Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Harry Ball 

Harry Norman Ball, 82, Joplin, died at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, in a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Ball was born Dec. 12, 1914, at Granby. He moved from Granby in 1929 to Joplin and lived there until he was graduated from Joplin High School. He worked in the Conservation Corps at Roaring River State Park. 

He served in the Coast Guard. 

He was a member of Ruskin Heights Presbyterian Church, Kansas City. He was employed as an inspector for 25 years by General Electric Co., Kansas City. 

He married Georgia Smith on Aug. 10, 1947, at Kansas City. She died in November 1983. 

He is survived by a sister, Catherine Martin, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City. Local arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. 

Norman Farnham 

Norman Farnham, 73, 2001 Connecticut Ave., died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., after a short illness. 

Mr. Farnham was born April 25, 1923, at Denver, Colo. He lived the past 20 years in Joplin, where he moved from Riverside, Calif. He was a carpenter who retired in 1976. He was a member of Carpenters Local No. 235 at Riverside. He was an Army veteran of World War II who received a Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. He was in six major campaigns. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 554 at Riverside. He was an amateur radio operator and was a past president of Joplin Amateur Radio Club. 

Surviving are two sons, Richard Farnham, Joplin, and James Farnham, Claremore, Okla.; two daughters, Cindy Coats and Christine Farnham Reneau, both of Joplin; a sister, Elaine Bishop, Hemet, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. J.P. Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside National Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. 

Robert Fountain 

Robert H. Fountain, 75, Escondido, Calif., a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996 at his home after several years of ill health. 

Mr. Fountain was born Oct. 29, 1921 in Joplin. He was graduated from Joplin High School in 1939. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1951. He was a longtime resident of Kailua, Hawaii. He was an advertising executive with the Honolulu Newspaper Agency. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a former member of Briarbrook Country Club. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1947 with the 155th Parachute Infantry Division. 

He is survived by his wife Matte, of the home. 

Other survivors include a son, Steven Fountain, Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters, Sheila Daak, Platte City, and Heidi Fountain, Honolulu; and three grandchildren. 

The body was cremated and the ashes interred at the Veterans Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Arrangements were handled by North County Cremation Service, San Marcos, Calif. 

Betty Martin 

Services for Gravetta Joy ``Betty'' Martin, 78, El Dorado, Calif., formerly of Joplin, who died Nov. 30, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Jack Daniels will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Don Morris 

Donald C. ``Don'' Morris, 68, Joplin, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Morris was born May 19, 1928, at Humansville. He had lived in Joplin most of his life. He worked 35 years for the City of Joplin. He retired in 1993 as maintenance supervisor. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Joplin. 

He married Mary F. Southard on Sept. 12, 1958, at Miami, Okla. She died Aug. 11, 1987. 

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Morris, Duenweg; and two brothers, Buddy Morris, Springfield, and Doc Morris, Coffeyville, Kan. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Clarence Goodson 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Graveside services for Clarence Goodson, 93, Sarcoxie route 2, who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Reeds Cemetery, northeast of Reeds. 

The Rev. John Gibson will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home. 

William Johnson 

ORONOGO, Mo. William James Johnson, 68, Oronogo, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born May 16, 1928, at Ingram, Pa. He was a self-employed carpenter and served in the Army. He had lived in the Oronogo area since 1975, when he moved from Mulberry, Kan. 

He married Leola Marea Campbell on Sept. 28, 1951, at Smith Center, Kan. She survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, James Lawrence Johnson and John Jay Johnson, both of Oronogo; two daughters, Arlinda Mae McCarthy, state of Hawaii, and Debra Cummings, Arma, Kan.; a sister, Loretta Beatty, Pitts, Pa.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

The body has been cremated. 

No service is planned. 

Arrangements are under direction of Weng Funeral Home, Jasper. 

William Jones 

LAMAR, Mo. William Howard Jones, 74, Lamar, died at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at his home after a one-year illness. 

Mr. Jones was born Oct. 21, 1922, at Lamar, where he lived most of his life. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was an agent 16 years for Standard Oil Co. and he had delivered gasoline. He was a member of Milford Christian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3691 at Lamar. 

