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Archive for June, 2012

Christopher Lee Chapman, 17, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Bull Shoals.

He was born May 10, 1995, to Kaylon Jason Chapman and Dawn Marie Snurr Harper. Christopher enjoyed playing on the computer, video games and guitar. He was a very good artist and writer, especially poems.

Survivors include his Father, Kaylon Chapman of Mountain Home; his mother, Dawn Harper (Robert Matthew) of Bull Shoals; a brother, Jason Smith of Statham, Georgia; a sister, Kristi Chapman of Mountain Home; paternal grandparents, Lonnie and Ramona Chapman of Gassville; maternal grandfather, Joseph Snurr, Sr. (Theresa) of Cotter; maternal grandmother, Sandra Snurr of Maryland; numerous aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends. Christopher was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Barbara Chapman.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Roger Pittaway officiating. Burial will be in Quality Ridge Cemetery near Mountain Home under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

Memorials may be made to the Christopher Chapman family, c/o First Security Bank.

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

Steven Ray Hunter, 55, a resident of Bull Shoals passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his residence.

He was born December 20, 1956, in Princeton, Missouri. Steven relocated to Bull Shoals in 2001. Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Fern (Rankin) Hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Annalee Cline of Bull Shoals; a son; a daughter and a brother, Joe Covey of Princeton, Missouri.

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

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

Robert Lee Rieger died Friday morning, June 15, 2012 in his home in Marshfield, Missouri, after a long struggle with kidney failure. He was 76 years old.

Robert was born on April 13, 1936, in Dora, Missouri to the late Stephen Nathaniel and Sara Jane (Hale) Rieger. He was a proud graduate from Dora High School where he played shortstop on the baseball team.

In June of 1959, Robert married Linda Kay Hixon in Dora, Missouri. They enjoyed almost 42 years of marriage before she passed away with one of those years spent running a cafe and gas station together in Caulfield, Missouri. Robert was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and be outdoors. While he was an excellent angler he was especially proud of his skills as a hunter. He began hunting at 9 years of age to help provide for the family and only missed one deer season the rest of his life. He was also proud that he could provide for his family. He started out as a surveyor with the Missouri Highway Department and would proudly point out the highways and roads that he had surveyed. He then came to work for Sho-Me Power where he stayed until he retired in 1999. A man of many talents, he was very talented artist and musician. He could play the guitar and banjo and entertained his grandson on many occasions with the harmonica.

Robert was a strong Christian and was at peace with the Lord at his time of death. He was baptized and described feeling the Holy Spirit wash through him. He was a member of the Marshfield United Methodist Church and until Linda Kay’s illness prevented them from going he attended church regularly.

Robert Lee Rieger is survived by his daughter and her husband Teresa Rieger Housholder and Keith Housholder of Marshfield, and his grandson, Christopher Lance Housholder also of Marshfield. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Lena Pauline Rieger and Betty Ileen Beecher and his brother, Horace Neil Rieger.

Robert’s funeral service will begin 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Carter Funeral Home located at 1316 Porter Wagoner Boulevard in West Plains, MO 65775. There will also be a visitation time from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. before the service starts. Visitation was held at Fraker Funeral Home located at 1131 State Highway A in Marshfield, Missouri, Sunday, June 17, 2012. He will then be taken to Carter Funeral Home where he will lay in wait until the services on Tuesday. He will then be laid to rest next to his wife and with his family at the Hale Cemetery in Dora, Missouri, located right across the road from the land where he grew up.

Graveside services for Evalee Marie Nordyke, 57, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nordyke died at 11:25 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 6, 1955, at Kansas City, Kansas, to Joseph Ernest Gilbert and Lula Ellen Brixey Gilbert. On September 14, 1974, she was married to Mike Nordyke. She loved to knit, embroidery and crafts; she also enjoyed cooking and making homemade jelly. Mrs. Nordyke was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three children, DeAnna Deckard, husband, Nathan, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Shawn Nordyke, wife, Heather, Pottersville, Missouri and Brandon Nordyke, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Marqus, Colin and Kenadie Nordyke and Dirk and Connor Deckard; three sisters, Linda Haywood, husband, Stan, Blytheville, Arkansas, Mary Lou Parker, husband, Dave, Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Betty Willis, husband, Larry, Mercer, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her parents precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Venita Briscoe (67) of Willow Springs will be held on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 PM at the Little Zion Baptist Church, located on AA Highway just off Route 181 in rural Willow Springs.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs.

Burial will follow Saturday’s service at the Holmes-Flatrock Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs.

Graveside services for Jerry Michael Hanley, 58, West Plains, Missouri will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2011 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery (near Poe Hill) under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jerry passed away on June 12, 2012. He was born on January 26, 1954 at West Plains, Missouri, the son of John and Mary (Brotherton) Hanley. Jerry was united in marriage to Vicki Henry in West Plains, Missouri on April 17, 1981. Jerry loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed the outdoors; he also enjoyed listening to music.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Hanley, of the family home; his children, Michelle (Hanley) Minge, Marionville, Missouri, Codi (Hanley) Hudson, Dayton, Ohio and Chelsey and Ryan VanWinkle, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Laken Minge, Kendell Minge, Landon Minge, all of Marionville, Missouri, Ezra Hudson and Cabe Hudson, both of West Plains, Missouri; five sisters, Joyce Twomey, State of Texas, Shirley Cherry, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Willene Warren, husband, Dwaine, West Plains, Missouri, Lavina Clare, husband, David, Aurora, Missouri and Peggy Carpenter, husband, Lanny, Watertown, Tennessee; and a host of nieces and nephews.

