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MaeBelle Gibbons

Services for MaeBelle Gibbons, 87, Joplin, who died Thursday, will be at 1 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Don Mosley, Michael A. Siskowski, John Martin, Kevin Cooper and Bob Moyer.

Contributions may be made to South Joplin Christian Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Walter Cavner

SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Walter R. Cavner, 80, Shell Knob, died at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Cavner was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Clark County, Kan. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He moved to Shell Knob in 1971 from Liberal, Kan. He was a 21-year produce manager at Rima's Plaza Grocery Store, Shell Knob. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Shell Knob. He was a past member of the American Legion.

He married Nellie Pound on Feb. 26, 1941, at Lakin, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a brother, Edgar Cavner Jr., Pico Rivera, Calif.; two sisters, Donelda Barber, Shell Knob, and Glora Goble, Burbank, Calif.; three grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church, Shell Knob. Corky Johnson, minister, and Brother Wayne Writer will officiate. Burial will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Davison, Jim Ditto, Ed Hill, Jason Rima, Jerry Rima and Don Wells.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Shell Knob, in care of the funeral home.

Geneva Chapman

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Geneva Chapman, 90, Jefferson City, a former Sarcoxie resident, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at a nursing home in Jefferson City after an illness.

Mrs. Chapman was born Dec. 3, 1906, in Polk County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Baptist Church and Jones Creek Extension Club, Jefferson City.

She married James W. Chapman on Jan. 3, 1925, at Mount Vernon. He died Oct. 3, 1970.

Survivors include a son, James A. Chapman, Kansas City; three daughters, Shirley Harris, Summersville, Dora Jane Bass, Cedar, Utah, and Linda Lee, Jefferson City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Housh Funeral Home. The Rev. Dean Winfiel will officiate. Burial will be in Powers Cemetery, southwest of Sarcoxie.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements in Jefferson City are under the direction of Buescher Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Goldie Chenoweth

RACINE, Mo. - Goldie Ruby Chenoweth, 88, Richland, Wash., a Racine native, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at Kadlec Medical Center, Richland, Wash., after an illness.

Mrs. Chenoweth was born Nov. 16, 1908, in Racine. She moved to Richland in 1948. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

She married Marion C. Conner on June 4, 1930, in Neosho. He died in 1972. She later married Irv Chenoweth, and he died in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, LaRee Pratt, Richland, and Betty Sansom, Goldendale, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. April 19 at Einan's Funeral Home, Richland. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Richland.

Violet Lee

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Violet Lee, 89, Cassville, died at 10:05 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Cox Monett Hospital, Monett, after a long illness.

Mrs. Lee was born Nov. 17, 1907, at Cato, where she received her education. She was a lifetime resident of Barry County. She was a retired waitress and had worked for several years at Roaring River Restaurant in Cassville.

She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville.

She married Donald Lee on April 8, 1949, in Cassville. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Clint Daugherty, Goodman; a sister, Lola Terry, Purdy; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

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

Contributions may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville.

Lois Martindale

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Lois ``Peggy'' Martindale, 80, 1027 Grove St., died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Martindale was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Webb City. She lived in Carthage since 1984 moving here from Goodman. She was a homemaker.

She married John E. Martindale in 1933 in Webb City. He died Jan. 30, 1997.

She is survived by a son, Donald W. Martindale, Paxico, Kan.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The body will be taken for cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

June Pugh

JASPER, Mo. - June Pugh, 52, Jasper, died at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Pugh was born May 16, 1944, at Hot Springs, Ark. She moved to Jasper 30 years ago from Lamar. She was a caregiver.

Survivors include two daughters, Randa Dysinger, Purcell; and Robin Wampler, Jasper; two stepgranddaughters; and one great-stepgranddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery.

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

Hazel Boyd

GROVE, Okla. - Hazel I. Boyd, 90, Grove, died at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Boyd was born April 20, 1907, at Faxon. She was a lifetime resident of Grove. She worked in food service for many years at Betty Ann Nursing Center and Grove Manor. She also worked at the Olan Dixon Ranch.

