Dean Kennon, a local businessman, passed away on Aug. 11, 2000, while
on the job as construction superintendent in Coralville, Iowa. Dean and
his wife, Anita, have been involved in various local business ventures.
Ora Dean Kennon was born to Ora (Buck) and Flora Baker Kennon on Sept.
7, 1941 in Cedar Springs, MO. Dean enlisted in the Army after graduating
from the El Dorado Springs High School. He served most of his tour of duty
in Greeley, Alaska. His job was to build roads in the Alaskan wilderness.
He loved the assignment because it allowed him time to enjoy fishing in
the wilds of Alaska. He finished his tour of duty in California.
After his discharge from the Army, he remained in California to work
for his brother, Dennis, in his demolition business. While, there, he met
and married his wife, Anita Louise Haddock on Nov. 27, 1965.
In 1966, Dean and Anita returned home to El Dorado Springs where Dean
worked for his brother, Don, later purchasing half of the ready mix concrete
business in 1970 and taking over the management. Dean and Don also built
and operated the Kennon Auto Parts store for 10 years before selling the
business to O'Reilly Automotive.
In 1984, Dean and Anita opened Kennon's Jewelry in Nevada. Dean became
interested in working with jewelry and learned to cast gold rings, set
diamonds and repair jewelry and watches. Anita managed the store for 10
years before retiring.
Dean began to work as construction superintendent for various companies
building commercial buildings. Most recently he was employed by Crane Construction
of Savannah, building Wal-Mart Supercenters.
Dean is survived by his wife, Anita; two daughters and their husbands,
Deanna and Steve Cohick of New Orleans, LA and Julie and Justin Graham
of El Dorado Springs; four grandsons, Gavin and Collin Cohick and Zachary
and Turner Graham; one brother, Dennis Kennon and one sister, Janice Prewitt,
both of El Dorado Springs. He was preceded in death by his father and mother
and one brother, Don Kennon.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, at the Hackleman
Chapel with Steve Counts officiating. Musical selections were provided
by the Church of Christ Singers. Internment was in the El Dorado Springs
Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral home. Pallbearers
were Justin Graham, Steve Cohick, Jerry Miles, Ed Kennon, Paul Kennon and
Dave Kennon. Honorary pallbearers were Jr. Burchett, Gene Williams, Reed
Prewitt, Clyde Haddock and Bob McCullick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
EDITH ESTA HARDISON
Edith Esta Hardison, 84, of El Dorado Springs, passed away on Friday
morning, August 11, 2000 at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was
born on January 6, 1916, in Prescott, AR, the daughter of Thomas B. and
Edith graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School, going on to
the School of Nursing at the Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma city, where
she graduated with honors. She was a good student, making high grades throughout
Edith was a gentle, caring person whom enjoyed serving others. She
gave many hours of volunteer service. She took the Bible literally where
it says, "In honor preferring one another."
She was a person with high morals and strong religious convictions.
She loved our Lord and spent much time alone.
Survivors include her brother, Woodrow Hardison and his wife, Lucille,
of El Dorado Springs; her sister, Ruth Curtis of Belton and nieces and
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, at the
Hackleman Chapel with Reverend Raymond Yarnell officiating. Musical selections
were provided by Mike and Linda Jamison. Interment was in the Clintonville
Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral home. Pallbearers
were Gary Hardison, Tom Curtis, Tom Brewer, Leland Trussell, Edward Spencer
and Lester Englund.
Raymond Hensley, 83, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, Aug.
13, at the Community Nursing Home. He was born in Warner, OK on Aug. 9,
1917, the son of Chesley and Lenora Curry Hensley.
Raymond moved to Yuba City, CA in 1933 and became a large farmer and
rancher in Sutter County. He was one of the founders and a member of the
Sutter County Sheriff's Mounted Posse for years.
Raymond was a United State World War II veteran.
Raymond relocated to El Dorado Springs in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie of the home; one son, Don York of
El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Raylene Palacz of Paradise, CA.; one sister,
Lucy Hensley of Santa Rosa, CA.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren;
several nieces and nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by his four brothers,
Newton, James, Thomas and H.B.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Hopewell
Cemetery near Montrose with Jeff Randleman officiation. Internment will
be in the Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons
VINCIL WAYNE ELLIS
Vincil "Wayne" Ellis, 68, El Dorado Springs, passed away Friday evening
Aug. 4, 2000 at Moore-Few Nursing home in Nevada, after a stoke put him
into a deep sleep in June.
