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Gerald McCord

Gerald McCord, 64, Joplin, died at 2:34 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997 at a St. John's Regional Medical Center emergency room, after a long illness.

Mr. McCord was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Sapulpa, Okla. He moved to Joplin two years ago from Sapulpa. He had worked as a foreman for Tulsa Sand, Tulsa, Okla. He was a member of People's Home Mission Church, Joplin.

He married Lucille M. Buckley in June 1995. She survives.

Additional survivors include five sons, Tim Doyle, Joplin, Leroy DeClue, Carl Junction, Jimmy DeClue and Glenn Doyle, both of St. Clair, and Matthew Doyle, San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Kathy Loveall, Joplin, Coleen Walker, Sullivan, and Diana Russin, St. Louis; his mother, Martha P. Edwards, Galena, Kan.; a brother, Charles C. McCord, Sapulpa, and 21 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery. The Rev. Frances Hartje will officiate.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Clarice Pafford

Clarice C. Pafford, 80, 2201 Duquesne Road, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Pafford was born July 1, 1916 in Marble Falls, Texas. She moved to Joplin 14 years ago from Pittsburg, Texas. She attended the Church of Christ.

Her husband, Frank Pafford, died in November 1968.

Survivors include four sons, Doyle Pafford, Dale Pafford, Don Pafford and Jerry Pafford, all of Joplin; two daughters, March Smith, De Queen, Ark., and Patsy Comstock, DeSoto, Texas; a sister, Laree Hill, Pittsburg, Texas; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery, Pittsburg, Texas. Jamie Duncan, minister, will officiate. Burial will follow under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Friends may call today at the mortuary.

Lois Pigg

Lois L. Pigg, 87, 1317 Starlight Drive, died at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997 at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Pigg was born July 17, 1909 in Joplin. She was a longtime Joplin resident. She was graduated from what is now Pittsburg (Kan.) State University and for 32 years was a school teacher in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She was of the Christian faith.

Her husband, Thomas Pigg, died in August 1979.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwynneth Mlle Sharron, Middle Island, N.Y., and one grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ozark Memorial Park cemetery. The Rev. John Pigg will officiate. Burial will follow under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Opal Ashens

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Opal Ruby Ashens, 92, Cassville, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at a Rogers, Ark., nursing center after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Ashens was born Sept. 27, 1904, at Butterfield, Mo. She was a homemaker and a resident of Cassville for more than 20 years. She attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Cassville. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Mayapple Chapter No. 347 in Cherryvale, Kan. That chapter was later consolidated with Eva Chapter No. 18 in Independence, Kan., where she was granted a lifetime membership.

She married Earnest Henry Ashens on June 21, 1926 at Cassville, Mo. He died June 23, 1953.

Survivors include a sister, Gerthie Wheeler, Butterfield.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997 at the IOOF Cemetery in Aurora. The Rev. Paul Yarnall will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville, where members of the Order of the Eastern Star Celestia Chapter No. 81 of Cassville will conduct services at 6:30 p.m.

Curtis Thomas

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Curtis Aubrey Thomas, 92, Cassville, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Thomas was born Nov. 14, 1904, at Cassville. He attended schools in Barry and Newton counties and worked at the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Kansas City before he returned to Barry County. He farmed near Washburn until 1942. He moved to Cassville in 1952 and owned and managed an apartment house. He served on the board of trustees for Barry Electric Cooperative and KAMO Electric Cooperative. He was a member of Pythagoras Lodge No. 383, A.F. & A.M., in Cassville, the Masonic Lodge, and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple.

He married Melvina ``Mellie'' Graham on March 18, 1926, at Cassville. She died April 23, 1977.

A son and daughter also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a son, Larry Pat Thomas, Newcastle, Ind.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Bob Neeley will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Pallbearers will be Jim Bower, Jim Homesley, Rolland Meador, Joe Preddy, Bill Shiveley and Charles Thompson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kenneth McCormack

NEOSHO, Mo. - Kenneth R. McCormack, 52, 9445 Highway NN, Neosho, died at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a year of ill health.

