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Archive for July, 2013

Graveside services for Angela Danielle Holbrook, 34, Springfield, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Angela died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Springfield, Missouri. She was born June 6, 1979, at West Plains, Missouri, to Rhonda Holbrook Ruth and the late Andrew Ipock. Angela was loved by her family and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three children, Shyonna Holbrook, Janeal Talton and Emani Talton; her mother, Rhonda Holbrook Ruth, West Plains, Missouri; her grandmother, Jean Holbrook, West Plains, Missouri; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including special cousin, Sarah Holbrook, Citrus Heights, California.

Her father, twin sister, Amy Lynn Holbrook, grandfather, Bud Holbrook, grandparents, Jasper and Irene Ipock, uncle, Ron Holbrook and aunt, Patricia Lynn Holbrook, precede her in death.

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

Funeral services for Opal “Darlene” Strong, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Strong died at 3:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born August 28, 1925, at Dormas, Missouri, to Robert Alton Martin and Ella Routh Martin. On April 6, 1946, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Arvis “Buck” Strong, who preceded her in death on August 11, 1995. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her flowers, embroidering, crocheting and loved cooking for her grandkids. Mrs. Strong was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Reta Smith, husband, Radis, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Rhonda Smith, Robin Burgess, husband, Kelly and Rusty Smith, wife, Nicole; eight great-grandchildren, Shanae Goss, Sonja Pettyjohn, husband Shane, J. C. Goss, fiancee’, Breanna Quinn, Ashton Burgess, Preston Burgess, Drew, Kaitlyn and Blake Smith; one great-great-grandchild, Emma Chapman; one brother, Charley Martin, Ardmore, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews including one niece that she thought of as her own, Deloris Hardin, husband, George, Wichita, Kansas.

Her parents, husband, three brothers, Loyd, Floyd, and Tan Martin, three sisters, Julia Luna, Fronia Thompson and Jessie Martin , precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery or Martin Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

stokesFuneral services for Hazel Lorene Stokes, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stokes died at 8:15 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born December 27, 1921, at Bly, Missouri, to James Clarence Lair and Della Margaret Burgess Lair. On August 24, 1946, she was married at Alton, Missouri, to Ellis Edward Stokes, who preceded her in death on April 14, 1990. Mrs. Stokes had received her business degree from Missouri State University, Resident Center and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, reading, music and loved church. Mrs. Stokes was a member of the Church of Christ and attended West 160 Church of Christ.

She is survived by two daughters, Vicky Ford, husband, Leon, West Plains, Missouri and Donna Groves, husband, Danny, Boonville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amy Jo Wood, husband Chris, Anna Lea Bayona, husband, Michael, Jerad Allen Stokes and Ashley Leigh Young, husband, Shane; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Allen Wood, Samuel David Wood and Gracelyn Marie Young; one brother, Don Lair, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Doris Deidiker, Farmington, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Victor and Noel Lair and two sisters, Opal Vaughn and Nerine Sigler, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West 160 Church of Christ or Fair Haven Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Vickie Lynn Jernigan, 50, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on July 28, 2013 at her home.

Visitation will be Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with Interment at Bailey Cemetery, Alton, MO

She was born June 8, 1963 in Mountain View, Missouri, the daughter of Lewis Alexander and Rosalie (Huff) Pennington.

Vickie graduated from Liberty High School in 1981. She was united in marriage to William T. Jernigan, Jr. on November 4, 1995 in Willow Springs, Missouri.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and husband.

Survivors include three brothers, Ronnie Pennington and wife, Brenda, of Mountain View, Roger Pennington and wife, Geneva, of St. James, MO, and Rodney Pennington and wife, Patricia, of Republic, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Vickie attended Little Zion Baptist Church. She had a great love for her husband, Tommy, her dogs which she called her “kids”, and her nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Michael F. Brozovich, 64, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his residence.

He was born October 12, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to the late Frank T. and Lavon Pearl (Reeves) Brozovich. Michael was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. He relocated to Mountain Home from Rock Island, Illinois in 1977. He married Tracey Ann Crider on December 30, 1992 in Harrison. Michael worked as a Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker in Mountain Home for 26 years. He was a member of the St. Peter’s the Fisherman Catholic Church. In his spare time, Michael enjoyed music and writing. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Destiny Rose Roark.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Tracey Brozovich of Mountain Home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Brandy and Peter Stablie of Mountain Home, Michelle and Javier Silva-Hernandez of Texas and Jessica and Zach Roark of Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Lenny and Patty Brozovich and Paul Brozovich, both of Milan, Illinois; two grandsons, Brayden and Christian Stablie and three granddaughters, Alhannah Silva-Hernadez and Angel and Melanie Roark.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the First Christian Church in Mountain Home with Pastor Lewis Godby officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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

