Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Sylvia Gibbons 

Sylvia Bertha Conley Gibbons, 95, 1610 Wall Ave., died at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Gibbons was born June 11, 1902, in Wier City, Kan. She attended schools in Carthage and Joplin. In her youth, she worked for her family's business, the former Conley Bakery, Carthage. She was a licensed practical nurse and worked at St. John's Regional Medical Center, the former Oak Hill Hospital, both of Joplin, and the former Elmhurst Nursing Home, Webb City. She was a former member of the Missouri Licensed Practical Nurses Association. 

She married Dean Gibbons on May 27, 1919, in Carthage. He died Dec. 19, 1971. 

She was preceded in death by one son. 

Survivors include two sons, Charles Gibbons, Joplin, and Frank Gibbons, Stockton, Calif.; two daughters, Erma Dean Chapman, Studio City, Calif., and Emma Marie Harris, Rich Hill; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Joplin. The Rev. Leonard R. Chambers will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, with visitation to follow. 

Contributions may be made to the St. Peter's Altar Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Carolyn Higginbotham 

Carolyn J. Higginbotham, 54, Orlando, Fla., a former resident of Joplin, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Florida Hospital, Orlando, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Higginbotham was born Aug. 28, 1942, in Florala, Ala. She was a housewife and was briefly employed as a dietitian at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. She moved to Orlando in 1984 from Joplin. She operated an at-home day-care center in Orlando. She attended Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Leo ``Buddy'' Higginbotham on Dec. 23, 1958, in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Jamie Higginbotham, Parish, Fla., and Phil Higginbotham and Jeff Higginbotham, both of Orlando; her mother, Glenda Recels, Orlando; a sister, Charlene Carr, Orlando; a granddaughter; and five grandsons. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Careyhand Funeral Home, Orlando. Alex Clattenburg, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Orlando. 

Pallbearers will be Buddy Higginbotham, Jamie Higginbotham, Phil Higginbotham, Phil Higginbotham, James Carr, and David Kendle. 

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

Contributions may be made in Carolyn Higginbotham's name to Vista Federal Credit Union, in care of the funeral home. 

Rosalie McCuistion 

Rosalie Hope Nutting McCuistion, 68, Springfield, Colo., a former Joplin area resident, died late Friday night, Dec. 6, 1996, at Parkview Hospital, Pueblo, Colo., after a short illness. 

Mrs. McCuistion was born July 14, 1928, in Anderson. She later lived in Anderson. She was graduated from Liberal High School. She attended the former Joplin Junior College and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She taught at Bryan School, near Iantha. She was a longtime resident of McDonald County. 

She married Clarence D. McCuistion on Aug. 6, 1950, in Joplin. He survives. 

Survivors include four sons, Kent McCuistion, Peoria, Ill., Floyd McCuistion, Guthrie, Okla., Morris McCuistion, Memphis, Tenn., and Wade McCuistion, Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Diana Martinez, Bloomfield, N.M., Sharon McCuistion and Gina Wamble, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Lester Nutting, Joplin, and Donald Nutting, Australia; four sisters, Addie Copher, Webb City, Roberta McGowan, Joplin, Hazel Stewart, Gladstone, and Grace Gary, Woodbridge, Ill.; and 18 grandchildren. 

One son preceded her in death. 

Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Assembly of God Church, Springfield, Colo. Burial was in Campo (Colo.) Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Rich Funeral Home, Springfield, Colo. 

Paul Boothe 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Paul Boothe, 88, Carthage, died at 11:57 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Boothe was born Aug. 29, 1908, in the state of Virginia. He was a West Virginia coal miner until he moved in 1954 to El Paso, Texas, where he worked for Burns Detective Agency. He moved in 1962 to Carthage, where he worked for the Carthage Police Department until he retired in 1972. He was a member of Sycamore Street Church of God, Carthage. 

He married Lila Virginia Crabtree on Jan. 24, 1929, at Bluefield, Va. She died April 20, 1996. 

Survivors include a son, Lenwood Boothe, El Paso; two daughters, Janice Michael, Carthage route 2, and Brenda Wittig, Phoenix; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Ida Davis 

SENECA, Mo. Graveside services for Ida M. Davis, 81, Seneca, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Seneca Cemetery. 

Harold Reaves, minister, will officiate. 

The casket will be closed at all times. 

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

Freda Eddings 

SENECA, Mo. Freda E. Eddings, 87, died at 1:32 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mrs. Eddings was born Sept. 16, 1909, in Ottowa County, Okla. She was a lifetime area resident and a homemaker. She was a member of the Seneca First Baptist Church. 

