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Anna Marie Ashcraft, age 64, of Hardy ar. died Saturday May16th at her home with her family at her side. Anna was born January 13, 1951 in Bartow,FL. She was the daughter of the late Paul Moore and Doris Meeks. Anna was a retired RN with Home Health.

She is survived by her husband Donald Ashcraft of the home, sons William Tracy (Christy) Ashcraft of Hardy, Donald Ray Ashcraft of Hardy and Bruce Jeffrey Ashcraft of West Helena, AR Daughter Tabitha (Terry) Stanford of Edgefield, SC. Brother Robert Meeks, sisters Martha Anne Reeves and Wynette Meeks, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00am Tuesday at Highland Hills Baptist Church in Highland, AR. Visitation will be 5:00pm till 7:00pm at Highland Hill Baptist Church. Under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, AR.

A Celebration of Life for M. Max Freeman of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Monday, May 18, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Randy Ludwig officiating. A Gathering of Friends will be Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. at Kirby & Family Funeral Home.

Max passed away May 14, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 73. He was born April 7, 1942, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Maurice and Fredia Cox Freeman. He married Dorma Munter on February 16, 1996, at Bellefonte, Arkansas and owned and operated American Home Builders and was co-owner of Thompson Insurance, Inc. Max was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving in Japan. He lived in Mountain Home since 1975, moving from Little Rock, Arkansas. Max was the recipient of the Opal Award from the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce in 2009; President of the Lions Club from 1982-1983 and Lion of the year in 1980; board member for the Ozark Community Home and Day Service Center; a member of the Independent Insurance Agencies of the State of Arkansas from 1978-2011 and on the Executive Committee Board from 1984-1988; a member of the Twin Lakes Home Builders from 1988-present and held many offices, including president; Mountain Home Elks Lodge member from 1989-present, serving as trustee from 2000-2003; board member of the Northeast Lakeside Fire Department from 1987-1994; a member of the Arkansas Home Builders Association from 1988-present serving as state president in 2009. Max was an avid Razorback fan, NASCAR fan and loved to travel in his RV and meet new friends.

Max is survived by his wife, Dorma Freeman of Mountain Home, AR; six children, Jeff Williams of Nixa, MO, Melissa (Rick) Steiner of Mountain Home, AR, Mark Freeman of Mountain Home, AR, Andy (Allyson) Hoffman of Austin, TX, Tony (Becky) Munter of Fayetteville, AR, and Mike (Tina) Munter of Rogers, AR; eleven grandchildren, Chance Williams, Maggie “Max” Williams, Jackson Steiner, Graham Hoffman, Lola Hoffman, Richie (Courtney) Seay, Derek Munter, Kyle Munter, Cade Munter, Hannah Hope Munter, Haddie Grace Munter; and two great-grandchildren, Koston Seay and Kaiser Seay.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Inurnment will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Mausoleum, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks, Baxter Day Service Center, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

A Funeral Service for Donald Terry Miller of Bull Shoals, Arkansas, will be 11:00 am, Monday, May 18, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bull Shoals, AR, with Reverend Dr. Fred Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of service.

Donald passed away May 12, 2015, at his home in Bull Shoals, Arkansas at the age of 83. He was born April 22, 1932, in Henry County, Indiana, the son of Olaf “Jimmy” and Lola Miller. Donald was a 1950 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School in IN. He married Elaine Michna Knox on June 16, 2000, in Hot Springs, AR and worked as a Contract Estimator for Raytheon, California. Donald was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. . Donald lived in Bull Shoals since 1997, moving from Goleta, CA. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1714 and the Bull Shoals Hoevel-Barnett VFW Post #1341, Past President of the Bull Shoals Retired Fisherman’s Club and a member of the Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church. Don was an avid sports’ fan whether it be NASCAR, the Indianapolis Colts, the San Francisco 49’ers or the Razorbacks. He was an amateur pilot and owned his own airplane and he loved fishing for bass.

