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Ruth Blanton

Ruth Buchko Blanton, 54, Joplin, died at 3:17 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at her home after a sudden 

illness. Mrs. Blanton was born July 3, 1943, at Muncie, Ind. She graduated from Jasper High School and from the School of the Ozarks. She received a master's degree in child psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. 

She worked as a technician at Eagle-Picher Industries, Joplin. She lived most of her life in Jasper, moving to Joplin about 10 years ago. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Paul Blanton, Denton, Texas, John Blanton, Mission, Texas, Steve Blanton, Irving, Texas, and Mark Blanton, Joplin; her mother, Hazel Buchko, Joplin; two brothers, Pat Buchko, Blue Springs, and Bill Buchko, state of California; a sister, Linda Bowen, Lamar; and a grandchild.

Arrangements are pending with Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.

Bill Hobbs

William L. "Bill" Hobbs, 49, Joplin, died at 2:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, 1997, in Frontenac, Kan. The death was ruled a suicide.

Mr. Hobbs was born Feb. 16, 1948, at Bisbee, Ariz. He attended Bisbee schools. He worked in a Saudi Arabian hospital for several years before returning to the area in October 1996. He then worked as a purchasing agent for St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Hobbs, state of California; a daughter, Shannon Hobbs, Bisbee; his mother, Louise Hobbs, Pittsburg, Kan.; a brother, Jim Burns, Pittsburg; and a grandchild.

The body has been cremated. Private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

James Perkins

James Perkins, 61, Cary, N.C., a Joplin native, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at Western Wake Medical Center, Cary, after an illness.

Mr. Perkins was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Joplin.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Perkins, Cary; a son, Bradley Perkins, Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Pamela Ozenberger, Newtown, Pa.; a sister, Linda Hood, Dallas, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary.

Mike Woodrow

Joe Michael "Mike" Woodrow, 49, Joplin route 5, died at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Woodrow was born March 29, 1948, at Carthage. He was a lifetime resident of the Sarcoxie and Joplin areas. He was a 1966 graduate of Sarcoxie High School and a 1970 graduate of Oklahoma State University. He was vice president of Southwest Missouri Bank in Carthage, where he had worked for 15 years. He retired in February due to ill health.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie, and the Elks Lodge in Joplin.

He married Sheryl Courtney on Sept. 18, 1993, in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include his mother, Betty Woodrow, Sarcoxie; and two sisters, Marilyn Patterson, Duncan, Okla., and Gayla DeGraffenreid, Sarcoxie.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cave Spring Cemetery, northeast of Sarcoxie. The Rev. Bill Campbell will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Dale Sanders, Bob Massey, Mitchell Fritchey, A.E. Graff, Nelson White and J.D. Jennett.

The casket will be closed at all times.

Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Velma Jones

NEOSHO, Mo. Velma Lucille Jones, 82, 8583 E. Highway 86, died at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a two-month illness.

Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 4, 1914, in Creek County, Okla. She moved to Neosho from Dixon, Calif., in 1974. She was a homemaker and a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church, north of Neosho.

She married Merle L. Jones on April 28, 1948, at Sparks, Nev. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, Carl Jones, Gentry, Ark.; four daughters, Joyce Knight, East Leroy, Mich., Beth Coones, state of Washington, and Merlene Scott and Wanda Allen, both of Siloam Springs, Ark.; a brother, Rufus Bolin, Springdale, Ark.; two sisters, Hazel Schlegal and Betty Winfrey, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. John Callison will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho IOOF Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ray Murphy, Jerry Rigdon, Leo Caddy, Jack Kraft, John Brockman, J.M. Edge, Dean Staib and Kendall Brockman.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Cave Springs Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

Milton Kennett

NEOSHO, Mo. Milton Kennett, 70, Hesperia, Calif., died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at his home after a long illness. He was the father of Ellen Van Winkle, Neosho.

Mr. Kennett was born Nov. 20, 1926, at Roanoke, Va. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was employed as a maintenance mechanic for the Phizer Corp.

Additional survivors include a sister Jo Bowsman, state of Virginia; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Graveside services were held Monday at Hazel Green Cemetery, Boulder City. The Rev. Russell Hunt officiated.

Arrangements were under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Lucille Law

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Lucille "Gramm" Law, 60, Carl Junction, died Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Law was born July 13, 1936, at Huntington Park, Calif. She had lived in the Los Angeles, Calif., area most of her life. She formerly resided in Granada Hills, Calif. She moved to Carl Junction several months ago. She was a retired Realtor.

