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Robert J. Kruse, 82, Pomona, Missouri, went to see his heavenly Father November 1, 2014.

Memorial services will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Pentecostal Revival Center, West Plains, with Reverend Jesse C. Taylor officiating, with local arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Pauline Ava Brake, 92, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on November 1, 2014 at Birch Tree Place, Birch Tree. She was born April 4, 1922 in Birch Tree, Missouri, the daughter of Henry and Addie (Keeling) Ward.

She was united in marriage to George D. Brake on July 17, 1938 in West Plains, Missouri.

Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one daughter, Dorothy Nadine Simpson.

Survivors include one son, Danny Brake and wife, Beatrice, of Springfield, MO; one daughter, Peggy Jean Rusick of Pierron, IL; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Pauline lived a good and fulfilled life. She loved to sew and quilt, and she especially loved her family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri with Pastor Jeff Brake officiating. Interment will be in Corinth Cemetery, Birch Tree. Memorials may be made to Birch Tree Place.

Funeral services for Dianne Arlene Guy, 52, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Guy died at 1:24 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

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

Donald Joseph Hamilton, 92 years, 9 months, and 13 days old, passed to Heaven on October 30, 2014 in his home at Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO.

Father Donald was born January 17, 1922 in Iowa City, IA to Jonas and Blanche (Bouquot) . He graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport,IA and Catholic University, Washington, DC.

Father Donald was Ordained a Priest December 22, 1946 and his final Monastic Vows were April 9, 1954. Father Donald devoted his life to Christ and the Church. He loved music and enjoyed conducting the choir.

Father Donald was preceded by his parents. He is survived by his family at Assumption Abbey, and cousins Teresa Przylbyski and Ylavaune McLean.

Funeral mass services for Father Donald will be Monday, November 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m. in the Assumption Abbey Chapel, Ava, MO with burial in the Assumption Abbey Cemetery. Officiating will be Bishop John Leibrecht, Main Celebrant. Memorials may be made to Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center Music Fund. Local arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO.

Natosha “Tosha” Alysse (Goodman) Brink, 24, of Hardy, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, near Black Rock, Ark. She was born December 13, 1989, in Topeka, Kansas, to Edward Luther Goodman Sr. and Carmen Denise Musick Goodman. She was a graduate of Arthur’s Beauty College in Jonesboro, Ark. and was of the Baptist faith.

A visitation will be held Monday, November 3, 2014, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel in Highland, Ark.

Tosha was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Edward Goodman and Tom Pedano.

Survivors include her husband, Alex Brink of the home; two sons, Braxton Wayne Goodman and Walker William Brink both of Hardy; one daughter, Abigail Chyanne Stanford of Hardy; two stepsons, Kaden Brink and Gage Brink both of Glencoe, Ark.; her parents, Edward and Carmen Goodman of Ash Flat, Ark.; two brothers, Edward Luther Goodman Jr. of Fort Carson, Colorado, and Nickolos McCray Goodman of Ash Flat; one sister, Stephanie Gail Goodman of Ash Flat; her grandparents, Cherylene Pedano of Evening Shade, Ark., Catherine Delong of Agnos, Ark., and William Musick of Nelsonville, Ark.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Keith Alan Mincemoyer, 66, of Hardy, AR. departed this life peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side on October 30, 2014 at White River Medical Center in Batesville, AR.

Mr. Mincemoyer was born on November 29, 1947 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Frances Wilbert and Kathryn Elizabeth (Gibson) Mincemoyer. He married Sue Ann Frisk on January 7, 1967 and to this union born a son Todd of Seattle, WA. and a daughter Tammi of Hong Kong, SAR, China.

Keith married Julia Baldridge on September 10, 2000 and they enjoyed 14 happy years together. Keith proudly served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War with four years of active service and two years in the reserves. He spent the years of his working life in sales and manufacturing. Later he owned the apparel store ” The Clothes Closet” in Hardy, AR. He retired from Wal-Mart in September 2003. He was a member of the Union Hill Community Church in Mammoth Spring, AR. and president of the board of directors of the Mission of Hope in Hardy, AR. at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter, two grandchildren Austin and Ella Williams, son-in-law Brock Williams of Hong Kong, China, sister-in-law Donna Mincemoyer of Rockford, Illinois, sister-in-law Barbara (Scott) Wall of Maumelle, AR. brother-in-law Jim (Cindy) Baldridge, his three nephews David (Jodi) Mincemoyer of Stillman Vally, Illinois, Adam Baldridge of Melbourne, AR. and Matt Baldridge of Hardy, AR. as well as niece Lauren Wall of Maumelle, AR. Also, Laurel Ortiz of Seattle, WA. Roger and Sue Cramer of Peoria, Arizona.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Lee (Donna) Mincemoyer and nephew James Mincemoyer.

