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dunlapGraveside services for Donald E. Alsup, 77, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Barnett Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Alsup died at 5:16 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born January 25, 1937, at Dora, Missouri. On June 22, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Barbara Good. Before his retirement, he worked at International Shoe Company and Regal, formerly known as Marathon Electric. He enjoyed playing golf and playing music on his guitar, mainly country. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Alsup was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Alsup, of the family home; one son, Brent Alsup, wife, Renea, Rover, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Glenna Alsup, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jennifer Newberry, husband, Brad, Brittney Barry, husband, Brian, Jeremy Alsup, wife, Kate, Jarryd Alsup, wife, Melissa and Makenzie Alsup; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Janice Duggins, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri.

His mother, Ella Roberson, step-father, Eldon Roberson, one son, Kevin Alsup and one great-grandson, Brody Barry, precede him in death.

Mr. Alsup will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Friday until Noon Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church The Thrive Campaign Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for La Verne Bernice Fowler, 82, Blue Mound, Texas, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Shaver Campground Cemetery, Oxford, Arkansas, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fowler died at 12:58 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at her home.

She was born October 1, 1932, in the State of Arkansas, to John Henry Franks and Hulda Marie Morgan Franks. On September 24, 1949, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to James Fowler. She enjoyed painting pictures, knitting, crocheting Afghans for her family and gardening. She loved raising roses and was a good seamstress. Babies were special to her.

 

She is survived by her husband, James Fowler, of the family home; two children, LaWanna VanderPluym, Haslet, Texas and Jeffrey Alan Fowler, wife, Sally, Rhome, Texas; four grandchildren, Breanne VanderPluym, Megan VanderPluym, Heather Marie Russell and Mandy Fowler Roberts; nine great-grandchildren, Jacob Russell, Andrew Russell, Madeline Brummet, Eleanore Brummet, Harrison Jefferson Brummet, Paisley Brummet, Cadence Roberts, Colton Roberts and Clayton Roberts; two brothers, Thelbert Franks, wife, Betty and Randall Franks, wife, Elaine, all of West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two sisters, Shirley Mercer and Lee Propp, two brothers, Clifford Franks and Delman Franks and one infant brother, Delford Franks, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Feed the Children, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mrs. Mabel L. Mitchell, age 99, of Licking, MO, passed away December 10, 2014, at Licking  Park Manor.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at United Methodist Church.  Service will be at 12:00 PM, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at United Methodist Church under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO.

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Graveside services for Donald Kipp Fox, 73, Peace Valley, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at New Hope Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Fox died at 8:56 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 30, 1941, at West Plains, Missouri, to Richard Kipp Fox and Eupha Richman Fox. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1961. On July 6, 1964, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Mary “Alma” Wilbanks. Mr. Fox was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. He worked as a painter at Amyx Industries. He loved hunting, especially rabbit and coon. Mr. Fox attended Hilltop Holiness Church.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Fox, of the family home; three children, Debbie Collins, husband, Dave, West Plains, Missouri, Margaret Busby, husband, Terry, Peace Valley, Missouri and Donnie Fox, Peace Valley, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Chad Kern, Brandon Johnson, Nicholas Hackworth, Shelby Fox, Sidney Varney, Samantha Varney, Shenny Varney, Kyle Varney, Nathaniel Fox and Tyler Fox; two great-grandchildren, Kailynn Parmer and Dominic Kern; one sister, Margaret Jolliff, Sikeston, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Robert Fox, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Jay Altazan, 60, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, December 8, 2014, at his residence.

He was born October 23, 1954, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to J.W. and Dawn (Russell) Webb.  On January 3, 1997, Jay married Kathleen Wentz Altazan in Mountain Home. Jay was first and foremost a man who followed hard after God. He was a hugger, and a loving friend to so many. He was passionate about motorcycling and loved riding dirt roads and twisty paved roads. There was no distance too great to visit folks and explore along the way. An adventurer who enjoyed the ride more than the destination in all facets of his life.

Jay worked in the Lord’s service at whatever he did. Employed most recently in the Mountain Home High School’s Maintenance Dept. as a custodian. Former employers included area manufacturing facilities in the electronics, plastic, and boat building industries as well as an insurance agent and held a securities license.  He served in the United States Air Force, during the Vietnam era. Jay served on security in the missile silos in Arkansas, was stationed in England and served in Vietnam.  Jay Altazan was a Christian, and follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was an ordained minister.  Jay also mentored and served his community in several capacities including the Baxter County Alternative School TIME Mentoring Program, formerly on the board of the No. Ark. Food Bank and supported the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch in Harrison.

