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Obituaries from 1949 to July 2004 can be found at our digital archives. Everything ever published in the Houston Herald during that time period is available for only a small fee. You will find that at http://www.arcasearch.com/houstonherald. July 1, 2004 - current Tom Barton Jr. Thomas Lou Barton Jr., 62, son of Thomas and Zelma Biswell Barton, was born April 27, 1942, at Raymondville. He died June 29, 2004. He retired as a truck driver in the late '70s. He spent time hunting, fishing, bow hunting and cooking for family and friends. He liked going to auctions. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dewayne; and one sister, Colleen. Surviving are his wife, Nancy of the home; one daughter, Dianna Bennett of Granite City, Ill.; four sisters, Novella Gray and Cornelia Ferguson of Raymondville, Dorothy Schott of Perryville and Maxine Paris of Crouse, N.C.; three brothers, Bill Barton of Belleview, Ill., John Barton of St. James and Dewey Barton of Junction City, Kan.; and faithful friends, Lenny Clayton and Suzette Stephens. Services were July 1 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Jett officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery near Raymondville. Mike Bridges Michael Allen Bridges, 45, son of James Columbus Bridges and Norma Price Bridges, was born Aug. 21, 1958, at Heights Hospital in Houston, Texas. He died June 30, 2004, at his home in Houston. He attended school in Dickinson and Houston, Texas, and Houston, Mo., where he played football with the Tigers. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked for Rees Trucking Co. for a number of years and was a contract builder in Houston. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and float trips with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Sgt. Stephen James Bridges; and grandparents, Opal and Elbert Bridges and Dorothy and Albert Price. Surviving are his mother of Houston; sister, Barbara Romines of Houston; Bessie Sanders and Sarah Sanders of the home; Amy Dyer of Houston and Jeremy Sanders of Mountain Grove. Graveside services were July 2 at the Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. LeRoy Moulton Clifford LeRoy Moulton, 58, son of George Clifford and Esther M. Moulton, was born Sept. 27, 1945, at Mountain Grove. He died July 2, 2004, at his home at Weston, Fla., after battling cancer for the past year. He grew up at Houston, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. He graduated from Houston High School in 1963, where he played baseball and basketball. In later years, he was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating, fishing, reading and preparing gourmet meals for his family and friends. He loved to travel and over the years visited many of the South and Latin American countries. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1965, serving almost four years stationed in Vietnam and the Philippines. He married Rebecca Gorelick Aug. 17, 1974, in Miami Beach, Fla. They had two children. Until his illness, he worked in law enforcement in Dade County, Fla., for 27 years and had lived and worked in the Miami area for the past 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Charles Albert and William Earl. Surviving are his wife of the home; his son, Gregg Elliott Moulton of Tampa, Fla.; his daughter, Melissa Lynn Moulton of Weston, Fla.; sister, Mary Lou Downing of Houston; and brother, Dale Moulton of Houston. Services were July 6 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kendall Ford and the Rev. Ben Gard officiating. Burial with military rites was in the Cabool Cemetery. Bryan Stewart Bryan Keith Stewart, 27, son of Larry Keith Labbee and Cathy Anne Barnett, was born March 2, 1977, at Houston. He died July 3, 2004. He was a 1995 graduate of Summersville High School and married Amanda Sue Cooper June 3, 2000. They had one daughter. Mr. Stewart was network computer administrator at Community Bank, where he had worked the last eight years in various capacities. He liked to fish and spend time with friends. He was a computer genius and was in the process of downloading the Bible for his father-in-law. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carlos Stewart; and his great-grandparents, Elmer and Pearl Stewart. Surviving are his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Faith Jasmine; his parents; two sisters, Crystal Barnett of West Plains and

April Labbee of Hartshorn; one brother, Daniel Labbee of Summersville; and grandmothers, Eula Brim of Hartshorn and June Garrison of Van Buren. Services were July 6 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rick Purcell officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Claude M. Baker Claude M. Baker, 85, son of John Henry and Elizabeth Hensley Baker, was born Oct. 27, 1918, at Houston. He died June 29, 2004, at USA Healthcare of Newton, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. He married Vera Allen. They lived at Des Moines, Iowa, many years before moving to Newton in 1999. Mr. Baker was a mechanic for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and three sisters. Surviving are a son, John Baker of Ankeny, Iowa; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were July 3 at the New Testament Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, with the Rev. James Holmes officiating. Burial was in the Lowan Cemetery in Runnells, Iowa, under the direction of Wallace Family Funeral Home of Newton, Iowa. Vina Gossett Vina Katherine Gossett, 93, daughter of Marion and Nancy Thompson Keeney, was born Aug. 3, 1910, at Prescott. She died July 9, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She was baptized in a Baptist church in 1926. She married Arthur Cantrell in 1936. After his death Oct. 16, 1937, she moved to Lee's Summit. She married Henry Gossett in 1950. They lived in Independence. Mrs. Gossett moved to Licking in 1978 after retiring as a seamstress for a drapery company. She enjoyed quilting and reading and never missed listening to Cardinal baseball games. She will be remembered for the cakes she made over the years, especially chocolate. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry, June 15, 1968; brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Prier, Nellie Watson, Pearle Platter, Florence Snow, Effie Watson, Bennett Keeney and Herman Keeney. Surviving is a stepdaughter, Linda Bailey of Fullerton, Calif. Services were July 11 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Graveside services and burial were July 12 in the Lee's Summit Cemetery. Jesse Harris Jesse Dwayne Harris, 53, son of Dameral Frank Harris and Annie Bea Lane Harris, was born Dec. 18, 1950, at Kirbyville, Texas. He died July 10, 2004, at his home at Hartshorn. He was a 1970 graduate of Magnolia High school in Magnolia, Texas, where he was captain and quarterback of the football team. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged May 29, 1975. He was a truck driver for more than 30 years. He married Cheryl Alisa Peebles Dec. 22, 1970. They had three children, Yvette, Michelle and Judd. They couple later separated. He married Linda Bernadine Rose Sept. 30, 1980. Her daughter, Crystal, was joined by their three children, Candace, Darryl and Tanya. He liked to spend time horseback riding, barbecuing, camping and spending time with family and friends. A favorite pastime was coon hunting. He was preceded in death by his father; and one son, Judd Dewayne Harris. Surviving are his wife of the home at Hartshorn; six children, Yvette Marie Petrey, Michelle Renee Terrell and Darryl Frank Harris of Summersville, Crystal Dawn Chilton of Springfield, Candace Rae Harris of Branson and Tanya Alisa Harris of the home; his mother of Ozark; one brother, Frank Allen Harris of Hartshorn; three sisters, Doyce McKinley of Ozark, Dee Giles of Rogersville and Cindy Labbee of West Plains; and three grandchildren. Services were July 13 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dorvan Stringer officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Mildred Daniel Mildred V. Daniel, 88, daughter of Bert and Hilda Luck McNew, was born March 4, 1916, near Houston. She died July 11, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Marvin J. Daniel Sept. 12, 1934. They had five children. Mrs. Daniel spent much of her lifetime in this area where she and her husband raised their family. They were married 68 years before his death March 12, 2003. Mrs. Daniel enjoyed camping and fishing, caring for her home and family and cooking meals. She was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph McNew, Frank McNew and Ervin McNew.

Surviving are her children, Dolores Nevarez of Oceanside, Calif., Dean Daniel of Simmons, Marilyn Back of Cedar Park, Texas, Jerry Daniel of Columbia and Roy Daniel of Houston; one brother, Roy McNew; one sister, Jessie Dablemont; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were July 14 at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Rev. Ervin Morton Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Northside Baptist Church for the Rev. Ervin Morton. The Rev. Wesley Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. Morton, 85, died Monday at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Evans Chapel. Bea Ryan Beatrice "Bea" Elaine Price Ryan, 66, daughter of Blanche Agee VanDeusen and Edgar Price, was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Chicago, Ill. She died July 7, 2004, following a lengthy illness. She attended school in Houston and for many years was a puppeteer, doing art work and performing in Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. In 1969, she moved to Orlando, Fla., where she was a portrait artist for Disney World. She later was commissioned by Howard Johnson's to paint murals of Florida's Indian chiefs in their hotel lobbies. She married George Ryan in 1980. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; her son, Darwin; parents and one sister, Charlotte VanDeusen. Surviving are four sisters, her twin, Barbara Burkhart of Orlando, Fla.; Sheila Ramsbottom of Montague, Calif., Blanche Archer and Georgia Maxwell of Jamesport; two brothers, Robert Price of Morgantown, Ind., and Jerry Price of Dennison, Texas; a stepbrother, Larry VanDeusen of Licking; and a stepsister, Shirley Umfleet of Licking. Services were July 12 at the First Baptist Church in Maitland, Fla., with burial in the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell. Ervin Morton Ervin Grant "Pete" Morton, 85, son of Bert and Minta Jane Stricklin Morton, was born June 2, 1919, at Houston. He died July 12, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield following a brief illness. Mr. Morton attended school at Brown Hill. Due to the illness and death of his father, he dropped out of school to care for his mother, brothers and sisters. He married Elnona Longwell Feb. 28, 1942. They had one son and were married 62 years. He spent his life in this area where he was a parts clerk at Romines Motor Co. He served in World War II and painted many homes and businesses in this area. He gave his heart and life to Christ many years ago and felt the call to the ministry. He pastored the Raymondville Methodist Church for three years. He was ordained a Free Will Baptist minister March 27, 1960. He was instrumental in organizing the First Free Will Baptist Church in Houston, where he pastored 17 years. He later helped build and organize the Northside Baptist Church, where he was still a member. He retired due to his health and began working in his garden. He felt he needed to do more and started an upholstery shop along with Nona's Beauty Shop in a building near their home. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gracie Uber and Fern Dunham; and one brother, Jay Dee Morton. Surviving are his wife of the home; one son, Kenneth of Houston; a brother, Ray Morton of Houston; a sister, Velma Harrah of Houston; and three grandchildren. Services were July 15 at the Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Naomi McCulloch Naomi McCulloch, 87, youngest child of Harold and Laura Edmonds, was born May 26, 1917, at Vinton, Iowa. She died July 15, 2004, at Licking Park Manor. She married Art McCulloch Sept. 25, 1939, at Camdenton. They had four children during their 42-year marriage. The McCullochs moved to Licking in 1951 where they raised their family and one granddaughter. Mrs. McCulloch enjoyed traveling, gardening, embroidering quilts for her great-grandchildren and friends and bowling with her husband and the leagues in Houston. She was a cook in various restaurants in Licking. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Licking. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Barbara Lee; and son, Robert Arthur "Bobby". Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Driemeyer of St. Peters and Kathy Moncrief of Licking; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were July 18 at the United Methodist Church in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.

Ray Garrett William Ray Garrett, 63, son of Monroe and Cleva Good Garrett, was born Oct. 7, 1940, at the family home in the Upton community. He was found dead July 17, 2004, at his home at Bucyrus. Mr. Garrett was a member of the Hickory Ridge Baptist Church. He loved his dog, Snowball, helping people and working in his garden and flowers. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Hagar. Surviving are two sisters, Imogene Sutton of Wolfe Lake, Ill., and Laura Jackson of Success; and one brother, Eugene of Ellis Prairie. Memorial services were July 20 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Weber officiating. Following cremation, burial will be in the Emory Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hickory Ridge Baptist Church. Leon Hinkle Leon Hinkle, 73, oldest son of Carl Hinkle and Opal Sillyman Hinkle, was born Nov. 2, 1930. He died July 17, 2004. Mr. Hinkle spent the majority of his life in California with Unocal Oil. He retired in 1993. He and his wife, Sylvia, moved to Ellis Prairie in 1993. He enjoyed sports and music and visiting with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; daughter, Sarona; and son, Brandon. Surviving are his children, Monte Hinkle of Buena Park, Calif., Brien Hinkle of Las Vegas, Nev., Janella Hinkle of Savannah, Randy and Jerrold Pairish of Lakewood, Calif., sister, Carlene Mayberry of Bucyrus; a brother, Melburn Hinkle of St. Joseph; and his eight grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Floyd officiating. Burial will be in the Emory Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock this evening (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Helen Campbell Graveside services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 10:30 today (Thursday) at the Hickory Ridge Cemetery for Helen Campbell. The Rev. Ray Sikes will officiate. A memorial service was Wednesday evening at the Evans chapel following a 6 to 7 o'clock visitation. Mrs. Campbell, 88, a former Bucyrus area resident, died Saturday in Midwest City, Okla. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Choctaw, Okla., building fund. Helen Campbell Helen I. Campbell, 88, daughter of Harry and Edna Coffman, was born Feb. 16, 1916, at Greeley, Colo. She died July 17, 2004, at Midwest City, Okla. She married Louis Campbell March 27, 1932. They had nine children. She lived many years in the Bucyrus community and was a quilt maker, making them for her children. She enjoyed antiques and spending time at the Choctaw Senior Center and with her adult singles class at the First Baptist Church in Choctaw, Okla. Surviving are her children, William Harrison "Bill" Campbell of Kenosha, Wis., James Louis "Jim" Campbell, Mary Louise Campbell Breedlove, Ray Allen Campbell and Danny Dale Campbell of Bucyrus, Kathleen Pittman of Houston, Patsy Ann Campbell Boyer of Choctaw, Okla., Larry Dean Campbell of Harrah, Okla., and Brenda Campbell Lackey of South, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Ashcom of Colton, Calif.; 37 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren; and several adopted brothers and sisters. Graveside services were July 22 at the Hickory Ridge Cemetery with Dr. Ray Sikes officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Kevin Eastep Kevin Wayne Eastep, 32, son of Rick and Deborah Eastep, was born Nov. 1, 1971, at University Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He died July 18, 2004, in an accident on Highway C north of Licking. He grew up in Oklahoma City and started playing the guitar at age 16. He was a classical guitar player. He married Alisha Blankenship Nov. 5, 1994, at the home of his parents in Oklahoma City. They met while he was working at Rawlings Sporting Goods in 1993 at Licking. They had two daughters. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Evalee Ford, Daniel Ford, Mary Jones, Allen Blankenship, Dewey Blankenship and Lucille Kelly. Surviving are his wife and daughters, Haley Dawn Eastep and Isabella Dawn Eastep; his parents; and sister, Leeann Sanchez. Services are 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking. Visitation is 9 a.m. until time for services Saturday at the Fox chapel.

Florence Crabtree Florence E. Crabtree, 78, daughter of George and Florence Ramsey Lott, was born Oct. 23, 1925, in St. Louis. She died July 22, 2004, at her home at Palmyra. She married Roy E. Crabtree Aug. 31, 1946, at Cabool. Mrs. Crabtree was a homemaker and attended school at Farber. She was a cook at the Palmyra Middle School for 15 years and formerly worked at the shoe factory in St. Clair. She was a member of the Parsons Ladies Club in Emden and a former member of the Emden Christian Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Bob Crabtree; and a daughter, Patty Crabtree. Surviving are her husband; one son, Stanley Joe Crabtree of Palmyra; daughters, Norma Jean Foster of Palmyra and Elsie Stone of Philadelphia; stepchildren, Marie Downs and Paul Eugene Crabtree of Tonganoxie, Kan.; and five grandchildren. Services were July 24 at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel at Palmyra with the Rev. Glen Yoder and the Rev. Brian Stone officiating. Burial was in the Emden Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name. Justin McGuire Justin Russell McGuire, 24, son of Phillip McGuire and Trula Rumfelt McGuire, was born July 5, 1980. He died July 24, 2004. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at age 11 and was baptized into the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church, where he was still a member. He attended the Plato Schools, where he played the drums in the high school band. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, hunting, fishing and camping. He married Christina Nicole Kee May 23, 2004. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Wayne; and his grandparents, Orrin and Trula Rumfelt and Oscar and Ruby McGuire. Surviving are his wife and one son, Christopher Russell Mark; his parents; two brothers, Mathew Gene McGuire of Springfield and Jason Edward McGuire of Nixa; and one sister, Lori Ann Grover of Licking. Services were July 27 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Wasson officiating. Burial was in the Embree Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Christopher McGuire College Fund at First National Bank at Licking. 1st Sgt (Ret) Mike Copley Michael Jay Copley, 50, son of James Copley and Alta Ridinger Miller, was born Oct. 3, 1953, at Fort Campbell, Ky. He died July 19, 2004, as the result of injuries sustained in a mortar attack while working in Iraq. He entered the U.S. Army in 1971 and retired in 1995 after 24 years service. He received the Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), Gold Recruiter Badge, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Driver Mechanic Badge, Expert Qualification Badge .45-Caliber Pistol and the Sharpshooter Qualification Badge M-16 Rifle. After his retirement, he continued working for the government as a field service representative for Butler International based in Milpitas, Calif. He made his home at Plato. He married Paulette Mary Fields Hofmann Sept. 12, 1981, at Walthersville, Ga. Surviving are his wife of the home; seven sons, William Hofmann of Hinesville, Ga., Brandon Hofmann of Savannah, Ga., Benjamin Copley of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Copley of Big Piney and Justin, Jason and Christopher Copley of Plato; his father of Cincinnati, Ohio; his mother of LaFollette, Tenn.; and four grandchildren. Services were July 27 at Soldier's Memorial Chapel at Fort Leonard Wood with Chaplain Cpt. Kelly Porter officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Palace Cemetery near Evening Shade under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Roy Thacker Roy Don Thacker, 58, son of Donald Eric Thacker and Peggy C. Gourley Thacker, was born Jan. 8, 1946, at West Plains. He died July 23, 2004, at Conway Regional Medical Center. He was a 1964 graduate of Houston High School. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and was attached to the electronics depot at Fort Tobyhanna, Pa. He was honorably discharged in 1970. He attended Mid-West Aviation School in Kansas City for air frame mechanic. He graduated in 1974 with honors. Mr. Thacker was in maintenance in the downtown city metro complex in Kansas City. He retired from KC Metro in 1990 and moved to Conway, Ark. He worked in maintenance at the physical plant for the University of Central Arkansas for several years. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are two brothers, Stephen E. Thacker of Greenbrier, Ark., and David E. Thacker of Belleville, Ill; a sister, Frances Schmutzler; and his mother of Conway, Ark.

Memorial services were July 26 at the Liberty Creek Nazarene Church. Burial with military honors was July 27 at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway, Ark. Ernie Neuman Ernest "Ernie" George Neuman, 75, son of Roy and Millie Wilson Neuman, was born Dec. 22, 1928, at Bisbee, Ariz. He died July 30, 2004, at Porterville Hospital in Porterville, Calif. He was a retired sheet metal worker and moved to the Summersville area in the late 1980s. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church Sept. 23, 1990, where he attended. He and his wife, Wanda, were active in the Summersville community. After he became ill, he moved to Porterville, Calif., to live with his daughter. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Porterville. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Surviving are three children, Ellen Brady of Porterville, Calif., Leroy Neuman of Las Vegas, Nev., and Joni Hill of Kennesaw, Ga.; two sisters, Betty Caston of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gayleen Beachboard of Carson City, Nev.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Graveside services are 9 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Summersville City Cemetery with the Rev. Phil Jester officiating under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Memorials may be made to Hunting's Foundation. Helen Hamrick Helen Edith Hamrick, 78, a former resident of the Bucyrus area, died July 30, 2004, at her home in Rolla. Surviving are three sons, Bill Hamrick of Rolla, Clyde Hamrick of St. James and Thomas Hamrick of Licking; and one daughter, Catherine Maddy of Ma Queketa, Iowa. Private services are planned at a later date with burial in the Emery Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Wilda Crawford Rider Wilda Crawford Rider, 83, daughter of Charels C. Crawford and Betsy Simmons Crawford, was born March 6, 1921, at Bado. She died Friday, July 30, 2004, at the Carthage Health and Rehabilitation Center at Carthage. She grew up in rural Texas County and came to Bronaugh in 1945. She was a riveter at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., during World War II. She worked for Key Work Clothes in Nevada, Mo., and later was in housekeeping for the Nevada State hospital until her retirement in 1976. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed taking care the pets on her farm. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Delores Mercer; son, Darrell Mercer; two brothers, Wilbur and Wayne McGehee; and a grandson. Surviving are two sons, Jim Rider and Rick Rider of Bronaugh; two daughters, Janice Rider of Texas and Barbara Bohm of Carthage; stepson, Clifford Sjoholm of Nevada, Mo.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a long-time friend, Elizabeth Houk of Bronaugh. Services were Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Bronaugh Baptist Church at Bronaugh with Ray Dean Scism officiating. Burial was in the Worsley Cemetery at Bronaugh. Memorials may be made to the Worsley Cemetery in care of Ferry Funeral home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, Mo. 64772. The Rev. W. E. Campbell Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Assembly of God in Houston for the Rev. W.E. "Earl" Campbell. Burial will be in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery Mr. Campbell, 95, died Monday at Houston House Nursing Center. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. Rev. Earl Campbell The Rev. William Earl Campbell, 95, son of Lewis Edward and Sarah Ethel Carter Campbell, was born Jan. 27, 1909, at Upton. He died Aug. 2, 2004, at Houston House in Houston. He married Lulu Ragain Feb. 1, 1928. They had seven children. The Rev. Campbell spent his entire life in the Upton community. He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, school bus driving, sheep shearing and being custodian of the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. He gave his life to Christ and accepted the call to the ministry as a young man. His passion was for his church and the need to lead others to salvation. He established Peace Chapel Assembly of God in 1947 and continued to pastor there until 2002, when his health forced his retirement. He had preached in 36 locations in the area and until recently averaged 150 to 200 chapters of Bible reading each week. He prayed daily for each member of his family, calling them by name. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Bessie and Lavena; and two sisters, Gladys Williamson

and Grace Ragain. Surviving are two sons, Clifford Campbell of Bucyrus and Delbert Campbell of Plato; three daughters, Jean Stilley of Bucyrus, Jessie Daugherty of Strafford and Marilyn Brown of Huggins; one sister, Thelma Stallcup of Bucyrus; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 5 at the Assembly of God in Houston with the Rev. Russell Kane officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. Lloyd Nelson Lloyd Clinton Nelson, 72, eldest son of Delbert D. and Iva Shipp Nelson, was born July 10, 1932, at Montauk. He died Aug. 3, 2004, at his home. He graduated from Licking High School in 1950 and served two years overseas in the Army. He worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis before returning to Licking. He was a faithful Christian. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Patsy, of the home; daughter, Cheri Kenyon of Clearwater, Fla.; son, David of Lebanon; brothers, Doyle and Jim of Licking; four grandchildren and several special friends. Services were Aug. 5 at the Licking Church of Christ with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Lorene Button Ellen Lorene McKee Button, 73, daughter of George Ernest and Rebecca Dees McKee, was born Jan. 22, 1931, at Houston. She died Aug. 14, 2004, at Autumn Oaks Caring Center at Mountain Grove. She married Oscar Reed Button July 30, 1951. He died March 12, 1998. Mrs. Button spent most of her life in Kansas and Colorado. She was a dietitian at the Veterans Rest Home in Colorado before she retired. She moved back to Missouri in June. She was a member of a Southern Baptist church in Florence, Colo., before moving to Missouri. She enjoyed helping others and was a jack-of-all trades: doing mechanic work, cooking or any job that needed done. She loved gardening and being outdoors. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ulus McKee. Surviving are one brother, George McKee of Success; and two sisters, Freda Carter of Mountain Grove and Julia Breedlove of Bucyrus. Services were Aug. 17 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Holland officiating. Burial was in the C.T. Smith Cemetery. Elma Bohannon Elma Hazel Bohannon, 96, daughter of Thomas and Alice Sutton Hamrick, was born Nov. 4, 1907, near Plato. She died Aug. 15, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. She married Thomas Jefferson Crabtree April 7, 1925. They had three children. Mr. Crabtree died in 1971. She lived most of her life in St. Louis. Along with being a homemaker, she worked at Drug Package Co. for more than 40 years. She married Aubrey Bohannon. He also preceded her in death. Mrs. Bohannon moved to Marionville in December 2003 due to ill health to be near her son. She was an active member of the United Pentecostal Church in St. Louis. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two children, Kenneth Edward Crabtree and Lois Evelyn Crabtree; two brothers, Jasper Hamrick and Benton Hamrick; and two sisters. Legola Bolding and Althea Wade. Surviving are one son, Melvin Rex Crabtree of Billings; one brother, Lawrence Hamrick of Houston; and two sisters, Zelda Yarnell of Stockton and Lura Jones of Indiana; and one grandson. Graveside services were Aug. 18 at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery with the Rev. Curtis Yarnell officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Berta Hunt Berta Gale Hunt, 89, daughter of Brutus Lee Akers and Gertrude Stuck Akers, was born July 3, 1915, at Mill City, Ore. She died Aug. 17, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Hunt was a member of the First Christian Church in Houston and was a volunteer at the Houston Senior Center for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel E. Hunt; her parents; two sons, Robert Lee and John Reliegh Holifield; two brothers, Glen and Alvin Akers, three sisters, Helen Akers, Bonnie Watson and Thelma Session; one grandson and one great-grandson. Surviving are four daughters, Marbine Williams of Grants Pass, Ore., Martha Dobbs of Paragould, Ark., Jean Wake of Orange, Calif., and Kathleen Gaither of Houston; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-

grandchildren. Graveside services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Pine Lawn Cemetery with Jeff Moore officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Lee Johnson Lee Decator Johnson, 85, son of Travis Decator and Ethel Mae Johnson, was born Oct. 23, 1918, at Raymondville. He died April 30, 2004, at Alta Loma, Calif., a neighboring city near his Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., home for the last 30 years. He graduated from Split Limb and Possom Trot schools and served in the U.S. Armed Forces in both the Navy and Air Force. In World War II, he was part of the Berlin Airlift. Among his awards were the prestigious Air Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He retired after 20 years of service to his country. The Johnson family lived in many places around the world, returning to California at his military retirement. He was a California corrections officer, retiring after 17 years. Not content to sit at home, he became a licensed in real estate and was an active member of the Shriners and Masons. He enjoyed golf, traveling abroad, watching football and playing cards. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Genevieve Johnson Rell; and wife of 30 years, Yasuko "Judy" Johnson. Surviving are his son, Charles Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Linda Mae Johnson Roberts of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Boone Creek Cemetery with his cousins Jim McColgin and Bob Farrar Jr., officiating. Lauretta Smith Lauretta Pearl Smith, 72, daughter of J.C. and Clara Hart, was born Aug. 14, 1931, at Roubidoux. She died Aug. 5, 2004, at her home at Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Houston High School in 1948 and the following day, May 9, married John J. Smith of Tarkio. They moved to Denver and later to Ontario, Ore., where their children were born. In 1958, they moved to Boise. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Calvary First Assembly of God and an Avon representative for 13 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Albert Hart. Surviving are her husband; daughter, Susan Croft of Boise, Idaho; son, Douglas Smith of Boise, Idaho; sister, Shirley Scowden of Carthage; brother, Raymond Hart of Morton, Ill.; and four grandchildren. Services were Aug. 7 at Calvary First Assembly of God with the Rev. Greg Grigsby officiating. Burial was in the Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Earl Gray Earl W. Gray, 71, son of William and Thelma Leigh Gray, was born April 2, 1933, at Peach Orchard. He died Aug. 18, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1957 in the Korean War and received the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than 20 years and the American Legion for 23 years. He married Novella Barton in July 1957 in St. Louis. Between them, they had five children. The Grays lived for several years in St. Louis, where Mr. Gray was an auto mechanic and worked for the railroad. He moved his family to Raymondville in 1966, where he opened a service station, garage and restaurant. In 1975, he opened the Houston Community Auction Barn. He semi-retired from the auction business in 1988 due to health problems. He was preceded in death by his mother; one brother, Jerry; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Surviving are his wife of the home; four daughters, Zhelma McGuire of Raymondville, Elizabeth Wellman of Brook, Ind., Beverly Cicenas of Valparaiso, Ind., and Samantha Seaman of Eugene, Ore.; one son, Thomas of Houston, Texas; his father and stepmother, William and Louise, of O'Fallon, Ill.; one brother, Lloyd Gray of Mexico, Mo.; one sister, Judy Layman of Belleville, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 23 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Snelling officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery. Gene Bradford Robert Eugene "Gene" Bradford, 63, son of George and Maude Bradford, was born Dec. 27, 1940, at Willow Springs. He died Aug. 18, 2004, at his home near Clear Springs. After graduating from Willow Springs High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Clara Mae Gimple Sept. 11, 1960, at Mountain View. They had four sons. Mr. Bradford worked at Rawlings Sporting Good and shoed horses. He was a member of the Mountain View Lodge No. 637 AF and AM and vice chairman of the board of Precious Lamb Evangelistic Ministries. He had served as pastor of the Clear Springs Community Church since July 13, 1997. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home; four sons, Tom Bradford of Anderson, Steve Bradford and Daryl Bradford of Birch Tree

and David Bradford of Willow Springs; three brothers, Woodrow Bradford of Wilder, Idaho, Emmett Bradford of Summersville and Elmer Bradford of Tyrone; three sisters, Ella Sherrill and Ellen Rakestraw of Willow Springs and May Linderer of Gravette, Ark.; and seven grandchildren. Services were Aug. 21 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Emmett Bradford, Rich Spacek and Homer Stuart officiating. Burial was in the Clear Springs Cemetery. Harold Grier Harold W. Grier, 83, son of Harry E. and Hallie M. Grier, was born Sept. 16, 1920, at Strafford. He died Aug. 18, 2004, at ManorCare Health Facility in Springfield. He marred Wanda Olive Murphy Aug. 24, 1940. Most of Mr. Grier's adult life was spent in hospital work. He began his career at Burge Hospital in the credit department. He worked in many positions there throughout the years until moving to Fayette to become administrator of Keller Memorial Hospital. He later moved to Marshall as administrator of Fitzgibbons Hospital and Springfield, where he was administrator of Fremont Manor Nursing Home, which later became ManorCare. After a few years, he moved to Houston, where he was administrator at Texas County Memorial Hospital from 1979 to early 1983. After his retirement, the Griers returned to Springfield, where he was active on the airport board for many years. He was a deacon at Glenstone Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of almost 64 years; two sons, Rick Grier of Springfield and Tom E. Grier of Branson; a brother, Harry J. Grier of Springfield;three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 23 at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home with Dr. Pat Ward officiating. Burial was in the Eastlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Glenstone Baptist Church. Thelma Garrison Thelma Eunice Garrison, 84, daughter of Jasper Leo and Maggie Bell Ogle Cummins, was born April 23, 1920, at Montauk. She died Aug. 18, 2004, in St. Louis. She married Sanford William "Pete" Garrison, They had six children. Mrs. Garrison was preceded in death by her parents; husband, May 18. 1990; one son, William Leon Garrison; one daughter, Sandra Sue Garrison; three brothers. James, Arthur and Oba Cummins; and four sisters, Beulah Whitby, Minnie Schafer, Leora Cummins and Daisy Lunn. Surviving are four sons, Danny Garrison of Whitesboro, Texas, Larry Garrison of Montauk, Gary Garrison of Ellington and Johnny Garrison of Salem; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 21 at the Montauk Baptist Church with Mike Gorman officiating. Burial was in the Ashley Creek Cemetery under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Alma Malchert Alma Francis Malchert, 89, daughter of James and Rhoda Belle Davis Sirdoreus, was born Oct. 26, 1914, near Eunice. She died Aug. 19, 2004, at Licking Park Manor where she had been a resident for the last five years. She married Wesley Malchert Jan. 30, 1938. They had two sons. Mrs. Malchert spent her lifetime in the area doing housework and gardening. She retired from Brown Shoe Co. and kept busy as long as her eyesight was good. She attended church and Sunday school, serving in whatever capacity she could. She loved working with children. She was preceded in death by her husband; and parents; one son, Walter; two sisters, Piney Scheets and Daisy Pine; and one brother, Arvel Sirdoreus. Surviving are one son, John Malchert of Eunice; three sisters, Violet Austin of Lebanon, LaVera Dixon and Ina Thieman of Houston; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 25 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Orval Schweighauser officiating. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery. Effie Walker Effie Pearl Walker, 84, daughter of Tom and Nettie Helsley Calhoun, was born April 20, 1920, at Mansfield. She died Aug. 19, 2004, at Houston House following a long illness. She retired from Brown Shoe Co. after 13 years. She loved flowers, traveling and sitting on the front porch in the cool morning hours drinking coffee. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, working with plastic canvas and ceramics and quilts. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior July 20, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Paul Evans Walker; three sons, Charles, Tip and Hurbert Lee; and two daughters, Ula and Bula. Surviving are five daughters, Nettie England, Doris Wilson and Deloris Glidewell of Houston, Pauline McCormick of Willow

Springs and Donna Hutsell of Cabool; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Aug. 23 at the Pine Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. David Lovan officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Rick Thomure Richard Emmeitt Thomure I, 46, son of Emmett and Roberta Houser Thomure, was born Nov. 25, 1957, at Ironton. He died Aug. 20, 2004, at his home at Summersville. He attended high school at St. Genevieve and graduated from auctioneer school in 1973 at Mason City, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1977. He married Donna Marie Cook May 5, 2001, at Oakside Community Church at Summersville. He was custodian for Summersville Elementary and enjoyed meeting all the kids. He was a member of BibleWay Home Mission Church of Summersville. He loved to imitate John Wayne and was a natural comedian. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emmeitt Thomure Sr., Ruth Greishaber and Robert Virgil and Dorothy Houser. Surviving are his wife; four sons, Steven Ray Thomure of Mountain View, Richard Emmeitt Thomure II and Thomas Wayne Thomure of Beaver Dam, Ky., and Jessie Joe Potter of Middletown; one daughter, Tarah Leann Snyder of Mountain View; his parents of Mountain View; three brothers, Michael Gene Thomure and Jeffrey Dale Thomure of Summersville and Bradford Wayne Thomure of New Hamburg; five sisters, Sherri Lynn Quibodeaus of Hartshorn, Sheila Rae Risner, Roberta Ann Young, Sandra Lee Ledbetter and Karen Evonne Foster of Mountain View; and 10 grandchildren. Services were Aug. 24 at Yarber Mortuary Chapel at Mountain View with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Clarence Reaves Clarence Taft Reaves, 95, the fifth of 10 children of Jesse Reaves and Lula Jane Brown Reaves, was born Sept. 5, 1908, in the Gravel Point community. He died Aug. 20, 2004, at Ozarks Medical Center at West Plains. He attended Gravel Point Elementary School and two years of high school. He stayed with his grandfather in Mountain Grove to graduate from MGHS in 1929. In the early '30s, he had a Model A Ford truck and hauled milk from the community to the Producers Creamery. On the return trip, he hauled feed and other supplies back to the farmers. He married Mary Elizabeth Smyer Jan. 28, 1933. They were married 62 years and had two children. They operated a dairy farm in from the early '40s until 1973, when they switched to beef. He continued farming until illness stopped him in 1997 at age 89. He accepted Christ as his Savior early in life and attended the Bado Community Church. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995; his parents; brothers, Dillard, Ernest, Darrel and Wayne; and sisters, Bertha Reaves Smyer and Esther Reaves. Surviving are his children, Hubert Dale Reaves and Jackie Sue Reaves Hesse; brothers, Nova of Elkville, Ill., and Herschel of Cabool; sister, Helen Laffoon of Houston; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 24 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Art Hessee officiating. Burial was in the Bado Cemetery. Ruth Baker Ruth Estelle Baker, 64, daughter of William Otis and Mollie Rachell Benton Johnson, was born Dec. 15, 1939, at Pleasant Plains, Ark. She died Aug. 20, 2004, at her home in Houston after a lengthy illness. She married Jerry Denny Baker Aug. 4, 1956, at Poplar Bluff, They had three children. The Bakers moved to Houston in 1966. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Souls Harbor Family Worship. She was active in community and civic affairs until her health failed. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hazel Taylor; and one brother, L. J. Johnson. Surviving are her husband of the home; two sons, Michael Dennis and Jerry Keith of Houston; one daughter, Suzette Peters of Virginia; one brother, Murl Johnson of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Shelby Mansur of Little Rock, Ark., and Catherine Jones of Cahokia, Ill.; and six grandchildren. Services were Aug. 24 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Mildred Dixon Mildred Moore Dixon, 87, daughter of Fred Moore and Mina Buffington Moore, was born Oct. 13, 1916, at Gilson, Ill. She died Aug. 23, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Melvin Dixon Feb. 9, 1940. They had two daughters. Mrs. Dixon was a homemaker. She loved visiting and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters and four brothers. Surviving are two daughters, Marlene Collins and Marlys Beeler of Houston; one sister, Helen Smith of Eunice; three brothers, Robert Moore of Abingdon, Ill., Richard Moore of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Thomas Moore of Victoria, Ill.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Services are 2 o'clock Saturday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Big Creek Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. Pauline Todd Pauline Blair Todd, 76, daughter of Thomas and Effie Pearl Mincher Blair, was born July 18, 1928, at Virburnum. She died Aug. 27, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness. She married Bobby Gene Todd Nov. 18, 1968. She spent much of her life in the Success community. She was a homemaker and worked at the shoe factory. She attended the Success Baptist Church. Mrs. Todd was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Paul Messimore; two brothers, Ozzie Blair and Paul Blair; and two sisters, Lucille Bay and Louise Moses. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Judy Huff of Success and Paula D. Messimore; two brothers, Ted Blair of Taft, Calif., and Junior Blair of Houston; one sister, Bonnie Hinkleman of Cabool; two grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Services were Aug. 30 at the Boone Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Moore and the Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Deloris Lane Deloris June Lane, 68, first-born child of Raymond and Virginia Lunn, was born Aug. 18, 1936, at Rhyse. She died Aug. 27, 2004. As was the case of so many during the Depression years, her crib was a drawer from an old chest. Her paternal greatgrandparents were Swedish immigrants who came to America and found employment building the railroad in the Monett area. Her maternal ancestors came from Kentucky. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Carl. Surviving are her husband of 20 years, Robert Lane; daughter, Linda Wrinkles; two sons, Larry and Roy Ogden; stepchildren, Leroy Lane, Rhonda Faucett and Debbie Krites; two brothers, Lloyd Lunn and Kenny Lunn; three sisters, Donna Cooley, Fern Radke and Ailene Riden; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren. Services were Aug. 30 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Max Courtney officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Eleanor Wenger Eleanor Mace Esmond Wenger, 81, daughter of Everett and Annie Elizabeth Mathis Mace, was born Nov. 5, 1922. She died Aug. 29, 2004 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Leslie Bernie Esmond Aug. 26, 1940, at the Phelps County Courthouse. Judge Light performed the ceremony. The Esmonds have three children. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son; two sisters, Mildred Helen Mace and Viola Harris; and two brothers, Harvey C. Mace and Orville Henry Mace. She married Ronald Wenger July 3, 1958, at the First Presbyterian Church at Rolla. G. Scott Porter performed the ceremony. The Wengers were baptized Sept. 30, 1990, at the Philadelphia Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Pyle. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Edgar Springs. Mrs. Wenger was a member of the Modern Homemakers Club of Edgar Springs and quilting club of Edgar Springs. She enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Licking with her friends. She worked at crocheting, knitting and other crafts and make a lot of her own clothes. She worked at Rawlings for 31 years, 12 sewing baseball covers and 19 as an inspector. She retired from Rawlings in December 1984. Surviving are her husband; daughter, Norma Lavern Moshier; son, Leslie Bernie Esmond; sister, Wilma Emogene Williams; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 31 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harry Foley officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Olive Brannam Olive B. Brannam, 67, daughter of Charles Van and Ella Mae Shipp Perryman, was born April 10, 1937, at Raymondville. She died Aug. 30, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. She married Lester Brannam May 25, 1955. They had five daughters.

