Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Timothy Blessing
Timothy D. Blessing, 36, Joplin route 9, died at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Blessing was born Dec. 10, 1959, at Tulsa, Okla. He moved to Joplin from Tulsa six months ago. He worked five years as an installer for Mission Cable Co. at Tulsa. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Tom and Judy Blessing, Grove, Okla.; three sisters, Debbie Wilson, Seneca, Fonda Jackson, Kansas City, Kan., and Lorna Vann, Carl Junction; and paternal grandmother, Edna Williams, Texarkana, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Floral Haven Chapel, Broken Arrow, Okla. The Rev. Marvin Tunnel will officiate. Local arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Earl Martin
Earl R. Martin, 81, Joplin, died at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Galena, Kan., after a short illness. Mr. Martin was born Feb. 5, 1915, at Chanute, Kan. He had lived in Joplin since 1962. He was a 1934 graduate of Chillicothe (Mo.) Business College. He was an office manager for Brunswick Balke Co., Kansas City. He later was an office auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. He entered the Navy in 1941 and was stationed at Mare Island Naval Base, Vallejo, Calif. He was a Methodist. He married Marjorie Belshe on Feb. 5, 1944, at Santa Rosa, Calif. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia Lynn Martin, Joplin; and a sister, Juanita Van Slyke, Sun Lakes, Ariz. The body is to be cremated. No services are planned. Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary.

Naomi Morrison
Graveside services for Naomi T. Morrison, 91, Joplin, who died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Freeman Hospital East after an illness, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Deep Woods Cemetery, Nevada. The Rev. Kerry Skidmore will officiate. The body has been cremated. Arrangements are under direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville.

Bettie Raines
Bettie J. Raines, 66, 321 N. Joplin Ave., died at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. Mrs. Raines was born Jan. 8, 1930, at Galena, Kan. She lived most of her life in the Joplin area. She worked at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. She previously had worked for Joplin Cigar Co., American Wafer Co., Safeway Bakery and Motorola Corp., all of Joplin. She married William F. Richardson in Joplin. He died Sept. 25, 1980. She married Charles W. Raines in Joplin. He survives. Also surviving is a sister, Norma Richardson, Cicero, Ind. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ralph Hayes, Ralph Hayes Jr., Rodney Hayes and C.W. Raines.

Dale Vantrease
Dale E. Vantrease, 72, Birmingham, Ala., a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, at his home after four years of ill health. Mr. Vantrease was born March 3, 1924, in Joplin. He retired from Hayes Aircraft Co. in Alabama. He was a member of Roebuck Drive United Methodist Church. He served in the Army in World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jan Vantrease; three daughters, Phyllis Phillips, Fayetteville, Ga., Janice Ready, Brazil, and Kathy Smith, Chelsea, Ala.; a brother, Bill Vantrease, Joplin; three sisters, Elda Watson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Louise Wilkins and Catherine Isbell, both of Joplin; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Birmingham. Melody Christolear and Barbara Drake, pastors, officiated. Burial was in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Birmingham. Contributions may be made to the Montclair Hospice Foundation, Birmingham.

Leonard Fulton
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Leonard Q. Fulton, 76, 1005 Sheridan Drive, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at the home of a son in Eagle Creek, Ore., after a one-year illness. Mr. Fulton was born March 24, 1920, at Rome, Mo. He was a longtime area resident. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired carpet salesman. He was a member of Carl Junction United Methodist Church. His wife, Evelyn Fulton, died June 22, 1995. Survivors include four sons, Larry Fulton, Eagle Creek, Kenneth VanArsdel, Sonora, Calif., Jim VanArsdel, Tucson, Ariz., and Darrell Fallman, Carl Junction; his mother, Gertrude Fulton, Joplin; a sister, Ruby Cunningham, Carl Junction; and seven grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carl Junction United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Wisdom, Paul Verbryck, Bill Dunn, Mark McDaniel, Dan McDaniel and Dean Wilson. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Carl Junction United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made to the building fund at Carl Junction United Methodist Church, in care of Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction.

