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Paul Watson

Paul Edward Watson, 77, Joplin, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 1997, in a Carthage nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Watson was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Joplin, where he lived most of his life. He was graduated from Joplin High School. He was a machinist with Webb Corp. and retired in 1984. On April 2, he was recognized as a 50-year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Philippines.

He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Joplin.

He married Elsie Jane Taylor on July 5, 1960, at Miami, Okla. She died Aug. 12, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Paul E. Watson Jr., Clarksville, Iowa; three stepsons, James B. Taylor, Joplin, Wendell Taylor, Carthage, and Woody Taylor, Seneca; three daughters, Ruth Ann Heman, Carthage, Judy Martin, Stillwater, Okla., and Reena Watson, Joplin; three stepdaughters, Mary Martin, Joplin, Sarah Smith, Kansas City, and Linda Gomez, Houston, Texas; two brothers, Jack Watson and Bill Watson, both of Joplin; a sister, Mary Dilworth, Duenweg; 36 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Jim Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be John Browder, Ronnie Browder, Tim Browder, Donald Heman Jr., Mark Heman and Eric Epperson.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ward Dennis

MONETT, Mo. — Ward Dennis, 86, Monett, died at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Dennis was born May 2, 1911, at Lebanon. He moved to Monett three years ago. He was a retired farmer and retired president of Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., Lebanon. He was a member of Morgan Baptist Church, Morgan, Mo.

He married Ruth Montgomery on Oct. 3, 1934, at Lebanon. She died June 3, 1984.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Wormington, Monett; a brother, Ralph Dennis, Lebanon; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a step-great grandchild; and a great-great grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon, with the Rev. Elvin Bohannon officiating. Burial will be in Roper Cemetery, Morgan.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established to New Site Baptist Church Building Fund and Loaves and Fishes. Donations may be made in care of Bennet-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Bennet-Wormington Funeral Home.

Illah Garber

WHEATON, Mo. — Illah May Garber, 82, Wheaton, died at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Garber was born Nov. 5, 1914, at Buffalo, and lived at the Longview community for many years. She moved to Wheaton about four years ago. She and her husband operated a grocery store at Longview, and she was a former schoolteacher.

She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher for 40 years.

She married Leo Garber on Oct. 21, 1933, at Goodman. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, John Lee Garber, Deltona, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheaton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Stella. The Rev. Gene Howell and the Rev. Keith Wilson will officiate.

Pallbearers will be J.R. Burr, Tommy Burr, Shelby Garber, Don Favor, Billie Dale Favor and Grant Hambrick.

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

Contributions may be made to Crossroads Baptist Church.

Cleda Hoy

OSWEGO, Kan. — Cleda D. Manners Hoy, 74, Oswego, died at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Hoy was born March 25, 1923, at Parsons. She grew up and attended schools in Parsons. She was a lifelong resident of Labette County.

She was a homemaker.

She attended First Baptist Church, Oswego.

She married Kenneth Hoy on June 19, 1940, at Erie. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Anthony Hoy, Dearing; three daughters, Sajonna Trotnic, Oswego, Renee Kennedy, Parsons, and Mikel Miller, Topeka; a sister, Audrey Wheat, Parsons; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Oswego, with the Rev. Keith Jacobson and the Rev. Paul Wiand officiating. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.

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

Harold Ikenberry

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Harold E. Ikenberry, 89, Quinter, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter, after an illness. One of his sons is Carl Ikenberry, Baxter Springs.

Mr. Ikenberry was born Dec. 26, 1907, west of Quinter. He was a farmer. He also had worked for Frank's Grocery and the Coop Feed Mill, both of Quinter, and for a Montgomery Ward department store and Dillon's supermarket, both of Salina. He retired in 1975.

He married Wilma Lines on June 10, 1931, at Wakeeney. She survives.

