SAMUEL GEORGE  LAMBORN Born November 20, 1930 in Reynolds County, MO the son of Roy Alonzo LAMBORN and Dorothy Elizabeth PRATER. He passed away December 10, 2007 at West Plains, MO at the age of 77 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ethel DEWITT LAMBORN; one son Robert LAMBORN; and two brothers Christopher Alexander LAMBORN and James Wesley LAMBORN. He is survived by his special friend Maudie MARSHALL of Mountain View, MO; one son Dasin LAMBORN of Aspermont, TX; three step-sons Larry LAMBORN of Rogersville, MO, Ron MATTHEWS of Lewisville, TX and Dennis MATTHEWS of Wichita, KS; one step daughter Carol A. ROE of Fritch, TX; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. George enlisted in the United States Army on August 20, 1954 and served during the Korean War. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksman, and the Army Occupation Medal (Germany). George was honorably discharged from active duty on August 7, 1956. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and was honorably discharged on July 31, 1962. George relocated to Wayside, Texas after serving in the United States Army. He farmed in the Texas area until he moved back to Bunker, MO in 1985 and later moved to Eunice, MO in 1991. He worked with his family at the sawmill until he moved to Birch Tree, MO in 1999. George loved to tinker with lawnmowers and chainsaws. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services were held Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 1:00 PM at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO with Rev. Jim JACKSON officiating. Interment was in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO.
ELIZABETH L. ANDERSON LADENAge 75.  Died at St Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City Cole Co MO. Daughter of Robert G. Anderson and Barbara Kennedy. Married Edgar D. 'Frog' Laden at Willow Springs on Aug. 13, 1948. Their children were Mary Ellen Laden, Sarah Briggs, Michael Robert Laden. She was a 1947 graduate of Willow Springs High School; organist and choir member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was the food service director at Willow Springs Public Schools; a past president and vice president of the Heritage Dolls Club and Jefferson City Miniature Club; a Girl Scout Leader, PTA member and officer. Services were under the direction of the Freeman Mortuary of Jefferson City. Burial at the Willow Springs City Cemetery.  - West Plains Daily Quill, Apr. 1, 2004.
Bill LaFeversAge 71, of West Plains MO - Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. LaFevers died at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at his home. He was born on June 28, 1935, in Imboden, Ark., to Herbert Elmer and Elsie Iris Tolbart LaFevers. He graduated from the West Plains High School with the class of 1953 and on April 11, 1970, he was married to Janet Kay Hollingshad. He was of the Methodist faith. He is survived by his wife, Janet LaFevers, of the family home; six children, Dana Frost and husband, Roger, of Clarkridge, Ark., William David LaFevers and wife, Jan, of Branson, Douglas LaFevers and wife, Amy, of West Plains, Daniel LaFevers and wife, Karen, of Mountain View, Debra Finley and husband, David, of West Plains, Deric LaFevers and wife, Nicole, of Springfield; 10 grandchildren, Michael Frost, Ashley Matejek, Abigail LaFevers, Hunter LaFevers, Quentin LaFevers, Holden LaFevers, Logan LaFevers, Zach Finley, Allison Finley, Syndnee LaFevers and one on the way, William Ryder LaFevers; two great-grandchildren, Isabel Brook Matejek, and Blake Michael Frost; three sisters, Helen Cornel and husband, Phil, of Sunset Hill, Mo., Nancy Henry and husband, Jim, of West Plains, and Janice Bowden and husband, Keith, of West Plains. His parents; one sister, Rita Rose LaFevers; two aunts, Helen LaFevers King and Mabel Tolbart; and one uncle, John Tolbart precede him in death. Burial was held at New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Doris Maxine Gundy LambeAge 84, West Plains MO - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Lambe died 7:03 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2008, in Brooke Haven HealthCare. She was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Muskegon, Mich., to John and Daisy Crow Gundy. On March 15, 1948, she was married at Jonesboro, Ark., to William Franklin “Frank” Lambe who preceded her in death on March 2, 2006. She enjoyed yard sales and loved her family. Mrs. Lambe was a Christian. She is survived by seven children, Betty Raistrick and husband, Mike, Bonnie Nielson and husband, Leroy, Bill Lambe and wife, Rhonda, Sue Prewitt and husband, George, John Lambe and wife, Brenda, Randy Lambe and wife, Cindy, and Jerry Lambe and wife, Julie; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Susie Passage; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, one grandson and one brother precede her in death. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Howell Co News May 13, 2008.
Evelyn Marie Tilson Lambeth Age 88, West Plains - Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Lambeth died 4:08 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains. She was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Howell County, Mo., to Allen and Ella Willard Tilson. On July 9, 1938, she was married at West Plains, Mo., to Lindle Lambeth who preceded her in death on May 31, 1986.  Mrs. Lambeth was employed as a sales clerk for C.R. Anthony and before her retirement, worked for Wal-Mart.  She was a member of the Center Grove Baptist Church at Moody, Mo. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Hopkins, Jackson, Mo., and Linda Long, West Plains; four grandchildren, David Hopkins, wife, Theresa, Kerry Hopkins, wife, Melissa, Ann Morris, husband, Brian and Kirk Long, wife, Makiah; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way; one brother, Glen Tilson, wife, Berneice; one sister, Bonnie James, husband, Herbert; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; one infant daughter; one brother, Blaine Tilson; and two sons-in-law, precede her in death. Burial was at Moody Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Lois Mae Plummer Lampkins Eldest daughter of George Thomas Plummer and Nettie Armanda Lynch Plummer, was born September 7, 1921, at Alley Spring and passed away at St. John’s/St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, MO, on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the age of 86 years and 9 months. On October 28, 1940, Lois was united in marriage to Orval Sherman Lampkins, and to this union five children were born: Erma Roe of Mountain View, MO; Annamay Gosnell of Timmonsville, South Carolina; David Lampkins of Linn Creek, MO; Bonnie Tucker Yardley of Winona, MO; and Evelyn Smith Chappell of Greenville, Tennessee. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse; one sister, Etta 'Toots' Stacy Keeling; four granddaughters, Patricia, Julie, Annette, and Delta Dawn; four brothers-in-law; and two sons-in-law. She is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Stoops, Neva Crabtree, and Jewell Percy; one brother, Paul Plummer; her five children; 20 grandchildren, Tony, Elaine, Michael, Sheila, Timothy, Brenda, Kathy, Bob, Lisa, Kim, Keith, Kelly, Kurtis, David, Debbie, Bill, Jack 'Bubb', Jamie, Deon, and Starla; 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Lois was a long-time member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Birch Tree, MO. Her favorite activities included worshiping the Lord and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing bingo and listening to gospel music at Birch Tree Place, where she resided for the past several years. She will be sadly missed by the many who knew and loved her. Services for Lois were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at the Bradford Funeral Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Interment was in Flat Rock Cemetery, under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.  The Summersville Beacon, Jun. 4, 2008.
Harold Earl Lampley Born August 23, 1937 at Lepanto, Arkansas the son of Guy and Bessie Brach Lampley and passed away October 24, 2006 at West Plains, Missouri at the age of 69 years. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Rutledge on April 2, 1969 in Oregon, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Bessie Lampley; two daughters, Teresa Phillips, and one infant daughter; one brother, Obie Lampley; one granddaughter, Amanda Long; his mother-in-law, Grace Rutledge; two brother-in-laws, Edward Rutledge, Jr., and Gene Reeves; and one sister -in-law, Lucille Reeves. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Betty of Brandsville, MO; his eight children; Carolyn Wycoff and husband, Roger, of Washington; Linda Provow and husband, Billy, of Pottersville, MO; Thomas Lampley and wife, Pam, of Rochelle, IL; Darlene McClusky of Ellsinore, GA; Tina Lampley of Michigan City, IN; Harold Lampley, II of Fort Sill, OK; Mike Lampley and wife, Kayla, of Brandsville, MO; and Christina Lampley and fiancee, Russell Sacra, of Brandsville, MO; one sister, Gladys Russell, and husband, Mickey, of Rochelle, IL; one brother, Tommy Lampley and wife, Rhonda, of West Memphis, AR; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Patricia Lockett and husband, John, of Cahokia, IL; Joe Rutledge and wife, Connie, of Stanton, VA; John Rutledge and wife, Nickie, of Stanton, VA; Mary Enteman and husband, Bill, of Thayer, MO; Sharron Rauch of West Plains, MO; Rhonda Collins and husband, Marshall, of Mammoth Springs, AR; Randy Rutledge and wife, Linda, of Rochelle, IL; Barbara Brogdon and husband, Rodney, of Defuniak Springs, FL; Dennis 'Rusty' Rutledge and wife, Linda, of Mount Morris, IL and Betty Rutledge of Warrenton, MO; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and his very special friends John and Tommie Sutherland and families of Brandsville, MO. Harold enjoyed working, and spent his time working and helping others. He worked in many occupations as a painter and sandblaster in the ship yards; as a forklift operator in the canneries and he was skilled at many of the jobs in the construction trade. Harold will be truly missed by all those who loved and knew him. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to assist the family with funeral expenses and may be dropped off at Duncan Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held Friday, October 27, 2006 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Birch Tree with Bro. Randal Wilson officiating. Interment was in the Oak Forrest Cemetery at Birch Tree, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Birch Tree.
J. Richene Emory Laubach J. Richene Emory Laubach was born in Stone Hill, Mo. to Richard and Irene (Crandell) Emory and passed away in West Plains, Mo., on May 30, 2009, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 29 days. Richene was united in marriage to Bill William Dunlap in 1953. To this union, two children were born. In 1962, she was married to Wayne Ousley. In 2002, she then married Clinton Laubach. Richene was preceded in death by her father, Richard; her husband, Clinton in 2001; and a brother, Keith Emory. Loving survivors include her mother, Irene Emory; son, Steven Dunlap and wife, Tressa; daughter, Richelle Leighty and husband, Victor; grandchildren, Amy Woodley and husband, Clark, and Ethan Leighty; step-grandchildren, Krista and Dylan Gale; great-grandchildren, Michael, Alyssa, Courtney and Taylor Woodley, Christy Hicks and husband, Joel, and Dalton Woodley, all of Willow Springs; uncle, Harold Emory and wife, Marie; aunts, Rosalie Emory and Lois Crandell; sister-in-law, Ann Emory; one nephew, Bryan Emory; one niece, Kelli Sisco; two great-nieces; two great nephews; several cousins; and three step-sons, Bruce Ousley, Gary and Dennis Laubach and their families. Richene will be deeply missed by her family and all who loved her. (Howell County News, June 03, 2009)
Marquis Lafayette Landrum Mtn view bank president died wednesday night Marquis Lafayette Landrum, 84, had been ill for last year. A resident of Mountain View for 43 years and president of the Bank of Mountain View for 35 years, died Wednesday night at his home after an illness of one year due to complications. He had been bedfast for the last two months. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Church of Christ and burial in the family plot  in the Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Landrum had served his community in many capacities during his residence in Mountain View, having been a member of the Board of Education  and of the city council and mayor of the town for a number of years.  He was a member of the Church of Christ  and had given the land and had provided the building  for the church when it was built a number of years ago. He was born April 1, 1867 in _______ County, TN, moving to Ripley Co MO with his parents when a young boy. He returned to Tennessee when a young man to attend McKinley College at McKinley TN  and then completed his normal education at Stanberry College, Stanberry ,P. - Married in Ripley County - He was married to Otis Lodishie White in Ripley County and they became the parents of four sons. Mrs. Landrum died in Mountain View in December, 1938. He was married to Mrs. Permie White of West Plains in 1938 and her death occurred in 1943. Mr. Landrum and his family resided in Cole County near Jefferson City MO for a number of years. He was in the hardware business at Naylor MO, then moved to Russellville where he published the Russellville Rustler weekly newspaper in the early 1900s. Later they moved to Eugene MO where he was in the mercantile business and was traveling representative for the Goddard Grocery Company of St Louis. Associated with others there he helped establish the Bank of Eugene. - To Mountain View in 1908 - In 1908, the Landrum family moved to Mountain View where he purchased the controlling interest of the Bank of Mountain View from W. W. Coffman and has continued since that imte in operating the bank. His son, Roy Landrum, is vice president and manager of the bank. He is also survived by two other sons: Carl R. Landrum of Hubb NM and William O. Landrum of Kansas City MO. The eldest son, Lester 'Monk' Landrum, died in 1941. ~ West Plains Daily Quill June 1 1951. Note: Some of the dates in the clipping this was transcribed from were fuzzy so may not be accurate.
Doris Jean Dodson Langston Age 68, Caulfield MO - Born July 10, 1940, at Leota, Mo., to Alva and Francis (Fannie) Baker Martin Dodson. Mrs. Langston died 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at her home. She graduated from the Bakersfield High School in May of 1958 and on Oct. 4, 1958, was married at Bakersfield, Mo., to Gary Lyle Langston. Doris and Lyle had been high school sweethearts and were married 48 and a half years before his death on April 11, 2007. Before her retirement, Mrs. Langston was employed by Baxter Labs in Mountain Home, Ark., for 26 and a half years. She served in various clubs and for many years, was the secretary and treasurer for Baptist Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Langston was saved and baptized into the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church as a young girl. She was a member of the Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church for 30 years, where she was a Sunday School teacher as needed. She loved her friends and neighbors and enjoyed rocking and singing to her grandsons. She is survived by two children, Randall Lyle Langston of West Plains and Charla Jo Shrable, husband, Mark, of Mammoth Spring, Ark.; three grandchildren, Alec Mark, Grant Allen and Cooper Lyle; two sisters, Geraldine Smith, Longview, Texas, and Melba Hobbs of Thayer, Mo.;  two brothers-in-law, Jim and Lea Langston of Gassville, Ark., and Neil and Reta Langston of West Plains;  many nieces and nephews;  adopted by heart, Holly and Ivan Tucker and children and many more loved ones. Her parents; husband; two half-sisters, Verda Martin and Ruth Brickey; and three brothers, Virgil Martin, Vernon Martin and Alva Dodson Jr., precede her in death. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Bridges Creek Baptist Church under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial was at Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shady Grove Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Jewel Clark LangstonAge 84, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away 14 Sep 2004 at North Kansas City Hospital. Memorial services were held 18 Sep 2004 at the Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 NE Parvin Road.  Cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jewell Langston Memorial Fund. Mrs. Langston was born 26 Nov 1919 in Ash Grove, Missouri to Andrew Mervin and Ida Mae Clark. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughters' father, Truel Langston.
Survivors include Bonnie Dawe of Wentzville, Missouri;  Sandra Bradshaw and Harry Thomas of Marathon, Florida; Carolyn Langston of Kansas City, Missouri; Evelyn Seigrist of West Plains, Missouri; Capt. Dr. Rich Dawe and Chris; Tom Dawe and Gail; Jon Dawe and Kacie.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren. Arrangements under direction of Marts Memorial Service. West Plains Daily Quill; West Plains, Missouri, 16 Sep 2004.
NANCY V. LARSONAge 65, born in Chicago Aug. 30, 1941, and a resident of Winona for the past 16 years, passed away at home on June 22, 2007. Nancy was predeceased by her parents, a brother and an infant son. She is survived by her husband, Frank, of Winona; a daughter Amanda (Ben) HOLLENSBY of Lake-in-the-Hills, IL; two sons, David KURPIER (Kelly) of Rapid River, MN, and Michael KURPIER (Melinda) of Ft. Thompson, OR; grandchildren, sisters and brothers, and many dear friends. Nancy was a member of Mountain View Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. As a Registered Nurse Nancy comforted many. As a talented musician she spread much joy.  Sources for this information: The Current Wave.
Jacob Conner 'Jake' Lashley Age 6, Caulfield MO - Funeral services were Saturday, December 6, 2008, at the Curry Street Church of Christ, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Jake died 3:47 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, in St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. He was born Jan. 14, 2002, in West Plains, Mo., to Jonathon Kyle and Leigha Nicole Stinnett Lashley. He is survived by his parents, Jonathon and Leigha Lashley; one sister, EmmaGrace Lashley; two brothers, Hunter and Case Lashley; his grandparents are the late Jim and Renee Lashley, Howard Stinnett of Gamaliel, Ark., and Bill and Lisa Apple of Niceville, Fla.; Uncle Nick Stinnett of Gainesville, Fla., Aunt Amanda Stinnett of Destin, Fla., Aunt Callie Stinnett of Gamaliel, Ark. and Aunt Melissa Hadley and husband, Brian, of Caulfield, Mo.; two cousins, Natalie and Abigail Hadley; great-aunt Mary Ann and Uncle Robert Goforth of Gamaliel, Ark.; great-grandparents, James and Emma Lou Lashley of West Plains, Ronnie Trantham of West Plains, the late Yvonne and husband, Bob Alexander of Henley, Mo. and Rick Hewitt and wife, Kathy, of Mountain Home, Ark.; and great-great-grandmother, Lucy Hewitt, of Mountain Home, Ark. Jake joins his grandparents, Jim and Renee Lashley; great-grandparents, Pete and Ilene Stinnett, Mary Cavenaugh and Yvonne Alexander; and one uncle, Seth Stinnett. He was a first grader at the Bakersfield School. He loved school and when he was a pre-schooler, he was a crown bearer at the Bakersfield Homecoming. He enjoyed going hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling with his family. He played T-Ball, soccer and was in a running club. He liked car shows and helping build the family home. Jake enjoyed riding on Grandfather Jim’s mules. Jake carried his positive attitude with him even through his illness. He was a favorite of his caregivers and friends and family alike. Burial was at Elijah Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Carolyn Ann Lawson 49, Mountain View, Mo., passed away Monday, June 8, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1959, at East St. Louis, Ill., to Robert Lee Pelate and Grace Dempster Pelate. Carolyn was united in marriage to Kerry Lawson from Mountain View, Mo., on Feb. 2, 1974, at Little Zion Baptist Church. To this union five children were born, sons, Aaron Lawson, Adam Lawson, Andrew Lawson and daughters, Niki Lawson Tyler and Riki Lawson. She was a homemaker and attended Pioneer Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Kerry, of Mountain View, Mo.; children, Niki Tyler and husband Kevin of West Plains, Mo., Aaron Lawson and wife Mandy of Mountain View, Mo., Adam Lawson, Andrew Lawson and Riki Lawson all of
Mountain View, Mo.; five grandchildren, Laiken and Landon Tyler of West Plains, Mo., Kristen, Madison and Tyler Lawson of Mountain View, Mo., and one on the way; her mother, Grace Pelate of Mountain View, Mo.; four brothers, Ernie Pelate and wife Barbara of California, Charlie Pelate and wife Dana of Birch Tree, Mo., Steven Pelate and wife Kelli of Mountain
View, Mo., and Chris Pelate and wife Joyce of Mountain View, Mo.; three sisters, Delores Martin of El Dorado, Ill., Sharon Lee of Houston, Mo., and Sue Barnes and husband Billy of Birch Tree, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her father and two sisters, Evelyn Pelate and Gloria Bay, preceded her in death. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:18. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Carolyn may be made to Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, Mo. Arrangements were under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View. (Howell County News, June 17, 2009)
Geraldine Dittmer Lawson Age 75, of Holts Summit - Passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at St. Mary’s Health Center. She was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Michigan. On March 27, 1953, she married Ronald Gene Lawson. He survives at their home. She is survived by two sons, Ronald, Jr. of Tulsa, Okla., and Frederick of Holts Summit; four daughters, Lorinda (Milton) Jones of New Bloomfield, Valerie (Ben) McKee, Katherine Wagers and Amanda Stegeman, all of Holts Summit; two sisters, Judy Westlake of the state of Michigan and Margaret Quinette of the state of Florida; one brother, Don Dittmer of Toledo, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Lawson. She retired from the Missouri Highway Patrol in 1996. Later, she volunteered for the Capital Area Red Cross for the last 12 years. She was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit. No funeral services are planned. Memorial contributions are suggested to Capital Area Chapter of The Red Cross, 431 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Arrangements are being handled by the Debo Funeral Home in Holts Summit.
MARTHA JANE GERMAN LAWSONDaughter of Anderson Jones German and Mary (Presley) German. She married William on Dec 23, 1882 in Warrensburg, Greene Co. TN. She moved to Missouri about 1905. She had 10 children. She was born Warrensburg, Greene Co TN., Jun 7, 1871 and died at her home at Burnham, Howell Co MO. Dec 19, 1927, at the age of 67 years, 6 months and 13 days. She was united in marriage to Will Lawson, December 23, 1882 and to this union was born ten children, three of which died in infancy. She is survvived by her husband and seven children: Mrs. Jim Johnson; Walter and Harrison of Kansas City; Mrs Ado Linder of Clinton, Okla; Mrs. Hariete (sic) Grover of Enid, Okla; Mrs. Grace Johnson of Oilton, Okla; and Mrs. Pluma Essink of the home address and two brothers: Line German of Willow Springs and John German of Bainbridge, Ind. At the age of 30 years she was converted in the Methodist church in Tennessee and when she came to this country in 1905 she joined the Presbyterian church and live a true christian until her death. The funeral services were held at the home church and interment in the Baptist Church Cemetery at Willow Springs, All children were present except Mars Harriet Grover. Rev Rarish conducted the funeral services. NOTE: She is listed on as being buried at Willow Springs City Cemetery.
