Richard Willis

Richard Willis

Richard Willis

Charles Richard Willis was born the son of Hugh B. Willis and Regina M. (Merrow) Willis on June 22, 1937, in Davenport, Iowa and departed this life November 23, 2014, in Salem, Arkansas at the age of 77 years.

He was united in marriage on November 19, 1955, in Davenport, Iowa to Deloris June Hartson, who preceded him in death on April 14, 2006.

He is survived by five children, Michael Willis of Myrtle, Missouri, Russell Willis and wife, Kimela of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Katrina Vermillion of Richmond, Virginia, Peter Willis and wife, Tonya of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Kellie McCarthy of Poinciana, Flordia; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Regina Willis; his wife, Deloris June Willis; one son, Jeffery Willis; three brothers and one sister.

Mr. Willis was a Veteran, serving his country in the United States Navy.

He was an operations manager in charge of maintenance, housekeeping, and grounds for a California Public School System and later for a Retirement Home in the State of Florida.

Richard enjoyed tinkering and working on small household appliances and was a ham radio operator.

Mr. Willis was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in West Plains, Missouri.

He was a kind and caring man and will truly be missed by his family and his friends, including those at Southfork River Therapy and Living Center.

Funeral Services will be Friday, November 28, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Father Michael Kyle officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday morning, November 28th from 9:00 AM until time of the service, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Philip Stockton

Philip Richard Stockton was born the son of George Oliver Stockton and Naomi (Standeford) Stockton on March 1, 1942 at St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life November 11, 2014 at Cherokee Village, Arkansas, at the age of 72 years.

He was united in marriage on January 18, 1968 at St. Louis, Missouri, to Wilma England.

He leaves to grieve his passing, his wife, Wilma Stockton of the home in Maumelle, Arkansas; one son, Michael Scott Stockton and wife, Susan of Mountain Home, Arkansas; two grandsons, Dalton Stockton and Lawson Stockton, both of Mountain Home, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Naomi Stockton and one brother, Robert S. Stockton.

Philip was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country in Vietnam and during the Gulf War. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Air Force after twenty-six years of military service. Among his numerous awards, he received the Bronze Star Medal and the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device.

Philip was of the Baptist faith and attended Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel for twenty-two years. He was a member and former president of the Protestant Parish Council.

His life will be remembered as a testimony of his faith in Christ, and his passion to serve his country and his fellow man.

Philip was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with United States Air Force Chaplain, Major Randy Sellers officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, November 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Laverne Ellison

Laverne Ellison

Laverne Ellison

Everly Laverne Ellison was born the daughter of Harold Dills and Bertha (Perkins) Dills on November 29, 1945, in Koshkonong, Missouri and departed this life November 4, 2014, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 68 years.

She was united in marriage on November 27, 1964, in Viola, Arkansas to Randall Ellison.

She is survived by her husband, Randall Ellison of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two sons, Shaun Ellison and wife, Tiffany, and Dee Ellison, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Shianne Ellison of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three sisters, Alma Nash of Kansas City, Missouri, Velma Rainwater of Kansas City, Missouri, and Elsie Pettyjohn of Thayer, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Bertha Dills, and an infant twin sister, Beverly Fern Dills.

Laverne was a graduate of the Koshkonong High School with the class of 1963. After moving to Kansas City, Missouri, she worked as an office clerk for Sears and Roebuck for many years.

Laverne was a dedicated homemaker, an excellent cook, and was known for her fried chicken and cornbread dressing.

She enjoyed working in her vegetable garden, growing beautiful flowers, caring for others, and most of all, baby sitting her granddaughter, Shianne.

She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and a loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Graveside Services will be Friday, November 7, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Sturgeon Cemetery near Mammoth Spring with Reverend Paul Richardson officiating.

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

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Peggy Schutt

Peggy Schutt

Peggy Jean (Meeks) Schutt was born the daughter of Charlie Meeks and Bessie (Hall) Meeks on December 9, 1931, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life November 1, 2014, at Alive Hospice House in Madison, Tennessee, at the age of 82 years.

She was united in marriage on July 30, 1952, in Thayer, Missouri to John Schutt.

She is survived by her two sons, Craig Schutt and wife, Marsha of Nixa, Missouri, and Mark Schutt and wife, Robin of Mount Juliet,Tennessee; four grandchildren, Breea and Brett Schutt, both of Nixa, Missouri, and Amber and Amanda Schutt, both of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Bessie Meeks; one brother, J. D. Meeks; three sisters, Delta Allen, Zella Eckert, and Stella Dowdy.

Peggy worked in the office of Puritian Fashions. She was employed as manager of Carr Montgomery Funeral Home for many years and retired as office manager for Dr. Gary Lack Dental Clinic.