Donald is survived by wife, Elaine Miller of Bull Shoals, AR; daughters, Donna Renee (Ben) Rodriguez of Oak View, CA, Kristi (Robert) Perotte of Santa Ynez, CA, Lori (Steve) Lindgren of Goleta, CA; step-son, Arnold (Laura) Knox of Mountain Home, AR; sisters, Adrienne Doyle and Bonnie (David) Bell of Middletown, IN; grandchildren, Ben Rodriguez, Jr., Nikki Sage, Josh Ward, Baylee Perotte, Kristin and Trevor Lindgren, Billy and Steven Knox: great-grandchildren, Olivia, Amber, Benny, Lily, and Aiden,: several nieces and nephews and canine companion, Tito.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Dick Doyle.

Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, AR. Military Honors will be provided by the Hoevel-Barnett VFW Post #1341 of Bull Shoals and the United States Army. Memorials may be made to Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church or Hospice of the Ozarks.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

A Gathering of Friends for Jerry Wayne Martin of Bull Shoals, Arkansas will be from 4:00-6:00PM, Monday, May 18, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home in Bull Shoals, with a sharing of Memories at 5:30PM.

Jerry passed away May 11, 2015, in Bull Shoals, Arkansas at the age of 52. He was born July 11, 1962, in Chicago Heights, Illinois and grew up in Hammond, Indiana. He’s the son of William H. Martin and Patricia A. ‘Gasaway’ Martin. He graduated from Morton Senior High School (MSHS) in 1980. He was a professional truck driver most of his life and later became the best darn walking Flea Market around! If there was something you were in search of, you could almost always find it at “Jerry Mart”! Jerry’s family and many friends will remember him for his Happy Go Lucky Personality and for the fact that he’d NEVER met a stranger. His motto in life was; ” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. He loved life, fishing, hunting and hanging out with friends and family. He was such a free spirited man with a huge heart and was loved by so many.

Jerry is survived by his daughter; Alycia E. ‘Martin’ Caparelli of Hammond, IN and two grandaughters; Kasella A. Caparelli and Azalea T. Caparelli, and son; Jerry Wayne Martin Jr. of Hammond, IN, parents; William H. and Patricia A. Martin of Hammond, IN, sisters; Kimberly R. ‘Martin’ DeBold of Lakeview, AR. and Rhonda R. ‘Martin’ Castillo of Midlothian, TX, brother; Billy D. Martin of Senath, MO, two niece’s; Krystal A. ‘Castillo’ Rose of Midlothian, TX and Summyr N. Martin w/ three great nephews; Blake W. Martin, Matthew A. Bowman, and Sabastian D. Martin of Bull Shoals, AR, three nephews; Ryan F. Castillo of Midlothian, TX., Billy D. Martin Jr. and Brad L. Martin of Las Vegas, Nevada and his beloved Kitty Cat; Jasmine.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Matthew John Farris, 29, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on May 12, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. Matthew was born on April 26, 1986 in West Plains, Missouri.

Matthew graduated from Liberty High School with the Class of 2005. He was united in marriage to Haley Elizabeth Reese on July 28, 2007 in Mountain View.

Survivors include his wife, Haley, of the home; son, Leighkyn Tyler Farris and unborn daughter, Aspen Mireya Matti Farris; parents, David and Cheryl Abbey of Mountain View; one brother, Aaron Farris and wife, Amanda, of Mountain View; grandparents, John and LaDonna Tranbarger and Kenneth and Blanche Reese; father-in-law, David Reese; mother-in-law, Bobbi Velasquez; brothers-in-law, Harley and Houston Atnip Reese; and nieces and nephews, Tristan, Alaina, and Abby.

He is preceded in death by his great grandparents, Guy and Marie Tranbarger and Pansy Bauer.

Matthew was a great husband, daddy, son, and grandson. His son, Leighkyn was the light of his life and he was very excited about the birth of his daughter, Aspen.

Matthew was a hard-working young man who was always willing to help anyone. His attitude about life was a strong influence on others. He was very passionate about everything he did and when he loved, he loved in the deepest way possible. Heaven has gained an extra special angel with the death of Matthew.

