Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Dave Davison 

Graveside services for Lester B. ``Dave'' Davison, 95, Joplin, who died Saturday, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Charles King will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be David Wright, Brad Wright, John Brown, Ken Holland and David Capps. 

Family will receive friends from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary. 

Dolores Lee 

Dolores T. Lee, 66, Joplin, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Lee was born May 24, 1930, at Oklahoma City. She was a lifelong resident of Joplin. She was a homemaker and Joplin home health care worker for 20 years. 

She married William ``Bill'' Lee on July 12, 1947, at Joplin. He died April 2, 1974. 

Survivors include two sons, Michel Lee, Crestline, Kan., and Leroy Lee, Joplin; three daughters, Linda Atkinson, Carthage, Vickie Gideon, Anderson, and Dorothy Hibbert, Joplin; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. Kay Snowden, pastor, will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Jeramie Lee, Bill Lee, James Atkinson, Nick Hibbert, Kenny Hibbert and Norman Gideon. 

Contributions may be made to Hospital Home Care Unit, in care of St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. 

Janet Martindill 

Janet T. Martindill, 38, 4618 Highway NN, Joplin, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at her home. The death is being investigated by the Newton County Sheriff's Department. 

Ms. Martindill was born June 21, 1958, at Edon, Ohio. She had lived in Joplin for four years, moving from Austin, Texas. 

She worked in retail sales. 

Survivors include her father and mother, Lowell Martindill, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Thelma Martindill, Joplin; and two sisters, Karen McClurg, Joplin, and Mary Dugger, Fort Wayne. 

Services are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Bill Young 

Bill Young, 54, Grandview, Mo., a former Joplin resident, died Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Joseph's Health Center, Grandview. 

Mr. Young was born Jan. 22, 1942, at Joplin. He lived in the area until 1984. He was a maintenance man, and a member of New Life Ministries, Belton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. 

Survivors include his wife, Rita Louise Young; a son, Billy Young, of the home; and two daughters, Tiffany Brown, Joplin, and Kathryn Young, of the home. 

Services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, at E.K. George and Sons Funeral Home chapel, Grandview. Burial was in Belton Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Bill Young Memorial Fund. 

Paul Baird Jr. 

JASPER, Mo. Paul Allen Baird Jr., 64, Jasper route 2, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Baird was born Oct. 14, 1932, at Columbus, Kan. He came to Jasper in 1971, moving from Columbus. He was a retired 20-year Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. Following his graduation from Wastewater Treatment School at Crowder College, Neosho, he taught wastewater treatment in Korea. He worked in construction for 12 years. He was a member of Nashville Christian Church, Nashville. 

He married Lois Vivian Etcheson on June 21, 1959, at Nashville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Mark Allen Baird, Jasper; two daughters, Paula Ann Colley, Miller, and Tammy Sue Jackson, Jasper; three sisters, Esther Lewis, Wichita, Kan., Frances Miller, West Mineral, Kan., Evelyn Lateulere, Indian Head, Md.; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Nashville Christian Church. The Rev. Virgil Etcheson, the Rev. Dennis Platt, and the Rev. Kent Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Waters Cemetery, northwest of Jasper. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to Jasper Ambulance Service, in care of the funeral home. 

Bud Gastor 

GOODMAN, Mo. Lloyd M. ``Bud'' Gastor, 70, Goodman, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a several-month illness. 

Mr. Gastor was born Oct. 3, 1926, at Webster City, Iowa. He was born and reared in Webster City, where he graduated from Webster High School in 1944. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He lived for 30 years in Rochester, Minn., and farmed near Dexter, Minn., before retiring in 1978. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Rogers, Ark. 

He married Shirley Story on Jan. 26, 1946, at Webster City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Michael Gastor, Nevada, and Bobby Gastor, Dexter; his mother, Mary Gastor, Webster City; and five grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Graceland Cemetery, Webster City. The Rev. Paul Mooney will officiate. 

Friends may call until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Contributions may be made to Heritage Baptist Church of Nevada or to American Heart Association. 

Elsie Hamilton 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Elsie Mae Hale Hamilton, 95, Shell Knob, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hamilton was born Sept. 10, 1901, in Howell County. She had moved to Cassville from Shell Knob and returned to Shell Knob in 1985. 

