Ronald Allen “Ronnie” Williams

Ronnie Williams

Ronnie Williams

Ronald Allen Williams was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Billie John “B.J.” Williams and Charline Wilmoth Williams on July 7, 1956 and departed this life on April 13, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 62 years.

He is survived by Kib and Kyle Williams and their spouses, Sara and Jennifer; one sister, Cristy Hiser and husband, John; one grandchild, Evelyn Williams; two nephews, Kane and Jacob Hiser; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.J. and Charline Williams.

He retired as Engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Later, he co-owned and operated 63 Pawn Shop in Thayer, Missouri.

Ronnie enjoyed outdoor activities such as floating, fishing and riding his Harley Motorcycle and playing music with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his unconditional love for his family and a loyal friend to all.

Ronnie was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.

He will be remembered as a loving father, brother, uncle and a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Memorial services for Ronald Allen “Ronnie” Williams, age 62, of Thayer, Missouri, will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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Helen Pearl Orahood

Helen Orahood

Helen Orahood

Helen Pearl Orahood was born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the daughter of Paul Herbert Orahood and Othel Fannie Hunt Orahood on September 9, 1929 and departed this life on April 12, 2019 at West Vue Nursing and Rehab in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by her nephew, Herb Orahood and wife, Melodi, of Thayer, Missouri; her niece, Susan Raynor and husband, Eric, of Benson, North Carolina; great nieces and nephews, Cicily Jenkins and family, Brad Orahood and family, Gaston Orahood, Emily Raynor and Jack Raynor; one sister-in-law, Glenda Orahood; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Othel Orahood; and one brother, Paul Albert Orahood.

Helen was a Christian and member of the First United Methodist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. She spent many years as a buyer for Reed-Harlin Grocery in West Plains, Missouri. She also worked as a bank teller at Simmons Bank, retiring after many dedicated years of service.

She was an intelligent woman, graduating as valedictorian of her high school class. Helen loved traveling to Branson with her mother to attend shows.

In later years, her favorite thing to do was shop. She loved finding a bargain and when she was not able to be out shopping, she would shop on the television-shopping network, QVC.
Helen spent a lot of her time caring for her family. She was a kind-hearted, hard working lady who will be remembered as a loving and caring aunt, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery will Brother David Ball officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:45 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

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June Johnson

June Johnson

June Johnson

Mary June Johnson was born the daughter of the late George Reece Smith and Gladys (Consalus) Smith, on June 17, 1924 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and departed this life on April 5, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 94.

She was united in marriage on March 11, 1939 in Alton, Missouri to Harold W. Johnson.

She is survived by two sons, Joe Johnson and Jack Johnson, both of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three daughters, Pat Hilton of Thayer, Missouri, Shirley Garner and husband, Dave, and Sherrie Keylon, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Patti Clark, Jennifer Collins-Merck, Tim Johnson, Tony Johnson, Tracy Jones, Shelly King, Dane Johnson and Sarah Johnson; eighteen great grandchildren and seventeen great-great grandchildren (plus two on the way); several nieces and nephews; many cousins; other relatives and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Peggy A. Edwards; one grandson, Kelly Keylon; two brothers, Earl and Norman Smith; son-in-law, Joe M. Hilton; and daughter-in-law, Pam Johnson.

June was a very hard worker. She worked alongside her husband Harold, farming for many years, having both a dairy and beef cattle operation while also working as a seamstress at the Puritan Dress Factory and later a salesclerk at The Beverage Shoppe in Thayer, Missouri.

She was the happiest when she had all of her family together and would frequently have large gatherings in her home. She also enjoyed embroidering and crocheting and spent numerous hours sitting in her recliner making “special gifts” for her family.

June was the kindest, loving and giving mother and grandmother and the “center of strength” for her entire family. She was such a pleasant and friendly lady, who always welcomed family and friends when they entered her door and she had such a memorable laugh. She will truly be missed by all that knew and loved her.

June was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 PM at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Rebecca ‘Becky’ Haney

Rebecca Jean (Becky) Wilkerson Haney, daughter of Charles “Buster” and Irene Smith Wilkerson, was born on March 9, 1948, in Myrtle, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jack Haney of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two daughters Dawn Haney Purdom and husband, Joe, of Yellville, Arkansas, and Morgan Haney and partner, Blaire Devine, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; three grandchildren Haydn, Ella and Trenton Purdom all of Yellville, Arkansas, and one sister Suzanne Callahan and husband, Jack, of Jonesboro, Arkansas. She also leaves to mourn her passing several nieces and nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles “Buster” and Irene Wilkerson; her sister, Jo Katherine (JoKay) Smith; and her brother, Charles Michael (Mike) Wilkerson.
Mrs. Haney was a graduate of Couch High School. Becky loved music, even singing on the radio as a child. Leaving Myrtle for MSU in Springfield in 1966, Becky joined Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and pursued a degree in music. Becky chose to marry Jack on August 15, 1969, and though Mrs. Haney didn’t ever finish her degree, she taught music education for several years.

