Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Margaret Smith Evans 

Margaret I. Smith Evans, 62, 530 Pearl Ave., died at 2:07 a.m. on Dec. 12, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Evans was born Feb. 24, 1934, in rural Jasper County. She was graduated from Carl Junction High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grove, Okla., where she was active in church and Sunday School. She was a child care worker for 20 years and served as superintendent of the Jasper County Youth Detention Center in Joplin. 

She married Robert E. Evans on July 3, 1955, in Jasper County. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Kent Evans, Joplin; a daughter, Vicki Heath, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Gene Smith, Woodstock, Ga.; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Robin Cowin and the Rev. M. Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

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

Theodore Johnson 

Theodore R. Johnson, 82, 2728 Chandler St., died at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Freeman Hospital West after a six-month illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 10, 1914 in Bisbee, Ariz. He had lived in Joplin for more than 40 years. He retired in 1982 from the Kansas Army Ammunition plant at Parsons, Kan., where he had worked for 15 years. He previously worked at Farmers Chemical Co. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Joplin. 

He married Jean Hart on Dec. 3, 1955 in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Rick Boyd, Joplin, Wesley Champ, Neosho, and Jack Johnson, Harrisonville, Mo.; two daughters, Donna Jean Smith, Greenwood, S.C., and Billie Hodson, Purcell; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hedge Lewis Chapel in Webb City with Calvin St. Clair, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin, under the direction of Hedge Lewis Funeral Home. 

Family members will serve as pallbearers. The family will be at the home, 2728 Chandler St., Joplin. Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in care of the funeral home. 

Bud Johns 

Clarence ``Bud'' Johns, 63, La Grande, Ore., brother of Della Lea of Joplin, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, in a La Grande hospital after an illness. 

Mr. Johns was born April 28, 1933, in Willow Springs. He attended school in Missouri and entered the Army in 1953. He served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1956. 

He married Sarah Self on March 22, 1957. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Timothy Johns, Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Teresa Logan, Boise, and Pamela Murphy, Meridian; two sisters, Florence Day, Nampa, and Della Lea, Joplin; a brother, Harvey Johns, Boise; three grandchildren; and a stepgranddaughter. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summers Funeral Home (Boise Chapel), Boise. Burial will be in Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise. 

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

Gary Nowlin 

Gary D. Nowlin, 58, Joplin route 3, died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Nowlin was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Wynnewood, Okla. He lived in the Joplin area most of his life. He received a degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He was a chemical engineer for Atlas Powder Co. for 26 years and at Eagle-Picher Industries Inc. in Joplin for 10 years. 

He was a member of Carl Junction Christian Church, Carl Junction. 

He married Helen Tarrant on June 17, 1962, in Carl Junction. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Brian Nowlin, Washington, D.C., and Kent Nowlin, Leavenworth, Kan.; a daughter, Tara Thomas, Carthage; his mother, Sylvia Nowlin, Wynnewood; a brother, Jerrill Nowlin, Eagle Pass, Texas; a sister, Judy Anderson, Casper, Wyo.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Carl Junction Christian Church. Boyce Mouton, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction. 

Family members will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. 

Raymond Rivers 

D. Raymond Rivers, 68, 2620 E. 25th St., Joplin, died at 9:24 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Rivers was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Joplin, where he lived all of his life. He retired in 1973 from what then was Atlas Powder Co. He was a veteran of the Navy. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. 

He married Lois Woodworth on July 18, 1947, in Joplin. She survives. 

He is survived by a son, Michael Rivers, Joplin; two daughters, Tina Pena, Joplin, and Terri Frey, Pierce City; a brother, Leo Rivers, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Dicksie Jones, Galena, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Rosary service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary. 

David Mills 

SARCOXIE, Mo. David Edward Mills, 50, Sarcoxie, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Mills was born Nov. 24, 1946, in Yuma City, Ariz. He retired in 1994 from Tri-State Motor Transit, Joplin, then worked at Star Transport, Mount Vernon. He was a retired Army drill instructor in the U.S. Airborne and served two terms of duty in the Vietnam War. 

