Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Charles Powell Jr.

Charles Leon Powell Jr., 66, Holland, Mich., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at a brother's home near Washington,

D.C., after a long illness. Mr. Powell was born June 19, 1931, in Joplin. He moved to Holland in 1971. He was graduated from the former Lincoln High School, Joplin. She later was graduated from the Tuskegee Institute, the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and American University, Washington, D.C. For the past 26 years, he taught linguistics and English in the Holland area. He taught English to foreign students. He was a 10-year Fulbright teacher in Asia.

Survivors include a brother, Ronald Powell, Mitchellville, Md.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 S. Mineral St.

Arrangements are under the direction of J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Landover, Md.

Irene Galloway

CARTHAGE, Mo. —- Irene M. Galloway, 86, formerly of 2440 Clinton St., died at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at McCune Brooks Hospital.

She was born Jan. 13, 1911, in Carthage and was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker. Her hobbies included golf, bowling and skeet-shooting. She was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Carthage.

She married Jack (C.N.) Galloway on July 12, 1930, in Lamar. He died on June 24, 1968.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Galloway, Cedar Key, Fla.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Max Raney, minister, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Roger Adams, Butch Adams, Garry Adams, Kevin Osborne and Wayne Castor.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Wayne Jackson

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Wayne B. Jackson, 68, Carthage route 3, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Jackson was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Eraths County, Texas. He was a Joplin area resident since 1949. He graduated from Greenville (Texas) High School and attended East Texas State College, Commerce He was a rancher and operated Jackson & Co. Construction, Carthage. He was a tester for Rocketdyne, Neosho, for eight years. He was a charter member of the Jasper County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and a charter member of the Governor's Mounted Guard. He was a member of Carterville Lodge No. 401 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin, and Abou Ben Adhem Temple, Springfield. He was a member of Dudman Springs Church, Carthage.

He married Mary Ruth Jones on June 26, 1949, in Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Becky Watts, Joplin, Kathy Braden, Crowley, Texas, and Virginia Snodgrass, Weir, Kan.; two sons, Larry Jackson, Carthage, and Greg Jackson, Plano, Texas; three sisters, Carol Noble, Austin, Texas, Janet Lurker, Bandera, Texas, and Susan McNeil, Adkins, Texas; his father and stepmother, Sterling and Sally Baber, Austin, Texas; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dudman Springs Church. The Rev. Boyce Mouton will officiate. Burial will be in Dudman Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Rusk, Hugh Aubrey, Rod Cline, Gene Morando and Walter Feiker.

Contributions may be made to the Kevin Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Bruce Kilgore

GREENFIELD, Mo. — Bruce E. Kilgore, 93, Greenfield, died at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at a Greenfield nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Kilgore was born Sept. 24, 1903, in Greenfield. He was graduated from Greenfield High School and Draughon Business College. He was a retired farmer and postal carrier and clerk. He was a member of Greenfield Main Street Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He married Maureen Williamson on May 14, 1928, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Charles E. Kilgore, Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Barbara Montgomery, Greenfield; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Harold McMasters officiating. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery.

Friends may call at any time at the funeral chapel.

Contributions may be made to Greenfield Main Street Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.

Ralph McClary

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Ralph F. McClary, 90, Carthage route 5, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after a one-year illness.

Mr. McClary was born March 22, 1907, at Sarcoxie. He lived in Carthage most of his life. He was a retired carpenter. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, rural Carthage.

He married Lorena Michael on March 1, 1931, at Columbus, Kan. She is his only immediate survivor.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church. The Rev. Martin Brockett will officiate. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

Arrangements are under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Amos Smith

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Amos C. Smith, 79, Carthage, died at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Smith was born May 16, 1918, at Reeds. He lived in Carthage most of his life.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Avilla (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Esther Malmquist will officiate.

Arrangements are under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

June Edwards

GALENA, Kan. — Services for June Delores Edwards, 83, Oklahoma City, formerly of Galena, who died Wednesday, Aug. 13, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Billy Pennock, minister, will officiate.

Burial will be in Kingdom Campground Cemetery, west of Galena.

