Obituaries from March 2009
Janice Joy McCrary, 68, of Miller, died at 4:30 a.m. March 29, 2009, at her home. Mrs. McCrary was born April 13, 1940, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Ruby Campbell Hill. She was a homemaker and belonged to the Assembly of God. She married Kenneth W. McCrary, Sr., on June 7, 1958, in Storm Lake, Iowa, and he survives...
James Vernon Ellis, 76, of Washburn, died March 24, 2009, at his home. Mr. Ellis was born July 31, 1932, in Washburn, the son of Franklin and Sarah Mahurin Ellis. He was a Baptist. He married Kathryn Keene on Nov. 26, 1955, and she survives. Additional survivors include: two sons, Roger Ellis, of Seligman, and Eddie Ellis, of Washburn; one daughter, Verna Lewis, of Washburn; one brother, Lloyd Ellis, of Washburn; one sister, Vivian O'Donnell, of Jacket; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.. ...
Randy Delano Sr.
Randy J. Delano Sr., 52, of the Star City community, died March 29, 2009, at his home. Mr. Delano was born Feb. 5, 1957, in Borger, Texas, the son of Elmer and Barbara Holman Delano. He was a self-employed refrigeration repairman. He attended Gunter Methodist Church near Butterfield...
Ed Koenig, 63, of Alma, Ark., formerly of Pierce City, died yesterday, March 26, 2009.
Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Thelma Louise Graber Balden, 81, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009, in her home. She was born in Pierce City, Missouri, on September 22, 1927, to Samuel A. Graber and Mabel A. Frazier Graber. Thelma graduated from high school in Pierce City in 1945. ...
Funeral mass for Mark S. Parrigon, 54, of Pierce City, who died March 19, 2009, was held at 10 a.m. yesterday, March 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City with Father Peter Moriciniec officiating. Music was provided by the church choir who sang "Be Not Afraid," "Only A Shadow," Hail Mary Gentle Woman," "City Of God" and "How Great Thou Art." Organist was Mary Ryder and song leader was Beverly Phillips...
Graden Carl Rehwinkle, 74, of Springfield, died March 20, 2009, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. Mr. Rehwinkle was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Purdy, the son of John and Emma Laura Miller Rehwinkle. He was a member of Praise Assembly. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a United States postal employee...
Gerald Donnini, 56, of Cassville, died March 20, 2009, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident in McDonald County. Mr. Donnini was born March 6, 1953, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., the son of Michael and Ruth Donnini. He was an Army veteran. He was owner and operator of "Two Dog" Karaoke for 10 years. He was president of 7 Valleys Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse and was state representative and treasurer of BACA...
William Fred Cooper, 90, of Shell Knob, died March 21, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Cooper was born March 14, 1919, in Shell Knob, the son of Charley and Susie Call Cooper. He was a 1940 graduate of Cassville High School. He was retired from McDonald Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., and was an Army veteran of World War II...
Florence Lovern "Johnnie" Holder, 83, of Miller, died at 8:15 a.m. March 20, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Holder was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Kommish, Okla., the daughter of Daniel and Barbara Thompson Jenks. She moved to Miller in 2002. She worked at the Miller West School cafeteria and attended Blake Baptist Church...
Anna L. Reed, 78, of Cassville, died March 21, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Reed was born Dec. 5, 1930, in Spiro, Okla., the daughter of Luther and Ruth Shoop Buckner. She was a homemaker. She married William Munday in 1946, and he preceded her in death Oct., 3, 1972. She married Hubert Reed on July 30, 1973, in Miami, Okla., and he preceded her in death Jan. 18, 1999...
Dorothy Donathon, 86, of Winchester, Tenn., formerly of Monett, died March 9, 2009, at a care center in Winchester. Mrs. Donathon was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Aurora, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bradley. She married Pete Howard, and he preceded her in death...
Jacob Matthew Meyer, 2, of Mt. Vernon, died March 20, 2009, at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. He was born May 4, 2006, in Springfield, the son of Jeremy Allen and Candace Lynn Barrett Meyer. Additional survivors include: two brothers, Curtis and Josie; paternal grandmother, Judith Kimmons, of Springfield; paternal step-grandmother, Shelley Meyer, of Battlefield; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Dee Barrett, of Mt. ...
