Monday, September 14, 2009

Capt. D. P. Killion d. January 20, 1887

Houston, Mo., January 21.--Capt. D. P. Killion, merchant, Treasurer of this county, and one of the most popular young men in this district, died at his residence last evening at 9 o'clock, in the 30th year of his age. He had been sick only a few days. He has been prominent in the politics of Texas County ever since his majority. Born on a small farm, with no early advantages either of wealth or education, he worked unceasingly, studied by the light of pine knots at night, became an excellent scholar, and at his death had accumulated a considerable fortune. He had entered on his second term as County Treasurer.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mrs. Della McElfresh d. January 23, 1976

Funeral services for Mrs. Della McElfresh of Roby, age 78, were held on Sunday, January 25, at the Big Piney Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Davis officiating. The Roby Baptist Church provided the singing and the pianist. Burial was in the Big Piney Cemetery. She passed away suddenly Friday morning of a heart attack. We extend sympathy to the family.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mrs. Louisa Allen 1820-1903

Mrs. Louisa Allen was born in Sullivan county, East Tenn., Jan. 31st, 1820, and died April 8th, 1903, at 7 o'clock p.m., making her age 83 years, 3 months, and 8 days.
She was the daughter of Dr. Abner Hughes and wife, of East Tennessee. She professed religion at the early age of 15 years at Reedy creek camp ground near her childhood home, joining the Methodist church, and lived a christian life.
She was married to Joshua Walker, of Hawkins county, Tenn., May 18th, 1841, to which union three children were born. They emigrated to Independence county, Ark., in 1848. She was left a widow in 1850. She was married to Abraham Allen Dec. 1, 1851 to which union one son was born (Sam Allen, who died at his home near Bado about one year ago.) Her oldest son was killed in 1864 while serving in Southern Army.
She was again left a widow in 1852. She then with her four children came to Texas county, where she has since made her home until her death, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Wolford, of Nagle. She always made her home with her son, Sam Allen, and after his death she lived with his family.
Last January she went to visit with her daughter at Nagle and had been enjoying good health; had never failed to eat her regular meals, and on the day of her death she walked out to the barn to look at some stock and to the garden and through the yard looking at the flowers of which she was very fond, and through the day had pieced some on a quilt and appeared as well as usual. She asked her daughter to prepare some potato soup for supper, of which she was very fond, and when seated at the table gave thanks as was her usual custom, and had eated about one-half dish of soup when she threw up her hands and fell back in her chair. The family had thought that she had only fainted, but she only breathed a few times. They carried her out in the air, but the death angel had taken her from this world of trials and sorrows to dwell with the beautiful angels in heaven.
She leaves one brother, Jerry Hughes, of Carbondale, Ill., and one sister, Eliza Ann Whitaker, of Piney Flats, Tenn., two daughters, 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
We do not grieve for her as those who have no hope as we shall meet again in the beautiful home prepared by the Father for all faithful christian people.
Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. C. Davis, at the Big Creek church, and her body will be laid to rest in the cemetery beside her son-in-law, Joseph Wolford, and two of her grandchildren.

Tyre M. Lingo 1821-1903

Tyre M. Lingo was born in St. Louis county, Mo., August 20, 1821; moved with his parents to Illinois when he was 3 years old, and lived there to manhood. Was married to Martha C. Anderson Sept. 12, 1847. Moved to Maries county, Mo., in 1853, then to Crawford county in 1855, and to Texas county in 1857, which place has been his home since that time.
He was the father of 14 children, two of whom died in infancy.
He leaves a wife, 7 sons and 5 daughters, 63 grandchildren and 80 great grandchildren.
He was a farmer and a lawyer; was admitted to the bar in 1859; at the time of his death he was 81 years, 5 months and 7 days old.

Thomas Jerry Brown 1873-1964

Thomas Jerry Brown b. Nov 6, 1873 Houston, MO died Feb 4, 1964 at Mt Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. Son of William and Sarah Brown.
Married Ella Freeland in 1900. Retired from Frisco Railroad Co.
Survivors were sons Melbourne and Lynn of Pittsburg.
Wife and daughter preceded him in death. Burial was in Pinelawn cemetery.

Miss Bittia Dodson 1882-1903

Died, at her home 3 1/2 miles northeast of Yukon, on March 16, at 6 o'clock p.m., Miss Bittia Dodson. Consumption was the cause of death. She had been confined to her bed since Jan. 1st, 1903, and her suffering was day and night. She was treated by Dr. Haggard but no good could be done. She was laid to rest in the Big Creek cemetery March 19. Brother Martin Bandy was there at her request and preached her funeral at 11 o'clock a.m. in the presence of a large number of people, among them her father, mother, brother and sisters.
She was willing to die, and was prepared to go. She left a bright and lovely profession in the remembrance of all. She called all her relatives and friends to her side and asked them to meet her in heaven. We hope they will meet this promise.
She was 20 years, 6 months and 12 days old. She was born in Cole Co., Mo., 8 miles west of Jefferson City on Sept. 5, 1882, and came to Texas county Nov. 20, 1882, and has been here the most of her time since. She was well known, and said if she had an enemy in the world she did not know it.
We are thankful to all for their kindness and help and respect for the loved sister and family. I trust in God that we will meet again where parting will be no more.
Written by her brother, R. Y. Dodson.

H. W. Romines d. December 26, 1902

Died, at his home near Raymondville, Friday morning, Dec. 26, 1902, at 5 o'clock, Mr. H. W. Romines, after a severe spell of sickness about three weeks.
He was a Kentuckian by birth and came to Texas county with his parents when a boy, where he remained until his death.
Mr. Romines was about fifty-three years of age and leaves a wife and five children, also one brother and two sisters to mourn his loss.
He was a farmer and highly esteemed by all who knew him for his many sterling qualities. As a neighbor he was always ready to assist any worthy applicant.
While his family lost a loving husband and father, his death is deeply deplored and he will be missed by the neighborhood in which he lived and the whole community realizes that they have lost one of their most esteemed citizens and neighbors.
The remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of sorrwing relatives and friends. The burial occurred in the Allen cemetery Saturday, Dec. 27th at 2 p.m.

Newton Morrel Swank d. 1899

Houston Herald (Houston, Missouri) September 21, 1899

Newton Morrel Swank was born in Ohio. In his early life he was a merchant in Ohio; he moved to Bellville, Iowa, with his father; from there they moved to North Missouri where he farmed quite extensively, and bought and sold stock. He was a shareholder in the Dane Manufacturing establishment where he was a heavy loser when the company failed. He served a number of years as a bridge contractor and builder. He traveled over 13 states as a United States Marshal. He resigned his marshalship after his marriage to Sarah O. Scutt, Oct. 14, 1896. He came to South Missouri in the spring of '96, buying a part of the G. W. White farm, where he lived until three months before his death when he was removed to his father-in-laws house to be cared for until death claimed him for his victim August 31st. He was buried in the Allen graveyard. He was a member of the Baptist church a number of years, but united with the M.E. Church in August, 1896.

Mrs. Pearl (Gibson) Gordon d. March 13, 1903

The death angel has again visited earth and taken from it another bright jewel to adorn heaven. On the 13th of March, at 3:15 a.m., Mrs. Pearl Gordon, nee Gibson, died at St. Mary's hospital, Pueblo, Colo., aged 20 years and 13 days.
About three years ago, Miss Pearl Gibson, of Big Creek, Mo., went to Denver, Colo., to seek employment. She worked as a waitress at several hotels in that city. She was finally employed at the Columbia Hotel, where she worked for over a year. She made many friends while there, among them was Sergeant Maurice J. Gordon, to whom she was married the 9th of August, 1902.
Late last autumn Sergeant Gordon was transferred to Pueblo where he had charge of a recruiting station, where his wife joined him some time in November. Last December Mrs. Gordon returned to Texas county to visit her old home and loved ones here, where she remained until Feb. 10th, returning to her husband in Pueblo. On February 16th she was stricken down with typhoid-pneumonia. All that medical skill could do was done, but nothing could avail; God saw fit to take her to Himself.
At an early age she professed a faith in Christ and joined the Southern Methodist church at Pleasant Hill.
J. T. Gibson, her brother, of Denver, was with her the latter part of her illness, and also her old room-mate, Miss Hattie Knight, of Denver, and we feel sure that all a loving husband, brother and friend could do to brighten last hours on earth was done. She left a bright testimony. She leaves a husband, father, mother, four brothers and three sisters and a host of friends to mourn for her.
Since childhood Mrs. Gordon and the writer have been bosom friends. Always as a child she was ready to give up to her playmates. Her life was a bright example for us all to follow. Although never in good health, she was always jolly and had a bright, happy smile for all.
Dear bereaved kindred and friends, let us not mourn for her too much, for our loss is her gain. Never more will she suffer pain, but she will live forever in the "New Jerusalem." One who loved her.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dorotha Ann (Burt) Tuggle

Dorotha Ann Tuggle the daughter of Earl Burt and Eleanor (Squier) Burt was born August 1, 1913 at Pontiac, Michigan and passed away at the Mountain View Health Care in Mountain View, Missouri, Monday morning, July 28, 2008 making her age 94 years 11 months and 27 days.

Dorotha was united in marriage to John W. Tuggle; and to their union two children were born, Roxann Sue and Ronald Bruce. She and John were married for 52 years before his passing.

Dorotha loved gardening and playing shuffle board. She had been a resident of the Mountain View Health care for 5 years.

Dorotha is preceded in death by her father Earl Burt, mother Eleanor Burt, husband John Tuggle, sister Evelyn Campbell, and brother Bob Burt.

Dorotha is survived by her son Ron Tuggle and wife Heather of Summersville, MO; daughter Roxann Cox and husband Paul of Homer, Michigan. She also has 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and 1 sister Joann Smith of Raleigh of North Carolina.

A Memorial Service is planned by the family at a later date. Arrangements were
under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Ethel Evelyn (Roark) Taber 1921-2008

Ethel Evelyn (Roark) Taber was born November 28, 1921 in the Stallman Community of Texas County, MO, to William Jesse Roark and Vesta Ida (Ball) Roark. She passed away June 30, 2008 in Mountain View, MO at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 9 days.

She was united in marriage to Lee Taber with whom she shared 62 wonderful years before his passing. To their union four children were born; Howard Lee, Helen, Dwaine and Glenda.

Preceding her in death are her husband Lee, her parents, Jesse and Vesta Roark, 1 brother Calvin Roark, 5 sisters, Phyllis Roark, Florence House, Opal Grady, Alva Bird and Beluah House, and 1 infant grandson.

