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Name of Deceased: Alberta Prouse Baker
Newspaper: The Centralia Fireside Guard
Date: Aug. 14, 1985
Submitted by: Friend of GT

Obit: Alberta Prouse Baker, 64, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1985, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.  She was born May 31, 1921, in Clinton, the daughter of Dolly Ford and John Thomas Prouse.  On Sept. 23, 1947, she marrieed Romie Claud Baker in Arkansas, and he preceded her in death in 1976.  Survivors include three sons, James Dale Boettcher of Redmond, Wash.; Claud Baker and Johnny Baker, both of Columbia; two daughters,Linda Knernschield and Judy Rippeto, both of Columbia; three sisters, May Selby of Centralia, Ruby Baumgardener and Minnie Graves, both of Columbia.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family suggest memorials be sent to the March of Dimes National Foundation, 1310 U.S. 63 South or the American Heart Association, Missouri Affiliate Inc., 105 East Ash Street, Suite 2, East Door, P.O. Box Q, Columbia, Mo., 65205


Name of Deceased: Mrs. Laura Ball
Newspaper: The Glasgow Weekly Times, Thursday
Date: May 13, 1858
Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Obit: --Died.  In Boone county, on the 24th ult., Mrs. Laura Ball, wife of Hilkiah Ball, of Huntsville, and daughter of Col. M. Horner, of Randolph county.


Name of Deceased: Ouida Ballenger
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Sept. 16, 2010`
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Ouida Ballenger, 92, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at the Bluffs.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services.  Ouida was born Aug. 16, 1918, in Callaway County to Clarence and Roy Haden Dudley, and they preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ballenger Sr.  She was a member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church and a longtime resident of Lakewood Villa Estates.  Survivors include daughters, Dorothy Ballenger of Virginia and Karen Lee and husband Tommy of Columbia; sons, Joe Ballenger Jr. and wife Betty of Columbia and Don Ballenger and wife Ingrid of Montana; brother Richard Dudley of Texas; sister Rella Foreman of California; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild along with other relatives and friends.


Name of Deceased: Frances Barkshire
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Aug. 18, 1980
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Frances Barkshire, 86, Lenoir Convalescent Center, died today.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Episcopal Church with the Rev. Richard Ash officiating.  Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery.  Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Parker's Chapel.  Barkshire was born in 1894 and married Charles Edwin Barkshire in 1920.  He preceded her in death in1961.  She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Chapter AZ of PEO, Daughtes of the American Revolution, Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Kings Daughters.  Survivors include one daughter, Eliza B. Preston of Evanston, Ill.; one son, Charles T. Barkshire of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one brother, Crews Reynolds of Carruthersville.


BARNES, BRADFORD
Bradford Barnes, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex barnes, who live twelve miles southeast of Columbia, died yesterday of a complication of influenza and pneumonia. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Barnes' chapel.
(The Evening Missourian, February 19, 1920, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)


Name of Deceased: Raymond E. Barnes
Newspaper: The Centralia Fireside Guard
Date: Jul7 28, 1982

Obit: Raymond E. Barnes, age 78, of Sturgeon, died at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, Saturday morning July 24, where he had been a patient for sometime.  Mr. Barnes was born July 27, 1903, to the late James T. and Emma Florence Parks Barnes.  He was married to Letha Jewell Roberts, Feb. 13, 1931, who survives.  Mr. and Mrs. Barnes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1981.  He is survived by one son, Tom Barnes, Columbia, and one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Rosamond) Hunter, Phoenix, Arizona; three grandchildren, Jim Barnes, Pork(sic) Huron, Michigan, Mike Barnes, Denver, Colo., Dale Hunter, Phoenix, Arizonia; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lillian Scott, Dixon, Iowa.  Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by one sister, Zella Lee Barnes, and one brother, E. L. Barnes.  Mr. Barnes retired from Kaiser Refractories in Mexico in 1965 after 23 years service.  He was a member of the Sturgeon United Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge AE & AM No. 174 in Sturgeon.  Funeral services were Monday, July 26, 2 p.m. at the Meador & Son Chapel in Sturgeon with Rev. Robert Guese of the United Methodist Church officiating, and Masonic Graveside services in the Mt. Horeb Cemetery.


