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Funeral services for Melvin George Pendergrass,  Gepp, Arkansas, will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Enterprise Baptist Church near Viola, Arkansas under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr.  Pendergrass, son of the late Russell Pendergrass and Linda Cowgill Pendergrass, was born March 15, 1966 in Beebe, Arkansas. He was called home to be with his Heavenly Father December 19, 2014 at the age of forty-eight years and nine months.   Mr. Pendergrass graduated from the Viola High School, attended a body and paint school, served an enlistment in the military and then came home to farm and raise his son.  Later, he became a truck driver and drove as a team with his dad until he came back home to farm and be with his family.

On August 3, 2014, he married the love of his life, Bridget Vaughn and became the proud pappa to Lilly Vaughn who was truly a pappa’s girl.  He had one son, Codie Pendergrass and Andrea, who was his best friend and pride and joy.  He also had one granddaughter, Holli Pendergrass, who he loved dearly and a niece, who was like his daughter, Russella Johnson and husband, Jeremiah; step-children, Devin and Britney; step grandchildren, Bryston and Caiden; sister, Cheryl Edwards, who even though he tormented her as a child, he loved her very much; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Helen Kincheloe and Edna Kincheloe and friend, Toby Taylor.

Melvin was always there for his family and friends and there was never a doubt about how much he loved them. He was a Christian and member of the Enterprise Baptist Church where he had served as a Sunday School Superintendent, taught Sunday School and sang in the Choir. He never met a stranger and loved to laugh, have fun and spend time with his family and friends.

He left behind his wife, children, grandchild, special niece, sister, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and family.  He was greeted at heaven’s gates by his parents, brother-in-law, Keith Edwards and grandparents, Roscoe and Lorene Pendergrass and George and Nellie Cowgill.  He will truly be missed. Heaven’s gain is our loss.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 22nd, at the Langston Street Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery, Bakersfield, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  On line condolences may be expressed a

Dianne Sikes-Green, age 56,of Hardy, went to be with our Lord Friday December 19, 2014 at her home. Dianne was born October 22, 1958 in New Hope, Alabama.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Monday at Wortham Oak Hill Chapel of Highland. Funeral service will be 10:00am Tuesday at Light House Baptist Church of Williford, Arkansas.

Dianne is survived by her Mother Evelyn and Sam Bradley of Hardy, and son Eric Sikes of Hardy. She is preceded in death by a son Jeremy Sikes and a grandson.

Funeral services for Vada Irene Downen, 88, Moody, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 24, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Downen died at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at her home.

She was born February 27, 1926 at Pocahontas, Arkansas to Eli Manley and Nancy Romans Manley.  On January 24, 1944, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Raymond Augusta Downen, Jr. who preceded her in death on June 3, 1983.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Downen helped her husband in the logging business.  She enjoyed sewing and fishing and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Mrs. Downen was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Carolyn Surritte and Eugene Downen, wife, Lois, both of West Plains, Missouri, Patricia Brower and Charles Dennis Downen, both of Moody, Missouri; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Hobart Sweat, State of Missouri; one sister, Nadine Galloway, husband, Charles, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, daughter, Karen Mauldin, son, Joe Downen, one sister, Geraldine, one infant sister and two brothers, James Manley and Johnny Manley, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Davis Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Eldon Ray Tyree, 85, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Tyree died at 1:27 p.m., Thursday, December 18, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born January 18, 1929, at Elizabeth, Arkansas, to William and Zona Howland Tyree.  On June 4, 1955, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Frankie Marie Fore.  Mr. Tyree was a veteran, having served in the United States Army in Okinawa during the Korean War.  He was a dairy farmer and worked for Mid-America Breeders as an artificial inseminator for many years.  After retirement, he and Frankie enjoyed traveling and had visited forty-eight states, several of the provinces of Canada, as well as some travel in Mexico.  Gardening was also a favorite pastime and his yard and garden were always immaculate.  Mr. Tyree was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Frankie Tyree, of the family home; two brothers, Wendell Tyree, wife, Zeralee, Columbia, Missouri and Eugene Tyree, wife, Pat, Elizabeth, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Billy Fore; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Floyd Bench, Jr. and Vadna Bench; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Euna Cotter, five brothers, Charles Lowell “Pete” Tyree, Elmo Tyree, O. G. Tyree, Harold Tyree and his infant twin brother, Eldridge Kay Tyree, brother-in-law, Ransy Cotter and five sisters-in-law, Oler, Dimple, Mamil and Joy Tyree and Donna Fore, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Fore Cemetery, Bakersfield, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fore Cemetery or Elizabeth Cemetery, Elizabeth, Arkansas, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Neal H. Aye, a long time and well known resident of Willow Springs unexpectedly passed away at his home Late Thursday afternoon, December 18th, 2014. Born January 2, 1933 to Ralph Eugene and Ethel Mabel (Riddle) Aye in Avalon, MO, he was 81 years old.