Charles Morris
LAMAR, Mo. Charles Leon Morris, 93, Lamar, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. Mr. Morris was born Aug. 5, 1902, at Kingman, Kan. He moved from Augusta, Kan., to Lamar in 1951. He had worked for Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kan., and had farmed for several years southwest of Lamar. He married Mary Elza Bradley on Aug. 9, 1926, at Grove, Okla. She survives. Also surviving are five sons, Charles L. Morris, La Habra, Calif., Glenn Morris and Delbert Morris, both of Arlington, Texas, Dan Morris, Irvine, Calif., and Gene Morris, Riverside, Calif.; three daughters, Elizabeth Jones, Cherokee, Okla., Leona Lichlyter, Burlington, Kan., and Betty Foster, Republic; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar. The Rev. Elder Ralph Williston will officiate. Contributions may be made to a memorial fund at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home, Lamar, in care of Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Orlie Phillips
MONETT, Mo. Orlie L. Phillips, 73, Monett, died at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Phillips was born April 12, 1923, at Freedom, Okla. He had lived in Monett for 45 years. He retired a conductor for the Frisco Railroad, later the Burlington-Northern Railroad, retiring in 1984. He was a Free Will Baptist. He married Imogene Moore on July 8, 1942, at Berryville, Ark. She survives. Also surviving are a son, J.L. Phillips, Nixa; a sister, Mirtie Dillon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Lee Neil officiating. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes, in care of the funeral home.

Otho Porton
NEOSHO, Mo. Otho Porton, 81, Neosho, died at 3:40 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Porton was born Oct. 26, 1914, at Haworth, Okla. He moved to Neosho in September 1981 from Pawnee, Okla. He received a bachelor's degree from Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Okla. He had been a teacher with the Navajo Indians at Shiprock, N.M. He was a federal housing officer at Pawnee and Anadarko, Okla., until retiring in 1981. He was a former member of the Lions clubs at Anadarko and Shiprock. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho. He married Ruby Michael on Dec. 18, 1947, at Satanta, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Barbara Garner, Neosho; a son, Michael Porton, Benton City, Wash.; two sisters, Katherine Wheeler and Mary Lee Warner, both of Wichita, Kan.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, with the Rev. D.L. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Freeman, Frank Ledford, George Ledford, Harold Williams, Paul Williams and David Keith. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, or to Souls Harbor Mission, in care of the funeral home.

Carl Potter
CASSVILLE, Mo. Carl C. Potter, 81, Lee's Summit, a former Cassville resident, died Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at Lee's Summit Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Potter was born April 16, 1915, at Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Iowa. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he worked for various health departments in Iowa. He moved in 1950 to Kansas City, where he worked for the city. He retired in 1975 as director of air quality and moved to Cassville. In 1991, he moved to John Knox Village, a retirement complex, at Lee's Summit. He was active in the village church, auxiliary, Iowa Club, grief support group and men's club. He worked with children at Underwood Elementary School. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and was an honorary warrior in the Tribe Mic-O-Say. He married Margery E. Pennington in 1937. She died June 13, 1994. Survivors include two sons, Robert Potter, Edwardsville, Ill., and Alan Potter, Neosho; two daughters, Carol Bartlett, Rich Hill, and Kay Sadler, Raytown; two sisters, Ruth Kelleher, Iowa City, and Ruby Fleming, Solon, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at John Knox Village Chapel, Lee's Summit. The Rev. W.E. Crawford will officiate. Private graveside services will be conducted at Leavenworth (Kan.) National Cemetery.

Kaye Jones
OSWEGO, Kan. Ethel ``Kaye'' Getman Jones, 34, 1415 W. Fourth St., died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at a nursing home in Pittsburg after a three-year illness. Ms. Jones was born Nov. 29, 1961, at Columbus. She attended schools at Columbus and Carl Junction, Mo. She graduated from Labette Community College, Parsons. She had worked at Big Brutus and for Intelsell, Arma. She attended the Church of God, Mindenmines, Mo. Survivors include a daughter, Christina Jones, West Mineral; her parents, Eli and Dollie Getman, Hallowell; two brothers, Joseph Getman and Jackson Getman, both of Hallowell; two sisters, Mabel McCormick, Independence, and Eva Phillips, Labette City; and maternal grandmother, Mabel McCormick, Columbus. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Gary Carter will officiate. Burial will be in Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the AIDS Resource Network of Southeast Kansas, in care of the funeral home.

