Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Rosetta Edwards 

Rosetta J. Edwards, 91, 1710 Harlem Ave., died at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at a local nursing home after several years of ill health. 

Mrs. Edwards was born Oct. 2, 1905, at Birmingham, Iowa. She moved to Joplin in May 1971 from Fairfield, Iowa. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She was a past matron of Order of Eastern Star No. 544 at Stockport, Iowa, and was a past high priestess of Star of Bethlehem Order of White Shrine at Fairfield. 

She married H. Elvin Edwards on Aug. 17, 1923, at Fairfield. He died March 28, 1978. 

Survivors include three daughters, Maxine Volmert, 1710 Harlem Ave., Darlene Doggett, Albuquerque, N.M., and Beverly Ann Divoll, Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. George Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Michael I. Winton, Michael J. Winton, William Doggett, Robert Doggett, Lowell F. Divoll and Patrick O'Neill. 

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

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice of Joplin, in care of the mortuary. 

Christian Luginbill 

Christian R. Luginbill, 81, Airport Drive Village, Joplin route 3, died at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Luginbill was born Feb. 2, 1915, at Opheim, Mont. He moved to Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1930. He attended Winnipeg University, Winnipeg, Canada. He moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1937 to become a bus driver for the original Santa Fe Trailways Bus Co., that later became Continental Trailways. He moved to Joplin from Wichita in 1951. He retired in 1980 after working 43 years for Continental Trailways and logged nearly three million miles without an accident. He was a member of the Christian Church and a 50-year member of Mount Washington Masonic Lodge No. 614 AF/AM at Kansas City, Mo. He also raised black Angus cattle. 

He married Loretta Mitchell on Feb. 8, 1941, at Joplin. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Caroline Morton, Joplin, Diane Luginbill, Phoenix, Ariz., and Susan Little, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Jim Luginbill, Eau Claire, Wis., and Curt Luginbill, Eason, Ga.; a sister, Blanche Hudson, Anaheim, Calif.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

The body has been cremated. 

No services are planned. 

Contributions may be made to American Heart Association. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Mary Mullen 

Mary L. Mullen, 71, 1610 Indiana Ave., died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Mullen was born Aug. 2, 1924, at Marshall. She moved to Joplin in 1971 from North Kansas City. She was a secretary for an auto parts supply store in Joplin and later worked at Lafayette House. She retired in 1988. 

Survivors include a son, James Willyard, Houston, Texas; three daughters, Rita Painter, Pineville, Carla McCoy, Joplin, and Kim Pasini, Gardner, Kan.; two brothers, Marvin Willyard, Lebo, Kan., and Howard Willyard, Kansas City; a sister, Frances Willyard, Kansas City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Max Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Gregg Pasini, Bill McCoy, Earl McKeehan, Donny McKeehan and Richie Harmon. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. 

Clint Palmer 

Marlin Clinton ``Clint'' Palmer, 90, 201 Northpark Lane, died at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1993, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Palmer was born Dec. 21, 1906, in Lamesa County, Texas. He moved to Joplin in 1982 from Purdy. He worked in the trucking industry and had owned and operated Palmer Trucking Company at Phoenix, Ariz., for several years. He retired in 1970 and moved to Purdy from Phoenix. 

He married Juanita ``Pat'' Lynch on Dec. 21, 1957, at Las Vegas, Nev. She died Oct. 22, 1991. 

Survivors include two sons, Marlin Palmer, Osburn, Idaho, and Carter Palmar, Rowlett, Texas; three daughters, Virginia Stephenson, Purdy, Joyce Lewis, Sacramento, Calif., and Dayne Eppright, Joplin; a brother, Ernest Palmer, Big Springs, Texas; two sisters, Bertie Kinsey, San Antonio, Texas, and Flora Porter, Big Springs; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Allen Brintnall will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Research Center, in care of the mortuary. 

Glen Casto 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Glen D. Casto, 79, 1919 S. Hall St., Webb City, died at 7:16 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. 

Mr. Casto was born Feb. 13, 1917, at Carterville. He had lived most of his life Webb City. 

He worked as a machinist for Vickers Co., Joplin. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of First Christian Church, Webb City. 

Survivors include a son, Robert Casto, Carthage route 2; a stepson, Steve DeBerry, Springfield; two stepdaughters, Pat Moore and Cathy Dawson, both of Springfield; a brother, Fred Casto, Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Webb City Cemetery, with Calvin St. Clair, minister, officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Jimmy Culton 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Jimmy R. Culton, 64, formerly of Webb City, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a lifelong illness. 

