Shannon County MOGenWeb Obituaries

A large number of the obituaries transcribed here are from The Current Wave newspaper at Eminence, Missouri. Permission was granted by The Current Wave to Kathy Welch Heidel, former coordinator of this page, to list these obituaries which have been transcribed by a dedicated researcher. Many thanks to this anonymous researcher and to The Current Wave newspaper, as well as all the other contributors. Additional obituaries from private collections have been added. If you have obituaries, current or old, that you would like to contribute, please contact us.


Updated Oct. 27, 2017

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DANNY LABBEE - Son of Aidian Bud and Mildred Labbee, was born on June 10, 1958 in Waynesville, MO. He passed away at his home in Raymondville on March 5, 2007, at the age of 48. He is preceded in death by his father; brother, Rick Labbee; and two sisters, Ella Lavaughn, and Sandy.  He is survived by his mother, Mildred Labbee of Houston; one daughter, Danielle Labbee, and fiancée, Chuck Boone, of Success, MO; one brother, Clifton Labbee, and wife, Rosalie, of Bourbon, MO; two sisters, Jannette Miller and husband, Ron, of Licking, MO, and Vivian Williams and husband, Jim, of Strafford, MO; and several nieces and nephews. Danny loved to hunt and fish whenever he was able, but due to an on-going battle with Crohn’s Disease, he wasn’t able to do those activities very often. Danny loved his family, and tried to spend as much time with them as he could. He was a wonderful father, son, brother, and friend. Taking each day at a time and making the best out of whatever situation was given him. He was a strong-willed man and a rock for several people. He will be sadly missed. But now we know that he is now enjoying the beauty of Heaven, and he will be able to do all of the things that he was unable to, because his health will no longer hold him back. He will always be in our hearts. Memorial services were held Thursday, March 8, 2007, at 10:00 AM in the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Brock Davis officiating. The burial of the cremains will be at Mahan Cemetery in Raymondville.


JOE RUSSELL 'RUSS' LACEWELL - Passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Rolla Manor Nursing Home, Rolla, Phelps Co MO, age 58. Born Mar. 28, 1949 at Martin TN, son of Gladys Hurt and raised by Virginia Hurt. Russ was a resident of Eminence, Shannon Co MO until 2006. He served in the US Navy from 1969 until 1971 and went on to receive a Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri. He moved to Eminence in 1980 and long enjoyed the natural beauty of the Ozark area. Russ is survived by his wife of 27 years, Katie Lacewell, and three children, son Jesse Dylan Lacewell, daughter Onawa Promise Lacewell and son Sanford Justus Lacewell, as well as daughter-in-law Lexi Liu and grandson Calvin Escher Lacewell. He is survived also by his aunt Virginia Hurt, a large extended family, and a very close circle of friends. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at Sullivan Crawford Co MO.


DALLAS EUGENE LAGRAND - Born December 17, 1922, at Elvins, Missouri. He was the second child of Henry Walter and Beulah Wilson LaGrand.  He departed this life on July 13, 1989, at Eminence, MO, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 26 days. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Deloris Decker of Colorado Springs, CO; his mother; an infant brother; and one nephew, Bradley LaGrand of St. Louis. He is survived by his father, of Stackhoff Nursing Home, Fredericktown, MO; one sister, Veroniga LaGrand of Eminence, MO; one brother, Roger and sister-in-law Marilyn LaGrand of St. Louis, MO; and several nieces and nephews. Dallas had lived at Eminence after the death of his wife and had been in the furniture refinishing business for the past several years.  He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army in the South Pacific.  He was a member of the Eminence United Methodist Church and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence with the Rev. Charles Hassell officiating.  Burial was in the Munsell Chapel Cemetery on July 15, 1989, at 10 am.


HOWARD IRVIN LAIDLEY - Age 85, of Fairmont City IL, was born January 17, 1918 in Summersville MO, and passed away Sunday, September 21, 2003 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Maryville IL. Mr. LAIDLEY worked as a chemical operator for 40 years with Amex Zinc Co, Sauget IL. He was a deacon with the Fairmont Baptist Church, Fairmont City IL. Mr. LAIDLEY was a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas H. and Lottie (HARRIS) LAIDLEY; two brothers, James and Norval LAIDLEY; and a sister in infancy. Surviving are his wife, Edna Ellen (ARMFIELD) LAIDLEY; his children, Calvin and Patricia LAIDLEY, St Louis MO; Donald and Debbie LAIDLEY, Fairmont City IL; and Edward and Mary LAIDLEY, Belleville IL; a brother, Walter LAIDLEY, Summersville MO; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Howard’s family would like to extend special thanks to the caring staff of Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairmont Baptist Church Building Fund. Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, Fairview Heights IL, with the Rev. Mark HOWELL officiating. Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2003, at Bethel Cemetery in Summersville MO.   The Summersville Beacon, October 1, 2003.


Walter Edwin Laidley - Passed away Friday, November 23, 2007 at his farm near Summersville in the house that was built over a hundred years ago by his grandfather and father. Walter was born December 24, 1915 at 91 years 11 months old, the third son born to Thomas Henry Laidley and Charlotte (Lottie) Harris Laidley. He spent nearly all of his life farming with the exception of a few years he lived in Washington, MO with his wife, a teacher, Volanda Haeffner Laidley whom he married November 26, 1954. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1992. Walter was a member of the First Methodist Church of Summersville, MO and was a Sunday School teacher for a number of years. Walter was always ready to help anyone who needed it and was a friend of everyone. He did not speak ill of anyone and was always in a happy frame of mind. Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Volanda; one infant sister; and three brothers, James, Norval, and Irvin. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Barbara Jean Laidley Jolly and her husband, George of Imperial Beach, CA; four step-grandchildren, Michael and wife Kelly of Washington State, Paul of California, Kelly and wife Debra of Imperial Beach, CA, Stephen and wife Lori of San Diego, California; six step-grandchildren, Jason of the US Army, currently in Iraq and his wife Laura of Chula Vista, CA, Megan Jolly of Minnesota, Nichole Anness and husband Frankie of Escondido, CA, Heather Jolly of San Diego, CA, Crystal Jolly of the US Navy in Florida, and Eric Jolly of San Diego, CA; one sister-in-law Ellen Laidley of Illinois; three nephews, Calvin, Donald, and Edward and their families near the St. Louis area; many friends and especially a special niece by marriage, Judith Weston of Summersville, MO. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 1:00 PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Summersville, MO with Pastor Kathy Osiel officiating. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery in Summersville, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Summersville, MO.


Robert Lair, Sr. - Age 74, died May 4, 1996. He was born March 22, 1922 in Eminence, MO to Edgar and Lula May Baker Lair. He married Viola Poole on August 28, 1948. He is survived by his wife; a son Robert Val Lair Jr.; daughters; Brenda Lair, Lawanna Seabaugh and Crystal Gramlisch. He served in World War II. 


SAMUEL GEORGE LAMBORN - Born November 20, 1930 in Reynolds County, MO the son of Roy Alonzo LAMBORN and Dorothy Elizabeth PRATER. He passed away December 10, 2007 at West Plains, MO at the age of 77 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ethel DEWITT LAMBORN; one son Robert LAMBORN; and two brothers Christopher Alexander LAMBORN and James Wesley LAMBORN. He is survived by his special friend Maudie MARSHALL of Mountain View, MO; one son Dasin LAMBORN of Aspermont, TX; three step-sons Larry LAMBORN of Rogersville, MO, Ron MATTHEWS of Lewisville, TX and Dennis MATTHEWS of Wichita, KS; one step daughter Carol A. ROE of Fritch, TX; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. George enlisted in the United States Army on August 20, 1954 and served during the Korean War. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksman, and the Army Occupation Medal (Germany). George was honorably discharged from active duty on August 7, 1956. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and was honorably discharged on July 31, 1962. George relocated to Wayside, Texas after serving in the United States Army. He farmed in the Texas area until he moved back to Bunker, MO in 1985 and later moved to Eunice, MO in 1991. He worked with his family at the sawmill until he moved to Birch Tree, MO in 1999. George loved to tinker with lawnmowers and chainsaws. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services were held Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 1:00 PM at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO with Rev. Jim JACKSON officiating. Interment was in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO.


DEWEY LEE LAMPKINS - Age 64, son of Charley LAMPKINS and Pearl BRAWLEY, was born Sept. 10, 1937, at Summersville. He died March 4, 2002, at Kishuaukee Community Hospital. A resident of Genoa, Ill., he was a supervisor at Greenlee Tool Co. for 32 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Genoa Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Orval and Delmar and seven siblings in in-fancy. Surviving are three brothers, Corvin BRAWLEY of Summersville and Arnold LAMPKINS and Don LAMPKINS of Sycamore, Ill.; two sisters, Georgia HOLMAN of Sedalia and Maudlyn FRIES of Warrensburg; and a special family, the Walter MCMILLENS. Services were Wednesday, March 6, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa with the Rev. Ernest CAGLE officiating. Local services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Maurice ALLEN officiating. Burial will be in the Flatrock Cemetery near Summersville. Visitation is 11 a.m. until time for services Friday at the Bradford chapel. 


Lois Mae Plummer Lampkins - Eldest daughter of George Thomas Plummer and Nettie Armanda (Lynch) Plummer, was born September 7, 1921, at Alley Spring and passed away at St. John's/St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri, on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the age of 86 years and 9 months. On October 28, 1940, Lois was united in marriage to Orval Sherman Lampkins, and to this union, five children were born: Erma Roe of Mountain View, Missouri; Annamay Gosnell of Timmonsville, South Carolina; David Lampkins of Linn Creek, Missouri; Bonnie Yardley of Winona, Missouri; and Evelyn Chappell of Greenville, Tennessee. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse; one sister, Etta 'Toots' Stacy Keeling; four granddaughters, Patricia, Julie, Annette, and Delta Dawn; four brothers-in-law; and two sons-in-law. She is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Stoops, Neva Crabtree, and Jewell Percy; one brother, Paul Plummer; her five children; 20 grandchildren, Tony, Elaine, Michael, Sheila, Timothy, Brenda, Kathy, Bob, Lisa, Kim, Keith, Kelly, Kurtis, David, Debbie, Bill, Jack 'Bubb', Jamie, Deon, and Starla; 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Lois was a long-time member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Birch Tree, Missouri. Her favorite activities included worshiping the Lord and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing bingo and listening to gospel music at Birch Tree Place, where she resided for the past several years. She will be sadly missed by the many who knew and loved her. Services for Lois were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at the Bradford Funeral Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Interment was in Flat Rock Cemetery, under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.



22 Apr 1949 - 12 Nov 2015

Elizabeth Dale 'Bette' Rutledge Lampley was born April 22, 1949 at Birch Tree, MO the daughter of O.E. 'Doc' Rutledge, Sr. and Grace (Wilcox) Rutledge. She passed away November 12, 2015 at her home in West Plains, MO at the age of 66 years. She was united in marriage to Harold Earl Lampley, Sr. on April 2, 1969 in Oregon, IL and to this union three children were born. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents Doc and Grace Rutledge; husband Harold Earl Lampley, Sr.; one brother Edward Rutledge, Jr., and two sisters Mary Entenman and Lucille Reeves. She is survived by two sons Harold Lampley and Luis Martinez of West Plains, MO and Mike Lampley and wife Martika of West Plains, MO; one daughter Christina Blevins and husband Matt of West Plains, MO; four brothers Joe Rutledge and wife Connie of Staunton, VA, John Rutledge and wife Nickie of Staunton, VA, Randy Rutledge and wife Linda of Rochelle, IL, Dennis 'Rusty' Rutledge and wife Linda of Mt. Morris, IL; four sisters Patsy Lockett and husband John of Cahokia, IL, Sharron Rauch of West Plains, MO, Rhonda 'Tiny' Rutledge of Mammoth Spring, AR, and Barbara Brogdan and husband Rodney of De Funiak Springs, FL; 3 grandchildren Jacob Lampley, Summer Lampley, and Maverick Lampley all of West Plains, MO; and a host of family and friends. Elizabeth attended Genesis Church in West Plains, MO when her health would allow. She worked as a manager at Mazie’s Kitchen in Jacksonville, FL for 14 years. Elizabeth loved sewing, baking, and spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to yard sales every weekend and loved to read. Elizabeth would sit on the pot and play Wheel of Fortune and solitaire. Interment at Oak Forest Cemetery.


Harold Earl Lampley, I - Born August 23, 1937 at Lepanto, Arkansas the son of Guy and Bessie (Brach) Lampley and passed away October 24, 2006 at West Plains, Missouri at the age of 69 years. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Rutledge on April 2, 1969 in Oregon, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Bessie Lampley; two daughters, Teresa Phillips, and one infant daughter; one brother, Obie Lampley; one granddaughter, Amanda Long; his mother-in-law, Grace Rutledge; two brother-in-laws, Edward Rutledge, Jr., and Gene Reeves; and one sister -in-law, Lucille Reeves. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) of Brandsville, MO; his eight children; Carolyn Wycoff and husband, Roger, of Washington; Linda Provow and husband, Billy, of Pottersville, MO; Thomas Lampley and wife, Pam, of Rochelle, IL; Darlene McClusky of Ellsinore, GA; Tina Lampley of Michigan City, IN; Harold Lampley, II of Fort Sill, OK; Mike Lampley and wife, Kayla, of Brandsville, MO; and Christina Lampley and fiancee, Russell Sacra, of Brandsville, MO; one sister, Gladys Russell, and husband, Mickey, of Rochelle, IL; one brother, Tommy Lampley and wife, Rhonda, of West Memphis, AR; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Patricia Lockett and husband, John, of Cahokia, IL; Joe Rutledge and wife, Connie, of Stanton, VA; John Rutledge and wife, Nickie, of Stanton, VA; Mary Enteman and husband, Bill, of Thayer, MO; Sharron Rauch of West Plains, MO; Rhonda Collins and husband, Marshall, of Mammoth Springs, AR; Randy Rutledge and wife, Linda, of Rochelle, IL; Barbara Brogdon and husband, Rodney, of Defuniak Springs, FL; Dennis 'Rusty' Rutledge and wife, Linda, of Mount Morris, IL and Betty Rutledge of Warrenton, MO; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and his very special friends John and Tommie Sutherland and families of Brandsville, MO. Harold enjoyed working, and spent his time working and helping others. He worked in many occupations as a painter and sandblaster in the ship yards; as a forklift operator in the canneries and he was skilled at many of the jobs in the construction trade. Harold will be truly missed by all those who loved and knew him. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to assist the family with funeral expenses and may be dropped off at Duncan Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held Friday, October 27, 2006 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Birch Tree with Bro. Randal Wilson officiating. Interment was in the Oak Forrest Cemetery at Birch Tree, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Birch Tree.