Becky held several jobs throughout her married life, but according to her, the most rewarding and most important jobs were being a support and help-mate to Jack during his coaching career, a mom to her girls, and nana to her grands. She spent countless hours in a gymnasium watching basketball, claiming she could officiate as well as the paid officials.
Once her grands were old enough to play sports, Becky attended as many baseball, basketball, and football games as Jack would drive her to.

Mrs. Haney loved flowers, trees and bushes of all kinds. She took pride in the flowers and plants in her yard. Becky was especially fond of the beautiful foliage in autumn and the smell of the ocean.

A life-long Democrat, Mrs. Haney supported and campaigned for numerous candidates whom she believed fought for education, the working class, and the future of our children. Becky was an active member and past district president of the Twenty-first Century Club in Mammoth Spring, held a regional and state office for the GFWC of Arkansas and had served as a member on the Fulton County Library Board.

Though she attended The First Baptist Church in Myrtle, Missouri, during the first half of her life, she spent the past 34 years serving and playing the piano as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Becky will be fondly remembered for her feisty spirit, her willingness to serve her community, and her unconditional love for her family.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Jaimie Alexander officiating.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Allan Ray Ninness

Allan Ray Ninness

Allan Ray Ninness

Allan Ray Ninness was born the son of Allen Woodrow Ninness and Frances Catherine Seitz Ninness on October 10, 1943, in Evansville, Indiana and departed this life on March 16, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 75 years.

He was married to Susan Imogene Shero on October 10, 1965.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Imogene Ninness of the home, in Gatewood, Missouri; two sons, Allan Craig Ninness and wife, Karen of Eldorado, Illinois, and Brian William Ninness and wife, Christina of North Richland Hills, Texas ; two grandsons, Jacob Allan Ninness and Adam Craig Ninness, both of Eldorado, Illinois; and one step-grandson, Ben Alberding of North Richland Hills, Texas. He is also survived by three sisters and two brothers; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Frances Ninness.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture, he, along with his wife, owned and operated Ninness Greenhouse and Nursery in Eldorado, Illinois for over 30 years. While running the greenhouse, Allan also was employed as a teacher at the Golconda, Illinois Job Corp Center.

He loved to raise plants and animals, and over the years,. he raised many exotic animals. After moving to Gatewood, Missouri in 1990, he began raising cattle.

In his spare time, Allan liked sailing, camping, hiking and traveling. He also liked to sing and sang in the Barbershop Harmony Society, singing is quartets as well as chorus.

Allan was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Thayer; there he was very active in the church, singing in the choir and teaching sunday school.

Allan will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services for Allan Ray Ninness were held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Pam Ekey officiating.

The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. to service time on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Thayer.

Additional services were held in Eldorado, Illinois with burial in White County Memorial Gardens in Carmi, Illinois on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

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Beverly Richardson

Beverly Richardson

Beverly Richardson

Beverly Bankston Richardson was born in Wasco, California December 16, 1948. She departed this life at her home near Alton, MO March 13, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her father Monita Bankston and mother Hazel Nichols, one brother John Bankston, and one sister Brinda Reed.

She is survived by her husband Jerry Richardson of the home, four children: Rachel Grace Massey and husband Kevin of Lebanon, MO, Rebecca Irene Richardson of West Plains, MO, Jerry Todd Richardson and wife Cassandra of Houston, MO and Travis Jody Richardson and wife Jessica of Alton, MO. Twelve grandchildren: Allanah Honeycutt, Megan Carmichael, Jerrica Massey, Karissa Massey, Peytan Bassett, Madalyn Richardson, Lydia Massey, Olivia Richardson, Elizabeth Richardson, Lana Richardson, Alexander Richardson, and Savannah Richardson, and one great-grand child: Elisha James Honeycutt, and a special grandson, Joseph Fadule. She is also survived by two brothers Ray and Donnie Bankston and one sister Ellen Grisham and her husband, Larry.

Beverly was baptized into Christ at age 14. She was a member of the Oak Forest Church at Alton, MO. She has dedicated her life to the cause of Christ by her example, faith and works.

Beverly has lived her life with a child-like faith, devoted to God and the love of her family and friends. She had many different jobs in her life, but the most important to her was being a wife, a mother and a servant of Jesus Christ.

Of her many hobbies, her favorite was gardening. Beverly had a green thumb and loved to play in her flower and vegetable garden!

On February 16, 1967, she was married to Jerry, her helpmate and constant companion for over 52 years. Her fidelity to her husband, family and fellow Christians was never doubted by anyone.

