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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:00 am

Obituaries published in the Lawrence County Record earlier this year.

DANA L. CADDICK

Dana L. Caddick, 46, Aurora, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at St. John’s, Aurora.

She was born Feb. 1, 1963, in Monett to Robert and Carrie (Brown) Oetker.

She married Joe Caddick. He died in 1996.

She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County.

Survivors include four sons, Brandon Caddick and Darien Caddick, both of Marionville, Joey Caddick, Miller, and Brady Caddick, Bonne Terre; her parents, Robert and Carrie Oetker, Mt. Vernon; one sister, Dee Blake, Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Keith Wright and Bobby Oetker, both of Mt. Vernon; and two grandchildren.

Private family services are planned. Arrangements are under direction of White Funeral Home, Cassville.


BYRON LEE CALTON

Byron Lee Calton, 89. Aurora, died at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born July 20, 1920, in Aurora to  William and Martha (Doty) Calton.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran and retired to Aurora from Washington, D.C. He served on the Aurora City Council from 1990 until 1994. He was a deacon at Southside Baptist Church and a member of American Legion Post #126 of Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of the home.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Southside Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.


LAWRENCE ALLEN ‘LARRY’ CALVERT

Lawrence Allen “Larry” Calvert of Mt. Vernon passed away at 3:41 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, in St. John’s, Springfield, at the age of 69.

He was born Dec. 17, 1939, in East St. Louis, Ill., the son of Dwight C. and Esther (Jakowski) Calvert.

Larry was a 1958 graduate of Ritenour Senior High School. He was an auto technician and retired in 2002. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4362. On Aug. 4, 1982, he married Helen Still in Clayton. She survives him of the home.

Additional survivors include: four daughters, Chris Brinson and husband Bob of St. Louis, Cheryl Caris and husband Phil of Findlay, Ohio, Carleen Marsala of St. Louis, and Cindy Richard and husband Ken of Brighton, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Michelle Schaedler and husband Keith of Mt. Vernon; one son, Curt Calvert and wife Teri of Perryville; one stepson, Kenny Brown of Elsberry; one sister, Cheri Mikkelson and husband Dean of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Dennis Calvert and wife Karel of Myra, Texas; 22 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, sister Judith Oldfather, and brother Cyril Dwight Calvert preceded him in death.

Services were Friday, May 1, in Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.

Burial was in the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com

(Paid obituary)


KAYREN ‘KAY’ LOIS BINION CAMERON

Karen “Kay” Lois Binion Cameron, 72, Point Lookout, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, following a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Monett to Hazel and James Binion. When she was 2 years old, the family moved to Aurora, where she attended primary and secondary schools. After graduating from high school in 1955, she attended Missouri State University and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics. She was a member of the home economics and biology honor societies and a member of Delta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at MSU.

She taught home economics in secondary schools and at the college level.

She married Glen Cameron in 1960. He survives.

The family moved to Point Lookout in 1969, when her husband was hired at the then-The School of the Ozarks.

She started Cameron’s Crag Bed & Breakfast and Ozark Mountain Country B&B Service, which has booked for more than 100 other B&Bs in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. She started her own publishing company in 1986, called Katydid Publications. She developed and published cookbooks an novels, including Breakfasts Ozark Style, Grandma’s Ozark Legacy, and a la Rose, a book featuring Ozark recipes from the era of Rose O’Neill.

She was an elder of the Chapel of The College of the Ozarks and a member and past president of PEO Chapter IB. She recently became a Mate of Sea Scout Ship 63/Boy Scouts of America.

Additional survivors include two sons, Kent Cameron, Leesburg, Va., and Kirk Cameron, Fort Collins, Colo.; and three grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, June 30, in the Chapel of The College of the Ozarks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The College of the Ozarks Scholarship Fund, Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726, or PEO Chapter IB Educational Loan Fund, c/o Mrs. Ivy Motley, treasurer, P.O. Box 6760, Branson, MO 65619.


DAVID FLOYD CAMPBELL

David Floyd Campbell, 88, Springfield, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born Dec. 7, 1920, in St. Louis to Schaffner C. and Lavinia McClay Campbell.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He owned and operated certified Home Improvement Corp. in St. Louis before his retirement.

He moved to Springfield, where he ran Great Western Paint and was a licensed broker. He was a master gardener and member of the Moolah Shriners.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ceola; four brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include four daughters, Deanna Pearlstein, Amherst, Mass., Donna Chancellor and Marsha Herin, both of Columbia, and Robin Van Huis, Springfield; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, Oct. 8, in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon, 1600 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712.


EDNA MAE CAMPBELL

Edna Mae Campbell, 83, Ozark, died Saturday, April 11, 2009.

She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Branson to Elza and Lulu Grace Mitchell. She married Junior Campbell Jan. 9, 1946. He died in 1998. She was a cook for the Ozark school system for 21 years and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Spokane.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Doug Campbell; a sister, Edith Evans; and a grandson.

