Obituaries
Obituaries
From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Dorothy Helen Barnett, 70, Flemington, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The daughter of Charles and Edith Parks Busick, she was born at Kansas City on April 17, 1930. A retired desk clerk for Travel Lodge, she was a former resident of Butler, having lived at Flemington the past 2 years. Survivors include her husband, William D. Barnett, of the home, and two children, Gary Michael Hash of Grandview and Claudia Marie Loomis of Riverside, Calif. No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Charles E. Benson, 64, Pleasant Hope, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at his home. He was born July 11, 1936, in Jasper, Ohio, to James Samuel and Darlene Della Crabtree Benson. He was a retired mechanic and a U.S. Air Force and Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam and the Cuban blockade. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rosemary; four children, Charles E. Benson Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., Karen L. Gilligan of Bolivar, Cathy S. Trushcheff of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Steven Benson of Kansas City, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Andrea, Alicia, Angela, Jason Jesse, Scott and Amy; and seven brothers and sisters, Alice M. Miller, Roy S. Benson, Mary L. Williams, Robert L. Benson, and Madeline C. Smith, all of Lucasville, Ohio, Eugene Benson of Latham, Ohio, and Eddie D. Benson of Piketon, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield, with burial following in the Missouri Veterans' Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Memorial Hospice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: David D. Box, 76, Roeland Park, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, in St. Luke's Hospital. He was born March 25, 1924, in Aldrich. He worked for Skelly Oil Company for 25 years and was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was the recipient of four Bronze Stars. He married Veraetta Marshall on June 10, 1945, in Kansas City. Survivors include his wife, Veraetta Box, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Debbie Box of Prairie Village, Kan.; four grandchildren, Andrew and Haley Box, both of Prairie Village, Kan., Tara Morales of Kansas City and David Rowland, USAF, Korea; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Serena Morales, both of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joetta Rowland. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Friday) at Olivet Baptist Church, Westwood, Kan., under the direction of Charter Funerals, Merriam, Kan. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldrich, under the direction of Wilson-Brim-Daniel Funeral Home, Walnut Grove. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Shirley Frances Breshears was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Kansas City to Oliver and Anna Gunderson. She died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, in her home after a short illness. She was the ninth of 10 children. She was baptized at the age of eight and was a member of the RLDS Church. She was active in her church until her recent illness. She was united in marriage to Earl Dale Breshears on Sept. 29, 1950, and had just celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Three children were born to this marriage, Donna Patterson, Dale Breshears and Luann Smith. She and her husband Earl and family milked and farmed for several years in the Goodson area. They also owned and operated Breshears Moving and Storage Company until their retirement. Shirley loved to sing and play the guitar. She also wrote several poems and songs. She was an artist and had painted several paintings over the years. She loved to read and study the scriptures. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Anna Gunderson; six sisters, Dovie Woodrome, Florence Miller, Ina (Sis) Melton, Jesse Slater, Alma Kostecka and Maxine Smith; one brother, Alfred Gunderson; a son-in-law, Eddie Smith; and an infant grandson, Joshua Smith. Survivors include her husband, Earl, of the home; her children, Donna and Doug Patterson and their children, Diana and David, Dale and Cathy Breshears and their children, Brent and Chris Breshears, and Luann Smith and her children, Branden and Karena Smith; step-grandchildren Sonya, Bridget, A.J. and Johnny Rogers; and a host of other family and friends. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in Pitts Chapel. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Floyd Dean Bucklinger, 80, Bolivar, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Facility. The son of Frank A. and Eva Fender Bucklinger, he was born June 21,1920, at Kansas City. He married Louisa Alice Field Feb. 16, 1957. She preceded him in death Aug. 22, 1999. He joined the U. S. Army in December 1942, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines until his discharge in 1945. For many years he worked at movie studios in Hollywood as a truck driver. A resident of Bolivar the past 16 years, he was a member of the DAV Post in Bolivar. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Sheila Bucklinger of Burke, Va.; two granddaughters, April Forrer and her husband, David, and Pamela Bucklinger; one great-grandson, Ethan Forrer; and two sisters, Elosia Lowe of Bolivar and Dixie Hudson of Weaubleau. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Murray Chapel, Bolivar, with Chaplain Virgil Kearney officiating. Interment with full military honors was in the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Robert George Camey, 77, Humansville, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at his home. The son of Henry and Ella Arnold Camey, he was born July 13, 1923, at Humansville. He married Louise Titus May 16, 1948. She preceded him in death April 11, 1995. A graduate of Humansville High School, he served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. From 1964 to 1972 he owned and operated Camey Dry Goods Store in Humansville. Later he was employed at the Humansville Western Auto Store. He was a member of the Humansville American Legion Post. Surviving is a sister, Melda Kaminski, of Gorden, Wis. Services were Saturday, Dec. 2, in Murray Chapel, Humansville, with the Rev. Robert Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be Walter McBride, Freddie Martin, John Endley, Harlan Riggs, Bob Brown and Bill Stagner. Interment was in Humansville Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Helen Lenora "Lenny" Carpenter, 50, Lawton, Okla., formerly of Bolivar, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000, in Lawton, Okla. She was born April 16, 1950, in Independence to Garold Allen Sapp Sr. and Helen Mae Thomas. She was united in marriage on Feb. 7, 1992, to Michael Carpenter. She was a cosmetologist and an artist for many years. She was preceded in death by her father, Garold Sapp Sr. She is survived by her husband, Michael, of the home; her stepmother, Dorothy Sapp of Bates City; her mother, Helen Thomas of Independence; her mother-in-law, Rose Henson of Marshfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Miami Ahart Sr. of Walters, Okla., their son, Miami Ahart Jr., and daughter, Terezia Ahart; her son and daughter-in-law, William Ryan and Stephanie Pugh of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and their son, Korey; two stepsons, Jon and Steve Carpenter of Farmington; her seven sisters, Dorothy Shahan of Oak Grove, Rhonda Kropff of Blue Springs, Teresa Blankenship of Buckner, Vicky Carrott of St. Regis, Mont., Diane Goppert and Susan Hutton, both of Independence, and Toni Brown of New York Mills, Minn.; and her brother, Garold Sapp Jr. of Bates City, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, two great-neices, one great-nephew and many friends. Services were Saturday, Nov. 11, at New Salem Cemetery in Independence. A memorial service was Tuesday, Nov.14, at the New Post Chapel at Fort Sill, Okla. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Odie Clement "Chick" Carson, son of the late Luther and Sarah Frances LaRose Carson, was born in Hickory County on Dec. 30, 1915. He departed this life in his home near Urbana on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000. At the time of his passing he was 84 years, 10 months and eight days of age. Chick was raised in the Urbana area and graduated from Urbana High School. He moved to the Kansas City area in 1938 and started working as a carpenter. He worked for Bennett Construction, working his way up to supervisor. He met Martha Greer, and they were united in marriage on June 16, 1939. This union was blessed with two daughters, both of whom survive him. They made their home in the Kansas City area. In 1957 they moved to the Hermitage area, where he and his brother Clay established Carson's Corner. He moved back to Kansas City in 1965 and then returned to the Urbana area in 1977. Chick was a member of Carpenters' Local No. 61 for 58 years. He was active in the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Kansas City and was a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church. He and Clay also operated the Carson Brothers Bus Line in the Kansas City area. Chick loved to tear things apart and then fix them. In his spare time he enjoyed sports and fishing. He was a busy man who never let the grass grow under his feet. His family was his highest priority and he took the girls with him everywhere. Chick was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Thelma Tedlock and Cora Lou Carson; and a sister-in-law, Betty Carson. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; two daughters, Charlene (Shawn) Carson Hoppers and her husband, Lonnie, of Urbana and Louise (Lou) Carson Hillman of Lee's Summit; three grandchildren, Lorrie Hoppers Cobb, Jeff Hillman and Ben Hillman; two great-grandchildren, Erika Trimble and Carson Nik Trimble; one brother, Clay Carson of Urbana; a niece, Jean Tedlock; and a nephew, Buck Tedlock and children. Also by a host of other family and friends who will all sadly miss him. Services were Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel, Urbana, with the Rev. Ray Pilant officiating. Music was provided by Bob and Sandy Lovett and Stephen Paris. Escorts were Lonnie Hoppers, Norman Hillman, Jeff Hillman, Ben Hillman, Dave Cobb and Darrel Hostetler. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Vennie Cook, 89, of Brighton died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1911, in Jasper, Ark., one of 12 children of Johnnie and Frances Henderson Thompson. She was united in marriage to Harold M. Cook on Feb. 6, 1935, and to this union a daughter was born. She had been a homemaker and co-owner of Cook's Service Station and Convenience Store in Dunnegan for many years. She was a member of Dunnegan Bible Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold, on Dec. 18, 1975; her daughter, Dalenia Sue Spurlock, on June 15, 1993; four brothers, Johnnie Dee Thompson, Charlie Thompson, Willie Thompson and Granville Thompson; and two sisters, Lexie Brasel and Valley Taylor. She is survived by a son-in-law, Johnnie Spurlock of Brighton; four brothers, Harvey Thompson of Fayetteville, Ark., Howard Thompson of Mount Judy, Ark., Van Thompson of Fayetteville, Ark., and Warren Thompson of the state of Arkansas; a sister, Dorothy Spears of Harrisonville; two grandchildren, James H. Spurlock of Brighton and Lexie LeAnn Stonebrook of Wheatland; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob Milner and Dalenia Milner. Services were Sunday, Nov. 26, at Dunnegan Bible Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Levergood officiating. Burial was in Dunnegan Cemetery. The church choir provided music, and a solo was by Darell Fleeman. Pallbearers were Dick Lower, Darell Fleeman, Norman Coble, Trevor Coble, Carl Rucker and Richard Spears. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Milner and Ralph Stauffacher. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Cletus C. Corson, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility. He was born July 6, 1909, in Leeton, the son of Richard A. and Ada Ann VanBlarcum Corson. On Dec. 26, 1931, he was married to Albarta R. Jenkins, who preceded him in death July 22, 1982. He had been employed by International Shoe Co. and had worked in commercial carpentry. He was a member of Aullville Baptist Church and the Carpenters Local No. 61. Survivors include a son, Jerry W. Corson of Higginsville, and a daughter, Joan Powell of Pittsburg; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Carroll; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Wiegers Funeral Home, Higginsville, with the Rev. Donald R. Hart officiating. Music was by Homer Steffens, accompanied by Pat Wiegers. Burial followed in Higginsville City Cemetery. Casketbearers were Eric Powell, Dirk Corson, Bret Corson, Greg Corson, Mark Corson and Brian Flickenger. Memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Robert Cortner, 79, Half Way, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Fair Play, the son of Albert and Pearl Harp Cortner. He was a retired electronics technician and a longtime resident of Half Way. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Arvenna Cortner of the home; one son, Robert Cortner Jr. of Half Way; two brothers, Albert Cortner of Bolivar and Eugene Cortner of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Maxine Spencer of Stockton and Bernice Neill of Fair Play. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, in Butler Chapel with the Rev. Ray Leininger officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 8 a.m. today (Wednesday) and again Friday morning after 8 a.m. at the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Alvene Frances Diemer, 91, of Brookfield died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at Pershing Memorial Hosptial in Brookfield. The daugher of Clifford and Rubie Kniffin Diemer, she was born Nov. 18, 1909, in Brookfield. She was retired from Brown Shoe Co. in Brookfield. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Virginia Bevier and Olive Romans. She is survived by one niece, Carol Bevier of Bolivar; one nephew, Bill Bevier of Nauvoo, Ill.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, Brookfield, with the Rev. Mike White offiiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield. Memorials to the Trinity United Methodist Church may be mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield MO 64628. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Herbert J. Fender, 88, Bolivar, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was a retired owner of a manufacturing company. He is survived by Mavis Gibbons Fender of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Wesley and June Fender of Greenfield; a sister, Marjorie L. Stephenson of Springfield; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, and two brothers, Jerry Fender and Flay Fender. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Brighton Cemetery under the direction of Pitts Chapel. Friends may call at their convenience at the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Bernard L. Fidler, 81, Fair Play, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, in the home of his daughter in Augusta, Ga. He was born July 31, 1919, in Cedar County, the son of Samuel Thorton and Mary Liza Jones Fidler. On Sept. 28, 1940, he was united in marriage to Emma Jean Chism, and to this union a daughter was born. He had worked for Hammons Products as a supervisor. He had his church membership at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church and was a graduate of Fair Play High School. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Bill Ryals of Augusta, Ga.; a brother-in-law, Jim Chism of Nevada; four sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Schaaf of Bolivar, Evelyn Esry of El Dorado Springs, Ruby Dean Fidler of Fair Play and Dorothy Fidler of Visalia, Ga.; three grandchildren, Brent Ryals and his wife, Briana, Sandra Dillard and her husband, Troy, and Cynthia Currington; four great-grandchildren, Emily Currington, Nicholas Dillard, Tristian Dillard and Sabrina Rayls, all of Augusta, Ga.; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma, in August 1997; three brothers and two sisters. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Benham and Bro. Mike Bruce officiating. Burial will follow in Lindley Prairie Cemetery west of Fair Play. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: David William Fillmore, 38, Morrisville, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at his home. He was born July 20, 1962, in Seattle, Wash., and lived in Texas before moving to the Wishart area. He was employed by BLF Excavating in Morrisville. Survivors include his wife, Shawna Fillmore, a daughter, Jessica Newsom, and two sons, David II and James Fillmore, all of the home; his mother, Hazel Fillmore of Fayetteville, Ark.; three brothers, George Fillmore of Morrisville, Steve Fillmore of Winslow, Ark., and Robert Fillmore of Killeen, Texas; two sisters, Linda of the state of Texas and Vicki Rankin of Fayetteville, Ark.; five nephews and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandmother and a nephew. Services will be Thursday, Nov. 30, in Thieme Funeral Home, Springfield. Arrangements were incomplete at press time. Visitation will be this evening (Wednesday) at the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Helen E. Gill, 82, Davis Junction, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Ill. She was born Sept. 10, 1918, the daughter of Maurice and Margaret Gaffey Russell. She married Richard H. Gill Jr. on June 7, 1941, in Polo, Ill. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Byron, Ill. She and her husband operated Gill's Antique Shop in Davis Junction, Ill., for 20 years and also farmed in the Monroe Center, Ill., area. She is survived by her husband, Richard Gill Jr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen E. and Robby Donoho of Davis Junction, Ill.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard H. III and Pat Gill of Columbus, Neb. and Russell M. Sr. and Nancy Gill. of Bolivar; two sisters, Alta Wehmeyer of Polo, Ill., and Villa Rads of Lanark, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Michelle Arand, Russell Gill Jr., Greg Gill, Kathy Kellen, Sara Gill, Elisabeth Gill and Tracy Long; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Len, Leo and Glenn; a sister, Gladys; and two grandchildren, Heather Gill and Richard Gill IV. Funeral mass was Tuesda,y Nov 14, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Byron, Ill., with the Rev. Timothy Doherty officiating. Burial was in Hulse Cemetery near Pecatonica, Ill. Arrangements were under the direction of Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Stillman Valley, Ill. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Carrie Elizabeth Greer was born Dec. 30. 1916, in Dover, Pa., the daughter of Albert C. and Annie Mae Gerber Neiman. She passed away at 11:33 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at Cox Medical Center North, Springfield, following a lengthy and heroic battle with lung disease. Carrie grew up in Colorado and Wyoming, where her father started and operated numerous businesses including the Neiman Sawmill at Hulett, Wyo., which is still in operation. Carrie was managing the lumber yard at Gillette, Wyo., when she met her future husband, C.J. Greer. They were married on May 27, 1941, at Gillette, Wyo. To this union five children were born: Carrie Ann, Glen Ray, Twyla Mae, Olen Lee and Eva Dee. Carrie and her family operated the Elm Valley Goat Dairy in Springfield for more than 21 years prior to moving to the Greer's 40 Acres in Brighton. Carrie was known for her expertise in many fields ranging from poem and songwriting to sewing and carpentry work. She was the missions secretary-treasurer for more than 40 years at the Brighton Highway Assembly of God Church, where she was a charter member. Surviving are her husband, the Rev. C.J. Greer of the home; her daughters and their husbands, Carrie Ann and Ron Simmons, Twyla Mae and Bruce Menzies and Eva Dee and David Partin, all of Springfield; her sons and their wives, Glen Ray and Sue Greer of Bois d'Arc and Olen Lee and Gail Greer of Springfield; two sisters, Ruth Dickmann of Washington, Ind., and Mary Barbour of Hulett, Wyo.; three brothers, Albert C. Neiman, Henry Neiman and James Neiman, all of Hulett, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bill and Ray Neiman; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Dawn Greer, daughter of Steven and Sara Greer. Carrie will forever be remembered for her devotion to the Lord's work and especially the missionaries and her love for her family. Sesrvices will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the Brighton Highway Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Tom Dewlen, the Rev. Bert Travis, the Rev. Jimmy Johnson and the Rev. Danny Hughes officiating. Musical selections will be "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow," "I Found a Better Way," "Holy Ground" and "Thank You for Giving to the World." Burial will follow in the Brighton Cemetery under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. Casketbearers will be Bruce Woodmansee, Ray Woodmansee, Jay Woodmansee, Aaron Greer, Michael Menzies, Steven Greer, Brad Greer and Timothy Partin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brighton Highway Assembly Missions Account, 5403 N. Highway 13, Brighton MO 65617 From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Leland Franklin Hamby, 72, Ellinwood, Kan., died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kan., due to heart failure. The son of Abe and Lula Litle Hamby, he was born June 24, 1928, at Stockton. While living in Missouri he worked at the Stockton cheese plant; then he moved on to work in the oil fields of Kansas. In 1974 he moved to Ellinwood, Kan., where he has lived the past 26 years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lula Wilson; his father, Abe Hamby; a brother, Ray Hamby; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Vicki Hamby; and a grandson, Lee Hamby. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Nellie Hamby of the home; two brothers, Ellis Hamby of Ellinwood, Kan., and Babe Hamby of Aldrich; a sister, Goldie Manning of Ellinwood, Kan.; 12 children, James Hamby and his wife, Sandy, of Aldrich, Linda Stevens and her husband, Bill, of Bolivar, Billy Hamby and his wife, Debbie, of Bolivar, Ronnie Hamby of Great Bend, Kan., Terry Hamby of Elk City, Kan., Donna Crow and her husband, Vander, of Ellinwood, Kan., Elaine Pyle of El Dorado Springs, Raylene Keith of El Dorado Springs, Barbara Carstens of Ellinwood, Kan., Kathlene Cox and her husband, Howard, of Appleton City, Hazelene Doyle and her husband, Jim, of Fletcher, N. C., and Dorothy Fulbright of Caney, Kan.; 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Services were Monday, Nov. 27, in Murray Chapel, Bolivar, with Brother Ralph Benham officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Hamby, Sean Hamby, Harold Hamby, Jerry Hamby, Craig Huff and Mark Wooliver. Interment was in Lindley Prairie Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Ruth Naomi Hosiner, 86, Marshfield, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, in Doctors' Hospital, Springfield. Survivors include her son, James E. Hosiner Jr. and his wife, Elsie, of Half Way; her daughter, Theda Mackey and her husband, Caleb Jr., of Marshfield; nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Friday) Dec. 1, in Fordland Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Day officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Day Funeral Home, Marshfield. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Milford H. House, 91, of the Starfield community, rural Gower, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was born Dec. 30, 1908, to the Rev. E.T. and Mary Carter House in Polk County near Pleasant Hope, where he spent his early years. On June 24, 1934, he was united in marriage to Sarah White of Plattsburg. After their marriage, they lived in the Starfield community. He farmed in the Starfield area for more than 67 years. He was a member of Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Plattsburg Masonic Lodge No. 113 A.F. and A.M. He was a member of the Mount Zion Cemetery Board where he had served as president. He was a 4-H leader for more than 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Betty Ann; five brothers, Ira, Tolbert, Rufus, James and Claudie House; and three sisters, Rosa House, Ada Culley and Wava Sims. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel L. and Luray House, Gary M. and Connie House, all of Gower, and Dale M. and Lianne House, Prairie Village, Kan.; five grandchildren, Cynthia Benz, Stephanie Phipps, Eric House, Scott House and Carter House; four great-grandchildren, Tabatha Phipps, Jacob Phipps, Amanda Benz and Kiera Benz; two sisters, Bessie Ogden of Sacramento, Calif., and Opal Johnson of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Services were Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church, rural Gower. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower. Donations may be made to the Mount Zion Cemetery Association or the Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Audrey Yvonne Johnson, 74, Bolivar, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Independence Regional Health Center in Independence. She was born in Crocker on Oct. 25, 1926, to Philip and Eva Hamilton Williams. She worked as a legal secretary for Welch, Martin, Albano and Manners Law Firm in Independence. She attended the Antioch Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Charles Lee Johnson, of Bolivar; three daughters, Wanda Tomlin of Mission, Kan., Jana Sornberger and husband Robert of Robinson, Ill., and Terry Early and husband Jim of North Kansas City; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Saturday, Nov. 25, in Crocker Cemetery, Crocker, with Bill Claiborn officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Sornberger, Joe Sornberger, James Early, Ryan Hill, Nick Hill and Chuck McCroskey. Arrangements were under the direction of Long Funeral Home in Crocker. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Elizabeth W. Johnson, Bolivar, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, at the age of 81 years, three months and six days. She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Talequah, Okla., the daughter of John Schuyler and Nora Frances Liliker Weaver. Her father was professor of classical languages and Bible studies at Southwest Baptist College for many years before his death in 1946. Elizabeth attended elementary and high shcool in Bolivar, where she was active in piano accompaniment for the vocal quartets and was a member of the Girls' Glee Club. She graduated from Southwest Baptist College and taught school for a period of time before she and her longtime sweetheart, Farrell Johnson, were married on June 8, 1942, in Balitmore, Md. Elizabeth and Farrell made Baltimore their home after World War II. Elizabeth had a 31-year career with General Motors. After her retirement, Elizabeth and Farrell continued to attend the General Motors meetings in Springfield, and they had many friends in that group. Elizabeth and Farrell returned to Bolivar in 1978 and became active members in the First Baptist Church. She put her faith in God, and this faith carried her through the good times and the bad times in her life. In 1996 Elizabeth made a list of things that she liked to collect. She had written, "This is all materialism, and when my Dad died, I learned early in life that it is not important, the important thing in life is salvation and human relations." She also had some favorite verses marked in ther Bible; they were Ecclesiastes 1: 9-10, Matthew 6:19-21 and John 14:1-4. Her mother taught voice and piano to many of the ministerial and missionary students at Southwest Baptist College. Her favorite hymn was "In the Garden," and Elizabeth loved to hear her sing it. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Farrell Johnson, on Feb. 9, 2000; and a sister, Louise Weaver. Elizabeth is survived by her two brothers, John Schuyler Weaver and Albert Edward Weaver, both of Kansas City; her sister, Anna Ruth Dick and her husband, G.A. Waldriff M.D. of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother-in-law, Charles Johnson of Bolivar; and many nieces and nephews. Services were Saturday, Nov. 25, in Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson and the Rev. Ray Leininger officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Leah Maye Christian Jorgensen, 68, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, following a sudden illness. She was born May 27, 1932, in Walnut Grove to Virgil and Loy Eunice Ridenour Christian. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Coffey in January 1951, and to this union a daughter was born. She is survived by her daughter, Georgie Ann Coffey of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur and Chris Christian of Oakland, Calif., George and Lucille Christian of Wahoo, Neb., and Ray and Rose Christian of Aldrich; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Kathryn and Lester Leith of Bolivar, Evelyn Hoover of Neosho, Alta Faye and George Lawrence of Hutchison, Kan., and Geraldine and Henry Jacks of Belton; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Roy Christian, Dale Christian, Loy Christian and Fred Christian. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Doyle officiating. Music was provided by Jay and Annabell Lyman accompanied by Marilyn Dobbins. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Aldrich. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Gene C. Mann, 75, Ajo, Ariz., died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in his home. He had suffered from emphysema, heart trouble and cancer. He was born and raised in the Dunnegan and Fair Play areas and graduated from Fair Play High School in 1943. He was united in marriage to Dorothy McDowell of Rolla in 1945, and for a short time they owned and operated a cafe on Main Street in Fair Play. They moved to Ajo, Ariz., in 1947 where he was employed at Phelps Dodge Copper Mine until his retirement when the copper mine closed. Preceding him in death were his wife, Dot, in 1995; his parents, Harry F. and Mary Campbell Mann; one brother, Leonard "Jap"; and two brothers-in-law, Homer Matthews and Clarence Lane. Survivors include his only child, Jeff and wife Debbie of Ajo, Ariz.; four granddaughters; a great-grandson; two sisters, Edna Matthews of Bolivar and Daisy Lane of Fair Play; one uncle, Willis Earl Mann of Concord, N.C.; as well as nieces and nephews. The body has been cremated. Memorial services were held in Ajo, Ariz. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Edna Faye McKinney passed away at 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at the home of her daughter in Springfield. Faye was born Oct. 9, 1912, near Walnut Grove to Joseph V. and Ellen Lomas Adams. On Nov. 13, 1937, she married Paul Francis McKinney, who preceded her in death Dec. 12, 1997. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 1997. They moved to a farm near Morrisville in 1944 where they made their home for the next 53 years. Faye graduated from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar and Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield. She taught school at King, Dunnegan and other country schools near Dunnegan. After raising her family she began teaching in Morrisville in 1957, retiring in 1982. On Oct. 22, 2000, Faye was presented her Jubilee Membership Club for 50 years membership at the Morrisville United Methodist Church. She was an avid bird watcher and a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Morrisville Garden Club and the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary society of women educators. Survivors include two daughters, Patty Harralson and her husband, Gary, Springfield, and Carol Edmundson and her husband, Jim, Brunswick; a son, Paul McKinney, Jr. and his wife, Sharon, Morrisville; six grandchildren, Douglas Harralson, Piki (Shelley) Hays and her husband, Jeff, Tyler Edmundson, Cara Edmundson, Justin McKinney and his wife, Tamara, and Brian McKinney; one sister, Helen Euliss, Morrisville; nieces, nephews and many former students. Services were Saturday, Nov. 25, in Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar, with the Rev. Sylvia Ireland officiating. Pallbearers were Justin McKinney, Brian McKinney, Tyler Edmundson, Jeff Hays, Jerry Euliss and Buddy Hagerman. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Aldrich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morrisville United Methodist Church, 5304 S. Main Ave., Morrisville MO 65710. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Steven Eugene Mygatt, 49, Branson, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, in Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson. He was born June 20, 1950, in Springfield. He grew up in Aldrich and graduated from Fair Play High School in 1969. He joined the U.S. Navy serving as a hospital corpsman. He was a member of the Missouri Rain Band for several years, playing keyboards and harmonica. In 1989 he married Beverly Overmyer. After living near Aldrich they moved to Branson in 1990 where he was employed at the Roy Clark Theater as a lighting technician for eight years. At the time of his death he was self-employed in the lemonade business. He was a member of the Aldrivh United Methodist Church. Surviving is his wife, Beverly Mygatt of the home; his mother, Wanda Taylor of Aldrich; a sister, Phyllis Taylor and her husband, Bill, of Bolivar; a brother, Lyman Chris Taylor of Aldrich; two nieces, Leah Adcock and Patricia Harris and her husband, Travis, all of Bolivar; one stepdaughter, Melissa Blanton and her husband, Bobby, of Galena; a stepson, John Overmyer of Bolivar, a step-granddaughter, Eshia Blanton, Galena; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Max and Floradelle Barham of Bolivar. Services were Sunday, Nov. 5, in Murray Chapel, Bolivar, with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Music was by Chris Taylor and Jackie Vincent. Pallbearers were Larry Kuhn, Roger Kuhn, Warren Welch, John Overmyer, Bobby Blanton and Randy Lyman. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Polk County Humane Society. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Ockla Parscale, 83, Half Way, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at the Dallas County Health Care Center. She was born July 5, 1917, in Louisburg, the daughter of Cahrley and Nellie Davison Jones. She was united in marriage to Lowell Austin Parscale, and to this union two daughters were born. She was a homemaker and farm wife and was a member of Schofield Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Shirley Covert and Barbara and Donald Dunseth, all of Half Way; a brother and sister-in-law, Archie and Myrtle Jones of Louisburg; five grandchildren, Charlotte and Clayton Arnold of Walker, Wayne and Dawn Covert of Dunnegan, Eddie and Barbara Covert, Carl Dunseth and Paul Dunseth, all of Half Way; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell Austin Parscale on Nov. 18, 1967; a brother, Elgie Jones; two sisters, Grace Carter and Bessie Walker; and a son-in-law, Dean Covert. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Dennis Spear officiating. Burial will follow in Schofield Cemetery. The funeral home will be open after 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday for those wanting to pay their respects prior to service time. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Clifton Pippen, 84, Humansville, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The son of Alonzo A. and Callie J. Pippen, he was born May 16, 1916, in Crossett, Ark. On Dec. 5, 1942, he was married to Marion Louise Lea, who preceded him in death April 7, 1987. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked as a lineman for Empire District Electric Company for more than 35 years, retiring in 1975. He was a former alderman and mayor of Humansville and a member of Bolivar Lodge #195 and the Humansville United Methodist Church. Surviving are three children, Clifton L. Pippen and his wife, Phyllis, of Excelsior Springs, Myra L. Pippen of Lawson and Lisa J. Whitney of Springfield; and three grandchildren, Ashley N. Pippen, Preston R. Pippen and Kate G. Whitney. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. today (Friday) at the Humansville Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Loni Marie Prater, 18, Labanon, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, as the result of an auto accident. She is survived by her parents, Lonnie and Kelley Prater of Lebanon, and her grandparents, Joe and Dolly Crunk oif Deepwater and Vernon and Mary Dowden of Bolivar. Services will be under the direction of the Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Richard G. Quintiliano, 57, Pittsburg, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 11, 1943, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Daniel John and Ethel Lathrop Quintiliano. He was a self-employed engineer. He is survived by his mother, Ethel Quintiliano of Grandview; Linda Jensen of the home; and a brother, Daniel J. Quintiliano of Palmdale, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, one aunt, one uncle and four brothers. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Mildred Marie Spitz, 81, Brighton, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Polk County to Henry and Louetta Ware Russell. She was united in marriage to Grover Spitz, and to this union a daughter was born. She is survived by her husband, Grover, of the home; two sisters, Eva Hancock of Bolivar and Betty Krzyminski of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Kay Marie Cossins, in March 1992; three brothers and one sister. Services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Pallbearers will be Dennis Campbell, Roger Gulick, Russell Jenkins, Rick Elliott, Harold Spitz and Kelly Harville. Burial will follow in Barren Creek Cemetery, Fair Play. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, November 2000: Paul Clark Tripp, 66, Bolivar, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, in Christian Health Care West, Springfield, after a lingering illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Pilot Knob, the son of Oscar E. and Odessa I. Vance Tripp. A former resident of Chicago, he moved to Bolivar where he spent the past seven years. During his lifetime he worked as a minister, a teacher and a title agent and abstractor. He was a member of the National Education Association and the Missouri Land Title Association. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Karen and Ken Ashlock of Bolivar; two sons, Kenneth Tripp and his wife, Dee, of Griffith, Ind., and Keith Tripp of Phoenix, Ariz.; four brothers, Ancel Tripp of Ironton, Dick Tripp, Gerald Tripp and Joe Tripp, all of Pilot Knob; three sisters, Valerie Mullins of St. Louis, Pat Henry of Festus and Roxie Tripp of Pilot KNob; and six grandchildren, Kimberly, Kristen and Keaton Ashlock and Chad, Candace and Cody Tripp.. Services were Sunday, Nov. 19, in Bryson Funeral Home Chapel, Pilot Knob, with the Rev. Martin Carlisle officiating. Burial followed in Arcadia Valley Memorial Park, Ironton. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Rolla E. Anderson, 73, Humansville, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in his home. He was born March 1, 1927, at Humansville, the son of Samuel D. and Mary Purdin Anderson. On June 14, 1957, he married Juanita Kester of Willow Springs. He was a farmer, retired Humansville postmaster and retired scorekeeper for the Humansville High School basketball games. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in Italy. He was a lifelong member of the Humansville United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader and Sunday school superintendent. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Juanita, of the home; four children and their spouses, Samuel D. and Sharon Anderson of Humansville, Steven and Ginger Anderson of Sedalia, Karla and Cameron Wesson of Germany and Allan and Shauna Anderson of Willard; six sisters, Phyllis Howard of Lee's Summit, Virginia Hale and Eugenia Warren, both of Polk, Irene Tinsley, Marcene Steffens and Sue Garretson, all of Humansville; two sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Humansville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob McQueen officiating. Music will be by Stephanie Bledsoe and Jody Burch. Interment will be in Humansville Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humansville United Methodist Church, 802 W. Tilden St., Humansville MO 65674. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Ethel B. Brooks, 86, Branson West, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson. The daughter of Frank and Florence Raholitz Bohn, she was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Cornland, Ill. She was a homemaker and had lived in the area the past 30 years, coming from Rockford, Ill. Survivors include two sons, Dennis Brooks of Branson West and Gary Brooks of Rockford, Ill.; two brothers, Herman Bohn of Elkhart, Ill., and Charles Bohn of Cornland, Ill.; three sisters, Rosie Litterly and Opal Burtell, both of Elkhart, Ill., and Elizabeth Hooper of Rockford, Ill.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Services were Monday, Oct. 16, in Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Kimberling City, with Jim Troyke officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar, under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home South, Kimberling City. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Robert Dale Crowe, 39, Walnut Shade, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, 2000, in Taney County as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 28, 1960, in Humansville to Dale and Jannath Williams Crowe. He was a member of Pittsburg Missionary Baptist Church and had been self-employed as a landscaper. He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Crowe, and grandparents George R. Williams, Mary Jane Williams and Elmer Crowe. Survivors include his mother, Jannath Crowe of Pittsburg; a daughter, Rebecca Farmer of Walnut Shade; a brother, Clay Crowe of Cross Timbers; a sister, Penny Keene of Chicago, Ill.; his grandparents, Velma and Wesley Harbison of Eldon; and , and a nephew, Casey Keene. Graveside services were Sunday, Oct. 22, in Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg, with Sam Kaunley officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for his daughter, Rebecca Farmer, in care of Commerce Bank, 623 South Albany, Bolivar MO 65613. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: J.W. Dilley, 78, Bolivar, formerly of Ash Grove, died at noon Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Center. He was born in DeWitt, the son of Thomas Victor and Velda Pearl Dilley Gunn. After the deaths of his mother and father when he was 5 years old, he was adopted by his uncle and aunt, John A. and Catherine Moore Dilley. He was a retired Southern Baptist minister and was a member of the Greene County Retired Ministers Association. He was a member of Center Baptist Church east of Ash Grove. He had been employed with Anderson and Son Truck Body Company of Springfield for 30 years, retiring as office manager. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, entering the service at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Jan. 26, 1943, and was discharged on March 6, 1949, at Jefferson Barracks with the rank of corporal. During his service he received two Purple Hearts and other honors. He was a lifetime member of the Ash Grove VFW Post, where he served as chaplain. He was united in marriage with Jean Craig on June 20, 1943. To this union six children were born. They shared more than 56 years of marriage before Jean preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1999. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, three brothers and one great-granddaughter, Haley Marie Dilley. He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John W. and Sue Dilley of Walnut Grove and James William Dilley of Olathe, Kan.; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Patricia Geiszler of Springfield, Arleen and Kenneth Niemi of Half Way, Joan and John Delzell of Springfield and Sandra and Ron Maupin of Bolivar; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Monday, Oct. 9, in Wilson Brim Daniel Chapel, Ash Grove, with the Rev. Mitch Fisher officiating. Interment followed in Ash Grove Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the Missouri Veterans Bravo Team of Springfield. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Archie Woodrow Fausett, 87, Bolivar, died at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Facility after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 3, 1913, in Hazelton, Kan., the son of William Efton and Pearl M. Reed Fausett. A graduate of Pleasant Hope High School, he was a farmer and a longtime resident of Half Way and the Pleasant Hope community. In 1933 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Eastburn, and to this union three children were born: Gerald, Norman and Wilma Jean Fausett. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Wilma Jean Culbertson; and one sister, Wilma Whitmarsh. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy F. Fausett of Bolivar; two sons and their wives, Norman and Kay Fausett of Half Way and Gerald and Lydia Fausett of Branson; three sisters, Mary Thelma Giddens of Sturgeon, Erma Jewell Hall of Columbia and Mabel Lovella Nichols of Sturgeon; one brother, Virgil Fausett of Sturgeon; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lyle Shaulis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hope Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Alicia B. Horton, 90, Half Way, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Facility after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 27, 1910, in St. Louis, the daughter of George and Rose Winter Polliham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Horton. She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Mary and Kelly McAtee of Half Way; three sons, Paul J. Horton Jr. of Cuba, Richard G. Horton of St. Charles and Robert F. Horton of Sommerville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral mass was Saturday, Oct. 28, in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with Father Pat Wissman officiating. Altar boys were Sean Jones and Chris Jones. Music was provided by organist Carol Francka and the church choir. Casketbearers were Paul J. Horton III, Aaron McAtee, Matthew Horton, Patrick Horton, Michael Horton, Robert Horton, Richard Horton, Scott Carter, Al Horton and James Horton. Graveside services were Monday, Oct. 30, in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Louis, with Father James Edwards officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Paul Dwight Johnson, 75, was born to Lester and Eula Johnson in their home west of Caplinger Mills on April 30, 1925. He passed from this life Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an unexpected and sudden heart attack. He and his wife of 53 years were just returning home after a bus trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, where they had spent five fun-filled days. Paul was born the second of three boys. His mother died when he was just 10 years of age. A short five years later his father died. At that time, John, the oldest of the three brothers, and his wife moved back home with Paul and his younger brother, Calvin. On Jan. 20, 1947, Paul married the girl of his dreams, Daisy Dixon. They spent their life together on the farm in Cedar County. To this union were born three children: Richard Eugene, Paul Edward and Kathy Darlene. Paul was saved in the fall of 1947 on the street in front of the Stockton courthouse at the age of 22, after which he joined the Stockton Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized. He was later called by God to preach the gospel. After fighting against it for eight years, he surrendered to the call, and church became the focus of his life. Paul pastored seven different churches over a 25-year period and held numerous revivals from Polk County to Kansas City. He preached the necessity of salvation and the importance of the church. At the time of his death, he was a member of Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, located up the hill from his home, and was filling in for the pastor, Bro. David Keller, who had been killed in a car accident in May. Paul believed in a "know so, heartfelt" salvation and preached it everywhere he went. Paul was a farmer at heart. He spent many hours on the tractor and enjoyed sharing this with his sons throughout his life. He continued to farm and raise cattle with his son, Eddie, until the time of his death. Paul wrote insurance for over 40 years. He enjoyed meeting and helping people, and especially enjoyed friends coming by the office to sit and visit, as they often did. Paul and his daughter, Kathy, became even closer when she began working in the insurance office with him and her husband during the past 10 years. Paul enjoyed his life, and his family meant the world to him, including his many nieces and nephews, which he treated like his own. He was especially fond of his grandkids, whom he loved to play and joke around with. Paul and Daisy enjoyed going places together, whether it be work, church or taking trips. Someone once said, "Paul and Daisy go together like cream and sugar." Paul liked to find old tools and had begun quite a collection, but one of his favorite pastimes was to sit on his front porch and behold the wonders of God. Paul was not without faults, but for those who loved him, they were not readily visible. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Calvin. Survivors include his wife, Daisy, of the home; three children, Eddie Johnson and wife Debbie, Kathy Crain and husband Tom and Eugene Johnson and wife Carolyn, all of Stockton; grandchildren Jennie and Sarah Johnson, Melissa Dunlap and husband Chad, Shawn Crain, Genia Daniels and Rich Johnson; three great-grandchildren; one brother, John Johnson; and numerous other relatives, friends and neighbors. Paul Johnson will be greatly missed as a husband, a father, grampa, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor. Memories are a priceless treasure. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16. Services were held at Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Bro. Jeff Shelenhamer read the obituary and offered the opening prayer. Freedom Missionary Baptist Church and friends sang "I'm Bound for the Land of Canaan" and "Take Up Thy Cross." Bro. Leo Keller read the 90th Psalm and preached a short message on the necessity of salvation a "know-so, heartfelt" experience with God. Cindy Webb led the church and congregation in singing "Amazing Grace." Pallbearers were nephews Scott Johnson, David Johnson, Lester Johnson, Gene Mears, Brian Cook and Kenneth Burns. Honorary pallbearers were Denton Daniels, Doug Webb, Charles Winfiel, Horace Coale, Dale Beaty, Ralph Johnson, John Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Mike Dixon, Alan Dixon and Bob Coale. Burial was in Caplinger Mills Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Altha Treva Mae Wilson Kates, 78, Bolivar, passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a sudden illness. She was born to the union of Alvin Daniel and Dora Alice Barnhill Wilson in Thayer on April 21, 1922. She was one of nine children. She was married to Walter Aften Kates of Bolivar on Dec. 26, 1942, by the Rev. Loren Graves. To this blessed union were added three children, all of whom survive: Walter Harrison Kates of the home, Treva Mae Kates Orrell and her husband, Kenneth, and Danny Lee Kates and his wife, Cherie, all of Bolivar. There were also eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three great-grandhcildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Aften Kates, her parents, grandparents and seven siblings, Mildred Wilson Curry, Robert Clyde Wilson, Alvin Wilson Jr., Marie Wilson Jewel, Margaret Wilson Warren, Lucille Wilson and Helen Wilson Bennett. She has left behind one living brother, Harold Wilson of Thayer, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was a sweet and kind person who had many friends and relatives and neighbors. She was saved as a young woman at the Old Sunset Church and was a lifelong member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Services were held at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with Bro. Doyle Mayfield officiating. Pallbearers were Walter Kenneth Dean Orrell, Lewis Ernster, Levi Kates, Lee Kates, Arnold Wilson and Charlie Wilson. Burial followed in the church cemetary. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Marlene Kelso, 62, Wheatland, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. She was born Oct. 14, 1938, at Houstonia, the daughter of Edward and Stella Bailey Carver. She had lived in the Galmey area the last 12 years and had previously lived at Sedalia. She was a member of the Galmey Community Bible Church. Survivors include her husband, John Kelso of the home; two sons, Leslie Kelso and Eric Kelso, both of Rolla; two brothers, William Carver of Odessa and Quinton Carver of Independence; and five grandchildren. Services were Saturday, Oct. 21, at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel, Wheatland, with the Rev. Rick Walters officiating. Burial followed in Dooly Bend Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Zena Maurine Grammer Miller, 95, Bolivar, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, in Doctors' Hospital, Springfield. The daughter of Oscar and Bess Stribling Grammer, she was born in the Acton community of Hood County, Texas, Jan. 17, 1905. A graduate of Granbury (Texas) High School, she attended Texas Wesleyan College. On Oct. 11, 1925, she married Louis Vernon Miller, who preceded her in death. She spent most of her life in Texas, moving to Bolivar after the death of her husband in 1985. She was a member of First Baptist Church and had been involved in a Baptist church all of her life. Survivors include her children, Kenneth Zane Miller and his wife, Arlette, of Little Rock, Ark., and Twila Wakefield Smith and her husband, M. Hugh Smith, of Bolivar; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Goforth of Fort Worth, Texas; two nieces and other relatives. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saurday, Oct. 14, in Tolar Baptist Church, Tolar, Texas. Cremation was under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be given through Tolar Baptist Church, Tolar, TX 76476 to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger or through First Baptist Church, Bolivar MO 65613 for world missions. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Gladys E. Minnick passed away at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City, after a lingering illness at the age of 99 years, 2 months and 12 days. Gladys was born July 26, 1901, in Caney, Kan., the daughter of John and Alice Bell Booth Todd, who were early pioneers. They settled in Caney, Kan., raising a young family of son Adrian Todd and daughters Elma Todd and Gladys Todd. Gladys was the class valedictorian of Caney High School in 1919 and was active in several school class activities, of which her favorites were music and preparation of the 1919 high school class year book. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Bolivar. Gladys greatly enjoyed singing in the church choir and participating in church social activities. Gladys moved to Bolivar from Kansas City after the death of her husband, Homer Minnick, in 1955, to be closer to her sister Elma Mathias and her niece and niece's husband, Betty Jean and Herman Braithwait. Gladys had remarked to her great-nephew that she remembered the day that news of the disastrous sinking of the ship Titanic had reached her hometown of Caney, Kan. During the last several years, Gladys had been a resident of the Butterfield Care Center in Bolivar and recently moved to the Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. The family gratefully acknowledges the special kindness of the Charles Braithwait family of Lowry City who personally assisted Gladys in matters of her care after the death of Betty Jean Braithwait a few years ago. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Homer. Gladys is survived by a niece, Audrine Winkler of Madison, Wis.; a great-niece, Sue Winkler Bridson of Madison, Wis.; a great-nephew, John Todd Winkler of St. Louis; two great-great-nephews, Andrew Bridson of Milwaukee, Wis., and Chris Bridson of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a great-great-niece, Michelle Bridson Richardson of Spring Green, Wis. She is greatly missed by her many friends and surviving family. Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, with the Rev. G. Scott Carlton officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Bolivar. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Lawrence Samuel Moore, 76, Brighton, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at his home. He was born May 13, 1924, in Drumwright, Okla., the son of Vergia Crane and Fred Moore. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a retired electric lineman for Local No. 53 in Kansas City. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 3404 in Springfield and the AmVets Post No. 117 at Buffalo. He is survived by his wife, Peggy D. Moore, of the home; his mother, Vergia Crane of Springfield; 10 children, Nancy L. Huff, Patricia A. Kriby, Barbara A. Scott and Tammy Boswell, all of Springfield; Theresa S. LeGrande and Sherri Lynn Moore, both of Wichita, Kan., Deloris S. Zimmerman of Fair Grove, Pam K. Mangan of Morrisville, Douglas R. Scott of Monett and Rebecca L. Fisher of Pea Ridge, Ark.; six sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law; one sister, Marjorie Snow of Topeka, Kan.; nine granddaughters, 15 grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Moore; a brother, Gary Crane; two sisters, Iris Moore and Bernice Moore; and an infant daughter, Molly Ann. Graveside services were Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Robberson Prairie Cemetery north of Springfield with Bill Pringle officiating. Casketbearers were Shar Fisher, Bud Boswell, John Mangan, Phil Zimmerman, Larry Presley and Jerry Presley II. Honorary casketbearers were Steven Mangan, Michael Mangan and Doug Scott. Burial was under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. Memorial contribuions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Marjorie Allen Munroe, 86, formerly of Bolivar, died at 11:04 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, in the Dade County Nursing Home, Greenfield, after a lingering illness. She was born Aug. 11, 1914, at Lockwood, the daughter of W.J. and Sara Grant. She was the youngest of six children. Marjorie had spent most of her growing up years in Lockwood. Marjorie loved to tell stories as she remembered from her youth and the family relationship and friendship she held dear. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in San Bernardino, Calif. An accomplished organist and pianist, she played for churches, revivals and weddings. She worked as a beautician for more than 25 years, owning a number of beauty shops in both Missouri and California. During her retirement years she enjoyed travel throughout the U.S. and Canada with her late husband, Murray Munroe, whom she wed in 1973. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Murray; three brothers, Ralph, Elmer and Glenn; and two sisters, Gladys and Blanche. Surviving are two sons, Bob Morris of Palo Alto, Calif., and Rex Johnson of Bolivar; one daughter, Marti Shuler of Bolivar; four grandchildren, Craig and Jami Shuler and Chuck and Sarah Johnson; and one great-granddaughter, Kersten Shuler. Graveside services were Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Hampton Cemetery near Everton with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Della G. Pitts, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1909, in Huron to William Homer and Mary Elnora Henson Brown. On May 2, 1927, she was united in marriage to Elbert A. Black, and to this union seven children were born. She later married William Virgil Pitts on May 12, 1975. She had been a homemaker and a cook at the cafeteria at Southwest Baptist College. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Ann Black and Elbert O. Jr. and Sandra Black, all of Kansas City; three daughters and sons-in-law, Myrtle and Dave Raile of Grand Island, Neb., Elberta and Donald Jares of St. Paul, Neb., and Betty and Bob Larson of Aurora, Neb.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Rose Brown and Marvin and Dorothy Brown, all of Bolivar; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Wayne Hammerbacker of Fair Play and Mabel and Johnny Vest of Polk; 16 grandchildren, Kenneth Blacketer, Donnie Blacketer, Pam Workman, Patty Spellman, Ron Koch, Sheryl Knuth, Sheila Hein, Marla Ellicott, Linda Sondag, Karen Jares, Bruce Larson, Brenda Edwards, Eric Black, Shane Black, Diana Moss and Tracy White; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; both her husbands; two daughters, Ruby Blacketer Lovell and Willa Koch; three grandchildren, Shirley Blacketer, Larry Koch and Brent Larson; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Stella Lightfoot and Velma Fowler; and three brothers, Jesse Brown, Tom Brown and Noel Brown. Services were Monday, Oct. 16, in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Donnie Lightfoot officiating. Burial followed in Payne Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth Blacketer, Donnie Blacketer, Bruce Larson, Ron Koch, Eric Black, Shane Black and Tim Moss. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Sammie L. Pyle, 80, Morrisville, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in her home. She was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Guion, Ark., to Charles and Laura Adams Henderson. She was united in marriage to Ernest Y. Pyle, and to this union five sons were born. She was a homemaker and had been associated with the OATS group in Morrisville. Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Shirley Pyle of Greenville, Texas, Oral "Toby" and Cherryl Pyle of Morrisville, Ronnie and Mary Pyle of Summerville, S.C., and Bert and Millie Pyle of Baton Rouge, La.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Donna Hagler and Bonnie Jo Clupper both of Dupo, Ill., as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest Y. Pyle in April 1984; an infant son, Ernest G. Pyle; one sister and three brothers. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Pitts Chapel with Pastor Randy Urich officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Clyde H. Shackelton was born Dec. 8, 1924, to Floyd H. and Clara M. LeJeune Shackelton on the home place in Half Way, where he and Marcella lived during their married lives. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Facility following a lingering illness. Clyde was married to his high school sweetheart, Marcella Sampson, Dec. 11, 1945, by the Rev. Frank Lyttle in Long Lane. To this union two children were born. Clyde is survived by his wife, Marcella, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Jerry David Gallivan of Half Way; a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Karen Shackelton of Springfield; six grandchildren, Janelle Gallivan, Jimmy Gallivan and his wife, Aimee, Jay Gallivan, Mandy Anderson and her husband, Kelly, Lacy Shackelton and Cody Shackelton; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Anderson and Caleb Gallivan; a brother-in-law, James Sampson and his wife, Maxine; a nephew, a niece and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Clyde was a member of the Schofield Missionary Baptist Church and a charter member of the Half Way Lions Club. Some of Clyde's happiest years were when he carried the mail for Route 2 in Half Way. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and always enjoyed the children who would greet him at the mailbox. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after more than 20 years. He then returned to working on the farm. Clyde was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friends. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor for whatever reason. He always had a smile and never met a stranger. Clyde was known to play jokes on people, but in the fun kind of way. Clyde will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services were Friday, Nov. 3, in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Dennis Spear and the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Music was provided by the Schofield and Half Way Missionary Baptist Church choirs accompanied by Pat Voris and led by Lendell Voris. Pallbearers were Jimmy Gallivan, Jay Gallivan, Kelly Anderson, Steve Timmerman, Mark Timmerman and Gerald Davison. Honorary pallbearers were Jack LeJeune, Louis Gorden, John Robinson, David Gallivan, Morgan Wrinkle, Ben Andrews, Wayne Eastburn and Dean Voris. Burial followed in Schofield Cemetery. An obituary and guest book may be accessed at Legacy.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Schofield Cemetery or the American Cancer Society. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Lena Ellen Shipley, 85, Bolivar, died at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 18, 1915, in Fair Play, the daughter of Fred Lee and Beulah Butler Coy. She was united in marriage to Orland C. "Hawk" Shipley on Dec. 24, 1936. She was Baptist by faith and was a lifelong resident of Bolivar. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hawk, and two brothers, Fred Jr. and John Coy. She is survived by her brother and his wife, Perry and Mary Lou Coy of Jefferson City; seven nieces, Eden Beth Davis of Bloomington, Ill., Mary Curyear of Poplar Bluff, Evelyn Douglas of Little Rock, Ark., Lana Sue Bough of Stockton, Roxie Pritchett of Independence, Beverly Jane Behne of San Antonio, Texas, and Carolyn Wright; three nephews, Dennis Coy of Jefferson City, David Coy of Rolla and Jackie Coy of Fort Worth, Texas; and two sisters-in-law, Irene Coy of Cabot, Ark., and Johnnie Shipley of Bolivar. Services were Saturday, Oct. 14, in Butler Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Music included "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Jacob Skyler Sorum, 12 days, Bolivar, died at 12:37 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, in Cox Medical South, Springfield. He was born Sept. 24, 2000, in Springfield to Michael Jay Sorum and Corrie May Akin. He is survived by his parents; his twin brother, Jayson Sorum; his grandparents, Randy and Anne Akin of Bolivar and Shirley Brown and Mark Glenn of Pleasant Hope; his great-grandparents, George and Phyllis Akin of Bolivar, Paul and Joan Werner of Grants Pass, Ore., and Mamie Hodler of Kingman, Ariz. Services were Monday, Oct. 9, in Butler Chapel with Pastor Dave Poulson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Virginia Ruth Spillman, 77, Nevada, formerly of Bolivar, died Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2000, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following an illness of a few weeks. She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Ephram Herman and Florence Dorothy Teachworth Hampton. She married Clarence Richard Spillman on Sept. 14, 1944, in Olathe, Kan., and he preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1980. She grew up in Nebraska and moved to Missouri in 1937, living in Bolivar until she moved to Vernon County in 1948 and spent the rest of her life there. She was a homemaker and worked in the family dairy. Survivors include three sons, John Richard Spillman of Fresno, Calif., Earl Lewis Spillman of Ocala, Fla., and Aaron Fred Spillman of El Dorado Springs; four daughters, Virginia Louise Smith of Sheldon, Donna Marie Berry of the home, Phyllis Lee Spillman and Judy Ann Fleming, both of Nevada; and two sisters, Violet Lee Hampton of Branson and Mary Jean Reinhardt of Scotts Bluff, Neb. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, one step-grandson, one brother and one sister. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Marvin Chapel Cemetery, Vernon County, under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Alvin Eugene "Gene" Tinsley, 84, Humansville, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility. The son of Asa Roy and Nancy Edna Pitts Tinsley, he was born near Elkton March 8, 1916. On Sept. 16, 1939, he married Mary Ruth Lacy, who preceded him in death in 1985. A lifelong cattleman and farmer, he worked at the Flemington Farmers' Exchange as a mill operator and served as manager of the Dunnegan Farmers' Exchange. He was a member of Rondo Baptist Church. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He was highly respected by his friends and neighbors and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Tinsley, and two brothers-in-law, Roy Bishop and Russell Duncan. Survivors include his children, Sue Tinsley Jenkins and her husband, Larry, of Humansville, John Tinsley and his fiancee, Karen Pierce, of Flemington, and Alvin Tinsley and his wife, Ida, of Warrensburg; two sisters, Lucille Bishop and Mary Odith Duncan, both of Humansville; a sister-in-law, Irene Tinsley of Humansville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edwin and Gwen Lacy of Weaubleau; five grandchildren, Rachel Tinsley, Janet Tinsley Kiwanda, Shaun Tinsley, Heather and Sarah Jenkins; three great-grandchildren, Julian, Nathan and Andre; and many nieces and nephews. Services were Saturday, Oct. 28, in Murray Chapel, Humansville, with Bro. Cleo Cunningham and the Rev. Charley Johnson officiating. Music was by Jean Nelson and Vonna Bauer accompanied by Marcia Miller. Pallbearers were George Burleson, Bob Chaney, Jimmy Chaney, Dale Chaney, Duane King and Butch Myers. Interment was in Humansville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Everett M. Turpin, 80, Humansville, died at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, in Cox Medical Center North, Springfield. He was born Aug. 11, 1920, to Elmer and Ora Turpin in Ozwakie, Kan. He was a longtime resident of the Kansas City area before retiring as a welder of farm equipment and moving to the Humansville area. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and a member of Maranatha Baptist Church and Ozark Gospel Singers. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Phena Breshears Turpin of the home; a son, Larry Turpin of Leavenworth, Kan.; two daughters, Lavonne Morris of Lee's Summit and Deborah Turpin of Biloxi, Miss.; one sister, Mary Weschman of Barnes, Kan.; two granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Services were Monday, Oct. 23, in Pitts Chapel with burial following in the Avery Spring Branch Cemetery north of Wheatland. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Darrell W. and Marilyn A. White Darrell W. White, 56, and Marilyn A. White, 55, Malden, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, as the result of an automobile accident at the junction of Mo. 83 and northbound Mo. 13. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Landess Funeral Home, Malden. Local arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, October 2000: Ina Pearl Williamson, 76, Bolivar, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, in her home. She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Adonis to Wyatt and Katie Williamson. She was saved Sept. 9, 1936, and united with Oak Grove Baptist Church and was baptized by Bro. Lee Penny. After moving to Bolivar in 1950, she united with Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her brother and his wife, James and Wylla Williamson of Bolivar, and several cousins and friends. Services were Saturday, Oct. 21, in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Junior Ingram officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Wesley Branson "Neg" Abel, 71, Buffalo, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Polk County to Fred Olin and Loah Claud McReynolds Abel. He was saved at an early age and joined the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where he remained a member until his death. He was retired from Greyhound Buslines in Fresno, Calif. He returned to Half Way where he had lived for several years before moving to Buffalo one year ago. Survivors include his daughters, Judith Ann Johnson of the state of Virginia, Loah Melisa Abel of Fresno, Calif., Diana Huerta and Janet Huerta, both of the state of California; six sisters, Vaden Anderson of Pleasant Hope, Eva Grace of Red Bluff, Calif., Maxine Adams of Garnett, Kan., Lorine Taylor of Greenfield, Bertha Deragowki of Springfield and Zona Meadors of Bolivar; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; two sons, Howard Wesley Abel and Donald Branson Abel; two brother and two sisters. Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Dennis Spear officiating. Burial will follow in Goff Cemetary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Goff Cemetary. Services and burial are under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Leon Beauford Baker, 79, Dunnegan, died at 11:23 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The son of Elza and Sarah Leona Brewer Baker, he was born Sept. 15, 1920, near Dunnegan. He was married to Dorothy Ashlock, who preceded him in death Jan. 3, 1989. A former resident of Kearney, he had lived at Dunnegan for the past 16 years. He was an equipment operator for the Clay County Highway Department for 32 years. Besides his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sharon Lea Webb; two brothers, Athel Baker and Jack Baker; and three sisters, Edna Wyatt, Lydia Johnson and Eva Gannaway. Survivors include three children, Beauford Baker of Garland, Texas, Larry Baker of Dunnegan and Shelly Clark of Humansville; two brothers, Ron Baker of Cowgill and Dee Baker of Dunnegan; one sister, Dorothy Yoast of Selma, Ore.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Murray Chapel, Humansville. Burial will follow in Lindley Prairie Cemetery at Bear Creek. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Inez Irene Barker of Stafford, Texas, formerly of Fair Play, died at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in Park Place Assisted Living in Stafford, Texas, after a short illness at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 6 days. She died peacefully with full assurance that she will be joining her loved ones in heaven. She lived a long and full life and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Inez was born July 4, 1905, in Fair Play, the daughter of Calvin Lauren and Ida Ann Hackett Claypool. She grew up in Fair Play and was married to Homer E. Barker, and to this union one daughter was born, Jerry Lee Miller. Inez was a homemaker and also helped her husband as a bank clerk for Citizens State Bank in Fair Play. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Fair Play and of the Royal Neighbors. After her husband's death, Inez remained in Fair Play until 1971, and subsequently lived in Houston, Chicago, and Shreveport in order to be close to her daughter and son-in-law, Jerry and Fenton Miller, and two grandsons, Tom and Monte. In 1991 she moved to the Houston area to be close to her grandsons and great-granddaughter. Most recently she was living at Park Place Assisted Living, but often dreamed of returning to her beloved Fair Play. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer; and daughter and son-in-law, Jerry and Fenton Miller. Inez is survived and will be sorely missed by two grandsons, Thomas Ward Miller and his wife, Melanie, of Richmond, Texas, and Dr. Monte Barker Miller of Houston, Texas; a great-granddaughter, Laurel Miller of Richmond; and two nieces, Peggy Courtney of Springfield and Nancy Richards of Bolivar. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Butler Chapel with the Rev. Lon Killingsworth officiating. Burial will be in Akard Cemetery near Fair Play. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Cassie Mae Beckley, 83, Bolivar, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Cassville to John Wilson and Maggie Emiline Horton Fisher. She had been a homemaker. Se is survived by her five children, Ted Beckley of Rogersville, John Beckley of Springfield, Delona Harbour of Palmdale, Calif., Robert Beckley of Springfield and Melody Beckley of Bolivar; two sisters, Susie Woolever of Joplin and Ruth Howell; as well as 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jack P. Beckley; her second husband, Paul Jones; two brothers, Johnny Fisher and George Fisher; and a sister, Edie Stripling. No formal funeral services are planned. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Ruth M. Leek Bodenhamer, 84, was born Sept. 19, 1915, and passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility after a short illness. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ronald and Betty Jane Bodenhamer of Brookline, Carol and Raymond Fuller of Bolivar, Nancy Jobe of Rocky Mount and Becky and Ken Legan of Half Way; 15 grandchildren, Randy Bodenhamer of Morrisville, Susan Trotter, Kathy Osredker, Donna Petiford, Rob Bodenhamer, Richard Bodenhamer and Mark Snow, all of Springfield, Rusty Bodenhamer of Aurora, Linda Lincks, Michael Snow of Van Buren, Ark., Brenda Cannaliotto of Fort Smith, Ark., Joseph Jobe of Jefferson City, Jason Jobe of Columbia, Brock Legan of Macon and Stephanie Howard of Jasper; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are one brother, Norman Leek of Seattle, Wash., and several nieces and nephews. Her family was the joy of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Mamie Hudgens Leek; her husband, Lewis F. Bodenhamer; one son, Stephen; two brothers, Raymond and Doral Ed Leek; two sisters, Dorothy Leek and Emily Lytle; and one grandson, Kent Jobe. Ruth graduated from Aurora High School in 1934 and completed a business postgraduate course in 1935. Lewis and Ruth were married Aug. 29, 1935, and made their home on the family farm at Strafford until 1959, when they moved to a farm near Half Way. After Lewis's death in 1971, Ruth moved to Bolivar, where she resided until her death. Ruth was saved at an early age and was active in the church as long as her health permitted. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bolivar and had served as pianist, Sunday school and Bible school teacher, camp counselor and Polk County Women's Missionary Union president. Ruth served as a dorm mother at Southwest Baptist University for several years after the death of her husband. She was also active in Mizpah Chapter No. 230 Order of the Eastern Star, receiving her 50-year pin this year. Ruth held many offices including organist and Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Study Club of Bolivar, a General Federated Women's Club, where she served as president and GFWC Sixth District treasurer. Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Pitts Chapel with burial following in Crestview Memorial Gardens east of Bolivar. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Tim E. Broyles, 38, Anchorage, Alaska, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, in Anchorage following a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1962 in Roswell, N.M., to James Raymond and Betty Sue (Clemons) Broyles. He graduated from high school in Kansas City prior to moving to Anchorage in December 1993. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Betty Broyles of Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kelly and Lisa Broyles of the state of California and Aaron Broyles of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister and brother-in-law, Penny and David McPhearson of Temple, Texas; and his maternal grandmother, Ellen Clemons of Bolivar. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Pauline Broyles, his maternal grandfather, Jesse Clemons, two uncles and one aunt. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Randy Hayward officiating. Burial will follow in Lindley Prairie Cemetery near Fair Play. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Community Resource Center, 540 International Airport Rd., Anchorage AK 99518. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Steward Edward Deines, 86, Bolivar, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in Parkview Health Care Facility following a brief illness. He was born June 1, 1914, in Harvard, Neb., to John and Elizabeth Spahn Deines. He served his country in the U.S. Army. On March 20, 1942, he was united in marriage to Ova Wall, and to this union a daughter was born. He was a retired printing company salesman and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and the American Legion Post No. 138. He is survived by his wife Ova, of the home; a daughter, Donna Shreck of Bolivar; two grandchildren, Karen Bainbridge, Bolivar, and Ken Shreck, Wahoo, Neb.; as well as five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Rod Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ken Shreck, John Bainbridge Jr., Gary Lee, Carl Bridges, Nick Knickerbocker and Curtis Bridges. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: David Owen "Buck" Dryer was born May 10, 1921, in Louisburg to Wilbur C. and Florence E. Dryer. He departed this life Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at his home near Aldrich. In April 1937, Buck joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 15. After his discharge from the CCC, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Williams on Feb. 1, 1941. To this union four children were born. For more than fifty years Buck and Evelyn made their home on a farm near Aldrich. He was recognized for his abilities in the areas of farming, mechanics and welding. Saved as a young man, Buck joined the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Aldrich where he remained a faithful member until his death. As the oldest and longest-active member, he served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent. Buck was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond; a sister, Lily; a daughter, Sharon Kirksey and son-in-law Herman; and his beloved wife of 58 years, Evelyn. He is survived by three sons and their wives, Bob and Bobbie Ann Dryer of Hartville, Billy and Kay Dryer of Aldrich and Danny and Ramona Dryer of Bolivar. Also surviving are five granddaughters, five grandsons and seven great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives, Kenneth and Edna Dryer and Chester and Shirley Dryer, all of Kansas City, and Vernon and Debra Dryer of Springfield; three sisters, Trevie Davis of Stockton, Thelma Pierce of Bolivar and Mary Lemke and her husband, Richard, of Morrisville, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Buck was kind, loving, and set an example for all. He will be remembered for his quiet manner and encouraging words, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services were Friday, Sept. 8, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. DeWayne Burdette and Bro. Dean Winfiel officiating. Music was provided by the Krtek family. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Casketbearers were Tommy Tindle, Marty Tindle, Gene Williams, James Davis, John Davis and Jerry Winfiel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri or the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Willard Franklin Durham was born Oct. 11, 1920, in Bolivar, the son of Walter Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Ballinger Durham. He departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility after a lingering illness at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 26 days. Better known to his family and friends as Franklin, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 5, 1941, and served as a heavy machine gunner with Company D 1st Infantry during World War II. He was awarded two bronze stars for service in the Luzon New Guinea campaigns and was awarded the good conduct medal, plus various ribbons. In November 1945, he received an honorable discharge and returned to the United States and his hometown of Bolivar. After his military service, he worked as a heavy machine operator and was an over-the-road truck driver. Due to health reasons, he resided the last 13 years with his sister, Gertrude Cowden of Bolivar. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Ruby Gladys Durham; a brother, Truman "Buck" Durham; three stepbrothers, Wiley "Junior" Hembree, Herbert Hembree and Glen Dale Hembree; a half-sister, Shirley Mauck; and a stepsister, Peggy Resser. Surviving are a son, Michael Durham of Santa Paula, Calif.; a brother, Almas Durham of Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Helen McCune of Mountain Grove, Gertrude Cowden of Bolivar and Marcella Anderson of Porterville, Calif.; and a half-sister, Lois Orrell of Collins; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He will be missed by us all. Our loss is heaven's gain. Services were Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Butler Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank McCune officiating. Music was provided by the McCune family. Burial was in the Slagle Cemetery south of Bolivar. Casketbearers were Lloyd Cates, Terry Mitchell, Gene Manes, Donald Slagle, Kelly Bouling and Benjamin Gilliam. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Kenneth C. Emberton was born June 8, 1920, in Weaubleau, the son of Hobart Emberton and Minnie Dunivant Emberton. He passed away on Sept. 26, 2000, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 18 days. Ken graduated from the Arkansas City High School, Arkansas City, Kan., in 1939. He previously attended high school in Bolivar and attended some classes at the University of Maryland. Ken also received 10 credits from the Army University in Barritz, France. On June 22, 1941, Ken was united in marriage to Dixie Spurgeon in Baltimore, Md. To this union two daughters were born. Ken joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II as a sergeant. He was the recipient of two bronze stars. After the war, Ken and Dixie returned to Baltimore where he was employed by Crown Cork & Seal until his retirement. In 1956, the whole family moved to California, where Ken continued to work for Crown Cork & Seal in San Francisco. He was the regional sales manager and traveled all over the northwest, including Alaska and Hawaii. Ken loved working with tools and had a machine shop in his garage. His hobbies included collecting knives and watches. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Minnie Emberton, a sister Kathleen Emberton, and a brother, Bruce Emberton. Surviving are his wife, Dixie, of the home in Santa Clara, Calif.; two daughters and their husbands, Kenna L. and Ronald Granath of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Melissa K. and Greg Gibson of Yucca, Ariz.; his four grandchildren, Kenneth J. Granath of Morgan Hill, Calif., Gregory Gibson of Yucca, Ariz., Carrie Granath Pizzo of San Jose, Calif., and Claran Emberton of Yucca, Ariz.; his two great-granddaughters, Jamie Pizzo and Kristen Pizzo, both of San Jose, Calif.; and many other relatives and a host of friends. Services were Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Harlan R. Spurgeon officiating. Musical soloist was Brad Wommack with Rose Roweton as the accompanist. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Full military honors were presented by the Galmey V.F.W. Post No. 9638. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Galen E. Fisher, 69, Springfield, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in his home after a long illness. Born Jan. 25, 1931, to J. Guss and Juanita Fisher in Greensburg, Kan., he graduated from Senior High School, Springfield, in 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving through the Korean War until June 1954. He married Barbara Williams in 1952 and established Ozarks Ornamental Concrete in 1959, sculpting many pieces, retiring in 1993 due to his health. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Barbara; five children and their spouses, Gayle and David Bingham, Gary Fisher, David and Linda Fisher, Dana and Ron Vest and Kari and Mark Murray; ten grandchildren, Dustin and Gina Bingham, Mindy and Dustin Rogers, Brooke Fisher, Renea Vest, Ashley Bingham, Tiffany Vest and Allison and Katelyn Murray; one great-granddaughter, Riley Bingham; a sister, Gervaise Burns; two nephews, several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends. Services were Friday, Sept. 22, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lung Association or Hospice of Southwest Missouri. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Gregory Allen Fisher, 48, Springfield, formerly of Half Way, died at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long battle with kidney failure. He was born April 4, 1952, the son of Glenn and Ruby Fisher. He graduated from Half Way High School and later became a framer carpenter in the states of Missouri, Texas and Nevada. Survivors include Sue Kessinger, his significant other of 13 years; a son, Daniel Fisher of Springfield; a daughter, Miranda Fisher of Bosier City, La.; a granddaughter, Shyanne Marie Fisher; his father and stepmother, Forrest Glenn and Corrine Fisher of Morrisville; and one sister, Cindy Fisher of Springfield. Graveside services will be Friday, Oct. 6, in Reed Cemetery, Half Way. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Mary J. Fox, 96, Bolivar, died at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 21, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility after a lingering illness., near Fair Play, the daughter of James A. and Harriett Jane Renfro Fox. She had lived in the Fair Play area most of her life. Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Graveside services were Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Akard Cemetery at Fair Play with the Rev. Pete Davidson officiating. Burial was under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Frank David Gothard (known by all as "Fat"), the youngest of nine children, was born to George and Arminta Gothard near Needmore in Cedar County, Dec. 19, 1916. He departed this life at Citizens Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000 ,at the age of 83 years, nine months and four days. He was united in marriage to Helen Hayeer on July 8, 1938. To this union one daughter, Janice Kay Lockhart, was born. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Helen, on Aug. 8, 1995, his son-in-law, Wayne Lockhart on Nov. 18, 1999, and seven sisters, Ressie, Gertie, Delphia, Floy, Bess, Ruby and Cuba. Fat is survived by his daughter, Janice Kay Lockhart of Bolivar; one brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Dean Gothard, Stockton; three grandchildren, Alanda and Randy Steward of Bolivar, Jo Neita and Chris Kerr of Springfield and E.J. and Stelia Lockhart of Bolivar; five great-grandchildren, Chandler Steward, Bethaney Kerr and Tyler, Ethen and Clarice Lockhart; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bennie and Kay Harper of El Dorado Springs and R.J. and Nita Harper of Huntsville, Ala.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Fat was converted years ago at Shady Grove, near Aldrich, and enjoyed serving the Lord all those years. He and Helen were always faithful to church as long as their health permitted. They lived in Bolivar for several years and were members of the Bolivar Assembly of God Church, later moving back to Stockton and attending the Stockton Assembly of God Church. He was well known throughout Polk and Cedar Counties as he and Helen worked together doing custom hay baling and bush hogging. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Just beyond life's gateway is a garden bright and fair, where again we'll meet our loved ones and there'll be no parting there; pain and sorrow will be banished, gone all heartaches and all fears, just beyond life's gateway where they count not time by years. Services were Monday, Sept. 25, in the Stockton Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Randy Hayward officiating. Interment was in Lindley Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton Pallbearers were John West, Bill Warner, Bill Rangford, Jerry Moss, Gerald Moss and Tim Cooper. Honorary pallbearers were Kent Morgan, Kevin Morgan and Coy Cooper Jr. Music was provided by Bob and Barbara Branstetter, who sang "What a Day That Will Be" and Judy Rinker, who sang "Supper Time." From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: George Tempel Guinn, 72, Kansas City, formerly of Bolivar, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, in St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, following a lingering illness. He was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Warrensburg to Roscoe J. and Katherina E. Tempel Guinn. He was a graduate of Bolivar High School and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was retired from Greyhound Bus Lines and was a member of American Legion Post No. 138. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Karen Guinn of Houston, Texas; a brother, Roscoe Guinn of St. Joseph; a sister, Dorothy Osborn of Leawoodk Kan.; three grandchildren, Matthew Guinn and Gregory Guinn, both of Houston, Texas, and Sarah Guinn of Dallas, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret, who died in March of this year. Services were Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew Guinn, Gregory Guinn, P. Rocky Osborn, Mike Osborn, Derik Osborn and D. Rocky Osborn. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Doyle Harris was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Long Lane, the son of Ira and Parlee Phillips Harris. He departed this life at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Hospital at the age of 63 years, 7 months and 7 days. Doyle was a veteran of the U. S. Army, from 1953 to 1957, serving as a medic in Korea for 18 months. He retired from the Certainteed Corp. in Kansas City, Kan., after 36 years. After retirement he and Lucille moved to their present home southeast of Half Way, where they have resided the past eight years. Doyle had many things which he loved; two especially were going to garage sales and going fishing. He very much loved his family and very much loved and cared about his granddaughters and great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and five brothers. Surviving Doyle are his wife, Lucille, of the home; one daughter and her husband, Mary "Dena" and Larry Sanner of Half Way; his son and his wife, Vernon and Debi Harris of Raymore; his three granddaughters, Pamela Olson and her husband, Rob, of the home, Jennifer Sanner of Half Way and Amber Harris of Raymore; also his great-granddauqhter, Kiersten Olson of the home. Also surviving are one sister, Barbara Garamillo and her husband, Larry, of Hermitage; two brothers, Donald Harris of Bolivar and Arlie Harris and his wife, Joyce, of Kansas City; and a very special mother-in-law, Mary Anthony of Pleasant Hope, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were Sunday, Sept. 10, in Schofield Cemetery with Bro. Joe Sprague officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home. Casketbearers were Jerry Dunnington, Ronnie Arnold, Dean Maynard, Ricky Parris, Rodney Lee and Larry Rew. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Obituary may be viewed at www.legacy.com. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Wayne L. Hays, 66, Urbana, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Sedalia, the son of Charles and Emma Hays. He was a security guard at Tracker Marine in Bolivar and had worked at Teters Floral Products several years ago. He was united in marriage to Etta Sanders Nov. 6, 1962. To this union two children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Hays. Survivors include his wife, Etta, of the home; one son, Dwain, of the home; one daughter, Shari Bess and her husband, Orvan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cody Hays and Aron and Shelby Bess; one brother, Robert Hays of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two sisters, Doris Ross of Stover and Carol Campbell of Pleasant Hope. Services were Monday, Sept. 25, in the Montgomery-Viets Chapel, Buffalo, with the Rev. Don Tucker officiating. Music selections included "Farther Along," "Sweet Bye and Bye" and "Beyond the Sunset." Casketbearers were Brent Ballinger, Orvan Bess, Mik Hildebrand, Robin Hildebrand, Kelly Sanders and Tony Sanders. Burial was in Church Grove Cemetery, Buffalo. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Peggie Lea Heidenreich, 70, Bolivar, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. The daughter of Merle and Ardith Dunn, she was born at Hastings, Neb., Sept. 15, 1930. She married Vernon Heidenreich Dec. 16, 1953. They lived all over the world including Michigan, Colorado, Texas and Europe. They retired to Missouri, where she owned the Village Nook Antique Shop in Hollister. She moved to Bolivar in 1987, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Barbara Ann Kautz, and two sons, Stephen Patrick and Matthew Sean Heidenreich. She is survived by her husband, Vernon; her daughters, Linda and Laura Heidenreich, both of Bolivar, and Jo Ann Green of Fair Play; a stepson, Michael Burr, Hampshire, Tenn.; two brothers, Donald Dunn of the state of California and Robert Dunn, Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several cousins, including Ruth Potter, Deloras Hays and Maxine Gwinner, all of the state of Nebraska. Funeral mass was Friday, Sept. 29, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pat Wissman officiating. Organist was Moriece Skarvan. Alter Server was Matt Quennoz and Lector was Mary Graham. Pallbearers were Cecil Wheeler, Dan Green, Dennis Kalcik, Jake Francka, Frank Buresh and Ron Stander. Interment was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Bobbie Ray Hopkins, 72, Bolivar, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at the home of his daughter near Buffalo. The son of George and Vina Jones Hopkins, he was born at Wishart on Feb. 17, 1928. He was married to Pauline Glenn, and they were the parents of seven children. He was later married to Betty Shull, who preceded him in death July 22, 2000. His career was in the military. He served for nearly 30 years in the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army. He was a member of the Wishart Methodist Church and Howard S. Keeling American Legion Post No. 138. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Keith Hopkins; his parents; four brothers and six sisters. Survivors include his children, Judy Pickney of Buffalo, Yvonne Hopkins of Fort Bragg, N.C., Vicky Ryan, Richard Hopkins, Danny Hopkins and Mike Hopkins, all of Springfield; four stepchildren, Harmon Thomas Shull and Beverly Dipert, both of Findlay, Ohio, Cynthia Elwell of Yorktown, Va., and Mary Shull of Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Eldora Pursley of Bolivar; a brother, Edgar Hopkins of Pleasant Hope; 11 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. Graveside services were Saturday, Sept. 30, in Bass Chapel Cemetery south of Fair Grove with the Rev. Virgil Kearney officiating. Military rites were conducted by Amvets Post No. 114 and Howard S. Keeling American Legion Post No. 138. Services were under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Rocky Dwayne Hutchinson, 42, Pleasant Hope, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1958, in Kansas City, the son of Harry Edward and Shirley Jean Denny Hutchinson. He was a carpenter and attended school in El Dorado Springs. He is survived by his parents, Harry E. and Shirley J. Hutchinson, Collins; a brother, Mark Wayne Hutchinson, Collins; and two sisters, Wendy Mandum, Fair Grove, and Cindy Reeder, Pleasant Hope. No funeral services are planned at this time. Cremation was under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Nellie Mae Jenkins, 80, Bolivar, died at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at the Parkview Healthcare Facility after a lingering illness. She was born in Dorrance, Kan., the daughter of Robert Ray and Mary Elizabeth Miller Duryee. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and was retired from the Teters Floral Products Co. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eidison Wyatt, in September 1966 and her second husband, Cleo Jenkins, in January 1981. Also preceding her in death were her parents; three sisters, Gertrude Gilden, Orma Brown and Anna Rae Bruce; and two brothers, Jim Duryee and Bill Duryee. Surviving are one son, Robert Wyatt of Anderson, S.C.; three sisters, Carrie Kates, Philomene "Jean" Farmer and Leota Amlin, all of Bolivar; two grandchildren, Robert Wyatt Jr. and Melissa Wyatt, and one great-granddaughter, Rachel Wyatt, all of Belton, S.C.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Services were Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Summers officiating. Music was provided by Jackie Hitchcock and Penny Brandt with Greg Ankrom as the pianist. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Casketbearers were Duane Farmer, Jim Duryee, Roy Wilkinson, Jeremy Storment, Tommy Brown and Richard Farmer. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Sharon K. Johnson, Bolivar, died at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer at the age of 43 years, five months and four days. Sharon was born April 22, 1957, in Maryville, the daughter of Clifton Leroy and Bonnie Louise Hart Messner. She was a member of the High Praise Assembly of God Church in Bolivar. Sharon worked for Trans World Airlines as a flight attendant and had previously worked for the Maryville Community Services. Her family and friends were the joy of her life. She enjoyed flowers, crafts and shopping. She will be missed by all. Sharon is survived by her husband of 18 years, Barry Johnson of Bolivar; a daughter, Brandi Jackson of Springfield; her mother, Bonnie Messner of Maryville; a stepdaughter, Heather Johnson of Kansas City; three sisters, Shirley Hull of Oklahoma City, Okla., Nicki Samson and Betty Jo Reuter, both of Maryville; and her brother, Dave Messner of Maryville. There was a viewing Saturday, Sept. 30, at Price's Funeral Home in Maryville, just prior to graveside services in Nodaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Maryville. Services for Sharon were Thursday, Sept. 28, in High Praise Assembly of God Church. Local arrangements were under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Citizens Memorial Hospital Hospice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Stella Mae Lightfoot, 86, Polk, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 25, 1914, in Polk to William "Bill" Homer and Mary Henson Brown. She was united in marriage to Joseph Columbus "J.C." Lightfoot on Sept. 24, 1932. She had been a homemaker and worked at the Bolivar Garment Factory for 20 years prior to their closing. She was a member of Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Carolyn Lightfoot, Jerald and Bernice Lightfoot and Donnie and Jeanette Lightfoot, all of Polk; three sisters, Della Pitts of Bolivar, Mabel Vest of Polk and Mary Hammerbacher of Fair Play; two brothers, Robert Brown and Marvin Brown, both of Bolivar; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph C. Lightfoot; a granddaughter, Shelly Lightfoot; three brothers, Jesse Brown, Noel Brown and Tom Brown; and a sister, Velma Fowler. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Pitts Chapel with Bro. Dennis Skinner and Bro. Jerry Crane officiating. A combined choir of Goodson, Sentinel and Mt. View Missionary Baptist Churches and the Hammerbacher children, Mike, Teresa, Sharon and Beth, will provide music. Burial will follow in Payne Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Harvey William Martin, 38, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at his home near Dunnegan. He was born January 8, 1962, the son of Harvey and Delores Martin. He and Pamela Carter were married October 21, 1989. He was employed by Berryville Graphics in Berryville, Va., as a book binder. He moved to Dunnegan from Stephen City, Va., this past February. Survivors includ his wife, Pamela, of the home; three children, Kelli Martin of Drexel, Harvey Martin Jr. and Jessica Martin, both of the home; his parents, Harvey and Dolores Martin of Grandview; his grandmother, Alma Martin of Lexington, Ky.; and three brothers, Michael Martin of Parkville, Phillip Martin of Memphis, Tenn., and Kevin Martin of Grandview. Services were Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, in Murray Chapel with the Rev. Bill Levergood officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Carter, Lloyd Richardson, Danny Smart, Tom Simmons, Rick Blackman and Ronnie Haddix. Pallbearers were Justin Carter, Mike Carter, Bill Carter, Phillip Martin, Kevin Martin and Mike Martin. Interment was in Dunnegan Cemetary under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Gladys Jane McKinney, 49, Fairbanks, Alaska, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. The daughter of Charles and Gladys Hammons McKinney, she was born June 23, 1951, in Kansas City. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles S. McKinney. Survivors include her mother, Gladys McKinney of Bolivar; three children, Brenda Salkil and her husband, Pacer, of Springfield, Laura Burleson and her husband, Brian, of Bolivar and Tommie Spry of Springfield; three grandchildren, Mahalah and Caitlin Salkil and Benjamin Burleson; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Joan and Thomas Wasmer of Lee's Summit; and a very good friend, Shirley Horner of Adrian. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Murray Chapel, Bolivar, with the Rev. Dan Adkison officiating. Interment will be in Dunnegan Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Lillian Longcrier McMillan, 90, Aldrich, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Health Care Center following a short illness. She was born in Walnut Grove and grew up in the area. She was a longtime former resident of the Clever area before moving to Raytown and Warrensburg, returning to Aldrich in 1979. She graduated from Walnut Grove High School and received a B.S. in education from State Teachers College, Springfield, and a master's degree in administration from Drury College. She was a retired educator and administrator, retiring in 1967 after 40 years of service with Raytown School District as English curriculum coordinator. She was also a teacher and principal in the Clever School District for many years. She was a member of Warrensburg Cumberland Prestyterian Church and attended Aldrich Christian Church. She was honored with the State Volunteer Award from Ozark Area Community Action Corporation. She and Lloyd McMillan were united in marriage in June 1968. He preceded her in death in September 1977. Also preceding her in death were her parents, James Franklin and Maude Rodman Longcrier, and one sister, Zittella Munea. She is survived by two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Osborne and Imogene McMillan, Warrensburg, and James B. and Helen Sandage, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two step-daughters and a son-in-law, Orene Belhold, Hoagland, Ind., and Kathleen and Bill Purvis, Trinity, Texas; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Frances Longcrier, Bolivar, Maryalis Bodenhamer, Renton, Wash., and Annabel and Jay Lyman, Aldrich; one brother and sister-in-law, James F. and Ester Earle Longcrier, Olympia, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Services were Saturday, Sept. 23, in Wilson-Brim Daniel Funeral Chapel, Walnut Grove, with Dr. Ron McMillan officiating and Rosemary Bone giving the eulogy. Interment followed in Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Leonard Eugene Mincks passed away at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, in his home after a brief illness at the age of 54 years, 11 months and three days. Gene was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Polk County, the son of Leonard and Lorene Vest Mincks. He met and married his lifelong love, Elizabeth Wilson, in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1966 and 1967. When he returned, he worked 32 years as a mechanic in the Springfield area. He loved fixing automobiles, and he loved to fish. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorene Mincks; a brother, Earl Mincks, and his father-in-law, James E. Wilson. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Elizabeth Mincks of the home; his father and stepmother, Leonard and Fanny Mincks of Bolivar; his mother-in-law, Sylvia Wilson of Half Way; six sisters and their husbands, Joyce and Bill Ingram of Bolivar, Charlot Thompson of Springfield, Lenna and Charles Wilson of Half Way, Bertha Bays of Half Way, Lena and Charles Pierpont of Ellsworth, Maine, and Linda and Bill Tosh of Muleshoe, Texas; four brothers and their wives, Garley and Edna Mincks of the state of North Carolina, Lloyd and Ginger Mincks of Half Way, Jeff and Angel Mincks of Bolivar and Scott Mincks of Bolivar; as well as several aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He will be greatly missed by all. Services were Sunday, Sept. 17, in Butler Chapel with the Rev. Tom Willoughby and Bro. Joe Spear officiating. Music was provided by the Rev. Tom Willoughby and Matt, Timothy and Bonnie Bays. Casketbearers were Lloyd MIncks, Jeff Mincks, Scott Mincks, David Wilson, Kenny Wilson and Darrell Wilson. Honorary casketbearers were Charlie Wilson, Dale Wilson and Steve Myrick. Burial was in Pleasant Hope Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Galmey V.F.W. Post No. 9638. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Marion Alanson Mitchell, 79, Aldrich, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at citizens Memorial Hospital. The son of Oliver Worden and Flora Mae Saylor Mitchell, he was born Sept. 6, 1921, at Aldrich. He was a 1939 graduate of Aldrich High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II from September 1943 to November 1945. On Aug. 3, 1941, he married Betty Marie Tygart, and they shared 59 years together, spending many hours traveling. He was a member of the Aldrich United Methodist Church all of his life, serving as Sunday school superintendent and teacher. President Harry S Truman appointed him postmaster at Aldrich, where he served for 33 years. He was a 4-H leader for many years, helping young people with their woodworking and rope-working projects. He served on the Fair Play school board for several years. He was a member of Bolivar Lodge No. 195, a 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of the Scottish and York Rite bodies. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Clarence, Harold and Johnny Jack Mitchell. Survivors include his wife, Betty; six children, Ronnie Mitchell of Bolivar, Donnie Mitchell of Aldrich, Kathi Richards of Springfield, Jimmy Mitchell of Kansas City, Johnny Mitchell of Japan and Karel Jeffries of Carthage; two sisters, Beulah Bates of Boulder City, Nev., and Anna Deane Bennett of Jackson, Miss.; 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. Services will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the Aldrich United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sylvia Ireland officiating. Soloists will be Frank Artz and Rona Sukovaty, accompanied by Phil Jones. Pallbearers will be Justin Wommack, Eric Wommack, Brian Mitchell, Brad Jeffries, Larry Mitchell, Chad MItchell, Cory Mitchell and Bill Perkins. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery south of Aldrich under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aldrich United Methodist Church Building Fund or the charity of the donor's choice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Lola E. Neal, 88, formerly of Springfield and Bolivar, died Sept. 28, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. She had lived at Colonial Springs Nursing Home at Buffalo for the last three years. She was born near Half Way Sept. 1, 1912, the daughter of William M. and Mary S. Roweton-Cornelius. She was saved at an early age and of the Baptist faith. She had five sisters and three brothers. All have preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Neville Neal, state of Tennessee, and Ken Allen Neal, state of Illinois; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were Saturday, Sept. 30, at Goff Cemetery east of Bolivar, with the Rev. Harold Hendrickson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Springfield. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Donal H. Rotramel, 78, Wichita, Kan., died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at his home after a short illness. He was born Nov. 21, 1921, the son of Lawrence and Effie Rotramel of Polk County. He attended Marion C. Early High School and graduated in 1942. He served in World War II for three years and retired from Kansas Gas and Electric after 35 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Carl Lee, and three grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Sarah E. Rotramel; six sons, David Rotramel of Tunas, Dee Rotramel of Carthage, Dale Rotramel of Pleasant Hope, Steve Rotramel, George Rotramel and Ronnie Rotramel, all of Wichita, Kan.; six daughters, Donna Lee Baker of Bolivar, Dora Horseman of Lebanon, Carol Castillo of Wichita, Kan., Paula Sayers of Valley Center, Kan., Thelma Hoffman of Eureka, Kan., and Verna Edgar of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Lorene Neil of Bolivar and Effie Riedesel of Fair Play; one brother, Bill Rotramel of Bolivar; 35 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Laura Rogers of Sheldon. His body has been sent to Kansas University for research. No formal arrangements are being made. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Troy McKinley Simmons, 70, Raytown, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at the home of his daughter. He was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Polk County. He retired to El Dorado Springs in 1986 and had formerly lived in Kansas City, where he worked as a glazer for the Carrol Day Glass Company out of local 558. He was a graduate of the Hermitage High School class of 1949 and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Simmons; his parents, Curtis and Rhua Simmons; and an infant daughter, Barbara Jane Simmons. He is survived by his mother-in-law, Ethel Gorden of El Dorado Springs; a sister, Almetia Barnes of Polk; a daughter and her husband, Linda and David Mohn of Raytown; two sons, David Simmons of Peculiar and Jeff "J.W." Simmons and his wife, Sally, of Peculiar; brothers- and sisters-in-law Grimes Barnes of Polk, Bob Austin of Stockton, Sharon and Ron Skelton of Peculiar, Roy and Jackie Austin of Independence and Joanna Knapp of Buckner; seven grandchildren, Sandi Taylor, Paula and Tony Mendez, Philip, Troy, Jennifer and Barbara Mohn; and six great-grandchildren, Ashlie Frazier, Zachary and Bethanie Taylor-Ridenhour and Courtney, Alana and Joseph Mendez. Services were Monday, Sept. 25, in Butler Chapel with the Rev. Donald R. Hart officiating. Casketbearers were Philip Mohn, Troy Mohn, Randy Barnes, Thomas Giamalva, Roy Austin and Ron Skelton. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery near Pittsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery c/o Antioch Christian Church, HCR 79, Box 1267, Pittsburg MO 65724-9728. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Roy Snodgrass of Bolivar died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 94 years, five months and 29 days. Roy was born March 14, 1906, in Cedar County, the son of Oscar and Mary Snodgrass. Roy married Lillian Burdick on Feb. 7, 1930, and to this union two daughters were born, Mary Lou and Eula Mae. Roy and Lillian were members of the Union Hall Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs. They spend 69 and a half years of happy marriage, living outside of El Dorado Springs and later moving to Bolivar. Roy was a farmer, raising cattle, horses and dogs. He was very proficient at clipping and grooming dogs for sale and always had a dog that knew more than one tirck. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lillian; one daughter, Mary Lou; and a sister, Eula. Roy is survived by one daughter and her husband, Mae and Bill Maack of Goodson; three grandchildren, Susie Graham and her husband, Rick, of Bolivar, Mike Maack of Polk and Jennifer Condren and her husband, Donny, of Goodson; and four great-grandchildren, Douglas, Ross and Hayli Maack and Cole Condren. Roy was a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Graveside services were Saturday, Sept. 16, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, El Dorado Springs, with Elder Efton Piper officiating. Casketbearers were Bill Maack, Mike Maack, Rick Graham, Donny Condren, Douglas Maack and Raymond Williams. Arrangments were under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: The Rev. Albert W. Pettet Sr., 82, Excelsior Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at his home. The son of Arthur A. and Dessie V. Messer Pettet, he was born July 28, 1918, at Holmes Park. He received his ministerial education at The Berean School of Bible. He spent his life working as a minister, pastor and superintendant for the Northern Missouri District of the Assemblies of God. On Feb. 24, 1943, he was united in marriage to Nadine M. Havens in Bolivar, and they had three children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Velma O. Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Nadine; two sons, Albert Pettet Jr. of Washington and Ron Pettet and his wife, Sue, of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Alberta White and her husband, Bill, of Washington; three brothers and their wives, Leland and Alma Pettet of Nixa, Marvin and Ava Pettet of Springfield and Elvin and Betty Pettet of Raytown; five sisters, Mildred Wilson of Bolivar, Ailene Robertson of Springfield, Eunice Bachman of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jean De Atley of Overland Park, Kan., and Lela Reed and her husband, Charles, of Monroe, La.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Services were Monday, Sept. 11, at Lawson Assembly of God Church, Lawson, with the Rev. Bobby Morris, the Rev. Ron Garner, Albert Pettet Jr., the Rev. Bryan Pettet and the Rev. Ron Pettet officiating. Graveside services were Tuesday, Sept. 12, in St. Peter's Cemetery, Washington. Arrangements were under the direction of Polley Funeral Home and Nieburg-Vitt Funeral Home in Washington. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Michael R. Ward Sr., 43, Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, of complications from diabetes. He was born Aug. 18, 1957, in Kansas City, the son of Ray and Helen Louise Morris Ward. He and Connie Larkin were married July 24, 1983. He owned and operated Ward's Battery Shop for several years in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Freedom of the Road Riders for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lonnie E. Morris of Bolivar, and his grandmother, Bessie Ward Piper of Buffalo. Surviving are his wife, Connie; three sons, Steven Miller, Michael Ward Jr. and Kenneth Ward of Cape Girardeau; his parents, Ray and Helen Ward, and a sister, Stara McLard, all of Raymondville; his grandmother, Nola Morris of Bolivar; and two grandchildren. Graveside services were Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Laremeir Cemetery, Cape Girardeau. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Anna G. Steeley, 84, Greenfield, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, in her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1915, in Arcola, the daughter of George and Ida Underwood Lowry. She married Linville V. King on Dec. 3, 1939, in Seybert, and to this union a son, Duane, and a daughter, Janice, were born. Her husband, Linville, preceded her in death Nov. 21, 1964. She married Howard Steeley on Oct. 18, 1972, in Greenfield. She graduated from Stockton High School and attended Southwest Baptist College. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught at the White Oak Country School. She was a retired Dade County health nurse. She was a member of Greenfield Church of Christ and the Greenfield Literary and Civic Club. She had been a longtime volunteer at the Dade County Nursing Home and helped start the Dade County Health Center. Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, Franklin and Earl Lowry, and a stepson, Sanford Steeley. Survivors include her husband, Howard, of the home; a son, Duane Lee King and his wife, Barbara, of Flemington; a daughter, Janice A. Burnett and her husband, Fred, of Greenfield; a stepdaughter, Ann Glenn and her husband, Jerry, of Everton; a daughter-in-law, Joan Steeley of Everton; three stepsons and their wives, Larry and Ellie Steeley of Ash Grove, Dwight and Jeanie Steeley of Everton and Johnnie and Peggy Rummell of Walnut Grove; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were Sunday, Sept. 3, in Greenfield Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Billy Vanhouser officiating. Burial followed in Arcola HIckory Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Parkinson's Association. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Hayden William Wilson, son of Tom and Nancy Wilson of Willard, was stillborn at 4:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Robbin and James Dilday of Morrisville and Larry and Melody Wilson of Walnut Grove; his maternal grandparents, Bill and Carol Jennings of Aurora; and his paternal great-grandparents, Robert Altic of Willard and Bill and Lois Wilson of Walnut Grove. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced by Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: Hayden William Wilson, infant son of Thomas Adam Wilson and Nancy Ann Jennings Wilson, was stillborn on Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Surviving besides his parents, Tom and Nancy Wilson of Willard, are maternal grandparents, Carol and Bill Jennings of Aurora; paternal grandparents, Robbin and James Dilday of Morrisville and Larry and Melody Wilson of Walnut Grove; paternal great-grandparents, Robert Altic of Willard and Bill and Lois Wilson of Walnut Grove; and paternal step-grandparents, Bill and Linda Howard of Ash Grove and Pat and Ed Dilday of Morrisville. Graveside services were Tuesday, October 3, in the Slagle Cemetery south of Bolivar with the Rev. Robert McGinnis officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 2000: John Mark Woodfill, 70, Bolivar, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in his home after a brief illness. He was born on Feb. 12, 1930 in Stockton, Calif., the son of R. L. 'Bob' and Elizabeth Upton Woodfill. He was a lifelong resident of Bolivar. He graduated from Bolivar High School in 1940 and from Southwest Baptist College in 1950. Mark was a member of the First Christian Church of Bolivar and the American Legion. He was active in all school and community programs. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of sergeant. He graduated with a degree in speech from Southwest Missouri State University in 1956, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He joined his father in operating the City Drug Store on the west side of the square. The store was founded in the 1890s by his grandfather, George Mark Upton. After the death of his father, he assumed ownership of the store until its sale in 1990. Mike Stephens began his pharmacy career at the City Drug store as a soda fountain clerk during his high school years. Later, after becoming a registered pharmacist, Mike opened his own pharmacy in Bolivar and Mark joined his staff as a pharmacy technician. He continued in Mike's employ until his death. Surviving is a sister, Betty C. Mahaffey of Park Ridge, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Fred Mahaffey of Bolivar; two nephews, John Christopher Mahaffey of Chicago, Ill., and his children, Michael and Katie, and Mark Turner Mahaffey of San Diego, Calif. Services were Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Paul Cofer officiating. Inurnment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
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