Charles Hefner

Charles Winfred Hefner was born the son of Charles Wellington Hefner and Lura (Peace) Hefner on August 20, 1921, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and departed this life February 26, 2015, in Independence, Missouri, at the age of 93 years.

He was united in marriage on July 29, 1942, in Thayer, Missouri, to Neva Mae Tyree who preceded him in death on June 26, 2005.

He is survived by three daughters, Janice Reeder, Lana Stinson, and Francine Hudgens and husband, Steve, all of Independence, Missouri; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lura Hefner; his wife, Neva Hefner; one brother, Hugh Hefner; and two sisters, Mavis Ridge and Marjorie Smith.

Charles was a veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army. He was a member of VFW Post 1000 in Independence, Missouri.

He enjoyed working on cars and worked for many years as a mechanic.

In his spare time, he loved getting together with friends for a good game of poker.

He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, and will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Hefner will be held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 11:00 AM in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Monday morning, March 2nd from 9:00 until 10:30 AM.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri.

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Hosea Blankenship

 Hosea Blankenship

Hosea Blankenship

Hosea Bernard Blankenship was born the son of George Lloyd Blankenship and Lois Lucy (Ledbetter) Blankenship on December 17, 1934, at Couch, Missouri, and departed this life on February 23, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 80 years.

He was united in marriage on September 17, 1957, at Hernando, Mississippi, to Clara Mae Struttmann.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Clara Blankenship of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sons, Terry Lynn Blankenship of Thayer, and Bryan Lane Blankenship of Memphis, Tennessee; one daughter, Cheryl Denise Pleasant and husband, Cliff of Salem, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Trey Pleasant of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Alyssa McCoy and husband, David of Austin, Texas, Clint Pleasant of Salem, Arkansas, and Alexa Blankenship of Thayer; one great granddaughter, Clara Mae McCoy; two sisters, Elaine Truesdell of Redding, California, and Mary Ellen Tharp of Thayer; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lois Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy on the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier during the Korean Conflict and the Philippine Invasion.

After his military career, he entered the workforce as a brakeman for Frisco Railroad. Later, he retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad, after thirty-nine years of service.

In his spare time, Hosea enjoyed fishing on Lake Norfork or a good hunting trip.

He was of the Christian faith and will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of the service.

Services will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Mark Parnell

Mark Parnell

Thomas Mark Parnell was born the son of Harlin F. Parnell and Robbie N. (Stark) Parnell on July 7, 1957, in Kansas City, Missouri, and departed this life February 19, 2015, at his home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 57 years.

He is survived by two sons, Joshua Parnell and wife, Laura of Monette, Arkansas, and Seth Parnell of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one daughter, Sarah Parnell-Brown and husband, Aaron of Paragould, Arkansas; one grandson, Titus Parnell and one granddaughter, Joy Parnell, both of Monette, Arkansas; one brother, Mike Parnell and wife, Julie of St. Johns, Florida; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlin and Robbie Parnell.

Mark was a graduate of the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, Missouri. He was associated with the Parnell Auction Service in Mammoth Spring and a real estate broker with Parnell Real Estate.

Mark worked for the United States Postal Service, delivering mail for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed working with cattle, and fixing up old vehicles.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love for chocolate ice cream, and his joy of giving to others. He will never be forgotten and will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Parnell will be Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Tom Harris officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Saturday evening, February 21st, from 6:00 until 7:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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John Kersey

  John Kersey

John Kersey

John Kersey was born the son of Luther Monroe “Bud” Kersey and Della Alice (Wiseman) Kersey on January 25, 1920, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life on February 18, 2015, at Shepherd’s View Assisted Living in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 95 years.

He was united in marriage on July 20, 1940, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Dollie Virginia Strauser, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2000.

He is survived by two nieces, Norma Pace and husband, Bill, and Phyllis Diederich; four nephews, Gale Kersey and wife, Joy, Gerald Kersey and wife, Betsey, Luther Kersey, Jr. and wife, Carlene, and Raymond Fairchild and wife; other nieces and nephews of his wife, and his dear friends at Shepherd’s View, owners, staff members, and residents.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Della Kersey; his wife of sixty years, Dollie Kersey; two sisters, Esther Powell and husband, Marvin, and Nora Loveland and husband, Elza; and three brothers, Arthur Kersey and wife, Sarah, Ollie Hobson and wife, Brooks, and Luther Kersey and wife, Lois.

Mr. Kersey was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

John was a member of the 46th Street Church of Christ in Fort Smith, Arkansas. John was a kind and caring man and was remembered by these words, “he was a hard working, dedicated person, always wanting to bring joy and a smile to everyone he met.”

He will truly be missed.

Graveside services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 4:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery with Jim Rawlins officiating.

The body will lie in state at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Shepherd’s View Residence Fund.

