No funeral services are scheduled at this time.
Diana married Dwain Thomas on February 14, 1960. She has four children Sherryl Thomas (Doolin) Brown, Jim Thomas, Ron Thomas, and Chris Thomas (Marchbanks) Blossom. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Mike, and Jake Doolin and Brittany (Doolin) Ford, Starla (Winfree) Nevarez, Sara (Thomas) West, Dylan, Jason, and Matt Marchbanks. She also has ten great grandchildren, Madalyn Doolin, Daphne and Billy Doolin, Ashleigh, Brianna, Samuel Jr. and Gabriel Navarez, Hailey, and Brooke West and Madison Marchbanks.
Diana is preceded in death by her parents Clyde Myers and Mary Janes Umbarger, her sisters Rita Morgan, Marlene McDaniels and Clydelle Hodson, her in laws, Arthur and Mary Thomas, her sister in laws Mary Ellen Minniear and Phyllis Thomas.
She is survived by her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her brother Max his wife Celeste, a sister, a brother in law Dwight and many nieces and nephews.
Granny, as she was known by her family, spent much of her time passing on love of reading and a great passion for baking. She could always be counted for a great recipe or helpful advice. Granny was always ready with a humorous story to break the ice and no matter the circumstance she found a way to be there for her family.
Now all those moments live on as memories in the hearts of those who loved her.
Funeral services for Lois Willie Dobbs, 91, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Mrs. Dobbs died at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at Brooke Haven Health Care.
She was born September 13, 1923, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harvey Holbrook and Sybil Bacon Holbrook. On March 31, 1941, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to James Edward Dobbs, who preceded her in death on May 30, 1999. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and loved her family, which was her life. Mrs. Dobbs enjoyed kids of all ages. She was a lifetime member of the DAV and VFW Auxiliaries. Mrs. Dobbs attended Spring Creek Church.
She is survived by two children, Louise Simmons, husband, Charles and Sue Erdmann, all of West Plains; seven grandchildren, Melissa Patrick, husband, Phil, Debra Davis, husband, David, Robert Simmons, wife, Julia, Tina Jones, Sandy Mitchell, wife, Shawn, Monica Mead, husband, Shawn and John Robert Erdmann; fourteen great-grandchildren; fourteen great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mable Wilson, West Plains; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one daughter, Nedra, two brothers, Bud Holbrook and infant Richard Holbrook, and two sisters, Laverne Holbrook and Faye Ganley, precede her in death.
Mr. Thall was born December 16, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of the late William John “Bill” Thall and JoAnn Cunningham Thall Overton. On December 3, 2004, he was married in the Philippines to Delsa Cabonita. He had been the manager for T & T Sales of West Plains, employed by Aaron’s Automobile, Springfield, Missouri and before his health failed, had done pizza delivery. Mr. Thall was a Christian and loved the Lord.
He is survived by his wife, Delsa Thall, of the family home; three sons, Justin Thall, wife, Lindsay, Cory Thall, wife, Amanda and Josh Thall, all of Mountain View, Missouri; two step-children, Dandhel Cayanan, wife, Jennifer and Dariel Cayanan; five grandchildren, Robert Thall, Willow Thall, Bridget Thall, Ethan Thall and Yuri Cayanan; one brother, Ed Thall, wife, Nicole, Centralia, Missouri; one sister, Sherry Lockett, husband, John, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Naomi.
His grandparents, parents and one infant brother preceded him in death.
Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Funeral services for Major General Barton, 88, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Bakersfield Assembly of God Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Barton died at 5:05 a.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at NHC Healthcare.
He was born May 22, 1926, at Buick, Missouri, to Lee Barton and Della Flowers Barton. He was married to Pauline Harris, the mother of his children. On November 18, 1989, he was married at Bakersfield, Missouri, to Ethel Virginia “Billie” Moore Hickman. Mr. Barton was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by four children, Dennis Barton, Louise Wallenmyer, Della Bohannon and Glenda Spradling; five step-children, Ann Taylor, husband, John, Teresa Price, husband, Larry, Debbie Murphy, husband Mike, Ella Shaw, husband, Bubba and Beverly Bales, husband, Rick; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Reldon Barton, Ronald Barton and Wayne Barton; and three sisters, Pauline Barton, Thelda Borisch and Betty Hill.