A memorial service will be held December 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1050 W. Business Highway 60/63, Willow Springs, MO, US, 65793

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Neal’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at or MUNCH of Willow Springs.

Neal was primarily raised outside Emporia, KS on the family farm where he loved to work and help his father with the daily chores of that life. When he turned 18 years of age, he joined the navy until he was discharged, only to re-enlist into the United States Air force where he served as a aircraft mechanic. While stationed in England, he met the love of his life, Mavis Harrison and the two were married on April 4th, 1959 in Leicester, where they began their family. The two moved back to the United States and lived in numerous states before finally settling in Willow Springs in 1971. Neal proudly and courageously served his country during both the Korean and Vietnam wars where he received many citations, commendations, and medals, including the purple heart when he was wounded in Vietnam, and finally retired in 1973.

Neal had many enjoyments in his life, however, he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. They were everything to him. He had a special bond with his son, Dean. The two loved to work the cattle and farm together and even built several barns and houses together. He was described as a very loving, kind, generous, and gentle man who would do anything that he could to help others in need, or who were less fortunate. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Gene Aye, his sister Vera (Aye) Clatterbuck, and his brother Elvin Aye.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mavis of Willow Springs, his daughter Lorraine Aye of Ozark, MO; his son Dean Aye and his wife Mary of Mtn. View; and his most special granddaughter Jessica Aye of Mtn. View.

Johnnie Milton Dale was born at Oakside, Missouri on December 12, 1937 to Paris Milton and Nellie Irene (Cooley) Dale. He passed away December 18, 2014 at the age of 77 years and 6 days.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, with Rev. Emmett Bradford officiating. Interment will be in Old City (Reese) Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at

Johnnie attended rural school in Arroll, Missouri and went on to graduate from Summersville High School. He was united in marriage to Beverly Marie Brooks on January 29, 1956 in Arroll, Missouri at the home of his parents. They had celebrated nearly 59 years together.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of the home in Mountain View, MO; one son, Johnny Wayne Dale, and daughter, Johnna Sue Frank and husband, George, all of Mountain View; three grandchildren, Justin Dale and wife, Tiffany, Ashley Kelly and husband, Todd, and Courtney Dale, all of Mountain View; three great granddaughters, Taylor Dale, Bristol Dale, and Addison Kelly, and awaiting the arrival of his first great grandson in March; one sister, Stella Mae Woolsey and husband, Herman, of Mountain View; two brothers, Bob Dale and wife, Susan, of Mountain View and Donald Dale of Lee’s Summit, MO; one brother-in-law, Don House; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, P.M. and Nellie Dale; one sister, Doris House; father and mother-in-law, Clave and Waneda Brooks; and twin granddaughters, Michelle Lynn and Richelle Lynn Dale.

Johnnie logged in Colorado, worked in Lewis Tune’s mill and Raymond Smith’s pallet mill. He worked for several years for Raymond and remained very close friends with him until Raymond’s death. After leaving the pallet mill, he was a self-employed Zenith dealer and repaired televisions for over 35 years.

Johnnie loved his horses and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, which recognized him as a continuous breeder for over 50 years. He was also one of the founding members of the Mountain View Saddle Club.

Johnnie was the best husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather that could ever be asked for. He was always there to help and could always be called on to help with most anything. He was better known as “Pop” to his family.

Funeral services for James W. Beasley, 77, of Gainesville, MO will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church with Bro. Dale Roberts officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 p.m. to service time at the church. Burial will be in the Sims Cemetery.

Mr. Beasley passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR. He was born April 18, 1937 in Gainesville the son of Oda B. and Lucy Jane (Coy) Beasley.

Survivors include his wife, Fern Beasley of the home in Gainesville; two sons Jim W. Beasley and wife Jan of Mountain Home, AR and Jerry L. Beasley and wife Sherri of Gainesville, MO; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother Orlin and wife Maxine; and one sister Charlotte.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. A complete obituary will be online soon.