Mr. Culton was born Oct. 5, 1932, at Webb City. 

Survivors include two brothers, Gene Culton, Webb City, and Ron Culton, Oronogo route 1; and four sisters, Betty Bailey, Oronogo, Sylvia Blackburn, Carterville, Lavern Bailey, Seattle, Wash., and Carrol Wagnon, Memphis. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Webb City Cemetery. The Rev. Junior Elam will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Henry DeCocq 

WHEATON, Mo. Henry W. ``Hank'' DeCocq, 73, Wheaton, died at 2:41 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. DeCocq was born May 12, 1923, at Purdy. He was a 1953 graduate of Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield, where he received a degree in business. He owned and operated D&D Oil Company at Wheaton since 1965. 

He was a member of Wheaton Church of Christ, Missouri LP Gas Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Wheaton. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. 

He married Dorothy Lucile Snyder on May 23, 1953, at Springfield. She died Sept. 18, 1993. He married Dorothea B. Lankford on Oct. 23, 1994, at Gatlinburg, Tenn. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Stephen H. DeCocq, Washburn, and Gary W. DeCocq, Deltona, Fla.; a daughter, Pamela J. Spillman, Purdy; three brothers, Cecil L. DeCocq and Fred E. DeCocq, both of Sand Springs, Okla., and Norman W. DeCocq, Ozark; a sister, Helen Leak, Wagoner, Okla.; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. The Rev. Gary Culp, the Rev. James E. Lankford and Richard Anderson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Muncie Chapel Cemetery, Wheaton. 

Pallbearers will be Cecil DeCocq, Fred DeCocq, Norman DeCocq, Olan DeCocq, Tim DeCocq, Hurbert Leak, Lester Leak and Warren Spillman. 

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 

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

Bryan Fenton 

NEOSHO, Mo. Bryan H. Fenton, 74, Neosho, died at 3:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Fenton was born Jan. 11, 1922, at Centralia. He moved to Neosho in 1956 from Mexico, Mo. He was a commercial printer for Neosho Printing Company for 30 years. He retired in 1986. 

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 163, Neosho. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Marjorie Reid on Feb. 5, 1945, at Omaha, Neb. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Bryan R. Fenton, Brookings, Ore.; a daughter, Rita S. Ramey, East Wenatchee, Wash.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Phyllis Jeffords 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Phyllis Jeffords, 79, Mount Vernon, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 1996, at an acquaintance's Mount Vernon route 2 home after a sudden illness. 

Miss Jeffords was born Feb. 4, 1917, at Mount Vernon. She was a lifelong Mount Vernon resident. She was a retired dietary aide at Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon. 

Survivors include two sisters, Maxine Hensiek, Mount Vernon, and Floy Adamson, Fortuna, Calif. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Assemblies of God Church, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Tharell Boulware will officiate. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery, northwest of Mount Vernon. 

Pallbearers will be Pat Elsey, Derrick Barnes, Paul Mullins, Jack Hooker, Randy Conaway and Kent Waggoner. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

John Johnston 

ANDERSON, Mo. John R. Johnston, 70, Anderson, died at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Johnston was born June 14, 1926, at Milford, Kan. He moved to Anderson about seven years ago from Milford. He was a heavy-equipment operator for several years. 

He married Erma Eaton on Dec. 23, 1966, at Newton, Texas. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Douglas Johnston, of the home, Darrell Johnston, Noel, Johnny Welsch, Chapman, Kan., and Dick Woodson, Tulsa, Okla.; his father, Harold Johnston, Noel; three brothers, William Johnston, Noel, Dale Johnston, Topeka, Kan., Robert Johnston, Dadeville, Ala.; and several grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. Sam Carper, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Dick Woodson, Billie Johnston, Bill Johnston, Johnny Welsh, Dale Johnston and Bob Johnston. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. today until service time at the funeral home. 

Celia Mitchell 

JASPER, Mo. Celia Darlene Mitchell, 72, Jasper, died at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Lamar after a long illness. 

Mrs. Mitchell was born Jan. 23, 1924, at Carthage. She moved to California in 1946, to Kansas in 1971, and to Jasper in 1980. She had worked for Amaco Oil Company in the state of California and in real estate in the state of Kansas. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Jasper United Methodist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Woman's Auxiliary No. 6415 at Jasper. 

She married Frank Mitchell on Feb. 20, 1946, at El Monte, Calif. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Roy Mitchell, Jasper; a daughter, Nancy Swanson, Houston, Texas; two brothers, Jesse Zaerr Jr. and Kenneth Zaerr, both of Jasper; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jasper United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tim Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, south of Jasper. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. 

Eula Moore 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Eula Lillian Moore, 86, Gladstone, formerly of Mount Vernon, died at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at a Gladstone nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Moore was born Oct. 20, 1910, in Stone County. She lived in Mount Vernon from the age of 16 until 1993, when she moved to Gladstone. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Theo Moore, died in 1971. 

Survivors include a son, Don Moore, Mount Vernon; a daughter, June Lowry, Kansas City; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Jerry Zanker will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Vernon IOOF Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Randy Short, Mike Kruse, Dennis Stratman, Danny DiSalvo, David Smith and R.J. Moore. 

Ernest Newman 

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. Ernest R. Newman, 85, Golden City, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at a nursing home in Lockwood after a long illness. 

Mr. Newman was born March 18, 1911, at El Dorado Springs. He raised, sold and showed prize dairy cattle and spotted Polland China hogs. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church at Golden City, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. 

He married Irene Brown on Feb. 16, 1936, in rural Lockwood. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Lois St.John and Joyce Beerly, both of Golden City; three brothers, Don Newman, Jasper, Dewey Newman, Carthage, and Lee Newman, Golden City; a sister, Louise Woods, Lockwood; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Golden City. The Rev. Arthur Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in Dudenville (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Golden City. 

John Philliber 

NEOSHO, Mo. John V. Philliber, 68, Jefferson City, formerly of Neosho, died Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia. 

Mr. Philliber was born Sept. 16, 1928, at Neosho. He attended Neosho High School, Northeast Oklahoma University at Miami, Okla., and Southwestern Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained as a Baptist minister on July 6, 1947, and had pastored several Missouri churches. He currently was pastor of Elston Baptist Church. 

A member of the founding board of directors of the Water and Wastewater Technical School at Neosho, he retired in 1991 as vice president and district manager of the Capital City Water Co. He had been employed there since 1973 after serving as director of public works at Boonville. 

He was a member and past chairman of American Water Works Association, was a past chairman of Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association and had received the Kramer Technical Achievement. He received numerous awards for his achievements in the field and for his service in the association. 

He also was a member and a past president of Jefferson City Kiwanis Club, was a member of Joplin Masonic Lodge AF&AM and Abou Ben Adhem Temple. 

He married Rose Mary Tomlin on Nov. 25, 1948, at Neosho. She survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Sondra Allen, Jefferson City, and Connie Bryson, Hot Springs, Ark.; a sister, Lenora Landreth, Newtonia; a brother, George Philliber, Renton, Wash.; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City. The Rev. John Scott McCallum II and the Rev. Earl Hoskins will officiate. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of Hawthorn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. 

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to Elston Baptist Church Basement Renovation Fund. 

Alta Shelton 

GOODMAN, Mo. Alta Erma Allen Shelton, 89, Goodman, died at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Shelton was born May 17, 1907, at Neosho. She lived in the Goodman area all her life. She had owned and operated Goodman Cafe at Goodman and was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Goodman and was a lifetime member of American Legion Auxiliary. 

She married George Ervin Shelton on June 25, 1923. He died Aug. 14, 1981. 

Survivors include a son, Leslie James Shelton, Goodman; a daughter, Margie Wise, Carrollton; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Goodman. The Rev. Reese Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Goodman. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Goodman. 

Margie Spain 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Margie Spain, 68, Cassville, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Spain was born Jan. 29, 1928, at Berryville, Ark. She returned to Barry County about 14 months ago from Redway, Calif., where she had lived for 12 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Community Faith Church, Cassville. 

She married Jack Spain on Jan. 27, 1946, at Butterfield. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Jimmie Spain, Santa Rosa, Calif.; three daughters, Linda Hoover, Exeter, Jackie Wilson, Calpella, Calif., and Louise Slate, Titusville, Fla.; a sister, Geneve Gregg, Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Doyle Russell, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. 

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

Thelma Whisler 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Thelma Mae Christine Whisler, 92, Carthage, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Whisler was born Nov. 30, 1904, at Phelps, near Carthage. She was a lifetime Carthage area resident. She worked for seven years at Carmo Shoes, 20 years at Smith Bros., and 5 years at Joplin Association of the Blind. She was an evangelist for 34 years with Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage. She was a member of Joplin Service Club of the Blind, American Council for the Blind and Missouri Council for the Blind. 