Survivors include three sons, Elza Campbell, Ozark, Al Campbell, Lampe, and Dwayne Campbell, Willard; two sisters, Opal Hughes, Springfield, and Mildred Forgey, Ozark; two brothers, Albert Mitchell, Halltown, and Leon Mitchell, Ozark; and 43 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, April 14, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor James Mohler officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery.


MARGIELE PEARL (SHARON) CANTRELL

Margiele Pearl (Sharon) Cantrell of Mt. Vernon, friend, wife, mother and grandmother, was born May 8, 1930, near Sarcoxie. Marge died Jan. 22, 2009.

Marge married Paul Cantrell July 3, 1954, in Mt. Vernon. She is survived by her children: sons, W. Kent Cantrell (Jerri) of Excelsior Springs, and the Rev. Dr. L. Brent Cantrell (Kim) of Waterloo, Iowa; and daughters, Kelly Stanford (Marvin) of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Kathi Palacio (Val) of Mt. Vernon. She enjoyed wonderful grandchildren: Tim, (Angie), Brandi, Nick, Justin, Phillip, Jason, (Ashley), Jessica, Kirbie, Christopher, Madison, Wainani and Noah, as well as three great-grandchildren, Caine, Kaylee and Cayden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Paul; brother, Franklin Sharon; son, Randy; and beloved poodle, Charlie.

Marge was an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mt. Vernon. She was active in the community through the John Taylor Senior Center.

She was employed for many years at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Vernon, in many capacities, from switchboard operator and ward clerk.

Marge’s greatest pleasure in life were her family, reading cookbooks, shopping on QVC, cooking for her family and visiting with friends. She loved to sit on the back porch with her companion, Charlie, watching the birds and enjoying God’s creation. She shared her generous heart and compassion with all she met and knew. Marge was a woman who went out of her way to care for others. Her love was always generous and plentiful. Her kindness and faith in God and others was her life’s greatest claim of fame.

Marge shall be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A funeral service was at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mt. Vernon, Sunday, Jan. 25. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery, outside of Miller. Pallbearers were her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, all are invited to make memorial contributions to any one of the following: MS Society, Sycamore Cemetery, the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or Eastview Cemetery, in care of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, 510 E. Cherry, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

(Paid obituary)


RUTH NADINE CANTRELL

Ruth Nadine Cantrell, age 86, of Miller went to meet her Lord and Savior on Monday, Oct. 12. 2009, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born Oct. 15, 1922, to Jack Lamb and Jewell Lamb Roach in Dade County. She married her high school sweetheart, Vincent Cantrell, on Dec. 21, 1938, and they lived their entire married life of nearly 65 years in Miller. Ruth was baptized in the Miller United Methodist Church in 1938 and was a lifelong member. She became a licensed practical nurse in 1960 and worked at the Missouri State Chest Hospital (Missouri Rehabilitation Center) on the surgical ward for many years until her retirement. Ruth was a 50-plus year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Miller Senior Citizens, involved with the Miller Christian Center, and was a former secretary of the Sycamore Cemetery Association. She was a caregiver for many friends in the community and several family members in her own home. Most of all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepparents; and beloved husband; as well as a sister, Colleen Wolf; daughter, Barbara Garton; and great-grandson, Tyler Bartelsmeyer.

She has many survivors who love and miss her, including two daughters, Wilma Snyder and her husband, Avon, of Miller, and Pat Hood and her husband, Jerry, Mt. Vernon; son-in-law, Gary Garton of Holt; and nephew, Kenny Wolf and Carol of St. Louis. Grandchildren are Gary Wade and Cathy Garton, Rodger and Dana Garton, Jeff and Betty Garton, Susan Garton, David and Keri Snyder, Mary and Dr. Scott Duff, Missy and Mark Short, and Pam and David Bartelsmeyer. Great-grandchildren are Josh, Sarah, Kayla, Adam, Ashlyn, Tracy, J.D., Amanda, Jack, Jason, Hannah, Will, Amelia Ruth, Corey, Clark, Colin and Carter. Great-great-grandchildren are Xander and Mason, as well as baby boy due in December.

Services were Friday, Oct. 16, at the Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, with burial in the Sycamore Cemetery northeast of Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Miller United Methodist Church or the Sycamore Cemetery Association, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

(Paid obituary)


DANNY JOE CARMAN

Danny Joe Carman, 62, Aurora, died in a traffic accident at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2009, east of Wheaton.

He was born July 27, 1946, in Vandalia, Ill., to William Earl and Gladys V. (Stone) Carman. He was a retired police officer and served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick, Ill., and the Disabled American Veterans.

He married Joyce E. Bowen Sept. 21, 1973, in Vandalia. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Daniel “Bo” Carman, St. Charles; three daughters, Sarah Boatman, St. Charles, Rebeka Carman, Bloomington, Ill., and Elizabeth Krut, Normal, Ill.; two brothers, Bill Carman, Crocker, and George Carman, Madisonville, Ky.; five sisters, Jean Tedrick, Highland, Ill., Louise Turner, New Athens, Ill., Betty Emerick and Kay Snyder, both of Vandalia, and Shirley Kingston, Mulberry Groves, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Earl, and two sisters, Barbara and Gracie.

