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Obituaries are in Alphabetical order.  Women are listed by married names (if applicable) with maiden name in parentheses if known.

Warren, Martha (Tindale), wife of Dr L T Warren, was born in Laclede Co., Mo., 29 Apr 1850, and died 19 Aug 1877. She was reared by religious, parents... the youngest of a large family of children....When medical skill failed, her husband took her to the Chalybeate Springs in E Tenn, but she lived only a few days after their arrival there. Her remains were brought home for interment in the family burying ground. - L W Pearce
(Source: Extract from "St. Louis Christian Advocate" newspaper printed on November 14, 1877.  Transcribed by Barbara Z.)
Claude Waterman, Springfield, Missouri, passed away, December 28, 2008, at the age of 95. He was born in Eldridge, Missouri, on November 2, 1913, to Lem and Harriet Waterman.

Claude was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Ray, Oda, Sherman, Walter, Glen and Homer; one sister Oma; and one grandson Timmy Waterman. He is survived by his sons, Gene and Robert; sister, Mary White; six grandchildren, Austin, Kelly, Lisa, John, Laura, and Dallas; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and friends.

In death Claude will be remembered by his life. He was a skilled carpenter and craftsman as well as a talented fiddle player. His family mattered most to him and he was good to them. He was deeply loved and respected and will be missed.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 1, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Greenlawn Funeral Home North in Springfield. Services will be held Friday, January 2, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

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Reverend Eugene D. Waterman of Sullivan, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2002 at the age of 66 years, 2 weeks, and 4 days.

Gene was born on August 11, 1936 to the late Rev. Virgil Waterman and Hazel Margaret (Young) Waterman in Eldridge, Missouri. On November 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Gann of Lebanon, Missouri and to this union, 3 children were born. As a young man, Gene worked at Bennett Springs; breaking horses and as a cook at Stampers Frozen Foods. At an early age, he gave his life to the Lord. At the age of 23, being filled with the Holy Spirit he felt the call on his life to enter the ministry and never looked back. In his early days of ministry he preached jail services, rallies on street corners and team revivals with his dad. After evangelizing full time for several years and pastorates in southern Missouri, Gene accepted the pastorate at First Assembly of God in Sullivan in 1967. 13 years later he began a new work with Trinity Full Gospel Tabernacle in Sullivan, which he pastored until his passing.

Gene loved the outdoors; taking care of his cattle, picking berries, riding horses and fishing. He dearly loved his grandchildren, his large family and especially his church family. He loved the people of the Sullivan area, treasuring time with his coffee buddies, local farmers and truck drivers, who looked him up when passing through town. Our dear husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, pastor and friend has went on to his eternal reward. A faithful father has gone home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. (Betty) Waterman of Sullivan, 2 sons, Donald Waterman and his wife, Judi of Bourbon, Dennis Waterman and wife, Carole of Sullivan, one daughter, Deborah Dazey and husband, Andy of Sullivan, his mother, Hazel Margaret Waterman of Eldridge, Missouri, 13 grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Terrence, Brandi Buhl, Rachelle Woods and husband, Jason, Natasha Odle and husband, Randall, Nathaniel and Caleb Waterman, Adam, Ramona, and Aaron Pendergrass, Stephen, Joseph, Sarah, and Jesse Dazey, 4 great grandchildren, 4 brothers, David Waterman and his wife, Ellen of Denver, CO, Rev. Charles Waterman and wife Threasa of Eldridge, Ronald Waterman and wife, Linness of Lebanon, 2 sisters, Ada Canon and husband, Rev. Clifford Canon of Macks Creek, MO, Gloria Schultz and husband, Terry of St. Charles, 1 brother in law, James Gann and wife, Louise of Belton, MO, nieces, nephews, extended family and precious friends. Along with his father, Rev. Waterman was preceded in death by his parents in law, Elwood and Helen Gann, one sister, Margaret Ann Waterman, and one brother in law, David Gann.

Services will be held at 3:00p.m., Sunday, September 1, 2002 in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon Missouri. Burial will follow in the Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be held September 1, 2002 at 12:00p.m. until the time of service in the Holman-Howe Chapel.

