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Paul Bever

Services for Paul J. Bever, 75, Joplin, who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Christ Community United Methodist Church, Joplin.

The Rev. Chris Sloan and Max Raney will officiate. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, east of Baxter Springs, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

Pallbearers will be John Hickman, Chris Gastineau, Tony Gastineau, Chad Curry, Jimmie Putnam and Mark Harrington.

Berniece Fox

Una Berniece Fox, 85, Joplin, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Fox was born July 30, 1911, in Joplin. She lived in the state of California for many years, returning to Joplin in 1967. She was a homemaker.

She married Ira F. Fox on Oct. 6, 1928, in Joplin. He died Jan. 11, 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Escallier, Joplin.; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Wayne Vangundy will officiate, and burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Galena, Kan.

Richard Eckler, Eric Eckler, Dennis Outt, Damon Outt and Crhis Shephard will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Art Walker Jr.

Arthur Carlton ``Art'' Walker Jr., 32, 607 Park Lane, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997, from injuries received in an accident on Highway 39 south of Aurora.

Mr. Walker was born July 4, 1965, at West Palm Beach, Fla. He moved to Joplin 10 years ago from the state of Florida. He was an independent owner/operator truck driver for 13 years. He was an officer for the Oronogo Police Department for the past six months.

He married Kathy Butler on Sept. 30, 1995, at Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include two stepsons, Brian Adam Massengale, and Timothy Michael Cookerly, both of the home; his parents, Arthur C. and Mary Walker, Woodville, Fla.; a sister, Mary Waltman, Woodville; a brother, Kenny Walker, Woodville; three half brothers, Ronnie Walker, Johnny Walker and Gary Walker, all of Columbus, Ohio; and maternal grandmother, Mattie Lee Cooper, the state of Florida.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Howard Fast

LAMAR, Mo. … Howard Fast, 88, Sanger, Texas, formerly of Lamar, died at 3:15 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997 at Flow Campus Rehabilitation Hospital, Denton, Texas, after a short illness.

Mr. Fast was born March 18, 1909, at Lamar. He had lived most of his life in Barton County, moving to Sanger 21/2 years ago. He had worked as a rural mail carrier for 30 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Lamar. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 292, Lamar, for more than 50 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Phyllis McCall Fast on Sept. 23, 1935, at Columbus, Kan. She died on Sept. 4, 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Marion Shirley, Sanger; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The body will be cremated. A private graveside service will be held later.

Visitation will follow the service at the funeral home.

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

Gladys Goetz

AURORA, Mo. … Gladys B. Goetz, 91, Aurora, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997, at the home of Edna Burtchett, Aurora, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Goetz was born Oct. 1, 1905, at Humboldt, Neb. She moved to the area in 1947. She was a retired beautician and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Aurora.

She married William A. Goetz on March 18, 1947. He died April 26, 1978.

Survivors include a sister, Ruth Stalder, Humboldt.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. The Rev. Jane Brigdon Graham will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

No visitation is planned.

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

Esther Gripka

WENTWORTH, Mo. … A prayer service and visitation for Esther Gripka, 88, Wentworth, who died Wednesday, July 9, 1997, will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City.

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.

Selma Hill

CARTHAGE, Mo. … Selma A. Hill, 86, Carthage, died at 10:25 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997, at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Annette Miller, Kansas City, after a short illness.

Mrs. Hill was born Dec. 18, 1910, at Sedalia. She had lived in the Carthage area most of her life. She was a graduate of Mountain Grove (Mo.) High School and attended Ozark Wesleyan Carthage College. She taught at Charter Oaks School, rural Carthage. She had worked at Williams Products in Carthage and as a nanny for Girselle McKenzie in California.

She was a member of Rhoda Fairchild Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, where she was a member of several church circles.

She married Marvin Hill on July 1, 1933, in Carthage. He died in 1942.

She also was preceded in death by one son.

Surviving in addition to her daughter, are a sister, Pearl Jacobs Oxley, Carthage; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. David Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Fasken Cemetery, east of Carthage.

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

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

Jessie Luther

LAMAR, Mo. … Jessie May Swartz Luther, 70, Lamar, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness.

Ms. Luther was born March 3, 1927, at Garland, Kan. She spent her entire life in Barton and Vernon counties. She attended school in Moundville. She worked as a housekeeper at Cottey College, Nevada, for 10 years, retiring in 1990.

