Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Doris Bishop 

Services for Doris M. Bishop, 79, 1801 New Hampshire Ave., Joplin, who died Friday, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, Joplin. Dr. Phillip McClendon will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery, near Seligman. 

Pallbearers will be Richard Hammer, Dave Junghans, Milton Barnes, George Moore, Charles Moore and Lee Easterday. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Faye Gatton 

Faye E. Gatton, 87, Nowata, Okla., a Joplin native, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at a Nowata nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Gatton was born Feb. 11, 1909, at Joplin. She lived from 1951 to 1964 in the Nowata and Delaware, Okla., areas before she moved to Joplin. She returned to Nowata in 1988. She was a retired cashier from St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. She was a member of Hillside Christian Church, Nowata. 

She married C.W. ``Bill'' Gatton on Sept. 18, 1926, at Joplin. He died Dec. 30, 1963. 

Surviving are two sons, Jack Guy Gatton, address unknown, and William Gatton, Foyil, Okla.; a daughter, Phyllis Brady, Nowata; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Ben Killion, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Benjamin Funeral Service, Nowata. 

Wayne Lawber 

Wayne Lawber, 68, Route 7, Joplin, died at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at his home after 1" years of ill health. 

Mr. Lawber was born Nov. 12, 1927, in the Smithfield community west of Carl Junction. He was graduated in 1946 from Carl Junction High School. He returned to the Joplin area in 1974 after he retired from the Air Force with 30 years of service, including in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of First Christian Church, Carl Junction, Earl J. Bruton Post No. 534, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joplin, the Air Force Sergeants Association, and the 90th Bomb Squadron Association. 

He married Doris Long Peterson on May 5, 1973, in Carl Junction. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Deborah Sanders, Lucille Rauch and Brenda Billings, all of Seguin, Texas; three stepdaughters, Janice Kay Booe, Joplin, Barbara Hughes, Asbury, and Debra James, Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; and three step great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Church, Carl Junction. Boyce Mouton, minister, will officiate. Graveside military honors will be conducted by Earl J. Bruton Post No. 534, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Ronald Lawver, David Lawver, Michael Lawver, Charles Lawver, Steve Lawver and Joe Bailey. 

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Regional Medical Center Hospice Program or the Carl Junction High School Alumni Association. 

Roger Blevins 

SENECA, Mo. Roger L. Blevins, 32, 1204 Curtin, died at 8:47 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at his home. The death was under investigation. 

Mr. Blevins was born Feb. 8, 1964, at Stella. He moved in July to Seneca from Miami, Okla. He had worked at Crowder Industries for the handicapped at Neosho. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Miami. 

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Joyce and Keith Mack, Seneca; a sister, Rhonda Lea McKnight, Marysville, Calif.; a half sister, Kelly Marie Channel, Granby; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Scott, Oroville, Calif.; paternal grandmother, Fannie Blevins, Marionville; and maternal grandfather, Carnie Stephens, Anderson. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Cemetery, near Stella. Gerald Parsons will officiate. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

George Fisher 

WEBB CITY, Mo. George M. Fisher, 84, 325 S. Roane, died at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Fisher was born May 13, 1912, at Berryville, Ark. He lived most of his life in Webb City. He worked at the Brady Stephens real estate agency, Joplin, and owned Fisher Agency, Webb City. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 42 years, where he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He started Webb City Little League baseball and was active in Cub Scouts. He was executive director of Webb City Housing Authority. 

He married Jacquelyn Mayfield on Feb. 23, 1941, at Webb City. She survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Dixie Dawson, Webb City; three sons, Jerry Fisher, Marion Fisher and Bob Fisher, all of Webb City; a brother, Russell Fisher, Joplin; a sister, Frances Setser, Colwich, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Bob Warren, the Rev. Jerry Mayfield and the Rev. Jim Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Contributions may be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Foundation, Prairie Village, Kan. 

Oliver Gregory 

PINEVILLE, Mo. Services for Oliver Gene Gregory, 66, Pineville route 1, who died Friday, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jane Church of Christ, Jane. The Rev. 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, Pineville. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Nellie Howes 

GRANBY, Mo. Nellie Jane Howes, 98, Granby, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Howes was born July 26, 1898, in Newton County. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and housewife and a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, Granby. 

She married George A. Howes on July 12, 1920. He died April 18, 1963. 

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Howes, Neosho; three daughters, Janice Abbott, Grove, Okla., Leta LaVoie, Granby, and Pauline Franklin, Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Chalmer Marion, Stark City, and Morton Marion, Neosho; a sister, Goldie Gripe, Reed Springs; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sweetwater Baptist Church. The Rev. Tom Casady will officiate. 

