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Archive for December, 2012

Funeral services for Gerald Eldon Griffin, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Griffin died Monday, December 24, 2012 at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains, Missouri.

He was born the son of the late Harvey Veron Griffin and Fern Gosnell Griffin on October 31, 1928 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage December 26, 1949 in Salem, Arkansas to Dorothy Mock, who preceded him in death May 29, 2009.

He is survived by four children, Steve Griffin, Sr. and wife, Heidi, West Plains, Missouri, Judy Barnes and husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri, Jim Griffin, West Plains, Missouri, and Ed Griffin and wife, Brenda, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brian Barnes and wife, Becky, West Plains, Missouri, Greg Barnes, West Plains, Missouri, Debra Stokes and husband, Alex, West Plains, Missouri, Emily Reed and husband, Joe, West Plains, Missouri, Amy Tharp and husband, Danny, West Plains, Missouri, and Steve Griffin, Jr. and wife, Erica, West Plains, and eighteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, and one brother, Gordon Griffin.

He served his country in the United States Army. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Burial will be held at Howell Valley Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

Military rites will be performed by the West Plains Honor Guard and the Missouri Military Honors Program.

Graveside services for Margaret Rose Stephens, 57, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Miss Stephens died 3:30 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the NHC HealthCare.

She was born February 8, 1955 at Sacramento, California the foster daughter of the late Bobby Charles (Bob) Stephens and Dorothy Freeman Stephens. She attended the West Plains R-7 Schools and graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1974. Margaret was a good cook. She attended the West 160 Church of Christ and was baptized on March 27, 1991 by Evangelist Wayne Stewart.

She is survived by two aunts, Monna Farmer, Springfield, Missouri and Doris Thornton, Joplin, Missouri; and a number of cousins.

Miss Stephens is preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, her aunts, Lola Newton, Flo Sanders, Farol Routh and Marylee Sephens, her uncles, Verl Freeman and Merl Freeman and many cousins.

She will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at robertsondrago.com.

Memorial services for John Pruett Powell Jr. 80, Pottersville, Missouri, were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Powell died 7:18 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born January 19, 1932 at Kevil, Kentucky to John P. Powell and Agnes Stewart Powell. On June 15, 1985, he was married at Memphis, Tennessee to Carol Jennings. Mr. Powell had served with the United States Army Reserves. He had a distinguished career as a broadcaster, a news director, news anchor and co-host of a top rated radio show in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Powell loved the outdoors, his pets, feeding birds, his family and making people laugh. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle; he was loved by many and will be missed. He was active in the First United Methodist Church in West Plains serving as worship leader and chairman of the trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jennings Powell, of the family home; two daughters, Mary Helen Johnson and husband, Joe, Cordova, Tennessee and Melissa Corcoran and husband, Reid, Colliverville, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Mary Katherine Demster, Memphis, Tennessee, Ben Johnson, Cordova, Tennessee and Sam Corcoran, Colliverville, Tennessee; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Christ’s Kitchen and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Beulah Ruth Hayman, 94, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hayman passed away at 1:36 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born April 20, 1918, at Buffalo, New York, to Edmond and Lida May Eastman Smades. While working as a dental assistant in Buffalo, she met her husband, William R. Hayman. They were married June 20, 1942, at Buffalo, New York. The couple had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year. Mrs. Hayman belonged to several clubs and organizations throughout her life; Mother Singers, Tuesday’s Study Club and taught Bible classes with her husband at Willow Care in Willow Springs, Missouri. She also won numerous medals while competing at the Senior Olympics in the fields of walking and bowling. Mrs. Hayman was an active member of the Church of Christ in Pomona, Missouri, where she had been a member since 1981.

She is survived by her husband, William R. Hayman, of the family home; one daughter, Judith Turner, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Turner, wife, Robin, Van Buren, Ohio, William Martin, wife, Melinda, Caulfield, Missouri and Michael Mill, wife, Lacy, West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Layne Turner, Brett Turner, Ryan Turner, Andrew Turner, Destiny Martin and Chasity Wake.

Her parents, one daughter, Janice Lynne Mill, one son-in-law, Randy Mill, two sisters and two brothers-in-law, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Willow Springs Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Virgil “Monk” Stowers, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Stowers died at 6:10 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born August 23, 1927, at Drury, Missouri, to James Preston Stowers and Vurna Tetrick. On May 9, 1950, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Dorothy Louise Croney. He loved his family, grandchildren, great-grandkids, hunting and fishing and enjoyed bluegrass music. Mr. Stowers was of the Church of God faith.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stowers, of the family home; four children, Glenda Collins, husband, Charles, Vurna White, husband, Dale, Vivian Stowers, special friend, John Miller and Linn Stowers, wife, Lora, all of West Plains, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; one aunt, Lora Leroy, Dora, Missouri; and two daughters-in-law, Kay Woods, husband, Harold, West Plains, Missouri and Judy Stowers, Mountain Grove, Missouri.

His parents and two sons, James Lee Stowers and Charles Ray Stowers, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Blanche Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Blanche Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Billy Whitacre, 80 of Ravenden, Arkansas died on Sunday, at his with his family by his side. Born Friday, April 22, 1932 in North Webster, Indiana.

He served as a CPL in the Army from 1953 until 1956. He was a Veteran of Korea.

He leaves behind his wife Betty & family to morn his passing. A graveside service will be held at 11:30am Saturday, December 29th in Baker Cemetery, Ozark Acres, AR.

