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A Memorial Service for Rodney Lee Cates, 62, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Am Vets Post, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Cates died at 2:05 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 2, 1953, at Abilene, Texas, to Russell Paul Cates and Phyllis Ann Shelton Cates.  He was married March 25, 2014, at West Plains, Missouri, to Fontella Hambelton.  Before his retirement, he worked as a rough neck and derrick hand in the oil fields.  Mr. Cates was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy.  He was well known for his love of life.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially camping and fishing.  Mr. Cates was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife and companion of thirty years, Fontella M. Cates, of the family home; four children, Stacie A, husband, Neil, Charles A., wife, Angie, Fontella J., husband Shane and Jody Lee, wife, Heather; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill, wife, Karen; and three sisters, Paulanne, husband, Wayne, Cheryl, husband, Floyd and Cathy.

His parents and one granddaughter, Erica, precede him in death.

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

Funeral services for Elwood May, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. May died at 12:08 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

He was born September 17, 1940, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Claudie May and Lorene Moss May.  On March 11, 1964, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Mary Ann Hall, who preceded him in death on January 7, 2004.  Mr. May was a member of the National Rifle Association; he loved to deer and turkey hunt and enjoyed being outdoors and cutting wood.  His truck driving career began in 1957 when he was seventeen years old.  His last trip was to Seattle, Washington.  Mr. May was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by two sons, Stoney May, wife, Suzan and Rocky May, wife, Rhonda, both of West Plains; ten grandchildren, Ashley Brown, husband, James, John Conley, Tony Conley, Jacob Conley, Ben Reed, Daniel Conley, Paul Howell, Carrie Howell, Matthew Howell and Isabell Howell; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dorman May, Caulfield, Missouri, Orb May, wife, Wilma, West Plains and Palmer May, Halfway, Missouri; two sisters, Eva Garner, husband, Ed, Newport News, Virginia and Elva Lamb, West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, and one infant daughter, Lisa Ann, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Fent Sukow passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He was born December 3, 1926 in Pottersville, Missouri, the son of August “Polk” Sukow and Pearl (Davis) Sukow. He married Blanch Sukow of Sycamore, Missouri on April 1, 1950.

Having lived in the Kansas City area, the family returned to West Plains, Missouri and finally in Springfield, Missouri in the 1980’s. Fent had a home building business in West Plains, Missouri. Fent enjoyed fishing, hunting, and dancing. He and Blanch spent many winters in the sun in Florida and South Texas walking on the beaches and adding to their sea shell collection.

Fent is survived by his son Bruce Sukow and wife Ginger of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, two granddaughters; Jill Bodenhamer of Rolla, Missouri, and Ashley Ford of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, three great grandchildren and his brother Tim Sukow and wife Joan of Carmel, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his wife Blanch of 65 years, his parents, August “Polk” Sukow and Pearl (Davis) Sukow, and his brother, Doff Sukow of La Vernia, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mr. Sukow will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Smith Chapel Church with Pastor Larry Cockman officiating. Visitation with family will be at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville on Friday, March 27, 2015 with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Burial will be in the Smith Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to

Funeral Services for Vonda Lovetta Parks of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Ken Burton officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of the service.

Vonda passed away March 24, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 82 with her children by her side. She was born April 19, 1932, in Bakersfield, Missouri, the daughter of Howard and Laura Davidson Turner. She worked as an assembler for Baxter Health Care and lived in Mountain Home since 1950, moving from Bakersfield, Missouri. She was a member of the Mountain Home Church of Christ. She was family oriented and interested in family history, genealogy, flowers and spending time with her grandchildren.

Vonda is survived by her three sons, Eddie (Helen) Parks of Clarkridge, AR, David (Debbie) Parks of Mountain Home, AR and Bo (Vicki) Parks of Mountain Home, AR; one daughter, Judy (Don) Lewis of Mountain Home, AR; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Billy (Peggy) Turner of Bakersfield, MO; one sister, Sue Turner of Bakersfield, MO and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Burial will be in the Bean Cemetery, Gamaliel, Arkansas,with Bo Parks, Adam Parks, Baron Parks, Jennifer Stickles, Tom Stickles and Bradley Evans as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Paragould Children’s Home.

Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary/guestbook at

Graveside services for Madyson Nicole McKee, 1, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Babyland at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Madyson went to be with the Angels at 7:45 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at her home.

She was born July 21, 2013, at West Plains, Missouri, to Cody Ray McKee and Rachel Ann Fieger.

She is survived by her parents, Cody McKee and Rachel Fieger; grandparents, Teresa Pruitt, Darren Pruitt, Stephanie Albers and Merl Albers; great-grandparents, Bill and Darlene Collins; and aunts and uncles, Rhonda Fieger, Michael Fieger, Heather Wright, Alyssa Albers, Alex Albers, Mandy Wickham and Tabitha McKee.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family for medical expenses, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Services for Eunice Goding, 71, of Flippin, AR will be 5PM Wednesday March 25, 2015, at Antioch Baptist Church with Reverend Danny Hutcherson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7PM Tuesday March 24, 2015 at Kirby & Family Funeral Home in Bull Shoals, AR. Burial will be in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery. Eunice went home to see her Lord and Savior March 21, 2015, at Mountain Home, AR.

