Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Max Collins 

Max L. Collins, 65, Grove, Okla., a former Joplin resident, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a Grove nursing home, after a long illness. 

Mr. Collins was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Golden City. He moved to Joplin in 1934 from Golden City. He was a graduate of Joplin High School and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He owned and operated the Western Auto store in Webb City for 20 years before moving to Springdale, Ark., where he was office manager for Ozark Kenworth Trucking Co. He moved to Grove in 1994. 

He was a member of the Grove United Methodist Church and a member of the Grove Lions Club. 

He married Virginia Butler on July 21, 1984, in Grove. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Don Collins, Carmel, Ind.; a daughter, Julie Collins, Bentonville, Ark.; two stepsons, Curtis Hall, San Antonio, Texas, and Lance Brandon, San Bernadino, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Cathy Kienle, Riverside, Calif., and Anita Brandon, Norristown, Pa.; his mother, Marie Collins, Joplin; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Roger Nichols will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Lightle, Steve Lightle, Sam Peek, Don Meredith, Bob Barnes and Jim Eaken. 

Friends may visit from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

The family will be the home of the mother, Marie Collins, 220 N. Connor Ave. 

Memorials may be made to the hospice at St. John's Regional Medical Center or the American Cancer Society, in care of the mortuary. 

Katherine Finley 

Katherine Veronica Finley, 86, Joplin, died at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness of several months. 

Mrs. Finley was born Oct. 22, 1909, in Evansville, Ind. She moved to Joplin three years ago from Tahlequah, Okla. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Tahlequah, the church's CIHY class, and a member of the Park Hill Extension Homemakers Club. 

Her husband, Demi Daniel Finley, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include two daughters, Claudia R. Young, Joplin, and Anne Pfaffman, Tulsa; two sons, Robert J. Finley, Greensboro, N.C., and Richard Daniel Finley, Monroe, La.; a sister, Elizabeth Mary Clift, Terre Haute, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Spring River Christian Village. The Rev. Allen Brintnall will officiate. Another memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hart Funeral Home, Tahlequah. The Rev. David Burris will officiate. Burial will be in Tahlequah City Cemetery. 

Local arrangements are under direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Wesley Hughes III 

Wesley Vann Hughes III, 47, formerly of Joplin, died Friday, Sept. 20, 1996, at his home in Ruston, La., after an illness. 

Mr. Hughes was born Aug. 5, 1949, in the Kansas City, Kan., area. He spent a year in Joplin before moving to Ash Grove. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a master's degree from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He was completing work toward his doctorate degree at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston. He was a Presbyterian. 

He married Robin McKinzie on Sept. 6, 1980. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his parents, Wesley Hughes Jr. and Rose Hughes, Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, David Hughes, Independence; and a sister, Sandy Hollenbeck, Kansas City. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wilson-Brim-Daniel Funeral Home, Ash Grove. Father Bruce Hollenbeck and Ted Brown, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ash Grove Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Doctorate Business Association Scholarship Fund at Louisiana Tech University. 

Lula Allen 

GRANBY, Mo. Lula E. Allen, 92, Granby, died at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, in a Neosho nursing home after a nine-month illness. 

Mrs. Allen was born March 18, 1904, at Granby. She was a lifelong resident of Granby. She was a homemaker. 

She was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge at Granby. 

Her husband, Jack Allen, died Sept. 21, 1948. 

Survivors include a son, Charles E. Allen, Neosho; two daughters, Patsy Duffy, Anaheim, Calif., and Jacki Williams, Granby; four sisters, Lottie Lankford, Republic, Cleva Jones, Colorado Springs, Colo., Stella Lashmett, Springfield, and Eddie Roseberry, Houston, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Fred Franks will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Arvel LeRoy Williams Jr., David Clark Williams, Jeffrey Andrew Williams, Harold Newby, John Fitzgibbon and Virgil Holden Jr. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Alfred Bivens 

PURDY, Mo. Alfred Bivens, 90, Purdy, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a short illness. 

Mr. Bivens was born Sept. 16, 1906, at Oswego, Kan. He moved to Purdy in 1991 from Lincoln, Neb. He was retired from Pacific Fruit Express Railroad. 

