, Eddie Powell, wife, Ronda, Pottersville, Missouri, Earlean Chenault, husband, Ronnie, Springfield, Tennessee, Eunice Hayes, husband, James, Crider, Missouri, Elvin J. Powell, fiancée Angel, Anderson, Missouri and Erma Jean Cross, husband, Michael, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Dwayne May, wife, Joyce, Lions, Kansas and Herbert May, wife, Kay, Tecumseh, Missouri; one sister, Velvie Curry, Cabool, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one grandson, Brock Powell, three brothers, David Clarence May, Jimmy Williams and Burl May and two sisters, Jean Price and Ann Mullins, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Jane Marie Mosley

A memorial service for Jane Marie Mosley, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mosley died at 5:00 a.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 8, 1942, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Albin and Iva Jones Orsinger. On June 5, 1965, she was married at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Clinton Mosley. She held a Bachelor's degree in education and had worked toward a Master's Degree. Mrs. Mosley was a homemaker and in her early years, was an elementary school teacher. Her main love in life was her church family; she loved Jesus more than life. She served as a Chaplain at Ozarks Medical Center. Mrs. Mosley was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton Mosley, of the family home; one daughter, Jennifer Willis, husband, Alan, Wentzville, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Austin, Matthew, Arabella and Emily Willis.

Her parents and one infant son precede her in death.

Burial will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery, Jacksonville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gary Bryan Head

Funeral services for Gary Bryan Head, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Head died at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 10, 1950, at Rockford, Illinois, to Davie and Lois Riddle Head. On November 9, 1968, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Carolyn Ergle. He worked at Regal-Beloit, was an avid racing fan, a former racer and currently enjoyed working on his son's car. Mr. Head was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Head, of the family home; five children, Kevin Head, wife Wendy, Rockford, Illinois, Lisa Stoller, Black River Falls, Wisconsin, Kimberly Meyer, husband, Michael, Bettendorf, Iowa, Kurtis Head, Rockford, Illinois and Keith Head, wife, Shawna, Pomona, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; three sisters, Jean Schewe, husband, Wayne, Cheryl Perkins, husband, Chuck and Jackie Carrico, husband, Donnie; and two special friends, John Logan and Joey Smith.

His parents and one sister, Karen Hayenga, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Roy Shirley Schiwitz

Graveside services for Roy Shirley Schiwitz, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Schiwitz died at 1:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 6, 1933, at Randles, Missouri. He was married sixty years ago, to Carolyn Parker. Mr. Schiwitz was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Purple Heart. Before his retirement, he was an over the road truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Schiwitz, of the family home; two children, Roger Schiwitz, wife, Joan, St. Charles, Missouri and Marcella Dalton, husband, Kevin, Huntley, Illinois; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Christine, Shana, Adam and Bryce; and three great-grandchildren, Avery, Addison and Anna.
His parents and one daughter, Janet York precedes him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Charlene A. Huffman

Funeral services for Charlene A. Huffman, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Huffman passed away at 2:10 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kansas.
She was born January 16, 1927, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Walter Silas Hensley and Vernie Edna Davis Hensley. On September 29, 1945, she was married at Pottersville, Missouri, to Malcom E. Huffman, who passed away on March 28, 2001, after taking care of each other for fifty-five years. They lived in Mountain View, Missouri, Arkansas City, Kansas, Humboldt, Kansas, Wichita, Kansas and returned to West Plains, Missouri, in 1982.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna J. Nichols, husband, Eddie, Lecompton, Kansas; three grandchildren, Cristan Nichols, wife, Heather, Mayetta, Kansas, David Nichols, wife, Tami, Spring Hill, Kansas and Tonia Shirk, husband, Ryan, Wichita, Kansas; three great-grandchildren, Tanner, Carlee and Reanne Shirk; three step-great-grandchildren, Andy, Zach and Emily; one brother, Lowell "Pete" Hensley, wife, Rachel, Springfield, Missouri; four sisters, Mildred Rutan, husband, Steve, Springfield, Missouri, Barbara Lee, Springfield, Missouri, Violet Losh, husband, Steve, Springfield, Missouri and Shirley Callahan, husband, Dewayne, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one son, Larry Wayne, three sisters, Ruby Huffman, Dorothy Spencer and Irene White, two brothers, Neal and Thurman Hensley, one brother-in-law, Glen Huffman and two sisters-in-law, Virda Erzinger and Beulah Ellis, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bertha Elnora Webb

Funeral services for Bertha Elnora Webb, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Webb died at 4:35 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born November 22, 1925, in Howell County, Missouri, to Sam and Melva Jane Hayes Chappell. On May 1, 1941, she was married at Howell County, Missouri, to Charnell Gunter, who preceded her in death on January 1, 1962. On October 10, 1971, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Howard Olney Webb, who preceded her in death on November 1, 1986. Mrs. Webb did babysitting for several years, volunteered at Ozarks Medical Center and had worked as a cook at West Vue, Holiday Inn, Village Inn and Sharp's Café. She enjoyed quilting. She made quilts for grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and friends; a couple of quilts going all the way to Germany. Mrs. Webb was a member of First General Baptist Church.
She is survived by four children, Sam Lehman Gunter, wife, Cora, West Plains, Missouri, Wayman Gunter, wife, Christl, Dixon, Missouri, Harold Webb, wife, Ernestine, Willow Springs, Missouri and Ann Owen, husband, Earnie, West Plains, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Linda Webb, Mountain View, Missouri; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lavonne Chappell, West Plains, Missouri; step-sister, Betty Truesdale, State of Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husbands, daughter, Nancy Colyer, three sons, Florman Gunter, Norman Gunter and Ron Webb, and two grandchildren, Ranee Livingston and Florman Gunter, Jr., precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Eugene Mitchell

Graveside services for Eugene Mitchell, 84, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, at Udall Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Mitchell died at 9:44 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1929 in Ozark County, Missouri, to Neal Mitchell and Dorothy Jackson Mitchell. On January 2, 1952, he was married at Wynne, Arkansas, to Imogene Howard. Mr. Mitchell was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a machine maintenance operator for Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford, Illinois, retiring after twenty-eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Mitchell, of the family home; two children, Gary Mitchell, Bakersfield, Missouri and Jamie Mitchell, wife, Daisha, Nixa, Missouri; one granddaughter, whom he and Imogene raised, Tammy Sue Key, Bakersfield, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Riki Lynn, Jame Jo, Tyler and Kayra Sue; one sister, Jessie Anderson, Sharon, Wisconsin; and three nieces and nephews.

His parents, two daughters, Carolyn Riverdahl and Kathleen Wooley, one brother and one sister, precede him in death.

Mr. Mitchell will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bakersfield, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Edward J. Collins

Funeral services for Edward J. Collins, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, at All Saints Episcopal Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 11:08 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, at Brooke Haven Healthcare. He was born April 27, 1942.

Mr. Collins will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Thursday until Noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or All Saints Episcopal Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Marshall "Curly" West

Marshall West "Curly", 86 retired maintenance leader for Lockheed Aircraft passed away March 16, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center peacefully with his family by his side.

He was born January 25, 1928 in Haleyville, Alabama to Denver A. and Virginia L. (Barnett) West.

Marshall served in the U.S. Army. On June 20, 1953 he married Delavana "Gayle" (Varner) West in Brentwood, CA. In 1985 Marshall was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Canoga Park, CA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Marshall had an infectious smile and laughter and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Gayle West, West Plains, Missouri, daughter, Kathy, husband Robert Clark, Puyallup, Washington; brother, Rufus "Jerry" West, Muscle Shoals, Alabama; grandsons, Bryce wife Megan Clark, Rapid City, South Dakota; Marshall Clark girlfriend KirbyKay Johnson, Wichita, Kansas; Troy wife Michelle Clark, Eatonville, WA; Daniel Clark, Puyallup, Washington; Tyler West, West Plains, Missouri; great-granddaughter, Holley Jean Clark, Eatonville, Washington; daughter in-law; Carolyn West, West Plains, Missouri; brother in-law, Ronald Akers, Tuscumbia , Alabama; sister-in-laws, Joyce West, Hamilton, Alabama; Greta West, Leesville, Louisiana, and several nieces and nephews.

Marshall is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Alice Marie West; son, Kenneth West; brothers, Russell, Merle, William, and Donald West; sisters, Yvonne Bradford, Virginia Sue Akers, and Mary Lou West.

Family and Friends can visit from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m., until 12:00 Noon Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials contribution may be made to Alzheimer Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Christopher "Scott" Evans

Funeral services for Christopher "Scott" Evans, 32, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Evans died at 1:12 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, near West Plains, Missouri.
He was born June 10, 1981, at Canadian, Texas, to Michael Boyd Evans and Sandy Mason Evans. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1999. He enjoyed off-roading Jeeps, guns and being a father to Caiden. Mr. Evans was a Christian.
He is survived by his son, Caiden Evans; his mother, Sandy Evans, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Jeremy Evans, Republic, Missouri and Mike Evans, Columbia, Missouri; one sister, Brooke Fuller, husband, Calvin, West Plains, Missouri; grandparents, Lytle and Inez Mason, State of Oklahoma and Don Baysinger, West Plains, Missouri; and one nephew, Dominic Havens.
His father and grandparents, Cora Baysinger and Harvey and Thelma Evans, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Patricia Ann Clapp

Patricia Ann Clapp, 74, West Plains, Missouri, died at 6:00 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 10, 1939, at Fairfield, Nebraska, to Alfred Joseph Meester and Rosey Mary Kempkes Meester.

She is survived by seven children, Cynthia Huckfeldt, husband, Steve, Casper, Wyoming, Justin Palmer, wife, Kathy, Casper, Wyoming, Sandy Korn, West Plains, Missouri, Pamela Beaver, West Plains, Missouri, Harriet Feltz, West Plains, Missouri, Joe Clapp, Caulfield, Missouri and Robert Clapp, wife, Leah, Caulfield, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Meester, State of Washington; two sisters, Sharon Brossett, State of Arizona and Mary Lou Miller, State of Wyoming; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two husbands and two sisters, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bonnie Joyce Hartley

Funeral services for Bonnie Joyce Hartley, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, at First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hartley died at 10:45 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014, at her home.
She was born September 11, 1933, at Parma, Missouri, to Albert Hartley and Frona Thomas Hartley. She graduated from Wichita North High School with the Class of 1952 and attended Kansas State Teachers College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Science and English. She worked in personnel services for the Veterans Administration Hospital, retiring in 1980 after working for twenty-one years. In 2000 she was married to Stanley Lagaurney, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Hartley was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a member of the First Christian Church.
She is survived by one aunt and many cousins.
Her parents and husband precede her in death.
Mrs. Hartley will lie in state from Noon Sunday until Noon Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Nancy Jane Young

Funeral services for Nancy Jane Young, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Young died at 8:47 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born October 12, 1935, at Moko, Arkansas, to Eldia Hodge and Anna Lora Barnett Hodge. On May 29, 1953, she was married to Doyne Edgbert Driskell, who preceded her in death on April 19, 2003. On June 27, 2005, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Elbert "Eb" Young. She was a homemaker and enjoyed riding around and visiting. Mrs. Young was a member of Junction Hill Pentecostal Church.
She is survived by her husband, Eb Young, of the family home; six children, Kay Talburt, husband, Dale, Viola, Arkansas, Danny Driskell, wife, Cheryl, West Plains, Missouri, Brenda Ward, husband, Wayne, West Plains, Missouri, Carolyn Stephens, husband, Tom, West Plains, Missouri, Linda Fox, husband, Scotty, Dora, Missouri and Debbie Farrell, husband, Gene, Caulfield, Missouri; three step-daughters, Rita Stephens, husband, Dick, West Plains, Missouri, Linda Ross, husband, Howard, Kansas City, Missouri and Carolyn Rumple, husband, Stephen, Peace Valley, Missouri; twenty-one grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; thirteen step-great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lonnie Hodge, Hardy, Arkansas; four sisters, Anna Brucker, Armory, Mississippi, Gracie Mann, Springfield, Missouri, Pearl David, Arnold, Missouri and Martha Britt, Armory, Mississippi; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, first husband, one son, Carl Edward Driskell, three brothers, two sisters, one step-son, Eddie Young and one son-in-law, Roy Bell, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Blanche Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Blanche Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Katie Lynn Eagleman

Funeral services for Katie Lynn Eagleman, (formerly Mary Faye Hensley), 66, Tomball, Texas, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eagleman died at 8:23 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at Tomball Regional Hospital, Tomball, Texas.

She was born February 3, 1948, at West Plains, Missouri, to Earl Edward Hensley and Isabel Eugenia Masonbrink Hensley. She graduated from West Plains High School and on December 25, 1966, she was married to Arthur Thomas Eagleman. She was baptized at the Prairie Grove Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Eagleman, of the family home; two children, Wendy Dixon, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri and Thomas Eagleman, Bryan, Texas; two grandsons, Zack and Derrick Dixon, West Plains, Missouri; her mother, Isabel Hensley, Caulfield, Missouri; four brothers, Kenny Hensley, wife Kathleen, Gary Hensley, wife Betty, Ronnie Hensley, wife Treasa, and Dennis Hensley, wife Sherry; five sisters, Connie Loy, husband, James, Sharon Eagleman, husband David, Phillis Burkhart, husband Alan, Vicky Ehret, husband, Michael and Betty Knowles, husband John; and several nieces and nephews.

Her father, brother, Eddie Hensley and two sisters, Linda Sue Hensley and Lora Johnson, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Free Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Loren Donald Collins

A memorial service for Loren Donald Collins, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Central Church of Christ.
Mr. Collins died at 12:52 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.
He was born March 21, 1940, at Elijah, Missouri, to Donald Newton Collins and Clarice Inez Boswell Collins. On March 28, 1963, he was married at Elijah, Missouri, to Vernetta Tackitt. Mr. Collins was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Collins was a plant engineer at International Shoe Company. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing at the West Plains Senior Citizens Center, Caulfield Community Building and many other locations. Mr. Collins was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Vernetta Collins, of the family home; five children, Julia Patton, husband, Kenneth, Craig Collins, wife, Georgia, Donnie Collins, wife, Amy, Glen Collins and Bryan Collins; seven grandchildren, Jarron Collins, Jasmine Collins, Bud Collins, Megan Collins, Josh See, Wyatt Collins and Jaden Collins; two great-grandchildren, Kendra and Amber; two brothers, John Collins and Jim Collins, wife, Alice; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and one infant sister, Judy Collins, precede him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Roy Mitchell

Funeral services for Roy Mitchell, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Mitchell died at 2:15 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born November 17, 1928, at Londale, Missouri, to Marion Mitchell and Bertha North Mitchell. On August 20, 1955, he was married at Hernando, Mississippi to Betty Jo Adkins. Mr. Mitchell operated a thrift store and concession stand. He was a collector of many things, enjoyed growing flowers, and was an avid Cardinals' fan. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Mitchell was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Mitchell, of the family home; one son, Jerry Mitchell, Brooklyn, New York; one brother, Herbert Mitchell, Dundee, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one sister and two brothers precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
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Gerald Parmer

Visitation services for Gerald Parmer, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Parmer died at 8:20 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born August 31, 1924, at Greenwood, Arkansas, to Virgil Willis Parmer and Grace Florence Burton Parmer. On May 24, 1948, he was married at Modesto, California, to Opal Fern Hudson, who preceded him in death on November 15, 2011. Mr. Parmer was a WW II Veteran, having served with the United States Army. He was a farmer and had been a high school groundskeeper at Riverbank, California. Mr. Parmer was a member of the American Legion and loved to play guitar.

He is survived by two children, Patricia Parmer, West Plains, Missouri and Eldon Ray Parmer, State of Alabama; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Curtis Parmer, State of Oregon; two sisters, Ruby Jean Riley, State of California and Prudence Ann Casey, State of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife and two brothers, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Helen Virginia Wood

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Helen Virginia Wood, 78, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Wood died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born March 17, 1935, in Howell County, Missouri, to Esco Green and Emma Hall Green. She was married to Gene Johnson and later married Ray Wood. Mrs. Wood was the owner and operator of Helen's Hickory House and was the founding member of AmVets Post 98 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by one son, James Johnson; daughter-in-law, Sherry Johnson; two grandchildren, Brian Johnson, wife Shelly and Brad Johnson; four grandchildren, Briar, Colten, Cass and Camryn; four half-brothers, David Green, Springfield, Missouri, Henry Green, Joe Green and Bill Green, all of West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, two brothers, Ivan and George Green, one sister, Marie Johnson, half-brother Gene Brower, half -sister Sandra Pete and infant half-sister, Evelyn Green and special nephew, Jim Holt, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bobby Kenneth Hayes

Funeral services for Bobby Kenneth Hayes, 83, Calico, Rock, Arkansas, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Hayes died at8:25 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at Community Medical Center, Calico Rock, Arkansas.
He was born August 14, 1930, at Mammoth, Missouri, to Truman Hayes and Edna Ruth Mullins Hayes. He graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1948 and On May 10, 1951, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Lorene Bean. Mr. Hayes was a veteran, having served a stint in Germany with the United States Army. He and his brother, J. W. Hayes, started Hayes Brothers Flooring in 1954. His brother J. W. died Thanksgiving, 1959; Bobby continued to run the business until closing it in 2001. He enjoyed politics and travel. In 1968 he ran for Senate against William Fulbright and ran for Governor in 1981. Mr. Hayes was of the Assembly of God faith.
He is survived by his wife, Lorene Hayes, of the family home; two children, Mark Hayes, wife, Kristi, Calico Rock and Bobbie Rush, fiancé, Larry Hazel, Melbourne, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Victoria Rush, Grant Hayes and Casey Rush; one great-grandchild, Rosalynne Cantrell; special family friend, Earletta Blankenship, husband, Jerry, Calico Rock, Arkansas; three brothers, Tom T. Hayes, wife, Carolyn, Springdale, Arkansas, Jerry W. Hayes, Batesville, Arkansas and Danny D. Hayes, Bakersfield, Missouri; one sister, Edna Omega Marvin, husband, Calvin, Sun City West, Arizona; special brother-in-law, Milford May, wife, Freda, Calico Rock, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
His parents, three sisters, Louise Hayes, Mary Sue Hayes and Julieanne Amyx and one brother, J. W. Hayes, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bean Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bean Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Harry H. Sorg, III

Funeral services for Harry H. Sorg, III, 67,West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Sorg died 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center. He was born September 25, 1946 at Joplin, Missouri to Harry H. Sorg, Jr. and Christine Dean Sorg. On January 16, 1993, he was married at Washington, Missouri to Linda West Hedges. Mr. Sorg was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a long time banker having served forty-six years in the banking business retiring from the Bank of Thayer on September 30, 2011. Mr. Sorg had been a member of the Optimist Club and was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Sorg, of the family home; three children, Adam Sorg, wife, Trish and children, Skyler, Lilli and Bubbi, Jennifer Harmon, husband, Jimmy and children, Alisha and Carissa and Lisa Sorg and children, Christopher and Dylan ; two brothers, Michael Sorg, wife, Martha and David Sorg, wife, Theresa; three sisters, Deborah Danner, husband, Todd, Kathy Sorg and Cheryl Hoyer, husband, Gene; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.

His parents and sister-in-law, Carrol Sorg, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Veterans Section at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of West Plains and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Helen Maxine Eagleman

Funeral services for Helen Maxine Eagleman, 89, West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eagleman died at 1:08 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born September 1, 1924, at Hoxie, Arkansas, to James Isaac Brumitt and Susan Syblee McCarroll Brumitt. She attended Bakersfield High School and on December 24, 1941, was married at West Plains to Ralph Glen Eagleman, who preceded her in death on August 23, 2013. Before her retirement, she worked at Eaton Corporation, now known as Invensys and Baxter Lab. She loved to bowl and was active in the Friendly Neighbors Club of Leota and the Helping Hands Club of Moody. Mrs. Eagleman also sold Avon and was a member of the President's Club. Her grandchildren called her "Grandma Avon". Mrs. Eagleman was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the Washington Avenue Church of Christ. She was active in the ladies group while attending church in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

She is survived by five children, Bobby Eagleman, of the family home, Jimmie Eagleman, wife, Patty, Harrison, Arkansas, Judy Eastman, husband, Lyle, Ronnie Eagleman, wife JoAnn, all of West Plains and Jerry Eagleman, wife, June, Kansas City, Missouri; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Marjorie Cockrum and Bonnie Carlisle.

Her parents, husband of seventy-one years, one grandchild, Jerrie June Kerr, one sister, Ozella Vaughan and one brother, James William Brumitt, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Avenue Church of Christ or Free Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Anna Lee Burtrum

Funeral services for Anna Lee Burtrum, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Burtrum passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 2, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center.
Ann is survived by her husband of sixty years, Bob; her daughter, Robin Wagy and husband, Roger of Lee's Summit, Missouri; her son, Robert Burtrum and wife, Jennifer of West Plains; and four grandchildren, Robert (Bo), McKenzie, and Hunter Burtrum, all of West Plains and Ryan Wagy of Lee's Summit. Her grandkids were the light of her life and she tried to never miss any of their activities.
Ann was born July 8, 1933 to Loyd and Elma Lawrence Price. She graduated from the Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1950, attended the MO ARK College of West Plains and received a teaching degree from Southwest Baptist University. On September 4, 1953, she married Bob Burtrum; theirs was the first wedding at Baptist Hill Church. In addition to being a wife, mother and grandmother, Ann was a school bus driver for thirty-two years in the West Plains R-7 School District. Ann loved hauling the students to sporting events around Missouri and the annual FFA conventions in Kansas City or Louisville. After retirement from bus driving, she enjoyed working at Broken Bow Archery. In earlier years, Ann was Postmaster at the Elijah Post Office in Ozark County.
Ann had been an active member of First Baptist Church in West Plains since 1956. She was an amazing cook. Ann will be sadly and greatly missed by her family, extended family and the many friends in the community.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 5th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann's honor may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery Fund, Fairview School Foundation, the West Plains Future Farms of America Building Fund, or Summit Christian Academy Development Fund (Lee's Summit, MO) and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
The family would like to say thank you to the care givers at West Vue.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gayla L. Auffert

Funeral services for Gayla L. Auffert, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Auffert died at 6:47 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.
She was born October 21, 1950, at West Plains, Missouri, to Luther James Ledbetter and Doris Mae Sumner Ledbetter. Gayla graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1968 and on June 6, 1968, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Joseph Auffert. She had worked at Boatmen's Bank and retired as a dispatcher from Stewart-Morrison Redi-Mix. Mrs. Auffert was a fire fighter and safety officer at Howell County Rural Fire Department and was instrumental in the formation of Howell County Rural Auxiliary. She was also an active volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis; helping organize many fund raising shows. Mrs. Auffert had been a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Auffert, of the family home; two daughters, Christel Cantrell, husband, Gene and Stacie Auffert, all of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Donald Ray McGoldrick, Caulfield, Missouri and Jimmy Dale Ledbetter, Pottersville, Missouri; mother-in-law, Oleta Auffert, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Louise Ledbetter, husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of special friends.
Her parents, one infant daughter, Stephanie Dawn; two sisters, Patsy Brower and Peggy Evans; father-in-law, Everett Auffert; one sister-in-law, Janet McGoldrick and two brothers-in-law, Leroy Evans and Gene Brown, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis or Howell County Rural Auxiliary, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Coralea Davidson

Graveside services for Coralea Davidson, 78, Warrenton, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Davidson died at 11:50 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Park Lane Care Center, Wentzville, Missouri.
She was born March 20, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Wiley Ross Wright and Wilma Vivian McErvin Wright. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1953 and on May 2, 1953, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Loyde Kenneth Davidson, who preceded her in death on April 18, 2003. She had worked as a beautician for over twenty-five years. Mrs. Davidson was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Morrell and Barbara Mikulas; three foster children, Ruth Ann Gnade, husband, Ben, Linda Spotswood and Pam Rhodes; fourteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Bill Wright, wife, Carol, one sister, Wilene Harris, husband, Doffless; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Dale Davidson, two sisters and one brother, precede her in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Charles Edmund Harriell

Graveside services for Charles Edmund Harriell, 81, Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Alton, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Cave Springs Cemetery, Alton, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Harriell died at 11:44 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.
He was born July 15, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, to Omer and Catherine Farris Harriell. On November 21, 1980, he was married at Alton, Missouri, to Phyllis "Deloris" Andrews, who preceded him in death on January 16, 2012. Mr. Harriell was a veteran, having served with the United States Army and was a farmer.
He is survived by two children, Sherry Powers, husband, Tom, Glen Arm, Illinois and Vicky Matthews, Springfield, Illinois; two grandchildren, Derek Powers, wife, Stephanie and Spencer Powers; two great-grandchildren, Cole and Aidien; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
His parents and wife precede him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Patricia Gullic

Graveside services for Patricia Gullic, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gullic died at 4:47 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
She was born January 23, 1942, at Thayer, Missouri, to F. P. and Maude Elizabeth Ellis Hayes. On August 17, 1963, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Tedd Morse "Teddy" Gullic, who preceded her in death on January 12, 2005. Patricia was humble, selfless and generous. She found great pleasure in simple things. She loved gardening. Patricia was an avid reader and really treasured the West Plains Public Library. She was a magnificent cook and enjoyed preparing large meals for her family and friends. The joy of her life was her family, who all dearly loved her and will greatly miss her. The most important thing in Patricia's life was her faith. She accepted Christ when she was a teenager. Her favorite book was the Bible, which she read daily. She was especially fond of the Book of Psalms.
She is survived by three children, Stephen Gullic, wife, Kristin, David Gullic, wife Debbie and Mark Gullic; two grandchildren, A. J. Ward, wife Christina and Vaughan Ward; two great-grandchildren, William and Savannah; three sisters, Sue Miller, husband, Bob, Cheryl McGlynn, husband, John and Ann Strong, husband, David; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Squires and Pam Harris; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one brother, Doug Hayes and one niece Kathleen Miller, precede her in death.
Mrs. Gullic will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Tuesday until Noon Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or West Plains Public Library, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Sandra Marie Adams

Funeral services for Sandra Marie Adams, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Sandra Marie Adams was born on December 27, 1941, at Willow Springs, Missouri. She was the youngest child of Earl F. "Arky" Anderson and Lana Marie Voltz. Sandy graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1959, where she proudly cheered for the Willow Springs Bears and played clarinet in the band. After graduation, Sandy went on to attend college at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, where she met John Adams, who soon became the love of her life. John and Sandy were married on April 14, 1961, in Willow Springs, Missouri, and spent fifty-three happy years together.
As a young married couple, John and Sandy established Turkey Track Ranch at Twin Bridges in Douglas County, Missouri, where they raised black angus cattle, showed horses, and had three children together. While her children were growing up, Sandy enjoyed being their number one fan, and always supported their involvement in many activities. When her children left home and had families of their own, Sandy enjoyed traveling with John, playing golf, adding to her extensive arrow head collection, and spoiling their granddaughters.

Sandy was a very outgoing person who loved to meet new people, and who was always ready to welcome friends into her home or help someone in need. Her love for God was strong, and she was quick to share her faith with others. Sandy was a proud member of Calvary General Baptist Church of West Plains, and was also a member of Eastern Star at Pilot Knob Lodge.

After a lengthy illness, Sandy passed away on February 19, 2014, while surrounded by her family. She was much loved, and will be missed by many.
Sandy is survived by her husband, John; three children, Jimalee James of Willow Springs, Missouri, and husband Matt, Bill Adams of West Plains, Missouri, and wife Suzanne, Tori Forsberg of Davenport, Iowa, and husband Scott; three granddaughters, Megan James, Lindsey James and Briana Adams; one sister, Donna Amyx of Pensacola, Florida; five nieces and nephews, Cheryl Amyx, Kim Amyx, Michael Anderson, Debra Duddridge, and Jeff Anderson; a brother-in-law, Byron Adams, a sister-in-law, Donna Kay Smith, and numerous friends, including longtime, childhood friend, Sharon Gaston.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Willow Springs Scholarship Club, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Donna Elizabeth Crews

A memorial service for Donna Elizabeth Crews, 86,West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, at First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Donna Crews went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at West Plains, Missouri.

She was born January 23, 1928, at Salem, Missouri, to Don McCracken and Norma Asher McCracken. Donna dedicated her life to Christ, consistently served others and enjoyed her weekly Bible study. She had worked as a bank teller and was hospital volunteer.

She is survived by a host of family and friends and was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Crews in 2000.

The family would very much like to thank Madeline Jones for her care and love to not only Donna, but also the Crews family

In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Variety Club of St. Louis, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Martha Ellen Peters

Funeral services for Martha Ellen Peters, 69, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at House of Prayer, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Peters died at 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Hospice House of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born July 9, 1944, at Marshall, Arkansas, to Charles K. Williams and Nora J. Middleton Williams. On January 7, 1961, she was married at Harriett, Arkansas, to Archie William Peters. She had worked at Baxter Lab until her retirement. Mrs. Peters attended the House of Prayer, Tecumseh, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Archie Peters, of the family home; three children, Jason Peters, wife, Brittany, Tauna Jewell and Dranda Lawing, all of Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenard Williams, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one daughter, Tarri Denise Peters, three sisters and two brothers, precede her in death.

Mrs. Peters will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at ww.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Shirley Ann Mercer

Graveside services for Shirley Ann Mercer, 71, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at Shavers Campground, Oxford Arkansas, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Following a long illness, Shirley Ann Mercer went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 14, 2014, at her home. She was born May 23, 1942, at West Plains, Missouri, to Henry J. Franks and Hulda Morgan Franks. Shirley was a life-long Christian and attended Victory Chapel. On March 20, 1982, she was married to Marvin Mercer; they spent many years in California. Shirley loved reading and caring for her many plants and flowers. She was a secretary, having been employed at Peace Valley School and First Christian Church in West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Mercer, of the family home; three sons, John Shveyda, wife, Terry, Walnut Creek, California, Richie Shveyda, wife, Wendy, Sand Point, Idaho and David Shveyda, San Diego, California; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, LaVerne Fowler, husband, James, Blue Mound, Texas; two brothers, Thelbert Franks, wife, Betty and Randall Franks, wife, Elaine, all of West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one sister, Lee Propp and two brothers, Delman and Clifford Franks, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mercer will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Junior Carl "J. C." Huddleston

Funeral services for Junior Carl "J. C." Huddleston, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Huddleston died at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 9, 1943, at West Plains, Missouri, to Carl M. Huddleston and Elsa Redburn Huddleston. He graduated from Koshkonong High School with the Class of 1961 and on March 23, 1968, he was married at Peoria, Illinois, to Linda Kay Creasy. Mr. Huddleston was a veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army. He was a Mason and a member of the Local 974 Union Hall and had worked at Caterpillar until his retirement. Mr. Huddleston was a die-hard Cubs fan and had great love for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Huddleston; two children, James Mitchell Huddleston and Gena Brucker, husband, Raymond; five grandchildren, Lexie, Jacob, Isaac, Adam, Devin; mother, Elsa Huddleston; four brothers, Roy Huddleston, Ronald Huddleston, wife, Patricia, Tim Huddleston and Donald Huddleston, wife, Carla; three sisters, Mary Russell, husband, Robert, Pamela Hollis, husband, Mike and Audena Granger, fiancé, Gerald Staley; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe and Angie Crites, Chantel Drake and Danisha Price.

His father, one grandson, Raydon Brucker, father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Mary Creasy, and one brother-in-law, Coy Granger, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jolliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Birthday Blessings, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Deena Colleen Johnson

A Memorial Service for Deena Colleen Johnson, 54, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Faith Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Johnson died at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born September 27, 1959, at Fairfax, Missouri, to Coy Hampton and Wanda Leek Hampton. On September 24, 2000, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Danny Johnson. She had worked at a Certified Nursing Assistant at West Vue Nursing Center. Mrs. Johnson was of the Pentecostal faith.


She is survived by her husband, Danny Johnson, of the family home; ten children, Lance Johnson, of the family home, Jewell Payne, significant other, Sheldon Turnage, Herschell Payne, Jr., wife, Tara, Heather Payne, fiancé, Eddie Turnbull, Jason Payne, James Johnson, wife, Holly, Daniel Johnson, Latrisha Herndon, fiancé, Brandon James, Scott Johnson and Justin Collins; three step-children, Melissa Odens, husband, Mike, Jennifer Lucas, husband, Eugene and Patrick Payne; twenty grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother and step-father, Wanda and Norv Merrick, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Allen Hampton, wife, Terry and Wade Hampton, wife, Tammy, all of West Plains, Missouri.

Her father precedes her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Lora Lee Stowers

A memorial service for Lora Lee Stowers, 38, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Journey Church.

Mrs. Stowers entered into eternal rest at 8:45 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 8, 1975, at Beloit, Kansas, to Michael Sporleder and Esther McMillan. On February 25, 2002, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Virgil "Linn" Stowers. Mrs. Stowers was a real estate agent. She enjoyed traveling, photography, watching the kids play sports and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Stowers attended Journey Church.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil Linn Stowers, of the family home; two children, Kalysha Lee Stowers and Kyler Linn Stowers, of the family home; two step-children, Levi and Brittney Stowers; six grandchildren, Cailey, Braydyn, Landon, Shyenne, Whitney and Saleen; mother, Esther Miller; mother-in-law, Dorothy Stowers; three sisters, Michelle Ford, husband, Henry, Tonya Rettmann, husband, Jon and Holly Sporleder; niece, Ashley Ford; nephews, Gage and Bailey Rettmann, Ryan and Tyler Ford and Layne Sporleder; special aunt, Evelyn Lacey, husband, Jr.; and special friends, Kim, Toph, Braxton, Jasmine and Spring.

Her grandparents, Roy and Florine McMillan and Pete and Francis Sporleder, her father, Michael Sporleder, one sister, Heather Sporleder, two brothers-in-law, James Lee Stowers and Charles Ray Stowers, father-in-law, Monk Stowers and one step-son, Jamie Stowers, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Norma Lea Rowlett

Funeral services for Norma Lea Rowlett, 85, Hockley, Texas, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rowlett died January 29, 2014, at the home of her daughter, where she had resided since being widowed in December of 2010.

She was born June 24, 1928, in Howell County, Missouri, to Herbert Collins and Opal Fox Collins. On May 29, 1948, she was married at Viola, Arkansas, to Joe Thomas Rowlett, who preceded her in death on December 1, 2010. Norma went to school in Dora and Bakersfield, and obtained her teaching certificate; after which she taught a few years in one room schools in Howell County. She was also a homemaker and had worked at Sterling's. She loved music, wrote many songs and sang for many years with gospel quartets in the area. Norma was a faithful Christian and attended Union Grove Church for most of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Rowlett Brown, husband, Curtis, Hockley, Texas; granddaughter, Callista Rowlett, West Plains, Missouri; three grandsons, Jason Brown, wife, Jacquelyn, The Woodlands, Texas and Randy Brown, wife, Allison, Buffalo, Wyoming and Jared Brown, Houston, Texas; three step-grandsons, Brian Dailing, Aaron Dailing and Adam Dailing; three great-grandchildren, Richard Brown, Daniel Brown and Collyns Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Her parents, husband, one son, Eddie Joe Rowlett, two brothers, Marvin Collins and Denzol Collins and her sister, Anna Loree Morris, precede her in death.

Mrs. Rowlett will lie in state from 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bessie "Marie" Comer

Funeral services for Bessie "Marie" Comer, 84, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Comer entered into eternal rest Monday, February 3, 2014 at her home. She was born February 15, 1929 at Kanopolis, Kansas, the daughter of the late Daniel Dewey Dye and Bessie (Cherry) Dye. On October 19, 1945, Marie was married at West Plains, Missouri to Oscar Tom Comer, Jr. who preceded her in death on February 23, 2004.

She received her education at South Fork, Valley Star, Bradford and Mt. Zion schools. Marie loved her family and enjoyed the times the family spent together. She enjoyed deer hunting, being in the outdoors, working in her flower garden, mowing her lawn, cooking, having luncheons with her close friends, and taking annual trips with her daughters.

In her younger years, Marie worked at Baxter Laboratories, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Sterling Store, West Plains, Missouri and Eaton Corporation, West Plains, Missouri. She retired from Eaton Corporation in 1991.

Marie is survived by four daughters, Betty Sigler and husband, Gary, Caulfield, Missouri, Jane Forester, andhusband, Thurlo, Garden City, Missouri, Shirley Holstine, and husband, Donald, Bakersfield, Missouri and Reta House, and husband, Rick, West Plains, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Trina Dixon and husband, Dominic, Kansas City, Missouri, Heath Forester and wife, Patsy, Harrisonville, Missouri, Heather Forester, Lee's Summit, Missouri, Marcie Perkins and husband and Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri, Cary Edwards and husband, Bill, Nixa, Missouri, Derek Holstine and wife, Sherra, Bakersfield, Missouri, Sherri Guffey, and husband, Heath, Henderson, Arkansas, Brooke House and Brock House, West Plains, Missouri. She is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hopkins, Joplin, Missouri; three brothers, Elmer Dye, Independence, Missouri, Lee Dye, West Plains, Missouri and David Dye and wife, Sarah, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Naomi Dye, West Plains, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, Brandon Ricky House, her brothers, Jim Dye, Joe Dye, Robert Dye and infant brothers and sister, Oscar Dye, Dewey Jr. Dye and Helen Dye.

She was a member of the Prairie Grove Church of Christ, Caulfield, Missouri, where she attended for many years.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 7th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children's Home or Children's Miracle Network and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

Faye Strong

Graveside services for Faye Strong, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Strong died at 8:09 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born October 2, 1918, at Ava, Missouri, to Thomas Richard Hicks and Effie Brown Hicks. On April 1, 1936, she was married at Ava, Missouri, to Harold E. Strong, who preceded her in death on September 7, 1969. Mrs. Strong was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Joyce Wrinkles, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, including special granddaughter, Rhonda May; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Leslie Hicks, West Plains, Missouri and Jason Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Her parents, husband and one sister, Hazel Hanke, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Nathaniel F. Judd

Funeral services for Nathaniel F. Judd, 89, Washington, Illinois, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Judd died at 12:22 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria, Illinois.

He was born September 17, 1924, at Rover, Missouri, to Orville Judd and Alma Haywood Judd. On March 24, 1946, he was married at Koshkonong, Missouri, to Pauline Trantham. Mr. Judd was a Sergeant with the United States Army, having served during World War II with the 106th Infantry Division as a sniper. He was nominated for a Congressional Medal of Honor after leading his platoon at Okinawa and remaining as the only survivor. He was also part of the first group into Tokyo after the bomb was dropped. After coming home, he worked in District 50 schools, first as a math and science teacher, eventually serving as principal at Sundoer and Beverly Manor Schools. He enjoyed golf, bowling and woodworking in his spare time. Mr. Judd was an excellent marksman and loved spending time with his dachshund, Mr. Oscar Meyer. Most importantly, he loved his wife of nearly sixty-eight years and all of his family. His grandchildren fondly remember going with grandma and grandpa on RV trips to Branson.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Judd; two sons, Marc Judd, wife, Kathy, Carlock, Illinois and Eric Johann Judd Sr., wife, Tammie, Pekin, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Irene Judd, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Trantham, Nashville, Tennessee; one brother-in-law, Carl Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Erica Judd, Isaac Judd, Sara Judd-Downing, Rachel Judd-Janssen, Eric Johann "Bucky" Judd II, Anna Judd-Bikai and Andrew Judd; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Eliza Bikai.

