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Erma Louise Butts, 92 of Cabool, MO went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Erma was born on October 22, 1922 to William Towney and Rosa Lee (Scroggins) Estep in Mountain Grove, Missouri, the second of nine children. Erma accepted the Lord as her Savior as a teenager at a brush arbor revival and was a long time member of Cabool First Baptist Church at the time of her death. Erma was united in marriage to Earl Butts on June 14, 1941, in Cabool, Missouri. Earl and Erma were blessed with two children, Howard Earl and Corma Lea.

Visitation will be at 10:00AM, Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home funeral chapel, with services at 11:00AM, Monday, May 4, 2015 at the funeral chapel, with interment at Cabool Cemetery.

Erma was Earl’s helpmate in whatever they did. When they owned cows, she helped with the milking. When they traveled the country during the depression looking for work she did cooking for the threshing crews of which Earl was a part of. When Earl built new homes or remodeled one she would be right there alongside helping in any way she could. She had no problem walking along the top plate of a new home or hammering nails in flooring.

When they retired, she was alongside him again as they traveled throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, plus parts of Canada, and Mexico enjoying the many wonders and beautiful sights the Lord has provided.

Erma was preceded in death by her son, Howard and his wife, Barbara, and two of their children, Jeffery and Timothy; two sisters, Lottie Mai Miller and Inez Laws and four brothers, Edward James (E.J.), Chester, Charles and Billy Gene Estep. She is survived by her husband, Earl; her daughter, Corma Lea Harmon and husband, Max of Cabool; four grandchildren, Tracy Gerkey and husband, Tim and Eva Cox and husband, Brad of Springfield, MO, Samuel Butts of Cabool, MO and Jason Harmon and wife, Catrina of Hickory Creek, TX; five great grandchildren, David Gerkey of Ohio, Jillian Gerkey of Springfield, MO, Kevin Butts and wife, Katie of South Carolina and Taylor Cox of Springfield, MO; two brothers, Andrew Estep and wife, Janet of Joplin, MO and William Estep and wife, Rae of Tooele, UT.

Erma will be missed by her many friends and family. Some will remember her and think of the wonderful meals and pies she used to prepare, others will remember her sense of humor and her love.

Services for Leo J. Caja, 89, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be private.

Beloved father of Gary and Darcy, died in peaceful moments, April 28, 2015, where he wished, during a brief illness.

Leo’s treasured wife, Florence, of 64 years, and their son, Wayne, predeceased him.

Leo was forever accepting and enthusiastic in the gift of life leaving lasting memories to all whom knew him or made his acquaintance.

An accomplished bridge player, patron of the library, and daily swimmer at Cranfield, his absence will not go unnoticed.

Along with his generous spirit, the finest gift life afforded him was his seven grandsons, one grand-daughter, and three great-grandchildren.

Leo was the truest of true romantics demonstrating a strong work ethic, the drive to succeed, and an ability to tell a good story from his lifetime.

Our dad was a divine man in all his endeavors in the journey here on Earth throughout his life and ours. We shall continue to thank him each and every day. Amen.

Memorials may be made to the Donald W. Reynolds Library.

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

Armin “Dutch” G. Klug, age 96, of Mountain Home Arkansas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015. Armin was born August 24, 1918 in Peotone, IL to the Reverend August and Wilhelmina Klug. He lived in West Chicago, Batavia and St. Charles, IL before moving to Mountain Home in 2012. His parents, three brothers, two sisters and a son (Thomas) preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Marjorie (nee Vegter). He is also survived by a sons, Kenneth (Cindy) of Mountain Home and James of Canon City,Co. In addition he is survived by 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting at the Walton College of Business, Armin was employed as Treasurer of Culligan-Dupage Soft Water, Inc. , Wheaton ,IL for 32 years until his retirement in 1984. After retirement he volunteered for 25 years as treasurer for Hi-Hat, the Delnor Hospital Auxilliary second hand shop in Geneva, IL. Armin attended Redeemer Lutheran Church while living in Mountain Home and was a long time active member of St. Michaels United Church of Christ in West Chicago, IL where his father had once served as pastor. Armin was a devoted family man and enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, camping and travel. He was also a life long Chicago Cubs fan and would listen to many of their games on radio.

