Ethel Laverne Nolte Nelson Age 89, of West Plains MO - Funeral services were held on July 17, 2006, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Nelson died at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2006, at National Health Care. She was born on Dec. 4, 1916, near West Plains, Mo., to John Albert and Della Songer Nolte. On March 21, 1938, she was married at Salem, Ark., to Alvin B. Nelson, who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1959.She was employed at International Shoe Company for 30 years before her retirement. Mrs. Nelson was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Margaret Clydene Hoglen and her special friend, Doyne York, of West Plains; Dean Norman Nelson of Des Moines, Iowa; Lois Perry Beaumont of Texas; and Marjorie Blackburn of Portland, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Deloris Nelson of Osceola, Iowa, and Ona Nelson and her special friend, Doy Ray Richardson, of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews, including Marge Rader, Jim Coble and Kenneth Coble. Her parents, husband, two sons, two brothers, three sisters and several half-brothers and half-sisters precede her in death. Burial was at Fowler Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
MINTA M. NELSON 1901-1969. MEMORIAL SERVICES: Saturday, Dec. 13, 1969, 2:00 p.m. Rose Chapel. MINISTER: Rev. Keith Cunningham. SINGER: Pat Osborne. SONGS: Precious Memories, Rock of Ages. ORGANIST: Gladys Sullivan. PALLBEARERS: George Spencer, Lawrence Chapman, Bernard Westling, Dwight Turner, Leland Wilson, Norman Brotherton. INTERMENT: Howell Memorial Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, West Plains MO.
James Floyd Newberry Age 85, West Plains MO - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Newberry died 9:05 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield MO. He was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Leota MO to John Alfred and Emma Jane Andrew Newberry. On March 17, 1945, Mr. Newberry was married at Salem AR, to Violet Alice Dougherty. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Newberry was a lifetime member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Violet Newberry, of the family home; one daughter, Alice Faye Vandergriff and husband, Hassell, of Salem AR; three brothers, Thomas Newberry and wife, Betty Jane, of Odessa MO Benjamin Newberry and wife, Alta, of West Plains and Earl Newberry of Lakewood CO; one sister, Wilma Wolverton and husband, Joe, of Blue Springs MO.; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; two sisters, Fay Rickett and Pauline Cherry; and two brothers, Carl Newberry and Sherman Newberry, precede him in death. Burial will be at Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
JOHNNIE NEWBERRY Age 72, West Plains - Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Mr. Newberry died at 2:28 p.m. in West Plains. He was born Oct. 11, 1909 at Strawberry AR, the son of the late Richard Guy and Mary Elizabeth Watson Newberry. He received his education in the schools of Strawberry AR, later attending school in the West Plains school system. On June 6, 1936, he was married at West Plains to Florence Bales. Mr. Newberry had owned and operated the apple house located on Washington Avenue from 1957 until 1977, and for the past four years he had been on the Red Hall Auction Service program on radio station KWPM. He had been of the Church of God faith for many years. Survivors include his wife, Florence Newberry of the home; two children, Ronnie Newberry and Bonnie Parton, both of West Plains; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Estes, Cap and Ed Newberry, all of West Plains; six sisters, Elsie Renner, Sophia Burnett, Pauline Newberry, all of West Plains; Burt Murphy, Harrison; Arcie Peterson and Eythel Wrie, both of the state of California, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and one grandson. Burial will be in McElmurry Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Lela Newman Age 91, Myrtle Oregon Co MO - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. Mrs. Newman died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Thayer. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer. 
