Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Betty Donaldson 

Betty Crane Donaldson, 70, 5591 Highway C, rural Joplin, died at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Donaldson was born Sept. 14, 1926, at Chanute, Kan. She was a longtime area resident. In 1980, she came to Joplin, moving from Pierce City. She was a seamstress for the former Miller Manufacturing Co., Joplin, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin. 

She married Dewey Donaldson in 1946 in Neosho. He died in 1980. 

Survivors include two sons, Zane Donaldson and Aaron Donaldson, both of Joplin; a daughter, Glennis Thomas, Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Elsie Conrow and Arlene Ashburn, both of Joplin; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Pastor Lowell Rossow will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Levi Donaldson, Travis Dixon, Jeff Thomas, Joshua Donaldson, Cameron Donaldson and Aubrey Donaldson. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the Shriners, in care of the mortuary. 

Robert Strayer 

Robert E. Strayer, 71, 301 Northpark Lane, Joplin, died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Strayer was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Lincoln, Neb. In 1994, he came to Joplin, moving from Lincoln, where he had lived most of his life. He was a retired real estate salesman. He also was an award-winning musician and music teacher, receiving awards from several state and national music contests. He specialized in the Dobro guitar and the dulcimer. He was a member of the Capital City Christian Church, Lincoln, and several music organizations in Nebraska. 

His wife, Linda Mehuron Strayer, died in December 1988. 

Survivors include two sons, Dan Strayer and Brad Strayer, both of Lincoln; a daughter, Diane Brennfoerder, 1902 Northpark Ave., Joplin; a sister, Bonnie Nelson, Sutherland, Colo.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be Monday at the Roper and Sons Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial will be in a Lincoln cemetery. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Ann Graham 

LANAGAN, Mo. Ann M. Graham, 83, Lanagan, died at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at a Rogers, Ark., nursing home after a long illness. 

Ms. Graham was born April 27, 1913, at Rosedale, Kan. She had lived in Lanagan for 30 years. 

She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include a son, Lloyd Norman, Lanagan; a brother, Frank Daniels, Des Moines, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. 

The body will be cremated after the service. 

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

Ruby Homesley 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Ruby E. Henbest Homesley, 91, Cassville, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Homesley was born Nov. 28, 1904, at Cassville. She was a lifelong resident of the Cassville area. 

She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Cassville. She was a member of the World War I Auxiliary, Cassville. 

She married Clyde Homesley on Feb. 22, 1930. He died March 17, 1975. 

Survivors include two sons, James Homesley and Lanny Homesley, both of Cassville; three daughters, Joann Armstrong, Oklahoma City, Okla., Jeanette Lane, Sanibel, Fla., and Linda Porterfield, Springfield; two brothers, John Henbest and Roger Henbest, both of Cassville; two sisters, Neva Linebarger, Wichita, Kan., and Willodean Boursheski, Pierce City; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. Clifton Mizer officiating. Burial will be in Horner Cemetery, Cassville. 

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

M.A. Kammerlour 

CASSVILLE, Mo. M.A. Kammerlour, 75, Cassville, died at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Kammerlour was born Oct. 1, 1921, at Hastings, Neb. 

He moved to Cassville in 1964 after retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant colnel. He was a decorated World War II fighter pilot, serving in the European Theater. He was a Mason and a Methodist. 

He married Maxine Fogg on May 15, 1946, in Govina, Calif. She died Dec. 24, 1981. 

Survivors include two sons, Chip Kammerlour, Cassville, and Frank Kammerlour, Katy, Texas; a daughter, Lisa Kammerlour, Springfield; a brother, Maurice Kammerlour, Green Valley, Ariz.; and two granddaughters. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. John Duncan will officiate. 

Graveside military services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the National Cemetery, Springfield. Military rites will be conducted by the members of the Whiteman Air Force Base Military Funeral Detail. 

Pallbearers will be Millard Andrews, Ron Evans, Bill Horner, Bob Lee, Bill Lowder, Ed Ray and R. F. ``Pete'' Tucker. 

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

Contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, in care of the funeral home. 

Jesse Kitsmiller 

ARCOLA, Mo. Jesse Kitsmiller, 93, Arcola, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at a Greenfield nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Kitsmiller was born Nov. 15, 1902, in Cedar County. He was a farmer and a school bus driver. He was a longtime area resident and member of Omer Methodist Church. 

He married Beatrice A. Lemaster on Aug. 13, 1924, at Greenfield. She died Sept. 21, 1996. 

Survivors include three sons, Donald Kitsmiller, Nevada, Bobby L. Kitsmiller, Arcola, and Joe L. Kitsmiller, Springfield; four daughters, Donnis Durrill, Sedalia, Carolyn Guiltner, Battlefield, Kathryn Terrell, Independence, and Martha Griffin, Raytown; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Elvis Durrill and the Rev. Elton White will officiate. Burial will be in the Omer Cemetery, north of Greenfield. 

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the donor's choice. 

Timothy Larimore 

GOODMAN, Mo. Graveside services for Timothy W. Larimore, 4-month-old son of Timothy and Dawn Larimore, Goodman, who died Tuesday, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Cemetery, west of Anderson. 

