Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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L.A. Beavers

Lois Archie Beavers, 92, Joplin, died at 7:13 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East

after a long illness. Mr. Beavers was born Jan. 19, 1905, at Montague County, Texas. He retired in 1965 as a self-employed farmer. He moved in 1969 to Joplin from Stella. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Joplin.

He married Joy Hackleman on July 15, 1934, at Tulia, Texas. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Billy Beavers, Mount Vernon, and Edgar Beavers, Joplin; two brothers, R. L. Beavers Jr., Oklahoma City, and Clifford Beavers, Dimmitt, Texas; a sister, Marcelle Powell, Dimmitt; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery at Joplin. The Rev. Duane E. Trimble will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Robert Brown

Robert T. Brown, 70, 1732 Joplin, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Brown was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Joplin, and was a lifetime area resident. He was formerly employed as an engineer for KODE-TV from 1950 until his retirement in 1978.

He married Barbara K. Bishop on Sept. 14, 1992, in Joplin. She died Aug. 3, 1993.

There are no immediate survivors.

Private committal services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, with the Rev. Larry Six officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Donald Poor

Donald Eugene Poor, 52, 829 Florida Ave., Joplin, was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 1997, at his home after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Poor was born July 21, 1944, at Miami, Okla. He moved to Joplin in 1994 from Tulsa, Okla.

He graduated from Baxter Springs (Kan.) High School in 1962.

He was an Air Force veteran, serving for two years and was discharged in 1964.

He was employed by Jasper Foods, Joplin.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Baxter Springs. He was a member of the Skiatook, Okla., Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a son, Kyle Poor, Tulsa; his mother, Evalyn Poor, Joplin; a brother, Bob Ray Poor, Dallas, Texas; and a sister, Roberta Garner, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the GAR Cemetery, Miami, with Roy L. Derfelt officiating. The body has been cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

William Armstrong

LOCKWOOD, Mo. William N. Armstrong, 74, Springfield, formerly of Lockwood, died at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Armstrong was born May 27, 1923, in Lockwood. He graduated from Lockwood High School in 1941. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired auto worker. He was a member of the Bell Masonic Lodge and V.F.W. Post 2830, both while he was living in California.

There are no immediate survivors.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, west of Greenfield.

Lloyd Greenwood

DIAMOND, Mo. Lloyd E. Greenwood, 66, Diamond, died at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Greenwood was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Jasper County. He was a lifetime area resident.

He worked at Rocketdyne, Neosho, from 1955 to 1965. In 1965, he joined his brother in the family business, the former Greenwood Brothers Plastering, which was established in 1914. In 1980, the company became Lloyd Greenwood Plastering. remaining so until his retirement in 1990.

He was a member of the Diamond Christian Church and a member of the Ragtag R. C. Club in Texas. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran from 1951 to 1955.

He married Rosemary Prigmore on Sept. 1, 1949, in Jasper County. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Darrell T. Greenwood, Carthage, and Kent E. Greenwood, Diamond; his mother, Christine Fenn, Carthage; a sister, Mary Stratton, Seattle, Wa.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Diamond Christian Church, with the Rev. Ken Ansley officiating. Members of the Winter Texans RV Group will sit as a group. Burial will be in the Diamond Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Garry Denney, Melvin O'Dell, Charley Ridges, Wyley Riddle, Ralph Wood and Ted Dana.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Contributions may be made to the Newton County chapter of the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Estel Hall

CASSVILLE, Mo. Estel Ray Hall, 86, Cassville, died Wednesday morning, June 25, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Hall was born Jan. 21, 1911, in Cassville and was a lifetime resident. He was formerly employed with Pet Milk Co. for 30 years until his retirement in 1976 as plant manager. He was a member of Merl's Chapel Church, Cassville.

He married Ruby Marzelle Shore on May 3, 1932, at Mount Vernon, Mo. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jimmie Hall, Cyprus, Calif.; his twin sister, Ethel Alexander, Wellington, Kan.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. Jerry Nickle officiating. Burial will be in Ennis Cemetery, east of Cassville.

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

Loyd Martin

MILLER, Mo. Loyd Edward Martin, 81, Miller, died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Martin was born Nov. 5, 1915, at Doylene, La. He moved to the Miller area in 1981. He was a retired custodian for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon. He was a member of Miller First Baptist Church.

He married Johnnie H. Lynch on Oct. 30, 1937, at Epps, La. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Billy Martin, West Monroe, La., and James Martin, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; three daughters, Edwina Bradley, Everton, Ann Faucet, Mount Vernon, and Janice Fullerton, Miller; a brother, B. J. Martin, Chula Vista, Calif.; three sisters, O'Neal Wilson, Mound, Minn., Irma Britt, Carthage, Texas, and Dorothy Basco, Bossier City, La.; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, with the Rev. Bruce Rinker officiating. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller.

