Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries
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Agnes M. Brown Alexander, 88, Fort Smith, Ark., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in a Fort Smith nursing home after an illness.
Mrs. Alexander was born Sept. 20, 1908, in Bryan County, Okla. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Fort Smith.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia A. Tatro, Fort Smith, and Peggy Hurt, Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Pauline Perkins, Durant, Okla., and Lucille Vails, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, J.D. Brown, Durant, Okla.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, under direction of Putnam Funeral Home, Fort Smith.
Contributions may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church.
L. Harmon, 97, Joplin, died at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997 at a Joplin nursing home after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Harmon was born March 22, 1899 in Chicago, Ill. She had lived in the Neosho area for many years until she moved to Joplin. She was a member of the Christian church and a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulysses Clifford Harmon, on Jan. 28, 1996.
A stepdaughter, Marialyce Smith, Jefferson City, survives.
Private graveside services will be held today at Oakwood Cememtery,
southwest of Neosho, under direction of Clark Funeral Home.
Lucas Allan Jackson, 18, Fort Smith, Ark., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Interstate 40 at Clarksville, Ark. Mr. Jackson's grandfather lives in Joplin.
Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 7, 1978, at Fort Smith. He was a senior at Southside High School, Fort Smith. He was a starter for the school's football team and a pitcher for the baseball team.
He was a member of Cavanaugh Methodist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was active in First United Methodist Church, all of Fort Smith.
Survivors include his parents, George ``Buddy'' Jr. and Kathy Jackson, of the home; maternal grandmother, Wilma Monast, Springfield; maternal grandfather, Albert Van Kooten, Oskaloosa, Iowa; paternal grandfather, George Jackson Sr., Joplin,; and a brother, George ``Trey'' Jackson III, Fort Smith.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tom Hazelwood will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Zack Fair, Brooks Israel, Brent Carter, Brian Carter, Tyler Haggard, Travis Ligget, Toby Frazier and Mark Thompson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Putnam Funeral Home, Fort Smith.
Contributions may be made to Fort Smith Boys Club, or to Fort Smith
church baseball league, in care of the funeral home.
Willis E. Pounds Sr., 64, 1702 Kentucky Ave., died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Pounds was born Nov. 20, 1922, at Potosi. He had lived nine years in Joplin, where he moved from Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a truck driver for Sitton Motor Lines Inc. He retired in 1991. He received a degree in transportation management at Salt Lake City.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
He married Lavern Lemmon on Aug. 28, 1963, at Reno, Nev. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Kenneth Pounds, state of California, Jim Pounds, Seattle, Wash., Willis Pounds Jr. and Rick Pounds, both of Joplin; five daughters, Debra Bulger, Seattle, Terrie Wachter, Salt Lake City, and Kelly Pounds and Kim Duley, both of Joplin, and Melanie Caruso, Cedar City, Utah; two brothers, Raymond Pounds, Joplin, and Michael Pounds, Pomona, Calif.; two sisters, Alma Chalmers, state of California, and Betty Oberhelman, Laguna Niegel, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Ron Thomure, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery, Joplin.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Wachter, Rayond Pounds, Michael Pounds, Rick Pounds, Willis Pounds Jr. and Bob Duley.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral
Marguerite R. Tibbetts, 69, Joplin, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at her home after an apparent heart attack.
Ms. Tibbetts was born June 9, 1927, in Joplin. She was a lifetime resident and was graduated from Joplin High School in 1945. She attended Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. She retired in 1989 after 20 years as owner and operator of a Joplin day care. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ for Latter-day Saints, where, for more than 50 years, she taught Sunday school.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha E. Tibbetts, of the home; two sons, Jack H. Tibbetts, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Carl A. Tibbetts, Lorton, Va.; two brothers, Albert Troyer, Milton, Fla., and Clarence Troyer, Plainfield, Ill.; and three granddaughters.
The body has been taken for cremation.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ for Latter-day Saints. Lester Lay and Virgil E. Vaughn, ministers, will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
MO. - Bernice L. Campbell, 94, Neosho, died at 8:11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997 at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Campbell was born May 21, 1902 in Alamogordo, N.M. She grew up in Joplin and attended Joplin schools. She moved to Pittsburg, Kan., and then to Stillwater, Okla., where she lived for 35 years. She moved to Neosho in 1963. She was an elevator operator for the former First National Bank and Frisco Building in Joplin. She was a swimming instructor and a Methodist.
Survivors include step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ozark Memorial Park
Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Arrangements are
under direction of Parker Mortuary.
ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. - Beeda Mae Cloud, 70, Rocky Comfort, died at 11:36 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at Bates Memorial Hospital, Bentonville, Ark., after a short illness.
Mrs. Cloud was born April 27, 1926, in Powell. She was a lifetime Rocky Comfort area resident. She was a homemaker.
She married Carson Cloud on Dec. 19, 1942, in Cassville. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna June Mustain, Anderson; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The body has been cremated.
There are no services planned.
Friends may call at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wheaton Funeral Home.
NEOSHO, Mo. - Bob Cole, 67, Goldendale, Wash., formerly of Neosho, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in a Goldendale hospital after an illness.
Mr. Cole was born Jan. 29, 1929, near Neosho. He was graduated from
Midway School in Newton County. As a young man, he operated a dairy farm.
The family moved to the state of Washington in 1957, where he worked as
a warehouseman at the Ice Harbor and John Day dam projects.
He also worked several years during the initial construction of Martin Marietta, now Goldendale Aluminum. In 1963, he began a 32-year career with State Farm Insurance Co., earning recognition for sales and quality service until his retirement. In 1971 and 1975, he built two retail buildings in Goldendale.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, the Commandry, the Royal Arch Masons and the Order of Eastern Star, all of Goldendale.
He was a member of Goldendale United Methodist Church.
He married Rosalee Hubler in 1949 at Neosho. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Marilyn Muir, Rock Springs, Wyo.; a son, Michael Cole, Goldendale; a brother, Glenn Cole, Lamar; a sister, Neva Williams, Neosho; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Goldendale. The Rev. Ron Northrup will officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's hospital for children
or to United Methodist Church.
NEOSHO, Mo. - Raymon A. Freund, 79, Neosho, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a four-year illness.
Mr. Freund was born Oct. 18, 1917 in Newton County. He moved to California, and returned to Neosho in 1976. He worked for 20 years for the Production Credit Association in California. He retired in 1973. He was a member of Harvest Baptist Church, Neosho.
He married Barbara Jean Epler on Feb. 18, 1972 in Reno, Nev. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Ron Freund, Humansville; three step-daughters, Pamela Nickle, state of New Jersey, Deborah George, state of Iowa, and Nancy Evans, Tiff City; a sister, Nellie Shackelford, Davis, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1997 at Clark Funeral Home in Neosho. Pastor Marvin Wright will officiate. Burial will be at Neosho IOOF Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gene Mathis, Pete Bond, Bob Hysell, Ray Murphy, Louie Johnson and Everett Renfro.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. today.
Contributions may be made to Harvest Baptist Church.
NEOSHO, Mo. - Val Gene Mason, 64, 311 S. Ripley St., Neosho, was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:33 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after suddenly becoming ill at his home.
Mr. Mason was born June 9, 1932, at Springfield and moved to Neosho in 1937. He was graduated in 1950 from Neosho High School and in 1951 from the former Joplin Junior College. He received a bachelor's degree in 1954 and a master's degree in agriculture in 1955 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He worked for a year as a field man for Carnation Milk Co. in Ohio. He then worked out of Kansas City as an animal feed nutritionist, traveling the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas.
He returned to Neosho in 1970, and farmed and taught from 1976 to 1982 at the former Water and Wastewater Technical School in Neosho. He taught from 1982 to 1984 in the biology department at Missouri Southern State College, from 1985 to 1989 at Exeter High School, and from 1990 to 1991 in the chemistry lab at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield.
He served from 1949 to 1962 in the Missouri Army National Guard. He formerly served on the board of the Red Cross, and was a former member of the Neosho Kiwanis Club. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Neosho.
He married Fleeta Woods on June 8, 1954, in Neosho. She survives.
He also is survived by two daughters, Valerie Biles, Emporia, Kan., and Joyce Hill, Seymour; his mother, Beulah Klinger, Columbia; a brother, Richard Van Mason, Geneva, N.Y.; a sister, Patricia Ann Rowe, Grove, Okla.; and a grandchild.
The body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Barry Williams will officiate.
The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall at the church.
Contributions may be made to the church or the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout.
Arrangements are under the direction of Woodward-Freund-Thompson Funeral
Helen Psaras dies at age 103
PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Helen Agnes Psaras, 103, died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday at Cox Monett Hospital after a short illness.
Mrs. Psaras was born March 19, 1893 at Clarkson Springs.
She was a member of First Methodist Church and Dry Valley Ladies Club, both of Pierce City. She was a homemaker.
