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Eva Chase

Eva M. Shadwick Chase, 82, Joplin, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Chase was born Aug. 6, 1904, in the Splitlog Community, southwest of Goodman. She moved to Joplin in April 1997 from Granby. She was a homemaker and had been a dietician at Camp Crowder Army Hospital during World War II. She was a Baptist.

She married Frank E. Chase on July 9, 1941, in Goodman. He died Jan. 24, 1978.

Survivors include a son, Robert R. Lair, Goodman; two daughters, Ellen Jones, Salem, Ore., and Jo Finley, Joplin; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Carey, Portland, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 17 great- great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Chapel, Neosho. George M. Frye, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, southwest of Neosho.

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

Amcelmo Ariola Jr.

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Amcelmo Ariola Jr., infant son of Amcelmo and Cecilia Macias Ariola, 709 Olive St., Carthage, died at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at McCune Brooks Hospital.

The infant was stillborn.

There are no additional immediate survivors.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City. The Rev. Rickey Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary.

Edward Decker

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Edward M. Decker, 56, 706 N. Madison Ave., died at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Decker was born April 29, 1940, at Milwaukee, Wis. He was a long-time Webb City resident. He served in the Army from 1963 to 1985 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He had worked as a parts manager for General Motors at Pittsburg, Kan. He was a Lutheran.

Survivors include two sons, David Decker, of the home, and Paul Decker, Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Mike Decker, Lumis, Calif.; a sister, Cheryl Decker, New Berlin, Wis.; and one grandchild.

The body will be cremated.

Graveside memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Military graveside honors will be conducted by an Army funeral detail from Fort Leonard Wood.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Beulah Fergerson

EVERTON, Mo. - Beulah Juanita Fergerson, 67, Springfield, formerly of Everton, died at 8:52 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mrs. Fergerson was born July 1, 1929, at Arcola. She had moved to Everton from Springfield. She had also lived at Miller and Lockwood. She was a retired seamstress and a member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church, near Lockwood.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Mallory and John Mosher, both of Springfield; three daughters, Donna Evans, Ash Grove, and Sherry Mallory and Darla Mosher, both of Springfield; two brothers, Edward Mitchell and Butch Mitchell, both of Everton; three sisters, Bertie Still, Everton, and Maudie Paul and Edna Mitchell, both of Springfield; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Bob Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, northeast of Miller.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

Lo Reta Lau

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Lo Reta Lau, 78, Cassville, died at 6:52 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Lau was born Aug. 2, 1918, at Stroud, Okla. She lived in Cassville most of her life. She worked at Johnston's Hardware and Riddle's Clothing Store, both in Cassville. She was the Cassville assistant city clerk for several years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cassville and the Naomi Ruth Sunday School Class and Triple L Ministries.

She married John Stanton in October 1950. He preceded her in death. She married Raymond Lau on July 3, 1982, in Cassville. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Gregory Alan Stanton, Lowell, Ark.; a daughter, Barbara Gail Goostree, Macomb, Okla.; a stepson, Phillip Lau, Easley, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Zoe Moore, Burton, S.C.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. John Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund, in care of the funeral home.

Vera McCrite

NEOSHO, Mo. - Graveside services for Vera Bernadine McCrite, 89, Kent, Wash., a former Neosho resident, who died Thursday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery.

The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate.

Pallbearers will be George Henry, Dwight Douglas, Eldon Morgan, Fred Clark and Dick Reed.

The family will receive friends after 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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

Roger Peterson

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Roger E. Peterson, 78, Sarcoxie, died at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon, after a long illness.

Mr. Peterson was born Jan. 31, 1918, at Alma, Neb. He moved in 1984 to Sarcoxie from Downey, Calif. He retired in 1983 a salesman for Uda Home Steel, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. He served as a Army medic during World War II.

He married Julie Birdsall on June 5, 1948, at Long Beach, Calif. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Gary Freeman, Sarcoxie, Ronald Peterson, Saudi Arabia, and Mark Peterson, Whittier, Calif.; a brother, Allen Peterson, Lewellen, Neb.; a sister, Margery Reagan, Huntington Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Gene Powell

WHEATON, Mo. - Clinton ``Gene'' E. Powell, 67, Wichita, Kan., formerly of Wheaton, died at 4:16 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, after an illness.

