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Helen Matthews 

Helen Matthews, 92, 2103 Brownell Ave., died at 9:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. Mrs. Matthews was born July 31, 1905, at Mount Ayr, Iowa. She moved to Joplin in 1945 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She worked for several years in a Macy's department store before she retired in 1961. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter No. 177 and Rebekah Lodge No. 96. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.

She married Carl Matthews on June 29, 1961, at Miami, Okla. He died Nov. 13, 1984.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Bushner, Joplin; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Lefa Williams 

Lefa I. Williams, 76, Joplin, died at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Williams was born April 4, 1921, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker.

She married Marion T. Williams on Aug. 30, 1940, in Joplin. He died Sept. 12, 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Jay Williams, Little Rock, Ark., Jimmie Williams, Seneca, Marion Williams Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Richard Williams, Carthage; two daughters, Betty Madison, Seneca, and Margaret Chitwood, Oskaloosa, Iowa; two sisters, Wilma Dugan, Afton, Okla., and Beula Miller, Joplin; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Martin, Sean Turner, Ronnie Durbin, Chris Fortner, Howard Rhodes and Francis Edgar.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Della Johnson 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Della D. Johnson, 93, Carthage, died at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at a Carthage nursing home.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 15, 1904, in Cedar County. She moved to the Carthage area in 1909. She had worked at Ramsey's Department Store and T&M's Menswear, both in Carthage. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Carthage, where she taught Sunday school class for several years.

She married Loyd E. Johnson on Sept. 5, 1923, in Carthage. He died on Nov. 21, 1982.

She has no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Sutter will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. 

Herald Kyger 

DIAMOND, Mo. Herald L. Kyger, 67, Yukon, Okla., a former Diamond resident, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 1997, at Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City, Okla., after an illness.

Mr. Kyger was born June 27, 1930, in Diamond. He was a sales manager for Kewametal Inc.

He was a member of Putnam City Baptist Church and the Motor Home Club and a former president and vice president of the Traveling Teepees. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Blotter Kyger; three sons, Steve Kyger and Randal Kyger, both of Yukon, and Ken Kyger, Oklahoma City; his mother, Fern Kyger, Diamond; six brothers, Robert Kyger, Diamond, J.B. Kyger, Elkins, Ark., Don Kyger, Rogers, Ark., Louis Kyger, Springdale, Ark., Gary Kyger, Rolla, and John Kyger, Carthage; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Diamond Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gene Adams Funeral Service, Bethany, Okla. 

Charley Oxendine 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Charley A. Oxendine, 92, Springfield, a former Pierce City resident, died at 3 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at a nursing home in Springfield after an illness.

Mr. Oxendine was born July 23, 1905, at Union, Tenn. He was a retired farmer and grain hauler. He was a member of Berwick Church.

He married Edna Lucille Davidson on April 9, 1932, at Neosho. She died June 15, 1997.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Oxendine, Cheney, Kan., and Leon Oxendine, Springfield; two daughters, Naomi White, Springfield, and Norma Loveland, Bedford, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. The Rev. Don Gardner will officiate. Burial will be in Berwick Cemetery.

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

Grace Sutton 

AURORA, Mo. Grace Sutton, 85, Aurora, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after an illness.

Mrs. Sutton was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Aurora. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She married Leonard Sutton on Dec. 22, 1943, in the state of Arizona. He died March 19, 1970.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard Sutton, Aurora, and James Sutton, Mount Vernon; a daughter, Betti Sutton, Branson; a brother, Hank Williams, Alabama; two sisters, Phalene Howerton, and Mary Ellen Scott, both of Aurora; and seven grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Maple Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Rex Springer officiating.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund or American Heart Association. 

Darrell Young 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Darrell M. Young, 93, 1712 Grand Ave., Carthage, died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at his home after a three-month illness.

Mr. Young was born Sept. 13, 1903, at Martinsville, Mo.

He received his bachelor's degree in 1928 and his master's degree in 1933 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He was a teacher for 15 years, including eight years at Long Branch Country School, Martinsville, four years at Martinsville High School and was vocational/agriculture teacher for the Pierce City and Carthage school districts. He was district supervisor for Calcium Carbonate Co., Carthage, for 30 years. He retired in 1974.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carthage.