His parents, one son, Nathaniel, one brother, Thomas, one sister, Pauline and one brother-in-law, Lee, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Paul Allen Marshall

Paul Allen Marshall, 58, West Plains, Missouri, died at 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1955, at Memphis, Tennessee, to Gerald Allen Marshall and Freda Fay White Marshall. Mr. Marshall attended high school in West Plains and was a supervisor in constructing Wal-Mart stores.

He is survived by his long-time friend and companion, Cindy Toupnot; one brother, Gerald Marshall, wife, Michelle; two sisters, Janie Cummings, husband, Frank and Doris Clark, husband, Tom; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Paul Allen Marshall, Jr. and one sister, Jeanie Nelson, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Sherry Ann Burden Curley

A visitation service for Sherry Ann Burden Curley, 51, Dora, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Odom Church of Christ.

Mrs. Curley died at 12:30 a.m., Monday, January 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 22, 1962, at Hartford, Michigan, to Arthur Roberson "Bud" Burden and Shirley Belle Martin Burden Hart. She had worked as a receptionist for a Bio-Medical company in Detroit Michigan. She enjoyed quilting and her children and grandchildren were her passion. Mrs. Curley was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her companion, Jerry Labika, Warren, Michigan; two children, April Curley and Autumn Curley, both of Warren, Michigan; two grandchildren, Noel and Paula; her brother and sisters, Andy Burden, wife, Robin, Viola, Arkansas, Connie Tucker, husband, Mark, Versailles, Missouri, Brenda Burden, West Plains, Missouri, Vickie Burden, Dora, Missouri, Donna Howard, husband, Ronnie, Dora, Missouri, Rose Mary Dobbins, husband, Patrick, Moulton, Alabama and Debbie Dunn, wife, Randy, Decatur, Alabama; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her parents and grandparents precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Keith Edward French

Funeral services for Keith Edward French, 55, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. French died at 7:37 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born April 5, 1958, at Harrisburg, Arkansas, to Albert E. French and Mabel Harper French. Mr. French graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1976 and was a self-employed locksmith. He enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing, gem hunting and panning for gold. Mr. French was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two sons, Ryan French, Laguna Niguel, California and Caleb French, wife, Len, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; his parents, Albert and Mabel French, Caulfield, Missouri; his brothers and sisters, Terry French, Rover, Missouri, Tom French, wife, Debbie, Pomona, Missouri, Tina Hendrix, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri, Teresa Osborn, husband, Keith, Willard, Missouri and Michael French, wife, Kim, Lawton, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews, Terry Jo, Robert, Michael, Tabetha, Daniel, Brook, Chad, Brittany, Clint, Shaun, Heather, Dedra, Crystal, Jared, Alicia, Michelle, Justin, Stephanie and their families; many great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

His grandparents, John Travis and Ethel French and Perry and Lois Harper and numerous aunts and uncles, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Amy Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Sherry Drucille Anstine

Memorial services for Sherry Drucille Anstine, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Community Room, Walnut Grove Apartments, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Anstine died 11:35 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014 at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born October 11, 1935 at Bradshaw, Nebraska to Robert and Elsie Gifford Adams.

Sherry was a caring and loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She always worked hard, loved farming and riding the tractor. She loved to play her guitar and sing with her sister, Marilynne. For many years, she worked at the Corner Café in Cabool, Missouri, beginning as a cook and eventually becoming the owner. She was well known for her down home cooking and her wonderful homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and pies. She was very proud of and loved to research and study the family's military service and history. Sherry was a member of Lifeline Church in West Plains and was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by four children, Michael Anstine, Kathy Cooper, Desirae Norton, husband, Jack, and Jennifer Swanson, husband, Brad; her grandchildren, Jacqui Moore, Robert Moore, Nuphet Insixiengmay, Michael Anstine, Jr., Daniel Ekelenburg, Jennifer Ekelenburg, Jacob Ekelenburg, Ryan Cooper, Travis Cooper, Michael Norton, Daniel Norton, Jonathon Norton, Kristy Norton, Chelsea Norton, Kasie Swanson and Paige Swanson; eighteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Adams, wife, Nancy, and Bill Adams, wife, Donna; one sister, Janet Aaron; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two daughters, Barbara Moore and Debra Rosiu, one grandson, Trevor Cooper, one brother, Tom Adams, two sisters, Phyllis Schall and Marilynne Schallenburg and one sister-in-law, Donna Adams, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Howell County Relay for Life and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Carl Howard Wilbanks

Graveside services for Carl Howard Wilbanks, Sr., 69, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Wilbanks spirit returned to his Maker at 7:04 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, at his home. He was born March 9, 1944 in West Plains, Missouri to Paul Jones (Pete) Wilbanks, Jr. and Maude Ruth Layson Wilbanks. On August 25, 1963, he was married to Mary Margaret Menard, also known as Tooter, at the Mt. Zion Church, Pomona, Missouri. To this union, three children were born, Carl Wilbanks, Jr., Margaret Yvonne Wilbanks and Marvin Jay Wilbanks.

Carl was a hard worker and worked at different places throughout his 50 years of working with the public. He worked at Ozark Action, ran the feed store at White Church for Pedro Daily, was a custodian at the West Plains High School, Richards Brother's Store, helped build the first airport at Table Rock Lake, worked at Edgeller and Harper, moved house trailers with his friend and neighbor, George Kuehner, continued moving house trailers for Taylor's Mobile Home Service and worked for Terry Carroll doing landscaping. He also raised feeder pigs and beef cattle on the family farm. He was a good man who overcame many obstacles. Since 2001, he fought a long fight with cancer, surviving several surgeries at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, radiation and chemo at West Plains, where many angels without wings fought to save him, but God chose to take him home, to end his suffering and give him peace.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the family home; a beloved granddaughter, Nikki Reyes, of the family home; his son, Carl Wilbanks, Jr., wife, Tammy, Pomona, Missouri; his daughter, Margaret Jones, husband, Beau Jones, whom he loved like a son, Dadeville, Missouri; his son, Marvin Wilbanks, wife, Shannon, Pomona, Missouri; two step-granddaughters, Crystal Cody, Pomona, Missouri and Shawna Holland, Jonesboro, Arkansas; one brother, Glen Wilbanks, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Cora Jane Gunter, husband, Leman, West Plains, Missouri and Linda Edgeller, husband, Bruce, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, an older infant sibling, Joseph Wilbanks, a half-sister, Sybil Pittinger, his younger brother, Ray Wilbanks, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Minnie Thompson, precede him in death.

Carl will be greatly missed by his wife, children, and his extended family.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22nd, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hustin Allen Shrum

Funeral services for Hustin Allen Shrum, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Huston died at 8:46 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born October 31, 1933, at St. Louis, Missouri, to William Shrum and Emma Elizabeth Taylor Shrum. He was a thirty year employee at Owens-Illinois Inc., St. Louis, Missouri. On October 8, 1969, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Helen Chronister, who preceded him in death January 5, 2007. On July 18, 2009, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Martha Shrum. He was an avid gardener; having raised prize-winning tomatoes. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Shrum gave his heart to God in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Shrum, of the family home; one son, David Shrum, Mexico, Missouri; two step-sons, Tim Hull, wife, Lori, Fort Smith, Arkansas and Dan Hickinbotham, Bentonville, Arkansas; two step-grandchildren, Matt Hull, wife Christina, Austin, Texas and Christian Hull, Fort Smith, Arkansas; very special brother-in-law of 60 years, Gene Chronister, West Plains, Missouri, who was also his hunting and fishing buddy; many nieces and nephews, including, Jennifer Rebardie, Becky Henry, Linda and Roy Pierce, Carol Pitts, Maxine McKinley; and special friends, Peggy Underwood, Betty Hull, Joy and Joe Rieger and Jean Hackworth.

His parents, two sisters, Mary Ann Virham and Marie Painter, one brother, David W. Shrum and one sister-in-law, Wanda Chronister, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Alton, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Shirley Annette Brown

A Celebration of Life Service for Shirley Annette Brown, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brown died at 12:30 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born February 28, 1937, at West Plains, Missouri, to Rube Collins and Jennie Morgan Collins. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1955. On October 29, 1955, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Clyde Henry Brown, who preceded her in death on February 20, 2010. In addition to being a homemaker, she had worked at Brown Shoe Factory, Houston, Missouri and Jeffers Vet Supply. Mrs. Brown was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, playing softball and time with her family. She was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. Mrs. Brown was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Danny Brown, wife, Diana, West Plains, Missouri and Julie Brown, Columbia, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Debra Brown-Hawkins, Rolla, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jeremy Brown, Nicholas Brown, Devin Brown, wife, Amanda and Danielle Brown; one great-grandchild, Gabe Brown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, one son, Captain Alan Clyde Brown, five brothers and five sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or New Liberty Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Hubert Willie "Bud" Eskew

Funeral services for Hubert Willie "Bud" Eskew, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 10, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Eskew died at 4:45 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 19, 1937, at Holcomb, Missouri, to Willie Fleemon Eskew and Gladys Marie Polsgrove Eskew. On February 17, 1960, he was married at Flint, Michigan, to Lois Hall. Before his retirement, he worked at General Motors in Michigan. Mr. Eskew was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Eskew, of the family home; two sons, Bill Eskew and wife, Lisa, and Rick Eskew and wife, Martie, all of Wet Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Melissa Blagg and husband, Tye, Michael Eskew and wife, Abigail, Matthew Eskew and wife, Hallie, Jennifer Tidwell and husband, Garrett and Alyssa Eskew; five great-grandchildren, Lillian and Mariah Blagg, Rylie Eskew, Braxton and Aiden Tidwell and one Tidwell on the way; two sisters, Carolyn Mallett and husband, Frank, Diamond City, Arkansas and Lorene Carlile, St. Louis, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and grandparents, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Doyle Duane Brown

Funeral services for Doyle Duane Brown, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Calvary General Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Brown died at 7:01 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 17, 1942, at Thayer, Missouri, to Duane Brown and Mary Katherine Barnum Brown. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1960. On May 23, 1965, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Barbara Hanshaw. He was the owner and operator of Brown's Furniture & Appliance. Doyle loved people. He enjoyed raising cattle and quail hunting. Mr. Brown was a long time member of Calvary General Baptist Church where he had served as Deacon, President of the Deacon's Board, Sunday School Superintendent and Adult Sunday School teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown, of the family home; two children, Jason Brown, wife, Patricia and Jodi Morrison, husband, Brian, all of West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, "Paps kids", Tabitha Brown, Zachary Brown, Afton Morrison and Alec Morrison; one brother, Curt Brown, wife, Paula, West Plains, mother-in-law, Johna Hanshaw; brother-in-law, Kenneth Hanshaw, wife, Judy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents and father-in-law, Bob Hanshaw, precede him in death.

Mr. Brown will lie in state from Noon Friday until 11:00 a.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

June Marie Mahan

Funeral services for June Marie Mahan, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mahan died at 12:25 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 7, 1922, at San Francisco, California, to Frank William Lang and Marie Leslie Lang. On April 12, 1941, she was married at Olympia, Washington to John Burl Mahan, who preceded her in death on February 27, 1995. She worked as a secretary at a private school for many years and loved her volunteer work, especially at West Vue Nursing Center. Mrs. Mahan was of the Baptist faith and had attended First Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, John Michael Mahan, wife, Margo, West Plains, Missouri, William Everett Mahan, wife, Judy, Alamosa, Colorado and Stephen Timothy Mahan, wife, Jackie, Chimayo, New Mexico, five grandchildren, Jill Monter, Shane Mahan, Paul Mahan, Pat Mahan and Andrea Mahan-Stephenson; four great-grandchildren, Courtney Monter, Whitney Monter, Mackenzie Mahan and Avery Stephenson; and her very best friend, Gene Halverson.

Her parents and husband precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Troy Paul Henry, Jr.

Funeral services for Troy Paul Henry, Jr., 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Henry died 2:25 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 in the NHC HealthCare, West Plains.

He was born February 9, 1938 at Mountain View, Missouri to Troy Paul (Pet) Henry and Mabel Carter Henry. Mr. Henry was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by three children, Randy Henry, wife, Carla, Rick Henry and Carrie Clark; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob Henry; one sister-in-law, Dora Mae Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Connie Haynes, one grandson, Troy Daniel Henry, three brothers, Samuel Henry, Jimmy Thompson and Jesse Thompson and one sister, Delores Ganley, precede him in death.

Mr. Henry will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 13th, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery (Poe Hill). Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Thomas F. Durham

Funeral services for Thomas F. Durham, 73, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Durham died at 8:32 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013, at his home.

He was born August 27, 1940, at Ott, Arkansas, to Thomas H. Durham and May Marie Taylor Durham. He received his education in the schools of Bakersfield, Missouri and Cash, Arkansas. On December 26, 1959, he was married at Kansas City, Kansas, to Martha Hayes. Mr. Durham was a retired concrete finisher. He loved to fish, deer hunt, sing and play his guitar; he loved his family very much. He enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Durham was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of the Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Durham, of the family home; three daughters, Robin Tomlinson (Bob Hoelcher), Springfield, Missouri, Melanie Cole (Tom Yocom), Walnut Grove, Missouri and Wendy Durham, Bakersfield, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Lee Busby, wife, Sarah, Josh Busby, wife, Sandy, Amanda Cooper, husband Rick, Tyler Allen, Megan Smith, husband, Dusty, Landon Tomlinson, Taylor Tomlinson, Zachary Verren, Chantel Reynolds, husband, Brock; eight great-grandchildren, Grace, Ossie and Ricky Cooper, Bethany and Ayrianna Allen, Harley and Jacklynn Smith and Keagan Reynolds; five brothers, J. T. Durham, wife, Faye, South Fork, Missouri, Alvie Durham, wife, Maxine, Liberty, Missouri, Jimmy Durham, Caulfield, Missouri, John Eddy Durham, Kansas City, Missouri and Tilman Durham, wife, Elaine, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Margie Horton, Cash, Arkansas; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and two very special friends, Loyd Ice and Leo Smith.

His parents, one daughter, Pam Busby, three brothers, Haman Durham, Oscar Durham and Huey Morris Durham and three sisters, Marzie Cropper, Flonnie Faye Durham and Linda Brewer, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Jacklyn Jean Day

A Memorial service will be held at a later date for Jacklyn Jean Day, 55, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Day died at 7:02 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, at her home.

She was born March 22, 1958, in Callaway County, Missouri, to Jack Bridges and Billie Browning Temple. She was married to Steve Day, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Day was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by two children, Billy Bridges, wife, Angelique and Malcolm Bridges, wife, Rebecca, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Logan, Isabel, Solana, Savannah, Malcolm II and Jackson; one great-grandchild, Miyah; four brothers, Kelly Bridges, Dave Bridges, Marvin Temple and Bill Temple; two sisters, Shannon Bridges and Melissa Medina; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents and husband, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lorene Moore

Funeral services for Lorene Moore, 97, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Moore died at 4:28 a.m., Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born August 13, 1916 in Arkansas to Lee Neal. She was married to Roy Moore, who preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Moore was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by five children, Virginia May, Pottersville, Missouri, Vonida Mounce, Brownwood, Texas, Carolyn Pyle, Rockford, Illinois, Molly Williams, Rockford, Illinois and Ralph Moore, State of Arkansas; ten grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband and three sons, James, Pete and Harold Moore, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery or NHC Healthcare Resident Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

John Thornton Pliler

Funeral services for John Thornton Pliler, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pliler died at 12:38 a.m., Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born January 19, 1930, at West Plains, Missouri, to Joe Pliler and Eliza Collins Pliler. On March 21, 1953, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Rava Jones. Mr. Pliler was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Before his retirement he worked at Cloud Oak Flooring. Mr. Pliler was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Rava "Ruedeen" Pliler, of the family home; one daughter, Evonne Andrews, West Plains, Missouri; one grandson, Scott Andrews, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Betty Holland, husband, Ronald, Willow Springs, Missouri and Carolyn Sue Lambe, husband, Gary, Pomona, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Audrey McGuire and one son-in-law, Kenny Andrews, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center Shaw Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hugo Erhard "Bud" Johnson

Funeral services for Hugo Erhard "Bud" Johnson, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died at 12:55 a.m., Monday, December 23, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 10, 1921, at Duluth, Minnesota, to Karl Levi Johnson and Amy Matson Johnson. On April 21, 1943, he was married at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, to Ruby Driscoll. He was a farmer and enjoyed fishing, making small crafts and lathe work. He loved telling stories to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Johnson was a member of Trinity Worship Center.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Johnson, of the family home; three children, Perry Dwayne Johnson, wife, Melva, West Plains, Missouri, Ronald L. Johnson, wife, Pamela, West Plains, Missouri and Karen Sloan, husband, Bob, Brandsville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Teena Skiles, husband, Joe, Auga Sloan, Eirik Sloan, Amy Johnson and Andrea Turner, husband, Justin; six great-grandchildren, Brooke, Alex, Courtney and Maisie Jo' Skiles and Morgan and Perry D. "Hobie" Johnson, III; three nieces, Sarah, Carol and Hilda Jo'; one nephew, Carl III; and cousins Borje Jonasson of Learnod Fors Verland, Sweden and his daughter, Therese Jonasson of Stockholm, Sweden.

His parents, one grandson, Perry D. Johnson II, one brother, Carl Johnson, Jr., three infant triplet siblings and one niece, Dorothy Huff and husband Gordon, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lawrence James "Bob" Thornton

A Celebration of Life Service for Lawrence James "Bob" Thornton, 84, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 23, 2013, in the conference room at Brooke Haven Health Care.

Mr. Thornton died at 8:18 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born March 31, 1929, at Visalia, California, to Hugh Thornton and Annie Thornton. On March 4, 1959, he was married at Sonoma, California, to Elsie Jane Kirtley, who preceded him in death on June 1, 1990. On November 7, 1991, he was married at Reno, Nevada, to Rosemary. Before his retirement, he worked as a mechanic and was a Special Olympics coach for over fifteen years. Mr. Thornton was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Thornton, West Plains, Missouri; six children, Larry Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Eddie Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Lonnie Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, Julie Green, husband, Paul, Parma Heights, Ohio, Melissa Thornton, West Plains, Missouri, and Scott Strothers, St. Louis, Missouri; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ann Connor, husband, Jake.

His parents, first wife, one son, Douglas and one brother, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lora Leroy

Funeral services for Lora Leroy, 93, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Leroy died at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born June 6, 1920, at Blanche, Missouri, to Henry Tetrick and Lillie Buchanan Tetrick. On November 9, 1941, she was married at Paris, Tennessee, to Willie H. "Bill" Leroy, who preceded her in death on April 8, 1994. Mrs. Leroy was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.

She is survived by two sons, Billy Leroy, wife, Dixie, West Plains, Missouri and Ronnie Leroy, wife, Mary, Dora, Missouri; three grandsons, Ronald Leroy, wife, Kari, David Leroy, wife, Crystal and Billy Gene Leroy; one granddaughter, Shanda Leroy; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Donald Gene Leroy, one grandson, Bruce Allen Leroy; two brothers, Manford Tetrick and Sanford Tetrick; four sisters, Vernia Stowers, Bertha Parsons, Lula Freeman and Mable Stephens, and special nephew, Virgil "Monk" Stowers, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gentryville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentryville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Robert Leroy Williams

Funeral services for Robert Leroy Williams, 76, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Williams died at 11:10 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 25, 1937, at Pomona, Missouri, to Clifford Leroy Williams and Florene Turner Williams. On October 3, 1955, he was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to Patricia "Pat" Reese, who preceded him in death on May 22, 2009. Robert and Pat operated Williams construction for many years, building many homes and businesses in the West Plains area. He was an avid turkey hunter, deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his early morning visits with his buddies at Conley's Quik Stop in Pomona. He was a wonderful story teller and his children and grandchildren will re-tell his stories over and over. He most enjoyed the time spent with his family, staying young through his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He did not lecture or judge, just set an example in the way he lived his life. Mr. Williams was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church at Olden, Missouri.

He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Wood and Cindy Weeks, husband, Greg, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Scott Brown, wife, Krystal, Rob Brown, wife, Jennifer, Devin Cravens, husband, Ben and Cody Weeks, wife, Ashley; five great-grandchildren, Rylee, Reese and Sydney Brown, Chance Cravens and Griffin Brown; one sister, Vonda Hunt, husband, Junior, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Edith Sewell, Las Vegas, Nevada and Jenny Capitumino, husband, Nick, Gasport, New York; and seven nieces and nephews, Vonna Doering, Ronna Turner, Mike Buchan, Chuck Buchan, Angel Okon, Nicole Capitumino and Shaun Sewell; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and his best friend, "Jake".

His parents, wife, one sister-in-law, Barbara Buchan and one brother-in-law, Lehman Coldiron, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Roger Dale Hunt

Graveside services for Roger Dale Hunt, 62, Lanton, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Moody Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hunt died at 10:13 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 31, 1951, at West Plains, Missouri, to Tess Hunt and Ruth Helen Nicks Hunt. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1969 and had worked as an electrician at Cawvey Electric for over twenty years, until his retirement in June of 2012. Mr. Hunt played in the Moody Creek Band and loved NASCAR and football.

He is survived by three brothers, Junior Hunt, wife, Vonda, West Plains, Missouri, Ronnie Hunt, Forsyth, Missouri and Norman Hunt, wife, Beverly, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Aliene Gordon, husband, Wayne, Dodge City, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one nephew, precede him in death.

Mr. Hunt will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until 11:00 a.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Joy Lynn Spencer

A Celebration of Life service for Joy Lynn Spencer, 54, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Mineral Point Church, Caulfield, Missouri.

Mrs. Spencer died at 2:40 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013, near Elijah, Missouri.

She was born October 23, 1959, at Pekin, Illinois, to Donald Oates and Janice Enus Oates. On July 7, 1980, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to William Boyd Spencer. Mrs. Spencer was a homemaker and loved her family. She was also a cattle farmer and enjoyed all aspects of the family farm. Mrs. Spencer was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, Boyd Spencer, of the family home; two children, Michael Spencer, wife, Leigh Ann and Tommy Spencer, wife, Holly, all of Caulfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, Cameron, Logan, Ashton, Lucas, Noah and Jax; one brother, Jay Oates, wife, Cathy, Pekin, Illinois; one niece, Kristan Oates; her mother-in-law, Donna Spencer; and a host of other family and friends.

Her parents precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Brock Dewayne Powell

Funeral services for Brock Dewayne Powell, 37, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Powell died at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2013, in West Plains, Missouri.

He was born September 12, 1976, at Waggoner, Oklahoma, to Eddie Ray Powell and Ronda Lowther Powell.

He is survived by his parents, Eddie and Ronda Powell, Pottersville, Missouri; three daughters, Lecrisha Dawn Powell, Makaliah Sylvia Ann Powell and Makenzy Hope Powell; one grandson on the way; one sister, Alea Brooke King; and his grandparents, Evelyn May Powell, Len Lowther and Margaret Lowther.

His paternal grandfather, Elzie Powell preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Margaret L. Butler

Funeral services for Margaret L. Butler, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Butler went to be with the Lord at 6:10 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

She was born December 21, 1922, at Grinnell, Iowa, to John Samuel Marcum and Violet Wood Marcum. On June 14, 1965, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Frederick Ewing "Fred" Butler, who preceded her in death on February 20, 2005. Mrs. Butler was a Christian.

She is survived by four children, Darlene Graff, Delmar Borders, Jackie Hunt and Jerry Brazeal; three brothers, George Marcum, Alvan Marcum and Frank Marcum; three sisters, Dolores Mayfield, Rosie Heinzmann and Ruth Crites; thirteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one daughter, Barbara Jean Butler and three brothers, precede her in death.

Mrs. Butler will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

The family of Margaret Butler would like to thank the entire personnel at West Vue Nursing Center for their tender, loving and special care that went above and beyond their regular duties. May God bless each and every one of you!

 

 

Irene Faye White

Funeral services for Irene Faye White, 72, Springfield, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. White died at 11:08 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013, at Manor at Elfindale, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born June 13, 1941, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Walter Silas Hensley and Vernie Davis Hensley. On May 25, 1963, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Kenith P. White, who preceded her in death on May 20, 2013. She had worked at International Shoe Company and was a clerk at Roper's and Wal-Mart. Mrs. White was a member of Congregational Methodist Church and attended Amy Union Chapel, where she was the pianist and her husband had served as pastor. She is survived by three children, Branton White, St. Louis, Missouri, Kenitha Aikman, husband, Jim, Kansas City, Missouri and Heather White, Santa Clara, California; one brother, Lowell "Pete" Hensley, wife, Rachel, Centralia, Missouri; five sisters, Charlene Huffman, Lecompton, Kansas, Mildred Rutan, husband, Steve, Springfield, Missouri, Barbara Lee, Springfield, Missouri, Violet Losh, husband, Steve, Springfield, Missouri and Shirley Callahan, husband, Dewayne, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Michael, two sisters, Ruby Huffman and Dorothy Spencer and two brothers, Neal and Thurman Hensley, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Inman Cemetery or Parkinson Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Carl Garland Martin, Jr.

Graveside services for Carl Garland Martin, Jr., 64, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013, at Black Creek Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Martin died at 9:50 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born April 6, 1949, at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to Carl Garland Martin Sr., and Clorena Morgan Martin. On October 25, 1986, he was married at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to Melissa Goodwin. He was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Martin was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Martin, six children, Carl A. Martin, wife, Patricia, Josh Martin, fiancée Tammy Lange, Cora Jane Smith, husband, David, Casey Smith, husband, Brian, Clorena Smith and Charles Smith; nine grandchildren; one brother, Lonnie Martin, wife, Kay, three sisters, Patty Bolinger, husband, Jeff, Lewonda Carolus and Lillie Noland, husband, Kevin.

His parents and two brothers precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Troy Paul Henry, Jr.

Funeral services for Troy Paul Henry, Jr., 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Henry died 2:25 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 in the NHC HealthCare, West Plains.

He was born February 9, 1938 at Mountain View, Missouri to Troy Paul (Pet) Henry and Mabel Carter Henry. Mr. Henry was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by three children, Randy Henry, wife, Carla, Rick Henry and Carrie Clark; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob Henry; one sister-in-law, Dora Mae Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one grandson, Troy Daniel Henry, three brothers, Samuel Henry, Jimmy Thompson and Jesse Thompson and one sister, Delores Ganley, precede him in death.

Mr. Henry will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 13th, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery (Poe Hill). Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Billie Jean Whelchel

Funeral services for Billie Jean Whelchel, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Whelchel died 5:25 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 10, 1946 at West Plains, Missouri to Forrest and Marcella Sexton Hawkins. She received her education in the schools of West Plains and was married to Gerald Dunnihoo. She later married Earl Whelchel. Mrs. Whelchel was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one son, James Dunnihoo; four grandchildren, Tiana, Dakota, Dylen and Lisle; one great-granddaughter, Ryder; one brother, Randy Hawkins, wife, Mary Jo; two sisters, Connie Hawkins and Kathy Ledbetter, husband, Danny; five nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.

Her parents and both husbands precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or South Fork Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Donald Collins Surritte

Funeral services for Donald Collins Surritte, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Pottersville, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Surritte died at 6:13 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born September 28, 1942, in Howell County, Missouri, to David Woodrow Surritte and Magdalene "Maggie" Collins Surritte. He graduated from West Plains High School and on March 20, 1964 was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Carolyn Downen. Mr. Surritte worked as a lineman with the City of West Plains for thirty-five years. He was the Chief of the Pottersville Fire Department and enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. Mr. Surritte was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Pottersville.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Surritte, of the family home; five children, Donna Marie Fiquet, husband, Paul, Palm Bay, Florida, Deidra Cunningham, West Plains, Missouri, Debra Flores, husband, James, Chaplin, South Carolina, Diana Surritte, Chaplin, South Carolina and Dorinda Housley, husband, James, West Plains, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Sarah Coffey, Shane Cunningham, Steven Fiquet, Sheena Cunningham, Shawn Fiquet, Stephanie Flores, Shayla Flores, Skyler Housley, Selena Housley, Sirena Housley, Samantha Flores, Savannah Housley, Sean Housley and L. J. Housley; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Glen Surritte and Doyle Fredrick Surritte, wife, Linda, all of West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Rose Mae Anderson, West Plains, Missouri, Barb Shunk, husband, Ray, Walnut Grove, Missouri and Alice Surritte, Peace Valley, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Delena Jean, one son-in-law, Ricky Cunningham, one brother, one sister-in-law, Myra Surritte and one brother-in-law, Don Anderson, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Fire Department, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Robert Henry Holloway

Funeral services for Robert Henry Holloway, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Holloway died at 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born August 26, 1939, in Howell County, Missouri, to Harve and Fay Murphy Holloway. On December 28, 1959, he was married to Mary Ann Brightwell. He was a truck driver. Mr. Holloway was a member of River of Life Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Holloway, of the family home; six children, Danny Holloway, West Plains, Missouri, Roland Holloway, wife, Toni, Kemp, Texas, Becky Smith, husband, John, Salem, Arkansas, James Holloway, wife, Katherine, West Plains, Missouri, Carl Holloway, wife, Denise, West Plains, Missouri and Brenda Robbins, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Burl Holloway, wife, Opal, Rienzi, Mississippi; three sisters, Olive Harris, Tucker, Arkansas, Grace Cole, husband, Frank, Quincy, Washington and Sonja Hughes, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Rodney Allen Holloway, one granddaughter, Melissa Holloway, one grandson, Bodie Holloway, five brothers, Heirl "Dude" Holloway, Joe Holloway, Norman Holloway, Rudolph Holloway and Sam Holloway, and one sister, Lola Harris , precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Fern Spence

Funeral services for Fern Spence, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spence died at 6:20 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born April 7, 1923, at Hutton Valley, Missouri, to Guy Webb and Lillie Acklin Webb. She attended the Willow Springs High School and on February 13, 1943, was married at San Luis Obispo, California, to Vernon Spence. Before her retirement, she worked at International Shoe Company and Rawlings Manufacturing. Mrs. Spence was a member of Dry Creek General Baptist Church for over seventy years.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon Spence, of the family home; two daughters, Donna Romans, Kansas City, Missouri and Bonnie Bryan, husband, Ronnie, Pomona, Missouri, very special friends, Tom and Betty Good; three grandchildren, Kelley Thompson, husband, Doug, Mission Hills, Kansas, Aaron Bryan, wife, Christa, Springfield, Missouri and Amber Kristek, husband, Chris, Springfield, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren, Emily, Spencer and Pierce Thompson, Kindall, Kamrynn, Kristian and Karrington Kristek and Aiden and Tyson Bryan; two sisters, Joyce Bryan, husband, Tom, Lyle, Washington and Melba Webb, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two brothers, Harold Webb and Guy Webb, Jr. and one sister, Janet Havens, precede her in death.

Mrs. Spence will lie in state from 4:00 pm Wednesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Dry Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shaw Cancer Treatment Center at Ozarks Medical Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Warren McKee

Funeral services for Warren McKee, 93, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Pottersville, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. McKee died at 10:32 a.m., Friday, November 29, 2013, at his home.

He was born August 9, 1920, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Elia Arthur "E.A." McKee and Georgeana Carrico McKee. On February 14, 1942, he was married at Howell County, Missouri, to Naomi Billie Exline, who preceded him in death on January 4, 2005. Mr. McKee was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He was a Private First Class; attended basic training at Fort Warren, Wyoming and was a special aviation mechanic at Fort Lewis, Washington. He worked in the timber business, was a farmer and was the owner of McKee Log Homes. He loved his mules and enjoyed going to bull riding events. Mr. McKee was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Pottersville.

He is survived by three children, Barbara Butler, West Plains, Missouri, Sandra Riley, Dora, Missouri and Johnny McKee, wife, Kati, Pottersville, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Sonya McDonald, Veronica Copeland, husband, Ted, Valerie Butler, David Riley, Jessica Parker, Daniel Riley, Melissa Dalton, husband, Aaron, Trista Hall, husband Byron, Kameron Carmichael, McKenzie Steele and Olivia Powers; eighteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Clifton Luna and Dick Dupree.

His parents, wife, four brothers, one sister, two son-in-laws, Chadd Butler and Gary Riley and two great-grandchildren, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Larry Gene "Bo" Roberts,

Funeral services for Larry Gene "Bo" Roberts, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Roberts died at 11:44 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 5, 1946, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Elmer "Shorty" Roberts and Emma Fore Roberts. On March 31, 1967, he was married at Alton, Missouri, to Gwenda Rhine. Before his retirement, Mr. Roberts was a machine operator at Marathon Electric, now known as Regal-Beloit. He enjoyed gardening, NASCAR and his grandkids. Mr. Roberts was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Gwenda Roberts, of the family home; three daughters, Melody Kenslow, Angie Berry, husband, Donnie and Kayla Miller, husband, Sam, all of West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Bo Kenslow, wife, Rachel, Hayden Berry, Emma Berry, Nicole Pierce, McKenna Miller, DeLaney "Bill" Miller and Savannah Miller; one sister, Verba Endicott, husband, Denzel, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Brenda Stone, husband, Kenny, Clark Ridge, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; and his buddy "Roxie".

His parents, one daughter, Tracey Roberts, two infant brothers and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Kathreen Rhine, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Dixie Lee Atkins Huff

A Celebration of Life Service for Dixie Lee Atkins Huff, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the West Plains High School Gymnasium, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Please join family and friends at this celebration od Dixie's life and mourning of her passing.

Dixie lost her fight with NASH disease on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She was born to William (Bill) Wilma Hicks Atkins on October 5, 1966 in Overland Park, Kansas. On May 21, 1988, Dixie married her best friend and love of her life, Jeffrey Curtis Huff. On January 10, 1998, Dixie and Jeff became overnight parents with the arrival of Ashley, January and April into their lives. In recent years, Dixie became the proud Nana to James, Bryden, Laityn and Emory. Dixie treasured her family above all else and looked forward to spoiling her grandsons as they grew up. She instilled in her family the motto: Live well, Laugh often, Love much.

Also, important in Dixie's life was her profession. Her education began in West Plains R-7 Schools, from which she graduated in 1985. Dixie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University and her Master's in Education from Southwest Baptist and was working on a second Master's in Criminology. Dixie began her teaching career at Couch High School, Myrtle, Missouri, where she spent seven happy years before joining the West Plains High School faculty. She taught in the science department at West Plains High School for seventeen years where she served as student council sponsor, science department head and professional development representative. Dixie had also served as an adjunct chemistry faculty member at Missouri State University-West Plains. Dixie took great pride in her professional life and received much joy in the lives and successes of her students.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Jeff, her three daughters, her four grandsons, and many loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her big brother, William (Billy) Atkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixie Huff Memorial Scholarship at Missouri State University and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gene Cline

Funeral services for Harry "Gene" Cline, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cline died 10:20 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his home. He was born September 1, 1927 in Oregon County, Missouri to Silas Grant and Icy Ida Ross Cline. On June 9, 1949, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Louise Bates. Mr. Cline was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II. Before his retirement, he worked as a carpenter and was a farmer. Mr. Cline attended the Smith Chapel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Cline, of the family home; two children, Donna Jackson, husband, Russ, Springfield, Missouri and Steve Cline, wife, Linda, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Cline, West Plains, Missouri, Michelle Hammond, husband, J.D., West Plains, Missouri and Staci Quintana, husband, Richard, Springfield, Missouri; three great-grandchildren, Jacob & Jessica Hammond and Morgan Hodges; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Virgie Newberry, five brothers, Garnet, Bill, Herbert, Glen and Grant Cline, one half-sister, Eunice Cunningham and one half-brother, Oak Cline, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time, Saturday, November 30th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or St. Judes Children's Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.

 

 

Kevin Blaine Finch

Funeral services for Kevin Blaine Finch, 56, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Finch died 12:41 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1957 at Pekin, Illinois to Joy Wrinkles Finch and the late Elmer Lee Finch. He graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1975 and on April 17, 2000, was married at West Plains, Missouri to Leslie Miller. Mr. Finch was owner and operator of Finch's Locksmith Service. He enjoyed cars, the saxophone and make it a priority to tell people about Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Finch, of the family home; four children, Kelli Vonallmen, husband, Ricky, West Plains, Missouri, Katherine Dill, husband, Joe, Neosho, Missouri, Corey Riddle, West Plains, Missouri and Jacob Riddle, Brooklyn, Michigan; three grandchildren, who called him "Poppy", Madyson, Taylor and Luke; his mother, Joy Finch, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Rhonda Brooks, husband, Michael, Choctaw, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, grandmother, Granny Cora and mother-in-law, Renee Bates, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 29th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Pentecostal Church Building Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.

 

 

Cecil R. Cooper

Graveside services for Cecil R. Cooper, 75, Des Moines, Iowa, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Amy Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Cecil graduated to heaven on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Unity Point Health Des Moines Lutheran. He was born July 13, 1938 in Leota, Missouri to Cecil and Leona (Butcher) Cooper. He married Phyllis McBride and following her death, married Ellen Moeller. He was a Charter Member of Grace Church in Des Moines.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons, Wayne Cooper, wife Kathleen and David Cooper, wife Lynda; daughter, Debra Cooper; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and sister, Nola Ritchie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children, Phyllis.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Church, Des Moines, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Carl Edward "Eddie" Morgan

Funeral services for Carl Edward "Eddie" Morgan, 59, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Morgan went to be with his Savior at 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 27, 1954, at West Plains, Missouri, to Carl O. Morgan and Martha Mae Yocham Morgan Weaver. Carl received his education in the schools of West Plains, Missouri, and graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1973. He met his soul mate, friend and lifelong companion, Rose Thompson at the age of thirteen; Carl and Rose were married August 3, 1973, at West Plains, Missouri and from this union, two children were born, son Michael H. Morgan and daughter Rhaquinda C. Morgan Guy. Carl retired from the City of West Plains after working for twenty-eight years as an equipment operator. He was a volunteer fire fighter for seventeen years, serving with the Howell Rural and lastly with the Pumpkin Center Fire Department. He loved the sport of racing and enjoyed working at the West Plains Motor Speedway. Carl was a big racing fan and for twelve years he competed in demolition derbies. He enjoyed the outdoors and working on his yard. Doing volunteer jobs was a thrill for him. He never met a stranger and made many friends by helping others. His biggest pride came from his grandchildren and just living life. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Morgan, of the family home; two children, Rhaquinda C. Guy, husband, Bradley, West Plains, Missouri and Michael H. Morgan, wife, Belinda, Mountain Grove, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Rena Morgan, Jesse Morgan, Dakota Morgan, Wyatt Morgan, Carlena Morgan, Dustin Tiger, Dakota Tiger and Brooklyn Guy; one sister, Shirley Collins, husband, Vern, West Plains, Missouri; step-father, Walter "Buck" Weaver; three brothers-in-law, Eddie Wake, Dennis Thompson, wife, Leslie and Ed Denny, wife, Donna; one sister-in-law, Doris Moss, husband, D.L.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, two brothers, Michael Joe Morgan and Timothy N. Morgan, one sister, Paula Kay Wake, his grandparents, William James and Alice Mindy Collins Yocham and Clarence Morgan, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Marvie Thompson, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Loretta Faye Daugherty

Graveside services for Loretta Faye Daugherty, 76, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Elijah Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Daugherty died at 5:55 a.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born October 19, 1937, at Elijah, Missouri, to Emery and Wilma Tinker O'Dell. On January 19, 1957, she was married at Tupelo, Mississippi, to Paul Ray Daugherty, who preceded her in death on October 3, 1992. She was a mother and grandmother and enjoyed playing games with the kids. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She is survived by three children, Kim Ray Daugherty, wife, Joan, Myrtle, Missouri, Sheri Lynn Smith, husband, Gailen, Eolia, Missouri and Paula Denise McGuff, husband, Shrimp, Bunker, Missouri; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Larry O'Dell, Hemett, California and Richard O'Dell, Elijah, Missorui; one sister, Bettye Watkins, Springfield, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband and one brother, Bob O'Dell, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elijah Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Jean (Bratton) Hensley

Jean (Bratton) Hensley, 66, Pottersville, Missouri, died at 2:08 a.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born September 26, 1947, at Brookland, Arkansas, to Harold Bratton and Jannie Frankie Elizabeth Lewis Bratton Robinson. She loved her family and was a great person that would help anyone in need. Jean attended the First Missionary Baptist Church of Pottersville, Missouri.

