Miscellaneous Ozark County, Missouri Obituaries


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Norma Christian
Graveside services for Norma Christian, 69, of Theodosia were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield.
Mrs. Christian died at 2:16 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her residence. She was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of Norman Lee and Alyne (Schneider) Elrod. On Nov. 19, 1949, she married Roy Christian in Alton, Ill.
She was a long-time resident of the Theodosia area and a homemaker.
Mrs. Christian is survived by her husband Roy of the home; a son, Shawn Christian and wife Brenda of Ozark; two grandchildren, Ashley and Nicholas; a sister, Alinetta Wiegand of Alton, Ill.; and a brother, Robert Elrod of Lexington, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Randy Attril Tannehill
Funeral services for Randy Tannehill, 41, of Faucett, formerly of Springfield, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Thieme Funeral Home in Faucett with Rev. Gene Howell officiating. Burial was in the Lutie Cemetery in Theodosia.
Mr. Tannehill died at 10:18 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was born May 3, 1958, in Springfield, the son of Emery and Mattie Tannehill. 
He was a member of the Carpenters Local Union 978, a skilled carpenter and was working on the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., at the time of his death. He was a member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church and enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Mr. Tannehill is survived by a dauther, Micah Dakota of Springfield; his mother, Mattie Reeves of Springfield; three sisters, Barbara June Burk and husband Fred of Willard, Reba Davis and husband Don of Springfield and Christine Lee and husband Tommy of Summerville, S.C.; five nephews, Tim Burk, Joe Davis and Bobby Davis, all of Springfield, Mark Burk of Willard and Tommy Lee of Summerville, S.C.; three nieces, Pam Becker, Tammy Lee and Cathy Browder, all of Summerville, S.C.; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Jesse and Allie Tannehill and the Rev. Lloyd and Lula Norton.
Thieme Funeral Home, Faucett, directors.  

Ralph M. Amyx
Funeral services for Ralph M. Amyx, 92, of Gainesville were held at 1:30 p.m. Fri-day, Feb. 25 in the Gainesville Church of Christ with Hal-bert Smith officiating. Burial was in the Smith Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Amyx died at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, in Gainesville. He was born May 25, 1907, in Rockbridge, the son of Sidney and Edgie (Patterson) Amyx.
His father, Sidney Amyx, established Amyx Auto Company with Ralph and his wife Mabel involved with the dealership from the beginning. He was president of the company, after the death of his father in 1951, until 1980 when his son Donald became president.
Mr. Amyx served as the mayor of Gainesville for two years and as president of the Industrial Develop-ment Corporation. He was a charter member of the Gainesville Lions Club. In 1988, he was named Gainesville’s Citizen of the Year. 
Mr. Amyx is survived by a son, Donald Amyx of Gainesville; a brother, Lile Amyx of Rockbridge; a sister, Bernie Sanders of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, his parents, and four brothers, Clay, Dewey, Ray and Lawrence.
Pallbearers were Ray Amyx, Sidney Amyx, Larry Amyx, Stacy Landers, John Ault and Charles Stevens. Honorary pallbearers were James Forrest and Lee Hackler.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Rena Nancy Loftis
Funeral services for Rena Nancy Loftis, 88, of Ozark were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at Harris Funeral Home in Ozark with Rev. Bob Long and Rev. Hubert Swearengin officiating. Burial was in the McCoy Cemetery in Ozark.
Mrs. Loftis died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield. She was born April 14, 1911, in Romance, the daughter of Eli and Sally (Bass) Welch. On June 16, 1929, she married Charlie H. Loftis.
She was a member of the Romance Baptist Church and loved flowers, making quilts and crocheting.
Mrs. Loftis is survived by a daughter, Freda Lane of Nottinghill; five sons, Kenneth Loftis and wife Dorothy and Clifford Loftis and wife Zella, all of Ozark, Delbert Loftis of Wasola, Delmar Loftis and wife Lorene of Pontiac and Marlin Loftis of Oldfield; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Etuolia Taylor and Delouris Linder and husband James.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers and six sisters.
Harris Funeral Home, Ozark, directors.  

