Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Charles Archer 

Graveside services for Charles D. Archer, 53, 904 W. Ninth St., who died Saturday, will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Park Cemetery. 

Gene Hutchcraft, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Robert Bockstahler 

Robert L. Bockstahler, 65, Pensacola, Fla., a former Joplin industry and civic leader, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Bockstahler was born Aug. 24, 1931, at Cincinnati, Ohio. He was president and general manager of the chemicals and fibers division of the Eagle-Picher Industries' operation in Joplin from 1971 to 1981. He retired as E-P claims director in 1991. He moved to Pensacola from Cincinnati in August. 

During his years in Joplin, he had served as chairman of the Joplin Regional Airport Board and on the board of trustees for the former Freeman Hospital. He was a member of Joplin Kiwanis and was active in the Joplin Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Joplin. 

His wife, the former Margaret Rei, died in 1991. 

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara B. Huff, Joplin, and Karen E. Carl, Eldersburg, Md.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anderson, Baiter & Sahnd Funeral Home, Cincinnati. The Rev. Jerry Hill officiate. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati. 

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

Ralph Reid 

Ralph Arnold Reid, 87, Arma, Kan., a longtime Joplin area resident, died at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, Kan., after one year of ill health. 

Mr. Reid was born Aug. 21, 1909, at Edna, Kan. He had lived in the Joplin area most of his life before moving to Arma in 1987. He was a painter for the former Walker and Campbell Paint Co. in Joplin for 25 years. 

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Local No. 76 of Wichita, Kan., and Local No. 126 of Joplin. 

His wife, Saletastet Points Reid, died on Jan. 31, 1976. 

Survivors include a sister, Helen Duncan, Tucson, Ariz. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kan. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Robert Strayer 

Memorial services for Robert E. Strayer, 71, 201 Northpark Lane, who died Thursday, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Spring River Christian Village. 

Allen Brintnall, minister, will officiate. 

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

Ruby Anthony 

MONETT, Mo. Ruby Virginia Anthony, 81, Monett, formerly of Mount Vernon, died at 4:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 1996, at a Monett nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Anthony was born March 10, 1915, at Mount Vernon. She returned to Mount Vernon in 1975 from the state of California. She was a retired nurse. She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star in California. 

Survivors include three sons, Warren Anthony, Lake Isabella, Calif., and David Prince and Andy Prince, both of the state of Oregon; a brother, Max Darby, Mount Vernon; and several grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at City Cemetery, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Hubertstet Fugittstet will officiate. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

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

Paul Ayers 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Paul L. Ayers,stet 89, Greenfield, died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at Columbia Hospital South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. Ayers was born Dec. 28, 1906, at Fresno, Calif. He was a longtime resident of Arcola. He was a retired television repairman. He was a member of Arcola United Methodist Church. 

He married Becky Higgins in 1953 at San Francisco, Calif. She died Nov. 5, 1995. 

Survivors include a brother, L. Ayers, Fresno. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Arcola. The Rev. George Bohnstet will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. 

Pat Boyer 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Charles E. ``Pat '' Boyer, 64, San Antonio, Texas, a former Webb City resident, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at Wilford Hall Military Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, after an illness. 

Mr. Boyer was born July 11, 1932, in Webb City. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in November 1972 after serving 22 years. He was a member of the Atascosa Masonic Lodge No. 379, Lytle, Texas; Baxar Chapter No. 616, Order of the Eastern Star; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9174. 

He married Wanda Byers on May 4, 1961, at Waco, Texas. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Patricia Lackey, Temple, Texas, Sheri Cox, Fort Worth, Texas, and Marianne Femath, El Paso, Texas; a son, Charles ``Greg'' Boyer, state of Florida; three sisters, Marlene Mecham and Elois King, both of Joplin, and Karen Garrison, Carl Junction; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Graveside services were conducted Thursday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio. Full military honors were conducted. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, San Antonio. 

Beulah Edens 

NEOSHO, Mo. Beulah E. Edens, 80, Neosho, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Edens was born Feb. 27, 1916, at Joplin. She was a lifelong resident of the Joplin and Neosho area. She was a homemaker and a member of the Silver Moon Full Gospel Church, Diamond. 

She married Andrew P. Edens on Oct. 1, 1933, at Diamond. He died Aug. 30, 1991. 

Surviving are two sons, Stanley Edens, Neosho, and Ronald Edens, of the home; a brother, Russell Hough, Joplin; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Silver Moon Full Gospel Church. The Rev. Fred Franks will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Cemetery. 

Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Clyde Embrey 

DIAMOND, Mo. Clyde James Embrey, 53, 19851 Aspen Road, died at 11:34 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital emergency room, Carthage, after suffering an apparent heart attack earlier at his work. 

Mr. Embrey was born Sept. 21, 1943, at Stella. He lived in the Joplin area his lifetime. He worked on the sanitation crew at Butterball Inc., Carthage, for the past four years. He formerly had worked at Ramada Inn in Joplin and for the former Neosho Nurseries. He was a Baptist. 

