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James Fannon Mertz, 81, West Plains, Missouri, was born June 9, 1934 at Oak Park, Illinois to Vernon Hamilton Mertz and Martha Ann Fannon Mertz. He passed away at 5:15 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Blue Bird Mountain, West Plains, Missouri.

 

James grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he went to the Roosevelt High School. He was very talented and ambitious. In the spring of 1950, he married Bonnie Balintine at Bethany, Missouri. He was 15 and she was 14 and so much in love. Jim and Spanky were married 49 years. She passed away on August 7, 1998; they had one son, James David Mertz who was born on October 10, 1950 and passed away on October 30, 2002.

 

Jim had 2 brothers, John Mertz and wife, Phyllis, Des Moines, Iowa and Jerry Mertz, who passed away, and his surviving wife, Mary, Tampa, Florida; and several surviving nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his wife, Janet Lattion Marshell Mertz, two step sons, Matthew Marshell and Mark Marshell, wife, Amber; five grandchildren, Brittany and husband, Darrell Eason, Zena, Cooper, Katy and Dallas of West Plains; one great-grandchild, MacKenzie.

 

Captain Jim was a very strong man, a special person, very charming, witty, always could recite a jingle or make up one, well mannered. He went from a Fuller Brush salesman to 3rd in command at Terminal Transport Trucking Company. He loved the ocean and sailed the world, returning back to be dock master at Grove Isle Marina, Coconut Grove, Florida. There he rode out hurricane Andrew, saving many yachts. He enjoyed his sailboat and the Spanky Cruiser which he used to take people over to Bimini, Bahamas. Later, he owned and operated a 101 seat restaurant, the El Segundo, in Miami, Florida.  Captain Jim was well known for his fine food and hospitality. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He and Old Baldy (the airstream) traveled many miles across the nation, hunting, fishing and camping. He was a great hunter, both with guns and bow, practiced quick draw pistols, kick boxing, scuba diving and was a master chef and entertainer. He had impeccable character standards.  After Bonnie passed, Captain Jim moved to his Blue Bird Mountain in the Ozarks and on September 8, 2007 began a new life with Janet Lattion Marshell.  Jim was a Christian and said prayers many times a day.  Captain Jim had many friends near and far; three special friends, Darrol Huffman, Charlie Pendergrass and Bob Houston, who visited him faithfully several times a week.

 

A special thank you to Dr. Charles Morgan and all the Riverways Hospice staff, nurses, aids and volunteers.

 

Jim didn’t want a funeral service but memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Riverways Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Myrna DarterMyrna Faye (Todd) Darter, daughter of the late Ernest Elmer Todd and June Marie (Strain) Todd was born on January 31, 1941, in Houston, Missouri. She went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2015, at the age of 74.

Myrna, along with her siblings, Glenna and Kenneth, were raised in the Texas, Wright, and Greene county areas of Missouri. She attended Mtn. Grove School through the tenth grade then later obtained her GED.

She was united in marriage to Hubert Walter Darter on March 3, 1957 and to this union three children were born: Tod Anthony, Myrna Sue and Walter Leo. For twenty-three years, Myrna traveled around the world alongside her husband as he served in the Navy. During this time, they lived in 28 different homes from coast-to-coast and even internationally for five years in Italy. In 1979, the family made their final move and settled into a home just outside of Cabool.

Myrna came to know the Lord at an early age and served him faithfully during her lifetime. She also joined her husband in the ministry as they served the congregations of Clear Springs, Mt. Pisgah, Faith and Hope, and Ellis Prairie. For the past few years, she worshipped at Cabool Second Baptist Church.

She had several occupations over the years ranging from bank teller to accountant for the family trucking business. Her most cherished role though was that of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When she had spare time, she enjoyed cooking, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She would also sew or crochet hand-made items for family and friends.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Todd, Marie (Todd) Alsup and Leo Alsup; grandson, Dusty Joe Strong; brother, Kenneth Todd and a nephew, Jerry Todd. She is survived by her loving husband, Hubert Darter of the home; two sons, Tod Darter and wife, Kathy and Walter Darter and wife, Jodi; one daughter, Myrna Sue McClellan and husband, Bruce; one sister, Glenna Postlewait and husband, Gene; seven grandchildren, Robert Nesbit, Tangela Broos, Sarah Darter, Elizabeth (Libby) Wilson, Katrina Czybrinski, Emily Darter and Heather Vaughn; and seven great-grandchildren, Quinton, Atalee, Dusty, Emma, Mark, Julie and Jayden. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Myrna Faye (Todd) Darter, daughter of the late Ernest Elmer Todd and June Marie (Strain) Todd was born on January 31, 1941, in Houston, Missouri. She went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2015, at the age of 74.

 

Myrna, along with her siblings, Glenna and Kenneth, were raised in the Texas, Wright, and Greene county areas of Missouri. She attended Mtn. Grove School through the tenth grade then later obtained her GED.

