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Archive for June, 2012

Stephen Allen ‘Steve’ Norman age 65 of Willow Springs, MO passed away at 6:57 PM Saturday, June 9, 2012 at his home after an extended illness.

He was born on August 30, 1946 in Springfield, MO the son of Etcyle Boone Norman, Jr. and Genieve (Exline) Norman .

Steve was a 1964 graduate and Senior Class president of Ava High School and was very active in the basketball, baseball and football programs.

On May 1, 1974 in St. Louis, MO, Steve was united in marriage to Virginia M. Boyle and her family instantly became Steve’s family and they had over 38 years together.

Steve enrolled in the St. Louis College Of Pharmacy for a couple of years, then joined the U. S. Army serving in Germany. After his discharge he returned to the College of Pharmacy and graduated and was also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the College. He was a member of the Willow Springs Church Of Christ of which he oversaw the building and construction of their new church a few years ago, the Willow Springs Rotary Club, Many other Willow Springs Organizations including Hometown PRIDE, Chamber Of Commerce, Ozarks Family YMCA, Community Betterment, Board Member of Community Foundation, Senior Housing, Arts Council, Saddle Club, Medical Assistance Program. Steve also supported or was a member and actively involved in the Good Samaritan Clinic in Mountain View, MO, The Shriners, Southern Ozarks Chamber Orchestra, Boy Scouts of America, Willow Springs Troops, Girl Scouts of Dogwood Trails Council, Missouri Community Development Society, Missouri Special Olympics, The Salvation Army, Jobs for American Graduates, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association. He and Ginny had owned and operated Ferguson Drug in Willow Springs for many years.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Etcyle Boone Norman, Jr. and Genieve (Exline) Norman.

Surviving is his wife Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Norman of the home in Willow Springs, MO; one daughter, Pam Dudley of Willow Springs, MO; three sons, Patrick Boyle and wife Carolyn of Springfield, MO; Mike Boyle and wife Pam and Greg Boyle and wife Elizabeth both of Willow Springs, MO; also his brother David Norman and wife Dorothy of Ava, MO. Steve’s Beloved Chihuahua Micki. Ten Grandchildren, Bryan Boyle and wife Misty of West Plains, MO; Candi Langley and husband Derick of Riverview, FL; Robyn Woods and husband Rodney of Dallas, TX; Heather Cunningham and husband Junior of West Plains, MO; Amanda Boser and husband Patrick of Seffner, FL; Troy Dudley and wife Dawn of Willow Springs, MO; Alisha Dyer and husband Tim of Wauwatosa, WI; Ryan Boyle and wife Toni of Willow Springs, MO; Andy Boyle and wife K.T. of St. Louis, MO; and Ben Boyle of St. Louis, MO. Also 28 Great Grandchildren, Devin Siegrist, Kylie Boyle, Maddi Boyle, Ravin Taylor, Tristin Taylor, Ashley Langley, Brayden Langley, Marciano Franklin, Jaya Goodner, Nicolette Woods, Alexis and husband Cody Gibson, Ashley Cunningham, Zach Cunningham, Allissah Cunningham, Kaidyn Cunningham, Ericka Boser, Allison Dudley, Sophia Dudley, George Dudley, Gabby Dudley, Belle Dudley, Emerson Dyer, Sullivan Dyer, Davaul Boyle, Tari and husband Brandon Levine, Nick Toll, Drew Boyle and Hannah Boyle. Three Great Great Grandchildren, Olivia Gibson, Moreland Gibson and Tanner Levine. Also nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of many friends.

Mr. Norman will lay in state after 1:00 PM with a visitation to be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Church Of Christ in Willow Springs, MO on Friday, June 15, 2012

A Celebration of Mr. Norman’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Willow Springs Church Of Christ with Lynn Hixon Officiating and Song Leader Mike Weaver leading the congregation in singing of “Be With Me Lord”, “Precious Memories” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”. Personal Reflections will be read by Steve’s son, Patrick Boyle. Burial will follow in the Willow Springs City Cemetery.

Services will be under the care and direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar, MO.

Casketbearers will be Patrick Boyle, Greg Boyle, Mike Boyle, Ryan Boyle, Junior Cunningham, Zach Cunningham and Troy Dudley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willow Springs Church Of Christ, 2850 Bolerjack Dr.,Willow Springs, MO 65793.

