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Richard Blackwood

Richard M. Blackwood, 43, Joplin, died at 2:17 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a sudden illness.

Mr. Blackwood was born Jan. 19, 1954, at Ventura, Calif. He had lived in Joplin since 1979, moving from Los Angeles, Calif. He was a chef at several local restaurants.

He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, serving as a hotline volunteer.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served in Germany.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Trish King, Joplin, and Nicole Hood, Tulsa, Okla.; his mother, Jeanne Blackwood, Joplin; a sister, Janice Combs, Joplin; and five brothers, Steve Moser, Webb City, Anthony Blackwood, Riverside, Calif., and Michael Blackwood, Timothy Blackwood and Ronnie Blackwood, all of the state of California.

The body will be cremated. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.
 

Ralph Korn

Ralph E. Korn, 84, Chicago, Ill., a former Joplin resident, died at 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Korn was born Oct. 24, 1912, at Abilene, Kan. He moved to Joplin at age 7 and lived there until age 18. He served 30 years in the Navy, retiring as a commander.

He married Delores Heckmann on June 7, 1944, at Louis Corners, Wis. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Dorothea Korn, Chicago, Elizabeth Korn, Atlanta, Ga., and Mary Korn, Berkeley, Calif.; three brothers, Bruce Korn, San Diego, Calif., Dean Korn, Carthage, and Dale Korn, Jasper; three sisters, Pauline Melugin and Dorothy Sewell, both of Joplin, and Valeda Spencer, Gardner, Kan.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Louis Corners. Memorial services are being planned for the spring.

Arrangements are under the direction of Drake and Son Funeral Home, Chicago.
 

Joe Radunsky

Joseph Michael ``Joe'' Radunsky, 51, 411 N. Wall Ave., died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 1997, at Harry S. Truman Veteran's Hospital, Columbia, after a short illness.

Mr. Radunsky was born Sept. 18, 1945, at Joplin and was a lifetime resident. A graduate of Joplin High School, he was self-employed and formerly worked at Watts Paint Co. for many years.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501 and Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13.

Survivors include two sons, Troy M. Radunsky, Carl Junction, and Scott B. Radunsky, Independence; a daughter, Lanea Radunsky, Independence; his mother, Mary E. Radunsky, 2030 Grand Ave.; a sister, Sondra R. Moore, Taylors, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, with Bill Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Pepper Sherwood, John Ruhlan, Terry Hall, Gary Youngblood, Tom Allen and Tom Seymour.

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

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
 

Jon Spencer

Jon L. Spencer, 16, 1722 Empire Ave., was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m. Monday of injuries sustained in a one-car accident in Joplin.

Mr. Spencer was born Feb. 1, 1980, in Joplin. He was a lifelong local resident. He was a Joplin High School junior.

Survivors include his father, Scott Spencer, Joplin; his mother and stepfather, Lea and Mike Shirk, both of Webb City; two brothers, Joseph Spencer and Jay Spencer, both of the home; a sister, Kayla Spencer, Joplin; paternal grandparents, Kenny and Polly Melton, Joplin; maternal grandparents, Bill and Fran Cline, Joplin; and his maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Price, Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Kevin Melton, minister, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Johny Ward, Randy Buyers, Delbert Peavler, Dan Zoller, Lonnie Boilea and Earl Robbins.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in care of the funeral home.
 

Rex Williams

Rex L. Williams, 86, Joplin, died at 6:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a one-year illness.

Mr. Williams was born Jan. 13, 1911, at Denver, Mo., He moved from the state of Arkansas to Joplin in 1955.

He was a circulation director for newspapers at St. Joseph, Washington, Ind., and Fort Smith, Ark. In 1955, he helped organize and operate O'Neal-Williams Lincoln-Mercury Garage, Joplin. He worked as a sales representative at KODE-TV and operated Williams-Millsap Realty, Joplin. He was a Methodist and a member of the Masonic lodge at Denver, Mo.

He married Wilma Harris on Jan. 13, 1934, at Hiawatha, Kan. She died Feb. 20, 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Millsap, Mount Vernon; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Allan Brintnall will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fred Coonrod

SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Fred Benjamin Coonrod, 88, Shell Knob, died at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at Carroll Regional Medical Center, Berryville, Ark., after a long illness.

Mr. Coonrod was born May 25, 1908, at Cato, Kan. He moved to Shell Knob in 1984 from Wichita, Kan. He had lived at a retirement village in Kimberling City for the past two years.

He was a carpenter with Coonrod/Walz Construction Co., Wichita, until his retirement.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Shell Knob, and Central Crossing AF&AM Lodge No. 674, Shell Knob.

