Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996
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Bobbie Gene Aldridge, 61, Jefferson City, formerly of Joplin, died at 1:52 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Jefferson City, after a long illness.
Mr. Aldridge was born Sept. 4, 1934, at Springfield. He was a vocation rehabilitation counselor for the Missouri Department of Education. He formerly lived and worked in Joplin. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the Missouri Americans With Disabilities Act Advisory Council and was co-chairman of the Department of Parks Disability Advisory Council.
His wife, the former Lanita Collins, survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Donna Glover, Brighton; a son, Kenneth Aldridge, Jefferson City; his mother, Ruby Aldridge, Springfield; three brothers, Donald Aldridge, Los Angeles, Calif., David Aldridge, Dayton, Ohio, and Jon Aldridge, Springfield; a sister, Barbara Dowdy, Cole Camp; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services will 2 p.m. Tuesday at Danforth Cemetery, near Springfield.
Arrangements are under the direction of Klingner Mortuary, Springfield.
Helen B. Spencer Crockett, 83, 2820 Wisconsin Ave., died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness.
Mrs. Crockett was born Nov. 22, 1912, at Webb City. She moved to Joplin from Webb City in 1935. She was a 1930 graduate of Webb City High School and a homemaker.
She married Donald L. Crockett on Nov. 23, 1935, at Rogers, Ark. He survives.
Also surviving are a brother, James Leroy Spencer, rural Joplin; and two sisters, Hazel Bogner, Joplin, and Louise Hill, Austin, Texas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Steve Breon will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
Nephews serving as pallbearers will be David Bogner, Charles Brown, Don Swanson, Stephen Hill, John Darby and Rick Webster.
Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Contributions may be made to the Missouri Southern State College Foundation.
Sharon L. Flager, 53, 1850 Kensington Road, died at 7:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a one-year illness.
Mrs. Flager was born Oct. 20, 1942, at La Crosse, Wis. She moved to Joplin from La Crosse in 1961. She was a dietary aide for nine years at the Spring River Christian Village. She was a Pentecostal.
She married Teddy A. Flager on Oct. 14, 1961, at Miami, Okla. He survives.
Also surviving are a son, David L. Flager, Nevada; a stepson, Franklin A. Strong, Eustis, Neb.; a daughter, Sandra L. Flager, Neosho; her father, Stanley L. Sims, La Crosse; two sisters, Laura J. Rieple, La Crosse, and Carol C. Oswald, Oconomowoc, Wis.; and four stepgrandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Allen Brintnall, minister, will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Gregan Sweet, Royal Bronson, Don Morgan, Terry Bennett, William Flager Sr., and William Flager Jr.
Family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
Contributions may be made to Spring River Christian Village, in care of the mortuary.
Mary E. Hunzeker, 84, Joplin, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after an illness.
Mrs. Hunzeker was born Dec. 21, 1911, in Joplin, and lived the town all of his life. She was a bookkeeper for J.C. Penneys, retiring in 1968 after 30 years with the company. She was a member of Reinmiller Baptist Church.
Other memberships include Ruth Chapter 177 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Azotus Shrine No. 5, Rebekah Lodge No. 369, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Neighborhood Club, Prestige Club at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Over-50 Club, card club at Murphy Manor, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lafayette House, Meals to the Homebound, and the American Association of Retired Persons.
She is survived by three sons, Orville Hunzeker, Independence, Kan., Clyde Hunzeker, Portland, Ore., and Jerry Hunzeker, Forth Worth , Texas; three daughters, Lois Schultz, Columbus, Ohio, Marilyn Corner, San Francisco, Claif., and Dorothy Black, Arlington; two brothers, Samuel Ward, Great Bend, Kan., and Robert Ward, Edmond, Okla.; a half brother, John Ward, Joplin; two sisters, Violet Danz, Joplin, and Jewel Weida, Arkansas City, Kan.; a half sister, Barbara Spencer, Joplin; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Ken Simonson officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.
Doris M. Bishop, 79, 1801 New Hampshire Ave., died at 11:33 p.m. Friday at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Mrs. Bishop was born July 31, 1917, at Diamond. She moved to Joplin from Mount Vernon in 1954. She worked at The Joplin Globe for more than 30 years, serving as the secretary to the advertising director and then as national advertising department manager. She retired in 1986. She previously was a secretary at the former Missouri State Sanitarium at Mount Vernon. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and its Chapel Sunday School Class and the Sonshiners.
She married Dallas ``Bud'' Bishop on Feb. 6, 1937, at Aurora. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Paul R. Bishop, Pittsburg, Kan., and Robert D. Bishop, Chantilly, Va.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
NEVADA, Mo. … Jessie Mae Buenning, 76, 706 W. Hunter St., Nevada, died at 4:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.
Mrs. Buenning was born July 24, 1920, in Milo. For 33 years she worked at Key Industries, a clothing factory in Nevada. In 1949, she moved to Nevada. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nevada. She also was a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 410 of Nevada and its Past Noble Grands' Club, and the Nevada Historical Society.
She married Hank Buenning on Nov. 6, 1942, in Vernon County. He died in 1949.
Survivors include a son, Glen Lee Buenning, Crestwood, Ky.; four sisters, Dorothy Fetters, Fort Scott, Kan., Maxine Halcomb, Moundville, Mabel Leer, Nevada, and Velma Bobbett, El Dorado Springs; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
MONETT, Mo. … Pat Clay, 55, Monett, died at 10:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness.
Mrs. Clay was born Nov. 1, 1940, at New York, N.Y. In 1986, she came to Monett, moving from Arlington, Texas. She was a homemaker, and member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett. She was a former president of the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207 Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She married John Clay in November 1978 at Richardson, Texas. He survives.
Additional survivors include three sons, Bobby Lewis, Gahanna, Ohio, and Jimmie Lewis and John Lewis, both of Arlington, Texas; a stepson, John Clay Jr., Mount Vernon; a daughter, Kellie McElroy, Mansfield, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Rev. John Braun will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The rosary will be said afterward.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.
MONETT, Mo. … Mary Catherine Davidson, 72, Monett, died at 2:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at her home after a short illness.
Mrs. Davidson was born June 8, 1924, at Kansas City, Mo. She lived in Monett most of her. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church and Etta Gardner Garden Club, both of Monett.
She married Auzzie Davidson on Aug. 10, 1943, at Amarillo, Texas. He survives.
Also surviving are a son, Frank Davidson, Springfield; a daughter, Marilyn Heagerty, Lebanon, Mo.; a brother, Gene Flaherty, Springfield; a stepsister, Norma Eimer, Brookline; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Monett. The Rev. Grady Cockerham will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today sunat Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.
Contributions may be made to a Wegener's Granulomatosis support group at Platte, in care of the funeral home.
PINEVILLE, Mo. … Oliver Gene Gregory, 66, Pineville route 1, died at 11:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at his home after being injured in an accident at his home.
Mr. Gregory was born Dec. 12, 1929, at Sewanee, Tenn. For the past 12 years he lived in Pineville, moving from Arkansas. He attended the Jane Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He owned and operated Gregory Trucking Co., Pineville.
Survivors include two sons, Philip Gregory, Pineville, and Richard Gregory, Harrison, Tenn.; two daughters, Amy Forrest, Rogers, Ark., and Wanda Coberley, Pineville; 11 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jane Church of Christ. Lawrence Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in Jane Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.
SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. … Tabetha Renae Knight, the infant daughter of Matt and Tobey Knight, was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at the Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a sudden illness.
The child was born June 12, 1996, at Rogers, Ark.
Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, Guy and Karen Tompkins, Southwest City; maternal great-grandparents, Lawrence and Ethel Tompkins, Southwest City; maternal great-grandmother, Louise Hobbs, Southwest City; paternal grandparents, Elaine and Ron Knight, Gravette, Ark.; and paternal great-grandparents, Harry and Thora Dickey, Bridgewater, N.J.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Southwest City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Southwest City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tom Hobbs, William Hobbs, Andrew Knight and William Stanley.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation, in care of the funeral home.
Etha May Lynch, 89, Carthage route 1, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Lynch was born May 15, 1907, at Macks Creek. She graduated from Macks Creek High School, and attended what now is Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar.
She taught all grades in one-room schoolhouses at Macks Creek for several years. She then was employed by the Osborn General Store, and during World War II, she inspected airplane engines for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. at Kansas City.
After the war, she and her husband managed the Missouri Farmers' Association store at Macks Creek. They later owned and operated the Lynch Variety Store and a restaurant, before retiring to Camdenton in 1969. They moved to Carthage four years ago.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Camdenton and the Retired Teachers' Association.
Survivors include her husband, Jesse H. ``Jack'' Lynch; a daughter, Jo Ellis, Carthage route 1; a brother, Sherman Jackson, Nederland, Texas; two sisters, Berla Osborn, Camdenton, and Ruth Skinner, Macks Creek; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Camdenton. Burial will be in Stanton Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hedges Funeral Home, Camdenton.
Contributions may be made to the American Osteoporosis Association, in care of the funeral home.
STARK CITY, Mo. … Linnie Mae Puckett, 65, Paxton, Fla., a former Stark City resident, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Florala (Ala.) Hospital after suffering injuries in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Puckett was born April 2, 1931, at Tulip, Ark. She was a homemaker and foster parent. She cared for the elderly in her home. She was a Baptist. In May 1996, she moved to Florida after living in the Neosho-Stark City area for more than 10 years.
She married the Rev. Major Puckett on May 29, 1948. He survives.
Additional survivors include four sons, Christopher Puckett, Florala, Donald Puckett, St. Louis, Richard Puckett, Holts Summit, and Mark Puckett, Paxton; a daughter, Debbie Payne, Holts Summit; seven adopted sons, names and addresses unavailable; four sisters, Dessie Prince and Mavis Peeler, both of Malvern, Ark., Murline Faulkner, Glen Carbon, Ill., and Adeline Puckett, Neosho; four brothers, Curtis Caddy, Leola, Ark., Roy Caddy and David Caddy, both of Malvern, and Leo Caddy, Neosho; 14 grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending with Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
PINEVILLE, Mo. … Orma ``Eric'' Stratsma, 91, Pineville, died at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at a local nursing home after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Mrs. Stratsma was born June 25, 1925, at Athens, Wis. She moved to Pineville in 1987. She was a schoolteacher, and had taught at Cave Springs, Ark. She previously lived at Stewart, Fla., where she was a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include a son, Dean Stratsma, Holb Sound, Fla.; a stepson, Leonard Straatsma , Story, Wyo.; a sister, Lois Olson, Wassau, Wis.; four grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jane. The Rev. Hank Gorman will officiate.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Gaylon Largent, Stan Largent, Harlan Largent and Joe Largent.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rogers, Ark.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.
CHEROKEE, Kan. … Anthony Tom Fliss, 78, Cherokee, formerly of Arma, died at noon Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after an eight-year illness.
Mr. Fliss was born Aug. 31, 1918, at Franklin. He lived from 1930 to 1970 at Arma. He was a 1935 Arma High School graduate. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps at Farlington and Concordia, Ely, Nev., and Moab, Utah. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. He worked 15 years for the Mackie Coal Co. at Pittsburg. He later worked for 20 years in hydroelectric dam construction in the states of Alabama, Arkansas and Montana. He retired in 1978. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 182 at Arma.
He married Esther L. Bolick Loveland in November 1966. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, Anthony E. Fliss, state of California; and a grandchild.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. Barbara Gotschall will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsburg Garden of Memories.
Arma American Legion Post No. 182 will conduct military graveside rites.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the Cherokee United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Foundation, in care of the funeral home.
GALENA, Kan. … Myrtle Cleo Kohl, 92, 821 Chicago St., died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at a Lowell nursing home of an illness.
Mrs. Kohl was born Nov. 4, 1903, at Seligman, Mo. She lived in Galena most of her life. She worked 20 years at the King Louie Shirt Factory, Baxter Springs. She later worked at the congregate meals site in Galena, retiring at age 80. She was a member of the Sixth Street Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Ruth Rebekah Lodge and the Amy Chapter No. 65 of the Order of the Eastern Star, all of Galena. She also was an active member of the Democratic Party in Cherokee County.
Surviving are a son, Earl ``Junior'' Kohl, Midwest City, Okla.; a daughter, Earlene Shuey, Galena; two stepdaughters, Twyle Nell Enright, Albuquerque, N.M., and Eula Marie Jackson, state of New Mexico; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. Roy Derfelt will officiate.
Amy Chapter No. 65 will conduct Order of the Eastern Star services at 7 p.m. Monday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The family will receive friends afterward at the funeral home.
Darrell Peyton Jr.
PITTSBURG, Kan. … Darrell L. Peyton Jr., 25, 114 E. 11th St., died at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center after a one-year illness.
