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June H. Madorie Willow Springs, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs. Born on Oct. 15, 1915, in Van Buren, Mo., to Luther S. and Bessie Ann (Buchanan) Hoskins, she was 93 years old. June was raised in Van Buren, Mo., and after completing her education, she married Clarence Madorie and the couple settled in Willow Springs. June was a fourth-grade teacher for more than 28 years in the Willow Springs School district, retiring in 1977. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence D. Madorie; two brothers, Quentin and Glenister Hoskins; and one sister Mildred (Hoskins) Poplinger. She is survived by her son, Jimmy D. Madorie and his wife Lois of Muncy, Pa., and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Madorie at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Willow Care Nursing Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home. (Howell County News, May 13, 2009)
Leon MageehonAge 87, West Plains MO. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Ball Church of Christ under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Mageehon died 3:25 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2007, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1919, at Dora, Mo., to Art and Melvina Croney Mageehon. Leon served with the CCC Camps in Nevada and California. On Dec. 30, 1939, he married Nova Shipley. He and Nova gave birth to Patsy Mageehon on July 2, 1954. Leon worked at Cloud Oak Flooring in West Plains where he made many lasting friends.He was baptized into the Church of Christ at Odom on Oct. 27, 1970. He is survived by his wife, Nova; his daughter, Patsy Mageehon-Coen and son-in-law, Tom Coen, Cabool, Mo. three granddaughters, Danielle, Mariah and Courtney Reed; three half-brothers, Les Collins, St. Joseph, Mo., Jim Collins, Ava, Mo., and G.W. Collins, St. Charles, Mo. He also leaves behind numerous other relatives and friends. His parents; a brother, Pearly; one half-brother, Lester Collins; one stepbrother, Leemon Collins; and two stepsisters, Ethel Collins Gunter and Beatrice Collins Gunter, preceded him in death. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Ball Cemetery.
Leon McCormick67, of Willow Springs, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He was born on April 23, 1942, in Willow Springs, Mo., the son of George A. and Susie G. (Spencer) McCormick. Leon was united in marriage to Lois Pauline Walker on Jan. 1, 1964, and to this union, three children were born. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Leon loved to do anything with the outdoors, but he especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising chickens. He enjoyed being with his family and his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David Leon McCormick; and two brothers, Charlie and Jack. Leon is survived by his loving wife, Lois Pauline McCormick; daughters, Kimberland McCormick and Susie Ann Johnson; three grandsons, Ruben, Justin and Chase McCormick; three sisters, Janet King and Della Hollis both of Willow Springs, Mo., and Sue Brixey of Oregon; two brothers, Bill Jackson of Willow Springs, Mo., and Delbert McCormick of Springfield, Mo.; sister-in-law, Bobby McCormick; as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends. Services were Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Westside Family Life Center in Willow Springs, Mo., with Pastor David Lovan officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Williamson, Jacky Eaton, Eric Hann, Frankie Clinton, Lawrence Parker, Dallas (2 fingers) McColgin, Flara Taylor and Tim Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Jackson, Bill Jackson, Billy Hayes and Billy King. Interment was in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Willow Springs under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Mo. (Howell County News, May 13, 2009)
Charles Nicholas McMahanPomona, Mo., was born in Missouri, Feb. 28th, 1885, and died at 1:00 p.m. April 12 at his home in Pomona, following a year’s illness from heart trouble. He is survived by his wife, Fassie Christopher McMahan, a son, Nick of West Plains, a daughter, Lillian Fine of Pomona, a son, Charles Edward, of the family home and a sister Bessie McFarland. Mr. McMahan had been a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church since early boyhood. He was the son of William Nicholas McMahan, a pioneer resident of Howell County, who came here from Kentucky and homesteaded in the Dry Creek community. He was married to Julia Hagan of Dora, Mo., at Gainesville March 8th, 1911. She died April 16th, 1915. He was married in Howell County Nov. 18, 1916, to Fassie Christopher. They made their home in Howell County continuously with the exception of twenty years when he was employed by the Eagle Picher Lead and Zinc Co. at Galena, Kans., as a smelterman. He left their employ due to ill health occasioned by an occupational disease. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian Church in Pomona and burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Home.

Note: There is an error in the information in the obituary. Charles’ father, William Nicholas McMahan moved to Howell County from Cooper County, MO in 1900. It was William Nicholas’ grandfather, and great-grandfather who moved from Kentucky to Cooper County, Missouri in 1810. April, 1947. Nick, Buddy, Fassie and Lillian at the grave of Charles Nicholas McMahan. Mt. Zion Cemetery is located west of Olden, Missouri. Transcribed by Vivian McMahan Brake August 1, 2006 from the West Plains Daily Quill, April, 1947
Juanita Ida Hopkins Mahan Age 84, of West Plains MO - Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Mrs. Mahan died at 12:28 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2006, at her home. She was born June 9, 1922, in Oklahoma to Thomas Alfred and Artie Mariah Tilson Hopkins. On Sept. 30, 1939, she was married at West Plains, Mo., to Wendell Wayne Mahan, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1991. Before her retirement, she was employed at International Shoe Company. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Mahan was a member of the West 160 Church of Christ.  She is survived by four children, Peggy Sue Danahy, Dwayne Mahan and his wife, Janice, Linda Ann Taylor and her husband, Leon, and Dennis Mahan and his special friend, Martha Henderson, all of West Plains, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Briscoe and his wife, Billie, of West Plains, Mo.; three sisters, Loretta Ball and her husband, Oral, of West Plains, Mo., Ruth Bennett of West Plains, Mo., and Leota Campbell and her husband, Leonard, of Craig, Colo.; one brother-in-law, Orval Mahan of West Plains, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, June Mahan and Hazel Smith, both of West Plains, Mo.; and Mary Hopkins of Joplin, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; stepfather, Ira Briscoe; and one brother, Warren Hopkins; one son-in-law; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law precede her in death. Burial services were held at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Nick McMahan,75, Pomona, were at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 3, 1989, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, with the Rev. Duane Fine and Bro. Don Adkins officiating. Mr. McMahan died at 11:23 a.m. Sunday, Jan.1, 1989, in Ozarks Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1913, at Dora, the son of Charles Nicholas and Julia Hagen McMahan. He received his elementary education in the schools of Howell County and attended high school in Galena, Kan. On Feb. 3, 1937 he was married at West Plains to Maudena Turner. Before his retirement, Mr. McMahan had been employed for 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service. He was of the Baptist faith with his membership in the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Pomona. Survivors include his wife, Maudena McMahan, of the home; three children, Margaret Bauer and husband, Ronald, Cabool, Vivian Brake and husband, Dale, West Plains, and Gary McMahan and wife, Alice, Palestine, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, C.E. "Buddy" McMahan, Ft. Calhoun, Neb.; one sister, Lillian Fine, Pomona; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Fassie Summers McMahan, one infant son and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ozarks Medical Center Memorial Tribute Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Olden under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Nick McMahan’s grave is in Mt. Zion Cemetery located west of Olden, MO. Transcribed by Vivian McMahan Brake from the West Plains Daily Quill,
Thana Maxine Breeding MahanAge 94, West Plains MO - Memorial services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains. Mrs. Mahan died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005. She was born July 28, 1910, at Locust, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Nancy Elois (Upton) Breeding. She married Alvin C. Mahan Oct. 10, 1931, at Pontiac. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. Education was very important to Mrs. Mahan’s family. Her father taught his first school at the age of 17. She and her brother Leslie rode the family mules several miles in all kinds of weather to attend Jobe High School (a two-year high school) at Charity. Once they finished their two years at Jobe High School, they boarded with a family in Gainesville and attended their last two years of high school. Upon graduating in 1929, she continued her education by teaching a term of school and attending summer college. She attended colleges in Springfield and Bolivar and graduated from Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) in Jonesboro, Ark. Mrs. Mahan taught in several school districts including West Plains, Bakersfield, Gainesville and various rural schools in her lifelong career. Some of her first schools were one room schools where the teacher was responsible for all subjects and all grades. She had a great love for teaching and she continued to follow her students throughout their adult lives. Nothing pleased her more than to receive a note or visit from a former student. When her health failed, she retired from teaching after 37 years. Mrs. Mahan was also very interested in John Glenn’s work in the space program and kept a scrapbook of his adventures in space. She was loving and kind and was devoted to her family and friends. She loved to cook, garden, read, sew, spend time on word puzzles and create beautiful handiwork. She lived through the Depression and never forgot the difficulties of that era. During the World War II years, she worked over many of her recipes to accommodate the availability of certain ingredients. Mrs. Mahan and her husband Alvin owned and operated a general store at Almartha for a few years. For 10 years they operated a general merchandising store at Leota where she also held the position of Post Mistress. During World War II, she worked in the Small Arms Ammunition Plant in St. Louis. Later, she and her husband moved to Gainesville and owned and operated a drug, sundry and book store for many years. Mrs. Mahan is survived by one daughter, Virginia L. Walker of West Plains; one granddaughter, Cynthia Walker Kirksey and her husband, Roy, of Cotter, Ark.; one brother, Benton Breeding and his wife, Genelle, of Gainesville; one brother-in-law, Flay Mahan and his wife, Grace, of Caulfield; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including those in the Morrison subdivision in West Plains, where she lived the past 15 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Alvin; her parents; one son-in-law, Joseph “Sid” Walker; one sister, Donnie G. Owens; one brother, Leslie E. Breeding; one infant sister, Theta Breeding; and an infant brother, Merle Breeding. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Center Point Cemetery and may be left at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.
Daisy Pauline Whitfield MajorsDaughter of the late George Herman Whitfield and Ada Elizabeth Richardson Whitfield, was born March 23, 1921, in Pineville, Ark. She departed this life on Oct. 26, 2008, in Mountain View, Mo., at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 3 days. She was united in marriage to Narce A. “Bud” Majors on April 20, 1935, in Calico Rock, Ark., and to this union three children were born. Daisy spent her life as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of the Assembly of God faith. Daisy is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Pansy Majors of Willow Springs, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Darrell of Batesville; four brothers, James Whitfield, Dale Whitfield, Bob Whitfield, all of Mountain View, Ark. and Bob Whitfield of Calico Rock; one sister, Dessie Stroud of Springfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Anita Gay, Santha Leadingham, Jeanne Beaver, Cheryl Bell, Carol Sellars, Marks Owens, Christie Majors and Cory Majors; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Bonnie Edwards, one infant brother, Cecil Havron Whitfield, one infant sister, Ada Mae Whitfield. Burial was at Pineville Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Pallbearers were Cory Majors, Mark Owens, Derek Moser, Trever Sellars, Joseph Leadingham and Brian Whitehead.
William M. Maki, Sr. - Private services for William M. Maki Sr., 67, West Plains, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of West Plains. Mr. Maki died 2:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at his home.
Peter Joseph Mallek - Age 82, West Plains MO - Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Mallek died 9:40 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, in Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home, Ark. He was born April 24, 1926, in Downers Grove, Ill., to Peter J. and Mary K. Piertz Mallek. On Sept. 11, 1946, he was married at Wheaton, Ill., to Winifred L. Page. Mr. Mallek was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy and before his retirement, had worked in masonry and been a farmer. He enjoyed working in his yard, shooting pool and playing games. He is survived by his wife, Winifred Mallek, of the family home; four children, Darlene Jolliff and husband, Bob, Joy Anderson and husband, Richard, of West Plains, Peter Steven Mallek and Daniel George Mallek of White Church, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren and two on the way; one brother, Robert Mallek; one sister, Mary Soltwisch; and many nieces and nephews. His parents; one grandson, Kevin Anderson; and one brother, Ted Mallek, precede him in death. Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Butch Lawrence Marcak Born Dec. 3, 1943, departed this world on May 10, 2008, but will forever be in our souls. Mr. Marcak loved and had a passion for his children and grandchildren. As we all know, he was a loving, stubborn and honorable man whom many loved and adored. His smile was a gift to brighten everyone’s day. You could catch that smile while he was enjoying his friends and family tubing, canoeing, playing softball or working on a car. As we are here to honor the life and love of Butch, we as family ask that all wear casual clothing, in the colors of his favorites, Purple and Green, to his graveside services on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. We also encourage you to attend Family and Friend night on Friday, May 16, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Cecil Florence Weeks Marsh Collins- Daughter of Joseph Lafayette 'Fate' Weeks & Nettie Ann Farman. Parents of Reathel, Jerry, Don and Janet. Married Earl Collins 16/Mar/1996. Before retirement, she was employed by C.R. Anthony Co. for 26 years. She was an avid volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 193, and the Happy Circle Extention Club. She was a faithful member of the Smith Chapel Church, where she attended regularly. Services and interment 25/Oct/2005. (WEST PLAINS DAILY QUILL, 24/Oct/2005)
Reathel Dean Marsh - Age 72, West Plains - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at the Curry Street Church of Christ under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Marsh died at 9:47 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo. He was born Sept. 8, 1935, in West Plains, Mo., to Roy Clarence and Cecil Florence Weeks Marsh. On June 25, 1954, he was married at West Plains, Mo., to Mary Sue Wheeler. Mr. Marsh was a veteran, having served with the National Guard. He had owned and operated the Dairy Princess and Mr. Swiss for many years and was courier for the Community First National Bank of West Plains, Mo. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and hunting with his family. He especially loved to watch his grandson race and was always in attendance at his grandchildren's sporting events. His number one passion was singing and he was honored to serve as a song leader at church and West Vue Nursing Center. He was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ for 53 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Marsh, of the family home; four children, Ronda Owens and husband, Ray of Tulsa, Okla., Becky Rutledge and husband, Rick of West Plains, Mo., Nita Judd and husband, Lonnie of Caulfield, Mo., and Kelly Marsh and wife, Sharon of Willow Springs, Mo.; six grandchildren, Jason Watkins and wife, Rhonda, Alicia Watkins, Brian Judd and wife, Courtney, Andrea Haas and husband, Jared, Lindsey Williams and Terry Hammond; nine great-grandchildren, Josh Tooley, Bailey Watkins, Lane Watkins, Kyleigh Watkins, Kellen Watkins, Robert Brown, Zoey Williams, Hannah Duncan, Cadence Brown and one on the way; two brothers, Jerry Marsh and wife, Mary Beth of West Plains, Mo., and Don Marsh and wife, Joan of West Plains, Mo.; one sister, Janet Parker and husband, Darrell of West Plains, Mo., and several nieces and nephews. His parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Effie Wheeler, precede him in death. Burial was held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Vivian Lorene Heath Marshall - Age 55, St Louis MO - Formerly of West Plains - Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, with Rev. Don Atwood, Radcliff KY, officiating. Mrs. Marshall died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the Normandy North Hospital, St Louis. She was born Mar. 4, 1926 in West Plains, the daughter of the late Francis Walter and Lida May Heselton Heath. She received her education in the schools of Howell County, and had been of the Baptist faith for many years, her membership being in the Second Baptist Church of West Plains. Survivors include two sons, Jack Heath, Radcliff KY, and Don Turner, Fort Walton Beach FL; three daughters, Pearl Lung, West Plains; Darlene Miller, St Louis, and Linda Layton, Dupo IL; two brothers, Waldo Heath, Willow Springs and James D. Heath, Fort Worth IN; four sisters, Kissie Marie Collins and Aileen Bentley, West Plains, Ella Mae Carter, Elmer, and Louise Southard, Callao; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, two sisters, one brother and one granddaughter preceded her in death. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains.
