Wanda L. Phenix

Wanda Phenix

Wanda Phenix

Wanda Lee Phenix was born in Leachville, Arkansas, the daughter of James Honnoll and Luna Higginbottom Honnoll on January 5, 1931 and departed this life on February 19, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

She was united in marriage to Loyd Phenix on November 9, 1949 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2008.

She is survived by her four children, Michael Phenix and wife, Sandra, of West Plains, Missouri, Freddie Bruce and husband, Chuck, of Myrtle, Missouri, Jackie Phenix and wife, Debbie, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Robert Phenix of South Fork, Missouri; one son-in-law, Eddie Cooper of Thayer, Missouri; two sisters, Venita Galpin of Warner Robins, Georgia, and Glendeen Barnett and husband, C.E., of Monett, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Phenix; her parents, James and Luna Honnoll; one daughter, Lateresa Cooper; and two brothers, James and Melton Honnell.

Wanda was a Christian and member of the State Line Pentecostal Church. She spent her life as a dedicated homemaker, taking care of her family and their home. She also worked in the Thayer area for twenty-two years, working for the Dutch Oven and Porter True Value.

She was well known for being an excellent cook, especially for her delicious, homemade chocolate pies. Wanda loved to crochet and made beautiful creations for her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading western novels. Wanda will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister and grandmother, and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Wayne Hurst officiating.

Family will receive friends on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time.

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

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Avalee Fanning

Avalee Fanning

Avalee Fanning

Avalee Fanning was born in New Liberty, Missouri, the daughter of Oscar Leroy Allmon and Bertha Reed Allmon on August 11, 1935 and departed this life on February 16, 2019 at her home in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

She was united in marriage to Bob Fanning in 1955 and to this union, three children were born; Arvel, Becky and Kevin.

She is survived by her three children, Arvel Fanning, Becky Long, and Kevin Fanning and wife, Jackie, all of Alton, Missouri; six grandchildren, Tim Fanning, Shelley Fanning, Flora Lee Moore, Mark Moore, Michael Moore and Lance Fanning; one brother, Elven Allmon of St. Louis, Missouri; one sister, Leona Brown of West Plains, Missouri; several great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Bertha Allmon; eight sisters, her twin sister, Annalee White, Flodie Parrott, Bonnie Simpson, Selma Brown, Sybel Buncel, Freeda Thompson, Inez Brown and Jetta Tolar; and two grandchildren, Matthew Moore and Anthony Bond, Jr.

Avalee enjoyed spending her time outdoors. She loved time-spent fishing and hunting. She also took pleasure in playing pool against anyone who dared to take her on.

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

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Alton, Missouri with Brother Bob Taylor officiating.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 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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Dorris Louise Summers

Dorris Summers

Dorris Summers

Dorris Louise Summers was born in Myrtle, Missouri, the daughter of Jess “J.W.” Garrison and Alpha Williams Garrison on July 16, 1941 and departed this life on February 10, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 77 years.

She was united in marriage to James Lee Summers on June 18, 1960 in Myrtle, Missouri. He preceded her in death on December 3, 2017.

She is survived by her daughter, Deanna Summers of Jefferson City, Missouri; her son, James Michael Summers and wife, Sandy, of Myrtle, Missouri; one brother, Joe Garrison and wife, Teresa, of Myrtle, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Jewell Garrison of Myrtle, Missouri; five grandchildren, Mikael, Jill, Cierra, Sheyenne and Jake; three nieces, Kim O’Neill and husband, Fred, Kristen Parker and husband, Lucas and Aminta Combs and husband, Darren; one nephew, Justin Garrison; two great nieces, Keeley and Jessica; three great nephews, Alex, Ryan and Brady; one great-great niece, Ansley; and one great-great nephew, Brody; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Summers; her parents, J.W. and Alpha Garrison; one brother, Richard Garrison; and two infant sisters.

