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Rose Marie Boes
Graveside services for Rose Marie Boes, Norwood, were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Thomas Cemetery north of Norwood with Kenneth Cady officiating. Mrs. Boes died Thursday night in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Survivors include a daughter Catherine Warrick, Rogersville; sister Hazel Bradford, Norwood; and four grandchildren. [THE MANSFIELD MIRROR, 7 April 1983; Submitters Name: Jerry Parrish]

Amanda Emmaline (Henson) Boykin
Amanda Emmaline Henson was born near Poplar Bluff, Mo., December 6, 1877, and departed this life in the Mansfield hospital May 25, 1959. Her age, 81 years, five months and 19 days. She was united in marriage to John L. Boykin in 1895 in the state of Illinois. Her husband preceded her in death November 11, 1933. To this union nine children were born. Three daughters died in infancy, and one son, Everett, passed away April 16, 1957. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Clara Hamrick, Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Dove Lawson, Mrs. Flossie Gaddis, Mrs. Margaret Hutsell, all of Graff, Mo., one son, Roy Boykin also of Graff. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren, three sisters and four brothers. She was baptized into the Church of Christ several years ago and was a faithful member until her death. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in the Church of Christ with Roland Adams officiating. Concluding services was in the Friendship Cemetery under the direction of the Barber Funeral Home. [Unknown newspaper, c. 1959; Contributed by: Carol Boykin]

Everett Boykin
Everett Boykin passed away at his home early Tuesday morning, April 16, 1957 after a long illness at the age of 60 years. Mr Boykin was in World War I and served overseas. He was born in Bluford, Illinois, February 25, 1897 to Mr. and Mrs. John L. Boykin and was united in marriage to Miss Nicie Sloan on the 8th day of February, 1923 and had lived in Wright County for the last 20 years and had worked as a mechanic. Besides leaving his wife to mourn his passing, he leaves two sons and two daughters, John Boykin of Graff, Donald Boykin of Graff, Helen Hutsell of Graff and Louise Corder of Kansas City, also one brother Roy Boykin of Graff, four sisters, Clara Hamrick of Tulsa, Dove Lawson of Graff, Flossie Gaddis of Graff and Margaret Hutsell of Graff and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Barber Chapel with Rev. Guy Hutsell, officiating. Concluding services were in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Barber Funeral Home. pallbearers were Roy Hutsell, Hobert Crewse, Howard Maxville, Howard Greenlee, Chester Crewse and (last pallbearer is missing from the copy I am typing from - Unknown newspaper, c. April 1957; Contributed by: Carol Boykin]

Joe Brazeal
The remains of Joe W. Brazeal wsa brought here on Tuesday morning of this week and the funeral occured at the Methodist church on Wednesday at 10:30.  Services were conducted by Rev. B.D. Jones the pastor.  He was 40 years, 4 months and 5 days old when he died from the effects of appendicitis after an operation in a hospital at Omaha, Neb., Sunday evening at 20 minutes after 9 o'clock.

Mr. Brazeal was in good health and had taken a lay off to attend the National Letter Carriers Association which was held there last week.  He left here Sunday morning the 4th of October.  Thursday morning his wife received a letter from him stating that he was well and enjoying the trip, and in the evening of the same day she received a telegraph saying he was seriously ill and to come at once.  She immediately drove over to Cedar Gap where she took the fast train.

Amos Roy went with her and child and when they arrived in Omaha, Neb. found that the operation had been performed the evening before.  Joe told them that it was pretty tough but that he was going to make the best of it.  About two o'clock Sunday he expressed a doubt to Amos as to him standing it.  And at 20 minutes after 9 o'clock he passed away, Amos Roy was present, the wife was almost completely overcome and could not attend at times.  They started home at 9:30 Monday morning arriving on Tuesday.  The Woodman lodge met remains of their brother at the depot and had charge of the funeral.  Interment at Mansfield cemetery.
Source: The Mansfield Press, Oct. 16, 1908