His parents, John Hanely and Mary (Hanley) Kilkenny and one sister, Betty Gordon, precede him in death.

Jerry was a very kind and loving husband, father and brother and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 17th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drgo Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Susan Marie Cunningham, 68, a resident of Mountain Home formerly of McGehee, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Mountain Home.

She was born May 28, 1944, in Camden, Arkansas to Lewis and Frances Ray Ritter. After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University in 1966 with a Bachelors of Science in Education, Susan was a school teacher working in Fort Worth, Texas and Wabaseeka and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She married Thomas Jefferson Cunningham on August 21, 1966, in Camden, Arkansas. During Susan’s 46 years as a preacher’s wife, she has witnessed to hundreds of people, directed an untold number of bible schools and church events and served on 15 mission teams to Honduras. When asked what her greatest accomplishments in life have been Susan replied “Tom, Becca, Tyler, Andrew, Mason, Addison and Avery all loving Jesus”. Susan is a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Lewis Ritter.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Dr. Tommy Cunningham of Mountain Home; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Alesheia Cunningham of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi; a daughter and son-in-law, Becca and Jamie Camp of Mountain Home; her mother, Frances Ritter of Conway; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and David Jones of Conway; five grandchildren, Tyler, Addison and Avery Cunningham, all of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi and Andrew and Mason Camp, both of Mountain Home and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Mountain Home with the Rev. Billy Beech officiating. Burial will be in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery near Mountain Home under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Rev. Bill Hughes, Dr. Ronnie Norris, Dr. James Young, Allen Bowman, Jimmy Barrett, Todd Bowen, Delton Calhoun, Dr. Carroll Dew, Mark Day and Dr. John Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the Mountain Home Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Honduras Rice and Bean Ministry, c/o Mountain Home Baptist Church, 1960 Glenbriar Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

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

Funeral services for Helen Harrison, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harrison died at 12:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born September 21, 1924, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Perry “P.A.” Clark and Mary Francis Tackitt Clark. On October 3, 1942, she was married at Thomasville, Missouri, to Paul Harrison. Mrs. Harrison was a member of Curry Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Harrison, of the family home; one daughter, Joann Eagleman, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Vicki Oberdorf, husband, Eric, West Plains, Missouri, Michael Hicks, Webb City, Missouri and Kevin Hicks, wife, Erin, West Plains, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Felicia, Andreà, Shelby and Brady; one great-great-grandchild, Marcus; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one daughter, Beverly Hicks, five brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Harrison will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

A Mass of Resurrection for Mercedes Aguilar Ola’n, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ola’n died at 7:25 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born February 18, 1917, at Cordova, Ver. Mexico, to Jose Merced Aguilar and Fabiana Carmo’na Aguilar. In February, 1952, she was married at Ver. Mexico, to Felipe Ola’n, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was a seamstress and worked at Lytton’s Clothing Store, Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Ola’n was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by one daughter, Magdalena O. Perez, husband, Felipe, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jose Perez, wife, Patricia, Rodolfo Perez, Felipe Perez, wife, Becky and Maggie Alvarado, husband, Jesus; nine great-grandchildren, Michelle Perez, Joshua Alvarado, wife, Anneleise, Natasha Alvarado, significant other, Jessie Rodriguez, Marcus Alvarado, significant other, Lizzesette Gomez, Rudy Perez, Jessica Perez, Claire Perez, Nicholas Perez and Juliana Perez; and one great-great-grandchild on the way; one brother, James Aguilar, wife, Imo Jean; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one great-grandchild, Jeremy Alvarado, one brother and three sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, with prayer service at 7:00 p.m., at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

The public is welcome to attend a memorial service for Gary Michael “Mudd” Ragar, 53, Caulfield, Missouri, at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Caulfield Community Center.

Mr. Ragar died at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012, near Caulfield, Missouri.

He was born April 23, 1959, at Independence, Missouri, to Lee Roy Ragar and Alliene Bruines Ragar. On August 25, 2009, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Sheila Marie Winterland. Mr. Ragar was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. He enjoyed traveling, motorcycles and working on cars. Mr. Ragar was a member of Mason Lodge #358, Thomasville, Missouri. He was a family man, a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Ragar was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Ragar, of the family home; seven children, Jace Williams, of the family home, Nova Williams, Lakeland, Florida, Toni Smith, husband, Ron, St. Louis, Missouri, Daniella Winterland, Chillicothe, Missouri,Tina Lee Okerbloom, husband, Nathan, Council Bluffs, Iowa, T. J. Elod, Knob Noster, Missouri, and Lyle Ragar, Knob Noster, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, including Isaac Winterland, of the family home; his parents, Lee Roy and Alliene Ragar; one brother, Marion Ragar, Topeka, Kansas; grandmother, Amelia Ragar, Sedalia, Missouri; mother-in-law, Pamela Thomas, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Linda Thomas, West Plains, Missouri; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

His grandparents precede him in death.

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