Geraldine “Geri” Ream

Geri Ream

Geri Ream

Geraldine “Geri” (Sinclair) Ream was born the daughter of William Riley Sinclair and Mattie (Butcher) Sinclair on December 4, 1923, in Houma, Louisiana and departed this life December 16, 2013, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage on December 25, 1952 in San Francisco, California to Dr. Robert Russell Ream, who preceded her in death on November 8, 2001.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Scott Ream and wife, Pam of West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Dr. Anne Ream and husband, Creig Schuster of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Delaney Ream, Haley McCall and Matthew McCall; one sister, Fredia Roller of Kinsley, Kansas; a host of nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Robert R. Ream; six brothers, Richard, Bill, John, Bob, Raymond, and Harold Sinclair.

Mrs. Ream and her husband, Dr. Robert R. Ream, owned Ream Optometry in Thayer, where she worked as office manager for many years.

She was civic minded and active in her community, serving as Mayor of the City of Thayer for two terms. Mrs. Ream was a long-standing member of the Thayer Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Fidelis Club, Shady Oaks Advisory Board, Mammoth Spring Literacy Association and the American Foundation for Vision Awareness and was recognized as Thayer’s Citizen of the Year.

Geri enjoyed traveling, reading and playing bridge with her friends, but most of all she loved her family and treasured time they shared together.

She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bill Bales officiating. The family will receive friends at the Chapel in Thayer on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will be in 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 Thayer Fun & Friends or Shady Oaks Activity Center.

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Euda Russell

Euda Russell

Euda (Wales) Russell was born the daughter of Frank Wales and Allie (Janes) Wales on May 14, 1923 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life December 5, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage on June 3, 1941, to George Griffin, who preceded her in death in May, 1943. To this union a daughter, Jo Ann was born.

On December 12, 1949, she was married to Olen Russell.

She is survived by her husband, Olen of the home in Thayer; Missouri; one daughter, Jo Ann Head and husband, Rodger of Springfield, Missouri; two step grandchildren, Eraka Kimker and husband, Steve, and Derick Head and wife, Sharon; three step great grandchildren, Emali Price and husband, Matt, Zachary Kimker, and Connor Head; and her feline companion of seventeen years, Sheba; a host of other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Allie Wales; her first husband, George Griffin, one brother, Alvin Wales; four sisters, Arkie Grooms, Fay Gregory, Hila Strain, and infant, Eula Wales.

Euda enjoyed helping her dad in the fields as she was growing up. She pieced her first quilt at age thirteen. She and Olen spent the last sixty-four years living and working on a farm where, at one time they milked over forty head of cows and, she named each one. She was employed for a short time at the garment factory in Thayer.

Her hobbies were varied from raising exotic birds to making Barbie clothes. She had a green thumb and could grow most any kind of flowers; her passion was iris and African violets. She hand-pieced a multitude of quilts and gave most of them to family and friends. She was a hard worker all her life but now, at rest with her Heavenly Father.

She was saved and baptized at an early age and was of the Baptist faith. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mrs. Russell will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer from 1:00 until service time.

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

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Larry Bechtel

Larry Bechtel

Larry Bechtel

Larry Allen Bechtel, the son of Ralph William Bechtel and Emma Mae (Lawson) Bechtel, was born July 20, 1948 in Doniphan, Missouri, and departed this life November 16, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 65 years.

He was united in marriage on May 14, 1967 in Thayer, Missouri to Lois Melton.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Bechtel of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one son, Billy Bechtel of Jamestown, Missouri; one daughter, Stacy Olbricht and husband, Keith of Paintsville, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Brianne and Brendan Bechtel; and Benjamin, Kaitlyn, Shelby and Emma Jean Olbricht; one sister, Beth Lawson of Knoxville, Tennesse; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Emma Mae Bechtel.

Larry was a Vietnam Veteran, earning several medals while proudly serving his country in the United States Navy. After returning from military service, he was employed at SEI in West Plains, Missouri, retiring after twenty-six years of service.

He and his wife, Lois, shared in the enjoyment of being outdoors, working in both their flower and vegetable gardens. Soon this passion turned into the well-known Bechtel Nursery, which they owned and operated for twenty years.

Larry also loved fishing, hunting and most of all, spoiling his grandkids.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a kind and caring brother, and a loyal friend. Larry will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial Services will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until service time. Services will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer

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Verdie Plympton

Verdie Plympton

Verdie Jo (Brewer) James Plympton was born the daughter of Mose Brewer and Bernice (Clark) Brewer on May 27, 1922 in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life November 13, 2013 in Hollister, Missouri at the age of 91 years.

