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Archive for November, 2013

Kathy Bolding Gibson, 80, a resident of Yellville passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, at her residence.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The funeral will follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Louis Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery near Buford under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Marion County Senior Center, 5966 Highway 202, Flippin, Arkansas 72634.

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

She was born May 10, 1933, in Cartney to the late Hubert and Clara (Wheat) Bolding. She married Alfred Earl Gibson 58 years ago in Little Rock. Kathy worked in customer service at Clark’s in Texas and Ames in New York. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Mountain Home. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Al Gibson of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Phyllis Gibson of Yellville; a daughter and son-in-law, Mitzi and David Denny of Duluth, Georgia; six grandchildren, Benjamin, Phoebe, Emily and Erin Gibson and Dustyn and Mason Denny; nine great grandchildren; numerous cousins and other relatives and friends.

Avis Juanita (Wright) Howery was born August 29, 1920 in Rover, Missouri, the daughter of John and Amy (Naney) Wright. She passed away November 27, 2013 at Mountain View Healthcare in Mountain View, Missouri at the age of 93.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date at the Mountain View United Methodist Church under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Following the service a reception will be held for family and friends. Memorials may be made to the Mountain View United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Aransas Pass, Texas. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.

Her memories of her childhood were of happy, fun-loving friends, and she especially enjoyed her schoolmates. After graduation from Thomasville High School she attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri to become a teacher. She also attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri and received her degree in elementary education from Kingsville A&I College in 1950. In 1963, she received her Masters Degree in Education. Her first teaching job was teaching first and second grade at Thomasville. She was a teacher in the Couch and Thayer school districts until she met her future husband and moved to Aransas Pass, Texas where she continued to teach in the Aransas Pass school system until her retirement in 1973.

Avis was married on April 27, 1945 to Robert Howery, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents, John and Amy Wright; three sisters, Meekee Schroeder, Gertrude Moore, and Ellen Smoot.

Avis enjoyed travel, church and community work. Her favorite travel was a trip she took to the Holy Land. She was an adult sunday School teacher for 64 years and a member of the choir. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and held various offices in her local church and the United Methodist Women’s organization.

In March of 2001, Avis moved from Texas to Willow West Apartments in Willow Springs, Missouri, to be near her niece, Sue Pennycuick. In 2006 she moved to the Assisted Living facility at Mountain View, MIssouri and has been a resident of the Mountain View Nursing facility for the past two years.

Avis is survived by her family and friends in Aransas Pass, Texas; her niece, Sue Pennycuick Johnson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; her nephew Jack Smoot and wife, LaWanda in St. James, Missouri; and friends in Mountain View, MO.

Funeral services for Larry Gene “Bo” Roberts, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Roberts died at 11:44 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born June 5, 1946, at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Elmer “Shorty” Roberts and Emma Fore Roberts. On March 31, 1967, he was married at Alton, Missouri, to Gwenda Rhine. Before his retirement, Mr. Roberts was a machine operator at Marathon Electric, now known as Regal-Beloit. He enjoyed gardening, NASCAR and his grandkids. Mr. Roberts was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Gwenda Roberts, of the family home; three daughters, Melody Kenslow, Angie Berry, husband, Donnie and Kayla Miller, husband, Sam, all of West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Bo Kenslow, wife, Rachel, Hayden Berry, Emma Berry, Nicole Pierce, McKenna Miller, DeLaney “Bill” Miller and Savannah Miller; one sister, Verba Endicott, husband, Denzel, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Brenda Stone, husband, Kenny, Clark Ridge, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; and his buddy “Roxie”.

His parents, one daughter, Tracey Roberts, two infant brothers and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Kathreen Rhine, precede him in death.

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

Ludie Mae (Hammett) Gale, age 88, was born February 12, 1925 at Russ County Henderson, Texas to Otis and Ada (Moore) Hammett. She passed away November 26, 2013 at Houston House Nursing Home, Houston, MO.

She grew up in Henderson, Texas. Ludie married James “Vester” Gale on December 23, 1944. They moved to Eunice, MO where they bought a farm. She loved her animals and enjoyed gardening.

Ludie worked for Angelica Uniform factory, until she had to retire due to her health. In 1983 they bought a home in Houston. She lived there until 1999 when she went to reside at Houston House.

She attended Eunice Baptist Church for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vester, two sisters; Linnie Brown and Adelle Parrott and two brothers.

Ludie is survived by one brother, Lonnie “Bud” Hammett of Henderson, TX, and a faithful friend Edna Beasley of Houston, MO.

Ludie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.

No formal visitation will be held. Her body will lie in state from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Friday November 29, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday November 30, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Brother Brad Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Mae Russell, 91, of Birch Tree, passed away on Wednesday, November 27 in Birch Tree.

Services will be at 1 PM Friday, November 29 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence, with interment in New Eminence Cemetery.

Family will received friends at 11 AM Friday, November 29 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Eminence.