Ethel is survived by her children, Howard Lee and wife Jeanne of Mountain View; Helen and husband Duane Givler of Springfield, MO; Dwaine and wife Iris of Kerrville, TX; and Glenda and Rick Hawkins of Mountain View; 1 sister Alice and husband Alvin Wilbanks of Mountain View; 2 brothers-in-law, John Taber and wife Beverly of Garden City, MO; Calvin Taber and wife Jan of Kansas City, MO; 3 sisters-in-law, Verna Woolsey and husband Troy of Mountain View, Connie Morgan and husband Buck of Freeman, MO; and Mary Shirley of Pleasant Hill, MO; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ethel’s greatest joy was her family. She loved, worried and was concerned for them all continually. She enjoyed spending time with them, above all else. She missed her loving husband Lee terribly, but is now happy and rejoicing to be with him again.

Services were held Thursday July 3rd, 2008 at 11:00 Am at Oakside Church with Rev. Emmett Bradford officiating. Interment was in Oakside Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home

Martha Jane (Duncan) Terrill 1932-2008

Martha Jane (Duncan) Terrill was born January 24, 1932 in Shannon County, Missouri to Lewis and Bessie (Plowman) Duncan. Jane went home to be with her Lord and Savior and her sweetheart Norman, June 28, 2008, while at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, making her age 76 years.

Jane and Norman Gentry Terrill were united in marriage, October 18, 1946. God blessed them with 8 children, Gary, Susan, Michael, Marlene, Danny, Barbara, Bonnie, and Jim.

Jane accepted Christ at an early age. She and Norman were long time members of the First Baptist Church in Summersville where they were faithful members and dedicated to serving others.

Jane worked several years as a supervisor at Angelica Uniform Company until the late 60's.

Jane dearly loved her sweetheart Norman and her children. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. Her family was truly the apple of her eye. She was a dedicated and faithful mother and friend.

Preceding Jane in death was her sweetheart Norman, 2 sons, Gary Steven and Norman Danny. Also preceding her were her parents, Lewis and Bessie Duncan, her sisters and brothers, Lewis, Leonard, Bill, Maude, Nancy, Lillian.

She is survived by her children, Susan Smith of Desoto, MO, Michael Terrill and wife Janet, Marlene Terrill, Barbara Atchison and husband John, Bonnie Russell and husband Kenny, Jim Terrill and wife Cherri all of Summersville, MO; 3 sisters, Linda Plowman, Alice Barnett and Marie Duncan all of Summersville; 14 grand-daughters, 4 grand-sons, and 25 great grandchildren and a host of other family members.

Services were held Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 at 10:00 Am at the First Baptist Church in Summersville with Rev. Tommy Boyd and Rev. John Atchison officiating. Interment were at Black Pond Cemetery near Summersville; under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Norman Gentry Terrill 1925-2008

Norman Gentry Terrill was born October 7, 1925 in Shannon County, Missouri to Ernest and Ellen Smith Terrill. He went to his Heavenly home, June 2, 2008, while at St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri, making his age 82 years.

Norman served in the United States Navy, during World War II from January 5, 1944 to April 22, 1946. Serving on the ship USS FT 662, as a Motor Machinist’s Mate. After his military service he became a member of the Summersville VFW Post 722.

Norman and Martha Jane Duncan were united in marriage, October 18, 1946. God blessed them with 8 children, Gary, Michael, Susan, Marlene, Barbara, Danny, Bonnie, and Jim.

Norman accepted Christ at an early age, he and Jane were long time members of the First Baptist Church in Summersville where they were faithful and dedicated to serve.

Norman worked in the timber industry in his early years, and for 20 plus years he worked for the National Park Service, serving at Round Springs Park before his retirement.

Norman loved to spend time with his family, he especially loved his grandchildren, and watching his great grandchildren play.

Preceding Norman in death are his parents, Ernest and Ellen Terrill, brothers, Emil, Roy, Virgil, Robert, and Eugene, and two infant sisters. Norman is also preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Danny.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jane of the home in Summersville, his children, Michael and wife Janet of Summersville, MO; Susan Smith of DeSoto, MO; Marlene Terrill of Summersville; MO; Barbara Atchison and husband John of Summersville, MO; Bonnie Russell and husband Kenny of Summersville and Jim Terrill and wife Cherri of Summersville, MO; one sister Virgie Hodge of Houston, MO; one brother Meril Terrill of Valley Park, MO; 14 grand-daughters, 4 grandsons, and 25 great grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 10:00 Am at the First Baptist Church in Summersville with Rev. Tommy Boyd and Rev. John Atchison officiating. Interment and Full Military Honors were at Black Pond Cemetery near Summersville; under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Janice (Pavol) Thompson 1946-2008

Janice Thompson age 61, born December 26, 1946 passed away May 17, 2008 Beloved wife of Richard; Beloved mother of Jill (Thompson) Knight, daughter-in-law of Lena, daughter of George Pavol and Mary Francis Cejer Pavol. Interment was in Arroll Cemetery Monday, May 19, 2008 with Burial Rites by Father Earnie Marquart

Douglas McArthur Shannon, Sr. 1942-2008

Douglas McArthur Shannon, Sr., the son of Marvin Luther and Hallie Irene Witt Shannon, was born February 14, 1942 at Sturkie, Arkansas. After a wonderful life, he went on to be with our Lord June 28, 2008 at the age of 66.

On September 19, 1959, he was married to Bertha Elliott at West Plains, Missouri. From this 43- year marriage, three children were blessed into their home: Sherri, Terri and Douglas Jr.

For over 40 years he was a minister of the gospel, a builder by trade and enjoyed bluegrass music. Douglas played every stringed instrument, although he never mastered the fiddle. He was best known for picking his Gibson Mastertone banjo. He was a man with a BIG heart who enjoyed helping others. He was light-hearted, free spirited and had a way about him that often brought laughter

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Hallie, three brother Rand, Ray and John of West Plains; and two sisters Pearlie Mae Smith and Laura Ann Norman.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sherri Lynn Cronk and Terri Wynn Beavers and one son, Douglas McArthur Shannon Jr.; two son-in-laws, Mark Cronk of McRae, AR and Tim Beavers of Willow Springs, MO; one daughter-in-law, Rebeka Shannon of Mountain View, MO; seven grandsons, Bradley Grogan, Christopher Grogan and wife Kimberly, Ethan Shannon, Dustin Shannon, John Cronk, Jared Cronk and Stephen Cronk and wife Jamie; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Jessie Cronk and Emma Mae Grogan. One brother James Shannon and wife Ruth of West Plains, Missouri, six sisters, Sybil Stanley, Kathleen Wheeler and John; Virginia Sue Bell and husband Leroy all of the Hutcheson, Kansas; Bertha Elliott; and Linda Fox and husband Riley all of West Plains, MO and a host of nieces and nephews

On June 28, 2008, God sent angels to carry him home. (And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: Luke 16:22)

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Services were held Wednesday July 2, 2008 at 10:00 Am at the Pentecostal Church of God in MountainView, with Rev. M. Y. Bennett officiating. Interment was in Stateline Cemetery near Sturkie, Arkansas under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Albert Ray Steelman 1929-2007

Albert Ray Steelman was born Sunday, July 14, 1929 in near Summersville, MO. He was the 13th child born to William Albert and Estella Perry (Bryant) Steelman. He went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the age of 78 years.

Albert was inducted in the Unites States Army serving from February 13, 1951 and to November 22, 1953. During his time in the Army he earned a Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and a United Nations Service Medal, he also received a citation award of the commendations Ribbon with medals for heroic efforts while under siege.

Albert met the love of his life, Mary Alice Johnson, they were married in Fulton County, Arkansas, September 15, 1951 making their union together 56 years.

To their union three children were born, Steve Albert, Colleen Sue, and Rita Lyn.

Albert and Mary farmed and worked together to raise their family. During the early years, Albert cut cord wood and farmed while Mary worked at Angelica Uniform Factory. In the late 60's they moved to Hwy K near Summersville where the family ran a dairy farm.

Albert was saved at an early age. He felt the Lord calling him to minister unto others. He was Ordained in September 23, 1978. He was a pastor at Elk Creek Baptist Church, Eunice Baptist Church, and Faith Baptist Church. He was an in-term pastor at Faith Baptist and at Clara Baptist Church. He would fill in any way he could when he was needed. He loved to go to the nursing homes and visit with the residents. Albert and Mary’s heart was always with their home church Summersville First Church where they were faithful and dedicated members.

He was active in many civic affairs the Shannon County Welfare Commission in 1971, the Shannon County Road Board, the Texas County Baptist Association. He would help any one in need, no matter who they were. Helping others and doing acts of kindness; will be one of the many things he will be remembered for.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Estella, brothers, Tom, Earl, Lee, infant brother Calvin, Corb, Burley and Clyde, sisters, Almeda Swartz, Gladys Sykes, and Lorene Van Horn, and several nieces and nephews, also his mother-in-law and father-in-law Walter and Essie Jane (Holmes) Johnson.

Those left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife Mary, his children and grandchildren, Steve and Connie Steelman and son Samuel of Summersville, Colleen and Doyle Bradford, of Summersville and daughter Kezra and husband Jeff Chamberlin of Branson; Rita and Marlon Richison and children, Joshua, Jacob, Ezekiel, Marly and Scarlet of Summersville; one sister Goldie Johnson Alexander of Des Moines, Iowa and two brothers, Ray Steelman of St. Louis, MO and Carl Steelman and wife Joan of Mexico, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. Albert is also survived by his First Baptist Church Family who he loved.

Services were held Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville with Rev. Tommy Boyd, Rev. Gary Steelman, and Rev. Bill Mathes. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville

Esther Ellen McVay 1905-2009

Esther Ellen McVay was born March 9, 1905 near Atlanta, MO. She was the daughter of William Henry and Bertha Lenora (Belfield) McVay. She passed away August 31, 2009 at Houston House, Houston, MO. at the age of 104.

She first attended rural school and later graduated from LaPlata High School in 1923. Ellen began teaching at a country school in 1923 and graduated from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in 1930. She taught in numerous country schools in Northeast Missouri and one country school in Texas County before joining the staff of Houston High School in 1945, teaching history, government and English for the next 25 years.

Ellen was active in many professional organizations including; Delta Kappa Gamma (honorary teachers society), National Education Association and Missouri Teachers Association. She was a sponsor at Houston High School for chess club, social studies club, and future teachers club, junior and or senior classes and many other school sponsored activities. Ellen served as tutor for disabled students in the home bound program.

Ellen had been very active in community projects such as; Houston Public Library, Nurses Health Department. She was contacted by Governor Hearns to help start the local Senior Citizens Center where she worked as a volunteer for many years. She served 11 years on the board of Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, helped form Texas County Mental Health Agency where she served on the board for 12 years, Missouri State White House on Aging, Silver haired legislature and Governors advocacy on aging. Ellen earned a certificate of appreciation from four Governors for her community improvement projects. She was a member of Chamber of Commerce for 7 years where she served on Community Betterment committees.

She was a member of AAUW, the DAR and had done extensive work in genealogy. Ellen was a member of the Methodist Church since 1920 where she served in various capacities.

Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Walter, Forrest and Gale, and a sister Madge Moncrief.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Ellen had a long and meaningful life. She touched and influenced many people. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Ronald J. Angle 1949-2009

Born: 11-16-1949 Died: 08-25-2009
No services planned at this time.
Body has been cremated
Family suggests memorials be made to the Ronald Angle memorial fund C/O Evans Funeral Home.

Waneta Reba (Elmore) Goodman 1923-2009

Waneta Reba Goodman age 86, daughter of Frances and Anna (Easley) Elmore was born August 13, 1923 in Roby, MO. She passed away on August 25, 2009 in the Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Waneta married Melvin Armstrong on November 3, 1947 in Salem, Arkansas, to this union three children were born, Lois, Reva, and Luie. Melvin died December 25, 1965.

Waneta married Elmer Goodman on February 18, 1967 in the Christian Church, Houston, MO. Elmer was a good husband and father to Lois, Reva and Luie, loving them as if they were his own. Waneta was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands Melvin and Elmer, 3 brothers; Thurman, Willie and Wayne and a half brother Lehman Elmore.

She is survived by her children, Luie Armstrong and wife Kim of Neosho, Lois Carter and husband Danny of Houston, and Reva Goodman and husband Bob of Neosho; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; one brother Don Elmore of Roby, MO and one sister Hazel Breedlove of Lynchburg, MO; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Waneta was a stay at home Mom. She was always busy with her hands. She pieced and made quilts, did embroidery grew a wonderful garden and canned produce to be shared with family and friends. She could often be found at garage sales looking for that special buy. Having family dinners at her house was always a treat. She was a wonderful cook and loved having all of her family together.

Her favorite times were spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Union Cemetery

Holly Christine (Leonard) Watson 1970-2009

Holly Christine Watson age 39, daughter of Kenneth Thomas Leonard and Carol (Ice) Leonard was born May 27, 1970 at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. She passed away August 23, 2009 at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Holly attended High School in Mountain Home, AR, but graduated from Hanau American High School in Hanau, Germany in 1988.

She married David Watson on August 13, 1999 and they had two children.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Elmer Ice and grandparents John and Irene Leonard.

She is survived by her husband David of Fort Belvoir, VA, two children Cody and Meghan both of the home; mother Carol Leonard of Mtn. Home, AR; her father Kenneth Leonard and step-mother Patti Leonard of Killeen, TX; one brother Adam Leonard of Ladera Ranch, CA; Grandmother, Faye Ice of Houston, MO, mother-in-law Judith Watson of Monett, MO, one niece Jaquelyn, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Holly always loved people and had a heart that wanted to reach out and help them. Those desires lead her to become a LPN. She was patient and kind, and especially loved helping children.

Some of Holly’s favorite hobbies were reading and taking care of her animals. Holly enjoyed animals and had several pets over the years.

Holly loved her family and friends and had fun times with them. Holly was a Christian. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ozark Cemetery

Luella (Doxsie) Powell 1915-2009

Luella (Doxsie) Powell, age 93, daughter of Grover and Jessie (Pierce) Doxsie was born November 26, 1915 in Roxand Twp., MI. She passed away August 12, 2009 at Houston House Care Center, Houston, MO.

Luella is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; sister, Ruth Miller; brother, David Doxsie; and two sons, Jesse and Joel Powell.

She is survived by two daughters and one son; Jean Christman of Florissant, MO, Janet Powell/Legault of Suquamish, WA and James Powell of Houston, MO; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and 7 great great-grandchildren.

Luella grew up in Elsie, Michigan. As a teenager she traveled with a gospel team and met her husband, Howard, at a neighboring church. It was a double wedding ceremony along with best friends on October 29, 1933.

Luella and her husband raised their 5 children in Midland, MI. During those years she worked as hostess for the Midland Country Club, taught Sunday school and passed her Christian values on to her children. Four of those children were musicians, received college degrees and two sons became ministers of the gospel.

Later, Luella and her husband lived in Dunedin, FL until his death in November 1969 after 13 years of illness. Since then she has lived in Hadlock, WA; Yuma, AZ; and for the past seven years in Houston, MO.

Luella was a member of the First Church of God, Houston, MO. She received Christ as her Savior while still a child and has remained faithful throughout the years. When the church doors were open she and her family were there.

Luella loved gardening and to “kick the dirt”. She did extensive needlework and crafts until her hands became stiff. Much of her artwork has been distributed around the world. She was a very generous person.

Luella will be buried beside her husband at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, FL.

Nancy “Baby” Jean (Blount) Walser 1954-2009

Nancy “Baby” Jean (Blount) Walser, age 55, daughter of Gene & Lilalea (McKensie) Blount was born March 23, 1954 in Pecos, TX. She passed away July 30, 2009 at her home in Yukon, MO.

She grew up in Pecos, TX. Nancy married Roger Dale Walser April 30, 1973 and to this union 6 children were born. They moved to Yukon, MO in August 1979 and made their home there for 30 years.

Nancy is preceded in death by her grandparents.

She is survived by her husband Roger Walser of the home in Yukon, MO, 6 children; Jamye Dale Walser and wife Rejeanna of Republic, MO, Melissa Ann Phillips and husband Cecil “Pistol” of Yukon, MO, Cassie Ann Brown and fiancée Joseph Barton of Wichita, KS, Tessa Anne Walser of Yukon, Mo, Damon Leon Walser and wife Jimmie of Houston, MO and Miranda Jean Walser and fiancée Chris Ramsey of Yukon, MO, 10 grandchildren; 7 girls and 3 boys, another grandchild on the way, and a great-grandson on the way, parents; Gene & Lilalea Blount of Pecos, TX, 3 brothers; Randy Blount of Pecos, TX, Richard Blount of Qatar, Nolan Blount of Pecos, TX, 2 sisters; Jackie Hunter of Mathif, TX and Sandra Hendricks of Odessa, TX and her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Nancy loved flower gardening, puzzles and reading, but her favorite thing to do was spend time with her grandchildren and children. She believed in the Lord’s grace and was a Christian.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Charlie J. LaCaze 1951-2009

Date: Saturday August 1
Time: noon to 2:00 P.M.

Visitation Location:
Borland Funeral Home Chapel, Leeper, PA

Date: Saturday August 1
Time: 2:00 P.M.

Service Location:
Borland Funeral Home Chapel, Leeper, PA

Greenwood Cemetery, Bullwinkle, PA

Incomplete at this time.

Alice Bessie (Crawford) Sterner 1904-2009

Alice Bessie Sterner, age 105, daughter of Thomas and Annie Crawford was born on May 12, 1904 at the family farm nine miles west of Houston in the Union Community. She passed away to her heavenly home on July 20, 2009 while visiting with members of her family in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Almeda Crawford, Minnie Crawford, May Crawford, and Bertha Baker; six brothers, Jimmie, Adrian, Elbert, Charlie, Bryan and Sidney; her husband of almost 72 years Roland William Sterner and one son, Wade Roland Sterner. She is survived by one daughter, Anna Faye Shilling and husband John of Fairbanks, Alaska and one son, Tommie Samuel Sterner and wife Shirley (Farris) of Fairbanks, Alaska; eight grandchildren, John Roland Sterner of Moody Mo., Homer Lee Sterner and wife Joyce of Monroe, Mich., Lonnie Lynn Sterner and wife Cora of West Plains, Mo., Danny Lee Shilling and wife Betsy of Anchorage, Alaska, Rodney Dean Shilling and wife Dianne of Fairbanks, Alaska, Benny Jon Shilling and wife Cindy of Fairbanks, Alaska, Wesley William Sterner and wife Naomi of Ft. Lewis, Wash. and Jennifer Kate Gul and husband Nils of Fairbanks, Alaska; fourteen great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren.

Alice grew up in the Union Community and attended school at Union. She married Roland William Sterner on July 10, 1921 and they raised their children in the Union Community with occasional moves to Waterloo, Iowa, Elk Creek, Mo., and Fairbanks, Alaska. From 1960 to 1968 they lived in Fairbanks where Roland worked at the University of Alaska Experiment Farm and Alice was the beloved grandmother and baby sitter for the three Shilling boys. Upon retirement they returned to Houston, Licking, and then back to Houston where Alice enjoyed gardening and piecing quilts. Her many talents included cooking, canning and preserving, sewing, crocheting, tatting, and knitting. She gave loving care to Roland until his death in 1992. During the last twelve years of her life, Alice traveled each summer to Alaska to spend time with family members there and returned to Houston for the winter months with occasional winter travel to Texas, Arizona, and other places of interest.

Alice gave her heart to Jesus during a revival at the Union Baptist Church and was baptized in Little Piney River many years ago. Her name is one of the few remaining members listed as belonging to the historic Union Church west of Houston on Highway Z.

Wilmer Richard O'Farrell 1918-2009

Wilmer Richard O’Farrell, age 91, son of Charles and Sarah Florence (Cluck) O’Farrell was born January 19, 1918 in Labette, Kansas. He died July 17, 2009 at his home in Houston, MO.

Wilmer is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iris Pearl (Miles), one sister, Velma Livick, and two brothers, Wallace and Jack O’Farrell.

He is survived by one son, John Michael O’Farrell of Huntsville, Alabama, one daughter, Patricia Jane O’Farrell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and six grandchildren, Sarah Ruth Dash, Samuel Joseph Dash, Joel Stephen Dash, John Richard O’Farrell, Kevin Daniel O’Farrell, and William Robinson O’Farrell.

He married Iris Pearl Miles on February 28, 1948 in Columbus, Georgia. She preceded him in death March 6, 2000.

Wilmer served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He served in the Korean War and fought in the Aleutian Islands and the Philippines in World War II. Among numerous other medals, he received a purple heart with an oak leaf cluster, six bronze stars, and a Battle Field Commission to officer.

Wilmer also was employed by the U.S. Postal System, retiring after ten years of service.

He was an avid gardener, preparing the ground for planting by shoveling the soil by hand, even at the age of 91. He loved fishing and being out of doors. He was a man of invention, fixing anything by using whatever materials were at hand. He was a skilled boat maker. He enjoyed life and was creative, taking each day at a time and making the best of many hard situations.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Dona Marie (Hires) Adams 1940-2009

Dona Marie Adams, age 68, daughter of Harlan and Myrtle (Melton) Hires was born August 10, 1940 in Casey, IL. She passed away July 8, 2009 at her home in Elk Creek, MO.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Dona is survived by her husband William “Bill” Adams of the home, 5 children; Robert Adams of Vancouver, WA, Barton Adams of NE, Daniel Adams of Omaha, NE, Stacy Colgan of Bucyrus, MO and Dawn Box of Elk Creek, MO, 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 sister Kay Lewis of Guthrie, OK and several nieces and nephews.

She grew up in Illinois and Colorado. Dona married William H. Adams on April 8, 1964 in Denver, CO and to this union 5 children were born.

Dona was baptized August 17, 2003 in the Piney River, Houston, MO.

She was a loving housewife and mother. Dona loved painting, singing and dancing. She also liked to do arts and crafts, and was a collector of various things. Dona also was known as “The Doll Doctor” as she would fix broken dolls.