George Okal Martin Sr. Graveside services for George Okal Martin Sr., 96, of Pomona, Mo., were Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Olden, Mo., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Martin died at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1913, at Darlington, Ind., to George Franklin and Amy Cook Martin. On Sept. 15, 1934, he was married at Frankfort, Ind., to Ida Delphine Smith who preceded him in death on May 4, 2004. In 1959, Mr. Martin retired from the Nickel Plate Railroad after 20 years of employment. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Railway Workers and was the oldest surviving member of the West Plains Car Club. He was a member of the Friends Quaker Church, Thorntown, Ind. He is survived by one son, G. Oak Martin Jr., wife, Shirley, of West Plains; two grandchildren, Lisa Martin of West Plains and Cherie DeShazo, husband, Guy, of West Plains; four great-grandchildren, Ashlea Acklin, “Ben” DeShazo, Lucas DeShazo and Jacob Acklin; one sister, Georgia Jaques of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, wife, five brothers and three sisters precede him in death.
Lucille Kimbrough Martin - Age 92, West Plains - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral home. Mrs. Martin died at 3:02 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, in West Vue Nursing Center. She was born on Sept. 7, 1914, in Bakersfield, Mo., to Bart and Nellie McAninch Kimbrough. In 1930, she was married to Elmer Martin. She was the owner and operator of several restaurants and before her retirement, was employed at Wilke's Drug Store. Mrs. Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by three children, Ken Martin and wife, Edna, of Mountain Home, Ark., Martie Burney and husband, Gary, of Reed Springs, and Jo Ratcliff and husband, Ken, of Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; one son, Jack Martin; one brother; and one sister precede her in death. Burial at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mary M. Ferguson Martin- Age 84, Amarillo Texas, formerly of West Plains - Died 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, in Georgia Manor, Amarillo Texas. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, at Oak Lawn Cemetery under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Prilla Jane Wheeler Martin Age 81, Pomona - Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Aug., 1987) in the Presbyterian Church, Willow Springs, with the Rev. Keith Cunningham officiating. Mrs. Martin died Monday in West Vue Home, Inc. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Caffie Reynolds, Tulsa OK; one brother, Earl Wheeler, West Plains; there nieces, Mrs. Vida Henry and Mrs. Geraldine Hood, Willow Springs, and Mrs. Katheryn Evans, Topeka KS; and several other nieces and nephews. Burial was in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery  under the direction of the Hiler Funeral Home, Willow Springs.
Dorothy Hazel Mann Mason - Age 89, West Plains - Funeral services for were Friday, April 3, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Mason died at 12:55 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1919, at Augusta, Kan., to Charles Franklin and Nellie Gertrude Taylor Mann. She received her education in the schools of Augusta, Kan., and in 1937, was married at Augusta, Kan., to Clarence Walter Mason, who preceded her in death. Before her retirement, Mrs. Mason was the owner and operator of a beauty school. She was very creative, enjoyed decorating for Christmas and loved playing the piano. Mrs. Mason was of the Baptist faith and attended the Amy Baptist Church. She is survived by two children, Janice Johnson of West Plains and Leroy Mason, wife, Pamela, of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters-in-law, Carolyn Mason, state of Texas and Emma Mason of Pinedale, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Claude Mann, state of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; two sons, Donald Mason and Gerald Mason; one brother, Alfred Mann; and one infant brother, precede her in death. Burial was at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Thomas Frederick Masterson - Born November 3, 1930 at Sedalia, MO the son of John Thomas Masterson and Clara Katherine Jens. He passed away January 4, 2008 at his daughter's home in Diamond, MO after a short illness. He was united in marriage to Shirley Marie Lane on May 2, 1955 at Chicago, IL and to this union 4 children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley Masterson; one brother David E. Masterson; and three sisters Mary H. Gramslisch, Wilma J. Masterson and Iola M. Hatfield. He is survived by two sons Thomas Franklin Masterson of Diamond, MO and Kevin Wayne Masterson of Kansas City, MO; two daughters Melea (Mrs. David Stump) of Diamond, MO and Linda (Mrs. Joseph Nabity) of Springerville, AZ; two sisters Edith L. McBride of Mountain View, MO and Clara Caroline (Mrs. Glen Edwards) of Ava, IL; five grandchildren Jayson David Nabity and wife Sondra(Sam) Lynn, Michelle Lynn Nabity, Eric Daniel Hillstead, David Matthew Hillstead, and Shannon Marie Hillstead; four great grandchildren Kaihlyb Joseph Nabity, Dylan Jaymes Wilson, Hannah Morgan Greeson and Trevor James Greeson; a host of other family and friends. Thomas enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1950. He was retired from the United States Army on May 31, 1973 after serving his country faithfully and honorably for over 22 years. During his time of service he received many medals, badges and ribbons. While recovering in the hospital in Vietnam, Thomas learned to crochet as part of his therapy. Thomas passed this talent on to his daughters. Thomas had a great love of learning. He had an amazing vocabulary, and a quick mind. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and his mind remained sharp even when his body began to weaken. Thomas loved nature and was familiar with the plants native to the area. He enjoyed sharing this knowledge with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View with Rev. David Fowler officiating. Visitation for Mr. Masterson will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2007 from 6 PM until 7:30 PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View following military honors under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Dorothy Evelyn Henry Matthews - Born March 11, 1921, at Mountain View, Mo., the daughter of Roland Henry and Mary Matilda (Green) Henry. She passed away April 4, 2009, at West Plains, Mo., at the age of 88 years. She was united in marriage to John Matthews on Dec. 6, 1946, in East St. Louis, Ill., and to this union, four children were born. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Mary Henry; three brothers, Curtis Henry, Jay Henry and Junior Henry; one grandson, Travis Jon Reed; and two sisters, Hester Hunter and Lorene Brotherton. She is survived by her two sons, Thomas Michael Matthews and wife, Mary, of Mountain View, Mo., and John Patrick Matthews and wife, Dinah, of Mountain View, Mo.; two daughters, Phyllis Jean Reed of Yukon, Okla., and Mary Evelyn Woodruff of Mountain View, Mo.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. Dorothy was a member of the Birch Tree Methodist Church and attended when her health permitted. She had the greatest respect for Dr. Jon Roberts for his wisdom and his thoughts and in all that he did. She enjoyed quilting and baking bread, going fishing and playing Wii Bowling. She liked to watch her favorite TV show, Gunsmoke, and the different shows on CNN. She loved her children and grandchildren, and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mountain View Garden Club. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, Mo., with Rev. Phil Jester officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, Mo.
Ralph William Matthews - Born August 8, 1924 in Oakland, CA, the son of William Matthews and Nellie May Hoath. He passed away June 24, 2008 at St John’s – St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, MO at the age of 83 years. He was united in marriage to Carol Bradley, and to this union three daughters were born. He later married Doris Faye Payne on August 3, 1975 at South Lake Tahoe, NV. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nellie May Matthews; and his wife, Doris Faye Matthews. He is survived by his three daughters, Pamela Padilla and husband, Chris, of Windsor, CA; Linda Perkins and husband, Steve, of Santa Rosa, CA; and Susan Jimenez of San Leandro, CA; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and other family and friends. Ralph was a member of the Order of Freemasons for over 50 years. Interment was Friday, June 27, 2008 in Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Alta Maxine Mayberry - Born on February 17, 1935 and passed away at her daughter’s home in Michigan on February 7, 2009. Funeral services were held at Hansen Funeral Home, Davison, Michigan, at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2009. Pastor Jerry Dinnan officiated. Alta lived in Mountain View, MO for about 20 years. Her husband was a mechanic until his passing. Alta moved to a Senior Center until she became unable to care for herself. Then she went to her son’s home in Florida. After living with her son, she went to live with her daughter in Michigan. Final disposition was at Sunset Hills Crematory in Michigan. A service in Mountain View, MO will be held at a later date.
William Delos McGivney son of Edward Delos and Mary Alice (Minnihan) McGivney, was born Sept. 17, 1937, at Carroll, Iowa. The family lived in the Bagley, Perry and Jefferson area. Bill graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Perry in 1955. That summer, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. Bill attained the rank of SP4 E4 in Battery B, Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 185th Artillery before his discharge in 1966. During this time, on Aug. 27, 1960, Bill was united in marriage with Jo Dee Bottenfield. They were the parents of three children and lived on a farm north of Bagley. Later, Bill managed a motel and worked as a counselor in northern Missouri. While living in Missouri, he was united in marriage in 1980 with Gayle Morgan and three children were born to this union. He enjoyed bringing his family to Iowa to visit the farm in the summer months. In his spare time and during retirement, Bill enjoyed fishing, reading and above all spending time with his grandchildren. He always encouraged his family to spend time in outdoor activities. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill died on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Mountain View, Mo., where he had made his home. He was 71 years, 6 months and 2 days of age. Preceding him in death are his parents and son Michael John McGivney. He is survived by five children, Michelle McGivney of Illinois; Colette Rutherford of Ames, Iowa; Erica Nicole McGivney, Crystal Lancaster and Shawn McGivney, all of Mountain View, Mo.; six grandchildren: Jack Cundiff, Cole Rutherford, Zoey Hockman, Zara Hockman, Michael Lancaster and Courtny Lancaster; one brother, Patrick McGivney of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, March 23, 2009, at St. Patrick’s Church in Bayard, Iowa, with Rev. Father Michael G. Peters officiating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Jamaica, Iowa, under the direction of Ohde Funeral Home in Jamaica, Iowa. Local arrangements were made by Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, Mo.
Buddy Allen Mayberry - Age 18, Pomona - Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today in the Carter Chapel, West Plains, with Rev. Roy Hopkins and Rev. Richard Gifford officiating. Mr. Mayberry was dead on arrival at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cox Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Apr. 30, 1962 in West Plains, the son of Bud Gene Mayberry and Glenna Mae Denner Mayberry Fine. He was a fuel attendant at the Heart of the Ozarks Truck Stop. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church, West Plains, and of the ACRA Rodeo Association. Survivors include his father, Bud Mayberry, Pomona; his mother, Glenna Mae Fine, West Plains; four brothers and sisters, Wayne Mayberry, Clarksburg; Alesia Mayberry, Point Lookout; Anita Mayberry and Shane Mayberry, West Plains; his stepmother, Alice I. Mayberry, Pomona; his stepfather, Ray Fine, West Plains; his maternal grandparents, Roy and Lida Denner, Seymour; uncle Joe Mayberry, Mount Vernon, and three aunts and eight uncles. Burial was in Mayberry Cemetery, Christian County, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of West Plains.
William Preston Mayfield - Age 67, Elizabethtown PA, formerly of West Plains - Died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Elizabethtown. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Donations in Preston’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society.
Howard Mayo Funeral services for Howard Dale Mayo, 65, West Plains, were Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Mayo died at 12:25 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Hospice Of The Ozarks Hospice House, Mountain Home, Ark. He was born Oct. 12, 1944, at South Fork, Mo., to Herron Dillard and Ida Florence Peck Mayo. Mr. Mayo graduated from the West Plains High School with the class of 1962, received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and was a registered professional engineer. On Nov. 10, 1990, he was married at Salem, Ark., to Barbara Ellis. Mr. Mayo was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For more than 30 years, he worked as a contractor for Ozark Asphalt Company. Mr. Mayo was a member of the Association of General Contractors and was a member and past president of the Missouri Asphalt Producers Association. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Mayo, of the family home; two children, Stephanie Mayo, West Plains and Harold Mayo, wife, Cheryl, of Bowling Green, Ky.; three step-children, Nick Painter, wife, Charlotte, of Salem, Ark., Melissa Wagner, husband, Alan, of Salem, Ark., and Steve Painter, wife, Rikki, of Batesville, Ark.; two grandchildren, Josephine Mayo and Jaclyn Mayo; four step-grandchildren, James Wagner, wife, Maegan, Bailey Wagner and friend, Brent Wood, Morgan Painter and Jake Painter; two sisters, Lisa Ray, husband, Wes, of West Plains and Sharon Delcour of Knob Noster, Mo.; three nieces; and one nephew. His parents precede him in death. Burial was at the Salem, Arkansas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Freewill Baptist Church and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Ralph Joseph Mayou - Age 77, Pomona Howell Co MO - Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jun. 20, 2008, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Mr. Mayou died at 10:36 p.m. Mon., Jun. 16, 2008, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. He was born Aug. 5, 1930 at Ladysmith WI, son of Carl Mayou and Emma Lybert.  He married Ruby Jones Jan. 28, 1950 in Washington state. He was retired from the United States Air Force. After moving to the West Plains area he was employed with Crown Tractor. He enjoyed working on and collecting cars, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Mayou was a member of the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church since 1974, where he served as an extraordinary lay minister. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Mayou, of the family home; four children, Kathrine C. Ball and husband Daniel, Mary Ellen Burns and husband James, Michael Mayou and wife Carol, and Viviette Bell and husband Ronald; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five sisters, Alice Carlson, Dorothy Hardley, Ellen Peterson, Joan Carol Allen and Joyce Haigh, and many nieces and nephews. His parents and one brother, James Mayou, preceded him in death. Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral with burial at Saint Joseph Cemetery.