Name of Deceased: Basil H. Barney
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: July 28, 1983
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Basil H. Barney, 64, well-known resident of Centralia, died July 27, 1983, at Boone Hospital Center.  Mr. Barney was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Stephens, Mo., to Basil H. and Susie May Dodson Barney.  He was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Barney of Paris, Mo.  He married Genelle Smith on Sept. 1, 1945, and she survives.  Mr. Barney was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Centralia and was a deacon.  He served four years in the infantry during World War II and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Sicily.  Mr. Barney worked for A. B. Chance for 30 years and retired on Feb. 1, 1980.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Centralia with Dr. Elwood Kelley of Jefferson City and Dr. Edwin Burris of Springfield officiating.  Burial will be in City of Centralia Cemetery.  Visitation is at Meador and Son Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Friday until time for services.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Surviving with his wife are a stepbrother, Bob Brown of Moberly; four stepsisters, Mrs. Fern Mansfield, Mrs. Helen Stevenson and Mrs. Lorraine Kalinosky, all of Moberly, and Mrs. Mary Frances Meeker, of California, Mo.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptiat Church in Centralia.  He was preceded in death by a stepbrother.


Name of Deceased: Genelle Barney
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Oct. 19, 2001
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Genelle Barney, 81, of Centralia died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the Williamsburg.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Meador & Son Funeral Home in Centralia.  Burial will be in the City of Centralia Cemetery.  Visitation will be form 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the funeral home.  Mrs. Barney was born June 6, 1920, in Centralia to Joe and Ollie Frances Russell Smith.  She married Basil Barney on Sept. 1, 1945, and he preceded her in death.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Centralia.  She was a former member of Chapter KZ PEO Sisterhood in Centralia and was past president of the former Business and Professional Women's Club and of the Fidelis Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church.  She worked for A. B. Chance Co. in Centralia for 23 years.  Survivors include a sister-in-law, Corine Smith of Centralia, and several nieces and nephews.   She also was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Russell Smith; and a sister, Esther Whitaker.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, 101 S. Collier, Centralia, Mo., 65240


Name of Deceased: Clarence Batye
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: June 18, 2012
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Clarence Batye, 83, of Columbia passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 at The Bluffs. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Memorial Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at the funeral home. Intrement will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Clarence was born May 5, 1929 in Columbia to John and Brooksie (Lewis) Batye. He married Lois Brown on June 7, 1952 in Columbia. He was active in the Englewood Community Club. He was an officer of Johnson Cemetery Committee in Ashland. Clarence is survived by his wife, Lois: two sons, John and Glenda Batye of Columbia, Charles Batye of Hartsburg; three grandchildren, Matt Battye and his wife Elizabeth, Brooksie Collins and her husband Andy and Brittani Batye; 2 great-grandchildren, Kwinton and Blake; two sisters, Agnes Dowell and Branda Avery and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Name of Deceased: Henry Otto Baumgartner
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Dec. 16, 1987
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Henry Otto Baumgartner, 75, of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1987, at his home.  Services will be at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Owens officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.  Mr. Baumgartner was born June 6, 1912, in Boone County to Robert and Eunice Sapp Baumgartner.  He married Dorothy Williams on Jan. 25, 1936, in Columbia, and she survives.  Mr. Baumgartner worked for Alton Ford for 15 years and for Shepard Boulevard School before his retirement.  He was a member of Barnes Chapel Church.  Also surviving are two sons, Robert Henry Baumgartner and Donald Gene Baumgartner; a daughter and son-in-law, Ida Marie and Bobby Grant; a sister, Marie Craig; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  All are of Columbia.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Adair, and a sister.


Name of Deceased: W. K. Bayless
Newspaper: The Coumbia Daily Tribune
Date: Feb. 10, 1930

Obit: W. K. Bayless, a former resident of Columbia, died last night in Claremore, Okla.  He suffered a stroke of apoplexy about a week ago.  The funeral will be held tomorrow in Clairmore and burial will take place at 10 o'clock Thursday morning in the Columbia cemetery.  In addition to his widow, Mr. Bayless also leaves one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Mills and two grandchildren, all of Clairmore; and one son, D. O. Bayless of Cisco, Texas.  Mr. Bayless made his home in Columbia for a number of years and was held in high esteem by his many friends.  He organized the Batless Abstract Company here.