Mike Hemann
MIAMI, Okla. Joe Michael Hemann, 41, 2500 East 120 Road, was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., of injuries he suffered in a traffic accident near Quapaw. Mr. Hemann was born Dec. 5, 1954, in Miami. He graduated from Carl Junction (Mo.) High School in 1972. He moved to Miami in 1995. He was a professional saddle bronc rider and had qualified for the International Finals Rodeo. He was a reigning ACRA champion and was ranked in the top 15 of the IPRA, both rodeo organizations. He married Charlene Johnson on Feb. 13, 1993, at Tulsa. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Shane Hemann, Joplin; a stepdaughter, Ashlee Nicole Wadley, of the home; his parents, Orville and Marian Hemann, Miami; and a brother, Leon Hemann, Lovington, N.M. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Miami Church of Christ. The Rev. Bobby Key will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Charles Brown
Charles L. Brown, 84, 1822 Texas Ave., died at 10:18 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Mr. Brown was born Dec. 4, 1911, in the state of Oklahoma. He moved to Joplin in 1945. He was a ticket agent and service manager for Greyhound Bus Lines in Joplin for 37 years. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, Joplin. He was a former chairman of the church administrative board, a trustee and lay person. He also had been a district trustee of the Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member of Robert S. Truman Post No. 13, American Legion, serving as past commander in 1984 and 1985, and was a member of the post executive board. He had worked with the American Legion baseball program for several years.He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Katy B. Robeson on April 1, 1945, at Asheville, N.C. She survives. Additional survivors include three brothers, Bernard Brown and George Brown, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Clifford Brown, Lubbock, Texas; and asister, Viola Huckabay, Oklahoma City. Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Clarke Fields
Clarke Fields, 86, 302 N. Florida Ave., died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Fields was born Jan. 4, 1910, at Wheeling, W.Va. He lived most of his life at Wheeling. He had lived in Joplin for nine days. He graduated from Linsly Military Institute, Wheeling, and in 1932 from Cincinnati (Ohio) College of Embalming. He was co-owner of Fields Funeral Home, Wheeling, for 30 years. He was a member of Warwood Christian Church, Wheeling. He had served as town recorder and acting mayor of Bethany, W.Va. He had been master of the Buffalo Grange Lodge, Bethany, and the Pomona Grange Lodge, also in West Virginia. He married Marguerite Gary on July 28, 1930, at Cincinnati. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Gary Fields, Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Jay Fields, Joplin; and two sisters, Zona Klee and Catherine Miles, both of Wheeling. Services will be Monday at McCoy Funeral Home, Wheeling. Roger Murfin and Donald Cover will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling. Local arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Elton Bond
WALKER, Mo. Elton E. Bond, 73, Walker, died Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness of several months. Mr. Bond was born May 21, 1923, at Horton. He spent his early years in Vernon County. He served in the Army in World War II. He returned to Nevada in 1946 and farmed. He then worked 34 years for Certain-Teed Fiberglass Corp., Kansas City, He retired in 1984 and returned to Walker. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 31, Liberty. He married Nadyn Jackson on Sept. 21, 1983, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Eddy Bond, Nevada; three daughters, Vicky Keeton and Pam Smitka, both of Liberty, and Kathy Hoffman, Kansas City; a stepdaughter, Linda Coonrod, Nevada; three brothers, Elmon Bond and Willard Bond, both of Nevada, and Dale Bond, Grain Valley; three sisters, Thelma Alumbaugh, Fern Welch and Marian Raines, all of Nevada; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; two great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. William Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Walker. Friends may call until 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to the Vernon County Cancer Relief fund or to Nevada Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

J.B. Clayton
EAGLE ROCK, Mo. J.B. Clayton, 77, Eagle Rock, formerly of Carthage, died at 8:06 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Clayton was born Jan. 13, 1919, at Halltown. He lived in Carthage most of his life. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had worked for the Carthage Police Department, Schreiber Food Inc., H.E. Williams Inc. and Steadley Co. He worked in the maintenance department at McCune-Brooks Hospital before retiring. He married Cupy Patton on Jan. 5, 1944, at Columbus, Kan. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Troy Clayton and Max Clayton, both of Carthage; two daughters, Sheldia Todd, Carthage, and Frances Owens, Eagle Rock; a brother, William Clayton, Chandler, Ariz.; a sister, Nova Jean Samuels, Carthage; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Donald Owens will officiate. Burial will be in Fasken Cemetery, northeast of Carthage.

Dorothy Gage
JANE, Mo. Dorothy Irene Spencer Gage, 72, Bentonville, Ark., a former Jane resident, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Gage was born July 23, 1924, at Knob Noster. She moved to the area in 1968 from Kansas City. She formerly owned Don's State Line Liquor Store near Jane. Her husband, Don Gage, died in 1986. Survivors include two daughters, Jan Moody, Bentonville, and Donna Hawks, Conway, Ark.; her mother, Irene Spencer, Columbia; a sister, Virginia Jeffries, Columbia; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Callison-Lough Funeral Chapel, Bentonville. The Rev. David McKay will officiate. Burial will be in Jane Cemetery, Jane. Pallbearers will be Jim Stephens, Leon Russell, Junior Potts, Ken Childers, Tim Fleener and Jeff Westbrook.

