Claudie Lee Sutton, Sr.

Claudie Lee Sutton, Sr.

Claudie Lee Sutton, Sr.

Claudie Lee Sutton, Sr. was born in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Charles Sutton and Dorothy Johnston Sutton on July 15, 1951, and died at his home in Thayer, Missouri on September16, 2018 at the age of 67.

 Claudie is survived by two daughters, Deliliah Martin of Thayer, Missouri and Tara Rhinesmith of Belgium; one son, Claudie Sutton, Jr. of Benton, Arkansas; four sisters, Marie Ratcliff of Greenfield, California, Charlene Harrison, of West Plains, Missouri, Frances Walker of Paragould, Arkansas, and Wilma Bartles of Shenandoah, Iowa; one brother, James Sutton of Shenandoah, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Erin Welch, Tommy Martin, Laken Pittman, Aslan Sutton, Astor Sutton, Aston Sutton, Andrew Jiminez, Max Rhinesmith and Alex Rhinesmith; one great grandchild, Landon Welch; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Sutton; and one sister, Elaine Welch.

Claudie was a well-known auto body repairman for most of his life. He enjoyed bowling and working on cars, however, his greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family.

He was of the Assembly of God faith. He was a devoted father, grandfather, friend and neighbor and will truly be missed by all.

Graveside services for Claudie Lee Sutton, Sr, will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Buff Cemetery, near Pomona, Missouri with Tommy Martin officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 19th from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in WEST PLAINS, MISSOURI.

Interment will be in Buff Cemetery near Pomona, Missouri, in Howell County. with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer, Missouri.

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Miriam Regina Howell LeGrand

Miriam Howell LeGrand

Miriam Howell LeGrand

Miriam Regina Howell LeGrand was born in Batesville, Arkansas, the daughter of Vernon E. Howell and Lavern Brazeal Howell on September 21, 1962. She departed this life on September 12, 2018, in Viola, Arkansas, at the age of 55 years.

She is survived by her husband, Fred LeGrand, of the home in Viola, Arkansas; her father, Vernon E. Howell of Thayer, Missouri; her mother-in-law, Edith LeGrand of Oxly, Missouri; two sisters, Martha Tuttle and husband, Roger of West Plains, Missouri, and Elisabeth DeShane and husband, Kenn of Xian, China; two brothers, Daniel Howell and wife, Tammy of Thayer, Missouri and David Howell and wife, Rhonda, of West Plains, Missouri; her special nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lavern Howell and her father-in-law, Ralph LeGrand.

Miriam was of the Assembly of God faith. She loved playing the piano and singing for the Lord. She was a master pianist, playing since the age of eleven. She was well known for her ability to “tickle the ivory keys.” She loved gospel music and was a pianist for the Howell Family Singers for over 30 years.

She was a compassionate person. She enjoyed caring for her patients as an RN at Ash Flat Health Care and Rehab Center in Arkansas.

Miriam was deeply devoted to her family and enjoyed family get-togethers. She loved her dogs, and they became part of her family. She will be remembered for her contagious laughter which rang out above the rest. She will be missed by all that knew her

Funeral services for Miriam Howell LeGrand will be held Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer , Missouri, with Reverend Phil Combs and Reverend Gary Ellsworth officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday afternoon from 3:00-6:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Russell Ray Willard

Russ Willard

Russ Willard

Russell Ray Willard was born in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Billie Willard and Charlotte Johnson Willard, on November 24, 1958. He departed this life on September 11, 2018, at his home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 59 years.

He was united in marriage April, 1997, in Rockford, Illinois to Julie Dancer.

Russ is survived by his wife, Julie Willard, of the home in Thayer; three daughters, Tiffany Lowe of Rockford, Illinois, Jessica Willard of Rockford, Illinois, and Brittany Willard of West Plains, Missouri; three sons, Steven Lowe of St. Louis, Missouri, Tyler Willard of West Plains, Missouri, and Brandon Willard of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Sally Johnson and husband, Gary of West Plains, Missouri and Lorrita Fare and husband, Paul of Caulfield, Missouri; two brothers, Walter Willard and wife, Carolyn of Knoxville, Tennessee and Randy Willard of Rockford, Illinois; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billie and Charlotte Willard.

Russ liked to trade all manner of things. He especially enjoyed tinkering with cars, go-carts and mini-bikes. He also was an expert and enjoyed making people smile.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will truly be missed by his family and all who knew him.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at noon at the family home at 202 Sherman in Thayer, Missouri  followed by a pot-luck lunch.

