Leatha Pyatt

Leatha M. Pyatt

Leatha Pyatt, daughter of the late Homer C. Stokes and Bulah Lee Ramsey Stokes, was born May 17, 1936 in Charter Oak, Missouri and went to be with her Lord and Savior, August 14, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

She was united in marriage June 20, 1953 in Arondall, Missouri to Lonnie Lee Pyatt.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Lee Pyatt, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Michael Pyatt and wife Bonnie, Pomona, Missouri, Rick Pyatt and wife Debbie, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Cathy Rulo and husband Robert, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Bonnie Stotler and husband, Jerry, Viburnum, Missouri; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Cecil Stokes, Bill Stokes, and David Stokes, and two sisters, Coleen Webber and Alberta Webber.

She was a member of the Pomona Assembly of God Church, Pomona, Missouri. Leatha and her husband had been in the ministry for fifty years. She loved to teach God’s word.

Funeral services for Leatha Pyatt will be Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Visitation will be Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Bill Bowling

Bill Bowling

Bill Bowling, son of the late Gene Bowling and Buna Floyd Bowling, was born September 23, 1929 in Salem, Arkansas and died July 19, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 88 years.

He was a veteran who proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Yancy.

He was united in marriage June 4, 1957 in Salem, Arkansas to Christine Cawvey, who preceded him in death July 11, 1991.

He and Chris moved to Kansas City where he enjoyed working as an accomplished carpenter for thirty-five years. After retiring to West Plains he spent many years happily golfing.

He is survived by four children, Tina Bowling, Kelly Nelson and husband Ron, Terry Bowling and wife Rene, and Tracy Bowling and wife Michele; one sister, Mary Sue Smith, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was known as “Pops” to six grandchildren, Adam, Carl, Curtis, Jesse, Ericka, and Olivia.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, and one brother, Don Bowling.

Graveside services for Bill Bowling will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at State Line Cemetery, Fulton County, Arkansas, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the State Line Cemetery, and can be left at the funeral home.

 

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Dewey Barnett

Dewey Barnett

Graveside services for Dewey Barnett, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at State Line Cemetery, with Brother Gene Bench officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late John Henry Barnett and Addie Laura Kelly Barnett, on April 24, 1923 in Moko, Arkansas and died July 11, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage March 6, 1945 in Moko, Arkansas to Alene Haslett Barnett, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by two children, Linda Collins, West Plains, Missouri and Ronald Barnett and wife Carol, West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Travis Collins and wife Marla, West Plains, Missouri, Nathan Collins and wife Teresa, West Plains, Missouri, Sherry Campbell, West Plains, Missouri, Alison Shannon and husband David, West Plains, Missouri, and Billy Coates and wife Lisa, Lebanon, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; four brothers, Otto, Bob, Aulcie and Jewell, and four sisters, Tressie, Otilla, Ruby, and Betty.

He attended the 160 Church of Christ in West Plains, Missouri. He was an avid coon hunter, with memberships being with the Lanton and Moody Coon Clubs. He loved to farm. His favorite two things were watching dirt turn over from a plow and hay falling when you are cutting it.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Haven Children’s Home and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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

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Charles “Charlie” Simpson

Charles “Charlie” Simpson

Charles “Charlie” Isom Simpson was born in Springerton, Illinois on March 15, 1946 to William Anderson Simpson and Nellie Alberta Wilson Simpson. He departed this world on July 7, 2018.

Charlie was an adventurer in his early years. He left home at the age of 15 to hitchhike around the country.

On October 3, 1970 he was married to Gwenda Reasons, and they were blessed with two children.

Charlie was a welder by trade. Not only was it his career but he enjoyed perfecting his craft and often times could be found in his shop under a welding hood. He worked offshore for 10 years and spent 10 years at Southwest. He retired a Union Boilermaker in 2008.

