Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Edward Rowden 

Edward Rowden, 46, 1104 Murphy Ave., died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, in the emergency room at Freeman-Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Rowden was born Nov. 12, 1950, at Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked for Joplin Parks and Recreation. He was a member of Prayer Mission, Carterville. 

He married Joyce Baker on Oct. 11, 1972, at Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, James Rowden and Rusty Rowden, both of Joplin; three sisters, Mary Mathis, Split Log community, near Goodman, Neva Parker, Muskogee, Okla., and Edna Hernandez,stet Dallas, Texas; and one grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Alvin H.G. Patterson and Menostet Miller, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Herschel Culbertson 

NEVADA, Mo. Herschel W. Culbertson, 88, Nevada, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Culbertson was born Feb. 15, 1908, at Kansas City. He spent most of his life in Nevada. He was a mechanic atBalk Implement for several years. He was a lifelong farmer. 

He married Wanda Hoffman on Feb. 12, 1929, at Nevada. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Charles Culbertson, Nevada; a grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ferry Funeral Home. John Nichols, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. 

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home. 

Ida Davis 

SENECA, Mo. Ida M. Davis, 81, Seneca, died at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mrs. Davis was born Feb. 22, 1915, at Afton, Okla. She had worked as a waitress and homemaker. 

Her husband, Homer Davis, died July 7, 1992. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

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

Pearl Embrey 

GRANBY, Mo. Pearl G. Embrey, 97, Granby, died at noon Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Embrey was born July 4, 1899, at Brookline. She had lived in Carthage before moving to Fairview in 1956. She moved to Neosho in 1990 and to Granby in 1992. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Wheaton United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women's group. She previously had been a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairview. 

She married Charles O. Embrey on Nov. 11, 1922, at Fair Grove. He died in 1955. 

A son and daughter also preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheaton Funeral Home. The Rev. Gloria Gold will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. 

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

Wastella Hickel 

DIAMOND, Mo. Wastellastet L. Hickel,stet 83, Diamond, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at the home of her daughter in Diamond after an illness. 

Mrs. Hickel was born Oct. 1, 1913, at Fairmont, W.Va. She had lived in the Joplin and Diamond areas the past 20 years, moving from the state of West Virginia. She assembled electronics for the U.S. Government in the state of Virginia. 

She attended Joplin Church of God. She was a member of Senior Citizens Center in Newton County and Diamond. 

She married Roy Buelstet Hickel in West Virginia. He died in 1972. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra O'Steen,stet Diamond; a son, Larry Stephenstet Hickel, Granby; four grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-stepgrandchild. 

Friends may call after 8 a.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

The body will be taken to Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, W.Va., for services and burial. 

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice, Joplin, in care of the mortuary in Joplin. 

Wendell Lawson 

DUENWEG, Mo. Wendell K. Lawson, 66, 506 Mower St., died at 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Lawson was born Feb. 24, 1930, at Coalmont,stet Colo. He moved to Duenweg in 1952 from Walnut Grove. He was a 1949 graduate of Walnut Grove High School. He was employed with ICI Explosives, the former Atlas Powder Company, for more than 30 years. He retired in 1981. 

He was a member of Duenweg Christian Church. He formerly served on the Duenweg City Council and served as mayor pro tem. He was a former member of the Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department and formerly was active with Duenweg Youth Baseball and the Boy Scouts. He also served on the board of directors of Cedar Grove Resort at Grove, Okla. 

He married Rosemary Parrish on May 26, 1950, at Walnut Grove. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Dennis Lawson, Carl Junction, and Brent Lawson, Galena, Kan.; a daughter, Debbie Robbins, Joplin; a sister, Lavonna Hughes, Copper Center, Alaska; two stepbrothers, Earl Stark, Pioneer, Calif., and George Stark, Springfield; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Chris Richardson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Edge, Don Johnson, Earl Jarvis, Ron Neidert, Larry Long and Mural Beckett. 

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

Contributions may be made to Duenweg Christian Church. 

Peggy Long 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Ada M. ``Peggy'' Long, 90, St. Joseph, formerly of Webb City, died at 7:35 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at a St. Joseph nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Long was born April 24, 1906, at Carterville. She moved to St. Joseph about four years ago from the Webb City area. She was a 23-year nurse at the former Jane Chinn Hospital, Webb City. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City. 

