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Marie George Walker
Marie George Walker, 90 years of age, of Lebanon, Mo., passed away December 9, 2001 in St. John's Hospital in Springfield, following a short illness. She was born April 3, 1911 to Porter and Alma Wall George in the family home near Toronto, in Camden County. She was the second of seven daughters. 
She attended the George Grade School near their home and boarded in Richland to attend high school. There she met Frank Walker and they graduated in the same class in 1930. Frank and Marie were married July 22, 1930 in Lebanon. To this union a daughter, Twyla, was born. They resided in the Richland area until they moved to a farm east of Grovespring.
Both Frank and Marie taught in one-room schools near Grovespring. Marie worked at the MFA Exchange in Grovespring for several years while Frank raised beef cattle. When his health failed in 1971, they sold the farm and moved to their home in Lebanon.
Her life was devoted to being a caregiver of her husband Frank, daughter Twyla and son-in-law Alfred Zebel. She was patient, kind and loving as they needed her care for many years. Her life was blessed by a grandson, Brent Zebel, two great-grandsons, Max and Justin, and one great-great-granddaughter, Kaylee Machelle, who always lived near her.
She was a Christian woman who made her profession of faith during her high school years and was baptized in Duck Creek near Richland at wintertime. They had to break the ice over the creek for them to be baptized. She, her sister Clarice and two friends wanted to be baptized in fresh running water rather than a tank at the church. She was a member of the Richland Christian Church, later a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Grovespring, and attended Grace Baptist Church in Lebanon.
The last two and a half years she has resided at the Lebanon Residential Care Center in Lebanon where she received excellent care.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Porter and Alma; her husband Frank; her daughter Twyla; son-in-law Alfred Zebel; an infant sister, Thetis; a sister, Floy Murphy Landreth; brothers-in-law Joseph Del Principe, Joe N. Windes, Marshal E. Murphy, Junie Landreth and Chandas Appling. She is survived by her grandson, Brent Zebel; great-grandsons Max and Justin and his wife Wendy; and a great-great-granddaughter, Kaylee Machelle, all of Lebanon; her sisters, Claris Appling of Springfield, Fern Ballenger and her husband Jessie, Ruby Windes of Richland and Gail Del Principe of Schaumburg, Ill.
Funeral services for Marie Walker were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 at Colonial Funeral Chapel, Lebanon, with Minister Don Preusch officiating. Escorts were Joe Del Principe, Jim Ballenger, George Windes, Neal Nickels, Gus Nickels, Eric Vaughn and Jack Vaughn.
Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel.

Alfred Lee Ferguson
Alfred Lee Ferguson of rural Richland, was born August 16, 1937 at Union City, Tennessee, a son of Joseph Russell and Ida Viola Pinion, and departed this life at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at his residence. Mr. Ferguson had been in failing health for the past year.
Mr. Ferguson was united in marriage on January 29, 1998 at Paris, Tennessee, to Dawn Beverly Vance. He was preceded in death by one daughter in 1975, and his parents.
Mr. Ferguson retired from the United States Army on August 31, 1975, after serving his country for twenty-two years. He had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and served in both Korea and Vietnam. He was a life member of the Crocker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4956, Crocker.
Those left to mourn the passing of Mr. Ferguson include: his wife, Dawn Ferguson of the home near Richland; two sons, Alfred Ferguson, Jr., Osage Beach, and Donald Ferguson, Richland; two daughters, Denise Lynn Ferguson, Richland, and Sandy Ferguson, Stoutland; four stepsons: Denny Plemmons, Cocoa, Fla., David Plemmons, Oakdale, Calif., Keith Plemmons, Kaiser, and Kevin Plemmons, Brumley; two stepdaughters, Linda Phillips, Richland, and Lisa Phillips, Pratherville; three brothers, Fred Ferguson, Graham, Wash., Tommy Ferguson, Tacoma, Wash., and Billy Ferguson, Copalis Beach, Wash.; four sisters, Ruth Laird, Paris, Tenn., Kay Lyttle, Jackson, Mich., Jamie Hester, Westland, Mich., and Rita Wagner, Britten, Mich.; twenty-five grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Full Military Honors were given for Mr. Ferguson in honor of his military service at 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening, March 7, 2002 at the Long Funeral Home, Crocker, by the Liesmann-Roberts American Legion Post Number 298, Dixon.
Cremation followed the service under the direction of the Long Funeral Home, Crocker. Honorary pallbearers for Mr. Ferguson were Alfred Ferguson, Jr., Donald Ferguson, Denny Plemmons, David Plemmons, Keith Plemmons, and Kevin Plemmons.

