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Archive for October, 2013

Clifford Skaggs, 84, of West Plains died October 16 at his home.

Graveside services will be Saturday, October 19 at 10 AM at State Line Cemetery, Fulton Co., AR with Brother Cory Mayberry officiating.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of West Plains.

Funeral services for C. L. “Leapy” Rickard, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Rickard died at 2:47 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born December 31, 1925, at Whittier, California, to Cliff Rickard and Frances Gladys Morgan Rickard. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1942. Mr. Rickard was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Battle of The Bulge and was a machine gunner. On June 30, 1990, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Gail Bruce. Mr. Rickard was a businessman and had been the owner and operator of Ozark Gas Company and West Plains Distributing. He was also a professional pilot and had a farm in the Dora area. Leapy enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel; he spent a great deal of time in Mexico. Leapy also enjoyed horse shows; and had shown horses at Missouri Fox Trotters competitions. Mr. Rickard was a Christian and supported the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Rickard, of the family home; one son, Cliff M. “Skip” Rickard, wife, Karen, Dora, Missouri; two step-sons, Mike Hill, wife, Kristin, St. Louis, Missouri and Shaun Patrick Mullen, wife, Natasha, St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Lesa Brune, Shelly Rickard, Melanie Elmore, Brandon Rickard, David Hill, Alex Hill, Monique Mullen, Chanel Mullen and Race Mullen; six great-grandchildren, Cliff “Scooter” Rickard, Steven Brune, Joseph Brune, Patricia Rickard, Henry Rickard and John Rickard; one sister, Josephine Martin Collins, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews, including Peggy Martin, Leslie Belcher and Mark Rickard.

His parents and two brothers, Gene Harry Rickard and Dale Beam, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center’s Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Clifford Wayne Skaggs, 84, West Plains, Missouri, died October 16, 2013 at his home in West Plains.

Graveside services for Clifford Wayne Skaggs will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at State Line Cemetery, Fulton County, Arkansas, with Brother Cory Mayberry officiating.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

A Mass of Resurrection for Margaret Mary Carlson, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carlson died at 7:07 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at her home, with her family at her side.

She was born July 28, 1924, on Staten Island, New York, to William J. O’Donnell and Kathleen Donovan O’Donnell. On October 10, 1945, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Rex Carlson on Staten Island. Margaret was a loving and devoted wife to Rex for sixty-eight years. Mrs. Carlson was an executive secretary for a communications company. She loved people, was a very giving and loving person. Her sweet personality, warm smile and sparkling eyes will always be missed. Mrs. Carlson was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Rex Carlson, of the family home; three children, Bill Carlson, wife, Michelle, West Plains, Missouri, Audrey Kaufman, husband, Peter, Marquette, Michigan and John Carlson, Dallas, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Bryan Carlson, Sean Carlson, Megan Carlson Brown, Karin Shady, Carl Anderson, Jonathan Carlson and Christopher Carlson; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert T. O’Donnell, wife, Joan, Arlington Heights, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, two brothers and one sister, precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., Monday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at Riverways Home Health and Hospice and Margaret’s evening caregivers for the exceptional care that was shown to their loved one.

Orelia Raye Smith, 91, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on October 15, 2013 at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View.

Visitation will be Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 19, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

She was born December 23, 1921 in Fanchon, Missouri, the daughter of Raymond and Georgia (Gilliam) Baser.

Orelia attended Boatman Grade School, then Peace Valley High School, graduating with the class of 1941. Her college education was interrupted by the start of World War II. She trained as a machinist and was employed by Curtis Wright Aircraft of St. Louis. She was also employed by Wagner Electric in St. Louis.

Orelia was united in marriage to Gordon Thomas Smith, Sr. on March 23, 1946 in Clayton, Missouri and to this union four children were born. The family lived in Creve Coeur, Missouri until 1958, when they moved to a farm in Raymondville, Missouri. Then in 1966, they moved to their home in Mountain View.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two brothers, and two sisters.

Survivors include her children, Cheryle Lynn Starkweather and husband, Rory, Terreton, ID, Gordon Thomas Smith, Jr. and wife, Brenda, Mountain View, Sheila Rae Orchard and husband, Terry, Birch Tree, and Letitia Marie Staton and husband, Ed, Mountain View; one brother; four sisters; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Orelia was baptized into the Methodist faith in March, 1948. She attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Teresita.

Orelia enjoyed being Mom, Mom-in-law, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Bertha “Bert” Wakeham, age 90 of Cherokee Village, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat.

A Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church located in Cherokee Village with Rev. Brian Pummill officiating. Interment will follow in the Peace Lutheran Columbarium with arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

She was born February 14, 1923 at Randall, Iowa to Martin A. and Christiana (Halvorson) Olson. She was a homemaker and a Charter Member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Wakeham; four brothers, Magnus Olson, Martin Olson, Herman Olson, and Bud Olson; three sisters, Hilda Hart, Alvina Barkema, and Jennie Headley; one grandson, Craig Wakeham; and one great granddaughter, Megan Wakeham. Survivors include two sons, Mark Wakeham and wife Barbara of Cherokee Village and Robert Wakeham and wife Linda of Fayetteville, Georgia; one daughter, Linda Miller and husband Conrad of Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister, Jean Rothfus of Little Rock, Arkansas; eleven Grandchildren; twelve Great Grandchildren; twelve Great- Great Grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service for Richard Lee Mercer, 65, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Cornerstone Family Worship Church.

Mr. Mercer died at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born October 10, 1948, at Valley Park, Missouri, to Esco Arthur Mercer and Pauletta Tredway Mercer. On June 22, 1973, he was married at Sullivan, Missouri, to Sheryl Johnson. Mr. Mercer worked on the electric and sanitation crew for the City of West Plains and after his retirement from the City, he went to work at the West Plains Armory. He enjoyed having coffee with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Mercer, of the family home; one daughter, Laurie Graham, husband, Terry, West Plains; and four grandchildren, Lacey, Bailey, Riley and Sophie.

His parents and one brother precede him in death.

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

A Memorial service for Joseph Christopher Langron, 33, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Langron died at 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at West Plains, Missouri.

He was born July 7, 1980, at Springfield, Missouri, to Kenneth Pierce and Bernadette Langron Bullock. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1998. Mr. Langron worked as a lead man at Armstrong Flooring. He enjoyed floating the rivers and loved his family and kids.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Kenneth and Jeannie Pierce, Ava, Missouri; his mother and step-father, Bernadette and Dwayne Bullock, West Plains, Missouri; two children, Christopher Steven Langron and Patrick Logan Langron; grandparents, Tom and JoAnn Pierce, Ava, Missouri; three brothers, Jeremy Pierce, Ava, Missouri, Ray Overturf, West Plains, Missouri and David Overturf, Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Jennifer Overturf, Atlanta, Georgia; a special uncle, John Langron; and step-brother and sisters, Tellcy Osborn, Sarah Bullock, Alan Bullock and Crystal Maples; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

His brother, Roy James Overturf, precedes him in death.

Burial will be in the Ava City Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Betty Colleen Harrison, 84, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at New Hope Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harrison died at 10:17 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2013, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

She was born December 29, 1928, at Fort Worth, Texas, to Gomez and Thelma Chapman Hill. On August 19, 1950, she was married at Fort Worth, Texas, to Raymond Wesley Harrison, who preceded her in death on May 31, 2013. They soon moved to the San Diego, California area, and to their union, they were blessed with three children, Rodney Alan Harrison, who passed away from an illness at age four, Tyrus “Craig” Harrison and Teresa Lynn Townsend. Before her retirement, Betty had worked at the San Diego School and the District Library in El Cajon County, California. She enjoyed square dancing and had been a member of Hoofers ‘n’ Goofers; she also enjoyed camping and had been a synchronized swimmer. Mrs. Harrison was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Betty was met at the pearly gates of heaven by her parents, husband, son Rodney, granddaughter Casey Lauren Harrison and one sister, Huelene.

Waiting on the Lord is her son Craig Harrison and wife, Janet, their children, Jacob Raymond and wife, Shayla, their sons, Kael Judah, Tripp Joseph, their daughter, Amanda Beth and husband, Derek Richardson, children, Reece Andrew Lewin, Aurora Elise Lewin and Kennedy Elizabeth Richardson; Betty’s daughter Teri and husband, Daniel Townsend, their children, Courtney Amber Lester and husband, Matt, their children, Madison Avery, Brodie Gavin and Chloe Brinn, sons Kyle Wesley Townsend and Cody Tyler Townsend and future bride, Stacy; her brother David Hill and wife Lucy, Fort Worth, Texas; and her sister, Doris Christine Holland, Fort Worth, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Jarroll Dean Chapman, 71, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 30, 1942, in Norfork to the late Wilson Ray and Helen (Hurst) Chapman. Jarroll served in the United States Air Force. After his military service he worked for 36 years as a boiler operator at Baxter Healthcare in Mountain Home until his retirement. He married Linda Jean Provence on January 1, 1983, at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Mountain Home. Jarroll loved hunting and fishing and attended Hopewell Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Linda Chapman of the home; two step-daughters, Paula Browning of Modesto, California and Cynthia (James) Spann of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, his twin sister, Jewel (Dwight) Hutson of Mountain Home and Fern (Bob) Holt of Knightdale, North Carolina; three brothers, David (Patty) and Carroll Chapman, both of Mountain Home and Steve Chapman of Norfork; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Larraine Buresh of Gassville; a sister-in-law, Alice Preis of Godfrey, Illinois; a grandson, Nicholas Browning of Modesto, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Louis Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Burnt School House Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bert Benton, Fred Burrow, Larry Hampton, Johnny Shew, Darrin Hughes and Greg McGowen. Honorary pallbearers will be James Southard and Jack Hughes.

Memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church or the Christian Clinic of Mountain Home.

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