Services were held Tuesday, April 14, in Crown Point Church, Vandalia, under the direction of Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia. The Rev. Pete LeDuc officiated. Burial, with military honors, was in McInturff Cemetery, Vandalia. Local arrangements were under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled America Veterans or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


HARRY BEN CARR JR.

Harry Ben Carr Jr., 82, Springfield, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Springfield to Harry B. and Edna (Rathbone) Carr.

He attended McDaniel Elementary School and Greenwood Laboratory School.

He entered the United States Army June 5, 1945, where he served with the headquarters company, 754th Battalion in Korea. He was discharged Jan. 31, 1947, with the rank of sergeant.

He managed Carr Coal Company following the death of his father. He then sold National Cash Register machines. Later he started Carr Catering Company, an industrial service with canteen trucks carrying lunches to factory workers. He worked for several years for Phil Erb Refrigeration.

He married Dorothy Jo Ann Kuhn Nov. 30, 1947. She died Dec. 14, 1972. He married Sandra Sue Smith, of Aurora, Dec. 27, 1974. She survives.

He was chairman of the board of directors of the Air and Military Museum, specializing in public relations.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Springfield.

Additional survivors include two sons, Harry B. “Hank” Carr III, Garland, Texas, and Charles Curt Carr, West Point, Ga.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, July 30, in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, Springfield.

Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, 2305 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65803.


ROSETTA FRANCES CARR

Rosetta Frances Carr, 83, Aurora, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon.

She was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Lawrence County to Walter Loney and Lela Myrtle (Galloway) Johnson.

She was a bookkeeper and tax consultant and owned and operated a mobile home park for 35 years.

Preceding her in death were her husband Marlin Carr; one son, Randall Eugene Harmon; two brothers, Mel and Vic Johnson; three sisters, Vivian Pyle, Grace Garner and Molly Johnson; and one granddaughter.

Survivors include one son, Dennis Harmon; one sister, Ina Mae Whitehead, Ash Grove; one brother, Ivan Johnson, Marionville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday, Jan. 30, in Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to Sycamore Community Center or Orange Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in care of the funeral home.


VIRGINIA RUTH CARROLL

Virginia Ruth Carroll, 82, Aurora, died at 7:41 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. 2009, in her home.

She was born Aug. 16, 1926, in St. Louis to Jessie and Virginia Dixon.

She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.

She married Harry Carroll. He died in 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Sheena Howard, Verona; and three sons, James, Harry and Danny Carroll, all of Aurora. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Dixon.

Local arrangements were under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Burial will be at a later date in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis.


JANICE CARTER

Janice Carter, 81, Webb City, died at 9:58 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2009, at St. John’s, Joplin.

She was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Carthage to Floyd F. and Naomi B. Roller Riddle.

She moved from Joplin to Springfield in 1971, returned to Joplin in 1982 and moved to Webb City in 1995.

She worked in the accounting departments for Goodyear Rubber Co. in Joplin and J.C. Penney, Inc., in Springfield, for several years. She was secretary-treasurer for First Baptist Church in Carthage for several years and was associational leader for Women’s Missionary Union. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Webb City.

She married Boyd J. Carter Oct. 3, 1947, in Carthage. He survives.

Additional survivors include one son, the Rev. James F. Carter, Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Donna Freeman, Webb City; one brother, Don Riddle, Liberty; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, June 16, at First Baptist Church, Webb City, with the Revs. Jim Carter, John Sherwood and Ron Woody officiating. Burial was in Ozark Memorial Park, Joplin, under direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the International Mission Board, in care of First Baptist Church of Webb City, 102 North Roane St., Webb City, MO 64870.


MORRIS GENE CARTER

Morris Gene Carter, 74, Springfield, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, due to complications from lung cancer.

He was born in Halltown in 1935 to Reva and Loyd Carter.

He attended Ash Grove High School and Missouri State University. He was partner and owner in General Motors dealership in Seymour and West Plains and was general sales manager for Dennis Hanks Chevrolet in Ozark for the last 24 years.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Emma; three sons, Brad, of the home, David Wilson, Springfield, and Del Wilson, Maple Valley, Wash.; one sister, Brenda Myers, Halltown; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial was in Rock Prairie Cemetery, Halltown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Southwest Special care Homes, P.O. Box 1482, Springfield, MO 65814-0842, or the American Cancer Society, 3322 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO  65807.


STARR LYNN CATES

Starr Lynn Cates, 18, Buffalo, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in her home.

No services are planned. Arrangements are under direction of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora.


DARELL GENE 'POSS' CAVENER

Darell Gene “Poss” Cavener, 78, Marionville, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Maranatha Village, Springfield.

He was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Browns Spring to Burl William and Mary (Adams) Cavener.

He married Suzanne Cross May 12, 1951. She died Jan. 29, 2001.

He was a dairy farmer for approximately 50 years. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Faye Thomas, and one brother, Carl Lee Cavener.