She married William Chester Eddings on April 2, 1928, in Neosho. He died in 1993. 

Survivors include three sons, Joe Eddings, Kansas City; Ronald Eddings, Camdenton, and Larry Eddings, Seneca; four daughters, Ramona Forkner, Carterville, Velma Updegraff, Memphis, Tenn., and Barbara Fortner and Bevelyn Surridge, both of Seneca; a sister, Marjorie L. Moreland, Arlington, Wash.; 18 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 13 great-stepgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Seneca. The Rev. Aaron Weible will officiate. Burial will be in the Seneca Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

The family will be at the home of Bevelyn Surridge. 

Contributions may be made to the Seneca First Baptist Church. 

Bobby Florer 

AURORA, Mo. Bobby G. Florer, 71, Aurora, died at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Florer was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Aurora and was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired supervisor in the production planning of Juvenile Shoe in Aurora. 

He was a member of United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 126 and Masonic Lodge No. 284, all of Aurora. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. 

He married Phyllis Edwards on May 21, 1950, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Florer, Aurora; two daughters, Gail James and Julia Rackley, both of Aurora; a sister, Ruth Quattlebaum, Columbia, S.C.; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Aurora United Methodist Church. The Rev. Harold Gold will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Contributions may be made to Aurora United Methodist Church. 

Curtis Holman 

MONETT, Mo. Curtis R. Holman, 81, Monett, died at 12:09 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness. 

Mr. Holman was born Aug. 19, 1915, in the Golden/Mano area of Barry County. He moved to Monett 14 years ago from Cassville. He was a mail carrier in the Shell Knob area for several years. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville. 

He married Ruth Wilma Holman on Jan. 31, 1937, at Jenkins. She died July 26, 1976. He married Odetta Wellgaum on July 31, 1982. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Curtis F. Holman, Lisle, Ill., and Carl E. Holman, Ottawa, Ill.; a daughter, Belva Griffis, Cassville; three sisters, Alma Fogg, Cassville, Alberta Risley, Rogers, Ark., and Allie Norris, Berryville, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville. The Rev. Billy McCall and the Rev. Bob Neeley will officiate. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery, Cassville. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Contributions may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Ralph Meehan 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Ralph E. Meehan, 60, Mount Vernon, died at 7:22 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, after a long illness. 

Mr. Meehan was born Jan. 29, 1936, in St. Francois. He moved to Mount Vernon in 1990 from Jefferson County. He retired May 1, 1990 as a Quality Assurance Foreman for McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis. He was a member of Kingsway Christian Church, Mount Vernon. 

He married Judi Weil on May 24, 1958, in St. Louis County. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Bud Meehan, St. Louis, and Timothy Meehan, Verona; a daughter, Christine Todd, Mount Vernon; a brother, Dale A. Meehan, Excelsior Springs; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. James Terral will officiate. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery, east of Chesapeake. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Thursday until service time. 

Contributions may be made to Kingsway Christian Church building fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Lida Myers 

NEOSHO, Mo. Lida M. Alford Myers, 56, 1002 Harrell St., died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Myers was born March 13, 1940, at Sedan, Kan. She moved to Neosho in August 1975. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Neosho, and Flower Box City Newcomers Club. 

She married Richard F. Myers on Aug. 11, 1963, at Independence, Kan. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Janice Myers, Joplin. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Duane Trimble, minister, will officiate. 

The body has been taken for cremation. The cremains will be buried in Neosho IOOF Cemetery at a later date. 

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

Felix Slavens 

PINEVILLE, Mo. Felix Douglas Slavens, 80, Oregon House, Calif., a native of Pineville, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Fremont Medical Center, Yuba City, Calif., after an illness. 

Mr. Slavens was born July 5, 1916, in Pineville. He had lived in San Diego, Calif., for 55 years and in Oregon House the past seven years. He was an engineer and had worked for General Dynamics Aviation Corp. for 40 years until he retired. 

He was a member of the National Engineers and Architects Association and the National Air Force Association. He was a veteran of the Navy and Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. 

Survivors include his wife, Loraine D. Slavens; three sons, Michael Slavens, Sunnyvale, Calif., Dennis Slavens, El Cajon, Calif., and David Slavens, Oregon House; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Keystone Cemetery, Dobbins, Calif. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Twin Cities, Yuba City. 

Tiny Vaughn Jr. 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Services for J.E. ``Tiny'' Vaughn Jr., 67, Carthage, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Assembly of God Church, Carthage. 