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John Andrew Waterman, 72, died about 11 p.m. Friday, at his home in Eldridge, where he had been a lifelong citizen.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eldridge Church conducted by Rev. Jasper Lewis. Burial was in the Hufft Cemetery with Palmer’s Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Waterman leaves his wife, Mrs. Viola waterman and a daughter, Gladys, of the home, and seven sons: Omar, Joe, Opal, Virgil, and Lowell all of Eldridge; and John Waterman, Decatur, Ark., and Dale Waterman, Detroit Mich.

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Services for Lowell Waterman of Lebanon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 28, 2000, in the Holman Howe Chapel, Lebanon with the Rev. Charles Waterman and the Rev. Don Waterman officiating.

Burial will be in the Hufft Cemetery in Eldridge.

Mr. Waterman, 86, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2000 in his home.

He was born March 9, 1914, near Eldridge to John Andrew Waterman and Viola Phillips Waterman.

He was married Jan. 26, 1938, to Wilda Faye Moore, who survives.

Mr. Waterman was a farmer and an electrician.

He was a member of the Living Water Full Gospel Church in Eldridge, where he taught Sunday School and was a deacon.

Mr. Waterman was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gladys Waterman; seven brothers, Ralph, Omer, Virgil, Joe, Opal, Dale, and John Waterman.

Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Sandra Massey and her husband, Bob, of Lebanon, and Violet Harenza and her husband, John, of Eldon, six grandchildren, Mike Harenza of Olathe, Kan., Matt Harenza of Eldon, Mark Harenza of Iberia, Randall Shelton of crane, and Scottie Shelton and Kevin Shelton, both of Lebanon; and eight great grandchildren.

Friends may call at their convenience at the funeral home.

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Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, at 2 o’clock in the Eldridge church for Richard A. Waterman, who died on Thursday, September 13, at his home in Eldridge, at the age of 74 years.

Rev. Jasper Lewis was the officiating minister and he was assisted by the Rev. C.H. Evers. Interment was in the Hufft cemetery. The pall bearers were grandsons, Dale Fohn, Gene Rusell Fohn, James Donald Fohn, William Waterman, and Delbert Fohn.

With Mrs. Roy Moore and Mrs. Troy Mosier in charge, about 30 little flower girls were in attendance, all friends of Mr. Waterman, who was a great lover of children.

Richard Anderson Waterman, son of James W. and Mary Waterman, was born December 6, 1876, in Kentucky, and came with his family to Missouri when he was an infant. With the exception of one year, which he spent in Lebanon, he has lived all his life in Eldridge.

He professed hope in Christ about two years ago, and one year later said that he was ready to meet his God. He and Mrs. Waterman lacked only five days of having been married 53 years.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie, and six children; Elvie, Amos, and Teamon Waterman; Mrs. Lloyd Bryant and Mrs. Guelda Fohn, of Eldridge and Mrs. Denzil Fohn of Lebanon. He also leaves three brothers and one sister: Charlie Waterman of Des Moines, Iowa; John and Lem Waterman, of Eldridge, and Mrs. Alice Kelly, of Yakima, Wash. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren and his aged mother-in-law, Mrs. Maggie Martin.

Coming for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Waterman, of Des Moines, Iowa; and a number of nieces and nephews from Oak Grove, Ark., Springfield, Rolla, and Des Moines, and a granddaughter and family from St. Louis.

The singers were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Waterman, of Oak Grove, Ark., and Sherman and Mary Carroll Waterman, of Eldridge.

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Funeral services for Rev. Virgil Waterman, 66, of Eldridge, were held Sept. 10 at the Taylor Avenue Full Gospel Church with the Revs. L.L. Collins and Norman Wilkens officiating. Interment was in the Hufft Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of palmer Pickering Funeral Home.

Music was furnished by Barbara Bullard. Escorts were Rick Knapp and the Revs. George Marritt, Jerry Cuneio, L.D. Waterman, W.O. Cox and S.G. Cox.

