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Archive for February, 2014

Graveside services for Shirley Ann Mercer, 71, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014, at Shavers Campground, Oxford Arkansas, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Following a long illness, Shirley Ann Mercer went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 14, 2014, at her home. She was born May 23, 1942, at West Plains, Missouri, to Henry J. Franks and Hulda Morgan Franks. Shirley was a life-long Christian and attended Victory Chapel. On March 20, 1982, she was married to Marvin Mercer; they spent many years in California. Shirley loved reading and caring for her many plants and flowers. She was a secretary, having been employed at Peace Valley School and First Christian Church in West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Mercer, of the family home; three sons, John Shveyda, wife, Terry, Walnut Creek, California, Richie Shveyda, wife, Wendy, Sand Point, Idaho and David Shveyda, San Diego, California; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, LaVerne Fowler, husband, James, Blue Mound, Texas; two brothers, Thelbert Franks, wife, Betty and Randall Franks, wife, Elaine, all of West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one sister, Lee Propp and two brothers, Delman and Clifford Franks, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mercer will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. 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.

Marjorie Allen, 84, West Plains, Missouri died February 14, 2014 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Plains.

Family Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be to the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Michael Keith Tyler, 42, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mike died at 7:19 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 17, 1971, at West Plains, Missouri, to John Lester Tyler and Shirley Sue Cowens Tyler. Mike worked as a technician at Current Electric. He loved his children; they enjoyed playing games together, especially Yahtzee and Aggravation. He also enjoyed being outdoors and loved to fish and hunt. Mike loved people and enjoyed attending car shows; he liked all kinds of music, especially alternative country music.

He is survived by two children, Nick Tyler and Emma Tyler; his parents, John and Shirley Tyler; five brothers, Skip Miller, wife, Cathy, Randy Miller, wife, Marjorie, John Tyler, wife, Peggy, Kelley Tyler, wife, Kris and Kevin Tyler, wife Niki; three sisters, Cheryl Tyler, Sandra Miller Greenwood and Tammy Johnson, husband, Terry; he was also loved by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

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

Lawrence Durbin, age 84 passed away at his home February 14, 2014.

He was born August 10, 1929 near Oilton, OK to EL Durbin and Ruth (Kilpatrick) Durbin

the third of nine children. He married Nancy Ellen Griffith in 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul, Lloyd, Mortie, and James, sisters Mary, Pearl and Katie.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home, brother Kenneth of Louisana, and four children: Deborah Durbin of Lee’s Summit, Earl Durbin and Sandy of Neosho, Edward Durbin of Denver, and Cheryl Kidwell and Dave of Bucyrus. His grandchildren, Bethanny, David, Jackie, Amelia, Jonathan, Elias, Nile, and several great grandchildren.

Lawrence accepted Christ as his Savior when his friend Percy took him to a Billy Graham crusade at Fort Worth, TX in 1951. He was a faithful follower the rest of his life.

Lawrence joined the Air Force in 1950. While in the Air Force he was stationed in Japan, Florida, Texas, California, and Washington, always taking his growing family where he went. He did two tours in Vietnam-the first in Saigon in 1962. The second he was a load master and was a member of the Son Tay prison raid in 1971. He retired as Master Sergeant in 1972 and moved his family to Bucyrus.

After retirement Lawrence ran the contract mail route through Bucyrus, Bendavis, Huggins, and White Rock for 20 years, enjoying all the weather of the Ozarks. He retired from that in 1994.

Lawrence liked to travel and golf. He and Nancy traveled from Australia to Alaska and British Columbia and he often took his golf clubs with him and would find a course.

Some of Lawrence’s other hobbies were playing cards and dominos with family and friends. He was always a fierce competitor and played to win. After a family dinner there was usually a game to be had.

After moving around so much Lawrence often said the only place he wanted to move again was the Emory Cemetery on the next hill from his house. God granted him this wish. He was a great husband and father, always making sure his family was taken care of. He will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Bucyrus Baptist Church with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Gordon Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Emery Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Florence M. Collins Berta, 90, Kingwood, Texas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Berta passed away Friday, February 14, 2014 at Silverado Senior Care Center, Kingwood, Texas. She was born July 3, 1923 at Siloam Springs, Missouri to Walter and Gladys Maritt Godat. On March 1, 1941, she married Edward M. Collins in Peace Valley, Missouri. They made their home with their three children in Collinsville, Illinois. Florence and Edward were charter members of the Meadow Heights Baptist Church in Collinsville. Edward preceded Florence in death April 12, 1980.

She married Michael Berta on May 29, 1981 in Marissa, Illinois. He preceded her in death January 15, 1988.

Florence was a graduate of Willow Springs High School. She worked for Curtis Wright during World War II and subsequently worked for White Baking Company, North American Cold Storage and was office manager for B. W. Brokerage.

