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Wayne Houghton Jr. of Hardy, Ar. passed away November 20, 2014 at his home with family and friends at his bedside. Wayne the son of Wayne Houghton Sr. and Tena Byrkett Grimes was born March 2, 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wayne was part of the original crew building the Spring River Bridge in Hardy 62/412 in 1989 when he fell and was left paralized. After a very long fight and many illness the Lord took him home.

Wayne was a very special person, with a heart of gold to everyone. He touched many people lives and those who knew him loved him very much and he will br missed by all those who knew him. We will see him again in Heaven.

Wayne is survived by; father Wayne Houghton Sr. Mother Tena Grimes, daughter Vicki Houghton, son Wayne Houghton III, Granddaughter Layla Houghton, Grandsons Jordan, Christopher, and Isaih Houghton, Brother Richard Andrew Houghton Sr.. several vieces and Nephews, friends and other family.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 29th at 1:00pm at Wortham Oak Hill Chapel, under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, AR.

George Eugene Newby, 62 years, passed to Heaven on November 25, 2014 at his home in Mansfield.

Gene was born June 30, 1952 in Salida, Colorado to Donald Robert and Dorothy Etta (Sievers) Newby.

Gene was a Painter and carpenter. On July 5, 1975 Gene and Susan Frett were united in marriage in Silt, Colorado and to this union three children were born. Gene enjoyed Hunting, fishing, and camping. He liked restoring old trucks.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald.

Gene is survived by his wife Susan of the home, two sons, Kevin Newby of Mansfield, MO, and James Newby of Mansfield, MO, and a daughter, Lacie Scofield of Ozark, MO, three brothers, Jim Newby of CA, Robert Newby of CO, Gary Newby of NY, one sister Doris Bair of CO, six grandchildren, Cameron Newby, Ian Newby, Arianne Newby, Owen Scofield, Oliver Scofield, Emmett Newby, and other family and friends.

Cremation Services under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.

Mary Cypert, 77, of Gassville went to Jesus on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Twin Lakes Therapy and Living Center in Flippin.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 28, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Twin Lakes Baptist Church with Dr. Sam Bailey and Pastor Shane Milner officiating. Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery near Marshall under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Memorials may be the Hope Center of Twin Lakes Baptist Church, 2645 Highway 62 West, Mountain Home, AR 72653 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Mary Dorothy Treat Cypert was born October 1, 1937, in Albion, Oklahoma to the late Arthur Rankin and Ethel Gray Treat. She spent most of her life in Arkansas, graduating from Marshall High School in 1956. She also lived in Calico Rock, Big Flat, Morrilton, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and Mountain Home. Mary worked as a secretary. She was a loving mother, Nana and sister. Mary was a faithful Christian and member of the Twin Lakes Baptist Church for many years. She loved basketball, especially the Razorbacks.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Shawn Gilley and husband, Roger; two grandsons, Paige and Gabriel Gilley, all of Gassville; A step granddaughter, Lori Rathbone and husband, Quint of Bergman; three step great grandchildren, Ethan, Gage and Nealy Nuessner; one sister, Zetauh Richardson of Wynne, Arkansas; four brothers, Cecil Treat of Cassville, Missouri, Carl Treat of Rogers, Arkansas, Alfred Treat of Hollister, Missouri and Charles Treat of Springdale, Arkansas; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leland, Melvin, Jewell and Vester Treat; three sisters, Lillie Young, Vigil Covey and Deserea Treat. Her precious two and a half year old son, Gregory Dale Cypert, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Norma LaVonne Johnson, 80, Harrison, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson died 11:30 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Hillcrest Home, Harrison, Arkansas. She was born December 25, 1933 in Adair County, Iowa to Edwin David Mosier and Hazel Belle Winn Mosier. She received her education in the schools of Adair County, Iowa and Viola, Arkansas. Before her retirement, she was employed at Baxter Health Care for twenty-two years. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed gardening and crocheting. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by four children, Shirley Bodkin, Bakersfield, Missouri, Rex Knapp, wife, Debbie, Harrison, Arkansas, Sharon Goodman, Gassville, Arkansas and Karon Fink, husband, Boyd, Bull Shoals, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Treva Hammond, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, infant daughter, Patricia Knapp, one sister, Pauline Leatherwood and one brother, Delmar Mosier and his wife, Juanita, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

William “Bill” Dale Merideth, 88, of Isabella, MO passed away on November 23, 2014 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. He was born in Martinsville, IN on May 6, 1926 to Eldon Dale and Evelyn (Garrison) Merideth.

After graduating from Martinsville High School in 1944, Bill joined the military. He serviced in the Air Force/Army for 27 years, serving with honor in WWII, Korea and Vietnam earning numerous medals. He retired in 1972. After his retirement, Bill taught ROTC in Gary, IN. In 1974, Bill and Betty moved to Isabella, MO where they built a home. He served as post commander at the VFW I Isabella, then served as 18th district commander and served as the commander for the state of Missouri for one year. Bill was also a Shriner and Free Mason and served as the Worshipful Master at the Eastern Star.

Bill loved spending his time fishing and drinking coffee with friends. If the weather was good he was at the lake.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty of 44 years; daughter Wilma Jo and Rocky Baker; son William “Bill” Allen and Doris Merideth; son Michael David and Lisa Merideth; sister Dorthy Jean Dills; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Eldon “Buddy” Dale Merideth; and one brother Jack Merideth.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville, MO with Gene West officiating. Burial will be with Full Military Honors in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, November 25th from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the giver’s choice of charity. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Graveside Funeral Services for Juanita Eslinger, 83, of Gainesville, MO will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Lilly Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Dale Roberts officiating.

Mrs. Eslinger passed away on November 24, 2014 at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, AR.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long St., Mountain Home, AR 72653. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Bessie Lorraine Barnes, 88, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Care Manor Nursing Center.

She was born November 26, 1925, in Willow Springs, Missouri to the late Hollie McKinley and Virginia Orenia (Bogar) Warren. Lorraine was known for her great cooking and worked as a waitress. One of her favorite memories to share was winning the game show Queen for a Day in 1952. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Doug Crawford and two brothers, Clark and Gene Warren.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Crawford of Mountain Home; a daughter, Mary Lambert of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; a brother, Calvin Warren and her six grandchildren who said she was the greatest “Nana”, Julian, Jeremy, Jimmy, Duane, Debbie and Becky.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Lester Leland Smith, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died 10:44 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 in West Vue Nursing Center. He was born April 17, 1918 at Graham, Missouri to Jimmie Jackson Smith and Elsie Pauline Smith. He graduated from the Mound City, Missouri high school and was the first athlete to letter in all four sports at the Mound City High School. On May 25, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Gladys Lottie Crow who preceded him in death on December 28, 1997. Mr. Smith was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II as a Ward Medic. He was a well known farmer in the West Plains area having bought his first calf and started plowing with horses at the age of 10. Mr. Smith had served on the Board of Directors of the Doty School and had served for thirty years on the Advisory Committee of Farm Credit. Mr. Smith was baptized at the Hilltop Chapel and had served as a board member for seventeen years.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Stone, husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Rodney Gene Stone, wife, Wendy, Granite Falls, North Carolina and Mendy Bassham, husband, Michael, Moko, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Tucker Stone, Colt Stone and Shae Bassham; one sister, Frances Hall, West Plains, Missouri; and his nieces and nephews, Frances Weightman, Jerry Watkins, Pat Luther and Bobby Watkins.

His parents, wife, one great-grandson, Zachery Ty Stone, one sister, Charlotte “Toots” Watkins and one nephew, Terry Hall, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 24th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

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.