Miscellaneous Cedar County, Missouri Obituaries

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July 5, 2001


David D. Phillips, 69, Joplin, formerly of El Dorado Springs, was born July 2, 1931, in Omaha, NE. 

He departed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2001, in a Joplin care center. He was well known in the El Dorado/Nevada areas as a carpenter/painter. 

He is survived by three children and their families-one son, David and Patty Phillips, of Rich Hill and two daughters, Cheryl and Mark Popken of Santa Paula, CA and Lori and Ken Helm of El Dorado Springs; five grandchildren, Bill Phillips-El Dorado Springs, Carrie and Jake Popken-California and Amber and Matt Helm-El Dorado Springs; one great-granddaughter, Rilyn Phillips-Nevada and his second wife, Lucille, Joplin. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; grandson, Luke; and several brothers and sisters. 

He was cremated and a private graveside service will be held at a later date in Omaha. 


Nelson Eugene Crane Sr., 74, Belton, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Research Belton Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, June 23, at E.K. George and Sons Belton Chapel. Graveside services were Saturday at Love Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. 

Mr. Crane was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Lelia and was a longtime Belton area resident. 

He worked for the highway department for 17 years, retiring in 1979. Mr. Crane loved to hunt, fish and mow grass. 

He is survived by his sons, Nelson Crane Jr., Clayton Crane and Leslie Crane all of Belton; daughters, Penni Clary-Raymore and Patsy Cotton-Belton; sister, Alice Keith-Shawnee, KS; brothers, Cecil Crane-Shawnee, KS; Jessie L. Crane-Tonganoxie, KS and James Crane-Kansas City; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

July 12, 2001


Donald R. Logan, 69, passed away on Thursday evening, July 5, 2001, at his home in New Braunfels, TX, due to complications from a lengthy illness. He was born in Taberville on June 5, 1932, the son of Ralph and Anna Mae Boch Logan. 

Don is survived by his wife, Catherine; six children-Stephen, Robert, Donald Jr., Richard, James and Kimberly; two step children; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Along with his large family, Don had a large heart filled with love and giving. He enjoyed traveling in his recreational vehicle across the United States, that for so many years, he helped defend. 

Donald was retired in 1992 from the National Guard, but had also served with the Air Force, the Navy and the Army. He was also retired from the Forestry Services. 

He was an active member of the Special Military Active/Retired Travel Club (SMART), the Royal Order of Masons and the Veteran of Foreign Wars. 

Donald leaves a world of friends and family. 

Services were held on Tuesday afternoon, July 10, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Interment was in the Taberville Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Stephen Logan, Donald Logan Jr., James Logan, Richard Logan, Robert Logan and Mark Collier. 


Ella Maxine Williams, 74, Nevada, passed away July 4, 2001, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 1, 1926 in Cedar County to Sheldon Monah Hubbard and Velma Lois Currnett Hubbard. She married Hazen Williams on June 12, 1946, in Nevada. He preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1997. 

Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Cedar County. She came to Nevada at age 16 and spent the remainder of her life here. She was a member of of the Church of God Holiness, 

Deerfield. She worked several years as a desk clerk at the Rambler Motel retiring in 1991. 

Survivors include: one daughter, Velma Williams-Nevada; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers-Billy and Ivan Hubbard and one sister, Virgie Garrigus. 

Funeral services were Saturday, July 7, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 

July 19, 2001


Janice F. Thompson, 69, Nevada, formerly of El Dorado Springs, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2001, at her residence. 

She was born June 26, 1932, near Walker to Raymond D. and Opal M. Anderson Conway. She was married to Nathan L. Thompson on Jan. 19, 1951, in Walker. 

Mrs. Thompson was a graduate of Walker High School in 1950. She was a homemaker. She had moved to Nevada in 1996 from El Dorado Springs. 

She was a member of the Union Hall Baptist Church south of El Dorado Springs. 

She is survived by a son, Larry Thompson, Lakewood, CO; a daughter, Priscilla Wait, and her husband, Jerry, Nevada; a brother, Gene Conway, Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren - Leslie Maher, Gabe Wait, Krystal Thompson and Audra Dill; four great-grandchildren - Dalton Maher, Cale Maher, Madison Dill and Mason Dill. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan, on Sept. 22, 1998; her parents and one sister. 

The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Nevada. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tim Scott officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. 

The family suggests memorials to Rinehart Christian Church in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P. O. Box 894, Nevada, MO, 64772. 


