Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Robert Davidson 

Robert E. ``Buzz'' Davidson, 57, 517 Patterson Ave., died at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Davidson was born Jan. 13, 1939, at Santa Cruz, Calif. He had lived in the Joplin area for 20 years, moving from Napa, Calif. He worked as a test floor operator at Senior Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army. 

He married Barbara Baker on May 25, 1957, at Reno, Nev. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Randy Davidson and Reggie Davidson, both of Joplin; a daughter, Jolynn Hartman, Joplin; three sisters, Nancy Moore, Napa, Diane Warner, Gaylord, Mich., and Kathy Housh, Napa; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Otto Parish and Rex Howe will officiate. Veterans of Foreign Wars will perform graveside services at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Allen, Steve Doss, Didway Gourley, Orville Nelson, Kenny Patrick, Carl Conway, Bob Clark and Larry Rowe. 

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Betty Harvey 

Betty Ray Harvey, 90, 3015 Missouri Ave., died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Harvey was born May 26, 1906, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School class. 

She married Gayle Harvey on Oct. 16, 1940, in Joplin. He died Feb. 13, 1983. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

A private committal service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, prior to memorial services that will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Bertha Boehne 

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Bertha Anna Boehne, 80, Lockwood, died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Boehne was born Jan. 23, 1916, in Lockwood, where she lived most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Ladies Aide Society. 

She married Clarence R. Boehne on Nov. 2, 1941, in Lockwood. He died July 6, 1985. 

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Obert, Lockwood, and Roberta Dawson, Springfield; a brother, Martin Niehoff, Lockwood; a sister, Matilda Weber, Herington, Kan.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lockwood. Gary Griffin, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the building fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the Lutheran Hour. 

Effie Brock 

NEOSHO, Mo. Effie Lena Brock, 95, 400 Lyons Drive, died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Brock was born Nov. 6, 1901, at Granby. She was a lifelong Neosho area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church, Neosho. 

Her husband, Carl Franklin Brock, died at May 11, 1975. 

Three sons preceded her in death. 

Surviving are a daughter, Bernice Chubb, San Jose, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery, south of Stella. The Rev. Clement Graham will officiate. 

The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Lowell Burch 

NEOSHO, Mo. Lowell Burch, 89, 1114 Skyline Drive, died at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness. 

Mr. Burch was born Sept. 25, 1907, at Harrisonville. He lived most of his life in Neosho, moving here from Siloam Springs, Ark. He was a 1924 graduate of Anthony (Kan.) High School and attended Kansas State University at Manhattan. 

He and his brother, Virgil Burch, had owned and operated the former Crystal Springs Dairy in Neosho. He also had worked for the local accounting firms of Ira Fillingham, Mike Cusack and Larry Swift. 

He was treasurer of the Newton County Bureau. He was a member of Neosho United Methodist Church and the Newton County Senior Citizens Center. 

He married Nina Knisley on April 11, 1936, in Neosho. She died Dec. 19, 1979. He married Glenola Johnson on May 16, 1981, in Neosho. 

His wife is his only immediate survivor. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. John C. Harp will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Neosho. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Burch, Bill Burch, Cody Burch, Sam Hatfield, Cliff Moutray and Eric Reynolds. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Senior Citizens Center, in care of the funeral home. 

David Essary 

WENTWORTH, Mo. David Howard Essary, 49, Wentworth, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after one year of ill health. 

Mr. Essary was born Nov. 12, 1947, at Wewoka, Okla. He had lived in the Wentworth area for many years. He owned and operated D&J Landscaping in Wentworth before his illness. He formerly worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union as a grounds man and had been a maintenance man at Wildwood Elementary School in Sarcoxie. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Sarcoxie. 

He married Judith Fischer on Jan. 12, 1970, at Pierce City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his mother, Artie Tice, Roswell, N.M.; his stepmother, Rena Essary, Monett; three brothers, Maurice Kelley, Springfield, Wayne Tice, Artesia, N.M., and Jerry Ray Tice, Roswell; and five sisters, Betty Kelley, Monett, Janice Fischer, Pierce City, Sylvia Collins, New York City, N.Y., Sandra Barborur, Roswell, and Frances Steck, address unavailable. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Don Sullivan will officiate. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery, south of Sarcoxie. 

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

M.G. McFerrin 

LAMAR, Mo. M.G. ``Mac'' McFerrin, 73, Lamar, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after three weeks of ill health. 

Mr. McFerrin was born May 1, 1923, at Brownville, Neb. He had lived in Lamar most of his life. He had been a farmer, truck driver, and owned and operated several service stations in Lamar. He also was a school bus driver for the Lamar R-1 schools and was a retired Lamar city employee. He was a Methodist. 

