Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Bessie Cole
Bessie E. Cole, 95, Joplin, died at 11:15 a.m. Monday, July 9, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. Mrs. Cole was born Jan. 3, 1901, at Alamosa, Colo. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a teacher and a coordinator for the Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. She attended First Baptist Church, Joplin. She married Garlen G. Cole on Jan. 3, 1926, at Galena, Kan. He died July 7, 1963. Survivors include two sons, Roy Dale Cole, Ridgecrest, Calif., and Jack Cole, Copperas Cove, Texas; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Duane Trimble will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Charity (Mo.) City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Al Goswick, Chad Goswick, Richard Janes, Shannon Beckham, T.D. Beckham and Terry Beckham. Contributions may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, in care of the mortuary.

Thomas Doyle
Thomas H. Doyle, 64, Joplin, died at 3:50 p.m. Monday, July 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Mr. Doyle was born July 20, 1931, at Kansas City, Mo. He moved to Joplin in 1971. He was a 1949 graduate of Glennon High School, Kansas City, Mo., and attended Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo. He was an officer for Missouri Pacific-Union Pacific Railroad, in Kansas City, Joplin, and Carthage, retiring in 1986 after 36 years of employment. He was a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He had played semi-professional baseball for the Air Force and a team in the Kansas City area. He was a member of the booster club for Holy Cross Grade School, Kansas City, and McAuley Regional High School, Joplin. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both of Joplin. He married Sharon Ann Miller at Marceline. She died in 1962. He married Barbara Hollingshad on May 1, 1965, at Leavenworth, Kan. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Jim Doyle, Manchester, N.H., and Tommy Doyle, Parsons, Kan.; three daughters, Kay Carlton, Carthage, Theresa Witt, Springfield, and Sara Baker, Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Roger Doyle, Willow Springs; a sister, Barbara Doyle, Blue Springs; and 11 grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Rev. Frank Palermo will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. Pallbearers will be Pete Macan, Howard Hillson, Louis Schorgl, Gil Phillips, Champ Hollingshad, Fred Burke, Jim Weishar, Ray Scheurich, Rick Sprague, Lee Petty, Steve Carlton, Dave Baker and Leon Witt. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, with visitation afterward. Contributions may be made to the Joplin Area Catholic Schools.

Ike Eichelberger
Frank E. ``Ike'' Eichelberger Jr., 57, 2810 W. 13th St., died at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Forsythe after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Eichelberger was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Joplin, and lived in the town all of his life. He graduated in 1956 from Joplin High School and attended Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He was a firefighter with the Joplin Fire Department for 22 years, retiring in 1981. He was a truck driver for the Safety Clean Co., Pittsburg, Kan. He was a member of Empire Baptist Church, Joplin, and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Mary Kendrick on Oct. 21, 1965, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Terry Eugene Eichelberger, Webb City, Donnie Lee Eichelberger, Joplin, and Ronnie Ray Eichelberger, Riverton, Kan.; a daughter, Mary Sue Jones, Joplin; his father, Frank E. Eichelberger Sr., Joplin; a half sister, Martha Boles, Joplin; and eight grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Betty Gardner
Betty Ann Gardner, 71, 1409 E. 17th St., died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Miss Gardner was born April 3, 1925, at Dunlap, Iowa. She moved to Joplin from Galena, Kan., in 1989. She graduated in 1943 from Baxter Springs (Kan.) High School and attended Joplin Junior College. She worked during World War II in a defense plant at Kansas City, Mo. She began working for the Southern Bell Telephone Co., New Orleans, La., in 1947. She transferred to Southwestern Bell, Joplin, in 1951. She retired in 1980 as group manager of services. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Joplin, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a member and past president of the Schifferdecker Women's Golf Association, Joplin. Survivors include a brother, Dick Gardner, Joplin; and a sister, Wanda Southard, Sand Springs, Okla. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Damian Boeding will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Pallbearers will be Dick Gardner, Chris Southard, Rick Gardner, Steve Gardner, Jeff Prescott, Kris Barrows, Dennis Shelton and L.E. ``Bud'' Johnson. The casket will be closed. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to service time Thursday at the mortuary. The family will be at the home of Dick Gardner, 2921 S. Winfield Ave. Contributions may be made to St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin.

Gary Kimbrough
Gary Lee Kimbrough Jr., 24, Joplin route 6, died at 6 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West. Authorities termed the death a homicide. Mr. Kimbrough was born July 14, 1971, at Neosho. He moved to Joplin from Pierce City three years ago. He was a third hand in the felt mill at Tamko Roofing Products, Joplin. He attended Carl Junction Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joplin. He married Melinda Camille Rosewicz on June 17, 1993, at Harrison, Ark. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Kiera Anne Kimbrough, of the home; a stepson, K.C. Rosewicz, of the home; a stepdaughter, Camisha Rosewicz, of the home; his mother and stepfather, Pat and Dave Bly, Stella; a brother, Brent Kimbrough, Stella; a sister, Kimberlee Harris, Joplin; a stepbrother, David Paul Bly, England the country; a stepsister, Dana Marie Edgell, Newark, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Gladys Sanders, Neosho; maternal grandmother, Edith Oxford, Granby; and stepgrandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bly, Independence. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Fred Franks will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Stella. Pallbearers will be Jerry Hopper, Bruce Immekus, Scott Anderson, James Taylor, Gary Sanders and Tim Littlefield. Members of the American Legion Post No. 163, Neosho, will perform a flag-folding ceremony at the graveside. Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. After the service Friday, the family will be at the Longview Fire Station.