She is survived by one brother, Joe Arnold, wife, Phyllis; four sisters, Joyce Young, husband, Thomas, Johnnie Minge, Dawn Pate, husband, David and Kim Wilson, husband, Steve; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, and one brother, Mickey Arnold, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Missionary Baptist Church of Pottersville or Three Rivers Hospice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Colleen Grace Shrable

Funeral services for Colleen Grace Shrable, 66, Salem, Arkansas will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Shrable entered into eternal rest at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Hospice of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Colleen was born September 5, 1947 in San Diego, California the daughter of Grace Elizabeth DeLarm. Colleen attended the Bakersfield School prior to marrying Don Shrable with whom she raised four boys on their farm near Bakersfield, Missouri.

Colleen loved sharing God's Word and her faith in Christ having accepted the Lord at an early age. Colleen enjoyed studying the Bible, singing gospel songs, cooking, garage sales, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace Elizabeth DeLarm Stanley.

Colleen is survived by her four children, Kelly, wife, Betty, of Viola, Arkansas, Dustin, wife, Janica of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Troy, wife, Tammy of South Fork, Missouri and Mark, wife, Charla, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; her brother, Patrick Cullen, wife, Mable, Springfield, Missouri, sister, Tanalia Cope and husband, Jim, Pekin, Illinois; her grandchildren, Kirby, Abby and Kody Shrable of Viola, Arkansas, Michala and Mykenzie Shrable of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Zachary and Brandi Shrable of West Plains, Missouri, Alec, Grant and Cooper Shrable of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; and many nieces nephews and other relatives.

Her family finds peace in knowing she will spend eternity with our Lord. She is always loved and will be forever missed.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 19th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Rufus Rhine

Funeral services for Rufus Rhine, 92, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Rhine died at 11:48 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 5, 1921, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Bert Rhine and Anna McFarland Rhine. He was married to Ruby Bolden, who preceded him in death on April 3, 1978. He was an auto mechanic. Mr. Rhine was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by one daughter, Jackie Rhine, Pomona, Missouri; one granddaughter, Dawn Coats, husband, David; four great-grandchildren, Dakota, Kiawa, Sequoyah and Montana Coats; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one son, Ronnie Rhine, three sisters and five brothers, precede him in death.

Interment will be in the Hagy Cemetery, Dexter, Missouri at 2:30 p.m., Monday. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

James Paul McKee

Graveside services for James Paul McKee, 85, Brixey, Missouri, will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Ledbetter Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. McKee died at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013, at his home.

He was born July 13, 1928, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harry McKee and Earnestine Summers McKee. On October 14, 1950, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Ellen "Marie" Fox. He worked in the sawmill industry and was a mule skinner. Mr. McKee was a Christian and a Presbyterian.

He is survived by his wife, Marie McKee; six children, Keith McKee, Brixey, Missouri, Kelly Ray McKee, Crider, Missouri, Kevin McKee, wife Carol, Crider, Missouri, Kerry McKee, wife, Alice, Brixey, Missouri, Jo Ellen McKee, State of Mississippi and Joyce Ledbetter, West Plains, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Don McKee, wife, Anita, Wichita, Kansas; one sister, Elsie Croney, Mountain Home; several nieces and nephews; and Biscuit, his horse.

His parents, one son, James "Kenneth" McKee, one daughter, Pamela Sue McKee, one brother, Harry Joe McKee and one sister, Maxine Collins, precede him in death.

Mr. McKee will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Saturday, until 1:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery or the Family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bonnie R. Gamble

Visitation services for Bonnie R. Gamble, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gamble entered into eternal rest November 13, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born February 4, 1931, in Upland, California. Bonnie married the love of her life, Jack, on March 29, 1947. Together they had three wonderful children, nine beautiful grandchildren and eight very special great-grandchildren. They moved to Missouri in 2000 to be with their family.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Jack D. Gamble; children, Dennis Gamble, wife, Phyllis, Apple Valley, California, Gary Gamble, Peace Valley, Missouri and Cindy Blades, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Tammy Kerr and Dennis Gamble, both of State of California, Sandie Cloven, husband, Chris, West Plains, Missouri, Renee Coatney, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri, and Danyell Harbison, husband, Tim, Odessa, Missouri; and numerous other family members.

Although Bonnie was limited in what she could do the last few years of her life, she enjoyed spending time with her four very special boys, Jarod, Christopher, Jack and Jesse. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Roger Lee Ray

Roger Lee Ray, 76, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 18, 1937, at Filer, Idaho, to George Dewey Ray and Beulah Sporich Ray. On February 1, 1955, he was married at Santa Anna, California, to Janet Lorraine Hicks, who preceded him in death on February 16, 2003. He worked as a pipe fitter with Local Union #520. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stores and piddling in his shop.

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Barks, husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri and Tamara Ray and life companion, Jon Dupuy, State of Louisiana; four grandchildren, Jason Willbanks, who was also his care taker, Cody Willbanks, wife, Christy, Chance Bone and Colton Bone; three great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Drew and Haley Willbanks; two brothers, Richard Ray, State of Nevada and Kevin Ray, wife, Tammy, State of Nebraska; two sisters, Koneg Austin and Jo Ann Ray, both of State of California; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and wife, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Judy Ann Moss Burris

Judy Ann Moss Burris, 66, West Plains, Missouri, died Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at her home.

A memorial graveside service at Elijah Cemetery will be planned by her family at a later date. Family contact information: (417)256-7158; (417)372-5226; (417)274-8893.

Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Herbert C. James

Funeral services for Herbert C. James, 78, West Plains, Missouri, was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of West Plains under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. James left this earth on Saturday, November 9, 2013, to be with his heavenly Father and family. He left behind a legacy of loving family and friends who will miss his kind-hearted spirit and gentle guidance dearly.

Herbert Charles James was born July 27, 1935 to Sam A. James and Lola M. Jarvis James at the family home in Bakersfield, Missouri. He was the grandson of John Henry and Izora Dean James and Claude and Anna Westmoreland Jarvis.

He was married to the love of his life, Bonnie Lee Tilson, at Cureall, Missouri on April 26, 1957.

Mr. James attended the Bakersfield School system and graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1954. He also attended and graduated from several financial and appraisal schools related to his professional pursuits.

Mr. James worked at McClure's Cheese Plant during the summer of 1953. Upon graduation from high school, and in May of 1954, he was employed by the International Shoe Company. In 1958, Mr. James began his career in the world of financial services at the Citizens Finance Company, a St. Louis based organization. In 1960, he became the Credit Manager for Citizens. In 1972, Mr. James began his employment with West Plains Savings and Loan as their Loan Officer and became a member of the Board of Directors a short four years later in 1976. He became Managing Officer in 1990 where he served until his retirement. During his tenure, Herbert helped many families fulfill their dreams of home ownership as well as car, furnishing and comparable personal acquisitions.

Herbert was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of West Plains. He served his church family in several and varied capacities while health allowed. He was also a member of the West Plains Lions Club with over 50 years of service and brotherhood.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of the family home; their two children, Beverly James and Shawn Hensley of Glendale, Arizona and Keith James and wife, Melissa of Carl Junction, Missouri; and six loving grandchildren, Nicole Lopez and husband, Mark, of Laguna Hills, California, Roger Bradford and wife, Jennifer of Phoenix, Arizona, Samantha James, Lindsey James, Beau James and Kylie Davis of Carl Junction, Missouri; as well as three great-grandchildren, Kanoa, Makai and Leia Bradford; one sister, Sue Roop and husband, Jack of Grandview, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Louise Tilson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, one infant sister, Anna Lee, and daughter-in-law, Evelyne James.

Burial was in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank or Missouri Baptist Children's Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com

 

 

Brian Dean Ingalsbe

Funeral services for Brian Dean Ingalsbe, 43, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Ingalsbe left this earth on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri. He was born July 12, 1970 in Pensacola, Florida to Ray and Bonnie Ingalsbe.

On July 15, 1995, he married Angila Kincheloe who survived as well as his daughters, Laiken, Britney and Whitney. Also surviving are his parent, Ray and Bonnie Ingalsbe; brother, Randy Ingalsbe and special friend, Terra; sister-in-law, Carla Kincheloe; grandparents, James (Sonny) and Louise Ingalsbe and Carolyn Horner; his in-laws, Jim and Wanda Kincheloe and Erin and Delores Horner; nephews and nieces, Dalton and Dillon Watson and Hunter, Jackson and Allie Ingalsbe; life long friend, Charles Collins; numerous aunts and uncles; and the joy of his life, Cheyanne Bean.

He is preceded in death by his uncle, Carl Ingalsbe.

Brian had a great love of the outdoors, sports, music and racing; but most of all he loved his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12th at the Langston Street Chapel. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed wwwrobertsondrago.com.

 

 

Rosalie Geraldine Hunter

Funeral services for Rosalie Geraldine Hunter, 103, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hunter died at 7:20 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born September 1, 1910, at LeMars, Iowa, to John P. Wurth and Mary Heissel Wurth. On July 8, 1927, she was married at LeMars, Iowa, to Lisle Sexton, who preceded her in death in 1971. On January 26, 1973, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Earle Melvin Hunter, who preceded her in death on June 29, 1995. Before her retirement, she worked as a Dietician at West Plains Memorial Hospital, now known as Ozarks Medical Center. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and served as Chaplain for fifty years. Mrs. Hunter was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Billie Whelchel, Randy Hawkins, wife, Mary Jo, Connie Hawkins and Kathy Ledbetter, husband, Danny, all of West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; two step-daughters, Betty Bennett, husband, Cal and Joan Pate, all of State of California; several step-grandchildren, of the State of California; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, one daughter, Marcella "Sally" Hawkins, son-in-law, Forrest "Bill" Hawkins and nine brothers and sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Auxiliary, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

John Coleman Middlebrook, Jr.

Graveside services for John Coleman Middlebrook, Jr., 65, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Middlebrook died at 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be left atwww.robertsondrago.com

 

 

Bruce Edward Rhodes

A Memorial Service for Bruce Edward Rhodes, 61, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2013, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Rhodes passed on October 28, 2013, at his home. He was an adventurous outdoorsman, explorer of underwater worlds and enjoyed honing his woodworking skills. No matter where his travels took him during his lifetime, he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his father, Edward; two sons, Keith and Kurt; six grandchildren; and dozens of loving family members and friends. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Robert Gosnell

A Celebration of Life for Robert Gosnell will be held Saturday November 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Pomona Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Just before the dawning of a new day, Robert Dwane Gosnell heard the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant." On Sunday, November 3, 2013 he moved to Heaven to join his Lord and Savior. He was greeted by his beloved parents and other family and friends who went before him.

Bob was born on the family dairy farm, April 23, 1948, to his parents Ray and Juanita Gosnell of Birch Tree, Missouri. It was this dairy farm where Bob learned the values of faith, family, hard work and living off the land. He applied these principles in his daily life and shared them throughout his 30 years of service as a UPS delivery driver. He was a graduate of Birch Tree High School, Class of 1966. He served in the Vietnam War conflict, receiving the Bronze Star Medal during combat. After the war, he returned to the family farm and continued his passion for automotive repair and restoration. Always known for having multiple projects going at once, he spent many hours in his automotive hobby shop. His last two projects were restoring a 1957 Chevy Pickup for his eldest grandson, and a 1966 Chevy Pickup for his younger grandson. He had many natural gifts and talents, and was known by many people throughout the area, as an automotive mentor and a "Chevy" man. He began each day reading his Bible and offering prayer for his family, friends, country and anyone else in need. He had a humble spirit and lived by the verse "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6. He was known as never wanting to pass up an opportunity to share God's love, and frequently picked up hitchhikers along the road in order to offer that blessing and have the opportunity to share his faith in the Lord with others.

He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 43 years; two daughters, Tobie Self and husband Aaron of Keller, Texas and Tessa Sater and husband Chris of Eureka, Missouri; two grandsons, Logan and Blake Self; two brothers and one sister, Kenneth Gosnell and wife Carmen of High Ridge, Missouri, Donald Gosnell and wife Stella Marie of Millington, Tennessee, and Carol Benzen and Thomas of Pocahontas, Arkansas; along with many other cherished nieces and nephews; and never to be forgotten, his beloved dog, Gracie.

Bob was a member of the Pomona Christian Church, always willing to lend a helping hand and serve the Lord with gladness. He faithfully supported many charities and organizations, those dearest to his heart were: Ozark Food Harvest, Spirit FM Radio, American Family Association, RAFFA House, Pomona Christian Church Building Fund, Youth Group, and Orphan Care Ministry, and the Oak Grove Cemetery in Birch Tree, Missouri. One of his many missions in life was giving to others before taking anything for himself. He personally requested donations be made to any of these charities in lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

A brief visitation will precede the Celebration at 9:00 a.m. at Pomona Christian Church. Interment will be at a later date in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Birch Tree, Missouri.

Bob will be forever missed and live in our hearts each and every day, through his foundation of faith in the Lord he so carefully has laid before us.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Alexander Scott Paulus

A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Alexander Scott Paulus, 16, West Plains, Missouri.

Alexander died at 8:03 a.m., Friday, November 1, 2013, at his home.

He was born October 30, 1997, at Holbrook, New York, to Andrew Paulus and Patricia Dorsi. Alexander was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his father, Andrew Paulus, Smithtown, New York; his mother and step-father, Patricia Dorsi and Walter Flynn, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Jake Flynn, of the family home; maternal grandparents, Tom and Rose Dorsi, West Plains; paternal grandfather, Andy Paulus, State of North Carolina; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His paternal grandmother precedes him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Imogene Davis Stephens

Funeral services for Imogene Davis Stephens, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 4, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stephens died peacefully at 3:30 a.m., Friday, November 1, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Manor.

She was born November 28, 1925, in Howell County, Missouri into the family of James Madison Davis and Sarah Eva Lamons Davis. On July 18, 1945, she was married at the First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Missouri, to Sgt. William Henry Stephens, who preceded her in death on September 28, 1998. Except for the time away during the war and for college, the couple resided in the Lebo Community, south of West Plains, where Imogene was a lifelong resident.

Imogene received her education at Valley Star School, West Plains High School, Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Drury College in Springfield on August 14, 1963. She began her career teaching grades 1 through 8 in the one room schools of Mott and Orchard Grove. She retired after thirty years teaching at South Fork Elementary School. Mrs. Stephens was a much-loved first grade teacher to many of the residents of the South Fork community.

A charter member of Bethel Baptist Church, she served the church as a teacher and clerk for many years. She was also active for many years in the Lebo Community Extension Club and the Rebekah Lodge of West Plains. She was an active member of her church, Delta Kappa Gamma Xi Chapter for educators, retired teachers of West Plains and the Class of 1943 alumni group at the time of her death.

Imogene and Billy were the parents of three daughters, Kaye Wells, husband Bill, El Dorado, Arkansas, Sara McCrackin, husband, Gary, West Plains and Joy Pohl, husband Steve, Dover, Arkansas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, James McCrackin, wife, Misty, their son Jacob and daughter Megan of West Plains, Stephen McCrackin, wife, Misty, their daughters Reagan and Madelyn of the St. Louis area, Kacy Wells Murray, husband, Michael, their sons Wells and Davis of Bentonville, Arkansas, Michael Pohl, Goodyear, Arizona and Kristen Pohl, Little Rock, Arkansas. Imogene will be fondly remembered for the many Christmas and Independence Day celebrations at Grandma's house through the years.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Betty Davis of the State of Michigan, Nellie Stephens Roberts of the State of Kansas and Virginia Stephens Keefer of the State of California, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and brother-in-law, Opal and John Walker, sister and brother-in-law, Alice and John McCrory, brother and sister-in-law, Mott and Glenna Davis, and brothers Avrell and Kermit.

Mrs. Stephens will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Sunday, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Stuart Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, Stuart Union Cemetery or Evergreen Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gary Lee Decker

Funeral services for Gary Lee Decker, 70, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Decker died at 2:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born April 27, 1943, at West Plains, Missouri, to Eldon Phillip Decker and Eva Routh Decker. On November 10, 1962, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Juanita Cudworth. He was the owner/operator of Fat Boy's Gun Shop and was a mechanic and bus driver at Dora Schools for twenty-seven years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and loved his family and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Decker, of the family home; three children, Gary Brian Decker and wife, Barb, Dora, Missouri, Gregory Lee Decker and wife, Alison, Dora, Missouri and Stacey Minnich and husband, Jamie, Mountain View, Missouri; four grandchildren, Keesha Cotham and husband, Brandon, Kayla Uhlmann and husband, Devon, Haylee Borgman and Isabella Minnich; three great-grandchildren, Blake, Hudson and Miles; two brothers, Ronnie Decker and Joe Decker and wife, Connie, all of Dora, Missouri; one sister, Loeta Camden, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, J. D. Decker, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sweeton Pond Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sweeton Pond Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Hazel Faye Harris

Funeral services for Hazel Faye Harris, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Central Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harris died at 9:35p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born February 7, 1939, at Moko, Arkansas, to Lonie C. Bell and Laura Ethel Land Bell. On February 22, 1957, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Richard "Dale" Harris. She was a homemaker; a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed collecting Depression glass, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Harris was a member of Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Richard "Dale" Harris, of the family home; five children, Laura Harris, Washington, D.C., Rick Harris, wife, Dana, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, Pamela Harris, Columbia, Missouri, Catherine Caetano, West Plains, Missouri and Lisa Olson, husband, Jake, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brittany Hoover, Amanda Caetano, Jacob Olson, Thomas Olson, Autumn Thick and David Yancey; and one great-grandchild, Madeline Yancey; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and seven siblings, Maeoma Barnett, Marguerite Bell, Huston Bell, Edna Jo Enlow, Helen Bergholtz, L. C. Bell, Jr. and Betty Cash, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bobby Joe "Bob" Hunter

A Memorial Service for Bobby Joe "Bob" Hunter, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at United Freewill Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hunter died at5:03 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

He was born October 7, 1931, at Springfield, Missouri, to Roy Stone Hunter and Rosella Finkbinner Hunter. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1950. On December 25, 1955, he was married at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Wanda Rand Hunter. Mr. Hunter was a veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked for forty-five years as a grade checker for Howard Construction and many other contractors helping build roads in Missouri and Arkansas and curb and guttering in West Plains, his last job being the overpass at Willow Springs. Bob was an avid hunter and loved to fish and float Norfork River; he loved taking his grandchildren fishing, swimming and floating. He also enjoyed his garden and tried each year to have the earliest and largest tomatoes. Mr. Hunter was a member of the United Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda Hunter, of the family home; one son, Jeff E. Hunter, wife, Sharon, Tull, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Jeffery Stone Hunter, Tull, Arkansas and Amanda Hunter Monks, husband, Zack, Benton, Arkansas; expecting his first great-grandchild in March; one twin sister, Betty Dunaway, Willow Springs, Missouri; one brother, Jack Hunter, wife, Pauline, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three brothers, Richard, Tom and Roy Edward Hunter, and two brothers-in-law, Sidney Dunaway and Joe Roth, one sister-in-law, Ann Roth, precede him in death.

Burial will be at a later date in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lonnie "Bud" Thompson

Funeral services for Lonnie "Bud" Thompson, 50, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson died at 7:20 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at his home. He was born August 8, 1963, at West Plains, Missouri, to Lonzo and Genevieve Kelly Thompson. Mr. Thompson was a farmer. He enjoyed coon hunting and horses; and was one who always wanted to lend a helping hand to friends and those in need.

He is survived by one brother, Terry Thompson, fiancée, Sheila; ten sisters, Edith Cox, Mary Thompson, Wilma King, Esther Thompson, Janice Thompson, Josie Thompson, Judy Doss, Violet Curtis, Louise Thompson and Marie Mallory; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Betty King and one brother, Jimmy Thompson, precede him in death.

Mr. Thompson will lie in state from 9:00 a.m., Monday, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Harold Edward Tipton

Funeral services for Harold Edward Tipton, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Tipton died at 11:50 p.m., Monday, October 21, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born July 29, 1926, at High Gate, Missouri, to Alva Tipton and Eula Eunice Tynes Tipton. He graduated from Richland High School. Mr. Tipton was a veteran, having enlisted at age 17, in the United States Navy. He served during WWII on the USS Menifee and took part in the Battle of Okinawa. On August 26, 1946, he was married in Camden County, Missouri, to Ina Thornsberry. A resident of West Plains, Missouri since 1963, Harold owned the Western Auto Store and then was a salesman for Federated Insurance Company for 17 years, until his retirement. After retirement, he enjoyed playing golf with family and friends, traveling and participating in foreign mission trips. Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1963, had served as a deacon and in many ministries in the church. He was also an active board member of the Sheltered Workshop, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Gideon's International.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ina Tipton, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Timothy Edward Tipton, Tulsa, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Morgan Elizabeth Tipton and Katelyn Alison Tipton, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two sisters, Berniece Wehner, husband, Gordon, Kansas City, Missouri and Virginia Eldridge, Richland, Missouri; one brother, Edgar Tipton, wife, Charlotte, Glasgow, Montana; one aunt, Alvina Muenks, Jefferson City, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Andrew and Pearl Mitschle Thornsberry and one brother-in-law, Don McCamey, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Marie Good

Graveside services for Marie Good, 98, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Barnett Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Good died at 1:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 7, 1915, at Gainesville, Missouri, to William Luna and Sara Strong Luna. On December 24, 1932, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Harold Watson Good, who preceded her in death on August 1, 1972. Before her retirement, she had worked as a school secretary at West Plains Junior High, West Plains High School, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and had been a volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center. Mrs. Good was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Alsup, husband, Don, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Roselle Grisham, Raytown, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, James Good, one daughter, Christine Putnam, one grandson, Kevin Alsup, two brothers and two sisters, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnett Cemetery or Fair Haven Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Betty Jo Murrell

Funeral services for Betty Jo Murrell, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Murrell died Friday, October 18, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born December 30, 1934, in Howell County, Missouri, to Wade Avis Griffin and Olva Rhea McCarty Griffin. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1951 and on December 9, 1951, she was married to John W. "John Bill" Murrell at West Plains, Missouri. She was the owner/operator of Murrell's Cleaners for many years. Mrs. Murrell was very involved in church, West Plains Library Board and West Plains Genealogy Society. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafting and painting. Mrs. Murrell was a member of First Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, John Bill Murrell, of the family home; three children, Johnny Murrell, wife, Charlene, West Plains, Missouri, James Murrell, special friend, Marcella Sanderson, West Plains, Missouri and Rhea Marie Edwards, Mountain Home, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Terry Huston Edwards, Jr., wife, Gina, Robert William Edwards, Rebecca JoAnn Edwards, special friend, Robert Jordan, John William Murrell, III, Ann Elizabeth Murrell, Melissa Marie Murrell, James Wade Murrell, Jr. and Benjamin Edwin Murrell; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Barry Griffin, wife, Rhonda, West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Jonathon Griffin; niece, Natalie Stock; great-nieces; great-nephews; mother-in-law, Dorothy Murrell; and a host of extended family.

Her parents and father-in-law, Jim Murrell, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Eual "Bud" James

Funeral services for Eual "Bud" James, Jr., 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. James died at 10:10 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 17, 1929, at Ravenden Springs, Arkansas, to Eual James Sr. and Cora Bell James.

On May 17, 1952, he was married to Martha Bryan Carter. He was married to Joyce Reid James on September 14, 1979. On February 27, 1995, he was married at Harrison, Arkansas, to Kay Polk Thompson.

He graduated from Couch High School with the Class of 1948 and attended college at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Arkansas, obtaining a teacher certificate. He taught at Lanton, Missouri from 1949 to 1950, until he was drafted. Mr. James served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict for 14 months, as a medic in the battle zone from 1951 to 1952. He also served in Pusan Chu'chon, and up to the 38th Parallel and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. Bud then finished school with the G.I. bill and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arkansas State University and completed 160 hours of graduate work from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri and Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Missouri. Mr. James taught at the Irish Wilderness, Pierce City and in West Plains from 1955 to 1966.
Bud became a well-known businessman in the West Plains area and was a dedicated community leader. He volunteered a great deal of time and served on many local boards and organizations. He established James Motor Sales in 1964 and retired in 1993 after 29 years with many loyal customers and friends. He also served on committees and boards within the Industrial Development Commission, West Plains R-7 School Board, where he served as President of the Board for several years and was instrumental in bringing Southwest Missouri State University (now known as Missouri State University) to West Plains. He also served on the Howell County Tourism committee, University of Missouri Extension, Ozarks Medical Center Board of Directors and Howell County Industrial Development Board. During his retirement years, he spent many enjoyable hours with his friends on the West Plains Country Club golf course. He enjoyed playing the mandolin and guitar and spent many hours playing gospel, country and bluegrass music with his brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Mary Lou James and their friends.
Mr. James was a Christian, having attended the First United Methodist Church in West Plains for ten years where he enjoyed being an active member of the Seekers Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife, Kay James, of the family home; three children, Sherry Cook, husband Dennis, Terri Johnson, husband Martin and Brock Eual James, wife, Bethany, all of Springfield, Missouri; one step-son, Dallas Thompson, wife, Denise, Nixa, Missouri; four grandchildren; Michael and Lauren Cook, Carrick James and Suzannah Thompson; one brother, Eugene James, wife, Mary Lou, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Donna Depee, husband, Kent, Mountain View, Missouri; one niece, Alice Massey; and one nephew, Danny James, wife, Florence.

Bud is following closely behind his good friend, Leapy Rickard.

His parents and one sister-in-law, Ella James, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice or The Eual "Bud" James Scholarship Fund for Missouri State University, West Plains, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Margaret Mary Carlson

A Mass of Resurrection for Margaret Mary Carlson, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carlson died at 7:07 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at her home, with her family at her side.

She was born July 28, 1924, on Staten Island, New York, to William J. O'Donnell and Kathleen Donovan O'Donnell. On October 10, 1945, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Rex Carlson on Staten Island. Margaret was a loving and devoted wife to Rex for sixty-eight years. Mrs. Carlson was an executive secretary for a communications company. She loved people, was a very giving and loving person. Her sweet personality, warm smile and sparkling eyes will always be missed. Mrs. Carlson was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Rex Carlson, of the family home; three children, Bill Carlson, wife, Michelle, West Plains, Missouri, Audrey Kaufman, husband, Peter, Marquette, Michigan and John Carlson, Dallas, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Bryan Carlson, Sean Carlson, Megan Carlson Brown, Karin Shady, Carl Anderson, Jonathan Carlson and Christopher Carlson; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert T. O'Donnell, wife, Joan, Arlington Heights, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two brothers and one sister, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., Monday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or St. Mary's Catholic Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at Riverways Home Health and Hospice and Margaret's evening caregivers for the exceptional care that was shown to their loved one.

 

 

C. L. "Leapy" Rickard


Funeral services for C. L. "Leapy" Rickard, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Rickard died at 2:47 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born December 31, 1925, at Whittier, California, to Cliff Rickard and Frances Gladys Morgan Rickard. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1942. Mr. Rickard was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Battle of The Bulge and was a machine gunner. On June 30, 1990, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Gail Bruce. Mr. Rickard was a businessman and had been the owner and operator of Ozark Gas Company and West Plains Distributing. He was also a professional pilot and had a farm in the Dora area. Leapy enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel; he spent a great deal of time in Mexico. Leapy also enjoyed horse shows; and had shown horses at Missouri Fox Trotters competitions. Mr. Rickard was a Christian and supported the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Rickard, of the family home; one son, Cliff M. "Skip" Rickard, wife, Karen, Dora, Missouri; two step-sons, Mike Hill, wife, Kristin, St. Louis, Missouri and Shaun Patrick Mullen, wife, Natasha, St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Lesa Brune, Shelly Rickard, Melanie Elmore, Brandon Rickard, David Hill, Alex Hill, Monique Mullen, Chanel Mullen and Race Mullen; six great-grandchildren, Cliff "Scooter" Rickard, Steven Brune, Joseph Brune, Patricia Rickard, Henry Rickard and John Rickard; one sister, Josephine Martin Collins, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews, including Peggy Martin, Leslie Belcher and Mark Rickard.

His parents and two brothers, Gene Harry Rickard and Dale Beam, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center's Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Richard Lee Mercer

A Celebration of Life Service for Richard Lee Mercer, 65, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Cornerstone Family Worship Church.

Mr. Mercer died at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born October 10, 1948, at Valley Park, Missouri, to Esco Arthur Mercer and Pauletta Tredway Mercer. On June 22, 1973, he was married at Sullivan, Missouri, to Sheryl Johnson. Mr. Mercer worked on the electric and sanitation crew for the City of West Plains and after his retirement from the City, he went to work at the West Plains Armory. He enjoyed having coffee with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Mercer, of the family home; one daughter, Laurie Graham, husband, Terry, West Plains; and four grandchildren, Lacey, Bailey, Riley and Sophie.

His parents and one brother precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Joseph Christopher Langron

A Memorial service for Joseph Christopher Langron, 33, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Langron died at 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at West Plains, Missouri.

He was born July 7, 1980, at Springfield, Missouri, to Kenneth Pierce and Bernadette Langron Bullock. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1998. Mr. Langron worked as a lead man at Armstrong Flooring. He enjoyed floating the rivers and loved his family and kids.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Kenneth and Jeannie Pierce, Ava, Missouri; his mother and step-father, Bernadette and Dwayne Bullock, West Plains, Missouri; two children, Christopher Steven Langron and Patrick Logan Langron; grandparents, Tom and JoAnn Pierce, Ava, Missouri; three brothers, Jeremy Pierce, Ava, Missouri, Ray Overturf, West Plains, Missouri and David Overturf, Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Jennifer Overturf, Atlanta, Georgia; a special uncle, John Langron; and step-brother and sisters, Tellcy Osborn, Sarah Bullock, Alan Bullock and Crystal Maples; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

His brother, Roy James Overturf, precedes him in death.

Burial will be in the Ava City Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Betty Colleen Harrison

Funeral services for Betty Colleen Harrison, 84, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at New Hope Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harrison died at 10:17 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2013, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

She was born December 29, 1928, at Fort Worth, Texas, to Gomez and Thelma Chapman Hill. On August 19, 1950, she was married at Fort Worth, Texas, to Raymond Wesley Harrison, who preceded her in death on May 31, 2013. They soon moved to the San Diego, California area, and to their union, they were blessed with three children, Rodney Alan Harrison, who passed away from an illness at age four, Tyrus "Craig" Harrison and Teresa Lynn Townsend. Before her retirement, Betty had worked at the San Diego School and the District Library in El Cajon County, California. She enjoyed square dancing and had been a member of Hoofers 'n' Goofers; she also enjoyed camping and had been a synchronized swimmer. Mrs. Harrison was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Betty was met at the pearly gates of heaven by her parents, husband, son Rodney, granddaughter Casey Lauren Harrison and one sister, Huelene.

Waiting on the Lord is her son Craig Harrison and wife, Janet, their children, Jacob Raymond and wife, Shayla, their sons, Kael Judah, Tripp Joseph, their daughter, Amanda Beth and husband, Derek Richardson, children, Reece Andrew Lewin, Aurora Elise Lewin and Kennedy Elizabeth Richardson; Betty's daughter Teri and husband, Daniel Townsend, their children, Courtney Amber Lester and husband, Matt, their children, Madison Avery, Brodie Gavin and Chloe Brinn, sons Kyle Wesley Townsend and Cody Tyler Townsend and future bride, Stacy; her brother David Hill and wife Lucy, Fort Worth, Texas; and her sister, Doris Christine Holland, Fort Worth, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Charles Benton Albin

Graveside services for Charles Benton Albin, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Albin died at 5:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born February 18, 1917, in Howell County, Missouri, to Mr. and Mrs. Emery Lorraine Albin. On March 16, 1937, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Maudie Irene Riley Albin, who preceded him in death on September 24, 2003. Before his retirement, he worked at Invensys. Mr. Albin was a member of Spring Creek Church.

He is survived by three children, Ruth Smith, husband, Ed, West Plains, Missouri, Jim Albin, wife, Nann, West Plains, Missouri and Ben Albin, wife, Judy, Grandview, Missouri; six grandchildren, Casey Albin, Kimberly Dunmire, Torrey Albin, Trett Albin, Chuck Smith and Sherry Bassham; ten great-grandchildren; four brothers, Ralph Albin, West Plains, Missouri, Porter Albin, wife, Maxine, West Plains, Missouri, Glen Albin, wife, Fern, Mineral Wells, Texas and Dennis Albin, wife, Lois, Jacksonville, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife and four sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Albin will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Creek Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Dr. Dean Bill Pirnack

Funeral services for Dr. Dean Bill Pirnack, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2013, at the First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Dr. Pirnack passed away at 11:14 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2013, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.
He was born April 30, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Ted Bill and Awilda Pirnack. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1964 and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1971. On December 18, 1965, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Brenda Sue McCrackin. He was a Dentist for thirty-two years with his assistants Laura Pendergrass and Lois Drumright. In 2001, he was elected to serve on the Board at West Plains Savings and Loan Association and gained an extended family of the board members and employees. Dean enjoyed all things outdoors, which is where he loved to be; whether it was competing in archery, hunting, fishing, golfing, NASCAR racing or simply enjoying a sunrise. He was an avid deer hunter and built muzzle loader rifles for his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his dogs and considered them as his best friends. His children and grandchildren were his greatest joy and he cherished being with each of them. Dean was a member of the First Christian Church since youth and served as a Deacon, Trustee and a member of the choir. He found great joy in the Lord through his love of nature and music.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Pirnack; two children, Dean Bill Pirnack, Jr., wife, Annie and Tedra Deann Jewell, husband, Ernie; three grandchildren, Christian Pirnack, McKenzie Jewell and Logan Jewell; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Sara McCrackin; two nephews, James McCrackin and Stephen McCrackin; and cousins, Betty Clark, Cindy Davison, David Clark and Bill Moody.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dr. Pirnack will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Sunday until Noon Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church or a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery.

 

 

Journey Starr Andrzejczyk

Funeral services for Journey Starr Andrzejczyk, 5, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Central Calvary Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Journey died at 5:46 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born November 14, 2007, at West Plains, Missouri, to Josh Andrzejczyk and Summer Vaughan. Journey attended kindergarten at Fairview School.

She is survived by her father, Josh Andrzejczyk, Pomona, Missouri; mother, Summer Vaughan, West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandmother, Ellen Andrzejczyk, Pomona, Missouri; paternal great-grandmother, Alta Heilig, Koshkonong, Missouri; maternal grandmother, Sonja McClain, Viola, Arkansas; maternal great-grandparents, Sherwood and Nina Vaughan, West Plains, Missouri; paternal uncles, Jason Andrzejczyk and Jeff Gottardt; paternal great-aunt and uncle, Cap and Connie Heilig; maternal aunt and uncle, Cody Comstock and Shain McClain; maternal great-aunt and uncle, Jon and Rhonda Hatley; and cousins, Kaylee and Kaycee Hatley.

Her paternal grandfather, Walter Andrzejczyk precedes her in death.

Journey will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Beverly N. Earls

Funeral services for Beverly N. Earls, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Earls died at 7:15 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born June 25, 1937, at Rockford, Illinois, to Wilbur L. Hudson and Juanita Marie McCoy Hudson. On November 11, 1956, she was married at Rockford, Illinois, to Jerry Earls. She enjoyed playing bingo, raising flowers and crocheting. Mrs. Earls loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Earls, of the family home; six children, Judith Ann Willard, Rockford, Illinois, Debora Lynn Dye, West Plains, Missouri, William Allen Earls, wife, Lisa, Roscoe, Illinois, Donald Lee Earls, wife, Kathleen, West Plains, Missouri, Kathy Sue Baker, West Plains, Missouri and Bradley LaVerne Earls, wife, Pam, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Miller, husband, Ronnie, Rockford, Illinois and Sandra Hyland, Gulf Shores, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two brothers, Ronald and David Hudson, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bailey Cemetery at Alton, Missouri. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Martha Sue Talley

Funeral services for Martha Sue Talley, 80, Columbia, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Talley died at 12:10 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 2, 1933, at West Plains, Missouri, to Cleve Carter, Sr. and Amelia Nolte Carter and was raised by Aileen (Heath) Carter Bentley. On February 18, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Melvin Loyd Talley, who preceded her in death on March 17, 2001. She worked in the shoe department at Richards Brothers for over twenty-five years. Mrs. Talley was a member of the Second Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by one daughter, Nina Guest, husband, Glen, Columbia, Missouri; six grandchildren, Melissa Barnett, husband, Toby, Jefferson City, Missouri, Matthew Brewer, wife, Becky, Pottersville, Missouri, Randall Fine, Jefferson City, Missouri, Nathan Fine, West Plains, Missouri, Isaac Guest, Seminole, Florida and Isaiah Guest, Iowa City, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Gage Fine, McKrae Brewer, Haiden Fine, Macy Brewer and Isaac Guest, IV; one sister, Betty McThompson, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, daughter, Diana Brewer and two brothers, Cleve Carter, Jr. and Dick Carter, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

 

 

Bill Dold

Funeral services for Bill Dold, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Dold died at 9:15 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 10, 1928, at West Plains, Missouri, to Albert and Lettie Elzada Owen Dold. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1945. On August 7, 1954, he was married to Imogene Maynard. Mr. Dold was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Bill obeyed the gospel in 1951 and was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. He was a dairy farmer and in the early 1970's became a dealer for White Star Silo and Automatic Feeding Equipment Systems and was also a Badger equipment dealer.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Dold, of the family home; three children, Denise Roberts, West Plains, Missouri, Letitia Housley, husband, Steve, Montgomery, Alabama and Albert Dold, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Blake Roberts, Billye Jean Williams, husband, Bruce and Brent Roberts, wife, Ranee, all of West Plains, Missouri, Beth Housley and Brooks Housley, wife, Sarah, all of Montgomery, Alabama; five great-grandchildren, Emma, Elle, Brenley, Hudson and Josey; one sister, Marianna Hicks, West Plains, Missouri; and four nieces and nephews, Paula Huddleston, Rick Hoover, Randy Hoover and Elizabeth Vesto.