Survivors include a son, David Edwards, Oswego. He was incorrectly identified as a brother in an obituary published in Thursday's edition of The Globe.

Mitcheal Larson

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Mitcheal Don Larson, 37, Baxter Springs, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at his home after a long battle with AIDS.

Mr. Larson was born Feb. 26, 1960, in Joplin, Mo. He grew up in Wichita. He worked for AT&T for 17 years until he was disabled by illness. He moved to Baxter Springs last December from the Kansas City area.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Mooney, Baxter Springs; his father, Ronald Larson, Wichita; a brother, Micheal Larson, Wichita; two sisters, Pamela Sathnagam and Penni Larson, both of Wichita; and his maternal grandmother, Mary Girton, Galena.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lowell Cemetery. The Rev. Verl Strong will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the home, 825 W. A St., Baxter Springs.

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

Contributions may be made to the AIDS Resource Network of Southeast Kansas, P.O. Box 530, Pittsburg, KS, 66762.

Neal Tremble

GALENA, Kan. — Neal Tremble, 75, Estes Park, Colo., formerly of Galena, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Estes Park Medical Center, Estes Park, of natural causes.

Mr. Tremble was born May 25, 1922, at Galena. He moved to Estes Park in 1993. He had also lived in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was graduated in 1940 from Galena High School. He attended Drake University, Des Moines, the University of Oregon, Eugene, and the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

He worked as a coach, professor and administrator at several universities, including Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, the University of Denver, Colo., the University of Maryland, College Park, and Drake University.

He was a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He was a co-founder of Continental Health Enhancement Center, Estes Park, and the Arizona Parkinson Institute, Mesa, Ariz.

He married Joyce Adams on June 1, 1947, at Des Moines. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Kimberly McLain, Wilmington, Del., and Diane Tremble-Ball, Madison, Ala.; three sons, Michael Tremble, Gallup, N.M., Steven Tremble, Portland, Ore., and Scott Tremble, Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Joe Tremble, La Pine, Ore., and Robert Tremble, Joplin; a sister, Mildred Langford, Lexington, Ky.; and three grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Contributions may be made to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in care of Allnut Funeral Service, Estes Park.

Jackie Crockett

PICHER, Okla. — Jackie Eugene Crockett, 57, 102 E. 12th St., died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mr. Crockett was born Dec. 23, 1939, in Joplin. He had lived in Picher most of his life. He was chief of police for the City of Picher since 1979.

He married Peggy Howell on March 15, 1958, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Butch Crockett, Commerce, and Rick Crockett, Picher; a daughter, Peggy Davis, Miami; a sister, Vondell Crockett, Salem, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at GAR Cemetery, Miami, with the Rev. Lloyd Stone officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jody Brown, Ron Meadow, Jim Cook, Ted Pruitt, Chris Henry and Jerry Bayliss.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Ruby Dent

MIAMI, Okla. —Ruby Pearl Dent, 74, Miami route 1, died at 1 p.m. Thursday at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mrs. Dent was born March 1, 1923, in Commerce. She returned to Miami three years ago from Tacoma, Wash., and was a Miami area resident most of her life. She attended Miami schools. She was a homemaker and a member of the World Wide Church of God, Carterville.

She married Paul M. Dent on March 7, 1942, in Miami. He survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Judy Kay Copeland, Algona, Wash., Janet McTurnal, Olympia, Wash., and Paula Cunningham, Tacoma; her mother, Ruby Grace Nichols Pendley, Miami; a brother, Charles Franklin Nichols Jr., Tulsa; a sister, Bonnie Maxine Olson, Miami, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Chapel, Miami. Pastor Dan King will officiate. Burial will be at Glen Abbey Cemetery, east of Miami.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ross Foster

MIAMI, Okla. — Ross Everett Foster, 83, 12 G St. SW, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Foster was born April 13, 1914, in Joplin. He moved from Joplin to Miami in 1956 and lived there since. He was graduated in 1935 from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a wholesale pharmaceutical representative for Pennington Wholesale Drug Co., Joplin, for 33 years, and for McPike Wholesale Drug Co. for eight years. He retired in 1978. He was a member of First Assembly of God, Miami, where he had served as a deacon and had led the Thursday night prayer group since 1975. He was a member of Orrawa Gideon Camp, Miami.

