Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Margaret DeWitt

Margaret O. DeWitt, 86, Joplin, died at 8:28 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at St. John's Medical Center after an illness. Mrs. DeWitt was born Sept. 11, 1910, in Muskogee, Okla., and lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was married to Elmer L. DeWitt. He died Nov. 13, 1986. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Carlson. Survivors include a son, Elmer L. ``Pat'' DeWitt, Joplin; a daughter, Janet Watson, Joplin; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, with visitation at 8 p.m. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Kunkel will officiate. Pallbearers will be Shawn DeWitt, John Brothers, David Pryor and Vic Watson. Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary.

Ora Beauchamp

NEVADA, Mo. - Ora Beauchamp, 99, Nevada, died at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Beauchamp was born Aug. 9, 1897, in Jasper County. She lived in the county for many years. She moved to Burlington, Iowa, where she lived most of her life. She moved in 1960 to Winter Haven, Fla. She moved to Nevada in 1980 to live with her niece, Mrs. Betty McCord. She married Charles Beauchamp in 1921 at Burlington. He died in December 1980. Survivors include two daughters, Delores Dodd, Bend, Ore., and Patricia Herman, Las Cruces, N.M.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Clara Bowen

SELIGMAN, Mo. - Clara Bowen, 64, Seligman, died at 8:05 a.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Bowen was born June 29, 1932, at Snow Hill, N.C. She moved to Seligman in 1983 from Greenville, N.C. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Hilbert Bowen, died on Dec. 13, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Bowen, Greenville, and Hilbert Carl Bowen, Seligman; a daughter, Clara Bowen, Greenville; two sisters, Maggie Whitehurst, Greenville, and Helen Weston, Youngsville, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The body has been cremated. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

Oren Davis

MONETT, Mo. - Oren J. Davis, 94, Monett, died at 12:43 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. Mr. Davis was born Dec. 21, 1902, near Purdy. He had lived in the Monett area most his life. He worked for the Frisco Railroad for 25 years. He later worked for the Monett Police Department for 18 years and served as chief for eight years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Monett and Monett Masonic Lodge No. 129, AF & AM, for more than 66 years. He married Amber Stow on May 26, 1924, at Verona. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Patty Davis, Monett; a brother, William Davis, Jefferson City; and a sister, Eileen Tanner, Monett. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Buchanan Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. Masonic rites will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, where visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Monett.

Leonard Hall

LAMAR, Mo. - Leonard Merritt Hall, 77, died at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon, after a short illness. Mr. Hall was born Feb. 25, 1920, at Pleasant Plains, Ark., and had lived in Barton County 37 years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and retired from the Army as a sergeant. He was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include two sisters, Nancy Lauch, Sheldon, and Bonita Spear, Panama City, Fla. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Memory Garden Cemetery. Jerry Winkley, minister, will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel.

Mable Hill

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Mable Hill, 86, formerly of 112 Lincoln St., died at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Christian Health Care, after a long illness. Mrs. Hill was born Sept. 25, 1910, at Mountain Grove. She was a homemaker and a longtime Carthage resident. She married William Hill on Oct. 2, 1937, at Webb City. He died in October 1995. Survivors include a son, Jim Hill, Carthage; a brother, Jack Pace, Carthage; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Park Cemetery. Terry McGrew, minister, will officiate. Burial will be under direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Nancy Kennedy

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Graveside services for Nancy M. Kennedy, 56, Webb City route 1, who died Monday, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. She married Rueford Kennedy Sr. on Feb. 18, 1957, at Miami, Okla. He survives. His name was spelled incorrectly in Tuesday's obituary. The name of surviving son Rueford Kennedy Jr. also was spelled incorrectly.

Tommy McCullar

GRANBY, Mo. - Tommy Alan McCullar, 60, Granby, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. Mr. McCullar was born Oct. 5, 1936, at Antlers, Okla. He moved to Granby in 1992 from Apache, Okla. He was a manger at Bailey Quarries at Noel and had worked for Dolese Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., for 35 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He married Mary Ferguson on Jan. 1, 1992, at Eakly, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include six sons, David McCullar, Apache, Danny McCullar, Lookeba, Okla., Allen McCullar, McDonald County, Mark McCullar, Lawton, Okla., Michael Mangrum, Fletcher, Okla., and Paul Ferguson, Granby; two daughters, Tracy Kunce, Oklahoma City, and Barbara Mangrum, Carnegie, Okla.; his mother, Effie McCullar, Fletcher; seven brothers, Ralph McCullar, Charley McCullar, Terry McCullar and Tim McCullar, all of Fletcher, Arlie McCullar, Las Cruces, N.M., Kenneth McCullar, Waco, Texas, and Ronnie McCullar, Wheaton, Minn.; two sisters, Vicki Rackler and Shirley Lafferty, both of Fletcher; and 20 grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Jack Sanders will officiate. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery, west of Goodman. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Monnie Shaw

