Reba Callahan

Funeral services for Reba Callahan, age 83 , of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Thayer, will be held Monday, August 31, 2015, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Dr. Jeff Paxton officiating.  The family will receive friends at the chapel in Thayer Sunday afternoon from 2-4 PM.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, INC in Thayer.

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Delbert Oakes

Delbert Lee Oakes was born the son of Arthur Oakes and Myrtle (Wicker) Oakes on March 21, 1935, in Hardy, Arkansas, and died on August 25, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Boyd of Long Beach, Mississippi, Karen Hayden of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Janet Powell and husband, James of Gulf Port, Mississippi; eight grandchildren, Brett Richards, Brian McBride II, Joshua Pace, Amanda Crose, Heather Pace, Adam Miller, Brittany Smith, and Melissa Hayden; eleven great grandchildren; three brothers, Melburn Oakes of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Arthur Oakes, Jr. and wife, Charlotte of Thayer, Missouri, and Jerry Oakes and wife, Ella of Thayer, Missouri; one sister, Leta Case and husband, Harlin of Hardy, Arkansas; and one uncle, Norman Oakes of Hardy, Arkansas; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Arthur and Myrtle Oakes.

Delbert was employed as an assembly line worker at Ford Motor Company in St. Louis, Missouri, retiring after twenty-eight years of service.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish, especially fishing on the Mississippi River. Delbert enjoyed gardening and tending to his apple and peach orchard.

He was a great storyteller and would entertain others as long as they cared to sit and listen.

Delbert will be remembered as a kind and simple man who enjoyed the beauty of nature and everything it gave to him. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services for Mr. Oakes will be held Friday, August 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Shawn Deree officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Thursday evening, August 27th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

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Loyd Langston

Graveside services for Loyd Langston, age 94, of Conroe, Texas, formerly of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, on Saturday evening, August 29th, from 6:00 until 7:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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Dwight Holmes

Dwight Holmes

Dwight Holmes

Russell Dwight Holmes was born the son of John R. Holmes and Velma (Muse) Holmes on October 28, 1931, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life August 14, 2015, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on May 27, 1985, at Alton, Missouri, to Tammy Casey.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Holmes of the home near Alton, Missouri; two sons, Travis Smith of Nashville, Tennessee, and J.C. Holmes of Columbia, Missouri; one sister, Lucille Cargill of South Gate, Michigan; three nieces, Eva Fern Morris, Anita Ruth Brown and Betty Nan Asarian; father-in-law, John Lewis Casey; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma Holmes; one sister, Lena Watson; two brothers-in-law, Ray Watson and Clifford Cargill; mother-in-law, Emma Lou Casey; and two special nephews, Carl Watson and Bryan Watson.

Dwight was a farmer by trade, and an auctioneer. He worked as a Salesman for Ram Auto Parts in Thayer for many years and served as Oregon County Collector for six years. He was later employed by the University of Missouri, working as a Small Farm Specialist, retiring after several years of service. In his spare time, he enjoyed a good quail hunt with his friends.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country during the Korean conflict.

Dwight was a life-long member of Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed southern gospel music and was a well-known bass singer, singing with the Singing Relations Quartet and also the Leroy Chronister Quartet.

He will be remembered as a deeply devoted husband, father, friend and neighbor. He will truly be missed by his family, friends and the neighborhood in which he lived.

Funeral Services for Mr. Holmes will be Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Smyrna Church near Alton, with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The body will lie in state on Saturday evening, August 15th, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Burial will be in the Smyrna Cemetery near Alton, Missouri.

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Virginia McClure

Virginia McClure, age 96, of Lady Lake, Florida, formerly of Thayer, Missouri, died at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at The Springs of Lady Lake in Lady Lake, Florida.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. McClure’s family requests donations be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Rae (Ford) Davis was born the daughter of Benjamin Earl Ford and Mary Ruth (Cowgill) Ford on August 15, 1935, in Filer, Idaho, and departed this life on August 5, 2015, at her home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 79 years.