LORETTA RUTH SNIDER LANCASTER - Called to Heaven on March 19, 2006. She was born in Golconda, Illinois on August 21, 1913. The daughter of the late Charley Snider and Nora Mae (Belford) Snider, she raised her children in Eminence, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband William Everett Lancaster (December, 1958), daughter Barbara (Lancaster) Long, and son Charles Lancaster. She made her home in Rolla, Missouri after the death of her husband and is survived by her beloved children Hazel Marie (Lancaster) Powell and husband Walter, Juanita (Lancaster) Shatt and husband George, and Everett Ray Lancaster; loving grandchildren Pamela (Powell) Wieberg, Faith Powell, Jason Powell, Tammy (Shatt) Sterling, and Tiffany (Shatt) Gualteri; six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and other family members and friends. She passed from this life in the home of her daughter Hazel in Chesterfield, Missouri. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at the Null Funeral Home, 1010 W. Kingshighway, Rolla, Missouri from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Service will be held at Null Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2006 with internment in Munsell Chapel Cemetery near Eminence, Missouri at 2:00 p.m.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]

- Born Feb. 12, 1917 at Eminence, MO, one of the six daughters and three sons born to David Allen and Flora Counts Dixon. In May of 1952 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Louis Lansche in St. Louis, Missouri.  The couple made their home in Hawk Point for many years.  Lawrence's work kept him away from home much of the time, but Mrs. Lansche kept the home at Hawk Point, MO and raised their family of six children. Not one to be idle, Mrs. Lansche worked for some time as a sewing machine operator for the St. Charles garment Factory in St. Charles, Missouri. She enjoyed her quilting, a hobby in which she had grown quite proficient. In addition to quilting she spent many hours knitting and doing fine needlework.  When those chores began to pall she could often be found starting to refinish old furniture, another hobby she greatly enjoyed. Although something of a home-body, Mrs. Lansche did not lack for excitement. She became an avid reader, and followed with great interest some of the greatest writers of their type in contemporary America. She followed the horror writings of Stephen King and owned and had read all of the Louis L'Amour westerns. When weather permitted, she could be found in her prized garden, tending each plant with love and with great care, and attacking weeds with an almost personal vengeance. Perhaps her greatest love, however, was the daughter whom she kept as long as possible and upon whom she lavished every attention.  Her life really revolved around Sissy, and she gave her every care possible. Mrs. Lansche's health began to fail a short time back, and she took residence in the Birch View Nursing Home in Birch Tree, Missouri.  She passed quietly from life into life at that facility on February 12, 1992. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Lansche, her parents, David Allen and Flora Counts Dixon, by one brother, Esco Dixon, by one sister, Beulah Cleaver and by three grandchildren. She leaves to keep her memory alive her children, Wanda and her husband Donald D. Pummill of Eminence, MO; Shirley Lee Carter of Cuba, MO; Rosemary Bloss and her husband Frank of Blue Springs, MO; David Best and his wife Carol of Bellflower, MO; Reginia Lansche of Eminence, Mo and Lisa and her husband Larry Zalabak of Hawk Point, MO. She is also survived by four sisters: Evelyn Smith and her husband Dallas of Eminence, MO; Marie Alley of Fremont, MO; Freda and her husband Edward Jones of Fremont, MO and Sylvia and her husband Earl McDowell of Marshfield, MO; by two brothers; George and his wife Mary Jane Dixon of Marshfield, MO and Mick and his wife Shirley of Van Buren, MO; by one sister-in-law, Wilma Dixon of Fremont, Mo and by one bother-in-law,  Doewer Cleaver of Van Buren, MO.  She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 13 step-great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a number of friends. Funeral services for Virginia Edna Lansche were held at 2 pm Tuesday, February 18, 1992 from the Troy Chapel of the Kemper-Marsh Funeral Home in Troy, Missouri. Mr. Jim Marsh officiated, interment was in the Hawk Point City Cemetery, in Hawk Point, Missouri. Pallbearers were grandsons. Memorials were to be made to the Lincoln County Sheltered Work Shop in memory of Virginia E. Lansche. 


Blanche Nellie Cooley LaRue - Age 96, of Springfield, MO, died September 15, 2006, at Quail Creek Skilled Nursing in Springfield, MO. She was the daughter of the late Albert Cooley and the late Alice Cooley. She is also survived by one daughter, Shirley (& Donald) Mann, Murrieta, CA; one sister, Wilma Dooley of Springfield, MO; one sister-in-law, Vicky Cooley, Springfield, MO; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, September 20, 2006, Reverend Ray Smith officiating. Interment will be at Eminence, MO. (Walnut Lawn Funeral Home obituary)  (Burial New Eminence Cemetery)


FRED LEE  LARUE - Small son of Lois LARUE died Tuesday morning after an illness of a little over a week. All that was possible was done for the child, but it seemed impossible to save him, the cause of death being stomach trouble. Fred Lee was born November 16, 1926. He was preceded in death by his father, William Edward LARUE on May 3, 1926. He is survived by his mother, one brother: Ray, three sisters: Beulah, Golda and Barbara. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. F. FINE, interment being at the New Cemetery (Pine Lawn).   Family Files.   Submitted by:  Norma (Myers) Stevenson .   Date: Wed Jan 9 13:13:01 2008.


JAMES MICHAEL LARUE - (15 Aug 1843 - 10 Apr 1923) - died at his residence in Winona Tuesday morning the 10th, principally from infirmities of old age, he having been in the neighborhood of a hundred years of age, according to the best records the family had. (NOTE: (NMS) He was actually 80 years old, born Aug. 15, 1843 in Ohio.) 'Uncle Jim', as he was familiarly known, had been a familiar figure around Winona ever since this was a town, as he helped to saw logs for the first lumber manufactured at Winona. He is survived by his wife, six daughters and two sons and numerous grandchildren who mourn his loss. The remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery. (Baptist Hill Cemetery on Trace Pond Hill, a/k/a Old Baptist Cemetery).  Family Files. Submitted by:  Norma (Myers) Stevenson .   Date: Mon Jan 7 12:52:12 2008. NOTE: MO Death Cert.#14901: Born in Ohio. Married to Susan. Son of Jacob LaRue (OH). Informant Ed Larue, Winona. Burial at Old Cemetery Apr. 11, 1923.


SUSAN EMALINE CARTER LARUE - Born June 1858 in Maries Co MO, passed away April 1944 at her home in Winona. She was married to James Larue in 1873. To this union eight children were born. Her husband and two children preceded her in death. Those surviving are: Sam, of Elvins MO; Cynthia ATKINS, Randy ATKINS and Ruth VAN WINKLE, all of Winona; Minnie SHELL, of St. Louis; and Mary GIBSON, of Nebraska. There are 38 grandchildren, 79 great grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Elder Kenneth Thomason of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to which she belonged. She was laid to rest in the old cemetery beside her husband.  Family Files.  Submitted by:  Norma (Myers) Stevenson .   Date: Mon Jan 7 13:07:32 2008.


WILLIAM EDWARD LARUE - Born to James and Susan CARTER LARUE February 1888. He passed away May 3, 1926 at his home just north of town. He had been ill for some time, so his death did not come unexpectedly. He was married to Lois Maude STAFFORD June 14, 1913 in Winona. To this union four children were born: Beulah, Golda, Ray and Barbara. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. Interment was at Pine Lawn Cemetery. This is father of Beulah FAIR, married Bill FAIR.  Family Files. Submitted by: Norma (Myers) Stevenson .   Date: Wed Jan 9 12:35:19 2008.


NANCY V. KURPIER LARSON - Age 65, born in Chicago Aug. 30, 1941, and a resident of Winona for the past 16 years, passed away at home on June 22, 2007. Nancy was predeceased by her parents, a brother and an infant son. She is survived by her husband, Frank, of Winona; a daughter Amanda (Ben) HOLLENSBY of Lake-in-the-Hills, IL; two sons, David KURPIER (Kelly) of Rapid River, MN, and Michael KURPIER (Melinda) of Ft. Thompson, OR; grandchildren, sisters and brothers, and many dear friends. Nancy was a member of Mountain View Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. As a Registered Nurse Nancy comforted many. As a talented musician she spread much joy.   The Current Wave.  


JESTIN SMITH LAWSON - The Current Wave – December 8, 1904 - Home Happenings …Mrs. B. H. Lawson, wife of our esteemed friend B. H. Lawson, who lives about four miles from here, on the Salem road, died suddenly on Thanksgiving day, of heart disease. She had been in bad health for some time, but her sudden death was unexpected. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss.  NOTE: Jestine Smith, parents unknown, was born Feb. 7, 1834 in Overton, Tennessee, and passed away about Nov. 25, 1904, just north of Eminence in Shannon County, Missouri. She married Birdine Henderson 'Bird' Lawson in 1866 at Livingston, Tennessee. Their children were Jesse B. Terry Lawson (m. Irene G. Crank); John Thomas Lawson (m. Mary Ellen House); Francis 'Marion' Lawson (m. Ruby E. Gann); Martha Elizabeth Lawson (m. James H. Smith) and Nancy Lawson, who may have died in infancy.


BIRDENE HENDERSON LAWSON - The Current Wave – November 13, 1913 - B. H. LAWSON DEAD …Uncle Bird Lawson died Tuesday at his home four miles north of town, aged 84 years. He was buried Wednesday at the Alley Cemetery. He was an early settler here, and well known to all our older citizens and possessed a disposition that endeared him to all. He leaves three sons, J. B., Marion and John, and one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Smith. His wife died several years ago. He lived an upright and honest life, was a kind neighbor, and had passed the allotted three-score and ten years, and of him it can said: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into they reward.”


Jan Harrison She was the second wife of Birdene H. Lawson. The first wife was Mary Elizabeth and the divorce took place in Tennessee several years before he and Jestin married.. This couple is my husband's Great Great Grandparents.


DONALD ARLO LAWSON - Born November 1, 1914 at Eminence MO, the son of John and Mary Ellen (HOUSE) LAWSON, and passed away Friday, January 20, 2006, at Springfield MO at the age of 91 years. He was united in marriage to Gladys Mary HURT on February 22, 1947, and to this union one son, Donald Keith LAWSON was born. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Ellen; his wife, Gladys; four brothers, Clive LAWSON, Ray LAWSON, Byrd LAWSON and Johnny LAWSON; two sisters, Pearl HARRISON and Effie STRINGER. He is survived by his son Keith LAWSON, Eminence MO; sister Dorothy EVERSON, Wisconsin, and brother Paul LAWSON, Eminence MO; several nieces and nephews, and his family at Ruby’s T & T Restaurant in Eminence MO. Donald served in the U. S. Army during World War II, spending 39 months in the South Pacific during he years 1942-1945. He worked for the National Park Service with the waterways in the Alley Spring area before his retirement. He was well known and loved in the Eminence area. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Family requests in lieu of flowers are that donations be made to the Shannon County Food Pantry, P. O. Box 537, Winona MO 65588. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, Rev. Alan STRINGER officiating. Interment was in the New Eminence Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence MO.   [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]


DONALD 'KEITH' LAWSON - Born Oct. 7, 1947, at St. Louis, Mo., the son of Donald Arlo Lawson and Gladys Mary (Hurt) Lawson. He passed away Oct. 20, 2008, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 61 years. He was united in marriage to Connie Louise Crow on Nov. 3, 2006, at Sullivan, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Gladys Lawson. He is survived by his wife, Connie Lawson, of Sullivan, Mo.; three children, Richard Allen Crow and wife Peggy of Sullivan, Mo., Shannon Davidson and husband Michael of Oxford, Ala., and Damon Shepherd and wife Jennifer of Hannibal, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Drew, Jessica, Brittany, Mia, Michelle, Joshua, Michael and Dylan; one great-grandson, Cayden; one sister-in-law, Jeanie Anderson and husband Ben of Sullivan, Mo.; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Keith graduated from Eminence High School. He moved to the St. Louis area and was employed at AG Edwards for 40 years before he retired in 2007. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Shannon County Food Pantry. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, Mo., with Rev. Alan Stringer officiating. Interment was in New Eminence Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence.


MARIA ELENA LAWSON - We were saddened to hear of the death of Maria Elena Lawson.  She was killed in an automobile accident on April 11, 1989 in El Paso, Texas. Maria Elena was born on November 2, 1973 to Merle and Maria Lawson formerly of Eminence, MO.  Maria leaves two brothers, Robert Lawson of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Bill Lawson of Dallas, Texas.  One sister Camilla of the home, one brother Merle Junior preceded her in death. Memorial services were held at the Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas and in Los Angeles, California where Maria was to have attended a band concert along with her high school band. A funeral mass was held in El Paso, Texas on April 14, 1989 from the St. Peters and St. Paul Catholic Church.  Hillcrest Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Maria Elena is a niece of Jesse Lawson of Birch Tree, MO, Ann Simpson of Van Buren, MO, Martha Fischer of St. Louis and John Lawson of Arnold, MO.  


JESSE JAMES LAXTON - 02 Oct 1814 - 10 Dec 1899. Uncle Jesse LAXTON departed this life on the 10th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law, Judge John P. NORTON, age 85 years, 2 months and 8 days. Mr. LAXTON was born in Anderson Co TN and was married in 1839 to Miss Nancy DUNCAN. In 1855 he moved to this county and resided here the greater portion of the time until the date of his death. In politics Mr. LAXTON was an ardent Democrat of the Jeffersonian school. He was a member of the Christian Church; a quiet, mild mannered man, honest, truthful and reliable and very inoffensive. His afflictions were great and he was confined to his bed for several months, but during his illness he never lost his hope in Christ, and died in the triumph of a living faith. His wife preceded him to the grave several months, having died on the 2nd of last August, aged 79 years. She had formerly belonged to the Methodist Church but later on joined the Christian Church and remained a faithful member until her death. She had been a sufferer for the last 20 years and was confined to her bed the greater portion of her time, being unable to sit up during the period named. Her affliction was rheumatism and her suffering intense, but she bore it all with great fortitude and looked forward with the hope of a blessed life beyond this veil of tears. Only two children survive their parents: Mrs. Sarah WHITWORTH and Mrs. John P. NORTON. Side by side the old folks are sleeping in the family burial grounds on Little Shawnee Creek. - Jesse LAXTON - 02 Oct 1814 Anderson Co TN - 10 Dec 1899 Shannon Co MO - - Nancy DUNCAN LAXTON - 17 Jun 1820 TN - 06 Aug 1899 Shannon Co MO.   The Current Wave, December 21, 1899.


THADEUS GRANVILLE LAXTON - Died September 20, 1899.  (Home Happenings) T. G. LAXTON, an old citizen of this county, died at his home in Pike Creek Township last Wednesday. Mr. LAXTON served as a confederate in the late war, but when the war was over and Mr. LAXTON laid down his gun, he became a quiet citizen of the government he had so lately fought against. - 1890 Special Enumeration of Confederate War Veterans : [LEXTIN] (sic) LAXTON, Thadeus G., Pvt., A Co., 2nd MO Cav; enlisted 10 June 1861; discharged 26 May 1865; length of service, 3 yrs, 7 mos. 16 days; No disabilities – Re-enlisted Vet, Wilderness MO - - Thaddeus Granville LAXTON was born 27 Apr 1841 (probably in Tennessee) and died 20 Sep 1899 at Wilderness Oregon Co MO. He was the son of Jesse James LAXTON and Nancy DUNCAN. He married Miss Cinderella NORTON, daughter of David NORTON and Emily DAVIDSON. - The children of Thadeus and Cinderella (NORTON) LAXTON were: Emily, William, Sarah, Nancy, Margaret E., Jesse, Joseph, Thadeus and Electa. - The Current Wave, December 9, 1886 – On last Thursday, Thad LAXTON of Pike Creek lost his house and almost the entire contents by fire. The fire probably originated through the agency of a defective chimney. The people of Eminence and Pike Creek assisted Mr. LAXTON pecuniary.   The Current Wave, Thursday, September 28, 1899.


BERNIECE BRAWLEY LAY - CARD OF THANKS – Saying thank you cannot express the feelings we have for all of the people that have helped care for her these past months. The Birch View Nursing Home, Dr. M. C. Walton, Betty Jo, Barb and the nursing staff , for their care and concern. To the Activities Director, the Beautician, Dietary, Housekeeping, and the Laundry staff, and everyone that stopped by her room...thank you. To the Hospice nurse and the Hospice aide, thank you so much for making her last days easier. To her grandsons Juno, Jeff, Phillip, Billy, Charles, Curt and Johnny, who carried Nana to her final resting place here on Earth. Grandsons Loyd and Tim, her son Red, and Geneva BERRY for singing her favorite songs. To all the relatives and friends who came to her funeral. Thank You. For the flowers, food, monetary gifts, and for your love and support. A very special Thank You to Otto FOUST for his words of comfort. Thanks to Mary Lou, little Lynn, Jason and Uncle Bill LAY for being there with Chris and Red when Mother died ... she loved you. To the Duncan Funeral Home for your kindness to us. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. ~ Nana's Family Note: There was no name to identify who this is for, but it is probably Berniece Brawley Lay, daughter of James Walter Brawley and Maggie Buckner, and wife of Loyd Lay, Sr.  The Current Wave, August 7, 2002. 


Bill Lay - Son of the late Lloyd Lay and Bernice (Brawley) Lay, was born October 31, 1945 in Reyno, Arkansas, and he entered into rest on June 22, 2009 in Rolla, Missouri at the age of 63 years, seven months and 22 days.  On March 22, 1969 Bill was united in marriage to Glenda Stovall and they became the parents of their daughter, Dawn. Survivors include his wife, Glenda; daughter, Dawn Fortune and husband, Martyn, all of Salem, Missouri; sisters, Chris Iler; Bessie Street; Mary Pouchon, all of Winona, Missouri; three grandchildren, Ashley, Madison and Kenny; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Lloyd and Bernice; brothers, John Lay, Jim Lay, Lloyd Lay and Red Lay.  Bill owned Bill Lay Construction Company and spent most of his life working in the St. Louis area.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter, with fishing also being a favorite pastime.  His family was the center of his life and he spent as much time as possible with them.  Bill will be remembered as a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorial service for Bill Lay will be June 27, 2009 at 12:00 noon at the Salem Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Rev. Ellen Brooks officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service at 12:00.  


