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Margaret Essley

Margaret A. Essley, 77, Joplin, died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East after a long illness. Mrs. Essley was born Sept. 17, 1919, at Sterling, Colo. She had lived in Joplin most of her life. She and her husband co-owned and operated the former Kelly Sign Co., Joplin. She was a member of the Shrine Ladies. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, Joplin. She married Merl L. ``Kelly'' Essley on Aug. 24, 1935, in Joplin. He died Nov. 6, 1973. In addition, she was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include a son, Marvin Essley, Baxter Springs, Kan.; a daughter, Marcia Jennings, Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Kyle Gardner, minister, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Essley, Marvin L. Essley, Thomas Essley, Mike Jennings, Pat Jennings, and Don Hoover II. Contributions may be made to the Travel Fund of the Joplin Shrine Club. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Karl Geltz

Graveside services for Karl J. Geltz, 75, 410 N. Sergeant Ave., who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate. The body has been cremated. The family will be at 4605 Country Lane, Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Dorothy Kunce

Dorothy A. Kunce, 67, 3224 Ferguson Road, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at her home after an illness of several months. Mrs. Kunce was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Joplin and was a lifetime area resident. She was graduated from Joplin High School. She was office manager for the Joplin Elks Lodge for 13 years. She retired in 1992. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Joplin Women's Bowling Association and Joplin Little League. She was a former Southwest Missouri State March of Dimes representative and was active in local bridge clubs. She married Travis A. Kunce on June 26, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He died Feb. 22, 1993. Survivors include a son, Ed Kunce, Joplin; two daughters, Katherine Lumpkins and Betsy Fleischaker, both of Joplin; a sister, Beverly McKelvey, Joplin; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Lowell D. Rossow, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. Pallbearers will be Ed Kunce, Travis Kunce, Eric Fleischaker, Charles Copple, Bill Fleischaker and Delbert Lumpkins. The family will be at the home of her son, 2320 Wisconsin Ave. Contributions may be made to the hospice organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center. SOUTHWEST MISSOURI

Clarence Forester

NEOSHO, Mo. - Clarence ``Bud'' Forester, 74, Neosho, died at 10:36 a.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at Freeman Hospital, Neosho, after a long illness. Mr. Forester was born March 16, 1923, in the state of Iowa. He had previously lived in Neosho and returned to Neosho from Kansas in 1963. He worked as a mechanic for Bond Buick, Neosho, and retired in 1969. He was a Baptist. He married Retha Coffman on June 22, 1956, at Omaha, Neb. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Inez Ann Leuellen, Anderson, and Merle Jean Turner and Shawna Maria Forester, both of Neosho; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. Pallbearers will be Jean Bridges, Chris Davis, Bill Wheeler, Lenny Fletcher, Dean Thorson and James Baldwin. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Zelma Gray

NEOSHO, Mo. - Zelma M. Gray, 89, Tulsa, Okla., a former Neosho resident, died Monday, March 31, 1997, at her home after an illness. Mrs. Gray was born Nov. 19, 1907, at Chandler, Okla. She moved to Tulsa five years ago from the Lake of the Ozarks, where she had resided six years. She formerly lived in Neosho for 20 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church. Her husband, Harry A. Gray, died in 1961. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn K. Martin, Tulsa; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Schumacher Funeral Home, Bristow, Okla. The Rev. Doug Sampley will officiate. Burial will be in Depew (Okla.) Cemetery.

George Jackson

STARK CITY, Mo. - Services for George W. Jackson, 66, 11693 Urchin Drive, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Oren Cossey will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, southwest of Neosho. Pallbearers will be Melvin Kruse, Charles E. Martin Jr., Jerry Smith, Gene Holloway, Steve McKissick and Bill Coyne. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4142 will conduct a flag folding ceremony. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA

Joseph Tremont

MIAMI, Okla. - Services for Joseph Bernard Tremont, 82, 815 M St. N.W., who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Miami. The Rev. Dan Sue will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in care of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Margaret Essley

Graveside services for Margaret A. Essley, 77, Joplin, who died Tuesday, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Kyle Gardner, minister, will officiate. The body will lie in state at Parker Mortuary until the service time. Contributions may be made to the Joplin Shrine Club's Travel Club, to benefit local residents, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Robert Howard

