2005-2006 Obituaries , Ozark County Times, Gainesville, Missouri





Esther Gade, 1938-2005
nee Esther Steiner
Memorial services for Esther Gade, 67, of Theodosia, will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, at Theodosia United Methodist Church with Pastor Barry Fielder officiating. Mrs. Gade died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 4, 1938, in West Milton, Ohio, the daughter of Walter and Mary (Brown) Steiner. She married Norman Gade Dec. 18, 1988, in Dayton, Ohio. She was a member of the Theodosia United Methodist Church and had been an accountant at Miami Industries Steel Tube Co. Mrs. Gade is survived by three children, Scarlett Smith, Sam Helmick and Scott Helmick, all of Troy, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and four siblings, Doug Steiner of Michigan, Dick Steiner of Florida, Sonia Phillips of Wisconsin and Isis Dillon of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman on Nov. 3, 2005, and her parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, director. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Robert "Rob" Hobbs, 1976-2005
Staff Sgt. Robert C. "Rob" Hobbs, 29, died Nov. 3 in Germany when he was struck by a civilian car while tending to his disabled military vehicle on the roadside. Services were held Nov. 14 at Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles. He was the son of Linda Hobkirk of St. Charles and former Ozark County resident Gary Hobbs, who now lives in West Plains with his wife, Leadon. Rob had served in the U. S. Army for 11 years, two in the reserves and nine on active duty, including a 15-month tour in Iraq. He was a senior supply clerk. According to Nov. 15 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing an Army press release, "The accident occurred while he and a fellow soldier were fueling a truck on the side of the autobahn near Giessen." The Post-Dispatch quoted high school friend Brett Dunsford as saying that Hobbs "was setting out emergency markers when a truck driven by a civilian veered onto the shoulder and hit him. Manslaughter charges against the driver are pending in Germany. Dunsford told the Post-Dispatch Hobbs was "hand-picked for the mission to storm the Mosul palace of Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday Hussein. . . . During that tour, he survived an attack on his vehicle and was recognized with more than 10 meritorious service awards for his bravery, commitment and expertise." Rob was born April 23, 1976, in St. Charles. He was preceded in death by a half-brother, Stephen Hobkirk, and a grandfather, Robert Hobbs, who for many years worked in Ozark County for Continental Telephone. Survivors include his wife, Ann Hobbs, who will be returning from Germany to reside in California; a half-sister, Rebekah Hobkirk of St. Charles; a brother, Joseph Hobbs, of Wentzville; grandparents Nelda Skeele of St. Peters; Darrell and Linda Gregory of Newton, Kansas; and Bonnell Hobbs of West Plains; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Margaret Curtis, 1931-2005
nee Margaret Dial Funeral services for Margaret Ellen Dial Curtis, 74, of Gainesville, were held Nov. 15, 2005, at Mammoth Assembly of God. Burial was in Mammoth Cemetery. Mrs. Curtis died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. She was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Wood River, Ill., the daughter of Elmer and Helen Dial. She married Donald E. Curtis Oct. 7, 1950, in Cottage Hills, Ill. She and Mr. Curtis moved to Riverside, Calif., in 1966, where they resided until they retired and returned to Missouri in 1997, living in Gainesville. She attended the Mammoth Assembly of God, where she played the piano and organ for several years. Mrs. Curtis is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon R. and Ron E. Hollingsworth of Lee's Summit; one granddaughter, Cynthia L. Johnson of Cottonwood, Calif.; one brother, Elmer Dial and his wife, Shirley, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and two sisters, Ruth Staib of Highland Park, Ill., and Shirley B. Ringering of Bethalto, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her great-grandson, Caleb Johnson-Castleman; her parents; and one sister, Edna D. Martin of Bull Shoals, Ark. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Clifford Endicott, 1918-2005
Funeral services for Clifford Endicott, 87, of Tecumseh, were held Nov. 7, 2005, at Clear Springs General Baptist Church in Dawt. Mr. Endicott died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at St. John's Regional Healthcare in Springfield. He was born April 13, 1918, in Cureall, the son of Gaither and Neva (Anderson) Endicott. He married Adele Martin July 22, 1946, in Mountain Home, Ark. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the National Guard and U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor from 1940 to 1945. He was a member of the Clear Springs General Baptist Church. Mr. Endicott is survived by his wife, Adele; one daughter, Peggy Russell and her husband, Keith, of Prescott, Ariz.; one son, Sheridan Endicott and his wife, Marna, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two grandchilren, Kristopher Endicott and Shora Baker; four step-grandchildren, Michelle Pena, Debbie Bordner, Kent and Chris; two great-grandchildren, Callie Baker and Devin Endicott; 13 step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bonnie Cotter, and her husband, Darrell, of Gepp, Ark. He was preceded in death by two sons, Bruce and Brian; his parents; and one brother, Clendon Endicott. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Norman Gade, 1931-2005
Memorial services for Norman L. Gade, 74, of Theodosia, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Theodosia United Methodist Church with Rev. Barry Fielder officiating. Mr. Gade died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, at St. John's Regional Healthcare Center in Springfield. He was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Elmer and Velva (Ingram) Gade. He married Esther Louise Steiner Dec. 18, 1988, in Dayton, Ohio. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and a member of the Theodosia United Methodist Church. He was a supervisor for a steel tubing manufacturing company, where he worked 43 years before retiring in 1990. Mr. Gade is survived by two daughters, Pamela Seawick of Toledo, Ohio, and Sue Gade of Michigan; two sons, Anthony Gade and David Gade and his wife, Tina, all of Tipp City, Ohio; three step-children, Scott Helmick, Sam Helmick and Scarlett Smith, all of Troy, Ohio; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; two brothers, Don Gade and his wife, Rosie, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Dale Gade and his wife, Carolyn, of Bradford, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Wilda "Jean" Griffith, 1935-2005
nee Wilda "Jean" Harley
Funeral services for Wilda "Jean" Griffith, 69, were held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in the Thornfield Chapel with the Rev. Tom Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Thornfield Cemetery. Mrs. Griffith died Oct. 25, 2005. She was born Nov. 28, 1935, in Thornfield, the daughter of Helen (Haskins) Harley. She married Samuel "Max" Griffith May 7, 1955, at Lutie. She was a long-time secretary for Thornfield School until she retired to dairy farm with her husband. She was a loving wife, mother and Granny to her family. Her endearing love for her grandchildren and their love for her, gave them memories which they will always cherish. Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, reading and making mud pies with her grandkids. She was active in her church and community and enjoyed the company of her many friends and neighbors. She a member of Mt. Lebanon General Baptist Church in Foil where she served as secretary. She was also on the Thornfield Cemetery Board and a member of the Theodosia. Chapter of Eastern Star. Mrs. Griffith is survived by her daughter, Trish Moran and her husband, Kevin, of Wasola; four grandchildren, Sean, Shanan, Katherine and Connor; her mother, Helen Harley of Hartville; and two sisters, Ann Harley and Sue Hensley, both of Hartville; and a special extended Turner family, including Gay Strong, Judy Turner, Joe Turner, June Hicks, Leon Turner and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, in February 1997. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Lebanon General Baptist Church or the Thornfield Cemetery. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, directors. Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Jack Boyce 1926-2005
