Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Clayta Francis 

Clayta B. Francis, 94, Ponca City, Okla., a former Joplin resident, died Monday, Sept. 30, 1996, at a nursing home in Ponca City after an illness. 

Mrs. Francis was born April 5, 1902, at Jefferson City. She was raised and attended schools in Joplin. She moved to Ponca City in 1955. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a past member of the Postal Clerk Auxiliary, both at Ponca City. 

She married David C. Francis on March 27, 1932, in Joplin. He died in 1971. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. John Roedar will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. 

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Ponca City. 

Dianna Maloney 

Dianna Mae Maloney, daughter of Michael and Michelle Kelso Maloney, 815" Pennsylvania Ave., died shortly after birth at 2:03 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. 

Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Bob Maloney, Savannah, Ga., and Norma Gunner, Mountain Grove; maternal grandmother, Nancy Sparks, Joplin; paternal great-grandparents, Glen and Freda Wilkins, Summersville; and maternal great-grandmother, Grace Pequignot, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

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

Dale Reed 

Dale L. Reed, 75, 3615 E. 13th St., died at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Reed was born April 5, 1921, at Catlin, Ill. He had lived in Joplin a month, moving from Danville, Ill. He was a roofer. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include a son, David Reed, Webb City; two daughters, Mary Highley and Deborah Ferrill, both of Joplin; a brother, Harold Reed, Danville; a sister, Juanita O'Neal, Boswell, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, with Ed Hahn, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Stephanie Six 

Stephanie Marie Six, 4, 1803 Campbell Parkway, No. 3, died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at her home after a lifelong illness. 

Miss Six was born Oct. 21, 1991, at Tarzana, Calif. She had lived in Joplin for 1" years, moving from Moline, Ill. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Joplin. She had appeared on telethons for the Easter Seals Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network. 

Survivors include her parents, Daniel and Marilyn Six; a brother, Christopher L. Six, Joplin; maternal grandparents, Joe and Marti McClaren, Brighton, Tenn., Larry and Bertie Russell, Kokomo, Ind., and Tom Marshall, Milan, Ill.; paternal grandparents, Larry and Jo Ann Six, Joplin; and paternal great-grandparents, Lawrence and Mary Sex, and Brandon H. and Goldie Higgins, all of Joplin. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Phillip McClendon officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Tom Kitch and Jeff Spillie. 

Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

The family will be at the home. 

Contributions may be made to the Children's Miracle Network. 

Earl Bowlus 

LAMAR, Mo. Earl Lewis Bowlus, 80, Boise City, Okla., formerly of Lamar, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Cimarron Memorial Hospital, Boise City, after an illness. 

Mr. Bowlus was born May 6, 1916, at Lewis, Kan. He was raised in the Wichita, Kan., area. He and his family moved to Lamar in 1930. He lived several years at Keyes, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. 

He married Gladys Snow on Nov. 3, 1936, in Lamar. She is his only immediate survivor. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nigh Cemetery, Lamar. The Rev. John Dille will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar, and Axtell Funeral Home, Boise City. 

Lillian Kaczor 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Lillian Geist Kaczor, 85, Shell Knob, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at a nursing home in Berryville, Ark., after a short illness. 

Mrs. Kaczor was born May 9, 1911, at Chicago, Ill. She moved to Shell Knob in 1977 from Lyons, Ill. She was a longtime employee of Western Electric Co., Chicago. She was a member of the Solos and the Tri-Lakes Telephone Pioneers, both of Shell Knob. 

Her husband, Adam Kaczor, died June 24, 1982. 

Survivors include a son, David R. Cohea, Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Laverne Becker, Shell Knob; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Maryhill Cemetery, Niles, Ill. 

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

Thomas Lawrence 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Thomas Randolph Lawrence, 82, Springfield, formerly of Shell Knob, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at his birthplace in Shell Knob of a sudden illness. 

Mr. Lawrence was born July 14, 1914, in Shell Knob. He moved to Springfield in 1965. He was a home builder and heavy construction welder in the Springfield area. He and his wife owned Tom and Opal's Antiques at Springfield before his retirement. 

He married Opal Hoyle on March 31, 1933, at Galena, Mo. She survives. 

Other survivors include three sons, Hosea Lawrence, Jerry T. Lawrence and Sammy T. Lawrence, all of Springfield; a daughter, Sydney Rowell, Springfield; two sisters, Winnie Turner, Cassville, and Ruth Barnes, Reeds Spring; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob, with the Rev. Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery, Berryville, Ark. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

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

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

Dollie Patterson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Services for Dollie J. Patterson, 94, Neosho, who died Wednesday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. 

The Rev. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Neosho. 

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Patterson, Les Bond, Clyde Bond, Lance Bond, Larry Bond and Glen Bond. 

Irene Rich 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Irene E. Rich, 73, Carthage died at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Rich was born Dec. 18, 1922, at Muskogee, Okla. She had lived in Carthage for 56 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Evangel Assembly Church, Carthage. 

She married Donald A. Rich on April 5, 1941, at Monett. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Connie Richardson and Peggy Rose, both of Carthage, and Joyce Hill, Joplin; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Jerry McClure will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Evangel Assembly Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Connie Smith 

NEOSHO, Mo. Connie Sue Smith, 54, 15237 Goldfinch Road, died at 6:26 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at her home after an eight-month illness. 

Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 15, 1942, at Cassville. She graduated from Neosho High School in 1960. She moved to Elk City, Okla., in 1980 and returned to Neosho in 1988. 