Mr. Powell was born June 13, 1929, at Wheaton. He was a retired tooling worker for Boeing Aircraft Corp., Wichita. He was an Army veteran.

His wife, Carmen, survives. They were married Oct. 25, 1955, at Newkirk, Okla.

Other survivors include his mother, Dora Powell, Wheaton; two brothers, Dillard Powell, Wichita, and Donald Powell, Wheaton.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita. Burial will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Wichita. The Rev. David Alexander will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Nathaniel Strong

LAMAR, Mo. - Nathaniel David Strong, 24, Lamar, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at University Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., after a short illness.

Mr. Strong was born Sept. 5, 1972, in Carthage. He was a lifetime Lamar resident and worked for Bright Asphault Construction, Lamar. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include a daughter, Chloe DeWitt, Lamar; his father and stepmother, David and Christy Strong, Lamar; his mother and stepfather, Linda and R.C. Henry, Lamar; two sisters, Shelley McCall, Lamar, and Charity Jeffcoat, Pensacola, Fla.; four stepbrothers, Chris Thompson and Travis Thompson, both of Lamar, and Jody Henry, Vinita, Okla., and Steven Henry, Poplar Bluff; four stepsisters, April Thompson, Lamar, Rhonda Martin and Janie Collins, both of Vinita, and Ashley Henry, Springfield; paternal grandparents, Dean and Mary Strong, Lamar; maternal grandfather, Howard Whitten, Lamar; stepgrandparents, Maggie and Jessie Henry, Mountain View, and June DeWitt, Lamar; and paternal great-grandmother, Lila Moore, Lamar.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Chapel, Lamar. The Rev. Jackie Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Iantha (Mo.) Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund for Chloe DeWitt, in care of the funeral home.

Judith Barnes

OSWEGO, Kan. - Judith Gay Ruttgen Barnes, 49, rural Oswego, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Barnes was born June 3, 1947, in Oswego, where she attended school. She was graduated in 1965 from Labette County High School in Altamont. She had worked a few years for the Census Bureau in Pittsburg and at Labette County Courthouse and had been a secretary for several years for Unified School District No. 504.

She married William Barnes on April 12, 1969, in Oswego. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jeffrey Barnes, of the home; a brother, Darrell Ruttgen, Oswego; a sister, Carol Wimp, Oswego; and her mother, Alene Ruttgen Stillwell, Oswego.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. Paul Wand, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Opal Blackburn

PARSONS, Kan. - Opal May Blackburn, 84, 2618 Broadway St., died at 11:47 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Blackburn was born May 2, 1912, at Frontenac. She had lived in Dennis and Labette City before she moved to the Parsons area. She was a homemaker and had worked for the Garment Factory at Oswego for a few years.

She married Riley N. Blackburn on June 27, 1933, at Oswego. He died Jan. 27, 1978.

One daughter also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Vernon Blackburn, Oswego; three daughters, Fern Franklin, Labette City; Lavena Kelley and Dorothy Blackburn, both of Parsons; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in Labette City (Kan.) Cemetery.

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

Evelyn Graham

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Evelyn Graham, 72, 1330 Grant Ave., Baxter Springs, died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mrs. Graham was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Picher, Okla. She moved to Baxter Springs in 1977 from Picher. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, William Henry Graham, died Aug. 12, 1979.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Thompson, Miami, Okla., Hobert ``Hobie'' Lamb, Cardin, Okla., and Fred Barnett, Quapaw, Okla.; a daughter, Marilyn A. Bunce, Baxter Springs, and Shirley Bryant, Caney; two brothers, Donnie Fenton, Baxter Springs, and Bobby Fenton, address unknown; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Lula Hager

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Lula Parsons Hager, 99, Baxter Springs, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home, after a short illness.

Mrs. Hager was born Aug. 5, 1897, in Alba, Mo. She moved to Baxter Springs in 1924 from Picher, Okla. She had been a teacher in the local schools for many years. She was a member of Baxter Springs First Baptist Church.

She married Ray Parsons in 1916 in Alba. He died in 1961.

She married Arthur Hager in 1974. He died in September 1983.

A daughter also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, James A. Hager, Joplin; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Baxter Springs First Christian Church. Ed Snider, minister, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Sam Weaver, Larry Bingham, Kent Warshler, Glen Crogts, Mike Cook and Floyd Steele. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Baxter Springs First Christian Church, in care of Abbot Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

The body may be viewed after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Stella Monroe

OSWEGO, Kan. - Stella E. Monroe, 86, Oswego, died at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after an illness.

