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Archive for May, 2013

A Celebration of Life for Alan Dale Bollinger, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at his home. All friends and neighbors are welcome to attend.

Mr. Bollinger died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his home.

He is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

 A memorial service for Kitten Jean Lewis will be Monday May 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mountain View.

Kitten Jean Lewis, 71, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on May 12, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born on March 22, 1942 in Saratoga Springs, New York to Harry, Sr. and Marion Yvette (Gordon) Kuhl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Jack Bogart and Joe Novak; son, Sunny Aaron Bogart; and one brother.

Survivors include her daughter, Paula Lewis of Mountain View; and her granddaughter, KJ Combs and husband, Matthew, also of Mountain View.

Kitten loved horses and watching Twilight movies with her daughter and granddaughter. She enjoyed being outdoors and mowing her lawn.

She will be dearly missed.

Funeral services for Jaxson Lake Willard, 18, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jaxson died at 9:32 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born June 27, 1994, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jason and Regina Butler Willard. He was a student at Ozark Horizon State School. Jaxson was a happy child; he enjoyed life and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Jason and Regina Willard, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Jay Willard, West Plains, Missouri; his grandparents, Edwin Willard, Jr., and Mia Willard, West Plains, Missouri, Carrie and David Thompson, West Plains, Missouri and Jack and Bea Butler, Pomona, Missouri; aunt and uncle, Tracy and Randy Crawford, Georgetown, Texas; special aunts and uncles, Larry and Shirley Butler, Dan and Jeanie Smith and Rosalea and Dan Cargill, all of West Plains, Missouri; special cousin, Carley Crawford, Georgetown, Texas; and special friends, Waco & Debbie Johnson, Brad and Susan York, Jeff and Carol Barton and Dan and Rhonda Singletary.

His paternal grandmother, Rhonda Butler and dear family friend, Don Luna, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Rehabilitation Department or Children’s Miracle Network, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Cecil Raymond Counts, 88, Marshfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Counts died at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Webco Manor, Marshfield, Missouri.

He was born August 25, 1924, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to James Washington Counts and Mary Henrietta Henry Counts. On March 10, 1945, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Onieda Haddock, who preceded him in death on June 6, 2003. Before his retirement he was a cutter in the ball glove department at Rawlings Manufacturing Co., Willow Springs, Missouri and was a member of the CCC’s (Civilian Conservation Corps). He was a big St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved visiting with family and friends. Mr. Counts was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.

He is survived by two children, Pat Cruise, husband, Jerry, Rogersville, Missouri and Raymond Counts, wife, Nancy, Powell, Wyoming; two grandchildren, Julie Deckard, husband, Danny, Rogersville, Missouri and Jeff Cruise, wife, Tracy, Havana, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Haley Hines, Lindsey Deckard, Kelly Cruise and Jason Cruise; two sisters, Juanita Teeple, West Plains, Missouri and Erma Good, husband, Paul, West Plains, Missouri; special friend, Jean Haddock, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, two brothers, Harold and Dwight Counts and four sisters, Lola Woods, Esther Oney, Bessie Stubbs and Hazel Charles, precede him in death.

Mr. Counts will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or Fair Haven Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Gladys Maloa Ray, 93, Elizabeth. Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ray died at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 6, 1920, at Cyril, Oklahoma, to Samuel and Maggie Gilliam. On June 22, 1939, she was married at Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Houston Sylvesta Ray, who preceded her in death on April 22, 1983. She worked as an L.P.N. at Ozarks Medical Center for twenty-seven years, retiring at age seventy-two. She enjoyed crafts, needlework, crocheting, cooking, canning and fishing. Mrs. Ray was a member of the Oak Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Ronald Claude Ray, wife, Johnnie, Elizabeth, Arkansas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Billy Gilliam, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth Ray, one granddaughter, Pamala Kay Ray, three brothers and four sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Ray will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Veva M. Gourley, age 96, daughter of Harvey P. and Eulah May (Stewart) Burch was born January 9, 1917 in Almartha, Missouri. She went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2013 in Houston House.

Veva married George Gourley April 5, 1934. To this union 5 children were born: one daughter Georgia Mae, 4 sons, Gilbert, Eldon, and David, one infant son Charles Perry.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, infant son Charles Perry, one brother, Gilbert Burch, 3 sisters; Blanche Micham, Grace Broughton and Rosetta Terry.

She is survived by one daughter Georgia Mae Hale and husband Loren Hale, Jr. of Petaluma, CA; three sons: Gilbert Dean Gourley and wife Kathy of Oakland, CA, Eldon Gourley and wife Joan of Rolla and David Gourley and wife Darlene of Houston, MO, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, many other family members and friends.

