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Thelma Iona Philpott, 89 years, 11 months, and 6 days old, passed to heaven on November 19, 2014 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO with her family by her side.

Funeral services for Thelma will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Seymour Cemetery, Seymour, MO. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.

Thelma was born December 13, 1924 in Arden, MO to Abraham Lincoln and Beulah Pansy (Williams) Baird.

On March 15, 1947 Thelma and William Donald Philpott were united in marriage in Cedar Gap, MO and to this union three sons were born.

Thelma was a Christian and had attended the Ava General Baptist Church. Thelma graduated from Ava High School and soon after she taught for four years in a rural school in Douglas County. She was a retired Avon Representative and worked for over 40 years. She had the gift of hospitality and wanted people to feel at home. Thelma also loved to travel and especially enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends. Thelma was a loving devoted mother, grandmother and sister.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald in 2008, one brother, Burrel Baird, and one brother-in-law, Etcyl Painter.

Thelma is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Ed and Jan Philpott, Mansfield, MO, Bill and Terry Philpott, Ava, MO, and Rick and Rona Philpott, Mohave Valley, AZ, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sister, Eva Painter, Ava, MO, a sister-in-law, “Mag” Baird and many other relatives and friends.

Harley E. Hoeft, age 93 died Wednesday November 19, 2014 in Ash flat, AR. Harley was born December 19, 1920 the son of the late Frank and Effie Hoeft in Congerville, Illinois.

A graveside service will be held Sunday 2:00pm at Parkland Cemetery in Danvers, Illinois. Local arrangements under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland. Illinois services will be held by Otto-Argo Funeral Home of Danvers, Illinois.

In youth, Harley was an amateur veterinarian. He dabbled in taxidermy, deodorizing skunks, and caponizing chickens, and he was very successful in these endeavors. In his early twenties Harley enlisted in the Army and attended government school. In 1942, he was convoyed on the Queen Mary to Gloskow, Scotland, and from there he went to London, England. He was assigned to the Ninth Air Force as a link trainer instructing pilots in instrument flying. After the invasion in 1944, he went to France. Belgium, and Holland. He brought back many stores of his adventures during the war. Upon his return from service, Harley became a Lieutenant for the civil Air Patrol (CAP) where he helped to locate lost aircraft. Later, he was hired at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. At Caterpillar he was a heat treat engineer in the experimentation and invention area where he designed specialized tooling for production. During his working years Harley lived “life to its fullest” with his Cabin Cruiser on the Illinois River. Harley retired from Caterpillar after 30 years of service. After a long journey of finding the perfect place to retire, Harley visited Hardy, Arkansas and decided Hardy was where he would spend the rest of his life. He built a house on Spring River where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. In retirement he also enjoyed tooling around Zimmer and other rare sports cars. Harley continued his inventive talents in his retirement with several patents to his credit. He is also a very active member of the National Riffle Association (NRA) and was nominated to be a member of the 2nd Amendment Task Force. Harley is survived by a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Leslie Newell Darner, age 90, died Saturday November 11, 2014 at his home in Cherokee Village.

A memorial service will be Saturday November 22nd at The Cherokee Village United Methodist Church at 10:00am. With Pastor Jimmy Anderson Officiating.

Laxie Mary Grote, 101 years, 4 months, and 3 days old, passed to Heaven on November 18, 2014 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO.

Laxie was born July 15, 1913 in Douglas County, Ava, Mo to Marion and Josephine (Graham) Ingram.

Laxie was a lifelong resident of Ava, MO. On October 30, 1934 Laxie and Gilbert Lawrence Grote were united in marriage in Squires, MO. Laxie and Gilbert enjoyed and worked hard on their farm for many years. She and Gilbert made a home for their nephew, Bernel Ingram. She enjoyed taking care of her garden. Her joy was cooking and baking for all her nieces and nephews.

Laxie was a Christian and attended the Murray Church. She loved taking her nieces and nephews to church. Laxie was a special aunt and was very treasured.

Laxie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gilbert in 1982, six sisters, Alta Amyx, Maggie Ingram, Ola Hambleton, Viva Elliott Riggs, Iva Ingram, Faye Elliott Buck, and one brother, Louis Ingram.

Laxie is survived by her special nephew, Bernel Ingram of the home, several nieces and nephews, caretaker and niece, Vonda Stine and husband, Steve, Ava, MO and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Laxie will be Friday, Nov.21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wasola, MO. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Marvin Loftin. Memorials may be made to American Heart Assoc. or Oak Grove Cemetery.

A Memorial service for Anita Ruth Gianunzio, 74, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Needmore Church of God, Dora, Missouri.

