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Graveside services for Imogene Mitchell, 79, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Udall Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mitchell died at 8:25 a.m., Monday, October 13, 2014, at her home.

She was born February 22, 1935, in Howell County, Missouri, to Leslie Howard and Lillie Joyce Howard. On January 2, 1952, she was married at Wynne, Arkansas, to Eugene Mitchell. Before her retirement she was employed with GTE. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Missouri.

She is survived by two children, Gary Mitchell, Bakersfield, Missouri and James Mitchell, wife, Daisha, Nixa, Missouri; one granddaughter, whom she and Eugene raised, Tammy Sue Key, Bakersfield, Missouri; and four great-grandchildren, Riki Lynn, Jame Jo, Tyler and Kayra Sue.

Her parents, husband and two daughters, Carolyn Riverdahl and Kathleen Wooley, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mitchell will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bakersfield, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Patricia Anne Sims, 79, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 12, 2014. She was born in Harvard, Illinois, on November 13, 1934, to Henry and Edith Beamsley Croak. Pat was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cherokee Village for twenty years and a previous member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harvard, Illinois. She was an Honors Graduate of Northern Illinois University in 1956 and became a housewife who enjoyed traveling with her husband as well as playing bridge with her friends, working crossword puzzles, and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband William Sims of the home; daughters Victoria (Timothy) Linhart of Harvard, Illinois, Laura (Robert) Schrom of Rockford, Illinois, Karen (Kim) Sims of Vernon Hills, Illinois, and Kathleen (Herbert) Grimm of Capron, Illinois; her brother Henry Croak; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one niece and three nephews along with many other relatives and friends.

Visitation with viewing will be Wednesday, October 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Tri-County Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association at

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

Elaine Faith Coonts, 73 years, passed to heaven on October 13, 2014 at her home with her family by her side from a battle with leukemia.

Elaine was born February 17, 1941 in Cortland, NY to James Norman and Thelma Ann (Overton) Fleming.

On October 16, 1976 Elaine and James Coonts were united in marriage in Buffalo, Iowa.

James and Elaine enjoyed retirement years in Ava, MO. She was a home healthcare worker. Elaine was a Christian and attended the Gentry Church in Ava with her husband, James.

Elaine enjoyed cooking, crocheting and most of all spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Elaine was preceded by her parents, her husband, James and a daughter, Lorrie Lynn Brown.

Elaine is survived by three children and their spouses, Brian & Suzanne Brown, Oak Harbor, WA, Melissa Marie & Jeff Howell, Strafford, MO and Serena & Stacey Shadwick, Nixa, MO, four step children, Debbie Geeding, Pam Reed, Jim Coonts and Kevin Coonts, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, several step grand and step great grandchildren, four sisters, Eleanor, Ethel, Marcina and Christina, two brothers, Rick and Jim Fleming, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Elaine will be Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with a visitation prior to at 9:00 a.m. to service time. Cremation will follow services per Elaine’s wishes. A family burial of her ashes will be at a later time in the Denney Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Riley Hall. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Neighbor Helping Neighbor.

Dean Edward Drake, 81, of Mountain Home passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Mountain Home.

Dean was born August 26, 1933 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to the late Ashley and Ina (Adams) Drake. He married Virginia Ann Carver on November 10, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona. Dean is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Bob and David; two sisters, Doreen and Ann; two daughters, Carrie and Infant Julie.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Drake; one son, Daniel Drake of Mountain Home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Denise Pearson-Bethea and Bill Bethea of Conway, Lisa and Tim Wicker of Benton, Jennifer Drake of Los Angeles, California; one brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Linda Drake of Austin, Texas; ten grandchildren, Steven Drake (Bethany), Derrek Pearson (Carmen Holt), Tyler Pearson, Blake Pearson, Hannah Pearson, Spencer Pearson, Sarah Tarleton (Adam), Caleb Wicker, Rachel Wicker and Tessa Wicker and five great-grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat, Arkansas. Died Saturday October 11, 2014 at Arkansas Children Burn unit complication of a accident. Vernon was retired from construction He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville, Arkansas. the son of the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.

Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower and a grandson Christian Hightower and a brother Jerrell Hightower.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and a brother.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 10:00am at the Franklin Fire dept. and interment will follow 2:00pm at the Agnos Cemetery.