Cassie Belle Norris McAfee
-Born May 20, 1902 at Fremont, Missouri to Ulysses Grant Norris and Mary Frances Hampton Norris. She passed away July 1, 2006 at Mountain View, Missouri at the age of 104 years, 1 month and 11 days. She was united in marriage to Homer Michael McAfee on April 17, 1920 in Fremont, Missouri and to this union six children were born. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Bessie Akers; one grandson Michael Kent; one great grandson, Jason Cooper; two sisters, Elsie Dixon and Stella Norris; and one brother James Norris. She is survived by two sons Herb McAfee and wife Reva and Paul McAfee and wife Evelyn all of Birch Tree, Missouri; three daughters Goldie Vermillion of Mountain View, Missouri; Treesa Baker and husband Bert of Kansas City, Missouri; and Christal Taber and husband Bob of Mountain View, Missouri; one sister, Ruby Adams of Birch Tree, Missouri; 22 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 38 great-great grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. Cassie loved to garden and she loved to cook for her family and friends. She is lovingly remembered as 'Ms. Hospitality', always making sure everyone was taken care of. She loved her children and her grandchildren. She had raised her children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was working with the rest of the great great grandchildren. She loved to go to yard sales and shopping at Wal-Mart until her health prevented her from getting out. Cassie loved music and always enjoyed listening to everyone sing. Cassie was a devout Christian. She was a member of the New Testament Church of Jesus Christ, where she attended until her health declined. Cassie moved to the Mountain View Healthcare in February 2006. She was crowned the 2006 Queen of Mountain View Healthcare at the age of 104 years. Cassie will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 1pm at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, Missouri with Rev. Scott Stroup and Rev. M.Y. Bennett officiating. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Birch Tree, Missouri under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home in Winona, Missouri.


James N. 'TOOTER' McCallon




- Springfield MO - Passed away at age 84 on July 13, 2008, at his home in Springfield, Mo. He was born Aug. 18, 1923, in West Plains, Mo., to Earl R. and Sadie McCallon.He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and a son, Major John G. McCallon. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Scott Rhodes; grandchildren, Andrew and Emily, Springfield; daughter-in-law, Marian McCallon; grandchildren, Rachael and Michael, Brandon, Fla.; brother, Earl McCallon; sister, Lu Larson; and his grand-dog, Dodger. He was a veteran of World War II, a Navy radioman serving on North Atlantic convoy duty, North Africa, Italy, Anzio and Normandy. After V-E Day, he was assigned to an amphibious landing craft tank group in the Philippines. Jim attended Drury College and graduated from MUKC College of Pharmacy. He enjoyed his family and friends, golf, fishing and floating the beautiful Ozarks rivers. He loved traveling and made friends easily. He never met a stranger. He was a “dapper” dresser and loved spending time each day helping with and attending Mass at Mercy Villa. He was the greatest husband, father and grandfather. No one was more caring than him in every way. Whether zip lining in Alaska at 83 or playing with his golf buddies in the Springfield Senior Golf Association, he truly lived every day to the fullest. Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Immaculate Catholic Church, with Father Lewis Heina celebrant, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in Missouri Veteran Cemetery. At his request, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carmelite Nuns, 424 E. Monastery St., Springfield, MO 65807.
Ben Albert McClellan - Born September 7, 1982 in Mountain View, MO. He passed away Friday, May 30, 2008 in Mountain View, MO. He was 25 years, 8 months, and 23 days old. He was the eldest son of Bruce and Linda McClellan. He graduated from Liberty High School in 2001. After graduation, he moved to Vinita, Oklahoma where he began working for a construction company and began his own horse shoeing business. After five years, he returned to reside in Mountain View where he continued to work in construction for IKD, out of Louisville, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Forrest and Mabel McClellan; his maternal grandfather, George Foster; uncle Lester Walker; and very close friend, Brett Gaghyan. He and his loving companion of eight years, Peggy Rogers, have two children, Shayle Breann and Madyson Paige. He is also survived by his mother, Linda McClellan of Birch Tree, MO; his father, Bruce and wife, Sue, McClellan of Cabool, MO; siblings, sister Rhonda and husband, Billy, Crisel of Mountain View, brother Lester and wife, Mashell, McClellan of Mountain View; and sister Lisa McClellan of Birch Tree; niece and nephews, Nicholas, Zachary, Christopher, Marie, DeWyatt, and DeWayne; grandmother, Mary Lou Foster; and Peggy’s mother and grandmother, Patty and Bonnie Rogers; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Ben’s loves of his life were his girls, Shayle and Madyson. Ben loved life and lived it to its fullest. He left this life doing what he loved, riding horses. His love, laughter, and smile will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2008 in Yarber Chapel with Pastor David Fowler officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Teresita, MO under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, MO. The Summersville Beacon, Jun. 4, 2008.
Imogene McClintock - Age 82, Springfield, formerly of West Plains - Died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, in Springfield. Funeral services for Imogene McClintock, 82, Springfield, Mo., formerly of West Plains, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Roberston-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home and left at Roberston-Drago Funeral Home.
Gladys Ethel Summers Kittrell McClusky - Daughter of R. M. Summers and Mrs. Gertrude Bingham Epperheimer of West Plains MO, was born at West Plains MO June 28, 1906. Entered into rest February 10, 1971 at the age 64 years. In 1921 Mrs. McClusky was married to Harry Kittrell and to this union one daughter was born, Betty Jayne Kittrell. On November 20, 1944 she was married to Bruce D. McClusky, who survives her, as does the daughter, Mrs. Willard Collier of West Plains, her mother Gertrude Bingham Epperheimer, West Plains, a stepdaughter, Ruth Dragoo, Shenandoah IA, and two grandchildren. Also surviving is an uncle, Howard Hammock of St Louis MO, an aunt, Ruth Charles, West Plains MO, and a great aunt, Mrs. Adeline Letts of St Petersburg FL. Mrs. McClusky has been a member of the Episcopal Church since she was six year old. MEMORIAL SERVICES:  Sunday, February 14, 1971, 2:00 p.m., Rose Chapel. MINISTER: Rev. A. L. Burgreen. SOLOIST: Lida Bozman.  SONGS:  The Old Rugged Cross, When They Ring Those Golden Bells. ORGANIST: Gladys Sullivan.
Jackie Roy McCormick - long time resident of Willow Springs, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday morning, Dec. 3, 2008, while at his residence from natural causes. Born Feb. 19, 1952, in West Plains to George A. and Susie G. (Spencer) McCormick, he was 56 years old. Jackie was married to Barbara J. King in Willow Springs on June 21, 1969. The two made Willow Springs their home. He was employed as a truck driver and worked for various companies from 1974 to 1989. He then devoted his time to “piddling” around on the farm where he loved to raise “bottle” calves. He was tenderly described by his family as a “jack of all trades and master of none and always a friend that never let anyone down.” He had many enjoyments in his life; however, he especially enjoyed playing bluegrass music. He played the bass for three different bands concurrently: Lost River Bluegrass, Just Friends Bluegrass and Howell County Bluegrass. Jackie will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Jackie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles McCormick. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of Willow Springs. He is further survived by his sisters and brothers, Sue Brixey and her husband Ronnie of Prineville, Ore.; Della Hollis of Willow Springs; Janet King and her husband Billy of Willow Springs; Leon McCormick and his wife Pauline of Willow Springs; and Delbert McCormick and his wife Barbara of Springfield. Numerous nieces and nephews further survive. A family night was Friday evening, Dec. 5, at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
Robert McCormick - A resident of Willow Springs, quietly passed away in the afternoon hours, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, while at Ozarks Medical Center from natural causes. Born March 3, 1928 in West Plains, Mo., to Theodore and Mary Jane (Holloway) McCormick, he was 80 years old. Mr. McCormick grew up in West Plains where after graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country and obtained the rank of Corporeal.  He served as a personnel administrative technician from 1946 to 1949.  After his discharge from the Army, Robert attended South West Baptist College in Bolivar and later William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. After college, he moved to Kansas City where he worked for Consolidated Freightways for several years before moving to Mountain View, Mo., in the 1960s where he enjoyed farming.  While living in Mountain View, he opened and operated Country Life Realty until his retirement.  Robert married Tressie Dyer on Aug. 13, 1986, in Columbia, Tenn. He has been a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Willow Springs for the past 25 years. He was described by his family as a devout student of the Bible.  He was also known for his 'keen wit' which he enjoyed sharing with his friends.  Robert had many enjoyments in his life such as playing the guitar, composing and recording music; however, he especially loved to be outdoors where he could spend time fishing.  He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Ralph McCormick; his sister Rita Cole; and his brother, Duane McCormick. He is survived by his wife Tressie McCormick of Moutain View, Mo.; his children Wynona Miller and her husband Jim; Herman Glasscock and his wife Cheryl; and Dwayne Glasscock and his wife Pam all of Mountain View, Mo. He is further survived by his brothers Rev. Clyde McCormick of Kansas City, Mo.; and Joseph McCormick and his wife Peggy of Columbia, Mo.; and sister-in-law Betty McCormick of Omaha, Neb.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. A funeral service for Mr. McCormick was Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs with Pastor Joel Hinds officiating.  Interment will follow Tuesday’s services at the Oaklawn Cemetery located in West Plains.  Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
Eva Jewel Eagan McCracken - Age 86, Springfield MO - Passed from this earth Dec. 25, 2007, after several months of declining health. She was born in Dora, Mo., Nov. 9, 1921, to the late Sheba (Tabor) Egan and William Egan. She was the fifth child of seven children and spent many of her younger years in West Plains, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Othel Everett 'OE' McCracken; brothers, Clyde and Bill; sisters, Lora, Fern and Buelah; and two daughters, Deloris 'Dee' Davis-Irby and Janice 'Tia' Wheatly-Petross-Pollmiller. She is survived by three children, son and wife, Joe and Darla McCracken, of Texas, son, Jim McCracken, and daughter, Gayla McCracken, Springfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Jeri Lynn Beevers, Jody Selby-Coppedge, Bryan McCracken, Abbigail McCracken, Dallas McCracken, Taylor Mefford, Madison McCracken, Monroe McCracken, Jackson McCracken, Joshua Wheatly, Jonah Peters, Chris Irby, Jennifer Irby, Charlie Pollmiller, Madison Pollmiller, Erin McCracken, Josh McCracken, Nicole Fender and Victoria McCracken; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and one brother, Carl Eagan. The family wishes to express their deepest thanks for the loving care received from Americare, Community Hospice and Maranatha. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains, Mo.
Thelma Gladys
Stephenson McCreary
- Claimed by Parkinson’s disease on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at her home in Willow Springs. Born on Jan. 16, 1910, at her grandparent’s farm in Eldon, Iowa, she was 97 years old. Thelma was a member of the Willow Springs United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, and the Odd Fellows Rebecca Order. As a young woman she worked in the insurance business in Des Moines, Iowa. In later years she worked at Rawlings in Willow Springs, as a house mother at School of the Ozarks, Central Missouri State College, and at the Baptist Children’s Home. Thelma loved to travel and see new things. She took her first solo plane ride when she was in her eighties. Until November of last year, she would walk at least a quarter of a mile each day and would spend 20 minutes on the Nu-step at Hammons Heart Institute. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends, sewing and solving word jumbles. We shall miss you always. You are our friend, mother and mentor. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dayton McCreary; her six siblings; and Charles’ 10 siblings. She is survived by her three daughters, Sarah Evelyn Pope of Springfield, Mo.; Alice Ann Dyer of Willow Springs, Mo.; and Norma Jean Gardner of Topeka, Kan. Thelma is further survived by nine grandchildren, Roberta, Charles and Daniel Pope, Pam and Paula Hebert, Tom and Ron Pringle, Kirk and Angeline Chritton; and 22 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at United Methodist Church of Willow Springs, 311 N. Harris St. Private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mrs. McCreary’s name to the Willow Springs Alumni Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
Alice Jane Davis McCrory - Age 87, died on Friday, December 22, 2006, in Brooke Haven Healthcare, West Plains, Mo. She is survived by four children; Norma Uhlmann, husband, Jerry, Faye McCrory, and Janice McCrory, Jefferson City, Missouri and Robert McCrory, wife Katherine, West Plains, Mo. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Mo. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, West Plains, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society and mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.
Ronnie Dale McCutcheon and William Johnnie (Bill) McCutcheon

Funeral services for Ronnie Dale McCutcheon, 52, Dearborn, Mo., and William Johnnie (Bill) McCutcheon, 82, West Plains, Mo., were Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Mo. Ronnie McCutcheon died Wednesday evening, June 10, 2009, at his home. He was born June 25, 1957, at Kansas City, Mo., to William Johnnie (Bill) and Anna Jean Collins McCutcheon. He graduated from the Smithville High School. Ronnie was survived by his parents, William (Bill) and Ann McCutcheon, West Plains, Mo.; three brothers, Rick McCutcheon, wife, Debbie, William L. Collins, wife, Glenda and Johnny McCutcheon, wife, Denise; one sister, Linda Sue Garcia; one niece, Crystal Cline; and one nephew, Nicholas McCutcheon. One brother, twin sisters and one nephew precede him in death.