Florence is survived by son, Edward M. Collins, wife, Sue, Macomb, Illinois; daughter, Patricia A. Brightwell, Humble, Texas; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Skinner; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Gay Levey, sisters, Opal Larew and Jean Buschmann and brothers, Sam, John and Walter Edward (Eddie) Godat.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home

Mabel Brown, age 93, of Licking, MO passed away February 12, 2014 in her home.

Visitation will be Friday, February 14, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 PM at Fox Chapel. There will also be visitation Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 P.M. at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Interment is in Hutchason Cemetery.

Under the direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking.

Funeral services for Junior Carl “J. C.” Huddleston, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Huddleston died at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 9, 1943, at West Plains, Missouri, to Carl M. Huddleston and Elsa Redburn Huddleston. He graduated from Koshkonong High School with the Class of 1961 and on March 23, 1968, he was married at Peoria, Illinois, to Linda Kay Creasy. Mr. Huddleston was a veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army. He was a Mason and a member of the Local 974 Union Hall and had worked at Caterpillar until his retirement. Mr. Huddleston was a die-hard Cubs fan and had great love for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Huddleston; two children, James Mitchell Huddleston and Gena Brucker, husband, Raymond; five grandchildren, Lexie, Jacob, Isaac, Adam, Devin; mother, Elsa Huddleston; four brothers, Roy Huddleston, Ronald Huddleston, wife, Patricia, Tim Huddleston and Donald Huddleston, wife, Carla; three sisters, Mary Russell, husband, Robert, Pamela Hollis, husband, Mike and Audena Granger, fiancé, Gerald Staley; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe and Angie Crites, Chantel Drake and Danisha Price.

His father, one grandson, Raydon Brucker, father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Mary Creasy, and one brother-in-law, Coy Granger, precede him 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 Jolliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Birthday Blessings, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Gladys Weiss, passed away February 5th at the Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was 97. She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, two sisters and one brother. Family surviving Gladys are daughter Marlene Harrington and husband Shelby of Buffalo, New York, daughter Barbara Thomson and husband Francis of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, and a son Charles Weiss and wife Sandi of Mesa, Arizona. Also surviving are six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Gladys moved to Cherokee Village, Arkansas from Northville, Michigan, along with her husband in 1979. She became very busy joining in many different activities among them being CV Players, Spring River Entertainment Association, Square Dancing and Round Dancing, Woman’s Club, Garden Club, Writers Group, CV Community Chorus, and CVUMC Choir. She enjoyed playing bridge and scrabble. She was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.

Services will be held Friday, February 14th at 1:00pm at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church. Memorials may be given to CV United Methodist Church, CV United Methodist Choir and CV Community Chorus. Arrangments under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.worthamfuneralhome.com.

A Memorial Service for Deena Colleen Johnson, 54, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Faith Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Johnson died at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born September 27, 1959, at Fairfax, Missouri, to Coy Hampton and Wanda Leek Hampton. On September 24, 2000, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Danny Johnson. She had worked at a Certified Nursing Assistant at West Vue Nursing Center. Mrs. Johnson was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by her husband, Danny Johnson, of the family home; ten children, Lance Johnson, of the family home, Jewell Payne, significant other, Sheldon Turnage, Herschell Payne, Jr., wife, Tara, Heather Payne, fiancé, Eddie Turnbull, Jason Payne, James Johnson, wife, Holly, Daniel Johnson, Latrisha Herndon, fiancé, Brandon James, Scott Johnson and Justin Collins; three step-children, Melissa Odens, husband, Mike, Jennifer Lucas, husband, Eugene and Patrick Payne; twenty grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother and step-father, Wanda and Norv Merrick, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Allen Hampton, wife, Terry and Wade Hampton, wife, Tammy, all of West Plains, Missouri.

Her father precedes her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A memorial service for Lora Lee Stowers, 38, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Journey Church.

Mrs. Stowers entered into eternal rest at 8:45 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 8, 1975, at Beloit, Kansas, to Michael Sporleder and Esther McMillan. On February 25, 2002, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Virgil “Linn” Stowers. Mrs. Stowers was a real estate agent. She enjoyed traveling, photography, watching the kids play sports and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Stowers attended Journey Church.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil Linn Stowers, of the family home; two children, Kalysha Lee Stowers and Kyler Linn Stowers, of the family home; two step-children, Levi and Brittney Stowers; six grandchildren, Cailey, Braydyn, Landon, Shyenne, Whitney and Saleen; mother, Esther Miller; mother-in-law, Dorothy Stowers; three sisters, Michelle Ford, husband, Henry, Tonya Rettmann, husband, Jon and Holly Sporleder; niece, Ashley Ford; nephews, Gage and Bailey Rettmann, Ryan and Tyler Ford and Layne Sporleder; special aunt, Evelyn Lacey, husband, Jr.; and special friends, Kim, Toph, Braxton, Jasmine and Spring.

Her grandparents, Roy and Florine McMillan and Pete and Francis Sporleder, her father, Michael Sporleder, one sister, Heather Sporleder, two brothers-in-law, James Lee Stowers and Charles Ray Stowers, father-in-law, Monk Stowers and one step-son, Jamie Stowers, precede her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.