Jimmy Bryan Johnston, 81, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

He was born July 22, 1933, in Glenwood, Missouri to the late Robert and Virginia Mae (Blackburn) Johnston. Jimmy married Caroline Mae Gale on April 1, 1955 in Whitehall, Michigan. He spent most of his working years in construction from ironworking to mechanical maintenance. Jimmy relocated to Mountain Home 20 years ago from Aurora, Illinois. He enjoyed automobiles, airplanes, boating, scuba diving, fishing, camping and most important, his family. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Caroline Johnston of Mountain Home; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Bryan Johnston of Aurora, Illinois, Damon and Suzan Johnston of Land O Lakes, Florida and Martin Johnston of Zephyr Hills, Florida; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Roger Holien of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Ginger and Chuck Deardorff of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three brothers, Roger and Jack Lonis, both of Colorado and Chuck Johnston of Michigan; a sister, Carolyn Johnston of Oregon; 16 grandchildren, Daniel, Debra, David, Darlene, Destiny, Jason, Timothy, Andrew, Austin, Brad, Brittany, Jimmy, Alia, Carissa, Charlie and Chad and 12 great grandchildren, Desiree, Derek, Drew, Davin, Divine, Devlyn, Adrianna, Caleb, Addison, Alyssa, Vaughn, Jacie.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

The funeral will be to follow at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday with Pastor Jason Johnston officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Flowers may be sent to Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral services for Lexi Kathleen Calderon, 11, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Lexi died 5:40 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She was born December 17, 2002 at Phoenix, Arizona to Amy Morrissey. Lexi loved her family and loved people. She enjoyed listening to music and being read to. Lexi had a strong soul and had taught everyone what it meant not to give up.

She is survived by her mother, Amy Morrissey, of the family home; two brothers, Lucas Cyr, significant other, Catherine Huckabey and Lane Cyr, all of West Plains, Missouri; her uncle, Phil Morrissey, West Plains, Missouri; two cousins, Alysha Morrissey and Jeramie Morrissey, both of West Plains, Missouri; many aunts and uncles including Ann and Les Kinsler, Beth and L. B. Bouthfman, Tim and Lindy Morrissey, Trish Morrissey, Maggie Morrissey and Mona Morrissey.

Her grandparents, Bob and Kate Morrissey and one uncle,, Jim Morrissey, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 13th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the C.D.K.L.5 and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ralph Paschall, 82, West Plains, Missouri, died October 9, 2014 at his home in West Plains.

Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church in West Plains on October 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Local arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

The family will accept friends and family of Carole Anne Robison Saturday October 18 from 12:00pm till 2:00pm at Wortham Oak Hill Chapel.

Carole Anne was very active in her life until recent years. She enjoyed teaching line dancing, and loved to paint and her paintings were an expression of who she was and the things she loved. She loved the outdoors, going out to eat with her husband and friends, and her favorite was telling stories about her husband, children and grand-children.

Carole Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was born January 7, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA.

Carole is survived by her husband of over 47 years Lawrence Robison; daughter Kristi Robison, son Keith Robison, Granddaughter Casey Robison and grandson Kyle Robison and brothers John Stewart and David Sheets.

Funeral services for Beverly Kay Cole, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cole died Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born February 5, 1942, at West Plains, Missouri, to George Allen Bandy and Wilma Jeanne Ingalsbe Bandy. On November 23, 1990, she was married at Arlington, Texas, to Ronald V. Cole, who preceded her in death on November 13, 2009. She had an infectious laugh and was loved by everyone. Mrs. Cole was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by two children, Edward Lee Hoover, wife, Dana, West Plains, Missouri and James Allen Hoover, Licking, Missouri; three grandchildren; Melissa Hoover, fiancé, Jesse Hawkins, Alyssia Smith, husband, Joey and Samantha Hoover, fiancé, Cody Duncan; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Alan Bandy, wife, April, Willow Springs, Missouri; four sisters, Linda Frazier, West Plains, Missouri, Brenda Stevens, husband, Leigh, Crestview, Florida, Margaret Gobel, husband, Raymond, West Plains, Missouri and Jeanne McCormack, husband, Keith, Frederick, Oklahoma; three step-children, Mark Cole, Rachelle Harms and Renee Fountain; five step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, and two sisters, Patricia Stuart and Mary Swindle, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at