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Archive for November, 2012

Funeral services for Birdiemae Pierce, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pierce died at 6:23 a.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born September 11, 1923, at St. Louis, Missouri, to William Harvey Burch and Leona Magdalene Morrison Burch. On July 1, 1949, she was married at Overland, Missouri, to Walter James Pierce. She was a homemaker and enjoyed roller skating and dancing. Mrs. Pierce was of the Protestant faith and attended the Overland Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Pierce, of the family home; nieces and nephews, Sharon Eaves, husband, Richard, Cedar Hill, Missouri, Ron Burch, wife, Joyce, DeLand, Florida, Bill Birch, wife, Sally, St. Charles, Missouri and Linda Wilkens, Austin, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Alice Burch, Deland, Florida.

Her parents and two brothers, Harvey and Theodore Burch, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012 until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. 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.

Linda J. Kemp, 72, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

She was born December 22, 1939, in Gary, Indiana to the late Art and Lorene Kemp. Linda graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Business. She relocated to Mountain Home in 1981 from Texas. Linda owned the Leatherwood Book Store in Mountain Home. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arlene Holley.

Survivors include her nephew and his wife, David and Patti Holley of Gladstone, Missouri ; eight cousins, Mike Boyd (Betty) of Cary, North Carolina, Jerry Boyd (Dennis Kniat) of Chesterton, Indiana, Katy Varner (Dennis) of Louisville, Kentucky, Jim Wagner of Palm Coast, Florida, Bob Pope (Sandy) of Temperance, Michigan, Sue Miller of Wixom, Michigan, Pat Brown (Ray) of Eldridge, Iowa, Denise Bowling (Charlie) of Cincinnati, Ohio and brother-in-law, Mike Holley of Montalba, Texas.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 9, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Home, Arkansas with the Rev. Kenneth Taglauer officiating.

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

Larue Nipper Scoville, 85, of Mountain View, Missouri died November 1, 2012 at Mountain View Healthcare, Mountain View, Missouri. She was born September 4, 1927 in Fort Pierce, Florida, the daughter of James Henry and Lila N. (Cason) Nipper.

She was united in marriage to William Edward Scoville, who precedes her in death. She is also preceded by her son, Leonard R. Brown, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda R. Brown of Columbia, SC and special friends, Jack and Virginia Bowen of Mountain View.

Mrs. Scoville’s wishes were to be cremated with no services being held. Inurnment will be in Veterans Cemetery, Mountain View under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, MO.

Funeral services for Rex Henry, 69, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Langston Street Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Henry died at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1942 at West Plains, Missouri, to Tom B. and Ruth Adeline (Charles) Henry. He graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1961 and had attended the Missouri State University. On December 30, 1967, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Teresa Ann Langston. He was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He traveled much of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas and most recently, the Springfield area as a food broker for Acosta Foods. He served the West Plains Community as a member of the Park Board, Optimist Club and various civic organizations; he, also enjoyed his time spent with his grandchildren and working in his yard. Mr. Henry attended the Pomona Christian Church.

If you knew him, you loved him. Adored by his wife, kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends, Terry “Rex” Henry exuded the kind of quiet but magnetic energy that drew people – old and young – to him. Always smiling, cracking a joke, or laughing at someone else’s, he knew only how to be good, loving, kind and -without fail-to see the good in everyone he encountered. He never met a stranger and made a friend of any stranger he met. His life’s journey included being class president during his high school years, soldier during Vietnam, banker, “bologna peddler” (self-titled name for his food sales career), and golfer, but undoubtedly he would claim his greatest joy and most important role as family man. Humble, gentle, forgiving and loving, he epitomized the spirit of a godly man. His name was entered into the Book of Life at the age of 15 when he was saved and baptized and his family rejoices in the anticipation of seeing him again in heaven.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Henry, of the family home; two children, Melanie Williams, husband, Paul, Battlefield, Missouri and Brad Henry and friend, Lauren Sanders, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren; Abbi Montgomery and Gavin Roy; two brothers, O. D. Henry, wife, Lindy and Mike Henry; one sister, Susie Wallace; his step-grandchildren, Melanie William, Danielle Williams and Jordan Williams; two sisters-in-law, Treena Caton, husband, Owen and Brenda Land, husband, Larry; one brother-in-law, Larry Langston, wife, Kathy; his step-father-in-law, Elbert Surritte; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one grandson, Seth Roy, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Irene Langston, one sister-in-law, Karen Henry and two brothers-in-law, Kelly Wallace and Curtis Hardin, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3rd, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice and may be left at the funeral home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Kenneth Edward Girdley, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Girdley died at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at his home.

He was born December 22, 1927, at West Plains, Missouri, to Leslie and Inez Minch Girdley. Mr. Girdley was a veteran having served with the United States Army. On April 30, 1955, he was married at Fairbanks, Alaska, to Mamie Ruth Sheets, who preceded him in death on February 25, 1996. On June 11, 1997, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Betty Cantrell, who preceded him in death on November 1, 2010. Before his retirement, he was a rancher and was employed with the United States Government as a sign painter. Mr. Girdley was a Christian.