Michael Koon
Michael Gage ``Mickey'' Koon, 6-month-old son of Amy Koon, 2827 S. Oliver Ave., died at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. The child was born Jan. 15, 1996, in Joplin. Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, George and Norman Koon, Joplin; maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Jones, Carl Junction; and maternal great-grandparents, Ethel and Harrison Koon, Seneca. Private graveside services will be conducted Thursday. Harlin Stoner will officiate. Pallbearers will be Rich Conroy and Bill Cash. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Margaret Reid
Margaret Marie Ryberg Reid, 90, 2518 E. 11th St., died at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, after a short illness. Mrs. Reid was born April 4, 1906, at Wentworth. She moved to Joplin in 1924. She was a 1925 graduate of Joplin High School. She worked in the office at the former Plug Tire and Battery Co., and was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society. She was a former member of Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, Reciprocity Club, and Spiva Art Center. She was a volunteer with the St. John's Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and the United Way of Joplin. She married Clark A. Reid on June 9, 1937, in Joplin. He survives. There are no other immediate survivors. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Rev. Frank C. Palermo will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The casket will be closed. A prayer service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Kimberly Hobbs
CASSVILLE, Mo. Kimberly Ann Hobbs, 21, Cassville, died at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at her home. The death was ruled a suicide. Mrs. Hobbs was born July 8, 1975, at Inverness, Fla. She attended Cassville High School. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She married Travis Hobbs on Feb. 5, 1994, at Cassville. He survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Devin Hobbs and Trevor Hobbs, both of the home; a daughter, Savanna Hobbs, of the home; her parents, Don and Jackie Moore, Cassville; two brothers, Michael Moore, state of California, and Gary Moore, Cassville; paternal grandmother, Dena Moore, Exeter; and maternal grandmother, Vivian Crosby, Granby. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Milford Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Mineral Springs Cemetery, Cassville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the children, in care of the funeral home.

Clyde Hood Sr.
SHELL KNOB, Mo. Clyde B. Hood Sr., 91, Shell Knob, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Hood was born Nov. 29, 1904, at Reeds. He moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Shell Knob in 1969. He served as a major in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He founded Precision Lubricants Co., Kansas City, Mo., in 1935, and was serving as chairman of the board at the time of his death. He was a charter member, past trustee and chairman of the finance committee of Central Community United Methodist Church, Shell Knob. He was the recipient of the Order of Demolay, Legion of Merit 50-year pin. He was a member of the Oil Men's Club of Kansas City, and the Lion's Club and Cedar Country Club, both of Shell Knob. He married Harriett Ione Watkins on Nov. 11, 1925. She died in 1951. He married Mary Ella Branham on June 5, 1958, at Fayetteville, Ark. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Clyde B. Hood Jr., Overland Park, Kan., Frank W. Hood, Kansas City, Mo., and Clark Harrison Hood, Carthage; two daughters, Vitula Ruth Lungren, Kansas City, Kan., and Diane De Shong, Dallas, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Central Community United Methodist Church, Shell Knob. The Rev. James Lee will officiate. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Dudman Springs Cemetery, Reeds. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Contributions may be made to Carroll Regional Hospice or Central Community United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Don Lasswell BRP>
PIERCE CITY, Mo. Don Lasswell, 91, Highland, Calif., a former Pierce City area resident, died Sunday, July 7, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Lasswell was born Oct. 7, 1904, in Pierce City. He moved to Highland from the Pierce City area about eight years ago. He was a dragline engineer for the Northern Illinois Coal Corp. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Lasswell; two sons, Don Lasswell Jr., Highland, and Edmund Lasswell, Houston, Texas; a daughter, Nancy Lasswell, Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Berwick Presbyterian Church, near Pierce City. The Rev. Dennis Burge will officiate. Burial will be in the Berwick Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City.

Arthur Payne
CARTHAGE, Mo. Arthur Leroy Payne, 90, Carthage, died at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. Mr. Payne was born May 29, 1906, at Garfield, Ark. He worked in maintenance with a hospital in Hinsdale, Ill. He retired in 1969 and moved to Carthage. He operated Leroy's Sharpening Service, Carthage. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, Carthage. He married Allene Aldridge on July 10, 1953, at Geneva, Ill. She died Feb. 3, 1991. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fidelity Cemetery, south of Carthage. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Joseph Thron Jr.
NEVADA, Mo. Joseph Thron Jr., 78, Nevada, died at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Thron was born July 24, 1917, in Bates County. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Nevada, the Knights of Columbus and Modern Woodmen of America. He is survived by a sister, Eleanor Thron, Nevada. Rosary services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Milster Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Krudwig will officiate. Burial Mass will be will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends Thursday after the rosary service.