Survivors include three children, Dave Cavener, Danny Cavener and Carol Wallace, all of Marionville; one brother, Junior Cavener, Marionville; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Meadors Funeral Home, Billings, with the Rev. Jim Jones officiating. Burial was in Marionville IOOF Cemetery.

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


WILLIAM ‘BILL’ W. CENTER

William “Bill” W. Center, 85, Joplin, died at 5:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his home, following a five-year illness.

He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Sawyer, Kan. He was raised and educated in Barry County. He moved to Joplin in 1992 after living in Aurora for more than 35 years. He retired in 1985 as a supervisor with the commercial vehicle division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop D. He was a member of College Heights Christian Church. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, currently a member of Fellowship Lodge #345 AF & AM of Joplin, and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin.

He married Maleta “Pat” Bishop Jan. 24, 1942, in Cassville. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Barbara Fenske, Purdy, and Katherine Wilkerson, Joplin; two brothers, Carl Center, Eureka, Calif., and Joe Center, LaPine, Ore.; three sisters, Bonnie Johnson, Mountain Home, Ark., Amanda Carte, Fayetteville, Ark., and Connie Oberlatz, Ukiah, Calif.; three grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.

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

Graveside services were Friday, May 22, at Clio Cemetery, near Jenkins, with Rick Bushnell, minister, officiating. Arrangements were under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.


JEFFRY MARK CHAMBERS

Jeffry Mark Chambers, 48, Bolivar, died Thursday, May 28, 2009.

He was born Sept. 17, 1960, in Butler to Eugene A. and Jeanne E. (Eichler) Chambers.

He was a graduate of Butler High School.

In 1986, he became managing partner of the first Excel Sonic Drive-In in Aurora. In 1988, he moved to Bolivar.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Chambers, and his brother, Jerry Chambers.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Lesia Chambers; one daughter, Jessica Skinner, Kansas City; his mother, Jeanne E. Chambers, Butler; one brother, Larry Chambers, Gladstone; and one sister, Vicki Porter, Butler.

Services were Sunday, May 31, in Butler Funeral Home Chapel, Bolivar, with the Rev. Jerry Book officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery, Foster.


GENEVA HELEN CHILDRESS

Geneva Helen Childress, 68, Independence, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her home.

She was born Sept. 25, 1940, in Stotts City to Lavern and Clara (Wuellner) Schnake.

She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1958.

She married Ronald Childress June 7, 1958. He survives. They lived in Independence for 42 years.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Tammy Argetsinger, Melissa Place and Marine Sgt. Tara Bachman; one son, Craig Childress; three brothers, LeeRoy Schnake, Leon Schnake and Harlan Schnake; two sisters, Allene Roach and Peggy Short; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, David Schnake, and two sisters, Lois Baker and Ruth Johnson.

A celebration of life was Friday, Aug. 14, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. 9221 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.


JULIA CHRISTY

Julia Christy, 49, Monett, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in Monett Health Care Center.

She was born March 4, 1959, in Aurora to Ron and Barbara Sanders Phillips.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis; two sons, Ruben and Ronnie Christy; one brother, Bob Able; and one sister, Rhonda Phillips.

Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are under direction of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora.


MICHAEL ALLEN ‘MIKE’ CHURCH

Michael Allen “Mike” Church, 53, Miller, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, in his home.

He was born May 17, 1955, in Neosho to Allen and Mary (White) Church.

He worked in telemarketing for Geographic Telemarketing in Oklahoma and was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Robin Church, Miller; his mother, Mary Church, Joplin; three sisters, Linda Small, Deborah Cowan and Alean Nerker; two brothers, Jimmy Church and Allen Church; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Church, and one brother, Johnny Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, in care Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller.


VICTOR WAYNE CLARK

Victor Wayne Clark, 59, Aurora, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, in his home.

He was born Nov. 1, 1949, in Eureka Springs, Ark., to Lewis Allen “Buck” and Theda Lee Lynch Clark.

He attended the Westside Freewill Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., before moving to Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Allen Clark; his mother, Theda Lee Sheets; one brother, Randall Clark; his stepfather, Ernest Sheets; and one grandson.

Survivors include one son, Rick Clark, one daughter, Dana Clark Banks, and two grandchildren, all of Aurora; five brothers, Allen Clark, Monett, Jerry Clark, Aurora, Lewis David Clark, Wichita, Kan., Charlie Sheets, Ocean Springs, Miss., and Harley Sheets, Holiday Island, Ark.; and three sisters, Gail Presley, Kingman, Kan., Jayne Little, Harrison, Ark., and Melody Russell, Huntsville, Ark.

Services were Friday, April 3, with the Rev. Lee Miller officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, near Crane, under direction of Williams Funeral Home, Marionville.


MAXINE CELESTE COBB

Maxine Celeste Cobb, 94, Republic, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Christian Health Care, Republic.

She was born Aug. 17, 1915, in Scholten to Robert Henry and Pearl (Hart) Luce. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Ora E. Fortner, Ray Stark and Howell R. Cobb.

Survivors include three children, Robert J. Fortner, Wentzville, Jerry D. Fortner, Belle, and Mary Ann Kelley, Springfield; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday, Dec. 4, at Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with Pastor Gayle Cobb officiating. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association


ROBERT E. COBB

Robert E. Cobb, 78, Aurora, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, in the Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville.