He was born in Cedar County on Aug. 22, 1931, the only child of the
late Charley and Ethelene (Wallace) Ellis who had a farm in Cedar County
near Olympia. He was married Nov. 25, 1961, to Doris Evelyn Coleman and
became the step-father to her children and has been a loving father to
Ricky D. White and Vicky D. (White) Livengood for the past 39 years.
Wayne served his country in the United States Army. He was employed
over 35 years at Mid-America Dairy until his retirement. There he leaves
many close friends.
Wayne had many hobbies he loved- hunting, fishing, taxidermy, farming
and traveling to name a few.
Surviving are his wife, Doris, his kids, Rick D. White and Vicky D.
(White) Livengood; five granddaughters- Jackie, Allyscia, Lacy, Nicky and
Emily, all of Nevada. Daughter-in-law, Vicky McFarland White, who was his
primary care giver while in Moore-Few, "Bless You Vicky", an ex-son-in-law,
Brent Livengood, who was family for 18 years, cousins- Carl McCallister,
Terry Wallace, Carole Wallace, Neva Huff and Dean Gray, all in the area,
and aunt Eva Stemper, El Dorado Springs. Other relatives and many friends
he will be missed by all who love him.
Vincil Wayne Ellis will have his ashes scattered in the mountains as
he wished, with no services. Cards or flowers may be sent in care of Vicky
Livengood, 301 S. Oak #3 Nevada, MO 64772.
EVERETT MARION HALLAM
Everett Marion Hallam, 83, the son of Charles D. and Minnie May (O'Fallon)
Hallam was born Dec. 16, 1916, in Dederick and passed from this life on
Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at the Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City.
Everett attended school in Harwood, and was one of the graduates of
the Class of 1935. After graduation Everett served and worked in the Civilian
Conservation Corps before entering the military in 1942 serving in the
Army Air Force. It was while serving our country in England that Everett
met and married Joan F. Croston on May 7, 1945, in Newton-le-Willows. After
the war, Everett returned to the United States with his bride moving to
the Harwood area to begin farming. To their union four children were born,
two sons and two daughters. Everett served for several years as a school
board member for the Schell City school district, as well as being a member
of the Harwood Royal Neighbors and attending the Harwood Methodist Church.
His hobbies included fishing, reading and being with his family.
Survivors include two sons, Louis Hallam- Nixa and Kenneth Hallam-
Harwood; two daughters, Donna Harding- Muskogee, OK and Karen Coy-Harwood;
one half-sister, Ruby Carter Yale, OK, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren;
several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Everett was
preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and his wife, Joan, who
passed away Nov. 23, 1989.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 14, at the United Methodist Church
in Schell City with Pastor Frank Claiborne officiating. Musical selections
were provided by Diane Eslinger and Ida Vee Clairborne. Pallbearers were
Jerry Coy, Joey Coy, Ryan Hallam, Rodger Wheeler, Tristan Hallam and David
Holden. Honorary pallbearers were Red Bellinghausen, B.D. Dickbreder, Tom
Smith, Joe Bell and Devon Prescott. Interment was in the Lefler Cemetery
in Harwood, with military honors provided by the Western Missouri Area
Military Funeral Honors Program. Services were under the direction of the
Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, in Schell City. Memorial contributions are
suggested to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
KENNETH L. WITHEM
Kenneth was blessed with a very large immediate and extended family
of 22 brothers and sisters. They have maintained their strong sense of
family through the years by attending regular family reunions. Ken loved
those opportunities to visit, laugh and catch up on family news. He enjoyed
playing cards with family and friends, listening to vintage country music
Ken began his lifelong love of cars and working with machinery in adolesence.
He went on to be an auto mechanic in the U.S. Marine Corps and served on
Guan, Okinawa and China during WWII.
He was never a man to complain about the bumps in the road. He just
calmly drove over them and drove on. He wasnt a man to gossip or belittle
others. He was not a person to ever raise his voice in anger at another
One of the luckiest days of his life was June 25, 1957, when he married
the woman he had fallen in love with, Viola. Vi had two small daughters,
Lousie and Sandy. From the moment they were married, he also had two daughters.