She was united in marriage on May 15, 1954, in Mineral county, Nevada, to Clifton Davis, who preceded her in death on November 6, 1991.

She is survived by two daughters, Leona “Susie” Morse and husband, Mirl of Ceres, California, and Mary Keener and husband, Paul of Thayer, Missouri; two sons, Ron Davis and wife, Rita of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Lee Davis and wife, Susan of Ceres, California; one daughter-in-law, Debra Davis of Copperas Cove, Texas; nine grandchildren, Mirl “Buddy” Morse, Jr., Shawna Santana, Katie Jurado, Nicole Boston, Lee Davis, Jr., Lisa Davis, Shannon Davis, Shaun Davis and Ashley Phillips; eleven great grandchildren; one sister, Kay Napoleon of Gresham, Oregon; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Benjamin and Mary Ford; her husband of thirty-seven years, Clifton Davis; and one son, Steve Davis.

Betty was a dedicated homemaker and a strong Christian lady. She enjoyed reading, working on puzzles, playing Bingo and slot machines. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and cherished the moments spent with them.

She was a member of Reigning in Life Tabernacle in Modesto, California, where she proudly served as church secretary for ten years before moving to Missouri.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother, a wonderful sister, and a loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Davis’ memory to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent to Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

In memorium, a rose bush may be planted to honor a beautiful life.

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Grace Mann

Grace Mann

Grace Mann

Erma Grace (Hodge) Clark-Mann was born the daughter of Eldia Lee Hodge and Anna Lora (Barnett) Hodge on January 9, 1943, in Moko, Arkansas, and departed this life on August 2, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 72 years.

She was united in marriage on April 9, 1966, at Salem, Arkansas, to Hearl Clifford Clark, who preceded her in death on January 23, 1996.

She was united in marriage on October 6, 1996, at Brandsville, Missouri, to Wilbur Clyde Mann, who preceded her in death on August 14, 2014

She is survived by one son, Rick P. Clark and wife, Robin of Derby, Kansas; one daughter, Erma Lea Bansal of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Lee Clark, Gregrey Paul Clark and wife, Erika, Nupur Bansal, Vishal Bansal, Ashley Nichole Clark, and Alexander James Clark; three great grandchildren, Hayden Elise Clark, Payton Elizabeth Clark, and Hunter Layne Clark; one brother, Lonnie Hodge; two sisters, Anna Ruth Brucker and Martha Britt; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Eldia and Lora Hodge; one son, Clifford Wayne Clark; one grandson, Austin Wayne Clark; two brothers, Frances Hodge and Cecil Hodge; four sisters, May Sandridge, Pearl Shelton, Nancy Young, and Dorothy Crawford and infant twins, Frankie Sydney and Eldia James Hodge.

Grace was a strong and dedicated Christian lady. After the untimely death of her mother and at the age of 11, Grace left school to care for her brothers and sisters. Throughout her life she continued to fulfill the needs of others in her community with unconditional love and devotion.

She enjoyed growing and canning vegetables, her flower garden, making crafts, attending auctions and finding a good yard sale.

Grace was a lifetime member of the Mammoth Spring VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7831. She truly honored, respected, and showed gratitude for all veterans.

Grace never met a stranger and loved to greet friends and family with a hug. She will be remembered for her outgoing personality, caring heart and giving spirit. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Mann’s family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

A private burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery at Myrtle, Missouri.

 

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Larry Cypret

Larry Cypret

Larry Cypret

Larry Thomas Cypret was born the son of Hershel Lee Cypret and Mary Lucille (Hensley) Cypret on March 24, 1948, in Myrtle, Missouri, and died on August 2, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 67 years.