Thomas Edward Connell
Services for Thomas Edward Connell, 60, Norwood, were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Liberty Faith Church with the Rev. Reg Kelly officiating. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery. Mr. Connell died January 28 at his home after a long illness. A welder in the aircraft industry, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and Masons Lodge in Mountain Grove. Survivors include his wife Wilma; three sons Steve, Norwood, Ronnie, Downey CA and Larry, Norwalk CA; two daughters Mrs. Barbara Skidmore, Norwood and Mrs. Connie Skidmore, Fullerton CA; his mother Mrs. Bessie Herd, Mountain Grove; two sisters Mrs. Shirley Sims, Blue Springs and Mrs. Frankie Rumfelt, Whittier CA; a brother Richard, Independence; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. [THE MANSFIELD MIRROR, 9 Feb 1984; Submitters Name: Jerry Parrish]

Beulah Ann Clemons
Services for Beulah Ann Clemons, 68, Norwood, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Norwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Scott officiating. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery. Mrs. Clemons died Friday at Mercy Hospital-Tri County in Mansfield after a long illness. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband Johnnie; two brothers Floyd Cole, Norwood and Leonard Cole, Wichita KS; three sister Alma Anderson, Fresno CA, Alva Richardson, Mountain Grove and Flossie Cramer, Norwood. [THE MANSFIELD MIRROR, 2 June 1983; Submitters Name: Jerry Parrish]

Luther M. Crewse
Luther Merdicia Crewse, son of Johnson and Ellen Crewse was born November 15, 1889 at Graff, Missouri and departed this life at Nevada, Missouri, January 14, 1967 at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 29 days. He was united in marriage to Rosie Mattie Sullivant, September 16, 1914 at Hartville, Mo. To this union 11 children were born. Survivors include his wife of the home; 5 sons, Murve and Leavern of Mtn. Grove; Clarel of Saudia Arabia; Willis, Denver, Colorado, and Bernard of Topeka, Kansas; 3 daughters, Mrs. Marie Boykin, Mountain Grove, Mrs. Lavell Goldsmith, Manes, Mo., Mrs. Willa Maye Cantrell, Huggins, Mo., 25 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two sons and one daughter. Mr. Crewse was born and raised in the Graff community. He was converted at an early age and attended church at Green Mountain. he was a good husband and father and will be sadly missed by his relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 in the Green Mountain Baptist Church, with Rev. Lynn Swadley officiating. Three hymns were sung by Hellen Simmons, Hadley Graven and Rev. and Mrs. Swadley, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. C. P. McNay. Six of the grandsons acted as pallbearers and they were Delbert Crewse, Gean Crewse, Lyle Cantrell, Ronnie Turner, Lee Boykin and Jerry Stegall and burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt-Hutsell Funeral Home. [Mtn. Grove News Journal, Janurary, 1967; Submitters Name: Carol Boykin]

Rosie Mattie Crewse
Rosie Mattie Sullivant, daughter of John and Betty Harmon Sullivant, was born at Manes, Mo., September 5, 1897 and departed this life at Springfield, Mo., December 14, 1971 at the age of 74 years, 3 months, and 9 days. She was united in marriage to Luther Crewse September 16, 1914 at Hartville, Mo. To this union were born eleven children, three of whom preceded their parents in death. Mrs. Crewse had been a member of the Green Mountain Church for many years. The family made their home in the Graff Community until their retirement seven years ago when they moved to Mountain Grove. Mr. Crewse passed away in 1967. Survivors include five sons, Murve, Lavearn, and Bernard all of Mtn. Grove, Clarel of Saudia, Arabia, and Willis of Denver, Colorado. Three daughters, Marie Boykin of Mtn. Grove, Lavell Goldsmith, Manes, Mo., Willa Mae Cantrell, Plato, Mo. Two brothers, Jim Sullivant, Hartville, Mo., and Melvin Sullivant, Medford, Oregon. One sister Wilma Breyon, address unknown, twenty-eight grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18 in the Craig-Hurtt-Hutsell Chapel with Reverend Clarence Roberts officiating. "No Tears In Heaven", "Precious Memories" and "I'll Meet You In The Morning", was sung by Fay Woods, Gene Altis, Don McCoy and J.E. Madison. Pallbearers were Lyle Cantrell, Delbert Crewse, Lee Boykin, Duane Crewse. Interment was in the Green Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Hutsell. [Mtn Grove News Journal, December 1971; Submitters Name: Carol Boykin]