Survivors include a son, Dayton M. Long, Grove, Calif.; three daughters, Judy K. Bainter, Gladstone, Linda B. Frieden, Liberal, and Carolyn Sue Rose, Grove, Okla.; two brothers, Louis Swartz, Nevada, and Bert Swartz, Greenwood; a sister, Hallie Sipes, Grandview; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon, with John Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may call until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Barton County Health Department, Lamar.

James McCollough

MONETT, Mo. … James Allen McCollough, 55, Monett, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. McCollough was born May 27, 1942, at Hindsville, Ark. He moved to Monett in 1978 from Hindsville. He was a truck driver for Tyson Foods for 25 years. He was a Baptist.

He married Marena Dalene Bee, on June 2, 1983, in Monett. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Tim McCollough and Frank McCollough, both of the home, and Jeffrey Harris, the state of Kansas; a daughter, Tammie Howard, Hindsville; his mother, Helen McCollough, Hindsville; a brother, Jerry McCollough, Hindsville; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Donald Brannan 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.

William Moudy

PURDY, Mo. … William S. Moudy, 76, Purdy, died Friday morning, July 11, 1997, at a hospital in Springfield after a sudden illness.

Mr. Moudy was born April 27, 1921, in Barry County. He attended the Shady Grove and Butterfield schools. He had worked on his family farm near Purdy and later farmed near Lamar for about six years. He moved to Cassville, where he and his brother owned and operated Moudy Brothers, a television repair service, for several years. He moved to Monett, where he owned Tip Top T.V. Service. He became employed with the Sears Service Department in the late 1960s, retiring in 1983. He moved to Purdy about four years ago. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Ruby A. Haworth stet on March 27, 1948, at Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Duane Moudy, Springfield, and Keith Moudy, Purdy; two daughters, Vicki McBride, Willard, and Jeannie Murray, a brother, Leslie Moudy, Cassville; a sister, Lola Nickle, Purdy; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. the Rev. Dean Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, Butterfield.

Quentin Pettibon

NEVADA, Mo. … Quentin N. Pettibon, 79, Nevada, died at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 1997 at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Pettibon was born Feb. 8, 1918, at Deerfield. He lived his entire life in the Nevada area. He graduated from Fort Scott (Kan.) Junior College and also attended Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He was a teacher at Logan School for several years. He managed the Firestone store in Nevada until his retirement in 1973.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nevada, and Osage Lodge No. 303, Nevada.

He married Doris Hull on Sept. 28, 1940, at Kansas City, Mo. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Greg Pettibon, Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Kay Foland, Bella Vista, Ark., Victoria Wagner, Lee's Summit, and Pamela Peters, Nevada; two sisters, Marvel Beerbower and Eloise Nelson, both of Fort Scott; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with William Cox officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery.

Friends may call until the service time at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Allie Standefer

NEOSHO, Mo. … Allie Lee Standefer, 88, Neosho, died at 9:32 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a short illness.

Mrs. Standefer was born Feb. 6, 1909, in McCurtain, Okla. She taught school in the state of Oklahoma for one year and then sold Avon products in Tulsa, Okla., for 10 years before moving to Neosho in 1948. She continued to sell Avon products in Neosho for 30 years. She was a homemaker and a housewife.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she taught the Mary Martha Sunday School Class. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She married Ross Leaman Standefer on July 18, 1931, in Sapulpa, Okla. He died March 1, 1988.

Survivors include four daughters, Ann Standefer, Neosho, Nell Beth Butterfield, Seneca, Mary Alice Betancourt, Morristown, N.J., and Millie Marie Muzyka, Lenexa, Kan.; a son, C.C. Standefer, Neosho; a sister, Mildred Dickey, Oklahoma City, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Todd Decker and the Rev. Thomas Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery

Pallbearers will be Knowles Myers, Marion Bell, Dale Palmer, Homer Sturdivant, Paul Embrey and Wayne Severs.

The body will lie in state until 6 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Norma Stockton

MILLER, Mo. … Norma Lee Faucett Stockton, 69, Miller, died at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Stockton was born Sept. 9, 1927, at Crane. She lived in the Miller area most of her lifetime. She was a member of Round Grove Baptist Church and Benjamin-Elliott-Stockton Post No. 120, American Legion Auxiliary, Miller.

She married Homer Stockton on July 9, 1965, at Greenfield. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Larry Faucett, Mount Vernon, and Eddie Faucett, Springfield; three daughters, Janice Holstine, Kansas City, Karen Smith, Miller, and Teresa Cruise, Strafford; a brother, Joe Rhodes, Forsyth; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, The Rev. Bob Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Pennsboro Cemetery, north of Miller.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

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

Carl Angel

MIAMI, Okla. … Memorial services for Carl R. Angel, 78, Miami, who died May 23, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Jappie Roberson, elder, will officiate.