Mrs. Brannam accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior at age 12. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church. She worked at Texas County Memorial Hospital for 36.5 years, retiring Oct. 4, 2002. Her favorite things were gardening, sewing, making homemade dish cloths, breads and jams and quilting. She enjoyed reading. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jan. 20, 2003; and an infant daughter, Leslie Denise. Surviving are her daughters, Nora Jean Wingard of Umatilla, Fla., Debbie Ann Brannam of Bucyrus, Kathy Lynne Brocato of Winder, Ga., and Anita Dawn Matthews of Evening Shade; one brother, Joe Perryman of Houston; three sisters, Jane Kirkwood and Betty Cooper of Houston and Patsy Foutch of Peoria, Ill.; four grandchildren, one step-granddaughter and one step-great-granddaughter. Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Maurice Allen and the Rev. Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial will be in the Central Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Texas County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. John Wesley Gates John Wesley Gates, the son of John Franklin Gates and Dorothy Vivian Murphy, was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Muncie, Ind., and died Aug. 31, 2004, near Eminence. He grew up in the Muncie, Ind., area and went to high school there. He married Lillie Mae Faulkner, on Feb. 13, 1962. They were married 40 years before her death on Oct. 19, 2002. They had four children. Mr. Gates served in the U.S. Navy. He was member of Summersville VFW Post 7222, where he had served in the past as commander. He worked for more than 23 years as an electrician at the Ozark National Park Service in Van Buren. Mr. Gates is preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his four children: John Eric Gates and Janet Vance, West Plains; Joyce McGlasson, Essex; and Jean Gates, Eminence; a sister, Sherry Borders of Virginia and 12 grandchildren. Services were Saturday, Sept. 3 at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Otto Foust officiating. Burial was in Mennonite Cemetery near Birch Tree under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home. Paul Eugene Campbell Paul Eugene "Bear" Campbell, 54, of Willow Springs, the son of Fred and Opal Parker Campbell, was born June 4, 1950. He died Sept. 3, 2004, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Herb and Ronnie. He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Bryan, Mountain View; Gary, West Plains; and Nathan, Willow Springs; a sister, Lila, Success; a brother, John, Houston; and five grandchildren. Memorial services were Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial to help with expenses. Eugene Stottlemyre Eugene "Hooch" Stottlemyre, son of Herman and Gladys Stottlemyre, was born at the family home Feb. 29, 1928, at Upton. He died Sept. 6, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, following a lengthy illness. He married Faye Gaddis on Jan. 16, 1954. He lived his entire life in Texas County with the exception of time served in the military. He retired from Mid-America Dairy in Cabool. Mr. Stottlemyre was legendary for his gardening skills and year after year produced one of the finest gardens in Texas County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and talking politics as hobbies. He was a devoted husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and a sister, Nellie. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Danny of Andrews, Texas; and Fred, Crossville, Tenn; and one grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Glen, Houston; and Short of Bucyrus. Services were Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the First Christian Church in Houston, with Jeff Moore officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church of Houston. Elwyn Brill Elwyn Bryan Brill, 80, the second of nine children of Bryan and Bessie Brill, was born Jan. 31, 1924, at Plato. He died Sept. 6, 2004, at his home at Hazelton, Idaho. He graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1941 and entered the Army, where he served three years as a machine gunner with the 10th Mountain Division, 604th Field Artillery Battalion. He was awarded a Bronze Star. In 1947, he became a cowboy in Idaho. He traveled to Montana and Wyoming, where he operated the world's first log mortising machine, cutting ready-made log houses. He returned three years later to Idaho, developing land for farming. He farmed for Glenn Trail and Bill Morgan in Magic Valley and worked in the seed warehouse at Eden, Idaho, for 33 years. He retired in 1989. He married Shirley Rathbun Aug. 3, 1952. They had five children and later divorced. Mr. Brill loved to hunt, fish and climb mountains. When he tired of those, he would pick berries for jams and jellies. Each

Christmas, he would deliver these to family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his five children, James Brill of Phoenix, Ariz., Russel Brill of Las Vegas, Nev., Brenda Tornga and Tina Wyant of Boise, Idaho, and Steven Brill of Kimberly, Idaho; six brothers, Herbert Brill and Gene Brill of Cabool, Nuel Brill of Mountain Grove, Gerald Brill of Arlington, Va., Dwight Brill of Houston and Lyle Brill of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Elouise Updegraff of Manassas, Va., and Iolene Hagan of Hazelton, Idaho; 16 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were Sept. 11 at the Hazelton Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Seward officiating. Leonard Bryant Leonard W. Bryant, 86, son of William and Martha Ingold Bryant, was born Feb. 13, 1918, in the Pine Flat community south of Cabool. He died Sept. 9, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield after a sudden illness. He started working at age 9 on a milk route. He later did farm work, saw milling and machine work. He married Maderine Durnell April 28, 1945. They had a mechanic shop for more than a decade in Cabool. In 1961, they moved to a dairy farm at Licking. They retired in 1992 and moved to Cabool. Mr. Bryant lived in Mountain Grove for several years before returning to Cabool in January. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in November 1992; and siblings, Charlie, Walter, Bertha, Pearl, John, Earl, Albert, Violet, Willis and Carl. Surviving are great-nieces and nephews. Services were Sept. 11 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel in Cabool with George Earl Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery. Alma Prier Alma Fern Prier, 84, daughter of Albert Ritz and Minnie Hicks Ritz, was born June 16, 1920, at Licking. She died Sept. 10, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Benjamin Frank Prier Feb. 13, 1939. They had seven children. Mrs. Prier was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking since May 21, 1989. She professed her faith in Christ at an early age at Cantrell church. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; two sisters, Lela and Norma Ritz; and one brother, Carl Ritz. Surviving are her children, Dean Prier of Raymore, Roy Prier, Lynn Prier, Ralph Prier, Dorothy Vanatta and Leon Prier of Lee's Summit and Larry Prier of DeSoto, Kan.; one brother, Cecil Ritz of St. Louis; sisters, Thelma Miller of Ravenwood and Geneva McNew of Licking; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 15 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with David Jett and Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Bettye Gross Bettye June Gross, 72, daughter of Hershel and Pauline Taber, was born Feb. 25, 1932, at Fort Lyon, Colo. She died Sept. 13, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View. She was baptized Sept. 10, 2004, at Mountain View. She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Reba. Surviving are her mother of Mountain View; two sons, Jake Gross of Hartshorn and David Gross of Batesville, Ark.; one daughter Pat Hamilton of Mountain View; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Arroll Community Church at Arroll with the Rev. Oscar Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Arroll Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Don Rector Donald "Shorty" Loyd Rector, 77, son of Thomas Barton Rector and Leona Artrua Watts Rector, was born Feb. 17, 1927, at Waltonville, Ill. He died Sept. 11, 2004, after a short bout with cancer. Mr. Rector grew up during The Depression in rural Illinois. He served in the military 22 years during World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan, Korea, Newfoundland, Germany and various posts in the U.S. He retired in May 1968 and moved to Licking. He married Carmella Ester Capriglione May 1, 1949, at Tokyo, Japan. They had three children. Mr. Rector was a carpenter in the community and for a short time worked for the construction division of the Department of Conservation. He was instrumental in establishing local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters and spent countless hours to help ensure their success. He served terms as commander. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; one brother, Thurman Glenn; two grandchildren and special friend, Lanaye Turner. Surviving are two sons, Christopher Joseph and Peter Thomas of Licking; daughter, Leona Rae Forest of Norfolk, Va.; brother, Wayne Melvin, and sister, Evelyn Christine Schmidt Rector of Mount Vernon, Ill.

Graveside services with full military honors were Sept. 14 at the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Rudy Klotz Rudy Klotz, 85, son of William and Clara Klotz, was born July 18, 1919, in White County, Ark. He died Sept. 12, 2004, at Salem Memorial District Hospital. He served in the Army during World War II from May 1942 to July 1945 in the Philippines and New Guinea. He married Thelma Bay in St. Louis. They had three children. She preceded him in death Oct. 11, 2000. Mr. Klotz was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Licking. He married Fern Scarson Nov. 14, 2002. She died Oct. 2, 2003. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ed; and a sister, Carrie. Surviving are his children, Henrietta Jones of Jerome, Dene Kirn of Florissant and Mike Klotz of Licking; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 14 at the Free Will Baptist Church in Licking with the Rev. Max Courtney officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Boss Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking Peggy McKinney Services are 10:30 today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Peggy McKinney of Bucyrus. Burial will be in the Emory Cemetery. Mrs. McKinney, 74, died Monday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Peggy McKinney Margaret Ann "Peggy" McKinney, 74, daughter of Alan and Mamie Barnes Shoffeitt, was born Oct. 17, 1929, at Phoenix, Ariz. She died Sept. 12, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness. She was married to Vernon McKinney for 56 years. She enjoyed cooking and visiting. She was active in cancer fund-raising. Mrs. McKinney was a member of the Highway 17 Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband of the home; one son, Michael; one daughter, Peggy Kathleen; an adopted daughter, Renee; five brothers, Lowell, Donnie, Rex, Jackie and Alan; one sister, Muriel; and five grandchildren. Services were Sept. 16 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Don Pruitt officiating. Burial was in the Emory Cemetery. Louise Lee Georgia Louise Lee, 95, daughter of Carl and Alice Spidell Bush, was born March 23, 1909, at Loxa, Ill. She died Sept. 12, 2004, at the home of her son at Solo. She married Conrad Lee Sept. 1, 1928. They were married 62 years before his death. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters, two grandchildren and one greatgrandson. Surviving are three children, Karl of Solo, Joan Rowe of Creve Couer, Ill., and Bob of Arcola, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-grandchild, five step-grandchildren and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 18 at the Victory Worship Center at Cabool with the Rev. Dan McDonald officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Donovin Hatcher Donovin Ray Hatcher, infant son of Mamie Lou Creed Swindle and William Grant Hatcher Donovin, was born July 5, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He died Sept. 14, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Owen Swindle. Surviving are his parents; maternal grandparents, Judy and Donnie Swindle; paternal grandparents, Linda and James Hatcher; maternal great-grandmothers, Madine Scantlin and Mattie Lou Swindle. Graveside services were Sept. 17 at the Pine Lawn Cemetery with Terry Snelling officiating under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Donations may be made to Fox Funeral Home. Lizzie Segelhorst Lezlie Elizabeth "Lizzie" Segelhorst, infant daughter of Wesley and Joanna Segelhorst, was born Aug. 28, 2004. She died Sept. 14, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital at Mountain View. Surviving are her parents of Willow Springs; one sister, Kaitlin Segelhorst; her grandparents, Larry and Peggy Brown of Willow Springs, Daryl and Angie Grogan of Houston, Larry Segelhorst of Hartshorn and Steve and Janetta Foster of Cabool; great-grandparents, Betty Grogan and Ronnie Kupitz of Willow Springs, Mack and Christina Cooper of Houston

and Homer and Sue Stuart of Cabool. Services were Sept. 18 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Dorvan Stringer officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery. Will Pace William "Will" Adam Pace, 1-year-old son of Mike Joseph and Lori Michelle Roderick Pace, was born July 29, 2003, at Springfield. He died Sept. 15, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He lives on with his gift as an organ donor. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Roderick; and three great-grandfathers, Junior Pace, Doyle Bailey and Junior Roderick. Surviving are his parents of Rogersville; a brother, Dempsey Pace of the home; paternal grandparents, Larry and Pat Pace of Fordland; great-grandmothers, Eleanor Bailey of Springfield and Jessie Pace of Cape Fair; maternal grandparents, Phil and Amy Roderick of Rocky Mount; great-grandparents, Gerald and Mildred James of Houston, Mildred and Kenneth Spencer of Salem, Judy and Dan O'Connor of Springfield and Lynn and Kris Morrow of Jefferson City; and great-great-grandparents, Frank and Hilda Glore of Springfield. Services were Sept. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Rogersville with burial in West Finley Cemetery at Fordland under the direction of Preston-Marsh Funeral Home of Rogersville. Memorials may be made in his name at the State Bank of Southwest Missouri in Springfield. Eugene Ross Eugene Ross, 84, son of Orland and Leoma Ross, was born July 6, 1920, at Houston. He died Sept. 16, 2004, at Missouri Veterans Home at St. James. He attended elementary and high school at Houston. He married Blanch Cole June 30, 1940, in a ceremony performed by the Rev. J.R. Halbrook. They moved into their home at Houston July 1, 1940, where they continued to live until his death. They had one son March 18, 1943. Mr. Ross entered the Armed Services May 6, 1944. After being stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, for 18 months, he was shipped to Tokyo, Japan, in October 1945. He returned to Seattle, Wash., in May 1946. After an honorable discharge as staff sergeant in May 1946, he returned to Houston. He was employed at Ross Lumber Co. until he retired in 1982. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston, where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School for several years. He enjoyed making homemade ice cream and entertaining his Sunday School and Training Union classes at his home. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his wife and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy and Betty; and two brothers, James and Donald. Surviving are his wife of the home; one son, Gerald of Jefferson City; one sister, Ruth Wilson of Arkansas City, Ark.; and two grandchildren. Services were Sept. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Frank Childers officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. LeRoy Cody LeRoy Laurence Cody, 90, son of Frank Cody and Emma May Matthew Cody, was born Dec. 20, 1913, at St. George, Ill. He died Sept. 18, 2004, at Licking Park Manor. He married Frances Ione Noel Feb. 25, 1936. Mr. Cody had a variety of jobs including farm laborer, factory worker, timber and saw mill worker, dairy farmer and service station attendant. The Codys lived in Detroit, Mich., Mountain View, Ark., Lizton, Ind., Raymondville and Licking. They did a lot of traveling in their camper, particularly visiting family out west. Mr. Cody was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister as long as he was able, was on the parish council and contributed to the worship with his gift of song. He loved to sing church music, dance and play cards. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; sister, Lea Louise Cooprider; and brothers, Raymond Harry Cody, Lewis Francis Cody and Wilfred "Bill" Felix Cody. Surviving is a sister, Melvina Morgan of Danville, Ind. Services were Sept. 22 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Licking with Father Francis Brennan officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care. Clarence Davenport Clarence Edward Davenport, 78, son of John and Opal Davis Davenport, was born Aug. 5, 1926, at Success. He died Sept. 17, 2004, at Warrensburg following a lengthy illness.

He married Fern Sillyman April 18, 1951. They had three children. Mr. Davenport served in the Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his three children, Larry Davenport and Claralene Pospisil of Sedalia and Jerry Davenport of Utah; one brother, Kenneth Davenport of Houston; five sisters, Nina Hargis of Dixon, Violet Herndon of Houston, Shirley Gunter, Lovella Gunter and Georgina Richards of Success; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Success Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Moore and Gary Davenport officiating. Memorials may be made to the Success Baptist Church. Martin Miller Martin Henry Miller, 87, son of Martin Henry Miller and Nettie Bell Lawrence, was born Aug. 8, 1917, at Wedron, Ill. He died Sept. 19, 2004, at his home. He enjoyed western movies and animals including cows, chickens, dogs, birds and squirrels. He gave to many charities. Surviving are his wife; eight children, 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 21 at the Bell Cemetery with Elder Don Miller officiating. Virgil Addie Virgil Victor Addie, 87, son of Rollo Addie and Clarice Alverson Addie, was born June 4, 1917, at Emerald Grove, Wis. He died Sept. 23, 2004, at Springfield. As a veteran of World War II, he served in the Army's 760th Field Artillery Battalion. He served on Luzon Island in the Philippines and in New Guinea. He was part of the first occupational troops to enter Japan after its surrender. He was well-known in the southeast Wisconsin area for long-distance semi driving, residential construction and an aluminum siding installer. In Rio, Wis., he was the owner of A-C Auto Salvage. He had lived in Houston since June 1978 and served as an elder of the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) in his later years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Beachtel Addie in 1982, who he married in 1943; and two brothers, Russell and Sherwin Addie. Surviving are his second wife, Sylvia Seibel Addie of Houston, who he married in 1988; seven children, Cheryl Renly of Janesville, Wis., Jeannette Rogers of Waunakee, Wis., Jerrold Addie of Menomonie, Wis., Michael Addie of Moreno Valley, Calif., Walter Addie of Madison, Wis., and Martin Addie and Jamie Addie of Springfield; one sister, Bonita Rubitsky of Winter Park, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 27 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Tyson Ochs Tyson Chandler Ochs, 19, son of Dr. David Ochs and Debra Buckle, was born June 28, 1985, at Wichita, Kan. He died Sept. 24, 2004, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He graduated from Liberty High School in 2003. Surviving are his father; mother of Houston; brother, Tanner Ochs; sisters, Andrea Ochs and Melissa Moore; grandparents, Eleanor Ochs and Edward and Joan Buckle. Services were Sept. 28 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel in Liberty. Memorials may be made to the Tyson Ochs Memorial Fund, c/o Laurie Sutton, Clay County Savings Bank, P.O. Box 277, Liberty, Mo. 64069. David McAdams David Earl McAdams, 77, son of Earl and Lucille McAdams, was born Sept. 27, 1926, at Marshall. He died Sept. 26, 2004, at his home at Summersville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On his return, he worked with and traded livestock. He worked for the Chevrolet Corp. for many years in St. Louis. He took an early retirement and returned to Summersville to work for the ambulance service for 15 years before he fully retired. He married Wanda Jean Holland June 12, 1948, at Mountain View. They had three children. Mr. McAdams was a member of the First Baptist Church in Summersville, where he was Sunday School director and a deacon. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Lucy Summers and Iona Roark. Surviving are his three children, David Michael McAdams and Sandra Jean Smith of Summersville and Dennis Lee McAdams of Foristell; two brothers, Elmer McAdams of Alton, Ill., and Joel McAdams of Sardis, Miss.; one sister, Velma Sellers of South Haven, Miss.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 29 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Tommy Boyd and the Rev. Rick Purcell officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery. Oscar Sutton Oscar Gerald Sutton, 80, was born Dec. 5, 1923, at Topeka, Kan. He died Sept. 26, 2004, at Poplar Bluff Regional

Medical Center. He was the owner and manager of Licking Roofing Co. and a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Sutton was a member of the Little Brown General Baptist Church at Poplar Bluff. He enjoyed wood carving and his church. He married Rosie Atkins Sept. 6, 2003. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delores Simmon. Surviving are his wife, Rosie; children, Oscar Sutton Jr., Bob Ward, John, Danny Sutton of Bucyrus, Oscar Sutton of Branson, Tommy Sutton of Ava and Johnny Spurlock of Ellis Prairie; two daughters, Jenny and Mary; one sister, Barbara of Kansas City, Kan; one brother, Bill Sutton of Kansas City; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were Sept. 28 at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel at Keelyville with burial Sept. 29 in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery. Ina Gaston Ina Hunter Gaston, 88, daughter of Lucian and Ruth Stevenson Hunter, was born May 18, 1916, at Summersville. She died Sept. 23, 2004, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. She graduated from Summersville High School in 1935 and taught at Laidley, Pine Flat, Oak Ridge, Big Creek and Eunice. She married Frank Gaston Dec. 19, 1939. They had one daughter. The Gastons moved to St. Louis in the spring of 1942. Mrs. Gaston was an accountant clerk for Emerson Electric for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Friedens Chapel United Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, an infant and Irma Gaston. Surviving are her husband of St. Peters; daughter, Donna Miller of O'Fallon; two sisters, Leora Hubbs of Washington, Mo., and Aleda Hubbs of Richland, Wash.; one brother, Carl Hunter of Houston; two grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Services were Sept. 27 at the Styger Funeral Chapel in St. Peters with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Henry Boster Henry M. Boster, 84, son of Rollie Boster and Elizabeth Beaver Boster, was born Sept. 23, 1920, at St. Louis. He died Oct. 2, 2004, at Houston House. Mr. Boster served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Talamanca in the South Pacific during World War II. He was discharged Aug. 3, 1945. He married Winifred "Winnie" F. Kelley Oct. 3, 1959. They were married 44 years before her death March 30, 2003. Mr. Boster worked for McDonell Douglas in St. Louis for 27 years, retiring in 1982. The Bosters moved to east of Raymondville following his retirement. He enjoyed farm life, the outdoors, hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a member of Souls Harbor Family Worship. Surviving are two half sisters, Catherine Pope of Union and June Sipeer of Prineville, Ore. Services were Oct. 5 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Sharan Isbell Sharan L. Kell Isbell, 51, daughter of Oren and Betty Kell, was born Feb. 3, 1953, at Raymondville. She died Oct. 3, 2004, at her home in St. Charles. She was senior records clerk for SBC in St. Louis for three years. Surviving are her husband, Steven D. Isbell of St. Charles; father of Licking; mother of Raymondville; two daughters, Carla Jane Ruble and Ashley May Ruble of St. Charles; one brother, Oscar Kell of St. Louis; and one granddaughter. Private services were planned with cremation following under the direction of Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles. Visitation is 3 to 8 this evening (Thursday) at the Baue Chapel in St. Charles. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Viola Erwin Services under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool are 2 o'clock Friday at the Ozark Baptist Church for Viola Erwin of Houston. Mrs. Erwin, 81, died Monday at the Kabul Nursing Home. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery. Eva Swearengin Arrangements under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime Wednesday for Eva Swearengin

of Houston. Mrs. Swearengin, 37, died Wednesday morning at her home. Viola Erwin Viola Serene Scheets Erwin, 81, daughter of Walter B. and Ida Pruitt Scheets, was born Feb. 8, 1923, at Yukon. She died Oct. 4, 2004, at the Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool after a long illness. She accepted the Lord as Savior as a young girl and was a member of the Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church. As a teenager, she sang in a trio with her sisters, Myrtle and Ethel, and was a member of the Big Creek choir at singing conventions in the area. She was also a member of a quartet with Myrtle and sometimes Ethel and Jim and Virgil Bandy. During World War II, because of her father's illness, she took over the responsibilities of running their general store at Yukon. She made trips to Cabool to meet the train to get cattle feed for farmers in the area. She married J. Ralph Erwin of Solo in 1946. They purchased half ownership in the Scheets General Store, where they worked with her parents for five years. In 1951, they sold their interest in the store and moved to Kentucky, where Ralph worked at the atomic plant in Puducah. Their daughter was born while they lived in Kentucky. In 1954, they returned to Yukon and purchased a farm near Mrs. Erwin's parents. They remained on the farm until they retired and moved to Houston. Mrs. Erwin was an exceptional pie maker. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John Scheets and Randle Scheets; and one sister, Ethel Bandy Baker. Surviving are her husband of the home in Houston; one daughter, Sherry Lea Gatlin of Houston; one brother, W. Ted Scheets of Houston; one sister, Myrtle McKinney of Burbank, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Services were Oct. 8 at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Hamilton and David Gourley officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Eva Swearengin Eva May L'Heureux Swearengin, 37, daughter of Maurice and Evie May Huestis L'Heureux, was born March 24, 1967, at Price, Utah, the day after her mother's birthday. She died Oct. 6, 2004, at her home in Houston following an illness of several months. The L'Heureux family lived in Ferran, Utah, and moved several times, locating in Houston in the spring of 1979. Eva started the seventh grade at Houston that fall and graduated in 1985 from Houston High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Kent Swearengin, Jan. 1, 1987. They had three children. The Swearengins moved several times to finish their schooling. They settled in Houston to raise their children. Mrs. Swearengin graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a teacher's aide at the Houston Schools and was looking forward to the day she would have her own class of students. She loved teaching, art and music and was baptized in the Christian church. Surviving are her husband of the home; three children, Trevor, Travis and Kelli of the home; her father of Kennan, Wis.; mother of Iron River, Wis.; four brothers, Eric L'Heureux of Piedmont, Harold L'Heureux and Ernest L'Heureux of Iron River, Wis., Daniel L'Heureux of Port Wing, Wis.; a half brother, Aaron L'Heureux of Kennan, Wis.; five sisters, Doris Jensen of Clawson, Utah, Amy Colby of Maple, Wis., Sandra Dorothy of Richland and Judy Pounds and Pamela Brown of Houston. Services were Oct. 9 at the First Christian Church in Houston with Bob Martin, Jeff Moore and Randle Scheets officiating. Burial with Harry Hayes officiating was in the Central Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Eldon Stark Charles Eldon Stark, 56, son of Virgil Norvin and June Nadine Clark Stark, was born Feb. 21, 1948, at Houston. He died Oct. 6, 2004, at his home at Houston. He grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Houston High School in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Army June 26, 1968. He served in Vietnam and received the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Marksman (rifle) Badge. He was honorably discharged June 25, 1970. He returned to Houston, where he worked as an auto mechanic. He had a wide knowledge of cars and was known as one of the best auto body men. He loved to hunt and fish and roller skate. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his four children, Sharon Steadman of Cedar Hill, Amanda Stark of Fulton, Charles Stark Jr. of the home and Loretta King of Rolla; one brother, Ray Stark of Houston; five sisters, Christina Cooper, Erma Tyree and Marlene Neal of Houston, Sherry Mahurin of Kirksville and Sue Hodges of Norwood; and six grandchildren. Graveside services were Oct. 9 at the Oak Hill Cemetery with Chaplain Belva Tarrant officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Jimmy VanHorn Jimmy Doil VanHorn, 58, son of Ray VanHorn and Lorene Violet Steelman VanHorn Bryson, was born Dec. 5, 1945, at Oakland, Calif. He died Oct. 9, 2004, at his home at Imperial after a 13-year battle with multiple sclerosis. He married Ida Jeanette Hanlon in 1964 at St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nancy and Richard VanHorn and William Albert and Estelle Perry Steelman; his father; and his younger sister, Betty Jean. Surviving are his children, Maria Neugebauer of Bonne Terre, Greg VanHorn and Jimmy VanHorn of Houston and Christi Lagasse of Afton; two brothers, James VanHorn of Fenton and Lonnie VanHorn of Imperial; three sisters, Pat Davis of St. Peters, Linda McFerrin of Imperial and Bonnie Cox of Maplewood; his mother, who cared for him the last seven years; and eight grandchildren. Services were Oct. 12 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Albert Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery, Rolla Sims Rolla Wilson Sims, 91, of Chesterfield, Va., died Oct. 9, 2004. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and retired mechanic with DSC-R (Bellwood). He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Christine Sims. Surviving are his son, Donald D. Sims; daughter, Shirley Ann Sims of Houston; sister, Ruby S. Corn; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Oct. 12 at the Sunset Memorial Park in Chester, Va., under the direction of Morrissett Funeral Home of Richmond, Va. Gerald Noirfalise Gerald Richard Noirfalise, 75, son of Harold Francis Noirfalise and Veva Gutshald Allen, was born April 19, 1929, at Joliet, Ill. He died Oct. 11, 2004, in Springfield following a short illness. He married Mary Elizabeth Reinbrecht May 1, 1953, at Elgin, Ill. They had six children. Mr. Noirfalise served in the Korean War for five years and was awarded several medals. He spent five years working at Producers Inc. in Evansville, Ind., and a number of years at American Dairy in Evansville. The Noirfalises moved to Houston Aug. 6, 1978. Since that time he worked for Romines Ford Lincoln Mercury. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church, where he was an usher for several years. His hobby was flying model airplanes, winning several trophies over the years. He was preceded in death by a son, William Gilbert Noirfalise. Surviving are his wife of the home; four daughters, Debbie Noirfalise of Bull Shoals, Ark., Evelyn Dillman of Success, Cathy Taylor of Richland City, Ind., and Diane Hillard of Fort Branch, Ind.; one son, Harold Noirfalise of Joplin; four sisters, Carol Smith of Woodridge, Ill., Sarah Jo Littlefield of Elizabeth City, N.C., Helen Frances Sexton of Charleston, S.C., and Ella Claire Williams of Sunrise, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Saturday at the Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Wesley Wallace and the Rev. Brad Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church. Anna O. Parmenter Services are 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Houston for Anna Parmenter. The Rev. Ben Gard and the Rev. Wesley Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Parmenter, 95, died Monday at Heritage Park Manor at Rolla. Ruth L. Smith Services are 2 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Ruth L. Smith. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Smith, 82, died Tuesday at her home at Houston. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Gladys Watson Arrangements under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime Wednesday for Gladys Watson. Mrs. Watson, 95, died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter at Edwards. Anna Parmenter Anna Medlock Parmenter, 95, daughter of James Medlock and Ellen Blankenship Medlock, was born Oct. 16, 1908, at Houston. She died Oct. 11, 2004, at Heritage Park Nursing Home at Rolla. She married Roy Parmenter Dec. 19, 1926. They had two children and parented two nephews, Norman West and Roy Van West, and a niece, Twila Mercer. The Parmenters were married 46 years before his death in 1972.

Mrs. Parmenter was a homemaker and seamstress. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Houston. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews. Surviving are her daughter, Thelma Brown of Rolla; her son, Lonnie Parmenter of Springfield; niece, Twila Mercer of Cabool; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 14 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Gard and the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Cemetery. Ruth L. Smith Ruth L. Smith, 82, daughter of James and Elizabeth Fulbright Quinn, was born March 3, 1922, at Wichita, Kan. She died Oct. 12, 2004, at her home north of Houston following several months illness. She married Dick Smith in 1940. They had four children. Mrs. Smith spent the early years of her life in Mountain Grove. The Smiths moved to Houston in 1952. She immediately became a part of the community as a businesswoman, operating the Houston DX and Midtown Skelly stations. She also worked for the forestry service. Whatever it took to make a living for her family, she was willing to do. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ralph; her husband in 1984, as well as three sisters, Minnie, Georgia and Viola, and one brother, Bill. Surviving are her children, Alene Elliott of Alma, William Smith Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, and Carol Vasseur of DeWitt, Ark.; 11 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren and adopted grandchildren and her pets, Missy, Peekaboo, Mutt and Sparkplug. Services were Oct. 15 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Gladys Watson Gladys Golden Watson, 95, daughter of Charles Vernon Scurlock and Betty May Elliott Scurlock, was born Sept. 12, 1909, at Roby. She died Oct. 13, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Pauline. She married William Henry Watson Oct. 2, 1926. They had four daughters. Mrs. Watson accepted Jesus as her savior in 1956. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; four brothers, Leslie, Bill, Jess and Wayne; two daughters, Dolly May and Ruby Marie; and three grandchildren. Surviving are two daughters, Dora Lipe and Pauline Taylor; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 17 greatgreat-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 16 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Sykes and the Rev. David Meade officiating. Burial was in the Long Hollow Cemetery. Troy Cole Troy William Cole, 70, son of William P. Cole and Opal F. Peck Cole, was born July 26, 1934, at Norwood. He died Oct. 13, 2004, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. He married Betty J. Cole Aug. 1, 1970. They lived at Edwardsville, Ill. He was a 1952 graduate of Houston High School and received his bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University, his master's degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his certificate of specialist from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was an educational consultant and program administrator for the Illinois State Board of Education, dedicating 27 years to public education. He was also a published educational author. He coached youth soccer at Edwardsville, where he had lived since 1970. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home; three sons, Vance Cole of Peru, Ind., Kort Cole of Troy, Ill., and Kade Cole of Dorsey, Ill.; one daughter, Lori Spayde of Kokomo, Ind.; one sister, Carolee Roberts; two brothers, Gary Cole and Terry Cole; and four grandchildren. The body was cremated and private services were held under the direction of Laughlin Funeral Home in Troy, Ill. Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 124 N. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63124. Leo Breedlove Leo Floyd Breedlove, 73, son of Ernest and Leona Brooks Breedlove, was born April 3, 1931, at Lynchburg. He died Oct. 14, 2004, at Fort Leonard Wood. He was saved in 1991 at the Roby Assembly of God. Mr. Breedlove was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He worked at a variety of jobs until his health restricted him. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Ernest Breedlove Jr., William, Charles, Lester and David; and one sister, Vivian Campbell. Surviving are three brothers, Vernon Breedlove of Houston, Donald Breedlove of Bucyrus and Daniel Breedlove of Lynchburg; and one sister, Joyce Carmack of Roby.

Services were Oct. 18 at the Roby Assembly of God with the Rev. Gary Garner and the Rev. Nathan Pyatt officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. David Frye David Edly Frye, 92, son of Samuel Spencer and Lavinia Anne Richardson Frye, was born May 25, 19112, near Oakside. He died Oct. 15, 2004, at Mountain View Healthcare in Mountain View, where he was a resident for the last 13 months. He grew up in the Oakside community. He married Pauline Smotherman Nov. 13, 1941. They had one son and lived in the Summersville area before moving to Mountain View in 1994. Mr. Frye farmed and did sawmill work in his early years. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Noble, Lloyd, Lee and a twin who died at birth; and one sister, Leree Harsh. Surviving are his wife of Mountain View Healthcare; son, Archie Frye of Spring Hill, La.; stepdaughter, Jean Helton of Summersville; two sisters, Irene "Babe" Culpepper of Mountain View and Wanda Samuelson of Des Moines, Iowa; one brother, Bill Frye of Mountain View; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 14-great-great-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 18 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chester Webster officiating. Burial was in the Oakside Cemetery near Summersville. Brad Kinserlow Elvin Bradley Kinserlow, 28, son of Elvin Leroy Kinserlow and Sandra Dianne Labbee Kinserlow, was born April 9, 1976, at Houston. He died Oct. 17, 2004, at Hartshorn. He married Erin Kathleen Friel March 4, 1995. They had two children. He loved the outdoors and riding four wheelers with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Mariah Stark; and grandfathers, Al Kinserlow and Cob Brim. Surviving are his wife of Summersville; two children, Payton Lyn and Shae Ashlyn Kinserlow of the home at Summersville; two sisters, Jodi Shafer of Summersville and Amy Spiltzer of Elkland; grandparents, Eula Brim of Hartshorn, Bob and Marian Labbee of Elkland and Lauri Kinserlow of Licking; stepfather, Randy Romines of Houston; and a sister, Nicki Kinserlow of Houston. Services were Oct. 19 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Arvel Schweighauser officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Vena Brown Vena Brown, 81, daughter of James and Sallie Pruitt Manes, was born Oct. 18, 1922. She died Oct. 17, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister. Surviving are two daughtesr, Bernice Boothe of Licking and Ann Colburn of Killeen, Texas; one brother, Elva Manes of Gulfport, Ill.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Oct. 20 at the Licking Cemetery with Larry Tubbs officiating under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Edna Spring Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking for Edna Spring of Licking. Mrs. Spring, 83, died Tuesday at Houston House. Edna Spring Edna Loraine Spring, 83, daughter of Walter and Lena Bergman Stults, was born Sept. 8, 1921, at Houstonia. She died Oct. 19, 2004, at Houston House. She married Elbert B. Springs June 14, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Surviving are her husband of the home at Licking; and son, Robert, of Sparta. Services were Oct. 21 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Wilma Kivett Wilma Christene Kivett, 84, daughter of Jens K. and Caroline Nielsen, was born March 11, 1918. She died Oct. 26, 2004. Some of her earliest memories were of her little brothers hitching a team to pick corn. After graduation, she taught in a one-room school. She earned her beautician's license and headed west to Los Angeles, where she met and married William C. Kivett. As her husband completed his final years of service, they had three children. After retiring from the Marine Corps, the Kivetts moved to Oregon, where he attended college and worked for the forest service. After his retirement, they moved in the early '70s to a farm at Beulah.

Mrs. Kivett worked with her hands: sewing, knit, canning, furniture refinishing and gardening. She loved to fish but couldn't swim. She was a keen card player but missed cribbage points. She league bowled at Fort Leonard Wood for 20 years and always had chocolate chips cookies in the jar with a back-up in the freezer and a pot of coffee brewing. She was preceded in death by her brother, Marten; and a sister, Margaret Jaszarowski. Surviving are her husband; children, Aleda, Lyle and Franklin; brother, Russell of Atlantic, Iowa; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 30 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Wayne Strohschein officiating. Burial was in the O'Malley Cemetery near Duke. Maxine Helton Luvena Maxine Helton, 71, daughter of Henry Benton and Rosa Mabel Lee Hildebrand, was born Feb. 17, 1933, near Evening Shade. She died Oct. 29, 2004, at her home following several months illness. She married Luther C. Helton Oct. 13, 1951. They had four children. Mrs. Helton spent her lifetime in the Plato and Roby communities, where she and her husband raised their family. She was a homemaker and seamstress, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a great cook and an accomplished musician. Along with singing in the H & H Quarter from 1965 to 1980, she played numerous instruments. If special music was needed for funerals or other occasions, she was willing to help. Her Christian life began many years ago. She was preceded in death by her son, John Bentley, Aug. 6, 1978; parents; a brother, Glen Hildebrand; and two sisters, Ozelda Havens and Irene Cochran. Surviving are her husband of more than 53 years; her children, Marsha Richards, Pamela Fletcher and Theresa Ryan of Plato; two brothers, Melvin Hildebrand of Licking and Gale Hildebrand of Plato; two sisters, Josie Graner of Roby and Novella Pfahl of Killeen, Texas; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 1 at the Palace Union Church with Mike Hutsell and Gary Hutsell officiating. Burial was in the Palace Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Paul Riley Paul Lester Riley, 96, son of Ben and Minnie Riley, was born Jan. 28, 1908, on the family farm a few feet from his present home. He died Oct. 29, 2004. Mr. Riley graduated with a teacher's training certificate in 1928 from Summersville High School. He taught several years in one-room schools. He worked for the railroad for a time. Due to his father's illness, he returned to the family farm to help his mother support the family and allow his younger brothers to attend school. He spent his life farming with a brief time as rural mail carrier. He married Sadann Hailey Nov. 27, 1942. They had two sons. He was preceded in death 25 days by his wife of more than 61 years; his parents and three sisters. Surviving are his sons, James W. Riley of Kansas City and David F. Riley of Corvallis, Ore.; two brothers, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 3 at the Bethel Community Church with the Rev. Gary Murrell and the Rev. Chester Webster officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home Summersville. Ann Zablocki Ann D. Zablocki, 88, of Willow Springs, died Oct. 30, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Services are Nov. 6 at Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home at Clifton, N.J. Local arrangements were under the direction of ElliottGentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Herman Huskey Herman Eugene Huskey, 78, son of George Washington Huskey and Josephine Mitchell Huskey, was born July 14, 1926, near Summersville. He died Oct. 31, 2004. He married Evelyn Koller Aug. 28, 1948. They were married 56 years and had three sons. Mr. Huskey worked for Union Electric for more than 30 years, where he held various positions. He retired as foreman. The Huskeys moved back to Summersville in 1990. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Violet and Velma. Surviving are his wife of the home at Summersville; three sons, Frank Huskey of Olathe, Kan., Larry Huskey of Mission, Kan., and John Huskey of Summersville; four sisters, Virginia Young of Brighton, Ill., Bonnie Ament and Beulah Rust of Summersville and Aileen Kelley of Granite City, Ill. Services were Nov. 2 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery.

Roger Welch Roger Lee Welch, 64, son of Cecil and Bernice Welch, was born Aug. 15, 1940, at Summersville. He died Oct. 24, 2004, at Nathan Adelson Hospice Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., after a fight with cancer. He was baptized at a young age and attended the Summersville Church of Christ while living in the area. He graduated from high school in 1958 and moved to Chicago, Ill. He worked for many years in the steel mills and was later involved in the real estate business. In 1989, he moved to Nixa to help care for his mother until her death. In recent years, he lived at Henderson, Nev., and enjoyed visiting with friends at the Henderson Senior Center and taking computer classes until his illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and his son, Mitchell. Surviving are his children, Cindy Garcia and Larry Welch of Worth, Ill., Robin Cordell of Crystal Lake, Ill., Dawn Ramos of Oak Forest, Ill., and Brenda Welch of Orland Hills, Ill.; a sister, Carol Hunt of Nixa; a stepdaughter, Wanda of Joliet, Ill.; and nine grandchildren. A memorial visitation is 2 to 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel at Summersville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or hospice. At his request, the body was donated to the International Institute of Advancement for Medicine to aid in finding a cure for cancer. Cleda Bishop Suggs Cleda Lucille Bishop Suggs, 91, daughter of Frank and Ann Ford Bishop, was born July 2, 1913, in Texas County. She died Oct. 29, 2004, at University Park Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She married Everett Suggs July 4, 1930, at Coffeyville, Kan., where they lived most of their life. They owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store for many years. After Mrs. Suggs' health began to fail, she moved to Colorado Springs to be near her daughter. She was a life-long member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; a sister and grandchild. Surviving are a son, Derrill Suggs of Norman, Okla.; a daughter, Beverly Price of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Wayne Bishop of Coffeyville, Kan., and Donald Bishop of Pryor, Okla.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 5 at the Penwell-Gabel Graves Chapel with burial in the Fairview Cemetery. Larry Blake James Larry Blake, 64, son of William Blake and Mary Katherine Smith Blake, was born April 14, 1940, at Henderson, Ky. He died Oct. 30, 2004, at his home in Summersville. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1957 to December 1979, where he was a system analyst. He retired from the Navy in 1979 and had lived in Summersville for the last three years. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Leona; and a grandson. Surviving are four children, Dawn Blake-Keud of Missoula, Mont., Brian Blake of Tracy, Calif., Debbie Blake of Carmichael, Calif., and Shannon Blake-Miller of Oceanside, Calif.; one sister, Dolly Mae; 10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Private services were Nov. 5 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel. Military rites were in California. The body was cremated. Marie Sroaf Marie Ellen Wichmann Sroaf, 82, died Nov. 3, 2004, at St. Louis. Surviving is a sister, Myrtle Riley of Licking. A memorial service will be held later under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Nettie DeSmedt Antoinette "Nettie" Helen DeSmedt, 93, youngest of five brothers and three sisters who were the children of August and Catherine Frey Peters, was born June 9, 1911, at Glennonville. She died Nov. 3, 2004, at Bethesda Southgate at St. Louis. She grew up in St. Louis and moved to Dent County. She married Arthur James DeSmedt in 1943. They had two children and lived on a farm at Rhyse. Mrs. DeSmedt was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem and a member of the 3rd Order of St. Francis. She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Edmond, Reinhold, Engelbert, Matlida, Frances, Leo, Johanna and Joseph. Surviving are her children, Paul of Oakville and Mary Hildebrand of Plato; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mass was Nov. 6 at St. Vincent DePaul at Roby with Father Joseph Orthel officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery at Salem under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking.

