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William “Bill” Dale Merideth, 88, of Isabella, MO passed away on November 23, 2014 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. He was born in Martinsville, IN on May 6, 1926 to Eldon Dale and Evelyn (Garrison) Merideth.

After graduating from Martinsville High School in 1944, Bill joined the military. He serviced in the Air Force/Army for 27 years, serving with honor in WWII, Korea and Vietnam earning numerous medals. He retired in 1972. After his retirement, Bill taught ROTC in Gary, IN. In 1974, Bill and Betty moved to Isabella, MO where they built a home. He served as post commander at the VFW I Isabella, then served as 18th district commander and served as the commander for the state of Missouri for one year. Bill was also a Shriner and Free Mason and served as the Worshipful Master at the Eastern Star.

Bill loved spending his time fishing and drinking coffee with friends. If the weather was good he was at the lake.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty of 44 years; daughter Wilma Jo and Rocky Baker; son William “Bill” Allen and Doris Merideth; son Michael David and Lisa Merideth; sister Dorthy Jean Dills; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Eldon “Buddy” Dale Merideth; and one brother Jack Merideth.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville, MO with Gene West officiating. Burial will be with Full Military Honors in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, November 25th from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the giver’s choice of charity. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Graveside Funeral Services for Juanita Eslinger, 83, of Gainesville, MO will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in the Lilly Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Dale Roberts officiating.

Mrs. Eslinger passed away on November 24, 2014 at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, AR.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long St., Mountain Home, AR 72653. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Bessie Lorraine Barnes, 88, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Care Manor Nursing Center.

She was born November 26, 1925, in Willow Springs, Missouri to the late Hollie McKinley and Virginia Orenia (Bogar) Warren. Lorraine was known for her great cooking and worked as a waitress. One of her favorite memories to share was winning the game show Queen for a Day in 1952. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Doug Crawford and two brothers, Clark and Gene Warren.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Crawford of Mountain Home; a daughter, Mary Lambert of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; a brother, Calvin Warren and her six grandchildren who said she was the greatest “Nana”, Julian, Jeremy, Jimmy, Duane, Debbie and Becky.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Lester Leland Smith, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died 10:44 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 in West Vue Nursing Center. He was born April 17, 1918 at Graham, Missouri to Jimmie Jackson Smith and Elsie Pauline Smith. He graduated from the Mound City, Missouri high school and was the first athlete to letter in all four sports at the Mound City High School. On May 25, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Gladys Lottie Crow who preceded him in death on December 28, 1997. Mr. Smith was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II as a Ward Medic. He was a well known farmer in the West Plains area having bought his first calf and started plowing with horses at the age of 10. Mr. Smith had served on the Board of Directors of the Doty School and had served for thirty years on the Advisory Committee of Farm Credit. Mr. Smith was baptized at the Hilltop Chapel and had served as a board member for seventeen years.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Stone, husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Rodney Gene Stone, wife, Wendy, Granite Falls, North Carolina and Mendy Bassham, husband, Michael, Moko, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Tucker Stone, Colt Stone and Shae Bassham; one sister, Frances Hall, West Plains, Missouri; and his nieces and nephews, Frances Weightman, Jerry Watkins, Pat Luther and Bobby Watkins.

His parents, wife, one great-grandson, Zachery Ty Stone, one sister, Charlotte “Toots” Watkins and one nephew, Terry Hall, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 24th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Thelma Iona Philpott, 89 years, 11 months, and 6 days old, passed to heaven on November 19, 2014 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO with her family by her side.

Funeral services for Thelma will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Seymour Cemetery, Seymour, MO. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.

Thelma was born December 13, 1924 in Arden, MO to Abraham Lincoln and Beulah Pansy (Williams) Baird.

On March 15, 1947 Thelma and William Donald Philpott were united in marriage in Cedar Gap, MO and to this union three sons were born.

Thelma was a Christian and had attended the Ava General Baptist Church. Thelma graduated from Ava High School and soon after she taught for four years in a rural school in Douglas County. She was a retired Avon Representative and worked for over 40 years. She had the gift of hospitality and wanted people to feel at home. Thelma also loved to travel and especially enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends. Thelma was a loving devoted mother, grandmother and sister.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald in 2008, one brother, Burrel Baird, and one brother-in-law, Etcyl Painter.

Thelma is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Ed and Jan Philpott, Mansfield, MO, Bill and Terry Philpott, Ava, MO, and Rick and Rona Philpott, Mohave Valley, AZ, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sister, Eva Painter, Ava, MO, a sister-in-law, “Mag” Baird and many other relatives and friends.

Harley E. Hoeft, age 93 died Wednesday November 19, 2014 in Ash flat, AR. Harley was born December 19, 1920 the son of the late Frank and Effie Hoeft in Congerville, Illinois.

A graveside service will be held Sunday 2:00pm at Parkland Cemetery in Danvers, Illinois. Local arrangements under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland. Illinois services will be held by Otto-Argo Funeral Home of Danvers, Illinois.