Rev. Virgil Waterman, son of the late John Andrew Waterman and Melinda Viola Phillips Waterman, was born March 31, 1909 in St. John, Kan., and moved to Missouri at an early age, where he lived until his death Sept. 7, at Wallace Hospital.

On April 12, 1932 he was married to Margaret Hazel Young, who survives.

Other survivors include seven children, David, Charles, and Ronald, Eldridge; Joel Lee, Denver, Colo., Rev. Eugene, Sullivan, Virgie Ada Canon, Sweet Springs, and Gloria Schultz, Lebanon; 18 grandchildren; three brothers, Lowell, Lebanon, John and Rev. Dale, Eldridge; one sister, Gladys Waterman, also of Eldridge.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Ann and four brothers, Ralph, Omar, Joe and Opal Waterman.

Bro. Waterman, as he was known to his congregation, accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age. He entered full time ministry shortly thereafter and remained a servant of the Lord until death.

Sept. 1975

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Anita M. West, 66, of Lebanon, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at St. John’s Hospital – Lebanon.

She was born Feb. 14, 1940, in Pulaski County, MO., to Hugh Hogue and Carrie McCulley Hogue.

On April 4, 1961, she married Everett “Buck” West, who preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1976. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Clint on Feb. 3, 1985; a great-grandson, Jacob Timothy, on Feb. 18, 1998, and a brother Paul Hogue.

She was a homemaker and an Assembly of God.

Survivors include a son, Monty West, of Lebanon; three daughters, Carla Scurlock and her husband Tim, of Windyville; Cathy Case and her husband, Richard, of Brighton, and Tamira Elmore and her husband, chuck, of Lebanon; a brother, Denny Cooper of Sparks, Nev.; three sisters, Eva Payne, of Springfield; Pauline LaCroix, of Pineville, La. and Sharon Leautier, of Reno, Nev.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Services for Anita M. West will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Thieme-Shadel Funeral Service at Colonial Chapel of Lebanon with Shawn Dickerson and Kevin Boggs officiating.

Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery, under the direction of Thiem-Shadel Funeral Service at Colonial Chapel of Lebanon.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Chapel.

A memorial has been established to the American diabetes Foundation.

LRR 26 Jan 1972

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Cecil Monroe West, son of Jesse J. and Carrie Hamilton West, was born March 5, 1935, near Lebanon, Missouri. He departed this life Saturday, October 4, 2003, in St. John’s Regional Health Center, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of sixty-eight years, seven months, and twenty-nine day.

On May 4, 1962, he was united in marriage to Helen Gloe O’Dell, and to this union two daughters were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, “Buck” West; and two sisters, Bertha Roberts and Terry Ann West.
Cecil is survived by his loving wife of forty-one years, Helen, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie and Bob Hammer, of Lebanon, Missouri, and Cindy and Dick Heddle, of Wimauma, Florida; two grandchildren, Amanda Baldwin and Chad West; five brothers, Roy and Charles West, both of Lebanon, Missouri, Jim West, of Batesville, Arkansas, Jerry West, of Plano, Texas, and Jesse West, of Sherman, Texas; four sisters, Violet Maynard and Louise Gerard, both of Lebanon, Missouri, Bonnie Bohannon, of Lynchburg, Missouri, and Helen Gray, of Odessa, Texas; a sister-in-law, Anita West, of Lebanon, Missouri; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

He was born and raised in the Lebanon area, and lived most of his life in Laclede County. After he and Helen were married, they made their home, near Lebanon, and lovingly raised their daughters. Cecil worked in the boat manufacturing business for many years starting with Appleby Boats, then Landau Boats, and finally retiring from Bass Tracker.

Cecil made his profession of faith in Christ early in his life and was a member of Mount Olivet Assembly of God Church.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts when his girls were in scouting. He liked being outdoors where his favorite activities included fishing and hunting, and he enjoyed going for car rides through the back roads of Missouri. He also had an interest in Laclede County history.

Cecil was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Holman-Howe Chapel at 2:00p.m. Burial will follow in the O'Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7-8:30p.m., Tuesday evening under the direction of the Holman-Howe Funeral Homes, Lebanon, Missouri.

