Julia Austin

Julia Austin, daughter of Ersel and Berma Clinkingbeard of Ava, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 20, 2019, in West Plains, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene Austin, her parents and sister Eleanor.

Julia is survived by her daughter Deborah Preston Nesbitt (Bill Nesbitt), grandsons James Christopher Preston and Austin Jay Preston.  She is also survived by her brother and his wife, Bud and Lavelle Clinkingbeard and their son Andrew.

Julia was a life-long educator starting in a one-room school at age 19.  She taught in the Springfield Public Schools, and was West Plain’s first elementary school physical education teacher and first elementary school counselor.  After retirement, Julia continued to share her knowledge and many skills with friends and family until shortly before her death.  The family would like to thank Lindel Kinder for the many years of love and care that she gave to Julia.

In lieu of flowers or funeral services, the family requests that Julia be honored by contributions to the Gene and Julia Austin Grizzly Basketball Endowment Scholarship.  Contributions can be mailed to MSU West Plains, 128 Garfield, Development Department, West Plains, MO 65775 or submitted online at the MSU West Plains website.

A visitation will be held Thursday June 27, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in West Plains.

 

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Gilbert Elmer Simmons

 

 

Gilbert Elmer Simmons

Funeral services for Gilbert Elmer Simmons, 79, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, 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 Ocea Simmons and Nancy Johnson Simmons, on April 6, 1940 in Alton, Missouri and died June 5, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage March 18, 1962 in Alton, Missouri to Nora Pauline Pierce, who preceded him in death January 27, 2019.

He is survived by three daughters, Nancy Ellen Yaqoob and husband Javad, Elmont, New York; Gwen Simmons, Hollister, Missouri, and Kathryn Phillips and husband Luther, Grapevine, Texas; one brother, Larry Simmons and wife Daisy, Alton, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Joan Simmons, Alton, Missouri; four grandchildren, Sereena, Taniya, Caitlin, and Shelby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and six siblings, Robert Simmons, Roscoe Simmons, Mary Wainscott, Rita Simmons, and 2 infant siblings.

He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri. He served in the military with the United States Army. He worked as a butcher for many years for Ramey’s, Price Chopper, and other surrounding grocery stores. He was also on the school board at Richards School for fifteen years.

Memorial contributions may be made to your choice of organizations, and can be left at the funeral home.

Family visitation will be Friday, June 7, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be in Cave Springs Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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Howard W. Keeler

Funeral services for Howard Warren Keeler, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Dry Creek Baptist Church with Randy Green officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late W. Arvel Keeler and Lily Goss Keeler, on February 11, 1933 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma and died April 28, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Gardner, who preceded him in death October 7, 2011. He later married Glessner Hodges.

He is survived by his wife, Glessner Hodges, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Carolyn Brady, Clinton, Missouri; Roger Keeler and wife Sheryl, Warrensburg, Missouri, and Lori Green and husband Randy, Elkhart, Indiana; one sister, Nellie Burk, Marion, North Carolina; eleven grandchildren, and nineteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Phyllis; one son, Warren Keeler; three brothers; three sisters, and two great grandchildren.

Howard attended the Dry Creek Baptist Church in Howell County, Missouri. He served his country with the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957. In his working world he was a mechanic until he retired.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 at Dry Creek Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dry Creek Cemetery Fund, and can be left at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. Military rites will be performed by our West Plains Honor Guard and the Missouri Funeral Honors program.

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George Bryan Spence

George Bryan Spence

Funeral services for George Bryan Spence, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Bob Arnold officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Ira Spence and Rhilda Wood Spence, on October 31, 1924 in the Dry Creek Community and died April 13, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage May 5, 1947 in Salem, Arkansas to Betty Jane Pitman, who preceded him in death August 15, 2004. He later married Wanda Dawson on October 25, 2006, who also preceded him in death May 5, 2018.

He is survived by two children, Beverly Spence, West Plains, Missouri and Carol Powell and husband Joe, Golden, Colorado; three step-children, James Dawson and wife Charlene, Ron Dawson and wife Midge, and Janice Thomas, all of West Plains, Missouri; one grandson, Spencer Powell and fiance, Lauren Grote, Golden, Colorado; six step-grandchildren, Nathan Moss and wife Khara, West Plains, Jeff Dawson and wife Sandi, West Plains, Angie Langston and husband Justin, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Kim Clinton and husband Gary, Webb City, Missouri, Chris Dawson and wife Kimberly, Liberty, Missouri, and Jeremy Dawson, West Plains; twenty-seven step great grandchildren; one brother, Jim Spence and wife Darlene, Salina, Kansas, and three sisters-in-law, Betty Lee Spence, Willow Springs, Missouri, JoAnn Williams, Dora, Missouri, and Sue Langston, Batesville, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; three brothers, Willowby, Clement, and Vernon Spence.

