Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Layton Coulter 

SHELDON, Mo. Layton Wilson ``Bill'' Coulter, 79, Sheldon, died Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at Cox Medical Center-South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. Coulter was born Sept. 17, 1916, at Montevallo. He attended what now is Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield. He taught school for a year. He was a Civilian Conservation Corps worker in the 1930s. He later worked at the North American Bomber Plant, Kansas City. In the fall of 1945, he moved with his family to a small farm in Sheldon. 

He was a member of the Stone Front and Sheldon school boards, and the Sheldon Co-op board. He was a trustee of Bellamy Community Center, a 43-year member of Montevallo Baptist Church, and a charter member of the Tri-County Whittlers and Woodcarvers. 

Survivors include his wife, Nina Coulter; two sons, Layton Wilson CoulterJr., Springfield, and Gary Coulter, St. Louis; a daughter, Cathy Fox, Nevada; a brother, Robert Parsons Coulter, O'Fallon; two sisters, Eva Pike and Lois Spencer, both of Springfield; three grandsons; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon. The Rev. Bill Bell will officiate. Burial will be in Dunnegan Grove Cemetery, Sheldon. 

Contributions may be made to Nevada Habitat for Humanity, in care of the funeral home. 

Joe Jackson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Joe Jackson, 78, Carthage, died at 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, after undergoing surgery at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. 

Mr. Jackson was born Aug. 27, 1918, at Wymore, Neb. He was a businessman in Nebraska until 1957, when he moved to Carthage. He owned and operated the Freeway Cafe, Bar and Liquor Store in Joplin before retiring. 

He was a member of the Episcopal Church and the American Legion, both at Wymore, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Carthage. He served in the finance division of the 1407th Army Air Corps base unit during World War II. 

He married Evelyn Fulton on Feb. 10, 1940, at Westmoreland, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Mike Jackson, Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Don Jackson, Prairie Village, Kan.; a daughter, Sherry Allan, Joplin; two sisters, Marie Shaw, Wymore, and Evelyn Clark, Miami, Okla.; and six grandchildren. 

The body was cremated, under direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel, Kansas City. 

Memorial services will be conducted at Wymore. 

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation. 

Michael Lewis 

STELLA, Mo. Graveside services for Michael Earl Lewis, 44, Phoenix, Ariz., a former Stella resident who died Saturday, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hazel Green Cemetery in Boulder City, south of Granby. 

The Rev. Wayne Brust will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Helen McKee 

ORONOGO, Mo. Helen F. McKee, 78, 317 S. Meridian St., died at 5:03 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at a local nursing home after a 1"-year illness. 

Mrs. McKee was born Sept. 10, 1917, at Carterville. She was a longtime area resident. She was a licensed practical nurse. She worked at the former Jane Chen Hospital, Webb City, and in the office of Dr. Kerr, Joplin, retiring in 1968. She was a member of North Main Street Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Melvin George ``Mike'' McKee on Sept. 24, 1942. He died May 21, 1980. 

Survivors include a son, George McKee, Joplin; a daughter, Kay Jordan, Oronogo; a brother, E.C. Marquiss, Miami, Okla.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Argyle Hughes and Ed Bayless, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oronogo Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John Reeves, Wade Short, Todd Taylor, Leroy Jordan, John Newby and Tim McKee. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Four-State Regional Dialysis Center, Joplin. 

Ruth Meredith 

ALBA, Mo. Ruth L. Meredith, 85, Alba, died at 1:46 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after nine months of ill health. 

Mrs. Meredith was born June 17, 1911, at Argonia, Kan. She had lived in Alba the past 27 years. She had been an elementary schoolteacher in Kansas. She was a member of Alba Friends Church. 

She married Gerald Meredith on June 23, 1935, at Wichita, Kan. He survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Harold Meredith and Patrick Meredith, both of Neosho, Charles Meredith, Pitkin, Colo., and Richard Meredith, Rogers, Ark.; two sisters, Marie Sorick, Salem, Ore., and Maxine Pace, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Alba Friends Church. The Rev. Richard Buck will officiate. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Purcell. 

The casket will be closed. 

Sons will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Contributions may be made to Alba Friends Church. 

Edna Roderick 

GRANBY, Mo. Edna Mae Roderick, 79, Granby, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Roderick was born April 4, 1917, at Keithsburg, Ill. She moved to Wheaton in 1976 and to Granby in 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of theChristian Church. 