Words cannot describe how he was loved and how he will be missed. He was a young man with great dreams and possibilities.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View with Minister William Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at

Vern Wayne Derryberry was born August 18, 1957 in Mountain View, MO the son of Vern “Dude” Derryberry and Vivian (Spurgeon) Derryberry. He departed this life on May 12, 2015 at Winona, MO at the age of 57 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vern “Dude” Derryberry and Vivian Derryberry Dreckshage; his only brother, Bobby Doyle Derryberry; and one grandchild, Autumn Nash.

Vern is survived by daughters, Pennie Derryberry of Springfield, MO, Nichole Derryberry of Winona, MO, Bobbie Derryberry of Eminence, MO Shelby Lawrance of Winona, MO; one sister, Mary Blunkall Willis of Columbia, MO; and grandchildren, Domonique Padilla, Alla Schol, Brooklyn Schol, Gionni Schol, Peyton Nicholson, Mackenzie Geyer, Carson Shipton, and Annabella Shipton; along with a host of other family and friends.

He was born and raised in the Winona area, graduating from Winona High School in 1975. Vern enlisted in the Air Force upon graduation and married Glenda Hensley of Elk Creek, MO. Vern and Glenda relocated to Whiteman’s Air Force base. To this union one daughter, Pennie Lee Derryberry, was born. Vern and Glenda were divorced in 1979. Vern married Shannon Denton of Winona, MO in 1984 and to this union two daughters were born, Nichole Renee Derryberry and Bobbie Michelle Derryberry. Vern loved kids and served as a father to many including Rikki and Duncan Milder as well as Shelby Lawrance. Vern always had an open door and full house. He enjoyed his grandchildren more than words can express, and devoted his life to taking care of his family.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Antioch Cemetery, Hartshorn, MO under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, MO. Condolences may be expressed at

A memorial service will be held at a later date for William Lee VenDouris, 76, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. VenDouris died at 3:40 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born December 25, 1938, at South Gate, California, to William F. and Miriam VenDouris.  He was married to Sue McLoughlin.  Bill enjoyed woodworking, fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Sue VenDouris, of the family home; one daughter, Nancy Allen and her children, Austin and Amber; one step-son, Eric Runyon, wife, Stephanie and their children, Samantha and Chelsea; all of San Diego, California; one sister, Gladys Anderson, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Carol McLoughlin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jill and Frank Mydler; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Neil and Joan McLoughlin; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and one son, William VenDouris, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Edna Virginia Vaughan, 87, Huntsville, Alabama, formerly of Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Big Springs (Bly) Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Vaughan died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born November 17, 1927, in Howell County, Missouri, to James William Marshall and Minnie Idelle Callahan Marshall.  On March 13, 1945, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Charles B. Vaughan, who preceded her in death February 24, 1994.  Mrs. Vaughan was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers, and feeding birds, especially hummingbirds.

She is survived by two children, Donna Ryan, husband, John,  Huntsville, Alabama and Larry Vaughan, wife, Angela, New Orleans, Louisiana; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Preston Marshall, wife, Pauline, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Betty Lou Sparks; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Paul and Junior Marshall and three sisters, Orene Pausman, Mary Sue Bean Brown and Marie Marshall, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., until 12:00 Noon at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.   Memorial Contributions may be made to Big Springs (Bly) Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mary H. Morrison, 89, West Plains, Missouri died May 13, 2015 at Brooke Haven HealthCare in West Plains.

Graveside services for Mary H. Morrison, 89, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015, at Smith Chapel Cemetery with Brother Halbert Smith officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairhaven Children’s Home or Paragould’s Children’s Home and can be left at Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.
Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery, Gainesville, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains

Memorial Services for Mrs. Marlene Paulene Collins, age 83, of Geneva, Ohio will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11:00 AM at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville with Rev. James Bradford officiating.

Visitation for Mrs. Marlene Paulene Collins will be held at Bradford Funeral Home Saturday, May 16 from 10 AM to service time at 11 AM.

Burial will be at Big Creek Cemetery Cemetery near Yukon under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.