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Valene Lunden, 81, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on November 30, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 22, 1933 in Green Forest, Arkansas, the daughter of Val and Elrene Duncan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at

Valene was united in marriage to Richard L. Lunden in May, 1963 in Torrance, California. The family lived in the Huntington Beach, Calfornia area for many years before moving to Mountain View, Missouri in 2013.

Valene was a member of the Huntington Beach Baptist Church where she was very active, including serving as Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She also loved to travel with her husband.

Valene is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Richard, of the home; one son, Michael Johnson and wife, Miriam, of Mountain View; one sister, Pat Maher and husband, Dick, of Cerritos, CA; and seven grandchildren, Shanna Young, Jason McBride, Jamie Johnson, Bryan Johnson, Bill McBride, Mike Johnson, and Niago Wilson.

Mike Gray, 64, of Mountain Home, Arkansas went to join our Lord, his closest friend, on Friday, November 28, 2014.

An informal memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014 at “The Church” located at 1221 Commerce Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

In lieu of flowers, a Mike Gray Memorial Fund will be established through Integrity First Bank, 502 Hickory St., Mountain Home, AR 72653, 870-425-2101.

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

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Michael Don Gray was born January 11, 1950, in Borger, Texas to B.W. and Wortha Louise Gray. He grew up in Texas, Montana, Washington, and New Mexico. He was a businessman and visionary. His specialty was concept and design. He was a loving spouse and soul-mate, a beloved father, a fun uncle, an adoring son, a steadfast friend, an encourager, a spark, an up-lifter, a motivator, and most importantly, a truly intimate friend of our Lord.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jenny Gray; his daughter, Mendy Gray-Buckley and husband Chris; his son, Chanc Gray, Fiancé Tammy Ellis and their daughters, Charlee and Paisley; his son, Michael Gray II and wife Tina Scarsbrick and their children, Cash and Cade; his son, Ocean Abernathy; his niece, Michelle McIntosh and her husband and son; his niece, Camala Lile and her husband and daughters; his niece, Kristi Crow and her husband and children; and his first wife, Marcia Gray. Mike was preceded in death by his father, B.W. Gray; his mother, Wortha Louise Holloway, his stepfather, C.O. Holloway, and his brother Kenneth Gray, and his great-nephew, Trent McIntosh.

James “Jim” Lawrence Munch, age 60, of Ash Flat, AR died suddenly Friday November 28th at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

A memorial service to Celebrate Jim’s life will be held at a later date.

Jim taught auto mechanics at Triton Collage in Chicago before he had to retire because of cancer.Jim and his love of his life, Robin Norris, were going to be married 12-13-14 a date to remember. Jim will always be remembered for his cooking, and the way he enjoyed life.

Jim is survived by Robin Norris-Munch; son Steve and wife Liz Norris, Grandchildren Blaine, Reagan and Waylon Norris, and a host of friends.

Jewel Clark Lee, 92 of Cabool, MO passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014. She was born on June 28, 1922 in Shelbyville, TN the daughter Dolphus Littleton Clark and Mettie Lee Sherrill Clark.

No services are planned at this time. Obituary from Elliott-Gentry Carder Funeral Home.

She married Lester Lee and to this union three daughters were born. She was a hard worker her entire life, starting from the farm she grew up on in Tennessee. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the shipyards at Mobile, Alabama- in our eyes she was the original “Rosie the Riveter”. She later moved to Illinois and constantly held at least one job and sometimes two, always working hard to support her 3 girls who were the most important parts of her life. In 1989, she moved to Cabool, MO to be closer to her daughters and lived the last 25 years at Grandview Terrace in Cabool, MO.

Jewel was the core of her family. An avid NASCAR fan, the family knew not to disturb her on Race day. She was loved and will be deeply missed by them as well as all that knew her.

Jewel is survived by her three daughters, Lynda Casey and husband, John of Simmons, MO, Shirley Johnson of West Plains, MO and Diane Phillips and husband, George of Pomona, MO; Jim and Debbie Johnson of Pottersville, MO; 5 grandchildren, Shelly McBroom and husband, Dana of Garden Grove, IA, Rick Lee and wife, Ambre of Valley Village, CA, Dina Casey of Houston, MO; Sergeant Greg Johnson of Loves Park, IL and Stacy Phillips Dollins of West Plains, MO: 6 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Willamae Alene Hall, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 29, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hall died 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at NHC HealthCare. She was born December 17, 1924 at Elizabeth, Arkansas to Henry Stephens and Violet Clifton Stephens. On September 19, 1941, she was married at Senath, Missouri to Claude Adam Hall who preceded her in death on October 6, 1988. On January 16, 1989, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Dale Lindle Hall who preceded her in death on December 14, 2012. Mrs. Hall, along with her husband, Claude, co-managed a service station in West Plains; also, they were foster parents for a Church of Christ children’s home. She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the West 160 Church of Christ.

