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Funeral services for James Howard Cox will be held Friday, August, 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Munford Gymnasium, Willow Springs, MO with Pastors Danny Hicks and Doug Collins officiating. A musical selection of “Amazing Grace,” will be provided by Carol Collins and Marie Head, accompanied by Cody Collins on piano. Pallbearers will be J.D. Cox, Scott Cox, Bill Green, Linn Johnson, Wayne Johnson, and Dean Durnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Sho-Me brothers, Monte Housley, Howard Carter, James, “Opie” Taylor, Chris Emery, Billy Jackson, and Michael McDaniel. Burial will follow in the Willow Springs City Cemetery, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs, MO.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Willow Springs Scholarship Fund, the Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course or checks can be mailed to Grey Matters Brain Cancer Walk, c/o Cox Health Foundation, 3525 S. National Ave., Suite 204, Springfield, MO 65807.

James Howard Cox, son of the late Don and Bonnie (Bradford) Cox, was born on October 19, 1966 in Mountain View, MO and departed this life on August 4, 2014. Jim was 47 years, 9 months, and 16 days of age.

Jim grew up in Willow Springs and was a 1985 graduate of Willow Springs High School. In school he was active in football, basketball, and track. He earned many athletic awards and still holds three track records. He also was active in journalism and was on the yearbook staff. He was united in marriage to Lisa Michelle Brown on June 4, 1987.

After high school, Jim worked at the Willow Springs News as a reporter and photographer. He later worked for Mountain Grove Printing as a pressman. In 1994 Jim began working for Sho-Me Power Corporation as an apprentice lineman and later became Line Foreman. Jim loved his Sho-Me Power brothers and was proud to be a union member of the Local #53 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved “all things” outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, and especially crappie fishing. He was a sportsman through and through. Jim was a Mizzou Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He had a great sense of humor. Jim was known for his quick wit, and took great pleasure in pulling a fast one on someone. He had a kind heart and a contagious smile and especially loved spending time with family and friends. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Jim loved his community and looked for an opportunity to help someone in need. Even in death his giving continues as his donation of tissue, organs, and bone will touch the lives of many. Since being diagnosed, Jim developed a special friendship with volunteer Michael Harris with the Grey Matters Foundation, a foundation that supports brain cancer awareness. This organization became very near and dear to him during his illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Bonnie.

Jim is survived by his wife, Lisa, of the home; brother, Scott Cox and wife Leslie, brother, J.D. Cox and wife Toni; sisters, Shawana Cox, Tawnya Cox, and Velma Haefeker and husband Jerry; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lonnie and Linda Cain; sister-in-law, Jackie Feldman and husband Richard, sister-in-law, Carla Davis and husband Fred, sister-in-law, Dorothy Seay and husband Tim; six nephews, Brandon Davis, Brian Schneider, Devan Seay, Colton and Carson Haefeker, and Ryan Koehler; two nieces, Amanda and Courtney Cox; and numerous family and friends. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Jeffery Pickett, 53, of Horseshoe Bend, died on Saturday, August 2 in Mountain Home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 9 at 4 PM at Abundant Life Church in Highland, with Bro. Joe Barnes officiating.

Arrangements by Wortham Funeral Home of Highland.

Funeral services for John Joseph Hardin, 78, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Elijah Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hardin died at 12:16 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014, at his home.

He was born April 24, 1936, at Elijah, Missouri, to Benjamin Harrison Hardin and Edna Lucinda Grisham Hardin. He attended the one room school house at Elijah, Missouri and Bakersfield High School. On July 10, 1955, he was married at Sawyer, Michigan, to the love of his life, Francalene “Francie” Tackitt. Joe was employed by Howard’s Construction for many years until opening his own machine shop at Caulfield, Missouri. In 1977, he began repairing sawmill equipment as well as operating a sawmill of his own. Joe was a member of the Ozark Steam Association and was instrumental in establishing the Caulfield Fire Department. He also served on the board of trustees for Elijah Cemetery. Mr. Hardin was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ. He was known by many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Francie Hardin, of the family home; four children, Myra Sasseen, husband, Bobby, Sandy Hardin, Karen Hardin and Scott Hardin, all of Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Shyla Simpson, husband, Justin, Kashia Zumwalt, husband, John, Robby Hardin, wife, Jamie, Brittany Peters, husband, Jason and Chelsea See, husband, Eric; nine great-grandchildren, Willy and Maddie Simpson, Briggs and Bodie Hardin, Sam and Henry Zumwalt, Tyler and Gabe Peters and Landon See; one sister, Delphia Carter; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one granddaughter, Carissa Bennett, two brothers, Eldon and Elvis Hardin, two sisters, Luella McCoy and Joyce Fravel, one nephew, Charlie Hardin and one niece, Debbie Evans, precede him in death.

