Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Leo Biggs 

Leo R. Biggs, 71, Lady Lake, Fla., a former Joplin area resident, died at 5:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at Leesburg Medical Center, Lady Lake, after an illness. 

Mr. Biggs was born Dec. 6, 1924, at Chanute, Kan. He moved to Lady Lake in 1990 from Wichita, Kan. He was a retired senior master sergeant in the Air Force. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a Protestant. 

Survivors include his wife, Patsy A. Cavness; his mother, Inez Biggs, Wichita; and two brothers, Earl Biggs and William Biggs, both of Wichita. 

Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Ida Churchill 

Ida Churchill, 96, Joplin, died at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at a nursing home in Sarcoxie after a long illness. 

Mrs. Churchill was born March 17, 1900, in the state of Texas. She moved to Joplin in 1987 from Fort Worth, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Hillside Memorial Christian Church, Fort Worth. 

She married William Griffith Churchill on April 21, 1921, at Fort Worth. He died in September 1961. 

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Campbell, Joplin; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Gene Taylor 

M.E. ``Gene'' Taylor, 73, Wichita, Kan., a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at his home of natural causes. 

Mr. Taylor was born Feb. 11, 1923, at Independence, Kan. He was a retired federal civil servant. He had been a district supervisor for the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was a veteran of the Navy. 

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Taylor, whom he married in 1949; a son, Mike Taylor, Lenexa, Kan.; a daughter, Debbie DeBolt, Wichita; a sister, Lucille Ecklund, Coffeyville, Kan.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita. Burial will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Children's Home in Wichita. 

Jimmie Templeton 

Jimmie H. Templeton, 90, 718 Highland Ave., died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon, after a long illness. 

Mr. Templeton was born Jan. 23, 1906, at Carthage. He had farmed at Anderson and he had lived at Noel. He was a miner at Picher, Okla., from 1923 to 1942. He later was a commercial construction carpenter. 

He was a member of Joplin Carpenters Union Local No. 311 and American Association of Retired Persons. He served in Europe in the Army Air Corps during World War II. 

He married Lucille Bowers Oexman on June 30, 1981, at Carthage. She died Aug. 29, 1994. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

The body will be cremated. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Mamie Woods 

Mamie Marie Woods, 84, 2311 Iron Gates Road, died at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Woods was born March 12, 1912, at Miami, Okla. She moved to the Iron Gates community, west of Joplin, in 1942 from Owasso, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of Iron Gates Christian Church. 

She married Cecil L. Woods on Dec. 24, 1927, in Joplin. He survives. 

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence Woods and Paul Woods, both of Joplin, Donald Woods, Kansas City, and Charles Woods, Demotte, Ind.; three daughters, Georgia Harmon, Joplin, Betty Terry, Duenweg, and Patty Turley, Panama City, Fla.; two sisters, Lucy Cobb, San Francisco, Calif., and Viola Spurgeon, Cabool; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Ron McMillan and Hubert Hinten, ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Contributions may be made to Iron Gates Christian Church, in care of the mortuary. 

Maude Atkinson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Maude E. Atkinson, 83, Carthage, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Atkinson was born Sept. 30, 1912, at Liberal. She had lived 60 years in Carthage, where she moved from Lamar. She was a beautician and a member of Fairview Christian Church, Carthage. 

She married Robert Atkinson on March 23, 1957, at Miami, Okla. He died Oct. 22, 1987. 

Surviving are a son, Jack Trout, Carthage; a daughter, Billie Rutherford, Carthage; three sisters, Gertrude Tilley, Carthage, Grace Hannah, San Antonio, Texas, and Lillie Brown, Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. David Lang, minister, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to Fairview Christian Church. 

Elbert Compton 

NEVADA, Mo. Elbert Lee Compton Sr., 61, Nevada, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Compton was born July 6, 1935, at Milo. He lived in the area most of his life. He was a truck driver for many years and worked at the 3M Commercial Graphics Division Plant in Nevada for 24 years. 

He married Darlene Pettibon on Jan. 26, 1956, at Deerfield. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Elbert Lee Compton Jr., Fairmont, Minn., and Michael A. Compton, Nevada; four daughters, Brenda Sumner andRhonda Eador, both of Nevada, Carla Guss, Fort Scott, Kan., and Tresha Compton, Nevada; his stepmother, June Compton, Harwood; two brothers, Bill Compton, Deerfield, and Danny Compton, Harwood; a sister, Ruby Moyer, Buffalo; a stepbrother, Bennie Allen, Rich Hill; three stepsisters, Clentina Compton, Kansas City, Violet Compton, Harwood, and Linda Cummins, Rose Hill, Kan.; and 17 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home. The Rev. William Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund. 

Edith Smith 

ORONOGO, Mo. Edith Mae Wiley Smith, 85, Oronogo route 1, died at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after one year of ill health. 

Mrs. Smith was born April 5, 1911, at Pittsburg, Kan. She had lived in the area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Oronogo First Baptist Church. 

Her husband, William T. Smith, died May 17, 1988. 

Survivors include a son, Carl Smith, Oronogo route 1; four daughters, Wilma Davis, Mindenmines, Linda Gibson and Sonny Dooley, both of Webb City, and Millie Dickerson, Joplin route 3; two sisters, Lucille Mathis, Weir, Kan., and Norma Baird, Port Arthur, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oronogo First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Mayfield will officiate. Burial will be in Crocker Cemetery, west of Opolis, Kan. 

The casket will be closed at the church. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be David Davis, Jim Dolley, Bryan Gibson, Russ Gibson, Fred Lundien, Mark Sandridge and Allan Smith. 

Contributions may be made to the hospice organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center or to Oronogo Baptist Church. 

Frances Norwood 

PICHER, Okla. Services for Frances Catherine Norwood, 62, 111 DeVillers Circle, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

The Rev. Clyde Stilley will officiate. 

The body will be cremated after the services.

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