Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Ralph Harbolt 

Ralph R. Harbolt, 60, 1330 Wisconsin Ave., died at 11:26 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Harbolt was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He had lived in the area for 12 years, moving from Aurora. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Baptist. 

He married Mary Ann Harbolt on Nov. 5, 1976, in St. Louis. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three brothers, David Ellis and Donald Harbolt, both of Joplin, and Richard Harbolt, Sacramento, Calif.; and a sister, Katie Young, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

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

Ruby E. Orr 

Ruby E. Orr, 89, Joplin, died at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Orr was born Dec. 21, 1906, in Oak Hill. She graduated from St. James (Mo.) High School. She attended the University of Missouri, Rolla,Washington University, St. Louis, and Joplin Business College. 

She had been a teacher in schools in Franklin and Crawford counties. She also had worked at Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Joplin. 

She was a member of the Woman's Club, Woman's Guide, Joplin Business and Professional Women, and Twin Hills Country Club. She was a member of the First Community Church, Joplin. 

She married Charles T. Orr Jr. in 1968 at Vinita, Okla. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Ditto, Joplin; a son, Don Franklin, Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Wayne VanGundy officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Scott Belden, Russell Belden, Jack Belden, Lloyd Ditto, John Ditto and Cory Thomason. 

Contributions may be made to the First Community Church, Joplin. 

The family will receive friends at the home of the daughter, Sara Ditto, 657 Jaccard Place, after the services. 

Beth Cox 

LEBANON, Mo. Beth Marie Watt Cox, 87, Lebanon, died at 3:04 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, in Breech Medical Center, Lebanon, after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mrs. Cox was born Feb. 24, 1909, in Canon City, Texas. She had lived in Seligman for several years. She owned and operated a grocery store in the Seligman area and had also operated the Noel Telephone Exchange. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lebanon, United Methodist Women and Savannah Circle of the church. 

She married Theodore Franklin Watt in 1929. He died in 1946. She married Guy R. Cox in 1955. He died in 1969. 

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Bradley, Lebanon; two sons, Louis Watt, Wichita, Kan., and Richard Watt, Fresno, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Norbury officiating. 

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Anderson Cemetery, under the direction of Holman Funeral Homes, Lebanon. 

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund or Crosslines Ministries, in care of the funeral home. 

Pete Davis 

EVERTON, Mo. Clarence Marvin ``Pete'' Davis, 78, Everton, died at 8:18 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Davis was born Feb. 28, 1918, in Dadeville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a shrimper for many years until he retired. 

Survivors include a son, Marty Dean Davis, Brazoria, Texas; a daughter, Kathy Janette Hollomon, Sweeney, Texas; a sister, Clara Jean Limpus, Everton; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Dadeville Masonic Cemetery, Dadeville. 

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri. 

Edward Luney 

LAMAR, Mo. Edward Eugene Luney, 70, El Dorado Springs, formerly of Lamar, died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital, El Dorado Springs, after a long illness. 

Mr. Luney was born Dec. 25, 1925, at Oronogo. He lived in El Dorado Springs for 15 years, moving from Lamar. 

He was a Marine veteran and was an air traffic controller for 23" years while in the service. 

He was a member of the Oronogo Baptist Church. 

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Smith, Joplin; three sisters, Edna Kramer, El Dorado Springs, Zoah Thompson, Springfield, and Nina Burlingame, Waco; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar, with the Rev. Leo Thompson officiating. 

The body will be cremated after the service. 

Donal Parker 

MILLER, Mo. Donal Lee Parker, 63, Miller route 2, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Parker was born May 22, 1933, at Malden. He moved to the Miller area in 1968. He was a farmer. 

He married Wilma Moore Jan. 23, 1951, at Piggott, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Ronnie Parker, Miller; eight brothers, Eugene Parker, Chalmer Parker, Verlon Parker, Bill Parker, and Dale Parker, all of Malden, Wincel Parker, Bragg City, Rondal Parker, Holcomb, and Danny Parker, the state of Georgia; five sisters, Fayrene Smith, Marget Alred and Vivian Anderson, all of Malden; Margie Norman, Kennett, and Clora Bell Taylor, state of Georgia; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Goss Cemetery, west of Miller. The Rev. Ken Morris will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Morris Leiman Moser Funeral Home, Miller. 

Friends may call from 1 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Billie Stamps 

EXETER, Mo. Billie Lucille Stamps, 72, Exeter, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, in Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Stamps was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Rocky Comfort. She was a lifetime resident of the Stella and Rocky Comfort areas. 

She was employed by Camp Crowder during World War II. She was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, Exeter. She served on several boards associated with the disabled. 

She married Grayson Darrell Stamps on Sept. 25, 1944. He died Oct. 22, 1987. 

