Mattie Estes

Mattie Estes

Mattie Estes

Mattie Estes was born the daughter of Jesse Isaac McHenry and Emily Rosetta (Pulley) McHenry on May 25, 1915, in Saddle, Arkansas, and departed this life May 19, 2016 in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 100 years.

She was united in marriage on October 29, 1938, at Agnos, Arkansas, to William Estes who preceded her in death on June 19, 1995.

She is survived by one brother, William Isaac McHenry of Raymore, Missouri; many loved and cherished nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Emily McHenry; her husband, William Estes; two brothers, Curtis and Loyd McHenry; and five sisters, Gussie McHenry, Grace Hurtt, Agnes Mooney, Oletha Haney and Emily Shaver.

Mrs. Estes was a long time member of the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ. She enjoyed time spent with her family, quilting, and growing both vegetables and flowers in her garden. She was an excellent cook and was well known for her delicious pies and other pastries. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a kind and caring person. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services were held May 22, 2016 at the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ at 2:00PM on Sunday. Burial at Saddle Cemetery

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Chloe Joy Whiteside

Chloe Whiteside

Chloe Whiteside

Chloe Joy Whiteside received her ultimate healing on May 5, 2016. After struggling for five weeks, she passed gently from the arms of her loving parents to the arms of Jesus.

While Chloe’s life seems far too short to many, she taught us more in her five weeks on this earth than many accomplish in a lifetime. Chloe Joy’s life helped us realize each day is truly a gift to be cherished and an opportunity to be a light for others.
Chloe Joy is the answer to the prayers of her mother as her birth was awaited with joyful expectation. During her brief visit on earth she enjoyed being held and cuddled by her parents and being kissed and snuggled nonstop by her adoring older brothers, who loved helping her choose from her many bows. Chloe had an angelic face that melted the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.

Chloe Joy is the daughter of Devin and Samantha Whiteside of Jenks, Oklahoma. Survivors also include her brothers, Christian, Cole, Connor, and Camden; grandparents, Elton and Cindy Botard, Sam and Billie Rhoades and Don and Brenda Whiteside; great grandparents, Bill and Hazel Drye; aunt and uncle, Leslie and Jeremy Allen; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services were held on May 16, 2016 at Thayer Cemetery with Brother Jared Russell officiating.

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Wanda L. Mason

Wanda Mason

Wanda Mason

Wanda Lillian (Kittrell) Mason was born the daughter of Kenneth D. Kittrell and Lillian (Johnson) Kittrell on January 26, 1932, in Aurora, Missouri, and departed this life on April 28, 2016, in Mountain Grove, Missouri , at the age of 84 years.
She was united in marriage on April 17, 1950 in Clay County, Arkansas to Billy C. Mason who preceded her in death on March 30, 2002

She is survived by three daughters, Billie D. Cox of McDonough, Georgia, Vickie L. Taft and husband, Deen of Troy, Missouri, and Teresa A. Gonzalez and husband, Roberto of St. Peters, Missouri; one son, Wm. Shane Mason and wife, Christine of O’Fallon, Missouri; two brothers, Don Kittrell and wife, Shirley of St. Louis, Missouri, and Stan Kittrell and wife, Althea of West Plains, Missouri; ten grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Lillian Kittrell; her husband, Billy C. Mason; one daughter, Patricia K. Mason; one sister, Edrena Wilson; one brother, John “J.T.” Kittrell; and two great great grandchildren, Maccee and Cherity.

Wanda was a long time member of Grace Assembly of God Church in Florissant, Missouri where she served as church secretary.She was a dedicated homemaker, an excellent cook and was well known for her delicious chicken and dumplings. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and listening to music. She will truly be missed by her family and all that knew her.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Minister  Justin Devries officiating.

Burial was in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer.

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Reva Decker

Reva Decker

Reva Decker

Reva Elaine (Norman) Decker was born the daughter of Jessie Norman and Hallie (Stogsdill) Norman on January 13, 1924, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life on April 15, 2016, at The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage on February 24, 1942, to Howard Golden Allen, who preceded her in death when he was killed in World War II.

She was united in marriage on April 6, 1946, at Salem, Arkansas, to Amon T.J. Decker, who preceded her in death on March 6, 2012.

She is survived by three children, Glen Dale Allen and wife, Mary of St. Peters, Missouri, Norma Johnson and husband, Bill of Springfield, Missouri, Danny Decker and wife, Brenda of Walnut Grove, Missouri; son-in-law, Charles Brown of Crestview, Florida; one sister, Freda Moore of Washington state; eight grandchildren, Jack Allen, Todd Allen, DeLisa Nuzum, Lori Slezak, Julie Johnson, Katrina Viau, Katrisha Simmons and Janice Fries; fourteen great grandchildren, Jacob, Joseph, Shilo, Amber, Rebecca, Latasha, Tiara, Christopher, Trey, Easton, Stormy, Victoria, Alexandria and Abigail; two great great grandchildren, Emma and Jeremiah; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Howard and Amon; one daughter, Marcia Brown; two sisters, Lois Wallace and Nerva Fanning; and two grandchildren, Pam and Dale Johnson.

Reva started her teaching career in a one room school at Ross in the Ozarks’ Irish Widerness. She later taught in the Thayer school district where she continued to mold the lives of many students.

She was a dedicated homemaker, an excellent cook and was well known for her delicious pies and other pastries.

Reva was a Christian and was of the Free Will Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Graveside services for Mrs. Decker will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM in the Cave Springs Cemetery at Alton, Missouri, with Rev. Arroll Simmons officiating.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard Steve Smith was born the son of Noril Edmond Smith and Katy Louise (Christian) Smith on November 12, 1962, in West Plains, Missouri, and departed this life on April 13, 2016, at his home near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 53 years.

He was united in marriage on March 1, 2014, at Cherokee Village, Arkansas, to Amber Rané Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Amber Smith of the home in Mammoth Spring; one son, Eric Smith of Springfield, Missouri; one granddaughter, Brooklyn Smith of Springfield; three sisters, Dorothy Sprouse and husband, Onan of Corning, Arkansas, Jeanetta “PeeWee” Moore and husband, Clint of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, and Mary Weiand and husband, Tony of Ash Flat, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noril and Katy Smith; and his brother, Noril Dean Smith.

Richard was a heavy equipment operator and was employed for many years at Arkansas Quality Stone in Ash Flat. He was a long-time member of the Ozark Acres volunteer fire department near Wirth, Arkansas.

He loved dirt-track stock car racing. For many years he was a regular driver at the speedway in West Plains, winning numerous trophies and awards. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially, deer hunting.

Richard was of the Baptist faith. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He will truly be missed.

Funeral Services for Richard Smith, age 53, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held Friday, April 15, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Thursday evening, April 14th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Field Creek Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family to assist with funeral arrangements, and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Hazel Grooms

Hazel Grooms

Hazel Grooms

Hazel Marie (Clark) Grooms was born the daughter of Lee Clark and Laura (Dunkin) Clark on January 1, 1924, in Couch, Missouri, and departed this life on April 11, 2016, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage on March 26, 1947, at Alton, Missouri, to Harding Grooms, who preceded her in death on December 29, 2010.  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage.

She is survived by her daughter, Velma Parrott of Alton, Missouri; two sons, Eddie Grooms and wife, Cathy of Glendive, Montana, and Tom Grooms and wife, Betty of Alton, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Randall Parrott and wife, Christy, Erin Grooms, Rodney Parrott and wife, Jamie, Jeff Grooms and wife, Charity, Kari Bowers and husband, Tim, Kristi Wade and husband, Richard, and Kevin Grooms and wife, LaShanda; thirteen great grandchildren, Cody, Samson, Alexis, Orin, Katie, Autumn, Jarvis, Colton, Ava, Caeden, Tucker, Avery and Jake; two great great grandchildren, Elaina and Abbigail; three sisters, Ann Busby, Mary Story and Kay Stewart; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one infant son; brothers, Bill, John, Ongle, George, and Jessie Ray; and sisters, Elzada, Ethel and Louise.

She was of the Free Will Baptist faith, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and will truly be missed by her family, her friends, and the community in which she lived.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother James Ray and Brother Johnny Floyd Holesapple officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Wednesday evening, April 13th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Norman Cemetery and may be left at the funeral home in Thayer.

