Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Leon Brown 

Leon A. Brown, 71, 13511 Aspen Road, died at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, in the St. John's Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Brown was born March 3, 1925, in Newton County. He was a lifetime area resident. He owned and operated Leon Brown Constructions for 40 years and farmed as well. He was a Navy veteran and served during World War II. He was a member of Church of Christ, Joplin. 

He married Virginia Brown on April 16, 1950, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Martin Brown, Diamond; two daughters, Deborah McCoy, Joplin, and Leesa Baldwin, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; a brother, Larry Brown, Joplin; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Gary Morrison, minister, and Pat Peck, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery, near Diamond. 

Pallbearers will be Roger Brown, Wayne McCutcheon, Dan Brown, Jon Tupper, Paul Holland and Bill Brown. 

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the House of Compassion, Rochester, Minn. 

Frankie Henson 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Frankie J. Henson, 43, Cassville, died at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Henson was born Aug. 30, 1953, in Barry County, where she attended schools at Shell Knob and Cassville. She was a lifelong area resident, a homemaker, and a member of Community Faith Chapel Church, Cassville. 

She married Harold Henson on March 5, 1970, in Shell Knob. He survives. 

Additional survivors include her mother, Dollie Owens, Cassville; her grandmother, Lela Burbridge, Shell Knob; four sons, Scotty Henson, Cassville, Shannon Henson, Exeter, Justin Henson, Cassville, and Steven Henson, Cassville; a sister, Marva Jo Varner, Washburn; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Doyle Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Cassville. 

Pallbearers will be Paul Henson, Darrel Henson, Dale Henson, Dewey Henson, Billy Jack Henson, and Mick Epperly. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

David Howett 

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. David V. Howett, 86, Rocky Comfort, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at a Monett nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Howett was born Aug. 7, 1910, in Denver, Colo. He moved to Rocky Comfort in 1973 from Long Beach, Calif. He was a truck driver for an oil production company and raised cattle. 

He married Dorothy Maze on Nov. 20, 1955, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Rocky Comfort Cemetery. The Rev. Walter Smart will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wheaton Funeral Home, Wheaton. 

Clara Magnin 

MONETT, Mo. Clara Leta Magnin, 78, Monett, died at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Cox-South Hospital, Springfield, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Magnin was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Cassville. She retired in 1983 as an elementary school teacher in Monett. She previously taught at McDowell, Clay Hill and Cedar Bluff schools. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association and Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Monett. 

Her husband, Ray Terry, preceded her in death in 1945. 

She married Alfred Magnin on May 30, 1976, in Monett. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Ron Terry, Joplin; a brother, Evan Starkey, Exeter; five sisters, Glendale Harvey and Colleen Henson, both of Cassville, Marcella Long, Joplin, Mildred Finn, Dayton, Ore., and Derease Bones, Yuma, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Wade Ditty and the Rev. Charles D'Arcy will officiate. Burial will be in Waldensian Cemetery, Monett. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Waldensian Cemetery, in care of the funeral home. 

Roscoe Mims Jr. 

JASPER, Mo. Roscoe E. Mims Jr., 68, Jasper route 2, died at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Mims was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Lakeland, Fla. He moved to Jasper in September 1996 from Greenville, S.C. He retired in 1963 as chief petty officer after he served 21 years in the Naval Air Force in World War II and the Korean War. He was employed 30 years as a heavy-equipment mechanic. 

He married Mary Goulet on Aug. 13, 1949, in Pawtucket, R.I. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Leslie Adams, Jasper, and Mary Ann Gobel, Cleveland, Ohio; two sons, Randy Mims, Carl Junction, and David Mims, Fayetteville, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m Saturday in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Ted Atnip will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Charles Rice 

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. Charles E. Rice, 14, Golden City, was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, from accidental asphyxiation. 

Mr. Rice was born Jan. 9, 1982, in Mount Vernon. He was a freshman at Golden City High School. 

Survivors include his parents, William and Monica Rice, Golden City; a brother, James Joseph Rice, of the home; three sisters, Kathyrn Ann Deer, Golden City, Lucy Jane Parent, Lockwood, and Holly Lynn Rice, of the home; his paternal grandparents, Floyd and Evelyn Rice, Carthage; and his maternal grandmother, Rose Darrah, Golden City. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Golden City High School Gymnasium. 