Mr. Peyton was born Oct. 29, 1970, at Coffeyville. He grew up in Pittsburg and moved at age 13 to Wichita. He had worked at Bosley's Tire Co., Wichita. He and his father had operated the D&S Car Sales Co., Wichita. He returned in 1995 to Pittsburg.
Surviving are a daughter, Ashlen Rebecca Peyton, Wichita; his mother and stepfather, Donna L. and Rich Stevens, Pittsburg; two sisters, Rebecca Beckley and Roxanna Peyton, both of Pittsburg; a stepbrother, James Wickes, Wichita; four stepsisters, Chevelle Wickes, Pittsburg, and Jennifer Stevens, Crystal Stevens and Tabitha Stevens, all of Frontenac; paternal grandmother, Margaret Peyton, Coffeyville; and maternal grandparents, Jessie and Orville Melton, Pittsburg.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. Daryl Gaddy will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
The family will be at 109 W. Madison, Pittsburg.
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. … Jackie Dale Sharbutt-Sneed, 76, Baxter Springs, died at 12:25 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.
Mr. Sharbutt-Sneed was born Dec. 15, 1919, at Quapaw, Okla. He was a circus clown for more than 50 years. He was employed by many circuses, including the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. In recent years, he worked with various youth groups fighting against the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Seven years ago, he formed the Jackie Dale Clown Club. The club had 375 members in 18 states and nine foreign countries. Through the club, he raised money to buy extra equipment for child patients in the Spring Valley Care Center, Baxter Springs.
Survivors include three sons, Clarence Sneed and Ron Sneed, Baxter Springs, and Terry Newell, Kansas City, Mo.; and five daughters, Evelynn Meyers, Baxter Springs, Clydean Troutman, Alba, Mo., Marcie Able and Wanda Raston, both of Wichita, and Cindy Sweet, Joplin, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Jim Jones will officiate.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.
AFTON, Okla. … Ola ``Doll'' Smith Landis, 95, Afton, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a short illness.
Mrs. Landis was born Aug. 27, 1901, in Delaware County. She had lived in Afton since 1956, moving from Fairland. She had been a cook at the Afton Cafe and was a member of the Afton Christian Church.
Her first husband, Arch C. Smith, died May 28, 1938.
Her second husband, Bill Landis, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending with Adcock Funeral Home, Afton.
Earl Giddens Sr.
MIAMI, Okla. … Earl Edward Giddens Sr., 61, 1408 Carol Court, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Giddens was born Jan. 2, 1935, at St. Louis, Mo. He moved in 1938 to Miami from St. Louis. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He had lived at St. Clair, Mo., and had worked 18 years for the Chrysler Corp. near St. Louis. He later retired as a carpenter. He returned about four years ago to Miami from St. Clair. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the American Legion, both of Miami.
Surviving are a son, Earl Giddens Jr., address unavailable; two daughters, Susan Rogers, Neosho, Mo., and Sharon Farman, St. Clair; his mother and stepfather, Maye and Ralph Whitesell, Miami; a sister, Claudette Mercer, Miami; a brother, James Lewis Giddens, Redmond, Ore.; and a grandchild.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Miami. Scott Baker, pastor, will officiate.
Northeast Oklahoma Veterans' Funeral Detail will conduct graveside military rites at GAR Cemetery, Miami.
Pallbearers will be George Mercer, Keith Sedberry, Arron Sedberry, Gene Kreider, Bob Mercer and Jack Mercer.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
VISTA, Ark. … Lorene Mary Forster, 74, Bella Vista, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at her home after a short illness.
Mrs. Forster was born July 16, 1922, at Neosho, Mo. She moved in August 1991 to Bella Vista from Destin, Fla., where she was president of the women's club of the Indian Bayou Country Club. She previously lived at Jefferson City, where she was vice president of the Meadow Lake Country Club. She was a member of the Highlands United Methodist Church, Bella Vista.
She married Paul Forster on Aug. 27, 1941, at Springfield, Mo. He survives.
Surviving are two sons, Steve Forster, Ada, Okla., and David Forster, Jefferson City, Mo.; two brothers, George Washington Hussey Jr., Bella Vista, and J.C. Hussey, Berryville; a sister, Pauline Duncan, Cassville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Highlands United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jack Schaible will officiate. Burial will 1 p.m. Tuesday at Muncie Chapel Cemetery, Wheaton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bella Vista (Ark.) Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church.