She attended the Assembly of God Church, Grove.

She married James Boyd in July 1929 at Jay. He died Nov. 30, 1973.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Boyd, North Port, Ala.; a daughter, Ruth Richardson, Grove, Okla.; four brothers, Glen Layman, Ross Layman and Harry Layman, all of Grove, and Bill Layman, Vinita, Okla.; two sisters, Dorothy Lybrook, Grove, and Betty Wilson, Jay; four grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Grove. The Rev. John E. Butler and the Rev. Kenneth Cope will officiate. Burial will be in Buzzard Cemetery, Grove.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ervin Davis

CARDIN, Okla. - Ervin Davis, 72, Cardin, died at 3 p.m. Friday, May 2, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Davis was born March 8, 1925, at Leach. He moved to the Picher and Cardin area in 1970 from Seneca, Mo. He had worked for Childers Chemical Company in Cardin for several years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Carthage, Mo. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Davis, Wyandotte, and Kenney Joe Davis, Welch; five daughters, Sharon Kelough, Wyandotte, Gloria Sires, Fairland, Donna Read, Miami, Sheilah French, Claremore, and Carol Boyer, Neosho, Mo.; three sisters, Velma Collins and Jessie DiMatteo, both of Joplin, Mo., and June Simmons, Carthage, Mo.; three brothers, Don Davis, Joplin, Elmer Davis, Seneca, Mo., and Walter Davis, Hornet community, south of Joplin; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Jim Neblett

James D. ``Jim'' Neblett Jr., 70, Joplin, died at 2:03 p.m. Monday, May 5, 1995, at Freeman Hospital East, after several months of ill health. Mr. Neblett was born July 27, 1926, at Joplin. He was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Joplin High School in 1944 and graduated from the former Joplin Junior College with an associate degree in business. He worked for the former Vickers Co. in Joplin for 31 years, retiring in 1985 as chief timekeeper, paymaster and dispatcher. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 163 of Neosho. He was a radio operator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Barbara Skelton on Oct. 12, 1973, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include four sons, Steven Neblett, Clarkston, Wash. Jeffrey Neblett, McCune, Kan., Craig Neblett, Joplin, and Keith Neblett, Carl Junction; two daughters, Cindy White, Scammon, Kan., and Laura Kirk, Parson, Kan.; a brother, William I. Neblett, West Chester, Penn.; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Saginaw Cemetery, with the Rev. J.K. Wright officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Frank O'Hara

dies at age 100 Frank P. O'Hara, 100, Joplin, died at 2 p.m. Monday, May 5, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mr. O'Hara was born July 28, 1896, at Empire, Kan. He was a lifelong Joplin resident. He was a furnace man for the Frisco Building. He also remodeled homes. He was a Catholic. Survivors include two sisters, Louise Culton and Agnes Starnes, both of Joplin. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Mark Cliffman

NEVADA, Mo. - D. Mark Cliffman, 42, Nevada, died Monday morning, May 5, 1997, after an automobile accident south of Nevada. Mr. Cliffman was born Dec. 28, 1954, at Nevada. He was a 1973 Nevada High School graduate. He worked 12 years transporting mobile homes for manufacturers at Angola, Ind. He was a member of Nevada Mills Methodist Church, Angola. He worked the last five years as sales manager of Cliffman Homes at Nevada. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 564 at Nevada. Survivors include a son, Mark Reeves Cliffman, Fremont, Ind.; his parents, Bob and Margie Cliffman, Nevada; a brother, Lynn Cliffman, Nevada; a sister, Melissa Sparlin, Broomfield, Colo.; and his grandmother, Alberta McGehee, Nevada. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Nevada, or American Heart Association.

