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Harry Evans

William Harry Evans, 81, 1020 W. Murphy Blvd., died at 9:43 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medial Center after several months of ill health.

Mr. Evans was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Joplin. He was a lifelong area resident. He was graduated from Joplin High School and entered the Army in 1934. He was stationed on Corrigador Island, New Guinea, and later served in Okinawa, Korea, Germany, Fort Leonard Wood and Scofield Army Post in Hawaii. He retired in 1962.

He later worked at Joplin Regional Diagnostic Center in 1965.

He served 17 years as blood chairman for the local American Red Cross. He was a member of Joplin Historical Museum and Masonic Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A.F. & A.M. He was an Episcopal.

He married Dixie Quisenberry on Nov. 18, 1960, in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann Kinney, Poplar Bluff; two brothers, John F. Evans, Oklahoma City, and Gene R. Evans, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and two grandchildren.

Private services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Van Gundy will officiate.

Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Masonic graveside services will be conducted.

Services are under direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Dean Brooks

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Dean Brooks, 87, Cassville, died at 10:33 p.m. Aug. 7, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Brooks was born Feb. 24, 1910, at Cape Fair. She attended Black Sheep School at Cape Fair, was graduated from Aurora High School, and received an elementary-education degree from Drury College, Springfield. She later worked on her master's degree at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She taught school for 36 years in Barry County before she retired from the Exeter R-6 School District in 1979. She was a member of Mill Street Church of Christ, Cassville.

She married George Brooks on Oct. 20, 1937, at Neosho. He died Jan. 4, 1996.

Survivors include a brother, Doss Bennett, Galena, Mo.; and a sister, Doma Bennett, Cassville.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Clio Cemetery, Jenkins. Wayne Deffenbaugh, minister, will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

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

Darrell Dalton

PURCELL, Mo. - Darrell F. Dalton, 49, Purcell, died at 3:20 p.m., Aug. 7, 1997, after an accidental electrocution at a construction site outside of Carthage.

Mr. Dalton was born March 30, 1948, in Joplin. He was a worker for John Southerd Construction Co.

He was a member of Christ Church, Oronogo. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

He married Donna G. Southerd on Nov. 20, 1968, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Tracy Ray Dalton, Carl Junction, and Troy M. Dalton, Joplin; a daughter, Shelbie Miranda Dalton, of the home; two brothers, Melvin Dalton, Livermore, Calif., and Wayne Dalton, Oklahoma City; and a sister, Barbara Miller, Joplin.

Burial will be at Fullerton Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Dale Peterson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Land, Chris Dalton, Joe Miller, Homer Scott, Mat Nelson and Roger Grimes.

Contributions may be made to Christ Church, Oronogo.

Marie Elmore

GRANBY, Mo. - Marie Francis Elmore, 85, Granby, died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Elmore was born Nov. 20, 1911, at Berthold, N.D. She moved to the Stark City area as a child.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Newtonia Baptist Church, Newtonia.

She married Hiram Len Elmore on March 29, 1929, at Neosho. He died on Jan. 2, 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Boyer, Seneca; a son, Leonard Keith Elmore, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Newtonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Ivie Cemetery, east of Granby.

Pallbearers will be Waymeth Boyer, Matt Patterson, Darren Cook, Eric Platner and Waylon Boyer.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.

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

Frances Ford

AURORA, Mo. - Frances M. Ford, 86, Aurora, died at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after an illness.

Mrs. Ford was born Feb. 13, 1911, at Overbrook, Kan. She had lived in Cassville from 1952 until 1994, when she moved to a nursing home in Aurora. She received her education at Overbrook. She was a homemaker and had worked as a private duty nurse.

She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Cassville.

She married Earl Ford on Oct. 5, 1951, at Kansas City. He died on Oct. 13, 1974.

Survivors include a brother, Clyde L. Johnson, Overbrook.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Overbrook (Kan.) Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Coffman will officiate.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Henry Foster

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Henry F. Foster, 41, Eagletown, Okla., formerly of Cassville, died at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Broken Bow, Okla., from injuries sustained in a truck accident at a construction site.

