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Elizabeth Draper

Elizabeth F. Draper, 78, Joplin, died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 1997 at her home after a short

illness. Mrs. Draper was born Jan. 16, 1919, at Sedan, N.M. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a certified medical technician for the former Sale Memorial Hospital in Neosho and the former Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin. She retired in 1972.

She was a local artist whose paintings have been displayed in several Joplin businesses.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat Black, Joplin, and Joan Spurlock, Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Lorenzo Brown, Granby, and James Brown, Springfield, Mass.; two sisters, Velma Brock, Neosho, and Freda Jackson, Webb City; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Private memorial services will be held a later date. The Rev. Aaron Brown will officiate. The body will be cremated.

Contributions may be made to Crosslines Churches of Joplin in care of Parker Mortuary.

Paul Brewer

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Paul Lee Brewer, 71, route 1, Carl Junction, died at 12:31 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Brewer was born June 30, 1925, at Arcola. He was a lifelong resident of the Joplin/Carl Junction area. He was a minister for 45 years.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Nona Murphy on Dec. 12, 1945, at Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Stephen Brewer, Phillip Brewer, and Alan Brewer, all of Carl Junction, and Edward Brewer, Goodman; a daughter, Susan Purcell, Webb City; two sisters, Alice Martin, Joplin, and Dorothy Harvey, Modesto, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jacob Brown

PURDY, Mo. Jacob Thomas Brown, the 1-year-old son of Larry and Jody Brown, Purdy, died at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at Freeman-Neosho Hospital after a short illness.

Jacob was born March 6, 1996, in Joplin.

Additional survivors include a brother, Richard Brown, of the home; two sisters, Sarah Brown and Emily Brown, of the home; his paternal grandparents, Gerald and Phyllis Brown, Neosho; maternal grandparents, Bob and Linda Senter, Neosho; a paternal great-grandmother, Annabelle Grogan, Bentonville, Ark.; and maternal great-grandmothers, Lydia Childress, Oakdale, Calif., and Wanda Massey, Hydro, Okla.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Purdy. The Rev. James Schnackenberg will officiate.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Larry Dixon

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Larry Dixon, 51, Carl Junction, died Thursday morning, May 22, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a heart attack.

Mr. Dixon was born April 20, 1946, at Springfield, Ohio. He was a teacher and coach at Marionville High School from 1984 to 1986. He was a teacher and coach at Seneca High School from 1988 to 1992. He was a manager at the Webb City Wal-Mart from 1992 to 1995.

He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served from 1967 to 1968.

His wife, Cheryl, survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jason Dixon, Springfield, and John Baker, Joplin; a brother, Carroll Dixon, Springfield, Ohio; and two sisters, Jan Noble, Spearman, Texas, and Pat Dunaway, Fritch, Texas.

Services are pending under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Mary Gilbert

ORONOGO, Mo. Mary C. Johnson Gilbert, 78, Wichita, Kan., formerly of Oronogo, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Gilbert was born March 16, 1919, at Oronogo. She had lived in Wichita for 24 years after she moved from Oklahoma.

She was a homemaker.

She married Don C. Gilbert on Nov. 10, 1936, at Joplin. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include four daughters, Diane Gilbert, Galena, Kan., Evelyn Welch, Blackwell, Okla., Linda Parker, Wichita, and Patricia Hayes, Carl Junction; a sister, Nettie Miller, Fort Smith, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, with Robert Parker, her grandson, officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center, Kan.

Theresa Lundgren

MONETT, Mo. Theresa M. Lundgren, 90, Monett, died at 2:52 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 1997, at Cox-Monett Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Lundgren was born Oct. 15, 1906, at Concordia, Ky. She was a longtime resident of Verona and Monett. She was a homemaker and a caretaker of the elderly.

She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett, and a member of the Church Ladies' Parish Council of Catholic Women.

She married August Lundgren on June 21, 1923, at Verona. He died May 4, 1950.

Arrangements are pending with Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Leslie Pippin

LaRUSSELL, Mo. Leslie Monroe Pippin, 32, LaRussell, died at 3:15 p.m. at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Pippin was born July 8, 1964, at Carthage. He lived in Reeds most of his life. He moved to LaRussell in 1992. He was graduated from Sarcoxie High School in 1983. He worked for Sarcoxie Nurseries for many years, and worked at Dawson's Service Station, Sarcoxie, the past three years.