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home.

Maye Owens

BUTTERFIELD, Mo. Maye Belle Owens, 85, Butterfield, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Monett nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Owens was born April 5, 1912, at Searcy, Ark. She moved to Barry County in 1945. She managed cafes in Purdy and Butterfield for several years. She was a Baptist.

She married Jesse Leroy Owens Jr. on April 21, 1961, at Miami, Okla. He died April 28, 1995.

Survivors include a son, Eugene Pruitt, Bentonville, Ark.; three daughters, Mary Harrison and Alice Waldron, both of Wheaton, and Ella Lowe, Kearney; a sister, Lorena Durland, Eureka Springs, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. The Rev. Orval Wiseman will officiate.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to the Butterfield Fire Department, in care of the funeral home.

Harold Sorg

EXETER, Mo. Harold Arthur Sorg, 91, formerly of Exeter, died at 5:10 a.m. Thursday at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness.

Mr. Sorg was born Oct. 29, 1905, at Fairbault, Minn. He was a law enforcement officer for several years in Pinal County, Ariz. He moved to Barry County in 1980. He had lived in a Cassville nursing home the past six months.

Survivors include two sons, Arthur "Skip" Sorg, Granbuy, Texas, and Harry "Buddy" Sorg, Broomfield, Colo.; a sister, Ruby Lamb, Coolidge, Ariz.; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

The body has been donated to science.

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

John Stansell

NEOSHO, Mo. Services for John Orville Stansell, 88, Springfield, who died Sunday, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 1997 at New Virginia (Iowa) United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons Robert Dell, Neosho; Jerry J. Stansell, Sheldon; and J.D. Stansell, San Francisco, Calif.; and two daughters Carol Lea Birchfield, Springfield, and Dawn Harrold, Middleton, Idaho.

Arrangements were under the Cale Funeral Home of Osceola, Iowa.

Ellis Youngblood

GROVE, Okla. Ellis Youngblood, 71, Grove, died at 8:25 a.m Thursday, June 26, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Youngblood was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Omaha, Ark. He retired in 1990 after working 20 years with Simmons Foods in Southwest City, Mo.

He married Leona Day on Sept. 25, 1950 in Jay, Okla. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Cecil Youngblood of Grove, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eucha White Cemetery near Jay under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. The Rev. Ken Cope will officiate.

Mary Clanton

Mary Clanton, 60, Joplin, died at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident at noon Thursday north of Pineville.

Mrs. Clanton was born Oct. 4, 1936, at Waco. She had moved to Joplin in 1964 from Baxter Springs, Kan. She was graduated in 1954 from Carl Junction (Mo.) High School and was graduated from the former St. John's Nursing School in Joplin.

She was a registered nurse. She worked at Baxter Memorial Hospital, Baxter Springs, from 1959 to 1965, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin from 1966 to 1989, and for Oxford Home Health Care from 1989 to 1994. She worked for Regency Home Health Care at Miami, Okla., the past three years.

She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Joplin, and the Joplin and Neosho chapters of Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

She married Weldon Clanton on Aug. 11, 1961, at Miami, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, William Arthur Clanton, of the home, and Robert Earl Clanton, Conway; a brother, John Mitchel, Joplin; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla.

Vester Burton

LAMAR, Mo. - Vester A. Burton, 83, Lamar, died at 7:50 a.m. Friday, June 27, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Burton was born Oct. 5, 1913, in Dade County. He lived most of his life in the Maple Grove community in Jasper County. He worked for H.E. Williams, Carthage. He retired in 1963.

He attended Avilla Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Mildred Harris on Sept. 7, 1940, at Lockwood. She died on Nov. 10, 1991.

Survivors include four sons, Dale Burton, Avilla, Carl Burton, Carthage, Wayne Burton, Jericho Springs, and Rick Burton, Reeds; four daughters, Wanda Stump, Springfield, and Helen Osburn, Lois Duncan and Mary Jane Burton, all of Lamar; a brother, Edmon Burton, Golden City; a sister Katie Burton, Golden City; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Burial will be in Pennsboro Cemetery, near South Greenfield.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Vernon Dewitt

WASHBURN, Mo. - Vernon Leroy Dewitt, 72, Washburn, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at St. Mary Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark., after a long illness.

Mr. Dewitt was born Sept. 30, 1924, at Powell. He attended Roller School in Washburn and was graduated from Washburn High School. He lived 18 years in New Mexico where he worked in oil fields. He moved back to Missouri in 1969 and worked as a carpenter and farmer.

He was a member and deacon of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Washburn, and was a veteran of the Navy.

He married Betty Patterson on Sept. 30, 1946, at Cassville. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Verna Sue Burrows and Barbara Elkins, both of Yukon, Okla., and Patricia Roper, Springfield; a sister, Wanda Tipton, Stella; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Washburn. The Rev. Lawrence Shuey and the Rev. Charles Stults will officiate. Burial will be in Roller Cemetery, Washburn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Gilford Duvall

MILLER, Mo. - Gilford ``Barney'' Duvall, 84, Miller, died at 8:31 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield.

