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Kathryn Marie Ward, age 93, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Friday, December 24, 2004 at North Kansas City Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. She was born November 10, 1911, in Carroll County, Missouri, near Miami Station, the daughter of Richard Thomas and Anna Clara Thies Van Deventer. She graduated from Carrollton High School in 1929. On April 11, 1936, she married Herbert A. Ward, Sr. in Keytesville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1963. Kathryn was Postmaster of the DeWitt Post Office and retired in 1978. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri, Royal Neighbors of America, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, National League of Postmasters and the DeWitt Community Betterment Club. Kathryn is survived by three children; Thomas A. Ward, Carrollton, Missouri, Herbert A. Ward, Jr., and wife Linda, Taneyville, Missouri, Penelope S. Cox and husband Michael, Odessa, Missouri; two sisters, Mary Lloyd Walker, El Monte, California, Ethel Mae Ammon, Sacramento, California; two half-sisters, Betty R. Nichols, Carrollton, Missouri, Annet Johnson, Marshall, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Thomas A., Jr., Anna Marie, Thomas Randall, Quenten L., Julie Ann, Herbert, David, Joseph, Monica and Jody; eighteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents, two sisters and two brothers in infancy, two brothers, Lewis “Bud” and John Van Deventer, also preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2004 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri with Reverend Cheryl Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, Missouri. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., on Monday before the service. The family suggests contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association or the First Christian Church of Carrollton in memory of Kathryn.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Kenneth Eugene Warren, age 82, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 31, 2007 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. Kenneth was born February 6, 1925 in Weed, California, the son of Artie Ray and Mildred A.(Coburn) Warren. He graduated from high school at Marshall, Missouri in 1943. He was a United States Navy veteran. On May 8, 1947 he married Betty J. Cone in Lawrence, Kansas. She survives at the home. Kenneth had owned and operated Warren Lumber Company in Carrollton, Missouri since 1951. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Carrollton where he served on the building committee, as Trustee, Elder, Deacon, and served as chairman of the church board. He served as Vice-President of the Carroll County Savings and Loan Association. Kenneth was a sustaining member of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Horseshoe Hunting Club, Lions Club, and served on the Carrollton Housing Authority Board. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773 in Carrollton. Kenneth is also survived by two children, Ken E. Warren and wife Beth, Janice A.(Warren) Miller and husband Ron, all of Carrollton, four grandchildren, Christine Reneé Davis, Orion B. Warren, Natalie A.(Miller) Lavelock, Megan E. Miller, two great grandchildren, Brianna Marie Davis and Nathan Michael Lavelock. His parents also preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri, with Reverend Robert Simpson officiating. Burial with military graveside services will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, Missouri. Visitation will be from 1-1:45 p.m. on Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions be made to Kenneth E. Warren Building Trades Memorial Scholarship, C/O Carroll County Savings & Loan, 121 North Folger Street, Carrollton, Missouri in memory of Mr. Warren.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
James Ernest Weedin, age 76, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at the Carrollton Nursing Center, Carrollton, Missouri.
He was born February 13, 1928 in Waverly, Missouri, the son of Ernest and Dulcie Mae Louderback Weedin. He attended school in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School. He was in the United States Army. He earned the rank of Sergeant, serving twenty months on Okinawa as a member of the 596th Engineer Field Maintenance Company. He received the Army Occupation Medal of Japan and the Korean War Medal as a Veteran in the State of Missouri. On February 22, 1953, he married Dorothy Jane Macoubrie in Waverly, Missouri. She survives at the home. Jim had worked as a mechanic and as a parts manager for Griffin Construction Co., Allis-Chalmers, O’Dell Chevrolet, Jim Blevins Co., Swift Implement and Sears NAPA Auto Parts. He had also worked at Carrollton Nursing Center and the Carrollton Junior High. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri and Waverly, Missouri. In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Jim is also survived by three children; Carol Jane Beardslee and husband Leo, Raytown, Missouri, James Melvin Weedin and wife Judy, Platte City, Missouri and Barbara Jean Huelskamp, Liberty, Missouri; one brother, William Curtis Weedin and wife Elizabeth, Raytown, Missouri, one sister, Anna Mae Closterman and husband Raymond, Waverly, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Michael Leakey and wife Ashlee, Moberly, Missouri, Deborah Leakey and fiancé Chad Hill, Overland Park, Kansas, Daniel Leakey, Raytown, Missouri, Ryan, Jennifer and Kelsey Weedin, Platte City, Missouri; one step grandson, Michael Beardslee, Raytown, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2004 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri, with Reverend Joe Barone officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, Missouri, with Military Services by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773, Carrollton, Missouri. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri. The family suggests contributions be made to the Carrollton Nursing Center or the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, Missouri.