Survivors include her daughter, Melayne Flores, of the home; and four grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Carl Junction United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Lillian McElwain

NEVADA, Mo. Lillian Eloise McElwain, 86, Nevada, died early Wednesday morning, July 9, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. McElwain was born March 19, 1911, in Nevada. She lived most of her life in the Nevada area. She worked as a lab technician for Upsher Laboratory in Joplin for 15 years.

She married Harold Edward McElwain on Oct. 29, 1929, at Wayside, Kan. He died July 2, 1981.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter.

Survivors include two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The Rev. Lester Thornton will officiate.

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

Friends may call until 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Carl Nelson

LAMAR, Mo. Carl Andrew Nelson, 82, 2 N.E. First Lane, died at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Nelson was born Nov. 27, 1914, at Marshfield. He was a retired owner and operator of a rock-crushing business. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He married Wanda Alumbaugh on Feb. 25, 1939, at Iola, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include six sons, Jerry Nelson, Lamar, Robert Nelson, Joplin, John Nelson, Quapaw, Okla., Randall Nelson, Pada, Kan., Paul Nelson, Jasper, and James Nelson, Baxter Springs, Kan.; two daughters, Carol Harman, Baxter Springs, and Mary Cook, Lamar; a brother, Howard Nelson, Iola; a sister, Bernice Demerritt, Iola; 22 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Jasper. The Rev. Ed Bard and the Rev. Elton White will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Contributions may be made to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, in care of the funeral home.

Ann Seabaugh

NEOSHO, Mo. Marjorie "Ann" Seabaugh, 57, Neosho, died at 5:15 p.m Tuesday, July 8, 1997, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Seabaugh was born Nov. 10, 1939, at Cape Girardeau. She lived in Arvada, Colo., from June 1959 to June 1992. She worked as a secretary-receptionist for an insurance agency and accountant's office in Arvada. She also was a homemaker.

She did missionary work at North Pole, Alaska, and at Kona, Hawaii. She served as hostess of the American Christian Trust in Washington, D.C., from July 1992 to June 1994. She moved to Neosho in 1995.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the High Hopes Club, both in Neosho.

She married Dewey "Gene" Seabaugh on Aug. 17, 1958, at Dillon, S.C. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Lisa Jean Friedman, Arvada; a son, Keith Alan Seabaugh, Littleton, Colo.; two brothers, Gyle Bollinger, Sedgewickvile, and James Bollinger, Neosho; a sister, Marie Birk, Cape Girardeau; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. D.L. Mitchell will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo. The Rev. Mike Coen will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho; the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society; the American Christian Trust; or Bridges for Peace, all in care of the funeral home.

Charles Strecker

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Charles Henry Strecker, 60, 2130 Military Ave., died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.

Mr. Strecker was born May 18, 1937, at Whittier, Calif. He had lived in the Baxter Springs area most of his life. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter Springs.

Survivors include a son, David Gregory Strecker, state of Oregon; three brothers, Larry Strecker, Cocoa Beach, Fla., Lance Strecker, Overland Park, and Jess Strecker, Baxter Springs; and a sister, Becky Staples, Houston, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. Gary Nixon will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Michael Crites

CARDIN, Okla. Services for Michael Eugene Crites, 43, 301 Wade St., who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

The Rev. Clifford Smith will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Fred Burnett, Charles Taylor, Ricky Hart, Alvin Horn, Donnie Davis and Brendon Harrison.

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

Toby Roberts

NORTH MIAMI, Okla. Grover "Toby" Roberts, 82, 400 Oak St., died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mr. Roberts was born Jan. 15, 1915, at Wagoner. He lived most of his life in Miami and North Miami. He worked 10 years at lead and zinc mines at Picher. He was also a self-employed carpenter, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the North Miami Assembly of God Church.

He married Mildred Revels on Sept. 12, 1940, at Neosho, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Richard Roberts, North Miami; a daughter, Rhonda Reano, Miami; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at North Miami Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Robert Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Men of the Assembly of God Church will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Robert Barteaux

Robert "Bart" Barteaux, 75, 5446 Butterfield Dr., died March 3, 1997, at a local nursing home after 

a several months of ill health. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. William Christman will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Paul Bever

Paul J. Bever, 75, died at 12:18 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Bever was born June 30, 1922, at Grant City. He moved from Nevada to Joplin 31 years ago. He was self-employed as a doughnut maker. He was a member of Christ Community United Methodist Church, Joplin. He was a veteran of World War II.

He married Mary F. Nickelson on Dec. 29, 1958, at Tulsa, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Roger G. Bever, Baxter Springs, Kan., Jeffery L. Bever, of the home, and Ernest L. Bever, Lawrence, Kan.; two daughters, Florence L. Hickman, Joplin, and Ruth Ann Gaston, Bradington, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter.