Mr. McCormack was born Jan. 6, 1945 in Cassville. He was graduated in 1963 from Cassville High School. He moved to the Spurgeon community, north of Neosho, 10 years ago from Memphis, Tenn. He was employed nine years with FAG Bearing Co., Joplin, and previously was a supervisor with Mohawk Tire Co. in Memphis. He married Diana Clements on April 1, 1994, in Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Melony Kim, Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Keith McCormack, North Memphis, Tenn., and Roger McCormack, Tulsa, Okla; two stepsons, Ron Clements, Mineral Point, and Matthew Clements, of the home; his father, Andy McCormack, the Spurgeon community; a sister, Andrea Luney, Crown Point, Ind., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City, with John Mitchell and Gary Reed, ministers, officiating. Burial will be at Webb City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Hoagland, Larry Spencer, Charlie Gray, Jerry Howard, Gale Tyler, Ronnie Boyd, Johnny Boyd and Larry Muse.

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

Allen Morgan

NOEL, Mo. - Allen Joe Morgan, 48, Sulphur Springs, Ark., died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at Gravette Medical Center, Gravette, Ark., after an illness. A surviving son, J.R. Morgan, lives in Noel.

Mr. Morgan was born May 4, 1948, at Sulphur Springs. He lived in the Sulphur Springs area most of his life.

He was a laborer.

He was a 32nd degree Mason at Southwest City. He was a board member of Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, for more than 20 years.

Survivors include a son, J.R. Morgan, Noel; a daughter, Tammy Beal, Southwest City; two sisters, Virginia Foster, Rogers, Ark., and Gladys Duffy, New Caney, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, with the Rev. Gary Swink officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Noel.

John Mulkey

NEOSHO, Mo. - John Wesley Mulkey, 77, 1015 S. Neosho Blvd., died at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Mulkey was born Oct. 27, 1919, at Monett, and was a lifelong resident of the Neosho area.

He had worked for Meek's Lumber, Neosho, for many years until he retired in 1982. He later worked part time for T.H. Lumber Co., Neosho. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and American Legion Post No. 163 in Neosho.

He married Nadine Morris on April 9, 1939, at Cassville. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, John W. Mulkey, Carthage, and William M. (Bill) Mulkey, Neosho; two daughters, Barbara Kruambeck, Neosho, and Myra Koeneke, Grove, Okla.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Rev. Todd Decker will officiate under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Iris Reaves

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Mrs. Iris W. Reaves, 90, 1124 Clinton St., died at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Reaves was born Feb. 6, 1906, in Oklahoma. She lived in Carthage before she moved to Oakland, Calif., where she and her husband lived for many years. After his retirement, they moved to Thomas, Okla. She moved to Carthage in 1985 to live with a niece, Mrs. Helen Woods.

She married Paul Reaves on June 3, 1931, in Carthage. He died Dec. 24, 1979.

Survivors include two sisters, Alma Steen, Watonga, Okla., and Edna Zentner, Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mound Valley Cemetery, Thomas, Okla., under the direction of Knell Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Cardinal Class Hospital Equipment Fund at First Christian Church.

Grace Ross

CHEROKEE, Kan. - Grace Juanita Lair Ross, 66, 501 Larch St., died at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Ross was born Jan. 6, 1931, at Columbus. She lived most of her life in Weir. She moved to rural Cherokee in 1975 and to her current residence five years ago.

She was a homemaker. She was the cook at Weir Grade School for 14 years. She retired in October 1996.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She was a member of Kent Chapter No. 117 Order of the Eastern Star, Weir, and Chee-Craw Chapter No. 31 Cooks Organization in Southeast Kansas.

She married Samuel J. Ross on July 24, 1948, in Weir. He died on Oct. 4, 1996.

