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Graveside services for Marcus Sparks, 80, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Bly-Big Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Sparks died at 7:35 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born August 10, 1934, in Yadkin County, North Carolina, to Hugh and Grace Sparks. While serving in the United States Army, Sparky was stationed in West Germany on the border patrol. He moved to Peoria where he met and married Betty Lou Marshall of Hocomo, Missouri and worked at ABC washing machines. He spent twenty-six years as a switchman at the Rock Island Railroad. Betty Lou and Sparky retired in 1994 and moved to West Plains to catch the big bass in the Lakes of Arkansas. On July 31 the couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Sparks; three children, Kim Sparks, Kathy Sparks Edwards and Curtis Sparks, wife, Tiffany; seven grandchildren, Marcus Sparks, wife, Tiffany, Emily Fisher, husband, Jason, Megan Beize, husband, Joe, Caleb Edwards, Abby Sparks, Andrew Sparks and Marshall Edwards; six great-grandchildren, Morgan Sparks, Jayley Fisher, Addison Fisher, Lydia Fisher, Madison Beize and Calvin Fisher; two brothers, Wayne Sparks, wife, Betty and Ricky Sparks, wife Judy; and one sister, Edith Brammer, husband, Woody.

His parents and one son, Douglas Reese Sparks , precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Bly-Big Springs and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Garry Allan Walker, 67, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Pottersville Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Walker died at 12:58 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 13, 1947, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Willie Harrison Walker and Flossie Jewell Yocum Walker. Garry graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1966. On May 31, 1969, he was married in Howell County, Missouri, to Mary Jane Lunn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Garry accepted Christ on October 19, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Walker, of the family home; one brother, Gene Walker, West Plains; one step-brother, Hobart Sweat, Fredericktown, Missouri; two step-sisters, Vada Downen and May Dean Callaway, both of West Plains; two brothers-in-law, Jolly Morgan, Kansas City, Missouri and Melvin Lunn, wife, Rhonda, Oak Grove, Missouri; and four sisters-in-law, Lovern Walker, West Plains, Freda Lunn, Pomona, Missouri, Patricia Lunn, West Plains and Veda Johnson, husband, Daniel, West Plains.

His parents, step-mother, Nancy, one brother, James Walker, one sister, Alene Morgan, two step-brothers, James and Johnny Manley, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Orvis B. and Gladys Lunn and one sister-in-law, Betty Walker, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery, or any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mr. Danny Hebblethwaite, age 66, of Licking, MO, , passed away October 30, 2014, in Springfield, MO. Visitation will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at Fox Chapel under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking,MO.

Elsie L. Ponto, 99, of Theodosia, MO passed away on October 26, 2014 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. Elsie was born March 29, 1915 to Peter and Clara Brandland in Pipestone, MN.

She married Alfred Ponto April 29, 1940 in Pipestone. She worked in defense in 1940 at the Bomber Plant in Omaha, NE as a riveter on the wings of B26 and B29 planes. She was a department manager and buyer for W.T. Grant Dept. Store in Omaha for 14 years, before moving to Missouri.

She and her husband purchased Noland Point Resort in 1958, they operated that resort for 17 years before retiring on Noland Point in Ocie, MO. She was area director for Missouri members for several years, later became president of the Missouri Bull Shoals Lake Association. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Theodosia, member of Eastern Star in Theodosia Chapter 130 over 50 years. She was district deputy two times over for 23 years; president and held other offices in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter XI NU PI since 1989. Elsie enjoyed fishing and entertaining her guests, always trying to make them feel at home when they came to the resort.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Clara Brandland; her husband Al Ponto; five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 in the Theodosia United Methodist Church, Theodosia, MO with Gene West officiating. Burial will be in the Lutie Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening, October 30th from 5:30-7 p.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. Memorials may be made to: Theodosia United Methodist Church; Lutie Cemetery; or to the Eastern Star. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Graveside services for Jack Orland Kennedy, 77, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 31, 2014, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Kennedy passed away at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1937, at Salem, Arkansas, eldest child of Basil A. Kennedy and Olga Squire Kennedy. On October 26, 1947, he was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Judith Ann Walker and to this union, three children were born: Richard Alan Kennedy, Steven Marshall Kennedy and Jackie Lynn Kennedy. Jack was a proud member of the Missouri National Guard for eight years. He worked at International Shoe Factory for several years while farming his own farm, cutting wood and working at a neighbor’s dairy. In 1969, he purchased the dairy and started Kennedy Dairy with his wife and children, becoming the Missouri Farm Family of the Year in 1973. Jack loved working the farm with his wife, father and sons at his side. He worked at Joy Dog Food for several years and in 1996 he started working as head custodian for Richard’s School. Jack loved kids, often decorating teachers chalk boards with his artwork of Disney cartoon characters. After retirement, he expanded his love of gardening, planting and growing one of the largest and best gardens in the area. He loved supplying his family, friends and neighbors with the abundant produce he and Judy grew. In his spare time he enjoyed wood carving and made gifts of many of the “wood spirits” he carved. Jack was well liked and known to be one of the hardest working men around. He took pride in doing every job to the best of his ability, always going the extra mile to do things right. His family was his number one priority. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by them. Mr. Kennedy was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Kennedy; his mother, Olga Kennedy; two sons, Richard, wife, Michelle and Steven, wife, Tracy; one daughter, Jackie; five grandchildren, Alison Alaimo, Michael Kennedy, James Kennedy, Aaron Kennedy and Krista Kennedy; four great-grandchildren, Kiora and Quana Alaimo, Sydney and Andrew Kennedy; two sisters, Jane Gilbreath, husband, Jack, West Plains; and Jeannette Stephens, Schererville, Indiana; three nieces and one nephew.

