Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Mary Crocker 

Mary E. Crocker, 85, 2218 W. 32nd St., died at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Crocker was born Nov. 1, 1911, at Morrisville. She had lived since 1946 in Joplin, where she moved from Webb City. She was graduated from Morrisville High School. She was a salesclerk for Ramsay's Drygoods, Chenault's Ladies Wear and Kassab's. She was a member of First Community Church, St. John's Hospital Auxiliary and the Joplin Woman's Club. 

She married Eugene Crocker on Aug. 18, 1929, at Morrisville. He died Aug. 27, 1988. 

Surviving are a son, Robert Crocker, Grove, Okla.; a brother, Rex E. Ballinger, Cape May, N.J.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. William Brock Watson will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Pearl Dooley 

Nellie Pearl Dooley, 82, Joplin, died at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Dooley was born June 11, 1914, in the Fidelity community, south of Carthage. He was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Joplin. 

She married Royce C. Dooley on Aug. 19, 1954, at Carthage. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Carol Thornbrugh, Webb City; a stepson, Ervin Dooley, Beaverton, Ore.; three stepdaughters, Helen Leach, Jane, Phyllis Long, Joplin, and Judy Yousey, Bentonville, Ark.; two brothers, Bill Hodges, Webb City, and Paul Hodges, Joplin; three sisters, Grace Pequignot, Joplin, Elsie Camerer, Joplin, and Kathryn Coalson, Baxter Springs, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Jim Martin, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Fullerton Cemetery, south of Carthage. 

Pallbearers will be Tom Copher, Russ Hight, Gary McVay, Bob Smith, David Summerlin and Henry Yust. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice or Calvary Church of the Nazarene. 

Eunice Combs 

DIAMOND, Mo. Eunice A. Combs, 79, Diamond route 1, died at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Combs was born Aug. 10, 1917, at Texas County. She lived most of her life at rural Diamond. She worked from 1960 to 1964 in the dietary department of what is now St. John's Regional Medical Center. She later was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. 

Her husband, Ernest Combs, died March 20, 1980. 

Surviving are a son, Lee Combs, Diamond route 1; a daughter, Mary Lynn Smith, state of Texas; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Rick Fulton, minister, will officiate. 

Family will be at her son's home. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Edward Garrison 

LAMAR, Mo. Services for Edward Glen Garrison, 66, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lamar. 

The Rev. Thomas Allen will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Golden City. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, with visitation to follow. 

Military graveside rites will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3691 of Lamar. 

Ronald Guilfoil 

LAMAR, Mo. Ronald Erling Guilfoil, 74, Lamar, died at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at a nursing home in Nevada after one year of ill health. 

Mr. Guilfoil was born July 21, 1922, at Lanark, Ill. He moved to Barton County in 1950. He was a retired equipment operator for Barton County Electric Co-op. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Violet Louisa Dennis on April 8, 1944, at Glendale, Ariz. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Betty Ruth Poferl, Moraga, Calif. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Larry Garfield will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Frank Hansford 

DIAMOND, Mo. Frank E. Hansford, 82, Diamond, died at 5:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at a nursing home in Carthage after a short illness. 

Mr. Hansford was born May 1, 1914, in Newton County. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer. 

He married Irene Greb on Sept. 26, 1936, in Diamond. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Freddie Hansford, Granby, Russell Hansford, Diamond, and Gary Hansford, Carthage; a brother, Ward Hansford, Diamond; a sister, Bonnie Souder, Joplin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Eddie Thomas, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, south of Carthage. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Whitson, Melvin O'Dell, Wayne Morgan, Carl Morgan, Raymond Morgan and Arthur Petty. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Anthony Denning 

NEVADA, Mo. Anthony Charles ``Tony'' Denning, 82, Nevada, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Denning was born Oct. 21, 1914, in Ellis County, Kan. He moved to Nevada in 1958 from Ellis County. He farmed and was a barber at the Missouri State Hospital in Nevada. He retired in 1979. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. 