She married John S. Whisler on April 26, 1936, at Columbus, Kan. He preceded her in death. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Church of the Nazarene at Carthage. The Rev. Robert Shearer, the Rev. Joe Lee Tompkins and the Rev. Wilson Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Goss Cemetery, south of Phelps. 

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage, in care of the funeral home. 

Byron Wolfe 

NEVADA, Mo. Byron Grant ``Barney'' Wolfe, 74, Nevada, died Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Wolfe was born Sept. 9, 1922, at Moundville. He was a 1940 graduate of Bronaugh (Mo.) High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. After the war, he worked for Cessna Aircraft at Wichita, Kan. He later moved to Nevada, where he worked for Sears for 36 years. He retired in 1983. 

He was past master of Osage Lodge No. 303 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, past high priest of Chapter No. 56 of Royal Arch Masons, past commander of O'Sullivan Commandery No. 15, past rajah of Nevada Shrine Club, past sovereign of Red Cross of Constantine, past commander of Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, and past exalted ruler of the Nevada Elks Lodge. 

He was a member of Royal Order of Scotland; the Mirza Shrine Temple at Pittsburg; Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Fort Scott (Kan.) Consistory; Grand Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill, and Ducks Unlimited. 

He married Ann I. Irwin on Sept. 28, 1941, at Fort Scott, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Leonald ``Butch'' Wolfe, Branson, and B.G. Wolfe, Nevada; a daughter, Linda A. Fries, Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Bill Wolfe, Republic; a sister, Pat Baker, Moundville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Nevada. The Rev. Scott Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. 

Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Visitation will follow from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Friends may call until noon Friday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Nevada. 

Gerald Anderson 

GALENA, Kan. Gerald L. Anderson, 80, 1000 Dewey St., died at 7:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 20, 1916, at Galena and was a lifetime resident. He worked at Sperry-Vickers in Joplin, Mo., for 27 years. He retired in December 1979. He served as a Galena city councilman for eight years. 

He was a member of Galena United Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 194, Galena, and had served as lodge secretary for 33 years. He was awarded the Kansas Grand Master's Outstanding Mason Award and the Grand Master's Outstanding Secretary Award, the sixth one ever issued in the State of Kansas. 

He also was a member of Amy Chapter No. 165, Order of the Eastern Star in Galena; Scottish Rite Consistory, Fort Scott; Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg; the Galena Volunteer Fire Department from 1950 to 1982; and the Kansas Peace Officer's Association. 

He married Bernice Jones on April 26, 1937, at Joplin, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, the Rev. Donald Anderson, Galena; two sisters, Marjorie Starchman, Seneca, Mo., and Twyla Simmons, Galena; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-stepgrandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The Rev. Don Anderson and the Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Ray McBride, Gary Hall, Bill Applemen, Leon Gowens, Mick McKinley and Jack Murray. 

Masonic rites will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends after the Masonic rites until 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Contributions may be made to the Masonic Foundation for Cancer Research or Galena United Methodist Church. 

Richard Lindly 

JAY, Okla. Services for Richard J. ``Dick'' Lindly, 85, Jay, who died Sunday, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Jay. The Rev. Mike Chase will officiate. Burial will be in Duffield Cemetery, Jay. 

Survivors include a daughter, Dicki Lesikar, Gidding, Texas. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay. 

Billy Roberson 

GROVE, Okla. William M. ``Billy'' Roberson, 49, Grove, formerly of Joplin, Mo., died at 12:56 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Roberson was born Nov. 3, 1947, at Joplin. He was a lifetime resident of Joplin until moving to the Grove area in 1995. He worked in the parts department at Trism, Inc., Joplin. He was a member of Fellowship Lodge No. 345, AF&AM, Joplin. 

Survivors include two sons, Michael Roberson, Lawrence, Kan., and Douglas Roberson, Cambridge, Mass.; a daughter, Suzie Roberson, Lawrence; three sisters, Joan Cummings and June Peters, both of Joplin, and Patsy Murray, Herrin, Ill.; and a brother, Johnny Roberson, St. Louis, Mo. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Services will be conducted by Fellowship Lodge No. 345, AF&AM, Joplin. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the travel fund of the Joplin Shrine Club, in care of the mortuary.

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