Survivors include three sons, John Ross, Cherokee, Jim Ross, West Mineral, and David Ross, Scammon; a daughter, Sandra Westervelt, rural Cherokee; a brother, Archie Lair, Pittsburg; three sisters, Essie Mynatt, Pittsburg, Hazel Hartman, Springfield, Mo., and Ruby Mingori, Pittsburg route 2; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, with the Rev. Jeff Martin officiating. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir. Order of the Eastern Star rites will be conducted by Kent Chapter No. 117 at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Friends may call at their convenience at the home in Cherokee or after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Grace Coble

JAY, Okla. - Grace Irene Coble, 87, Jay, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at Gravette (Ark.) Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Coble was born Oct. 9, 1909, in Delaware County. She was a homemaker.

She married Roy Perry Coble on March 23, 1932, in Ottawa County. He died April 12, 1987.

Surviving are four sons, Roy Coble Jr., Dave Coble and Joe Coble, all of Jay, and Norman Coble, Byron, Minn.; two daughters, Irene Abercrombie, Jay, and Louise Murphy, Waggoner; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchidlren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, Jay. The Rev. Dewane Storne and the Rev. James Bell will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hermon Cemetery, Jay.

Pallbearers will be Daryl Abercrombie, Mike Abercrombie, Charlie Coble, Harland Coble, Kriby Coble and Steve Murphy.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Jay.

Dora Erwin

MIAMI, Okla. - Dora Irene Erwin, 73, 223 A St. S.E., Miami, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mrs. Erwin was born Sept. 18, 1923, at Van Buren, Ark. She moved to Miami in 1953 from Fort Smith, Ark.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Miami, Miami Little Theater and Beta Sigma Phi.

She married Harold Erwin on July 1, 1939, at Fort Smith, Ark. he died July 27, 1996.

Surviving are three sons, Bill Erwin and Joe Erwin, both of Miami, and Jerry Erwin, Hattiesburg, Miss.; two daughters, Starr Franklin, Dallas, Texas, and Breeze Erwin, Huntington Beach, Calif.; three sisters, Mildred Morrison, Velma Moon and Dean Coleman, all of Van Buren, Ark.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Bill Richey will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Becker, Ron Day, Susie Lee, Tom Robinson, Rodney Street and Crystal Williams.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the Miami Schools Enrichment Foundation, Oklahoma's Lion Eye Bank, and Miami Little Theater.

Dorothy Meadows

GROVE, Okla. - Dorothy Bishop Meadows, 76, Grove, died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Meadows was born Dec. 5, 1920, at Jay. She was a lifelong resident of Delaware County.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge, Grove Garden Club and Grove Homemakers Club, all of Grove.

She was a member of Zena Baptist Church, Zena.

She married Robert Meadows on April 24, 1938, at Jay. He died on Feb. 20, 1992.

Survivors include four daughters, Orlene Humphrey, Claremore, Wanda Creason, Zena, Carolyn Elsey, Miami, and Betty St. Clair, Broken Arrow; a brother, Chester Bishop, Zena; a sister, Maxine Willmore, Kansas City, Mo., nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Zena Baptist Church with the Rev. Chester Crittenden and the Rev. Mike Hamm officiating. Burial will be in Zena Cemetery.

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

Faye Roberts

GROVE, Okla. - Faye Roberts, 88, Grove, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Roberts was born Sept. 10, 1908, at Southwest City, Mo. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Deborah Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Grove, and a charter member of Star Homemakers Club.

She married John Roberts on April 15, 1926, in Delaware County. He died Dec. 26, 1988.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Roberts and Everett Roberts, both of Grove; a daughter, Joyce Williams, Purdy, Mo.; two sisters, Jewell Serpa, Watsonville, Calif., and Thelma Sharp, Salinas, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Grove. The Rev. Lloyd Crawford and Robin Cowin, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Cayuga Cemetery, Grove.

Pallbearers will be Jimmie Roberts, Max Wallace, Mike Teel, Casey Williams, Todd Burgess and David Mareth.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Gideons Bible Fund or the First Baptist Church Choir Robe Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Roy Painter

AFTON, Okla. - Roy Fenton Painter, 95, Fort White, Fla., formerly of Afton, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Painter was born March 8, 1901, in Indian Territory. He moved to Florida from Fort Smith, Ark., and had lived there since 1943.

