Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Hale Fletcher 

Hale R. Fletcher, 73, 2425 Willard Ave., died at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Fletcher was born Oct. 22, 1922, in rural Carl Junction. He was a lifetime resident of the Carl Junction and Joplin areas. He was a retired farmer. He owned and operated Fletcher Saw Mill from 1955 until selling the business in 1990. 

He was a member and elder of Carl Junction Christian Church, and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 194, Galena, Kan. 

He married Edith F. McCorkle on Oct. 30, 1943, at Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Freda J. King, 2401 Roosevelt Ave.; a sister, Gertrude Horner, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carl Junction Christian Church. Boyce Mouton and Steve Altheide, ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be George Lawrence, Ron Lawver, Mike Malone, Jeff Barringer and Darrell Hicks Sr. 

Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The family will receive friends after the rites. 

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice. 

Ora Ewing 

NEVADA, Mo. Ora M. Kepner Ewing, 97, Nevada, formerly of Bronaugh, died Thursday night, Oct. 17, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. Ewing was born Jan. 2, 1899, at Creighton. She moved to Bronaugh in 1942 from Creighton. She worked six years as an aide at Nevada State Hospital. She and her husband farmed east of Bronaugh before retiring in 1967. She was a member of Bronaugh Christian Church and also attended a Baptist church at Bronaugh. 

She married James Upton Ewing on Sept. 2, 1917, at Creighton. He died Feb. 4, 1977. 

Survivors include a son, Scott K. Ewing, Lansing, Mich.; two daughters, Helen Garcia, Fresno, Calif., and Elizabeth Houk, Bronaugh; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bronaugh Christian Church. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Friends may call until 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or to Bronaugh Christian Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Gertie Fulton, dies at age 102 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Gertie M. Fulton, 102, a former Carl Junction resident, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. She had lived in a Joplin nursing home for three years. 

Mrs. Fulton was born Dec. 17, 1893, at Rome, Mo. She moved to Carl Junction in 1973 from Ava. She was a homemaker a member of the First Baptist Church, Carl Junction. 

Her husband, Benjamin Fulton, died in 1965. 

Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Cunningham, Carl Junction; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, Carl Junction. The Rev. Ted Wilkins and the Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, southwest of Ava. 

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. 

The body may be viewed after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Senior Citizen Center of Carl Junction. 

Verla Smothers 

VERONA, Mo. Verla F. Smothers, 86, Verona, died at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Smothers was born June 19, 1910, in Caldwell County. She was a longtime area resident. She moved to Verona from Aurora three years ago. She was a homemaker and a retired cashier. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Her husband, John Henry Smothers, preceded her in death. 

She is survived by a son, Larry Kent McKee, Shell Knob; five daughters, Joyce E. Myers, Verona, Karen Jennings and Anita Belcher, both of Kansas City, Mary E. Flagg, Belton, and Francis Ramsey, Shell Knob; a sister, Ethel Diem, Independence; a half brother, Herbert Cook, Hamilton; seven grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Spring River Cemetery, Verona. The Rev. Joe Wolven will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Viola Wood-Coble 

TIFF CITY, Mo. Viola Catherine Wood-Coble, 77, Stroud, Okla., formerly of Tiff City, died at 5:20 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at a nursing home in Stroud after an illness. 

Mrs. Wood-Coble was born Jan. 14, 1919, at Avant, Okla. She lived in the Tiff City area from 1974 to 1986. She was postmistress in Tiff City from 1980 to 1985. 

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Brazeal, Collinsville, Okla., and Beatrice Lou Keith, Bristow, Okla; a brother, Walter Robert ``Bob'' Wood, Siloam Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at New Bethel Cemetery, Anderson, with the Rev. Charles Brazeal officiating. 

Pallbearers will be William Ray Keith, Raymond Lee Keith, Chuck Brazeal, Charles Brazeal, Sam Keith and Bob Wood. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The casket will be closed at the graveside. 

Florence Stockton 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Florence J. Stockton, 83, formerly of Columbus route 2, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Stockton was born Aug. 7, 1913, in Cherokee County, north of Columbus. She attended school in the Stippville community, was a graduate of Columbus High School and attended Pittsburg State University. She taught school in rural schools in Cherokee County and was a social worker from the early 1950s to April 1957. She operated Hillcrest Nursing Home, east of Columbus, from 1957 to 1962, then Columbus Rest Home and other nursing homes. She retired in 1984. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Rebekah Lodge, both of Columbus. 