Robert E. Howard, 67, 2701 Central Ave., died at 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East after a long illness. Mr. Howard was born March 16, 1930, at Cherryvale, Kan. He moved to Joplin in 1956 from Scammon, Kan. He was graduated from Columbus (Kan.) High School and received his bachelor of science degree in 1953 from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He most recently was secretary-treasurer for Webb Industries of Webb City, where he had been employed since August 1970. He previously worked for Missouri Steel Castings. He was a life member and past president of Joplin Lions Club, where he had been a member for 40 years, and was actively involved with the Missouri Lions Eye Bank. He served several years with the Jasper County Sheriff's Posse. He was an elder and treasurer of Park Plaza Christian Church. He served in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War. He married Wilma Harris on Jan. 24, 1951, at Columbus. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Chris Howard, Joplin; two daughters, Susan Johnson and Caran Worden, both of Joplin; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Bill Wallace and the Rev. Ralph Erwin 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. Pallbearers will be Dave Collard, Carl Bible, Steve Walker, Richard Bentley, John Lawhon and Mitch Martin. Elders of Park Plaza Christian Church, employees of Webb Corp. and Lions Club members will be seated as a group. Contributions may be made to the Joplin Lions Club Eye Program, in care of the mortuary.

Hugh Howsmon

Hugh C. Howsmon, 62, 2027 Alabama Ave., died at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Howsmon's Warehouse, 520 Virginia Ave., after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Howsmon was born Dec. 23, 1934, at Wheaton. He was graduated from Seneca High School and attended the former Joplin Junior College and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He owned and operated Howsmon's Office Supply since 1963. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was an Army veteran. He married Lee Anne Roberts on Oct. 21, 1961. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, John Howsmon, Joplin, and Joseph Howsmon, North Kansas City; a brother, Bill Howsmon, Joplin; two sisters, Ruth Hoffman, Joplin, and Edna Smith, Grandview; and two grandsons. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Bill Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cliff McCann, Oliver Trombley, Ed August, Keith Wallace, Harold Leonard, Dale Hildreth, Clint Cooper, Jim Brady and Jerry Brown. Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Lettie Kelly

Lettie M. Kooyer Kelly, 96, formerly of 806 Pennsylvania Ave., died at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Kelly was born April 27, 1900, near Stockton. She moved to Joplin in 1953 from Norfolk, Neb. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. Her husband, John Leslie Kooyer, preceded her in death. There are no immediate survivors. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ethel Reece Cemetery, Barnsdall, Okla. The Rev. Pete Davidson will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Tom Webb

Thomas Preston ``Tom'' Webb, 54, Joplin, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at his home after an illness. Mr. Webb was born Nov. 12, 1942, at Kansas City, Kan. He moved to Joplin in 1968 from Kansas City. He owned and operated the former T&W Mobile Home Sales at North Main Street and Fountain Road for 10 years. He worked as a wholesale tool salesman for four years and was a salesman for Suburban Mobile Home in Joplin from 1982 to 1987. He owned and operated AAA Auto Credit in Joplin for the past nine years. He married Jan Werle on June 1, 1984, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Thomas P. Webb, Joplin; two daughters, Tracey Roberts, Diamond, and Kelly Webb, Seneca; a stepson, Jeremy Werle, Joplin; his mother and stepfather, Pauline Todd Anderson and Robert Anderson, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; his stepfather, Jay E. Todd, Ottawa, Kan.; two sisters, Jayne Turner, Ottawa, and Cheryl McClay, Columbia, S.C.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Dell Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the mortuary.

Howard Chappell

LOCKWOOD, Mo. - Howard Smith Chappell, 76, Lockwood, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an illness. Mr. Smith was born Feb. 20, 1921, at Lockwood. He was graduated in 1940 from Lockwood High School. He was a retired farmer. He married Helen Maxine Dickerson on Oct. 12, 1941, at Greenfield. She died Dec. 30, 1995. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Chappell, Lockwood, and Lynn Chappell, Winston-Salem, N.C.; four daughters, Lori Ocheltree, Lockwood, Judy Campbell, Greenfield, Marjorie Borserine, Kansas City, and Mary Morris, Buckner; two sisters, Ruby Christner, Lockwood, and Ruth Joiner, Tracy, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lockwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Ed Edwards will officiate. Interment will be in the Lockwood Cemetery Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Gene Divine