(Submitted by Jim and Marca Lee McInnes Murray)
Dorothy Weeks, age 88, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 11, 2008 at Carroll House. Dorothy was born March 15, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Bill and Marie (Graves) Weeks. She graduated from high school in Kansas City. Dorothy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. Dorothy is survived by nephews, Jerry and Ronnie Weeks of Carrollton. Her parents and one brother, Jerry R. Weeks, preceded her in death. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Viola E. Welch
daughter of John & Margaret J. Welch, born in Carrollton, Mo., and died in Doniphan Co., Kans. Terr., of measles, 7 June1857, age 19 months.
Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team
Name of Deceased: Capt Thomas Johnston "TJ" Whiteman
Submitters Name: Kyle M. Condon
Obit: Friday, Nov 18, 1904. Capt. T. J. Whiteman died at his home in Carrollton. Captain Whiteman was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, April 4, 1839. He came to Carrollton after the war and began the practice of law, continuing until his death to be identified with the political and legal intersts of the county. He served as county surveyor and prosecuting attorney of the county and as mayor of Carrollton.
Walter Lyle Wilkin, formerly of Bosworth, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Raymore, Missouri. He was born August 15, 1916 in Vermillion, Kansas, the son of Walter S. and Alta Mae (Brewster) Wilkin. On April 7, 1946 he married Clye Ernestine Kirker in Kansas City, Missouri. He was in the United States Army serving during World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star for the Guadalcanal Campaign. He had worked for the Kansas City Star for twenty-eight years, and was a farmer. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2008 at Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, Missouri, with Reverend Bert Hughes officiating. Military services will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773, Carrollton, Missouri.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Gerralyn A. Williams, age 67, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Missouri. Gerry was born May 8, 1940 in Bosworth, Missouri, the daughter of E. G. and Kathryn E. (Glenn) Grossman. She graduated from Carrollton High School in 1958. On February 20, 1959 she married Ralph Austin Williams in Carrollton, Missouri. He survives at the home. Gerry was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. Gerry is also survived by one son, Glenn Nelson Williams, Carrollton, Missouri, and two grandchildren, Jordan Alan and Jennifer Gayle Williams. Her parents and one son, Gayle Williams, preceded her in death. Private family graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Wharton Cemetery, Bosworth, Missouri. The family suggests contributions be made to H.E.L.P. Services in memory of Mrs. Williams.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Lois Reveigh Willis, 86, Carrollton, MO, formally of Independence, MO passed away April 9, 2008. Visitation will be held 10-11 am, Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Missouri Funeral Care, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Funeral services will follow at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home, Alzheimer’s Assoc, and KC Chapter of P.E.O. Mrs. Willis held positions as private secretary for the public relations manager of General Motors; private secretary for both the President and Chairman of the Board of The Vendo Company. Mrs. Willis later taught oil painting in Chicago, IL, as well as Cincinnati, OH. She sold real estate for Century 21, Langos Christian, Mt. Prospect, IL. She was an alumni of Kansas State University; Past President of Chapter KC, P.E.O., and while in Chicago, a member of Chapter KK, P.E.O.; a volunteer for Red Cross, Research Hospital, KC, as well as Lutheran General Hospital, Chicago, IL. Lois is survived by: husband, Ralph, Carrollton, MO; son daughter-in-law, Mark Linda Willis, Carrollton, MO; daughter, Karen Willis, Denver, CO; grandchildren, Jeremy Harper wife Jessica, KC, MO, Melinda Castor, Carrollton, MO; great grandchildren, Jamison Dunn, and Shadren Castor. She is preceded in death by: sisters, Wanda Fitzpatrick, Opal Smith; brothers, Guy Gayles Pine. (arr. Missouri Funeral Care., 816-353-1700)
