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A graveside service for Raymond E. Leathers, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Dexter City Cemetery.

Mr. Leathers died at 1:40 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born January 21, 1924, at Parma, Missouri, to Thomas Leathers and Elizabeth Bruce Leathers. On April 18, 1974, he was married at Sullivan, Missouri, to Juanita Berent. Mr. Leathers was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post of West Plains. He worked as an iron ore and coal miner for twenty-seven years.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Leathers, of the family home; twelve children, Ronnie Leathers, Cathy Garrison, husband, Merle, Brenda Elfrank, husband, Les, Joe Leathers, wife, Judy, Donna Green, husband Bob, Mark Leathers, wife Cindy, Mike Willig, Jane Wilson, Carol Shinberger, Karen Judd, husband, Calvin, Kelly Brixey and Cindy Vavrinek, husband, Kevin; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Loretta Berent; and several nieces and nephews .

His parents, two sons, one daughter, two sisters and six brothers, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Barbara A. Duvall, 74, of Mountain Home, AR passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at her residence.

Barbara was born May 27, 1940 in Bloomington, Illinois to the late Paul and Louise Fisher. She married Howard R. Duvall on May 30, 1959 in Bloomington, Illinois. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home. Barbara was very active in her church, including the Women’s Circle and the Church Auxiliary. Barbara was a volunteer at the library and The Christmas Wish program for under privileged children.

She is survived locally by her husband, Howard R. Duvall of Mountain Home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Funks Grove Cemetery in McLean, Illinois. A visitation will be 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois; Donald W. Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home, AR 72653, or the First United Methodist Church, 605 W. 6th Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Arrangements are by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guest book are available at

Raymond “Ray” Lee Barnes, 52, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his residence.

He was born May 3, 1962, in Morrilton, Arkansas to the late Marion Clinton and Mary Elizabeth (Weaver) Barnes. Ray served in the National Guard LT Maintenance Company in Mountain Home for six years. He worked for Arkansas State University Mountain Home maintenance department for several years. Ray held a Certificate of Master Gardener from Arkansas State University. He was a collector of many things and loved being outdoors, classic cars and photography. Ray was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include a son, Dusty Barnes of Mountain Home; a daughter, Tasha Barnes of Mountain Home; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Cheryl Barnes of Rydal, Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law, Gay and Eric Betts of Buford; two grandsons, Kaeden and Kobe Dotson, both of Mountain Home and four nieces.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A private memorial service will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Montgomery, Louisiana at a later date.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Lynn M. Hixon, 90, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hixon died at 1:25 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at Willow Springs, Missouri, surrounded by his close family.

He was born September 23, 1923, at Uniontown, Kansas, to Rolla Hixon and Bernice Boileau Hixon. On September 22, 1942, he was married at El Dorado, Kansas, to Katy Wadsack, who preceded him in death on March 25, 2009. He was a member of the Church of Christ since his burial in baptism on November 9, 1947, and was the current minister of Pomona Church of Christ. He preached over sixty-six years in the pulpit and radio work for over fifty-eight years. He ministered at gospel meetings in many states including brush arbor and television.

He is survived by two children, Rita Jane Turpin, Willow Springs, Missouri and Lynn Hixon, Jr. and wife, Rhonda, Independence, Missouri. He was a grandfather with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta Davis and husband, Warren, Fort Scott, Kansas; his nieces and nephews; and his church family and friends.

His parents, wife and a little brother, William Herbert Hixon, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Willow Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home or Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Elsie Jane Judd, 84, West Plains, Missouri died July 21, 2014 at 4:15 a.m. at Brooke Haven Healthcare in West Plains.

Services for Elsie Jane Judd will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and can be left the at the funeral home.

Lonnie Carl Gayer, age 58, son of Louis Franklin and Rosa Wanona (Tucker) Gayer, was born December 22, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas. He went to rest in his heavenly home July 17, 2014 in Cabool, MO. Wow, what a very lucky guy he is! What a reunion that must have been!

He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Wanona; two brothers, Andrew Gayer and Larry Gayer; and a brother-in-law Jim Simons.

He is survived by his son Ronnie Dean Gayer and wife Christina of Mtn. View, MO and their two daughters, Christein, 11 and Zoda, 2 ½; a daughter, Nina Pauline Gayer of Walters, Oklahoma and her three daughters, Daisy, 9, Nancy, 8 and Danyle, 6; three brothers, Orval Gayer and wife Louise of Cabool, MO, Delbert Gayer and wife Shirley of Cabool, MO and Lynn Gayer and wife Mary of Houston, MO; two sisters, Tresa Meisenheimer and husband John of Jackson, MO and Bessie Simons of Wichita, KS; his closest and most loyal friend, his dog Chole; and many other relatives and friends.

Lonnie had many interests and this is what sparked his interest in different jobs. Lonnie went to Lawton, Oklahoma after a tornado went thru that town. He found work there as a maintenance man for a gentleman who owned rental property. The owner really liked Lonnie and since his son was uninterested in taking over the property, he willed it to Lonnie.

Lonnie also worked for Southwest AMC Theater as a rigger. This job took him to many states. He traveled to Disney World in Florida and then across the country to Disneyland in California, setting up movie screens and sound systems.

He was very friendly and outgoing, always making friends, never meeting a stranger. While in Oklahoma he began working at a lawn mower and small engine repair shop with George. They became good friends and had especially good times, “hanging out” together. He also worked for a special couple, who were his neighbors, Kelly and Bub in Oklahoma. He considered all of them and their families as brothers and sisters. They were always there for him. He had a special friend Nancy Gee.

Lonnie loved to fish, play games, especially Farkle, and go to garage sales with George.

To know Lonnie was to love him, as everyone did. He was always fun to be around, a real sweetheart, comedian and prankster! He kept you laughing, and if you didn’t see him, you would know where he was by that special laugh he had. He was a unique person, willing to help his family, friends and neighbors, pitching in to help fix anything, and happy to be of service. He really loved being Grandpa, what a joy his grandchildren were to him.

Lonnie was Dad, Grandpa, brother and friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held July 26th, at 2:00 PM in the Brown Hill Baptist Church, Houston, MO. Lonnie’s brothers Orval, Delbert and Lynn Gayer will speak. On-line condolences may be sent to Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Mildred Louise Johnson, 90, Willow Springs, Missouri, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:18 a.m at Willow Care Nursing Home.

Funeral services for Mildred Johnson will be held on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Daniel J. Franklin, age 69, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas passed away at his home, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was born December 13, 1944, in Redfield, South Dakota to Roger E. Franklin and Virginia M. (Parr) Franklin. He was a Manufacturing Engineer (aero-space).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Sharon Franklin of the home, two daughters Dana Franklin of Santa Rosa, California and Leslie Wesner of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, two brothers Charles Patrick Franklin of Thailand and John Michael Franklin of DeKalb, Illinois, one sister Donna Marie Franklin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren , several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will begin Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5 P.M. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Evelyn Owens, 98, of Gallatin, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Daviess County Nursing & Rehab in Gallatin. Services will be held on Saturday, July 19, at Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View, MO. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Memorials: Will Norton Miracle Field, P.O. Box 701, Joplin, MO 64802, or donor’s charity of choice.

Evelyn was born in Corwith, Iowa on June 28, 1916, to William K. and Cora B. (Wilson) Clapsaddle. She graduated from Rich Hill High School. Evelyn married Evan Owens on February 6, 1937, in Rich Hill, MO. The couple made their home and raised their family in Mountain View. Evelyn was employed at Angelica Garment Factory in Mountain View where she dedicated 30 years of service, retiring in 1980.

Evelyn was a musician. She played piano, trumpet and cello. She also sang in the church choir. It was in her retirement years where Evelyn found her love of bowling; averaging a score of 155 at 80 years old! She also enjoyed golf and traveling before her health declined. She moved to Joplin, MO following the death of her husband, Evan. In 2004, she moved to Gallatin, MO, with her daughter, Carol.

Evelyn was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, as well as the UMW ,VFW Auxiliary, IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Auxiliary, and the Eastern Star. Evelyn was an excellent seamstress and was well known for her alteration skills. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. To know her was to love her. She will be greatly missed.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Evan; sons Dwight and Dennis Owens; great grandson, Will Norton; great-great granddaughter, Lucy Morrison; two brothers, Vern and Elwyn Clapsaddle; and three sisters, Ida Clapsaddle, Verona Cowan, and Erma Layher.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters: Laveda (Richard) Norton of Joplin, MO; Madelyn (Bob) Ledgerwood of Claremore, OK; Carol (Don) Weaver of Gallatin, MO; Phyllis (Bob) Hardcastle of Ballwin, MO; 1 son, Curtis (Lila) Owens of Joplin, MO; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters-law; 1 brother-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Chester Charles Baird, age 94, of Williford, Arkansas passed away July 17, 2014 at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. He was born September 17, 1919 at Williford, Arkansas to Cassius Claude Baird and Ethel “Bottoms” Baird. He was a farmer, avid fox hunter, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. at the Bettis Church of Christ. A meal will precede the visitation beginning at 11:00 A.M.

All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Survivors include his wife Virginia Irene “King” Baird of the home, two sons, Charles Baird (Kaye) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and C.C. Baird (Patsy) of Williford, Arkansas, one brother Thomas Baird of Rolla, Missouri, two sisters, Geraldine Gatley of Washington and Sue Warren of Kentucky, seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will begin Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bettis Church of Christ near Center, Arkansas, with Charles and C.C. Baird officiating. Burial will follow in the Opposition Cemetery located in Ravenden, Arkansas.