Dona will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Date: Private service planned at a later date. Body has been cremated.

Charles John “Charlie” Buxbaum 1939-2009

Charles John “Charlie” Buxbaum, age 69, son of Chris and Helen (Brisendine) Buxbaum was born August 8, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away on July 1, 2009 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Helen, and two brothers, David and Robert and a beloved pet “Ibbie”.

He was survived by Ruth of the home, two daughters Donna and Kathi and one son, John; one brother, Ronald Buxbaum; seven granddaughters Aleesha, Brittney, Marie, Chelsea, Kirsten, Whitney and Sydney; two great grandsons Keon and Tavien; nine nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.

The Buxbaum family moved from Chicago, Illinois to Eunice, Missouri in 1948 where Charlie attended grade school in a one room school house in Eunice, Missouri and he graduated from Summersville High School in Summersville, Missouri in 1958.

Charlie married Ruth on May 4, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia and to this union was born two daughters and one son.

Charlie served in the United States Army from August 1958 to August 1978, a Vietnam Veteran 1968 to 1969.

Charlie received Christ as his savior on June 23, 2009.

After serving twenty years in the United States Army, Charlie was head of the Automotive Department for Central Texas College at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for 13 years. He was an automotive teacher, and also had classes in Heating and Air Conditioning and Welding.

Charlie was a beloved father, son, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a good and loyal friend to many. Charlie enjoyed his family, working in the yard, teaching and helping others. Charlie listened to classical music, especially Pavarotti, he also enjoyed Irish music, the Celtic Women was a favorite because of the violin music.

Charlie survived many challenges in his life, his spirit was a strong one; he is a cancer survivor, as well as a survivor of many other illnesses throughout his later life. Emphysema claimed his life even though he fought till the end, he is now walking and breathing free in the Heavens above. We love you Honey, Dad, Pop, Papaw, PawDaddy and you are missed so much by so many.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Phyllis Joyce (Barton ) Haugse 1943-2009

Phyllis Joyce (Barton ) Haugse, age 65, daughter of Everett and Agatha (Patterson) Barton was born on June 30, 1943 and went with the Lord on June 28, 2009 in her husband’s arms at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ruthene Green and Sally Walker, and two sons, Kyle and Keith. She is survived by her husband James (Jim) of Houston, two sons: Kevin Barton of Houston, MO and Kimbell James Haugse of Surprise, Arizona, four sisters, Lola McCall of Salem, MO, Emogene Ingram, Deloise, MO, Jackie Hinton, Houston, MO, and Ethel Brown of Valley Park, MO, three grandchildren, Amanda Haugse, Flagstaff, Arizona, Nick Haugse, Surprise, AZ and Stephen Barton of Los Banos, California.

Phyllis grew up in the Raymondville area and graduated from Licking High School in 1960, and always enjoyed seeing her classmates at high school reunions.

She married James (Jim) Lowell Haugse on September 23, 1961 in Valley Park, Missouri and they raised their children in Riverside, California.

She had a strong relationship with the Lord and remained unshakably faithful even during life’s most difficult moments and encouraged those around her to do the same just by being who she was.

Upon retirement, they returned to Houston in 2005 where Phyllis enjoyed gardening and fishing, watching cooking shows and trying new recipes. She was a proud Eagles Club member. Earlier in life, she enjoyed bowling, camping, even an occasional game of softball and basketball. She never missed any of her children’s school or athletic functions. She kept family traditions alive especially during the holidays and really looked forward to the Barton family reunions.

Phyllis lightened up any room with her lively spirit and never knew a stranger. She loved life and everyone around her. She was a devoted wife, loving sister, an extraordinarily caring mother and adoring grandmother. Although she was small in stature, she was a giant in strength, spirit, and heart.

The world is blessed by the love and kindness of the Lord, and his work is truly evident in the life of Phyllis Joyce (Barton) Haugse. She will remain a precious gift to those who knew her and will remain in their hearts forever. Be assured that heaven will never again be the same.

St. Mark's Catholic Church, Houston, MO, will be serving a meal after the service on Wednesday.

cremation after service

Jerry Lee Stilley 1946-2009

Jerry Lee Stilley, age 62, son of Raymond and Eleanor (Gourley) Stilley was born September 29, 1946 in Bado, Missouri. He passed away June 24, 2009 at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, MO.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda.

He is survived by his loving wife Vivian of Houston, two daughters: Kristie Vincent of Willard, MO and Florice Pearce of Bado, MO; beloved son-in-laws Bryan Vincent and Jack Pearce; two adored grandchildren Jon and Kate Vincent; two brothers: Leroy and Lowell of Bucyrus, MO; five sisters: Janet Stilley of Springfield, MO, Kay Dillon of Houston, Ermal Wondergem of Greenville, Michigan, Brenda Kinserlow of Houston, and Debbie Stilley of Bucyrus, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry grew up in the White Rock Community west of Houston. He attended the White Rock School 1st-8th grade, then graduated from Houston High in 1964. He received a refrigeration certification from Graff Votech School then voluntarily joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War in January 1965 and was medically retired from service in March 1966.

He married the love of his life, Vivian Elaine Smith, on August 16, 1975 and they made their life living and working in the Houston Community. Side by side and hand in hand they loved working in the garden together, watching sunsets, and taking evening drives to look for deer.

Jerry loved all of his family and friends and cherished every moment he spent with them. He loved his time spent in the Donut Shop drinking coffee and “solving” the world’s problems with his multitude of friends. He never once met a stranger, he thought of everyone as a friend and everyone who knew him loved him back to the same degree. He never missed an opportunity to show his kindness or to go out of the way to make sure those around him felt special.

He will be so dearly missed, but the love he gave while here was so great that it shall never fade. May he garden in heaven with beautiful sunrises and sunsets without pain, without suffering, and forever smiling, laughing, and loving in the way we know he will.

White Rock Cemetery

Lanorrah Jane (Fisher) Powell 1945-2009

Lanorrah Jane (Fisher) Powell, age 64, daughter of Frank Fisher and Ellen Richardson was born April 9, 1945 in Oswego, KS. She passed away June 20, 2009 at her home in Success, MO.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Robert Powell, her father Frank Fisher, one sister Elsie Purshell, and one brother Gerald Elmore.

Lanorrah is survived by her mother: Ellen Lancaster of Rolla, MO; two daughters: Delores Rucker of Success, MO and Diane Johnson of Kenosha, WI; one son: Bobby Powell of Bonne Terre, MO; one grandson: James Shoemaker; two sisters: Norma Kelley of Salem, MO and Barbara Eckert of Rolla, MO; one brother Tom Elmore of Rolla, MO and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Lanorrah married Charles Robert Powell on June 22, 1963 and to this union 3 children were born. She spent many years working at Brown Shoe Company until her health would no longer permit her to do so.

Lanorrah enjoyed spending time in nature with wildlife. She loved watching deer, squirrels, birds and other animals eating and playing. She also liked to spend time fishing. She could often be found frequenting the area yard sales looking for a bargain. Lanorrah loved visiting with her dear friends she had made over the years and cherished her time spent with them. She enjoyed listening to the radio and calling in on the different promotions and programs they have, cutting up with everyone in the Big Country 99 Radion Station.

Lanorrah will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Herbert "Gene" E. Atkisson 1934-2009

Herbert "Gene" Atkisson, age 74, son of Herbert B. and Helen L. (Perkins) Atkisson was born November 29, 1934 in Maples, MO. He passed away June 18, 2009 at his home in Raymondville, MO.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers; Bill and Harry Wayne.

He is survived by his wife Sharlane(Bullock) Atkisson of Raymondville, MO, 2 daughters: Gwendale Atkisson of Plato, MO and Rachael Scantlin of Raymondville, MO, 3 granddaughters Naomi, Cheyenne and Shasta and 1 grandson Joshua, 2 great-grandaughters Miamy and Gabby, also surviving are two sisters: Geraldine Bates and Karen Duhart, and three brothers Eddie Atkisson, Ronald Atkisson and Robert House and several nieces and nephews.

Herbert grew up in the Licking, MO area. He married his sweetheart Sharlane Bullock on July 11, 1959 and to this union two daughters were born.

Herbert loved working in his garden and had many hobbies such as: fishing, black powder shoots, building wood crafts, CB radios and was a member of the Ham Radio Operators Club and he enjoyed time with his cat Skinny Minnie.

Herbert loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Larry Ray "Bear" Thompson 1952-2009

Larry Ray Thompson, affectionately known as “Bear”, age 57, son of Wilburn and Hazel (Gann) Thompson was born April 13, 1952 in his grandparent's home in the Rocky Branch community. He passed June 17, 2009 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Larry was preceded in death by his first wife Janis Thompson, his mother, and both sets of grandparents, a niece and a great-niece.

He is survived by his current wife Denise Thompson of the home, his father Wilburn Thompson, of Cabool, two daughters: Marla Thompson Pattee of St. Robert, MO and Angie Barnes and her husband Kirk of Licking, MO; two step-daughters: Katrina Lilly and her husband Joe of Ft. Lewis, Washington, and Katelyn Frailey of Branson, MO; one brother, Randy and his wife Janene of Cabool, MO; one sister, Judy Flageolle and her husband Hank of Mansfield, MO; four grandchildren and three nephews.

As a child he was a member of Simmons Baptist Church and was actively involved in the activities. He received Christ as his Savior at a Youth Rally at Moberly Church as an early teen and was baptized in water in 1968. In more recent years Larry attended Faith Fellowship and for the past three years has attended Souls Harbor Family Worship. While attending Souls Harbor, Larry faithfully attended choir practices and sang in the Christmas and Easter Choir presentations.

Larry loved hunting, fishing and riding his Harley. He enjoyed gardening, barbecuing and smoking meats. He could be found at the concession stand at the Houston football field for many years grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. Larry had also been a member of the Jaycees of Houston and an avid bowler winning several tournaments and holding office in the local bowling club.

He worked as paramedic at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, MO. He said it was one of his most enjoyable jobs.

Larry loved his family dearly. It was the highlight of his day to watch his grandson in his sporting endeavors or spend time at the birthday parties for grandkids, siblings or parents.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was always looking for ways to take care of his family and friends and felt that God had given him each day to enjoy and live for him. He will be missed, but we know he is enjoying the beauty of heaven and is rejoicing in the presence of the One who created him.

Oak Dale Cemetery

Addisyn Kay Stickel January 4, 2009-June 15, 2009

Addisyn Kay Stickel, age 5 months and 11days, daughter of Adam Stickel and Christina Maddox was born January 4, 2009, 15 weeks premature, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She passed away June 15, 2009 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Addy is preceded in death by her Great Uncle Steven Reichart.