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Anna Delynn Wilson, age 16, of Marshall, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 14, 2005. She was born November 24, 1988 in Chillicothe, Missouri, the daughter of Jimmy Lynn Warden and Kristal Michelle Wilson. She was a sophomore at Marshall High School where she was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Club. Anna is survived by her father and step-mother, Jimmy and Jennifer Warden, DeWitt, Missouri; three brothers and two sisters, Anthony, Julian, and Logan Jenkins, DeWitt, Missouri and Teresa Stahl and Leslie Pointer, Marshall, Missouri; two step-brothers, Brett and Dylan Giffen,Blackburn,Missouri; grandparents, Paula and Dennis Stahl, Marshall, Missouri, Tommy Wilson, Carrollton, Missouri, Bill and Betty Warden, DeWitt, Missouri; great-grandparents,Fern Houseworth, Carrollton, Missouri, Mary and Norman Stahl, Marshall, Missouri, Pat Wright, Bosworth, Missouri, and Jesse Jenkins, Brunswick, Missouri; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Anna was preceded in death by her mother, Kristal, on June 13, 1992; grandfather, Gary Jenkins; great-grandparents, Paul Houseworth, William D. Wilson, Wilbur Jenkins and great-great-grandparents, Doris and Harry Lybarger. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2005 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri, with Reverend Lanny Lybarger officiating. Burial will be in Wharton Cemetery, Bosworth, Missouri. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Gibson Funeral Home. The family suggests contributions be made to the FBLA Club of Marshall High School or the family’s choice in memory of Anna.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Charles Clifton “Cliff” Wilson, age 81, moved peacefully to heaven from the North Memorial Hospice, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 16, 2008, while in the presence of his family.
Cliff was born on August 15, 1926 in Rector, Arkansas, the son of Cliff and Winnie Faye (Williams) Wilson, and the younger brother of Palmer Knight Wilson. Cliff grew up on the Rector farmstead until the stock market crash and Great Depression caused his parents to move their family back to the Williams Farm in Sugar Tree Township in Carroll County. Cliff’s father died from long-standing illness when Cliff was three years of age, and subsequent to that, his mother purchased a farm in Bosworth, Missouri. Cliff was a life-long resident of Carroll County. Cliff attended school in Sugar Tree and Bosworth. He was the valedictorian of the Bosworth High School class of 1944. He aspired to the Navy, but his mother’s preference was the Army infantry, and as Cliff was not yet eighteen, his mother won out, and he served in the U.S. Army from 1945-46, in the South Pacific and occupied Germany. After his military service, Cliff had aspirations of a law degree, but family and financial needs, caused him to shelve that dream to pursue a career as an operating engineer for Amoco Pipeline until 1993. Upon retirement, Cliff’s skills and excellent reputation were still in demand as an inspector for Williams Brothers Pipeline. Cliff is survived by three daughters: Faye Ann Myers (Robert) Cliff is survived by five grandchildren, Lauren Skaar of Burbank, California, Sebastian and Carina Myers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sarah and Owen Ivester of Tucson, Arizona, two great-grandchildren also of Tucson, and nieces and nephews, including Betty Sprouse of Braymer, Missouri. Cliff is also survived by his good friend Helen Barr, and many pipeline and Carrollton Senior Center friends. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, his first wife Mary Margaret (Sprouse) Wilson, and his second wife, Colleen Pinney Wilson. Cliff was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. post 1773, and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 101 in Kansas City for 50 years. He was also a life long conservative Democrat, and proud of it. Cliff is remembered by family and friends for his strong work ethic, integrity, card and pool-playing skills, intelligence, love of reading, quick wit and sense of humor. Burial will be at Oak Hill in Carrollton, after services at Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton. Any memorials sent to family will be shared between Jeff Maxwell’s fishing ministry and the North Memorial Hospice Program.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Joyce Wilkinson, 79, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. Joyce was born May 29, 1926 in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of the late Clarence and Naomi Baggs. She graduated from Carrollton High School. She lived most of her life in Trotter Township. On July 27, 1944 she married A. Duane Wilkinson. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2003. Survivors include one daughter, Carol Cowherd, Blue Springs, Missouri, one son, Bruce Wilkinson and wife Donna, Plattsburg, Missouri, six grandchildren, Chris Cowherd, Carrollton, Missouri, Kimberly Bonner, Kearney, Missouri, Mark Wilkinson, Overland Park, Kansas, Corey Wilkinson, Omaha, Nebraska, Deric Wilkinson, Waverly, Missouri, Tracey Jakabosky,Shawnee, Kansas, twelve great grandchildren, three brothers, Walter Baggs, Bellflower, California, Wayne Baggs, Hemet, California, Robert (Bobby)Baggs, Carrollton, Missouri. She was also preceded in death by one son, Steven Wilkinson in 1999 and one sister, Olivene Hibbert. Joyce was a member of RAO Club and the Friendly Neighbors Extension Club. She was a member of the Bogard Church of Christ. She worked at the cookie factory and F. M. Stamper and worked for J. C. Penney Company for twenty years. She was also a farmer's housewife. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri, with Kevin Fegason officiating. Burial will be in Carroll Memory Gardens, Carrollton, Missouri. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri. The family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Wilkinson.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Cody Daniel Whitmer age 19, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2006, at North Kansas City Hospital. He was born September 19, 1986 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Danny Ray Whitmer and Sherry Lynne Atherton. He graduated from Carrollton High School in May 2005. He had worked at Main Street Restaurant for three years and most recently was employed at Fuller Marketing, Inc. in Carrollton as a screen printer. While attending high school, he was a member of DECA. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Sherry and Alex Wingate, Carrollton, Missouri, his father Danny Ray Whitmer and Diane, Carrollton, Missouri, one sister, Tara Wingate, of the home, one brother, Shane Whitmer, Columbia, Missouri, his grandparents, Beverly Atherton Snyder, Carrollton, Missouri, Norma Jean Whitmer, Many, Louisiana, Gale Whitmer, Liberty, Missouri, one nephew, Mason Ray Whitmer, numerous aunts and uncles and several cousins. His maternal grandfather, Gerald Atherton and three uncles, Gary, Larry and Tony Whitmer, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri, with Reverend Jeff Maxwell officiating. Burial will be in Braden Cemetery, Coloma, Missouri. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions be made to the family’s choice or Children’s Mercy Hospital in memory of Cody.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Obituary of Mrs. Winfrey (January 8, 1953)Ann Nettie Winfrey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hardwick of Carroll county, Mo., was born Jan. 30, 1866. She passed away at her home in Burlington on Jan 6, 1953, at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 6 days. She was married to John R. Winfrey on Feb. 2, 1885, and 10 children were born to this union. Three of these children died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Winfrey moved from Missouri to Atwood, Kan., in 1906 and to Burlington in 1907, where they maintained a farm until moving to town in 1940. Mrs. Winfrey has been a member of a Baptist church most of her life and has been a member of the First Baptist church of Burlington since its organization in 1952. Mrs. Winfrey is survived by her husband, four sons, James and Ed of Burlington, Hurley of Johnson, Kan., and Oscar; also three daughters, Mrs. Grace Rice of Burlington, Mrs. Ralph Crews of Wray and Mrs. George Smith, who lives in Nebraska. There are 35 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Hendricks mortuary on Jan. 8, at 2:00 p.m., Rev. A. H. Harmon was in charge of the services with Rev. Lloyd Green assisting. Burial was at the Fairview cemetery.
Friends from all parts of the state paid their last respects Monday afternoon to the Rev.George Washington Winfrey, who died Friday at his home 621 West Washington Street.Services were conducted in the Christian Congregation church of which he had been pastor for the last six years. Davis and Stricler were in charge. The Rev. E. E. Eisenhour, pastor of the First Christian Church at Elwood, the Rev. Robert Huber, First Christian pastor, and the Rev. Nutter Hughes, both of Alexandria were in charge. Music was provided by Mrs. Morris Wilson and Mrs. Everett Wilson accompanied by Mrs. Orville Wilson. Organ music was arranged before and after the serivce by Gene Swindell, church organist. Flowers were in charge of the Order of Eastern Star. Graveside services were conducted in Park View cemetery by members of the Masonic Lodge. Lodge members, who served as pall bearers were Walter Schmidt, Curtis Aldridge, Gene Fulk, Milton Green, Raymond Johnston and Willis Draper.
