Joyce Rosekrans

Joyce Rosekrans, age 80, of Thayer, Missouri, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Shady Oaks Health Care in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Woodrow Holesapple

Woodrow Holesapple, age 58, of Brandsville, Missouri, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at 7:00 AM at his home in Brandsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to defray funeral expenses and may be left at the funeral home.

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Imogene Porter

Imogene and Lawrence Porter - August 26, 1950

Imogene and Lawrence Porter – August 26, 1950

Imogene Iris Porter was born the daughter of John Cyrus Baty and Mary Atchley Baty on November 20,1927, in Bendavis, Missouri, and departed this life June 10, 2018, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage on August 26, 1950, at Springfield, Missouri, to J. Lawrence Porter. They were married over sixty-seven years.

She is survived by her husband, J. Lawrence Porter of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two children, Jamie Read and husband, Vernon of Portland, Oregon, and Myron Porter and wife, Rebecca of Tigard, Oregon; six brothers and sisters, Kermit Baty and wife, Dixie of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Mary Jo Temple of Cherryvale, Kansas, Johnnie Lou Mahan of Eminence, Missouri, Kay Crisp and husband, Lonnie, Carolyn Pierce and husband, Delbert and Larry Baty and wife, Debbie, all of Bendavis, Missouri; three grandchildren, Gareth Porter of McMinnville Oregon, Blake Porter of Everett, Washington, and Micah Read of Portland, Oregon; one step-granddaughter, Karen Read of Portland, Oregon; one great-grandchild, Lance Porter of Tigard, Oregon; many nieces and nephews; other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers and sisters, Bonnie Maxwell, Wilma Campbell, Bertie Baty, Hazel Hayes, Eugene Baty, Murlin Baty, Lowell Baty, Montie Baty and Dwyane Baty; and one grandson, Zachary Porter.

Imogene taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Racket Ridge in Texas County before teaching second and third grade in Thayer, Koshkonong and Creve Couer, Illinois. After her teaching career, she joined Lawrence in businesses at Thayer and Yuma, Arizona.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thayer and taught Sunday School for many years. She loved to study the Bible and memorized large sections of the Bible. She had a strong belief that God would always take care of her.

Imogene was an impressively kind lady and always took care of little old ladies. She also volunteered at Shady Oaks Health Care for many years.

She also liked reading literature and history and often had intellectual discussions with her brother Murlin over books they read.

Imogene loved traveling especially with her husband Lawrence. They traveled hundreds of thousands of miles over 49 states and many provinces in Canada. They returned to Thayer and resumed working in their final business, a fabric store.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Funeral services for Imogene Porter will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bill Bales and Brother Gerald Bounds officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

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

 

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Michael R. Martin

 

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Michael R. Martin was the son of Tom R. Martin and Elaine Waldron Martin. He was born on December 16, 1982, in Manningtown Township, New Jeresey, and departed this life May 28, 2018, at Shady Oaks Health Care Center in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 35 years.

He is survived by ten brothers and sisters, Tim Martin and wife, Lisa of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Tommy Ray “Rusty” Martin, Jr. of Thayer, Missouri, Julie Martin of Thayer, Missouri, Robert Martin of Thayer, Missouri, Sandra Martin of Kennett, Missouri, Marcus Martin of Koshkonong, Missouri, David Martin of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Christopher Martin of Kennett, Missouri, Noah Martin of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Shonda Martin of Thayer, Missouri; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Elaine Martin; and one brother, Edward Martin.

Michael loved to be outside, he loved to swim when he was able, and loved to go “bye-bye”.

He was a cherished son and a sweet and loving brother. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Jake Lawrence officiating.

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

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Roger Lee Stromatt

Roger Stromatt

Roger Stromatt

Roger Lee Stromatt was born the son of Clifford Stromatt and Maxine Hurt Stromatt on March 4, 1949, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and passed from this life on May 10, 2018, at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri, at the age of 69 years.