He married Mary Elizabeth Gilden on Oct. 18, 1942, at Bolivar. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Michael Jones, Lamar; two daughters, Willa Mae Owen and LaWalta Johnston, both of Lamar; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Cliff Hazard, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. 

Eldean Lasiter 

NOEL, Mo. Eldean Riley Lasiter, 56, Noel route 1, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Lasiter was born Sept. 2, 1940, at Del Norte, Colo. She had lived in the Noel area most of her life. She was graduated in 1960 from Miami (Okla.) High School and attended Crowder College at Neosho. She was employed for 10 years at Ralston Purina and for 12 years at Hudson Foods, both in Noel. 

Survivors include three daughters, Jeri Rotramel, Jay, Okla., Jimi Lasiter and Theresa Lasiter, both of Noel; her mother, Edyth Riley, Noel; a brother, James Eldon Riley, Sequim, Wash.; a sister, Mary Olson, Joplin; and four granddaughters. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel. Ralph Houk, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Noel Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John Olson, Lee Rotramel, Ron Rotramel, Randy Penn, Bill Brown, and Terry Hall. 

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today. 

James Lawmaster 

MILLER, Mo. James Fredson Lawmaster, 84, Miller, died at 6:08 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 1996 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Lawmaster was born June 24, 1912, in Greene County. He was a lifelong resident of the area. 

He was retired as a painter at Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of Community Bible Church near Miller and served as deacon. 

He married Ruth Whittenburg on March 18, 1944, at Mount Vernon. She survives. 

Other survivors include three sons, Jimmie Lawmaster, Mount Vernon, and Max Lawmaster and Leonard Lawmaster, both of Miller; a brother, Felix Lawmaster, Halltown; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, with the Rev. Bill Brinton officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Prairie Cemetery, southeast of Miller. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Delila Lundy 

AURORA, Mo. Delila ``Lila'' Lundy, 87, Aurora, died at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at an Aurora nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Lundy was born Oct. 3, 1909, at Tuckerman, Ark. She moved to Aurora in 1922 from Arkansas. She was a retired machine operator. She was a charter member of Southside Baptist Church, Aurora. 

She married Raymond Lundy on Feb. 12, 1933, in Aurora. He died Aug. 27, 1992. 

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Patrick, Mount Vernon, Phyllis Lingenfelter, Aurora, and Rayma Crawford, Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to Hartline Hospice of Springfield or the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, in care of the funeral home. 

Kerg Severson 

MONETT, Mo. Services for Kerg Lee Severson, 11-month-old son of Craig and Barbara Severson, Monett, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca. 

Bruce Larson and Ken Simpson, elders, will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Kevin King and Larry Elliott. 

The casket will be closed at all times. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Kenneth Socey 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Kenneth F. Socey, 65, Cassville, died at 3:07 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness. 

Mr. Socey was born Dec. 14, 1930, at Altoona, Pa., where he grew up. He was employed nine years by the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. He moved to Cassville three weeks ago from Brigantine, N.J. 

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 

He was a Baptist. 

He married Thelma Lysinger Pooler on July 14, 1979, at Altoona. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, James Martinson, Santee, Calif., and Jeff Martinson, Cassville; three stepdaughters, Cheryl Robinson, Virginia Beach, Va., Jacqueline Clabaugh, Williamsburg, Pa., and Sharon Markel, Osceola Mills, Pa.; a brother, Paul Martz, Mansfield, Ohio; three sisters, Madelyn Garlena and Gladys Wiedemer, both of Duncansville, Pa., and Helen Brown, Reva, Va.; two adoptive sisters, Helen Socey, Holidaysburg, Pa., and Francis Socey, address unknown, and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Sammy Flores will officiate. The body will be cremated. 

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Jewel Douffet 

GALENA, Kan. Jewel F. Douffet Sr., 81, 601 Cornwall St., died at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., from injuries he sustained after he fell on ice on Nov. 26. 

Mr. Douffet was born July 18, 1915, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. He was graduated in 1933 from Galena High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in the late 1950s at what is now Pittsburg State University. He was employed for 36 years at the Gulf Chemical Co. plant north of Riverton. He retired in 1979 as chief chemist. 

He was a charter member of Spring River Assembly of God, Riverton, and was a member of Chevron Retiree's Club. He formed and chartered the first Boy Scout troop in Galena. 

