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Sharon K. Hinds, 71, passed away peacefully in the arms of our Lord at 3:00 am Friday, September 26, 2014 at her home in West Plains, Missouri, surrounded by her family. She was born August 9, 1943 in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas to Jimmy and Louise Crafton.

After graduating from West Memphis High School, West Memphis, Arkansas in 1961, Sharon attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee where she received her Business degree. She worked in Memphis as a legal typist and bookkeeper while she earned her court reporting certification. Sharon was co-owner and an officer of Alpha Court Reporting Corporation in Memphis until 1991, when she retired and sold her business interest to her partner. Some of her favorite stories about her court room experiences involved her time in the renowned Judge Joe Brown’s court.

She married Greg Hinds on January 9, 1991 and relocated to Pinewood–Sour Lake, Texas. They bought their retirement home in West Plains and were in the process of permanently moving when Mrs. Hinds became ill. At her request, her family brought her home for her final days after treatment at M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She and her husband Greg were generous patrons of her favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

She is survived by her husband Greg, her sister, Olivia Zinn and husband Jim of West Plains, her nephew David LaFevers of Columbia, Missouri, his son Payton of West Plains, and many Arkansas and Tennessee aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Louise Crafton of Strawberry, Arkansas, Maternal grandparents, James and Cora Smith, Poughkeepsie, Arkansas, Paternal grandparents, Elvie and Effie Crafton,

Strawberry, Arkansas, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In her spare time she enjoyed golf, sewing, all kinds of crafts, painting, and her online card design club group. She was funny, creative and a true friend who cherished every friendship she ever had. Sharon was admired, respected, and trusted by her family, friends, employees, and business associates.

Sharon was a tender hearted, giving and generous caregiver for family, friends and her beloved pet Misty Bleu, her 3 pound Teacup Poodle.

Her smile lit up her whole face and she never met a stranger. One friend wrote “She will indeed be a beautiful angel … she has had a lifetime of practice caring for others.”

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, beloved sister, and true friend.

Her memory will live on forever in the hearts of those of us who loved her.

A memorial celebration of her life will be planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, MO 65775 . Online condolences may be expressed at

Richard Vernon Brown, 75 years, 2 months, and 5 days old, passed to heaven on September 28, 2014 at Cox Medical Center South.

A Graveside service for Richard will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Ava Cemetery, Ava, MO. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:30-2:45 PM in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor James Eakins. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Richard was born July 23, 1939 in Ava, MO to Clarence and Lue (Lane) Brown.

On September 14, 1959 Richard and Geneva Powell were united in marriage in Rochelle, IL and to this union three children were born.

Richard retired from 3M after working there for many years.

Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman. Before his Parkinson’s, he was a member of the Finley River Bass Club.

Richard was preceded by his parents.

Richard is survived by his wife, Geneva Brown, two sons and their wives, Douglas and Denise Brown, Dale and Jeanette Brown, one daughter, Tammy Pulliam, five grandchildren, Kiaya Brown, Benjamin Brown, Melissa Brown, Jessica Brown and Danielle Pulliam, one great-grandchild, Kyrie Godby, one sister, Charlene Brown, one brother, Leslie Brown and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Charles Eugene “Butch” Fonner, 70, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Fonner died at 9:50 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born July 22, 1944, at Peoria, Illinois, to Harold Eugene Fonner and Mary Catherine Barth Fonner. On December 8, 1973, he was married at Peoria, Illinois, to Shirley Anne Gipson. God blessed them with joining their lives and raising six children. Butch graduated from Jamaica High School, Sidell, Illinois, where he was a star football player. He served his country for three years by joining the United States Army Reserves and was discharged with Honors. He worked numerous jobs in his lifetime, including Caterpillar, truck driving for Tobler Transfer, Cabool Lease, West Plains School systems and was the owner/operator of White Church Store. He loved farming; putting in full days of work and still spending time on his tractor and with his cattle, not only providing for his family, but it brought joy to his soul. He also enjoyed bowling with his wife, skiing, was a rodeo cowboy and an incredible fisherman. He loved camping and spending time with his family and friends. Butch was a charitable and giving man and held a special place in his heart for the Convoy of Hope. Mr. Fonner was a born again Christian and was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church and presently attended New Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley AnneFonner, of the family home; six children, Shirlene O’Russa, Peoria, Illinois, Rhonda White, husband, Butch, Cabool, Missouri, Beverly Bourazak, Peoria, Illinois, Jon Prince, wife, DeeDee, Mountain View, Missouri, Catherine Pearson, West Plains, Missouri and Charles “Butchy”: Fonner, wife, Mikaela, Monett, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Sonya Loman, Jean Ellen O’Russa Merta, Carrie Levey, Jesse McCart, Neal O’Russa, Austen Wood, Nicholas Bourazak, Jacob Prince, Savannah Bailey, Kylie Prince, Justice Pearson, Nathanael Fonner, Katie Prince, Rylee Fonner and Jessie Fonner; two sisters, Carol Ann Hamm, husband, Glenn, State of Illinois and Vickie Cooper, husband, Warren, State of Arizona; one brother, Jeff Fonner, wife, Robin, State of Illinois; special brother to his siblings, Rick Prince; special cousins, Larry, Bud, Terry and Kay Fonner; and many friends, including two devoted friends, Bob Bryan and Virgil Romans, who know his heart and spirit and will carry it on.