He joined the National Guard in 1982.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Temple, Sarcoxie.

He married Rita Sloniker on July 4, 1987, at Sarcoxie. She survives.

Additional survivors two sons, Kyle Wayne Pippin and Clell William Pippin, of the home; a daughter, Emily Ann Marie Pippin, of the home; his parents, Clell and Linda Pippin, Reeds; two brothers, Perry Pippin and Danny Pippin, both of Avilla; and two sisters, Sonya Lewis, Carthage, and Jeniel Jones, Sarcoxie.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. The Rev. John Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery.

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

Beulah Ross

PITTSBURG, Kan. Beulah O. Ross, 84, 1317 E. 7th Street, Pittsburg, died at 10:07 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Medicalodge South, Pittsburg, where she had been a resident since Jan. 12, 1996.

Mrs. Ross was born April 1, 1913, in Lockwood, Mo. She attended Christian school and high school in Liberal, Mo., and was graduated in 1932. She was employed as a clerk for Coulter McGuires Clothing Store for 42 years She retired in 1982.

She married Edward C. Ross on Sept. 18, 1934, in Bentonville, Ark. They moved to Pittsburg in 1936. He died Dec. 22, 1982.

Survivors include a sister, Leta LeNeve, Bentonville, Ark.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brenner Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Homer Keith officiating. Private burial services will be at a later date at Highland Park Cemetery. The body will be cremated.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Melvin Phillips

PRYOR, Okla. Melvin Daile Phillips, 76, Pryor, died at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa.

Mr. Phillips was born March 4, 1921, at Eucha, Okla. He grew up in Eucha. He worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1982.

He enlisted in the Army in October 1942 and served until March 1946. He was a lifetime member of Locust Grove VFW Post No. 3573.

He married Betty J. Payne on Oct. 19, 1979, at Tulsa. They moved to Mayes County in 1981. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, James Cramer and Lee Karr, both of Pryor; two daughters, Carri Rader, Toronto, Canada, and Rosa Cavalier, Locust Grove; two brothers, Duggie Phillips and Kenneth Phillips, both of Locust Grove; two sisters, Nadine Jackson, Rose, and Verda Wyatt, Jay; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Markham Ferry Apostolic Church, Locust Grove, with the Rev. Lloyd Jones and the Rev. Gene Hurley officiating. Burial will be in Hogan Cemetery, Locust Grove, under the direction of Key Funeral Home.

Bessie Warden

QUAPAW, Okla. Services for Bessie D. Warden, 89, who died May 20, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Quapaw, with the Rev. Lloyd Crawford and the Rev. Dale Thorne officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Charles Foran, Kenneth Lewis, Carl Morton, Dale Sikes, Jim Jennings, and Orville Draper.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Chapel, Picher.

Frank Shimp

Services for Frank Shimp, 73, 2751 E. 26th St., who died Saturday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wesleyan Holiness Church,

Diamond. The Rev. Gerald Allen and the Rev. Wayne Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, southwest of Diamond.

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

Graveside military rites will be conducted by a detachment from Fort Leonard Wood.

Contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or the American Cancer Society.

Floyd Carpenter

NEVADA, Mo. Floyd H. Carpenter, 79, Nevada, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mr. Carpenter was born April 13, 1918, at Liberal. He worked in agriculture upon returning to Nevada after World War II.

He was an Army veteran, serving in the Philippines. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He was a member of Ash Street Baptist Church.

He married Julia Belle Miler on Oct. 5, 1945, at Oswego, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include nine sons, Bradley Carpenter, Darrel Carpenter, Floyd Harvey Carpenter Jr., Earl Carpenter, Daniel Carpenter and Larry Carpenter, all of Nevada, Carl Carpenter, El Dorado Springs, Hal Carpenter, Bentonville, Ark., and Terry Carpenter, Carthage; four daughters, Kathy Keith, Joplin, Janice Williams, Moselle, Miss., Margie Warden, Nevada, and Sarah Wyrick, Virgil City; two brothers, Robert Carpenter, Independence, and Jesse Carpenter Jr., Dearing, Kan.; 25 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

A son preceded him in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Cemetery, Nevada. The Rev. Jerry Pyle will officiate.

The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Edna Chidester

ALBA, Mo. Edna E. Chidester, 79, Alba, died at 11:44 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after three years of ill health.