In addition to his parents Jay was preceded in death by his brother, Brannan Keith Webb of Denham Springs, LA,

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Kathleen (Frances Wentz) Altazan of Mountain Home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Megan Grober and Brian Dart of Katy, TX and Nicole Bertrand and Jody Horne of Mountain Home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon Keith and Ginna Altazan of Kingston, Tennessee, William James and Taylor Crosslin Altazan of Lakeview; four siblings, Mark Webb Kaufman of Montpelier, Vermont, Sean Webb Landreneau, Dawn Webb Rush and Colleen Webb Burns, all of Denham Springs, Louisiana; two adoptive siblings, Sharon Altazan Stacy of Dolph and Shannon Altazan of Ethyl, Louisiana; step-mother, Bennie Webb of Denham Springs, Louisiana two step-sisters, Cindy Constant Shephard and Lori Constant Taylor, both of Denham Springs Louisiana; a half-brother, Todd L. Webb of Denham Springs, Louisiana; seven grandchildren, Madelyn Grace Dart, Owen Justice Dart and Caroline Hope Dart, all of Katy, Texas, Kiley Renea Horne and Landon Marcus Horne, both of Mountain Home, and Kylie Maree Altazan and Joshua Evyn Davis, both of Kingston, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the East Side Baptist Church with Brother Jim Greenslade officiating.  Fellowship will follow at the Three Rivers Biker Church in Gamaliel.  No graveside services.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch, c/o ABC Homes, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

John Henry Masters, 68 years, passed away on December 8, 2014 at his home with his family by his side.

John was born August 11, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas to Edgar Louis and Mae Mary (Belsuel) Masters.

John was a semi-retired truck driver for Schrock Trucking in Springfield, MO. He trucked for over 40 years. He was an ArmyVeteran and served in Vietnam. John and Tammy (Beavers) were united in marriage on August 19, 2011 in Harrison, AR.

He enjoyed his work and loved being on the road. John also enjoyed camping, playing cards and most of all spending time with family and his wife, Tammy.

John was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Floyd, Ralph and Charles Masters and three sisters, Carol, Joyce and Louise.

John is survived by his wife, Tammy Masters, Clever, MO, one son, Johnathan Masters and Rachel McCarty, Independence, MO, two granddaughters, Lux and Iris Masters, step granddaughter, Katie, six sisters, Pearl (Bob) Ashton, Forsyth, MO, Darlene Jackson and Arlene Jackson both of Silver Lake, KS, Rosemary Sharp, Henrietta, OK, Wynonna Perkins, Medford, OR and Virginia Altis, Springfield, MO, mother-in-law, Janet Crawford, Clever, MO, special friends, Wayne & Cheryl West, Butler, MO, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Cremation services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

A celebration of life for Warren Glen Fletcher, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at First Baptist Church of West Plains.

Warren Glen Fletcher, loving husband, father and friend was welcomed into the kingdom of heaven on Friday, December 5, 2014.

He was born November 20, 1927, at Wheatland, Indiana, to Irvel Irvin Fletcher and Bertha Wise Fletcher.  Warren joined the United States Navy on June 27, 1945.  He worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad after his military service.  On May 9, 1953, he was married at Rosemont, Illinois, to Ruth Irene Palis, who preceded him in death on July 5, 2010.  They moved to West Plains in 1959 where Warren worked as a Sales Representative for Western Auto and later moved to St. Louis as a new store sales manager.  His love for friends, church and the community drew him back to West Plains in 1968 as the administrator of West Vue Nursing Home, Inc.  Warren worked diligently to improve long term healthcare as a member of local, state and national advisory boards.  He served the City of West Plains by membership on many boards and committees and was a member of the Rotary Club.  He loved the outdoors and spent many hours fishing, hunting and playing golf with friends and family.  Warren was an active deacon at the First Baptist Church of West Plains.  He faithfully served God through various avenues of ministry both local and worldwide.  His greatest joy was knowing God and leading others into His presence.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

