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Name of Deceased: Lydia Self
Newspaper: The Buffalo Reflex
Date: July 30, 1896
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mrs. Lydia Self, wife of M. F. Self, departed this life at her home 4 miles northwest of town on last Monday morning after a lingering illness of several months. The remains were laid to rest in the Reynolds Cemetery the following day.


Name of Deceased: John Daniel Slack
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: John Daniel Slack was born in Richmond, Virginia, October 27, 1853 and died July 1, 1929, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 4 days. He moved with his parents to Dallas County, Missouri, where he lived until the time of his death.
In 1873 he was married to Livona Hill. To this union was born 12 children, 3 with their mother having preceded him in death. The deceased are Floyd, Mrs. Ada Bradley and Leslie.
The living are Elec and John of Emporia, Kansas. Roy of Council Grove, Kansas, Everett of Wichita, Kansas. Mrs. Belle Shattuck of Pittsburg, Kansas, and Mrs. Myrtle Flinn of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Minda Williams, Asberry, and Louis of Long Lane, all of whom were here for the funeral.
June 9, 1928 he was married to Mrs. Susan Belvins Bradley.
In early life he was converted and joined the Baptist church and lived faithful until death.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, 9 children, 43 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs. M. E. Franklin of Fairland, Okla., and Mrs. Liza Hill of Long Lane, Missouri, and one brother, N. F. Slack of Durango, Colo., and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Hill Cemetery by Eld. V. R. Walker Thursday, July 4, with exceptionally large number present. Interment followed there. His Odd Fellow brethren of Long Lane Lodge said last rites at his grave.


Name of Deceased: Livona Slack
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: Livona (Hill) Slack was born April 9, 1856 and departed this life Aug. 17, 1924, age 68 years 4 months, and 8 days.
She was married to J. D. Slack June 19, 1872 and to this union were born twelve children, eight boys and four girls, two boys and one girl having proceeded her in death. The children surviving are: Elic Slack of Emporia, Kans., Minda Williams and Asberry Slack of Long Lane, Mo., Roy Slack of Wilsey, Kans., John of Emporia, Kans., Louis of Long Lane. Myrtle Flinn of Chase, Kans., and Everett of Kansas City, Mo. All were present at the funeral except Everett, the youngest son, 52 grandchildren, 44 living, four great grandchildren with a host of other relatives and friends survive.
She professed a hope in Christ soon after she was married and lived a faithful christian until death.
The body was laid to rest in the Hill cemetery Monday afternoon and Elder E. T. House conducted the services.


Name of Deceased: Susan Ann (Bradley) Slack
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: Susan Ann (Bradley) Slack daughter of Edward and Lucretia Blevins was born December 18, 1861 at Knobnoster, Mo. and departed this life on January 20, 1955, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Slack, 6 miles east of Buffalo, being at the time of her death 93 years, 1 month and 2 days.
She was united in marriage to David L. Bradley on January 1, 1882. To this union three children were born. Eugene D. Bradley of Buffalo, Mo.; Lou Ellen Slack of Long Lane and Wilford A. Bradley of Long Lane. Her husband preceded her in death on March 16, 1920.
On June 8, 1928 she was married to John D. Slack, who preceded her in death July 1, 1929.
At an early age she was converted and became a member of the Long Lane Christian Church.
Grandma, as she was called was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her passing the above children and their companions.
One half sister, Mrs. Frankie Wells of Fillmore, California; two half brothers, Edd Blevins of Peculiar, Mo., and Charlie Blevens of Fairland, Oklahoma.
Also eight stepchildren, Elic Slack, Emporia, Kansas; Roy Slack, Council Grove, Kansas; John Slack, Emporia, Kansas; Asberry Slack, Buffalo, Mo.; Lewis Slack, Long Lane; Everett Slack, Wichita, Kansas; Myrtle Flinn, Warrenton, Oregon and Belle Shattuck, Pittsburg, Kansas also thirty grandchildren, eighty great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends Services held at Buffalo Chirstian Church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 1955. Minister Rev. Chas. Macy. Burial Hill cemetery under direction of L. B. Jones.