 

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Naomi Ruth Combs

Naomi Combs

Naomi Combs

Naomi Ruth Combs was born in Couch, Missouri, the daughter of Tommy Combs and Jettie Cypret Combs on February 22, 1946. She departed this life on September 11, 2018, in Camdenton, Missouri, at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by one daughter, Penny Lee Combs of Camdenton, Missouri; two grandchildren, Krystle Combs and Brandon Combs of Camdenton, Missoouri; two special great grandchildren, Dominik Poling and Brooklynn Combs; two sisters, Charlotte Veasman and husband, Don of Brinktown, Missouri and Rosemary Rowden and husband, Wayne of Camdenton, Missouri;one sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Combs of Myrtle, Misssouri; three nephews, Wayne Combs, Bill Veasman and Andrew Rowden; five nieces, Donna Ludwig, Debbie Kern, April Rattell and Tina Jordan; several great nieces and great nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Jettie Combs and one brother, Charles Combs.

Naomi was a Christian, a devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Couch High School, graduating with the class of 1964. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri University and became an Art teacher, teaching in various schools until her retirement.

She enjoyed gardening, especially her strawberry patch. She was a devoted Christian who spent much of her time studying The Word of God and witnessing to others.

She cherished time spent with her family, especially with her great grandchildren, Dominik and Brooklynn. She will truly be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Graveside services for Naomi Ruth Combs, age 72, of Camdenton, Missouri, formerly of ouch, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Cotton Creek Cemetery near Couch, Missouri.

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

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Charlotte Harris Franke

Charlotte Harris Franke

Charlotte Harris Franke

Praise God for our mother, Charlotte Evelyne Harris Franke, who went home to be with her Lord on September 11, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Charlotte Harris Franke was born November 3, 1938 in Mineral Wells, Texas to Jack Pete Harris and Evelyne Swindle Harris. She was the granddaughter of John Ervin Harris and Stella Madeline Foster Harris of Mineral Wells. She attended the University of Texas. She was a proud 5th generation descendent of the founders of the Republic of Texas and was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

She was united in marriage on May 30, 1964, in Irving, Texas to Ernest Rudolph Franke.

Charlotte was survived by three daughters, Evelyne Franke of Thayer, Missouri, Kimberly Franke of Thayer, Missouri, and Jaqulyn Harris Hoes of Blum, Texas; two sons, Jack Franke of Monterey, California and Dan Franke of Plano, Texas; twenty grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ernest Rudolph Franke; her parents, Jack Pete Harris and Evelyne Harris; and one sister, Carol Yvonne Harris.

Charlotte worked in commercial food sales, both in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and nationally.

Charlotte was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer, Missouri.

She enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Funeral services for Charlotte Harris Franke will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Pam Ekey officiating.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

 

 

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Grace Mainprize

Grace Mainprize

Grace Mainprize

Grace Anthem Mainprize was born in Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of Ernest A. Sauser and Pearl Dunsmore Sauser, on May 13, 1931. She departed this life on August 25, 2018, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.

She was united in marriage on September 10, 1950, in Thayer, Missouri, to Coy Mainprize.

Grace is survived by her six children, Pamela Baker and husband, Van, of Thayer, Missouri, Denise Sherman and husband, Neil, of Independence,

Missouri, Anita Harper and husband, Jerry, of Thayer, Missouri, Connie Daniel and husband, Michael, of Marshfield, Missouri, Keith Mainprize and wife, Rona, of Springfield, Missouri, and Howard Mainprize of Thayer, Missouri; two sisters, Evelyn Fugitt of Sallisaw, Oklahoma and Pearl Minton of Bono, Arkansas; one brother, Walter Sauser and wife, Jackie, of Bono, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren, Jason Baker and wife, Holly, Tracy Miller, Laura Jaynes and husband, Graham, Leslie Sherman, Jeremy Harper and wife, Terrah, Bradley Harper and wife, Jessica, Brittany McCarthy and husband, Jason, Dacia Wade and husband, Kory, Derek Daniel, Dakota Mainprize, Cory Phillips and wife, McKenzie, Devin Phillips and wife, Zoe, and Ethan Mainprize; 13 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Mainprize; and her parents, Ernest and Pearl Sauser.

Grace was a Christian and a member of the Thayer Church of Christ. She made many friends while working as a librarian for the Thayer Public Library, serving a total of 44 years.

She was a dedicated homemaker and was deeply devoted to her family. She will be remembered for her many talents, which included gardening and sewing. She made beautiful garments for her family as well as sewing for others. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for family get-togethers. She loved spending time with her children and was known for taking time out of her busy day to take them to the creek to swim and cool off.

Grace will truly be missed by her family, her many friends and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Erman Croney officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM until service time at the Carter Funeral Home.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Rose Hill Cemetery Fund.

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Iris Kay Cash Sloan

Iris Kay Cash Sloan, age 80, of Thayer, Missouri passed away at her home in Thayer on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:15 PM.

