Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Helen Hayes 

Helen C. Hayes, 66, Foxridge Circle, Manhattan, Kan., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hayes was born April 17, 1930, in Joplin. She was graduated from Baxter Springs High School and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She was office manager for Stan Hayes Enterprises Inc., Manhattan. She moved to Manhattan in 1986 from Topeka, Kan., where she had lived for 25 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, PEO, and was past president of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, all of Manhattan. 

She married Stan Hayes on Dec. 28, 1986, in Topeka. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Jimmie Maryman, Baxter Springs; and four sisters, Betty Kirk and Pat Paxson, both of Baxter Springs, Carolyn Schept, Walnut, Iowa, and Nancy Cardin, Pittsburg. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Manhattan. The Rev. Robert J. Sanders will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan. 

Contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the Center for Basic Cancer Research, or the Mercy Health Center Foundation, in care of Edwards-Yorgensen-Meloan Funeral Home, Manhattan. 

Fletta Newberry 

Flettas E. Newberry, 78, 1226 Montana Place, died at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after six months of ill health. 

Mrs. Newberry was born July 9, 1918, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. She was a housekeeper and elevator operator for several years at the Frisco Building in Joplin. 

She was a member of First Christian Church of Joplin, Rebekah Lodge No. 97 of Joplin, and Ruth Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She also served as a volunteer for 20 years with Crosslines Ministries. 

She married Joe Bert Newberry on June 28, 1938, in Joplin. He died March 31, 1995. 

Survivors include a daughter, Charlott Woodard, Noel; three brothers, Clyde Doss Jr. and Carroll Doss, both of Joplin, and Lloyd Doss, Raytown; a sister, Lodemiah Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to Crosslines Ministries or the National Kidney Foundation, in care of the mortuary. 

Dewey Peavler 

Dewey Peavler Sr., 75, 819 Monroe Ave., died at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Peavler was born Sept. 15, 1921, at Mountain Grove. He was a masonry contractor for 43 years before he retired. He also taught masonry construction at Franklin Technical School in Joplin for 11 years. 

He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God church. He was a former member for 40 years of Second Assembly of God Church, where he drove the church bus for 11 years. He volunteered with youth baseball in Joplin for 20 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific. 

He married Edna Lucille Smith on Jan. 21, 1946, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Linda Crowl, Sue Curlee and Judy Carver, all of Joplin; two sons, Dewey ``Sonny'' Peavler Jr. and William ``Billy'' Peavler, both of Joplin; a brother, Delbert Peavler, Joplin; four sisters, Marie Harvey, Helen Valpatti and Bobbie Cooper, all of the state of California, and Rose Hardcastle, the state of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Orville Garrison will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Paul Phillips, Jeff Peavler, Billy Smith, Randy Dorris, Kenny Berard and Jerry Herron. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Ivan Cooper 

GOODMAN, Mo. Ivan ``Bud'' Cooper, 48, Goodman, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a long illness. 

Mr. Cooper was born Feb. 12, 1948, at Anderson. He had lived in the Goodman area most of his life. He was a member of Goodman First Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. 

He married Rolla Hollandsworth on May 15, 1972, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Rowdy Cooper and Scott Barnes, both of Goodman; a daughter, Robin Thurston, Joplin; his mother, Pearl Cooper, Goodman; five sisters, Effie Long and Kathy Atkins, both of Goodman, Kay Eberle, Collinsville, Okla., Sue Schroeder, Pryor, Okla., and Verna Mitchell, Aurora; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Goodman First Baptist Church. The Rev. Reece Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery, Goodman. 

Friends may call after noon today at Ozark Funeral Home, Goodman, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Gerald Smith 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Gerald Lee Smith, 67, Carthage, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at a Jasper residence after a short illness. 

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Carthage. He had lived in Carthage since 1965. He was retired from the Air Force. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a past priest commander of the York Rites Shriners; past commander of Jasper County American Legion; and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Carthage. He was a member of Fellowship Lodge No. 345, Joplin, and Abou Ben Adhem Shriners at Springfield. 

He married Betty Jo Youngblood on Aug. 1, 1951, at Phoenix, Ariz. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Gerald Michael Smith, Carthage; a daughter, Betty Lynne Harrold, Las Cruces, N.M.; two brothers, Charles L. Nixon, Carthage, and Wayne Nixon, Marysville, Ohio; a sister, Vivian Crow, Carthage; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. Bill Whitfield, minister, will officiate. 

