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Archive for January, 2013

Shelley A Wandless, 63 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Monday, January 28, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. Born Friday, July 22, 1949, she was the daughter of the late L M Dernovek and the late Coeda Hines Dernovek. She was retired waitress for Carol’s Lakeview Dinette & Timberline Restaurant.

Survived by her husband Kenneth Wandless of the home. a son, Cliff & wife Trish Bower of Springfield, MO, sisters, Karen & husband John Hunnicutt of Highland, AR and Jacqueline McGarvey of Havana, FL. Grandchildren J.C , Alicia Jean and Emily Anne Bower. Niece Kelly Morgan & son Rilee Morgan of Cherokee Village, AR Nephew Heath Morgan & sons Dylan and Drew Morgan of Davenport, Iowa. Numerous step children, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, and friends.

Funeral service will be held 2:00pm Saturday at Heath Oak Hill Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00pm till service time. Interment will be in Bronaugh Cemetery, Hardy, AR. Under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

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

Funeral services for J. H. Greenlee, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Greenlee died 3:00 a.m., Sunday, January 27, 2013 at his home. He was born October 16, 1935 at Canalou, Missouri to Leonard and Della Mae Albertson Greenlee. In July of 1955, he was married at Carlsbad, New Mexico to Bennie June Miller who preceded him in death in July of 1988. Mr. Greenlee was a veteran having served with the United States Army. Before his retirement, he was a carpenter and a contractor.

He is survived by three children, Kathryn Elaine Davis-Craig and husband, Frank Craig, West Plains, Missouri, Allan Dale Greenlee and wife, Teresa, Mountain Home, Arkansas and J. H. Greenlee, Jr. and wife, Karen Smith, West Plains, Missouri.; four grandchildren, James Davis, Heather Staudt, J.H. Greenlee, III, and Sean Greenlee; eight great-grandchildren, Hunter Davis, Connor Davis, Madelyn Davis, Kateland Baxter, Charles Staudt, Jr., Kaitlynn Greenlee, Michelle Greenlee and Brianna Greenlee; one brother, Leonard Greenlee and wife, Naomi, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Frances Meldrum and husband, Johnny, Marietta, Texas, Imogene Haberburger and husband, Bob, Longview, Texas and Pola Lee, Longview, Texas; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and Dolly Lancaster of the family home.

His parents, wife, two brothers, Ambrose Greenlee and Allen Gerald Greenlee and three sisters, Betty Jo Greenlee, Deloris Rettig and Laura Meunier, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 31st at the Haagy Cemetery, Dexter, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Betty Edith Pettit, 92, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pettit died at 5:20 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born September 10, 1920, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Robert E. and Gladys Trump Exline. Mrs. Pettit graduated from Bakersfield High School and on December 5, 1942, was married at Fort Riley, Kansas, to Beryl Robert “Bud” Pettit, who preceded her in death on September 12, 1994. She was the owner/operator of Pettit’s Canoe Rental, was a member of Southern Belle’s Grandmother’s Club and enjoyed painting. Mrs. Pettit was a member of the New Liberty Church of Christ.

She is survived by three children, Steve Pettit, wife, Carol, Pottersville, Missouri, Diane Hambelton, husband, Broya, Dora, Missouri and Pat Pettit, wife, Bev, Caulfield, Missouri; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, one son, Mike Pettit and one sister, Naomi McKee, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Donald Dean Phillips, Sr., 73, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on January 24, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born March 13, 1939 in Ridgeville, Indiana, the son of David Earl and Zelphia Madonna (Mills) Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gordon Wayne Phillips; daughter, Michelle Phillips; and grandson, Carson Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Phillips, of Mountain View; children, Myrna Dye and husband, Ossian Hook, Larned, KS, Merry Dye, Great Bend, KS, Mikel Dye and wife, Abby, Fort Carson, CO, Julia Weddle, Mountain View, Donald Phillips, Jr. and wife, Rachael, Baxter Springs, KS, Velena Ingram and husband, Jamie, Licking, MO, Lance Jones and Stephanie, Mountain View, Cheryl LaFrenier and husband, Tony, San Antonio, TX, Bob Phillips and wife, Karen, Moulton, AL, Mark Wayne Phillips and wife, Amanda, Albany, GA, and Michael Earl Phillips and wife, Mandy, Albany, GA; one brother, Richard Leroy Phillips of Thailand; 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Don was an honorable man who served his country in the United States Army. He was a one-of-a-kind, who always cared, loved and gave his all to family and friends. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Don was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

George Edward Heath, age 67, son of Edgar Hartley Heath and Mary Elizabeth (Phinney) Heath, was born February 20, 1945 in Springfield, MO. He passed away January 24, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, MO.

