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Funeral services for Joan Marie (Johnson) Daily, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jason Roberts officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Ruby B. Murphy, age 91, of Mammoth Spring, AR.,died Wednesday January 7, 2015 at Eaglecrest nursing and Rehab in Ash Flat, AR. Ruby was born November 11, 1923 in Broken Bow, OK. she was the daughter of Sylvester Powell and Naomi “Rambo” Powell.

Graveside service will be held Saturday January 10, 2015 at 2:00pm in the Collins Cemetery near Wirt.

She is survived by her two son John M. Henry, Daughter Elain Kent, grandchildren.

Jimmy Gee, 78, of Cherokee Village, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at a local hospital. He was born June 28, 1936, in Blytheville to Woodrow and Ruby Reed Gee.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland, Arkansas, with burial following in Wiles Cemetery located in Ash Flat, Arkansas. The family will receive visitors prior to funeral services from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ash Flat Cemetery Fund.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Elzene Gee, a daughter Stacy Caviness, and brother Lynn Gee.

He is survived by his partner Louise Swink of Cherokee Village, son Chris Gee and wife Tammy of Blytheville, daughter Jaime Gee of Jonesboro, and son-in-law Curty Caviness. He is also survived by four sisters: Betty Lemon of Blytheville, Sherry Hanner of Osceola, Billie Sue Evans of Antioch, California, and Millie Sturgeons of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and sister-in-law Kathy Gee of Little Rock. He was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.

A Memorial Service for Lee Eugene Keck, 90, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015, at First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Keck died at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A full obituary may be viewed or online condolences may be expressed at  Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for James Joseph Henry, 93, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Henry died at 5:17 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015, at his home.

He was born April 23, 1921, at Mountain View, Missouri, to James Henry and Leona Green Henry.  In 1946 he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Mary Briggs.  Mr. Henry was a veteran, having served in the United States Army.  He worked as a police officer for the City of West Plains.  Mr. Henry was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the Curry Street Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Henry, of the family home; three children, Alice Henry, Springfield, Missouri, Carolyn Mercer, husband, Steve, Tawakoni, Texas and Ron Henry, State of Nevada; one grandson, Jimmy Henry; two nieces, Edith and Louise; and one nephew, David.

His parents, seven brothers and two sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Henry will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mr. David Decker, age 84, of Licking, MO, passed away January 5, 2015 at his home in Licking MO.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM, at Fox Funeral Home. Service will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Fox Chapel.

All arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO.

Donald E. “Pastor Don” Reed, 70, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was born September 7, 1944, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, to Walter J. and Lois Rhine Reed. He worked in many varied jobs throughout life and was a pastor of non-denominational faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one step-sister.

Survivors include his brothers Dennis W. (Rita) Reed of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Delbert K. (Barbara) Reed of Ankeny, Iowa, along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Garner officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland at a later date.

Ralph Curtis O’Brien, 77, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

There will be a visitation service held Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery, Meadows of Dan, Virginia.

Funeral services for Betty Jane Durnell will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm, in the Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs, MO, with J.T. Tooley officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 7, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Yarber Mortuary Chapel, Willow Springs.

Pallbearers will be Mitch Harris, Ed Darnell, Stephen Darnell, Michael Tooley, Laynie Noble, Mike Chritton, and J.D. Cox.

Betty Jane Durnell, daughter of Lavern O. and Jessie Mae (Williams) Miller, was born November 23, 1946 at Norwood, MO and departed this life on January 3, 2015, at 68 years of age.

Betty grew up in the Pomona/Willow Springs area and attended school at both Pomona and Willow Springs. She was a 1965 graduate of Willow Springs High School. Betty began playing softball at an early age, and with encouragement and coaching from her father, she developed a passion for the sport. She was also active in the youth group at the First Christian Church of Pomona. While attending the church, she accepted Christ and was baptized on February 1, 1957.

After graduating from high school, Betty married her high school sweetheart, Perry Edwin Durnell, on February 5, 1966 at First Christian Church in Pomona. To this union, three children were born, Dean, Gail, and Stacy.

Betty worked as a cashier at Town & Country Supermarket for many years, and most recently for G&W Foods for nearly 20 years. Through this employment, she made many friends and acquaintances, and enjoyed visiting with and serving her customers. She never met a stranger and knew the birthdays of many of her customers and other townspeople. Betty loved watching hummingbirds at the numerous feeders she kept filled on her front porch. She also enjoyed the wildlife that came to her back yard on a regular basis. Betty had a great love of sports and enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids in their ballgames and track meets. She was known to her grandkids as “Grandma Betty Boop.”

Betty was preceded in death by her grandparents, Claude and Doshia Miller and Johnny and Anna Williams; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Amo and LaVern Durnell; and a very special family friend, Jim Cox.

She is survived by husband Perry of the home; son, Dean Durnell and wife, Lisa, of Willow Springs; daughter, Gail Hayes and husband, Roger, of Houston; son, Stacy Durnell of Cabool; parents, Lavern and Jessie Mae Miller of Willow Springs; sister, Beverly Tooley and husband Kenneth of Willow Springs; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Alyssa Hayes, Emily and Ty Durnell, and Sydney Durnell; many other family and friends who will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Willow Springs Scholarship Club, P.O. Box 484, Willow Springs, MO 65793. Please memo the checks to “Betty Durnell Memorial Scholarship.”
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Funeral services for Howard A. Puckett, Jr., 79, Pottersville, Missouri, were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Langston Street Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Puckett died 9:35 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2015 at Brooke Haven HealthCare. He was born April 19, 1935 at Donnan, Iowa to Howard A. Puckett and LaMyra Bright Puckett. On November 8,1 959, he was married at the Union Grove Baptist Church near West Plains, Missouri to Wilma Lovan. Mr. Puckett was a veteran having served with the United States Army. He was a well known carpenter and enjoyed gardening and wood working. Mr. Puckett loved his family and enjoyed taking the boys deer hunting. He served as a minister with the Full Gospel Church having pastored the Full Gospel Church of St. Louis for eleven years.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Puckett, of the family home; three children, Bruce Puckett, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kevin Puckett, West Plains, Missouri and Charla Prewett, husband, Dion, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jeremy Prewett, Jarod Puckett, wife, Haley, Jason Puckett, wife, Erica, Marissa Spencer, husband, Mat, Kevin Mark Puckett, Jr. and Jordan Collins, husband, Raylee; eight great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Nancy Puckett; four sisters, Dora Lloyd, Georgia Midyett, Helen Ferrell, Virginia Puckett and Ruth Wade, husband, Arnold; sister-in-law, Wilma Puckett; brothers-in-law, Wayne Lovan, wife, Barbara, Dallas Lovan, wife, Janet and Rickey Lovan, wife, Reda; and a host of nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers, Connie Puckett and Ralph Puckett, one sister, Goldie Puckett, three brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Vivian Lovan, precede him in death.

Burial was in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pottersville Cemetery or Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at www.