William Johnnie (Bill) McCutcheon died 4 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2009, at his home. He was born May 27, 1927, at Cave Creek, Ark., to William Franklin and Madgie Ardith Hefley McCutcheon. On Nov. 18, 1959, he was married at Cave Creek, Ark., to Anna Jean Collins. Mr. McCutcheon was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Missouri Avenue Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Ann McCutcheon, of the family home; four children, Rick McCutcheon, wife, Debbie, William L. Collins, wife, Glenda, Johnny McCutcheon, wife, Denise and Linda Sue Garcia; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lavoyd McCutcheon, Jimmie Lee McCutcheon, wife, Jessie and Doyl McCutcheon; four sisters, Laura Lane, husband, Vetle, Mary Lane, husband, Cecil, Kathleen Shaddox, husband, Curt and Bobbie Jo Bolinger, husband, Max; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Ronnie Dale McCutcheon and Jackie Ray McCutcheon; infant twin daughters; one grandson; and two brothers, Gerald McCutcheon and Vearl McCutcheon. Burial was at Siloam Springs Cemetery near West Plains, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Siloam Springs Cemetery and mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775. (Howell County News, June 17, 2009)

Pearl Rosetta McDaniel - (Oct. 7, 1883 - Nov. 19, 1958) - Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in Egypt Grove Church with the Rev. R. R. DeBoard officiating. Her grandchildren, Dorothy Kwatick, Grover Roberson, Dwayne Roberson and Ralph Roberson sang 'Farther Along', 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'No Tears in Heaven.' Pallbearers were Bill McDaniel, Herb Lair, Claude Roberson, Roy Whisenant, Leonard Bryant, and Clarence Peterman. Burial was in Amy Union Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Home. Out of town relatives and friends here for the services were Mrs. Marie Wilcox, Kansas City, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Johnie McDaniel and family, Casper, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fowler, Lincoln, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Grover _______, Aurora, Neb., Mr. and _____ Jones and family, Kansas City, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kwatick, Springfield, Ill., Dwayne Roberson and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roberson and son, Ellis Roberson, Tira Roberson, and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Newcomb all of Peoria, Ill.  - The Daily Quill, West Plains, MO (1958)
Rosetta H. 'Ding' McDaniel Roberson- (Dec. 22, 1912 - Jun. 15, 1944) - Wife of Claude Roberson, died at her home Thursday morning at 7:30, after a lingering illness from pulmonary ailment. About a year ago she went to Mt. Vernon (MO) in benefit of her health and was brought home about a week before her death. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McDaniel. Being of a very bright and cheerful disposition she made friends with all whom she met. While in Mt. Vernon she wrote many lovely letters home, and to friends, and had a pleasant word for everone. After her return home she received many cards and letters from the Mt. Vernon friends who were anxious about her. She leaves a husband, Claude Roberson, and four children, Dwayne 12, Ralph 10, Dorothy 8, Ellis 6, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McDaniel, a brother, Johnny McDaniel of Hocomo, a sister, Mrs. Treva McDaniel of South Fork, and a sister, Mrs. Loyd Wilcox of Mendocina, Calif., all of whom were with her when the end came. She was married to Claude Roberson May 1, 1930. She had lived a good Christian life and was a member of the Church of God, being one of the 75 whom the Rev. Joe Rouintree baptized in the summer of 1932. Mrs. Roberson had planned her funeral arrangemants, and Rev. DeBoard conducted the services according to her request, the Sunday School singing the funeral songs, her favorites: O Come Angel Band, Farther Along, When We All Get to Heaven. Other relatives present for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Mutt Newcomb, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roberson and baby, Mrs. Floyd Roberson and baby and Sam Roberson, all of Matthews, Mo. The church was filled to overflowing. There were many beautiful flowers for the funeral which was held at the church on Friday, with burial at the Amy Cemetery. The Robertson Mortuary was in charge of the funeral arrangements. - West Plains (Missouri) Journal; Thursday, June 22, 1944
Sherman McDaniel - WORLD WAR VET, DIES AT ARDITTA - Sherman McDaniel, World War veteran, died Saturday, February 20, at the home of his cousin, John H. McDaniel, near Arditta. McDaniel, who was 44 years of age, was born near Arditta, in Howell county, June 2, 1888. He served with the American Expeditionary forces during the World War, seeing active service in France while there for a seven months period. He had for several years made his home in Jonesboro, Ark., but more recently returned to Howell county to make his home. He was married March 9, 1927, to Miss Lindy Roberson of Cureall, who survives him. He also is survived by two brothers and four sisters, John P. McDaniel, Jackson McDaniel, Mrs. Lucinda Ward, Mrs. Minnie Henson, Mrs. Mattie Thomas and Mrs. Rhoda Dunlap, all of whom live in Arkansas. He also is survived by one aunt, Mrs. Sophia Hensley of Arditta. From the West Plains Daily Quill - Feb. 25, 1932.  Burial at Fowler Cemetery.
Larry Lee McEwen - Union, Missouri was born July 17, 1939 in Union, son of the late Gussie McEwen and wife, Jewell West. He passed away Monday, December 10, 2007 in Washington, Missouri at the age of 68 years. He received his schooling in Union. On May 28, 1960, Larry was united in marriage to Barbara Gay Hunt and his three children were born to this marriage. On December 5, 1981, Larry was united in marriage to Shirley Koch and they made their home in Union, Missouri. He was employed as an Iron Worker for 32 years. Larry was retired from Iron Worker's Union Local #396. Larry was an active member of Union Masonic Lodge #593. He loved to visit with folks at the local coffee shops and hunt the hills of the Ozarks with family. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Victor McEwen and one sister, Aileen Pendleton. Larry is survived by his wife, Shirley McEwen of Union; two sons, Kevin McEwen and wife, Cynthia, of Mountain View, Missouri and James McEwen and wife, Brenda, of Washington, Missouri; one daughter, Natalie Grover and husband, Randy, of Mountain View, Missouri; ten grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oltmann Funeral Home in Union, Missouri with Rev. Hugh McNary officiating. Burial in the Bethel Cemetery in Labadie, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Masonic Home of Missouri or the Alzheimer's Association. The McEwen Family was served by the Oltmann Funeral Home in Union.
I. M. 'Jack' McFadin - Age 88, West Plains MO  - Memorial services were Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at the First Baptist Church, West Plains. Mr. McFadin died 6:39 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, in Ozarks Medical Center. He was born Aug. 25, 1920, at Marshfield in Webster County, Mo., to Ira Morton and Clarice Jane Tanneyhill McFadin. On April 17, 1939, Mr. McFadin was married at Marshfield, Mo., to Reba Ingram. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Marines during World War II. Mr. McFadin worked with Oliver Shields in the Christian Civic Foundation and pastored churches in Dallas, Greene and Webster counties. He was a member of the American Sunday School Union, held many church summer camps and was chaplin at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains. Mr. McFadin was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Plains. He is survived by his wife, Reba McFadin, of the family home; one daughter, Mary Kathryn McFadin Smith and husband, Don, Thayer, Mo.; two grandchildren, Kelly Ellingsworth and husband, Monty, and Mark Larimore and wife, Carmen; three step-grandchildren, Shelly, Christy and Brandy; five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Whitney, Chelsea, Madison and Brooklyn; several step great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, Mylee. His parents and one brother precede him in death,
Shirley Johnson McFarland - Age 68, Arnold MO - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. McFarland died at 2:48 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Brooke Haven Nursing Home. She was born on July 12, 1938, in Willow Springs, Mo., to Robert Alexander and Millie Elizabeth Bass Johnson. On Feb. 9, 1957, she was married at Willow Springs, Mo., to Richard E. McFarland. Mrs. McFarland was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Richard McFarland of the family home; two sons, Steve McFarland and wife, Annette, of Mountain Home, Ark., and David McFarland and wife, Mary of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Charity McFarland, Scott McFarland and Christina McFarland of Mountain Home, Ark., David McFarland of the U.S. Navy, Brandon McFarland, Brittany McFarland, Briana McFarland and Brady McFarland of St. Louis Mo.; one great grandson, Dakota Page of Mountain Home, Ark.; one sister, Mary Barnett of West Plains; one brother-in-law, Charles McFarland and wife, Darlene, of West Plains; one sister-in-law, Glendora Johnson of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, five brothers, two sisters, five brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law precede her in death. Burial was held at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Juriel Ralph McGinnis - Age 77, West Plains - Born November 4, 1931 near Gainesville, Mo., to Ernest Dewey and Lavella Loyd Anderson McGinnis. On Jan. 14, 1962, he was married at Gainesville, Mo., to Reba Howard. After 27 years, Juriel retired from Southwest Truck Body. Mr. McGinnis went home to be with the Lord at 7:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Mo. He loved being on the farm, cutting wood was a pleasure for him; also, he loved making a big garden and sharing with friends and neighbors; but most of all, he loved his family and God. He loved to talk about the Bible to anyone who would listen; he was a good Christian man and was a member of the Central Church of Christ for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Reba McGinnis, of the family home; four children, Greg McGinnis of Springfield, Mo., Chris McGinnis, wife, Sherri, of Billings, Mo., Rhonda Welchman, husband, Eric, of West Plains and Eric McGinnis, wife, Crystal, of Pottersville, Mo.; six grandchildren, Rachel Seper, husband, Joe, of St. Louis, Mo., Stephanie McGinnis of Springfield, Mo., Colin Maka of West Plains, Derek, Kara, and Regan McGinnis of Pottersville, Mo.; one great-grandchild, Brinnah Seper of St. Louis, Mo., and another one on the way. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial was at Ball Cemetery, Dora, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home or Fair Haven Children’s Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Laura Marguerite
Eisenhauer McHan
- Age 98, Hocomo MO - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. McHan died 6:15 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008, in West Vue Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 20, 1909, in Freeburg, Ill., to Phillip Joseph and Louisa Mina Fritz Eisenhauer and became a member of the Lutheran Church in Freeburg at an early age. In 1918, the family moved to Teresita, Mo., where she attended Pleasant Grove Elementary School, graduated from Pleasant Grove Job (2 year) High School in 1926, and from Mountain View High School in 1928. After attending summer school at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, she received a teaching certificate at the end of the summer of 1928 and taught two years at Center Hill School, District 35, near Mtn. View. After her married to Arthur Russell McHan of Amy, June 8, 1930, she taught one year of school at Big Springs and then left her teaching career to run the general store and post office at Hocomo, Mo. Mrs. McHan was commissioned Postmaster on Dec. 20, 1939, and retired June 30, 1976, having served 36 1/2 years, the second longest tenure in Howell County postal history at that time. Upon retirement, she had accumulated 3,440 hours of sick leave and received a special achievement award making her a member of the 'Three Grand Club.” She and Russell were the only two to hold the post office commission at Hocomo during the 45 years it was open. The term began with Russell’s commission in 1931. It also was the longest time that a family operated a post office and store combination in Howell County. In addition to the store and post office, the McHan Peach Orchard was well known and Marguerite was frequently referred to as the 'peach lady.” She was treasurer of Amy Union Workers for approximately 50 years and taught Sunday school classes at Amy Union Church for several years. Mrs. McHan is survived by her daughters, Janet Cochran, husband, Glen, Caulfield, Mo., and Judith Kay, husband, Richard, Lusby, Md.; grandsons, John Cochran, wife, Callie, Albuquerque, N.M., Bruce Cochran, Springdale, Ark., and Steven Cochran, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two great-granddaughters, Laura Jean and Lily, Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Alice Eisenhauer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; brother-in-law, Daniel H. McHan, wife, Winfred, Springfield, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Her parents, husband, sister, brother and sister-in-law preceded her in death. Mrs. McHan will lie in state from 2 p.m. Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Ruby Mildred
Wicker McHan
- Age 82, Springfield MO - Died Feb. 26, 2000, after a brave battle with congestive heart failure. She was born March 13, 1917, to Fred and Idella Hardcastle Wicker near Bakersfield. Educated in one-room schools, she graduated from Bakersfield High School. At the age of 18 she went to New York, N.Y., where she worked as a cook for wealthy families, sending much of her pay to her parents and young siblings during the Great Depression and drought. After attending Southwest Missouri State College for one year, she began her teaching career at Big Springs School in Howell County. On March 22, 1943, she married Daniel Webster McHan, who had been the previous teacher at the little school. She worked for Boeing Aircraft during World War II while Daniel was in Europe. In 1962 she completed her B.S. degree at Drury College and taught 16 years in West Plains and 13 years in Ozark, where she retired in 1987. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teachers' society and was nominated by Ozark PTA for state teacher of the year in 1986. Teaching was her "God-called profession." She gave her heart to Christ as a young girl and was a teacher of ladies' classes and children's groups for more than 40 years at the Southern Baptist churches where she was a member. She not only taught but lived her Christian principles. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Daniel; a daughter, Idella Warden and her husband, Marvin; a son, Danny McHan and his fiancee, Teddy Sue Wethington; three grandchildren, Dylan Warden and his wife, Bunnie, Branden Warden and Katie McHan; two sisters, Ruth Mustion and Geraldine Tucker; three nieces, four nephews and a large extended family which was very important in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers. The family deeply appreciates Cynthia Rowland and Lloyd Jones, whose care and assistance allowed Ruby to spend her last months at home. Services are today (Wednesday) in Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield, and at Amy Union Church south of West Plains. Burial will be Amy Union Cemetery.
Harry Joe McKee - Age 81, West Plains MO - Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2006, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. McKee died 7:37 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Brooke Haven Healthcare. He was born July 26, 1925, in Pottersville, Mo., to Harry Eldon and Nancy Earnestine Summers McKee. In 1958, he was married in West Germany to Irmgard Simons, who preceded him in death July 23, 1974. On Feb. 12, 1976, he was married to Mildred E. Sharp. Mr. McKee was a retired veteran, having served with the U.S. Army during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Before his retirement, he was a real estate agent for Red Carpet Real Estate. Mr. McKee was a member of the Elks. He was of the Protestant faith. He is survived by his wife, Mildred McKee, of the family home; three children, Gabriele Grisam, husband, Glen, Pottersville, Harry Joe McKee Jr., wife, Christie, West Plains, and James Edward McKee, wife, Christy, Pottersville; two stepsons, Larry Carter, wife, Kathy, West Plains, and Ronnie Robinson, wife, Dianne, Columbia, Mo.; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Don McKee, wife, Anita, Wichita, Kan., and James McKee, Brixey, Mo.; one sister, Elsie Croney, husband, Leonard, Dora, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Everett Cook. His parents; his first wife; three infant brothers; and one sister, Maxine Collins, preceded him in death. Mr. McKee will lie in state noon Tuesday, July 17, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery or American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
James Boyce 'Jim' McKenzie - Age 70, Homosassa Springs FL - Passed away at his home June 7, 2008, after his battle with cancer. He was born April 18, 1938, in Bristow, Va., to Joseph and Nina Eversole McKenzie. He married Peggy Kidd, and to this union two children were born. On Aug. 15, 1991, he married Minerva Miler Thompson of Brandsville MO, and they made their home in Homosassa Springs FL, after traveling and vacationing coast to coast. Mr. McKenzie was a retired owner/operator of McKenzie Trucking. He was of the Methodist faith and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. McKenzie enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours creating beautiful wooden clocks and cabinetry. He enjoyed collecting coins and antiques. Mr. McKenzie is survived by his wife, Minerva McKenzie, of the home in Homosassa Springs, Fla.; two children, Jimmy McKenzie, St. Petersburg FL, and Rebecca (Jerry) Malynowsky, Odessa FL; two grandchildren, Daniel and Lauren Malynowsky, Odessa FL.; seven stepchildren, Connie (Fred) Jones, Joyce Reinmuth, James (Ella) Thompson, Bobby (Nina) Thompson, Rhonda (Benny) Mowery, all of West Plains MO, Donnie (Dottie) Thompson, Slater MO, and Tony Thompson, Homosassa Springs FL; 16 step grandchildren; 27 step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Aza) McKenzie, Los Angeles  CA, Bob (Peggy) McKenzie and Joe (Peggy) McKenzie TN; one sister, Ann (Joe) Ritota, and a sister-in-law, Joyce McKenzie, both of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews, and many friends and acquaintances. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nina; a sister, Joyce McKenzie Counts; and a brother, Bill McKenzie. Mr. McKenzie will be sadly missed, but wonderfully remembered for his smile and laughter by all who knew him. Private cremation arrangements made to Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs FL. There will be a private family service at a later date in Bristol TN.