Winford Davis

MONETT, Mo. - Winford Coleman Davis, 92, Monett, died at 9:07 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Davis was born Dec. 8, 1904, near Monett. He preached at Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church for more than 40 years. He was a member of Davis Quartet. He served as secretary-treasurer of Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists. He was a member of the National Board of Education of Free Will Baptist Bible College, Nashville, Tenn. He also had been a secretary-treasurer of Foreign Mission Board. He married Burnice Bradley on April 3, 1944, at Monett. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Rick Davis, Monett, and James Davis, Mount Vernon, Iowa; a daughter, Sue Henderson, Monett; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Lee Neill and the Rev. Ted Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, southeast of Monett. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Bethel Cemetery or Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Herbert Hastings

NEVADA, Mo. - Herbert William Hastings, 67, Osceola, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola after a sudden illness. His daughters, Dianne Welch, Heather Mann and Audrey Soles, all live in Nevada. Mr. Hastings was born Dec. 5, 1929, at Detroit, Mich. He lived in the Osceola area for the past three years, moving from Windsor. He was the owner/operator of an over-the-road trucking company. He was driver of the year with safety awards for 32 years. He was a truck driver for 45 years. He was a Baptist. He served with the U.S. Air Force. He married Anna May Keating on March 1, 1951, at Hobson, Mont. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Herbert Hastings, Helena, Mont., Paul Hastings, Murphy, Texas, and David Hastings, Hobson, Mont.; another daughter, Christine Markey, Grover Hill, Ohio; two brothers, Clifford Hastings and Gayles Hastings, both of Wheatland,; two sisters, Betty Lowe, Archie, and Donna Reighard, Milan; fifteen grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, with David Jones officiating. Burial will be in Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada. Visitation will be after 11:30 a.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Hixson

NEOSHO,Mo. - Charles L. Hixson, 76, Neosho, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Hixson was born Jan. 22, 1921, at Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked in the paint lab at Eagle Picher for 25 years. He then worked at Missouri Southern State College as a carpenter for 10 years, retiring in 1983. He was a Methodist and an Army veteran of World War II. He married Lois Shaw on Jan. 17, 1942, at Joplin. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Chuck Hixson, Neosho, and David Hixson, Garden City, Kan.; a daughter, Jacquelyn Long, Joplin; a sister, Marge Cox, Mobile, Ala.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body was cremated. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Contributions may be made to Medicalodge, Neosho, in care of the funeral home.

Marvin Holbert Sr.

NEOSHO, Mo. - Marvin Paul Holbert Sr., 69, Neosho, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a two-year-illness. Mr. Holbert was born Sept. 6, 1927, at Lincoln, Neb. He worked as a sewing machine salesman for many years, retiring in 1995. He moved to Neosho in 1989 from Seneca, where he lived for 20 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, Missouri Fur Traders and Mountain Man Club. He married Dolores Dere on May 3, 1957, at Winterhaven, Calif. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons Marvin Holbert, Jr., Webb City, Roy Holbert, Neosho, and Peter Holbert, Ontario, Calif.; a daughter, Lorraine Burdge, Neosho; three brothers, Everett Stull, Canyon Lake, Calif., Joseph Holbert, El Monte, Calif., and Cornelius Holbert, Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Carol VanWinkle, Hemet, Calif., Betty Rajsich, Mogadore, Ohio, and nine grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson Cemetery, Neosho, with D.L. Mitchell officiating. The family will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Contributions may be made to the Marvin Holbert fund in care of the funeral home.

Alyson Lukenbill

NEVADA - Alyson McKenzie Lukenbill, infant daughter of Melanie Lukenbill, Nevada, was stillborn Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Additional survivors include a brother, Jeffrey Dylan Coonrod, Nevada; grandparents, Dirk and Debbi Scotten, Nevada, and Frank and Sue Lukenbill, Marceline; great-grandparents, Betty Hayes and Frank Lukenbill, both of Nevada, and LaVerne and Kay Scotten, Nevada. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Newton Burial Park Cemetery, Nevada, with Barry Geertsen and Daniel Gomez officiating. Pallbearers will be Troy Scotten and Shannon Scotten. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Margaret Melton