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

Lillian Sturgis 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Lillian L. Sturgis, 70, Carthage route 6, died at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at McCune Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Sturgis was born Nov. 28, 1926, in Hockerville, Okla. She moved to Carthage in 1970 from Grants, N.M. She retired in September 1993 after 23 years as owner and operator of Western Bar, Joplin. 

She married Calvin Wayne Sturgis on May 21, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. He died Feb. 26, 1985. 

Survivors include Ron Wayne Sturgis, address unknown; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Stapp, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a sister, Joan Copeland, Elko, Nev.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, Kan. Roy Derfelt will officiate. Burial will be in Gandy Cemetery, Galena route 2. 

Pallbearers will be Terry Sturgis, J.D. Sturgis, Deuane Ellis, Douglas Klouse, Doyle Klouse Jr. and Travis Klouse. 

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

John Girotto 

PITTSBURG, Kan. John L. Girotto, 87, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a former resident of Pittsburg, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Girotto was born March 1, 1909, in Joliet, Ill. He and his wife moved to Pittsburg after their marriage. He worked 47 years at Pittsburg and Midway Coal Mining Co. and lived at Pittsburg for 57 years. He moved to Cedar Rapids in April 1992 because of ill health. 

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and United Mine Workers Union, both in Pittsburg. 

He married Margaret E. Vietti in June 1935, in Carthage, Mo. She died Jan. 9, 1990. 

Survivors include two sons, John R. Girotto, Cedar Rapids, and Ronald G. Girotto, Houston, Texas; a sister, Mayme Otellio, state of California; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Mass will be at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Father Samuel Pinkerton will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

Contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund, in care of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 

Mildred Spriggs 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Mildred L. Spriggs, 92, formerly of 107 S. Washington St., died at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at a Columbus nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Spriggs was born Aug. 18, 1904, at West Mineral, where she attended school. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Columbus and had been a member of the Eastern Star chapter at Scammon for more than 70 years. 

She married Howard Franklin Spriggs on Aug. 24, 1921, at West Mineral. He died Aug. 29, 1980. 

Survivors include a son, Keith Spriggs, Cherokee; three daughters, Nondis Burnett and Carole Audley, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Jean Faucett, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Marvin Harvey, Cherokee; a stepbrother, James Maxwell, Parsons; a stepsister, Jayne Wilkerson, Pittsburg; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Larry Reynolds, elder, will officiate. Burial will be in Sherman City Cemetery, northwest of Columbus. 

The casket will be closed at service time. 

Ronald Dry 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Services for Ronald Lee Dry, 68, Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Fairland, who died Saturday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. Jappie Robertson will officiate. Burial will be in Ottawa Indian Cemetery, east of Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Bob May, Frank Munoz, Charles Venis, Earl Goodman, Dick Dill and David Jackson. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Brevard Hospice or to the Midget Football Program on Merritt Island, Fla., in care of the funeral home. 

Alberta Hamilton 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Alberta Flora Hamilton, 90, 2128 Denver Harner Drive, who died Monday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Miami. 

The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Mark Womack, Mark Womack Jr., Bill Cameron, Jerry Jones, Tom Berry and Doug Tunnell. 

The family will be at the home of Laura Jones, 320 11th Place N.E. 

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Donald Hoots 

MIAMI, Okla. Donald L. Hoots, 55, 1100 E. Northeast, died at 1:54 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mr. Hoots was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Wyandotte, Mich. He moved to Miami in August 1989 from Lamar, Colo. He was graduated in 1959 from Wyandotte Mission High School. He was a heavy equipment operator in Colorado until ill heath forced him to retire. He was a member of Harvest Time Ministries, Miami. 

Survivors include two sons, Dale Hoots, Gunnison, Colo., and David Hoots, Miami; a daughter, Rebecca Angelo, Gardner, Kan.; a sister, Beverly McBride, Wyandotte; and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. Burial will be in Glenn Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami. 

The family will receive friends from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. They will be at the home of Carol Hoots, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the Youth Department in the Harvest Time Ministries, or to Gideon's Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

William Jackson 

GROVE, Okla. William J. Jackson, 73, Grove, died at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Jackson was born Oct. 26, 1923, at North Miami, Okla. He made his career in the Air Force and retired in 1968 as a technical sergeant. 

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge, both of Grove. 

He married Kathryn Park in 1944 at Columbus, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Cynthin Bennett, Maineville, Ohio; two sons, Michael Jackson, San Jose, Calif., and David Jackson, Purdy, Mo.; two sisters, Marguerite Warner, Miami, and Nadine Corbus, Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Chapel, Grove. Dale Bennett, pastor, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Grove, in care of the funeral home.

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