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Archive for September, 2012

Funeral services for Linda Lois Brewer, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brewer died at 7:05 a.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 18, 1930, at Ott, Arkansas, to Tommy and Edith Tackett Durham. She graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1948. On January 29, 1949, she was married to Mike Lane, and to this union a son was born. On December 16, 1972, she was married at Eudora, Kansas, to Dale Brewer, who preceded her in death on May 2, 2008. Linda was a member of Central Church of Christ. She retired as Section Manager at Hallmark Cards after thirty years. Linda spent most of her retirement years singing at the high rises, nursing homes and oil painting, traveling and playing golf.

She is survived by one son, Danny Lane, wife, Linda, DeSoto, Kansas; three grandchildren, Kirk Lane, wife, Kerry, Bryan Lane and Nickie Fulk, husband, Chad; four great-grandchildren; three step-children, Kathy Morrow, husband, Steve, South Carolina, Scott Brewer, Kansas City, Missouri and Tracy Martin, husband, Emmit, Leavenworth, Kansas; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one brother, JT Durham, wife, Faye, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Dorothy Coldiron, husband, Paul, West Plains, Missouri; five half-brothers and one half-sister in the Durham family, Alva, John E., Thomas, Jimmy, Tilman and Margie Horton.

Her parents, husband, two sisters and two half-brothers, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Johnny Ray Hicks, 64, Mountain Grove, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Living Stones Assembly of God Church, Mountain Grove, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hicks died at 4:12 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born October 16, 1947, at Pumpkin Center, Missouri, to Crawford H. and Gertha Agnes Gilbert Hicks. On December 31, 1966, he was married at West Plains, to Shirlen Sue Wilson. Mr. Hicks was a route salesman for Sears and Brown Furniture and a route driver for Holsum Bread. He enjoyed music, golf and fishing. Mr. Hicks was a member of Living Stones Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Hicks, of the family home; one son, Kevin Ray Hicks, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Kobe Ray and Devin; two sisters, Lois Ellison, husband Bill, West Plains, Missouri and Velma Jane Robinson, husband, Bob, Mountain Home, Arkansas; and many friends.

His parents, three half –brothers, Norman, Chester and Lewis Hicks, one half-sister, Allie Butcher and his grandpa and grandma, who raised him, Johnny and Estella Gilbert, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Collins Cemetery or Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Martha Cecelia Kempf, 93, Sarasota, Florida and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kempf died peacefully at 4:10 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. She was born April 8, 1919 at Altoona, Pennsylvania to William and Ulita Swartzle Peiffer. On December 8, 1944, she was married at Washington, DC to William Henry Kempf who preceded her in death on October 24, 1999. William and Martha lived off of BB Highway in West Plains from 1978 until William’s death in 1999. They were member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoyed their many friends and acquaintances during their retirement years in West Plains.

Martha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and servant of the Lord. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Charles “Chubby” De Loach, 70 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died Tuesday, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Survived by his wife Johnnie De Loach of the home, Sons, Darren De Loach of Cape Girardeau, MO and Michael De Loach of Springfield, MO, daughter, Rachael Kilmer of Springfield, MO, Step son Kelly Baker of Millington, TN, Step Daughter Rhonda Stroud of Glencoe, AR.sisters, Lottie MacMahon, Betty Culbreath, Shirley Moore and Phyllis Henley; 10 grand children; 1 great grand child. He is preceded in death by his parents F W and Betty “Roberts” De Loach and a brother Leon De Loach

Visitation will be from 6:00pm till 8:00pm Thursday at Ash Flat Church of Christ, Funeral service will be 10:00am Friday at the church. Interment will be in Nettleton Cemetery at 3:00pm. Under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.heathfuneralhome.net

Kalvin Ott Ray Kelly was born Sept 11, 2012 at 10:01 am in Springfield, Missouri. He went to sleep peacefully wrapped in the arms of his mom and dad, surrounded by family, and met the eyes of Jesus Sept. 14, 2012.

Pumpkin Seed a miracle from God a dream come true. Our greatest blessing was having you. Only here 3 short days Pumpkin Seed touched countless lives, brought tears of joy then tears of sorrow. The purity of Kalvin’s spirit lives on in everything beautiful, good and right. The footprints Pumpkin Seed left etched in our lives are etched in our hearts forever.

Kalvin Ott Ray Kelly leaves at home parents Monica and Kevin Kelly of Birch Tree, Great Grandma Beulah Kelly, and Grandparents Willie and Danny Price, Melba and Shannon Kelly, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He joined Great Grandparents Otto Kelly, Nona and Roy Rogers, and Ollie Montee; along with cousins Jina & Jana DeRay Grandstaff, and Joseph Plybon.

Graveside services for Bert Ephram Coble, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Coble died at 12:10 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born April 16, 1918, at Dora, Missouri, to George William Coble and Stella Collins Coble. On October 1, 1941, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Daisy May Bauer, who preceded him in death January 27, 2009. Mr. Coble was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He was a farmer and attended Second Baptist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Francis Catherine, Phoenix, Arizona; one grandchild, Cynthia Collins, West Plains, Missouri, two great-grandchildren, Daniel Collins and Shontay Collins; one great-great-grandchild, Skyy Collins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife and several brothers and sisters, precede him in death.

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 Catrina Lou Collins, 43, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Collins died at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born July 22, 1969, at Elk City, Oklahoma, to Gene and Mildred Jones Welch. She was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Leland Collins. Mrs. Collins was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Leland Collins, of the family home; five children, Britne Brown, Lana Adams, husband, Kent, Sabrina Welch, Justin Brown, wife, Kara and Tisha Brown, all of West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren; her parents, Gene and Mildred Welch, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Ronald Welch, wife, Rita, Enoch, Oklahoma; two sisters, Lanettia Evans, husband, Darrell, and Sondra Welch, all of West Plains, Missouri; father-in-law, Herman Collins, wife, Sharon, Grand Rapids, Michigan; mother-in-law, Debbie Vigdal, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; brother-in-law, Michael Collins, wife, Beth, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Nicole Collins and Heather Stewart, husband, Alex, West Plains; and two nephews, Tyler and Aiden, West Plains, Missouri.

Her aunt, Shirley Pruitt, precedes her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Olden, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Mary Elizabeth Casper, 73, a resident of Yellville formerly of Mt. Judea passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, at her son’s home in Yellville.

She was born April 30, 1939, in Mishawaka, Indiana to Arthur and Florence Crain Klein. Mary was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Arthur and Bill Klein.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Capser of Yellville and Robert John “R.J.” Casper of Russellville; three daughters, Lena Murray of Flippin, Lora VanScoy of Everton and Lisa Nichols of Benton; three sisters, Dakres Bickel, Ann Branson and Margaret Austin; 14 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A private memorial service was held in Yellville. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Mary Elizabeth Casper.

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

Richard Leon Bodenhamer, 84, was born on September 2, 1928 in Kansas City, MO to Harry Eual and Bessie Adelaide (Fleshman) Bodenhamer. He passed away September 15, 2012 at the Indian Creek Nursing Center, Overland Park, KS.

He lived most of his life in Kansas City, MO. He worked for Hostess, Taystee and Wonder bread for over 20 years. Later he became a security guard and armed guard for picking up money at various convenient stores.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; George Bodenhamer, his twin, Robert Bodenhamer, James Bodenhamer and Harry E. Bodenhamer, a sister Virginia and a son John R. Selleck.

He is survived by his sister, Ann Lukens, and his children; Michael A. Bodenhamer, Carol A. Chapman, Rick Bodenhamer and Karen Gavrilys.

Richard was in the Marines and Navy during WWII and the Korean War where he earned the Purple Heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 24, 2012 at Boone Creek Cemetery with Pastor David Barbee officiating. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Veva Maeola Montgomery, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Montgomery died at 11:45 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born January 27, 1928, at Rover, Missouri, to Elijah Sanford Trantham and Emma Jane Bay Ledbetter Trantham. She received her education in the Jolliff and Thomasville Schools and on September 27, 1946, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Hubert Franklin Montgomery, who preceded her in death on June 12, 2011.

Mrs. Montgomery has been an active member of Victoria Mission Church since 1942 and had served as assistant church secretary-treasurer and worship service pianist; she and Hubert were the original members of the Victoria Mission Quartet which performed at many gospel singings, funerals and nursing homes. She, along with her husband, founded the Dale Montgomery Memorial Library in honor of their son. She was actively involved in vacation bible school, crafts, baking and visitation. Mrs. Montgomery worked at the International Shoe Company in her early years and raised six boys. She was a talented crafts maker and seamstress and loved crocheting and making toys for her kids and grandkids, which she treasured. Mrs. Montgomery was known by many for her love of gardening; her and Hubert’s large garden produced fruits, vegetables and nuts for her family, relatives, area restaurants and grocery stores. She also loved refunding and couponing.

She is survived by five children, Jim Montgomery, West Plains; Jack Montgomery and wife, Denise, West Plains; John Montgomery and wife, Karen, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Greg Montgomery and wife, Brandi, West Plains; Mike Montgomery and wife, Kathy, Mountain Home, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Justin Montgomery, Quincy, Illinois; Michael Erixon, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Tiffany Montgomery and Emily Montgomery, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Landon Montgomery and Ryan Montgomery, West Plains; two brothers, Ronnie Trantham and Sanford Trantham and wife, Bernadine, West Plains; brother-in-law, Carl Montgomery and wife, Emmie, Aiken, South Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Irene Trantham and Mable Judd, West Plains; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Dale Montgomery, three brothers, Richard Trantham, Leo Ledbetter and Woodrow Ledbetter, five sisters, Thelma Lasater and husband Byron, Eva Montgomery and husband Herbert, Elila Redburn and husband Lloyd, Beulah Luna and husband Elbert and Marie Huffman and husband Arless, precede her in death.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Three Rivers Hospice and Brooke Haven Health Care for their care and compassion.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.