NEVADA, Mo. - Margaret Mary Melton, 80, Nevada, died Sunday night, May 4, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Mrs. Melton was born Oct. 7, 1916, at La Harpe, Kan. She was a member of the Christian Church, Walker, and Rebekah Lodge No. 410, Nevada. She retired in 1980 from Nevada State Hospital. She worked for Key Work Clothes for 18 years. She married Wiley Don Melton on Oct. 19, 1934, at Nevada. He died Feb. 10, 1964. Surviving are two sons, A.E. Melton, Webb City, and Jim Melton, Walker; a brother, Authur Widmon, Burley, Idaho; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dederick. Friends may call until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Carolyn Sexson

NEOSHO, Mo. - Carolyn Elizabeth Sexson, 76, Neosho, died at 1:40 a.m. Monday, May 6, 1997, at a Springfield nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Sexson was born Oct. 10, 1920, at Charlotte, Ark. She moved to Neosho in 1977 from Lee's Summit. She was a homemaker and retired antique dealer. She was a member of Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ, Neosho. She married Andy Buford Sexson on Feb. 14, 1941, at Hot Springs, Ark. He died Aug. 27, 1980. Additional survivors include two daughters, Carol Thomas, Ozark, and Barbara Parker, Waterbury, Vt.; a brother, Otis Moore, Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Ada Hicks, Batesville, Ark., and Medrith Anschultz, Alvaton, Ky.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ. Denny Kruse and J.R. Burr, ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in Newtonia IOOF Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Byrum, Saran Powviriya, Shane Thomas, Craig Thomas, Conway Sexson and Mike Allen. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Contributions may be made to Fairhaven Children's Home, in care of the funeral home.

Francis Smith

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Francis M. Smith, 79, Butler, formerly of Sarcoxie, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at his home of natural causes. Mr. Smith was born Aug. 3, 1917, at Sarcoxie. He worked at several Butler car dealerships and he owned Smith Shoe Repair and Sales, Butler. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a two-term Butler city councilman. He was the district and port adjutant of James P. Arnold American Legion Post. No. 46, Butler. He was a member of Western Missouri Legion Bluebird Commission. He received the Butler Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award. He was past president of Butler Little League and past president of Recreation Lake, Butler. He was a lifetime member of Butler Bears Booster Club at Butler High School and was a volunteer worker at high school sports events. He married Pansy Wheeler on Dec. 24, 1950. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Steve Smith, Joplin; a brother, Cecil Smith, Butler; and two grandchildren. Services were Saturday at Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Home, Butler, with the Rev. Brent Haworth officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be made to Butler High School Booster Club.

Donnie Stipp

NEWTONIA, Donnie Stipp, 43, Newtonia, was pronounced dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, on arrival at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, of a gunshot wound. Mr. Stipp was born Jan. 14, 1954, at Tillmook, Ore. He was a longtime resident of the Newtonia area. He was a union carpenter. Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Stipp, Neosho; two sons, Jed Stipp and Joe Stipp, both of Anderson, his mother, Christine Michael, Newtonia; four brothers, Dennis Stipp, Granby, Perry Stipp, Lewiston, Idaho, Thad Stipp, VanCouver, Wash., and Chris Stipp, Newtonia; a sister, Nona Harmel, Newtonia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Doug Gripka will officiate. Burial will be in Dice Cemetery, Fairview. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Weems, Roy Seward, Scott Brown, Wayne Page, Cecil Roberts and Bob Hurn. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Frances Vallette

NEVADA Mo. - Frances E. Vallette, 90, Nevada, died Sunday morning, May 4, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Vallette was born Dec. 5, 1906, at Nevada. She graduated from Cottey College, Nevada. She attended what now is Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, and the former Springfield Teachers College. She taught for several years at Franklin Elementary School, Nevada. She was a member of the Phi Beta honorary musical and dramatic arts fraternity. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, PEO Sisterhood, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teachers sorority. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Nevada. Survivors include a sister, Virginia Carter, Nevada. Private graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Nevada.

