Velma Freeman

Graveside services for Velma Kathleen Freeman, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Oak Lawn Cemetery with Reverend Greg Thompson officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home,Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Dewey Driskell and Bessie L. Chambers Driskell, on September 20, 1926 in Dora, Missouri and died March 3, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage April 3, 1945 in Dora, Missouri to John Orville Freeman, who preceded her in death September 17, 1991.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Leroy and husband, Ronnie, Dora, Missouri; two grandchildren, Mark Warren, Dora, Missouri and Vince Warren, New York City, New York; five great grandchildren, Andalyn, Weston, Kendra, Kianna, and John Garrett, and two great great grandchildren, Kiegan and Mylo. Continue reading

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Paul Marquardt

Funeral services for Paul Marquardt, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Charles Barnett officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Paul G. Marquardt and Anna Moerschel Marquardt, on April 18, 1925 in Fredericksfeld, Germany and died March 1, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage June 16, 1953 in Salem, Arkansas to Eleanor Moerschel.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Moerschel Marquardt, of the home, West Plains, Missouri. Continue reading

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Bobbie Jean Havens

Funeral services for Bobbie Jean Havens, 84, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with Norman Carte and John Colbert officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Robert Colbert and Jemima Dodson Colbert, on January 18, 1931 in St. Joe, Arkansas and died February 20, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage April 24, 1948 in Burnham, Missouri to Howard R. Jack Havens, who preceded her in death January 8, 1988.

She is survived by nine children, Kay O’Neal and husband, Scott, West Plains, Dee Rothermich and husband, Robert, Pomona, Missouri, Clinton Havens and wife, Mary Ellen, Ozark, Missouri, Joann Brower and husband, Doug, Pomona, Missouri, Steve Havens and wife, Becky, West Plains, Missouri, Randy Havens and wife, Denise, Versailles, Missouri, Cindy Hall and husband, Ted, Pomona, Missouri, Wanda Holmes and husband,David, Hartsfield, Mississippi, and Bob Havens and wife, Carol, West Plains; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Continue reading

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Lydia Beach

Lydia Beach

Lydia Beach

Funeral services for Lydia Agnes Beach, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Joe Spangler and Larry Yarber officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late George Lane and Tilda Upton Lane, on June 25, 1918 in Howell County, Missouri and died January 27, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage May 26, 1934 in West Plains, Missouri to Clyde Beach, who preceded her in death October 22, 1976.

She is survived by two children, Clyde Beach, Jr. of Warrenton, Missouri and Imogene Willard and her husband, Bill, Jonesboro, Arkansas; one special niece, Betty Briscoe, West Plains; twenty-eight grandchildren; forty-two great grandchildren, and forty-eight greaet great grandchildren. Continue reading

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Billy Ray Birdsong

Billy Ray Birdsong, 74, passed away at Wilson Creek Nursing Home in Springfield, Missouri on January 24, 2015.

He was born January 25, 1940 to Irvin and Arley Dover Birdsong.

Bill is survived by sons, Ervin (Sharon) of Turon, Kansas, Billy Lewis of Pryor, Oklahoma, Robert (Mary) of Mtn. View, Missouri, Jack (Vicky), Roger (Trish) both of West Plains, Missouri; also survived by former wife, Estie Jane of West Plains; sisters, Julie Mae Upton of South Fork and Cora Jean Moody of Batesville, Arkansas; several step children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Continue reading

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Laura Raye Woodward

Memorial services for Laura Raye Woodward, 81, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pastor Dale Roberts officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.,West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Joe Long and Della Evans Long, on October 27, 1933 in Peel, Arkansas and died January 9, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was united in marriage March 9, 1952 to Edward Lee Woodward, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by five children, Eddie Woodward and wife, Josie, Gainesville, Missouri, Cary Woodward and wife, Melanie, Pottersville, Missouri, DeAnn Collins and husband, David, Dora, Missouri, Rocky Woodward and wife, Pam, Dora, Missouri, and Barry Woodward and wife, Michelle, Gainesville, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Matt Woodward, Randy Woodward, Heather Woodward Coyle, Katie Riley, Chris Woodward, Dusty Howard, Nicholas Woodward, Zachary Woodward, Donovan Anderson, Autumn Anderson, Amanda Woodward, Jennifer Collins, Joey Collins, and Daniel Collins; many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews; two sisters, O’Dell Weston, state of Oklahoma, and Faye Crozier and husband, Don, Nevada, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Long, Camdenton, Missouri, and Phyllis Shipley and husband, Tommy, Dora, Missouri. Continue reading

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Lorene Bussell

Funeral services for Lorene June Bussell, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Charles Barnett and Reverend Frank Rogers officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late David Oscar and Arvilla Day, on March 7, 1923 in Brandsville, Missouri, and entered into eternal rest January 9, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

 She was united in marriage October 20, 1941 in Brandsville, Missouri to Marvin E. Bussell, who preceded her in death November 12, 2006.