His body will be cremated. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the home of his parents. 

Contributions may be made to the Charles Rice Fund, in care of First National Bank, Golden City. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City. 

Hazel Rucker 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Hazel M. Rucker, 93, Carthage, died at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, in a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. 

Mrs. Rucker was born Feb. 3, 1903, at Rescue. She had lived in Carthage most of her life. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church. 

She married William T. Rucker on March 18, 1920, at Bowers Mill. He died Aug. 23, 1982. 

She is survived by three daughters, Billie Reid, Leander, Texas, Margie Jones, Clearwater, Fla., and Shirley Butler, Jay, Okla.; a brother, Harold Rowe, Beaver, Ark.; a sister, Inez Warren, Wellsville, Kan.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Knell Mortuary. The Rev. Jimmy Hinson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. 

Letta Shoemaker dies at age 102 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Letta Shoemaker, 102, Mount Vernon, died at 8:17 p.m Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Shoemaker was born Nov. 26, 1894, in Jerico Springs. She moved to Mount Vernon in 1915, where she lived for 81 years. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Mount Vernon. 

Her husband, Ray Shoemaker, preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1973. 

Survivors include her son, J.R. Shoemaker, Flossmoor, Ill. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Jerry Zanker will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

Opal Williamson 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Edna Opal Williamson, 79, 1903 Cleveland Ave., died at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Williamson was born June 24, 1917, in Baxter Springs. She was a lifetime resident and a homemaker. She was a member of First Christian Church, Loyal Partners Sunday School class, Gray Lad(ies) at Baxter Memorial Hospital, Happy Hour Club and Kensingston Club, all of Baxter Springs. 

She married James Alfred Williamson on June 24, 1935, in Columbus. He died March 13, 1991. 

Survivors include a son, Chris Williamson, Baxter Springs; a brother, Robert ``Doc'' Thomas, Fairland, Okla.; a sister, Frankie Hess, Baxter Springs; and a grandson. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church. The Rev. Robert Allen and Dr. Ed Snyder will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell. 

Pallbearers will be Jess Mutz, Les Paige, Charlie Kuehn Jr., Dennis Wade, Bob Hessee and Lynn Cox. 

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. 

Raymond Zimmerman 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Raymond Thomas Zimmerman, 85, Bartlesville, Okla., formerly of Columbus, died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, in a Bartlesville nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Zimmerman was born Jan. 17, 1911, at Columbus. He worked for E.C. Zimmerman and Son Texaco in Columbus. He was graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1929. 

He moved from Columbus to San Diego, Calif., where he worked for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft. He later moved to Pittsburg, Kan., where he was an inspector and laboratory technician with Helio Aircraft Co. He moved to Nowata, Okla., in 1978. 

He was a member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Bartlesville, and the Independent Order of Oddfellows. 

He married Anna Lillian Schmidt on Dec. 7, 1941, at San Diego. She died April 15, 1995. 

Surviving are a son, Tom Zimmerman, Concord, Calif.; a daughter, Alice Bowman, Bartlesville; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Larry Delay, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. 

Peggy Ferrell 

MIAMI, Okla. Peggy Marlene Talley Ferrell, 57, Miami, died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at her home in Miami after a long illness. 

Mrs. Ferrell was born Aug. 30, 1939, at Garden Grove, Calif. She lived in Ottawa and Craig counties all of her life. She was employed as a bookkeeper for TG&Y and Anthony's in Miami. She retired from Anthony's in 1995. 

She was a member of the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Miami. 

She was a member of Central Christian Church, Miami. 

She married Jim Talley in July 1971 at Miami. He died Dec. 21, 1987. She married Bob Ferrell on April 28, 1995. He survives. 

Also surviving are her mother, Velda Alene Taylor Burrus, Miami; a daughter, Tamra Bro, Miami; two stepsons, Richard Talley, Tulsa, Okla., and James Talley, Monroe, La.; two stepdaughters, Peggy Ferrell, Afton, and Kelly Koehn, Ponca City; a brother, Doyle Burrus, St. Clair, Mo.; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church. Ed Thomas, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Bluejacket Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bob Sills, Jim McNeils, Walter Calkins, Charles Sprinkle, Dale Culver and Sam Grub. 

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

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