Robert Dwight Lawrence Age 65, West Plains MO - Died 10 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Fulton County Hospital, Salem, Ark. Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, West Plains, under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or St. Jude Children's Hospital and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
JOSEPH E. LAW Age 69, Pomona Howell Co MO - Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St Joseph Church at White Church with Father James Reynolds officiating. Rosary services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Burns-Mackey Chapel at Willow Springs. Mr. Law died Monday in West Plains Memorial Hospital. He was born May 8, 1910 in Pennsylvania, the son of the late Edward Law and Elizabeth Martin Law. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Law of the home. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery under the direction of Burns-Mackey Funeral Home of Willow Springs. (1980).
Evelyn D. Gage LearAge 76, LaHarpe KS, formerly of West Plains - Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2008, at Pottersville Cemetery, West Plains. Mrs. Lear died Monday, July 21, 2008, at Allen County Hospital, Iola KS. She was born Jan. 29, 1932, at Sitka AR to Raymond and Nellie Marie (Raby) Gage. She and her husband, Elmer L. Gunter, made their home in West Plains for 17 years before his death. On Oct. 25, 1975, she married Earl 'Skeets' Lear, who died June 6, 1987. She had worked as a cook and nurse’s aide at nursing homes, and had served as site manager for the LaHarpe Senior Center for several years. She is survived by one son, Dennis Gunter, Tulsa OK; one brother, David Thomason, Harrison AR; one sister, Mary Earnhart, Harrison AR; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, a daughter, two brothers and one sister. Memorials may be made to the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University.  Arrangements under the direction of Waugh-Yokum and Fiskel Memorial Chapel, Iola KS.
Eugene H. LeBaron Age 82. Born Jan. 11, 1926, in Mountain View, Mo., the son of Frank and Myrtle Partney LeBaron. He departed this life on Nov. 16, 2008, in Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Mo. Eugene graduated from Mountain View High School in 1943. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army as a member of the 1257th Combat Engineers Company C. He was united in marriage to Sharon Lee McThompson on March 21, 1957, completing his family with his four children, Gene, Jayne, Terry and Wanda. Over the years, Eugene operated a dairy farm, a pallet mill, and was cashier for Rhine Auction. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mountain View. He taught adult Sunday classes at several churches for 33 years. He also loved music and led singing at various churches. Eugene loved sports and enjoyed playing basketball and baseball while in high school. He also loved the outdoors, but what he loved most was his family – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Gene Ann Booth; and two brothers, James and Troy. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of West Plains; his children, Jayne McElmurry and husband, Bert, of West Plains, Terry LeBaron and wife, Linda, of Mountain Grove, and Wanda Robertson and husband, Earl, of the state of California; one sister, Thelma David and husband, Gene, of Mountain View; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Yarber Chapel, Mountain View, with Brother Bob Arnold officiating. Interment was in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Pomona, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View.
Ramona Ann Kimbell LeBaronAge 46, of Mountain View - Died Saturday, February 24, 2007 at her home. She was born August 27, 1960 in Spirit Lake, Iowa to Charles Martin Kimbell and Guurtje Jobben Kimbell. Ramona attended high school in Fulton, Missouri. She married Jim LeBaron on February 11, 1991 in Willow Springs, Missouri. Ramona loved flowers and spending time with her family. She had spent much time during her illness working puzzles and coloring. She is survived by her husband, Jim; mother and stepfather, Keith and Guurtje Harrod of Mountain View, Missouri; one brother, Mark Edwin Kimbell of Rich Hill, Missouri; two sisters, Belle Anne Kimbell of New Albany, Indiana and Mary Charlene Davis of Cabool, Missouri; two stepbrothers, Keith Harrod of Ferdinand, Indiana and Kevin Harrod of Spencer, Indiana. Ramona is preceded in death by her father; one sister, Julia Grace Kimbell; and one brother, Charles Martin Kimbell, Jr. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at Yarber Chapel, Mountain View, Missouri with Rev.  Larry Yarber officiating. Burial was in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Pomona, Missouri under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.
Cecil Charles LedgerwoodBorn February 14, 1942 to W.E. and Evelyn DePriest Ledgerwood in Oregon County, Missouri. He departed this life on December 8, 2007 at St. John's-St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri at the age of 65. Cecil graduated from Thomasville High School in 1960. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served three years, most of which was spent overseas. He then worked for General Motors in St. Louis, Missouri until he retired. He is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy, and one grandson, Vincent. Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of Birch Tree, Missouri; his parents, Edward and Evelyn Ledgerwood of Birch Tree; two brothers, Chester Ledgerwood of Birch Tree and Doyle Ledgerwood of Washington; four daughters, Angela Wagner and husband, Tommy, of Mountain View, Missouri, Lisle Berry and husband, Shawn, of Tunias, Missouri, Karen Hill and husband, Russell, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Donna Putnam and husband, Rick, of House Springs, Missouri; one very special stepson, Kevin Miley and wife, Wendy, of Birch Tree; a special step daughter, Jackie Gagan and husband, Tom, of Baldwin, Missouri; four additional stepchildren, Jon, Phylis, Billy, Jackie, and Donald; ten grandchildren; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cecil will be missed by many. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 10, 2007 in Yarber Chapel, Mountain View, Missouri with Bro. Forrest Goodman and Melvin Ledgerwood officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.
EVELYN DEPRIEST LEDGERWOODInto God's hands, Evelyn Justine DePriest Ledgerwood was offered up into eternal rest by her beloved family on Saturday, January 19, 2008. She was born in West Plains, Missouri on December 18, 1919 to the union of W.G. and Gertrude DePriest. Her family moved to Imboden, Arkansas and then back to Missouri in a horse and wagon when she was a small child. It was in the community around the Oregon-Shannon county line that she met and later was united in marriage to William Edward Ledgerwood on March 24, 1938. Edward and Evelyn wallpapered their first home with newspapers, which was later used in a game called "I Spy" by finding words on the wall. Throughout her life, Evelyn took great pride in her family. She is survived by her husband, Edward, of Birch Tree, MO; two sons, Chester Ledgerwood and wife, Mary Jane, of Birch Tree, MO and Doyle "Scott" Ledgerwood and wife, Donna, of Glenoma, Washington; daughter-in-law, Vivian Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, MO; 10 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and she is survived by one brother, Millard DePriest of Louisville, Mississippi; one sister, Vera Mae Hitt of Birch Tree, MO; and a host of relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughter, Dorothy; her son, Cecil; and numerous loved ones. Evelyn was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ having been baptized at an early age. She loved the County Line Pentecostal Church of which she was a member and attended services until her health declined. She displayed a wonderful, loving spirit. All that she did was done in that spirit - from the prayers she offered up to the baking of her famous raisin bars and divinity candy. Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother. She was nurturing and selfless and her love was felt by all. She truly portrayed Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at County Line Pentecostal Church with Pastor Boyd Hosman officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree, Missouri under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.
