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Archive for August, 2013

Graveside services for Hollis Newton Cropper, 92, Springfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Sweeton Pond Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cropper died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

He was born August 20, 1920, at Dora, Missouri, to John T. Cropper and Bess Fern (Sweeton) Cropper. Mr. Cropper was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy. He was married to Grace Gwendolyn Atkins, who preceded him in death on January 29, 2007. Before his retirement, Mr. Cropper had been a special agent for Frisco Railroad for thirty-one years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Cropper was a Master Mason, a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner; he had served his Shrine Temple as Potentate.

He is survived by his son, Stephen Cropper, wife, Angel, Nashville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Stephen, Ashley, Andrea and Cameron; two sisters, Velva Kelley and Martha Jane Uhlmann; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, and two sisters, Mary Lou Scoggins and Virginia Kutter, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Sweeton Pond Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main Street, West Plains, MO 65775. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com

Wallace Martin Romines, age 84, son of Oliden and Jane (Bellomy) Romines, was born on March 21, 1929 in Henry County, Missouri. He departed this life on August 19, 2013 at his residence in Houston, MO following a long illness.

Services were held Thursday August 22, 2013 at the Houston First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Delcour officiating. Pallbearers were; Chris Romines, Chad Elledge, Tristan Cooper, Aaron Scheets, Ryan Hosna and David Suddeth. Burial was in the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Wallace was a veteran of the Korean War and later spent 30 years working for Civil Service.

He was united in marriage to Mary Elen Snyder on June 18, 1955. Four children were born to this union.

Wallace is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Iris Bell and four brothers; Ray, Lowell, Marion and David.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary of the home, one daughter, Cathy, two sons, Roger and wife Gloria and Randy and wife Billie. Wallace is also survived by a nephew Roy and niece Shirley who were as close as his own children, two sisters, Mingies Robertson and Mary Ann Snyder, six grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Wallace was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend and neighbor. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Hospice Compasses, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Ruthanne Kratochvil, 84, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at her home.

She was born June 19, 1929, in Aberdeen, South Dakota to the late Ralph X. and Ruth Helen Marie (Roberts) Vannella. Ruthanne married Joseph Theodore Kratochvil on January 14, 1950, in Bensenville, Illinois. They relocated to Mountain Home in 1968 from Bensenville. Ruthanne was most importantly known by her family as a wonderful mother who dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After Joseph passed away she worked several years at the Wal-Mart in Mountain Home where she met many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and a granddaughter, Sheri Anne Gardner.

Survivors include four sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph and Beth Kratochvil of Pineville, Timothy and Michael Kratochvil, both of Mountain Home and Blaise Kratochvil (Connie Jones) of Mountain Home; five daughters and sons-in-law, Bernadette Kratochvil and Gary Hughes of Hot Springs, and Theresa and Rick Gardner, Mary and Larry McGrath, Suzanne Cassidy and Lisa and David Riggs, all of Mountain Home; a sister, Patricia Helgesen of Cotter; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A gathering of family and friends will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday at Baxter Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Beth Kratochvil officiating by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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

Gabriella (Gabbi) Reese Parish White, age 4, daughter of Donald White and Arlene Burch was born on October 6, 2008 in Houston, MO. She passed away August 17, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Visitation will be Friday August 23rd at 2-3 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services will follow at 3 PM. Pastor Ted Moore will officiate with burial in the Ashley Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gabbi White Memorial Fund c/o Evans Funeral Home in lieu of flowers. In honor of Gabbi, please wear pink to the service.

She is preceded in death by her grandpa, Donald White, Jr. She is survived by her sister Caitlin Burch of Success, her brothers, Kendall and Zachary Burch of Success, her brothers Blake and Cayden White of Bucyrus, her brothers; Ethan and Austin White of Raymondville. She is also survived by her grandpa Darrell Rogers, her grandma Connie Rogers and her grandma Martha Rogers, and her grandparents Dale and Ramona Parish, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gabbi had the ability to make everyone smile and fall in love with her smile. Once she got to know you, you couldn’t keep her out of your lap.