He married Jon Sayre on Nov. 5, 1938, at Seneca, Mo. She survives.

Additional survivors include five sons, Dennis Foster, Rialto, Calif., David Foster, Glennwood, Colo., Don Foster, Tulsa, Okla., Bob Foster, DeRidder, La., and Paul Foster, Edmond, Okla.; a brother, Hal Foster, Harrisonville Township, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandsons.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, Miami, with the Rev. Gerald Baser officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Jess McKibben, Gary Funk, Tim Hall, Scott Morton, Clair Tromsness and James Stomer.

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

Contributions may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Program in care of the funeral home.

Ronald Hodges

COMMERCE, Okla. — Ronald Joe Hodges, 60, 316 N. Main, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Hodges was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Cardin. He lived in Commerce the past four years after he moved from Columbus, Kan. He worked for Miami area car dealers for several years.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Treece, Kan. Greg Daniels will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Sam Seabolt

JAY, Okla. — Sam Seabolt, 84, Jay, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Seabolt was born July 10, 1913, at Bernice. He was a lifelong resident of the Jay area. He was a retired farmer.

He married Wenona Merrill on March 28, 1936. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Charles Seabolt, Zena, Larry Seabolt, Clinton, and James Seabolt, Quincy, Calif.; six daughters, Maryann York, Judy Hudson and Glenda Madden, all of Jay, Brenda Cecil, state of Arkansas, Joyce Maples, Zena, and Janice Creason, Mena, Ark.; five brothers, names and hometowns undisclosed; four sisters, names and hometowns undisclosed; 48 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Center Baptist Church, Monkey Island. The Rev. Larry Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Ralston Cemetery, Monkey Island.

Pallbearers will be Bill Hudson, Eric Williams, Tom Maples, Brent Maples, Joe York, Rodney Starr and James Thonton.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay.

Mable Sims

CARDIN, Okla. — Mable Maurine Sims, 64, 302 River St., died at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Sims was born Jan. 28, 1933, at Hockerville. She was a lifetime area resident. She had worked for Home Health Care, Miami, Leigh Manor, Picher, and Eastwood Manor Nursing Home, Commerce. She was a member of Faith Church of God, Picher.

She married Wyan Sims on July 29, 1951, at Quapaw. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Mike Sims, Galena, Kan.; four daughters, Linda Pizinger and Lisa Dial, both of Joplin, Lorrie Meador, Picher, and Connie Gann, Houston, Texas; five brothers, Junior Bunce, Hockerville, Donald Bunce, Lowell, Kan., Sam Bunce, Treece, Kan., Larry Bunce, Baxter Springs, Kan., and Steve Bunce, Picher; four sisters, Imogene Sharbutt and Barbara Howey, both of Baxter Springs, Kan., Sharon Douthit, Fairland, and Debbie Shoemaker, Picher; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, with the Rev. P. J. Hutchinson officiating. Burial will be in Baxter Springs (Kan.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Russell, Herman Horn, Clifton Redden, Russell Danley, Bud Riggins and Ray Dean Shoemaker.

The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14., at the funeral home.

Marion Sparks

JAY, Okla. — Marion F. Sparks, 80, Jay, died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at a Grove nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Sparks was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Guymon. He was an electrical contractor all his working life. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Grove.

He married Christine Jeffries on Dec. 26, 1939, in Jay. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Mathew Sparks, and a daughter, Candy O'Neill, both of Springdale, Ark.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, with David Cottam, minister, and Marion Reece, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Southwest City Cemetery, Southwest City, Mo.

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

Eulah Benjamin

Eulah Mae Benjamin, 80, North Main Street Road, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Mrs. Benjamin was born June 27, 1917, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. She was office manager for the former Master Maid Paint Company, Carl Junction, for 38 years. She retired in 1990.

She was president of the Joplin Pilot Club. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Joplin, Joplin Business Women and the Credit Women's Breakfast Club.

