Donald Wetzel

Funeral services for Donald Wetzel, age 79, of Plainfield, Illinois, formerly of Couch, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until service time on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

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Jerry R. Endicott

04/07/1984

04/07/1984

Jerry Raymond Endicott was born the son of Raymond L. Endicott and Ollie M. Dethrow-Endicott on February 26, 1938, in Wilderness, Missouri, and died March 19, 2017, at his home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 79 years.

He is survived by three children, June J. Walker of Greenfield, Missouri, Sheri Mustafa and husband, Abbas of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Barry R. Endicott and wife, Nancy of Everton, Missouri; two grandchildren, Freddie Endicott and Brandon Endicott, both of Everton, Missouri; one sister, Carolyn Endicott-Martin of Thayer, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Raymond and Ollie Endicott.

Jerry was a six-year member of the National Guard.

He retired as Head Meat Packer at Hormel Packing Company after approximately twenty-five years of service.

Jerry was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing. He loved to garden and enjoyed being out on his farm.

He was of the Protestant faith and a devout Christian man.

He will truly be missed by his family and all who knew him

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Brother Wayne Hurst officiating.

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

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

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Johnnie Byers, Junior

Johnnie Byers Junior

Johnnie Byers Junior

Johnnie Lee Byers, Junior was born the son of Johnnie C. Byers and Iva G. (Jones) Byers on July 7, 1946, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and died March 19, 2017, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 70 years.

He was united in marriage on December 29, 1987, at Hardy, Arkansas, to Dora Barnett.

He is survived by his wife, Dora Byers of the home in Mammoth Spring; six children, Timothy Byers and wife, Cindy of Springfield, Missouri, Teddy Byers of Hardy, Arkansas, Johnnie D. Byers of Springfield, Shelli Nobles and husband, Jimmie of Big Sandy, Tennessee, James Rance and wife, Melissa of Ava, Missouri, Donna Byers and husband, Farrell of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Doug Byers of Hardy, Arkansas, Darrell Byers and Farrell Byers, both of Mammoth Spring; four sisters, Sharon Putman of Mammoth Spring, Mary Etta Rickard and Donna Collins, both of Hardy, and Ivlean Hocum of Mammoth Spring; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Iva Byers.

Johnnie was a veteran of the United States Army. He proudly served in the Armour Division “Hell on Wheels” during the Vietnam War.

He was a machine operator for Cherokee Frame Company for thirty-one years and was a livestock farmer.

Johnnie loved working in his vegetable garden and growing beautiful flowers. He was an avid sports fan and always enjoyed watching Dodgers baseball and Lakers basketball games.

He was a member of Banks Baptist Church. He will truly be missed by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services for Johnnie Lee Byers Junior will be held Friday, March 24, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Brother Linney Finney officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Linda Ann Martin

Linda Martin

Linda Martin

Linda Ann Martin was born the daughter of Earl Dickey and Mildred (Collins) Dickey on September 8, 1953, in Sharp County, Arkansas, and died March 18, 2017, at her home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 63 years.

She was united in marriage on September 26, 1971, at Hardy, Arkansas, to Billy Roy Martin, who preceded her in death on June 20, 1997.

She is survived by five children, Billy Roy Martin, Jr. and wife, Tywana of Mammoth Spring, Sally Ann Arredondo and husband, Adolfo of Alvin, Texas, Deanna Lea Stephens and husband, Aubrey, Amy Gail Stephens and husband, Gene, and Sarah Rae Reed and husband, Rodney, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Lorene Martin of Mammoth Spring; two brothers, Ed Dickey of Mammoth Spring and Hershel Dickey of Cave City, Arkansas; one nephew, Charles Dickey; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Earl and Mildred Dickey; and two grandchildren, Zaiden Blaine Reed and Joshua Ryan Mullins.

Linda worked as a cook at Fred’s Fish House in Mammoth Spring for several years.

She loved to be outdoors and enjoyed music and traveling.

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

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Minister Aubrey Stephens officiating.

Visitation will be Monday, March 20th  from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Field Creek Cemetery.

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Geneva Smith

Geneva Smith PhotoGeneva Ruth Smith was born the daughter of Van Armstrong and Martha (Cozort) Armstrong on December 7, 1923, in Morriston, Arkansas, and departed this life on March 14, 2017, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 93 years.

She was united in marriage on August 6, 1939, in Salem, Arkansas, to Claude Smith who preceded her in death on June 5, 1988.

