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Funeral services for Virginia Young Fite, 85, Moody, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Amy Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Fite died at 1:57 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center.

 

She was born May 5, 1930, at Albany, Texas, to James Loren Young and Clevola Lora Rhoads Young.  On May 29, 1949, she was married at Hocomo, Missouri, to Mack Merlin Fite, who preceded her in death on August 1, 2004.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Fite was employed at Baxter Lab, Mountain Home, Arkansas.  She was a member of Amy Union Workers, Helping Hand Club and Bakersfield American Legion Auxiliary.  Mrs. Fite was a member of the Amy Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by two children, James Fite, wife, Laurie and Gerald Fite, significant other, Jeff Yielding; four grandchildren, Tiffanie Markus, husband, Ken, Sara Luna, husband, Jeff, Patrick Fite, wife,  Jessica and Gina Donaldson, husband, Tracy; seven great-grandchildren, Xavier Fite, Emma Markus, Allison Luna, Brayden Thompson, Daniel Fite, Lillian Fite and Matthew Donaldson; one sister, Jewel Gardner; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Young and Treva Fite; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Her parents, husband, one brother, James O. Young and one sister, Sarah Katherine, precede her 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 Amy Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery or Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Billy Gene Hardcastle, 84, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Hardcastle died at 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center.

 

He was born February 19, 1931, at Hocomo, Missouri, to Benjamin Glenn Hardcastle and Gale G. Cherry Hardcastle.  Mr. Hardcastle was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy.  On November 11, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Omma June Stephens.  Before his retirement, Mr. Hardcastle was an accountant at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.  Mr. Hardcastle was a member of Amy Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years.

 

He is survived by his wife, Omma Hardcastle; two children, Billie Lynn Bassham and Kevin Hardcastle, wife, Natalie; and two grandchildren, Lauren Hardcastle and Ryan Hardcastle.

 

His parents precede him in death.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Marie M. Hitchcock, 75, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born June 1, 1940, in Stuart, Oklahoma, to Fred and Nettie Rackley Romine. She was a homemaker and had worked in Quality Control for Owens Corning for fifteen years.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Karen Hitchcock; and her brother, Leon Romine.

 

Survivors include her husband, William Hitchcock, of the home; her son, Dale (Laurie) Hitchcock of Ravena, New York; her daughter, Deanna Hitchcock of Horn Lake, Mississippi; her brother, Morris Romine of Chickasha, Oklahoma; her sister, Coetta Savage of Canyon Lake, Texas; her granddaughter, Kayla Marie Hitchcock, and her grandson, Bobby Garcelon; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Dennis Gregory Clinton, 60, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015. He was born November 30, 1954, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to Bennie and Lois Lusignan Clinton. He was a truck driver and business owner.

 

Mr. Clinton was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Loren Walgreen.

 

Survivors include his son, David Clinton, and his sisters, Orilla Stevens, Kathi Dunn, Vicki (Bobby) Dombrowski, and Peggy Farley; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service arrangements are pending.

A Celebration of Life for Donald Duane Foulk of Bull Shoals, Arkansas, will be 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals, with Pastor Jerry Backus officiating.

 

Donald passed away June 12, 2015, at the age of 80 in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. He was born April 11, 1935, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Harold and Margaret Kimball Foulk. He married his wife of 62 years, Gretchen Neff on September 28, 1952 in Illinois. Donald worked for Rock Island Railroad and Weather Tite of Arkansas. He moved to Bull Shoals in 1952 and built the Driftwood Resort with his brother in law, George Ferguson. Donald operated the no longer existing ESSO station in Bull Shoals, was a fishing guide on Bull Shoals Lake and finally owned and operated A-1 Cabinets in Bull Shoals, AR. He was dedicated to his community as a member of the Lions Club and the Bull Shoals Historical Society and a volunteer for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Gaston’s Visitor Center and the Bull Shoals Theater. He loved to fish, play golf and was huge Roy Rogers Fan.

 

Donald is survived by his wife, Gretchen Foulk of Bull Shoals, AR; daughter, Debra Kay Smith of Bryant, AR; sons, Duane Foulk of Plant City, FL and Greg Foulk of Bull Shoals, AR; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Winifred Ferguson.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks or First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals.

 

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Freeda Duggins, 86, of Gainesville, MO passed away on June 14, 2015 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. She was born July 28, 1928 in Locust Grove, OK, the third child of Elbert and Jewell (Willbanks) Quick.

 

On January 10, 1946 Freeda was united in marriage to Fray Duggins in Mountain Home, AR. To this union two daughters were born, Janice and Judy. Freeda was a very devoted wife and mother. She taught Sunday school at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church for many years and sang in the church choir. She worked as a sales clerk in Gainesville for many years.