She married Ralph E. Benjamin on March 21, 1937, in Joplin. He died Jan. 29, 1985.

Survivors include a sister, Ellaresa Harker, Springfield.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Frank Bladl

Frank J. Bladl, 71, 1819 W. 24th St., died at 1:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after several months of ill health.

Mr. Bladl was born June 26, 1926, at Pittsburg, Kan. He had been a lifelong Joplin area resident. He was a produce dealer and a contractor. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501

He married Lola M. Vaughn on Jan. 20, 1950, in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Frank Bladl, Joplin; two daughters, Kathy Bladl Jeffries, Carl Junction, and Mary Bladl Anderson, Joplin; two sisters, Patsy Heinze, Lewisville, Texas, and Mary Walz, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Freddie Wright will officiate.

Cremation will follow the services.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Altman, Mike Anderson, Don Clements, Kenny Haizlip, Marco Jeffries and Joe McDowell.

Matthew Fisher

Matthew T. Fisher, 26, 102 E. Second St., died at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Fisher was born Oct. 14, 1970, at Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was a student at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He worked as an emergency medical technician for Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield.

Survivors include his mother, Cayla Robinson, Joplin; his father, Jerry Fisher, address unavailable; a brother, Jerry M. Fisher, Joplin; three sisters, Donna Fisher and Pamela Spencer, both of Joplin, and Nicole Laramore, Galena, Kan.; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Colleen Selsor, Joplin.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Rick Jones officiating.

The body has been cremated.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at 1111 W. 14th St., Webb City.

Tillie Jones

Tillie I. Jones, 70, Joplin, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness.

Mrs. Jones was born July 24, 1927, at Gifford. She moved to Joplin in 1971 from Rockford, Ill. She was a homemaker and was active with the Salvation Army.

She married Henry F. Jones on Dec. 14, 1977, in Joplin. He survives.

Additional survivors include five daughters, Mary Ann Adams, Oak Harbor, Wash., Ada Belle Schroeder, Springfield, Marsha G. Burns, Rector, Ark., America V. Lawson, Mountain View, and Julia E. Cheung, Wylie, Texas; two sons, John E. Graves, Oronogo, and Emmanuel Graves, Joplin; three sisters, Minnie Lowe and Ethel Dixon, both of Kirksville, and Lucy Leasman, Quincy, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

One son preceded her in death.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. Capt. Michael Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

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

Florence Ehrhart

NEOSHO, Mo. … Florence Mae Ehrhart, 85, Neosho, died at 3:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at a residential care center in Neosho after an illness.

Mrs. Ehrhart was born March 3, 1912, at Pineville. She moved to the Newton County area 70 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of New Salem Baptist Church.

She married Kenneth C. Ehrhart in September 1927. He died in 1972.

She also was preceded in death by one son and one daughter.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth R. Ehrhart, Springfield, and Delbert Ehrhart, Neosho; three daughters, Eugenia Jean Williams, Neosho, Beverly Williams, Wyandotte, Okla., and Mary Fasse, Carbondale, Kan.; three brothers, Jim Testerman, Washburn, Lewis Testerman, Faucett, and Billy Jo Testerman, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; eight great-stepgrandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; and a great-great-stepgrandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Salem Baptist Church, west of Neosho. The Rev. Jack Sanders will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The body will lie in state until 7 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Dan Gwinup

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. … John Daniel ``Dan'' Gwinup, 85, Mount Vernon, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Gwinup was born Nov. 1, 1911, at Reiley Lake, Ill. He lived most of his life in the Aurora-Mount Vernon area. He was a retired clerk from the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon.

He married Sarah Fogle on July 2, 1939, at Kokomis, Ill. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, John Gwinup, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three daughters, Jean Kleeman, Mount Vernon, Jane Roark, South Greenfield, and Joan Cutbirth, Springfield; a brother, Dover Gwinup, Aurora; a sister, Kathlynn Gwinup, Aurora; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Bill Brinton will officiate.

The body has been cremated.

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, or to Community Bible Church, Miller.