Name of Deceased: Noble Bennett
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Sept. 28, 1990

Obit: Noble Bennett of Columbia died Saturday, Sept 26, 1987, at Boone Hospital Center.  He was 87.  Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rick Frost officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Mr. Bennett, a farmer, was born Oct. 24, 1899, in Boone County to William and Mary Judd Bennett.  He is survived by a brother, Charles Bennett of Columbia and a sister, Ruth Tremaine of Columbia.  Four sisters and three brothers preceded him on death.  Memorials are suggested to Eye Foundation of Missouri, 404 Portland Ave., Columbia, Mo. 65201


Name of Deceased: Jody Lee Besser
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Dec. 11, 1995
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Jody Lee Besser 19, of Columbia died Sunday, Dec. 10, 1995.  Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Crumly officiating.  Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home.  Mr. Besser was born May 28, 1976, in Lawrence, Kan. to Joedy and Roxanna Tankersley Besser.  He married Anna King on May 7, 1994, in Columbia, and she survives.  Mr. Besser was a member of Victory Baptist Church and had been a machine operator for OTSCON Co.  Survivors include his mother, of Columbia; his stepfather, Richard Evans of Columbia; a stepbrother, Josh Evans of Columbia; a stepsister, Shana Evans of Columbia; two daughters, Scarlet Besser and Vivian Besser, both of Columbia; a half-sister, Barbara K. Besser of Fort Smith, Ark.; his mother-in-law, his father-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.  Memorials are suggested to the family of Jody Lee Besser, in care of Victory Baptist Church, 9401 E. I-70 Drive, N.E., Columbia, Mo., 65202.


Name of Deceased: Anna Betz
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Feb. 12, 1944
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mrs. Anna Betz, 59, wife of Ed Betz of 612 North Sixth street, died this morning at St. Vincent's Sanitarium in St. Louis.  Mrs. Betz has been in ill health for some months.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but the body was brought to the Willett Funeral Home today and burial will be in Columbia.  Mrs. Betz is survived by her husband, two sons, Edward Norris Betz of Moberly, James Hudson Betz of the U. S. Navy, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Cassidy and Mrs. Ruth Crosswhite, both of St. Charles, and her mother, Mrs. Sallie Affolter of Kansas City.  Mrs. Betz was born and reared in Boone County. 
The Columbia Daily Trubune, Feb. 14, 1944
       Funeral services for Mrs. Ed. Betz, who died Saturday in St. Louis, were conducted this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Willett Funeral home.  Burial was in Memorial Park cemetery.  Mrs. Betz was a life long resident of Columbia and Boone County.  The family home is at 612 North Sixth street.  One son, James H. Betz, who is serving in the Navy and now at sea, could not be reached to advise him of his mothers death.


Name of Deceased: Bradford Betz
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: July 19, 1976
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Bradford Betz, 86, 1403 Wilkes Blvd., died at 2:30 a.m. today at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker's Chapel with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends may call at Parker's Chapel until time for burial.  Survivors include his widow, Ruth Caroline; two sons, Robert Betz, Fremont, Calif and Kenneth Betz of the home; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Three brothers are deceased.  Mr. Betz was born March 28, 1890, to DeWitt and Amanda Johnson Betz.  He was married Sept. 23, 1923, to the former Ruth Caroline Jones.  He was a veteran of Worls War I.


Name of Deceased: DeWitt Betz
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Mar. 19, 1938
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: DeWitt Betz, a native of Virginia, died this morning at 1:45 o'clock at Fulton at the age of 86.  He had been a resident of Columbia and Boone county since childhood.  Mr. Betz was employed during his active life as a carpenter.  He was a member of the Methodist church.  Surviving relatives are three sons, Roy, Edward, and Bradford, all of Columbia; a half brother, Dr. Charles Betz, also of Columbia, and six grandchildren.  His wife died 21 years ago.  Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Parker Memorial Chapel by the Rev. B. B. Harvey, and burial will be in Johnson Cemetery at Englewood.