She is survived by her parents, her identical twin, Maddyn Lynn Stickel of the home, her half sister Jay’Merie Elizabeth Howard, maternal grandmother Chris Maddox of Houston, MO, maternal grandfather Robert Maddox of Valley Falls, KS, paternal grandparents Richard Jr. and Anita Stickel of Vanzant, MO, maternal great grandparents Lloyd and Brenda Reichart of Valley Falls, KS, maternal great grandmother Naomi Maddox of Valley Falls, KS, paternal great grandfather Richard Stickel Sr. of Vanzant, MO, paternal great grandmother Margaret Stickel of La Plata, MD and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Addisyn was a fighter from day one. She loved to eat and also listening to her granny singing. She was taken very good care of in the NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital by the wonderful nurses and the amazing doctors especially Dr. Lawrence and R.N. Tracey Carter.

Evans Funeral Home

Ruby Janetta Sumrall Purcel 1924-2009

Ruby Janetta Sumrall Purcell, age 85 years, 2 months and 5 days, daughter of Martin Luther and Angie Janetta (Pate) Sumrall was born April 5, 1924 in Corsicana, Texas. She died June 10, 2009 in the Houston House, Houston, MO.

Ruby married John William Downey and they had one son, Billy. She later married Lester Elvin Purcell (Whitey). To this union one son Danny was born and one daughter Linda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Whitey on May 5, 1988, 5 brothers, one half-sister, and one grandchild.

She is survived by Billy Vern Downey and wife Shirley of St. Clair, MO, Linda Buchholz and husband James of Raymondville, MO and Danny Elvin Purcell and wife Rhonda of Raymondville, MO; 9 grandchildren: Kerri Cummins, Brian Downey, Narah Venable, Janda Jenkins, Traci Goetz, Justin Buchholz, Shalena Purcell, Jarid Purcell and Josh Purcell; 11 great-grandchildren: Gabriel Cummins, Kara Cummins, Blaine Downey, Bryce Downey, Cole Venable, Haley Venable, Austin Goetz, Keaton Goetz, Sarah Purcell, Peyton Purcell and Shane Purcell; one great great-grandchild, Gage Cummins, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Ruby had many interests. She enjoyed crocheting, playing Bingo, and a good hand of Rummy. Ruby lived most of her life in Raymondville, MO, where along with her own children; she opened her home and babysat for most families in the area. After she was unable to live on her own she moved to Catawissa, MO to live with her son Danny Purcell and wife Rhonda for nearly four years.

Ruby was a member of the First Baptist Church in Raymondville, MO Ruby believed in the Lord and had accepted him as her Savior.

She was also a member of the Vollmar’s Woman’s Club and a member of the American Legion.

Ruby had a fun sense of humor. She was witty and enjoyed a good joke. She was not one to express her feelings and tell you how she always felt, but you always knew that her door was open and she would do what she could for you.

She found great comfort and pride in her children and grandchildren. She would talk about their visits to her home for weeks. She always had a story to tell about the Downey kids accomplishments, the Buchholz’s children’s studies or the Purcell kids’ broken limbs, and ornery ways.

Ruby looked forward to the holidays, baking pies, and candies and watching her grandchildren attempt to put up the little old antique silver tree. She enjoyed fixing Sunday morning breakfast for the kids, where they knew the biscuits would always be burnt. She never missed a chance to pick blackberries or pit cherries, or to hunt lost grandchildren in the back 20 acres, or to French braid hair upon request. Her life revolved around her family.

If she looked out at her family and friends today and saw sadness, she would simply say, “crying isn’t going to get you anything more than a snotty nose, so dry it up.” She would tell us that she had a good life and would not apologize or need an apology that was not her style. She would hope that her children and grandchildren receive from their own families the same amount of love, respect, and compassion that has been shown to her from her own family.

Ruby would say, I’m where I should be now, and I will see you all here in heaven real soon. That she and Grandpa are cruising around the streets of heaven on that old Honda three-wheeler and they’ll be waiting for us at the gates of heaven. And she would say to take our time, there’s no rush to get here. Then she would lean over and whisper in Shalena’s ear “Don’t you be late”.

She was a good mother and wonderful grandma and will be missed by those that truly knew her.

Allen Cemetery

Dr. J. L. Lybyer, DVM 1950-2009

James Layne (Doc Jim) Lybyer, 58, a long time resident and veterinarian of the Mtn. Grove area died suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Jim was born in Springfield, MO the son of Albert "Al" Lee and Joan (Wilson) Lybyer.

Jim always considered Manes home but graduated in 1968 from Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas, TX. He graduated from Texas A & M University with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. Upon graduation he then joined the United States Air Force as an officer and was stationed at Blytheville, AR as the Staff Veterinarian. In 1975 he was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force and went to work for Tri-County Veterinary Service in Mtn. Grove until 1979 when he started his own practice. After 18 years of owning his own practice in Mtn. Grove Jim sold the practice and planned to retire. However, he shortly missed his professional calling and began working at the Ozark Regional Stockyards and West Plains Veterinary Clinic where he was currently working.

Jim married Ila Jean Lawrence in 1969 and to this union two daughters were born, Jennifer and Bethany. On May 2, 1981 he married Nancy (Ward) Franklin and she brought two more daughters Tammy and Carrie into the family. In 1991 Jim and Nancy added one more child to their family by adopting their granddaughter Amy.

He is preceded in death by his father Al Lybyer, and 2-year-old brother Johnny.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Nancy; mother Joan; daughters: Jennifer Jenkins of Marshfield, Bethany (and Eric) Bramwell of Pomona, Tammy (and James) Strunk of Springfield, Carrie (and Jim) Fessler and Amy Lybyer of Mtn. Grove; sister Jeanne Knight of Dallas, TX and nephew Zachary Knight; and seven grandchildren: Megan and MJ Jenkins; Nate and Jake Bramwell; and Brittany, Aaron and Brandie Strunk.

Jim had a long history of community involvement throughout his entire life starting with the Boy Scouts where he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He served as President of the Manes School Board for the past eight years; Board Member of the Missouri Special Olympics; member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts of America; President of the Mtn. Grove High School FFA Alumni; member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association; and was a member and past President of the Missouri Family Rodeo Association, American Family Rodeo Association, and the Mtn. Grove Saddle Club.

He was a very special husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle and friend to many. A huge void will be left in the many hearts he has touched.

The family will hold a celebration of life for Dr. Lybyer on his birthday June 15, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at the Wilson farm, 10725 Hwy AF, Mtn. Grove, MO. Please contact Evans Funeral Home for additional details.

Born: 06-15-1950 Died: 06-06-2009

David Stuart Anthony Foster 1991-2009

David Stuart Anthony Foster, age 18, son of Gene and Tonya Foster was born January 2, 1991, he was the New Year’s Baby that year in Houston, MO. He passed away May 31, 2009 two weeks after graduating High School.

David is preceded in death by his Grandmother Ida Foster and Uncle Kenny Lay.

He is survived by his parents and one brother Jeremy and wife Shawna, two nephews Austin and Tyler, two nieces Kayla and Janessa of Houston, MO, his grandparents Kenneth and Nadine Lay of Houston, MO, D.L. Foster of Walnut Ridge AR, several aunts and uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

David grew up in Houston and attended First Christian Church. He accepted the Lord as his savior on August 7, 2005. He had the privilege of helping baptize his father on the same day.

He attended Houston School. Was a member of the baseball team, football team, and played basketball for several years.

David loved hanging out with family and friends, playing x-box live with friends on line or at home. Texting was a favorite pastime. Baseball was his favorite sport. He was looking forward to attending college in the fall and playing ball. He enjoyed so many things, working on his car with his Dad or going shopping with his Mother, going floating or camping out with friends. Messin’ with the horses was something he always enjoyed.

He planned to umpire summer ball and was looking forward to going to Omaha with the baseball team again this June. David was loved very much and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we know he is playing ball with the Greatest One of all.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Carlos E. Elmore 1925-2009

Carlos E. Elmore, age 84, son of Charles and Adda( Crismon) Elmore was born March 6, 1925 in Houston, MO. He passed away May 31, 2009 at the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center St. Louis, MO.

Carlos was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Nelda Jeanne (Ross) Elmore, 4 brothers; Charles, Woodrow, Clark and Gerald, 6 sisters; Gladys Duff, Nancy Boesl, Pauline DeRosa, Mary Louise Smith, Carol Pipkin and Bernice Elmore who was stillborn.

He is survived by his son Bruce Elmore and wife Sandi of Bland, MO, daughter Susan Steckler and husband Dick of Houston, MO, 2 brothers; Duane Elmore of CA, and Don Elmore of FL, 3 grandchildren; Erin Elmore Pendino, Dusty Elmore and Casey Elmore, 2 step grandchildren; Rich Steckler II, and Kristin Veazey, 4 great grandchildren; Lauren, Jack, Livia and Aubrey, 4 step great grandchildren; Joy, Hope, Peace and Pete, with 2 more great grandchildren on the way.

Carlos grew up in Houston and graduated from Houston High School. He married Nelda Jeanne Ross on July 31, 1946. He operated his own auto repairs garage for 15 years, and then taught auto mechanics at Houston High School for 24 years.

He accepted Christ into his life at an early age. He was an active member and served as an elder, Sunday School Teacher, church choir member and sang in a Men’s quartet at the First Christian Church.

Carlos was in the United States Army, serving his country from April 1943 to December 1945. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a POW in Germany for the remainder of the war. He received the American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a man with a variety of interests. He loved gardening, motorcycles, blue grass music, going fishing, visiting with his friends and gathering at the Drug Store for coffee and small talk. He was an avid reader and loved to write letters to the editor on many subjects that caught his fancy. He also enjoyed flying. He even built his own airplane and flew it for several years. He liked to build the small radio controlled planes and flew them with other avid “aviators”.

Carlos was a friendly man, always with a smile, hello and smart remark for the day. He will be missed by friends and family who knew and loved him.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Lena Dosha (Lesley) Neugebauer

Lena Dosha (Lesley) Neugebauer, age 93, daughter of Allen Irl and Flossey Cordellia Riddlesburger Lesley was born February 2, 1916 in Grapeland, TX. She passed away May 29, 2009 at the Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

She is preceded in death by 1 son Freddie Neugebauer, 3 brothers; Garlin, Eldon and Ottis Lesley and 2 sisters; Mary Coleman and Geneva Brown.

Lena married Fredrick Enoch Neugebauer on July 24, 1933. He was a devoted husband for 75 years, he survives her today, also surviving are 2 sons; Carl Neugebauer and wife Diane of Anncoco, LA, and Irley Neugebauer of Houston, MO and a daughter Bea Flores and husband Joe of Nixa, MO, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 3 sisters; Tommie Inez Crowder of Patrolia, TX, Cleo Kuma of Ardmore, OK and Levita Neugebauer of Houston, MO.

She was a very talented lady, she loved to cook and can, and she was making bread up until she had her stroke only 1 week ago. Lena also enjoyed quilting and crocheting, and also loved to go to flea markets. But first and foremost she loved her family she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, nothing made her happier than spending time with her family.

Lena will be greatly missed, but we know that she is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and is rejoicing in the presence of the ones she has so long desired to meet.