He was born March 9, 1931, in Mildred to Jesse and Ruth Brown Cobb. He was a retired restaurant owner.

Survivors include his wife, Paula; two sons, Curtis Cobb, Alamarda, N.M., and Donald Manning, Klamath Falls, Ore.; one daughter, Carolyn Gideon, Seligman; one sister, Lucille Meridith, Kissee Mills; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Browns Cemetery, Cedar Creek, under direction of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora


E.N. COKER JR.

E.N. Coker Jr., 84, Monett, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Cox Monett.

He was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Verona to Elijah and Ethel (Anderson) Coker. He married Vera Wormington Aug. 4, 1973, in Cassville. She survives.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Monett and was retired from Jumping Jack Shoe, Monett.

Additional survivors include one son, Norman Coker, st. Louis; one stepson, Bruce Chandler, Monett; one daughter Cheryl Robinson, Texas; one stepdaughter, Angela Madro, Golden; one sister, Betty Hedding, Fresno, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Jimmy Copley officiating. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.


MARY ELIZABETH COLEMAN

Mary Elizabeth Coleman, 85, Aurora, died at 12 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Lockwood.

She was born May 28, 1924, in Aurora to Emerson and Veda (Vineyard) Jones.

She worked as the assistant director for the Heritage Harmony House in Aurora and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

She married Ernest Carroll Coleman June 15, 1941, in Aurora. He died Jan. 6, 1988.

Survivors include one daughter, Janice Holtsclaw, Wichita, Kan.; one brother, John Jones, Greenfield; two sisters, Virginia Keatts, Golden City, and Lois Kerr, Lockwood; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Emerson Jones.

Services were Saturday, July 11, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church building fund or Heritage Harmony House, in care of the funeral home.


BRIAN COLLINS

Brian Collins, 36, Pierce City, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born July 13, 1973, in Monett to Don and Effie Raley Collins.

He was a truck driver.

Survivors include three sons, Clinton Collins and Travis Collins, both of Billings, and Wyatt Collins, Exeter; two daughters, Brianna Collins, Exeter, and Bailee Collins, Richie; his parents; six brothers, Michael Collins, Shell Knob, Donald Collins, Duncan, Okla., Kevin Collins, Republic, and David Collins, Curtis Collins and Joshua Collins, all of Aurora; and two sisters, Angela Williams and Kimberly Haley, both of Aurora.

Services were Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.


CHARLES CONLEY

Charles Conley, 69, Pierce City, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon.

Funeral Mass was Friday, Oct. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pierce City, with Father Peter Morciniec officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Pierce City, under direction of Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City.


CARLOS EFTON COOK

Carlos Efton Cook, 91, Springfield, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in his daughter’s home.

He was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Battlefield.

He served with civil service during World War II. He was a diesel mechanic until his retirement.

He married Alma Jessie Snodgrass May 14, 1938, in Springfield. She preceded him in death.

He was a deacon at Baptist churches in Walnut Grove and Redlands, Calif.

He was also preceded in death by two stillborn daughters, one sister and four brothers.

Survivors include his children, Carlos Cook, Mt. Vernon, Sylvia Terbrock, Republic, and Richard Cook, Springfield; three brothers, Aubrey, Donald and Theodore; three sisters, Lola, Velma and Nona; and six grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, June 20, at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield. Burial was in McConnell Cemetery, Nixa.


JERRY COOK

Jerry Cook of Mt. Vernon passed away at 12:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in his home, at the age of 66.

He was born March 24, 1942, in Logan to Eldon Howard and Claudia (Dunham) Cook. Jerry was a 1960 graduate of Marionville High School, was a member of the Marionville First Baptist Church and employed as a mechanic for Silgan Manufacturing Company in Mt. Vernon for 30 years. Jerry also served on the Mt. Vernon Planning and Zoning Committee for several years.

He married Judith Ann Yost July 16, 1982, in Mt. Vernon. She survives him of the home.

Also surviving him are his four daughters, Jerrilyn Cantrell of Excelsior Springs, Karen Porter of Olathe, Kan., Wendy Cook-Mucci of Nashville, Tenn., and Stacie Danzer of Carroll, Iowa; one son, James Breidenstein of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Kay Herndon, Marionville, Sara Fugitt of Springfield, and Kathy Roller of Bruner; three brothers, Roger Cook of Shawnee, Kan., Larry Cook of Marionville and Braxton Cook of Belton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Ronnie Cook, preceded him in death.

Services, under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, were Monday, Feb. 16, in Marionville First Baptist Church. Burial was in Marionville IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family for a memorial in the memory of Mr. Cook, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

(Paid obituary)


CHRIS COONEY

Chris Cooney, 29, Purdy, formerly of Aurora, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in his home.

He was born July 9, 1980, in Woodland, Calif., to C.M. and Nancy Stacey Cooney. He was a construction worker.

