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Metford Armond Compton, 80, of Hardy, Arkansas died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at his home with his family at his side.

The family will have a private memorial service at later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Metford was born Friday, January 26, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Medford Compton and the late Winnie Huffman Compton. He wasa retired utility worker for the Memphis Power, Gas and Water, Also a Korean War Veteran.

He is survived by his wife Rita Compton.; sons, Michael and Sherry Compton and David and Holly Compton, daughters, Martina and Al Grahm Compton, Laura Compton and Angela and Robert Loe, sister, Louise Tyson. His grandsons Joshua, Joseph and Daniel Loe. and several nieses and nephews.

Darryl Wayne Noel, 51, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014, at his home. He was born in Anderson, Indiana, on May 31, 1963, to Richard and Sharon Strough Noel. Darryl was retired from being a federal supervisor for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Memorial services will be Sunday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Vision Ministries with Michael Engles officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by one wife Marilyn Noel and a sister Dawn Noel.

Survivors include his wife Susan of the home; sons Cody Smith of Ash Flat, Arkansas, and Robert Noel of Cherokee Village; daughters Kristina Anderson of Indiana, Elizabeth Thompson and Danielle Noel both of Cherokee Village, Megan Winchester and Cheyanna Smith both of Highland, Arkansas; brothers David and Bill Noel; sister Dani Melton; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Jackson Avery Waggoner, infant son of Shane and Ruth Waggoner, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, in Babyland at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jackson was called to be with the Angels October 13, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 13, 2014, at West Plains, Missouri, to Shane Waggoner and Ruth Margaret Burke Waggoner.

He is survived by his parents, Shane and Ruth Waggoner, of the family home; one brother, Gavin, of the family home; grandparents, Gary and Nancy Burke, Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Kirby and Rhonda Waggoner, West Plains, Missouri; paternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Kinder, Sturkie, Arkansas; and many aunts and uncles.

Online condolences may be expressed at

James Lester “Jim” Chase, 76, of Hardenville, MO passed away on October 12, 2014 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR. Jim was born on November 19, 1937 in Westboro, WI the son of Lester and Freda (Dillman) Chase.

On August 1, 1959 Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life, Katherine Bieniek in Rib Lake, WI. They have enjoyed a wonderful 55 years together. Jim worked for many years at P.C.A. paper mill in Wisconsin. After his retirement, he and Kathy moved to the Ozarks. They made their home in Hardenville, MO. He loved hunting, fishing, working around his garage and building things. He loved flowers and had planted beautiful roses for Kathy. Although they loved to travel and see the country, nothing compared to the beautiful home they had made here in the Ozarks. Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather who adored his family. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Freda Chase; one son Jeff Chase; and one brother Jack Chase. He is survived by his wife Kathy Chase of the home in Hardenville, MO; his children Jack Chase of Tomahawk, WI, James Chase and Sue Christopherson and husband Dale of Melrose, WI; four grandchildren Brian, Scott, Ashleigh and Elizabeth; and two sisters June Schulz of Clintonville, WI and Jean Schulz of Tomahawk, WI.

No local services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. Online condolences may be made to

Jason Lee Chase, 39, of Theodosia, MO passed away on October 12, 2014 at his residence. He was born on September 26, 1975 in Leavenworth, KS the son of Lonney R. Chase and Marvis Rowland.

No local services are planned at this time. A Memorial service will be held later next spring. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Jason was a loving father and son. He loved to be home and enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved his NOZ energy drinks, gummy bears, and cigarettes.

He is survived by his four fantastic children Matthew Durosette, 18, of Fort Scott, KS, Korben Dallas Foster, 10, of Fort Scott, KS, Mackenzie Dawn Clemens, 9, of Galena, MO and Ameron Renee Chase, 4, of Bourbon, MO. Other survivors include his mother Marvis Clark and husband Rick of Theodosia, MO; his father Lonney Chase of North Carolina; and his siblings Brian D. Ivison of Branson, MO, Christina Clark of Deer Creek, IL, Robert Clark of Kissimmee, FL, Jo Anna Lowe of Leavenworth, KS and Shannon Clemens of Galena, MO.

Funeral services for Loretta Carter, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Bass Chapel Cemetery, Strafford, Missouri at 2:00 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Loretta passed from this life to be with her heavenly father October 14, 2014 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born at Hardy, Arkansas on September 27, 1944, the youngest of six children, to Lonnie and Pearl Wicker Baldridge. Loretta was raised a member of the Church of Christ and was baptized as a child of God, she was an angel on earth and had a deep sense of faith and is now rejoicing in Heaven with all of God’s Angels.

Loretta was married in 1967 to Norman Blake Dickison who preceded her in death March 19, 1975 and to this union, two children were born, Diana J. Acklin and Linda Armstrong. In 1976, Loretta met and in 1987 married her soul mate, Ross Lee Carter, who preceded her in death December 18, 1998 and to this union one child was born, Joanna Brown, completing their family of devoted daughters.

Loretta was a resident of West Plains for forty-seven years and was an expert self- employed seamstress. She also worked for many establishments in West Plains including Luna’s Dry Cleaners and Murrell’s Dry Cleaners as well as working in the fabric department at Walmart for some time. In her later years, she was employed as a caregiver and enjoyed working and caring for people. She had a huge heart and cared deeply for the elderly people she worked with, she developed strong bonds and mourned each passing. Loretta was a loving mother and grandmother to all of her children and made many sacrifices. She is deeply loved by her family and friends who knew her.

