Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Margaret Brown 

Margaret L. Brown, 82, Joplin, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at her home after an illness of several years. 

Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 9, 1914, at Raleigh, N.C. She moved to Joplin six months ago from Springfield, where she lived most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention. In 1986, she received the Howard Hanna Award for outstanding service to the Missouri Democratic Party. 

She was a member of the Springfield Collectors Club, the F.D.R. Women's Democratic Club of Springfield, the First Baptist Church of Springfield and its Triple L Sunday school class, and the Happy Plunkers Ukulele Band. She attended First Community Church in Joplin. 

She married Virgil ``Hook'' Brown on June 21, 1935, in Asheville, N.C. He died Nov. 29, 1985. 

Survivors include two sons, V.J. Brown Jr., Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Branson Brown, Durham, N.C.; two daughters, Jane Bass, Tulsa, Okla., and Joy O'Toole, Joplin; two brothers, Robert Branson and C.B. Branson, both of Asheville; a sister, Minnie Hollar, Asheville; and nine grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Thieme Colonial Chapel, Springfield. 

Burl Harrison 

Burl T. Harrison, 83, 2927 E. Ninth St., died at 5:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at his home after five years of ill health. 

Mr. Harrison was born April 16, 1913, at Stark City. He had lived in Joplin since 1947. He was a truck driver for the former Campbell 66 Trucking Co. for 27 years, retiring in 1973. 

He married Kathryn Love on Dec. 24, 1939, at Neosho. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, John Harrison, Webb City, and Tom Harrison, Joplin; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Easton officiating. 

Sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

The family will receive friends at the home, 2927 E. Ninth St. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Billy Prater 

Billy R. Prater, 69, Cherryvale, Kan., died at 11:02 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at Mercy Hospital, Independence, Kan., where he had been a patient since Oct. 26, after a long illness. He was the brother of Joe Prater, Joplin. 

Mr. Prater was born Dec. 17, 1926, at Tuskahoma, Okla., where he grew up and graduated from high school. He lived at Parsons, Kan., before moving to Cherryvale in 1959. He was a painter and was a foreman for Superior Paint Co. of Kansas City, Kan., until retiring in 1976 because of ill health. After retiring, he ran a radiator and saw sharpening shop at his home in Cherryvale for several years. 

He served in the Army during World War II and guarded German prisoners in Arkansas. He was a member of Cherryvale Church of the Nazarene and Local 203, Painters union. 

He married Jacqueline Irene Spurgeon on May 24, 1947, at Erie, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ralph Prater, Cherryvale, and Carl Prater, Independence, Kan.; three daughters, Debby Wilson and Marilyn Hestand, both of Cherryvale, and Linda Johnson, Baxter Springs, Kan.; another brother, Rudell Prater, Owasso, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Potts Funeral Chapel, Cherryvale. The Rev. Don Keenan and the Rev. Robert Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Cherryvale. 

Pallbearers will be James B. Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Chad Wilson, David Johnson, Glenn Stice and Eugene Adams. 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the Cherryvale EMT Unit or to Mercy Hospital in Independence, in care of the funeral chapel. 

Barbara Ball 

MONETT, Mo. Barbara Joan Olson Ball, 46, Lathrop, a Monett native, died at 5:46 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at North Kansas City Hospital after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Ball was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Monett. She had lived the past 25 years in the Kansas City area. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Lanthrop First Baptist Church. 

Her husband, Lindell Ball, died Sept. 23, 1992. 

Surviving are a son, John Michael Ball, of the home; her mother, Mildred Olson, Monett; and two sisters, Carol Crouse, Overland Park, Kan., and Jane Stotts, Monett. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with Michael Block officiating. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends form 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Lathrop. 

Jerl Dodson 

STARK CITY, Mo. Jerl L. Dodson, 67, Stark City, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Dodson was born June 27, 1929, at Bass, Ark. He moved to Stark City in 1963 from Kansas City. He was maintenance lead man at Safeway in Joplin. He retired in 1990. He was a member and elder of Stark City Church of Christ. 

He married Betty Hamilton on May 9, 1952, at Harrison, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Dodson, Joplin; a daughter, Pam VanHoose, Joplin; two brothers, Lloyd Dodson Jr. and T.W. Dodson, both of Bass; four sisters, Virgie Coonts and Tennie Fitzgerald, both of Mount Judea, Ark., Gertie Salmon, Harrison, and Mary Martin, Lawson; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. J.R. Burr, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Averil Hatzfeld 

RACINE, Mo. Averil E. Hatzfeld, 88, Little Rock, Ark., a former Racine area resident, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at a nursing home in Little Rock, Ark., after an illness. 

Mrs. Hatzfeld was born March 27, 1908, at Verona. She was a Neosho High School graduate. She lived in the Racine area most of her life before moving to Little Rock 10 years ago. She was a homemaker, and she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm outside Racine. She was an artist who specialized in paintings of landscapes and flowers. She was a member of Racine Christian Church, an adviser to a local 4-H Club and a co-founder of a local garden club. 

She married Erwin J. Hatzfeld on June 18, 1928, at Carthage. He died Nov. 27, 1977. 

Survivors include two sons, Laurence Hatzfeld, Maumelle, Ark., and George Hatzfeld, Philadelphia, Pa.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Racine Christian Church. Gerald Griffin, minister will officiate. Burial will be in Swars Prairie Baptist Cemetery, south of Seneca. 

