Franklin Stewart

Franklin “Frank” Stewart, age 77, of Thayer, Missouri, died Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

Burial of cremains, with Military Honors, will be at a later date in Ohio.

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

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Jean Langston

Funeral Services for Jean Langston, age 89, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Koshkonong, will be held, Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Pastor Ron Richardson officiating.

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

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Nicky Traw

Nicky Traw

Nicky Traw

Nicky Lee Traw was born the son of Roy Lee Traw and Alice Louise (Bates) Traw on April 17, 1956, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on July 28, 2014, in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, at the age of 58 years.

He was united in marriage at Thayer, Missouri on July 4, 1975, to Treda May Vaughn.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Treda Traw of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one son, Kenneth Lee Traw and wife, Jessica of Summerville, South Carolina; one daughter, Alissa Carol Smithson and fiancé, Matthew Shane Wood of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Hannah Smithson, Keeley Smithson, and April Delacruz; his father, Roy Lee Traw of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; Aunt Carolyn Carter of the home in Mammoth Spring; Arkansas; two brothers, Jacky Traw and wife, Jeanne of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Jimmy Traw and wife, Dayna of Viola, Arkansas; two sisters, Janet Cunningham and husband, Robert of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Tamila Keeney and husband, Russ of Alton, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Traw, and one sister, Debra Pingleton.

Nicky was a graduate of Thayer High School with the class of 1974.  He served his country in the United States Army.

He worked for many years at Arlee’s Home Fashions in West Plains, Missouri, in the maintenance department.

Nicky was an avid fisherman and enjoyed landscaping and working in his garden. His passion in life was love for his family and his fellowman. He was always eager to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and even strangers.

Nicky will be remembered for his kind heart and giving spirit. He was well loved by his family and the members of the community in which he lived. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 1, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Brother Anthony Woods officiating.

The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, on Thursday evening, July 31st from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

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Bill Parton

Bill Parton

William C. “Bill” Parton was born the son of William Henry Parton and Sarah Olive (Raelett) Parton on April 5, 1923, in Fairfax, Missouri, and departed this life on July 24, 2014, in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 91 years.

He was united in marriage on August 2, 1943, to Bonnie J. Pruitt.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Parton of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one son, Jerrel Parton and wife, Louise of Roebuck, South Carolina; one daughter, Jane Yancey and husband, John of Thayer, Missouri; two granddaughters, Wendi Bushong and Heather Nuckols; two grandsons, William Jerrel Parton and Roy Parton; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Parton of St. Louis, Missouri; a host of nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sarah Parton; five brothers, Wayne, Junior, James, Verney and Everett Parton; four sisters, Mable Pruitt, Marie Walker, Mina Hernandez, and Francis Williams.

Bill served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He received several awards and medals including the Bronze Star. He was a dedicated member of the VFW post 7831 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

He was a farmer and worked as Maintenance Supervisor for J. V. Midwest Last Company for many years. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, and assembling jigsaw puzzzles. He was also a skilled woodworker, crafting numerous items that will be treasured by his family and friends for many years to come.

Bill was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Brandsville, Missouri. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services for Mr. Parton will be held, Monday, July 28, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with David Olbricht and Joe Bill Dixon officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home chapel in Thayer on Monday, July 28th from 1:00 PM until service time..

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the Church of Christ in Brandsville, Missouri, or the Thayer Fun & Friends Senior Citizens Center, and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Ilean Harber

Ilean Harber

Ilean Harber

Ilean Harber was born the daughter of Isaac Hiram Kester and Betty Zela (Williams) Kester on October 13, 1927, in Jeff, Missouri, and departed this life on July 20, 2014, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, on May 15, 1946, to Desmon Harber, who preceded her in death on April 4, 1987.

She is survived by one son, Mike Harber of Thayer, Missouri; two daughters, Betty Coy of Springfield, Missouri, and Deronda Barrett of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, Misty, Jamie, Sierra, Jesse, James, and Desma; seven great-grandchildren, Caiden, Draike, Kyleigh, MaKenna, Tyler, Maycie, and Jaxen; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Betty Kester; her husband, Desmon Harber; one brother, Paul Kester; and six sisters, Beatrice Grable, Golda Hurst, Fern Vaughn, Maudie Lowther, Lena Webb, and Louise Bolt.

Ilean was a devoted homemaker and worked at the Garment Factory in Thayer for several years.

She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed attending Springfield Cardinal games and the thrill of NASCAR racing.

Her greatest joy in life was her family and treasured the times they shared together.

Ilean was an active member of College Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until time of the service.

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

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Ray Dern

Ray Dern

Maxwell Ray Dern was born the son of Maxwell Raymond Dern and Mildred June (Moore) Dern on November 17, 1943, in Koshkonong, Missouri and departed this life July 15, 2014, in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 70 years.

He was united in marriage January 24, 1969, in Springfield, Missouri to Bridgett O’Neill.

He is survived by his wife, Bridgett Dern of the home in Koshkonong, Missouri; three children, Maxwell Raymond Dern of Alabama, John Ray Dern of Koshkonong, Missouri, and Patricia Marie Brown and husband, Jason of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Joshua Raymond Dern, Rebecca Faye Dern, and Amber ReShay Dern; four great grandchildren; three sisters, Velva Tharp and husband, Bob of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Susie Anstine and husband, Bob of West Plains, Missouri, and Mildred Ball and husband, Larry of Koshkonong, Missouri; three aunts; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and June Dern; paternal grandparents, John B. and Susie Dern; maternal grandparents, Ray and Velva Moore; two brothers-in-law, David Cooper and John Cooper; two sisters-in-law, Mary Van Arsdale and Sara Rice; one great niece and one great nephew.

