Connie Pierson

Connie Vance Pierson, age 84, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, died at 11:50 AM, on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Noel Willison

Noel Willison

Noel Willison

Noel Eugene Willison was born the son of Ward Roe Willison and Lottie Mae (Todd) Willison on January 25, 1938, in Fulton County, Arkansas, and departed this life on March 30, 2015, in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 77 years.

He was united in marriage on June 11, 1982, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Betty Jo Pendarvis.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Betty Jo Willison of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three children, Debbie Rose and husband, Dennis of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Delores Allen and husband, Mark of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Rick Willison of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; two step-daughters, Louise Alexander of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Ramona Bailey and husband, Terry of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Crabtree of West Plains, Missouri, Juanita Hunt of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Joyce Hollis of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Donna Collins of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Edith Foster of Jonesboro, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Lottie Mae Willison.

Noel was a graduate of the Mammoth Spring High School with the class of 1957.

He was a well-known meat cutter, working in the Thayer area supermarkets for over forty-three years.

Noel was a life-long outdoorsman who thoroughly enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and the game of baseball. As a young man, he dreamed of a professional baseball career by trying out for the Cardinals and Royals. Noel’s passion for baseball continued as an avid Saint Louis Cardinal baseball fan until the date of his death.

Noel loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He cherished the Easter and Christmas holiday seasons, especially playing games with the children and on several occasions, dressed as Santa Claus.

Noel loved to worship the Lord in song, and was a faithful member of the Welcome Hill Church of Christ.

The life he lived touched family and friends by the love shown for all, his good nature, kind heart, great smile, sweet spirit, and generous soul.

He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel Wednesday evening, April 1st, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and may be left at the funeral home.

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John Woodyard

John Spencer Woodyard was born the son of James Oliver Woodyard and Harriett E. (Buchanan) Woodyard on February 13, 1947, at Melrose Park, Illinois, and departed this life on March 23, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 68 years.

He was united in marriage on August 14, 1971, at Congress Park, Illinois, to Frances L. Gilliatt.

He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Frances Woodyard of the home near Thayer, Missouri; two daughters, Kimberly Woodyard of Thayer, Missouri, and Karen Woodyard of Myrtle, Missouri; one son-in-law, Edward Riddiford of Myrtle, Missouri; four granddaughters, Kaitlin Campbell-Woodyard, Madeline Riddiford-Woodyard, Isabella Riddiford-Woodyard, and Skylar Riddiford-Woodyard; one brother, Terry L. Woodyard and wife, Gayle of Waller, Texas; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Harriett Woodyard.

John was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army 1st Cavalry Division, during the Vietnam War.

He was a shop foreman for the Tafco Window Manufacturing Company in Schiller Park, Illinois for approximately forty years.

John and his family moved from the hustle and bustle of city life to the hills of the Ozarks in 2006. He immediately fell in love with country life and being outdoors. He enjoyed the solitude and beauty of God’s creation; watching wildlife, especially the deer; and working the land with his tractor. He liked to work with his hands, always tinkering, and was known to “fix anything.”

John was deeply devoted to his family, but his greatest pride and joy were his granddaughters.

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

A “Celebration of Life” for Mr. Woodyard will be Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 3:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday from 2:00 PM until time of the service at 3:00.

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Clara M. Taylor

 

 

 Clara Taylor

Clara Taylor

Clara Marie Taylor was born the daughter of Franklin Wooldridge and Nellie (Watson) Wooldridge on October 15, 1935, in Lafe, Arkansas, and departed this life March 20, 2015, at West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 79 years.

She was united in marriage on March 18, 1956, at Hernando, Mississippi, to Ronald Taylor.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Ronald Taylor of the home in Thayer, Missouri; three sons, Ron Taylor of Jefferson City, Missouri, Kenneth Taylor and wife, Donna of West Plains, Missouri, and Rogers Taylor and wife, Anne of West Plains, Missouri; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers, Franklin Wooldridge of Marshall, Missouri, and George Wooldridge of Sweet Springs, Missouri; one sister, Joyce Ann Endicott of Malta Bend, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Nellie Wooldridge; one son, James Craig Taylor; and one sister, Margaret Johnson.

Clara was a dispatcher for the Warren County Sheriff’s Department for many years. She also had worked as a telephone operator for Contel Telephone Company in Wentzville, Missouri for several years.

Clara enjoyed the outdoors, especially her flowers, bird watching, fishing, camping, and was an excellent camp cook.

She was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer.

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 will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Tuesday, March 24th from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory, to the American Diabetes Association and left at the funeral home.