She lived in New York City for many years before she moved to Monett.
Her husband, Peter Psaras, died May 9, 1972.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pierce City Cemetery, with the Rev. Crystal Wicks officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City.
Contributions may be made to Dry Valley Ladies Club.
NEOSHO, Mo. - Mary E. Shelley, 69, Neosho, died at 1:09 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, after a long illness.
Ms. Shelley was born April 13, 1927, in Wanda. She was a homemaker and attended Neosho Freewill Baptist Church. She was a Methodist.
Survivors include three brothers, W.C. Six, La Mirada, Calif., Paul Six, Green River, Wyo., and Jesse Six, Neosho; and three sisters, Alta Lemmons, Anderson, Ruth Martin, Risco, and Esta Knight, Neosho.
Private graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Wanda (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. D.L. Mitchell will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheaton Funeral Home.
Jo Ann Stanley
ANDERSON, Mo. - Jo Ann Williams Stanley, 52, Anderson, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at her home after a long illness.
Ms. Stanley was born June 8, 1944, in Iraan, Texas. She moved to Anderson in 1958 from Iraan, Texas. She had been a production worker for La-Z-Boy and Sunbeam plants at Neosho. Later, she worked in the pharmacy and as an x-ray technician and was employed for more than 10 years as a nurse's aide at Freeman Neosho Hospital. She was a member of First Christian Church in Anderson.
Survivors include a son, Robert Duane Stanley, Anderson; a brother, Robert Daniel Williams, Riverton, Kan.; four sisters, Betty Mae Pogue, state of Arkansas, Lois Marie Schooler, Neosho, Mary Jane Roberts, San Angelo, Texas, and Doris Lucille Epperson, Miami, Okla.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church. Frank House, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Peace Valley Cemetery, Anderson.
Pallbearers will be nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Ozark Funeral Home,
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. - Services for Mary Wilhelm, 93, who died Saturday,
will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City.
McCUNE, Kan. - Birdeva L. Kuhlman Allen, 75, McCune route 1, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at her home from injuries resulting from a house fire.
Mrs. Allen was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Jackson County, Minn.
She was graduated from Spirit Lake (Iowa) High School. She attended Methodist College at Kansas City, Mo.
She was a member of Nazarene Church, McCune.
Survivors include a daughter, Bette Mead, Mound City; four sisters, Marjorie Waltz and Doris Peterson, both of Brainerd, Minn., Darlene Frey, Anderson, Ind., and June Delaney, Rodney, Mich.; a brother, Bill Kuhlman, Concord, N.H.; and a grandson.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Murdock Funeral Home, McCune, with the Rev. David Warren officiating. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery.
The body has been cremated.
COLUMBUS, Kan. - Kenneth C. ``Kenny'' Ballenger, 84, Columbus route 2, died at 7:22 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at Maude Norton Hospital, Columbus, after a sudden illness.
Mr. Ballenger was born Dec. 26, 1912, in the state of Missouri. He attended
school in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He and his wife moved to Columbus
He worked as a truck farmer in Texas and Oklahoma for several years. He also worked in the lead and zinc mines near Picher, Okla. He retired in 1976.
He was a member of First Christian Church, Columbus.
He married Erma Jane McDowell in 1936 at Harlingen, Texas. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Kenneth David Ballenger, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Glen Ballenger, Columbus route 2, and Derrill W. Ballenger, Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Edna Meador, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, Robert E. Ballenger, Paoli, Okla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus,
with the Rev. Garland Bohn officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery,
HALLOWELL, Kan. - Michalla Nichole Getman, infant daughter of Jack and Anita Getman, Hallowell, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, shortly after birth at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin.
The infant was born Jan. 14, 1997, at Joplin.
Additional survivors include a brother, Tyler Getman, Hallowell; maternal grandparents, Willis and Gale Laurie, Scammon; paternal grandmother, Dollie Getman, Hallowell; maternal great-grandmother, Laura Hurley, Hallowell; and paternal great-grandmother, Mabel McCormick, Columbus.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus, with the Rev. Eric Hurd officiating.
Friends may call at the home of Jack and Anita Getman.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Kan. - Bonnie E. Grant, 91, formerly of 516 S. Pennsylvania Ave., died at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. She had been living in a Columbus nursing home for six years.
Mrs. Grant was born Oct. 12, 1905. She lived in Columbus most of her life. She had been chief financial officer of Cherokee County Social and Rehabilitation Services in Columbus for several years before she retired.
She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Columbus.
