Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Elvard Harris 

Elvard Dale Harris, 62, 2810 Jackson Ave., died at 1:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Harris was born May 19, 1934, at Newtonia. He was a lifelong resident of Jasper and Newton counties. He graduated from Midway High School in Newton County. He also graduated in 1956 from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He was a special education teacher at Granby (Mo.) schools and he retired from the Mars (Ill.) school system. He served four years in the Air Force and was a member of Newtonia Methodist Church. 

Surviving are his mother, Grace Harris Harrison, Neosho; and a brother, John Harris, Springfield. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Newtonia IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. J.C. Harp will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. 

Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Opal Hill 

Graveside services for Opal Hill, 79, Joplin, who died Friday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Warren Reese will officiate. 

The family will be at the home of a daughter, Wanda Hancox, 2121 Moffet Ave. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Billy Kingrey 

Billy Ray Kingrey, 75, Joplin, died at 10:11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Kingrey was born Nov. 25, 1921, at Joplin, where he was a lifetime resident. He graduated from the former Joplin Business College. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He had worked for Pittsburg Plate Glass and Harding-Kendall Glass Co., both of Joplin. He was a closer for the Brady Stevens Realty, Joplin. He was a hardware estimator for Braeckel's, Joplin, retiring in 1980. 

He married Allene L. Pyles on Feb. 14, 1942, at Joplin. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Vivian Nash, WagonerSTET, Okla., and Elaine Roland and Susan Walker, both of Joplin; three brothers, Gene Kingrey, Donald Kingrey and Kenneth Kingrey, all of Joplin; a sister, Lois Jones, Joplin; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Johnny Wilkins will officiate. 

Arbie Martin 

Arbie Martin, 94, Joplin route 8, died at 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Martin was born April 16, 1902, at Ashville, N.C. She was a lifetime Joplin resident and homemaker. She was a member of Church of Christ and Cawyer Ladies Club, both in Joplin. 

She married Frank Martin on April 20, 1920, at Joplin. He died Nov. 29, 1974. 

Survivors include two sons, Ray Martin and Wayne Martin, both of Diamond; a daughter, Edith Degginger, Joplin; a sister, Eunice Murphy, San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Gary Morrison will officiate. Burial will be in Stone's Cemetery, east of Joplin. 

Grandsons will be pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Children's Home, Stratford, in care of the funeral home. 

Marvin Steen 

Marvin I. Steen, 58, Joplin route 10, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at his home after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Steen was born April 29, 1938, at Joplin. He lived most of his life in the Joplin area. He graduated from Joplin High School. He owned and operated M & H Electric Co., Joplin. He previously worked as a truck driver. He was a paratrooper in the Marine Corps. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501. He was also on the Elks Bowling League. 

Surviving are a daughter, Julie Steen Lueth, Granby; a brother, Russell Steen, Goleta, Calif.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. W.L. Walmsley will officiate. The body will be cremated after the services. 

Pauline Corn 

SELIGMAN, Mo. Pauline M. Corn, 82, Seligman, died at 10:22 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at a Cassville nursing home, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Corn was born Jan. 13, 1914, at Cape Fair. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ, Cape Fair. 

Her husband, Gene Bishop, preceded her in death. 

She married Ellis Corn on Oct. 24, 1957, at Las Vegas, Nev. He died Dec. 26, 1987. 

Survivors include two sons, Lacy Bishop, Bentonville, Ark., and Max Bishop, Seligman; a daughter, Raegean Christenson, Aberdeen, Idaho; a brother, Robert McCormack, Sacramento, Calif.; six sisters, Ruth Duhig, Revella Brackett, Wanda Wilmuth and Shirley Kimberling, all of Sacramento, and Marge Strong and Betty Truebood, both of the state of Oregon; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Seligman Cemetery, Seligman. The Rev. Russell Bishop and the Rev. Don Beeson will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. 

Contributions may be made to Quality Home Health/Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

William Hill 

NEOSHO, Mo. William Albert Hill, 94, 322 South Hamilton, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Hill was born March 15, 1902, at Carterville. He was a lifetime resident of Jasper and Newton counties. He was a self-employed welder. He served in the U.S. Cavalry in 1923 and during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Neosho. 

He married Dorothy Mayberry on July 17, 1977, in Springdale, Ark. She survives. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Todd Decker will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho IOOF Cemetery. 

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

American Legion Post No. 163 will conduct flag-folding ceremonies at graveside. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Neosho. 

Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Jim Mitchell 

GOODMAN, Mo. Jim Mitchell, 58, Goodman, died at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Mitchell was born June 30, 1938, at Pittsburg, Kan. He was a construction worker and a custodian for McDonald County High School. He moved from Pittsburg to the Goodman area in 1959. He was an Army veteran and formerly attended Exciting Living Word, Anderson. 

He married Oleta Kay Thompson on June 20, 1969, at Neosho. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Dallas Len Mitchell, Goodman; four daughters, Candace Mitchell, Anderson, Jacquelyn Mitchell, of the home, and Cindy Williams and Tamra Frevele, both of Pittsburg; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Thompson Grove Cemetery, Goodman. The Rev. Haskell Martin will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. 

