Butler  County,  Kansas


Ernie Waite, 76, longtime resident of Towanda, died Friday, Dec.15, in Tigard, Ore. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Douglass & Zook Mortuary Chapel in Monrovia, Calif.

He had been an L.A. County Tax Assessor and a member of the American Legion and Oneonta Businessmen's Club.

Survivors include a son, Don White; daughters, Marsha Waite-Harada, Merrie Schmidt, Becky Brown and Cathy Lear; brothers, Herald and Noble Waite; sisters, Mary Esther Scholz and Sheila Kanne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Roy L. & Maurine Haglund & Martha Haglund Waite and Ernest K. White Scholarship Fund. (El Dorado Times, Dec. 26, 2000, page 3, column 1)


Elizabeth (Bryant) Walker, 93, of Augusta, passed away Friday, March 30, 2007. Funeral service was held this morning at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Roberts Funeral home, Booneville, Ark. and gravide service 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at Carolan Cemetery, Booneville, Ark.

Mrs. Walker was born in Booneville, Ark. on April 8, 1913, the daughter of the late James Franklin and Bertha Myrtle (Carolan) Bryant. She retired as a cashier at Citizens Bank and a bookkeeper for Littlefield Oil Company in Booneville. On Nov. 24, 1953, she married William "Bill" Walker. He preceded her in death on March 2, 1985. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Opal Gould and Violet Moore; brothers-in-law, Pat Gould, Claude Moore, Jake Cauthron and Bob Shryock; and a siter-in-law Elva Bryant.

She is survived by: sisters, Willene Cauthron and Norma Shryock, both of Augusta; brother, James Bryant of Winfield and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials to First Baptist Church.

Local arrangements by Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Monday, April 2, 2007. Submitted by Diana Herrman)


Thomas Andrew Warren is Dead

Thomas Andrew Warren, a resident of El Dorado since 1925, died at his home, 515 North Washington Street, Saturday afternoon at 3:15 after an illness of a year and a half. He was 46 years old.

Mr. Warren a steel worker, was born in Arkansas on March 19, 1886, and before coming to El Dorado had lived in Cleburne, Texas. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Bevy and Texas Warren, of El Dorado; a sister, Mrs. R. F. Bohannon of Beaumont, Texas, five brothers, John H. of Tulsa, Okla., W. E. of Dallas, Tex., Hewell of Broken Arrow, Okla., Clinton of Muskogee, Okla., and W. A. of Clarksville, Ark. and his father and mother also of Clarksville.

Mr. Warren was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at the Byrd Funeral Home tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock with Rev. Fred W. Condit, pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Interment will be made in West Cemetery (El Dorado Times, August 15, 1932)


Catherine M. "Kay" Whitson, 80, of Wichita and formerly of Benton, died Tuesday. The Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East Chapel. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Benton.

She was born Feb. 27, 1921 to Nickolas and Antonia Pleshe in Joliet, Ill. She was a former Eleventh Frame waitress and homemaker.

Survivors include: sons, Bill Whitson of Towanda and Randy Whitson of Benton; daughters, Darlene Main and Judy Pierce, of Wichita; a brother, Ted Pleshe of Springfield, Ill.; a sister, Joann Schmuck of Springfield, Ill.; grandchildren, Lisa Main, Pandora Adams, Danica Whitson, Amber Whitson, Nickolas Whitson, Josh Whitson and Jordon Whitson; and great-grandchildren, Piper KayAnn Adams, Gabriel Bolden and Drew Bolden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Whitson; a daughter, Cheryl Elaine Whitson; sisters, Pauline Austin and Marjorie Zanotti; brothers, Pete Pleshe and Louis Pleshe; and grandchildren, Julie and Jacob Whitson.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 837 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211. Downing & Lahey Mortuary has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, April 13, 2001, page 3, column 1)


Infant twins died Friday

Jacob Walter Witson and Julie Anatonia Witson, infant children of Randall and Diana Whisler Witson of Benton, died Friday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Joint graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at the Union Cemetery in Benton. Rev. Dale Sneeringer officiated.

Besides the parents, other survivors are a brother, Joshua Witson of the home; grandparents, Walter and Katherine Witson, Warren and Claudine Henrie, all of Benton; great-grandparents, Elva Hopper of Augusta, and Edna Eastin, Charles and Nellie Whisler, all of El Dorado, and Gladys Widick of Benton.

Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado was in charge of arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Dec. 27, 1982)


Barbara Wood, 63, of El Dorado died Monday, Aug. 6. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillside Funeral Home in Augusta.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include: her husband, John Wood of El Dorado; a brother, Raymond Lee; sisters, Alice Neradil of Augusta and Ethel Swartzfager of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Hillside Funeral Home has the arrangements



Roland Wiley, aged 81 years, widely-known retired hardware merchant of El Dorado, died at 6:10 o'clock last evening at his home, 400 South Denver Street, after an illness of seven months' duration. He would have observed his eighty-second birthday anniversary on December 24.

Mr. Wiley had made his home in El Dorado for the past 38 years, and during that time had been known and respected by many friends and business associates. For many years, he owned the Wiley Hardware Store, located in the first block of South Main Street, on the east side of the street, and was recognized by all who knew him as an honest and capable merchant.

Mr. Wiley was born on December 24, 1848, in Preble County, Ohio, the son of Isaac and Mary Hopkins Wiley, both of Salem County, N.Y. He spent the younger years of his life in Ohio, but later went to Illinois, and from there came to Kansas in 1892, establishing his home here. His marriage to Nancy E. Felton took place in the year 1872, in Preble County, Ohio. Mrs. Wiley died in March, 1922.

He was married to Mayme E. Newman on July 7, 1923. She survives.

Three sons and one daughter survive. They are: Ralph R. Wiley, who is employed here at the Brown Shoe Company's store; Walter H. Wiley, of Del Bonita, Canada; B. Elmer Wiley, of Wichita; and Mrs. Laura Harker, of Horton. Mrs. Harker has been ill and in the hospital since September. Her son, James Harker, will attend the funeral services.

Another daughter, Mrs. Clara Castle, is deceased. She died in July, 1900.

Mr. Wiley was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He belonged also to the Security Benefit Association. During the years of his retirement when failing health prevented his taking part in business, Mr. Wiley continued to be actively interested in the work of the church.

The funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. R. L. Stuart, pastor of the church, will conduct the services. Burial will be in Belle Vista Cemetery.

The Byrd Funeral Home is in charge. (El Dorado Times ~ Tuesday, 9 Dec 1930)


Mary Bethene Whitbeck, 77, of Hutchinson and a former El Dorado resident, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at the Buhler Sunshine Home in Buhler. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, at Carlson Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Sunset Lawns Cemetery.

She was born January 29, 1926 in Eureka, the daughter of Roy I. and Mary E. (Bell) Seymour. She worked as a secretary for Badway Oil for many years and retired in 1998. She had lived in Buhler for the past two and a half years, moving from El Dorado. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

On May 23, 1970 she and Harry C. Whitbeck were married in El Dorado. He preceded her in death on January 14, 1995.

Survivorsinclude: daughter, Cyndy Matlack of Hutchinson; grandson, Chris Scott and a granddaughter Tiffany Pyle both of Castle Rock, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Melynda Anne Ellings; and a brother, Raymond E. "Bud" Seymour.

Memorial in her memory for the American Diabetes Association may be left at Carlson Funeral Home, where friends may call. (El Dorado Times, May 9, 2003)


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