Maudena Turner McMahan - Age 88, West Plains - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. McMahan died 3:20 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains. She was born July 18, 1920, near Grimmet, Mo., to Adam and Gladys Brown Turner. She attended the Howell County schools of Turner and Bridges, and on Feb. 3, 1937, she was married at the home of Reverend Joe Anderson in West Plains, Mo., to Nick McMahan, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1989.  Before her retirement, Mrs. McMahan was employed for 20 years at International Shoe Company in West Plains. Mrs. McMahan enjoyed working outdoors in her garden and got the greatest enjoyment out of cooking for family and friends. She and her husband spent many hours fishing in area lakes and loved to share their experiences with those who would care to listen. In her later years, Mrs. McMahan enjoyed researching the history of her Turner family who came to Howell County in 1870. In April 2008, Mrs. McMahan was approved for membership in the Ozark Spring Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution through the Patriot Service of her ancestor,  James Turner. Mrs. McMahan became a Christian at an early age and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church west of Olden for most of her life where she taught Sunday School and served as church clerk.  The past 19 years she was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Plains where she attended the Ruth Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Gary McMahan, Palestine, Texas; one daughter, Vivian Brake, husband, Dale, West Plains; son-in-law, Ronald Bauer, Cabool, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Lesa Bauer, Ballwin, Mo., Kenneth Bauer, wife, Kathy, West Plains, Scott Brake, wife, Julia, Willow Springs, Mo., James Brake, special friend, Heather, Walnut Shade, Mo., Julia Spiller, husband, Dennis, Tracy Rich, husband, Cliff, and Donnie McMahan, wife, Lisa, all of Palestine, Texas, Kelly Joy, husband, David, Claremore, Okla.; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Willett, Salem, Ark.; one brother, Adam Turner, wife, Mae, Kimberling City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Lucille Turner, Grandview, Wash.; brother-in-law, C.E. McMahan, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Her parents; husband; infant son; daughter, Margaret Ann Bauer; daughter-in-law, Alice McMahan; sister, Georganna Christopher; and brother, Charles D. Turner, precede her in death. Visitation will be from 7 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Olden, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wish Book Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Howard Clifton McMullen - Age 75, West Plains - Funeral services held yesterday at 2 p.m. at Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, with Rev. Robert Colbert officiating. Died Friday at 2:20 a.m. in West Plains Memorial Hospital, West Plains. He was born at Great Bend KS, Aug. 28, 1899, the son of the late John James and Flora LaHue McMullen. On May 17, 1944, he was married at Powhatan AR to Ruby Kildow. The family came to this area 45 years ago to maker their home. Mr. McMullen was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruby McMullen of the family home; three sons and two daughters, John Kildow, Monahans TX; Joe Kildow, Williamsport MD; Kay Pritchett, St Louis MO; James McMullen, West Plains; Lois Drumright, West Plains, and two grandchildren. Interment was in the Mackey Cemetery at Pomona MO under the direction  of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. (1976)
Cheyrol Elizabeth Ingold McReynolds - Born July 27, 1950 in Jonesboro AR to Roy and Patricia LANE INGOLD. She passed away on August 15, 2005 at the age of 55 years.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Boyce MCREYNOLDS. Cheyrol is survived by four daughters, Marcie Marlynn HOLLINGSHEAD, Mountain View MO, Myra Marie RILEY, Harrisonville MO, Madaline Michelle LEDGERWOOD, Birch Tree MO, and Mona Malissa MCREYNOLDS, Peach Tree City GA; one brother, Douglas INGOLD, Las Vegas NV; two sisters, Bonnie COSTA, Blue Springs MO, and Connie SKULLEY, Mount Zion IL; and ten grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held on Friday, August 19, 2005 at Yarber Chapel in Mountain View MO with Bro. Carl YOUNGER officiating. Interment was in Howell Valley Cemetery in West Plains MO under the direction of Yarber Mortuary Mountain View MO.
Golden McThompson - Son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Saphronia Carlee McThompson, was born Mar. 29, 1902 at Wayne City IL, and departed this life Oct. 2, 1972 at University Medical Center, Columbia MO, at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 3 days. He was united in marriage May 1, 1926 at Stanton NE to Dorothy Waud. To this union three children were born. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy McThompson, West Plains MO; one son, Harry Franklin McThompson, West Plains MO; two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Lee LeBaron, Mountain View MO, and Mrs. Dorothy Ann Rhine, West plains MO; one brother, Albert Barnes, West Plains MO; one sister, Mrs. Grover Horn, West Plains MO; two stepbrothers, Roscoe Barnes, state of Oregon, and H. M. Barnes, Chelsea OK; 3 grandchildren, Alan Dale McThompson, David Paul McThompson and Vicky Sue Rhine, all of West Plains MO. His parents, one sister, Ethel Colbert, and one brother, Lyman McThompson, preceded him in death. He was a retired minister. He had been pastor of Bethel Baptist Church for 14 years.
Charles Joseph
'Joe' Meadows
- Age 78, Wichita, Kan., went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 29, 2008, after suffering complications from heart and pulmonary disease. Services will be at 1 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 4, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 2801 W. 15th St. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Born in Holcomb, Mo., on June 30, 1930, Joe was the youngest of five children born to Claude E. and Alice (Brooks) Meadows. They preceded him in death as did his four older siblings. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1953, Joe returned to farming in Holcomb with his family. In 1956, he entered Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, Ark. It was here on the first day of classes that he met Shirley Cozort of Mammoth Spring, Ark., who became the love of his life. Joe and Shirley were married on June 7, 1958, at Senath Methodist Church in Senath, Mo. They were married 49 years at the time of Shirley’s death on July 10, 2007. In 1960, Joe began work with USDA Agricultural Research Service Plant Pest Control in Kennett, Mo. In 1961, he left this position to begin work for USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service in Kansas City, Mo. He transferred from this office to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1964, and to Wichita in 1968. He remained in his position until his retirement in June 1989. Joe is survived by his daughter, Jo Beth (Jeff) Rood, and son, Robert (Jill) Meadows, all of Wichita, Kan. He also was the proud Papa of six grandchildren, Rachael, Allison and Alex Rood, and Lindy, David and Lucy Meadows. Memorials have been established with Asbury Homebuilders Sunday School Class, 2801 W. 15th St., Wichita, KS 67203 and Holcomb U.M.C. c/o 24169 Highway 153, Holcomb, MO 63852.
Walter H. Meagher A celebration of life for Walter Herbert Meagher, 88, West Plains, will be held at the Family Home at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2010. Mr. Meagher died at 12:12 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1921, at St. Louis, Mo., to George and Amanda Whitt Meagher. On May 12, 1985, he was married at Jonesboro, Ark., to Barbara Bledsoe. Mr. Meagher was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy. He was of the Lutheran faith. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Meagher, of the family home; six children; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, seven brothers and two sisters precede him in death. Arrangements were under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Rev. Leslie Eddie Means, I - Jul. 20, 1916 - Dec. 31, 1971 - Served in the armed forces during WWII, was stationed in France and Germany. When he returned home, he traveled the country, perfecting his skill in restaurant cooking. He married twice. His first wife's name was 'Dottie.' They divorced soon after. He met and married his second wife, Pauline Beatrice Bordinaro, in California, where he ran a restaurant in the Bay Area. Their son was Ronald Paul Means. They moved to Garberville, CA, and opened, operated, and owned 'Les' Cafe.' After selling the business, they moved back to his family farm. There they had another child, a daughter, Dinah Leah Means. Leslie was called to the ministry with the Free Will Baptist and served in the Arroll Free Will Baptist Church, Clear Springs Free Will Baptist Church, and Faith & Hope Free Will Baptist Church. While keeping up a 240-acre farm with milk and beef cattle, raising hay and alfalfa, he also served as county schools dietary supervisor. He died of lung cancer in 1971. Burial at Willow Springs City Cemetery.
Gordon LeRoy Medley - Born August 4, 1934 at Eminence MO to Ernest and Robert MILLER MEDLEY. He departed this life October 16, 2005 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield MO at the age of 71 years, 2 months. Gordon attended grade school at Eminence, and graduated from high school in 1952. In the fall of 1952 he attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar MO. He began work in the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1954 as a Dispatcher, and worked there until he was drafted into the army in 1957. He served two years at Fort Riley KS as a Supply Clerk. He then returned to work in the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Forestry Technician for 39 years, until his retirement in 1993. Gordon was a faithful member of the Eminence United Methodist Church, serving on the board, as Bible School Coordinator, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the church choir. He was united in marriage to Doris SUTTON on October 9, 1953 at Eminence MO and celebrated 53 years of marriage. To this union three children were born, Sutton Leroy, Robert Sutton, and Cindy Jean MEDLEY. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Roberta; one infant son, Sutton Leroy; and infant brother, Lloyd Gayle. He is survived by his wife, Doris MEDLEY, of the home; one son, Robert Sutton, his wife Ruth and their children, Danielle and Caleb MEDLEY, Bolivar MO; daughter Cindy and her husband Bruce and daughters Ashlin and Morgan POLLOCK, LaHarpe IL; four brothers, Carl and wife Jackie MEDLEY, Jefferson City MO; Joe and wife Gaylon MEDLEY, Cato NY; Lendell and wife Adina MEDLEY, The Villages FL; Robert and wife Vickie MEDLEY, Mountain View MO; three sisters, Alta and husband Arthur ‘Bud’ YOUNGER, Mountain View MO; Mary DYER, Eminence MO; and Romona RYNO, Licking MO; thirty six nieces and nephews and fifty seven great nieces and nephews. Gordon was the rock of the MEDLEY family. He didn’t take this role in life lightly. He would guide, counsel, and give lectures when necessary. He would give an unbiased opinion and support whatever decision was made. His wisdom and guidance spanned three generations of MEDLEYS. Everyone who knew Gordon knew he was a staunch Democrat and an avid Cardinals fan. On any given day, you might have found him praising them or grumbling about their inability to play. On most days you could find him doing what he loved best, playing a round of golf with his many golfing buddies. He also enjoyed being a grandpa to Danielle, Ashlin, Caleb and Morgan, attending as many sporting events or activities as possible. He was a very loving husband, father, “grandpa”, uncle and friend to all who knew him. Numerous people have taken the opportunity to share with the family that Gordon MEDLEY was the finest man they knew. He will be truly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have known and loved him. The visitation was held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2005. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at the Duncan Funeral Home Chapel in Eminence MO. Officiating was Rev. David FOWLER. Interment followed at Munsell Cemetery. - CARD OF THANKS – ‘Thank You’ cannot begin to express the love and appreciation for the overwhelming support that has been shown by so many of you at this time; the many prayers that were said for Gordon while he was in the hospital and that are continuing to be said for our family; those who attended the visitation and the funeral was heartwarming. Gordon would have been amazed, and so were we. The flowers, phone calls, cards, food and so many other expressions of kindness has filled our hearts with joy that will be so helpful in the days ahead. – Doris MEDLEY, Sutton, Ruth, Danielle & Caleb MEDLEY, Cindy, Bruce, Ashlin & Morgan POLLOCK – The Current Wave, October 25, 2005.
John Charles Medley - Age 74, Springfield MO - Passed away Sunday evening of lung cancer. He was born on June 24, 1931, in Willow Springs, Mo. He was a Korean Vet and was a contractor for over 50 years, and a man of all trades. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Patricia (Liffick) Medley; two daughters, Sue Martin of Sparta and Jodi Mulholland of Republic; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Chuck Medley of Highlandville, Mo. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2006, at Woodland Manor. Graveside services will be at Pinewood Cemetery in Willow Springs, Mo., at a later date. Family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
Roberta Leah Miller Medley- Youngest daughter of Charley and Mary CHILTON MILLER, was born December 3, 1906, and departed this life on January 1, 1999, at the age of 92 years, 28 days, at the Mountain View Health Care Center, Mountain View MO. She spent most of her life in Eminence, and attended school there. She was united in marriage to Ernest MEDLEY on September 14, 1933 at Elvins MO. Nine children were born to this union. She never worked outside the home, but spent her time as a homemaker, raising eight children. Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one infant son, one infant grandson, two brothers and three sisters. She is survived by five sons: Gordon and Doris MEDLEY of Eminence; Carl and Jackie MEDLEY of Jefferson City; Joe and Gaylon MEDLEY of New York; Lendell and Adina MEDLEY of Florida; Robert and Vickie MEDLEY of Mountain View; three daughters: Alta and Arthur YOUNGER and Mary DYER, of Eminence; and Romona and Harvey RYNO of Licking MO. Roberta is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She had a great love for each and every child and all her grandchildren. She professed Christ in her life at an early age. She was a member of the Assembly of god Church in Eminence and was faithful as long as her health permitted. Roberta had a love for everyone she knew and always greeted them with a smile and was ready to help if needed. Roberta’s wish, after she lost her husband, was to be able to live alone, and this she did until the last three months of her life. Granny Bert will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 4, 1999 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence with Rev. Kevin DAVIS officiating. Interment was in the New Eminence Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence.   Sources for this information: The Current Wave, January 13, 1999.
