Verlin Henry Howard

Verlin Henry Howard

Verlin Henry Howard, son of the late Elisha Howard and Iola Elliott Howard was born June 22, 1933 in Dora, Missouri and was entered into rest on April 18, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri.

He married Lena Collins April 5, 1952. To this union three children were born, Deloris (Alvin) Tooley of Vanzant, Missouri, Marsha (Rick) Tooley of Vanzant, Missouri, and Verlin Wayne Howard (Darlene) of Mountain Grove, Missouri; five grandchildren, Darren Tooley of Baltimore, Maryland, Richard (Tara) Tooley, Lenexa, Kansas, Teresa (Paul) Martell, Gardner, Kansas, Regina (Chris) Chaistain, Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Dustin (Kyla) Howard, Dora, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren; three sisters, Rozetta Howard, Joann Haworth, and Phyliss Henbest and two brothers, Marlet Howard and James Sparkman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Loretta Jones and Berniece Hopkins.

Funeral services for Verlin Henry Howard will be Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Brother Larry Beavers officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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

 

 

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Bonita Reynolds

Bonita Reynolds

Bonita Reynolds, daughter of the late Harold Dwight Von-Rudrauff and Lorene ShrableVon-Rudrauff, was born February 28, 1940 in Viola, Arkansas and died April 16, 2018 in, at the age of 78 years.

She was united in marriage May 19, 1959 in Elizabeth, Arkansas to Carral Reynolds, who preceded her in death January 17, 1997.

She is survived by two children, Monty Carral Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri and Tina Monita Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri; a special friend George Williams; her dearest best friends, Holly Isom and the late Judy Dixon; five grandchildren, Shane Reynolds, Brittney Newton and husband, Timothy; Brock Reynolds; Cameron Reynolds, and Trey Collins; five great grandchildren, Jacee Coldiron; Kourtlyn Newton; Cooper Newton; Eli Reynolds, and Riley Jo Reynolds. She was raised by her grandparents, Ralph and Lillie Worsham Shrable after her parents died. With their large family, she was as a sister to them all; Doc Shrable, deceased; Hazeltine Pendergrass; Lucille Boles, deceased; Lehman Shrable, deceased; Curtis Shrable, deceased; Audine Rowlett, deceased; Lessie Jean Clay; Betty Kerley, deceased; Joyce Hodges; Jodie Southerland, and a special niece Janice Sherman, who is deceased; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Painter and Anna Lea Hodges. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and grandparents; one grandson, Layne Reynolds; sisters-in-law, Lezene Morris, Nadine Sanders, Patty Garrison, and one brother-in-law, Delma Reynolds.

She went to school at Viola, Arkansas; lived on a dairy farm; milked cows; played basketball for Thednal Hill with the best basketball coach in Arkansas, who was a mentor to her. His advice to her was never give up, just keep on.

The Church of Christ was an important part of her life, providing strength and encouragement for the difficult times. It was a place for her children to grow up in a Christian atmosphere. She made several good friends over the years she attended there. Her mama and daddy always took her to church.

When she was eleven years old she lost her daddy and her mother was killed in a car accident when she was twelve, so her grandparents continued to direct her with their love, and took her in as their own. And she felt like if she owed anyone anything, it was her Grandma Lillie Shrable, an angel on this earth. She was the most humble and caring person that ever walked this earth.

Bonita always strived to set good examples for her daughter, son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her love for them was unconditional, as God’s love is unconditional and forgives us over and over.

One thing we can give one another is a smile, a hug, and a kind word. You never know what they may be dealing with until you walk in their shoes. We will never solve all world problems or understand all, or see through them. We must help those get through life with our help if needed. We must be a friend, listen if needed, give advice if asked, and love them for them, not for the pedigree they were born with. We cannot help who our parents are, the color of skin, rich or poor, but just love their soul. We should never judge others; whether they be weak, poor, or needy. Don’t stomp them when they are down. Give them a helping hand if needed. Be there for them, love them through addictions and after they overcome those things. Give them encouragement through their struggles. Whatever we are dealing with in this life, God is in control of it all.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Gepp, Arkansas, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

 

 

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Robert E. Bowers

Robert E. Bowers

On April 12, 2018 Robert Eugene Bowers, 85, left his earthly body in Koshkonong and began eternity in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gene, as his family and friends called him, was born September 27, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, to William Alvin Bowers and Mary Ellen Burns. He was the youngest of six, 1 brother and 4 sisters.

He and his first wife, Lorene, were married in 1951 and were blessed with a daughter Glenda Mae, and a son, William Robert. Bobby passed away when he was 2 years old, and Lorene in 1983.

On April 20, 1985, he was blessed to find love again and married Ivonne Hillhouse-Davis, in Kennett, Missouri.

He worked at McDonnel Douglas for 35 years, retiring in 1990. He was also a Pentecostal minister and loved to share the Word of God everywhere he went. He loved his faith and his family.

In 1994, he and his wife Ivonne, moved to Koshkonong, Missouri. He loved living in the country on a farm, tending to his land and animals, especially his horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harold and his sisters Bess, Effie, Goldie, Elsie, and baby Imogene, his first wife Lorene and their son Bobby, his son-in-law Mike, and his step son Jerry Wayne.

He is survived by his bride of nearly 33 years, Evelyn Ivonne Bowers, his daughter Glenda Braswell, his grandsons Michael and Jonathan Braswell and their wives, great grandsons Chase, Cole, Taylor and Ryder Braswell, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.

Funeral services  will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home, West Plains, with Mike Braswell officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Farmington, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

 

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Kermit Burkhart

Kermit Burkhart

Kermit Burkhart

Funeral services for Kermit John Burkhart, 84, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with Pastor Anthony Woods officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Earl Burkhart and Etta Mae Clark Burkhart, on July 8, 1933 in Swan Creek, Missouri and died April 11, 2018 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage April 16, 2000 in Couch, Missouri to Mary Frances Mooney.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Mooney Burkhart, of the home, Thayer, Missouri; one son, David Jason Burkhart, Branson, Missouri; twin brother, Kenneth Lee Burkhart and wife, Jackie, Peculiar, Missouri, and one half sister, Irene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dale Burkhart; one sister, Mary Etta Burkhart, and one half sister, Susan.

He served during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army in the 27th Wolfhound Regiment of the 25th Division. He was a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Missouri and a long time assistant principal in the West Plains School District.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the New Salem Cemetery and can be left at Carter Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

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

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Ricky Cheek

Ricky Cheek, 59, West Plains, died April 5, 2018 at his home in West Plains, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Columbia Church of Christ, Columbia, Missouri.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Columbia Church of Christ, Columbia, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

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Gloria Faye Hodge

Gloria Faye Hodge, the daughter of the late Joseph Charles Hodge and June Lorene Lawrence Hodge, was born May 6, 1959 in West Plains, Missouri. Gloria entered into eternal rest March 15, 2018 at the age of 58.

Gloria’s hobbies were quilting, being with her family, church gatherings, civil war reenactments, and her job at Turning Leaf. Gloria loved to help people and listen to church sermons on her phone and computer.

She was survived two sons, Justin Charles Wright and Elvin Ray Powell of the home; one brother, Marvin Hodge; five sisters, Barb, Sylvia, Amanda, Judy, Charlotte; and step-sister, Jody; three grandkids, Malia, TJ, and Aron; and former husbands, Thomas Edward Wright Sr., and Elvin Jay Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Thomas Edward Wright, Jr.; and one aunt, Katheryn Moody.

Funeral services will be held at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Visitation will start at 12 noon and go until time of service.

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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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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