She was a member of Elk City (Okla.) United Methodist Church and the Perennial Optimist Garden Club, Joplin. She worked at Oxford Healthcare, Joplin, for six years before her illness. 

She married Robert Evans on Feb. 10, 1961. He died Oct. 20, 1971. 

She married Eldon Smith on Jan. 24, 1973. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert R. Evans, New York, N.Y.; her father, Gene Daugherty, Neosho; her mother, Georgia Daugherty, Neosho; a brother, Jack Daugherty, Neosho; and a sister, Peggy McBride, Augusta, Ga.. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Glenn Millard will officiate, and the Rev. Bill Newby will assist. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery, west of Neosho. 

Pallbearers will be Norman Smith, John Sims, Dale Lett, Don Cox, Greg Kingrey, Terry Thorne and Doug Bendinger. 

Members of the Perennial Optimist Garden Club will be seated as a group. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children's Fund, Neosho, or to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Louis Smith 

JASPER, Mo. Louis Smith, 84, Jasper, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 17, 1912, in Barton County. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Jasper United Methodist Church. 

He married Gladys York on Aug. 20, 1938, at Carthage. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Max Smith, Carthage route 5; four brothers, Sam Smith, Red Lion, Pa., William G. ``Bud'' Smith and Roy Smith, both of Carthage, and Charlie Smith, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two sisters, Captola Alexander, Pittsburg, Kan., and Vera Richards, Columbus, Kan.; and a grandson. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. The Rev. Tim Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Waters Cemetery, northwest of Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to Dade County Nursing Home or to Jasper United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Donald Whitehorn 

RITCHEY, Mo. Donald C. Whitehorn, 56, Ritchey, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Whitehorn was born Dec. 12, 1939, at Oakland, Calif. He moved to Ritchey in August 1946 from Hatch, N.M. He was an inspector at Silgan Container Co., Mount Vernon, for 30 years. He was a member of Diamond United Methodist Church and was a Methodist lay speaker. He was a member of the Newton County Fair Board and Local 823, Teamsters union. He was a4-H leader. 

He married Sue Harris on Oct. 2, 1965, in Ritchey. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Jerry Whitehorn and Afton Whitehorn, both of Ritchey; five daughters, Juanita Whitehorn and Linda Feuerhammer, both of the home, Gloria Cosentine, Tullahoma, Tenn., Dawn Smith, Derby, Kan., and Janet Dodson, Diamond; his father, Samuel A. Whitehorn, Joplin; two sisters, Sammy Hall, St. Peters, and Joan Vanderkooi, Pensacola, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Diamond United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Newtonia IOOF Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Elmer White, Jack Rubottom, Phil Torbett, Dean Ford, Jerry Davis and David Wood. 

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

Contributions may be made to the evangelism department of St. Paul's Seminary, Kansas City, in care of the funeral home. 

Larry Ebbs 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Larry Lee Ebbs, 56, 1009 Mill Road, died at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Ebbs was born Jan. 24, 1940, at Kirkwood. He was a lifetime area resident. He served in the Navy from 1958 to 1962. He worked in construction for 20 years, retiring in 1985 as a boilermaker. 

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Masonic Lodge No. 187, the York Rite, the Mirza Shrine Temple and Benjamin Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion, all of Pittsburg; the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Fort Scott; the Local 85, Boilermakers union, Kansas City, Mo. 

He married Kathy Carlson on June 27, 1975, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Lettie Ebbs, Lawrence; a son, Greg Ebbs, of the home; his mother, Dorothy Bennett, Pittsburg; and a brother, Raymond Ebbs, Frontenac. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Rev. Samuel J. Pinkerton will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Scammon. 

Graveside rites will be conducted by members of Pittsburg Masonic Lodge No. 187. Flag-folding ceremonies will be conducted by members of Benjamin Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion, Pittsburg. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Visitation will follow. 

Contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund, to Mount Carmel Health Care, to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Mary Campbell 

GROVE, Okla. Mary Jane Campbell, 73, Grove, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Campbell was born May 11, 1923, at South Greenfield, Mo. She was a longtime resident of the Baxter Springs, Kan., area before moving to Grove six years ago. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Baxter Springs. 

She married Donald Arthur Campbell on Sept. 11, 1938, at Columbus, Kan. He died Jan. 19, 1994. 

Survivors include two sons, Michael R. Campbell, Junction City, Kan., and Ronald J. Campbell, Vancouver, Wash.; a daughter, Jeanette Burkyvile, Grove; a brother, Cecil Gibson, Baxter Springs; two sisters, Lucille Bingham and Myrtle Weaver, both of Baxter Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Ed Snider will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. 

Fredrika Chew 

GROVE, Okla. Fredrika Chew, 80, Grove, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at St. John's Medical Center, Tulsa, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Chew was born Dec. 22, 1915, at Joplin, Mo. She moved to Grove from Joplin in 1986. She was a homemaker. 

She married Harold Chew on July 4, 1934, at Joplin. He died June 30, 1996. 

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Chew, Grove, and Phillip Chew, Joplin. 

The body is to be cremated. No services are planned. 

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

Norma Nunn 

MIAMI, Okla. Norma Lee Nunn, 72, 1100 Pine Place, was found dead Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Nunn was born Feb. 1, 1924, at Commerce. She was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a 1942 graduate of Commerce High School. She was a homemaker and a home care provider. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Miami. 

Survivors include two daughters, Suzan Wright, Tulsa, and Kay Littlefield, Duluth, Ga.; three sisters, Eloise Kitto, Pampa, Texas, Thelma Lou Shirley, Kremlin, and Doris Proctor, Mound Valley, Kan.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

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