He is survived by four children, Bruce Girdley, wife, Sharon, Birch Tree, Missouri, Scott Girdley, wife, Sarah, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Kevin Girdley, wife, Jennifer, West Plains, Missouri and Larry Girdley, wife, Tracy, Bakersfield, Missouri; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Emil Girdley, wife, Lydia, West Plains, Missouri; several half-brothers and half-sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wives, one son, Michael Girdley and two sisters, Becky Massey and Evelyn Bridges, precede him in death.

Mr. Girdley will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Archie “Noble” Guffey, 96, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at His Place Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Guffey died at 2:40 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at his home of forty plus years.

He was born July 8, 1916, in the State of Oklahoma, to George William (Willie) Guffey and Nancy Jane Cotter Guffey. On November 16, 1937, he was married at Paragould, Arkansas, to Thelma Renne Cole, who preceded him in death December 13, 2009. Mr. Guffey was a well-known farmer and bulldozer operator in the Bakersfield, Missouri area. He enjoyed visiting with his friends and neighbors and loved spending time with his family. Mr. Guffey had been a member of the Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, for many years.

He is survived by one brother, Buck Guffey, Gepp, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Betty Guffey Ford, West Plains, Missouri; special nephews, Junior Guffey, Bakersfield, Missouri and Clinton Guffey, Moody, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and cousins; caregivers, Gerry O’Hara and Pam Zastrow; and special loved ones, Gayle Worley Karns and Greg Worley.

His parents, wife of seventy-two years, and one infant daughter, Theno Charlene, three brothers, Albert, George and D. L. Guffey, one sister, Effie Morrison, one infant brother and one infant sister, precede him in death.

Mr. Guffey will lie in state from 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012, until noon, Friday, November 2, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hurst Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home or Hurst Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

A celebration of life for June Rose Walker, 89, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Walker entered into eternal peace at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born June 3, 1923, at Castana, Iowa, to the late Walter and Clara Anderson Schneller. Her early childhood years were spent in Iowa and the family later moved to Willow Springs, Missouri, where she graduated from high school with the Class of 1941. She moved to West Plains, where she began working for the Selective Service in 1944. After serving tirelessly for thirty-one years, she retired in 1975. Not one to sit idly, she promptly returned to the workforce and spent many years serving her friends and neighbors at Richard Brothers, West Plains Veterinary Clinic and later at Video 2. During her early years in West Plains she met the love of her life and on March 22, 1946, she was married at Thayer, Missouri, to Wyatt Monroe Walker, who preceded her in death on January 27, 1999. For fifty-three years, she faithfully stood by his side and their love story was one that defied description. She was not only a devoted wife, but was a devoted mother as well. Her husband Wyatt and daughter Kay were the joys of her life. She loved to garden and can, embroidery and cross-stitch, spend time visiting with friends and loved ones, and eat lunch with the Lunch Bunch from church. She has been a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church and gave her life to Christ at the age of eighteen. She was a woman of strong faith and her love for Christ shined through in all that she did.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Colvin; her grandchildren, which she lovingly referred to as her “specials”, Bobby Walker, wife, Debbie, Kenneth Buck, wife, Tammy, Becky Taylor, Krystal Colvin, fiancé, Adam Jones and Jayme Colvin; her great-grandchildren, which were her “extra-specials”, Keenan Walker, Cheylyn Walker, Christy Hicks, husband, Joel, Dalton Woodley, wife, Shakara, Nyah Buck, Oryn Buck, Kayln Sanders, Kyle Taylor, wife, Becca, Alex Taylor, wife, Hilary, Arron Taylor, Robert Colvin, wife, Michaela, William Colvin, Miranda Lowry, Cole Jones, Kryslyn Colvin, Kiarah Jones, Gabriel Colvin, Noah Colvin, Brayden Colvin and Landen Colvin; her great-great-grandchildren, who brought a smile to her face, put a sparkle in her ye, and a bounce in her step, Hunter Hicks and her namesake Anastasia Rose Colvin, as well as two impending bundles of joy; her brother, Joe Schneller, wife, Patt, special “son” Roy Robinson; many special nieces and nephews; her church family; and numerous friends.

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

She was without a doubt, the foundation upon which her family was built. She will always be remembered as a fiercely independent, strong willed woman who taught her family the importance of love and loyalty to one another. Her light is no longer burning here among the living, but because she gave each of us a small bit of her flame, her light will burn for eternity in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Lewis Clinton Bradshaw, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Bradshaw died at 4:40 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born April 15, 1929, at Thayer, Missouri, to Dewey Roosevelt Bradshaw and Minnie Ida (Smith) Bradshaw Coldiron. On October 20, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Clarice Parrott. Mr. Bradshaw was a veteran having served with the United States Army. Before his retirement, he was a janitor and bus driver for West Plains R-7 School District and had worked at Amyx of West Plains. He loved playing music and singing with his brother and his friends. Mr. Bradshaw was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Clarice Bradshaw, of the family home; three children, Clinton Bradshaw, wife, Annette, Centralia, Missouri, Tammy Mosier, Thayer, Missouri and Yvonne Bradshaw, Hardy, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Krystina Mosier, Clinton Robert Bradshaw, Jr. and Amelia Mae Bradshaw; one great-grandchild, Ethan Henry; one brother, Bob Bradshaw, wife, Loretta, West Plains, Missouri; and two nieces, Shelley Surface, husband, Mark and Carla McCary, husband, Micheal.

His parents and one infant sister, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.