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Obituaries from June 2009

WILFORD A. "W.A." KELLY (06/25/09)
Wilford A. "W.A." Kelly, 84, of Monett, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho. He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Fairview, the son of Vernon Morris and Pearl (Duncan) Kelly. On Aug. 22, 1948, in Carthage, he was united in marriage to Neva Jean Mevey, who survives...
YVA LEE ADDISON (06/25/09)
Yva Lee Addison, 90, of Jenkins, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Red Rose, Cassville. She was born Oct. 28, 1918, in DeRidder, La., the daughter of Alex L. and Catherine (Goodman) Hohensee. On May 24, 1936, she was united in marriage to Converse "Connie" Jason Addison who preceded her in death on March 3, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, A.J. Addison; and three brothers, Warner, Bobby and Wayne Hohensee...
MARY HELEN LEWIS (06/25/09)
Mary Helen Lewis, 86, of Golden, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009, in her home. She was born March 25, 1923, in Sheridan, Wyo., the daughter of Lou and Myrtle (Brokaw) Sterling. In 1945, in Kansas, she was united in marriage to Meredith Lewis, who preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Margaret Working and Betty Sterling; and one brother, Robert Sterling...
AVA LEE TERRY (06/25/09)
Ava Lee Terry, 86, of Monett, a life long resident of Purdy, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009, at her daughter's home in Monett. She was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Purdy, to the late John and Letha (Owens) McHolland. She was united in marriage to Leon James Terry on Sept. 29, 1937, in Purdy, and he preceded her in death March 6, 1980...
TERRY L. KELLEY (06/25/09)
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Delara Rose Neilson. He received his education at Washburn, graduating from Southwest High School. He was a heavy equipment operator. In 1996, when his health began to fail, Terry moved from Seligman to Springfield. There he met and married Linda and allowed the Lord to enter his life...
GARY L. GIBSON (06/18/09)
Gary L. Gibson, 64, of Cassville, passed away June 9, 2009. He was the son of Harold "Hoot" Gibson and Marie Bowman Gibson. He was united in marriage to Norma Ray on June 23, 1963, in Shell Knob at her parents' home. She survives. He graduated from Cassville High School in 1962. ...
BILLY RAY BISHOP (06/18/09)
Billy Ray Bishop, 71, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009, in St. John's Hospital, Berryville, Ark. He was born Aug. 16, 1937, in North Kansas City, the son of Len and Cecelia (Conner) Bishop. On Feb. 13, 1958, in Leavenworth, Kan., he was united in marriage to Evelyn JoAnne "Jody" Bynan, who survives...
JIMMIE BOWMAN (06/18/09)
Jimmie Bowman, 69, of Wheaton, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at his home. He was born on Oct. 25, 1939, son of Ernest C. "Doc" and Bessie (Elkins) Bowman in Stella. He was a 1957 graduate of Fairview High School. After graduating, he served in the United States Army for three years. ...
NETTIE POZNIAK FEENEY (06/18/09)
Nettie Pozniak Feeney, 102, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Monett Health Care Center. She was born Feb.17, 1907, in Purdy, the daughter of Bart and Ella Belka Pozniak. She was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pulaskifield...
KAY BRYANT BRAZZEAL (06/18/09)
Kay Bryant Brazzeal was born July 19, 1941, in Springfield, to Wayne J. and Anna Smith Crabtree. She earned a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in guidance and counseling, both from Missouri State University. She began her career teaching in the Springfield, public school system, later working out of the assessment center and finally completing the last five years before retirement in Branson High School...
EARL REHWINKLE (06/18/09)
Earl Edward Rehwinkle, 90, of Purdy, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, at St. John's Regional Hospital Springfield. He was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Purdy, the son of the late John and Emma (Miller) Rehwinkle. He was united in marriage to Velma Casper Oct. 25, 1942, in Purdy, and she survives...