He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma professional agricultural fraternity, Alpha Zeta honorary agricultural fraternity, Ruf Nex honorary leadership organization, and was a Gamma Sigma Delta honorary graduate. He was a member of the Carthage Rotary Club since 1942 and had served as secretary-treasurer. He had 50 years perfect attendance at Rotary meetings. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Pierce City, since 1930.

He married Doris Stotts on July 22, 1935, at Carthage. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sandra Miller, Fair Grove, and Mary Karen Carter, Carl Junction; a sister, Mary Pearl Schwartz, Cassville; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services are pending with Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Hazel Wierz 

GALENA, Kan. Hazel Wierz, 55, Galena, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, Mo., after a short illness.

Mrs. Wierz was born March 4, 1942, at Wheeling, W.Va. She moved to Galena four years ago from Jasper, Mo.

Survivors include her husband, Robert A. Wierz; a son, Stanley LeRoy Biggs, Gainesville, Fla.; three stepsons, Robert A. Wierz Jr. and William J. Wierz, both of the state of Florida, and James A. Wierz, state of North Carolina; a daughter, Annette Marie Wierz, of the home; a stepdaughter, Teresa Wierz, state of Florida; and five stepgrandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Adcock Funeral Home, Afton, Okla. 

Freeman Blevins 

MIAMI, Okla. Freeman Blevins, 78, Miami route 3, died at 11:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Blevins was born May 7, 1919, at Grove. He moved to Miami in 1923 from Grove. He owned and operated the Blevins Grocery Store in Miami from 1945 to 1955. He later worked for Schmidt Construction Co. for 15 years and retired as a cabinet maker from Executive Aircraft Co. in 1977.

He was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Miami, where he formerly served on the board of deacons. He was a former member of the Miami Chamber of Commerce.

He married Frances May on March 26, 1938, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Don Blevins, Chickasha, and Joe Blevins, Marion, Ind.; two sisters, Mollie Lightfoot, Miami, and Bonnie Varner, Homeland, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Assembly of God Church, Miami. The Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate. Burial will be in Ottawa Indian Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Joe Blevins, Don Blevins, Steven Blevins, Larry Munson, Berle Blevins and G.W. Blevins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

George Finley 

GROVE, Okla. George Finley, 80, Grove, died at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at a nursing home in Grove after a long illness.

Mr. Finley was born Aug. 11, 1916, at Mayesville. He moved to the Grove area in 1971 from San Diego, Calif. He was a supervisor for the Federal Civil Service, San Diego, Calif., until he retired in 1971. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Alpharetta Rowan on Jan. 29, 1944, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She died Aug. 29, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, James Finley, Poway, Calif., and Gary Finley, Grove; a brother, Norman Finley, Grove; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. Barney Hankinson will officiate. 

Helen Duncan 

GRAVETTE, Ark. Helen Ola Duncan, 81, Gravette, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at a nursing home in Bella Vista, Ark., after a long illness.

Mrs. Duncan was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Maple City, Kan. She was a homemaker. She moved to Sulphur Springs in 1973 and to Gravette in 1995.

She was a member of Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, Eastern Star No. 321 in Sulphur Springs and the Friendly Neighbors Club.

She married John G. Duncan on Nov. 7, 1940, at Las Vegas, Nev. He died Nov. 21, 1993.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Betz and the Rev. Jim Kirkwood officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Gravette.

Friends may call after noon today at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church. 

John Clark 

John Lyle Clark, 37, 223 Byers Ave., died Monday, July 28, 1997, 

at his home after an illness. Mr. Clark was born Jan. 30, 1960, in Carthage. He was employed at Webb City Christian Nursing Center as a registered nurse. He was a member of Unity Church, Joplin.

Survivors include his parents, Troy and Ruth Clark, Reeds; and a sister, Judy Barker, Carthage.

The body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Unity Church, 2902 E. 20th St., Joplin. The Rev. Jackie Morgan will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Nancy Fontinelle 

Nancy A. Fontinelle, 67, Joplin, died at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Fontinelle was born Feb. 10, 1930, at Jamestown, N.Y. She had lived in Joplin since 1965, when she moved from California. She was an interior designer for several Joplin stores, including the former Newman's department store. She was an ordained minister and was active in the Joplin Little Theatre during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She attended Deliverance Temple, Springfield.