He was a member of the First General Baptist Church in West Plains. He was employed with the Ford Dealership in West Plains for twenty years, and also with McKesson Corporation as a sales repesentative for twenty years. He loved to hunt, fish, golf,  do woodworking and make fiddles. His passion was spending time with family and singing and playing guitar with the Sunny Side Up bluegrass band.

Mr. Spence was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army.  He joined the elite 10th Mountain Division, the first alpine fighting unit in the United States Armed Forces. The 10th was sent to Italy when the U.S. Army identified that it needed a specialized winter-warfare force to fight in some of the roughest terrain and arctic conditions in the North Apennines Mountains in Italy. The alpine unit played a major role in the battle for Italy and broke the Nazi’s last line of defense, quickening the end of the war in the European Theatre. He was awarded three bronze stars during his service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association, or the West Plains Honor Guard and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. Military Rites will be conducted by the West Plains Honor Guard and Army personnel.

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Robert L. (Bob) Miller “Rabbit”

 

 

Robert L. (Bob) Miller “Rabbit”

Robert L. “Rabbit” Miller was born October 30, 1937, at Gatewood, Missouri, to Monroe Thomas and Florence May (Hyde) Miller. He departed this life Monday, March 25, 2019, at the age of 81, at Brooke Haven Healthcare, West Plains.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis J. (Hackworth) October 2, 1955 and to this union four children were born.

Bob “Rabbit” was owner/manager of Williams Shoe Store for 31 years retiring in July 1999. Many remember him always giving out a piece of bubble gum to children when they were in the shoe store. Bob was a past member of the West Plains Jaycees, Rotary Club and West Plains Downtown Association. He was an avid dog trainer participating in field trials where his pointer and setter bird dogs won numerous awards and trophies. In his last year he was always eager to show off his album of dog pictures and talk about their accomplishments. He was also a dedicated sports fan, and enjoyed attending and watching his children, grandchildren, family members, and children of friends compete in sports. In his younger years his family ran the Myrtle access of the Stubblefield Ferry and at an early age he knew all the best fishing spots. Rabbit graduated from Thayer High School in 1955 and could always tell good stories about growing up in Thayer and the ’Bus Station’. He loved a good prank and those around him always had to be careful not to be his next victim.

Rabbit is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Phyllis, his four children; Rhonda (Tom), Randy (Michelle), Jo Beth (Doug), Jeff (Melody); ten grandchildren; Silu, DeeDee (Ed), DJ (finance Beth), Derek, Sarah (Levi), Lyndsey (finance Colin), Brock, (Joanna), Seth (April), Logan (finance Allison), Kody; six great grandchildren; Nora, Benjamin, Boo, Bebe, Boog, Bug; two sisters, Janice, Glenda (Jay), one brother, Morris (Sharon); sisters-in-law, Glenda, Maralyn, Joyce, Billie Ann; many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, including special friends, Ralph Jr., R. David, Joe D., Smitty, Jerry, Mike and Kevin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Florence Miller; his in-laws, Ode and Zella (Roy) Hackworth; one sister, Evalyn Ament; three brothers, Gene, Bert, and Tom Miller; three brothers-in-law, Loel Loganbill, Everett Ament, Harold “Bud” Crase, and two nephews, Terry Crase and Steve Ament.

A celebration of life visitation for Robert L. “Rabbit” Miller, West Plains, will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019 at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Burial of the cremains will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Missouri.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church Building Program, Bridges Program at the West Plains R-7 School, or a youth charity of your choice and can be left at the funeral home.

 

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Jackie Earl Tharp

Jackie Tharp

Jackie Earl Tharp,son of the late Ross Tharp at Mary Hollis Tharp, was born April 28, 1951 in West Plains, Missouri and died Monday, April 1, 2019 at 8:05 AM at Brooke Haven Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage August 30, 1982 in West Plains, Missouri to Judy Marie Welch, who preceded him in death December 13, 2012.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Tharp, West Plains, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Donald Powell, West Plains, Missouri; one nephew, Aaron Powell, West Plains, Missouri, and one uncle Glen Hollis and wife, Wanda, Blue Springs, Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his father; his wife, and one sister, Connie Powell.

