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Irene Albright

Irene Albright, 85, Joplin, died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Albright was born Dec. 12, 1911, in Joplin, where she was a lifelong resident. She was graduated in 1930 from Joplin High School and attended the former Ozark Weslyan College, Carthage, and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She had been a third grade teacher for Alcott and Lafayette elementary schools and later a substitute teacher for Joplin R-VIII School District. She was a member of First Community Church, Zinc Rebekah Lodge No. 369, Ruth Chapter No. 177 of the Order of the Easter Star, Joplin Historical Society and Women's Guide.

Her husband, Ralph E. Albright, died in 1963.

Survivors include a son, Mike Albright, San Ramone, Calif.; a sister, Emma Belle Wilder, Joplin; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary. Wayne VanGundy, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. Saturday until service time at the mortuary.

Jack Holt

Jack G. Holt, 69, 3525 Connecticut Ave., died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after an illness.

Mr. Holt was born July 4, 1927, in Pittsburg, Kan. He moved to Joplin from Pittsburg in 1950. He received a bachelor's degree in education from Pittsburg State University. He taught history and mechanical arts at Carl Junction High School in 1953 and 1954.

He then worked as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier for 30 years and retired in 1986. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a scoutmaster of the church troop and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a recipient of the scout's Golden Sun award on March 19, 1972. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Helen Hoagland on Dec. 30, 1950, in Joplin. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael G. Holt and Gregory P. Holt, both of Joplin; two sisters, Mildred Toomey, Joplin, and Wilma Franco, Long Island, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Lowell Russow will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Le Roy Wilson, Jim Wisdom, Don Clark, Ray Jackson, Ray McCulley, Gerald Hance, Frank Carrico and Bill Troutman.

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

Contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church organ fund.

Marguerite KempVanEe

Marguerite Fenix KempVanEe, 75, Willows, Calif., formerly of Joplin, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, in a Chico (Calif.) Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. KempVanEe was born May 8, 1921, in Joplin. She came to Placerville, Calif., in 1936 and was graduated from Placerville High School. She and her husband had owned and operated Carter's Music Store in Willows.

She married Carter KempVanEe in Placerville. He died in 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Osa, Willows; two brothers, Bill Fenix, Joplin, and Taylor Fenix, Fairland, Okla.; three sisters, Madalyn Hayes, Jerry Pierson and Virginia Smith, all of Joplin; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at F.D. Sweet and Sons Mortuary in Willows. Burial was in Willows Cemetery.

Jack Longenecker

Jack E. Longenecker, a former Joplin resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997 at his home in Pauma Valley, Calif. He also had a residence in Prairie Village, Kan.

He was born Oct. 24, 1918 in Joplin and attended Joplin High School and the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he received a degree in economics in May 1942.

He was a captain in the Army Air Corps and served with the 100th Bombardment Group in England during World War II.

After the war, he became a certified public accountant and joined the accounting firm of Baird, Kurtz & Dobson. He started his accounting career in Joplin in 1945 and transferred to Kansas City in 1957. He retired as a partner in 1983.

He was a member of Kansas City Rotary Club and Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, was a past president of the University Club of Kansas City, was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and was past president of the Southwest Missouri Society of CPAs.

He was a member of the Mission Hills (Kan.) Country Club and the Pauma Valley (Calif.) Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Longenecker; two sons, Bruce Longenecker, Dallas, Texas, and Kent Longenecker, Hutchinson, Kan.; a daughter, Betsy Longenecker, Grand Junction, Colo.; a brother, Carl Longenecker Jr., Joplin, and seven grandchildren.

An interment service is to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Pauma Valley. A memorial service is to held at a date to be announced at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, Kan.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City.

Arrangements are under direction of Neptune Society, El Cajon, Calif.

Lavada Power

Lavada Marie Power, 71, 1620 Broadway, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East after an illness.

Mrs. Power was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Douthit, Okla. She moved to Joplin in 1986 from Hockerville, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of Ottawa County Emergency Helpers, where she used the CB handle ``Molly Brown.''

She married Tommy R. Power on Feb. 12, 1942, in Miami, Okla. He died Sept. 26, 1983.

Survivors include a son, Larry Power, Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Laveta Ann Williams and Mary McCarty, both of Quapaw, Okla.; three brothers, Bobby Lee Wood and Larry Gene Wood, both of Picher, Okla., and Garland ``Bud'' Wood, Commerce, Okla.; a sister, Betty Jo Little, Columbus, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla. The Rev. Clifford Redden will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be Donald Routledge, Robert Walker, David Youngblood, Paul Morris, Mark Morris and Darrell Morris.

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

Jim Stephens

Dr. James E. Stephens, 74, 3622 Indiana Ave., died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an 18-month illness.

Mr. Stephens was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Joplin, where he was a lifetime resident. He was graduated in 1940 from Joplin High School and, in 1948, was graduated from the former Joplin Junior College, now Missouri Southern State College. He received his medical training at the former Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery.

He practiced medicine in Joplin for 32 years. He was on staff at the former Oak Hill Hospital and, in 1973, was the first osteopathic physician invited to be on staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where he retired in June 1984.

In his early life he worked at the former Crown Coach Co. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater as a corporal. He received six bronze stars.

He was a Methodist. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 1975 by Missouri Southern State College. Recently, Freeman Hospital named its psychiatric unit, The Stephens Unit, in his honor. He was a founding board member of Ozark Center. He also served on the Joplin Board of Health and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

He married Jerry Agnes Sain on June 19, 1942, in Joplin. She died March 12, 1955.

He married Martha ``Marty'' Tucker on June 6, 1957, in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, James Jeffery Stephens, Independence, and J. Perry Stephens, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Julie Ann Stephens, Fairfield, Iowa, and Penny Lynn Collins, Joplin; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Mercy Regional Health Foundation at St. John's Regional Medical Center, or to the Missouri Southern Foundation at Missouri Southern State College.

Frances Brown

CARTHAGE, Mo. Frances P. Brown, 73, Carthage, died at 7:39 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Brown was born May 19, 1923, in Carthage, where she was a lifetime resident and homemaker. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Carthage and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Chapter No. 52, in Joplin.

She married George E. Brown Jr. on June 1, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. He died Oct. 3, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen W. Brown, Joplin, and David B. Brown, Nevada; four daughters, Georgeann Powell, Wichita, Kan., Debarah Harris, Sherman and Frances Cervantes, both of Sherman, Texas, and Sheila Lee, Sarcoxie; a sister, Laurabeth Martin, Oronogo; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home in Carthage. The Rev. John Martin and The Rev. Bill Whitfield will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Bible Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Ila Gathman

LAMAR, Mo. Ila R. Gathman, 88, Lamar, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997 at her home after a lingering illness.

She was born Feb. 28, 1908 in Paola, Kan. She had lived in Barton County 62 years. She married Loyd F. Gathman on Jan. 24, 1935 in Girard, Kan. He died Feb. 16, 1986.

Mrs. Gathman was a retired mathematics teacher at Lamar High School. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Literary Club, and Home and Garden Club.

Survivors include a son, Loyd W. Gathman, Thorne Bay, Alaska; two daughters, Susan Morgan, Annville, Pa., and Linda G. Fritsch, Abingdon, Va.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamar United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clif Crockett officiating. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home of Lamar.

Contributions may be made to Lamar United Methodist Church.

Anna Rice

IRWIN, Mo. Anna Marie Wills Rice, Irwin, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mrs. Rice was born May 29, 1914, in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Irwin in 1976 from Adrian. She was a homemaker and attended Irwin Community Church.

She married Verl G. Wills on Feb. 2, 1935. He died Nov. 20, 1974.

She married Evert Rice on June 9, 1976. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Wills, Springfield; a daughter, Judy Hurt, Girard, Kan.; two stepsons, Clifford Rice, Kemmerer, Wyo., and Roy Rice, Tulsa, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Betty Purinton, Lamar; a brother, James Gammon, San Francisco, Calif.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; four stepgrandsons; seven stepgranddaughters; five great-grandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. Doug Oakes, minister, will officiate.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pembina Cemetery, near Ozark.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Harold Starbuck

NEVADA, Mo. Charles ``Harold'' Starbuck, 72, Nevada, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center, Nevada.

He was born Oct. 12, 1924 in Saffordville, Kan. He moved to Missouri as a child.

He married Fern B. Green on Aug. 23, 1950. She survives.

He lived much of his life in Vernon County. He had worked at the state hospital at Nevada and later at Stocker's gas station in Nevada. He was one of the original employees of Crane Plumbing, Nevada, where he retired because of ill health when he was 60.

Survivors include five sons, Richard Starbuck, Nevada; Clayton Starbuck, and Douglas Starbuck, all of Nevada; David Starbuck, Baird, Texas, and Gary Starbuck, Sheldon; three daughters, Juanita Farmer and Kristi Cox, both of Nevada, and Sharon Seymour, Carthage; a brother, William Jack Starbuck, state of California; a sister, Elsie Ray, Thedalles, Ore.; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, with Rev. Loren Fox officiating. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. today until the service time at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in care of the funeral home.

James Biggs

TREECE, Kan. James Franklin Biggs, 77, 237 Lucky St., died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, Okla., after an illness.