She is survived by four children, Geneva Sue Purcell of Thayer, Missouri, Martha Martin and husband, Tom of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sondra Jones and husband, Charles of Ozark, Missouri, and Therman Smith and wife, Melissa of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren, John, Jake, Susan, Vincent, Rick, Lynda, Kerri, Pam, Patti, T.J., Tara, Luke, Angie, Tammy, Angela, Emily, Charity, and Kaleb; thirty-six great grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; one brother, David Armstrong of Mound Ridge, Kansas; one sister, Veneda Dillard of Pontiac, Michigan; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Smith; her parents, Van and Martha Armstrong; one daughter, Wanda Moore; one son, Claude Smith, Jr.; one great grandson, Preston Hale, two brothers, Cleatus “Pete” Armstrong and Cloyce Armstrong; and five sisters, Thelma Armstrong, Jeanette Romine, Nadine Smith, Wilma Cherry and Elsie Holman.

Mrs. Smith was a longtime member of Mammoth Spring Church of Christ, faithfully attending as long as health permitted.

Geneva was employed with Puritan Fashions, later known as Barads, for many years, earning the position as floor supervisor.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, and sewing. Mrs. Smith also loved to sing and sang at many funerals in the area.

She loved her family and will be remembered as a devoted mother, cherished grandmother and a dear sister. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Barry O’Dell officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 until service time at the funeral home in Thayer.

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

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Steven Pierce

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce

Steven Joe Pierce was born the son of Madison Pierce and Mary Jane (Cerutti) Pierce on December 25, 1953, in Thayer, Missouri, and died March 13, 2017, at his home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 63 years.

He was united in marriage on April 9, 1976, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Deniece Risner.

He is survived by his wife, Deniece Pierce of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two children, Andrea Thompson and husband, Eric of Heber Springs, Arkansas and Joshua Pierce and wife, Melissa of Mammoth Spring; seven brothers and sisters, Jim Pierce and wife, Diane, Betty Albright, Rose Pierce, and Rocky Pierce, all of Mammoth Spring, Barbara Humphries and husband, Larry of Glencoe, Arkansas, Chester Pierce and wife, Ellen of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Jesse Pierce and wife, Denise of Camp, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Wyatt Thompson, Delaney Thompson, Avery Pierce, Matthew Pierce, and Riley Pierce; his mother-in-law, Joyce Risner; sister-in-law, Hazel Pendarvis; brother-in-law, James Risner; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Herbert Risner; one brother-in-law, Marvin Albright and three nephews, Aitken Gallup, Matthew Allen Pierce and Bradley Risner.

Steve worked at Albright Cane Manufacturing in Fryatt, Arkansas, for 39 years with his brother-in-law, Marvin Albright.

He enjoyed farm life, gardening, and was an excellent cook. Steve loved all sport activities, especially hunting. In fact, instead of loving to deer hunt, he lived to hunt deer.

His grandchildren were very special to him. Josh says, “he was prouder of nothing more than being a loving “PaPa.”

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

Funeral services for Steven Pierce, age 63, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

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Bobby Joe Wicker

Bobby Joe Wicker

Bobby Joe Wicker

Bobby Joe Wicker was born the son of Nathaniel A. Wicker and Vertie L. (Armstrong) Wicker on March 1, 1935, in Oregon County, Missouri, and departed this life on March 12, 2017, in Pocahontas, Arkansas, at the age of 82 years.

He was united in marriage on May 25, 1955, in Salem, Illinois, to Anita Ehrhardt, who preceded him in death on May 18, 1983. He was united in marriage on August 23, 1988, to Linda (McGhee) Taylor at Salem, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wicker of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; three daughters, Kimberly Ann Davis and husband, Ron of Thayer, Missouri, Tammy Bearden of Myrtle, Missouri, and Shelly Wicker and husband, Dewayne of Jonesboro, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Jarrod Wicker, Brittany Komm, Courtney Wicker, Tommy Wicker, and Brianna Crase; three great grandchildren, William, Hattie, and Creedance; two brothers, Herbert Wicker of Jonesboro, Arkansas and William Wicker of Indiana; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Than and Lois Wicker; his first wife, Anita Wicker; his son, Michael Wicker; one grandson, Jacob Bearden; and one brother, Robert Lee Wicker.

During his working years, Bobby Joe was a truck driver, a diesel mechanic, and worked in the timber industry.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, and playing a good game of cards. Most of all, he loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was a member of the Delhalf Church of Christ and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the community in which he lived.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Mike Stone officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning from 10:00 until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

 

 

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Emil Ray Simms

Ray Simms PhotoEmil Ray Simms was born the son of Amil Simms and Irene Jackson Simms, on December 23, 1939 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life at his home in Thayer, Missouri on March 9, 2017, at the age of 77 years.

He was united in marriage to Eva Ford and to this union two children were born, Kimberly and Ronnie.