She married Ned Roderick in 1947 at Keithsburg. He died in 1982. 

Survivors include two sons, John Stewart and Gene Stewart, both of Keithsburg; two daughters, Rita Embrey, Stark City, and Nedra Roderick, Neosho; three brothers, Floyd Brown, Littleton, Colo., Daniel Brown, Metropolis, Ill., and David Brown, Peoria, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Troy Rodgers 

MARIONVILLE, Mo. Troy Rodgers, 69, Marionville, died at 7:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Rodgers was born May 27, 1927, in Lawrence County. He was a lifetime resident of the county. He had lived in Marionville since 1959. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. 

He married Mary Louise Ruckman on Sept. 16, 1951, at Aurora. She survives. 

Also surviving are three brothers, Wayne Rodgers and Rex Rodgers, both of Republic, and Dean Rodgers, Springfield; and five sisters, Wilma Fuhr, Farmington, N.M., Ruby Sifferman, Mount Vernon, Jewell Huff and Linda Spree, both of Republic, and Doris Hendrix, Aurora. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. H.V. Wells will officiate. Burial will be in Kerr Cemetery, near Billings. 

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

Paige Schmitz 

NEVADA, Mo. Paige Lucille Schmitz, infant daughter of David and Amy Schmitz, Nevada, died Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

She was born Sept. 4 in Nevada. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Heidi Ann Schmitz, Nevada; maternal grandparents, Dwight and Ann Mueller, Grant City; paternal grandparents, William J. and Dorothy Lucille Schmitz, Richmond; and maternal great-grandparents, Hollis and Helen Seat, Grant City, and Ralph and Blanche Mueller, Houston, Mo. 

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with William Cox officiating. 

Arrangements are under direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Wanda Wheatley 

NEVADA, Mo. Wanda Mae Wheatley, 65, Nevada, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Wheatley was born Jan. 29, 1931, at Viola, Ark. She lived until age 16 in the state of Arizona. She was a 1950 graduate of Carl Junction High School. She lived 25 years in Illinois. She had lived in Nevada since 1975. She worked with her husband and family at Double MM Butchering, Nevada. 

She married Morey Wheatley on Aug. 6, 1950, at Carl Junction. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Marty Wheatley, Nevada; two daughters, Cynthia Lou Wheatley, Albuquerque, N.M., and Sharon Lynn Wittenhauer, Clarksville, Tenn.; her mother, Gradie Foster, Joplin; and a sister, Rita Fern Manz, Diamond. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. David McKinney and Elvis Castor will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Friends may call until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. 

Ruby Williams 

STELLA, Mo. Ruby Ellen Williams, 85, Stella route 1, died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Williams was born Nov. 26, 1910, in Stella. She was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel, near Anderson. 

She married Carus Williams on July 29, 1928, in Stella. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Howard Williams, Coffeyville, Kan.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Billy Joe Gentry will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Keith Gideon, Carl Carlin, George Carlin, Lawrence Myers, Dale Laughlin and Don Culp. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

George Herrelson 

GALENA, Kan. George H. ``Poss'' Herrelson, 81, Galena route 2, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at the home of his daughter, Sandy McArthur, Gravois Hills, Mo., route 2, after an illness. 

Mr. Herrelson was born Feb. 2, 1915, at Carl Junction, Mo. He lived in the Galena area most of his life. He owned and operated Herrelson Gas and Oil Co. in Galena before retiring. 

He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge No. 194, both in Galena; the Mirza Shrine at Pittsburg; the Fort Scott Consistory; and the National Rifle Association. 

He married Marie Bevill on Dec. 11, 1941, at Searcy, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robb Herrelson, Gravois Hills; a sister, Thelma Bell, Lowell; and eight grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Presbyterian Church, Galena. The Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. 

The family will receive friends at the church after the services. 

Arrangements are under direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to the church. 

Ivan Phelps 

GROVE, Okla. Ivan E. Phelps, 77, Grove, died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Oklahoma City, after a long illness. 

Mr. Phelps was born Oct. 30, 1918, in Delaware County. He was a farmer and had worked for Public Service Co. in Grove. He was a member of Zena Baptist Church, Grove. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Noma B. Wyatt on Dec. 23, 1937, at Jay. She died Jan 7, 1994. 

Survivors include two daughters, Betty F. Jones, Tulsa, and Shirley K. Winchell, Haysville, Kan.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. The Rev. Michael Hamm will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove. 

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

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