Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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James Alderson 

James R. Alderson, 80, 1805 W. 32nd St., died at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Alderson was born Aug. 26, 1916, in Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a graduate of Joplin High School. He was a scorekeeper for several bowling leagues at Carl Richard's Fourth Street Bowl for many years. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Charlie Walker, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Arthur Elder 

Arthur A. Elder, 72, Joplin, died at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. 

Mr. Elder was born Oct. 11, 1923, at Woodston, Kan. He lived most of his childhood at Rocky Comfort. He was a farmer in the Stella area and later moved to Siloam Springs, Ark. He attended John Brown University at Siloam Springs. He moved to Joplin in 1952. He was an inspector at Sperry-Vickers Inc. in Joplin for 27 years. 

He was a member and past elder of the Church of Christ, Fourth Street and Forest Avenue. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines and the Caroline Islands. 

He married Nadine Cole on June 25, 1942, at Cassville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Kenneth Elder, Independence; a daughter, Carolyn Baker, Louisburg, Kan.; three sisters, Dorothy Cole, Joplin, Evelyn Clifton, Independence, and Donna Hall, Cement, Okla.; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Gary Morrison and Patrick Peck, ministers, will officiate. 

Graveside services and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. Lowell Thomas will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be John Hershey, Ralph Purcell, Bill Black, Arthur Strobel, Bob Wiley, Frank Dugan, Gordon Skerritt and Gene Frisbie. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Abbey Hulderman 

Abbey Samantha Hulderman, daughter of Michael and Jill Hulderman, 75 Canterbury Lane, was stillborn at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. 

Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Bud and Brenda Hulderman, Carterville; maternal grandparents, Roger and Martha McCoy, Joplin route 1; paternal great-grandmother, Frankie Warren, Carterville; maternal great-grandparents, Rollin and Thora Shaw, Webb City; maternal great-grandmother, Kathryn McCoy, Joplin; and maternal great-great-grandfather, Clarence King, Joplin. 

Private family memorial services were conducted Sunday at Kansas City. 

Arrangements were under direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Mary Bachtold 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Mary L. Bachtold, 89, Sarcoxie, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at a nursing home in Santa Fe, N.M., where she had been a patient two weeks. 

Mrs. Bachtold was born March 1, 1907, at Auburn, Iowa. She moved to Sarcoxie in 1941. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of the United Methodist Church in Sarcoxie. 

She married Lloyd H. Bachtold on Dec. 29, 1937, at Rockwell City, Iowa. He died Feb. 7, 1996. 

Survivors include a daughter, Jayne Ann Johnson, Santa Fe; and a sister, Villah Stafford, Auburn. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Sarcoxie Cemetery. The Rev. Bob McQueen will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Thelma Cooper 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Thelma Cooper, 89, 501 W. Seventh St., died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after several months of ill health. 

Mrs. Cooper was born Aug. 1, 1907, at Bentonville, Ark. She moved to Cassville in 1937 from Seneca. She and her husband owned and operated Cooper's Market in Cassville from 1939 to 1952. They then owned and operated the Miss and Misses Dress Shop in Cassville. She also owned and operated a beauty shop in Cassville. 

She was a member of Cassville First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Autumn Leaf Club and a former member of the Barry County Republican Women's Club. 

Her husband, E.B. ``Mike'' Cooper, died in November 1971. 

Survivors include two sons, Max Cooper and Willard Cooper, both of Cassville; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. James Weaver and Sid Allsbury will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Ned Hickman 

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. Orlando ``Ned'' Hickman, 73, Rocky Comfort, died at 1:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at the John L. McClelland Veterans Affairs Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Hickman was born Feb. 14, 1923, near Washburn. He attended the Cave Springs and Fox schools in Barry County. He was a logger and farmer in Barry and McDonald counties most of his life. 

He was a member of Living Word Mission at Simcoe. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Vivian Havoline on July 15, 1941. She died in 1983. 

Survivors include three sons, J.P. Hickman, Rocky Comfort, and Joe Hickman and Les Hickman, both of Wheaton; three daughters, Donna Youngblood, Exeter, Sue Shuey, Neosho, and Vera Higgs, Nashville, Tenn.; five sisters, Norma Lawrence, Leta Burns, Marilyn Selleck and Faye Paul, all of Washburn, and Deanna Day, Purdy; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Billy Joe Gentry will officiate. Burial will be in Truelove Cemetery, Washburn. 

Pallbearers will be Greg Hendrix, Gene Hendrix, Ray Hickman, Tyler Hickman, Danny Youngblood and Travis Russell. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Louise Long 

NEOSHO, Mo. Mona Louise Long, 76, 205 Oak Cliff Drive, died at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Long was born July 26, 1920, at Wheaton. She grew up in the Wheaton area. She returned to Neosho in October 1993 from the state of Utah. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. 

She married Lavern ``Burse'' Long on June 12, 1937, at Anderson. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Wendell Hugh Long, Washington D.C.; a daughter, Peggy Long Nicholes, Houston, Texas; a sister, Cecil Kimbrough, Neosho; and two grandchildren. 