Dennis Simpson

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Dennis Lee Simpson, 49, died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at John L. McClellan Memorial V.A. Hospital after a sudden illness. Mr. Simpson was born Dec. 3, 1947, at Hockerville, Okla. He was a lifetime Baxter Springs resident. He was a mechanic, and worked for Baxter Pick-Up Service. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Diana Dawson-Simpson, Baxter Springs, his mother, Delna C. Simpson, Baxter Springs; three sisters, Linda C. Price, Baxter Springs, Annetta M. Toney, Galena, and Gayla J. Kreeger, rural Galena; a son, Jimmy Simpson, Pittsburg; a daughter, Tammy DeSilva, Picher, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Karla Dawson, Baxter Springs; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, with the Rev. Fred Dycus and the Rev. Jerry Vonmoss officiating. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. Pallbearers will be Gary England, Russell Holman, Steven Kreeger, Johnathan Kreeger, Romel Downs and Kenneth Dunn. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.

Swake Hilderbrand

JAY, Okla. - Swake Hilderbrand, 40, Jay, was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1997, at his home. The cause of death is under investigation. Mr. Hilderbrand was born Jan. 1, 1957, at Jay. He was a full-blood member of the Cherokee tribe and lived all of his life in the Jay area. He was a member of Brush Creek Baptist Church, Jay. Survivors include four half-brothers, Alex Jumper, Jay, Price Hilderbrand, Anderson, Mo., Clarence Roberts, Colcord, and Joe Hilderbrand, address unknown. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brush Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Pritchitt will officiate. Burial will be in Jumper Cemetery, Jay. Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

Clifford Tehee

JAY, Okla. - Clifford Lee Tehee, 45, Jay, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Tehee was born Oct. 2, 1951 at Claremore. He was a full-blood member of the Cherokee tribe and a member of Sycamore Baptist Church, Jay. Survivors include his father, Jim Tehee, Jay; a son, Michael Holdridge, LaVerenge, Tenn.; three daughters, Melvina Owens, Chevonne Tehee and Stacy Tehee, all of Jay; a sister, Helen Thomas, Jay; two brothers, James Tehee, Jay, and Edward Tehee, Wyandotte. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Baptist Church. The Rev. Rufus King will officiate. Burial will be in Round Springs Cemetery, near Jay. The body will be taken home tonight, where the family will receive friends. Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home.

Judith Cockrell

Judith A. Sale Cockrell, 43, St. Louis, a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Louis, after a long illness. Mrs. Cockrell was born Jan. 27, 1944, in Joplin. She attended Joplin schools and was graduated in 1962 from Joplin High School. She received a master's degree in special education from Missouri Valley College, Marshall. She taught in Marshall schools for 16 years and at Kirkwood the past 15 years. Survivors include her husband, Jim Cockrell; two sons, Jolan Cockrell and Josh Cockrell, both of St. Louis; her father, Leonard C. Sale, Joplin; and two sisters, Charleen R. Dale, Lee's Summit, and Susan E. Allen, Garland, Texas. The body will be cremated under the direction of St. Marcus Crematory and Mausoleum, St. Louis. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Home Heights Presbyterian Church, St. John's, Mo. Arrangements are under the direction of Kutis Funeral Home, Afton Chapel, St. Louis. Contributions may be made to the Judith A. Cockrell scholarship fund at Kirkwood (Mo.) High School or to the American Cancer Society.