Harvey Hoyle Curtis
Services for Harvey H. Curtis, 75, Norwood, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mountain Grove. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery. Mr. Curtis died at noon Monday in Mansfield Tri-County Hospital after a brief illness. He was a mason O.E.S. #61 Norwood and a farmer. Survivors include a son Edward, Liverpool TX; three daughters Mary Locke, Carol Hull and Martha Harris, of Norwood; a stepdaughter Minta Dietrich, Mandeville IA; three sisters Ethel Kirk, Napa CA, Margaret Mayfield, Sandy OR and Frances Bogy, San Antonio TX; two brothers Cecil, Dimmitt TX and Glenn, Petersburg TX; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  [The Mansfield Mirror, 4 Oct 1984; Submitters Name: Jerry Parrish]

William Roy Johnson       
William Roy Johnson of Norwood died unexpectedly at his home last Friday.  His wife had been on an errand and upon returning home found him dead.  Mr. Johnson, the son of William Henderson and Florinda Kathryn Rogers Johnson, was born July 10, 1891 in Audrain County.  He was married to Frances McNear of Feb. 23, 1929.  She survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including Miss Ethel Johnson of Thompson and Russell Johnson of Centralia.  A cousin, Mrs. Willie Garrett, was raised in the home of his parents.  He was an uncle of Miss Elsie Katherine Johnson who died Feb. 17.  Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.  He had operated the Johnson Variety Store in Mexico for a number of years and had been in the real estate business since moving to Norwood.  He was a member of the Christian Church.  Graveside services and burial were held at the Centralia Cemetery. [The Centralia Fire Side Guard, Feb. 26, 1970; Submitted by: Robert King]

Sherman Charles Jones
Services for Sherman Charles Jones, 85, Norwood, were at 2 p.m. Monday in Mountain Grove with the Rev. R. E. Helsley officiating. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery. Mr. Jones died Thursday at Regency Health Center. He was a farmer. Survivors include a son, Jay, Taft CA; three daughters Mrs. Beulah Dake, Mountain Grove, Mrs. Shirley Craig and Mrs. Sue Festerman, of Springfield; two sisters Mrs. Ruth Tharp, Norwood and Mrs. Lois Little, Springfield; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.  [THE MANSFIELD MIRROR, 9 Feb 1984; Submitters Name: Jerry Parrish]

Harold Eugene McCallister
Graveside memorial services for Harold McCallister were held Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in the Lone Star Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Ratterree officiating. Jerry and Irene Ratterree sang "Amazing Grace," and "Far Side Banks of Jordan." Pallbearers were Rick Williams, Orville Robertson and Willard McCarty. Full military honors were provided by the American Legion Post 30 and The Lima Team Burial Detail with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in the Lone Star Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove, Mo. Harold Eugene McCallister, son of the late Earl and Lois (Woods) McCallister, was born on August 21, 1928 in Wright County, Mo., and departed this life on April 10, 2008 in the Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mountain Grove, Mo., following a long illness. He was 79 years, 7 months, and 20 days of age. Harold grew up in Wright County and served his country in the United States Army for seven years. He entered the service in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1953. He served all seven years in Germany. He was united in marriage to Corrine Coble in April of 1955. Two children were born to this union: Kirk and Eugenia. He later married Mary (Lathrom) Coffman on May 13, 1969 in Eminence, Mo. Harold was a truck driver for several years. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially when camping and rabbit hunting. He also liked going to Bluegrass festivals. Harold was a kind and loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his Yorkshire terrier, "Bo." He was saved while being a resident at the Autumn Oaks Caring Center. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister: Evelyn. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary McCallister of their home in Mountain Grove; one son, Kirk McCallister of Mountain Grove, Mo.; one daughter, Eugenia McClure of Benton, Ark.; one step son, Kevin Coffman of Mountain Grove, Mo.; two brothers, Wilbert "Mac" McCallister of Shell City, Mo. and Lonnie McCallister of Mountain Grove; three sisters, Neva Kelley of Whittier, Calif., Leta Graham of Nampa, Idaho, and Arlene Symon of Memphis, TN; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much. [c. April 2008; Contributed by: Carrie Tuck]

