Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Kenneth Miller 

Kenneth Oscar Miller, 75, Lomita, Calif., resident, a former Joplin resident, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 1996, after an illness. 

Mr. Miller was born April 21, 1921, at Bowling Green, Ky. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a postal worker for 35 years in Los Angeles county. He was a 36-year Los Angeles County resident. 

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Sheerin, Torrance, Calif.; and two sons, Kenneth Gregory Miller and Timothy David Miller, both of Torrance, Calif. 

A private family graveside service was held July 30 at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 

The body was cremated. 

David Atkisson 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A. David Atkisson, 58, Springfield, formerly of Joplin, was found dead at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996, at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Atkisson was born July 4, 1938, in Bakersfield, Calif. He moved from Joplin to Springfield five years ago. He was a golf instructor at Golf Land, Springfield. He was a member of the Neosho First Christian Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Joan Atkisson; two sons, David L. Atkisson, Joplin, and Roger Atkisson, Springfield; a sister, Florence Wyatt, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Guy Atkisson, Jefferson City; and four grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at East Lawn Cemetery, Springfield. 

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home, Springfield. 

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in care of the funeral home. 

Thelma Barrett 

SHELDON, Mo. Thelma Faye Barrett, 86, Sheldon, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Barrett was born Feb. 6, 1910, at Vermillion, Kan. She moved to Sheldon in 1923 and lived there the rest of her life. 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, both of Sheldon. She was a member of Sheldon Senior Citizens and was active in community work. 

She married Reuel Omer Barrett on May 25, 1929, at Kansas City, Mo. He died on Nov. 27, 1969. 

Survivors include two sisters, Maxine Darling, Sheldon, and Mildred Wintjen, Kansas City. 

Services were Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Sheldon, with the Rev. Robert Kell officiating. Burial was in Sheldon Cemetery. 

Arrangements were conducted by Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon. 

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Sheldon. 

Dorothy Davis 

FREISTATT, Mo. Dorothy M. Davis, 77, Freistatt, died at 2:26 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, at St. John's Medical Center, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Davis was born May 13, 1919, at Montrose, S.D. For the last 29 years she had lived in the area. 

She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Monett, St. John's Lutheran Church Choir, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Quilter's Guild and the Mount Vernon Music Club. 

She married John Miles Davis, April 17, 1978, at Duquesne. He died on July 22, 1989. 

Survivors include two sons, Elmer Lee Davis Sr., Monett, and Kevin Davis, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Helen Kelley, Joplin, and Bernice Davidson, Osage Beach; a sister, Helene Muth, Akron, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mart Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in the McCormick St. John's Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church building fund. 

Marsha Marrs 

NEOSHO, Mo. Marsha Mundean Marrs, 45, Fort Gibson, Okla., who was a Neosho native, died at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996, in Tulsa, Okla., after a long illness. 

Miss Marrs was born Dec. 6, 1950, in Neosho. She graduated from Crowder College, Neosho, with honors. She was an LPN with MediCorp Health Care. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Muskogee, Okla., and had belonged to the single's group there. 

Survivors include her parents, Arthur and Lola Connely, both of Neosho. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Diamond. 

The body will be cremated. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cremation Society of Oklahoma, Tulsa. 

Robert Niehoff 

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Robert William Niehoff, 73, Lockwood, died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness. 

Mr. Niehoff was born Oct. 9, 1922, at Lockwood. 

He was a retired farmer. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of the Roy E. Carr American Legion post No. 372, Lockwood, and the E. Schumann Heink Disabled American Veterans post, Kansas City. 

He married Dorothy Mae Woods on Feb. 21, 1950, at Lockwood. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Willie Niehoff, Jerico Springs; a daughter, Pam Jones, Springfield; a brother, Martin Niehoff, Lockwood; two sisters, Tillie Weber, Herington, Kan., and Bertha Boehne, Greenfield; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lockwood, with pastor Gary Griffin officiating. Burial will be in the Lockwood Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lockwood Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Immanuel Lutheran School, both of Lockwood. 

Stanley Ray 

BOLIVAR, Mo. E. Stanley Ray, 67, Bolivar, died at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996, at Citizen's Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, after an illness. 

Mr. Ray was born Jan. 28, 1929, at Cross Timbers. He had been an area resident since 1984. He was a retired United Methodist minister. He had pastored at many churches throughout Missouri. 

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Ray; a daughter, Earline King, Lincoln; two brothers, Everett Ray, Independence, and Bernie Ray, Cross Timbers; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar. The Rev. Bob Simon and the Rev. Marc Magana will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethel Campground Cemetery, north of Cross Timbers. 