Survivors include his wife, Miracle; one son, Christopher G. Cooney; one daughter, Faith Cooney; his father, C.M. Cooney; and one sister, Carrie Cooney.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Cooney.

Services were Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Peterson Funeral Home, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.


MARY MADILINE COONS

Mary Madiline Coons, 82, Monett, formerly of Wentworth, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Aurora Nursing Center, Aurora.

She was born June 2, 1926, in Higley, Ariz., to William Earl and Ethel Lauisa (Dyer) Fountain.

The family moved to Becker, Minn., when she was 2 years old. She graduated from Becker High School in 1944.

She married Stanley W. Coons Oct. 5, 1946. He preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and a rural mail carrier for the Wentworth Post Office. She was a member of the Dry Valley United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie and Robert Fountain, and an infant grandson.

Survivors include two daughters, Etheljean McMullen, Zimmerman, Minn., and Connie Moudy, Monett; two sons, Harold Coons, Coffeyville, Kan., and Dennis Coons, Elk River, Minn.; two sisters, Verdene Lindberg, Cambridge, Minn., and Maxine Coons, Andover, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, May 2, in Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home Chapel, Sarcoxie, with the Rev. Crystal Wicks and Pastor Bryan Ozbun officiating. Burial was in the Pierce City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Aurora Nursing Center, in care of the funeral home.


JESSE A. COOPER

Jesse A. Cooper, 91, Weaubleau, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in his home, after a short illness.

He was born Dec. 12, 1917, near Elkton to Jesse and Maude (Tinsley) Cooper.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Georgia Bays; and four brothers, Orla, Glenn, Leslie and Ross Cooper.

He married Betty Davis Jan. 12, 1946. She survives.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Sandra Lightle, Weaubleau; two sons, Dr. Dennis Cooper, Springfield, and Marc Cooper, Weaubleau; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, July 18, at First Baptist Church, Weaubleau. Burial was in Robinson Cemetery, west of Weaubleau, under direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Weaubleau.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weaubleau First Baptist Church or the Weaubleau High School Alumni Scholarship fund.


WILLIAM FRED COOPER

William Fred Cooper, 90, Shell Knob, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, in the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born March 14, 1919, in Shell Knob to Charley and Susie (Call) Cooper.

He married Lillian Cothran March 23, 1942, in California. She died in 1986.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Leotha Cooper, Leora Cooper and Gladys Cooper; and two brothers, Warren Cooper and Velmer Cooper.

Survivors include one sister, Opal Wilson, Shell Knob.

He graduated from Cassville High School in 1940. During World War II, he was in the United States Army, serving from Aug. 28, 1944, until July 4, 1946. He was a light machine gunner with the 26th Infantry Regiment.

Graveside services, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob, with Pastor Carroll Williamson officiating.


EDWARD FRANKLIN COPHER

Edward Franklin Copher, 69, Springfield, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Christian Health Care, Republic.

He was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Joplin to Ted Aurthur and Flossie Copher. He retired from the United States Army, later serving in the United States National Guard, and had been employed by the United States Postal Service. He was a member of National Avenue Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted Aurthur and Flossie Copher; two sisters, Ina Hamlin and Lela McCullough; and one brother, James Copher.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Arcesia Copher of Springfield; six children, Carlos Mendoza, Maria Copher,  William Copher and  David Copher, all of Springfield, Roberto Mendoza, Charleston, S.C., and Ted Copher, Kansas City; one sister, Martha Johnston, Joplin; two brothers, Eddie Copher, Hot Springs, Ark., and Miles Copher; and three grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, Sept. 10, in National Avenue Assembly of God, with the Rev. James Cookson officiating. Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield.


CHRISTIE SUE CORNMAN

Christie Sue Cornman, 52, Webb City, died at 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at St. John’s, Joplin.

She was born Nov. 1, 1956, in Joplin.

She was an accountant for the Missouri Extension Center and a member of the Carthage Life Church, where she taught Sunday school.

She married James D. Cornman Oct. 26, 1989. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Michael Cornman, Webb City, and Shawn Cornman, Joplin; four daughters, Gipsy Stark, Miami, Tomicka Cornman and Kiara Cornman, Webb City, and Kenzie Wyatt, Mt. Vernon; her father, Charles Shoup and wife, Kay, Webb City; her mother, Eileen Williams, Webb City; three sisters, Aleesa Evans and Leah Ann Coleman, both of Joplin, and Jan Lindsey, Bentonville; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Kelly Denise Shoup, and one grandson.

Services were Monday, Oct. 5, at the Life Church in Carthage with Pastor Walsh officiating. Burial was in Stone Cemetery, Joplin.


DWIGHT EDWARD COULSON

Dwight Edward Coulson, 87, Mt. Vernon, died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in Cox South, Springfield. He had resided at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born Nov. 28, 1921, in rural Houston, Minn., to Charles Edward and Lydia Belle (Corey) Coulson.

He attended school in Minnesota and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942.

