Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996
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Rolland C. ``Ron'' Lemmons, 70, North Little Rock, Ark., a Joplin native, died at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at North Little Rock Veterans Affairs Hospital after an illness.
Mr. Lemmons was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Joplin. He was a salesman for Haynes Construction Co. He was a Coast Guard veteran. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 26 years.
Surviving are his wife, Marge Lemmons; a son, Stan Lemmons, Cabot, Ark.; two stepsons, Joe Penor, Little Rock, Ark., and Pat Penor, Hot Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Sandra Berg, Fontana, Calif.; two sisters, Georgia Jones and Ruth Hodson, both of Downey, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted Friday at Little Rock National Cemetery. The Rev. Bobby King officiated.
Arrangements were under direction of Huson Funeral Home, Sherwood, Ark.
Richard R. Righthouse, 38, Tahlequah, Okla., a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Righthouse was born June 2, 1958, in Joplin. He attended schools in Joplin and Baxter Springs, Kan. He graduated from Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
He was a computer systems security analyst and manager for Conoco Inc., Ponca City, Okla.; First Interstate Bank, Los Angeles, Calif., and Denver, Colo.; and Baldor Electric Corp., Fort Smith, Ark. He later owned a computer consulting business at Tahlequah. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Tahlequah.
Survivors include a daughter, Allison Righthouse, Tahlequah; a son, William Righthouse, Tahlequah; his mother, Patricia Righthouse, Broken Arrow; two sisters, Celia Yen, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Elaine Schott, Vacaville, Calif., and a brother, David Righthouse, Oklahoma City.
The body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin, with the Rev. Brock Watson officiating.
Arrangements are under direction of Shipman Funeral Home and Crematory, Wagoner, Okla.
David L. Watkins, 39, Joplin, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness of five years.
Mr. Watkins was born Feb. 10, 1957, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. He was a truck driver for Hunter Transportation Co., Joplin, until retiring because of ill health.
He married Ellen England on Nov. 19, 1975, in Joplin. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Danny Watkins and Shawn Watkins, both of Joplin; a daughter, Deanna Kelley, Joplin; and a grandson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary. Floyd Howe will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kan.
Pallbearers will be Lanny Howe, Jonathan Howe, Steven Howe, Ralph Hayes, Neil Schrader and John Greninger.
LOCKWOOD, Mo. … Wilma I. Bridgeman, 80, Lockwood, died at 3:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at a nursing home in Lockwood after a short illness.
Mrs. Bridgeman was born May 21, 1916, at Kirksville. She owned and operated Wilma's Beauty Shop in Lockwood for many years. She was a member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church.
She married Floyd J. Bridgeman on Sept. 25, 1937, at Eureka, Kan. He died Jan. 23, 1977.
Survivors include three sons, Samuel Bridgeman, Eskridge, Kan., Fredrick Bridgeman, Woodbridge, Va., and David Bridgeman, Joplin; two daughters, Sally Moore, Hampton, Iowa, and Dorothy Jenkins, Lockwood; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Cameron Moles will officiate. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
NEVADA, Mo. … Arthur L. Burnsworth, 72, Nevada, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at his home of a sudden illness.
Mr. Burnsworth was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Nevada. He attended schools in Nevada. He had lived in California before returning to Nevada. He worked at Nevada State Hospital. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nevada.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
He married Virginia L. Wolfe in 1977 at Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Evans, Gallatin; two stepsons, John Wolfe, Grandview, and Mike Wolfe, Nevada; a brother, Alfred Burnsworth, Clearview City, Texas; two grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Moore Cemetery, Nevada.
Military rites will be conducted by members of the Nevada High School ROTC.
Friends may call until 2:30 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
LAMAR, Mo. … Services for Vernon Hoenshell, 79, 109 W. 17th St., who died Sunday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.
The Rev. Elton White will officiate. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, south of Jasper.
Pallbearers will be Scott Hoenshell, Gary McLemore, Shane Poindexter, Kenny Hoenshell, Roy Gene Worley and Russell Selzey.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
NEVADA, Mo. … C.B. ``Curly'' McMillin, 69, Nevada, died Monday morning, Nov. 11, 1996, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. McMillin was born Nov. 29, 1926, in Linn County, Kan. He attended school at El Dorado Springs. He served in the Merchant Seamen, retiring in 1975 and returning to Nevada.
