Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Jess Bigelow 

Jess Bigelow, 91, Moran, Kan., died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at a nursing home in Frontenac, Kan., after a long illness. He was the father of Bonnie Weast, 2506 McKinley Ave., and Karen Fritchey, 3621 Norman Drive, both of Joplin. 

Mr. Bigelow was born Feb. 3, 1905, at St. Paul, Kan. He was a farmer and a pipeline construction worker who handled explosives. He was a custodian at Moran High School before retiring. 

He married Olive Cubbison on Jan. 18, 1927, at Iola, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Dean Bigelow, Chanute, Kan., and Lawrence Bigelow, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three other daughters, Melva Lincicome, El Dorado, Kan., Wanda Sell, Frontenac, and June Green, Cedar Falls, Iowa; a sister, Esther Vest, Iola; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kunkle Funeral Home, Moran. Retta R. Smith, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Moran Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Moran United Methodist Church. 

Mary Carroll 

Mary E. Carroll, 93, 1508 W. 26th St., died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Carroll was born Oct. 19, 1902, in Joplin. She had worked at the former M&O Cigar Factory in Joplin. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. 

She married Claude J. Carroll on June 6, 1923, in Joplin. He died Oct. 16, 1969. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Kent Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin. 

Great-nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will be at the home of Dee Johnson, 804 Indiana Ave. 

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

Howard Cody 

Howard Stout Cody, 83, McPherson, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at a nursing home in Sedgwick, Kan., after a long illness. He was the stepfather of four Joplin residents. 

Mr. Cody was born Feb. 7, 1913, at Morgantown, W.Va. He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. 

He married Sylvia L. Krengel on Aug. 28, 1948, at Greenwich, Conn. She died Dec. 2, 1987. He married Mary G. Smith on Oct. 6, 1990, at Newton, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sandra Cody, Halstead, Kan., and Melanie Spencer, Valley Center, Kan.; six stepdaughters, Gail Milligan, Medway, Mass., Maxine Jeffers, Neosho, and Evajean Mayfield, Nina Smith, Erselene Kennedy and Nancy Jones, all of Joplin; a brother, Stuart J. Cody, Orangevale, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Newton, Kan. The Rev. Joyce W. Holmes will officiate. Burial will be in the church columbarium. 

Arrangements are under direction of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead, Kan. 

Contributions may be made to the church. 

Donny Henson 

Donald D. ``Donny'' Henson, 30, 1406 Saginaw Drive, Saginaw Village, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Henson was born March 27, 1966, in Joplin and was a lifetime area resident. He received an associate degree in accounting in 1992 from Crowder College, Neosho, and a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1994 from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. He was a minister of the Temple of Faith in Saginaw. 

Survivors include two sons, Tim Copeland and Todd Copeland, both of Joplin; his parents, Paul and Midge Henson, Saginaw; two brothers, Paul Henson Jr. and Doug Henson, both of Joplin; two sisters, Debby Green, Saginaw, and Cathy Olds, Carl Junction; and maternal grandparents, Howard and Mildred King, Saginaw. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Pat Yarbrough will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Casey Green, Chris Green, Corey Henson, J.D. Gates, Todd Eads and Steve Williams. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Ronnie Mills 

Ronnie L. Mills, 49, Joplin, died at 10:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, in the emergency room at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, Okla., after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Mills was born March 9, 1947, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. He attended the former Joplin Junior College. He owned and operated Cycle Connection in Joplin for many years. He was a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Joplin for 20 years. 

He married Nancy Anderson on Sept. 3, 1994, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Randy Mills, Columbus, Ohio, and Gregory Mills, Joplin; and a sister, Bonnie Heeter, Atlanta, Ga. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Joplin. The Rev. Phillip McClendon will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Whitehead, Cecil Vance, Mike Russell, Earl Fortner, Earl Randleman, John Golden, Ray Chapman, Bill Anderson and Stan Shaw. 

Motorcyclists will serve as escorts from the church to the cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Joplin. 

Dean Burden 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Dean W. Burden, 67, Shell Knob, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Burden was born June 5, 1929, at Mulvane, Kan. He worked in electrical distribution at Mulvane and Augusta, Kan. He retired after 43 years from the city of Augusta's Kansas Electric Power Plant. He moved in 1990 to Shell Knob, where he was a member of Central Community United Methodist Church. 

He married Rosella Dobbin on July 4, 1948, at Mulvane. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Don Burden and Art Burden, both of Augusta, and Merle Burden, Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Colleen Galgon and Eilleen Genter, both of Augusta; two brothers, Cleo Burden, Wichita, and Verlyn Burden, Leon, Kan.; four sisters, Eva Mae Mosier, St. John, Kan., Maudie Watkins, Oliver Springs, Tenn., Esther Shoupe, Arkansas City, Kan., and Thelma Davis, Valley Center, Kan.; and 15 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Central Community Methodist Church. The Rev. James Lee will officiate. 

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta. 

Pallbearers will be Kenny Parry, Bill Webster, Larry Hart, Forest Reavis, Marvin Higgs and Jack Taylor. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. 

Contributions may be made to the church, in care of the funeral home. 

Ruth Darden 

PINEVILLE, Mo. Ruth Ross Darden, 68, Dallas, Texas, a Pineville native, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at Baylor Hospital, Garland, Texas, after an illness. 

Ms. Darden was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Pineville. She graduated from Pineville High School and the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing at Oklahoma City. She lived most of her life at Houston, Texas. She had lived 11 months at Dallas. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of Clear Lake Baptist Church, Houston. 

Survivors include a daughter, Paula Franks, Rowlett, Texas; a brother, John Ross, Houston; and a sister, Shirley Bauer, Arlington, Texas. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home, Mesquite, Texas. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pineville Cemetery. Local arrangements are under direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Pineville. 

Dale Kirk 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Dewey Dale Kirk, 58, Webb City route 1, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after nine months of ill health. 

Mr. Kirk was born July 13, 1938, at Oswego, Kan. He had lived in the Webb City area since 1969. He was a 1956 graduate of Columbus (Kan.) High School. He had worked at the former Sperry-Vickers Inc. in Joplin and as a custodian for the Joplin R-8 School District. 

He was a member, deacon and trustee of North Main Street Baptist Church, Joplin. 

Survivors include his wife, Lois Robinson Kirk; two daughters, Betty Bailey, Webb City route 1, and Brenda Nichols, Alba; two brothers, Bill Kirk and Terry Kirk, both of Parsons, Kan.; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Charles R. Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Edgemond Cemetery, northwest of Columbus, Kan. 

Deacons of North Main Street Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers. 

Charlie Roberson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Charlie Roberson, 86, 1735 Hazel St., died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Roberson was born Jan. 23, 1910, at New London, Ark. He moved to Carthage in 1952 from Snyder, Texas. He was a heavy-duty operator for B&G Construction Co., formerly of Carthage. He retired in 1958. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Carthage. 

He married Dora Fern Rogers on March 12, 1934, in the state of Oklahoma. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Roy Roberson, El Dorado, Ark., and Gary Roberson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Marilyn Berry, Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Brent Davis will officiate. 

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Friends may call after 8 a.m. today at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Carthage, in care of the funeral home. 

Cynthia Smith 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Cynthia Ann Smith, 66, Shell Knob, died Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 29, 1930, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She attended Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. She taught home economics for several years at Ripley and Gotebo, Okla. She moved to Shell Knob four years ago. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Berryville, Ark. 