His parents, step-mother, Mary Lou Richardson Fonner, and special aunt/mom, Lucille “Tommie” Brazeal and special cousins Charles “Chuck” Fonner, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Cemetery, Convoy of Hope or Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Clifford D. Corson, 71, of West Plains, Missouri, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center after a brief illness.

Mr. Corson was born November 6, 1943, at Metropolis, Illinois, to William Corson and Virginia Phillips Corson Hanner. After high school he attended Southern Illinois University. Mr. Corson was a veteran, having served with the United States Army. He was a life member of Am Vets Post 98, West Plains, Missouri and the American Legion Post 621, West Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoyed golf, chess and was an avid cribbage player. His greatest love besides his family was his horses and trail riding. He enjoyed riding every chance he could get.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia “Midge” Corson, of the family home; three sons, David Corson, wife, Michelle, Altoona, Iowa, Russell Corson and Clifford Alan Corson, both of Urbandale, Iowa; two granddaughters, Pamela Corson, Miami, Florida and Chelsea Corson, Altoona, Iowa; one brother, Robert Corson, Golconda, Illinois; one sister, Linda Yuengal, Belleville, Illinois; and one much respected and loved friend, Tom Niles.

His parents, beloved stepmother, Mary Corson, two sisters, Sandra Sue Corson and Beverly Corson Wilson and much loved brother-in-law, John Wilson, precede him in death.

In accordance with Clifford’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service and his remains will be scattered on the horse trails of Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Dora Markum, 94, West Plains, died September 29, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in West Plains.

Graveside services for Dora will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Katie Valentine Stapleton, 84, a resident of Calico Rock passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the Care Manor Nursing Center.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 29, 2014, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at the First Assembly of God Church in Mountain Home with Pastor Mike Howell and Pastor Terry Davis officiating. Burial will be private in the Roselawn Cemetery in Calico Rock.

She was born February 14, 1930, in Randolph County to the late James and Bessie (Seagraves) Weatherford. In addition to her parents Katie is preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Gale Stapleton; four brothers, Utah, Jerry, David and Jackie Weatherford and four sisters, Patsy Brunner, Bernese Crisp, Tommie Thielemier and Johnnie Weatherford.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Gerald Perry of Mountain Home; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Dianna Stapleton of Mountain Home; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon and June Weatherford, Carl and Ida Mae Weatherford, James and Carolyn Weatherford and Wesley and Anna Weatherford; two sisters, Wilma Leathers and Ovanna Brown and three grandchildren, Craig Perry, Michael Stapleton and Kayla Miller.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Bill G. Swofford, 81 years, 5 months, and 12 days old, passed to Heaven on September 26, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO with his family by his side.

Bill was born April 14, 1933 in Shell Knob, MO to Elbert and Blanche (Plummer) Swofford.

On December 15, 1951 Bill and Barbara Allen were united in marriage at Berryville, AR. and to this union five children were born.

Bill worked at GM in North Kansas City for two years then in 1953 he went to work for Pyle Construction for the next twelve years. He was the foreman of a ninety man crew and became part owner of the company. In November 1965 Bill and Barbara moved their family to the farm in the Black Oak community, where they were in the beef and dairy business for 42 years.