He married Cleta Mae Cavaness on March 1, 1966. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Larry Mills, Sarcoxie; a daughter, Delora Mills Hirsch, Webb City; his mother, Ida Mae Mills, state of California; three brothers, Raymond Mills, state of Arizona, Walter Mills, Lebanon, and Bobby Mills, San Francisco, Calif.; three sisters, Bonnie Mills, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Patty Berg, Amarillo, Texas, and Johanna Mills, state of California; and a grandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Burial will be in Cavaness Cemetery, near Licking. 

Contributions may be made to the donor's choice. 

Martin Stout 

GOODMAN, Mo. Martin F. Stout, 87, Goodman, died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Stout was born Jan. 23, 1909, in Pineville. He was a farmer for most of his life. 

He was of the Full Gospel faith. 

He married Dayle L. Kelley on Dec. 24, 1948, at Cyclone. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Richard E. Stout, Goodman; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Church, Pineville. The Rev. Larry Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Pineville Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Junior Landers, Jerry Bonebrake, Frankie Lewis, Bruce Lett, Ray Orlick, and Kenneth Goff. 

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

Chuck Allen 

RIVERTON, Kan. Charles Edward ``Chuck'' Allen, 87, Riverton, died at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Allen was born Feb. 2, 1909, in Waggoner and moved to Baxter Springs in 1955. He retired in 1974 as a truck driver for Yellow Freight Inc. 

He was a member of Riverton Baptist Church. 

He married Rita Colleen Gipson in April 1957 in Columbus. She died in October 1970. 

Survivors include a son, Mike Allen, Columbus, Ohio; three daughters, Lisa Allen, Baxter Springs, Cindy Kruithof, DeKalb, Ill., and Charlene Whitekiller, Holbert, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell. The Rev. Fred Dycus will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Warner, Ray Massengale, Lloyd Neal, Dale Eldridge, Paul Herren, and Oran Brannon. 

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

Arnetta Porter 

GALENA, Kan. Arnetta J. Porter, 72, Galena route 2, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Miss Porter was born June 25, 1924, in Galena. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a bookkeeper at Robeson Lumber Co., Galena, for 32 years. She was a board member for Garden Township, Cherokee County, for 26 years. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Darrell Johnson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Darrell D. Johnson, 67, 8023 Gateway Drive, Neosho, died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, after an eight-month illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born May 31, 1929, in the Spurgeon community in Newton County, and was a lifelong area resident. He was owner and operator of Midway Machining Co. He married Barbara Beaver on Oct. 7, 1950, at Webb City. She died Aug. 21, 1995. 

Survivors include a son, David M. Johnson, Neosho; two brothers, Robert Johnson, Joplin, and Owen Johnson, Neosho; a sister, Evelyn Brady, Joplin; and two grandsons. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Earl Moran, Bill Brady, Walt Guthery, Randy Guthery, Tom Allgood and Joe Simmons. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Big John Redden 

PICHER, Okla. Troy Armon ``Big John'' Redden, 50, 720 S. Cherokee, died at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Redden was born April 22, 1946, in Baxter Springs. He was a lifelong Picher resident. He was employed by the City of Picher for five years and at the Hitching Post, Commerce. 

He was a member of First Assembly of God, Picher. 

He married Carol Webber on June 21, 1969, in Miami. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Shane Redden, Miami, Jason Redden and Eric Redden, both of Picher, and Ryan Redden, of the home; a daughter, Nicole Redden, of the home; his mother and stepfather, Juanita and Elmer Davis, Picher; his father and stepmother, Roy and Juanita Redden, Picher; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. The Rev. Leslie Couch Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Shane Redden, Jason Redden, Eric Redden, Ryan Redden, Shannon Redden, and Mike Davis. 

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

James Keith 

GRAVETTE, Ark. James Albert Keith, 68, Gravette, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at Claremore (Okla.) Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Keith was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Maysville. He was graduated in 1946 from Southwest City (Mo.) High School. He owned and operated Jim Keith Lumber Co., Gravette, for 29 years and worked for APS Security, Rogers, for four years. 

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Sulphur Spring. 

He married Ruby A. Austin on April 2, 1950, in Gravette. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Jimmy Keith, Tulsa, Okla., Danny Keith, Maysville, and Randy Keith, Gravette; and his mother, Audra Keith, Maysville. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. The Rev. Raymond Scott, the Rev. Ron Morris, and the Rev. Bill Querry will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Southwest City, Mo.

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