Floriene Elizabeth Marie Rossez
Memorial services for Floriene Elizabeth Marie Rossez, 95, of Gainesville will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Little Canada, Minn.
Mrs. Rossez died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in Gainesville Health Care Center in Gainesville. She was born Jan. 4, 1905, in Faribault, Minn., the daughter of Cyrille and Olivine (Rousseau) Durand. On May 29, 1933, she married Cyril C. Rossez at St. Paul, Minn. 
She was the owner/operator of a grocery store.
Mrs. Rossez is survived by one daughter, Collette Spooner of Tecumseh, and one son, George Rossez of St. Paul, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernadette Durand of Sinsinawa, Wis., and Rosmund Gaffney of West Palm Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and seven brothers and sisters.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Ella “Ree” Shanks McGee
Ella “Ree” Shanks McGee, 72, of Dalton Gardens, Idaho, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000.
She was born Oct. 1, 1927, near Gainesville, the daughter of Aus and May (Carter) Shanks. She was a graduate of Gainesville High School and married Willis McGee on June 29, 1949, in Mountain Home.
Mrs. McGee spent most of her life traveling with her husband to construction jobs in the northwest. The couple retired in 1975 and made their home near Couer d’aline, Idaho.
Mrs. McGee is survived by two daughters, Janet Galloway and husband Joe and Brenda Babb and husband Dave; four grandchildren, Brian Babb, Kate Babb, Jason Galloway and Jennifer Larsen; and one great-granddaughter, JoAnna Larsen.
Ms. McGee was preceded in death by her husband, Willis; her parents; and one brother Eddie Shanks.  

Sanford Bronley “Bron” Morrison
Funeral services for Sanford Bronley “Bron” Morrison, 73, of Springfield, were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at Greenlawn North Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Morrison died Oct. 4, 2000, in Springfield. He was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Zanoni, the son of Aaron Preston “Doc” and Alpha Bet (Luna) Morrison.
Mr. Morrison was retired from Lily Tulip and also worked for Commerce Bank as a courier. He was a member of Kansas Expressway Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 51 years; daughter, Diana Hunt and husband Michael of Springfield; two granddaughters, Brittany and Lindsay Hunt; two brothers, Afton and Dr. Verd Morrison; three sisters, Flona Isom, Ree Gray and Classie Shanks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Sanford Elwyn Morrison; six brothers; two sisters; five nephews; and two nieces.
Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, Strafford.  

Bobby J. Payne
Funeral services for Bobby J. Payne, 74, of Doniphan, formerly of Gainesville, were held Thursday, Oct. 5, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Glenn Murray officiating. Burial was in Doniphan Cemetery.
Mr. Payne died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Three Rivers Healthcare South Campus in Poplar Bluff.
He was born July 2, 1926, in Ferndale, Mich. 
Mr. Payne served in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired real estate and insurance broker and a member of VFW Post 3485 and the Church of God.
He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Callahan of Poplar Bluff and Dianne Johnson of Cape Girardeau; one sister, Lois Walker of West Plains; one brother, Verdon Payne of Fredericktown; three grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Edwards Funeral Home, Doniphan, directors.  

Bobby Joe Billingsly
Funeral services for Bobby Joe Billingsly, 57, formerly of Ozark County, were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Burial was in McConnell Cemetery in Nixa.
He was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Hammond, the son of Josh and Lizzie Billingsly. When he was 16, he moved to Illinois and worked at numerous jobs, including 21 years as a heavy machinery operator in strip mining. He was married to Janice Garrison and the couple had three children. They were later divorced. Then in 1981, he married Dorothy Dent in Republic.
Mr. Billingsly operated a bulldozing business for many years, then ran a milk route for Kraft in the Webster County area for a few years. After retiring he bought and sold used tractors. He was an avid bass fisherman and belonged to the Cape Fair Bass Club. He was a member of Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy; two daughters, Vicky Kendrick and Becky Kern; one son, Rick Billingsly; two stepchildren, Casey Dent and Susie Wieland; three brothers, Buster, Jim and Gene, all of Gainesville; two sisters Judy Haskins, of Gainesville, and Ruth Prusselley; his mother, Lizzie, of Gainesville; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Dick and Luther; and one sister, Mary.
Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, Strafford.  