LLOYD JUNIOR LAY - Age 62, of Winona MO, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at his home. He was born December 24, 1935 in Winona MO, the son of Lloyd and Bernice (BRAWLEY) LAY. He is preceded in death by his father and one brother, John. He is survived by his children, Jeff, Philip, and Tracy, of Salem MO; his mother, Bernice of Winona; three brothers, Jim LAY, Bonne Terre MO; Vernon ‘Red’ LAY, Ellington MO; and Bill LAY, St. Louis MO; three sisters, Bessie STREET, Branson MO; Christina ILER, Winona MO; and Mary BUCKNER, Winona MO; and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Winona MO with Rev. Eugene FRANCE officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View MO.    The Current Wave, April 29, 1998.



Red & Loretta

Loretta Jones was born May 27, 1938 at Walden Jackson County, CO. She passed away Mar. 20, 2008 at Springfield MO at the age of 69 years. Loretta was united in marriage to Vernon Floyd 'Red' Lay on Feb. 1, 2004 at Winona Shannon Co MO. She was preceded in death by her father, Emery  Loren Jones, and her grandparents, Silas Jones, Sr. and Nettie 'Myrtle' Brawley Jones. Loretta is survived by her husband Red Lay of Winona MO; four children, Regina LaRosa of St Louis MO, Wendy Cleaver of Ellington MO, Curtis Lay and wife Anita of Ellington MO, and Kim Hart and husband Dustin of Ellington MO; nine grandchildren, Dustin, Dylan, Haley, Taylor & Brycen Martin, Derrick & Autumn Lay, and Ashtyn Hart, all of Ellington MO, Shane LaRosa of St Louis MO, and a host of other family and friends. The love she had for her dad, Emery Jones, was something she loved to share with others. She lived in California for some time. Loretta would tell us how she dreamed of someday coming to live in the beautiful Ozarks near where her grandparents had lived. Silas & Myrtle Jones lived near Hurricane Creek in Oregon Co MO. Playing in the creek, eating Grandma's biscuits, and getting in Grandpa Jones' way were things that would make her laugh as she shared her childhood memories with us. Loretta loved being in the woods and riding on the back of an ATV while her husband, Red Lay, told her of his own childhood here in the Ozarks. His stories made her feel connected to her own childhood heritage. Loretta was as soft and beautiful as a butterfly. However, her beauty and softness never stopped her from climbing on a new roof and laying shingles alongside her husband. She was CEO and general laborer for their business. She was a comfortable in a pair  of jeans with paint in her hair and a smudge on her nose, as in a suit, a pair of high heels, with her long hair blowing in the wind, wrapping around her in all its glory. There is a song that says' Knowing You'll Be There Makes It Easier To Go Home.' Welcome home, Loretta, we will see you soon. Funeral services were  held Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona MO with Rev. Otto Foust officiating. Interment was at Mount Zion Cemetery in Winona MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.



VERNON FLOYD 'RED' LAY - Born Sept. 24, 1933, at Hurricane Holler in Shannon County, Mo., the son of Lloyd Marvin Lay and Bernice Brawley Lay. He passed away July 28, 2008, at Winona, Mo., at the age of 74 years. He was united in marriage to Ethel Maize Oct. 19, 1962, at St. Louis, Mo., and to this union three children were born. He was later united in marriage to Maria Loretta Jones on Feb. 1, 2004, at Winona, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Bernice Lay; his wife, Maria Loretta Lay; granddaughters, Tekecia Danielle Martin and Alecia Lael Martin; and three brothers, Jim Lay, John Lay and Lloyd Lay Jr. He is survived by two sons, Curtis Lay and wife Anita of Ellington, Mo., and Mark Miner and Denise of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters, Regina LaRosa of St. Louis, Mo.; Wendy Cleaver and husband Johnny Cleaver of Ellington, Mo., and Kim Hart and husband Dustin of Ellington, Mo.; one brother, Bill Lay and wife Glenda of Salem, Mo.; three sisters, Chris Iler, Bessie Street and Mary Paschon all of Winona, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, Dustin Lay, Dylan Martin, Haley Martin, Taylor Martin, Derrick Lay, Brycen Martin, Autumn Lay and Ashtyn Hart all of Ellington, Mo., Shane LaRosa of St. Louis, Mo., Katie White, Kristie Miner, and Misty Miner all of Tampa, Fla.; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends. Red Lay, a thousand pages could not begin to tell of this man’s greatness. He worked as vigorously and was as full of life at the age of 70 as most men are at the age of 17. Red quit school after his first day of the sixth grade, at the age of 12, to go to work in the logwoods to help support his family. He worked at whatever he could find, even if it meant working for peanuts. One man said, 'He was the only 12 year old I ever saw work like a grown man.' He worked just as hard as he could, and did so his whole life. He was truly a sight to see, whether he was working or not. At 17, he went to work loading ties with his brother Lloyd. He then moved to St. Louis where he worked for Hager Hinze as a machinist. He then moved to Colorado, where he lived and worked in the mountains for some years before returning to the Ozarks – Ellington to be exact – where he lived and raised his kids. During that time, he went to work for Kenny Scott, building homes which led him to start his own business building homes amongst other trades he picked up along the way. Those around Red enjoyed an endless supply of stories and jokes that you may hear more than once. He especially loved to tell of younger days, running wild with his younger brother Lloyd. Stories of the two still circulate this area, flattering or not. Red’s bright smile and trademark heel click was enough to turn anyone’s bad days into a good one. It’s doubtful that nary a man, or woman, for that matter ever met Red and didn’t like him immediately. The man had a certain charm about him, that goes without saying. He was as strong a man as anyone had ever seen, physically and mentally. When his mother, Bernice Lay, was dying, she told him that he was her rock. As strong as he was, he wasn’t too hard to roll around in the floor with his kids and grandkids. His kids recall when they were young, every evening after work, him lifting his weights and playing a couple of songs on his guitar. His music was something to behold. When he sang and played his guitar, it gave you chills. He could take any song, written by anyone and make it his own, as if he were singing about something that happened to him. He was the greatest man you could hope to know, possessing qualities of true righteousness. He was completely devoted to his friends, family and God. And if God was ever waiting on someone to come home, he was waiting on Red Lay. He will be truly missed. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, Mo., with Rev. Otto Faust and Rev. Michael Lay officiating. Interment was in Mount Zion Cemetery in Winona, Mo., under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, Mo.


WILLIAM HOYD 'BILL' LAY - Born August 16, 1916 at Van Buren , MO the son of Henderson Roy 'H.R.' Lay and Lisa Anna (Winchester) Lay. He passed away August 28, 2007 at Springfield , MO at the age of 91 years. Bill was united in marriage to Imo Hasty in 1938 at Van Buren, MO and to this union one daughter was born. Bill later married Florene Beshears. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 40 years Florene Lay; four sisters Esther Buckner; Gertrude Buckner; Clara Sharp and Nova Brawley; and two brothers Lester Lay and Lloyd Lay. Bill is survived by his daughter Mary Dianna Cole and husband Patrick of Allons, TN; one stepson Buddy Thomason and wife Arlene of Florissant, MO; one sister Opal Woolsey of Sullivan, MO; his very special friend of over 80 years Lee Brawley; five grandchildren P.J. Cole and wife Tanya; Christine Munsey; Billy Cole and wife Robbie; Rebecca Harris and husband David and Jeffrey Cole all of Allons, TN; fifteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild all of Tennessee; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Bill was raised in Wild Cat Holler in Shannon County, MO and attended New Liberty School in Shannon County . He and his family moved to Lawson Holler where he met his bride Imo Hasty. Bill and Imo built a one room cabin at Lawson Holler where they lived until a few years later when they relocated to St. Louis , MO. Bill and Imo made their home in south St. Louis, MO where their daughter Mary Dianna Lay was born. Bill worked as a foreman at a war plant company in St. Louis for a couple of years when they first moved to the city. Bill later owned and operated Bill's Body Shop an automobile garage and body shop at 13th and Gravois in St. Louis , MO for several years. Bill and Florene moved to California in 1957. Shortly after they moved to California , Bill went looking for a job, but was having difficulty finding work. He went in to talk with the owner of a Buick dealership, and asked the owner if he would hire him. Bill gave the gentleman the offer to work for him for two weeks, and if he didn't like his work he owed him nothing, but if he did like his work he would expect to be paid good wages. Bill was employed with that dealership as a manager and auto appraiser until he retired in 1983. Bill received several awards and plaques from the company for his many achievements and for outstanding recognition. He remained close to the owners of the company during his employment which saw the dealership grow to a large company during the years he worked there. Bill and Florene moved back to the Festus-Crystal City, MO area in 1983 when Florene became ill. Bill moved back to Winona , MO in 1995 after Florene passed away in 1994. Bill loved to go four-wheeling in the woods, and he rode his four-wheeler everywhere he went. He enjoyed wrestling and would go to the wrestling matches at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis . Bill enjoyed traveling, going to yard sales and antiquing. Bill was known for always being a gentleman. He loved women and always treated them with the utmost respect. Bill loved to flirt and he never met an ugly woman. Bill will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 30, 2007 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona , MO at 11:00 am with Rev. Dorothy Brooks officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Winona , MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, MO.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]


Cecil Charles Ledgerwood - Born February 14, 1942 to W.E. and Evelyn DePriest Ledgerwood in Oregon County, Missouri. He departed this life on December 8, 2007 at St. John's-St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Missouri at the age of 65. Cecil graduated from Thomasville High School in 1960. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served three years, most of which was spent overseas. He then worked for General Motors in St. Louis, Missouri until he retired. He is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy, and one grandson, Vincent. Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of Birch Tree, Missouri; his parents, Edward and Evelyn Ledgerwood of Birch Tree; two brothers, Chester Ledgerwood of Birch Tree and Doyle Ledgerwood of Washington; four daughters, Angela Wagner and husband, Tommy, of Mountain View, Missouri, Lisle Berry and husband, Shawn, of Tunias, Missouri, Karen Hill and husband, Russell, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Donna Putnam and husband, Rick, of House Springs, Missouri; one very special stepson, Kevin Miley and wife, Wendy, of Birch Tree; a special step daughter, Jackie Gagan and husband, Tom, of Baldwin, Missouri; four additional stepchildren, Jon, Phylis, Billy, Jackie, and Donald; ten grandchildren; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cecil will be missed by many. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 10, 2007 in Yarber Chapel, Mountain View, Missouri with Bro. Forrest Goodman and Melvin Ledgerwood officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.


Davette Rose Ledgerwood - Age 57, Birch Tree, Missouri died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born June 18, 1953 in Laredo, Texas, the daughter of David Ralph and Alice Louise (Crockett) Frazee.  Davette was united in marriage to Virgil Ledgerwood on November 15, 1979. This union was made complete with children, David, Virgil, Jr., Rhonda and Beverly. She was preceded in death by her father, David R. Frazee. Survivors include her husband, Virgil Ledgerwood of Birch Tree; mother, Alice Louise Moore of Shreveport, LA; sons, David Ledgerwood and wife, Madaline, of Birch Tree and Virgil Ledgerwood, Jr. and wife, Cheryl, of New Jersey; daughters, Rhonda Shepherd and husband, Mike, of Missouri and Beverly Craig and husband, Donnie, of Birch Tree; sisters, Pam Russell and husband, Jim, of Branson, MO and Melinda Simms and husband, Charles, of St. Louis, MO; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends. Davette was a member of Church of God of Prophecy, Montier, MO. She was a Sunday School teacher and was very active in her church. She worked as an LPN in area nursing homes for 20 years, loving and caring for her patients. She enjoyed watching and feeding birds, caring for animals, gardening and traveling.




16 Jan 1965 - 08 May 2008



Diane Ledgerwood was born on January 16, 1965 at Riverside, California to Roy Racine and Josephine (Winchester) Racine. She was taken from us on May 8, 2008, she was only 43 years old. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Julian Winchester of Van Buren, Missouri, Grandfather and Grandmother Racine of Riverside, California and her mother Josephine (Winchester) Johnston of Winona, Missouri. She is survived by her grandmother Martha Winchester of Van Buren, Missouri, her fiancé Albert Shomaker of Winona, Missouri and his sons, Albert W. Shomaker III, Adam L. Shomaker and Richard D. Shomaker; long time estranged husband, Curtis Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, Missouri, her sister Julie Lindsey, brother Shawn M. Halferty and wife Becki of Winona, Missouri, brother Kelly R. Halferty and wife Heather currently stationed at Andrews AFB in Guam, her nephews Zachariah Halferty, Jacob Lindsey of Winona, Missouri, and Fisher Halferty currently in Guam, nieces Destiny Halferty, Aerial Halftery of Winona and Kelci Halferty currently in Guam, her stepdad Terry Halferty and stepdad Dennis Johnston of Winona, Missouri, as well as a host of other family and friends. Diane attended Mineral Area College and graduated from Drury College in 2006 with a Baccalaureate degree and went on to become a counselor at Turning Leaf Adult Center in West Plains, Missouri.  Her life as a Native American Medicine woman helped many people both native and non-native through their problems. Her smile and words of wisdom was a beacon of light for all to see, hear and experience. She was a very giving and loving woman who took many children, related and unrelated into her home and gave them the love and understanding that they needed. She attended Powwows and Native ceremonies that had also helped her in her path. She was always ready and willing to go the extra mile for her community. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


EVELYN DEPRIEST LEDGERWOOD - Into God's hands, Evelyn Justine DePriest Ledgerwood was offered up into eternal rest by her beloved family on Saturday, January 19, 2008. She was born in West Plains, Missouri on December 18, 1919 to the union of W.G. and Gertrude DePriest. Her family moved to Imboden, Arkansas and then back to Missouri in a horse and wagon when she was a small child. It was in the community around the Oregon-Shannon county line that she met and later was united in marriage to William Edward Ledgerwood on March 24, 1938. Edward and Evelyn wallpapered their first home with newspapers, which was later used in a game called 'I Spy' by finding words on the wall. Throughout her life, Evelyn took great pride in her family. She is survived by her husband, Edward, of Birch Tree, MO; two sons, Chester Ledgerwood and wife, Mary Jane, of Birch Tree, MO and Doyle 'Scott' Ledgerwood and wife, Donna, of Glenoma, Washington; daughter-in-law, Vivian Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, MO; 10 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and she is survived by one brother, Millard DePriest of Louisville, Mississippi; one sister, Vera Mae Hitt of Birch Tree, MO; and a host of relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughter, Dorothy; her son, Cecil; and numerous loved ones. Evelyn was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ having been baptized at an early age. She loved the County Line Pentecostal Church of which she was a member and attended services until her health declined. She displayed a wonderful, loving spirit. All that she did was done in that spirit - from the prayers she offered up to the baking of her famous raisin bars and divinity candy. Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother. She was nurturing and selfless and her love was felt by all. She truly portrayed Proverbs 31:10 'Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.' Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at County Line Pentecostal Church with Pastor Boyd Hosman officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree, Missouri under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.


Dorothy Ivone Haynes Ledgerwood - Born September 17, 1933 in Shannon County, MO the daughter of Jasper Joshua Haynes and Naomi Jeanette (White) Haynes. She passed away March 24, 2009 in Springfield, MO at the age of 75 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant brothers; one older brother King Ollen; three sisters Ollie and her spouse George Haynes, Othie and her spouse Luther Voyles, Margie and her spouse Bill Denning; as well as one son-in-law Randy Craig Randolph. She is survived by her husband, Earl A. Ledgerwood of Winona, MO to whom she was united in marriage on August 4th, 1951. She is also survived by one son Kenneth E. Ledgerwood and wife Chris (McIntosh) of Marquette Heights, IL and their children Cassie R. Ledgerwood and Sara M. Ledgerwood of Peoria, IL; one daughter Jan Randolph of Beavercreek, OH and her children Joshua C. Randolph of Beavercreek, OH and Elizabeth D. Randolph of Kew Gardens, NY; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Dorothy and Earl moved to Pekin, IL in 1951 after their wedding. Earl worked and retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. while Dorothy worked and retired from driving a school bus for Hoyle School Bus lines. They retired back home to Winona, MO in 1981. Dorothy went to work establishing an ambulance service in Winona where she worked and trained EMTs young and old. She taught three of her nephews as EMTs including Allen Buckner, Bill Johansen, and Glen Buckner. Dorothy was able to establish the ambulance service, and train enough EMTs to continue the ambulance service in Shannon County before she retired. Her dream and commitment to the area residents allowed the current ambulance service to exist as it does today in Shannon County, MO. Many of the people she helped train continue to work as EMTs and Paramedics. She touched the lives of many of our residents, directly and indirectly. Dorothy retired to her very large family in 1992 due to health problems. Dorothy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 29, 2009 at 1PM in the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Rev. Rodney Fisher officiating. Interment was in Corinth Cemetery near Birch Tree under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home in Winona.



