Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Ruth Noble
Ruth Blinn Green Noble, 85, formerly of Racine, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a five-year illness. Mrs. Noble was born July 6, 1911, in Newton County. She graduated from Neosho High School and was a lifelong area resident. She had been co-owner and operator of Green's General Store, Racine, for many years. She later worked in the business office of the former Stella Hospital. She was a member of Racine Christian Church. She married Doyle E. Green on Aug. 1, 1936. He died March 22, 1962. She married John W. Noble on Sept. 12, 1975. He died Feb. 21, 1985. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Jo Neatherry Reniker, Paris, Tenn.; four stepsons, Thomas J. Noble, Joplin, J. Wayne Noble, Jefferson City, Larry N. Noble, Racine, and Nick Noble, Webb City; two stepdaughters, Charletta Bennett, Billings, and Joye Routledge, La Russell; a sister, Marguerite Blinn Branham, Neosho; three grandsons; several stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several great-stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Gerald Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho IOOF Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gregory Reniker, Perry Reniker, Roger Reniker, John Noble, Thomas J. Noble and Nick Noble. The family will receive friends from to 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Verda Williams
Verda V. Williams, 86, Joplin, died at 10:32 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at her home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mrs. Williams was born March 12, 1910, at Desloge. She lived in Joplin for 24 years, moving here from San Diego, Calif. She was a nurse for 35 years while living in California. She retired in 1972. She had volunteered for Crosslines Churches of Joplin. She married Robert W. Williams on April 4, 1925, at Memphis, Tenn. He died Oct. 24, 1995. Survivors include a son, Robert David Williams, Joplin; a brother, Joseph Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Mike Hensley will officiate. Burial will be under the direction of Parker Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship Church.

Charlie Felkins
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Charlie Ray Felkins, 69, Kansas City, formerly of Carl Junction, died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Kansas City, after an illness. Mr. Felkins was born June 4, 1927, in Carl Junction. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Esther Felkins; a son, Steve Felkins, Liberty; three brothers, Merle Felkins and Marion Felkins, both of Carl Junction, and John Felkins, Duquesne; three sisters, Ruth Warden, Carl Junction, Letha LaMont, Simi Valley, Calif.; Unice Felkins, Joplin; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Carl Junction Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sheil Funeral Home, Kansas City.

Milton Bennett
GREENFIELD, Mo. G. Milton Bennett, 79, Greenfield, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. Mr. Bennett was born April 26, 1917, in Dade County, and was a longtime resident of Dade County. He was a retired meat cutter. He attended the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. He married Laura Frances Berry on June 9, 1937, in Dade County. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, George Earl Bennett, Mount Vernon; two daughters, Margaret Lorene Freeze, Aldrich, and Regina Arlene Stapp, Greenfield; a brother, Ernest Bennett, El Dorado Springs; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. The Rev. G.L. Shepard and Jess Moody will officiate. Burial will be in Corry Cemetery, west of Dadeville. Visitation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri or Corry Cemetery.

Paul Graham
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Paul James Graham, 83, Mount Vernon, died at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Graham was born July 19, 1913, at Smithville, and was a lifelong area resident. He was a retired gas-station manager. He was a member of First Christian Church, Joplin, and an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Mattie Graham; a stepson, John Shaddy, Conway; a stepdaughter, Ireta Long, Lebanon; a brother, Bob Graham, Roswell, N.M.; three stepgrandchildren; and a great-stepgrandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Jim Downing will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction. Pallbearers will be Sam Graham, Sam Montgomery, Lee Coleman, Kenny Storie, James Odle and Bruce Fohn. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Era Jennings
GREENFIELD, Mo. Era M. Jennings, 95, Greenfield, died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Jennings was born May 5, 1901, in Dade County, and was a longtime resident of the area. She retired from farming in 1969. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Greenfield. She married Lawrence Verner Jennings on Oct. 29, 1938, at Lamar. He died March 23, 1976. Survivors include a brother, Charley T. Duncan, Golden City; and a sister, Sarah Glenn, Golden City. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Greenfield Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Dade County Nursing Home, Greenfield, in care of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

Marjorie Humble
CHEROKEE, Kan. Marjorie Lucille Wickersham Humble, 75, Cherokee, died at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at her home after a nine-month illness. Mrs. Humble was born July 3, 1921, in Cherokee County. She attended school in Roseland and was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker. She attended St. Barbara's Catholic Church, Chicopee, and the Church of God of Prophecy, north of Columbus. She married Willis B. ``Shorty'' Humble on July 16, 1940, at Columbus. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, Roy Humble, Cherokee route 1; a brother, Edward Wickersham, Oroville, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Litisha Wynne, Natosha Wynne
PITTSBURG, Kan. Litisha Lee Dawn Wynne, 8, and Natosha Lee Anne Wynne, 4, both of Aiken, S.C., formerly of Pittsburg, died in a fire about 3 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at their home in Aiken. They were the daughters of Dana McCool and Debbie Ross Waggoner, Aiken, formerly of Pittsburg. Litisha was born July 6, 1988, at Joplin, Mo. She attended the Pittsburg Head Start program, and the Westside and Lincoln elementary schools in Pittsburg. She was in the third grade at J.D. Lever Elementary School, Aiken. Natosha was born Aug. 21, 1991, at Joplin. She also attended the Pittsburg Head Start program. The family moved to South Carolina in August 1995. Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart, Dittmer, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Emery and Claudine O'Neal, Joplin, and Don and Nina Ross, Bartlett; and maternal great-grandmother, Maggie Ross, Pittsburg. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. James Shope and Wayne Black will officiate. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Mike and Cindy Watson, 723 S. Woodland St., Pittsburg, or at the home of Earlene McCool, 604 E. Ninth St., Pittsburg.

Emma Kahler
FAIRLAND, Okla. Services for Emma Kahler, 74, Fairland, who died Wednesday, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Fairland. The Rev. Ronn Nimmsoff will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Linsley, Richard Linsley, Christopher Kahler, Kevin Kahler, Timothy Kahler and Bob Connor. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Alice Osborn
CARDIN, Okla. Alice Marie Osborn, 66, 136 Second St., died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Osborn was born April 11, 1930, at Douthat. She lived in the Cardin area for 47 years, moving from Picher. She had worked for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College for 15 years, and had owned and operated the Cardin Grocery Store for 12 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cardin. She married Sherman Osborn, Oct. 22, 1949, at Picher. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, Dewayne Osborn, Perkins; three sisters, Leatta Castor, Neosho, Mo., Ruth McKnight, Phoenix, Ariz., and Johnnie Lang, Illah, Wash.; and three grandchildren. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cardin First Baptist Church. The Rev. Mark Hester will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev. Clyde Spilley. Burial will be in GAR Cemetry, Miami. Pallbearers will be Darrell Stephens, Eldon Cox, Steve O'Neal, Jim Coppedge, Darrel Hatfield and Mike McCoy. Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Opal Schmidt
MIAMI, Okla. Opal M. Schmidt, 86, 507 A St., Miami, died at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at the Baptist Regional Health Center after a long illness. Mrs. Schmidt was born Nov. 27, 1909, near Springfield, Mo. She moved to Miami in 1939, from Springfield. She worked for the Patterson Manufacturing Co., Miami, in the late 1940s. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church in Miami. She married Ernest Schmidt in 1934 at Springfield. He died in 1988. Survivors include a son, Keith Dowell, Bentonville, Ark.; three brothers, Adrian Kinser, Edna, Kan., Donald Kinser and Denny Kinser, both of Springfield; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home Chapel, Miami, with Minister Charles Beaver officiating. Burial will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami. Memorial contributions may be made to the intensive care unit at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, in care of the funeral home.

Leon Bobski
PURDY, Mo. Leon J. Bobski, 82, Purdy route 2, died at 6:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Bobski was born Nov. 1, 1913, in Barry County and was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Pulaskifield, near Purdy. He was an Army veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife, Irene Bobski; a son, Gary Bobski, Joplin; two daughters, Margaret Redshaw, Purdy, and Constance Michael, Purdy; a brother, Steve Bobski, Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Frances Abramovitz and Emma Bellus, both of Kansas City, Kan.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Bill Hodgson will officiate. Burial will be in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. Visitation will follow.

Clara Fosdick
GRANBY, Mo. Clara May Fosdick, 66, Granby, died at 11:17 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a short illness. Mrs. Fosdick was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Granby. She was a lifelong resident. She was a seamstress at the former Granby Manufacturing Co. for many years. She retired in 1990. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. She married Robert Ellis Fosdick in May 1952. He died June 1, 1990. Survivors include three sons, Elmer Fosdick, Martin Fosdick and Robert Fosdick, all of Granby; a daughter, Sally Atteberry Huffaker, Ava; her mother, Leveta Brown, Granby; two sisters, Josephine McCleary, Newton, Iowa, and Polly Hopper, Granby; and 14 grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Granby Nazarene Church. The Rev. Tom Wolfe and the Rev. Richard Dement will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrew Atteberry, Elmer Daniel Fosdick, Clayton Atteberry, James McBride, Lance Lane, Gary Hopper, Jerry Hopper, Arthur Foraker and Christopher Fosdick. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and on Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Center, in care of the funeral home.

Daniel Hawkins
DIAMOND, Mo. Daniel Morton Hawkins, 53, Diamond, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at his home after an illness since April. Mr. Hawkins was born Dec. 13, 1942, at San Bernardino, Calif. He moved to the Diamond area in 1978 from California. He was a retired detective with the Los Angeles (Calif.) Police Department. He had worked at the Ole' Yeller Barn at Goodman the past eight years. He was a veteran of the Navy, serving from 1961 to 1967. There are no immediate survivors. The body is to be cremated. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Ralph Walker will officiate.