Friends and Family may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Graveside services for Judson Shipley, 85, Dora, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Ball Cemetery near Dora, Missouri under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Shipley died 6:15 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012 at his home. He was born August 1, 1926 at Dora, Missouri to James Truman and Lizzie Warren Shipley. Mr. Shipley attended the Adam School near Dora, Missouri and on January 2, 1950, was married at Salem, Arkansas to Juanita Nell Anderson. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the United States Navy. Mr. Shipley was a well known farmer in the Dora area, had been employed as a road grader operator for Ozark County, Missouri and served two terms as Ozark County Commissioner.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Shipley, of the family home; three sons, Dennis Steve Shipley, wife, Sherray, Mountain Home, Arkansas, David Shipley, wife, Jeanie, Dora, Missouri and Michael Shipley, wife, Sherry, Dora, Missouri; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Kenneth Edward Shipley, one brother, Byron Shipley and two sisters, Nova Mageehon and Beulah Claybrook, precede him in death.

Mr. Shipley will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Children’s Home and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Chester Ben Harpole, 92, Orange, California, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. He was born December 10, 1919, in Myrtle, Missouri, to William J. Harpole and Sarah Birchett Harpole.

He served as a deacon in several churches, being ordained in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1952. He was a member of the Hemet Valley Baptist Church, Hement, California. He had been a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in West Plains.

Mr.Harpole played baseball for Thayer’s town team, even playing the traveling All Stars. An avid gardener, he always had a beautiful garden. He was a sergeant in the CCC and loved to play golf. He also loved gospel music, and his favorite song was, “How Great Thou Art.”

Mr. Harpole worked as sales managaer for Morlan Shell Ford for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Elwin Stanley Harpole; a sister, Hazel Jordan, and two brothers, Glen Harpole and Robert Harpole.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Maxine Dodson Harpole, of the home; a son, James Harpole and wife, Sandra, Minocqua, Wisconsin; three daughters, Kenna (Joan) Korb and husband, Bob, Orange, California, Kathryn Jones and husband, Bernie, Tustin, California, and Lyn Wood and husband, Michael, Martinsville, Virginia; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, West Plains, with burial in the Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Funeral services for Eunice Edna Langston, 96, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Langston died at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Gainesville Health Care Center.

She was born November 11, 1915, at Tecumseh, Missouri, to Oliver and Bertha Garrett Martin. Mrs. Langston was raised in Tecumseh and lived in Ozark and Howell Counties most of her life. On August 15, 1931, she was married at Elijah, Missouri, to Orsdel Langston, who preceded her in death on November 18, 1988. She received her education at the Old Banner School, graduated from Gainesville High School, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Langston taught school for forty years, having taught the first kindergarten in Ozark County. She also taught at Fairview School, Valley Star, Mt. Olive, Davis Creek and Oak Grove, which were one and two room country schools. She spent the last twenty-five years in the Bakersfield School system, having taught every grade from kindergarten to social science in high school; also teaching remedial reading, remedial math and special education. Mrs. Langston was the director of Adult Basic Education for many years and was a member of the Missouri Teacher’s Association and the Caulfield Ladies Auxiliary. Eunice and Orsdel owned and operated a casket factory in the 1940’s, Caulfield Theater in the 1950’s and The Frosty Freez Drive-In in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Mrs. Langston was a member of Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Elijah, Missouri.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Yvonne Degase, husband, Wayne, Squires, Missouri and Michael Collins, wife, Donna, Springfield, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Chris Degase, wife, Alicia, Julie Coonts, husband, Justin, all of Ava, Missouri, Aaron Collins, and Brent Collins, both of Springfield, Missouri; seven great-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Her parents, husband, infant daughter, Maryjo, daughter, Orsdella (Dodie) Collins, three sisters, Tessie Evans, Leatha Bushong and Geneva Beach and two brothers, Rudolph and Richard Martin, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Frances Morgan Parker, 85, Rolla, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Parker died at 12:40 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012, at Phelps County Hospital, Rolla, Missouri.

She was born September 20, 1926, at Cleveland, Mississippi to William and Willie Selby Morgan. On March 31, 1951, she was married at Marks, Mississippi to Charles Avery Parker, who preceded her in death on January 2, 2003. Mrs. Parker was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the First General Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Terry Crossley, husband, Dave, Rolla, Missouri, Charles (Chuck) Parker, wife, Deborah Ann, South Fork, Missouri and Beverly Hunt, husband, Norman, South Fork, Missouri; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters, Mildred Brister, Blytheville, Arkansas and Peggy Scott, husband, William, Olive Branch, Mississippi; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, and three sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, South Fork, Missouri. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Bradford Bruce Burrow, 67, a resident of Lakeview formerly of Bethalto, Illinois passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012, at his residence.