George is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Georgia, his brother, Kenneth Phinney, two brothers-in-law, James Claspill and Darrell Lee, one great niece and one grandson, Aedon Thane Heath.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca Yvonne (Lee) Heath of Houston, MO, his son, Ian Edward Heath and wife, Kellie of Nixa, MO, his daughter, Alison Gail (Heath) Markunas and husband Charles of Holts Summit, MO, his brothers, James Phinney and wife Wanda of Rogersville, MO and Billy Heath and wife Helen of Willard, MO, his sister Hazel Claspill of Long Lane, MO, four grandchildren; Alannah, Ian, Cohen and Charley Belle along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

George attended schools in the Springfield, MO area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After the military George became an over the road truck driver, receiving several awards including truck driver of the year.

George lived in Florida and California, his heart’s desire was to find peace and freedom. He protested war and searched for life’s meaning in the alternate lifestyles of the 1960’s. He left California in the early 70’s with everything he owned packed in his car. While driving across the desert, his car broke down. With his sense of adventure and exceptional survival skills, he took what he could carry and left the rest behind. Finally arriving at a truck stop, George met one of Cody Ice’s drivers who had just quit. George asked for the number, called Cody and drove the truck back to Houston, MO. While living and working in Houston, MO, he met Rebecca Lee and they dated until George felt he needed to travel again and so he left Houston, MO for a year in fear of losing his freedom.

When George returned to Houston after his year of traveling, he and Becky literally ran into each other at Ramey’s Supermarket. George had been attending Calvary Baptist Church and had become a Christian. He wasn’t the person Becky had previously known. After manipulation by Becky’s sister Kathy, George and Becky began dating again.

George had found the peace and freedom he had searched for all of his life, within his relationship with Jesus Christ. His faith led Becky back to God. They were married on July 5, 1975 at Wildwood House of Prayer, Raymondville, MO. After two years Ian was born and two more, Alison.

George and his family enjoyed traveling and camping along with floating down the Current River frequently during the summer. He had a great love and deep understanding of music and motorcycles. In Raymondville, he owned and operated “Trader Steins, buy, sell, and trade anything of value”. This is where he established himself as the “Resident Wheeler and Dealer.”

In 1989, George suffered an epileptic seizure and his life changed again. After having to give up truck driving he attended Drury University evening college in Cabool, MO and graduated in May 1997 with degrees in criminology, sociology and psychology. George worked in Mental Health and managed a crisis center for troubled youth. His last and most loved job was with Licking School District, Licking, MO, where he worked with Dr. John Hood to institute and teach Bridges Alternative School.

After many years of health issues George retired from teaching. His last years of life were filled with his friends at Double R Pawn, his church family, road trips to the ocean and beyond with Becky, Sunday dinners at “Mom and Dad’s”, Gail and James Lee and family and frequent trips to see his children and grandchildren.

Becky, Ian and Alison have always been aware that George lived many lives that they were not a part of. However, every experience George had, and any person he loved, contributed to the husband and father he became. George was a brilliant mind, unique in every way possible- trapped in a deteriorating body. He loved life and will be missed dearly by all who knew him, loved him or crossed paths with him.

“Life wants to live…and such is the business of life.”….George Heath

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Wildwood House of Prayer, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evans.fh.com.

Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday January 26, 2013 at Wildwood House of Prayer with Pastor Donnie Blansit officiating. Pallbearers were; John Phinney, Randy Phinney, Brynt Cooper, Lonnie Lee, Darrell Lee, Coleman Lee, Denim Lee and Nick French. Honorary Pallbearers were; Kory Cooper and Josh Lee. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mary L. Tucker, 65, West Plains, Missouri, will held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2013, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

She was born the daughter of the late Everett Walters and Ella Stevens Walters, on February 24, 1947 in Alton, Missouri and died January 25, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage to William Harvey Jones. Later she was married to Hardy Dodge, who preceded her in death in 1978. She later married Gerald Tucker who also preceded her in death in 2010.