Genevieve E. Keith, 77, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday evening at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cedar County, on Nov. 5, 1923, the daughter of John W. and Charlotte Gilbert Chambers. 

Genevieve was united in marriage to Raymond L. Keith on Feb. 9, 1946. To this union, four sons were born. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond, on July 28, 1989; one son, Frankie; and seven brothers and sisters-Jewell Collins, Vedi Woods, Ava Collins, Johnny Chambers, Frank Chambers, Orval Chambers and Jess Chambers. She is survived by her three sons and their wives-Dennis and Carolyn Keith-El Dorado Springs, Kenneth and Linda Keith-Prairie Home, and Fred and Joyce Keith-Otterville; one sister and her husband, Freda and Sherman Floyd-Stockton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, July 18, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Love Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Justin Johnson, Scott P. Keith, Kirk Keith, Benjamin Keith, Brian Keith, Scott A. Keith, Nathan Keith and Bob Smith. 


John S. Carter, 96, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2001, in Chattanooga, TN. He was born on Aug. 10, 1904, in Delta, AL. 

On Jan. 14, 1931, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Mitchell Carter in Nevada. She preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 1991. 

Since 1963, the Carter's had made their home in Sugarland, TX. 

Mr. Carter was a retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Marines. He was one of the first pilots to fly out of Pensicola, FL. Mr. Carter retired from the military after 20 years of service. 

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 17, at the El Dorado Springs Cemetery with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 


Leman Woodrow “Dutch” Gover, was born Nov. 6, 1912, in Osceola to Leman and Lou Ella (Mumma) Gover. He passed away July 13, 2001, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Appleton City. 

Dutch grew up in the Bear Creek Area. At a young age he joined the Bear Creek Methodist Church. 

He lived and worked in California and Kansas City before joining the Navy Reserve in 1942, where he worked as an aviation machinist second class. 

Dutch was united in marriage in 1942 to Willa Fay Buchanan. They moved in 1946 to Taberville where he farmed and worked at the El Dorado Shoe Factory for 12 years. 

In 1965 he joined the United Methodist Church in Rockville. Then later transferred their membership to the El Dorado Springs United Methodist Church. 

During his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing with his good friend, Rev. Doaks, and most of all his woodworking. 

Dutch was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one in infancy and Edwin and Frank Gover. He is survived by his wife, Willa; three daughters-Judy Cargill-El Dorado Springs, Susan Rains-Nevada and Debbie Cross-Appleton City; one brother; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 


Naomi Sue Lyon Dubois, 90, Burlingame, KS, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at her home. 

She was born Jan. 22, 1911, at El Dorado Springs the oldest child of George and Lola Kemp Lyon. She graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1929 and Cottey College at Nevada in 1931. She graduated from Kansas State College at Manhattan, KS. 

She taught piano and organ from 1951 to 1993 at Burlingame. Mrs. Dubrois was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Altar Society in Osage City, KS and served as the church organist since 1983. She was active in civic affairs including the Topeka Music Teachers' Association. She served on the Burlingame Cemetery Board and was a member of the Burlingame Women's Club, P.E.O. Chapter IQ, Saturday Afternoon Club and the Tuesday Bridge Club, all at Burlingame. She was a member of the Osage City Country Club and the Ladies Golf Club. 

She received the Girl Scout Thanks Badge for Community Service and the Flint Hills Girl Scout Council Fanestil Award. She was named Burlingame Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and received recognition for Meritorious Service to 4-H. 

She was united in marriage to Robert H. Dubois, Nov. 4, 1939, at Coffeyville, KS. She and her husband moved to Burlingame in 1948, where they owned and operated Dubois Farms for many years. 

She moved with her husband to Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, India, where her husband served as Water Uses Engineer with the AID program through Kansas State University from 1967 to 1969. Mrs. Dubois did volunteer work with the Girl Guides, the YMCA, the Church of India and learned to play golf, while in India. He died May 9, 1993. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Maurine Lyon Kempfer. 

Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne McFarlane, Ada, OK, and Jeanette Swarts, Osage City, KS; a son, Kenneth Dubois, Burlingame, KS; two sisters, Marjorie Lyon, Redlands, CA and Jean Powell, Las Vegas, NV; a brother, David N. Lyon, Moraga, CA; 10 grandchildren-Craig, Christopher, Brent and Kyle Dubois, Sue Allen Frerichs, Gregory, Joseph and Benjamin McFarlane and Shawn and Ty Swarts; and 10 great-grandchildren-Skyler, Tori, Courtney, Kara Zachary Dubois; Aaron and Wyatt Frerichs; Jackson McFarlane; and Ryan and Trey Patrick. 