Bernard Deatherage
Funeral services for Bernard Deatherage, 82, of Ava, will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Clinkingbeard Chapel in Ava, with Bro. Calvin Bateman officiating. Burial will be in the Dyer Cemetery.
Mr. Deatherage died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born Nov. 3, 1917, in Webb City, the son of Noah and Helen (Shadwick) Deatherage. He married Nora Miller March 25, 1940.
Mr. Deatherage was a retired Pinkerton security guard, a member of Eagles Lodge #3748 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Nora, of Ava; two sons, Vernard L. Deatherage and wife Kathleen of Theodosia and Carlos G. Clarke and wife Delores of Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Margaret E. Pearcy and husband Jim of Ava, Violet G. Flair and husband Johnnie of Springfield and Helen E. Cook and husband Earnie of Mansfield; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one son, Bernard Noah; one sister; and one brother.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, directors.  

Leona Bernadine Gorman
Leona Bernadine Gorman, 95, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000 at Gainesville Health Care Center.
She was born Dec. 3, 1904, in Hardin, Ill. She married Vincent Gorman Feb. 14, 1951, in St. Louis. Mrs. Gorman was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Vincent of Gainesville; one son, Ted Gutweiler of Pontiac; and one sister, Valera Rice of St. Louis.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Hazel M. Littlejohn
Funeral services for Hazel M. Littlejohn, 86, of Cuba, were held Jan. 18, in Hutson Funeral Chapel in Cuba with Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks.
Mrs. Littlejohn died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. She was born Nov. 25, 1914. She was married to the late Otis Wayne Littlejohn.
She was a charter member of Theodosia Chapter 130 of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Littlejohn is survived by three sisters, Evelyn Wedle of Waterloo, Ill., Gladys Niccum and Dolores Deffenbaugh and her husband, Dale, all of St. Louis; one brother-in-law, John Rondle Littlejohn of Isabella; and very special friends, Gary and Ann Branson of Cuba.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis, and one sister-in-law, Ruth Schwab.
Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Cuba Building Fund.
Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, directors.  

Wenona Pearl Baumgarner
Funeral services for Wenona Pearl Baumgarner, 77, of Gainesville were held Thursday, March 22, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial was in Lilly Ridge Cemetery.
Miss Baumgarner died Monday, March 19, 2001. She was born July 8, 1923, in Denison, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph Jacob and Nina Vera (Zea) Baumgarner.
Miss Baumgarner graduated from Denison Public High School and attended three years of college at Northwest Bible Institute in Seattle, Wash. She worked at the Remington Arms Factory in Kansas City and Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.
She was a member of Theodosia United Methodist Church. She was an avid Bible reader and a valuable contributor to her Sunday School class. She enjoyed spending time with her family and pets.
Miss Baumgarner is survived by two brothers, Elwood Baumgarner and his wife, Eunice, of St. Louis and Harold Baumgarner of Hyrum, Utah; one sister, Wanda Beardshear and her husband, Dale, of Gainesville; 12 nieces and nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant brothers; one sister-in-law; and one nephew.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors  

Jesse P. Dean
Jesse P. Dean, 82, of Nelson, Nev., died Monday, March 5, 2001, in St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev. He was buried in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. He was born Sept. 7, 1918, near Tecumseh, the son of Caleb and Zina Dean. He married Geneva Butram in 1936.
He was a World War II veteran. After being discharged from the U.S. Navy, he took his family to California. He was a roofing contractor for 21 years, a member of the American Legion for 48 years and a member of the Lions Club in Elmonte, Calif.
Due to bad health, Mr. Dean moved to Nelson in 1974.
Mr. Dean is survived by his wife, Geneva; one daughter, Wanda of Modesto, Calif.; three sons, Rex of Greers Ferry, Ark., Glenn of Redonna Beach, Calif., and Ron of Henderson, Nev.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Palm Mortuary, Henderson, Nev., directors.  