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Monnie P. Shaw, 81, 415 N. Ball Ave., died at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a short illness. Mrs. Shaw was born Jan. 14, 1916, at Vian, Okla. She moved to Webb City five years ago from Carterville. She was a homemaker and a member of College Heights Christian Church, Joplin. Her husband, Lester Shaw, died Aug. 31, 1992. Survivors include a son, Jay Shaw, Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Ruth Holt, Carson, Calif.; two granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Junior Elam will officiate. The casket will be closed at all times. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Eli Abraham

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Eli Abraham, 82, 2010 S. Joplin St., died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at a Pittsburg nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Abraham was born Dec. 1, 1914, at Joplin, Mo. He moved to Pittsburg from Joplin and attended Pittsburg schools. He worked for W.S. Dickey Clay Co. for 25 years. He retired in 1975. He was a member of College Heights United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Adrea Morgan in June 1942 at Columbus, Kan. She died Sept. 18, 1984. Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Brady, DeSoto, Texas, Linda Kellstadt and Connie Abraham, both of Joplin; a sister, Katherine Holmes, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Highland Park Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Gotschall will officiate. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Thursday at Brenner Mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Harold Frazier

GALENA, Kan. - Harold L. Frazier, 70, Galena route 2, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at a Pittsburg nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Frazier was born July 11, 1926, at Galena. He was a lifetime resident. He had worked in the maintenance department at Foremost Dairy, Joplin, Mo., for 19 years. He retired in 1989 after working for many years as a chef at Spring River Inn, Riverton. He was a 27-year member of Galena Elks Lodge and had been a member of the Spring River Boat and Ski Club. He married Norma Jean LaTurner on Dec. 24, 1951, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She died March 30, 1968. Survivors include three sons, Ronald Gene Frazier, Hutchinson, Michael Lee Frazier, Galena, and Norman Ray Frazier, Camp Verde, Ariz.; a daughter, Cathy Baker, Galena route 1; a brother, Bill Frazier, Galena; four sisters, Louise Moody, Rosie Smith, Margaret Tucker and Gladys Gandy, all of Galena; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. No services are planned. The body will be cremated. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Contributions may be made to the Galena Elks Lodge.

Martha Jones

GALENA, Kan. - Martha L. Jones, 77, Galena, died at 6:55 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, in a Galena nursing center after an illness. Mrs. Jones was born on Feb. 22, 1920, at Allen. She had lived four years in Galena, where she moved from Americus. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church, Emporia. She married Howard T. Jones on Jan. 18, 1941, at Cottonwood Falls. He died in 1989. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon North, Alba, Mo.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The body will be cremated under direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. No services are planned.

Mary Bailey

VINITA, Okla. - Mary Margaret Wilson Bailey, 57, Vinita, died Saturday night, April 5, 1997, at her home after an illness. Mrs. Bailey was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Miami. She was a registered nurse and had done postgraduate work in neo-surgery. She was employed at Eastern State Hospital and had worked as head nurse of 8-3 East. Her husband, Bill Bailey, died in 1995. Survivors include a son, Robert Sarfatis, Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Dr. Laura Miles, Norman; three brothers, Robert Wilson, Miami, Dale Wilson, Bluejacket, and David Wilson, De Funiak Springs, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita. Burial was in Williams Coal Creek Cemetery, west of Miami.

Richard Hunt

MIAMI, Okla. - Richard K. Hunt, 71, 11430 S. 587 Road, died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Hunt was born Oct. 11, 1925, at Ovid, Mich., and had lived in the Miami area since 1976, when he moved from California. He was employed by B.F. Goodrich, Los Angeles, Calif., for 18 years and at the Miami plant for 10 years. He retired in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Shirley Bethal Wieland on Oct. 21, 1944, at Ovid. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Rick Hunt, Commerce, and James Hunt, Covina, Calif.; a daughter, Cindy Shamblin, Miami; a brother, Russell Hunt, Henderson, N.C.; two sisters, Mildred Wolfe and Doris Kibby, both of Ovid; and three granddaughters. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at GAR Cemetery, with the Rev. Grandville Watson officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Funeral Detail. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.