Mrs. Monroe was born March 2, 1910, near Mound Valley. She was a homemaker who lived on a farm until she moved to Oswego in October 1964. She attended Bell Mound School and Pioneer School, both near Mound Valley. She was graduated from Labette County High School, Altamont.

She married Chalmer Belknar on Nov. 28, 1928. He died Feb. 14, 1968. She married Howard E. Monroe on March 2, 1970. He died Aug. 1, 1980.

She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Oswego. She also was a member of Cloverleaf Club, Oswego.

Surviving are four stepdaughters, Martha May Decow, Mary Jo Horn and Joyce Counter, all of Wichita, Kan., and Jayne Johnson, Plano, Texas. She is preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. The Rev. Wayne Porter will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.

Roe Parsons Sr.

SCAMMON, Kan. - Roe Parsons Sr., 91, route 2, Scammon, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Parsons was born Sept. 6, 1905, in Stone City, Kan. He was a lifetime Scammon area resident. He had been a coal miner and farmer. He retired in 1985.

He married Susan Nevella Smith on Sept. 15, 1928, in Webb City. She died April 3, 1965.

A son also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a son, Roe Parsons Jr., Scammon; a sister, Louise Parsons, Columbus; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. James Shope will officiate.

The family will receive friends after the services.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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

Louis Newman

MIAMI, Okla. - Graveside services for Louis L. Newman, 76, 10021 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, formerly of Miami, who died Monday, will be at noon Thursday in GAR Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Noel Doherty will officiate.

The family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Thelma Rakes

GROVE, Okla. - Thelma ``Gerri'' Rakes, 78, Grove, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Rakes was born June 8, 1918, at Cassville, Mo. She was graduated in 1938 from Nowata High School. She moved to Afton in 1952 and to Grove in 1970. She was retired from the Delaware County Department of Human Services.

She was a Methodist and a Navy veteran of World War II.

She married Emmit James Driscoll on Nov. 11, 1948, at Miami. He died in August 1969. She married Tom Rakes in 1973 in Grove. He died in 1976.

Survivors include a daughter, Dianne Smith, Wichita Falls, Texas; a brother, Donald P. Jones, Miami; and a sister, Marilyn Jones, Tulsa.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin, Mo.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert Talley

Robert DeHaven Talley, 68, Spokane, Wash., formerly of Joplin, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, after an illness.

Mr. Talley was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Joplin. He had lived 25 years in Spokane, where he worked at Bon Marche for 18 years. He retired in 1993. He previously had worked 25 years as a hard-rock miner at Silver Valley, Idaho.

He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War.

His wife, Audrey Talley, died in 1980.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Jean LaVoie and Linda Kay Farino, both of Spokane; two sons, Jeff Neil Talley and Reed David Talley, both of Spokane; three sisters, Edith Terry and Lavon Olds, both of Duenweg, and Ruby LaTurner, Galena, Kan.; a brother, Steve Talley, Spokane; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane.

William Warren

William W. Warren Jr., 76, Hannibal, a former Joplin resident, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at Hannibal Regional Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Warren was born July 1, 1920, at Cocoa, Fla. He was retired owner and operator of Higginsville (Mo.) Auto Supply.

He was a member and past elder of First Christian Church, Warrensburg. He was past exalted ruler of Warrensburg Elks Club. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Dorothy Bottenfield on Oct. 31, 1940. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Gary Warren, New London, and Steve Warren, Warrensburg; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Warrensburg. The Rev. L. Wallace Brown will officiate. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of James O'Donnell Funeral Home, Hannibal.

Contributions may be made to the intensive care unit at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Ancelmo Ariola Jr.

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Ancelmo Ariola Jr., infant son of Ancelmo and Cecilia Macias Ariola, 709 Olive St., died at birth at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at McCune Brooks Hospital.

There are no additional immediate survivors.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. The Rev. Rickey Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Beatrice Benbrook

MONETT, Mo. - Beatrice M. Benbrook, 90, Monett, died at at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Benbrook was born Aug. 24, 1906, at Verona. She lived in the Monett area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett.