Boone Creek Cemetery

Orvil James 1918-2009

Orvil James, age 90, son of Michael and Ada (Link) James was born July 28, 1918 in Plato, MO. He passed away May 17, 2009 at Texas County Memorial hospital, Houston, MO.

Preceded in death by his father and mother, Michael James and Ada (Link) James Elmore, his stepfather Arthur Elmore, three brothers Hurley James, Herschel James and Bert James, and his son Ronald James.

Surviving are his loving wife of 68 years, Faye James of their home in Roby, MO, 2 sons; Mike James of Roby, MO and Jim James and wife Rhonda of Fairview, TX and 2 grandsons; Steve and Scott James of Colorado.

Self-employed most of his life, logging and hauling gravel. Orvil loved life in Texas County and the Missouri Ozarks. He spent 18 months working on a farm on the Missouri-Iowa border when he and Faye were first married. Those North Missouri winters did not appeal to Orvil, and he vowed if he ever got back to good old Texas County he would never leave again. Orvil enjoyed farming, although be it on a small scale, he dearly loved working with cattle, hogs, chickens, and for many years kept a herd of goats numbering well over one hundred.

He was a jack of all trades and master of ALL. Orvil could do most anything and do it well. He was an expert mechanic, carpenter, electrician, plumber; you name it, Orvil seemed to be able to do it. He dearly loved nature and the great outdoors. Gardening was one of his passions, and Orvil was surely born with a green thumb. In later years, Orvil became interested in bird watching, especially his beloved Purple Martins. He constructed many bird houses and eagerly awaited the return of his deep purple friends each spring. He delighted in sitting out in the backyard, watching as they built their nests, the arrival of baby Martins, Dad and Mom feeding them, and his greatest thrill came from watching those youngsters take flight for the very first time.

Orvil was a wonderful friend and neighbor, a generous and kind man who lived his life helping others. Folks from miles around would often bring their lawn mowers, garden tillers, chain saws, farm tractors, etc., to Orvil to diagnose the problem and fix it. It was often said "If Orvil James can't fix it - no one can!" Folks would offer him payment, but Orvil would not accept it. He loved helping others and always strived to treat people the way he wanted to be treated.

Orvil was a faithful man of God and was active in church work all of his life. He accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized in July 1948 at Rock Creek near Roby, Missouri. He was a long time member of the Roby Christian Church. He dearly loved attending church and church activities, and continued as long as his health permitted him to do so.

Orvil has now joined his loved ones who have gone on before him, and is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord. He will be greatly missed by his dear family and friends, but we find peace and comfort knowing that he was fully prepared to make this last journey and we will join him someday.

Mt. Pisgah Cemetery

Bernice Evangeline (Malm) Hutchison 1919-2009

Bernice Evangeline (Malm) Hutchison, age 90, daughter of Gustave Leander and Anna (Olson) Malm was born in Topeka, KS on February 17, 1919. She died at the Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, MO, on May 15, 2009.

Bernice is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ann Tabor and Florence Stevens; a son, Lee Hutchison; and a daughter, Nancy Hutchison.

She is survived by her husband, Homer D. Hutchison of Cabool; two daughters, Deborah Eaton of Poway, CA and Cynthia Hutchison of Prairie Village, KS; seven grandchildren (Julie, Patrick, Bryant, Mark, Todd, Vanessa and Lee) and five great grandchildren (Robert, Alexis, Isabel, Olivia, and Skylar).

Bernice grew up in the country near Topeka, KS. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1941 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Drury University in 1981. Bernice was the president of her chapter of the National Education Association during her tenure at Houston Elementary School where she loved to teach reading. She retired from teaching in 1988.

She served in the Army at the Joint Chiefs of Staff (now the Pentagon) in Washington, D.C. during WWII and received an honorable discharge and a Good Conduct Medal in 1945.

Bernice married Homer in 1945, when she was in the Army and he was a young sailor. Bernice taught school and accompanied Homer to many interesting duty stations including, Washington State, Southern California, Hawaii, New York, Iceland and Tennessee. After 30 years of military travel, they settled in the countryside between Houston and Cabool, MO., where they farmed for almost thirty years. After their second retirement they spent half the year at the farm and half the year in Florida where they enjoyed the tropical climate.

Bernice was a member of a local quilting guild and enjoyed the fellowship of the quilting ladies who continued to keep track of her through out her illness, especially while she was in the hospital in Florida.

Dykes Cemetery

Wilma Irene (Ingram) Hancock 1923-2009

Wilma Irene “Ingram” Hancock, age 86, daughter of Garrett and Mavis (Bartch) Ingram, was born April 18, 1923 in Simmons, MO. She passed away May 9, 2009 at St. John’s Hospital Springfield, MO.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Herchel, a son-in-law; Vernon Jones, 2 brothers; Dean Ray and Max Ingram, a sister Ruthene Tucker and an infant daughter Linda Lee.

Wilma married Herchel Hancock on November 21, 1945 in Houston by Judge C.C. Tuttle and two this union two daughters were born.

She is survived by her daughter Joanne Jones of Raymondville, MO, a sister Mabel Ward of Iowa, and 3 granddaughters; Kristi Jones, Mistye Jones and Ginger Williams and husband Rick and a great-granddaughter Amber Kay Glenn.

Wilma was baptized at an early age and attended Church at Simmons. In 1983 she transferred her membership to First Christian Church where she had 30 ½ years of perfect attendance until her health prevented her from attending.

She grew up on a farm and raised her family on a farm enjoying riding the old Farmall tractor, plowing the fields, raising a large garden and canning all types of vegetables. Wilma was a great cook and also loved to sew. She enjoyed listening country and western music but her favorite was Gospel.

Wilma loved her family and her Lord, now she has rejoined her husband and many loved ones and is rejoicing in the presence of her Heavenly Father.

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Ethel Margaret (Miller)Cummins 1918-2009

Ethel Margaret Cummins, age 91, daughter of Francis M. and Alta S. (McKinney) Miller was born May 2, 1918 in Yukon, MO. She passed away May 2, 2009 at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, MO.

Ethel was united in marriage to Ralph Cummins on May 14, 1940 in Yukon, MO, and to this union three children were born, Ron, Brenda and Jackie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph, and a son Jackie Dale Cummins, 2 brothers; Homer and Robert Miller and 2 sisters; Myrtle and Ruth Ward.

Ethel is survived by a son Ron Cummins and wife Jeanie of Springfield, MO a daughter Brenda Gilliland and husband Bob of Houston, MO, 4 grand children and 7 great-grandchildren, and a brother Don Miller and wife Pat of Houston, MO, a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends made throughout the years.

She worked in the food services at Texas County Memorial Hospital for several years and later worked at the Lee Factory.

She had many hobbies; she loved to keep busy using her hands. She worked word puzzles, quilted, and played bingo. She loved cooking for her family and was quite the homemade roll maker.

Ethel loved the Lord with all her heart. She was an active member of the Houston First Free Will Baptist Church for over 46 years. She accepted the Lord early in life.

She made many friends throughout her years, volunteering at the Senior Center in Houston, helping to deliver meals, she loved helping and serving others. Ethel was very active in the community and her church. She also made many friends at the Landmark Villa in Cabool where she spent the last two years.

Ethel has now joined her loved ones that went on before her, and is rejoicing with her Lord. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we have peace knowing that we will join her soon.

Allen Cemetery

Marilyn Ann (Miller) Hearron 2936-2009

Marilyn Ann (Miller) Hearron, age 73, daughter of Peter and Florence (Alberts) Miller was born April 4, 1936 in Peru, Illinois. She died April 29, 2009 in Moberly, MO.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Clyde Miller who passed away July 17, 2001.

She is survived by her two brothers, Richard Miller of Shorewood, IL, and Jack Miller of Pekin, IL; and one sister Elaine Herring of Joliet, Illinois, several nieces and nephews.

Marilyn worked as a cleaning lady in the mid 70’s. She had a great love for her dogs and treated them like her children.

She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Ruth Ida (Johnson) Hollibaugh 1916-2009

Ruth Ida (Johnson) Hollibaugh, age 92, daughter of Albert and Ida (Turner) Johnson was born June 1, 1916 in Kansas City, MO. She passed away April 27, 2009 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care Center in Pekin, IL.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Emily Couch, 2 granddaughters; Lisa Marie Smith and Teresa Lee George, 2 brothers; Raymond Johnson and William Schoppe and a sister Irene Johnson.

Ruth is survived by her children; Ruth Walter and husband Bill of Three Rivers, MI, Dolores Smith and husband Jim of New Castle, OK, Lou Cafourek of Pekin, IL, Everett Lee Hollibaugh, Jr. and wife Evalena of Houston, MO and Kris Edge of Visalia, CA, 16 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, and a sister Hilma Gherna of Three Rivers, MI.

She worked as a CNA at Texas County Memorial Hospital for many years and later volunteered at The Houston Senior Center. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends, quilting, needlework, and took great pride in making quilts for her grandchildren. She loved listening to music and going to various church activities. Ruth loved playing bingo at the Senior Center and later at the Nursing Home.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Howell Memorial Park-West Plains, MO

LaVerle Root 1941-2009

LaVerle Root age 67, daughter of Elwin Merle and Lera Fern (Mays) Caldwell was born May 14, 1941 at Ketchum, OK. She died April 26, 2009 at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, MO.

She was preceded in death by both parents.

She is survived by her husband, Rooty Root of Licking, one son, Ron Root of Chandler, AZ, one daughter Linda and her husband Philip Buchanan of Houston, MO; three granddaughters, Shawna, Jessica, and Elizabeth “Lizi”; four brothers, three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

LaVerle grew up in Oklahoma and at the age of 19 went to California where she met Rooty. They were soon married on June 17, 1961 at March Air Force Base. After the birth of their daughter, Linda, they moved to Northern California where their son Ron was born in 1964. They raised their family there until 1992 when they moved to Licking, Missouri to be near their granddaughters.

LaVerle loved to cook and spend time with her family. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Ketchum Cemetery in Ketchum, Oklahoma at 11:00 AM Saturday

Mary Dormalee (Shipton) Shoults 1950-2009

Mary Dormalee Shoults the daughter of Russell Shipton and Mary Velma Counts Shipton was born January 26, 1950 at Salem, Missouri. Mary passed away at the Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri, Sunday, July 19th, 2009 making her age 59 years.

Mary and Dean Shoults were united in marriage April 26, 1969. They were blessed with four children, Classena, Clayton, Carma, and Bonny.

Mary and Dean enjoyed horseback riding and even going on a camping trip and horse backing riding for their honeymoon. She enjoyed riding and visiting with her family and friends. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and her 2 poodles Spookey and Tanner.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Russell and Mary Velma Shipton, her father and mother- in-law Omer and Dora Shoults.

