Dale YatesAge 72, West Plains - Born Jan. 1, 1936, in Douglas County, Mo., to Lesley and Cleo Hodges Yates.  Mr. Yates died 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at his home. He was bHe graduated from West Plains High School with the class of 1954, and on Dec. 5, 1959, was married at St. Louis, Mo., to Regina Smith, who preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2004.  Mr. Yates was a veteran having served with the U.S. Navy, and before his retirement was a housing contractor. He is survived by one son, Yancy Yates, wife, Lena, West Plains; two grandchildren, Chloe Yates and Jessalin DeGonia; one sister, Kaye Smith; and three nephews, Tyler Yates, Dale Smith and Lee Smith. His parents; wife; one brother, Lee Yates; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Yates; and one brother-in-law, Charlie Smith, precede him in death. Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. today, Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home
Avril York Graveside services for Avril Enich York, 84, Mammoth Spring, Ark., will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the Fairview Cemetery near Salem, Ark., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. York died at 12:56 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at South Fork River Nursing Center, Salem, Ark. He was born Feb. 16, 1925, at Wiseman, Ark., to Kergle Arvest and Lois Ardell Montgomery York. Mr. York was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy. For many years, he was a member of the Camp Church of Christ. He is survived by nine children, Bobby York, wife, Polly, of Koshkonong, Mo., Sondra Burgess, husband, Kenneth, of West Plains, A. L. “Randall” York, wife, Ruth, of West Plains, Joie York, wife, Edna, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., Karen Hall of Hollister, Mo., Connie Mazur of Reed Springs, Mo., Ronnie York, wife, Renee, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., LeaAnn Harper, husband, Kyle, of Springfield, Mo., and Michael York of West Plains; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Doyne York, Doyle York, wife, Jessie, Ronald York, all of West Plains and K. A. York of Lanton, Mo.; two sisters, Irene Sanderson of Salem, Ark., and Veda Morrison of Springfield, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; first wife, Vida; two sisters, Nimogene Payne and Joy Gail McBurnett; one sister-in-law and three brothers-in-law, precede him in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Annette L. Gridley YostAge 63, Pomona Howell Co MO - Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with Father Sherman Wall officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains. She was born the daughter of the late Arthur Gridley and Antoninette Digirolomo Gridley, on March 12, 1944, in Manhattan, N.Y., and died Sept. 27, 2007, in West Plains, Mo. She was the beloved mother of Dawn Ann May, loving mother-in-law to Kevin May, and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren, Christopher, Alicia, and Kevin, all of Pomona, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Gridley and Antoninette Digirolomo Gridley. She was a loving wife to Charlie Vion and later to William Yost, who also preceded her in death. Family visitation was Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains. Burial was in the MackeyCemetery, Howell County, Mo., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. Howell County News
Doris M. YoungAge 79, Eureka IL - Formerly of West Plains MO - Died 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2006, at Maple Lawn Health Center, Eureka, IL. Mason-White Funeral Home, services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason-White Funeral Home, with the Rev. Doug Hicks officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be later at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in Pomona, MO.
Eddie RAY Young Age 41, Poplar Bluff, and formerly of West Plains - Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains.  Mr. Young died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at his home.