A great vacuum is left in the hearts of her family, to be filled by the love of God by the knowledge of her faithfulness to Him and in the hope of a resurrection.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Bob Loudermilk officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Interment will be held at Bailey Cemetery in Alton, Missouri

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

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Lela R. Stith

Lela Stith

Lela Stith

Lela Rae Stith was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Acie Ray Moore and Velva Lowery Moore on March 29, 1926 and departed this life on March 11, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage to James ‘J.F.’ Stith on October 13, 1946 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1984.

She is survived by her son, James ‘Jimmy’ Stith and wife, Heidi, of Harrison, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Trey Stith and Brooke Stith, both of Harrison, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.F. Stith; her parents, Acie and Velva Moore; and three sisters, June Dern, Ruth Stubbles and Audrey Polley.

Lela was a Christian and member of the Shiloh Grand Gulf Church. She was the co-owner and operator of Stith Produce in Koshkonong, Missouri for many years.

She was a wonderful cook and loved making homemade candy for her friends and family. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, playing dominos and was an avid reader. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and was a kind and loyal friend.

Lela will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri with Brother Ron Richardson and Brother Larry Ball officiating.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Teddy Joe Standley

Teddy Standley

Teddy Standley

Teddy Joe Standley was born in Koshkonong, Missouri, the son of Joseph Hooker Standley, Jr. and Mabel Edith Winn Standley on August 31, 1941 and departed this life on March 11, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 77 years.

He was united in marriage to Esther Lone in Yangon, Myanmar on January 1, 1973. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1997.

He is survived by his son, Ted L. Standley and wife, Diana, of Katy, Texas; two grandchildren, Ethan and Elena, both of Katy, Texas; five sisters, Dorthy, Muriel, Ruth, Mary and Brenda; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Lone Standley; his parents, Joseph and Mabel Standley; one sister, Sarah; and two brothers, Harold Eugene Standley and James Standley.

Teddy was an Elder and member of the Church of God International in Willow Springs, Missouri. He was a Veteran of the United States Army with over twenty years of dedicated service, retiring as a Sergeant.

He was very involved in his church and enjoyed the activities held there. He also loved to farm and fish. Most of all, he loved to take his grandchildren, Ethan and Elena, fishing and camping as often as possible.

Teddy was very active in his community. He was always willing to help out wherever he was needed. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Koshkonong, Missouri for many years. He was well respected and a friend to all.

Teddy will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Turnbull officiating.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time.

Interment will be held at the Koshkonong Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

Memorial contributions in Teddy’s memory can be made to Gideon’s International, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Salvation Army. Any contributions may be left at Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Edward Bresee

Edward Bresee

Edward Bresee

Edward Eugene Bresee was born in Chanute, Kansas, the son of Gene Bresee and Esther Johnston Bresee on May 22, 1958 and departed this life on March 6, 2019 at his home in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 60 years.

He is survived by his siblings, Charlene Herring of West Plains, Missouri, Brian Bresee and wife, Gina, of West Plains, Missouri, and Janet Brewer of Thayer, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Esther Bresee; one nephew, Dustin Bresee; and one brother-in-law, Frank Herring.

Edward was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country proudly for many years. He was also a truck driver, spending many dedicated years of his life on the road.

He loved to fish and hunt as often as possible. When he was younger, he loved to go dancing. His most favorite thing to do was being an uncle. He was the guy his nieces and nephews went to when they needed someone to talk to or just hang out with.

Edward will be remembered as a loving and caring brother, uncle and a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral arrangements will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at 12:00 PM with Brother Donnie Finley officiating.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 11:00 AM until the service time.

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

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Edith Fern Kirby

Fern Lance Kirby

Fern Lance Kirby

Edith Fern Kirby was born in Many Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Samuel ‘S.S.’ Sterling Lance and Lora Harriell Lance on February 27, 1931 and departed this life on March 5, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan Kirby and wife, Betty Gail, of Evening Shade, Arkansas; one brother, Mac Lance and wife, Lillian, of Granite City, Illinois; two grandsons, Matt Kirby of Texas and Devan Kirby of Arkansas; one step grandson, Travis Cook of Hoxie, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Leona Lance of St. Louis, Missouri; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lora Lance; two brothers, Dow and Van Lance; three sisters, Zee, Glee and Fay Lance; one grandson, Perry John Kirby; and her best friend, Lanny Newsome.

Edith was of the Freewill Baptist faith. She spent many years as a factory worker in St. Louis, Missouri. She helped make all sorts of items, from fuses to baby shoes.

Her favorite thing to do was TV shopping. She loved ordering things off of television shopping networks. She also enjoyed going out to eat with her best friend of twenty plus years, Lanny. Most of all, she loved spending time with her son and her grandchildren.

Edith will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, sister, grandmother, and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Paul Richards officiating.

Family will receive friends on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 12:30 pm until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be held at Lance Cemetery in Alton, Missouri.

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

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