He married Nina L. Sparks on Sept. 17, 1991, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Sarah McAllister,stet of the home, Leannstet Trimble and Stephanie Embrey, both of Canyon City, Colo.; five sons, Wade Scott, of the home, Raymond Scott, Baltimore, Md., Marvin Embrey, the state of Texas, John Embrey and Lesliestet Embrey, both of Canyon City; four brothers, Donald Embrey, Joplin, Luiestet White, Diamond, Jack White, Sarcoxie, and J.R. Embrey, Walla Walla,stet Wash.; and 20 grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Hazel Hillhouse 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Hazel N. Hillhouse, 92, Mount Vernon, died at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Miss Hillhouse was born Aug. 21, 1904, at Aurora. She lived in Mount Vernon most of her life. She was a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, and attended Joplin Business College. 

She worked in the McPherson and Stemmons law office for 13 years in Mount Vernon. During World War II, she was a substitute worker in the Mount Vernon post office. She worked for the Farmer's Home Administration for 13 years and for the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, Ark. She retired in 1968 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Cape Canaveral, Fla. She was the author of more than 350 newspaper and magazine articles. 

She was a member of First Christian Church, Mount Vernon. She was a member of the Daughters of American Colonists and the Elk Horn Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Aurora. She was a member of the American Red Cross. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon. 

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Mount Vernon. 

Frances Prock 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Frances L. Prock, 82, Carthage, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Prock was born Aug. 13, 1914, at Sarcoxie. She lived in the Carthage and Sarcoxie area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

She married Wallace W. Prock in 1947 at Bentonville, Ark. He died in May 1973. 

Surviving are two sons, Brad A. Metcalf, Carthage, and Robert W. Prock, Blytheville, Ark.; a brother, Carroll Bradley, Joplin; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dudman Springs Cemetery, south of Carthage. Timothy Lee, minister, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the skilled-nursing unit at McCune-Brooks Hospital, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Goldie Cavender 

PICHER, Okla. Goldie Peggy Cavender, 69, 104 McLain St., died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cavender was born Feb. 1, 1927, at Wilburton. She lived in the Picher area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Picher. 

She married Paul E. Cavender on May 2, 1943, at Douthat. He died Nov. 6, 1991. 

Survivors include two sons, Dale Edward Cavender, Commerce, and Randy Lee Cavender, Oswego, Kan.; three daughters, Patricia Barker, Commerce, Carol Wallin Green, Treece, Kan., and Linda Miller, Baxter Springs, Kan.; two sisters, Opal Turner, Quapaw, and Pearl Plainer, the state of California; 13 grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Treece, Kan. The Rev. Kenneth Thulin will officiate. 

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

Connie Chazell 

PICHER, Okla. Connie Sue Chazell, 53, Tooele,stet Utah, a former Picher resident, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at her home after a long illness. cancer 

Mrs. Chazell was born Sept. 15, 1943, in Miami. 

Survivors include her husband, Danny Chazell; a son, Russell Chazell, Lansing, Mich.; a daughter, Raeganstet Elwell, Wells, Nev.; her mother, Evelyn Tippitt, Columbus, Kan.; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Billie Moore 

MIAMI, Okla. Billie Laverne Moore, 77, 3515 Cayuga Ave., died at 5:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 1996, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Moore was born April 12, 1919, at Douthat, south of Picher. She had lived in the Picher and Miami area all her life. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include three sons, Donald Allgood and Larry Cook Hayes, both of Miami, and Vernon Ray Hayes, Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Carol Wren Kinney, Lanagan, Mo.; a sister, Geneva Waterman, Miami; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

William Pritchett 

JAY, Okla. William Harry Pritchett, 80, Jay, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Pritchett was born July 1, 1916, in Delaware County. He was a retired machinist and mechanic. 

He married Verna Lee Duncan in July 1938. She died Nov. 8, 1973. 

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Pritchett, Webb City, Mo., and Kevin Pritchett, Salina; two daughters, Kathy Earp, Jay, and Denise Fagan, Broken Arrow; a brother, Herselstet Pritchett, state of California; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay, with the Rev. Raymond Scott officiating. 

Billie Wilson 

JAY, Okla. Billie Ruth King Wilson, 51, Jay, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at Grove (Okla.) General Hospital after a short illness. 

Mrs. Wilson was born July 5, 1945, in Miami. She moved to the Jay area from Miami five years ago. She was an assistant director of nursing at Guinn Nursing Home, Jay. She was a member of the Baptist Church. 

Her husband, William Wilson, died in 1980. 

Survivors include a son, Clifford Wilson, Grove; a daughter, Lisa Greenfeather, Jay; two brothers, Donald King, Miami, and Larry King, Tulsa; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hickory Grove Church, north of Grove. Ron Cross will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Tucson Evans, Tim Durborow, Windell Bullard, Will Martin, Jeromy Young and Zack Young. 

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

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