Peggy was a dedicated homemaker, an excellent cook, and was known for her delicious cornbread dressing. She enjoyed crocheting and reading her Bible.

Peggy was a Christian and a life-long member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

She will be remembered for her deep devotion to her family and a lady with a kind heart and sweet spirit.

She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Reverend Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Monday evening from 6:00 until 7:00 PM.

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

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Helen Means

Helen Smith Means

Helen Audrey (Smith) Means was born the daughter of Arthur Fred Smith and Edna (Guy) Smith on March 2, 1942, in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life October 30, 2014, at Riverways Manor in Van Buren, Missouri at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Smith and Kenneth Smith; and her dear friends and family at Riverways Manor in Van Buren, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Edna Smith.

Helen grew up in Thayer, Missouri and graduated with honors from Thayer High School with the class of 1960. While working in Springfield, Missouri, she attended Draughon’s Business College in Springfield, Missouri, graduating in the top 10 of her class. After graduation, she worked at Campbell Express in Springfield.

She loved listening to music and being in the presence of children, and enjoyed watching videos of different cultures, countries and people. She also liked bright colors, especially purple and red, wearing jewelry and hats, and eating chocolate.

She will truly be missed by her family and friends at Riverways Manor.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in the Walker Cemetery near Thayer, Missouri.

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Janet Sue Grooms

Janet Grooms

Janet Sue Grooms was born the daughter of Milburn C. Strain and Hila Auda (Wales) Strain on February 5, 1951, in Oregon County, Missouri, and departed this life October 27, 2014, at her home in Sparta, Missouri, at the age of 63 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Tonya Summers and husband, Ryan of Sparta, Missouri; two granddaughters, Megan Summers and Baily Summers, both of Sparta, Missouri; one brother, Jerry Strain and wife, Debbie of Thayer, Missouri; two nieces, Kimberly Strain, and Kayla Melton and husband, Derek, all of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; two great nieces, Jacy Melton and Kenzley Melton, both of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milburn and Hila Strain, and sister-in-law, Sue Strain.

She was a Christian and a member of the Clifton Free Will Baptist Church.

Janet was a graduate of Thayer High School with the class of 1969 and attended Draughon’s Business College in Springfield, Missouri. She began her working career at the Bank of Thayer. Later, she returned to her alma mater, working for the Thayer School District as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper where she retired in 2006 after twenty-eight years of service.

Janet was the high school basketball scorekeeper and statistician and became an avid sports fan. She was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and a great supporter of the Kansas City Royals.

She enjoyed sewing, reading a good book, and being with family. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Brother Gary Mitchener officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until service time.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and may be left at the funeral home.

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Dolly Friel

Dolly Friel

Dolly Friel

Dolly Margaret Friel was born the daughter of Joseph Cheek and Arlie (Penrod) Cheek on August 4, 1932, in Wardell, Missouri, and departed this life October 23, 2014, in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 82 years.

She was united in marriage on May 29,1948, at Piggott, Arkansas, to James W. Friel, who preceded her in death on March 29, 2013.

She is survived by five children, Margaret Cochran of Agnos, Arkansas, Jerry Friel of Alma, Arkansas, Sharon Miller and husband, James of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Smith and husband, Howard of Eminence, Missouri and Mary Morris and husband, Chris of Broadway, Virginia; one brother, Clyde (Jr.) Creasey and wife, Wilma of Dupo, Illinois; nineteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two unborn great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Arlie Cheek; her husband, James W. Friel; one son, Samuel Friel; one granddaughter, Reschell Cochran; one grandson, Luke Smith; one brother, Rob Cheek and five sisters, Odell Leatherwood, Betty Canoy, Mendora Turner, Louella Downing and Ollie Jo Friel.

She was a Christian lady and a member of Shekinah Tabernacle.

Mrs. Friel was a devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing, singing, and entertaining her family and friends. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services were Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Vida Combs

Vida Combs

Vida Combs

Vida Opal Combs was born the daughter of Jasper Nuten Doran and Ava Alabam (Dale) Doran on March 10, 1922, in Jobe, Missouri and departed this life October 20, 2014, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage December 24, 1938, at Thayer, Missouri to Noah John James Combs, who preceded her in death on April 1, 1995.

She is survived by three children, Linda (Combs) Darnell of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Jerry Wayne Combs of Thayer, Missouri, and Kathy Colman and husband, Kenneth of Mountain Home, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Cindy Gass, Christi Brown, and Michael Scudder, all of California, and Tina Biery of Colorado; five great grandchildren, Ashley and Travis Brown of California, Chelsea Huckabee of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Devon and Kyle Biery of Colorado; one great great grandchild, Ava Katheryn Huckabee of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one sister, Velma Schwent and husband, Bernell of Bonne Terre, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Ava Doran; her husband, Noah Combs; and seven brothers, Alfred, Waymon, Leamon, Clifton, Clinton, Orville, and Paul Doran..

