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Leonard Ballard, 82, of Mountain Grove passed away Sept. 4 in Las Vegas, NV.

Visitation will be at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Chapel of Mtn. Grove on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10-11 AM. Services will be at 11 AM, with burial in Number One Cemetery in Huggins, MO.


Frances Tool, 88, of Blue Springs, and formerly of Mtn. Grove, passed away Sept. 7 in Independence, MO.

Visitation for Mrs. Tool will be Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 1-2 PM at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Chapel in Mountain Grove. Funeral services will be at 2 PM, with interment in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove.

Memorial contributions can be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home of Strafford.

Nancy Ann Brown, age 54, daughter of Arthur and Beulah (Norris) White was born February 28, 1960 in Houston, MO. She passed away peacefully September 8, 2014 with her children by her side.

She was raised on a farm at White’s Ford on the Piney River. Nancy graduated from Houston High School in 1978.

Nancy is preceded in death by her father, Art White. She is survived by her children, Willy Walker and wife Carla of Houston, MO and Ambrea Tripp and husband Josh of Licking, MO, her five grandchildren, Autumn, Aliyah, Karson, Jessalyn and Brinkley, her mother, Beulah White of Houston, MO, her brother, Larry White and wife Judith of St. Louis, MO, and a special friend Jim Allen.

Nancy loved doing crafts. Anytime you went to visit Nancy, she would show you all of the beautiful things she had created. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids. She loved spending time with them and teaching them her love for crafts.

She worked many years at Hiett Title and Texas County Title. She then went on to work at South Central Correctional Center, where she was an office support assistant. She made many friends at work, and thought of them all as family.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She touched many lives and will forever remain in our hearts.

The family respectfully suggests that donations be made to the Jessalyn Tripp Education College Fund, C/O Bank of Houston or Evans Funeral Home, in Nancy’s memory, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday September 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Robb Webster officiating. Pallbearers are, Dave Goodman, Brad Routh, Richard Bee, Roy Higashi, Danny Lewis and Grant Frost. Burial will be in Wolford Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Carl Lee Williams was born October 9, 1939 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, the son of Everett and Leona Belle Williams. He passed away on September 4, 2014 in Birch Tree, Missouri at the age of 74.

He married Deanna Faye Williams on September 4, 1958 in Raytown, Missouri.

Carl worked in construction and was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He was very dedicated and hard working.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Deanna; three brothers, George, Gene and James; three sisters, Alice Blanche and Patricia.

Carl is survived by two sons, Patrick Williams and wife, Laura, of Witchita Falls, Texas and Ernie Williams and wife, Lisa, of The Colony, Texas; two daughters Denise Holts and husband, Roger, of Block, Kansas and Jayna Williams of Birch Tree, Missouri; two sisters, Nancy Stanley and husband, Kenny, of Harrisonville, Missouri and Judy Williams of Neosho, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was always honorable and loyal to his wife and his family. He enjoyed being at home with his wife and working out in the yard.

Visitation will be Sunday September 7, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary in Willow Springs. Funeral Services will be Monday September 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Interment will be Monday September 8, 2014 at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Visitation for Robert James Gossard will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at First General Baptist Church, Willow Springs, with Pastor Scott Williamson officiating. Interment will be in Nease Cemetery, Willow Springs.

Robert James Gossard was born October 6, 1917, in Washington Township, Iowa, the son of Sam and Elva E. (Thompson) Gossard. A short time after his birth, Bob and his mother returned to Opal, South Dakota to the family’s sod house. The family moved to Willow Springs, Missouri, in the summer of 1934 where Bob attended Pine Creek School in Texas County.

Bob was united in marriage to Helen May Bever on July 18, 1941 in Willow Springs, Missouri. To this union three children were born, Marietta, Robert E. and Billy.

Bob was a member of the First General Baptist Church of Willow Springs. Before consolidating with the Willow Springs Church, his membership was at Solid Rock General Baptist Church where he was ordained Deacon on April 26, 1951.

During WWII, when his older brother, Ralph, was drafted, Bob and his younger brother, Tom, enlisted in the Army. While serving in the Philippines, he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for the Luzon Campaign.

Returning home to Willow Springs, Bob and Helen purchased their first farm near Hutton Valley, Missouri. They expanded their farming efforts and purchased their farm on Pine Creek in Texas County where they lived for 57 years. During his farming career, Bob had dairy cattle, beef cattle and hogs. Bob also drove a school bus for 10 years.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Ralph O. Gossard, Elsie Gossard, Thomas Gossard, and Alice Johnston; son-in-law, Ervin Cox; and grandson, Dennis Gossard.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Willow Springs; one daughter, Marietta E. Cox of Willow Springs; two sons, Robert E. Gossard (Donna) of Willow Springs and Billy B. Gossard (Becky) of Ratcliff, AR; one sister, Dorpha Evans; nine grandchildren, Ronda Sorrells (Larry), Cindy Barry (Duke), Robert “Scott” Gossard, Mike Gossard (Pamela), Mark Gossard (Jennifer), Kenneth Gossard, Bruce Gossard (Ronnye), Malisa Rytting (Warren), and Michelle Hansen (Arnold); and eleven great grandchildren, Brendan, Hannah, Kurt, Karley, Connor, Mark, Isabella, Robyn, James, Zachary, and Sam.

