Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Treva Kelly 

Treva Ester Cahoon Aldridge Kelly, 87, Joplin, died at 9:53 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Kelly was born Jan. 23, 1909, in Carthage. She lived in Carthage until moving to Monte Vista, Colo., in 1959. In 1971, she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., returning to the Joplin area in 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lone Elm Pentecostal Church, rural Joplin. 

Her first husband, Orin A. Aldrich, died in 1959. 

Her second husband, Warren Kelly, died in 1972. 

Survivors include seven sons, Merril Cahoon, Ballinger, Texas, Wayne Aldridge, Orin Aldridge Jr. and Mitchell Aldridge, all of Joplin, James Leonard Aldridge and Carl Aldridge, both of Minneapolis, and Bill Aldridge, Carl Junction; a daughter, Mary Loomis, Joplin; a sister, Evelyn Powell, Liberty; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great- grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. J.C. Walker will officiate. 

Sons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from noon to 12:45 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Kenneth Osborn 

Kenneth D. ``Tuffy'' Osborn, 66, 1101 Willard Ave., Joplin, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mr. Osborn was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Sherwin, Kan. He was president of a family owned business, Osborn Appliance Co. Inc., with stores at Springfield, Davenport, W.Va.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Columbus, Ohio. In 1974, he retired from the Federal Construction Co., Tulsa, Okla. 

He entered the military Jan. 31, 1951, and served in the Korean War. He was discharged Jan. 13, 1954. 

He was a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shine Temple, Springfield; Columbus (Kan.) Post No. 3, American Legion; and Columbus Post No. 1372, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Survivors include a daughter, Kelli Osborn, Joplin; a brother, Dale Osborn, Joplin; and two sisters, Eva Osborn, Joplin, and Betty McComak, Grand Lake area in Oklahoma. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Murdock's Funeral Home, Columbus. Burial will be in Edgemond Cemetery, Columbus. 

Pallbearers will be Byron Howell, Glen Torix, Keith Rand, Pepper Sherwood, Bud Yost and Bob Bethel. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Sherwin (Kan.) Christian Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Sonny Fletcher 

ORONOGO, Mo. Henry ``Sonny'' Fletcher, 49, Oronogo route 1, died at 6:17 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Fletcher was born Feb. 22, 1947, at Fairfax, Va. He had lived in the Jasper area for the past five years, moving from Hot Springs, Ark. He was a concrete finisher and attended the House of Prayer Church, rural Oronogo. He was a Navy veteran. 

He married Mildred Phillips on Sept. 16, 1968, at Joplin. She survives. 

Also surviving are five daughters, Tabitha Fletcher, Webb City, Tressa Beard, Bella Vista, Ark., and Tracy Fletcher, Sarah Fletcher and April Fletcher, all of the home; his father, Elden T. Fletcher, Manassas Park, Va.; three brothers, Elden Fletcher Jr., Raphine, Va., Larry Fletcher, Manassas Park, and Gary Fletcher, Rogers, Ark.; a sister, Barbara Ragan, Manassas Park; and three granddaughters. 

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

Alva Harry 

LAMAR, Mo. Alva Jacob Harry, 99, 1207 Mill St., died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Harry was born Aug. 10, 1897, in Barton county. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a Methodist and a retired farmer. 

He married Iva Carr on Jan. 3, 1923, in Carthage. She died Feb. 20, 1986. 

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Gilbert, Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Carol Owens, Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery, east of Jasper. 

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

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

Frances Haworth 

PURDY, Mo. Frances Jane Haworth, 77, Purdy, died at 10:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Cox Monett Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Haworth was born Feb. 16, 1919, at Lawrence County. She was a longtime Barry County resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Gunter Methodist Church, Butterfield. 

She married Loren C. Haworth on March 21, 1935, at Cassville. He survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Verlon Leroy Haworth and Steve Joe Haworth, both of Purdy; three daughters, Lorene Aldridge, Purdy, Wilma Quade, Shell Knob, and Joanie Singer, Aurora; a brother, John Holloway, Purdy; a sister, Eunice Myers, Purdy; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Jerry Nickle, the Rev. Jerry Williams and the Rev. Dean Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Gunter Cemetery, Butterfield. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Gunter Cemetery Association. 