Funeral services for Harry “Gene” Cline, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cline died 10:20 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his home. He was born September 1, 1927 in Oregon County, Missouri to Silas Grant and Icy Ida Ross Cline. On June 9, 1949, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Louise Bates. Mr. Cline was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II. Before his retirement, he worked as a carpenter and was a farmer. Mr. Cline attended the Smith Chapel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Cline, of the family home; two children, Donna Jackson, husband, Russ, Springfield, Missouri and Steve Cline, wife, Linda, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Cline, West Plains, Missouri, Michelle Hammond, husband, J.D., West Plains, Missouri and Staci Quintana, husband, Richard, Springfield, Missouri; three great-grandchildren, Jacob & Jessica Hammond and Morgan Hodges; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Virgie Newberry, five brothers, Garnet, Bill, Herbert, Glen and Grant Cline, one half-sister, Eunice Cunningham and one half-brother, Oak Cline, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time, Saturday, November 30th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or St. Judes Children’s Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.

A Celebration of Life Service for Dixie Lee Atkins Huff, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the West Plains High School Gymnasium, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Please join family and friends at this celebration od Dixie’s life and mourning of her passing.

Dixie lost her fight with NASH disease on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She was born to William (Bill) Wilma Hicks Atkins on October 5, 1966 in Overland Park, Kansas. On May 21, 1988, Dixie married her best friend and love of her life, Jeffrey Curtis Huff. On January 10, 1998, Dixie and Jeff became overnight parents with the arrival of Ashley, January and April into their lives. In recent years, Dixie became the proud Nana to James, Bryden, Laityn and Emory. Dixie treasured her family above all else and looked forward to spoiling her grandsons as they grew up. She instilled in her family the motto: Live well, Laugh often, Love much.

Also, important in Dixie’s life was her profession. Her education began in West Plains R-7 Schools, from which she graduated in 1985. Dixie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University and her Master’s in Education from Southwest Baptist and was working on a second Master’s in Criminology. Dixie began her teaching career at Couch High School, Myrtle, Missouri, where she spent seven happy years before joining the West Plains High School faculty. She taught in the science department at West Plains High School for seventeen years where she served as student council sponsor, science department head and professional development representative. Dixie had also served as an adjunct chemistry faculty member at Missouri State University-West Plains. Dixie took great pride in her professional life and received much joy in the lives and successes of her students.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Jeff, her three daughters, her four grandsons, and many loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her big brother, William (Billy) Atkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixie Huff Memorial Scholarship at Missouri State University and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.

A Celebration of Life Service for Dixie Lee Atkins Huff, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at West Plains High School Gymnasium, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Please join family and friends at this celebration of Dixie’s life and mourning of her passing.

Dixie lost her fight with NASH disease on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She was born to William (Bill) and Wilma Hicks Atkins on October 5, 1966 in Overland Park, Kansas. On May 21, 1988, Dixie married her best friend and love of her life, Jeffrey Curtis Huff. On January 10, 1998, Dixie and Jeff became overnight parents with the arrival of Ashley, January and April into their lives. In recent years, Dixie became the proud Nana to James, Brayden, Laityn and Emory. Dixie treasured her family above all else and looked forward to spoiling her grandsons as they grew up. She instilled in her family the motto: Live well, Laugh often, Love much.

Also, important in Dixie’s life was her profession. Her education began in West Plains R-7 Schools, from which she graduated in 1985. Dixie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University and her Master’s in Education from Southwest Baptist and was working on a second Master’s in Criminology. Dixie began her teaching career at Couch High School, Myrtle, Missouri, where she spent seven happy years before joining the West Plains High School faculty. She taught in the science department at West Plains High School for seventeen years where she served as student council sponsor, science department head and professional development representative. Dixie had also served as an adjunct chemistry faculty member at Missouri State University-West Plains. Dixie took great pride in her professional life and received much joy in the lives and successes of her students.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Jeff, her three daughters, her four grandsons, and many loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her big brother, William (Billy) Atkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixie Huff Memorial Scholarship at Missouri State University and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Kevin Blaine Finch, 56, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Finch died 12:41 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1957 at Pekin, Illinois to Joy Wrinkles Finch and the late Elmer Lee Finch. He graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1975 and on April 17, 2000, was married at West Plains, Missouri to Leslie Miller. Mr. Finch was owner and operator of Finch’s Locksmith Service. He enjoyed cars, the saxophone and made it a priority to tell people about Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Finch, of the family home; four children, Kelli Vonallmen, husband, Ricky, West Plains, Missouri, Katherine Dill, husband, Joe, Neosho, Missouri Corey Riddle, West Plains, Missouri and Jacob Riddle, Brooklyn, Michigan; three grandchildren,, who called him “Poppy”, Madyson, Taylor and Luke; his mother, Joy Finch, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Rhonda Brooks, husband, Michael, Choctaw, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, grandmother, Granny Cora and mother-in-law, Renee Bates, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 29th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Pentecostal Church Building Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Harry “Gene” Cline, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cline died 10:20 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his home. He was born September 1, 1927 in Oregon County, Missouri to Silas Grant and Icy Ida Ross Cline. On June 9, 1949, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Louise Bates. Mr. Cline was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II. Before his retirement, he worked as a carpenter and was a farmer. Mr. Cline attended the Smith Chapel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Cline, of the family home; two children, Donna Jackson, husband, Russ, Springfield, Missouri and Steve Cline, wife, Linda, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Cline, Michelle Hammond, husband, J.D. and Staci Quinton, husband, Richard; three great-grandchildren, Jacob & Jessica Hammond and Morgan Hodges; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Virgie Newberry, five brothers, Garnet, Bill, Herbert, Glen and Grant Cline, one half-sister, Eunice Cunningham and one half-brother, Oak Cline, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time, Saturday, November 30th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Elk Creek Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at wwwrobertsondrago.com.