Arrangements are pending with Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

Ruth Blanton

Services for Ruth Buchko Blanton, 54, Joplin, who died Wednesday, July 9, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. The Rev. John Chaffin will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Jasper.

Norma Davey

LAMAR, Mo. Norma Madoline Mason Davey, 72, 1713 Walnut St., Lamar, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mrs. Davey was born Nov. 1, 1924, at Louisburg, Kan. She had lived in Lamar for the past 10 years.

She had worked for Inner-Collegiate Press, a publishing company in Kansas City, Kan., until her she retired.

She was a Catholic. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paola, Kan.

She married Donald Davey on March 27, 1948, at Paola. He died on March 25, 1982.

Survivors include six sons, Jackie Lee Davey, Overland Park, Kan., William Donald Davey, Perkasie, Pa., Robert James Davey, Drexel, Larry Joe Davey, Iantha, and Norman Gene Davey and Randall Dean Davey, both of Lamar; a daughter, Nancy Jane Davey, Lamar; two brothers, Clem Mason Sr., Milo, and Thomas Mason, Louisburg; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in First National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Esther Gripka

WENTWORTH, Mo. Esther Gripka, 88, Wentworth, died at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at a Wentworth nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Gripka was born Oct. 1, 1908, in rural Lawrence County. She was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She married John Gripka on Sept. 6, 1928. He died Aug. 6, 1994.

Survivors include two sons, Lavern Gripka, Las Vegas, Nev., and John Gripka, Monett; three daughters, Sylvia Bledsoe, Las Vegas, Helen Wight, Monticello, Utah, and Rosemary Harless, Portales, N.M.; a sister, Lorene Cressy, Pierce City; and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Pierce City.

Prayer service and visitation will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wessel Funeral Home, Pierce City.

Barbara Newell

GOODMAN, Mo. Barbara Ann Newell, 54, Goodman, died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Freeman-Neosho Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Newell was born Jan. 3, 1943, at Stella. She was a lifelong area resident and a member of First Baptist Church, Goodman. She was a social worker for 20 years in Newton, McDonald, Barry and Lawrence counties, including six years as county director in McDonald County. She worked as a secretary for Ozark Funeral Home, Goodman, for five years.

She married James Newell on June 8, 1963. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, John Kent Newell, Goodman, and a brother, Virgil James Price, Miami, Okla.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Goodman. The Rev. Bob Johnson and the Rev. Reese Morrow will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Stella.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Andy Keener, Charlie Rayborn, Ron Chase, Duane Lett, Gale Ludiker, Ed Haddock and Verne Beaver.

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

Imogene Scott

AURORA, Mo. Imogene Ruth Scott, 88, Aurora, died at 1 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Scott was born March 22, 1909, in Sapulpa, Okla. She had lived in Barry and Lawrence Counties most of her life. She was a homemaker.

She married Efton Scott on March 15, 1930, in Cassville. He died in 1969.

Survivors include two sons, John Scott, Springfield, and Dean Scott, Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Mary Justus, Aurora; a brother, Carl Linebarger, Shell Knob; a sister, Mary Morey, Monett; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Chapel, Monett, with the Rev. Bob Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.

No visitation is planned.

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

Donald Smith

CASSVILLE, Mo. Donald E. Smith, 80, Cassville, died at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 28, 1916, in the state of Oklahoma. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1971 from the Los Angeles County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. He was a Methodist.

He married Shirle Waterston in 1948 at Santa Barbara, Calif. She died Nov. 18, 1987.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and William Fawning, Portola Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia Wells, Malibu, Calif.; a brother, J.D. Smith, Pierce City; and three sisters, Trix Priest, Cassville, Faye Farmer, Purdy, and Ruby Marbut, Tucson, Ariz.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in Gunter Cemetery, east of Butterfield.

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

Bud Stringer

CASSVILLE, Mo. Herchel "Bud" Stringer, 80, Cassville, died at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Stringer was born June 12, 1917, at Eagle Rock. He attended Eagle Rock schools. He was an Army veteran of World War II, during which he received the Purple Heart. He later worked as an Empire Gas Co. distributor before he retired in 1979. He was a member of the American Legion, the Civilian Conservation Corp., and Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville.

He married Willa Dean Horner on Aug. 14, 1946, at Monett. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Beeson, Columbia; four brothers, Herman Stringer, Cassville, John Stringer and Joe Stringer Jr., both of Kansas City, and Luke Stringer, state of New Mexico; two sisters, Elsie Cooper, Cassville, and Dorothy Fairchild, Port O'Connor, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. John Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in Horner Cemetery, Cassville.