This week those two daughters are saying goodbye to the best father imaginable.
They feel truly blessed with his love, his sense of humor and his goodness.
He is, and always will be their definition of a good man.
Ken had a marvelous sense of humor that remained with him through his
final days. Often during his hospitalization, his humor cheered up those
who came to cheer him up. On Dec. 23, 1934 he was baptized at Logan Christian
Church in Logan, Iowa. On Aug. 9, 2000 he went home to be with the Lord.
Kenny will be deeply missed by his family and friends who have gathered
this week to mourn his passing. A moving memorial service was given by
Brother G.H. Sublett at the First Baptist of El Dorado Springs.
DAVID RYHS GERMEN
David Rhys Germen, 44, Nevada, passed away Jan. 22, 2001, at St. John
Regional Medical Center, Joplin.
He was born Nov. 11, 1956, in San Pablo, CA, to Ellis and June Handley
Germen. In August 1979 he married Leslie K. Pullin in Miami, OK.
Mr. Germen was a graduate of the Fort Scott Community College School
of Nursing. He was employed as a registered nurse until complications of
kidney failure no longer permitted him to work.
Survivors include his wife, Leslie, of the home; a son, Nathen Germen,
of the home; a step-son, Jason Long, of the home; a daughter, Connie Townsen-Idaho;
his mother, June Germen-El Dorado Springs; one brother, Martin Germen-Oregon;
three sisters - Merry Bogart - Pinole, CA, Rebecca Achord - Kuna, ID and
Laurel Bryant - California. He was preceded in death by his father, Ellis
Germen, and one brother, Chris Germen.
Private services will be held at a later date with arrangement by Evergreen
Memorial Chapel, Nevada. Memorial contributions may be made to the family
in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.
CHARLES E. BRESHEARS
Charles E. Breshears, 91, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sunday, Jan.
21, 2001, at his home. He was born Sept. 30, 1909. He was an Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Johnny Breshears;
and one sister, Daisy Osborne. He is survived by one niece, Alice Marles,
A graveside service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at Fisher Cemetery
near Preston under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home.
MATTHEW BENJAMIN GAINES
Matthew Benjamin Gaines, 17, the son of David Keith and Carol Ruth
(Vacca) Gaines was born Feb. 24, 1984, in Nevada and passed from this life
on Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada.
Matt, who was currently a junior at Northeast Vernon County High School
lived his entire life in Schell City and was always known for his warm,
friendly and upbeat personality. Matt was also a lifelong Christian, growing
up in the Schell City Christian Church before moving to the Park Street
Christian Church in El Dorado Springs where he became active in their youth
program. He was baptized there in January 1997. Recently he had been attending
the Horton Methodist Church where his maternal grandparents are members.
Matt loved sports of all kinds, enjoyed video hames, the Beatles, contemporary
Christian music and putting models together. Matt was also a past member
of the Schell City 4-H Club. Just over a year ago he began driving--a 1984
Mercury Marquis, a car made the same year he was born. But the highlight
of Matt's life came last year when the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation granted
his wish for him and his family to travel to Alabama to the Talladega Speedway
for the Nascar Finals. It was there that he met the drivers and was photographed
with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Despite Matt's medical problems, this was a young man who always looked
for the positive in everything and everyone. His life should be a testimony
to all of us, the way he faced adversity should teach us all a lesson.
Survivors include his parents, David and Carol Gaines, of the home
in Schell City; his brother, Joshua Gaines, also of the home; his paternal
grandparents, Deloris and Ken Hiebert, Winona, MO; his maternal grandparents,
Wayne and Patty Vacc, Horton; his great grandmother, Evangel Head, Puxico,
MO; his aunts and uncles; Chris and Laurie Gaines and Kathi Lunday; and
cousins; Aaron Gaines, Shane and Hannah Lunday and James Lundy; other relatives
and many, many friends. Matt was preceded in death by his grandfather,
Frank Gaines, and his grandmother, Ruth Vacca.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Schell
City Christian Church with Pastors Jeff Randleman and Genevieve Guinn officiating.
Musical selections of "In The Garden" and "Apples of Gold" were chosen.
Pallbearers were Jared Hurley, Wilbur Price, Dustin Dowdell, Jerry Albin,
Kendall Ogburn and Larry Buckles. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery
in Schell City under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home,
Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
in care of the Farmers State Bank, Schell City.
CECIL LAURENCE LANE
Cecil Laurence Lane, 69, Lamar, passed away suddenly at his home on
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001.
He was born July 3, 1931, near Filley to Cecil Leslie Lane and Dot
Blanch Mason Lane. He had resided in Barton County for seven years.
On Aug. 3, 1957, he married Joyce Elaine Bland.
Mr. Lane was an Air Force veteran from the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He retired as a vehicle maintenance supervisor at Nevada Habilitation Center.
He is survived by three children - Steve Lane and wife, Glenda - Tulsa,
OK, Michael Lane - Lamar and Michelle Perkins and husband, Jack - El Dorado
Springs; one granddaughter, Tina; and step-grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine Bland; two brothers,
Donald Lane and Theo Lane; and two sisters, Ailsa Lane Ray and Phylis Lane
Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Daniel Funeral
Home, Lamar. There will be no service. Cremation was Feb. 28.
Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
MARY LOU JANES
Mary Lou Janes, 67, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, March
Mary, the daughter of Fred and Goldie Crystal, was born on Oct. 1,
1933, in Forst Scott, KS. Mary grew up on the family farm until she was
united in marriage to Robert Lee Janes on Oct. 29, 1950.
Robert and Mary have made their home in El Dorado Springs for the past
37 years. Mary retired from Dunbrooke Sportsware after a career of more
than 30 years. After her retirement she enjoyed donating her time to local
clubs doing volunteer work and spending time with family and friends. She
was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, Fred Crystal, and two infant
brothers. She is survived by her husband, Robert Janes, of the home; her
mother, Goldie Crystal, Fort Scott, KS; her daughter, Kay McPeak, and her
husband, Terry, El Dorado Springs; two sisters, Lucille Phillips-Baldwin
City, KS and Jean Conner-Fort Scott, KS; one brother, Ed Crystal-Liberal;
her grandson, Eric McPeak, and his wife, Kelly-El Dorado Springs; her granddaughter,
Misty Butterfield, and her husband, Brandon; four great-grandchildren,
all of El Dorado Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wendesday, March 28, at the
El Dorado Springs Cememtery with Rev. R.B. Shoemaker officiating. Interment
was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman
and Sons Funeral Home.
ARVID HENRY CARLSON
Arvid Henry Carlson, 93, passed away on Sunday morning, March 25, 2001,
at the Christian Health Care in Nevada. He was born on Oct. 21, 1907, in
Duluth, MN, the son of Andrew Henry and Edla Marie Carlson.
On Dec. 20, 1932, Arvid was united in marriage to Vina L. Preston.
They were married for 63 years until Vina's death on Dec. 6, 1996.
Arvid and Vina made their home in El Dorado Springs for over 50 years,
living in a house they had built at 500 S. Park. For a number of years,
Arvid was employed by Witt's Printing Company and he also had a welding
shop at his home for several years.
A member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs, Arvid was
also a veteran of the United States Army.
Besides his wife, Arvid was preceded in death by four brothers and
sisters. Survivors include his niece, Karen Story-Nevada; three nephews-Jerry
Preston-California, Johnny Preston-Nevada and Ron Sibley-El Dorado Springs;
great nieces and nephews.
Serivces were held on Tuesday morning, March 27, at the Hackleman Chapel
with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Musical selections were provided by
Faith Trussell. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the
direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Johnny
Preston, Johnie Null, Tim Dade, Darren Preston, Gene Story and Jerry Stark.
CORDA MAE BLAND WITT
Corda Mae Bland Witt, 88, was born on July 21, 1912, to Stella Josephine
Grimes and Joseph Israel Bland. She went to be with the Lord and Savior
on Sunday morning, March 25, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital
in El Dorado Springs.
Cordie, as she was know to her family and friends, was united in holy
matrimony to Elmer Ray Witt on Nov. 30, 1929, at Nevada. God blessed this
union with four sons os which three survive her. They are Kenneth D. Witt-Arvada,
CO; E. Dwain Witt and Donald D. Witt-both of El Dorado Springs.
Cordie spent most of her life as a homemaker in St. Clair County until
1973 when she and her husband moved to El Dorado Springs. She loved her
family and her church and on numerous occassions she told family members
that she prayed for them daily calling each one by name. She spent many
hors making beautiful quilts for her family and friends.