Larry Long
Larry (Butch) Gale Long, of Columbia, was born October 13, 1950 at Brumley, a son of Willie Otho and Elsie Ellen McCombs Long, and departed this life at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2002 in the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, following a brief illness. Mr. Long had attained the age of 51 years.
Mr. Long was preceded in death by his father on April 17, 1991; his mother on July 23, 1969; and one sister, Vivan Rayl in 1996.
He was employed by Constable Trash Company, Lee's Summit for twenty years, was a United States Navy Veteran, and was a member of the VFW Post at Lee's Summit for ten years.
Those left to mourn the passing of Mr. Long include: two sons, Joshua Long and David Nathaniel Long, both of the state of Wyoming; one daughter, Magen Lee Long, Lee's Summit; three brothers, Gary Long, Crocker, Terry Long and Jerry Long, both of Richland; four sisters, Wilma Hooker, Colorado Springs, Colo., Thelma Belsha and Chris Shelton, both of Richland; and Velma Roney, Warsaw; two grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted for Mr. Long at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2002 in the Long Funeral Home, Crocker, with Bro. Lee Todd, Concord Christian Church, officiating.
Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Iberia, under the direction of the Long Funeral Home, Crocker. Pallbearers for Mr. Long were Tim Long, Billy Long, Jim Worstell, Mark Roney, Leonard Shelton, and Nick Long. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Long and Jason Long.

Clinton G. Faust
Clinton G. "Plug" Faust, of Crocker, was born on June 5, 1919 in Pulaski County, a son of Louis Charles and Martha Lou Rainey Smith Faust, and departed this life Tuesday, February 26, 2002 in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center at Rolla. Bro. Faust had been in failing health for a short time and had attained the age of 82 years.
Bro. Faust was preceded in death by his father in 1940; his mother in 1967; one brother, Louie J. Faust on July 10, 1988; and four sisters, Lura Simpson on Jan. 27, 2996, Eula Ferguson on Nov. 29, 1994, Zula Durham on May 10, 1983, and Floricy Pansy Jones on Aug. 7, 1995.
Bro. Faust was baptized in 1957 by Bro. Bill Posey in the Little Tavern Creek near Crocker and was a member of the Crocker Christian Church where he was serving as Associate Minister at the time of his death. He attended Bible College and became an ordained minister of the Christian Church in 1972. Bro. Faust ministered at churches in Swedeborg and Hancock and assisted at churches in Higbee and Iberia. During the years, Bro. Faust had served as a deacon in the Crocker Christian Church and was in that position when he served on the building committee for the former church building in the early 1960s. He was a member of the Lake Ozark Christian Evangelist Fellowship; the Waynesville Lodge No. 375 A.F.& A.M.; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Crocker Lodge No. 108 I.O.O.F.; Iberia Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America Post No. 6167; Crocker American Legion Post No. 195; Crocker Disabled American Veterans Chapter Missouri No. 49; and the Abou Ben Adhem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Springfield. During World War II, Bro. Faust served with the 17th Bomb Group, 34th Squadron of the United States Army Air Corps. During his working career, Bro. Faust was a rural mail carrier, working out of the Post Offices at Ft. Leonard Wood and Crocker for 30 years, retiring in 1972.
Those left to mourn the passing of Bro. Faust include nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and many other relatives and friends.
An American Legion Memorial Service under the auspices of the Crocker American Legion Post No. 195 was held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002. Masonic Services under the auspices of Waynesville Lodge No. 375 A.F. & A.M., was held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. Odd Fellows Services under the auspices of the Crocker Lodge No. 108 were held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. All three services were held in the Crocker Christian Church. The United States Flag and the Post Flag from the Iberia V.F.W. Post No. 6167 were displayed in honor of Bro. Faust.
Funeral services were conducted for Bro. Faust at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2002 in the Crocker Christian Church with Bro. Rick Smith officiating. Edna June Adamson, Betty Brown, and Lou Brown sang "Because He Lives," "Victory in Jesus," and "I'll Fly Away" for the funeral service and were accompanied by pianist Janet O'Connell, who also provided the prelude and postlude.
Interment and full military honors by the Liessman-Roberts American Legion Post No. 298, Dixon, were in the Crocker Cemetery under the direction of the Long Funeral Home, Crocker. Pallbearers for Bro. Faust were James Henderson, John McClendon, John Simpson, Jerry Durham, Ronald Ferguson, and Robert Simpson, Jr.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crocker Christian Church Building Fund with envelopes available at the Church or the Long Funeral Home, Crocker.

Cody Thomas Johnson
Cody Thomas Johnson was born May 18, 2000 at Rolla, Missouri. He was called home the evening of February 17, 2002 at the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.
Cody was a sweet, loving, vivacious 21 month old boy. He loved all things "Lion King" especially the music. He also loved playing with balls.
Cody was dearly loved, and will be sadly missed by his mother: Carrie Johnson, his brother: Mark Ward, Jr. and a sister: Amanda Ward, all of the home. Other survivors include: "Daddy" SSG Thomas Garcia of the home; his father: Edgar Ortiz; Cody's maternal grandparents: Barbara and Art Kellam of Apache Junction, Arizona; maternal grandfather: Tom Johnson of Tucson, Arizona; maternal great grandmothers: Irene Coffin of Apache Junction, Arizona and Lucille Johnson of Roscommon, Michigan. Cody's maternal uncle: Tommy Johnson, his wife, Francie and their children: Chelsey, Tyler and Marah of Chandler, Arizona, and other relatives and friends also survive.
A graveside service was held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, February 21st at Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery, Waynesville, with Darlene Graves officiating. Cody's favorite Lion King songs were played. Services were under direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Robert Roy Parsons
Robert Roy Parsons, son of Roy Parsons and Helen Murphy Parsons, was born October 6, 1921 at Laquey, Missouri and departed this life November 4, 2001 in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, Mo.

Clarence Emmer Bowling 
Clarence Emmer Bowling, of Crocker, was born May 21, 1921, at Hazelgreen, a son of Claude Emmer and Mary Mae Knapp Bowling, and departed this life at 6:10 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2001, in the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia. Mr. Bowling had was 80 years old.

Michael Lynn Mathis 
Michael Lynn Mathis, 44, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand. He was born Jan. 31, 1957 in Wurszburg, Germany, son of Billie Gene and Oralea Prater Mathis.

James Jerome Bennett 
James Jerome Bennett, son of James and Alice (Gates) Bennett, was born January 6, 1941 in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.

Nancy Kay Mayor 
Nancy Kay Mayor, 53 of Waynesville, a Medical Assistant, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2001 in the Rolla Manor Care Center, Rolla.

Constance "Connie" Lee Sanford 
Constance "Connie" Lee Sanford, 51 of Devils Elbow, a homemaker, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2001 at her home in Devils Elbow.

Vennie Violet Gardenhire 
Vennie Violet Gardenhire, 89, of Waynesville, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 in the Life Care Center of Waynesville.

Wilford York 
Wilford York, 81, of Richland, passed away at 4:51 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at his home in Richland.

Nola M. Bauer 
Nola M. Bauer, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001; beloved wife of the late Joseph H. Bauer; dear mother of Richard (Margaret), Robert (Mary Liz), Mary and John (Cheryl) Bauer, dear grandmother of Mark, Thomas, Jeffery, Brian, Kelli and Michael; dear great-grandmother of David, Thomas, Josef and Adrew; dear sister of Dorothy Lundstrom and Cleve Roam; our dear sister-in-law, aunt and friend.