Charlie loved his family above all else. He took immense pride and joy in his children and grandchildren. Charlie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends whatever they were doing, building forts in the living room with his grandkids, working on his farm, or just sitting on the porch visiting. He enjoyed horseback riding and loved spending time in God’s country, as he would say. He also loved to tell ghost stories. Charlie never hesitated to help anyone in need if he could.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Janet Marie Wilbanks Simpson (married April 25, 2009) of the family home; his two children, daughter, Tammy Jo Wray (Casey), son, Charles Justin Simpson (Shyla), three grandchildren, Shelten Joe Wray, William Anderson Simpson, and Maddie Love Simpson, and one great-granddaughter, Paisley Faith Wray; four sisters, Doris Mullins, Betty Collins, Flora Shrable, and JoAnn Byrd; one sister-in-law, Edna Simpson (Clyde), one very special nephew that was more like a son, Bobby Simpson, several other nieces and nephews; six stepchildren, 20 step-grandchildren, and one step great grandchild.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde Simpson and William “Bill” Anderson Simpson, Jr.; one sister, Evelyn Dusenberry, and two nephews, Darroll Parks and Carroll Parks.

Charlie was of the Christian faith.

Graveside services for Charles “Charlie” Simpson will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Mound Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri.

Visitation will be held at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Mound Cemetery Fund and can be left at the funeral home.

 

 

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Charles “Pete” Fite

Charles “Pete” Fite

Charles “Pete” Fite was born the son of the late Charles B. Fite and Charlene Davis Fite, on February 15, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and died June 28, 2018 at his home in West Plains.

He was united in marriage November 5, 1969 in Clovis, New Mexico to Bonnie Sterrett.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sterrett Fite, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Peter Fite and wife Barbara, Culman, Alabama; Kathy Alexander, West Plains, Missouri; Matthew Fite and wife Alyson, Broomfield, Colorado; one brother, Walter Fite and wife Pam, Missouri City, Texas; one ssiter, Saundra Cunningham, Mountain Grove, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ethan Alexander, West Plains, Missouri; Katie Fite, West Plains, Missouri; Vivian Fite and Charlotte Fite, both of Broomfield, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from the West Plains High School with the class of 1968. He was looking forward to attending his 50th year reunion in September. He was proud of being a Zizzer alumni. After high school he worked as a cowboy in Texas; then moved to Independence, Missouri, where he worked for a tow truck company. He moved back home to Lanton, Missouri, where he helped his dad run the charcoal kilns. After the charcoal kilns closed down, he and his wife were a truck driving team.

Visitation services will be held Monday, July 2, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains

 

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Gerald Staley

 

Gerald Staley

Gerald Staley, son of the late Leonard Duane Staley and Leota Irene Williams Staley, was born January 22, 1953 in Howell County, Missouri and died May 29, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 65 years.

He was united in marriage May 16, 2014 in West Plains, Missouri to Audena Huddleston-Granger.

He is survived by his wife, Audena Huddleston-Granger Staley, of the home, Koshkonong, Missouri; four children, Jerry Granger and wife Becky, Alton, Missouri, Amanda Granger-Bettis and husband, Brad, Alton, Missouri, Jake Staley, Hamburg, Iowa, and Missy Ousley and husband, Woody, Rolla, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Elsa Huddleston, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Ernest Staley and wife Carolyn, Koshkonong, Missouri; one sister, Rosemary Romans and husband Melvin, Koshkonong, Missouri; best friends, Wayne and Bobbie Reed, better known as brother; thirteen grandchildren, Alexa Smith and fiance, Benji Fitzsimmons; Jordan Robidoux, Justin Robidoux, Brandy Ferrell, Ethan Granger, Megan Dotson and husband, Zach, Taylor Barton, Kassidy Barton, Rylee Barton, Mady Vinson, McKenzie Bettis, Braden Bettis, and Kiley Bettis; eight great grandchildren, Erin Smith, Luke Smith, Ellie Smith, Delaynee Robidoux, Rylynn Robidoux, Halle Dotson, Weston Dotson, and Trenton Fitzsimmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruby Faye, Norma Sue, and Ernestine; his father-in-law, Carl Huddleston; brother-in-law, J.C. Huddleston; one great grandson, Miles Dotson, and one nephew, Michael Crawford.