Vida had been a housekeeper for the El Dorado Country Club in Palm Springs, California for several years.

She enjoyed taking care of her cats, sewing, and playing games with her family and friends.

Mrs. Combs was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a kind and caring lady with a deep devotion to her family. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Brother Jason Roberts officiating.

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

 

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Roberta Godwin

Roberta Godwin

Roberta Godwin

Ruby Roberta Godwin was born the daughter of Hubert Cathorall and Ruby (Landreth) Cathorall on January 22, 1940, in Carlinville, Illinois and departed this life October 19, 2014, in Salem, Arkansas at the age of 74 years.

She was united in marriage May 5, 1956, in Edwardsville, Illinois to Martin Edward Godwin, who preceded her in death on February 21, 2009.

She is survived by nine children, Brenda Smith and fiancé, Griffin Arnold, Brent Godwin and wife, Angela, Becky Quilhot and husband, Bill, Sherry Waller and husband, Paul, Stephen Godwin and wife, Sheila, Philip Godwin and wife, Annette, Karen Crowe and husband, James, Sarah Inabinett and husband, Bleu, and Paula Johnson and husband, Corey; thirty grandchildren, Christopher Sims and wife, Jacky, Bryan Sims, Kerry Sims and wife, Lyna, Zachary Sims and wife, Madison, Jordan Smith, Keeleigh Smith, Tiffany Presley, Corey Godwin and wife, Lauren, Ezekiel Quilhot, Isaac Quilhot, Daniel Quilhot, Meghan Stowell, Leah Newman and husband, Joshua, Blaine Waller, Gabriel Waller, Jessica Brooke Waller, Seth Godwin, Sagen Godwin, Terra Marie Godwin, Nathanael Godwin, Zoe Godwin, Cameron Clark, Alyson Everright, Cassidy Everright, Luke Inabinett, Alec Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Madelyn Crowe, Eli Crowe, and Eric Crowe; nine great grandchildren, Julia, Chandler, Gavin, Avery, Landen, Chase, Titus, Luke, and Jayden; two sisters, Helen Mann and husband, Morris, and Carolyn Golden; two brothers, Daniel Cathorall and wife, Kay, and Mike Cathorall and wife, Jody; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Duty; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Ruby Cathorall; her husband, Martin Godwin: one son, Joseph Godwin; one grandson, Erik Sims; two great grandsons, William and Michael Stowell; one brother, Earl Cathorall; and one sister, Elsie Duty.

Roberta was a dedicated homemaker, and an excellent seamstress, making most of her children’s clothes. She was a wonderful cook, especially known by her family and friends for her delicious apricot pies.

Her favorite pastime was reading, but her greatest passion in life was her family. She dearly loved each and everyone and treasured time spent with all.

She was a Christian lady and a member of the Evening Light Message Church.

Roberta will be remembered by family and friends for her sweet gentle spirit and loving compassion. She was an inspiration to all by the life she lived with her unconditional love, strong Christian faith, and great determination, even in the midst of her trials of life.

She will be greatly missed beyond words, but never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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James Frost

James Frost

James J. Frost was born the son of Elishia Frost and Nova Bell (Strain) Frost on March 20, 1927, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life October 15, 2014, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.

He was united in marriage on January 24, 1945, at Alton, Missouri, to Joie Smith, who preceded him in death on May 24, 1993. He was united in marriage December 8, 1994, at West Plains, Missouri, to Vera Smith.

He is survived by his wife of nineteen years, Vera Frost of Alton, Missouri; five daughters, Kay Childers and husband, Ronnie of Alton, Missouri, Faye Holesapple and Aline Walker, both of Alton, Missouri, Christine Simmons and husband, Ben of Prattsville, Arkansas and Geraldene Nelson of Eugene, Oregon; eleven grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; three brothers, Leonard Frost of Alton, Missouri, Willie Frost of St. Louis, Missouri, and Floyd Frost of Alton, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elishia and Nova Frost; four brothers, Joy, Eugene, John and Roy Frost; one half sister, Rhoda Hollis; two half brothers, Paul Barton and Everett Frost; and one grandson, Scott Morgan.

James was an outdoorsman. He worked in the timber business, owning and operating Frost Sawmills for many years. He also was an inventor, creating and selling a unique sawblade sharpener, used in many area sawmills.

In his pastime, he enjoyed woodworking, being with friends at deer and turkey camp, and traveling the country in his RV.

James was faithful to attend the Evening Time Lighthouse Church in Alton, as long as health permitted.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by his family and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services for James J. Frost, age 87, of Alton, Missouri, will be held Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Forest Farmer officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:00 Noon until service time.

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

Mr. Frost’s body will Lie-in-State at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Evening Time Lighthouse Church near Alton and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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