Irene Bales

Irene Bales

Irene Bales

Funeral services for Irene Bales, 74, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pastor Michael Dillinger officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Thomas Andrew Griggs and Dixie Isom Griggs, on August 20, 1942 in Salem, Arkansas and died January 12, 2017 at her home in Bakersfield, Missouri.

She was united in marriage May 28, 1960 to James Eugene Bales, who preceded her in death April 23, 2004.

She is survived by two children, Ronald Bales and wife Connie, Bakersfield, Missouri and Eric Bales and wife Michelle, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Lois Marie Griggs Farmer and husband, Fred, Truman, Arkansas; one brother, Thomas Griggs, Jr. and wife, Evelyn, Cabbott, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Kristy Mae Lovorn and husband, Shane, West Plains, Missouri; Alicia Kay Vandiver and husband, Eric, Bakersfield, Missouri; Jenna Marie Wright and husband, Calvin, Sparta, Missouri; Jessica Leighann Bales, Sparta, Missouri, and James Loren Bales, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; five great grandchildren, Savana, Gracie, Emmett, Kaylie, Holley, and one baby on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, James Elmer Griggs, Jerry Wayne Griggs, and Orval Odell Griggs, and two sisters, Juanita Griggs Zemery and Verense Griggs Dillinger.

She attended the Assembly of God Church in Bakersfield, Missouri. She enjoyed crocheting, and loved to read. She really loved spending time on the lake on the pontoon with her grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to MDA and left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Bakersfield Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Ted Ford

Ted Ford, 67, West Plains, Missouri died January 10, 2017 in West Plains, Missouri.

Funeral services for Ted Ford will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017,  at 2:00 p.m.at Carter Funeral  Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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Linda K. Clarkson

Mrs. Linda K. Clarkson, 70 of Seymour, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband by her side.

She was born December 15, 1946 in Bunny, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Coy Busby and Barbara (Smith) Busby, who survives.

Linda graduated from Caraway High School, Caraway, Arkansas. She retired after 17 years with Cosco, in Columbus. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Freetown.

On July 1, 1983, she married Roy Clarkson, at Bethel Baptist Church in Columbus.

She is survived by her mother, husband, children, Christina McCarty, Debra Newhouse, Scott McCarty and Darrell Clarkson, 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Albert Busby, 2 sisters, Sue Hill and Carolyn Busby, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Graveside Services will be held Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:00am in the Fore Cemetery near Bakersfield, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

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Edward Dean Coldiron

Edward Dean Coldiron

Edward Dean Coldiron

Funeral services for Edward Dean Coldiron, 75, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Edward J. Coldiron and Lona M. Peterson Coldiron, on January 31, 1941 in Lanton, Missouri and died January 10, 2017 at his home in Bakersfield, Missouri.
He was united in marriage September 8, 1962 in Wichita, Kansas to Patricia Zimmerman.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Zimmerman Coldiron, of the home, Bakersfield, Missouri; four children, Michael Coldiron, Wichita, Kansas; Brenda Dixon, Wichita, Kansas; Edward Coldrion, Jr. and wife Michelle, Mulvane, Kansas, and Sharon Kelley, Bakersfield, Missouri; three brothers, Roy Coldiron and wife Fern, Gainesville, Missouri; Jim Coldrion and wife, Ramona, Wichita, Kansas, and Larry Coldiron and wife Diana, Wichita, Kansas; one sister, Pat Dixon and husband, George, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Matthew and Justin Wilson, Megan Wilson Menhusen, Kayla Dixon, Jessica Patterson, Joshua Coldiron, Martina Salas and Isabella Coldiron, and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gene Coldiron, and one grandson, Jared Wilson.

He loved to hunt and fish; enjoyed working on cars; spending time with his family, and had a life long love of travel. He and his family have traveled to forty-six states, and had high hopes to possibly make the other four.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Bural will be in State Line Cemetery, Fulton County, Arkansas, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Joseph Kent Dowell

 

Joseph Kent Dowell of West Plains, Missouri, was born into this world in Houston, Texas, the four-pound half of a set of twins. While brother Drew was given the “all clear” to head home and begin the busy life of an infant, Kent was consigned to the “undersized” hospital ward, where he would spend 11 days packing on weight until he eventually tipped the scales at a whopping five pounds, before being allowed to join the family. His ride through life came to an premature end at the age of 47, when, on the night of Tuesday, January 3, 2017, his three-year fight against an aggressive brain tumor ended in final peace.

Kent is survived by his father, Charles Dowell, son Dakota and fiance’ Kassidy, brothers Derek and Drew, step-children Justin, Lacey, Hannah, and Kaydin, and step-grandchildren Naylee and Ransin. Kent was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann, paternal grandparents Oree and Gloria
Dowell, and maternal grandparents Van and Teresa Bryson.
Though he was born in Houston, Texas, the same year nearby NASA mission control put a man on the moon for the first time, Kent spent most of his childhood hunting, working and roughhousing with his brothers on 210 acres of rugged Missouri wilderness known to this day affectionately as “The Farm.” Kent was lucky that he found his life’s calling early – around the age of two when he tried to hoist a hammer, approximately equal to his own weight, to help his dad with a project at the top of the stairs. Grimly clutching the heavy tool to the bitter end, over he went backwards, tumbling head over heels to the bottom.