Mr. Duvall was born Oct. 3, 1912, west of Miller. He was a life-long resident. He was a farmer and horseman.

He was a member of Miller Christian Church, Miller Saddle Club, Northwest Arkansas Tri-State Cavalcade and several county committees.

He married Wilma Madge Ward on July 30, 1941, in Cassville. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Bill Duvall, Lee's Summit; a brother, Robert Duvall, Carthage; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Round Grove Cemetery, northwest of Miller.

The body may be viewed from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to the Northwest Arkansas Tri-State Cavalcade, in care of the funeral home.

Dorothy Hudson

AURORA, Mo. - Dorothy M. Hudson, 73, Aurora, died at 10 p.m. Monday, June 23, 1997, at the home of her son in Springfield after a long illness.

Mrs. Hudson was born March 9, 1924, in Aurora. She was a retired dairy farm manager. She was a member of Aurora First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Phillip Tuten, Springfield, Patrick Tuten, Shell Knob, and Paul Tuten, Wichita, Kan.; three brothers Don Wolfe, Colorado Springs, Colo., Darius Wolfe, McAllen, Texas, and Dennis Wolfe, Oroville, Calif.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Chaplain Robert Brooks Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Danielle Pachner

MONETT, Mo. - Danielle Jo Pachner, 9-month-old daughter of Jeff and Ronda Gressley Pachner, Monett, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at Children's Hospital, St. Louis, after an illness since birth.

She was born Sept. 14, 1996, at Springfield. She attended First United Methodist Church, Monett.

Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Rodger and Jeanne Pachner, Oberlin, Kan.; maternal grandparents, Darrell and Melva Gressley, Monett; paternal great-grandparents, Barbara Beisner, Oberlin, Bruce Chamber, Norton, Kan., and Louis and Donna Pachner, Oberlin; and maternal great-grandparents, Melvin Derr, Superior, Neb., and Goldie Turner, Clear Lake, Calif.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Lawrence Redshaw

PURDY, Mo. - Lawrence Earl Redshaw, 78, Purdy, died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Redshaw was born Feb. 3, 1919, at Knoke, Iowa. He moved to Purdy in 1962 from Fonda, Iowa. He was retired from Wells Aluminum and farming.

He was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Tom Wolfe Memorial Post No. 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled Veterans in Monett. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Bronze Star.

He married Donna Sauter on Feb. 14, 1949, at Jackson, Minn. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Richard Redshaw and David Redshaw, both of Purdy; a daughter, Dianna Brandhorst, Springfield; two brothers, Morris Redshaw, Sioux City, Iowa, and Earl Redshaw, Fonda; a sister, Dorothy Halverson, Purdy; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Wade Ditty will officiate. Burial will be in Purdy Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, in care of the funeral home.

Cleo Stubblefield

MONETT, Mo. - Cleo Mae Stubblefield, 74, Monett, died at 5:20 a.m. Friday, June 27, 1997, at a nursing home in Monett after a short illness.

Mrs. Stubblefield was born Sept. 24, 1922, at Tahlequah, Okla. She was a longtime Monett resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Temple Baptist Church, Tahlequah.

She married Leland Stubblefield on Sept. 24, 1947, at Cassville. He died May 8, 1989.

Survivors include two sisters, Laura B. Able, Monett, and Katie Kuykendall, Bristow, Okla.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

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

Tommy Hart

GROVE, Okla. - Thomas E. ``Tommy'' Hart, 50, Grove, died Friday, June 27, 1997, of injuries sustained in a one-car accident shortly before 8 a.m. Friday about two miles south of Grove.

Mr. Hart was born Oct. 16, 1946, in the Butler community, near Grove. He was an Air Force veteran, having been stationed in Iceland. He worked for 15 years with his father in the area construction business. For the past 11 years, he managed Main Street Lumber at Southwest City, Mo. He was a member of Butler Baptist Church.

He married Chery Hughes on Jan. 1, 1967, in Grove. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Kellie Heatherly and Keri Brewer, both of Grove; his father, Jess Hart, Grove; a brother, Richard Hart, Southwest City; a half-brother, Gordon Johnston, state of Kansas; a half-sister, Norma Chick, state of Colorado; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Butler Baptist Church, near Grove. The Rev. Dolphus Blevins and the Rev. John Butler will officiate. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 6:30 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Howard Riggins

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Memorial services for Howard Benjamin Riggins, 59, Wyandotte, who died Tuesday, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Countryside Church, west of Jasper.

The Rev. Gene Hutchcraft will officiate.

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

He married Peggy David on June 27, 1959, at Fairberry, Neb. She survives.


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