Albert Amon Mefford - Age 85, Koshkonong, was born the son of the late Etsel Mefford and Lilly Francis Lockwood Mefford, on June 13, 1920 in Gainesville, MO; and died Sept. 13, 2005, in Springfield, MO from injuries suffered in an automobile accident at Salem, AR. He was married Sept. 2, 1940 in Thayer to Vera Sewell. He is survived by six children, Joan Bunch of West Plains; Alene Mefford of Viola; Alice Collins of Cabool, MO; Judy Henson and husband Darold of Lincoln, IL; Amon Mefford and wife Carolyn of Sheridan, WY; Shirley McCutchen and husband Mike of Thayer; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rhoda Anderson of Wichita, KS and Bernice Bradford of Chico, CA. He was preceded in death by one brother, Edwin Mefford; two sisters, Jean Cross and Vivian Lowther; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Sept. 17 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with the Rev. Clark Stephens and Rev. John Holeapple officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemtetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, MO. (SOUTH MISSOURIAN NEWS, 22/Sep/2005)
Vera Sewell Mefford - Age 83, Koshkonong, was born the daughter of the late William Sewell and Lilly Francis Wiggins Sewell, on Nov. 15, 1921 in Gainesville, MO; and died Sept. 13, 2005 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident at Salem, AR. She married Sept. 2, 1940 in Thayer to Albert Amon Mefford. Survivors include six children, Joan Bunch of West Plains; Alene Mefford of Viola; Alice Collins of Cabool, MO; Judy Henson and husband Darold of Lincoln, IL; Amon Mefford and wife Carolyn of Sheridan, WY; Shirley McCutchen and husband Mike of Thayer, MO; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by five brothers, Willie Sewell, Sam Sewell, Clifford Sewell, Ira Mefford, one infant brother; two sisters, Edna Risley and Nova Haskins; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Sept. 17 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with the Rev. Clark Stephens and the Rev. John Holesapple officiating. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc., West Plains, MO. (SOUTH MISSOURIAN NEWS, 22/Sep/2005)
Agnes “Ruth” Melton Mrs. Ruth Melton, a lifelong resident of Willow Springs, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009, while at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Born on Oct. 20, 1920, in Willow Springs to Charles and Mamie (Richardson) Sigman, she was 88 years old. Ruth grew up in Willow Springs, where she lived all of her life. On Nov. 23, 1942, she was married to Kenneth Melton in Houston, Mo. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary since 1958, and she enjoyed farming, gardening and was an avid squirrel hunter. She was a volunteer worker at Willow Care Nursing Home from the early 1980s on. She was described as a loyal and forgiving friend who had an ornery sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Melton in May of 1995; her brothers, Euford and Ray Sigman; sister, Dorothy Boyer; her sister-in-law Mary Sigman; and brother-in-law Howard Boyer. She is survived by her very special granddaughter, Cathy Stilley and her husband Scott of Willow Springs; grandson Tim Beavers of Willow Springs; and Amanda and Kelsey Beaver of Willow Springs. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were Saturday, June 13, 2009, at the United Methodist Church of Willow Springs. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Willow Springs. Remembrances may be made in her name to the Pine Grove Cemetery Association. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
Catherine Fay Taqbor Melton - Age 72, daughter of Lee Thomas Tabor and Nellie May McBride, was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Douglas County. She died March 27, 2005. She married James E. Melton Feb. 24, 1951, at Mountain View. They had three children. Mrs. Melton was employed by Whitaker Cable in North Kansas City for many years. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond Lee and Billy Joe Tabor; and a great-granddaughter. Surviving are her husband of Bucyrus; son, James Lee Melton of Riverside; daughters, Bonnie Herriott of Wickliffe, Ky., and Linda King of Kansas City; brothers, Bob Tabor of Evansville, Ind., Clifford Tabor of Mountain View and Carl Tabor of West Plains; sisters, Edna Phelps of Mountain View, Bennie Baumgarth of Cedar Hill and Hazel Easky of St. Clair; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the Willow Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the Willow Springs City Cemetery.
Willard J. Mendenhall - Born May 17, 1916 at Bonne Terre, MO to William Mendenhall and Cynthia (Conway) Mendenhall. He passed away September 30, 2006 at Birch Tree, MO at the age of 90 years. He was united in marriage to Margaret M. Lynch on July 5, 1941 at Eminence, MO. To this union, 5 children were born: Earl, Janet, Lindell, Gary and Roger. Willard and Margaret shared 62 years together. Willard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret; one son, Earl; three brothers, Elmer, Clarence and Oly; and one sister, Pauline. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Estes of Imperial, MO; three sons, Lindell and wife, Sandy, of Rolla, MO; Gary and wife, Terri, of St. James, MO; Roger and Judy Mendenhall of Mountain View, MO; one sister, Eva Inman, of Salem, MO; 9 grandchildren, April, Gary, Scott, Jeffrey, David, Daniel, Bradley, Melissa and Christina; 11 great grandchildren, Tiana, Jordan, Kelsey, Rebecca, Dakota, Devon, Trystan, Dalton Mendenhall, Ashlee Marlatt, Tristan Wimberly and Colden Watkins. Willard was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved life; he was a strong man in both his presence and his faith. He has taught us many lessons in life about the measure of a man. We love him beyond measure. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, October 3, 2006 in the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Summersville, MO with Rev. Eileen Keeling officiating. Interment was held at the Flatwoods Cemetery in Eminence, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home in Summersville, MO.
Eva Marie Davis Miller - Born July 23, 1923 to Walter and Viva Grace Thomas Davis in Mountain View, Missouri, the third of six children. She departed this life on June 5, 2006 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 82. She was married to Roland Leon Miller on September 16, 1944. To this union was born five children: Sharon Kay, Sharroll Faye, Robert Leon, Leeila Jo, and Eva Mae. They were married for 61 years. Both grew up in Mountain View. They moved to Iowa for a short time, then moved back to Mountain View, where they both had jobs. Eva worked at the Angelica Uniform Factory for 15 years and had to retire early because of crippling arthritis. She was a hard worker, good mother, cook and housekeeper, and a great seamstress, always making something for her grandchildren. They ran The Aztec for a short time and moved to West Plains, living there for about 7 years, then moved back to Mountain View. Eva went to church young in life and rededicated her life in May of 2006. She is preceded in death by both parents; all of her sisters, Iona Mae (Dodie) Harris, Lou Criscola, Bertha Jane Smith, and Virginia Lee Harrison. Eva is survived by her husband, Roland Miller, of Mountain View, MO; her children, Sharon Helphinstein of Carlyle, KY, Sharroll Delp of Mountain View, MO, Robert Miller of Cabot, AR, Leeila Farrow of Hartshorn, MO and Eva Chaney of Springfield, MO; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Buster Davis, of Mountain View, MO; one brother-in-law, Truell Harrison; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Chapel in Mountain View, Missouri with Phil Jester officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View, Missouri. Arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.
Patsy R. Miller - 60, West Plains, passed away Thursday January 1, 2009 in the family home after a fighting battle with cancer. Patsy was born Oct. 18, 1948 to Woodrow Rigdon and Irene Adams Rigdon in Doniphan, Mo. She was married to Richard Miller on May 16, 1967 and was blessed with two children, Ricky and Eric. Patsy loved spending time in the pool and traveling. Her favorite place was Galveston, Texas. She said "It was the most peaceful place on earth." She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. And for anyone who knew her, she was a lil stubborn, as she was fighting her battle. But most of all she was very caring and always worried about everyone else. She will be greatly missed by all. Patsy was proceeded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her husband, Rick, of West Plains; daughter Ricky Johnston and husband Larry, and granddaughter Bailee of Bakersfield, Mo; son Eric Miller and wife Amy and grandchildren Kyle, Alex, Brady and Lexianna of Cabool, Mo; grandson Jeremie Johnston and wife, Stephanie and great-granddaughter Aubrey, Bakersfield, Mo; granddaughter, Mandi Neldon and husband Travis of Bakersfield Mo; three sisters, Penny Jenkins of Doniphan, Mo; Pam Coble and Paula Neal, both of Fairdealing, Mo; and one brother, Woodrow Rigdon II, of Lanoke, Ark. A private memorial service will be held later on as she will be taken to "The most peaceful place on earth." In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the United Cancer Assistance Network or St. Jude Children's Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Kenneth Wayne Miller - Born March 16, 1979, in Mountain View, Mo., the son of Kenneth Arnold and Evelyn Louise (Martin) Miller. He departed this life on Jan. 17, 2009, at his home in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 29 years. Kenneth attended Red Bay High School in Alabama and later went on to obtain his G.E.D., scoring third highest in the state of Alabama. He was a self-employed logger and worked with his father in the timber industry. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ray and Alta Mae Tune, Fred Lonzo Miller and Elvis Lee Martin; two aunts, Ellen Ford and Jerri Bay; and three uncles, Harry Miller, Donald Martin and Dennis Martin. Surviving Kenneth are his parents Kenneth and Evelyn Miller of West Plains; one brother, Dustin Miller of Mountain View; one sister, Julia Lawson of West Plains; one grandmother, Muriel Martin of Mountain View; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, also in Yarber Mortuary with Rev. Bill Miller and Rev. Bert Montgomery officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Mountain View.
Mayphus L. Miller - Long time resident of Willow Springs passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 29, 2007, while at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield. Born Sept. 8, 1915, to Harmon and Mary Eldridge in Gideon, Mo., she was 92 years old. Mayphus remained in Gideon until the age of 20 when she married Joe Miller in 1935. To this union, two children were born. She had always been active in the Methodist Church and while living in Campbell, Mo., was also active in the Eastern Star for several years. She spent many years working in their clothing and grocery stores, managing their hotel as well as farming with her husband, Joe. She was a wonderful homemaker, mother, and grandmother. She was a frequent participant at the Willow Springs Senior Citizens Center and loved the friends she made there. Her favorite activity was dancing, which she continued to do until her mid-80s. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Mayphus was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, two sisters, and one niece. She is survived by her son Joe F. Miller and his wife, Cathy, of Willow Springs, Mo.; her daughter, Evonne Fulkerson and her husband Bill of Bentonville, Ark.; her three grandchildren, Timothy Miller of Sarasota, Fla., Lesa Claywell of Cabool, Mo., and Lorrie Wolfenkoehler of Bentonville, Ark. She is further survived by seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, as well as five nieces, two nephews and their families living in Missouri, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Funeral services for Mrs. Miller were Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 311 N. Harris Street in Willow Springs with Pastor Charles Millner officiating. Private burial was at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in Pomona, Mo.
Raymond L. Miller - Age 79, West Plains -Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Miller died 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in West Vue Nursing Center. He was born March 23, 1929, in Kansas City, Kan., to Roger and Roselie Dillard Miller.  On April 7, 1950, he was married at Salem, Ark., to Janice Price. Mr. Miller was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Masons in Kansas City, Mo., and was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 2418 of West Plains.  Mr. Miller was of the Protestant faith. He is survived by his wife, Janice Miller, of the family home; three daughters, Venita Hagan, husband, David, Colorado Springs, Colo., Deborah Montgomery, husband, Ron, Prescott, Ariz., and Barbra Holiday, Springfield, Mo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Wesley Ray, West Plains; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and one sister precede him in death. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Russell Lynn Miller - Son of Albert and Alta Mae Pfau Miller, was born December 25, 1915. He passed away Tuesday morning, October 14, 2008 at 4:50 AM in Ash Grove Health Care Center. His age was 92 years, 9 months and 20 days. Russell was born in Arvada, Colorado. He was a longtime resident of the Houston, Missouri area before moving to Ash Grove in 1996. He was a retired farmer and employee of the Missouri State Highway Department in Carpentry Special Crew. He was a member of the Ash Grove Assembly of God Church. Russell and Vera Faye Bennett were united in marriage on September 29, 1940. To this union, five children were born. Together they were privileged to share over 66 years. Vera preceded him in death June 13, 2007. Also preceding him were his parents; three brothers, Dick, Jim and Loren; and sisters, Billie, Marjorie, Pat and Joann. He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Gary L. and Kay Miller, Neosho, Missouri, Lonnie and Debbie Miller, Savannah, Texas, Tim and Brenda Miller of Rolla, Missouri and Don and Vicki Miller, Ash Grove; one daughter, Brenda and husband, Arvel Schweighauser, Summersville, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and brother, Jack and wife, Marion Miller, of Arvada, Colorado. Services were held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in Wilson Brim Daniel Chapel, Ash Grove, with Reverends Don Miller and Arvel Schweighauser officiating. Graveside services were at 3:00 PM in New Hope Cemetery, Solo, Missouri. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Wilson, Brim, Daniel Funeral Home, Ash Grove, Missouri.