Cordie accepted the Lord at an early age and was a member of the Church
of God (Holiness). She attended faithfully as long as her health permitted.
It was a special blessing to her when all of her sons accepted the Lord.
Cordie strived to instill Christian principles in her children and grandchildren
and was always concerned with their spiritual well being. They were all
very special to her.
Cordie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer, of
63 years on March 10, 1993; an infant son, Leslie Ray; three sisters-Hazel
Mays, Neva Hamilton and Neta Morlan; and one brother, Ewing Bland. In addition
to her three sons, Cordie is survived by their spouses, Cleo, Bonnie and
Sharon; eight grandchildren-L.D. Witt, Kevin and Kristen Witt, Kim and
Keith Osterloh, Kyle and Robin Witt, Scott and Jana Witt, Jana and Randy
Kerr, Stacie Bush and Terri and Dusty Schaaf; 15-great-grandchildren-Mandee
and Michael Osterloh, Alex Witt, Brittany Bush, Kellen, Teryn and Jillian
Kerr, Ryan, Davis, Cory and Avery Witt, Alexa and Kameron Schaaf, Taylor
and Tanner Witt. Codie is also survived by two brothers, Nolan Bland-Kansas
City and Clayton Bland-El Dorado Springs, one sister, Winifred Hodo-Kansas
City; other relatives and a host of friends.
Cordie's place in our lives is now empty, but our memory of her will
go forward with us. We will meet her again in a place where sorrow and
death do not exist if we prepare as she prepared long ago.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, March 29, 2001,
at the Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Leland Trussell and Rev. Wayne
Musical selections will be provided by Faith Trussell, Debbie Menefee
and Larry Oehring. Interment will be in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery
under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers
will be L.D.Witt, Kevin Witt, Kyle Witt, Scott Witt, Dusty Schaaf, Keith
Osterloh and Randy Kerr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the El Dorado Springs Christian
DR. ARNOLD LEE MEDEARIS
Dr. Arnold Lee Medearis, 53, born Sept. 10, 1947, the son of Abe and
Ruby Lee Medearis, El Dorado Springs, passed away March 20, 2001, at the
University of California, Los Angeles Medical Hospital following a short
Arnold graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School and later the
Missouri University-Columbia, and the University School of Medicine.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1975. Surviving are his daughters,
Kattie Lee and Kristi Lea; of the home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; his
estranged wife, Sandra Lollis Medearis, and a third daughter, Kelly Liegh
Medearis of Los Angeles; his father, Abe Medearis, El Dorado Springs; aunts;
uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.
Memorial services were held Sunday, March 25, in Rancho Palos Verdes,
CA, following his cremation.
M. LOUISE ZIMMER
M. Louise Zimmer, 88, of Rantoul, IL, formerly of Neoga, IL, died at
1:10 p.m. March 21, 2001, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
She was born Dec. 28, 1912 in Clinton, IL, the daughter of Claud and
Mary (Castell) Smith. On July 13, 1944, she married Lloyd B. Zimmer who
preceded her in death Sept. 30, 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Baker and wife, Joan-O'Fallen, Missouri
and John Baker-St. Louis; two daughters, Alice Donahue and husband, Donald-St.
Louis and Donna Cole and husband, Ray-Rantoul, IL; stepson-Lawrence "Larry"
P. Zimmer, and wife, Kay-El Dorado Springs; a brother, William Smith and
wife, Mary-California; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren including
Aron P. Zimmer-El Dorado Springs; and 40 great-grandchildren. She was also
preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, and one step son, Robert
Mrs. Zimmer was a former employee of General Electric Co. in Mattoon,
IL, and Kern Manufacturing Co. of Neoga. She was a member of the Gaskill
United Methodist Church, built of walnut timber from Zimmer ancestor Philip's
land, where she was pianist for 30 years.
Services were March 24, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral home in Neoga,
IL with Rev. Maurice Midgley, Parris, IL officiating. Burial was in the
Neoga Memorial Cemetery.
EDNA MAY DAVIS
Edna May Davis, 94, was born on Nov. 28, 1906, in St. Clair County
to John Franklin Allen and Sarah Louisa Bland Allen. She passed away on
July 23, 2001, at the Community Springs Nursing Home after a long illness.