PINEVILLE, Mo. - Vester E. ``Gene'' Divine, 77, rural Pineville, died at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at his home after an illness. Mr. Divine was born Sept. 8, 1919, at Anderson. He lived most of his life in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. He worked for the Corps of Engineers in Rogers. He retired in 1981. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. He attended Cove Mission of Hope in Lanagan. He married Katherine Eileen Neumann in 1940. She died in October 1947. He married Bessie Laizure on May 31, 1953. She survives. Other survivors include a son, John Divine, Lanagan; six daughters, Barbara Evans and Roberta Benningfield, both of Pineville, Bessie Lohmann and Jessie Hatfield, both of Kansas City, Kan., Ranee Schlessman, Kansas City, and Margie Edwards, Rogers, Ark.; a brother, George Divine, Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Hazel Medlin, Joplin, and Wana Carman, Neosho; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Bob Cartwright and the Rev. Jim Clay will officiate. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, west of Anderson. Pallbearers will be Truman Evans, Daniel Benningfield, Tim Benningfield, Harvey Schlessman, Brian Evans and Melvin Lohmann. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Contributions may be made to the Cove Mission of Hope Building Fund in care of the funeral home.

Roy Karr

LANAGAN, Mo. - Roy Karr, 83, Lanagan, died at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at a Joplin nursing home after an illness. Mr. Karr was born Feb. 20, 1914, at Kansas City, Kan. There are no immediate survivors. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lanagan Cemetery under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Bob Howard will officiate.

Placida Macahilo

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Placida E. Macahilo, 83, Carl Junction route 1, died at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness. Mrs. Macahilo was born March 17, 1914, at Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines. She moved to the Carl Junction area 10 years ago from the Philippines. She was a homemaker and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. Her husband, Florentino Macahilo, died in March 1959. Survivors include two daughters, Patria Spell, Carl Junction route 1, and Susana Acosta, the Philippines; a son, Marcelino Macahilo, the Philippines; two brothers, Francisco Elipe and Carlos Elipe, both of the Philippines; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Rick Jones will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Bob Nicholson

MONETT, Mo. - Robert ``Bob'' Nicholson, 80, Monett, died at 8:45 p.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. Mr. Nicholson was born March 20, 1917, in Iowa. He moved to Monett in 1993 from New London, Iowa. He was a self-employed contractor. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Monett, the Moose Lodge at Burlington, Iowa, and the Eagles Lodge atAurora. He married Betty Eckhardt on March 22, 1956, at Lomax, Ill. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Dianna Ellison, Branson; a brother, John Nicholson, state of Tennessee; a sister, Rose Derby, Tucson, Ariz.; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Monett IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Mildren officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Contributions may be made to the Children's Miracle Network, in care of the funeral home.

Leota Sinnard

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Leota Sinnard, 77, 536 S. Walker, died at 4:10 p.m. Monday, April 1, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. Mrs. Sinnard was born Dec. 16, 1919, at Bentonville, Ark. She was employed by Elder Manufacturing Co., Webb City, for 42 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City. Her husband, Paul Sinnard, died in 1985. Survivors include a son, Richard Sinnard, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Marguerite DeGraffenried, Diamond; and a brother, Tom McCallister, Oronogo. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Rev. Bob Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Pallbearers will be Billy Conroy, George Garrison, Jerry Conner, Billy Goodwin, Bob Smith and Jerry Fisher. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Virginia Sumners

AURORA, Mo. - Virginia L. Sumners, 79, Aurora, died at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at a Marionville nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Sumners was born May 19, 1917, at Aurora. She was a retired food supervisor at Aurora Hospital. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Aurora. Her husband, Carl Sumners, died April 8, 1969. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Sumners, Aurora, and Roger Sumners, Cassville; two daughters, Linda Johnson and Rita Michel, both of Aurora; a brother, John Earl Feaster, Calvin, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. James Brigdon officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Aurora.

John Dixon

COMMERCE, Okla. - John William Dixon, 45, 419 N. Vine St., died at 5:20 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Purcell (Okla.) Hospital after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Dixon was born Oct. 25, 1951, at Afton. He lived in the Commerce and North Miami areas all his life. He was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include two sons, John Bill Dixon and Jared DeWayne Dixon, both of Quapaw; four daughters, Kara Snow, Picher, Kimberly Dixon, Tulsa, Audra Lee Dixon, Quapaw, and Misty Dawn Willard, Miami; two brothers, Floyd Houston Dixon and Mark Wayne Dixon, both of Commerce; three sisters, Karen Irene Collins, Miami, Gina Loette McDonald and Penny Dawn Tucker, both of Commerce; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Steve Kinsey will officiate. Pallbearers will be Charles Taylor, Max Waldon, Joe Waldon, Scott Blizzard, Bo Fry and Fuzz Rather. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Charles Hill