Armin was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Europe during World War II as a Master Sergeant in the Army Finance Department. He was awarded a Bronze Medal Citation for meritorious service and was discharged from the Army in 1945 after four years of service.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michaels United Church of Christ, West Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 23, 2015, beginning at 11:00 AM. Rev. Sue Ebersold will officiate. Visitation will begin at 9:30AM prior to the service. Interment will follow at Glen Oak Cemetery in West Chicago.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Michaels United Church of Christ, Hospice of the Ozarks, Mountain Home or the Salvation Army.

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

Visitation for Joyce L. Green, 89, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be Monday, May 4, 2015 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home.

Joyce died April 30th. at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton L. Green and her daughter, Fay Kimbro. She is survived by a son, Leo Green and his wife Nancy; granddaughters, Anne and Emily Green and son-in-law, Billy Kimbro.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Ozarks.

Entombment in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Mausoleum.

Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral Home. Visit our obituary/guestbook at

Billy Layton, 79, of Yellville passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at his residence.

Billy was born January 19, 1936 in Caney, Arkansas

A graveside service will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015  at the Burnt School House Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Mary Sue Swadley, 73 years, 1 months, and 9 days old, passed to Heaven on April 29, 2015 at her home with her family by her side.

Mary was born March 20, 1942 in Bradleyville, MO to Albert and Goldie Smith. On February 19, 1959, Mary Smith and Raymond Swadley were united in marriage in Bradleyville, Mo and to this union four children were born.

She was a Christian and a member Bradleyville Church of the Nazarene.

She enjoyed raising cows, quilting and collecting bird figurines. She really loved spending time with family and playing with the grandkids and great-grandkids.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, Jimmy Ray Swadley, one son-in-law, Kerry Menter, one brother, Garland Smith and one brother-in-law, Orren Swadley.

Mary is survived by her husband, two sons, Steven and Heidi, Allen and Tammi, one daughter, Sandra Menter, fifteen grandkids, thirteen great-grandkids, two sisters, Lavern Swadley and Teddie Coulter, one brother, Bert Smith, one sister-in-law, Beverly Smith and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mary will be Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Blair Ridge Cemetery, Rueter, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Vernon Fuller.

Memorials may be made to the family as a love offering.

Funeral services for Truman T. Wiles, age 82, of Willow Springs will be held Monday May 4th at 3:00pm, at the First Baptist Church, located at 402 N Harris Street in Willow Springs with Pastor Joel Hinds officiating.

A visitation will be held Sunday from 6pm – 8pm at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Willow Springs City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Wiles to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or The First Baptist Church Youth Group and left at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home. On line condolences may be made at

Gladys Juanita White, 96, of Gassville, Arkansas, passed away, Tuesday April 28, 2015 at Gassville Therapy and Living Center in Gassville. Gladys was born September 12, 1918 in Elkhart, Texas to Rev. Thomas Everett and Ruby Ray Funderburk.

Gladys graduated from San Marcos Baptist Academy and attended Mary Hardin Baylor College. In her early life she enjoyed painting and entered one of her paintings in the 1937 Chicago World’s Fair. In her later years she loved to play dominoes, especially “42”. Gladys was a member of Gassville Baptist Church.

Gladys is survived by two sons, Ronald H. White (Sharon) of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Donald J. White (Jewell) of Russellville, Arkansas; one sister, Elna Florene Stanley; three grandchildren, Grace Garrett, Jason White and Jennifer Trojan (Brian); two great grandchildren, Laney and Brian, Jr.; two nieces, Carol Martin and Shari Cowell; one nephew, James F. Stanley, III and by friends and church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Lee White; one son, Thomas Lee White and one grandson, Joey White.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gassville Baptist Church Building Fund, 508 East Main St. Gassville, AR 72635.

Funeral services are Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center Chapel with a visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Carolyn Saul, a longtime resident of Mountain Home, went to meet her Savior on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the age of 91.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mountain Home, officiated by the Reverend Nancy Taylor, with a luncheon preceding at 11:30 a.m.  Committal is planned for a later date at Lincoln Township Cemetery, Clear Lake, Iowa.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Ernest L. Saul, her parents Richard and Flossie Belle Wharton, her sisters Kathleen and Carol, and her brother Richard.

