Roger Lee Stromatt

Roger Stromatt

Roger Stromatt

Roger Lee Stromatt was born the son of Clifford Stromatt and Maxine Hurt Stromatt on March 4, 1949, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and passed from this life on May 10, 2018, at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri, at the age of 69 years.

He was united in marriage on September 22, 1970, at St. Charles, Missouri, to Vickie Sue Coggins.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Stromatt of the home in Koshkonong; one son, Roger Stromatt and wife, Tonya of Moulton, Alabama; three daughters, Alicia L. Taylor and husband, Heath of Double Springs, Alabama, Elizabeth Godsey and husband, Nathaniel of Miami, Florida, and Charise Bailey and husband, Bill of Double Springs, Alabama; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four brothers and sisters, Patricia Stevenson and husband, Robert of Troy, Missouri, Helen Bradley and husband, Ronnie of Missouri, Bobby Stromatt and wife, Judy and Carolyn McDonald and husband, Kenneth, all of Double Springs, Alabama; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Maxine Stromatt; and seven brothers and sisters.

Roger chose to further his education, earning a Master’s Degree in Mechancial Engineering.

He was well known for his expertise in machinery repair. He worked several years for area dealerships and later owned and operated his own successful repair business.

Roger was a cattle farmer, and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and conversations with friends. Most of all, he loved time spent with his family, especially the grandkids.

Roger was a man of mechancial knowledge, integrity, and was a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by his family, many friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Kenneth McDonald officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 14th from 6:00 PM until service time at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Eva Harper

Eva Harper

Eva Harper

Eva Louise (Winn) Harper, the baby of 9, was born September 1, 1924, to James Albert and Mary Belle (Jones) Winn. She united with The Father on May 10, 2018, at Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility in Bolivar, Missouri at the age of 93 years.

In 1942, Eva married Robert John Harper, and to this union 5 children were born.

Eva was a beautiful soul with enough love in her heart to fill the universe. She had sparkling eyes and a smile so bright even the sun was intimated. She loved her heavenly father and all his creation. Her objective in life was to be a godly woman and a loving mother and she mastered them both.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; eight siblings; her husband; one son, Billy Bruce Harper; one grandson, Daniel Christopher Harper; and son-in-law, Donald Wayne Estes.

She is survived by her children, Bob Harper and wife, Avalyn, Dan Harper, Rosemary Estes, and Marcia Piper and husband, Mike; her grandchildren, Brian and wife, Katrina, Rodney and wife, Leigh, Anna and husband, Clark, Kerry, Lori, Joe and wife, Jennifer, Michael, Leesa and husband, Matt, and Scott and wife, Jennifer; and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Eva’s warm smile and loving hugs were a special gift. If you have had the privilege of knowing her, you have been smiled upon by God.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harper will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Reverend Darrell Mitchell officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 12th from 1:00 PM until service time at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Murl Dean Lee

Murl Lee

Murl Lee

Murl Dean Lee was born the son of William A. Lee and Nora Ella Armor Lee on April 25, 1935, in Decatur, Illinois, and departed this life May 5, 2018, at Brooke Haven Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on August 30, 1982, at Decatur, Illinois, to Sandra M. Straight.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee of Myrtle, Missouri; his favorite daughter, Vonda Joy Smith of Decatur, Illinois and grandchildren, Jacob and Jason Smith and Judi Wood; twin sons, Lynn “Marty” Martin Lee and Glen “Eddy” Edward Lee, both of Oakley, Illinois; four step-sons, Kevin P. Crum and wife, Paula of Koshkonong, Missouri, Todd R. Koszesza and wife, Sherry of Oreana, Illinois, Aaron G. Crum and wife, Judy of Decatur, Illinois, and Timothy B. Crum of Decatur, Illinois; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Genevieve Klopfenstein of West Burlington, Iowa; a special friend, Vicki Donaldson; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nora Lee; two sisters, Inez McCoy and Laura Stanley; and four brothers, James Lee, Dennis Lee, Vondal Lee, and Clifton Lee.