Private funeral services for Jack L. Boyce, 79, of Mexico, formerly of Theodosia, will be held at a later date. Mr. Boyce died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Pin Oaks Nursing Center in Mexico, where he had resided for the last two years. He was born Oct. 20, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Merrell Edward and Gladys (Noyes) Boyce. He married Mary Jane Richards June 30, 1950, in Kansas City. He was later married to Barbara Jean Trimble. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked in the advertising industry until 1970. He then began his career in education, teaching in both Connecticut and Georgia. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and was a member of the American Radio Relay League. Mr. Boyce is survived by one son, Rick Boyce and his wife, Suzanne, of Mexico; four daughters, Sue Kirmil and her husband, Brian, of Newtown, Conn., Wendy Pakera of New Milford, Conn., Mary Lynn Boyce of Moosup, Conn., and Linda Lindblom of Sandy Hook, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-sons; one step-daughter, Adrienne Pfrommer and her husband, John, of Thornfield, with whom he had lived for several years before moving to Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Lou A. Kimball 1941-2005
nee Lou A. Nash
Lou A. Kimball, 93, of Gainesville, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, Calif. Mrs. Kimball was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Earlimart, Calif., the daughter of Walter and Beulah (Wines) Nash. She married Kenneth Kimball in 1941, in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a homemaker and had lived in southern California until moving to Gainesville in 2001. Mrs. Kimball is survived by one son, Kenneth Walter Kimball of Santa Barbara, Calif.; one daughter, Marilyne Stansbury Forman of Gainesville; six grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Isabell Cuny of Anaheim, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1998; and her parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Iva E. Baker 1901-2006
nee Iva E. Neff
Funeral services for Iva E. Baker, 104, of Theodosia, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Pape Funeral Home in Danville, Ill., with Jr. Elmer Nelson of Tennessee officiating. Burial will be in Gundy Cemetery in Bismark, Ill. Mrs. Baker died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1901, in Vermilion County, Ill., the daughter of Eddie and Edna (White) Neff. She married V. Earl Baker Feb. 20, 1929, in Paris, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of Lakeland Southern Baptist Church in Theodosia. Mrs. Baker is survived by one daughter, Evelyn Nichols of Theodosia; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; four great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. Earl Baker; her parents; one daughter, V. Lucille Mock; one son, Raymond Baker; one great-granddaughter, Amber Drennan; four brothers, Lester Neff, Everett Neff, Roy Neff and DeDe Neff; and two sisters, Jessie Anderson and Mable Neff. Pallbearers will be Kevin Drennan, Mike Drennan, Tim Drennan, Paul Drennan, Shawn Drennan, Allan Drennan, Ray Baker and Paul Baker. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. Pickering Funeral Home, Mexico, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Floyd Williams 1928-2006
Funeral services for Floyd Ivan Williams, 77, of Theodosia, were held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Denny Freeze officiating. Burial was in Lutie Cemetery. Mr. Williams died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 24, 1928, in Beaver City, Neb., the son of Earl Edmond and Verna M. (Mosher) Williams. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He grew up in the Hendley, Neb., area. Mr. Williams was a master carpenter and farmer for many years in the Cabool area before working as a millwright for Caterpillar Tractor Company of East Peoria, Ill. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church of Canton, Ill., where he served as a deacon and chairman of trustees. He taught adult Sunday School classes for several years before retiring to Bull Shoals Lake in the Theodosia area in the mid-1980s. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred; grandson, Uriah "Bud" Williams, of the home; six sons, Wayne Williams and his wife, Diane, Robin Williams and his wife, Sheila, all of Theodosia, Dwayne Williams and his wife, Linda, of Longs, S.C., Warren Williams of Lilburn, Ga., Kim Williams and his wife, Debbie, of Union, and LonDell Williams and his wife, Susan, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; two daughters, Sheryl Schofield and her husband, Loren, of Theodosia, and Pamela Hebb of Canton, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Verna Williams; two brothers; five sisters; and one grandson. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Amy Vreeland 1924-2006
nee Amy Ratha Sanders
Funeral services for Amy Ratha (Sanders) Vreeland, 81, of Racine, Wis., will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial will be in Sims Cemetery in Gainesville. Mrs. Vreeland died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, after battling ovarian cancer. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Ava, the daughter of Frank and Macie (Powers) Sanders. She retired from Sears after 35 years. She was a member of Lincoln Lutheran Harmony Club and a past president of the Ladies Elks in California. Mrs. Vreeland is survived by two daughters, Debbie Rapoza and her husband, Bruce, of Racine, Wis., and Patricia A. Campbell of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren, Karl Rapoza, Mike Sanders, Daina Bravo and her husband, Jose, Gary Rapoza and John Campbell and his wife, Michelle; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Sanders and Murl Sanders and his wife, Pat; one sister, Verna Mae Moses; sister-in-law, Georgie Sanders; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Troy Sanders. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Barbara Price 1928-2006
nee Barbara Pfieffer
A private family memorial service for Barbara Price, 77, of Caulfield, will be held at a later date. Mrs. Price died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006. She was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of Glen Hays and Genevie (Hupp) Pfieffer. She married Frank William Hohlweg in 1945. The couple was married 32 years. In 1991, she married Dr. Robert Price in LaMesa, Calif. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Price is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Price of Lemon Grove, Calif.; one daughter, Susan Hohlweg of Fort Scott, Kan.; two sons, Michael Hohlweg of Caulfield and Scott Kevin Hohlweg of Montana; six grandchildren; and three sisters, Lynn Thomas of Wyoming, Gloria Stevens of Tucson, Ariz., and Diana Pfieffer of Las Vegas, Nev. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Effie D. Watkins 1928-2006
nee Effie D. Hill
