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Archive for March, 2012

Jimmy Carter, 68, a resident of Gassville, Arkansas passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Care Manor Nursing Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

He was born June 8, 1943, in Ridgely, Tennessee to the late Raymond and Mary Opal Yates Carter. Jimmy worked as a computer programmer for Schering-Plough and the last of his working career he was a junior high and high school teacher. He was a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee where he was an active volunteer. Jimmy relocated to Gassville, Arkansas from Memphis, Tennessee in October of 2009 to be closer to his children. Jimmy loved watching his grandsons grow and play; he also loved reading books in his spare time. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Opal.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Dana and Jeff Hoskins of Gassville, Arkansas and Allison Carter of Cotter, Arkansas and two grandchildren, C.J. and Bryan Hoskins of Gassville, Arkansas.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely, Tennessee.

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

Memorials may be made to the Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38016.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Donald Rodger Wantland, age 83, of Raymondville, MO passed away on March 18, 2012. Roger was born September 5, 1928 in Raymondville, MO. He attended school at Raymondville and Licking.

Roger joined the Army in 1952 and was later stationed in Germany during the Korean War to await orders. He was a big engine mechanic of the ‘A’ Battery 330th Field Artillery Battalion in Germany.

Roger married the love of his live, Carol (Hood) Wantland, in Mississippi on June 26, 1954. He worked as a barber for 54 years in St. Louis, Fort Leonard Wood and the Houston area; and he always enjoyed his work. He loved gardening, going to the Raymondville picnic, and being with his family.

Roger is survived by his four children Donnie, Sherry, Debbie, and Shannon; nine grandchildren, Justin, Joshua, Bobby, Denise, Ann, Brooke, Jacob, Joey, and Catherine; and 6 great-great grandchildren, Ty, Kaiden, Cael, Victoria, Jadyn, and River.

He is preceded in death by his wife Carol, parents Mosey Petty Wantland and Neva (Kell) Wantland McColgin, and three brothers, Dean, Jimmy, and Billy.

Although Roger will be sadly missed, he has left many wonderful memories to be carried in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:30AM at Vollmar Cemetery in Raymondville, Missouri. To send online condolences visit www.evansfh.com.

Funeral services for Amanda Elizabeth Marshall Hartzmann, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home with Reverend Van Williams, West Plains, Missouri officiating.

Mrs. Hartzmann died at 6:55 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born May 15, 1925, at Rover, Missouri, to James “Razzie” Jolliff and Audra Ann Miller Jolliff. On May 12, 1943, she was married to Merle E. Marshall, who preceded her in death after thirty-two wonderful years together. On October 3, 1981, she was married to Harold Hartzmann, who preceded her in death December 3, 1991. Mrs. Hartzmann was a homemaker and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her life. She loved to keep a clean home and have meals ready for her family, as young children and as they grew up, jumping up to see that everyone was taken care of at every little whim. The family all got to visit around the table. She loved working in her flowers and yard. Mrs. Hartzmann loved the Lord so very much and knew he was always beside her. She attended Victory Family Worship Center before she became a resident at West Vue Nursing Center. While at West Vue, she was always thankful for the caregivers and felt they treated her as family. She made a lot of friends and played games until Alzheimer’s took over her mind completely, as it is a terrible disease, but the Lord and her are having a wonderful time now. She is healed and doing well.