Aileen Wofford Sarah Aileen Wofford, 89, daughter of Marion and Hattie Nelson York, was born Sept. 2, 1915, at Licking. She died Nov. 3, 2004, at Licking Park Manor at Licking. She attended the Licking Schools through the ninth grade and accepted Christ as her personal savior at Mount Olive church in 1932. She married Ernest Walter Wofford Sept. 12, 1936. They had two children. She was preceded in death by her husband in January 1979; daughter, Shirley D. Wofford Terry in July 1982; twin brothers, who died in infancy; two brothers, Cyrus and Rocial York; and three sisters, Eva Hollanbeck, Verna Crewell and Leora Krewson. Surviving are one daughter, Bonnie J. Wofford Tallant of Waynesville; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 7 at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Burial was in the Mount Olive Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home. Kenney Baney Kenney "Dicky" Sterlin Baney, 63, son of Sterlin and Ruby Haggard Baney, was born Aug. 23, 1941, in Texas County. He died Nov. 5, 2004, at his home near Huggins following a fight against cancer. He married Betty Sue Coble March 5, 1966. They had two daughters. Mr. Baney drove a school bus, worked as a custodian, owned a milk route and was a dairy farmer for the last 24 years. He was a charter member and fireman for the Huggins Number One Fire Department. In his earlier years, he had a champion coonhound, Smokey, with whom he hunted many hours and won numerous awards. He continued to own, raise and hunt bluetick hounds until his death. He got the diagnosis of cancer in 2002 and was able by God's grace to enjoy life for the next three years. When his health prevented him from walking, he bought a Gator to enable him to enjoy the farm and outdoors. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Oscar and Amy Murr Baney; and maternal grandparents, Harvey and Elizabeth Shelley Haggard. Surviving are his wife of the home; two daughters, Arla Gaye Prock and Darla Leeanne Conway of Mountain Grove; his parents of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Shirley Smith of Mountain Grove and Margie Cook of Cabool; and five grandchildren. Services were Nov. 8 at the Number One Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Hurley and the Rev. Derrel Friend officiating. Burial was in the Bado Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home of Mountain Grove. Wilbur Rodgers Wilbur Lynn Rodgers, 80, son of Arthur and Ellen Dixon Rodgers, was born Sept. 18, 1924, at Licking. He died Nov. 7, 2004, at Rolla. Mr. Rodgers attended Licking School and served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Chevrolet in St. Louis and Flint, Mich. He was a member of United Automobile Workers and retired from Schwitzer/Wallace Murray in 1986. He married Joyce E. Garrison Dec. 22, 1954. They had three children. They lived in Flint, Mich., and in Fenton for 14 years before returning to Licking in 1968. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rhonda Ellen Rodgers in 1958; his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Irene Smith. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Arthur L. Rodgers of Marrero, La., and James N. Rodgers of Licking; and a sister, Nell Ambuehl of Granite City, Ill. Services were Nov. 10 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. David Jett officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery near Licking. Lucille Skaggs Lucille O. Skaggs, 94, died Nov. 5 at Licking Park Manor. Services were Nov. 9 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Dutch Chapel Cemetery near Plato. Memorials may be made to the Licking Park Manor Christmas Fund. Helen Hollandsworth Services 10 o'clock Thursday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Helen Hollandsworth of Raymondville. The Rev. Wesley Wallace and the Rev. Lawrence Chapman will officiate. Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery near Salem. Mrs. Hollandsworth, 92, died Tuesday morning at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Evans chapel. Sheila Ramsbottom Sheila Anne Price Ramsbottom, 65, of Montague, Calif., died Nov. 1, 2004, at her home following a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 8, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., she moved to Missouri as a child and attended Friendship Elementary School near

Raymondville and Houston High School. She married Carl "Tuck" Ramsbottom of Gallatin. They made their home in Shelton, Wash., until his death in 1997, after which she moved to California to be near her daughters. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one grandson. Surviving are two daughters, Jackie Lester of Montague, Calif., and Suni Cunningham of Grenada, Calif.; one son, Jason Ramsbottom of Frederick, Md.; two brothers, Robert Price of Morgantown, Ind., and Jerry Price of Dennison, Texas; three sisters, Barbara Burkhart of Orlando, Fla., and Blanche Archer and Georgia Maxwell of Jamesport; a stepsister, Shirley Umfleet of Licking; a stepbrother, Larry VanDeusen of Licking. Memorial services were Nov. 8 in California under the direction of Girdner Funeral Home of Yreka, Calif. Lucille Skaggs Lucille Opal Carson Skaggs, 94, daughter of Charley and Pearl Greer Carson, was born June 20, 1910, at Cherryvale, Kan. She died Nov. 5, 2004, at Licking Park Manor, where she had been a resident for the last 16 years. She graduated in 1928 from Labette County High School at Altamont, Kan. She married Bert Raymond Skaggs June 18, 1931, at Cherryvale, Kan. They had five children. In 1941, the Skaggs moved from Kansas to Plymouth, Mich. They brought a farm on Piney River in 1946 and moved there. In 1953, they sold the farm and purchased one at Plato. After the children were grown, they sold it and bought a smaller farm nearby. She was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a farmer's wife and baby-sat for her grandchildren as well as children in Michigan, Kansas and Missouri. She loved to sew and make quilts for her family. She grew big gardens every year, canning and freezing, making jelly and sour cream cookies. After her husband's death in 1971, she sold the farm and moved to Licking. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eunice Stout; brothers, Lloyd Carson and a baby brother who died at birth; two grandsons and one great-grandson who died at birth. Surviving are her children, Raymond Leroy Skaggs of Niangua, James Eugene Skaggs of Plymouth, Mich., and Alma Alice Mooney, Betty Ann Bates and Delbert Leo Skaggs of Licking; 12 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 9 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Jett officiating. Burial was in the Dutch Chapel Cemetery near Plato in Wright County. Ed Evans Edward "Ed" Junior Evans, 79, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Caleb Evans, was born March 13, 1925, at Signal Hills, Calif. He died Nov. 5, 2004, at San Antonio, Texas. As a boy, he and his brother and three sisters were raised by their aunt and uncle, Ethel and Charlie Dixon. They lived east of Licking and attended the Licking Schools. He married Geraldine Marie Rainey Aug. 1, 1942, in St. Louis. They had four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two infant daughters and his brother, Everett "Roy" Evans. Surviving are his son, Edward C. Evans of Raymondville; daughter, Deborah Lemburg of Bakersfield, Calif.; three sisters, Mina Kontz of O'Fallon, Alma Williams of Sullivan and Charlene West of St. Charles; six grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Helen Hollandsworth Helen Shults Hollandsworth, 92, daughter of Hayden and Ethel Shults, was born Sept. 16, 1912, at Jack. She died Nov. 9, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. As a young child, her family moved to the Joy community, where she grew up and attended the one-room Leeds School. After graduating from Salem High School, she attended college at Bolivar. She taught at rural schools in Texas and Dent counties for 12 years. She later did substitute teaching for the Raymondville School. She married Thomas Hollandsworth Nov. 19, 1938. He preceded her in death Aug. 3, 1993. The Hollandsworths lived in the Ashley Creek community for eight years before moving to Raymondville in 1950. They purchased a general store, selling it in 1970. They enjoyed a retirement filled with hobbies and traveling. Mrs. Hollandsworth was active in the community. She was secretary/treasurer of the Blue Heaven Club for a number of years. She joined the Joy Baptist Church as a young girl and was active in the Raymondville Baptist Church until her death. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and only sister, Eula Derryberry. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Services were Nov. 11 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace and the Rev. Lawrence Chatman officiating. Burial was in the Dry Fork Cemetery near Salem. Bertha Ray Almeda Bertha Ray, 81, daughter of James Oscar Sykes and Gladys Steelman Sykes, was born July 20, 1923, at Ink.

She died Nov. 11, 2004. She married Dallas Ray Feb. 8, 1946. They had two children. For many years Mrs. Ray was a cookie packer in the Sunshine Biscuit Co. in St. Louis. After retirement, the Rays moved to the Summersville area, where she was an active member of the Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marcella; and three sisters, Ethel, Ileda and Alta. Surviving are her husband of Hillsboro; son, Frank Ray of Hillsboro; stepson, Ronnie Ray of St. Louis; three brothers, Raymond Sykes of Houston, Thurman Sykes of Summersville and Leroy Sykes of House Springs; six sisters, Thelma Pittman, Ruby Bradway, Evelyn Richards and Myrtle Young of Summersville, Mildred Pyatt of Salem and Juanita Orchard of Hillsboro; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 15 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Ronald Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. The Rev. Cleo Barnett James Cleo Barnett, 63, son of James Frank and Alice Barnett, was born Aug. 19, 1941, at Summersville. He died Nov. 13, 2004. He married Dixie Kay Graves March 12, 1983, at Burlington, Kan. They had 10 children. He was preceded in death by his father; sons, Jeffery Allen Barnett and James Cleo Barnett Jr.; infant brothers, Sherman Dean and Donald Eugene; and a granddaughter. Surviving are his children, Mark Garnier of Lenexa, Kan., Randy Barnett of Lake of the Ozarks, Shelly Hurd and Jennie Lopez of San Antonio, Texas, Judy Hunter of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Shayne Dehm of Olathe, Kan., Brenda Barnett of Emporia, Kan., and U.S. Petty Officer Jimmie Howard Dehm of Norfolk, Va.; 17 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Faith in the Word Church at Summersville with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley and the Rev. John Atchison officiating. George J. Boesl George J. Boesl, 79, son of Earl Joseph Boesl and Ada Mae Vaughn, was born April 21, 1925, at Martin, S.D. He died Nov. 12, 2004, at his home at Houston. Mr. Boesl enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 19, 1942, prior to completing high school. He served in World War II in the southwest Pacific, receiving three Purple Hearts, five major battle Combat Stars, one Presidential Citation, First Battalion Citation and the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. He was presented an honorary high school diploma by the state of Missouri as a result of "Operation Recognition" honoring World War II veterans who were unable to complete high school as a result of military duty. He married Lois Arlene Linn May 22, 1947, at Dunn. They had three children and settled briefly in Martin, S.D., before moving to the Houston area in 1950. He worked at Watson's Hardware for 18 years. In 1968, he and local businessman, Windsor "Pete" Elmore, went into partnership and started Houston Furniture. They operated the business until their retirement in 1987. After his wife's death in 1983, he married Nancy Elmore. Mr. Boesl enjoyed many activities including woodworking, providing bluebird houses for church camps and vacation Bible schools, traveling, fishing and family gatherings. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston for more than 50 years, serving in many capacities. He was a 50-year member of he American Legion, Masons and Eastern Star. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, David C. "Pop" Lyles; two brothers, Albert Boesl and Don Meckem; two sisters, Francis Bowman and Pearl Meyer; and his second wife, Nancy. Surviving are his children, Georgia Adey of Hillsboro, Earl Boesl of Bartlesville, Okla., and Sharon Rees of Houston; two sisters, Bonnie Manuel of Camby, Ore., and Earlene Spurlin of Winder, Ga.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were Nov. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Houston with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International. Lois Cochran Lois Ermal Cochran, 83, daughter of James Luther and Avo Isabelle Willhite Ellis, was born April 4, 1921, at Kinderpost. She died Nov. 12, 2004. Mrs. Cochran was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She worked for the American Red Cross in St. Louis and Fort Leonard Wood for 20 years, retiring in 1983. She loved to cook and bake for family and friends. She enjoyed playing games and cards at the Rolla Senior Center. After moving to the Dayton, Ohio, area in 2002, she participated in the Fairborn, Ohio, senior citizens card games. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Marvin R. Cochran. Surviving are her daughter, Carol Ann Cochran Waskiewicz of Riverside, Ohio; stepdaughter, Lois Cochran Keeney of St. Louis; stepson, Dale Cochran of Raymondville; sisters, Mildred Stone of Fresno, Calif., and Edith Atkisson of Licking; and three grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Friday at the Rolla Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary with Pastor Mike Collins officiating.

Burial will be in the Licking Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 8 today (Thursday) evening. Patricia Workman Patricia P. Workman, 63, daughter of Carl C. and Lucille Evelyn Thomas Workman, was born Aug. 12, 1941, at Mason City, Iowa. She died Nov. 14, 2004, at the home of her daughter near Plato. Prior to moving to the Plato community, she had retired after 35 years with K-Mart in Phoenix, Ariz. She had worked at Life Care Center at Waynesville and belonged to the Palace Union Church for the last three years. She was preceded in death by her parents; and dog, Biscutt. Surviving are her three children, Dawn Mayberry of Plato, Daren Burrier of Guam and Donna Novak of Chandler, Ariz.; one brother, Roger Workman of Mason City, Iowa; and six grandchildren. Services were Nov. 16 at the Palace Union Church with Terry Key officiating. Burial was in the Palace Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home. Marie Ellen Sroaf Marie Ellen Wichmann Sroaf, 82, daughter of Emil J. and Fannie M. Chambers Wichmann, was born May 25, 1922, in St. Louis. She died Nov. 3, 2004, after a long-term illness. She married Earl Edwin Sroaf March 22, 1952. They had one son. Mrs. Sroaf spent most of her life in St. Louis, where she worked in nursing facilities caring for the elderly. She was preceded in death by her husband; infant son, parents and twin infant brothers. Surviving are a sister, Myrtle L. Riley of Licking; nieces and great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service is 1 o'clock Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Hutchason Cemetery. Dean Ingram Word was received of the Nov. 15, 2004, death of Dean Ingram at his home at Houston, Texas. The son of Garrett and Mavis Ingram, he was born July 13, 1939. Surviving are two sisters, Wilma Hancock of Houston and Mable Ward of Marshalltown, Iowa. No services are planned at this time. Terry Brush Terry Lynn Brush, 47, daughter of John Price and Bobbie Bacon, was born July 6, 1957, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood. She died Nov. 16, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She served in the Army from March 1978 until January 1983 and continued her career with 15 years of Civil Service. While in the military, she married Anthony Brush March 16, 1982, at Witt, Ill. They had one daughter. Mrs. Brush was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for 10 years and a member of the American Legion. She devoted many hours toward work for veterans and their families. She enjoyed the outdoors and had a love for animals. She was preceded in death by her father. Surviving are her daughter, Kelley Kohl of Licking; her mother of Licking; three brothers, Eddie Barrett, John Sisler and Denny Sisler of Valley Park; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were Nov. 21 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Max Courtney and the Ladies Auxiliary officiating. Full military honors were presented. Mildred Beasley Mildred Lucille Rinne Beasley, 88, daughter of Alfred and Lena Rinne, was born Nov. 26, 1915, at Bland. She died Nov. 18, 2004, at Licking Park Manor. She married Raymond Beasley Jan. 7, 1934. They had two children. Mrs. Beasley lived on the farm east of the Oscar Store before moving to Licking. She worked at Rawlings Sporting Goods for several years sewing balls. She enjoyed being a part of the Mount Vernon Community Club and had been a member of the Methodist church since 1947, where she taught Sunday school. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; sisters, Dorothy Floyd and Hazel Rinne; and brothers, Clarence, Arthur and Delmar. Surviving are her daughter, Blanche Bogart of Licking; son, Lloyd Beasley of St. Peters; brother, Bob Rinne of Licking; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 20 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Elvis Longwell Elvis Eulas Longwell, 83, son of William and Julia C. Carder Longwell, was born Sept. 18, 1921, at Houston. He died Nov.

18, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield following a massive stroke. He grew up and attended school in the Houston area. He moved north of Mountain Grove to the Green Mountain area in 1958. He was a dairy farmer most of his life and bought and sold real estate for the last 15 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially tending his cattle and farm. He liked playing pool and poker and visiting with friends. Surviving are his eight children, Robin Longwell and Jeanie Longwell of Louisville, Ky., Frank Longwell of Mountain Grove, William David Longwell and Lisa Longwell O'Neil of Clarksville, Ind., Diana Longwell Casper of New Albany, Ind., Larry Longwell of St. Louis and Juanita Longwell of Cuba, Mo.; two brothers, Richard Longwell and Robert Longwell of Mountain Grove; three sisters, Rhodafern Biggers, Emmajean Raney and Lucy Harms of Mountain Grove; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Nov. 20 at the Green Mountain Cemetery with the Rev. Roger Flint officiating under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home. Lenza King Services for Lenza M. King, 87, of Licking were Nov. 23 at the Licking Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial was in the Patterson Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Mrs. King died Nov. 20, 2004, at Salem Memorial District Hospital in Salem. Evelyn Huskey Evelyn Loyce Huskey, 72, daughter of Ralph Koller and Sylvania Cox Koller, was born May 9, 1932, at the family home at Ink. She died Nov. 22, 2004. She married Herman Eugene Huskey Aug. 28, 1948. They were married 56 years before his death Oct. 31, 2004. They had three sons. Mrs. Huskey cared for her husband during his illness. They had moved back to Summersville in 1990 after they retired. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Ralph Koller Jr. Surviving are her three sons, Frank Huskey of Olathe, Kan., Larry Huskey of Mission, Kan., and John Huskey of Summersville; two brothers, Jack Koller of Edwardsville, Ill., and Charles "Buzz" Koller of Granite City, Ill.; one grandson and two great-granddaughters. Services are 1 o'clock Wednesday at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Albert Steelman officiating. Burial is in the Summersville City Cemetery. Clyde Hall Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 10:30 Saturday morning at the United Methodist Church in Licking for Clyde Hall of Licking. The Rev. Gary Carter will officiate. Mr. Hall, 88, died Monday at his home. Visitation is 5 to 7 o'clock Friday evening at the Methodist church in Licking. Dorothy Shelton Arrangements under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime for Dorothy Shelton of Bucyrus. Mrs. Shelton, 101, died Tuesday morning at Licking Park Manor. Lenza King Lenza M. King, 87, son of Charles and Ruthie Nelson King, was born March 10, 1917, near Montauk. He died Nov. 20, 2004, at Salem Memorial District Hospital at Salem. He married Goldie Holland Dec. 22, 1939. They had one daughter. Mr. King gave his heart and life to the Lord at an early age. He built a new church at Mount Olive, sawing and planing the lumber at his sawmill. He served as pastor of the Mt. Olive church for 10 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wayne; and one sister, Alma. Surviving are his wife; daughter, Darlene Reeder; two brothers, Troy and Hiram; two grandchildren, one great-grandson and one step-granddaughter. Services were Nov. 23 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Patterson Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Clyde Hall Clyde C. Hall, 88, son of Marvin and Flora Schmickle Hall, was born Nov. 17, 1916, at Maples. He died Nov. 22, 2004, at his home at Licking. He married Margaret Snow in 1939. They had three sons. Mr. Hall owned and operated Hall's General Merchandise in Licking for 43 years. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Licking and the church choir. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002; his parents; one son, Harry Wayne Hall; and two brothers, Harry and Woodrow Hall.

Surviving are two sons, Harold Hall and David Hall of Rolla; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Hutcheson Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Dorothy Shelton Dorothy Maverine Shelton, 101, daughter of Wilson Lafayette and Mary Alice Burch Coats, was born Nov. 5, 1903, near Clara. She died Nov. 23, 2004, at Licking Park Manor following a lengthy illness. She married Roy Shelton Jan. 10, 1920. They had three children. Mrs. Shelton spent her lifetime in this area, where she and her husband raised their family. She also owned and operated a boarding home for several years. She was an expert seamstress, enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the Bucyrus Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for several years and served in whatever capacity needed. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of more than 50 years; son, Vancil; two sisters and four brothers. Surviving are two daughters, Bertha Murray of Licking and Bonnie Smith of Lynn Haven, Fla; one sister, Orpha Bridges of Raymondville; nine grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 27 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Leah Wells Leah Scott Wells, 100, of Springfield, died Nov. 24, 2004. She was a former Salem area resident. Surviving are her children, James Wells of Springfield, Charles Wells of Eldon, Dale Wells of Poplar Bluff, David Wells of Salem and Dorothy Bock of Houston; 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 29 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem with burial in the Cedar Grove Cemetery near Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem Christian Church. Ed Driesel Edward "Ed" Charles Driesel, 91, son of Charley and Ella Mae Reed Driesel, was born Jan. 28, 1913, at Licking. He died Nov. 25, 2004, at Houston. He married Avo Barton in 1937. They had two children, Shirley Catherine and Eddie Joe. His son died in 1941, and his wife a few months later. He married Ruby Johnson in 1953. They had one daughter, Judy. Mr. Driesel drove for Howerton Trucking for 14 years. In 1955, the family moved to St. Louis, where he worked briefly for Hussman Refrigeration, several years for Westinghouse and for McDonnell Douglas. He retired in 1978 and after living in St. Louis for 22 years, moved back to his hometown of Licking. In addition to his first wife and son, he was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife; one brother, Bill; and two sisters, Bessie Keeney and Ora Barton. Surviving are his daughters, Shirley Bates of Searcy, Ark., and Judy Thoroughman of Licking; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Nov. 27 at the Boone Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Everett Perkins officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Carl Sutton Carl Wesley Sutton, 72, son of George Lawrence and Sally Henson Sutton, was born April 1, 1932, near Success. He died Nov. 26, 2004, at his home at Warrenton. He married Fern Hamby Sept. 2, 1950, at Houston. They had five children. After his retirement from Commercial Lovelace Truck Lines, he spent time with his family and enjoyed being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ulia Seagroves and Mae Bolding; and brothers, Ule, Vernon and Earl Sutton. Surviving are his wife of the home; his children, Bill of Foley, Dennis of O'Fallon, Cindy Amptmann of Moscow Mills and Eddie and Chris of Warrenton; his brothers, Joe of Edgar Springs and Wayne of Raymondville; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services were Nov. 29 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Caroline Tiberghien Caroline Rose Tiberghien, 67, daughter of William James and Dorthea Alice Head Passmore, was born Sept. 6, 1937, at Jennings. She died Nov. 26, 2994, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She married John "Jesse" Tiberghien June 9, 1956, at Corpis Christis Catholic Church in St. Louis. They had three children. Mrs. Tiberghien enjoyed being outdoors working on the farm and going fishing. Surviving are her husband of the home; her children, Kevin W. Tiberghien, Keith M. Tiberghien and Adele K. Coverdell of Edgar Springs; one sister, Dorthea Alice Nebling of St. James; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Nov. 28 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Coverdell officiating. Burial was in the Edgar Springs Cemetery. Francis Tate Francis Lee Tate, 69, son of Allen and Myrna Tate, was born June 9, 1935, at Fowler. He died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home at Cabool. Mr. Tate and his wife, Betty, owned and operated Tate Equipment from 1970 to 1999. In 1993, they built and operated the Super 8 Motel at Cabool. He was a member of the South Street Church of God in Mountain Grove, was active in the community, serving four terms on the Cabool Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was one of the founders of the Farm Fest. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Tate; son, Aaron Tate and two grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 27 years; one son, Eric Tate of Cabool; two stepsons, Chip Hornsby and David Hornsby of Fairbanks, Alaska; three daughters, Janet Dutton of West Plains, Glenda Hoots of Joplin and Kathy Muckey of McMinnville, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Debra Simmons of Niceville, Fla., and Cindy Stecken of Creve Coeur, Ill.; one brother, Dennis Tate of Lake of the Ozarks; four sisters, Barbara Foster of Kansas City, Joann Tollison of Mountain Grove and Shirley Reed and Karen Howell of Cabool; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Larry Dodge officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Community Hospices of America. Rich Reynard Richard "Rich" Dale Reynard, 79, son of Willis and Marquerite Reynard, was born May 10, 1925, at Saylorville, Iowa. He died Dec. 2, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He grew up in and around Des Moines, Iowa. As youth, he was active in Boy Scouts and worked for Western Union delivering telegrams on his bicycle. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in June 1944 and stationed at Half Moon Bay, Calif. He married Ruth Allene Peatow April 17, 1945, at Houston while he was on leave visiting his parents. The Reynards left after the ceremony for Half Moon Bay. They lived there until 1947 when his enlistment ended. They had two children. After living in Waterloo, Iowa, for several years, they moved to the Houston area, where his parents had moved in 1942. In addition to farming, Mr. Reynard worked at Watson Hardware for many years and at Debo's Hardware. He played in a country/western band, The Country Bumpkins, for more than 20 years. He served as the group's emcee and played backup guitar. He loved to fish and camp, work in the garden and on his farm machinery, the outdoors and spending time restoring and reselling camper trailers. He was saved and baptized September 1971 and attended the First Christian Church in Houston, where he was a member for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and son, Terry Lee in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Surviving are his daughter, Daleene Joy Wade of Bucyrus; a brother, Jim Reynard of Clark; one sister, Greta Fink of Windsor, Colo.; and one grandson. Services were Dec. 6 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Moore and the Rev. Ben Gard officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Lucille Brown Lucille Cecile Brown, 84, daughter of Lee and Bessie Ann Evans Brown, was born Jan. 18, 1920, near Eunice. She died Dec. 2, 2004, at Willow Care Center following an extended illness. She lived in this area and attended elementary school. The family moved to Iowa in the early '30s. She graduated from Adel High School in 1939 and attended Drake College, where she received a teacher's certificate. In 1946, she and her parents moved back to the Eunice community and bought a country store. She taught three years in Iowa, two at a rural school and one year at Cambridge. She helped in the store until the summer of 1956, returning to school at Southwest Missouri State University until August 1958. She taught at Francis Howell R-III District near St. Charles. During the summers, she finished her bachelor's in education and master's in counseling through the University of Missouri-Columbia. She retired in 1980 after 22 years in the same school district. In 1977-'78, she built a large four bedroom house near Eunice as a boarding home for the elderly. In 1983, she opened the old family house in Eunice as a quick shop and gas station. She sold the "Chit & Chat Corner" store in April 1987 and repurchased it in December of the same year. She also raised poodles to sell. She received Christ as her Savior when young and was baptized July 6, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are several cousins. Services were Dec. 4 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

Ruth Pinkston Mary Ruth Huff Pinkston, 85, daughter of Mont and Opal Huff, was born Nov. 13, 1919, at Ordway, Colo. She died Dec. 4, 2004, at Houston House. She moved to Success with her parents in 1935. She married Obediah Pinkston June 22, 1936. They had four children. The Pinkstons lived in Idaho and California for many years, returning to Missouri in 1959. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, traveling, gardening, reading and cooking. She was baptized as a young girl in Colorado and was a member of the Roby Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Roy, Carl and Herbert; five sisters, Rita, Cleo, Lois, Gladys and Juanita; and a step-granddaughter. Surviving are her children, Edmond Dale Pinkston and Dianne Ingalls of Plato, Orrin Dean Pinkston of Houston and Cheryl Haney of Success; two brothers, Mont Huff Jr. of Culdesac, Idaho, and Donal Huff of Buhl, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 7 at the Roby Christian Church with Brian Ingalls and Mike Pinkston officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Marie Shelton Services for Carla Marie Shelton of Houston are 10:30 today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial is in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Ms. Shelton, 60, died Tuesday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Isabell Riley Isabell Judy Riley, 79, daughter of Andrew Shoults and Nancy Daisy Jane Sullivan, was born Nov. 9, 1925, at Hartshorn. She died Dec. 2, 2004, at her home at Hartshorn. She married Paul Shelby Riley Jan. 25, 1942. They were married 62 years and had one daughter. Mrs. Riley was saved at age 15 at the Hartshorn Assembly of God. She attended services as long as her health permitted. She worked for a while at D & K Drive In at Summersville. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Elmer, Omer, Bill and Everett Shoults; and one sister, Almy Brim. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Lisa Riley of Springfield; one sister, Lillie Karr of Summersville; and one granddaughter. Services were Dec. 4 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery. Maxine Parker Maxine E. Parker, 80, daughter of Everett and Ruthene Austell, was born Jan. 6, 1924. She died Dec. 6, 2004, at Wheat Ridge, Colo. She attended Houston High School and married Norman L. Parker in 1942. They moved to Colorado in 1954. Surviving are two daughters, Patty Parker and Gloria Rice; one son, Barry Parker; seven grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Services were Dec. 9 at the Olinger Rose Arbor Chapel with burial in Crown Hill in Colorado. Marie Shelton Carla Marie Shelton, 60, adopted daughter of Charles and Naomi Shelton, was born May 29, 1944, in Texas County. She died Dec. 7, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield following a brief illness. She spent most of her life in Houston with her parents, caring for them until their deaths. She made her home with her brother, Allen. She enjoyed the Christmas season, Santa and the carolers visiting on Christmas Eve. Surviving is her brother, Allen. Services were Dec. 9 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Powell officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Alice Wheeler Alice Mae Wheeler, 63, daughter of Cleo Lavern Holden and Velma Lorene Weaver Holden, was born May 21, 1941, at Mountain View. She died Dec. 9, 2004, at Mountain View. She married Ernest Wheeler in 1973. They were married 31 years and made their home in Louisiana for several years. They moved to the Mountain View area in 1993. She loved history and did research on the Internet and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her family and helped the Summersville Fire and Rescue with its many projects. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, Jennings and Myrtle Weaver and Roy and Leona Holden. Surviving are her husband of Mountain View; and brother, Raymond "Sonny" Holden of Summersville.

Services were Dec. 11 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. John Atchison officiating. Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery at Mountain View. Carol Reaves Carol Keith Hasty Reaves, 80, daughter of James G. and Blanche Martin Hasty, was born Sept. 17, 1924, at Cabool. She died Dec. 8, 2004, at her home at Cabool. She graduated from Cabool High School in 1942 and moved to Wichita, Kan. She worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" for Boeing, building B-29s for World War II. She later moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the war effort. She married Glen W. Reaves Jan. 22, 1950, in Los Angeles, Calif., and returned to Cabool, where she lived until her death. She was a long-time member of the Cabool Christian Church and enjoyed being active in community activities. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years; her parents; and brothers, Darrell and Merle Hasty. Surviving are her daughters, Debbie Miller of Savannah, Tenn., and Jill Sanders of Springfield; sister, Mary Edna Hasty of Cabool; and two grandchildren. Services were Dec. 11 at the Cabool Christian Church with Bob Martin officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Cabool Christian Church. Harold Heriford Harold V. Heriford, 78, son of Martin and Marjorie DeWeese Heriford, was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Kansas City, Kan. He died Dec. 10, 2004, at Licking Park Manor in Licking. He worked for many years with his father in a metal company in Granite City, Ill. He worked at the sheltered workshop in Summersville and for 16 years at the Opportunity Sheltered Workshop in Houston. He was a member of the Baptist church and later joined the Raymondville United Methodist Church. He loved Sunday School and church. After the death of his parents, he lived with his Aunt Hazel and Uncle Andy Johnson. He lived at the residential care for many years until three months ago, when he went to Licking Park Manor. He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, who died at birth. Surviving are cousins. Services were Dec. 13 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Ron Hardester Ronald Wayne Hardester, 55, son of Floyd Hardester and Rossetta Whitlock, was born Feb. 23, 1949. He died Dec. 10, 2004. Mr. Hardester joined the U.S. Army in July 1966. He served a tour in Vietnam as a military policeman. He married Velma Gale Aug. 21, 1976. They had one daughter. He enjoyed driving tractor trailers over the road for many years until a disability kept him from continuing. He was a union representative at Rawlings Sporting Goods, where he worked for eight years. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Wayne Hardester Jr.; his father, and one brother, Eugene Hardester. Surviving are his wife; daughter, Mary Jo Melton of Salem; his mother of Bowling Green, Ky.; brothers and sisters, Elmer Hardester of Arnold, Lester Hardester of Fulton, Larry Hardester of St. Louis, Gail Kniffen of Bowling Green, Ky., and Dianne Mesman of St. Louis; and three grandsons. Memorial services are 1 o'clock Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Everett Perkins officiating. Burial wiil be in the Hutchason Cemetery, T.J. Tyger Thomas John "T.J." Tyger, 24, son of Thomas D. and Sharon Campbell Tyger, was born May 1, 1980. He died Dec. 10, 2004, at Little Rock, Ark. He married Brandy Seaton. They had one daughter. Mr. Tyger joined the U.S. Air Force in 1999, trained and served as a firefighter including time in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sherrell Campbell. Surviving are his wife; daughter, Shayla; parents of Houston; brother, Allen; sister, Sheena; grandparents, Joyce Campbell of Houston and Roy and Mary Tyger of Campbell. Memorial services were Dec. 14 at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the First Christian Church in Houston with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Shayla Tyger Education Fund at First National Bank in Houston.

Jack Hebblethwaite Leslie Jackson "Jack" Hebblethewaite, 56, son of James and Avril Rowles Hebblethwaite, was born June 9, 1948, at Raymondville. He died Dec. 11, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He graduated from Houston High School in 1966 and worked in the Kansas City area, mainly with General Motors Corp. He married Janice L. Rayhill of Independence May 29, 1971. They had two children. He was baptized June 6, 1980, in Independence along with his son, Wayne. He was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Duane and Bob. Surviving are his wife of the home in Houston; son, Wayne of Raymondville; daughter, Avie Messina of Belleville, Ill; his mother of Houston; five brothers, Jim of Independence, Ken of Hardin, Larry of Butler, Dennis of Houston and Scott of Belton; five sisters, Donna Blair of Houston, Shirley Swenson of Phoenix, Ariz., Joyce Hines of Humansville, Ladena Pasakarnis of Downers Grove, Ill., and Peggy Brown of Independence; six grandchildren and his two puppies, Shak and Lady. Services were Dec. 14 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Minnie Berst Minnie Frances Stewart Berst, 91, daughter of George and Lucy Stewart, was born May 10, 1913, at Raymondville. She died Nov. 19, 2004, after an auto accident in Phoenix, Ariz. She attended school in the Raymondville area and married Dan Quick. They had one son, Leo Quick. She later married Lee Berst. They moved to Phoenix and for many years operated a wrecking yard at West Van Buren Acres. Mrs. Berst was active in the Assembly of God and liked helping people and doing things for them. She spent the last 65 years in Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Stewart and Elma Clover; and five brothers, John, Henry, Arvil, Leo and Carl Stewart. Surviving is one sister, Opal Clover of Raymondville; four grandsons, four great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were Nov. 24 at the Resthaven Park Cemetery with Frank Evans officiating under the direction of Greer-Wilson Funeral Home of Phoenix. Estalee Smith Norma Estalee Smith, 63, daughter of Reaber Keeling and Mary Aileen Keeling, was born Dec. 15, 1940, at Flat Woods. She died Dec. 13, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis following a brief illness. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Granite City and retired from Bank of America after 16 years service as an executive receptionist. She married Kenton Smith June 15, 1958, in Summersville. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are her husband of 46 years of Granite City; son, Kyle Smith of Granite City; daughter, Kelly Cathey of Granite City; father and stepmother, Reaber and Etta Keeling of Birch Tree; brother, Don Keeling of Granite City; sister, Darlene Eldringhoff of Summersville; and three grandchildren. Services were Dec. 18 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville. Burial was in the Flat Woods Cemetery. Mary Brelsford Mary Frances Venable Brelsford, 76, daughter of Victor Leroy Holmes and Susie May Williams Holmes, was born March 8, 1928, at Sac City, Iowa. She died Dec. 15, 2004, at Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyo. She married Edgar R. Venable Dec. 3, 1947, in Casper, Wyo. He died in 1969. Mrs. Brelsford was an early day telephone operator before direct dial phones were in Casper. She was also a switchboard operator for Natrona County Memorial Hospital, Mobil Oil Co. and The Superior Oil Co. She married H. Gale Brelsford Aug. 21, 1976. They moved to Big Piney, Wyo, and retired to Paige and Sun City, Ariz., where she enjoyed playing golf, gardening and growing roses. In 1992, they moved to Story, Wyo., where she spent time fishing and visiting with family and friends at their creek-side cabin. Over the years, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Shriner's Club, The Story Garden Club and the Casper Senior Center. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her second husband in 1998; sisters, Florence Tomlinson and Doris Curry; two infant brothers; and a stepdaughter, Mickey Phelps. Surviving are her daughter, Vickie Venable Evans of Casper, Wyo.; stepdaughter, Gayla O'Hare of Fort Myers, Fla.; stepson, Michael Brelsford of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Naomi Bever of Cabool and several grandchildren. At her request, no services were held. In her honor, take a senior to lunch at a senior center or visit residents of senior care facilities.

Pearl Cross Pearl Irene Cross, 81, daughter of Morgan and Belle Miller Willams, was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Hartshorn. She died Dec. 16, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Ray Cross April 6, 1951. She worked at various manufacturing jobs throughout her life until her retirement. She liked working with flowers and gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She was baptized at the Boone Creek Baptist Church in 1956. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Bell; three sisters, one brother and four children. Surviving are her husband, Ray, of the home; four sons, Carl Bell and Travis Bell of Houston, Terry Cross of Hollister and Tony Cross of Eminence; one daughter, Kathy Hutsell of Bucyrus; one sister, Myrtle Cross of Mexico, Mo.; 14 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services were Dec. 18 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Root officiating. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery. Ethel Smith Ethel Winnie Belew Smith, 99, daughter of Willliam S. Belew and Sarah Annie Fisher Belew, was born July 1, 1905, at Summersville. She died Dec. 16, 2004, at Mountain View Healthcare. She married Homer Albert Smith June 21, 1925. They had eight children. She shared her husband's career as an auctioneer and cattleman. Her homemade pies at the Sale Barn Cafe were a favorite for all of Summersville. As a preacher's daughter, she became a Christian early in life under the influence of her parents. Her sugar cookies with a pecan in the middle were a hit with the grand- and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sister, Pearl; brothers, Roy and Jesse; one grandson and a greatgrandson. Surviving are her children, Lawrence of Lebanon, Beulah Bryant, Earnest Smith, Wayne Smith, Merle Smith and Ronnie Smith of Summersville, Wanda McNeall of Springfield and Harold of West Plains; 20 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 20 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Steelman and the Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Elva Wallace Elva Cora Wallace, 87, daughter of Matt and Elizabeth Barnett Brewington, was born March 22, 1917, at Summersville. She died Dec. 17, 2004, at the Kabul Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. She grew up in the Summersville area and lived in Texas County most of her life. She married Henry Stark. They had seven children. She later married Arvil Wallace. He died in 1995. Mrs. Wallace enjoyed quilting, using paints to make the blocks. She attended the Brown Hill Baptist Church as long as her health permitted. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Charles Eugene Stark. Surviving are five daughter, Jewell Dewitt Elliott, Lois Shelley, Marie McCartney and Judy Smith of Cabool and Christina James of Lathrop; two sons, Gary Stark of Cabool and Russell Stark of Fairfax; 18 grandchildren, a host of great- and great-great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 20 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery. Dorothy Richardson Dorothy Richardson, 92, died Dec. 16, 2004, at Licking Park Manor. Surviving is her husband, Pearl "Bud" Richardson of the home at Houston. Graveside services were Dec. 18 at the Arthur's Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. John Tindel Shirley Tindel John Curtis Tindel, 69, son of Curtis Jordan and Nell Catherine Johnson Tindel, was born Nov. 19, 1935, at Cabool. Shirley Ann Haynes, 70, daughter of Theron Lewis Haynes and Blanche Millar Haynes, was born Oct. 12, 1934, at Gladewater, Texas. As a young girl, her family moved to a farm north of Cabool They died Dec. 23 or 24, 2004, at their home at Cabool. The school play during Mrs. Tindel's senior year in high school provided a way for the Tindels to get acquainted, as he gave her rides home from practice. They were married while John was in college in Columbia and Shirley was in nursing school in Springfield. They lived in Columbia. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees, Mr. Tindel moved his family to Crawfordsville, Ind., where he was a professor at Wabash College. The Tindels moved back to Columbia, where he attended law school, graduating in 1963 with a juris doctorate. He moved

his family to Nevada, Mo., where he joined the practice of Don Kennedy. In 1968, Mr. Tindel accepted a position in the legal department at Monsanto Chemical Corp. in St. Louis and the family moved to Webster Groves. During a vacation in 1968, the family toured the Ozark Watermills Trail and discovered Dawt Mill. In 1972, they purchased land near Dawt, which became a refuge and sanctuary for the family. In 1975, Mr. Tindel accepted a position with St. Paul Title and the family moved to Rochester, Mich. In 1977, they moved to Cabool, where Mr. Tindel opened a law office on Spruce Street. With the purchase of Hiett Title Co. in Houston in 1980, he divided his time between the Cabool and Houston offices. Mrs. Tindel was the epitome of motherhood for her children and would adopt people to include in her family regardless of their last name. Her bread and cookies sustained hundreds as she took care and ministered to others, especially children. Mr. Tindel's love of music was legendary, leading the congregational singing in church to music parties at the house. The universal language of music took him from Bratcher's Ridge in Ozark County, Belarus and Key West, Fla. In the 1980s, the Tindels discovered Key West, Fla., while visiting their son. Mr. Tindel joined the Florida Keys Chorale, a community choir. His vocal teacher and coach, Emily Lowe, encouraged his singing. The couple was long-time members of the First Baptist Church in Cabool. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary and celebrated all year long with a trip to the Bahamas in May with the chorale, a cruise across the Pacific and a tour of the Hawaiian Islands. Mr. Tindel was preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers. Surviving the couple are their three children, John Maurice Tindel of Freedom, Calif., Curtis James Tindel of Tecumseh and Jeanne Tindel of Cabool; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. Mrs. Tindel is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Haynes of Topanga, Calif., and Allen Haynes of Windsor, Colo. Services were Dec. 29 at the First Baptist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Dick Wakefield officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Cabool Alumni Association Russelle Simonsen Music Scholarship, Cabool Library or Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Leslie Downey Sr. Leslie Eugene Downey Sr., 79, son of Leslie Elias Downey and Ida Mae Andrews Downey, was born March 6, 1925, at Rushville, Ind. He died Dec. 23, 2004, at his home at West Plains. He married Loweta Fern McCoy Downey Nov. 14, 1977. They were married 27 years. Mr. Downey was a World War II veteran and Boy Scout leader for 30 years. He worked in air conditioning and carpentry and loved camping, fishing and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, one brother, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Surviving are his wife; children, Connie Cole, Larry Downey, Jane Reyes, Jean Benton, Penny McKenzie, Helen Monk, Judy Ardis, Twila Ervin and Jackie Goodreau of Texas, Vickie Willis and Leslie Downey Jr. of Missouri; 25 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 28 at the Midvale Church with the Rev. Emmett Bradford officiating. Burial was in the Arroll Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home. Eathel Anderson Eathel Marie Anderson, 92, daughter James Henry Stark and Sarah Jane Dye Stark, was born March 24, 1912, at Greenville in Dade County. She died Dec. 23, 2004, at Hillcrest Care Center in DeSoto. She married Luther Allen Anderson Feb. 28, 1930. They were married 43 years before his death in 1973. They had nine children. Mrs. Anderson lived at Summersville for many years before moving to the DeSoto area. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Doris F. Anderson, Bob G. Anderson and Goldie Marie Wallace; three brothers and six sisters. Surviving are her children, Genevieve Ellis of Overland, Eudell Anderson of Dora, Ala., Virgil Anderson of Cullman, Ala., Rose L. Ballard of Steelville, Beverly Kizer of Hillsboro and James Anderson of Jonesboro, Ark.; one sister, Ruth Tuttle of Summersville; 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 29 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Dennis officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Imogene Sturgeon Imogene Sturgeon, 88, daughter of James Everett and Mary Sturgeon, was born March 14, 1916. She died Dec. 24, 2004, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Springfield. She spent her entire life in the Licking area, where she taught school and was the elementary principal for the Licking R-8 School District for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Eugene. Surviving are her brother, Granville Sturgeon of Licking; three sisters, Dorothy Goforth of Richland, Marie Caton of Westphalia and Hazel White of Wichita, Kan.