DON CALVIN LEE Born January 19, 1926 at Mountain View, MO the son of Wesley David Lee and Lucinda (Duncan) Lee and passed away August 20, 2007 at Mountain View, MO at the age of 81 years. He was united in marriage to Doris D. Hailey on May 21, 1947 at West Plains, MO. On May 21, 2007 they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers Verl Lee, Jack Lee and Cecil Lee; 4 sisters Freda Starnes, Emogene Hoover, Shirley Hite and Marjorie Trowbridge. Don is survived by his wife Doris Lee of Mountain View, MO; one brother Tommy D. Lee and wife Rosemary of Gladstone, MO; two sisters Ora Faye Taylor of Milton-Freewater, OR and Cleo Pruett and husband Rex of Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews and other family and friends. Don attended grade school in the rural Mountain View area and later attended Summersville High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Don was a German prisoner of war during his service in the United States Army. During that time he was taken prisoner, his brother Jack Lee was killed in action at Iwo Jima, Japan; his brother-in-law Rex Pruitt was also a German prisoner of war, and his brother-in-law Willis Trowbridge was serving in the South Pacific as well. Don served in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns were he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal II. In 1953 Don and Doris moved to Kansas City, MO. Don worked at the American Can Company in Kansas City for 23 years. He later worked as a janitor in the Kansas City Public Schools for 11 years before he retired in 1988. In 1990 Don and Doris relocated to Ozark, MO where they lived until they returned to the Mountain View area in May 2005. Don and Doris never had children, but they loved taking care of their dachshund dogs. Over the years they had raised and loved six of them. Don loved to build and tinker with things. He built bird houses and a grandfather clock. He was good at fixing things, and he would always say 'If I can't fix it, nobody can.' Don enjoyed fishing and spending time at the lake house he and Doris built at Trenton, MO. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him. Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 23, 2007 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO with Rev. Randy Brooks and Rev. Gary Murrell officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO. [Courtesy of The Current Wave.
Elizabeth LeeMrs. Elizabeth (Eddings) Lee was born in East Tennessee, October 27, in the year of 1831 and departed this life January 4, 1912, age 81 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was united in marriage to John J.C. Lee in the year of 1851. To this union were born 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters - one of her sons has gone on before - leaving 8 living children and her aged husband, with a host of friends to mour her loss. She was converted in early life, at the age of 9 years and united with the Methodist church and has lived a consistant christian life and died with the full assurance of a living faith in Christ. She was laid to rest in the Chapel Hill cemetery, January 6, her children and her aged husband all being present except one. REv. J. W. Bess preached the funeral sermon, text Second Tomothy 4:6 7-8 verses.
Lee, JohnJohn Lee of Chapel Hill passed away last Sunday, July 11, and the remains were put away in the Chapel Hill cemetery, Monday. Mr. Lee has many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Mr. Lee had been sick for some time.
Leon Emerson Lee Born March 5, 1922 in Inola, Oklahoma to Fred and Emma "Dovey" Gordineer Lee. He passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the Licking Park Manor, making his age 86 years. He was united in marriage to Opal Ruth Dewitt May 20, 1943 in Houston, Missouri making their union together 65 years, 1 month, and 25 days. To their union 12 children were born. Leon was drafted May 20, 1943 into the United States Army, where he fought in World War II. Leon worked at many different types of jobs in his life, then finally retired in 1984, where he resided in Texas County ever since. Leon is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Dovey Lee, two children, Betty Jane and Freddie Dean; one sister Annabelle Lee, two daughters-in-law, Barbara Jean Lee and Merceline Lee; son-in-law Tom Dooley, grandchildren, Linda Martin and Robert Hebert, several brothers and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth, of the home in Houston; 10 children, Bobbie Jean Lee of Summersville, MO; Carol Ann Roe and husband, Butch, of Fitch, Texas; Barbara Ann Ford and husband, Everett, of Salem, MO; Danny Lee and Lisa Richardson of Mountain View, MO; Patsy Louise Hebert and husband, Lenny, of Summersville, MO; Donna Ruth Heavin of Houston, MO; Leroy Elvis Lee and fiancé, Betty Gage, of Ottawa, Kansas; Karen Sue Shroup and husband, Joe, of Licking, MO; David Glen Lee and wife, Sharron, of Houston, MO; Theresa Lynn Villarreal and husband, Leo, of Houston, MO; two brothers, Leroy Lee and wife, Joyce, of Oregon; James Lee and wife, Gail, of Raymondville, MO; two sisters, Rosie Dewitt of Potosi, MO and Eunice Nicholson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 43 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Services: Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Eunice Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Wallace officiating.  Interment with full military honors was held in Friendship Cemetery in Raymondville, under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
MICHAEL EUGENE 'GENE' LEEBorn October 26, 1947, at Winona, Missouri, the son of Ralph and Rose Mary Martin Lee.  He departed this life August 30, 1994, at Winona, Missouri, at the age of 46 years. He was married twice, to Judy Tucker & to Jerri Miller Bay. Gene was an artist by profession. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Roy Holloway. He is survived by one daughter, Brandi Michelle Lee, of Mountain View, MO; two brothers, Pete Holloway of Springfield, MO; and Dean Holloway of Flemingsburg, KY; one sister, Roxanne Turner of Springfield, MO; three nephews: Dan, Josh and Lucas Holloway; and one niece, Elizabeth Holloway. Eugene attended the Pentecostal Church of God in Mountain View. Funeral services were held September 2, 1994, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Rev. Douglas Shannon officiating.  Interment was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.
Alfred Henry 'Al'  Lehman Mountain Home Baxter Co AR - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Reverend Kenneth Taglauer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at Kirby and Family Funeral Home.  Al Lehman died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Mountain Home at the age of 83.  He was born Thursday, June 11, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Henry and Bertha Bocha Lehman. He married JoAnne Zavesky on Sept. 22, 1956, at Chicago, Ill., and worked as a Purchasing Agent.  Al was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII and flew 35 missions over Germany.  Al lived in Mountain Home since 1987, moving from Deerfield, Ill., and was a member of the B.P.O. Elks, Mountain Home, Ozark VFW Post 3246 and Alley-White American Legion No. 52.  Alfred Lehman is survived by his wife, JoAnne Lehman; one son, Paul (Julie) Lehman, Cary, Ill.;  one daughter, Laura (Reverend David) Richards, Whitehall, Ark.; four grandchildren, Todd and Kelly Nodurfth, David and Grant Lehman; four sisters, Lillian Muldoon, Lombard, Ill., Edith (Len) Raddatz, Elmhurst, Ill., Dorothy (Walter) Pavella, Chicago, Ill., and Donna Doonan, Naperville, Ill.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Art.  Burial will be in the Maynard Bend Cemetery, Gamaliel, Ark., with Richard Zeiger, Paul Wadley, Mick Muldoon, Todd Nodurfth, Kelly Nodurfth and Ray Hutchison serving  as pallbearers.  Memorials may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, Hospice House or Perry Orphans.  Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services.