Name of Deceased: Billie Kenneth Irvin Smith
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: Billie Kenneth Irvin, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Smith, was born June 2, 1929, and departed this life February 8, 1936, after a three-day illness, at the family home in Long Lane. He was 6 years, 8 months, and 6 days of age.
Little Billy was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed by all. He leaves to mourn his passing his mother and father, two sisters, Virginia and Doris Gene, one brother, Bobby, also his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted at Four Mile Monday morning at 11:00 o'clock by Rev. Virgil Waterman, and burial followed there under direction of L. B. Jones.


Name of Deceased: Charley Everett Smith
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: September 18, 1975
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: Charley Everett Smith, son of William Henry and Dora Rush Smith, was born on August 3, 1901 in Dallas County, Missouri. He departed this life on September 13, at 7:50 a.m. in Park Central Hospital in Springfield, following a lingering illness. He was 74 years, one month and 10 days of age at the time of his death.
Charley was saved and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He was united in marriage to Flora Alice Williams on March 14, 1926, and th this union five children were born. Flora passed away on March 17, 1957.
Charley worked as a trucker most of his life. Anyone who knew him respected him as a person who believed in working hard.
He was united in marriage on November 16, 1961 to Angie Lowrain Klapp. To this union one daughter was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Billy; two brothers, Clifford and Francis, one sister, Mildred.
He is survived by his wife, Angie of the home; a son, Bobby of Buffalo; three step-sons, James, Larry and Ray Klapp all of Buffalo; four daughters, Mrs. Virginia Thompson of Malta Bend, Mrs. Bonnie Faye Junkins of Norborne, Mrs. Doris Dampier of Quincy and Terry Smith of the home; a stepdaughter, Debra Klapp of the home; two brothers, Neil of Pleasant Hope and Richard W. of Long Lane; two half-brothers, JImmy and Frank both of Marshall; three step-brothers, Tommy Hood of Houstonia, George Hood of Buffalo; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Smith of Pasco, Washington; a half-sister Mrs. Shirley Jasper of Long Lane, a step- sister, Mrs. Margaret Smith of Pleasant Hill and stepmother, Mrs. Anna Smith of Buffalo; 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 16, at 2 p.m. in the Parish Chapel with Robert Long officiating. Music was provided by Richard Nicodemus who sang, "In The Garden" and "Amazing Grace: accompanied by Mrs. Ruth Kreisel.
Escorts were Arley Jasper, Roger Jasper, Leland Jasper, Berle Jasper, Jesse Jasper and Bert Jasper. Interment was in Four Mile Cemetery under the dirction of the Parish Funeral Home of Buffalo.


Name of Deceased: Flora Alice Smith
Newspaper: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Submitters Name: Debra Burgess

Obit: Flora Alice Smith, daughter of Greenberry and Arminda Williams was born April 4, 1905 at Long Lane, Mo., and passed away at Burge Hospital, Springfield, Mo. March 17, 1957 at the age of 51 years 11 months and 21 days.
She was united in marriage to Charley Smith on March 14, 1926. To this union were born : Mrs. Virginia Thompson and Dorris Jean Dampier of Long Lane, Mo., Bobby Smith of North, Mo., and Bonnie Fay Smith of the home. One son, Billy, her father, mother and one sister, Ruby preceded her in death. She is also survived by five sisters and three brothers, Leta Barclay and Ray Williams of Buffalo, Mo., Mrs. Leah Bennett of Long Lane, Mo., Mrs. May Wing, Frank and Clyde Williams of Emporia, Kansas, Enola Belle Place of Pendleton, Oregon and Ruth Scott of St. Louis, Mo., nine grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
She was converted and baptized and joined the Free Will Baptist Church at Benton Branch on May 14, 1922.
Flora was a wonderful person to all who knew her, always greeting her friends with a smile. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services were held at the L. B. Jones Funeral Home March 21, 1957 with Rev. Ross Carter offficiating. Interment was in Oak Lawn cemetery under direction of L. B. Jones.


