Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Catherine Carlson 

Catherine Lucille Carlson, 81, 201 Northpark Lane, formerly of Webb City, died at 9:54 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a one-week illness. 

Mrs. Carlson was born Aug. 21, 1915, at Webb City. She was a 1932 graduate of Carl Junction (Mo.) High School. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Christian Church, Webb City. 

Her husband, John Carlson, died Aug. 17, 1996. 

Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Carlson, Webb City; and a sister, Rita Schul, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Carl Junction (Mo.) Cemetery. Allan Brintnall, minister, will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. 

Bill Thomas 

William E. ``Bill'' Thomas, 76, Joplin, died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Thomas was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Joplin. He lived in Joplin most of his life. He was a 1938 graduate of Joplin High School and attended the former Joplin Junior College. He graduated in 1946 from the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute at Washington, D.C. 

He owned an operated Bill Thomas Sales and Service in Joplin for many years, retiring in 1982. He also drove a school bus for the Joplin Cerebral Palsy Center for nine years. 

He was a member and deacon of Central Christian Center, Joplin. He was a member of Gideons International. He served in the Naval Air Corps on U.S. Coastal Patrol during World War II, serving as chief petty officer in England, North Africa and in the Pacific. 

He married Harriet Jones on Sept. 3, 1943, at Oceana, Va. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Michael Thomas, Temple, Texas; two daughters, Mardell Rouse and Laurenn Ames, both of Joplin; two brothers, Bob Thomas, Joplin, and Jim Thomas, Branson; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Mack Evans and the Rev. Doug Wilkerson will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Gary Ames, Charles Rouse, Stewart Rouse, Preston Rouse, Steve Buerge, Jeff Thomas and James Poe. 

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

Contributions may be made to Gideons International or Central Christian Center, in care of the mortuary. 

Eva Boyer 

NEOSHO, Mo. Eva Faye Boyer, 85, Neosho, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, in a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Boyer was born Dec. 14, 1911, at Clayton, Okla. She moved to the area in 1925 from Oklahoma. She was a homemaker. She was a member of New Salem Baptist Church, west of Neosho. 

She married Kenneth A. Boyer on Aug. 1, 1929, at Goodman. He died July 21, 1996. 

Surviving are a daughter, Marlene Farren, Joplin; a son, Dale Boyer, Seneca; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Rick Patterson and the Rev. Jack Sanders will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, southwest of Neosho. 

Pallbearers will be Eric Platner, Dan Farren, Steve Farren, Mark Farren, Weymeth Boyer, Matt Patterson and Darren Cook. 

Homer Cole 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Homer Cole, 80, Wentworth, died at 8:06 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Cole was born July 22, 1916, in the state of Kentucky. He was a saw operator, retiring from Ozark Oak Flooring. He was a Baptist. 

He married Freda Baker on Sept 26, 1971, at Pineville. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Raymond Cole, Columbus, Ohio, and Danny Cole, Swayzee, Ind.; four stepsons, Ronald Crow, Fairview, Lawrence Crow, Pierce City, Richard Crow, Wentworth, and Bobby Crow, Dewitt, Ark.; a daughter, Gloria Crow, Fairview; three stepdaughters, Brenda Mick, Liberty, Texas, Ewentha Thomas, Muskogee, Okla., and Edwinna Burton, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 26 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery, Wentworth. 

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

Margaret Booth 

PICHER, Okla. Services for Margaret B. Harvey Booth, 69, Picher, who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

The Rev. Les Woodcock will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Ellis, Dale Harvey, John Harvey Jr., Virgil Witham, Robert Witham and Steve Chazell. 

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

Tarry Connor 

AFTON, Okla. Tarrence Dean ``Tarry'' Connor, 54, Afton route 3, died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., after an illness of several weeks. 

Mr. Connor was born Feb. 28, 1942, at Baxter Springs, Kan. He was a self-employed entrepreneur. He moved to rural Afton four years ago from Tulsa. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Tulsa. 

He married Mary Susan Glasgow on July 28, 1962, at Lawrence, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, Kimberly Dawn Hughes, Indian Head, Pa., Kelly Susan Orr, Enid, and Kasey Lane Farris, Miami; his stepfather, Clyde Smith, Afton; a brother, Sid Connor, Fort Smith, Ark.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Elmer Orr and the Rev. Greg Childress will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. 

Pallbearers will be Fletcher Hughes, Steve Orr, Curtis Zabonik, Burleigh Cook, James Bytheway and Jim Vonier. 

Michael Hailey 

MIAMI, Okla. Michael Rex Hailey, 50, 403 Bay St., died at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mr. Hailey was born April 30, 1946, at Neosho, Mo. He had lived in the Miami area most of his life. He graduated from Miami High School in 1964 and from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering. 

He worked for Texas Instruments at Richardson, Texas, for 12 years and for Eagle-Picher Industries in Miami for 16 years. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami. He served in the Navy's avionics division from 1964 to 1968. 

He married Linda Marie Shipman on April 8, 1966, in Miami. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Michael R. Hailey II, rural Miami, Jeremy Hailey, Miami, and Matthew Thomas Hailey, Fort Campbell, Ky.; a daughter, Sarah Sorrentino, Miami; three sisters, Sharon Campbell, Broken Arrow, Sandra Hunt, Austin, Texas, and Sue Sly, Miami; and three grandchildren. 

The body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan. 

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Miami. The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Linda Miller 

AFTON, Okla. Linda Miller, 50, Afton, died at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, Mo., after three months of ill health. 

Mrs. Miller was born May 13, 1946, at Higgins, Texas. She had lived in the Afton area most of her life. She was a homemaker. She attended the Assembly of God Church. 

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Miller and Terry Miller, both of Afton; two daughters, Bobbi Andrews and Debbe Maupin, both of Afton; her stepfather, David Hunter, Afton; a brother, Bobby Lee Mays, Modesto, Calif.; a stepbrother, Rick Hunter, Germany; a stepsister, Enola Hunter, Cincinnati, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God Church, Afton. Burial will be in Fairland (Okla.) Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. 

Joseph Thompson 

MIAMI, Okla. Joseph S. Thompson, 84, 433 Bay St., died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mr. Thompson was born Aug. 8, 1912, in Miami. He graduated in 1930 from Kemper Military Academy and received his juris doctorate degree in 1934 from Oklahoma University. He practiced law in Miami for over 60 years. He was a former Ottawa County prosecuting attorney and served with the Miami Industrial Development Authority. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami; Post No. 2,688, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Miami Masonic Lodge No. 140, AF&AM; and the Oklahoma Bar Association. He was a member of the advisory board of First National Bank and Trust Co. of Miami for over 40 years. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge and the Miami Utility Board. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a lieutenant. 

He married Letha Wall on Feb. 5, 1938, in Miami. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Joe Thompson and Jim Thompson, both of Miami; a daughter, Sandy Leake, Miami; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Miami. The Rev. Chuck Horton will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John F. Robinson, Herb Sherard, Chuck Goldenberg, Joe Weatherford, John Finley III and John F. Robinson Jr. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami. 

Lorraine White 

MIAMI, Okla. Lorraine R. White, 76, 819 A St. N.W., Miami, died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mrs. White was born Jan. 19, 1920, in the state of Illinois. She graduated from Miami High School and was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami. She also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary and the Elkettes. 

She married Norman White on June 5, 1949, in the state of Arkansas. He survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Seamon, Miami, and a granddaughter. 

Arrangements are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

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