While serving in the Marines, he survived one of the worst shellings in Marine Corps history as 14-inch shells were hurled at them from Japanese battleships. He endured three months of constant combat defending Henderson Field. He then went to the Mojave Desert and trained as a gunner and radioman on the SBD dive-bomber. He went on to fly more than 50 missions in Bouganville and on to the Philippines and was shot down once, landing in American territory.

He married Patricia Ann Corey Nov. 24, 1945, in Ridgeway, Minn. She preceded him in death.

He had many odd jobs before starting his own construction company in the late ‘50s. He retired in 1984 and helped his daughter run a horse farm.

Survivors include two daughters, Maureen Christopher, Marshfield, and Barbara Jungblut, Bellevue, Iowa; one son, Thomas Charles Coulson, Dubuque, Iowa; one sister, Carol Beth Thompson, Houston, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, David and Joseph Coulson, and two sisters, Dorothy Chape and June Eaton.

Memorial services were at Money Creek Cemetery, Houston, Minn. Local arrangements have been under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.


BERNIECE ELAINE COULTER

Berniece Elaine Coulter, 95, Marionville, died at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Cox Monett.

She was born Dec. 10, 1913, in Barry County to Tom and Martha Ann (Bennett) Marbut.

She married Wayne Allen. He died in December 1979. She married Dallas Coulter. He died in December 2004.

She was a retired hospital housekeeper.

Survivors include two daughters, Verna Mae Borns, Lee’s Summit, and Pamela Harris, Aurora; one son, Michael Wayne Allen, Missouri; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Edna Williams.

Services were Thursday, Jan. 15, at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Monett.


ALEDA COVERDALE

Aleda Coverdale, 72, Aurora, died Monday, March 9, 2009, in St. John’s, Aurora.

She was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Monroe, Mich., to Sanger and Lizzie Thomas Pollock.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Coverdale, Ozark, and Jackie Coverdale, Arkansas; three daughters, Susan Beckman, Florida, and Fayann Webb and Trudy Coverdale, both of Aurora; one brother, Leland Pollack, Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Ann Szatkowski, Michigan; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; two sons, Charles Coverdale Jr. and Virgil Coverdale; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were Thursday, March 12, in Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.


HOWARD COX

Howard Cox, 88, Bona, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, in the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Willow Springs to Noah and Pearl Cox.

He retired from Campbell 66 Trucking. He was in the United States Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by spouses Charlotte, Merita and Virginia; one stepson, John McGuire; three sisters; two brothers; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include three children, Gerry Robertson, Springfield, Bertha Grove, Oldfield, and Debbie Hutchinson, Willard; a stepdaughter, Julie Gillham, Springfield; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, April 8, in Klingner-Cope Funeral Home at White Chapel, Springfield. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.


DONALD L. ‘DON’ CRAIG

Donald L. “Don” Craig, 76, Mt. Vernon, died at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born May 9, 1932, in Webb City to Russell and Edna Scantlin Craig.

He was a nursing assistant in Mt. Vernon. Previously, he had worked as a technician at Eagle Picher. He grew up in the Prosperity area and was a lifelong area resident.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married Terri (Denno) Craig. She survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Don Craig, Oronogo; three daughters, Joann Clark, Tulsa, Okla., Colette Robertson, Carthage, and Michele Day, Monett; one sister, Judy Anderson, Willamina, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Craig, and one granddaughter.

Services were Friday, Feb. 13, at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Ken Ansley officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Church of Oronogo building fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.


GARY CRANE

Gary Crane, 34, Aurora, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in his home.

He was born Jan. 5, 1975, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Gary and Connie Allmon Crane. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley; five children, Gavin, Gary Jr., Carson, Jacob and Kaleb; his parents; grandmother Maxine Allmon; and two brothers, Daniel and Matthew Crane.

Services were Thursday, Sept. 3, in Harvest Fellowship Church, Aurora. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora.


WILLIAM PHILET CREVISTON

William Philet Creviston, 63, Pierce City, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at his home. He had been ill since Sept. 17, 2007.

He was born June 28, 1945, in Stotts City and was a lifetime area resident.

He was a self-employed mechanic, carpenter and master cabinet maker.

Survivors include his mother, Annie Creviston, Pierce City; six brothers, J.O. Creviston, Gainesville, Texas, Marion Cox, Warsaw, George Dickerson and Frank Creviston, both of Neosho, Henry Howard Creviston, Warrenton, and Woodrow Creviston, Diamond; and six sisters, Mary Alice Manley, Kansas City, Edna Irene Eastburn and Nettie Jane Creviston, both of Pierce City, Joyce Marie Girdner, Neosho, Nancy Ellen Durance, Davison, Mich., and Carling Wheeler, Granby.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Creviston; one brother, Albert Ellsworth Creviston; and one sister, Carlene Creviston.

Services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel, Granby, with Dr. Jerry Siegel officiating. Burial was in Harvey Cemetery, LaRussell.

Memorial contributions may be made to William Creviston Memorial Fund, in care of the Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, MO 64844.


J.B. CUNNINGHAM JR.

J.B. Cunningham Jr., 86. Aurora, died at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon.

He was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Maysville to John B. and Ruth Ann (Maret) Cunningham.

