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Virginia R. Crank, 83 years, 2 months, and 2 days old, passed to Heaven on March 1st, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

Virginia attended school and lived most of her life in Ava.

Virginia and Joseph Rex Crank were united in marriage on October 24, 1949 in Mt. Home, AR, and to this union a daughter was born, Julie Marie Crank.

Virginia worked as a waitress and housekeeper for most of her life. She was a Christian and a member of the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church where she served as secretary, treasurer, and played the piano. She enjoyed Singing, playing the piano, and crossword puzzles. Virginia also volunteered at the Ava Senior Citizens Center for 11 years and helped with the Meals on Wheels program.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Bailey and Iva Ludwig, her husband Joseph Crank, and three sisters, Wilda Loyd, Annette Caudill, and Mary Caudill.

Virginia is survived by her daughter Julie Crank of Springfield, MO, a granddaughter, Johana Xochitl Duran of Springfield, MO, a brother, Larry Ludwig of Mansfield, MO, two sisters, Ila Stillings and Aloma Cummins, both of Ava, as well as many nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Funeral services for Virginia will be Friday, March 6, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Richard Potter. Memorials may be made to the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

Mary Ann Leschinsky, 67 years, 11 months, and 20 days old, passed to Heaven on March 2, 2015.

Mary was born March 13, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri to Walter and Delma (Guess) Swain.

Mary graduated from Ava High School in 1965.

On November 24, 1967 Mary Ann Swain and Kindrick Lee Leschinsky were united in marriage in Union Grove Church, Crossroads, Missouri and to this union one child was born.

Mary and Kindrick moved to St. Louis in 1967 and spent 34 years there. After retiring, they moved back to Wasola were they built their new home.

Mary worked ten years in a factory in the St. Louis area. She later spent her time as a housewife, were she enjoyed spending time with family and traveling. Mary scheduled her day around the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. She enjoyed fishing and always looked forward to White Bass Season.

She was a Christian and attended the Girdner Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Michelle Lee Leschinsky Horton, In-Laws, Ervin and Ora Lee (Herndon) Leschinsky and one brother-in-law, Robert Leschinsky.

Mary is survived by her husband, Kindrick, one granddaughter, Megan Lee Horton, Rogersville, MO, one grandson, Shane Kindrick Horton, Rogersville, MO, twin sister, Sherry and Gary Johnson, Ava, MO, two brothers, Jerry and Rosemary Swain, Ava, MO and Gary Swain and companion, Donna, Grandview, Mo, one sister-in-law, Sherry Leschinsky, Columbia, SC, two paternal aunts, Ruth Thunhorst, Morrisonville, Ill and Betty Breckenridge, Paragould, AR and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mary will be Friday, March 6, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO with burial in the Noble Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Roberts and Pastor Maxine Lund. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service for Gerald Conrad Levine, 74, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be held at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with graveside service following at Jackson Cemetery in Romance. Mr. Levine died March 3 at his home, joining his grandson Joshua Lane in heaven.

He was born April 5, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Wesley and Bernice Clemis Levine. He graduated from Lane High School in Chicago and worked for the city of Chicago in the clerk’s office. In 1972, he moved to Racine, Wisconsin, where he attended Gateway Community College. He then moved his family to Tecumseh in 1980 and went to work at Cloud 9 Ranch. Next he went to work in St. Louis. He was a painter by trade. After retiring in 2004 he moved to Mountain Home.

He loved going to the casino, swimming, taking his dog Keno to the lake, and playing pool with his friends.

He is survived by his six daughters, Theresa Pate and husband Andy, Jackie Hanson and husband Steve, and Georgian Anderson and husband Morris, all of Mountain Home, Annette Lane and husband Paul of Noble, Pamela Hayes and husband Randy of West Plains and Jennifer Robinson and husband Kevin of Newport, North Carolina; one sister, Georgian Patzman of Racine, Wisconsin; grandchildren Rebecca Cooper, Jessica Strain, Shanna Robinson, Dustin Ellison, Jeffrey Lane, D.J. Ellison, Brandi Wood, Kirstin Mooney, Dakota Ellison, Krista Robinson, Chance Lackey, Savannah Lackey, Kristian Robinson, Konnor Robinson; former wife Paula Levine Ezell of Mountain Home; former companion Bonnie Craig of St. Louis; swimming buddies Bob Skibbe and Ken Apel of Mountain Home; four nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Timothy Levine; one grandson, Joshua Lane; and one great-grandson, Austin Brian Combs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Century Bank, PO Box 68, Gainesville, MO 65655. Online condolences may be made to Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Emma Dawn Foster was born July 7, 1944 at Winona, MO the daughter of Torby Garrett and Irene (Melton) Garrett. She passed away March 1, 2015 at her daughter Regina’s home in Winona, MO at the age of 70 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Torby Garrett and Irene Stephens, one sister Paula Edison, and one granddaughter Lisa Kivett.

She is survived by two sons Allen Ford, Jr. of Winona, MO and Wayne Foster and Helen Counts of Winona, MO; three daughters Marsha Breechene of Springfield, MO, Regina Voyles and husband Gregg of Winona, MO, and Lisa Norris of Winona, MO; ten grandchildren Tiffany Ann Martinez and husband Mark of Greely, CO, Christopher Allen Ford of Colorado Springs, CO, Shelby Dawn Herring and husband Michael of Colorado Springs, CO, Kayla Marie Ford of Colorado Springs, CO, Randall Scott Ford of Springfield, MO, Frank Ford of Springfield, MO, Alicia Ford of Springfield, MO, Jonathan Wayne Foster of Winona, MO, Justin Foster of Winona, MO and Misty Prewett and Mike Jacobs of Winona, MO; fifteen great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Emma lived most of her life in the Winona, MO area. She worked for several years at the boat factory in Poplar Bluff, MO and later worked as a lead miner at the Ozarks Lead Mines in Ellington, MO. Emma moved to Gretna, Louisiana where she worked at her sister’s real estate business selling real estate. When Emma moved back to Missouri, she began working for the Missouri Highway Department for several years. Emma’s last occupation was working as an over the road, cross country truck driver. She drove for US Express, Rising Phoenix, and Martin Transport.

Emma enjoyed working in her vegetable garden and growing her roses. She loved growing herbs in her garden and taught her children how to grow and use the various herbs. Emma
was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial Services will be scheduled and held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, MO.

Doug Haro was born in Stockton, California on August 22, 1948 to Fred and Marilyn Haro. In 1964 Doug met the love of his life, Maxine Severin at Calvary Baptist Church in Stockton California. They were married May 11, 1967. Doug enlisted in the Army in 1967 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 in the First Air Cavalry. Doug and Maxine then raised two children, Wendi and Brannon Haro. In 1973 Doug made a career in law enforcement with Stockton Police Department, where he served in areas of patrol, traffic, narcotics, training officer, D.A.R.E program and then retired in 2000. He soon returned part time to continue with the D.A.R.E program and spent two years as a bailiff for San Joaquin County Sheriff in California. Doug was very active in several churches in California.

In 2005 Doug and Maxine Haro retired in Mountain Home, Arkansas where they attend church at Christ Community. On Saturday Feb, 28, 2015 at 6:20 am, Doug lost his battle with (undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma) cancer. He was at his home, surrounded by his loving family when he was lifted peacefully to the arms of Jesus. Throughout Doug’s diagnosis and fight he held strong to his faith in Christ and never wavered at the opportunity to share God’s love and Grace with those who crossed his path.

Doug is survived by his loving wife Maxine, his dedicated children Wendi and Brannon Haro and his daughter in law Jennifer. He is also survived by his parents Fred and Marilyn and his step mother Beverly Haro. Doug has four grandsons, Alex Landeros III, Austin Haro, Dylan Haro, Ryan Haro and countless others that have been blessed by his heart.

A memorial service in Doug’s honor will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at Christ Community Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas and Crossroads Grace Community Church in Manteca, California at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests  that any donations be made in Doug Haro’s name to the following:   Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9899 Main Street, Suite 204, Damascus, MD 20872 and/or

Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation, 2726 Bissonet St, Ste 240-314, Houston, TX 77005.

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

The online guest book and obituary are available at

Graveside services for Vernetie Goble, 98, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Howell Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Goble died at 5:07 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born October 2, 1916, at Mitchell, Arkansas, to William R. and Hattie Lee Sublett.  She was married September 9, 1933, to Ewell Copeland, who preceded her in death and on January 13, 1962, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Samuel Leslie Goble, who preceded her in death on May 20, 2001.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Goble had worked at International Shoe Company and Murrell’s Cleaners.  She was a babysitter for many children whom she dearly loved.  Mrs. Goble was a member of the Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including, Paul Good, wife, Erma, Charles Good, wife Nondes, and Rose Ann Riley, husband, Bob, all of West Plains, Bonnie Hamby, husband, Marion, Independence, Missouri and Wanda Brown, Waynesville, Missouri; many cousins, including Jerry Webb, West Plains, Missouri; and her West Vue family.

Her parents, husbands, three sisters and one brother, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.   Memorial contributions may be made to Howell Valley Cemetery or Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Stanley Goodrich, 84, passed away at his home in Ava, February 21, 2015.

Stanley was born July 6, 1930 in Charlotte, Michigan to Alfred and Oma (Holbrook) Goodrich.

Stanley is proceeded by his parents, a daughter, Collette, two sisters, Mary and Loretta and two brothers, Byron and Alfred.

He is survived by his sister Orpha Stiffler and husband, Ted and his children.

Doris A. “Little Bit” Witchey, 78 years, passed away to her Heavenly home on March 1, 2015 at her home in Ava.

Funeral services for Doris will be Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO with burial in the Whites Creek Cemetery just east of Ava. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home.

Beth Elaine (Tyson) McEntire-Bess, 60, of Hardy, AR, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015, at her home surrounded by family and friends. Beth was born in Walnut Ridge, AR, on November 25, 1954, to Billy Joe and Armilda (Mayland) Tyson. She worked for many years with KSAR-Hometown Radio Stations in many capacities.

Beth was preceded in death by her first husband, Greg McEntire, and her father Billy Joe Tyson. She is survived by her husband Greg Bess, of the home, sons Jeff (Kara) McEntire of Highland, AR, and Joe Scott (Hanna) McEntire of Salem, Ar. Step-daughters Becca Bess (Tony Sutton) of Gaithersburg, MD and Leah (Ross)Myers of Ashburn, VA. Her mother, Armilda Tyson of Powhatan, AR and siblings Bill Lewis (Linda) Tyson of Powhatan, AR and Johnny (Tammy) Tyson of Mountain Home, AR, Mitzi (Steve) Kieffner of Paragould, AR, and Retha (Henry) Taffar of Ravenden, AR. Grandchildren include Kenzie and Mallory McEntire of Highland, AR, Braylee Jo McEntire of Salem, AR, Riley and Zachary Sutton of Gaithersburg, MD and Stella Myers of Ashburn, VA.

Beth was active in many civic organizations over the years and served in many leadership roles including the Sharp County Jaycees/Jaycettes, helped organize the Spring River Area Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW), Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, Highland Schools PTA, Sharp County Ladies Investment Club, was an original member of the Rebel Booster Club and the Cherokee Village Lions Club. She helped to establish the Spring River Chamber’s annual radio auction, assisted with the Black Rock Foothills Festival, Spring River Canoe Races, Sharp County Fair, Hardy Craft Fair, Ash Flat Eaglefest, Izard County Pioneer Day and the Lawrence County, Fulton County and Sharp County Fair beauty pageants. She was honored for her community leadership in the Spring River Area with the E. Wilson Green award. She also won public speaking competitions on the state and national level through the BPW association. Beth was also a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center from 5-7 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday March 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ FLC. Burial will follow at the Agnos Cemetery. Pallbearers include Mark Kieffner, Kris Gill, Ashton Raney, Billy McEntire, Kolby King, Jonathan Harmon, Tony Sutton and Ross Myers.

Honorary pallbearers include Kevin King, James Bragg, Jeff Bess, Johnny Tyson, Bill Lewis Tyson, Henry Taffar, Steve Kieffner, Billy Lynn Tyson, Steve McEntire, Clay McEntire, Ray McEntire, Jack McEntire, Jeff Jordan, Colby Jordan, Robert Cissell, Larry Smith, Stacey Horton, Jesse Morris, Dale Maddox, Mark Herring and Jack Hufmaster.

A scholarship fund is being established in Beth’s name through Centennial Bank of Arkansas. The scholarship will be given annually to a civic minded graduating senior, In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you consider the scholarship fund or the Children’s Home of Paragould, AR. Arrangements under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, AR.

Paul Marquardt, 89, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at National Health Care in West Plains.

Funeral services for Paul Marquardt, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Charles Barnett officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.