The body was donated to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa.

Iva Adkins

Iva Kennedy Adkins, 93, formerly of Joplin, died at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997, at an Omaha, Neb.,

nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Adkins was born Sept. 16, 1903, at Joplin. She moved to Omaha in 1983. She worked at the former M & O Cigar factory, Joplin, and the Galena Iron and Metal Co., Galena, Kan. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Joplin, First Baptist Missionary Society and Freeman Hospital Auxiliary.

She married Lester Syl Adkins on Jan. 2, 1924. He died Feb. 3, 1964.

Survivors include a son, Syl Gene Adkins, Omaha; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Duane Trimble officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be Jack Lowry, Vernon Mulkey, Charles Wallace, Gene Wallace, Les Adkins, Stephen Adkins and Bob Moyer.

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

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Joplin.

Wayne Buck

Wayne Martin Buck, 61, San Dimas, Calif., died at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, where he was admitted on July 2. His son, Marty Buck, lives in Joplin

Mr. Buck was born Feb. 5, 1936, at Yakima, Wash. He was a member of San Dimas Wesleyan Church. He was a schoolteacher for more than 39 years at the Charter Oak Unified School District.

He married Doris Taylor on Aug. 25, 1957, at San Dimas. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter Loellen Stewart, Joplin; his mother, Grace Buck, Yakima; a sister, Margaret Hill, San Dimas; and six grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. Memorial services will be in San Dimas.

Contributions may be made to the Charter Oak Community Scholarship Foundation, in care of Thornhill-Dillon Funeral Home.

Marion Fernside

Marion Lee Fernside, 39, 1805 N. St. Louis, died Sunday afternoon, July 13, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Fernside was born April 14, 1958, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He had lived in Joplin since 1971, moving from Council Bluffs. He was a construction worker most of his working life. He had worked for Design Build Contracting, Joplin, Superior Industries Inc., Pittsburg, Kan., and Stern-Williams Co., Carterville.

Survivors include his mother, Thelma Booher Fernside, of the home; four brothers, Rick Fernside, Carl Junction, Kelven Fernside, Joplin, and Terry Fernside and Ben Fernside, both of Council Bluffs; and four sisters, Dixie Claycamp and Linda Watkins, both of Joplin, and Colleen Bailey and Debbie Kahoe, both of Council Bluffs.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, with the Rev. J.K. Wright officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

The casket will remain closed at all times.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at 1805 N. St. Louis.

Mart Wallace

Graveside committal of cremains for Maurice D. "Mart" Wallace, 70, Joplin, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Gary Morrison, minister, will officiate.

Contributions may be made to the Joplin Salvation Army, in care of Parker Mortuary.

Melba Adams

DADEVILLE, Mo. — Melba Neill Adams, 87, Visalia, Calif., formerly of Dadeville, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, at a Visalia hospital after a short illness.exact time/hospital unknown

Mrs. Adams was born July 12, 1909, at Bona, north of Dadeville. She worked as a sales clerk for Montgomery Ward before retiring.

She married Lawrence Adams on Nov. 16, 1929, at Exeter, Calif. He preceded her in death.date unknown

Survivors include a son, Lawrence Adams and a daughter, Shirley Ann Kirby, both of Hoover, Ala.; and two brothers, Alex Neill and Everett Neill, both of Exeter, Calif.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dadeville Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of Dadeville Funeral Chapel.no minister yet

Contributions may be made to Dadeville Masonic Cemetery.

the funeral chapel is waiting on the missing info from the bros. in Calif. If they get it before 6:30 they'll call us. They want the obit run tomorrow either way.

Hershel Ash

PURDY, Mo. — Hershel Vernon Ash, 81, Purdy, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at an Aurora nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Ash was born May 14, 1916, at Collinsville, Okla. He attended school at Sparks School, Butterfield. He had lived in Barry County since 1954. He worked for Wells Aluminum, Monett, for 17 years. After his retirement, he opened a shoe repair shop in Purdy. He attended Log Church, Butterfield, since the early 1950s.