His parents, son-in-law, Ronald Roberts and two brothers-in-law, Paul Hoover and Ben Hicks, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozark Bible Camp, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bill Hayman

Funeral services for William Robert "Bill" Hayman, 94, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hayman died at 9:50 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born April 18, 1919, at Port Huron, Michigan, to John Robert Hayman and Sarah Beatrice Drago Hayman. On June 20, 1942, he was married at Buffalo, New York, to Beulah Ruth "Bee" Smades, who preceded him in death on December 21, 2012. He was a merchant marine during World War II, a member of the Church of Christ, was an active song leader and worker within the church, an active member of Father Singers, and actively taught Bible classes at Willow Care. Mr. Hayman worked for General Motors-Chevrolet and in the last five years of employment, he worked in the overseas division throughout the world. He also won numerous medals in golf and bowling while playing in the Senior Olympics throughout the United States.

He is survived by one daughter, Judith Turner, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Turner and wife, Robin, Van Buren, Ohio, William Martin and wife, Melinda, Caulfield, Missouri and Michael Mill and wife, Lacy, West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Layne, Brett, Ryan and Andrew Turner, Van Buren, Ohio, Destiny Martin and Chasity Wake, Caulfield, Missouri; and one sister, Alice Olmstead, Newport Richey, Florida.

His parents, wife, one daughter, Janice Lynne Mill, one son-in-law, Randy Mill, and grandson, Richard Mill, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Willow Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lonnie L. Newton

A visitation service for Lonnie L. Newton, 69, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Newton died at 2:30 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2013, at his home.

He was born January 23, 1944, at Zanoni, Missouri, to Joseph Clifford Newton and Edna Lea Carter Newton. On July 27, 1963, he was married at Kansas City, Missouri, to Joanne Brizendine. He and Joanne were married for fifty years. Mr. Newton was the owner/operator of a concrete business for twenty years. He loved to hunt and fish. He was loved and will be missed by many. Mr. Newton was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Newton, of the family home; three children, Joe Newton, wife, Sheri, Doug Newton and Hollie Newton, significant other, Scott Adams; seven grandchildren, Ryan Newton, Brian Newton, Amanda Brockey, Nikki Chickvary, Madison Newton, Hanie Newton and Page Newton; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford Newton, Jr. "Tubbs", wife, Debbie and Jerry Newton; and one sister, Margaret Mendal, husband, Joe, Ava, Missouri.

His parents and four brothers, Alvie, Mark, Donnie and Jim Newton, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Marjorie Lavinia McKenzie

Memorial services for Marjorie Lavinia McKenzie, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2013 at the New Hope Baptist Church, Peace Valley, Missouri.

Mrs. McKenzie died 7:35 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born January 10, 1927 at Leadville, Colorado to George Hall and Elsie R. Paxton Hall. On January 13, 1947, she was married at San Bruno, California to G.C. McKenzie, Jr., who preceded her in death on April 5, 2000. In October of 2012, Mrs. McKenzie became a resident of the Pleasant Valley Manor; she enjoyed playing bingo, taking walks, reading large print books and was a volunteer at the Ozarks Medical Center. She was a long time member of the New Hope Baptist Church having served as the card lady for the church.

She is survived by three children, Judi Long, husband, Charles, Deming, Washington, Dennis R. McKenzie,, wife, Janyce, Everett, Washington and Jenifer Collins, husband, Jeff, Birch Tree, Missouri; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, one daughter, Jill Ziegler, one grandson, Josh Cook, two sisters and two brothers, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, West Plains Public Library or Pleasant Valley Manor Activity Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Mark Lee Smith

Mark Lee Smith, was born on September 27, 2013, weighing 5 lbs. 13 oz, to Stacey and Mindy Smith, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. He passed from the arms of family to the arms of the Lord after 16 treasured hours. We have been truly blessed by Mark, even though his life on earth was so short. We enjoyed loving him and getting to know him throughout the pregnancy wit his rambunctious kicks, his love of being rubbed, his many hiccups and ultrasounds. It was a special gift to hold him in our arms for so long, hear his voice and even see smiles!

Through Mark we have experienced God's great faithfulness, His love, comfort, peace and even joy. While we miss Mark more than words can express, we celebrate that he is now healed, enjoying the splendors of Heaven and the presence of God. His parents, brother and sister, Seth and Lydia Smith of West Plains, Missouri, along with his paternal grandparents, Danny and Alice Smith, of West Plains, Missouri, maternal grandparents, Larry and Darla Kordsmeier of Fayetteville, Arkansas, great-grandmother, Jimmie Dell Ames of Fayetteville, Arkansas, aunt and uncle, Mike and Kerri Johnson and cousins, Benjamin and Jimmie Johnson of Greenland, Arkansas, are looking forward to a heavenly reunion with him.

We would like to thank the many family, friends and even strangers who have supported us in prayer. God answered your prayers which enabled us to walk down this path with indescribable comfort, strength, and joy. We would like to thank Dr. Spurling, Dr. Roush and the Ozarks Family Care Team for lovingly walking us through Mark's journey. We thank the Ozarks Medical Center OB Department for showing us love and kindness during a difficult time. We thank Robertson-Drago Funeral Home for their kindness in offering their services and time.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Babyland, Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Berean Baptist Church Building Funeral and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ethel Maxine Freel

Graveside services for Ethel Maxine Freel, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Freel died at 6:51 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born June 22, 1932, at Thomasville, Missouri, to William Thomas Parrott and Jocia Leeanna DePriest Parrott. On February 7, 1953, she was married at Hardy, Arkansas to Donald Freel.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Freel, of the family home; two children, Joyce Clarkson, husband, Mike and Rhonda Griffin, husband Barry, all of West Plains; three grandchildren, David Clarkson, wife, Jodee, Natalie Stock, husband, Bruce and Jonathan Griffin; four great-grandchildren, Alexis Clarkson, Jessie Stock, Jared Stock and Jennie Stock; two sisters, Betty Nelson, husband Bob, Laramie, Wyoming and Wanda Moore, Deland, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, four sisters, Nellie Abney, Sallie Campbell, Carrie Becker and Jean Nickerson, four brothers, Francis, Everett, Joe, and Bill Parrott, and one son-in-law, Mitchell Bryan, precede her in death.

Mrs. Freel will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Homeland or Bethlehem Cemeteries, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Christina Faye Collins

Funeral services for Christina Faye Collins, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Collins died at 9:55 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 15, 1947, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Dave Elick Collins and Aleatha Freida Mae Johnson Collins. On May 22, 1965, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Doyle Ray Collins, who preceded her in death on June 13, 2009. Mrs. Collins was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by eight children, Rodney Lynn Collins, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Allisa Christine Sisco, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri, Carmen Renae McCrone, husband, Jeff, Clearmont, Florida, Betty Lahoma Sweezer, husband, David, Mexico, Missouri, Freida Doylene Brott, significant other, Eric Dike, Bentonville, Arkansas, Steven Ray Collins, West Plains, Missouri, Alfred Matthew Collins, State of Tennessee and Bradley Aaron Collis, wife, Melissa, West Plains, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and two on the way; three sisters, Susan Adams, husband, Francis, Willow Springs, Missouri and Dorothy Collins, Willow Springs, Missouri and Merilyn Vermillion, Grove Springs, Missouri; one brother, Larry Collins, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband and grandmother that raised her, Ada Marshall, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Roy T. Eagleman

Funeral services for Roy T. Eagleman, 92, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Eagleman died at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 2, 1921, at Leota, Missouri, to Edward Barkley Eagleman and Ella Mae Crawford Eagleman. On January 18, 1942, he was married to Sylvia Belle Burden, who preceded him in death on April 13, 2000. On June 1, 2001, he was married to Bessie Mae Divelbiss. Mr. Eagleman received his education at Prairie Grove Elementary, Bakersfield High School and Bolivar Baptist College, Bolivar, Missouri. He attended Prairie Grove Church of Christ his entire life, being a member for more than seventy-five years. He served as an Elder, teacher and preacher. He was known and respected for his extensive Biblical knowledge, especially in Old Testament history. He taught school at Free Union Elementary for two years. Mr. Eagleman was a veteran, having served for three years in the Pacific Theater in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, ending his service with the rank of Corporal. He received pilot's training and was decorated in Gunnery, Marksmanship and Plane Armorer. He was active in 4-H club work as a leader, served on the Howell County Extension Council, was elected Southern Judge of Howell County for six years, was Township Committeeman for ASCS for several years and was elected as Southern County Commissioner for four years. He served as Republican committeeman for Benton Township for many years. He was instrumental in helping to establish Neighborhood Watch and the Moody Volunteer Fire Department and served as President of the Moody Community Association for more than twenty years.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Eagleman, of the family home; five children, Donald Eagleman, West Plains, Missouri, Arthur Eagleman, wife, Katie, Tomball, Texas, Ida Mae Cawvey, husband, Leon, Moody, Missouri, David Eagleman, wife, Sharon, Garber, Oklahoma and Rebecca Beasley, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri; two step-children, Jarretta Rose, husband, Mack, Beebe, Arkansas and Joe Divelbiss, wife, Linda, Caulfield, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Patrick Eagleman, Jennifer Seidel, Max Cates, Ed Cates, Dan Busenbarrick, Wendy Dixon, Thomas Eagleman, Monica Cawvey, Jeanie Castro, Larry Eagleman and Jackie Pemberton, II; five step-grandchildren, Brian Rose, Lesley Smith, Stan Rose, Lori Shannon and Cody Divelbiss; ten great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Allen Eagleman, Redding, California, John Eagleman, wife, Goldie, Caulfield, Missouri and Joe Eagleman, wife, Doris, Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters, Reba Sigler, Moody, Missouri, Lu Harper, husband, Fred, Ocala, Florida, and Wilma Boyd, husband, Houston, Odessa, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, first wife, Sylvia, one daughter, Vivian Busenbarrick, great-grandson, Robert Dixon, IV, three brothers, Edwin, Virgil and Ralph, two sisters, Grace Mahan and Fern Harber and son-in-law, George Busenbarrick, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Paragould Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Kenneth McKee

Graveside services for Kenneth McKee, 61, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2013, at Ledbetter Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. McKee died at 9:25 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 30, 1952, at West Plains, Missouri, to James Paul McKee and Marie Fox McKee. He worked at McKee Log Homes. He enjoyed making a garden, was an excellent wood craftsman and was known to be able to build anything.

He is survived by his father, James McKee, Brixey, Missouri; his mother, Marie McKee, Dora, Missouri; four brothers, Keith McKee, Brixey, Missouri, Kelly Ray McKee, Crider, Missouri, Kevin McKee and Carol, Crider, Missouri and Kerry McKee and Alice, Brixey, Missouri; two sisters, Jo Ellen McKee of State of Colorado and Joyce Ledbetter, West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and special cousins, John and Kati McKee.

Mr. McKee will lie in state from 2:30 p.m., Thursday until Noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Berylee Martin

Berylee Martin, 75, West Plains, Missouri, passed away September 19, 2013, after an aggressive battle with cancer.

He was born February 13, 1938, at Moko, Arkansas, to James Almone "Al" Martin and Juanita Beatrice Chestnut Martin. He enjoyed a great life the Ozarks has to offer. He was a simple strong man, an avid quail hunter. Berylee was a long time resident of West Plains; he was always ready to share a cup of coffee and shoot the bull.

He is survived by his children, Tony Martin, West Plains, Missouri and Jessie Legan, husband, Chris, Springfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Timmy Squires, West Plains, Missouri, Anthony Martin, West Plains, Missouri, Tonya Martin, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood and Jay Legan, Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Jerry Martin and Family, Prairie Village, Kansas.

His parents, one sister, Alverna Martin and one niece, Kelly Martin, precede him in death.

"Be true to your work, your word and your friend." – Henry David Thoreau

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Judy "Mimi" Dixon

Funeral services for Judy "Mimi" Dixon, 62, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Central Church of Christ under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dixon died at 10:25 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at her home after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was born October 17, 1950 at Kansas City, Missouri to Verlin Leland Payne and Nima Jean York Payne. She graduated from the West Plains High School and studied accounting at Draughan's Business College. On October 22, 1971, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Joe Bill Dixon. Mrs. Dixon had worked at the West Plains Daily Quill and for many years at the West Plains Family Clinic and Burton Creek Medical Clinic before retiring to be with her grandchildren. She became a Christian and was baptized at an early age; Mrs. Dixon attended the Brandsville Church of Christ.

In the words of her family, "Judy was one of the most selfless people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. We were so blessed that God gave us such a wonderful example. Things just will not be the same without her in our home and in our church home. She wasn't a loud person who drew attention to herself, but everyone knew about her through her kindness and love. She was steady and her faith in God and in her family did not wavier. We never heard her say a bad word against anyone. We saw her help people who did not deserve it and we saw her love people who took advantage of her. She always worked at bringing her family together and then would sit and enjoy the show. Even on her last day, we gathered with her and sang, told stories, looked at pictures and laughed. We know she was happy with that. She was a beat in our family that was strong and steady and one that we will continue to hear and feel even though she has gone on. We have all been blessed to know and love her."

She is survived by her husband, Joe Bill Dixon; two sons, Greg Dixon, wife, Jamie and children, Laura Ruth, Lily Jo and Judge and Chad Dixon, wife, Jessica, and children, Kaylea, Emma and Joby; Kameron Moss, of the family home; one brother, Carl Payne; two sisters, Elaine Payne and Debbie Payne; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and a lifelong friend and cousin, Linda Sue Taylor, as well as many more cousins.

Her parents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn and Ruth Dixon, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Meltaberger Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Meltaberger Cemetery or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be express at www.robertsondrago.com

 

Michael Emitt Webster

Graveside services for Michael Emitt Webster, 64, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 23, 2013 in the Veterans Section, Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Webster died 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 11, 1948 at Blytheville, Arkansas to Emitt S.Webster and Aileen Yount Webster. He graduated from the Alton High School with the Class of 1966 and on February 6, 1971 was married at Rover, Missouri to Letha Brazeal. Mr. Webster was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Mr. Webster was a member of the Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife, Letha Webster, of the family home; two children, Erin Jennifer Martin, husband, Kevin, and Michael Christopher Webster, wife, Kari, all of West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Mariah Martin, Kourtney Squire, Ian Martin, Zachary Sharp and Meagan Martin; one brother, Gary Webster, wife, Karen, Mexico, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Alice Chamberlin, husband, D. T., West Plains, Missouri and Ruby Veon, husband, Harry, Red Oak, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Cleo Brazeal and two sisters-in-law, Violet Day and Barbara Stamp, precede him in death.

Visitation was held Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Danny Rex Acklin

Funeral services for Danny Rex Acklin, 54, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013, at Central Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Danny died at 12:11 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born September 22, 1958, at Christa Hogan Hospital, West Plains, Missouri, to Robert Fulton "Dick" Acklin and Birtha Marie Hall Nolte Acklin. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1977 and attended Missouri State University in West Plains. On June 30, 1984, he was married at Brandsville, Missouri, to Hazel Hall. Danny had worked at Wal-Mart for thirty-two years and was currently the Manger of the Garden Center.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Acklin, of the family home; two children, Attie Acklin, Springfield, Missouri and Austin Acklin, Springfield, Missouri; three brothers, Don and Georgia Acklin, West Plains, Robert and Connie Acklin, West Plains, and Ronald and Marsha Acklin, Sedalia, Missouri; two sisters, Helen and Dick Stanley, West Plains and Laura McVickers, Summersville, Missouri; mother-in-law, Betty Kinnaird Hall; sister-in-law, Helen and Mike Barcus, their children, Hally Barcus, Little Rock, Arkansas and Mallory Barcus, West Plains; and many other nieces and nephews.

His parents, father-in-law, Orville Lee Hall, three sisters, June and Leroy Johnston, Judy Acklin, Beth Ann McBride, one brother, J. D. Nolte and one brother-in-law, Will McVickers, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held starting at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19th at Central Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the community garden at Don Warden Park or Howell Valley Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Florene Williams

Funeral services for Florene Williams, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williams died at 8:40 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 21, 1918, at Grimmet, Missouri, to William Foster "Bud" Turner and Sarah "Sally" Rowan Turner. On December 23, 1933, she was married in Howell County, Missouri, to Clifford Leroy Williams, who preceded her in death on July 15, 1986. She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother and had many friends. She enjoyed being a full time housewife, cooking and quilting. Mrs. Williams had been a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Olden, Missouri for over eighty years.

She is survived by two children, Robert Williams and Vonda Hunt, husband, Junior; four grandchildren, Cathy Wood, Cindy Weeks, husband, Greg, Vonna Doering, husband, Doug and Ronna Turner, husband, Brent; six great-grandchildren, Scott Brown, wife, Krystal, Rob Brown, wife, Jennifer, Devin Cravens, husband, Ben, Cody Weeks, wife, Ashley, Regan Turner, Jaker Turner; one step-grandson, Randy Hunt, wife, Karen; two step-great-grandchildren, Brice and Ethan Hunt; five great-great-grandchildren; Rilee, Reese, Sydney, Griffin Brown and Chace Cravens; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, daughter-in-law, Patricia Williams, son-in-law, Lehman Coldiron, , six brothers, William, Rich, Oscar, Carl, Dorval and Virgil Turner and five sisters, Cora, Gertrude, Lola, Alice and Thelma, precede her in death.

Mrs. Williams will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Wednesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Olden, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Nora Taylor Bench

Graveside services for Nora Taylor Bench, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldridge, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bench died at 8:38 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born April 2, 1922, at Koshkonong, Missouri, to Vernie Clay Johnston and Minnie May Madden Johnston. On September 28, 1940, she was married to Oren Alva Taylor, who preceded her in death on November 8, 1982. On February 28, 1987, she was married at Tulare, California, to Lawrence (Larry) Bench, who preceded her in death on January 25, 1989. Mrs. Bench worked as a nurses aide and had operated Wonderland Daycare for several years. She loved to play the piano in church. Mrs. Bench had been a member of Calvary General Baptist Church for many years.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence Eddie Taylor, Lower Lake, California; one step-daughter, Joyce Wallis, Tulare, California; four grandchildren, Kenny, Timmy, Lora and Marilyn; one step-grandson, Mickey; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including, Vicky Guffey, husband, Clinton and Wayne Jones; and special friend, Ann Zimmerman, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husbands, daughter-in-law, Sandra Lee Taylor, one great-grandchildren; step-son, Darrell Bench, step-daughter-in-law, Dorothy Bench, three sisters, Marilyn, Lola and Lillie and two brothers, Virgil and Ralph, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Juanita Nell Shipley

Funeral services for Juanita Nell Shipley, 81, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mrs. Shipley died September 14, 2013, at her home.


She was born June 10, 1932, at Tecumseh, Missouri, to Leonard and Nellie Anderson. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and on January 2, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Amon Judson Shipley, who preceded her in death on June 11, 2012. She had worked at Baxter Laboratories. Mrs. Shipley was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Ball Church of Christ.


She is survived by three children, Steve Shipley, wife, Sherray, Mountain Home, Arkansas, David Lee Shipley, wife, Jeanie, Dora, Missouri and Mike Judson Shipley, wife, Sherry, Dora, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Jeff Shipley, Tracy Evans, Travis Shipley, Sarah Shipley, Becky Grisham, Teresa Evans, Joni Brege, Kendra Wells, Michele Byram and Matthew Causey; twenty great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lola Magathon, Willow Springs, Missouri.


Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Edward Shipley, three sisters and one brother, precede her in death.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Brenda Kay Laxton Polston

A visitation service for Brenda Kay Laxton Polston, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Brenda's Café, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Polston died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 17, 1946, at Gainesville, Missouri, to J. R. Laxton and Irene Roberts Laxton. On November 8, 1998, she was married in the State of Colorado, to David Polston. She had owned and operated Brenda's Café. Mrs. Polston was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, David Polston, of the family home; nine children, Lynette Adams, West Plains, Missouri, Waynette Belcher, husband, Loyal, West Plains, Missouri, Thomas Hensley, wife, Leann, Moody, Missouri, Gala Stout, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri, Leah Hensley, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, David Hensley, fiancée Tracey, West Plains, Missouri, Patricia Rowe, Rover, Idaho, David Polston, wife, Cheri, Fairbanks, Alaska and John Polston, Big Lake, Alaska; nineteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Don Laxton, wife, Debra, Caulfield, Missouri; and one sister, Connie White, Caulfield, Missouri.

Her parents and one brother, Jim Laxton, precede her in death.

A private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Billie Louise Briscoe

Graveside services for Billie Louise Briscoe, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2013, at New Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Briscoe died at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at her home, holding hands with the love of her life and her family surrounding her, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born November 11, 1938, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Willie Hobert Lewis and Alma Newton Lewis. Mrs. Briscoe graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1956 and on December 29, 1956, she was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to Jerry Briscoe. Mrs. Briscoe had been a Star Route mail carrier with the United States Postal Service for forty years. She was a member of the Star Route Carriers Association, serving as Vice-President for thirty-nine years and was also a member of Howell County Rural Fire Department Auxiliary. She was extremely dedicated to her family and the grandchildren were the light of her life. Holidays were always spent at Nanny's where the food was bound to be plentiful and great. Mrs. Briscoe had been a Christian since a young age and recently attended Spring Creek Congregational Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Briscoe, of the family home; three children, Vickie Lawrence, husband, Eddie, West Plains, Missouri, Rodney Briscoe, wife, Marilyn, Lanton, Missouri and Jo Lindburg, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jerrod Lawrence, Myrtle, Missouri, Mariah Hayes, husband, Jason, West Plains, Missouri, Ira Briscoe, Lanton, Missouri, Tessa Lindberg, West Plains, Missouri, Zoë Lindberg, West Plains, Missouri; a great-grandson, Judson Lawrence Hayes due in November; three step-grandchildren, Nita Cawvey, husband, Scott, West Plains, Missouri, Nancy Foulke, husband, Bob, Cassville, Missouri and Kelli VonAllmen, husband, Ricky, West Plains, Missouri; six step-great-grandchildren, Scotty Cawvey, Ann-Renée Cawvey, Madison VonAllmen, Taylor VonAllmen, Evan Foulke and Luke VonAllmen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, mother-in-law, Artie Briscoe; and one sister, Lea Modene Carrico Collins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Margaret Agnes "Margie" Amyx

Funeral services for Margaret Agnes "Margie" Amyx, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Amyx died at 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 23, 1931, in Howell County, Missouri, to John Lafayette Harris and Bessie Agnes Huddleston Harris. She attended Thomasville High School and on February 17, 1949, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to James Lee Amyx, who preceded her in death on November 6, 1998. Mrs. Amyx was a member of Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice Lee Bartlett and Cathey Dianne Amyx, both of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Christopher James Bartlett, wife, Jenny, Jason Lee Bartlett and Matthew Sigel Evans; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler James Lee Acklin, Alex James Lee Bartlett, Alivia Grace Acklin, Hannah Faith Acklin, Owen Wayne Bartlett, Dylan Bartlett and Cheyann Macey Reese Bartlett; one brother, John Harris, wife, Dot, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Norma Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one granddaughter, Jamie Lee Acklin and five brothers and sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center or Elk Creek Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Louise Lewis

Funeral services for Louise Lewis, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lewis died at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at NHC Health Care.

She was born November 10, 1932, at Trail Hollow, Missouri, to William Ike Alsup and Alma Ruth Young Alsup. On October 15, 1949, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Marvin Lewis. In 1987, she retired from International Shoe Company, where she had worked for twenty-three years. She had also worked at Shelby's Café for several years. She enjoyed doing crafts, playing cards and was a good cook. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the First General Baptist Church of West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Lewis, of the family home; two brothers, Dean Alsup, wife, Linda, Franklin, Tennessee and Amos Ray Alsup, wife, Martha, Arcola, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Charlene Dunlap, Lead Hill, Arkansas and Opal Alsup, Rockford, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Her parents and one brother, Noah Alsup, precede her in death.

Mrs. Lewis will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Cecil Leroy Parrett

Funeral services for Cecil Leroy Parrett, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Parrett died at 10:01 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 1, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Clifford Leroy Parrett and the late Lydia Berniece Broyles Parrett. On April 26, 2001, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Carol Smith. He loved music, family, friends and horses. Mr. Parrett was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Parrett, of the family home; one daughter, Jacque June (J.J.) Collins, special friend, Bobby Collins; two grandchildren, Dustin Levi Collins and Cody Wayne Collins, special friend, Sarah; his father, Clifford Parrett, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Harold "Bucky" Parrett, wife, Phyllis, Mountain Home, Arkansas; one sister, Beverly Rector, Topeka, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Margie Goss, West Plains, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Bobby Smith, Salem, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Tom Griffin, Christine Wake, husband, Dwayne, Austin, Lonnie, Shandele and Brayden; special niece, Loretta June Wake; great-niece, Veronica (Burrito) Ward; cousins, Penny Parks, Phil Jarvis, Stacy Ashen, Scott Ashen, wife, Michelle and De and Bill McPherson.

His grandparents, mother, one grandson, Joshua Leroy White, son-in-law, Matthew Wayne Collins, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Michaels and Bobby Smith, Sr., special friends, James Davis, Marty Smith, Jeannie Painter and a special life friend, Larry Ward, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at ww.robertsondrago.com.

 

Beverly Cunningham

Beverly G. (Carrell) Hunt Cunningham, 53, West Plains, Missouri, passed away at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 1, 1960, at West Plains, Missouri, to Arthur Edward and Dora Carrell. Beverly never met the love of her life until December 12, 2007 when Richard Cunningham became her soul mate. Beverly always said she wanted to live to be 110, but cancer stole her away.

She is survived by Richard Cunningham, of the family home; one son, Arthur Carrell, wife, Haylee, West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Mandy Moody, State of Indiana; six grandbabies, Parker, Paris, Kyrsten, Tanner, Gage and Zachary; her mother, Dora Carrell, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Ronnie Carrell; one sister, Rebecca Carrell; Beverly also had a few good friends, Dollie McFarland and Lisa and Danny, Cara Sanders and family with her special Baby Evey, Susie Klemn, a buddy for life and Shirley, Peggy Barton's momma and her family.

Beverly is preceded in death by her father, brother, Tommy Carrell, both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Vernie Lee Romans

Graveside services for Vernie Lee Romans, 59, Moody, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Pottersville Cemetery.

Mr. Romans died at 11:54 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born February 22, 1954, at Wichita, Kansas, to Johnny Andrew and Betty Eve Ledbetter Romans. He graduated from West Plains High School and on July 2, 1976, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Glenda Walker. Mr. Romans was a carpenter and an electrician. He was a member of Lost River Band and loved his banjo and playing bluegrass music.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Romans, of the family home; three children, John Crider, significant other, Becky, Steven Romans and Julie Wirtz, husband, Jerry; six grandchildren; two brothers, Johnny Ray Romans, wife, Romona and Bobby Romans, wife, Brenda; one sister, Rita Croney, husband, Erman, all of the West Plains, Missouri area; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and three sisters, precede him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Harvelle Helm

A Memorial Service for Harvelle Helm, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Union Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Helm died at 12:20 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 17, 1931, at Gid, Arkansas, to Dee Curtis Helm and Edna L. Harvelle Helm. On August 15, 2007, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Susan Dunn. Mr. Helm had been a barber for over forty years. Mr. Helm was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy. He was a well-known and avid coon hunter; and loved the outdoors, horseback riding, dancing and most of all his grandchildren. He accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized when he was fourteen years old.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Helm, of the family home; two children, Steve Helm, Caulfield, Missouri and Becky Adkisson, husband, Ron, Pomona, Missouri; three step-children, Curtis Quillin, West Plains, Missouri, William Dunn, Cherokee Village, Arkansas and Kimberly Jones, husband, Alan, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Trevor Hatfield, Spencer Adkisson, Jacob Quillin, Jackson Quillin, Weston Quillin, Tanner Quillin, Keylee Jones and Isaiah Jones; one brother, Jack Helm, wife, Rose, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Bobbie Carter, West Plains, Missouri and JoAnn Coson, husband, Fred, Yakima, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one sister, Juanita Watkins, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Grove Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Eugene "Gene" Adams

Graveside services for Eugene "Gene" Adams, 84, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Adams died at 2:07 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 21, 1929, at Conran, Missouri, to Harrison and Mattie Craig Adams. On June 2, 1955, he was married at Hernando, Mississippi to Norma Pierson. Mr. Adams was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed basketball and working on his farm. Mr. Adams was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Norma J. Adams, of the family home; four children, David Adams, wife, Lisa, Fenton, Missouri, Jane Pingleton, husband, Larry, West Plains, Missouri, Karen Toellner, husband, Bil, Fort Worth, Texas and Sharon Adams, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Billy Toellner, Mat Toellner, Courtney Woodruff, Seth Pingleton and Emma Pingleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers and one infant sister, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Elizabeth Kessinger

Funeral services for F. Elizabeth Kessinger, 97, White Hall, Arkansas, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kessinger died at 5:37 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

She was born September 18, 1915 at Siloam Springs, Missouri to Irving Douglas Caplinger and Mary Isabella Coldwell Caplinger. On June 7, 1936, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Raymond Mack Kessinger who preceded her in death on December 21, 1979. In March of 1945, she was inducted into the Order of Eastern Star, West Plains Chapter #193 and served as the Worthy Matron in 1957. Mrs. Kessinger was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of West Plains and a founding member of East Side Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.

She is survived by six children, Linda Wells, husband, Howard, Monticello, Arkansas, Bonnie Milan, husband, Larry, Bauxite, Arkansas, David Kessinger, White Hall, Arkansas, Deborah Mewby, husband, Pat, White Hall, Arkansas, Anna Lisemby, husband, Larry, White Hall, Arkansas and Ginger Chambliss, White Hall, Arkansas; two sons-in-law, Jerry Marsh, West Plains, Missouri and Bob Bivens, Sherwood, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sons, Guy Way Kessinger and Donald Kessinger, two daughters, Mary Beth Marsh and Hetta Bivens and two grandchildren, Randy Marsh and Brad Kessinger, precede her in death.

Mrs. Kessinger will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Saturday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

 

Phyllis Lorene Rigger

Funeral services for Phyllis Lorene Rigger, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rigger died 4:08 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 9, 1932 at Davenport, Iowa to Joseph Dobbs and Mable Tillman Dobbs. She attended the West Plains High School and later in life received her GED. On July 27, 1947, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to James Rigger. At one time, Mrs. Rigger operated the Missouri Department of Revenue License Office in Gainesville, Missouri and before her retirement, worked at Baxter Lab, Mountain Home, Arkansas. When her children were in school, she was involved with the PTA, and later was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Pilot Knob Eastern Star, Dora, Missouri, having served as a District Deputy Grand Matron. For a few years, Mrs. Rigger sold her own creation of Amish Dolls and handmade Angels at Silver Dollar City. She loved to fish, garden, enjoyed quilt making and was a great cook. Mrs. Rigger was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, James Rigger, of the family home; two children, Katherine (Kathy) Allee, husband, David, Nixa, Missouri and Larry Rigger, wife, Kathy, Springfield, Missouri; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores Driscoll, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Donna Dobbs, Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one son, Bradley James Rigger and one brother, Hervy Dobbs, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Rigger will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 26th until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Hale Cemetery near Dora, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Hale Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Ralph Glen Eagleman

Funeral services for Ralph Glen Eagleman, 90, West Plains, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Eagleman died at 2:40 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 1, 1923, at Leota, Missouri, to Edward Barkley Eagleman and Ella Mae Crawford Eagleman. On December 24, 1941, he was married at West Plains, to Maxine Brumitt. He was a preacher, farmer, carpenter and a jack of all trades. His passion was teaching the Bible; he had been the preacher at Washington Avenue Church of Christ since 1989. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, and woodworking. His woodworking products had been on display at the Farmer's Market for a number of years. Mr. Eagleman was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Maxine Eagleman, of the family home; five children, Bobby Eagleman, of the family home, Jimmie Eagleman, wife, Patty, Judy Eastman, husband, Lyle, Ronnie Eagleman, wife JoAnn, all of West Plains and Jerry Eagleman, wife, June, Kansas City, Missouri; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Allen Eagleman, Redding, California, Roy Eagleman, wife, Bessie, Caulfield, Missouri, John Eagleman, wife, Goldie, Caulfield, Missouri and Joe Eagleman, wife, Doris, Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters, Reba Sigler, Moody, Missouri, Lu Harper, husband, Fred, Ocala, Florida and Wilma Boyd, husband, Houston, Odessa, Missouri; and many, many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one grandchild, J.J. Kerr, two brothers, Edwin and Virgil and two sisters, Grace Mahan and Fern Harber, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Avenue Church of Christ or Free Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

David "Mark" Newman

Graveside services for David "Mark" Newman, 58, Myrtle, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Newman died at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 1, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Melvin and Jacquie Newman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, maternal grandparents June and Ruth Hart, paternal grandparents Carroll and Doris Newman and many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Rita, children Chris Newman and wife Tara, Susan and husband Brett Foster, Courtney and husband David Gunter and David Newman and wife Kristin, grandchildren Sydney, Jackson, Lily, Noah, Hannah, Blake, Cody and one on the way as well as his father Melvin, sister Vicki, father and mother in-law John and June Roberts as well as many other family.

Mark had a lifelong passion for his family and agriculture. Those who knew him best know that his love for the pork industry developed with "a faith born not of words, but of deeds".

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Nerva Jane Black

Graveside services for Nerva Jane Black, 91, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Hutton Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Black died at 9:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Willow Health Care.

She was born July 10, 1922, at Alton, Missouri, to Gible Parrott and Bessie Johnson Parrott. On March 12, 1938, she was married in Oregon County, Missouri, to Owen Black, who preceded her in death in July, 1989. She had been a seamstress at Angelica in Mountain View, Missouri and was a Depression Glass Dealer in Hutton Valley, Missouri. Mrs. Black loved to play the piano and was a member of the General Baptist Church, Willow Springs, Missouri.

She is survived by three children, Roy Black, Willow Springs, Missouri, Marideth Benfield, husband, Leroy, West Plains, Missouri and Loretta Warden, Kansas City, Missouri; four grandsons, Paul Benfield, Eddie Benfield, Loyd Warden and Danny Warden; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one great-grandson, four brothers and two sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Black will lie in state from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hutton Valley Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hollis Newton Cropper

Graveside services for Hollis Newton Cropper, 92, Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Sweeton Pond Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cropper died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

He was born August 20, 1920, at Dora, Missouri, to John T. Cropper and Bess Fern (Sweeton) Cropper. Mr. Cropper was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy. He was married to Grace Gwendolyn Atkins, who preceded him in death on January 29, 2007. Before his retirement, Mr. Cropper had been a special agent for Frisco Railroad for thirty-one years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Cropper was a Master Mason, a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner; he had served his Shrine Temple as Potentate.

He is survived by his son, Stephen Cropper, wife, Angel, Nashville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Stephen, Ashley, Andrea and Cameron; two sisters, Velva Kelley and Martha Jane Uhlmann; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, and two sisters, Mary Lou Scoggins and Virginia Kutter, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sweeton Pond Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main Street, West Plains, MO 65775. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com

 

Josephine Louise Elliott Slaughter

Josephine Louise Elliott Slaughter, 88, of Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, MO, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013, following a short illness. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Willow Care Home, Willow Springs, Missouri.

She was born August 4, 1925 to Beauford Fortunetta Pizzella and William Franklin Elliott at Huntington, West Virginia. Josephine met her future husband, William Whitson Slaughter, while studying at the Ringling Art Institute in Sarasota, Florida. They married, moved to Tennessee and built a fishing and ski resort, after which they had a series of adventures from living on board ship to living in the Middle East and Africa.

Three children were born to this union, and family life was the utmost importance to Josephine. She was a loving, gifted and amazing woman who enriched the lives of all those who were fortunate to know her. Her bright spirit and unfailing optimism and perseverance were empowering to her family and friends. She truly led by example and lived life to its fullest.

She is survived by three children, Barbara Beau Flanagan and husband, Bernard, Mountain Grove, Missouri, Michele Louise Badger and husband, Jeffrey, Carbondale, Kansas and Stephen Elliott Slaughter and wife, Tracy, Las Vegas Nevada; four grandchildren Christopher Elliott and Lori Chovanec of Gardner, Kansas, Stephen Andrew Chovanec, Roanoke, Virginia and Logan William Slaughter, Las Vegas, Nevada; two great-grandchildren Gavyn Chovanec and Katherine Chovanec, Gardner, Kansas; and special extended family members Jim and Patricia Hamilton, Columbia, South Carolina.

Her parents, husband and one brother, Bigelow Moseley of the State of Virginia, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, ASPCA or any animal shelter, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Raymond "Mose" House

Funeral services for Raymond "Mose" House, 89, Willow Springs, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. House passed away Saturday evening, August 17, 2013.

He was born May 8, 1924 at Elijah, Missouri, to Walter E. and Fannie Mae (Howerton) House. He was joined in marriage to Joyce Nadine Pleasant at Mtn. Home, Arkansas, August 20, 1949. The majority of their married life was spent in Willow Springs, Missouri, where they enjoyed raising their two sons, Reggie and Mark. Mose worked hard all of his life in numerous capacities including logging, crop harvesting in Kansas and California, fishing guide, and retired after almost 30 years as a Driver Examiner with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He loved people and never met a stranger, especially those who enjoyed a good hunting tale involving a big gobbler or buck. He had a special passion for his family and grandchildren, his horses and cattle, hunting, gardening, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ in West Plains.

He is survived by his wife Nadine of the family home; two sons, Reggie, wife, Danette, West Plains, Missouri and Mark, wife, Marian, Nixa, Missouri; three grandchildren, Suzanna Kimes, husband, Chris, West Plains, Missouri, Cameron and Brady House, Nixa, Missouri; one sister, Imogene Bowen, husband, Bill, Springfield, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Arley, Joe, Bryce, and Gerald and three sisters, Geneva Saucerman, Leona "Peach" Walker, and Bonnie Wright.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in Pomona, Missouri. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made Fair Haven Children's Home and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

William Leslie "Bill" Roark

Graveside services for William Leslie "Bill" Roark, 49, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2013, at Stuart Union Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Roark died at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 12, 1964, at West Plains, Missouri, to William D. "Dub" Roark and Mary Leslie VanWort Roark. On October 2, 1982, he was married at Gainesville, Missouri, to Susan Faye Lane, who preceded him in death on August 5, 2006. He had worked at Armstrong Wood Flooring since 1995. He was a Teamster and enjoyed riding his motorcycle and playing guitar. His grandchildren were his world; he loved spending time with them, especially taking them hunting and fishing.

