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Archive for March, 2013

A memorial service for Dan Duane “Rusty” Neely, 67, Sturkie, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Center Grove Baptist Church, Moody, Missouri.

Mr. Neely died at 7:37 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born November 18, 1945, at Topeka, Kansas, to Raymond and Hazel Fern Snapp Neely. On December 3, 1965, he was married at Oskaloosa, Kansas, to Sherry A. Price. He was a mechanic and machinist. Mr. Neely was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of Center Grove Baptist Church for fifteen years.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Neely, of the family home; three children, Dannie D. Neely, wife, Keri, Midway, Arkansas, Wendy Renee Neely, Sturkie, Arkansas and Shawn Neely, Calico Rock, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Sean Neely and Meaghan Neely; his biological father, Max Dinwiddie, Lawrence, Kansas; two brothers, Mike Dinwiddie, Topeka, Kansas and Pat Dinwiddie, Maple Hill, Kansas; and three sisters, Vera Gilbert, Topeka, Kansas, Mary Peterson, State of Iowa and Kathy Muniz, Lawrence, Kansas.

His parents, biological mother, Martha Pittman, one sister, Christy Baysinger and step-mother, Irene Dinwiddie, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

James Wesley Gibson, 51, West Plains, Missouri, died at 2:45 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his home. He was born October 16, 1961, at West Plains, Missouri, to Arnold Gibson and Lorene Tucker Sellers. On April 3, 2001, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Brenda Hill. He had worked as a painter for Carl Biring and was employed with Ryan’s Steak House. Mr. Gibson was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Gibson, of the family home; one brother, Sylvester Sellers, wife, Sherri, West Plains, Missouri; one uncle, Anthony Scott Tucker, wife, Tena, Peace Valley, Missouri, mother-in-law, Betty Meidell, Caulfield, Missouri; and a host of family and friends.

His parents and one sister, Susie, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Ollie Mae Fox, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Gospel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fox died at 6:15 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born November 8, 1917, at Cureall, Missouri, to Charles Leroy and Lucy Roberts Williams. On October 16, 1937, she was married at Pottersville, Missouri, to Junice Jackson “Jack” Fox, who preceded her in death on September 11, 1999. Before her retirement, she worked in the fitting department at International Shoe Company. Mrs. Fox was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Vonna Hudson, Columbia, Missouri; three grandchildren, Lila Nix, husband, Tim, Cindy Klippel, husband, Homer and Lesa Riegle; five great-grandchildren, Jason Farrar, Justin Farrar, Brandi Nix, Kristine Young and Keri Roth; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, daughter, Barbara Lenora Cook, grandson, Jimmy Hudson, son-in-law, Bobby Hudson, seven brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Fox will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Tuesday until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mary Alice Rogers, 85, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:11 a.m. at her home in West Plains, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., of West Plains, Missouri.

Funeral services for Roy D. “Sonny” Collins, 66, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 11:39 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born May 31, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Arvil and Maggie Hatfield Collins. Sonny was a well-known painter and carpenter in West Plains, Pomona and Kansas City areas. He had many friends and was loved by all. Sonny had polio at the age of seven, but he never let that hold him back from doing his work or enjoying life. He loved going to Conley’s Quick Stop every morning to drink coffee and visit with his friends and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Sonny was married to Cheryl Marie Chapman and to this union a daughter, Ashley Marie was born, who was the joy of his life.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Marie; step-daughters, Amanda Chapman Venn and Christina Chapman; special companion, Cheryl Marie; two sisters, Wanda Altermatt, husband, Roy and Becky Watkins; nieces and nephews, Randy Crow, Ben Hicks, Jr. Debbie Gray, Robin Siemans, Tony Watkins, Tanya Rothermich and Shawn Altermatt; sister-in-law, Marianna Hicks; special friends Brandon Parrish, J. J. Johnson; Wendy Collins; and several grandchildren.

His parents, brother, Bob Collins, Sisters, June Crow, Goldie Hicks, Lois Hicks and special brothers-in-law, Bill and Ben Hicks, who were like fathers to Sonny, precede him in death.

Visitation services will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home for a headstone. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com

Linda Hinesly Brewington, 67, a resident of Cotter passed away at her lovely home on the river Friday, March 8, 2013.

She was born on May 16, 1945 in Cardwell, Missouri, to the late Mary Lou and Billy Joe Hinesly.

Linda enjoyed many facets of the creative art world in which she had a major talent. She was an avid reader and enjoyed volunteering for many causes in her community. She loved spending time with her family and friends, of which she had many great stories and times. Linda enjoyed each day meeting new people on the river and welcoming them into her life. You could say she lived life to the fullest.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Don R. Brewington; one sister, Anita Gamble (Jim); one brother, Joe Hinesly (Carol) of Missouri; nine children, Robert G. Morris, Angie M. Horris, Todd Morris, Denise Rhodes, Tommy, Johnny and Don Brewington Jr., Liz Wooten, Louri Shock and sixteen grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2013 at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the Diabetic Learning Center, 624 Hospital Dr, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 or the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas, 5656 Hwy 201 North, Mountain Home, AR 72653

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

Laverne James, 66 of Williford, Arkansas died on Friday, at U A M S in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born Friday, February 28, 1947 in West Helena, Arkansas.

the daughter of Eddie and Christine Chamness Ennis. She was a hairdresser and a member of Ward Street Church of Christ.