Jerry Pillip Spiker, 69, of Fairview, died March 18, 2009, at his home. Mr. Spiker was born Jan. 14, 1940, in New Madrid, the son of James and Edna Sattings Spiker. He was a member of Glory Land Way Ministry. His wife, Gladys Spiker, survives. Additional survivors include: five daughters, Paula Spiker, of Three Oaks, Mich., Robin Byrer, of Fairview, Patricia Zilm and Evelyn Mitchell, both of Elkhart, Ind., and Esther Dowey, of Newman, Ga.; two sons, James Spiker, of Elkhart, Ind., and Albert Mitchell Jr., of Anderson; one sister, Donna Spiker, of Winter Haven, Fla.; and two brothers, James Spiker and Terry Spiker, both of Benton, Ky.. ...
Mark Stephen Parrigon, age 54, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, after a long illness. He was born in Monett, Missouri, on April 3, 1954, to Leo and Joyce (Williams) Parrigon. He graduated from McAuley High School in 1973. After graduation, he worked at Hydro Aluminum, formerly Wells Aluminum, for 24 years, at both the Monett and Cassville plants. He has worked the past 11 years at Schreiber Foods in Monett...
Mary Amanda Arnold, 93, of Carthage, formerly of Cassville, died March 18, 2009, in St. Luke's Nursing Center in Carthage. Mrs. Arnold was born April 11, 1915, in Bristow, Okla., the daughter of Cecil Floyd and Lillie May Catron Niccum. She was a 1935 graduate of Bristow High School. ...
Gary Lautaret, 66, of Kimberling City, died March 9, 2009, at his home. Mr. Lautaret was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Monett, the son of Clyde and Rosalee Frandsen Lautaret. He was a 1960 graduate of Elwood High School in Elwood, Kan., and an Army veteran. He worked at Farmarco Elevator in St. Joseph for 20 years and Silver Dollar City for 23 years...
Services for Lugene Lassiter Atwell, 86, of Monett, who died March 10, 2009, were held at 1 p.m. March 13 at Lakin Chapel in Pierce City with Rev. Arnold Ray Evans officiating. Music included "Pray For Me" and "Amazing Grace." Casketbearers were Buzz Smith, Max Craft, Casy Patterson, Pat Patterson, Donald Pryor and Roger Umfleet...
Shirley Ann Roberson, 80, of Raytown, formerly of Monett, died at 11:15 p.m. yesterday, March 17, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Roberson was born July 21, 1928, in Monett, the daughter of Cecil W. and Robbie Weise Patton. She was a homemaker. She married John David Roberson on Sept. 19, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., and he survives...
Mary Inez Arnold Marshall, 79, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Monett, died at 9:05 a.m. yesterday, March 15, 2009, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Marshall was born March 4, 1930, in Delmar, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Dovie Phillips. She was a homemaker and a member of Crossroad Pentecostal Church near Galena...
Mary Ann Jirik, 75, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in her home following a long illness. She was born March 24, 1933 in Verona, Mo., to Albert and Flora Pfitzner Schmidt. Mary Ann lived in the Verona and Monett area until moving to Springfield in 1996. She married LeRoy Jirik on January 30, 1954 and he survives. She worked at First National Bank and Wells Aluminum in Monett, Mo. After moving to Springfield, she worked part-time in banking...
Services for Hattie Louise Purdom, 93, of Monett, who died March 11, 2009, were held at 1 p.m. March 14 at Buchanan Chapel in Monett with Don Deffenbaugh, minister, officiating. Music included "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "Safe In The Arms Of Jesus" and "What A Day That Will Be."...
Services for Clinton Bennett, 73, of Monett, who died March 9, 2009, were held at 2 p.m. March 13 at Buchanan Chapel in Monett with Rev. Jarel Burnside officiating. Music included "Go Rest High On The Mountain" and "Grateful." Musicians were Bob Horton, Eddie Bowman, Mike Bennett, Tommie Bennett and David Bennett...
Warren Edgar Betts, 85, of Cassville, died at 11:45 p.m. March 5, 2009. Mr. Betts was born July 15, 1923, in Guthrie County, Iowa, the son of Charles Franklin and Ena Pearl Crandall Betts. He was a 1940 graduate of Guthrie Center High School in Guthrie Center, Iowa. ...
Hattie Louise Purdom, 93, of Monett, died yesterday, March 11, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Purdom was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Exeter, the daughter of Beecher and Augusta Cooper Antle. She was a homemaker and a member of Eastside Church of Christ in Monett...
Dorothy B. Exposito, 82, of Hutchinson, Kan., died March 10, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Mrs. Exposito was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Monett, the daughter of Roy C. and Vesta Mae Kelley Allen. She was a 1944 graduate of Monett High School...