Funeral services for Michael Don Carter, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Carter died 2:09 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born November 15, 1950 at West Plains, Missouri to Betty Jo Talley Carter and the late Cleve Carter, Jr. He graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1968 and was a veteran having served with the United States Army First Infantry Division from 1970 to 1972. He had been employed at Bridges Auto Parts, West Plains Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts and was a cattle hauler. He loved riding his horses, enjoyed drag racing and loved spending time with his grandsons.

He is survived by two daughters, Sara Beck, husband, Michael, Bois D’Arc, Missouri and Kelli McKee, husband, Jason, West Plains, Missouri; the mother of his children, Debbie Bonham; his mother, Betty Jo Carter Green, husband, Kenneth, West Plains, Missouri; three grandsons, Colton, Caleb and Colby Thomas; significant other, Lisa Cook, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Gary Carter, wife, Cheryl, Marshfield, Missouri and Larry Carter, wife, Janice, Peace Valley, Missouri; Kenneth Green’s children, Dwayne Green, wife, Jan, Ronnie Green, wife, Kathy and Roger Green, wife, Wendy; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, step-father, Glenn Cook, and several aunts and uncles precede him in death.

Mr. Carter will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3rd, until service time in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Michael Don Carter, 63, West Plains, Missouri, died 2:09 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

Funeral services for Michael Don Carter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home with interment in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Carter will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3rd, until service time at the Langston Street Chapel.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael Don Carter may be made to the Family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Genevieve Wells was born on July 23, 1919 in Minot ND to Harry and Evalean Emigh. She went to be with our Heavenly Father on August 30, 2014. She grew up in Hutchinson, KS and attended school where she was neither absent nor tardy in 13 years of attendance. She worked at Kresses Dime Store where she worked the candy counter until she met her husband Victor W Wells. They were united in marriage November 3, 1942 in Hutchinson, KS.

To this union was born four children They moved to Wichita, KS where she was a homemaker until 1957. She was then employed at Dole Meat Packing Company. In 1963 her and her family moved to MO and started a dairy farm where she lived until her husband passed away. She moved to Licking in 1979.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Victor.

She is survived by her daughters Vicky Davis and husband Jim of Licking, Jackie James and husband Mike of Houston, and Kathy Bell of Houston and her son Stacy Wells of Licking. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren and 4 great- great grandchildren.

Genevieve’s hobbies were her grandchildren, babysitting them at every available moment. She was devoted to her children and her entire family. She will be missed greatly by all who loved her.

Service for Mrs. Wells was held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Fox Funeral Home in Licking at 11:00 AM with Pastors John Jordan and Phillip McGuire officiating. Interment was at Tyrone Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Genevieve may be made to Hospice of Care at TCMH. Online condolences may be made at All arrangements were under direction of Fox Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Cleo Joan Hopper, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Howell Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hopper died at 10:53 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 4, 1928, at Delavan, Illinois, to Dwight and Mildred Thompson Winchester. In 1955, she was married to Lyle Hopper, who preceded her in death. Before her retirement, she was a secretary and data entry specialist for the Civil Service at a Naval Base. Her family was her life; she will be greatly missed by her family and extended family. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, bull riding and her favorite soap operas.

She is survived by four children, Steven Hopper, West Plains, Missouri, Randall Hopper, wife, Joan, Seattle, Washington, Darrell Hopper, Sparks, Nevada and Heidi Griffin, husband, Steve, West Plains, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Michael Riordan, wife, Jean, Bloomington, Illinois; two sisters, Stanna Breen, Bloomington, Illinois and Linda Loggins, husband, Harvey, Peoria, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and husband precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Phillip (Doc) Nuckols, 74, of Norfork passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Phillip was born April 25, 1940 in Lost Cane, Arkansas to the late Trumon Harrison and Lois Lee (Ingram) Nuckols. His many hobbies include bowling, shooting sports and fishing. Doc loved teaching others, travel and engineering. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law; Dennis and Misty Nuckols of Norfork, Cohen and Melissa of Lakeview; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Cathy Nuckols of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Danny Bradley of Marion, Arkansas; one granddaughter and her husband ,Sarah and Taylor Harrington of Fayettville, Arkansas; his ex-wife and close friends, Reverend Elliott and Roberta Golmon of Norfork, Arkansas; lifelong friend Bud Roberts of Dardanelle, Arkansas; and many more nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Galatia Cemetery in Norfork, Arkansas with Reverend Elliott Golman officiating. An informal Celebration of Life will follow at the Norfork Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at