June L. Ponder

June L. Ponder

On March 10, 2018 at 6:54 p.m., June L. Ponder left this world at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.

June lived a full and truly inspiring life. She was a loving and caring person who made a great impact on so many people’s lives.

June was born to John Lawrence and Lois Ledbetter on June 26, 1941 in West Plains, Missouri.

June married Charles Joseph Hodge in 1958. She had five children to that union within six years. In 1972 she married William Clay Ponder and had two children to that union. In 1983 William preceded June in death. After William’s passing in 1983, June moved from California, Missouri to undeveloped land in Pottersville, Missouri by selling a bull. June moved to this undeveloped land in Pottersville with two young children, no profession, no credit, and no driver’s license. She exemplified determination, honesty, and integrity. June never remarried after William’s passing because as she said many times throughout her life, “I’ve already had the best.” After her children were raised, June was offered training to enter the workforce to be a secretary. Declining training, June said, “I want to make man’s wages.” After being trained as a machinest, June accepted a position as Southwest contributing in the production of cannisters used to launch patriot missiles used in Desert Storm. In later years, June worked on riverboats along the Missouri River cooking for “her guys”, as she said.

June spent most of her later years fawning over her grandchildren and living life with her family. Her long stories and many words of wisdom were always appreciated as well as treasured by her friends and family. She loved growing flowers, yard sales, playing bingo, and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, westerns, and The Walking Dead. June lived a life to be proud of; a life that she made the most of, worked hard at, and loved everyone. She always saw the good in people.

She is survived by her brother, Jeff Romans; seven children, Gloria Hodge, Judy Edmunds and spouse Robert, Barb Allen and spouse John Allen, Charlotte Hodge, Marvin Hodge, Sylvia Ponder Bales, spouse, Jim Bales, and Amanda Ponder. From these seven children, June is survived by thirteen grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death is her mother, Lois Romans; and her father, Ralph Romans; her sister, Kathy Moody; her late husband, William Clay Ponder; and her grandson Tommy Wright.

Funeral services for June L. Ponder will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. also in Carter Chapel, West Plains.

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


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Harvie Forrest Leonard

Harvie Forrest Leonard

On February 22, 2018 Harvie Forrest Leonard went “Home” to be with the Lord!

Harvie was born June 30, 1932 to Jim and Mary Leonard at Damascus, Arkansas.

On October 30, 1952 Harvie was married to the love of his life Mable, a marriage of 60 ½ years setting good examples for all.

In 1972 they moved to their home west of Caulfield, Missouri with their two sons. Harvie was known as a kind, hard working man, who loved his family greatly. One “we” could always count on to be there in all things. Along with spending time with family Harvie enjoyed his farm, cattle and deer hunting. He especially loved spending time with his grandkids and talking of his childhood and life with his great grandkids Izabela and Gavin, which often led to laughter and a question of “For really?”

Harvie is survived by two sons, Lewis and wife Cynthia of Chelon, Washington and Tom and wife Vickie, grandson Coley and wife Wendy, grandaughter Marissa and husband Jerry Pearson, great grandaughter Izabela, great grandson Gavin, all of Caulfield, Missouri; granddaughter Melodie and husband Josh Sell of London, England; two brothers, Glenn and Billy, and two sisters, Faye and Ann, along with a large extended family.

He is preceded in death by his wife Mable; his parents; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services for Harvie will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Due to the privacy respects for the family,  service information will not be on this page.


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Barbara Elizabeth Busby

Barbara Elizabeth Busby

Funeral services for Barbara Elizabeth Busby, 94, Mountain Home, Arkansas, formerly of Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Bakersfield Assembly of God Church under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late John Henry Smith and Fanny Jane Sutterfield Smith, on March 8, 1923 in Fifty Six, Arkansas and died February 12, 2018 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was united in marriage October 15, 1943 in Lake City, Arkansas to Coy Busby, who preceded her in death August 3, 2006.

She is survived by three children, Sue Hill and husband Jim, Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas; Carilyn Busby, Gassville, Arkansas, and Albert Busby and wife Jill, Bakersfield, Missouri; two brothers, Hanford Smith and wife Roberta, House Springs, Missouri and Benford Smith and wife Maxine, Big Flat, Arkansas; one sister, Ruby Wilkins, Mountain Home, Arkansas;one son-in-law, Roy Clarkson, Seymour, Indiana;  eleven grandchildren; several great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one daughter, Linda Clarkson; eight brothers and two sisters, and one granddaughter, Ladonna Parker.