He is survived by one brother, Bob Cypret of Riverton, Missouri; two sisters, Sue Sisco of Alpena, Arkansas and Barbara Adamson and husband, Jerry of Marked Tree, Arkansas; two nephews, Mike Sisco and wife, Stephanie and Pete Cypret; two nieces, Lisa Fredrick and husband, Tim and Jamie Wilson and husband, Johnny; three great nephews, Chandler Gracey, Zack Sisco, and Joshua Cofield; four great nieces, Shelly Luce, Lauren Cofield, Summer Wilson, and Sophie Wilson; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herschel Lee Cypret and Mary Lucille Cypret; one brother, Kenneth Ray Cypret; and one great niece, Abigail Luce.

Larry was a life-long resident of Oregon County, graduating from Couch High School with the class of 1966.

He enjoyed the outdoors and assisted the neighbors with farm chores and other odd jobs. He liked working with his hands, building birdhouses, and creating many other woodworking items, which he loved to give to others.

Larry was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed going on a good fishing trip.

He attended Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy as long as health permitted. Larry never met a stranger and will be remembered for his kind and caring nature, his love for family, friends, and the community in which he lived. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

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Wayne Michaels

Wayne Michaels

Wayne Michaels

Earl Wayne Michaels was born the son of Earl E. Michaels and Tressie (Dowdy) Michaels on July 12, 1954, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and died on July 30, 2015 near Couch, Missouri, at the age of sixty-one years.

He was united in marriage in 1976, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Marica Green.

He is survived by his wife, Marica Michaels of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two sons, Earl Wayne Michaels, Jr. and wife, Leah of Lake City, Arkansas, and Nathan Wayne Michaels of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Curtis, Caleb and Landan Michaels of Cave City, Arkansas, and Kelsey and Trey “Bubby” Michaels of Lake City, Arkansas; his mother, Tressie Michaels of Thayer, Missouri; one sister, Karen “Susie” Earls and husband, Nicky of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one niece, Nicole Frealy of Mammoth Spring; one nephew, Joseph Earls and wife, Kayla of Brookland, Arkansas; three great nieces, Rebecca, Lillian and McKinley; one great nephew, Xander; special friends, Debbie and Dennis Rose; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Michaels.

Wayne was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. He was employed as a log cutter by Leon Vaughn Logging Company of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Michaels will be held Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Barry O’Dell officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday evening, August 2nd, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Burial will be private.

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Gene Blankenship

Gene Blankenship

Gene Blankenship

Rex Eugene ” Gene” Blankenship was born the son of William Lee Blankenship and Mary (Leu) Blankenship on November 28, 1922, in Oregon County, Missouri, and died in Springfield, Missouri, on July 28, 2015, exactly 4 months before his 93rd birthday. He was surrounded by family and friends and slipped away peacefully.

He was united in marriage on April 3, 1949, at Salem, Arkansas, to Betty Cozette Combs, who preceded him in death on January 18, 1999.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Sue Scott and husband, Larry, of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Gary Blankenship and wife, Paula, of Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Francis Brenner and wife, Louise, of Thayer, Missouri; three grandchildren, Sarah Scott Blankenship of Thayer, Lauren Scott and husband, Aaron Jones, of Springfield, Cat Blankenship of Los Angeles, California; four great grandchildren, Elly, Anna, Amy, and Austin, all of Thayer; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Blankenship; his mother, Mary Brenner; step-father, Fred Brenner; one sister, Johanna Brenner, and his wife of forty-nine years, Betty Blankenship.

Gene was a life-long resident of Oregon County, except for his time in World War II, serving across Europe in Patton’s army. His careers were as varied as his interests. He worked with his hands and did whatever was needed to help Betty support the family. He was a welder, machinist, carpenter, woodworker, photographer, inventor, scuba diver, salvager, beekeeper, gardener, gyrocopter pilot, flint napper, rock hound, and had a thousand other vocations and interests. He had the curiosity and strength of a teenage boy and the intelligence to drive that curiosity.

He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed.

Funeral Services for Mr. Blankenship will be Friday, July 31, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Sheila Smith officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer, and may be left at the funeral home.

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