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Jackie Don West, son of Oris Wade and Carrie Myers West, was born July 31, 1953, in Noblesville, Indiana. He departed this life Sunday, June 29, 2008, in his home, near Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of fifty-four years, ten months, and twenty-eight days.

He is survived by his parents, Wade and Carrie West, of Lebanon, Missouri; three brothers, Oris “Sonny” West, and his wife, Betty, of Phillipsburg, Missouri, Christopher West and Dax M. West, both of Lebanon, Missouri; a sister, Debra Shoemaker, and her husband, Sonny, of Lebanon, Missouri; three nephews; four nieces; five great-nephews; three great-nieces; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Jackie lived most of his life in the Lebanon area and attended Lebanon RIII Schools. He had worked in boat manufacturing and as a carpenter, but for the last six years had been employed as a robot maintenance worker by Copeland Corporation.

At an early age he made his profession of faith in Christ at Mount Olivet Assembly of God and then renewed his faith at Trinity Full Gospel Church in Eldridge, in 1990.

He liked being outdoors where his favorite activities were fishing, hunting, and working in his garden. He loved sports of all kinds, but particularly football and baseball. He enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola items, coins, and antique pictures. Because of his disability, Jackie had made his home with his sister, Debra, and her husband, Harry, for the last several months, and they were his basic caregivers. Jackie sometimes needed assistance with his care and David and Candy, and Sonny and Betty were wonderful to come to his aid. His family was very important to him and he greatly enjoyed spending time visiting with them.

Jackie was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin, and was a caring neighbor and friend. He was loved by all who knew him, and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 7 - 8:30 p.m. under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon, Missouri. Memorials may be made through the funeral home.

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John W. West, Jr., 75, of Shawnee, OK, formerly of the Lebanon area died Thursday in Shawnee, OK.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita of the home; three sons, John W. West III of Moore, OK, Charles Richard West of Shawnee, OK, and Michael Dennis West of Oklahoma City, OK; three daughters, Sherry Lee Chance of Plano, TX, Brenda Sue Martin of Moore, OK, and Carole Ann Smith of Azle, TX; five brothers, Todd West of Fisher, IN, Dwight West of Camdenton, Wade West of Phillipsburg, Jackie Dean West and Harry Don West, both of Lebanon; four sisters, Pauline Keith of Tulsa, OK, Rosa Lee Downing of Inola, OK, Wanda Jo Knight of Dallas, TX, and Anna Sue Holland of Deleon, TX; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Chapel of Lebanon with Bro. Meeks officiating.

Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Dallas County under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Chapel of Lebanon.

Friends may call at their Convenience after Sunday.

Lebanon Daily Record - 31 May 1998

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Funeral services for E.W. (Marsh) Westerfield were held at 2 p.m. Friday 19 Nov, 1965 at Palmer-Pickering Funeral Home with Dr. George McClelland and rev. L.L. Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon city cemetery under the direction of Palmer-Pickering Funeral Home of Lebanon and Barber-Edwards of Marshfield.

Mrs. Gretchen Brown accompanied by Russell O’Dell, Richard Bradford, Arnold Reichart and Wayne Burd sang “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone” and “Rock of Ages”.

E.W. Westerfield, son of William Henry and Elsie Hunt Westerfield was born 15 November 1880 at Lynn Creek and spent almost all of his life in the vicinity of Lebanon. He did live for a short time in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

He was untied in marriage to Elizabeth Lawder in Oct 1904. To this union was born five children. She preceded him in death 8 June 1915. He was untied in marriage to Mary Ethel Cantrell 6 February 1918 in Claremore, OK. To this union six children was born. He was preceded in death by his parents, three daughters and one son.

Surviving are his wife of the home, three sons Ward of Benton City, WA; Douglas of Kenniwich, WA; and Simon of Lebanon. Four daughters, Wilma Edwards, Marshfield; Hersie Canida, Sweet Springs; Jane Wright, Lebanon; Hildruth Riggs, Louisville, KY: one brother H.A. Westerfield, Tulsa, OK: one sister, Mrs. Riley Pummell, Canyon City, Colorado, 22 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

Mr. Westerfield was converted and joined a Baptist church about 30 years ago. During the last years of his life he was unable to attend services.