She married James David Stockton on May 5, 1935, in Columbus. He died March 29, 1943. 

Survivors include two sons, David Stockton, Grove, Okla., route 6, and Tom Stockton, Dodge City; a daughter, Judy Roark, Columbus route 1; a brother, Bob Patton, Girard; a sister, Coral O'Conner, Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. 

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

Dick Andrews 

GROVE, Okla. Richard S. ``Dick'' Andrews, 78, Grove, died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Andrews was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Grove. He owned and operated Grove Cleaners for many years before retiring. 

Survivors include three brothers, Joe C. Andrews, Bartlesville, Robert L. Andrews, Greenville, Texas, and Ed ``Pete'' Andrews, Tulsa; and a sister, Bonnie Redels, Grove. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with Ken Siemens officiating. 

Arrangements are under direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

Hazel Grant 

MIAMI, Okla. Hazel L. Grant, 86, 100 Pine St., died at 4:12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Grant was born April 5, 1910, at Wyandotte. She was a lifetime resident of the Miami and Wyandotte areas. She and her husband operated grocery stores in North Miami and Miami, and Grant's Floral in North Miami. She retired in 1977. 

She was a member of Bethany Christian Church, Miami, and the Bethany Bells Club. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Fairland for more than 50 years. 

She married George Grant in November 1928 in Miami. He died in December 1972. 

Survivors include a daughter, Reba Grant Guilford, Miami; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Ray Jones 

MIAMI, Okla. Ray W. Jones, 89, 1200 E St. N.E., died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at a nursing home in Commerce after a long illness. 

Mr. Jones was born Dec. 8, 1906, at Turkey Ford. He had lived in Miami for 40 years. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Miami. 

He married Lucille Cheely on March 15, 1926, at Poteau. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ross Jones and Joe Jones, both of Miami; two daughters, Maxine Elkins and Wilma Wilburn, both of Miami; a brother, Roy Jones, Woodland, Calif.; two sisters, Ova Thomas, Woodland, and Violet Blevins, Miami; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Buzzard Cemetery, west of Grove. The Rev. Kenneth Linn will officiate. 

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

Iva Loop 

MIAMI, Okla. Iva Lila Loop, 74, formerly of the Miami Towers Apartments, died at 12:31 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at Columbia Independence Regional Hospital, Independence, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Loop was born May 19, 1922, in the state of Michigan. She moved to the Miami area in 1971 from Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker and attended Northwest Baptist Church, Miami. 

She married Julian Gibson in 1945. He died Sept. 2, 1963. She married Walter Loop on April 4, 1978. He died Nov. 23, 1992. 

Survivors include four daughters, Violet Mary Herbert, Roland, Jane Faye Hiddle, Miami, Hazel Hefley, Fort Smith, and Dorothy Fern Furroels, Ketchum; two sons, Julian F. Gibson and Billy C. Gibson, both of Independence; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Calvin Stein 
Nelletta Stein 

MIAMI, Okla. Calvin F. Stein, 72, and his wife, Nelletta Rosalee Rogers Stein, 69, both of Yuba City, Calif., died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, of injuries they suffered in a traffic accident west of Quapaw. Mrs. Stein is a former resident of Ottawa County. 

Mr. Stein was born Sept. 10, 1924, at Webbers Falls. He was a retired welder. 

His survivors include three sisters, Clara Alene Wisman and Melva Estes, both of Fairfield, Calif., and Margie Lucille Gomas, Lathrop, Calif. 

Mrs. Stein was born Aug. 16, 1927, at McLoud. She had lived in the Carthage, Mo., area and was a graduate of Carthage High School. She lived in Ottawa County before moving to California. She was a homemaker. 

Her survivors include a daughter, Pamela Perrando, Fairfield; a son, Roger Oney, Yuba City; two sisters, Wanda Moss, Yuba City, and Evelyn Knox, Shasta City, Calif.; and a brother, Paul J. Rogers, Yuba City. 

Services will be conducted at Yuba City. 

Local arrangements are under direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

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