He is survived by two children, Christina Roark, fiance' Jason, Pottersville, Missouri and Amanda Roark, Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Madison, Bodie, William, Wyatt and Gabe; his parents, Dub and Mary Roark, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Mary Louise Carlock, Laura Ruth Brazeal, husband, Dwayne and Garnette Lee Roark; mother-in-law, Shirley Sisney; father-in-law, Dale Lane; many nieces, nephews and friends.

His wife, grandson, Clayton Cole Cobb and grandparents, A. D. "Sandy" and Ruth Roark and Sam and Laura VanWort, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Doyle E. Hall

Graveside services for Doyle E. Hall, 69, Mansfield, Arkansas will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, august 17, 2013, at Cureall Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hall passed away on Sunday August 4, 2013 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born January 10, 1944 at Pottersville, Missouri to Albert James and Mertle Louise (Fox) Hall.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty E. Hall, of the home; five children, Donald Ray Hall, wife, Jessica, Stillwell, Oklahoma, Teresa Dianne Hall and Paul Westmoreland, both of Magazine, Arkansas, Tyna Lyndelle Martin, Mansfield, Arkansas, Kemberly Elaine Ross, husband, Michael, Magazine, Arkansas, Daniel Ray Hall, Fort Smith, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Bessie Robinson, Pottersville, Missouri; two brothers, Darrell Hall, Wichita, Kansas and Gerald Hall, wife, Dona, West Plains, Missouri; six sisters-in-law, Janice Hall, West Plains, Missouri, Carolyn Hall, West Plains, Missouri, Betty Hall, State of Missouri, Topsie Potter, Hatfield, Arkansas, Kay Liggins, husband, Tony, Locksburg, Arkansas and Darlene Moon , Wichita, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Potter, wife Linda, Clear Water, Kansas and Danny Potter, wife Del, State of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, David Wayne Hall, one great-granddaughter RhyLeigh Terry, four brothers; Johnny Hall, Hubert Hall, Virdus Hall, Glen Hall, two sisters; Mary May, and Joyce May.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Cleo Clyde Odom

Funeral services for Cleo Clyde Odom, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Odom died 8:20 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at NHC HealthCare.

He was born October 31, 1936 at Summersville, Missouri to Othel C. Odom and Pauline A. Norris Odom. On October 15, 1966, he was married at Granite City, Illinois to Myra Mae Moore. Before his retirement, Mr. Odom was employed as a welder with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Lever Brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Myra Odom of the family home; three daughters, Stephnia Lucas, West Plains, Missouri, Jill Null, St. Louis, Missouri; and Tammy Keeling, Summersville, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clive Odom, Summersville, Missouri, Darrell Odom, Mountain Home, Arkansas and Elsie Odom, Summersville, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Mr. Odom will lie state from 5:00 p.m., Saturday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Zalla Gertrude Conger

A Celebration of Life for Zalla Gertrude Conger, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, at First Church of God, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Conger died at 11:58 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her home.

She was born October 14, 1918, at Hartville, Missouri, to Frank Ballinger and Laura Keys Ballinger. In 1938, she was married at Dora, Missouri, to Guy Edmonds, who preceded her in death in August, 1960. On June 2, 1990, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Robert Conger, who preceded her in death on April 1 8, 2012. She had worked as a receptionist and assistant to Dr. Jack Hayes and was a hospital volunteer. She was very involved in church and loved traveling and making quilts that she gave away. Mrs. Conger was a member of the First Church of God.

She is survived by two children, Bob Edmonds, wife, Linda, Branson, Missouri and Sherrill Dorris, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Steven Edmonds, wife, Sue, Kelly Parrish, Sherry Edmonds, Pamala Backus, husband, Randy, Patty Mason, Dana Hall, husband, David and Lori Williams, husband, Bush; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Estyl Balliger, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Ivene Martin, West Plains, Missouri, Wilma Ballinger and Zella Ballinger, both of Gordon, Nebraska.

Her parents, husbands and one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Doyle Smith, precede her in death.

Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Clifford Eugene Loftis

Graveside services for Clifford Eugene Loftis, 60, Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Amy Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Loftis died at 10:41 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born August 13, 1952, at Porterville, California, to William Ray Loftis and Opal Louise Fare Loftis. He was a truck driver and loved fishing. Mr. Loftis was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his partner, Bonnie Bennett, Springfield, Missouri; three brothers, Johnnie Loftis, wife, Sandra, Caulfield, Missouri, Billy Lee Loftis, Nixa, Missouri and William Loftis, wife, Judy, Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Wanda Ganzer, husband, Mickey, Sr., Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Linda Bowles and one brother, Charles Loftis, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mildred Mincher

Graveside services for Mildred Mincher, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Union Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mincher died at 1:20 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born April 23, 1921, in Howell County, Missouri, to Joseph Marshal Downen and Anna Samantha Thomason Downen. On May 30, 1939, she was married at Howell County, Missouri, to Everett Marion Mincher, who preceded her in death on August 21, 1956. She enjoyed working in her yard and had worked in the cutting department at International Shoe Factory for thirty-two years. Mrs. Mincher was a member of Little Zion Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Thomas Mincher, wife, Belinda and Brenda Frost, all of West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Roger Frost, Marilea Miller, Gwyn Mincher and Rett Mincher; two great-grandchildren, Michael Frost, wife, Amanda and Ashley Matejek, husband, John; three great-great-grandchildren, Blake, Isabel and Mason; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, four brothers and six sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mincher will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to West Vue Alzheimer's Unit, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ruth Ann "Ruthie" Freeman

Funeral services for Ruth Ann "Ruthie" Freeman, 76, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Freeman died at 10:43 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born August 12, 1936, in Davis County, Iowa, to Anderson and Wilma Suckow Spilman. She graduated from Davis County High School with the Class of 1953 and on April 21, 1956, she was married at Ottomwa, Iowa, to Marwyn Duane Freeman, who preceded her in death October 24, 2012. She was one of the first nurse's aides at Davis County Hospital and was a secretary at Gentry's R.V. Sales. Mrs. Freeman was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the Pomona Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Gentry, special friend, Rex Reid, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tim Gentry, West Plains, Nick Gentry, wife, Jill, Shann Gentry, wife, Carrie; three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Zack and Zane; two sisters, Jane Hargrove, Milton, Iowa and Thelma Silman, Moravia, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mary Jo Robertson, Beverly West and Susie Thompson and Families.

Her parents, husband, son-in-law, Jerry Gentry and granddaughter, Carrie Ann, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lois Darlene Young

Graveside services for Lois Darlene Young, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Elk Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Young died at 4:20 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born January 30, 1927, at Highmore, South Dakota, to Otto and Leona Palmer Miessner. She was married to Wayne F. Becker, and to this union were three children, Carla, Sandra and Cheri; she was also married to Maynard Young. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary and a gospel singing group of West Plains that sung at the area nursing homes. Mrs. Young was a Christian and a member of Victoria Mission Church.

She is survived by three children, Carla Collins, husband, Jerry, West Plains, Missouri, Sandra Mischenko, husband, Andy, Talkeetna, Alaska and Cheri Harris-Aldrich, husband, Ronald, Cabool, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Michael Linscheid, wife, Madrin, Jeremy Linscheid, Craig Mischenko, wife, Grace, Brennan Mischenko, Garrett Mischenko, wife, Noelle, Katrina Sloan, husband, Daniel, Heidi Hayes, husband, Lee, Jeremiah Roesch, wife, Liz, Uriah Harris, fiancee', Shanese and Josiah Harris, wife, Sofia; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husbands, one brother and one sister, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:00 noon Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

David Wayne Hoglen

Funeral services for David Wayne Hoglen, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 11, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hoglen died 3:30 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013 at his home. He was born August 3, 1947 at West Plains, Missouri the son of Mary Lucille King Hoglen and the late Ralph Hoglen. On July 27, 1969, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Patricia Wright. Before his retirement, Mr. Hoglen was employed as the purchasing agent for the City of West Plains for over forty years. Also, he was a volunteer fireman for the City of West Plains for twenty-three years and for the Howell County Rural Fire Department. Mr. Hoglen was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hoglen, of the family home; four children, Carrie Mulkey, husband, Dan, Eric Hoglen, wife, Emilie, Thomas Hoglen and Christopher Hoglen, all of West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Kristianne Mulkey and Stephen Mulkey; his mother, Lucille Hoglen, West Plains, Missouri; and one sister, Judith Goodwin, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri.

His father preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 10th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Dr. Denis R. Craft


Dr. DENIS R. CRAFT, a loving husband and father, who served in the ministry of the United Methodist Church for 40 years, died peacefully on August 4, 2013. He was born in Spokane, WA on April 1, 1937, and soon after his family moved to Friant, CA, where his Dad was in charge of the construction of Friant Dam near Fresno. He attended grade school in Roswell, NM and Amarillo, TX through junior high. In 1951 he moved to West Plains, MO and graduated from West Plains, MO High School in 1955. He attended the Univ. of Missouri at Columbia, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Block and Bridle. He graduated from Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, AR in 1961 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology, where he was the R.O.T.C. outstanding cadet. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt U.S.A.R. Branch Infantry. After honorary discharge, he moved to Dallas, TX and enrolled in Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he received his Masters in Theology. While in Dallas at SMU, he met and married Sondra Sue "Sue" Austin on 23 Jun 1963 in Lamar, MO. He served multiple churches in the Dallas area before moving with his family to Missouri where he served as head pastor of St. James UMC, in Joplin, MO, First United Methodist Church in Sedalia, MO, Schweitzer UMC in Springfield, MO, Grandview UMC and St. John's UMC, both in Kansas City. In 1990, he received his Doctorate of Ministry from SMU. He retired in 2000 and moved to a farm South of West Plains, MO. He was the State President of the Missouri Society of the Sons Of The American Revolution, the President of Ozark Mountain Chapter of SAR, president of the Kansas City South Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, was awarded the B.S.A. Silver Beaver Award, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, the Ozark Methodist Manor, and the Methodist Benevolences.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sue Craft, his son Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and two grandsons Charlie and Billy, all of Dallas.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 8th at 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in West Plains, MO, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, West Plains, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Betty Sue King

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Betty Sue King,
78, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Mrs. King died at 2:45 a.m., Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Ozarks
Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri.

She was born January 19, 1935, at Stilwell, Oklahoma, to Walter E.
Phillips and Nora Wilsey Phillips. She had worked as a clerk with
Missouri Pacific Railroad. Mrs. King was a member of the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Thayer, Missouri.

She is survived by two children, Suzannah Irwin, husband, Leon,
Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Richard Lee, Leavenworth, Kansas; two
granddaughters, Fancy Rudd and Elaine Whittington; and great-
grandchildren, Katelin and Faith Rudd, Oscar Irwin, Holly and
Suzannah Faulkner.

Her parents, husband, and one son, Daniel Lee, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Kenneth Bradley

Graveside services for Kenneth Ruel Bradley, 60, Willow Springs,
Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the
New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Bradley died 11:50 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Ozarks
Medical Center. He was born July 11, 1953 at West Plains, Missouri
to Hazel Irene Thompson Bradley and the late Lawrence Ruel Bradley.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Bradley, of the family home; two
daughters, Christiane Richardson, husband, Ron, Bellingham,
Washington and Mendi Ford, Willow Springs, Missouri; one grandson,
Johnathan; his mother, Hazel Bradley, Peace Valley, Missouri; two
brothers, Melvin Bradley, wife, Christine, Peace Valley, Missouri and Martin Bradley, wife, Stella, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His father precedes him in death.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and left at
Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed
at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Faye Evelyn Palmer

Funeral services for Faye Evelyn Palmer, 94, Ironton, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 4, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Faye died at 3:46 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013, at The Baptist Home, Ironton, Missouri.

She was born February 5, 1920, at West Plains, Missouri, to Mont C. Palmer and Rose P. Hawkins Palmer. Before her retirement, she had worked in the fitting department at the International Shoe Company and in the cafeteria at West Plains Middle School. Faye was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri, where she sang in the choir and enjoyed helping with Sunday School classes.

She is survived by one sister, Angielee Huddleston, Bridgeton, Missouri; two nephews, Allen Huddleston, wife, Donna and Stuart Huddleston, wife, Christy; two great-nephews; and three great-nieces.

Her parents precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Zachary Lee Britt

 

Graveside services for Zachary Lee Britt, stillborn infant son of Chris Britt and Kimberly Toten, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, at Babyland in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Zachary Lee Britt was called to be with the Angels on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He is survived by his parents, Chris Britt and Kimberly Toten, Pomona, Missouri; two brothers, Noaha and Hunter Britt, of the family home; one sister, Alissa Hale, West Plains, Missouri, grandparents Sheila and David McCarty, Pomona, Missouri, Marty Toten, Pomona, Missouri, Cliff and Joyce Dougherty, Ava, Missouri; great-grandmother, Evelyn Hatfield, Ava, Missouri; aunt, Sarah Toten; two uncles, Cody Toten and Frankie Britt; and several cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Agnes Pendergrass

Funeral services for Agnes Pendergrass, 91, Mountain Home,
Arkansas, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in
the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pendergrass died 2:15 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the
Care Manor, Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was born September 9,
1921 at Cloud Chief, Oklahoma to Hamey Otis Bales and Ora Ella
Johnson Bales. On July 25, 1942, she was married at Salem,
Arkansas to Noel Talmadge Pendergrass who preceded her in death on
February 13, 1998. She enjoyed her family; gardening, crocheting
and cooking were her favorite activities. Mrs. Pendergrass was a
Christian.

She is survived by six children, Garrie Pendergrass; Otis
Pendergrass, wife, Loretta; Jerry Pendergrass, wife, Annette; Doris
Bentley, husband, Junior; Neal Pendergrass, wife, Devona and Anita
Hall, special friend, Marvin Thompson; seventeen grandchildren;
twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Erby Bales,
wife, Sunshine.

Her parents, husband, granddaughter, Shawna Patz and great-
granddaughter, Ashley Patz, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time, Wednesday, at
Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Bakersfield
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bakersfield
Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online
condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Floyd Simpson

Funeral services for Floyd Lee Simpson, 87, West Plains, Missouri,
will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013, in the Rose
Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Simpson passed from this life July 30, 2013.

He was born May 28, 1926 to Walter Richard and Mary Elizabeth
(Bolin) Simpson in Shannon County, Missouri. Floyd grew up on the
banks of the Current River where he spent happy childhood days.
He, along with his beloved brothers and sisters, were educated at
the Button Rock School. On July 2, 1947, Floyd married Reva V.
Honeycutt a union that spanned just over sixty-six years. To this
union three daughters were born; Cheri Lea (Simpson) Beavers,
Dianna Lynn (Simpson) Weaver, and Debra Lou Simpson. Floyd was
employed by the Rawlings Manufacturing Company for nearly 20
years. Some of his career accomplishments included several
design concepts for baseball gloves that are still marketed
today. After leaving Rawlings, he continued working as a
consultant in the sporting goods industry. Floyd ended his career
in manufacturing working for Trojan Luggage and HD Lee. After
retirement, Floyd enjoyed many hobbies that included camping with
his wife, hunting with sons-in-law and grandsons-in-law, fishing
with friends, working in his woodshop, and gardening. He was an
avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition, Floyd was a
proud member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star,
fraternal organizations to which he was a devoted servant for more
than fifty years. Floyd was a man of deep faith and conviction.
He gave his heart to Jesus as a young adult, and was baptized at
the First Baptist Church of Willow Springs, Missouri. He served as
Sunday School teacher, President of the Brotherhood, and other
positions of leadership within the church.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Reva, of the family home; his
daughters, Cheri Beavers and husband, Richard, Dianna Weaver and
husband Michael, and Debra Simpson all of West Plains, Missouri;
granddaughters Erica Walker and husband Kyle, Sara Dockins and
husband Michael, and Tara Weaver, his great-grandchildren Gracelyn
and Brett Walker; brother-in-law, Ralph Honeycutt and wife, Vina;
sisters-in-law, Ethel Simpson, Darlene Forte, and Rayma Simpson; a
host of nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

Floyd took great joy in cherished times spent with his family. He
was happiest when providing opportunities for his loved ones to be
together making memories. He was a loving and devoted husband,
father, and selfless provider. His passing leaves a void in our
hearts that can never be filled, but we rejoice in the man he was
and celebrate his Heavenly homecoming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Pete,
Hubert, Earl, Carl, Herbert, Doyle, Melvin, and Claudie Ray, his
sisters: Opal Roberts, Michal Sconce, Christine Poston, Lenora
Lynch and Nadine Simpson, one grandson, Ryan Michael Weaver, his
father-in-law and mother-in-law Everett and Anna Honeycutt,
sisters-in-law: Mildred Lockman-Cooley and Edna Martin, and
brothers-in-law: Kenneth and Dale Honeycutt.

A Masonic rites ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday,
followed by visitation from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., at Robertson-
Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Food
Pantry or American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-
Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hazel Lorene Stokes

Funeral services for Hazel Lorene Stokes, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stokes died at 8:15 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born December 27, 1921, at Bly, Missouri, to James Clarence Lair and Della Margaret Burgess Lair. On August 24, 1946, she was married at Alton, Missouri, to Ellis Edward Stokes, who preceded her in death on April 14, 1990. Mrs. Stokes had received her business degree from Missouri State University, Resident Center and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, reading, music and loved church. Mrs. Stokes was a member of the Church of Christ and attended West 160 Church of Christ.

She is survived by two daughters, Vicky Ford, husband, Leon, West Plains, Missouri and Donna Groves, husband, Danny, Boonville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amy Jo Wood, husband Chris, Anna Lea Bayona, husband, Michael, Jerad Allen Stokes and Ashley Leigh Young, husband, Shane; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Allen Wood, Samuel David Wood and Gracelyn Marie Young; one brother, Don Lair, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Doris Deidiker, Farmington, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Victor and Noel Lair and two sisters, Opal Vaughn and Nerine Sigler, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West 160 Church of Christ or Fair Haven Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Opal "Darlene" Strong

Funeral services for Opal "Darlene" Strong, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Strong died at 3:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born August 28, 1925, at Dormas, Missouri, to Robert Alton Martin and Ella Routh Martin. On April 6, 1946, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Arvis "Buck" Strong, who preceded her in death on August 11, 1995. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her flowers, embroidering, crocheting and loved cooking for her grandkids. Mrs. Strong was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Reta Smith, husband, Radis, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Rhonda Smith, Robin Burgess, husband, Kelly and Rusty Smith, wife, Nicole; eight great-grandchildren, Shanae Goss, Sonja Pettyjohn, husband Shane, J. C. Goss, fiancee', Breanna Quinn, Ashton Burgess, Preston Burgess, Drew, Kaitlyn and Blake Smith; one great-great-grandchild, Emma Chapman; one brother, Charley Martin, Ardmore, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews including one niece that she thought of as her own, Deloris Hardin, husband, George, Wichita, Kansas.

Her parents, husband, three brothers, Loyd, Floyd, and Tan Martin, three sisters, Julia Luna, Fronia Thompson and Jessie Martin , precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery or Martin Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Carl Elonzo Driscoll

Graveside services for Carl Elonzo Driscoll, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Driscoll died at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 9, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Vernie and Helen Bales Driscoll. On May 29, 1961, he was married to Lynne May. After 20 years, he retired from Marathon Electric in 1997. To say Carl was a talented man and could do anything is an understatement. If he didn't have a tool to fix something, he would make one that would. He was accomplished in building muzzleloader guns, wood carving, leatherwork, oil painting and drawing to name a few. He was dearly loved by his devoted wife of 52 years and he was the best Daddy, PaPa and friend of many. Carl had made peace with the Lord and now waits for us in Heaven.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Driscoll, of the family home; one daughter, Lori Young, husband, Mike, West Plains, Missouri; grandson, Matthew Richardson, wife, Chrystal; great-grandson, Lennon Richardson, Carl Junction, Missouri; granddaughter, Amanda Langley, husband, Jamie; great-grandchildren, Izabel and Benjamin Langley, Fort Smith, Arkansas; granddaughter, Carlea Driscoll, Fort Smith, Arkansas; son Mike Driscoll, West Plains, Missouri; grandson, Michael Driscoll, wife, Simone, Parker, Colorado; son, Douglas Driscoll, West Plains, Missouri; grandson, Daniel Driscoll; special friends, Chip Wright, Dave Baker and Kent Watkins, who he thought of as sons; sister-in-law, Joy Finch, West Plains, Missouri; brother-in-law, Robert Linville, Fox, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His son, Timothy Carl Driscoll, his parents and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Eddie and Cora May, precede him in death.

Mr. Driscoll will lie in state from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Cheryl Lee "Cherie" Reavis

Funeral services for Cheryl Lee "Cherie" Reavis, 62, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Cherie died at 3:10 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born June 20, 1951, at West Plains, Missouri, to Edward Lee "Harry" Reavis and Dorotha LaGene Newberry Reavis. As a young adult, Cherie accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at First Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher and church organist. She had also served as organist at Second Baptist Church. She was a bookkeeper for a tax service, and then was appointed by Governor Ashcroft as the local fee agent for the Missouri Department of Revenue. When the administration changed, she went to work for Morlan-Shell Ford as a receptionist. Cherie loved reading, face booking with her many friends and keeping in touch.

She is survived by her mother, Dorotha Reavis, West Plains, Missouri; special friends, David and Sandy Evans and family; and several cousins.

Her father, sister, Patricia Reavis, infant brother, Jackie Lynn Reavis and two uncles, Charles and Frank Reavis, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Linda Sue Pendergrass

Funeral services for Linda Sue Pendergrass, 64, Gepp, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Enterprise Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pendergrass was called home to be with her heavenly Father at 6:15 a.m., Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born August 7, 1948, at Bexar in Fulton, County, Arkansas, to George Aaron Cowgill and Nellie Alzada Porterfield Cowgill. She attendedViola High School and on July 18, 1965 was married to the love of her life, Russell Pendergrass, who preceded her in death on October 17, 2010. This love brought forth a son, Melvin George Pendergrass and a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Edwards. She was the proud granny to Codie Lynn Pendergrass and Russella Lynne Johnson and her husband, Jeremiah Johnson. Linda was a Christian and had been an active member of Enterprise Baptist Church for forty-three years. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and always volunteered to help where needed. She loved to sing and witness to others about God. Linda worked on the family farm and was a hairstylist for over thirty years at Professional Hair Designers. She was constantly helping others and serving her community. She enjoyed spending her free time following her grandkids activities and visiting with family and friends. Her twinkling eyes and cheerful smile could light up a room. She was truly a caring and loving person, who was beautiful inside and out. There was not a doubt as to how much she loved her family, friends and God.

She left behind her children and grandchildren, who were her pride and joy; her brothers and sisters, Lee and Darlis Cowgill, David and Sue Cowgill, Marcia Griffin, Anita and Don Mitchell, Fay and Lanny Griffee; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Royce and Alice Pendergrass; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was greeted at Heaven's gates by her husband, parents, grandparents, son-in-law, Keith Edwards and a brother-in-law, Earl Griffin.

Mrs. Pendergrass will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until 10:00 a.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Relay for Life or American Diabetes Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Johnie David Adams

Funeral services for Johnie David Adams, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Family Life Church, Dora, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Adams died at 10:20 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born September 6, 1928, at Perry, Oklahoma, to Marshal and Rosa Bell Wade Adams. He graduated from Dora High School and then joined the Army Air Corps. On November 18, 1950, he was married at Peoria, Illinois, to the love of his life, Darlene Ellen Strum. His numerous occupations included bus driver, car salesman, draftsman, carpenter and farmer; but his greatest achievement was making friends and being a friend. He was a musician, song leader and Sunday school teacher at Dora Family Life Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who could never keep his secret places a secret. His love and dedication to his family was only surpassed by his love for God.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Adams, of the family home; two sons, Terry Adams, wife, Jean, Callaway, Nebraska and Ron Adams, wife, Pam, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Laura and Travis Adams of West Plains, Taylor Swink, Springfield, Missouri, Michelle Schwartz, North Platte, Nebraska, Tami Albrecht, St. Augustine, Florida and Jason Adams, Lincoln, Nebraska; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Marshall Adams, wife, Joyce, Groveland, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews; and all the members of Dora Family Life Church were considered part of his family, "where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord".

His parents, one brother, Garel Adams and one sister, Naomi Adams, precede him in death.
The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Grove Cemetery or Dora Family Life Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.Funeral services for Johnie David Adams, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Family Life Church, Dora, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

Matt Wiese

Funeral services for Brian Matthew "Matt" Wiese, 21, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Wiese died at 12:24 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born July 11, 1992, at West Plains, Missouri, to Dane and Emma Lane Wiese. He loved hunting, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, listening to music, watching wrestling and hanging out with friends and family. Mr. Wiese was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Dane and Emma Wiese, Willow Springs, Missouri; two brothers, Coatney Wiese, wife, Nici, Willow Springs, Missouri and William Wiese, Willow Springs, Missouri; three nephews, Joshua, Jacob and Jase; one niece, Keiden; grandparents, Arnold and JoAnn Wiese, Willow Springs, Missouri, Marie Whiteside, West Plains, Missouri, Donald Lane, West Plains, Missouri and Bill and Mary Webb, McAllen, Texas; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many special friends and neighbors.

His great-grandparents, Harley and Nola White, Alice Yochum and Bill Whiteside, one uncle, Bob Ford, one great-aunt, Elaine White, one great-uncle Kenith White, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Dry Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Pansy Callahan

Funeral services for Pansy Louise Hayes Callahan, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Callahan died at 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born July 3, 1936, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Bernie and Elma Stiner Hayes. On May 14, 1955, she was united in marriage at West Plains, Missouri, to Lewis Callahan, and to this union two daughters were born, Sharlen "Sherry " Louise and Joyce Lavern. Pansy was a dairy farmer with Lewis for 20 years at Crider, Missouri. After her retirement from the farm, she was a housewife and enjoyed taking care of her four grandsons. Her favorite pastime was reading her Bible, which she read from cover to cover at least six times. Mrs. Callahan was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis Callahan, of the family home; one daughter, Joyce Ledbetter, fiancé, Jeff Williams; son-in-law, Lloyd Pringle, Pomona, Missouri; three grandsons, Scott Pringle, fiancée, Jessica Thibodeaux, Mountain View, Missouri; Jeffrey Ledbetter, wife, Brittany and Shawn Pringle, special friend, Valene Hines, all of Pomona, Missouri; granddaughter-in-law, Sarah Ledbetter, fiancé, Chad French; six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Ledbetter, Cheyanne Ledbetter, Toby Ledbetter, Westin Ledbetter, Brody Ledbetter and Paisley French; one brother, Junior Hayes, Maryville, Washington; three sisters, Laura Downing, Blue Springs, Missouri, Betty Jo McGoldrick, West Plains, Missouri and Janice Grisham, Dora, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Reuben Lair, Parkville, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Janice Hayes, Caulfield, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mike Tusher.

Her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hick and Bertha Callahan; one daughter, Sharlen "Sherry" Pringle, one grandson, Jason Dean Ledbetter, great-grandson, Gage Hoopes, four brothers, Cecil, Wayne, Bobby and Jimmy Hayes; three sisters, Rosie Lair, Inez Cotter and Fern Rennells, four brothers-in-law, Carl Downing, Lee Rennels, Max Cotter and Sammy Grisham; and two sisters-in-law, Velma and Dorothy Hayes, precede her in death.

Heaven has gained a loving angel.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spina Bifida Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Sue Woody

Graveside services for Vada Annasue "Sue" Woody, 48, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2013, at South Fork Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Sue died at 4:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2013, at her home.

She was born October 24, 1964, at West Plains, Missouri, to Ray J. Rhine and Elsie Jane Spire Rhine Foster.

She is survived by two children, Destiny Anstine and Michael Wellington, both of West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Emily and Nathaniel; her mother, Elsie Foster, Pottersville, Missouri; four brothers, Alfred Rhine, Raymond Rhine, Bobby Rhine and Eddie Foster; and two sisters, Alice Rhine Walker and Jane Foster.

Her father precedes her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Mildred Robertson

Graveside services for Mildred Robertson, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robertson died at 6:54 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born September 30, 1918, at West Plains, Missouri, to Clarence N. Taylor and Maude Songer Taylor. Mrs. Robertson graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1935. On October 13, 1956, she was married at Jackson, Mississippi, to Claude Martin Robertson, who preceded her in death on March 8, 2005. She was a homemaker, had been a bookkeeper for West Plains Propane and loved gardening and cooking. Mrs. Robertson was a member of the First Christian Church.

She is survived by one sister, Marcella Steele, Scottsdale, Arizona; her nieces and nephews, Judy Pepin, Leavenworth, Kansas, Lynn Kiser, Napa, California, David Steele, Phoenix, Arizona, Richard Steele, Scottsdale, Arizona and Steve Steele, Phoenix, Arizona; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends, Larry and Mildred Ball, Koshkonong, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and two sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Dripping Springs Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Oscar Navarrete

Oscar Navarrete, 49, West Plains, Missouri, died at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 19, 1963, at Medellin, Columbia, to Jose Vicente Navarrete and Lucia Jurado Molima. Mr. Navarrete was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his father, Jose Navarrette, New York, New York; his mother, Lucia Jurado Molima, Medellin, Columbia; one brother, Sergio Navarrete, West Plains, Missouri; and one nephew, Emilio Navarrete, West Plains, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Kelly Mishelle Reynolds

Kelly Mishelle Reynolds, 54, West Plains, Missouri, died at 12:45 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born April 26, 1959, at Florence, Arizona to Jerry Cleo Runnels and Jeanne Reynolds. She had worked at Wal-Mart for several years.

She is survived by her daughter, Courtney D'che' Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri; her mother, Jeanne Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Kemper Reynolds, wife, Lora, Phoenix, Arizona and Christiaan Culbertson, wife, April, Chandler, Arizona; one nephew, Taylor Reynolds; one uncle, Jim Reynolds, State of California; one aunt, L. J. Reynolds, Phoenix, Arizona; and many friends in West Plains, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Avis Mae Kurtz

Funeral services for Avis Mae Kurtz, 90, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kurtz died at 7:20 a.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Willow Care Nursing Home.

She was born November 14, 1922, in Mitchell County, Iowa, to John Erbe and Mabel Wherry Erbe.

On August 17, 1942, she was married at Osage, Iowa, to James H. Kurtz, who preceded her in death on November 29, 2003. To this union, one son, Ian S. Kurtz was born. They lived in Osage, Iowa for several years before moving to Pomona, Missouri in 1954. Avis was employed at Rawlings Sporting Goods in Willow Springs, Missouri for several years. In 1968, she and James purchased the Hi-Way Store in Mountain View, Missouri and operated it for 15 years before selling it. They then moved to their farm in Pomona, Missouri where they raised beef, cattle and hay. In her retirement, Avis enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling and quilting. Mrs. Kurtz was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri.

She is survived by her son, Ian Kurtz, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Norma Gilmore, husband, Rex, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Eric Kurtz, wife, Sherry, Nixa, Missouri, Heather Kurtz, Springfield, Missouri and James Kurtz, wife, Michelle, Pomona, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Brittany, Aiden, Ian James and Kelby Kurtz; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Don and Dale and her daughter-in-law, Camille, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lyle Stanley Cockrum

Funeral services for Lyle Stanley Cockrum, 60, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cockrum died at 4:15 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1953, at Zanoni, Missouri, to Troy Leon and Reba Maxine Woolf Cockrum. On May 11, 2000, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Joy Dowden. Mr. Cockrum was a coating inspector in the pipeline industry and was a member of the National Association of Coating Engineers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Cockrum was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Cockrum, of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Cockrum, Bakersfield, Missouri and Mary Kate Hillyard, husband, Michael, Belfair, Washington; three grandchildren, Kayla Cooper, Brandon Cooper and Garron Hillyard; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, James Lyle Cockrum, and two sisters, Anita and Ileta Cockrum, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Marie Orf Ivester

Funeral services for Marie Orf Ivester, 89, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ivester died at 6:40 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 7, 1924, at Gamaliel, Arkansas, to Thomas and Ollie McFarland Trivett. On July 6, 1940, she was married to Ed Orf, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1981. On August 23, 1986, she was married to Davis Ivester, who preceded her in death on February 11, 1995. Mrs. Ivester was a homemaker and was very involved in church and children's school activities. She always cooked for church functions and furnished pies for a local café. Mrs. Ivester had attended and faithfully worked in The Assembly of God Church; and since the 1980's had attended and worked in the Full Gospel Church at Bakersfield, Missouri, where she was a founding member.

She is survived by three children, Virginia June Eagleman, husband, Jerry, Kansas City, Missouri, Gary Gene Orf, wife, Sue, Bakersfield, Missouri and Patricia Jean Kesner, companion, Lonnie Pruett, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Michelle Decker, husband, Jerry, Gaylon Orf, wife, Julie, Christina Perisho, husband, Paul, Lana Krohne, husband Brock, Amy Riley, husband, Heath, April Kesner, companion, David Sexton and Ashley Wolters, husband, Joey; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, River; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father who raised her, Silas Roberts, two husbands, one son, Larry Orf, and one granddaughter, Jerrie June Kerr.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bakersfield Cemetery or Hawkin's Ridge Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

L. J. Tackitt

Funeral services for Leland James (L.J.) Tackitt, 34, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

L. J. passed away July 10, 2013 near his home in Caulfield, Missouri. He was born April 1, 1979 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Leland and Vicki Tackitt. L. J. attended the Richards School and graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1997. He was a conductor for Burlington Northern Railroad and a farmer. L. J. helped work the family farm from the age of eleven when his best friend and Grandpa, Jim Cooper, passed away; also, at the same age, he started milking and working for the Foster Farms and helping his Grandma "Nornie" keep the family farm up. He was always an "Old Soul" and believed in helping his neighbors. He loved his neighbors, their children and thought of them as family. He loved his friends and was always there for them. L. J. was a member of the Railroad Teamster's Union and the Masonic Lodge at Bakersfield, Missouri. He became a Christian at an early age and believed that you could not out give God. He shared his tithes with the church and with people he felt were in need. He had a big heart and was very proud of the fact he helped take care of his family.

He is survived by his father, Leland R. Tackitt, Caulfield, Missouri; his mother, Vicki Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Kala LeeAnn Bowman and Brian Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; grandmother, Norma L. Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; grandfather, Lee Olen Tackitt, wife, Edie, Gainesville, Missouri; aunt, Lisa Tackitt Bounds, husband, David; uncles, Kevin Tackitt, wife, Madonna, Keith Tackitt, wife, Brenda; great aunts and uncles, Lola Brown, John Harris, Jr., wife, Darlis, Margie Amyx, Roy and Ola Mae Marshell and Billy Joe Tackitt, wife, Patsy; many cousins; and many, many friends.

His grandfather, James H. Cooper, grandmother, Geneva Ellen Tackitt, great- grandparents, Lloyd and Hester Marie Cooper, Lee and Minnie Estie Marshell and John L. and Bess A. Harris, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christos House or Amy Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

Edward James "Jamie" Stowers

Graveside services for Edward James "Jamie" Stowers, 30, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at South Fork Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Stowers died at 9:20 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, near West Plains, Missouri.

He was born November 2, 1982, at Springfield, Missouri, to Linn Stowers and Debbie Stokes Stowers. Jamie graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 2001. He was a truck driver with West Plains Propane and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Jamie loved his family, including his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Stowers; his father, Linn Stowers, wife, Lora; brothers and sisters, Levi Stowers, wife, Alicia, Brittney Stowers, significant other, James Strutton, Kalysha Stowers and Kyler Stowers; grandparents, Becky Jarvis, husband, Ronnie and Dorothy Stowers; nieces and nephews, Cailey, Braydyn, Landon, Shyenne, Whitney and Saleen, all of West Plains, Missouri; and a host of family and friends.

His grandfathers, Larry Don Stokes and Monk Stowers, great-grandparents, Betty and E. T. Stokes and two special uncles, James and Charles Ray Stowers, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Doris Donna Jean Bonham

Funeral services for Doris Donna Jean Bonham, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at Gospel Hill Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bonham died at 1:10 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born July 25, 1930, at Elijah, Missouri, to Willis Marion Tackitt and Martha Hill Tackitt. On April 11, 1946, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Herbert Ruland Bonham, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1986. Mrs. Bonham was a homemaker and had worked at Baxter Lab. She loved her children and grandchildren and enjoyed quilting, embroidery, sewing, gardening, singing and playing guitar. Mrs. Bonham was a member of the Church of Christ and had most recently attended Central Church of Christ.

She is survived by seven children, Richard Bonham, wife, Joan, Bakersfield, Missouri, Tommy Bonham, wife, Beverly, Caulfield, Missouri, Harry Bonham, wife, Wanda, Pottersville, Missouri, Mike Bonham, wife, Gail, Caulfield, Missouri, Blake Bonham, wife, Debbie, Caulfield, Missouri, Patty Sturgeon, husband, Gary, Bakersfield, Missouri and Cindy Martin, husband, David, West Plains, Missouri; twenty-four grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Olen Tackitt, wife, Edie, Howard's Ridge, Missouri and Billy Joe Tackitt, wife, Patsy, Caulfield, Missouri; three sisters, Myrtle Hensley, Pauline Bean and Blanche Hardin, all of Caulfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one brother, J. B. Tackitt, four sisters, Jewell Tackitt, Snowy Spoon, Esther Langston and Katherine Tackitt and one daughter-in-law, Pam Bonham, precede her in death.

The family would like to thank the special friends that their mother had at NHC Healthcare and the care they shown.

Mrs. Bonham will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until Noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Carole Sue Skaggs

Funeral services for Carole Sue Skaggs, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Skaggs died 9:50 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born December 22, 1937 at Jonesboro, Arkansas to James Kimberland and Patricia Sue Cunningham Kimberland. On June 30, 1958, she was married at Blytheville, Arkansas to Kenneth Skaggs. Mrs. Skaggs was a graduate of the West Plains L.P.N. School and had been employed with Dr. M. L. Fowler, Dr. Harry S. Kelly and the Howell County Health Office as a L.P.N. After her retirement, she worked at J. C. Penney and Stage. Mrs. Skaggs enjoyed raising flowers, gardening, singing, baking and shopping. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Skaggs, of the family home; three children, Cindy Franks, husband, Daniel, Peace Valley, Missouri, Tammy Kinder, husband, Terry, Sturkie, Arkansas and Kenneth B. Skaggs, Jr., Festus, Missouri; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Franks, wife, Ashley, Matthew Franks, wife, Kayla, Terra Kinder and Jesse Kinder; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Franks, Hayden Franks and McKinley Franks; one sister, Martha Gray, husband, Charles, Paola, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Skaggs will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9th until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Barnett Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnett Cemetery or Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Charles R. Forsythe

Charles R. Forsythe, 59, West Plains, Missouri, died at 5:16 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born September 24, 1953, at Kansas City, Missouri, to Arthur J. Forsythe and Charline M. Thruston Buck. He was a great lover of books and music. Chuck was a very spiritual man; II Timothy Chapter 4, Verses 6-8 was a favorite.

