Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Shirley Day
Shirley Mae Webb Day, 62, Joplin, died at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a sudden illness. Mrs. Day was born Dec. 12, 1933, at Black. She had lived in Joplin since 1938, moving from Plato. She was a homemaker. She was a telephone recruiter for the American Red Cross in Joplin. She had worked for Joplin Industrial Electric Co. She was a Baptist. She married Loren Chester Day on Feb. 7, 1954, in Joplin. He died April 5, 1979. Survivors include a son, Michael Day, Joplin; her mother, Blanche Webb, Joplin; a brother, Paul Webb, Joplin; and a grandson. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Grace officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The casket will be closed.

Reba Gilstrap
Reba L. Ball Gilstrap, 83, Joplin, formerly of Seneca, died at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Gilstrap was born May 25, 1913, at Neosho. She lived most of her life at Seneca. She moved to Joplin in 1993. She had worked at the former Kraft food plant at Neosho and as a cook at the Hickory Grove school. She married Henry W. Gilstrap on April 26, 1932. He died in October 1941. Survivors include two sons, Don Gilstrap, Jacksonville, Ark., and David Gilstrap, Titusville, Fla.; a daughter, Phyllis Mills, Joplin; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. Allen Brintnall, chaplain, will officiate. Burial will be in Burkhart Cemetery, Racine. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The casket will be closed at 10 a.m. Friday.

Robert Carr
NEVADA, Mo. Robert W. Carr, 68, Carson City, Nev., a former Nevada resident, died Thursday, June 27, 1996, at the home of a friend in Portland, Ore., after a sudden illness. Mr. Carr was born July 24, 1927, in Nevada. He was a graduate of Nevada High School. He lived in Nevada until 1957. He moved to Carson City in 1981. He worked 25 years for Red Wing Shoes, retiring as manager of a store at Carson City. At Carson City, he was a member of Centennial Masonic Lodge No. 47; Lewis Chapter No. 1, Royal Arch Masons; Capital Council No. 7, Cryptic Masons; E.C. Peterson No. 8, Knights Templar; and Nevada Prairie No. 50, Knights of the York Cross of Honor. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Nevada. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He married Kathal L. Cunningham on May 16, 1948, in Nevada. She died Dec. 13, 1975. Survivors include a son, Craig A. Carr, Simi Valley, Calif.; two daughters, Susan L. Beauregard, Jamestown, Calif., and Sharon L. Mortimer, Tehachapi, Calif.; and six grandchildren. The body has been cremated. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. William Cox will officiate. Masonic services will be conducted by members of Osage Lodge No. 303. Private burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Ima Davidson
GREENFIELD, Mo. Ima Vesta Davidson, 93, Greenfield, died at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Davidson was born Sept. 13, 1902, in Greenfield. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Christian Church, north of Greenfield. She married W.O. ``Slim'' Davidson on Dec. 26, 1924, in Greenfield. He died May 1, 1970. Survivors include a daughter, Denzil McMillin, Overland Park, Kan.; and a grandson. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wetzel Cemetery, west of Greenfield. Arrangements are under direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be made to the Dade County Nursing Home, Greenfield.