Services were Dec. 28 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Tye Barton Tye Paul Barton, infant son of Ivan Paul Barton II and Amanda Rae Barton, was born and died Dec. 25, 2004. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ivan Barton. Surviving are his parents of Mountain Grove; two brothers, Jaylen Elijiah and Trenton Curtis of the home; maternal grandparents, Brian and Marianne Cain of Huntington Beach, Calif., Robert and Sandi Bevan of Overland Park, Kan.; paternal grandparents, Linda and J.D. Bays of Roby; and great-grandmother, Shirley Duncan of West Plains. Graveside services were Dec. 28 at the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn under the direction of Evans Funeral Home with a message and prayer by Dr. David Barbe. Maude Dunlap Maude Dunlap, 91, daughter of August Lens Williams and Kate Fry Williams, was born Feb. 2, 1913, at Degonia in Reynolds County. She died Dec. 25, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Most of her school years were spent in Eminence where her father owned a general store. She married Wayne Dunlap Nov. 18, 1928. They shared almost 69 years of marriage and had two sons. Mrs. Dunlap was active in the City of Licking. She was a hairdresser for more than 50 years, was a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star and a long-time member of the Tuesday Club and the Wednesday Club. She served one term on the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Licking and was honored at the church's 150th anniversary in October as one of the two oldest members of the church. Mrs. Dunlap had many projects with her sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafts, dolls and making things for her daughters-inlaw. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; a great-grandson and eight siblings. Surviving are her sons, Bill of Covina, Calif., and Jerry of St. Louis; two sisters, Eveline Cox of Eminence and Roselle Kennon of St. Louis; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the First Baptist Church in Licking with the Rev. Noel Hutchings and Dr. Wilbur Mobley officiating. Burial will be in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral of Licking. Bob Bates Services are 11 o'clock Friday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel for Robert Lee "Bob" Bates of Licking. Burial will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens at Rolla. Mr. Bates, 97, died Dec. 25 at Licking Park Manor. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Fox chapel. Lindsey Hildebrand Lindsey A. Hildebrand, 83, son of William and Sadie Hildebrand, was born May 13, 1921, at Evening Shade. He died Dec. 5, 2004. He served in the Army during World War II and was a survivor of the Normandy Invasion and the European Theater. He was honorably discharged December 1945 and moved to Bakersfield, Calif. He married Betty Lou Goree June 20, 1947. Mr. Hildebrand worked for Standard Oil Co., driving a truck for more than 30 years. Surviving are his sons, Charles Hildebrand and Kenneth Hildebrand; daughter, Mary Plymale; sisters, Pearl Pruett, Thelma McDowell and Lela Smith Hemingway; brother, Lorin Hildebrand; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bakersfield, Calif. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Kern River Family Mortuary of Bakersfield, Calif. Bessie Highsmith Bessie Shelton Highsmith, 81, daughter of Med and Mamie Gilmore Shelton, was born June 21, 1923. She died Dec. 6, 2004, at her home at Orange Park, Fla. She grew up in the Cleveland community south of Houston, where she lived until her marriage to Raymond Highsmith in March 1945. Following World War II, they established their home in Jacksonville, Fla. She was a member of the Oakleaf Baptist Church of Orange Park. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years. Surviving are two daughters, Carol Howes Hess and Theresa Highsmith; and two sisters, Lorene Scheets and Norma Hunter of Houston. Services were Dec. 9 at the George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert D. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Bob Bates Robert Lee "Bob" Bates, 97, son of James J. and Mary F. Bates, was born Jan. 19, 1907, near Hazelton. He died Dec. 25, 2004, at Licking Park Manor. He married Josephine Sudheimer. They had two daughters. His wife died in 1963. He married Mabel Mittelbuscher in 1966. Mr. Bates worked for Swift Meat Packing house, retiring after 35 years. The Bates moved from East St. Louis back to Licking, where he enjoyed gardening, fishing, trapping, traveling and story telling. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Bill, Clabe, Jim, Glen, Raymond, Elizabeth, Ellen, Elba, Beulah and Eunice. Surviving are his wife of Licking; daughters, Shirley Rensch of Licking and Norma Quint of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Marlyn Atkinson of Belleville, Ill.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 31 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in Ozark Memorial Gardens at Rolla. Gaven French Gaven French, infant son of Amos and Michelle Byse French, was born and died Dec. 25, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. In addition to his parents of Cabool, surviving are his grandparents, Morgan and Debbie French of Mountain Grove and Roy and Vera Byse of Elk Creek; and great-grandparents, Doris Goforth of Houston and Wayne and Lavond Simpson of Mountain Grove. Graveside services were Dec. 27 at Mountain Valley Cemetery at Mountain Grove with the Rev. Wayne Cannon officiating under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Del Totten Del A. Totten, 90, son of David Arch and Lola Riley Totten, was born Jan. 5, 1914, at Houston. He died Dec. 27, 2004, at Westwood Retirement Resort at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He graduated from Houston High School in 1933 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he obtained his medical training. During his time in Texas County, he farmed and was pastor of several community churches. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, first as a medic and then as a tail gunner in the B-26s. He was in the second wave on D-Day, surviving the crash of his plane. He married Genevieve Rush in 1937, sharing 60 years together. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, wife; one son, Michael; one granddaughter and one greatgrandson. Surviving are two sons, Ron of Largo, Fla., and Doug of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Rebecca Fortuer of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and one sister, Mary Adams of Houston. Private services and burial will be at a later date. Margaret Meador Margaret May Davis Meador, 85, daughter of Roy and Sylvia Totten Davis, was born Sept. 17, 1919, at Houston, She died Dec. 31, 2004, at Houston House after a lengthy illness. Her family had homesteaded in Texas County, a heritage of which she was proud. After graduating from Houston High School in 1937, she continued to beauty school. She worked for 40 years in a beauty shop on Grand Avenue in Houston. After retiring, she married a high school sweetheart, Lee Meador. They moved to Oregon for several years, traveling, gardening and fishing until his death in 1992. Mrs. Meador returned to Houston, where she joined the Texas County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, serving 2,586 hours as a volunteer. She made crocheted items to be sold in the hospital's gift shop and served on many auxiliary committees. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston since a very young age. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Howard Farrar and Lee Meador; her parents; two brothers, James and Ralph Davis; and two sisters, Hazel Venable and Norma Davis. Surviving is one son, Ronald Payne of Virginia Beach, Va. The body was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. At her request, no services are planned. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity or church. The TCMH Auxiliary will host a memorial luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, in her honor. Ruth Poehler Ruth Evelyn Poehler, 87, died Dec. 31, 2004, at Houston House. She was born Dec. 14, 1917, in Chicago, Ill. Among the survivors are a daughter, Jackie Poehler of Bucyrus; and two sons, Charles Poehler of Glenview, Ill., and

Arthur Poehler of Houston, Texas. The body was cremated. Services will be at a later date. Bill Odle Lester W. "Bill" Odle, 80, son of Lee and Mable Odle, was born July 1, 1924, at Solo. He died Jan. 1, 2005. He grew up around Solo and lived most of his life in the Kansas City area. He was married to Jacque L. Schnidler Odle for more than 50 years. They were married June 24, 1950, at Willow Springs, after meeting at the Oakdale Church at Solo. Mr. Odle was a foreman, superintendent and engineer for several heavy construction companies, including his own. He retired in 1987 from Wilkerson-Maxwell (APAC-Kansas) Construction Co. and moved to the Bull Shoals Lake area. He was a veteran of World War II and was distinguished in his service as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, 460th Bomb Group as a B-24 waist-gunner. Most of his missions were flown over Yugoslavia. He lived at Edgerton and was a member of the Theodosia United Methodist, an avid outdoors man and collector of antique wood planes. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister, Pauline Castor; and two brothers, Ray and Doyle Odle. Surviving are his daughters, Vicki Belcher of Edgerton and Karen Shaw and Shawn Ryan of Platte City; one son, Scott Odle of Edgerton; one sister, Thelma McCloud of Houston; and five grandchildren. Services are 1 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Oakdale Cemetery near Solo. Memorials may be made to Northcare Hospice, a division of North Kansas City Hospital, 816-691-5119. Martha "Jackie Wilkerson Martha Elmerine "Jackie" Gann Wilkerson, 91, daughter of Elic and Leda Baldwin Gann, was born Oct. 3, 1913, in South Dakota. She died Jan. 2, 2005, at Houston House. She spent most of her childhood and teen years on the family farm near Conway in Dallas County. At age 16, she moved to Springfield and worked for the Herschel Bennett family, helping care for their youngest son, H.E. Bennett. She traveled with the family since Mr. Bennett was a professional baseball player. She married Verl Richard Wilkerson Sept. 20, 1938. They moved to Alaska about the time World War II began. They homesteaded in Wasilla, Alaska, while working most of the time in Anchorage. Many times Mrs. Wilkerson would ride her bicycle 12 miles to work. Their first home was a hut with a dirt floor, but they built a log home on their homestead. They moved back to Dunn in 1970. She worked in retail until her retirement, when they moved to Houston. She was a charter member of Souls Harbor Family Worship. She never went to a church dinner without a car trunk full of home-cooked food. The Wilkersons were known for their secret recipe barbecue sauce. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years; her parents; six brothers, Dalton, Virgil, Ralph, Cecil, Wintfred and Earnest Gann; and one sister, Margarine Burgard. Surviving are one brother, James Melvin Gann of Medford, Ore.; a stepdaughter in Oklahoma; and four stepgrandchildren. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at Souls Harbor Family Worship with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley and the Rev. Bythel Friend officiating. Burial will be at 3 o'clock at Gann Cemetery near Conway under the direction of Elliott-GentryCarder Funeral Home of Cabool. Bill Cooper William "Bill" Edward Cooper, 74, son of Otto Benton Cooper and Lou Lora Jones Cooper, was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Shannon County. He died Jan. 3, 2005, at his home at Steelville. He married Bonnie Ilene Sanders Dec. 29, 1948. They had three children and recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Mr. Cooper was an elder of the Trinity church at Leasburg. He loved horses and enjoyed riding and showing for himself and his son and keeping up with his grandchildren and his grandson's basketball games. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Delores Cooper Lawson and Geneva Mae Cooper Neal. Surviving are his wife of the home; three children, Ronald Leon Cooper of Elkins, Ark., Donna Mae Kenagy of Cuba, Mo., and William Edward Cooper Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark.; four brothers, Lee Cooper, Calvin Cooper, Norman Cooper and Kenneth Cooper; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 6 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Arthur "Bud" Younger officiating. Burial was in the New Eminence Cemetery at Eminence. Fern Butner Fern A. Butner, 66, daughter of Fred E. and Dorothy Ella Stout Stickler, was born Jan. 20, 1938, at El Reno, Okla. She died Jan. 4, 2005, at her home at Licking. She married Carl B. Butner January 1990 at Sterling, Colo., where she had lived during her earlier years. Mrs. Butner enjoyed taking care of people and went to nursing school. She worked for home health care services as long as her health permitted. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist of Salem. She enjoyed traveling, reading and working crossword puzzles.

The Butners lived in Myrtle before moving to Licking in 2001. She was preceded in death by four siblings. Surviving are her husband of the home; children, Daniel Queen, Linda Robinson and Van Whitett; stepchildren, Carl Butner Jr. and Carolyn Wyllie; brothers, Fred Sickler, Stan Higgins and Grayson Hoard; sisters, Francis Goddard, Beulah Uher and Goldie Holland; and three grandchildren. Services were Jan. 8 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Kenneth Plank officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery near Licking. Eva Evans Eva Ree Evans, 93, daughter of Clyde Miller and Minnie McColgin Miller, was born Dec. 6, 1911, at Dombey, Okla. She died Jan. 6, 2005, at Houston House, where she had been a resident for the past several months. As a child, her family tried homesteading in Oklahoma. Her father wanted to moved to Missouri, so they relocated in the Joplin area. They came in wagons, bringing a few chickens and a few horses to change with the ones pulling the wagon. They settled in McDonald County, living there four or five years. When Eva was 4, the family moved to the Clara community near Houston. In 1915, they moved to the Vollmar community near Raymondville. She attended school at Vollmar, walking six miles with her brother, Ray. She attended school at Vollmar, Houston and Licking and one year of college. She taught at Possum Trot northeast of Raymondville for $40 per month. She also taught a few weeks near Yukon for her brother, Ray, during an illness. It was during this time that one of her students started courting her, but she rejected him for a while because he was too short. She later gave in to his proposal. She married Lynn "Shorty" Evans in 1931. They had one son. After their marriage, she taught school and her husband worked at a service station, starting business ventures which lasted through the years. Following their move to Houston, businesses included a hotel and apartments in Houston, furniture and clothing stores in Houston, Mountain Grove, West Plains, Licking and Norwood; and automobile and grocery stores in Houston and Mountain Grove. They opened funeral homes in Raymondville and Houston until World War II forced them to close due to gas and tire rationing. They returned, operating funeral homes in Houston, Summersville, Licking and Mountain Grove. In 1958, their funeral service was in their home on Grand Avenue until the '60s, when they purchased Elliott Funeral Home. Over the years, they operated and sold more than 30 businesses. Mrs. Evans helped start the Church of God in Houston with five or six members in a residence. Later the church built on Ozark Street near Airport Road and finally relocated to South Grand Avenue. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2002; sister, Ada Vollmar; and brother, Ray Miller. Surviving are her son, Clydie; one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 8 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Betty Hope Betty D. Dixon Hope, 72, daughter of Joe and Pearl Mitchell Dixon, was born Aug. 20, 1932, at Licking. She died Jan. 7, 2005, at Rolla Park Manor in Rolla. She lived in the Tampa, Fla., area before moving back to Licking. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Dixon. Surviving are her stepsons, Jack Brueggemann of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Don Brueggemann of Sequin, Texas; siblings, Laymon Dixon and Norma LaVigne of Licking, Junior Dixon of Houston and Helen Roseta of New Haven; two step-grandchildren; and extended family, Wayne and Dianna Williams, Tanya Foster, Matthew Williams and D.J. Foster of Brandon, Fla; and extended family, Chad Birch, Laura Neal and Melitta Powell. Services were Jan. 11 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery near Licking. Judy Neal Judy Ann Neal, 52, daughter of Earnest Clinton Lockridge and Theressa Lee, was born June 23, 1952, at El Paso, Texas. She died Jan. 9, 2005. after a five-year battle with C.O.P.D. She was preceded in death by her son, Neilmon Joseph Neal; and husband, Narson Noval Neal. Surviving are her children, Narson Noval Neal II, Neilson Nevin Neal and NeShanna Novella Neal; brothers and sisters, Marilyn Varner, Brenda McBride, James "Bubba" Lockridge and William Earnest Lockridge; and nine grandchildren. Services were Jan. 10 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Craddock Cemetery. Joe Feher Joe Feher, 81, son of George and Anna Uhring Feher, was born May 24, 1923, in East St. Louis, Ill. He died Jan. 10, 2005, at Licking Park Manor in Licking. A former resident of O'Fallon, Ill., he was a member of the Troy Christian Church.

Mr. Feher was an appliance technician for Whirlpool. He was an Army veteran and member of the Military Order of Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans and Electrical Workers No. 1. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Earlin Feher; and a brother, Lou Feher. Surviving are a daughter, Judy Witte of Houston; son, Joseph Feher of St. Louis; a sister, Pearl Schaefer of O'Fallon; three grandchildren, a step-granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Friday at the Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon, Ill. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Garden at Fairview Heights, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the TCMH Hospice of Care or the Alzheimer's Association. Visitation is 4 to 8 o'clock this evening (Thursday) at the Schildknecht Funeral Home. Lyle Massey Lyle Eugene Massey, 82, son of Albert L. and Dora Key Massey, was born Jan. 18, 1922, at Huggins in Texas County. He died Dec. 20, 2004, at his home at Huggins following a long illness. He grew up and attended school in the Huggins community. He married Laura Denton Nov. 21, 1942. They had five children. Mr. Massey served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged January 1946 after serving four years in Europe. The Masseys purchased a farm in the Huggins area, where they raised beef cattle and farmed for several years. He also did construction work in the area. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and going on trail rides. He was a member of the Number One Free Will Baptist Church, becoming a deacon in 1949. He was also a member of American Legion Post 470 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10967 of Roby. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Claude and Orville; and two sisters, Erma and Vivian. Surviving are his wife of 62 years of the home; two sons, James Massey and Gary Massey of Huggins; three daughters, Betty Roderick of Plato, Ina Kalina of Boron, Calif., and Tammy Richardson of Success; one brother, Dearl Massey of Houston; one sister, Ina Wade of Huggins; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 23 at the Number One Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Junior Hutsell and the Rev. Derrel Friend officiating. Burial with full military rites provided by American Legion Post 30 was in the Number One Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home of Mountain Grove. Myrtle Skiles Myrtle Alma Edwards Skiles, 91, daughter of George Washington and Ava Hudson Edwards, was born Dec. 30, 1913, near Licking. She died Jan. 11, 2005, at Salem Memorial District Hospital in Salem. She married Virgil Foley, who preceded her in death. She married Glen T. Skiles Oct. 11, 1939, at St. Louis. They had four daughters. She lived all of her life near Licking and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by Glen Jan. 14, 1983; her siblings, Earn Edwards, Sherrill Edwards, Jewell Edwards, Leo Edwards, Florence Fox, Retha Hayes, Jennie Waters, Opal Boyher and Edith Stewart. Surviving are her daughters, Ava Thomas and Mary Pruett of Salem, Glenna Taylor of Edwards and Bonnie Bridgeman of Winston; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Services were Jan. 15 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harry Foley officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Joe Yingling Joe Lee Yingling, 75, son of Jesse and Lillie Hacker Yingling, was born March 28, 1929, at Cogar, Okla. He died Jan. 14, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. A Licking area resident, he served in the Army from May 20, 1948, until his retirement June 30, 1970, as a staff sergeant. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making molasses. He married Della Gale March 28, 2004. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Paula; siblings, Alma Arnold, Zella Mae Gentry, Dorthey Gentry, Alford Yingling, Harold Yingling and John Yingling. Surviving are his wife of the home; stepson, John Martinez; stepdaughter, Rosa Martinez; siblings, Darlene Brady, Barbara Boyd, Naomi Brady, Jerry Yingling and Raymond Yingling. Services were Jan. 18 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Velma Trout officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Bill Cook Wilmert Bruce "Bill" Cook, 70, son of Clarence E. Cook and Fern E. Lipscomb Cook, was born Sept. 20, 1934, at Battle Creek, Mich. He died Jan. 14, 2005, at the Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. He served in the Air Force from Aug. 22, 1952, until he was honorably discharged Feb. 6, 1956, during the Korean War. A Licking area resident, he married Linda S. Cook June 21, 1991. He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Garth Cook. Surviving are his daughters, Donna Cook of Arkansas, Lahne Cook of Minnesota and Tammy Cook; stepdaughter, Debra Allison of Missouri; stepson, Tony Dean of Missouri; sister, Jackie of Michigan; three grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and dear friends, Paul, Jean and Bernice Morrison of Missouri. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Ames D. Clevenger officiating. Cecil White Cecil Loren White, 82, son of Jim and Goldie White, was born Aug. 5, 1922, at Simmons. He died Jan. 15, 2005, at his home at Mountain Grove. He grew up in the Simmons and Houston area, where he spent many hours fishing and camping on the banks of the Piney River. He attended country schools and Houston. He entered the U.S. Army Dec. 30, 1942, serving in the European Theatre during World War II. He was awarded several medals including the French Jubilee Medal. He saw combat in five major battles at Normandy, France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. It was there that he suffered frostbite to his feet and legs and knew great pain most of his life, especially as he became older. He married Pauline Thelma Bridges May 25, 1945. They had two sons and raised their family on an acre of land south of Cabool. Mr. White was a mechanic at Honeycutt Chevrolet in Cabool for many years. He was a deacon of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Cabool for 35 years. The Whites moved to Mountain Grove in 2002 and attended Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church as his health permitted. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria White; and brother, Darrell Keith White. Surviving are his wife of 60 years; two sons, Danny White and Bobby White of Springfield; sister, Freda Spears of Lee's Summit; two brothers, Jack White and Gary White of Springfield; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 18 at the First Christian Church in Cabool with the Rev. Glenn Murray and the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Janet Taylor Janet Marie Taylor, 59, daughter of Hershel Harvey White and Neoma Irene Anderson White, was born Sept. 2, 1945, in St. Louis. She died Jan. 15, 2005, after a long illness. She attended school in Madison, Ill., and college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, working on a degree in education. She was preceded in death by her father; three brothers, Gerald Ray White, Harold White and Kenny White. Surviving are her mother of Hartshorn; her children, Tracey Reynolds of Mount Vernon, Ill., Virginia Taylor of Glen Carbon, Ill., Richard Taylor of North Carolina and Barbara Taylor and Leigh McCown of Success; one brother, Donald White of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Karen Bathon of Houston and Donna Schweighauser of Rolla; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 17 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville. Burial was Jan. 18 in Rector Cemetery. Yvette Palmer Graveside services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Pine Lawn Cemetery for Yvette Palmer of Houston. Mrs. Palmer, 67, died Monday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Joshua Ewing Joshua Daniel Ewing, 20, son of Robert Lee Ewing and Elizabeth Victoria McColgin, was born Oct. 25, 1984, at Jerseyville, Ill. He died Dec. 22, 2004, as the result of an auto accident. He attended school at Raymondville and Licking and graduated from St. James High School. Surviving are his parents and stepfather, Jerry McColgin, of St. James; sister, Paris McColgin of the home; brother, Dallas McColgin of Willow Springs; and grandmothers, Gloria Seifert and Betty Alesi of Illinois and Edna McColgin of Houston. Services were Dec. 28 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James with burial in the Vollmar Cemetery at Raymondville. Paul Neal Paul Neal, 85, son of Glen Marshall and Oma Mae Palmer Neal, was born Sept. 10, 1919, at Keifer, Okla. He died Jan. 14, 2005, at his home at Vernal, Utah. He grew up in the Upton community in Texas County and married the love of his life, Violet Richens July 1, 1942, at Malad, Idaho. Mr. Neal served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a radio controller. His profession as a cement contractor took him to many places including California, where he and his young family built a home and lived for a while. Mr. Neal was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Cherokee Nation. He was proud of his Cherokee

heritage. He loved playing the guitar, singing, gardening, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping and reading. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife in April 1985; daughter, Elaine Mahaney; son, Bobby Rynes; three brothers, Kenneth Neal, Howard Neal and Dewey Neal; a grandson and great-grandson. Surviving are his children, Ronnie Neal of Vernal, Utah, and Linda Christenson and Evelyn Vorwaller of Ogden, Utah; two brothers, Delford Neal and Norman Neal; four sisters, Mary Medlin, Kerma Breedlove, Olive Roquet and Doris Webb; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Jan. 18 at the Vernal Memorial Park Cemetery. Cameron Lyon Cameron Michael Lyon, infant son of Sean Lyon and Krystal Nicole McCabe, was born Jan. 17, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston and died the same day at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. In addition to his parents, surviving are his grandparents, Kathern McCabe and Kenneth McCabe and Terry and Debrah Lyon; great-grandparents, Jerry and Jean Fraser; and great-great-grandparents, George and Dorothy Dalton. Services were Jan. 20 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Rick Mosher officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Eve Palmer Yvette "Eve" Palmer, 67, daughter of Ovid and Rita Carpentier, was born May 15, 1937, at Southbridge, Mass. She died Jan. 17, 2005. She married Jeramiah Hazlett in 1954. They had seven children. Their second child, a daughter, preceded her in death. Her marriage ended in divorce in January 1970. She met Charles Palmer in 1972 in Colorado. In 1973, they traveled to his native Missouri and were married Dec. 5, 1973, in Lebanon. The Palmers moved to Houston in 1997 and fell in love with the town and its friendliness, especially the residents of Hamrick Terrace. She loved to do craft work, crocheting and sewing. She won several blue ribbons at the Texas County Fair for her crocheted gowns for Barbie dolls. Surviving are her husband of the home in Houston; her children, Paulette Sanders of Warrenton, David Hazlett of Yulee, Fla., Diana Douglas of St. Clair, Brian Hazlett of Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel Hazlett of Lakeland, Fla., and Thomas Hazlett of Wright City; one brother, Richard Carpentier of Hawaii; and one sister, Jeanne Laschapel of Dudley, Mass. Graveside services were Jan. 20 at the Pine Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. John Hogan John L. Hogan, 88, son of Thomas E. and Martha M. Canoy Hogan, was born Feb. 26, 1916, near Blooming Rose. He died Jan. 19, 2005, at Florissant. Mr. Hogan was a carpenter in the St. Louis area for more than 60 years, building and doing finish work in homes. He had been a member of Carpenter's Local 417 since 1946. He married Dorothy Sliger June 17, 1949. They had three children. Mr. Hogan was an avid hunter and enjoyed trips to the country. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles, Mayme, Bernard, Leon, Viola, Joe and Clarence. Surviving are his wife; children, Stanley Hogan, David Hogan and Linda Kopecky; sister, Juanita Hines of Rolla; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 23 a the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Stephen Willeford officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Opal Grogan Opal Marie Aldridge Grogan, 83, oldest of four children of Joseph and Lestel Aldridge, was born Nov. 16, 1921, near Sargent. She died Jan. 19, 2005, at Willow Care Nursing Home, where she was a resident. She had a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. After her mother died, her father remarried and had three children. She married Marion Benton Grogan. They had five children. Except for about two years, all of her life was spent in the Tyrone and Yukon area of Texas County. She worked for Angelica Uniform Co. in Summersville for 28 years, retiring in 1977. Mrs. Groan was an expert seamstress, homemaker, hard worker and great cook. Two of her greatest joys were working outside in the yard and flower garden and quilting. She made many quilts with the Tyrone Quilting Club and at her home. She would show her quilts to family and friends and donate her handiwork to charities and family. She was a member of the Tyrone Assembly of God until it closed and attended the Midvale Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant twin sons, Keith and Kenneth; three brothers, Oral Aldridge, Delmar Aldridge and Dean Aldridge; a granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. Surviving are her husband of 65 years of the home; three children, Almeda Maye Jones of Greer, S.C., Muriel Faye Smith

of Willow Springs and Gary Dee Grogan of Fenton; one brother, Bobbie Joe Aldridge of Springfield; two sisters, Maxine Newberry of Rolla and Vernetta Swartz of Hisperia, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four greatgreat-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 22 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Emmett Bradford and the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Burial was in the Tyrone Cemetery. Toni Jones Mary Antoinette "Toni" Jones, 72, daughter of Jose Ruiz and Eileen Reagan Ruiz Cooper, was born Oct. 27, 1932, in St. Louis. She died Jan. 20, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center in Springfield. She grew up in the St. Louis area, attending elementary and high school there. She attended Rubican Business College in St. Louis and was a secretary in the area. She married Harold Jones Oct. 16, 1971. When she moved to Texas County, she became involved in the American Legion, serving as secretary of posts 890 and 559. She loved her flower garden and home. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving is her husband of 33 years. Services were Jan. 25 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Wasson officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Bernice Vollmar Bernice Evelyn Vollmar, 90, daughter of William Odius Vollmar and Hester Martin Vollmar, was born July 7, 1914, at the old Doc Reed place northwest of Oscar. She died Jan. 20, 2005, at Houston House after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She attended school at Vollmar through the eighth grade and attended church as a child at the Vollmar schoolhouse. She and her mother attended the Raymondville Methodist Church. At age 16, she married Basil Miller of Raymondville. They moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he worked for an oil company. They spent more than 50 years together in a special loving relationship even though being divorced. Ms. Vollmar went to St. Louis, where she worked for Liggett-Myers Tobacco Co. When she returned to Raymondville in 1943, she purchased a house and 20 acres on what is now Orchard Street. She cared for her parents until their deaths in 1956 and 1991 and operated Evans Funeral Home in Raymondville until it closed. She worked at the Lee Co., retiring in 1976. She was a member of the Blue Heaven Club organized in 1937. The club operated a hamburger stand at the Raymondville Picnic, using the proceeds to purchase the first fire truck for Raymondville and support various school projects. She was an avid turkey hunter. In 1984, she killed a 26-pound gobbler with five separate beards. She also gardened, loved cooking and cared for her mother after her retirement. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Wood, Vera Hassell and Audery Smith. Surviving are two brothers, Andy Vollmar of Bokeelia, Fla., and Wayne Vollmar of Collinsville, Ill. Services were Jan. 25 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Vollmar officiating. Burial was in the Vollmar Cemetery. Jack Wilson George "Jack" Wilson, 72, son of William "Dutch" and Faye Wilson, was born April 2, 1932, at Pittsburg, Kan. He died Jan. 23, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center in Springfield. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1951-'53. After the service, he was a union lineman for AmerenUE in St. Louis. He retired in 1992 after 33 years. He was a shop steward for IBEW Local 1439. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Dorothy Brunelli March 2001; and his parents. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Connolly Wilson of the home at Licking, whom he married Feb. 16, 2002; his children, Deborah Goforth, Terrie Williams and Jay Wilson; stepson, Walter Connolly; stepdaughter, Judith Wardel; brother, Walter Wilson of Kansas/Arkansas; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Houston with President Andy Hutchison officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. John Mitchell John William Mitchell, 74, son of Olga and Harrison Mitchell, was born Oct. 7, 1930, at El Centro, Calif. He died Jan. 24, 2005. He married Anna Mae Barnes December 1955. They had one daughter. Mr. Mitchell served in the Marines during the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for 30 years, retiring in 1989 from its Mesa, Ariz., helicopter plant. He was an avid sports fan and had a life of service to God, his country, church and friends. For the last four years, the

Mitchells spent their winters in Mesa. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife; daughter, Marlana Mitchell of Mesa, Ariz.; and Bruce and Betty Moran and their family. Services were Jan. 27 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Ragsdale officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Licking Cemetery. Teresa Clifton Teresa Jo Clifton, 30, daughter of Garry and Patsy Barton, was born Nov. 23, 1974. She died Jan. 27, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. She was involved in her children's classrooms and was a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Souls Harbor Family Worship, where she taught in children's church and Sunday School. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Betty Watson. Surviving are her husband of 10 years, Jonathan; their two children, Mariah and Connor; her parents; two sisters, Kim Hutsell and Penny Chernowsky; brother, Richie; and grandparents, Richard and Irene Pruitt. Services were Jan. 31 at Souls Harbor Family Worship with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley and the Rev. Jackie Cooper officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Cemetery at Solo under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Bonnie Lou Brown Brown Lou Brown, 63, daughter of Coy and Mary Roeder Kirk, was born Jan. 5, 1942, at Maples. She died Jan. 27, 2005, at her home at Yukon. She graduated from Licking High School in 1959 and worked for The Licking News until her marriage to Lloyd Brown Jan. 1, 1966. They established their home at Keenview Farms at Yukon. She was a member of the Raymondville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, serving in several positions on the local, district and state levels. Mrs. Brown was active in the Blue Heaven Club and Houston Garden Club, where she shared gardening tips and plant cuttings. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leo, Leland and Harold Kirk; and an infant sister, Myrtle Mahale Kirk. Surviving are her husband of the home; two sons, Michael of Lakenheath, England, and Wesley of Nixa; one daughter, Annette Bradley of Sikeston; one brother, George Kirk of West Plains; and 10 grandchildren. Services were Jan. 30 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Hutchason Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care. Norma Burch Hutsell Norma Lea Burch Hutsell, 74, daughter of Orval and Alta Burch, was born Jan. 5, 1931, at Bado. She died Jan. 28, 2005 at Westview Nursing Home in Derby, Kan. She graduated in 1948 from Houston High School and attended Southwest Missouri State University. She taught at the Logan and Freely Give schools in the Bado area for four years. She traveled extensively in the southwestern states with her family in heavy construction on contract with the U.S. Government. She settled in the Wichita, Kan., area, where she was a beautician, owning and operating Boulevard Plaza Beauty Shop for many years. She served on the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Rodney; and one sister, Wilma Kelly. Surviving are one sister, Velma Pierce of Kansas City; two brothers, Olen Burch of Bado and Vernon Burch of Kansas City. Services were Jan. 31 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Emery officiating. Burial was in the Bado Cemetery. Dallas Keith Cook Dallas Keith Cook, stillborn son of Travis and Dana Lea Wolfe Cook, was born Jan. 28, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. In addition to his parents, surviving are his maternal grandparents, Rebecca and Dennis Wolfe of Plato; and paternal grandparents, Kenny and Bonnie Cook of Mansfield. Graveside services with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating were Feb. 1 at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery at Plato under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. James E. Holland James Edward Holland, 85, son of George F. and Mary DeWalt Holland, was born Oct. 4, 1919, at Huntington, Pa. He died Jan. 30, 2005. He retired in 1986 as professor emeritus from the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Earlier, he was superintendent in Arkansas and Missouri communities including Galena, Naylor and at Houston from

1954-'62. He earned degrees from Juniata College in 1941, the University of Arkansas in 1948 and UMC in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe in the signal corps beginning in 1941 and remained an officer in the Army Reserves until his retirement as a major in 1965. While serving as an Army instruction at Camp Crowder at Neosho, he married Delaine Shamblin July 15, 1944. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. Mr. Holland was an active member of the Missouri United Methodist Church throughout his life in Columbia. Surviving are his wife of the home in Columbia; daughters, Marilynn Cary and Barbara Holland; two sisters, Ella Bingham and Mary Van Ormer; and two grandchildren. Graveside services are 10 o'clock Saturday at Ozark Memorial Park in Branson. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity or the Missouri United Methodist Church. Laura Massey Laura Eva Massey, 79, daughter of James and Cecil Atherton Denton, was born July 4, 1925, at Huggins. She died Feb. 4, 2005, at her home at Huggins. She grew up and attended school in the Huggins community, graduating from Houston High School. She later attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. She married Lyle E. Massey Nov. 21, 1942. They had five children. Mrs. Massey taught school at Timber Ridge and later at Long Valley in the Number One community. The Masseys owned and operated the Upton General Store for a few years. She also worked at the Huggins Post Office for several years. The Masseys purchased a farm in the Huggins area, where they raised beef cattle. Mrs. Massey enjoyed the outdoors, tending her flowers and vegetable gardens. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting and crafts. She was a long time member of the Number One Free Will Baptist Church at Huggins, where she taught Sunday School and Bible School for more than 40 years. She was a member of American Legion Post 470 Auxiliary at Roby. In addition to her parents; she was preceded in death by her husband Dec. 20, 2004; and two sisters, Anna May and Dorothy. Surviving are two sons, Gary Massey and James Massey of Huggins; three daughters, Betty Roderick of Plato, Ina Kalina of Boron, Calif., and Tammy Richardson of Success; one sister, Opal Coble of Plato; 14 grandchildren and 23 greatgrandchildren. Services were Feb. 8 at the Number One Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronald Turner and the Rev. Larry Shelley officiating. Burial was in the Number One Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home of Mountain Grove. Maude Freeman Maude M. Case Freeman, 88, daughter of Squire and Mattie Fore Case, was born Aug. 29, 1916. She died Feb. 5, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Arthur Freeman July 2, 1937. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers. Surviving are one brother, Jim Case of Farmington; one son, Dale Freeman of Edgar Springs; three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren and five step-great-great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 7 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Lonnie Case and Fred Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell Cemetery at Edgar Springs. Kenneth Wilson Kenneth Eugene Wilson, 81, son of Ray Leaonard and Frances Maillard Wilson, was born April 21, 1923, at Beech Grove, Ind. He died Feb. 9, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 until 1945. He was a jack-of-all trades and could master anything he set his mind to: building houses, model ships, weaving rugs, restoring a 150-year-old buggy, Ford Model T, Austin Healey, Harley Davidson or building a log cabin. He loved to tell tall tales, a good joke and playing pranks. He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Robert; sisters, Mary Jane, Susan Jean and Ruth; and a daughter, Marie Sue. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Frances; children, Diana Tottingham, James Wilson, Donald Wilson, Steve Wilson and Mandi Cole of Houston and April Wilson of St. Louis; sister, Frances West of Cabool; brother, Ray Wilson of Cabool; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 12 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel in Cabool with the Rev. Orval Gayer officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Diannia Johnson Diannia Lea Mead Johnson, 60, daughter of Troy E. Mead and Betty Lou Rimel Carroll, was born May 26, 1944, at Simmons, She died Feb. 14, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Mrs. Johnson attended 12 years of school at Cabool and spent most of her adult life in the Cabool area. She married Loren H. Johnson Jan. 9, 1965, at Solo. They had two sons. During the early years of their marriage, they traveled to various states in telephone construction. They returned to Cabool in 1972 and lived at her birthplace. She was converted at age 11 and attended the First Free Will Baptist Church for many years. She sang with quartets and duets. For the last two years, she attended the Mount Pisgah Church. She was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Ellsworth Carroll; and grandparents, Bill and Gladys Rimel and Ed and Eva Mead. Surviving are her husband of 40 years; two sons, Jesse Scott and William Jeffrey of Cabool; her mother of Cabool; brother, Gary Mead of Cabool; and two grandchildren. Services were Feb. 19 at the Cabool Christian Church with the Rev. David Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the Cabool Alumni Association. Wes Disbrow Jr. Weston Edward 'Wes" Disbrow Jr., 63, son of Weston Sr. and Lucille Shelton Disbrow Canova, was born Sept. 19, 1941, at Alden, Ill. He died Feb. 15, 2005, at his home at Licking. He was preceded in death by his parents and ex-wife, Betty Keel Disbrow Shaw. Surviving are his children, Weston Disbrow III of Lenox, Loretta Kaster of Salem and Paulette Wiltfong of Rockford, Ill.; one brother, David Disbrow of Goodyear, Ariz.; one sister, Lowes Eggert of Rockford, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Services were Feb. 19 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pat Cronk officiating. Burial was in the Jadwin Cemetery at Jadwin. Marcia Phillips Marcia Ann Phillips, 69, daughter of John Mark and Idel Sherman Hoover, was born Dec. 26, 1935, at Butler. She died Feb. 16, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Mrs. Phillips worked with her son at Sonic in Houston until her retirement. She enjoyed painting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cecil Phillips; and a brother, Mark Hoover. Surviving are three sons, Cecil Phillips and Eddie Phillips of Houston and Randy Phillips of Kansas City; one stepson, Travis Phillips of Houston; three brothers, Clyde Hoover of Deer Trail, Colo., RC Hoover of El Dorado Springs and Gary Hoover of Independence; and 11 grandchildren. Memorial services were Feb. 21 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Memorials made be made to St. John's Cancer Center. Andy Carter Andrew Jackson "Andy" Carter, 37, son of Harvey Ben Carter and Bonnie Lou Jackson Carter, was born Jan. 1, 1968, at Houston. He died Feb. 17, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He graduated from Houston High School in 1986 and served four years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for rescuing victims Jan. 29, 1989, from a Canadian C-130 crash at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. After returning home in 1990, he worked on the family farm at Bucyrus. Mr. Carter was baptized Oct. 15, 1978, at the First Baptist Church in Houston. He rededicated his life to Christ Feb. 16, 2005. He enjoyed bowling and bowled four perfect 300 games. His name is in the St. Louis Hall of Fame of Bowlers. Surviving is his mother of Bucyrus. Services were Feb. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Shelly Zook officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Carter Field Little League Baseball. Cecil Jones Cecil Franklin Jones, 85, son of Caleb and Lizzie Fields Jones, was born March 6, 1919, at Fort Worth, Texas. He died Feb. 19, 2005, at his home at Summersville. He grew up in the Fort Worth area, attending school there. He joined the U.S. Army Dec. 12, 1944, serving during World War II stationed in Manila and Japan. He received the Bronze Service Star and Luzon Campaign medals, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged April 6, 1946. He returned to Fort Worth and began work for the Fort Worth School District as custodian, retiring July 31, 1979. He married Clara Seefeldt in 1954. They lived in the Fort Worth area until moving to Summersville in 1993.

Mr. Jones enjoyed woodworking and hunting and fishing in the Ozark hills. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home; one brother, Robert Jones of Palestine, Texas; and one sister, Mary Lois. Services were Feb. 23 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Big Creek Cemetery. Elizabeth Gladden Elizabeth L. Gladden, 92, died Feb. 20, 2005, in Tallahassee, Fla., where she had lived since 2001. A native of Mayfield, Ky., she was a long-time resident of Rolla and was a retired high school administrative assistant. While living in Tallahassee, she was a visitor to Thomasville Road Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church. She participated in the activities at the senior center. She was preceded in death in 1985 by her husband, James Mack Gladden. Surviving are her son, Jim Gladden of Tallahassee, Fla.; three brothers, George Wilson and Jack Wilson of Paducah, Ky., and Aubrey Wilson Jr. of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services are today (Thursday) at Bevis Funeral Home Chapel in Tallahassee, Fla. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery at Houston. Memorials may be made to the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Fla. 32303. Bob Proctor John Robert "Bob" Proctor, 71, youngest son of Ralph and Pauline Proctor, was born March 30, 1933, at Braymer. He died Feb. 22, 2005, at the Bothwell Regional Health Center at Sedalia. He married Ruth Zwygart May 20, 1951, at Chillicothe. They moved in 1969 to Lincoln. Mr. Proctor was a trucker. His career included owning and operating an International dealership in Chillicothe. After moving to Lincoln, he was employed by MFA Implement. For the last 14 years, he drove for Ditzfeld Transfer of Sedalia as an owner-operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 305 of Cole Camp, Breckenridge Masonic Lodge #334 AF and AM, the St. Joseph Orient Valley of the Scottish Rite, the Chillicothe York Rite, Moila Shrine Temple, the Warsaw Shrine Club and the Lincoln United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Proctor. Surviving are his wife of the home; three daughters, Catherine Hunt of West Plains, Jean Hesse of Cole Camp and Karen Plott of Carl Junction; one son, Kenneth Proctor of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Doyle Proctor of Braymer; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services were Feb. 26 at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln with the Rev. Donald J. Allcorn and the Rev. Barbara Starr officiating. Graveside services were at the Braymer Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund in care of Davis-Miller Funeral Home, P. O. Box 400, Lincoln, Mo. 65338. Al Lindsey Albert Guy "Al" Lindsey, 74, son of Paul S. Lindsey Sr. and Lois Carolyn Barr Lindsey, was born Dec. 4, 1930, at Dixon. He died Feb. 23, 2005, at his home at Cabool following intense treatments for cancer. He married Faye E. Unruh of Greensburg, Kan., Nov. 7, 1954. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Mr. Lindsey worked for the Rock Island Railroad. He was employed for more than 20 years as a cathodic protection engineer for Northern Natural Gas Co. in Hugoton, Kan. In 1982, he and his wife became owners of Red Top Gas in Cabool. Later adding Tri-County Gas Co. in Mountain Grove and Garstang Gas in Belle. He served as president of the Cabool Chamber of Commerce and president of the Missouri Propane Gas Association. He enjoyed flying his airplane and operating his parents' farm at Dixon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cabool. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Kathryn. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Art and Steve Lindsey; two sisters, Lois Hendricks and Jean Simmons of Cordova, Tenn.; one brother, Paul S. Lindsey Jr. of Lebanon; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Granville Watson officiating. Burial with graveside services were at the Dixon Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Blocks Together Fund, P.O. Box 238, Cabool, Mo. 65689. Elsie E. Poe Elsie E. Poe, 74, daughter of Delmar and Nancy Morgan Gale, was born April 9, 1930, in Texas County. She died Feb. 23, 2005, at her home at Solo. Mrs. Poe grew up in Texas County, the ninth of 11 children. She married Virgil Poe. They had five children and lived on a farm in the Solo community. Mrs. Poe enjoyed working with cattle, camping, cliff climbing and exploring caves. She knew the usefulness of herbs and

would dig for special herbs and plants. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Lola Holden, Vina Trolinger and Idola Johnson Hall; and five brothers, Tom Gale, Sidney Gale, Artis Gale, Othel Gale and Virtis Gale. Surviving are her children, Otis Poe of St. Clair, Beverly Bay of Richwoods, Debbie Weggenmann of Fenton, Barbara Jean Kiley of Sand Lake, Mich., and Mary Ann Poe of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Eva Hall of Licking and Ruby Rose of Eminence; nine grandchildren and 13-great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 26 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Patrick Singleton officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery. Dee Burks Leslie "Dee" DeForest Burks, 51, son of Leslie Burks and Virginia DeForest Amyx, was born April 24, 1953, at Rolla. He died Feb. 23, 2005, at Licking, as a result of an auto accident. He married Debbie Rider Oct. 1, 1984. They had three sons. Mr. Burks loved flying and was a long-time pilot. He was a scuba-diving instructor, trainer and evaluator. His interest and love of the sport led him to start a business selling diving gear in Licking. One of his favorite places to dive was in the Yucatan, Mexico, region. His special joy was being with his family, going camping, four-wheeling and vacation time. He joined the Mount Olive Baptist Church June 12, 1994, where he served as a trustee. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home; three sons, Jerred DeForest Burks, Michael Frank Burks and Justin Neil Burks of the home; and one sister, Virginia Ellen Burks of Licking. Memorial services were Feb. 26 at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bill Tallant officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Paul Hancock John Paul Hancock, 91, son of John and Cora Pharris Hancock, was born Nov. 28, 1913, at Crocker. He died Feb. 23, 2005, at Houston House. Mr. Hancock's family moved to the Roubidoux area when he was a child. He married Jessie Doris Holmes Jan. 9, 1934. They had five children and were married 60 years before her death Dec. 13, 1994. Mr. Hancock operated the Flat Rock store and post office from 1942 to 1959. He enjoyed serving the public, visiting with customers, swapping stories and sharing hunting experiences. One of his greatest pleasures was quail hunting. He would train the dogs and loved working them while hunting. He was also an avid gardener, giving away surplus to friends. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, six brothers; a stepson, Donald Hancock; one grandson and one great-grandson. Surviving are his four sons, Jerry of Bucyrus, Ervin of Peck, Kan., Ralph of Oregon City, Ore., and Kenneth of Dacono, Colo.; one daughter, Margaret Kiser of Plato; 17 grandchildren and 26-great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 28 at the Union Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Postlewait officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. Beulah Harris Beulah Gail Rowen Harris, 85, daughter of Ralph Rowen and Etta Rowen, was born Dec. 9, 1919, at Princeton, Kan. She died Feb. 23, 2005, at her home at Imperial. Mrs. Harris was a tailor for 20 years for National Tailoring Co., a custom suit manufacturing company in St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Albert Harris. Surviving are her children, Gail Lents of Hillsboro and Carl Lewis Harris of North Little Rock, Ark.; sisters, Mick Smith of Festus, Frances Jameson, Darlene Erbschloe and Emma June Williams of Raymondville, Evelyn McCartney of Grey Summit and Laura Park of O'Fallon; eightgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 28 at the Baue Funeral Home Chapel in St. Charles. Burial with graveside services was March 1 at the Boone Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation. Louis Mehrhoff Jr. Louis J. Mehrhoff Jr., 74, son of Louis Mehrhoff Sr. and Delores Smith, was born June 18, 1930. He died Feb. 23, 2005, in a vehicle accident. A Licking area resident, Mr. Mehrhoff was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Rolla Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2025 and Rolla Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ramon Mehrhoff; and sister, Deanna Haselhorst. Surviving are five daughters, Chris Storm of Licking, Brenda Palmer of Steelville, Gina of Arizona and Roberta and Vicky

of St. Louis; one sister, Darlene Meyer; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 26 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Burnett Cemetery near Licking. Robert Reasor Robert Lewis Reasor, 80, son of Leroy and Ruth Walburn Reasor, was born Aug. 3, 1924, at Mount Carmel, Ill. He died Feb. 23, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Reasor joined the U.S. Army Feb. 4, 1943, serving during World War II. He was discharged Jan. 26, 1946. After the war, he was a clerk for a heating and refrigeration company. He was married to Dorothy Tompkins, who preceded him in death. Mr. Reasor moved to the Houston area last year to be near his family. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are one sister, Bettie Sperlazza of Houston; stepdaughters and stepsons. Private services were held under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Woody Cross Woodrow "Woody" Augustus Cross, 73, son of Theodore Augustus and Zella Mae Ballard Cross, was born Nov. 27, 1931, at Bucyrus. He died Feb. 24, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Home at Mexico, Mo. He graduated from Houston High School in 1949 and attended Southwest Baptist University at Bolivar, Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg. He was a veteran of the Korean War, enlisting in the U.S. Army in December 1953. He was honorably discharged in December 1955. He was a military policeman with the 3rd Quartermaster Co. at Fort Benning, Ga. He attended Provost Marshall General School at Camp Gordon, Ga., and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Cross began his 33-year career state employment with the Texas County Welfare office in 1958. He was transferred to Greene County in 1961. From 1963 to 1968, he was a probation and parole officer in Kansas City District 4. In 1968, he moved to Warrensburg as probation and parole district supervisor. In 1972, he moved to Holts Summit to began working as a parole analyst with the Board of Probation and Parole. He retired in 1991. He married Joann Meredith Nov. 19, 1972, in Lee's Summit. Mr. Cross was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in New Bloomfield. He was a deacon at Glenstone Baptist Church in Springfield and was named deacon emeritus at Union Hill Baptist Church at Holts Summit. He held membership in the American Association of Paroling Authorities, Missouri Association of Social Welfare, Missouri Corrections Association and the Clay County Missouri Peace Officers Association. He was preceded in death by two half sisters and four half brothers. Surviving are three daughters, Deborah Flores of Holts Summit and Denise Cross and Diana Crutchfield of Jefferson City; two stepchildren, Debra Murphy Farris of Holts Summit and Ron E. Murphy of Lake Mykee; one sister, Dolores Dake of Springfield; three grandsons, four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 26 at the Hopewell Baptist Church in New Bloomfield with the Rev. Rick Hopkins officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Summit Memorial Park at Holts Summit. Memorials may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church. Sue Lay Carol Sue Lay, 64, daughter of Harry Lee and Claudia Johnston, died Feb. 25, 2005, at her home at Raymondville. She married Lonnie Dean Lay March 9, 1959. They had three children. Mrs. Lay was active in the United Methodist Church at Raymondville, the Blue Heaven Club and the WSCS group at her church. She and her husband owned and operated Embroidery Your Way in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Roy "Chick" Johnston; and daughter, Patti Counts. Surviving are her husband of the home; daughter, Sheri Layton of Farmington; son, Keith Lay of Farmington; brother, Harry Lee of Fulton; sisters, Patricia Hicks of Houston and Gayle Saylor of El Dorado, Ark.; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were Feb. 28 at the United Methodist Church in Raymondville with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Raymondville. William Kivett Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel for William C. Kivett, 90, of Edgar Springs. Burial will be in the O'Malley Cemetery near Duke. Mr. Kivett died Feb. 25 at Licking Park Manor. Visitation is 9 a.m. until time for services Saturday at the Fox chapel.

Lionel Laney Services are 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel for Lionel F. Laney of East Alton, Ill. Burial will be in the Licking Cemetery. Mr. Laney, 58, died Feb. 15 at Woodriver, Ill. H.O. McLaughlin Harold Otto "H.O." McLaughlin, 92, son of Otto and Stella McLaughlin, was born Jan. 27, 1913, at Plato. He died Feb. 26, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston after a short illness. He married Leona Hart Roberts March 24, 1940, at Plato. Mr. McLaughlin was a life-long member of the Plato Christian Church, were he served as song leader and treasurer for a number of years. He was a 70-year member of Plato Lodge No. 469 AF and AM, serving as worshipful master in 1941. He was a well-known beef farmer and popular auctioneer at area farm sales for more than 40 years. He served on the Plato School board for several years and was a director for the Bank of Plato for more than 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995; a son, Tommy Otto McLaughlin, who died in infancy; and two sisters, Hazel Hartzog and Marjorie Beauchamp. Surviving are two daughters, Sidney Dandridge of Plato and Virginia Tilley of Overland Park, Kan.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were March 1 at the Plato Christian Church with Eugene Earp officiating. Burial was in the Plato-Lynch Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Arvin Mortensen Arrangements under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime Wednesday for Arvin Mortensen. Mr. Mortensen died Wednesday morning at his home at Roby. Eva Grogan Elsie Fay Davenport 90, daughter of Jessie Franklin Davenport and Morrie Neal McDonald Davenport, was born Oct. 4, 1914, at Pilot Point, Texas. She died Feb. 8, 2005, at Longview, Texas. Her father abandon the family about the time of her birth. She and her mother lived in the home of her grandparents at Cornhill, Texas, near Austin. After a time, her mother gave her up for adoption and took her to an orphanage at Pilot Point managed by a minister and his wife, asking for her daughter be placed in a Christian home with two parents. She was adopted by the Rev. Thomas S. and Dora Ella Woods Nichols and given the name Eva Ruth Nichols. As Nichols was a traveling preacher, the family moved numerous times, living mostly in New Mexico and California. They settled in the Ozarks in the Grogan community. She met and married Noah Newton Grogan. They had five children and worked at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kan., during World War II. Mrs. Grogan helped build the B-29 bomber. After her children were grown, Mrs. Grogan went back to school and graduated in 1969 from Trinity Lutheran School of Nursing in Kansas City. She received her state license and was an LPN at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston until she retired. With the encouragement of her husband, she located her maternal relatives in Texas and learned her mother had died many years earlier. In the 1950s, she visited her relatives for the first time, learning about her family history and the difficulty her mother had in giving her up for adoption. She was a member of the Near Home Missionary Baptist Church at Grogan, where she was pianist for almost 50 years. The Grogans moved to Texas in 1982. Mrs. Grogan was an excellent cook, gardener - especially flowers - and musician. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; brothers, Ray, Jerry and Leroy Leach and William Nichols; and a grandson. Surviving are her children, Margaret Elizabeth Atkisson and Carol Diane Eaton of Springfield, Barbara Jean Fish of Topeka, Kan., Mildred Louise Keene of Kansas City and Ronald Wayne Grogan of Ore City, Texas; a sister, Louise Brumley of Utah; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Coffeyville Cemetery near Ore City, Texas. William Kivett William Chester Kivett, 89, youngest of seven children of William Thomas and Mary Kivett, was born June 1, 1915, at Palace. He died Feb. 25, 2005, at Licking Park Manor. Like so many children of the Depression, he went west with $27 borrowed from his sister. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Salt Lake City and worked on the flood-control levy on the northern end of the lake to created a wildlife refuge. He worked at a lumber yard in Los Angeles a short time before joining the Marines in 1935. His first tour of duty was embassy guard at Peiping, China, from 1936 to 1938. He was first introduced to the Japanese Army invading China and

Peiping. His second encounter was on Guadalcanal and throughout the Solomon Islands after the New Britain Campaign. He was rotated back to the U.S., where he volunteered for experimental malaria research at Klamath Falls, Ore. While there, he met and married Wilma Nielson in 1945. They had three children He ended his active Marine Corps duty in 1957 with 28 awards and medals. After receiving his GED in the Marines, he attended Oregon State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. He became the first wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Region 9. In 1967, he transferred to the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ava district. After the move to Missouri, he bought the land his grandfather, Joe Jaszarowski, had homesteaded. After his retirement in 1972, he moved to the farm at Beulah. He was preceded in death by his wife. Among the survivors are his three children, Aleda, Lyle and Franklin Kivett of Edgar Springs; and grandchildren. Services were March 5 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Floyd officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the O'Malley Cemetery near Duke. Patty Luigs Whilma Patricia Luigs, 56, first-born child of James Kirby Luigs and Imogene Priscilla Fick, was born April 27, 1948, at Jefferson City. She died March 1, 2005. As a young child, her parents left her and her brother to live with their maternal grandparents, Elias Frank Fick and Maimie Brandell Fick, for a few years. Suffering from cerebral palsy at age 5, she was placed in a nursing home to receive the medical care she needed. She lived at Higginsville in her late 20s, Sedalia and Pierce Home in Armstrong and in 1972, Marshall State Hospital. In 1989, she moved to Pine View Christian Home in the Summersville community and was called "Patty Cake." She was reunited with her family about three years ago. She enjoyed doing crafts, lip syncing, humming and going out in the community. She donated quilts, blankets and baby supplies to Newborns in Need and made wall hangings, pot holders, jewelry and other craft items. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Surviving are her brother, Robert of Prescott, Ariz.; three half sisters, a half brother and her guardian, Theresa Campbell. Services were March 3 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Midvale Cemetery near Summersville. Arvin Mortensen Arvin Ross Mortensen, 63, son of Richard and Corilla Mortensen, was born Nov. 19, 1941, at Virden, N.M. He died March 2, 2005, at his home at Roby. He married the love of his life, Sharon Lou Metcalf, June 5, 1965, at Lordsburg, N.M. They moved to Roby in 1975. Mr. Mortensen retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service which included two tours in Vietnam and two in Germany. His service career began as a paratrooper until the Army realized he had flat feet. He became a military policeman and later an Army medic. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a member of the Houston branch since 1975. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and riding horses, farming and raising animals of all kinds. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gary. Surviving are his wife; sons, Barry of Dayton, Ohio, Richard of Festus, Daniel of Arkansas, Gregory of Utah, Alexander of Texas, Scott of Fort Hood, Texas, Todd of Roby and Tony of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Angela Willhite of Rolla, Christina of Summersville and Sarah of Houston; his sisters, Millie McEntire of Nevada, Mamie Freestone and McCray Gilpen of Mesa, Ariz., Dixie Atkisson of Schurita, Ariz., and Edna Lou Foss of Phoenix, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and all of the foster children over the years who called him Dad. Services were March 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Houston with Richard Green presiding. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Lee Roy Williams Lee Roy Williams, 58, son of Duel and Etnia Nelson Williams, was born Jan. 22, 1947, at Montauk. He died March 3, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He grew up in the Licking area and joined the U.S. Army June 23, 1966. He was discharged April 2, 1968, after serving in Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge, M-16. He was a master plumber for 34 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Sharon York and Rhonda Williams; four brothers, Lloyd, Everett, Melvin and Arthur; one sister, Hazel Williams, and three grandchildren. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Colgan of Rolla and Brandy Williams of Licking; four sons, Lee Williams Jr. of Washington state, Justin Williams of Licking, Travis Bartimus of Springfield and Shane Bartimus of Virginia; one brother, Ernest Williams; two sisters, Lois Gorman and Darlene Silva of Montauk; and many grandchildren.

Graveside services were March 7 at the Mount Olive Cemetery with Everett Perkins officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Blanche McColgin Blanche Minnie Evans McColgin, 94, the eldest of seven children of Jack and Maude Evans, was born Jan. 5, 1911, at Yukon. She died March 5, 2005, at Cabool. She married Archie McColgin. They had one daughter. Mrs. McColgin was a homemaker, farmer, gardener and cafe owner. She was an active member of the Eastern Star and Raymondville United Methodist Church. She was a quilter and enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter, Wanda Lee Byler; three brothers, Pete, Bob and Lynn; and sister, Pauline. Surviving are two sisters, Rheva Hayes of Licking and Zaida Poese of St. Peters; two grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were March 7 at the Vollmar Cemetery with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Dale Sillyman James Dale Sillyman, 60, son of Walter Glen Sillyman and Elsie McBride Sillyman, was born Dec. 19, 1944, at Houston. He died March 5, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He grew up in Texas County and graduated from Houston High School in 1962. He married Carolyn Pritchett of Willow Springs Sept. 27, 1962, at Houston. Mr. Sillyman was a farmer in Iowa for many years. He also worked at the school at Zearing, Iowa, until his three sons graduated. The Sillymans moved back to Houston in 1998. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, tinkering with cars, working on his lawn and playing cards. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson. Surviving are his wife of 42 years; three sons, Steve of Grand Junction, Iowa, and Darrell and Brian of Houston; two sisters, Anna Belle Ward and Vera Epperson of Houston; four brothers, Delmar of Willow Springs, Jerry of Cabool, Doyle of Houston and Keith of Fair Grove; and seven grandchildren. Services were March 8 at the Assembly of God in Houston with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Emery Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Adelia Altman Adela Altman, 50, daughter of Carlos and Beverly Ann "Mikki" Wood Romero, was born Sept. 14, 1954, at Los Angeles, Calif. She died March 7, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was a creative lady, enjoying painting - capturing on canvas or paper the scenes and activities around her. She found satisfaction in working with flowers and gardening. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are her husband, Obe Altman of the home; three sons, Michael Martinez of California, Dennis Lynch Jr. of Fordland and Ethan Lynch Moore of Houston; her father of California; three sisters, one brother and two grandchildren. Services are 1 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Richard Troxel Richard Coburn Troxel, 40, son of August C. "Dutch" and Elva Alice Ritter Troxel, was born Dec. 5, 1964, in Columbia. He died March 6, 2005, at St. Frances Medical Center at Cape Girardeau. In September 1973, Richard and his brother, Anthony, went to live in the home of Don and Naomi Campbell at Bucyrus due to the illness of their mother. As a member of the Campbell family, he attended school at Success and Houston. He struggled with mental and medical illness during his adult life and was a resident of Heritage Hills Residential Care Facility for the last eight years. He had a strong tenor voice and sang with the high school choir under the direction of Jackie Bullock and participated in state vocal music contests. He was a member of the Success Baptist Church and as his health permitted attended Patton Church of God at Patton. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his sisters, Deborah McEntyre of Vandalia and Shirley Chaney of Pennsylvania; brother, SFC Anthony "Tony" Troxel of Junction City, Kan., who is serving in Iraq; maternal grandmother, Elva Ritter of Peoria, Ill.; foster parents; foster sister, Susan martin of Poplar Bluff; foster brother, Darrel Campbell of Jefferson City; and caregivers, Harold and Sherri Coomer of Patton. Services are 1 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ted Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life. Elizabeth Gladden Memorial services with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating are 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Houston for Elizabeth L. Gladden. Mrs. Gladden, 92, died Feb. 20, 2005. She was a retired high school administrative assistant and long-time resident of Rolla. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. A complete obituary was published in the Feb. 24 Herald. Leonard Lay Leonard Lay, 79, son of Perry Oscar and Puella Effie McCubbins Lay, was born March 9, 1925, at Waukee, Iowa. He died March 3, 2005, at his home at Marion, Ill. He spent his childhood in rural Missouri, working on the farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Dec. 14, 1942, serving on the USS Yorktown/Pacific fleet during World War II. He was honorably discharged March 19, 1946, with the rank of seaman first class after serving 39 months. After the service, he met and married Wilma Lea Park Feb. 19, 1949, at Hammond, Ind. They were married 53 years before her death Nov. 7, 2002. The Lay family lived at Schererville, Ind., from 1949 to 1974. The family built and operated the Motel Lee at Schererville until 1974. He was also a carpenter and general contractor. Mr. Lay was past president of the Schererville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Carpenters Union. After his retirement, the Lays moved to Leesburg, Fla., where they lived for 26 years. They returned to southern Illinois October 2000. Mr. Lay attended the Victory Baptist Church of Carterville. His interests included fishing, woodworking, working with his hands, gardening, bargain hunting and visiting with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and an infant sister. Surviving are two sons, Keith Lay of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Dale Lay of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Patti Howard of Marion, Ill.; two sisters, Grace Williams of Marion, Ill., and Nadine Steeb of Ann Arbor, Mich.; six grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Services were March 6 at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home of Marion with the Rev. Rick Dawson, the Rev. Bill McDonald and the Rev. Ivan Ryan officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Rose Hill of Marion. Richard Bloom Richard Otis Bloom, 79, son of Walter and Mamie Graham Bloom, was born Jan. 10, 1926, at East Moline, Ill. He died March 9, 2005. He grew up in the East Moline area, where attended school. In his teenage years during World War II, he plowed victory gardens with his horse and plow for many people in nearby towns. He entered the Army in 1945 and served with the occupational forces in Germany. He was discharged in 1947. He married April Joyce Boecher July 12, 1947, at East Moline, Ill. They were married 57 years. Mr. Bloom worked in construction as well as many years in farming. He also worked for the Rock Island Lines and Union Pacific railroads. After moving to Missouri, he was a Missouri Green Thumb worker at the Houston Senior Center. He retired as a bus driver at the Houston Schools after 16 years. He had been in failing health since his retirement. In 1974, he was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness and was an ordained minister and elder for the Cabool congregation. His hobbies were fishing and working with his hands. Surviving are his wife; seven children, Sharon Bloom of Mountain Grove, Janis Divers of Maquoketa, Iowa, William Bloom of Mountain View, Susan Lay of Cabool, Mary Jo Hickman of Summersville, Jessica Bloom of Sandown, N.H., and Brandon Bloom of Houston; two sisters, Dorothy Gardner of Ashland, Ore., and Bertha Stanley of Cordova, Ill.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were March 12 at the Cabool Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Spencer Lund Spencer Joseph Lund, 70, son of Gustave Joseph and Bertha Alleen Hoopes, was born April 19, 1934, at Salt Lake City, Utah. He died March 9, 2005, at Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital at Columbia. He attended school in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated in 1952 in San Francisco. He worked as a carpenter until he joined the Army April 21, 1953. He served in the 5th Infantry regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was given a Good Conduct Medal. He was a talented fisherman and hunter, taking his commanding officer to rivers in Washington to teach him to fish. Mr. Lund was discharged from the Army April 20, 1956, and returned to Santa Rosa, Calif.

He married Marilee Groom in January 1960. Mr. Lund worked for a milk company for several years and raised his daughters, Lorinda, Wendy and Stacey. The family moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he managed a fishing and hunting lodge. He and his wife divorced in 1970. Mr. Lund was a salesman of siding and other materials for companies in Arizona. He expanded his sales to include Nevada, California, Utah and Idaho. He moved to the Roby area in 1987 to care for his parents until their deaths: his father Nov. 21, 1989, and his mother, Nov. 20, 1994. Mr. Lund was an expert in repairing and restoring hunting rifles. Surviving are two daughters, Stacey Lynch of Success and Lorinda Reed of Roseville, Calif.; two brothers, Dr. Jack Lund of Tampa, Fla., and Jay Norman Lund of Roby; one sister, Marilyn Stowe of Browns Valley, Calif.; and six grandchildren. Services were March 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Houston with President Andy Hutchison officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Ronald Sullins Ronald David Sullins, 36, son of Donald Sullins and Goldie Mae Roper Sullins Sims, was born March 6, 1969, at Columbia. He died March 10, 2005, near Licking. He was preceded in death by his father; grandfathers, Samuel David Roper and Rance Sullins; and grandmother, Mary Eveline Sullins. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Don Sims of Salem; and his brothers and sisters, Donald Floyd Sullins Jr. of Republic, Christena Cummings, Marvin Sullins, Cindy Ingersoll, Angela Freeman and Lisa Thompson of Salem. Services were March 13 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Velma Trout officiating. Earl L. Sponsler Earl Lee Sponsler, 91, the second son of five children of Jesse and Dressa Coats Sponsler, was born April 13, 1913, on a farm near Bado in Texas County. He died March 12, 2005, at Kabul Nursing Home at Cabool. He married Lois Vivian Flowers Sponsler June 7, 1934. They had two children. His wife died in 1992. Mr. Sponsler served eight terms in the Missouri House of Representatives from Texas County from 1958 to 1974. He enjoyed his farm, changing from dairy cattle to beef in 1960 and added land as it became available. He served on the Sanitary Milk Producers board of directors in the '50s and taught at area rural schools including Simmons for eight years. He accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He attended Bado Community Church, where he taught Sunday School as long as he was able. He married Stella Boyer, the widow of his younger brother, Lloyd, in 1993. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and Lloyd Sponsler; and one sister, Beulah Sponsler Cox. Surviving are his wife, Stella; son, Dale Lloyd Sponsler of Marshfield; daughter, Vivian Earlene Sponsler Coday of Mountain Grove; one brother, Chester of Springfield; stepchildren, Hubert Lee Sponsler, Beverly Sponsler Widner and Paula Sponsler Hodges; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and 17 step-greatgrandchildren. Services were March 14 at the Bado Community Church with the Rev. Brad Reed and the Rev. Hubert Sponsler officiating. Burial was in the Bado Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the Bado Community Church or Bado Cemetery. Charles Glickert Charles A. Glickert, 82, son of Carl and Caroline Tillman Glickert, was born May 12, 1922, at St. Louis. He died March 13, 2005, at Licking Park Manor. He joined the U.S. Army March 27, 1944, and was discharged April 27, 1946. He received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Glickert was a carpenter and enjoyed working with wood, making items for friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William White; one sister, Marie Vickers; and one grandson. Surviving are his daughter, Carol Scantlin of Licking; one sister, Theresa Creasey; one brother, George Glickert; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were March 15 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Carrie Harmon Bennett Carrie Whitmore Harmon Bennett, 97, daughter of Elmer E. and Nancy Jane Miller Whitmore, was born July 6, 1907, at Eunice. She died March 13, 2005, at Houston House. She lived on a farm near Eunice and attended elementary school. She graduated in 1927 from Houston High School and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1955 from Southwest Missouri State University. She married George E. Harmon Sept. 28, 1929. They had one daughter and lived in Houston, where her husband worked

for Brown Chevrolet Motor Co. until his death in 1963. Mrs. Harmon was a school teacher for 35 years. A number of those were spent in rural schools in Texas County. For the last 12 years of her career, she taught at Houston R-1, retiring in 1972. She married Homer Bennett June 12, 1975. They continued to live in Houston until his death Sept. 27, 1993. Mrs. Bennett loved to quilt and was a volunteer at the Houston Senior Center quilting room. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston for more than 60 years. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters and a stepdaughter. Surviving are her daughter, Bonnie McElroy of Houston; two stepsons, Dale Bennett of Houston and Homer Lee Bennett of Willow Springs; a stepdaughter, Kay Miller of Houston; two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and a number of step-grand- and great-grandchildren. Services are 2 o'clock Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Benny Gard and the Rev. Harold Bruening officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. Henry Swaringim Henry W. Swaringim, 87, son of Samuel H. and Minnie Ann Gibbon Swaringim, was born Feb. 12, 1918, at Holden. He died March 14, 2005, at Houston. Mr. Swaringim was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cedar Hill and the Army 7th Armored Division. He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Fred, Helen, Julie, Maggie, Clara, Minnie, Elsie and Grace. Surviving are his wife, Luetta M. Martin Swaringim of Licking; three children, Kenneth Swaringim of Licking, Sharon Marie Andrus of Aurora and Don Lewis Swaringim of House Springs; one sister, Fannie; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services are 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Visitation is noon to time for services on Thursday at Chapel Hill Mortuary. Dorothy Dalton Services are 1 o'clock Friday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking for Dorothy Naomi Dalton of Licking. Mrs. Dalton, 74, died Monday at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Fox chapel. Charles Powell Charles Robert Powell, 63, son of Donald Powell and Golda Willis Powell Groves, was born Dec. 22, 1941, at Sapulpa, Okla. He died March 15, 2005, at his home at Success. Mr. Powell served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at sawmills and wood cutting. Surviving are his wife, Lanorrah of the home; one son, Bobby Lee Powell; two daughters, Delores Rucker of Tennessee and Diane Johnson of Wisconsin; his mother of Plato; two brothers, Gary Powell of Plato and Marvin Powell of Springfield; and one sister, Norma Sue Powell of Oregon. The body was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Services are planned at a later date. Ralph Drake Services are 2 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Ralph Drake of Houston. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Drake, 83, died Tuesday at Houston House. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Robert Holroyd Services are 10 o'clock Friday morning at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Robert Holroyd. Burial is in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Holroyd, 78, died Tuesday at his home at Houston. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Bus Hughes Charles Edward "Bus" Hughes, 84, son of David and Margie Belle Brewer Hughes, was born May 12, 1920, in Kansas City. He died March 12, 2005, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Mr. Hughes was a deacon emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Raytown, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, usher/greeter, worked annually on the construction of the Christmas pageant and did weekly hospital visitation. He was a lifetime member of the board of governors of the Baptist Medical Center of Kansas City and was an active member of the Independence Patriots chapter of the American Revolution.

Before retiring, he was a 31-year employee of General Motors. He served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a granddaughter. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Lorene Grogan Hughes; two sons, Edward Ray Hughes of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ronald Dean Hughes of Lee's Summit; one daughter, Linda Kay Waide of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Virginia Dennis of Kansas City and Doris Marie Kellerman of Houston; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were March 16 at the First Baptist Church of Raytown with the Rev. Paul Brooks and the Rev. Charles Funderburk officiating. Burial was in the Forrest Hill Cemetery at Kansas City under the direction of Floral Hills Chapel of Raytown. Dorothy Dalton Dorothy Naomi Dalton, 74, daughter of Calvin and Agnes Goldie Stark Richardson, was born Nov. 4, 1930, at Summersville. She died March 14, 2005, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. She was preceded in death by two sons, LeeRoy Colonius and William Dalton; four brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter and one great-great-grandson. Surviving are her husband, George of Licking; children, Jean Fraser and Bette Colonius of Licking, Kathy Ammenn of St. Louis and Dianna Herbert of Illinois; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were March 18 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Ralph Drake Ralph John Drake, 83, son of Bert and Mary Olga Johnson Drake, was born Oct. 15, 1921, at Waubay, S.D. He died March 15, 2005, at Houston House. He married Beryl Jean Marquardt Dec. 17, 1944. They had three sons. Mr. Drake farmed in South Dakota until 1959. The family moved to the Solo community in the '60s. He was a merchant from 1961 to '80. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ralph Jr.; one brother, Earl Drake; and one sister, Bernice Engstrom. Surviving are his wife of 60 years of Houston; two sons, Steve Drake of Solo and Robert Jon Drake of Elk Creek; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were March 18 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Kettner officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Jeannie Curlile Jeannie Barton Deatherage Curlile, 54, daughter of Walter Edward and Geraldine Asplin Barton, was born Oct. 30, 1950, at the family home south of Mountain View. She died March 16, 2005. She was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in July 2003 and given six months to live. She accepted Christ as savior and was baptized at age 10. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1968 and married Delbert Leon Deatherage the same year. They had four children. In 1991, she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting and in secondary business education from Missouri Southern State College at Joplin. In 2001, she earned her master's in counseling from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. She taught at Houston, Springfield and Mountain View-Birch Tree. She also taught adult classes at the vocational/technical school in Nevada, Mo., and did substitute teaching at Nevada and Rice Lake, Wis. In July 1966, she married Gary Wayne Curlile of Summersville. Some of her most memorable moments were spent with her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing board games, spending time in nature, singing gospel music, reading and teaching. She served as choir director, youth director, special programs director and Sunday School teacher in many churches. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Effie Younger Barton, George S. Barton, Lytle H. Asplin and Minnie Johnson Asplin. Surviving are her husband of Summersville; her children, Dana Jeanette Preston of Lebanon, Del Edward Deatherage of Hudson, Wis., and twin, Eric Allen Deatherage of Springfield and Joni Elizabeth Barreda of Pensacola, Fla.; her parents of Mountain View; brothers, Walter Edward Barton of Springfield and Chester Barton of Kellyville, Okla.; grandchildren, stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Services were March 21 at the First Baptist Church in Summersville with the Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Birch Tree under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Bud Barton Boyd Wilber Benjaman "Bud" Barton, 90, son of Benjaman Barton and Rae Blackburn Barton, was born Jan. 12, 1915, at Alley Spring. He died March 16, 2005, at Brook Haven Healthcare at West Plains. He married Sylvia Higby Feb. 14, 1946. They had four children and were married 47 years before her death in 1993.

Mr. Barton was a farmer, loving farm life and his animals. He stayed on the family farm as long as his health permitted. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Twyla; three brothers, Wayne, Harold and Norman; and twin great-granddaughters. Surviving are three children, Tim Barton of Brighton, Kenny Barton of Pomona and Yvonne Young of Summersville; one sister, Cleta Shaw of Tillamook, Ore.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were March 19 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Albert Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Calvin Wayne Bailey Calvin Wayne Bailey, 79, the third of seven children of Calvin and Susie Mitchell Bailey, was born April 30, 1925, at Licking. He died March 16, 2005, at Christian Northeast Hospital at Florissant after a prolonged illness. Mr. Bailey grew up at Licking, where he graduated from high school. He was a veteran of World War II. He attended Rubican Business College after his discharge from the Army. He received a degree in accounting and worked for Illinois Terminal Railroad, which merged with Norfolk and Southern railroads. He retired May 29, 1987, after 39 years. He married LaVerne Stike Jan. 1, 1947. They had two sons. Mr. Bailey was a member of the TCN Lodge 521, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 254 of Alton, Ill.; and Disabled American Post #1 for 50 years. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Bailey, Pearl Bailey and Bessie Lanier; and his parents. Surviving are his wife of 58 years; two sons, Dan and Barry of Florissant; two sisters, Fern Baker of Farmington and Faye Whitaker of Canton, Ga.; and one brother, Bill Bailey of Cave City, Ky. Services were March 20 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery. Mike Hurt Danny Michael "Mike" Hurt, 51, son of A.E. and Vera Hurt, was born Aug. 10, 1953, at Imboden, Ark. He died March 16, 2005. He grew up at Mountain Home, Ark., and married Rita Riden May 8, 1976. They had son. Mr. Hurt worked for Rawlings Sporting Goods for more than 25 years. He attended Linn Technical College and was working at the George O. White Nursery at Licking. He became a member of the Church of Christ in Licking in 1998. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to camp and fish. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister. Surviving are his wife; son, Danny; brother, Harold Hurt of Pocahontas, Ark.; and sisters, Doris Jean Wolfe of Oregon, Ill., and Virginia Kenyon of Branson. Services were March 19 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Arthur's Creek Cemetery. Russell Creek Russell Dale Creek, 60, son of Elvie and Aleda Foulk Creek, was born March 21, 1944. He died March 17, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. He married Nina Guinn May 28, 1966. They had three children. Mr. Creek was a member of the Boone Creek Baptist Church. He worked for many years as a carpenter and was well known for his craftsmanship and honesty. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing with his family. He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Noel. Surviving are his wife of 39 years of the home; three sons, Dale Creek of Raymondville, Wayne Creek of Licking and Carl Creek of Houston; his mother of Raymondville; and 10 grandchildren. Services were March 20 at the Boone Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Louisa Wheeler Louisa Wheeler, 77, daughter of Robert Nelson and Letha Mary Ladd Lee, was born Jan. 13, 1928, at Clear Springs. She died March 17, 2005, at Houston House. She loved music and sang wherever she went. As a child, she would stand on a box at the Christmas program at the Oak Ridge School. She enjoyed quilting, arts and crafts and working in the garden. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Claude Wheeler; three sisters, Mary, Thelma and Betsy; and five brothers, Isaac, Frank, Ervin, Elmer and Henry. Surviving are one son, Gary Dale McKinley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one daughter, Eudena Ray Larson of Sheffield, Iowa; five brothers, Robert Lee of Vinton, Iowa, the Rev. Harry Lee of Temple, Texas, the Rev. Everett Lee of Independence,

Dale Lee of Benton, Kan., and Rocky George Lee of Oklahoma; two sisters, Nellie Richards of Houston and Irene Rainey of Texas. Services were March 21 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating assisted by the Rev. Everett Lee. Burial was March 23 in Crowder Cemetery at Downing. Lloyd Ayers Sr. LLoyd Brooks Ayers Sr., 83, son of Jesse Montgomery and Walsie Ray Hampton, was born June 28, 1921, at Protem. He died March 18, 2005, at his home near Houston. Mr. Ayers enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force. He served in World War II and the Korean War as a fighter pilot flying P47s and P51s and later transferring to B29s. He was a recruiter with detachment 608 of the 3506th USAF recruiting group at Provo, Utah. He received the Tiger Detachment Recruiting Award numerous times as the top recruiting detachment in the 3506th. He was one of the top USAF recruiters in the nation while stationed in Utah and Wyoming. Prior to his orders to serve at Provo, he received two Presidential Citations, 14 ribbons and 16 Bronze Stars. He specialized in laundry management in the military and was honorably discharged in April 1961 while detached to the Strategic Air Command. Between enlistments, he was also a commercial pilot. After serving in the military, he and his wife operated a dry cleaning service at Seymour. At night he was a police officer there and served as a deputy sheriff. He later was a supervisor of laundry at St. John's Hospital in Springfield and managed Deluxe Dry Cleaners in Kansas City, Kan. In 1969, he moved back to the Houston area to be near his elderly parents. He had various jobs and owned businesses in and around Texas County. He was a 32nd degree Mason in Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willard "Ed" and Hillary "Gene"; daughter, Twila; and two grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Mary, of the home; sons, Lloyd Jr. of Summersville and James and Thomas of Houston; daughters, Renee Bloom of Mountain View, Linda Wood of Houston, Lisa Wait of Boring, Ore., Sonia McGuire of Licking, Ramona Hemphill of Clinton, Miss., Mary Lou Ayers of Florence, Miss., and Valerie Hutchins of Malta, Ohio; one sister, Loretta Bowling of Elk Creek; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were March 22 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Burial was in the Tyrone Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tyrone Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Helen Bohannon Helen Chapman Bohannon, 95, eldest child of Lee Jackson and Edna Pauline Lee Chapman, was born Dec. 14, 1909, near Pisgah, Iowa. She died March 18, 2005. She married Owen Bohannon March 3, 1933, at Maryville. They moved to the Rose Hill community in Johnson County in 1934. They had lived on the same farm since 1939. Mrs. Bohannon became a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church in 1934. She taught Sunday School for 45 years. She was preceded in death by her husband May 26, 1990; three brothers and six sisters. Surviving are her children, Paul Bohannon of Holden, Marylee Lowery of Houston and JoAn Larson of Elsmore, Kan.; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Services were March 22 at the Ben Cast and Son Wood Funeral Home with burial in the Holden Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice c/o the funeral home. Dwain Wade Dwain B. Wade, 61, son of Howard Wade and Neva Wade, was born March 13, 1944, at Manes. He died March 20, 2005, at his home at Salem. He grew up in the Roubidoux Creek area and graduated from Houston High School. He was a member of the Clara Baptist Church. Mr. Wade was a dedicated barrel racer and promoted his love of horsemanship as an avid 4-H supporter and saddle club member. He was a skilled carpenter and worked for Gentry Construction for three decades. He was preceded in death by his father; son, Chad Wade; and two beloved horses, Gold and Luke. Surviving are his wife, Ivy, and special son, James Combs, of the home near Salem; his mother of Houston; two sons, Shane of Houston and Larry of Bucyrus; two stepdaughters, Aneta Atkinson of Salem and Christina Northrup of St. Louis; one sister, Joan Cox of Lee's Summit; eight grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and a special horse, Blue. Services were March 23 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. David Gidcumb officiating. Burial was in the Brown Hill Cemetery near Houston. Melvin Hildebrand Services are 1 o'clock Friday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel for Melvin H. Hildebrand of Licking.

Mr. Hildebrand, 83, died Monday in Springfield. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Fox chapel in Licking. Rhoda Garrett Rhoda J. Garrett, 95, daughter of George Marshall and Sudie Kate Clevidence Burris, was born Nov. 24, 1909, at Success. She died March 21, 2005, at Humbolt Nursing Home at Humbolt, Tenn. She married J. L. Garrett. They lived on a farm in the Success area. When her husband died, Mrs. Garrett moved to Houston and later to Jackson, Tenn., with her daughter. She later became a resident of the Humbolt Nursing Home. Mrs. Garrett enjoyed lawn care, raising a garden and cooking, sharing her baked goods with family and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Knollhoff of Jackson, Tenn.; one sister, Ruby G. Smith of Springfield; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services are 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Emery Cemetery with Jeff Moore officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. Robert Holroyd Robert Holroyd, 78, son of Lemuel Holroyd and Nadine Easterling, was born Oct. 23, 1926, at North Charleston, S.C. He died March 15, 2005, at his home at Houston. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. During his 20 years from 1944 to 1966, he served in World War II and Vietnam. At Pearl Harbor, he witnessed the three storms of the Atlantic. During the duration of the wars, he was proud to testify that he never had to fire his weapon. He enlisted five times in the Navy with an honorable discharge every time. During those 20 years, he traveled around the world, visiting more than 40 islands and countries while mastering polly radar operations, air intercept control and damage control first class. He received four Good Conduct medals and was a close acquaintance of Ernie Pyle. After the service, he worked 21 years for GTE in California, where he received many excellent attendance and accidentfree awards. In 1972, he married Blanche Kantner. She had Alzheimer's and died in 2003. After his retirement, Mr. Holroyd earned a degree in TV/VCR, computer and motorcycle repair and micro computer operations. He was a personal computer specialist. He would never miss an episode of Walker Texas Ranger, JAG or a movie with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Surviving are his caregivers, Tabitha and Jimmy VanHorn of Raymondville and their children who called him "Papa." Services were March 18 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Leroy Anika Leroy H. Anika, 75, son of Chester and Mayme Anika, was born Nov. 26, 1929, at Kansas City. He died March 18, 2005, at his home at Fort Myers, Fla. He grew up in the Clara community and was a 1947 graduate of Houston High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and retired as an over-the-road truck driver and security guard. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leland Anika; and a half brother, Virgil Anika. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Ruby Hinton Anika; two sons, Norman Anika of DeRidder, La., and Larry Anika of Austin. Texas; two sisters, Janet Sillyman of Houston and Nancy Halford of Batesville, Ark.; and four grandchildren. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Horizon Funeral Home of Fort Myers, Fla. Melvin Hildebrand Melvin H. Hildebrand, 83, oldest son of Henry and Mabel Lee Hildebrand, was born March 2, 1922, at Evening Shade. He died March 21, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and served in the Army four years from 1942 to 1946. He married Dorothy Webb in 1952. They had three sons. His wife died in 2002. Mr. Hildebrand retired from Civil Service as a dental technician. Following his retirement, he drove a school bus 17 years for the Licking School District. He married Eva Bonham Sept. 25, 2004. He liked farming and gardening. He was preceded in death by his brother, Glen Hildebrand; and sisters, Irene Cochran, Ozelda Havens and Maxine Helton. Surviving are his wife, Eva, of the home; three sons, Rick Hildebrand of Columbia, Mark Hildebrand of Camanche, Iowa, and Tracy Hildebrand of Rosebud; a brother, Gale Hildebrand of Evening Shade; two sisters, Josie Graner of Roby and Novella Pfahl of Kileen, Texas; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services were March 25 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Wilbur Mobley officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Allen Strain Leslie Allen Strain, 52, son of Clinton Strain and Juanita Ellerman Files, was born Feb. 14, 1953, at Laramie, Wyo. He died March 22, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital at Mountain View. Mr. Strain was raised by his grandparents, Frank and Laura Stevens at Eminence. He graduated in 1971 from Eminence High School. For many years, he was a member of the Summersville Fire and Rescue, where was a trained First Responder. He worked for Harper's Sawmill for several years. Each summer, he hauled canoes for Carr's. Mr. Strain was an avid hunter and enjoyed deer and turkey seasons. He loved to hunt and camp with friends and go fishing with his daughter and her husband. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Eminence. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father. Surviving are his daughter, Brandi Crider of Birch Tree; his mother of Annapolis; three brothers, Frankie Strain of Chanute, Kan., Danny Files and Claude Files of Annapolis; two sisters, Brenda Hawkins of Salem and Sheila Horn of Farmington; and two special aunts, Charlene Plowman and Maxine Fry. Services were March 24 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel at Summersville with the Rev. Grady Todd officiating. Burial was in the Summers Cemetery near Eminence. Phyllis Noirfalise Phyllis Rosalie Noirfalise, 83, the first of 10 children of Ralph and Myrtle Kilpatric, was born July 1, 1921, at Willow Springs. She died March 22, 2005, at the Ozarks Medical Center at West Plains. She attended at Willow Springs her first three years, Clear Springs and Liberty, Summersville High School and Willow Springs. She married York Noirfalise March 26, 1939, at Simmons. After farming in the Shady Grove area for seven years, they moved to Cabool in 1946. Mrs. Noirfalise was active in the Cabool community. She worked at Brown Shoe Co., operated Tod's Motel Restaurant and was co-owner and operated Noirfalise Paint and Carpet for 28 years until her retirement in 1988. After retirement, she loved to travel and visit her siblings scattered throughout the United States. Her interest in history led her to the Cabool and Texas County Historical and Genealogical societies. Mrs. Noirfalise compiled family and community history in pictures and written word. Her most recent contribution included an index of obituaries published by the Cabool Enterprise from 1912 to 2004 and can be found at the Bauch House and Cabool branch of the Texas County Library. She loved to play games, especially dominoes, and spent time at the Cabool and Willow Springs senior centers. She was an active member of the Cabool Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ronald. Surviving are her husband, York, of the home; three sons, Ted and Terry of Cabool and Ron of Jefferson City; five sisters, Patricia Skaggs of Edwardsville, Kan., Wanda Slack of Longmont, Colo., Shirley Stephens of Springfield, Roberta Heimbach of Sunrise Beach and Laura Vaughan of Overland Park, Kan.; three brothers, Ralph "Bud" and Jack of Redding, Calif., and Billy of Rose Hill, Kan.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were March 26 at the First Christian Church in Cabool with Bob Martin officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the Cabool History Society for the preservation of the Bauch House. Frances Lavely Frances Marie Lavely, 59, daughter of Austin W. and Peggy P. Driskell Luna, was born May 21, 1945, at Dora. She died March 24, 2005, at Ozarks Medical Center at West Plains. She graduated from West Plains High School in 1964. She was a supervisor for Rawlings Sporting Goods for about four years. She also was a supervisor for more than 14 years for her brother at Luna's Dry Cleaning in West Plains. She loved farm life, being in the hay fields, going fishing and four wheeling. She married Robert Lavely April 16, 1965. She was preceded in death by her husband Jan. 4, 2001; and an infant brother, Virgil Ray. Surviving are her friend and companion, Dale Stephens of West Plains; brother, Don Luna of West Plains; and sister, Virgie Cozort of West Plains. Services were March 26 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Cawvey officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Bryan Copeland Bryan Keith Copeland, 40, son of Keith and Alberta Terrill Copeland, was born Aug. 17, 1964, at Fort Walters, Texas. He died March 24, 2005, at his home at Germantown, Tenn.