Thanks to an “enthusiastic” nature, Kent didn’t mind risking injury to life and limb through a variety of life pursuits: football, basketball, stock car racing, demolition derby competition, and the occasional street race. His ragged out, homemade Mustang left many a new, shiny, competitor’s car eating dust in the wake of his stoplight-to-stoplight careening dash.

After high school, Kent spent one year at the College of the Ozarks but, intelligent though he was, formal education was not a motivation. Not when there were cars to be worked on, bass guitars to be played, and hair to grow long. After a succession of jobs working for Branson area mechanic shops, Kent was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and went into business for himself as an auto mechanic in Hollister. His skill and personality insured that his parking lot and garage bays would always be full. Eventually he tired of the tax man’s repetitive demands, closed the shop, and returned to traditional employment.

The pride and joy of Kent’s life (barely edging out stock car racing at the finish line – just kidding, calm down) was his son, Dakota, a graduate from College of the Ozarks and now loving life as a Stone County deputy with a wedding on the horizon. After the death of his mother in 2012, Kent returned to West Plains to help his dad on the family farm and start a mobile car repair business. He reconnected with an old flame and was soon remarried with four step-children and two step-grandchildren, all of whom he took great joy in spending time with. But by that time, it was obvious he was very sick.

The diagnosis was a stage three glioblastoma which soon elevated to stage four – a fast-moving and elusive brain tumor. A ten-hour surgery removed most of it, but there was radiation and chemo to endure, which he did with an unnatural (for others, expected from him) good grace. But it would return with a vengeance. By the time he staggered to the ultimate finish line his body was half-paralyzed and beset by a baker’s dozen collection of medications, but he never once had a woe-is-me moment about the hand he had been dealt.

Kent was beloved in every role he played on this earth: son, father, brother, friend. Is it cliche to say they made him and broke the mold? Maybe. But it’s true.

Funeral services for Joseph Kent Dowell were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Basil Collins

Basil Collins

Basil Collins

Graveside services for Basil Collins, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be heldSaturday, December 31, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., at Siloam Springs Cemetery withLloyd Collins officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.,  West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Burley Collins and Lela Gladys Hicks Collins, on October 1, 1935 in Siloam Springs, Missouri and died December 27, 2016 at his home in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage October 13, 1956 in West Plains, Missouri to Patricia Morrison.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Morrison Collins, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Anita Rhoads and husband Jerry, West Plains, Missouri; Benita Parker and husband Johnny, Diggins, Missouri, and Vonda Almond and husband Dennis, Vancouver, Washington; one daughter-in-law, Delissa Collins Sanders, Cabool, Missouri; Continue reading

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Troy Divelbiss

Troy Divelbiss

Troy Divelbiss

Funeral services for Troy Divelbiss, 91, Gepp, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Kevin Browning officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Russell Divelbiss and Belle Cotter Divelbiss, on November 23, 1925 in Wagner County, Oklahoma and died December 24, 2016 at his home in Gepp, Arkansas.

He was united in marriage July 21, 1951 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to Mary Kathryn Womack, who preceded him in death July 29, 2010.

He is survived by three children, Randall Allen Divelbiss and wife, Pamela Sue, Gepp, Arkansas; Sandra Ellen Divelbiss Love and husband Randy, Viola, Arkansas, and Leon Johnson, Viola, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Julia Hart, West Plains, Missouri; Continue reading

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Ivene Martin

Ivene Martin

Ivene Martin

Funeral services for Ivene Martin, 87, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with Pastor Betty Stanley officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Frank Ballinger and Ina Fay Tilman Ballinger, on October 20, 1929 in Dora, Missouri and died December 18, 2016 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage March 1951 to Eldon Nathaniel Martin, who preceded her in death July 9, 1988.

She is survived by two children, James Ivan Martin and wife Barbara, Edgewater, Florida and Eldena Williams and husband Timothy, Dora, Missouri; one brother, Estyl Ballinger, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Wilma Ballinger, Gordon, Nebraska, and Zella Ballinger, Pulper, Pennsylvania; Continue reading

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Harold W. Brimm

Harold W. Brimm

Harold W. Brimm

Memorial services for Harold W. Brimm, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late James David Ayers and Mamie McDougal Ayers, on October 16, 1938 in Arlington, California and died December 6, 2016 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage August 14, 1965 in Los Angeles County, California to Shirley McIntosh, who preceded him in death April 1, 2006.

He is survived by three children, Scott Dewayne Hendricks and wife Tamara, Muncie, Indiana; Sabrina Brimm and special friend Dwayne Evans, West Plains, Missouri; Stefanie Brimm, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Carol Evans and husband Larry, Harrison, Arkansas; one brother, Leon Ayers and wife Nanette, state of California; eight grandchildren, Katie Schoen and husband Patrick, St. Louis, Missouri; Tommy Henricks, Muncie, Indiana; Kenny Hendricks and wife Roni, Moberly, Missouri; Stasha Brimm, West Plains, Missouri; Samantha Brimm (Sami) and special friend Brad Kintner, West Plains, Missouri, and Breana, Leslie and Joshua Krusen, West Plains, Missouri; nine great grandchildren, Dylan, William, Henry, Braxton, Brantley, Kye, Brynlee, Rhyder, Bryson, and one on the way; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley McIntosh; his parents James David Ayers and Mamie McDougal Ayers; Continue reading

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Robert Paul Washington

Robert Paul Washington, 71, West Plains, Missouri died December 7, 2016 at his home in West Plains.

Graveside services for Robert Paul Washington will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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