He is survived by two daughters, Diana Kay Dirk and husband, Reverend John A. Dirk, Woodway, Texas and Ruth Anne Castleberry and husband, Reverend Richard A. Castleberry, Chesapeake, Virginia; and four grandchildren, Major John David Dirk, United States Marine Corps and wife, Elizabeth, Lexington Park, Maryland, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and husband, Major Chad Fitzgerald, United States Army, West Point, New York, Anna Rebekah Castleberry, Tyler, Texas and Jonathan Andrew Castleberry and wife, Emily, Selma, Alabama; four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Grace Fitzgerald and John Michael and Margaret Dirk; two sisters, June Gammon and Margaret Cornelison, husband, Allen, Wheatland, Indiana; one brother, Jerry Fletcher, State of Alaska; one sister-in-law, Dottie Fletcher, State of Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters and three brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Fund or First Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Coy Marriott of Mountain Home, Arkansas returned to his heavenly home on December 5, 2014 at the age of 89. Coy was blessed with a large and loving family.  He is survived by his wife, Dixie Rowland Marriott, his son, Don Marriott of Bunceton, MO and his daughter, Colleen Ivie of San Francisco, CA.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren:  Cindy Rybak, Collin Marriott, Cassie Marriott, Charity Branstetter, Celia Marriott, Rusty Raubs, Devon Ivie, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Coy was born in Denver, Arkansas, the son of the late James and Myrtle Erwin Marriott.  He is predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.  He was a long-time resident of Green Forest, AR.  At the age of 16, he was employed to work on the construction of the Norfolk dam making $1/hour.  He served his country during WWII with the Navy Seabee construction battalion from 1943-1945, followed by four years in the Army reserve.   He married his wife of 67 years in 1947 and began his apprenticeship in Harrison, AR.  Over the years, he traveled Route 66 many times to pursue work opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area, but he always returned to the Ozarks where he called home.

Coy was an accomplished tool and die maker.  He lived in Ozark, MO for 28 years and retired from Fasco Industries in 1987 and continued to operate his small rubber part manufacturing company.  Following retirement, Coy operated the steam engine at Silver Dollar City for a number of years before moving to Mountain Home, AR in 1994.

Coy will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and his love of steam engines.  He was an expert craftsman and he built many engines over the years.  He lived a long and full life doing things that he loved and he enjoyed the faithful companionship of his little dog, Libby.

Funeral services will be held at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home in Mountain Home, AR on Wednesday, December 10th at 11AM followed by a graveside service at the Denver Cemetery in Denver, AR at 3:30 PM.  A visitation at the funeral home will be held from 2–7 PM on Tuesday, December 9th with family in attendance from 5-7 PM.

Nora May Roberts Coggins, 68, of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014, at her residence.

She was born May 10, 1946, in Mountain Home to the late John Walter and Earnestine (Casey) Roberts.  Nora worked at Mar-Bax Shirt Factory and Baxter Healthcare prior to owning Pet Haven in Gassville.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Lee Roberts.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne Coggins and Lori Donahue of Rogers and Keith English and Sanwanya English of Pea Ridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Johnny Rusher of Rogers; a step-daughter, Shawna Schopp; two sisters, Jean Kellem of Mountain Home and Christine Rash of Springfield; nine grandchildren, Johnny Rusher, Jr., Amanda May Rusher, Darrell Coggins, Jr., Michael Dwayne Coggins, McKenzie Lynn Donahue, Keaton Harris, Kendrick Mulanax, Kayla Mulanax, Cody Mulanax, Ashley Schopp and three great grandchildren, Ahriyah Thomas, Christian Blake Russell, Jayden Russell.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2014, at the Staggs Cemetery near Calico Rock with the Rev. Richard Kellem officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Pallbearers will be Keith English, Darrell Coggins, Jr., John Chisnell, Lynn Coggins, Clayton Kellem and Carl Roberts.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Alvin Thomas, 74, of Wasola, MO was born September 15, 1940 in Willhoit, MO to Nancy Genevra (Harley) Thomas and James Kelly Thomas. He departed December 5, 2014 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, MO with Halbert Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Loftis Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening, December 7th from 5-7 p.m. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to either Loftis Cemetery, Franklin Grove Cemetery, or to the John 3:16 Ministries; 75 Holmes Rd.; Charlotte, AR 72522. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Alvin graduated from Gainesville High School in 1958 and married Reva Egger on July 22, 1961. He was employed by Rawlings Sporting Goods of Ava, MO for 38 years. After retirement, he continued to work farming with his son at Wasola where he was the “Herd Expert”, knowing all the pertinent facts about each cow and calf in the herd. He spent his entire life in and around Ozark and Douglas Counties and would not have considered living anywhere else. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and his cows and reading and napping.

Alvin is survived by Reva, his wife of 53 years; three sons Kenny Thomas and wife Ann, Kevin Thomas and wife Cindy, Kurtis Thomas and wife Kelly all of Wasola, MO; two daughters Toni Thomas and husband James of Malvern, AR and Melissa Thomas of the home in Wasola; six grandchildren Jennifer and husband Denver, Markus, Kane, Kayla, Nicholas and Nathan; two great grandchildren Cooper and Cassidy; one sister Gay Burke; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; six sisters; and his granddaughter Amanda Thomas.