He is survived by his mother, Charline Buck, West Plains, Missouri; his father and step-mother, Arthur and Valerie Forsythe, Sarasota, Florida; one brother, Robert Forsythe, wife, Jo, Liberty, Missouri; two sisters, Amy Herman, husband, Gregg, San Diego, California and Julie Hederman, husband, Joe, St. Louis, Missouri; 4 nieces and nephews, Allison and Christopher Hederman and Beth and Matthew Herman.

His grandparents and step-father, Phil Buck, precede him in death.

The family would like to honor Chuck's love of books and music, and request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the West Plains Library. Contributions may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Carl Nathanel Redburn

Funeral services for Carl Nathanel Redburn, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Junction Hill Pentecostal Church under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Redburn died 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at his home. He was born November 11, 1934 at Rover, in Oregon County, Missouri, to Ezra Pare and Savanah Jane Francis Redburn. On December 23, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Elaine Tharp. Mr. Redburn had been employed in the West Plains Parks and Recreation Department and after retirement, he worked for the West Plains R-7 School District as the food transport driver and the Junction Hill School District as a bus driver. He was known to his grandchildren and family as Mr. Fix-It; his grandchildren thought he could fix any and every thing. Mr. Redburn was a member of the Junction Hill Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Redburn, of the family home; four children, Carla Bean, West Plains, Missouri, Charles (Bub) Redburn and wife, Sondra, West Plains, Missouri, Wanda Moore and husband, Stephen, Marion, Alabama and Verdeana VonAllmen, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Nathanael Bean, James Martin Bean, Austin Redburn, Lonnie Gillette, his foster grandchild, Ashton VonAllmen, Jordann VonAllmen and Zack VonAllmen; one great-grandchild, Cheyanne Bean; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, two infant grandchildren, Timberlee Brook Bean and Timothy Lath Bean, and two brothers, Charles Redburn and Calvin Redburn, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 5th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk Creek Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com

 

 

Gary Harold Rosenbum

Graveside services for Gary Harold Rosenbum, 68, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at New Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Rosenbum died at 12:55 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013, at his home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

 

Judy Ann Durham

Funeral services for Judy Ann Durham, 73, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Durham died at 3:45p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born August 25, 1939, at Wasco, California, to Otho and Naomi Sigler Howard. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1958. On January 6, 1960, she was married at Miami, Oklahoma, to Jimmy G. Durham. Mrs. Durham was a school bus driver for thirty-three years and had worked as a secretary at South Fork School. She was a member of the West Plains Car Club and the Southern Missouri Corvette Club. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandbabies and watching horse racing. Mrs. Durham was baptized as a young girl and attended Bakersfield Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Durham, of the family home; three children, Kathleen Crabtree, husband, Clifford "Chop", Bakersfield, Missouri, Mike Durham, wife, Jodie, Caulfield, Missouri and Steven Durham, wife, Jenny, Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Anna Killion, husband, Ben, Kelly Crabtree, wife, Vickie, Jamie Durham, significant other, Eric Vanness, Josh Durham and Faith McCloud Durham; seven grandchildren, Ransom Killion, Nella Crabtree, Felicity Lylyk, Fauster Lylyk, Lucas Durham, Sabrina Durham and Halah Vaness; one sister, Sharon McGinn, husband, John, Caulfield, Missouri; five brothers-in-law, J. T., Alvie, John Eddie, Thomas and Tilman Durham; sister-in-law, Margie Horton; special sister-in-law, Elaine Durham; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Maye Durham, three brothers-in-law, Haman, Oscar, Huey Marsh Durham and three sisters-in-law, Marzie Cropper, Lindel "Linda" Brewer and Fannie Faye Durham, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Free Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Jackie Wayne Davis

Funeral services for Jackie Wayne Davis, 48, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Davis died at 6:47 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 3, 1965, at West Plains, Missouri, to Edward C. and Irma A. Teppa Davis. On December 4, 1982, he was married in Oregon County, Missouri, to Tammy Wilson and to this union two children were born, Courtney Wycoff and Jordan Davis. On September 8, 2000, he was married at Fulton County, Arkansas, to Dawn Wimmer and to this union two children were born, Kayla and Jacquelyn Davis. Mr. Davis was a farmer and loved all things outdoors. He attended the Wayside Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Courtney Wycoff, husband, Michael, St. Louis, Missouri, Jordan Davis, West Plains, Missouri, Jacquelyn and Kayla Davis, of the family home; two grandchildren, Kylie and Logan Wycoff; two brothers, Daniel Davis, wife, June, Koshkonong, Missouri and Edward Davis, Jr., wife, Ramona, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Sue Morgan, husband, Dennis, Republic, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and his wife, Dawn, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Thayer City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at ww.robertsondrago.com.

 

David Daniel Finley

Funeral services for David Daniel Finley, 43, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at the West Plains Civic Center, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Sergeant Finley died at 8:43 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Lake Wedington, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He was born September 26, 1969, at Springfield, Missouri, to Dave and Melinda Funkhouser Finley, and was the oldest of three children.

He graduated from Kickapoo High School with the Class of 1987; he attended Drury University. David was a police officer for the Republic Police Department for three years, where he earned Rookie Officer of the Year. David then was a graduate of the 69th Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruit Class of 1995. He was assigned as the Zone 6 Sergeant covering Southern Howell and Oregon Counties and in 1997 he was named The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He was a dedicated and hardworking member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who believed in the mission of his job.

On March 31, 1996, he was married at Branson, Missouri, to Debra LaFevers and to this union two beautiful children were born, Zachary D. Finley and Allyson B. Finley. Mr. Finley was of the Baptist faith.

Dave (a.k.a. D.D.) Finley embraced the challenges of life and he loved and treasured his family. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing softball, running and biking. He was a loyal fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves. He has forever imprinted his hand on the hearts of those who were closest to him. We will love and miss him dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra; two children, Zachary and Allyson, of the family home; his parents, Dave and Melinda Finley, Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Paul F. Finley and Phillip J. Finley, wife, Stacie, all of Springfield, Missouri; mother-in-law, Janet K. LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dana Frost, West Plains, Missouri and Nicole LaFevers, Springfield, Missouri; and three brothers-in-law, David LaFevers, wife, Jan, Branson West, Missouri, Douglas LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri, and Daniel LaFevers, wife, Karen, Mountain View, Missouri; and many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

His maternal grandparents, Dan and Lillian Funkhouser and paternal grandparents, George and Opal Finley, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at The First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Finley Children's Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at ww.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Liam Wesley King

Graveside services for Liam Wesley King, infant son of Kyle and Halli King, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Babyland at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Liam was called to be with the angels at 3:15 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 20 13, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born June 20, 2013, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Kyle King and Halli Turner King.

He is survived by his parents, Kyle and Halli King, West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandparents, Joe and Melinda King, West Plains, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Nina and Scott Tryon, West Plains, Missouri and David Turner, Alton, Missouri; and his aunts and uncles, Samantha and Matt Sabath, Dustin King, Josh and Kara Collins, Brittany Tryon and fiancé, Michael Downen and Clayton Turner.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Anna Loree Morris

Funeral services for Anna Loree (Tilson) Morris, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Morris died 4:45 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born May 28, 1932 in Howell County, Missouri to Herbert Collins and Opal Fox Collins. She graduated from the Dora High School with the Class of 1950 and on March 7, 1953, was married at Wichita, Kansas to J B Tilson who preceded her in death on May 17, 1990. On January 31, 1996, she was married at Cotter, Arkansas to Robert Morris. Mrs. Morris enjoyed playing the mandolin and guitar and sang as a member of the Gospel Chords; she enjoyed quilting and fishing and often kept in touch with her family and friends by means of a text message. Anna was a Christian and a member of the Calvary General Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Morris, of the family home; three sons, Jay Tilson, wife, VeAnn, Union, Missouri; Timothy Tilson, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri and Jeffrey Tilson, wife, Sherri, West Plains, Missouri; three daughters, LaRee Stevens, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri, Sherry Robinson, husband, Bruce, West Plains, Missouri; and Lynda Coy, husband, Vernon, Tecumseh, Missouri; two step-daughters, Bobbi McMahon, husband, Pat, Willow Springs, Missouri and Cindy Harper, husband, Rodney, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Lynn Weber, Sande Rachbaumer, Roni Weaver, Marty Witt, Kylea Phipps, Kerri Pruiett, Shon Brubaker, Jon Brubaker, Casey Gale, Lacey Lee, Jenni Tilson, Jesse Tilson, Amber Squires, Leslie Harper and Jerry Robert Harper; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Lea Rowlett, Hockley, Texas; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Her parental grandparents, Shelt and Anviline Collins, maternal grandparents, Pierce and Jenny Fox, parents, first husband, and two brothers, Marvin and Denzel Collins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 24th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Grove Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Kelly Sue Campbell

Graveside services for Kelly Sue Campbell, 46, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Kelly died at 1:45 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 10, 1966, at West Plains, Missouri, to Hollis and Sue Brotherton Fox. Kelly was a member of the American Cancer Society; she loved angels and Indians and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her parents, Hollis and Sue Fox, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Missy Bates, husband, Mike, Caledonia, Missouri; her nieces and nephew, Dawn Fox, Layne Bates and Marie Bates; one great-niece, Nichole; one uncle, Tom Brotherton, Pomona, Missouri; and one aunt, Judy Mouldern, husband, Bruce, Hanover, Illinois.

Her grandparents precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Conoy Gibbs

Funeral services for Conoy Jackson Gibbs, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gibbs died at 3:43 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born October 24, 1917, at Rector, Arkansas, to Robert and Minnie Robertson Jackson.

She is survived by two sons, Al Gibbs, wife, Debbie, West Plains, Missouri and Joshua Gibbs, Rolla, Missouri; one daughter, Glenda Ludwig, Rolla, Missouri; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Guinda Mills, Ballwin City, Missouri.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Rector, Arkansas. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Shirley May Earls

Funeral services for Shirley May Earls, 71, Mountain View, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Junction Hill Pentecostal Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Earls died at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Mercy St. Francis Hospital.

She was born April 5, 1942, at West Plains, Missouri, to Estel VonAllmen and Ruby May Montgomery VonAllmen Earls. On July 11, 1959, she was married at Trenton, Georgia, to Gerald "Jerry" Dwain Earls, who preceded her in death on July 16, 2008. Before her retirement, Mrs. Earls worked at Invensys. She enjoyed her years spent as a dairy farmer, loved her family, cooking for get-togethers and was known by many as "Meemee". Mrs. Earls was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Hilltop Holiness Church, Willow Springs, Missouri.

She is survived by five children, Sheryl Webb, husband, Donald, Mountain View, Missouri, Gerald "Randy" Earls, wife, Karen, Fouke, Arkansas, Leland Earls, wife, Angela, Pomona, Missouri, Floyd Earls, wife, Laurie, Mountain View, Missouri and Jessie "Leowen" Earls, wife, Mary Ann, Willow Springs, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dennis VonAllmen, wife, Joyce, West Plains, Missouri and Doyle VonAllmen, wife, Nita, Springfield; one sister, Bonnie Matlock, husband, James, Western Grove, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one brother, Jerry VonAllmen, his wife, Sandy and one infant brother, Billy Ray VonAllmen, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Neal Dixon Secrease

Funeral services for Neal Dixon Secrease, Sr., 88, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Secrease died Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Evansville, Indiana at Columbia Healthcare. He was born October 30, 1924 in Lanton, Missouri. A WWII veteran, he was a steelworker at Continental Steel Mill in Kokomo, Indiana for 30 years before relocating to West Plains, Missouri to enjoy retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lillian LaVee (Shanks) Secrease, three sisters, five brothers and his parents, Samuel and Ollie (Holloway) Secrease.

He is survived by his children, Neal Dixon Secrease, Jr. (Carol), Cutler, Indiana, Carolyn Lucille Crago (Ed), Kokomo, Indiana and Carla Sue Doty (Tom), Newburgh, Indiana; four granddaughters; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Secrease, Harrisburg, Arkansas; and two brothers, Roy Secrease, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Harold Secrease, Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., until service time Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to State Line Cemetery or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lou Venia Pace

Funeral services for Lou Venia Pace, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri, followed by a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery, near Flippin, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m., all under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pace died at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Manor.

She was born January 1, 1927, in the State of Oklahoma, to Bill and Vida Hall Hogsed. On February 15, 1947, she was married at Flippin, Arkansas, to Brack Pace, who preceded her in death on December 10, 2006. She worked as a customer service representative with the local telephone company and farmed with her husband. Mrs. Pace was a member of the Bluebirds Singers, was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ, West Plains.

She is survived by three sons, Michael Pace, wife, Diana, Terry "Bo" Pace, wife, Sunie, and Randy Pace, wife, Sherry, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jason Pace, wife, Jenni, Ryan Pace, wife, Tish, Suzannah Pace, Anna Waddell, husband, Pete, Tanner Pace and Brayden Pace; seven great-grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, Blair, Reid, Layne and Luke Pace and Parker Tye Bell; one sister, Lorene Ott, Flippin, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Roy and Don and two sisters, Fleta and Florene, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ronald D. Trantham

Graveside services for Ronald D. Trantham, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Elijah Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Trantham died at 11:50 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Trantham will lie in state from 4:00 pm Wednesday until Noon Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bobby Eugene Collins

Graveside services for Bobby Eugene Collins, 78, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Ledbetter Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 7:23 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born March 16, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Tommy E. and Clora Edith May Collins. On April 1, 1966, he was married at Crider, Missouri, to Merlene Ruby Robinson. Mr. Collins worked at DRS, formerly Southwest Truck Body and was the owner and operator of AD Grocery. He enjoyed bluegrass music and visiting friends and neighbors. Mr. Collins was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Merlene Ruby Collins, of the family home; four children, Ronnie Collins, special friend, Angie McDonald, Barbara Busby, husband, Dennis, all of Crider, Missouri, Kathy Fisher and Marlynn Fisher, both of the State of Idaho; three grandchildren, Bryan Tharp, Kelsie Nelson, husband Leon and Bobbi Busby; three great-grandchildren, Baylie, Hunter and Trevan; and one sister, Imogene Belcher, husband, Walter, Crider, Missouri.

His parents, one son, Robert Collins, four sisters, one great-granddaughter, Keylie and mother-in-law, Kate Robinson, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Shirley Marie Smith,

Funeral services Shirley Marie (Napier) Smith, age 77, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. She was born to Charlie Michael Napier and Norma Rebecca (Havin) Napier on November 4, 1935 in Delaware, Shannon County, Missouri. She spent her early years in Thomasville, Rover, and West Plains, Missouri where she met James Lamar Smith. They were married on July 21, 1957. They moved often as Lamar advanced in the telephone business, living in many places in Missouri including Shelbina, Jefferson City, and Kansas City and Lenexa, Kansas before settling in Tulsa. Shirley picked up painting soon after graduating from West Plains High School and enjoyed her hobby for most of her life. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Shirley was a strong Christian and shared her faith with anyone she met. She was also very proud of her Scottish heritage and her extended family was especially dear to her.

Shirley is survived by her husband Lamar; two sons and daughters-in-law, Victor and Christy Smith, Lee's Summit, Missouri and Eric and Leanne Smith, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three grandchildren, Katelynn, Garret, and Wyatt Smith.

The family will receive their friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Donald "Dean" Kilkenny

Graveside services for Donald "Dean" Kilkenny, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Kilkenny died at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing center.

He was born August 30, 1932, at Canton, Missouri, to the late Kenneth Benton "Pappy" Kilkenny and Louise Burford Pollock. He graduated from high school in northern Missouri and then moved to the West Plains area, where he went into business with his father, Kenny Kilkenny, in a limestone quarry. He owned Kilkenny Limestone and Fertilizer Company for many years and then expanded with Kilkenny International Harvester tractor and implement dealership. He continued in business with auto sales and used equipment. His sons, Gary and Randy, assisted him in the businesses throughout the years. Mr. Kilkenny was a veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp in the 1950's and was a member of the Elks Lodge of West Plains.

He is survived by three daughters, Serena Speaker, husband, Bill, Brenham, Texas, Denise Solberg, husband, Cary, Portland, Oregon and Savannah Kilkenny, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Randy Kilkenny, wife, Madlyen, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Christy Englehart, Wellington, Florida, Alison Head, Richmond, Texas, Jennifer Sholes, West Plains, Missouri, Benton Kilkenny, West Plains, Missouri, Braylynn Jean Deanne Sewell, West Plains, Missouri and Harley Dean Allen Hercher, West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Logan Klineline, Sydney Englehart, Noah Englehart, Dalton Head, Taylor Hicks and Carter Hicks.

His parents and one son, Gary Kilkenny, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Kilkenny will be laid to rest in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, between his father, Kenneth Kilkenny and his son, Gary Kilkenny. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Raymond W. Harrison

Funeral services for Raymond W. Harrison, 86, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at New Hope Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Harrison died at 3:28 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 28, 1926, to Orville Harrison and Opal Agnes Harper Harrison at their home in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. Mr. Harrison was a veteran having served with the United States Navy in Guam during World War II. On August 19, 1950, he was married at Fort Worth, Texas, to Betty Colleen Hill. They soon moved to the San Diego, California area, and to their union, they were blessed with three children, Rodney Alan Harrison, who passed away from an illness at age four, Tyrus "Craig" Harrison and Teresa Lynn Townsend. Ray worked several jobs, but retired from San Diego Gas and Electric as a surveyor. He was a 32nd degree Mason and best of all he was a born again Christian, serving his Lord as a Deacon of Meridian Baptist Church of El Cajon, California, doing Mission work in Mexico; he later served at New Hope Baptist Church, after retiring to a hobby farm at Peace Valley, Missouri.

Ray was met at the pearly gates of heaven by his parents, his sisters, Betty and Patricia, his son Rodney and granddaughter Casey Lauren Harrison.

Waiting on the Lord is his wife, Betty, of their family home in Peace Valley; son Craig Harrison, wife, Janet, their children, Jacob Raymond, wife, Shayla, their sons, Kael Judah, Tripp Joseph, their daughter, Amanda Beth, husband, Derek Richardson, children Reece Andrew Lewin, Aurora Elise Lewin and Kennedy Elizabeth Richardson; Ray's daughter Teri, husband, Daniel Townsend, their children, Courtney Amber Lester, husband, Matt, their children, Madison Avery, Brodie Gavin and Chloe Brinn, sons Kyle Wesley Townsend and Cody Tyler Townsend and future bride, Stacy; and Ray's brother Wayne Harrison, wife Joyce; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or New Hope Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Tava Mildred Summers

Funeral services for Tava Mildred Summers, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Summers died at 10:27 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born July 11, 1916, at Gunter's Valley in Howell County, Missouri, to Walton Samuel Gilliam and Blanche Lea Bennett Gilliam. She attended the Barnett School and on May 18, 1941, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Byron Rayborn Summers, who preceded her in death on July 15, 1998. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband on their farm as cattle breeders; and together, they were the owners/operators of Summers Grocery on St. Louis Street in West Plains. She had been a member of the PTA at Carmichael School and loved to garden and raise flowers. Mrs. Summers became a Christian as a young girl and had been a member of Bennett Chapel and later Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice Faucett, Arlington, Virginia and Kay Lang, husband, Gus, Granite City, Illinois; two grandchildren, Tony Roome, Springfield, Missouri and Susan Lang, Granite City, Illinois; one aunt, Madge Herndon, Tulsa, Oklahoma; one brother-in-law, Everett Summers, wife, Pat, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one infant grandson, Joseph Lang, two sisters, Vida Burk, husband, Doyle Burk and Alta Lee Gilliam, and two brothers-in-law and their wives, Waymon and Verda Summers and Cecil and Louise Summers , precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Barnett Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Barnett Cemetery or Hospice Compassus, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Steven Craig Compton

Funeral services for Steven Craig Compton, 59, Drury, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Compton died Friday, May 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 17, 1954, on Elgin Air Force Base at Fort Walton Beach, to Marvin Compton and the late Elsa Adkins Compton. Mr. Compton was a veteran having served in the United States Navy and was a retired law enforcement officer. On November 1, 1995, he was married at Trenton, Florida to Theresa Cantrelle. He was a history buff and was very patriotic; he loved horses and old westerns. Mr. Compton was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Compton, of the family home; three step-children, Angel Taylor, husband, Jim Winter Garden, Florida, Ann Hall, husband Andrew, Gentryville, Missouri and Ray Allen, wife, Heather, Hernando, Florida; four step-grandchildren, Michael Allen, Lindsay Roye, James Taylor and Rayanna Taylor; his father, Marvin Compton, Tomball, Texas; one sister, Kay Overand, husband, Allan, Tomball, Texas; one niece Heather Powell and her son, Chance.

His mother precedes him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Melodie Cheryl Ratcliff

Melodie Cheryl Ratcliff, 63, Pomona, Missouri, died at 11:05 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

She was born September 13, 1949, at Compton, California, to Robert and Mary Sisemore. In 1972, she was married at Reno, Nevada, to Bennie Ratcliff. Mrs. Ratcliff was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband, Bennie Ratcliff, of the family home; one daughter, Mary Francis, husband, David, Pomona, Missouri; seven grandchildren and one on the way.

Her parents and one sister, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Dale Eugene Williamson

Melodie Cheryl Ratcliff, 63, Pomona, Missouri, died at 11:05 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

She was born September 13, 1949, at Compton, California, to Robert and Mary Sisemore. In 1972, she was married at Reno, Nevada, to Bennie Ratcliff. Mrs. Ratcliff was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband, Bennie Ratcliff, of the family home; one daughter, Mary Francis, husband, David, Pomona, Missouri; seven grandchildren and one on the way.

Her parents and one sister, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Dale Eugene Williamson

Dale Eugene Williamson, 63, Mountain View, Missouri, died at 10:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, at his home.

He was born January 25, 1950, at Shenandoah, Iowa, to Robert Dale and Betty Jean Bennett Williamson. He was married November 9, 1968, at Aurora, Colorado, to Gail Sue Coolbaugh, who preceded him in death on March 7, 2013. He was a farmer and worked in the sawmill industry. He enjoyed his farm, cattle, hunting and fishing. Mr. Williamson was a Christian.

He is survived by two children, Dawn Marie Williamson, significant other, Jody Walters, Doniphan, Missouri and Cory Wayne Williamson, wife, Kathleen, Arroll, Missouri; two grandchildren, Derek Wayne Crocker, Jr. and Holly Ann Williamson; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Betty Jean Williamson; one brother, James Williamson, wife, Cindy, Littleton, Colorado; two sisters, Sheryl Sidell, husband, Rick, Doniphan, Missouri and Jeannette Hazelett, Littleton, Colorado; mother-in-law, Maryetta Nolan, Mountain View, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, wife and father-in-law, Ralph Coolbaugh, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Donald Dale Barr

Funeral services for Donald Dale Barr, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Barr died at 11:13 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

He was born March 20, 1923, at Oskaloosa, Kansas, to James Robert Barr and Alice Elizabeth Biddick Barr. He graduated from Thomasville High School with the Class of 1942 and on November 7, 1952, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Loeta Ruth Gunter. Mr. Barr was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart. He attended the Ozarks Honor Flight in October, 2011, with his son, Gary. Before his retirement, he worked as a farmer and a carpenter. He enjoyed gardening, oil painting, flowers, bird watching and his old Ford tractor, but most of all his family. He built a lily pond with rocks from his farm, where he enjoyed many picnics surrounded by his family. Mr. Barr was baptized at an early age and was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. He was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Loeta Barr, of the family home; two children, Gary Barr, wife, D'Laine and Ruth Neely, husband, Don, all of West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Brad Barr, wife, Jennifer, Rover, Missouri, Michael Neely, Springfield, Missouri, Alice Alba, husband, Ben, Huntington Beach, California and Allison Neely, West Plains, Missouri; and one great-granddaughter, Bella Bar.

His parents, three brothers, John, Robert and Fred Barr and one sister, Ellen Washington, three sisters-in-law, Temple Barr, Willie Barr and Vivian Barr, one brother-in-law, Edward Washington; and two granddaughters, Nancy Ruth and Angela Michelle, precede him in death.

Mr. Barr will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Wednesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery or Disabled American Veterans, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Brinda Irene Reed

Funeral services for Brinda Irene Reed, 61, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reed died 2:50 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the Gainesville Health Care Center, Gainesville, Missouri.

She was born January 26, 1952 at Clarksville, Arkansas to the late Monte "Shine" and Hazel Irene Nichols Bankston. On January 27, 1970, she was married at Asheville, North Carolina to Jack Lee Reed who preceded her in death on May 5, 2013. She was a member of the Church of Christ having attended the AB Church of Christ which she loved. Mrs. Reed was a loving wife and mother; she loved her family. Her family will miss her dearly.

She is survived by three children, Amy Kimbrough, husband, Phillip, Peace Valley, Missouri, Susan Allen and Ryan Reed, both of West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Brock Kimbrough, Allison Kimbrough, Brenden Kimbrough, Mariah Allen and Malachi Allen; two brothers, Donnie Bankston, Dardanelle, Arkansas and Ray Bankston, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Ellen Grisham, husband, Larry, West Plains, Missouri and Beverly Richardson, husband, Jerry, Alton, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, and one brother, Harvey Bankston, precede her in death.

Mrs. Reed will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28th until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Homeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Donna Sue Bailey

Donna Sue Bailey, 62, West Plains, Missouri, died at 1:10 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born August 2, 1950, at Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Joe and Marie Babcock Smith. She was a diehard Dallas Cowboy fan. Mrs. Bailey was of the Baptist faith and attended the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Burt Bailey, wife, Deneen, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jessica and Anthony; three brothers, Jim Smith, Phoenix, Arizona, Ray Fusilier and Ed Fusilier, both of West Plains, Missouri; and two sisters, Linda Lindsey, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Lou, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Her parents and partner, Bill Mandigo, precede her in death.

Burial was in the South Fork Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Grace Elizabeth Lampitt

Graveside services for Grace Elizabeth Lampitt, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at Mackey Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lampitt died at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born February 20, 1920, in Howell County, Missouri, to William Henry Stoke and Edith Moss (Buren) Stoke. After graduating from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1937, she attended the William Rockhill Nelson Art Institute and the Norman Feather School of Art in Kansas City. She was employed for several years in the field of commercial art in Kansas City and Washington, D.C. On March 6, 1953, she was married at Kansas City, to Albert Edward Lampitt, of Chicago. They made their home in Chicago, where she was active in the garden club; winning a number of ribbons for her designs. In retirement, she moved with her husband to the Branson area. She was a volunteer at the hospital and wrote feature and human interest articles for several local publications. Mrs. Lampitt was of the Presbyterian faith and in her early years, was active in the young adult division of her church and was artist for the church publications.

She is survived by one sister, Helen Wilborn, husband, Sam, West Plains, Missouri; two step-daughters, Barbara Carter, husband, Bill, Ramsey, Illinois and Susan Magnetta, husband, Ernest, Lombard, Illinois.

Her parents and husband precede her in death.

Mrs. Lampitt will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Barbara Marie Prantl

Graveside services for Barbara Marie Prantl, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Woodlawn Cemetery, near Brandsville, Missouri.

Mrs. Prantl died at 10:26 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 22, 1919, at Washington, D.C., to Melvin E. and Martha Hurst McHalffey. She graduated from Thayer High School with the Class of 1936 and on June 27, 1937, was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Albert W. "Sport" Prantl, who preceded her in death on September 29, 2002. Mrs. Prantl was a member of the Church of Christ and had attended Brandsville Church of Christ for over seventy years.

She is survived by three children, Judy Jewell, husband, Clifford, Nixa, Missouri, Sue Collier, and Joe Bill Prantl, both of Brandsville, Missouri; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, two brothers and four sisters, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Chester Columbus Moore

Chester Columbus Moore, 97, West Plains, Missouri, died at 11:32 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born November 15, 1915, at Holcomb, Missouri, to Albert and Fronia Miles Moore. He was a Master Ship Builder for Chris-Craft Corporation for thirty years. Mr. Moore was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, his membership currently with West 160 Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.

He is survived by two daughters, Emily Genette Carter, Jacksonville, Arkansas and Barbara Ann Reed, husband, Gary, Dyersburg, Tennessee; one brother, Julius (Jude) Moore, State of Washington; twelve grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Geneva Sowell Moore; his parents, one son, Danny, great-grandson, Bobby Lee Short, his twin sister, Hester, twin sisters, Verdia George and Vergie Drew and brother, Herbert Moore.

He was one of four sets of twins born of his mother and father.

Cremation was under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. A private graveside service will be held at Old Austin Cemetery, Ward, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Kenith P. White

Funeral services for Kenith P. White, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. White died 4:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013 at his home. He was born January 21, 1936 at Twin Bridges, Missouri to Harley and Nola Thornton White. On May 25, 1963, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Irene Faye Hensley. Before his retirement, Mr. White had been employed in the maintenance department of the Missouri Department of Transportation for thirty-two years. He loved nature and enjoyed spending time in the out-of-doors. Mr. White was a member of the Congregational Methodist Church and had served as the pastor of the Amy Union Church for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Irene White, of the family home; three children, Branton White, St. Louis, Missouri, Kenitha Aikman, husband, Jim, Kansas City, Missouri and Heather White, San Jose, California; one brother, Dale White, wife, Verna, Willow Springs, Missouri; one sister, Joann Wiese, husband, Arnold, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one sister, Elaine White, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Inman Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Robert E. Wheeler

Graveside services for Robert E. Wheeler, 79, Babbitt, Minnesota, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Mackey Cemetery, Pomona, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Wheeler passed away Thursday, May 16, at Essentia Health - St. Mary's, Duluth, Minnesota. He was born March 5, 1934, to Rufus Earl and Frances Alabama Ehrich Wheeler in Flandreau, South Dakota. He attended high school in Colcord, Oklahoma and served 20 years in the Air Force where he flew various aircraft logging over 10,400 flight hours including one year with the 360th Tactical Warfare Squadron in Vietnam. He served as interim pastor at Woodland Presbyterian Church, Babbitt, Minnesota, and was pastor of Jesus is Lord Church, Embarrass, Minnesota. As a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God he pastored an Alaska home missions church in Emmonak, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Bruce Wayne Wheeler and Jordan Star Wheeler; sisters, Mary Frances (Rev. Jack T) Vaughn and Mary Ellen Porter Wheeler.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Joyce McGreer Wheeler of Babbitt, Minnesota; children, Robert Edward (Brenda Marie) Wheeler, Petersburg, North Dakota, Michael Alan (Deanna) Wheeler, El Cajon, California, Cynthia Lynn (Steve Manley) Johnson of Springfield, Missouri, Amy Marie (Norman Charles) Taitano of Henderson, Nevada; siblings, Gerald Doyle (Stella) Wheeler of Cody, Wyoming, Alice Ehrlich (Harris) Jacqmin of Sugarland, Texas, and Dorothy Lorraine Swearingen of Cottonwood, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, 22-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Birdie Wheeler of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Sharon Marie (Michael) Gaston of West Plains, Missouri; and much loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at Babbitt Assembly of God Church, under the direction of Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Memorials contributions may be made to Babbitt Assembly of God Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Evelyn LaFave Coble

Funeral services for Evelyn LaFave Coble, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Coble died at 9:26 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born December 26, 1928, at East Grand Forks, Minnesota, to Edward LaFave and Magdaline Dorsher LaFave. On November 16, 1943, she was married at Reno, Nevada, to Lloyd Coble, who preceded her in death on September 13, 1998. Mrs. Coble was of the Baptist faith and attended First Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by six children, Clayton Coble, wife, Pam, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Gloria Miller, husband, George, Baltimore, Maryland, Dale Coble, wife, Vickie, Stillwell, Kansas, Wayne Coble, wife, Cheryl, Ramsey, Minnesota, David Coble, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri and Danny Coble, wife, Patricia, West Plains, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Dicky LaFave, Kelso, Washington; and one sister, Alice Jacobson, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Her parents, husband, three brothers and six sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Coble will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Dripping Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Dripping Springs Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Glenda Ann Brotherton

Graveside services for Glenda Ann Brotherton, 58, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Glenda departed peacefully to her eternal rest on May 14, 2013, at her home. She was born June 24, 1954, at West Plains, Missouri, to Paul Benjamin Brotherton and Ruby Mae Irvin Brotherton. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1972. In her brief amount of time, Glenda truly made her mark on the world. The friends she made were for a lifetime, and her family was her pride and joy. She was a Christian.

She is survived by three children, Jeremy Harrison, wife, Brandi, Vanessa Stirewalt, husband Bert, and Ashley Harrison; ten grandchildren, Colten, Cainen and Elizabeth Harrison, Alexis, Courtney, Emily and Robby Stirewalt, Andrew Steiner, Raven and Hayden Cook; two loving sisters, Linda Thompson, husband, Allen and Brenda Ford, partner, Keith Grey; many cousins, nieces and very special lifetime friends, Debbie Jorgensen, Susan Ray, Tim Counts and Chris Skaggs.

Her parents, aunts and uncles, Charles and Ina Brotherton, Bill Irvin and Doris Irvin McCoy, precede her in death. Her life partner Randy Hargrove and beloved friends, Carol Barton and Cindy Skaggs were waiting to greet her at the gates of heaven.

Glenda never said goodbye to her friends and family. Her last words were always "I love you."

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for funeral expenses, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Agnes Clarissa McBride

A memorial service for Agnes Clarissa McBride, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Immanuel Baptist Church, N Highway, Pomona, Missouri.

Mrs. McBride died at 9:45 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 20, 1924, at Broken Bow, Nebraska, to Aaron Detrice Nice and Doris Pearl Overman Nice. On October 15, 1938, she was married at Prosser, Washington, to Richard Edwin Aubuchon, who preceded her in death and on July 3, 1979, she was married at Guymon, Oklahoma, to Marion Benjamin McBride, who preceded her in death on July 21, 2002. Before her retirement, Mrs. McBride was employed with the International Shoe Factory. She enjoyed gardening and canning produce, crocheting and knitting Afghans, giving many away to family and friends. She loved fishing, animals and watching the birds in her yard. She was proud of the many generations of her family. Mrs. McBride was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Pomona, Missouri.

She is survived by eight children, Agnes "Toe" Patterson, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Richard E. Aubuchon, wife, Judy, Woodland, California, George E. Aubuchon, West Plains, Missouri, Aaron H. Aubuchon, Castle Rock, California, Candy A. Collins, husband, Earl, Boise, Idaho, Claudia F. Smith, husband, Kelley, Shreveport, Louisiana, Charley S. Aubuchon, West Plains, Missouri, and Peggy Lee Aubuchon, and Bob Mock, Theodosia, Missouri; twenty-seven grandchildren; fifty-five great-grandchildren; twenty-one great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, one son, Donald Zeno Aubuchon, two great-grandsons, one brother, James Nice, and one sister, Harriet Mazur, precede her in death.

A private interment will be held at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or West Plains Humane Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Alan Dale Bollinger

A Celebration of Life for Alan Dale Bollinger, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at his home. All friends and neighbors are welcome to attend.

Mr. Bollinger died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his home.

He is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Gladys Maloa Ray

Funeral services for Gladys Maloa Ray, 93, Elizabeth. Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ray died at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 6, 1920, at Cyril, Oklahoma, to Samuel and Maggie Gilliam. On June 22, 1939, she was married at Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Houston Sylvesta Ray, who preceded her in death on April 22, 1983. She worked as an L.P.N. at Ozarks Medical Center for twenty-seven years, retiring at age seventy-two. She enjoyed crafts, needlework, crocheting, cooking, canning and fishing. Mrs. Ray was a member of the Oak Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Ronald Claude Ray, wife, Johnnie, Elizabeth, Arkansas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Billy Gilliam, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Ray, one granddaughter, Pamala Kay Ray, three brothers and four sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Ray will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Cecil Raymond Counts

Funeral services for Cecil Raymond Counts, 88, Marshfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Counts died at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Webco Manor, Marshfield, Missouri.

He was born August 25, 1924, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to James Washington Counts and Mary Henrietta Henry Counts. On March 10, 1945, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Onieda Haddock, who preceded him in death on June 6, 2003. Before his retirement he was a cutter in the ball glove department at Rawlings Manufacturing Co., Willow Springs, Missouri and was a member of the CCC's (Civilian Conservation Corps). He was a big St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved visiting with family and friends. Mr. Counts was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

He is survived by two children, Pat Cruise, husband, Jerry, Rogersville, Missouri and Raymond Counts, wife, Nancy, Powell, Wyoming; two grandchildren, Julie Deckard, husband, Danny, Rogersville, Missouri and Jeff Cruise, wife, Tracy, Havana, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Haley Hines, Lindsey Deckard, Kelly Cruise and Jason Cruise; two sisters, Juanita Teeple, West Plains, Missouri and Erma Good, husband, Paul, West Plains, Missouri; special friend, Jean Haddock, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, two brothers, Harold and Dwight Counts and four sisters, Lola Woods, Esther Oney, Bessie Stubbs and Hazel Charles, precede him in death.

Mr. Counts will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or Fair Haven Children's Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Jaxson Lake Willard

Funeral services for Jaxson Lake Willard, 18, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jaxson died at 9:32 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born June 27, 1994, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jason and Regina Butler Willard. He was a student at Ozark Horizon State School. Jaxson was a happy child; he enjoyed life and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Jason and Regina Willard, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Jay Willard, West Plains, Missouri; his grandparents, Edwin Willard, Jr., and Mia Willard, West Plains, Missouri, Carrie and David Thompson, West Plains, Missouri and Jack and Bea Butler, Pomona, Missouri; aunt and uncle, Tracy and Randy Crawford, Georgetown, Texas; special aunts and uncles, Larry and Shirley Butler, Dan and Jeanie Smith and Rosalea and Dan Cargill, all of West Plains, Missouri; special cousin, Carley Crawford, Georgetown, Texas; and special friends, Waco & Debbie Johnson, Brad and Susan York, Jeff and Carol Barton and Dan and Rhonda Singletary.

His paternal grandmother, Rhonda Butler and dear family friend, Don Luna, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Rehabilitation Department or Children's Miracle Network, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Ruth Jo Ann Daugherty

Funeral services for Ruth Jo Ann Daugherty, 80, Mission Woods, Kansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Daugherty died at 2:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born January 27, 1933, at Kansas City, Missouri, to M. E. (Tom) and Jennie Golden Moore. She was married to Bill Eugene Daugherty, who preceded her in death. Before her retirement, she was employed with United Way.

She is survived by three nephews, Greg Langley, Ozark, Missouri, Jeff Langley, Chandler, Arizona and Ron Bell, Round Rock, Texas; and special friend David Battey, Fairway, Kansas.

Her parents, husband, son, Michael Daugherty and one brother, Glee Emerson Moore, precede her in death.

Mrs. Daugherty will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Jack Lee Reed

Funeral services for Jack Lee Reed, 61, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Reed died at 3:12 a.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born May 26, 1951, at Leachville, Arkansas, to Arthur Jack Reed and Francis L. Nichols Reed. On January 27, 1970, he was married at Ashville, North Carolina, to Brinda Bankston. Mr. Reed was the owner/operator of Reed Roofing and the Ozark Mountain Jubilee. His church and family were very important to him; Jack was loved by the community and will be missed by all. Mr. Reed was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the AB Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Brinda Reed, of the family home; three children, Amy Kimbrough, husband, Phillip, Peace Valley, Missouri, Susan Allen, West Plains, Missouri and Ryan Reed, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Brock, Allison and Brenden Kimbrough and Mariah and Malachi Allen; one brother; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and four brothers, precede him in death.

