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A Celebration of Life Tribute for Bobbi Lynne Tipton, 51, Pomona, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Pomona Christian Church.  Mrs. Tipton died at 2:10 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born October 23, 1963, at Springfield, Missouri, to Cecil and Judy Quinn of Willow Springs, Missouri.  Bobbi worked in the community as a CNA for many years before obtaining a cosmetology license.  On November 6, 2008, she was married at Port Aransas, Texas, to the love of her life, Robert Tipton.   The couple began traveling the United States.  Her pastimes included playing with her grandchildren and giving all of her extra time to her loved ones and family members.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Tipton, of the family home; two children, Chastity Blair Lairson, husband, Ben, State of Hawaii and Bobby Tipton, West Plains; two grandchildren, Autumn and Jeremiah Lairson; two sisters, Cindy Judy, Hale, Missouri and Raegan Reynolds, husband, Jimmy, Koshkonong, Missouri; one brother, Paul Quinn, wife, Debby, State of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents and one sister, Rhonda Quinn, precede her in death.

In lieu of flowers, Bobbi requested memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Care Net Pregnancy Center, which may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Dolores Mayfield, 76, of West Monroe, Louisiana, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Gospel Hill Church, near West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mayfield was born July 16, 1938 in Mansfield, Missouri and passed away January 14, 2015 in West Monroe, Louisiana. She was a member of Forsythe Avenue Church of Christ and loved taking care of her family.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Samuel Mayfield and wife Jeannie, Dr. Charles Mayfield and wife Melissa, and Dr. Greg Mayfield and wife Julie; grandchildren, Olivia Herold, Lisa Taylor, Kylie McIntosh, Taylor Mayfield, Justin Mayfield and Kyle Mayfield; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, George, Alvin and Frank Marcum; one sister, Rosie Heinzmann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two sisters, Ruth Crites and Margaret Butler and three brothers, Carl, Loren and Kenneth Marcum, precede her in death.

Services were also held in West Monroe, Louisiana, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Aubra Gonterman, 94, of Ash Flat, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. He was born the son of Orville Simpson Gonterman and Carrie Pearl Thompson Gonterman in Cub Run, Kentucky, on December 28, 1920. Mr. Gonterman was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked for General Electric in Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eileen Kerr Gonterman and three brothers: Morrison Liebon Gonterman, Nelson Lee Gonterman, and Carl Freeman Gonterman.

Survivors include his sister Zella G. Thompson of Mumfordville, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, January 17, at 11 a.m. in Thayer Cemetery located in Thayer, Missouri. No visitation is planned.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date for Amy Camille Spence, 39, West Plains, Missouri.

Amy passed away at 5:25 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at her home after a courageous battle against Melanoma Cancer.

She was born October 20, 1975, at Memphis, Tennessee, to Carlene Hill and Larry Spence.  She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1994 and graduated from Missouri State University-West Plains in 2004 with a degree in Accounting.  Amy was a strong advocate in the fight against Melanoma.  In her spare time Amy enjoyed spending time with her boys, Chase and Gavin and also her beloved animals, Bubba, Ruby, Spot and Miss Kitty.  She enjoyed floating the river, camping, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends.  Amy was a Christian and gave her heart to God.

She is survived by two sons, Chase and Gavin York, West Plains; mother, Carlene Hill, West Plains; father, Larry Spence, Memphis, Tennessee; one brother, Rodney Hill, wife, Pam and their kids, Ballwin, Missouri; special cousin, Kevin Lyles, Jonesboro, Arkansas; aunt and uncle, Joyce Rushin, husband, Adell, Jonesboro, Arkansas; and best friend, Casey Trent, husband, Sean, West Plains.  Amy will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Her step-father, Richard Hill, maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Melanoma Research Foundation in memory of Amy, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A visitation service for S. E. Gardner, 89, West Plains, Missouri will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Dr. Gardner died at 1:46 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1925, at Macomb, Illinois, to Harrison Edwin Gardner and Grace Westerdale Gardner.  Over a span of nineteen years, he attended college at Western Illinois College, Macomb, Illinois, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho and College of Optometry of Northern Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1949.  On August 2, 1952, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Dorothy “Joyce” Hopke, who preceded him in death on January 6, 2001.  Dr. Gardner, was a veteran, having served in the United States Army air Corps during World War II.  He was a well-known Optometrist having long standing practices in both West Palins and Mountain View, Missouri.  Dr. Gardner retired in 2003.  He was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge and served as a past Grand of the Oddfellows.