He graduated from Maysville High School in 1941, was a World War II Navy veteran and was a pipe fitter with Missouri Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1984. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Aurora.

He married Alice June Stovall in St. Louis June 19, 1954. She died July 3, 1998.

Survivors include two sons, John Cunningham, Springfield, and Jeff Cunningham, Billings; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Altha Glairon, and one brother, Vernon Cunningham.

Graveside services were Wednesday, March 11, at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.


PETE CUPITO

Pete Cupito, age 77, of Miller, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Lawrence County Manor.

 He was born April 11, 1932, in Kansas City to Anthony and Fern (Saia) Cupito. Pete worked as a printer for SMS College. He was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post #120 of Miller. He was a member of Assembly of God Church in Mt. Vernon.

He married Delora McCullah Jan. 6, 1963, in Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death June 27, 1997. His parents also preceded him in death.

Those surviving him include: one son, John Layman of Cordova, Alaska; two sisters, Madeline Love of Smithville and Phyllis Corbett of Kansas City; and two grandchildren, Lee Carin and Courtney Anne Layman, both of Anacortes, Wash.

Services, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, were Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Church on the Loop in Mt. Vernon. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Church on the Loop, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

(Paid obituary)


MAUREEN EPPERLY CUPPS

Maureen Epperly Cupps, 84, Shell Knob, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at St. John’s, Cassville, after a long illness.

She had spent the past six years at the Red Rose Inn Nursing Home in Cassville.

She was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Shell Knob to Isaac and Delia Epperly. She received her education in Shell Knob and graduated from Cassville High School in 1942.

She attended University of Missouri and graduated in 1946 with a bachelor’s in home economics education.

She married John E. Cupps Jr. Oct. 12, 1947. He died July 11, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Butler and Norma Wiley; and two brothers, Floyd Epperly and Wayne Epperly.

Survivors include three sons, John F. Cupps, Shell Knob, and Dr. David E. Cupps and Donald L. Cupps, both of Cassville; one sister, Lanola Basnett; one brother, Loren (Shorty) Epperly; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

After completing her education, she taught vocational home economics at Higginsville, Crane, Reeds Spring and the Missouri State Chest Hospital (Missouri Rehabilitation Center), Mt. Vernon. She later became the food service manager at the Missouri State Chest Hospital, where she retired in 1986.

She and her husband owned and operated Epperly and Cupps General Merchandise in Shell Knob and operated a livestock farm.

She was a longtime member of the Shell Knob Church of Christ, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Discovery Quilt Club. She was a 4-H leader for many years.

Services were Tuesday, April 21, at the Shell Knob Church of Christ. Burial was at the Hazel Green Cemetery in Boulder City, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, the University of Missouri Barry County Scholarship Fund or the Shell Knob Church of Christ.


MARLENE G. IRWIN CURL

Marlene G. Irwin Curl, 72, Ozark, died at 12:13 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, in Quail Creek Nursing Center, Springfield, following a short illness.

She was born May 3, 1936, in Mt. Vernon to Elmer A. and Zelda B. (Royston) Marshall.

She married Donald L. Irwin June 27, 1954. He and their 12-year-old son, Bruce, were killed together in a lightning strike in 1969. She married Joe F. Curl Nov. 12, 1970, in Miami, Okla. He survives.

She and Joe were truck drivers for more than 21 years.

Additional survivors include one son, Steve Irwin, Springfield; five stepsons, David Curl, Stotts City, Steve, Danny and Mark Curl, all of Mt. Vernon, and Darrell Curl, Winston-Salem, N.C.; one stepdaughter, Elaine Dyson, Osawgo, Okla.; two brothers, Bob Marshall and Bill Marshall, both of Columbia; one sister, Kathy Layman, Marshfield; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday, March 16, in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville. Graveside services were Tuesday, March 17, in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church building fund, 1402 W. Daniels, Ozark, MO 65721.


ROY CURTS

Roy Curts, 77, Aurora, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, in the Manor Care of Springfield.

He was born May 4, 1932, in Paul Valley, Okla., to Dudley and Auda Curts. He was a United States Army veteran and a retired mail carrier in Aurora. He also belonged to the Ozark Mountain Trikers.

Survivors include three sons, Chuck Curts of Bolivar, Bobby Curts of Republic and Dave Curts of Aurora; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; one brother, Claude Curts; and a sister, Cora Spearman.

Graveside services were Monday, Nov. 9, in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Peterson Funeral Home, Aurora.


LEWIS H. CUSTER

Lewis H. Custer, 90, Aurora, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in his home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Barry County to Van and Mary (Hinson) Custer. He was a lifelong resident of the area.

He was retired from Union Pacific Railroad and was a farmer. He was a member of the Galena Masonic Lodge, Crane Eastern Star and Joplin Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by one son, Lewis Custer Jr., an infant daughter; four brothers, Glen, Carl, Noel and Owen; two sisters, Ethel and Esther; and one grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; one brother, Donald Custer, Springfield; two sisters, Vena Berglund, Springfield, and Mary Lou Mundkowsky, Plano, Texas; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of Manlove-Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane.

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