On Dec. 27, 1923, Edna was united in marriage to Virgil Davis. To this
union were born three children-Leola Fern, Virgil Arthur and Katherine
For several years, Edna worked beside her husband at the Cedar Springs
general store, gas station and garage that they owned and operated. This
was when times were simpler and family ties were strong. Edna enjoyed her
family and the times they spent together. Her hobbies included quilting
and crocheting. Her children and grandchildren have quilts that she made
for each of them.
Edna was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) at Herriman Chapel.
Her faith was strong and helped her through the toughest of times.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil on Nov.
5, 1968; a sister, Stella Ellerman; two brothers, Cecil Hoard and Edward
Franklin; a daughter, Katherine Marie; and two grandsons, Steven Art Barclay
and Artie Dean Davis.
Survivors include her daughter, Leola Fern Barclay and her husband,
John of El Dorado Springs; her son, Virgil Arthur and his wife, Bettie
of El Dorado Springs; three granddaughters, Deanna Shouse and her husband,
Guy, Shiela Benham and her husband, Gary, all of El Dorado Springs and
Peggy Wheaton and her husband, Bob of California; seven great-grandchildren-Kent
and Lee Shouse, Whitney, Margaret and Joshua Benham, all of El Dorado Springs,
Christopher and Shaun Morris, both of California; and one great-grandson,
Gage. Also surviving are one brother, George Allen of California; one sister,
Mildred Witt of Blackjack; four step grandsons-John, Willard, Joseph and
Steven Solomon; 14 step great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and
Services were held on Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at 1 p.m. at the
Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman and Rev. Milan Bourland officiating.
Musical selections were provided by Vera Bourland. Interment was in the
Hackleman Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral
Home. Pallbearers were Kent Shouse, Terry Allen, Larry Allen, Brent Bland,
Allen Siders and Ronnie Bland. Honorary pallbearers were Lee Shouse, Whitney
Benham, Margaret Benham, Joshua Benham, Christopher Morris and Shaun Morris.
EARL F. “JACK” BELCHER
Earl F. “Jack” Belcher, 85, El Dorado Springs, was born on Dec. 21,
1915, near Cedar Springs, to John Robert and Addie Lea Monroe Belcher.
He passed away on July 17, 2001, in the Mt. Vernon VA Nursing Home after
an extended illness.
Jack served his country during WWII, where he spent three years in
the Phillipine Islands. He was decorated with a Good Conduct Medal, an
American Defense Service Ribbon, a Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with one
Bronze Star and also received a DAV Honorable Discharge. He was a life
member of the VFW Post 257 of El Dorado Springs.
Jack was saved in a revival meeting at West Union Missionary Baptist
Church in October 1955.
Jack was united in marriage to Mildred O. Simmons Reeves on March 3,
1956. They resided on a farm southeast of El Dorado Springs until Jack's
health failed and they moved to town in 1988. He enjoyed working the land
and tending to his livestock. Jack loved taking grandchildren fishing and
playing at the creek. He found great pleasure in watching his children,
grandchildren, nieces, nephews and the neighborhood children spend many
happy hours on the farm. Many a kid learned a valuable lesson in working
and turning the crank on the old ice cream freezer.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers-Homer, William,
Henry and Harrison; two sisters-Elvira and Maggie; and one granddaughter,
Daisy Reeves. He is survived by Mildred, his devoted wife for 45 years;
his twin sister, Muriel Bowen, El Dorado Springs; four daughters-Linda
Cain-Branson, Gendy Poag and Jim Cothren-El Dorado Springs, Betty and Roger
Meeks-Stockton and Bonny and David Highley-Marshfield; one son, Carl and
Tammy Reeves-El Dorado Springs; 22 grandchildren-Sarah, Michelle, Adam
and Daniel Reeves, Brian, Corey, Doug, Amanda and Kayla Cain, Susie and
Scott McCollum, Daphne Cox, Patrick, Alvin, Addie, Rayn, Emily, Ethan,
Betheny and Amanda Meeks, Erin, Kristin and Jason Highley; three great-grandchildren-Tryston
and Gage McCollum and Morgan Reeves. Also surviving are nieces, nephews
and many friends.