Murl was a machine repairman, working for over forty years for Müeller Company in Illinois.

He loved spring, when he and some friends would go turkey hunting, frog gigging and turtle hunting. Murl loved to make people laugh especially at family get-togethers.

He was a member of Dellhalf Church of Christ and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Lee’s memory, to Brook Haven Healthcare Special Needs Unit in West Plains. These may be left at the funeral home or at Brook Haven.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Mike Stone officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be at a later date at Harristown Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Suzanne F. Edwards

Suzanne "Sue" Edwards

Suzanne “Sue” Edwards

Suzanne Frances Edwards “Sue” was born the daughter of Victor Benedict Williams and Elaine Mercedes (Welch) Williams on October 10, 1942, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and departed this life May 5, 2018, at her home in Cabool, Missouri, at the age of 75 years.

She was united in marriage by Judge Francis McCurrie on June 12, 1967, at the Marriage Court of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, to William H. “Bub” Edwards.

She is survived by her children and their families; son, Michael William Edwards and wife, Miranda of Colcord, Oklahoma; daughter, Elizabeth Coppinger and husband, Stephen of Edgar Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jordyn Elaine Edwards, Jedidiah William Edwards, Eden Suzanne Edwards, Hunter Hendren, and Conor William Coppinger; sisters-in-law, Rita Fairfax and husband, Jim of Sedalia, Missouri and Sherry Edwards of Thayer, Missouri; nephew, Brad Jones of Sedalia, Missouri; niece, Hope Edwards of Platte City, Missouri; other relatives and too many friends to ever accurately count.

She was preceded in death by best friend and husband, Bub Edwards and her parents, Vic and Elaine Williams.

Sue was a 1960 graduate of Evergreen Park High School. She held many jobs as a young woman, including jobs with General Electric and Elliott Paint and Varnish Company in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and she spent time as a Certified Nursing Assistant before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Bub Edwards. She spent the remainder of her life as Bub’s devoted wife and mother to their children.

She was of the Catholic faith and will be remembered as a deeply devoted wife, mother, MiMi, and loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Suzanne F. Edwards will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Edward Casey officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Ronald E. Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ronald Elmore “Ron” Taylor was born the son of Robert E. Taylor and Bird Chandler Taylor on January 15, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life April 27, 2018, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

He was united in marriage on March 18, 1956, at Hernando, Mississippi, to Clara Marie Wooldridge, who preceded him in death on March 20, 2015.

He is survived by three sons, Ron Taylor of Jefferson City, Missouri, Kenneth Taylor and wife, Donna of West Plains, Missouri, and Rogers Taylor of West Plains, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Anne Taylor of West Plains, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bird Taylor; one son, James Craig Taylor; five brothers and sisters, Rogers Taylor, S.E. Taylor, Marie Geibe, Mildred Rayfield, and June Taylor.

Ron was a small engine mechanic, owning and operating Taylor’s Small Engine, “The Saw Shop” for twenty-three years.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, training bird dogs, and camping trips. He also enjoyed photography, and took beautiful pictures of nature, and most of all, photos of his family and friends.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Pastor Gary Collins officiating.

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

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

 

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Jimmy “Jiggs” James

Jimmy James

Jimmy James

Jimmy Ray “Jiggs” James was born the son of Jimmy Dean James and Glenna Ruth Hudson James on October 19, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa and passed in peace from this life on April 25, 2018, at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri at the age of 64 years.

