Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Henry Armstrong 

Henry F. Armstrong Sr., 83, Joplin, died at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Armstrong was born March 28, 1913, in the Scotland community, east of Joplin. He was a lifelong area resident. 

He retired in 1975 as a carpenter. He worked in construction in Joplin and Kansas City. He was a former member of the Blendville Christian Church. 

He married Imogene Wagner on March 7, 1934, in Joplin. She died on June 28, 1987. 

Survivors include a son, Henry F. Armstrong Jr., Springfield; three daughters, Marlene Seaton, Joplin, Luanne Buzzard, Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Kay Brann, Jefferson City; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Arrangements are pending with the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Clifford Baker 

Clifford C. Baker, 75, Joplin route 3, died at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Baker was born on Nov. 27, 1920, in China Springs, Texas He lived in Joplin most of his life. 

In 1982, he retired from the Joplin Supply Co. He had formerly worked at the Sperry-Vickers Co., Joplin; Rocketdyne, Neosho; and the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a past member of the Joplin American Legion and of the Earl J. Bruton Post No. 534 Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

He was a past president of the Carl Junction High School Band Boosters, the Carl Junction Youth Baseball League, and served as coach in the Carl Junction Farm Club Little League and Babe Ruth Leagues. He was active in Girl Scouts and the Parents Teachers Association. 

He was a member of the Good Sam's Travel Club and the Mobile Miners Travel Club. 

He was a member of the Villa Heights Christian Church and was a former longtime member of the Duenweg Christian Church, where he served as elder and deacon. 

He married Edith Karch on Sept. 2, 1942, in Rolla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert C. Baker, Joplin; three daughters, Barbara Runyard, Palm Springs, Calif., Sue Cowen, Sweetwater, Texas, and Sharon Bean, Aurora; a brother, A.G. Baker, Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Annalene Davidson, Anson, Texas, and Nell Lieb, Snyder, Texas; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Villa Heights Christian Church, Joplin. 

Chet Shaw, Andy Storms, and Harold Gold, will officiate. 

Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Wendell Mullins, Ted Sawyer, Vernon Lawson, Bill Watson, Jim Boman, Ron Arwood, Jim Vance and Jim Cowen. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Trenton Bryan 

Trenton Wayne Bryan, the infant son of Kelly and Melissa Bryan, died at 8:05 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West. 

The infant was stillborn. 

Additional survivors include two sisters, Laura D. Bryan and Taylor K. Bryan, both of the home, maternal grandmother, Beverly Ray, Carl Junction, and maternal grandfather, Walter Ray Jr., Joplin; maternal great-grandparents, Walter and Margaret Ray, Joplin; paternal grandparents, Linda and Larry Bryan, Carl Junction; and paternal great-grandparents, Bernard and Helen Bryan, rural Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Carl Junction Cemetery. 

The Rev. Terry Lawson will officiate. 

Friends may call after 11 a.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. 

Cleo Chitwood 

Cleo Eileen Robinson Chitwood, 90, 2315 Illinois Ave., died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Chitwood was born Dec. 2, 1905, in Joplin. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She was a homemaker and a pianist. 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin. She was past president of the G.Q. Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood. 

She married Everett Ray Chitwood on April 11, 1930, in Joplin. He died Nov. 16, 1993. 

Survivors include two sons, Michael Ray Chitwood, Englewood, Colo., and Stephen Reed Chitwood, Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. 

Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. 

Dorothy Danner 

Dorothy J. Danner, 63, 2386 Reinmiller Road, died at 2:34 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at her home after an eight-month illness. 

Mrs. Danner died May 20, 1933, in Joplin. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She was a homemaker and attended the Southside Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Floyd C. Danner on March 4, 1950, in Joplin. He died on Aug. 20, 1990. 

Survivors include two sons, Mike Danner and Marty Danner, both of Joplin; two daughters, Leasa Jasmin and Lorie Brown, both of Joplin; a sister, Deloris ``Teannie'' Hendrix, Wichita, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary with the Rev. Freddie Wright officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be John Jasmin, Tracy Danner, Allen Danner, Ralph Danner, Larry Taylor and Jerry Belk. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Regional Medical Center Hospice. 

Essie McBride 

Services for Essie McBride, 105, who died Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Wayne VanGundy will officiate. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, near Galena, Kan. 

Pallbearers will be Carl Richard Kieslich, Chuck Kieslich Jr., Pete Starchman, Todd Endicott, John Madison and James Shember. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Yvonne Yarbrough 

Yvonne Yarbrough, 57, Joplin route 6, died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Yarbrough was born Dec. 27, 1939, in Shafter, Calif. Since 1990, she had lived in Joplin, moving from Seneca. She was a homemaker and a member of Joplin Church Alive. 

She married James Yarbrough on May 3, 1957, in Chico, Calif. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Calvin Edward Yarbrough, Albany, Ore., and Gregory Clinton Yarbrough, Fairland, Okla.; two sisters, Lenora Bracewell and Juanell Lang, both of Chico, Calif.; and four grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 p.m. at Joplin Church Alive with John Koehler, pastor, officiating. 

The family will receive friends after services at the church. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Lloyd Berry 

AURORA, Mo. Lloyd B. Berry, 84, Aurora, died at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Berry was born Jan. 28, 1912, in Barry County, Mo. 

He married Ruth Walker on June 2, 1931. She died July 11, 1982. 

He was a retired concrete worker and a member of the Aurora Baptist Temple. 

He married Betty Tippery on Jan. 25, 1985, in Berryville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Darrell Berry, Porterville, Calif., three daughters, Marilyn Barnard, Odessa, Texas, Norma Hockinson, and Linda Emory, both of McMinnville, Ore.; four stepdaughters, Barbara Woods, Springfield, Becky Powell, Liberal, Kan., Margaret Bailie, Aurora, and Laurel Bailey, Joplin; two stepsons, Ray Brown, La Luz, Mexico, and Dan Brown, Aurora; two brothers, Loren Berry, Azusa, Calif., and Lee Berry, Ventura, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; 21 step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. Joe Wolven officiating. 

Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Earl Campbell 

GOODMAN, Mo. Earl Lee Campbell, 92, Goodman route 1, died at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Campbell was born Dec. 5, 1903, in Carl Junction. He returned to Goodman three years ago after living many years in Minnesota. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He was a charter member of the Splitlog Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. 

He married Ella Lynn on June 7, 1931. She died May 6, 1964. 

He married Alice Nelson on March 21, 1966. She died Oct. 12, 1987. 

Survivors include a daughter, Joann Crosby, Goodman; a stepson, Millard H. Nelson, South Haven, Minn.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Splitlog Baptist Church. The Rev. Kenji Harrington will officiate. Burial will be in the Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Fred Hall, Gene Hall, Remal Hively, Don Sanders, Vernie Cook and Tim Nelson. 

The casket will be closed. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Contributions may be made to the Splitlog Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Jean Courtney 

NEOSHO, Mo. Jean Swift Courtney, 76, the mother of John R. Courtney, Neosho, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas, after an illness. 

Mrs. Courtney was born April 4, 1920, in Bloomfield, Iowa. 

She graduated from Bloomfield High School and attended the former Northeast Missouri State College, Kirksville, Mo. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Bloomfield, and played the piano for services. 

She married Harold D. Courtney on Nov. 15, 1940. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Dian Courtney Martie, Arvada, Colo.; a son, H. Douglas Courtney II, San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Robert Swift, Neosho, Mo.; a sister, Christine Harter, Des Moines, Iowa; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Windcrest United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas, with the Rev. H. Ray Davis and the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Joe Cruzan 

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Joe Cruzan, 62, 501 E. Main St., Carterville, died at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at his home after an apparent suicide. 

Mr. Cruzan was born June 28, 1934, in the Lakeside community, east of Carterville. He was a lifetime Carterville resident. In 1993, he retired as a sheet metal mechanic with the Springfield Engineering Co. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Worker's International Association Local No. 146 and the Carterville United Methodist Church. He was a former councilman for the city of Carterville. In 1991, he was the recipient of the first Freeman Hospital Quality in Medicine Award for his efforts in getting legislation passed for living wills and advanced medical directives in connection with his daughter, Nancy Cruzan, who died Dec 26, 1990. 

He married Joyce Herrell on March 28, 1953, in Carthage. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Christy White, Carterville, and Donna McGuirk, Webb City; his parents, Lester and Jackie Cruzan, Carterville; two brothers, Jim Cruzan, Joplin, and Butch Cruzan, Springfield; and four grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carterville Cemetery. Van Benson will officiate. 

The family will be at the home of daughter, Christy White, 217 N. Cass, Carterville. 

Contributions may be made to the Midwest Bio Ethics Center, 1100 Pennsylvania, Suite 4041, Kansas City, Mo. 64105 

Earnest Williams 

LA RUSSELL, Mo. Earnest Albert Williams, 77, La Russell, died at 10:14 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Williams was born June 1, 1919, in Greene County, Mo. 

He moved to the La Russell area in 1948. He was a retired farmer. 

H married Genevieve Elizabeth Fuller on June 24, 1939, at Halltown. She died May 8, 1995. 

Survivors include a son, Ronald Lee Williams, La Russell, and a sister, Mary Baldwin, Miller; a brother, Dewayne Williams, Ash Grove; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. 

Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller. 

Friends may call from noon to 8:30 p.m today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made Hospice of Visiting Nurses Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Robert Miller 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Robert Millard Miller, 68, Columbus, died at 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Miller was born on Nov. 11, 1927, in Columbus. He was a self-employed salesman. For 10 years, he had lived in Tulsa, Okla., and Oklahoma City, Okla. In 1975, he moved to Columbus. 