Funeral services for Elfie D. Watkins, 77, were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Needmore Church of God in Dora with Pastor Betty Stanley officiating. Burial was in Ball Cemetery. Mrs. Watkins died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006. She was born April 13, 1928, in Gainesville, the daughter of John and Eva (Hambelton) Hill. She married Murl Watkins Nov. 4, 1949, in Mountain Home, Ark. She had been employed as a cook at Dora School and had worked at Marathon Electric. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Needmore Church of God in Dora. Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband, Murl; two children, Linda Lee and her husband, Ed, and Joe Watkins and friend, Connie, all of Dora; six grandchildren, Ginny Christian and her husband, Jeff, Jenice Loftis and her husband, Brad, Mike Watkins and his wife, Christina, Whitney Jo Watkins, Anthony Joliff and Josh Joliff; four great-grandchildren, Jacinda Loftis, Makinna Loftis, Dora Watkins and Evan Loftis; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Burnie and Jeneva Watkins of Dora; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Julie; two brothers; and four sisters. Pallbearers were Jeff Christian, Brad Loftis, Josh Joliff, Ron Freeman, Terry Luna and Phillip Smith. Memorials may be made to Ball Cemetery. Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Ione B. Berglund 1915-2006
nee Ione B. Howland
Ione B. Berglund, 90, of Isabella, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Gainesville Health Care Center. Mrs. Berglund was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Chester Steven and Besse Ada (Skinner) Howland. She married Tyrus Gustave Berglund Jan. 7, 1940, in Joliet, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of the Theodosia United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. Mrs. Berglund is survived by two daughters, Nancy Andrews of Nixa and Lois Sheppard of St. Louis; four grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Roy Howland of Joliet, Ill.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Rita Kay and their three sons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tyrus; her parents; one great-granddaughter, Paige Nichole Andrews; and one brother, Merville Howland. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Opal Burks 1929-2006
nee Opal Tabor
Funeral services for Opal Burks, 76, were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Pastor Gale Wooten officiating. Burial was in Hart Cemetery. Mrs. Burks died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born in Marion County, Ark., the daughter of Leige and Nellie (Beasley) Tabor. She married Truman Burks Oct. 21, 1955, in Holly Springs, Miss. She was a lifelong resident of the Ozarks and a member of the Mammoth Assembly of God. Mrs. Burks is survived by two daughters, Eva Walrath of Gainesville and Debbie Wages of Monticello, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Imogene Pace of Isabella. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman; her parents; one son, James Burks; four brothers; and three sisters. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Hartwill Lee Langston 1904-2006
Funeral services for Hartwell Lee Langston, 101, formerly of Howell County, were held Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Rose Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Burial was in Clear Springs Cemetery. Mr. Langston died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, after a brief stay at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill. Until recently he had been a resident of Independence. He was born Sept. 1, 1904, near Tecumseh, the son of Jesse Allen and Mary (Small) Langston. He married Pearl Frazier Oct. 29, 1932, at Elijah. When he finished eighth grade, he qualified to teach elementary school. He graduated from high school while teaching in the rural schools of Ozark County. He attended Drury College in Springfield and taught for a total of 24 years in the rural schools of Ozark and Howell counties. He was a social worker during the 1930s, worked in defense plants during World War II and was a farmer. He was a member of the Bayou Masonic Lodge No. 365 AF & AM in Bakersfield for more than 50 years and served two years as Worshipful Master. He was past president of the Howell County Retired Teachers Association. Mr. Langston was an active member of the Davis Creek Congregational Methodist Church, serving as Sunday school superintendent and Bible teacher. In 2001, he and his wife sold their home in Howell County and moved to Independence to live with their daughter. Mr. Langston is survived by his daughter, Donna Langston Milstead of Independence; two granddaughters, Diana Rahm and her husband, Charlie, of Columbia, and Denise Milstead and her husband, Nathan York, of Liberty; four great-grandchildren, Erich and Monika Rahm and Erin and Bryan Prout; one son-in-law, Kenneth West; and nine first cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, on Feb. 28, 2002; an infant son; a daughter, Ann Langston West; and his parents. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, directors.January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Elizabeth Osborn 1916-2006
Funeral services for Helen Elizabeth Osborn, 89, of Gainesville, were Monday, Jan. 23 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Halbert Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas, next to her husband. Mrs. Osborn died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Gainesville Health Care Center. She was born June 2, 1916. She was married to Clarence "Sarge" Osborn, who died Oct. 13, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas. She was a member of the Gainesville Church of Christ. She moved to the Health Care Center in August 2004, where she participated in various activities, including the Red Hat Club. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Rosa Ruth Enloe 1935-2006
nee Rosa Ruth Morgan Funeral services for Rosa Ruth Enloe, 87, of Ozark, were Monday, Jan. 23 at the Souder Church of Christ. Burial was in the Souder Cemetery. Mrs. Enloe died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at North Park Village in Ozark. She was born April 2, 1918, at Almartha, the daughter of Clarence E. and Rosa (Benett) Morgan. She married Woodrow Enloe April 23, 1935. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Souder, the Gainesville Order of the Eastern Star and the Wasola Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Mrs. Enloe and her husband ran the Noble store where she was postmaster for 30 years. She also helped her husband on the family farm for more than 35 years. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting with her family and friends. Mrs. Enloe is survived by two daughters, Alline Hicks and her husband, Norman, of Ozark and Karen Enloe Mattieson of St. Charles; one son, Jerry Enloe and his wife, Patti, of Springfield; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one half-brother, C.J. Morgan of Ava; one brother-in-law, Eldred, and his wife, Audrey, of St. Charles; three sisters-in- law, Alice Menown of California, Cosby Hill of Buffalo and Nina Lewis and her husband, Paul, of Freemont Hills; and many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow; her parents; one son, Woody Enloe; and one granddaughter, Kelly Enloe. Memorials can be made to the Fairhaven Children's Home in Strafford or the Souder Cemetery. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Joe L. Ebrite 1929-2006