Name of Deceased: Edgar Norris Betz
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Dec. 24, 1964
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Edgar Norris Betz, 60, a former Columbia resident, died Saturday at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan, Ill., after a brief illness.  Grave side services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Monk Bryan of the Missouri Methodist Church officiating.  The body will be at Parker's Chapel, where friends may call after noon Thursday.  Mr. Betz was born in Columbia on Sept. 20, 1908, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Betz and was married to the former Tessie Roberts, who survives.  Mr. Betz was a supervisor of Abbott Laboratories in Waukegan.  Survivors in addition to his widow include two daughters, Mrs. Jane Geraghty of Grinnel, Iowa, and Mrs. Marion Fuller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a son Edward L. Betz of Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters, Mrs. John Cassidey of Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Pat Flannery of Kansas City; a brother James Betz of Bowling Green; and eight grandchildren.


Name of Deceased: Edward Leslie Betz
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Dec. 5, 1945
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Edward L. Betz, 62, veteran employ of the Missouri Telephone company here, was fatally injured in a collision between his car and a truck on Highway 63 just north of Renick, in Randolph county, about 11:30 o'clock last night.  Mr. Betz was returning to Columbia after having driven his son James, to Moberly to visit another son.  Paul N. Smith 35 of Brookfield, Mo., driver of the truck was not injured.  Highway Patrolman H. P. Bruner said Betz' car swerved into the truck, presumably after a tire blew out.  Randolph County Coroner R. H. Williams said there would be no inquest.  Information gathered by the coroner indicated that Mr. Betz left Moberly at 11 o'clock last night, and that apparently as he met an approaching tractor-trailer type cattle truck, a tire blew out on his car.  His automobile struck the left rear corner of the trailer and the truck went off the highway and into a field.  When the driver of the truck reached Mr. Betz' car he was still sitting in the seat, but he was dead.  His body was taken to an undertaking parlor in Moberly, and later brought to the Willett Funeral home here.  Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home by Dr. C. E. Lemmon at 2 o;clock Friday afternoon with burial in Memorial Park cemetery.  Mr. Betz is survived by four children, Edgar Norris Betz of Moberly, James Hudson Betz of the Navy and Mrs. Hellen Cassidy and Mrs. Ruth Crosswhite, both of St. Charles, and four grandchildren.  His wife died February 12, 1944.  Two brothers, Bradford Betz and Roy Betz, both of Columba survive.  He made his home at the Ben Bolt hotel here.


Name of Deceased: Emma Gehringer Betz
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Sept. 3, 1993
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Emma Gehringer Betz, 89, of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1993, at Boone Retirement Center.  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Parker Funeral Service.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the funeral home.  Mrs. Betz was born June 1, 1904, in Cooper County at Alonzo Ingram and Louise Reece Ingram.  In 1938 she married Roy Betz, and he preceded her in death.  She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Columbia and a homemaker.  Survivors include one son, Truman Gehringer; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Memorials are suggested to the First Assembly of God Church.


Name of Deceased: Robert Grant Betz
Newspaper: The Medesto, (CA) Bee
Date: Oct. 28, 1998
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: May 5, 1930 - Oct. 23, 1998
Robert Grant Betz Sr., 68, of Lathrop died Friday at Valley Gardens Health Care, Stockton.  Mr. Betz was a native of Columbia, Mo.  he liived in Lathrop 10 years and previously lived in Fremont 28 years.  He was an upholsterer for more than 40 years; he owned A-1 Custom Upholstery, Newark.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, he attained the rank of Sergeant in the 11 Airborne Division.  He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.  He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Manteca.  He is survived by his wife Ricky Betz of Lathrop; children, Sharon Brown, Brad Betz and Darlene Hill, all of Manteca, Robert Betz Jr. and Dianne Grott, both of Fremont, and Jeff Betz of Lathrop; brother Kenneth Betz of Columbia; and 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at P. L. Fry & Son Chapel, Manteca.  A Mass will be said at noon Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Manteca.  Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Escalon.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel.