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

Mickey Johnson 

GRANBY, Mo. Leonard ``Mickey'' Johnson, 63, Granby, died at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at Freeman Hospital, Neosho, of injuries sustained in an assault Thursday night. 

Mr. Johnson was born July 24, 1933, in Meadsville. He was a longtime area resident. He moved to Granby two years ago. He owned and operated an asphalt maintenance company. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Joplin. 

He married June McDonald on April 12, 1971, in Minneapolis, Minn. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Leonard ``Chuck'' Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Lewis Johnson, all of Joplin, and Johnnie Johnson, Galena, Kan.;three stepsons, Mike McDonald and Randy McDonald, both of Webb City, and Greg McDonald, Joplin; five daughters, Belinda Johnson and Margie Moberly, both of Webb City, and Stacy Hall, Patty Johnson, and Laura Johnson, all of Wichita, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Cindy McMullen, Webb City; his mother and stepfather, Marie and John Stacy, Joplin; a sister, Margie Hamm, Iola, Kan.; 29 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Ozark Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Jerry Seigel will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be J.J. Johnson, Lenny Johnson, Johnnie W. Rickey, Billy Rickey, Bob Grissom, and Jerry Corum. 

Family will be at the home of the parents at 2218 Quincy Ave., Joplin. 

Services are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Dennis C. Kern 

GOODMAN, Mo. Dennis C. Kern, 55, Goodman, died at 1:17 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Kern was born April 12, 1941, in Blackwell, Okla. He came to the area in 1956 and moved to Goodman in 1980. He had been in management in quality control for 25 years at La-Z-Boy Midwest, Neosho. He was a member of Neosho Men's Gospel Association. 

He married Shirley Self on Aug. 31, 1982, in Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Darren Kern, Newtonia, Jeff Kern, Wheaton, Billy Wilks, Monett, and Michael Wilks, Goodman; five daughters, Denise Huston, Seneca, Sally Kern and Melissa Haslip, both of Neosho, Lesa Kershaw, Sarcoxie, and Carol Sumler, Monett; his parents, Lyle and Leveta Kern, Joplin; a brother, Darrell Kern, Anderson; a sister, Marilyn Morrow, Goddard, Kan.; and 17 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Alan Brock will officiate. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery, Goodman. 

Pallbearers will be Larry Reynolds, Kim Reynolds, Wayne Allen, Maurice Ehrhart, Dale Loyd and Billy Meyer. 

Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation in care of the funeral home. 

Rebecca Larimore 
Heather Browder 

Services for Rebecca Ruth Larimore, 35, and her daughter, Heather Lynn Browder, 14, Springfield, former Carthage residents, who died Thursday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, west of Carthage. Pastor James Schnackenberg will officiate. Burial will be in Fasken Cemetery, east of Carthage. 

Pallbearers will be Kevin Swindle, Andy Gundlach, Darin Wall, David Knost, Don Knost, John Ross, Dave Talley, David Mason, Ronnie Buchanan, Paul Talley, Bill Mullins, and Bob Harris. 

Contributions may be made to the Aaron Aldrich Hospital Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Lois McConnell 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Lois B. McConnell, 82, Carthage, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a year-long illness. 

Mrs. McConnell was born Nov. 18, 1913, at Nashville. She was graduated in 1931 from Jasper High School. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church, past secretary and treasurer of Ladies Missionary Society, a ``Gray Lady'' at McCune Brooks Hospital, a Red Cross volunteer, volunteer of the Sunshine Children's Home, and a member of Daffodile Garden Club, all in Carthage. 

She married Robert B. McConnell on April 18, 1934. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Paul McConnell, Joplin, and Robert McConnell, Carthage; two daughters, Sharon Southern, Grove, Okla., and Ellen Bowser, Whitewater; a brother, Jewell Cline, Joplin; a sister, Marie Gillman, St. Louis; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church. The Rev. James Perkins and the Rev. Jimmie Hinson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Contributions may be made to First Assembly of God Church. 

Pearl Osborne 

Pearl B. Osborne, 95, Joplin, died at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Osborne was born May 19, 1901, in Glen Rose, Tex. She lived 30 years in Joplin, where she moved from Los Angeles, Calif. She was a homemaker. She was graduated from a barber college in Oklahoma City, Okla. She worked for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in California. 

Her husband, John Osborne, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a son, Charles Osborne, Joplin; a sister, Annie Myles, Weldon, Calif.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Linnie Puckett 

STARK CITY, Mo. Services for Linnie Mae Puckett, 65, Paxton, Fla., a former Stark City resident, who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cave Spring Baptist Church, Cave Spring. Brother Gale Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in Wanda Cemetery, Stark City. 

Pallbearers will be Matthew Puckett, Mark Puckett Jr., Anthony Puckett, David Hill, Jerry Gregory, Craig Reinhart and Nathan Patrick. 

Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Wanda Simmons 

JASPER, Mo. Wanda L. Simmons, 77, 404 S. Main, Jasper, died at 11:25 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at McCune Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a short illness. 

Ms. Simmons was born March 26, 1919, in Lawrence County. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a hairdresser for 42 years. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Jasper. 

Survivors include two sons, Darrell Simmons, Benicia, Calif., and Kent Simmons, Jasper; two sisters, Annie Simmons, Liberal, and Ophelia Soos, Carthage; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. The Rev. Tim Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood-Kistler Cemetery, Golden City. 

Pallbearers will be Clifford Fitchpatrick, Carl Beerly, Arly Huffman, Leland Still, Jerry Weldy, and Leonard Quade. 

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

Contributions may be made to Jasper Senior Citizens, in care of the funeral home. 

Eric Stratsma 

PINEVILLE, Mo. Orma ``Eric'' Stratsma, 91, Pineville, died at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at a local nursing home after she suffered a stroke. 

Mrs. Stratsma was born June 25, 1925, at Athens, Wis. She moved to Pineville in 1987. She was a school teacher and had taught at Cave Springs, Ark., and Bentonville, Ark., schools. She previously lived at Stewart, Fla., where she was a member of the Baptist church. 

She married Ruel Stratsma on July 6, 1932. He died May 12, 1979. 

Survivors include a son, Dean Stratsma, Hobe Sound, Fla.; a daughter, Lois Largent, Jane; a stepson, Leonard Straatsma, Story, Wyo.; a sister, Lois Olson, Wausau, Wis.; four grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jane. The Rev. Hank Gorman will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons Gaylon Largent, Harlan Largent and Joe Largent. 

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 Ozark Funeral Home, Pineville. 

Anthony Williamson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Anthony J. Williamson, 24, route 2, Carthage, died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, after a traffic accident. 

Mr. Williamson was born Aug. 24, 1972, in Independence. He moved to Carthage five years ago. He was employed at Drake Health Care Center, Carthage. 

Survivors include a son, Anthony Williamson Jr., of the home; and a daughter, Latisha Williamson, of the home; his mother, Donna Murphy, Independence; his father, Dean Williamson, Augusta, Kan.; a brother, Dustin Miller, Rich Hill; a sister, Jennifer Miller, Rich Hill; his maternal grandfather, Donald Scofield, Rich Hill; and his maternal grandmother, Goldie Riddle, Lexington. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Bill Perkey will officiate. Burial will be in Reeds Cemetery, Reeds. 

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

Contributions may be made to Boatmen's Bank, Carthage, to benefit his children. 

Dale Marcus 

PITTSBURG, Kan. William ``Dale'' Marcus, 42, Springfield, Mo., a native of Pittsburg, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, of injuries sustained in a car-pedestrian accident in Springfield. 

Mr. Marcus was born Feb. 9, 1954. He moved six years ago to Springfield from the Pittsburg and Asbury, Mo., areas. He was a truck driver for Hudson Foods Inc. He was a member of Prairie Flower Bible Church, Webb City, Mo. 

He married Norma Winkle on Sept. 14, 1974, at Pittsburg. She survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Katie Marcus, of the home; his parents, Bill and Annabel Marcus, Asbury; a brother, David Marcus, Asbury; and four sisters, Gayle White and Christy Glass, both of Asbury, Connie Lewing, Joplin, Mo., and Gwendolyn Aggus, Oronogo, Mo. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. David Ernst will officiate. Burial will be in Nashville (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Helen Koontz 

PICHER, Okla. Helen Arbs Koontz, 80, 504 S. College St., Picher, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Koontz was born Aug. 29, 1916, in St. Joseph, Mo. Her family later moved to Picher, where she lived the rest of her life. She worked for the former Roxy Theater in Picher and Miami and she was a bookkeeper for the formerWoodchuck Mining Co., Picher. She was a member of the Baptist Church, Picher, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Miami. 

She married William Lewis Koontz in 1945 in Ash, Ill. He died in April 1993. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Thornton, Archie, Mo.; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Doll Landis 

AFTON, Okla. Services for Ola ``Doll'' Smith Landis, 95, Afton, who died Friday, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. Doug Hanson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Georgia Pratt 

MIAMI, Okla. Georgia V. Pratt, 88, formerly of 300 Circle Dr., Miami, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Pratt was born Feb. 22, 1908, in Miami. She was a lifelong area resident. She worked for Ottawa County as deputy county treasurer for more than 35 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the National Association of Retired Employees. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley D. Pratt. 

Survivors include a son, Lewis W. Pratt, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Charles V. Hamilton, Grand Junction, Colo.; three sisters, Alberta Hamilton and Laura Jones, both of Miami, and Mary Lewis, Sedalia; and two grandsons. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church memorial fund.

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