As per her request, her body has been donated to the Department of  Pathology & Anatomical Science at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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

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Thelma Miller

Thelma Lee Miller was born in Granite City, Illinois, the daughter of Ernest Hardwick and Mildred Dickerson Hardwick, on September 8, 1928. She departed this life on August 23, 2018, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 89 years.

She was united in marriage on April 19, 1960, in Thayer, Missouri, to James Miller.

Thelma is survived by her son, Bill Hardwick of Alton, Missouri; two brothers, Homer Hardwick and wife, Kay, of Winona, Missouri and Richard Hardwick of Fremont, Missouri; two sisters, Mary Shemwell of Winona, Missouri and Helen Bebee of Havre, Montana; five grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Miller; her parents, Ernest and Mildred Hardwick; one child, James Ray Miller; three brothers, Buddy, Mirle and Ernest Hardwick; one sister, Nadine Holmes; and one infant great grandchild.

Thelma was a dedicated homemaker and loving wife and mother. Taking care of her home and family were of utmost importance to her. Her favorite hobbies included working on jigsaw puzzles and watching television.

Thelma was a devoted wife, loving and caring mother, grandmother, neighbor and a friend to all. She will truly be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Edward Casey officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

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James Edison Nickels

James "Jimmy" Nickels

James “Jimmy” Nickels

James “Jimmy” Edison Nickels was born the son of James Edison Nickels and Etta Lee Ivey Nickels on December 22, 1948, in Thayer, Missouri. He departed this life on August 22, 2018, at his home in Republic, Missouri, at the age of 69 years.

He was united in marriage on January 27, 1968 in Thayer, Missouri, to Ruth Boyer.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Nickels of the home, in Republic, Missouri; one child, Carol Johnson, and husband, Jeff, of Republic, Missouri; one brother, David Lee Ivey, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; and two grandchildren, Riley James Johnson and Claire Marie Johnson, of Republic, Missouri; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Etta Nickels; one sister, Carolyn June Nickels Todd; one infant brother, Donald Ray Nickels; and one sister-in-law, Nilene Ivey.

James spent his earlier years living the small town country life in Thayer, Missouri. He would drive the back roads and go swimming in the creeks as often as possible.

He was a dedicated and avid Union man. He was a hard worker, devoting much of his life to many different businesses and operations. He worked as a conductor and brakeman for BNSF Railway for 20 years, traveling from Springfield to Thayer. Throughout the years, he also worked at Steak-n-Shake Restaurant, Royal Typewriter, Zenith TV and electronics and owned his own business as well. He was mechanically minded and could make just about anything out of whatever he could find.

James was also a past local chairman of the United Transportation Union, a member of the Solomon Lodge, No. 271 AF & AM, a charter member of the Daylight Lodge, No. 678 AF & AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in Joplin, Missouri, a Shriner Captain of the Director Staff, Abou Ben Adhem, in Springfield, Missouri, a member of the Eagles Lodge in Springfield, Missouri, and a member of the Elks Lodge, #2545, in Thayer, Missouri.

James will be remembered for his willingness to help others. He had a big heart and always knew how to cheer people up. But out of all of these great accomplishments, nothing could measure up to his grandchildren. He cherished his sweet granddaughter, Claire, and loved watching her grow up. He was very close with his grandson and “little buddy”, Riley, who he took camping and fishing as often as possible.

He was a devoted husband, loving and caring father and grandfather, neighbor and a friend to all. He will be missed by his family and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri.

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Robert Lee Wooldridge

Robert Wooldridge

Robert Wooldridge

Robert Lee Wooldridge was born the son of Alvie F. Wooldridge and Nora Green Wooldridge on January 24, 1930, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and departed this life on August 17, 2018, at his home in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

He was united in marriage on October 14, 1950 in Pontiac, Michigan, to Romona Grissom.

He is survived by his wife, Romona Wooldridge of the home, in Springfield, Missouri; two children, Roberta Hull, of Springfield, Missouri and Robert Lee Wooldridge Jr., and wife, Georgie, of Nixa, Missouri; one brother, Mike Wooldridge, and wife, Delores, of Thayer, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Sue Wooldridge, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one loving grandson, Matthew Hull, of Springfield, Missouri; one cherished granddaughter, Chelsea Keller, and husband, Tim, of Nixa, Missouri; three great grandchildren, Kamerin Hull, of Springfield, Missouri and Finley and Wilder Keller, of Nixa, Missouri; one niece, Paula Cooper; and two nephews, Jeremy and Marty Wooldridge; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvie and Nora Wooldridge; and one brother, Paul “Bill” Wooldridge.

Mr. Wooldridge was President of the Empire Gas Company for many years and later worked in the Oil Industry. He enjoyed “talking business”, buying new cars and took great pride in keeping his home and surroundings in immaculate condition. His favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing, watching movies and eating popcorn and hamburgers.
Robert was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. He was deeply devoted to his family and cherished time spent with them. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday, from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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