Mr. Biggs was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Russellville, Ark. He moved to Treece from Tahlequah. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Normandy Invasion. He received five bronze stars. He was a retired independent truck driver and a member of Jesus Name Pentecostal Church in Treece.

He married Evelyn Pauline Spoon on Feb. 21, 1991, in Tahlequah, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, James Biggs, Denver, Colo., Allen Biggs, Treece, and Thomas Biggs, Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Stanley Biggs, Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Frances Thomas, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Nettie Slayton, Carlimesa, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher, Okla.

Margie Arment

ENID, Okla. Margie Eilene Alice Arment, 70, Enid, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Enid, after a short illness.

Mrs. Arment was born March 16, 1926, in Neosho. She was a homemaker and had lived in Webb City, Mo., Carl Junction, Mo., Joplin Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., Topeka, Kan., Lawrence, Kan., Sioux City, Iowa, and Enid.

She married Clayton Arment on March 31, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Arment, St. Joseph, and Vicki Arment, Enid; five brothers, Lloyd Bowling, Jamestown, Calif., Claude Bowling and Donald Bowling, both of Neosho, Mo., Henry Bowling, Granby, Mo., and Roy Gene Bowling, Pittsburg, Kan.; three sisters, Maxine Martinez, Neosho, Juanita McDaniel, Joplin, and Edna Dale, Carterville, Mo.; and two grandsons.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Church in Carl Junction. The Rev. Boyce Mouton will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home in Enid.

Contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Diabetes Division, in care of the funeral home.

Joe Bruce Cahill

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Joe Bruce Cahill, 44, Wyandotte, was pronounced dead on arrival at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at Northwest Medical Center, Springdale, Ark., after he suffered an apparent heart attack while driving between Huntsville, Ark., and Alpena, Ark., on Highway 412.

Mr. Cahill was born June 30, 1952 in Joplin, Mo. He moved to Wyandotte in May 1996. He had been a sales representative for Pierce Chemical Co. in Dallas, Texas. He was graduated from Webb City (Mo.) High School and had attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, Oklahoma State University at Stillwater and Connors State College, Warner.

He was graduated in 1981 from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and was vice president of his class. He was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Epsilon chapter. He was a licensed embalmer in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and had been employed in the three states.

He married Wanda Field on May 24, 1990, in Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Joseph Cahill, Crane; two stepsons, Michael Field and Joey Field, both of Guthrie; three daughters, Angela Chapman, Verona, Mo., Jennifer Tummons, Baxter Springs, Kan., and Heather Cahill, Crane, Mo.; two sisters, Sue Northup, Springdale, Ark., and Bennie Coley, Shawnee; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Robert Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

The family will receive friends from noon today until service time.

Pallbearers will be Randy Backstrom, Harold Douglas, Darrell Stevens, Brian Chapman, Joe Field and Karl Kinney.

Funeral directors of the area will be seated as a group.

Eunice House

GROVE, Okla. Eunice L. House, 90, Grove, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. House was born Feb. 19, 1906, in Virginia City, Neb. She was a four-year resident of Grove. She retired in 1973 after 25 years as an electrical technician at the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, Calif.

Her husband, Dwight House, died in October 1965.

Survivors include a son, Joseph E. Becker, Silver City, N.M.; a daughter, Eunice Nichols, Liberal, Mo.; two brothers, Elmer Dobbs, McAllen, Texas, and Wison Dobbs, Mission, Texas; a sister, Mildred Ehart, Springdale, Kan.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons.

The body has been sent for cremation.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Beulah Edmonds

EAGLE ROCK, Mo. Beulah May Clay Edmonds, 88, Eagle Rock, died at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness.

Mrs. Edmonds was born Sept. 21, 1908, in Smithfield. She attended schools in Hockerville, Okla. She had been a midwife and minister in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. She moved to Southwest Missouri in 1943. She was a member of Oak Hill Community Church.

She married Lawrence Clay on June 23, 1925, in Miami, Okla. He died Oct. 10, 1990.

She married Paton Edmonds in January 1991. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, George Clay and Jim Clay, both of Eagle Rock, and Larry Clay, Bella Vista, Ark.; a daughter, Betty Ray, Commerce, Okla.; two sisters, Alice Cooper and Jesse Booth, both of San Jose, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Eagle Rock. The Rev. George Clay and the Rev. Bill Woodmancy will officiate. Burial will be in Roach Cemetery in Eagle Rock.

Pallbearers will be John Babbs, Rick Huttner, Mike Tharp, Andy Tharp, Truman Evans and Cecil Goldsmith.

Visitation will be from noon today until service time at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.


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