Mr. Reed will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Gerald Dewayne Brower

Graveside services for Gerald Dewayne Brower, 59, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Brower died at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 19, 1954, at Olden, Missouri, to Edward Cyril "Bud" Brower and Helen Lucille Kethcart Brower. He graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1972. Mr. Brower was self-employed and was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. He enjoyed his pets and working on lawn mowers. Mr. Brower was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters; one step-son; special friend, Eloisa Wisniewiski; five sisters, Virginia Mitchell, Elgin, Illinois, Janice Fritts, husband, Kenneth, Pomona, Missouri, Marcella McMurtrey, husband, Larry, West Plains, Missouri, Karen Havens, Willow Springs, Missouri, Deborah Vigdal, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; three brothers, Ronald Brower, wife, Linda, Washington, Missouri, Doug Brower, wife, Jo, Pomona, Missouri and Louie Brower, wife, Tami, Pomona, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers, Chester (Pete) Brower and George E. Brower, one sister, Rebecca Lake and one infant sister, precede him in death.

Mr. Brower will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Sunday until Noon Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Vaughn Eugene Ray

Graveside services for Vaughn Eugene Ray, 50, Lebanon, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Ray died at 7:01 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Mountain Home, Arkansas.

He was born January 10, 1963, at Long Beach, California, to James Percvial Ray and Robbie Jean Webster Ray. He worked in maintenance at the Ft. Leonard Wood Base and enjoyed scuba diving.

He is survived by his daughter, Makayla Ray, West Plains, Missouri, the mother of his daughter, Melinda Brenton, husband, Bryan, West Plains, Missouri, one brother, Gerald Ray, wife, Tina, Tulare, California; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

His parents precede him in death.

Mr. Ray will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Saturday until noon Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lou Alice Goss

Graveside services for Lou Alice Goss, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Goss died at 2:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born November 22, 1925, at Elijah, Missouri, to Edgar and Jenny Mullins Bridges. On February 1, 1943, she was married at Norwood, Missouri, to J. C. Goss, who preceded her in death on April 24, 2001. Mrs. Goss worked as a CNA at Ozarks Medical Center and West Vue Nursing Center. She was very witty, free spirited and was "Granny" to everyone. Mrs. Goss was of the Baptist faith and had written in her journal that she was saved at a brush arbor in Bakersfield, Missouri one hot and dry summer. She considered herself a "foot washing" Baptist. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her children are comforted and rejoice in the fact that she is in the presence of her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by three children, Vici McCracken, husband, Dean, West Plains, Missouri, Katie DeAtley, husband, Lee, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jim Goss, wife, Patty, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Mike DeAtley, Kelly Waggoner, Jennifer Harris, Jason DeAtley, Jody Watson, Mindy Hoopes and Jacob Goss; eighteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Ed V. Bridges, wife, Freda, Bakersfield, Missouri; one sister, Ruby Adams Grisham, Sodus, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Ina Bell Lowrance and Esther Goss, both of Springfield, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, daughter, Peggy Lynn Goss and two sisters, Lynn Coffman and Bonnie Davis, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bunnie Lovan

Graveside services for Bunnie Mae Lovan, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lovan died at 7:10 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born March 14, 1945, at Amarillo, Texas, to A. T. Odneal and Nadena Page Odneal. On October 29, 1983, she was married at Amarillo, Texas, to Joe L. Lovan. Mrs. Lovan was a homemaker and had worked as a checker at Wal-Mart for several years.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Lovan, of the family home; three children, Annette Coats, husband, Vaughn, Madison, Alabama, Doug Lovan, wife, Corrina, Lorenzo, California and Leland Lovan, Miami, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Donna Scott, husband, Danny, LaGrange, Georgia.

Her parents, one son, Stacy (George) Stone and two sisters, Jimmie Edward and Bobbie Lucas, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Joshua Holesapple

Funeral services for Joshua Howard Holesapple, 32, West Plains, Mo., will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Pomona CHristian Church, Pomona, Mo., with Marcus Allen, Chad Talbot and Jeremiah Woodring officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. He was born the son of loving parents, John and Patsy Ward Holesapple, on Dec. 17, 1980, in Salem, Ark., and went home to be with his King on April 22, 2013. He was united in marriage Dec. 31, 1998, in Thayer, Mo., to the love of his life, Laurie Hatterman. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Hatterman Holesapple, of the home, West Plains, Mo.; his parents, John and Patsy Ward Holesapple, Koshkonong, Mo., two sistes, Sherry Daughtery, husband, Arthur, state of Texas, and Mary Beth Palmer, husband, Matt, Koshkonong, Mo.; two brothers, Johnny Holesapple and wife, Marie, Koshkonong, Mo, and Michael Holesapple, wife Leslie, Springfield, Mo.; his in-laws, Dwight and Lyn Hatterman, Koshkonong, Mo.; three daugthers, Larissa, Allison and Meagan Holesapple, West Plains, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Joanie Hatterman, Joplin, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Dusty Hatterman, Thayer, Mo.; and four nieces and five nephews. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Juanita Ward and Elmer and Lucille Holesapple, and a cousin, Adam Honeycutt. He was a member of the Pomona Christian Church, Pomona, Mo. Joshua was a loving husband and father to his daddy's girls. He was a compassionate minister who made an impact on people's lives forever. He had a servant's heart whose life touched thousands of people. He was devoted to his music. Music wasn't just music to Josh. He strived to sing songs that had an outreach message to everyone. He was a son that made his parents proud. A special fund has been set up at Great Southern Banks for his daughters, Larissa, Allison, and Meagan Holesapple. Checks may be made payable to laurie Holesapple, as the account has been set up in a special account for daddy's girls. Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, 2013 from 6 to 8p.m. at the Pomona Christian Church in Pomona, Missouri. Burial will be in Wayside Cemetary, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Mo.

 

 

Kenton Floyd Treat

Kenton Floyd Treat, age 71 of Mountain Home passed away Wednesday April 24, 2013.
A Twin Lakes Area native, Mr. Treat was born Feb. 6, 1942, a son of Floyd "Big" Treat and Zetta Henson Treat. He grew up at Flippin, where he attended and graduated school. Mr. Treat entered the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the USS Kearsarge during the Laos crisis of 1961.
After his military service, Mr. Treat worked as an electrician for North American Rockwell. He later became an independent businessman and was active in various community ventures. Mr. Treat served 30 years on the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District board of directors, including 12 years as board chairman. He also was on the Arvest Advisory Board.
Mr. Treat served 32 years as a reserve deputy with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, including 10 years with the Criminal Investigative Division. He was a member of the Baxter County Planning Board and chaired the board for construction of the Baxter County Detention Center.
A Master Mason, Mr. Treat had been a Mason for 48 years and was a 32nd degree Shriner. He was an endowment and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Mr,.Treat was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, often venturing on hunting trips in the West.
On Christmas Eve 1961, Mr. Treat married Carolyn Seawright, also of Flippin. They became parents of three children, Sheila Treat of Mountain Home; Teresa (and Jim) Teague of Star City; and Kenton Floyd Treat II of West Plains, MO.
Survivors include his wife, at home; his three children: three grandchildren: Stuart Dollar of Mountain Home and Dylan and Alyssa Teague of Star City; a brother, Kenneth Treat of Mountain Home; a sister, Kathy White of Bull Shoals; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Mr. Treat was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kern Treat, Keith Treat and Kelley treat; a sister, Betty Kay Treat; and a grandson, Justin Alan Teague.
Visitation will be from 12 until 9 PM Friday, April 26, 2013 at Roller Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6 until 8 PM. A funeral service, conducted by Frank Daniels, Life Tribute Specialist will be held 2 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Roller Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Flippin Cemetery. A Masonic service, military honors by Ozark VFW Post 3246 and Baxter County Sheriff's Department honors will all take place at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baxter House Adult Day Care Center.

 

Jerry Eugene Shanks

Graveside services for Jerry Eugene Shanks, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Stuart Union Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Shanks died at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born November 28, 1941, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Aubra and Eunice May DeLarm Shanks. On October 10, 1981, he was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Carolyn Wheatley, who preceded him in death on April 2, 2009. Mr. Shanks was a veteran having served in Germany with the United States Army, and before his retirement he was employed with Amyx Manufacturing. He loved his daughters and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Shanks was a Christian.

He is survived by two daughters, Heather Shanks and Stacy Peardon, husband, John, all of Willow Springs, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Kacie, Kailey and Kyra Shanks, Kyle and Dayton Murdy and Mariah and Miley Peardon; two brothers, Bob Shanks, Willow Springs, Missouri and Bill Shanks, wife, Edith, Jacksonville, Alabama; two sisters, Pauline Pyatt, husband, John, West Plains, Missouri and Truda Wood, husband, David, Pomona, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, sister-in-law, Elaine Shanks and brother-in-law, J. D. Smith, precede him in death.

Mr. Shanks will lie in state from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at ww.robertsondrago.com.

 

Everett Leon Pitcock

A visitation service for Everett Leon Pitcock, Sr. 70, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pitcock died at 3:57 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 5, 1943, atCoweta, Oklahoma, to Charles Everett (Charlie) Pitcock and Leila Ellen Beard Pitcock. He graduated from West Plains High School. Mr. Pitcock was a veteran having served in the Army National Guard as a specialist 4th Class and was an automobile mechanic.

He is survived by one son, Everett Pitcock, Jr., special friend, Jennifer Conner, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Norma E.Grisham, of the State of Arkansas and Purna Roberts, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and two sisters, Bonnie Burnley and Gertrude Gregory Crites, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lorene Elizabeth Barrett

Funeral services for Lorene Elizabeth Barrett, 90, West Plains, Missouri, formerly of Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, officiated by Dr. Frank Mulford, of Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Barrett went home to be with her Lord at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 11, 1922, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Elza Hopkins and Clara Fox Hopkins. On January 16, 1939, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to John Clinton Barrett, who preceded her in death on December 31, 2003, they lived in the Springfield/Ash Grove area for fifty-nine years; they also enjoyed warm winters in Bell Glade, Florida. Lorene enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was known for her radiant smile and her vibrant joy, love and laughter, which touched all who knew her. Mrs. Barrett was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by four children, Dr. John C. Barrett, Jr., West Plains, Missouri, Russell L. Barrett, wife, Nancy, Springfield, Missouri, Mary Eloise Jenkins, husband, Ronald, Springfield, Missouri and Rebecca J. Thomas, husband, Bill, Walnut Creek, California; ten grandchildren, Brenda Anson, Springfield, Missouri, Gary Duncan, Palm Springs, California, Randy Jenkins, Grand Prairie, Texas, Danny Duncan, Centerburg, Ohio, Bradley Barrett, Republic, Missouri, Ronda Barney, Gainesville, Virginia, Bryan Duncan, Walnut Creek, California, Dawnn Barrett, Independence, Missouri, Jenniffer Rose, Morrisville, Missouri and Jeannette Serrano, Branson, Missouri; twenty great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Vera Cleo Bailey, Vacaville, California and Vivian Stringfellow, Hernando, Mississippi; one brother, Edward Hopkins, wife, Jewell, Pottersville, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and one brother, Charles Hopkins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., to 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, followed by a family gathering at Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, with services officiated by Reverend Edward Hopkins of Hope of Glory Church, West Plains, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. All are invited to come to both services if they would like. We know some will need to leave after Funeral Service and we wish them a safe trip home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lefel Wayne King

Funeral services for Lefel Wayne King, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. King died at 1:03 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born December 3, 1927, at Dawt, Missouri, to Evert R. King and Alta Hodgson King. The youngest of eight children, he grew up around Dawt Mill, joined the United States Navy in 1946, and served on an aircraft carrier until his Honorable discharge in 1948. On June 6, 1951, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Naomi Faye Sanders, who preceded him in death on October 2, 2005 and to their union two daughters were born, Gloria K. Crumpley and Connie Jo Bryson, He was employed as an inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation from 1953 until 1983 when he retired and began a wonderful life devoted to hunting, fishing, nature photography and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Gloria Crumpley, husband, Jim, son-in-law, David Bryson; grandchildren, Justin Bryson and special friend, Liz Vizier, Ashley Romans, husband, Lucas, Eric Taylor and Kelly Taylor and her son Zarin; special friend, Bettye Watson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who will all greatly miss his adventurous spirit and kind nature.

His parents, wife, daughter, Connie Jo Bryson, and his siblings, Velva Lewis, Clyde King, Eldon King, Vesta King, Agnes Rogers, Hershel King, Lonez Williams, Tesley King, Theda King and Lelon King, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Clear Springs Cemetery, Dawt, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Community Foundation Center, Cancer Treatment Center or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Mary Margaret Glenn

A Memorial service/visitation for Mary Margaret Glenn, 98, a longtime resident of West Plains, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Glenn passed away at her home April 20, 2013. She was born in Vernon County, Missouri and spent her childhood on a farm in the Walker community. Margaret graduated from Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College. She was united in marriage to Harold Glenn on the day after her graduation, August 4, 1937. They spent 62 happy years together.

Margaret taught English at Central Junior High in West Plains from 1958 until 1967. She enjoyed teaching and was known by her students as an outstanding teacher. Margaret and Harold owned and operated West Plains Music Store for many years. Margaret was active in the First United Methodist Church where she was an original member of the Elizabeth Group.

Margaret is survived by all four children: Judy Steele, husband, Jim, Henderson, Nevada, Harold Allen Glenn, wife, Susan, Corona, California, Charles Glenn, wife, Carolyn, West Plains, Missouri and Catherine Bray, husband Lloyd "Bud", West Plains, Missouri; her ten grandchildren, Douglas Duke, Steven Glenn, Derek Duke, Brian Glenn, Jann May, Andrea Glenn Monroe, Kristin Glenn, Kevin Bray, Keith Bray and Justin Bray and her ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Glenn in 1999 and her brother Joseph Hightower in 1960.

Margaret enjoyed her last years at home with the loving support of her care providers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church to support the West Plains Christian Health Clinic, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com

 

Clyde William Young

Funeral services for Clyde William Young, 82, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Young died at 9:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 17, 1930, at Boydsville, Arkansas, to Walter Virgil and Thelma Irene Pence Young. On April 11, 1952, he was married at Ridgeland, South Carolina, to Delphia Louise Nettell. Mr. Young was a veteran, having served twenty-three years with the United States Air Force. Dad never met a stranger, and will be greatly missed by all friends and family. Mr. Young was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Delphia Young, of the family home; two sons, Michael William Young, wife, Lori, West Plains, Missouri, and Glenn Patrick Young, wife, Kathryn, Panama City, Florida; five grandchildren, Joshua William Young, Michelle Denee Young, Jason Michael Young, Wesley Aaron Young and Jared Andrew Young; four great-grandchildren, Kensi, Hannah, Lylah and Makayla; and one brother, Bennie Ray Young, wife, Shirley, House Springs, Missouri.

His parents, two brothers, Lloyd and Robert Young and two sisters, Geneva Kirkland and Virginia Young, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri, at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rover Fire Department and first responders or Hospice Compassus, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Joyce Bell

Funeral services for Joyce Bell, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 1st Presbyterian Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bell died at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born on the Dora Ridge February 18, 1918 and her proud parents were Norton White Pease and Christena Moritz Pease.

She was the eldest of three daughters; and was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Stout and husband Curtis Stout and she is survived by her baby sister, Louise and husband James. A much loved brother, Dallas, died in his infancy.

Joyce rode the bus to Ava—thirty five miles every day graduating with the Class of 1936 (there was no high school closer). She met her love, Clyde Bell while attending high school at Ava and she graduated with a B.S. in Education from State Teacher's College (MSU) and then later received a Master's in Education from Drury University.

She married Clyde Bell on September 23, 1939 and a daughter Carol as born to this rural teaching couple. Carol and her husband Richard reside in West Plains as does their daughter Christena and her husband John Coleman as well as much loved great-granddaughter, Caroline Camille. Joyce is survived by five nephews and two nieces and a host of grand-nephews, their spouses and children.

Joyce lived through the depression (perhaps accounting for her philosophy to save everything), two world wars, and four military encounters while living a quiet, productive life in the hills. She grew up riding the bus and truly lamented when she could no longer drive her latest set of wheels! Joyce was a retired teacher and belonged to several educational organizations, the First Presbyterian Church of West Plains and the order of the Eastern Star. She liked people and loved having a booth at Aids then later to play bingo at West Vue or to entertain her special great-granddaughter, Camille.

During her 95 years, Joyce Bell experienced much, enjoyed lots and made every minute count. She was an independent, fun person who adapted to all of the changes that occurred during her lifetime. She will be missed.

Mrs. Bell will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Saturday, until 12:00 Noon Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A private interment will be in the Ava Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Clyde and Joyce Bell Elementary Education Scholarship, Boys & Girls Club of West Plains or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Cynthia Jo Baird

Visitation services for Cynthia Jo Baird, 61, Dora, Missouri, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, with funeral service beginning at 12:00 Noon, on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Union Grove Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Cynthia went home to be with her savior and her Dad, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.


She was born August 17, 1951, at Gallipolis, Ohio, to Erma Earnestine Fraley Baird and the late Glenn O. Baird. She lived her life in Gallipolis, Ohio and graduated from Gallia Academy High School. After graduation, she worked at the Gal-Co Workshop for forty-one years. She was an active member of the First Church of God in Gallipolis. Cynthia and her mother, Erma, came three years ago to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Bill McKinney of Dora, Missouri. Cynthia was a volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She met many wonderful friends while working there. Cindy never met a stranger. She loved life and enjoyed family, traveling, quilting, youth group at Church of God, her Alpacas, piano, dulcimer and signing her praises to Our Lord. On April 10, 2010 she was diagnosed with Leukemia and fought a very hard battle. She endured seven months of Chemo at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and other treatments at OMC in West Plains. She was a fighter to the end, always saying, "I am fine." The cancer never took her soul. She was surrounded by many family members and friends when she went Home to be with Our Lord and her father. Living in Dora she was an active member of Union Grove Baptist Church. Cindy enjoyed singing in church every Sunday. She sang Sunday, April 14, a song which she lived by, "One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus". Cindy had a smile that you could never forget.


She is survived by her mother, Erma Baird, West Plains, Missouri, formerly of Gallipolis, Ohio; three sisters, Rebecca Pasquale, husband, John, Gallipolis, Ohio, Donna McKinney, husband, Bill, Dora, Missouri and Kimberly Bates, Jackson, Ohio; one brother, Ron Baird, wife, Phyllis, Jefferson, Georgia; twelve nieces and nephews; thirty-one great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.


Her father, one niece, Cassandra Canterbury and one nephew, Michael Pasquale, precede her in death.


Funeral services will be held next week at First Church of God, with burial at the Pine Street Cemetery, under direction of Waugh-Haley-Wood Funeral Home, Gallispolis, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Cathy Diana Lamb

A Visitation remembering Cathy, Diana Lamb"Cat", 57, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Cathy died at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at her home. She was born December 7, 1955, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Herbert "Ray" Lamb and Elva Dean May Lamb. She had worked as a cook at Lamp Light Village. Cathy was a member of the Church of Christ.


She is survived by her mother, Elva Dean "Jackie" Lamb Kreger, West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Katie Hillyard, Belfair, Washington; three grandchildren, Kayla Cheyenne Cooper, Brandon Wayne Cooper and Garron Justus Hillyard; one brother, Herbert Lamb, Tulsa, Oklahoma; two sisters, Linda VonCannon, Yorktown, Virginia and Tami Dudgeon, husband, Alan, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.


Her father and one son, James Lyle Cockrum, precede her in death.


Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Marilyn Gauger

Graveside services for Marilyn Gauger, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mrs. Gauger died at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.


She was born July 12, 1922, at Chicago, Illinois, to Christian Paulsen and Hazel Albright Paulsen. On November 29, 1952, she was married at Chicago, Illinois, to Vernon Robert Gauger, who preceded her in death on April 4, 2010. She retired after working for forty years from The United Methodist Publishing Co., in Park Ridge, Illinois. Mrs. Gauger was a veteran, having served in the Women's Army Corps with the United States Army, during World War II in the South Pacific; she was very proud to have served her country. She was a long time member of the Lutheran Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois and for the past fourteen years was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, West Plains, Missouri.


She is survived by two sisters, Irene Garner, Marshall, Illinois and Faith Mickey, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Ruby Paulsen, Marshall, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.


Her parents, husband of 62 years, three sisters and their spouses, Caroline Garner and husband Leon, Virginia Jahnke, husband, Harvey, Gladys Sanders, husband Luther, two brothers, Ralph Paulsen and Carl Paulsen and one brother-in-law, Bill Garner, precede her in death.


Mrs. Gauger will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Friday until Noon Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Pearl Emogene Stout

Funeral services for Pearl Emogene Stout, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Gentryville Church of God, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stout died at 4:27 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born January 23, 1930, at Mountain Grove, Missouri, to James Tony Parker and Lois Mae Coble Parker. During her childhood years, Pearl lived in Mountain Grove, Missouri and her teen years in Sanger, California, where she graduated high school. On March 18, 1950, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Byron Virgil Stout, who preceded her in death September 5, 1998; to this union, five children were born. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She loved all kinds of music, singing and dancing (she would take her apron off and do the Charleston for her grandchildren). She loved to paint, cook, read and was a good seamstress; she had a great sense of humor. Most of all, her family came first. Mrs. Stout was a Christian and attended Gentryville Church of God.

She is survived by five children, Jim Stout, wife, Gala, West Plains, Missouri, Dean Stout, wife, Nancy, Drury, Missouri, Terry Stout, wife, Pam, Republic, Missouri, Mary Mayberry, husband, Ted, Dora, Missouri and Robin Corrier, West Plains, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Marie Brown, Lincoln, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, one grandchild, Kevin Adams, one great-grandchild, Kenneth Stout, her parents, one brother-in-law, John Brown and one sister-in-law, Vida Smith, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gentryville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentryville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Winfred Emmert Collins

Funeral services for Winfred Emmert Collins, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 7:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 6, 1920, at Roosevelt, Missouri, to Hobart Garrett Collins and Alice Amanda White Collins. On May 25, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Lillian Freeman. Mr. Collins was a veteran, having served with the United States Army. He was a farmer and had been a school bus driver for twenty-five years for Willow Springs School District. Mr. Collins was a member of Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Collins, of the family home; four children, Shirley Bunch, husband, Junior, Twin Bridges, Missouri, Lennie Collins, wife, Sharon, Mountain View, Missouri, Michael Collins, wife, Tammy, Twin Bridges, Missouri, and Robin Collins, wife, Brenda, Willow Springs, Missouri; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Fern Collins, Eldon, Missouri, Mary Collins, Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Helen Wyas, Chandler, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one infant granddaughter, Savannah Elizabeth, great-grandson, Jayce Groves, two sisters, Eva Gilbert and Francis Anne, two brothers, Wilford and J.R. Collins; one infant brother, four infant sisters, and two brothers-in-law, Earl Gilbert and Ray Wyas, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Inman Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Robert Leroy Aborn

Funeral services for Robert Leroy Aborn, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Aborn died at 7:17 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born December 29, 1927, in Howell County, Missouri, to Oran L. and Hattie M. Johnson Aborn. On November 12, 1949, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Lorene Hicks, who preceded him in death on April 2, 2005. Mr. Aborn was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. Before his retirement, he was employed with Southwest Truck Body (now DRS). Mr. Aborn was a member of the Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle and had preached at Mt. Carmel, Field Creek, and Pentecostal Revival Center. He had preached at over two hundred funerals and was a chaplain at West Vue Nursing Center.

He is survived by three children, Patricia Knox, Springfield, Missouri, Bob Aborn, West Plains, Missouri and Chuck Aborn, Springfield, Missouri; one grandson, Jason Knox; one great-granddaughter, Alison Knox; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, two sisters, Ina Mae Griffin and Elsie J. Roe, one nephew, Leroy Griffin and one son-in-law, John Knox, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Georgia May Phillips

Funeral services for Georgia May Phillips, 91, Dora, will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Needmore Church of God under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Phillips died 7:22 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born January 20, 1922 at Fristoe, Missouri to Archie Ray and Ollie May Austin Day. She was married April 1, 1939 at Fristoe to Curtis F. Keightley, and then on September 23, 1944, she was married at Sedalia to Marion Phillips, who preceded her in death October 14, 1987.

After earning her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, she taught for many years at Dora School. At the time of her retirement, she was school counselor. Mrs. Phillips enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting and crossword puzzles.. She was a Christian and a member of Needmore Church of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances Tindell, Springfield and Geneva Inman, Dora; thirteen grandchildren, Steve, Deanna, Lewis, Sheila, Wendy, Eldon, Jeremy, Candace, Jessica, Daniel, Linda, Judith and Mary Alice; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Joletha Draper, Peoria, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, two sons, Earnest and Curtis E. Keightley, one step-son, Dorsey Schaper, three great-grandchildren, four brothers, Gilbert, Leonard, Archie, Jr. and Austin Day, one sister, Mildred Thomas, two sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

Edward "Ed" Randolph "Randy" Collins

Funeral services for Edward "Ed" Randolph "Randy" Collins, 64, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 7:50 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 20, 1948, at Siloam Springs, Missouri, to Everett and Flora Adiline Thompson Collins. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1967 and on July 22, 1967, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Betty Lou Johnson. Mr. Collins was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He had been employed at Regal Beloit and enjoyed fishing, racing, coin collecting and working on lawn mowers in his free time. Randy Collins was a friend to everyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Collins, of the family home; four children, Eric Collins, Melissa Judd, husband, Robert, Sandy Corey, husband, David and Lacey Collins, fiancé Kenny Whittenburg, all of West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Shala and James Judd; six brothers, Orville Dean Collins, wife, Sheila, Pomona, Missouri, Tommy Collins, wife, Robin, Pomona, Missouri, Mikel Collins, wife, Chris, West Plains, Missouri, Randl Collins, wife, Michelle, West Plains, Missouri, Steavy Collins, wife, Cathy, Rover, Missouri and Bruce Collins, Pomona, Missouri; five sisters, Carolyn Moffett, Turney, Missouri, Mildred Harmon, husband, Mark, Thayer, Missouri, Nancy Sympson, husband, Fred, Pomona, Missouri, Thelma Caldwell, husband, Quinn, Koshkonong, Missouri and Belinda Kuntz, husband, Bob, West Plains, Missouri; three aunts, Wanda Thompson, Nona Oaks and Bernice Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Ann Turnbull, three brothers, Robert, Keith and Kelly Collins, his mother-in-law Marie Johnson and his father-in-law, Burl Johnson, and grandparents, Bertha and John Oaks, Randal Collins, Frank and Carolyn Thompson, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Grove (Buff) Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Helen Mae Peterson

Funeral services for Helen Mae Peterson, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Peterson died at 12:55 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born December 12, 1923, at Moody, Missouri, to Samuel and Alby Wilson Hoglen. On March 6, 1943, she was married at Sturkie, Arkansas, to Eugene Peterson, who preceded her in death on February 11, 2006. She enjoyed her family, grandkids and cooking. Mrs. Peterson was a member of the United Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Danny Peterson, wife, Barbara and Dick Peterson, wife, Ginger, all of West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Angie Garner, husband Jimmy, Shayne Peterson, wife, Renetta, Jason Peterson, wife, Rachel, Shawn Peterson, special friend, Denise and Brittany Stanley, husband William; eight great-grandchildren, Brady Peterson, Ashton Garner, Ethan Garner, Stone Peterson, Lawson Peterson, Shayleeana Peterson, Hunter Stanley and Haylee Stanley; one brother, Raymond Hoglan, wife, Bonnie, Jefferson City, Missouri; two sisters, Nadine Peterson and Edna Ball, both of Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, five brothers, Roy Lee, Ralph, Lawrence, Melvin and James Hoglan, one sister, Anna Newberry and one great-grandson, Zayne Peterson, precede her in death.

Mrs. Peterson will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Treatment Center Patient Fund or State Line Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Bonnie Lynne McCarley

Graveside services for Bonnie Lynne McCarley, 51, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Clear Springs Cemetery, Dawt, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. McCarley died at 7:43 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born September 21, 1961, at Davenport, Iowa, to Archie and Edna Hendricks Hathcock. She collected dolphins and Chihuahuas and enjoyed her dog, Baby. Mrs. McCarley was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Marie Cook, Western Grove, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Stacy Cook, Huntsville, Arkansas and Bryan Cook, Western Grove, Arkansas; five brothers, Winston Hathcock, wife, Marley, Marshfield, Missouri, Steven Plumb, wife, Judy, Mansfield, Missouri, Donald Hathcock, wife, Cindy, Pomona, Missouri, Joe Hathcock, wife, Karla, Gainesville, Missouri and Bruce Hathcock, Sikeston, Missouri; six sisters, LouWetta Carlson, husband, Howard, Joplin, Missouri, Cathy Russell, husband, Donnie, Niangua, Missouri, Lola Marberry, Niangua, Missouri, Louise Rhine, West Plains, Missouri, Rita Kelley, husband, Greg, Davenport, Iowa and Marley Hathcock, Marshfield, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two brothers, Vanton Hathcock and Eugene Bonney, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Clear Springs Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
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ondolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Cecil "Gerald" Cawvey

Funeral services for Cecil "Gerald" Cawvey, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cawvey died at 11:05 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born November 11, 1925, at Moko, Arkansas, to Cecil King Cawvey and Lona Mae Holloway Cawvey. On December 23, 1948, he was married at Moko, Arkansas, to Laura Jean Bentley, who preceded him in death on September 6, 1976. In 1978, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Mildred Bray, who preceded him in death in 2010. Mr. Cawvey was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre of War. Before his retirement, he had been the owner/operator of Cawvey's Electric, Glenwood Store and had worked for the City of West Plains. He enjoyed his work, farming, riding his tractors, fishing and was an avid hunter. Mr. Cawvey was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Moko Church of Christ.

He is survived by one son, Gary Cawvey, wife, Jonna Kay, West Plains, Missouri; one step-son, Sonny Bray, wife, Connie, Salem, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Lori Cawvey, Scott Cawvey, wife, Nita, Shawna Cawvey, Michele Wood, husband, Shane, Kayla Ball, husband, Jarred and Carson Cawvey, wife, Carolina; twenty-one great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, Holly, Hailey, Hassie and Hanna; one brother, Marshall Cawvey, wife, Janet, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Fern Duke, State of Michigan; two daughters-in-law, Renee Cawvey, West Plains, Missouri and Pamela Cawvey, Tecumseh, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Bill Bowling; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wives, two sons, Michael Cawvey and Richard Cawvey, one grandson, Stacy Cawvey, two sisters, Rosella and Christina ; one brother Hedley, and two brothers-in-law, Toll R. Duke and Carnie Hammond, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to State Line Cemetery or Disabled American Veterans, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Katherine Marie Wood Clark

Graveside services for Katherine Marie Wood Clark, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at Stuart Union Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Clark died at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born October 14, 1930, at Whiteville, Tennessee, to Ervin Rodgers and Oscie Mathis Rodgers. On July 3, 1948, she was married at Glendale, Arizona, to Kenneth Wood; two children were born to this union, Roger Wood and Sharon Wood Friend. In 1978, she was married to Thonie Clark. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a good homemaker. Throughout her life, she was a dairy farmer, worked at West Plains Shoe Factory, Eaton Corporation and the West Plains High School cafeteria. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Everyone remembers her by her sweet smile. Mrs. Clark was a member and had attended Spring Creek Church.

She is survived by two children, Roger Wood, wife, Rolinda, Mansfield, Missouri and Sharon Friend, husband, Logan, Oxford, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Lori Wood, Michelle Watson, Justin Friend and Joshua Friend; six great-grandchildren that called her "Granny Coke" because she supplied them with cokes and candy, Kanen Watson, Noah Friend, Kelsi Watson, Sydney Watson, Faith Watson and Jacob Friend; one sister; Laverne Faulkner; and three brothers, Jerry Rodgers, Don Rodgers and Larry Rodgers.

Her parents, husbands, one brother, Richard Rodgers and one sister-in-law Sandy Rodgers, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to NHC Healthcare, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Lois Marie Gerber

Visitation services for Lois Marie Gerber, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, April 5, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gerber died at 3:28 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born May 7, 1927, in Kansas City, Missouri, to John Herbert Shepp and Edna Mae Smith Shepp. She graduated from Central High School, Kansas City, Missouri and on June 23, 1945, was married at Harper, Kansas, to Marion E. Gerber, who preceded her in death December 17, 2004. She worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Jack Wiles for twenty-three years. Mrs. Gerber was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by two children, David Gerber, wife, Carolyn, West Plains, Missouri and Richard Gerber, wife, Debbie, Cooperstown, New York; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dottie Webb, New Bern, North Carolina.

Her parents, husband, one infant son, Dan Gerber, one sister, Mina Ruth Robb and one brother, Jack Shepp, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Dawn Cherise Davis

Funeral services for Dawn Cherise Davis, 45, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Davis died at 8:00 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born December 1, 1967, at Chicago, Illinois, to David Wimmer and Billie Jo Ann Clemmons Wimmer. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1986. On September 8, 2000, she was married in Fulton County, Arkansas, to Jackie Davis. Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and liked gardening and flowers. She was an animal lover and loved her pets. Mrs. Davis attended Koshkonong Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jackie Davis, of the family home; two daughters, Jacquelyn and Kayla Jo Davis, of the family home; two step-daughters, Courtney and Jordan Davis; one sister, Kathy Bilbo, husband, Mike, Chicago, Illinois; three brothers, John Veloria, wife, Mary Ester, Austin, Texas, Mike Veloria, wife, Sue, Gamaliel, Arkansas; and Gerald Veloria, wife, Cathy, West Plains, Missouri; one aunt, Pat Klimzack; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Michael Alex Williams

Michael Alex Williams, 57, West Plains, Missouri, died at 9:50 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born September 3, 1955, at Springfield, Missouri, to Louis Alexander "Alex" Williams and Bonnie Arlene Arnett Williams. In October of 1990, he was married to Brenda Hunter. He was part owner of Williams Discount Liquidations.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Williams, of the family home; five children, Adam Williams, wife, Mindy and Megan Williams, all of West Plains, Missouri, Stacy Denton, husband, Keith, Fairland, Oklahoma, Brandon Hunter, wife, Camisha, West Plains, Missouri and Shanna Harrell, husband, Chris, of State of Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger Williams, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Shirley Sue Click, husband, Randall, Monett, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents precede him in death.

Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Beulah Mae Roberts

Funeral services for Beulah Mae Roberts, 89, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Pomona Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Roberts passed away at 1:50 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 31, 1923, at Vista, Missouri, to James and Freda Johnson Kelley. Beulah was united in marriage to William Howard Caton on August 31, 1940 and to this union four children were born. Mr. Caton preceded her in death on January 5, 1989. On July 29, 1991, she married George Roberts, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2004. Mrs. Roberts raised her family in Hutton Valley, Missouri and was always willing to help out anyone in need, especially by bringing food as she was an avid and wonderful cook. She enjoyed music, especially southern gospel and played piano by ear. She served for thirty years as organist at Pomona Christian Church; volunteered at Ozarks Medical Center as well as playing the piano at Willow Care Nursing Home to lead residents in song. She once said that if she could have chosen a career, she would have been a nurse, because she loved helping people.

Beulah was kind and loving with a great sense of humor and will be missed by her four children, Steve Caton, wife, Barbara, Pomona, Missouri; Terry Nicholson, Willow Springs, Missouri; Judy Brasier, husband, John, Pomona, Missouri and Sue Smith, husband, Ron, Washington, Illinois; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and countless others whose lives she touched.

Her parents, husbands and all of her siblings, precede her in death.

Mrs. Roberts will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Pomona Christian Church Building Fund for a new kitchen, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

James William Nicks

Funeral services for James William Nicks, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Nicks died at 3:15 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born February 23, 1933, at Leota, Missouri, to John Gilbert Nicks and Sylvia Gladys Murdock Nicks. On October 28, 1962, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Lucy May Ball, who preceded him in death on September 5, 2005. He was a machine operator at United Technologies Factory in St. Louis for thirty-four years. He was an avid gardener, liked to dance at the Senior Center and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Hicks was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by special friend, Kathleen Muir, West Plains, Missouri; two step-daughters, Joyce Dunlap, husband, Sonny, Virburnum, Missouri and Jackie Harper, West Plains, Missouri; eight step-grandchildren; nineteen step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Thurman "Pat" Nicks, wife, Irma, Willow Springs, Missouri; one sister, Jennie Watkins, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Alice Nicks and Betty Stain; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one step-son-in-law, Jerry Harper, two step-sons, Gene and Sam Heck, one step-granddaughter, Pam Linberry, two brothers, Gilbert and Delbert Nicks and four sisters, Marie Bright, Mattie Bradley, Betty Nicks and Hazel Lawrence , precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Daniel "Paul" Harrison

Funeral services for Daniel "Paul" Harrison, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Harrison died at 2:37 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.


He was born June 26, 1923, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Joseph Adison Harrison and Delia Mae Gann Harrison. On October 3, 1942, he was married at Thomasville, Missouri, to Helen Clark, who preceded him in death on June 14, 2012. Before his retirement, he was a pull over machine operator at International Shoe Factory. He enjoyed his farm, gardening and his tractor. Mr. Harrison was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ.


He is survived by one daughter, Joann Eagleman, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Vicki Oberdorf, husband, Eric, West Plains, Missouri, Michael Hicks, Nevada, Missouri and Kevin Hicks, wife, Erin, West Plains, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Felicia, Andrea', Shelby and Brady; one great-great-grandchild, Marcus; and one son-in-law, Duaine Hicks, wife, Mary, Pomona, Missouri.


His parents, wife, daughter, Beverly Hicks, one brother and two sisters, precede him in death.


Mr. Harrison will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until service time at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Curry Street Church of Christ, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Jackie Kay Batesel

A Memorial service will be held at a later date for Jackie Kay Batesel, 66, Willow Springs, Missouri.

Mrs. Batesel died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 15, 1946, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Glenn and Lorene McCallister Stults. On August 6, 1986, she was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Bruce Batesel. Mrs. Batesel had worked at Brown Shoe Factory in Willow Springs, Missouri; she enjoyed Nascar Racing, spending time with family and friends and she especially enjoyed her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Batesel, of the family home; three children, Carl Hicks, wife, Beverly, Willow Springs, Missouri, Wendy Willard, husband, Steve, Willow Springs, Missouri and Danny Joe Hicks, wife, Carla, Pomona, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jerod Hicks, Joel Hicks, wife, Christy, Joshua Hicks, Lindsey Aldridge and Jacob Wood; one great-grandson, Hunter Hicks; two very special "adopted" sons, J.D. Cox and Jeff Hicks; and one brother, Jerry Stults, Belleville, Illinois.

Her parents and one brother, Michael Stults, precede her in death.

On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Flossie Marie Blake

Funeral services for Flossie Marie Blake, 74, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blake died at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at her home.