Mr. Foster was born Feb. 22, 1956, at Marysville, Calif. He attended Cassville schools. He was a self-employed welder. He had worked as a mechanic in Cassville before he moved to Eagletown in 1992. He was a member of the Pentecostal church in Broken Bow.

He married Vickie Dickerson on April 14, 1978, at Eagletown. She survives.

Additional survivors include five brothers, Kenneth Foster and Billy Joe Foster, both of Cassville, James Foster, Marysville, Calif., Lawrence Foster, Umatilla, Ore., and Frank Foster, McDowell; and three sisters, Geneva Bunt, Cassville, Temmie Moore, Purdy, and Mary Blanchard, Marysville.

Graveside services will be Thursday at Eagletown (Okla.) Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norwood Leonard Funeral Home, Broken Bow.

Norma Jeffery

NEOSHO, Mo. - Norma Joy Jeffery, 68, Neosho, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Jeffery was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Neosho and was a lifetime area resident. She was graduated from Neosho High School. She worked as a financial secretary at First Christian Church, Neosho. She retired in 1997.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Neosho, and the Widow To Widow group.

She married Lee Jeffery on Oct. 8, 1948, at El Dorado, Kan. He died in October 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Nolan Jeffery, Kansas City, and Scott Mills Jeffery, Tampa, Fla.; and four sisters, Helen Lesky, Arcadia, Calif., Violet Carrick and Alma Lou Block, both of Neosho, and Sylvia J. Sayers, Pine Bluffs, N.Y.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Neosho. The Rev. Clement Graham will officiate.

The body will lie in state from noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The body will be taken for cremation after the visitation.

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

Michelle Sapp

CARTERVILLE, Mo. - Michelle Sapp, 26, 306 N. Pine St., died at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the home of Don and Bea Sapp in Carterville after 11/2 years of ill health.

Mrs. Sapp was born Dec. 9, 1970, in Joplin. She lived in the Carterville area the past 12 years. She was graduated in 1989 from Webb City High School. She was a member of Southview Assembly of God Church in Joplin and attended Faith and New Hope Church in Carterville. She was active in the Carterville PTO.

She married Roger Sapp on June 4, 1988, in Carterville. He survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Kyle Sapp, of the home; one daughter, Nicole Sapp, of the home; her father and stepmother, Michael and Ricki Tudor, Duenweg; her stepfather and mother, Charles and Ruby Jennings, Carterville; one brother, Charlie Jennings, Carterville; one sister, Ladawn Jennings, Webb City; her paternal grandparents, John and Betty Pigg, Joplin; and her maternal grandmother, Edith Chronister, Piedmont.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Faith and New Hope Church, east of Carterville, with the Rev. P. J. Hutchinson and the Rev. John Pigg officiating. Burial will be in Carterville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Robert McDaniel, Andy Pike, Troy Reynolds, Rusty Garrett, Jerry Sikes and Joe Beckett.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Regional Center Hospice Program, Joplin.

Treva Swingle

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Treva K. Swingle, 73, Carthage, died at 2:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at a nursing home in Joplin after a long illness.

Mrs. Swingle was born Jan. 23, 1924, in the Kendricktown community, near Carthage. She moved to Naples, Fla., in December 1984. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Red Arrow Trailer Sales, Naples. She returned to Carthage in July 1997.

She was a member of Kendricktown Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi sorority, both at Kansas City.

She married Marvin T. Swingle on April 14, 1942, at Ash Grove. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Marvin D. Swingle, Lakeville, Minn., and Terrell R. Swingle, Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Herbert W. Erwin, Carthage; three sisters, Edith Dayringer and Jean Harper, both of Carthage, and Helen Glass, Rogers, Ark.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Ray Crews will officiate. Burial will be in Jasper School Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Goldia Zinn

NEVADA, Mo. - Goldia Ruth West Zinn, 72, Nevada, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Zinn was born Aug. 18, 1924, at Foster. She lived most of her life in the Hume area of Bates County. She moved to Nevada in 1977.

She worked at Nevada State Hospital for 20 years. She retired in 1989.

She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

She married Robert V. Zinn on Oct. 14, 1947, at Mound City, Kan. He died on Dec. 30, 1974.

