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Melba Pearl (Bradley) Holden was born September 4, 1922 in Birch Tree, Missouri, the oldest child of James Franklin and Mary Altha (Ledbetter) Bradley. She departed this life on April 11, 2015 at Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Pearl was saved as a young girl at a Brush Arbor meeting in the community but didn’t attend church until later in life when she and Darrell started going to Oak Grove Baptist Church, then joining that church in 1964. Her membership remained there until her death.

She graduated from Birch Tree High School in 1941 and also did some post graduate classes in office training given at Birch Tree High School. Her plans were to move to Washington, D.C. and work, but plans have a way of changing and she began her career in the work force at the Bank of Birch Tree where she was employed for 26 years.

Pearl was united in marriage in March 1946 to Lawrence Darrell Holden, whom she had met while he was in the Navy during World War II. They made their home in and near Birch Tree for most of their married life. In 1960, they moved to a farm outside of Birch Tree in the Oak Grove Community and spent over fifty years there, then sold the farm in 2012 and moved to Assisted Living in Mountain View. They were not blessed with children, but enjoyed working with the youth in their church. She taught Sunday School for the Juniors and Teens class while also serving as the Pastor’s wife. Pearl also served as Counselor many times at the Baptist Camp in Van Buren, Missouri, along with Darrell.

She learned to play the piano later in life and was able to play in church services during the time she served as a pastor’s wife. She and Darrell also enjoyed spending many hours practicing the piano and singing at home. Some of her other interests were cooking, gardening, working with her flowers and going on family picnics and get togethers. She enjoyed digging into the family genealogy plus sharing her many experiences and life stories, which she left for all of us to read in the book she wrote about her family.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Don and Glenn Bradley; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Bradley. She was also preceded in death by all of Darrell’s siblings and their spouses.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell, of the home; one sister-in-law, Vera Bradley of Mountain View; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Chapel Hill Church, Mountain View with Pastor Robert Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Memorials may be made to either Chapel Hill Cemetery or Bethlehem Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Thomas Franklin Pierce, 76 years, passed away from a short illness on April 9, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Tom was born November 8, 1938 in McClurg, MO to Frank C. and Esther Elizabeth (Lyons) Pierce. He graduated from Bradleyville High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Tom was a retired farmer and truck driver.

On Sept. 5, 1956 Tom and JoAnn Ewing were united in marriage in Taney County, MO and to this union three children were born.

Tom enjoyed fishing and visiting at the grower’s market on the Ava square.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Roy, John & Bill, a daughter, Carol Ann Frye and grandson, Joseph Langron.

Tom is survived by his wife, JoAnn Pierce, Ava, MO, two sons and their spouses, Larry & Kay Pierce and Kenny & Jeannie Pierce all of Ava, MO, four grandchildren, Jeremy, Casey, Madison and Sarah, one step granddaughter, Crystal, seven great grandchildren, five step great granchildren, a good friend, Harold Mitchell and other relatives and friends.

A private family graveside will be held at a later date and time in Ava Cemetery per Tom’s request. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO.

Dixie Nell Garrett, 81 years, passed to Heaven on April 11, 2015 at her home in Ava.

Dixie was born to Ora Sellers March 11, 1934 and was raised in the Rome and Smallett area. She was raised with her special cousin, Lucille Jenkins. She graduated from Ava High School in 1951. She loved learning more of the Ozark hills and of it’s history, most recently reading, “2 Good 2 Be Forgotten.”

It was in the Ozarks she met her husband, a young airman stationed at Fordland radar site in Fordland, MO. They would marry Oct. 3, 1952 in Mtn. Home, AR and to this union three children were born. Wayne & Dixie loved to dance and were quite good at it. They would travel extensively spending time in Illinois, Italy, Wyoming, Hawaii and Oregon. During Wayne’s three tours to Thailand, Turkey and Korea, Dixie and the children returned to Ava. At each assignment, Dixie made friends quickly and easily found employment finishing her career as manager at Woolworth’s in Klamath Falls, OR. Upon Wayne’s retirement they returned to Ava where they owned His n Hers Drive In, managed Bland’s Steak House and Sale Barn Café, she also was employed at Rexall Drug and Ava Beverage.

Dixie loved holiday family gatherings with all her children and grandchildren, which she was able to enjoy this past Easter. She also enjoyed spending time with her special friends at Ava Drug.

Dixie was preceded in death by her mother and mother-in-law, Ruth.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Wayne Garrett, Ava, MO, three children and their spouses, Mike & Cindy Garrett, Terri & Sam Fossett and Bob Garrett all of Ava, MO, 11 grandchildren, Paul & Roxanne Bocchi, Chris & Amy Kirkland, Heather & Jason Snelson, Cami & Lee Bohnenkamp, Sammye & Delbert Helton, Kirby & Tara Fossett, Courtney & Jeff Davault, Shelly & Gabe Beason, Lindsay Belknap, Jorie Garrett, Judd Tyson, 22 great grandchildren, Brittany, Amber, Tyler, David, Tanner, Logan, Sydney, Brandt, Maci, Myley, Rhett, Allison, Ciara, Claire, Celia, Garrett, Gentry, Gracie, Brooklynn, Addilynn, Jaxon and Bayler, two great great grandchildren, Fisher and Hadleigh. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Helen Allen and Jean Wilks and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Dixie will be Wed., April 15, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Funeral Services for Shirley Margaret Shults, 98, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Steven Reusch officiating. Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 2015, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home.

Shirley passed away April 11, 2015, in Mountain Home. She was born March 15, 1917, in Olivet, Michigan, the daughter of Jason and Cecile Burroughs Hadwin. Shirley lived in Mountain Home since moving from Weidman, Michigan, in 1990. She married Eldon Shults on April 9, 1994, at Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was a member of the White River Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and collecting teddy bears.

Shirley is survived by her daughter-in-law, Shirley Wright of Mountain Home, AR; three step-sons, David (Jeannine) Wright of Ithaca, MI, Mark (Elizabeth) Wright of Visalia, CA, and Dan (Ann) Shults of Alexandra, AR; three step-daughters, Cathy (Charles) O’Tool of Vista, CA, Karin Calvin of Bourbonnais, IL, and Linda (John) Testa of Port Washington, WI; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eldon Shults.

Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas,with Justin Butterfield, Brent Butterfield, John Wright, and Mike Johnson as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Home Christian Clinic, 421 West Wade Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

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

Funeral arrangements for 74 year old Dixie Michoff, of Bryan, Ohio are private at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Dixie Michoff died Friday, April 10, 2015 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

She is survived by her husband, David Michoff; daughter, Diana Kidd of Yellville and son, Donnie Michoff.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

A Celebration of Life for Anna Jeannine Beltz, 48, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at Clear Springs Cemetery, Texas County, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Beltz died at 8:23 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at her home.

She was born March 24, 1967, at West Plains, Missouri, to Larkin Leon Collins and Patricia Ann Colbert Collins.  On June 29, 1985, she was married at the Oak Lawn Church of God at Clear Springs, to Wayne Beltz.  Anna had worked as an inspector at Invensys, in her earlier years worked at Roho and her favorite job was dairy farming.  Anna loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings and time spent with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed camping, yard sales and reading.  Mrs. Beltz was a member of Maness Memorial Baptist Church and had previously been a member at Faith and Hope Church.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Beltz, of the family home; three children, Jennifer Compton, husband, Chris, Willow Springs, Missouri, David Beltz, wife, Nicole, West Plains, Missouri and Russell Beltz, wife, Julia, Willow Springs; six grandchildren, Payton Compton, Madyson Beltz, Kay Anna Compton, Jazmine Beltz, Jake Alan Beltz and Allison Beltz, and one granddaughter on the way, Tori Rae Beltz; two brothers, Kevin Collins, wife Kileene and Lyle Collins, wife, Patti, all of West Plains; two sisters, Marlena Upton, husband, Billy, West Plains and Leona Kerns, husband, Kyle, Mountain Home, Arkansas; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Her parents and one nephew, Keagan Collins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Montine C. Moody died April 8, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

Ms. Moody services were held Friday, April 10, 2015 at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Montine C. Moody Scholarship fund, and can be left at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

A memorial service for Ginny Kay Lehmkuhl, born January 12, 1948 – passed March 11, 2015, will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Mountain View United Methodist Church, 609 E. 5th Street in Mountain View, Missouri.

A lunch for family and friends will be held after the service in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Donations to the Festival of Trees Fund in Ginny’s memory may be sent to the Mountain View United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 151, Mountain View, MO 65548..

A Memorial service for Danny Lee Fox, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Crossroads Church, Crider, Missouri.

Danny Lee Fox, son of the late to Leonard Eldon Fox and Evelyn Johnson Fox, was born August 13, 1955, at West Plains, Missouri.  He entered into eternal rest April 2, 2015, at the age of fifty-nine years.

On August 1, 1981, he was married at Rover, Missouri, to Bobbi Sue Walker.  Danny was a skilled carpenter.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Danny was a dedicated father and “grandad.”  He loved being outdoors and spending quality time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by one daughter, Danielle Fox Collins; seven grandchildren, Bricen Collins, Braden Collins, Brenton Collins, Noah LeVey, Aaliyah LeVey, Michael Woodard and Makenzie Woodard; two sisters, Rosalea Hensley, husband, Larry Joe and Barbara Lamb, husband, Herb; one brother, Leon Fox; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

His parents, wife, one daughter, Danae Fox Woodard and one brother, Nemol Fox, recede him in death.

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

Clara Carlene (Horner) Booher, 90, of Cotter, Arkansas, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home. She was born on October 20, 1924 in Hornersville, Missouri to James Lewis and Hattie Mae (Cullens) Horner.

She was a lifelong member of The Eastern Star and Oak Hill Baptist Church in St. Louis. She fostered numerous infants until they could be placed in new homes. She was a volunteer for many years at Christian Northwest Hospital in St. Louis.

She is survived by one son, Donald Gill (Kriss) of Palm Harbor, FL; two daughters, Carolyn Gill and Jane Hatchet of Cotter; four grandchildren, Thomas and Jamie Gill and Nicole and Clayton Hatchet; one great granddaughter, Haley Hatchet; one brother James Truman Horner (Connie) of Naples, FL; one sister, Ona Oleen Rodery of St. Louis; two cousins, Carl Gene Cullins and James Michael Cullens and one aunt, Dolly Snow (Ken).

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Herbert Gill and Burt Booher.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at McDaniel Funeral Home, 108 N. Main St., Senath, Missouri 63876, with a visitation from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Dunklin Memorial Gardens, 1724 Southwest Dr., Kennett, MO 63857.
Local arrangements conducted by Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center. An online guestbook and obituary are available at