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Mr. Doyle Smith, age 90, of Licking, Missouri passed away April 5, 2014. Visitation will be Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fox Funeral Home. Services will be at 11:00 AM at the Church of Christ, Licking. Interment with be in Licking Cemetery.

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

James William Crabtree, 92, passed away Thursday April 3, 2014 in Lebanon, MO.

He was born November 20, 1921 in Turley, MO, son of Fred and Ada (Jackson) Crabtree. He was married to Ellen Realmuto on May 2, 1941.

Jim was an active member of the Ben Davis Church of Christ. He was a veteran, serving in WWII with the United States Navy. He was an operating engineer in St. Louis, MO for many years. When he retired they moved to his farm near Plato, MO.

Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening and farming. He played “the fiercest game of Pitch” in the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Vernon and Leonard; his wife Ellen, and children Freddie Crabtree and Carol Sliter.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Crabtree, they were united in marriage on September 3, 2000 at Embree Community Church, one sister Edna Thompson of Peyson, AZ, a son J.R. (James Ray) and Ronda Crabtree of Marshfield, MO, son-in-law Robert Sliter of Maryland Heights, MO, daughter-in-law Jenny Faye Crabtree of Florissant, MO; Grandchildren: Rick and Cindy Mendoza of Webster Groves, MO, Will and Paula Milligan of Lake St. Louis, MO, Brian Crabtree of Florissant, MO, Shaun and Julie Beam of Mansfield, OH, Cody Crabtree and Kelsey Woodland of Jefferson City, MO, and Holly Crabtree and Danny Howerton of Lebanon, MO; Great Grandchildren: Jacqlynn and Ella Milligan of Lake St Louis, MO, Caden and Bristol Crabtree; Step children: Jerry and Twila Wade of Wahoo, NE, Don and Lola Massey of Lynchburg, MO, Connie (and late husband Pete) Lubina of Lebanon, MO, and Danny and Teresa Clark of Lebanon, MO, numerous step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation will be Sun. April 6, from 2-4 PM in Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO. Services will be Mon. April 7, at 10 AM in Evans Funeral Home. Bro. Ed Williamson and Bro. Wade Perryman will officiate with burial in the McBride Cemetery. Pallbearers are Rick Mendoza, Will Milligan, Brian Crabtree, Cody Crabtree, Don Massey and Danny Clark; Honorary Pallbearers are Caden Crabtree and Bristol Crabtree. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to McBride Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Robert F. Anderson, 89, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

He was born March 1, 1925, in Franklin, Massachusetts. In August of 1942 Robert joined and served in the United States Marine Corps as Private First Class until January of 1945. During his military service he was a member of the World War II “Fighting Forth” Marine Division and fought in four major battles during the Asiatic Pacific. Robert was awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. After his military service, he married Shirley Ann Henke on August 11, 1967 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was an avid artist, landscaper, craftsman and archer and was of the Lutheran faith.

Robert is preceded in passing by two brothers, Russell and Bud and two sisters, Faye and Shirley.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Shirley Anderson of Mountain Home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert R. Anderson of Gig Harbor, Washington and Mark T. and Tami Anderson of Mountain Home; three daughters and a son-in-law, Gayle Dixon of Alta Loma, California, Linda rivers of Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada and Christy L. and Windell Curtis of Mountain Home. Robert was blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marilyn Schultz officiating. Military Honors will be to follow by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Everett Loyd Cook, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Gospel Hill Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cook passed from this life on April 3, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

Everett, one of seven boys, was born July 4, 1927, in Ozark County, Missouri to Lee and Nancy Hopkins Cook. He attended grade school at Oak Mound and then Bakersfield High School. On November 24, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Myrtle Louise Burleson. After a four year stint stationed in Indiana with the United States Air Force, the couple settled in Howell County, Missouri. Before his retirement, Mr. Cook was a sheet metal cutter at DRS, formerly Southwest Truck Body and as a carpenter, built many homes in the Howell County area. He had been a member of the Pioneer and 101 Saddle Clubs and loved to coon hunt. Mr. Cook was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Myrtle “Sofie” Cook, of the family home; one daughter, Linda Roberts, Caulfield, Missouri; two grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, wife, Hillary and Brian Roberts, wife, Martha; one brother, Jack Cook, Mountain Home, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Hayes, Springfield, Missouri and Bobbye Burleson, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and five brothers, Fred, Melvin, Robert, Elmer “Drump” and Charles Cook, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Cemetery or Gospel Hill Church Library Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Grover Eugene Johnston, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnston died at 10:03 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 15, 1932 to Lewis Stephen Johnston and Eleanor Casey Johnston. He was born and raised on Cloud 9 Ranch. He was united in marriage to Donna Donaldson and to this union four children were born, Ricky, Samantha, Eric and Kim. Before his retirement he worked as a pipefitter, welder and truck driver. Mr. Johnston attended Fowler Chapel Church.

He is survived by six children, Ricky Johnston, wife, Victoria, Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Samantha Bryant, husband, Barry, Evansville, Tennessee, Eric Johnston, West Plains, Missouri, Kim Gipson, husband, Phillip, Vilonia, Arkansas, Jesse Johnston, West Plains, Missouri and Doug Cotter, West Plains, Missouri; two step-children, Heather Karr, husband, Nathaniel and Hilary Montgomery; eleven grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; former wife, Donna Donaldson Elliott; one brother, Edsel Johnston, wife, Joy, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Tammy Newman, husband, Jason, Flippin, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews; and special friend and caretaker, Barbara Coffel.

His parents and one son, Rocky, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., Saturday 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

Wilda Eddith (Laughridge) Jones, age 75, fourth daughter of Dean and Gertrude (Odle) Laughridge, was born on October 28, 1938, in Wilder, Idaho. She died Monday March 31, 2014, at Mercy Jefferson Hospital in Crystal City, MO.