Dorris was a Christian and member of the Byrd Freewill Baptist Church. She was a teacher’s aid at Couch School, retiring after many devoted years.

She was a talented seamstress, putting together many beautiful pieces for friends and family. Her hobbies included reading and crossword puzzles. Most of all, she cherished time with her grandchildren, especially time spent spoiling her only grandson, Jake.

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

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Byrd Church in Myrtle, Missouri with Brother Richard Todd officiating.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be at the Byrd Cemetery in Myrtle, Missouri following the funeral service.

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

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Rosemarie Augusta Grandt Freeman

Rosie Freeman

Rosie Freeman

Rosemarie Augusta Grandt Freeman “Rosie” made the world just a whole lot more beautiful in her 90 years of loving and living! Rosie passed away on February 2, 2019 in Hood River, Oregon. A friend to all, her vibrant personality, many talents and commitment to her values made her a woman that we will never forget! She was born on February 27, 1928 to William and Freida Grandt in Shawnee, Oklahoma who immigrated from Germany in 1922. Rosie graduated from Shawnee High School and went on to graduate from The Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. She worked at Hallmark Cards for a brief time. She married Pat Freeman Jr. on August 26, 1949 and moved to Thayer, Missouri. Thayer was her home until May 2018 when she moved to Hood River, Oregon to be near family.

Rosie was a woman of many talents and interests, but her artistic accomplishments were what she has been most recognized for over time. Rosie’s talent came to her through her father and grandfather who were painters and artists in Germany. As a child she was surrounded by creative and artistic influences. In her early twenties, after graduating from art school, she was poised to travel to Europe to continue fine tuning her skills and then fate played its hand. Meeting the love of her life, Pat Freeman, she settled in Thayer Missouri. Deep in the Ozark Mountains she continued to see everything with an artist’s eye and her talent blossomed. As she was a bit bohemian for this part of the country, folks raised an eyebrow or two seeing her barefoot, in jeans, sitting on the railroad track sketching trains that ran through the community. Everything was a magical opportunity to paint.

Rosie’s reputation grew and so did the respect she garnered in the community and surrounding area. Although she did not seek a commercial outlet for her art, she was generous with gifts for so many individuals. She was active in many community activities creating flyers, posters and logos over the years that promoted events with professional and creative visual approaches. Her love of art was pure and grounded in self-expression.

Some of her art can be viewed at the Ozark Medical Center Lobby in West Plains, Mo. where her murals of “Mills of the Ozarks” are displayed. She was also proud to have an exhibition of her work at the Columbia Gorge Community Art Center in Hood River, Oregon in September 2018.

Rosie was hardly a one-dimensional person. She was an avid gardener known for the summer flowers about her yard. She was an accomplished pianist and taught many local children privately as well as in the Thayer School system some years ago. She was athletic and was an avid golfer and tennis player becoming instrumental in the development of the Thayer Golf Course some years ago. She was an accomplished boat driver for competitive water skiing practice and was accomplished herself in the sport. She was an avid knitter and created numerous needle point pillows. She was a founding member of the Tuesday Book Club in Thayer which she hosted monthly at her home.

In her later years Rosie became an avid collector of vintage pottery and her collection was widely appreciated.

But the passion that consumed her every fall and most of the year was the Mizzou Football team. She and her husband Pat were season ticket holders for the games in Columbia, Missouri. Her love of the team continued to her passing. GO MIZZOU!

Rosie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Thayer where she played the organ and later was a member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist church where she attended until December 2017.

Among the many who will mourn the loss of Rosie’s spirit, friendship and talent include her children Pat and Christine, her daughter in law Camille and her beloved granddaughters Madison Rose and Nadya Christina. Many close friends will miss her, but possibly not as much as her dear, lifelong friend Joann. Her beloved pets, Pauley, Mizzou, Tiger, Friend and Cutie are comfortably in new forever homes. Rosie was a lover of all animals and always said that when she got to heaven there would be a “stampede” of all her beloved pets rushing to greet her.