Veva was saved at the age of 12 years old. She kept the course and was a faithful soldier for the Lord. Her heart was completely given to Him and her life reflected her dedication to her Savior. She was active in any church congregation she attended and she was a charter member of Souls Harbor Church. She even started a Sunday School Class at the Houston House when she went to live there. And up until the Sunday before her death she was visiting and praying with several of the residents there. She loved children and held many Children’s Crusades around the area.

Veva came from a musical family and took part in singing from an early age, singing with the Singing Burch Family. She sang with other gospel groups through the years. She was musically talented, teaching piano and guitar to many in Texas and Wright Counties.

She was focused on Her Lord and her family. Even when times were hard, she made birthdays and holidays into wonderful memories for family and friends.

Veva had a very vivacious personality. She often had a smile and encouraging words for anyone she met.

She was constantly seeking ways to encourage, help, and teach others. As stated above she knew who her Savior was and was ready to serve wherever needed.

The Savior has a place ready for her, one not made by hands, although perhaps the Lord did let George take part in the carpentry work. She is already enjoying that special place made for her. She has seen the Lord!

She will be missed, yet she compels those left behind to follow the Lord, be faithful until the end and be ready to meet the One who died for them. We will see her again.

Friends may call at the Evans Funeral Home Friday May 10th from 1-5 PM. Formal visitation with the family will be Saturday May 11th, from 1-2 PM in the Souls Harbor Church. Services will be Sat. May 11th at 2 PM in the Souls Harbor Church. Rev. Eldon Gourley and Pastor Cordie Wimberley will officiate. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery, Solo, MO. Pallbearers are Nathan Cates, Philip Mentink, Grant Phillips, Michael Gourley, Christopher Cates, and Christopher Gourley. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Veva Gourley Memorial Fund. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Janice Lyle Millner, 86, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Care Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born February 27, 1927, in Columbia, Missouri to the late John and Ruth (Veemer) Lyle. Ms. Millner graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. She married Arnold John Millner in June of 1948 in Columbia, Missouri. Ms. Millner relocated to Mountain Home in 2005 from Florissant, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Arnold John Millner, her parents and a sister, Shirley Batton.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John and Gail Millner of Lakeview; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Michael Reilly of Florissant, Missouri and three grandchildren, Christopher Millner, Jessica Reilly and Kenneth Reilly, all of St. Louis, Missouri.

Arrangements are private. Burial will be in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

Funeral services for Ruth Jo Ann Daugherty, 80, Mission Woods, Kansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Daugherty died at 2:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born January 27, 1933, at Kansas City, Missouri, to M. E. (Tom) and Jennie Golden Moore. She was married to Bill Eugene Daugherty, who preceded her in death. Before her retirement, she was employed with United Way.

She is survived by three nephews, Greg Langley, Ozark, Missouri, Jeff Langley, Chandler, Arizona and Ron Bell, Round Rock, Texas; and special friend David Battey, Fairway, Kansas.

Her parents, husband, son, Michael Daugherty and one brother, Glee Emerson Moore, precede her in death.

Mrs. Daugherty will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Doris Lee Melchior, 82, a resident of Gamaliel passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 19, 1931, in Covington, Kentucky to the late James W. and Alice Gaye Lee Fuller. Mrs. Melchior married Louis Francis Melchior on June 12, 1953, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. They relocated to Gamaliel 37 years ago from Houston, Texas. She was a member of the 101 Presbyterian Church in Gamaliel. Mrs. Melchior was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Lou Melchior of Gamaliel; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Barbara Melchior of Pearland, Texas; a grandson, Curtis Melchior of Texas and a great grandson, Tyler Melchior of Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday May 14, 2013, at the 101 Presbyterian Church in Gamaliel with Pastor Jim Keyes officiating. Burial will follow in the Maynard Bend Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Henderson Food Pantry, c/o First Baptist Church Henderson, P.O. Box 8, Henderson, Arkansas 72544.

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

William Lane Burton, 65, a resident of Flippin passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 in Cotter.

He was born March 15, 1948, in Ripley, Mississippi to the late William Robert and Ila May Burton. Lane was a great handyman who loved helping friends and family. He also loved spending time on the White River. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include a son and daughter in-law, Justin and Breanna Burton of Santa Maria, California ; one daughter, Jenny Burton of Mountain Home; two brothers, Lance and Larry Burton and their families of Memphis, Tennessee; one sister, Lisa Bennett and family from Memphis, Tennessee and one grandson Gracin Burton of Santa Maria, California.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at The River Bible Church with Pastor Eric Smeltzer officiating.

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