Burial will be in the Norman Cemetery, near Alton, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

 

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Brenden Hedden

Brenden Hedden

Brenden Hedden

Brenden Ellis Hedden was born the son of Jeffrey Van Hedden and Susan Kathleen (Calfee) Hedden on March 1, 2000, in West Plains, Missouri, and departed this life on April 10, 2016, at his home in White Church, Missouri, at the age of 16 years.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Sue Hedden of the family home in White Church; one brother, Kolton Van Hedden and one sister, Paige Elaine Hedden, both of White Church; paternal grandparents, Richard and Joyce Hedden of Thayer, Missouri; maternal grandmother, Mary Calfee of West Plains, Missouri; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Wendell Calfee.

Brenden was special and loved cuddling with his Mom. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, and grandson and will truly be missed.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Tuesday evening, April 12th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Rose Marie Eaves

Memorial services for Rose Marie Eaves, age 65, of Alton, Missouri, will be held Saturday evening, April 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Chaplain David Langston officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM until service time.

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Linda Dethrow

Linda Dethrow

Linda Dethrow

Linda Lou (Martin) Dethrow was born the daughter of Roy Martin and Inez (Harmon) Martin on October 22, 1939, in Couch, Missouri, and departed this life in West Plains, Missouri, on March 18, 2016, at the age of 76 years.

She was united in marriage on June 22, 1957, in Thayer, Missouri, to Howard Dethrow.

She is survived by her husband, Howard of the home in Couch, Missouri; one daughter, Janet Bennett and husband, Clifton of Couch, Missouri; two granddaughters, Andrea Nicholson and husband, Dennis of Couch, Missouri and Krystal Wiersma and husband, Brian of Ankeny, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Dalton and Carter Nicholson, Emilynn and Madalynn Wiersma; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Inez Martin.

Linda was a long time member of Garfield Free Will Baptist Church. She was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed helping on the family farm.

She will be remembered as devoted wife, a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by her family and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 21, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Jake Lawrence officiating.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Robert Langston

Robert L. Langston

Robert L. Langston

Funeral Services for Robert Langston, age 95, of Couch, Missouri, will be held Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Plains, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 PM on Sunday evening, March 2oth at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Couch, Missouri.

Robert Lowell Langston, son of the late Z.T. Langston and Mae Harper Langston, was born December 29, 1920 in Couch, Missouri and departed this life March 17, 2016.
He was married November 6, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota in a military wedding to Marjorie Anderson, who preceded him in death February 27, 2008. They were happily married for 64 years.
He is survived by his three daughters, Marjorie Kathryn Shultz and husband Tom, Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Elizabeth Mae Morgan and husband Ken, Grapevine, Texas, and Cynthia Ann Bauer and husband Joe, Alton, Missouri; six grandchildren, Kelly DeLavergne, Bloomingdale, Illinois, Daniel Robert Feeney, Kirkland, Washington, Eric Morgan and wife Trisha, Irvine, California, Meghan Griffith and husband Ben, Maumelle, Arkansas, Tim Shultz and wife, Stephanie, Griffith, Indiana, and Christine Pollock and husband Brandon, Valparaiso, Indiana; six great grandchildren, Patty DeLavergne, Bloomingdale, Illinois, Ainsely Feeney, Oakland, Tennessee, Sienna Mae Morgan, Irvine, California, Kellen Morgan, Irvine, California, Jackson Robert Griffith, Maumelle, Arkansas, and Gracie Griffith, Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister, Olive deLadurantaye, Hampton, Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews, and loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; twins, Earl and Harvel; one brother, Edsel Langston, and three sisters, Geraldine Lassiter, Hazel Langston, and Jean Taylor.
He was a veteran of WWII serving 38 months in the United States Coast Guard and one year in Naval Reserves after WWII. He was also a member of the Civil Conservation Corps organization after high school graduation.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mo. Synod of West Plains, Missouri, baptized in that faith with his three daughters at Christ The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956. He spent 35 years in the electrical industry in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kentucky. He was a civil war historian and a long time member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Oregon County Historical Society. He will be missed by his loving family and friends.
We wish to thank Mary Matthews of Riverways Hospice and caregiver Joe Bauer for their compassion and kindness.

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