Creda Absher

Creda Mary Absher, 92, formerly of 2410 Dooley Drive, died at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Absher was born Nov. 27, 1904, at Carterville. She moved to Joplin in 1935 from Webb City. She was a front desk and gift shop clerk at Holiday Inn for 25 years. She retired in 1979. She was a member of the former Chitwood United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Norma Faye ``Maggie'' Palmer, Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary.

William Atteberry

William D. Atteberry, 77, Cincinnati, Ohio, a former Joplin resident, died Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 1997, at Hospice of Cincinnati after an illness. Mr. Atteberry was born March 24, 1920, at Decatur, Ill. He was retired chairman and chief executive officer of Eagle-Picher Industries Inc. He was graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He served 4" years in the Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater and attained the rank of captain. He later worked for P.R. Mallory Co., Indianapolis, Ind., and had his own business, Western Lead Products, in Los Angeles, Calif. He joined Eagle-Picher in 1952 as an engineer. He was named vice president and director in 1963, president in 1967, chief executive officer in 1968 and chairman of the board in 1977. He retired in 1985. He was former director of Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Bancorp, Western Southern Life Insurance Co., Kroger Co., XTEK Corp., First National Bank of Joplin, The Empire District Electric Co. of Joplin, and Vulvan Material Co. of Birmingham, Ala. He was a former member of the Business Roundtable, Cincinnati Business Council and past president of the Commercial Club. He served on the board of trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, Armstrong Chapel, Bethesda Hospital, Ohio Northern University and Greater Cincinnati Foundation. He was a member of the Cincinnati Country Club, Queen City Club, Naples (Fla.) Yacht Club, and the Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club, Naples. Survivors include his wife, Doris Walker, and three sons, William T. Atteberry, James N. Atteberry and Thomas H. Atteberry, all of Cincinnati; a sister, Dorislee Goerlick, Fallbrook, Calif.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at noon Saturday at Armstrong Chapel Church, Indian Hill community, near Cincinnati. Burial will be in Armstrong Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Elden A. Good Funeral Home, Cincinnati. Contributions may be made to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice.

Imogene Perrin

Imogene Perrin, 80, 2700 E. 34th St., died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at St. John's Regional Center after a short illness. Mrs. Perrin was born Nov. 22, 1916, at Prairie Grove, Ark. She moved to Joplin in 1956 from Fayetteville, Ark. She was a homemaker, Survivors include two sons, Robert Perrin, Joplin, and Terry Perrin, Springdale, Ark.; a daughter, Patty Jean Owen, Dallas, Texas; a brother, Tom Hill, Fayetteville; a sister, Pauline Garrett, Prairie Grove; five grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; two great-grandchildren; and one great-stepgrandchild. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Albert Rhodes

Albert A. Rhodes, 71, 1209 Missouri Ave., died Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Rhodes was born Aug. 12, 1925, at Catoosa, Okla. He lived in Joplin most of his lifetime. He formerly worked for Missouri Steel Castings Inc. He retired as a school bus driver for the Joplin R-8 School District. He married Joy V. ``Bib'' Hurst on Aug. 12, 1945, at Columbus, Kan. She died Dec. 6, 1992. Survivors include a sister, Rosa Mae Whitaker, Joplin; and a brother, Harold Leroy Rhodes, Godfrey, Ill. The body will be cremated. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Earl Thomas

Earl Merritt Thomas, 88, Joplin, died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. Mr. Thomas was born July 16, 1908, in Joplin. He lived in Joplin most of his life. He was a fireman for the Joplin Fire Department for 36 years. He retied in 1973 as captain. He married Alyce Margaret Kneeland on March 1, 1930, at Webb City. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Lisa Thomas, Joplin; two sons, Robert E. Thomas, Joplin, and Dennis Thomas, Miami, Okla.; a sister, Pacola Miller, Joplin; and one grandson. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Pallbearers will be Donald Miller, Donald Miller II, Reed Kneeland, Jeff Kneeland, Alvin Farmer and Harry Guinn. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