He married Myrtle Nabia Tucker on May 22, 1937, at Newton, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, John Estes Coonrod, Shell Knob; a daughter, Barbara Irene Crawford, Shell Knob; a brother, John W. Coonrod, Taft, Calif.; a sister, Mary L. Bournonville, Shell Knob; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Shell Knob, with Corky Johnson, minister, and the Rev. James Lee officiating. Burial will be in McGuire Cemetery, south of Viola.

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

Contributions may be made to Lives Under Construction Ranch or Central Community United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Betty Mayes

NEVADA, Mo. - Betty J. Mayes, 71, Blue Springs, formerly of Nevada, died Sunday night, Jan. 26, 1997, at a Blue Springs nursing home after a two-year illness.

Mrs. Mayes was born May 7, 1925, at Nevada. She returned to Nevada in 1975 from Kansas City. She was a retired licensed practical nurse at the former Nevada State Hospital. She also worked at Nevada Manor.

She married Jim Mayes in 1952. He died in 1973.

Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Mayes and Marilyn Mayes, both of Independence, and Myra Kerr, Kansas City; two brothers, Lawrence Tracy, Nevada, and Leland Tracy, Belton; a sister, Frances Ogle, Nevada; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
 

Nick Nichols

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Arnold Thomas ``Nick'' Nichols, 74, Cassville, died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Nichols was born Dec. 16, 1922, at Fairfax, Vt. He was a finish carpenter in residential and commercial construction in Vermont, retiring and moving to Cassville in 1981. He was a Catholic.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, all of Vermont.

He married Carol Church on Aug. 30, 1976, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Rick Nichols, Mano, Randy Nichols, Essex, Vt., James Lomax Jr., Washburn, and Kip Church Sr., Cassville; a daughter, Madonna Sparks, Cassville; his mother, Bessie Nichols, St. Albans, Vt.; a sister, Tina Morin, St. Albans; and 11 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Don Beeson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

Pallbearers will be Ty Brown, Doyle Sparks, Scott Tatum, Dusty Taylor, Sheldon Wolf and Richard Seville.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Evelyn Troxel

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Services for Evelyn Lavona Troxel, 69, Republic, a former Mount Vernon resident who died at 8:30 p.m. Friday at a Republic nursing home, will be at 1 p.m. today at Republic First Church of the Nazarene.

The Rev. Joe Atkinson will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield.

Mrs. Troxel was born Nov. 15, 1927, at Blackwell, Okla.

Contributions may be made to Republic First Church of the Nazarene.
 

Carl Reedy

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Carl David Reedy, 89, Columbus route 3, died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at a Columbus nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Reedy was born Nov. 10, 1907 at Scammon. He attended Scammon Public Schools, Cherokee High School, and graduated from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University in 1932 with an education degree.

He had lived in Columbus since September 1973, moving there from Treece, where he had lived since 1931.

He taught school at Treece 13 years and worked at Eagle Picher in Oklahoma for more than 28 years.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, and Cherokee County Retired Teachers Association.

He married Margaret Devlin on Jan. 9, 1931 at Scammon. She died June 27, 1993.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Carol Reedy, of the home, and Elizabeth Ann Kline, Columbus; a son, Carl David Reedy Jr., Plano, Texas; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, with the Rev. James Shope and the Rev. Todd MacLean officiating. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir.

William Flint

FAIRLAND, Okla. - William Taylor Flint, 79, Fairland, died at 3:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at a Fairland nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Flint was born March 24, 1917, at Fairland. He worked 29 years for B.F. Goodrich Co. He also was a farmer and stockman. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Fairland.

He married Lorene Cunningham on June 28, 1940. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Darlene Brock, Fairland; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Fairland. The Rev. Ron Mimms and the Rev. Harold Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Butch Wilmoth, Lee Wilmoth, Mutt Cunningham, Gary King, Keith Hurley and Darren Blevins.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Adcock Funeral Home, Fairland.

Dorothy Hall

GROVE, Okla. - Services for Dorothy L. Hall, 76, Grove, who died Jan. 23, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Grove.

Bob Barker, chaplain will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove. The Grove Veterans Ritual Team will perform burial rites.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.
 

Jimmy McMillen

MIAMI, Okla. - Services for James S. ``Jimmy'' McMillen, 84, 1507 B St. N.W., who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Leon Weece and Daryl Bates, ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Chris Adkison, Frank McCray, Elmer Peery, Chuck Beaver, Jim Genandt and Jay Weaver.

The family will be at the home, 1507 B St. N.W., Miami.

Dennis Christensen
 

Dennis K. Christensen, 69, Yankton, S.D., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, after an illness. He was the father of Lori Jones, Joplin.

Mr. Christensen was born Oct. 27, 1927, near Swan Lake, S.D. He was raised in the Mayfield, S.D., area. He was a farmer and later was self-employed in the trucking industry. He worked for Slowey Construction and Yaggie Mills and was a salesman for Genuine Auto Parts and Yankton Auto Supply, all in theYankton area. He later was self-employed in consignment sales.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lions Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Shriners and the Consistory. He was a veteran of the Army.