Mary Louise Tapy Newsom Age 89, West Plains MO - Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008, at Bethlehem Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Newsom died 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Wellston, Mo., to Otto Phillip Tapy and Katherine Ballesty Tapy. On Dec. 9, 1939, she was married at St. Louis, Mo., to Edward Lee Newsom, who preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1984. Mrs. Newsom was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is survived by three children, Edward Lee Newsom Jr., wife, Mary, Blanchard, Okla., John Newsom, wife, Gerry, Kirkwood, Mo., and Kathy Davis, husband, Joe, West Plains; three grandchildren, Rob Newsom, St. Charles, Mo., Katie Dudden, husband, Richard, Springfield, Mo., and Ty Davis, Cullowhee, N.C.; two brothers, Arthur Tapy and Fred Tapy, St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Dorothy Whittle, husband, Don, and Marguerite Tapy, St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; and one brother, Bill Tapy, precede her in death. Visitation will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Newsom will lie in state from 4 until 9 p.m. today, Friday, May 16, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Community Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
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EDWARD TRELL NICHOLSON Born October 25, 1917 at Plattsburg MO to John Edward and Ida C. LAYMON NICHOLSON. He passed away September 25, 1984 in the St. Francis Hospital at Mountain View MO at the age of 66 years 11 months. On March 24, 1936, he was united in marriage to Beulah DAVIS at Hardy AR. To this union four children were born: Duane Trell, Floyd, Dale, and an infant daughter. He was preceded in death by his father, John NICHOLSON; son Duane; an infant daughter, a brother, Melvin; and a sister, Aleene. He is survived by his wife, Beulah, of the home; sons Floyd and Dale, Birch Tree MO; daughters-in-law Sharon and Barbara; his mother, Ida NICHOLSON, Montier MO; brother Paul, Birch Tree MO; sister Dorene CHOWNING, Birch Tree MO; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Trell was self-employed as a farmer and carpenter. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was especially close to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews; they were all very close to him. Their name for him wasn’t ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Uncle’; to them he was ‘Pap’. Trell was a good neighbor and friend, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Friday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the County Line Baptist Church at Birch Tree with Rev. Wayne DEPRIEST officiating. Burial was in Montier Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View MO. Sources for this information: Standard News, Mountain View MO, October 17, 1984.
ERMAN DALE NICHOLSON Born Mar. 12, 1942 in Shannon Co MO, son of Edward Trell Nicholson and Beulah Grace Davis. Following a lengthy illness Dale departed this life Apr. 18, 2008 at his home in Mountain View Howell Co MO at the age of 66 years, 1 month and 6 days. Dale was raised on the family farm south of Montier Shannon Co MO. As a young man he was baptized in the Methodist Church. He graduated from Birch Tree High School in 1959. Dale married Barbara Ann Heavin Oct. 29, 1961 and to this union two sons were orn, Jerry Dale and Robert Duane 'Bob' Nicholson. Dale was a fine carpenter whose work is visible in many homes and businesses throughout the area. He also farmed for many years near his boyhood home. He was an avid deer and turkey hunter, and a bit of a local legend as a white bass fisherman. Family vacations were usually spent at Norfork Lake or one of the local rivers. He was also a talented athlete who made numerous friends playing town-team baseball, fast-pitch softball and golf. Dale loved his family, and together they spent many happy hours hunting, fishing, playing ball and golfing. Dale was preceded in death by his fater, Trell; his mother, Beulah; two brothers, Duane and Floyd and an infant sister. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Dale and Mary Kay Nicholson of Mountain View, and Bob and Sherry Nicholson of Birch Tree; three grandchildren, Angela, Jacob and Deedra Nicholson, and his very special friend, Marilyn Stewart. Dale will be remembered for his kind heart. Memorial services for Dale Nicholson were held at 6:30 p.m. Apr. 25, 2008 at Yarber Mortuary at Mountain View Howell Co MO.
ESTHER MERRITT NICHOLSON Born December 18, 1912 to Ernest David Merritt and Nora Carter at West Plains, Missouri. She passed away February 16, 2006 at Birch Tree, Missouri at the age of 93 years. Esther was united in marriage to Lem E. Nicholson on April 14, 1950. Esther is survived by her step daughters Patsy BENTON of Jefferson City, Missouri; Nedra HALL of Mountain View, Missouri; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; a special friend and care giver Mary Ann CARR of Birch Tree, Missouri and numerous friends and staff at the Birch Tree Place Nursing Home in Birch Tree, Missouri. She is preceded in death by her husband Lem E. Nicholson and her 2 half brothers Richard BENN and Quentin BENN. Esther was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy of Montier, Missouri. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family has requested that donations be made to Birch Tree Place Christmas Fund. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 15, 2006 at the Church of God of Prophecy in Montier, Missouri at 11:00 a.m. with Stacey PREWETT officiating. Interment was at the Montier Cemetery in Montier, Missouri under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home. [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]
IDA C. LAYMAN NICHOLSON Born July 22, 1897in Shannon County, Missouri to John Houston LAYMAN & Margaret Frances 'Frankie' MCCLOUD. She passed away October 29, 1997 at Birch View Nursing Home at the age of 100 years. She was united in marriage to John Edward Nicholson on April 14, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri. Three sons and two daughters were born unto this union. Ida is preceded in death by her husband, J. E., her parents, two sons; Edward 'Trell' and Melvin Lavone, one daughter, Wilda 'Aleene' BRADFORD, seven brothers, two sisters. And three grandsons, three granddaughters, and one great grandchild. She is survived by one son, Paul Edmond Nicholson of Birch Tree, MO, one daughter Doreene CHOWNING of Birch Tree, MO, nine grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren, and two great great great grandchildren. Ida was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Montier, MO and a Church Sewing Club. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 1, 1997 at 10:00 am at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO. Burial will be in the Montier Cemetery in Montier, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home.
Hazel Irene Nichols Bankston Age 81, West Plains MO - Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Nichols passed from this earthly life at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2008, in Ozarks Medical Center. She was born June 16, 1926, in Ozark, Ark., to John and Bessie Collins Nichols. Mrs. Nichols was a certified foster parent, having over 100 foster children. She was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother and sister. Mrs. Nichols was a faithful Christian for many years and was a member of the Highway AB Church of Christ in West Plains. She is survived by two sons, Ray Bankston and Don Bankston, both of West Plains; three daughters, Beverly Richardson, husband, Jerry, Alton, Mo., Brinda Reed, husband, Jack, and Ellen Grisham, husband, Larry, West Plains; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three brothers, Eugene Nichols and Harley Nichols, Russellville, Ark., and John Nichols, Clarksville, Ark.; one sister, Betty Spitzer, Russellville, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mointa Bankston; one son, John Bankston; five brothers, Chester, Eddie, Lewis, Frank and Cecil Nichols; and two sisters, Imogene Wendell and Frances Reed. Her memory is precious to all who knew her. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Bailey Chapel Cemetery, Alton, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Walter Delbert Nicks Sr. Age 70, West Plains - Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Nicks died 5:10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at his home. He was born March 3, 1938, in Ott, Ark., to John Gilbert and Sylvia Gladys Murdock Nicks. On May 18, 1979, he was married at West Plains, Mo., to Alice Ellison. Mr. Nicks was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army. Before his retirement, he was employed in construction with the city of West Plains and for eight years, was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels. Mr. Nicks was a lifetime member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Plains. He is survived by his wife, Alice Nicks, of the family home; four children, Walter Nicks Jr. and wife, Lily, of West Plains, Victor Nicks of Licking, Mo., Franches Dills and husband, Kie, of West Plains and John Nicks and wife, Becky, of Jonesboro, Ark.; three step-children, Mary Allington of Darien, Ga., Wade Poole of Springfield, Mo., and Truman Poole and wife, Christy, of Peace Valley, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, James Nicks of West Plains and Truman Nicks and wife, Irma, of Willow Springs, Mo.; one sister, Jennie Watkins of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; first wife, Betty Gene Nicks; one brother, Gelbert Nicks; four sisters, Betty, Marie, Mattie and Hazel; and one infant grandson, Koby Poole, precede him in death. Burial was at Free Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Senior Citizens Center Meals on Wheels and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
JAMES CALEB NOELL Born Sep. 5, 1831 Lynchburg Lynchburg Co VA; died Dec. 4, 1896 Willow Springs Howell Co MO. James was an attorney who served as clerk of the circuit court in Howell County. He lived in Marble Hill Missouri, put was practicing law in Willow Springs when he died. His wife was Lousa Wiggington Noell. He had children, Gladys, Estelle, Edgar, William, Dora, May, Alice, and Edna. He is buried at Willow Springs City Cemetery, near the entrance to the cemetery. This was said to be a place of honor since the citizens held him in high regard. 