She is survived by her three children, Brenda Ealy, husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri, Linda Russell-Strosnider, husband, Brad, Mountain View, Missouri, Randy Marshall, Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Rose Ann Marshall, Tulsa, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Scott Ealy, wife, Val, Branson, Missouri, Terry Ealy, West Plains, Missouri, Jason Russell, wife, Leigh Ann, West Plains, Missouri, Melissa Johnson, husband, Dave, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blake Marshall, Tyler, Texas; step-grandson, Roger Strosnider, wife, Laurie, Mountain View, Missouri; two great-grandchildren, JaLeigh Russell and Davis Marshall Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Adam Spencer, Brook Spencer, Misty Chitwood, husband, Todd, and Baliey Strosnider; one step great-great-grandson, Chase Matthew Chitwood; three sisters, Lottie Reynolds, Springfield, Missouri, Loyda Stapleton, South Fork, Missouri, Vera Fite, husband, Bob, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Rose Helm, husband, Jack, West Plains, Missouri, Othela Mascal, Kansas City, Missouri and Nan Jolliff, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two husbands, one son, Gary Marshall, one son-in-law Jim Russell, one brother, Ralph Jolliff, three sisters, Ruth Huddleston, Rachel Harring and Irene Mills, three brothers-in-law, Jeff Huddleston, J. W. Stapleton, Lonzo Harring and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from her first marriage, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or American Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Archie Andrew Ramsey, 81, West Plains, Missouri, died at 8:04 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. He was born June 29, 1930, at Knoxville, Tennessee, to Noah and Delcey Biggs Ramsey. On October 28, 1980, he was married at Kansas City, Missouri, to Wanda Maynard. Mr. Ramsey was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and before his retirement, was a diesel mechanic. Mr. Ramsey was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ramsey, of the family home; seven children, Laron Ramsey, Phillip Ramsey, Andrew Ramsey, Timothy Ramsey, Valerie Ramsey, Cindy Phillips and Nicholas Thorp; many grandchildren; one brother, William D. Ramsey, Cole Camp, Missouri; one sister, Louise Long, Knoxville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Rodney, three brothers and two sisters, precede him in death.

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

Walter Lee McKinney, son of Ted and Bertha McKinney, was born January 27, 1937 at Tyrone, Texas County, MO and died March 17, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital

He was united in marriage to Cleta Catherine Goforth June 21, 1958 at Stultz, MO. To this union, two children were born.

He spent most of his early years in the Tyrone community where he attended Tyrone and Big Creek schools. After his marriage, Walter and Cleta purchased a farm near Tyrone, MO where he farmed and also worked at Mid-America Dairy, at Cabool, MO. On May 21, 2000, he retired after 30 years of service. Shortly before his retirement, they sold the farm and moved to Houston, MO.

He is survived by his wife Cleta of Houston, MO; one daughter, Barbara Head, Houston, MO; one son, Harold Lee McKinney, Houston, MO; one brother, Herbert Keith McKinney, Jennings, MO; five sisters, Dorothy Henry; Glen Carbon, IL; Jewell McKinney, Saint Ann, MO; Wilma Douglas, Cumberland, IA; Gladys Garrett, Success, MO; Carol Terrill, Ft. Worth, TX; two grandsons; three step grandchildren; two great grandsons and three step great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Bertha McKinney; two brothers, Jackie Howard McKinney and Kenneth Roy McKinney; and one sister, Betty Goodman.

Funeral services were held March 20, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Burial: Ozark Cemetery, Houston, MO.

Fred Edward Bihr, 75, died at 9:08 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center. He was born October 19, 1936, at Thermopolis, Wyoming, to Fritz and Merle Clark Bihr. On December 2, 1966, he was married at Okinowa, Japan to Toyo Ikihara. Mr. Bihr was raised on the Pitchfork Ranch, near Meetatse, Wyoming. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Marines where he served for twenty years. He was a Deputy Sheriff in Worland, Wyoming for eight years, worked as a truck driver for several years for Halliburton, England and Prime, and had been a truck driving instructor for West Plains R-7 Schools. Mr. Bihr loved traveling, woodworking and especially enjoyed making dollhouses. He loved his Scottie dog, Sam. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. Mr. Bihr lived his life in the light of the Lord.

He is survived by five children, Fred, Farmington, New Mexico, Cathy, Evanston, Wyoming, Sandra, Madison, Wisconsin, Amy, Cheyenne, Wyoming and David, Missoula, Wyoming and a special friend and companion, Betty Reed, West Plains, Missouri.