He is survived by his loving companion of thirty-eight years, Linda Smith of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one daughter, Kimberly Berry of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Ronnie Simms and wife, Michelle of Thayer, Missouri; five grandchildren, James Ashford, Donald Ashford, Shane Berry, Kacey Simms and Austyn Simms; two great grandchildren, Brooks and Brayson Johnson; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amil Simms and Luther and Irene Wideman, and one sister, Shirley Manes.

Ray was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed most outdoor activities, especially, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed making knives and looking for arrowheads.

During his working career, Ray was a lineman, working for several contract companies.

He was of the Free Will Baptist faith. He will be remembered as a loving companion, father and grandfather, and he will truly be missed by all.

Graveside services for Emil Ray Simms will be held, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Two Mile Cemetery, near Thayer, with Brother Johnny Holesapple officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, from 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM.

Burial will be in Two Mile Cemetery.

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Kathryn Pendarvis

Kathy P PictureKathryn Faye Pendarvis was born the daughter of Joddie R. Pendarvis and Trecie E. Robinson Pendarvis on February 9, 1954 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life on March 2, 2017 at her home near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas at the age of 63 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Willis Pendarvis and Joey Pendarvis and wife, Daphene of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one sister, Carol Johnson and husband, Don of Koshkonong, Missouri; five nieces and two nephews, Leslie Coats and husband, Troy of Monument, Colorado, Jolie Washam and husband, Brad of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Nancy Moore and husband, Keith of Nixa, Missouri, Julie Rich and husband, Larry of Bono, Arkansas, Carla Bassham and husband, Alan of Koshkonong, Missouri, Jody Pendarvis and wife, Andrea of Harrison, Arkansas, and Jeremy Johnson and wife, Brooke of Koshkonong, Missouri. She was blessed to be a great aunt to nineteen nieces and nephews, Kylie Coats O’Neill and husband, Alex, Blake, Courtney and Kendall Coats, Brynn and Braelyn Washam, Kenzie Moore Henson and husband, Adam, Sydney Moore, Jaden, Halle and Carley Rich, Cooper, Keaton and Kenley Bassham, Ava, Brooklynn and Macie Pendarvis and Trett and Cole Johnson. She also had two great-great nieces, Ansley O’Neill and Hayden Henson. You only had to walk into her home to know how much each of these nieces and nephews meant to her. She proudly displayed their pictures on every inch of wall space and any flat surface that would hold a picture frame or photo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister-in-law, Dolores McGhee Pendarvis.

Kathryn, or as many knew her, Kathy spent her life living and working on the family farm. She enjoyed being active and busy, taking care of the cattle, the garden, the beautiful flowers that surrounded the front of the house, crocheting afghans and spent countless hours caring for her parents before they passed. Although she never married and had no children of her own, she cared for her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. She was always the aunt that could be counted on to have time to paint fingernails, go to town just for fun, cook up a mess in the kitchen, walk to the creek to play in the water or take a four wheeler ride down the dirt road.

In 2009, Kathy was baptized into the Lord’s body and attended the Thayer Church of Christ. During her illness and the ensuing long hospital stays both in Jonesboro and Little Rock, she was an example of faith in God and determination, impacting her nurses and anyone who came in contact with her. She let her light shine by lifting up the ones caring for her and showing them that she knew God was helping her day by day.

Aunt Kay touched the lives of many, and she will be truly missed by those that loved her. However, there is a great reunion happening in heaven, and the angels along with loved ones gone before are rejoicing as they welcome her home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Shawn Deree officiating.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM until service time at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

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Johnny Ray Bennett

Bennett Photo 4Johnny Ray Bennett was born the son of Johnny Washington and Nettie Elizabeth Hall Bennett in Alton, Missouri, on April 15, 1960, and departed this life at his home in Thayer, Missouri on Saturday (a hunting day) , February 25, 2017, at the age of 56 years.

He is survived by his son, Johnny Ray Bennett, II (J. R.) of Las Vegas, Nevada; his sister, Deloris Bennett of Thayer, Missouri; and three aunts, Murl Bennett of St Louis, Missouri, Ina Bennett Bostic of Thayer, Missouri, and Lessie Bennett of Carthage, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Nettie Bennett; his aunts and uncles; several cousins; and his best friend, David Gaines.

Johnny Ray never met a stranger and was known for his mastery of storytelling and entertaining anyone who would listen. He was a master craftsman who created many beautiful houses of art across the country. Johnny Ray loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. His beloved dogs were his furry children. He loved playing basketball and played in the independent basketball league well into his 40’s.

He was a member of the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church and had served as a Sunday school teacher. His knowledge of the Bible was extensive, and he believed that life was precious and that we should enjoy our time here on Earth.

Johnny Ray will be remembered for his good soul, his heart, his laughter, and his love of friends and family. He chose to live life on his own terms. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral services for Johnny Ray Bennett, age 56, of Thayer, will be held, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation toward funeral expenses or feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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