A memorial service will be held at Wortham Funeral Home in Hardy, AR. on Saturday November 1, from 3-5 pm. In lieu of the flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Keith’s name to the Mission of Hope, 3968 Highway 62-412, Hardy, AR. 72542

Graveside services for Marcus Sparks, 80, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Bly-Big Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Sparks died at 7:35 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born August 10, 1934, in Yadkin County, North Carolina, to Hugh and Grace Sparks. While serving in the United States Army, Sparky was stationed in West Germany on the border patrol. He moved to Peoria where he met and married Betty Lou Marshall of Hocomo, Missouri and worked at ABC washing machines. He spent twenty-six years as a switchman at the Rock Island Railroad. Betty Lou and Sparky retired in 1994 and moved to West Plains to catch the big bass in the Lakes of Arkansas. On July 31 the couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Sparks; three children, Kim Sparks, Kathy Sparks Edwards and Curtis Sparks, wife, Tiffany; seven grandchildren, Marcus Sparks, wife, Tiffany, Emily Fisher, husband, Jason, Megan Beize, husband, Joe, Caleb Edwards, Abby Sparks, Andrew Sparks and Marshall Edwards; six great-grandchildren, Morgan Sparks, Jayley Fisher, Addison Fisher, Lydia Fisher, Madison Beize and Calvin Fisher; two brothers, Wayne Sparks, wife, Betty and Ricky Sparks, wife Judy; and one sister, Edith Brammer, husband, Woody.

His parents and one son, Douglas Reese Sparks , precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Bly-Big Springs and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Garry Allan Walker, 67, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Pottersville Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Walker died at 12:58 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 13, 1947, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Willie Harrison Walker and Flossie Jewell Yocum Walker. Garry graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1966. On May 31, 1969, he was married in Howell County, Missouri, to Mary Jane Lunn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Garry accepted Christ on October 19, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Walker, of the family home; one brother, Gene Walker, West Plains; one step-brother, Hobart Sweat, Fredericktown, Missouri; two step-sisters, Vada Downen and May Dean Callaway, both of West Plains; two brothers-in-law, Jolly Morgan, Kansas City, Missouri and Melvin Lunn, wife, Rhonda, Oak Grove, Missouri; and four sisters-in-law, Lovern Walker, West Plains, Freda Lunn, Pomona, Missouri, Patricia Lunn, West Plains and Veda Johnson, husband, Daniel, West Plains.

His parents, step-mother, Nancy, one brother, James Walker, one sister, Alene Morgan, two step-brothers, James and Johnny Manley, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Orvis B. and Gladys Lunn and one sister-in-law, Betty Walker, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery, or any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mr. Danny Hebblethwaite, age 66, of Licking, MO, , passed away October 30, 2014, in Springfield, MO. Visitation will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at Fox Chapel under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking,MO.

Elsie L. Ponto, 99, of Theodosia, MO passed away on October 26, 2014 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. Elsie was born March 29, 1915 to Peter and Clara Brandland in Pipestone, MN.

She married Alfred Ponto April 29, 1940 in Pipestone. She worked in defense in 1940 at the Bomber Plant in Omaha, NE as a riveter on the wings of B26 and B29 planes. She was a department manager and buyer for W.T. Grant Dept. Store in Omaha for 14 years, before moving to Missouri.

She and her husband purchased Noland Point Resort in 1958, they operated that resort for 17 years before retiring on Noland Point in Ocie, MO. She was area director for Missouri members for several years, later became president of the Missouri Bull Shoals Lake Association. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Theodosia, member of Eastern Star in Theodosia Chapter 130 over 50 years. She was district deputy two times over for 23 years; president and held other offices in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter XI NU PI since 1989. Elsie enjoyed fishing and entertaining her guests, always trying to make them feel at home when they came to the resort.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Clara Brandland; her husband Al Ponto; five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 in the Theodosia United Methodist Church, Theodosia, MO with Gene West officiating. Burial will be in the Lutie Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening, October 30th from 5:30-7 p.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. Memorials may be made to: Theodosia United Methodist Church; Lutie Cemetery; or to the Eastern Star. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.