Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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John Hartman 

John S. Hartman, 79, 1829 W. A St., Joplin, died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at his home after an apparent suicide. 

Mr. Hartman was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Houston, Texas. He was a gardener for the Civil Service and a veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Hartman, state of South Carolina; seven brothers, Mack Hartman, Carterville, Wendell Hartman, Brady Hartman, and Larry Hartman, all of Central Valley, Calif., Luke Hartman, Denver, Colo., Bill Hartman, state of Missouri, and Charles Hartman, Anderson, Calif.; two sisters, Ivy Taylor, Orville, Calif., and Oma Deakins, state of Alabama; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Carterville Cemetery. 

No visitation is planned. 

Eva Pearson 

Services for Eva M. Pearson, 97, Ellisville, a former long-time Joplin resident, who died Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Parker Mortuary Chapel, Joplin. The Rev. Aaron Brown will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to service time at the mortuary chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Joplin. 

Johnny Akins 

EXETER, Mo. Johnny Akins, 72, Exeter, died at 5:35 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at his home in Exeter after a long illness. 

Mr. Akins was born June 26, 1924, at Lead Hill, Ark. He was a lifelong resident of Barry County and a self-employed truck driver. 

He was a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Washburn. 

He married Maxine Foster on Dec. 30, 1942, at Cassville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Floyd Akins, Washburn; two sisters, Alta Wilbanks, San Jose, Calif., and Margaret Weishaup, Santa Monica, Calif.; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Aaron Nowland, the Rev. Hugh Higgs and the Rev. Tom Casady will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. 

Pallbearers will be Danny Dalton, Rudolph Harris, Jimmy Mahurin, Gilbert Stubblefield, Larry Varner and Marvin Weems. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Contributions may be made to Quality Home Health and Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Vernon Dodwell 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Vernon C. Dodwell, 72, Shell Knob, formerly of Aurora, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Dodwell was born June 7, 1924, at Kansas City, Mo. He moved in 1956 to Aurora. He moved in 1990 to Shell Knob. He was a retired, self-employed insurance agent and a member of the First Christian Church, Shell Knob. 

He married Yvonne Burlison on Jan. 14, 1989, at Aurora. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Jerry Dodwell, St. Louis, and John Dodwell, Chicago, Ill.; a stepson, Dean Swearingen, St. Louis; two stepdaughters, Dawn Swearingen, Aurora, and Nancy Morey, Baxter, Minn.; three grandsons; and six step-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Aurora. The Rev. Corky Johnson and the Rev. George Latimer will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

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

Mabel Freund 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Mabel Elizabeth Freund, 91, Carthage, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Freund was born Dec. 3, 1904, at Clifton Hill. She had lived about six months with a son at Carthage, moving from Warsaw, Mo., where she had lived since 1945. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member since 1945 of the First United Methodist Church and its McCormick Sunday school class at Warsaw. She was a past worthy matron of the Osage Valley No. 502 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Warsaw. She was a charter recipient of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award in 1990. 

She married Roy E. Freund on Aug. 18, 1927, at Clifton Hill. He survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Roy L. Freund, Carl Junction, Edgar Biddle Freund, Carthage, Larry R. Freund, Springfield, and Joseph R. Freund, St. Louis; a daughter, Marilyn Stevinson, Springfield; a brother, Jonathan Graves, Chillicothe; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Warsaw. The Rev. Roger Metscher will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Warsaw. 

Pallbearers will be David Freund, Terry Freund, Chris Freund, Joe L. Freund, Joe D. Freund and Bill McKee. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw. Contributions may be made to the scholarship fund at the United Methodist Church, Warsaw. 

Shirley Miller 

LIBERAL, Mo. Shirley L. Miller, 73, 309 S. Payne St., died Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at a Lamar nursing home of an illness. 

Mrs. Miller was born Feb. 11, 1923, at Wichita, Kan. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of God Holiness, Liberal. She moved to Earlton, Kan., from Wichita and attended schools in the Earlton area. She had lived in Liberal and moved in January 1945 to Odessa, Texas. She returned in 1995 to Liberal. 

She married Glenn Miller on March 20, 1960, at Odessa. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Leslie H. Rolando, Irving, Texas; a daughter, Betty Sisseck, Oronogo; her mother, Verfie Spurling, Earlton; two brothers, Willie Spurling, Fredonia, Kan., and Floyd Spurling, Wichita; four sisters, Georgie Wickwire, Odessa, Katherine Eccher, Liberal, Edna Hale, La Harpe, Kan., and Alice Hedges, Manhattan, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel, Chanute, Kan. Burial will be in Earlton Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel. 

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

Ethel Fuller 

OSWEGO, Kan. Ethel E. Fuller, 92, rural Oswego, died at 12:39 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Fuller was born Jan. 9, 1904, in Oklahoma Indian Territory. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sedan United Methodist Church. 

She married Earl T. Fuller on March 4, 1925, in Bartlesville, Okla. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Jim Fuller, Manhattan, Tim Fuller, Oswego, and Jeff Fuller, Tampa, Fla.; and four daughters, Beth McGee, Elgin, Mary Jean Lehr, Mission Viejo, Calif., Annette Brown, Oswego, and Jan Stiltz, Foothill Ranch, Calif. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Oswego Cemetery. The Rev. J. Ray Swearingen will officiate. 

The casket will be closed. 

Contributions may be made to the Oswego Public Library, in care of Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Clyde Tillman 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Ernest ``Clyde'' Tillman, 86, Columbus, died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at Maude Norton Memorial Hospital, Columbus, after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Tillman was born June 30, 1910, near Ozark in Christian County, Mo. He farmed in Cherokee County when he was young. He worked several years in the lead and zinc mines. He worked in the tire-recapping business for many years before retiring in 1972. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Columbus. 

He was a past member of the Columbus Masonic Lodge. 

He married Vera Marie Schultz on July 7, 1932, at Oswego. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Wanda Beatty Tillman, Weir, Kan.; two sisters, Esther Mayhood, Columbus, and Myrtle Smith, Frisco, Texas; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Lloyd and the Rev. Don Walker will officiate. Burial will be in Columbus Cemetery. 

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

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

Charlotte Southworth 

CARDIN, Okla. Services for Charlotte Bonnie Tallent Southworth, 71, Cardin, who died Sunday, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Picher. Mark Hester will officiate. Burial will be in the Bluejacket (Okla.) Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Lane Tallent, Timothy Tallent, Terry Southworth, Glen Watkins, E.T. Washburn and Allen Schultz. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home.

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