Harlin Donald Wallace
Funeral services for Harlin Donald “Don” Wallace, 67, of Gainesville were held Tuesday, April 3, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gale Wooten officiating. Burial was in Thornfield Cemetery with military honors.
Mr. Wallace died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He was born June 15, 1933, in Ava, the son of Aude and Audy (Hobbs) Wallace.
After graduating from high school in Gainesville in 1950, he hauled posts and grain. In 1952 he moved to California to work at McClellen Air Force Base. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. 
After serving in the Air Force, Mr. Wallace worked at many jobs including Chief Truck Line in Kansas City and Associated Wholesale Grocers of Springfield. He also owned a sawmill operation for several years.
He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union, Eagle Lodge and the VFW.
Mr. Wallace is survived by one daughter, Shelley Wallace of St. Augustine, Fla.; one sister, Hildred Knight and husband, Mose, of Springfield; one nephew, Max Knight and wife, Janie, of Purdy; two aunts, Bessie Nieboer of Mountain Home, Ark., and Lizzie Absher of Gainesville; great-nephew, Jackson Knight of Purdy; great-niece, Eva Jane Knight of Purdy; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold Wallace.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Vera Earlene Kastning
Funeral services for Vera Earlene Kastning, 73, of Oklahoma were held Friday, March 30, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Pawhuska, Okla., with Rev. Gene Pratt officiating. Burial was in Pawhuska City Cemetery.
Mrs. Kastning died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla. She was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Hardenville, the daughter of Gather Isaac and Alta Irene (Corp) Runion. She married Hubert Doye Kastning Feb. 20, 1948, in Mountain Home, Ark.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Dewey, Okla.
Mrs. Kastning is survived by three sons, Ronnie W. Kastning and Calvin R. Kastning of Pawhuska, and Michael L. Kastning of Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Deloris J. Bannon and Anita G. Martinez of Wichita, and Rita D. Trumbly of Hominy, Okla.; two brothers, Troy Runion of Melbourne, Ark., and Coy Runion of Gainesville; one sister, Pauline Vietti of Leavenworth, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and one grandson.
Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska, directors.  

Eugene Steele
Funeral services for Eugene Steele, 66, of Gainesville were held Saturday, May 26, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Hodges officiating. Burial was in Lilly Ridge Cemetery.< br> 
Mr. Steele died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his home. He was born Dec. 29, 1934, in Jasper, Ark., the son of Jesse and Laura (Poyner) Steele. He married Bernice Burton Dec. 11, 1958, at Clarksville, Ark.
He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a car salesman.
Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Bernice; his mother, Laura Steele of Clarksville, Ark.; four sons, Marty Eugene Steele of Buena Vista, Tenn., Monty Steele of Huron, Tenn., Melvin Steele of Cedar Grove, Tenn., and Brian Steele of Gainesville; two sisters, Loretta Duncan of Fort Smith, Ark., and Ruby Marshall of Greers Ferry, Ark.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse.
Pallbearers were Tim Marshall, Sam Duncan, Monty Steele, Marty Steele, Melvin Steele and Brian Steele.
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.  

Ava Smith
Funeral services for Ava Smith, 93, of Brixey were held Friday, May 25, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home with Bernie Crum and Roy Harris officiating. Burial was in Bushong Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at Gainesville Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 19, 1907, at Blanche, the daughter of George and Naomi (Blane) Parsons. She married Lawrence Smith Feb. 19, 1928, in Ozark County near Bryant Creek.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker.
Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Gayle Hughes and her husband, Rick, of Farmington and Ida Jane Lee and her husband, Harold, of Brixey; and one son, Ron Parsons and his wife, Margaret, of Round Rock, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; five brothers, Floyd, Cloyd, Roy, Earl and Eugene; and four sisters, Imogene, Linnie, Della and Bessie.
Pallbearers were Tony Thomas, Jim Thomas, Gary Akers, LeRoy McCall, Greg Rader and Eddie Cross.< br> 
Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors.

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