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Graveside services for Herman L. Leichty, 84, Clay City, Ind., and formerly of West Plains, were Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Union Hill Cemetery near Brandsville, Mo., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Leichty died at 5:30 a.m., Sunday, April 26, 2009, following an extended illness.  He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Clay County, Ind., to Albert and Nellie Schiele Leichty.  Mr. Leichty graduated from Clay City High School and following high school, he began working for IBM in Greencastle as a press operator, retiring in 1986. On Dec. 7, 1963, he was married in Clay County, Ind., to Geneva Alsip, who preceded him in death on Sept. 17,1996. After Geneva’s death, Herman returned to Clay County, Ind., where he has been a resident of Holly Hill Health Care for the past seven years.  Mr. Leichty was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Elks Lodge of West Plains and was a member of the Faith Southern Baptist Church. He is survived by a sister, Alberta J. Fagg, Clay City, Ind.; nephew, Tommy Zurcher, wife, Mary Ruth, Centerpoint, Ind.; great nephew, Shane Zurcher, Brazil, Ind., and great niece, Jonna Stot, hsuband, Henry, Beech Grove, Ind. His parents; wife; and sister, Rosellen Olds, precede him in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay City Food Pantry and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, May 06, 2009)

Kenneth E. 'K. E.' LettermanBorn on Jan. 6, 1945, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the late Edward J. and Pauline Letterman. Kenneth, known by many as 'The Chief,' passed away on Aug. 2, 2008, at the age of 63, doing what he loved to do, working at his produce stand, Cherokee Produce, and watching the cars go by. Kenneth belonged to and was baptized in the First Christian Church of Willow Springs as a teen boy. He graduated from Willow Springs High School in 1963. He was involved in the FFA in high school and was an FFA Alumni President as an adult. Kenneth was united in marriage to Linda McClellan on May 23, 1964, at the Pomona Christian Church. Kenneth and Linda had three children, Justan, Sarah and Jimmy. He was a dozer operator and construction worker for many years. Kenneth was a mentor, not just to anyone, but to everyone who talked with him. He was always willing to listen and help out any way he could – he had a heart of gold. Kenneth loved to garden, and loved spending time with his friends and family. He was deeply loved by those who knew him. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Linda Letterman; son Justan Letterman and fiancé, Pamela Copas and his children, Braxton and Baylee Letterman; daughter Sarah and her husband, Jim, and their children, Brandon, Jacob and Julie Turnbull; and son, Jimmy and his children, Kayla and Andrew Letterman. His two brothers, Edward Jr. and Matthew, and one sister, Callie Letterman, all of Willow Springs survive him. Kenneth was laid to rest at the Willow Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Willow Springs Funeral Home on Aug. 5, 2008. Deacon John David Twist officiated. Pallbearers were Justan Letterman, Jimmy Letterman, Jim Turnbull, Ted Stapp, Khoa Nguyen, Matthew Letterman, Andrew Letterman, Jacob Turnbull, Wayne Twist and Edward Jr. Letterman. Songs were by Linda Turner and Kate Bryce. 'In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself; that is where I am, there you may be also.” – John 14:23
PAULINE M. TWIST LETTERMAN A long-time resident of Willow Springs, quietly passed away in the early afternoon hours, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, while at Willow Care Nursing Home from natural causes. Born March 24, 1925, to Felix and Rose Twist in Sand Springs, Okla., she was 82 years old. Pauline was married to Edward J. Letterman on May 23, 1942, in Robstown, Texas. To this union, four children were born. Since the day they were married, their marriage was a true partnership. Pauline was very instrumental in taking care of the family home and farm. "Where one left off the other began," stated family. "That's just the way it was." Her family further stated that she was a devoted wife and mother and described her as caring, wise, overly generous and always willing to put others before herself often going without to do so. She was very proud to be a Native American and a descendant of the Cherokee Bear clan and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla. She had many enjoyments in her life; however, she especially loved to spend time with her family and "grandbabies." Pauline never got over the passing of her husband and wanted so badly to be with him again. Although family will miss her terribly, it is now a happy day as the two are reunited again at last. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband, Edward J. Letterman Sr. on Oct. 25, 2006. She is survived by her children, Edward J. Letterman Jr. and his wife, Judith, Kenneth Letterman and his wife, Linda, Matthew Letterman and his wife, Luree, and his daughter Callie Letterman all of Willow Springs. She further leaves behind 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; her brothers, Ray Twist and his wife, Ann, of Kingsville, Texas; Donald Twist and his wife Mary of Cherokee Village, Ark.; and her sister, Virginia Williams of Salem, Ark. A graveside funeral service for Pauline was Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Willow Springs City Cemetery in Willow Springs. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
DOROTHY MYRA COLLINS LEWALLENAge 66 years, 16 days. Born Jan. 20, 1922 at Randolph Co AR; died Feb. 6, 1988 at West Plains Howell Co MO. Daughter of Andy Collins and Elizzie Jones. Married Hershall Lewallen May 26, 1955 at Kansas City Jackson Co MO, who survives, as well as do two stepchildren, Barbara Collins of West Plains and Eugene Lewallen of Liberty MO, a brother, Jack Collins of Augusta GA, five sisters, Zettie Storms of West Plains, Dola Collins of Ravenden Springs AR, Vergie Morris of Rock AR, Lena Pennington of Elizabethtown KY and Opal Banks of Paola IN; 7 step grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Cleo & Everett, and three sisters, Odie, Eva Kollings and Aline Phenix. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Interment Howell Memorial Park cemetery, Howell County Missouri. Arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. West Plains. Organist: Hattie Worley. Music/Duet: Greg and Gayle Worley. Pallbearers: Gary Collins, Max Shipley, Mark Collins, Roger Marshall, Mike Jackson.
