Tom Powell

Tom Powell

Tom Powell

Thomas H. Powell was born in Thayer, Missouri, the son of H.H. Powell and Mary C. Buehler Powell on December 4, 1930 and departed this life on July 4, 2019 at his home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

He was united in marriage to Jessa Nell Brewer on April 25, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri. They spent sixty-six wonderful years together.

He is survived by his wife, Jessa Nell Powell of the home in Thayer, Missouri; three children, David W. Powell of Thayer, Missouri, Stephen P. Powell of Basin, Wyoming and Susan M. Powell of Denver, Colorado; one grandson, Ben D. Powell of Alabama; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. and Mary Powell; and one sister, Glendora Sharp.

Tom was a Christian and active member of the Clifton Freewill Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri. He spent many years as a Deacon and Superintendent of the church.

He was a prominent dairy farmer, spending most of his life working with cattle and tending to his farm. During his free time, he loved to go fishing.

Tom will truly be missed by his family and the neighborhood in which he lived.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Family will receive friends on Monday, July 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Linda Freeman

Linda Freeman

Linda Freeman

Linda Noland Freeman was born in Sioux City, Iowa the daughter of Buford Noland and Muriel Standley Elser on July 16, 1959 and departed this life on June 26, 2019 at her home in Cherokee Village, Arkansas at the age of 59 years.

She was united in marriage to Dale Freeman. He preceded her in death in 2014.

She is survived by her mother, Muriel Standley Elser of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; one brother, Buford Noland, Jr. and wife, Debra, of Newburg, Missouri; three sisters, Vicki Arnold and husband, Dennis, of Peoria, Illinois, Brenda Janes of Peoria, Illinois and Trella Opp and husband, Ron, of International Falls, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Steven James, Evangline and Zachary McMahill, all of Peoria, Illinois; the mother of her grandchildren, Tina Alverson of Peoria, Illinois; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Freeman; her father, Buford Noland; one son, Steve McMahill; and one sister, Sarah Standley.

Linda was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. She spent many years assisting her husband in running his brick laying business. She also was a homemaker, dedicated to caring for her home and family.

She loved swimming in her free time. She also enjoyed time with her horses. She loved to go horseback riding and often worked on training them.

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

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with brother Larry White officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday June 30, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

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Earl Pressley

Earl Pressley

Earl Pressley

Earl Grover Pressley of Koshkonong, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2019. He was born on February 21, 1944 at the Pressley farm near Koshkonong, Missouri to Hayden Crawford Pressley and Thelma Stith Pressley. Earl was married to Pauline Merka Pressley.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hayden and Thelma Pressley; and his sister, Oneda Young.

Earl leaves behind his wife, Pauline; one son, Les Pressley and wife, Tammy and daughter, Tressa Pressley; one brother, H.C. Pressley; three step children, Dawn Braun and husband, Robert; Frank Joe Merka and wife, Mary Ann, and Kristi Rogers and husband, Derek; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

Earl resided in Koshkonong his entire life and was employed at Koshkonong High School for twenty-five years. He later was employed at Mammoth Spring High School for five years. After his retirement from teaching, he worked at Pease Farm for fifteen years.

Earl enjoyed square dancing, hunting with bird dogs and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a long-time board member and spent many hours caring for the Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery. He was a Christian and attended the Koshkonong Methodist Church.

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

Funeral services for Earl Pressley, age 75, of Koshkonong, Missouri will be held, Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother   Ronnie Richardson and Brother Johnny Holesapple officiating.

The body will lie in state at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 8:00 AM until service time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may me made in his memory to the Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery Association.

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Delieta Bookout

Delieta Bookout

Delieta Bookout

Delieta Bookout was born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the daughter of Adrain R. Downs and Ora A. Porter Downs on July 25, 1946 and departed this life on June 26, 2019 at her home in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 72 years.

She was united in marriage to Billy Cochran in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas in 1965. He preceded her in death. She was later united in marriage to John Bookout in Thayer, Missouri. He also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Delbert Cochran and wife, Tabatha, of Paragould, Arkansas; two stepchildren, John Bookout, Jr. and Melinda Martin; three sisters, Rita Harkleroad of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Wanda Downs of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Christine Merriman of Floyd, Arkansas; eight step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Cochran; her second husband, John Bookout; her parents, Adrain and Ora Downs; one brother, Larry Downs; two sisters, Mary Lawson and Glenda Hall; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Cochran; one nephew, Chad Howell; and one grandchild, Lisa Cochran.