He was a software engineer for FedEx, a graduate of Wichita State University, a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his 12-year-old son, Connor Copeland; his parents of St. Robert; and two brothers, Kevin Copeland of Lakewood, Colo., and Steven Copeland of Las Vegas, Nev. Services were March 29 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery at Raymondville. Memorials may be made to the Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church or ECS of Memphis. Dorthy Steelman Dorthy Jean Steelman, 65, daughter of Arthur Plowman and Delphia Rightnowar Plowman, was born Sept. 5, 1939, at Summersville. She died March 24, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center. She married Paul Steelman Dec. 10, 1960. They had two children. Mrs. Steelman accepted Christ in 1970 at the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pauline Plowman, Maxine Clark and Alta Tuttle; and brother, Kenneth Plowman. Surviving are her husband of Summersville; daughter, Paulette Waver of Mountain View; son, Curtis Steelman of Yukon; sister, Lorene Moses of Houston; and five grandchildren. Services were March 26 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Brenda Nolen Brenda Lee DeWitt Nolen, 47, daughter of Bill DeWitt and Evelyn Stringer DeWitt, was born Dec. 9. 1957, at Kremmling, Colo. She died March 24, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She attended school at Summersville and later finished her GED. She attended Southwest Missouri State University at West Plains for a year. She owned and managed the family-owned computer store in West Plains for several years. She moved to Branson, where she sold condos in the real estate market. She and her family later lived at Raymondville before moving to Summersville. She attended Hartshorn church as a child and professed her faith in the last weeks. She was preceded in death by her father. Surviving are her son, Joseph Engh of West Plains; two daughters, Veronica Engh of West Plains and Alurra Lee Nolen of Sherwood, Ark.; her mother of Hartshorn; sister, Sharon Morgan of Raymondville; two brothers, Rickey DeWitt of Springfield and Rockey DeWitt of Summersville; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were March 30 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. The body was cremated. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made at the Bradford Funeral Home. Laura Olson Laura Margaret Denke Olson, 60, daughter of John Denke and Bertha Ida Geigle Denke, was born Dec. 16, 1944, at Wall, S.D. She died March 24, 2005, after a short battle with colon cancer. She was baptized Jan. 28, 1945, at St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Quinn, S.D., and confirmed May 1958 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Creighton, S.D. She started playing a pump organ in the sixth grade at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and played the organ at Immanuel Church and her home church in Missouri. She attended the rural O'Neil Grade School near Creighton, S.D., and graduated from Wall High School. She attended Black Hills State College and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught for about 30 years in South Dakota, Montana and Missouri. While teaching in Montana, she met her husband, Wes Olson. They were married June 8, 1972, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Creighton, S.D. They had three children. The Olsons moved in 1984 from South Dakota to a cattle farm near Summersville. Mrs. Olson continued teaching at the Summersville Schools for 19 years. She retired in January due to her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Arnold Denke. Surviving are her husband; son, Dion of Barnhart; two daughters, Alica Olson Osei of Tulsa, Okla., and Kristi of the home; and her sister, Marie Naescher. Services were March 28 at the Summersville High School gymnasium with the Rev. David Kettner and the Rev. John Helmers officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery near Summersville under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Della McCall Della Wilson McCall, 89, the 12th child of John David and Hattie Jane Fansler Wilson, was born Oct. 12, 1915, at Big Piney near Huggins. She died March 26, 2005, at the Kabul Nursing Home at Cabool. She spent her childhood in the Plum Valley community where she attended school.

At age 17, she and her sister, Sylvia, attended a Pentecostal revival at Racket Ridge Church. She met a young man, Cleo McCall, who wanted to take "that gal" home. They were married April 6, 1934. During their 54-year marriage they had four children. In 1945, the McCalls moved to Cabool from Bucyrus and joined the First Baptist Church in Cabool. They hauled milk for Producers Creamery. Mr. McCall was a contract mail carrier. Mrs. McCall retired from Bauer Brothers Shoe Factory in the mid '70s. After retirement, they enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping. They made several trips to Alaska to visit her brother, Herb. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; 11 brothers and sisters, Grace Hutsell, Olin Wilson, Doris W. Wilson, Herbert Wilson, Faye Sanders, Mae Harral, Jack Wilson, Sylvia Harral and three infant siblings. Surviving are her four children, Darlene Lawrence of Harrison, Ark., Maxine Hamilton and Wendall McCall of Cabool and Bonnie Nichols of Arlington, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were March 29 at the First Baptist Church in Cabool with the Rev. David Purichia officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Catherine Melton Catherine Fay Melton, 72, daughter of Lee Thomas Tabor and Nellie May McBride Tabor, was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Douglas County. She died March 27, 2005. She married James E. Melton Feb. 24, 1951, at Mountain View. They had three children. Mrs. Melton was employed by Whitaker Cable in North Kansas City for many years. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond Lee and Billy Joe Tabor; and a greatgranddaughter. Surviving are her husband of Bucyrus; son, James Lee Melton of Riverside; daughters, Bonnie Herriott of Wickliffe, Ky., and Linda King of Kansas City; brothers, Bob Tabor of Evansville, Ind., Clifford Tabor of Mountain View and Carl Tabor of West Plains; sisters, Edna Phelps of Mountain View, Bennie Baumgarth of Cedar Hill and Hazel Easky of St. Clair; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Willow Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the Willow Springs City Cemetery. Johnny Morgan Graveside services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o'clock Friday at the Greenmore Memorial Garden at Barnett. Mr. Morgan, 52, died Monday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Johnny Ray Morgan Fund. Robert DeWitt Robert Coleman DeWitt, 75, son of Chloe and Nellie Cole DeWitt, was born Nov. 17, 1929, at Hartshorn. He died March 29, 2005, at his home at Raymondville. He married Olivia "Marie" Wilson March 22, 1960. Mr. DeWitt worked for more than 50 years in the sawmill and wood crafting industry. He was an accomplished bluegrass musician and songwriter. He played guitar and sang lead with the New River Grass for many years. He was a member of the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association in West Plains. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to '50. He was a long-time member of the American Legion and the Forty and Eight. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He worked in the community organizing benefits and other fund-raisers. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy Eugene DeWitt and Wilbur Dale DeWitt; two sons, Joseph Mark DeWitt and Roy Edward Eugene DeWitt. Surviving are his wife of 45 years; son, Robert D. DeWitt of St. James; three daughters, Deborah A. DeWitt of Rolla, Patricia M. DeWitt of Springfield and Barbara S. French of Raymondville; his brother, Chloe Dean DeWitt of Hartshorn; and 12 grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Visitation is 4 to 6 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. John Montgomery Services are 2 o'clock Saturday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for John Montgomery of Houston. Mr. Montgomery, 84, died Tuesday at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel

Johnny Morgan Johnny Ray Morgan, 52, son of Louis Elmer Morgan and Frances Stanton Nelson Morgan, was born June 8, 1952, at Hannibal. He died March 28, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Mr. Morgan became a Christian at age 10 at Steffanville Baptist Church at Steffanville. He enjoyed working with his hands, building things, crafting and visiting with friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by a daughter, his parents, three sisters and grandparents. Surviving are one daughter, Frances Dawn Morgan of LaCoste, Texas; four brothers, Jerry and Marty of Hannibal, Charles of Palmyra and Lewis E. of Bucyrus; two sisters, Vivian Warner and Sherry Skaggs of Bucyrus; three stepdaughters, Nikki Hill of Shelbina and Autumn Hill and Heather Cierley of Houston; and five grandchildren. Graveside services were April 1 at the Greenmore Memorial Garden at Barnett with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Wayneth Bay Wayneth Ann Bay, 63, daughter of Wayne and Mildred Rust, was born Feb. 6, 1942, at Bado. She died March 29, 2005. She grew up in the Solo community and attended the New Hope Baptist Church. She attended school at Pleasant Hill before moving to Cabool in 1955 during her eighth grade year. She was active in high school and was a cheerleader for the Cabool Bulldogs. She married Vernon Bay in August 1962. The couple lived in the Cabool area, raising their three daughters. Mrs. Bay was an active member of the community and worked at the Cabool City Hall for more than 15 years. She enjoyed camping and canoeing with her family, crocheting afghans for family and friends and reading. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Tammy Walker, Julie Driskell and Kellie Overby of Cabool; her father; two sisters, Evelyn Jarrett and Carolyn Hanks of Cabool; two brothers, Mike Rust of Fontana, Kan., and Rob Rust of Ashland; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. Services were April 1 at the United Methodist Church in Cabool with the Rev. David Purichia officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation in care of the funeral home or to 9433 Olive Blvd. Suite 100, St. Louis, Mo. 63132. John Montgomery John Montgomery, 84, son of William and Leona Sutton Montgomery, was born Aug. 26, 1920, at Houston. He died March 29, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He joined the Army Nov. 23, 1942. He was a staff sergeant with the 863rd Engineer Aviation Battalion stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Star and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged Dec. 26, 1945. He married Naomi Blankenship July 24, 1948, at Raymondville. Sadie Miles performed the ceremony. They spent their lifetime in the Houston and Solo communities. Mr. Montgomery was a carpenter. He loved woodworking and carving and enjoyed the outdoors in his garden. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Stonewall Montgomery and Earl Montgomery. Surviving are his wife of 56 years; one brother, Marvin Montgomery of Houston; and three sisters, Lillie Sharpe of Yuma, Ariz., Wilda Blankenship of Houston and Ruby Gettys of Cabool. Services were April 2 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery. Naoma Wotruba Naoma Carol Whitby Wotruba, 57, daughter of Leslie Whitby and Norma Whitby Clinkenbeard, was born March 25, 1948, at Licking. She died March 30, 2005, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Whitby, Bill Whitby and Troy Whitby; and two sisters, Ruby Mooney King and Beatrice Whitby. Surviving are two sons, Troy Wotruba and Thomas Wotruba of Killeen, Texas; three sisters, Beulah Pittman of Spring Hill, Kan., Ruth Caveness of Auburn, Calif., and Rose Buckley of Olathe, Kan.; three brothers, Don Whitby, Darrel Whitby and Bob Whitby of Coweta, Okla.; and eight grandchildren. Graveside services were April 2 at the Williams Cemetery with the Rev. James Miller officiating under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Dale Benson Dale Wilmer Benson, 66, son of W.C. "Bud" Benson and Helen Pinkston, was born Sept. 5, 1938, at Success. He died March 31, 2005. He attended school at Dunn and graduated from Licking High School in 1956. After high school, he attended Bailey Technical School in St. Louis. He married Sonya Ware. The couple had two children.

Mr. Benson lived most of his life in the Licking area. He worked in construction and owned his own company. For the last several years, he owned and operated a back hoe. He married Margie Ann McPherson Aug. 31, 1990. Mr. Benson liked to hunt, fish, garden, take care of his cattle and watch his grandsons play baseball. He attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking and recently rededicated his life to the Lord. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Darlene Bean. Surviving are wife, Margie Ann, of home; his mother; one daughter, Linda Huff of Licking; one son, David Benson of Farmington; one brother, Donald Benson of Licking; and two grandsons. Services were April 3 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Freeda Lemons Freeda Nancy Easley Lemons, 77, daughter of Ray and Beulah Bates Easley, was born Nov. 22, 1927, at Hazelton. She died March 31, 2005, at the Kabul Nursing Home at Cabool. She married Charles Winston Lemons April 22, 1950. They had four children. Mrs. Lemons spent most of her life in the Raymondville area, where she raised her family. She was an inspector for many years at Rawlings Sporting Goods at Licking. In her early years, she enjoyed working in her garden and canning. Later, she loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; eldest son, Larry; and one brother, Mitch. Surviving are one daughter, Loretta Cantrell of Houston; two sons, Aubry and Jerald of Kansas City; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were April 4 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery. Jack Canterbury Benjamin F. "Jack" Canterbury, 63, son of Bennie F. and Fern Wensenk Canterbury, was born Nov. 9, 1941, at Cabool. He died April 1, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He married Virginia Grogan Nov. 10, 1962. They had four children. Mr. Canterbury was a bulldozer operator for his father and others for many years. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Rose; and one son, Michael Canterbury. Surviving are his son, Jeff Canterbury of Licking; daughters, Pam Kellner of Jefferson City and Sherry Canterbury of Houston; one brother, Jerry Canterbury of Eufaula, Okla.; seven sisters, Ann Bosewell of Keytesville, Mary Sue Howell of Springfield, Loretta Canterbury of Bucyrus, Brenda Garrett of Bethany, Rena Byrd and Shirley Nash of Ozark and Carol Turner of Success; two stepsisters, Louise McAlaster of Battlefield and Linda Sullins of Licking; stepbrother, Floyd Carter of Springdale, Ark.; stepmother, Mary Canterbury of Bucyrus; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Graveside services were April 4 at the Cabool Cemetery with David Gidcumb officiating under the direction of ElliottGentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Ethel Franklin Ethel Irene Franklin, 78, daughter of Willis Bryant Stewart and Ruth Mae Umfleet Stewart, was born Aug. 4, 1926, at Indian Creek at Poplar Bluff. She died April 2, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Thomas Andy Franklin Dec. 24, 1947. They had 12 children. Mrs. Franklin lived in the Eunice area as long as her health permitted. She loved the outdoors and liked to walk in the evenings and enjoy the flowers. She attended the Bethel Community Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one brother, George Stewart; one sister, Hazel Franklin; several infant brothers and sisters; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Beverly Flowers of Willow Springs, Thomas Franklin of Eunice, Jim Franklin, Pauline Gum, Leslie Franklin, Susie Twyford, Roger Franklin and Sarah Smith of Houston, Mabel Richards of Springfield, Clancy Franklin of Summersville, Mary Birdsong of Linden, Texas, and Larry Franklin of Shipman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert Stewart of Meadowbrook, Ill., and Willis Stewart of Bethalto, Ill.; two sisters, Katie Nieff of Indiana and Ruby Dilinger of Doniphan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were April 5 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery. Ed Kyser Jr. Edward "Ed" Allen Kyser Jr., 71, eldest son of Edward A. Kyser Sr. and Blanche Kyser, was born Feb. 7, 1934, at Bolivar. He died April 3, 2005, at his home at Cleveland. He graduated from Houston High School and attended the Air Force Academy before graduating from Central Missouri

State University. He married Linda Antionia Bauerle May 29, 1958. After college, he joined Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. as an auditor. Later, he was a regional vice president for National Security Life Insurance Co. In the '70s and '80s, he owned and operated Kyser Grain Co. with offices at Drexel and Louisburg, Kan., as well as being an active farmer. After leaving the grain and feed business, he raised herbs and vegetables and was a regular at the Overland Park Farmers Market before retiring in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Surviving are his wife of 46 years; three sons, Edward A. Kyser III of Aiken, S.C., Dale A. Kyser of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Philip A. Kyser of Troy; two brothers, Don Kyser of Buford, Calif., and Kenneth Kyser of Moberly; and eight grandchildren. Graveside services were April 6 at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Houston under the direction of Runyon Funeral Home of Drexel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Twin Lakes Hospice, 301 N. Main, Butler, Mo. 64730. Erva Brake Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 10 o'clock Friday at the First Baptist Church in Licking for Erva Brake of Licking. Mrs. Brake, 77, died Monday at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Gladys Voss Services are 3 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Gladys Voss. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Voss, 88, died Tuesday evening at Houston House. Visitation is from 2 to 3 o'clock at the Evans chapel before the services. Dorothy Pearson Dorothy Sears Pearson, the third of six children of Burley A. and Minnie V. Dye, was born at Waynesville. She died March 29, 2005, at Wyoming Medical Center. She graduated from Houston High School and worked as a nanny until she turned 18. She then worked in the war plants during World War II. In 1945, she married Alonzo Sears and moved to Midwest, Wyo. He died in 1971 after 26 years of marriage. Mrs. Pearson was a waitress and cook in Midwest for many years. In 1976, she married Carl Pearson. He also died. She spent many hours taking her grandchildren to ride their horses. She loved to sew and spend time with young people. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lindy. Surviving are her daughter, Patty Galligher; son, Tony Sears; brother, Burton; three sisters, Flora, Vivian and Bonnie; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial reception was April 9 at Holiday Inn Express in Wyoming. The body was cremated. Private services are planned at a later date. Erva Brake Erva Marie Brake, 77, daughter of Urban Lee and Sophie Anna DeWeese, was born Nov. 8, 1927, at Mendon. She died April 3, 2005, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. She lived at Licking and attended the First Baptist Church in Licking. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Brake; daughter, Phyllis Marie Brake; and two brothers, Lloyd DeWeese and W. E. "Dub" DeWeese. Surviving are her three sons, Larry Brake of Dickson, Tenn., Darrell Brake of Brighton, and Dwayne Brake of Rapid City, Iowa; one sister, Rosalee Smith of Licking; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services were April 8 at the First Baptist Church in Licking with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Laura Karr Laura Ellen Karr, 46, daughter of Richard Roy Lotz and Jeane Nelson Lotz, was born March 8, 1959, at Champagne, Ill. She died April 4, 2005. She married Rodger Karr June 5, 1997. Mrs. Karr was a member of Praise and Worship Church at Summersville. She was a homemaker and care giver. She loved the outdoors and her animals. She had recently been accepted to nursing school. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are her husband of Summersville; her children, Danny Wayne Kreider and Stephanie Brightwell of St. Louis and Donovan Karr and Sheila Yearwood of Summersville; her father of St. Louis; brother, Stephen Lotz of St. Louis; sister, Carolyn Patterson of Summersville; half sister, Jennifer Lynn Lotz of St. Louis; and two grandsons.

Services were April 7 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Phil Jester officiating. Burial was in the Summers Cemetery near Eminence. Danny Terrill Norman Danny Terrill, 52, son of Norman Gentry Terrill and Martha Jane Duncan Terrill, was born Nov. 16, 1952, at Scotia, Calif. He died April 4, 2005. He graduated from Summersville High School in 1970 and married Sharon Sue Pitts in 1973. They had two daughters. Mr. Terrill worked closely with his brother, Jim, in the logging business for 30 years. He loved spending time outdoors, riding horses, four wheeling and hunting with his brothers, nephews and close friends. He worked with his granddaughter, teaching her to ride by the time she could walk. They attended horse shows, barrel races and pageants. Mr. Terrill worked from daylight to dark, taking pride in his farming, business and hobbies. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age during a revival at the First Baptist Church in Summersville. He was preceded in death one brother, Gary S. Terrill; and his grandparents, Earnest and Ellen Smith Terrill and Louis and Bessie Duncan. Surviving are his two daughters, Kristina Marie Farrow and Jennifer Sue Terrill of Summersville; his parents of Summersville; two brothers, Jim D. Terrill and Michael L. Terrill of Summersville; four sisters, Susan J. Smith of DeSoto, L. Marlene Terrill of Springfield and Barbara E. Atchison and Bonnie J. Russell of Summersville; one granddaughter and a special heart partner, Phyllis Nadine Barnes of Summersville and her children. Services were April 8 at Faith in the Word Ministries with the Rev. John Atchison officiating. Burial was in the Black Pond Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Lela Fritz Lela Marie Bishop Fritz, 78, was born Sept. 15, 1926. She died April 5, 2005, at her home at Licking. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Ovlan Fritz; an infant daughter, Deborah; and a sister, Jeanette Kappleman. Surviving are four children, Audrey Stacey of Licking, Dane Fritz and James Fritz of Grandbury, Texas, and Ovlan Fritz Jr. of San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Otelia Still of Kinsport, Tenn., Edith Vaughn of Duffield, Va., Lillian Legg of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Loretta Galotta of Fremont, Calif.; two brothers, Dane Bishop of Titusville, Fla., and James Bishop of McPherson, Kan.; 24 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Services were April 11 at Duffield Funeral Home in Duffield, Va. Burial was in the Bishop family cemetery at Duffield, Va. Local arrangements were under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Gladys Voss Gladys Ann Zeigler Voss, 88, daughter of Fred Zeigler and Myrtle Cole Zeigler, was born May 9, 1916, at Burnam. She died April 5, 2005, at Houston House in Houston. She married George Voss March 6, 1936. After the death of her husband, she was a care giver for 13 years, caring for the elderly in their homes. She loved to crochet, making gifts for family and friends and enjoyed flowers. She gave her life to the Lord in 1953. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Estrel Zeigler, Hubert Zeigler, Floyd Zeigler and an infant brother; and three sisters, Berniece Cantrell, Juanita McCellen and Irene McPhearson. Surviving is a brother, Willard Zeigler. Services were April 8 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Villapiano officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Dora Lay Dora Margaret Frame Lay, 92, daughter of William Nelson Frame and Melva Belle Zentz Frame, was born Aug. 12, 1912, at Bayard, Kan. She died April 9, 2005, at her home at Houston. Her family moved to Missouri when she was eight months old. She had polio at age 3 and attended school in the Grandview community. She married Perry Oscar Lay April 14, 1934. They had eight children. Mrs. Lay was a homemaker and good cook. She loved to read her Bible and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1982; daughter, Priscilla Jones; a stepson, Leonard Lay; stepdaughter, Norene Lay; three brothers, Monty, Keith and Howard Frame; one sister, Dortha Hall; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild. Surviving are seven children, Franklin and Doyle Lay of Houston, Paul Lay of Tipton, Priscilla Jones of Joplin, Phyllis Decker, Barbara Stevenson and Permelia Neal of Licking and Louise Aldridge of Elk Creek; two stepchildren, Nadine Steeb of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Grace Williams of Marion, Ill.; one sister, Anna Loeding of Cabool; one brother, Paul Frame of Houston; 58 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were April 13 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Burial was in the Tyrone Cemetery. Thelma Manier Thelma Louise Manier, 75, daughter of Robert and Verna L. Jackson Hill, was born Oct. 22, 1929, at Cabool. She died April 10, 2005, at Houston. She married John Wesley Manier May 28, 1947. They had five children. Mrs. Manier owned the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Houston from 1980 to 1984. She enjoyed sewing and was a gifted artist. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, spending time with her family and singing with her husband. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; one sister, Laura May; and two grandchildren. Surviving are three sons, Robert of Houston, John Rodney of Chino, Calif., and Steven of Union; two daughters, Teresa Rosier of Houston and Cindy Lay of Villa Ridge; one sister, Maryann Ashley of Minnesota; 17 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren. Services were April 12 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Clara Jackson Clara Ann York Jackson, 73, daughter of Henry and Susie Bullock York, as born April 24, 1931, at Eunice. She died April 13, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Albert Jackson of Licking Sept. 5, 1947, at the Texas County Courthouse in Houston. They lived at Raymondville and had two children. The Jacksons moved to Illinois for a short time before returning to Raymondville. Mrs. Jackson attended the Raymondville Full Gospel Mission. She loved working with the young people of the church, helping them with craft projects. Among her hobbies were arts and crafts, dressing dolls and working on doll houses, her flower garden, caring for her pets, camping and family cookout and attending auctions. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Goldie; and infant twin siblings, Willa and Willard. Surviving are her husband of the home at Raymondville; children, Henry Albert Jackson of Raymondville and Shirley Ann Jones of Independence; three sisters, Sylvia Atkisson, Aleda Oglesby and Geraldine York of Raymondville; four brothers, Billie Joe York, Raymond York and Gene York of Licking and Dale York of Raymondville; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were April 16 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial was in the Mahan Cemetery. Edna Lewis Edna Lee Lewis, 91, daughter of Henry Knollie and Susie Velma King Speaks, was born Feb. 2, 1914, at Commerce, Texas. She died April 13, 2005, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Texas. She married Thomas Barney Lewis Dec. 23, 1928, at Birthright. He died in 1952. Before retiring, Mrs. Lewis was a dietitian for Dallas Medical Surgical. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas. She moved to Houston and lived with her son, Richard, from 2001 until 2003, when she moved back to Texas. While in this area, she traveled when possible with the Country Bumpkins, taking tickets at the door. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three brothers and two infant daughters. Surviving are five sons, Donald Wayne Lewis of Arlington, Texas, Travis Eugene Lewis and Tommy Bert Lewis of Houston and Gary Joe Lewis and Richard Glenn Lewis of Sulphur Springs, Texas; three daughters, Wanda Lewis Clayton of Suphur Springs, Texas, Dorothy Lewis Hargrave of Midlothian, Texas, and Judy Carol Lewis of Irving, Texas; one brother, Billie Joe Speaks of Grand Prairie, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Services were April 15 at the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas, with the Rev. Fred Lewis, the Rev. Timothy Clayton and the Rev. Don Shaw officiating. Burial was in the Tira Cemetery. Memorials may be made toward the purchase of a bench for Lone Star Plaza in Houston in her honor to Tom or Sherry Lewis, P.O. Box 106, Houston, Mo. 65483 Melvin K. Stoner Melvin Kessler Stoner, 82, son of James Alexander Stoner and Olive Ruth Simmons Stoner, was born May 12, 1922, at Miami, Mo. He died April 14, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Home at St. James. He graduated from high school at Camdenton and entered the military Oct. 8, 1942. He served as a navigator in the Army Air Force. He flew one tour of duty which included 26 missions over Germany, Central Europe and North France. His separation date was Nov. 22, 1945, continuing with the Air Force Reserves. Mr. Stoner attended UCLA, where he played basketball. He received his education degree Jan. 30, 1949, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He taught science and mathematics and coached basketball at schools in Iowa. Mr. Stoner was recalled to active duty Oct. 1, 1961, serving until 1965, when he retired as a major. He returned to college and earned his master's degree Aug. 15, 1970, at Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg. In addition to high school teaching and coaching in Missouri and Iowa, he became a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He retired from the Iowa public schools in 1983. He was of the Baptist faith. Throughout his struggle with Alzheimer's, he would sing a tune to himself, and his spirit was not defeated. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wilma Ciokon and Cynita F. Stoner; and a brother, Harold. Surviving are his daughter, Sylvia Stoner Hawkins of Shawnee, Kan.; former wife, Eleanor Stoner, of Kansas City; and friend, Neva Bryant of Mountain Grove. Graveside services with military honors were April 20 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Springfield under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Avril Hebblethwaite Marjorie Avril Rowles Hebblethwaite, 86, daughter of Frank and Mary Shelton Rowles, was born March 21, 1919, at Houston. She died April 15, 2005, at the Kabul Nursing Home at Cabool. She and her husband, James, had 12 children. Mrs. Hebblethwaite was a homemaker. She and her husband were baptized June 18, 1972, at the First Free Will Baptist Church at Houston. She returned later to Oak Hill Church where her nephew, Jim Root, was the pastor. She was a country cook, specializing in chicken and dumplings, biscuits and gravy and seasoned brown beans. She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Duane and Jack; stepson, Bob; four brothers, Ted, John, Bob and Dickey; and one sister, Marda Looney. Surviving are five sons, Jim, Ken, Larry, Dennis and Scott; five daughters, Donna Blair, Shirley Swenson, LaDena Pasakarnis, Joyce Hines and Peggy Brown; two sisters, Jeanie Root and Dorene Poe; 31 grandchildren, 41 greatgrandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were April 19 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Faye Burnett Faye Burnett, 83, daughter of Bruce and Becky Kitchens, was born Sept. 19, 1921, at Craddock. She died April 15, 2005, at Licking. She married Vernon McElfresh Oct. 11, 1939. They had four children, Wayne, Doyle, Harold and Cecil. She married Gean Burnett May 29, 1953. They had two children, Norman and Susan. Mrs. Burnett lived her entire life in the Licking area. She loved the outdoors, especially her flowers and gardening, and piecing quilt tops for her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands; and two sons, Doyle and Wayne. Surviving are her children, Harold McElfresh of Kentucky, Cecil McElfresh of Arizona, Norman Burnett of Texas and Susan Hendricks of Arizona; one sister, Grace Christeson of Arizona; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services were April 17 at the Licking Cemetery with Elder Noel Mooney officiating under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Don Kimes Donald Nelson Kimes, 72, son of Elmer Nelson and Laura Evelyn Prine Kimes, was born July 17, 1932, on a farm at Table Rock, Neb. He died April 16, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. When he was 2, the family moved to Pawnee City, Neb. He married Lois Marie Arnold May 30, 1951. They had two children. After June 1973, Mr. Kimes began to travel extensively until June 1980, when he married Barbara Richards Skyles at Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ivan; and one grandson. Surviving are his wife of the home at Houston; two daughters, Kathi Melton of Nashville, Tenn., and Marshann Money of Willard, Utah; one stepdaughter, Cynthia Haverly of Fayetteville, Ga.; three stepsons, Bob Skyles and David Skyles of Mountain Grove and Steve Skyles of Cabool; one sister, Darlene Carmichael of Cabool; 14 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were April 19 at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery at Cabool with David Skyles officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Linville Hardin Linville C. Hardin, 94, son of Grover C. Hardin and Iva A. Weber Hardin, was born June 18, 1910, at Cabool. He died April 17, 2005, at Willow Care Health Care. He attended grade school in the Mountain Grove area and was a graduate of Mountain Grove High School.

He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield with a math degree and received his master's degree in vocational agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He married Beatrice Ragsdale Dec. 17, 1932. They had two children. Mr. Hardin taught at Dunsmore and Brushy Knob before beginning a 31-year career at the Houston Schools. He began in 1943 as a mathematics instructor and retired in 1974 as the vocational agriculture instructor. Over the years, his vo ag teams won many contests with 25 students winners of the State Farmer degree. He served as president of the Missouri State Teachers Association and was named to the Houston High School educator hall of fame in 2003. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Houston and was a founder and active member of the Houston Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. Surviving are his wife of Willow Springs; his children, Kelbin Hardin of Kearney and Katricia Barreda of Willow Springs; brothers and sisters, Harold Hardin of Mountain Grove, Nina Garner of Florida, Randell Hardin, Oleta Ramsey and Ura Hardin of Mountain Grove, Velma Veates of Winter Springs, Fla., Vinita Vannier of Galena and Norman Hardin of Bonne Terre; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services at 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Houston with the Rev. L.J. Lowe officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Wilbur Mobley Sr. Wilbur F. Mobley Sr., 86, son of Clifford and Lottie McFarron Mobley, was born Nov. 24, 1918, at Topeka, Kan. He died April 18, 2005, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 until 1945. While in the Army, he was on a transport shop in the Pacific, returned home and went back overseas to serve in Germany under General Patton's platoon, going across the Rhine as a gunnery on the 2nd tank battalion. He married Pauline K. Jones April 12, 1941. Mr. Mobley loved sports and enjoyed volunteering as a clown and working in the theater. He was baptized in 1948 in a Baptist church in Little Rock, Ark. He taught Sunday school for 40 years and worked in the bus ministry for 23 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Licking, Painters and Decorators Local #1594 and Licking Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6337. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Surviving are his wife of the home; children, Wilbur James Mobley of Carthage, Dr. Wilbur F. Mobley Jr. of Licking, Ronald Lee Mobley of Hawaii and Paully Dian Pittman of Independence; one sister, Betty of Topeka, Kan.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services are 2 o'clock Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Licking with Dr. Wilbur Mobley Jr. officiating. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Fox Funeral Home. Bill Erbschloe William "Bill" Ernie Erbschloe, 82, son of David Henry and Mary Ann Grose Erbschloe, was born Dec. 31, 1922, at Kansas City. He died April 21, 2005, at his home at Raymondville. Mr. Erbschloe served in the U.S. Army during World War II from February 1943 until Nov. 17, 1945. He was stationed on the Islands of Cool Bay, Alaska. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and American Theater medals. He married Della Rowen Aug. 19, 1944, at Little Rock, Ark. They had five children. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David; one sister, Etta May; one son, William D.; and one grandson. Surviving are his wife of 60 years of the home; one son, Ralph of Raymondville; three daughters, Nancy K. Theobald of Bland, Luetta G. Martin of Raymondville and Willie D. White of Fort Leonard Wood; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Graveside services were April 23 at the Friendship Cemetery with Fern Nye officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Mildred Craig Mildred D. Craig, 72, daughter of Oran and Buna Huff, was born July 7, 1932, near Atwood, Okla. She died April 22, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. A former Cabool resident, she lived at Houston. Surviving are her husband, Francis, of the home; and son, Alan Craig. The body was cremated under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. No services are planned at this time. Russelle Simonsen Russelle Grant Simonsen, 84, daughter of Paul Silas and Mildred Longworth Grant, was born Dec. 17, 1920, at Cabool.

She died April 24, 2005, due to complications from cancer. As a child, she was known to the community as "Baby Sister." She graduated from Cabool High School in 1938 and attended Christian College in Columbia. She graduated from State Teacher's College in Springfield in 1941 and earned a master's degree in music education in 1942, majoring in vocal music at Columbia University in New York. She taught vocal music in elementary and high schools in Venita, Okla., Bayshore, N.Y.; South Orange, N.J.; and Cabool. She married Walter J. Simonsen of Great Neck, N.Y., July 10, 1946. They had three children. Mrs. Simonsen directed choirs in Islip, N.Y., Venita, Okla., and Cabool. She sang professionally throughout the country and taught music for more than 65 years, starting at age 18. In later years, she taught voice classes to hundreds of aspiring singers. She was featured on the McNeil-Lehrer Hour on PBS for her unique role in promoting music in the community. She was the first lady mayor of Cabool, running unopposed and holding office for two terms from 1978 to 1982. She was the Republican committeewoman for Burdine Township for many years and was a delegate from Missouri in 1984 to the Republican National Convention. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; and daughter, Jeanne Williams. Surviving are her sons, Dr. John Simonsen of Corvallis, Ore., and Dr. Michael Simonsen of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and seven grandchildren. Services are 10:30 today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Cabool. Burial will be in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cabool Alumni Association Russelle Simonsen Music Scholarship or Joe L. Spears Scholarship c/o the funeral home at P.O. Box 708, Cabool, Mo. 65689. Irene Craven Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 11 o'clock Friday morning at the Bucyrus Baptist Church for Irene Craven of Bucyrus. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery. Mrs. Craven, 81, died Tuesday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Visitation is 7 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Memorials may be made to Gideons International or Bucyrus Baptist Church. Gary Foulk Gary Donald Foulk, 61, son of Harry and Ada Miller Foulk, was born Feb. 17, 1943, at the family farm at Summersville. He died April 16, 2005, at his home after an 18-month battle with cancer. The family moved to Birch Tree in 1946 to establish a general store and feed business. He graduated from Birch Tree in 1961 and moved to St. Louis, where he worked at St. Louis Flying Service. He later worked at McDonnel Aircraft building F-4 Phantoms. He married Dorothy DeBord of Mountain View in 1964. They made their home in St. Charles. In 1969, they left the city and moved to Montier, where they operated a general store and later added a milk route. To meet the needs of the community, they changed to auto parts in 1976. They were contributing delegates to the Shannon County Democrat Committee. In 1990, they sold the business and he began working in automotive sales in Mountain Grove and West Plains. They moved to West Plains, where he joined O'Reilly Automotive. The Foulks moved to Springfield in 2002, where he worked at O'Reilly in Nixa. He was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 2003 and his wife left her job in June 2004 to devote her nursing skills to her husband. Surviving are his wife and daughter, Laurene Ann. A celebration of his life with a eulogy is 2 o'clock Saturday, May 7, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Mountain View with a casual visitation until 5 p.m. His ashes will be scattered at a later date in a private ceremony. Additional memorial services will be arranged in Springfield at a later date. Keith Plough Keith Bradford "Spotted Horse," Plough, son of Gene and Amelia Densmore, was born Sept. 23, 1952, at Lawrenceville, Ill. He died April 20, 2005, at Waco, Texas. Mr. Plough was an owner/operator commercial driver. He was known on the CB radio by his trucking friends as "Almost Willie." He was a tribal member of the Southern Cherokee Nation, Webber Falls, Okla., and was the fire tender at family and medicinal Inipi ceremonies. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur "Cotton" and Ruth Pauline Leib and his parents. Surviving are five brothers and two sisters, Cynthia Spurlin of St. James, Samuel Plough Jr. of Licking, Stanley Plough Sr. of Adrian, Robert Densmore of Jamestown, Ohio, Richard Densmore of Olney, Ill., David Densmore of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Rebecca Densmore Stoll of Champaign, Ill.

Traditional Native American graveside services were May 3 at the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home. Irene Craven Hazel Irene Craven, 81, daughter of George and Cora Patton Simpson, was born Feb. 1, 1924, at Arlington. She died April 26, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married Junior Craven Jan. 20, 1945. They were married 56 years and had one son. Mrs. Craven was saved at an early age and was an active member of the Bucyrus Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband June 2001; her parents; four brothers, Willard, Frank, George and an infant; and three sisters, Mae Manes, Etta Manes and Nancy Hance. Surviving are her son, Ron of Houston; one sister, Dorothy Long of Dixon; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren. Services were April 29 at the Bucyrus Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Sigman and the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Kenneth Hinton Kenneth Price Hinton, 88, son of Walter and Lula Price Hinton, was born Jan. 21, 1917, at Raymondville. He died April 26, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Mr. Hinton joined the Air Force in 1942. After his military duty, he was a carpenter in Chicago, Ill. He later returned to St. Louis County, where he worked as a carpenter. After his retirement in 1979, he moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. He returned to Licking in 1986. He loved gardening and yard work. He accepted Christ as his personal savior at Ashley Creek Baptist Church and was baptized Oct. 31, 1937, at Montauk State Park. He was a member of Montauk Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Fern Miller. Surviving are his wife, Pearl, of the home at Licking; four stepsons, Bobby Kinnaird of Raymondville, Dennis and Norman Kinnaird of Licking and Doyle Kinnaird of Winfield; two brothers, Glen of Raymondville and Leroy Hinton of Houston; two sisters, Alene Kirkman of Fenton and Jean Brown of Eureka; and five step-grandchildren. Services were April 29 at the Montauk Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. "Slick" Schlichter Orville "Slick" Lee Schlichter, 65, son of Chester and Esther Jones Schlichter, was born Dec. 23, 1939, at LeRoy, Kan. He died April 26, 2005, at University Hospital in Columbia. He graduated from Burlington High School in Burlington, Kan., in 1957 and entered the U.S. Navy that fall. He retired from the Navy December 1975 as chief petty officer. He was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church at Sullivans Island, S.C. He married Sharon Kay Volland March 11, 1960. They had two children. Mr. Schlichter moved to Licking in 1975 and later to Edgar Springs. He married Bernice V. Craig Harris Oct. 20, 1979. They had one son. He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Elaine Lee; and stepson, David Harris. Surviving are his wife of the home at Edgar Springs; mother of Isle of Palms, S.C.; children, Sheryl Elaine Turner of Summersville, Charles Lee Schlichter of Chesapeake, Va., and Chester L. Schlichter of the home; stepchildren, Diana K. Grann of Sullivan, Donald L. Harris of Edgar Springs, Dewayne Harris of Rolla, Debbie Hinkson of Avilla, Ind., and Darrell Harris of St. Charles; one brother, Keith Schlichter of Isle of Palms, S.C.; two sisters, Ola Leppert of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Sally Smith of Bothell, Wash.; two granddaughters, eight step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. Services were April 29 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Fred Hamilton officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Edgar Springs Cemetery. Vera Faye Sigman Vera Faye Elliott Sigman, 76, daughter of Grover and Cora Davis Martin, was born June 19, 1928, at Morris, Okla. She died April 28, 2005, at the home of her son at Greenfield, after a long battle with cancer. She graduated from Houston High School in 1946 and married Lee Elliott that same year. They moved to South Beloit, Ill., in 1951. In 1990, she moved back to Cabool and married Raymond Sigman. Mrs. Sigman worked at Beloit Memorial Hospital for several years and later for Mayuga Medical Clinic in Cabool. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Faith Fellowship Community Church in Cabool. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lee and Raymond; one son, Richard Elliott; one sister, five brothers, one grandchild and one great-great-grandchild. Surviving are her sons, Gary Martin Sr. of Greenfield and James Elliott of Machesney Park, Ill.; one daughter, Kim Williams of Beloit, Wis.; stepsons, Carl Sigman of Greenfield, Claude Sigman of Washington and James Sigman of

Cabool; brother, Obbie "Bobbi" Martin of Batesville, Ark.; sisters, Veda Mead and Jean Kenneman of South Beloit, Ill.; 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were May 2 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel. Following cremation, burial will be at a later date in the Cabool Cemetery. Gene Glenn Eugene "Gene" Glenn, 80, youngest of nine children of John and Eliza Glenn, was born Feb. 23, 1925, at Bentonville, Ark. He died April 30, 2005, at the Kabul Nursing Home following a long illness. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1946 to 1947. He married Goldie Means June 15, 1946. They had six children. The Glenns traveled a lot when they were young, They had made their home in Cabool for many years, where he was a carpenter. Mr. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1994; and all of his siblings. Surviving are his children, Barbara Wade and Tony Glenn of Mountain Grove, Earl Glenn of Caldwell, Idaho, Phyllis Graves of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Steven Glenn and Shirley Smith of Cabool; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Services were May 3 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Purichia officiating. Burial was in the Springfield National Cemetery. Lydia McAllister Lydia McAllister, 97, daughter of Carlisle James Tilton and Julia Weir Tilton, was born Feb. 6, 1908, at Ogema, Wis. She died April 30, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Her parents were early ministers of the Church of God. Mrs. McAllister attended school in Brice at Bennett Springs through the eighth grade and went to work at a factory in town. In 1931, she married Paul O. Bailey. They had four children. During World War II, the Baileys left their children with his mother and went to Pearl Harbor to work. She was an engraver and was up for first-class government pay overseas when she left Pearl Harbor. The family settled in Anderson, Ind., where she worked at Gospel Trumpet Co., which is now Warner Press, publishers for the Church of God. She divorced and in 1953, married Joe R. McAllister. She worked with her pastor husband, Joe, for 30 years and enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; one sister, Phebe Link; two brothers, Paul and Ethan; two sons, John and Dan Bailey; and one great-grandchild. Surviving are two daughters, Martha Zimmerman of Cambria, Wis., and Carol Schaufele Scott of Houston; one brother, Amos Tilton of Sycamore, Ill.; four stepchildren, Ella Mae Harber, Carole B. Stoops, Archie McAllister and Joseph McAllister; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grand-children. Graveside services were May 3 at the Friendship Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Powell officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Geraldehn Adams Geraldehn Francis Adams, 66, daughter of Dwayne M. and Ethel O. Stewart Farrow, was born Dec. 29, 1938, at Portalus, N.M. She died May 1, 2005, at her home at Salem. She married David Adams May 22, 1956. Mrs. Adams was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn Shirley; and son, Roy Lenord Adams. Surviving are her daughters, Velma Jo Shaw and Robin Trina Miller of Salem; and four grandchildren. Services are 1 o'clock Friday at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville. Burial is in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn. Visitation is 5:30 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Bradford chapel. Ruth Tappero Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Houston for Ruth Tappero of Houston. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Tappero, 94, died Sunday at Houston House. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. Sylvia Herndon Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o'clock Saturday at the Ozark Baptist Church for Sylvia Herndon of Houston. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery Mrs. Herndon, 93, died Tuesday night at Houston House. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday night at the Evans chapel.