9 Apr 1926 - 29 Sep 2014

  Erma Leavetta Ledgerwood was born April 9, 1926 in Oregon County, MO the daughter of Luther Rosenbum and Ina (Pierce) Rosenbum. She passed away September 29, 2014 at her home in Birch Tree, MO at the age of 88 years. Erma was united in marriage to Lee Ledgerwood on September 27, 1951 and to this union eight children were born. Preceding her in death were her parents Luther and Ina Rosenbum; two daughters Lorraine Ledgerwood and Katherine Warren; three infant sisters Thelma Rosenbum, Velma Rosenbum, and Betty Lou Rosenbum; and three brothers Harold Rosenbum, Lee Rosenbum, and Delmar Rosenbum; and one grandson Allen Ledgerwood. Erma is survived by her husband Lee Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, MO; three sons Howard Ledgerwood and wife Lora of Centerville, AL, Roger Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, MO and Curtis Ledgerwood and wife Louise of Birch Tree, MO; three daughters Peggy Moore and husband Andy of Birch Tree, MO, Patsy Ledgerwood of Birch Tree, MO and Margaret Sechrest and husband Larry Joe of Birch Tree, MO; two sisters Fern Loos and husband Chuck of Illinois and Olive Mae Enloe of Birch Tree, MO; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends. Erma graduated High School in 1944. After her marriage to Lee, Erma devoted her life to her husband and children. She gardened and canned the food she provided for her family. Erma’s family was expected to attend her Sunday dinners where each Sunday she would prepare a banquet of food that included her home canned vegetables, fish, deer and many other wonderful foods. Erma was a warm and loving person who never met a stranger. Her family was the most important thing to her. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Erma was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Burial was at Corinth Cemetery in Birch Tree.

Goldia Lee



12 Jan 1943 - 05 Feb 2009




















a Lee Ledgerwood was born January 12, 1943 in Shannon County, Missouri, the daughter of John Leo and Iris Irene Upshaw Ledgerwood. She departed this life on February 5, 2009 in Birch Tree Place Nursing Center, Birch Tree, Missouri, at the age of 66 years. Goldia was preceded in death by her grandparents; Ural and Dorothy Ledgerwood and Virgil and Goldie Upshaw; her father, Leo Ledgerwood; one sister, Nita Ledgerwood; one brother, Mike Ledgerwood; and a niece, Julie Ann Ledgerwood. She is survived by her mother, Irene Ledgerwood of Birch Tree; three brothers; Danny Ledgerwood and wife, Betty, of Fordland, Missouri, Donnie Ledgerwood and wife, Beverly, and Larry Ledgerwood and wife, Kaye, all of Birch Tree; one sister, Diana Tune and husband, David, also of Birch Tree; four nephews; Brian Tune, Toby Tune, Adam Ledgerwood and Benji Ledgerwood; eight nieces; Jodi Huffman, Kammy Borgman, Shannon Graham, Shawna Martin, Emily Koro, Libby Tune, Patty McLean and Tammy Ledgerwood; 19 great nieces and nephews; and many, many friends and other relatives. Goldia spent her early childhood near County Line. She attended Hunter Hill School and Corinth Church. She later worked at the Sheltered Workshop in Eminence, and then in Birch Tree. Goldia’s job was very important in her life. She had many special friends there. During the past eleven years, Goldia’s home was at Birch Tree Place. She made many friends there over the years. Goldia has been a special blessing to her family and we thank God for letting us have her for the time that we did. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Yarber Chapel with Rev. Forrest Goodman officiating. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.
 ~ Cards of Thanks - Thank You - We, the family of Golda Lee Ledgerwood, would like to thank those that sent flowers, food, cards, called or came by. A special thanks to Colleen Detwiler for her thoughtfulness. A special thanks to the pall bearers, Forest Goodman for the kind words at the service, to Yarber Mortuary for a job well done and to Birch Tree Place for the love and care they gave to Goldie and to our family. ~ Sincerely, Irene Ledgerwood, Danny & Betty Ledgerwood, Donnie & Bev Ledgerwood, Larry & Kaye Ledgerwood, David & Diana Tune.


MILLARD LEE 'STIFFY' LEDGERWOOD - Age 91, of Warrenton, passed away on Monday, December 29, 2008 in Clatskanie, Oregon. Mr. Ledgerwood was born September 5, 1917 in Birch Tree, Mo., to Lee and Nova Ledgerwood. Millard spent his youth in Birch Tree and came to Oregon with his wife Lorene Teague in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II in the Philippines and New Guinea. Millard worked in the lumber industry and was a stockholder in Astoria Plywood. He retired in 1983. Millard enjoyed traveling, especially by motor home and had a passion for fishing and hunting. He was an avid sports fan and loved to attend high school ballgames. The true loves of his life were his wife, children and all the babies in the family. Millard was a devoted family man and is survived his wife Lorene; children Kay Borra, California; Dick Ledgerwood, Oregon; and Paula Pizer, Utah; six grandchildren, David Searle, Oregon; Robin Sullivan, California; Renee Snyder, Oklahoma; Carmen Posey, Oregon; Robert and Richard Ledgerwood, Oregon. He leaves 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also, surviving is a sister Ruby Pierce, Missouri; brothers John, Missouri; and Dow, Arkansas. Preceding him in death are brothers Clay, Bill, Lawrence, Henry and sister Edith Layman. Millard lived the past 5 years with Lorene, his loving wife of 69 years, at The Amber Assisted Living in Clatskanie, Oregon. Funeral services were held at 1p.m., Friday, January 2, 2009 at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, Astoria, Oregon. Burial was held at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of Longview, PO Box 2067, Longview, Washington 98632. 


DON CALVIN LEE - Born January 19, 1926 at Mountain View, MO the son of Wesley David Lee and Lucinda (Duncan) Lee and passed away August 20, 2007 at Mountain View, MO at the age of 81 years. He was united in marriage to Doris D. Hailey on May 21, 1947 at West Plains, MO. On May 21, 2007 they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers Verl Lee, Jack Lee and Cecil Lee; 4 sisters Freda Starnes, Emogene Hoover, Shirley Hite and Marjorie Trowbridge. Don is survived by his wife Doris Lee of Mountain View, MO; one brother Tommy D. Lee and wife Rosemary of Gladstone, MO; two sisters Ora Faye Taylor of Milton-Freewater, OR and Cleo Pruett and husband Rex of Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews and other family and friends. Don attended grade school in the rural Mountain View area and later attended Summersville High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Don was a German prisoner of war during his service in the United States Army. During that time he was taken prisoner, his brother Jack Lee was killed in action at Iwo Jima, Japan; his brother-in-law Rex Pruitt was also a German prisoner of war, and his brother-in-law Willis Trowbridge was serving in the South Pacific as well. Don served in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns were he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal II. In 1953 Don and Doris moved to Kansas City, MO. Don worked at the American Can Company in Kansas City for 23 years. He later worked as a janitor in the Kansas City Public Schools for 11 years before he retired in 1988. In 1990 Don and Doris relocated to Ozark, MO where they lived until they returned to the Mountain View area in May 2005. Don and Doris never had children, but they loved taking care of their dachshund dogs. Over the years they had raised and loved six of them. Don loved to build and tinker with things. He built bird houses and a grandfather clock. He was good at fixing things, and he would always say 'If I can't fix it, nobody can.' Don enjoyed fishing and spending time at the lake house he and Doris built at Trenton, MO. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him. Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 23, 2007 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO with Rev. Randy Brooks and Rev. Gary Murrell officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mountain View, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View, MO. [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]


Jackie David Lee of Winona, MO passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO at the age of 60 years. He was born in Willow Springs, MO on October 28, 1949 to Verl Lee and Ollie (Daugherty) Lee. In his late teens he worked as a fuel attendant for Hudson Oil before becoming a steel gang worker for the Frisco Railroad. Jackie was drafted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was later known to be a "true Jack" of all trades by working as a logger, lead miner, cable layer, husband, father and papa.  In his early adulthood he met the love of his life, Glenda Kaye Hawkins. They soon were married and set out on a journey together that lasted 37 years. During this union, they were blessed with one daughter, one son, and three grandsons. Jackie is survived by his wife, Glenda Kaye; daughter Kelly Watson and her two sons Zachary and Keaton of Winona, MO; one son Justin David Lee and his son Jordan of Birch Tree, MO; six sisters Wilma (Lee) Lawson and husband Richard of Fair Play, MO, Evelyn (Lee) Freed of Cabool, MO; Verla Kay (Lee) Pulliam and husband Virgil of Elizabeth, AR; Carolyn (Lee) Chowning and husband Glen of Cabool, MO, Deborah (Lee) Crider and husband David of Henderson, AR and Wanda (Lee) Freeman and husband Paul of Cabool, MO; one brother Jeryl Lee and wife Vicki of Casper, WY; two brothers-in-law Rick Hawkins and wife Glenda of Mountain View, MO and Eugene Hawkins and wife Karen of Mountain View, MO; one sister-in-law Tammy Crabtree and husband Dennis of Winona, MO; his life-long best friends Terry and Brenda Lawson of Winona, MO; many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents Verl and Ollie Lee; one brother Joe Kenneth Daugherty; one brother-in-law Dave Freed; father-in-law Glen Hawkins; mother-in-law Bonnie Hawkins; one niece Amber Hawkins; one nephew (infant son of Rick and Glenda Hawkins). Jackie enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking through the great outdoors. He grew up with his sisters telling him exactly how things were. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He would spend many hours in his recliner with a cup of coffee watching his favorite driver Mark Martin on Nascar. He was a devoted husband, beloved father, loving papa and loyal brother. He will be greatly missed by all those who were lucky enough to get to know him. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Birch Tree, MO with Bro. Jimmie Friend officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Homes.


MERCELINE JOYCE KELLY LEE - Daughter of Ivy Kelly and Amanda (Bressler) Kelly was born in Shannon County at Birch Tree, MO, January 3, 1931. She passed away at her home in Summersville surrounded by her loved ones Saturday morning, September 30, 2006 making her age 75 years, 9 months, and 7 days. She was united in marriage to Bobbie Jean Lee, Oct 24, 1982, making their union together 25 years. To this union she brought 4 children, Joyce, Brenda, Janet, and Linda. She was baptized in 1995 at Eunice Church, where she was faithful to attend until she became ill. She was faithful to donate to the Cancer Society, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Highway Patrol. She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters; and one daughter, Linda Martin. Merceline is survived by her husband, Bobbie Lee, of Summersville; MO; her daughters, Joyce Reeves and husband Ronnie of Mountain View, MO; Brenda Harris and husband, Jerry, of Vichy, MO; Janet Popken and husband, Alan, of Moore, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, Josh Reeves, Beth Reeves, Georgiana McCarty and husband Chris; Bobbie Lamborn, Amie, Jeremy, and Christy Harris, Joy Faulkner, Elvis Martin, Scott and Kevin Popken; and 4 great grandchildren, Zack Martin, Max, Nick, and Shyann McCarty. Merceline is also survived by two sisters, Aline Abott of Mountain View, MO, and Stella Mae Walters of Lone Dale, MO, and a host of other family members. She was much loved by all and will sadly be missed.


MICHAEL EUGENE 'GENE' LEE - Born October 26, 1947, at Winona, Missouri, the son of Ralph and Rosemary Martin Lee. He departed this life August 30, 1994, at Winona, Missouri, at the age of 46 years. He was married twice, to Judy Tucker & to Jerri Miller Bay. Gene was an artist by profession. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Roy Holloway. He is survived by one daughter, Brandi Michelle Lee, of Mountain View; two brothers, Pete Holloway of Springfield, and Dean Holloway of Flemingsburg, Kentucky; one sister, Roxanne Turner of Springfield; three nephews: Dan, Josh and Lucas Holloway, and one niece, Elizabeth Holloway. Gene attended the Pentecostal Church of God at Mountain View. Funeral services were held September 2, 1994, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Rev. Doug Shannon officiating. Interment was at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home. Gene will be remembered for his love of the classic cars of the 60s and 70s, his sign painting and lettering of stock cars and other artwork around the community.


Thelma Jean 'Jeanie' Lee was born July 18, 1947 in Hutton Valley, Missouri, the daughter of Albert Edward and Marion Ethel (Peasley) Gimpel. She departed this life on September 28, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri, after a battle with cancer. She was 66 years old. Jeanie was united in marriage to Eldon Potts in June, 1971 and to this marriage, one child was born, Tammy Elaine Potts. She was united in marriage to James Eugene Lee on December 30, 2008 at Clear Springs, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Edward and Marion Ethel Gimpel; sibling, Herman Dale Gimpel; and grandparents, Homer and Maude Ziegler and Albert Louis and Martha Gimpel. Jeanie is survived by her husband, James, of the family home in Willow Springs, MO; daughter, Tammy Elaine McCall and husband, Tom, of Birch Tree, MO; granddaughter, Carmen Mykel Barton and special friend, of Willow Springs; great grandchildren, Dakoda Lee Cornett and Zoey Rayne Barton; seven siblings, Clara Mae Bradford of Clear Springs, MO, Albert Edward 'Sonny' Gimpel, Jr. and wife, Darlene, of Dexter, KY, Louise Smith and husband, George, of Summersville, MO, Doug Gimpel and wife, Jennifer, of Mountain View, MO, Esther Kenaga of Mountain View, Viola Dogoli of Mountain View, and Patricia German and husband, Edward, of Summersville, MO; stepchildren, Keith Lee and wife, Becky, of Willow Springs, and Kim Frazier and husband, Brian, of Battlefield, MO; several step grandchildren and a new step great grandson; several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Jeanie’s most beloved thing in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved life and enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends.


JAMES MARK 'JIM' LEHMAN - Son of the late Wilmer M. Lehman and Florence Ellen Brammel Lehman, was born Aug 8, 1951 at Hartford City, Indiana. He passed away at his home near Summersville on Wednesday, July 4, 2007, making his age 55 years 11 months. Jim was united in marriage to Candace Hess in September of 1977. To their union three children were born: Peter Josiah, Kathleen Elizabeth and Benjamin Jacob. Jim was a strong Christian, and a member of the Wellspring Church in Houston, MO. He loved spending time with his family, doing outdoor activities like camping, fishing or hunting, taking walks or just sitting together on the front porch drinking iced tea and discussing dreams. He enjoyed being home and taking care of his home. He liked nature and taking long walks on his land. He liked caring for his farm and animals, and enjoyed building things. He enjoyed having friends over to barbecue and talk, especially about politics. He was very social. He loved talking to people and working at the family hardware store. He had a great love for music, especially country, and loved to sing, even if he wasn’t on key. He liked to dance and take lots of pictures. He liked to eat ice cream or popcorn and settle in to read a good book or watch a John Wayne movie. He loved the Lord and it was evident in his life. One of his favorite verses was Isaiah 40:31, 'But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.' Preceding Jim in death are his father, Wilmer M. Lehman; his mother, Florence Ellen Brammel Lehman, and one brother, Bill Lehman. He leaves behind his wife Candace; two sons, Peter and Ben, and one daughter, Katy. Five sisters, Carol Barber of Crystal, Michigan; Betty Deaton of Westville, Indiana; Anna Owen of Broken Bow, Nebraska; Mary Todd of Garland, Texas; Joy Witt of Middletown, Ohio. Three brothers, Bob Lehman of St. Anthony, Idaho; John Lehman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Steve Lehman of Houston, Texas. He also leaves a host of other family members and many friends. Graveside Services were held Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Shade Run Cemetery on Shade Run Farm near Summersville. Memorial Services were also held Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Wellspring Church in Houston with Pastor Brett Adams officiating. Arrangements were under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.


WILLIAM FRANKLIN 'FRANKIE' LESLIE - Age 68, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2005, at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Services were Saturday, February 12, at Park Lawn Chapel, where friends called from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. William was born September 15, 1936 in Winona, Missouri to William Thomas LESLIE and Florence ANTHONY LESLIE. He was preceded in death by his parents, a nine month old brother, Arie Junior LESLIE, and sister Thelma ROBERTS. Survivors include two sons and their wives, Randall Scott and Wendy LESLIE, and William Brient and Sherry Ann LESLIE; Sisters Fay MARTIN and Frona ALLEN; grandchildren Lauran Nichole LESLIE, Nicholas Scott Edward LESLIE and William Shane LESLIE, and many nieces and nephews.  


