Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996
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Services for Frank E. ``Ike'' Eichelberger Jr., 57, 2810 W. 13th St., who died Tuesday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Empire Baptist Church. The Rev. Tim Sumners will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Lanham, Norman Johnson, Bill Blythe, Ed Callaway, Hugh Cable and Elwood Bruckner. Members of the Joplin Fire Department will be seated as a group. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Alan ``Red'' Davis, 61, 730 E. Seventh St., was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Davis was born Dec. 22, 1934, in Carthage. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Joplin, in 1953. He played basketball on a scholarship at a Texas college for four years. He played professional basketball for 26 years. He played for the Harlem Magicians and the Harlem Clowns, and was part-owner and player for the Harlem Travelers and the Harlem Majestics. After retiring from professional basketball around 1983, he worked as a clerk at the Missouri Department of Revenue office in Joplin for 11 years before retiring. He was a trustee for the Cedar Hill Cemetery Association. Survivors include two daughters, Alana Davis and Jordan Davis, both of Joplin; his father, Eugene Davis, Oakland, Calif.; and a sister, Gail Landry, Carthage. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. George Triplett will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Carthage. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the mortuary.
MONETT, Mo. … Margaret O. Mullins Gilbert, 85, Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Monett, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at her home after an illness. Mrs. Gilbert was born Aug. 15, 1910, at Webb City. She married Fred Gilbert in January 1929 in Monett. He died Oct. 8, 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Mada Margaret Fraser, Glendale, Calif.; a brother, Henry Mullins, Monett; six sisters, Imogene Henderson, Thelma Carlin, Eula Henderson and Maxine Davis, all of Monett, Zelma Able, Pierce City, and Lois Yerton, Redlands, Calif.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Arnhart Cemetery, near Purdy. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Edwin C. Jennings, 78, 506 Clevenger St., died at 8:44 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 1996, at his home after a short illness. Mr. Jennings was born May 11, 1918, at Neosho. He had lived in Carthage for 10 years, moving from the Fidelity community. He worked at W.R. Grace Fertilizer Co., Carthage. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He married Helen Dunn on Dec. 14, 1945, at Allerton, Ill. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Charles Edwin Jennings, Joplin. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage, with the Rev. Martin L. Brockett officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery in the Boulder City community, south of Granby. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.
SARCOXIE, Mo. … Services for Clara G. Laws, 65, Sarcoxie, who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Don Peckham will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Zack Jackson, Ben Clark, Patrick Clark, Levi Straw, Randall Moss and Timmy Ellidge. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
AURORA, Mo. … Veva Storm Mayfield, 63, Aurora, died at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at her home after an illness. Mrs. Mayfield was born July 28, 1932, at Alba. She moved to Aurora in 1972. She was a homemaker and a retired secretary. She was a member of Aurora United Methodist Church. She married Jack Mayfield on June 1, 1951, at Joplin. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Steve Mayfield, Willard; two daughters, Debbie Kennett, Phoenix, Ariz., and Becky Godsey, Verona; her mother, Creola Garrison, Lewiston, Idaho; a brother, Tom Storm, Joplin; two sisters, Jenna Hodges, Springfield, and Sharon Lombard, Lewiston; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Jimmy McCorkle and the Rev. Harold Gold will officiate. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
WEBB CITY, Mo. … Eric Paul Mayhue, 19, 820 W. First St., was pronounced dead on arrival at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, Okla., of injuries he suffered in a traffic accident near Miami. Mr. Mayhue was born May 23, 1977, at Joplin. He worked for NDC Distribution, Miami. He had worked as a stocker at Ramey's Supermarket from 1994 until last month. He attended Webb City High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Carterville and its youth group. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Linda and Alan Rust, Alba; his father, Jim Mayhue, Nixa; a stepbrother, Bryan Brown, Webb City; two stepsisters, Amber Couch and Heather Rust, addresses unavailable; maternal grandparents, Robert and Phyllis Raines, West Plains; and stepgrandparents, Ken and Marilyn Rust, Rogers, Ark. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Carterville. Kevin Burns, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Pallbearers will be Brian Raines, Andy Greek, Ray Greek, Roy Fair, Jason Holliday and Jim Madden. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. Contributions may be made to the Carterville-Webb City Youth Basketball Association, in care of the funeral home.
LANAGAN, Mo. … Stephen Jay McKinney, 35, Lanagan, died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. McKinney was born Jan. 5, 1961, at Caldwell, Idaho. He was a self-employed carpenter. He had served in the National Guard at Anderson. He married Donna Leuellen on July 3, 1980, at Anderson. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, April McKinney, Christy McKinney and Lisa McKinney, all of the home; his mother, Mary Ann McKinney, Lanagan; two brothers, James ``Danny'' McKinney, Pineville, and Larry E. McKinney, Lanagan; and two sisters, Susan Stout, Lanagan, and Shelley Osburn, Anderson. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lee Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Ark., under direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Derald Compton will officiate. Contributions for the funeral fund may be given to the family or the funeral home.
