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Judith Kay Barnes Baker Davis, 71, passed away in her home in Ava, Mo. on May 25, 2015 after a long illness.

She was born Oct. 7, 1943, to Denzil and Alieene (Hale) Barnes in Richmond Calif. She has one brother, Barry Barnes.

She was the mother of three sons, Greg, Bryan “Duff” Baker, and Brent Davis; four grandchildren, Melissa, Chad, Dezerah and Jarad.

Judith attended Faith Rock Church in Ava, Mo. Judith came from a good hard working, God fearing family.

She attended Ava High School; however she later took the general equivalence exam then continued on with college courses and became a certified bookkeeper. Judith also worked as a hospitality manager, cattle farmer, and was a long time owner/operator of Barnes Liquor. She also managed the Ozark Hotel for several years. She loved the daily business of buy/sell/trade. Plus, she was a loving caregiver to her grandmother, Hazel Barnes

She never met a stranger. Judith was a Christian, devoted mother and our moral compass. It was in her heart to always help the less fortunate, serving those in need where ever she could. Cooking was her joy and another way she found to help people.

She leaves behind many friends in Ava and the surrounding area. Judith loved her friends and she loved Ava. We are grateful we have all her friends in our life.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30,2015 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Ridley Jo-Lynn Van Horn was born into the arms of the angels on May 25, 2015 at West Plains, MO the daughter of Shawn Van Horn and Courtney Wisecarver.

She was preceded in death by her great grandparents Kenneth Wisecarver, Gene Gentry, Richard Martin, and Rebecca Syth; and cousins Laken Martin and Preston French.

Ridley is survived by her parents Shawn Van Horn and Courtney Wisecarver of Birch Tree, MO; one sister Kenya Crocker of Birch Tree, MO; grandparents Kent Wisecarver and wife Sherri of Birch Tree, MO, Tammy Wisecarver of Birch Tree, MO; and John Van Horn and wife Amy of Mountain View, MO; great grandparents Francis Gentry of Birch Tree, MO, Patsy Martin of Winona, MO; Janice Holford and husband Richard of Birch Tree, MO, and Rodney Syth of Mountain View, MO; aunts and uncles Justin Martin of Birch Tree, MO, Casey Pulliam and husband Dakota of West Plains, MO, and Erica Van Horn and Rhyan Van Horn both of Mountain View, MO; her Godmother Kacey Pierce of Birch Tree, MO; “Nana” Carmen Pierce of Birch Tree, MO; and a host of great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Though Ridley never spend time with us here on Earth, she touched many of our lives. She will be remembered for many things, but most of all for her thick dark hair, tiny but beautiful ears and the footprints that are left in our hearts.

Until we meet again, mommy, daddy and sissy love you!

Graveside services will be Friday, May 29 at 10 AM at Oak Forest Cemetery, Highway 99, Birch Tree, MO, US, 65438

David Oelke, 69, of Gainesville, MO passed away on May 26, 2015 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. He was born on July 26, 1945 in Nebraska City, NE, the son of Fredrick and Irene (Schreiner) Oelke.

David grew up in Paul, NE. On January 6, 1967 he was united in marriage to Donna Reed. They moved to the Ozarks that same year and settled in Ava, MO. In 1985 they moved to Gainesville. David loved his home and enjoyed collecting guns. He was a very loving husband and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother-in-law Verlin Koke; and one nephew Garry Trout. He is survived by his wife Donna Oelke of the home in Gainesville; his sister Kay Trout and husband Sonny of Fremont, NE; sisters-in-law Ardith Reed of Gainesville, MO, Pat Koke of Seymour, MO and Sandi Riley and husband Ed and their daughter Diana of Kansas City, KS; nephews Ron Trout of Omaha, NE; Shawn Koke and wife Susan and their son Jacob of Plattsmouth, NE; nieces Debra Trout of Council Bluff, NE, Christina Mase and husband Gene of Seymour, MO ; and great niece Brandy Koke of Seymour, MO.

No local services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Bonnie C. Hord, 67, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Hord died at 5:45 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015, at NHC Healthcare, surrounded by her family after a long hard battle with cancer.

She was born September 6, 1947, at Middlesboro, Kentucky, to Andrew Cob and Clara Jones Cobb Cheshier.  On August 7, 1967, she was married to Reggie Hord at Ashton, Illinois.  Bonnie had lived at Lamplight for the past fourteen years.  She loved being with her family and friends and had an unforgettable smile.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by four children, Stacey Matlock, McClure, Illinois, Darrell Hord, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Doug Hord, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Ryan Hord, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; her mother, Clara Cheshier, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Betty Beck, Pat Jens and Judy Minge; three brothers, Gary Cobb, William Cobb and Robert Cobb; and many nieces and nephews.

Her father, one infant daughter, Vicky Sue and one infant brother, Kenneth Cobb, precede her in death.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Activity Fund at NHC Healthcare and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thomas Francis Benyo, 66 of Willow Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from a heart attack while fishing in the ocean in Destin, FL, doing what he loved. He was born in St. Louis, MO on April 20, 1949 to Andrew and Evelyn (Bringaze) Benyo.

Tom graduated from Gibault High School in Waterloo, IL in 1967 and Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO in 1971. He taught high school biology, coached for 25 years and was a Golf Course Superintendent for 19 years in Thayer and Willow Springs, MO.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Evelyn Benyo.