Olive O'Laughlin 

NEVADA, Mo. Olive F. O'Laughlin, 90, Nevada, died Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. O'Laughlin was born Jan. 5, 1906, at Evansburg, Penn. She moved to Moundville in 1977, where she remained until ill health forced her to move to a Nevada nursing home. She formerly lived in both the states of Pennsylvania and California. 

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Lou Howard, Nevada; two brothers, names and addresses unavailable; two sisters, names and addresses unavailable; and five grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Doc White 

SENECA, Mo. Thomas Boyd ``Doc'' White, 84, Seneca, died at 12:24 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. White was born Nov. 20, 1912, at Roosevelt, Okla. He had lived most of his life in the Seneca area. He was a retired farmer. 

He married Mildred Sizemore on Oct. 1, 1932, at HobartSTET, Okla. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Patsy Sparlin, Carol Fritchey and Betty Buzzard, all of Seneca; a brother, Matt White, Fresno, Calif.; two sisters, Ethel Vickers, Fresno, and Lorraine Moore, Apache, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Seneca. Mark Buzzard will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Dale DePriest, Bill Rosiere, Daryl King, Bill Leader, Bud Terry and George Bennett. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Vic Woolridge 

LAMAR, Mo. Victor ``Vic'' C. Woolridge, 93, 306 W. 16th St., died at 9:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Woolridge was born Sept. 5, 1903, in Dade County. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer. 

He married Bernice O. Neal on Feb. 19, 1927, at Greenfield. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Keith Woolridge, Lamar; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. John Dillie will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Lamar. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Lorene Dunn 

COLUMBUS, Kan. H. Lorene Dunn, 81, Columbus, died at 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. 

Mrs. Dunn was born Sept. 28, 1915, in Dade County, Mo., where she attended school. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Columbus. 

She married A. Dunn on March 12, 1931, in Greenfield, Mo. He died Sept. 22, 1983. 

Survivors include a son, Larry Dunn, Columbus; a daughter, Carolyn Jones, Everton, Mo.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Christine Iannucilli will officiate. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ray Springs Cemetery, Everton. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

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

Luceal Cox 

GROVE, Okla. Luceal Cox, 85, rural Grove, died at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Cox was born Sept. 2, 1911, at the Sulphur Bend community near Sulphur. She was a homemaker and a member of Free Holiness Church, Jay. 

She married Homer C. Cox in 1931 at Fairland. He died March 12, 1963. 

Four also children preceded her in death. 

Surviving are three sons, Silvester Cox, Disney, Carmen Cox, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Manferd Cox, Grove; six daughters, Melba Lou Slater, Springfield, Mo., Dorothy England, Wichita, Kan., Leta Arvon Barton Miller, Carl Junction, Mo., Vontreva BuentemeierSTET, NorthomeSTET, Minn., and Alfie Barker and LullieSTET Hicks, both of Jay; 42 grandchildren; 92 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. Warren Buzzard, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, near Grove. 

Pallbearers will be Clifford Hicks, Bo Jackson, Keith Crowder, Ora Summers, Gary Buentemeier and Bruce Hicks. 

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Ferol Jingst 

MIAMI, Okla. Ferol E. Jingst, 87, Miami, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at a Commerce nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Jingst was born Dec. 8, 1909, in Ottawa County. She moved from Kansas City, Mo., to the Miami area in 1963. She worked as an order clerk at Gernes Garment Co., Kansas City, for thirty years. 

She was a member of First Methodist Church, Commerce, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Miami. 

Her husband, Albert Jingst, died in 1974. 

Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Sparkman, Miami; and a sister, Myrtle Roberts, Miami. 

Services are pending Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

John Panther 

MIAMI, Okla. John Sonny Panther, 71, Miami, died at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at St. John's Hospital, Tulsa, after an illness. 

Mr. Panther was born March 7, 1925, in the state of Oklahoma. He lived in the Miami area most of life, except for a few years of residence in Tulsa. He was a retired barber shop owner and operator in Quapaw. 

He was an absentee member of the Shawnee tribe. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Native American Church; Native American Craft, Bead, and Jewelry Makers; and he was a feather design maker. 

Survivors include five sons, John Panther, Denver, Colo., Russell Panther, Moore, Willy Panther, Bartlesville, Paul Panther and Norman Panther, both of Tulsa; five daughters, Linda Stevens, Claremore, Amy Kavistad, San Diego, Calif., Susan Mead, Barnesville, and Barbara Wisdom and Mary Smoot, both of Tulsa; a sister, Rheba Case, Artefia, Calif., 22 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Quapaw Tribal Building, southeast of Quapaw. 

Willy Panther will deliver the eulogy and Indian rites will be conducted by Billie Charles Blaoack and Alex Turner. 

Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami. 

Pallbearers will be John Stand, John Smoot, Paul Panther, Norman Panther, George Romick and Troy Mead. 

The body may be viewed at his home until noon today. After the funeral, the body may be viewed at Quapaw Tribal Building. 

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

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