She is survived by her husband Dean Shoults of Hartshorn, MO; her children, daughter Classena Dawson and husband Patrick of Eminence, Missouri; son Clayton Shoults and Cindy; daughter Carma Green and husband Terry; and daughter Bonny Shoults and Kenny, all of the Hartshorn area, grandchildren, Lacey Pogue, Nikki Green, Garrett Green, Michael Shoults, Kaitlyn Shoults, MacKenzie Shoults, Sierra Shoults, Dillion Dean Shoults, Lilly Lee Shoults, and one great granddaughter Georgia Mae Pouge; Mary is also survived by one brother Gene Shipton and wife Melba of Eminence, Missouri and a host of other family members.

Services were held Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home with Rev. Arvel Schweighauser officiating. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Donald Elmer Brim 1948-2009

Donald Elmer Brim the son of Carol Ottis Brim and Velma Jean Dewoody Bruce was born May 17, 1948 in Texas County, MO and passed away at the his daughter Angela’s home in Pocahontas, Illinois, Tuesday morning, July 14, 2009 making his age 61 years.

Donald was united in marriage to Margaret White and to their union three children were born, Gerald L., Timothy Carl, and Angela Jean.

He proudly served in the United States Army from May 25, 1965 to August 2, 1968 and then served in the Army Reserves until May 24, 1971.

He owned his own roofing company and worked as a roofer. For the last few years he has been disabled. He loved to spent time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed helping others in any way he could.

Donald is preceded in death by his father Carol O. Brim, his mother Velma J. Bruce, 1 son Donald Brim Jr., 2 brothers, Carl Eugene Brim, James Ray Ashmore, 2 sisters, Sandra Labee Romines; and Sherri Brim.

Donald is survived by his three children, sons, Gerald L. Brim of Granite City, Illinois; Timothy Carl Brim of Granite City, Illinois, daughter, Angela Jean Brim Anderson and husband John of Pocahontas, Illinois, 1 brother Ronald Brim of Mountain View, MO; 1 niece Tammatha Brim Burrus, 5 grandchildren, Jonathan James Anderson, Tamara Angela Hoffman, Kristina Michelle Anderson, Cameron Brim Gunter and Kodi Brim Vanvoorst, and his step-mother Eula Brim; step brothers, Larry Labbee, Bobby Labbee, Billy Labbee, Tim Labbee and step sister Rhonda Shoults. Donald is also survived by a host of other family members and many friends.

Graveside Services were held Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 1 PM at Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment and full military honors and honors by Patriot Guard Riders were at Antioch Cemetery in Hartshorn, Mo under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

John J. Bandy 1926-2009

John J. Bandy, son of John W. Bandy and Nora Victoria Bates was born December 31, 1926 in Summersville, Missouri and went to be with the Lord on Friday evening, July 3, 2009 while residing in Birch View Health Center, making his age 82 years.

John was united in marriage to Gladys Adelia Walsh, September 5, 1970. Gladys passed away November 5, 1978. John was also preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Nora Victoria, four brothers, James Floyd; Rado Clarence, Orville Eugene, and William Anthony; and three sisters, Mildred Pearl Sullins, and husband Elmer; Cecile Jewel Robison and husband Jess; and Mabel Irene Sloan and husband Fred; and two brothers-in-law Vergil Terrill; and Everett Gregory.

He is survived by 5 sisters, Bessie Mae Terrill, Alene Fleener and husband William, Muriel Gregory, Grace Bandy, Mary Lou Beasley and husband Joe; sisters-in-law, Marie Bandy, Audrey Bandy, and Janet Bandy. John will be especially missed by his many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

John was baptized into Christ about 5 years ago and was a active member of the Church of Christ in Summersville. He served in the Army during the years of 1945-1952; doing clerical work and as a chief cook.

After leaving the military, John had a variety of occupations and types of employment. He spent several years as a salesman of cars and mobile homes in St. Louis. While working in Illinois in the late 1960's, John married Gladys and lived in Moline, Illinois, working in a foundary. After Gladys’ death, he returned to Missouri and settled in Mountain View, working at AMPI cheese factory for several years until it closed and then at Richard Brothers Grocery. After retiring for the third time, he moved back to his hometown Summersville, close to his family. There he again found employment at South Central Manufacturing Corporation, until a year ago when he became ill.

John had host of beloved family and friends who will miss him greatly. John enjoyed stopping by local businesses and at homes of his family and friends sharing a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and a story or song.

Sharing his love for the Lord with family and friends, John brought encouragement with personal visits and phone calls. John enjoyed giving a personal touch by giving his sisters flowers, pretty dishes to nieces, and nephews when the got married, special birthday gifts and gifts for his new baby great nieces and nephews.

John loved his family and they loved him. Everyone needs an "Uncle or Brother John" and then they will be very blessed as his family is. John will be missed.

Services were held Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Cooper officiating. Interment was in Summersville City Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Ralph Benjamin Bashor 1924-2009

Ralph Benjamin Bashor, son of Amos A. Bashor and Nora Mae (Griffith) Bashor, was born July 22, 1924 at home in Arroll, Missouri and passed away at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, Sunday, June 14, 2009 making his age 84 years 10 months 23 days.

Ralph was united in marriage to Wilma Ramahjean Warburton, August 21, 1948. To their union two children were born, a son, Dallaslee Eugene Bashor of Summersville, MO and daughter, Nora Jean Bashor (Marks) of Augusta, GA.

Ralph attended Johns District 99 School of Texas County, Summersville, MO 1st through 8th grade. He earned his high school diploma through the United States Army Air Corps. Ralph was inducted into the Army Air Forces April 19, 1943 and served in World War II from April 26, 1943 through Oct 23, 1945. Ralph held the rank of Tech/Sgt and was the top gunner and chief engineer on a B-24 Liberator Bomber and flew 45 missions in Italy; there he earned five Bronze Battle Stars, for campaigns in North Appenniens, Po Valley, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Air Combat Balkans. Ralph also earned the following medals, Air Crew Member Wings, Aerial Gunner Wings, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Medal, Air Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Carbine Rifle and expert Pistol Medals.

With honorable discharge Ralph returned home and took up farming with his brother Charley. After his elopement with his bride in Hardy, Arkansas he began a full time milk route in the area. For a short while he was employed at Red Field Iowa Brick Yard. Soon after Ralph began working in the timber industry between Colorado, Utah, and Missouri. Ralph and Jean opened the R & J Mobile Gas Station/General Store in Arroll in 1966. Ralph also drove a Summersville school bus for many years and ran a backhoe and dump truck business. For several years, he worked grading the roads for his local township then retiring and returned to farming full time.

Ralph attended Arroll Church in his younger years and was saved. He was faithful to pray with his wife daily.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Amos A. and Nora Mae; a half brother Fred Bashor; four brothers, Amos, Harvey, Charley and Mark Bashor; three sisters, Carrie Baird, Ann Myers, and Myrtle Freeman; three nephews, Clifford Leroy Bashor, Douglass Holloway, Fred Birch; and one niece Beverly Millender. Ralph is survived by his wife Jean of the home, son Dallaslee of Summersville, MO; daughter Nora Jean and her husband Chris Marks of Augusta, GA, two grandsons, Ralph Benjamin Bashor and wife Shawna, and Adam Lee Bashor; one granddaughter Cari Alaine Marks; two great-grandchildren, Collin Andrew Bashor and Patricia Jade Bashor; three nephews, Lawrence Birch of California, Archie Fred Bashor of Summersville and Ricky Bashor of Seoul, Korea; two nieces, Shirley Ross and Robin Eagle both of Springfield, MO.

Ralph will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His caring personality, warm heart and selflessness generosity created countless memories for all those who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Midvale Church with Rev. Emmett Bradford and Rev. Pat Cronk officiating. Interment was in Arroll Cemetery with full military honors, under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Carrie Marie Gill 1923-2009

Carrie Marie Gill the daughter of James Henry Riddle and Mary Ethel Miller was born March 12, 1923 At Plano, Oklahoma and passed away at the Stonecrest Health Care Center in Viburnum, MO Sunday, June 14, 2009 making her age 86 years.

Carrie was united in marriage to Ray Gill to their union they had 4 children, Jay L., Donald J., Henry L., and Rose Mary.

Carrie was a house wife. She and her family lived at Lucas, Arkansas for many years then Carrie moved to the Hartshorn area. When Carrie was unable to live alone she moved to the Stonecrest Center in Viburnum. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Those preceding Carrie in death were her parents, Henry and Mary Riddle, husband Ray Gill, 1 brother, Bill James Riddle and 1 sister Sara Gossett.

Carrie is survived by her children, Jay Gill and wife Genie of Rudy, Arkansas; Donald Gill and wife Gayle of Viburnum, Missouri; Henry Gill of Breckenridge, Colorado; and Rose Mary Nipp and husband Lewis of Greenwood, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 11:00 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville, MO with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of summersville.

Lewis Esco Riley 1918-2009

Lewis Esco Riley son of John Wesley Riley and Bertha Leona Martin Riley was born September 7, 1918 at Hartshorn, Missouri and passed away at the Texas County Memorial Hospital, Friday June 12, 2009 making his age 90 years 9 months and 5 days.

Esco was united in marriage to Mary Agnes Tyler, January 9, 1939. To their union 6 children were born, Joyce, Mary, Glenn, Faye, Michael and Stephen.

Esco was a member of the Valley Center Baptist Church at Hartshorn where he attended as long as his health permitted.

Esco grew up along the Current River in Shannon County and loved to fish. He had a old Jeep so he and Agnes could get into the rough places where no one else fished. He had a CB radio and made many friends of those he chatted with.

Preceding him in death were his father and mother, son Michael, daughter Joyce, grandson Rick and brother Oscar.

Surviving are his wife Agnes of the home, son Glenn and wife Jean of Hartshorn, MO; son Stephen and wife April of Angier, North Carolina; daughter Mary Kirkman and husband Bob of Independence, Missouri; daughter Faye Hartman and husband Roger of Batesville, Mississippi; grandsons, Randy Dale, Scott Kirkman, Michael Riley, Brad Riley, Gary Hartman, and Nathaniel Riley; granddaughters, Cindy Young, Carrie Briggs, Christina Hall, Angela Acklin, Jessica Clark, Stephanie Riley, and Frances Riley, 10 great grandsons, 5 great granddaughters, and 1 great great grandson, and 1 great great granddaughter, 2 brothers, Dredward Riley and wife Delra of Independence, Missouri; John Riley and wife Norma of East Peoria, Illinois and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Bradford Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Patty (Hartman) Plowman Ommert 1934-2009

Alice. V. Plowman-Ommert the daughter of Guy L. Hartman and Ellen Lynch Hartman was born September 27, 1934 in Summersville, MO, and went to her Heavenly home Saturday May 30, 2009 making her age 74 years 8 months and 3 days.

Patty was united in marriage to Charles Plowman, April 11, 1952 making their union 37 years before his passing. To their union three sons were born, Charles, Douglas and Steven. She married Elden Ommert, January 1991 making their union 10 years before his passing.

Patty was a home maker and very active. She loved quilting, square dancing and fishing. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Houston. She attended the North side Baptist Church in Houston.