Rosie deeply loved her family, friends, community, nature and her God. She left an indelible mark in both our visual world and our hearts!

Memorial Services will be held at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in May 2019.

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Alick Henry Combs

Alick Henry Combs was born in Myrtle, Missouri, the son of Lee Combs and Lueler Hand Combs on November 20, 1932 and departed this life on February 5, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 86 years.

He was united in marriage to Mary Hopper and to this union, two daughters were born. In later years, he was united in marriage to Connie Smith on June 9, 2011. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2018.

He is survived by his two daughters, Peggy Seiller and husband, Dave, of Wildwood, Missouri and Karen Earls and husband of Paragould, Arkansas; one grandson, Chase Seiller; two sisters, Vercie Hirsch of Koshkonong, Missouri and Lucille Hollaway and husband, Charles, of Couch, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Combs; his parents, Lee and Lueler Combs; one brother, Charlie Combs; and two sisters, Mary Lou Combs and Dorthy Godwin.
Alick was of the Pentecostal faith. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving proudly during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Crysler Corporation as a machinery operator, retiring after many years of devoted service.

He loved to hunt and fish as often as possible. When he was younger, he loved to sing and play the guitar. He was also known for being a checker champion and nobody could beat him in a game.

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

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Charles Hollaway officiating.

Family will receive friends on Monday, February 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM until service time.

Interment will be held at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri following the service.

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

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Michael Leon Coker

Michael Coker

Michael Coker

Michael Leon Coker was born in Salem, Arkansas, the son of Powell Leon Coker and Sarah Jane Harrison Coker on February 2, 1975 and departed this life on February 1, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 43 years.

He was united in marriage to Rachel Dills on September 29, 2007, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. From this union, three children were born.

He is survived by his two daughters, Karli and Addison of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Garrett of Thayer, Missouri; his mother, Sarah Coker of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one sister, Michelle Koehn and husband, Macy, of Hensley, Arkansas; one brother, Robert Coker and wife, Kathleen, of St. Louis, Missouri; many nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Powell Leon Coker; and one sister, Georgie Ann Coker Doremus.

Michael spent many dedicated years as an engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Thayer, Missouri. He loved to watch and play basketball during his free time. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his children, family and friends.

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

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 12:00 PM until service time.

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

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Richard McCameron

Graveside services for Richard McCameron, age 81, of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, formerly of Thayer, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the McCameron Cemetery west of Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Maureen Cover Calvin

Maureen Cover

Maureen Cover

Maureen Cover Calvin was born in Downey, California, the daughter of George Martin and Vida Abrahams Martin on February 3, 1934 and departed this life on January 14, 2019 in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

She is survived by one stepson, George Cover; two step-granddaughters, Amanda Doth and Aimee Walton; many cousins; countless friends in California and Missouri; many devoted employees at Cover Lumber Company; and her special dog, Sydney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Cover; her parents, George and Vida Martin; and one brother, George Martin.

Maureen grew up on a ranch in Ramona, California. While growing up, she learned of her love for animals. After a family vacation trip to her Dad’s family home in Thayer, Missouri, they decided to move to Missouri.

She graduated from Thayer High School where she was a majorette. After graduation, she returned to California where she worked for Catalina Swimsuit Company, working in the design department as well as modeling. She also worked for a dermatologist in Hollywood/Beverly Hills meeting many celebrities.

She returned to Thayer to care for her widowed father with the hopes of returning with him to California. Meanwhile, she met Dan Cover. They shared a common interest in the environment and decided to marry. They donated several farms to the Conservation Department.

Maureen loved and was devoted to her family, friends and employees. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time.

Interment will be held at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Mary Frances Combs Hall

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

Mary Frances Combs Hall was born in Couch, Missouri, the daughter of Edd Rogers and Stella Johnston Rogers on July 31, 1930 and departed this life on January 13, 2019 in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

She was united in marriage to Ralph Combs on October 21, 1947 in Couch Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 10, 1987. She was united in marriage to Leo Hall on August 24, 1991 in Thayer, Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2013.