Bill became a Christian at an early age and was of the Baptist faith.

Bill enjoyed quail and deer hunting. When he was younger he enjoyed playing softball with his Murray TV team. Later in life he enjoyed golfing and working on projects at the golf course. Bill mostly loved working on the farm.

Bill was preceded by his parents, mother and father in-law, Amos & Rebecca Allen, brothers Randle, and Dorsel, sisters Lawanna Erwin, Mandy Minick, infant Helen and infant twins Denton & Dot.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home, five children and their spouses, Roger & Ann Swofford, Rhonda & David Williams, Kevin Swofford, Joe & Rita Swofford, and Judy & Kirk Dooms, 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, eight siblings, Lonnie & Charlotte Swofford, Rolla & Faye Swofford, Nola Mae Brock, Laura Faye & Harley Allen, Charlotte Linder, Shirley & Don Leming, Joyce & David Wilson, and Mitzi & Tom Jeffery. In-Laws, Jim & Betty Allen, Bud & Eloyce Allen, Austin & Dorothy Garrison, Joyce Allen and Don & Ella Jean Allen, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Bill will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Jack Clemans. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Vernal Louise (Goodwin) Mofield, age 74, departed this life on September 27, 2014 at her home in Mountain View, Missouri, surrounded by family. Vernal was born January 13, 1940 to Charles and Edna (Ward) Goodwin in Birch Tree, Missouri.

Vernal spent most of her life in the St. Louis area where she worked at Unitog as a shirt presser. In the 1990’s, she made her home in the Mountain View area where she worked at Mountain View Fabricating for a short time. After retiring, Vernal enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Vernal is survived by two children, Donna Jean Pinnell of Mountain View and Charles Earl Lawrence of Wentzville, MO; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; one brother, Gene Goodwin and wife, Fern, of Winona, MO; three sisters, Pauline Woolsey, Sue Sharp, and Bonita Allen and husband, Raymond, all of Mountain View; one brother-in-law, Lester Sharp; and many nieces and nephews.

Vernal is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edna Goodwin; two brothers, Charles and Curt Goodwin; two sisters, Dorothy Goodwin and Bertha Lawrence; two brothers-in-law, Hubert Woolsey and Ed Lawrence.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View with Pastor Kerry Lawson officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View.

Beulah Anna Heatherly, 95 years, 1 month, and 20 days old, passed to heaven on September 27, 2014 at Christian Healthcare, Nixa, MO with her family by her side.

Beulah was born August 7, 1919 in Ava, MO to John and Florence (Simmons) Dye. Beulah was a resident of Ozark for many years and was a homemaker. Beulah also worked and did ironing and laundry for many families through the years. On May 13, 1937 Beulah and Vernie Heatherly were united in marriage in Ava, MO and to this union four sons were born.

She was a member of the Ozark General Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Beulah loved to be surrounded by all of her family, especially the grand and great grandchildren.

Beulah was preceded by her parents, her husband in 1978, three sisters, Melissa Welton, Fila Thurman and Eula Peterson, five brothers, Tommy, Henry, Clifford, Garland and Harley Dye.

Beulah is survived by four sons and their spouses, Russell and Patty Heatherly, Wandal and Janet Heatherly, Larry and Karen Heatherly all of Ozark, MO and Gary and Darlene Heatherly, Nixa, MO, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 18 great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Beulah will be Wed., Oct. 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Sweden Cemetery east of Ava. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Applegate. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association or Gideon’s International.

Nancy Ellen Watkins 72, West Plains, Missouri, died at 7:59 a.m., Friday, September 26, 2014 at the West Vue Nursing Center. She was born March 20, 1942 in Lawrence, Kansas to Cecil and Edith Austill.

A graduate of Leavenworth High School, Nancy went on to graduate from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1963. She worked as an R.N. for many years, primarily in skilled nursing facilities with her most recent position being at West Vue Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in West Plains. She loved nursing, enjoyed the patients and staff, and dedicated herself to making sure all received the care they deserved.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Jennifer Watkins, Carthage, Missouri and Chris Watkins, Los Angeles, California; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother, Jay Austill, wife, Debbie, Breckenridge, Colorado; a sister, Susan Johnson, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Thank you to Dr. Horstman, Dr. Makarian and the nurses and staff at West Vue for keeping her comfortable during her lengthy illness.