Dale Bryon Lessy - Son of Anna and Floyd Lessy. He was born June 20, 1918 at Lecerne, Missouri. He passed away Tuesday morning, August 15, at the Life Care Center in Waynesville, MO at the age of 88 years. Dale was baptized into Christ at the age of 53 and lived faithfully for Christ until his death. He attended the Church of Christ in Summersville for many years. He was a retired farmer. Dale served three years in the Army, during WWII. He married Mary Trueheel Nov. 11, 1963. She predeceased him Feb. 18, 1980. Dale and Mary had no children. Their home together was in Denver, Colorado, where Mary now rests in peace. Dale married Faye L. Davidson, from Summersville, MO, Nov. 15, 1993. Their years together were happy and contented. They made their home in Summersville until 2003, when they moved to St. Robert, MO, where they resided until his death. Dale became a step-father to Kay McClure; Vernon R. Davidson and Nancy F. Cooper, who survive him. Together with their spouses, Mac McClure; Mary Ann Davidson and Lawrence Cooper, they gave him seven step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren to enjoy and love. Dale?s parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Siblings that survive him are one sister and one brother. Many friends and neighbors will mourn his passing. Dale will rest in the Midvale Cemetery. Funeral Services were August 17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with Bro. Randall Duvall and Bill Fleener officiating. Interment was in Midvale Cemetery near Summersville under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.




28 Sep 1923 - 19 May 2009



Faye Allen was born to Eunice N. (Smith) and Charles T. Allen. She was born Sept. 28, 1923 at Arma, Kansas. She passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at the age of 85, at the Waynesville Life Care Center. Faye was baptized into Christ at the age of 14 and lived faithfully for Christ until her death. She attended the Church of Christ in Summersville for many years. She was a retired nurse’s aide. She married Johnnie A. Davidson Aug. 20, 1942. He pre-deceased her September 25,1990. Their children, Kay McClure; Vernon R. Davidson and Nancy F. Cooper survive her. Together with their spouses, Mac McClure, Mary Ann Davidson and Lawrence Cooper, they gave her seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and one great grandson. Faye married Dale B. Lessy, previously from Colorado, Nov. 15, 1993. Their years together were happy and contented. They made their home in Summersville, MO until 2003 when they moved to St. Robert, MO where they resided until their deaths. Faye’s parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Siblings that survive are two sisters and one brother. Many nieces, nephews and friends will mourn her passing. Faye will rest in the Midvale Cemetery between her two husbands, Johnnie and Dale. Graveside Services were held Friday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Midvale Cemetery, near Summersville. Brothers Bill Fleener and Randy Duvall officiated. Arrangements were under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.


16 Sep 1923 - 05 Jun 2009


Artney Leroy Lewis - Here yesterday, gone today, but does he live on? Of course he does; in the bloodline of family, in the memories of those who knew him and in the knowledge he conveyed to the many people he had the privilege of instructing and associating with. Much of this knowledge was given in a subtle manner and some was in a forthright and objective way. Born in Eminence on September 16, 1923 to Anvil A. ‘Dude’ and Pearl, he ‘grew up’ and established his home here or nearby for 86 years. At 14 he began working for Bales Boating Company as a Guide. He also worked the Stave Mills at the North-end of Eminence Bridge and on farms as a laborer. He graduated from Eminence High School in 1941 and went to World War II in 1943 as an Artillery Observer. He served with honor in European countries. He was awarded 5 Campaign Medals, along with others. The Battle of the Bulge was the greatest test of courage and survival became a matter of Army training as well as Shannon Country outdoor ‘know how’. Returning to the United States and Eminence in 1945, he entered the University of Missouri, Springfield and graduated with a Political Science Major, spent a year in Law School at the University and upon the death of his father, he decided to stay at home in Eminence to aid his mother in her life. After several months at SMS, he taught at the Eminence High School for many years. He united in marriage to Mary Lou Sconce. Family included Velma, Artney, Beth and Ray. All are survivors of Leroy with the exception of Mary Lou, who passed from this life in January 1999. During their life together, they lived at Power Mill Ferry until the National Park Service took their property, where upon they moved south to Eminence. The many years of teaching required him to draw on a reservoir of various kinds of knowledge, but he is probably most remembered for his coaching of the girls Volleyball teams. Most will remember the dignity and discipline that was required and displayed by the teams. 12 years of undefeated play exemplify the discipline and dedication of all concerned.  He was honored by being placed in the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame, and articles were written by Sports Illustrated Magazine recognizing not only him, but his teams accomplishments in this unequal record. Leroy was an avid outdoors person. He loved to live on the bank of the Current River, where he fished and hunted in the C.R. Hills. He owned and operated the Powder Mill Ferry for about 18 years. He loved his family and he worked long and difficult days to provide for them. Leroy is also survived by his grandchildren: Debbie, Kim, Lance, Shane, Danni Ray; great-granddaughters: Kayla and Isabella; and his dear and special friend, Charlene Swinney.  Besides his family members, he leaves many friends in the area who will remember him as an honest and sincere person that you could depend on. A true native of Shannon County, he chose to live here for his entire life rather than move to another area where money would be easier to accumulate. Independent, as the culture dictated, he resented the intrusion of the National Park Service that was supposed to maintain this culture, but contradicts it in many ways. He was a Charter Member of the Board of Directors for the Eminence State Bank. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Masonic Lodge, Retired Teachers Association and other service organizations. Poor health in his last years required him to give up much of his outdoor pleasure. However, he maintained his home, made garden and kept in touch with family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Leroy Lewis Memorial Fund at the Security Bank of the Ozarks in Eminence or Winona. Memorial Services with Masonic Rites and Military Honors were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2009 at the Eminence High School Gymnasium with Artney G. Lewis, Jeff Williams and Shane Lewis officiating.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence.


6 Dec 1924 - 17 Feb 2012


Betty Jo Webb was born in the small town of Bartlett in the southern Missouri Ozarks, Jo was the eighth youngest of ten siblings born to Ernest and Esther Webb. She was the last of her family to join her parents, brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. After her husband's retirement from the USMC in 1969, Jo and Bud settled in Tucson, where they embraced the Sonoran Desert and its active lifestyle. Jo enjoyed playing bridge with many friends and continued her passion for golf as a member of the 49ers Golf & Country Club, and other women's golfing groups. She was also very active in real estate, both as a licensed real estate Broker and Office Manager. Jo was a devoted wife and loving mother who always sought the positive side of life. She enjoyed her six grandchildren, traveling and visiting different parts of the country. She loved life and had a keen sense of humor. Her strong conviction that you could do anything if you set your mind to it was an inspiration to her friends and family, who will all miss her positive attitude. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Bud Lewis and her three children, Kent Lewis, Jodi Chapman (Swain) and Lisa LePage (Mike) in addition to six grandchildren, Aaron Lewis (Malina), Jeffrey Lewis (Maritza), Steffani Chapman, Erik Chapman, Michael LePage and Jonathan LePage. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd., one block south of Speedway in Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local or regional chapter of Alzheimer's Association. (


Col. David A. Lewis, Phd. - Age 57 of Modoc, IL, born July 25, 1949 in Anchorage, Alaska, died suddenly on Thursday May 17, 2007. He was preceded in death by his father, Arley Lewis. He is survived by his wife Deborah, nee Kueker, Lewis whom he married on January 30, 1982 in Red Bud, IL; and their daughter Stephanie. He is survived by his mother, Cecile Pat, nee Petterson, Lewis and a sister, Charlotte Greg Edwards and his nephews, Jeffrey and Andrew Edwards, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He is also survived by his parents-in-law, Delbert and Fay Kueker, of Prairie du Rocher, IL, three sisters-in-law, Cathy Steve Uffelmann of Red Bud, IL, Sharon Ken Johnson, of Waterloo, IL, Lisa Duane Willeford of Modoc, IL, and many nieces and nephews. Dave grew up near Eminence, Missouri where he spent his youth enjoying the Current River and where later he ran a canoe rental service while teaching in Houston, Missouri. He was a graduate of University of Missouri where he received his Doctorate degree in Animal Science. He was also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College of Pennsylvania. He was a Viet Nam Army veteran serving in the 101st Airborne near the D.M.C. zone. He was a member of the American Legion Post 622, Prairie du Rocher and VFW Post 2698, Sparta. He also was a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association and the Missouri Historical Society. He authored two published books: 'The Current River Tributaries' and 'The Jack’s Fork of the Current River'. Dave was currently serving as Colonel in the Missouri Army National Guard. He also was employed by Buchhiet’s, Inc. for over 25 years. Most recently he was their purchasing agent and previously was store manager for Sparta, IL and Biehle, MO. Dave’s interests were many. He loved the beauty of nature, especially the birds in his 'Valley View' botanical garden. He enjoyed his family, friends, serving his country, card playing and traveling. He was a friend to many and will be sadly missed. Visitation was held Saturday, May 19, from 3-8 PM at the Welge Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, IL. On Sunday, May 20, there was visitation from 12:30-2:00 PM and services at 2:00 PM at The United Church of Christ in Red Bud, IL. Burial was at Saint Leos Catholic Church cemetery in Modoc, IL, which is on David and Debbie’s property near their home.


ELMER M. LEWIS, SR. - Services for Elmer M. Lewis, 95, of Mesa, AZ was held at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, Mesa.  He died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1992. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa. Mr. Lewis was born in Winona, MO and moved to Arizona from Missouri in 1973.  He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a member of Velda Rose Methodist Church, Shriners Temple of Springfield, MO, and an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge in Winona. Survivors include his wife, Effa Mae; son Elmer 'Bud' Jr. of Tucson; daughter Wilma O'Dell of Iowa City, Iowa; brother Clive of El Paso, Texas, five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be sent to the Velda Rose United Methodist Building Fund, 5540 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85205. 


Erma Emma Embeck Lewis  -- (first part of obit is missing) . . . of which she was a member, last held in July 1967, when some 50 cousins and their families assembled at Alley Spring State Park. In November of the same year, Erma and Elmer celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. One of Erma’s foremost ambitions that she saw fulfilled was the building of the new Winona Christian Church, of which she was an active member for more than 60 years.  The following acted as pallbearers: Corporal Kent Lewis (USMC), George F. Keefner, Jim D. Lewis, the Reverend Dorman Ball, Ed L. Lewis, and Dr. William Clark. Services for Erma Lewis were held in the Winona Christian Church, Dec 26, 1968 at 1:00 p.m., with the Rev. Ron Mosser officiating, with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Clary of Winona.  


INGA KLOHS LEWIS - Passed away on Monday, February 16, 1998, the beloved wife of Wayne C. LEWIS; darling mother of Ronald LEWIS and wife Peggy; dear grandmother of Margaret and Marsha LEWIS. Funeral was in the Chapel Oak-Krieghauser South Mortuary, 4228 S. Kingshighway, St Louis MO, on Wednesday, February 18, 1998, at 11:00 a.m. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis MO.    The Current Wave, March 25, 1998.


PEARL SPENCER  LEWIS - Born Dec. 16, 1898 on a farm east of Birch Tree, MO. She was the daughter of William Clyde Spencer and Elizabeth. Her father was killed in the Cordy-Fisher Sawmill at the time Pearl was about four years old.  As a result of this accident and the resulting hardship on her mother, she stayed most of her school years with her grandmother, Mary Brewer, who lived in birch Tree. She was baptized into the Methodist Church of Birch Tree and kept her trust in Christ until her death. A good student, she attended SMS which was a normal school at that time.  Later she taught in a number of rural schools in Shannon County, where she met and married Anvil (Dude) Lewis.  They lived in Parker Hollow a number of years and later moved to Eminence. She served as a postal clerk in Eminence several years and later retired after being widowed.  For years she was an active member of The Eastern Star of Eminence and was a post worthy matron. An independent and resourceful lady, she lived by herself until recent weeks when ill health forced hospitalization of nursing home care. She was the mother of Leroy and grandmother of Artney, Beth and Ray.  A host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing. Pearl was buried in Oak Forest Cemetery Sept. 29, 1988.  


WAYNE C. LEWIS - Son of Alonzo Ardie Lewis and Julian Ann Vance was born January 22, 1922 in Salem MO. Wayne passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the age of 86. Wayne was a World War II Veteran and lived in St. Louis all his adult life, the past 12 years in the Provisional Living Retirement Center. Wayne enjoyed gardening and doing the many activities he did with his grandchildren. Wayne is a widower of 10 years from his wife Ingeborg Lewis. He is survived by his son Ron and daughter-in-law Peggy and his two granddaughters, Margaret and Marsha and his beloved sister, Evelyn who lives in Piedmont MO. Visitation was held at Colonial Mortuary on Thursday from 8:30am-9:30am. The funeral service was held in the Chapel of Colonial Mortuary Hoffmeister-Kriegshauser Funeral Directors 6464 Chippewa at Watson on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 9:30am. Interment with full military honors will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


WILBUR 'PETE' LEWIS - Funeral service for Wilbur (Pete) Lewis was held Sept. 14, 1995 in the Wilson Mortuary Chapel with Rev. John Claude and Rev. David Pettus officiating.  Vocal music was by Carol Smith and the Edwards Trio accompanied by Beverly Wilson.  Interment was in the Empire Cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd, Ray, Larry, Walter Earl, and Ronnie Lewis and Glen Steelman.  Honorary pallbearers were David Hampton, Lloyd Rudd, Pete Halbrook, Jack Herndon, Jim Hilderbrand, and Larry Edwards. Mr. Lewis was born March 23, 1927 at Gladden to Walter A. and Maudie (Smith) Lewis.  He died Sept. 11, 1995 at Springfield at the age of 68 years. Survivors include his wife, Claricelee (Rudd) Lewis, Salem, whom he married in May, 1948; three daughters, Deborah Baker and husband Gene, Kimberly Medley Arvil and Ted Lewis, Salem, Jim Lewis, Kirbyville; four sister, Bonnie Manning, Norma Jean Hampton, Salem, Dorothy Hubbs, New Florence, Ilean Brodeur, Heber Springs, Ark; four grandchildren, Scott Lewis Smith, Emily Ann Smith, Ozark, Alicia Anne Medley, Sarah Elizabeth Medley, Salem; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Ruby Lewis; three brothers, Ramie, Winfred and Charles; two grandsons, James Christopher Smith and Stephen J. Baker. For the past 25 years, Mr. Lewis had been employed as a mail contractor.  From 1971 to 1991 he ran a route from Rolla to Teresita, and the past four years he ran a route form Willow Springs to Eminence.  Prior to working as a mail contractor he was employed by the Salem Coca Cola where he worked as a route salesman, manager of the Mt. Grove plant and later as a district supervisor. He and his family attended the Gladden Baptist Church.  He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge  # 118. 


MARY LIEURANCE - March 26, 1896 - The Current Wave - DROWNED IN Current River -- Three People Perish in That Turbulent Stream Mrs. Lemuel LIEURANCE and Two Sons Drowned --Husband and Daughter Barely Escape. On Friday, March 20, 1896, while crossing Current River about a quarter of a mile below the mouth of lower Big Creek, this county, Lemuel Lieurance, wife and three children met with a serious accident which resulted in the drowning of Mrs. Lieurance and two sons, William and Lewis, aged respectively 7 and 13 years. The father succeeded in saving his daughter , Miss Fannie, aged 16 years, from which The Wave reporter learned the sorrowful story, which is as follows: They were crossing the river in a wagon drawn by horses and immediately after going into the water one of the horses fell and in the struggle one of the tugs came loose from the single-tree. The weight of the water against the wagon threw it into a cramp, when the box floated off and washed rapidly down the swift current, carrying with it the entire family. In a few minutes each occupant was cast into the water and battling for life. Mr. Lieurance had never learned to swim, but in some way managed to keep up and at a distance of 300 yards below the ford caught his wife and brought her to shore and placed her on a log. When safely there she remarked: “Let me go and save the children.” Looking across the stream at a distance of some seventy-five yards he saw his daughter almost drowned, and again plunged into the swift water, made his way safely to where she was and saved her from a watery grave. While returning to the shore he saw his least boy a few feet under the water floating down the stream , made a grab for him but did not succeed in reaching him. When he returned he found his wife dead. She evidently died of fright or grief. The bodies of the boys are yet in the river, although constant search has been made for them since Saturday last. The recent rainfall, however, has raised the river past fording, and the recovery of the bodies is extremely doubtful. Mrs. Lieurance was buried on Sunday last at the graveyard on the David Bunch farm. Mr. Lieurance, a more courageous man than whom never lived, walked or floundered (as he cannot swim) through the swift waters where they were from seven to twelve feet deep and succeeded in getting his wife and daughter to shore. Is there another man in the world who could have done as much? Miss Fannie is quite an intelligent young lady and gives the details of the horrible catastrophe very clearly. She stated that at the beginning a sack of bran floated against her which she held onto until rescued by her father. --------------William and Lewis were found and buried about 2 weeks later.--------------- Current Wave.  Submitted by:  Bill: Tue Apr 3 12:39:34 2007.