Phillips Marquis McReynolds 
Phillips Marquis McReynolds was born on April 18, 1917 in Mercer, Mo. He was the son of L.E. and Velda (Overton) McReynolds.

Emmett Cross III 
Emmett Cross III, son of Emmett Cross, Jr. and Johnnie Mae (Smith) Cross, was born July 9, 1952 in Tampa, Fla. He departed this life the morning of Nov. 11, 2001 at his home in rural Waynesville, after apparently suffering a heart attack, at the age of 49. On Jan. 27, 2000 in Waynesville, Emmett married Janice Miles.

Norma Jean Tucker 
Norma Jean Tucker was born February 15, 1954 in Bourbon, Mo., the daughter of Lloyd and Susie (Atchley) Tucker. She spent her first 21 years growing up on the farm just outside of town. She was one of a large, loving family, in a neighborhood of several families, all of whom were great neighbors.

Bertha Eugene Warren 
Bertha Eugene Decker Warren, daughter of William Decker and Lola Powers Decker, was born in Richland, Mo., on November 5, 1927, and departed this life November 18, 2001 in Springfield, Mo.

Wilford York 
Wilford York, son of the late Woodford Asher and Della Lucinda Ann (Crossland) York, was born February 23, 1920 in Bloodland, Missouri. He went home to be with the Lord the morning of November 17, 2001 at his sister's home near Richland, Missouri, at the age of 81.

Joseph Woolsey
Joseph Orval Woolsey, son of Joseph and Myrtle (Gilbert) Woolsey, was born August 17, 1914 in Booneville, Indiana in Spencer County. He departed this life the evening of April 29, 2002 at the Christian Health Care Center, North, Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.
Joseph was a U.S. Army WWII veteran, serving in the Big Red One First Infantry Division. For his faithful and honorable service to his country, Sergeant First Class Woolsey received many medals, awards and commendations during his 20 year military career.
Joseph will be greatly missed by his sons: Dennis Woolsey of Lebanon and James Woolsey of Jacksonville, Florida, and five daughters: Judy Schultz of Dolores, Colorado, Dolores Noack of Madison, Wisconsin, Jackie Bone of El Paso, Texas, Marilyn Phillips of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Rebecca Sporrer of Carol, Iowa. He also leaves one brother: Archie Woolsey of Sandusky, Ohio; seventeen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Gwaltney Cemetery, Midway, Indiana, with his sons Dennis and James officiating. Family members in attendance shared special memories of Joseph. James played the guitar as the congregation sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" "God's Grace" "Precious Memories" and "Amazing Grace." The U.S. Army at Evansville, Indiana provided military honors. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Ralph D. Hightower
Ralph D. Hightower, son of Jesse and Nita Roe Hightower, was born October 30, 1916 in Excelsior Springs, and departed this life May 7, 2002 in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the age of eighty five years.
On July 17, 1942 he was united in marriage with Kathryn Lucile McKissack, and to this union was born one son.
Ralph served his country with the United States Army from September 10, 1940 until he was honorably discharged November 9, 1966, after twenty-six years of service.
He was a member of the Richland Masonic Lodge #383 and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Club.
Ralph enjoyed farming, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Those surviving include his son, Roger Hightower and his wife Carol, and one granddaughter, Erin Kelly Hightower, all of Grand Junction, Colorado; other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Kathryn.
Funeral services for Mr. Hightower were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Colonial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mike Hawkins officiating. Escorts were J.R. Black, Bobbie Baker, Vern Clements, L.E. Gibson, Harold Smith and Larry Roam.
Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Richland, under the direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel.

