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Chester Charles Baird, age 94, of Williford, Arkansas passed away July 17, 2014 at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. He was born September 17, 1919 at Williford, Arkansas to Cassius Claude Baird and Ethel “Bottoms” Baird. He was a farmer, avid fox hunter, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. at the Bettis Church of Christ. A meal will precede the visitation beginning at 11:00 A.M.

All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Survivors include his wife Virginia Irene “King” Baird of the home, two sons, Charles Baird (Kaye) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and C.C. Baird (Patsy) of Williford, Arkansas, one brother Thomas Baird of Rolla, Missouri, two sisters, Geraldine Gatley of Washington and Sue Warren of Kentucky, seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will begin Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bettis Church of Christ near Center, Arkansas, with Charles and C.C. Baird officiating. Burial will follow in the Opposition Cemetery located in Ravenden, Arkansas.

A Memorial Service for Tome Lee Kirkland, 60, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Kirkland died at 11:35 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born December 2, 1953, at West Plains, Missouri, to Charles Elvis Kirkland and Chloe Watts Kirkland. On February 12, 1972, he was married at Dora, Missouri, to Joyce Formby. Mr. Kirkland worked as a pipeline construction foreman for thirty-five years. He loved his grandchildren and was a very loving grandfather. He enjoyed his dogs, was a member of the Caulfield Coon Hunters Association and loved to hunt and fish. Mr. Kirkland attended Dawt Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Kirkland, of the family home; two children, Tome Lee “Leon” Kirkland, Jr., wife, Jessica, Steelville, Missouri and Nick Lee Kirkland, wife, Stacy, Rogersville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Tome Lee Kirkland, III, Bailey Rae Kirkland, Christopher Allen Kirkland, Kohltin Lee Kirkland, Tristen Neff and Raylee Jane Kirkland; three brothers, Jack Kirkland, wife, Barbara, Gladston, Missouri, Bob Kirkland, wife, Cindy, Caulfield, Missouri and Kenneth Kirkland, wife, Mary Ruth, Caulfield, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers, Charles Kirkland Jr. and Dale Kirkland and one sister, Veltia Hicks, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Alberta Roxie McGowen, age 69, daughter of Charley and Lura (Knight) Pearcy was born June 8, 1945 in Upton, MO. She passed away July 15, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO following a struggle with cancer.

Roxie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lonnie; two brothers: Stanley and Rex Pearcy, and one sister, Rita Collins.

Roxie grew up in the Upton area and graduated from Plato High School. She married the love her life and best friend, Lonnie Dean McGowen, on May 11, 1963, and to this union three children were born.

She is survived by her children: Kevin McGowen and wife Brenda, Kelly Head and husband Heath, and Karla Hinkle and husband Matt, three grandchildren, Jenna, Megan and Mason; two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Levi, and a lifelong family friend, Rhonda Neal. She is also survived by a sister Alvina Biram.

Roxie was a member of Ozark Baptist Church and was baptized August 11, 1974. Roxie had rededicated her life to the Lord and shared with others how much she had learned about Him in the past year.

Roxie and Lonnie owned and operated the Skyline Trophy Shop for thirty-five years. They owned L & R Mobile Homes, Inc. from 1972 to present. They also owned and operated L&R Skating Rink for ten years during the 1980’s.

Roxie was a great athlete, and especially enjoyed playing softball and bowling. She loved to support local young athletes and various teams. Her true calling was supporting and helping others, both individually and through numerous community organizations. She loved traveling and spending time with Lonnie, as well as the many adventures and hobbies she and Rhonda shared together. She especially loved gathering family and friends together in the McGowen home for fish fries and other meals.

Roxie’s greatest enjoyment was being with her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be tremendously missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Texas County Food Pantry, in her memory. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held Friday July 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday July 19, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Wellspring Church with Pastor Doug Collins and Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Pallbearers are: Matt Hinkle, Heath Head, J D Biram, Bud Biram, Robert Perkins, Donald McCallister and Mason Hinkle. Burial is in Hickory Ridge Cemetery.

Funeral services for Rickie Coleman Pruiett, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pruiett died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born July 13, 1946, at Caruthersville, Missouri, to Charlie C. Pruiett and Rachel Harbin Pruiett. On January 15, 2001, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Deborah Smith. Mr. Pruiett was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy and was employed at Regal-Beloit.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Pruiett, of the family home; six children, Jon Coleman Pruiett, wife, Joyce, Hayti, Missouri, Leah Michell Roberts, husband, Scotty, Kennett, Missouri, Aaron Thomas Pruiett, wife, Kerri, West Plains, Missouri, Tony Prater, wife, Amber, Dodge City, Kansas, Beverly Jones, Dyersburg, Tennessee and Jamie Fowler, Dyersburg, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way; his mother, Rachel Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri; four brothers, Joe Pruiett, wife, Michelle, St. Clair, Missouri, Billy W. Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri, Doug Pruiett, wife, Lula, Carthage, Missouri and M arty Pruiett, West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Charlene Church, husband, Ed, Denver, Colorado, Judith Hill, Cabool, Missouri, Sandra Moss, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Hicks, husband, Dewayne, Pomona, Missouri; sister-in-law, Julia Pruiett; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, one brother, Freddie L. Pruiett and one infant brother, Ernie Pruiett, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Gracie M. Gould Tucker, 73, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at Dripping Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tucker died at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at daughter’s home in Spring Hill, Kansas.

She was born January 1, 1941, at Chandler, Oklahoma, to Clinton Angus “Bud” Gould and Edith Josephine Turner Gould. On September 5, 1987, she was married at Springfield, Missouri, to Fred Tucker. She was a drum majorette in high school and graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1959. She enjoyed horses and in her younger years was a member of a saddle club. Mrs. Tucker was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Tucker, Mt. Vernon, Missouri; four children, Teressa Lincoln, husband, Darren, Aurora, Missouri, Connie Smith, friend, J. J. Johnson, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Cynthia “Cyndy” Doyle, Liberty, Missouri and Judy Lynn Dosher, husband, Paul Sr., Spring Hill, Kansas; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford Gould, wife, Kay, Viola, Arkansas and Ron Gould, wife, Linda, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters, Velma Rieck, husband, Wilfred, West Plains, Missouri, Cledith Hawkins, special friend, Larry Harris, West Plains, Missouri and Tempa Worsham, Viola, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two brothers, Clinton Alvin Gould and Denny Gould, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Richard Earl Jacobs, 79, of Birch Tree, Missouri died July 13, 2014 at his home. He was born April 22, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Clarence V. and Marlis (Peasley) Jacobs.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday July 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary

Richard is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of Birch Tree, MO; one son, Dale Lee Jacobs of Birch Tree, MO; two daughters, Marlys Faye Jacobs of Wyoming and Cheryl Ann Simmons of Houston, MO; one sister, Kerrie Jacobs of Chicago, IL; and two grandchildren, Christopher Aaron Pribble and Devon Tyler Pribble.

Richard enjoyed watching the Cubs, football, and NASCAR racing. He also loved spending time with his family and the grandchildren.


Rebecca Kasube, 94, of Elizabeth died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Gassville Therapy and Living Center.

Rebecca was born December 20, 1919 in Telluride, Colorado. She was born again on April 8, 1928. Now she is young again and dancing at the feet of Jesus.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Kasube of Elizabeth and one daughter, Carol McGirr of Chino, California.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Twin Lakes Baptist Church with Pastor Sam Bailey officiating.

Arrangements are by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at



Geneva H. Hill, age 90, daughter of JohnThomas and Ruey (Holly) Hayes was born June 12, 1924 in Beulah, Missouri. She passed away on July 14, 2014 in Houston, Missouri.

Geneva attended school in the Licking area, graduating from Licking High School in 1943.

She married Joe Rogers 1946 and to this union two daughters were born, Anita and Kathryn.

She later married Aubrey Hill on December 15, 1966. He passed away on March 7, 1986.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Kathryn Lowe and one brother Harold Hayes.

She is survived by her daughter Anita Kolarik and husband Ray of Traverse; Michigan, five grandchildren, Brian Kolarik, Tammy Kinzel, Sherry Kolarik, John Kolarik, and Stephen Lowe;

Six great grandchildren, Stephen, Christy, Amber, Eric, Niki, and Lexi; four great-great grandchildren, Mariah, Logan, Kaiden and Harper; one brother Harry Hayes of Salem, MO and several other family members.

Geneva worked as a teller for many years at the Bank of Houston.

She loved knitting, reading, baking and cooking. It was fun to visit her and be invited to enjoy the many special dishes she made. Many of her knitting projects were given to family and friends. They will be a reminder of her special love to all those she cared for and loved.

Visitation will be Friday July 18th, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services are to follow at 11:00 AM. Pastor David Barbee will officiate with burial in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Houston House Residents Fund. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Belinda Sue Bryant Williams, 43, Caulfield, Missouri, died at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born March 30, 1971, to Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Barbara Vandre. On July 23, 1990, she was married to Dewayne Williams.

She is survived by two sons, Chase Williams and wife, Tressa and Skylar Williams; two grandchildren, Maecyn and Sawyer Williams, all of Caulfield, Missouri; three brothers, Bobby Bryant, Jr., and wife, Regina, West Plains, Missouri, Brad Bryant and wife, Melinda, San Antonio, Texas, Jimmy Haslett and wife, Jami, Lawson, Missouri; and one sister, Tiffany Weintraub, San Diego, California.

Her parents precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Leonard Layton, age 83, of Licking, Missouri passed away July 14, 2014.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Fox Chapel. Service will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Fox Chapel. Interment will be in Boone Creek Cemetery.

All services are under the direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking.