Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Mary Ballard 

NEVADA, Mo. Mary E. Ballard, 73, Nevada, died at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Ballard was born April 19, 1923, at Hutchinson, Kan. In 1967, she came to Vernon County from Fulton. She was a homemaker. She attended the Christian Church, Nevada. 

She married Thomas E. Ballard on Oct. 22, 1952, at Jerico Springs. He died June 9, 1982. 

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Ballard, Stockton; five brothers, Lester Moon, Walter Moon, and Bobby Moon, all of Nevada, Ivan Moon and Howard Moon, both of Fulton; and two sisters, Helen Owens, Yakima, Wash., and Edith Cox, Nevada. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Anna Edna Cemetery, Jerico Springs. The Rev. Merle Newton will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association. 

Services are under the direction of Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Ather Ellis 

PINEVILLE, Mo. Atherstet R. Ellis, 92, Pineville route 1, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Ellis was born Oct. 16, 1903, in the Roller community near Powell. 

He moved to Pineville from Exeter in 1937. He was McDonald County clerk from Jan. 1, 1943, to Dec. 31, 1958, when he retired. 

He was a member of the Pineville Baptist Church. He had attended Valley View Community Church, Pineville. 

He was a gospel singer whose quartet regularly performed on radio stations at Neosho and Carthage. 

He was a volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center, Lanagan. He was on the board of directors of the McDonald County Senior Citizen Housing Authority. 

He had served as president of the McDonald County Singing Convention for 25 years. 

He married Marie Durbin on March 16, 1924, at Powell. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Junior E. Ellis, Joplin; two daughters, Geneva Hanavan, Chula Vista, Calif., and Imogene Elliffstet, Pineville; a sister, Pearl Gordon, Hacienda Heights, Calif.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, with the Rev. Larry Jones and the Rev. Gary Culp officiating. Burial will be in the Pineville Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bob Ellis, Jim Ellis, Tucker Ellis, Bob Smith, Eugene Thurman, and Daniel Jones. 

Friends may call after noon Saturday and the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Pineville Baptist Church or the Valley View Community Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Christine Fischer 

GRANBY, Mo. Christine G. Fischer, 88, Versailles, a former Granby resident, died at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Capital Regional Hospital, Jefferson City, after a one-month illness. 

Mrs. Fischer was born April 27, 1908, in Granby. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah's Witness. She had moved to Versailles from Granby two years ago. 

Survivors include a son, Bud Price, Gravois Mills; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Towers Cemetery, east of Diamond. 

Services are under direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Ned Hickman 

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. Orlando Perry ``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 Worldwide Church of God. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Vivian Haviland 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. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Billy Joe Gentry will officiate. Burial will be in Truelove Cemetery, Washburn. 

Pallbearers will be Grant Higgs, Ray Hickman, Tyler Hickman, Danny Youngblood and Travis Russell. 

Joshua Iatesta 

NOEL, Mo. Joshua David Iatesta, 19, Noel route 1, died at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at a state prison unit at Farmington. The death has been termed a suicide. 

Mr. Iatesta was born June 2, 1977, at Dover, N.J. 

He moved to Noel from Oklahoma in 1989. 

Survivors include his mother, Dana White, Noel; his father and stepmother, John Iatesta and Victoria Iatesta, Ulster, Pa.; two brothers, Jason Iatesta and John Iatesta, both of Noel; a half sister, Samathastet Iatesta, Ulster; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Helen and Bill Johnston, Noel; maternal grandfather, Elmer Lawrence, Marshall, Mich. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ozark Funeral Home, Noel, with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating. The body will be cremated after the service. 

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

Willa King 

GRANBY, Mo. Willa Ann Coulter King, 98, Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Granby, died at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. King was born June 15, 1898, at Cedar Creek. She attended what now is Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield. She taught five years before becoming a typesetting-machine operator. She and her husband owned a newspaper at Galena, Mo., for 13 years and one at Granby for four years. They worked for Salinas (Kan.) Journal for 17 years. 

Her husband, J. Ray King, died in March 1973. 

Survivors include her daughter, Billie Rae Rolens, Tulsa; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Granby Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Ralph Walker will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Shirley Long 

GRANBY, Mo. Shirley Ann Long, 60, 308 Cole St., died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Long was born May 3, 1936, in the state of Kentucky. She moved to the Granby area in 1962 from Kentucky. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

She married Charles Long on Feb. 1, 1955, at Springfield, Tenn. He survives. 

Other survivors include a daughter, Sharon Knight, Granby; a son, Charles David Long, Granby; and seven grandchildren. 

The body was to be cremated. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Granby Memorial Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Mack McCormick 

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Edward ``Mack'' McCormick, 76, Garden Grove, Calif., died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, after a short illness. 

Mr. McCormick was born June 7, 1920, in Neck City. He graduated from Carterville High School and was a computer specialist for the United States government until retirement. 

Survivors include his wife, Cleta McCormick, of the home; two daughters, Susan Rush, Newport Beach, Calif., and Patti Walsh, Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Jess McCormick, state of California; a grandson; and two granddaughters. 

Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, in the Memorial Garden at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, Calif. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Diamond and Sons Mettler Chapel, Garden Grove. 

Nina Swan dies at age 101 

NEVADA, Mo. Nina A. McCoy Swan, 101, Nevada, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Swan was born Jan. 16, 1895, at Fontanelle, Iowa. She moved to Vernon County at age 15. When she was 17, she was a grade school teacher north of Deerfield in Lake Township. She was scorekeeper for the first Nevada Merchants baseball team in 1939. 