She is survived by her three daughters – Linda (Paul) Stevens of Lenexa, Kansas; Nancy (Gene) Baker of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Cindy Saul of Mountain Home; six grandchildren – Jenny (Andy) Volanakis of New Canaan, Connecticut; Molly (Travis) Templeton of Olathe, Kansas; Josh (Charity) Baker of Rockwell, Iowa; Emily (Jesse) Emery of Brooklyn, New York; Julia (Jacob) Hansen of Denver, Colorado, and Jon Stevens of Kansas City, Missouri; and seven great-grandchildren – Max and Teddy Volanakis of New Canaan, Sophie and Brennan Templeton of Olathe; Andrew and Lily Baker of Rockwell, and Eloise Hansen of Denver.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of the deceased, contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 1106 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Carolyn Wharton was born Dec. 28, 1923, at the family home in Lost Springs, Kansas, delivered 15 minutes ahead of her twin sister Carol. They were the youngest of four children.

The family moved to Chase, Kansas, where Carolyn and Carol graduated from Chase High School and where they met their future husbands.

Early in her freshman year, when she was 13, Carolyn met Ernie “Doc” Saul on a blind date and went roller skating with her sister Carol and Glen Revel. She said it was “probably the first time I had been on skates but my date was very patient. The next night, the same foursome went roller-skating in Great Bend, Kansas. For some reason, and I don’t know why, I told Doc not to come back. We didn’t speak to each other until late spring, even though I had to pass him every day at his locker on my way to science class. The ice finally broke, and for a third time, he asked me to go roller skating. It was the middle of the week and Daddy said no. But after much begging, he let me go. That was the beginning of a long romance.”

Ernie Saul served as an Army artillery officer during World War II. He returned home in October 1945 and they were married Nov. 6, 1945, in the chapel on the Great Bend Air Base in Great Bend, Kansas.

The newlyweds moved to Ellinwood, Kansas, where Ernie took a job as a pumper with Atlantic Oil Company. They later lived in several small Kansas towns before Ernie developed an interest in watch-making and attended the Denver School of Horology to become a watchmaker. After he graduated, they purchased a jewelry store in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Carolyn and their daughters moved to Lost Springs when Ernie was recalled to Army service during the Korean War in 1951.

Upon his return from Korea, the family moved to Salina, Kansas, where Ernie took a watchmaker’s job and they lived there three years before moving to Haysville, Kansas, when he joined the Boeing Company in Wichita. They later lived in Park City, Junction City and Atchison, Kansas, then Council Bluffs and Sioux City, Iowa, before purchasing a jewelry store in Clarion, Iowa, where they lived for 10 years. Carolyn worked for Gulf Oil in Chase, the Chamber of Commerce in Council Bluffs, Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion and five nursing homes in Mountain Home.

Carolyn and Ernie moved to Salesville, Arkansas, in March 1974. When Ernie died on Dec. 28, 1989, she moved into Mountain Home.

Carolyn was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Home where she worked as a volunteer for many years. She also was a volunteer at Baxter Regional Medical Center. She was an avid card player, especially bridge; she was a member of several bridge groups and her beloved Saturday Morning Breakfast Club.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Baxter Regional Medical Center, Hiram Shaddox Geriatric Center and the Hospice of the Ozarks for their loving care of our mother.

Arrangements are by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The online guestbook and obituary are available at

Thelma Irene Prock, 92 years, 7 months, and 11 days old, passed to Heaven on April 28, 2015 at Ava Place with her family by her side.

Irene was born September 17, 1922 in southern Missouri to Viola Hargus. On April 17, 1944 Irene and Merl Prock were united in marriage in Mtn. Home, AR and to this union three children were born. Irene was a retired owner and operator of Village Inn Café in Ava. She and Merl enjoyed working the café together for several years.

She was a Christian and a member of Walnut Grove General Baptist Church. She was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Almartha Chapter. She enjoyed working in her home, fishing, hunting trips with Merl, Rondo and Virginia and most of all being with her children and grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merl in 2002, a brother, Sam Hargus and son-in-law, Bob Barnum.

Irene is survived by three children, Kay Prock Barnum, Ava, MO, Bruce Prock and wife, Sandra, Roger Prock and wife, Nancy, all of Newnan, Georgia, seven grandchildren, Scott Butler, Bruce Montgomery Prock, Joshua Barnum, Sarah Prock Babbitt, Andy Prock, Jacob Prock and Joel Prock, eight great-grandchildren, Brandt Butler, Chloe Barnum, Reid Barnum, Alexandra Prock, Madeline Prock, Brooke Babbitt, Jonathan Babbitt and Jackson Babbitt, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Irene will be Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Roberts and Pastor James Hathcock. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.