Earl Wayne Michaels

Funeral services for Earl Wayne Michaels, age 61, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Barry O’Dell officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening, 6- 8 PM at the funeral home.

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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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J.D. Ary

J.D. Ary

J.D. Ary

James Daniel “J.D.” Ary was born the son of James H. Ary and Leona G. (Janes) Ary on February 23, 1922, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on July 26, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 93 years.

He was united in marriage on August 2, 1941, in Salem, Arkansas, to Lois Fern Burr, who preceded him in death on October 15, 1965.

He is survived by one daughter, Melodi Lenora Orahood and husband, Herb of Thayer, Missouri; five grandchildren, Marlon Earls and wife, Marsha of Thayer, Marty Earls and wife, Jeanne of Thayer, Gaston Orahood of Dexter, Missouri, Cicily Jenkins and husband, Ben of Thayer, and Brad Orahood and wife Kayla of Thayer; eight great grandchildren, Malori, Kristen, Alayna, Haley, August, April, Ashton, and Jake; two great-great grandchildren, Landon and Eli; one son-in-law, Davie Earls; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern Ary; one daughter, Joye Dianne Earls; an infant son, Jimmy Dale Ary; his parents, James and Leona Ary; four brothers, Lawrence, Lehman, Lloyd, and Floyd Ary; and four sisters, Ola Risner, Ora Harper, Hazel Bennett, and Mary Lee Parnell.

Mr. Ary was a decorated Veteran, serving his country in the United States Army. He proudly served with the Tenth Armored ‘Tiger’ Division during World War II, while earning many awards including a Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars.

J.D. grew up during the Depression and learned to value hard work in the Ozark hills and woods. He earned his living as a logger, working for others in the logging business, and retired after owning and operating his own sawmills.

He enjoyed eating lunch and visiting with friends and neighbors at the Senior Citizens Center in Mammoth Spring. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed attending their ballgames, and his favorite role in life was being a granddad. Most of all, J.D.’s life revolved around his entire family, always looking forward to a good game of pitch and the next family gathering.

He was a Christian and attended Cane Hill Sunday School, east of Thayer for many years. He was a kind and caring man and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mr. Ary will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Gerald Bounds officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Thursday afternoon, July 30th, from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

 

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Terry Frey

 

Terry Frey

Terry Frey

Terry Allen Frey was born the son of Thomas Frey and Willa (Miller) Frey on July 7, 1958, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life July 26, 2015, at his home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 57 years.

He was united in marriage on July 13, 1990, at Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Jeanette Walsh Risner.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Frey of their home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three children, Seth Risner and wife, Courtney of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Courtney Felton and husband, Derek of Highlandville, Missouri, and Shelby Bowers and husband, Jason of Thayer, Missouri; one granddaughter, Rorie Risner of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; his parents, Tom and Willa Frey of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three brothers, Robert Frey and wife, Marilyn of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Len Frey and wife, Renea of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Mitch Frey of Jonesboro, Arkansas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Margaret Walsh of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one niece, Nicole Fry and husband, Cody; three nephews, Brandon Frey, Matthew Frey, and Jacob Frey, other relatives and many friends.

Terry enjoyed the outdoors and his work as a truck driver for Walsh Logging.

He enjoyed sports, watching Nascar, and loved all of his pets, especially his, Chih-what-ever, Cinny.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and the Spring River Lions Club.

Terry enjoyed cook-outs and was known as a grill master by family and friends. He was deeply devoted to his family, loved and cherished his granddaughter, Rorie, and his memory will forever be in the hearts and lives of all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 28th, from 6 until 8 PM at the Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family and may be left at the funeral home.

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Roy Fuller

Roy Fuller

Roy Fuller

Donald Roy Fuller was born the son of James C. Fuller and Beurah (Roberts) Nickless Fuller on March 16, 1936, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life July 14, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 79 years.

He was united in marriage at Salem, Arkansas, on November 10, 1956, to Ruby Jean Holloway.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Ruby Fuller of their home in Thayer, Missouri; one daughter, Ronda Hall and husband, Steve of Thayer; one son, Ronald Fuller and wife, Kimberly of Thayer; one granddaughter, Amanda Jens and husband, David of Pomona, Missouri; one grandson, Gregory Fuller of Springfield, Missouri; four great granddaughters, Brooke, Tessa, Lorrin, and Addison Jens; one sister, Joyce LaWanda Archer of Republic, Missouri; one brother, Paul Dean Nickless and wife, Sharon of Camdenton, Missouri; special family friend, Sharon Howard; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beurah Fuller; five brothers, Robert, William “Buster,” Lewis, and Clifton Nickless, and James Clyde Fuller; three sisters, Wilda Kaufman, Mittie Pingleton, and Mary E. Nickless; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ross and Grace Holloway.