She was born September 30, 1938, at Gamaliel in Baxter County, Arkansas, to Bal Minge and Edith Elizabeth Dihel Minge. She graduated from Viola High School with the Class of 1957. On June 6, 1956, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Kenneth Blake. Early in their marriage, they lived in California while Kenny served in the Marine Corps. Later they settled near Bakersfield, Missouri where they raised their children on the family farm. Flossie retired from Baxter Health Care, Mountain Home. She enjoyed the outdoors and camping yearly with her brothers and family; she was a loving mother and granny. . Her ability to problem solve and fix anything from mechanics to broken hearts will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Her soft heart touched many people throughout the years. Mrs. Blake was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Blake, of the family home; two children, Deborah Mahan, husband, Mike and David Blake, all of Bakersfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michael Mahan, wife, Tracy, Caulfield, Missouri, Lisa Bean, husband, Bobby, Caulfield, Missouri, Clifford Blake, Bakersfield, Missouri and Cruise Blake, Bakersfield, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Logan and Mason Mahan and Bo and Luke Bean; two brothers, Bob Minge, wife, Leah, Clio, Michigan and Thurlo Minge, wife, Gloria, Viola, Arkansas; one sister, Ruby Pemberton, special friend, Don, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, five brothers, Willie, Roy, Troy, Fred and Charlie Minge, one sister, Ida Mae Dobbs and one great-grandson, Jaxon Mahan, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Flutie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Flutie Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Rudolph Lawrence Eck

Funeral services for Rudolph Lawrence Eck, 84, West Plains, Missouri and formerly of Peace Valley, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Eck died Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Belleville Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.

He was born December 28, 1928 at Fredericktown, Missouri to Stephen and Anna Rose Kuzma Eck. On November 16, 1950, he was married at Kingston, North Carolina to Goldie Inez Delaplain who preceded him in death on July 13, 2012. Mr. Eck was a veteran having served with the United States Marines; before his retirement, he was a truck driver and farmer in the Peace Valley area and enjoyed fishing. He was of the Catholic faith with his membership at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church; also, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Shipley, Vanzant, Missouri and Sandra Huckabey and husband, Joseph, Pomona, Missouri; six grandchildren, Lisa Rodgers and husband, Jimmy, Jenny Hambelton and husband, Greg, Jaci Robinson and husband, Billy, Brianna Shipley, J. L. Huckabey and Catherine Huckabey; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Eck and wife, Rosie, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri; three sisters, Mary Ann Henke, Glen Carbon, Illinois, Micheline "Micky" Owens, Granite City, Illinois and Elizabeth "Beth" Hellrun and husband, Dan, Troy, Illinois; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Eck, Bossier City, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews

His parents, wife, one brother, Richard Eck and one brother-in-law, Edwin Henke, precede him in death.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Cemetery or the Knights of Columbus and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed atwww.robertsondrago.com.

 

Guy Joshua Bird

Funeral services for Guy Joshua Bird, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Bird died 10:02 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born January 13, 1940 at Dora, Missouri to Champ Clark and Winnie Jewell Russell Bird. On July 28, 1961, Mr. Bird was married at Bakersfield, California to Janet Irene Demkey. He was a veteran having served with the United States Marines; before his retirement, Mr. Bird was employed by Santa Fe Energy and Tosco Oil Corporation. He was an amateur gold panner and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Bird was of the baptist faith with his membership in the Central Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Bird, of the family home; two children, Thomas D. Bird, wife, Karen, Pottersville, Missouri and Carolyn S. Pruett, husband, Rick, Bakersfield, California; six grandchildren, Chris Pruett, Nick Pruett, Tal Pruett, Adon Pruett, Cory Bird and Melissa Neal; one great-grandchild, Bryer and one on the way; two brothers, James "Clark" Bird, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri and William "Ray" Bird, wife, Debbie, Pottersville, Missouri; one sister, Norma Wilkins, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Parsons Cemetery near Dora, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Calvary Baptist Church Missions and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

Dennis Duane Cherry

Funeral services for Dennis Duane Cherry, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2013, at First Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri, with Reverend Spencer Ray officiating, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cherry passed away at 11:05 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 23, 1930, at Tabor, Iowa, to Albert and Beulah Asman Cherry. He attended West Plains High School and graduated with the Class of 1948. On November 7, 1950, he was married at Hardy, Arkansas, to Irene Bench. After graduation, Dennis worked for his father at OK Tire Shop before joining the United States Navy in 1951. Dennis was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy for thirty years, before retiring back to West Plains in 1981. He was a medical corpsman and served with the Marines during the Korean War; he received the Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and achieved the highest rank of Master Chief. During his military service, he also served in California, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, the Philippine Islands, Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Tennessee. At each place they were stationed, Dennis and Irene found a local church where they could serve their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He served the Lord in West Plains at First Baptist Church for many years as a Deacon and teacher of the young married couple's class. In his later years, he had a special passion for helping those in need through service on the First Baptist Church Benevolence Committee. After retirement, Dennis enjoyed gardening and especially raising delicious tomatoes, which he shared with family and friends. He was a fervent supporter of the Missouri State University Grizzly basketball team and Dennis and Irene were a host family to a basketball player each year. He was one of their most ardent followers until this last year, traveled to every away game as well as attending the home games. However, his greatest joy was found in leading someone to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Anyone who asked how he was doing would hear the reply, "I am blessed" and know that he meant it because of his relationship with the Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, of the family home; two daughters, Cindy Doss, husband, Jack, West Plains, Missouri and Pamela Kinney, husband, Al, Severna Park, Maryland; one sister, Susie Whitsell, husband, Phill; two brothers-in-law, Bob Bench and Junior Bench, wife, Vadna; one sister-in-law, Clara Zell Cherry; seven grandchildren, Rebecca and Sarah Doss, Caleb, Creghton, Grace, Emma and Mia Kinney; and two great-grandchildren, Eve Marie and Ransom Niesen.

His parents and one brother, Jim Cherry, precede him in death.

Mr. Cherry will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Saturday until Noon Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

Lorene Robinson

Funeral services for Lorene Robinson, 88, Crane, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson died at 10:25 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at her home.

She was born July 28, 1924, at Highland, Arkansas, to Oscar Sherman Smith and Cora Cena Ferguson Smith. On May 19, 1940, she was married at Hardy, Arkansas, to James Bryce Robinson, who preceded her in death September 8, 1988. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making quilts and sewing projects for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Robinson was a Christian and attended Spring Creek Church at Hurley, Missouri.

She is survived by four sons, Bob Robinson, wife, Velma, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Jim Robinson, wife, Sharon, Whetstone, Arizona, Johnny Robinson, Springfield, Missouri and Darrell Robinson, wife, Nancy, Gainesville, Missouri; three daughters, Kathy Foster, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri, Tina Bunch, Crane, Missouri and Nina Johnson, husband, Daryl, Longmont, Colorado; seven grandsons; five granddaughters; eight great-grandsons; five great-granddaughters; one sister, Cora Ann Neely, Batesville, Arkansas; special heart son, Paul Bishop, wife, Bobbi, Blue Springs, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, three brothers, Leonard, Jesse and Sherman Smith and two sisters, Viola Fuller and Wilma Smith, precede her in death.

Mrs. Robinson will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until service time in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus of Branson, Missouri and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed atwww.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Randall Franklin Snethern

Graveside services for Randall Franklin Snethern, 62, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Amy Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Snethern died at 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 28, 1951, at Mountain View, Arkansas, to Cecil Edward and Cordie Bell Harris Snethern. He had worked as a welder at D.R.S., enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Snethern was a member of the Mt. Zion Lodge A.F. & A.M. #327.

He is survived by two children, Krista Wiese, husband, David, Willow Springs, Missouri and Keagan Snethern, West Plains, Missouri; the mother of his children, Dwanella Snethern, Caulfield, Missouri; two grandchildren, Harley Wiese and Kahlexza Snethern; two brothers, Jerry Snethern, wife, Joyce Birch Tree, Missouri and J . B. Snethern, Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Louise Roberson, husband, Ronald, West Plains, Missouri and Debra Greeson, husband, Tony, Springfield, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Snethern and Mary Snethern, both of West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three brothers, Bud, J. C. and Dean Snethern, one sister, Maxine Duncan, brother-in-law, Dail Duncan, two nephews and one great-nephew, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Fayne Leland Adams

Funeral services for Fayne Leland Adams, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Family Life Church, Dora, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Adams died at 1:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his home.

He was born August 6, 1926, at Dora, Missouri, to Lee and Florence Robinson Adams. On September 26, 1948, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Margaret Juanita Hall, who preceded him in death July 21, 1994. Before his retirement, he was a farmer, school bus driver for Dora Schools and worked for the United States Forestry Department.

He is survived by two children, Jackie Frazier, husband, Dallas, Dora, Missouri and Kelly Adams, Dora, Missouri; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; Vaunda Brown, of the family home; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one daughter, Jo Ellen, one grandson, Kevin, one great-granddaughter, McKayla and three sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Adams will lie in state from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sweeton Pond Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sweeton Pond Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Mary Lue Cockrum

Graveside services for Mary Lue Cockrum, 83, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2013, at Gospel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cockrum died at 3:37 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born August 31, 1929, in Howell County, Missouri, to Walter and Hazel Williams McGoldrick. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and on September 29, 1949, was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to James A. Cockrum, who preceded her in death September 15, 1980. Mrs. Cockrum was employed with International Shoe Company for over thirty years. She also worked at Baxter Lab and was a rural route mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. Mrs. Cockrum was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by one son, Leon Cockrum, wife, Ruth Ann, Pottersville, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Sheila Cockrum, Pottersville, Missouri; four grandchildren, David A. Cockrum and family, Pottersville, Missouri, Jamie Cockrum and family, Springfield, Missouri, Leigh Ann Cockrum and family, Dora, Missouri and Courtney Lewis and family, Clarkridge, Arkansas; one sister, Hazel M. Wakeland, Moline, Illinois; special friend, Juanita Walker; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, David Lee Cockrum, one brother, Sammy McGoldrick and one sister, Helen McAninch, precede her in death.

Mrs. Cockrum will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Thursday until 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Dan Duane "Rusty" Neely

A memorial service for Dan Duane "Rusty" Neely, 67, Sturkie, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Center Grove Baptist Church, Moody, Missouri.

Mr. Neely died at 7:37 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born November 18, 1945, at Topeka, Kansas, to Raymond and Hazel Fern Snapp Neely. On December 3, 1965, he was married at Oskaloosa, Kansas, to Sherry A. Price. He was a mechanic and machinist. Mr. Neely was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of Center Grove Baptist Church for fifteen years.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Neely, of the family home; three children, Dannie D. Neely, wife, Keri, Midway, Arkansas, Wendy Renee Neely, Sturkie, Arkansas and Shawn Neely, Calico Rock, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Sean Neely and Meaghan Neely; his biological father, Max Dinwiddie, Lawrence, Kansas; two brothers, Mike Dinwiddie, Topeka, Kansas and Pat Dinwiddie, Maple Hill, Kansas; and three sisters, Vera Gilbert, Topeka, Kansas, Mary Peterson, State of Iowa and Kathy Muniz, Lawrence, Kansas.

His parents, biological mother, Martha Pittman, one sister, Christy Baysinger and step-mother, Irene Dinwiddie, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

James Wesley Gibson

James Wesley Gibson, 51, West Plains, Missouri, died at 2:45 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his home. He was born October 16, 1961, at West Plains, Missouri, to Arnold Gibson and Lorene Tucker Sellers. On April 3, 2001, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Brenda Hill. He had worked as a painter for Carl Biring and was employed with Ryan's Steak House. Mr. Gibson was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Gibson, of the family home; one brother, Sylvester Sellers, wife, Sherri, West Plains, Missouri; one uncle, Anthony Scott Tucker, wife, Tena, Peace Valley, Missouri, mother-in-law, Betty Meidell, Caulfield, Missouri; and a host of family and friends.

His parents and one sister, Susie, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed atwww.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ollie Mae Fox

Graveside services for Ollie Mae Fox, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Gospel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fox died at 6:15 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born November 8, 1917, at Cureall, Missouri, to Charles Leroy and Lucy Roberts Williams. On October 16, 1937, she was married at Pottersville, Missouri, to Junice Jackson "Jack" Fox, who preceded her in death on September 11, 1999. Before her retirement, she worked in the fitting department at International Shoe Company. Mrs. Fox was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Vonna Hudson, Columbia, Missouri; three grandchildren, Lila Nix, husband, Tim, Cindy Klippel, husband, Homer and Lesa Riegle; five great-grandchildren, Jason Farrar, Justin Farrar, Brandi Nix, Kristine Young and Keri Roth; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, daughter, Barbara Lenora Cook, grandson, Jimmy Hudson, son-in-law, Bobby Hudson, seven brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Fox will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Tuesday until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Roy D. "Sonny" Collins

Funeral services for Roy D. "Sonny" Collins, 66, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 11:39 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born May 31, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Arvil and Maggie Hatfield Collins. Sonny was a well-known painter and carpenter in West Plains, Pomona and Kansas City areas. He had many friends and was loved by all. Sonny had polio at the age of seven, but he never let that hold him back from doing his work or enjoying life. He loved going to Conley's Quick Stop every morning to drink coffee and visit with his friends and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Sonny was married to Cheryl Marie Chapman and to this union a daughter, Ashley Marie was born, who was the joy of his life.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Marie; step-daughters, Amanda Chapman Venn and Christina Chapman; special companion, Cheryl Marie; two sisters, Wanda Altermatt, husband, Roy and Becky Watkins; nieces and nephews, Randy Crow, Ben Hicks, Jr. Debbie Gray, Robin Siemans, Tony Watkins, Tanya Rothermich and Shawn Altermatt; sister-in-law, Marianna Hicks; special friends Brandon Parrish, J. J. Johnson; Wendy Collins; and several grandchildren.

His parents, brother, Bob Collins, Sisters, June Crow, Goldie Hicks, Lois Hicks and special brothers-in-law, Bill and Ben Hicks, who were like fathers to Sonny, precede him in death.

Visitation services will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home for a headstone. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

 

 

Gail Sue Williamson

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Gail Sue Williamson, 62, Mountain View, Missouri.

Mrs. Williamson departed this life March 7, 2013 at her home.

She was born February 16, 1951, at Joplin, Missouri, to Ralph Franklin Coolbaugh, Jr. and Mary Etta Roland Coolbaugh. On November 9, 1968, she was married at Aurora, Colorado to Dale Williamson; they shared forty-four years together.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Williamson, of the family home; two children, Dawn Marie Williamson and significant other, Jody Walters, Doniphan, Missouri and Cory Wayne Williamson and wife, Kathleen, Arroll, Missouri; two grandchildren, Derick Wayne Crocker and Holly Ann Williamson; two great-great-grandchildren; her mother, Mary Etta Nolan, Mountain View, Missouri; two brothers, Ralph F. Coolbaugh, III and wife, Dawn and Kenneth Coolbaugh, both of Mountain View, Missouri; one sister, Patricia Havlin and husband, Theodore, Summersville, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her father, two brothers, Jason and Andrew Coolbaugh and her father-in-law, precede her in death.

Gail will be missed by all.

 

 

Bernice Elnora Lillian Spotts

Funeral services for Bernice Elnora Lillian Spotts, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Bernice passed away at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born September 27, 1923, at Judd, North Dakota, to Morris and Hilda Lee Mickelson. In 1940, she was married to Henry Podoll, who preceded her in death. To this union, three children were born, Elaine, Harvey and Julie. On November 21, 1964, she was married at Hawthorne, California, to Glen Campbell Spotts, who preceded her in death on November 23, 2010. Bernice took great pride in being a Norwegian and of the Lutheran faith all of her life; family meant so much to her and God had blessed her with three wonderful children. She worked all of her life and retired from Eaton Corporation in 1983.

She is survived by her son, Harvey Podoll, wife, Sandy, State of California; her daughter, Julie Edwards, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; one son-in-law, Bill White, Steelville, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Cindy Anderson, DuBois, Pennsylvania, Brian White, wife, Joanne, West Plains, Missouri, Dailene Forbes, husband, Keith, Steelville, Missouri, Karen Alston, husband, Mark, State of Ohio, Mark Podoll, wife, Jenn, State of California, Mike Edwards, wife, Misty, West Plains, Missouri and Mark Edwards, wife, Britne, West Plains, Missouri; fourteen great-grandchildren, Ashley Anderson, Chelsea Anderson, Paige White, Andrew White, Kaitlynne Forbes, Alyssa Forbes, Carl Alston, Cate Alston, Chelsea Podoll, Madison Podoll, Cordell Ryan, Taylor Ryan, Alexis Edwards and Landon Edwards; one great-great-grandchild, Jax; one sister, Delores Carlson, State of North Dakota; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, one daughter, Elaine White and seven brothers and sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Spotts will lie in state from 12:00 noon Saturday until 12:00 noon Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Eva Louise Lester

Funeral services for Eva Louise Lester, 77, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lester died at 10:48 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born October 27, 1935, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Fred and Flossie London Mullins. Mrs. Lester was a graduate of Bakersfield schools and on April 1, 1959, was married to Bill Lester at Salem, Arkansas. Eva lived her entire life in Bakersfield, Missouri. She spent her working years as a homemaker caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many more who always found her home a welcoming place filled with laughter and love. She enjoyed any activities in which her family was participating. Mrs. Lester faithfully attended the First Baptist Church of Bakersfield her entire life, actively serving as a song leader, Sunday School teacher and helping with Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Lester, of the family home; four children, Lee Lester, wife, Tresa, Viola, Arkansas, John Lester, wife, Terena, Bakersfield, Missouri, Louisa Hudson, husband, Duane, Longmont, Colorado and David Lester, wife, Lisa, Bakersfield, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Matt Lester, wife, Courtney, West Plains, Missouri, Troy Lester, fiancée, Lia Fienhold, Bakersfield, Missouri, Stacie Tackitt, husband, Anthony, Bakersfield, Missouri, Stephanie Sanders, husband, Brad, Bakersfield, Missouri, Corby James, Viola, Arkansas, Claire and Makenzie Lester, Bakersfield, Missouri and Clint Lester, Viola, Arkansas; six great-grandchildren, Madison, Brodie and Chloe Lester, Hayden Sanders and Cadence and Maci Tackitt; one sister, Sandra Fagan, Cape Coral, Florida; one sister-in-law, Cora Sale, husband, Dwain; brother-in-law, Roy Lester, wife, Pattye; one special niece, Janice Asher; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Her parents, one sister, Pauline Jones and one niece, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Hanne Lane Hicks

A Memorial service for Hanne Lane Hicks, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mr. Hicks died at 3:45 a.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 27, 1940, at Columbia, Missouri, to Hanne John Hicks and Laurie Saxer Hicks. On August 18, 1962, he was married at Bloomington, Indiana, to Donna Jackson. Mr. Hicks was an English and Theatre teacher at Bloomington High North and University High School, both in Bloomington, Indiana and was a member of American Federation of Teachers and A.C.L.U. He loved fishing and playing bridge and enjoyed trips to Alaska. Mr. Hicks was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Hicks, of the family home; two children, Dale Hicks, wife, Dawn, West Plains and Christian Hicks, wife, Kally, Kodiak, Alaska; two grandchildren, Garrit Hicks and Evan Hicks; one brother, John Hicks, wife, Mary Ann, Des Moines, Iowa; and two nephews, Marty Hicks and Scott Hicks.

His parents precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

 

 

Kenneth Leo Stubbs

Graveside services for Kenneth Leo Stubbs, 66, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Stubbs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Stubbs died at 3:50 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home.

He was born July 8, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Everett Lloyd Stubbs and Agnes Collins Stubbs. On May 21, 1966, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Linda Hale. Mr. Stubbs was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy and was a truck driver and farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Stubbs, of the family home; three children, Kenneth Stubbs, Jr., wife, Gail, Pomona, Missouri, Brian Keith Stubbs, special Friend, Sarah, West Plains, Missouri, and Jennifer Siegrist, husband, Jason, Willow Springs, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Kenneth Stubbs, III, Denver Watts, Daphne Morris, Seth Stubbs, Bailey Laws, Devin Siegrist, Bailey Siegrist and Kendall Siegrist; one great-grandchild, Desmond; one brother, Steve Stubbs, wife, Helen, Peace Valley, Missouri; five sisters, OdaLee Collins and Evalee Swiney, both of Willow Springs, Missouri, Patsy West, husband, Eugene, Mountain View, Missouri, Dianne Stubbs, West Plains, Missouri and Heidi Collins, husband, Darren, Mountain View, Missouri; special aunt, Vergie Stubbs; special uncle, Wayne Stubbs, wife, Dorothy; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son and one brother precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Stubbs Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

Walter Jerry Reinmuth

Funeral services for Walter Jerry Reinmuth, 60, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Reinmuth died at 11:58 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1952, at West Plains, Missouri, to Glen Stanley Reinmuth and Eleza Marie Bolz Reinmuth. He graduated from Alton High School with the Class of 1970. Mr. Reinmuth was a farmer and mechanic.

He is survived by one step-son, Ricky D. Lambe, Licking, Missouri; one granddaughter, Alexandra Lambe, Licking, Missouri; three brothers, John Reinmuth, Marvin Reinmuth and Vernon Reinmuth, wife, Tracy, all of Rover, Missouri; one sister, Joann Reinmuth, Rover, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Lillian Reinmuth, Rover, Missouri; one niece, Patti Taber, husband, Rick, Rover, Missouri; one nephew, Richard Reinmuth, wife, Penny, West Plains, Missouri; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

His parents and two brothers, Glen and Donald Reinmuth, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rover Volunteer Fire Department, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Bernice Murlene Roberts,

Funeral services for Bernice Murlene Roberts, 87, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Union Grove Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Roberts died at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home.

She was born December 19, 1925, in Howell County, Missouri, to Carl Willis Riley and Lalla Bertie Hudlow Riley. On November 22, 1946, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to O. L. Roberts, Jr., who preceded her in death on January 11, 1993. Mrs. Roberts was a long time member of Union Grove Church.

She is survived by three children, James Roberts, Pottersville, Missouri, Mary Roberts, Mountain Home, Arkansas and Patty Roberts, Mountain Home, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Christopher Roberts, wife, Debbie, Michael Roberts, special friend, Tarin Collins and Patrick Roberts, special friend, Loretta Lopez; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, sister, Virginia Fox and brother, Joseph Riley, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Alzheimer's Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Eula Faye Hoggatt

Funeral services for Eula Faye Hoggatt, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hoggatt died 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at NHC HealthCare. She was born July 13, 1935 at Gainesville, Missouri too Bertie "Oscar" and Elzina Ann Shockey Elliott. She was married at West Plains, Missouri to James Bell and to this union four children were born. Mrs. Hoggatt was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by two children, James Bell, wife, Cathy, Caulfield, Missouri and Kathy Owenby and good friend, Jeff Massey, Dora, Missouri; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Jason Elliott, wife, Velma Junction City, Ohio; three sisters, Ruth Shannon, husband, James, West Plains, Missouri, Barbara Longnecker, husband, Ron, West Plains, Missouri and Oba Conrad, husband, Bill, State of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one son, Maurice Bell, one daughter, Sandra Tandy and one brother, S. L. Elliott, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 1st, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

Vernieca May Colbert

Funeral services for Vernieca May Colbert, 91, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Colbert died at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 16, 1922, at Fairfax, Atchison County, Missouri, to John Arthur Easley and Mary Lucinda Fite Easley. On June 6, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Joseph Truett Colbert, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1975. Mrs. Colbert graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1944. She obtained an Associate degree from Southwest Baptist, Bolivar, Missouri and continued her studies at Southwest Missouri State University, West Plains, Missouri and College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri. She was a teacher at Big Springs and other one room schools in Southern Howell County and preschools in St. Louis intercity schools; in 1968, she moved back to Pomona, Missouri where she taught at the Peace Valley School until it closed. She was the first social worker for Ozark Action Head Start program at Peace Valley and Glenwood schools; retiring from the Willow Springs School. Mrs. Colbert was a missionary on the Pahmonky Indian Tribe reservation near Richmond, Virginia. Throughout her teacher career, she also worked as a nurse's aide at several different nursing homes and after retirement worked as a preschool director in Willow Springs. She was also a faithful church worker, Sunday School teacher and member of W.M.U. and Acteen's youth program. Mrs. Colbert was saved at a young age while attending a meeting in southern Howell County and had been a member of Willow Springs First Baptist Church since 1975.

She is survived by eight children, Joe Colbert, wife, Suzi, Gladstone, Missouri, John Colbert, wife, Lorene, Willow Springs, Missouri, Van Colbert, wife, Carolyn, Willow Springs, Missouri, Leon Colbert, wife, Sheri, Haysville, Kansas, Vernon Colbert, wife, Lisa, Willow Springs, Missouri, Bob Colbert, Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Kellum, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri, and George Colbert, wife, Liz, Bolivar, Missouri; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Durham, Bakersfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, three brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to South Central Baptist Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Forrest Smith

Funeral services for Forrest Junior Smith, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 21, 1928, at Salem, Arkansas, to Forrest Ira Smith and Nellie Louisa Mask Smith. On July 23, 1959, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Ethel Bragg. He was a truck driver for SP Gas, also known as Empire Gas and worked for ten years at Southwest Truck Body. After his retirement, he drove cars for various West Plains car dealers. Mr. Smith previously attended Pentecostal Church of God, now known as Trinity Worship Center and currently attended China Union Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Smith, of the family home; two children, Charlotte Smith, West Plains, Missouri and Juna Rice, husband, Shane, Norwood, Missouri; five grandchildren, Ian, Ivy, Lea, Timber and Annah; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

His parents, daughter, Rebecca, two brothers and two sisters, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Ben Hicks

Funeral services for Bennie D. Hicks, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ben passed away at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born February 19, 1932, in Fulton County, Arkansas, to George "Dick" Hicks and Hazel Rhoads Hicks. The family moved to Free Union, Missouri when Ben was a baby and later to Moody, Missouri, where he grew up. He graduated from Willow Grove School in 1945, entered West Plains High School that fall and graduated with the Class of 1949. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he moved into town and got a part time job at the Modern Supply Grocery, where he worked all the way through High School. On September 29, 1949, he was married to Lois Collins at the home of Bill and Wilma Atkins. In 1951, Ben and his brother Bill volunteered for the United States Air Force and had basic training in San Antonio, Texas. After serving four years in the Air Force, Ben, Lois and their daughter Debbie moved to Kansas City, where Ben Jr. was born. In 1957, Bill joined Ben in their first venture selling cars. In 1968, Bill and Ben bought the store at 16th and McGee from Bill Ireland which was the largest Chevrolet store in Kansas City. The two brothers were Chevrolet dealers in Kansas City for thirty-five years. Ben and Lois moved back to West Plains in 1985 and opened a General Motors store and in 1989 opened Timberland Pallets with Dennis Franks, which they operated until 2001. Lois passed away on July 17, 2000 and Ben married Marianna Dold Hoover on September 1, 2001. Bill and Ben had a special relationship, they married sisters, Goldie and Lois Collins, and they lived together for nine years and then the rest of their lives they lived in houses side by side.

Ben was a member of the Church of Christ with his membership at the West 160 Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Marianna Hicks, of the family home; daughter, Debbie Gray, husband, Bill, Gardner, Kansas; son, Ben Hicks, Jr., wife, Joy, Arlington, Texas; four step-children, Paula Huddleston, Alton, Missouri, Elizabeth Vesto, Kildeer, Illinois, Rick Hoover, West Plains, Missouri and Randy Hoover, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Ben Hicks, III, Billie Hicks, II, Angie Gray O'Brian, all of Arlington, Texas, Brett Gray and Christopher Gray, both of Kansas City, step-grandchildren, Riley, Alayna and Aiden Vesto, Brian, Christy, Nelson and Marianna Hoover, Mandy, Angie, Stephanie, Paul and Alie Hoover; great-grandchildren, Brigham, Rae, Billie III, Arrington, Ben IV, Patrick and Grayson; step-great-grandchildren, Marcus, Tanner, Colby, Brett and Mason; two aunts, Sharon Rhoads Kelch and Mary Jane Fenwick; and a host of family and friends.

His parents, first wife, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Goldie Hicks, sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Wilma Atkins, brother, Jim Hicks, sister, Dixie Hicks, grandparents, Alex and Dotty Rhoads and Scott and Mary Hicks, many aunts and uncles, precede him in death.

These words were used by Joe Brown at Dick Hicks funeral and are also words to describe Ben's life. "He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who left the world better than he found it, who never lacked appreciation of the earth's beauty or failed to express it, who always looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center Foundation or CASA, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

There will be a visitation service at D.W. Newcomer's Johnson County Funeral Chapel, Kansas City, on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., and services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Sue Stanley

Funeral services for Sue Stanley, 60, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Junction Hill Pentecostal Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stanley died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013, at her home.

She was born October 6, 1952, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harold D. Harbeston and Dorothy McClary Harbeston. She graduated from West Plains Senior High with the Class of 1970 and on July 18, 1970, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Gene Stanley. Mrs. Stanley was employed with Wal-Mart as a training coordinator, was the owner and operator of Herbs for Health and Guns 4 U and was an election official for thirty-five years. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and was a member of the West Plains Car Club. Mrs. Stanley was a member of Junction Hill Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Stanley, of the family home; four children, Regina Gower, husband, Randall, Joplin, Missouri, Selina Harner, husband, Ronnie, Columbus, Ohio, Andrea Ritter, husband, Shaun, West Plains, Missouri and William Stanley, wife, Brittany, West Plains, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Amber Gower, Lauren Gower, Camden Laxton, Cal Laxton, Autumn Harner, Nick Ritter, Rylan Ritter, Emilee Sue Ritter, Hunter Stanley, Haylee Ellena Stanley and Candace McDonald; her parents, Harold and Dorothy Harbeston, West Plains, Missouri; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William "Dick" and Helen Stanley, West Plains, Missouri.

Two brothers, Jimmy and Johnnie Fox and one sister, Christy Harbeston, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Junction Hill Pentecostal Church Building Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

 

Sybil Flora Vernon Smith

Funeral services for Sybil Flora Vernon Smith, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Langston Street Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died at 12:47 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Brooke Haven Health Care. She was born October 20, 1938 at Lanton, Missouri to Terry Des and Mary Jane Wire Vernon. She attended the West Plains High School where she met Rollin Mitchell Smith.They were married on August 27, 1936; she and Rollin were blessed by the birth of their only son, Bruce Mitchell Smith. Sybil was a devoted wife and mother. During World War II, she travelled when she could to see Rollin during his service. After the war, they settled back in West Plains where she worked at Richards Brothers; she sold Electrox Vacuums and Beauty Counselor Cosmetics. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Mother's Club. Eventually, Rollin and Sybil built the Holiday Inn, the first franchise hotel in West Plains. Later they built the Ramada Inn; and along with running the hotels and restaurants, she owned the Thunderbird Gift Shop.

After her grandchildren were born, she spent a great deal of her time with the boys. Mrs. Smith enjoyed sewing, knitting, auctions, fishing, gardening and had been an Ozarks Medical Center volunteer. In years past, she belonged to the Lanton Baptist Church.

The family would like to mention that Sybil loved the helpers from Westwood Health Care.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Allison London Smith, her betrothed, Bob Williams; two grandsons, Travis Mitchell Smith, wife, Karen, and Chase London Smith, wife, Nicole, six great-grandchildren, Emily Anastasia Smith, Evan Mitchell Smith, Elijah Jackson Smith and their mother, Sandra Knudtson Sanders, Sydney London Smith and Spencer Douglas Gille; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Smith and Gerald Smith; and many nieces and nephews including Jim Vernon, Terry Dunscombe, Susie Davis, Sybil Jane Struble-Joslyn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, her beloved son, Dr. Bruce Smith, and seven brothers and sisters.

Her presence will be greatly missed by her family and community.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23rd, at the Langston Street Chapel. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of The Great West Plains Area or the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

 

Henrietta Walcher

Funeral services for Henrietta Walcher, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Walcher died at 9:34 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born March 23, 1921, at Lebo, Missouri, to George Edward and Viva Ann Douglas Escherhausen. On November 4, 1939, she was married at Litchfield, Illinois, to Ray Walcher, Jr., who preceded her in death on October 4, 1979. Mrs. Walcher was a Christian and loved the Lord.
She is survived by her daughter, Rayetta Faulkner, West Plains, Missouri; two granddaughters, Joyetta Booker, husband, Ronald and Debbie Hatley, husband, Marshall; three great-grandchildren, Gregory Jones, Timothy Jones and Daniel Hatley; one great-great-grandchild, Trinton Jones; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband and two infant children and grandchildren, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Stuart Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Victoria Elaine Roberts

A Memorial service for Victoria Elaine Roberts, 67, Moody, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at South Fork Cemetery. A gathering will follow at George Roberts' home located on County Road 6850. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Mrs. Roberts died at 4:00 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born June 24, 1945, at Long Beach, California, to Bernon and Connie Timmons. On October 27, 1990, she was married in Howell County, Missouri, to George Roberts. Mrs. Roberts was employed with Ozarks Medical Center as a cashier.
She is survived by her husband, George Roberts, of the family home; five children, Rebecca Brown, husband, Dan, West Plains, Missouri, Kati LeMer, husband, Chad Williams, State of California, Marie Goode, husband, J. R., Rover, Missouri, Donna Ellis, husband, Richard, South Fork, Missouri and Billy Roberts, West Plains, Missouri; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bill Timmons, wife, Rachel, State of California.
Her parents precede her in death.

 

 

Evelyn Adella Bunch

Graveside services for Evelyn Adella Bunch, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bunch died at 5:29 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.
She was born February 4, 1932, at Pomona, Missouri, to Russell and Lola Dollins Wood. On April 18, 1953, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Glen James Bunch, who preceded her in death on January 22, 2001. Before her retirement, she was a cook at Richards school. Mrs. Bunch was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ.
She is survived by two brothers, Doyle Wood, wife, Terri, West Plains, Missouri, Bob Wood, wife, Barbara, Kansas City, Missouri, two sisters, Susan "Sue" Bridges, husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri and Doreen Bridges, husband, Danny, West Plains, Missouri; five sisters-in-law, Trilbia Wood, husband, Roy, Joyce Hibner, husband, Dan, Janice Kennedy, Dorothy Bunch and Jo Ann Bunch; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband and one infant nephew, Clavey Bridges, precede her in death.
Mrs. Bunch will lie in state from 10:00 a.m., until 9:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Billie DeVon Holifield

Graveside services for Billie DeVon Holifield, 77, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at White Oak Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Holifield died at 6:00 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born August 18, 1935, at Pollard, Arkansas, to Denzil Derrond Holifield and Berdie House Holifield. He attended school at White School, near Corning, Arkansas and on June 28, 1955, he was married at Tupelo, Mississippi, to Doris Jene Halfacre. Mr. Holifield was a farmer and before his retirement in 1999, was a carpenter with his membership in the Carpenter's Union #2214. He enjoyed his grandkids, hunting and fishing. Mr. Holifield was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Holifield, of the family home; two children, Steve Holifield, Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Teresa Owens, husband, Bobby, Tecumseh, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kyle Owens, Katelyn Owens, Jarred Fienhold and Alecia Marcak; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Barton Holifield, Rockford, Illinois.
His parents, one son, Billy Holifield and three brothers, precede him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

Caldona Edmonson

Caldona B. Edmonson, 77, Moody, Missouri, died 9:53 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.
Mrs. Edmondson was born November 29, 1935 at Williamstown, Missouri to Lloyd E. and Bertha Lucinda Walker Brown. On September 4, 1955, she was married at Kohoka, Missouri to Athel D. B. Edmondson who preceded her in death on April 6, 2004. Mrs. Edmondson was a member of the Methodist church for many years.
She is survived by three children, Stanley and Reva Edmondson, Jackson, South Carolina, Matthew and Angela Edmondson, Moody, Missouri and Melissa and Edward Cooley, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Christopher Edmondson, Jackson, South Carolin, Kayla Rook, Nixa, Missouri, Ashley Edmondson, West Plains, Missouri, Savanna Lipper, Moody, Missouri, Allison Cooley, West Plains, Missouri, Leo Edmondson, Moody, Missouri and Natasha Edmondson, Moody, Missouri; and four great-grandchildren.
Her parents, husband, and one son, Micheal L. Edmondson, precede her in death.
Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Terrye Ann Lindemann

Funeral services for Terrye Ann Lindemann, 56, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Family Life Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lindemann died at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.
She was born March 21, 1956, at Shreveport, Louisiana, to Jack Dempsey Holt and Bessie Theo Terry Holt. She was a veteran of the United States Army. Mrs. Lindemann was a member of Family Life Church.
She is survived by five children, Dawn Holt, West Plains, Missouri, Jennifer Lindemann, State of Georgia, Jessica Lindemann, West Plains, Missouri, Ashley Lindemann, Deluth, Minnesota and Stacey Smith, Dora, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren, Taylor and Justin Watkins, Jaclyn Goodchild, Coleton Lindemann, Madison Led better, Taftin Thompson, Keith Gray, Kaitlyn Barrett, Kyleigh Mahan, Layton and Blake Smith, LaDainian Bowman and Kayden Mahan; her mother, Theo Holt, Dora, Missouri; one brother, Kenneth Holt, wife, Tina, Coushatta, Louisiana; one niece Katrina Holt and one nephew, Kenneth Wayne Holt II.
Her father preceded her in death.
Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home

 

 

Vivian Bandy

Funeral services for Vivian Alberta Bandy, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bandy passed away at 4:35 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the home of her son, Douglas Bandy.
She was born May 30, 1920, at Peace Valley, Missouri, to Joseph Adam Broyles and Ethel Marie Bolin Broyles. On September 19, 1936, she was united in marriage to Henry J. Bandy at Which Church, Missouri and to this union four children were born: Ellis, Douglas, Shirley and Rick. Mrs. Bandy retired from St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View, Missouri in 1981 after serving as a "Gray Lady" and later as a dietician and later was a volunteer at the West Plains OMC Thrift Store for several years. She spent a large amount of time gardening and quilting and loved visiting with family and friends, often giving her delicious baked goods to neighbors and family. She was a very generous, loving and kind mother, grandmother and friend, who will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Mrs. Bandy was affiliated with the Forest Dell Nondenominational Community Church, Mountain View, Missouri and we are sure that our great loss is heaven's gain.
She is survived by three children, Douglas Bandy, wife, Alva, Shirley Gannon, husband, Don, all of West Plains, Missouri, and Rick Bandy, wife, Connie, Conway, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, David Bandy, Shelly Bandy, Nikki Baker, Dena Townsend, Tammy Davis, Cheryl Amos, Rhonda Rothermich, Kevin Bandy and Larry Bandy; nineteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Gerri Bandy, Piedmont, Missouri; one brother, Bill Broyles, wife, Mary Jane, Willow Springs, Missouri; two sisters, Violet Sifford, husband, Pete, Prescott, Arizona and Bertie Woody, Jonesboro, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one son, Ellis, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Alta Lee Woody and Mabel Sanders and two brothers, Oscar and Clifford Broyles, precede her in death.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.