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Final rites were held at 2 p.m. today in the little country church where he has served as pastor for the last six years for the Rev. George Washington Winfrey, 76, one of the most widely-known men in Alexandria and in the state of Indiana. Rev. Winfrey died at 4:20pm Friday at his home, 621 West Washington street following an illness of three weeks.Services were conducted in the Christian Congregation Church by the Rev. Eisenhauer, pastor of the First Christian Church of Elwood. The Rev. Nutter Hughes assisted. Interment was in Park View Cemetery, Davis and Stricler were in charge. Rev. Winfrey was born at Bosworth, Missouri May 25, 1876 in a railroad section house where his father was foreman. His father died when he was 14 and young George later was sent to Colorado for his health. After two-years of out-door living as a sheep herder he became pastor of his first church, the Crist Union Church, Colorado, at the age of 16. He later returned to Missouri were he was married to the former Miss Mae Goulding. He was named pastor of the First Christian church of Greenwood after which he attended Buter University, Indianapolis for three years and was later graduated from Fairmount Academy while serving as pastor of the Summitville church. He also attended the William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri. The remainder or his well-balanced education was obtained from extensive reading. He had serfved as pastor at Lilly Creek, Marleville, Lapel, Chesterfield, Windfall and Alexandria, serving the rural church for the last six years. Last year the church arranged a special "George W. Winfrey Day" in honor of his birthday anniversary and for his five years of service. During World War I, he volunteered for MCA service and served as a chaplain at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He served one term as clerk of Madison county and had been active in Masonic Lodge circles, being a 50 year member, the Boy Scout Organization and the Madison County and Alexandria Ministerial Associat Surviving are the widow; two sons, Alfred, Neward, New York, Carlos, Anderson; a sister, Mrs. Lula Gaddy of Kansas City, Kansas, and a grandson, Tommy, Newark, New York.
(3 of 3) written by Dahl Stricler, local funeral director and close friend
George Washington Winfrey, age 76, died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at his home 621 Washington Street, Alexandria, Indiana, following about a three week illness. George was one of Indiana's best known and best loved citizens and he died as he lived---quiet, peaceful and unafraid. The community in which he lived has lost a great preacher, a great orator, a great influence for good and certainly a very great friend. Those who knew him best would probably add --a great whistler. George Winfrey had no enemies--knew no strangers and was tolerant in all his thinking. George was born in Bosworth, Missouri, May 25th 1876. His father was a section hand on the Wabash Railroad and they lived not far from the Missouri River. Little George began to study and preach when he was just past 12 years of age and his first full time--full length sermon was given at the age of 14 years in a small schoolhouse somewhere along the Missouri River. And one of the first members of his conregation was the mother of Jessie and Frank James (The James Boys--notorious outlaws). George's stories of the famous Missouri outlaws were similar to those in fiction--but much richer in detail. Frank James visited the Winfrey home after he had served time in prison for his wrong doings. Before he was 21, George was graduated from the William Jewell College in Columbia, Missouri.& It was here that the rising young preacher was first recognized as an outstanding debator and an excellent Biblical historian. Newspaper clippings mention his working as a janitor at the school in order to earn his tuition and referred to him as "Ragged George," a story he loved to tell, over and over again. At the age of 21 he was stricken with tuberculosis and had to leave for the higher altitudes and dryer climate of Colorado, where for two years he lived alone high above the timber line--herding sheep and studying his Bible--the result of such study was soon to bring him a small measure of reknown and certainly a large number of friends. About 50 years ago George W. Winfrey was called to his first regular preaching assignment at Shelbeyville, Indiana. It was there he met and married Miss Mae Manning Goulding. During this time he studied at Butler University and was awarded their "Certificate of Outstanding Merit" for his excellent penmanship. From Shelbeyville the Winfreys came to Anderson for a short while-then to Summitville for another short stay--then in about 1912 they came to Alexandria, Indiana where George filled the pulpit at the First Christian Church for about 40 years with a short time out for some work in Windfall, Indiana. It is believed that Rev. Winfrey has married over 6,000 couples and preached 5,000 funeral services during his many years of service besides helping many sich and needy. He assisted in building three churches and was the author many newspaper and magazine articles on different subjects, and a poet of some renown. A listing of his many friends would show people in many walks of life--from every race, creed, and color.George was a member of the Murat Shrine (32 degree Mason) and state historian for the Masonic Lodge. Yes Parson George, the Will Rogers of Indiana or the Old Missourian will be missed--the whistle is gone with it went a great and good friend to everyone