Cattie Eleanor Murr
Cattie Eleanor Fletcher was born to the union of Frank Fletcher and Martha Cantrell on October 31, 1886, at Astoria, Missouri. She spent her childhood days in the Astoria community finishing her formal education in the public schools located in that area. Cattie was the youngest of a family of five brothers and sisters. As a child she attended Christian services at the Dutch Chapel, Wright County, Missouri, which even at the present time remains an active church. She was converted and joined the Green Mountain Baptist Church on November 14, 1913. She remained a member from that time hence and at the present time she, her husband and a cousin of her husband are the eldest living members on records of the church. On September 1, 1910 she united in marriage with Walter J. Murr, who was born and grew to manhood in the Astoria community. To this union the following were born: Verl Murr, Cabool, Mrs. Merle M. Lisle, Houston, Texas; and Roy Murr, Graff, Missouri. On December 29, 1976, Roy Murr preceded the death of his mother. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. Murr passed from this life May 16, 1972 at Texas County Memorial Hospital at Houston, Missouri after an extended illness during which time Mr. Murr cared for her in a devoted loving manner. Funeral services were Thursday, May 18, in Craig-Hurtt-Hutsell Chapel in Mountain Grove with Rev. Normice Fletcher officiating. "What A Friend" and "In Times Like These" were sung by a quartet composed of Lynn Francis, Loman Yeager, Edwin Francis and Mrs. Buck Franklin, Mrs. Charley Franklin accompanied them. Pallbearers were Dean S. Smith, Howard Greenlee, Don Hutsell, Bob Allen, Jim Murr and Joe Murr. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery under direction of Craig-Hurtt-Hutsell. [The Cabool Enterprise, May 25, 1972; Contributed by: Carol Boykin]

J. B. Quillen
J. B. Quillen died January 21, 1920, aged 74 years, 8 months, and 3 days. He had been in poor health for two years and bore his suffering with patience and said the Lord was with him in his last hours and that he was willing and ready to go.  Everything was done for him that willing hands could do.  We will miss our dear grandfather, but our loss is Heaven's gain. He leaves an aged widow and seven children to mourn his loss. The remains were laid to rest in the Curtis Cemetery eight miles south of Hartville last Thursday.
Dearest father, thou has left us here, Thy loss we deeply feel But 'tis God that hath bereft us He can sall our sorrows heal. Peacefully we know you're restig, In that home so bright and fair, and we know when life is ended, We will meet our father there.  Marie Hensley
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[Several days later, the following appeared in the same paper:]
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our kind friends and neighbors for their kindness and help shown us during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father.
Mrs. J. B. Quillen, Lizzie Hensley and family, Emmet Quillen and family, Bud Quillen and family, Ed Quillen and family, Henry Quillen and family, Creed Quillen and family, Evan Quillen and family

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[Hartville, Missouri, Thursday, January 29, 1920. Contributed by: Daniel Quillen (Great grandson of Ed Quillen, (mentions above in the Card of Thanks)]