Curt Hough

L. Curt Hough, 68, Joplin, died at 9:55 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. Mr. Hough was born Dec. 1, 1928, at Springfield. He was an auto dealer in Joplin and a former Springfield resident. He was a member of Calvary Nazarene Church. Survivors include his wife, Cleo A. Hough; two sons, Sam Kilgore, Pleasanton, Kan., and Pat Kilgore, Liberty; five daughters, Judy Davis, St. James, Barbara Brewer, Republic, Georgia Brooks, St. Joseph, Cindy Roderique, Springfield, and Katy Painter, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Landon Hough and Lowell Hough, both of Springfield; two sisters, Faye Reaves and Lucille Sifford, both of Springfield; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Frank Jagodzinski

Frank L. ``Frank'' Jagodzinski, 74, 2220 Bird Ave., died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness. Mr. Jagodzinski was born Dec. 1, 1922, at Green Bay, Wis. He had lived two years in Joplin, where he moved from Fayetteville, Ark. He was a carpenter. He owned and operated a hardware and parts store in Westville, Ark. He was a member of Crown of Life Chapel, Joplin. He married Alene Marsh Law on Jan. 22, 1995, at Fayetteville. She survives. Other survivors include three stepsons, Terry Law and Ronnie Law, both of Bentonville, Ark., and Roger Law, Riverton, Kan.; a broth- er, Edward Jagodzinski, Green Bay, Wis.; a sister, Lillian Gryer, Green Bay; and several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. The body will be cremated. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Crown of Life Chapel, 23rd Street and Annie Baxter Avenue. The Rev. Paul Dilts will officiate. Contributions may be made to Crown of Life Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

James Abbott

SARCOXIE, Mo. - James Roy Abbott, 57, Sarcoxie, died at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home after one year of ill health. Mr. Abbott was born Dec. 30, 1939, at Fort Smith, Ark. He moved to Sarcoxie in 1977. He served in the Air Force from January 1958 to May 1962. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Joplin. He was a member of Unity Church of Joplin. He married Gloria Bowman in June 1961 at Ventura, Calif. She survives. Additional survivors include three daughters, Debra Gillett and Donna Zgonce, both of Sarcoxie, and Dena Cornell, Carthage; a sister, Louise Henson, La Russell; two stepsisters, Ima Jean Higuea, Madera, Calif., and Leta Mae Barnes, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and two grandchildren. The body will be cremated. No services are planned. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home on Sarcoxie route 2. Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Furl Coffey

MONETT, Mo. - Furl F. Coffey, 87, Monett, died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, in a Monett nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Coffey was born July 7, 1909, in McDonald County. He was a retired farmer. He also worked as a milk hauler for Pet Milk Co. He was a member of Arnhart Baptist Church, Purdy. He married Myrtle Marbut on Aug. 27, 1932, at Purdy. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Rex Coffey, Purdy; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in Arnhart Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Fairchild

MONETT, Mo. - John Lee Fairchild, 86, Manila, Ark., died Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., after an illness. His wife, Agnes Stubblefield Fairchild, is a former Monett resident. Mr. Fairchild was born Dec. 4, 1910, in Rosston, Ark. He was a farmer and was the former Manila Airport manager. He was a flight instructor for 40 years. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila, with The Rev. Willis Osban officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kings Prairie Cemetery in Monett, with the Rev. Mark Mildren officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Methodist Church of Manila or the American Heart Association.

Roy Gilpin

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Roy E. Gilpin, 81, 609 Woodland, died at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Gilpin was born Sept. 8, 1915, at East Prairie. He moved to Galena, Kan., when he was four years old. He had lived on Joplin route 6 for 35 years before he moved to Carl Junction 11 years ago. He retired as a pipeline superintendent for Williams Brothers Construction, Tulsa, Okla., and Conyes Construction of California. He then owned and operated West Side Trailer Park and West Side Motors, Joplin route 6, until 1978. He was a member of First Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 51, both of Galena, and the Scottish Rite and Elks Lodge, both of Joplin. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Esther Edmonds on June 27, 1936, in Joplin. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Chick Gilpin, Frontenac, Kan.; a brother, Ray Gilpin, Climax Springs; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Max Bishop will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Snapp, Jim Milsap, Larry Hoffman, Pete Wheelan, Bob Swan and DeWayne Bowman. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. Masonic rites will be at 7 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The family will receive friends after the service until 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the hospice program at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, or First Methodist Church of Galena, in care of the funeral home.