Ruby James

SHELL KNOB, Mo. … Ruby Hardman James, 86, Shell Knob, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness.

Mrs. James was born April 4, 1911, in rural Stone County.

She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was a cook at the Shell Knob School, where she started the hot lunch program.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Shell Knob.

She married Troy James on March 19, 1930, at Berryville, Ark. He died on Jan. 16, 1983.

Survivors include a son, Doyle ``Buck'' James, Shell Knob; a daughter, Joanna Sheets, Shell Knob; a sister, Gladys Zinn, Purdy; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, Shell Knob, with the Rev. Nick Arnold and Pastor Carrol Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

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

Alice Patchen

AURORA, Mo. … Alice Kay Patchen, 50, Springfield, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, after a long illness. Her parents are Freeman and Katherine Patchen of Aurora

Ms. Patchen was born Sept. 14, 1946, in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Springfield three ago. She was a member of the Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Dallas and a housekeeper for the Radison Hotel.

Additional survivors include one brother, Jerry Patchen, Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Nancy Patchen, Sedona, Ariz., and Lattie Ann Farmer, Dallas.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. Tommie Blair officiating

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Georgia Porter

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. … Georgia Marie Porter, 79, Baxter Springs, died at 3:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at a nursing home in Lowell after a long illness.

Mrs. Porter was born Oct. 21, 1917, at Lowell. She had lived in Baxter Springs for the past three years and has been a lifelong resident of the area.

She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter, the Lostien Lassies and the Dorcas Club.

She married James. F. Porter on March 23, 1940, at Pineville, Mo. He died Jan. 20, 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Buckner, Miami, Okla.; a brother, Levi Beets, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, June McCleary, Glide, Ore.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Quaker Valley Cemetery, Riverton, Kan., with the Rev. Wayne Williams officiating.

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

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, Joplin.

James Umphenour

RIVERTON, Kan. … James J. Umphenour, 49, Riverton, died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Umphenour was born Jan. 8, 1948, at Girard. He had spent most of his life in Riverton. He graduated from Riverton High School and had attended barber school at Kansas City, Kan., where he barbered for five years. He worked for 10 years at Jackson-Jordon Inc., Baxter Springs. He worked for the past five years at Gulf States Paper Co., Joplin. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Riverton.

Survivors include a daughter, Abby Umphenour, the state of Arkansas; his father, Paul Umphenour, Riverton, Kan.; and two brothers, Richard Umphenour, Riverton, and Norman Umphenour, Versailles, Ky.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Riverton. The Rev. Wes King will officiate. Burial will be in Girard Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Gilmore, Phil Umphenour, Mike Lawver, Darren Taylor, Bill Gray and Perry Boore.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Earl Pickett

COMMERCE, Okla. … Earl Pickett, 80, 301 N. Vine St., died at 9:57 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Pickett was born Nov. 25, 1916, at Carterville, Mo. He had lived in the Ottawa County area most of his life. He had worked as a lead and zinc miner in the Picher Mining Fields and as a diesel mechanic for Yellow Freight Systems, Baxter Springs, Kan.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Quapaw, the Commerce and Miami Masonic Lodges, the Order of Eastern Chapter in Miami, and the Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Faynell Heltzel on April 14, 1945, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Joyce Faye Moates, Baxter Springs, Margaret Earlene Pickett, Marriott Island, Fla., and Phyllis Mahurin, Wyandotte; two brothers, Roy Pickett, Galena, Kan., and Virgil Pickett, Baxter Springs; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, in care of the funeral home.

Ernest Davidson

GRAVETTE, Ark. … Ernest Willard Davidson, 82, Charlotte, N.C., a Gravette native, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, after an illness.

Mr. Davidson was born April 10, 1915, in Gravette. He served in the Army before retiring as a sergeant major.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Verhasselt Davidson, Charlotte; two daughters, Bonnie Daley, Charlotte, and Patricia Koziol, Omaha, Neb.; a brother, Dean Davidson, Elsinore, Utah; a sister, Agnes Nichols, Lanagan, Mo.; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C. The Rev. Jim Keegan will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte.

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


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