 

Freeda is survived by one daughter, Judy Hambelton of Gainesville, MO; one brother Elwood Quick of Wichita, KS; one son-in-law Bob Wray of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren: Brian Wray of Wichita, KS, Christy Thompson and husband Shawn, Tina Britt and husband Jim, Beth Blackburn and husband Walker all of Gainesville, MO; and six great grandchildren: Austin Thompson, Logan Strong, Madison Strong, Gracyn Blackburn, Gentry Blackburn and James Henry Wray.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Fray Duggins; her daughter Janice Wray; one granddaughter Melissa Wray; three brothers Olin Quick, Winford Quick and Jearl Quick; and one son-in-law Gary Hambelton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville, MO with Bro. Dale Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Lutie Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to service time. The family asks for memorial contributions to be made to the Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

A Funeral Mass for Carolyn Sue Gross, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gross passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Friday, June 12, 2015, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Carol was the daughter of the late Louis H. Allen and Reta K. (Wright) Allen, and loving wife of Michael A. Gross for more than 43 years. Carolyn was born April 5, 1949, at Evansville, Indiana.  She graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Indiana in 1968, and married Michael on January 8, 1972 at St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington, Missouri. She was never known to be a quiet woman; Carol loved to dance and sing, and her laugh could infect an entire room.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter, Melissa and her spouse Robert, her son, Raymond, her son Gregory and his spouse Angela, and her seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Foundation Nurturing Hope Cancer Treatment Expansion Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services for Hazel Inos Joplin, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Main Room at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Joplin died at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2015, at her home.

She was born November 10, 1919 in Ozark County, Missouri to Ephriam and Mary Birda Collins. On February 20, 1937, she was married at Doniphan, Missouri, to Clyde E. Joplin.

She is survived by three children, S. Geneta Bryson, Kenneth L. Joplin, wife, Sandra and Arleta S. Joplin; two sisters, Bertha Mae Wilson and Jean Yates, husband, Bill; two brothers, Ervel Collins, wife, Linda and Dale Collins, wife, Helen; sister-in-law Viola Collins; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sisters, Viva Cato and husband Roy, Arlee Ormsby and husband Merton, two brothers, Hester Collins and wife Velva and Ted Collins, and son-in-law, Boyd E. Bryson, precede her in death.

Mrs. Joplin will lie in state from 12:00 noon Sunday until 9:00 a.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or OMC Foundation and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com

Funeral services for Helen I. Powell, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Powell died at 4:49 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2015, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.

She was born November 9, 1928, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harry Ingalsbe and Ella Rasmussen Ingalsbe.  On April 12, 1947, she was married at Hatfield Church of Christ, to Joe Powell.  She attended Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College and Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois.  In addition to being the owner and operator with her husband of a dairy farm and a neighborhood grocery store,  Mrs. Powell was an administrative assistant for thirty-three years at Glenwood School, where she had also been the secretary to the school board.  In 1991, she was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award by the Business & Professional Women’s Club.  She had been a 4-H leader and educated and encouraged many young people.  She was a very caring, giving and loving person and had many friends.  Mrs. Powell loved her family and friends dearly and enjoyed time spent with her kids and grandkids.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed playing pitch and crossword puzzles.  Mrs. Powell was a member of the Church of Christ, having attended the West 160 Church of Christ for over fifty years and after moving to town began attending Curry Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Joe Powell; four children, J. Sue Wheeler, husband, Travis, Richard N. Powell, special friend, Al Urban, Joe R. Powell, Jr., wife, Carol and Karen A. Mason, husband, Jim; seven grandchildren, Jared Rutz, wife, Hanna, Lauren Rutz, Elizabeth Mason, fiancé, Brian Recktenwald, Anne Yensz, husband, Robby, Stephanie Wheeler, Travis Wheeler, Jr. and Spencer Powell; three great-grandchildren, Travis F., Savanah and Aliyah Wheeler; two brothers, James Ingalsbe, wife, Louise and Howard Ingalsbe; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Richard, John and Ed Ingalsbe and one sister, Harriett Sobin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Gordon Alven Ray, 78, of Montier, Missouri departed this life on June 10, 2015 at his home. He was born May 11, 1937 in Devils Lake, North Dakota where he was raised.

In his early years, he ran paper routes and did bell hop duty at the local hotel. When he turned sixteen, he began working in construction. At 23, he worked at the Lake Ready Mix.

Gordon was united in marriage to Agnes Patricia Bachmeier on November 26, 1960 in Devils Lake. He then moved his family to Jamestown, North Dakota. In 1962, they moved to Surrey, North Dakota, where he went to work for the North Dakota Highway Department and worked for 15 years. In 1976, due to health issues, they moved to Birch Tree, Missouri to manage the K.O.A. Kampground. He then moved his family to Montier in 1979. He retired in 2002 from Birch Tree Nursing Home after 25 years of service.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Peterson.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Agnes, of the home; one son, Howard (Alice) Ray of Lufkin, TX; six daughters, Laura (Rodney) Walton of Birch Tree, MO, Deborah (Steve) Wilkins of Birch Tree, Sarah Conway of Eminence, MO, Genara McDaniel and friend of Lebanon, MO, Sandra (Mitch) Samuels of Moberly, MO, and Andrea (Jamey) Bunton of Birch Tree; one brother, Robert (Shirley) Ray of Devils Lake, ND; one brother- in- law Lester Peterson of Mesa, Arizona; 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Gordon loved his family, enjoyed camping, travel and taking his family on vacations, having visited 31 states. He kept himself busy with projects around the home, remodeling and building. His hobbies were sitting on the porch and keeping his bird feeders full, with the hummingbirds being his favorite.

He will be missed by his family and his little dog, Holly.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Per Gordon’s wishes, there will be no memorial services. Memorials may be made to the family and left at Yarber Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.