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Archive for June, 2012

Janice Wood, 61, was born to Ralph and Fay Zirschky Dean on Jan. 5, 1951, in her grandma Zirschky’s home at Huggins. She passed away June 19, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, after battling respiratory problems during her lifetime.

She attended grade school at Logan, a one-room schoolhouse, and graduated from Houston High School in 1968.

She married the love of her life, Fred Wood, on March 28, 1970. The thing they enjoyed the most in life was being together and having each other’s company. They were hardly ever apart during the 42 years of marriage, only in sickness.

Janice was a member of the Houston Herald staff nearly 30 years before retiring. She enjoyed her job and loved the people she worked with and thought of them as family.

Janice and Fred enjoyed traveling. They planned frequent trips —oftentimes to attend a classic car show. Route 66 was another one of their passions. They drove along it many times behind the wheel of their restored historic vehicle.

They especially enjoyed a trip they took to Alaska.

Janice had a special interest in community and family history and volunteered with the Texas County Genealogical and Historical Society. She was an organizer, often pitching in to plan a reunion or help with the area custom car club.

And then there were the yard sales: There was nothing Janice liked better than checking them out and the jubilation of finding a bargain. It was a favorite pastime, and it fit another one of her traits — she was thrifty. When it came time for the Herald employee yard sale, Janice oversaw the endeavor. She loved it.

Janice was a perfect example of a true Christian, whose kindness and compassion were always on display. She enjoyed all people. The Lord knows best, but for those who knew her, she left a big hole in the hearts of us left behind until the day we will get to see her again, as promised by the Lord.

Janice was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Dean, and brother-in-law, Richard Clark.

She is survived by her husband and mother, Fay Dean, both of Houston; three sisters, Virginia Clark of Houston, Wanda Pointer and her husband, Bob, of Republic, and Donna Robertson and her husband, Mike, of Bendavis; one brother, Donald and his wife, Cleta, of Houston. She also had three nieces, Angela Brooks, Jennifer Douglas and Sarah Shelton and three great-nieces and three great-nephews.

Services for Mrs. Wood were Saturday, June 23, at Souls Harbor Family Worship under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Burial was in the Rock Springs Cemetery near Bendavis, near where the family was raised.

Eugene Arthur Smith, 85, of Houston, MO, passed away Wednesday June 20, 2012 at the Texas County Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 29, 1926 in Hartshorn, MO to William A. Smith and Anna B Mullins. He was united in marriage to Mary Alice Harmon on July 29, 1950.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Herman and Clarence Smith and a sister Lola Ruth.

He was a veteran of World War II and was a staff sergeant in the U S Army.

He worked for many years at International Shoe Company and was a foreman at Brown Shoe Company.

Gene enjoyed coon and deer hunting, playing shuffle board, playing horseshoes, tending to his cattle and enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball. He was a long time member of the Houston Eagles Lodge and member of the Missouri State Shuffleboard Association. He was inducted into the Shuffleboard Hall of Fame Legends.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice Smith, and four daughters, Sandra Cook of Springfield, MO, Kathy Earp of Success, MO, Carol Longwell of Houston, MO and Cheryl Shore of Springfield, MO, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two sisters; Opal Helronimus and Myrtle Hagar of Yakima, WA and a brother Howard Smith of Summersville, MO.