Additional survivors include another son, Cloyd Ikenberry, Quinter; a sister, Hazel Ikenberry, Quinter; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. The Rev. Loren Marler will officiate. Burial will be in Quinter Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Gove County Medical Center's long-term care facility, the American Legion Post 164 of Quinter, or the Quinter Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Larry Buzzard

GROVE, Okla. — Larry Doyle Buzzard, 48, Grove, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Buzzard was born March 13, 1949, at Southwest City, Mo. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints. He was well-known as a clown and as Santa Claus to the children of Grove.

Survivors include a son, Denny Buzzard, Modesto, Calif.; a daughter, Tara Buzzard, Miami, Okla.; his mother, Jewel Mathiason, Sonora, Calif.; a brother, Ron Buzzard, Grove; and two sisters, Gail Buzzard and Jane Buzzard, both of Twain Heart, Calif.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, at the RLDS church with the Rev. Nolan Scarberry officiating.

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

Jessie Carter

GROVE, Okla. — Jessie L. "Boots" Carter, 84, Grove, died at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Bristow, Okla., after a long illness.

Mrs. Brooks was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Grove. She was a member of First Christian Church, Grove.

She married Elmer Lee Carter on May 16, 1933, in Drumright, Okla. He died March 9, 1974.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Hankins, Bristow; a grandson; and three great-grandsons.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Southwest City Cemetery, Southwest City, Mo. The Rev. Marvin Tunnell will officiate.

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

Vim Lewis

QUAPAW, Okla. — Vim T. "Curley" Lewis, 65, 506 Virginia, died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin.

Mr. Lewis was born June 19, 1931, at Mountain Home, Ark. He moved to Quapaw from Mountain Home in 1951. He worked for B.F. Goodrich, Miami, for 32 years. He retired in 1986. He then worked for Quapaw Public Schools for six years as a bus driver. He was a member of Cardin Baptist Church, Cardin. He was a city councilman for two terms for Quapaw. He was a member of the Lions Club, Quapaw, and a member of Quapaw Sports Club.

He married June Hudson on April 5, 1950, at Gasville, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Linda Nelson and Kathy Hildebrand, both of Quapaw, and Karen Lewis, Miami; a son, Eddie Lewis, Wagner; a brother, Vernon Lewis, Mountain Home, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Jay Williams

GROVE, Okla. — L. "Jay" Williams, 82, Bernice, died at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Williams was born April 21, 1915, at Chelsea. He moved to the Bernice area in 1958 from Safford, Ariz. He was a salesman until he retired in 1990. He was a member of Order of Amaranth, Order of the Eastern Star, and Mason Blue Lodge, all of Afton. He was a member of Bernice Community Church.

He married Doris Norton on April 17, 1937, at Farmington, N.M. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Twila Kuder, Bernice, and Sally Renner, Morenci, Ariz.; a brother, Lloyd Williams, Glendale, Calif.; four granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove. The Rev. Gene Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Ballard Cemetery, Bernice.

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

Bertha Compton

Bertha Leota Compton, 85, 931-A VanWinkle, Joplin, died Thursday, May 29, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Compton was born Jan. 12, 1912, in Haviland, Kan. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She married Paul Compton on May 22, 1932, in Galena, Mo. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Paul Compton Jr., Linwood, Pa.; three daughters, Sheirley Talent, Springfield, Mary Eggan, Joplin, and Rosa Golden, Naples, Idaho; a brother, L.Y. Tiberjhien, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son.

The body will be cremated.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Paul Compton Jr. will officiate.

Alfred W. Osborn

Alfred W. Osborn, 79, 2201 S. Florida Ave., died at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

Mr. Osborn was born Aug. 21, 1917, in Jasper County. He moved to Joplin from Springfield in 1982. He was employed seven years at Vickers in Joplin and 24 years at Springfield Tool-Dye.

He was a member of the Oronogo Mineral Lodge.

He was a veteran of World War II.

He married Lydia Chance Osborn on April 10, 1947. She survives.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. The Rev. Martin Bush will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Chorum, Steve Chorum, Larry Osborn, Dennis Leroy, Lloyd Chilcutt, Terry Gott, Don Polen and Buck Arnell.