Survivors include a son, Robert S. Zinn, Nevada; two daughters, Roberta Hess and Rena Brewer, both of Hume; a sister, Jesse Hackleman, Kansas City, Kan.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with George Brown officiating. The body has been cremated. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Mamie Gaston

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Mamie Gaston, 87, formerly of 1001 E. Walnut St., died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Gaston was born Oct. 9, 1909, at Carl Junction, Mo. She was a member of Fir Road Christian Church, Smithfield, Mo.

She married Melvin Gaston on June 1, 1930, at Crestline. He died July 9, 1976.

Additional survivors include two sons, Maurice Gaston, Columbus, and Freddie Gaston, Payette, Idaho; a brother, Dale Cantrell, Carl Junction; a sister, Lorene DeGraff, Smithfield; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter and two infant sons.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Carl Junction Cemetery. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Delpha Poole

MIAMI, Okla. - Services for Delpha M. Poole, 73, Miami, who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Assembly of God Church, Miami.

The Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Dee Poole, Bob Poole, George Poole Jr., Daniel Poole, Randy Ray and Cody Zimmerman.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Robert Booker

Robert Coleman Booker, 84, 2807 Main St., died at 3:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at a local

nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Booker was born Aug. 28, 1912, at Gladstone, Va. He was employed with Mobil Oil Co. from 1932 to 1942. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945, and with the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1948 to 1950.

He owned and operated Mobil Garage and Service Station, Grand Rapids, Mich., from 1945 to 1961. He moved to Joplin in 1961 and opened Jasper County Auto Supply, 1410 Main St., which he operated until 1973. In 1974, he purchased Mount Vernon Auto & Tractor Supply. He operated that business until 1978. He retired in 1979.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Joplin, and the Joplin Optimist Club.

He married Jewel A. Howard on Jan. 19, 1945, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She died April 4, 1979.

He married Virginia Rose Stark on July 3, 1984, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Robert H. Booker, Joplin; two brothers, Malcomb A. Booker and George E. Booker, both of Appomattox County, Va.; and three sisters, Alyce Booker Vaitaus, Quincy, Mass., Bernice Irene Booker Arnold, Newport News, Va., and Edna L. Booker Ewing, Wintergreen, Va.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, with the Rev. William Henderson officiating. Burial will be in the Booker Family Cemetery, Buckingham County, Va., under the direction of Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, Va.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Beatrice Ellison

Beatrice "Sis" Kiser Ellison, 83, Joplin, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at her daughter's Joplin home after a long illness.

Mrs. Ellison was born July 30, 1914, in Joplin. She was a lifelong area resident and a homemaker.

Her husband, Leslie C. Ellison Sr. died Oct. 5, 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Annis Jane Medley, Joplin; four sons, Condia Ellison Jr., Tulsa, Okla., Eldon Ellison, Cookson, Okla., and Lomer Ellison and Floyd Ellison, both of Joplin; a brother, Kenneth Kiser, Joplin; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin.

Sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Lillie Herron

Services for Lillie Herron, 76, Joplin, who died Saturday, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

The Rev. Roy Sprouse will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 801 McKinley Ave. after the services.

Pallbearers will be Clifford Alexander, Kevin Alexander, Mike Alexander, and Brad DeHaven.

Contributions may be made to the Faith Holiness Church, in care of the mortuary.

Elizabeth Larkin

Elizabeth Larkin, 74, Joplin, died at 4:16 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at her daughter's Joplin home after a long illness.

Mrs. Larkin was born June 7, 1923, at Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Joplin in 1977 from Brentwood, N.Y. She worked 12 years for LaBarge Electronics, Joplin, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin.

She married Eugene V. Larkin on Nov. 16, 1966, at Bay Shore, N.Y. He died Dec. 12, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Hedge, Joplin; two sons, Carl Petersen, Diamond, and James Petersen, Spring Hill, Fla.; a brother, John Dempsey, Granby; a sister, Gertrude Kelly, Joplin; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Max Bishop will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, in care of the mortuary.

Garold Morlan

Graveside services for Garold Morlan, 85, St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Joplin, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.

Lawrence Robinett

Lawrence Thomas Robinett Sr., 53, Hollister, Mo., formerly of Joplin, died at 2:36 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, in Joplin after a sudden illness.