Pallbearers will be Willie Jones, Clifford Whitehead, Kirk Roelfsema, Burl Wimsett, Roger Burkhart and Sam Trapp. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Contributions may be made to Cookson Hills Christian School or to Racine Christian Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Georgie Hombs 

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Georgie Robert Hombs, 82, 408 Cass St., died Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after six months of ill health. 

Mr. Hombs was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Boone County. He moved to the Carterville area 43 years ago from Chicago, Ill. He was a machinist at Webb Corp. for 38 years. He was a member of Carterville Christian Church. He was a past master and chaplain of Carterville Masonic Lodge No. 401. 

His wife, Evelyn Hombs, died May 3, 1987. 

He is survived by a son, Jim Hombs, Joplin route 1; two daughters, Pat Wolfenbarger, Seneca, and Christine Hombs, Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Homer Hombs and Marvin Hombs, both of Centralia; a sister, Elversa Smith, Chicago; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Chuck Smith, minister, will officiate. Members of Carterville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic service. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Clyde Clark, Bob Constine, Coy Ford, Kevin Cron, Troy Draine and Walker Carnes. 

Robert Hornecker 

SHELDON, Mo. Robert ``Boyd'' Hornecker, 82, Sheldon, died Thursday night, Nov. 14, 1996, at a nursing home in Nevada after a short illness. 

Mr. Hornecker was born Nov. 10, 1914, at Avola. He was a lifetime resident of the Sheldon area and was a 1933 graduate of Sheldon High School. He worked for Texas City Service Pipeline Co. for 35 years. 

He was a former mayor and a city councilman in Sheldon. He was a Vernon County sheriff's deputy for nine years. He was past president of the Sheldon Lions Club and had served as president of the Old Settlers Picnic Association several times. 

He married Lela Nadine Riddle on Aug. 28, 1940. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, John Hornecker, Lathrop; two daughters, Janet Perrin, Kansas City, and Linda Harper, Sheldon; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren. 

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

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. 

Jean Leffew 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Jean F. Leffew, 77, Mount Vernon, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Leffew was born July 21, 1919, at Cavalier, N.D. She had lived in the Mount Vernon area the past four years. She was a retired waitress. She was a member of the Assemblies of God in Mount Vernon. 

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Smith, Mount Vernon, and Sue Mason, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Ken Kaercher, Santa Maria, Calif., and Don Kaercher, Fresno, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Adams, Bozeman, Mont., and Howard Adams, Kansas City; two sisters, Marilyn Eng, state of Washington, and Eileen Burk, Cavalier, N.D.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Tharell Boulware will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, in care of the funeral home. 

Anna Repko 

NOEL, Mo. Anna D. Repko, 84, Noel, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Repko was born Dec. 5, 1911, at Joliet, Ill. She moved to Noel 3 years ago from the state of California. She was a homemaker and a member of Nativity Catholic Church, Noel. 

Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Houpe, Noel; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. 

A wake service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel. The Rev. John Harth will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Noel. 

The body will be taken to California for funeral Mass and burial under direction of Oak Park Hills Funeral Home, Walnut Creek, Calif. 

Delmer Tosh 

GOODMAN, Mo. Delmer L. Tosh, 66, Goodman, died at 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Tosh was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Goodman. He was a lifelong resident. He was a cattle farmer. He attended Banner Nazarene Church near the Splitlog community. 

He married Beatrice Crosby on March 31, 1949, in Goodman. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Harvey Tosh, David Tosh and Richard Tosh, all of Goodman; a daughter, Peggy Dueker, Goodman; two brothers, Beryl Tosh, Anderson, and Boyd Tosh, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister, Betty Woods, Goodman; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Banner Nazarene Church. The Rev. Dennis Bergen and the Rev. Ronnie Tosh will officiate. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John Motley, James Kennedy, Jay Kennedy, Jerry Kennedy, Jerod Kennedy, Tony Tosh, Allen Tosh and Bill Tosh. 

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Paul Werdein 

MARIONVILLE, Mo. Paul E. Werdein, 65, Marionville, formerly of Aurora, died at 9:42 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. Werdein was born Nov. 1, 1931, at Aurora. He was a Baptist. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the maintenance department at Aurora Community Hospital. 

He married Dalene Sullivan on June 10, 1950, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Donna Brinley and Paula Noviello, both of Marionville; a brother, Edward Werdein, Aurora; a sister, Eva Ann Stephens, Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. The Rev. Don Sullivan will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

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

Kenneth Back 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Kenneth Eugene ``Buck'' Back, 53, Nampa, Idaho, an Ottawa County native who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Free Holiness Church, Wilder, Idaho. 

The Rev. Frank Prince and Kevin Back, minister, will officiate. 

Cremation is under direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Idaho. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hart Chapel, Hart, Mo. The Rev. Roy Schribner will officiate. 

Pearly Etheridge 

MIAMI, Okla. Pearly Etheridge, 90, 2210 Willow Lane, died at 6:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at a nursing home in Picher after a long illness. 

Mrs. Etheridge was born Jan. 5, 1906, at Wilburton, Indian Territory. She returned to the Miami area 2 months ago from Wilburton. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Wilburton. 

Her husband, Pat Etheridge, died in 1970. 

Survivors include a son, James Etheridge, Miami; a brother, A.V. Mickle, Wilburton; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

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