Chester Charles Ward
Chester Charles Ward, son of Clarence Eugene Ward and Betty (Eaton) Ward Ablin, was born March 7, 1950 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and departed this life the afternoon of May 29, 2002 at the Springfield Skilled Care Center, at the age of 52 years.
C.C. grew up in Waynesville, where he attended Waynesville schools and the Church of Christ. For the last 35 years, C.C. has made his home in Springfield.
C.C. was dearly loved, and will be sadly missed by his mother: Betty Ablin of Springfield; one brother: Billy Ablin and his wife, Terry of Kirkwood; and two sisters: Sharis Myers and her husband, Ray of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Carla James and her husband, Gary of Lees Summit. He also leaves his nieces and nephews: Alex Ablin, Ben and Jen Myers and Nichole and Taylor James. Also surviving is one great nephew, Tomas; and other relatives and friends.
Preceding C.C. in death were his father, Clarence Eugene Ward and his stepfather, Leo Ablin.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Don Strong officiating. The family chose some of C.C.'s favorite songs to be played: "The Old Rugged Cross," "Sweet Hour of Prayer," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "Softly and Tenderly," "Standing on the Promises," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "I'll Remember You," "A Friend of Mine," "Unforgettable," and "Fire and Rain." On behalf of Carla, Mr. Strong read some memories she wanted to share. Sharis also addressed the congregation to share memories of C.C. 
Burial followed in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Helen Fern (Haines) Hughes
Helen Fern (Haines) Hughes, 90, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Crocker, died May 13, 2002, in Donegan Health Center, Kissimmee, Fla. 
She was born August 5, 1911 in Crocker, the daughter of Winfred and Lillie (Johnston) Haines. She was married in 1946 to Leonard Hughes of Correctionville, Iowa. He preceded her in death September 7, 1996.

Laura J. Williams
Laura J. Williams, daughter of Lorenzo and Clara Belle Payne Watson, was born on July 23, 1902, at Hazelgreen and departed this life May 21, 2002 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach.
In April of 1920, she was united in marriage with Willie James Williams and to this union was born two children, both surviving.
Laura professed her faith in Christ at an early age and became a member of the Hazelgreen Baptist Church. At the time of her passing she was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church in Richland, where she attended faithfully as long as her health permitted.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willie James Williams, two sisters, Winnie Johnson and Grace Barlow, three half brothers, Boda and Wallace Rupard and Elmer Watson, and one half sister Elsa Harrell.
She will be greatly missed by her surviving family which include her daughter, Mary Belle Bohannon and her husband Edward, of Richland; her son Willie Edward Williams and his wife Carolyn, of Jirard, Ill.; four grandchildren, David Bohannon, Michael and Scott Williams and Cynthia Schultz; three great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter; other relatives and friends.
Services for Laura were held on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 11 a.m. The service was held at Colonial Funeral Chapel. Pryor Ray Prewett and Dr. Mike Hawkins conducted the service. Bob Leinbaugh was the soloist and Marcia Shadel was the organist. Escorts were Edward Bohannon, Bill Williams, Chris Williams, David Bohannon, Mike Williams and Troy Posten. Honorary Escorts were Cleamont Sheeley, Martin Barlow, Charles Long, Jim Vaughn and Ben Scott. Her resting place is Oaklawn Cemetery.

Edna Mae Barringer
Edna Mae Barringer went home to be with her Lord the evening of May 16, 2002 at the Sunset Village of the Ozarks Med. Center in St. Robert, Missouri, at the age of 90.

Ruby Maxine Bruin 
Ruby Maxine Bruin departed this life the morning of May 16, 2002 at the Sunset Village of the Ozarks Med. Center in St. Robert, Missouri, at the age of 74.

Richard T. Quesenberry
Richard T. Quesenberry, son of John P. and Anna (McCann) Quesenberry, was born on June 23, 1927 in St. Louis. He departed this life on May 6, 2002 at his home in Richland.

Lawrence Smith Franklin
Lawrence S. Franklin, of Crocker, was born on November 30, 1926, a son of Spencer Lee and Lucy May Franklin, and departed this life at 2:10 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2002, in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Mr. Franklin had attained the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 20 days.

Cleve William Roam 
Cleve William Roam was born near Swedeborg on September 13, 1911 to John Henry Roam and Annie Manes Roam. He passed away April 21, 2002 at a nursing home in Webb City.

Clarence Gregory Rochon 
Clarence Gregory Rochon, son of Howard and Margaret Hamel Rochon, was born June 10, 1917 in Champion, Mich., and departed this life April 26, 2002 in St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis.


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