Funeral services for Doris Esther Zaiser, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Zaiser died at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born September 7, 1922, in Bourbon, Missouri, to Reverend Elfred John Roschke and Meta Groh Roschke. On December 6, 1944, she was married at St. Louis, Missouri, to Fred Zaiser, who preceded her in death on May 22, 1991. Before her retirement, Doris and her husband, Fred, operated Ozarko Oil for many years. She enjoyed making greeting cards for any occasion on her computer for friends, neighbors and family. She was involved in and enjoyed many activities such as water aerobics at the West Plains Civic Center, exercise classes at West Plains Senior Citizens Center, the Dorcas Circle of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and was a volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center for fifteen years. She had a kind and generous spirit and always brightened everyone’s day. Mrs. Zaiser was a lifetime member of Lutheran Church Missouri Senate and an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Plains.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Glenn, husband Harold, Corona, California; Jennifer Lange, Hoffman Estates, Illinois; and Nancy Brown, husband Tom, West Plains, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Weubben, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Her parents, husband, one son, Rick Zaiser and one brother, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside Services for Cecil Jay Hodge, 83, West Plains, Missouri, will be 3:00pm Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Stateline cemetery, Moko, Arkansas, with the Reverend Charles Barnett officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Eldie Lee Hodge and Loria Barnett Hodge, on August 23, 1929 in Moko, Arkansas and died July 25, 2013 in West Plains, MO.

He was united in marriage May 6, 1954 in Salem, Arkansas to Myrtle Ruth Morris.

He is survived by one son, James Hodge and friend Missy Fetzer, St Louis, Missouri; two daughters, Linda Weida and Charlotte Lemons, Belle, Missouri; one brother, Lonnie Hodge, Jonesboro, Arkansas; five sisters, Nancy Young, West Plains, Missouri, Grace Mann, Springfield, Missouri, Pearl Davis, Arnold, Missouri, Anna Brucker and Martha Britt; 11 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Ruth Morris Hodge; his parents Eldie Lee Hodge and Loria Barnett Hodge; two sons-in-law, Edward Weida and Sonny Lemons; two brothers, Charlie and Francis Hodge; two sisters, Dorothy Crawford and May Sandridge; four infant siblings, Frankie Sidney Hodge, Eldie James Hodge, Mary Ann Hodge and Lora May Hodge.

He was employed by Sunnen Products for many years and was a gardener. He was of the Pentecostal Faith and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Viewing and visitation will be 9am-2pm Friday

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

A Memorial Service for Graham Justus O’Neal, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. O’Neal was greeted by Jesus on July 27, 2013.

He was born November 1, 1930, to Henry Charles O’Neal and Nancy Ellen Jennings O‘Neal in Swifton, Arkansas. As a young man, Graham’s family moved to San Diego, California. During his late teens, his family moved to Paragould, Arkansas, where Graham, who excelled in many sports, completed high school in 1948.

That summer Graham married his high school sweetheart, Camila “Connie” Guill; they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Graham and Connie were blessed with three children: Kathleen, Scott and Grant. The O’Neal’s moved to West Plains in 1962.

Graham began his first career working for Sterling Stores in 1948. He managed stores in Kennett and West Plains, Missouri. After more than 30 years with Sterling’s, Graham pursued higher education culminating in a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of New York and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arkansas State University. Along the way, Graham studied at several fine educational institutions including: Cambridge University, Oxford University, Trinity College and the University of Texas.

Upon completion of his MBA, Graham began his second career as CEO of West Plains Health Service. He worked in this capacity for 22 years as the agency grew from 4 to 30 employees and retired in 2008 at the age of 77. He was the interim Director of Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) for 1 ½ years. Graham also contributed to the education of others as an adjunct Professor at Missouri State University-West Plains, as a contributor of chapters for several graduate-level textbooks, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, Youth Group Leader and Scout Leader. He was also actively involved throughout his life in many community organizations and activities in Kennett and West Plains. These included the Downtown Merchant Association, Kiwanis’s, Chamber of Commerce, R-7 Board of Education, Missouri State University Advisory Board, the Rotary Club, the Urban Renewal Board and the Civic Center Board. He has attended the First United Methodist Churches of West Plains and Kennett. Graham served terms as president or chairman of many of these organizations and was proud of the many achievements during his tenure. Throughout his life, Graham was blessed with many friendships and interests. His friends described him as thoughtful, humorous and industrious. His Christian faith was at the center of his life.

Graham was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Henry, Charles and Frank and one sister, Norma.

Graham was a devoted husband and father who valued his family and considered them to be the most important focus of his earthly life. Graham is survived by his wife, Connie; their three children, Kathleen Aid, husband, Toney, Scott O’Neal, wife, Kay and Grant O’Neal, wife, Patty; four grandchildren, Hilary Aid, Graham Aid, Rachel Beaman, husband, Daniel and Leslie O’Neal; four step-grandchildren, Scott David, Athena, Becca and Ryan; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Ethan Beaman.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Graham and Connie O’Neal Scholarship Fund at MSU-West Plains or the OMC Foundation. Contributions may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mr. Christopher J. Rector, age 62 of Licking, MO passed away July 26, 2013 in Washington County Memorial Hospital. Visitation is Wednesday, July 31,10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be held Wednesday, July 31, 11:00 A.M. Fox Chapel, Licking.

All arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO

Graveside services for Leshia LeRae Laxton, 47, Ozark, Missouri, were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Leshia died 3:10 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri. She was born April 12, 1966 at West Plains, Missouri to Dwight Laxton and Wanda Strong Laxton. She graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1984. Leshia enjoyed the out of doors, animals and auto racing. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her parents, Dwight and Wanda Laxton, Nixa, Missouri; one brother, Mark Laxton, Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Jennifer McCormick and husband, Rob, Nix, Missouri; and seven nieces and nephews.

Her grandparents preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian County Humane Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.