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

Mr. James Scrivner, age 40, of Ash Flat died on Monday, July 28. James was born on October 15, 1973 in Blytheville, AR to the late Arlie Scrivner and Margarett Askue Scrivner.

James is survived by his wife Laura Stevens Scrivner of the home; son, Cody Scrivner of Sulpher Rock, daughters, Brittany Scrivner of Sulpher Rock, Dannielle Thomas of Ash Flat , and Courtney Thomas of Ash Flat; a brother, Wesley Scrivner, of Evening Shade; a sister, tonya Shanrock of Batesville; and mother Margarett Scrivner of Cherokee Village. He is also survived by his great niece and nephew and many other nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Wrotham Funeral Home of Highland.


Mr. Marvin L. Cravens, 86, of Mountain Grove passed away on Saturday, August 2, in Springfield.

A Visitation will be held Monday, August 4, from 6-8PM and the Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, August 5, fat 1PM at the First Free Will Baptist Church. Cravens will be buried at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Any memorial contributions can be made to the Gideon’s or St. Judes at the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in Mountain Grove.


Mr. John R. McCann Sr., 78, of Willow Springs, passed away on Friday, August 1, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

A rosary will be recited on Monday, August 4, at 5:30PM at the Willow Funeral Home located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs, followed by a visitation from 6-8PM. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 5, at 10AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located on Business Highway 60/63 in Willow Springs.

Burial will be held in the All Saints Cemetery in Des Plains, Illinois. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs.


Donald “Skip” Moran, age 56, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away August 1, 2014 at Baxter Regional Medical Center. He was born February 26, 1958 at Joliet, Illinois to William Moran and Marjorie “Higginbotham” Moran. He was a loving son and friend to all who knew him. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father William Moran.

Survivors include his mother, Marjorie Moran of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, Brother Daniel and wife Patricia Moran of Joliet, Illinois, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A service will be held at a later date by the family. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Charles “Ronnie” Twilley age 56 of Hardy, Arkansas passed away July 31, 2014 at the Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was born September 15, 1957 in Thayer, Missouri to Ellis and Marie “Robison” Twilley. He was a surveyor for the pipeline for many years, a loving husband, father, Papa and a friend to all who knew him. He was of the Church of Christ Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Johnny Twilley.

Survivors include his wife Kelley Twilley of the home, three sons Rob Cox and wife Julie of Elms Store, Arkansas, Ronnie Twilley of Hardy, Arkansas, Skyler Twilley of the home, one brother Lynn Twilley of Hardy, Arkansas, one nephew Matthew Twilley of Hardy, Arkansas, six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will begin Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home located in Highland, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Hershberger Cemetery located near Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

Visitation will begin Monday, August 4, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland, Arkansas.

All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas

Carolyn L. Faude, age 90, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away August 2, 2014, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. She was born April 18, 1924, at New York City, New York to Justice and Ellen Lattmenn. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene Henry Faude, two sons, Edward Faude and William Faude, and four brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Herb Faude and wife Carla of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Ross Faude of Cherokee Village, two daughters, Jeannie Lange and husband William of Cherokee Village, Margaret Voss and husband Kurt of Eden, Wisconsin, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren , several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will begin Friday August 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Jeannie’s home located in Cherokee Village. All arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Mr. Justin Sparks, age 37, of Licking, Missouri passed away July 31, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM, Sunday, August 4, 2014 at Fox Chapel. Graveside service will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 4, 2014 at Pinelawn Cemetery in Houston, MO. All arrangements are under direction of Fox Funeral Home.