Joe L. Ebrite, 76, of Gainesville died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, while a patient in Cox South Hospital in Springfield, with his wife and children at his side. Born Dec. 25, 1929, in his grandparents' home in Gainesville, Joe was the son and only child of the late Leonard and Fay Bushong Ebrite, and was the descendant of several Ozark County pioneer families. He was the grandson of Earle W. Ebrite, longtime editor of the Ozark County Times. In 1951 Joe was married to Bonnie Ruth Kirkpatrick, who survives of the home. They are the parents of Janet and Stan Taber of Wasola; Greg Ebrite of Gainesville; and Joe Kim and DeAnn Ebrite of Jefferson City. Joe was Grandpa to Matthew Taber, Sarah and Sam Knopik, Susannah and Derek Alms, Coleman Ebrite, Jessica Ebrite, Kyle Ebrite and Lindsey and Jason Housand, as well as step-grandson Jared Hayes, six great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. He is also survived by Bonnie's mother, Iola Kirkpatrick, of Gainesville. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Marvin Kirkpatrick. Joe graduated from Jefferson City High School while his father held a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. He began his higher education at Jefferson City Junior College, studied for a year at Pasadena (CA) City College, and then graduated from Southwest Missouri State College in 1951 with a degree in speech correction. He taught for nine years in the Willard, West Plains and Gainesville school systems; he also was an assistant basketball coach and enjoyed officiating high school basketball games throughout south-central Missouri for many years, long after his teaching career was over. In 1959 Joe went to work for Standard Oil Company, first as a dealer-jobber and later as a territorial sales representative. He and Bonnie moved from Gainesville to St. Louis in 1976, when his position with Amoco, as it became known, expanded. He retired from Amoco in 1989 after 30 years of service. At that time, Joe and Bonnie returned to their hometown, where he then enjoyed his favorite hobby, raising beef cattle on a farm once owned by his grandfather. The couple also enjoyed many trips around the United States, often traveling in their motor home or with their fifth-wheel travel trailer. They were "snow birds" for several years, wintering in Tucson and Mesa, Ariz. Joe was a member of the Gainesville Church of Christ since childhood. He was a 50-year member of the Gainesville Lions Club, as well as a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. In addition, he was a longtime member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield. He served as mayor of Gainesville from 1962 to 1966. A celebration of the life of Joe Ebrite was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. The family received friends at the chapel prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m. Burial followed at Smith Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family would appreciate memorials to the American Lung Association, Fair Haven Children's Home, or Smith Chapel Cemetery. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Verne Donovan Cubbage 1938-2006
Funeral services for Verne Donovan Cubbage, 67, of Hollister, formerly of Ozark County, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home in Corning, Iowa. Burial will be in the Strand Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Ourcq Post No. 117 of the Corning American Legion. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 12 in the Faith Lutheran Church in Branson. Mr. Cubbage died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, in St. Louis, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was born April 1, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of G. O. and Carmen (Conery) Cubbage. He married Verla Mosman April 2, 1961. He graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1957. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960. Mr. Cubbage worked for Rock Island Railroad Company from 1960 to 1966. He then worked as a deputy bailiff for the City of Des Moines from 1967 to 1973. In January 1973, he along with wife and children purchased Spring Creek Resort in Isabella and operated the resort until 1987. Verne's final career was as a self-employed commercial printing salesman from 1987 to 2003. In 2003, he retired and he and his wife moved to Hollister. He always put his family and friends first and loved attending his children's and grandchildren's activities. He especially enjoyed driving the school bus to take students to special events around the Midwest. His greatest pastime was fishing when he wasn't hard at work. Mr. Cubbage is survived by his wife, Verla; one daughter, Jennifer Camacho and her husband, Steve, of Nixa; one son, Jerry Cubbage and his wife, Julie, of Wildwood; one grandson, Jake Camacho; two step-grandchildren, Jordan and Mike Camacho; four sisters; two brothers; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Verle and Helen Mosman; two nephews; one niece; and one sister-in-law. Memorials can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 51 Locust Ave., Suite 201, New Canaan, CT 06840 or online at www.mutliplemyeloma.org or by phone (203) 972- 1250, or the Overflowing Hearts Fund at Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone, Branson, MO 65616. Messages of tribute to the Cubbage family can be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home, Corning, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


George William Mathy 1914-2006
George William Mathy, 91, of Gainesville, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at Gainesville Health Care Center. Mr. Mathy was born June 26, 1914, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Joseph and Sophia Mathy. He married Calla Carter June 3, 1969, in Miami, Okla. He was a construction carpenter. Mr. Mathy is survived by his wife, Calla; two step-children, Raydene Leser and Doug Lindsay, both of Ava; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.


Stoney Bob Pride 1941-2006
Funeral services for Stoney Bob Pride, 64, of Forsyth, were Sunday, Jan. 29 at the White River Association Building in Taneyville. Burial was in the Edley Cemetery at Rueter. Mr. Pride died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He was born Dec. 9, 1941, in Hanford, Calif., the son of Carmel and Orpha (Brewer) Pride. He married his wife Katherine in February 1973. He was a lifetime resident of Taney County after his family moved to the area just after his birth. He was an active member of the community, serving as chairman of the Taney County Planning and Zoning Commission and president of the Taney County Riding Club for many years. He was also a member of the Branson Msonic Lodge #587, 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin and Abou Ben Adham Temple in Springfield. He was a member of the Fairview Church at Reuter and was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service from 1962 until the time of his death. Mr. Pride is survived by his wife, Katherine; one son, Carl Pride and his wife, Rebecca, of Forsyth; one granddaughter, Abigail of Forsyth; and one sister, Bernice Ashton of Kirbyville. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Ricky Pride and Argust Pride. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association of the American Cancer Society. Whelchel Funeral Chapels, Forsyth, directors. January 2006 Obituary from Ozark County Times.


Archie Vernon Hackler 1927-2006
Memorial services for Archie Vernon Hackler, 78, of Tacoma, Wash., will be held at a later date. Burial was in Firlane Cemetery in Spanaway, Wash. Mr. Hackler died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, in Chandler, Ariz. He was born Nov. 22, 1927, at his grandmother Mary Mahan's home near old Theodosia, the fourth child of Melburn and Bessie (Mahan) Hackler. His father was killed in a hunting accident in June 1927. For the past 48 years, he and his wife, Ericka, had lived in Tacoma, Wash., where he was a real estate broker until retiring in 1976. He was a veteran of the U.S. Military, having served for 20 years in Europe and Vietnam. Mr. Hackler was a member of the Life Center Church in Tacoma, Wash., and worked for several years in the Life Center Church street ministries. He loved his family and was known for his generosity and sense of humor. He enjoyed reading his morning scriptures, traveling with his wife, golfing with his brothers and friends and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed coming back to Ozark County for Hootin an Hollarin and seeing family and friends. He had already made plans to come this year for the festival. Mr. Hackler is survived by his wife, Ericka, of 53 years; one daughter, Debra McGaffin; two grandsons, Johnathan Gummeringer and Nickolas Hackler, both of Tacoma, Wash.; four granddaughters, Carlee Gummeringer of Las Vegas, Nev., Aja Hackler, Gretchin Hackler and Heidi Hackler.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Ilene May Harper 1907-2006
nee Ilene May Bragg