He is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann Wildman, husband, Mark, Columbia, Missouri, Claudia Beyer, husband Brian, St. Clair, Missouri and Beverly Roberts, husband, Charlie, West Plains, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Jan Gardner Armitage, husband, John, Chestnut Ridge, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Jeremy, Maigan, Jennifer, Michael, Matthew, Jessica, Joshua, Jenna, Seth, Jerica, Emily and Isaac; nine great-grandchildren, Teagan, Hannah, Ava, Emma, Maddox, Ellie, Alaina, Jordan and Jaycee; and one brother, James Bruce Gardner, wife, Ellen, Yuma, Arizona.

His parents, wife, one son, Greg Gardner, one granddaughter, Sarah Joyce Roberts and two brothers, Harrison Mac Gardner and Claude Arthur Gardner, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Verona (Pirkl) Coen, 85, was born March 18, 1929 in Enid, Oklahoma to Paul and Esther (Schrader) Pirkl. She departed this life on November 13, 2014 at Mercy Villa Nursing Facility, Springfield, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Oak Forest Cemetery, Birch Tree, Missouri. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.

Verona was united in marriage to Willard Clark Coen on December 31, 1948 at St. Louis, Missouri. To this union three children were born.

Verona was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Katherine (Pirkl) Haley.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Coen and wife Laura of Jefferson City, Missouri and Danny Coen and wife Patty, of Jacksonville, Arkansas; one daughter, Cheryl Coen of Bolivar, Missouri; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Verona was a homemaker and was of Baptist faith. She will be missed greatly by all of her family and friends.

Harold “David” Wood, 66, Koshkonong, Missouri died at 9:32 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 19, 1948, at Olden, Missouri, to Lester Joseph Wood and Faye Burgin Wood Bennett.  On May 29, 1964, he was married at Memphis, Tennessee, to Ginger Nicholson.  Before his retirement, he was employed with DRS, formerly known as Southwest Truck Body for thirty-seven years.  Mr. Wood was a hard worker, always keeping busy and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Wood, of the family home; one son, Harold Wood, Jr.  “Crockett”, of the family home; three grandchildren, Robbie Wood, Samantha Bunch and Tommy Mowery; two great-grandchildren, Holli Wood and Lane Bunch; one brother, Elroy Wood, Pomona, Missouri; three sisters, Pat Holloway, West Plains, Missouri, Bonnie Johnson, Osage Beach, Missouri and Emma Powers, Cape Girardeau; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Cathy Wood, one son, Joe Wood, one brother, Bill Wood and two sisters, Norma Williams and Freda McAmis, precede him in death.

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

Funeral services for Connie Sue Acklin, 73, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Acklin died at 8:05 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 8, 1941, at Eminence, Missouri, to Paul W. Hunt and Creado Bell Hunt.  On February 8, 1963, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Robert Acklin.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts and puzzles and loved to play golf and watch others golf.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Acklin, of the family home; three children, Jerry Acklin, wife, Diana, West Plains, Missouri, Deborah Acklin, Phoenix, Arizona and Michael Acklin, wife, Anita, Hale, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Chad, Elizabeth, Donovin, Robert, Laureen, Tyler, Alivia, Hannah, Jaci, Alexy and Tristyn; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Hunt, Huntsville, Alabama; her twin sister, Bonnie Purdy, husband, Russell, Pleasanton, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one brother, Paul Hunt and one sister, Darlene Snipes, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Stroke Help Association or American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A graveside service will be held at a later date for Donald Creed Shertz, 77, West Plains, Missouri at the White Oak Cemetery, Rogersville, Missouri.