Survived by a daughter, Michelle Aikman of Paragould, AR, Her Mother Christine Ennis of Williford, brother, Terry Ennis of Cabot, sister, Margaret Lester of Little Rock; 5 grand children, 2 Great Grandchildren and 3 Honorary Grandchildren. And her special companion Ken Mullin.

Preceded in death by a son Eddie James, sister Brenda Corbitt and her father.

A graveside service will be held Sunday at 3:00pm in the Baker Cemetery of Ozark Acres. With Bro. Joel Harris officiating. Under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland, AR

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

Funeral services for Bernice Elnora Lillian Spotts, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Bernice passed away at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born September 27, 1923, at Judd, North Dakota, to Morris and Hilda Lee Mickelson. In 1940, she was married to Henry Podoll, who preceded her in death. To this union, three children were born, Elaine, Harvey and Julie. On November 21, 1964, she was married at Hawthorne, California, to Glen Campbell Spotts, who preceded her in death on November 23, 2010. Bernice took great pride in being a Norwegian and of the Lutheran faith all of her life; family meant so much to her and God had blessed her with three wonderful children. She worked all of her life and retired from Eaton Corporation in 1983.

She is survived by her son, Harvey Podoll, wife, Sandy, State of California; her daughter, Julie Edwards, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; one son-in-law, Bill White, Steelville, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Cindy Anderson, DuBois, Pennsylvania, Brian White, wife, Joanne, West Plains, Missouri, Dailene Forbes, husband, Keith, Steelville, Missouri, Karen Alston, husband, Mark, State of Ohio, Mark Podoll, wife, Jenn, State of California, Mike Edwards, wife, Misty, West Plains, Missouri and Mark Edwards, wife, Britne, West Plains, Missouri; fourteen great-grandchildren, Ashley Anderson, Chelsea Anderson, Paige White, Andrew White, Kaitlynne Forbes, Alyssa Forbes, Carl Alston, Cate Alston, Chelsea Podoll, Madison Podoll, Cordell Ryan, Taylor Ryan, Alexis Edwards and Landon Edwards; one great-great-grandchild, Jax; one sister, Delores Carlson, State of North Dakota; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, one daughter, Elaine White and seven brothers and sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Spotts will lie in state from 12:00 noon Saturday until 12:00 noon Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Gail Sue Williamson, 62, Mountain View, Missouri.

Mrs. Williamson departed this life March 7, 2013 at her home.

She was born February 16, 1951, at Joplin, Missouri, to Ralph Franklin Coolbaugh, Jr. and Mary Etta Roland Coolbaugh. On November 9, 1968, she was married at Aurora, Colorado to Dale Williamson; they shared forty-four years together.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Williamson, of the family home; two children, Dawn Marie Williamson and significant other, Jody Walters, Doniphan, Missouri and Cory Wayne Williamson and wife, Kathleen, Arroll, Missouri; two grandchildren, Derick Wayne Crocker and Holly Ann Williamson; two great-great-grandchildren; her mother, Mary Etta Nolan, Mountain View, Missouri; two brothers, Ralph F. Coolbaugh, III and wife, Dawn and Kenneth Coolbaugh, both of Mountain View, Missouri; one sister, Patricia Havlin and husband, Theodore, Summersville, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her father, two brothers, Jason and Andrew Coolbaugh and her father-in-law, precede her in death.

Gail will be missed by all.

Funeral services for Eva Louise Lester, 77, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lester died at 10:48 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born October 27, 1935, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Fred and Flossie London Mullins. Mrs. Lester was a graduate of Bakersfield schools and on April 1, 1959, was married to Bill Lester at Salem, Arkansas. Eva lived her entire life in Bakersfield, Missouri. She spent her working years as a homemaker caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many more who always found her home a welcoming place filled with laughter and love. She enjoyed any activities in which her family was participating. Mrs. Lester faithfully attended the First Baptist Church of Bakersfield her entire life, actively serving as a song leader, Sunday School teacher and helping with Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Lester, of the family home; four children, Lee Lester, wife, Tresa, Viola, Arkansas, John Lester, wife, Terena, Bakersfield, Missouri, Louisa Hudson, husband, Duane, Longmont, Colorado and David Lester, wife, Lisa, Bakersfield, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Matt Lester, wife, Courtney, West Plains, Missouri, Troy Lester, fiancée, Lia Fienhold, Bakersfield, Missouri, Stacie Tackitt, husband, Anthony, Bakersfield, Missouri, Stephanie Sanders, husband, Brad, Bakersfield, Missouri, Corby James, Viola, Arkansas, Claire and Makenzie Lester, Bakersfield, Missouri and Clint Lester, Viola, Arkansas; six great-grandchildren, Madison, Brodie and Chloe Lester, Hayden Sanders and Cadence and Maci Tackitt; one sister, Sandra Fagan, Cape Coral, Florida; one sister-in-law, Cora Sale, husband, Dwain; brother-in-law, Roy Lester, wife, Pattye; one special niece, Janice Asher; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her parents, one sister, Pauline Jones and one niece, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.