He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Nevada, and a member of the Eagles Lodge and American Legion, both in Nevada. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He married Florence McReynolds on Oct. 24, 1975, at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Additional survivors include four daughters, Kelly Thompson, Pocatello, Idaho, JoAnn Adams, Nevada, Linda Gammon, Sheldon, and Norma Smith, Excelsior Springs; three sons, Mac Allen, Marc Mason and John McDermott, all of Nevada; a sister, Delma Ware, Ottawa, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
AURORA, Mo. … Joseph W. Sikes, 82, Aurora, died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at Aurora Community Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Sikes was born June 30, 1914, at Crane. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Aurora. He was a retired car dealer.
Survivors include five sons, Kenneth Sikes, Chicopee, Mass., Mike Sikes, Jonesboro, Ark., Terry Sikes, Independence, Kan., Gary Sikes, Zhulai, China, and Craig Sikes, El Paso, Texas; three daughters, Beverly Lopes, Aurora, Marylin Phillips, Falmouth, Mass., and Carolyn Leffingwell, Kailua Kona, Hawaii; a sister, Reeta Thogmartin, Cave Junction, Ore.; 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Tommie Blair will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Janet P. Whitehead Webster, 70, 1725 S. Garrison Ave., died at 5:23 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Webster was born March 31, 1926, at St. Louis. She moved to Carthage in 1948. She graduated in 1944 from Crystal City High School and in 1948 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She was a member of the First Christian Church, and its Mr. and Mrs. Sunday school class, Missionary Guild and Missionary Committee. She was chairwoman of the church decorating committee. She was a member of the church choir for 25 years.
She was a member of Carthage Chapter AP, PEO Sisterhood; the Carthage Musical Devotees; and the McCune-Brooks Hospital Auxiliary.
She married Richard M. Webster on July 3, 1948, at Kimmswick. He died March 3, 1990.
Survivors include two sons, William L. Webster, Prairie Village, Kan., and Richard M. Webster Jr., Carthage route 4; a brother, Jack Whitehead, Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Carthage. Ministers Mike Hughes and Bob Lyttle will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church sanctuary.
Contributions may be made to Ozark Christian College, Joplin, or to the First Christian Church building fund, in care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.
MONETT, Mo. … Iva M.C.E. Wells, 62, Monett, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Wells was born Feb. 22, 1934, at Galena, Mo. She moved to Monett in 1986 from Galena. She was a homemaker and a member of Eagle Rock Baptist Church.
She married Raymond Pete Wells on April 13, 1956, at Galena, Mo. He died March 23, 1974.
Survivors include a son, Harold Wells, Galena, Mo.; three daughters, Linda Mason, Brenda Frank and Letha Wells, all of Monett; her mother, Bessie Edwards, Mount Vernon; three brothers, Frank Edwards, Cassville, Joe Edwards, Pioneer, and Charles Edwards, Mount Vernon; six sisters, Doris Butler and Arvilla Duncan, both of Cassville, Clemma Taylor, Butterfield, Judy Moore, Purdy, Maxine Hall, Monett, and Mary Bunch, Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Noland Cemetery, near Galena, Mo. The Rev. Geneva Thornton will officiate.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. … Lou Woody, 80, Golden City, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996, at a nursing home in Springfield after a short illness.
Mrs. Woody was born Aug. 16, 1916, at Lockwood. She was a graduate of Lockwood High School, and she attended Park College at Kansas City. She and her husband had owned and operated Woody's Hardware Store in Golden City. She was a member of Lockwood Presbyterian Church.
There are no immediate survivors.
Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are under direction of Lockwood Funeral Chapel.
Contributions may be made to the Lockwood Ambulance Service, the Southwest Missouri Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
GALENA, Kan. … Warren C. Ludwig, 78, Galena route 1, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness.
Mr. Ludwig was born Nov. 4, 1918, on Galena route 1 and was a lifetime resident. He had worked as a track repairman for a railroad and had worked at the Eagle-Picher smelter in Galena.
There are no immediate survivors.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Roy Derfelt will officiate.
Arrangements are under direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.
OSWEGO, Kan. … Jessie B. Reed Sheets, 85, Oswego, died at 2:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.
Mrs. Sheets was born May 12, 1911, at Weir. She grew up and attended school at Weir before moving with her family to Chetopa. She was a 1928 graduate of Chetopa High School.