He married Elizabeth Weigel on Feb. 11, 1936, at Ellis, Kan. She died June 9, 1979. He married Mollie Dickason on March 17, 1982, in Nevada. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, DeVerne Denning and LeRoy Denning, both of Nevada; a daughter, June Ann Prince, Nevada; three stepdaughters, Dixie Lee Hendricks, Rockville, Diane Martin, Walker, and Delene Fulton, Nevada; two brothers, Leo Denning, Ellis, and George Denning, Norton, Kan.; seven grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. The Rev. James Scharader will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nevada. 

Friends may call until the service time at Ferry Funeral Home, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today. 

Freda Hodson 

ORONOGO, Mo. Freda N. Hodson, 74, Oronogo route 1, died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Hodson was born Jan. 7, 1922, at Jasper County, where she was a lifetime resident. She had worked at Elder Manufacturing Co., Webb City. She retired in 1985. She was a member of Purcell Baptist Church. 

She married John Hodson on Dec. 12, 1947. He survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Rodney Hodson, Oronogo route 1; a daughter, Sheila Hickman, Hot Springs, Ark.; a brother, Paul Bower, Raymore; two sisters, Norma Imbler, Liberty, and Dorothy James, Parsons, Kan.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Othal Hodson and the Rev. Ranse Oswald will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Lassiter, Bill Minkler, Harvey Cook, Irwin Block, Leslie Hartman and Leo Morrison. 

Contributions may be made to Freeman Health Care or St. John's Hospice. 

Amos Lawson 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Amos A. Lawson, 70, Sarcoxie, died at 1:48 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at a nursing home in Sarcoxie after an illness since March. 

Mr. Lawson was born Feb. 10, 1926, at Dudley. He moved to Sarcoxie in 1946. He worked for the Missouri Highway Department for 17 years. He retired in 1973. 

He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church, near Sarcoxie. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Beatrice Martin in 1950. She died in May 1972. 

Survivors include a son, William Amos Lawson, Washburn; six daughters, Pearl Louise Bowren and Willi Sumner, both of Heber Springs, Ark., Eva Phelps, Diamond, Peggy Kelley, Republic, Melissa Lawson, Jasper, and Vickie Lawson Rogers, Elkins, Ark.; a brother Charles Stark, Champaign, Ill.; four sisters, Edna Corbitt and Maudie Shaffer, both of Sarcoxie, Emmy Lawson, St. Louis, and Dorothy Bachlelor, state of Idaho; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

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

The body will be taken to Olmstead Funeral Home, Heber Springs, for services and burial. 

Donald Wecker 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Services for Donald R. Wecker, 55, Pierce City, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. 

The Rev. Dan Hirtz will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. 

Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City, with visitation to follow. 

Robert McGhee 

JAY, Okla. Robert L. McGhee, 85, Jay, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. McGhee was born Jan. 22, 1911, at Miami. He was a bricklayer's aide, a farmer and a rancher. He was a member of Cornerstone Church, Southwest City, Mo. He moved in 1942 to the Jay area. 

He married Anna Mae Boyles on Nov. 20, 1935, at Chelsea. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Bobby Jim McGhee, Jay, and Donald Ray McGhee, Leavenworth, Kan.; three daughters, Mary Martineau, Grove, Barbara Dannels, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Donna D. Prater, Jay; a brother, John McGhee, Welch; a sister, Faye Everley, Grove; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Church, Southwest City. The Rev. Ralph Houck and Carson Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Williams Timber Hill Cemetery, near Welch. 

Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

James Tate 

GROVE, Okla. James W. Tate, 77, Claremore, formerly of Grove, died at 10:38 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Claremore after a long illness. 

Mr. Tate was born Jan. 12, 1919, at Taylor, Texas. He moved to the Grove area in 1974, where he resided until 1993, when he moved to a nursing home in Claremore. He worked in construction. He was a member of the American Legion and was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Dela Garcia in 1955 at Phoenix, Ariz. She preceded him in death. 

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Gives, Fontana, Calif., and Amy West, Cucamonga, Calif.; a brother, Lyndy Tate, Grove; a sister, Eva Hager, Grove; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

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