He is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Linda (Duddridge) Benyo; 2 children, Angie McGrew and her husband Josh of Bentonville, AR, Lori Reyes and her husband Johnny of Webb City, MO; 2 stepsons, Richard Feldman and Jackie of Cabool, MO and Robert Feldman of Ozark, MO; 6 grandchildren, Kortney Feldman, Maddy Feldman, Carter Farris, Johnny Reyes II., Brooks McGrew and Lincoln Reyes; 6 siblings, Andy Benyo and his wife Peggy of Lee’s Summit, MO, Dave Benyo and his wife Vicki of Lee’s Summit, MO, Rose Kloeppinger and her husband Rich of Washington, MO, Joe Benyo and his wife Sandy of Waterloo, IL, John Benyo and his wife Rhonda of Valmeyer, IL, Chris Benyo and his wife Denise of North Aurora, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom deeply loved his family and was passionate about many things, including golf, fishing, camping, and being a sports enthusiast. He loved new adventures and family vacations at the beach. He had a positive impact on many lives and will not be forgotten. Tom was a special husband, a committed dad and an admired grandpa.

The visitation is Friday, May 29, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at the First General Baptist Church of Willow Springs, MO. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, also at the First General Baptist Church of Willow Springs with Pastor Scott Williamson officiating under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Memorials may be made to the Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course. Condolences may be expressed at

A celebration of life for Judith Lee Ray, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the South Campus of First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Ray died at 1:44 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1942, at Hampton, Arkansas, to Dewey Quentin Amyx and Dorothy Jane (Hughes) Amyx.  She spent most of her childhood in Memphis, Tennessee. On November 22, 1989, she was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to David J. Ray; then moved with him to Concordia, Kansas in 1991, before returning to West Palins in 2010.  She held a strong Christian faith was a member of First Baptist Church of West Plains.  She loved children and loved being outside, viewing God’s wonderful creation.

She is survived by her husband, David J. Ray, of the family home; two children, Lee Freeman, wife, Brenda, West Plains, Missouri and Wes Freeman, wife, Heather, Cuba, Kansas; two step-children, Cindy Hamade, Charlottsville, Virginia and Laura Stewart, husband, Jim, Colorado Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one brother, Andrew Henley; two sisters, Erin Farmer and Jana Nelson, husband, Duane; and one aunt and uncle, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents and one brother, Jack Amyx, precede her in death.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of West Plains, or to WATOTO, ( an African children’s fund that Mrs. Ray supported and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Robbie Duncan Poulsen, 93, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was born January 29, 1922, in Sprague, Alabama, to Charlie B. and Mary Skinner Williams. She had served her country in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a bookkeeper for many years. Mrs. Poulsen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Poulsen; a step-daughter, Rose Marie (Gene) Smith of Cuba, Illinois; a sister, Eeron Turnipseed of Alabama; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Cherokee Village Columbarium with Reverend Jimmy Anderson officiating.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Barbara Joan Haywood, 76 of Cabool, MO passed away on May 24, 2015 at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born on Sept. 3, 1938 in Bell Gardens, CA the daughter of Paul and Barbara (Butts) Freeman.

Joan’s mother passed away in 1944, after her mother’s death her father married Helen Summers Freeman in 1946. The family moved from California to Cabool in 1947. Joan graduated from Cabool High School in 1956 and upon graduation she returned to California where she met and married Ronald D. Haywood, Sr. on January 31, 1957 and lived in Compton, CA. To this union four children were born. In the summer of 1965, Ronald and Joan returned to Missouri to raise their family in Cabool.

Joan was a long time waitress; she worked at El Rancho Truck Stop and later retired from the Corner Café in Cabool. She never met a stranger and had many faithful customers. If Joan didn’t agree with what her customer ordered, she would tell them “you don’t want that” and would make another suggestion for them. As her hobbies she loved working outdoors in her rock garden and flowers. She collected antiques and displayed them throughout her home and yard.

At a young age, Joan attended and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Panther Creek and she was currently attending the Pleasant Home Freewill Baptist Church.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years, Ronald Haywood, Sr.; two infant children; a daughter, Sunnie Joi; sisters, Pauline Williams and Lucille Stanley and a brother, Kenneth Summers. She is survived by her son, Ronald Haywood, Jr. of Cabool, her sister, Beverly Hutchison and husband, David of Springfield, MO; her brother, Paul Freeman and wife, Wanda of Cabool; grandchildren, Adam Haywood of Cabool, MO, Heather Reagan of Springfield, MO and Robyn Hong of Cabool, MO; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Joan loved her family and enjoyed having them around and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lily Elizabeth Haney, 87, of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her residence. Lily was born March 8, 1928 in Blue Jacket, Oklahoma.

She is survived by one son, David Haney; granddaughter, Olivia Flowers; sister Edna Bradley; other grandchildren; great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Darrell and Carl Haney.

A graveside funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday May 27, 2015, at Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center. An online guestbook and obituary are available at

A Memorial Service for Beulah Mae Bacigalupo of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplain Susie Wilson officiating.

Beulah passed away May 22, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 92. She was born May 22, 1923, in Somerset, Kentucky, the daughter of John and Grace Burton Watts. She married John Bacigalupo on September 24, 1976, at Nashville, Tennessee, and was an Apartment Manager. Beulah lived in Mountain Home since moving from Holiday, Florida, in 2004. She enjoyed knitting and embroidering.

Beulah is survived by her daughter, Wanda Lynn Souder of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister.

A family graveside service was held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at