Delieta attended State Line Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Missouri. She spent thirteen dedicated years as a Medical Technician at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri.

She loved to crochet, making beautiful creations for her friends and family. Delieta also enjoyed growing flowers, making flower arrangements and shopping.

Delieta 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 funeral service will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Wayne Hurst officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Interment will be held Babe Collins Cemetery in Wirth, Arkansas.

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

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Hosea Rhoades

Hosea Rhoades

Hosea Rhoades

Hosea Rhoades was born the son of Abner S. Rhoades and Julia A. Leu Rhoades on January 12, 1922 in Couch, Missouri and departed this life on June 26, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 97 years.

He was united in marriage on July 5, 1945 to Anna Marie Moreland in Salem, Arkansas. Anna was a beautiful Christian girl who he met at a large tent revival that was held on the Add Smith farm east of Couch.

He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Adams and Janet Bowers, both of Thayer, Missouri; one son, Wayne H. Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri; five grandchildren, Rhnea Adams and fiancé, Jason Oakes, of Thayer, Missouri, Matt Adams and wife, Mandy, of Viola, Arkansas, Tim Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri, Jason Rhoades and wife, Sherry, of Thayer, Missouri and Chris Rhoades of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nine great grandchildren, Lauren and husband, Cory, Jordan and fiancé, Eddie Meier, Alley, Jake, Madelynn, Haden, Maylee and Graham; two great-great grandchildren, Landon and Chase Godwin; one brother, John David Rhoades and wife Carol, of Columbia, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Marie of sixty-three years; his parents, Abner and Julia Rhoades; four brothers and their wives, Noah and Helen (Mainprize) Rhoades, Silas and Ruth (Miller) Rhoades, Naman and Catherine (Warren) Rhoades, Paul and Anna (Lindholm) Rhoades; one sister, Julia Leu and husband, Hutch McFann; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Graff Rhoades and Margaret Smith and husband, Ben; his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Minnie Moreland; one brother-in-law, Mike Moreland; one daughter-in-law, Jane Anderson Rhoades; and two sons-in-law, Bud Adams and Don Bowers.

Hosea attended Couch School for twelve years, graduating as Salutatorian of his class. He was also the first president of Couch FFA. He attended Springfield Teachers College and attended Harvard University.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. After serving in the Navy, Hosea returned to Couch, becoming a dairy farmer.

In 1964, he became postmaster in Couch, Missouri. Then in 1968, Hosea became postmaster in Thayer, Missouri, retiring in 1983 after nineteen years of dedicated service.

Hosea became a Christian in 1942 at a tent revival and was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church for many years. In later years, he attended the Thayer Freewill Baptist Church until his health no longer permitted.

Hosea was very much loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

Family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hosea’s memory can be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Gideon’s International.

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Donnie Carl Collins

Donnie Carl Collins, age 67, of Thayer, Missouri, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1:56 AM in Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.

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

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Don Bowers

Don Bowers

Don Bowers

Donald Wayne Bowers was born the son of George Everett Bowers and Empo Lucille Childers Bowers, on November 17, 1945 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and departed this life on June 18, 2019 at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 73 years.

He was united in marriage to Janet K. Rhoades on September 17, 1971 at the Couch United Methodist Church in Couch, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Bowers, of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Adams of Thayer, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Wayne Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri; his father-in-law, Hosea Rhoades of Thayer; one close former sister-in-law, Nancy Bowers Hurtt; ten nieces and nephews, Jeff Bowers and wife, Carrie, of Virginia, Jason Bowers and wife, Shelby of Thayer, Aaron Bowers of Thayer, Kim Carr and husband, Darren, of Thayer, Carolyn Edwards and husband, Sam, of Thayer, Rhnea Adams and fiancé, Jason Oakes, of Thayer, Matt Adams and wife, Mandy, of Viola, Arkansas, Tim Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri, Jason Rhoades and wife, Sherry, of Thayer and Chris Rhoades of Tulsa, Oklahoma; fourteen great nieces and nephews, Lauren and husband Cory, Paige, Jordan, Allye, Hannah, Alisha, Kayla, Samantha, Crystal, Jake, Madelynn, Maylee, Hayden, Graham and Hadley; two great-great nephews, Chase and Landon Godwin; other relatives and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Empo Bowers; two brothers, Carl and Paul Bowers; one sister, Janice Bowers Todd; his mother-in-law, Anna Rhoades; one sister-in-law, Jane Rhoades; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Todd and Bud Adams; his paternal and maternal grandparents; one great nephew, Jerrod Carr; and one great niece, Nerissa Bowers.

Don was a humble and gentle Christian man. He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of sixteen years at the Kings Point Methodist Church. He attended Thayer School, graduating in 1963. Don was a heavy equipment operator doing custom dozing for approximately thirty years. He was well known for his excellent work. He loved the country life. He owned a farm, raising beef cattle and hay. He looked forward to the spring to start the hay season.

Don was a deeply loved, devoted Christian, husband, uncle, brother and a friend to all. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson and Brother Todd Williams officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the service time.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory can be made to the Gideon’s International or Samaritans Purse.

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Tawni Cristeen Gross

Tawni Gross

Tawni Gross

Tawni Cristeen Gross was born in Mendota, Illinois, the daughter of Scott Zurawski and Tabitha Pelc Zurawski on June 13, 1996 and departed this life on June 10, 2019 in Ravenden, Arkansas, at the age of 22 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Baizley Rudd of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; her parents, Scott and Tabitha Zurawski of Heber Springs, Arkansas; her siblings, Jolyssa Zurawski, Chelsie Zurawski, Damien Zurawski, Dillon Fox, Valerie Kossakowski, all of Illinois and Kylee Rudd of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; her grandparents, Michael Pelc, Carolyn Snow and Edith Zurawski; her second mom, Karen Mullins; her special friend, Cody Rudd; four aunts, Michelle Wright, Kelly Robinson, Dawn Wilson and Rocita Ramous; one uncle, Christopher Pelc; many cousins, nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

Tawni spent many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri. She loved being a mother and cherished her time with her daughter, Baizley. She also enjoyed time spent with her friends and family. She loved riding four-wheelers and going mudding in the back woods of Arkansas and going swimming in the river.

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

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

Family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

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

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Edith Robinson

Edith Robinson

Edith Robinson

Edith Murriel Powell Robinson, was born on February 1, 1935 to Luther and Ruby Ethel (Hatfield) Powell at their home in Fryatt, Arkansas. She departed this life on June 17, 2019 in the home of her Donna & Don Brooker (her daughter and son-in-law) in Gainesville, Florida at the age of 84 years.

She was united in marriage to Joseph T. Robinson on August 26, 1954, at the Thayer Church of Christ, Missouri. They were married 40 years until his death in 1994.

She was the first in her immediate family to graduate High School (Mammoth Spring) and enjoyed going to school. Shortly after graduation, she married Joe T. and they headed off for their first home together in Altus, Oklahoma. During his military career, Edith joined him while training at a variety of bases. They were stationed in four different states and abroad. At each location, Edith made their one-bedroom apartment, or their trailer, or their basement apartment, or their house, a home. While she supported “the mission” of the military through her support of her husband, Edith was happy to retire to their hometown in 1972, living in the home they built together.

In each place they lived, she quickly got involved with the church home, made friends and kept these friends throughout the years. She enjoyed Ladies’ Bible classes and the special connection this allowed her to have with her Sisters in Christ. She enjoyed teaching children’s Bible classes and serving others for the Lord. She also volunteered in clubs and schools where daughter Donna attended. In 1978, she welcomed Aki (Nakajima) Takatsu into their home as a Japanese exchange student, and has kept in touch with her these past 41 years, and was able to meet Aki’s older son, Nobu, in 2015 during a special visit to her in Florida!

As a young adult, she loved her farm animals and was pleased to be able to have cattle, and a garden, on her return to Mammoth Spring. She raised cattle for 16 years, had a number of dogs and cats. She kept feeders full of nectar for hummingbirds (and then sat and watched their antics).