Terry Gahagan
NEVADA, Mo. Terry Ann Stafford Miner Gahagan, 36, 920 N. Colorado St., was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at her home. A ruling on the cause of death is pending. Mrs. Gahagan was born April 6, 1960, at Carthage. She was a lifelong area resident. She worked at the Golden Coral restaurant in Nevada, and she previously worked at the Golden Corral at Carthage. She was a member of Central Christian Center, Joplin. She was a volunteer at a multiple sclerosis center in Nevada. Survivors include two daughters, Misty Dawn Miner, of the home, and Laura Michelle Zaerr, Jasper; her parents, Bob and Betty Stafford, Carthage; two brothers, Tony Stafford, Joplin, and Bobby Joe Stafford, Carthage; two stepbrothers, Robert Stafford Jr. and John Stafford, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister, Tina DeTeen, Rich Hill; maternal grandmother, Lola Bradshaw, Carthage; and paternal stepgrandmother, Hattie Stafford, Carthage. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Dudman Springs Cemetery, east of Carthage. Bill Thomas, deacon, and Thora Shaw, minister, will officiate. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Edith Gorman
ANDERSON, Mo. Edith Orelcq McNary Gorman, 94, Anderson route 2, died at 5:23 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Gorman was born Feb. 17, 1902, at Smith Center, Kan. She moved to the Anderson area in 1953 from western Kansas. She was a homemaker and member of Honey Lake Church, Anderson. She married Billie Gorman on June 9, 1923, at Smith Center. He died May 12, 1994. Survivors include five sons, Earl Lynn Gorman, Scott City, Kan., Ike Gorman, Pineville, Loren Gorman, Neosho, Hank Gorman, Jane, and Murrelcq Gorman, Anderson; six daughters, Jane McBroom, Scott City, Leta Nitzel, St. Francis, Kan., Mary Litchfield and Bonnie McQuillan, both of Anderson, Jean King, Stella, and Vera Gorman, Goodman; a sister, Irma Barham, Modesto, Calif.; 35 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Peace Valley Cemetery, Anderson, with the Rev. Hank Gorman officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Oralee Graff
LA RUSSELL, Mo. Oralee I. Graff, 73, La Russell route 1, died at 9:56 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. Mrs. Graff was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Jasper County. She was a lifetime resident of the La Russell area. She was a homemaker. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church, La Russell. She married A.E. ``Noney'' Graff on Dec. 25, 1942, in La Russell. He survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Dale Graff, Sarcoxie, and Bobby Graff, Carthage; a daughter, Bettie Craig, Sarcoxie; two brothers, Troy Clark, Avilla, and LaVerne Clark, Kansas City; two sisters, Nadine Duke, La Russell, and Roselee Brasher, Kansas City; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, La Russell. The Rev. Sonny Shewmake and the Rev. Bob Hutchins will officiate. Burial will be in Harvey Cemetery, west of Avilla. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Dana Gulick
CARTHAGE, Mo. Dana A. Gulick, 35, Carthage route 5, died at 12:32 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. Mr. Gulick was born Jan. 2, 1961, at Wichita, Kan. He was a lifetime resident of the Carthage area. He was a farmer. Survivors include his parents, Glenn R. and Hattie Gulick Sr., of the home; and two brothers, Glenn R. Gulick Jr., Joplin, and James Gulick, Cincinnati, Ohio. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Avilla Cemetery. The Rev. James McClure will officiate. Arrangements are under direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Dixie Montgomery
GREENFIELD, Mo. Dixie Lou Montgomery, 71, Huntington Park, Calif., a native of Dade County, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at Downey Community Hospital, Downey, Calif., after a short illness. Mrs. Montgomery was born June 4, 1925, in Dade County. She moved to Huntington Park in 1943 from the Sylvania community, west of Greenfield. She was a homemaker. She had worked with the Girl Scouts for more than 30 years and was chosen Girl Scout Leader of the Year in Huntington Park in 1970. She was a member of the Huntington Park election board and was an artist. She married Harold W. Montgomery on Feb. 14, 1941, in Dade County. He survives. Additional survivors include three daughters, Peggy Murphy, Orange, Calif., Judy Barrios, Norwalk, Calif., and Connie Kiblinger, Strafford; four sisters, Rosalie Wolf, Golden City, Betty Harrell, La Palma, Calif., Virginia Beason, Hobbs, N.M., and Ruth Glenn, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Bill Windes, Lamar; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, west of Greenfield. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, west of Greenfield. Arrangements are under direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church or to Maple Grove Cemetery.