He married Rosalie Davidson on June 30, 1942, at Marshfield. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Darst, Alma, Ark., Sharon Luebbert, Camdenton, and Vickie Pabst, Holts Summit; a sister, Mary Ellen Schmidt, Beatrice, Neb.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pennsboro Cemetery, South Greenfield. 

Pallbearers will be Brian Dwayne Campbell, Jody Alan Fox, Brandon E., Pabst, Mark Zweifel, Bryan Werdehausen and Melvern Robertson. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. 

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

William Messer 

NEOSHO, Mo. William T. Messer, 86, 621 Walnut Drive, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness. 

Mr. Messer was born April 13, 1910, at Neosho, where he was a lifetime resident. He graduated in 1931 from Neosho High School. He worked for the Charles North Co. and Esquire Laundry, both formerly of Neosho. He retired as a security guard in 1975 from La-Z-Boy Midwest, Neosho. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Neosho. 

He married Frances Herring on June 20, 1937, at Nevada. She survives. 

Also surviving are a sister, Naoma Cole, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Gibson Cemetery, Neosho. The Rev. Alan Brock will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Glen Carden, Scott Wilson, Harold Cole, Donald Jones, Richard Cole and Alan Cole. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Lester Garber 

LOWELL, Kan. Lester L. Garber Jr., 73, Lowell route 1, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Garber was born Aug. 12, 1923, at Golden City, Mo. He moved from Golden City in 1923 to Lowell, where he lived all his life. He was national accounts sales manager representative for Manley Transfer, where he also had served as terminal manager for 15 years. 

He was a member of Riverton (Kan.) Friends Church and a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. 

He married Lela Mae Crane on Aug. 12, 1944, in Lowell. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Russell G. Garber, Lowell; a daughter, Lesta Lea Martin, Sapulpa, Okla.; three brothers, the Rev. B.J. Garber, Cullman, Ala., Bill Garber, Warrensburg, Mo., and Thomas Garber, Carthage, Mo.; three sisters, Jane Striefort and Mary Lou Mumpton, both of Rome, N.Y., and Carolyn Sue Alscence, Grove, Okla.; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. 

Dock Bates 

GROVE, Okla. Charles A. ``Dock'' Bates, 76, Grove, died at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Bates was born May 21, 1920, at Grove. He had lived in the Grove area all his life. He worked for the Oklahoma State Highway Department maintenance crew until retiring in 1979. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Masonic Lodge and Disabled American Veterans, all of Grove. He was a founding member of the Jumping Jacks Mule Club, Grove. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He received six Bronze Star Medals, an American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, a Purple Heart and Phillipine Liberation Ribbon. 

He married Emma Elliott in August 1946 at Oswego, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Randy ``Red'' Bates, Grove; a daughter, Irma Crank, Muskogee; two brothers, Bob Bates, Owasso, and James Bates, Grove; two sisters, Clara Goss and Cordilia Ford, both of Grove; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with Marvin Tunnell, minister, officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. 

Millie Johnson 

QUAPAW, Okla. Millie Pearl Johnson, 82, Quapaw, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. 

Mrs. Johnson was born Jan. 5, 1914, in Quapaw and was a lifetime area resident. She was a teacher for 32 years before retiring. She taught school in Picher, Cardin, Hockerville, Oak Grove and Edna, Kan. 

She was a member of the First Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star No. 325, both of Quapaw, and the Retired Teachers Association of Ottawa County. 

She married Herbert Joe Johnson on Aug. 22, 1950, at Bentonville, Ark. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Herbert James Johnson, Miami, and Dwight David Johnson, Commerce; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. The Rev. Leslie Couch Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Newman Cemetery, east of Quapaw. 

Pallbearers will be David Johnson, Jason Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Max Graham, Richard Stepp and Shawn Shoemaker. 

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

The family will be at the home of Shawn Shoemaker, 209 E. 12th St., Picher. 

Tommie Simmons 

MIAMI, Okla. Tommie Lee Simmons, 61, 1226 Skyline Drive, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Simmons was born Nov. 30, 1935, at Picher. He moved to Miami 15 years ago from North Miami. He was a major in the Army Reserve. He received citations from the 90th Regional Command and 319th Support Battalion for service in the Army Reserve from 1967 to 1996. 

He was co-owner of Dan Hensley Sales and Service in Miami for 35 years. He also had worked for the federal government as supervisor of supervisory personal administrators in Norman, Bartlesville and Fort Smith, Ark. 

Survivors include two sisters, Marji Grayson and Billie Johnson, both of Miami. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Noel Doherty will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Thames, Bill Edwards, Russell Ellis, Gary Burkholder, Gene Philpott and Larry Keen. 

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

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice at Grove or All Saints Episcopal Church in Miami.

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