Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Essie Williams 

Essie L. Williams, 94, Joplin, died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where she had been a patient for two days. 

Mrs. Williams was born June 22, 1902, at Duenweg. She lived most of her life in Joplin and had worked for the former F.W. Woolworth Co. and Newman Mercantile. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 369 and Villa Heights Christian Church. Her life was the focus of a nationally acclaimed children's book, ``Grandma Essie's Covered Wagon.'' 

Her husband, Frank S. Williams, died Nov. 30, 1969. 

Survivors include a daughter, Billie Turner, Joplin; two sons, James L. Williams, Joplin, and Joe Williams, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Violet Ripley, Santa Fe, N.M.; and nine grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Ronnie Able 

MONETT, Mo. Ronnie Able, 62, Monett, died at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Able was born July 2, 1934, at Monett. He was a lifetime area resident and a retired self-employed plumber. He was a Baptist. 

He married Luvena C. Johnson on May 14, 1955, at Monett. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his mother, Zelma Able, Monett; a son, Ronnie Michael Able, Aurora; two daughters, Karen Sue Canady and Gale Lynn Boyd, both of Monett; two brothers, Robert Able and James Able, both of Monett; a sister, Marilyn Blackburn, Pierce City; and seven grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in IOOF Cemetery, Monett. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Delores Bivens 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Delores T. Bivens, 58, Cassville, died at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, of injuries she received in a traffic accident earlier that day. 

Mrs. Bivens was born Oct. 9, 1938, at Hopkins, Minn. She moved to Cassville from Minnesota in 1981. She owned and operated Hummingbird Resort in Barry County. She had been a school bus driver since 1982. 

She married James Bivens on Aug. 4, 1968, in the state of Texas. He survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Nathan Bivens, Champaign, Ill., Aaron Bivens, Manhattan, Kan., and Brandon Bivens, Branson; four brothers, Joseph Kral and Harold Kral, both of Hamel, Minn., Archie Kral, Champlin, Minn., and Arnold Kral, Delano, Minn.; five sisters, Marie Manthei, Blaine, Minn., Darlene Behr and Percilla Braunberger, both of Plymouth, Minn., Carol Valenta, Maple Plain, Minn., and Elaine Anderson, Hamel; and three grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Myrtle Bounds 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Myrtle M. Bounds, 87, Peru, Ind., formerly of Carthage, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at a Peru nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Bounds was born Jan. 9, 1909, at Brazil, Ind. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Aaron Bounds, died in 1932. 

Surviving are a son, Billy Ray Bounds, Midwest, Wyo.; three brothers, Robert Russell, Carthage, James Russell, Peru, and Allen Russell, Turlock, Calif.; five sisters, Clara Hawkins and Mary Gleman, both of Barstow, Calif., Lillian Rankin, state of California, Martha Doty, Joplin, and Ruth Tucker, Sullivan; and four grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Bob Lyttle, minister, will officiate. 

The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

William Brewer 

NEVADA, Mo. William Henry Brewer, 84, Nevada, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Brewer was born Feb. 13, 1912, in western Kansas. He attended Pleasant Ridge School, Vernon County, and farmed for several years before entering the Army during World War II. He served in Italy, Germany and Africa. After the war, he returned to Vernon County and worked as a farmer. He then moved to Kansas City, where he retired in the mid-1960s as a sales representative for Funks Seed Co., Kansas City. He returned to Nevada in 1971. 

He married Georgia Higbee on Sept. 2, 1950, at Fort Scott, Kan. She died in 1970. 

Additional survivors include two brothers, Roy Brewer, Horton, and Gene Brewer, Richards; three sisters, Elsie Martin, Nevada, Ruby Sammons, Winslow, Ariz., and Helen McConnaughey, Nevada. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Bryan Keith will officiate. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield. 

Contributions may be made to Barone Alzheimer Care Unit, in care of the funeral home. 

Thelma Clabough 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Thelma Mae Clabough, 77, Greenfield, died at 6:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at Columbia South Hospital, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Clabough was born Oct. 29, 1919, at Lockwood. She was a lifelong resident and a homemaker. She was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Greenfield. 

She married Thomas Joe Clabough on April 21, 1951, in Benton County, Ark. He died Dec. 17, 1962. 

Survivors include a son, Leon Clabough, Greenfield; three brothers, Clifford Hail, Greenfield, John Hail, Riverton, Kan., and Cecil Hail, Indianola, Iowa; two sisters, Marie Elsensohn, Springfield, and Loralee Tucker, Jackson, Tenn.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield. The Rev. John Splechter will officiate. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Edward Garrison 

LAMAR, Mo. Edward Glen Garrison, 66, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Garrison was born Feb. 14, 1930, at Kansas City. He moved from Everton to Lamar 10 months ago. 

He served for 12 years as staff sergeant for the Army Air Corps, working as an X-ray technician. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lamar, The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Kan., American Legion, Pittsburg, Kan., and was a Former Grand Knight, Pittsburg. 