He was a member of College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Lincoln, and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

He married Audrey Webb in December 1990 in Purdy. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three stepsons, Oral Webb, Jack Webb and Gale Webb, all of Joplin; two stepdaughters, Norma Burtrum, Joplin, and Naomi Webb, Springfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. 

Services will be at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, Lincoln, Neb. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Elsie Boyer 

WHEATON, Mo. Graveside services for Elsie Vaughn Boyer, 81, Tulsa, Okla., a former resident of Wheaton and Sarcoxie, who died Tuesday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. 

The Rev. Gary Balfour will officiate. 

The family will gather from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. Family and friends will go to the cemetery in a procession. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. The family will hold a reception in the church fellowship hall after the service. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Ruby Gann 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Ruby Lois Gann, 57, Sarcoxie, died at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Gann was born March 19, 1939, at Hemphill, Texas. She had lived the last 11 years in Sarcoxie. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

She married Harry Gann on March 20, 1971, at Houston, Texas. He survives. 

Additional survivors include four brothers, James Taylor and Fred Taylor, both of Pineland, Texas, Glenn Taylor, state of Texas, and Steve Taylor, Hemphill; and a grandchild. 

Arrangements are pending at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Earl Miller 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Earl C. Miller, 94, 601 E. Tracy St., died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at his home after two months of ill health. 

Mr. Miller was born Dec. 5, 1901, at Neeleyville. He moved to Webb City 11 years ago after living most of his life in Alton. He was a plumber for 30 years, working mostly in the St. Louis area. After retiring, he farmed in Alton. 

He was a member of the Plumbers Union, Nebo Pentecostal Church in Alton, and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Webb City. 

He married Gertie Mae Johnson on Oct. 5, 1922, at Alton. She died May 8, 1995. 

Survivors include two sons, Lee R. Miller, Carterville, and Eulen Miller, St. Louis; two daughters, Lorene Kasperek, St. Peters, and Nola Hamner, Webb City; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Martha Shipman 

MONETT, Mo. Martha Beatrice Shipman, 82, Monett, died at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after a long illness. 

Mrs. Shipman was born May 18, 1914, at Myers, Ky. She moved to Monett in 1988 from Ozark. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, Ind. 

She married Artus E. Shipman on Nov. 19, 1941, at Plainfield, Ind. He died March 14, 1995. 

Survivors include a son, Joe Shipman, Monett; a stepdaughter, Linda Sue Ruark, Fillmore, Ind.; a brother, Paul Vice, Carlisle, Ky.; a sister, Geneva Mitchell, Carlisle; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Rex Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Baptist Children's Home, in care of the funeral home. 

Angelia Nelson 

RIVERTON, Kan. Angelia ``Angie'' Taylor Nelson, 39, Tulsa, Okla., died Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at her home of an apparent suicide. She was the wife of Steven C. Nelson, formerly of Riverton. 

Mrs. Nelson was born Sept. 18, 1957, at Farmington, N.M. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Fort Bend, Texas, Court Appointed Special Advocate and the Society for Prevention and Cruelty to Animals. 

Additional survivors include her mother and stepfather, Devonna and Merrill Smith, Owasso, Okla.; a brother, Damon Matthew, Collinsville, Okla.; a sister, Pamela J. Lemke, Collinsville; and her grandmother, Mary Lenore White, Owasso. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ninde Garden Funeral Home, Tulsa. Bill Driver will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Haven Cemetery, Broken Arrow, Okla. 

Contributions may be made to the Tulsa Court Appointed Special Advocate Inc., in care of the funeral home. 

Inyce Hicks 

MIAMI, Okla. Inyce Vollmer Hicks, 73, 1924 Birnamwood Drive, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hicks was born April 10, 1923, at Wever, Iowa. She moved to Miami 24 years ago from Shreveport, La. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Commerce, and the women's group at the church. 

She married Bill Hicks on Feb. 26, 1972, at Shreveport. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Pam Pipes, Shreveport; a son, Mike Vollmer, Atlanta, Ga.; a stepson, David Hicks, Joplin, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Billie Minson, Bluejacket; four sisters, Louise Lesseryer and Lee Pennebaker, both of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Jo Crabb, Gladstone, Mo., and Donna Patton, Peoria, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Bill Richey, Lincoln York and Scott Cooper will officiate. 

Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Home, in care of the funeral home. 

Anna Roberts 

JAY, Okla. Anna H. Roberts, 75, Jay, died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Roberts was born March 21, 1921, at Hastings, Iowa. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include a son, Lester L. Cox, Hugoton, Kan.; three daughters, Veta Hollaway, Noel, Mo., Esther Williams, Liberal, Kan., and Ann Dockins, Amarillo, Texas; three brothers, Clinton Bennett, the state of California, Glen Bennett, Springdale, Ark., and the Rev. Marion Bennett, Grand Blanc, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay. Burial will be in Eucha (Okla.) Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

John Slaton 

NORTH MIAMI, Okla. John Wayne Slaton, 31, 407 Oak St., died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at his home of a gunshot wound. 

Mr. Slaton was born Feb. 13, 1965, in Miami and was a lifetime resident. He was an electrician and press builder for 11 years at IME Co. in Miami. He was a Baptist. 

Survivors include two sons, Joey Lee Berryman, Miami, and Derek Wayne Slaton, of the home; his father and stepmother, Jerry A. and Valerie Slaton, Grove; his mother and stepfather, Mary Sue and Robert Neal Morris, North Miami; two sisters, Jerri D. Watson, El Reno, and Tisha L. Payton, North Miami; two brothers, Robert Allen Slaton, Ocean City, Md., and Charles Justin Slaton, North Miami; three stepsisters and four stepbrothers whose names and addresses were unavailable; and maternal grandparents, Wayne Baker, Wyandotte, and Grace Baker, El Reno. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Jerry VonMoss will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Doug Thulin, Gary McKee, Ronnie Sharp, Lonnie Turner, Perry Turner and Cleatus Cook. 

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

Michelle Slaton 

NORTH MIAMI, Okla. Michelle L. Bonham Slaton, 25, 407 Oak St., died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at her home of gunshot wounds. 

Mrs. Slaton was born July 27, 1971, in Miami, and was a lifetime resident. She received a General Educational Development certificate, an associate degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1994 from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Mo. She was a campus safety officer for NEO. She was a member of the Commerce First Christian Church. 

Survivors include a son, Derek Slaton, of the home; her mother, Cathy Bonham, North Miami; her father and stepmother, Gary and Jamie Bonham, Commerce; two brothers, Brian Bonham and Chris Bonham, both of Commerce; two sisters, Chelsie Bonham and Kassie Koger, both of Commerce; grandparents, Edward and Lois Witten, Commerce, Helen McBride, North Miami, and Fred and Shirley Payton, Miami; and great-grandmothers, Nola Smith and Opal Thomas, both of Commerce. 

Arrangements are pending with Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce. 

Charles Smith 

NORTH MIAMI, Okla. Charles Grant Smith, 63, 501 Pine St., died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mr. Smith was born July 8, 1933, at Bolivar, Mo. He lived most of his life in the Miami area. He worked 30 years at the former B.F. Goodrich plant, Miami. He was a member of the Southeast Baptist Church, Commerce. He was a Army veteran from 1952-1954. 

He married Pat Palmer on July 14, 1996, at Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Survivors include two sons, Charles Grant Smith Jr., Nesbit, Miss., and Kelly Dean Smith, Joplin, Mo.; a daughter, Shellie Jean Williams, Oklahoma City; two stepsons, Nick Koronis and Tony Koronis, both of Picher; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Botts, Carl Junction, Mo.; a brother, Jimmy Smith, Commerce; a sister, Gloria Ann Campbell, Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Edith Thille 

GROVE, Okla. Edith Perez Thille, 76, Grove, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Thille was born July 16, 1920, in New York. She owned and operated a beauty salon in California before retiring in 1981. After retiring, she moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she lived until moving to Grove in August 1996. 

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Marie Threet, Grove; two sons, Steven Smith, Tucson, and Robert Ocasio, London, Ky.; two brothers, Herbert Perez and Walter Perez, both of the state of Washington; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove. The Rev. Gary Bishop will officiate. 

The body will be cremated after the services.

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