She is survived by two sons, Gene Bussell and wife, Joyce, Koshkonong, Missouri and Danny Bussell and wife, Dolly, Purdy, Missouri; one daughter, Barbara Cox, Chauteau, Oklahoma; one brother, Carl Day, Koshkonong, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Terry Bussell, wife, Colleen, Tammy Pressley and husband, Les, Bucky Bussell and wife, Kerry, all of West Plains, Missouri, Gary Martin and wife, Teresa, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Melissa Renkoski,   Purdy, Missouri, Lee Bussell and wife, Kaylie, Baxter Springs, Kansas, Allen Locket and Donnie Cox, Chauteau, Oklahoma; thirteen great grandchildren and thirteen great great grandchildren. Continue reading

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Marjory Baty

Graveside services for Marjorie Baty, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Redburn Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, with Eric Martin officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late William Baty and Lillie Judd Baty, on May 11, 1924 in Oregon County, Missouri and was called home to be with her Lord January 6, 2015 at the age of 90 years.

She is survived by one sister, Peggy Flood and husband, Duane, West Plains, Missouri; three nieces and two nephews, Janet Myers and husband, Ronald, West Plains, Missouri, Allen Flood, West Plains, Missouri, Kenny Flood and wife, Sandi, Rapid City, South Dakota, Vicky Rutter, West Plains, Missouri, and Donna Dennis and husband, Shane, Nixa, Missouri; six great nieces and five great nephews, Lynnette Martin and husband, Eric, West Plains, Missouri, Lana Dennis and husband, Shawn, Thayer, Missouri, Leigh Kincheloe and husband, Brad, West Plains, Missouri, Leslie Murray and husband, Ron, West Plains, Missouri, Chris Flood, Derby, Kansas, Nick Flood, Rapid City, South Dakota, step-nephew, Ryan, Rapid City, South Dakota, Michelle Rutter, West Plains, Missouri, Niki Wood and husband, Jim, Stockton, Missouri, Zach Dennis, Nixa, Missouri, and Braden Dennis, Nixa, Missouri; eight great great nieces and eight great great nephews, Jacob, Ryan, Brenton, and Carter Martin, Ashleigh Ellison, Dylan and Carlie Dennnis, Kelsey, Katie and Kassie Roe, Ryder Kincheloe, Emma Grace Murray, Keely Flood, Riley Caldwell, Cooper Stephens, and Adella Wood; one great great great niece, Brayli Ellison and one great great great nephew, Bowen Ellison; special friends, Marshall and Janet Cawvey and families, Skaggs family, Neuschwander family, Merle Flood, Ellen Hones, Michaela Kutter, Tanner Pace, Cody Cleaves and Tyler Bonds. Continue reading

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Joan Daily

Joan Daily

Joan Daily

Funeral services for Joan Marie (Johnson) Daily, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jason Roberts officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains

She was born the daughter of the late Lieutenant Charles and Ellie Johnson, on January 25, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois and departed this life on January 6, 2015 in Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains.

On March 3, 1979 she was united in marriage to Carl (Buck) Daily.

Joan grew up in the Indiana area and went to several schools all over the world due to her father’s military occupation. Joan was a waitress and a nurse’s aide for several years. She enjoyed going to auctions, putting together puzzles, sewing, and also had a sincere love for cats. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband, Carl (Buck) Daily of the family home in West Plains; one son, Jim Barbour and wife, Karen, and their two children, Laura and and Sarah of Idaho; one sister, Evie Meniger and husband, Kent of Colorado; brother-in-law, Mike Gilliam of West Plains, and one sister-in-law, Sue Jenkins of Hollister, Missouri; step-children, Carl William Daily and wife, Brenda, of Kansas City, Missouri; Christina Daily and Ernest Daily, both of West Plains; a host of grandchildren and their families, Elizabeth Smith, Chris Daily, Ann Douchand, John Daily, Hila Carter, David Daily, Linda Clark, Zach Daily, Felicia Russell, April Riley, Dale Barbour, and Gary Drown, and twenty-one great grandchildren. Continue reading

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Ralph Curtis O’Brien

Ralph Curtis O’Brien, 77, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

There will be a visitation service held Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Missouri. Continue reading

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