Survivors include three sons, Rick G. Stamps, Rexburg, Idaho, and Billy D. Stamps and Jerry D. Stamps, both of Exeter; two daughters, Sharon Kay Wilson, Springfield, and Kandy Sue Stamps, of the home; a sister, Faye Taylor, Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton, with Brother Steve Higgs officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Comfort Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be members of the Solid Rock Baptist Church. 

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Marvin Younger 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Marvin E. Younger, 73, 1014 W. Aylor St., died at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at his home after a six-month illness. 

Mr. Younger was born Sept. 14, 1923, in El Dorado Springs. He had lived in Webb City most of his life. 

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Independent Gravel Co., Webb City. He was a Baptist. 

He married Norma Ruth Smith on May 24, 1943, in Webb City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Marvin Younger Jr., Wilmington, Ill., Donald Younger, Webb City, and Douglas Younger, Elk City, Okla.; a daughter, Evelyn Mahurin, Webb City; two brothers, Richard Younger, Crew, Va., and Gary Thomas, Springfield; two sisters, Mary Jane Smith, Fayetteville, Ark., and Georgia Harpole, Alba; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Bob Warren officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City. 

Elizabeth Martens 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Elizabeth Ida Martens, 81, formerly of 1907 W. Fourth St., died at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Kirkwood, Mo., after a short illness. 

Mrs. Martens was born July 17, 1915, in Columbus. She moved from Pittsburg to Webster, Mo., early this year. She attended schools in Carona, Kan. She graduated from Cherokee Community High School, Columbus, Kan., and the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1938. 

She married the Rev. Harold A. Martens on Dec. 26, 1940, in Pittsburg. He died Jan. 19, 1995. 

She was employed as a supervisor of a nursing unit of the former Bell Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, now the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was a ministry partner with her husband at St. John's Lutheran Church, Pittsburg, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tescott, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Russellville, Mo. While in Russellville, she was school nurse for the grade school. She retired in 1983 and moved to Pittsburg. 

She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and was active in city recycling, Meals on Wheels, the American Association of Retired Persons and the AARP Choir, the Stroke Club, and St. John's Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include a son, Harold A. Martens, Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Janet Anderson, Rochester, N.Y., and Ruth E. Mall, St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Ernst Juergensen, Independence; two sisters, Margaret Stanton, Columbus route 3, and Alice Mundt, Joplin; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church with James Banner, pastor, officiating. 

Burial will be in Edgemond Cemetery Northwest, Columbus. 

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, the World Hunger Fund or the School of Nursing of Kansas City, Kan., in care of the mortuary. 

Jesse Nichols 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Jesse James Nichols, 71, Chico, Calif., formerly of Baxter Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996, at a Chico nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Nichols was born July 10, 1925, at Baxter Springs. He had also lived in Oroville, Calif. 

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He worked for the California Department of Forestry for many years. 

Survivors include a son, Danny Nichols, address unknown; a daughter, Susan Cantrell, Fresno, Calif.; a brother, Johnnie Nichols, Baxter Springs; and five grandchildren. 

Military graveside services were held Wednesday at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Gustine, Calif. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home, Chico. 

Kenneth Runnells 

GALENA, Kan. Kenneth Leroy Runnells, 91, Galena, died at 4:55 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Runnells was born Dec. 14, 1904, in Ness City. He had lived in Galena since 1972, moving from Alba, Mo. He was self-employed as a roofer, retiring at age 62. He served in the U.S. Army Cavalry in 1924 and 1925. 

He was married to Violet Belle Rummel on March 2, 1929, at Dodge City, and she died Sept. 27, 1964. 

Survivors include a son, Fred Runnells, Merced, Calif.; three daughters, Ila Chastain, Merced, Jo Kennedy, Joplin, and Mona Cantrell, Cuzo, Peru; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

Private graveside services will be Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Joplin, with the Rev. Johnnie Wilkins officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Winifred Smith 

GALENA, Kan. Winifred C. Smith, 85, Galena, died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1995, in a Galena nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 15, 1911, at Osborne. She had lived in Galena all of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary. 

She married Oscar M. Smith on April 22, 1948, at Bentonville, Ark. He died July 2, 1971. 

Survivors include two sons, Jerry J. Click and Tommy Click, both of Galena; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Messer Cemetery, north of Galena. The eulogist will be Roy Derfelt. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Vernon Bevis 

GROVE, Okla. Vernon D. Bevis, 84, Grove, died at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Bevis was born Sept. 6, 1912, at Englewood, Kan. 

He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. 

He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years. He moved to the Grove area in 1975 from Alva. 

He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grove. 

He married Linda Reim. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Darrell Bevis, state of California; four daughters, Connie Roberson and Vickie Ward, both of Independence, Kan., Trudy Drummon, Emporia, Kan., and Vernet Anderson, Grove; and a sister, Wanda McMorris, Grove. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Woodrow Wilson and Nolan Scarberry officiating. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

Pallbearers will be members of the church. 

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

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