He is survived by his former wife and cherished friend, Donita Harkins; dear friend and companion, Cynthia Vinson; one son, Jim Babka and wife, Beth; two daughters, Amanda George, and Chynna Smith and husband, Travis. He is “Papa Jimmy” to six grandchildren, Kiyra, Katelynn, Aiden, Stephanie, Mckenzie, and Tristand, and one great grandchild. He is also survived by nine brothers and sisters, Orville “Butch” James and wife, Yolanda, Michael Dean James and wife, Paula, John A. James, Alethia Bilotta and husband, John, Robert “Bob” James, Mae Lightcap, William “Rex” James and wife, Amanda, Jessie Foster, and Leann Croney and husband, Mark. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenna Ruth James; his father, Jimmy Dean James; paternal grandparents, Orville and Edith James; and maternal grandparents, Cecil and Jessie Hudson.

Jiggs was known and loved by many, far and wide, from California to the Carolinas, Pennsylvania to Texas.

He served honorably in the United States Army in Germany and stateside. After his service, Jiggs was a well respected and sought after industrial pipefitter who also enjoyed fishing, scratch-off lottery tickets and video poker, and hitting the bar with his buddies.
He was known as a little man with a big attitude and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri, with David Ball officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer at https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/ or a charity of your choice.

Memorial graveside services for Jimmy Ray “Jiggs” James, age 64, of Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, with David Ball officiating.

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

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Donald Stephens

Donald Stephens

Donald Stephens

Donald Eugene Stephens was born the son of James Pleasant Stephens and Theora Marie Stephens on October 10, 1938, in Wilson Township, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life April 20, 2018, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the age of 79 years.

He was united in marriage on August 12, 1967, in Rockford, Illinois, to Gayle Stone.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Stephens of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three sons, Gene Pleasant Stephens and wife, Amy Gail of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Thomas Hogan Stephens and wife, Amy Rebekah of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Aubrey Albert Stephens and wife, Deanna Lea of Mammoth Spring; six grandchildren, Shadoe Levi Shawn Stephens, Montana Ray Stephens and wife, Lorean, Luke Hogan Stephens, Rachel Reed Stephens, Loren Nicole Stephens, and Brianna Nacole Stephens; two great grandchildren, Shadoe Lee Stephens and Lydia Ann Stephens; two sisters, Shirley Ann Gunn of Lakeland, Florida and Norenda Marie James of Jonesboro, Arkansas; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Theora Stephens.

Donald, along with his family, were dairy farmers, owning some of the best dairy cows in the area. He was a hard worker and enjoyed working on the farm with his favorite toy, his Massey Ferguson tractor.

He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting for raccoons and deer. Most of all, Donald loved Gayle’s good home style cooking.

Donald was a faithful member of the Old Welcome Hill Church of Christ, attending as long as health permitted.

He will truly be missed by his family, church family, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Chuck Richardson officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 24th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Winona Burrow

Winona Burrow

Winona Burrow

Hazel Winona Haynes Burrow, age 83, was born on August 29, 1935 near Campbell, Missouri, and departed life on earth on April 20, 2018 at her home in Nixa, Missouri. Her genetic parents were Charles and Freeda Haynes; one brother, William Charles Haynes; two sisters, Rose Mary Haynes and Carolyn Haynes; one half-sister, Ruthie; two half-brothers, Michael and Butch; and lastly, six step sisters, Inez, Dorothy, Betty Ruth, Patsy, Barbara, and Joan Greenfield.

She grew to prefer being called Winona, attending school in the Bethany Community and later in Campbell, Missouri. Winona attended Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1954 and 1955, majoring in Home Economics. She transferred to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1955, where she met Lehaman James “Buck” Burrow. Winona and Buck were married on December 17, 1955, in Jonesboro, and were blessed with six children: Lehaman Burrow, Jr., Winona Cheryl Ward, Terry Wade Burrow, Teresa Antoinette Wilson, Siena Rose Crow, and Charles Fred Burrow.

Winona received the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior at an early age and was a member of the Bethany Community General Baptist Church. Buck and Winona, with their family strove to serve the Lord God Almighty (Yahwe) and our Savior Jesus Christ (Yashua). Winona always strove to continue teaching her family members patience, high morality, the Ten Commandments, the appreciation of nature, animals, and toleration.