The body is to be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Elizabeth McCullough 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Elizabeth Ann McCullough, 72, Orange, Texas, a former Webb City resident, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Baptist Hospital, Beaumont, Texas, after a long illness. 

Mrs. McCullough was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Webb City. She had lived in the state of Kentucky. She moved to Orange in 1972. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2775 Auxiliary at Orange. 

Survivors include her husband, D.L. ``Mac'' McCullough; two daughters, Pat Gorin, Roswell, Ga., and Marsha Dougharty, Beaumont, Texas; a son, D.D. McCullough, Crosby, Texas; two sisters, Vida Clark, Webb city, and Patty Eichelberger, Lafayette, Colo.; a brother, John Hatcher, Anchorage, Alaska; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Orange. The Rev. Barry Bradley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Orange. 

Pallbearers will be Jason McCullough, Charles Bennett, Michael Gorin, Eugene Goudeaux, Randall Sutton and Ivan Cain. 

Arrangements are under direction of Claybar Funeral Home, Orange. 

Levi Rawlings 

NEVADA, Mo. Levi Thomas Rawlings, 68, Nevada, died Tuesday night, Aug. 27, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Rawlings was born Sept. 6, 1927, at Selma, Kan. He was raised in Harwood and attended school at El Dorado Springs. He farmed at Harwood before becoming a truck driver. He retired in 1984. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a firefighter on Guam. 

He married Pat Jenkins on June 8, 1979, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Alvin Rawlings and Jason Rawlings, both of Nevada, and Russell Rawlings, Jerico Springs; four daughters, Vicki Metzler, Kansas City, and Tammy McClendon, Debi Rawlings and Terri Harper, all of Nevada; a brother, Bob Rawlings, Kansas City; two sisters, Virginia Shephard and Bonnie Losey, both of Nevada; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Tom Scull, elder, will officiate. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Ray Bennett 

GALENA, Kan. Ray Bennett, 72, 912 Chicago St., died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Bennett was born Dec. 13, 1923, at Gravette, Ark. He had lived 15 years in Galena. He owned a scrap metal business. He was of the Pentecostal faith. 

He married Mary Denton on June 7, 1957, at Joplin, Mo. She survives. 

Also surviving are four sons, Norman Bennett and Lee Bennett, both of Joplin, Freddie Bennett, Galena, and Albert Bennett, Hockerville, Okla.; four daughters, Kathy Nighswongr, Oklahoma City, Okla., Carol Stout, Galena, and Debbie Stephens and Veda Bennett, both of Joplin; two half brothers, Roy Bennett and Ralph Bennett, both of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Flossie Mathes, Spurgeon, Mo., and Evie Russell, Neosho, Mo.; and 29 grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Glenn Lowery will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Charlie Miller, Daniel Stout, Calvin Chaplin, Bill Chaplin, Albert Smith and Donnie Simpson. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Samuel Davis 

CHETOPA, Kan. Samuel Wayne Davis, 69, Chetopa, died at 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Davis was born Sept. 29, 1926, at Cardin, Okla. He had lived in Chetopa since 1986, moving from Craig County, Okla. He attended school at White Oak, Okla. He attended the Church of God, Chetopa. He was a retired mechanic and truck driver. He was a part-time employee of Bogle Service Stations, Chetopa. 

He married Marguarette Dixon on April 15, 1995, in Chetopa. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Francis George Davis, Greenville, Ill., Samuel Lee Davis, Chetopa, and Ted Wayne Jones, Vinita, Okla.; four daughters, Leona May Chapman, Chouteau, Okla., Susan Miller, Chetopa, Debbie Perez, Parsons, and Cindy Jones, Locust Grove, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Debbie Crumrine and Mickey Bogle, both of Chetopa; two sisters, Mary Johnson, Gentry, Ark., and Betty Dowell, Afton, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-stepgrandchild. 

Arrangements are pending with Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla. 

Edd Meeks 

GALENA, Kan. Edd W. Meeks, 86, Galena route 1, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Meeks was born Sept. 1, 1909, in Stone County, Mo. He worked at the Eagle-Picher Smelter in Galena for 23 years, retiring in August 1971. He was a retired member of the United Rubber Workers union. 

He married Lettie Curry in 1931. She died in 1972. He married Vera Brand in 1977. She died in 1992. 

Survivors include a sister, Gladys Dahms, Squires, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Roy L. Derfelt will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

The family will be at the home of a granddaughter, Margaret Ball, 208 Barnes St., Galena. 

Richard Rice 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Richard Dale Rice, 67, Columbus route 3, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Rice was born Sept. 2, 1928, at Norman, Okla. He attended schools at Norman and Oklahoma City, Okla. He attended high school at a community near Blue Springs, Mo. He graduated from Columbus High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 

He worked a year for Western Electric Co., Wichita and Hutchinson, and three years for Spencer Chemical Co., near Crestline. He worked 30 years as a postal clerk at Columbus and Baxter Springs, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Keith Reeves Post No. 3, American Legion, and Joe Carter Post No. 1372, Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Columbus. 

He married Dolores Ketterman in 1952 at Hot Springs, Ark. She survives. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Park Cemetery, Columbus.

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