Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Helen Atteberry 

Helen Atteberry, 74, formerly of the Pierce City area, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Atteberry was born Sept. 3, 1922. She lived in the Pierce City area until she moved to Joplin a year ago. She was a member of Wesleyan Holiness Alliance Church, Diamond. 

Her husband, the Rev. James Atteberry, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include two sisters, Ruby Mason, Chanute, Kan., and Opal Wrigley, Joplin; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. The Rev. Donald Hazelwood and the Rev. Jody Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery near Wentworth. 

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Bessie LeGate 

Bessie E. LeGate, 90, 2810 Jackson Ave., died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after two weeks of ill health. 

Mrs. LeGate was born Feb. 8, 1906, in Chadron, Neb. She moved to Joplin 18 months ago. She lived most of her life in Fairview, Okla. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Baptist Church. 

She married Clyde R. LeGate on Aug. 12, 1926 in Jewelsburg, Colo. He died in July 1958. 

Survivors include two daughters, Jo Shabatura, Carl Junction, and Bonnie Fountain, Fairview, Okla.; a son, Norman LeGate, Key Largo, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

The body was taken to Fairview Funeral Home, Fairview. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Isabela, Okla., Cemetery. 

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

John McMullen 

John T. McMullen, 89, 605 Walnut Ridge Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. McMullen was born Aug. 16, 1907, at Joplin. He was a lifetime resident. He worked for Tamko Inc. for 22 years and then was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. 

He married Retha L. McMullen on Dec. 24, 1928. She died March 14, 1996. 

He is survived by a son, Kenneth McMullen, Joplin; two sisters, Bertha Wright, Prescott, Ariz., and LaLee Belcher, address unknown; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. Brent Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

Grandsons will be pallbearers. 

Mahle White dies at age 101 

Mahle M. White, 101, died at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at a local nursing home. 

Mrs. White was born Oct. 24, 1895, at Adrian. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Anti-Theft Association. 

She married James E. White in 1916 in Joplin. He died Sept. 1, 1982. 

Survivors include four sons, James White, Joplin, Charles White, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Bob White, Mascoutah, Ill., and Henry Jake White, Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Juanita Woodin, Joplin; 22 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Private graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Jacque Jetton will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Charles Anderson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Charles C. Anderson, 54, Carthage route 2, died at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at McCune Brooks Hospital after a year of ill health. 

Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 18, 1942, in Jasper County. He was a lifelong resident of Carthage. He was formerly employed at Carthage Marble and Valley Sanitation. 

He married Betty Crahan on July 17, 1970, in Carthage. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Paul Anderson, Carthage; a daughter, Betty Ann Anderson, Carthage; two brothers, Jack Thorn, Aurora, and Jim Thorn, Pierce City; two sisters, Lela Crahan, Carthage, and Barbara Goss, Mesa, Ariz.; and a grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Fullerton Cemetery, Carthage, under the direction of Knell Mortuary. Jim Crahan will officiate. 

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary. 

Polly Bell 

NEOSHO, Mo. Polly Bailey Bell, 75, 423 E. McKinney St., died at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Bell was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Little Rock, Ark. She was graduated from Neosho High School in 1939. She retired in 1981 as a librarian for the Water and Waste Water Technical School in the Crowder Complex, Neosho. She had worked for 17 years as a secretary for the Civil Services in Milk Market Administration, Dodge City, Kan., then in the same position for Oklahoma Milk Producers, Lawton, Okla. She was a member of Neosho First Baptist Church, where she was director of library services and a volunteer in the children's nursery and the Women's Missionary Union. 

She married Marion L. Belle on June 30, 1978, in Neosho. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a stepson, Chris Bell, Crossville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Kristy Covey, Neosho; two sisters, Edra Putman, Granby, and Jean Marcucci, state of Florida; and four stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Neosho. The Rev. Todd Decker will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho IOOF Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be J. Putman, Tom Putman, Bill Bailey, Dale Palmer, Homer Sturdevant and Richard Tink. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church library, in care of the funeral home. 