NEVADA, Mo. … Forest Edward Meritt, 86, Nevada, died Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Meritt was born April 22, 1910, in Nevada. He worked as an airplane parts inspector at Los Angeles, Calif., for two years during World War II. He returned to Nevada, where he farmed. He worked as a guard at Nevada State Hospital from 1955 until retiring in 1972. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He married Thelma V. Cooper on Aug. 25, 1935, in Nevada. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Eugene Meritt, of the home; and two brothers, Orville Meritt, Nevada, and Everett Meritt, Augusta, Kan. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Keith Mackey will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. Friends may call until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Earl C. Nicholas, 63, Carthage route 3, died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. Mr. Nicholas was born Dec. 13, 1932, at Paola, Kan. He had lived in Carthage since 1983, moving from Moberly. He worked for Schreiber Food Inc., Carthage, as director of food safety. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Carthage. He was a former member of the Moberly and Carthage Lions clubs. He was a member of the Moberly Jaycees and the Lutheran Laymen's League. He married Marilyn R. Meth on June 7, 1953, at Fairfield, Iowa. She survives. Other survivors include a son, John Nicholas, Carthage; five daughters, Martha Ann Nicholas, Joplin, Karen Nicholas, Mary Nicholas and Laura Schwab, all of Carthage, and Linda Huenemann, Lincoln; three stepsisters, Betty Reynolds and Virginia Jones, both of Paola, and Jo Ann Curran, Alamo, Calif.; and seven grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with the Rev. James Schnakenberg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Contributions may be made to the building fund at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home.
MONETT, Mo. … Kelsey Hile Sullivan, daughter of Mary Lynette Hile and Johnny Sullivan, both of Monett, died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Cox Medical Center-South, Springfield, where she was born earlier in the day. Additional survivors include maternal grandfather, Larry Hile, Baton Rouge, La.; paternal grandfather, John Sullivan, Marionville; paternal grandmother, Lela Lottmann, Shell Knob; maternal great-grandmothers,Mary Ann Hile, Monett, and Grabille Andrews, Pierce City; and paternal great-grandfather, Ivon Sullivan, Kimberling City. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Bethel Cemetery, Monett, with the Rev. Jim Copley officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.
WELCH, Okla. … Charles Leo ``Bill'' Bullard, 82, Welch route 2, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 1996, at the home of a daughter in Oswego, Kan., after a long illness. Mr. Bullard was born June 7, 1914, in Craig County, near Welch. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer, and had worked in the lead and zinc mines at Picher. He married Leila D. Mooney in 1935 at Oswego. She died Feb. 15, 1983. Survivors include four sons, Don Howard Bullard and Rocky Dale Bullard, both of Welch, Charles Thomas Bullard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Randy Bullard, Granby, Mo.; three daughters, Leona White, Oswego, and Ann Walker and Frances Wallace, both of Bluejacket; two brothers, Carl Bullard, Phoenix, Ariz., and Chester Bullard, state of Florida; a sister, Leona Raper, Phoenix; 18 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Maybelle Baptist Church, northeast of Welch. The Rev. Harold Neal and the Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Aaron Bullard, John Bullard, Scott Bullard, Doug Bullard, Josh Bullard and DeWayne Wallace. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.
GROVE, Okla. … Inez Going Kephart, 86, Tulsa, formerly of Grove, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Doctors Medical Center, Tulsa, after a long illness. Mrs. Kephart was born Jan. 15, 1910, at Monkey Island, near Grove. She moved to Glenpool in 1936 and to Springfield, Mo., in 1958. She moved in 1962 to Tulsa, where she worked as a baker for Daylight Doughnuts and Sooner Made until retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Tulsa. She married Elmer Kephart on Dec. 15, 1934, in Grove. He died April 10, 1960. Survivors include a son, Bobby Joe Kephart, Tulsa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, with Otho Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Zena Cemetery, near Grove.
GROVE, Okla. … Bessie M. Scott Martin, 73, Grove, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a sudden illness. Mrs. Martin was born March 19, 1923, in the state of Oklahoma. She was a former resident of Farmington, Ark., moving to Grove in 1989. She was a retired nurse's aide. She was a Baptist. She married John Paul Martin on May 15, 1950, in the state of Arkansas. He died in 1974. Survivors include a son, Charles Cowles, Broken Arrow; two brothers, Chester E. Scott, Van Buren, Ark., and R.W. Scott, Huntsville, Ark.; a sister, Myrtle McBroom, Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with Bob Barker, chaplain, officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.
JAY, Okla. … Marie Muncy, 78, Jay, died at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. Mrs. Muncy was born July 24, 1917, at Cartersville, Okla. She moved to Jay from El Dorado, Ark., 12 years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jay. She married Woodrow W. Muncy on June 16, 1935. He died June 24, 1976. Survivors include two sons, George W. Muncy, San Jose, Calif., and Marcus Muncy, Oklahoma City; three daughters, Naomi Hodson, Thornton, Colo., Jo Muncy, Grove, and Carol Sawyer, Eucha; two sisters, Ruby Linch, Santa Maria, Calif., and Pearl Krutchalow, Brazos, Texas; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Jay. The Rev. Dan Shaeffer will officiate. Burial will be in Keota (Okla.) Cemetery. Friends may call today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Jay, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.