Martha Pogue

NEOSHO, Mo. - Martha N. Pogue, 76, Neosho, died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Pogue was born Feb. 4, 1921, at Peace Valley. She had lived in the Neosho area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. She married Vernon Pogue on Sept. 19, 1936, in Newton County. He survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Vernon Pogue Jr., Belton, Gerald Pogue, Neosho, and Troy Pogue, Jefferson City; a daughter, Marie McKinney, Miami, Okla.; a brother, Grant Wilbanks, West Plains; a sister, Maudie Busby, Salem; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. J.R. Burr, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Stella. Family members will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tony Sturm
Kellie Sturm

NEOSHO, Mo. - Services for Staff Sgt. Tony Lee Sturm, 29, and Kellie Marie Sturm, 35, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, who died after an automobile accident on Saturday, April 26, and Friday, April 25, 1997, respectively, in Waldmohr, Germany, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Chapel, Neosho. The Rev. Mike Rhoades and father Joseph Liem will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by Whiteman Air Force Base, Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The caskets will be closed at all times.

Isabel Barber

WEST MINERAL, Kan. - Isabel M. Burke Barber, 84, West Mineral, died at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mrs. Barber was born Jan. 9, 1913, at Kinsley. She grew up and attended schools in Kinsley and was gradated from Kinsley High School in 1932. She had lived in West Mineral for about 10 years. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in a Dodge City hospital for several years. She was a member of Dodge City Southern Baptist Church. She married Gilbert Barber on Oct. 28, 1931, at Hopewell. He died on May 1, 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Roberts, West Mineral; two grandsons; 20 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. The body has been cremated. Graveside services will be at a later date at Kinsley Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Raymond Boyes

GALENA, Kan. - Raymond W. Boyes, 85, Galena route 1, died at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at a nursing home in Galena after an illness. Mr. Boyes was born Feb. 9, 1912, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. He worked for Vicker's Corp., Joplin, Mo., as a tool crib operator until 1975. He also was a self-employed farmer. He was a member and deacon of First Christian Church, Galena. He married Thelma W. LaTurner on Dec. 21, 1940, at Joplin. She survives. Additional survivors include two daughters, Sherry Collins, Galena route 1, and Terri Jo Smith, Galena; two brothers, Harold Boyes, Newton, and Jack Boyes, Galena route 1; a sister, Elva Mallatt, Galena route 1; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Galena. Paul Sims will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Galena.

Kenneth Holman

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Kenneth C. Holman, 82, 1005 E. Oak St., Columbus, died at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mr. Holman was born May 22, 1914, at Columbus. He grew up and attended schools in Muskogee, Okla. He returned to rural Columbus after he was graduated from Muskogee High School. He worked for Spencer Chemical Co., Crestline, for 32 years. He retired in 1977. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, Eastern Star Chapter No. 117, Weir, Prudence Masonic Lodge, Columbus, and Disabled American Veterans. He married Edna Emerson on March 27, 1948, at Girard. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Linda Brunker, Dallas, Texas, Joyce Holman, Columbus, and Janet Adams, Baxter Springs; a son, James Holman, Girard; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Jim Jones and the Rev. Todd McLean officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the National Foundation for the Blind, in care of the funeral home.

Elmer Hussong

GALENA, Kan. - Elmer Lee Hussong, 76, 1220 Princeton St., was found dead at his home Wednesday, May 7, 1997, after a sudden illness. Mr. Hussong was born April 20, 1921, at Columbus. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked at Doane Food Products, Galena, for more than 35 years. He retired in April 1986. He married Velma Chester on Feb. 14, 1940, at Columbus. She died May 2, 1987. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Hussong and Howard Hussong, both of Galena; a daughter, Nancy Wilson, Neosho, Mo.; three sisters, Elnora Watson, Independence, Betty Brewster, Baxter Springs, and Jewell Brazil, Anderson, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. The Rev. Ernie Watson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the home. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.


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