Marie Robinson 

NEVADA, Mo. E. Marie Shaffer Robinson, 91, Nevada, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Robinson was born March 1, 1905, in St. Clair County, Mo. She was a longtime area resident. From 1951 to 1966, she was employed as a maid at the South Winds Motel, east of Nevada. She was a member of the West Minister Club. 

She married Bennie Finif Shaffer on Oct. 13, 1923, in Nevada. He died on July 7, 1963. 

She married Thomas Allen Robinson on May 6, 1966, in Nevada. He died July 12, 1978. 

Survivors include a son, Gerald Shaffer, Raymore; two daughters, Pearl Hoffman and Betty Jo Dailey, both of Nevada; three stepsons, Junior Hinkhouse, Olathe, Kan., Virgil Robinson, Nevada, and Donald Robinson, Richway; a brother, Raymond Shirley, Nevada; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, near Dederick, Mo. 

Contributions may be made to the Nevada Regional Medical Center Home, Health and Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

George Smith 

NEOSHO, Mo. Graveside services for George Eddie Smith, 40, Neosho, who died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1996, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the IOOF Cemetery, Neosho, with the Rev. Doug Wilkerson officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Frank Cullum, Andy Williams, Bob Fernandez and Herkstet Fernandez. 

Arrangements are by Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Wilma George 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Wilma B. Flaker George, 802 W. Euclid St., Pittsburg, died at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1996, at her residence after an illness. 

Mrs. George was born Nov. 9, 1913, at Nashville, Mo. She grew up in Barton County, Mo., and moved to Pittsburg in 1935. 

She was a graduate of Webb City (Mo.) High School. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pittsburg. 

She was a homemaker. She was a cosmetologist for My Lady's in the Hotel Stilwell building and during World War II went into business with her sister and operated The Classic Shop on East Fourth Street. She retired from cosmetology in 1954. 

She married Lonnie George on Sept. 23, 1932. He survives. 

Other survivors include a daughter, Nona Cunningham, Plano, Texas; a brother, Delbert Flaker, Joplin, Mo.; three sisters, Oleta Martin, Bartlesville, Okla., Deane Yencic, Mulberry, and Geneva Carse, Pittsburg; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with Wayne Black officiating. Burial will be in the Nashville Cemetery, Nashville, Mo. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, and friends may call after 10 a.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Icis Porter 

REEDS SPRING, Mo. Icis L. Porter, 89, 120 W. Adams, Pittsburg, Kan., formerly of Reeds Spring, Mo., died at 6:14 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a three-year illness. 

Mrs. Porter was born Sept. 15, 1906, in Reeds Spring. She had been a resident of Pittsburg since June of this year, moving from Reeds Spring. 

For three years she was a teacher. She retired in 1973. Later she became a homemaker and helped her husband run the family farm. 

She married Amos Porter in 1929 at Stone County. He died in 1978. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the IOOF Cemetery, Marionville. The Rev. Jerry Francisco will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, Kan. 

Miriam Wilson 

GALENA, Kan. Miriam E. Hoyt Wilson, 75, Galena, died at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Wilson was born April 20, 1921, at Augusta, Kan. She had lived in Galena since December 1995, moving from Wagoner, Okla. She was a longtime resident of Neosho, Mo. 

She owned and operated the Blue Springs Inn, Neosho, from 1960 to 1965. She was a bookkeeper, retiring in 1986 from Winfield Floral, Winfield, Kan. 

Survivors include two sons, Steve Hoyt, Neosho, and John Hoyt, Chouteau, Okla., route 1; two sisters, Cartha VonBusch, Wrightwood, Calif., and Carol Lindberg, Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, with Roy L. Derfelt officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Patricia Lyerla 

PICHER, Okla. Patricia Leellen Lyerla, 53, 701 S. Emily St., Picher, died at her home at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug., 14, 1996, after an illness. 

Mrs. Lyerla was born March 25, 1943, at Baxter Springs, Kan. 

She had lived in Picher for three weeks, moving from Baxter Springs. 

She had worked for a garment factory in Pittsburg, Kan., and a nursing home in Lowell, Kan. 

She married Larry Lyerla on April 2, 1981, at Miami, Okla. He survives. 

She was a member of the Catholic Church in Baxter Springs. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Lee Brookshire and Rick Brookshire, both of Baxter Springs, David Brookshire, Pittsburg, and Fred Brookshire, Lowell; a daughter, Cathy Porter, Baxter Springs; two sisters, Connie Comstock, San Pueblo, Calif., and Della Scolfield, Lowell, Kan.; her stepfather, Cecil Muxlow, Galena, Kan.; and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Catholic Church, Baxter Springs, with the Rev. Charles Middleton officiating. 

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kan. 

Rosary will be recited today at 7:30 p.m. at the family home in Picher. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Lyerla, Mark Whittmeyer, Kyle Bankston, Ed Watters, Kenny Grant and Bill Cholts. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

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