Opal Evans
COLUMBUS, Kan. Opal Faye Evans, 74, formerly of 531 Central St., died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. Mrs. Evans was born Aug. 5, 1921, near Sherwin, which is near Columbus. She attended school in Columbus and graduated in 1941 from Cherokee County Community High School. She was a member of the Sherwin Christian Church, and Over the Hill Club, Citizens' Band Club and Banner Rebekah Lodge No. 207, all of Columbus. She married Leo Evans on March 31, 1953, at Columbus. He died Dec. 11, 1987. Surviving are a son, Leo Evans Jr., Columbus. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Sherwin Christian Church. The Rev. Dennis Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today wedat Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

William Hagman
PITTSBURG, Kan. William R. Hagman, 86, 2204 S. Homer St., a longtime business, civic and political leader in the area, died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center where he had been a patient two weeks. Mr. Hagman was born May 4, 1910, at Deepwater, Mo. He moved to Pittsburg in 1914. He graduated from Pittsburg High School. He attended Pittsburg State University and graduated in 1932 from the University of Kansas. In 1932, he entered the family business, Hagman's Inc., a wholesale distributor of confectionary and tobacco products to retailers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. He retired as chairman of the board in 1994. He was on the board of directors for over 25 years at the First State Bank and retired as chairman of the board in 1994, becoming chairman emeritus. He was a member of the Small Business Administration advisory council for 16 years. He was a director of Bottenfield's Inc. for 47 years. He was a past president and chairman of the board of the National Association of Tobacco Distributors. He was a member of the association's hall of fame. He was a past president of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. He was the Crawford County Republican chairman for almost 40 years. He also had served as Fifth District GOP chairman and a past secretary of the GOP state committee. He was a delegate to the national GOP conventions in 1956 and 1968. At the University of Kansas, he served as a trustee of the Endowment Association and trustee of the School of Business and Board of Advisers. He was a past national president of the KU Alumni Association and a recipient of its highest service award, the Fred Ellsworth Medallion. He was a lifetime member of the Williams Educational Fund and the Chancellor Club. He also served as president of the Endowment Association at PSU in 1974. He was a 65-year member of Pittsburg Masonic Lodge No. 187. Other memberships included the York Rite Bodies, the Red Cross of Constantine, Scottish Rite Consistory 33rd Degree, Royal Order of Scotland, Mirza Temple, Order of Quetzalcoatl, DeMolay Legion of Honor, Kansas Masonic Foundation, Court 95 of the Royal Order of Jesters, and Shrine Club of Pittsburg. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church for 74 years, serving as a deacon and elder and on the board of trustees. He was a member and past commander of Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion; and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation, Kansas City Club, Larned Club of Lawrence, and the Crestwood County Club of Pittsburg. He was a member of the Rotary Club for more than 40 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1944 to 1946 as a lieutenant in the South Pacific. He married Avys Rae Taylor in 1933. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Kenneth R. Hagman, Pittsburg route 5, John R. Hagman, Overland Park, and William R. Hagman Jr., Pittsburg; a daughter, Sharon R. Redmond, Mission Hills; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, Pittsburg. The Rev. Robert Bardeen will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. Scottish Rite services will be at 7 p.m. today at Brenner Mortuary. The family will receive friends afterward. Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the mortuary. Contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church music fund or to the Mirza Temple Shrine Hospital transportation fund, in care of the mortuary.

Lee Murray
SCAMMON, Kan. Lee Roy Murray, 75, 408 North Perry, died at 1:53 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mr. Murray was born Jan. 27, 1921, near Saint Joseph, Tenn. He attended schools and grew up at the Sherwin community, near Columbus. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He moved to Scammon in 1950. He married Opal May Sutphin on Oct. 20, 1944, at Portsmouth, Va. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, William Murray and Allan Murray, both of rural Scammon; four daughters, Ethel Thurmond, Winter Haven, Fla., Linda Yanagihara, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jackie Carse, Bartlesville, Okla., and Donna Wilhite, Stilwell, Okla.; two sisters, Myrtle Evins, Joplin, and Maxine Lattin, Oswego; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The body will be cremated. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Rick Thomason, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus.

Margarite Watson
QUAPAW, Okla. Margarite Elmary Kennedy Watson, 86, Quapaw, died at 11:39 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. Mrs. Watson was born June 11, 1910, at the Turkey Creek community in the state of Missouri. She moved to Quapaw in 1945. She was a licensed practical nurse for Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Mo., and the Bradshaw Hospital, Miami. She attended Spring River Indian Baptist Church, southeast of Quapaw. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Quapaw. She graduated in 1959 from Franklin Technical School, Joplin, and was a licensed practical nurse. She married Leroy Watson on April 7, 1933, at Columbus. He survives. Additional survivors include four daughters, Josie Fore, Mary Ellen Stasell, Georgie Ann Owens, all of Quapaw, and Martha Jane Longdan, Afton; two sisters, Lucille Goddard, Brea, Calif., and Mary Stice, Watsonville, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.


 

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