Dale Culbertson

NEVADA, Mo. - Dale Eldridge Culbertson, 72, rural Nevada, died Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Culbertson was born Jan. 31, 1925, at Dederick. He attended Walker High School. He operated a farm at his home east of Nevada for more than 50 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nevada, and was a deacon with the church. He was president of Vernon County Mutual Insurance Board. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the 43rd Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. He served in the 1st Calvary in Japan in 1945 and 1946 after the war ended. He married Norma Irene Glasgow Culbertson on Dec. 23, 1946, at Fort Scott, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Steven Kent Culbertson, Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Dean Culbertson, Nevada, and Henry Lyle Culbertson, Blue Springs; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Melvin Mabra officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Walker. Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Amanda Dicello

NEVADA, Mo. - Amanda L. Bridgman Dicello, 68, Nevada, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Dicello was born Jan. 14, 1929, at Rockville. She grew up in Rich Hill and was graduated in 1946 from Rich Hill High School. She attended Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. She taught at a country school in Bates County for three years before she joined the Air Force as a recruitment officer in Springfield and San Antonio, Texas. She worked as a nurse at Nevada City Hospital from 1975 until she retired in 1993. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. She was a charter member of a women's military service group. Survivors include three sons, James Dicello, Cummings, Ga., Jeff Dicello, Tulsa, Okla., and Mike Dicello, Springfield; a daughter, Sue Sturgis, Hastings, Minn.; her father, James R. ``Doc'' Bridgman, Butler; two sisters, Maxine Bales, Crocker, and Joan Swarnes, Rich Hill; a brother, James Bridgman, state of Montana; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. Wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Friends may call until 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Gene Eicher

MONETT, Mo. - Gene Eicher, 82, Monett, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Eicher was born Nov. 14, 1914, at Bloomington, Ill. He was a longtime Monett resident. He received his engineering degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. He was a material engineer for Honeywell Industries in Minneapolis, Minn. He was a member of Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Monett Masonic Lodge No. 129, AF&AM. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He married Catherine Coleman on Aug. 28, 1941, at Peoria, Ill. She survives. Additional survivors include a brother, Pat Eicher, Lincoln, Neb.; and a sister, Eileen Golden, Leroy, Ill. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Monett IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. Masonic services will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Visitation will follow from 7 to 8 p.m.

Avah Garrison

PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Avah Lela Garrison, 91, Pierce City, died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after an illness. Mrs. Garrison was born May 15, 1905, at Pleasant Plains, Ill. She had lived in Pierce City most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Countryside Christian Church, Monett. She married Leo Garrison in 1930. He died in 1984. Survivors include a son, Albert Garrison, Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Sarah Cantrell, Pierce City, and Laura Alantaugh, St. Louis; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Countryside Christian Church, Monett, with Bruce Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Nine, Jo Holland, Duane Maphies, Ray Martin, John Stevens and Anthony Gripka. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruth Goode

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Ruth M. Goode, 84, 342 S. Madison, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. Mrs. Goode was born Nov. 27, 1912, at Altona. She lived from 1953 to 1973 in Webb City before she moved to Beaver Shores, near Rogers, Ark. She returned to Webb City in 1988. She was a licensed cosmetologist and owned and operated Ruth's Beauty Room in Webb City. She retired in 1973. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Webb City, and the Beaver Shores Woman's Club. She married Ernest Goode on Sept. 24, 1930, at Harrisonville. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Larry Goode, Joplin, and Dennis Goode, Webb City; a daughter, Myrna Dolence, 111 N. Pennsylvania, Webb City; three brothers, Jerry Howe, Webb City, Bill Howe, Columbia, and Jim Howe, Rockville; two sisters, Arline Horton, Joplin, and Lavada Allen, Knoxville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Webb City. The Rev. Bob Easton and the Rev. Don Laughlin will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Pallbearers will be Daron Goode, Chuck Good, Mark Willis, David Hopkins, Jack Waggener, Jeff Waggener, Sam Cohagan, Caleb Goode and John Dolence. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. Family will be at the home of her daughter, Myrna Dolence. Contributions may be made to the memorial fund at First Baptist Church.