Mrs. Gianunzio died at 6:46 a.m., Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 1, 1940, at Alton, Illinois, to Wilfred and Ruth Minor Sanders. In 1968, she was married at Alton, Illinois, to Steven Gianunzio, who preceded her in death in 1984. Before her retirement Mrs. Gianunzio was a school teacher; she taught English and Special Education. She was a Christian and was very strong in her spiritual faith. Mrs. Gianunzio was a member of the Needmore Church of God.

She is survived by two sons, Matt Gianunzio, wife, Annette, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Mark Gianunzio, Dora, Missouri; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Julia Sanders, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and one son, Mike Gianunzio, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Geraldine L. Hood, of Hutton Valley, MO, daughter of the late Rufus and Elza Wheeler Anderson, was born March 7, 1920, in Pomona, MO. She departed this life November 16, 2014 at Mountain View Health Care in Mountain View, MO, at the age of 94 years.

Visitation will be Wednesday November 19, 12-2 PM at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Hutton Valley, MO with Bro. John Colbert officiating. Interment will be in Mackey Cemetery, Pomona, MO. Condolences may be expressed at

Geraldine was united in marriage to Ralph Jesse Hood on June 12, 1938 at Willard, MO. Geraldine and Ralph were married for sixty-three years and to this union, five children were born.

Geraldine lived most of her life on their farm near Hutton Valley. She was employed as a cook at Ridgeview School for eighteen years which she loved.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, David Wayne Hood; and one sister, Vida Henry.

Survivors include one son, Ralph Edward Hood and wife, Velma of Mountain View, MO; three daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly Jean and Dean Daniels, and Connie Sue and Dale Daniels, all of Mountain View, MO, and Gloria Rae and Chris Deatherage of Drury, MO; seventeen grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; one sister, Katheryn Evans of West Plains, MO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Geraldine loved her grandchildren coming to visit her and she enjoyed quilting. She also played piano and was clerk at her church for many years. She was saved and was currently a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Hutton Valley for seventy-two years.

Funeral services for Vernie Herbert (Herb) Roark, 92, Koshkong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m,, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the Wayside Church with Reverend Johnny Holesapple officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Family visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Wayside Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Violet Lena Brandon, 92 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Friday, November 14, 2014, at her home.

Visitation will be from 12:00pm till 2:00pm at the Ward Street Chuech of Christ with the funeral following at 2:00pm. Interment will be in Wiles Cemetery.The family has ask that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Paragould Childrens Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at

She was born Thursday, August 31, 1922 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Mann and the late Dollie Bettis Mann. Surviving are daughter, Daphine Goings of Hardy, AR, sister, Janetta Goings of Hardy, AR; 6 grand children; 12 great grand children.and 6 great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband W R Brandon, a son Duane Brandon, a grandson Mark Todd Goings, brothers Noble, Kenneth and Estel Mann a sister Nila Cox and her parents.

Geraldine Bryan, 87, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat, Ark. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1, 1927, to Harry and Catherine Hausbaum Cooper. Geri had worked as a switchboard operator and ultimately as communications manager for the Omni International Hotel in St. Louis. She had also driven a bus for the St. Louis Special School District. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cherokee Village and an active, enthusiastic participant with the Cherokee Players stage group.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Bryan, and a daughter Terri Bryan.

Survivors include a daughter, Corina Lane of Loveland, Colorado, and two granddaughters, Anne Lane of Lynnwood, Washington, and Katelynne Hansen of Fort Collins, Colorado.

No services are planned at this time. Interment will be in the Peace Garden at Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Don Jefferson Boyer, Sr., 60, Pottersville, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 16, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mr. Boyer died at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born December 18, 1953, at Granite City, Illinois, to Frank Jefferson Boyer and Freida Fay Garner Boyer. On April 4, 1986, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Doris Martin. Mr. Boyer was an assembler at Invensys. He was a self-taught guitar and keyboard player and enjoyed playing music, especially the guitar and singing. Don recently received a music achievement award from the George D. Hay Foundation, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Mr. Boyer was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Boyer, of the family home; four children, Angela Wright, husband, John, Thayer, Missouri, Don “Jeff “ Boyer, Jr., wife, Crystal, Birch Tree, Missouri, JoAnna Perry, husband, Nathan, Pottersville and Frankie Forester, of the family home; eight grandchildren and one baby boy on the way, Audrey Perry, Elijah Perry, Jaycelyn Wright, Zaiden Wright, Shannon Boyer, Layton Jones, Dallas Jones and Derrik Skinner; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, and one sister, Ethel Sisco, precede him in death.