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Archive for August, 2012

Robert G. Moore, 69, a resident of Whiteville passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at his residence.

He was born January 6, 1943, in Hornell, New York to the late Harold and Eileen Pearl Boyd Moore. Robert graduated in 1960 from the University of Connecticut as a certified welder. After working as a welder for several years Robert returned to the University of Connecticut where he graduated in 1970 from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a farrier. He relocated to Gassville from Hornell, New York in 1981 continuing his work as a farrier for Cox Western World and then Trimble Stables. Robert worked as a farrier for over 40 years. He loved making horseshoe art, building smokers and grills and barbecuing for family and friends. Robert was a friend of Bill W for over 31 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Robert George Moore, Jr.

Survivors include his fiancé, Suzie Worsley of Whiteville; his daughter, Amy Beatty of Mountain Home; a brother, John Moore of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Damon, Kiley and Allie Berry, all of Mountain Home and two nephews, Brian and Chris Moore, both of Montana.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Bar None Cowboy Church, 44 Arrowleaf Lane (County Road 15) in Midway with Bro. Terry Ott officiating.

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

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

Lee G. Hammond, 92, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born February 13, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Lee V. and Georgette Durant Hammond. Mr. Hammond was a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. After his military service he attended the University of Illinois and then was an electrician for Meyercord in Carol Stream, Illinois. He married Maggie L. Swanson on September 29, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009 Mr. and Mrs. Hammond relocated to Mountain Home from Des Plaines, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Maggie Hammond of Mountain Home; a son, Denis Hammond of Mountain Home; two grandchildren, Justin L. Hammond of Genoa City, Wisconsin and Ginger L. Hammond of Greeneville, Tennessee and two great grandchildren, Nicole and Nathan Hammond, both of Genoa City, Wisconsin.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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

A Memorial service for Roy Ed Johnston, 50, Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Fowler Chapel Church, Caulfield, Missouri.

Mr. Johnston died at 6:08 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born September 12, 1961, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Edsel and Cleta Harper Johnston. Mr. Johnston was a member of Fowler Chapel Church.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Edsel and Joy Johnston, Caulfield, Missouri; three children, Belinda Johnston, Essex, Missouri, Roy Johnston, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia and Elizabeth Johnston, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren; one brother, Richard Johnston, Caulfield, Missouri; three sisters, Rhonda Watkins, husband, Gary, Caulfield, Missouri, Rita Johnston, Springfield, Missouri and Russella Pyatt, husband, Mike, Pottersville, Missouri; mother of his children, Claudene; special friend, Brian Borovicka, Springfield, Missouri and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

His mother and one brother, Roger, precede him in death.

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

Funeral services for Joe Paul Evans, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the West Plains Civic Center Theater under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mayor Joe Paul Evans, the son of Joe Ray and Vivian Lucy Harrison Evans, was born on November 25, 1930 at West Plains, Missouri. He entered into eternal rest on August 18, 2012 at the age of eighty-one years. His parents, wife, and one son, Gary, preceded him in death.

He is survived by three children: Dr. Randall Evans, West Plains, Missouri; Dr. Susan Barger, husband, Charles, Lexington, Virginia; and The Honorable David Evans, wife, Sandy, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Kristin Bunnell, husband, David, and their children David O. and Harper Kay; Evans Wittenberg, Aaron Evans, Anna Wittenberg, Matthew Evans, and David A. Evans; one brother: Captain Steven Evans, wife, Kathryn, West Plains, Missouri; brother-in-law Charles Stein, wife, Patty, Springfield, Missouri; sister-in-law Deana Gleghorn, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

Joe lived a good life. Growing up in the family home on Grace Avenue in West Plains, Joe loved, respected, and admired his parents, and brother Steve, and was loved deeply in return. His father, Joe Ray, was his son’s lifetime hero. His dad’s inner strength, integrity, and strong work ethic served as a guiding light to his son his entire life.

On March 12, 1949, Joe married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Helen Marie Stein. Joe and Helen “secretly” eloped to Salem, Arkansas, but were surprised to learn when they returned that the entire school and their parents had already learned of their secret. Helen was the joy of his life, and her death in 2010 left a void in his heart. He looked forward to the day that he and Helen would be together again.

Joe was a strong Christian, and an active lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains, serving his church and faith in many ways including volunteering as chairman of the Board of Trustees for many years. His family is comforted in knowing that Joe and Helen are together again with their parents, son, and their Lord.

Over his lifetime, Joe had many careers. He was a businessman, owning and operating men’s clothing stores (including Evans Mens and Boys Wear) for over 30 years. He also worked as a Regional Economic Development Specialist and later as Development Director for the City of West Plains and Chamber of Commerce. He worked countless hours over the years to bring to and expand many businesses in the West Plains area, including Marathon Electric, Arlee Home Fashions, DRS, and Caterpillar, and helped bring and develop the industrial park at Pomona.

Joe dedicated his life to helping others. He gave over six decades of service to his community and to West Plains – the town and people he loved. He served as Mayor for the City of West Plains from 1999 until his death. Perhaps no other mayor has been nor will be remembered as he will for heartfelt passion and commitment to the job.

He and many other leaders campaigned for and supported creation of the West Plains Civic Center, expansion of parks and recreation, including Galloway Park, street and highway improvements, and was a strong supporter of the police and fire departments. He also dedicated his life to creation and growth of the Missouri State University campus, and expansion of the Ozarks Medical Center hospital.