Funeral services for Ilene Mae Harper, 98, of Ozark County, were Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Jeff Corder officiating. Burial was in Price Place Cemetery. Mrs. Harper died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born May 7, 1907, in Novinger, the daughter of Everett P. and Mary Maude (May) Bragg. She married Hoyt W. Atkins, and later in life, she married George Harper. She attended Price Place Church. She had resided in Ozark County for the last 38 years. She was a retired secretary with Inland Steel Company in Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Harper is survived by her step-daughter-in-law, Barbara Harper of Dwight, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hoyt and George; her parents; and step-son, David Harper. Memorials may be made to Price Place Cemetery. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Clell Larkin Jackson 1925-2006
Funeral services for Clell Larkin Jackson, 80, of Ava, were held Monday, Feb. 6 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava with Rev. Marvin Graham officiating. Burial was in the Thornfield Cemetery. Mr. Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. He was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Hammond, the son of Roy and Ollie Harrison (Welch) Jackson. He married Hellen Wilkerson June 24, 1972, in Theodosia. She died in 1984. He married Reba Bradshaw March 11, 1985, in Ava. She died in 2004. He was a life long resident of the area. He graduated from Thornfield High School in 1943. He was self employed, owning and operating a dozer business and ranch. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Hilltop Victory Chapel at Thornfield. He participated in the building of Hilltop Victory Chapel and played the guitar for the church. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed watching the birds with Reba. He adored his family. Mr. Jackson is survived by one daughter, Patty McDowell and her husband, Glen, of Ava; grandchildren, Shanna McDowell, Glen McDowell and Elijah McDowell, all of Ava; one great- grandson, Anthony McDowell of Ava; his mother-in-law, Florence Rantz of Ava; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wives, Hellen in 1985, and Reba in 2004; and his parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Merl D. Freeman 1926-2006
Funeral services for Merl D. Freeman, 79, of Zion, Ill., were held Monday, Feb. 6, at the Congdon Funeral Home in Zion, with Pastor Dennis Corley of Northpoint Community Church of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in Zion. Mr. Freeman died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Rolling Hills Manor Nursing Home in Zion. He was born April 12, 1926, in Ozark County, the son of Fred and Liddie Freeman. He married his wife Hazel Nov. 29, 1946, in Baxter County, Ark. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II with the Third Army in the European Theater. Following his Army service he and his wife moved to Zion, Ill. In 1978, Mr. Freeman retired as a plant superintendent from American Motors in Kenosha, Ill., after working there 30 years. He was an avid trap shooter and a life-member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, the Northbrook Gun Club, the Bristol, Wis., Gun Club and the Illini Indian Trap Shooting Association. Mr. Freeman is survived by one son, Douglas Freeman and his wife, Pam, of Zion, Ill.; one daughter, Pamela McGinnis of Parrish, Fla.; two grandchildren, Reggie Freeman of Beach Park, Ill., and Patrick Kerr and his wife, Carrie-Ann, of Neshanic Station, N.J.; two great- grandchildren, Simon Freeman and Jacob Kerr; and four sisters, Doris Thornton of Dora, Lola Newton of Gainesville, and Farol Routh and Monna Farmer, both of West Plains. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, in 1992; his parents; one brother, Verl Freeman; and two sisters, Flo Sanders and Dorothy Stephens. Congdon and Company Funeral Directors, Zion, Ill., directors
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Irene D. Hobrik 1936-2006
nee Irene Duggan
Irene D. Hobirk, 69, of Wasola, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Mrs. Hobirk was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Tredegar, South Wales, the daughter of William John and Martha (Wheeler) Duggan. She married Richard Hobirk July 3, 1965, in Amersham, England. She was a registered nurse. Mrs. Hobirk is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, LeAnne Jane LaBrier and Christine Anderson, both of Wasola; one grandchild; and three siblings, John Duggan, Phillip Duggan and Janita Hunt, all of South Wales. She was preceded in death by her parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Alice M. Bayless 1918-2006
nee Alice Rose
Graveside services for Alice M. Bayless, 87, were held Feb. 1 at Sims Cemetery with Rev. Gale Wooten officiating. Mrs. Bayless died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Hospice Center in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born May 19, 1918, in Gainesville, the daughter of Roy and Esther (Blisard) Rose. She worked at Johnson's Store in Gainesville for more than 40 years. She attended the Mammoth Church. Mrs. Bayless is survived by one son, Richard; one brother, Bill Ed Rose and his wife, Colene; one granddaughter, Kimberly Haynes and her husband, Pat; one great-grandson, Tucker; one daughter-in-law, Nadine Terry; nephew, Paul Rose; and many more nieces, nephews and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her parents; one son, William Lee Terry; and special niece Carma (Rose) McGee. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Ree Gray 1923-2006
nee Ree Morrison
Funeral services for Ree Gray, 82, of Overland Park, Kan., and Lake City, Colo., were held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Muehlebach Funeral Home in Kansas City. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City. Mrs. Gray died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. She was born Sept. 2, 1923, the daughter of Aaron P. and Alpha B. Morrison. She was married to Howard J. Gray for 43 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ since an early age. She was the first cashier at the Charlmont Cafeteria, where she and her husband met. She later retired from Montgomery Wards. She enjoyed her family and spending holidays and Colorado vacations with her family. Mrs. Gray is survived by her children; Paul Gray, Barbara Call, Bob Hathcock, Hadley Hathcock and Marcella Shafar; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Windsor V. Morrison and two sisters, Classie Shanks and Fona Isom, all of the Springfield area. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; seven brothers; and two grandchildren. Muehlebach Funeral Home, Kansas City, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Jimmy Merriman 1948-2006
Funeral services for Jimmy Merriman, 57, of Theodosia, were held Feb. 15 at Dugginsville Church with Lynn Jennings officiating. Burial was in Hart Cemetery. Mr. Merriman died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was born June 12, 1948, in Dugginsville, the son of George William and Betty (Hillhouse) Merriman. He married Ann Risley Aug. 16, 1967, in Theodosia. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Merriman is survived by his wife, Ann; his mother, Betty; three children, Shaine Merriman, Donnie Merriman and Angela Lansdown, all of Theodosia; six grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Merriman of Pontiac, Boyd Merriman of Branson and Robert Merriman of Gainesville; and one sister, Ethel Merriman of Kirbyville. He was preceded in death by his father. Pallbearers were Stanley Merriman, Boyd Merriman, Robert Merriman, Doug Lansdown, Dennis Wyman and David Bauer. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Aline Clayton 1924-2006
nee Aline Mahan
