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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 am

Annesser • Bailey • Bell • Curbow • Davis • Deulen • Dingman • Eckard • Edmondson • Fenton • Horn • Laingor • Link • Meltabarger • Murphy • Pauley • Renfro • Wendler


Lawrence J. Annesser, 94, Joplin, died at midnight Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Sarcoxie Nursing Center, Sarcoxie. He was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Verona to Charles and Kate Annesser. He lived in the Monett area until moving to Joplin in 1952. He worked as a private mechanic and chauffer M.E. Gillioz in Monett. He also worked at R&S Chevrolet and the City of Joplin as an auto mechanic before starting his own construction business.

He married Lucille Brown Dec. 8, 1955, in Columbus, Kan. She died Feb. 3, 2011. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Annesser, and one brother, Ralph Annesser.

Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Burt-Boyer, Webb City;two sons, Gene Annesser, Sikeston, and Larry Annesser, Diamond; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Miller, Pahrump, Nev.; five grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and several great-grandchildren.

Services were March 4, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel, with the Rev. John Swadley officiating. Burial was at the Osborne Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sarcoxie Nursing Center, in care of the mortuary.


Sandra Sue Bailey, 69, Mt. Vernon, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was born June 29, 1942, in Elmira, N.Y.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s in Elmira. After moving to the Ozarks, she worked for Dr. Nagel in Joplin.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Elva (Hay) and Lawrence Bailey; and one sister, Ethel Buzzard.

Survivors include her twin sister, Linda Lou Bailey, Mt. Vernon.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St Peter’s Church, Joplin.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Georgia “Kay” Bell, age 50, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, formerly of Mason, Michigan, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, in her home.  She was born July 24, 1961, in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of George and Vera (Herrick) LaMothe.  Kay moved to the Mt. Vernon community from Michigan in 2006. 

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter, Heidi McDonald, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Daniel McDonald all of Mt. Vernon; five siblings, Sandy Hoover and her husband, Jeff, of St. Louis, Michigan, Gary LaMothe and his wife, Patty, of Troy, Michigan, Mark LaMothe of Ionin, Michigan, Mike LaMothe and his wife, Angie, of Johannesburg, Michigan, and Diane Simmons and her husband, Jeff, of Mt. Vernon; special friends, Keith Gelinas and Garnett Gold; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home.  Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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Carolyn E. Curbow, 73, Crane, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Meercy Hospital, Aurora. She was born June 20, 1938, in Cape Fair to Clyde W. and Lucille (Jenkins) Essary. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of the area. She attended the Crane Assembly of God Church, Crane.

Survivors include three sons, David Ray Curbow, Blue Eye, Paul Dean Curbow, Golden and Sam Lee Curbow, Lampe; five brothers, Troy Essary and Jerry Essary, both of Crane, Larry Essary,Morgan Hills, Calif., Earl Essary and Darrel Essary, both of Galena; two sisters, Gaylene Stringer, Mt. Vernon and Anita Leyba, Nevada; nine grandchilren; and 10 great-granchildren.

Services were March 5 in Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane, with George Burnash officiating. Burail was in Nolan Cemetery, Galena.


Thomas Lee “Tommy” Davis, 81, Hodge, La., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his residence after a lenthy illness.

He was a member of the Cattle Association, a member of the Lake Providence Jaycees and a board member of the Miss Louisiana State Beauty Pageant.

He was a restaurant owner for 44 years. He also worked as an insurance salesman. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie Davis; sons, Thomas “Sonny” Davis and wife Jill of Blanchard, La., Joseph Davis and wife Doressa of Mt. Vernon, and Paul Davis of Gate City; daughters, Jan Neatherland and husband JoBoy of Jonesboro, Nancy Stevenson and husband Andy of Quitan; brother, Robert Davis of Baja, Mexico; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; special girls, Cynthia Loyd and Glenda Walker; very special cousins and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Julius K. “Buddy” Davis and Edward E. Davis.

Services were March 3 in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Elder Freddie Shows officiating.


 Marjorie Kathleen Deulen, 91, Nixa, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. She was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Christian County to Guy and Jewel (Nokes) Hedgpeth.

She married Orville Deulen April 25, 1937. He died in 2005.

She was a member of Calvary Bible Church.

Survivors include two children, Michael Lee Deulen, Springfield,and Margie Messenger, Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, JD Hedgpeth.

Services were March 3 in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery, Boaz.

Memorial donations may be made to Preferred Hospice.


Bonnie I. Hill Dingman, 80, Carthage, died at 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Carthage Health and Rehab, Carthage. She was born July 30, 1931, in Carthage to Leonard and Veda B. (Baker) Hill. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carterville, and volunteered with the Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was a homemaker.