George Robert 'Bob' Young

Born May 31, 1935 to George Washington Young and Vera May (Glazier) Young, a home birth at Mountain View, MO. Bob married Nancy Faye (Webb) Young on June 5, 1956, and to this union 5 children were born, who will greatly miss their 'Pops'. William Alan Young and wife Deborah of Owasso, OK, Roger Lynn Young and wife Marilyn of Mountain View, MO, Valerie Ann Athey and husband Phillip of Lake Jackson, TX, Kelly Wayne Young and wife Toni of Mountain View, MO, and Mary Rose Ledgerwood and husband Christopher of Groton, CT; 13 grandchildren Josh Young, Amber Young, Mellissa Farley, James Young, Charissa Young, Mitchell Athey, Alec Ledgerwood, Jillian Athey, Taylor Ledgerwood, Joseph Young, Terron Ledgerwood, David Young and Nina Ledgerwood; 7 great grandchildren Tyler Renshaw, Kobe Gastineau, Braden Gastineau, Cyrus Young, Peyton Farley, Bella Young and Mackenzie Farley. Bob left this earthly life for his heavenly home December 27, 2008 at OMC Hospital in West Plains, MO at the age of 73. Bob accepted Christ at the age of 12 and was baptized into the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. A man of many talents, was always anxious and challenged to fix, repair or make something work again that was broken. After graduating from David Rankin Electrical School, he was employed by Cantrell's Furniture Store doing TV and appliance repair for 9 years. Bob then took employment with the City of Mountain View for the next 36 years, retiring as City Administrator in 2000. At that time he was able to enjoy spending more time on the family farm, which he loved doing. As a young boy he joined the Boy Scouts and obtained 'Life' rank. As his sons became interested in Scouting, he volunteered 17 years as Scoutmaster. Many boys obtained rank of 'Eagle' under his leadership. Son Bill, grandson Mitch and nephew Lynn are all Eagles. Bob received "Award of Merit" and later was awarded the 'Silver Beaver'. He served as District Committee Chairman for Scouting for many years and on the Howell County Emergency Management Team and the Ambulance Board many years also. The battle with his health problems slowed him down physically, but he kept his quest, and the challenge remained for knowledge. He kept a vast storage of wisdom for many who called to ask him directions how to fix or repair something. He served his community well, but above all keeping his family and home was always as a priority. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother Ronnie Young; two nieces Rowena Webb and Robin Bauer; and one nephew James Davis. He is survived by one brother Gary Young and wife Marguerite; two sisters Georgia Kraft and Bonnie Long; two brothers-in-law William Webb and wife Mary; and Ken Webb and wife Rose; eleven nephews David Young, Robert Young, Mark Young, Lynn Young, Randy Young, Mike Davis, Jeff Webb, Mike Webb, Donald Webb, James Webb, and Paul Webb; five nieces Cristy Geer, Vicki Myers, Sarah Hausman, Deb Webb, and Amanda Mullins. Bob will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 6PM until 8PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 10 AM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View with Dr. John Noble and Elder John Foster officiating.
Ronnie Gerald YoungBorn December 28, 1937 at West Plains, MO to George Washington Young and Vera Mae (Glazier) Young. He passed away December 10, 2006 at Springfield, CO at the age of 68 years. Ron was united in marriage to Joann Willis January 1959 and to this union 4 children were born; one daughter Cristina and 3 sons David, Robert and Mark. He is preceded in death by his parents; one niece Robin Lynn Bauer and one nephew James Donald Davis. Ron is survived by his 4 children Cristina Marie Geer and husband Tom of Austin, TX; David Wayne Young of Windsor, CO; Robert Duane Young of Glenwood Springs, CO; and Mark Andrew Young of Ft. Collins, CO; 3 grandchildren Seth Thomas Geer, Colton B. Young and Devon Taylor Young; 2 brothers George Robert Young and wife Nancy of Mountain View, MO; Gary Lynn Young and wife Marguerite of Russellville, MO; 2 sisters Georgia Mae Kraft of West Plains, MO; and Bonnie Jean Long of Oakland, CA numerous nieces and nephews. Ronnie was employed at Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS developing the B-52H model bomber. He later worked with aerospace electronic systems at Lockheed Aircraft Company in the California bay area, Ball Aerospace and TRW in Colorado. Ronnie retired in 2002 and shortly thereafter encountered failing health. Throughout the latter part of his career, he did consulting work for many aerospace companies and on many systems to include the Space Shuttle and B-2 Bomber. His specialty was developing and trouble-shooting guidance systems for aircraft and missiles and at one point received a personal letter of commendation from President Ronald Reagan for his work in solving critical missile guidance system problems. Ron was an avid outdoors man; he loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held Thursday December 14, 2006 at 3:00PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Mountain View, MO with Reverend Tom Geer officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO.
Robert Alton ZimmermanBorn in Whittier, CA, the son of Lloyd Alton Zimmerman and Kathleen Ruth (Sibley) Zimmerman. He passed away April 1, 2008 at Springfield, MO at the age of 78 years. He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Schwarz on August 27, 1952 at Rimpar, Germany, and to this union five children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Anthony Zimmerman; one brother, Edward Terry Zimmerman; two half-brothers, Ray Salwasser and Charles Lewis Salwasser; and one half-sister, Loretta Salwasser. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zimmerman of Mountain View, MO; three daughters, Therese K. SanSoucie and husband, Michael, of Lakeside, CA; Ruth-Ann Relyea of El Cajon, CA; and Debra Loraine Butts and husband, Ron, of Victorville, CA; one son, Ray Zimmerman of Lakeside, CA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Robert was employed as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic at Sim J. Harris Company in San Diego, CA for many years until he retired in 1978. He was a member of International Operating Engineers Local 12. Robert served in the United States Army from 1950 until his honorable discharge in February, 1953. He was awarded Army of Occ. Medal (Germany) and the National Defense Service Medal. Services were held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 10:30 AM at the St. John Vianny Catholic Church with Father Ernie Marquest officiating. Services were under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO.
Will H. Zorn