Frank Hodges

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Frank L. Hodges, 84, Webb City route 1, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness. Mr. Hodges was born June 30, 1912, at Joplin. He had lived in the Joplin and Duenweg areas all of his life. He was as an electrician for Atlas Powder Co. for more than 25 years. He retired in 1970. He was a member of Duenweg Baptist Church. He married Nellie Smith Green on Jan. 1, 1988, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Ken Hodges, Joplin, Jim Hodges, Springfield, and Marvin Hodges, Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren;and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Bob McKinzie will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Betty Klotz

NEVADA, Mo. - Betty Marie Barrett Klotz, 82, Nevada, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Klotz was born Dec. 9, 1914, at Russell, Kan. She lived near Walker, Kan., until 1951, when she moved to Nevada. She worked at Mitchell Hotel Cafe, Nevada, from 1951 to 1953. She then worked as a nurse at Nevada City Hospital for 23 years until she retired. She was a charter member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nevada. She was a volunteer worker for local 4-H clubs and with the Green Thumb group. She married Herman Klotz Sr. on Aug. 30, 1932, at Hays, Kan. He survives. Other survivors include four sons, Herman Klotz Jr., Marvin Klotz, Morris Klotz and Albert Klotz, all of Nevada; five daughters, Fern Dolezal, Great Bend, Kan., and Shirley Vincent, Anna Lee Bloesser, Joyce Rodieck and Marjorie Johnson, all of Nevada; a sister, Dorothy Barrett, Russell; 28 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Helmuth Eisenbraun officiating. Private family burial will be at Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nevada.

Bernard Gershon

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Bernard Gershon, 77, Baxter Springs, died at 4:25 a.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, of natural causes. Mr. Gershon was born Feb. 7, 1920, at Kansas City, Mo. He was graduated from high school and attended college three years at George, Wash. He attended law school for a year at New York (N.Y.) University. He was a salesman for 45 years and retired in 1988. He sold resort real-estate properties. He later worked for American Automobile Association motor club at Tulsa, Okla. He was a member of a synagogue at Kansas City, Mo., and the Real Estate License & Professional Real Estate Broker. Survivors include a son, Marc Gershon, Littleton, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The body will be cremated. Private services will be conducted at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Mount Carmel Medical Foundation in care of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Everett DuBois

GROVE, Okla. - Everett W. DuBois, 83, Grove, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at a Grove nursing home after an illness. Mr. DuBois was born Dec. 27, 1913, in the rural Grove area. He was graduated from Grove High School in 1932. He received bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Northeastern State Teachers College, Tahlequah. He began his teaching career in 1932 in the Grove area at Oak Grove School and taught lower elementary grades. He was an educator and principal for 43 years. He retired from teaching in 1976. He also farmed and ranched on Cowskin Prairie, east of Grove. He was raised in the Church of Christ and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was a member of Carr Baptist Church, east of Grove, Delaware County Historical Society, Retired Teacher's Association, National Education Association and Oklahoma Education Association. He was a 4-H leader for more than 25 years and earned Diamond and Emerald Clover awards. He married Jessie Cooper on April 1, 1934, at Jay. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Tim DuBois, Nashville, Tenn., and Randy DuBois, Grove; four sisters, Nola Caswell and Ruby Bell, both of Jay, Margie Willard, West Plains, Mo., and Nadine Phillips, Manford; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Grove. The Rev. Gary Bishop and the Rev. Elton Garrison will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. Contributions may be made to the Grove General Hospital Foundation or to Carr Baptist Church, both of Grove.

William Jones

PICHER, Okla. - William Edgar ``Bill'' Jones, 72, Springfield, Mo., a native of Picher, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at his home of an illness. Mr. Jones was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Picher. He moved in 1941 to Baxter Springs, Kan., where he lived and worked until he moved in 1971 to Springfield. He had also lived at Fair Grove, Mo. He retired in 1985 from Mid-America Dairymen in Missouri. He lived seven years in the Table Rock Lake area of Missouri and returned to Springfield in 1992 because of ill health. He was a member of Church of Christ, Springfield, and a 49-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 71, Baxter Springs. He married Rita Patton in 1972. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Debbie Batson, Quapaw; a stepson, Thomas Howard, Chandler, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Shirley Lewis, East Peoria, Ill., and Suzan McGhee, Dunlap, Ill.; a sister, Wilmadean Green, North Miami; a brother, Alvie Jones, Baxter Springs; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Baxter Springs Cemetery. Ronald Blakey, pastor, will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Mo. Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospital Hospice, Springfield.


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