Lorene Tollefson Velma Lorene Tollefson, 83, daughter of Oscar W. and Leah Snyder Carter, was born May 29, 1921, at Upton. She died April 24, 2005, at the home of her daughter, where she had lived for the last eight months. She married Harold M. Postlewait and moved to the Milton-Freewater, Ore., area in 1947. For the next 58 years, she worked at canneries and raised her children. Mr. Postlewait preceded her in death. She married Bennie A. Tollefson Jan. 18, 1975, in Milton-Freewater. He died June 21, 1990. She enjoyed country/western music, joining her sons-in-law when their bands played at the Eagles aerie and Veterans of Foreign Wars post. She danced, listened to the music and offered counsel to friends. Among her hobbies were gardening, boating and fishing with her husband. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, the VFW Auxiliary, Eagles, Elks 2146 and Teamsters Union Local 558. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Postlewait; son, Kenneth Postlewait; four brothers, Wesley, Harvey, Wilfred and Kenneth Carter; two grandsons and a great-grandson. Surviving are five daughters, Nina Thacker, Pauline Humbert and Roxie Mauro of Milton-Freewater, Donna Postlewait of Walla Walla, Wash., and Dorothy White of Gansevoort, N.Y.; son, Gene Postlewait of Walla Walla; two sisters, Hazel Postlewait and Ruby Ramsey of Bucyrus; two brothers, Vernon and Junior Carter of Bucyrus; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services were April 29 at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Chaplain Elizabeth Wallace of the Walla Walla Community Hospice officiating. Burial was in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Ruth Tappero Ruth Margaret Tappero, 94, daughter of Charles and Bessie Wallace Davis, was born April 24, 1911, at Houston. She died May 1, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center in Houston. She graduated from Houston High School in 1929 and later married Norval Moberly. They had two children. Her husband died in 1954 and her daughter, Norma Jane, Sept. 5, 1948. She later married Joseph Tappero who died Aug. 26, 1986. Mrs. Tappero worked at Fort Leonard Wood, retiring in 1972. After retirement, she was active in civic affairs. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston, where she was general secretary of the Sunday school for several years. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, on the board of the senior citizens housing and a volunteer with the Texas County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Her hobbies were working crossword puzzles and in her flowers. In addition to her husbands and daughter, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Wayne, Wesley, Willard and Chester Davis; and one sister, Eula Hays. Surviving are her son, Wesley Deane Moberly of Redding, Calif.; three sisters, Alice Barton of Fullerton, Calif., Lou Kershner of Highland Ranch, Colo., and Jean Hays of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one granddaughter and two greatgrandsons. Services were May 7 at the First Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Ben Gard and the Rev. Harold Bruening officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. James Allen James E. Allen, 72, died May 3, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center from complications of diabetes. He received his master's degree in biology from Peabody College at Nashville, Tenn. He and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Alaska in 1958, where they taught school and lived for 25 years. In addition to teaching, Mr. Allen was an accomplished wood carver, specializing in Alaskan animals and birds. In 1982, the Allens moved to the Bucyrus community to fulfill his dream of living on a farm where he could raise pigs, cattle and own his own mule, Sissy. He loved to garden, was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to classical music. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 7. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas County Library, 117 E. Walnut, Houston, Mo. 65483. Sylvia Herndon Sylvia Catherine Goodman Herndon, 93, daughter of Jessie Witchel Goodman and Nancy Jane Edwards, was born April 29, 1912, at Grogan. She died May 3, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center. She married James Simeon "Sim" Herndon March 16, 1929, at Houston. They were married 36 years and had three children before his death in July 1965. The Herndons were farmers in the Solo and Brown Hill communities. After the death of her husband, she worked at The Lee Co. for eight years. She spent her entire life in Texas County. Mrs. Herndon became a member of the Ozark Baptist Church Oct. 29, 1933, and moved her membership to the Brown Hill Baptist Church in 1954. She loved the outdoors, gardening and her flower gardens and kept busy canning from her garden and making quilts. She was a Red Cross volunteer for 14 years and candy striper at the Texas County Memorial Hospital for a number of years.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Paul Goodman, Ray Goodman and two un-named infants; and a great-granddaughter. Surviving are two sons, Jessie Herndon and Chester Herndon of Houston; one daughter, Shirley Herndon Wenger of Houston; one brother, Elmer Goodman of Houston; four sisters, Goldia Hurley and Lucille Christeson of Cabool, Doris Goforth of Houston and Dorothy Glenn of Elk Creek; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 14 great-greatgrandchildren. Services were May 7 at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Hamilton and the Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Susie Stoops Susie May Stoops, 91, daughter of Frank Lowell and Rosa Ella Patterson Lowell, was born Feb. 8, 1914, at Hartshorn. She died May 4, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View. She married Louie Raymond "Buck" Stoops March 9, 1940. One child was brought to the union and three children were born during their 40-year marriage. Mrs. Stoops became a member of the Assembly of God at Hartshorn Jan. 2, 1951. She was a telephone operator for 10 years at the Summersville Telephone Co. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; children, Charles Lemons and Howard Lemons; brothers, Walter, Earl, Irvin and Ray Lowell; and one sister, Nova Colvin. Surviving are her children, Willard Stoops of Yellville, Ark., Wayne Stoops of Marshall, Ark., and Wanda Hunt of Summersville; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were May 7 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Riley Cemetery. Earl Mohrman Earl Henry Mohrman, 73, son of Elmer and Hermine Topp Mohrman, was born Dec. 19, 1931, at New Bremen German Tp, Ohio. He died May 4, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 30, 1952, until Jan. 26, 1956. He married Adah R. Batek Sept. 20, 1952, at Chicago, Ill. They had six children. Mr. Mohrman worked 18 years for Goodyear Tire Co., for Romines Motor Co. and drove trucks for several years. He was active in the community, volunteering and serving on the board for the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department, calling bingo for the department and American Legion Post 41 in Houston and helping with the Raymondville Disabled American Veterans. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post and a member of the Licking Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6337. He attended the Wildwood House of Prayer near Raymondville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman. Surviving are his wife of the home; daughters, Ellen Bellow of Haughten, La., and Eileen Wagner of Raymondville; sons, Charles and Edward Mohrman of Raymondville, Elroy Mohrman of Dexter and Eric Mohrman of Villa Ridge; sisters, Ruth Obringer of Spencerville, Ohio, and Mary Mohrman of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Paul Mohrman of Minster, Ohio, and John Mohrman of New Bremen, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services are 10 o'clock May 21 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with the Rev. Scott Lindsey officiating. John Dayton John E. Dayton, 30, son of Ina Dickens Dayton and John A. Dayton, was born Aug. 18, 1974, at Houston. He died May 5, 2005, at his home near Licking. He enjoyed fishing in Grandpa Hayes' lake, hunting, throwing horseshoes and going to horse sales with friends and family. He like to stay busy doing a puzzle book at home or working at the sale barns, seeing friends Freddie Adey and Dwight Cox. Surviving are his mother of Houston; father of Illinois; step-parents, Raymond and Janet Jennings of Crocker; one sister, Patricia Hayes; and stepbrother, Danny Chambers. Services are pending under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Dora Sherrill Dora Louise Sherrill, 91, daughter of John A. and Ira Johnson Thomas, was born Sept. 4, 1913, at Kinderpost. She died May 6, 2005, at Heritage Skilled Nursing Home at Rolla. She graduated April 20, 1931, from Licking High School and married James A. "Pat" Sherrill the same day. They had one son. The Sherrills farmed the family homestead. Mrs. Sherrill assisted her husband in the Texas County Insurance business until his death in 1969.

Mrs. Sherrill loved sewing, was an avid reader and wrote beautiful poetry. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and White Shrine. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Edward Thomas; and three sisters, Grace Siddens, Claudine Reinecker and Mabel Shanks. Surviving are her son, Sterling Thomas Sherrill; one brother, Henry Thomas; two sisters, Bettye Lindsey and Edna Prier; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were May 10 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Shafer Cemetery near Licking. Edward Hilterbrand Memorial services for Edward Hilterbrand are 11 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Hilterbrand, 65, died Friday at Brockton, Mass. Visitation is Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until time for the services. Keith Haugse Keith R. Haugse, 42, son of James and Phyllis Barton Haugse, died April 12, 2005. A resident of Riverside, Calif., for the last 28 years, he was a Raymondville native. He was baptized at an early age in the Lutheran church. Surviving are his wife, Joan; parents of Riverside, Calif.; two brothers, Kevin Barton of Riverside, Calif., and Jimmy Haugse of Arizona; three stepsons, Ramiro Garza II, Daniel J. Nichols and Brian H. Nichols of Riverside; one stepdaughter, Candice Garza of Riverside; and four grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Rudidoux Mortuary in California. Memorials may be made to the Raymondville Fire Department. Eddie Hilterbrand Edward L. "Eddie" Hilterbrand, 65, son of Mitchell K. Hilterbrand and Helen Wava Laffoon Hilterbrand, was born July 31, 1939, at Houston. He died May 6, 2005, at Brockton, Mass. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston, later moving his membership to Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia. He graduated from Houston High School in 1957 and attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lived in California and Georgia before settling in Brockton, Mass. He retired in 2003 after 31 years with Amtrak. As a youth, his interests were exploring the caves around Houston. While in school at Columbia, he belonged to a spelunking club. He worked one summer at Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozarks. Mr. Hilterbrand studied horticulture and had a lifelong love of gardening, flowers and plants. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Surviving are one sister, Diana Vandivort of Houston; a niece, nephews and cousins. Memorial services were May 17 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Gard officiating. Josephine Helton Josephine Madoline Miller Helton, 95, daughter of Daniel S. and Lettie B. Miller, was born Oct. 6, 1909. She died May 14, 2005. Mrs. Helton was a graduate of Dixon High School, Southwest Missouri State University and Drury College with degrees in education and a specialist degree in elementary and secondary education. She taught several rural schools in the Evening Shade and Plato area, where she lived most of her adult life. She taught and was principal at the Fort Leonard Wood/Waynesville School District, retiring in 1974 with 36 years working with children. She was a worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star and president of the American Legion Auxiliary at Plato; president of the Business and Professional Women and member of Alpha Dean Kappa, Beta Sigma Phi and Classroom Teachers Association of Waynesville. She had served as local and state president of Kappa Kappa Iota, a national teachers' sorority. She became a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church at Big Pine in 1923. She attended Palace Union Church near her farm home. She was preceded in death March 12, 1995, by her husband of 66 years, Elmer L. Helton; her son, David Lee Helton; parents; brothers, Dr. Clyde S. Miller, Richard W. "Dick" Miller and Jack N. Miller; and sisters, Daisy E. Helton and Maude O. Nickels. Surviving are her daughter, Bertie Jo Helton of Springfield; three grandsons, six great-grandchildren and six great-greatgrandchildren. Services were May 18 at the Palace Union Church with burial in the Palace Union Perpetual Care Cemetery under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Palace Union Perpetual Care Cemetery, c/o Loretta Helton, 16209 Wasbash Ln., Plato, Mo. 65552

Virgil Anderson Virgil G. Anderson, 63, son of Luther A. and Eathel Anderson, died May 15, 2005. A former resident of Texas County, he lived at Cullman, Ala. A lifetime logger, he operated Dodge City Wood Yard for 11 years with John Guthrie. He was a member of the East Cullman Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Goldie Wallace and Doris Anderson; and brother, Bob Anderson. Surviving are his wife, Porsia Ballard Anderson; daughters, Kim Burdick, Kerrie McCluskey and Roxie Holland; son, Steve Anderson; brothers, Eudell Anderson and James Anderson; sisters, Beverly Kizer, Rosie Ballard and Genevieve Ellis; a special brother, friend and son, John Dean Meyer; "pinkie daughter," MaireJo K. Ballard; grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Services were May 18 at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home at Warrior, Ala., with Randy Owen officiating. Burial was in the Crestview Memorial Gardens. Shirley Hazel Shirley JoAnn Hazel, 60, daughter of Tony Williams and Neppie Lee Merryman Williams, was born July 23, 1944, at Kinderpost. She died May 16, 2005, in Springfield. She married Paul Wayne Hazel May 31, 1963. They had one son. Mrs. Hazel accepted Christ as savior at an early age during Bible school at Licking. She loved to be outdoors, fishing, hunting and going to car races. She was preceded in death by her mother; one brother, Donald Ray; and an infant sister. Surviving are her husband; son, Jerry Wayne Hazel of Lynchburg; her father of Licking; one brother, Leon Williams of Bucyrus; two sisters, Virginia Hildebrand of Plato and Wilma Cook of Licking; and one grandson. Services are 1 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Elder Noel Mooney officiating. Burial will be in the Mitchell Cemetery near Licking. William Tighe William Sylvester Tighe, 59, son of Dave S. and Anna Rose Tighe, was born July 31, 1945, in St. Louis. He died May 16, 2005, at Licking. He grew up in the Dent County area. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Edward Coleman Tighe. Surviving are his wife, Barbara A. Tighe; children, Jamie Tighe of Marshall, Robert Tighe of Okalhoma, Eric of Georgia; stepchildren, Joshua L. Brown of Texas, and William C. Brown of Texas; brothers and sisters, Judy Stevens of Illinois, Larry Tighe of Montana, Frances Feazel of Illinois, Calvin Tighe of Montana, Laura Hardy of Washington, Lovie Wisdom of Missouri and Debra Tighe of Oregon; and eight grandchildren. Services will be announced at a later date. June Means June Kaylene Means, 71, daughter of Hugo and Agnes Hartler Pierce, was born Dec. 22, 1933, at Houston. She died May 18, 2005, at St. John's Mercy Hospital at Washington, Mo. She was a Houston High School graduate and a former resident of New Haven. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one daughter. Surviving are four daughters, Genie Krull and Dawn Walkenhorst of New Haven, Kathy Meyer of Hermann and Leann Means of Washington, Mo.; two sons, Joe Garrett of Beaufort and Carlos Means of New Haven; one sister, Doris Kay Pierce of Houston; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were May 21 at Toedtmann-Grasse Funeral Home of New Haven. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery at Licking. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Blanche Barnes Blanche Meda Barnes, 87, daughter of James and Lavina Brown Bailey, was born Sept. 26, 1917, at Eunice. She died May 20, 2005, at her home at Summersville. She married John Henry Barnes Sept. 28, 1935. They had eight children. Mrs. Barnes was saved at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Summersville. She and her husband and friends, Merle and Linda Smith, sang together as the Hallelujah Quartet. She was preceded in death by her husband; two children who died in infancy, Shirley Marie and Brenton; one grandson, four sisters and four brothers. Surviving are three sons, Charles of St. Charles, John Jr. of Fredericktown and Lyle of Summersville; three daughters, Juaneta Manning of Ozark, Helen Summer of Summersville and Elaine Wright of St. Charles; three sisters, Maxine Gregory, Loretha Hubbs and Reva Lanning; one brother, Walter Bailey; eight grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Services were May 23 at the First Baptist Church in Summersville with the Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery near Summersville under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Lorene Johnston V. Lorene Cole Johnston, 74, daughter of Jasper C. Cole and Effie Isabell Holland Cole, was born Jan. 5, 1931, at Montauk. She died May 20, 2005, at her home near Raymondville. She married her childhood sweetheart, "John" Alvin F. Johnston Jr. April 10, 1948. Mrs. Johnston was saved at an early age. She loved her sisters, home, yard and grandson that she helped raise. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years; her parents; one brother, Jack Cole; and one sister, Molly Dawson. Surviving are two sons, Paul D. Johnston Sr. of Kenosha, Wis., and Bobby G. Johnston Sr. of the home; three sisters, Ella Burns, Irene Nelson and Carlene Medlock; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services were May 22 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Nixon officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. William Belew William Henry Belew, 94, son of John Logan Belew and Laura Belle Sullivan Belew, was born Jan. 2, 1911, at Summersville He died May 22, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lloyd Belew; and one sister, Beulah Elizabeth Shadrick. Surviving is a niece. Services were May 25 at the Duncan Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Herb Tuttle officiating. Burial was in the Riley Cemetery. Jim Siegel James "Jim" Benjamin Siegel, 80, son of Ralph and Mary Libby Siegel, was born May 3, 1925, at Princeton. He died May 23, 2005, at his home in Houston. He entered the Army Air Force in December 1945 and retired from military duty as a senior master sergeant in 1973. He served as a weather forecaster and was sent to Spain and Indochina during his tour of duty. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. Mr. Siegel attended Bellevue College, graduating with a bachelor's degree. He was a security guard for the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha, Neb., before retiring. He drove a school bus, retiring after 11 years with the district. He enjoyed bluegrass music and dancing, reading, spending time fishing and working with his flowers. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph and Oscar; and one sister, Mary Beth Bucy. Surviving are his wife, Dona, of the home; several stepsons and stepdaughters; and one sister, Rebecca Sunberg. Services were May 25 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Belva Tarrant officiating. Burial is in the West Lawn-Hillcrest Cemetery at Omaha, Neb., after a 1 p.m. service Friday at the Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak and Cutler Mortuary of Omaha, Neb. Don Murray Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o'clock Friday at the Bucyrus Baptist Church for Don Murray. Burial will be in the Number One Cemetery at Huggins. Mr. Murray, 46, died Tuesday at his home near Plato. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ashlynn Murray Education Fund. Dorothy Pearson Dorothy Dye Sears Pearson, 82, third of six children of Burley A. and Minnie V. Dye, was born May 30, 1922, at Waynesville. She died March 29, 2005, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. After graduating from Houston High School in 1939, she worked as a nanny until she was 18. She then began working in the war plants during World War II. In 1945, she married Alonzo Sears of Houston. They moved to Midwest, Wyo. Mr. Sears died in 1971 after 26 years of marriage. She married Carl Pearson in 1976, who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Pearson spent many hours taking her grandchildren to ride their horses. She loved to sew and spend time with young people. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lyndy. Surviving are her daughter, Patty Gallinger; son, Tony Sears; one brother, Alfie Burton Dye of Columbia; three sisters, Flora Blythe of St. Peters, Vivian Headley of Fort Washington, Md., and Bonnie Seelye of Pekin, Ill.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held later in the summer at the Sears Cemetery at Houston. Memorials may be made to a church or charity of the donor's choice. Don Murray Donald Eugene Murray, 46, son of Robert and Donna Murray, was born Nov. 11, 1958, at Houston. He died May 24, 2005, at his home near Plato after a battle with cancer. He grew up in the Upton/Plato area where he met and married Nicolle Fogle Aug. 21, 1982. They had one daughter. Mr. Murray continued the family business after the death of his parents. He enjoyed floating and camping with his family and visiting nature's springs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister. Surviving are his wife of 22.5 years; daughter, Ashlynn; his brothers, Ronnie Murray, Keith Murray and David Murray; and one sister, Linda Cansler. Services were May 27 at the Bucyrus Baptist Church with burial in the Number One Free Will Baptist Cemetery at Huggins. Memorials may be made to the Ashlynn Murray Education Fund at First National Bank in Houston. Lil Irey Lillian "Short" Longwell Irey, 81, daughter of Marion and Martha Tinsley Longwell, was born Aug. 23, 1923. She died May 25, 2005. Mrs. Irey was born and raised on a farm at Houston. She made her home in Clayton and was a beautician in St. Louis until 2004. She attended the Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton and supported ministries on CBN, Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, homeless in St. Louis and other charities that touched her heart. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Edgar Longwell, Mervin Longwell, Loman Longwell and James Longwell; two sisters, Laverne "Sis" Shoemaker and Evelyn Wren. Surviving are her son, Roger Lee Irey of Scott City; two sisters, Beatrice Randall and Elnona Morton of Houston; and two grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Bonnie Duncan Bonnie Evelyn Duncan, 78, daughter of Carlos Edward Terrill and Mamie Adeline Patterson Terrill, was born Feb. 14, 1927, at Hunter. She died May 26, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She married William Howard Duncan June 7, 1945. They had four children. Mrs. Duncan worked for many years at Angelica before retiring to be home with Bill and her family and flowers. She loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and cooking Sunday dinners for her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; brothers, Glen, Millard and Dale; and one grandson. Surviving are her children, Billy Duncan, Kathy Smith, Tom Duncan and Dave Duncan of Summersville; her brothers, Estil Terrill and Dwain Terrill of Summersville; her sisters, Wilma Davis of Washington and Mabeline Cleaver of Mountain Home, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were May 28 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. John Atchison officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery. Janet Venable Janet Lee Venable, 50, daughter of James R. Hall and Betty Lou Shelton Hall, was born July 25, 1954, at Landstuhl, Germany. She died May 27, 2005, at her home in Houston. She lived in several places around the world because of her father's military career and went to school in Turkey and Georgia. The family lived in Springfield for a time, where she did most of her schooling. She graduated from Glendale High School in 1972 and the family moved to Houston in 1984. Mrs. Venable was a certified nurses aide and certified medicine technician. Her nursing career was at Houston House and Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She loved to care for children and baby sat for the last 15 years, keeping most of her extended family from shortly after birth until they went to school. She accepted Jesus as her savior at age 9 at the First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., and was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents. Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Tommy Venable; a son, Andrew Henderson of Houston; daughter, Whitney Venable of Houston; her father, James R. Hall of Houston; brother, James V. Hall of Dixon; and an unborn granddaughter. Graveside services were June 1 at the Pine Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care.

Lloyd Barton Lloyd A. Barton, 80, son of George W. and Mary Shepherd Barton, was born Oct. 19, 1924, at Ellington. He died May 28, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He entered the U.S. Army July 27, 1943, and was discharged Jan. 9, 1946. He was a longshoreman with the 206th Port Co. in the Pacific Theatre of operations. He worked in the holds of the ships, placing boxes in cargo nets to be moved to the docks. After the ship was unloaded, he drove a forklift moving the crates to the warehouses. After his military discharge, he moved to Pacific. He met and married Dora Elizabeth Gudermuth. They had two sons, and she brought two sons to the marriage, Lawrence and Robert. Mr. Barton worked for several years in an aluminum manufacturing company, retiring in 1989. In 1994, he moved back to Houston after the death of his wife and son. He enjoyed the outdoors, rabbit hunting, fishing, gardening and growing some of the biggest and best tomatoes. After moving back to Houston, he became involved at the senior center and found a new interest: dancing to country music. He especially had fun learning the two step. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, William; one stepson, Lawrence; six brothers, Everett, Raymond, Virgil, Arthur, Herbert and a twin, Floyd; and two sisters, Eva and Pearl. Surviving are one son, Stephen Barton of Boyerstown, Pa.; one stepson, Robert Bell of Ballwin; four sisters, Iva Southworth and Norma Hinton of Raymondville, Lois Grimm of Mountain Grove and Ruby Johnston of McLeansboro, Ill.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were June 1 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis. Frankie Akers Frankie "Frank" Lester Akers, 57, son of Vernon Lester Akers and Beulah Beatrice Young Akers Franklin, was born Nov. 19, 1947, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died May 30, 2005, at Baxter Regional Medical Center at Mountain Home, Ark. He attended Raymondville School, graduated from Houston High School and attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He married Phyllis Lea Smith Dec. 31, 1982, at West Plains. Mr. Akers was a food broker and later a salesman for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. For the last five years, he was area manager for Pepsi Mid-America of Marion, Ill. He was president of the West Plains parks and recreation board for seven years and was on the board of West Plains City Pride. His hobbies were camping, baseball cards and music. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are his wife of the home at West Plains; three children, Michael Morgan Akers of Oceanside, Calif., Morgan Nicole Akers of West Plains and Angelina Dawn Akers of the home; his mother of West Plains; one stepbrother, Jim Franklin of Kansas City; and one granddaughter. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the First Baptist Church in West Plains. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideons International or to the family in care of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains. Warren Zirschky Warren Russell Zirschky, 85, son of Luther Albert and Ruth A. Ellis Zirschky, was born March 18, 1920, at Huggins. He died May 29, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center following a long illness. He grew up and attended school in the Huggins area. He remained on the family farm until 1984, when he sold to family and moved to Mountain Grove. He was a dairy and beef farmer most of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was always prepared to go fishing, carrying a pole behind his pickup seat. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard B. Zirschky; and two sisters, Jeanetta Zirschky Pembrook and Thelma Zirschky Perkins. Surviving is one sister, Velma Fay Zirschky Dean of Houston. Services were June 2 at the Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Grove with the Rev. David Leighty officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Sherry Gobble Sherry Gae Pearce Gobble, 54, daughter of Floyd Thomas Bates Jr. and Willa Walker Bates, was born Dec. 2, 1950, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She died June 3, 2005, at University Hospital in Columbia. She graduated from Lakenheath High School at Lakenheath Air Force Base, England. She completed two years of college, receiving her LPN license. She was a long-time resident of Houston, working at Wal-Mart for a short time and at Houston House.

She married Steve Gobble Feb. 1, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband of the home; one son, Thomas Pearce of Blue Springs; one brother, William Bates of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and two granddaughters. Services were June 6 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery. Ruth Patterson Mary Ruth Patterson, 88, daughter of Joab Dyer and Gracie Eunice Babcock Dyer, was born Jan. 28, 1917, at Alley. She died June 4, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center. She married Artie Vester Patterson Sept. 14, 1931. They had three children. Mrs. Patterson worked at the Angelica Uniform factory for many years and helped on the family farm. She loved the outdoors, growing vegetables and making quilts, giving them to family and selling to others. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; brothers, Glen, Shelby and Bill; one sister, Helen; three grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Surviving are her children, Donna Mae Siegel of Houston, Gene Patterson of Summersville and Eunice Boyer of Sedalia; two sisters, Mabel Wilkins of Summersville and Avis Swiney Rayfield of Eminence; 12 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Services were June 8 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Albert Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Naomi Bever Naomi Lydia Bever, 81, daughter of Victor LeRoy and Susie May Williams Holmes, was born March 22, 1924, at Rockwell City, Iowa. She died June 5, 2005, at the Kabul Nursing Home. She married Jess Bever Jr. Oct. 6, 1942, at Houston. Mrs. Bever lived in the Houston and Cabool areas since moving to Missouri with her parents as a child. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Florence Tomlinson, Doris Curry and Mary Venable Brelsford; and two infant brothers. Surviving are four children, LeRoy Bever of Badger, Minn., Robert Bever of Rockford, Ill., Carolyn Worley of Pomona and Velda Cross of Houston; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were June 8 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Root officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Bill Rieder William "Bill" Leanhard Rieder, 69, son of Willie C. and Vera S. Kupias Rieder, was born March 27, 1936, at Chicago, Ill. He died June 6, 2005. Mr. Rider served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, attaining the rank of specialist second class. He served at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Monmoth, N.J., and with the occupation forces in South Korea. He contracted polio while in South Korea and left the military after treatment. He attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier and DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago. He was a plumber and plumbing contractor. He also was a repair/maintenance man in Illinois and Missouri, the last with the Washington School District. He loved reading and enjoyed the Chicago Cubs. Mr. Rieder was a lay minister for the Houston Bible Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mae; his parents and an infant son, Carl Edward. Surviving are his sisters, Karla von Lehe of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Bette Pomrenke of Mobile, Ala.; seven stepchildren, Deborah Rathgeber of Rolla, Monica Peres of Cordova, Tenn., Regina Neal of Union, Ricky Kidd of Minneapolis, Kan., Patty Graen of Killeen, Texas, Richard of Licking, Anthony Kidd of Union and Paula Ellis of Houston; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Services were June 8 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Bruce Allen and Billy Walker officiating. Burial was in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Houston Bible Baptist Church, 16700 Oak Hill Dr., Houston. Mo. 65483. Vivian Bucher Services are 2 o'clock Friday at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Vivian Bucher of Houston. Mrs. Bucher, 63, died Monday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Visitation is 6 to 7 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Vivian Bucher Vivian Michael Bucher, 63, daughter of Michael and Victoria Stellman, was born Nov. 17, 1941, at Hamtramck, Mich. She died June 6, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

She married Reese Bucher Nov. 19, 1972, at Santa Ana, Calif. She was a professional astrologer and a stay-at-home mom. She was preceded in death by her father. Surviving are her husband of the home; two children, Michael Kinsey of Temecula, Calif., and Judith Triplett of West Plains; and her mother. Services were June 10 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L.J. Lowe officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Chlorus Payne Chlorus Dale Payne, 68, son of Harmon Payne and Mina Straley Payne, was born Jan. 22, 1937, at Clay, Ill. He died June 7, 2005, after a battle with cancer. He was a dairy and stock farmer in the Yukon area. Private burial at a later date will be in the Smith Cemetery at Clay City, Ill. Local arrangements were under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Wanda Westfall Wanda Marie Westfall, 88, daughter of Wade and Nora Richards, was born Oct. 27, 1916, at Plato. She died June 9, 2005, at Hobbs, N.M. She married Norman Glen Hall, who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1971. Mrs. Westfall retired from Civil Service after 25 plus years with the Quartermaster Laundry. She was a resident of Houston during her career before moving to Denver City, Texas, and to Hobbs, N.M. Surviving are one son, Jerry Hall of Kansas City; two daughters, Linda Lunsford of Denver City, Texas, and Margie Lunsford of Hobbs, N.M.; two sisters, Faye James of Roby and Hazel Hill of Branson; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Memorial services were June 13 at the First Assembly of God of Denver City with the Rev. Ronnie Lunsford officiating under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Homes of Denver City. Lloyd Freeze Lloyd Vernon Freeze, 67, son of Dolphie and Zella Hill Freeze, was born Oct. 26, 1937, at St. Louis. He died June 9, 2005. Mr. Freeze was a bus driver for many years for the Licking R-8 School District. He can best recalled as "Crash" and as an overall good guy by former students. He liked to hunt, fish and spend time with his buddies every day at C & K Tractors and with his wife and dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and one daughter, Glenda Ann. Surviving are his wife, Dottie; one son, Dewayne Freeze of St. Louis; three brothers, Robert Freeze of Licking, Garnold Freeze of Salem and Donald Freeze of Licking; and two grandchildren. Memorial services are 4 o'clock Friday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Licking with Dr. Wilbur Mobley officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Hayward Barton Hayward Ray Barton, 61, was born May 21, 1944, at Delano, Calif. He died June 10, 2005, at his home at Salem. He served in the Army from June 1965 to June 1967. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Loretta; and brother, George Coy. Surviving are two sisters, Annetta Beers of Salem and Dean Helton of St. Clair; and an adopted family, Pam, Jimmy and Josh Vanatti, Jamie Fraser and Diana "Boober" Fraser. Graveside services were June 13 at the Patterson Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. James Bailey James Loy Bailie, 82, son of James Clarence Bailie and Katherine Melissa Scott Bailie, was born May 11, 1923, near Licking. He died June 10, 2005, at Cox Medical Center. He married Viola Maxine Ward July 4, 1944. They had one daughter. Mr. Bailie served in the U.S. Army in 1945-'46. After his discharge, he spent several years farming and working at various jobs. He retired in 1985 from the Dept. of the Army at Fort Leonard Wood. Mr. Bailie accepted Christ as savior in 1974 and became a member of the First Baptist Church in Licking. He was a member of Latimer Lodge 145 AF and AM, the Scottish Rite and American Legion. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking in his shop and working in his yard and garden. He devoted time volunteering at the Licking Bridge Builders Senior Center. In 1998, he and his wife received the volunteer of the year Lance Award presented by the Southwest Missouri Office of Aging. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Myrtle Pennock; and three brothers, Coy, Roy and Lester. Surviving are his wife of the home; daughter, Wanda Garrison of Licking; one sister, Opal Sligh of Chula Vista, Calif.; one

grandson and two great-grandchildren. Services were June 12 at the First Baptist Church in Licking with Dr. Wilbur Mobley and the Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Marie Powell Laura Marie Sullivan Powell, 83, daughter of Luther and Lizzie Sullivan, was born April 11, 1922, at Hartshorn. She died June 11, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She married Norman Elbert Powell Jan. 5, 1946. They were married 24 years before his death in 1970. They had seven children. Mrs. Powell accepted Christ as personal savior at an early age. She was a member of the Valley Center Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She enjoyed working with the children at Bible School until her health prevented her from doing so. In her early years, she was a school teacher at Friendship. She worked at the Angelica factory and on her farm. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and enjoyed volunteering at the Open Door and spending time with her family. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorlinda Heiney; three brothers, Earnest, Elmer and Delmer Sullivan; four sisters, Pauline Sullivan, Ada Scott, Ida Mae Maggard and Nedria Fiske; one granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. Surviving are her children, Larry Powell of Summersville, Brenda Newby of Yukon, Mike Powell and Dewayne Powell of Huntsville and Sharon Cook and Janet Gross of Hartshorn; one brother, Delbert Sullivan; four sisters, Lucille Denton, Ruby Connelly, Geraldean Hogan and Wilma Smith; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services were June 14 at the Valley Center Baptist Church at Hartshorn with the Rev. John Welch officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Toni Louden Antionette "Toni" Louden, 78, daughter of Edward Frances Kirchen and Ida M. Arnke Kirchen, was born Oct. 22, 1926, at San Francisco, Calif. She died June 12, 2005, at Houston. She moved to Licking, where she lived at the Licking Senior Citizens Housing as long as her health permitted. She was a resident of Licking Park Manor at the time of her death. Surviving are a brother, Edward Kirchen of Fremont, Calif.; and a sister, Mary Bachnich of San Francisco, Calif. A memorial mass will be at a later date in California. Local arrangements were under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. E.E. Posey Services are 10 o'clock Friday morning at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Edward E. Posey. Mr. Posey, 82, died Tuesday at his home at Houston. Burial will be Saturday in the Westlawn Memorial Park at Borger, Texas. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Marjorie Goodwin Arrangements under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime Wednesday for Marjorie Goodwin. Mrs. Goodwin, 83, died Tuesday at Willow Health Care at Willow Springs. Luther Kaighin Luther Thomas Kaighin, 94, son of John B. and Annie Castleman Kaighin, was born Jan. 12, 1911, at Yukon. He died June 10, 2005, at Longview, Wash. He married LaVeta McKinney Jan. 11, 1936, at Yukon. They had three children. Mr. Kaighin worked the family farm at Yukon for 20 years, helping raise his three siblings after the death of their parents. He taught his children about farming and had coon dogs for hunting. He was an avid hunter for deer, elk, raccoon, rabbits and upland birds. In 1955, he moved his family to Longview, Wash., where he worked for Washington Pulp and Paper until they closed and for Longview Sanitation Dept. until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, LeOtis; daughter, Marsha; sisters, Ruth Smith and Dorothy Kaighin; and brother, Donald Kaighin. Surviving are a daughter, Marlene Tinker of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Frank Kaighin of Longview, Wash.; three sisters, Helen Kaighin of West Plains, Mary Craig of Summersville and Edna Holder of Houston; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were June 20 at Canterbury Inn/Chateau of Longview, Wash. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center, Box 2067, Longview, Wash. 98632.

Don Brower Donald William Brower, 81, son of Vachel Bradford Brower and Maude Pearl Carver Brower, was born May 22, 1924, at Olden. He died June 14, 2005, at Willow Care Nursing Center at Willow Springs. He married Goldie Mae Stuart September 1943. They had two children. Mr. Brower was minister at the Christian church at Pomona for five years; Houston, 17 years; Pacific, 14 months; Sullivan, seven years; Hermann, 11 years; and Willow Springs, seven years after returning there to retire. He was preceded by his parents; one brother, Vernon Brower; one sister, Blanche Thompson; and one grandson. Surviving are his wife of 61 years; two children, Gary Don Brower of Willow Springs and Barbara Sue Hartgraves of Ozark; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were June 17 at the First Christian Church in Willow Springs with Bruce Elmore and Homer D. Stuart officiating under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Memorials may be made to Rock Garden Christian Service Camp. E.E. Posey Edward Erwin Posey, 82, son of Quintus and Katie Simmons Posey, was born Dec. 7, 1922, on a farm near Memphis, Texas. He died June 14, 2005, at his home at Houston. He was a World War II veteran and worked as a heavy haul rigger, driver and mechanic for J.A. Robinson and E.L. Beakley of Borger, Texas, until starting a welding business at Borger. He later moved to Cabool as partner and manager of Ozark Ranches for several years. He was a rancher near Houston until his retirement in 1996. Surviving are his wife, Eloise, of the home; four children, Gary Posey, Roland Posey and Sondra Bass of Amarillo, Texas, and John Tate of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Wanda Posey Phillips of Memphis, Texas; 10 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Services were June 17 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Maurice Allen officiating. Burial was June 18 at the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Borger Texas. Rita Jenkins Rita Lavonne Garrison Jenkins, 50, was born Dec. 21, 1954, at Licking. She died June 14, 2005, at her home at Summersville after a long illness. She married Roger Jenkins of Kansas City Dec. 22, 1978. Mrs. Jenkins became a nurses aide in 1985 and a med tech in 1988. She worked in nursing homes at Cassville, Kansas City and Marshall. Her last job was helping at the Veterans Home at St. James. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nadine Barnett, in 1975; her husband in 1985; and her brother, David Barnett in 1992. Surviving are her brothers, Ron Garrison of Clayton, Ala.; and Tony Garrison of Jefferson City; and special friends, LaDonna Hartman and Nedria Plowman. Memorial services were June 18 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Her body was donated to the Missouri State University medical department to help others learn more about her disease to someday find a cure. Marjorie Monnersmith Goodwin Marjorie Deane Goodwin, 83, daughter of Henry Williams and Myrtle Hicks Edwards, was born April 21, 1922, at Lebanon. She died June 14, 2005, at Willow Care Nursing Center at Willow Springs. She married Robert Monnersmith. They had two daughters. Mrs. Goodwin was an LPN and one of the first employees at Texas County Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1958. She later married Charlie Goodwin. They enjoyed country music and square dancing. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charley; one brother, Clifford "Sonny" Edwards; and two grandsons. Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Zumwalt of Holden and Patricia Freymuth of Troy; one sister, Helen Lopeman of Springfield; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services were June 18 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jackie Cooper officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Bob Wade Robert "Bob" Gary Wade, 69, son of Clem and Esther Fields Wade, was born Jan. 26, 1936, at Stoutland. He died June 15, 2005, at Cox South in Springfield after a long battle with cancer. He married Mary F. Hutchins June 20, 1959. They had three children. Mr. Wade grew up in Texas County, where he lived most of his life. He loved a long float trip, fishing for bass, coon hunting and trading coon dogs. He was a member of the Roby Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and three brothers.