He worked 20 years as an engineer for the Civil Service and worked 12 years at Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. He was a member of the Baptist church, the Elks Lodge in Florida and the Rod & Reel Club in Bermuda.

He married Irene Boyd on Nov. 7, 1941, at Stilwell. She survives.

Additional survivors include three grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; a son; a daughter; and a stepson.

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

Iva Bailey

Iva M. Bailey, 89, Joplin, died at 5:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at the home of her daughter after two years of ill health.

Mrs. Bailey was born Aug. 25, 1907, in Newton County. She was raised in Newton County and moved to the Joplin area 70 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Leawood Church of Christ.

She married William V. Bailey on Nov. 7, 1926. He died in 1948.

A son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Stockam, 6092 Gateway Drive, south of Joplin; a sister, Fern Fields, Joplin; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary. Oscar Morris and Ron Lankford will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Stockam, Steve Stockam, Jimmy C. Stockam, Scott Stockam, Bob Fields and Chester VanDorn.

Kathy Ferguson

Kathy L. Ferguson, 45, 203 Porter Ave., died at 7:41 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack at her home.

Mrs. Ferguson was born Jan. 22, 1952, at Claremore, Okla. She had lived in Joplin throughout her life.

Survivors include a a brother, William Glover, Hickory Grove, Okla.; and two sisters, Joyce Harris and Nancy Miller, Coffeyville, Kan.

The body has been cremated.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Larry Six will officiate.

Dorothy Matistic

Dorothy Nell Matistic, 71, Lubbock, Texas, a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Matistic was born Jan. 26, 1926, at Roswell, N.M. She lived in Lubbock most of her life. She had lived in Joplin for 15 years before returning to Lubbock in 1974.

She was a charter member of Genesis Baptist Fellowship and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She married Arthur A. Matistic on Oct. 3, 1941, at Clovis, N.M. He died June 3, 1974.

Survivors include a son, Arthur Joe Matistic, Joplin; a daughter, Patricia Matistic Fulks, Spring, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home, Lubbock. The Rev. Roger L. Garrett will officiate. Burial will be in the City of Lubbock Cemetery.

Marion Moffet

Marion O. Moffet, 91, 1717 W. B St., died at 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Moffet was born Aug. 28, 1905, in the Grand Falls community, south of Joplin. He was a lifetime Joplin resident. He was a member of one of the pioneer families of Joplin that Moffet Avenue was named after.

He worked in the chemicals division at Eagle-Picher Industries in Joplin for 43 years, retiring in 1970.

He was a member of Villa Heights Christian Church, Joplin. He was a former member of A-TA Lodge at Saginaw, Joplin Eagles Lodge No. 2410 and Isaac Walton League of Joplin. He was a bee keeper most of his life.

He married Freda Williams on Jan. 22, 1927, at Columbus, Kan. She died Nov. 4, 1978. He married Opal Gandy Reynolds on Sept. 15, 1979, at Joplin. She died Sept. 29, 1984.

Survivors include a son, Marion O. Moffet Jr., 308 N. McCoy Ave.; two daughters, June Smith, Joplin route 3, and Virginia Bassett, Joplin; a sister, Christina Claypool, Osburn, Idaho; a brother, Raymond Moffet, Joplin; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary. Chet Shaw, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jay Wilson, Kenneth Kiser, Bob Guarino, Paul Welch, Chuck Whorlow, Ted Sawyer, Jim Boman and Bill Meyer.

The family will be at the home.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to Villa Heights Christian Church or St. John's Hospice, in care of the mortuary.

Isiah Rundel

Isiah Andrew Booth Rundel, infant son of Adrean Booth and Donnie Rundel, 501 North Anderson, was stillborn Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West.

Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Tina Berry, Joplin, Leo Rundel and Joey Upton, both of Webb City; maternal grandparents, Phyllis and Amos Booth, Webb City, and Phillip and Lillian Williams, Webb City; maternal great-grandmother, Cathy Booth, Joplin; and paternal great-grandparents, Alonco and Dorothy Rundel, Carterville.

Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

John Yancer

John Amos Yancer, 79, Broken Arrow, Okla., a former Joplin resident, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Yancer was born Jan. 14, 1918, at Mexico, N.Y. He moved with his family to Carthage, where he graduated from high school in 1937. He had worked for Douglas Aircraft in California, where he attended engineering schools. He later studied engineering at Texas Tech University. He was employed with several heavy equipment companies in Australia, the Philippine Islands, Africa and Canary Islands. He retired in 1984 from DART Trucking Lines.

He was a 50-year member and past worshipful master of Joplin Lodge No. 335. AF&AM. He was a former member of Scottish Rite Bodies and Joplin Shrine Club. He was a veteran of World War II.

He married Vera M. Cline in 1937 in Idaho. She died Oct. 31, 1965.

Survivors include a son, John Craig Yancer, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Marguerite Sharp, 1808 Murphy Blvd.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Masonic services will be conducted by Joplin Lodge No. 335, AF&AM.

Pallbearers will be Craig Yancer, Justin Yancer, David Ruff, W.L. ``Bud'' Gehrs, Mike Garrigan and Stuart Crawford.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Mildred Cooper

NEVADA, Mo. - Mildred Opal Owens Cooper, 89, Nevada, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Cooper was born Aug. 7, 1907, at Montevallo, Mo. She was a 1926 graduate of Montevallo High School. She attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College, Springfield.

She was a teacher at Montevallo Elementary School for a few years. She was a contributing writer to various publications, including Nevada Daily Mail.

She was a member of Montevallo First Baptist Church. She was a member of Rebecca Lodge, Nevada.

She married Herbert B. Cooper on June 16, 1928, at Montevallo. He died in March 1990.

She also was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include three sons, Royal O. Cooper, Jefferson City, and Lee Cooper and Ray Cooper, both of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Twyla Jean Bothwell, Hummelstown, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Bill Cox officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Eva Couch

NEOSHO, Mo. - Eva Inez Couch, 88, Springdale, Ark., formerly of Neosho, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at a Springdale nursing home of a short illness.

Mrs. Couch was born Feb. 19, 1908, at Powell. She lived 35 years in Neosho, moving in 1981 to Springdale. She was a homemaker and a member of Elmdale Baptist Church, Springdale. She was a former member of First Baptist Church, Neosho.

She married Gayle Couch on Dec. 6, 1924, at Tulsa, Okla. He died July 9, 1983.

Surviving are three sons, William Lee Couch, Springdale, Gary W. Couch, Chino, Calif., and James R. Couch, Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Doris E. Tertzakian, Detroit, Mich., and Willa Dean Crumbliss, North Scituate, R.I.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A daughter preceded her in death.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Elmdale Baptist Church, Springdale. The Rev. Mark Brooks and the Rev. Burton Miley will officiate.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson Cemetery, Neosho.

Pallbearers will be Tom Pogue, Charles Brown, Ralph Crumpackers, Glen Seals, Arthur Nally and Bob Ryan.

The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Elmdale Baptist Church, Springdale.

Contributions may be made to Elmdale Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Dicie McCoy

NEVADA, Mo. - Dicie McCoy, 98, Clinton, formerly of Vernon County near Nevada, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at a Clinton nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. McCoy was born Sept. 24, 1898.

She lived most of her life in Vernon County. She worked for many years at Veith's Cafe, Nevada.

She was a Baptist.

She married Thomas J. McCoy. He died in 1944.

Survivors include a granddaughter.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels.

Jerry Peters

PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Jerry Malone Peters, 69, Pierce City, died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Peters was born Feb. 25, 1927, at Nevada. He was a retired Air Force major. He was a member of First Congregational Church, Pierce City, and Retired Officers Association. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Tom Wolfe Memorial Post 4207, Monett. He was a member of American Legion, Hobbs- Anderson Post 91, Monett.