Dale LibbyFuneral services for Dale Frank Libby, 84, West Plains, will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Victory Family Worship Center under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Libby died at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Brooke Haven HealthCare. He was born Oct. 25, 1924, at Lorimor, Iowa, to Frank Byron and Mamie Brown Libby. On June 29, 1947, he was married at Winterset, Iowa, to Margaret Oglesbee. Mr. Libby was a farmer, had been employed for 20 years at Meridith Printing Company of Des Moines, Iowa, and worked for Amyx Manufacturing of West Plains, retiring in 1986. Also, Mr. Libby worked part-time at Western Farm and Home. He loved to attend tractor shows, fishing with his grandchildren, enjoyed his horses and, as long as his health permitted, he kept a team of ponies or mules. Mr. Libby was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of the Victory Family Worship Center, West Plains. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Libby, of the family home; five children, Marvin Dale Libby, wife, Donna, of Billings, Mo., Linda Kay Bruett, husband, Don, of Winterset, Iowa, Kelly Dean Libby, special friend, Amy Jennings, of Pomona, Mo., Lorie Ann Falwell, husband, Wes, West Plains, Mo., and Myla Sue Provow, husband, James, Pomona, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Libby, wife, Dorothy, of St. Charles, Iowa; one aunt, Pearl Speer, of Winterset, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, one grandson, two great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister precede him in death. Dale loved his family. Burial will be at South Fork Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News)
FAYE CUNNINGHAM LONGAge 93, West Plains - Graveside services were held on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at the Howell Memorial park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Long died at 1:10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in NHC HealthCare. She was born Oct. 28, 1914, near Twin Bridges, Mo., to Charles and Cora Gilbert Cunningham. On Oct. 14, 1932, she was married to Irvin Bunch who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1971. On August 19, 1976, she was married at Crider, Mo., to Loys Long, who preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1988. Mrs. Long enjoyed gardening and cooking; no one could make chicken and dumplings like Granny. She loved her family and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by one daughter, Lillie M. Carroll; 11 grandchildren, Connie Carte Dwayne Bunch, Wanda Wilbanks, Verlin Bunch, Donna Masner, Susie Bunch, Claude Bunch Jr., Belinda Eldringhoff, Debbie Beavers, Renea Ostermiller and Eric Bunch; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Naomi Painter and Linda Cummings; three sisters, Maye Thornton, Ora Collins and Mildren Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Her parents; husbands; four sons, Ralph, Claude, Floyd and Ernie Bunch; one granddaughter, Genise Bunch; two sisters, Zora Bunch and Stella Warren and two brothers, Lloyd and John Cunningham, precede her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Wallace Pierce LottAge 82, West Plains MO - Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Lott died 11:39 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1925, at Bakersfield, Mo., to Harry and Edna Bean Lott. On March 10, 1945, he was married at Mountain Home, Ark., to Laura “Jo Emma” Woodworth. Mr. Lott was a veteran having served as a seaman first class with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the European Theatre, receiving four Battle Stars; he participated in the invasion at Lacata, Sicily, Palermo, Sicily, Anzio, Italy, Southern France and the Invasion at Normandy. Mr. Lott served aboard the LST 659, the ship receiving the President’s Citation, and he also served on the Destroyer Escot PC550. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 43 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1828 and was a member of the American Legion Post 23. Mr. Lott was employed for 14 years with International Shoe Company and before his retirement, was foreman at Amyx Industries and was an avid Cardinal fan. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Laura “Jo Emma” Lott, of the family home; one son, Mike Lott and wife, Becky, of West Plains; three grandchildren, Tammy Miller and husband, John, Amy Wheeler and husband, Darron, and Kevin Lott; four great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, McKenna Miller, Andrew Wheeler and Emily Wheeler; one brother-in-law, J. T. Woodworth and wife, Barbara, of West Plains; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Woodworth and Katherine Lott, both of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and two brothers, Jack Lott and Corliss Lott, precede him in death. Burial was at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Church of Christ Building Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Cleo Clifton LovanAge 74, Tucson, Arizona., Graveside services were held noon, February 15, 2000 at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Mr. Lovan died February 12, 2000, in Arizona after an unexpected illness. He was born August 25 1925, in Willow Springs, Mo to Emmert L and Nancy (Turnbull) Lovan. He moved to Vallejo, California in 1966 and opened the first of many transmission shops. His first shop was A. C. Transmissions and his most popular shop was Leo's Transmissions. He served the people of Vallejo and Bay Area for 20 years before retiring to Tucson, where he lived for more than 10 years. Mr. Lovan enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving as the ship's cook Third Class during World War II. He served on three different ships that sank and he earned many commendations, including the Philippine Liberation (2stars),the Asiatic Pacific (3 stars) and the Victory Medal of World War II. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Trujillo, Vacaville, Calif., and Beverly Davis, Tucson; one son, Marty Jay Lovan, Tucson; and six grandchildren, Eric and William Trujillo, Corey Davis, Tonya Lovan, Mary Jay Lovan, and Cleo Clifton Lovan III. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Barker) Lovan, his son, Cleo C Lovan, Jr.; and two brothers, Art Lovan and Raymon Lovan.
LILLIAN M LOVANAug. 24, 1913 - Nov. 18, 2005 - Wife of Harry Lovan. Memorial service held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at Trinity Baptist Church, Willow Springs. All who had known Lil were invited to attend her graduation to glory. A private family graveside service was held at Willow Springs City Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Willow Funeral Home of Willow Springs.
PAUL LOVANApr. 12, 1923 - Dec. 7, 2006 - Son of Earl Lovan and Isabelle Brower. Born at Hebron Douglas Co MO; died at Howell Co MO. Married Ruby Mae Thompson Oct. 4, 1948 at Mountain Home Baxter Co AR. Father of Jane (m. Stanley Taylor) and Ronnie Lee Lovan. Brother of Lois Brown Collins, Doris Mayberry and Lula Johnson. He was employed with the West Plains cheese plant for 30 years. Arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
RAYMON WILLIAM LOVANDied August 30, 1995 in Fresno CA. He was born April 25, 1922 at Willow Springs MO to Emmert L. and Nancy Turnbull Lovan. He has lived in Fresno since 1960. He was a retired Auto Mechanic and worked at Ford and Chevrolet dealerships for many years with his last employment at Turpins Furniture. He was a veteran of World War II with service in the Philippines. He was very proud of his service to his country and was a member of the DAV and several other Veterans organizations. After retirement, Raymon became an avid genealogist and traced his family lines back to 1670 when the first Lovan came to America from England. He was one of the main contributors of information to a book about his family called 'The Loving Family in America' by Carl Read. He is survived by his wife Norene; children, Phyllis Jura and husband Gregory; Murlene Carcia and husband Tim, all of Fresno, and Donald and wife Sheila of Hanford. He also has three cherished grandchildren, Michelle Garcia and Michael and Matthew Lovan, and brother Cleo Lovan. A graveside service will be held at Clovis Cemetery on Tuesday, September 5, 1995 at 9 a.m. Visitation will be at Boice Funeral Home on Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Evelyn June (Wakefield) LovinsBorn on June 23, 1936, in Low Wassie, Mo., the daughter of Thomas Grover Wakefield and Clara Elizabeth (Collins) Wakefield. She passed away on April 10, 2009, at her home in Winona, Mo., at the age of 72 years. She was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Lovins on Feb. 16, 1959. To this union, two children were born, Donna LeAnn (Lovins) Abbey and Thomas Clarence Lovins. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roy Wakefield and Raymond Wakefield; and two sisters, Pauline Harmon and Wilma Dixon. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Lovins of Winona, Mo.; two brothers, Harold Edmond Wakefield and wife Wanda and Donald Leon “Pete” Wakefield and wife Margaret both of Winona, Mo.; her daughter, Donna Leann Abbey and husband Mark of Winona, Mo., and their two daughters, Rebecca Abbey of San Francisco, Calif., and Vanessa Abbey of Las Vegas, Nev.; her son, Thomas Clarence Lovins and wife Kristy of Canadian, Texas, and their three sons, Travis Lovins of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jordan Lovins and Nicholas Lovins of Canadian, Texas, and one daughter, Megan Lovins of Columbia, Mo. Evelyn enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and being a wonderful wife and mother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were on Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Rev. Glen Hampton officiating and music by the Berry Sisters. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Winona under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.