He married Martha Jean Cursman on June 26, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Garrison, of the home; a brother, Charles Garrison, Fair Haven; three sisters, Evelyn Jones, Lamar, Betty Clugston, Pittsburg, and Peg Wells, Arkansas Pass, Tex. 

Services are pending with Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. 

Robert Hemphill 

MILLER, Mo. Robert Brite Hemphill, 70, Miller, died at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 4, 1926, at McDowell. He was a longtime area resident. He was a retired terminal operator for Conoco, near Miller. He was an Army veteran and a member of Miller First Baptist Church. 

He married Kathryn E. Gibson on Sept. 29, 1951, at Miller. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Debbie Turk, Mount Vernon; a sister, Sally Stearns, Stotts City; and a grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Bruce Rinker will officiate. Burial will be in Goss Cemetery, southwest of Miller. 

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

Joe Riley 

EXETER, Mo. Joe Riley, 54, Exeter, died at 5:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a short illness. 

Mr. Riley was born Feb. 26, 1942, at Lubbock, Tex. He came to Exeter in 1989, moving from Dumas, Tex. He worked at George's Poultry, Butterfield. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Texas. 

He married Lavonna Stewart on Oct. 9, 1976, at Dumas. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Deann Clark and Billie Joann Riley, both of Exeter, and India Stewart, Cassville; a sister, Jane Brown, state of Mississippi; a stepbrother, Butch Powell, Amarillo, Texas; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Berry Hill Cemetery, Washburn. The Rev. Paul Watson will officiate. 

The body has been cremated. 

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

Contributions may be made to Berry Hill Cemetery Association, in care of Glen Roller, Seligman. 

Howard Sharp 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Howard W. Sharp, 84, 2648 Mount Hope Road, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, at his home after a three-year illness. 

Mr. Sharp was born July 16, 1912, at Nevada, Mo. He had lived in the Webb City area since 1946. He worked 42 years for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., retiring in 1976. He was a World War II veteran. He was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church and Telephone Pioneers, both of Joplin. 

He married Mary Woodfine on May 26, 1945, at Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Geoffrey Sharp, Kansas City; a brother, Carl J. Sharp, Nevada; and a sister, Marcella Whitmer, Columbia. 

Private graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. John Swadley will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Gerald Owen, Dennis Vader, Kevin Hayes, Rod Holmgren, Ed Snyder, and J.L. Harbaugh. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

J.R. Tinkle 

SARCOXIE, Mo. J.R. Tinkle, 57, Sarcoxie, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a one-year illness. 

Mr. Tinkle was born Dec. 17, 1938, at Aurora. He had lived in Sarcoxie since 1948. He was a 1956 Sarcoxie High School graduate. He had worked for the city of Sarcoxie and Hayward Drilling, formerly of Sarcoxie. He had worked since 1981 for Eagle Picher, Joplin. 

Surviving are his mother, Katherine Tinkle, Sarcoxie; and three sisters, Doris Katzfey, Sarcoxie, Naomi Edge, Keller, Texas, and Patti Davidson, McKinney, Texas. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Sarcoxie Cemetery. The Rev. Bob McQueen will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today sunat Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or St. John's Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Donald Wecker 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Donald E. Wecker, 55, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Wecker was born March 29, 1941, at Sarcoxie. He was a lifetime resident of Pierce City. He was a retired worker at Schreiber Foods, Inc., Monett, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City. 

He married Dorothy Chitwood on Oct. 24, 1969, at Pierce City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his mother, Bertha Wecker, Pierce City; two sons, Von Wecker, Pierce City, and Ronald Wecker, Fort Campbell, Ky.; three daughters, Janice Martin, Aurora, Lori Powell, Carthage, and Angela Maxey, Pierce City; three brothers, Fredrick Wecker and Duane Wecker, both of Pierce City, and Ed Wecker, Joplin; three sisters, Laura Rose Seavers, Phyllis Gesser, and Jeanette Lucger, all of Pierce City; and 12 grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. 

Pearl Etheridge 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Pearl Etheridge, 90, 2210 Willow Lane, who died Friday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home, Wilburton. 

The Rev. Willard Francis will officiate. 

Burial will be in Wilburt Memorial Cemetery, Wilburton. 

Pallbearers will be Dino Maggi, Danny Burkybile, Joe Bill Aaron, D. H. Jeffrey, Buddy Carnahan, and Wayne Sockey. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home. 

The body may be viewed until 10 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

John Russell 

GROVE, Okla. John Franklin Russell, 82, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Russell was born May 13, 1914, at Manitou, Okla. He retired as a fireman for Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kan., in 1976. He came to Grove in 1987, moving from Blackwell, Okla. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grove, and International Order of Odd Fellows.

He married Anita Butcher on Nov. 12, 1933, at Manitou, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Dale Russell, Wichita; two daughters, Frankie Matp, Brookings, Ore., and Raye Clark, Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Lily Nowlin, Lawton, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. The Rev. Robin Cowen will officiate. Burial will be in Buzzard Cemetery, Grove. 

Pallbearers will be Wayne Russell, Brett Russell, Kyle Russell, Kirk Russell, Terry Clark and Steve Clark.

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