He married Virginia Barnett on Dec. 27, 1955, at Monett. She survives.

Additional survivors include five children, names and hometowns unavailable; a brother, name and hometown unavailable; a sister, name and hometown unavailable; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where military services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

R. Merle Smith

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - R. Merle Agan Smith, 96, Mount Vernon, died at 6 p.m. Saturday at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 11, 1900, at Logan. She taught elementary school at Spanish Fort and Heatonville. She was a 74-year member of the local First Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Earl Smith, died in 1985.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Stemmons, Mount Vernon; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Warren Fikejs and the Rev. Dean Hendricks will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon.

James Gooch

GALENA, Kan. - James E. Gooch, 48, Galena route 2, was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.

Mr. Gooch was born April 9, 1948, at Baxter Springs. He was a lifetime resident of Baxter Springs and Galena. He retired in 1980 as a groundskeeper for Loma Linda County Club, rural Joplin. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter Springs.

He married Linda Mondt on Oct. 10, 1975, at Joplin. She survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Tammy Reese-Stoffers, Duenweg, Mo.; two brothers, John Gooch, Riverton, and Tony Gooch, state of Kansas; and two sisters, Connie Cassida, Baxter Springs, and Mabel Ulbrich, Seneca, Mo.

The body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Baptist Church. The Rev. Jim McMechan and the Rev. Wayne Williams will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Rosie Shoemaker

GALENA, Kan. - Rosie Mae Shoemaker, 65, 1017 Wall Ave., died at 4:32 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital Extended Care, Carthage, Mo., after 13 months of ill health.

Mrs. Shoemaker was born Sept. 11, 1931, at Vernon, Fla. She moved to Galena in 1950. She was a physician's assistant for Dr. Vinyard in Joplin.

She married Delbert E. Shoemaker on May 6, 1950, at Pascagoula, Miss. He died Feb. 24, 1978.

A daughter also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Hobbs, Pittsburg, and Rene Myers, Seneca, Mo.; her father, Howard Pettis, Chipley, Fla.; a brother, Wayne Pettis, Knoxville, Tenn.; six sisters, Christine Morrell and Laverne Boswell, both of Vernon, Wanda Bush, Chipley, Darlene Brock, Charleston, S.C., Elaine Montplier, Erwin, Tenn., and Minerva Harris, Eufaula, Ala.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, north of Galena. Denny Sikes, minister, will officiate.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

Walter Bowers

MIAMI, Okla. - Memorial services for Walter David Bowers, 45, 715 B St. S.W., who died Saturday, were at 7 p.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Miami.

Jerry Swopes officiated.

The body has been cremated.

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

Jasper Millhollin

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Jasper D. Millhollin, 15, Wyandotte, died about 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997, during an accidental shooting at an acquaintance's home.

Jasper was born Sept. 19, 1981, at Loveland, Colo. He was a Wyandotte High School freshman and football player. He had worked at the Oriental Express restaurant, Seneca.

Survivors include his parents, Billie and Velma Millhollin, Wyandotte route 2; a sister, Rebecca King, rural Wyandotte; and his paternal grandparents, Jasper and Maudie Millhollin, Wyandotte.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wyandotte High School gymnasium. The Rev. Danny Burleson will officiate. Graveside services with Indian rites will be at 2 p.m Wednesday at Wyandotte Cemetery.

The family will receive friends until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Shawn and Rebecca King, 128 East Road.

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

James Shepherd

MIAMI, Okla. - Services for James D. Shepherd, 55, Miami route 3, who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

The Rev. Granville Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton.

Pallbearers will be Scott McCool, Jay Cox, Dan Crippen, Stanley Wilcox, Don Pogue and Gordon Jones.

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veteran's Funeral Detail.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Nondes Byram, 1130 19th Ave. S.W., Miami.


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