DORIS "DOEDOE" FRANCIS GARRETT (06/18/09)
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CURTIS "BRANDON" CARTER (06/18/09)
Curtis "Brandon" Carter, 26, of Wentworth, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Monett. He was born Jan. 26, 1983, in Monett, the son of Curtis and Jill (Phelps) Carter. Survivors include: his mother, Jill Hudson and her husband, Doug, of Rocky Comfort; his father, Curtis Carter and his wife, Jackie, of Wentworth; grandparents, Glen and BJo Phelps, of Wheaton, Shirley Carter, of Diamond, and Clero Carter and Marian Robbins, of Joplin; one sister, JoGina Park and her husband, Chris, of Wheaton; two stepbrothers, Scott Pope, of New River, N.C., and Chris Pope, of Tyler, Texas; and one stepsister, Jeni Sikes, of Tyler, Texas.. ...
VANG THAO (06/18/09)
Vang Thao, 93, of Diamond, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009, in Freeman Hospital, Joplin. She was born July 6, 1915, in Xiengkhoung, Laos. She was united in marriage to Nyia Chong Vang, who preceded her in death in 1974 during CIA Secret War. Survivors include: two sons, Nick N. Vang, of Diamond, and Xia Thao Vang of Minnesota; three daughters, Xia Vang, of Laos, Kia Vang of Minnesota, and Lee Vang, of Pineville; two brothers, Pa Xao Thao, and Wa Bee Thao; and three sisters...
MARY HELEN LEWIS (06/18/09)
Mary Helen Lewis, 86, of Golden, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009, in her home. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in First Baptist Church, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Bob Gaddis will conduct the services...
CALVIN DEE LEAMON (06/18/09)
Calvin Dee Leamon, 75, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Granby, the son of William Franklin and Orpha (Prier) Leamon. On June 21, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark., he was united in marriage to Ruby Myers, who survives...
GARY GIBSON, SR (06/11/09)
Gary Gibson, Sr., of Cassville, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home of an apparent heart attack. Services are pending under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
PELINA "COLEEN" SINN (06/11/09)
Pelina "Coleen" Sinn, 67, of Butterfield, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in Cassville, at her daughter's home. She was born Sept. 6, 1941, in Fairview, Okla., the daughter of LeRoy and Virgi (Wells) Austin. She was united in marriage to Delbert Franklin Allen and to this union three children were born. She later married William Sinn, who preceded her in death and was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Wilma Wilson and one brother, Vernon Austin...
TJ SMADING (06/11/09)
Truman Joseph (TJ) Smading, 85, of El Dorado Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Christian Healthcare, Nixa. He was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Quinton, Okla., to Charles Raymond and Emma (Hogan) Smading. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country from 1943 to 1946. He served as an armed guard gunner during the war, attaining the rank of 2nd Class Boswainmate...
FRANCIS LUCINDA EDEN (06/11/09)
Francis Lucinda Eden, 64, of Monett, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2009. She was born Dec. 16, 1946, the daughter of the late John Samuel and Lucy Mae Schaffer. She was united in marriage to Gary Eden on April 4, 1961, in Miami, Okla., and he survives...
VANG THAO (06/11/09)
Vang Thao, 93, of Diamond, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009, in Freeman Hospital, Joplin. Funeral services are pending under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
AUDREY ANN KRESSIN (06/11/09)
Audrey Ann Kressin, 73, of Golden, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in her home. She was born June 21, 1933, in Castlewood, S.D., the daughter of Verne L. and Viola May (Tripp) Eves. On March 28, 1953, in White Bear Lake, Minn., she was united n marriage to Gerald E. Kressin, who preceded her in death on March 1, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, David Eves and Myron Eves...
KENNETH R. "TAD" PHILLIPS (06/11/09)
Kenneth R. "Tad" Phillips, 57, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009, in St. John's Hospital -- Cassville. He was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Seligman, the son of Ed and Kathlean (Aery) Phillips. On July 23, 1977, he was united in marriage to Joy Hilburn, who survives...
JOHN NELSON VARNER (06/04/09)
John Nelson Varner, 91, of Shell Knob, passed away Friday, May 29, 2009, in Table Rock Healthcare, Kimberling City. He was born Aug. 8, 1917, in Casa, Ark., to Sylvester Ellsworth and Alma Henrietta (Barnett) Varner. In February 1941, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Elizabeth Mangold, who preceded him in death on May 29, 1975. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, one brother, one sister and one great grandson...
ONEDA CORDELIA (MILLS) RAY (06/04/09)
Oneda Cordelia (Mills) Ray, 87, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Red Rose Health and Rehab, Cassville. She was born June 18, 1921, in Shell Knob, the daughter of Noah Albert and Mary Viola (Cooper) Mills. On Nov. 19, 1941, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Alvin Ell Ray, who preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, seven sisters and two great grandchildren...
RUBY SCHNEIDER (06/04/09)
Ruby Isabell Schneider, 83, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Barry County Care Center, Cassville. She was born July 11, 1925, in Springfield, the daughter of the late John and Berthan (Edwards) David. She grew up in the Forsyth area where she married Charles Cobb, who preceded her in death. ...
PATRICIA A. "TONY" HENBEST (06/04/09)
Patricia A. "Tony" Henbest, age 75, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following a brave battle with cancer. Mrs. Henbest, daughter of George Morton and Hazel (Irwin) Joslin, was delivered by Dr. Stephen A. Newman on February 5, 1934, in the Ben Irwin Hotel in Cassville. She graduated from Cassville High School in 1952...
HOWARD W. HIXON (06/04/09)
Howard W. Hixon, 79, Neosho, formerly of Wheaton, died Sunday, May 25, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Joplin. He was born June 19, 1929, in Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean Conflict and worked as a supervisor in steel manufacturing...
HOWARD G. THOMPSON (06/04/09)
Howard G. Thompson, Sr., 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Red Rose Health and Rehab, Cassville. He was born April 3, 1925, to Earl and Lola Thompson in Osborn. After graduating from Maysville High School, he served two years in the Army and Navy. ...
BILL CENTER (06/04/09)
William "Bill" W. Center, 85, of Joplin, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Sawyer, Kan. He was raised and educated in Barry County. He moved to Joplin in 1992 after living in Aurora for more than 35 years...
MELVIN GARRETT (06/04/09)
Melvin Ray Garrett, 85, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away at 6:26 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2009, at Red Rose Inn, Cassville, Missouri. He was born February 23, 1924 in Fay, Oklahoma, the son of the late John and Sara (Caudle) Garrett. He was united in marriage to Caroline Newell on April 5, 1955 in Wichita, Kansas, and she preceded him in death July 27, 2008...
MARY JANE THOMPSON (06/04/09)
Mary Jane Thompson, 71, passed away at Red Rose Health and Rehab in Cassville on Saturday, May 30, 2009. She was born Dec. 2, 1937, at Jenkins to Silas I. and Pearl E. (Hare) Moore. She worked at Emerson Electric for a few years as well as a cook in several restaurants. She was a member of Washburn First Baptist Church...
LARRY WEATHERLY (06/04/09)
Larry Kent Weatherly, 72, of Shell Knob, formerly of Aurora, passed away Monday, May 25, 2009. He was born on Sept. 15, 1936, in Fresno, Calif., to Vernon and Elaine (Horner) Weatherly. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a graduate of Cassville High School and of the University of Missouri in Columbia. ...
CLARA GUDE (06/04/09)
Clara Gude, 76, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2009, in Virginia Beach, Va. She was born Feb. 4, 1933, to Frank and Clara Greenrod on a farm near Avoca, Neb. She lived her early years and graduated from high school in Nebraska City, Neb. On Sept. 10, 1955, she married Donald E. Gude...
MARNA B. PIERSON (06/04/09)
Marna B. Pierson, 90, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009, in Cox Monett Hospital, Monett. She was born Oct. 23, 1918, in Cape Fair, the daughter of Oliver and Maude (Crabb) Jones, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Esther Jones and Edna Sager...
GERTRUDE PETERS (06/04/09)
Gertrude Mary Peters, 69, of Shell Knob, formerly of Granite City, Ill., died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at her home. She was born on June 23, 1939, to Everett and Gertrude Chastain (deceased) of Carlinville, Ill. On June 22, 1957, she was united in marriage to Ray Peters, who survives...
MIKE COOK (06/04/09)
Jim (Mike) Cook, 69, of Cassville, passed away on May 30, 2009, in his home. He was the son of the late Goldena Cook, of Cassville, and the late Jimmy d. Cook, of Fort Smith, Ark., He was born on July 20, 1939, in West Plains. He graduated from Cassville High School in 1957. ...