Mr. Shertz died at 6:14 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri.

He was born August 15, 1937, at Fordland, Missouri, to William Creed Shertz and Gladys Pauline Pursley Shertz.  He was the oldest of five children.  In 1957, he was married at Coffeeville, Kansas, to Sharon Joseph and to this union one child was born, Michael Creed Shertz.  He was married at Fordland, Missouri, to Linda Waters and raised two step-children.  On April 18, 2003, he was married at Rogersville, Missouri, to Debra Bradshaw.  The couple moved to West Plains in October, 2006.  Mr. Shertz was a veteran, having served in the United States Army National Guard for thirty-two years.  He worked at an oil refinery in Coffeeville, Kansas for nineteen years, owned and operated a Honda motorcycle shop in Kansas, was a sales representative for an insurance company, managed MFA exchange, managed Buckeye Gas Product Company and many other jobs throughout the years.  While living in Rogersville, Missouri, he was a bass singer in a gospel quartet, “The Ambassadors” and traveled to many churches singing around the area.  Don was a devoted Christian and attended Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church in West Plains, Missouri until his health failed.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Shertz, of the family home; one son, Michael Creed Shertz; four step-children, Kevin Waters, wife, Renee, Branson, Missouri, Kathryn Waters Ballard, husband, Shane, Ozark, Missouri, Travis Bradshaw, Cabool, Missouri and Jeremy Bradshaw, Koshkonong, Missouri; one brother, Richard Shertz, wife, Yolanda, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Dixie Spragg, husband, Gary, Rogersville, Missouri and Kathy Wright, husband, Gary, Springfield, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Jean Shertz; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Charles Shertz, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the family, and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Jackie Darrell Judd, 82, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Judd died at 7:07 a.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born September 6, 1932, at Rover, Missouri, to Alva Judd and Alice Bridwell Judd.  He attended Bales Elementary School and graduated from Thomasville High School with the Class of 1951.  He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed at Babenhausen, Germany.  Following his military service he attended Molar Barber School in Kansas City, graduated in 1956 and began a career that spanned fifty-four years.  He opened his first barber shop in West Plains on Washington Avenue in 1958.  In 1965, he built a shop on Jefferson Avenue, owning and operating that shop until 2010.  Jack loved his work.  He looked forward to every day at his barber shop.  He was dedicated to his customers and was pleased to have had the opportunity to cut the hair of five generations of several families in this area.  He provided the first haircut for numerous youngsters who then became faithful customers through the years.  Jack grew a large garden as long as his health permitted and was always happy to share corn and tomatoes with friends and neighbors.  One of his greatest pleasures was spending his spare time on his tractor, plowing or mowing his land.  Jack became a Christian at age thirty-three.  His faith was strongly woven through the fabric of his days.  He attended Howell Valley Church.  He was a strong, quiet and gentle man who loved his Lord, his family and his friends.  In 1976, Jack was married to Catherine Henry Judd; they celebrated their 38th Anniversary on April 18.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Judd, of the family home; one brother, Junior Judd, wife, Margaret, Koshkonong, Missouri; two sisters, Shirley Jett, Rover, Missouri and Kay Johnson, husband, Dale, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Wanda Crow, husband, Gary, Juanita Walker, husband, Jim, all of Pomona, Missouri and Freda Tate, husband, Randall, West Plains, Missouri.  He was Uncle Jack to Michael, Paula, Randy, Marilyn, Melva, Bruce, Tina, Regina, Ramona, Brandon, Nathan, Tawnya, Kyle and Kevin.  He was Pa-Pa to Sam, Jonathan, Robert and Josh and a dear friend to Jack and Wanda Littlejohn.

His parents,  two sisters, Maxine and Emogean Judd, brother-in-law, Sam Jett, one niece, Tammy Jett, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Geneva Henry and two nephews-in-law, Everett Crow and Chase Johns, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Redburn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Redburn Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.