Patty and Bob lived in Summersville where they raised their family, after his passing she moved to the Raymondville and Houston area. There she met and married Elden Ommert.

Preceding Patty in death are her parents, Guy and Ellen Hartman; her husbands Charles Plowman and Elden Ommert, 1 sister Ruth Brooks, 6 brothers, Royce Hartman, Eugene Hartman, John Hartman, Harbert Hartman, David Hartman and Earl Hartman.

Surviving are her three sons, Charles Plowman of Summersville, MO; Doug and Kim Plowman of Pacific, MO; Steve and Melissa Plowman of Summersville, MO; 5 grandchildren, Jayci Clayton, Nicole Plowman, Douglas Paul Plowman, Tyler Plowman, Wyatt Plowman, one great grandson Michael Jay Clayton, 1 sister, Betty Rees and husband Denver of Springfield, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

Services were held Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 2 Pm at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Atchison officiating. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery near Summersville under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Ruby Ethel (Sullivan) Connolly 1918-2009

Ruby Ethel Connolly, the 3rd child of 13 children born to Luther Lewis Sullivan and Lizzie Laura Holland Sullivan was born June 6, 1918 near Hartshorn, Missouri and went in to the arms of Jesus Friday, May 22, 2009 at 3:15 PM at the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri making her age 90 years 11 months and 16 days.

She was united in marriage to James David Connolly, February 24, 1940 at Salem, MO. and to their union two children were born, Donna and Dean. She and David were married 49 years before his death in April 1989.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was the oldest member of the Raymondville Baptist Church in Raymondville, MO. Ruby worked at International Shoe Company in Houston, MO for several years, and then worked at White’s Nursery near Licking, MO. She was a loving wife, mother and a partner to her husband David working with him on the family farm. She loved gardening, working in her flowers and yard. She enjoyed visiting with friends, neighbors, and her many family members.

Ruby is preceded in death by her husband David, her parents, Luther and Lizzie Sullivan, 6 sisters, Pauline Sullivan, Ida Mae Maggard, Nedria Fiske, Ada Scott, Marie Powell, Wilma Smith, 3 brothers, Earnest, Elmer, and Delmar Sullivan.

Ruby is survived by her children, Donna McCellan and husband Dick of LaPorte, Colorado, Dean Connolly and wife Sue of Sturgeon, Missouri, 5 grandchildren, Sandra and Andy Legino, of Ault Colorado, Sara and Kevin Anderson; Saneta and Brion Gavette all of Gill, Colorado; Brent Connolly of Sturgeon, Missouri; Tracy and Ron Roberts of Higbee, MO; 15 great grandchildren, Brittany and Zach Legino; Geoffrey, Lindsey and Greg Anderson, Tyler, Hayden, Toby, and Evie Kay Gavette; Ashley and Andy Sunderland; Ryan and Kristal Roberts, Garret and Justin Connolly, 2 great great grandchildren, Kaley and Addisyn Sunderland, two sisters, Geraldine Hogan of Westphalia, Missouri, Lucille Denton of Summersville, Missouri, one brother Delbert Sullivan and wife Dorothy of Summersville, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10: Am at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville, MO with Rev. Frank White officiating. Interment will be in Allen Cemetery near Raymondville, MO under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Faye Lessey 1923-2009

Faye was the daughter of Eunice N. (Smith) and Charles T. Allen. She was born Sept. 28, 1923 at Arma Kansas. She passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at the age of 85, at the Waynesville Life Care Center.

Faye was baptized into Christ at the age of 14 and lived faithfully for Christ until her death. She attended the Church of Christ in Summersville for many years. When Faye and Dale moved to the St. Robert’s area, they were very faithful members of the St. Robert Church of Christ. She was a retired nurse’s aide.

She married Johnnie A. Davidson Aug. 20, 1942. He pre-deceased her Sept. 25,1990. Their children, Kay McClure; Vernon R. Davidson and Nancy F. Cooper survive her, together with their spouses, Mac McClure; Mary Ann Davidson and Lawrence Cooper, they gave her seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Faye married Dale B. Lessy, previously from Colorado, Nov. 15, 1993. Their years together were happy and contented. They made their home in Summersville, MO until 2003. When they moved to St. Robert, MO where they resided until their deaths.

Faye’s parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Sibling that survive her are two sisters and one brother. Many nieces, nephews and friends will mourn her passing.

Faye will rest in the Midvale Cemetery between her two husbands, Johnnie and Dale.

Graveside Services were held Friday, May 22nd, 2009, at Midvale Cemetery at 1 PM with Bro. William Fleener and Bro Randall Duvall officiating. Interment was in Midvale Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Vivian Marjorie (Smith) Stringer 1937-2009

Vivian Marjorie Stringer the daughter of Det. J. Chesteen Smith and Beatrice Estelene Olson Smith was born at Ysleta, Texas, May 5, 1937 and went into the arms of Jesus, Monday evening, May 18, 2009 at her home in Hartshorn, making her age 72 years and 13 days.

Vivian was united in marriage to Donald Auston Stringer June 19, 1955. To their union 4 children were born, Robert Warren, Dorvan Eugene, Gregory Keith, and Lisa Charlene.

Vivian worked at the H.D. Lee Company in Houston for over 30 years. She worked with many machines such as the belt-looper, joiner machine and for the last 15 years as a quality control inspector. After the H.D. Lee factory closed, she worked in the Summersville School District as a substitute cook and later at Liberty High School as a full time cook for over 2 years. This job brought great joy to her life as she loved feeding all those children, especially her grandkids. She became Grandma to many kids during those years.

Besides spending time with her family, her greatest moments were spent tending her flowers, watching and feeding her many birds, and playing the bass guitar. She was blessed with a great sewing talent and loved making quilts with her sisters-in-laws. She made several quilts for her grandchildren’s graduations as that was her way of showing them how proud she was of them. She also donated several quilts for benefits and to those in need.

Vivian was always faithful in her church attendance first at Midvale Pentecostal Church and later at the Hartshorn Assembly of God Church where she beamed with joy as she praised God under the leadership of her son Dorvan as pastor and later her nephew Gary. She spent the majority of her life serving God and was always willing to help with anything that needed to be done. She was a very talented musician and was blessed with the ability to play many musical instruments. Vivian was a very unselfish lady that wished the best for everyone. No sacrifice was too great for her family. She loved them all very much.

Preceding Vivian in death are her father Det, her mother Beatrice, her husband Donald, and one brother Miles.

She is survived by her 4 children, Warren Stringer and wife Tammy of Kissee Mills, Missouri; Dorvan Stringer and wife Sheri of Summersville, Missouri; Greg Stringer and wife Tammy of Summersville, Missouri; Lisa Cooley and husband Eric of Lebanon, Missouri, 12 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and 1 great grandson, 1 brother Kenneth Smith and wife Roberta of Marshfield, Missouri; 1 sister Sherry Kuhn and husband Allen of Springfield, Missouri, 1step sister Wilma Faye Jackson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 1 sister-in-law Margaret Smith of Houston, Missouri and a host of other family members and friends.

Services were held Friday May 22, 2009 at 10 Am at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Lulu Irene (Whaley) Russell 1920-2009

Lulu Irene Russell the daughter of David Whaley and Ora Adell White Whaley was born January 14, 1920 at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri, Saturday morning, May 16, 2009 making her age 89 years.

Lulu was united in marriage in 1938 to Paul Riley of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and to their union one son Paul Leroy was born. After their divorce, she married Claude Alfonso Aynes in the early1940's, to their union 6 children were born: Raymond, Phyllis, Shirley, Claudette, Adell (Jeanie) and Linda. In October 1963, Claude passed away, she married William Frank Russell Aug 15, 1964.

Lulu and Frank moved from Morning Sun, Iowa to Summersville, Missouri in 1979. Frank passed away November of 1989. Lulu then moved to the Summersville Senior Citizens Center where she lived until she was unable to live alone. She then moved to the Mountain View Health Care where she loved playing Bingo and visiting with friends.

Her favorite pastimes and hobbies were gardening, working with her flowers, playing Bingo and crocheting. She loved to talk about her 22 grandchildren, her 46 great grandchildren, and her 9 great great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, three husbands, 4 brothers, Ernest, Walter, Herman and David Whaley; 2 sisters, Florence Swailes, and Isabelle Purkapile.

Lulu is survived by her children, Raymond Aynes and wife Nancy of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Phyllis Erbst and husband Bill of Calamus, Iowa; Shirley Dearth and husband Don of Morning Sun, Iowa; Claudette Thomason and husband Terry of Carthage, Illinois; Adell (Jeanie) Enloe and husband Kenny of Hartshorn, Missouri; Linda Aynes Villarreal-Kinnison of Morning Sun, Iowa and Paul Leroy Riley and wife Roberta of Keokuk, Iowa. Lulu is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and a host of other family members.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa on Wednesday, May 20th at 2 PM with Pastor Paul Hooks officiating, visitation precedes services from10-12. A luncheon will be served following visitation. Burial will be in the Elm Wood Cemetery in Morning Sun, Iowa under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville, Missouri.

John Richard Dobelman 1935-2009

John Richard Dobelman the son of Adolph F. Dobelmann and Agnes Fanning Dobelmann was born November 21, 1935 at Old Monroe, MO and passed away from esophageal cancer Tuesday, April 28, 2009 making his age 73 years 5 months and 7days.

Jack was united in marriage to Norma McManus, to their union 3 children were born. He then married Helen Virginia Musgrave and to their union 3 children were born. After Helen Virginia’s death, Jack then married Helen Kindernay, October 12, 1979, with whom he shared his children and the rest of his life.

He worked in commercial printing from age 17 til mid 2007, when he retired. Jack and Helen also owned and operated Dobelman’s Residential Care Facility I in Summersville for approximately 10 years.

Jack was a faithful member of the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Mountain View where he served as an usher.

Jack was well known for his chilli, which he shared at his church, friends and at many fun-raisers. He enjoyed fishing, and shuffleboard. His most precious memories were with his children and his family. His favorite football team was the St. Louis Rams which he watched on tv as often as he could.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Agnes, and his 2nd wife Helen Virginia.

He is survived by his wife Helen of the home in Summersville, MO; his sister, Sister Rose Marie Dobelman CPPS of O’Fallon, MO; his children, John Dobelman of St. Louis, MO; Victoria Mosley and Kenneth of St. Louis, MO; Lawrence Dobelman and Patti of St. Louis, MO; Michael Dobelman and Tiffany of Oak Harbor, Washington; Darren Dobelman and Marsha of Wichita, Kansas; Ryan Dobelman and Kim of Summersville, MO; 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grand-daughter; 1 aunt Irene Dobelman; many cousins and friends. Jack will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services: were held Saturday May 2nd, at 11:00 Am at the St. John’s Catholic Vianney Church with burial in the St. John Vianney Cemetery in Mountain View, MO; with Father Ernest Marquart officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.