The Rev. Dell Reed will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Elmer Moore 

SHELDON, Mo. Elmer Lee Moore, 86, Sheldon, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Moore was born Aug. 2, 1910, in Pierce City. He was a longtime area resident. In 1929, he graduated from the Bronaugh High School. He also was a graduate of the Ford Motor Co. Airplane School, Willow Run, Mich., and the Army Air Force school at Biloxi, Miss. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. 

He farmed east of Sheldon for nine years and was a rural mail carrier for 25 years out of Sheldon and for more than a year out of Lamar, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Rural Letter Carriers' Association. 

He was a member of the Domain of the Golden Dragon, American Legion Post No. 175 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, all of Sheldon. He attended the Bronaugh Christian Church. 

Survivors include a daughter, Lela Mae McClintock, Girard, Kan.; a stepson, Jim Johnson, Harwood; two brothers, Ora Earl ``Bush'' Moore, Jefferson, Ore., and Carl Moore, Channelview, Texas; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon. Burial will be in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. 

Arline Pemberton, dies at age 100 

GRANBY, Mo. Arline Pemberton, 100, Granby, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness. 

Miss Pemberton was born Feb. 8, 1896, in the state of Kentucky. She was a longtime area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church, Neosho. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hazelwood Cemetery, east of Granby. The Rev. Larry Anderson will officiate. 

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

Wanda Pendergraft 

NOEL, Mo. Wanda Sherman Pendergraft, 63, Noel route 2, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Pendergraft was born May 19, 1933, at Anderson. She had been a lifelong resident of McDonald County. 

She was a homemaker. 

She married Clifford Pendergraft on Dec. 19, 1969, at Pineville. He survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, Roy Neil Blevins, Union City, Tenn., and David Wayne Blevins, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Debbie Sue Blevins, Noel; two stepsons, Thomas E. Pendergraft, Satanta, Kan., and Clifford Kent Pendergraft, Garden City, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Sandra Gayle Carter, Satanta; three brothers, Wayne Sherman, Noel, Clyde Lee Sherman, Anderson, and Eugene Sherman, Hayesville, Kan.; a sister, Judy Beaver, Neosho; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brush Creek Cemetery, Jane, with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. 

Homer Rubison 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Homer Rubison, 87, Mount Vernon, died at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Rubison was born Feb. 15, 1909, in Greene County. He was a longtime area retired farmer and a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church, Republic, living in the area since 1950. 

He married Hazel Blanton in 1941 in Mount Vernon. She died in 1985. 

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Rubison, Mount Vernon, Sharon Eaves, Aurora, and Wilma Roberts, Sharon, Tenn.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; 12 great-stepgrandchildren; and a step great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Willard Benbrook will officiate. Burial will be in the Wade Cemetery, northwest of Republic. 

Pallbearers will be Harold Eaves, Raymond Roberts, Greg Davis, John Roberts, Bruce Orton and Mark Prewitt. 

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

Contributions may be made to the donor's choice. 

Harold Walters 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Harold Walters, 68, Carthage, died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday,Oct. 23, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. 

Mr. Walters was born Sept. 8, 1928, at Columbus, Ind. In 1967, he came to Carthage, moving from Indiana. He was a janitor and oven-tender at Leggett and Platt Corp., Carthage. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the Signal Corps during the Korean War. He was a member of the Edwin W. Wiggins Post No. 9, American Legion, Carthage. 

He married Vena Ritchie on Jan. 3, 1972, in Carthage. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a stepson, Richard Campbell, Carthage; a stepdaughter, Bessie Bilodeau, Carthage; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Sister Betty Graham, Mike McDaniels and Bishop Jeff Zitting will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

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

Lloyd Douthit 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Lloyd B. Douthit, 79, 810 Pine St., Columbus, died at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at Medicalodge, Columbus, after an illness. 

Mr. Douthit was born Feb. 25, 1917, in Picher, Okla. He graduated in 1936 from Baxter Springs High School. He was employed at the former B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. plant at Miami, Okla., for 13 years, moving to Texas in June 1963. While in Texas, he worked for J.C. Penney, retiring in 1982. In 1990, he came to Columbus, moving from Texas. He was a member of the Keith Reeves Post No. 3, American Legion, Columbus, and the Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, Texas. 

He married Mary Powell on Nov. 22, 1956, in Columbus. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Leslie Douthit and David Carter, both of Houston, Tex.; a daughter, Gayle Wooten, Houston; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. in the Park Cemetery, Columbus. The Rev. Christine Iannucilli will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

James Cox 

GROVE, Okla. James D. ``J.D.'' Cox, 68, Hickory Grove community near Grove, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Cox was born July 1, 1928, at Hickory Grove. 

He worked in the coal mines at Picher for many years, starting at age 15. He also was a farmer and rancher. He drove a bus for Grove schools for 22 years and ran Sailboat Bridge Service Station for eight years. 

He was a founder and board member of and firefighter with Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department. He was board member at Hickory Grove Community Center. He was a member of Hickory Grove Church of God. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Fairland American Legion Post. 

He married Wanda Burton on Feb. 18, 1956, at Vinita, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, James, last name unavailable, Hickory Grove, and Steve, last name unavailable, Jay; three daughters, Sharon, Jo Ann and Sherry, last names unavailable, all of Hickory Grove; two sisters, Betty Maples, Highlandville, Mo., and Lenora Tatum, Clever, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Community Center, with Ron Cross and Jim Lemaster officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery. 

Hickory Grove firefighters will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

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