He married Shirley Nielson on June 30, 1950, near Irene, S.D. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Dan Christensen and Dean Christensen, both of Mission Hill, S.D.; two additional daughters, Dianne Bahnson, Brandon, S.D., and Peggy Whalen, Larkspur, Colo.; a sister, Phyllis Neilson, Irene, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton. The Rev. Craig J. Bock will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, rural Irene.

Military graveside services will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 791, Yankton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Ray-Lane Funeral Chapel, Yankton and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
 

John Gray
 
 

Dr. John P. Gray, 76, 2530 Markwardt St., died at 1:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at Vencor Hospital at Kansas City, Mo., after a several-year illness.
 

Dr. Gray was born Oct. 10, 1920, at Los Angeles, Calif. He was graduated with honors from Kings Point (N.Y.) Merchants Marine Academy as an engineering officer. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served on a sea tender, the San Pablo. He received his wings as a Navy pilot at Corpus Christi, Texas. He served more than 20 years in the Navy Reserve and retired as a lieutenant commander.

He was graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry at Chicago, Ill. He practiced optometry more than 30 years in Joplin and Neosho. After he retired in 1974, he began a franchise chain of Mexican restaurants. He became president of Missouri Taco Huts Inc. and president of Taco Huts of America Inc. He was past president of the Joplin Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association. He was permanent director of the Missouri Restaurant Association. He was permanent director since 1985 for United Missouri Bank of Joplin.

He married Gloria Gray in 1945 at Dallas, Texas. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, John R. Gray, Joplin; two daughters, Audrey Mitchell and Catherine Gray Johnston, both of Joplin; a brother, Dan Gray, Reno, Nev.; and five grandsons.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Community Church, Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Fort Scott (Kan.) National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Marion Weston, Roger Johnston, Willard Stout, Barrett Mitchell, Dylan Johnston and John Ulery Gray.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
 

Margaret Summerlin
 
 

Margaret P. Summerlin, 64, 1034 Kentucky Ave., died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Summerlin was born Aug. 11, 1932, at Kirksville. She had lived the past 10 years at Joplin. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are a son, David Summerlin, Joplin; three daughters, Diana Summerlin, Shell Knob, Christine Haws, Ventura, Calif., and Brenda Summerlin, Little Rock, Ark.; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McGuire Cemetery, south of Shell Knob. James Terral, minister, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Emory Fry

LAMAR, Mo. - Emory ``Stu'' Fry, 85, Lamar, died at 9:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mr. Fry was born July 14, 1911, in the state of Arkansas. He had lived in Barton and Dade counties for 80 years. He was a retired farmer and was a member of First Christian Church, Lamar.

He married Lucile Boles on Oct. 10, 1937, at Milford. She died Aug. 21, 1989. He married Beverly Soma on June 2, 1990, in Lamar. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, J.E. Fry, Canyon Lake, Texas; three daughters, Hannah Oeltjen and Nancy Nentrup, both of Lockwood, and Mary Lou Long, Springfield; two stepsons, James Soma, Lamar, and Jeff Soma, Deer Park, Texas; three stepdaughters, Jenice Gaither and Jerri Townsley, both of Lamar, and Jackie Gath, McCune, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home. Mike Gage, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice in Joplin or the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.
 

Micheal Grashorn / Matthew Grashorn

SHELDON, Mo. - Micheal Harley Grashorn and Matthew Scott Grashorn, infant sons of Robert Grashorn and Cassandra Hodson, both of Sheldon, were stillborn Monday night, Jan. 27, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin.

Additional survivors include a half sister, Mary Riggs, Ida Grove, Iowa; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Robin and Ronald Spencer, Sheldon, and maternal grandfather, Kenneth Hodson, Neosho; paternal grandmother, Karen Bobert, Trenton; and maternal great-grandparents, William and Velda Kline, Neosho, and Verna Hodson, Seneca.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. John Dille will officiate. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

J.B. Smith

DIAMOND, Mo. - John Byron ``J.B.'' Smith, 74, 403 S. Washington, died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at the home of a daughter, Charlotte Messer of Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Smith was born Dec. 24, 1922, at Mount Vernon. He lived most of his life in the Diamond area. He owned and operated Smith Motor Sales in Diamond. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Galena, Kan.

He married Gertrude ``Trudy'' Jennings on March 7, 1942. She died March 21, 1993.

He married Flossie Weems on Dec. 12, 1994, at Joplin. She survives.