When he and Ruby were first married, Roy worked for Eder Oil Company in Thayer, and later, ran a Foremost Milk route for more than nine years. He bought his first semi-truck in 1982 and started Donald Roy Fuller Trucking, which he owned and operated for more than thirty years.

He served as a board member of the George D. Hay Foundation and was baptized at the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church.

Roy was a musician and loved playing and performing music. He spent countless hours playing Dobro and electric steel guitar with a variety of bands throughout the years and created friendships that would last his lifetime.

He enjoyed the outdoors and looked forward to deer hunting season each year.

Roy will be missed by his family and all of his friends that shared the love of music.

Funeral services for Mr. Fuller will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday evening, July 17th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the George D. Hay Foundation, and may be left at the funeral home in Thayer.

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Bernadine Thomas

Bernadine Thomas

Bernadine Thomas

Bernadine C. Thomas was born the daughter of William Chamness and Mildred (Massey) Chamness on November 24, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and departed this life July 11, 2015, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

She was united in marriage to John Thomas, who preceded her in death on September 8, 1993.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Todd and husband, Norman of Thayer, Missouri, and Becki Britton of Thayer, Missouri; six grandchildren, Savannah Britton, Tyler Bonds, Derek Protonentis, Michelle Dickson, Kameha Todd, and Chad Horton; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mildred Chamness; one son, Michael Thomas; one son-in-law, Bruce Britton; one brother, Bud Chamness, and one sister, Evelyn Lowry.

Mrs. Thomas was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

She was a dedicated homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10:00 AM until service time.

The body will lie in state at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Monday evening, July 13th, from 4:00 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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Asa Garrison

Asa Garrison

Asa Garrison

Asa Bartee Garrison, Jr. was born the son of Asa Bartee Garrison, Sr. and Mary Anola (Honeycutt) Garrison on January 27, 1936, in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life July 7, 2015, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 79 years.

He was united in marriage on September 8, 1956, at Alton, Missouri, to Arnetta Nadine Case, and to this union four children were born, Pam, Van, Don, and Randy.

He is survived by three children, Pam DuBois of Myrtle, Missouri, Van Garrison and wife, Diane of Thayer, Missouri, and Don Garrison and wife, Shelly of Myrtle, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Erica Reynolds and Dewy DuBois, both of Hillsboro, Missouri, Shaina DuBois of Myrtle, Missouri, Brandon Childers, Miriah Childers, Amy Cypret, Annie Selfors, and Josh Garrison, all of Thayer, Missouri, Jamie Garrison of Springfield, Missouri, Amanda Floer of Leavenworth, Kansas, Asa Bartee Garrison, III of Myrtle, Missouri, Amelia Crowder of Couch, Missouri, and Anthony Garrison and Brandy Garrison, both of Thayer, Missouri; nineteen great grandchildren, Morgan and Zach Reynolds, Abigail, Hannah and Rachel DuBois, Madison and Gabrielle DuBois, Adeline and Jasper Cypret, Caden Selfors, Gage Garrison, Emma, Olivia, and Julie Floer, Parker, Riley and Ty Crowder, Cailee and Camryn Garrison and one unborn great grandchild; his brother, Jim Garrison and wife, Erma of Myrtle, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Anola Garrison, and one son, Randall Asa Garrison.

Asa was a graduate of Couch High School. He was employed as a brakeman/conductor with Frisco Railroad, retiring in 1983 after many years of service.

He loved deer hunting, his horse, Valentine, and going on trail rides. Asa enjoyed working on his farm, raising horses, cattle, and goats, and in his spare time, attending auctions.

He attended the Byrd Free Will Baptist Church and will truly be missed by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 11th, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Richard Todd and Brother Joe Garrison officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 10th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Burial will be in the Byrd Cemetery at Myrtle, Missouri.

 

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Malinda “Patti” Traw

Patti Traw

Patti Traw

Malinda Patrice “Patti” Traw was born the daughter of Joe Darrell Harper and Linda Parker Harper Dispenza on May 10, 1967, in Fredericktown, Missouri, and departed this life July 3, 2015, at the University of Arkansas Medical Science in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 48 years.

She was united in marriage on February 14, 1993, at Thayer, Missouri, to William Traw.