She was a member of Community Christian Church, Nevada. 

She married Oscar Swan on Dec. 25, 1912, at Richards. He died on Feb. 21, 1967. 

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence Swan, Kenneth Swan and Neale Swan, all of Nevada, and Gordon Swan, Independence; two daughters, Fern Pratt, Cut And Shootstet, Texas, and Eleanorstet Olson, Nevada; a sister, Mildred McCalmet, Fort Scott, Kan.; seven grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. John Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Contributions may be made to the Nevada Public Library and Community Christian Church. 

Leona Woodard 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Leona Woodard, 92, 1123 N. Nelson St., died at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a one-year illness. 

Mrs. Woodard was born Feb. 7, 1904, in Webb City. She was a lifelong Webb City resident. She was a meat cutter for the former Herrod Packing Co. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. 

Her husband, John ``Skinny'' Woodard, died in 1949. 

Survivors include a son, Jack Woodard, 1125 Nelson St.; a grandchild; and three stepgrandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with the Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Opal Zumbrunnen 

NOEL, Mo. Opal Lea Zumbrunnen, 75, Noel, died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, in a Noel nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Zumbrunnen was born May 10, 1921, at Glasgow. She had lived in Noel since June 1980, moving from Kansas City. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Methodist Church. 

She married Robert Zumbrunnen on Jan. 28, 1978, at Richmond, Va. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Randy Zumbrunnen, Shawnee, Kan.; three daughters, Karen Sue Campbell, Noel, Cheryl Rotorcroft, Independence, and Kathy Ewing, Benton, Ark.; a brother, Russell Luse, Kansas City; a sister, Mae Bently, Raytown; and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Noel Ozark Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Noel Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. 

Samuel Davis 

CHETOPA, Kan. Services for Samuel Wayne Davis, 69, Chetopa, who died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after an illness, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. 

The Rev. Dale Carter will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa. 

Pallbearers will be Buck Rogers, Cecil Ahrens, Henry Bell, Deryl Bently, Ted Bogle and Rob Robison. 

Friends may visit from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla. 

Clarence Haddix 

RIVERTON, Kan. Clarence D. Haddix, 77, Cedar Vale, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at the Cedar Vale Community Hospital after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Haddix was born Dec. 9, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a municipal employee for the City of Kansas City. In 1994 he moved to a nursing home, in Cedar Vale, by Kansas Citymoving from Riverton. 

Survivors include a son, Don Haddix, Evansville, Ind.; two daughters, Patricia McAdams, Crystal, Tex., and Penny Masoner, Gladstone, Mo.; a sister, Faye James, Gladstone; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Interment will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Gladstone, Mo. There will be no public service. 

Services are under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home, Cedar Vale. 

Rosalie Sandwith 

PARSONS, Kan. Rosalie Sandwith, 64, Wichita, a former resident of Parsons, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at her home after suffering an apparent stroke. 

Ms. Sandwith was born Jan. 9, 1932, at Erie. She moved to Parsons with her family and attended Parsons schools. In 1951, she moved to Wichita. She worked as a secretary for many years. She was a member of St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, Wichita, where she served as a deaconess. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and mental health service, and was a member of the business women's honor sorority, Wichita. 

Survivors include three daughters, Michelle Sandwith, Cheshire, Conn., Susan Sandwith, Greeley, Colo., and Christy Bright, Wichita; a brother, Jay DeHart, Miami, Okla.; a sister, Janice Follmer, Minneapolis, Minn.; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Erie. The Rev. James Remer will officiate. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery, Erie. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Pete Barnett 

GROVE, Okla. Leslie ``Pete'' Barnett, 73, Grove, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Barnett was born March 4, 1923, at Tarrant Heights, Ala. In 1960, he came to Grove, moving from Fort Scott, Kan. He worked as an electrician most of his life, retiring in 1973. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Masonic Lodge. 

He married Hazel Flickenger on July 25, 1945, at Fort Scott. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Larry Barnett, Grove, and Loren Barnett, Carthage, Mo.; a daughter, Ladine Boyle, Tulsa; and nine grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated, and no services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. 

Ruby Lutes 

JAY, Okla. Ruby Edith Lutes, 84, Jay, died at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at a Grove nursing home following a long illness. 

Mrs. Lutes was born Jan. 9, 1912, at Bull Hollow. She moved to Jay 24 years ago from Fresno, Calif. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Buck Lute, preceded her in death. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today (Friday)at Duffield Cemetery, Jay, with the Rev. Jim Wakeland officiating. 

Services are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Chapel, Jay. 

Robert Suman 

MIAMI, Okla. Robert Bond Suman Sr., 59, 211 First St. S.E., Miami, died at 12:33 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at the St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, of injuries suffered in a job-related accident at Libherr Mining Truck Inc., Baxter Springs, Kan. 

Mr. Suman was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Baxter Springs, Kan. He lived in Miami for 10 years, moving there from Cardin. He was employed at Libherr Mining Truck Inc., Baxter Springs, Kan. He was a member of Harvesttime Tabernacle, Miami. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, several years ago. 

He married Susie Stickland on Nov. 26, 1957, at Hockerville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Bond Suman Jr., Miami; a daughter, Robin Teel, Grove; a brother, Alonzo ``Soupy'' Suman, Picher; two sisters, Peggy Suman, Miami, and Dorothy Mae Williams, Picher; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gordon Chirillo will officiate. Burial will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Ron Leist, Don Williams, David Clark, Steve McGhee stet, Scott Cole and Bud Wynn 

Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans' Funeral Detail, Miami. 

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

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