Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Russell Fisher 

Russell Lee Fisher, 81, 2920 Wall Ave., died at 6:13 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Fisher was born Sept. 1, 1915, at Berryville, Ark. He moved to Joplin several years ago. He formerly was a longtime resident of Webb City. He was a driver for Crown Coach and Jefferson Bus Lines for 38 years. He retired in 1980. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

His first wife, Emma Sinnard, died in November 1966. 

Survivors include his wife, Nina Jones Sink Fisher; a son, Joe R. Fisher, Seneca; two daughters, Emilee Janie Roark, Seneca, and Jean Ann Sheets, Yukon, Okla.; a stepson, Jack Sink, Topeka, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Diane Dudley, St. Louis; a sister, Frances Setser, Wichita, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. John Sherwood, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Brian Roark, Scott Sheets, Robert Fisher, Joe R. Fisher II, Blake Dudley and Randy Green. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

Joseph Wommack 

Joseph E. Wommack, 82, 2720 Chandler Ave., died at 6:19 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Wommack was born June 7, 1914, at Webb City. He moved to Joplin in August 1986 from Fayetteville, Ark. He was a graduate of Webb City High School and Central Methodist College at Fayette, where he played football. He worked for Hercules Powder Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1974. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Fellowship Sunday school class and Joplin Masonic Lodge No. 335. He was a former member of the Sertoma Club and Toastmasters at Fayetteville. 

He married Mildred Davis on March 30, 1941, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, David D. Wommack, Paducah, Ky., and William J. Wommack, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Richard Wommack, Fayetteville; four sisters, Frances Curtis, Youngtown, Ariz., Louise Moore, Siloam Springs, Ark., Marjorie Findley, Joplin, and Jean Bowen, Lead Hill, Ark.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Duane Trimble will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Jason Wommack, Brant Wommack, Tod Thompson, Tod Roy Thompson, Kent Findley and Bob Findley. 

Members of the Fellowship Sunday school class will be seated as a group. 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. 

Ruth Howard 

PURDY, Mo. Ruth Virginia Howard, 95, Purdy, died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after a long illness. 

Mrs. Howard was born Aug. 26, 1901, in Purdy. She was a longtime Purdy resident. She returned to Purdy in 1990 from Fresno, Calif. She and her husband had owned the Dry Goods Store in Purdy. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Purdy. 

She married Floyd Howard on Aug. 10, 1917, in Purdy. He died Dec. 1, 1972. 

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Eden, Chillicothe; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Monday at Purdy Cemetery. The Rev. Neal Cox will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Lorene Norcross 

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. Lorene Chambers Norcross, 70, Tulsa, Okla., a former Southwest City resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, after an illness. 

Mrs. Norcross was born Jan. 9, 1926, at Colcord, Okla. She lived in Southwest City most of her life, moving to Tulsa four years ago. She was city clerk of Southwest City for 30 years. She was a member of Fellowship of the Servant Church, Tulsa. 

Survivors include two sons, Melvin McKinley, Joplin, and Elvis Ray Norcross, Panama City, Fla.; two sisters, Velma Silcox, Colcord, and Opal Priest, Jay, Okla.; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Southwest City Full Gospel Church. Pastor Winston Shaffer will officiate. Burial will be in Southwest City Cemetery. 

Nephews serving as pallbearers will be Monte Priest, Edward Silcox, Wayne Silcox, Marvin Silcox, Cleve Silcox and Joe Silcox. 

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Southwest City. 

Dennis Raulston 

STARK CITY, Mo. Dennis Claude Raulston, 51, 15530 Tourney Lane, died at 11:35 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Raulston was born Dec. 6, 1944, at Stella. He was lifetime resident of the area. He was a mechanic at Moark Garage, Neosho. 

He married Regina Conklin on Nov. 12, 1971, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Dennis Dwayne Raulston, of the home; a stepson, Robert McKnight, Neosho; his mother, Clara Raulston, Stark City; a brother, Larry Raulston, Neosho; a sister, Marsha Bunch, Enid, Okla.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Don Buck will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the body may be viewed from 1 to 6 p.m. today and Sunday. 

Contributions may be made to Children's Miracle Network, in care of the funeral home. 

Gene Selvey 

LIBERAL, Mo. Services for Gene Wilber Selvey, 81, Liberal, who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, Lamar. 

The Rev. Drew Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery, Lamar. 

Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The family will receive friends after the service. 

Rollin Shaw 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Rollin L. Shaw, 75, 1624 Jefferson Circle, died at 12:29 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1996, at his home after several years of ill health. 

Mr. Shaw was born Jan. 21, 1921, at Wapakoneta, Ohio. He moved to Webb City 36 years ago from Lima, Ohio. He retired in 1978 as a maintenance supervisor with ICI Explosives, formerly Atlas Powder Co., east of Joplin. He formerly worked for Standard Oil Co. in Ohio. 

He was a member of Central Christian Center, Joplin, and the Four States Men's Christian Fellowship. He was a former member of the Webb City park board and past president of the Joplin Area Church Softball League. He was a former member and elder of Carl Junction Christian Church, where he had been Sunday school superintendent. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 7th Armored Division in Central Europe. 

He married Thora Erickson on Nov. 3, 1940, at Delphos, Ohio. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Shaw, Joplin; two daughters, Martha McCoy, Joplin route 1, and Pat Shaw, of the home; three sisters, Ruth Lee, Wapakoneta, Lula Behm, Lima, and Margaret Owen, Convoy, Ohio; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Central Christian Center, Joplin. The Rev. Mack Evans and the Rev. Doug Wilkerson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Military graveside services will be conducted by members of Robert S. Thurman Post No. 13, American Legion. 

Pallbearers will be Byron Blunt, Mike Hulderman, Brian Shaw, Mark Lamb, Robert Willis and Don Hames. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to Thora Shaw Ministries, in care of Central Christian Center, Joplin. 

Anna Southern 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Anna Elizabeth Southern, 82, Carl Junction route 1, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Southern was born April 3, 1914, in Jasper County. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for several years. 

She married Wallace Southern on May 22, 1935. He died Dec. 25, 1994. 

Survivors include two sons, Lloyd Southern, Carl Junction, and Robert Southern, Raytown; two daughters, Clara Jackson, Carl Junction, and Carolyn Tyler, Welch, Okla.; a brother, Arthur Force, Lamar; a sister, Mae Knapp, Mindenmines; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John Southern, James Southern, Ken Carter, Steve Elliott, Charles Honey and Terry Laudett. 

Contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Ruby Thomas 

GOODMAN, Mo. Ruby Irene Thomas, 85, 205 S. School St., died at 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Thomas was born Nov. 5, 1911, at Neosho. She was a lifetime area resident. She moved to Goodman in 1966 from Anderson. She was a homemaker and a member of Goodman Church. 

She married Sherman Lewis Thomas on March 15, 1961. He died March 21, 1989. 

Survivors include a stepson, Harold Thomas, Anderson; a stepdaughter, Mona Harris, Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, John Tuggle, Neosho, and Harley Tuggle and Lester Tuggle, both of Joplin; two sisters, Ollie Cooper, Granby, and Augusta Lane, Pasco, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery, Goodman. 

Pallbearers will be Eddie Cooper, Fred Cooper, George Kelly, John Kelly, Jerry Tuggle and Ralph Tuggle. 

The body may be viewed from 1 to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Delores Baker 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Delores M. Baker, 86, Las Vegas, Nev., a former Pittsburg resident, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996, at a nursing home in St. George, Utah, after several years of ill health. 

Mrs. Baker was born July 16, 1910, at Weir. She attended schools in Weir and Pittsburg. She graduated from Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kan. She worked in the accounting department of Trans World Airlines at Kansas City for more than 30 years. She returned to Pittsburg from Kansas City in 1976 and returned to Kansas City in 1990. She moved to Las Vegas to live near her son. 

She was a member of the Methodist Church in Kansas City and was a former member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. 

Survivors include a son, Lawrence D. Baker, Las Vegas; and two sisters, Erma Raca, Las Vegas, and Isabelle Lorraine O'Donnell, Lenexa. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. The Rev. Jerry McClure will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. 

Scott Brown 

GROVE, Okla. Scott Bradley Brown, 37, Chaska, Minn., formerly of Grove, was found dead at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at a residence in Norwood, Minn. The death is being investigated by sheriff's and coroner's offices in Minnesota. 

Mr. Brown was born June 9, 1959, at Bartlesville. He was a construction worker. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Edmond. 

Survivors include two daughters, Amber Brown and Ashley Brown, both of Edmond; a son, Joshua Brown, Edmond; his parents, Joe and Shirley Brown, Grove; and three brothers, Steve Brown, Grove, Bill Brown, Edmond, and John Brown, Springdale, Ark. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with Larry Jackson officiating. 

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

Oscar Johnson 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Oscar Carl ``Pappy'' Johnson, 84, 421 Harned Ave., who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens Cemetery, east of Miami. 

The Rev. Carol Holden will officiate. 

The family will be at the home of a son, Garry Johnson, 106 A St. S.W., Miami. 

Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Cancer. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mavis Marlene Powell, Vinita.

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