She is survived by two children, James Jones, Kansas City, Missouri and Cristal Greenawalt and husband, Kendall, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; two sisters, Anna Jean Thomas, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Dianne Walters and Mark Halacy, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Christopher Jones, Kenny Ray Greenawalt, James Greenawalt, and Angela Greenawalt, and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Hardy Dodge and Gerald Tucker; two sisters, Glenna Sue Madden and Wilma Walters, and one brother, William Everett Walters.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be in Bailey Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Funeral services for Howard John Nygard, 93, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Nygard died at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Willow Care Nursing Home.

He was born May 11, 1919, at Brooklyn, New York, to George and Mae Kohler Nygard. On September 30, 1989, he was married at Pomona, Missouri, to Eileen MacLean. Before his retirement, he was a truck driver. Mr. Nygard was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Victory Chapel, Peace Valley, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Nygard, of the family home; two children, Donald Nygard, wife, Billie, Summersville, Missouri and Mary Doherty, Mystic Island, New Jersey; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Nygard, wife, Marie, Green Lawn, Long Island, New York.

His parents and two sons, William and Howard Nygard, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2013at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Judith Anne Shanks, 69, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2013, at Patrick Cemetery, Gainesville, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shanks died at 10:07 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born March 9, 1943, at East St. Louis, Illinois, to Orville and Vila Rose Griffith Spangenberg. On May 1, 1974, she was married at Washington, Pennsylvania, to Vincent Shanks. Mrs. Shanks worked in the deli at Price Chopper/Country Mart. She loved her family and grandchildren. She was a member of Victory Chapel, Peace Valley, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Vince Shanks, of the family home; five children, Charles Howerton, wife, Maria, Coleman, Alabama, Marshall Shanks, Centralia, Illinois, Shella Shanks, Centralia, Illinois, Daniel Shanks, wife, Stacey, Peasant City, Ohio and Christy Reid, husband, Kim, Peace Valley, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren, Tony, Brian, Charlie, Marshall, Renee, Vincent, Beau, Adrian, Jesalyn, Mariah, Zach, Aaliyah and Olivia; eight great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Ova Conrad, husband, Bill; five sisters, Nancy Cox, husband, Ralph, Donna Dudley, husband, Bob, Jan Wilson, husband, Roger, Connie Miller, husband, Mark and Denise Kilhafner; and special friend and sister-in-law, Lorene Anderson.

Her parents, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and one sister-in-law, Pauline, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Pauline Lelia Winchester, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Huddleston Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Winchester died at 7:39 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born February 22, 1922, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Walter Lee Watson and Elsie Bay Watson. On November 20, 1943, she was married at Alton, Missouri, to Rodney C. Winchester, who preceded her in death on February 29, 2008. She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening and loved her family. Mrs. Winchester was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three children, Carolyn Gerber, husband, David, West Plains, Missouri, Rodney E. Winchester, wife, Edith, Caulfield, Missouri and Glenda Hunter, husband Ronald, West Plains; two grandchildren, Cody Winchester and Dusty Winchester; one brother, Gene Watson, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Nadine Young, Ballwin, Missouri and Oneta Stevens, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mrs. Winchester will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Huddleston Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com

Janice Raye Pruiett, 68, West Plains, Missouri, died at 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, at her home.

She was born January 7, 1945, at West Plains, Missouri, to Raymond and Mary Sue Washington Crabtree. On December 25, 1989, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Marty Pruiett.

She is survived by her husband, Marty Pruiett, of the family home; four children, Debbie Leach, Tammy Henderson, Mark Doss, wife, Kathy, and Amber Dennis, all of West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Jammie Vaughn, Jennifer Sholes, Andrew Leach, Ashley Frederick, Ashley Rhoads, Dylan Doss, Jasmine Dennis and Jaylen James; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria Weber, State of Texas and Suzie Richardson, West Plains, Missouri; dear friend, Barb Huff; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.