Wilma Jewel Smotherman Miller - Born September 13, 1924 in Birch Tree MO the daughter of Amos Richard and Jessie Lavada Brake SMOTHERMAN. She departed this life on November 26, 2006 at Mountain View Healthcare at Mountain View MO at the age of 82 years. She completed the 8th grade and years later married Ashley MILLER in Ironton MO and to this union one son was born, Denny Ray. Wilma was a member of Chapel Hill Church. She was a very friendly person who loved to sew and loved the outdoors. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ashley MILLER; one brother, Dwain SMOTHERMAN; four sisters, Opal THURMAN, Beulah JONES, Dessie ALLEN and Virginia MILLER. Wilma is survived by her son, Denny Ray MILLER of Mountain Grove MO; one brother, Herschel SMOTHERMAN of Birch Tree MO; two sisters, Lola ROSENBUM of West Plains MO and Edith ASPLIN of Mountain View MO. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 11 am at Yarber Chapel in Mountain View MO with Rev. Paul ORDWAY officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View MO with arrangements under the direction of Yarber Mortuary.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]
Dewey V. Mitchell, 78, of Paris, Texas, passed from this life on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at his residence. Mr. Mitchell was born March 10, 1931, in Corinth, Miss., a son of Sylvester and Myrtle Ayres Mitchell. Known as “Lightning” as a child and “grandpa” as an adult, he attended Mississippi schools, then entered the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served for 22 years. His military career took him to many places, including Cheyenne, Wyo.; Nome, Alaska; Pease, N.H.; Blytheville, Ark.; Scott AFB, Ill.; and such distant locations as Bentwaters, England, and Goose Bay, Labrador. He had a great love of country and love for the Air Force. Upon his retirement, having reached the rank of tech sergeant, he was a well-known salesman of Electrolux vacuum cleaners. He enjoyed senior citizen dances on Saturday night, sometimes driving hundreds of miles for the event, and attending church on Sunday morning at First Baptist Church, Blytheville, Ark., or the Powderly Church of God. He married Melva Martin on April 8, 1950. She preceded him in death on Aug. 8, 1990. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his adoptive parents, Edward and Edna Kemp; and several step-brothers and step-sisters. Surviving are a son, Douglas Mitchell and wife Sheila, of Copperas Cove; two daughters, Beverly Harkey and husband Michael, of Kendallville, Ind., and Sandra Harcrow and husband Carl, of Paris; eight grandchildren, Gregory Harkey, Christopher Harkey, Timothy Moore, Jeremy Mitchell, Misty Moore, Jessica Moore, Sonya Mokry, and Lauren Kane; a stepsister, Louise Whitaker of Mississippi; and a host of “Martins” and other relatives living in Missouri. He took the role of grandpa with virtually every child he ever met. His personal nurse and caregiver was Jana Moore, the wife of his grandson. Funeral services were held Saturday May 2, 2009, in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home in Paris, Texas, with Rev. Mark Sanders officiating. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 3, 2009, in the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, Mo. Interment with military honors was in the Pinelawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.
Vesta Marie Mitchell Mills - Daughter of the late Emery Allison and Martha Howell Mitchell, was born Dec. 19, 1910, at Thayer, Mo., and departed this life Oct. 3, 2008, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 97 years. She was united in marriage Sept. 21, 1927, at Salem, Ark., to Hade Mills, who preceded her in death June 27, 1986. Her parents; one sister, Hettie Dunsmore; three brothers, Austin Mitchell, Howard Mitchell and Earnest Allison Mitchell; one half-brother, Jessie Ray Mitchell; and one half-sister, Jessie Fay Mitchell Harkey, also preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Leroy Mills and wife, Loretta, Thayer, Mo.; a grandson, Byron Mills and wife, Holly, Harrison, Ark.; one great-grandson, Josh Mills, Harrison, Ark.; and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Ludbrook, Stillwater, Okla. Vesta was a cook for Thayer School for many years and retired as cook for Chastains Nursing Center, Thayer, Mo. Vesta loved her family and wanted to know their whereabouts and how they were doing at all times. One thing she really enjoyed, while her family was living, was lunch together on Sundays, either in Thayer or West Plains. She was the last member of the Mitchell family. Her great-grandfather, Jasper Howell, was the first representative from Howell and Oregon County to be elected to the Mo. Legislature. Howell County, Mo., was named in his honor. She enjoyed her flowers and phone calls, especially when she became homebound. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. Funeral services  were 11 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Thayer, Mo. Burial was in Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., of Thayer.
Helen Frances Fair Mitchell - Age 91, West Plains - Died Jan. 29, 2008, at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born Nov. 6, 1916 in Willow Springs, MO, to Ben H. and Docia Cleo Hight Fair. She graduated from Willow Springs High School, and on May 30, 1936 was married at West Plains, MO, to Wayne Alfred Mitchell, who preceded her in death March 21, 2000. Mrs. Mitchell had worked at Milstead's Dress Shop and before her retirement was employed with the Missouri Division of Employment Security. She and Wayne loved square dancing, bowling and traveling. She was a great cook and seamstress and enjoyed growing flowers. Of all her activities, her family and grandchildren were what she enjoyed the most. Mrs. Mitchell was an active member of the First Christian Church, West Plains, for many years. She is survived by two children, Dale Mitchell, and wife, Thelma, West Plains, MO; and Linda Duggan, and husband, Mike, Plano, TX; four grandchildren, Stacy Coiner, and husband, Jeff; Ken Duggan, and fiancée, Ann Mears; Marlon Duggan, and wife, Stacia; and Michelle Thomas, and husband, Chuck; seven great-grandchildren, Tanner, Jordan, Trevor, Cassidy, Mitchell, Ty and Misty; one brother, Chick Fair; one sister, Juanita 'Tooter' Kirk; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; granddaughter, Denise; three brothers; and one sister preceded her in death. Visitation will be Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Feb. 2, 2008 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. (WEST PLAINS DAILY QUILL, 01/Feb/2008)
James 'LeRoy' Mitchell - Born July 29, 1950 at Mountain View, MO, the son of Mildred Hux and John Oliver Mitchell, and passed away February 19, 2007 at Mountain View, MO at the age of 56 years. He was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Lamborn on February 15, 2003 at Mountain View, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert Lee Mitchell and Johnny Carol Porter. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, of the home; two sons, James Lee Mitchell and Daniel Ray Mitchell, both of Alabama; one stepson, Wesley Ward, of Mountain View, MO; four step daughters, Elizabeth Hardwick, of Mountain View, MO; Rita Sechrest and husband, John, of Mountain View, MO; Becky Mitchell of Mountain View, MO, and Marlinda Ward of Mountain View, MO; two brothers, John Ray Mitchell and Vicki of Springfield, MO, and Richard Lynn Mitchell; four sisters, Bert Fair and husband, Gerald, of Wappapello, MO; Helen Masterson of Mountain View, MO; Bonnie Busbey of Peace Valley, MO and Virginia Stallsworth and husband, Mike, of Mountain View, MO; one grandchild and six step-grandchildren. LeRoy was raised in a Christian home, and he believed in the Bible. He was a life long resident of Mountain View, MO. He attended school in Mountain View, and left to work in the Job Corps. He spent most of his working life as a head sawyer at the sawmills. LeRoy loved listening to music. His family and friends remember him as the one who would always help others. He loved to joke and he was known for his tall tales. LeRoy loved his family and children. He loved animals and was known to always take in the strays. He was known to enjoy hunting, but he would never shoot the animals.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorial services were held Friday, February 23, 2007 in the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Mountain View, MO with Rev. Randy Brooks officiating. Memorial services were held under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO.
Malissie Lou Wade
Arvin Mitchell
- Born February 16, 1934 in Montier, MO to Charles Henry Wade and Pearl Arlene (McLaughlin) Wade. She passed away September 29, 2001 at her home in Mountain View, MO at the age of 67 years. She was united in marriage to Joe Arvin on May 16, 1952 in Hardy, AR. To this union ten children were born. She is survived by four sons, Joe Arvin of Mountain View, MO. John Arvin of Mountain View, AR. Terry Arvin of Mountain View, MO and Rodger Arvin of Summit, AR; five daughters, Betty Hodgens of Shreveport, LA, Peggy Tency of Salem, MO. Rhonda Fawdrey of Doniphan, MO. Darlene Wallace of Mountain View, MO and Gloria Wallace also of Mountain View, MO; her husband, James Mitchell of Mountain View, MO; 19 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; one brother Oscar Wade of Golden, MO; and three sisters, Olive Faulkner, Gert Hopkins and Mary Etta Martin all of Birch Tree, MO. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband, Joe Arvin, four brothers, two sisters, one son and grandson. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 3, 2001 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View with Myrtle Martin officiating. Interment was in the Montier Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View.
James Leo 'Jim' Mitts - Age 87, West Plains - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Mitts died 6:40 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born July 18, 1919, in Twin Bridges, Mo., to John Wilson and Rosa Fish Mitts. On Feb. 20, 1954, Mr. Mitts was married at Ketchikan, Alaska, to Freeda Isabelle Prantl, who preceded him in death June 18, 2004. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of War, receiving three Bronze Stars. Mr. Mitts was a heavy equipment operator and after his retirement was a cattle farmer and enjoyed riding horses. He was a member of Missouri Cattleman's Association and had been a member of the Elks in the state of Washington. Mr. Mitts was of the Episcopal faith. He is survived by two stepchildren, Carol Beth Seeger, Aurora, Colo., and Linda Susan Johnstonbaugh, husband, Earl, Rose Hill, Kan.; eight step grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; four step great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vivian Lovan, Pottersville, Mo., and Helen Weeks, West Plains; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; two brothers, Ray and Lester Mitts, and an infant brother, Wilbur Mitts; and two sisters, Gladys Mitts and Eunice Hopkins, preceded him in death. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.
William 'Bill' Mizell Sr. - Age 72, West Plains - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Mizell died at 8:40 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, in Kansas University Medical Center. He was born on May 17, 1935, in Pueblo, Colo., to Golden Stewart and Hazel Marie Grimes Mizell. On Dec. 17, 1954, he was married at Rome, Ga., to Deloris Spence. Mr. Mizell owned and operated a welding shop and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #327 A.F. & A.M. He is survived by his wife, Deloris Mizell, of the family home; four children, William A. Mizell Jr. and wife Lisa, Claude Stewart Mizell, James Brian Mizell, all of Springfield, Mo., and Cynthia Denise Cantrell of West Plains, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Bradley Mizell, Jared Mizell, Brad Dyer, Tracy Dyer, Ashley Mizell, Jason Mizell, Stewart Mizell, Tyler Mizell and Cary Cantrell; one brother, Robert Keith Mizell and wife, Sande, of West Plains, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews, including Keith, Tracy and Joe. His parents and one son-in-law, Gary Cantrell, precede him in death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shaw Building of the Ozarks Medical Center and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Helen West Mock – Age 99, West Plains MO - Graveside services were held on July 24, 2006, at Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Mock died at 10:48 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1907, at Industry, Ill., to Henry Curtis and Bertha Sophie Teets West. She attended school in Peabody, Kan., and on April 21, 1973, she was married at Salem, Ark., to Clarence Ray Mock, who preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1995. Mrs. Mock was of the Christian Church faith. She is survived by three children, Helen Irene Franks of Monett, Mo., Melvin Curtis DuBois of Wichita, Kan., and Geraldine Howell of West Plains, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband; one daughter, Virginia Smith; one infant son; two brothers; two sisters; and one grandson precede her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Jerome Russell Modranski - Born May 5, 1926 at Amsterdam, OH the son of John Modranski and Marie (Salmon) Modranski. He passed away May 27, 2007 at his residence in Willow Springs, MO at the age of 81 years. He was united in marriage to Madeline Joann Harris on March 7, 1953 at Amsterdam, OH. To this union, one son was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and five sisters. He is survived by his wife, Madeline Modranski, Willow Springs, MO; one son, David Lee Modranski, and wife, Sheila, Willow Springs, MO; one brother, John Modranski, and wife, Janice, Seattle, WA; two sisters, Pauline Modranski Pensacola, FL, and Katherine McRoberts and husband, Ben, Louisville, KY; four grandchildren, David Lee Modranski, Jr. Amsterdam, OH, Tasha Nicole Modranski, Amsterdam, OH; Maddie Jo Modranski, Willow Springs, MO, and Josie Kate Modranski, Willow Springs, MO, and a host of other family and friends. Russell was born and raised in Amsterdam, OH. He lived on the family farm his entire life until he and Madeline relocated to Willow Springs, MO in September, 2006. Russell worked the family farm and he would go from farm to farm in the area thrashing the wheat and oats. Russell also was a coal miner and deep mined coal from 1950 in the Springfield, OH mines until his retirement in 1992 in Powhatan, OH. He was a member of the United Church of Amsterdam, and he was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the United Church of Amsterdam or the All Saints Church in Wolf Run, OH. Graveside Memorial Services were held Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in West Plains, MO with Rev. Diane Cooke officiating. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Amsterdam in Amsterdam, OH with Rev. Chuck McKnight and Rev. Josh Arrington officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home, Mountain View, MO.
Shirley Barbara
Plank Mondragon
- Age 78, West Plains MO - Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Mondragon died 3:44 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo. She was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Omaha, Neb., to Howard Thomas and Trinja Sophia Paden Plank. Before her retirement, Mrs. Mondragon was employed as a secretary at the Extension office in Alton, Mo. She attended the Lifeline Ministries Church. She is survived by four children, Barbara Couch, husband, Robert, David Warnes, wife, Patsy, Susan Anderson, husband, Dale, and Josephine Mondragon, all of West Plains; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Plant, and Leo Plank, wife, Joyce; one sister, Betty Nisich; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husbands; one son, Donald Warnes; and her companion, Patton Anderson, precede her in death. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Amy Jane Montague - Daughter of Marry and Jody MONTAGUE, was born Saturday, February 3, 2007 and passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains , MO. She was preceded in death by her twin brothers Ray and Lee MONTAGUE on April 17, 1998. Amy is survived by her parents, Jody and Marry MONTAGUE, one brother Alan Russell MONTAGUE; two sisters Alisa Rose and Jodi Shyann MONTAGUE, all of Mountain View, MO; her grandparents Retha and Harrison MCBRIDE and Dorothy Jean SICKMILLER all of Mountain View, MO; and a host of other relatives.  Sources for this information: The Current Wave.
Roberta Pearl
Hopkins Moody
- Age 88, West Plains MO - Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Moody died at 5 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2008, in NHC HealthCare. She was born Jan. 17, 1920, in St. Charles, Mo., to Arthur and Viola Tabor Hopkins. On July 22, 1936, she was married at West Plains, Mo., to Leland Adam Moody who preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1999. Mrs. Moody was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Dewayne Moody and wife, Kathy, of Pottersville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Valarie Keely and husband, Kyle, Angela Holek and husband, Paul, Shannon Smith and wife, Judy, Bryan Moody and Delainea Calhoun and husband, Darwin; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Loverna Hicks; two nieces; and two nephews. Her parents, husband, one son, one brother and one sister precede her in death.
