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Archive for December, 2012

Mary L. Miller was born April 19, 1932 in Ottumwa, Kansas to George and Irene (Baker) Stutesman. She passed away December 20, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, at age 80, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Mountain View Christian Church with Rev. Nolan Wilkins officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening, from 6-9 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Interment will be Chapel Hill Cemetery, Mountain View.

Mary moved to Peace Valley, Missouri as a child and attended the Peace Valley schools. At the tender age of 15, she fell in love and married the love of her life. She was united in marriage to James E. Miller on February 17, 1948. To this union was born seven children; Wanda, Loretta, Jim, Carol, Donna, Sheila and Tammy.

Mary was a hard worker who worked various jobs, raised children and took care of the home. She was known for baking pies and making light bread rolls. During the last 30 years of her life she enjoyed watching the deer and turkey from her kitchen window and feeding her chickens. She was known to always have a grandchild or great grandchild on her lap. She had a special fondness for Diet Dr. Pepper and peppermint candy. This last year of her life, the doctor said to let her have whatever she wanted.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, James E. Miller; her children, Wanda Grimm and husband, Jim, of Bellville, IL, Jim Miller of Mountain View, MO, Carol Denning and husband, Doug, of Winona, MO, Donna Gilliam and husband, Mick, of Peace Valley, MO, Sheila Moore and husband, Bob, of Lebanon, MO, Tammy Honeycutt and husband, Steve, of Mountain View, MO, and son-in-law, Dee Layman; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and a great great grandchild on the way. She is also survived by one sister, Rita Stephenson of West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by one daughter, Loretta Layman; one grandson, Kyle Gilliam; one sister, Donna Collins; and one very special friend, Evelyn Oaks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View and left at Yarber Mortuary. Condolences may be made at www.yarbermortuary.com.

Mary Katherine (Robbins) Berger, age 93, daughter of Homer and Ethel (Blinn) Robbins was born February 16, 1919 In Crown Point, Indiana. She passed away December 20, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Louis W. Berger.

She is survived by one son, Robert (Alice) Berger of Fort Wayne, IN, one daughter Nancy (James) Roth of Houston, MO, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a sister Carol (Jonathan) Moyer, Pompano Beach, FL and 4 nephews.

Mary grew up in Elkhart, IN and graduated from Elkhart High School in 1937. She and Louis W. Berger of Elkhart were married on August 27, 1939 and celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary 4 days before his death August 31, 2012.

She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, counted cross-stitch and keeping up with some of the news on her computer. She had resided at Licking Residential Care and always had a smile and greeting for the staff and other residents.

She will be missed, but she is back by Louie’s side where she wanted to be.

Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

James Guy O’Dell, 77, West Plains, Missouri, died at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home.

He was born January 17, 1935, at Salem, Arkansas, to Oren and Anna Mae Rosier O’Dell. On August 9, 1958, he was married, at West Plains, Missouri, to Betty Vandagriff. He was a veteran, having retired from the United States Air Force in 1974 and was a farmer. Mr. O’Dell was a member of Good News Baptist Chapel for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Betty O’Dell, of the family home; three children, Kathy Parker and Victor, West Plains, Missouri, James O ‘Dell, Jr., of the family home and David O’Dell, wife, Lily, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Casandra O’Dell and Casey Parker, wife, Michell; two great-grandchildren, Peyton Parker and Caden Parker; one brother, Larry Hampton, wife, Sharron, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Betty Hertzler, husband, Waymon, Hardy, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

His mother, step-father, James Hampton and one sister, Patsy O’Dell, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Good News Baptist Chapel, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

A Memorial Service for Jeanne Renee Summers, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Summers died at 10:00 p.m., Monday, December 17, 2012, at her home.

She was the daughter of Samuel and Joann Miller Click and was born June 10, 1965, at Mountain View, Missouri. In 1983, she was married to Mark Bryant and to this union, her two sons were born. On January 3, 2009, she was married at Elk Creek Church, to Randy Summers. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant at West Vue Nursing Center. Mrs. Summers had been a member of Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church for the past two years.

She is survived by her husband, Randy Summers, of the family home; two children, Nathan Bryant, wife, Heather and Joshua Bryant, wife, Kaitlan, all of West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren; her parents, Sammy and Joann Click, West Plains, Missouri; and one brother, Mark Click, wife, Cathy, Memphis, Tennessee.

Her grandparents precede her in death.

Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Wayne Caststeel, 46, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born July 30, 1966, in Mountain Home to Everett Louis and Frieda Mae Sanders Caststeel. Wayne was an expert handyman just like his father. He loved spending time with family and friends and watching his nephew, Sky-Lar play baseball. Wayne had a smile for everyone. He enjoyed camping and attended True Connections Church in Gassville. Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Everett Caststeel.

Survivors include his mother, Frieda Caststeel of Mountain Home; a sister, Kimmie Culver of Mountain Home; his precious nephew, Sky-Lar Culvar of Mountain Home; his special cousin, Richard McClellan of Mountain Home; five cousins, Cody, Amber, Jayson, Alex and Lee; a host of aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Childress officiating. Burial will be immediately following in the Gassville Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard McClellan, Kelly Henson, Jerry Biggers, Chris Caststeel, Hayden Hall, Jayson Fisk and Larry Sanders.

Memorials may be made to the family of Wayne Caststeel.

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

Funeral services for Victor Edward Sims, 70, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Sims died at 5:05 a.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at his home.

He was born November 12, 1942, at Pottersville, Missouri, to Ernest Victor Sims and Agnes Bise Sims. On December 8, 1962, he was married at Pottersville, Missouri, to Martha Davis. He was a member of the Area Pork Producers Association. Mr. Sims was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Sims, of the family home; three children, Lesa Harris, Pottersville, Missouri, Lance Sims, Pottersville, Missouri and Aaron Sims, wife, Christy, Bolivar, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Rachel Kenslow, husband, Bo, Nathan Sims, Trey Harris and Derek Riddle.

His parents precede him in death.

Mr. Sims will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2012, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pottersville Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Memorial visitation services for Judy Tharp, 59, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Ann Hall, 68, a resident of Gassville passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Bishop Sam Seamans officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Cotter under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 PM.

She was born December 14, 1944, in Gilbert, Arkansas to the late Johnnie and Ethelene Watts Guthrie. She was preceded in death by her parents and her children’s father, Kenneth Hall.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Teresa Hall of Harrison ; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tresa and Doug Enders of Mountain Home, Lisa and Phil Munnerlyn of Cotter and Marcella and James Grant of Puyallup, Washington; three brothers, Don Guthrie of Mountain Home, J.C. Guthrie of Gassville and Danny Guthrie of Grove, Oklahoma ; two sisters, Katie Shreve of Shelbyville, Tennessee and Shirley Weaver of Harrison; five grandsons, Justin Tolliver, Preston Tolliver, Mycal Rorie, Kavan Rorie and Kolten Grant; three granddaughters, Kendra Grant, Makayla Grant and Kacie Enders and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services for Ruth Maxine Francis, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Otto Felix Schneider and Maxine Ferguson, on February 21, 1926 in West Plains, Missouri and died December 14, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

She was united in marriage in to Floyd Otto Francis.

She is survived by four children, Patricia Ann Whiteside, husband, Dean, West Plains, Jerry Lee Francis, wife, Holly, Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Floyd Francis, West Plains, and Ricky Eugene Francis, Marshfield, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Sandy Whiteside, Springfield, Missouri, Robert Whiteside, wife, Stacy, West Plains, Lanetta Stirewalt and husband, Sterling, West Plains, Jerry Francis, Jr. and wife, Ashley, Rockmart, Georgia, Melody Anastosio and husband, Tony, Kansas City, Kansas, Samantha Francis, Kansas City, Missouri, Alisha Gates, Waynesville, Missouri, Christopher Francis, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Belinda Francis, Kansas City, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Frank, Harvey, and Walter Schneider, and one sister, Helen Schneider Bandy.

She was of the Baptist faith. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 17, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.

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

William Houston Sellers, 63 of Viola, Arkansas died on Friday, at Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Born Monday, September 12, 1949 in Corinth, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Herschel Sellers and the late Myrtle Hamlin .

Survived by his wife Margarette Ballard Sellers of the home son, Charles Sellers of Viola, AR, daughters, LeAnn husband Jody Hopper of Viola, AR and Barbara Sellers of Ft. Worth, TX, brothers, Bobby wife Lind Sellers of Corith, MS and Jo Wayne wife Sherry Sellers of Cornith, MS, sister, Betty Barnett of Kossuth, MS. Three Granddaughters Kristina, husband Robert Wilcox, Cassy husband Eric Hutson and Destiney Gann. Two Great Grandsons Ayden and Eythan Burrows.

Preceded in death by a Great Granddaughter Alexis Rose Gann, a sister Martha McNair and his parents.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2:00pm in the Viola Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00pm till 8:00pm Monday at the Apostolic Name of Jesus Church in Salem, AR. Under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland, AR

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