She married Hal L. Fontinelle in 1971 in Springfield. He died March 2, 1980.

She also was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include three sons, John Welshofer, Alton, Ill., Peter Welshofer, Smyrna, Tenn., and Patrick Welshofer, Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Judy Dennis, Austin, Texas, Leslie Dyce, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Carol Pippin, Webb City; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the mortuary. 

Thomas Rogers 

Thomas Andrew Rogers, 54, Broken Arrow, Okla., formerly of Joplin, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 6, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Rogers was born March 21, 1943, in Joplin. He lived in Joplin until he moved to Broken Arrow in 1980. He was graduated in 1961 from Joplin High School and attended Missouri Southern State College. He was a private detective and served in the Missouri National Guard for many years. He was a member of Connor Avenue Baptist Church, Joplin.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Baker Rogers, Broken Arrow; his parents, Mary and A.L. Cox Jr., Joplin; two brothers, Terry Rogers, Joplin, and A.L. Cox III, Broken Arrow; and three sisters, Mary Riley, Metairie, La., Maggie Chandler, Loveland, Colo., and Annie McCulley, Brandenton, Fla.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. J.K. Wright officiating.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, in care of Parker Mortuary. 

Vernon Cravens 

AURORA, Mo. The Rev. Vernon B. Cravens, 73, Aurora, died at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Cravens was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Hartville. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Aurora and was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Wilma Trabue on March 17, 1946, in Greensburg, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Lynette Jennings, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Nancy Freeman, Springfield, and LeAnna Hoskins, Grand Island, Neb.; five brothers, Wilbur Cravens and Robert Cravens, both of Mansfield, Farris Cravens, DeSoto, Marvin Cravens, Mountain Grove, and Ellis Cravens, Hartville; two sisters, Ruby Floyd, Mountain Grove, and Ruth Bills, Springfield; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and seven step-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, with the Rev. Jane Brigdon-Graham and the Rev. Jarvis Barrett officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Eber Kelley 

ARCOLA, Mo. Eber Orr Kelley, 68, Arcola, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Kelley was born Nov. 22, 1928, at Crisp. He was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Dade County.

Survivors include a brother, Paul T. Kelley, South Greenfield; and a sister, Mary Jane White, Arcola.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

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

Katherine Mers 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Katherine E. Mers, 76, Carthage, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at a Carthage nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Mers was born Oct. 15, 1920, in Jasper County. She was graduated from Carthage High School in 1938. She lived in California from 1944 to 1949 and in Wichita, Kan., from 1950 to 1959. She returned to California from 1959 to 1962. She lived in Boulder, Colo., from 1962 to 1970, and then moved to Diamond City, Ark., where she lived until 1989, when she moved to Carthage. She was an officer and board member of the Women's Aeronautical Association of Kansas.

She married Howard E. Mers on Nov. 12, 1938, in Carthage. He died July 2, 1989.

Additional survivors include two sons, Stephen Mers, Greenbrier, Ark., and Jay Mers, Aurora, N.C.; a daughter, Cynthia Rowe, Newbern, N.C.; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

The body was cremated. Private family services will follow.

Services are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Mary Scroggins 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Mary Scroggins, 89, Wentworth route 1, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Scroggins was born Jan. 20, 1908, at Compton, Ark. She was a member of Monett Church of Christ.

Her husband, Coy Scroggins, died April 20, 1987.

Survivors include a son, Daniel Scroggins, Columbia; a brother, George Petree, Harrison, Ark.; and a sister, Ethel Adams, Conway, Ark.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Monett Church of Christ with Dale Graham officiating. Burial will be in Plumlee Cemetery near Compton, Ark.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. 

Darrell Young 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Graveside services for Darrell M. Young, 93, Carthage, who died Wednesday, Aug. 6, will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Park Cemetery in Carthage, with the Rev. David Brain officiating. The family requests that no contributions be made.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Berl Zirkle 

SENECA, Mo. Berl W. Zirkle, 83, Springfield, formerly of Seneca, died at 5:24 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a heart attack.