In youth, Harley was an amateur veterinarian. He dabbled in taxidermy, deodorizing skunks, and caponizing chickens, and he was very successful in these endeavors. In his early twenties Harley enlisted in the Army and attended government school. In 1942, he was convoyed on the Queen Mary to Gloskow, Scotland, and from there he went to London, England. He was assigned to the Ninth Air Force as a link trainer instructing pilots in instrument flying. After the invasion in 1944, he went to France. Belgium, and Holland. He brought back many stores of his adventures during the war. Upon his return from service, Harley became a Lieutenant for the civil Air Patrol (CAP) where he helped to locate lost aircraft. Later, he was hired at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. At Caterpillar he was a heat treat engineer in the experimentation and invention area where he designed specialized tooling for production. During his working years Harley lived “life to its fullest” with his Cabin Cruiser on the Illinois River. Harley retired from Caterpillar after 30 years of service. After a long journey of finding the perfect place to retire, Harley visited Hardy, Arkansas and decided Hardy was where he would spend the rest of his life. He built a house on Spring River where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. In retirement he also enjoyed tooling around Zimmer and other rare sports cars. Harley continued his inventive talents in his retirement with several patents to his credit. He is also a very active member of the National Riffle Association (NRA) and was nominated to be a member of the 2nd Amendment Task Force. Harley is survived by a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Leslie Newell Darner, age 90, died Saturday November 11, 2014 at his home in Cherokee Village.

A memorial service will be Saturday November 22nd at The Cherokee Village United Methodist Church at 10:00am. With Pastor Jimmy Anderson Officiating.

Laxie Mary Grote, 101 years, 4 months, and 3 days old, passed to Heaven on November 18, 2014 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO.

Laxie was born July 15, 1913 in Douglas County, Ava, Mo to Marion and Josephine (Graham) Ingram.

Laxie was a lifelong resident of Ava, MO. On October 30, 1934 Laxie and Gilbert Lawrence Grote were united in marriage in Squires, MO. Laxie and Gilbert enjoyed and worked hard on their farm for many years. She and Gilbert made a home for their nephew, Bernel Ingram. She enjoyed taking care of her garden. Her joy was cooking and baking for all her nieces and nephews.

Laxie was a Christian and attended the Murray Church. She loved taking her nieces and nephews to church. Laxie was a special aunt and was very treasured.

Laxie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gilbert in 1982, six sisters, Alta Amyx, Maggie Ingram, Ola Hambleton, Viva Elliott Riggs, Iva Ingram, Faye Elliott Buck, and one brother, Louis Ingram.

Laxie is survived by her special nephew, Bernel Ingram of the home, several nieces and nephews, caretaker and niece, Vonda Stine and husband, Steve, Ava, MO and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Laxie will be Friday, Nov.21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wasola, MO. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Marvin Loftin. Memorials may be made to American Heart Assoc. or Oak Grove Cemetery.

A Memorial service for Anita Ruth Gianunzio, 74, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Needmore Church of God, Dora, Missouri.

Mrs. Gianunzio died at 6:46 a.m., Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 1, 1940, at Alton, Illinois, to Wilfred and Ruth Minor Sanders. In 1968, she was married at Alton, Illinois, to Steven Gianunzio, who preceded her in death in 1984. Before her retirement Mrs. Gianunzio was a school teacher; she taught English and Special Education. She was a Christian and was very strong in her spiritual faith. Mrs. Gianunzio was a member of the Needmore Church of God.

She is survived by two sons, Matt Gianunzio, wife, Annette, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Mark Gianunzio, Dora, Missouri; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Julia Sanders, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and one son, Mike Gianunzio, precede her in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Geraldine L. Hood, of Hutton Valley, MO, daughter of the late Rufus and Elza Wheeler Anderson, was born March 7, 1920, in Pomona, MO. She departed this life November 16, 2014 at Mountain View Health Care in Mountain View, MO, at the age of 94 years.

Visitation will be Wednesday November 19, 12-2 PM at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Hutton Valley, MO with Bro. John Colbert officiating. Interment will be in Mackey Cemetery, Pomona, MO. Condolences may be expressed at

Geraldine was united in marriage to Ralph Jesse Hood on June 12, 1938 at Willard, MO. Geraldine and Ralph were married for sixty-three years and to this union, five children were born.

Geraldine lived most of her life on their farm near Hutton Valley. She was employed as a cook at Ridgeview School for eighteen years which she loved.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, David Wayne Hood; and one sister, Vida Henry.

Survivors include one son, Ralph Edward Hood and wife, Velma of Mountain View, MO; three daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly Jean and Dean Daniels, and Connie Sue and Dale Daniels, all of Mountain View, MO, and Gloria Rae and Chris Deatherage of Drury, MO; seventeen grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; one sister, Katheryn Evans of West Plains, MO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Geraldine loved her grandchildren coming to visit her and she enjoyed quilting. She also played piano and was clerk at her church for many years. She was saved and was currently a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Hutton Valley for seventy-two years.