Mrs. Chidester was born June 8, 1917, in Cherokee County, Kan. She had lived in Alba more than 50 years. She was a homemaker. She attended Friends Church and was a member of the ATA Lodge.

Her husband, Harry Chidester, died Nov. 2, 1993.

Survivors include a sister, Sylvia Wright, Carthage route 2; a brother, James Black, Winterhaven, Fla.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Friends Cemetery, Purcell, under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev. Wilson Baker will officiate.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will be pallbearers.

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

Contributions may be made to Friends Church.

John Clubine

STARK CITY, Mo. John M. Clubine, 60, Stark City, died Saturday night, May 24, 1997, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, Siloam Springs, Ark., after a sudden illness.

Mr. Clubine was born Oct. 6, 1936, at Independence, Kan. He moved to Stark City in 1988 from Kansas. He worked at Maripos Dairy in Granby and then as a ranch hand for O'Brien Farms at Pineville.

He was a Baptist minister and was a member of Newtonia (Mo.) Baptist Church. He and his wife, Pat, did team penning and he was a member of the American Border Collie Association and American Quarter Horse Association.

He married Ruth Bowen Duke on Oct. 5, 1969. She preceded him in death. He married Patricia Braden Johnson on Dec. 14, 1991, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

He also was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include 10 daughters, Gloria Lewis, Leslie Belcher, Sherry Horton and Carla Callerman, all of Neodesha, Kan., Shirley West, Betlon, Texas, Donna Hanna, Fredonia, Kan., Debra Clink, Jefferson City, Valorie Clubine, Stroud, Okla., Becky Johnson, Webb City, and Elizabeth Clubine, Columbia; three sons, Ronnie Duke, Phillipsburg, Larry Clubine, Fayetteville, N.C., and Dale Johnson, Minimay, Victoria, Australia; a sister, Shirley Smith, Independence, Kan.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Civil War Arena, Carthage. The Rev. Doug Gripka will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Newtonia.

Pallbearers will be Stan West, Gary Butterfield, Jim Sheehy, Roger Foster, Joey Oxendine, Ronnie Sturgeon, Bill Richards and Louis Olds.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby, where the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Connie Frye

WEBB CITY, Mo. Connie Frye, 56, 704 N. Ball St., died at 2:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at her home after one year of ill health. cancer

Mrs. Frye was born May 30, 1940, at Topeka, Kan. She had lived in Webb City the past four years, moving from Topeka. She was an outside sales supervisor with United States Cellular in Joplin. She formerly worked with AT&T and Southwestern Bell Telephone. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City.

Her husband, Frank Frye Jr., died in 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Minard, Webb City, and Renae Boyd, Joplin route 1; her mother, Vera Wright, Topeka; a brother, Frank Wright, Mentor, Ohio; two sisters, Sharon Marquardt, Arvada, Colo., and Denice Large, Topeka; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Robert Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be George Garrison, Tim Bodine, Billy Conroy, Jerry Fisher, Richard Crow and Rod Surber and Robert Large.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice in Joplin, in care of the funeral home.

Cameron Garver

PECULIAR, Mo. Cameron Christian Garver, 5, Peculiar, died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1991, at Kansas City.

Survivors include his parents, Kevin and Crystal Gundy Garver; two brothers, Cory Garver and Chad Garver, of the home; maternal grandparents, Joyce and Gary Rodieck, Nevada; paternal grandparents, Judy and Elvert Garver, Iola, Kan.; maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Gundy, El Dorado Springs, Mo., maternal great-grandfather, Herman Klotz Sr., Nevada; paternal great-grandmother, Blanch Garver Fisher, Iola.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. William Cox, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, or the American Cancer Society.

Paul Kinnison

CARTHAGE, Mo. J. Paul Kinnison, 87, 1842 Wynwood St., died at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at his home after a long illness. heart

Mr. Kinnison was born Aug. 28, 1909, near Bartley, Neb. He moved to Carthage in 1943 from El Dorado Springs. He was a Free Methodist minister for more than 50 years. He retired as pastor of Carthage Free Methodist Church in 1980.

He married Helen Green on Aug. 25, 1936, at Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Mary Lee Schoenhals, of the home, and Betty Kinnison, Carthage; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Knell Mortuary. The Rev. Joe Lee Tomkins and the Rev. Lawrence Schoenhals will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

Frances Logan

CARTHAGE, Mo. Frances Lillian Logan, 98, 1800 S. Main St., Carthage, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Logan was born Sept. 24, 1898, at Bolivar. She had lived in Carthage since 1903, moving from Bolivar. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1916. She attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. She was a homemaker and had worked at College Pharmacy. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Altar Guild and the Junior Tourist Club.