Mr. Robinett was born May 16, 1944, at Siloam Springs, Ark. He moved to Hollister in 1996 from Joplin. He was an electrician for The Empire District Electric Co.

He married Theresa Weber on July 15, 1967, at Pittsfield, Ill. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Lawrence Thomas Robinett Jr., Stephen Ray Robinett and Michael Joseph Robinett, all of Joplin; a brother, Danny Lake, Broken Arrow, Okla.; three sisters, Charlene Binkley and Carol Burris, both of Broken Arrow, and Kathleen Vaughn, Goodman; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Kenneth Lerwick officiating. Burial will be in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Weber, Wesley Weber, Clayton Koile, Bill Coberley, Russ Schoeller, Bob Weber, Warren Peterson and Ron Rudolph.

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

Jane Blankenship

CASSVILLE, Mo.—Jane Blankenship, 52, Cassville, died at 12:03 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mrs. Blankenship was born Dec. 16, 1944 in Rhode Island. She moved to Missouri from Rhode Island in 1992. For about 10 years, she was a school bus driver in Narragansett, R.I. In Cassville, she had worked for the Fasco Corp. and Red Rose Inn. She worked for Thorco Inc. at the time of her illness.

She was a member of Roaring River Southern Baptist Church, Eagle Rock.

She married Ellery O. Blankenship on Nov. 10, 1962. at Port Hueneme, Calif. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ellery Otis Blankenship Jr., Seligman, and Donald James Blankenship, Jacksonville, Ark.; a daughter, Lee Ann Ogg, Pittsburgh, Pa.; her mother, Ethel Rosenbalm, Peace Dale, R.I.; three brothers, Christopher Christensen, state of Florida, Donald Christensen, La Feria, Texas, and James Christensen, Hope Valley, R.I.; two sisters, Carol Ann Christensen and Marjorie Hanson, both of Hope Valley, R.I., and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Paul Yarnall will officiate. Burial will be in Munsey Cemetery, Eagle Rock.

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

Tony Duncan

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Anthony "Tony" Duncan, 45, Mount Vernon, died at 5:58 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Duncan was born Oct. 10, 1951, at Joplin. He was a heavy-equipment operator.

He married Linda Elliot on March 29, 1969, at Sarcoxie. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Leath and Toni Buttram, both of Mount Vernon; his mother, Rosa Duncan, Sarcoxie; four sisters, Glenda Miller and Donna Stemmons, both of Carthage, Sandy Brown, Fairview, and Janet Higgins, Republic; four brothers, Eddie Duncan, Mount Vernon, Gene Duncan, Sarcoxie, Fred Duncan, Aurora, and DeWayne Duncan, Avilla; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Cemetery, north of Stotts City, with the Rev. Mark Morris officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Roberta Franks

NEOSHO, Mo. — Roberta Maiden Franks, 84, Neosho, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Franks was born Sept. 5, 1912, at Stella. She moved from Stella to Neosho in 1917. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Neosho.

She married Charles P. Franks on Jan. 25, 1934, at Springfield. He died March 23, 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Lang Franks, Neosho, and Barry Franks, Joplin; a sister, Adah Hennick, Neosho; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Neosho.

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

Enid Lehman

NEVADA, Mo. — Enid Muriel Lehman, 87, Nevada, died Sunday morning, Aug. 10, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Lehman was born July 18, 1910, at LaKemp, Okla. She moved to Vernon County in 1944 from the state of Texas. She was an area contributor to the Nevada Daily Mail. She was a member of Montevallo Baptist Church and the Jolly Homemakers Club.

She married Lewis Webster Lehman on May 18, 1929. He died Oct. 9, 1977.

Survivors include two sons, Lewis Wayne Lehman, Nevada, and Edwin Lehman, Champaign, Ill.; four stepgrandchildren; and eight great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Loren Fox will officiate. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo.

Contributions may be made to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund or to the Home Health Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Willie Loyd

NEVADA, Mo. — Willie Lea Loveall Loyd, 80, Nevada, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Loyd was born Sept. 6, 1916, in Cedar County. She worked in Kansas City, Mo., for a period of time and then returned to her farm and worked at the former Nevada State Hospital until retiring. She was a member of the Coal Creek Club and First Baptist Church, Nevada.