She married Melvin Dingman Dec. 23, 1947, in Carthage. He died March 7, 2005.

Survivors include one son, Troy L. Dingman, Carthage; three daughters, Beverly Seay, Joplin, Patricia “Pat” Sullivan, Carthage, and Pennie Weisacosky, Rolla; one stepson, Ed Dingman, Aurora; two brothers, Bob Hill, Sterling Colo., and Max Hill, Carthage; eight grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Leonard Hill; and two sisters, Helen Chester and Maurine Huron.

Graveside services were March 6, in Nashville Cemetery, under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


Richard F. Eckard, 54, of Aurora died Sat. March 3, 2012 in his home.

He was born to Richard D. and Betty Lou Lebow Eckard on Nov. 1, 1957 in Glendale, CA. He was a welder.

Survivors include his father; 2 sons, Richard Eckard Jr. of Las Vegas and Samuel Eckard of Monett; 2 brothers, Rodney Eckard of Aurora and Mike Eckard and wife, Debbie of Mt. Vernon; 2 sisters, Luanne Parks and husband, David of Aurora and Joy Zemmer and husband, Chris of Tyler, TX.; 1 grandchild and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his wife, Elisa.

Memorial services will be held Fri. March 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel.


Tommy V. Edmondson, 78, Crane, died at 4:44 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Golden to Bill and Bessie James Edmondson.

He worked for more than 35 years as a printing pressman.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife Doris, of the home; children, Pat Pettit and Andy McCullough, both of Crane, Oren Edmondson, Marionville, Rick Edmondson, Yuma, Ariz., Cindy Evans, Springfield, and Tommy Evans, Nixa; one brother Max Edmondson, Crane; the mother of his children, Charlene Emondson, Mt. Vernon; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Feb. 28, in Crane Cemetery, under the direction of Westrip Funeral Home, Crane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund, Crane or to Hopsice.


Dollie Anna Fenton passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012 in the Harnett Woods Nursing Home in Dunn, North Carolina at the age of 97. Dollie was born October 10, 1914 in the White Oak Community south of Aurora to Truman and Rosa Ann (Ray) Burbridge. She lived in the Aurora area her entire life except for a brief sojourn in Chicago and California as a young woman, and North Carolina the last 3 years of her life.

She attended Central Bible Institute in Springfield and graduated with the class of 1938. She was a longstanding member of the Assembly of God Church in Aurora and was always steadfast in her faith. She married Bert Fenton a childhood friend on December 17, 1941 in Madry, and they spent most of their lives engaged in farming in the White Oak community.

She is survived by sons, Ron Fenton of Santa Rosa, California and Larry Fenton of Fuquay-Varma, North Carolina; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bert, six brothers, one sister, 2 stepbrothers and 6 stepsisters.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Crafton-Cantrell funeral home in Aurora, with Rev. Tom Hargrove officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  on Friday in the funeral home chapel.

Donations may be made to the Assembly of God church in care of the funeral home.

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Rushia Mae Horn, 86, Aurora, formerly of Marionville, died at 11:54 a.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012, in the Aurora Nursing Center, Aurora. She was born Nov. 30, 1925, in rural Marionville to William H. and Florence Cupp Horn.

She attended school in Marionville and afterward became a minister. She worked at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville as a CNA, until retirement in 1996.

She was preceded in death by one brother, William Horn; two sisters, Anna Hall Bennett and Velma Maples; and one half-brother, Lee Roy Horn.

Survivors include three brothers, Dale and Louis Horn, both of Aurora, and Lynn Horn, Mohave Valley, Ariz.; and three sisters, Bonnie Johnson, Sapulpa, Okla., Darolene Arnsmeyer, Billings, and Lois Ceberek, Aurora.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, inthe Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Marionville, with the Rev. Rex Mooneyham officiating. Burial will be in the Marionville IOOF Cemetery.


Dola Louise Laingor, age 79, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Cox Hospital in Monett, Missouri. She was born November 16, 1932, in Greene County, Missouri, the daughter of Vernon and Ona May (Swinney) Batson. Dola moved to Mt. Vernon from Texas in 1981. She worked in production for Wind & Willow, retiring in 2009, and was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church.

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Susan McNeil and her husband, Tim, of Oklahoma, Sally Carney and her husband, Roman, of Pierce City, Missouri, and Sarah Boggus and her husband, Steve, of Keller, Texas; eight grandchildren, Whitney and Rex Stone, Nick and Cole Boggus, Bethany, Ben, Bekah, and Britain Carney; three great grandchildren, Beau Chapman, Lylah Davis, and Grayson Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; two brothers, Don and Bernard Batson; and two sisters, Wilma Jenkins and Anna Lee Batson, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2012, in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home with burial at John’s Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the John’s Chapel Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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Rex Clark Link, 88, Neosho, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born July 15, 1923, in Woolco, Okla., to Walter and Pearl (Whaples) Link.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and a salesman for Spicer and Griffith Motors, Neosho. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a salesman.