Also surviving a son, Harold Weems, Diamond; two additional daughters, Donna Harrington and Iris Graham, both of Joplin; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Jeff Martin, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Weems, Bud Bell, Bruce Baker, Rick Baker, Larry McAllister, Jack Rubottom and Laverne Allen.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice at St. John's Regional Medical Center.

Elmus Snook

WASHBURN, Mo. - Elmus Dean Snook, 90, Washburn, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 1997, at a Granby nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Snook was born Feb. 10, 1906, in Arkansas. He was a lifelong resident of Barry County. He received his education at VanZandt School near Washburn. He was a retired carpenter.

He was a Baptist.

He married Elsie Lee on Oct. 23, 1926. She preceded him in death. He married Lula Brandon Clogston on Sept. 25, 1968. She survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Lois Rose, Exeter, Loretta Tilford, Washburn, and Judy Amos, Rogers, Ark.; a stepson, Wayne Clogston, Baxter Springs, Kan.; a brother, Garland Snook, Galena, Kan.; seven grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, with the Rev. Ben Loudermilk officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
 

Bryce Vickers

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Bryce Anthony Vickers, 2-year-old son of Tony and Michelle Vickers, 915 N. Main St., died at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at his home after a lifetime illness.

He was born April 20, 1994, in Joplin and was a lifetime area resident.

Additional survivors include a sister, Brittany Nicole Banta, of the home; paternal grandparents, Joe and Loretta Vickers, Carterville; maternal grandfather, Jack Banta, Redings Mill community, south of Joplin; and maternal great-grandparents, David and Annabelle Taylor, Saginaw community, south of Joplin.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Gary Willhite

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. - Gary James Willhite, 39, Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Rocky Comfort, died Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 1997, at his home of complications from an automobile accident in November.

Mr. Willhite was born Oct. 17, 1957, at Inglewood, Calif. He worked for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at Bentonville.

Surviving are two sons, Cory Willhite and Travis Willhite, both of Bentonville; his parents, James and Annette Willhite, Springfield; and a sister, Shirley Close, Nixa.

A son preceded him in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rocky Comfort Church of Christ. Burl Young will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Comfort Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wheaton Funeral Home.

The family will gather from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Stella.

Larry Withrow

OSWEGO, Kan. - Larry Dale Withrow Sr., 50, Morenci, Ariz., a former Oswego area resident, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at a hospital in Morenci of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Withrow was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Oswego. He grew up and attended school in Chetopa. He had lived in Labette County for several years before he moved to Morenci, where he worked for the Phelps Dodge mining company as a truck driver and shovel operator until his death.

He was a veteran of the Army who served one year in Germany and two years in Vietnam.

Survivors include a son, Larry D. Withrow Jr., Morenci; two daughters, Anita L. Garcia and Laurie G. Billingsly, both of the state of Arizona; two brothers, Donnie Withrow, Joplin, Mo., and Kenny Withrow, Chetopa; two sisters, Carolyn Hull, Chetopa, and Diane Bentley, Oswego; a half sister, Debbie Withrow, Parsons; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. The Rev. Jon Withrow will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Chetopa.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

Earlene Hobson

GROVE, Okla. - Earlene Shirley Hobson, 78, Grove, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Hobson was born Jan. 1, 1919, at Sparland, Ill. She moved to the Grove area in 1981. She was an inspector at Liberty Glass Plant, Sapulpa, until she retired in 1981.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Grove.

She married Russell Shirley in 1935. He died in March 1990. She married Millard ``Ed'' Hobson on Aug. 13, 1993. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Larry Ronald Shirley, Grove, and Larry Lee Shirley, Houston, Texas; two daughters, Sherry Hendrix, Tulsa, and Carol Stenecipher, Grove; a sister, Vinita Johnson, Buffalo, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Grove, with Marvin Tunnell, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Kansas Cemetery, Kansas, Okla.

The body has been cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

John Martin

PEORIA, Okla. - John Martin, 46, 71 E. Main St., died at 9:57 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Hospital at Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Martin was born March 21, 1950, at Miami. He was a lifetime Quapaw area resident. He was an auto mechanic and he last worked at Youngblood Chrysler Co., Springfield, Mo. He was an Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Martin; four sons, Paul Martin, Pittsburg, Kan., Roy Martin, Farmington, Mo., and Jason Martin and Travis Martin, both of the home; his parents, Roy and Mable Martin, Peoria; a brother, Bob Martin, Peoria; and a sister, Tresa Johnson, Nashville, Mo.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Zelma Plummer

MIAMI, Okla. - Zelma Plummer, 87, Miami, died at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at a nursing home in Dewey after a long illness.

Mrs. Plummer was born Sept. 17, 1909, at St. Paul, Ark. She moved to the Miami area in 1993 from Grove. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Joseph Plummer, died Feb. 8, 1979.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Woodland Cemetery, Sand Springs. Jim Pinkston, minister, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.


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