Mr. Zirkle was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Godley, Texas. He grew up in the Seneca area. He was a silver miner and logger in northern Idaho in the 1930s and was a ship builder in the Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash. areas during World War II. In 1950, he moved to Springfield, where he was employed by Trailmobile. He was a rancher in Christian County from 1965 until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Zirkle, Springfield; three daughters, Patricia Nieman, Springfield, Beverly Duddy, Portland, Ore., and Marlene Dyal, Anchorage, Alaska; two stepsons, David Thater and Gary Thater, Springfield; a sister, Dorothy Kuhn, Seneca; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Racine Christian Church. A great-nephew, the Rev. Douglas Houdyshell, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield. 

Audrey White 

OSWEGO, Kan. Audrey Lee White, 75, Oswego, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. White was born Nov. 17, 1921, at Newalla, Okla. She had worked at Glen Berry Manufacturing Co., Oswego. She was a committeewoman for the Oswego Township Election Board. She was a member of Assembly of God Church, Oswego.

She married Lonnie White on May 25, 1940, at Shawnee, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Fred White, Oswego; a daughter, Lorena Fletcher, Lake Lotawana, Mo.; three brothers, Willie Ellsworth, Hallowell, Vernon Ellsworth, Coffeyville, and Leroy Ellsworth, Holland, Mich.; two sisters, Gertrude Sayne, Owasso, Okla., and Evelyn Belford, Vinita, Okla.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church, Oswego. The Rev. Chuck Kackley will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.

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

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

Tanya Hackworth 

JAY, Okla. Tanya Renee Hackworth, 23, Kansas City, Mo., died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo., after complications from surgery. Her father and stepmother, Ron and Vi Rogers, are residents of Jay.

Mrs. Hackworth was born March 29, 1974, at Okmulgee. She spent her younger years in Oklahoma and was graduated from Beggs High School in 1992. She and her husband lived in Purcell and later moved to Kansas City, where he was employed by Koch Supplies.

She married Michael Hackworth on May 30, 1992. He survives.

Additional survivors include two children, Haley and Aaron Hackworth, of the home; her mother and stepfather, Elaine and Johnny Boak, Beggs; her father and stepmother, Ron and Vi Rogers, Jay; a brother, Greg Rogers, Jay; a sister, Lisha Boak, Beggs; and her grandparents.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, Jay, with the Rev. Roy Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Eucha White Cemetery.

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

Delpha Poole 

MIAMI, Okla. Delpha M. Poole, 73, Miami, died early Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at St. John's Hospital, Tulsa.

Mrs. Poole was born April 11, 1924, at Lebanon, Mo. She was a retired salesperson for Durham's. She was a lifetime Ottawa County resident. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and many community groups.

She married George James Poole Sr. on Oct. 18, 1941, at Oswego, Kan. He died Feb. 23, 1985.

Survivors include three sons, Dee Poole, George James Poole Jr. and Bob Poole, all of Miami; a daughter, Sharolyn McCoy, Miami; three brothers, Delbert Long, Bullhead, Ariz., Bill Long, West Palm Beach, Fla., and David Long, Phoenixville, Pa.; two sisters, Vera Abernathy, Sugar Creek, Kan., and Jane Ohlund, Graham, Wash.; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services are pending with Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Roy Rutherford 

MIAMI, Okla. Roy Edison Rutherford, 75, 1130 E St. N.E., died at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center after a short illness.

Mr. Rutherford was born July 12, 1922, at Pawhuska, Okla. He worked as a carpenter in the Commerce, Miami and Tulsa areas. He managed apartments in Tulsa and on Grand Lake near Grove. He was maintenance director at Miami Nursing Center the past four years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in World War II. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Miami. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147, Miami. He was past commander of the American Legion at Commerce, Okla.

He married Billie Marie Clark on Dec. 24, 1941, at Commerce. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Roy Rutherford II, Bluefield, W. Va., Steve Rutherford, Muldrow, and John Scott Rutherford, Fort Smith, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Commerce. The Rev. Don Varble and the Rev. Larry Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abby Memorial Garden, east of Miami.

Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail.

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

Pallbearers will be Clark Selby Jr., Billy Joe Selby, Frank Wilson, Donnie Giles, Ron Clark and Gary Clark.


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