She married William R. Logan Jr. on Aug. 11, 1917, at Carthage. He died in January 1932.

Survivors include a son, Richard S. Logan, Bartlesville, Okla.; a daughter, Mary L. Weaver, Winston-Salem, N.C.; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. The Rev. Bruce Green will officiate.

The body will be cremated. Private burial service will be in Park Cemetery under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or McCune-Brooks Hospital, in care of the funeral home.

Berniece Longfield

NEVADA, Mo. Berniece Longfield, 89, Nevada, died Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Longfield was born Sept. 23, 1907, at Harwood. She attended Harwood School. She lived in Denver, Colo., before returning to Harwood in 1950. She moved to Nevada 29 years ago. She worked for Dr. Pearse and Dr. McCann in Nevada.

She was a member of Harwood Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday school and served as secretary.

She married Bill Longfield in 1937. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Eador, Nevada, and Kathy Keim, Raytown; a son, Frank Longfield, Beaverton, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lefler Cemetery, Harwood.

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home.

Florence Potts

ORONOGO, Mo. Florence Clara Potts, 85, Oronogo route 1, died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at her home after two years of ill health.

Mrs. Potts was born Sept. 25, 1911, in Tahlequah, Okla. She had lived in the Oronogo area most of her life. She formerly worked at Elder's Shirt Co. She was a member of the Christian Church.

Her husband, Frank Potts, died April 4, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Hill, Oronogo route 1; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Weaver Cemetery, northwest of Webb City, under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev. Junior Elam will officiate.

Chuck Hendryx

GALENA, Kan. Charles Melvin "Chuck'' Hendryx, 90, 1809 Joplin St., died at 1 a.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Hendryx was born March 12, 1907, at Leroy, Ill. He lived in several cities, moving in 1949 to Sylmar, Calif. He worked 45 years as a heavy-equipment operator, retiring in 1970. He also was a dealer in primitive antiques. He returned to Galena on Nov. 19, 1972.

He was affiliated with the Operating Engineers Union.

Survivors include his wife, Josie Karr; a son, Samie Hendryx, Galena; a daughter, June Charles, San Fernando, Calif.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Hospice chaplain Gary Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, north of Baxter Springs. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Freeda Piatt

GROVE, Okla. Freeda M. Piatt, 78, Grove, died at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at a Grove nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Piatt was born Jan. 17, 1919, at El Dorado, Kan. She moved to Grove in 1973.

She was a member of the Methodist Church at Grove. She was past president of the Business and Professional Women's Club and past president and tour director of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Her first husband, Ray Seeley, died in 1985. She later married William Piatt. He survives.

Additional survivors include two brothers and two sisters, whose names and addresses were unavailable.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Augusta (Kan.) Cemetery.

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

Minnie Wheeler

dies at age 100

MIAMI, Okla. Minnie V. Wheeler, 100, Wewoka, a former Miami resident, died Saturday, May 24, 1997, at Holdenville (Okla.) General Hospital after an illness.

Mrs. Wheeler was born April 28, 1897, in Texas County, Missouri. She moved to the Pryor area at the age of six and later to Keefer. She moved to Preston, where she and her mother ran a boarding house. She moved to Sasakwa and later to Cromwell in 1932. She lived in Miami for 10 years before moving to Wewoka 28 years ago.

Her husband, Virgil Evert Wheeler, preceded her in death.

A son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Stephens, Miami, and Edna Strang, Moore; a son, W.E. "Gene" Wheeler, Wewoka; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Stout Funeral Home, Wewoka. The Rev. Dan Anderson will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Minnie Williams

MIAMI, Okla. Minnie Mae Williams, 99, 2205 B St. N.E., died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at a Commerce nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Williams was born Jan. 26, 1898, at Cedarville, Kan. She was a teacher and a member of Miami Church of Christ.

Her husband, Blaine Williams, died in 1996.

She also was preceded in death by two stepsons and a stepdaughter.

Survivors include a brother, Victor Hollister, Arkansas City, Kan.; a sister, Alma Howe, Miami; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. John Ballard will officiate.

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

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

Contributions may be made to the Search Program in Edmond, in care of the funeral home.


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