She is survived by several very special nieces and nephews; one brother-in-law, Don Combs and wife, Gaye, of West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Virginia Combs of Summersville, Missouri; two special friends, Neta Clinton Frase and Lucrecia DuBois; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Combs; her husband, Leo Hall; her parents, Edd and Stella Rogers; five brothers; and three sisters.

Mary was a member of the Myrtle Freewill Baptist Church and faithfully attended when her health permitted. She was also a former member of the Garfield Freewill Baptist Church for many devoted years.

Mary and Ralph enjoyed spending summer vacations together. Sometimes it was just the two of them, other times it was with their family members.

After her marriage to Leo, she enjoyed being a farm wife, working with Leo to improve their farm at Myrtle and raising beef cattle.

She truly loved her time spent outdoors in her yard, tending to her flowerbeds. She loved all different types of flowers and shrubs and could tell you the name of every one.

Mary always enjoyed time spent with her nieces, especially the slumber parties. This made for long lasting memories for all.

Mary will be remembered as a devoted wife, a loving and caring aunt, and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Darrell Strain and Brother Jarvis Reed officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 12:00 PM until service time at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

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Carroll Gene Garrison

Carroll Garrison

Carroll Garrison

Carroll Gene Garrison, 78, of Myrtle, Missouri went on to be with the Lord on January 1, 2019 while surrounded by his family at his home in Myrtle. He was born on January 7, 1940 to Herman and Lucille Garrison. He married Emma Mays on May 9, 1959 and she survives.

Also surviving are his children, Sheila and husband, David Miller, of Koshkonong, Missouri; Tim Garrison and wife, Sarah, of Myrtle, Missouri; Phillip Garrison and wife, Angie, of Myrtle, Missouri; Phyllis and husband, David Fry, of Mountain Home, Arkansas; Lynn and husband, Dan Lawrence, of Nixa, Missouri; Gail Burr of Thayer, Missouri; Shirley and husband, Ron Brown, of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and Jimmy Cox and wife, Kim, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Also, eleven grandchildren, Anita (Brian) Sturgeon of West Plains, Missouri, Monica (Mike) Van Gent of Okinawa, Japan, Ashley (Anthony) Garrison of Paragould, Arkansas, Stephanie Tarlton (Michael) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kassi Burr of Thayer, Missouri, Joshua Miller of Springfield, Missouri, Andrew Garrison of Myrtle, Missouri, Robert Cox of Denver, Colorado, Jonathan Cox of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Anna Garrison of Myrtle, Missouri, and Jessica Brown of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and thirteen great-grandchildren, Callie, Jobe, Emmy, Paisley, Lainey, Colby, Kailee, Kale, Danny, Noah, Matthew, Bella and Gabriel. Carroll’s surviving siblings include, Tom Garrison and wife, Jessie Mae, of Myrtle, Missouri, David Garrison and wife, Brenda, of Myrtle, Missouri, Steve Garrison and wife, Rochelle, of Sturkie, Arkansas, and Kathy Huddleston and husband, Roger, of Alton, Missouri; and one sister-in-law, Betty Garrison of Thayer, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lucille Garrison; one brother, Bill Garrison; and one grandson, Danny Lawrence.

He was a life-long Christian and attended Byrd Church for over fifty years, where he served as a deacon of the church. He worked as a cattle farmer for forty years for Loewer Oak Farms. He enjoyed serving his community and was Fire Chief at the Myrtle Fire Department for over thirty years. He was very unselfish and was always ready to help anyone in need.

He was a truthful and wise man. His family will never forget his teachings. His most monumental quote to the family was, “Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Byrd Church in Myrtle, Missouri with Brother Richard Todd officiating.

Family will receive friends on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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