Elsie Ruth (Duncan) Shropshire
Elsie Ruth Shropshire, daughter of Floyd and Ellen McNutt Duncan, was born Jun 25, 1925, in Athens County, OH.  She departed this life Tuesday, Sep 13, 1994, in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, MO, at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 18 days.  On May 1, 1959, she was united in marriage to Jesse Preston Shropshire in Columbus, OH.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jesse on Aug 23, 1994; 2 sisters Thelma and Marjorie Duncan; and a brother Otis Duncan.  Elsie is survived by 2 daughters Ruth Geho of the state of Ohio, and Louella Sutton and her husband Rodney of Hartville, MO; 3 sisters Agnes Walker, Edith Kerns and Garnet Byers, all of the state of Ohio; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  She was born and raised in Ohio and met and married Jesse while living in Columbus, OH.  They continued to live in Ohio until 1971, when they moved to Wright County, MO, to the Little Creek community.  Throughout the years, she was a loving and devoted homemaker to her husband and family.  Elsie professed her faith in Christ and was an active member of Little Creek Baptist Church for as long as her health allowed.  She was a children's Sunday School teacher for many years, and also enjoyed helping in Bible School.  She loved children and always considered the church children to be very special to her.  She liked to work and help out at the church in her extra spare time.  She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her lawn, and liked to do crocheting.  Elsie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister and was a kind and caring neighbor and friend.  She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of her family and many friends.  Burial: Curtis Cemetery, Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Hartville, MO.  [unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1994; Contributed by: Carrie Tuck]

Jesse Preston Shropshire
Jesse Preston Shropshire, son of Barney Calvin and Ellen Oella Sickles Shropshire, was born Aug 17, 1901, in Wright County, MO.  He departed this life Tuesday, Aug 23, 1994 in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, MO, at the age of 93 years and 6 days.  On May 1, 1959, he was united in marriage to Elsie Ruth Duncan in Columbus, OH.  He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 daughters Margie and Jessie Ann; a son Ivan; an infant brother; and another brother Herb.  Jesse is survived by his wife Elsie of the home; 2 daughters Louella Sutton and her husband Rodney of Hartville, MO, and Irene Myers of San Lorenzo, CA; 2 brothers Berlin and Cecil Shropshire, both of Hartville, MO; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born and raised in Wright County, MO, and then spent some time in California before moving to Columbus, OH, where he met and married Elsie.  They continued to live in Columbus until 1971, when they moved to Wright County to the Little Creek Community area.  Throughout the years, he worked as an electrician, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers #401.  Jesse had professed his faith in Christ and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hartville.  For the last several years, he had attended services at Little Creek Baptist Church.  His family was very special to him and he was devoted to his wife and children.  He enjoyed gardening and working on his farm.  Jesse was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all his family and many friends.  Burial: Curtis Cemetery; Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Hartiville, MO.  [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1994; Contributed by: Carrie Tuck]

Ricky Leroy Wiyrick
Funeral services for Ricky Wiyrick were held Saturday, August 11, 2007, in the Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Pastor Jack Keith officiating. Song selections were "Amazing Grace", "There Will Come A Day", and "Go Rest High On That Mountain". Pallbearers were Louie Medley, Mark Boykin, Mike Boykin, Darren Dobbs, Jerald Robertson, and John Freeman. Burial was in Curtis Cemetery near Norwood, under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove, Mo. Ricky Leroy Wiyrick, son of Paul Nathaniel and Deloris Jean (Mercer) Wiyrick, was born on July 18, 1956 in Montpelier, Ohio and departed this life suddenly on August 7, 2007 in the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo. He was 51 years and 20 days of age. Rick grew up and attended school in Ohio and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1974. He was united in marriage to Karen Gruber and two sons were born to this union. They moved to the Mountain Grove area in 1983 where Rick made his home until his passing. Rick was an assistant manager of the North Casey's General Store. He enjoyed working and will be missed by those who knew him. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially when camping and canoeing. He also liked bowling, dart throwing, reading, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. He was a member of the area bowling and dart throwing leagues. Rick was a good son, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 2007; Contributed by: Carrie Tuck]


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