She married Lieu R. Smith on Aug. 16, 1952, at Stillwater. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Jared Paul Smith, Tullahoma, Tenn.; two daughters, Evelyn Lieu Mason, Austin, Texas, and Stephanie Ebel, Denver, Colo.; two brothers, John Elliott and Jerry Elliott, both of Oklahoma City; a sister, Helen Laughlin, Bartlesville, Okla.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wilkinson Mortuary, Okeene, Okla. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Okeene. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Paul Teeter, elder, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. 

Neva Watkins 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Neva R. Watkins, 71, Cassville, died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at a nursing home in Carthage after a long illness. 

Mrs. Watkins was born March 6, 1925, at Dearborn. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

She married Kenneth M. Watkins on July 1, 1950, at Atchison, Kan. He died March 3, 1993. 

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Watkins, Topeka, Kan.; and a sister, Maxine Fortune, St. Joseph. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. The Rev. Bryan Shaw will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

George Wilhoit 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. George R. Wilhoit, 94, Pierce City, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, 1996, at St. John's Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., after a short illness. 

Mr. Wilhoit was born Nov. 18, 1901, at Springfield. He moved to Pierce City in 1932 and operated Wilhoit Cleaners for many years. He was Pierce City city clerk and tax collector before retiring. 

He was a member of the Congregational Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion post, both in Pierce City. He was a Navy veteran of World War I. 

He married Evelyn Goad on Aug. 31, 1922. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, George R. Wilhoit Jr., Springfield, and Guy R. Wilhoit, Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Congregational Church, Pierce City. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. 

Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

John Sears 

GALENA, Kan. John Sears, 20, Galena, died at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., of injuries he suffered in a traffic accident in Joplin. 

Mr. Sears was born Jan. 20, 1976, at Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a 1994 graduate of Riverton (Kan.) High School. He worked at Sutherlands in Joplin. 

Survivors include his mother, Regina Sears, Galena; a sister, ThreasaLewis, Baxter Springs; and a grandmother, Gladys Murray, Galena. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Danny Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Dustin Fields, Jimmy Edwards, Rusty Shallenburger, Kenneth ``Toby'' Tyler, Jesse Brock and Wayne McCullum. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. 

Kolby Thomason 

CHETOPA, Kan. Kolby James Daniel Thomason, infant son of James and Sarah Thomason, 417 S. Fourth St., died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1996, at the home of a sudden illness. 

He was born July 15 at Miami, Okla. 

Additional survivors include four sisters, Jessica, Cori, Kimberly and Kandase, addresses unavailable; paternal grandparents, Rick and Karen Thomason, Miami; paternal grandmother, Patsy Thomason, Easton, Md.; maternal grandparents, Norman and Della Cotten, Chetopa; paternal great-grandparents, John and Erma Boyles, Preston, Md.; maternal great-grandparents, Gene and Wauneta Williams, Barnett, Mo.; and paternal great-great-grandmother, Hazel Christopher, Preston. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Bible Church, Chetopa, with the Rev. Ron Frazier officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa. 

Charles Woodard 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Charles Claud Woodard, 67, Baxter Springs, died at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Woodard was born Aug. 21, 1929, at Paola. He lived in the Baxter Springs area most of his life. He was a production scheduler at the former B.F. Goodrich plant in Miami, Okla., for more than 36 years. He retired in March 1986. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Baxter Springs. He was a 35-year member and past president of the Baxter Springs Kiwanis Club, and had been treasurer the past several years. He was a member of the Route 66 Association; Combat Air Museum at Wichita; the Green Country Ultra Light Fliers Organization of Tulsa, Okla.; the Experimental Aircraft Association at Oshkosh, Wis.; and the Bears Den Resort at Grove, Okla. He was past president of the Baxter Girls Softball League in Baxter Springs and a past Cub Scout master. 

He married Nancy McKenzie on Jan. 6, 1951, at Huntsville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Christopher Charles Woodard, Silver Spring, Md.; a daughter, Bobbie Lou Woodard, Manchester, Tenn.; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Jeff Combs and the Rev. Harold Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. 

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

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