Loreena Rein Liggett


28 Jan 2009 - 01 Feb 2009



Loreena Rein Liggett was born January 28, 2009 at Cox South in Springfield, MO, the daughter of Ryan Patrick Liggett and Bridget Loreen (Stewart) Liggett. She passed away February 1, 2009 at the age of 5 days. She is survived by her parents, Ryan and Bridget Liggett of Eminence, MO; one brother, Garrett Cinch Liggett of Eminence, MO; one step-sister, Brooke Chafin of Romona, CA; her grandparents, John and Judy Stewart of Eminence, MO and Randy and Karen Liggett of Ash Flat, AR; her great- grandparents, Patsy Coker and Papa Joe of Ash Flat, AR; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and loved ones. Graveside services were held Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 1 PM in New Eminence Cemetery with Rev. David Fowler officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence. 

~   Thank You  ~  The family of Loreena Rein Liggett would like to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers that went out for them during the difficult pregnancy and after the loss of their baby girl. We would also like to thank those who visited, called, sent flowers, mailed cards, and brought food. We would like to especially thank our dear friend, Michael Graddy, for performing 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', David Fowler, the Methodist Church, DJ Gross, and the Duncan Funeral Home for making the services so special, being so caring, and for being so helpful during this difficult time in our lives.  Heartfelt Thanks, The Family of Loreena Rein Liggett, The Stewart & Leggett Families.



LUTHER CARL LIGHT - Born January 5, 1925 in Round Springs, Mo., and departed this life on February 7, 2004 at his home in Hartshorn, Mo., where he lived for 37 years. Carl was the twelfth child born to Wilber and Sarah (Watson) Light. His large family included sisters Charlotta Martin, Mary Weber, Elizabeth Summers, Dorothy Martin, Sylvia Warren and Lovie Terrill, and brothers Wiley Light, Alonzo Light and a set of triplet brothers who died at birth. Carl married Ruth Evelyn Conway on Aug. 4, 1945 in Fort Collins, Colo. and to this union one daughter was born, Karla Michele. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth, his daughter and son-in-law, Danny and Karla Vann; and two granddaughters, Amber and Arin, all of Prairie Grove, Ark. His life was full of a great many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews, all too many to name. Carl was loved and cherished by his family and will deeply missed. Funeral services for Luther Carl Light was held Feb. 13, in the Spencer Chapel in Salem, Mo., with Brother Gary Steelman officiating. Special music was provided by Diane Light. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Martin, Carl Warren, Terry Warren, Curtis Warren, Mark Conway and Larry Light. Interment was in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery with all arrangements under the direction of Spencer Funeral Home.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]


RUBY MAE WOODS LIGHT - Funeral services were on September 9, 2008 at James & Gahr Mortuary Chapel, Salem, with Rev. David Light officiating. Music was provided by Linda Skaggs, Jimmie Skaggs Jr. and Katina Stacy. Interment was in the North Lawn Cemetery at Salem. Pallbearers were Richie Overby, Eathan Head, Jimmie Skaggs Jr., Keith Hollinsworth, Dewayne Skaggs and Larry Gant Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Richard M. Overby and Wendell Light. Mrs. Light was born October 13, 1924 in Big Piney to James and Cora (Stevenson) Woods. She married Earet Light. They were the parents of six children. Mrs. Light died September 6, 2008 in Salem at the age of 83 years, ten months and 24 days. Survivors include her children, Wilma Overby and husband, Richard, Salem; Linda Skaggs and husband, Jim, Salem; Thelma Skaggs and husband, Allen, Rolla; and Jack Light, Salem; special friend, Bob Anderson, Salem; grandchildren, Jimmie Skaggs Jr. and wife, Carrie; Dewayne Skaggs and wife, Amanda; Richie Overby and wife, Jackie; Eric Light; and Katina Stacy and husband, Greg; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces; nephews; extended family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; daughter, Velma Smith; stepson, Monroe Light; sisters, Annie Woods, Daisy Smith, Trixie Brookshire, Opal Love and Juanita Smith; brothers, Sam Woods, Ed Woods and Gilliam Woods.


Ruth Evelyn Conway Light - Daughter of the late Everett Conway and Beedee (Perkins) Conway, was born February 9, 1930 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and she entered into rest with her family by her side on November 3, 2011 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 22 days. On August 4, 1945, Ruth was united in marriage to Luther Carl Light, and to their union one daughter was born. Luther preceded her in death on February 7, 2004. They were married for 58 years. Survivors include their daughter, Karla Michele Vann and husband, Daniel, of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; sister, Sharon Kay Pogue of Moab, Utah; granddaughters, Amber and Arin Vann; nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Everett and Beedee Conway; her husband, Luther Light; brother, Bill Conway; sister-in-law, Wanda Conway; brother-in-law, Tim Pogue. Funeral service for Ruth Evelyn Light was November 7, 2011 at the Salem Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary, with Pastor Rick Mansfield officiating, and Christopher Rocoberto presenting the eulogy. Favorite recorded music was played. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Conway; Carl Warren; Curtis Warren, Steve Watson; Larry Light and Mike Rocoberto, with Kenny Thomlinson and Stanley Martin as honorary pallbearers. Interment was in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Shannon County, Missouri. Summersville Beacon November 9, 2011 


CHRIS LILLEY - Friends of Chris Lilley wish to say, with great sadness, that Chris died, after a lengthy illness, on March 28, 2009, in Snow Camp, North Carolina. She and husband, Hume, lived in Eminence several years. Hume was employed by U.S. Park Service. Chris was a wonderful lady and will be missed terribly. Having her friendship was glorious!   ~ The Current Wave, Apr. 7, 2009.

JOHN DAVID LILLEY - Age 39, West Plains MO - Died on March 11, 2002, in West Plains. He was born in Winona on April 26, 1962, the son of Paul and Ruth Maxine Faulkner Lilly. John married Sharon Richardson on November 8, 1986, in Mtn. View, MO. and to this union, one son was born, Joshua. John was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish. He made friends easily and leaves many behind. He is survived by his son, Josh; parents Paul and Maxine Lilly of Winona; one grandmother, Olive Faulkner of Birch Tree; mother-in-law, Lillian Richardson of Birch Tree; three brothers, Paul Lilly of Fordland, MO, Kenneth J. Lilly of Birch Tree, and Dean Lilly of Winona; one sister, Tammy Lilly of Birch Tree; and 11 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, and three grandparents.




Paul Michael Lilly, Sr. was born February 21, 1942 in Springfield, OH; the son of Kenneth James Lilly and Susan Mae (Shomaker) Lilly. He passed away June 21, 2016 at Birch Tree, MO at the age of 74 years. He was united in marriage to Ruth Maxine Faulkner on July 23, 1960 and to this union five children were born; Paul Lilly, Jr., John David Lilly, Kenneth James Lilly, Tammy K. Lilly, and Dean Eric Lilly. Paul is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Susan Lilly; two sons Paul Lilly, Jr. and John Lilly; one daughter-in-law Sharon Lilly; one sister Marie Reddy; one brother Bill Reddy; and father-in-law Aaron Faulkner. He is survived by his wife Maxine of the home; his children Kenneth Lilly and wife Marlene of Mountain View, MO, Tammy Lilly of Birch Tree, MO, and Dean Lilly and wife Lisa of Winona, MO; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a host of many family and friends. Paul’s mother moved him to Winona, MO when he was 2 years old, so Winona has been his home since. He was a member of Jehovah Witness Congregation of Van Buren, MO. He enjoyed going to meetings and going to services with the brothers and sisters. He also loved to dance and won several gig dances at West Plains, MO. He enjoyed going to wood shows and truck pulls and often pulled his own truck. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Interment at Berea-Mennonite Cemetery.


SHARON ELAINE RICHARDSON LILLY - Age 34 of West Plains, Missouri died Saturday, May 12, 2001 at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, Missouri. Sharon was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on January 7, 1967, the daughter of Franklin and Lillian Davis Richardson. She grew up in Birch Tree, Missouri and graduated from Liberty High School in 1985. Sharon married John Lilly on November 8, 1986 in Mountain View, and to this union one son, Joshua, was born. Sharon continued her education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Southwest Baptist University in 1993. Sharon loved spending time with her son. She also enjoyed taking care of houseplants and pets. Camping, swimming and enjoyed the outdoors were favorite pastimes. Survivors include her husband, John; son, Joshua of the home; father, Franklin Richardson of Mesa, Arizona; mother, Lillian Richardson of Birch Tree, Missouri; one brother, Neil Richardson of Safford, Arizona; one grandmother, Violet Richardson of Clarkton, Missouri and one grandfather, Ray Davis of Jonesboro, Arkansas.


ERMIN D. 'COTTON' LINDSEY - Born October 1, 1917 in Shannon Co MO to James Wroten LINDSEY and Anna Gelolah (PEREGO) LINDSEY. He passed away July 17, 2003 at Birch View Nursing Center, Birch Tree MO, at the age of 85 years. He was united marriage to Virginia H. HICK on January 3, 1943 in East Hartford CT. Three children were born to this union. Cotton is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; two sons; one brother and six sisters. He is survived by one granddaughter, April Jill LINDSEY, Manchester CT; one sister, Floy L. CAMPFIELD, Winona MO; eight nieces and eight nephews; and his special friend, Olive WEIBLE. Cotton attended Winona Assembly of God Church and Pioneer Baptist Church. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service as a letter carrier after 38 years of service and was issued a 50 years' ser vice pin from the national Association of Letter Carriers. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003 at Winona Assembly of God Church with Brother Shawn REESE and Brother Darrell JONES officiating. Interment was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.   The Current Wave, July 30, 2003.  


FLOYD LEE 'DICK' LINDSEY - Born May 10, 1907 in Shannon Co MO, the son of James Rote and Anna Gelolah (PERIGO) LINDSEY, and departed this life on March 17, 1988 at the John Pershing Hospital in Poplar Bluff MO at the age of 80 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters. He is survived by one brother, Ermine LINDSEY of Hartford CT; two sisters, Floy VOYLES and Cora MCGUIRE, both of Winona MO; and several nieces and nephews. Floyd was the last charter member of the VFW Post #2119 of Winona. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, 1988 at 3 p.m. in the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Winona with Rev. David MEADE officiating. Interment was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona. - CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank everyone who helped in any way when our brother passed away; especially the minister Rev. David MEADE and the men from the VFW Post #2119 of Winona. – the family of Dick LINDSEY –    The Current Wave, April 6, 1988.


GEORGE ROUSE  LINDSEY - Born in Washington Co. VA, April 17, 1838, died at his home South of Winona on July 18, 1913 after being confined to his bed with illness for three weeks, but having been in poor health for some time owing to the infirmities of old age, he having been 76 years and three months old. On December 29, 1859, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Ball and to this union was born 12 children, five of which have preceded him to the grave, and seven are left to mourn his loss. He lost his first wife in 1897, and in 1901 was married to Mollie Reynolds, who still survives him. He has been a respected citizen of Shannon County since his arrival here in 1873, and having professed religion in 1869 lived in the faith until his death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. D. Biffle, the remains being interred at Mount Zion Cemetery. Current Wave. Submitted by:  Brenda L Stroder .  


Jesse Dee Lindsey - Age 83, died Dec. 31, 2003. He was the son of Thomas Gipson 'Tom' Lindsey and Hattie Alice Rietha 'Reathie' Price. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Ray and Marion Chester Lindsey. Surviving are his wife, Betty Flanary Lindsey; daughters, Sharon Sullivan of Cabot, Deborah Milatz of Oregon, and Linda Maxwell of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother George Lindsey; sisters Mickey Duffel, Mayme (Mrs. Melvin Lee Thomas), Beulah Staggenbort and Essie (Mrs. Charles Kenneth Norton, Sr.), all of Missouri; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Jan. 6, at Concord United Methodist Church with arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church.


Lucy Carol Hollis Lindsey - Born February 9, 1928 at Fremont, MO the daughter of Phillip Richard Hollis and Mary (Allen) Hollis. She departed this life on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Winona, MO at the age of 82 years. She was united in marriage to Marvin "Boots" Lindsey on December 20, 1945 at Winona, MO. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents Phillip and Mary Hollis; four sisters Jessie Dillard, June Grant, Ruth Lowe and Maude Hale and three brothers Norman Hollis, Harry Hollis and Jerry Hollis. She is survived by her husband Marvin "Boots" Lindsey of Winona, MO; three sons Roger Lindsey and wife Susan of Winona, MO, Steven Lindsey and wife Margaret of Wichita Falls, TX and Bruce Lindsey and wife Brenda of Winona, MO; one brother Tommy Hollis and wife Jeanne of Niangua, MO; one sister Francis Thompson of Niangua, MO; 6 grandchildren Brian Lindsey, Scott Lindsey, Aaron Lindsey, Blaire Lindsey, Rusty Lindsey, and Angela Ipock; 8 great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. Lucy loved spending the winters in Texas. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Christian Church in Winona, MO with Bro. Adam Gordon officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Winona, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Homes. Current Wave Oct. 19, 2010 



25 Dec 1922 - 15 Aug 2016

Virginia 'Virgie' Lindsey Douglas, age 93, of Nixa, Missouri, formerly of Winona, MO, was surrounded by family and peacefully went to be with Jesus on August 15, 2016. Virgie was born on December 25, 1922, in Winona, MO the daughter of John L. and Minnie Lindsey. She married Lawrence Douglas on January 9, 1943. In addition to being a wife and mother, she held many jobs and eventually retired from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1985. Virgie loved listening to her husband play music. She also loved to quilt, sew, and crochet. But most of all, she loved being with and doing things for her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great grandkids. Virgie was saved and baptized in Willow Springs, MO on Easter Sunday 1960. She and Lawrence moved to Nixa in 1991 where they enjoyed attending Calvary Bible Church. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Douglas of Nixa, MO; her parents, John and Minnie Lindsey of Winona, MO; one sister, Nancy Lindsey of Piedmont, MO; two brothers, Perry Lindsey of Winona, MO, and Marvin “Boots” Lindsey of Winona, MO; one daughter, Gail Garcia of Nixa, MO; one son, Robert Douglas of Sacramento, CA; one great-grandson, Brandon Burnett of Sacramento, CA. Survivors include one brother John Lindsey and wife Nancy, of Winona, MO; one daughter, Sharon Hamilton and husband Ron, of Nixa, MO; one daughter-in-law Kim Douglas of Sacramento, CA; nine grandchildren, Maggie Kolb and husband Mike of Woodland, CA, Bobby Douglas of Sacramento, CA, Shelley Block and husband Joel of Springfield, MO; Samantha Higley and husband James of Bentonville, AR; Rhonda Franz and husband Jared of Keller, TX; Lauren Ward and husband Brandon, of Nixa, MO; Alexandria Garcia, of Nixa, MO; Erica Garcia, of Nixa, MO; and Danielle Garcia, of Nixa, MO. Those surviving her also include sixteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Donations may be to the Alzheimer’s Association. Interment at Mount Zion Cemetery, Winona.


GUILLERMO 'RICKY' LIZARRAGA - Born October 15, 1975 to Simon Colchado Lopez and Carolina Lizarraga Noguez in Huimilpan, Queretaro, Mexico. Ricky was united in marriage to Brenda 'Nikki' Moorehead on October 26, 2004 in Eminence, Missouri. To this union one son, Andrew Ryan, was born. He loved watching soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by wife Brenda 'Nikki' Colchado Lizarraga, and son Andrew Ryan Colchado Lizarraga of the home; two sisters Irene Colchado Lizarraga and Leticia Colchado Lizarraga; two brothers Genaro Colchado Lizarraga and Leonel Colchado Lizarraga; a special friend Encarnacian 'Joe' Guerrero. Ricky will be sadly missed by all his friends and loved ones. Funeral services were held under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home on Monday, June 5, 2006 at Winona Funeral Chapel with Father Sherman Wall officiating. Interment will be at Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico.  [Courtesy of The Current Wave.]