Henderson Hall died at the age of 105 years. He was of Portuguese ancestors and his descendants had trouble on this account. Henderson Hall perhaps the oldest resident of Howell Co., died at his home near Pottersville last Thursday morning at 2 O‘clock. He had been ill for some time- but within a year ago he was in good health. Last year he had an attack of the grippe, which weakened his system, and when he took a severe cold a short time since it hastened his death.

Among the oldest settlers of Howell Co. Henderson Hall was well known. He came to Howell Co. 60 years ago and has resided here since. At the time of his death it is said that he was over 100 yrs of age. The assertion has never been disputed. Henderson Hall was the father and leader of the people residing in what is known as the "Hall Settlement," eight miles southwest of West Plains. Whenever any person in the settlement became ill or got in trouble they always came to Henderson Hall. He gave them advice and told them what to do in their troubles. Everyone beloved and respected him.

When he first came to Howell Co. Henderson Hall got a job working for Uncle Fred Collier, one of the prosperous farmers residing in the valley adjoining West Plains. Hall became enamored of his employer’s daughter and married her. Uncle Fred Collier thereupon disowned his daughter and forbid her crossing his door. And thereby comes the story which caused much feeling among the residents of the south part of the county a number of years later.

The sons and daughters that came to bless the home of Henderson Hall and wife grew to manhood. Some of them were married and they in turn had children. These children were all of the same dark complexion as their grandfather, Henderson Hall. Although either their father or mother were of pure white complexion, the children invariably had dark skin.

About 15 years ago when the school enumeration was made in the "Hall Settlement" the children of the tribe of Hall were enumerated as "colored." They were denied admission to the district school and then trouble began.

The Halls began mandamus proceedings to compel the school directors to permit their children to attend the school held in the district. When the case came up for trial in the Howell County Circuit Court a change of venue was taken and the case sent to Texas County.

Upon the case being submitted before Judge Woodside at Houston, H. D. Green, attorney for the Halls, conclusively showed to the satisfaction of the court, that there was no negro blood coursing through the veins of the Hall children. He had several of them present, each with his hair closely cropped and looking as though they had just come out of a band box. Photographs of several of Henderson Hall’s ancestors were produced and also locks of their hair, all of which went to prove that Henderson Hall and his descendents were not negroes, but descendents of Portuguese. Judge Woodside decided the case in favor of the Halls and they were permitted to attend the district schools again.

Henderson Hall claimed that his ancestors came of a noble family in Portugal. He came to this country with his parents and settled in one of the Eastern states, where they acquired large interests. Later Henderson Hall emigrated to Howell county settling here for the remainder of his days. His funeral services were held Friday and the remains laid to rest in the Lamons Cemetery on South Fork.

(Note: Lamons Cemetery is now know as Evergreen Cemetery and is found between South Fork and West Plains in Howell Co. MO) Howell County Gazette Thursday, Jan. 28, 1904

Nora V. ZuchowskiAge 80, West Plains. Died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2006, in West Plains. Funeral serviceswill be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with the Rev. Gene Ealy officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains. Family visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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