He married Rebecca Foreman on Sept. 6, 1985, in Galena. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Chris Douffet, Quapaw, Okla., and J. Fred Douffet, Galena; two stepsons, James Alan Coulson, Miami, Okla., and Patrick Foreman, Bartlesville, Okla.; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring River Assembly of God, Riverton. Bill Miller, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be mark Shouse, Virgil Cox, Bill Warner, Alvin Fichtner, Danny Harper and Jim Spaulding. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to the Galena Ambulance Volunteers. 

Orville Langley 

WELCH, Okla. Orville Langley, 81, Vinita, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Craig General Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Langley was born Nov. 29, 1915, at Westville. He lived in the Welch and Bluejacket areas when he was young. He was a retired farmer's stockman and had worked for Patch Coal Co., west of Welch. He lived 20 years in the Vinita area, where he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and First Baptist Church. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans, Collinsville. He served in the Army during World War II. 

He married Fern McCoy on Dec. 23, 1937, at Vinita. She survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Kay Youngblood, Vinita; a son, John Langley, Vinita; three sisters, Faye Davenport and Hazel Hensley, both of Vinita, and Coleen Lucas, Bluejacket; a brother, Clayton Langley, Bluejacket; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. The Rev. Kenneth Stevens will officiate. Burial will be in Bluejacket Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Larry Ivey, Rick Rogers, Harold Hensley, Butch Langley, David Davenport and Phil Lucas. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. 

Goldie Patrick 

GROVE, Okla. Goldie Patrick, 79, Grove, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Patrick was born Feb. 15, 1917, at Cairo, Mo. She moved to the Grove area in 1965 from California. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First Christian Church, Grove, the Cherry Reds, Order of the Eastern Star and the Iris unit of the Grove Garden Club. 

She married Edward Patrick on Aug. 25, 1934, at Moberly, Mo. He died Aug. 25, 1992. 

Survivors include two daughters, Fran Holstein, Grove, and Sadie Moch, Oceanside, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Grove. Marvin Tunnel, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Buzzard Cemetery, Grove. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice of Grove. 

Larry Rhodes 

MIAMI, Okla. Larry Wayne Rhodes, 51, Boonville, Mo., formerly of Miami, died at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at a Joplin, Mo., nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Rhodes was born Sept. 22, 1945, at Miami. He was a factory worker for Crowder Industries near Neosho, Mo. He was a member of an Assembly of God church. 

Surviving are his mother, Wilma Rhodes, Neosho; a brother, Alvin Rhodes, Neosho; and a sister, Joan Smith, Picher. 

Graveside services were Wednesday at Fairland Cemetery. The Rev. Ernest Friend officiated. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Larry Stockman 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Larry Dale Stockman, 37, Wyandotte route 2, was killed in a truck accident Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, near Muskogee. 

Mr. Stockman was born Aug. 28, 1959, at Bakersfield, Calif. He was employed by B.J. Freight Lines, Joplin. 

Survivors include his wife, Janet Stockman; four stepdaughters, Tina Connell, Seneca, Mo., Tara Stephens, Stella, Mo., Tracci Gabel, Branson, Mo., and Tammy Stillions, Goodman, Mo.; his mother, Shirley Gaskill, Delco, Idaho; two brothers, Perry Lee Stockman, Uba City, Calif., and Terry Dee Stockman, Little Flock, Ark.; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Stockman, Bakersfield; his maternal grandfather and stepgrandmother, Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Ross, Lipan, Texas; and eight stepgrandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Seneca (Mo.) Cemetery. Harold Reaves, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Ralph Walker 

PICHER, Okla. Ralph Leon Walker, 76, 321 S. Columbus St., died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. 

Mr. Walker was born April 17, 1920, at Miami. He lived in the Picher, Miami and Afton areas all his life. He was a custodian for the Carthage (Mo.) school system and Mark Twain Grade School, Carthage. 

He was a Baptist. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include a son, Clifford Eugene Walker, Joplin, Mo.; a stepson, Russell Dean Fenton, Carthage, Mo.; two sisters, Erma McQuestion, Wilbur, Wash., and Dollie Grover, Walnut Grove, Mo.; and one grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at GAR Cemetery, Miami. John Frisbie will officiate. 

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

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