He was born February 11, 1945, in Hillsboro, Illinois to the late Bradford William and Grace Rufus Burrow. Mr. Burrow served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. During his military service he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and received a Purple Heart. After his military service he began working for Coats Steel Ball Production in Greenville, Illinois as a steelworker and then retired from Shell Oil Company after 20 years of service as a turnaround coordinator. He married Lynnette Sue Burton on June 14, 1980, in Belleville, Illinois. After retiring he relocated to the Twin Lakes area in 1993. Mr. Burrow was an avid fisherman and hunter; he also loved camping and boating. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Mike Banner and Darrell and Bill Burrow and two sisters, Delores Burrow and Barbara Goffner.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lynnette Burrow of Lakeview; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard and Laura Burrow of Ransom Canyon, Texas and Christopher Wall of Collinsville, Illinois; two daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle Burrow Clanton of Smithboro, Illinois and Andrea and Curtis Wesoloski of Bethalto, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Elijah and Aubrey Burrow, Kara and Kyle Wesoloski and James III, Jason, Brook and Brandon Clanton and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the Burnt School House Cemetery in the Lone Rock community with Pastor Shane Milner officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ozark Post 3246 will be under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ozark Post 3246 in Mountain Home.

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

Funeral services for Nila Jean Splettstosser, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Splettstosser died at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, June 7, 2012, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1937, at Indianapolis, Indiana, to Harold Lawrence Buckley and Eudora Modena Parsons Buckley. The family moved to Texas while she was still young. Jean went to school in East Texas where she met and married James Splettstosser on January 29, 1955. They settled in Austin, Texas until retirement when they moved to Missouri. Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James Splettstosser; one daughter, Pamela Splettstosser, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Frederick Splettstosser, State of Texas; four grandchildren, Cheyenne Montoya, State of Colorado, Shane Bruner, State of Missouri, Chad Birch, State of Texas and Christan Jacoby, State of Texas; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Margaret Gassenmayer, State of Texas.

Her parents, Harold and Eudora Buckley, one daughter Ericka Bell and two brothers, Larry and Robert Buckley, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Catherine Ann Bryan, 46, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bryan died at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2012, at her home.

She was born April 25, 1966, at Brady, Texas, to Velma Beam and the late Hays Beam. On July 15, 2011, she was married at Pomona, Missouri, to Frank Bryan. Mrs. Bryan was a Christian, and had been a member of Pomona Christian Church since February 13, 2011.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Bryan, of the family home; her mother, Velma Beam, Goldthwaite, Texas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Nancy Bryan, West Plains, Missouri; two step-sons, Tyler Bryan and Anthony Bryan; one brother, Hays Beam, Brownwood, Texas; three sisters, Kelly Knight, Goldthwaite, Texas, Rhonda Lawson, Brownwood, Texas and Lydia Reeves, Goldthwaite, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Her father, one daughter, Taylor Ann Lager, one brother, Ricky Beam and one uncle, precede her in death.

Mrs. Bryan will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Dorothy Jane Ryburn, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ryburn died 5:58 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Ozarks Medical Center. She was born January 22, 1924 at Kansas City, Missouri to Alvin and Helen F. Powers Neumeyer. She graduated from the Central High School, Kansas City, Missouri and on August 13, 1944, was married at Kansas City, Missouri to Paul J Ryburn.

She is survived by her husband, Paul J Ryburn, of the family home; one son, Paul Jay Ryburn, Pomona, Missouri; daughter-in-law,, Karen R. Ryburn, Pomona, Missouri; grandson, Paul Justin Ryburn, Fenton, Missouri; granddaughter-in-law, Kati Ryburn, Fenton, Missouri and great-grandson, Jacob C. Ryburn, Fenton, Missouri.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Jason Roy DeBoard, 39, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. DeBoard died at 1:35 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2012, at his home. He was born January 15, 1973, at West Plains, Missouri, to Gary Leroy and Janice Marie Drumright DeBoard. On January 9, 1993, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Kelli McGlaughlin. He was an insurance agent. Mr. DeBoard was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Church for twenty-five years.

He is survived by his wife, Kelli DeBoard, of the family home; three children, Zachary DeBoard, Gavin DeBoard and Eli DeBoard, all of the family home; parents, Gary and Janice DeBoard, West Plains, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Ella Drumright, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Meggan Richardson, husband, Lance, West Plains, Missouri; and one nephew, Jaxon Richardson.

His paternal grandparents, Roy and Leota DeBoard and one uncle, Danny DeBoard, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.