He was employed at Amyx Industries for approximately thirty years. In his early years, Jackie loved to ride motorcycles and do lots of sightseeing. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A visitation time will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

 

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Pastor Kenneth Kjolstad

Pastor Kenneth Kjolstad

Graveside services for Pastor Kenneth Kjolstad, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Howell Valley Cemetery, with Pastor Scott Miller, Pastor Joshua Paynter and Brother Mike Caldwell officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains. Immediately after the burial, there will be a celebration of life service at the Abundant Life Baptist Church, West Plains at 11:00 a.m.

He was born the son of the late Johan Kjolstad and Jennie Twetan Kjolstad, on February 22, 1951 in Queens, New York and went home to be with the Lord March 25, 2019.

He was united in marriage May 20, 1972 in Deer Park, New York to Barbara Landal.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children, Kevin Kjolstad (Orpha) and Kristi Paynter (Joshua); one brother Harry Kjolstad ( Wanda) seven grandchildren, Austin and Alyssa Paynter; Kody, Kolton, and Naomi Kjolstad; Jason Vogt (Meghan) and Jasmine Vogt; three great grandchildren, Kendal, Camryn and Logan Vogt.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Joanne Kjolstad and Judy Sanguedolce.

He was the pastor at the Abundant Life Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri for nineteen years. He also was a bus driver and monitor for approximately seventeen years for First Student.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lorna and Linda and the rest of the staff of Hospice Compassus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Abundant Life Baptist Church and can be left at the funeral

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Nora Ellen Morris

Nora Ellen Morris

Nora Ellen Morris, daughter of the late Oliver Bales and Alice Willard Bales, was born September 4, 1920 in Thomasville, Missouri and died March 18, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 98 years.

She was united in marriage December 1, 1936 in Thomasville, Missouri to Robert Morris, who preceded her in death October 30, 1988.

She is survived by eight children, Nancy Talley, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Bob Morris and wife Eva, Willow Springs, Missouri, Jeanie Crow, West Plains, Missouri, Tom Morris, Thomasville, Missouri, Rick Morris and wife Sheila, Bernie, Missouri, Phyllis Bertram, Jefferson City, Missouri, Check Morris, Thomasville, Missouri, and Alice Ollar and husband Robert, Thomasville, Missouri; two brothers, Bill Bales and wife Joann, West Plains, Missouri and Jack Bales and wife Margie, Highridge, Missouri; one sister Jo Williams, Thomasville, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Olive Bales, Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Vergie Bales, West Plains, Missouri; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-eight great grandchildren, and twenty great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Don Bales, John Bales, and Willard Bales; three grandchildren, Marlas Reeves, Rob Crandell, and Heather Morris, and one great grandson, Grant Dotson.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Missouri for many years. She loved to read. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and take care of her family. She loved all of her grandchildren, and even babysit for several of them.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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

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Erma Sue Johnson

Erma Sue Johnson, daughter of the late Russell Calvin & Mary Catharen Tyhurst was born May 17, 1945 in Martinsville, Illinois and died March 17, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 73. She was united in marriage September 3, 1967 at the Restitution Church of God in Casey, Illinois to Robert Lloyd Johnson.

She is survived by her spouse, Robert Johnson, West Plains, Missouri; two daughters, Sheila Stoops and spouse Rick, West Plains, Missouri and Bobbie Clark and spouse David, Camp, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Amanda (Clark) Schroeder and spouse Craig, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Rebecca Clark, Salem, Arkansas and Lyndsi Stoops, West Plains, Missouri; one very special great grandson, Raemond Alan Jo Clark, one son-in law, Alan Wardenburg, Wentzville, Missouri, three brothers, Leon Tyhurst, Raymond Tyhurst and spouse Cora, Ronald Tyhurst and spouse Patty; four sisters, Cathy Roach, Teresa Connelly and spouse Dennis, Lori Blankenbaker, Camilla Williams and spouse Stacey, all from the state of Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Garnet and Robert Johnson, her sister-in-law, Karon Tyhurst and one daughter, Patricia Sue Wardenburg.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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J. W. Collins

Services for J. W. Collins will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Vanzant Community Center, Vanzant, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. before the service.

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

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