Her husband, Samuel O. Benbrook, died Oct. 2, 1947.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Benbrook, Monett; two daughters, Juanita Williams and Wilma Williams, both of Monett; two sisters, Marie Williams, Monett, and Carolyn Ford, Elmo; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Cemetery, north of Monett. The Rev. John Braun will officiate.

Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Visitation will follow.

Effie Brashar

NEOSHO, Mo. - Effie Sarah Phillips Brashar, 78, 610 Benham Ave., died at 4:17 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Brashar was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Barry County. She moved to Neosho in 1980. She was a homemaker.

She married Larkin W. Phillips on May 5, 1935. He died July 4, 1974. She later married Lee V. Brashar, who died Dec. 25, 1986.

One son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include six daughters, Irene Miksell, Joplin, Mary White, Hutchinson, Kan., Ruth Payton, Neosho, Linda Baker, Morrison, Colo., Millie Fletcher, Jasper, and Wanda Harris, Columbus, Kan.; eight sons, Earl Phillips and Virgil Phillips, both of Joplin; Kenneth Phillips, Columbus, Gene Phillips, Powell, Paul Phillips, Hot Springs, Ark., Bob Phillips and Walter Phillips, both of Neosho, and Fred Phillips, Cameron; two sisters, Marie Jones, Goodman, and Katherine Butler, Neosho; a brother, Junior Shockley, Joplin; 45 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. W.F. Conley will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Stella.

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

Pearl Corum

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Pearl Corum, 70, 708 N. Roane St., died at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after three years of ill health.

Mrs. Corum was born Oct. 17, 1926, at Carterville. She had lived in the Webb City area all her life. She and her husband were route agents for The Joplin Globe for 36 years. They retired in 1985.

She was a member of Central Christian Center, Joplin.

She married Donald L. Corum on June 19, 1945, at Columbus, Kan. He died July 16, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Corum, of the home, and Joe Corum, Joplin; a daughter, Donna Lee McDonald, Oronogo route 1; a brother, Paul Edwards, Oronogo; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Red Oak Cemetery, east of Avilla. The Rev. Doug Wilkerson will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Charles Marrett, Lance Nichols, Jerry Corum, Jimmy George, Larry Sheridan and Ed Durham.

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

The family will be at the home of a son, Joe Corum, 1622 Sergeant Ave., Joplin.

Glenn Garber

ANDERSON, Mo. - Glenn Garber, 66, Anderson, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at his home after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Garber was born Jan. 21, 1930, at Excelsior. He lived 10 years in the Anderson area after he moved from Jefferson City. He was self-employed in a heating and air conditioning business. He was a Baptist and a member of Central Christian Center at Joplin.

He married Loreta Fields on Sept. 23, 1956. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Donald L. Garber, Edmond, Okla., and Dennis E. Garber, Jefferson City; a brother, Charles Garber, Sedalia; two sisters, Florence Bieri, California, Mo., and Mary Sterling, Tipton; and threegrandsons.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church at Tipton. Dusty Klein will officiate. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery at Versailles.

Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home at Anderson.

Roger Peterson

SARCOXIE, Mo. - Services for Roger E. Peterson, 78, Sarcoxie, who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

The Rev. Eldon Freeland will officiate. Burial will be in Fullerton Cemetery, south of Carthage.

Pallbearers will be Tim Freeman, Justin Freeman, Travis Freeman, Jess Freeman, Colt Freeman and Vernon Freeland.

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

Mary Piercy

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Mary C. Piercy, 84, St. Joseph, formerly of Webb City and Carthage, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in a St. Joseph nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Piercy was born Jan. 22, 1912, at Webb City. She was employed 10 years as a teller at Merchants and Miners Bank, Webb City. She resided in St. Joseph from 1949 to 1969. She moved to Carthage, then returned to Neosho in 1983.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Cathedral Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Carthage.

She married Milton D. Piercy on Oct. 16, 1939. He died in November 1972.

Surviving are a daughter, Catherine Ann Heimovics, Fairway, Kan.; three sons, Milton D. Piercy Jr., St. Joseph, William Piercy, Kansas City, and Patrick Piercy, Springfield, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Cathedral Catholic Church. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home, St. Joseph, where parish rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Denton Pitts

MONETT, Mo. - Services for Denton Ashby Pitts, 76, Monett, who died Saturday, have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes meal delivery program or to First United Methodist Church, Monett.