She especially loved to travel, to expand learning for herself and others. She and her family fondly remembered living in the Ozarks; living on the Navajo Reservation in the Southwest for almost forty years; and living and working with the Nunamiut Eskimos in the Arctic on the Alaskan North Slope at Anaktuvuk Pass for five years. While there, Winona worked in the local school as librarian while her husband was the school’s Principal and head administrator. She loved her family and immensely enjoyed helping them with their school work and projects, while encouraging them to strive for excellence.

Winona highly enjoyed working with American Indian children and Eskimo people and was loved by everyone she helped and came into contact with. During her family’s life on the Navajo Reservation, Winona helped over thirty homeless or abused Indian teenagers by giving them support, food, clothing, and shelter in her family’s home, sometimes for many months at a time.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 27th from noon until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

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

 

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Diane King

Diane King

Diane King

Karen Diane King was born the daughter of Lewis Ethan Huffman and Alice Lorraine Trader Huffman on July 26, 1950, in Kansas City, Kansas, and departed this life on April 14, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 67 years.

She was united in marriage on December 26, 1967, at Edwardsville, Kansas, to Cleatus King, who preceded her in death on October 24, 2014.

She is survived by one son, Nathan King and wife, Leslie of Hardy, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Angelia King of Violet Hill, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Johnny Jones, Luke King, Elisabeth King, and Aaron King; one great grandchild, Johnny Jones, Jr.; two brothers, Larry Huffman and wife, Karen of Protem, Missouri, and Ronnie Huffman and wife, Carma of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Sharon Barnes of Wideman, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Alice Huffman; her husband, Cleatus King; one son, David King; and one brother; Gary Huffman.

Diane was a dedicated homemaker and truly made her house a home for her family. She enjoyed interior decorating and decorated every room in her home for each season throughout the year. She also assisted in decorating for any special events at her church.

Diane enjoyed working in her yard, especially her flower garden.

She was a Christian lady and a faithful member of the Christian Tabernacle.

She was dearly loved by her family and will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 1:00 PM at Eagle’s Rest Cemetery near Hardy with Brother Jason Jackson officiating.

Interment will be in Eagle’s Rest Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Garrel H. Rogers

Garrel Rogers

Garrel Rogers

Garrel Herman Rogers was born the son of Bessie Lorene Rogers on March 7, 1939, in Koshkonong, Missouri, and departed this life April 10, 2018, at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri, at the age of 79 years.

He was united in marriage on July 19, 1962, in Thayer, Missouri, to Jo Kathleen Cochran.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Kathleen Rogers of the home in Koshkonong, Missouri; three sons, Garrel Gene Rogers and wife, Robin of Livingston, Tennessee, Eric Lee Rogers and wife, Elizabeth of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Aaron Dean Rogers and wife, Cristy of Foristell, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Gary Rogers, Karmon Rogers, Nicole Rogers, Sunnie Rogers, Kendal Escue, Joshua Rogers, and Hannah Rogers; four great grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Hazel Huizar, Beryl Jones, Earlene Jones, Carolyn Meeker, Donnie Jones and wife, Donna, Ronnie Jones and Dolly Brashears and husband, Jerry; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Rogers; one brother, John Wayne Jones and two sisters, Nilene Ivey and Terry Whisnant.

Garrel proudly served his country in the United States Navy where he was an aircraft mechanic. After his service, he continued as an aircraft maintenance technician working for Air Evac and other businesses in commercial aviation.

He was a jack-of-all-trades and was commonly known as “Mr. Fix It”, repairing all manner of things. He home built an experimental aircraft. He loved reading in his spare time.

Garrell was a faithful member of the Koshkonong Assembly of God Church and will truly be missed by his family, church family, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Charles Cochran officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

Interment will be in Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery near Thayer with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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

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