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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.



A Memorial service for Robert Dean Washington, 79, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Washington died at 11:19 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at his home.

He was born January 13, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Edward Hudson Washington and Ellen J. Barr Washington. On June 24, 1961, he was married in the State of Illinois, to Joan Ann Davis. Mr. Washington earned an Associate’s Degree from St. Louis University and was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. Before his retirement he was a manufacturing manager at Union Camp Corporation. Mr. Washington was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Washington, of the family home; two children, Robert Dean Washington, Jr., wife, Blandine and Craig Dean Washington, wife Katharine; three grandchildren, Ian, Evan and Eric Washington; and one brother, Eugene Washington.

His parents and one brother, Glen Washington, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jessie N. McMillin, age 94, born the fourth child of Virgil and Minnie (Gilmore) Shelton on December 9, 1919 in Houston, MO. She passed away July 29, 2014 at Landmark Villa, Cabool, MO.

Jessie grew up on farms in the Texas county area around Elk Creek, Houston and Cabool areas. She loved the outdoors, always choosing to work with her Dad or brother instead of house work. Riding horses, fishing, and gardening was her favorites and remained all of her life.

She married her school days friend Chester McMillin on October 20, 1940; they enjoyed 55 years of married life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chester in 1995, two sons, Chester Jr. (Bub) in 1966 and Derrall (Sonny) in 2012, a grandson, Darin, four sisters and one brother.

Jessie is survived by her daughter Joyce (Sis) Peabody of Houston, MO, a daughter-in-law, Doris McMillin of Montgomery, TX, five grandchildren, Steve and Doug Peabody, Mike and Jeff McMillin and Dana (McMillin) Burt, eleven great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Jessie farmed and raised her kids on an Elk Creek Dairy Farm. She worked 27 years at the Cabool Shoe Company. Jessie was a member of the Houston First Baptist Church, enjoying attending all the church functions, especially the XYZ’s, and cooking up a favorite dish to share when needed.

Jessie loved sharing her home and spending time with family and friends always having some food and stories to share. She was always ready to help a friend in need. She loved to walk and go for coffee with friends. Being a small person but having a strong will kept her healthy and active for many years. Jessie still mowed her own yard at the age of 92, which was something she was most proud of. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her perky way.

Memorials may be made to the Texas County Food Pantry, in her memory, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation will be held Friday August 1, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home with a Celebration of her Life beginning at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor David Barbee officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Cabool Cemetery. Services and cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

LaMoine (Black) Hamilton, 74 of St. James, beloved wife, mom, grandma, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend of many, entered into her heavenly home on July 29, 2014 after suffering a short battle with lung cancer.

LaMoine was born September 13, 1939 in Richland, MO to James Robert Black and Augusta “Gussie” Katherin (Howlett). LaMoine grew up on the Black family farm in Swedeborg, MO. As the oldest child, she helped dad around the farm and drove the tractor wearing her overalls. She was united in marriage on June 5, 1966 to Edward Hamilton from Crocker. She is a graduate of Richland High School, Southwest Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Baylor University, and Southwest Missouri State University, obtaining masters degrees in psychology and education. A school teacher for thirty years, she taught various grades and subjects in Willow Springs, Dixon and Houston school systems. She had a love for reading and a passion for motivating children to read. LaMoine enjoyed watching her students excel in the subject of reading, while using technology. She continued substitute teaching following retirement and most recently substituted in April of 2014. In 1989, LaMoine was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the top Incentive Grant Writer in the state of Missouri. In 1990, LaMoine received the Achievement in Education Award from Optimist International and in 2000 she was a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. Since 2005, LaMoine has faithfully served the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH). From 2005 to 2011 she served on the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the MBCH affiliate board, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, from 2008 to present, and in 2009, she was named Ambassador of the Year. Throughout her married life, LaMoine has been a loving and supportive pastor’s wife serving faithfully alongside her husband in the church and community. She encouraged others through her kind words and deeds, optimistic outlook and joy of cooking fresh vegetables from her garden and baking a plethora of delicious desserts. Previous memberships include the Retired Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, International Reading Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Houston Title I Parent/Teacher advisory board.

LaMoine is survived by her husband Edward of St. James; son Doug (Tracy) of Shawnee, KS; son Phil (Cassandra) of St. James; seven grandchildren: Paige, Allison, Spencer, and Trey of Shawnee, KS and Colton, Ciera, and Carly of St. James; siblings LaGayle Horinbein (Howard) of Lake Forest, CA; Linda Shady (Pepper) of Lake Winnebago, MO; J R Black (Nina) of Richland, MO; and Sandra Gibson (L.E.) of Richland, MO; sister-in-law Sharon Kappleman of Jefferson City, and several cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held at Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, MO on Monday, August 4 at 1 PM with Kenny Qualls officiating and visitation occurring prior to the service at the church, starting at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

Interment in Crocker, MO

Funeral Services provided by Evans Funeral Home in Houston, MO

A special thanks to Phelps County Hospice for their service and primary care physician, Jim Elam, MD.

A memorial service for Charles Edward Wahlquist, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

Mr. Wahlquist died at 10:20 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born October 15, 1943, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Charley Edward Wahlquist and Eunice Madeline Swope Wahlquist. On June 14, 1964, he was married at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Frances Johnston. Mr. Wahlquist was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was an accountant and enjoyed fishing and going golfing. Mr. Wahlquist was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Wahlquist, of the family home; one son, A. J. Wahlquist and wife, Robin, Jefferson City, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Tate and Lexi Wahlquist.

His parents, one brother, Larry Wahlquist and one sister, Janice Kaudle, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of West Plains, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Alfred William Stillman passed peacefully on July 28, 2014, two days shy of his one-hundredth birthday, at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri.

He was born in Garwin, Iowa and in 1924 moved with his family to Biloxi, Mississippi.  After working with the Civilian Conservation Corp for several years, he married Marie Ann Hengen in 1940.  Alfred worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was commissioned captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he worked as a military auditor throughout the Southeast.  He became a widower in 1994 and moved to West Plains in 2002 to be near one of his daughters.  Alfred was a 75 year Mason and member of First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by his son, Alfred William Stillman, Jr. and wife, Helen, Saucier, Mississippi; daughter, Helen Atkinson and husband, Richard, West Plains, Missouri; daughter Ann First, and husband Fred, Floyd, Virginia; daughter Margaret Shuman and husband, Paul, Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Biloxi, Mississippi, this fall.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial contributions to Gideon’s International, to which Alfred belonged for many years and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at