Survivors include two brothers, Francis F. Self, Republic, Mo., and George W. Self, Wichita.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Scammon. The Rev. Chrysostom Ah Maung will officiate.
Friends may call after noon Friday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir,
where the family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.
WICHITA, Kan. - Max Mansfield, 50, Wichita, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at Via Christi Medical Center, St. Joseph, Wichita, after a sudden illness.
Mr. Mansfield was born Aug. 7, 1946, in Pittsburg. He had lived in Chanute before he moved to Wichita, where he worked as a mechanical engineer for Cessna Aircraft.
Survivors include his mother, Maxine Mansfield, McCune; two sons, Joe Mansfield and Justin Mansfield, both of Pittsburg; a brother, James Mansfield, San Bruno, Calif.; and two sisters, Sally McKinze, Altamont, and Patty Dick, Independence.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Broadway Mortuary, Wichita, and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, McCune. The Rev. Kelly Zelner will officiate. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral
Eve Phillips dies at age 102
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Memorial services for Evangeline A. ``Eve'' Lathrop Phillips, 102, Lawrence, a former longtime Baxter Springs resident, who died Dec. 21, 1996 in Lawrence, will be at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Baxter Springs.
The service will be held as a part of the regular morning worship service at the church, where Mrs. Phillips was a member for 54 years and served as church Sunday school secretary for more than 30 years. The Rev. Lowell Van Tassel will officiate.
The family will receive friends after the service.
Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Baxter Springs.
PICHER, Okla. - William ``Bill'' Arnold, 89, Picher, died at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at a Commerce nursing home after a long illness.
Mr. Arnold was born April 25, 1907, in Douglas County, Mo. He was a longtime Picher area resident. He was a retired lead and zinc miner and had worked for the Frisco Railroad. He was a member of Holden's Church in Picher.
Survivors include three sisters, Martha Schopeppel, Vista, Calif., and Dorothy Johnson Bell and Jewel Brown, both of Baxter Springs, Kan.
Services are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.
MIAMI, Okla. - Amanda Jo Childers, 19, 827 O N.W., Miami, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness.
Miss Childers was born Dec. 25, 1977, in Miami. She was a lifetime Miami area resident. She was a student at Miami High School and a member of the First Assembly of God church in Miami.
Survivors include her mother, Blossom Childers, of the home; her father, Jim Childers, Fairland; and two sisters, Michelle Williams, Columbus, Kan., and Melissa Keith, Tiff City, Mo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Assembly of God. The Rev. Gerald Baser will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, Miami.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Paul Thomas
Funeral Home, Miami.
GROVE, Okla. - Roger Lee Hammond, 66, Grove, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Hammond was born April 25, 1930, at Oklahoma City. He attended schools in Fairland and Seneca, Mo., and was graduated in 1948 from Seneca High School.
He moved to Grove in 1975 from Seneca.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, Seneca.
He married Shirley Lee Johnson on Aug. 31, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Dennis Hammond, Grove; a daughter, Rhonda Malone, Grove; a sister, Aleta Holt, Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Elk River Baptist Church, ‘-mile south of the Elk River bridge on Highway 10. The Rev. Dan Dareing will officiate. Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Elk River Baptist Church, Grove.
Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home,
GROVE, Okla. - Jamie Geraldine Miles, 67, Grove, died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after an illness.
Mrs. Miles was born Jan. 25, 1929, at Rock Creek, Texas.
She had worked at Red River Army Depot, near Rock Creek. She retired in 1989.
She was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church.
She married Jeff Miles on Dec. 18, 1980, at Texarkana, Texas. He survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jefferson Miles, Montezuma Creek, Utah, and William Miles, Grove; two daughters, Deborah Pendergraft, Grove, and Margaret Beesley, Jay; a brother, John Gay, Maud, Texas; a sister, Yavonne Benton, Cedar Hill, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee. The Rev. Jim Benton will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home,
GROVE, Okla. - Martin Arnold Schmeling, 75, Grove, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Schmeling was born Oct. 20, 1921, at Hoberg, Mo.
He was a hauler for Meadow Gold Milk Co. until 1957. He then built water tanks. He later worked for Afton Co-op and raised chickens until 1968. He then served as a security guard for Port Duncan, in the Grand Lake area.
Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Joan Sandoval, Grove; two sisters, Opal Schaefer, Miami, and Lorene Mason, Fairland; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A daughter preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, with the Rev. Leo Schroeder officiating. Graveside rites will be at the funeral home because of cold weather. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove.