Thursday, October 18, 2007

Loretta Faye Clayton, 62, of Neosho, formerly of Purdy, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at her home in Neosho. She was born Aug. 31, 1945, in Marionville the daughter of the late William and Faye (Woods) Boyd. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include: one daughter, Stella allen, of Fairview; one son, Greg Clayton, of Aurora; four brothers, Robert Boyd, of Purdy, Charlie Boyd, of springfield, Lonnie Boyd, of Aurora, and Jackie Boyd, of Wichita, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Robin Clayton in 1974.

Graveside services were Friday at Arnhart Cemetery in Purdy under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.JOHN VERNON FRYE

John Vernon Frye passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. He was at home surrounded by his family when he quietly left. He was 77 years old, born May 21, 1930, the son of John Burl and Hazel Esther (Robertson) Frye.

Born in Squires, Mo., and with intermittent moves to Kansas and California, John grew up in Ava, graduating from Ava High School in 1949. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Dana, in Aug. of 1949, he worked for Kraft Foods.

he became a Missouri Conservation Agent in 1955 and remained with them for 37 years.

While raising his family in Cassville, he was initiated into the Pythagoras Lodge No. 383 as a mason. He later became the youngest grand master to serve this lodge.

He was also ordained as a deacon in the Centertown Baptist Church and his education included a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Georgia Frye Porter; his son, John Keith Frye and his grandson, Joshua Seth Harris.

Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Dana Garrison Frye; his sons, Norman Timothy Frye (Lou Ann Frye), Matthew Burl Frye (Kelly Frye); his daughter, Dana Katherine Martin; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday, 11 a.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Pastors E. Frank Whitney, Oren Alcorn and Scott Spurling officiating. Interment will follow in the Ava Cemetery.