Eunice was born November 23, 1943, at Chicago, IL to Donald John and Elaine Lucile Schmidt Oswald. She moved to Orlando, Florida with her family when she was 14 where she met her first husband, Walter Goding and they had their two daughters. They moved to Flippin, AR in March 1973, where they opened WE Auto Supply. Eunice went to work for Ranger Boats as a seamstress after Walter passed away in 1987, and continued to work at Ranger until her diagnosis of lung cancer in 2014. Eunice loved gardening and sewing for family and friends.

Eunice is survived by daughters, Tammy Simmons and Jamie (Jeff) Morrow of Flippin, AR; sister, Diana (Bob) Willis of Flippin, AR; five grandchildren, Kaci (Nathan) Rogers, Andy Ross, Coty (Gerrie) Morrow, Shylah and Mariah Simmons; six great-grandchildren; three nephews; several cousins and feline friend, Esmerelda. Her parents and two husbands, James Walter Goding and George Tom Cooksey preceded her in death.

Memorials to Hospice House of the Ozarks. Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Please visit our online guestbook and obituary at

Kerry L. Lewis was born at home in East St. Louis, IL, 8 Jun 1940, and baptized into the family of Christ in the Lutheran faith. He returned to be with his Heavenly Father on 15 Mar 2015. There will be a Celebration of Life for those who knew him on 25 Apr 2015, at the Pontiac-Price Place Volunteer Fire Department, 3-5pm. Dinner provided by the fire department at 5pm and music by anyone who enjoys playing, at Just Jackie’s at Pontiac Marina after dinner.

At a young age his family was forced to move to a warmer, drier, climate because of his failing health. Most kids were exploring life and pushing boundaries; Kerry’s mother cosigned a $165 loan for a 1956 Les Paul guitar and amplifier so he could focus on learning scales and playing runs. Later, a local doctor took an x-ray and found an obstruction which cost him a third of a lung at the age of 17, but determined the reason he was held back for so long. While many would consider this time a tragic loss, Kerry took advantage of the chance to learn to play guitar.

After high school he had the opportunity to help care for his young cousin, the son of Grady and Victoria King, of the Grady King Orchestra. He moved to Sulpher Springs, TX, and worked at a local bank while caring for his cousin Kent, at night. During this time he continued to develop his musical talent and realized his skill in electronics would do much better than just banking. He moved to Oklahoma to obtain training and returned with his A&P license, working for American Airlines in the DFW area for 32 years. Electronic principals drove him to learning to operate and achieve his ham radio license, tweaking CB radios, installing satellite dishes, and learning to play any and all stringed instruments. His love of music brought him to play with, and eventually lead, several different successful bands in the community. He also made the time to belong to the Masonic Lodge.

His mother and father convinced him to vacation in the Ozark Mountain region and knew they had him hook-line-and-sinker when he bought his first piece of property in the late 1970’s. Each visit brought him closer to the people and customs of the area, especially the music of playing steel guitar. His skills earned him a regular sit-in with locally known band leader Larry Wallace, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on-stage in Branson with Box Car Willie. Each trip north he brought an acoustic, electric, and steel guitar, just in case he would have the opportunity to sit in with a band. He often got that chance.

Once he retired from American Airlines as Lead Electronics Crew Member, he moved to Price Place in 2004. In between piddling with neighbors’ electronic equipment, he joined the Pontiac-Price Place Volunteer Fire Department to assist with his community. He was voted to the Board of the Fire Department on several occasions.

Kerry was preceded in death by his mother Janice M. Lewis, father Frank C. Lewis, brother, Gene C. Lewis, and his beloved Blue. He is survived by his sister Carol K. Jones (Ernie) of Price Place, AR; Alice Y. Anderson and Wendy M. Kossakoski (Rick) both of Troy IL; fifteen nieces and nephews; and his loving rescue dogs Bear, Bridgette, Babe, Mamma, and Rocket.

Donations in memorial may be made to the Pontiac-Price Place Volunteer Fire Department, Ozarkdogs Rescue of Mountain Home, AR, or Humane Society of North, Central Arkansas. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Mrs. Judy Taylor, age 73, of Florissant, MO, passed away March 15, 2015 at Fenton, MO.

Graveside memorial service will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Licking Cemetery

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

William “Bill” Donald English II, age 63, of Ash Flat, AR. passed away at the Medical Complex in Cherokee Village, AR Sunday March 22, 2015. Bill was born June 26, 1951 in St. Louis, MO. the son of the late William English and Ruby Faye (Taylor) English.

Bill is survived by his wife Lorene English of the home; 4 daughters Lorene Cahall, Fay Williams of Evening Shade, AR., Alice Shaw of Ft. Smith, AR and Crystal English of Springfield, MO., sons William English of Springfield, MO., Joey English of Ft. Smith, Ar., Jesse English of Bentonville, Ar., Earl English of MS., Carl English of Highland, AR, John Paul English of Ash Flat, AR. and Ronnie English of Ft. Smith, Ar., mother Ruby English, sisters Ruby Taylor, Bonnie Walters, brothers Carl J. and John English all of LA.

A graveside service will be held 1:00pm, Thursday at the Agnos Cemetery in Agnos, AR.

Graveside services for Judith Ann Bates, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Jolliff Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Judy died at 4:12 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born December 20, 1946, at West Plains, Missouri, to Walter D. Cowens and Mabel Eliza Towe Cowens.  Judy loved everything about life and enjoyed taking walks, embroidering and writing letters.

She is survived by five children, Bobby Bates, Kevin Bates, Kimberly Stone, Rhonda Erber and Phillip Bates; several grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Tyler, husband, John and Amy Lou Dickinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one daughter, Melinda and ten brothers, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday 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