Contact Us 417-256-1025 or 888-485-9390
Ozark Area Network
Horse TraderOzark Regional News Talk RadioKUKU Oldies 100KKDY 102.5KSPQ Q94 Jack FM96.9 The Fox

Richard Raymond Manning, age 88, of Ozark Acres, Arkansas died Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. He was born October 22, 1925 in Jonesboro, Arkansas the son of John and Florence (Reed) Manning. Raymond was a retired TV repair man and Musician. Raymond served in the Army during WWII where he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for combat in the Bulge, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Raymond is survived by his wife Mary Manning; daughters Peggy and Charles Stallings, Sharon Adams, Kathy Hover and a son John and Rhonda Manning, 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. Also multiple Nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandson, 1 great grandson and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be held Thursday at 2:00pm at the Ash Flat Church of Christ with Tommie Boles officiating. The family will except friends from 1:00pm till service time. Interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery in Ozark Acres.

Mary (Acklin) Pitchford Szegedy of Mountain Home, died Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Gassville Therapy and Living Center. She was 85.

Mary was born March 6, 1929, in Wild Cherry, Fulton County, Arkansas, the daughter of Arthur and Dora (Alexander) Acklin. She was the tenth of twelve children, and the last surviving child. Mary attended school at Norfork and Buford. She obtained an LPN degree from the Chicago School of Nursing in 1951.

She loved to travel and lived in many places prior to her marriage. She wed Leo G. Pitchford June 24, 1953 in Mountain Home. After his death she married Stephen Szegedy in 1981 in Gainesville, Missouri.

She retired from Baxter Travenol in 1995 after 25 years, and later enjoyed working part-time at Wal-Mart as a greeter.

She was of the Baptist faith, a member of the NRA, Eastern Star, and was a CARTI Volunteer. She enjoyed being home on the farm, dancing and spending time with her daughter, son and grandson.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Patty Pitchford Fletcher, and son, Glen Pitchford, both from Mountain Home; her grandson, William R.G. Fletcher of Russellville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition her dear friend and dancing partner, Gene Churches of Shirley and her caregiver in her final years, Tracy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, brothers, and sisters, Chester, Esther, Buck, Ruby, Trilba, Sylvia, Dolly, Fay, Tommy, and Unalea.

Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014, at Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery near Mountain Home. Burial will be to follow under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Pallbearers will be William Fletcher, Darrell Franks, Butch Strong, Bill Cobb, Les Kitchell, and Donald Gray.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Mary’s nieces and nephews including, Sheri Jones, Vernon Ray Jones, Dolan Acklin, Normalea Funkhouser, Liz Everidge Parsons, Geraldine Acklin Lamb, Bonnie Cobb Vaughn, Faye Cobb Clark, W.A. Cobb, Lunnie Franks, Sandy Kirkover, Stacy Franks Havner, Tracy Franks Gilbert.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Visitation services for Laura Jeanette Huff, 53, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Huff died at 5:00 a.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born April 26, 1961, at Chicago, Illinois, to Leonard Burch and Jean Freeston Burch. She was married in 1988 at Viola, Arkansas, to Kenneth Charles Huff. Mrs. Huff worked in medical records at Ozarks Medical Center. She was a loving wife, caring mother and cherished daughter. She excelled at making handcrafted items and making people happy and was a good overall person.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Huff, of the family home; one daughter, Courtney Collins, West Plains, Missouri; one grandson, Toby; and four sisters, Linda Webb, Debra Purol, Vivian Burch and Paula May.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Randy Neal York, 49, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. York died at 5:17p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Mercy St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born April 27, 1965, at Des Plains, Illinois, to K. A. York and Jeannie Kenslow York. On May 18, 1984, he was married at Lanton, Missouri, to Patty Thomas. Mr. York was employed with Brad Guffey Motors. He loved his family, kids, grandkids, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hunting. Randy always put others first.