He was united in marriage on September 22, 1970, at St. Charles, Missouri, to Vickie Sue Coggins.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Stromatt of the home in Koshkonong; one son, Roger Stromatt and wife, Tonya of Moulton, Alabama; three daughters, Alicia L. Taylor and husband, Heath of Double Springs, Alabama, Elizabeth Godsey and husband, Nathaniel of Miami, Florida, and Charise Bailey and husband, Bill of Double Springs, Alabama; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four brothers and sisters, Patricia Stevenson and husband, Robert of Troy, Missouri, Helen Bradley and husband, Ronnie of Missouri, Bobby Stromatt and wife, Judy and Carolyn McDonald and husband, Kenneth, all of Double Springs, Alabama; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Maxine Stromatt; and seven brothers and sisters.

Roger chose to further his education, earning a Master’s Degree in Mechancial Engineering.

He was well known for his expertise in machinery repair. He worked several years for area dealerships and later owned and operated his own successful repair business.

Roger was a cattle farmer, and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and conversations with friends. Most of all, he loved time spent with his family, especially the grandkids.

Roger was a man of mechancial knowledge, integrity, and was a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by his family, many friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Kenneth McDonald officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 14th from 6:00 PM until service time at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Eva Harper

Eva Harper

Eva Harper

Eva Louise (Winn) Harper, the baby of 9, was born September 1, 1924, to James Albert and Mary Belle (Jones) Winn. She united with The Father on May 10, 2018, at Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility in Bolivar, Missouri at the age of 93 years.

In 1942, Eva married Robert John Harper, and to this union 5 children were born.

Eva was a beautiful soul with enough love in her heart to fill the universe. She had sparkling eyes and a smile so bright even the sun was intimated. She loved her heavenly father and all his creation. Her objective in life was to be a godly woman and a loving mother and she mastered them both.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; eight siblings; her husband; one son, Billy Bruce Harper; one grandson, Daniel Christopher Harper; and son-in-law, Donald Wayne Estes.

She is survived by her children, Bob Harper and wife, Avalyn, Dan Harper, Rosemary Estes, and Marcia Piper and husband, Mike; her grandchildren, Brian and wife, Katrina, Rodney and wife, Leigh, Anna and husband, Clark, Kerry, Lori, Joe and wife, Jennifer, Michael, Leesa and husband, Matt, and Scott and wife, Jennifer; and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Eva’s warm smile and loving hugs were a special gift. If you have had the privilege of knowing her, you have been smiled upon by God.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harper will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Reverend Darrell Mitchell officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 12th from 1:00 PM until service time at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Murl Dean Lee

Murl Lee

Murl Lee

Murl Dean Lee was born the son of William A. Lee and Nora Ella Armor Lee on April 25, 1935, in Decatur, Illinois, and departed this life May 5, 2018, at Brooke Haven Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on August 30, 1982, at Decatur, Illinois, to Sandra M. Straight.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee of Myrtle, Missouri; his favorite daughter, Vonda Joy Smith of Decatur, Illinois and grandchildren, Jacob and Jason Smith and Judi Wood; twin sons, Lynn “Marty” Martin Lee and Glen “Eddy” Edward Lee, both of Oakley, Illinois; four step-sons, Kevin P. Crum and wife, Paula of Koshkonong, Missouri, Todd R. Koszesza and wife, Sherry of Oreana, Illinois, Aaron G. Crum and wife, Judy of Decatur, Illinois, and Timothy B. Crum of Decatur, Illinois; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Genevieve Klopfenstein of West Burlington, Iowa; a special friend, Vicki Donaldson; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nora Lee; two sisters, Inez McCoy and Laura Stanley; and four brothers, James Lee, Dennis Lee, Vondal Lee, and Clifton Lee.

Murl was a machine repairman, working for over forty years for Müeller Company in Illinois.

He loved spring, when he and some friends would go turkey hunting, frog gigging and turtle hunting. Murl loved to make people laugh especially at family get-togethers.

He was a member of Dellhalf Church of Christ and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Lee’s memory, to Brook Haven Healthcare Special Needs Unit in West Plains. These may be left at the funeral home or at Brook Haven.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Mike Stone officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be at a later date at Harristown Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Suzanne F. Edwards

Suzanne "Sue" Edwards

Suzanne “Sue” Edwards

Suzanne Frances Edwards “Sue” was born the daughter of Victor Benedict Williams and Elaine Mercedes (Welch) Williams on October 10, 1942, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and departed this life May 5, 2018, at her home in Cabool, Missouri, at the age of 75 years.