Jim Thomas, 51, of Aurora, died February 26 at his home. Mr. Thomas was born July 19, 1957, in Aurora. He was a truck driver. Survivors include one son, Thad Thomas of Aurora; one daughter, Chelsea Thomas of Aurora; his mother, Opal Maples Thomas of Aurora; four brothers, Ronnie Thomas, Doug Thomas, and David Thomas, all of Aurora, and Rick Thomas of Seoul, Korea; one sister, Phyllis Pendleton of Mt. Vernon; one grandchild and one special friend, Glenda Foster of Aurora...
Lonnie Franklin Dill, 55, of Golden, died February 26 at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. Mr. Dill was born December 14, 1953, in Fresno, California, the son of Frank and Leila Correll Dill. He was a self-employed small engine repairman...
Loren C. Haworth, 96, of Purdy, died at 9:35 p.m. February 26 at Cox Monett Hospital. Mr. Haworth was born June 30, 1912, in Purdy, the son of Leander and Edith Hewlett Haworth. He was a retired milk hauler for Mid-America Dairymen and a member of the Gunter Methodist Church in Butterfield...
Erma L. Basham Gentry, 82, of Everton, died February 28 at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield following a long illness. Mrs. Gentry was born in Springfield, the daughter of Edward and Hattie Jones Basham. She graduated from Central High School in 1944. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Kansas...
John Bonar Moore, 88, of Marionville, died at 6:45 p.m. February 27 at Ozark Methodist Manor in Marionville. Mr. Moore was born July 3, 1920, in Ozark, Arkansas, the son of John and Mary Bonar Moore. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a school teacher and a member of the First Christian Church in Aurora. He was active in Cub Scouts and a member of the Missouri State Teacher's Association. He was former mayor of Verona...
Services for Loren C. Haworth, 96, of Purdy, who died February 26, were held at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, March 2, at Bennett-Wormington Chapel in Monett with Rev. Jerry Nickle officiating. Music was provided by Norman Spain and Louise Nickle who sang "I Need No Mansion" and "Sheltered In The Arms Of God."...
Don L. Mann, 82, of Raytown, died Feb. 19 at the hospital in Raytown. Mr. Mann was the son of Oren and Irene Mann, of Verona, where he was raised. He worked in construction in Kansas City and was a veteran of World War II. He married Anna Ruth Mattox 61 years ago, and she survives...
Joan Burns, 81, of Concordia, died yesterday, March 3, at Lutheran Good Shepherd Nursing Center in Concordia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, of Monett.
Sharon Kay Walker, 67, of Mt. Vernon, died at 9:50 p.m. March 2 at her home. Mrs. Walker was born May 20, 1941, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Armel Lee and Clara Wooley Samuels. She was a 1958 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and was retired after 33 years as a licensed practical nurse at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of American Legion Post 137 in Mt. Vernon...
Zane Roy Tunnell, infant son of Christopher and Amy Ann Dake Tunnell of Fairview, died March 1 at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 2008, in Monett. Additional survivors include: one brother, Zeth Dake, of the home; one sister, Zahara Tunnell, of the home; maternal grandparents, Karen and Eric Dake, of Wheaton; and paternal grandparents, Robbin and Darrell Freeman, of Pioneer...
Carl Martin Jr.
Carl Dane Martin Jr., 68, of Washburn, died Feb. 27 at his home. Mr. Martin was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Stella, the son of Carl Dane Martin Sr. and Martha Haddock Martin. He was an Army veteran. He was a master journeyman machinist, worked as a police officer for 24 years, was past owner of St. Louis Mines in Washington and was publisher of Chips Magazine. He was an ordained minister and a member of the Amateur Archeologist Association...
Theodore "Ted" Marbut, 76, died Feb. 26 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood, Kansas. Mr. Marbut was born Oct. 26, 1932, at Purdy, the son of Hershell (Red) and Blanche Baker Marbut. He worked aa an auto body paint and maintenance man in Tracy, California...
Frederick Dale "Fred" Lakey, 54, of Washburn, died March 4 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Arkansas. Mr. Lakey was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Eugene and Ella Beede Lakey. He was a graduate of Southwest High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washburn...
Kenneth Dale Herrington, 61, of Cassville, died March 4 at his home. Mr. Herrington was born August 12, 1947, in Huntsville, Arkansas, the son of Frank O. and Mildred Irene Gabbard Herrington. He was an over-the-road truck driver for 19 years. He was a Barry County deputy sheriff for several years and server of process-investigation in Barry County for 20 years...