William Huckstep
PURDY, Mo. William A. Huckstep, 88, Purdy route 1, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Huckstep was born Oct. 4, 1907, at Lewis, Kan. He had lived in the Purdy area the past 45 years. He retired in 1972 as a welder for a gas service company, and he also was a farmer. He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Lewis. He married Lorraine Komerark on Oct. 17, 1938, at Newton, Kan. She died April 14, 1991. Survivors include three sons, Linus Huckstep, Carthage, John Huckstep, Springfield, and Jim Huckstep, Monett; three daughters, Kay Nash, Atlanta, Kan., and Jane Doss and Jean Aleshire, both of Monett; a sister, Gracie Kitchen, Lyons, Kan.; eight grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. John Brawn officiating. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Waynes Cemetery, Lewis. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Twyla Jester
NEOSHO, Mo. Twyla Opal Jester, 86, Olathe, Kan., a former area resident, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Olathe after an illness. Mrs. Jester was born Oct. 14, 1909, at Natoma, Kan. She moved to Neosho as a child. She attended Neosho schools, graduating in 1927 from Neosho High School, where she was a cheerleader her senior year. She lived at Aurora from 1935 to 1941, when she and her husband moved to Webb City. She lived at Webb City until 1972 and moved to Olathe in 1973. She had worked as a bookkeeper at Cudahy Co., Neosho, and had worked at Neosho Foundry. She married Paul Jester in 1933. He died in 1972. Survivors include two sons, Jan Jester, Olathe, and Tod Jester, Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private graveside services were conducted Friday at IOOF Cemetery, Neosho. Arrangements were under direction of W.L. Frye and Son Mortuary, Olathe.

Luther Jones
CASSVILLE, Mo. Luther L. Jones, 45, Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Cassville, died at 2:57 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark., after a short illness. Mr. Jones was born July 23, 1951, at Oakland, Calif. He lived 15 years in Cassville before moving to Bentonville. He worked for the city of Bentonville and was a member of the Bentonville Breakfast Lions Club. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Davis Jones; a son, Steven Ray Jones, Bentonville; a daughter, Dawn Shelly Mitsch, Lowell, Ark.; his father, Lewis Jones, Joplin; his mother, Ella Hunnicutt, Neosho; two brothers, George Jones, state of California, and Jimmy Jones, Canada; two sisters, Shirley Evinger and Mabel Skaggs, both of Granby; grandfather, Watemon H. Jones, Joplin; and a grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Callison-Lough Funeral Chapel, Bentonville. Burial will be in Bentonville Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Mary Jones
MONETT, Mo. Mary B. Jones, 84, Sun City, Ariz., a former Monett resident, died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Boswell Hospital, Sun City, after a short illness. Mrs. Jones was born April 22, 1912, in Monett. She moved to Sun City in 1981. She was a retired telephone clerk for Continental Telephone Co. in California. She was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church, Sun City. She married Robert J. Jones on Sept. 1, 1940, at Joplin. He died Nov. 24, 1985. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Ann Savage, Quinton, Va. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Marvin Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City (Mo.)Cemetery.

Gorda Quisenberry
SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. Gorda Barbara Quisenberry, 86, Southwest City, died at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Quisenberry was born Sept. 14, 1909, in Southwest City. She returned to Southwest City in 1972 from Springfield. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Southwest City. She had been a hospital nurse. Survivors include a brother, Jack Smith, Springfield; and a sister, Ada L. Smith, Springfield. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Southwest City, with the Rev. Ronald Long officiating. Burial will be in Southwest City Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Southwest City.

Marjorie Southerland
GRANBY, Mo. Marjorie P. Southerland, 78, Granby, died at 1:45 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at a local nursing home after five years of ill health. Ms. Southerland was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Granby. She had lived at Rogers, Ark., returning to Granby in 1985. She was an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. before retiring. She was a member of Silver Moon Full Gospel Church. Her husband, Hall Southerland, died in 1991. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Fred Franks will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lawrence Shewmake, Shane Powell, John Pelz, Todd Bertalotto and Brian Bertalotto. Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Virgil Williams
NEVADA, Mo. Virgil E. ``Manny'' Williams, 69, Nevada, died at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Mercy Hospital, Fort Scott, Kan., after a short illness. Mr. Williams was born Oct. 21, 1926, at Cape Fair. He moved to Nevada in 1962 from Stonington, Colo. He was a farmer and a rancher. He was grounds supervisor at Camp Clark, Nevada, from 1972 until retiring in 1989. He moved to Cassville in 1993 and recently returned to Nevada. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Genevieve J. Davis on Jan. 1, 1952, at Fort Sumner, N.M. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Kevin E. Williams, Russellville, Ark., Stacy Williams, Cassville, and Brett Williams, Nevada; two daughters, Karla Ervin, Eagle River, Ala., and Bobbi Jones, Lamar; three brothers, Wayne Williams, Brandon, Miss., Bill Williams, Woodstock, Ga., and Franklin Williams, Long Beach, Miss.; two sisters, Adeleen Jackson, Grove, Okla., andMary-Jean Kadar, Stratford, Conn.; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Clio Cemetery, near Jenkins, with the Rev. Franklin Williams officiating. Friends may call after 8 a.m. today and after noon Sunday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mary Woods
SARCOXIE, Mo. Mary P. Woods, 76, Sarcoxie, died at 5:48 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. Mrs. Woods was born Jan. 18, 1920, at Hannibal. She moved to Sarcoxie several years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Sarcoxie United Methodist Church. She married Emerald Woods on Nov. 27, 1957, at Joplin. He survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Lester Carpenter, Bells, Texas, Kent Woods, Nashville, Tenn., and Mark Woods, Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Jan Williams, Milo; two brothers, Johnny Robinson, Smithton, and Andy Mathis, Opalocka, Fla.; two sisters, Lolly Chrisman, Webb City, and Dorothy Sweetman, Collinsville, Okla.; 36 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Bob McQueen will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Carpenter, Mike Bloss, Jeff Bloss, Mike Coleman, Charles Woods, Neil Woods II, Danny Williams and Teddy Drozdowski. The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Donald Eck
BARTLETT, Kan. Donald I. Eck, 65, Bartlett, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Eck was born Jan. 16, 1931, at Meno, Okla. He owned Golden Mill Sorghum, Bartlett, and was a dairy farmer until 1993. He was a member of the Church of God. He was a past president of the Altamont Board of Education. He married Marilyn J. Beisly on Jan. 28, 1951, at Coffeyville. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Ivan Eck, Edna, and Herschel Eck, Bartlett; two daughters, Cynthia Meek, Bartlett, and Jeannette Eck, Helena, Mont.; his father, Albert Eck, Bluejacket, Okla.; two sisters, LaVerna Probst, Bluejacket, and DeLoris Bradley, Bartlett; and 13 grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. Stanley Dickson, Austin McMillian and Leslie Busbee will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery, Bartlett. Arrangements are under direction of Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa. Contributions may be made to Wichita Hospice or to the Church of God National Campground Fund.

Leona Beckwith
GROVE, Okla. Leona Mae Beckwith, 70, Grove, died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Beckwith was born May 13, 1926. She lived at Miami 23 years before moving to Grove. She worked at Grove General Hospital for several years. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Miami. She married Ralph Beckwith on March 13, 1954, in the state of Arkansas. He survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Jerry Beckwith, Grove, Terry Arbuckle, Idar-Oberstin, Germany, and Brian Mahan, Mesa, Ariz.; four daughters, Sharon Eskew and Barbara Maher, both of Tulsa, and Sandra Christiansen and Pamela Trimble, both of Fairland; a brother, Charles Neff, Nebo, Mo.; three sisters, Jerri Muensinmaier, Dallas City, Ill., Bonnie Cluney, Burlington, Iowa, and Violet Brown, Barnett, Mo.; 28 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. Minister Harold Dodgen will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. Her children will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leroy Mulhollen
MIAMI, Okla. Leroy W. ``Moe'' Mulhollen, 78, 1317 Scott Lane, died at 5:29 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center after a sudden illness. Mr. Mulhollen was born April 30, 1918, at Amsbry, Pa. He moved to Miami five years ago from Grove. He was a veteran of the Army, serving 26 years. He retired in April 1964. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, Miami Masonic Lodge No. 140 and the Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory. He married Pauline Smith on Feb. 5, 1944, at Muskogee. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Donna Clover, Brawley, Calif.; two sisters, Louise Weamer, Altoona, Pa., and Jerry Mulhollen, Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.


 

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