She was united in marriage by Judge Francis McCurrie on June 12, 1967, at the Marriage Court of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, to William H. “Bub” Edwards.

She is survived by her children and their families; son, Michael William Edwards and wife, Miranda of Colcord, Oklahoma; daughter, Elizabeth Coppinger and husband, Stephen of Edgar Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jordyn Elaine Edwards, Jedidiah William Edwards, Eden Suzanne Edwards, Hunter Hendren, and Conor William Coppinger; sisters-in-law, Rita Fairfax and husband, Jim of Sedalia, Missouri and Sherry Edwards of Thayer, Missouri; nephew, Brad Jones of Sedalia, Missouri; niece, Hope Edwards of Platte City, Missouri; other relatives and too many friends to ever accurately count.

She was preceded in death by best friend and husband, Bub Edwards and her parents, Vic and Elaine Williams.

Sue was a 1960 graduate of Evergreen Park High School. She held many jobs as a young woman, including jobs with General Electric and Elliott Paint and Varnish Company in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and she spent time as a Certified Nursing Assistant before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Bub Edwards. She spent the remainder of her life as Bub’s devoted wife and mother to their children.

She was of the Catholic faith and will be remembered as a deeply devoted wife, mother, MiMi, and loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Suzanne F. Edwards will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Edward Casey officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Ronald E. Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ronald Elmore “Ron” Taylor was born the son of Robert E. Taylor and Bird Chandler Taylor on January 15, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life April 27, 2018, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

He was united in marriage on March 18, 1956, at Hernando, Mississippi, to Clara Marie Wooldridge, who preceded him in death on March 20, 2015.

He is survived by three sons, Ron Taylor of Jefferson City, Missouri, Kenneth Taylor and wife, Donna of West Plains, Missouri, and Rogers Taylor of West Plains, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Anne Taylor of West Plains, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bird Taylor; one son, James Craig Taylor; five brothers and sisters, Rogers Taylor, S.E. Taylor, Marie Geibe, Mildred Rayfield, and June Taylor.

Ron was a small engine mechanic, owning and operating Taylor’s Small Engine, “The Saw Shop” for twenty-three years.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, training bird dogs, and camping trips. He also enjoyed photography, and took beautiful pictures of nature, and most of all, photos of his family and friends.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Pastor Gary Collins officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 1st from 1:00 PM until service time at the Funeral Home Chapel.

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

 

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Jimmy “Jiggs” James

Jimmy James

Jimmy James

Jimmy Ray “Jiggs” James was born the son of Jimmy Dean James and Glenna Ruth Hudson James on October 19, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa and passed in peace from this life on April 25, 2018, at his home in Koshkonong, Missouri at the age of 64 years.

He is survived by his former wife and cherished friend, Donita Harkins; dear friend and companion, Cynthia Vinson; one son, Jim Babka and wife, Beth; two daughters, Amanda George, and Chynna Smith and husband, Travis. He is “Papa Jimmy” to six grandchildren, Kiyra, Katelynn, Aiden, Stephanie, Mckenzie, and Tristand, and one great grandchild. He is also survived by nine brothers and sisters, Orville “Butch” James and wife, Yolanda, Michael Dean James and wife, Paula, John A. James, Alethia Bilotta and husband, John, Robert “Bob” James, Mae Lightcap, William “Rex” James and wife, Amanda, Jessie Foster, and Leann Croney and husband, Mark. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenna Ruth James; his father, Jimmy Dean James; paternal grandparents, Orville and Edith James; and maternal grandparents, Cecil and Jessie Hudson.

Jiggs was known and loved by many, far and wide, from California to the Carolinas, Pennsylvania to Texas.

He served honorably in the United States Army in Germany and stateside. After his service, Jiggs was a well respected and sought after industrial pipefitter who also enjoyed fishing, scratch-off lottery tickets and video poker, and hitting the bar with his buddies.
He was known as a little man with a big attitude and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri, with David Ball officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer at https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/ or a charity of your choice.

Memorial graveside services for Jimmy Ray “Jiggs” James, age 64, of Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, with David Ball officiating.

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

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