He married Edith Hoenshell on Feb. 11, 1939, at Mount Vernon. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Larry Ash, Butterfield, and Lonnie Ash, Purdy; two daughters, Sue Wallace, Exeter, and Betty Smith, Verona; five brothers, Loren Ash, Fort Scott, Kan., Warner Ash and Paul Ash, both of Aurora, George Ash, Cassville, and Oliver Ash, Purdy; four sisters, Mary Bennett, Cassville, Velma Kendrick, Highlandville, and Ruth Staddard and Wilma Brown, both of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. Milan Bourland and the Rev. Dean Jones officiating. Burial will be in Log Church Memorial Gardens, Butterfield.

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

Joseph Brisbin

LAMAR, Mo. —Joseph Rodney Brisbin, 46, 380 S.E. 1st Lane, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at a Lamar nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Brisbin was born Dec. 1, 1950, at Pittsburg, Kan. He was a lifetime resident of Barton County. He was a retail sales manager. He was a member of the Christian Church.

He married Connie Reaves on July 2, 1972, at Lamar. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Jeri Smith, Lamar, and Erica Brisbin, of the home; a brother, Anthony Brisbin, Lamar; and a sister, Nancy Tahhan, Liberal.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Jackie Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Garden Amazing, Cemetery, Nashville, Mo.

Billie Buttram

JANE, Mo. — Billie J. Buttram, 78, Anacortes, Wash., formerly of Jane, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, after a short illness.

Mr. Buttram was born July 26, 1918, in Jane. He grew up in Missouri and New Mexico. He farmed and raised chickens in Missouri before moving to Washington in 1954, where he worked in construction, and later for the Anacortes School District.

He married Jeanette Henson on May 21, 1947, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Bill Buttram Jr., Anacortes; a daughter, Lois Jeter, Grants, N.M.; two brothers, John H. Buttram, Pineville, and Edgar L. Buttram, Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Wilma Wilson, Albequerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grand-children.

Two daughters preceded him in death.

Services were at 1 p.m. July 9 at Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes.

Burial will be in Fern Hill Cemetery.

Mate Earl

DUENWEG, Mo. — Jesse "Mate" Earl, 80, Duenweg, died at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mr. Earl was born Nov. 14, 1916, at Carthage, and moved from Carl Junction to Duenweg in 1960. He worked at the former Atlas Powder Co., now ICI Explosives. He was a Protestant. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Joplin Post 534, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He married Carrie V. Lansdown on March 17, 1950, at Marionville, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, W.J. Terry, Logan, Utah; a brother, Roy Welch, Carl Junction; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Ed Hahn will officiate. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, north of Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Joe Phillips, Bob Canada, Jim Taylor, Toy Phillips, Kenny King, Calvin Taylor, Tom Asbell and Burley Sparlin.

Military rites will be conducted by Post 534.

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

William Head

AURORA, Mo. — William Henry Head, 86, Aurora, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Head was born June 21, 1911 at Marionville. He was a member of Aurora Church of Christ and a retired switchman for Frisco Railroad.

He married Mildred Wheat on May 31, 1936, at Aurora. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Head, Aurora; a daughter, Glenda Adams, Springfield; two sisters; Grace Gryder, Clever, and Winifred Koenig, Taneyville; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with Bobby Stafford officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.

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

Larry Kerr

NEVADA, Mo. — Larry M. Kerr, 47, Nevada, was found dead at his home on Saturday, July 12, 1997, after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Kerr was born Sept. 18, 1949, at Billings, Mont. He graduated from Nevada High School in 1968. He then joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Udon, Thailand, for one year. He then returned to the U.S. and was stationed in Phoenix, Ariz. In 1973, he was stationed at Nakhon Phanom While in the Air Force, he was a fuel specialist and received academic and vocational training in the driver training course and as a security policeman.

He attended Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo., for his associate's degree. He retired from the Air Force in 1973, moving to Nevada. He then worked as a castor at Crane Plumbing from October 1973 until his death.

He married Somjit Athan on June 8, 1973, at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Michelle Kerr, Springfield, and Laurie Long, Omaha, Neb.; a stepdaughter, Vipa Boonyakiti, state of North Carolina; a stepson, Pun Boonyakiti, stationed in Germany; four brothers, Jack Seeman, state of California, Gary Seeman and Curt Seeman, both of Billings, Mont., and Robert L. Kerr, Walker; a grandchild; and four step-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Keith Mackey officiating. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, Nevada.

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church Timothy Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Marcella Nicholson

SHELDON, Mo. — Marcella Nicholson, 77, Sheldon, died at 5:28 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness.

Miss Nicholson was born June 10, 1920, at Washburn, W.Va. She came to this area in 1951. She was a member of Bronaugh United Methodist Church, where she taught adult Sunday school for many years. She was a welder in the aircraft industry during World War II.

Survivors include her mother, Lucy Stults, Nevada; and a brother, Joe Nicholson, Enid, Okla.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon, with the Rev. Robert Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

Friends may call until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Herbert Preston

HORTON, Mo. — Herbert Edge Preston, Horton, 85, died at 4:10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness

Mr. Preston was born Aug. 5, 1911, in Cedar County. He was a lifetime farmer and pecan grower.

He married Margaret O'Bryant on May 20, 1934, in Cedar County. She survives.

Additional survivors include a sister, Hattie Barr, Springfield.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Stockton Cemetery. Friends may call until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice.

Gertrude Stone

LAMAR, Mo. — Gertrude Emma Stone, 85, Lamar, died at 11:25 a.m. Monday, July 14, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mrs. Stone was born July 19, 1911, near the Barton City community, near Liberal. She had lived since 1957 at Lamar. She attended grade school at Barton City and graduated in 1928 from Liberal High School. She attended Freeman Nursing School at Joplin. She worked at Al's Grocery, Pittsburg, Kan., Stone's Grocery, Liberal, and McKay's Grocery, Lamar. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

She married Charlie W. Stone on Nov. 9, 1930, at Garden City. He died Oct. 14, 1975.

Survivors include a sister, Lucille Myers, Liberal.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Clif Crockett will officiate. Burial will be in Liberal City Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Lamar United Methodist Church.

Howard Wheeler

NEWTONIA, Mo. — Howard Wayne Wheeler, 80, Newtonia, died at 6:20 a.m. Monday, July 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a 10-year illness.

Mr. Wheeler was born July 9, 1917, at Stark City. He had been a lifelong resident of the Newtonia and Stark City areas. He worked at Neosho Nurseries for several years, retiring in 1983.He was an Army veteran of World War II and a longtime member of the Disabled American Veterans of Southwest Missouri.

He married Mary Louise Oxendine on July 17, 1946, at Neosho. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Linda Woodcock, Granby; a son, Larry Wheeler, of the home; three sisters, Lucille Cole, Newton, Iowa, Eileen Miller, Raytown, and Erma Paden, Lawrence, Kan.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Doug Gripka will officiate.

Burial will be in Newtonia IOOF Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phil McCreery, Hurshel Jones, and Charles Oxendine.other three haven't been confirmed

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

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.

Leonard Yoast

BRONAUGH, Mo. — Leonard Irvin Yoast, 81, rural Bronaugh, died at 8:26 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997 at a Nevada nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Yoast was born Nov. 19, 1915, at Mount Zion. He moved to Bronaugh in 1933. He served in World War II. He worked for American Optical Company, Albuquerque, N.M., and was manager of Harris Optical, Albuquerque, until 1956, when he opened his own business, which he operated until 1971.

He married Dixie Lee Linn on Dec. 30, 1937, at Bronaugh. She survives.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Yoast, Franklin, Kan.; three sisters, Rosa Huffmaster and Vivian Young, both of Lamar, and Edith Seaton, Liberal; two grandchildren; and a step-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at McKill Chapel Cemetery, Bronaugh. Friends may call Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Contributions may be made to Bronaugh United Methodist Church.

Daisy Ford

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Daisy Dixie Della Ford, 93, died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 1997, at a Pittsburg nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Ford was born March 7, 1904, at Frankfort, Kan. She attended school in Alexander. She came to Pittsburg in 1925, moving from Frankfort. She worked at the Student Union at Pittsburg State University for 20 years before retiring in 1971. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, AARP No. 6 46, the AARP Choir, and was president of the Senior Citizens for 2½ years.

She married Charles Henry Ford in September 1923 at LaCross, Kan. He died in 1951.

Survivors include two sons, George R. Ford, Bonner Springs, and Raymond L. Ford, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; two daughters, Charlene E. Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., and Sharon K. Sisk, McCune; two sisters, Ina Williams, Alexander, and Clara Hunt, Solo, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grand-children; and ten great-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Theodore A. Inman officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today.

Dorthea Iseley

OWASSO, Okla. — Dorthea Rosetta Iseley, 87, Owasso, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at an Owasso nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Iseley was born Nov. 30, 1909, at Arroll, Mo. She had lived in Cherokee, Kan., before moving to Owasso. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She married Robert Royce Iseley on June 5, 1937, at Sapulpa. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Montee Iseley, Grove; a sister, Gladys Purdum, Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, with the Rev. Carl Walker III officiating. Burial will be in Cherokee City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.


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