(Submitted by Linda Craig
OBITUARY OF JAMES HENRY WINFREY James H. Winfrey died at his home 8 miles east of Carrollton, Sunday evening, December 10, at 8:00, of cancer, aged 77 years and 22 days.James Henry Winfrey was born in Boone County, and was married there to Miss Nancy E. Ballenger in December 1860. Of this Union ten children were born, eight of whom are still living----John R. Winfrey of Bonny, Colorado; Nancy C. Merrell of Clark, Missouri; I. J. Winfrey of Wakenda; Rev. E. L. Winfrey of Norborne; Rev. Wm. F. Winfrey of Carrollton; Deborah Shelnutt of McBaine, Missouri; S. R. Winfrey of Bosworth, Missouri; and Prof. N. E. Winfrey of La Grange, Indiana. After living in Boone county, Mr. Winfrey went to south Missouri, remaining there until 1880, when he came to Carroll county and bought a farm north of Wakenda. He later bought a farm north of the Wakenda Baptist church where he was living during his last illness. Mr. Winfrey was a member of the Wakenda Baptist church, was a christian gentleman and good citizen. Mrs. Winfrey died in the early part of 1914, and in December of that year he was married to Mrs. Sarah Ballenger, (His first wife's sister) who survives him. Mr. Winfrey's illness covered a period of a year. Recently he became much worse. His physician knew an operation would not save his life, but all was done that was possible to relieve his suffering. Funeral services were held at the Wakenda Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. McClanahan. Burial in the church yard.
(Carrollton Democrat, 15 Dec 1916. Submitted by Don Winfrey)
Obituary -J. R. WINFREY DIED ON SATURDAY (December 6, 1956) J. R. Winfrey, 93, a resident of this community for 49 years, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, after being ill a short time. In spite of his advanced years, Mr. Winfrey was able to be out and around most of the time, visiting with relatives and friends in the community. John Robinson Winfrey was born May 30, 1863, in Boone County, Mo., and died in Burlington, Nov. 39 at the age of 93 years, 5 months and 27 days. Mr. Winfrey accepted Christ as his personal savior in 1879, at the age of 16, and was baptized into the fellowship of the old Nashville Baptist church in Missouri. In young manhood he was ordained as a Baptist deacon in the Wakenda Baptist church to which church he had moved his membership. He was united in marriage to Nettie Hardwick on Feb. 2, 1885 in Carroll county. To this union were born ten children, three having died in infancy. Mr. Winfrey moved to Kansas in 1905, and two years later, in 1907, moved to Kit Carson county and except for two short periods of time, had lived here for the past 49 years. Mr. Winfrey's descendants total 123, including four sons: James and Ed of Burlington, Harley of Salem, Ore., and Oscar; three daughters, Mrs. Grace Rice, Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Ralph Crews, Wray, and Mrs. George Smith of California; two brothers, Rev. W. F. Winfrey, Carlton, Mo., and N. W. Winfrey, Danville, Ind.; 35 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Baptist church in Burlington, with the local pastor, Rev. M. W. Richardson, reading the obituary and offering prayer. A grandson, Rev. Everett Winfrey, pastor of the Baptist church at Walsh, delivered the sermon. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Pall bearers were all grandsons of the deceased: Leo Rice, William Crews, Virgil Winfrey, Irwin Winfrey, Melvin Rice, Raymond Winfrey. Honorary pallbearers were Leonard Barnhart, Wade Davis, Walter Rhoades, Omar Green, Virgil Elsey, Reuben Rhoades.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)
OBITUARY OF NANCY EDWARDS WINFREY Mrs. J. H. Winfrey died Friday afternoon, July 17, 5:05, at her home near the Wakenda Baptist Church, of cancer, aged 71 years. Nancy Ballenger was born in Boone county Missouri in October 1843. She was reared in that county and was married to J. H. Winfrey in December 1860. After their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Winfrey moved to Cedar county Missouri, remaining there several years. They came to Carroll county in 1880 and located near the town of Wakenda, later moving to the neighborhood of the Wakenda Baptist Church, where they were living when she died. For nine years she had been surrering with cancer. Besides her husband she leaves eight children----John R. of Colorado; Mrs. Mary Merrell, I. J. Winfrey, W. F. Winfrey and S. R. Winfrey, all of Carroll county; Rev. E. L. Winfrey of Garden City, Missouri; Mrs. Deborah Shelnutt of Boone county; and N. E. Winfrey of Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held at the Wakenda Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 4:00 P.M. conducted by Rev. L. R. Kenney. Burial in the church yard.
