James Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin

James Kenneth Martin was born the son of James Frank Martin and Stella Vione (Graham) Martin on June 30, 1928, in Searcy County, Arkansas and departed this life September 17, 2014, at his home in Couch, Missouri at the age of 86 years.

He was united in marriage on June 3, 1950, in Harrison, Arkansas to Vinita Hancock.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Vinita Martin of the home in Couch, Missouri; one son, Dwight Eric Martin and wife, Kimberly Ann of Couch, Missouri; two grandsons, Blake Eric Martin and wife, Michelle of West Plains, Missouri, and Derrick James Martin of Springfield, Missouri; one great granddaughter, Kylee Brooke Martin; one great grandson, Wyatt Matthew Martin; two brothers, Dalph Martin of Hasty, Arkansas, and John Henry Martin and wife, Ardith of Hasty, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Stella Martin; an infant son, Arlin Carroll Martin; and two sisters, Bernice Earwood and Imogene Davis.

Kenneth was a graduate of the Mt. Judea High School in Newton County, Arkansas, graduating with the class of 1948.

Farm life was Kenneth and Vinita’s way of life. They lived and raised their family in Hasty, Arkansas for 33 years and continued the same farm tradition after moving to Couch. Through their dedication and Kenneth’s long hours and hardwork on the farm, they developed a successful livestock and beef cattle farming operation.

Kenneth had strong Pentecostal faith, reading and studying his Bible, and attending Midway Pentecostal Church as long as his health permitted.

He will be remembered as a devoted family man, and was well respected by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held, Friday, September 19, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer. Graveside services will follow on Friday at 3:00 PM in the Holmes Cemetery near Bellefonte, Arkansas with Brother Derwin Martin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Nadine Goodwin

Nadine Goodwin

Nadine Goodwin

Arnetta Nadine (Case) Goodwin was born the daughter of Melvin Edward Case and Lillian Lottie Fay (Combs) Case on June 18, 1938, in Myrtle, Missouri and departed this life September 14, 2014, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 76 years.

She was united in marriage on September 8, 1956, at Alton, Missouri to Asa Garrison.

On May 27, 1982, she was united in marriage at Las Vegas, Nevada to Charles Goodwin, who preceded her in death on July 31, 2010.

She is survived by three children, Pam DuBois of Myrtle, Missouri, Van Garrison and wife, Diane of Thayer, Missouri, and Donnie Garrison of Myrtle, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Erica Reynolds and Dewy DuBois, both of Hillsboro, Missouri, Shaina DuBois of Myrtle, Missouri, Brandon Childers, Mariah Childers, Amy Cypret, Annie Selfors, and Josh Garrison, all of Thayer, Missouri, Jamie Garrison of Springfield, Missouri, Amanda Floer of Leavenworth, Kansas, A.J. Garrison of Myrtle, Missouri, Amelia Crowder of Couch, Missouri, and Anthony Garrison and Brandy Garrison, both of Thayer, Missouri; eighteen great grandchildren, Morgan and Zach Reynolds, Abigail, Hannah and Rachel DuBois, Madison and Gabrielle DuBois, Adeline and Jasper Cypret, Caden Selfors, Gage Garrison, Emma and Olivia Floer, Parker, Riley and Ty Crowder, and Cailee and Camryn Garrison; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Lillian Case; her husband, Charlie Goodwin; one son, Randy Garrison; and two sisters, Sherry Collins and Daphine Case.

Nadine was a homemaker and enjoyed listening to oldies music and the Gaither Gospel Singers. Her favorite pastime was watching movies; shopping, especially for shoes and purses; and attending auctions.

Her happy spirit and jolly laugh will truly be missed by her family and her friends at National Healthcare.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

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

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Joyce Taylor

Joyce Taylor

Joyce Irene (Garrison) Taylor was born the daughter of Oba Abner Garrison and Alice Coral (Cypret) Garrison on August 17, 1924, in Myrtle, Missouri and departed this life September 9, 2014, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage December 2, 1942, in Thayer, Missouri to Grover L. Taylor, who preceded her in death on November 3, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Dolores Larsen of Myrtle, Missouri, and Delilia Sahl and husband, Greg of St. Peters, Missouri; one son, Jeff Taylor and wife, Judy of Myrtle, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Joyce Harrison and husband, David of West Plains, Missouri, Adam Larsen and wife, Amanda of Myrtle, Missouri, Lori Beth Gallagher and husband, Scott of Lathrop, Missouri, Jonathan Michael Asta and wife, Jennifer of Bentonville, Arkansas, Joseph Patrick Asta of St. Peters, Missouri, Lauren Nicole Palmer and husband, Phillip of Bentonville, Arkansas, Christopher Arvin Taylor, Andrew William Taylor, and Sarah Lynne Taylor, all of Myrtle, Missouri; nine great grandchildren, Taylor, Sydney, Haylie Jo, Dylan, Ryder, Arizona, Cody, Stephenie, and Remington; two sisters, Mary June Hosselton and husband, Claren of Clay City, Illinois, and Martha Alice Watts of Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oba and Alice Garrison; one sister, Geneva Bears; two brothers, Oba Garrison, Jr. and Vern William Garrison; and son-in-law, Paul Larsen.

Joyce was a dedicated homemaker with a servant’s heart. She was an excellent gourmet cook and always welcomed family, friends and even strangers to set around her table for a good home cooked meal.

Through the years, Grover and Joyce opened their doors to many individuals who were in need of a temporary place to call home. Each was greeted with open arms, fed, sheltered, encouraged with words of wisdom, and touched with love and compassion.

Joyce loved to sew and owned Joyce’s Sewing Shop in Myrtle for several years. Not only did she sew for family and friends, but also took orders for school cheerleading uniforms, made prom dresses and men’s business suits.

Joyce was a charter member of the Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy, where she faithfully attended as long as health permitted. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; a loyal friend and neighbor. She will truly be missed by her family and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Jake Lawrence officiating.

The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, on Friday evening, September 12th from 6:00until 8:00 PM.

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

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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

Jean Langston

Nina Jean (Hatfield) Langston was born the daughter of Charley Francis Hatfield and Hattie Belle (Bussell) Hatfield on January 8, 1925, in Koshkonong, Missouri, and departed this life on August 24, 2014, in Rogersville, Missouri, at the age of 89 years.

She was united in marriage at Miami, Oklahoma, on June 8, 1956, to Edsel Ray Langston.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy Rae Langston of Springfield, Missouri, and Penny Lynn Mingus and husband, Jim of Rogersville, Missouri; three grandchildren, Jade Poe and husband, Jason of Austin, Texas, Jordan Mingus of Rogersville, Missouri, and Brianna Mingus of Austin, Texas; one great grandson, Langston James Poe; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Hattie Hatfield; her husband, Edsel Langston; two brothers, Orval Otis Hatfield and Charles Curtis Hatfield; and two sisters, Velma Adel Shoemaker and Helen Jo Mock.

Jean was a dedicated homemaker and welcomed the company of family and friends into her home. As a young lady, she was a clerical worker while living in California and Oklahoma.

She enjoyed sports and was an avid Saint Louis Cardinal baseball fan.

She was of the Methodist faith, a devoted mother, loving grandmother, and treasured time spent playing with her grandchildren.

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

Funeral Services for Mrs. Langston 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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