His father, mother-in-law, father-in-law and one niece, Renee Stephens Casale, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A Memorial service for Paul Eugene White, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church.

Mr. White died at 11:40 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born September 24, 1937, at Fisher, Illinois, to Paul Eugene “Curly” White and June Tarroff White Harper. On April 17, 1987, he was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Roeder. He was a veteran, having served with the United States Air Force. Mr. White was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite White; nine children, Donna White, significant other, Richard Blanchard, David White, wife, Marcia, Paula Jean Haddan, husband, Joe, Wanda Gayle Jernigan, husband, Jerry, Anne Marie Blogeett, husband, Phillip, Alychia Wilkins, fiancé John Atzer, Raquel Wilkins, significant other, Michael Latham, Fredrick Wilkins and Tonya Stone, husband, Travis; twenty-two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chuck Freeman, wife, Jackie and Phillip Freeman; two sisters, Pamela Mayuric and Patricia Wood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Charles Jack Boone, 52, Mountain Grove, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Center of God Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Boone died Sunday, October 26, 2014, at his home.

He was born January 9, 1962, at Batesville, Arkansas, to Douglas “Jack” Boone and Frances “Gaye” Stevens Boone. On July 19, 1996, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Shalana Sue Johnson. Chuck was a well-known radio announcer for thirty-five years. Before coming to West Plains, he did radio at Missouri State University at Springfield; he worked at KKDY and KHOM in West Plains and KKountry 95 in Thayer, as well as announcing Zizzer football games. He helped many up and coming artists by playing their songs and had met numerous celebrities during his radio career and won several radio announcing awards. Chuck was a caring and giving person; always wanting to help others, especially children. He was involved in several charities and fund raisers going above and beyond in helping the community, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, United Way, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Even though Chuck’s health was declining, he still helped people and was an inspiration to others. He loved golf and bowling.

He is survived by his wife, Shalana Boone, of the family home; one son, Shawn Boone, Mountain Grove, Missouri; and one aunt, Barbara Hickenbotham.

His parents, one brother, Scott Boone and an infant sister, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

Dollie Marie Gooch, 93, of Willow Springs, Missouri, departed this life on October 26, 2014 at Willow Care Nursing Home, Willow Springs. She was born on September 28, 1921 in Topaz, Missouri, the daughter of Vernia and Julia (Russell) Seiber.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church, Willow Springs with David Cox officiating. Interment will be in the Willow Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Memorials may be made to Willow Springs Scholarship Club. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.

Dollie was a graduate of Willow Springs High School. She was united in marriage to Robert Rodney Gooch on August 20, 1948. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter-in-law, Jody Gooch, two brothers, and two sisters.

Survivors include her children, Robert Gooch of Poplar Bluff, MO, Terry Gooch and wife, Rita, of Springfield, MO, Judy Derbes and husband, Charles, of Eunice, LA, Jeannie Sellers of Greenville, SC, Tom Gooch and wife, Linda, of Willow Springs, Jim Gooch and wife, Veronica, of Mountain View, MO, Bill Gooch and wife, Sally, of Conway, AR, David Gooch of Willow Springs, and Julie Carter and husband, David, of Willow Springs; 28 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

Dollie enjoyed making pies for holiday meals. Her specialty and a family favorite, was her applesauce pies. She also loved making quilts and made many beautiful ones for her family. Other hobbies were growing flowers, swimming in her pool, camping out West, and doing her “acrobats”. But her greatest love was spoiling her grandkids.

Joseph Lee DeVina, 87 years, 11 months, and 4 days old, passed to heaven on October 26, 2014 at Webco Manor in Marshfield, MO.

Cremation services for Joe are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava. Burial of cremains will be in Ellison Cemetery at a later date and time.

Joe was born November 22, 1926 in Tulsa, OK to Joseph and Nora (Fortney) DeVina.

Joe was a Veteran of the United States Navy and served during WWII. Later he was employed and retired from Kraft Foods in Springfield, MO.

Joe and Arlice (Freeman) were united in marriage on December 28th, 1949 in Miami, OK.

Joe was preceded by his parents, his wife Arlice and sister Brenda.

Joe is survived by Daughter Avis ; Grandchildren, Miles, Kris, Shannon, and several great grandchildren.

James A. Albrecht, 53 years, 4 months, and 12 days old, passed to heaven on October 26, 2014 at Mercy Hospital.

James was born June 14, 1961 in Houston, TX to Don and Janice (West) Grooms. He graduated from Spring Branch High School in Houston.

Memorials may be made to the family as love offerings. Cremation services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO.

James was employed as an armored car driver for 26 years and was a Navy veteran.

He was a Christian born again. He enjoyed building military models and playing bingo at the VFW, where he had many friends. He also liked to fish.

James was preceded by both parents.

James is survived by three brothers, Don Elroy Grooms Jr. and wife Ruby of Houston, TX, Ray Grooms and wife Tina of Ava, and Kevin Grooms and Steve of South Carolina, and many other friends and family.