Clinton Bennett, 73, of Monett, died today, March 9, at his home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home of Monett.
Emma Jane Bradford, 88, of Aurora, died at 7:55 a.m. March 6 at Aurora Nursing Center. Mrs. Bradford was born May 15, 1920 in Quincy, Ill., the daughter of Lawrence and Bessie Emma Griffin Blatter. She moved to Aurora in 1988 and attended the United Methodist Church in Aurora. She was a graduate of Seneca High School and was a caregiver...
J.B. Cunningham Jr.
J. B. Cunningham Jr., 86, of Aurora, died at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Cunningham was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Maysville, the son of John B. and Ruth Ann Maret Cunningham. He was a 1941 graduate of Maysville High School, a Navy veteran of World War II and a pipe fitter with Missouri-Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aurora...
Nellie Irene Erwin, 94, of Exeter, died March 6 at her home. Mrs. Erwin was born Jan. 9, 1915, in Barry County, the daughter of George and Sarah Baughman Hotten. She was a custodian at Exeter Schools and Barry County Farmer's Coop. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Exeter...
Sandy Horn, 66, of Hideaway, Texas, died yesterday, March 8 at Hospice of East Texas Homeplace in Tyler, Texas. Mrs. Horn was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Joplin. She was a homemaker. She was married to Jack Horn and he survives. Additional survivors include: two sons, Douglas Horn, of Sapulpa, Okla., and Michael Horn, of Jenks, Okla., his mother, Thelma Ferrell, of Monett; two brothers, Raymond Shockley, of Lebanon, and Kevin Smith, of Monett; two sisters, Helen Morris, of Anderson, and Belva Camp, of Monett; and three grandchildren.. ...
Ann Mae "Peggy" Smith, 94, of Cordova, Md., formerly of Mt. Vernon, died March 5 at her home. Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 17, 1914, the daughter of Fredrick and Lily Lovejoy. She moved to Mt. Vernon in 1976. She married Orris Eugene "Gene" Smith on April 30, 1938...
Clinton Bennett, 73, of Monett, died yesterday, March 9 at his home. Mr. Bennett was born May 7, 1935, in Cassville, the son of Ralph and Mildred Thomas Bennett. He was retired from EFCO Corporation in Monett, an Army veteran and a Baptist. He married Charlene Poe on April 30, 1965, in Wheaton, and she survives...
Joan Burns, 81, of Concordia, died at 9:35 a.m. March 3 at Lutheran Good Shepherd Nursing Center in Concordia. Mrs. Burns was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Salina, Kan., the daughter of Willis Byron and Lillie Belle Baird Crowther. She was a retired librarian in Pierce City. She was a member of the Literary Club and Garden Club in Pierce City and the Assembly of God in Concordia...
James Carroll "J.C." Duncan, age 74, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, in his home. He was born May 19, 1934, in Exeter, Missouri, the son of Henry Duncan and Anna (Reed) Duncan. On June 4, 1955, he was united in marriage to Patty Jean Killion, who survives. ...
Ruby Jewell Sanders Ulmer, 78, of Cassville, died at 6:40 a.m. March 9, 2009. Mrs. Ulmer was born March 31, 1930, in Barry County, the daughter of James E. and Bessie Brock Sanders. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Cherokee Nation West, Butterfield Ladies Auxiliary and the Baptist Church in Butterfield...
Hattie L. Purdom, 93, of Monett, died today, March 11, 2009, at her home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home of Monett.
Lugene Isla Atwell, 86, lifelong resident of Monett, died at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Lawrence County Manor in Mt. Vernon. She was born Dec. 19, 1922 in Monett, daughter of William Aubra and Pearl (Walton) Lassiter. She was a homemaker and was named Miss Ozark Smile Girl of 1939...
Maurice Ivan "Poppy" Beck, 68, of Cassville, died March 8, 2009, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. Mr. Beck was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Cassville, the son of Erskin "Bud" and Thelma Chappell Beck. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Flat Creek Road District and a Baptist...
Nana Mae Kramer, 84, of Purdy, died at 7:25 p.m. March 6, 2009, at Lawrence County Manor in Mt. Vernon following a long illness. Mrs. Kramer was born June 7, 1924, the daughter of Marguerite Marie and Joseph Nell George. She was a licensed practical nurse, retiring in 1990 after 47 years of service. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Raceland, Ky., and the Eastern Star...
Phillip C. Henderson, 78, of Independence, MO, passed away March 6, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Park Lawn Chapel. Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery...