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Archive for November, 2012

Mary J. Bowman Utter, 50, of Mountain Home passed away Wednesday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Ricky Utter of Mountain Home; three daughters, Angela Bowman and Kayla Foster, both of Fifty Six and Jessica Bowman of Mountain Home; step son, Russell Utter of Mountain Home; her mother, Katherine Bowman of Mountain Home; four sisters; a brother and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Norfork Lake Baptist Church with Pastor Hershel Conley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

A full obituary may be found at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Charles Delmer Hankins, 74, Liberty, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hankins died Thursday, November 8, 2012, at his home.

He was born May 6, 1938, at DePaul, Iowa, to Delmer Claude and Eleanor Mae Bateham Hankins. Before his retirement, Mr. Hankins was a bookkeeper at McLean Trucking and was a member of the Teamsters Union. Mr. Hankins was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two children, Charles Dean Hankins, Kansas City, Missouri and Specialist Jeff Hankins, wife, Sindi, Fort Riley, Kansas; two grandchildren, Justin Hankins and Caleb Hankins; one brother, Claude Hankins, Marshall, Missouri; two sisters, Beverly McCrackin and Barbara Wood, husband, Robert, both of Liberty, Missouri; sister-in-law, Bonnie Hankins, Farmington, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Jackie Pressley, Liberty, Missouri.

His parents, two brothers, Arnold Dean and Ronald Gene Hankins and one sister, Sharon Sue Hankins, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Wayside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Wayside Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

A Memorial Service for Ada Marie Reich, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012, at First General Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Reich died at 3:00 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born May 19, 1924, at Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Wirt McDaniel Ward and Sarah Ada Gillreath Ward. On September 20, 1943, she was married at Reno, Nevada to Frue William Reich, who preceded her in death on January 1, 2000. Mrs. Reich had worked at Maid-Rite Drive In, International Shoe Factory and with her husband, owned a farm at Pottersville, Missouri.

She is survived by two brothers, Roy Ward, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Gerald Sanders, West Plains, Missouri; and two special sisters-in-law, Donna Duggins and Charlotte Reich.

Her parents, husband, one sister, Minnie Mae Ward and two brothers, Harold Ward and Bobby Sanders, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or charity of choice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services will be held at a later date for Robert Verne “Bob” Winkler, Jr., 61, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Winkler died at 10:55 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born February 1, 1951, at Burlington, Iowa, to the late Robert Verne Winkler, Sr. and Carrie Lawing Winkler. Mr. Winkler graduated from West Plains Senior High School with the Class of 1968. On December 1, 1967, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Linda Roll, and to this union, one daughter, Deena, was born. On November 12, 1974, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Debbie Doseff, to this union, four children were born, Melissa, Christina, Robert and Michael. Mr. Winkler was a self-employed mechanic and had worked at Marathon Electric for eighteen years. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Mr. Winkler was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by three children, Deena Kabler, husband, Barry, Sedalia, Missouri, Melissa Winkler, significant other, Brandon Hicks and Christina Blair, husband, Brad, all of West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Kasey Kabler, Lasey Kabler, Tyler Lewis, Jayden Lewis, Shayden Lewis, Ashley Blair and C. B. Blair; one sister, April Bandy, husband, Alan, Willow Springs; three nieces, Karma Bandy, Krista Hendrix and Kari Bandy.

His parents and two sons, Robert Vern Winkler and Michael James Winkler, precede him in death.

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

Funeral services for Elmer Stoney “Buddy” Phelps, 52, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Phelps died 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his home. He was born February 19, 1960 at Kansas City, Missouri to Donna Rae Fox Phelps and the late Elmer Albert “Bud” Phelps. In 1981, he was married at Carlsbad, new Mexico to Rae Lynn Fierro and to this union one son, Maynard, was born. Mr. Phelps loved deer and coon hunting, scuba diving and his Harley Davidson.

He is survived by one son, Maynard Phelps, wife, Julie, Carlsbad, New Mexico; his mother, Donna Phelps, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Michael DeMoss, wife, Carol, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, “Midge” Dawson, husband, Ron, West Plains, Missouri; aunts and uncles, Bub Kelley and Larry and Peggy Wright, all of West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His father, grandmother, Clara Kelley and grandfather, Earl Kelley, precede him in death.

Mr. Phelps will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13th, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Grove Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com

Della M. Royer, 74, a resident of Gamaliel passed away November 8, 2012, in Mountain Home.

She was born October 1, 1938, in Industry, Illinois to the late, George Samuel and Francis McClain Farr. She married Lyle Dean Royer on December 23, 1957, in Colchester, Illinois. Della was a life member of the American Legion Libertyville, Illinois Post and was of the Methodist faith. She loved quilting, knitting and crocheting. Della was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Lyle Royer of Gamaliel; two sons, Mark Royer of Bloomfield, Indiana and Sid Royer of Gamaliel; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Richard Douglas of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Heather Halverson of Boulder, Colorado, Emily Royer of Windsor, Colorado, Alicia Morris and Bryant Royer, both of Mountain Home and Christopher Royer of Gamaliel and five great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2012, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

Funeral service for Billy Joe Lovelace, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Ron Blanks officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. Mr. Lovelace died November 9, 2012 at his home in West Plains.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 12, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemtery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

John Preston Mulligan, 89, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society.

He was born July 4, 1923, in Walhalla, South Carolina to the late John Preston and Mary Cox Mulligan. John married Marijane Schoolcraft on September 30, 1944, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He retired from the maintenance department at Western Michigan University in 1986. He was a member of the Mall City Barber Shop Chorus for 12 years in Kalamazoo, Michigan. John relocated to Mountain Home from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a member of The River Bible Church in Mountain Home. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marijane Mulligan; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy Kay and Phillip Van Dyke of Beaverton, Oregon and Marcia Ann Lamakul of Gassville; five grandchildren and their spouses, Christopher and Laurel Lamakul of Texas, Eric and Anna Smeltzer of Mountain Home, Stephen and Alissa Mynhier of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Conrad Van Dyke of Oregon and Rachel Van Dyke of Oregon; eight great grandchildren, Elizabeth Cronk of Texas, Suzanne Van Dyke of Oregon, Kara and Mandelyn Smeltzer, both of Mountain Home, Jenna and Leah Mynhier, both of South Carolina, Christian Mynhier of South Carolina and Kingston Lamakul of Texas and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2012, at The River Bible Church, 3395 Highway 62 East, Mountain Home, Arkansas with Pastor Eric Smeltzer officiating.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012, at McMinn Memory Gardens in Athens, Tennessee. Burial will follow under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The River Bible Church, 3395 Highway 62 East, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

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

Funeral services for Jessie Lorene Story Wheeler Hitzfield, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hitzfield died at 8:50 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at her home.

She was born March 12, 1944, at Houston, Missouri, to Jesse Clarence Story and Nora Alwilda Candace Gordon Story Dunnigan. Jessie graduated from the eighth grade at Willow Springs Junior High School and later attained her GED. She waitressed and worked at the Trophy Plant and later became a CNA and worked at Willow Health Care, NHC and Brooke Haven. She was a devoted mother to her three children, Allan, Debbie and Tamela, whom she raised on her own. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reupholstering furniture, embroidery, spending time with friends and family but most of all going to yard sales with her youngest daughter, Tamela. Jessie was baptized and was a member of Lost Camp Baptist Church. She raised her children in church and shared the love of Jesus Christ with them.

She is survived by three children, Alan Dudgeon, wife, Tami, Debbie Dudgeon Walker, husband, Bobby and Tamela Wheeler; her seven loving grandchildren, Tasha Phegley, husband, Anthony, Lane Dudgeon, Tate Dudgeon, Christy Hicks, husband, Joel, Dalton Woodley, wife, Shakara, Keenan Walker and Cheylyn Walker; great-grandchildren, whom were very special to her heart, Hunter Hicks, Braxton, Emmalynn, Scott and Gavin Phegley, as well as awaiting arrival of two more precious great-grandbabies to add to her family tree; one brother, John Story; two sisters, Irma Jones, husband, Gaylon, and Melba Rothermich, husband, Tom; two half-brothers, Tommy and Sam Story; two half-sisters, Patty Boze and Millie Wooten; special “son” Gerald Drumright; “grandchildren”, Jana Drumright and Scott Drumright; “great-grandchildren”, Sofia and Layden Hernandez; many nieces and nephews; her church family; and numerous friends.

Her parents, four brothers, five sisters, four half-sisters as well as two special people, Howard Alan Dudgeon and Lloyd Wheeler, precede her in death.

She will always be remembered as a wonderful loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Those who crossed her path knew she was a fun and caring individual. She will be remembered and missed in the hearts of all.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, mailed to the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775 or may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Sheiron Kay “Walker” Hutchison, 62, passed away Nov. 5 at Shady Oaks Healthcare Center in Thayer.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 9 at 2 PM at Black Jack Church in Dora, with burial in Trail Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM to service time at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to a donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome.com

Sheiron was born June 22, 1950 in Ava to Sammy and Avenell (Wilson) Walker. She was blessed with three sons.

She enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to church and loved music and to dance.

Sheiron was preceded by her parents, Sammy and Avenel, one son, Jonathan Schroeder, and a brother, Sammie Lee Walker.

Sheiron is survived by two sons, Max Schroeder and wife Cheryl of Waiko, HI; Tommy Driskell and wife Amanda, Dora MO; eight grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.