Lorene Blankenship Moore - Age 76, Mountain View, Missouri, passed away on January 12, 2008 at Birch Tree Place, Birch Tree, Missouri. She was born June 15, 1931 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Tom and Alta Hinrichs Blankenship. She married Jack Moore on August 25, 1946 in Mountain View, Missouri. To this union, eight children were born. Lorene loved to crochet and spend time with her family. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Moore; sister, Velma Fowler; son, Marvin Moore; one grandson; and one great-grandson. Survivors include five daughters, Juanita Ellis and husband, Jerry, of Summerville, Missouri; Lorene Weaver and husband, James, of Birch Tree, Missouri; Dorene Adams and husband, James, of Exeter, Missouri; Wilma Stevenson and husband, Punkie, of Mountain View, Missouri; Norma Hope and husband, Donald, of Morton, Washington; two sons, Andy Moore and wife, Peggy, of Birch Tree, Missouri and Claude Ray Moore and wife, Michelle, of Willow Springs, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Janice Ramsey of Glenoma, Washington; one brother, John Blankenship of the State of Idaho; a very special aunt, Violet Hinrichs, of Mountain View; 25 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their deepest thanks for the loving care given to their Mom by all the workers at Birch Tree Place. Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Mountain View under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View.
Roy Rankin 'Bud' Moore - Age 74, West Plains MO - Services were held Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains. Mr. Moore died Thursday at a West Plains hospital. He was born Jan. 18, 1916, in DeSoto (KS), and attended school in Prairie Center. Before his retirement, he had been employed with Chase Manufacturing in St. Louis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and he was a Methodist. He married Mable Maxine Wheat in 1952 in Salem, Ark. She died Nov. 2, 1974. Survivors include a brother, Frank, West Plains; three sisters, Dalphine Haverty, Eudora, Maurine Richardson, Olathe, and Colleen Long, West Plains. - -Wednesday, May 16, 1990 Lawrence Journal World (Lawrence Douglas Co KS).
Lawrence Arthur Moorhead - Son of Isham Alexander & Mary Elizabeth Moorhead. Born in Mississippi.  Married Dorothy Zell Bench 5/Aug/1941 at Rockford, IL. Minister and founder of the Pentecostal Revival Center. He worked at International Shoes and owned a grocery store, later working for Richard Brothers store. (West Plains Daily Quill, West Plains, MO 10/Oct/2005)
Alfred James Morgan - Son of Clarence Morgan of West Plains, Missouri and the late Clara Huff Morgan, was born at Chicago, Illinois, October 28, 1919. Entered into eternal rest November 12th, 1973 at the age of 54 years. Mr. Morgan was married in Howell County, Missouri on June 28th, 1941 to Sybel Johnson who preceded him in death in 1971. On March 28th, 1972 he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Lorene McKinney who survives him as do five children, Mary Henley, Sidney Morgan, Dennis Morgan, Linda Croney, and Randy Morgan. Also surviving is his father, Clarence O. Morgan, 5 grandchildren Terry, Pam & Chuck Collins, Rebecca Sue (Becky) Morgan, and Sidney Lynn Morgan, 7 brothers and sisters, Fred Morgan, Roy Morgan, Clarence O. Morgan Jr., Jolly Morgan, Virgil Morgan, Ruby Brazeal And Ellen Hall. Mr. Morgan is preceded in death by his mother, one son, James Edward, one daughter, Mildred Janet, and three brothers. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the General Baptist Church in West Plains, Missouri. He was a vetern of World War II having served as T/4 in Company A of the 781st Tank Battalion, was awarded the Bronze Star in the European Theater of War, the African Mideast Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
Christine Driver Morgan - Age 71, West Plains MO - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at Free Union Church of Christ under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Morgan died 2:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Ott, Ark., to W.D. and Maggie Lucille Sasnett Driver. She received her education in the schools of Koshkonong, Mo., and on Jan. 27, 1952, was married at West Plains to Clarence Morgan Jr. Mrs. Morgan had worked at I.C.C. College and helped many people as a caregiver. She was known as “MOM” at Ricky D’s, enjoyed travel and never met a stranger. Her family, including her children and grandchildren, were an important part of her life. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Morgan Jr., of the family home; two children, Rick Dean Morgan, wife, Patty, South Fork, Mo., and Vickey Dian Morgan and special friend, Jill Shelton, Mtn. Home, Ark.; five grandchildren, Jeff Cook, wife, Mary Beth, Rhonda Cook, Tim Cook, Ryan Morgan, wife, Yuliya, and Calvin Morgan; three great-grandchildren, Branda Cook, Chae Cook and Caleb Cook; two brothers, Dwayne Driver, wife, Merriell, Creve Coeur, Ill., and Marvin Driver, wife, Georgia, Caulfield, Mo.; one sister, Juanita Garris, Kansas City, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.Her parents, three brothers and seven sisters preceded her in death. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Free Union Cemetery or West Plains Senior Center and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  West Plains Daily Quill.  (Aunt of Patti Hall-Smith).
Sybil Jeanetta Johnson Morgan - Daughter of the late Abe and Rebecca Cook Johnson, was born at West Plains, Missouri, June 15th, 1925. Entered into eternal rest August 23rd, 1971 at the age of forty-six years. Mrs. Morgan had spent her entire life in West Plains, and on June 28th 1941 she was married at West Plains to Alfred Morgan who survives her as do five children who are Mary Collins, Sidney Morgan, Dennis Morgan, Linda Morgan and Randy Morgan. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Terry, Pam & Chuck Collins, Rebecca Sue (Becky) Morgan, Sidney Lynn Morgan, one sister, Ruth Ellison, three brothers, Harold Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Eldon Johnson. Preceding in death are her parents, one son, one daughter, one brother, and one sister. Mrs. Morgan has been a member of the Baptist faith for many years.
Vearl E. Morris - Age 74, Pomona Howell Co MO - Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today (Mon., Jan. 21, 1980), in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains MO, with Rev. Frank Hall officiating. Mr. Morris died at 10:15 a.m. today at his home, suffering from an apparent heart attack. He was born Jul. 2, 1905 at ____ton, Illinois, the son of the late Edgar and Fannie Smith Morris. He had been employed with the Gardner Wire Company at Cicero IL until the time of his retirement. Shortly after his retirement the family moved to the Pomona area. On Feb. 15, 1940, he was married in Iowa to Elsie ___y Hooper. Mr. Morris had been a long-time member of the United Brethren Church, a member of Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 327 AF and AM, West Plains, and a member of the Medinah Temple at Chicago IL. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elsie Morris, Pomona; three children, Edward Morris, Bolinbrook IL; Vicki Daniels, Pomona MO and Charles Clark, Bolinbrook IL; 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a sister, Hleen Morris, Oak Park IL. Burial was in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains MO.
Clyde O. Morrison - Age 87, Springfield MO - Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Morrison died 11:09 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2008, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo.  He was born June 14, 1921 in Fulton County, Ark., to William Torrey and Martha Elizabeth Stroud Morrison.  He received his education at the Fairview School and on Aug. 5, 1950, was married at Salem, Ark., to Veda Kathryn York. Years ago, Mr. Morrison owned and operated Morrison Sinclair on South 63 in West Plains. He worked for Alton Boxboard in Springfield until his retirement, and after retirement he did commercial landscaping and lawn care for many years. Mr. Morrison enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He was a member of the East Sunshine Church of Christ, Springfield, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Veda Morrison, of the family home; four children, Tom G. Morrison, wife, Jill, Springfield, Mo., Torrey L. Morrison, Sidney, Neb., Timothy C. Morrison, wife, Lindsey, Kansas City, Mo., and Tammie Ann (Morrison) Summers, husband, Bill, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Beth, Sarah, Dakota, Mont., Connor, Daniel, David and expecting another grandchild; two brothers, Dale Morrison, Springfield, Mo., and Harold Dean Morrison, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; five sisters, Opal Miller and Veda Ross, both of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Leta Fern George, Berkeley, Mich., Georgia Hancock, Chester Heights, Pa., and LaVene Powell, Kennett, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.  His parents and three sisters precede him in death. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery near Salem, Ark.  Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Loyd Ray Morton - son of Roscoe Henry Morton and Mazie Opal (Price) Morton, was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Ink, Mo. He passed away at the age of 82 on April 26, 2009, at his home in Mountain View, Mo., after a brief illness. Ray was united in marriage to Ruby Lorine Hurt on Dec. 2, 1944, at Eminence, Mo., and to this union, three children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Mazie Morton; two sons, Larry Keith Morton and Douglas Scott Morton; three brothers, Merrell Morton, Earl “Bud” Morton and Eddie Morton; and one sister, Doris Hurt. Ray is survived by his devoted daughter, Sheila Rae Eaton of Folsom, Calif.; three loving grandchildren, Eric Eaton and wife Keisha of Sacramento, Calif., Heather Shuchter and husband Adam of Denver, Colo., and Amanda Morton of Sacramento, Calif. He leaves four young great-grandchildren who knew and loved him mainly through stories and phone calls, Briana Eaton and Karli Eaton of Sacramento, Calif., and Haley Shuchter and Anikin Shuchter of Denver, Colo. Anikin bears the middle name “Morton” in honor of his great-grandfather, whom he met for the first time this spring, which made Ray very proud. Ray is also survived by five sisters, Betty Williams of Summersville, Mo., Mary Hobbs of Houston, Mo., Helen Merritt and husband Dean of Summersville, Mo., Beverly Hampton of Mountain View, Mo., and Linda Young and husband Lavern of Summersville, Mo. He also leaves behind a host of other cherished family and friends. Ray graduated from Summersville High School in 1945 and was drafted into the U.S. Army that same year. He enlisted in the Missouri National Guard in 1948 and continued his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Ray retired from the Air Force as senior master sergeant in 1971 after serving our country for over 22 years during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was one of few remaining veterans who served during all three wars, which was a great source of pride to him. He was awarded numerous awards and commendations during his military service, including the Bronze Star. Ray was devoted to his family and to his country. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. His military career was a great source of pride to him and he was very much a military man the rest of his life. Ray loved gardening and always grew a vegetable garden that produced way too much for him alone so he could enjoy sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends. He was awarded the Mountain View “Yard of the Month” award multiple times, which pleased him. Ray will be sadly missed; he was the last immediate family member to Sheila, the last surviving grandparent to Heather, Eric and Amanda, and the last surviving brother to his sisters. Ray was unforgettable. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, 2009, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Robert Medley officiating. Robert is the husband of Vicky Hurt Medley, one of his nieces. Interment with military honors was in Summersville City Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Summersville.
Lola Story Murphy - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Murphy died 12:37 a.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in Brooke Haven HealthCare. She was born Sept. 26, 1921, in West Plains, Mo., to Jurd W. and Maud McCracken Wadkins. In 1939, she was married at West Plains, Mo., to Fred Story, who preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1973. On July 29, 1977, she was married at West Plains, Mo., to Selden Pershing Murphy, who preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1983. Mrs. Murphy enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by one stepsister, Gladys Evins of Millington, Tenn.; and seven nieces and nephews, Shirley Baumgardner and husband Gene, Fonnie Quinn and husband Jerome, both of West Plains, Royce Young of Guntown, Miss., Rita Oldman and husband Eddie of San Antonio, Texas, Gary Young and wife Yukie of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dean Wadkins and wife Barbara of Pomona, Mo. Her parents; step-father; husbands; one brother, Radford Wadkins; one sister-in-law, Iva Young; and one nephew, Doyle Young, precede her in death. Burial was held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Daycare and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Michael P. Murphy- Born July 27, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to John Russell Murphy and Gloria Mitts. Michael passed away March 18, 2004 in Mountain View, Mo. at the age of 56 years. Michael was united in marriage to Carla Jean Hosking on July 2, 1970 in Lincoln, Nebraska. To this union two children were born. Michael is preceded in death by his parents. Michael is survived by his spouse Carla Murphy of Birch Tree; one son, Jerry Russell Murphy of Birch Tree; one daughter, Kellee Michaele Letterman of Birch Tree; one brother, Floyd Murphy of Birch Tree; three sisters, Peggy Nelson of South Carolina, Connie Bates of Birch Tree, and Susie Felt of Thayer, Mo.; one granddaughter, Megan Allia Murphy, and one grandson, Billy Letterman. Michael will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain. View, with John Noble officiating.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]
Walter M. Murrell - A former longtime resident and merchant of Pomona MO, died at 6:50 p.m. June 20, 1970 in Proctor Hospital, Peoria IL, following a lingering illness. Mr. Murrell was born in the Dry Creek area of Howell County on June 15, 1915, the son of Charles M. and Mary Wilkinson Murrell. He had spent his early life in and near Pomona, and for a number of years owned and operated a grocery store, filling station and feed store at Pomona. For the past 14 years he has been employed with the C. A. Pawley Construction Company at Peoria IL. On October 26, 1946, he was married at Salem AR to Ovene Lee, who survives him, as do three children, who are William H. Murrell, Hanna City IL; Dallas R. Murrell, Germantown Hills IL, and Richard L. Murrell, Orlando FL. There are three grandchildren surviving, as do one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Lois Gastineau, Branson MO, Jack Murrell, Waukegan IL, and Clyde Murrell, Jacksonville IL. He is preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Murrell had been a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church since early manhood. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Willow Springs and the Scottish Rite Shrine at Peoria IL. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. Keith Cunningham officiating. Interment will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Funeral services for Walter M. Murrell, Peoria IL, formerly of Pomona, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Christian Church at Pomona with the Rev. Keith Cunningham officiating. Mr. Murrell died June 20 in a hospital in Peoria IL. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Clark, Harold Pennington, Paul Brown, Kenneth Frazee, A. L. Kissinger, Dwight Richards, Vernon Spence and Jerry Christopher. Active pallbearers were Dean Wadkins, Bryan Spence, Ralph Thompson, Bud Corman, Mark Collins and Ralph McCracken.
Bruce Lee Myers- Age 49, West Plains MO - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2008, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Myers died 3 a.m. Sunday, July 20, 2008, at his home. He was born April 6, 1959, in Spokane, Wash., to Dan and Patricia Jane Reynolds Myers.  He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Navy and had received a fine arts degree from Missouri State University. Mr. Myers was employed at the West Vue Nursing Center and enjoyed drawing, painting and gardening. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is survived by his parents, Dan and Patricia Myers, West Plains; two brothers, David Myers and Kenneth Myers; three sisters, Loretta Montrose, Leslie Bowen and Yvonne Saunders; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. One nephew preceded him in death. Visitation will be from 7 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Veterans Section, Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.
Fredrick Allen Myers - Graveside services for Fredrick Allen Myers, 79, Mammoth Spring, Ark., will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Riverside Cemetery, with Deacon Pat Keefe officiating under the direction of Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring. Mr. Myers died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains.
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