She married Clarence Junior Loyd on Nov. 29, 1947, in Nevada. He died Nov. 25, 1984.

Survivors include a sister, Feleria Jane Loveall Kibler, Nevada; her stepmother, Alice White, Lamar; two half brothers, Melvin Loveall, Trenton, and Tom Loveall, Lamar; and two half sisters, Evelyn Loveall Johnston, Lamar, and Alice Louise Loveall, Lamar.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. William C. Cox officiating. Private burial will follow at Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Contributions may be made to Moore-Few Care Center or to the church of the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Lucy Seufert

PIERCE CITY, Mo. — Lucy A. Seufert, 84, Pierce City, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Seufert was born Jan. 10, 1913, in Barry County.

She married Frank Seufert on Nov. 7, 1933, in Pierce City. He died in September 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Glen Seufert and William Seufert, both of Pierce City; a sister, Dora Hirsch, Pierce City; two brothers, Cleo Elbert, Pierce City, and Fred Elbert, Independence; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City, with the Rev. David Miller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City, with visitation to follow.

Johnny Combs

GALENA, Kan. — Johnny Edward Combs, 57, Fredonia, formerly of Galena, died at the scene of a fire early Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, in a Fredonia boarding home.

Mr. Combs was born Oct. 14, 1939, at Joplin, Mo. He had spent most of his life in Galena before living in the boarding home for the past seven years. He was a machinist for nine years for Peterson Brothers, Englewood, Calif. He attended the Church of Christ, Galena.

Survivors include three brothers, Bill Combs and Carl Combs, both of Galena, and Kenneth Combs, Riverton route 1; and a sister, Dorothy Pribbenow, Rose Hill.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. The Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate.

The casket will be closed at all times.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Sarah Ridgway

CHETOPA, Kan. — Sarah Lucille Ridgway, 89, Chetopa, died at 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at a Chetopa nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Ridgway was born Sept. 22, 1907, at Springfield, Mo. She was a homemaker. She moved to Chetopa from Cathedral City, Calif., about for years ago. She was a former member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Tom Ridgway, Chetopa; two daughters, Lois Schofield and Millie Cork, both of Tustin, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa. The Rev. Ron Frazier will officiate.

Contributions may be made to the Chetopa Manor or to the building fund at Community Bible Church of Chetopa, in care of Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

Billy Vance

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Billy Dean Vance, 58, 2015 Park Ave., died at 6:47 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Vance was born Feb. 6, 1939, in Baxter Springs. He was a supervisor for J&M Farms, Commerce, Okla. He attended Lowell Friends Church. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.

Survivors include a son, George F. Vance, Baxter Springs; five brothers, Bud Vance, Baxter Springs, Butch Vance, Sherman Mills, Maine, and Mark Weikle, Kenny Weikle, and Larry Vance, all of Armona, Calif.; two sisters, Vicky McCarty, Armona, and Glena Stedley, Topeka; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, with the Rev. Danny Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Thelma Logan

PICHER, Okla. — Thelma L. Logan, 65, 218 S. Netta St., died at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mrs. Logan was born Feb. 29, 1932, at Galena, Kan. She had lived in Picher since 1984, moving from Escondido, Calif. She had worked as a merchandise manager for K-Mart for 19 years in Escondido. She had worked at Dan's General Store, Picher, for the past 10 years.

She was a member of Tri-State Faith Center, Cardin, Okla.

She married Fred Logan on May 12, 1959. He died April 4, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Fred Logan, Commerce; a daughter, April Hancock, Escondido; two sisters, Judy Jean Whitwell, Wichita, Kan., and Dee Suman, Picher; and 11 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, with the Rev. Charles Clevenger and the Rev. Clifton Redden officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Suman, Eddie Gene Whitwell, Sam Freeman, Sammy Freeman, Robert Freeman and Chester Bauer.

Jedi Thomas

GROVE, Okla. — Jedi Thomas, 48, Grove, died at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Thomas was born March 3, 1949, in Orange County, Calif. She and her family moved to Grove in 1971 and operated Melody Point Resort until 1986. She also operated The Learning Tree Preschool from 1979 to 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn Thomas, Okmulgee, and Eric Thomas, Stillwater; and two grandsons.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Sam Harris will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.


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