Funeral services for Aline Clayton, 81, formerly of Ozark County, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville, with Pastor Raymond Haden and Pastor Jim Hillhouse officiating. Burial will be in Hicks Cemetery. Mrs. Clayton died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Ravenwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo, Iowa, due to complications of alzheimers. She was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Theodosia, the daughter of Callie and Myrtle (Brown) Mahan. She married Roland Clayton in May 1940 in Ozark County. She was a homemaker and enjoyed doing yard work, working in her flower gardens, and being with her neighbors, friends and family. Mrs. Clayton is survived by two sons, Howard L. Clayton and his wife, Mae, and Harold D. Clayton, all of Waterloo, Iowa; one granddaughter, Christine and Jeff Budensick Dunlap of Waterloo; two grandsons, Bruce Clayton and his wife, Kellie, of Waterloo, and Arlin Clayton and his wife, Laurie, of Evansdale, Iowa; four step-grandsons, Andy Anderson of Vero Beach, Fla., Steve Anderson of Waterloo, and Jordan Dunlap and Clayton Kittelson; three great- grandchildren, Bryant Budensick, Kaley Clayton and Kyle Clayton; one brother, Bill Mahan and his wife, Juanita, of Theodosia; and two sisters, Beaulah Mashburn of Theodosia and Jean Hillhouse and her husband, Ray, of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland, in 1974, and her parents. Pallbearers will be Bruce Clayton, Arlin Clayton, Christine Budensick Dunlap, Bryant Budensick, Kyle Clayton and Kaley Clayton. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Hillhouse, Leroy Clayton, Estel Robirds, Larry Hampton, Hershel Myers and Dale Cutbirth. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Valley Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service, Waterloo, Iowa, directors. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, local directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Tony Don Sullivan 1917-2006
Funeral services for Tony Don Sullivan, 88, of Branson, will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson, with Rev. Bobby Fausett officiating. Burial will be in Lutie Cemetery with military rites provided by the Korean War Veterans Association, Harry S. Truman, Chapter #5. Visitation is from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home. Mr. Sullivan died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Skaggs Community Health Care Center in Branson. He was born July 5, 1917, in Gainesville, the son of Albert and Lenna (Fulton) Sullivan. He married Leora Wilma Morey in 1947, in Kansas City. After her death in 1990, he married Bonnie McDowell in 1995. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II, serving in England. He was a professional entertainer and radio personality and worked for a time on an English speaking radio station in France just prior to World War II. He worked primarily on WHB and KMBZ radio stations in Kansas City from the 1940s to the 1970s. Before moving to Kansas City, he worked at KWTO Radio in Springfield and WHN Radio in New York City. Mr. Sullivan began his musical career at 16, playing music for a square dance at the old Fred Flax place. After leaving Gainesville, he traveled to New York City and played country and western music for a radio station. He went to Hollywood in the 1930s where he was in the Red Skelton film "Lady Be Good." He was also in movies with Hopalong Cassidy, Tim McCoy, William Holden, Tex Ritter and others. He wrote many songs including "Whipporwill Time in the Ozarks" and "Give Thanks." He served as master of cermonies for Hootin an Hollarin for many years. Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Bonnie; three children, Lenna Radde of Marietta, Okla., Morey Sullivan of Topeka, Kan., and Tim Sullivan of Overland Park, Kan.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Sullivan, John Sullivan and Stephanie Sullivan; two brothers, Norman Sullivan of Grandview and Bob Sullivan of Gainesville; three step-children; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leora, in 1990; his parents; and five sisters. Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Harlin Wayne Hillhouse 1952-2006
Funeral services for Harlin Wayne Hillhouse, 53, of Theodosia, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Dugginsville Community Church with Rev. Lynn Jennings officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral. Burial will be in the Hart Cemetery. Mr. Hillhouse died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, in a one-car accident on Thunder Road near Protem. He was born May 5, 1952, at Gainesville, the son of Harlin and Fern (Ingram) Hillhouse. He was a 1970 graduate of Gainesville High School and was a self-employed small engine repairman. Mr. Hillhouse is survived by his mother, Fern, of Theodosia; and his grandmother, Johnie Ingram of Gainesville. He was preceded in death by his father, Harlin, in 1996. Greenlawn Funeral Home, Branson, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Sarah M. Wham 1913-2006
nee Sarah Morrison
Sarah M. Wham, 93, of Pontiac, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Gainesville Medical Clinic. Mrs. Wham was born Jan. 15, 1913, in Franklin, Idaho, the daughter of James P. and Rae (Perkins) Morrison. She married Raymond Lawrence Wham May 15, 1931, in Montana. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Wham is survived by one son, Tom Wham of Mountain Home, Ark.; one daughter, Kathryn Atkinson of Gainesville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Hoagland of Hammett, Idaho; and one brother, James Morrison of Grandview,Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and her parents. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Delmar Gene Loftis 1938-2006
Funeral services for Delmar Gene Loftis, 68, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Bro. Ron Pinckney officiating and a special message from life- long friend, Bro. Tom Delp. Visitation will be Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Delmar died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was born Feb. 2, 1938, at Romance, the son of Charlie and Rena (Welch) Loftis. He married Lorene Coffey April 25, 1961, in Ava. Delmar is survived by his wife, Lorene; two daughters, Norene Prososki and her husband, Tim, and Tammie Mahan and her husband, Ron, all of Pontiac; four grandchildren, Amanda Loftis and Jessica Prososki, both of Pontiac, Johnathan Prososki of Little Rock, Ark., and Jennifer Yarger and her husband, Zack, of Escondido, Calif.; two brothers, Kenneth Loftis of Ozark and Marlin Loftis of Oldfield; and one sister, Freda Lane of Thornfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Delbert, and brother, Clifford. Delmar was a sales manager for Interstate Brands Corporation for 32 years before he and Lorene retired and moved to Pontiac in 1989. He was a deacon at Frontier General Baptist Church. Delmar loved music and played mandolin and sang at churches around the area. Delmar's family would appreciate memorials to the Hospice House of the Ozarks or Pontiac Cemetery.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Danekka Hailey Rae Dobbs 2000-2006
Funeral services for Danekka Hailey Rae Dobbs, 5, were held Wednesday, March 1, at the Craig- Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Fred Hamby officiating. Danekka died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She was born June 1, 2000, in West Plains, the daughter of Joseph Wade Dobbs and Elizabeth Ann Bradshaw. She attended kindergarten at Dora Elementary School. She enjoyed playing with her many friends, jumping on the trampoline, coloring and watching "Shrek." She also enjoyed playing with her step-uncle Shane Willhite who was teaching her "karate," and she was learning how to skate. She enjoyed playing at home with her little sister, Mickail, her best friend, Emma, and her new step-brother, Cody Crawford, who loved her as a sister. She liked to wrestle with her mom's boyfriend, Frank Crawford. She was full of life and never met a stranger. Danekka is survived by her father, Joseph Wade Dobbs; her mother, Elizabeth Ann Bradshaw; her sister, Mickail Ann Renay Dobbs; her maternal grandfather, Johnny Bradshaw and his fiance, Vicki Willhite; her uncle and aunt, Windle and Katie Tetrick; maternal great-grandmother, May Bradshaw; great-grandparents, Gene and Francis Ice; paternal grandparents, Glain "Dude" and Kathryn Dobbs; her aunts, uncles and cousins, Amanda, Devon and Jordan Massey, Kella Dobbs, Ethan Dobbs, Charity Dobbs, Ronald, Kari, Dylan and Brianna Leroy, Sandra and Aaron White, Kenneth, Misty, Amber, Kelsie and Kendra Dobbs; her best friend, Emma Berry; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Tina Bradshaw; her maternal great-grandfather, Donald Bradshaw; and her uncle, Daniel Bradshaw. Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home, Mountain Grove, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