She is survived by three children, Pat Reed, Pryor, Oklahoma, Don Hall, wife, Beverly,Chouteau, Oklahoma and Kay Swasey, Peace Valley, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Terry Hall, Shaun Hall, Becky Sizemore, Jimmy Reed, Tammy Mitchell, Karena Gholson, Sandy Sheibulhut, David Szakala and Tyson Swasey; thirteen great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Conrad Stephens, State of Washington, Bernard Stephens, Calico Rock, Arkansas and Travis Stephens, Wichita, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, two brothers, Melvin and Raymond and three sisters, Lillian Anna Faye and an infant sister, Wilma, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 28th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elizabeth Cemetery, Elizabeth, Arkansas. Memorial contributions may be made to the West 160 Church of Christ and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Danny Lee Stokes, Sr., (Whiskers) 60, West Plains, Missouri, died at 2:27 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 16, 1954 at Jackson, Tennessee to John David Stokes and Mary Louise Jordan Stokes. On March 29, 1970, he was married at Peoria, Illinois to Polly Presley. Mr. Stokes was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He loved music and dancing and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Polly Stokes, of the family home; three children, Tony Stokes, Sr., special friend, Connie Perreault, Toni Richards, husband, Michael and Danny Lee Stokes, Jr., special friend, Connie Mackey; eleven grandchildren; Ashley Stokes, Jordan Richards, Tony Stokes, Jr., Dalton Richards, Sheldon Stokes, Dillon Stokes, Brandon Stokes, Katelyn Richards, James Pettit, Justin Pettit and Trentin Dicks; six great-grandchildren, Kyzler, McKinna, Karsyn, Kabel, Aubrey and Zarran; two brothers, his twin, Donnie Stokes and James Stokes; three sisters, Judy Whitby, Joann Curry and Shirley Reeves, husband, Ricky; and special friends, Rick Summers, Lee Scaggs and John Nicks.

His parents, one brother, Paul David Stokes and one sister, Betty Sloan, precede him in death.

A private family gathering will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at

Kenneth Shipman, 71, of Bruno passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Yellville.

Kenneth was born June 25, 1943 in Bruno to the late Loy Bert and Lenora (Davis) Shipman. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Verl, Leon, Ray, Vance and Zell Shipman and three sisters-in-law, Rose, Betty and Oramae Shipman.

Survivors include two brothers; Dwight and Billy Joe Shipman both of Bruno; two sisters, Rose Beach of Bruno and Sue Swayne of Cabot and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

The online guest book and obituary are available at

Ruby Margie Ballow 83, of Ash Flat died November 25, 2014.

Memorial service Sat, Nov 29, 4pm at Wortham Oak Hill Chapel, Hardy, AR. Memorials to First Baptist Church of Ash Flat, P.O. Box 335, Ash Flat, AR. 72513.

Survivors are Judy (Bob) Brown, Cherokee Village, AR, Darlene (Charles) Wilson, Hardy, AR. and Michael (Gina) Ballow, Jonesboro, AR; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and on great-great grandson.

Wayne Houghton Jr. of Hardy, Ar. passed away November 20, 2014 at his home with family and friends at his bedside. Wayne the son of Wayne Houghton Sr. and Tena Byrkett Grimes was born March 2, 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wayne was part of the original crew building the Spring River Bridge in Hardy 62/412 in 1989 when he fell and was left paralized. After a very long fight and many illness the Lord took him home.

Wayne was a very special person, with a heart of gold to everyone. He touched many people lives and those who knew him loved him very much and he will br missed by all those who knew him. We will see him again in Heaven.

Wayne is survived by; father Wayne Houghton Sr. Mother Tena Grimes, daughter Vicki Houghton, son Wayne Houghton III, Granddaughter Layla Houghton, Grandsons Jordan, Christopher, and Isaih Houghton, Brother Richard Andrew Houghton Sr.. several vieces and Nephews, friends and other family.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 29th at 1:00pm at Wortham Oak Hill Chapel, under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, AR.

George Eugene Newby, 62 years, passed to Heaven on November 25, 2014 at his home in Mansfield.

Gene was born June 30, 1952 in Salida, Colorado to Donald Robert and Dorothy Etta (Sievers) Newby.

Gene was a Painter and carpenter. On July 5, 1975 Gene and Susan Frett were united in marriage in Silt, Colorado and to this union three children were born. Gene enjoyed Hunting, fishing, and camping. He liked restoring old trucks.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald.

Gene is survived by his wife Susan of the home, two sons, Kevin Newby of Mansfield, MO, and James Newby of Mansfield, MO, and a daughter, Lacie Scofield of Ozark, MO, three brothers, Jim Newby of CA, Robert Newby of CO, Gary Newby of NY, one sister Doris Bair of CO, six grandchildren, Cameron Newby, Ian Newby, Arianne Newby, Owen Scofield, Oliver Scofield, Emmett Newby, and other family and friends.

Cremation Services under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.