Friends may call after noon Sunday at the funeral home, where visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in care of the funeral home.

Esther Chapman

MILFORD, Mo. … Esther Chapman, 87, 747 N.E. Franklin St., died at 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 30, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Chapman was born March 25, 1910, at Jerico Springs. She was a lifetime resident of Barton County. She was former owner and operator of Chapman's Store in Milford. She was a member of Milford Christian Church.

She married Ellis Martin Chapman on Nov. 21, 1928, at Nevada. He died May 18, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Merdith Chapman, Colleyville, Texas; two daughters, Fontella Gariss, Milford, and Ellen Jo Morey, Lamar; three sisters, Loretta Burmester Jerico Springs, Faye Melton, Sheldon, and Mae Gonterman, Osawatomie, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Milford Christian Church. Cliff Hazard, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Howell Cemetery, south of Milford.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Morey, Kent Morey, Roderic Chapman, Randy Gariss, Dennis Gariss and Doug Gariss.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Contributions may be made to Milford Christian Church.

Kenneth Dalton

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. … Kenneth W. Dalton, 70, Golden City, died at 1:20 a.m. Friday, May 30, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an illness.

Mr. Dalton was born July 18, 1926, in Dade County. He was graduated from Golden City High School. He was a retired engineer consultant.

He was a member of Lockwood First Baptist Church.

He married Gladys Litle on May 13, 1947, at Girard, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Stephen G. Dalton, Springfield; a daughter, Diane Tefertiller, Lockwood; two sisters, Mildred Blanchard, Carthage, and Geneva Rogers, Lamar; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lockwood First Baptist Church. The Rev. Leon Riddle will officiate. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Lockwood First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lockwood Funeral Chapel.

Hazel DeWitt

LAMAR, Mo. … Hazel M. DeWitt, 87, Lamar, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at a nursing home in Lamar after a long illness.

Mrs. DeWitt was born Sept. 19, 1909, in Shelby County, Iowa. She moved to the Lamar area in November 1971 from Iowa. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God, Lamar.

She married Charley DeWitt on Sept. 30, 1925, at Jefferson, Iowa. He died April 1, 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Max DeWitt, Casey, Iowa, and Eldon DeWitt, Lamar; a daughter, Kathleen Stewart, Guthrie Center, Iowa; a sister, Iva Gearhart, Council Bluffs, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons and a daughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home. The Rev. Gary Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God, in care of the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Steven DeWitt, Dean DeWitt, Mike DeWitt, Bob Lavender, Kevin Cunningham and Joe Wilson.

Walter Elbert

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. …Walter Elbert, 86, Elko, Nev., a former Rocky Comfort resident, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at a care center in Elko after a short illness.

Mr. Elbert was born Jan. 31, 1911, in the state of Missouri. He grew up in Wheaton. He moved to Elko in 1948. He worked for a railroad before he retired several years ago. She was active with the Elko Senior Citizens Center.

He married Willow Fern Woodard on Sept. 17, 1945, at Neosho. She died Sept. 10, 1992.

Survivors include a sister, Ethel Adams, Exeter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. The Rev. Hugh Higgs will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Comfort Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Abramovitz, Michael Adams, Rick Adams, Glen Patton, Bill Seufert and Edmond Whitt.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Elko Senior Citizens Center or Mountain View Care Center, both at Elko, in care of the funeral home.

Halbert Hickman

SHELDON, Mo. … Halbert Ivan Hickman, 81, Walnut, Calif., a former Sheldon resident, died Thursday night, May 29, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Hickman was born June 23, 1915, in Sheldon. He was grew up in the Sheldon area and was graduated in 1933 from Sheldon High School. He moved to Kansas City and worked in sales in the construction machines industry. He moved to California in 1944. He founded the Allis Chalmers Construction Machine dealership in Los Angeles, Calif., which he operated for more than 50 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Al Malaikah Shrine in Los Angeles for more than 50 years.