He was a member of the High Street Christian Church in Neosho.

Services were March 1 at High Street Christian Church. Burial, with full military honors, was in Diamond Cemetery, under the direction of Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho.


J.D. Meltabarger, 87, Walnut Grove, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born in Springfield to Forrest H. and Lizzie Elizabeth Deeds Meltabarger. He was a longtime resident of the Walnut Grove area. He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1942. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He retired as vice president and salesman for Chiles Tractor and Machinery Company after 35 years of service. He was a member of Walnut Grove First Christian Church.

He married Jean Edmonson May 1, 1946. She died May 13, 2007. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold L. Meltabarger,

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Barnett and Judy Barton, both of Springfield; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in Wilson-Brim-Daniel Chapel, Walnut Grove, with the Rev. Jeff Kruger officiating. Burialwill be in Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove, with military rites under the auspices of the Missouri Military Honors Team. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Memorial donations may be made to the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon, Hospice Compassus or the Walnut Grove First Christian Church.


Lawrence Daniel Murphy, 88, Joplin, died at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Daly City, Calif. He grduated from Mission High School in San Francisco. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He worked for Pacific Gas and Electric and owned and operated a Singere Sewing Machine company and was a journeyman fire protection sprinkler installer. He was a member of the Sprinkler Fitters’ Union Local No. 483 and retired in 1985. He was a member of the Joplin Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 501, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post and Military Order of the Cooties.

He married Virginia Gloria Cordell June 29, 1945, in San Francisco. She died June 21, 1993. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, sandra Murphy and one granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Dave Murphy and Michael Murphy, both of Joplin; one daughter, Sharon Mahan, Holbrook, N.Y.;  one sister, Jean; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services, with military honors, was Monday, Feb. 27 at Osborne Memorial Cemtery, under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Chidren’s Hospital or the DAV.


Toby Leroy Pauley, 67, Carthage, died at 1:44 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, from injuries sustained in a construction accident. He was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Joplin to Leroy W. and Eileen Mael Pauley. He graduated from Sarcoxie High School and attended Jasper County Junior College in Joplin.

He married Martha R. Gassaway March 26, 1966. She survives.

He moved from Joplin to Carthage in 1973. He was a 34-year employee of McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, working in the maintenance department.

He was a member of the Fairview Christain Church, Carthage, and was the worshipful master of the Carthage Masonic Lodge #197. He was also a member of the Carl Junction Masonic Lodge, and the Eminence Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star #93, Carthage,serving as past patron.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Cindy Cummins, Carthage; three sons, Chuck Pauley, Joplin, Tobey W. Pauley and John Pauley, both of Carthage; one sister, Alicia Parrigon, Monett; two brothers, Rodney White, Stotts City, and Brent White, Pierce City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Estill White;

Services were March 2, at Fairview Christian Church with Minister Rick Maynard officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Carthage, under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 building fund, in care of the funeral home.


Perry D. Renfro, 81, Monett, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Lacoba Nursing Center, Monett. He was born Nov. 4, 1930, in Greenfield to Perry Clay and Carrie (BIrd) Renfro. He graduated from Greenfield High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged Jan. 27, 1954.

He moved to Monett in 1956. He worked as a barber during the 1960s. He was later a truck driver for Tyson Foods. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a member of the American Legion Post #91 and had served as the sexton for the McCormick St. John’s Cemetery.

He married Ruth Evelyn Massmann Feb. 16, 1942, in Lockwood. She died Feb. 6, 1999. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leon and Raymond Renfro; two sisters, Mary Renfro and Berthena Meyers; and three grandsons.

Survivors include two sons, Gorden Renfro, Monett, and Paul Renfro, Carterville; three daughters, Joyce Hirsch, Pierce City, Janice Burgess, Aurora, and Nancy Guinn, Sarcoxie; two sisters, Sibby Middleton, Forsyth and Buena Karleskint, Ft. Scott, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were March 6, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Monett, with the Rev. Richard Cody officiating. Burial was in the McCormick St John’s Cemetery, under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.


 Clyde Wendler, 85, Miami, Okla., died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Stotts City.

He and Betty were married Jan. 23, 1948, in Monett.

They moved to Miami in 2010.

Survivors include one son, Curtis Wendler, Houston, Texas; one daughter, Gale Lee, Miami;  seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Service information will be listed later. Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

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