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Archive for August, 2012

Robert M. “Bob” Berry, 65, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born October 24, 1946, in Malvern Arkansas to the late John M. “Toby” and Dorothy Davis Berry. Bob worked as an independent commercial real estate broker and developer and was the former owner of the Ramada Inn in Paragould. He relocated to Mountain Home in 2006 from Little Rock and Horn Lake, Mississippi. Bob married Virginia Ann Brooks on July 3, 2007, in Yellville. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Faith Opal Berry.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Berry of Mountain Home; a son, Robert Jr. “Buster” Berry of Little Rock. a sister and brother-in-law; Peggy and Don Alpe of Bryant; two grandchildren, Hunter and Caleb Berry, both of Little Rock.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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

Funeral services for Wendell Arthural Collins, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Howell Valley Chapel, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 7:31 a.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born November 5, 1925, in Ozark County, near Dora, Missouri to Jasper Sherman Collins and Alta Jane Russell Collins. Mr. Collins graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1943; and on March 20, 1946, was married at Quartzsite, Arizona, to Zoe Wynema LaPlante, who preceded him in death on September 11, 2009. Mr. Collins was a veteran having served with the United States Army and United States Navy during the Pacific Theatre of War. He worked at Fairchild Aircraft before moving back to West Plains in 1958. He owned and operated the Ranch House Restaurant and Station and was a cattleman and farmer. Mr. Collins was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan; he always looked forward to baseball season every year. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones.

He is survived by three children, Colin Collins, wife, Leslie, Mark Collins, wife, Ruby and Colleen Pelton, husband, Kevin, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Sarah Howerton, Amber Light, Carrie Collins, Casey Collins, Wade Collins and Lidia Collins; seven great-grandchildren, Molly Collins, Bryant Collins, Morgan Light, Lauryn Gray, Collin Gray, Emma Tinsley and Annabella Tinsley; sister-in-law, Maxine Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, grandson, Michael Collins, three brothers, Marvin, Basil and J D Collins, and two sisters-in-law, Gladys and Rosa Collins, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Chapter of Future Farmers of America, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Robert Lee Williams age 36, son of Robert C. and Jessie Sarah (Johnson) Williams was born on December 17th 1975 in Mountain Grove, MO. He passed away on August 27, 2012 in Springfield, MO.

He graduated with his class of 1994 from Houston High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Williams, Grandparents Robert and Ina Williams of Houston, MO and Lee and Myrtle Johnson of Cabool, MO.

He was the loving father to Alleson Dawn Williams and Robert Chrisphor Williams of the home, who survive him. He is also survived by his Mother, Jessie Williams, one brother Joe Williams of Houston, MO, two sisters Dawn Williams of Houston, MO and Amanda Williams Hoover and husband Ken of Nixa, MO; Nephews Tyler Ice, Michael Stanton, Zac Williams, Quinton Foster, Trae Foster, Bailey Williams and Clayton Williams. He also leaves his fiancé Billie Jo Springer, who has been continually by his side and his beloved Dog Twitch.

Robert who was known as Peanut to all his friends, worked many years at O.K. Tire. He never met a stranger and made many many friends wherever he went.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four wheeling and playing Xbox and PlayStation 2 games with his children. He loved his family very much and any time spent with them was very special.

He will be missed by all those who knew him and loved him.

Services were Friday August 31st, at 11 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Rev. John Wisdom officiated with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Myron Downey, Derick Baldwin, Tim Williams, TJ McConnaughay, Joe Williams, Damon Foster. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Robert Williams Memorial Fund. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com

Funeral services for Nola Velma White, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. White died at 2:48 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at her home.

She was born March 22, 1918, at Roosevelt in Douglas County, Missouri, to John Thomas Thornton and Ada Francis Pittman Thornton. On July 5, 1935, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Harley White, who preceded her in death on November 24, 1995. Before her retirement, Mrs. White was employed with Conaway-Winter in Willow Springs, Missouri, for eighteen years. She loved spending time with her family and friends; quilting and gardening were her passion. Mrs. White was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three children, Kenith White, wife, Irene, West Plains, Missouri, JoAnn Wiese, husband, Arnold, Willow Springs, Missouri and Dale White, wife, Vurna, West Plains, Missouri; son-in-law, Donald Sneed; fourteen grandchildren, Sheryl Ford, Merline Luton, husband, Jerry, David Wiese, wife, Krista, Branton White, Kenitha Aikman, husband, Jim, Richard White, wife, Anna, Dane Wiese, wife, Emma, Rachell Tomlinson, husband, Ronald, Jennifer Henson, husband, Mike, Heather White, Christopher Woolbright, wife, Samantha, Charles Sneed, Josh Sneed and Chris Sneed; nineteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Opal Clinton, Willow Springs, Missouri, Christine Altermatt, Mountain View, Missouri and Lawanda Towell, Manis, Missouri; special friends and neighbors, Linda and Martin Beljean; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, daughter, Elaine Francis White-Sneed, grandson Michael White, grandson-in-law, Robert Ford, five brothers, Loyd, Marvin, Gene, Orvil and Ray Thornton and two sisters, Orpha Clinton and Treva Thornton, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornton Cemetery or College of the Ozarks, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Robert M. “Bob” Berry, 65, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born October 24, 1946, in Malvern Arkansas to the late John M. “Toby” and Dorothy Davis Berry. Bob worked as an independent commercial real estate broker and developer and was the former owner of the Ramada Inn in Paragould. He relocated to Mountain Home in 2006 from Little Rock and Horn Lake, Mississippi. Bob married Virginia Ann Brooks on July 3, 2007, in Yellville. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Faith Opal Berry.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Berry of Mountain Home; a son, Robert Jr. “Buster” Berry of Little Rock. a sister and brother-in-law; Peggy and Don Alpe of Bryant; two grandchildren, Hunter and Caleb Berry, both of Little Rock.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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

Ethan Thomas Barnes, 20, a resident of Jordan passed away Monday, August 27, 2012, at the Community Medical Center of Izard County in Calico Rock.

He was born February 8, 1992, in Poteau, Oklahoma to John David and Brenda Lynn Johnson Barnes. Ethan was a 2010 graduate of Norfork High School where he played basketball, baseball and track. He loved fishing, camping, hiking and just being outdoors. Ethan was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his daughter, Maci May Barnes of Norfork; his former wife, Jessica Barnes of Norfork; his mother, Brenda Barnes of Mountain Home; his second parents, Mark and Ladell Williams of Jordan; his maternal grandmother, Paula Lewis of Sulphur, Oklahoma; four brothers, Flint and Jeremy Barnes, both of Wilburton, Oklahoma and Slade and Blake Williams, both of Jordan; two sisters, Melanie Mahoney of Wilburton, Oklahoma and Elizabeth Tilley of Cotter; numerous aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2012, at the Norfork Baptist Church with Mr. Bobby Hulse and Rev. David Wiley officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home in Mountain Home.

Pallbearers will be Flint Barnes, James May, Scott Woods, Chris Woods, Hayden Williams, Slade Williams and Blake Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, 14215 Arkansas 5, Norfork, AR 72658.

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

Funeral services for Ernestine L. Wilson, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the Trinity Worship Center in West Plains under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilson passed away Sunday, August 26, 2012 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She went to eternal glory surrounded by her loving family. Ernestine Wilson was born March 16, 1937 in White Church, Missouri to Ralph O. Henry and Hollis Hendrix Henry. She received her early education at White Church, Missouri, graduating from the West Plains High School in 1954. She attended Cosmetology School in Springfield, Missouri and worked at the Arcade Beauty Shop in West Plains, Missouri. On February 26, 1960, she was married at Peace Valley, Missouri to Earl Dean Wilson, who survived. Mrs. Wilson worked as a file clerk at the Missouri Southern Bank and was a homemaker. She enjoyed classic car activities as a member of the West Plains Car Club. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Trinity Worship Center in West Plains and the Auxiliary of Gideon’s International holding numerous offices and camp level.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Dean Wilson, of the family home; two sons, Jerry D. Wilson, wife, Darlene, West Plains, Missouri and Danny L. Wilson, wife, Stacey, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Michael L. Wilson, wife, Rose, West Plains, Missouri, Brendon Wilson, Kansas City, Missouri, Keegan Wilson, West Plains, Missouri and Neal Wilson, State of Alabama; step-granddaughter, Chelsea Murrell, Koshkonong, Missouri; great-grandsons, Zack and Chase Wilson, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Earl Henry, wife, Pam, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Edna Kincheloe, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Karen Henry, White Church, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, Ralph and Hollis Henry, and one brother, Eldon Henry, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.

Although Mrs. Wilson was an avid flower lover, she had a desire to see people have a copy of God’s Holy word. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Gideon’s International and leave them at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Virginia Lee Leitner, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Leitner died at 11:34 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born March 30, 1930 at Thomasville, Missouri to Charles Layton Green and Nancy Perkins Green. She was married to Ward Leitner. Mrs. Leitner held an Associate’s Degree and had been employed in the medical field as a nurse. She was a loving and understanding mother and grandmother; one who loved children and will be missed by many. Mrs. Leitner was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two children, Cindy Comstock, West Plains, Missouri and Ward Leitner; five grandchildren, Brandy Johnson, Justin Comstock, Trista Decker, Julian Comstock and Renita Decker; three great-grandchildren, Valley, Emma and Lydia; one brother, Philip Green, wife, Virginia; special friend, Jesse Davis, Okeechobee, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Faron Wayne, one brother and three sisters precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the New Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Bill Holifield, 56, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at White Oak Cemetery, Caulfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Holifield died at 1:40 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at his home.

He was born December 26, 1955, at Paragould, Arkansas, to Billie Devon Holifield and Doris Jene Halfacre Holifield. He graduated from Bakersfield High School. On May 5, 2001, he was married at Cooks Landing in Ozark County, Missouri, to Linda Flood. Mr. Holifield was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force. Before his retirement, he was a lineman. Mr. Holifield was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Holifield, of the family home; two children, Alecia Marcak, West Plains, Missouri and Jarred Fienhold, Caulfield, Missouri; his parents, Billie and Doris Holifield; one stepson, Johnny Bales, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Steve Holifield, Austin, Texas and one sister, Teresa Owens, husband, Bob, Tecumseh, Missouri.

His grandparents precede him in death.

Mr. Holifield will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Mike Jones, age 55, of Licking passed away August 29,2012 at Ozark Medical Center, West Plains, MO.

Survived by wife Elaine of the home, 2 daughters: Kayleann Jones of the home, Llonda “Scooter” Jones of St. Louis,MO, sisters: Llonda Jones of Licking and Patty Coats Bucyrus, MO

Visitation will be Tuesday,August 28,2012, 6-8 P.M. at Fox Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, August 29,2012 , 10:00 A.M. at Fox Chapel . Interment Boone Creek Cemetery. Under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking,MO.