Roy Travis
EVERTON, Mo. Roy Thurman Travis, 59, Everton, died at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Travis was born Feb. 16, 1937, at Nettleton, Ark. He had been a machinist in the aerospace industry. He later was pastor at churches in Arkansas, California and Dade County. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He married Jane Holland on Sept. 28, 1956, at Light, Ark. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Rodger Travis, of the home, and Rodney Travis, Everton; a daughter, Tami Travis, Jonesboro, Ark.; two brothers, Larry Travis, Pangburn, Ark., and David Travis, Kansas City; two sisters, Linda Bell, Memphis, Tenn., and Pam McGarrah, San Antonio, Texas; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church, west of Everton. The Rev. Danny Decker will officiate. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, west of Everton. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.

Chester Rindt
GALENA, Kan. Chester LaVern Rindt, 57, Galena route 1, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Rindt was born July 2, 1939, at Joplin, Mo. He was a lifetime resident of the Union Chapel area, north of Galena. He was a butcher at Rindt Slaughterhouse, Galena, until 1980. Survivors include two brothers, Bernard Ray Rindt, Arkansas City, and Gaylon LeRoy Rindt, Belton, Mo.; and two sisters, Wilma Ruth Bryant, Riverton, and Georgia Mae Johnson, Galena. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Sam Carper, chaplain, will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond (Mo.) Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Chatterton, Bill Pickering, Joe Gourley, Bob Carr, Jim Hilton and Ron Branham. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Samuel Freeman Jr.
GROVE, Okla. Samuel Elias Freeman Jr., 81, Grove, died at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness. Mr. Freeman was born May 14, 1915, at Reader, Ark. He moved to Grove eight years ago from Norman. He received an architectural engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman in the early 1950s. He was a retired architect. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge and the board of the Humane Society of Grove. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grove. He married Zelma Louise Freeman on Oct. 16, 1937, at Chandler. She died Jan. 1, 1991. Survivors include a son, Sammy Freeman, Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Virginia Crabtree, Oklahoma City; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Grove. The Rev. Robin Cowin will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville. Arrangements are under direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove.

A.J. Hatley
MIAMI, Okla. A.J. Hatley, 74, Miami, died at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Hatley was born Nov. 15, 1921, at Durham. He had lived in the rural Miami area for 43 years. He was a farmer and stockman, retiring in 1987. He also worked 10 years for Gibson's Discount City in Miami. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, west of Commerce. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Commerce. He married Doris York in May 1942. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Pamela Woods, Ketchum; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Clyde Reese
PICHER, Okla. Clyde Reese, 84, Picher, died at 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Reese was born July 24, 1911, at Garfield, Kan. He lived in the Picher area most of his life. He was a retired lead and zinc miner. He married Alicia Lee on June 1, 1962, at Loveland, Colo. She died Jan. 24, 1981. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Wyatt, Pauma Valley, Calif.; four stepsons, James Dale Edens, Picher, Everett Lee Edens, Peabody, Kan., Vern Eugene Eden, address unavailable, and Robert Daniel Edens, Conway, Ark.; three stepdaughters, Helen Marie Clark, Wichita, Kan., Laura Mae Berry, Miami, Okla., and Hazel Dean Collins, state of Missouri; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Wyan Sims will officiate. Arrangements are under direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Ercie Wilson
MIAMI, Okla. Ercie M. Wilson, 95, Miami, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at a nursing home in Picher after an illness. Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 2, 1901, at Goodman, Mo. He had lived in Ottawa County since 1929. He was a retired farmer and stockman. He attended North Miami Christian Church. He married Velma Christina ``Teena'' Austin on June 26, 1929, in Miami. She preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Vernon Wilson, Commerce, and Holly Wilson, Welch; a brother, Elbert Wilson, Goodman; a sister, Ouida Perdue, Jay; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami, with the Rev. Clyde Stilley officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Pallbearers will be O.J. Allman, Tim Wilson, Chuck Wilson, Doug Smith, Mike Stafford and George Broyles. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


 

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