She worked in medical offices at Chetopa for several years. She worked for the former Fumetco Industries, Oswego, for 13 years before retiring in 1976. She was a member of Oswego United Methodist Church; Excelsior Chapter No. 86, Order of the Eastern Star, Chetopa; and Bryant-Sykes Post No. 3399, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Ogden, Oswego.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego, with the Rev. J. Ray Swearingen officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Oswego United Methodist Church.
WYANDOTTE, Okla. … Gearl Brown, 78, Wyandotte route 2, died at 3:08 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Brown was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Wyandotte. He was a lifetime resident. He was a retired farmer and stockman. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He married Ruby Wheeler on Dec. 14, 1978, at Miami. She survives.
Additional survivors include four sons, Claude E. Brown and David L. Brown, both of Miami, Lonnie G. Brown, Wyandotte, and Don R. Brown, Broken Arrow; two daughters, Mary F. Cates, Hood River, Ore., and Lois Joan Hinds, Kansas City, Mo.; a stepson, Charles Wheeler, Fairland; three stepdaughters, Pat Holderfield and Tammie Croff, both of Commerce, and Joycelyn Harrison, Miami; a brother, Logan Brown, Fairland; two sisters, Wilva Jackman, Bonita, Kan., and Luella Merit, Fairland; 22 grandchildren; and 14 stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gary Rhodes and the Rev. Charles Pugh will officiate. Burial will be in Wyandotte Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dillard Harrison Jr., Terry Hinds, Scott Garrette, David Brown, Jeff Brown, and Jeff Croff.
Military graveside services will be conducted by members of the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MIAMI, Okla. … Ruby Jewel Miller, 64, Miami route 4, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.
Mrs. Miller was born Oct. 2, 1932, at Grove. She lived in the Miami area most of her life. She worked for Craig General Hospital, Vinita, for eight years and for Rainbow Bread in Miami several years ago. She was a volunteer for St. John's Hospice at Grove.
She married Carl E. Miller on Aug. 30, 1950, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Carla Jewel Davis, Vinita; a son, J.B. Miller, Seneca, Mo.; two brothers, Carl L. ``Jiggs'' Lewis and Berry ``Bo'' Lewis, both of Narcissa; a sister, Barbara Ann ``Polly'' McFarland, Miami; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gary Bishop and the Rev. Danny Dareing will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton.
Pallbearers will be David Lewis, Dale Boyd, Jody Lewis, Cody Wolfe, Jason Cornell and Mike Lewis.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Grove, in care of the funeral home.
Elmer Ogle Jr.
MIAMI, Okla. … Elmer E. Ogle Jr., D.O., 61, 1001 I St. N.W., died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at his home after a short illness.
Mr. Ogle was born Jan. 30, 1935, at Wewoka. He moved to Miami in 1973 from Oklahoma City. He graduated from Southwestern State College of Pharmacy at Weatherford in 1960 and from Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1971. He interned at Hillcrest Hospital, Oklahoma City.
He formerly had offices in Miami and Fairland. For the past 11 years, he had a practice at Anderson, Mo. He had been on the staff of the former Bradshaw Memorial Hospital in Miami, Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami, and the former Oak Hill Hospital at Joplin, Mo.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Moila Shrine Temple at St. Joseph, Mo. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He married Billie Lay on July 28, 1977, at Neosho, Mo. She survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Purcell, Keener, La., and Kymberli Ogle, Wewoka; two sons, Martin Ogle, Keener, and Richard Ogle, Wewoka; two stepdaughters, Denise Stone, Commerce, and Kara Waterman, Springfield, Mo.; a stepson, John T. Lay, Oklahoma City; three sisters, Edith Rose, Noble, Noba Light, Aiken, S.C., and Anna Mary Noble, Bethesda, Md.; four grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Leon Weece, minister, will officiate.
Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.
Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice at Grove.
WELCH, Okla. … Clifton Thomas Waller, 85, Welch, died at 1:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at Craig General Hospital, Vinita, after a short illness.
Mr. Waller was born Oct. 20, 1911, in Welch. He was a lifetime resident of Craig County. He attended Cuckle Burr Country School, west of Welch. He was a retired rancher and farmer. He was a member of Welch Methodist Church and the Welch Round Up Club.
He married Alma Richardson on Dec. 24, 1934, in Welch. She survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Neva Joann Bailey, Miami route 3; a grandson; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Welch Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Forrest will officiate. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bill Waller, Jeff King, Rowdy Bailey, Dennis Taylor, Randy McKinney and Raymond McKinney.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.