Loretta is survived by her three daughters, Diana Acklin, husband, Mike, West Plains, Linda Armstrong, husband, Nick, Ava, Missouri and Joanna Brown, special friend, Mark Lowe, West Plains; her beloved grandchildren, Fraley Boss, husband, Jay, Ozark, Missouri, Jordan Owens, Valparaisa, Florida, Emily Stirn, husband, Mike, Layla Acklin, fiancé, Kennith Collins, Shelby Acklin, Poppy and Daisy McKinney, all of West Plains and Elijah Romans, Brandsville, Missouri; three great-granddaughters, Klover and Makyna Boss and Rayne Collins; and several special nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, three brothers, Edward Baldridge, V.L. Baldridge and Ernie Baldridge, one sister, Maggie Overman and one infant sister, Marlene Baldridge, precede her in death.

Jack Frazier, 75, of Theodosia Missouri died October 10, 2014 in a single car automobile accident in Ozark County, Missouri. Jack, son of Jack and Alice Frazier, was loving husband to Suzanne Frazier who predeceased him in death in 2009.

He is survived by his sister Thelma Mack of Raleigh, NC and brother Walter Frazier of Baltimore, MD and his two daughters, Alice Reid of Baltimore, MD and Lani Chaves of Cary, NC. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jonathan Reid and Emma Matthews and four great grandchildren.

Jack was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Mount Saint Joseph High School and the University of Maryland. Jack was a salesman and entrepreneur who retired early to Theodosia to become a farmer in what he always called “a little piece of heaven”. He spent every Thursday in Springfield, MO selling his world class basil and spinach to local restaurants and country clubs. Jack was creative and industrious and enjoyed farming and gourmet cooking. He loved his adopted community in Theodosia where his generous nature and distinctive laugh will be missed.

A memorial service / celebration of life will be held sometime in the beginning of November. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at OZARK FOOD HARVEST, P.O. box 5746, Springfield, MO 65801-5746, (417) 865-3411,

Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Graveside services for Imogene Mitchell, 79, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Udall Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mitchell died at 8:25 a.m., Monday, October 13, 2014, at her home.

She was born February 22, 1935, in Howell County, Missouri, to Leslie Howard and Lillie Joyce Howard. On January 2, 1952, she was married at Wynne, Arkansas, to Eugene Mitchell. Before her retirement she was employed with GTE. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Missouri.

She is survived by two children, Gary Mitchell, Bakersfield, Missouri and James Mitchell, wife, Daisha, Nixa, Missouri; one granddaughter, whom she and Eugene raised, Tammy Sue Key, Bakersfield, Missouri; and four great-grandchildren, Riki Lynn, Jame Jo, Tyler and Kayra Sue.

Her parents, husband and two daughters, Carolyn Riverdahl and Kathleen Wooley, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mitchell will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bakersfield, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Patricia Anne Sims, 79, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 12, 2014. She was born in Harvard, Illinois, on November 13, 1934, to Henry and Edith Beamsley Croak. Pat was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cherokee Village for twenty years and a previous member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harvard, Illinois. She was an Honors Graduate of Northern Illinois University in 1956 and became a housewife who enjoyed traveling with her husband as well as playing bridge with her friends, working crossword puzzles, and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband William Sims of the home; daughters Victoria (Timothy) Linhart of Harvard, Illinois, Laura (Robert) Schrom of Rockford, Illinois, Karen (Kim) Sims of Vernon Hills, Illinois, and Kathleen (Herbert) Grimm of Capron, Illinois; her brother Henry Croak; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one niece and three nephews along with many other relatives and friends.

Visitation with viewing will be Wednesday, October 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Tri-County Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association at

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

Elaine Faith Coonts, 73 years, passed to heaven on October 13, 2014 at her home with her family by her side from a battle with leukemia.

Elaine was born February 17, 1941 in Cortland, NY to James Norman and Thelma Ann (Overton) Fleming.

On October 16, 1976 Elaine and James Coonts were united in marriage in Buffalo, Iowa.

James and Elaine enjoyed retirement years in Ava, MO. She was a home healthcare worker. Elaine was a Christian and attended the Gentry Church in Ava with her husband, James.

Elaine enjoyed cooking, crocheting and most of all spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Elaine was preceded by her parents, her husband, James and a daughter, Lorrie Lynn Brown.

Elaine is survived by three children and their spouses, Brian & Suzanne Brown, Oak Harbor, WA, Melissa Marie & Jeff Howell, Strafford, MO and Serena & Stacey Shadwick, Nixa, MO, four step children, Debbie Geeding, Pam Reed, Jim Coonts and Kevin Coonts, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, several step grand and step great grandchildren, four sisters, Eleanor, Ethel, Marcina and Christina, two brothers, Rick and Jim Fleming, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Elaine will be Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with a visitation prior to at 9:00 a.m. to service time. Cremation will follow services per Elaine’s wishes. A family burial of her ashes will be at a later time in the Denney Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Riley Hall. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Neighbor Helping Neighbor.