Name of Deceased: Roy Betz
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Oct. 23, 1967
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Roy Betz, 85, 603 Washington St., died at Boone County Hospital at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, where he had been a patient for several hours.  Funeral services will be at the Assembly of God Church at 2 p.m. tomorrow, with Rev. Charles Parker officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends may call at Parker's Chapel until time for the service.  Mr. Betz, who was interested in real estate and politics, lived in this community most of his lifetime, moving here from the Elglewood community, where he was born Mar. 17, 1882, to D. W. Betz and Amanda Johnson Betz.  He was married to Mrs. Emma Gehringer in Jefferson City on Oct. 23, 1939.  She survives.  Other survivors include a stepdaughter, Mrs. E. R. Brown of Hannibal; a stepson, Thomas Gehringer of Macon; three grandsons, William H. Knigge, Route 7, Ralph Knigge, Hannibal, and James Gehringer of Mason; a step granddaughter, Connie Gehringer of Macon; a brother, Bradford Betz, 1403 Wilkes Blvd., and a number of nieces and nephews.  Two brothers preceded him in death.  Pallbearers will be Glen Powell, John B. Zaring, Wallace Bridgwater, Clyde Hinshaw, Odus H. Powell and Frank (Bud) Elkin.


Name of Deceased: Ruth Betz
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: April 10, 1989
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Ruth Betz, 87, of Columbia died Saturday, April 8, 1989, at Boone Hospital Center.  Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Lewis Rogers officiating.  Visitation will be at Parker Funeral Service, Tenth and Walnut streets, for two hours before burial.  Mrs. Betz was born March 16, 1902, in Caldwell, Kan. to Ulysses and Laura Landreth Jones.  She married Bradford Betz on Sept. 23, 1923, and they moved from Kansas to Columbia in 1925.  Her husband died July 19, 1976.  Mrs. Betz was employed at Boone Hospital Center for more than 20 years.  Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Betz of Columbia and Robert Betz of Lathrop, Calif.; one sister, Bea Edwards of Sterling, Kan.; six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.  Four sisters and brothers preceded her in death.


Name of Deceased: Virginia Ruth Bird
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Feb. 27, 1989

Obit: Services for Virginia Ruth Bird of Columbia were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home conducted by Bishop Raymond Ethington of the Church of Jesus Christ.  Mrs. Bird, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 1989, at Boone Hospital Center.  A registered nurse, she graduated from Seattle College School of Nursing in 1945.  Mrs. Bird was born July 28, 1921, in Boise, Idaho, to William Lemuel and Virginia Ruth Robinson McBee.  On May 20, 1947, she married Ronald Bird in Moscow, Idaho.  She was a member of John Corbin Chapter Daughters of American Colonist and Columbia Chapter of  Daughters of American Revoultion.  Surviving are one daughter, Virginia Darcey Slaughter of Columbia; a sister, Helen Shanley of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandsons.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri.


Name of Deceased: Mayme Etta Blanton
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Mar. 17, 1999
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mayme E. Blanton, 99, of Centralia died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at Stuart House in Centralia.  Burial will be in Centralia Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Fenton Funeral Chapel in Centralia.  Mrs. Blanton was born May 30, 1899, in Boone County to John and Ballie(SIC) Johnson Gilbert.  Surviving is a nephew, Bob Gilbert of Mexico, Mo.  She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.  She was a member of United Methodist Church in Centralia and a licensed practical nurse at Boone Hospital Center.
Note: Mayme's mother was Vallie Etta Mockabee, Valiie's mother was a Mary Alice Johnson.  See John Henry Gilbert's obituary)


Name of Deceased: Harold H. Bradley
Newspaper: The Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: July 30, 1992
Submitters Name: Robert King
Obit: Harold H. Bradley, 69, of Columbia died Wednesday, July 29, 1992, at Boone Hospital Center.  Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Hendren officiating.  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, 1992, at Memorial Funeral Home .  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Mr. Bradley was born July 25, 1923, in Hinton to Henry Bradley and Beulah Jacobs Bradley.  On Nov. 9, 1946, he married Lou Nell Peck in Alexandria, Va., and she preceded him in death in Feb. 1991.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2730 and was the present state father of that organization.  For the past 12 years, Mr. Bradley had worked for Harold E. Johnson Co.  Survivors include one son, Rusty Bradley of Columbia; two daughters, Brenda Colter of Camdenton and LuAnne Renfro of Columbia; his mother, Beulah Kanatzar of Columbia; three brothers, Tom Bradley of Rocheport, Garold Bradley of Warrensburg, and Edward Bradley of Bellview, Wash.; two sisters, Gladys Prewitt and Wanda Calvert, both of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by his father, one brother, and one sister.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.


Name of Deceased: Eddie May Johnson Brown
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Dec. 24, 1978
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mrs. Frank W. Brown, 910 N. Seventh St., died Friday at 6: 52 p.m. in Boone County Hospital.  Mrs. Brown, the former Eddie May Johnson, was born Aug. 27, 1914, daughter of Esquire Edward "Tude" and Birdie Lee Little Johnson.  Mrs. Brown was a cook at Lenoir Memorial Home for more than 22 years.  She returned on her birthday in 1976 and was honored that day by the Lenoir residents and staff.  She was married to Mr. Brown Sept. 22, 1931.  Surviving in addition to her husband are six daughters, Mrs. Lewis E. (Betty) Smith, Route 6, Mrs. Gene (Mary) Stephens, Fulton, Mrs. Clarence E.  (Lois) Batye, Route 1, Mrs. Charles E. (Anna) Stephens, Kansas City, Mrs. William (Frances) Stephens, Andy Drive, Mrs. Charles (Emily) Oliver, Harrisburg; a son, William E. Brown, Unionville; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Greger, Syacauga, Ala., and Mrs. Virginia David, Kansas; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  A son Walter Ray Brown, preceded her in death.  One brother and one sister also are deceased.  Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Parker's Chapel with the Rev. Harold Reisch officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral chapel until burial time.


Name of Deceased: Frank W. Brown
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: Aug. 10, 1979
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Frank W. Brown died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at Boone County Hospital.  He was born Dec. 6, 1905, in Boone County to Nathan and Adele Johnson Brown.  He was married Sept. 22, 1931, to the former Eddie Mae Johnson.  She preceded him in death Dec. 22, 1978.  Mr. Brown was a retired farmer and later was employed at Stephens College.  Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Lois) Batye of Route 1, Mrs. Lewis E. (Bettty) Smith of Route 6, Mrs. Gene (Mary) Stephens of Kansas City, Mrs. William (Frances) Stephens of Andy Drive and Mrs. Charles (Emily) Oliver of Harrisburg; one son William E. Brown of Unionville; a sister, Mrs. Emily Roemerman of Centralia; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  One son, Walter Ray Brown, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker's Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Reisch officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Parker's Chapel.

Name of Deceased: John Leslie Brown
County Name: Boone
State: MO
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune
Date: Jan. 16, 1985
Submitters Name: Robert King
Obit: Graveside services for John Leslie Brown will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Mr. Brown was born Feb. 9, 1894, in Boone County to John W. and Anna Laura Via Brown.  On June 24, 1922, he married Mary Norman in Columbia.  She survives.  Mr. Brown, a World War II Army veteran, was a carpenter for C. K. Odor Construction Co.  He was a member of New Providence Church.  Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Billy D. Brown of St. James; a daughter, Helen Canole of Sturgeon; a sister, Elizabeth Brown of Brownwood, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Name of Deceased: Opal Brown
Newspaper: Columbia Daily Tribune, April 7, 1990
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Opal Pearl Brown of Columbia died Thursday, April 5, 1990, at her home. She was 73. Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Parker Funeral Service, tenth and Walnut streets, with the Rev. Stanley Owen officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be tomorrow in Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown,a homemaker, was born July 3, 1916, in Boone County to Thomas and Nellie Guthrie Palmer. She married Edward Dodson in 1934, and he died in 1972. She lived in Boone County her entire life.
Survivors include three sons, James and Thomas Dodson, both of Columbia, and Willie Lovall of Hallsville; one daughter, Ellen Wyatt of Columbia; two brothers, William Palmer of Moberly and Hubert Palmer of O'Dell, Tenn; one sister, Mabel Level of Columbia; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Name of Deceased: Leona Butler
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: April 10, 1989
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Leona Butler, 63, of Columbia died Friday, April 7, 1989, at UMC Hospital and Clinic.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Speed with the Rev. Carl Lockett officiating.  Burial will be in Speed Cemetery.  Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow at H. T. May and Son Funeral Home in Boonville.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8.  Mrs. Butler was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Bunceton to Elizabeth Hickman.  She was a cook at the Alpha Kappa Omega soroity house and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Bunceton.  Surviving are her husband, John Butler of Columbia; a daughter, Kay Frances Drew of Kansas City, three sons, Kenneth Butler of Columbia and Leonard Crump and Michale Crump, both of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Willie Hildred Blackman of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Phillip Allen Warrick of Columbia.  Her mother preceded her in death.

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