Betty Louise Rutter, 82 of Mtn. Grove, MO departed this life on December 19, 2014 at the Kabul Nursing Home. She was born on December 6, 1932 in Mtn. Home, AR the daughter of Nevins Joe and Jesse Faye (Cody) Collins. She lived in Mtn. Home until she was 9 years old when the family moved to Mtn. Grove.

Visitation will be from 6:00 ~ 8:00PM, Monday, Dec. 22 at the funeral chapel. Graveside services will be 2:30PM, Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Lone Star Cemetery near Mtn. Grove.

Betty worked for three years at the Brown Shoe Factory in Mtn. Grove before becoming a full time homemaker. She was united in marriage to Floyd Rutter on May 27, 1950. They lived in Whittier, CA for 7 years and in 1957 moved back to Mtn. Grove where their daughter, Annette was born.

Betty enjoyed reading and hand work, she also took great pride in her yard work and her flowers; she always had a big garden. Betty and Floyd enjoyed attending all of the school activities that Eric and Emily were involved in. They attended Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove as long as her health permitted.

In 2009, Betty was diagnosed with dementia; they then moved to the Landmark Villa in Cabool where she enjoyed music. She was crowned Valentine Queen in 2010. Her health continued to decline and in 2012 she moved to the Kabul Nursing Home.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Dean, Roy and Bob Collins; three sisters, Nolene Collins, June Hopkins and Corrine Sanders and one great granddaughter, Kayden Lea Sloan. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Floyd Rutter; daughter, Annette Sloan and husband, Norris of Mtn. Grove, MO; grandchildren, Eric Sloan and wife, Kayla of Houston, MO and Emily Gariss and husband, Cody of Lamar, MO; great grandchildren, Kenzi and Stryker Sloan and Grady and Emory Gariss; brothers, Jim Collins and wife, Sheryl, Fred Collins and wife, Deanna, Larry Collins and wife, Trevia, Jack Collins and wife, Carolyn and Charles Collins and wife, Vera. As well as many other relatives. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Dallas Ray Hunter, son of Oscar and Leona (Martin) Hunter, was born July 27, 1950. He went home to be with the Lord December 19, 2014 at the age of 64 years, 5 months at his home in Willow Springs, MO, after a long illness.

Visitation will be 10:00AM, Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Almost Home Ministries in Mtn. Grove. Services will be 11:00AM, Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Almost Home Ministries in Mtn. Grove, with interment at Providence Cemetery near Cabool. In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions to the Almost Home Ministries or to Hospice Compassus

He lived most of his life in the Cabool and Willow Springs, Missouri, area where he was an over the road truck driver amongst other things including logging and hardwood flooring. Dallas enjoyed spending time with his family especially his children and grandchildren.

Dallas married Beverly Bloomer August 9, 1968 and to this union there was one daughter; Lisa. He later married Ginger Strong on July 28, 1986 and to this union there were three children, one son; Brandon and two daughters; Keshia, and Rachelle.

He gave his life to the Lord several years ago and was a member of Almost Home Family Worship in Mtn. Grove, MO , where he loved to attend when his health permitted.

Dallas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Wayne Hunter and Cecil Hunter, and a step daughter Casey Jo Strong.   He is survived by his wife Ginger Hunter of Willow Springs, MO; four children, Lisa (Hunter) Smith and husband Kevan, Brandon Hunter, Keshia (Hunter) Smith and husband Josiah all of Cabool, MO, Rachelle (Hunter) Andrus and husband Sam of Louisiana; grandchildren, Lindsey, Megan, Corbin and Dylan Smith, Elizabeth Stevens, Justin Hunter, Devon and Braydon Polm, Addison Smith, and Maleki and Daxton Andrus, one brother, Delbert Hunter and wife Cheryl of Cabool, MO; and one sister, Dorotha Means of Mtn. Grove, MO, and many other relatives and friends. Dallas will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

George D. King Jr., 81, of Springdale, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014, in Springdale. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, on March 13, 1933, to Carrie S. (Thetford) and George D. King Sr. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as an engineer and contractor for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Randy Kemp.

Survivors include his wife Pansy (Nix) King of the home; son George King III (Stacy) of Ormond Beach, Florida; daughters Vicki (Randy) Smith of Springdale and Cindi Kemp of Newbern, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service with military honors will be Sunday, December 21, at 2 p.m. in Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat, Arkansas.

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