His parents, three sisters, Louise, Hazel and Shirley and one brother, Arnold, precede him in death. A memorial service will be announced at a later date and will be held at Worland Cemetery, Worland, Wyoming.

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

Graveside services for Donnie Ray Callahan, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2012, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Callahan died at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care. He was born July 15, 1940, at South Fork, Missouri, to Edmon and Alpha Callahan. He attended West Plains schools graduating with the Class of 1957. Upon graduation he entered military service on April 11, 1958, enlisting in the United States Air Force where he served in Korea and was honorably discharged on June 20, 1962, at the rank of Airman First Class. In May, 1965, Donnie moved to Midland, Texas where he worked for Faulkner Office Supply. He later became a salesman for Malone Business Systems. In 1981, he went into business for himself, opening Office and Register Systems in Midland as the Sweda Cash register systems dealer for the surrounding West Texas area. He later worked for the Midland Independent School system. He attended Oaklawn Park Missionary Baptist Church in Midland where he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was the church treasurer and was later ordained as a deacon. He later attended Crestview Baptist Church in Midland, Texas. In 1996 Donnie returned to West Plains, Missouri. He was married November 11, 1999, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Louise Harris. Donnie enjoyed hunting, stock car racing, traveling, gardening and people. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Louise, of the family home, son, Kenneth Callahan, Midland, Texas; three step-children, John Callahan, wife, Cheryl, and Ted Callahan, both of West Plains, Missouri, Elizabeth Callahan, St. Louis, Missouri; grandson, Sean Callahan, San Antonio, Texas; three step-grandchildren; two brothers, Winfred Callahan, wife, LaVonna, and Earl Callahan, both of West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Genevie Gentry, Ella Drumright, husband, Jess, and Donna Hall, husband, Gerald, all of West Plains, Missouri and Lea Langston, husband, Jim, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

His parents, one daughter, Ladonna Lei Callahan, three brothers, Jack, Hayden and Omer Callahan and one sister, Agnes Hunt, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Homeland Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral Services for Mr. Calvin C. Kaut, age 86, a resident of Summersville will be held Saturday, March 17, at 11 AM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville.

Visitation will be held Saturday morning, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel from 9 AM to service time at 11AM.

Burial and Military Honors will be in Arroll Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Rita Juanita Osborn, 76, Pomona, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Osborn died at 9:20 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care. She was born May 20, 1935, at Fairfield, Idaho, to Clyde Lee and Ethel Edwards Lee. She graduated from High School and attended Beauty School. On July 28, 1964, she was married at Fairfield, Idaho, to William M. Osborn. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Osborn was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, William Osborn, of the family home; four children, Randy Riggs, wife, Cecilia, Fairfield, Idaho, Jeff Riggs, Pomona, Missouri, William M . Osborn, Jr., Pomona, Missouri, and Annette Johnson, husband, Richard, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren; one brother, Roger Lee, wife, Betty, Cauldwell, Idaho; four sisters-in-law, Pat Lee, Fairfield, Idaho, Evalee Gunter, husband, Bill, Pottersville, Missouri, Leota Crawford and Jean Osborn, both West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one daughter, Clydene Osborn, and one brother, Jack Lee, precede her in death.

On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Mrs. Dianna Louise Watson, 47 of Southaven, Mississippi died on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven, Mississippi.

Dianna was born, June 3, 1964 in Memphis, TN to the late Philip and Billie Banks Pilalas.

She was a licensed insurance agent and a member of Spring River Baptist Church.

Dianna is survived by sons, Kenneth Watson and Ronald Coop of Southaven, MS; brother, Philip L. Pilalas, Jr. of Germany; sister, Sandra Gamble of Hardy, AR; 1 grand child and 10 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Luanne Mary Pilalas and a nephew Thomas Anthony Gamble II.

Funeral service will be Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:00PM at the Spring River Baptist Church with Bro. Floyd Rikard officiating.

Interment will follow in Bronaugh Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Heath Funeral Home of Highland where the family will receive friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Online guestbook: www.heathfuneralhome.net