Janella Griffin LovinsAge 91, West Plains - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Lovins died 12:34 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Raymore, Mo. She was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Elijah, Mo., to Willis and Lena Westmoreland Griffin.   She was married at West Plains, Mo., to Lonnie Lovins who preceded her in death. On April 28, 1939, Janella graduated from Gertrude Beauty School of Springfield, Mo., and has owned and operated Janella’s Beauty Nook in West Plains for over 69 years. She trained and mentored many beautician apprentices and had been a help and encouragement to many.  Also, Janella treated her patrons to “Queen for a Day” on their 90th birthday. She was West Plains’ only distributor of Merle Norman Cosmetics for over forty years. Janella was a member of the National Hair Dressers Association, a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association for over 40 years and was a Honorary member for life of the West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Yoder, Ann McClintock, husband, Tony, and Debbie Simmons, husband, Robert; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; one child, Clifford Kentner; one grandchild, Vince Kentner; one sister, Wanda Finley; and one brother, Gene Griffin, precede her in death. Visitation will be from noon until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak LawnCemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
TOMMY LOVINS Age 70, Pomona - Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Lovins died 9:10 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1936, in West Plains, Mo., to Harve and Bessie Harring Lovins. He graduated from West Plains High School, and on Aug. 17, 1956, was married at West Plains to Mona Charlene Lovan, who preceded him in death Sept. 12, 1997. Mr. Lovins was a veteran, having served with the Missouri Army National Guard, and before his retirement worked in the plumbing and sheet metal industry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and drove cars for Auto World. Mr. Lovins was of the Baptist faith and had attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He is survived by his son, Timothy Lee Lovins, wife, Shelly, Pomona; three grandchildren, Jessica Kenslow, husband, Jeff, West Plains, Mitch Lovins, West Plains, and Tyler Lovins, Pomona; two great-grandchildren, Emily Kenslow and Kelsey Kenslow; his mother, Bessie Lovins, West Plains; and one sister, Shirlene Collins. His father; wife; and one sister, Peggy, preceded him in death. Mr. Lovins will lie in state from 4 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
COLUMBUS THEODORE LOWESon of the late Andrew N. Lowe and Nancy Lee Dean, was born March 6, 1886 in Union Co GA, and departed this life Saturday morning, June 5, 1971, in his home West Plains MO, at the age of 85 years, two months and 30 days. On September 25, 1912, in Dayton WA, he was united in marriage to Minnie Mabel Edmonds. To this union 4 children were born. She preceded him in death July 21, 1966. On December 28, 1969 in Pomona MO, he was married to Beulah Ramsey, who survives him. Survivors include his wife Beulah Lowe of the home, West Plains MO; one son, Raymond Lowe, Thayer MO; and one brother, Jeff Lowe, West Plains MO; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a retired Railroad First Class Machinist of the Frisco Railroad. His parents, four brothers, two sisters, one daughter and two sons preceded him in death. ~C. T. LOWE ~ BORN: March 6, 1886, Union Co GA; DIED: June 5, 1971, West Plains MO. SERVICES: Monday, June 7, 1971, 2:00 p.m., Carter Chapel, West Plains MO. MINISTERS: Rev. Lester Bradford, Rev. James Garner, Rev. Gerald Bounds.  MUSIC: Quartet - First Baptist Church, West Plains MO. ORGANIST:  Mrs. Rob Comstock. PALLBEARERS:  Tedd Gullie, Russell Simmer, Dave Daily, Kenneth White, Bill Hanna, Hurvil Romans.  INTERMENT: Thayer Cemetery.  FUNERAL DIRECTORS:  Leland Carter Funeral Home, West Plains MO.
Layce Lundy 25, Pomona, Mo., were Saturday, April 25, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Lundy died at 7:44 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Ozarks Medical Center.  She was born April 9, 1984, at Modesto, Calif., to Randal James Smith and Cleta Charlene Thompson Smith.  On June 24, 2005, she was married at Reno, Nev., to Joshua Brian Lundy.  Mrs. Lundy was a Christian with her membership in the Pomona Christian Church.  She is survived by her husband, Josh Lundy, of the family home; three children, Jodie Fae Lundy, Autumn Rose Lundy and Brianna Lynn Lundy, all of the family home; father, Randal Smith, wife, Laurie, of Pomona, Mo.; mother, Cleta Smith of Pomona, Mo.; one brother, Ethan James Smith of Pomona, Mo.; four sisters, Amanda Lee Smith of Pomona, Mo., Brandy Rachelle Minnick of Reno, Nev., Christy Lynn Asher of Pomona, Mo., and Joleen Mandrell of West Plains, Mo.; her grandfather, Joseph Gray Smith of Harrison, Ark.; and two nephews, Jacob Minnick and Austin Mandrell. Her maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother precede her in death. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, 4/29/09)
ELBERT 'LEVERN' LYNCHOf Birch Tree, Missouri, died April 29, 1999 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. Levern was born on June 1, 1921 to William David Lee LYNCH and Bertha Gertrude YOUNGER at Alley Spring, Missouri. He married Bonnie THOMAS on March 30, 1946 in Eminence, Missouri and to this union were born three daughters: Charlotte, Brenda and Connie. Levern served his country in the United States Army in World War II. During this service he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was employed by Kerr-McGee Corporation as a timber buyer and worked for them until his retirement. Levern enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors. He loved his family and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend. Lavern enjoyed taking care of others and it was difficult for him to let people take care of him. To all those individuals, the family says 'thank you.' Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; three daughters: Charlotte HUNT of eminence, Missouri; Brenda STRAIN and husband, Clint, of Chanute, Kansas; and Connie YARBER and husband, Glen, of Festus, Missouri; two sisters, Margaret MENDENHALL and Jewell BOOTHBY; seven grandchildren: Becky WAGONER, Robert and Randall HUNT, Jennifer and Michael STRAIN, Nathan and Shawna YARBER; and three great- grandchildren: Koltt and Kammi HUNT and Amanda NAIL. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Delbert LYNCH, Sherman LYNCH, and an infant brother; and a son-in- law, Robert HUNT. Funeral services were held Monday, May 3, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at Church of God of Prophecy, Birch Tree, Missouri with Bro. Bud YOUNGER officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.  Sources for this information: The Current Wave, May 12, 1999.
Lorraine Olivia BAUER Lyons Age 78, Udall MO - Mrs. Lyons was born Jan. 21, 1931, at St. Louis, Mo., to Charles and Edna Kirkpatrick Bauer. She died 3:25 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Hospice House, Mountain Home, Ark. On April 19, 1952, she was married at St. Louis, Mo., to Earl Raymond Lyons. Mrs. Lyons had been a volunteer on the polio ward at the St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., and later helped organize the ambulance district in High Ridge, Mo. She was active as an EMT, had been a full time volunteer at the Salvation Army Battered Children’s Home in St. Louis until her retirement and had been a volunteer at the West Plains Head Start. Mrs. Lyons was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was of the Lutheran faith. She is survived by her husband, Earl R. Lyons, of the family home; two sons, Mark Lyons, wife, Devon, of Pensacola, Fla., and Matthew Lyons of St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Eric, Niki, Josh, Spencer and Toni. Her parents, one brother and three sisters precede her in death. Arrangements were under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
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