Pallbearers will be Gary Gibson, Charles Brattin, Rusty Stone, Jimmy Hopkins, Gene Writer and Marlee Edie.

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

Olive Weaver-Stogsdill

CARTHAGE, Mo. Olive B. (Ferris) Weaver-Stogsdill, 82, Collinsville, Ill., died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1997, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Ill. She was the mother of Harriet Miller, Carthage.

Mrs. Weaver-Stogsdill was born April 24, 1915, in Baker, Mont. She was a nurses' aide and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Collinsville.

She married Julius Virgil Stogsdill on June 16, 1984, in New Baden, Ill. He died April 16, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Homer Weaver, New Baden; a stepson, Jim Stogsdill, Collinsville; four daughters, Joyce Fruits, Jefferson City, Bernice Allen, Belleville, Ill., Carolyn Ozarowicz, Pembine, Wis., and Harriet Miller, Carthage; three stepdaughters, Mary Lou Bergman, Raymond, Ill., Barbara Martin, Collinsville, and Betty Turner, Highland, Ill.; two stepsisters; and a total of 78 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville. The Rev. Sherman Smith and the Rev. Billy Cecil officiated. Burial was in Greenmount Cemetery, New Baden.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Bonnie Piercefield

GALENA, Kan. Bonnie L. Piercefield, 65, 100 W. Sparks, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness.

Mrs. Piercefield was born Aug. 3, 1931, at Galena. She was a lifetime area resident and homemaker.

She married Bud M. Piercefield on Sept. 24, 1950, at Columbus. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Randy Piercefield and Buddy Piercefield, both of Galena; three daughters, Melody Rettstatt, Texarkana, Texas, and Cindy Ward and Jody Williams, both of Galena; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, with the Rev. Jeff Martin officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Pallbearers will be Tom Wade, Rick Phipps, Benny Barnard, Jim Clifford, Jerry LaTurner and Joe LaTurner.

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

Floyd Piper

PITTSBURG, Kan. Floyd H. Piper, 81, 708 S. College, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Piper was born Feb. 4, 1916, in Fort Scott. He grew up in Fort Scott and was graduated from Fort Scott High School. He attended the pre-engineering program at Fort Scott Junior College for two years. He was a resident of Pittsburg for more than 50 years. He moved from Fort Scott in 1942. He was employed by Spencer Chemical as a production superintendent of ammonia, methanol and dry ice. He supervised the production of chemicals as well as 145 employees. He worked for 33 years and retired in 1974.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg, where he served as chairman of the board. He was a member of Fort Scott Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Consistory; Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg; AARP; past president of the Pittsburg Lions Club; troop chairman of Boy Scout Troop No. 151; advisor for Junior Achievement; coach for Little League baseball; and a volunteer for the Southeast Kansas Humane Society and Meals on Wheels.

He married Margaret Trinkle on Dec. 14, 1941, at Fort Scott. She died Sept. 12, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Stephen Piper, Rochester, N.Y.; a daughter, Susan Monsour, Pittsburg; a brother, Ted Piper, Ada, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott, with the Rev. Verl Strong officiating. Friends are requested to meet at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Beck

PITTSBURG, Okla. Mary Beck, 99, Pittsburg, formerly of Hornet, Mo., died suddenly at 1:30 p.m. July 8, 1997, at her home.

Mrs. Beck was born July 31, 1897, in Arkansas. She and her husband moved from Cassville, Mo., to Pittsburg in 1929. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She married James Beck on Feb. 20, 1916, at Cassville. He died.

Survivors include two daughters, Lilian Beck, Joplin, and Cressie Lawrence, Pittsburg; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg. The Rev. Eddie Hyatt will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, McAlester.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mills Funeral Home, McAlester.

Robert Morgan

MIAMI, Okla. Robert Cole Morgan, Tulsa, Okla., died Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a sudden illness. He was the son of Cora Ann Turner and Gerald Lee Morgan Jr., formerly of Miami.

Mr. Morgan was born June 6, 1997, at Tulsa.

Survivors include his mother, Cora Ann Turner, Tulsa; his father, Gerald Lee Morgan Jr., Woodward, Okla.; his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Mollie and Tom Pittman, Tulsa; his maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Richard and Dee Turner, Newkirk, Okla.; his paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Linda and Jess Mahurin, Woodward, Okla.; his paternal grandfather, Gerald Lee Morgan Sr., Miami; his maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Georgia Turner, Miami; and his paternal great-grandparents, Odell and Margaret Morgan, Miami.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at GAR Cemetery, Miami, with the Rev. Don Turner officiating. Services are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.


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