His warm smile, positive attitude, and welcoming manner made Joe special to so many people. He was always one of the first to extend a welcoming hand of friendship to visitors and new neighbors in the community.

Joe also volunteered for many years in leadership roles with the West Plains Lions Club, the West Plains Rotary Club, the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, and Chamber of Commerce.

He was active in the Boy Scout and Little League programs, and served as coach and leader for generations of kids. He was active in sports, sponsoring and coaching men’s softball teams, as well as enjoying bowling – partnering in building a new bowling alley in the 1960s.

For his life of service, Joe has been recognized with the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2010 Missouri State University Granvil Vaughan Award, where he was described as West Plains’ “biggest cheerleader.”

Joe was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family and was loved and respected in return. When asked by his grandson what he would do with his life if given another chance, he laughed and said, “I wouldn’t change a thing, I have lived the best life I could hope for.” Joe will be missed, but will never be forgotten.

Mr. Evans will lie in state from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church; to the Friends of Galloway Park or to the Boys and Girls Club both through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

A Memorial service for Franklin Delano Hardin, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Assembly of God Church, Pomona, Missouri.

Mr. Hardin died at 11:08 a.m., Sunday, August 19, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born August 25, 1936, in Howell County, Missouri, to Coleman David Hardin and Oda Missouri Bridges Hardin. Before his retirement, Mr. hardin was employed at the Boeing Company, Wichita, Kansas.

He is survived by his son, Cole Hardin, Wichita, Kansas; three step-children, Joy Brown, Wichita, Kansas, Patrick Shelley, Wichita, Kansas and Dana Ratliff, Blackwell, Oklahoma; one brother, James W. Hardin, Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sisters, Veda M. Roets, Altoona, Kansas and Susan Austin, Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, Lisa, brothers, George Lee, Roy Coleman, Francis Truman and Joseph Calloway Hardin and one sister, Vera M. Taylor, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jackie “Allen” Followell, 56, a resident of Bull Shoals went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 19, 2012 at his parents’ home in Fairview.

He was born December 9, 1955, in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Jackie W. and Mildred F. Jauch Followell. Allen loved to scuba dive, swim, fish, play cribbage and was a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He retired from Checker Motors after 26 years of service as a punch press operator. Allen was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Terry Followell.

He is survived by his father and step mother, Jackie W. and Priscilla Followell of Fairview; a son, Jay Whalen of New York; a nephew, Michael Followell of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; numerous aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 21, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Backus officiating. Interment will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Maureen Byrne, 76, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, in Mountain Home.

She was born July 13, 1936 in New York, New York to the late John Francis Lynch, Sr. and Bridget Grace Conley.

She is survived locally by her husband, Palmer Byrne of Mountain Home.

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

Ruth Eleanor Barnhurst, age 82, daughter of Charles H. Holmes and Ruth (Sicker) Holmes, was born May 8, 1930 in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. She died August 17, 2012 at her home in Elk Creek, Missouri.

She married William H. Barnhurst on November 23, 1946 at Mount Holly, NJ. They had five children.

The Barnhursts moved to the Elk Creek area November 1971. She was a member of the Houston Seventh-day Adventist Church. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Kabul Nursing Home and later provided elderly home healthcare. She enjoyed frequenting yard sales and harvesting millions of black walnuts from her farm. Her delight for taking a swim on a hot summer’s day and her love for Christ were unmatched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David and Robert Holmes, one sister, Ethel Matthews, her husband William, and son William Barnhurst, Jr.

Surviving are her children; Hope Ruth (John) Gipe of Cascade, MD, Robert (Darlene) Barnhurst of Berrien Springs, MI, Richard Barnhurst of Plymouth, MN, and Dale (Carol) Barnhurst of Collinsville, IL; a sister, Irene Reed of VA and a brother, Charles Holmes of NJ; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10-11 AM Friday August 24, 2012 in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Houston, MO. A Memorial Service will be 11AM-12 PM Friday August 24, 2012 in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Houston, MO. Body was cremated.

Funeral services for Mary Ruth Fare, 86, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2012, at Fowler Chapel, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fare died at 7:02 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2012, at her home.

She was born June 9, 1926, at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, to Alonzo and Zaylor Ann Sweet Hobbs. On July 21, 1946, she was married in Howell County, Missouri, to Sherman Paul Lester Fare, who preceded her in death on May 23, 2010. Mrs. Fare was well respected, loved and honored by all that knew her. She was a very dedicated and loving wife, mother and granny and was always the first to offer her warm smile and love to her family, as well as to remind them when they were wrong. Granny will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. “We love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!” Mrs. Fare was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her two children, Patsy Pounds, husband, Carlos, and Paul E. Fare, wife, Lorrita; two grandchildren, Pamala Sisney, husband, Shannon, Clayborn Fare, and Meagan Bradshaw; two great-grandchildren, Kendra and Chloe Sisney, all of Caulfield, Missouri, where Mr. and Mrs. Fare made their home for over forty years. She is also survived by five brothers, Alonzo Hobbs, Jr., Jerry Hobbs, wife, Linda, L.Z. Hobbs, wife, Betty, Billy Hobbs, wife, Julie and J. D. Hobbs, wife, Lorene; one sister, Bonnie Hobbs Fare, husband, Ralph; and a host of extended family, friends, neighbors and loved ones.

Her parents, husband, and one brother, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Big Springs 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.

Funeral Services for Harold Dean Murfin, a resident of Springfield, will be held Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 Pm at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville.

Visitation for Harold Murfin will be held at Bradford Funeral Home, Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 PM.

Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Hartshorn under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.