Earl Belcher, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, July 17, 2001, at the Mt. Vernon Veteran's Home. Services are pending at Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 

July 26, 2001


Edna May Davis, 94, was born on Nov. 28, 1906, in St. Clair County to John Franklin Allen and Sarah Louisa Bland Allen. She passed away on July 23, 2001, at the Community Springs Nursing Home after a long illness. 

On Dec. 27, 1923, Edna was united in marriage to Virgil Davis. To this union were born three children-Leola Fern, Virgil Arthur and Katherine Marie. 

For several years, Edna worked beside her husband at the Cedar Springs general store, gas station and garage that they owned and operated. This was when times were simpler and family ties were strong. Edna enjoyed her family and the times they spent together. Her hobbies included quilting and crocheting. Her children and grandchildren have quilts that she made for each of them. 

Edna was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) at Herriman Chapel. Her faith was strong and helped her through the toughest of times. 

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil on Nov. 5, 1968; a sister, Stella Ellerman; two brothers, Cecil Hoard and Edward Franklin; a daughter, Katherine Marie; and two grandsons, Steven Art Barclay and Artie Dean Davis. 

Survivors include her daughter, Leola Fern Barclay and her husband, John of El Dorado Springs; her son, Virgil Arthur and his wife, Bettie of El Dorado Springs; three granddaughters, Deanna Shouse and her husband, Guy, Shiela Benham and her husband, Gary, all of El Dorado Springs and Peggy Wheaton and her husband, Bob of California; seven great-grandchildren-Kent and Lee Shouse, Whitney, Margaret and Joshua Benham, all of El Dorado Springs, Christopher and Shaun Morris, both of California; and one great-grandson, Gage. Also surviving are one brother, George Allen of California; one sister, Mildred Witt of Blackjack; four step grandsons-John, Willard, Joseph and Steven Solomon; 14 step great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends. 

Services were held on Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at 1 p.m. at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman and Rev. Milan Bourland officiating. Musical selections were provided by Vera Bourland. Interment was in the Hackleman Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Kent Shouse, Terry Allen, Larry Allen, Brent Bland, Allen Siders and Ronnie Bland. Honorary pallbearers were Lee Shouse, Whitney Benham, Margaret Benham, Joshua Benham, Christopher Morris and Shaun Morris. 


Earl F. “Jack” Belcher, 85, El Dorado Springs, was born on Dec. 21, 1915, near Cedar Springs, to John Robert and Addie Lea Monroe Belcher. He passed away on July 17, 2001, in the Mt. Vernon VA Nursing Home after an extended illness. 

Jack served his country during WWII, where he spent three years in the Phillipine Islands. He was decorated with a Good Conduct Medal, an American Defense Service Ribbon, a Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and also received a DAV Honorable Discharge. He was a life member of the VFW Post 257 of El Dorado Springs. 

Jack was saved in a revival meeting at West Union Missionary Baptist Church in October 1955. 

Jack was united in marriage to Mildred O. Simmons Reeves on March 3, 1956. They resided on a farm southeast of El Dorado Springs until Jack's health failed and they moved to town in 1988. He enjoyed working the land and tending to his livestock. Jack loved taking grandchildren fishing and playing at the creek. He found great pleasure in watching his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and the neighborhood children spend many happy hours on the farm. Many a kid learned a valuable lesson in working and turning the crank on the old ice cream freezer. 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers-Homer, William, Henry and Harrison; two sisters-Elvira and Maggie; and one granddaughter, Daisy Reeves. He is survived by Mildred, his devoted wife for 45 years; his twin sister, Muriel Bowen, El Dorado Springs; four daughters-Linda Cain-Branson, Gendy Poag and Jim Cothren-El Dorado Springs, Betty and Roger Meeks-Stockton and Bonny and David Highley-Marshfield; one son, Carl and Tammy Reeves-El Dorado Springs; 22 grandchildren-Sarah, Michelle, Adam and Daniel Reeves, Brian, Corey, Doug, Amanda and Kayla Cain, Susie and Scott McCollum, Daphne Cox, Patrick, Alvin, Addie, Rayn, Emily, Ethan, Betheny and Amanda Meeks, Erin, Kristin and Jason Highley; three great-grandchildren-Tryston and Gage McCollum and Morgan Reeves. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and many friends. 

Services were held on Saturday morning, July 21, at the Hackleman Chapel with Bro. Everett Smith and Bro. Norman Highley officiating. Musical selections were provided by Karen Rains. Interment was in the Lebeck Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Joe Bohrer, Larry Floyd, Dick Gregory, Corey Cain, Charles Belcher and Gerald Dobbs. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Bledsoe and Frank Foley. 


Lifelong Cedar County resident Eva Stemper, 101, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Stemper was born on the family farm near Filley on Feb. 15, 1900, one of twin daughters born to Albert F. and Ann M. Crum Ellis. She was raised near Filley, coming to El Dorado Springs to attend high school, where she graduated with the class of 1920. 

For 18 years, Mrs. Stemper taught schools in rural Cedar County, resigning her duties to care for her ailing mother. On Oct. 17, 1959, she was united in marriage to Andy Stemper. They farmed until moving to El Dorado Springs many years ago. 

A charter and devoted member of the Park Street Christian Church, Mrs. Stemper enjoyed reading, working in her garden and traveling. She loved to quilt, making many beautiful quilts even after turning 100. She loved to tell stories about the early days of living in El Dorado Springs and will long be remembered for her quick wit, quiet voice and strong loving devotion to her family and friends. 

Survivors include one niece, Wilma May Faver, and her husband, Sid-Alamos, CO; two nieces-in-laws, Maida Myrle Ellis-Stockton and Idoma Ellis-El Dorado Springs; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a host of friends, especially Louis Osborne and Wilma Carter, who helped Eva immensely after the death of Andy. 

Her husband, Andy; two brother, Charlie and Bill; and four sisters-Alameda, Alta, Bessie and her twin, Iva, have preceded her in death. 

Services were held on Friday afternoon, July 20, at the Park Street Christian Church with Rev. Travis Hurley officiating. Musical selections were provided by Ran Cochran. Interment was in the Greenfield Cemetery at Jerico Springs under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jim Summers, Gene Starkey, Chuck Hurley, Oscar Carter, Ken Wood and Jack Lady. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Osborne and Vincil Warren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Park Street Christian Church. 


Mary Ann Anderson, 62, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Thursday morning, July 19, 2001, after a series of lengthy illnesses. She was born in Dewey, VA on May 26, 1939, the daughter of Lester P. and Mary M. Brugh Johnson. 

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Billy Johnson and Jimmy Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, J.B. Anderson, of the home; her daughter, Becky VanDerWoude, and her husband, Sean, El Dorado Springs; her son, Tim Anderson, Dallas, TX; one brother, A.P. (Page) Johnson, Smyrna, DE; and two sisters, Esther Hughes of Albuquerque, NM and Margaret Moses of Hurst, TX. Mary Ann is also survived by the lights of her life, her grandchildren-Meghan, Tess and Garrett; numerous adored nieces and nephews, as well as her precious great nieces and nephews. 

Mary Ann was an inspiration to all those whose lives she touched and she will be greatly missed. 

Services were held on Sunday afternoon, July 22, at the Hackleman Chapel with Chris Brophy and Esther Schraw officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Tennessee Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Edward W. Applin, Steven G. Applin, Gary Hicks, Roy Hicks, Danny Thurman and Randy Thurman. 


Orpha M. Clinton, 96, Nevada, passed away Thursday, July 19, at Moore-Few Care Center. 

She was born Jan. 16, 1905, in Vernon County to Floyd and Anna Bell Harper Smith. On Oct. 15, 1931, she married George Bush Clinton in Nevada. 

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse employed by the Nevada State Hospital and local nursing homes. She was a lifetime Vernon County resident. She was very talented at playing the harmonica, dancing and working with her flowers. 

She is survived by a son, Bob Clinton Sr., and his wife, Laura, of Walker; a granddaughter, Julie Mae Clinton; a grandson, Bob Lee Clinton and his wife, Lavina; two great-granddaughters, Tracy and Jodee Clinton; and a niece, Betty Ann Smith Pisciotta, and husband, Vince, of Milo. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bush Clinton; two brothers, Hiner Smith and Willie Smith; and her parents. 

Graveside services were Saturday, July 21, at Newton Burial Park under direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Larry Brown officiating. 

Memorials are suggested to Moore-Few Care Center.

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