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Funeral services for Bessie Mae Robinson, 81, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson died at 4:42 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2015, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born May 13, 1933, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Albert James Hall and Myrtle Louise Fox Hall.  On October 7, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Arch Robinson, who preceded her in death on January 30, 1991.  Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and was a babysitter to many children.  She loved to cook and enjoyed sewing and taking walks.  Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.

She is survived by five children, Joy Horton, Carthage, Missouri, Reva Swaringim, husband Patrick, Licking, Missouri, Danny Robinson, significant other, Eveonne, Pomona, Missouri, Keith Robinson, wife, Nita, Carthage, Missouri and Jana Robinson, West Plains, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Darrell Hall, Wichita, Kansas and Gerald Hall, wife, Dona, West Plains; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, five brothers, Hubert, Doyle, Virdus, Johnny and Glen Hall and three sisters, Joyce May, Mary May and Jeanette Robinson, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Grove Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Diane M. Lockhart, 40, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Mountain Home. Diane was born March 7, 1974, in Saginaw, Michigan to Frank and Carmen (Barossa) Madera.

Diane is survived by her husband, Brad Lockhart of Mountain Home; two sons, Colby Lockhart and Frankie Madera of Mountain Home; her mother, Carmen Madera of California; one brother, Frankie Madera of California and two sisters, Kathy Hamilton of California and Lori Madera of Arizona. Diane was preceded in death by her father.

She was a gentle soul that was loved by everyone. Diane will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Mountain Home Baptist Church with Colby Hankins officiating.

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

The online guestbook and obituary are available at

Memorial services are pending for Red Davis of Gainesville, MO Mr. Davis was born on July 17, 1933 in Elida, Ohio and passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 81 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR after a long battle with health related issues.

He was the son of Adrian & Viola Ford Davis. He and his wife Karen were married in August 1954 in Lima, Ohio and had recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Red & Karen raised their family of 5 children in Northwestern Ohio until 1976, afterwards they moved to Gainesville, MO to begin farming and be near to his parents who had moved from Elida, Ohio to Zanoni, MO. Their sixth child, Penny was born in Mountain Home, AR in 1976.

Red served in the US Navy during the Korean War where most of his time was served between Norfolk, VA and Havana, Cuba. He also was a tree trimmer for Ohio Bell Telephone Company and an owner/operator over-the-road truck driver for several years traveling mostly between Cleveland, OH & Chicago, IL He had worked for Fruehauf Mfg in Delphos, Ohio from about 1967-1970. After moving to Gainesville he worked as an auto mechanic for the Amyx Ford dealership. Over the last years of his life, Red was mostly known in the Missouri Ozarks for his agriculture machine shop E & K Ag Products where he manufactured diesel engine sleeve pullers.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas and both his parents.

Survivors include his wife Karen Davis in Gainesville; daughter Jennifer Waltmire in Strafford, MO; daughter Patty Powell in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada; daughter Kathy Mead in Theodosia, MO; son William (Bill) Davis in Gainesville, MO; son Walter Davis in Jackson, MO and daughter Penny Messick near Joplin, MO. His surviving siblings include a brother John Davis in Mtn. Home, AR; a brother Richard near Atlanta, GA; his only sister Naomi Aguiar near Savannah, GA and a brother Harry Davis in Lima, OH. Surviving extended family members includes 11 grandchildren, one step grandson and 8 great grandsons.

Red and his wife Karen became members of the Theodosia United Methodist Church. Red was also currently serving on the Ozark County Ambulance Board of Directors.

Final arrangements are being handled by Clinkingbeard Funeral home of Gainesville, Missouri.

Funeral services for Irvin “Jim” Johnson, age 85, of Willow Springs will be held Saturday, February 21st at 2:00pm, at the First Christian Church, located at 310 N. Center Street in Willow Springs.

A family night / visitation will be held Friday evening, February 20th, from 6pm to 8pm at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs. Burial will follow Saturday’s funeral service at the Willow Springs City Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home. On line condolences may be made at

Earl Edward Johnston of Burns, Oregon was born November 23, 1924 at Dewey, Oklahoma, raised in the Ozarks of Missouri and passed away on February 7, 2015 in Medford, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Luetta Fry Johnston, son Warrant Officer Edward Charles Johnston, his parents Jason H. and Ollie Johnston, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Johnston and Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, and three brothers, Marrion, Eugene and Silas.

On May 29, 1943 Earl and Effia Luetta Fry were united in marriage in Mtn. Grove, MO. Earl was a veteran and served in WWII.

He is survived by his daughter, Esther L. Long of Medford, Oregon, one brother JR Johnston of Norwood, MO, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grand children, and 13 great-great grand children, nieces, nephews, family and many friends.

Funeral Services for Earl will be Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial following in the Ava Cemetery. Officiating will be Dennis Johnston and Vern Sword.

Funeral services for Nancy Evans, age 79, of Willow Springs will be held Thursday, February 19th at 10am, at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs.