 

She was united in marriage to Hubert Walter Darter on March 3, 1957 and to this union three children were born: Tod Anthony, Myrna Sue and Walter Leo. For twenty-three years, Myrna traveled around the world alongside her husband as he served in the Navy. During this time, they lived in 28 different homes from coast-to-coast and even internationally for five years in Italy. In 1979, the family made their final move and settled into a home just outside of Cabool.

 

Myrna came to know the Lord at an early age and served him faithfully during her lifetime. She also joined her husband in the ministry as they served the congregations of Clear Springs, Mt. Pisgah, Faith and Hope, and Ellis Prairie. For the past few years, she worshipped at Cabool Second Baptist Church.

 

She had several occupations over the years ranging from bank teller to accountant for the family trucking business. Her most cherished role though was that of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When she had spare time, she enjoyed cooking, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She would also sew or crochet hand-made items for family and friends.

 

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Todd, Marie (Todd) Alsup and Leo Alsup; grandson, Dusty Joe Strong; brother, Kenneth Todd and a nephew, Jerry Todd. She is survived by her loving husband, Hubert Darter of the home; two sons, Tod Darter and wife, Kathy and Walter Darter and wife, Jodi; one daughter, Myrna Sue McClellan and husband, Bruce; one sister, Glenna Postlewait and husband, Gene; seven grandchildren, Robert Nesbit, Tangela Broos, Sarah Darter, Elizabeth (Libby) Wilson, Katrina Czybrinski, Emily Darter and Heather Vaughn; and seven great-grandchildren, Quinton, Atalee, Dusty, Emma, Mark, Julie and Jayden. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

A Funeral Service for Barbara Lynn Dugger of Panama City, Florida, formerly of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday, June 22, 2015, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm and Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 9:00 am until service time at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to the grandchildren’s collage scholarship fund.

 

Barbara passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident on June 14, 2015, in Panama City, Florida, at the age of 55. She was born November 16, 1959, in Memphis, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents Annie Lee and Billy Lew Dugger, Sr. of Southaven, Mississippi. She is survived by her only daughter, Windi and Daniel Lewis of Mountain Home, Arkansas and her six grandchildren; David (16), Elizabeth (14), Jacob (12), Rebekah (5), Lydia (3), and Abigail (21 months) all of Mountain Home. She is also survived by three sisters, Harriet, Helen, and Betty, and a brother, Billy, Jr.
Barbara lived in Florida since moving from Mountain Home, Arkansas, in December 2014. She graduated from Memphis Prep in 1978. She attended Memphis State University, and more recently ASU Mountain Home and NorthArk in Harrison.
Everything Barbara cooked was delicious and always homemade. She was a loving mother, and an ideal grandmother. She had a great laugh and beautiful smile plus an outgoing personality that made everyone fall in love with her instantly. Once she made a friend, she kept them for life.
Barbara enjoyed crafting, fishing, working with flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an active member of the Twin Lakes Play House, Mountain Home Band Boosters, the Quilters Guild, and a tutor at the Twin Lakes Literacy Council.
Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Daniel Elisha Williams, 89, passed to his Heavenly home on June 19, 2015 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO.

 

Daniel was born May 22, 1926 in Troy, NC to Bennie Clay and Lula Florence (Russell) Williams.

 

Dr. Williams was an ordained Minister with the Church of God (Holiness). He was a U. S. Army Veteran and served in WWII. On Oct. 28, 1945 Daniel and Cordelia Doris Cooper were united in marriage and to this union four children were born.

 

Dr. Williams received his Doctorate of Theology at International Theological Seminary in Plymouth, FL on April 15, 1990.

 

He was a member of the American Society of Military Engineers.

 

Dr. Williams had a passion for working with young people which was a hallmark of his ministry. He pastored churches in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri. He also enjoyed international travel. In 1991, soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he participated in Christian ministry in Russia. He was privileged to visit other countries in the Middle East.

 

Dr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Cordelia Doris in 2003, three brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by three sons and their spouses: Daniel & Elizabeth Williams, Shawnee, KS, Benjamin & Alta Williams, Flagstaff, AZ, Phillip Williams, Dallas, TX and one daughter and husband, Sonya & Steve Martin, St. Cloud, FL, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services for Dr. Williams will be Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ava, MO with full military honors by Troy Herd American Legion Post #112. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Dr. Noel Scott, Reverend Robert Thompson, Jr. and Rev. Steve Martin. Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Associates, 11450 Translation Way, Orlando, FL 32832, Account40405.

Linda Jean Billingsley, 53, of Ravenden, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at her home. She was born May 23, 1962, in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Robert and Wilma Frederick Kensinger. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Tim Young and was a loving wife and mother.

 

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Billingsley; sons, Brian and Cody of the home and Chad (Alicia) of Colorado; daughter, Brandy (Michael) North of Ozark Acres; her parents; sister, Cindy Chance of Jonesboro; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

 

Memorial services will be by the family at a later date.

 

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Daniel WilliamsDaniel Elisha Williams, 89, passed to his Heavenly home on June 19, 2015 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cameron, MO.

Daniel was born May 22, 1926 in Troy, NC to Bennie Clay and Lula Florence (Russell) Williams.   Dr. Williams was an ordained Minister with the Church of God (Holiness). He was a U. S. Army Veteran and served in WWII. On Oct. 28, 1945 Daniel and Cordelia Doris Cooper were united in marriage and to this union four children were born.

Dr. Williams received his Doctorate of Theology at International Theological Seminary in Plymouth, FL on April 15, 1990.   He was a member of the American Society of Military Engineers.   Dr. Williams had a passion for working with young people which was a hallmark of his ministry. He pastored churches in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri.

He also enjoyed international travel. In 1991, soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he participated in Christian ministry in Russia. He was privileged to visit other countries in the Middle East.

Dr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Cordelia Doris in 2003, three brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by three sons and their spouses: Daniel & Elizabeth Williams, Shawnee, KS, Benjamin & Alta Williams, Flagstaff, AZ, Phillip Williams, Dallas, TX and one daughter and husband, Sonya & Steve Martin, St. Cloud, FL, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Dr. Williams will be Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ava, MO with full military honors by Troy Herd American Legion Post #112. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Dr. Noel Scott, Reverend Robert Thompson, Jr. and Rev. Steve Martin.

Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Associates, 11450 Translation Way, Orlando, FL 32832, Account40405.

Linda Jean Billingsley, 53, of Ravenden, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at her home. She was born May 23, 1962, in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Robert and Wilma Frederick Kensinger. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Tim Young and was a loving wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Billingsley; sons, Brian and Cody of the home and Chad (Alicia) of Colorado; daughter, Brandy (Michael) North of Ozark Acres; her parents; sister, Cindy Chance of Jonesboro; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be by the family at a later date.   Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Graveside services for Mary Ellen Snethern, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Snethern died at 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 16, 1943, at Vichy, Missouri, to Joseph Arthur Cook and Louise Bailey Cook.  On August 5, 1961, she was married at Vichy, Missouri, to J. C. Snethern, who preceded her in death on July 8, 1999.  Mrs. Snethern had worked as a cook in restaurants and was a homemaker.  She enjoyed dancing, eating in restaurants and was devoted to her family.

She is survived by five children, Charlotte Bray, husband, Gene, Jeff Snethern, wife, Anita, Curt Snethern, wife, Tammy, Candie Holden, husband, Galen and Crystal Courtney, husband, Trent; eight grandchildren, Dillon and Megan Smith, Courtney and Jessy Snethern, Barent and Kiara Holden and Daxton and Isla Courtney; five step-grandchildren, Ravin Hale, Robin Bray, William Johnson, Belinda Burroughs and Crystal Wilson; one brother, Gary Cook, wife, Mary Jo; three brothers-in-law, Jerry Snethern, wife, Joyce, J. B. Snethern, wife, Andi and Tony Greeson; two sisters-in-law, Louise Robertson, husband, Ronnie and Ruby Snethern; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one grandson, Little Paul Marshall, three brothers, Billy, Danny and Donnie Cook and two sisters, Dorothy Cox and Treasa Happle, precede her in death.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Mary Ellen Snethern, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Snethern died at 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

 

She was born July 16, 1943, at Vichy, Missouri, to Joseph Arthur Cook and Louise Bailey Cook.  On August 5, 1961, she was married at Vichy, Missouri, to J. C. Snethern, who preceded her in death on July 8, 1999.  Mrs. Snethern had worked as a cook in restaurants and was a homemaker.  She enjoyed dancing, eating in restaurants and was devoted to her family.

 

She is survived by five children, Charlotte Bray, husband, Gene, Jeff Snethern, wife, Anita, Curt Snethern, wife, Tammy, Candie Holden, husband, Galen and Crystal Courtney, husband, Trent; eight grandchildren, Dillon and Megan Smith, Courtney and Jessy Snethern, Barent and Kiara Holden and Daxton and Isla Courtney; five step-grandchildren, Ravin Hale, Robin Bray, William Johnson, Belinda Burroughs and Crystal Wilson; one brother, Gary Cook, wife, Mary Jo; three brothers-in-law, Jerry Snethern, wife, Joyce, J. B. Snethern, wife, Andi and Tony Greeson; two sisters-in-law, Louise Robertson, husband, Ronnie and Ruby Snethern; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Her parents, husband, one grandson, Little Paul Marshall, three brothers, Billy, Danny and Donnie Cook and two sisters, Dorothy Cox and Treasa Happle, precede her in death.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.