She enjoyed playing with friends and family. She enjoyed playing with all animals and trying to catch them. She was always showing you something she caught. Gabbi always loved to be outside.

Gabbi was a wonderful daughter, sister, grandchild and friend. She will be missed but never forgotten. Even though she may not be with us physically, she will always be with us in our hearts and in our thoughts.

Linda Gail Brabant, age 62, daughter of John and Murtice (Woodall) Higginbotham was born August 11, 1951 in Houston, Mississippi. She passed away August 17, 2013 in her home, Plato, Missouri.

Linda grew up moving from military base to military base since her Father was in the military for 20 years. She spent time in Germany, Fort Hood, TX, Fort Dix, NJ and even Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

She attended school on many of these military bases, but started high school in Houston, Mississippi. She attended college at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and completed two Associate Degrees. She worked for Central Texas College as an Administration Assistant for 20 years and retired from there in 2008. She helped many young students start their education and attain their goal of receiving their degrees. She encouraged students to get an education while in the military and many wives went on to finish their education and obtain satisfying jobs. Linda helped them receive the financial help and counseling they needed to complete the courses that would lead to their degrees.

She joined the military August 1977 and completed her duty August 1980. She was very proud to serve her country following in the footsteps of her Father and Sister.

She married her husband Warren Brabant in Fort Belvoir, VA in June of 1978.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bill Higginbotham, her sister Kay Trent and Lucy Trent and Joan Howell all of Houston, MS.

She is survived by her husband Warren of the home in Plato; her sons: Billy Moore of Houston, MS and John Brabant of Plato, MO; her daughter Rosanna Jemes of Grovesprings, MO; 4 grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jean Nabors of Houston, MS, several nieces and nephews.

Linda loved her family and gardening, but most of all she loved cleaning. She enjoyed her flowers and home grown tomatoes. She always liked living in the country and hunting with her husband. She was very proud of being a wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was very happy when surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed traveling around Missouri seeing all its beauty. She always wanted her family and friends to be safe and happy.

She will be missed but we know she is enjoying her flowers in bloom in heaven. She has always said this is not good-bye but, “see you soon in heaven with our Heavenly Father.”

Memorials may be made to Houston Relay for Life. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday August 24, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home, with the Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Lawrence Chatman officiating. Graveside Services will be held Monday August 26, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Wood. Services will be under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Josephine Louise Elliott Slaughter, 88, of Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, MO, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013, following a short illness. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Willow Care Home, Willow Springs, Missouri.

She was born August 4, 1925 to Beauford Fortunetta Pizzella and William Franklin Elliott at Huntington, West Virginia. Josephine met her future husband, William Whitson Slaughter, while studying at the Ringling Art Institute in Sarasota, Florida. They married, moved to Tennessee and built a fishing and ski resort, after which they had a series of adventures from living on board ship to living in the Middle East and Africa.

Three children were born to this union, and family life was the utmost importance to Josephine. She was a loving, gifted and amazing woman who enriched the lives of all those who were fortunate to know her. Her bright spirit and unfailing optimism and perseverance were empowering to her family and friends. She truly led by example and lived life to its fullest.

She is survived by three children, Barbara Beau Flanagan and husband, Bernard, Mountain Grove, Missouri, Michele Louise Badger and husband, Jeffrey, Carbondale, Kansas and Stephen Elliott Slaughter and wife, Tracy, Las Vegas Nevada; four grandchildren Christopher Elliott and Lori Chovanec of Gardner, Kansas, Stephen Andrew Chovanec, Roanoke, Virginia and Logan William Slaughter, Las Vegas, Nevada; two great-grandchildren Gavyn Chovanec and Katherine Chovanec, Gardner, Kansas; and special extended family members Jim and Patricia Hamilton, Columbia, South Carolina.

Her parents, husband and one brother, Bigelow Moseley of the State of West Virginia, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, ASPCA or any animal shelter, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

John R. Prewitt II, 65, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at his residence.

He was born January 7, 1948 in Little Rock to John Ralph Prewitt and Mildred Louise (Fleming) Prewitt. Mr. Prewitt was a lifelong educator and a great leader. He loved hunting and fishing both the lakes and rivers. John was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother; his wife of 40 years, Gerrie Prewitt of Mountain Home; a son Jon Michael Prewitt of Springdale; a daughter, Jessica Prewitt Fayetteville; one sister Beverly Moore of Horn lake, Mississippi.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with Reverend Jim McDonald officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Arkansas Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children. Joyce Sullivan, ARCEC Treasurer Bebe Public Schools, 1201 West Center, Beebe, AR 72012.

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

Benjamin Franklin Mayberry, age 79, of Licking, MO passed away August 19, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital. He was born October 15, 1933 to John Allen and Mattie Matilda (Noble) Mayberry in Licking, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Mattie Mayberry, five sisters; Nellie Fagan, Ruby Jackson and Norma Mayberry and two as infants.

Frank was a truck driver through the years and traveled to many different places in his life.

He was baptized in 1970 at Clara, MO in the Piney River.

Frank is survived by his daughters; Francis Poe of Licking, MO and Debbie Watts of Carthage, MO, three sisters; Fern Hassell of Licking, MO, Leota Courtney of Raymondville, MO and Luann Stewart of Licking, MO.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Wednesday August 21, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cavaness Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Linda Gail Brabant, age 62, daughter of John and Murtice (Woodall) Higginbotham was born August 11, 1951 in Houston, Mississippi. She passed away August 17, 2013 in her home, Plato, Missouri.

Linda grew up moving from military base to military base since her Father was in the military for 20 years. She spent time in Germany, Fort Hood, TX, Fort Dix, NJ and even Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

She attended school on many of these military bases, but started high school in Houston, Mississippi. She attended college at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and completed two Associate Degrees. She worked for Central Texas College as an Administration Assistant for 20 years and retired from there in 2008. She helped many young students start their education and attain their goal of receiving their degrees. She encouraged students to get an education while in the military and many wives went on to finish their education and obtain satisfying jobs. Linda helped them receive the financial help and counseling they needed to complete the courses that would lead to their degrees.

She joined the military August 1977 and completed her duty August 1980. She was very proud to serve her country following in the footsteps of her Father and Sister.

She married her husband Warren Brabant in Fort Belvoir, VA in June of 1978.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bill Higginbotham, her sister Kay Trent and Lucy Trent and Joan Howell all of Houston, MS.

She is survived by her husband Warren of the home in Plato; her sons: Billy Moore of Houston, MS and John Brabant of Plato, MO; her daughter Rosanna Jemes of Grovesprings, MO; 4 grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jean Nabors of Houston, MS, several nieces and nephews.

Linda loved her family and gardening, but most of all she loved cleaning. She enjoyed her flowers and home grown tomatoes. She always liked living in the country and hunting with her husband. She was very proud of being a wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was very happy when surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed traveling around Missouri seeing all its beauty. She always wanted her family and friends to be safe and happy.

She will be missed but we know she is enjoying her flowers in bloom in heaven. She has always said this is not good-bye but, “see you soon in heaven with our Heavenly Father.”

Memorials may be made to Houston Relay for Life. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday August 24, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home, with the Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Lawrence Chatman officiating. Graveside Services will be held Monday August 26, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Wood, services will be under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Bill Stuart, 75 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Sunday, at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Born Monday, October 18, 1937, in Newport, Ar. he was the son of the late Ralph Stuart and the late Marie Carr Stuart.

Survived by his daughters, Tamra Robertson of Jonesboro, AR and Sandra Elliott of Jonesboro, AR; Grand children, Chris and Casy Robertson, Leanne Elliott-Cook.

Preceded in death by his wife Billye Sue Stuart, brother, Bob Stuart.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Heath Funeral Home.

with full militay honors.

Online condolences at www.heathfuneralhome.net