The Rev. Jimmie Hinson will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Clarence Williams 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Clarence Fall Williams, 88, Sarcoxie, was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Williams was born May 7, 1908, in Jefferson City. He moved to Sarcoxie in 1947 from Danville, Ill. He was employed at Brown Shoe Co., Jefferson City, and Musbeck Shoe Corp., Danville, Ill. He was a supervisor from 1947 to 1983 at Juvenile Shoe Corp., which had plants at Aurora and Sarcoxie. He retired in 1983 and owned and operated a vacation resort at Cape Fair. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Sarcoxie. 

He married Emma Breeden on Nov. 25, 1933, in Linn. She died July 7, 1985. 

He married Belva White on Nov. 30, 1989, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Darlene Roper, Joplin; a sister, Opal Lett, Holts Summit; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Don Swadley will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Glenn Bartholomew 

FORT SCOTT, Kan. Glenn Richard Bartholomew, 50, Fort Scott route 4, died at 2:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after injuries he sustained in a car accident. 

Mr. Bartholomew was born Sept. 29, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa. He moved to Fort Scott in 1993 from Vinemont, Ala. He was an independent truck driver. 

He married Shirley Ann Skinner on May 1, 1981, in Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Sandra Jane Oleson, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Services are pending with Raley-McCracken Funeral Home, Cullman, Ala. 

Ted Breeden 

GALENA, Kan. Ted W. Breeden, 86, Galena, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Breeden was born July 25, 1910, in Oronogo, Mo. He retired from the military in 1941 after 24 years and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He retired in 1970 after 39 years at Eagle-Picher Industries Inc., Joplin. He was a member and past master of Post No. 471, Oronogo Mineral Lodge, and was a member of Oronogo Methodist Church. 

He married Lillie Lane on Nov. 29, 1942. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Sara Blondin, Blue Springs, Mo.; and a grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Tom Shouse will officiate. Burial will be in Waters Cemetery, west of Jasper, Mo. 

Masonic funeral rites will be conducted by Post No. 471, Oronogo Mineral Lodge. 

Floyd Crain 

CHETOPA, Kan. Floyd L. Crain, 64, Chetopa, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident Monday morning in Oswego. 

Mr. Crain was born Sept. 25, 1932, in the Sherwin Junction community, east of Oswego. He attended grade school in the Dickerman area, southwest of Oswego. He was graduated in 1952 from Labette County High School, Altamont. He lived in Coffeyville for 16 years and later in rural Chetopa for 21 years. He moved to Chetopa in 1994. 

He was a truck driver for Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Contract Freighters Inc., both at Joplin. He retired in 1994 but worked part-time for Dina Manufacturing Co. of Oswego. 

He married Jeanette Baker on Sept. 15, 1951, at Huntsville, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ricky Leon Crain, Chetopa, and Bobby Allen Crain, Monroe, Ga.; a daughter, Melinda Lea Brooks, Chetopa; three sisters, Naomi Castle, Miami, Okla., Anna Killburn, Gardner, and Eulila Erwin, Peoria, Ill.; an aunt, who raised him, Wanieta Lawson, Altamont; and one grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Creek Cemetery, west of Bartlett. The Rev. Raymond Whetstone will officiate. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

George Fontaine 

PITTSBURG, Kan. George A. Fontaine, 50, 489 E. 520th Ave., died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, in a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Fontaine was born Aug. 21, 1946, in Pittsburg. He was a lifetime resident. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant E5 on Sept. 19, 1971, after six years with the Kansas Army National Guard. He worked as an equipment operator 30 years for the City of Pittsburg. He retired this year because of ill health. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pittsburg. 

He married Mary L. Cochell on May 30, 1981, in Pittsburg. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Frank Fontaine, Arma; a daughter, Christa Fontaine, of the home; his mother, Jennie Fontaine, Chicopee; and a sister, JoAnn Gerant, St. Louis, Mo. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Wayne Black will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsburg Garden of Memories. 

Flag folding ceremonies at the graveside will be conducted by Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64, Pittsburg. 

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

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pittsburg, in care of the funeral home. 

Charles Sawyer 

GALENA, Kan. Charles Lewden Sawyer, 86, Topeka, a former Galena resident, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at a Topeka nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Sawyer was born Oct. 26, 1910, in Galena. He moved to Topeka in 1945. He was graduated from Galena High School and received a degree in business from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He worked for the Kansas Department of Human Resources from 1938 until he retired in 1975. 

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Topeka, and a life member of Galena Lodge No. 667. 

He married Betty Biegert on Sept. 20, 1945. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Nancy Seel, Des Moines, Iowa, and Mary Derwae, Kenosha, Wis.; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Topeka. 

Contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka.

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