(Carrollton Democrat, 23 July 1914. Submitted by Don Winfrey)
Thomas Douglas Winfrey, age 92, of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2006 at his home. He was born August 14, 1913 in Levasy, Missouri, the son of Charles M. and Myrtle Douglas Winfrey. He graduated from Buckner High School. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He was a mechanic for Green Quarries and retired in 1978. He was married to Dorothy Elliott in Topeka, Kansas and she preceded him in death in 1968. He then married Margaret Schutz in December of 1968. She also preceded him in death. He was a member of Six Mile Baptist Church and attended the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773 in Carrollton.
Tom is survived by three sons, Delty Winfrey, Liberty, Missouri, Jerry Winfrey, Keller, Texas, Charles T. Winfrey, Columbia, Missouri, one daughter, Myrtle Chipley, Columbia, Missouri, eight grandchildren, Lanea Ritterling, Delty Winfrey, II, Becky Goodloe, Amy McCoy, Tara Kassuke, Jeri Ellen Winfrey, Chad Winfrey, Katie Winfrey and six great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 24, 2006 at Gilead Cemetery, Norborne, Missouri, with Reverend Jeff Maxwell officiating.Veterans of Foreign Wars Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773, Carrollton, Missouri, will provide military services. He will lie in state on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri. The family suggests contributions be made to Gilead Cemetery in memory of Mr. Winfrey.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
Claudine E. Whitney, age 94, of Carrollton, Missouri, died April 11, 1999, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. Mrs. Whitney was born August 22, 1904, in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Flora Lasser Ballard. She worked as a sales clerk for the Mattingly's Store for several years. She was a member of the Carrollton First Baptist Church. She was married to Marvin O. Whitney. He preceded her in death on August 11, 1968. She was preceded in death by a sister, Florine Parks. Graveside services will be 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, April 14, 1999, at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, conducted by Reverend Ron Marsh. Contributions may be given to the Carrollton First Baptist Church in memory of Mrs. Whitney
(Submitted by Linda Craig)
Grace “LaVerne” Johnson Woods, age 90, of Carrollton, Missouri passed away Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Missouri. LaVerne was born January 3, 1916 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to William Harrison and Susan Rasco Johnson. She attended Poplar Bluff schools. She was employed with the Butler County A.S.C.S. office for five years. In 1940 she was married to Kenneth M. Woods. They had two children, Hughes H. Woods and a daughter, Diana Susanne Woods who died in infancy. She was a member of the First Christian Church since the age of 10 years. She taught Sunday school classes many years. Her son Hughes and wife Linda, Spring Grove, Illinois, three grandsons, Bryan and wife Michelle, Christopher and Michael, four nephews and one niece survive her. LaVerne was also preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Kenneth and one brother, Cecil Johnson. Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2006 with Reverend Joe Barone and Reverend John Johnson officiating. The family suggests contributions be made to the First Christian Church of Carrollton in memory of Mrs. Woods.
(Source: Gibson Funeral Home)
WORD – Eliza Lovel, dau of James & Sarah Word, died at the residence of her parents in Carroll co, 2 Oct 1877, aged 12 yrs 9 mos 27 das. – HT Leeper (this is in the issue of 7 November) (Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 31 Oct. 1877; transcribed by Kim Mohler)
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