She was a homemaker. 

She attended First Christian Church, Cassville. 

She married Lewis Elmer Alsup. He died in November 1947. 

She married Rollie Oscar Hamilton. He died in July 1968. 

Survivors include a son, Donald Alsup, Willow Springs; a daughter, Mary Stewart, Shell Knob; a stepson, Uel Alsup, Boise, Idaho; a half-brother Byron Hale, Willow Springs; a half-sister, Fern Thompson, Willow Springs; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob, with Sid Allsbury, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Delphia Hymer 

METZ, Mo. Delphia Irene Hymer, 63, Metz, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hymer was born Oct. 9, 1933, at Stilwater, Okla. She spent most of her life in Vernon County. She worked for several years as a switchboard operator in Metz. She worked as an aide at the former Nevada State Hospital, retiring in April. She was a Baptist. 

She married Robert Walter Hymer on Aug. 17, 1951. He died June 7, 1987. 

Survivors include three sons, Michael Hymer, Metz, David Hymer, Liberal, and Philip Hymer, Rich Hill; a daughter, Debbi Beerman, Metz; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Hank Lamb will officiate. Burial will be in Virgil City (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Audrey Layman 

NEOSHO, Mo. Audrey Ellen Deatherage Layman, 79, Grandview, Wash., formerly of Neosho, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at the home of her daughter in Grandview after a short illness. 

Mrs. Layman was born Oct. 2, 1917, at Norfolk, Ark. She attended Neosho schools through 11th grade. She moved to Sunnyside, Wash., with her family in 1937. 

She worked in the shipyards at Kirkland, Wash., during World War II. She retired two years ago from Sun King Fruit, Sunnyside, after working there 16 years. 

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3482, Sunnyside. 

She married Lester H. Layman on Dec. 23, 1937, at Granger, Wash. He died in 1984. 

Survivors include a daughter, Oneta Cromwell, Grandview; a son, Darrell Layman, Yakima, Wash.; a sister, Coreene Walburn, Joplin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with Jim Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. 

Elmer Neely 

NEVADA, Mo. Elmer Leone Neely, 82, Nevada, died Monday morning, Dec. 2, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Neely was born June 29, 1914, at LaJunta, Colo. He came to the Nevada area as a child. He graduated from Harwood High School. He was an engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1979. 

He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nevada. 

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. 

He married Frances Berniece Jones on Jan. 30, 1943, at Nevada. She died Feb. 1, 1992. 

Survivors include a daughter, Gina Neely, Nevada; a brother, Reuben Neely, Walker; four sisters, Nora Phillips, Raytown, Rena Cubbage and Margaret Cubbage, both of Nevada, and Joan Markham, El Dorado Springs. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. John Nichols, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Visitation will take place at the funeral home an hour later. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Clarence Robinett 

SELIGMAN, Mo. Clarence Edward Robinett, 73, Seligman, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Robinett was born Jan. 4, 1923, at Seligman. He was a lifelong resident of the Seligman area. 

He owned an electrical business in Barry County for several years. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He was a Baptist. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller Ridge Cemetery, Gateway, Ark., with the Rev. Bob Scott officiating. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Kerg Severson 

MONETT, Mo. Kerg Lee Severson, 11 months, son of Craig L. and Barbara L. Severson, Monett, died at 12:16 p.m. Saturday at Cox Monett Hospital from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident Saturday morning south of Purdy. 

He was born Jan. 1, 1996, at Joplin. 

Other survivors include two brothers, Paul Jordan Churchwell, Monett, and William Daryl Severson, Monett; maternal grandparents, Daryl ``Short'' and Donna King, both of Seneca; paternal grandmother, Charlene Severson, Seabeck, Wash.; and maternal great-grandmother, Irene Kohler, Grove, Okla. 

Services are pending with Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Sarah Flowers 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Sarah Susan Flowers, 87, 1109 South College Street, died at 9:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Ms. Flowers was born Sept. 3, 1909, at Kokomo, Ind. She came to Pittsburg in 1990, moving from Athens, Ohio. She was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance, Saint Petersburg, Fla. 

Survivors include a granddaughter. 

A daughter preceded her in death. 