Wilda is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lloyd, sisters Rosie and Ellen, and husbands Charles H Dunlap and John Jones.

She is survived by her children: Perry Dunlap of Fort Myers, Florida; Becky Bryan of Rolla, MO; and Connie Dunlap of Prescott, Arizona; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons.

Wilda grew up in Wilder, Idaho, and moved to Branson, Missouri, for her senior year of high school. She graduated from Branson High School in 1956. She married Charles Henry Dunlap in 1956 and began a 22- year adventure in moving, including numerous locations in California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Hawaii, and Missouri. Home base was always the Dunlap farm in Huggins MO. Willie and Charley had 3 children. They divorced in 1977.

Wilda worked as a homemaker for many years. She worked as a waitress at the Lazy L restaurant before working at, then purchasing the Hungry Holler in Houston, MO, in 1979. Her cooking and work ethic were legendary. She made the best biscuits and gravy from scratch every morning until she sold the restaurant in 1993. Wilda also owned the lunchroom at the Lee Factory in Houston from 1980 to 1982.

She married John Jones in 1982 and shared many years with him. John passed away in 2003.

In addition to being an incredible cook, she was an avid gardener. She won several “Yard of the Month” awards for her beautiful hostas and ferns at her big yellow house at the top of the hill overlooking Emmett Kelly Park. She loved animals and kept several chickens and even a goat or two. Stray animals loved her. She always had a cat and sometimes birds in her greenhouse.

Wilda had an adventurous soul. She loved to explore the places she lived. In her sixties, she worked as a cook in an Alaskan resort, then worked several seasons at Towgatee Lodge in Moran, Wyoming. She went skydiving at 68.

Wilda spent her last years at Farmington Manor, where the administration and staff loved and cared for her until the end.

Memorials may be made to Houston Senior Center or Texas County Food Pantry. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held Saturday April 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Services beginning at 2:00 P.M. with Elder David Keeney officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Herbert Edward Dickard III, 69, son of Herbert Edward, Jr. and Charlene (Todd) Dickard, was born September 12, 1944 at Wichita, KS. He passed away on April 2, 2014 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Vincent.

Herb is survived by his wife, Rose and sisters Kinta and husband David Clark, Elk Creek, MO, and Candy and husband Steve Meadows, Issaquah, WA, and four nieces.

Herb grew up and graduated from high school in San Diego, CA. He graduated from San Diego State College and University of San Diego Law School in 1968.

Herb married Rose Quint on July 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA. During their married life, they lived in Florida, Colorado, Texas and retired to the Houston area where he had spent many summers with his grandparents. He worked in the oil industry throughout his career. He was on the board of TRAIN for many years and was active in Lions Club.

Herb built their log home and several furniture pieces. He also enjoyed restoring his 1928 Chevrolet truck, was an avid reader, and had many hobbies throughout his lifetime. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Thomas Wayne Fisher, 79, Tecumseh, Missouri, died April 1, 2014 at the Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Graveside services for Mr. Fisher will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clear Springs Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri.

Funeral services for Evelyn Murlee Powell, 84, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Powell died at 11:47 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at her home.

She was born June 12, 1929, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Clarence Edward “Bud” May and Bethel Nadine Arnold May. On March 23, 1951, she was married at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Elzie Ray Powell, who preceded her in death on October 22, 2011. Mrs. Powell was a homemaker; her family was her life. She enjoyed country music and time with her family. Mrs. Powell was a member of the Church of Christ faith and attended Crider Church of Christ.

She is survived by six children, Ellen Rodriguez, Wagoner, Oklahoma, Eddie Powell, wife, Ronda, Pottersville, Missouri, Earlean Chenault, husband, Ronnie, Springfield, Tennessee, Eunice Hayes, husband, James, Crider, Missouri, Elvin J. Powell, fiancée Angel, Anderson, Missouri and Erma Jean Cross, husband, Michael, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Dwayne May, wife, Joyce, Lions, Kansas and Herbert May, wife, Kay, Tecumseh, Missouri; one sister, Velvie Curry, Cabool, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one grandson, Brock Powell, three brothers, David Clarence May, Jimmy Williams and Burl May and two sisters, Jean Price and Ann Mullins, precede her in death.

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

Mary M. Gunn, 78, of Mountain Home, formerly of Madisonville, Kentucky passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at her residence in Arkansas.

She was born June 10, 1935 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky to the late Isaac “Ike” Whitfield and Sybil Whitfield. She was also preceded in death by sons, Eugene, Homer and Allen; brothers, Clyde, Brenton, Delbert and Charlie; sisters, Althea Whitfield and Eudel Stanley; sisters-in-law, Catherine and Blanche Whitfield and brother-in-law, Carl Stanley.

Ms. Gunn was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She enjoyed shopping, crocheting, quilting, spending time with her family and friends and spoiling her grandkids.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana (Rick) Denny of Dawson Springs, Kentucky and Beverly (Tommy) Basham of Earlington, Kentucky; one son, Aubrey (Nancy) Gunn of White Plains, Kentucky; two brothers, W.R. (Virginia) Whitfield of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and Jimmie (Anita) Whitfield of Mountain Home; daughter-in-law, Cathy of Nortonville, Kentucky; sister-in-law, Dot Whitfield of Providence; and she was blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville, Kentucky. Burial will follow at Whitfield Cemetery in White Plains, Kentucky.

Visitation will be from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Gunn, A.J. Gunn, Tommy Gunn, Ben Gunn, Timmy Gunn and Trevor McKnight. Honorary pallbearer will be Joseph Gunn.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at