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Bill Hedden

  Bill Hedden

Bill Hedden

Dr. William Jesse “Bill” Hedden was born the son of Wilbur Jesse Hedden and Henrietta E. (Jacobsen) Hedden on July 16, 1943, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on February 15, 2015, at his home in Thayer, at the age of 71 years.

He was united in marriage on August 12, 1967, at Springfield, Missouri, to Neoma Fay Jones.

He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Fay Hedden of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two daughters, Debra Lynn Nissen and husband, Greg of Crewe, England, and Sheri Michelle Bunch and husband, Ronnie of Brandsville, Missouri; three grandchildren, Isaac, Moriah, and Gabriela Nissen of Crewe, England; one brother, Jim Hedden and wife, Patsy of Mulvane, Kansas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Henrietta Hedden and an infant brother, Wilbur Eugene Hedden.

Bill graduated from Thayer High School as the Salutatorian of the class of 1961. Later, he returned as High School Science and Math Instructor at Thayer, and taught twenty-two years at the Koshkonong High School.

Mr. Hedden was a Veteran and served his country as an officer in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, while stationed in Heidelberg, West Germany.

Bill earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Missouri in Rolla. His passion in life was teaching. He was beloved by many students and fondly referred to as “Doc.” His career spanned for many years in both high school and college levels, touching many young lives and offering direction for their future. He taught at Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, University of Missouri in Rolla, Southwest Baptist University in Mountain View, Missouri for twenty-seven years, Mineral Area College at Current River Campus in Winona, Missouri, and a number of years for the Drury University at the Thayer Campus, retiring in December of 2014.

He always loved the study of rocks and minerals and could identify nearly any rock handed to him. That growing interest increased as a Petroleum Exploration Geologist in the oil industry while working for Terra Resources, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for several years.

He loved the outdoors, whether hiking through Grand Gulf, fishing from his boat on Spring River, or just walking in the woods.

Bill liked spending time on different building projects, his masterpiece being a cabin in the woods.

He especially loved the Lord and loved to worship Him in song. Bill was a member, elder, and worship leader for many years at New Life Worship Center in Thayer.

He will be remembered as a quiet gentle man with a fun sense of humor and a kind heart. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Hme Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday, February 20th 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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James O. Nelson

J. O. Nelson

James O. Nelson was born the son of Walter T. Nelson and Hattie J. (Shelley) Nelson on July 4, 1924, at Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on February 13, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 90 years.

He was united in marriage on May 6, 1947, at Thayer, Missouri, to Mabel Crews who preceded him in death on June 23, 2003.

He is survived by two sons, Jay Nelson and wife Becky of Salem, Arkansas, and Ken Nelson and wife Suzanne of Thayer, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jamie, Walt, Josh, Jordan, Justin and Holly; eleven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hattie Nelson; his wife of fifty-six years, Mabel Nelson; one brother, Austin “Ike” Nelson; and two sisters, Madge Roberts and Dorothy Pierce.

Mr. Nelson was a decorated Veteran. He received numerous awards and medals, while serving his country in the South Pacific during World War II as Aviation Ordnanceman in the United States Navy.

He was a Locomotive Engineer, retiring from the Frisco Railroad after thirty-eight years of service. He served as Chairman for the local chapter of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was a member of the American Legion Charles Burkett Post 344.

He was a member of Thayer Freewill Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Nelson will be held Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015, at 2:00 PM in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

The body will Lie In State at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Sunday, February 15th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri.

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Katherine Ridge

Katherine Lorene Ridge was born the daughter of Harry Ridge and May (Simms) Ridge on February 8, 1922, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life January 29, 2015, at Sun City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sun City, Arizona, at the age of 92 years.

She is survived by one niece, Kathy Ann Knight of Youngtown, Arizona; one nephew, David Medina, Sr. of Youngtown, Arizona; one great niece, Valerie Jimenez and husband, Ruben of Glendale, Arizona; one great nephew, David Medina, Jr. of Glendale, Arizona; two great-great nieces, Alyssa Medina and Julianne Jimenez; four great-great nephews, David Medina III, Malachi Medina, Matthew Medina and Ruben Jimenez, Jr.; three special cousins, Donna Kirby, Carl Holloway and wife, Roberta and Maxine Baldridge, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and May Ridge and one sister, Dorothy Knight.

Katherine was a Christian lady and a member of the Assemblies of God. She loved to sew and enjoyed flower gardening. She especially loved spending time with her family and her sweet little dog, Silvermist.

Katherine was a wonderful sister and a loving aunt. She will truly be missed.

