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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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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