His parents, wife Ethel Virginia “Billie” Barton, one son, Daryl Barton, one sister, Hazel Pitts and three brothers, Chester, Bernard and Tony Barton, precede him in death.
Mr. Barton will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Custer-Herron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Custer-Herron Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com
Ronald Eugene Ross was born November 4, 1941 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Jessie Estes and Georgia Maxine (Lewis) Ross. He departed this life November 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 73 years.
Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, at Yarber Mortuary, 621 E. Fifth St. Mountain View, MO 65548. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 11 at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View.
He was united in marriage to Olive Irene “Dot” Phipps on November 21, 1959 at Ozark, Missouri. They shared 55 years together. To this union three children were born; Michael Eugene, Vicki Michelle, and Lisa Rachelle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Lee Ross.
He is survived by his wife, Dot; three children, Michael Eugene Ross of St. Louis, MO, Vickie Michelle Smith and husband, Kent, of Mountain View, MO and Lisa Rachelle Ross of St. Louis, MO; and four special granddaughters, Stephanie Michelle and Courtney Allison Smith, Avery Ann Ross and Gracie Rachelle Ross.
Ron and Dot made their home in St. Louis, Missouri after they were married. He owned and operated the family business, Midwest Waste, until he retired in 1994.
His favorite time was spent at the farm in Mountain View. He enjoyed being outdoors and especially in the seat of “Big John”, his tractor, putting up hay. He enjoyed hunting and looked forward to deer camp with his son each year.
Above all, Ron loved being with his family. He loved his time with his girls. He enjoyed cookouts and nice dinners with everyone.
He never met a stranger and was a friend to all.
He will be greatly missed, but always in our hearts.
Genelle L Gardner, 87 years, 6 months, and 17 days old, passed away on November 9, 2014 at Davis Healthcare Unit in Wilmington, NC with her family by her side.
Graveside services for Genelle will be Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ava Cemetery with a visitation prior to from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be E.J. Hampton. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society .
Genelle was born April 22, 1927 in Oakland, AR in Marion County to Jefferson and Elizabeth (Lantz) Gilbert.
On December 5, 1945 Genelle and Eukal Gardner were united in marriage in Mtn. Home, AR and to this union one daughter, Beverly was born.
Genelle was a retired merchant with her husband, Eukal of the General Store and also a Postmaster at Almartha, MO in Ozark County. She was a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ.
Genelle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eukal in 1998, a brother, “Coke” Gilbert and two sisters, Neva Reynolds and Luna Deatherage.
Genelle is survived by a daughter and husband,Beverly Ann & Hal Price, Wilmington, NC, one grandson, Tyler Price, Wilmington, NC and other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Mincks died Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after a lengthy illness. She loaned her remains to the University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia. Her cremains will be inured in West Plains, at a later date.
She was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, May 31, 1934, to Roy H. Cole and Elva D. Hughes Cole. She grew up in a farming family and never forgot her roots—loving the country lifestyle her entire life. On May 2, 1953, she was married at Bloomfield, Iowa, to James A. Mincks. Dixie left the farm life for a while to accompany Jim and his railroad career. After living in several states they settled in Iowa City, Iowa in the early 1960’s where Jim worked for the Rock Island Railroad. Dixie worked a variety of jobs including sales in jewelry, accounting at an advertising agency and insurance work for the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To the end Dixie was an Iowa Hawkeye fan. In 1991, Jim and Dixie both retired and moved to West Plains, Missouri and for many years they owned a small hobby farm outside of town where they were able to return to their roots. Eventually they moved to a house on the edge of town that had a “country” feel, but easier to care for. Dixie and Jim have been active members of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains, where she worked as the church secretary for a period and was also active in helping with a variety of volunteer work for the church, including visiting “shut-ins”’ and helping with the food pantry. Dixie was a dog lover. Over the years she enjoyed many as part of her family. We are sure that Ubu, Fergie, McGraw, Murphy and Buster were all waiting for her with big grins and tails wagging. Her youngest buddy, “Bruno” remains to keep watch over Jim and the house for her.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Mincks, of the family home; two children, Chuck Mincks, wife, Sue, Marion, Iowa, Chris Mincks, wife, Dr. Lisa Shakerin, Crystal, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Christi Geyer, husband, Duane, North Liberty, Iowa, Nikki Cuarsema, husband, Brandon, Anchorage, Alaska, Mike Mincks, Anchorage, Alaska, Duncan Mincks and Graham Mincks, both Crystal, Minnesota; two great-grandchildren, Faith Geyer, North Liberty, Iowa and Addyson Solberg, Anchorage, Alaska; and one brother, Denny Cole, wife, Deb, Drakesville, Iowa.
The family wishes to offer its sincere thanks and gratitude to the Ozarks Medical Center and staff, Dr. Charles Morgan and staff at the Shaw Building, Brooke Haven Health Care and the First United Methodist Church, all of West Plains, for their gracious and supportive care of Dixie in her final days. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First United Methodist Church of West Plains, Riverways Hospice of West Plains, or another charitable organization of your choice; any of which may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main Street, West Plains, MO 65775. Dixie will be eternally grateful for your help in paying it forward for others in their time of need. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Mrs. Rhine died at 6:36 a.m., Friday, November 7, 2014, at her home.
She was born August 13, 1932, to Gerald Stanley Cooper and Elsie Long Cooper. On February 23, 1951, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Roy Rhine. She enjoyed crocheting, making what-not shelves, gardening, puzzles, cooking, canning and her dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Rhine, of the family home; two children, Jerry Rhine, wife, Phyllis and Teresa Hensley, husband, Ronnie, all of Caulfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Crystal Rhine, Caulfield, Jared Rhine, West Plains, Jamie Hensley, wife, Amber, West Plains and Christopher Hensley, wife, Trisha, Albany, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren, Mason Ousley, wife, Rachel, Jacob Hardy, Dylan Hardy, Sara Rhine, Shelby Rhine, Dante Hensley and Braelyn Hensley; one brother, Jack Cooper, State of Texas; one sister, Linda Deatherage, West Plains; two step-sisters, Georgia Robinson, husband, Richard and Mary Bell Marden, all of Harrison, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Clifford Lawing.
Her parents, step-mother, Lora Ann Joice Howard Cooper, one sister, two step-sisters and one step-brother, precede her 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 Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery or Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Graveside services for Donnie Lee Lowe, 66, Willow Springs, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Pine Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Lowe died at 6:41 a.m., Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born April 2, 1948, in Howell County, Missouri, to Hobart Lonal Lowe and Ruby Aileen Green Lowe. On August 3, 1968, he was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Jeanie Thornton. Mr. Lowe was employed with DRS for twenty-four years. He loved his family and enjoyed his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Lowe, of the family home; three sons, Kevin Lowe and Dana, Rogersville, Missouri, Kelly Lowe and Dana, Rogersville, Missouri and Kurt Lowe and wife, Christy, Dora, Missouri; five grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Caleb, Carson and Keena; four brothers, Troy Lowe, wife, Lorene, Lonnie Lowe, wife, Tillie, Hershal Lowe, wife, Jan and Floyd Lowe, wife, Kathy, all of Willow Springs; two sisters, Ovene Roberts, husband, Clyde and Bonnie Wood, husband, Randy, all of Willow Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, three brothers, Lonal, Roy and Jack and two sisters, Wilma and Rosalee, precede him in death.
Mr. Lowe will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Grove Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Funeral services for Wayne Rieger, 86, Dora, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Rieger died at 6:10 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born March 11, 1928, at Dora, Missouri, to Joseph Daniel Rieger and Bessie May Sanders Rieger. On June 3, 1947, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas to Dolly Smith. Before his retirement he was a lead man at DRS, formerly known as Southwest Truck Body. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing a good story. Mr. Rieger was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Ball Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Dolly Rieger, of the family home; three children, Ron Rieger, wife, Anita, Dora, Missouri, Carol Pettit, husband, Steve, Pottersville, Missouri and Judy Collins, husband, Tony, Dora, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Cherri Kelley husband, Scott, Dora, Missouri, Craig Pettit, wife, Sheri, Dora, Missouri, Darrick Pettit, Pottersville, Missouri, David Rieger, wife, Caroline, Little Rock, Arkansas, Lindsey Olmsted, husband, Travis, Dora, Missouri, Daniel Rieger, wife, Taylor, Dora, Missouri, Katie Huddleston, husband, Jason, Wesley Chapel, Florida and Coy Collins, West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Monica Kelley, Abby Kelley, Jonathon Pettit, Zyler Collins, Barrett Rieger and Landon Olmsted.
His parents precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Monday, prior to the service at the Ball Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ball Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.