25 Jun 1925 - 29 Oct 2004



Edith Margaret Bottom Lloyd, age 79, daughter of Orra and Grace Bottom, born, Pomona Mo. 06-25-1925, died 10-29-2004 at Cox Hospital South, Springfield, Mo. Edith both battled and struggled through 50 years of chronic and acute pain. Both parents, three sisters, two brothers, her husband, Jack, and a daughter, Lisa, preceded her in death. She is survived by son, Larry (Mary) of Carthage, Mo. son Jackson (Claudine) of Strafford, Mo. and son, Alan (Sandy*) of Durango Co; five grandchildren, Cheyenne, Portland, Laredo, Rachel and Adam, two great-grandchildren, Marina and Madison, and several nieces and nephews.

Edith's heart and hands were never closed to the needy. It mattered not the particular need. Edith was so many things to so many people: daughter, grandmother, sister, advocate, wife, caregiver, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor, mother-in-law, nurse, co-worker. Had she been none of these and numberless more, she had been a loving and devoted mother— every child should be so fortunate.

Now that she is dead
The winter will be colder and longer
The summer shorter and hotter
The stars will never shine so bright again
The day lose its old time glory

The sun will fade faster
The wind blow more ill
The twilight will fall quicker
The night close deeper

Long and well we have known you
Devotedly we have followed you
Implicitly we have trusted you
Fondly we have loved you

Because the unrelenting call has come
We stumble forward as best we can
Lonesome lonely and alone
Now that you are dead


*Since this writing, Alan's wife, Sandy Smith Lloyd, passed away, January 2009 at age 41.

by Jackson Lloyd


26 Feb 1919 - 14 Mar 1999




John P. 'Jack' Lloyd, age 80, passed away Sunday, March 14, 1999 in Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo. after a long and courageous-- but always with a smile--battle with pancreatic cancer. Jack was born Feb. 26, 1919 in Hunter, Mo. and moved with his family to Winona in 1923, where his father, Harry L. Lloyd, owned and operated The Gables Restaurant.  Shortly thereafter his father passed away and Jack helped his mother, Marie A. Lloyd operate a tavern on old highway 60.  He was married to Edith Bottom of Willow Springs in 1940 and worked in atomic bomb plants in Hanford, Washington and Farragut Idaho, before returning to Winona after the war. Jack purchased the drugstore in Winona in 1951 and there owned and operated  Lloyd's Rexall Drugstore on the Winona Square for the next 20 years.  In 1971 he moved to Springfield, Mo. where he owned and operated  Springfield Trim Supply for the next 20 years before retiring in 1991.  In 1994 Jack was coaxed out of retirement and became a founding partner of A-Jax Carpet Cleaning Co. in 1994 with his son, Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Edith, three sons, Larry Lloyd and his wife, Mary, Carthage, Mo., Jackson Lloyd and his wife, Anita, Springfield, Mo., and Alan Lloyd and his wife, Sandy, of Durango, Co.; a brother, Harry C. 'Chet' Lloyd, Hillsboro, Ill.; a sister, Gene Isaacs and her husband, Lenford, Salem, Ore,; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; five nieces; and two nephews. His daughter, Lisa,; a sister, Ruth McCasland; and a brother, Bill, preceded him in death.  Jack was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.  He will be forever remembered by all who knew him. Jack will be remembered fondly for many things, but mostly for his kindness, generosity,  gentle nature, and the laughter he brought to so very many.  His motto was, 'Treat every customer like a long-lost relative--a relative you actually like.'  Whether it was opening the drugstore at two in the morning to get a farmer medicine for a sick calf or providing a fun and safe place for kids to gather after school, he did it all with a sense of duty and a smile.  Jack gave away more comic books, snow cones, and chocolate malts than he ever sold.  His greatest joy came from coaxing a smile from a dirty-faced little kid that had no money.  A visit to his drugstore left people feeling a little better about the world...and themselves.  Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 17, 1999 in Spring River Christian Village, Joplin.  They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.  Through all whom they have blessed, they live a life again.  Rest well Dad.

Memorial service for Jack P Lloyd, brother of Harry C. "Chet" Lloyd of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Spring River Christian Village, Joplin, Mo. Mr. Lloyd, of Joplin, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, in Spring River Christian Village. He was 80 years old on February 26. He owned and operated the Lloyd Rexall Drugstore in Winona, Mo., and the Springfield Trim Supply in Springfield, Mo., each for 20 years. Following retirement, he managed the Kearny Villa Apartments in Springfield and was a founding partner of AJAX Carpet Cleaning with his son Jackson. He was born in Hunter, Mo. Surviving, besides his brother Harry, are sons, Larry Lloyd and wife Mary of Carthage, Mo., Jackson Lloyd of Springfield, Mo., Alan Lloyd and wife Sandy of Durango, Colo.; sister, Gene Isaacs and husband Lenford of Salem, Oregon; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Lisa Guerra; a sister, Ruth McCasland; and a brother, Bill Lloyd.



21 Jul 1958 - 27 Sep 1991


Lisa Luanne Lloyd, age 33, was born July 21, 1958 in Mt. View, Mo and passed away at 10:28 a.m. September 27, 1991 in Cox Medical Center, Springfield, Mo. Lisa, lived in Winona, Mo for the first 12 years of her life before moving to Springfield, Mo. with her family.  She graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1976 and graduated with  honors from Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska, with a B.S.W. in social work in 1980. Lisa was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 5, and over the course of her lifetime gave herself over 21,000 insulin injections.  On September 27, 1986, on dialysis and with rapidly failing health, Lisa received a kidney/pancreas double-transplant at St. Louis University Hospital.  She was one of the first 20 people in the world to have undergone a double organ transplant of that nature.   Her five years of survival ranks her fourth in the world of longest living pancreas/kidney recipients.  One of her physicians in Springfield, Dr. James T. Rogers, described Lloyd as intelligent, persistent, and headstrong, which he said had helped her through her medical problems.  'Something that she went through would have long ago brought most people down.' Rogers said.  'It's extremely difficult.'  Although her medical problems precluded Lisa from ever holding a full-time job, she nevertheless, was a relentless and tireless worker for the needy, the hungry and the impoverished.  She was a friend of small dogs and EVERY human underdog. Her brother, Jackson, was unable to wake Lisa on Monday morning, September 23, and she  was rushed to Cox Medical Center where physicians placed her on a life support system.  She had suffered a major stroke..  It was Friday morning, September 27, and five years to the day of her transplants that the family decided to take Lloyd off the life-support system. Jackson said, 'Lisa had never given up before and she didn't give up this time either.  We did it for her.'  Lisa is survived by her mother and father, Edith and Jack Lloyd, Springfield; three brothers, Larry, Carthage, Alan, Springfield, and Jackson, Springfield; three nieces and two nephews.  Lisa donated her body to St. Louis University Hospital, the place of her transplants.  Memorial services were held last Sunday in the Cox Hospital chapel. And so my sister, we leave you with this, Here on earth, you are greatly missed; We know one day we'll be with you, The Heaven you're in, sky is blue; You saved a life while you were here, And for that effort, loudly cheered; I know this fact, true to be, For the life you saved; Was that of me! It's really quite simple then; On the face, You gave us love; But TAUGHT us grace. Rest well sis.


William F. 'BILL' Loftin - Age 81, of Eminence, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 1967, at 1:40 p.m. in the Texas County Memorial Hospital. Surviving him is his wife, Julia, of the home. Services were held Thursday, December 14, at 1 p.m. in the Eminence Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Sconce officiating. Burial was in Summers Cemetery at Ink, Missouri, under direction of Duncan Funeral Home. - Published December 28, 1967


BERT R. LOGSDON  - Born November 20, 1911 in Salem, Mo., the son of Charles and Minnie Cook Logsdon, and departed this life on March 15, 1985 at 9:15 p.m. in Mt. Vernon, Mo., at the age of 73 years, 4 months, and 15 days. He was united in marriage to Amilee Hart in September, 1940 and to this union three children were born, Harold, Norman, and Barbra. Several  years later he married Merry April Short on August 20, 1965 and to this union one child was born, Merry Angelia. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Harold; and his sister, Goldie Derryberry. He is survived by his wife, April; a daughter, Angelia of the home; one son, Norman Logsdon of the state of Nevada; a daughter, Barbra Brockes of Arcadia, Mo.; three grandchildren; one nephew and many relatives and friends. Bert will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in the Duncan Funeral Chapel at Eminence with Rev. Denver Harper officiating.  Burial was in Antioch Cemetery at Hartshorn under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence. 


JANEY BELL COOLEY LONGWORTH - Born December 16, 1926 at Birch Tree MO, the daughter of J. E. and Mary Ann PATTERSON COOLEY, and departed this life on May 25, 2003 at St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View MO at the age of 76 years. Janey loved going to Alley Springs, out to eat, sightseeing, and after moving here, she cared for her mother the last five years of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard LONGWORTH; one brother, two sisters and one nephew, James ADAMS. She is survived by one son, James MARS; one brother, Doyle COOLEY, Birch Tree MO; one sister, Fern DIECKMANN, Warrenton MO; and several nieces and nephews. Also, a friend, Clinton FERGUSON, and a very special friend, Diane HELMS, who so lovingly cared for Janey. Janey will be sadly missed by all her friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Yarber Chapel in Mountain View MO with Rev. John BIRKHEAD officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Yarber Mortuary of Mountain View.   


JULIA 'ALICE' JONES LOTZ - A former resident of the area, passed away December 16, 2008 at the Presbyterian Manor in Farmington, Missouri, at the age of 85 years. She was born August 24, 1923 in Iron County, Missouri to the late Author Harold Jones and Nora Wilder Jones. On October 16, 1941 she married Robert Lee Lotz, who preceded her in death February 11, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Fitzgerald, two sisters, and two brothers. Surviving are: four daughters, Violet 'Sue' Suchman of Dallas, TX, Margaret Dorris of Sikeston, MO, Roberta Raney and Mary Alice Robison, both of Ste. Genevieve, MO; one brother, Harold Jones of Arcadia, MO; two sisters, Maude Hodges of Arcadia, MO, and Martha Jones of Bismarck, MO; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; other family members, and a host of friends. She worked many years as a Nurse Aide at The Baptist Home in Ironton, and was a member of Stouts Creek Baptist Church in Ironton at the time of her death. Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 19th, at 10:00 AM at the White Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Nash officiating. Interment will be in Arcadia Valley Memorial Park in Ironton. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 18th, from 5-8 PM at the White Funeral Home in Ironton.


Russell L. Lovell, Sr. - Age 75, died at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at his sister's home in Godfrey. Born February 15, 1933 in Montezuma, IL, he was the son of Alvis Lloyd and Viola (Craigmiles) Lovell. He was an aircraft mechanic for McDonnell Douglas retiring after 33 years of service. Mr. Lovell was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist Union for 50 years, past president of the Shannon County Museum, past president of the Senior Citizens Group in Shannon County and started the meals on wheels program. On July 3, 1965 in Alton, he married Ola Mae Whorl. She survives in Eminence, MO. Also surviving is a daughter, Julie Taylor and her husband, Michael of Eminence, MO, two sons, Christopher Lovell and his wife Sharon of Eminence, MO, Russell Lovell Jr. of Highland, IL, eight grandchildren, Brandon Martin, Jared Lovell, Alicia Lovell, Joseph Mennemeyer, Kelly Abbett, Chad Brantley, Charity Taylor and Faith Weiser, four great grandchildren, Emiley, Cadence, Tommy and Hope, one brother, Donald Lovell and his wife Debbie of Alton and three sisters, Betty Cardwell of East Alton, Bea Monroe of Godfrey and Carol Brinkman and her husband Michael of Godfrey. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton where funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Sunday. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey with military honors by the Alton VFW Post 1308. Reverend Stan Hunt will officiate. Memorials may be made to the 5A's or to BJC Hospice.



Evelyn JUNE Wakefield Lovins

23 Jun 1936 - 10 Apr 2009

Evelyn June Wakefield Lovins was born Jun. 23, 1936 at Low Wassie, Shannon Co., MO, the daughter of Thomas Grover Wakefield and Clara Elizabeth Collins Wakefield. She passed away Apr. 10, 2009. Evelyn married Kenneth Eugene 'Pee Wee' Lovins on Feb. 16, 1959, and to this union two children were born, Leann and Tommy. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters Wilma Dixon and Alma 'Pauline' Harmon, and brothers Raymond Dale Wakefield and Roy W. Wakefield. She is survived by her husband, Kennth Lovins; children Donna 'Leann' Abbey, of Winona, Missour, and Thomas Clarence 'Tommy' Lovins of Canadian, Texas; brothers Harold 'Edmond' Wakefield and wife Wanda, and Donald Leon 'Pete' Wakefield, and wife Margaret, all of Winona; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. Services were held Monday, Apr. 13, 2009, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, Rev. Glen Hampton officiating. Interment was at Mount Zion Cemetery in Winona.


WINONA, Mo. - Evelyn June Wakefield Lovins, 72, died Friday, April 10, 2009.
Mrs. Lovins was born June 23, 1936, in Low Wassie, to Thomas Grover and Clara Elizabeth Collins Wakefield. She married Kenneth E. Lovins on Feb. 16, 1959. Survivors include her husband; two brothers, Harold Edmond Wakefiled and Donald Leon '"Pete' Wakefield, both of Winona; a daughter, Donna Leann Abbey of Winona; a son, Thomas Clarence Lovins of Canadian, Texas; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Duncan Funeral Home Chapel in Winona with the Rev. Glen Hampton officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery in Winona. Amarillo Globe-News, April 13, 2009




4 May 1943 - 28 Feb 2013



Harry Lee Lovins, Sr., a long time resident of Doniphan, died Thursday morning, February 28, 2013, at his residence in rural Ripley County. Mr. Lovins was born May 4, 1943, in Winona, Missouri, to Clarence and Alma (Blunkall) Lovins. He initially worked three years for the Van Buren Highway Department. Harry then began employment with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a civil engineering technician and retired after 30 years of employment. Mr. Lovins was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Doniphan where he was active in Vacation Bible School, Sonshiners and the Harvest Festival. He was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman and a proud supporter of the Doniphan Dons and Donettes. Harry also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. On July 2, 1964, he was married to Jewel Bland in Eminence, Missouri, and she survives. Also surviving are four children; Harry Lovins, Jr., Roy (and Tracy) Lovins, Jeremiah (and Melissa) Lovins and Abigail (and Perry) Walk, all of Doniphan; six grandchildren; Emily, Paris, Bobby, Maria, Tammy and Jessica; two step-grandchildren; Amanda and Courtney Walk, both of Greenville, Missouri; one brother, Kenneth Lovins of Winona, Missouri; one sister, Esta Mae (and Connie) Asher of Peoria, Arizona; and many nieces, nephews, friends, church family and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Evelyn, one daughter-in-law, Sherrie, one granddaughter, Autumn, and one grandson, Skyler. Burial will follow in the Hunt-White Cemetery.

Irene Newby Kirkman Lower


30 Oct 1918 - 12 Nov 2008



Irene Newby Kirkman Lower, daughter of George and Lona Medlock Newby, was born October 30, 1918 at Ellington in Carter Co MO and passed away at Kabul Nursing Home on Wednesday morning, November 12, 2008, making her age 90 years and 12 days. Irene was united in marriage to Lloyd Kirkman on January 4, 1937. To their union two children were born, Robert W. Kirkman and Roger L. Kirkman. Irene was later united in marriage to her second husband, Daniel G. Lower on March 11, 1956. Irene was baptized into the Riverside Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida, May 28, 1989. She enjoyed attending services and the friends that she made. Irene loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables, and just enjoyed being outside. She owned several small dogs at different times of her life and most always had a bird or two. She loved to travel, both in the States and abroad. After retirement, she and Dan lived in Florida during the cold months of the year and on the Northwest Coast in the warm months. At one time she also took care of several foster children. Irene was preceded in death by both of her husbands; her father, George; her mother, Lona; her only brother, Laurel and his wife Bernice; four brothers-in-law Arthur Heiney, Paul Stewart, Benny Tyler, Ray Norin; and one niece, Leann Heiney. Irene is survived by her two sons: Robert Kirkman and wife, Mary, of Independence MO; Roger Kirkman and wife, Carolyn, of Summersville MO; stepdaughter, Janie Santiano and family of Florida; grandson Scott Kirkman and wife, Shelley, of Lee’s Summitt MO; granddaughter, Cindy Kirkman Young and husband, Mark, of Blue Springs MO; great-grandsons, Chris and Joey Young of Blue Springs MO; and great-granddaughter, Grace Kirkman, of Lee’s Summitt MO; three sisters, Mary Millington and Juanita Norin of Summersville MO and Evelyn Tyler of Hartshorn MO; seven nephews; five nieces, a host of family and friends that she made in St. Louis, Florida, Oregon and in her many travels. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Heiney officiating. Interment was in Valley Center Cemetery in Hartshorn, under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home.


27 Nov 1912 - 05 Apr 1999


Ruth Hollis Lowe, daughter of Phillip Richard HOLLIS and Mary Lily ALLEN, was born Nov. 27, 1912 at Carter Co MO and died Apr. 5, 1999 at Mountain View Howell Co MO. Ruth was married to Floyd Damen LOWE on July 10, 1933 at Winona, Mo. They had one son. Floyd preceded her in death in 1965. She is also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister. Ruth is survived by one son, Paul LOWE; two brothers, Jerry HOLLIS and Tom HOLLIS; four sisters, June GRANT, Lucy LINDSEY, Maude HALE and Frances THOMPSON; five grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery at Winona.   


JOHN T. LOYD - Son of Morris Franklin and Martha Ann Miles Loyd, was born October 9, 1865, in Osage County, Missouri, and died November 6, 1951, in Fort Supply, Oklahoma, at the age of 86 years and 28 days. With the exception of the last 1 year and 8 months of his life, Mr. Loyd was a resident of Missouri where more than 50 years were spent operating his own drug business in Winona.  On June 18, 1896, he was united in marriage with Emily Matilda Beard, and to this union were born 5 children – Blanche Loyd of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Ruth Harrison of Fort Supply, Oklahoma; Pauline Loyd of Kansas City, Missouri; J. Tal Loyd of San Francisco, California; and Mrs. Dixie Klein of Higginsville, Missouri, all of whom survive. His wife preceded him in death in February of 1946. One half-brother, two half-sisters, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren survive him.  A faithful member of the Christian Church for years, he was a member of the Fort Supply Christian Church at the time of his death. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and active in its work for more than 50 years. He was a great worker in civic organizations.  Funeral services were held at the Fort Supply Christian Church at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 7. Burial was in Winona, Missouri, on Friday afternoon, November 9, under the auspices of the Winona Masonic Lodge.

J. T. LOYD - Truly a pioneer of Shannon County, passed away at Fort Supply, Oklahoma, on Tuesday of last week. The remains were brought to his old home in Winona for burial., where funeral services were held on Friday.  Mr. Loyd, the popular and widely known and loved druggist of Winona for a great many years, sold his business in Winona a few years ago and went to Oklahoma to make his home with a daughter.  Jack Loyd was a man whom it was a distinct pleasure to meet and converse with. His wit and wisdom were a never-failing source of entertainment.  We sympathize with the bereaved family and grieve with them in the passing of our old and dear friend.


WILLIAM EDWARD LUNDRY - Age 60, of Rt. 1, Gatewood, Mo., passed away in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro. He was born September 20, 1924 in Bunker, Mo., a son of the late Wm. Perry and Cynthia Meade Lundry. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet Caldwell Lundry of the home; a stepson, Arthur Caldwell of Poynor, Mo.; two brothers, Delbert Lundry of Mammoth Spring and Walter Lundry of Salem, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Faye Belle of Salem, Mo.; and one granddaughter. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Joe McDonald and James Frey officiating. Burial followed in Warm Springs Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. Pallbearers were Bud Cox, Gene Swigert, Henry Swindle, Dwaine Lundry, Roger Williams and I.M. Bounds.  


GLEN ROY LUNSFORD - Age 70, of Winona, Missouri departed this life on May 31, 2006 at the VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He was united in marriage to Nadine Vermillion Counts on October 14, 1970. Survivors include his loving wife Nadine of Winona, Missouri, one daughter Tracy Reese of Winona, Missouri, three stepdaughters, Elaine Toombs of Potosi, Missouri, Judy Haynes of Winona, Missouri and Charlene Adier of Van Buren, Missouri, two stepsons, Lonnie Counts of DeSoto, Missouri and Ronnie Counts of Eminence, Missouri and their spouses. Four grandchildren, Jessica, Haley, Ireland, and Christopher. 16 step grandchildren, and 12 step great grandchildren. Four brothers, Lindell and Robert Lunsford of Fredericktown, Missouri, Jim Lunsford of Jackson, Missouri and Larry Lunsford of St. Louis, Missouri. Three sisters, Evelyn Duffer of Union, Missouri, Betty Lunsford and Mary Foster of Fredericktown, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents Ross and Ruth Lunsford, one brother, Donald Lunsford, and sister Alice Miller and his in-laws, Mel and Katie (Tucker) Vermillion of Winona, Missouri. Glen Roy enjoyed his grandchildren and talking about the Lord. He will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, June 2, 2006 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, Missouri with Archie Taylor officiating. Interment was held at the Horner Cemetery in Winona, Missouri under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home in Winona, Missouri.   


04 Jan 1933 - 15 Sep 2012



Nadine was born January 4, 1933, in the Rocky community-Winona, Mo., a daughter of Melvin and Kate (Tucker) Vermillion. She went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2012, at the age of 79 years, 8 months, and 11 days. Nadine was married to Charles Counts on January 14, 1948. To the union, 5 children were born. On October 14, 1970, she was married to Glen Roy Lunsford. To this union, 1 child was born. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Charles, on October 18, 1962, and her second husband, Glen Roy, on May 31, 2006 and her father and mother, Melvin and Kate Vermillion, and her brother, Gene Vermillion. Those left to mourn her passing are her children Elaine (Gary) Toombs of Potosi, Mo., Judy (Gene) Haynes of Winona, Mo., Charlene (Larry) Adier of Van Buren, Mo., Lonnie (Marilyn) Counts of Desoto, Mo., Ronnie (Karen) Counts of Eminence, Mo., and Tracy (Lonnie) Reese of Winona, Mo. , twenty grandchildren Rodney, Rusty, Pam, Eddie, Chris, Robert, Shera, Michelle, Brandy, Anisha, Jeremy, Jessica, Haley, Christopher, Ireland, Brittaney, Teal, Amanda, Christy, and Ashley, seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, three brothers Bill, Allen, and Brock, five sisters Evelyn, Sally, Jenny, Carol, Melba, many nieces, nephews, family and friends who will miss her very much. Nadine loved everyone. She would cook many a meal for anyone who came to visit in her younger days. Her favorite flowers were irises. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 11:00am - 1:00pm at Duncan Funeral Chapel - Winona, MO. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 1:00pm, also at the Duncan Funeral Chapel - Winona, MO, with interment following at Horner Cemetery at Winona, MO. A pot luck dinner followed the burial services.



Mar. 21, 1925 - Jul. 7, 2014

Bonnie Fern Thomas Lynch, 89, of Birch Tree, Missouri died on July 7, 2014 at Mountain View Healthcare. She was born March 21, 1925 in Montier, Missouri the daughter of Shade and Annar (Rose) Thomas. Bonnie was united in marriage to Levern Lynch on March 30, 1946 in Eminence, MO. To this union three daughters were born, Charlotte, Brenda, and Connie. Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, Shade and Annar; husband, Levern; five brothers, Arvil Thomas, George Thomas, Elvis Thomas, Robert Thomas, and Pete Thomas; and eight sisters, Dessie Thomas, Mattie Thomas, Edna Younger, Iva Allen, Virgie Reese, Sylvia Nicholson, Inez Lynch, and Gladys Lynch. Survivors include her three daughters, Charlotte Hunt of Eminence, MO, Brenda Strain and husband, Clint, of Nixa, MO, and Connie Yarber and husband, Glen, of Festus, MO; one sister, Marie Wallace of Byrnes Mill, MO; and seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Bonnie enjoyed puzzles, fishing with her husband, and spending time with her family. She was also a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Birch Tree, Missouri. Bonnie will be greatly missed. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery State Highway Y Birch Tree, MO 65438


ELBERT 'LEVERN' LYNCH - Of Birch Tree, Missouri, died April 29, 1999 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. Levern was born on June 1, 1921 to William David Lee LYNCH and Bertha Gertrude YOUNGER at Alley Spring, Missouri. He married Bonnie THOMAS on March 30, 1946 in Eminence, Missouri and to this union were born three daughters: Charlotte, Brenda and Connie. Levern served his country in the United States Army in World War II. During this service he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was employed by Kerr-McGee Corporation as a timber buyer and worked for them until his retirement. Levern enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors. He loved his family and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend. Lavern enjoyed taking care of others and it was difficult for him to let people take care of him. To all those individuals, the family says 'thank you.' Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; three daughters: Charlotte HUNT of eminence, Missouri; Brenda STRAIN and husband, Clint, of Chanute, Kansas; and Connie YARBER and husband, Glen, of Festus, Missouri; two sisters, Margaret MENDENHALL and Jewell BOOTHBY; seven grandchildren: Becky WAGONER, Robert and Randall HUNT, Jennifer and Michael STRAIN, Nathan and Shawna YARBER; and three great- grandchildren: Koltt and Kammi HUNT and Amanda NAIL. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Delbert LYNCH, Sherman LYNCH, and an infant brother; and a son-in- law, Robert HUNT. Funeral services were held Monday, May 3, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at Church of God of Prophecy, Birch Tree, Missouri with Bro. Bud YOUNGER officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Birch Tree, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.   The Current Wave, May 12, 1999.  


LEE LYNCH - Of Alley, Mo. passed away at his home on October 22nd. He had been ill for quite some time suffering from a stroke.  Interment was in the Alley cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home.


Marvin Lee Lynch - Born August 23, 1948 the son of Alvie Lynch and Gladys (Thomas) Lynch. He departed this life on December 19, 2014 at the age of 66 year and four months. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvie and Gladys Lynch; two sisters Barbara Kay Rector and Darlene Lynch; and two infant brothers. Marvin is survived by one son Andrew Lynch; one daughter Florence Helen, one stepson Charles Foster; one sister Charlene Lynch and Darrell Denton; two nephews and one niece; and a host of other family and friends. Marvin loved to fish and hunt. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


Oliver Weaver Lynch, Jr. - 92, of Vine Grove, KY, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2009 at North Hardin Health & Rehabilitation Center in Radcliff, KY. Mr. Lynch was born in Peace Valley, MO and lived in Winona, MO until WWII. Mr. Lynch was retired from the United States Army. He served in WWII (European Theater) and the Korean Conflict. After his military career, he worked and retired from Civil Service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lenora Simpson Lynch; a brother, Richard Lynch; and his sister, Phyllis Lynch Linthicum. Oliver is survived by two sons, Gary (Kay) Lynch and Donnie (Linda) Lynch of Vine Grove, KY; four granddaughters, Jessica (Drew) Andrews, Kara (Youngdo) Lee, Kimbra (Josh) Lile, and Amanda (Shawn) Drake all of Lexington, KY; three grandsons, David Lynch of Vine Grove, KY, Jeff Lynch of Louisville, KY, and Adam Lynch of Lexington, KY; ten great-grandchildren, Will, Elena, and Charlie Andrews, Nate and Jason Lee, Reese and Wini Lile, Austin, Morgan, and Molly Lynch; his brother, David Lynch of DeQueen, AR; and numerous loving relatives and friends in Shannon and surrounding counties in Missouri. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in the chapel of Coffey & Chism Funeral Home in Vine Grove, KY with Deacon Mickey Vessels officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the North Hardin Memorial Gardens, Radcliff, KY. One cannot pay homage to a life of 92 years in a few moments. We simply want to give you a thumbnail sketch of the man known as Oliver or Ollie, or as we affectionately call him--O.W The American humorist Will Rogers is quoted as having said: I never met a man I didn't like. We feel certain Oliver Lynch was a man liked by most who met him. O.W. had a rough start to his life. He and his three siblings grew up in rural southeast Missouri during the depression. At a very young age, due to difficult family circumstances, he assumed the responsibility of raising not only himself, but also his two younger brothers. The three became known as "the boys who raised themselves". O. W. spent his early years working in timber-cutting trees, hauling logs, and hewing railroad ties. Throughout his life he was proud of his Missouri roots and returned there as often as he could. When the United States entered WWII, he was drafted. He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict and retired after a career as an Army mess sergeant. O.W. married Mary Lenora Simpson on May 18, 1942. They had two sons, Gary and Donnie. O.W. and Lenora were together 49 years, until her death from cancer in 1991. O.W. was with Lenora throughout her illness, rarely leaving her side-feeding and caring for her around the clock. He was an insatiable reader with a penchant for westerns. He enjoyed crossword puzzles (done with a U.S. Government mechanical pencil), could talk about any subject, and watched Road Runner and Bugs Bunny cartoons. He loved fried foods. He hated carrots. His sweet tooth was legendary-13 heaping tablespoons of sugar in a pitcher of tea, hard candy, circus peanuts, ice cream-I'll stop here because we don't have time for the complete list. And it must be noted-his favorite color was plaid! To borrow (with a few liberties) from a song by country singer Don Williams, we say: O. W. didn't believe in superstars, Organic food and foreign cars. He didn't believe the price of gold; The certainty of growing old. That right is right and left is wrong, That north and south can't get along. That east is east and west is west. And being first is always best. And we don't believe that heaven waits, For only those who congregate. We like to think of God as love: He's down below, He's up above. He's watching people everywhere. He knows who does and doesn't care. And He knows that O. W. was a good and honest man. On this past Thanksgiving Day, O.W. said, "We had some good times, didn't we?" Yes, O.W., we did-and we thank you. It was an honor to have known you. You will be sorely missed.


DANNY LEE LYNN - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 ADVANCE, Mo. - Danny Lee LYNN, 56, of Advance died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 20, 1948, in Spokane, WA. son of Walter Lee LYNN and Louvena FRAZIER. He and Barbara Cobb SLINKARD were married Sept. 27, 1969, at Chaffee, Mo. She died Jan. 10, 1997. He and Christina FLEER were married Jan. 16, 1998, at Eminence, Mo. Mr. LYNN was a 1966 graduate of Chaffee High School. He received a bachelor's degree in science from Southeast Missouri State University in 1974, a master's degree in administration from Southeast in 1980, a specialist degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1987, and attended Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998. He was a semi-pro football player in North Carolina. He was an avid sports enthusiast and golfer, expert hunter, fisherman and conservationist. Mr. LYNN was a teacher, principal and superintendent more than 30 years before retiring. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Medal. Survivors include his wife, Christina LYNN; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Tracy SLINKARD of Advance; three daughters and sons-in- law, Cheryl and Joseph MOLL of Advance, Danielle and Patrick CRITES of Creve Coeur, Mo., Madeline FLEER of Advance; his parents, Walter and Louvena LYNN of Chaffee; three brothers, Terry LYNN of Atlanta, Ga., Howard and Roger LYNN of Scott City; four grandchildren, Ryan and Tyler SLINKARD, Ashley and Tiffany MOLL. He was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Joyce. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until time of service Thursday. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with military rites by Missouri Honor Team. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Cancer Care in Kirkwood, Mo.   Springfield News Leader.



12 Mar 1934 - 8 Feb 2017


Robert Lee 'Bob' Lynn, Jr. was born March 12, 1934 at Butler, MO the son of Robert Lee and Sylvia Dee Dell Reynolds. He passed away February 8, 2017 at the age of 82 years. Robert married Barbara Hensley in April 1961 and to that union one son, Robert L. was born. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Sylvia Lynn; one grandson Robert Michael Lynn; one daughter-in-law Jeannine Lynn: and one sister; Ninon Lynn-Hensley. He is survived by his wife Barbara; one son Robert L. Lynn; granddaughter Jessica Lynn; grandson Michael Paramo; granddaughter-in-law Jennifer Lynn; one great-grandson Robert Anthony Lynn; two great-granddaughters Paige Lynn and Summer Lynn; three sisters, Anne Tafoya of Albuquerque, NM; Marjorie Spicer of Kansas City, MO; and Beverly Clock of Orlando, FL.  Bob grew up in Kansas City, MO and as an adult, spent the first 35 years working in the printing industry, starting as a typesetter and through the years preformed most jobs in a printing company, ending his printing career as a printing salesmen. He quit his job and moved with his wife to Eminence, MO in 1985 supposedly to retire. Not being a lazy man he needed to be busy so as his hobby had always been photography he started a photography business, first by buying a photo lab and started developing film and printing pictures. It wasn’t long until that wasn’t enough and he opened a studio to take portraits, and shoot weddings, senior pictures, etc. In 1991, he had the opportunity to become the camp photographer at Cross Country Trail Ride to take pictures of their guests as they rode the trails and crossed the rivers, even without a knowledge of what constitutes a good horse or mule picture. This was to him the most enjoyable job of all. He loved the interaction with the riders, which gave him an opportunity to make many new friends. Robert was a good man, loved his family and friends, and will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to a local charity.

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