Loeda Chapman 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Loeda F. Chapman, 80, Wentworth route 1, died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Cox Medical Center-South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Chapman was born Jan. 14, 1916 in Wentworth. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the former Sylvian Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She had been a 4-H leader for 30 years. She was a member of Lawrence County Extension Council and the Lawrence County EEOC Committee. 

She married Harry Chapman on Aug. 9, 1936 in Pierce City. He died on Dec. 4, 1995. 

She is survived by three sons, James L. Chapman, Lenexa, Kan., Dale Chapman, Carlinville, Ill., and Donald Chapman, Fredonia, Kan.; five daughters, Carolyn F. Manley, Joplin, Charlotte Conner, Monett, Anita Marcoat and Linda Marcoat, both of Greenville, Ill., and Lana Moore, Sarcoxie; a brother, Harlan Robinson, Wentworth; two sisters, Nadine Chapman, Pierce City, and Ellen Gaertner, Stotts City; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakin Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Robert Gould, the Rev. Don Crockett, and the Rev. Richard Manley will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. 

Order of the Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. today at the Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to the Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the Queen Esther Chapter of the Eastern Star, Aurora. 

Amy Dyer 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Amy O. Dyer, 91, of the McDowell community near Monett, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at a Mount Vernon nursing home. 

Mrs. Dyer was born Jan. 21, 1905, near Osa in Barry County. She was a homemaker. She was the last surviving charter member of McDowell Methodist Church, which was established in 1918. 

She married Morris Dyer on Nov. 4, 1922, in Carthage. He died Feb. 4, 1996. 

She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Marbut, McDowell community; a brother, Emory Melton, Cassville; two stepbrothers, Austin Davis and Doyle Davis, both of Monett; a stepsister, Edna Mae Eckman, Springfield; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Ron Fieker and the Rev. Bill Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in Calton Cemetery, south of Pleasant Ridge. 

Friends may call at the funeral home today or Saturday morning. 

Contributions may be made to Calton Cemetery Association or Hospice of Southwest Missouri. 

Gary Howerton 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Gary L. Howerton, 44, 613 W. Second St., Webb City, died at 1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at his home after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Howerton was born May 1, 1952, in Carthage. He lived in Carthage until a year ago when he moved to Webb City. He was graduated from Carthage High School in 1971. He was employed as a machine operator at Schreiber Cheese Co. He was a member of the Carthage Bowling Association. 

He married Janice Coffey on March 8, 1974, in Joplin. She survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Marie Williamson, Bentonville, Ark., Amanda Sanders, Carthage, and Karen Howerton, of the home; his mother, Mrs. Viola Howerton, Carthage; five brothers, Ron Howerton, Roger Howerton, Mark Howerton and Fred Howerton, all of Carthage, and Steven Howerton, Pacific; three sisters, Donna Lasiter and Connie McCoy, both of Carthage, and Bonnie Garin, Virginia Beach, Va.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Knell Mortuary. The Rev. Joe Rychcik will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Ronald Jacks 

METZ, Mo. Ronald Ray Jacks, 39, Metz, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Jacks was born March 4, 1957, at Nevada. He was a lifetime resident of the Metz area. 

He was a custom sprayer for Metz Grain. 

Survivors include his parents, Walter and Deloris Jacks, Horton; three brothers, Walter Lynn Jacks, Rich Hill, Gregory Allen Jacks, Horton, and Vance Lee Jacks, Nevada; maternal grandparents R.L. and Anna Mae Willson, Horton; and paternal grandmother, Blanche Jacks, Metz. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Balltown Cemetery, Horton. 

Friends may call until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

James Johnson 

NEOSHO, Mo. James Edward ``Jimmy Ed'' Johnson, 70, Hartford, Tenn., formerly of Neosho, died at 10 a.m. Thursday after an illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born Sept 19, 1926, in Neosho. He was graduated from Neosho High School in 1944. He attended Central College in Fayette and was graduated from Mortuary College in Dallas, Texas. He had been employed at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan., and later at funeral homes in Tennessee. He was a member of Christian Church, Neosho. 

His wife, Corky Johnson, preceded him in death. 

Survivors include a sister, Margaret Johnson-Thorne, Neosho. 

The body has been cremated and no services are planned. 

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

Virginia Luttrell 

AURORA, Mo. Virginia Amy Luttrell, 89, Aurora, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Luttrell was born April 27, 1907, in Cato. She was a retired business owner. 

Survivors include a sister, Oletta Bennett, Goodman. Her husband preceded her in death. 

The body will be cremated and services are pending with Peterson Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Ronnie Milward 

MONETT, Mo. Ronnie Max Milward, 58, Monett, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at an acquaintance's Aurora home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Milward was born Sept. 8, 1938, at Cassville. He moved to Monett last month from Verona. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired truck driver. 

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Milward, Springdale, Ark., and Michael Milward, Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Rebecca Walker, Memphis, Tenn.; four sisters, Charlene Hagebusch, Pierce City, Carlene Morrison, Monett, Pamela Williams, Verona, and Judy Guthrie, Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Toby Perkins, Verona; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Donovan Nelson 

LAMAR, Mo. Donovan D. Nelson, 85, Lamar, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at a Lockwood nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Nelson was born Aug. 19, 1911, at College Springs, Iowa. He moved to the Barton County area from Claremont. He was a retired farmer. 

Surviving is a brother, LeRoy Nelson, Charles City, Iowa. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services are pending with Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. 

Jessie Thomas 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Jessie Noveta Thomas, 87, Cassville, died at 3:12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Thomas was born Feb. 14, 1909, at Purdy. She was educated in Purdy. She moved to the Cassville area in 1942. She was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Cassville. 

She married Clovis Thomas on March 18, 1925, at Purdy. He died June 26, 1983. 

Survivors include two sons, Wilbur Thomas and Bill Thomas, both of Cassville; a daughter, Jane Yarnall, Cassville; eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Paul Watson and the Rev. Jerry Yarnall will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. 

Pallbearers will be Ray Thomas, Ronnie Thomas, Randy Thomas, Tony Thomas, Jeff Yarnall and Tom Batsche. 

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home. 

Ruthanna Thompson 

NEVADA, Mo. Ruthanna Thompson, 68, Stickney, S.D., formerly of Nevada, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at a nursing home in Corsica, S.D., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Thompson was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Atchison, Kan. She retired in 1990 as lifestyle editor for The Nevada Daily Mail. She had resided in Atchison, Lamar and for 24 years in Nevada, where she had volunteered for various organizations. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Stickney, S.D. 

She married Eldon Thompson on Aug. 15, 1964, in Atchison. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Philip Thompson, Walker, and David Thompson, San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter, Marcella Lukenbill, Nevada; two half-brothers, Victor Albers, Billings, Mont., and Elmer Albers, Renton, Wash.; a sister, Laura Rose Minert, Topeka, Kan.; a half-sister, Esther Albers, Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pugh Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Herbert Rohe will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, west of Golden City. 

Pallbearers will be Chuck Stelle, John McNeley, Mike Newman, Tim Bern, Kelly Bradham and Robby Gant. 

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

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

Kenneth Zelner 

Kenneth Wayne Zelner, 35, Joplin, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Zelner was born April 19, 1961, in Davenport, Iowa. He had resided in Nevada, Carthage and Joplin. 

Survivors include his father, William Zelner, Ada, Okla.; and his mother, Beverly Zelner, Boise, Idaho. 

The body has been cremated and no services have been planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Sara Emmons 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Sara E. Buckner Emmons, 99, formerly of Columbus, died Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 1996, at a Eureka nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Emmons was born Dec. 9, 1897, in Mississippi. She was reared in West Mineral. 

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Herbert Bruckner and Charles Emmons. 

Survivors include three sons, Edward Gumm, Macomb, Okla., Charles Gumm, Wichita, and E.J. Gumm, El Dorado; four daughters, Jannie Burke, Columbus, Ruby Dean, Las Vegas, Nev., Virginia Bryant, Yates Center, and Christine Staley, Parump, Nev.; 22 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandchild. 

She also was preceded in death by five children. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Clifford Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Ervin Hitchcock 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Ervin G. Hitchcock, 95, formerly of Columbus route 4, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at a Columbus nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Hitchcock was born Nov. 26, 1901, at Weir. He moved with his family to Colorado in 1907, where he was schooled and worked in a feed lot. His family returned to Weir in 1919. He was a mechanic with a repair garage on Columbus route 4 until he retired. He was a Jehovah's Witness. 

Survivors include a stepson, Floyd Beasley, Columbus; a stepdaughter, Pauline Hodge, Columbus; a brother, David Hitchcock, Berryville, Ark.; a sister, Eunice Ferry, Susanville, Calif.; three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Columbus. Elder Gregory Daniels will officiate. 

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

William Lehr 

SCAMMON, Kan. William G. Lehr, 63, 202 N. Wall St., died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Maude Norton Memorial Hospital, Columbus, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Lehr was born Jan. 1, 1933, at Pittsburg. He spent most of his life in Scammon. He was graduated from what now is Pittsburg State University. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was an 18-year electrical engineer in Bellingham, Wash., before he retired and returned to Kansas. He was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Post 3316, both of Scammon. 

He married Daine Davis on Oct. 8, 1955, at Bellingham. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Brian Lehr, Mount Vernon, Wash., Matthew Lehr, Phoenix, Ariz., and Christopher Lehr and Jonathan Lehr, both of Bellingham, Wash.; a daughter, Andrea Sorensen, Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Scammon. Father Chrysostom Al Maung will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery, Scammon. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

Virginia Boen 

JAY, Okla. Virginia Mae Boen, 58, Jay, died at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at Grove General Hospital, Grove, after a long illness. 

Miss Boen was born Aug. 1, 1938, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She moved to Jay from Oklahoma City at age 4 and lived in Jay most of her life. 

Survivors include four brothers, Jay Boen, Claremore, Floyd Boen, Marshall, Texas, Ira Boen, Eufaula, and Jack Boen, Oklahoma City; and two sisters, Louise Gabriel, Grove, and Shirley Bowen, Wichita, Kan. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Sunny Lane Cemetery, Oklahoma City. 

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

Eldon Marney 

COMMERCE, Okla. Maurice Eldon Marney, 64, 1115 E. D St., Commerce, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Marney was born Aug. 3, 1932, at Commerce. He was a lifetime Commerce resident. 

He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. 

He worked for Eagle-Picher Industries for 13 years. He was a teacher and coach at Commerce High School for 14 years. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Commerce. He was ordained as a deacon in the church in 1961. 

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 

He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Masonic Lodge, both in Commerce. 

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Marney, Commerce; a daughter, Ellan Edwards, Beaver; a brother, Nelson Marney, Tulsa; and a sister, Mildred Long, Joplin, Mo. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Larry Moore officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Art Robertson, Bill Turner, Bud Witten, Gerald Moudy, Phil Crosby and William Goodman. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Joplin, or First Baptist Church, Commmerce, in care of the funeral home. 

Alta Tuttle 

GROVE, Okla. Alta Kelly Tuttle, 89, Grove, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after an illness. 

Miss Tuttle was born Sept 22, 1907, in Chanute, Kan. She moved to Grove with her husband in 1971 from Chanute. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Grove. 

She married Albert F. Tuttle on June 29, 1925, in Independence, Kan. He died Aug. 6, 1996. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Alice Stroud, Tucson, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Buzzard Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Darwin King will officiate. 

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

Lorraine White 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Lorraine R. White, 76, 819 A St. N.W., Miami, who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Glen Abbey Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Dawna Bridgewater will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Hospice of Grove, in care of the funeral home.

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