Bill M. Pruett, 78, West Plains, Missouri died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:30 a.m. at West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains.

Funeral services for Mr. Pruett will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be at New Liberty Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Funeral services for Terri Ellen Hall, 50, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hall died Thursday morning, December 20, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born December 26, 1961, at West Plains, Missouri, to John Harvey Bragg and Eliza “Ellen” Abney Bragg. Terri graduated from Fairview School in 1976 and graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1980. On June 14, 1986, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to William David Hall. Before becoming a stay at home mom, she was employed at McDonald’s where she advanced into management. Terri loved her God, family, friends, sports, playing softball, spontaneous trips/vacations, politics and history. She also loved serving as make-up artist in the Drama Departments at West Plains High School and Middle School for fifteen years. Mrs. Hall had been a member and Sunday School teacher at Pentecostal Church of God and most recently attended First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, William David Hall, of the family home; two sons, Jordan Scott Hall and Clayton David Hall, both of the family home; two sisters, Pamela Johnson, husband, Ronald and Kathrine Paschall, husband, Donald, all of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Foster, husband, Eddie, Yuma, Arizona and Reba Jo Wright, husband, Michael, Kingsland, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Robert Foster, Damon Foster, Darrell Foster, Mandy Tice, Amy Johnson, Andrea Johnson Turner, Nathan Paschall, Hannah Wright, Callie Hatfield and Sara Paschall; great-niece and great-nephew, Avrie and Gavin Tice; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her parents precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Christ’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Carolyn (Deora) Cantrell, age 65, daughter of Nick Deora and Betty (Harper) Nielsen was born April 25, 1947 in Chicago, IL. She passed away December 18, 2012 at home, Houston, MO.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Aaron of Houston, three children: Tim of Edgar Springs, MO, Rebecca of Houston, MO, and De’Nice of Plato, MO; four sisters: Sharon of Rolla, MO, Zelpha of Hallsville, MO, Annette of Doolittle, MO, and Tessa of St. James, MO; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was born in Chicago, IL and later settled in Houston, MO and she graduated from Houston High School in 1965. After high school, she married her high school sweetheart Aaron Cantrell on March 19, 1966 at Oak Hill Church in Houston, MO, and to this union three children were born.

Carolyn was a member of Faith Fellowship, Houston, MO. She received Christ as her Savior in her early teens and remained faithful throughout her life. She was active in the Women’s Group at Faith Fellowship.

Carolyn was an Administrator of five different nursing homes. She just loved taking care of her residents. Later, she began working at The Division of Family and Senior Services. She worked there for 18 years. She was also a member of the Sheltered Workshop Board for 17 years and president for 10 of those 17 years.

Carolyn loved her family. She loved to watch her grandchildren play sports and would travel all over Missouri and other states to watch them play. She was their biggest fan. When she wasn’t at a sports event she would sit and make hats, scarves, and blankets for many.

Carolyn was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend She was always looking for ways to help her family and friends. She felt that God had given her each day to enjoy and live for Him. She will be missed, but we know that she is celebrating and enjoying the beauty of Heaven.

Services were Sat. Dec. 22nd at 11:00 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Amy Dickens and Beth Hicks officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Snyder, Terry Miller, Kevin Silveus, Rodney Douglas, Dennis Bartlett, Wendall Calhoun. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or Houston Alumni Association.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Pat (Young) Henderson, age 60, daughter of George and Melba (Shyrock) Young was born on December 2, 1952 in Bendavis, MO. She went to be with the Lord on December 18, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents (George and Melba), stepmother, Eva Young, stepfather, Roy Stevenson, and her two brothers, Leroy and Bruce.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Marty and Heather Henderson of Austin Texas; her daughter, Mickie Drake of St. Louis, MO; one sister Sue Smith of Houston, MO; one brother and sister in law, Ken and JoAnn Young of Makanda, IL; and several nieces and nephews, Kim, Robbie, Jason, Katalin, Amy, Erika, and Nola.

Pat grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Houston High School in 1971. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drury University in 2005- Magna Cum Laude and received Registered Health Information Technologist certification with an additional associate’s degree in health information technology from Ozark Technical Community College in 2010.

Pat worked in the medical records department at Texas County Memorial Hospital (TCMH) since 1994, and she worked her way up from coding patient charts to overseeing all of the health information that comes and goes in the department as the director of medical records.

Pat received Christ as her Savior as a young child. She was a member of Clara Baptist Church of Houston, Mo and enjoyed attending weekly service.

Pat loved lying out in the sun and was well known for her glowing smile. She also enjoyed working out at the fitness center, and shopping with her girlfriends.

Pat loved her children, Marty and Mickie. She enjoyed traveling with them, spending time at the beach, and always took any opportunity to tell how proud she was of them.

Pat was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was an amazing woman with such an amazing spirit and huge heart, always looking for ways to help her family and friends. She was always honest, always faithful, and an inspiration to all. She was a remarkable woman and she was a bright spot in all the lives she touched. She will be missed, but we know that she is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and is rejoicing in the presence of the One she has so long desired to meet.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to TCMH Healthcare Foundation, in her memory, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Friday December 21, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Paul Murray officiating. Pallbearers were; Jason Booker, Rob Smith, Les Vannote, Gary Davenport, Harry Willis, Jay Glover, Jeff Ijames. Honorary pallbearer was Bill Randall. Burial was in Rock Spring Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.