Graveside services will be later this week at Swiss Cemetery, Hohenwald, Tenn. 

Burial arrangements are under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home, Hohenwald. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 

Nolan Reetz 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Nolan N. Reetz, 28, Jesup, Iowa, a former Pittsburg resident, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, in Jesup of carbon monoxide asphyxiation. The death, investigated by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, was ruled accidental. 

Mr. Reetz was born Jan. 12, 1968, at Beloit. He lived in Pittsburg from 1980 to 1988. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1987 and moved to Waterloo, Iowa, a year later. He worked at Waspie Valley Creamery, Little Town, Iowa, after working for Eagle Tanning Co., Waterloo, Iowa. 

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Neal and Sharon Reetz, Charles City, Iowa; his mother, Ruby Babcock, Pittsburg; his stepfather, Edwin Babcock, Rainier, Ore.; his maternal grandmother, Maxine Tebow, Jamestown; three brothers, Allen Reetz, WaKeeney, Eric Reetz, Klickitat, Wash., and Nathaniel Reetz, Pittsburg; four sisters, Kimberly Sorenson and Roxanne Edwards, both of Pittsburg, and Melissa Reetz and Amanda Reetz, Vancouver, Wash. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. Robert McElwee will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Gina Sharp 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Gina Renee Sharp, 22, Pittsburg, died at 5:58 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a short illness. 

Miss Sharp was born Oct. 25, 1974, at Springfield. She came to Pittsburg in 1994, moving from Lamar, Mo. She graduated from Lamar High School and from Pittsburg State University with a degree in fashion merchandising. She was a sales associate for the ladies fitting room at Wal-Mart, Pittsburg, and a president of Lamar Art League. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lamar. 

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Thomas H. and Conni Sharp, Pittsburg; her mother and stepfather, Beverly and Kenneth Dockery, Moriarity, N.M.; a brother, Terry Sharp, Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Joni Sharp and Michelle Sharp, both of Pittsburg; grandmothers, Irene Sharp, Lamar, and Beverly Morgan, Sheldon; stepgrandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Dockery, Sheldon; stepgrandfather, Paul Johnson, Joplin; stepgrandmother, Elaine Johnson, Joplin; and great-stepgrandfather, Dezmond Gamble, Joplin. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Larry Garfield will officiate. 

The body will be cremated after the services. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The casket will be closed following the visitation. 

Contributions may be made to the Gina Sharp Scholarship Fund Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences at Pittsburg State University, in care of the funeral home. 

Jean Ball 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Jean Ball, 78, 205 B Street, Miami, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Miami. The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. 

Burial will be in Peoria Indian Cemetery, southwest of Quapaw. 

Pallbearers will be Josh Ball, Addison Tuttle, Jeff Tuttle, Vanessa Tuttle, Greg Kemp, and Rick Landers. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Grove, in care of the funeral home. 

Lucy King 

JAY, Okla. Lucy King, 78, Jay, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after an illness. 

Mrs. King was born June 7, 1918, at Eucha. She was a homemaker. She was a full-blooded member of the Cherokee Nation. She was a member of Round Springs Baptist Church, Eucha. 

Her husband, Martin King, died Nov. 2, 1976. 

Survivors include four sons, Rufus King, Roy King, Don King and Jim King, all of Jay; three daughters, Nancy Soldier, Grace Nichols and Rita King, all of Jay; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Round Springs Baptist Church, Eucha. The Rev. Leroy Backwater and the Rev. Larry Prichett will officiate. Burial will be in Grass Cemetery, Salina. 

The family will receive friends at 7 p.m. at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay. 

Jerry McElhany 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Jerry Kenneth McElhany, 84, Wyandotte, died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. McElhany was born Nov. 14, 1912, at Wyandotte. He retired as a miner in 1963. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wyandotte. He was a member of Assembly of God Church, Turkey Ford community. 

He married Retha Tosh on Dec. 14, 1935, at Neosho. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Deloris Bartlay, Wyandotte, and Beva Rhodes, Quapaw; two sons, Larry McElhany, Wyandotte, and Jerry McElhany, Miami; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Grove. The Rev. Fred Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Council House Cemetery, Wyandotte. 

Graveside services will be conducted by Grove Veterans' Ritual Burial Team. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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