He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran serving in both World War II and the Korean War. 

He was a member of the Keith Reeves Post No. 3 American Legion, Columbus. 

He married I. Francine Sowle on June 11, 1965, in Tulsa, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Clinton W. Miller, Staunton, Va., and Richard M. Miller, Columbus, Kan.; two daughters, Michele L. Castaneda, Kansas City, Mo., and April I. Rader, Oak Harbor, Wash.; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Presbyterian Church, Columbus. The Rev. Christine Iannucillia will officiate. 

Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Fort Scott. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

Ruth Winchester 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Ruth E. Winchester, 90, 700 N. Pine St., Pittsburg, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Winchester was born March 23, 1906. She had been a Pittsburg resident for several years. 

She owned and operated a surgical garment business in Pittsburg for several years before her retirement. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Pittsburg. She was a member of the Rob Morris Chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, both of Pittsburg. 

She married Howard F. Kittle. He died on June 16, 1971. 

She married Joseph Winchester on Sept. 6, 1980. He died on Jan. 23. 1983. 

Survivors include a stepson, John Winchester, Midland, Mich.; and a stepdaughter, Naomi McCarty, Tulsa, Okla. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Diann Morris officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today. 

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

Claude Brown 

PICHER, Okla. Claude Wesley Brown, 70, 731 N. Netta St., Picher, died at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Brown was born March 10, 1926, at Treece, Kan. He moved to Picher from Lanagan, Mo., in 1979. 

He had worked as a miner in the Picher area and later served as chief of police in Metaline Falls, Wash. He retired in 1970 from Finex and Scisson Inc., Joliet, Ill., where he worked as a hoist operator. 

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of the Picher Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Columbus, Kan., and the American Veterans Club, Baxter Springs, Kan. 

He married Maxine Smith on Dec. 2, 1976, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. 

Other survivors include a daughter, Shannon McGee, Spokane, Wash.; two brothers, Albert Lee Brown, Henderson, Ky., and Earnest Brown, Azle, Texas; two sisters, Delna Simpson, Baxter Springs, Kan., and Betty June Barrett, Wichita, Kan.; a half sister, Kaye Montgomery, Alpharetta, Ga.; and two grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Defelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. 

Cora Morris 

MIAMI, Okla. Cora Bell Morris, 76, 304 E. Picher, died Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Morris was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Grove. In 1948, she moved to Miami. She moved to Picher this year. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Miami, and she was active in the family day center there. 

She married Wilmer Morris on July 19, 1941, in Pineville. He died Sept. 19, 1979. 

Survivors include three sons, Carl R. Brashar, Commerce, Ralph L. Morris Sr., Picher, and Jack Morris, Fairland; a brother, Henry Fields, Miami; a sister, Elizabeth Griffith, Miami; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate. 

Burial will follow at the GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Corey Wallace, Keith Rush, Bobby Rush, Shawn Morris, Ralph Morris Jr. and Raymond Morris. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Jerry Tyson 

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. Wayne Gerald ``Jerry'' Tyson, 65, West Siloam Springs, died at 9:03 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Tyson was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Hobbs, New Mexico. 

He moved to West Siloam Springs in 1981 from Gainesville, Ga. He worked 10 years for Simmons Foods as a security guard. 

He married Frances Louise Forman on May 30, 1983, in Siloam Springs, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Michael Tyson, of the home, and Wayne Tyson, Siloam Springs; three daughters, Rene Singleton, Decatur, Ark., Terry Shaffer, Salina, and Brandy Tyson, of the home; two stepdaughters, Glenda Denny, Jay, Sandra Schilling, Watts; a stepson, Frankie Mullin, Decatur, Ark.; a brother, Thomas Tyson, Odessa, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Clouds Creek Cemetery, with the Rev. Clifford Palmer officiating. 

Visitation at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, Okla. 

Ionia Youngblood 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Ionia R. Youngblood, 64, Wyandotte, died at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Youngblood was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jay. She was a lifetime resident of Delaware County and lived the last six years in Wyandotte. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jay. She worked as a certified medical aide at the Guinn Nursing Home, Jay, for 29 years. She retired Nov. 30, 1995. 

She married Carl Youngblood in 1959 in Miami, Okla. He died Jan. 7, 1977. 

Survivors include four sons, Dennis Dunham, Wyandotte, Tom Dunham, Sperry, Okla.; Joe Dunham, Sacramento, Calif., and Michael Shane Dunham, Wyandotte; two brothers, Gilbert Sharp, Wakefield, Neb., and Harlin Sharp, state of New Mexico; two sisters, Pauline Bennett, Wyandotte, and Avis Payton, Jay; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, with Tim Lunsford, pastor, officiating. 

Burial will be at Eucha White Cemetery, southwest of Jay. Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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