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Walta Miller

Walta Miller

Walta Maxine (Alford) Miller was born the daughter of William Frank Alford and Lila B. (Rodgers) Alford on February 3, 1922, in Oregon County, Missouri, and departed this life on March 19, 2015, at her home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 93 years.

She was united in marriage at Salem, Arkansas, on October 7, 1944, to Arthur Hildred Miller who preceded her in death on November 24, 2001.

She is survived by three sons, Arthur Miller, Jr. and wife, Susan of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Kenneth Miller and wife, Karen of Fairfax, Oklahoma, and Eugene Miller and wife, Holly of Mammoth Spring; two daughters, Maxine Crawford and husband, George of McLean, Texas, and Rebecca Harmon of Mammoth Spring; fifteen grandchildren, Elizabeth Ambrose, George Dowdy, David Bowen, Jr., Christopher Bowen, Laura Chapman, Franklin Jones, Jason Miller, Dennis Jones, Heather West, Jevon Miller, Austin Miller, Allen Miller, Sara Brackett, Ben Miller and Justina Johnson; thirty-four great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred Alford of West Plains, Missouri, and Haston Alford and wife, Wanda of Malin, Oregon; two sisters, Lela Riggs of Kansas City, Missouri, and Helen Buckner of Virginia Beach, Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lila Alford; her husband, Arthur Miller, Sr.; and one son-in-law, Mike Harmon.

Walta graduated from Alton High School with the class of 1939, and after receiving her teaching certificate, taught at the rural school in Greer, Missouri.

She was a dedicated homemaker. Her greatest joy in life was caring for her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved quilting and knitting and enjoyed baking cakes and other treats for them.

She was an active member of the Church of Christ, a devoted mother and loving grandmother. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Miller will be Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Shawn Deree and Larry Yarber officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday evening, March 20th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Paragould Children’s Home and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Ella Sheeler

 Ella Sheeler

Ella Sheeler

Ella May Sheeler was born the daughter of Lawrence Vest and Marie (Bettis) Vest on December 31, 1946, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life March 10, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 68 years.

She was united in marriage on February 14, 1969, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Larry Sheeler.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Sheeler of the home in Alton, Missouri; one son, Scott Allen Sheeler and wife, Carolyn of Hancock, Iowa; one daughter, Sherri Ann Hutsler and husband, Kelby of Alton, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Ada and Samantha Hutsler of Kansas City, Kansas, Lillian, Jaymes, Kelby, Jr., Isabella, Jacob, and Elijah Hutsler, all of Alton, Missouri, and Jacob Norstorm of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers, Hubert Vest of Peace Valley, Missouri, and Michael Vest and wife, Alley of West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Allie Caldwell and husband, Darrell of Koshkonong, Missouri, Gerri Ford and husband, Bill of West Plains, Missouri, Gail Stanley of Richardson, Texas, and Kay Barton and husband, Jesse of Alton, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Vest; and an infant brother, Jesse Vest.

Ella was a graduate of the Koshkonong High School in 1966. She continued on to earn a degree as a librarian.

Ella retired from the Campbell Soup Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska, after thirty-three years of service.  She was actively involved in Avon sales for more than twenty years and was inducted into the prestigious Avon President’s Club.

She enjoyed beautiful flowers, garage sales, camping, and hosting family barbecues.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alton, Missouri, and will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Alton, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday evening, March 13th, from 6:00 until 9:00 PM.

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

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Carl Benz

Carl Benz, age 74, of Couch, Missouri, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 2:50 PM at his home in Couch.

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

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Delores C. Harrell

Delores Claudette Harrell was born the daughter of Jack Carter and Katherine (Goodwin) Carter on October 23, 1940, in Savannah, Georgia, and departed this life March 4, 2015, at West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 74 years.

She was united in marriage on March 13, 1976, at Hardeeville, South Carolina, to William Harrell.

She is survived by her husband, William “Dub” Harrell; two sons, Jack Dudley and wife, Janice of California, and Greg Harrell and wife, Kris of Illinois; one daughter, Billie McCall of Ohio; nine grandchildren, Kevin Dudley, Laura Dudley and Brian Dudley, all of California, Scott Harrell and Josh Harrell, both of Illinois, Kasey Collins of Ohio, Kassidy Simmons of Kansas, and Cody Harrell and Brett Harrell, both of Missouri; one brother, Gary Carter of Seattle, Washington; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Katherine Carter and one son, James Frank Harrell II.

Delores was a dedicated homemaker and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri.

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

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Gary Hirsch officiating.

The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

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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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