She is survived by her husband, William Traw of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three sons, Jesse Joe Gaines of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Dustin Paul Gaines of Lenora, Tennessee, and Ethan Wade Gaines of Abbeville, Louisana; two grandchildren, Brady and Emma Gaines; her mother, Linda Dispenza of Dunnellon, Florida; two brothers, Michael Harper and wife, Tracy of Jenks, Oklahoma and Trevor John Harper and wife, Amber, of Thayer, Missouri; one sister, Angela Leanne Lee and husband, Richard of Thayer, Missouri; father and mother-in-law, Carrol and Brenda Traw; sister-in-law, Cathy and Carl Horton; brother-in-law, Gene Traw; five nieces; two nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Harper and one niece, Savannah Harper.

Patti was co-owner of Spring River Fly and Bait Shop and Mammoth Spring Camp Ground.

She was of the Baptist faith, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and an excellent cook.

Patti loved to decorate and enjoyed networking with friends and working in the Fly and Bait Shop on Spring River.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and sister and will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services for Malinda “Patti” Traw, age 48, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas will be held, Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM in Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends on Monday, from 10:00 AM until service time. Patti passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at the University of Arkansas Medical Science in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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

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Eddie L. Honeycutt

Eddie Honeycutt

Eddie Honeycutt

Eddie Lovel Honeycutt was born the son of Otto Lovel Honeycutt and Grace Christine Hackworth Honeycutt on October 28, 1938, in Thayer, Missouri. He departed this life July 1, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 76 years and 8 months.

He was united in marriage at Garfield, Missouri, on August 17, 1957, to Mary Jane Frey.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary Jane Honeycutt of their home in Thayer, Missouri; three sons, Randy Honeycutt and wife, Deb and Jeff Honeycutt and wife, Terrie, all of Thayer, Missouri, and Kevin Honeycutt and wife, Julie of Colcord, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Heather Holmes and husband, Brian of Foristell, Missouri, Ashton Tappmeyer and husband, Dan of Hermann, Missouri, Kalon Honeycutt and wife, Allanah of Catoosa, Oklahoma, Eric Honeycutt and wife, Taylor of Thayer, Missouri, Joshua McClelland and wife, Laken of Kailua, Hawaii, Shelbi Honeycutt, Sierra Honeycutt, and Krey Honeycutt, all of Colcord, Oklahoma; five great grandchildren, Nate, Hannah, Landon, and Samuel Holmes and Josephine Tappmeyer; five sisters, Lucille Underwood and husband, Ralph, Sue Burkhead and husband, Bill, and Linda Kay Brewer and husband, Junior, all of Thayer, Missouri, Brenda Garrison and husband, David, and Lana Chester and husband, Rick, all of Myrtle, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Linda Honeycutt of Thayer, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Grace Honeycutt, and one brother, David Honeycutt.

Eddie graduated from Couch High School with the class of 1956. He was a loan officer at the Bank of Thayer for several years, and was employed at Ram Auto Parts, retiring after thirty plus years of service.

Eddie was loyal to God and his family. He lived and loved knowing the value of both in his life. He has impacted his family greatly in becoming who we are in our Christian faith, work ethic and love and compassion for others. He was a member of the Alton Assembly of God Church. He served as a board member of the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop and was a former member of the Couch R-1 School Board of Directors and the University of Missouri Extension Council.

He was gentle and kind, a good listener, and always there to lend a hand or words of wisdom. Eddie provided us all an example of strength and honor. He led what most would call a simple life and didn’t care much for worldly possessions. Most important to him were God’s most precious gifts, Salvation and relationships with family and friends that sustained him throughout his life. He never sought the limelight, but always seemed to be doing something funny and has been the source of laughter at many of our family events.

He had many hobbies which included cattle, riding horses, farming, fishing, western books and movies, eating with friends and family, Western hunts with his boys and going to support his grandkids at games and other activities. Traveling was something Eddie loved to do with his family and there are many great memories from those family vacations.

Eddie was very good with numbers and could remember numbers from many years prior. He was left handed and very artistic. He has given nicknames to all his family and those will be forever special to each one.

Many were impacted and touched by Eddie and all will miss him greatly. We can find comfort and joy in knowing that he is no longer suffering in this world with sickness, but with our Lord and Savior celebrating with those who went before him.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 5, 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 in Thayer on Saturday, July 4th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery or the American Diabetes Association.

 

 

 

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Howard Ray Johnson

Howard Ray Johnson, age 83, of Thayer, Missouri, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 3:02 PM at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.

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

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