Floyd Jennings 

EXETER, Mo. Floyd E. Jennings, 87, Exeter, died at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at a Cassville nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Jennings was born July 8, 1909, at Aurora. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He worked in the mines at Picher, Okla., and in grain elevator construction for several years before moving to Barry County. He was a maintenance worker at the Cassville post office for 18 years, retiring in 1981. He attended the Assembly of God Church, Exeter. He was a member of the Irwin-Easley Post No. 118, American Legion, Cassville. 

He married Dorothy Frances Fletcher on Sept. 28, 1959, at Dilworth, Minn. She survives. 

Also surviving are two stepsons, Don Fletcher, Exeter, and Pete Fletcher, Gravette, Ark.; a brother, Amon Forest Leon Jennings, Miami, Okla.; 11 stepgrandchildren; and 22 great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Hugh Higgs will officiate. Burial will be in Truelove Cemetery, south of Exeter. 

Stepgrandsons and great-stepgrandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Paul Reynolds 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Paul E. Reynolds, 91, Cassville, died at noon Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at a Cassville nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Reynolds was born June 21, 1905, in Roger Mills County, Okla. He worked several years as a diesel mechanic in building dams throughout the Western United States. He moved to Cassville in 1990. He was a member of the Church of Christ. 

Surviving are two sons, Luther S. Long, Glendora, Calif., and Wayne E. Reynolds, Edison, N.J.; three daughters, Nancy A. Haigler, Shawnee, Okla., Patsy R. Cox, Cassville, and Grace L. Kilmer, Monrovia, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. 

Private burial services will be at a later date. 

Contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Children's Home at Strafford, in care of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Charles Rush 

NEOSHO, Mo. Charles C. Rush, 78, 723 Terrace St., Neosho, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Rush was born April 23, 1918, in London, Ky. In 1959, he came to Neosho, moving from Pittsburg, Kan. He owned Rush Jewelry from 1950 to 1981, operating stores at Galena, Kan., Lebanon, and Neosho. He was a veteran of the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He was stationed at Camp Crowder, Neosho, Iceland and Puerto Rico. An artist, and was known for his paintings of mills and landscapes. He also taught private art classes. 

He was a member of the American Legion posts in Neosho and Pittsburg. He was a Protestant. 

He married Catherine Cambell on Dec. 23, 1945. She died Jan. 18, 1984. 

He married Margaret ``Peggy'' Hussey Hulse on May 25, 1985, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Charles Robert Rush, Austin, Texas; two daughters, Helen Harmon, Neosho, and Karen Foster, Jasper; a stepdaughter, Mary Alice Webb, Joplin; two brothers, Harvey Rush, Corbin, Ky., and Elbert Rush, Fairfield, Ohio; three sisters, Retha Rowland, London, Ky., Pina Moberly, Torrance, Calif., and Irene Robinson, Cincinatti, Ohio; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; nine great-stepgrandchildren; and three great-great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services are pending with Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Chapel, Neosho. 

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

Contributions may be made to St. John's Regional Medical Center's hospice program, in care of the funeral home. 

Carl Stewart 

DIAMOND, Mo. Services for Carl M. Stewart, 64, Diamond, who died Thursday, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

The Rev. Myrna Marble and the Rev. Terry Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Powers Cemetery, northeast of Granby. 

Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, where visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be Truman Menyard, Eddie Johnson, Rex McDermott, Curtis Hay, Floyd Long, Arthur Petty, Freddie Hansford and Rusty Hansford. 

Frances Whitaker 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Frances Whitaker, 85, 1024 E. Fairview St., Carthage, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at the home of a daughter at Springfield after a long illness. 

Mrs. Whitaker was born May 22, 1911, in Newton County. She had been a resident of the area since 1940. She was a homemaker and a member of the Fairview Christian Church, Carthage. 

She married Forrest Whitaker on Dec. 27, 1931, in Columbus, Kan. He died July 10, 1966. 