Graveside services for Betty Lou Smith, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died at 10:44 a.m., Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 18, 1931, at Decatur, Indiana, to William Rufus Harrod and Mary Gladys Jackson Harrod. On August 17, 1947, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Henry H. Smith, who preceded her in death on November 13, 1992. Before her retirement, she was an administrative assistant at West Plains Housing Authority. Mrs. Smith was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, Jerell Smith, wife, Celeste, Wichita, Kansas, Kevin Smith, wife, Brenda and Teresa Cockrum, husband, Trent, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jessica Smith Sandfort, husband, Jason, St. Charles, Missouri, Christopher Smith, wife, Sarah, Kansas City, Missouri, Rochelle Cockrum Smith, husband, Marshall, West Plains, Missouri, Andrea Smith Gaither, husband, Andrew, Newbern, North Carolina, Alexandra Smith, Wichita, Kansas and Taylor Cockrum, West Plains, Missouri; one great-grandson, Trevin Smith, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, James Robert Harrod, wife, Gracie, Kodiak, Alaska; two sisters, Francis Broadwater, Springfield, Missouri and Georgie Potts, husband, L.A., Jasper, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sisters, Winefred and June and two brothers, Warren and Dick, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Harlin Museum or ALS Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Bessie Lovins, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Olden, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lovins died at 12:10 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Cox Medical Center, South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born July 29, 1922, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harvey Haring and Relda Belle Johnson Haring. On October 29, 1935, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Harvey Cylvestor Lovins, who preceded her in death on December 27, 1989. She was a homemaker and farmer and before her retirement, she had been a cook at Richard’s School. Mrs. Lovins was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Shirlene Collins, Galena, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tim Lovins, wife, Shelly, West Plains, Missouri, Loretta Collins, Galena, Missouri and Cody Collins, State of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Kenslow, Mitch Lovins, wife, Jolene and Tyler Lovins, special friend, Jessica; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, one son, Tommy Lovins, one daughter, Peggy Lovins and her brothers and sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Johnny N. Woods, 98, West Plains will be Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Junction Hill Pentecostal Church in West Plains.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 22, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM

Burial is in Huddleston Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Mary Ann Dowell, 66, West Plains, Missouri died June 19, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Funeral services for Mary Ann Dowell will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Glen Jarrett Steely, 77, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born March 17, 1935, in Waterloo, Iowa to the late Clinton C. and Faye Monroe Steely. Mr. Steely grew up on a farm outside of Manchester, Iowa and was the youngest of five boys. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Division serving during the Korean Conflict. While in the service, Glen served nine months in Korea and achieved the rank of Sergeant in just 28 months. After his military service, Glen spent most of his career in industrial sales for General Electric and Westinghouse. He married Sandra Louise Conyers on June 12, 1999, in Mesquite, Nevada. Mr. Steely relocated to the Mountain Home area from Grand Junction, Colorado in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dean, Dale and Gordon Steely and a step brother, John Parkinson.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Sandra Steely of Mountain Home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa and Tom Blough of Stow, Massachusetts and Dana Kinchen of Arlington, Texas; a stepson and step daughter-in-law, Rick and Michele Spangler of Bedford, Indiana; two grandchildren, Corey and Carley Kinchen, both of Arlington, Texas; his four legged friend, Buddy; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with Father Jim McDonald officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ozark Post 3246. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks.

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

Funeral Services for Junior G. Bridges, 78, West Plains, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend David Ball officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Online condolences may be made at carterfuneralhomeinc.com.

Funeral Services for Bessie Ernestine Vaughn, 97, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Glenn Murray officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missousri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Funeral Services for Bessie Ernestine Vaughn, 97, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Glenn Murray officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missousri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Daniel Thomas Cantrall, 55, a resident of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 14, 1956, in El Monte, California to the late John Leonard and Margaret Frieda Martin Cantrall. Daniel loved collecting coins and antiques and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Survivors include his fiancé, Christy Newcomber; six sons, Randy Cantrall of Beaumont, California, Daniel Cantrall of Kensington, Kansas, Michael Cantrall of Kent, Washington, Beau-James Cantrall of Cabazon, California, and James Cantrall of Sacramento, California and Jacob Smith of Mountain Home; three daughters, Breanna Cantrall of Sacramento, California, Barbara Cantrall of Las Vegas, Nevada and Samantha Smith of Mountain Home; five brothers; a sister; a granddaughter, Aabrea Brown of Sacramento, California and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A memorial service will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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