James Phillip Owens 1938-2006
Funeral services for James Phillip Owens, 67, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Mr. Owens died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, from a blood clot in his lung. He was born Feb. 27, 1938. He moved with his family from San Diego, Calif., to Gainesville in 1982, when he purchased Miller's Store. He owned and operated the store from 1982 until 2002. Mr. Owens is survived by two sons, Brad Owens and Brent Owens, both of Kansas City, Kan.; one daughter, Jennifer Easley of Topeka, Kan.; and six grandchildren, Brandon, Grant, Spencer, Zachery, Cloe and Maddison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, in 2002. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Thomas A. Coy 1919-2006
A Celebration of Life for Thomas A. Coy, 86, of Maryville, was held Tuesday, March 7 at the Danfelt Funeral Home in Maryville with the Rev. Paul McKim officiating. He was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Maryville with military honors. Mr. Coy died Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Maryville. He was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Gainesville, the son of Francis Marion and Edna Arizona (Laupurn) Coy. He married Helen Fern (Landers) Coy Feb. 4, 1946, in Kansas City. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was employed at Maryville Typewriter Exchange for more than 33 years. He was a member of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100 and the VFW. Mr. Coy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen; three children, Gary F. Coy and his wife, Latkana, of St. Joseph, Thomas Glenn Coy of Maryville and Janet L. Coy and her husband, Russ Bourquein, of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Memorials can be made to SSM Hospice of NW Missouri. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.danfeltfuneralhome.com.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Opal Marie Uhlmann 1915-2006
nee Opal Marie Hubbard
Graveside services for Opal Marie Uhlmann, 90, of Gainesville, will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 9 at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in West Plains. Mrs. Uhlmann died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Gainesville Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Princeton, the daughter of Kelsey and Mattie Snider Hubbard. She married Arno Uhlmann Sept. 1, 1954, at Flint, Mich. She was a member of the Trinity Worship Center in West Plains. Mrs. Uhlmann is survived by one brother, Arthur Hubbard and his wife, Ada, of Anderson, Calif.; two sisters, Edith Hollingshad and her husband, Joe, of Dora, and Ruth McClary of Redding, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Margie Hubbard of Anderson, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arno, on Aug. 12, 1987; her parents; one sister, Geneve Duncan; and one brother, Jackson Hubbard. Memorials can be made to a charity of choice and can be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Vada Herd 1920-2006
nee Vada Cole
Funeral services for Vada Herd, 85, of Topeka, Kan., were held Wednesday, March 15 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial was in Lutie Cemetery Mrs. Herd died March 11, 2006, at Hickory Point Nursing Center in Oskaloosa, Kan. She was born June 16, 1920, in Ocie, the daughter of Claude and Flossie (Hampton) Cole. She married Fred Herd July 1, 1939, in Ocie. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Herd is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Bobby Herd of McClouth, Kan., and Don Herd of Lexington, N.C.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Billy Cole of Kirbyville; and one sister, Nina Stehle of Theodosia. She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Dean Herd; her parents; and two sisters, Alma Rhoads and Ama Cole. Pallbearers were Greg Herd, Keith Herd, Don Herd, Bobby Herd, Mitch Herd and Arthur Stehle. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Cole, Rocky Stehle, Richard Stehle, Wendel Tabor, Billy Joe Herd and Bobby Gene Herd. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Larry Dean "Mac" Hampton 1938-2006
Funeral services for Larry Dean "Mac" Hampton, 68, were held Tuesday, March 28 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Lynn Jennings and Jerry Ratterree officiating. Burial was in Lutie Cemetery. Mr. Hampton died March 25, 2006. He was born Feb. 22, 1938, the son of Monroe and Eulah (Friend) Hampton. He was a Christian for many years. He owned and operated Hampton Feed Mill. After retiring, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona. He enjoyed antiques and many other hobbies. Mr. Hampton is survived by his wife, Peggy; one daughter, Rhonda Bell and her husband, Duane, of Bull Shoals, Ark.; three sons, Brad Hampton and his wife, Atonya, of Ava, Tom Cantrell and his wife, Maria, of Theodosia, and Tim Cantrell and his wife, Melissa, of Graff; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Joy Cutbirth and her husband, Dale, of Theodosia, and Judy Merrell and her husband, Robby, of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jodee Cannon; and one brother, William "Pete" Hampton. Pallbearers were Brad Hampton, Hershel Myers, Jeff Terry, David Hambelton, Jim Clayton and Dale Schofield. Honorary pallbearers were John Swearengin, Jerry Lyons, Artie Stehle, Kermit Schofield and Don Bias. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Vilas Smith 1933-2006
Funeral services for Vilas Smith, 73, of Ava, were held Wednesday, March 29 at Gainesville Church of Christ with Brad Smith and Halbert Smith officiating. Burial was in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Smith died March 26, 2006, at his home. He was born March 26, 1933, in Ozark County, the son of Sigel and Carrie Evelyn (Newton) Smith. He married Wanda Blackburn Oct. 27, 1956, at Tecumseh. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War. He was also owner and meat broker of V and W Brokerage. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Wanda; two children, Tracy Smith and Rhonda Flood, both of Independence; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 11 brothers and sisters, Mike Smith of Zanoni, Floyd Smith of Ava, Floy Tucker of Rockford, Ill., Dave Smith of Wichita, Kan., Frank Smith of Independence, Bonnie Luna of Gainesville, Blanch Sukow of Springfield, Norene Loftis of Hardenville, Nancy Kelley of Dora, Bernice Ziegler of Wichita, Kan., and Rosell Howard of Belton. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers,Joe Smith and Obie Smith. Pallbearers were Richard Blackburn, Rick Blackburn, Doug Blackburn, Casey Flood, Wade Smith, Rick Smith and Dan Flood. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Smith, Floyd Smith, Dave Smith and Frank Smith. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Della "Jean" Kirkland James Jones 1919-2006
nee Della Kirkland
Funeral services for Della "Jean" Kirkland James Jones, 86, were held Saturday, March 25 in the Drennon Chapel in Climax Springs. Burial was in Climax Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Jones died March 23, 2006, in Lawrence, Kan. She was born July 13, 1919, at Elijah, the daughter of Jesse Bennett and Pearl Mae (Taylor) Kirkland. She was a self-employed beautician beginning in the 1960s in Avondale and retired as a cattle rancher in Benton County. She made many charitable contributions. Mrs. Jones is survived by two daughters, Donieta (James) Cunningham of Independence and Sonja (James) Wood of Lawrence, Kan.; three sons, Russell James of Osceola, Lowell "Lou" James of Climax Springs and James D. James of Tecumseh; and three sisters, Koris (Kirkland) Christianson of Clarinda, Iowa, Eithel (Kirkland) Dougherty of Rogersville, and Frankie (Kirkland) Rowlett of Gamaliel, Ark. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Fred Jones and Noil Russell James; her parents; one daughter, Wanda (James) McLaughlin; one grandson, Jason Cunningham; three sisters, Delphia (Kirkland) Coble, Agnes (Kirkland) Dougherty and Lorene (Kirkland) Fischer; and two brothers, Frank Kirkland and Russell A. Kirkland. Memorials may be made to Douglas County Hospice, 200 Maine St., Suite C,Lawrence, KS. Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Everett V. Whisnant Jr 1927-2006