Funeral Services for Ms. Ridge will be held Friday, February 13, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

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

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William Vance

William Vance

William Lee “Bill” Vance went home to be with his Lord on February 3, 2015. Bill was born August 11, 1927, in Newport, Arkansas to Will and Virginia Vance. Bill served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He found his soul mate and the love of his life when he met Minnie Bell Hall and the two were married on February 28, 1959. Bill and Minnie had two children, Janette Privett and husband, Jackie Privett of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Allen Vance and wife, Linda Vance of Bradford, Arkansas. Bill always took pride in providing for his family and was a letter carrier for the United States Post Office until he retired. Ever the hard worker, Bill continued to work various jobs and always enjoyed staying busy. Bill was a “tinkerer” and found pleasure in working with his hands, fixing small engines, televisions, and radios. Nothing in the Vance home was ever thrown away because “Daddy could fix it.” Bill was also known for his warm smile and his sense of humor, always enjoying a good joke.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years; two children; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vernie Kemp; and one grandson, Chad Vance.

Bill’s family would like to thank the staff of Shady Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Thayer, Missouri for the excellent care they have provided Bill for the last few years. Their kindness and consideration have allowed Bill and Minnie to remain side by side.

The family would also like to thank the staff of Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri and Three Rivers Hospice for the care and compassion they showed not only to Bill, but also to those who loved him during his final days.

Funeral Services for Mr. Vance will held at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, February 6th from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.

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

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Kendall Patterson

 Kendall Patterson

Kendall Patterson

Kendall Clayton Patterson was born the son of Hulan and Louise Clayton Patterson on November 11, 1953, in Doniphan, Missouri, and departed this life January 30, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 61 years.

He was united in marriage on February 17, 1982, at Alton, Missouri, to Lavonda Roberts.

He is survived by his wife, Lavonda Roberts Patterson of the home in Hohenwald, Tennessee; one daughter, Dr. Heather Rupe and husband, Russell and two grandsons, Ryan and Carson Rupe, all of Franklin, Tennessee; his mother, Louise Patterson of Myrtle, Missouri; two sisters, Becky Redus and husband, Lane of Doniphan, Missouri and Kim Cox and husband, Joe of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; his mother-in-law, Susie Roberts and brother-in-law, Junior Roberts, both of Couch, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and many life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hulan Patterson, one brother, Keith Patterson; two sisters, Gayla Jo and Karen Elaine Patterson, and father-in-law, Bob Roberts.

Kendall was a graduate of Couch High School with the class of 1971. After graduation, he entered the workforce with his first job being a teller at the Bank of Thayer. A few years later, he began his career with General Motors, retiring after thirty years of service. Kendall was currently working with his cousin, Tom McDonald, as a technician for Lewisburg Plumbing and Heating, which he enjoyed very much.

Kendall was an avid outdoorsman and was the happiest when he was working on his farm with the tractor or enjoying a horseback ride. He was a self-taught carpenter, excellent in woodworking and a master builder. He harvested the timber from his farm, sawed his own lumber, and built his and Cookie’s dream home out of cedar.

Kendall was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, a loving son and brother, and a loyal friend, always fulfilling the needs of others with a giving heart.

He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel Wednesday, February 4th from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

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Nadene Chronister

Nadene Chronister

Clara Nadene Chronister was born the daughter of Mildon and Maggie (Mauldin) Blakley on April 9, 1927, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life January 27, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.

She was united in marriage on February 1, 1947, at Salem, Arkansas to Ivan Chronister, who preceded her in death on February 18, 2008.

She is survived by three daughters, Carol Jean Pitts and husband, Curt of Thayer, Missouri, Linda Pierce and husband, Roy of West Plains, Missouri, and Mary Jo Cook and husband, Kenny of Malden, Missouri; five grandchildren, Melissa Clark and husband, Stephen, Matt Pitts and wife, Valerie, Marc Pitts and wife, Megan, all of Thayer, Missouri, Bethany Bailey of West Plains, Missouri, and Blakley Cook and wife, Taylor of Columbia, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Gaige, Landry, Easton, Addyson, Cannon, and Marley Kate; one brother-in-law, Gene Chronister of West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildon and Maggie Blakley; her husband, Ivan Chronister; one brother, Bill Blakley; and half brother, Clarence Blakley.

Nadene attended Alton High School, graduating with the class of 1945. She taught school in the New Liberty community in Oregon County.

Nadene became a Christian at an early age and was a faithful member of the United Free Will Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

God blessed her with good health and a great mind until the day of her death. She loved being with people, especially her family, which was evident in the smile one always saw and in the loving, caring things she did. Anyone who met Nadene always remembered that encounter. Up until her death, she treasured her family and always had to know and be involved in every aspect of their lives.

As a result of her personality, she had many, many friends she met in her church, her volunteering at Ozark Medical Center and working for nearly 30 years at Wallace-Owens.

She touched many lives and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Dennis McGinley, Brother Jason Roberts, and Brother Glenn Murray officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 1:00 PM until service time on Friday.

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

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