She was a member of the Bakersfield Assembly of God Church, Bakersfield, Missouri. She was always faithful to attend all the services when she was able to be out.

She picked cotton around Caraway, Arkansas in her earlier years. In 1965 she moved to Bakersfield, Missouri, which she made her home with her husband, Coy and their children.

She was a homemaker and helped on the farm. After moving to town she enjoyed walking and could often be seen walking around town. She also enjoyed riding the OATS bus with all of her friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. until service time at the Bakersfield Assembly of God Church.

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

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Henrietta Kuebler

Henrietta Kuebler

Funeral services for Henrietta “Henri” Kuebler, born January 15, 1955 (63), in Nixon, Texas, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, in West Plains.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Jeffery Kuebler. Her loving daughters, Rosetta Worley, and Shelly Marie Saldaña. Son in Law, Dalton Durham. Her treasured sisters, Laura “Sadie” Roberts, Sara and Phillip Ivey, Bobby and Gerald Johnson, Billie Mills, and Kay Smith. Her beloved grandchildren, A.J. Saldaña, Jakob Worley, Tabitha Saldaña, Dylan Worley, Dezzerae Saldaña, and Wesley Durham, and a precious great grand baby, Bentley Worthen.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elijah and Ivey Lee Smith, her dearest infant child, two older brothers, Jim and David Smith.

She was a strong Christian, long lasting fighter, of several types of Cancers. She loved being outside, eating ice chips, and being surrounded by her beloved family, and friends. Along with assisting to anyone who needed a helping hand.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, in West Plains from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where all flowers and donations can be sent.

Burial will be in Fowler Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.

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Daniel Roloson

Daniel Roloson, 87, West Plains, Missouri died February 4, 2018 at NHC Nursing Home in West Plains.

Services for Daniel Roloson will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints in West Plains.

A short visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 before the service starts.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains.


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Lois Burgess

Graveside services for Lois Burgess, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018, at Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Marion Bunch and Dollie Thornton Bunch, on July 10, 1921 in Douglas County, Missouri and died January 15, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage July 5, 1941 in Salem, Arkansas to Lawrence (Sonny) Burgess, who preceded her in death October 5, 1995.

She is survived by two children, Kenneth Burgess and wife Sondra,, West Plains, Missouri, and Nancy Schauffler, Holts Summit, Missouri; one sister, Shirley Gilbert and husband, Dale, Kansas City, Missouri; sister-in-law, Charlene Bunch, Duncan, Oklahoma; son-in-law, Jerry Haslett, Kansas City, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one daughter, Barbara Haslett; three brothers, Hershal Bunch, Troy Bunch, and Bill Bunch; sons-in-law, Thomas Schauffler and Bob Bryant; one granddaughter, Belinda Williams and one great grandson, Zakary Pennington.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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

Visitation will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri (near Olden, Missouri) under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Erman E. Edmonds

Erman E. Edmonds

Erman E. Edmonds, son of the late Charlie Edmonds and Bertha Bartley Edmonds, was born October 3, 1935 in Dora, Missouri and died January 9, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 82 years.

He is survived by his brother, Paul Edmonds, of West Plains, Missouri; his niece Dawn Cotter and husband Jody, Mountain Home, Arkansas; nephew Marty Mayfield and wife April, West Plains, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two nephews, Darrell E. Smith and David E. Smith, both of West Plains, Missouri.

Erman lived most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri, and proudly worked in the concrete industry as a member of the Construction and General Laborer’s Local Union No. 264, retiring after thirty-six years of service.

After some years of retirement, he moved to West Plains in 2009 to be closer to family. Moving back to the West Plains area, and being able to visit with family and old friends, made him very happy. Erman lived an independent life in Kansas City and in West Plains, and was able to care for himself until the last few months. He always enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00 aat Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be Monday, January 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be at Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Douglas County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Erman E. Edmonds

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Donley Morrison

Donley Morrison

Preston Donley Morrison, son of the late Lloyd Morrison and Gertrude Hunt Morrison, was born on June 27, 1946, in Springfield Missouri. He passed from this world on January 6, 2018, at the age of 71 years.