The term A-I is used to denote highest quality.

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Mrs. Marsh Westerfield died Wednesday at the home of her father, near Stoutland. She has been in ill health for some time and come here only a short time ago from Fairland, Oklahoma, in hopes of being benefited by the change. Mr. Westerfield had returned to Fairland to get their household goods ready for shipment here and arrived in Lebanon Wednesday night, after Mrs. Westerfield had passed away.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning, at 9 o’clock, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

LCR 11 Jun 1915

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Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Palmer Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Maness officiating for Mrs. William Henry Westerfield, who died Friday at the home of a son, Marsh Westerfield, who lives near Lebanon. Burial was in the city cemetery.

Elsie Matilda Hunt was born May 30, 1853, in Cooper County. She was married  Jan. 5, 1871, to William Henry Westerfield. They came to Lebanon thirty-two years ago. Three years later he died and for two years she lived in Florida. Since then she had divided her time among her children. Three of her seven children, Mattie, William and Frank preceded her in death. Surviving children are Isaac of lee’s Summit; March of Lebanon; Henry of Tulsa and Pearl Pummill of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include twenty-seven grandchildren and fifty-one great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

R.R. Dec. 1, 1939

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Frank Westerfield died on last Sunday of pneumonia, after only a week’s illness. He was living on the Jack England farm, four and a half miles west of Lebanon. He was 42 years old.

Funeral services were held at the home, at 11 o’clock, Tuesday morning, Reverend M.T. Lomenick officiating. On the casket were many beautiful flowers, sent by friends and relatives.

Interment was in Lebanon Cemetery.

Mr. Westerfield was born in Cooper County in 1873. He was married in Camden County, to Miss Mary Jane Stover and later came to Laclede County to reside. He is survived by his wife and five children. His mother, Mrs. Elsie Westerfield, and the following brothers and sisters also survive him; Henry Westerfield, of Sweet Springs; Will and Marsh Westerfield, of Bushyhead, Oklahoma; Ike Westerfield of Chelsea, Oklahoma; Ernest Westerfield of Lebanon; Mrs. Riley Pummill of Corsicana, Texas. Henry and Will Westerfield came to attend the funeral.

Mr. Westerfield’s death is sincerely regretted. He was a good man and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. During the last year, he had many misfortunes, including the illness of almost every member of his family.

LCR 12 Feb 1915

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W.H. Westerfield died Monday afternoon at his home in this city, aged 61 years. He had been in failing health for some time. Mr. Westerfield is survived by widow and several children. Interment was in the city cemetery yesterday.

LR 23 Feb. 1911

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Bill Don Willard, son of Don Northrip and Ruby Virginia Evans Willard, was born July 29, 1930, near Sleeper, Missouri. He departed this life Monday, May 27, 2002, in St. John's Regional Health Center, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of seventy-one years, nine months, and twenty-eight days.

On August 15, 1949, he was united in marriage to Louise Irene Potter and to this union seven children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son, Billy Don Willard, Jr.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Louise, of the home; two sons, Bradley Willard, and his wife, Sandra, and David Willard, and his wife, Andrea, all of Sleeper, Missouri; four daughters, Candy Harmon, and her husband, Ted, of Lebanon, Missouri, Susan Foster, and her husband, John, of Springfield, Missouri, Kim Amsinger, of Marshfield, Missouri, and Mary Williams, and her husband, Carl, of Lebanon, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Brennon, Andrea, Blane, Billy, Alicia, and Alexa Willard, Matthew and Amy Harmon, Chris Williams, Amanda Foster, and Nathan and Sarah Amsinger; two brothers, Wayne and Bob Willard, both of Sleeper, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

He was born and raised in the Sleeper community and graduated from Stoutland High School in the Class of 1947. After he and Louise were married, they made their home, near Sleeper, and lovingly raised their family. For a few years, Bill worked on the pipeline in Texas, but soon returned to his Missouri roots. He began working in the excavation business and in 1973, founded Willard Asphalt and Willard Quarries, near Sleeper. Then in 1978, he established Lebanon Ready Mix. Following his interest in racing, he founded the I-44 Speedway near Lebanon in 1982, and the U.S.A. Speedway near Bolivar in 1988.