Name of Deceased: George Washington Smith
Date: June 1934
Submitters Name: Connie

Obit: George W. Smith was born September 22, 1860, in Dallas County, Missour and departed this life June 23, 1934, being 73 years, 9 month and 1 day old.
He was married October 30, 1884 to Lena Bradley and to this union eleven children were born, ten of whom survive him. One sone, Frank, died in infancy. The living are: B. R. Smith, Mary Pipes, Jane Cofer, Pearl Weeks, Blanche Patton, Bertha Tuckness, Lora Goodale, Amy Austin, Lillie Austin and Jack Smith. Besides his children, he leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one sister, Mrs. George Zenor and three brothers, Wilse, Henry and Coats Smith, and many other relatives and friends.
No one but God knows how he has suffered since he has been an invalid, but he professed a hope in Christ two years ago and has lived happy in the Savior's love since his conversion.
Everything that loving hands could do was done to make his suffering easier to bear and God in His loving kindness has taken him to a happier world than this.
Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10 o'clock. Rev. Chas. Claspill officiating. The body was laid to rest in Fraker Cemetery under direction of L.B. Jones.


Name of Deceased: Lena Rivers Bradley Smith
Date: April 1940
Submitters Name: Connie

Obit: Lena Rivers Bradley was born January 17, 1863, and departed this life April 5, 1940, at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 18 days.
She was married to George W. Smith October 30, 1884. To this union were born 11 children; Bennie of Kansas City, Mary Pipes of Springfield, Janie Cofer of Buffalo, Pearl Weeks of Elkland, Blanche Patton of Red Top, Bertha Tuckness of Elkland, Lora Keelsling of Pleasant Hope, Amy Austin of Tipton, California, Lillie Austin of Elkland and Jack of Red Top, with whom she her home. She has 38 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Tilda Blair of Buffalo.
She leaves the above mentioned relatives and many other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
She was converted at the age of 20 and joined the Prairie Grove Christian Church. She has remained a faithful Christian until death. She was a kind and loving mother and a helpful and kind neighbor. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Rev. Charley Claspill conducted funeral services at the Jones Funeral Home in Buffalo Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Burial was in Fraker Cemetery under direction of L. B. Jones.


Name of Deceased: Wilburn J. (Wib) Smithpeter
Newspaper: The Buffalo Reflex
Date: Mar. 29, 1989
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Funeral services for Wilburn J. Smithpeter were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Faust Matthews and the Rev. William Longman officiating. Music was by Vernon and JoAnn Viets who sang "I Won't Have To Cross Jordon Alone" and by Faust Matthews who sang "Peace In The Valley." Casket bearers were Bruce Bradley, C. G. Davies, Pepper Davies, Bruce Howell, Jody Schofield and Brian Sipes. Honorary escorts were members of the Rotary Club. Interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Montgomery-Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo. Wilburn J. (Wib) Smithpeter was born June 5, 1906 at Buffalo, the son of Charles W. and Effie (Davison) Smithpeter. He died on March 19, 1989 at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, at the age of 82 years, nine months and 12 days. On Nov. 9, 1929, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Fowler and this union was blessed with one daughter. Sixty-five years ago Wib began working the abstract business, and has owned and operated the business most of that time. During World War II, he took time out to serve his country in the U.S. Navy for several years and after receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to the Dallas County Abstract Company. Wib was a member of the Buffalo First Christian Church and had served as a deacon there. He was a charter member of the Buffalo Rotary Club, and was a member of VFW Post 4080 and of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Sarah Beth Sipes and her husband, Glenn, of Buffalo; one sister, Ruth Long of Springfield; four grandchildren, Bruce Bradley of Marshfield, Beth Howell of Springfield, Becky Schofield and Brian Sipes of Buffalo; and three great-grandchildren, Dallas and Jared Bradley and Allyson Howell; and a number of nieces and nephews. Wib was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Letha Hawkins, Verda Davies and two infant sisters.


 

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