JOHN O. NOLTE Lifelong resident of Howell County, John O. Nolte, 53, of Mountain View died yesterday morning at 5:30 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Paul McBride at Mountain View. He had been confined to his bed for the past eight months, and had been ill for two years. Funeral services are to be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Dripping Springs Church, conducted by Rev. Earl Thompson of Peace Valley. Burial is to be in the Dripping Springs Cemetery. The body will remain at the Duncan Funeral Home until time for the services. Born Jan. 15, 1901 in Howell County, Mr. Nolte was the son of A. L. Nolte of Route 3, West Plains and the last Mrs. A. L. Nolte. He had made his home near West Plains and Mountain View most of his life.Surviving him besides his father are three children, Mrs. Paul McBride, Mrs. W. M. McVickers and John D. Nolte; four sisters, Mrs. Sam Nelson, Mrs. Wilburn Coble, both of Route 2, West Plains, Mrs. Ella Carter of West Plains, Mrs. Charley Brown of Rover and a brother, Victor A. Nolte of Oakland, Calif.
Mabel OWEN Nord Funeral services for Mabel Owen Nord, 86, West Plains, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains. Mrs. Nord died 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Linda Moore. Burial will be private at Howell Valley Cemetery beside her husband. Arrangements are under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Ruth 'Betty' Dunlap Norton Age 68, West Plains - Born Dec. 8, 1940, at Fort Worth, Texas, to George Melvin and Frances Elizabeth Hutchings Dunlap. On July 23, 1960, she was married at College Station, Texas, to Thomas A. (Tom) Norton. Mrs. Norton died 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo. For more than 20 years, Mrs. Norton worked with the Girl Scouts, was the director of the West Plains Teen Center and was active in organizing the West Plains Senior Center. She was a member of the Rambling Rose Garden Club and the Happy Red Hatters. Mrs. Norton enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and animals, doing crafts and genealogy, fishing and antiques. She loved her family, enjoyed having a house full of family and friends and enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren’s events; she was a much beloved Grandma. Mrs. Norton was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains for 35 years, where she currently was serving as chair of the Evangelism Committee and was a member of the Stephens Ministry. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Thomas (Tom) Norton, of the family home; son, Tom, wife, Angela, their children, Thomas, Andy, Michael, Aaron, Matthew, Carrie, Corbin and great-grandchildren, Conner, Ashton and Aubrey; daughter, Debbie Owens, husband, Brett and their children, Seth, Nathan and Kelsie; daughter, Becky Tracy, fiancee, Duane Workman and their children, Ryan, Dylan, Emma, Nick and Levi; daughter, Ruth Lierz, husband, Joe and their children, Michael and Daniel; brother, Larry Dunlap, wife, Judy, and their children, Mark and Allison; sister, Mary Mauldin, husband, Billy and their children, Shane and Christie; sister, Laura Jessip and her son, Wesley Siebert; cousins too numerous to mention; and special family, Delores Norton, John Tracy, Mike Paulson and Barb and Larry Baker. Her parents preceded her in death. Memorial services were Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Christ’s Kitchen or Lunch Bunch and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. 
BURL E. NORTH Jan. 22, 1924, Dora Ozark Co MO - Mar. 8, 2004, West Plains Howell Co MO - Age 80. Died at West Vue Nursing Home. Son of Ambrose North & Susan Lucinda Miller. Married Laverna Lindeman Aug. 21, 1969 at St Pauls Lutheran Church. Served in the United States Army in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Father of Wendy Sliger. Brother os Earnie Watkins, Lester North, Birdie Click, Austin North, Cecil North and Chester North. Graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1943. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains.

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