A family night / visitation will be held Wednesday evening, February 18th, from 6pm to 8pm at the Willow Funeral Home as well. Burial will follow Thursday’s funeral service at the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home. On line condolences may be made at

James Walter Hill (Sonny) 81, died Wednesday February 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV surrounded by his family. James was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Florence (Durst) Hill; his oldest son Raymond James Hill of Ferndale WA; one sister Jacqueline Collins and one brother Thomas Hill. James leaves behind his daughter Tena M. (Hill) Yuchniuk of Oakdale CT and his son Randy Hill of Ferndale WA., as well as five grandchildren: Marc Simon (JR), Raylein Yuchniuk, Janine Yuchniuk, RJ Hill, and Amanda Shapiro. James also leaves behind eight great grandchildren: April Simon, Lily Simon, Chad Simon, Alexandra Norton, Aaron Simon, Michael Norton, Nathan Simon, and Zander Shapiro; three sisters Delores Tole, Pricilla Parks and Josephine Reed.

James was born and raised in Dora, MO the son of Moss and Thelma Hill. He lived and worked on the family farm until he graduated high school. After high school he joined the United States Air Force. After four years of service he was able to secure a civil servant job for the Air Force at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, NV. James worked at Nellis Air Force base for 35 years as a weapons mechanic where he worked on some of the most advanced weapons systems of the time and received many accolades for his contributions to the industry. James loved to hunt, fish, and travel. In the summer James and his wife would vacation in Cedar Springs, MI. James and his wife eventually ended up moving to Ferndale, WA where he and his wife lived out the rest of their days.

James had many hobbies. He always kept himself busy, and always had a kind word to say. People that met him always describe him as the nicest man they ever met. James was dedicated to his job, his wife, and his family. He touched the lives of many people, but none more than his family. He will truly be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Ball Church of Christ, Dora MO with J.R. Simon officiating. Burial will follow in the Ball Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 501 St Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Lowell Sherman Keeler, Sr., 83, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Keeler died 11:08 a.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born December 26, 1931 at Willow Springs, Missouri to Robert J. Keeler and Bessie Mae McClellan Keeler. He attended the Dry Creek School and the Lower-Burnham School and on September 8, 1978 was married at Pomona, Missouri to Kathy Ellison. Before his retirement, Mr. Keeler was a truck driver and had been a farmer in the Pomona, Missouri area. He was a member of the Dry Creek Church.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Keeler, of the family home; three children, Sherman Keeler, Jr., girl friend, Amanda Fox, Pomona, Missouri, David Alin Keeler, wife, Megan, State of South Dakota and Wanda Sue Keeler; five grandchildren, Jadon L. Keeler, Jacob R. Keeler, Nathaniel Fox, Tyler Fox and Jayden R. Keeler; two brothers, Robert Noble Keeler, Belton, Missouri and Cecil Keeler, Independence, Missouri; one sister, Clara Mitchell, Lexington, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joann and Arnold Wiese, Sheryl Ford, Merline and Jerry Luton, David and Krista Wiese and Dane and Emma Wiese.

His parents, one brother, Marvin Keeler and one sister, Pat Wade, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family or Dry Creek Church and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Thomas “Tommy” Edward Cockrum, Jr., 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Langston Street Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cockrum died 4:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at his home. He was born December 3, 1925 at Custer, Arkansas to Thomas Edward Cockrum, Sr. and Blanche Edith Geary Cockrum. On August 5, 1946, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas to Marjorie Vaughan. Mr. Cockrum was a veteran having served with the United States Navy and was owner and operator of Cockrum’s Iron and Metal of West Plains. He loved to fish and enjoyed flying. Mr. Cockrum was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Cockrum, of the family home; six children, Dennis Cockrum, wife, Kathy, Udall, Missouri, Veta Blair, husband, Harlie, Deanne Cockrum, Loran Cockrum, wife, Barbara, Geary Cockrum, wife, Vernetta and Mark Cockrum, wife, Fawn, all of West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charley Cockrum, wife, Eva, West Plains, Missouri and Harvey Cockrum, wife, Francis, Harrison, Arkansas and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Mary Sue, two brothers, Jim Cockrum and Henry Cockrum and one sister, Mary Lamb, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Langston Street Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery, Leota, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Union Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On Line condolences may be expressed at

Virginia Irene King Baird, age 91, of Williford, Arkansas, died peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2015, at EagleCrest Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat, Arkansas. She was born April 1, 1923, to Moses Price King and Bertha Pearl Wilson King. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chester Baird, and eight brothers and sisters.

Irene took pleasure in growing flowers and feeding her family from her own vegetable garden, often freezing or canning her produce for year-round cooking. She enjoyed sewing dresses for her granddaughters and making quilts for family and friends. Irene supported the local school by baking pies and cookies for fundraisers, bringing top dollar for her raisin pies. Irene had a kitchen that never closed, from breakfast to start the day, to lunch on the school steps, or a pre-game meal for the entire basketball team. She was known as “Grandma” by many.

Survivors include her sister Pearly Hirsch of Ravenden, Arkansas; two brothers, Willie King of Illinois and Luther King of Pocahontas, Arkansas; two sons, Charles Baird (Kaye) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and C.C. Baird (Patsy) of Williford, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Charlotte Jackson of White Hall, Arkansas, Peggy Duncan of Winter Garden, Florida, Sheree Baird of Little Rock, Arkansas, Cathy Bales of Maumelle, Arkansas, Jeanette Thornhill of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Patricia Sanzone of Bristol, Connecticut, and Dan Baird of Searcy, Arkansas; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 15, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland, Arkansas.

Funeral services will begin Monday, February 16, 2015, at 1:00 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.

All arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.