He married Lillian E. Slaughter on April 2, 1938, at Olathe, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Halbert Ivan Hickman Jr., Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Mary Ann Mapp, Alta Loma, Calif.; six sisters, Mary Maxine Tudor, Goodyear, Ariz., Leta Mae Wallace, Sparta, Tenn., Martha Lou Evans, Blue Springs, Joanna Jane Swan and Ginger Rodgers, both of Independence, and Shirley Gayle Cooper, Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Hubert S. Hickman, Golden City, and Bill Hickman, Nevada; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sheldon Baptist Church. Carl Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

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

Ruth Parker

WEBB CITY, Mo.…Frances Ruth Regnier Parker, 87, Webb City, died at 10:10 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at a Webb City nursing home, where she had been a patient since 1992.

Mrs. Parker was born Sept. 17, 1909, at Greensburg, Kan. She grew up in Pratt, Kan., was graduated from high school in Anthony, Kan. and attended nursing school for one year at Halstead, Kan.

She moved to Joplin from Kansas in 1990, and to Webb City in 1992. She was a homemaker and owned and operated The Fishack in Parsons, Kan., for 23 years. She wrote many articles and poems for The Aquarium, a fish and hobby magazine. She was inventor, designer and producer of Doll Duds doll clothing. She was a member of Church of Christ in Joplin.

She married Eugene Parker on Jan. 19, 1930, at Deer Creek, Okla. He died May 10, 1974. She was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include a son, Larry R. Parker, Freeman; a daughter, Nancy L. Richardson, Webb City; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Richard Triplett

GREENFIELD, Mo. … Richard Triplett, 65, Greenfield, died at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at a nursing home in Springfield after a long illness.

Mr. Triplett was born July 17, 1931, in Dade County. He was graduated from the former Washington High School in Greenfield. He was a retired maintenance man. He attended the Methodist church.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Greenfield Cemetery. The Rev. Bunnie Hardman will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Greenfield Cemetery or Dade County Nursing Home in Greenfield.

Elmo Bettega

PITTSBURG, Kan. … Elmo Bettega, 87, Wichita, a former Pittsburg resident, died at 12:46 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at Riverside Hospital, Wichita, after an illness.

Mr. Bettega was born July 9, 1909, at Vulcan, Mich. He received a degree in education and business from Pittsburg State University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was a teacher and head of the business department of East High School in Wichita and later was director of supplies and business for the Wichita school system.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Wichita. He was past president of the PSU Alumni Association, the board of directors of the Credit League, the Wichita and Kansas Business Associations, the Wichita Heads of Department Association, the Professional Educators Club, the Wichita School Administrative Club, the Kansas Credit Union and the Credit Union of America.

He married Olga Mary Banke on Nov. 3, 1935, at Cherokee. She died Nov. 25, 1995.

Survivors include a son, Michael Bettega, Milpitas, Calif.; two daughters, Marilyn Decker, Littleton, Colo., and Carolyn Winship, Union, Mo.; a sister, Mary Jones, Pittsburg; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. The Rev. Thomas Stroot will officiate.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at Brenner Mortuary. The family will receive friends after the rosary.

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Charlie Messer

GALENA, Kan. … Charlie F. Messer, 88, 800 Wood St., died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Messer was born Sept. 8, 1908, in Galena. He had lived in Galena most of his life. He was a mill man for the lead and zinc mines in the Baxter Springs and Picher, Okla., areas. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge at Picher.

He married Pearl A. Webb on Dec. 26, 1929, at Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Charlie T. Messer, Sanborn, N.Y.; five daughters, Doris Cantrell, Joplin, Virginia Rowan and Joan Rowan, both of Galena, Marilyn Shirley, Purdy, Mo., and Judy Cross, El Dorado, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The Rev. Gene Driver and the Rev. Ronald Dean will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will be at the home of Virginia Rowan, 702 Kellar St., Galena.

Thelma Porter

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. … Thelma Doty Porter, 92, Baxter Springs, died at 9:05 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., where she had been a patient six days.

Mrs. Porter was born Feb. 5, 1905, near Myra, Texas. She moved to Baxter Springs in 1996 from Fort Worth, Texas. She was a former longtime resident of Gainesville, Texas. She taught school in her early life and worked in the Cooke County Library at Gainesville for more than 10 years.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gainesville and the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a 50-year member of the Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of Eastern Star.

She married Leroy Porter on May 20, 1927. He died April 2, 1982.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Leroy Porter, Plano, Texas; two daughters, Bettye Joe Porter Secrest, Lindale, Texas, and Janice Cheryl Porter Smith, Baxter Springs; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with George J. Carroll and Son Chapel, Gainesville, Texas. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

John Ricci

PITTSBURG, Kan. … John Anthony Ricci, 40, El Dorado, a Pittsburg native, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, El Dorado, after a long illness.

Mr. Ricci was born June 11, 1956, in Pittsburg. He grew up in Chicopee. He had lived in the El Dorado area the past five years. He lived in a group home and assisted with Flinthills Services Inc. He was a member of the former St. Barbara's Catholic Church, Pittsburg.

Survivors include three brothers, Dan Mead, Arlington, Texas, Ted Mead, Beaverton, Ore., and D.W. Mead, Pleasanton; and two sisters, Dia Farrell and Donna Horning, both of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. The Rev. Robert McElwee will officiate. Burial will be in the Catholic section of Highland Park Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. The family will receive friends after the rosary.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Johnnie Black

JAY, Okla.… Johnnie B. Black, 72, Jay, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1997, at Gravette Medical Center, Gravette, Ark., after a long illness.

Mr. Black was born on Sept. 28, 1924, at Salina, Okla. He was a mechanic and served in the Army during World War II.

He married Annie Custer on Feb. 23, 1946, in Oswego, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include seven daughters; Zella Mouse, Colcord, Okla., Sue King, Roberta Wolf, Bonnie Morrison, Julie Denny, Nancy Black and Dolly Black, all of Jay; three sons, Jackson Black, El Reno, and Ronnie Black and Jerry Black, both of Jay; four brothers; Walter Black, Tulsa, Charles Rutharford, state of Washington, Bill Rutharford, Colcord, and Russell Rutharford, Grove; one half-brother, Louis Rutharford, Jay; three sisters, Lily Thompson, Bentonville, Ark., Louise Fry, Southwest City, Mo., and Lula Woods, Colcord; 31 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Duffield Cemetery, Jay, with Rev. Richard Pickup officiating.

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

Harry Perry

MIAMI, Okla. … Harry Daniel Perry, 72, Miami, died Thursday, May 29, 1997, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mr. Perry was born Aug. 5, 1924, at Decatur, Ill. He lived in the Miami area the past 20 years. He was a retired salesman for plumbing companies. He was a veteran of World War II and was a recipient of a Purple Heart.

His wife, Wayve Perry, died in February 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Perry, Snook, Texas, and Jeff Perry, College Station, Texas; two daughters, Patricia Zeringue and Rebecca Padgett, both of College Station; his mother, Pauline Perry, College Station; a brother, Laurence Perry, Bryan, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Glen Abbey Cemetery, Miami.

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

Patricia Wallace

COMMERCE, Okla. … Patricia Ann Wallace, 66, 113 Thrasher Lane, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. Wallace was born May 11, 1931, at Picher. She had lived in the Commerce area all of her life. She was graduated in 1949 from Commerce High School. She worked in the Ottawa Country treasurer's office for 20 years and retired in 1985. She worked two years for Wal-Mart.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Commerce.

She married J.D. ``Cob'' Wallace on Dec. 25, 1952, at Commerce. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, George Mark Wallace, Norman; a daughter, Kelly F. Rion, Crestline, Kan.; and three grandchildren.

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

Jay Williams

GROVE, Okla.…Services for L. ``Jay'' Williams, 82, Bernice, Okla., who died Wednesday, May 29, 1997, have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove.

The Rev. Gene Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Ballard Cemetery, Bernice.

Services originally had been scheduled for 10 a.m. today.


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