Her husband, Roy R. Long, died April 1, 1981. 

Survivors include a son, James Long, St. Joseph; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Webb City Cemetery. The Rev. Bob McKinzie will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Viola Pierce 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Viola Faye Pierce, 63, Mount Vernon, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at a nursing home in Springfield after an illness. 

Mrs. Pierce was born Jan. 17, 1933, at Lockwood. She owned and operated a restaurant for many years. She was a member of Lockwood United Methodist Church. 

She married Robert Pierce on Dec. 7, 1951, at Lockwood. He died Sept. 11, 1996. 

Survivors include three sons, Michael Ray Pierce and Richard Lee Pierce, both of Springfield, and Charles Robert Pierce, St. Joseph; a daughter, Linda Faye Pierce, Springfield; four brothers, Robert Woods, Springfield, Carl Woods, Lockwood, Leon Woods, Langley, Okla., and Marvin Woods, Willard; three sisters, Helen Hall and Nadene Woods, both of Springfield, and Myrtle Guinn, Golden City; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lockwood United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dale McConnell will officiate. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. 

Edith Shingleton 

NOEL, Mo. Edith A. Shingleton,stet 94, Noel, died at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at a nursing home in Anderson after a long illness. 

Mrs. Shingleton was born Oct. 10, 1902, at Marlboro, N.Y. She moved to McDonald County in 1930 from Kansas City, Kan. She was a homemaker. 

At the age of five, she and her twin brother and another brother were placed in an orphanage in Kingston, N.Y., and in 1911 they were sent on an ``Orphan Train'' to the Midwest. She and her twin were placed in a foster home and grew up in Carroll County. 

She married Walter R. Shingleton on Aug. 11, 1921, at Carrollton. He died Oct. 4, 1955. 

Survivors include a son, William D. ``Bill'' Shingleton, Biloxi, Miss.; seven daughters, Betty L. Wylie, Muncie, Kan., Dorothy J. Griffith, Riverdale, Ga., Mary A. Meek and Sandra Sue Barrett, both of Noel, Carol J. Shapiro, Kansas City, Marlene R. McLaughlin, Independence, and Sara B. Payne, Jane; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Noel Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel. 

Contributions may be made to Noel Cemetery Cremains Beautification Project, in care of the funeral home. 

Leslie Wade 

NEOSHO, Mo. Leslie Albert Wade, 6, Neosho, died at 2:26 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Freeman-Neosho Hospital emergency room after a long illness. 

He was born March 13, 1990, at Gravette, Ark. He was a lifetime resident of the Neosho area. He attended Racine Christian Church and was a first-grade student of the homebound schooling program through the Neosho R-5 School System. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Donna Melton Westgate and Rae Rinehart; a brother, Johnathan Allen Westgate, of the home, a sister, Tina Marie Westgate, of the home; a stepbrother, Jamie Leeper, of the home; a stepsister, Rebecca Williams, of the home; his grandparents, Alva and Norma Melton, Webb City; and Rita Shadwick, Neosho and Ed and Dora Jeffers, Neosho; and a great-grandmother, Margaret Melton, Nevada. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Gerald Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Burkhart Cemetery, Racine. 

Pallbearers include Steve Martilla, Walter Shellenberger, Terry Roeter and Bill Rinehart. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Leslie Wade Fund. 

Thelma Sanders 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Thelma Maxine Irwin Sanders, 84, Miami, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Leon Weece and Bill Richey will officiate. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Larry McMullin, Gary McMullin, Chuck McMullin, Paul Franklin Sanders II, Michael Ellington and Daniel Ellington. 

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

Harrison Sands Jr. 

MIAMI, Okla. Harrison Roy Sands Jr., 42, Big Cabin, a former Miami resident, died at 4 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Sands was born Jan. 7, 1954 in Miami. He attended Lake Center Baptist Church, near Afton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

He married Dorothy Smith on April 5, 1991, in Miami. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Joseph Sands, Checotah; a daughter, Marita Kay Sands, Checotah; three stepsons, Kurt Bible and Jim Bible, both of Chelsea, and Matt Bible, Fort Irwin, Calif.; his parents, Harrison and Juanita Long Harrison Sr., Spanish Wells, Bahamas; and a brother, James Sands, Miami, Fla. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Kim Hays will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

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