Surviving are his wife of the home; one son, Gary Wade on Conway; two daughters, Teresa Weis of Success and Misty Wade of the home; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were June 18 at the Roby Baptist Church with the Rev. Brock Davis officiating. Burial was in the Palace Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Charles Hill Services are 10 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel for Charles Hill of Licking. Burial will be in the Van Cleve Cemetery. Mr. Hill, 78, died Sunday at his home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Care. Austa Beasley Austa Pauline Beasley, 87, daughter of Wilson and Avis Wright Scott, was born Nov. 24, 1917. She died June 20, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center. She grew up in the Oscar and Big Creek communities, where she attended school. She married Radius Beasley in 1935. They had three children. The Beasleys attended church at Wildwood. Mrs. Beasley was a homemaker and enjoyed overnight fishing trips with her family. She loved handing out candy to her grand- and great-grandchildren at Halloween and going to yard sales. After becoming a resident at Houston House, she enjoyed playing bingo, watching comedies on TV and visiting with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, John Wilson Beasley; two sisters, Pearl Garrison and Goldie Bullock; five brothers, Dave Scott, Carl Scott, William Scott, Gregory Scott and Herman Scott; and her parents. Surviving are two daughters, Vera Lorraine Derrick of Raymondville and Melba Arlene Beasley of Houston; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons. Graveside services were June 22 at the Mahan Cemetery at Raymondville with the Rev. Cordie Wimberley officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Charles Hill Charles L. Hill, 78, son of C.W. and Bertha Emmons Hill, was born Feb. 7, 1927, near Licking. He died June 19, 2005, at his home at Licking. Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Army during World War II from June 23, 1945, to Dec. 10, 1946. He served with the 57th Field Hospital and was stationed in Germany. He received the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal in Germany. He married Ethel Stark Nov. 18, 1948. They had two children. Mr. Hill enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his son, Dennis. He was a painter with the Civil Service at Fort Leonard Wood, retiring after 35 years. He was preceded in death by five brothers, one sister and his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home; son, Dennis of Selma, Ala.; daughter, Jill Hill Smith of Morrrilton, Ark.; one brother, Glenn Hill of Fairfield, Iowa; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services were June 23 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Van Cleve Cemetery at Licking. Pat Mann Priscilla J. "Pat" Mann, 68, was born Aug. 31, 1936, at Peoria, Ill. She died June 21, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She married Ralph Mann in 2001. Mrs. Mann was a resident of the Cabool community for the last 25 years. She was a retired LPN. She was a member of the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) of Houston and attended when her health permitted. She was preceded in death by her previous husband, Ben Walker; and a grandson. Surviving are her husband, Ralph Mann of Cabool; daughters, Joyce Hull and Lynnette Montgomery; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were June 25 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel in Cabool with David Keeney officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or any health-related organization. Blanche Conley Katie Blanche Conley, 86, daughter of William and Mary E. Lampkins Martin, was born March 7, 1919, at Freemont. She died June 28, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center. She married Bill Conley. They had four children. Mrs. Conley loved the outdoors, especially working in her garden. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Billy Joe; two brothers, Charles and Carl Martin; six sisters,

Sara Honea, Madge McBay, Pearl Martin, Coye Russel, Minnie Martin and Betty Fagan; one grandchild and one greatgrandchild. Surviving are two sons, Jimmie Conley of Yukon and Charles Conley of Eureka; one brother, Harold Martin of Houston; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Services are 10 o'clock Friday morning at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Allen Cemetery. Barbara McConnaughhay Barbara Ann McConnaughhay, 60, daughter of John and Opal Stewart Clover, was born July 27, 1944, at Raymondville. She died June 7, 2005, at her home following a lengthy illness. She grew up in the Raymondville area and attended school at Split Limb. She graduated from Licking High School She married Jerry McConnaughhay March 16, 1963. They made their home at Belton and had four children. Mrs. McConnaughhay gave her heart to the Lord at an early age and took an active part in the church. She loved working with the youth group and witnessing for the Lord. She was a medical records clerk for College Park Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her father; three brothers, Jerry, Donald and Jim; and one sister, Ruby Hill. Surviving are her husband; four children, Cassie Hader and Kimmie Barrett of Belton, Darren of Lee's Summit and Danny of Overland Park, Kan.; one brother, Johnny Clover of Springfield; three sisters, Jane Hill of Licking, Louise McColgin of Raymondville and Joan Ring of Belton; and five grandchildren. Services were June 9 at Belton Assembly of God. Graveside services were June 10 at Friendship Cemetery at Raymondville under the direction of Cullen Funeral Home. Paula Rector Paula Deene Rector, 51, daughter of Kenneth and Betty Baraunellar Campbell, was born July 12, 1953, at Walbash, Ind. She died June 29, 2005, at her home after a battle with lung cancer. She was a member of the Licking Church of Christ. She married Christopher Rector Aug. 3, 2000. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Doyle "Bus" Lee; her parents; one son, Donald Rector II; daughter, Kathy; and two grandsons. Surviving are her husband, Chris; her children, Erica Grace Billington of Indiana, Kenneth Dean Lee, Terresa Dawn Wilson and Danielle Mary Lee of Licking; her brothers and sisters, Michael Campbell, Sara Campbell and Kelli Campbell of Indiana and Cecil Campbell and Jack Campbell of Ohio; and numerous grandchildren. Services were July 2 at the Licking Church of Christ with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. James Chambers James P. Chambers, 47, of Licking, son of Harry Chambers and Lorene Mansfield Dixon, died July 3, 2005 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Memorial services will be held at a later date under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. James Chambers James Paul Chambers, 47, son of Harry Chambers and Lorene Mansfield Dixon, was born June 29, 1958, at Waynesville. He died July 3, 2005. He was a Sunday school teacher and member of Our Father's House at Licking. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Lorene and Ray Dixon of Licking; his father of Columbia; two sisters, Udena Bates of Licking and Beth Neth of Batesville, Miss.; two brothers, Lonnie Chambers of Winona and Clinton Chambers of West Plains; and a friend who was like a brother, Charlie Crews of Licking. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Richard Haaland officiating. Burial will be in the Hutchason Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Father's House. Ivan Shelton Ivan Shelton, 80, was born Oct. 5, 1924. He died July 5, 2005, at his home in Texas County. He married Edith Moore Oct. 4, 1947. Mr. Shelton served his country in World War II. He was preceded in death by seven sisters and an infant brother. Surviving are his wife; one stepdaughter, Mary Trejo of El Paso, Texas; one son, Neil Shelton of Willow Springs; one sister, Beulah Deyo of St. Paul, Min.; one brother, Delbert Shelton of Castle Rock, Wash.; four grandchildren, one stepgrandson and two great-granddaughters,. Graveside services were July 7 at the Cabool Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Norris officiating under the direction of ElliottGentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

Lonnie McKinley Lonnie Warren McKinley, 62, son of Andrew Virgil and Bernadine McKinley, was born Sept. 9, 1942. He died July 7, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara McKinley. Surviving are three sons, Brian McKinley of St. Louis, Kelly McKinley of Arkansas and Terry Amburn of St. Louis; one brother, Fred McKinley of Ozark; and two sisters, Pat Renfro of Warsaw and Betty McKinley of the home. Services were July 9 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Masonic and military rites. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery. Christel Bell Christel W. Bell, 80, daughter of Harry and Christel Campbell, was born April 1, 1925, at Bucyrus, Ohio. She died July 7, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She grew up in Ohio and married George H. Bell Sept. 27, 1947. They had two children and spent many years in Florida. They moved to Bucyrus in 1987. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters and one granddaughter. Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Chesebrough of Bucyrus; one son, George of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held at a later date under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. Faye Kirkpatrick Eula Faye James Kirkpatrick, 79, the oldest of three children of Hurley Oscar and Altha Della Routh James, was born June 25, 1926, at Plato. She died July 10, 2005, at her home at Houston. As a young woman, she played the guitar and sang with her family at church and family gatherings. She married Ernest McWilliams. They had one daughter and lived in a farm house, where she cooked on a wood stove. Her greatest joy was caring for her grandchildren, while their mother worked, until they became school age. She loved fishing and taking her grandchildren for picnics and exploring along Big Creek, baby-sitting for Alyssa and Elizabeth Hayes, spending time with her extended family and caring for her flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert James. Surviving are her daughter, Loetta Sutton of Houston; a sister, Edith Atkinson of Marshfield; and two grandchildren. Memorial services were July 13 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care. Robert Link Services under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Assembly of God in Licking for Robert T. Link. Mr. Link, 74, of Licking, died Sunday in Springfield. William L. Altman William L. Altman, 59, son of Manual Altman and Helen Vestal Martin, was born July 26, 1945, at Los Angeles, Calif. He died July 12, 2005, at his home in Houston. A former driver for the Salvation Army, he worked at the Opportunity Sheltered Industries workshop in Houston. Surviving are one son, Billy Altman of Houston; two brothers, Elwin O. Altman of Houston and Lawrence Altman of St. Louis; and a sister, Josephine Troncale of California. The body was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. No services are planned. Bob Link Robert Thomas "Bob" Link, 74, son of William and Phebe Tilton Link, was born June 26, 1931, at Bryce. He died July 10, 2005, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield after a short illness. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, stationed at Johnston Atoll in the South Pacific. He married Marilyn Stevens Dec. 19, 1953, at Ottumwa, Iowa, soon after his discharge from the Air Force. They settled at Licking. Mr. Link worked for many years at Fort Leonard Wood for Van Der Ahe Van Lines, the Civil Service and Harbert-Yeargin. Most of that time was working as a transportation claims officer and post engineer dispatcher. He retired June 29, 1997. He was a member of the Assembly of God at Licking, served as a little league coach and leader of the Royal Rangers. He followed college sports closely and in later years loved camping and fishing with his grandson, Dylan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife; son, Chris Link of Licking; one brother, Bill Link of Licking; one sister, June Edwards of Licking; and one grandson. Services were July 14 at the Assembly of God at Licking with Anzel Shoults officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking.

Hazel Boyce Hazel Faye Boyce, 86, daughter of Ralph and Della Watson Stark, was born Sept. 18, 1918, in the Shady Grove community near Cabool. She died July 12, 2005, at James River Care Center in Springfield. She attended school at Pleasant Grove and graduated from Cabool High School in 1938. She married Lloyd Boyce Oct. 26, 1942. They had six children. Mrs. Boyce was a life-long member of the First United Methodist in Cabool, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was a member of the Women's Guild and was a avid quilter. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Herschel, Melvin and Hubert "Pat" Stark; sisters, Ella Mae Byrd and Pauline Rader. Surviving are her children, Larry Boyce of St. Louis, Jan Wise and Brad Boyce of Springfield, Leon Boyce of Pacific, Rick Boyce of Nixa and Brenda Priester of High Ridge; one sister, Mable Peachee of Cabool; 12 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Services were July 16 at the First United Methodist Church of Cabool with the Rev. Art Ellsworth, the Rev. Bob Moger and the Rev. Pat Singleton officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Wilma Roggenbuck Wilma Mae Roggenbuck, 79, daughter of Fount and Dollie Dunham Carney, was born Nov. 11, 1925, in St. Louis. She died July 13, 2005, at her home at Licking. She married John Roggenbuck Oct. 13, 1960. Mrs. Roggenbuck worked for Civil Service for 25 years and was a member of the Licking Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband Sept. 27, 1981; and by one brother, Dale. Surviving are her sons, Don Palliou of Kiln, Miss., and Michael Roggenbuck of Licking; daughter, Dorothy Puma of St. Augustine, Fla.; one brother, Don Carney of Rolla; sister, Ada Rhea of Portland, Ore.; one grandson, two stepgrandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Memorial services were July 15 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Anutt Cemetery. Eugene Young C. Eugene Young, 52, son of Lawrence Hizer Young and Ersell Lida Bridges Young, was born Dec. 11, 1952, at Martinez, Calif. He died July 15, 2005, at his home at Hartshorn. He married Reta Louise Volner April 3, 1971, at Summersville. During their 34-year marriage, they had eight children. Mr. Young served with the Army during the Vietnam Era, serving in Germany from 1972 to 1974. He worked for Craig Charcoal Industries for many years as a mechanic. He was a hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors, especially with his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother; son, Jeremy; two brothers, Hershell and Churchell; and two sisters, Almeta and Roberta. Surviving are his wife of the home at Hartshorn; his children, L.H. Young of Birch Tree, Gena Stark of Summersville, Jessie Young of Rolla, Hubie Young of Mountain View, Crystal Young, Heather Young and Dustin Young of the home at Hartshorn; his father of Summersville; three brothers, Delbert King of Shelton, Wash., Larry Young of Winona and Glen Young of Summersville; sisters, Ruthie James of Houston, Juanita Elfine of Summersville, Wanda German of Hartshorn and Alta James of Licking; and seven grandchildren. Services were July 18 at the Assembly of God at Summersville with the Rev. Ben Lankford officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home. Burley McAlister Burley McAlister, 83, son of Jim Andrew and Maggie Brown McAlister, was born July 5, 1922, at Athens, Tenn. He died July 16, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center in Houston. He joined the U.S. Navy March 7, 1944. He was a machinist on the U.S.S. Indiana and the U.S.S. Kennebago during World War II. He received the American Area Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was discharged April 26, 1946. He married Hazel Hazelett Sept. 9, 1985. They were married 17 years before her death Dec. 18, 2002. Mr. McAlister raised rabbits and chickens; restored old tools, many of which he found at flea markets and yard sales and trading things he had acquired. He enjoyed living at Houston House. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers. Surviving are his son, James McAlister of Graham, Texas; daughter, Laberta Hart of Rockford, Mich.; one sister, Jean McAlister of Alabama; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were July 18 at the Ozark Cemetery with Virgil Scheets officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Marshall Carter Jr. Marshall Carter Jr., 73, son of Oscar and Leah Snyder Carter, was born Sept. 13, 1931, at Upton. He died July 18, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He married Betty Ellen McKee July 19, 1952. They had four children. Mr. Carter served a tour of duty with the Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. After 35 years, he retired as cook supervisor at the General Leonard Wood Army Hospital. Mr. Carter was a member of Success Baptist Church and was known in the community for his generous spirit and willingness to help those in need. He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding with the Twin Rivers Trail Riders, watching the Houston sports programs and spending time with his family. He was recently recognized as the Lady softball Tigers' biggest fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers, Harvey, Wesley, Wilford and Kenneth; one sister, Lorene; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Connie Parks of Oak Grove, Lonnie Carter of Nixa, Johnny Carter of Douglasville, Ga., and Julia Pounds of Houston; two sisters, Ruby Ramsey and Hazel Postlewait of Bucyrus; one brother, Vearn Carter of Bucyrus; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at the Success Baptist Church with burial in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Evans chapel. Leroy Vaughn Sr. Leroy Hayden Vaughn Sr., 29, son of Leroy A. Vaughn and Virginia Chilton Vaughn, was born Oct. 14, 1975, at Houston. He died July 17, 2005, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home at Winfield. He was a telecommunications installer for TSI. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leroy A. Vaughn Sr. and Charlie Hayden Chilton. Surviving are his children, Leroy Hayden Vaughn Jr., Savannah Monroe Vaughn and Leighton Patrick Vaughn; his parents; two sisters, Sherry L. Smith and Pam K. Brandt; and two grandmothers, Sadie Dodson and Laura Vaughn. Services were July 20 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Tom Ledgerwood officiating. Burial was in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Laura Malone Laura Jane Stapp Malone, 86, daughter of Charles M. Stapp and Artie Mae Swearingin Stapp, was born July 13, 1919, at Fordland. She died July 18, 2005, at Mountain View. She married Earnest Malone Nov. 2, 1943, at Springfield. They had four daughters. Mrs. Malone was baptized at the Church of God of Prophecy in 1952. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; four brothers, Melvin, Lewis, Archie and Ellis Stapp; and four sisters, Gracie Hilsabeck, Bonnie Sellars, Opal Sharp and Marie Stapp. Surviving are her daughters, Donna Kay Beasley of Steelville, Saundra Jean Cooley of Summersville, Patricia Ann Powell of Birch Tree and Betty Jane Hodge of Boise, Idaho; three sisters, Lois Greeno of Springfield, Kay Sellars of Tennessee and Della Neal of Farmington; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Services were July 22 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Randy Winemiller officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Louis Brinegar Louis Brinegar, 78, was born Aug. 7, 1926, at Sparta, N.C. He died July 19, 2005, at his home at Delray Beach, Fla. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at a young age and served during World War II. He obtained the rank of master sergeant with the 5th Engineer Battalion (combat). He was discharged after 20 years service and received the Good Conduct Medal with four Bronze Loops, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal with the German Clasp and the National Defense Service Medal. While serving in the military, he met Friedel Kellner of Schwetzingen, Germany. They were married in 1954. After his retirement from the military service in 1966, he had a career with the Civil Service at Fort Leonard Wood. The Brinegars lived at Houston, where they raised their family. After Mr. Brinegar's retirement in 1982, he continued to volunteer at the General Leonard Wood Army Hospital. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. In 2000, the Brinegars relocated to Delray Beach, Fla. Surviving are his wife; son, Allen Brinegar; two daughters, Dorothy Taylor and Iris Widiger; five grandchildren; six of eight sisters and two of three brothers. Memorial services were July 24 at the Kraeer Funeral Home at Boca Raton, Fla., with burial at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407 or the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 200 Stovall St. Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, Va. 22332-0600.

Teddie Jordan Teddie Lynn Jordan, 36, son of Wanda Sue Noles Wisdom, was born Dec. 19, 1968, at Rolla. He died July 22, 2005, near Eminence from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He attended school at Bunker and lived in the Summersville/ Eminence area for the last 2.5 years. He was a log cutter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey Jordan. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Wanda Sue and Rondall Wisdom of Bunker; his brothers, Eddie Jordan of Summersville and Bryan Wisdom of Salem; sister, Wendy Santhuff of Centerville; and his grandparents, Edgar Noles of Bunker and Louise Noles of Lebanon. Services were July 26 at the Crossville Church at Bunker with the Rev. Clay Harper officiating. Burial was in the Crossville Cemetery at Bunker under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Jeanette Hutsell Jeanette R. Hutsell, 75, daughter of William and Althea Hamrick Wade, was born July 25, 1929, at Slabtown near Licking. She died July 22, 2005, at Elfindale Manor in Springfield. She attended Licking High School and earned her bachelor's degree in home economics and physical education in 1951 from Southwest Missouri State University. She earned her master's degree in 1965 from Drury University with a specialist degree in counseling. While a student at SMSU, she served as drum majorette, where she met her future husband, Harlin Hutsell, a member of the football Bears. They were married March 5, 1948, and had two children while living at Houston. Mrs. Hutsell began her teaching career as a physical education teacher at Houston High School. The family moved to Springfield in 1954 and she taught at Pipkin Junior High and Pershing Junior High. She transferred to Jarrett Junior High as a counselor, where she remained until her retirement. The Hutsells owned and operated a farm in Wright County near Mountain Grove, where they raised Limousin cattle. Mrs. Hutsell was a member of K05, Honorary Home Economics Fraternity, Springfield Area Retired Teachers Association and Camelot Art Group. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for 57 years, where she participated in the adult choir for 56 years. She also worked with the youth. She enjoyed raising vegetables, doing crafts, collecting antiques, going fishing, quilting and tending her flowers and taking them to those sick in the hospital. While on a trip to Europe, she visited the gravesite of her brother, Evan, in France. He died serving his country during World War II. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Kyle. Surviving are her daughter, Rhonda Gibson; two brothers, Elvin Wade and Floyd "Buck" Wade of Houston; one sister, Mildred Altman; and four grandchildren. Services were July 25 at the First Baptist Church in Springfield. Burial was in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Greenlawn South. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 525 South St., Springfield, Mo. 65806. Justin "Possum" Wilson Justin "Possum" Lee Wilson, 33, son of Jay and Donna Copeland Wilson, was born April 12, 1972, at Rolla. He died July 22, 2005. He grew up in the Houston area. He began milking cows while in high school and continued after graduating from HHS in 1991. He married Alexandra Johnson July 12, 1997. They had two children. When he wasn't milking, he enjoyed fishing and watching videos of the National Finals Rodeos. He attended the Church of Christ in Houston and was baptized Sept. 4, 1985. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil Copeland and Vernetta and Bill Wilson. Surviving are his wife and two children, Micheal and Christa of the home at Raymondville; his parents of Houston; six brothers and sisters, Jayson of Houston, Jeremy of Columbia, Jodie of Springfield and Billy Jay, Janet and Janice of Hanford, Calif.; and his grandmother, Helen Copeland of St. James. Services were July 26 at the Houston Church of Christ with Allen Bailey officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established in his name at First National Bank in Houston. Floyd Branson Floyd Edsel Branson, 79, son of Henry and Avon Hebblethwaite Branson, was born July 4, 1926, at Raymondville. He died July 23, 2005, at Charleviox Nursing Home at St. Charles. Mr. Branson was a retired truck driver and member of Teamsters Local #600. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 40 years, Mabel Branson. Surviving are a son, Floyd Branson of Barnett; two daughters, Kathy Pitti of St. Peters and Lora Marler of Lonedell; one brother, Kenneth Branson of Texas; four sisters, Carol Davis of Oklahoma, Linda Armour of Arkansas, JoAnne Spallinger of Shell Knob and Donna McDaniel of Bonne Terre; and five grandchildren.

Services were July 27 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery near Raymondville. Joe Gann Joseph David Gann, 78, son of William H. and Ennid Bennie York Gann, was born Feb. 27, 1927, at Bloodland. He died July 29, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He married Emogene Richison Feb. 14, 1949. They had nine children: Janice, David, Sharon, Darrell, Connie, Billy, Ronnie, Lawrence and Marty. Mr. Gann spent many years in Washington working in the fruit orchards. He took pride in his ability to graft four or five different kinds of fruit into one tree. He was also an avid gardener, sharing his fruits and vegetables with neighbors and friends. He later married Nelda Gale. They had five children, Shirley, Jay, Freddie, William and Travis. Joe and Nelda enjoyed working in the timber and cut firewood for families in the area. He received Jesus into his heart in September 2001. He and Nelda were baptized in the Big Piney River by Anzel Shoults. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Leo; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Nelda of the home; his children, Janice Robbins of Raymondville, David Gann, Sharon Brooks, Darrell Gann, Connie Fischer and Billy Gann of the state of Washington, Ronnie Gann of Springfield, Lawrence and Marty Gann of Lebanon, Shirley Hock of Belleview, Ill., Jay of Farmington and Freddie, William and Travis of the home; one brother, Gene Gann; two sisters, Susie Green and Ann Buckner of Licking; a half brother, Roy York of Crocker; 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 2 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Delores Rauscher officiating. Burial was in the Craddock Cemetery. Debra Raper Debra Leigh McElroy Raper, 42, daughter of Jack and Bonnie Harmon McElroy, was born March 22, 1963, at Green Bay, Wis. She died July 29, 2005, at her home after a fight with cancer. She graduated in 1981 from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan., and earned her bachelor's degree in management systems in 1999 from the University of Missouri-Rolla. She was initially employed by the university as a web developer and later as an applications development manager. She married Stephen A. Raper Nov. 22, 2002. She was a member of the Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George E. Harmon, Carrie E. Harmon Bennett, Richard Lacey McElroy and Lena Pearl McElroy. Surviving are her husband of the home in Rolla; two daughters, Hannah Isabel Raper and Lacey Elizabeth Raper; a stepdaughter, Shelby Marie Raper; parents of Houston; and sister, Pamela Ann McElroy. Services were Aug. 1 at the Salem Avenue Baptist Church with a brief graveside service at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Houston under the direction of Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. James Obermark James Henry Obermark, 61, son of William and Bytha Richards Obermark, was born Jan. 8, 1944, at Spring Creek. He died July 31, 2005, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Sullins. Surviving are his wife, Frieda, of the home; stepdaughter, Angela Whitley of St. James; sisters, Louella Gonzalez of West Colvina, Calif., Lori Barowski of Ogden, Utah, Judy Lane of Duke, Rosemary Mitchell of Springfield, Linda Lane of Flatt and Lorene Sullins of Licking; brothers, Billy Obermark of Nebo and Randy Obermark and Lewis Obermark of Licking; and four step-grandchildren. Services are 2 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Charles Curran officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Blanche Huff Blanche Emaline Kinserlow Huff, 75, a Licking homemaker, died Aug. 1, 2005, at her home. Surviving are three daughters, Janet Bonham of Licking, Betty Walker of Houston and Lily Bryant of Idabel, Okla.; a niece and nephew she raised from early childhood, Ellen Duncan of Texas and Bub Huff of Licking; two sisters, Leta Tucker of Kansas City, Kan., and Shirley Wood of Kansas City; and nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 3 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery at Houston under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Kenneth A. Shafer Kenneth A. Shafer, 88, the youngest of three children of Winsted Casterline Shafer and Clara Mae Coleman Shafer, was born Sept. 24, 1916, at Norwich, Kan. He died July 26, 2005, at Mountain View Health Care.

He married Mabel O. Light in April 1934 at Summersville. Mr. Shafer was a farmer most of his life. He had dairy cows and raised hay and other crops. After the death of his wife in 1982, he retired. Along with family farming, he drove a dump truck for highway construction with his sons for many years. He married Opal House Nov. 8, 1984. She died April 10, 1990. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earnie in 1958 and Bernie in 1963; three stepsons, Jerome, Wayne and Bill House; a step-granddaughter and a step great-grandchild. Surviving are two sons, Edward Shafer and Harold Shafer of Summersville; a stepson, Don House of Summersville; four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. Graveside services were July 29 at the Riley Cemetery with Paul Hamm officiating under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Blanche Huff Blanche Emaline Kinserlow Huff, 75, daughter of Bert and Cora Bracket Kinserlow, was born Feb. 1, 1930, at Raymondville. She died Aug. 1, 2005, at her home in Licking. As a young girl, her family moved to Houston, where she grew up and attended school. She married Thomas Edward Huff March 5, 1947. They had three daughters. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband June 21, 1987; two brothers, Ray and Gurnell Kinserlow; and two sisters, infant Bessie Kinserlow and Nellie Kinserlow Huff. Surviving are her three daughters, Janet Bonham of Licking, Betty Walker of Houston and Lily Bryant of Idabel, Okla.; a niece and nephew she raised, Ellen Duncan of Texas and Bub Huff of Licking; two sisters, Leta Tucker of Kansas City, Kan., and Shirley Wood of Kansas City; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 3 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with Steven Neal officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Dorothy Wiseman Dorothy Opal Wiseman, 93, daughter of Silas and Lula Gilbreth Anderson, was born March 19, 1912, at Cookville. She died Aug. 2, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston after a long illness. She married Thomas Otto Wiseman Jan. 22, 1930. They had nine children. Mrs. Wiseman gave her heart to God at an early age and attended church until her health failed. She loved cooking, keeping her home open for family and friends, going to Roby Lake and having picnics. Mrs. Wiseman was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, two infants and Roy Wiseman; one daughter, Laverta Fitch; her parents; three brothers, Norman, Sam and Otis Anderson; three sisters, Zona, Dee and Oma; and a half brother, Bill Anderson. Surviving are two daughters, Christy Johnson and Carol Sullins of Success; three sons, Jerry and Doyle Wiseman of Success and Bill Wiseman of Bucyrus; five half sisters, Juanita Colliers, Isabelle Atterberry, Lillian Rolston, Peggy Bowling and Judy Ruble; two half brothers, Gene and Edd Anderson; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, six great-greatgrandchildren and five foster grandchildren. Services were Aug. 5 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ted Moore and the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Long Hollow Cemetery near Evening Shade. Margaret Whetstine Margaret Elizabeth Unger Whetstine, 94, daughter of John and Lulu Martin Unger, was born Jan. 19, 1911, in Texas County. She died Aug. 2, 2005, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She grew up in Texas County, moving several times as her father ran a saw mill and threshed grain in the summer. She graduated from the Cabool Schools and attended college in Springfield, where she majored in piano. After a six-week courtship, she married Everett M. Whetstine in 1933. They had two sons and added three daughters. The family lived in the Shady Grove (Black Jack) community on a dairy farm, and the Whetstines were owners of Whetstine Oil Co. in Cabool until 1957. Mrs. Whetstine was saved and baptized at a young age. She taught many Sunday school classes and her ministry included the Women's Missionary Union, camps, Bible school and personal visits. She always carried a small black New Testament in her purse. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Cabool. Her love of music included playing for many singing groups and church. She sang alto and loved to harmonize. Mrs. Whetstine was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Nadine Hyde; and brother, Walter Unger. Surviving are two sons, Joe and Tim Whetstine of Cabool; two daughters, Maxine Foster of Springfield and Roberta Still of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Grace Gabriel of Blooming Prairie, Minn., and Dorothy Adkins of Springfield; 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Dick Wakefield and the Rev. Bill Chambers officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

Albert Thomas Lee Albert Thomas Lee, 80, son of James and Birdie Rush Lee, was born Nov. 20, 1924, at Plato. He died Aug. 3, 2005, at Golden Age Nursing Home at Braymer. He married Elizabeth Arndt Lee Dec. 24, 1951, at Bendavis. Mr. Lee was a member of the Braymer Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Surviving are his wife of the home at Braymer; one son, Lanny Lee of Excelsior Springs; two daughters, Pam Howe of Braymer and Alta Lee of Kansas City; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Graveside services were Aug. 6 at the Evergreen Cemetery at Braymer under the direction of Pitts Funeral Home of Braymer. Rob Terrill Robert Lee Terrill, 77, son of Earnest and Ellen Terrill, was born Oct. 2, 1927. He died Aug. 6, 2005, at his home at Summersville after a short illness. Mr. Terrill served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He married Nova Jean Dixon in July 1953. Mr. Terrill worked at Chrysler for a short time before returning to Summersville, where he worked in the timber until retiring. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Gene, Roy, Emil and Sonny; and two sisters, Ruby and Beulah. Surviving are his four children, Monty, Curt, Kay White and Karen; two brothers, Meril and Norman; a sister, Vergie Hodge; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 9 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Atchison officiating. Burial was in the Summersville City Cemetery. Ruby Senter Ruby Mae Miller Senter, 81, was born March 20, 1924, at Bartlesville, Okla. She died Aug. 7, 2005, at Cabool. She had been a resident of the Kabul Nursing Home for the past few months. She was raised by Dolly and Clarence Miller in Oklahoma City. She spent much of her teen years in the home of Mable Gilchrist, who had a positive influence on her life. After moving to the Montauk area, she graduated from Licking High School in 1943. After graduation, she went to St. Louis to work for the Sunnen Co., where she met Ray Senter. They were married Jan. 23, 1942, and had four children. When her husband joined the U.S. Navy, the Senters moved to Port Townsend, Wash. After his discharge, they moved to the Montauk area in Dent County and operated a dairy farm. Mrs. Senter also drove a school bus for a few years. In 1960, they moved to Licking, and she and the children operated Senter's Country Store while Mr. Senter worked in construction and later at Fort Leonard Wood. In the early 1970s, Mrs. Senter and Fairy Stone owned and operated a floral shop in Licking. After Mr. Senter's retirement, the couple spent their time selling their ceramics and enjoying bluegrass music. They later sold their home at Licking and moved to the Landmark Villa at Cabool. She was preceded in death by her husband. Surviving are four children, Carol Murphy of Springfield, Bill Senter of Plato, Tom Senter of Hartville and Bob Senter of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; one brother, Billy Crawford of California; one sister, Darlene Doty of Des Moines, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 10 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking with Larry Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. R.V. Ellis Sr. Services are 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking for R.V. Mitchell Ellis Sr. of Licking. Mr. Ellis, 85, died Monday at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Fox chapel. Hazel Ellis Services are 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking for Hazel Ellis of Licking. Mrs. Ellis, 73, died Tuesday at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Fox chapel. Goldie King Goldie Eula Holland King, 85, daughter of Thomas and Belle Cole Holland, was born May 22, 1920, at Montauk. She died Aug. 8, 2005, at Salem Memorial District Hospital at Salem. She married Lenza M. King Dec. 22, 1939. They had one daughter. Mrs. King owned Sew It Seams in Licking. She was a seamstress as well as making alterations. She attended the

Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking. She was preceded in death by her husband Nov. 20, 2004; and her siblings, Otto Holland, Eldon Holland and Velma Cadle. Surviving are her daughter, Darlene Reeder of Licking; two sisters, Beulah Floyd and Cledith Hubbs; two grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 11 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Patterson Cemetery was under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. R.V. Ellis Sr. Hazel A. Ellis R.V. Mitchell Ellis Sr., 85, son of Calvin William Ellis Sr. and Minnie Leak Rhyme Ellis, was born Oct. 10, 1919, at Hughes, Ark. He died Aug. 8, 2005, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Hazel Ellis, 73, daughter of John William and Letha May James Stain was born June 20, 1932, at Bigelow, Ark. She died Aug. 9, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. The couple was married Oct. 28, 1950. They lived at Licking and owned and operated Ellis Grocery Store for several years. They later moved to Lovington, N.M., where they lived for more than 30 years before returning to Licking. They were preceded in death by a son, Kenneth W. Ellis; and a great-granddaughter. Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by a brother, O.B. Pierce. Surviving are their children, Dewayne R.V. Ellis of St. James, Brenda Goosey of McAllen, Texas, R.V. Mitchell "Mickey" Ellis Jr. of Texarkana, Texas, Vanessa Ellis of Licking and Trudy Copeland of Springfield; 13 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren. Services were Aug. 14 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Allie Rains officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. Evelyn Covert Evelyn Louise Covert, 79, daughter of Fern Commodore and Esther Crossland Scheets, was born Dec. 11, 1925, at Tyrone. She died Aug. 9, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center following a long illness. Mrs. Covert worked for more than 25 years for the Department of the Army at Fort Leonard Wood. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior as a young girl and enjoyed attending church, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Albert William Snyder; four brothers, Elmer Dee Scheets and Melvin Scheets and infant twin brothers; one sister, Betty Lou Scheets; an infant son, David Leon Snyder; and an infant grandson. Surviving are her husband, Herbert "Pete" Covert of Plato; four sons, Albert Snyder and Kirby Snyder of Plato, Gerald Snyder of Bucyrus and James Snyder of Jefferson City; two daughters, Burma Barton of Raymondville and Karen Leighty of Cabool; a stepson, Tony Covert of Nebo; two stepdaughters of New York; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 13 at the Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Grove with the Rev. Ronald Turner officiating. Burial was in the Old Union Cemetery. Fred Alers Frederick William Alers, 56, son of Floyd W. Alers and Eva S. Bonham, was born Nov. 23, 1948. He died Aug. 9, 2005. He was a truck driver and later a mechanic. Surviving are his parents of Licking; wife of more than 37 years, Bonnie Ann; daughter, Debbie Lou Yates; sister, Vicky Anderson of Auxvasse; two brothers, Russell W. Alers and John P. Alers of Connor, Texas; and three grandsons. Memorial services are 7 o'clock tonight (Thursday) at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking. Russell Brackett Russell Max Brackett, 75, son of Russell and Snoda Lea McKinney Brackett, was born Nov. 16, 1929, at Raymondville. He died Aug. 10, 2005, at his home at Traer, Iowa, from complications of leukemia. He married Ann Lea Flowers Jan. 14, 1950, at Houston. Mr. Brackett worked at Rath Packing until it closed. He worked for Heetland Electric for eight years, retiring in 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of the home at Traer; three daughters, Ann Elizabeth Wilson of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Barbara Dolash of Tama, Iowa, and Ruth Brackett of Fairbank, Iowa; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The body was cremated under the direction of Overton Funeral Home of Traer, Iowa. Burial will be Sept. 3 at the Ozark Cemetery near Houston. Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice. Francis L. Mayfield Francis Ladean Mayfield, 71, son of Clarence and Irene Mayfield, was born Oct. 10, 1933, at Weiner, Ark. He died Aug. 12, 2005, at his home in Houston. He attended school at Weiner, Ark., and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He worked and retired from the City of Austin, Texas. After his retirement, he moved to Missouri to be near his son. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his son, Roger Mayfield of Houston; one brother, Ernest of Chelsea, Okla.; two sisters, Katherine of Weiner, Ark., and Lillie of Stuttgrat, Ark.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 14 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking. Melissa Chapman Melissa Chapman, 41, daughter of Douglas and Shirley Ann Charping Shaw, was born Sept. 21, 1963, at Homer, La. She died Aug. 13, 2005, at her home at Cabot, Ark. Mrs. Chapman was a former resident of West Monroe, La. She lived in Houston for a time. She was an agency field consultant for State Farm Insurance, working for the company 25 years. She was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church near Houston. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Luther Thomas Shaw, Violet Annis Daw and Roy and Mary Ruth Charping. Surviving are her husband, David, of the home; two daughters, Sarah Jones of Farmerville, La., and Katie Chapman of the home; two stepdaughters, Erica Wheelis of Eros, La., and Anna Chapman of Shreveport, La.; her parents of Batesville, Ark.; two sisters, Renee Martin of Batesville, Ark., and Sharon Redding of West Monroe, La.; and one grandson. Services were Aug. 17 at the Qualls Batesville Funeral Home Service Chapel with Alan Brown officiating. Burial was in the Barnes Cemetery near Bethesda, Ark. Gene Williamson Earl Gene Williamson, 77, son of Edward and Gladys Williamson, was born July 26, 1928, at Dykes. He died Aug. 14, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center after complications of surgery. He graduated from Houston High School in 1945 and entered the U.S. Navy. After his military discharge, he traveled throughout the Midwest and settled in Waterloo, Iowa. He began working at the Rath Packing Co. in May 1948. He retired when the company closed in 1985. He married Berdella Ohlendorf of northern Iowa in 1949 at Salem, Ark. They returned to Texas County in the late '80s, after his retirement, and built a house from lumber cut from their land. Mr. Williamson loved to travel and enjoyed the outdoors. During his lifetime, he visited most of the United States and several Canadian territories. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister. Surviving are his wife of the home at Bucyrus; six children, Edith Tomkins of Waterloo, Iowa, Beverly Wait of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Donald Williamson of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Dr. Larry Williamson of Walker, W.Va., Connie Spicher of Marshfield and John Williamson of North Pole, Alaska; four brothers, Wilbur "Pete" Williamson and Carmel Williamson of Houston, Ivan Roy Williamson of Bucyrus and Allen Gayle Williamson of Burke, Va.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Houston Elementary Library for the purchase of new books. Gene Ashworth Ben E. "Gene" Ashworth, 76, son of Marion "Doc" and Ida Townley Ashworth, was born April 6, 1929, at Mammoth Spring, Ark. He died Aug. 7, 2005, at his home at Villa Grove, Ill., of melanoma cancer. He grew up at Houston, where he attended school. He married Virginia Fulk Dec. 10, 1948, at Noble, Ill. Mr. Ashworth was a retired carpenter and member of the Living Hope Fellowship Church at Villa Grove. He loved working with his hands and in 1940 made a headstone from a large flat stone and carved his infant brother's name, date of birth and death. After his retirement, he made clocks in the shape of cabins, old houses and mills. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathy; a brother, Frankie Dale; and a sister, Alene. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Ben Ashworth Jr. of Arcola, Ill., and Charles Ashworth of the home; a daughter, Barbara Reifsteck of Fisher, Ill.; a brother, Marion Ashworth Jr. of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Irene Graves and Bonnie Lawley of Springfield; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 10 at Villa Grove with the Rev. Clint Rasmussen and Fred Lawley Jr. officiating. Bill Shelton William A. "Bill" Shelton, 86, son of William and Icy Flowers Shelton, was born April 13, 1919, at Houston. He died Aug. 19, 2005, at his home at Success. Mr. Shelton served in the Army from June 24, 1942, through Dec. 6, 1945, in the European and Pacific theaters. He became a member of the Union Free Will Baptist Church Jan. 20, 1957, where he was ordained as a deacon in November 1964. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ruth; daughters, Karla Mansfield of Houston and Bonnie Pittman of Springfield; two sisters, Lillian Wheeler of Houston and Doris Hill of Eldorado, Kan.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 23 at the Union Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Postlewaite officiating. Burial was in the Sunset Lane Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care. Betty LaMontine Betty Lee LaMontine, 81, daughter of John G. and Anna Gettler Schilll, was born May 13, 1924, at Newton, Kan. She died Aug. 19, 2005, at her home at Houston. She married Leon LaMontine. They had two children. Mrs. LaMontine worked several years at Leavitt's Dept. Store. She was known as Granny Betty and loved serving in her church, St. Mark's Catholic Church, where she was involved in many activities. She enjoyed working in her yard, growing flowers, cooking for her family and visiting the casinos at Tunica. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Daryl; and a granddaughter. Surviving are her daughter, Bonnie Cochran of Raymondville; two brothers, Leon "Ed" Schill of Houston and Joe Schill of Pueblo, Colo.; one grandchild, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 23 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery. Lee Kirkwood Arthur Lee Kirkwood, 65, son of Elmer Kirkwood and Vivian Noe Kirkwood, was born April 10, 1940, at Des Moines, Iowa. He died Aug. 19, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He married Betty Lee Jackson Aug. 16, 1959. They had four children. Mr. Kirkwood loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping with his family. The family cared for many wild animals and worked together making molasses. The family moved to California in the '60s to operate a large dairy. They later returned to Boiling Springs to own and operate their own dairy. He started logging and operating a post mill and treating plant. In 1987, they moved to Mountain Grove to run another dairy. In recent years, they moved back to their Boiling Springs home to retire. Mr. Kirkwood was a member of the Fowler Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, James Grover; a sister, Betty Sue; and a grandson. Surviving are his wife of 46 years; daughter, Carolyn Lee Trentham of Success; three sons, Arthur Lee Jr. of Simmons, Elmer Lee and Michael Lee of Licking; his father of Houston; one brother, Herbert Kirkwood of Houston; three sisters, Shirley Snelling of Houston and Annetta Shelton and Bonnie Hayes of Ellis Prairie; seven grandchildren and a greatgranddaughter. Services were Aug. 22 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Kelly officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Catherine Branscom Catherine Caroline Branscom, 85, daughter of Peter and Pauline Pavlovick Fadhl, was born April 9, 1920, at Miles City, Mont. She died Aug. 21, 2005, at The Life Care Center at Waynesville. She married Trueman "Buck" Branscom March 30, 1962. Mrs. Branscom retired after working several years as an LPN in the Los Angeles County Hospital. She loved square dancing and sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, John and Frank; and three sisters, Magdaline "Magg" Nodson, Elizabeth Keeler and Ann Bottarino. Surviving are her son, Perris Drake Rask; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral mass was Aug. 24 at St. John's Catholic Church at Licking with Father Joseph Orthel officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home. Jim Brallier Cecil James "Jim" Brallier, 76, son of Cecil J. and Zella Dawson Brallier, was born Sept. 30, 1928, at Marble Rock, Iowa. He died Aug. 19, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield after a short illness. The family moved to the Grandview community near Houston when he was young. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his graduation from Houston High School in 1946. He served at the end of World War II and the Korean War. He remained a member of the Reserves. He married LaVesta Bridges June 12, 1949. They had five children. Mr. Brallier was a dairy and beef farmer, owner and operator of B & B Flying Service, a flight instructor, charter pilot and FAA inspector. He served on the Raymondville School board and on Sanitary Milk Producers and Mid-America Dairymen boards. He was

president of the Texas County Farm Bureau, served on the Bank of Raymondville - later First National Bank- board of directors, a dealer of Modern Farm Systems grain bins and of used farm equipment. He was presiding judge of Texas County for four years and was a member of the American Legion for 49 years. He was saved at age 19 and was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church. Mr. Brallier loved hunting and fishing and with friends made many trips to Canada. He and his wife traveled the United States and Canada for 14 years in their RV. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Dawson Brallier; and a son, Norman James Brallier. Surviving are his wife of 56 years; daughters, Susan Kaye Cook of Hartshorn, Sandra Jean Wells of Nixa and Rita Jane Bennett of Montgomery City; son, Roger Allen Brallier of Centralia; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 24 at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Kendall Ford and the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Don Kruse Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the First Baptist Church in Houston for former Houston businessman Don Kruse. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Kruse, 64, died Tuesday evening at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Visitation is 6 to 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

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