GROVE, Okla. - Charles Lee Hill, 65, Grove, died at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Hill was born April 18, 1931, at Pea Ridge, Ark. He moved in July 1989 to Grove from Sapulpa after he retired from Rainbow Baking Co., Tulsa. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of Grand Lake Baptist Church, Grove. He married Evelyn Marie Palmer on April 11, 1953, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Charles David ``Chuck'' Hill, Owasso; two daughters, Judy Marie Hamlin, Kellyville, and Janet Lynn Edington, Tulsa; three brothers, Robert W. Hill, Merritt Island, Fla., Leon H. Hill, Cassville, Mo., and Jimmy D. Hill, Sicily, Italy; and two grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Grand Lake Baptist Church, Grove. The Rev. Loyd Crawford will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday inGreenhill Cemetery, Sapulpa. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Elsie O'Donnell

GROVE, Okla. - Elsie M. O'Donnell, 75, Decatur, Ark., died Monday, March 31, 1997, at her home of an illness. Survivors include a brother, Wayne Smith, Grove. Mrs. O'Donnell was born March 18, 1922, at Dennis. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church, Maysville, Ark. She moved in 1990 to Decatur from Maysville. She married Howard O'Donnell in 1942. He died in 1987. Survivors include two sons, Pat O'Donnell, Fayetteville, Ark., and Everett O'Donnell, Bentonville, Ark.; and three additional brothers, Warren Smith, Alachua, Fla., and Bob Smith and Marvin Smith, both of Tulsa. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Raymond Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Zena Cemetery, Grove. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Foster Wisdom

MIAMI, Okla. - Foster Elbert Wisdom, 76, Miami route 2, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. Mr. Wisdom was born June 12, 1920, at West Plains, Mo. He moved to the Miami area from San Antonio, Texas, and had lived in the North Miami area the past 35 years. He owned and operated Wisdom APCO and Wisdom Pump Service for 10 years. He was a member of Assembly of God Church. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He married Ruth Parker on June 17, 1950, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Lisa Badger, Paola, Kan., and Debbie Wisdom and Sue Wisdom, both of Tulsa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dale Francisco, Johnny Wilcox, Les Key, Wiley Johnson, Don Osburn and Kenny Hale. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Robert Barteaux

Memorial services for Robert ``Bart'' Barteaux, 75, 5446 Butterfield Drive, who died Tuesday, March 25, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997, at the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

James Greaney

James Francis `Jim' Greaney, 61, Joplin, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Greaney was born Aug. 13, 1935, in New York, N.Y. He was a car parts salesman in San Francisco for many years, retiring in 1993 when he moved to Joplin. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a sister, Josephine Grove, Concord, Calif.; and a brother, John Greaney, New York. The body has been taken for cremation. Graveside memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. B.W. Harter will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

E.F. Addington

NEVADA, Mo. - E.F. ``Bus'' Addington, 80, Nevada, died Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after a long illness. Mr. Addington was born July 16, 1916, at Russell, Kan. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. In 1949, he moved to Nevada from Fayetteville. In Nevada, he began working with Sun Oil Co. as a commissioned agent. He worked in the bulk oil and gasoline business for 55 years, retiring in 1994. He had most recently worked at Liter's Automotive, Nevada. He married Marie Reed Addington on Feb. 2, 1938, at Hayes, Kan. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Tom Addington, Nevada; a daughter, Nancy Wilhelmson, Emporia, Kan.; a sister, Norma Caldwell, Russell; four grandsons; and three great-grandsons. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Contributions may be made to the Nevada High School Scholarship Fund.

Veda Hill

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Veda Belle Hill, 90, 1034 Walnut St., died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at McCune Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. Mrs. Hill was born Oct. 4, 1906, in Carthage. She had been a lifetime Carthage resident. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She married Leonard Hill on Sept. 12, 1924, in Carthage. He died on Sept. 6, 1980. She was also preceded in death by a daughter. Surviving are three sons, Leonard Hill, Ulysses, Kan., Bob Hill, Sterling, Colo., and Max Hill, Carthage; two daughters, Morene Hueron, Webb City, and Bonnie Dingman, Jasper; a sister, Mae Fentis, Fair Oaks, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Ed Hamilton will officiate. The family will receive from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Contributions may be made to Victory Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Mary Holmes

SAGINAW, Mo. - Mary Isabell Holmes, 88, Saginaw, died at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. Mrs. Holmes was born Feb. 6, 1909, in Joplin. She had been a lifetime Joplin area resident. She was a waitress at Hidden Acres restaurant. Her husband, Carl Glenn Holmes, died Feb. 5, 1964. Survivors include a son, Ben Holmes, Saginaw; a sister, Betty Dunn, Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

James Lowe

CASSVILLE, Mo. - James B. Lowe, 80, Cassville, died at 4:35 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a sudden illness. Mr. Lowe was born May 21, 1916, at Cassville. He was a lifelong resident of Barry County. He received his education at various country schools in rural Barry County. He worked as a mechanic for Civil Service at Camp Crowder during World War II. He was a mechanic at Fort Leonard Wood during the Korean War. He also worked as a mechanic for several businesses in Cassville, one of which was Bill Hailey Ford Tractor. He retired from his mechanic work in the early 1970s and began driving a truck for Willis Shaw. He married Nadine Allison on April 2, 1938, at Galena. She died Nov. 1, 1974. Surviving are two two sons, Jack Lowe, Cassville, and Troy A. Lowe, Niceville, Fla.; three brothers, Loren Lowe, Bud ``Morris'' Lowe and Pard ``Marvin'' Lowe, all of Cassville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Bob Gaddis, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Cassville. Pallbearers will be Donnie Elliott, Jackie Lowe, Leonard Lowe, Jeff Lowe, Rick Linebarger and Eric Lowe. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Earl Vaughan

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Earl Lester Vaughan, 90, Cassville, died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Vaughan was born Nov. 20, 1906, at Pittsburg, Kan. He lived in Lamar, Colo., until 1932, when he moved to the Oak Ridge community in Barry County. He worked for the highway department building bridges, for the Railway Ice Co. and for 21 years owned a milk route. After his retirement in 1979, he mowed yards for his neighbors. He was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church, Cassville, and was a member of Barry County Senior Citizens. He married Ethel Nafus in December 1926. She died in 1967. Survivors include a son, Charles Vaughan, Cassville; three half-sisters, Beatrice Romine, Wichita, Kan., Hazel Corbin, Cassville, and Inez Allison, Springfield; two grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. John Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Barry County Senior Citizens Building Fund or the First Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Marie Roberts

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Marie E. Roberts, 69, Pittsburg, died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Roberts was born June 14, 1927, at Burrton. She moved to Weir in 1991 from Hutchinson, where she lived most of her life. She was a graduate of Hutchinson High School and attended business college for two years. She had worked as a hair stylist for 15 years. She was a member of the Hutchinson Episcopal Church. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 2550, and the American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include two sons, Billy Lee Connell and Dallas Ray Kimzey, both of Hutchinson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Terry Deal officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir.

Linda Shafer

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Linda Lou Shafer, 56, Pittsburg, died Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at the Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a long illness. Miss Shafer was born Jan. 29, 1941, at Wichita. She had been a former resident of Starkey Rehabilitation for the Mentally Handicapped in Wichita, where she received her education and worked in the wood shop where she learned different skills and had various jobs. Survivors include a sister, Charlotte Startzman, Galena. The body has been taken for cremation. Memorial services will be held at the Old Mission Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Glenn Lake

CARDIN, Okla. - Glenn Lavern Lake, 66, 101 First St., died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Lake was born Nov. 5, 1930, at Baxter Springs, Kan. He was a lifetime Cardin area resident. He served in the U.S. Army and was a mechanic for the Bingham Trucking Co., Treece, Kan., for 36 years. He married Sharon Arnold in 1967; she died Nov. 22, 1981. Surviving are five daughters, Kay Lake, Cardin, Teresa Palmer, Treece, Marie Taylor, Fowler, Colo., Linda Thompkins, Independence, Kan., and Peggy Roberts, Clark Fork, Idaho; four sons, Glen Lake Jr. and KennethLake, both of Baxter Springs, Ray Lake, Riverton, Kan., and Mike Lake, Fowler, Colo.; two brothers, Ray Lake, Miami, and J.R. Lake, Picher; a sister, Phyllis Thatcher, Jay; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Treece. Steve Kinsey will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Lee Style, Guyman Poor, Ron Tanner, William Lake and Ralph McKinley. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.


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