Services were held on Saturday morning, July 21, at the Hackleman Chapel
with Bro. Everett Smith and Bro. Norman Highley officiating. Musical selections
were provided by Karen Rains. Interment was in the Lebeck Cemetery under
the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were
Joe Bohrer, Larry Floyd, Dick Gregory, Corey Cain, Charles Belcher and
Gerald Dobbs. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Bledsoe and Frank Foley.
Lifelong Cedar County resident Eva Stemper, 101, passed away on Wednesday,
July 18, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Stemper was born on the family farm near Filley on Feb. 15, 1900,
one of twin daughters born to Albert F. and Ann M. Crum Ellis. She was
raised near Filley, coming to El Dorado Springs to attend high school,
where she graduated with the class of 1920.
For 18 years, Mrs. Stemper taught schools in rural Cedar County, resigning
her duties to care for her ailing mother. On Oct. 17, 1959, she was united
in marriage to Andy Stemper. They farmed until moving to El Dorado Springs
many years ago.
A charter and devoted member of the Park Street Christian Church, Mrs.
Stemper enjoyed reading, working in her garden and traveling. She loved
to quilt, making many beautiful quilts even after turning 100. She loved
to tell stories about the early days of living in El Dorado Springs and
will long be remembered for her quick wit, quiet voice and strong loving
devotion to her family and friends.
Survivors include one niece, Wilma May Faver, and her husband, Sid-Alamos,
CO; two nieces-in-laws, Maida Myrle Ellis-Stockton and Idoma Ellis-El Dorado
Springs; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a host of friends, especially
Louis Osborne and Wilma Carter, who helped Eva immensely after the death
Her husband, Andy; two brother, Charlie and Bill; and four sisters-Alameda,
Alta, Bessie and her twin, Iva, have preceded her in death.
Services were held on Friday afternoon, July 20, at the Park Street
Christian Church with Rev. Travis Hurley officiating. Musical selections
were provided by Ran Cochran. Interment was in the Greenfield Cemetery
at Jerico Springs under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral
Home. Pallbearers were Jim Summers, Gene Starkey, Chuck Hurley, Oscar Carter,
Ken Wood and Jack Lady. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Osborne and Vincil
Memorial contributions may be made to the Park Street Christian Church.
MARY ANN ANDERSON
Mary Ann Anderson, 62, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Thursday morning,
July 19, 2001, after a series of lengthy illnesses. She was born in Dewey,
VA on May 26, 1939, the daughter of Lester P. and Mary M. Brugh Johnson.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Billy
Johnson and Jimmy Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 43 years,
J.B. Anderson, of the home; her daughter, Becky VanDerWoude, and her husband,
Sean, El Dorado Springs; her son, Tim Anderson, Dallas, TX; one brother,
A.P. (Page) Johnson, Smyrna, DE; and two sisters, Esther Hughes of Albuquerque,
NM and Margaret Moses of Hurst, TX. Mary Ann is also survived by the lights
of her life, her grandchildren-Meghan, Tess and Garrett; numerous adored
nieces and nephews, as well as her precious great nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was an inspiration to all those whose lives she touched and
she will be greatly missed.
Services were held on Sunday afternoon, July 22, at the Hackleman Chapel
with Chris Brophy and Esther Schraw officiating. Musical selections were
provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Tennessee Chapel Cemetery
under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers
were Edward W. Applin, Steven G. Applin, Gary Hicks, Roy Hicks, Danny Thurman
and Randy Thurman.
ORPHA M. CLINTON
Orpha M. Clinton, 96, Nevada, passed away Thursday, July 19 ,
at Moore-Few Care Center.
She was born Jan. 16, 1905, in Vernon County to Floyd and Anna Bell
Harper Smith. On Oct. 15, 1931, she married George Bush Clinton in Nevada.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse employed by the Nevada State Hospital
and local nursing homes. She was a lifetime Vernon County resident. She
was very talented at playing the harmonica, dancing and working with her
She is survived by a son, Bob Clinton Sr., and his wife, Laura, of
Walker; a granddaughter, Julie Mae Clinton; a grandson, Bob Lee Clinton
and his wife, Lavina; two great-granddaughters, Tracy and Jodee Clinton;
and a niece, Betty Ann Smith Pisciotta, and husband, Vince, of Milo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bush Clinton; two
brothers, Hiner Smith and Willie Smith; and her parents.
Graveside services were Saturday, July 21, at Newton Burial Park under
direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Larry Brown officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Moore-Few Care Center.