He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1964. After graduating he joined the United States Coast Guard. While stationed at Sabine Pass, Texas, he met the love of his life, Darlene Rabe. They were married in Port Arthur, Texas on August 21, 1971. After his Coast Guard service, he returned to his home in West Plains, Missouri and joined the family business of Morrison Lumber. Throughout the years, he worked with his father, Lloyd, mother, Gertrude, and brother Rayburn until the closing and his retirement from the lumber business in November 2013, after 48 years. While there he helped and made many friends in the area. He served 3 terms on the Richards R-5 school board and was very proud of his district. Donley enjoyed working on his farm, tending to his cattle and selling small square bales of hay to many in the area. He loved being “Grampy” to his three grandchildren, making homemade ice cream for family events, taking the time to enjoy his boat on Lake Norfork and getting together with his “old classmates” every Thursday. He was a member of the West 160 Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Morrison of the family home; two children Dr. Brian Morrison and wife Jodi, of West Plains, Holly Neill and husband, Eric, of Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Afton Morrison, Leif Neill, and Alec Morrison; one brother Rayburn Morrison and wife Cynthia; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother and sister, father-in-law, Andrew Rabe, and mother-in-law, Carolyn Rabe.

Services with be held on Wednesday, January 10th, 7:00 p.m., at Carter’s Funeral Home in West Plains, Mo. Graveside and military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 11th, at Smith Chapel Cemetery, Zanoni, Missouri.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Smith Chapel Cemetery, the Donley Morrison Endowment Fund for Richards Early Childhood Center, or the US Coast Guard Auxillary.

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Wayne W. Thompson


Wayne W. Thompson passed away peacefully after a short illness on November 22, 2017 at Brooke Haven Nursing Home.

He died shortly after celebrating his 90 birthday. He had a card shower with over 100 cards.

He was born Oct, 2, 1927 to the late Otis A. Thompson and Virgie M. Weatherly Thompson.

He was a lifetime resident of West Plains. He was called Grandad by great-niece Linda Brown, great-nephews Scott Brown, Johnny Spencer, Joey Spencer, Chris Trimble, Lee Fox & Darren Fox. He was Uncle Wayne to a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

He was a volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center from 1988 to 2008. He also worked with youth juveniles in Judicial District 37 of West Plains, Missouri from 2010 to 2015.

He became a member of the Masonic Lodge – Sheffield 627 of Kansas City in 1967 and in 2010 transferred to the Thomasville unit.

He is survived by a sister Dorothy and Neil Jones, brother-in-law Clyde and Maxine Napier, brother-in-law Billy and Lena Napier and sister-in-law Lola Napier.

Those who preceded him in death was his loving wife Laverne (Napier) Thompson, his parents Otis and Virgie Thompson, a sister Ruby Lassiter, and brothers Wendall, Othel, and Don.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Missouri. There will also be Masonic Rites before the service.

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James “Jim” Wayne Sutton

James “Jim” Wayne Sutton

James “Jim” Wayne Sutton, born to James Lee and Sharon Lee Sutton on April 20, 1958, at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. Passed away at age 59 on the morning of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 9:40 am at the Jordan Creek Nursing Facility in Springfield, Missouri, after a prolonged illness.

Jim was married to Martha Delenna “Deana” Moss, daughter of Lee and Wanda Moss, on March 11, 1978, in Peoria, Illinois, at the Westlake Church of Christ. They were married 35 years until Martha’s passing on March 6, 2013, at the age of 57.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Lee Sutton, and his wife, Martha Delenna (Moss) Sutton.

Jim is survived by his younger sister, Teri Lynn, his only sibling, and his elderly father, James Lee (age 84) who are both living in Arizona.

Jim was a manufacturing engineer most of his adult working life and specialized in tool design and PLC programming. Jim belonged to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 321 of Springfield, Missouri, and served in several leadership positions within the chapter over a number of years.

Wherever they lived and worked, Jim and Deana always attended the local Church of Christ. The place they attended together before falling ill was the Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri. Jim loved old-time gospel songs. One of his favorite recollections was his Grandfather’s song leading at church while growing up. Specifically: “Heaven Holds All To Me,” ” No Tears in Heaven,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” He wanted these songs to be sung at his funeral service.

Jim and Deana knew each other most of their young lives, as their families attended the same congregations throughout the years growing up. After marrying, Jim and Denna traveled and worked in different places around the country. For a time they lived and worked in West Plains before eventually settling for more than twenty years in Springfield, Missouri.

Jim will be laid to rest beside his wife, Martha Delenna (Moss) Sutton at the Elijah Church of Christ cemetery on Saturday, November 18, 2017. His wife’s family has lived and worked in this area for more than 100 years and Jim and Deana had very strong emotions and ties to this area. This was their final wish to be interred at Elijah.

Funeral services for James Sutton will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elijah Church of Christ, Elijah, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Burial will be at Elijah Cemetery, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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