Funeral services for Everett V. Whisnant Jr., 78, were held Tuesday, March 21 at the Downtown Church of Christ in Bixby, Okla., with Walter Billingsley officiating. Burial was in Loftis Cemetery in Willhoit. Mr. Whisnant died March 17, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Earlsboro, Okla., the son of Everett V. Whisnant Sr. and Flora (Cochran) Whisnant. He married Ruth Alline Naugle Dec. 10, 1949. He was a member of the Downtown Church of Christ. He had been a Bixby resident since 1977, and had been employed with Green Acres Sod Farm as a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Whisnant is survived by three sons, Carl V. Whisnant and his wife, Mary Lou, of Bixby, Okla., Eddie L. Whisnant and his wife, Mary Lou, of Corsicana, Texas, and Larry D. Whisnant and his wife, Anette, of Bennington, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Leo Whisnant of Seymour and Charles Whisnant of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in September 2000; his parents; one son, James Arthur Whisnant; and four brothers. Bixby Funeral Service and Colonial Chapel, Bixby, Okla., directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Bettye L. Mooney 1931-2006
nee Bettye Luna
Funeral services for Bettye L. Mooney, 75, of Kearney, were held Thursday, March 23 at the Fry- Boss and Spidle Chapel in Kearney. Burial was in Salmon Cemetery, north of Pattonsburg. Mrs. Mooney died March 21, 2006, at Liberty Hospital. She was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Mountain Grove, the daughter of William E. and Louise Harris Luna. She married Clayton Mooney Feb. 28, 1970, in Kansas City. She was raised in Ozark County. She and her husband had lived in Kearney for 35 years. She was a former member and past president of the Republican Women's Club in Ozark County. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge, where she served as past Noble Grand and past District Noble Grand. She was a member of the Gainesville Church of Christ. Mrs. Mooney is survived by her husband, Clayton; two daughters, Jeanie Richison of Gainesville and Dana McConnell and her husband, Roger, of Flippin, Ark.; one son, David Brent Herd of Miller; eight grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Bradley John Herd; one grandson, Case Evans; her parents; one sister; and four brothers. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 9201 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114. Fry-Boss and Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Anna P. Donohue 1927-2006
nee Anna Eapon
Memorial services for Anna P. "Granny" Donohue, 78, of Gainesville, will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 23 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Jeff Alcorn officiating. Mrs. Donohue died March 19, 2006, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Lexington, the daughter of Robert and Opal (Popejoy) Eapon. She married Harry Donohue Dec. 1, 1965. She was a member of the Liberty General Baptist Church and was a certified home health care medical technician. Mrs. Donohue is survived by four sons, Richard Stephen Dickson, Dennis Terry Dickson, Jacob Wayne Dickson Jr. and Ernest Dennis Donohue; three daughters, Sarah Annette Burkey, Kathleen Sue Lashmet and Dawn Marie Burr; and one brother, Melvin Flessa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; two sons, Jerry Wayne Dickson and Robert Brown Dickson; and several brothers and sisters. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Alton Thomas 1924-2006
Funeral services for Alton Thomas, 81, of Ava, were held Monday, March 20 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Halbert Smith officiating. Burial was in Loftis Cemetery. Mr. Thomas died March 17, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 4, 1924, the son of James Kelly and Nancy Genvra (Harley) Thomas in Willhoit. He married Charline Nance April 3, 1946, in Mountain Home, Ark. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He attended school at Romance. He was a farmer and carpenter and was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Charline; one daughter, Kay Johnson and her husband, Ralph, of West Plains; one granddaughter, Stephanie Seutter and her husband, Mark, of Austin, Texas; one great-grandson, Evan Suetter of Austin, Texas; two step-grandchildren, Mike Johnson and his family of Salem and Elizabeth Blau and her family of Alton; three sisters, Elsie James and her husband, Hubert, Gay Burke and her husband, Gaylord, and Bernice Pippin; two brothers, Alvis Thomas and his wife, Dolly, and Alvin Thomas and his wife, Reva; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Archie Thomas; and four sisters, Bonnie Thomas, Lena High, Elva Hill and Stella Frazier. Memorials may be made to Loftis Cemetery in care of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Zella B. Johnson 1912-2006
nee Zella Daniel
Funeral services for Zella B. Johnson, 93, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Noble, were held Wednesday, March 8 at Wilbur Christenson Funeral Home Ltd. in Rockford with Rev. David McDaniel, pastor of Kishwaukee Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Johnson died March 3, 2006, at her home, after an extended illness. She was born June 5, 1912, in Wasola, the daughter of James and Laura (Barner) Daniel. She married Etsel Johnson Oct. 16, 1929, in Ava. She moved to the Rockford, Ill., area in 1965. She was a homemaker and member of the Kishwaukee Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson is survived by four sons, Marvin Johnson of Caledonia, Ill., Calvin Johnson of Machesney Park, Ill., Steve Johnson of Rockford, Ill., and Troy Johnson of Maquoketa, Iowa; one daughter, Loretta Davidson of Gainesville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Shindler of South Pasadena, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Etsel. Memorials may be made to the Kishwaukee Baptist Church. Christenson Funeral Home Ltd., Rockford, Ill., directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]


Ival Upton 1920-2006
Funeral services for Ival Upton, 85, of Redding, Calif., were held Saturday, March 18 at McDonald Funeral Chapel with the VFW Post #1934 officiating. Burial was in the Redding Cemetery. Mr. Upton died March 15, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Marshfield, the son of John and Sarah Lucinda Upton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was a machinist and foreman at Gerlingers Steel for 19 years. He moved to Shasta County, Calif., from Pacoima, Calif. Mr. Upton is survived by daughters, Susan Dayton and her husband, Hugh, of Carmichael, Calif., and Linda Haughton and her husband, Jeffrey, of Redding, Calif.; one grandson, Stacey McCall and his wife, Kristine, of Sacramento, Calif.; two granddaughters, Terri Garrison and her husband, Sean, and Jennifer Bruce and her husband, Kevin, all of Redding, Calif.; four great- grandsons, Cody Smithson, Wyatt Smithson, Matthew Garrison and Logan Bruce; two great- granddaughters, Erika McCall and Katelyn Bruce; one sister, Elva Fitch, of Hesperia, Calif.; special niece, Joyce Nyati of Alamo, Calif.,; special nephew, Jerry Upton of Fairfield, Calif.; and many more nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margret, and one grandson, Samuel Aaron McCall III. Memorials may be made to Redding Hospice. McDonald Funeral Chapel, Redding.Calif., directors.
[Ozark County Times, Gainesville, MO]

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