She experienced a difficult time during the early 1990’s, losing her mother, then her dad, and finally her husband. She clung to the Lord, gaining strength from His word, and many times quoted Philippians 4:13. She kept her home in Mammoth Spring for 15 years with much support from John (David) Robinson, her brother in law, and many caring friends. She kept busy with her lawn, home, and firing up her furnace in the winter, until one January she decided she couldn’t do it anymore. She then moved to Gainesville, FL in 2009 and lived independently at North Florida Retirement Village in Gainesville, FL where she continued to meet new friends, and was involved in many activities, especially a daily walk, outside whenever possible! Again, she enjoyed her new church family, and Ladies Bible Class, staying active due to the loving offers of transportation by her brothers and sisters in Christ.

In late May, due to the need for round the clock care, Edith moved to live with Donna and Don. Grandson Wess Brooker and Heath (Corfield), dropped everything they were doing to come to Gainesville. They emptied and stored items from a guest bedroom and moved necessary items from Grandmamas apartment to make this room her new home.

While 2019 was a difficult year for Edith due to the need for and struggle with oxygen, the anticipation and arrival of a great grandchild was a blessing. She was anxious to send off a quilt she had made to welcome her first great Grandchild, and was finally at peace knowing it was sent to Grandson Michael Brooker and wife Lindsay. From her room in Florida she was excited to meet Charlotte Reagan Brooker via FaceTime thanks to technology.

In a short period of time (20 days), she was blessed to have a care giver during the workweek who is a sister in Christ. Joyce Assan made sure that Edith was able to listen to her favorite songs (gospel a cappella), and many times sang to her from a hymnal. Edith was always comforted when people said they were praying for her.

Edith taught her family to love the Lord and to bring their cares to Him in prayer. Her faith will be remembered by her family: Donna, Don, Wess, Heath, Michael, and Lindsay, and will be shared with Charlotte. While Edith loved her brother and her husband’s siblings, many times she mentioned that her sisters-in-law were more like sisters to her: Marlene (John) Robinson and Gladys (Elmer) Powell.

She was thankful for and felt blessed by the relationship she shared with her nieces (Shirley, Sue, Gail, Kathryn and their families), nephews, many cousins, and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Jeff Lancaster officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the service time.

Interment will be held at the Thayer Cemetery following the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Edith Robinson’s memory to the Robinson Endowment Scholarship Fund to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Donations can be made and left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri or be made out to:

Harding University

Attn: Dan Campbell

915 East Market Avenue  HU 12238

Searcy, AR 72139

Please note that it is for the “Robinson Endowment”

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

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Harold Tackitt

 

Harold Tackitt

Harold Tackitt

Harold Gene Tackitt was born in Gepp, Arkansas, the son of Everett Tackitt and Arizona Deatherage Tackitt on April 20, 1938 and departed this life on June 5, 2019 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 81 years.

He was united in marriage to Faye Shelley McKee on June 9, 1984 in Thayer, Missouri. They spent almost thirty-five wonderful years together.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Tackitt of the home, in Thayer, Missouri; five children, Vickie Leonard and husband, Tom, of Caulfield, Missouri, Jesse Tackitt and wife, Anita, of West Plains, Missouri, Lorinda Parker and husband, David, of Caulfield, Missouri, Randy Tackitt and Jane of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Curtis Tackitt and wife, Margaret, of West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Bessie Biddle of Mount Ayr, Iowa; one brother-in-law, R.L. Maynard of Gepp, Arkansas; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of twenty-five years, LaVonne Joan Tackitt; his parents, Everett and Arizona Tackitt; one daughter, VaLanda Kaye Tackitt; one granddaughter, Brandy Tackitt; one great granddaughter, Arionna Kinder; three brothers; and six sisters.

Harold was an Assembly of God minister, pastoring many churches in this area for over thirty-five years.

Besides his ministry, he was a hardworking logger and rancher. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed going hunting during deer and turkey season, and fishing.

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

Funeral services for Harold Tackitt, age 81, of Thayer, Missouri, will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Reverend Stephen Shelley officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Friday June 14th from 6-8 PM.

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

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