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Miller, Springfield, and Joyce Woodward, Fairfax, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. David Lang will officiate. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery, Carthage. 

Pallbearers will be Floyd Youngblood, Albert Hayter, Jim Still, Carl Bowers, Glenn Jennings, Henry Peters and Herbert Castell. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses' Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Virginia Carnahan 

RIVERTON, Kan. Virginia Ann Carnahan, 73, Riverton route 1, died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Carnahan was born May 12, 1923, at Galena. She lived in the Galena and Riverton area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Riverton Friends Church. 

She married Fred W. Carnahan on Oct. 17, 1943, at Galena. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Alan Carnahan, King, N.C.; five daughters, Beverly Ferlo and Teresa Crane, both of Merriam, Janice Gibson, Bear Creek, N.C., Sue Hodgeson, Brush, Colo., and Joy Brannon, Riverton; a sister, Juanita Bond, Riverton route 1; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Quaker Valley Cemetery, north of Riverton. 

Pallbearers will be Terry Bond, Matt Brannon, Justin Crane, Chris Ferlo, Pat Moore and Bud Robison. 

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

Contributions may be made to the New Hope Hospice. 

Dee Shaffer 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Dee H. Shaffer, 96, 106 S. Vermont Ave., died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Shaffer was born Sept. 26, 1900, in Cherokee County, and lived in the area all of his life. He attended the Center Star School, near Columbus, and Columbus High School. He was a farmer and a stockman, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Scammon. He was a charter member and on the original board of directors of the Farmers Cooperative, Columbus. He helped form the Kansas State University Experimental Field on his land in 1921. 

His wife, Marie Parsons, died in 1929. 

He married Wilma Reynolds on June 10, 1933, at Oswego. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Shirley Zoetmulder, Wichita, Treva Crawford, Woodbridge, Va., and Sharon Draeger, Columbus; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Larry Reynolds will officiate. Burial will be in Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus. 

Martha Webb 

Graveside services for Martha H. Webb, 63, 903 W. 11th St., Joplin, who died Friday, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. 

Danny Thomas will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. 

Alvis Kelton 

MIAMI, Okla. Alvis Fred Kelton, 78, 1020 B St. N.W., died at 5:25 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. 

Mr. Kelton was born Dec. 18, 1917, at Sallisaw. He began a career with the Miami school system in 1948 after having taught at Bluejacket, White Oak and Commerce. He served as principal at the Will Rogers Junior High School, the Miami High School, and the Nichols and Wilson elementary schools. He retired June 30, 1979. 

He was the past president of the Ottawa County Retired Teachers' Association, served on the board of the senior citizens' organization, and was a member of the Oklahoma Education Association and the National Education Association. He was a member of the state legislative committee as well as a local legislative chairman. 

He was a member of the board of directors for the Ottawa County Industrial Authority. He was a promoter with the Miami Centennial Celebration. He served as an instructor and flight engineer on an Army Air Corps base in World War II. He was a member of the Miami Church of Christ, Miami. 

He married Glen Sedalia Zachary on July 27, 1939, in Tahlequah. She died May 1, 1989. 

Survivors include two brothers, Herman Kelton, Tulsa, and Wayne Kelton, Muskogee; five sisters, Vedith Clift, Muskogee, Willene Schierlah and Wanda Reding, both of Houston, Texas, and Marie Birkes and Ruth Ladd, both of Tulsa; and a grandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Miami Church of Christ. Bobby Key, minister, will officiate. John Ballard, minister, will assist. Burial will be in Miami GAR Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Paul Cottam, Don Allen, Wayne Green, Steve Bryan, E.J. Cox and Kyle Cornwell. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the Miami Church of Christ Search Program. 

Randy Payne 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Randy Wayne Payne, 25, 622 K St. N.W., who died Friday, will be 11 a.m. Monday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Chad Eads will officiate. 

Family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Charles Smith 

NORTH MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Charles Grant Smith, 63, 501 Pine St., who died Wednesday, will be 10 a.m. Monday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Don Kirchhoff will officiate. 

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

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