He is survived by his wife, Patty York, of the family home; three children, Jennifer Gunter, husband, Eugene, West Plains, Missouri, Dylan York, significant other, Whitney Atwell, West Plains, Missouri and Shane York, of the family home; three grandchildren, Kaebrynn Gunter, Bryleigh York and Kreed Gunter; his father, K.A. York, Lanton, Missouri; three brothers, Rick York, wife, Vanessa, Ryan York and Jason York, all of West Plains; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Dana Thomas, West Plains; two brothers-in-law, Micheal Thomas and Daniel Thomas; one sister-in-law, Crystie Thomas; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His mother, Jeannie York, precedes him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Dripping Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Robert Joe Koelling, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 10, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Koelling died at 6:13 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Cox South, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born June 22, 1946, at Ephrata, Washington, to Glen Koelling and Dorothy Schrag Koelling. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1964. He enjoyed farming and collected baseball cards.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Koelling; one sister, Gladys Ball, husband, Kenneth, West Plains, Missouri; one nephew, Gary Hensley, Jr., wife, Rachel, O’Fallon, Missouri; great-nephew and great-niece, Emmett and Evelyn; and many cousins and friends.

His father precedes him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Glen Charles Joslin, 76, of Gainesville, MO passed away on October 5, 2014 in Gainesville. He was born on January 31, 1938 in Flint, MI, the son of Vera Campbell Joslin.

Burial was private. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Glen was a long time resident of Port Huron, MI before moving to Gainesville, MO. Glen enjoyed spending time tinkering in the garage, as well as the outdoors. He loved spending time with his dog “Lil Bit”.

Glen is survived by his children Cheryl Joslin of Fort Gratiot, MI, Glen Charles Joslin Jr. of Fort Gratiot, MI, Kenneth Joslin and wife Dawn of Gainesville, MO, Gregory M. Joslin of Lansing, MI and James Joslin and wife Kari of Port Huron, MI; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother Kenneth Joslin and wife Barb of Ruby, MI; and sister Louise Joslin of Clyde, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Robert Ivan “Bobby” Joslin.

Elizabeth Howard, 69 years, passed away on October 2, 2014 at Rocky Ridge Manor in Mansfield, MO.

Burial for Elizabeth will be in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA by her husband, Tom Howard. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO.

Elizabeth was born May 1, 1945 in Texas and her father was Jimmy Wade. She was a resident of the Ava community since 2007 moving from Bakersfield, CA. She grew up in Arkansas and she was employed as a housekeeper.

Elizabeth was married to Thomas Michael Howard and he preceded her in death in 2003.

Elizabeth was a Christian and had attended the Church of God Emmanuel in Ava. She enjoyed drawing and taking care of her husband until his death.

Elizabeth is survived by her cousins.

Billie Jean Taber, 79 years, 6 months, and 17 days old, passed to heaven on October 4, 2014 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO with her family by her side.

Funeral services for Billie will be Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Bragg Cemetery on K Highway just west of Ava. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Roberts.

Billie was born March 17, 1935 in Ava, MO to Chalmer and Floy (Frazier) Privett. She graduated from Heppner High School in Heppner, Oregon. She also attended two years of college at Eastern Oregon Community College, Lagrande, OR. Billie lived most of her life in the Ava community.

On September 10, 1956, Billie and Leon Taber were united in marriage and to this union four children were born.

Billie worked as a Sales Clerk at Ava Wal Mart for several years. She also was the best Homemaker!

She was a Christian and a member of the Walnut Grove General Baptist Church in Ava and the Ava American Legion Auxillary Unit #112. She enjoyed volunteering, sewing, bowling, and most of all taking care of all her grand and great grandchildren.

Billie was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Joe Privett.

Billie is survived by her husband, Leon Taber, Ava, MO, four children, Jo Ellen “Jodi” Ingino, Ava, MO, Brenda Rear and husband, Bill, Springfield, MO, Keith Taber and wife, Karen, Bloomington, IL and Cindy Bradshaw and husband, Ted , Norwood, MO, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister, June Brown, Newport, OR, one brother, John Privett, Yumatilla, WA, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Assoc.

Funeral services for Joseph Wilson, 55, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Dennis McGinley officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Memorial contribuions may be made to the family to help with their son, Zacheriah Wilson’s college fund.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Greg Robert Ritt, 65, a resident of Howard’s Ridge, Missouri passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his residence.

He was born March 25, 1949, in Elgin, Illinois to the late Lee Melvin and Delores Ann (Betts) Ritt. Greg served in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Ritt.

Survivors include two sons, William Ritt of Michigan and Joseph Ritt of Virginia; three daughters, Wanda Batdorf of Washington, Johanna Anderson of Peten, Guatemala and Cheyenne Ritt of Hawaii and a sister-in-law, Wilma Ritt of Howard’s Ridge, Missouri.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., October 10, 2014, at the Howard’s Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.