Bill was a longtime active member of Sleeper United Methodist Church, where he was instrumental in the construction of the new church building.

He belonged to the NASCAR Association and the Missouri Limestone Association, and served on the Board of Directors of Central Bank for the last several years. He enjoyed being outdoors, was an avid birdwatcher, and liked dogs. He loved working on the farm and especially operating a grader. Racing was a major part of his life, and he enjoyed being a part of the action as well as watching. His family was very important to him and he greatly enjoyed his grandchildren.

Bill was a devoted family man, a dedicated and hardworking businessman, and a caring community leader. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and many, many friends.

A memorial has been established in honor of Mr. Willard for the Sleeper United Methodist Church and donations may be left at the funeral home, 320 S. Adams Avenue, Lebanon, Missouri, 65536.

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Services for Ada May Wilson, 54, of Route 5, Lebanon, were held November 18 in the Stoutland Christian Church with the Rev. Willis Smithpeter officiating.  Burial was in the Stoutland Cemetery, under the direction of Palmer-Pickering Funeral Home.

Music was by Gretchen Brown and Jeanette Pickering.  Selections were  Just A Closer Walk With Thee, In the Sweet By and By and Till We Meet Again.  Escorts were Ed Day, Will Bradley, Bert Darling, Kenneth Whitcomb, Gene Burgess and Junior Young.

Ada May, daughter of Clarence and Mary Westerfield Drake, was born July 16, 1924 in Niles, Michigan and died November 14 as a result of a car accident

On January 17, 1942 she was married to Ralph Wilson.  They moved to the Lebanon area in 1957 from Camden County.  She had been employed at B&D Truck Port as a cook for about 14 years.

She was a member of the Stoutland Christian Church. 

Survivors include her husband, Ralph; two sons, Henry Dale and William Lawrence, both of Lebanon; four daughters, Roberta Whitcomb of Austin, Texas, Donna Darling and Delores Burgess, both of Lebanon, and Elizabeth Wilson of Point Lookout; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Bethurem of Richland and Mrs. Catherine Wogatzke of the state of Michigan; two brothers, Arthur and Albert Drake, both of Spokane, Washington.  Also surviving is her mother-in-law, Mrs. Doris Wilson of Stoutland, and 13 grandchildren.

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Services for Dora Wilson, 84, Stoutland were held Aug. 1, at Stoutland Christian Church, with the Rev. Frank Loehr officiating. Music was provided by the Rev. Lindel Vawter.  Escorts were Bert Darling, Gene Burgess, Kenneth Whitcomb, Herbert Sadler, Junior and David Young.  Burial was in the Stoutland Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of Palmer-Pickering Funeral Home.

Dora, daughter of Wallace Wesley and Amanda Boyer Young, was born Jan. 1, 1901 near Panora, Iowa and died July 28, 1985 at the Pulaski County Hospital in Waynesville.

When a young girl her family moved to the Camden County area.  Here she met and married John Henry Wilson.  She helped her husband on their farm.  They moved to Dixon, living there until his death in February of 1953.  She worked in Richland until her retirement, moving to Stoutland 18 years ago.  She enjoyed crocheting and piecing quilts, having tried to make a quilt for each great-grandchild.

Having been baptized into Christ at an early age, she was a member of the Stoutland Christian Church.  She was preceded in death by three brothers and her husband.

Survivors include a son, Ralph of Route 5, Lebanon; and a daughter, Josephine Alexander, St. James; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Funeral services were held on Wednesday for James William Wilson, 73, who died Tuesday morning March 19, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Holman.  He had been seriously ill since November.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Honey Cemetery, east of Stoutland, where the body was laid by that of his wife 23 May of last year. 

He was born 30 Jan 1862 on a farm on Bear Creek.  He married Rebecca McComas forty-two years ago.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. Ida Cromer and Mrs. Letha Holman of Lebanon, Henry Wilson of Stoutland, and Mrs. Lillie Young, Camdenton, one brother, John Alfred Wilson, Stoutland and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Lyons of Stoutland, Mrs. Mollie Clark of Webb City and Mrs. Dora Shears of CA.

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Ralph Robert Wilson, son of John Henry and Dora Young Wilson, was born in Stoutland, Missouri on October 14, 1921, and departed this life June 16, 1998 at his home near Lebanon.

On January 17, 1942, Ralph was united in marriage with Ada May Drake, and to this union two sons, and four daughters were born, all surviving.  His wife Ada May passed away November 14, 1978.

Ralph entered the United States Army in 1942, and was Honorably Discharged on November 23, 1943.

Ralph was employed with the Frisco Railroad and later with Civil Service at Fort Leonard Wood, as an armored truck driver.

On August 17, 1947, Ralph professed his faith in Jesus Christ, was baptized and became a member of the Stoutland Christian Church under the ministry of Rev. Charles Davis.  He was also a member of the American Legion in Stoutland.

He is survived by two sons, Henry and Bill Wilson, both of Lebanon; four daughters, Donna Darling and Delores Burgess, both of Lebanon, Roberta Whitcomb of Austin, Texas and Elizabeth Wilson of Springfield, Missouri; one sister Josephine Alexander of St. James, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends. 

Ralph is also preceded in death by his parents and one great granddaughter, Jamie Sadler.

Stoutland Cemetery
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Lebanon Rustic, 14 June 1934

Mrs. Rebecca Wilson was born near Stoutland, MO on January 28, 1861.  She died May 22 at her home near Sleeper.  She was married to W J Wilson on May 21, 1890.

To the union eight children were born.  Three died in infancy.  She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. Ida Cromer near Lebanon, Mrs. Lillie Young of Camdenton, Mrs. Letha Wilson of the home address who is an invalid. She also leaves ten grandchildren and two brothers and one sister, Joe McCommis and Mrs. Elmon Lee of Stoutland and Marion McCommis of Texas County.

She was a loving wife and mother and kind neighbor.  She was loved by all who knew her.  She will be sadly missed in the home.  Burial was that the Honey Cemetery near Stoutland beside the children.

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Sidney Frederick Wilson, IV, son of Sidney F. “Pete” Wilson, III and Sherry Louise Wilson, was born August 4, 1981, in Lebanon, Missouri. He departed this life Thursday, May 12, 2005, from injuries received in an automobile accident, near Stoutland, Missouri, at the age of twenty-three years, nine months, and eight days.

On December 3, 1999, he was united in marriage to Deidre Watson, and to this union two sons were born.

Sidney is survived by his wife, Deidre, of Lebanon, Missouri; two sons, Sidney F. Wilson, V, and Benjamin Michael Wilson, both of Lebanon, Missouri; his parents, Sidney “Pete” and Sherry Wilson, of Stoutland, Missouri; a sister, Peggy McClure, of Stoutland, Missouri; a number of nieces and nephews; his maternal grandparents, Henry and Peggy Wilson, of Stoutland, Missouri; his paternal grandfather, Richard Wilson, of Port St. Lucie, Florida; his paternal grandmother, Fay Wilson, of Lynchburg, Virginia; his paternal great-grandmother, Adola Wilson, of Mason City, Iowa; as well as a host of other relatives and many friends.

He was raised in the Stoutland, Missouri area and attended Stoutland Schools. He worked in the construction business with his father for several years, and then drove a truck before taking his current job at Bear Trailer Company. He was very active in the Stoutland community and was particularly involved with the Stoutland Fire Department.

Sidney made his profession of faith in Christ on September 24, 1995, and was baptized on October 1, 1995.

He liked sports, especially basketball and baseball, and enjoyed listening to country music and dancing. He also liked cars of all kinds. He lived life to the fullest, was a bit of a rebel, and enjoyed being with people.

Sidney will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and many friends. We celebrate his life and all that he accomplished in his short lifetime and will treasure the memories he created for his family and friends.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2005, in the Holman-Howe Chapel. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near Sleeper, Missouri. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 - 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon, Missouri. A memorial has been established and contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Contributed by: Carrie Tuck {}


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