Alma Howerton
CARTHAGE, Mo. Alma I. Howerton, 92, Carthage, formerly of Monett, died at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Howerton was born Nov. 22, 1903, in Barry County. She lived at Monett most of her life, moving to Carthage five years ago. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She married Earl Howerton on June 30, 1923, at Purdy. He died July 29, 1965. Survivors include a son, Jack Howerton, Carthage; a daughter, Wilma Bicher, Fulshear, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Monett IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. James Schnackenberg will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Ada Kistner
NEVADA, Mo. Ada B. Kistner, 85, Nevada, died Friday morning, Aug. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Kistner was born Dec. 16, 1910, at Halstead, Kan. She moved to Vernon County in 1950. She lived 30 years at Walker before moving to Nevada in 1991. She was a psychiatric aide at Nevada State Hospital for 12 years, retiring in 1973. She married James Kistner on Sept. 22, 1930, at Iola, Kan. He died in 1969. Survivors include a son, Bob Kistner, Nevada; a daughter, Lelia Coak, Cotton Cove, Nev.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The Rev. Jim Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Contributions may be made to the Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada.

Lily Martin
RACINE, Mo. Lily B. Martin, 87, Racine, died at 3:05 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 1996, at a nursing home in Seneca after a long illness. Mrs. Martin was born July 30, 1909, at Lanagan. She was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a homemaker. Her husband, William Martin, died Sept. 4, 1984. Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Triplett, Racine; two sons, Joe Gail Walker, Wichita, Kan., and George Iseminger, Virgil, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Racine Apostolic Church. The Rev. Danny Call will officiate. Burial will be in Burkhart Cemetery, Racine. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Hetty Paden
CARTHAGE, Mo. Hetty M. Paden, 85, 1004 Ridgecrest St., died at 5:48 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Paden was born June 11, 1911, at Bristow, Okla. She was a 1928 graduate of Bristow High School. She was a 1932 graduate of Oklahoma College For Women, Chickasha. She was a 1936 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, earning a master's degree. She taught history at the junior high school in Bristow. She was a fifth-grade teacher at Bolivar, retiring in 1976. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Carthage. She married Henry Paden on June 4, 1939, at Sapulpa, Okla. He died in February 1982. Survivors include three sons, John Paden, Bridgeton, Charles Paden, Carthage, and James Paden, Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Edward Fox, Bristow; and eight grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, Bolivar. John Paden, Charles Paden and James Paden will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Amy Strahl
MONETT, Mo. Amy Violet Strahl, 90, Monett, died at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Strahl was born Sept. 4, 1905, at White City, Kan. She had lived in Monett 33 years. She was a Lutheran. She married Theodore Strahl on Feb. 14, 1927, at Topeka, Kan. He died Nov. 26, 1964. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at White City (Kan.) Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Marion Hill Lutheran Church, White City.

Allison Wicks
PIERCE CITY, Mo. William Allison Wicks, 82, 704 Myrtle St., died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after a short illness. Mr. Wicks was born Aug. 18, 1913, in Pierce City and was a lifetime resident. He worked 25 years for Producer's Creamery. He retired from the commissary at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon. He was a member and deacon of the First Congregational Church in Pierce City. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 400, Pierce City. He married Sarah Leta Gass on Aug. 20, 1939, at Springfield. She died Nov. 25, 1978. Survivors include two daughters, Sara J. Fink, Lake Tapawingo, and Mary A. Holmes, Monett; a brother, Charles Rhea Wicks, Opp, Ala.; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery. Graveside Masonic services will be conducted by Bill Moore. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Contributions may be to Loaves and Fishes, in care of the funeral home.

B.W. Forehand
PITTSBURG, Kan. The Rev. B.W. Forehand, 67, 1805 N. Locust St., died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Forehand was born Dec. 1, 1928, at Los Angeles, Calif. He was a graduate of Lepanto (Ark.) High School. He graduated from General Motors Institute in California and worked for General Motors for 13 years. He also attended Pioneer Seminary at Rockford, Ill.; Baptist College at Springfield, Mo.; and Biola Baptist College at Los Angeles, Calif. He received a doctorate from Heritage Bible University at Wichita. He moved to Pittsburg in 1969 from Springfield and was pastor of Pittsburg Baptist Temple for 29 years. He had been on KKOW radio with a Sunday service and ``thought for the day'' for 29 years. He was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, was chairman of the Red Cross blood drive for 12 years, and was chaplain for the Kansas Senate several times. He married Louise Ellers on Dec. 7, 1947. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Thomas Forehand, Joplin, Mo., and Steven Forehand, rural Pittsburg; a brother, Jack Forehand, Redding, Calif.; a sister, Peggy Burns, Cerritos, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pittsburg Baptist Temple. The Rev. Art Wilson and the Rev. Art Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday and on Monday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. Contributions may be made to Pittsburg Baptist Temple, in care of the mortuary.


 

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