Gerald enjoyed doing all kinds of things with his family. He and Caleb made great memories deer hunting. Gerald loved kids. He also loved his transport clients with Ready Transportation, seizing the opportunities to visit and witness to them. Deer camp was like a much anticipated holiday! Lots of stories told and memories made around the campfires with nephews, friends, and strays. Gerald was the fried potato expert at deer camp! Gerald loved planting things. His flowers were always beautiful as were his gardens. Most of all Gerald loved God and his church family. Gerald was a character who had a tremendous sense of humor which served him well to the end. There’ll never be a way to fill the void his absence on earth leaves and he truly will be missed by all who knew him.

Services for Gerald Staley will be held at 10:00 a.m.,  Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Carter Funeral  Home, Inc., West Plains, with Brother Charles Allen and Brother Andy Trantham officiating.

Visitation time will be Friday, June 1, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shilo Baptist Church  building fund or the Rover Fire Department and can be left at Carter Funeral Home.

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Elsie Jane Vandiver


Elsie Jane Vandiver

Elsie Jane Vandiver daughter of the late Charles Andrew Vandiver and Edith Marion Shank was born April 25, 1951 in West Plains, Missouri and entered eternal rest on May 14, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 67 years.

She is survived by three children Kim Combs and husband Bill from Millington Maryland, Denny Romans and Kristi Stirewalt and husband JR from Brandsville, Missouri.

Her siblings Dennis Vandiver and wife Mari of East Peoria, llinois, Velma McDaniels and husband Dave of Norcross, Georgia and Karl Vandiver.

She was known as Memaw to her eight grandchildren, Tyler and wife Megan, Ryan and wife Jess, Austin and wife Allie, Trevor and wife Malaya, and Aryaunah Combs, Elijah Romans, Jordyn and Skyler Stirewalt; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephew.

She is also proceeded in death by one infant brother and her companion of fifteen years, Bobby Fitzgerald.

She loved her family and loved to cook and did so for many years at different locations in and around West Plains.

Memorial services will be held Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Midway Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Missouri.

Private burial will be at a later date.

 

 

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Duane L. Flood

Duane L. Flood

Graveside services for Duane Leland Flood, son of the late Roy Flood and Anna Jansen Flood, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at Redburn Cemetery, Rover, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Duane was born July 3, 1931, in the state of Iowa and was called home to be with his Lord May 14, 2018, at the age of 86 years.

In June 1949, he married the love of his life, Peggy Baty, and shortly after, graduated from Moark Baptist College and became an ordained Southern Baptist preacher.

For more than 60 years he led souls to the Lord, preaching many sermons and officiating at weddings and funerals. He spread God’s word to everyone he met, even strangers were subject to Duane’s favorite question, “Are you a Christian?” And no matter the answer, he would preach to them as long as they would listen.

He truly was a servant of Jesus Christ our Lord. Even though a full-time pastor, his other working career was spent at the International Shoe Factory for over 40 years before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Peggy; five children, Janet Myers and husband Ronald, Allen Flood, Kenny Flood and wife, Sandi, Vicky Rutter, and Donna Dennis, husband Shane; two brothers, Merle Flood, and Bruce Flood and wife Betty Ann; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way; four great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; and the staff of Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove who all called him Grandpa.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, William and Lillie Baty; one brother, James Flood; two grandsons, Brian and Jimmy Flood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family and left at Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

 

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Freda Ellis

Freda Ellis, 95, West Plains, Missouri died May 10, 2018 at Brooke Haven Health Care in West Plains.

Memorial graveside service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Kenneth Larry Collins

Kenneth Collins

Kenneth Collins, 69, West Plains, Missouri died Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home in West Plains.

He was born October 22, 1948 to William Amos Collins and Lorene Ramsey Collins.

He was married to Francis Coble Collins, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Collins and friend Matthew Young, West Plains; one brother, Jim Collins, West Plains; one sister, Kathleen Collins; one granddaughter, Shontay Collins, West Plains; one grandson, Daniel Collins, West Plains; one step grandson, Josh Collins, West Plains; one great grandson, Skyy Collins and one great granddaughter, Mya Collins, West Plains; 1 niece; 2 grand nieces; 2 great grand nieces, and special friend, Rebeckah Hundley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, and one brother, Bill Collins.

A family visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

 

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