Rosalind Sutton dies at age 106

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Rosalind Lena Winkler Sutton, 106, Midwest City, Okla., a Carthage native, died at 12:04 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at a Midwest City nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Sutton was born Jan. 23, 1890, in Carthage. She lived most of her life in the Carthage area. She moved to Midwest City about 14 years ago. She was a homemaker. She sold Avon products in the 1930s and '40s.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star, both in Carthage.

She married William A. Sutton on Nov. 9, 1915, in Carthage. He died Aug. 19, 1982.

Survivors include a son, Bill Sutton, Chula Vista, Calif.; a daughter, Eileen May Putnam, Del City, Okla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Bill Sutter will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Earl Garrett

CHETOPA, Kan. - Earl Chauncy Garrett, 86, Chetopa, died Tuesday night, Jan. 14, 1997, at a Chetopa nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Garrett was born July 8, 1910, at Coalvale. He attended high school in Arcadia. He was owner and operator of Garrett Coal Co. at Vinita, Okla., for five years and was a Standard Oil dealer for 31 years. He retired in 1971. He was recognized as the top oil salesman for Kansas and Missouri in 1947. He was the first municipal judge of Chetopa and served for 11 years. He was treasurer of Oakhill Cemetery for 12 years and served on the Chetopa School Board from 1948 to 1952.

He was a 50-year member of Chetopa United Methodist Church, where he had served on the board of trustees, as superintendent of the Sunday school and on the pastor/parish relations committee.

He was a 50-year member and past master of the Masonic Lodge; a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, who served numerous times as worthy patron; a First Chapter Dad DeMolay; a founder of the Order of DeMolay at Chetopa, and had served on the board of Chetopa Rainbow Girls.

He married Mary Elizabeth ``Betty'' Emert on Aug. 31, 1933, at Oswego. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Earl C. Garrett II, Clinton, Mo.; two daughters, Georgia Earlene Stokesberry, rural Coffeyville, and Audrey Ann Tatum, Palestine, Texas; two brothers, Leo Garrett, Pampa, Texas, and Wayne Garrett, Pittsburg; a sister, Reba Jewsbury, Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chetopa United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Ray Swearingen will officiate. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery, rural Chetopa.

Masonic rites will be conducted at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

The family will be at the home, 524 N. Fifth St., Chetopa.

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice or Chetopa United Methodist Church.

Evelyn Graham

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Services for Evelyn Graham, 72, 1330 Grant Ave., who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla.

Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Barnett, Danny Barnett, Billy Conner, Jerry Coatney, Danny Stacy and Donnie Fenton.

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

Lula Heger

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Lula Parsons Heger, 99, Baxter Springs, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Heger was born Aug. 4, 1897, in Alba, Mo. She moved to Baxter Springs in 1924 from Picher, Okla. She had been a teacher in local schools for many years. She was a member of Baxter Springs First Christian Church.

She married Ray Parsons in 1916 at Alba. He died in 1961.

A daughter also preceded her in death.

Survivors include three stepsons, James A. Heger, Joplin, Mo., Luke Heger, Pinehurst, N.C., and Paul Heger, Wichita; two stepdaughters, Clare Yates, Richland, Wash., and Rose Ann Moore, Springfield, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Baxter Springs First Christian Church. Ed Snider, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Weaver, Larry Bingham, Kent Warshler, Glen Grogts, Mike Cook and Floyd Steele.

Contributions may be made to Baxter Springs First Christian Church, in care of Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

Ronnie Walton

GALENA, Kan. - Services for Ronnie Walton, 55, Galena route 2, who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

The Rev. J.W. Stephenson will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lonnie Stansberry, Jerry Richie, Charles Rogers, Chet Walton, Doug Fletcher and Gary Vickers.

Gladys Coker

GROVE, Okla. - Gladys Marie Comer Coker, 87, Grove, died at 8:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, in a Grove nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Coker was born Oct. 6, 1909, at Guymon. She moved in 1946 from Pryor to Miami, where she worked at the B.F. Goodrich plant until she retired in 1971. She moved to Tulsa and then to Grove in 1992.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Tulsa.

Her husband, Kern Clay Coker, died Nov. 2, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Ben Coker, East Windsor, Conn., and Lewis Coker, Grove; a daughter, Connie Craft, Tulsa; a brother, Art Comer, Portland, Ore.; a sister, Elsie Hill, Portland; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Dale Rogers will officiate.

The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home.


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