Mr. Dern was a Veteran, serving his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee in the Vietnam conflict. After a military injury, Ray served as a member of the Military Honor Guard.

He enjoyed all aspects of farm life, especially raising beef cattle. Ray was a good mechanic and took pride in repairing old farm equipment. He was a history buff; liked train rides; and enjoyed the company of his Seabee buddies.

Ray had a servant’s heart, always striving to help others in need and a great passion for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He attended the Koshkonong Free Will Baptist Church and was devoted to community involvement. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, as well as, a loyal friend and neighbor. He will truly be missed by his family and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dern will be Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Brother Johnny Holesapple officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel in Thayer on Friday, July 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Koshkonong Cemetery with full military honors. Services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and may be left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Laurel Miranda Brown

Laurel Brown & son, Jayce

Laurel Miranda Brown was born the daughter of Gerald Wilson and Alice Rebecca Kent on November 4, 1993, in Fresno, California, and departed this life on July 11, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 20 years.

She was united in marriage at Thayer, Missouri, on May 19, 2012, to John Harvey Brown.

She is survived by her husband, John Brown of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one son, Jayce Adam Brown of Mammoth Spring; her father, Gerald Wilson of Roseburg, Oregon; her mother, Alice Rebecca Kent of West Plains, Missouri; her grandparents, Donald and Cheryl Kent of Mammoth Spring; her foster mother, Christie Himschoot of Ash Flat, Arkansas; two brothers, Addison Kent of West Plains, and Jared Wilson of Roseburg, Oregon; six sisters, Celeste Stacel of West Plains, Amelia Kent of Mammoth Spring, Alyza Gerken of West Plains, Lily Kent of Mammoth Spring, Jessica Wilson of Roseburg, Oregon, and Rebecca Sue McCarty of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; two nieces, Melody and Makayla; five nephews, Ashton, Skyler, Jasper, Bryce, and Maddix; and many friends.

Miranda was a caregiver with a servants heart. She was employed by T.J. Swift House, Inc. in Alton, Missouri.

Miranda was a wonderful mother and treasured every moment she spent with Jayce. She, John, and Jayce would often take leisure automobile drives around the community together. She enjoyed cooking, sharing recipes, rodeos, and liked hanging out with friends and family.

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

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Rose Hill Cemetery near Thayer, Missouri with Reverend Sam Simmonds officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday, July 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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Anthony R. Bamber, Jr.

Boog Bamber

Anthony R. “Boog” Bamber, Jr. was born the son of Anthony Bamber, Sr. and Betty Sue (Crass) Bamber on November 16, 1954, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on July 11, 2014, at his home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 59 years.

He is survived by one daughter, Melissa Sue Ellis and husband, Patrick Mason Ellis of Hardy, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Alexis Briana, Jagger Neil, and Maci Leigh Ann Ellis, all of Hardy, Arkansas; his mother, Betty Bamber of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one brother, Roger Bamber and wife, Deborah of West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Charlotte Chouinard and husband, David of North Ridgeville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Bamber, Sr.

Boog was a truck driver and diesel mechanic. He was a skilled knife maker, creating a variety of hunting and skinning knives. He enjoyed collecting and trading guns, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest joy in later years was visiting and playing with his grandchildren.

Anthony was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and son. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mr. Bamber will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Monday evening, July 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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John Romine

John Romine

John Romine

John Eugene Romine was born the son of Willie O. Romine and Willie J. (Bowling) Romine on March 13, 1949, in San Diego, California, and departed this life July 8, 2014, in Calico Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 65 years.

He was united in marriage on November 10, 1979, at Corinth, Mississippi, to Lilly M. Waugh.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Lilly Romine of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one daughter, Stacy Lyn Romine Orman and husband, Greg of Olive Branch, Mississippi; one son, Steve Hooker and wife, Missy of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; three granddaughters; four grandsons; two great-grandchildren; two God children, Michael Hayes of Bonita, California, and Kaitlyn Marie Hayes of Holladay, Utah; two brothers, Bill Romine of Franklin, Tennessee, and George Romine and wife, Wanda of Regan, Tennessee; one sister, Cindy Romine of Corinth, Mississippi; very special long-time friends, Larry and Cheryl Hayes of St. George, Utah; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Romine.

John was a real estate agent and volunteered for seventeen years with the Mississippi Nailbenders building churches across the United States.

He was an avid motorcyclist, a skilled craftsman, and loved Nascar races.

John was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Lord and devotion to his family. He will truly be missed by his family and the community in which he lived.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Church on Saturday morning, July 12th, from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Youth and Benevolent Fund at First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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Marie Kilburn

Marie Kilburn

Martha Marie (Griffin) Chronister Kilburn was born the daughter of Leonard William Griffin and Bonnie Frances (Shehorn) Griffin on March 24, 1925, at Barren, Missouri in Carter County, and departed this life on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by one son, Michael Chronister of Alton, Missouri; two grandsons, Brent Crump and wife, Tina of Billmore, Missouri, and Derrek Crump and wife, Nicole of Portage, Michigan; two great grandchildren, Jaden Crump, and Jasmine Crump of Portage, Michigan; other relatives and many friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Kilburn; her daughter, Katherine Dianne Crump; and sister, Frankie Mayfield.

She loved flower gardening and nurturing the hummingbirds. Her favorite pastime was playing the piano, playing cards with friends, and being with her family.

Marie was a beloved member of the community in which she lived and a member of Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.

She will always be remembered as a positive influence on the lives of those she knew and loved.

Marie, We Love You!

The family will have a private burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Alton, Missouri, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Cemetery and left at Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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