Ruth Meredith

Ruth Helen Meredith was born the daughter of Leonard Brooks and Beulah Eva Marie Phillips Brooks on August 8, 1934, in Salem, Missouri, and departed this life August 21, 2017, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

She was united in marriage at Pekin, Illinois, to James Norman Carrington.

She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Carrington of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Eva Morgan of Florence, Oregon, and Shirley Shipp of Thayer, Missouri; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Eva Marie Brooks; her son, James L. Carrington and several brothers and sisters.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, and reading.

She attended Chapel Hill Baptist Church as long as health permitted.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services for Ruth Meredith will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the chapel on Friday, August 25th from 1:00 PM until service time.

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

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James “J. L.” Thompson

J.L. Thompson

J.L. Thompson

James “J.L.” Thompson was born the son of Paul Thompson and Hattie Combs Thompson, on September 16, 1938, in Myrtle, Missouri, and died August 18, 2017, at his home in Bourbon, Missouri, at the age of 78 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Thompson of the home in Bourbon, Missouri; eight children, Brenda Hanley of Ozark, Missouri, John Thompson of St. Louis, Missouri, Kevin Thompson of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, Janice Herron of Jefferson City, Missouri, Kelly Schmitt of Parker, Colorado, Christina Bunton of Sullivan, Missouri, Angela Cain of Bourbon, Missouri, Bradley Doyle of Bourbon, Missouri; twenty-three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his step-mother, Lillian Thompson of Columbia, Missouri; two brothers, Dwight Thompson of Poplar Bluff, Missouri and G.W.Thompson of Wentzville, Missouri; four sisters, Patricia Hall of Pocahontas, Arkansas, Charlene Rau of Fredricktown, Missouri, Detria House of Ocala, Florida and Marshelia Gast of Columbia, Missouri; one special aunt, Jean Simmons of Thayer, Missouri; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Hattie Thompson; two daughters, Valerie and Catherine Thompson; one brother, Paul Thompson, Jr. and one sister, Charity Thompson.

J.L. was a Christian and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was a twenty-two year Veteran of the United States Navy. J.L. was a member of the Clifton Masonic Lodge No. 463 in Thayer, Missouri, VFW Post No. 7147 in Cuba, Missouri, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion Post No. 81 in Bourbon, Missouri.

He retired as supervisor from the State of Missouri Fire Safety Division, after many years of service.

J.L. was deeply devoted to his family and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for James “J. L.” Thompson, age 78 of Bourbon, Missouri, formerly of Myrtle, Missouri, will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Clay Risner officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 until service time.

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

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Sheri Simmons

Sheri Simmons

Sheri Simmons

Sheri Lea Simmons was born the daughter of Henry Drake and Judy (Cox) Drake on January 23, 1968, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and departed this life August 14, 2017, at her home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 49 years.

She was united in marriage on April 19, 1986, at North Little Rock, Arkansas, to David Simmons.

She is survived by her husband, David Simmons of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Hunter Simmons of Republic, Missouri; one grandson, Zane Simmons of West Plains, Missouri; her mother, Judy Clark and step-father, Richard Clark of North Little Rock, Arkansas; her mother-in-law, Jean Simmons of Thayer, Missouri; her step-brother, Todd Clark of Little Rock, Arkansas; several aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Drake; one infant son; one infant daughter; her father-in-law, John Simmons; and maternal grandparents, Dotson and Mildred Cox.

Sheri was a dedicated homemaker, always filling her home with love for her family.

Her hobbies were reading, painting and growing flowers. Most of all she enjoyed all kinds of crafts, especially making Christmas ornaments.

She was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter and grandmother. She will be truly missed by her family and friends.

Graveside services will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Thayer Cemetery with Brother Clay Risner officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 18th from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory, may be made to the funeral home for funeral expense or charity of choice.

 

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Reva Lance

Reva Sue Lance

Reva Sue Lance

Reva Sue (Watson) Lance was born the daughter and only child, of Ralph Raymond Watson and Mary Ellen (Warren) Watson on June 8, 1944, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life August 13, 2017, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 73 years.

She was united in marriage on June 10, 1967, at Alton, Missouri, to Dow Lance, who preceded her in death on January 18, 2014.

She is survived by two sons, Scotty Lance and wife, Jeannie of West Plains, Missouri, and Denzil Lance and wife, Cindy of Alton, Missouri; four grandchildren, Vincent, David, Shaylin, and Jasmine; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mary Ellen Watson; her husband, Dow Lance; and one infant daughter, Vonda Sue Lance.

Reva was a dedicated homemaker, always filling her home with love for her family.

She enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, gospel music, and visiting with family and friends.

She was a long-time member of the Piney Free Will Baptist Church, where she enjoyed studying God’s word and the Christian fellowship.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, loyal friend, and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 18th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Diana Nelson

Diana Nelson

Diana Nelson

Diana Lee Nelson was born the daughter of Albert Benbow and Helen (Head) Benbow on May 13, 1951, in Dayton, Ohio, and entered eternal rest on August 13, 2017, at her home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 66 years.

She was united in marriage on September 30, 1972, in Chesterton, Indiana, to David Nelson.

She is survived by her husband, David Nelson of the home in Thayer, Missouri; three children, David Gerald Nelson of Thayer, Stephanie Hooker and husband, Lorin of Thayer, and Steven W. Nelson and wife, Heather of Michigan City, Indiana; her mother, Helen Benbow of North Vernon, Indiana; four grandchildren, Dakota, MacKenzi, Aydreanna and Christien; one great grandchild, Ronin; one brother, Albert Benbow of Michigan City, Indiana; three sisters, Evelyn Beaty of Williford, Arkansas, Viola Lane of West Port, Indiana, and Bonnie Hardebeck of Greensburg, Indiana; several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Benbow, and two sisters, Christine Lossiah and Helen Wanda Benbow.

Diana attended the Gospel Music Cowboy Church in Williford, Arkansas, as long as health permitted.

She was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed reading, watching movies and playing facebook games.

She will be remembered as a beloved wife, cherished daughter, loving mother, grandmother and sister. She will truly be missed by her family, her church family, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Pastor Jim Polston officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, August 16th from 12:00 noon until service time.

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

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Norma Edwards

Norma Edwards

Norma Edwards

Norma Marie Edwards, the daughter of Frank Lee Newberry and Virgie Ellen (Cline) Newberry, was born September 11, 1934, in Owasso, Oklahoma and departed this life on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at her home in Springfield, Missouri.

She was raised in Thayer, Missouri, graduating with the class of 1952. Norma married her childhood boyfriend, Ralph (Bud) Edwards on November 24, 1951, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, who preceded her in death on January 8, 2005.

After raising their family in Memphis, Tennessee, Bud and Norma relocated to West Plains, Missouri in 1982. Norma was employed with Missouri Department of Family Services, retiring in 1999.

She enjoyed playing and watching golf, bowling, MSU Lady Bears basketball, and caring for her beloved cats. After moving to Springfield, Missouri, she enjoyed supporting the Victory Mission and other charitable endeavors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of fifty plus years.

She is survived by her children, Ralph Edwards and wife, Taru, of West Plains and Diane Smith and husband, Bert, of Springfield; her sister, Mary Lou Evans and husband, Max, of The Woodlands, Texas, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She will be remembered as a beloved mother and sister and will truly be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the West Plains Regional Animal Shelter or the Victory Mission in Springfield.

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Gregory Shilvock

Greg Shilvock

Greg Shilvock

Gregory Henry Shilvock was born the son of Herbert Shilvock and Helen (Vladar) Shilvock on September 25, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, and died on August 4, 2017, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, at the age of 65 years.

He is survived by one daughter, Amy Shilvock of the State of Florida; one son, Jeffery Shilvock of the State of Texas; one grandson, Adler Shilvock; two sisters, Kathy Fowler of Branson, Missouri and Rita Leganski of Berwyn, Illinois; one nephew, Mike Leganski of Joliet, Illinois; one niece, Sue Pyle of Berwyn, Illinois, many cousins, neighbors, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Helen Shilvock and two brothers, Donald Shilvock and Bob Wroblewski.

Greg was a veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army.

He was an accomplished cement finisher, working as long as health permitted.

Greg was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting.

His favorite pastime was having a good time with his cousins and friends.

He will sadly be missed by his family and many friends.

Visitation for Mr. Shilvock will be held, Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Burial will follow immediately in Jeff Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer, Missouri.

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Lehman Ehrhardt

Lehman Ehrhardt

Lehman Ehrhardt

Lehman Ehrhardt was born the son of Arthur Thomas Ehrhardt and Vernie Lou Mary James Ehrhardt on December 27, 1928, Randolph County, Arkansas and died July 28, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

He was united in marriage on May 20, 1948, in Alton, Missouri to JoRheta Ehrhardt who preceded him in death on April 8, 2014.

He is survived by one daughter, Vicky Lynn Rhoads and husband, Steve of Clever, Missouri; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Pat Fisher of West Plains, Missouri; one son-in-law, Ronnie Mills of St. Peters, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Rose Ehrhardt of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Vernie Ehrhardt; his wife, JoRheta Ehrhardt; one son, Cleatus Ehrhardt; one daughter, Brenda Mills; one brother, Millard Ehrhardt and five sisters, Audrey Ehrhardt, Dorthy Smith, Lossie Evans, Geneva Ehrhardt and Doris Deckard.

Lehman was a lifelong resident of Myrtle, Missouri. He was a well-known logger in the area and continued to work in this business until his retirement.

He was a Christian and was of the Church of Christ faith.

Lehman will be remembered as a gifted fiddle player and enjoyed getting together with friends to play music.

Lehman was deeply devoted to his family. He enjoyed family gatherings, conversation and JoRheta’s home cooked meals, which span a total of sixty-six years. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral services for Lehman Ehrhardt will be held, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening, July 31, 2017 from 6-8 PM.

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

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Howard R. Elliott

Howard Elliott

Howard Elliott

Howard Ransom Elliott was born the son of Howard Elliott, Sr. and Minnie Elliott on January 10, 1949, in Waukegan, Illinois.  After a brief illness, he died on July 25, 2017, at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the age of 68 years.

He was united in marriage on June 14, 1981, in Riverwood, Illinois to Carol Lucas.

He is survived by his wife, Carol and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Howard earned his BS Degree at Southern Illinois University in Normal, Illinois and a Masters Degree in Journalism from North Western University in Chicago, Illinois.

He was an Editor for the Elgin Daily Courier News in Elgin, Illinois, where he met his wife, Carol.

After their move to the Ozarks, Howard became an ole time costume photographer on the major fair circuit.

He and Carol were partners and publishers of Hill ‘n Holler Review.  This publication was delivered to numerous businesses throughout the area.

Howard was musically inclined.  He played saxophone and clarinet and sang for the Repertory Theater of the Ozarks, performing in the production of “Cats” and several other shows.

He will truly be missed.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Jeff Cemetery near Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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George Dutton

George Dutton, age 78, of Myrtle, Missouri, formerly of Harley, Mississippi, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:55 AM at his home in Myrtle.

A memorial service for Mr. Dutton will be held at a later date  in Mississippi.

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

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