She was united in marriage on June 21, 1947 in Los Angeles, California to Charles L. James who preceded her in death on May 16, 1976. She was united in marriage in Forsyth, Missouri to Edgar Plympton who preceded her in death on March 16, 1995.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Chapman and husband, Bob of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Debra Salmon of Hollister, Missouri; five grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Thomas, both of Ventura, California, Billy Thomas of San Diego, California, Eric Salmon of Hollister, Missouri, and Vance Salmon and wife, Penny of Springfield, Missouri; one granddaughter, Andrea Stegeman and husband, Jay of Estes Park, Colorado; three great grandchildren, Alexis, Nicole, and Jack; two sisters, June Harpole of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jessa Nell Powell and husband, Tom of Thayer, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mose and Bernice Brewer; her husbands, Charles James and Edgar Plympton; and two sisters, Geraldine Wiley and Linda Brewer.

Verdie was a proud homemaker who loved and cared deeply for her family and friends. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxilliary in Forsyth, Missouri, and enjoyed bowling and playing shuffleboard.

She was a Christian lady of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, a wonderful sister, a kind and caring aunt, and a true friend. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Plympton will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Darrell Mitchell officiating.

Mrs. Plympton’s body will Lie-In-State at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Monday, November 18th from 9:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the Funeral Home.

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Lorene Rolen

Lorene Rolen

Evelyn Lorene (Smith) Rolen was born the daughter of Thomas “Tommy” Smith and Edith (Geib) Smith on May 16, 1934, in Lunsford, Arkansas, and departed this life November 12, 2013, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 79 years.

She was united in marriage on December 27, 1952, in Oregon County, Missouri, to Charles Franklin Rolen, who preceded her in death on September 27, 1989.

She is survived by six children, Jerry Rolen of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Linda Powell and husband, William of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Donald Rolen and wife, Linda of Sterling, Illinois, Dennis Rolen and wife, Theresa of Easton, Kansas, Carl Rolen of West Plains, Missouri, and Debra Berry and husband, Robert of Cave City, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two infant children, Joyce Ann Rolen and Karen Sue Rolen; three sisters, Goldie Wood-Johnson, Velma (Meyers) Phillips, and Lucille Price; two brothers, Harvey Smith and Avery Smith; and infant twin siblings.

Lorene was a homemaker and an amazing cook, specializing in family dinners, pies and biscuits. She also enjoyed gardening, yardwork, molding and painting ceramics, and wood carving. She could do about any thing to which she set her mind, including building a fence or small engine repair.

Lorene was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Mammoth Spring VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She will be remembered as a kind and caring lady with a deep devotion to her family. She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

Memorial services will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of the service. 

Services will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

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Alfred “A.J.” Lohr

Alfred Lohr

Alfred James Lohr was born the son of Ernest Henry Lohr and Nora Ellen (Harrod) Lohr on December 30, 1915, in Billmore, Missouri and departed this life November 10, 2013, in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 97 years.

He was united in marriage on September 18, 1950, in Salem, Arkansas to Helen Gray, who preceded him in death on March 9, 1987.

He is survived by two children, Janice Helen Kelley and husband, John of Los Angeles, California and David Alfred Lohr and wife, Anita Jean of Thayer, Missouri; two grandchildren, Alfred J. Lohr and William D. Lohr; eight step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Nora Lohr; one infant daughter, Janet Nola Lohr; three brothers, Leonard W. Lohr, Cleo A. Lohr and William H. Lohr; and two sisters, Anna McComb and Alma M. Pingleton.

Mr. Lohr served his country in the United States Army during World War II. After returning from military service, Alfred started working in the logging industry and owned and operated his own sawmill for many years.

His passion for God’s word was evident as he read and studied his Bible daily, having read the entire Bible many times during his life.

He loved to deer hunt and hunted well into his 90’s, killing his last deer at the age of 92 and going on his last hunt at the age of 93. A.J. also enjoyed fishing, archery, and re-loading shells.

He was a Christian of the Assembly of God faith, and a member of the American Legion Post #344.

He was devoted to his family and was a loyal neighbor and friend. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services for Mr. Lohr will be Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Thursday evening, November 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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

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Gene Hatman

Gene Hatman

Eugene Hatman was born the son of Andy Hatman and Sue (Martin) Hatman on May 16, 1943, in Myron, Arkansas and departed this life November 11, 2013, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 70 years.

He was united in marriage November 11, 1972, in Salem, Arkansas to Patsy (Miller) Hatman.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Hatman of the home in Thayer, Missouri; his mother, Sue Hatman of Bryant, Arkansas; his brother, Jerry Hatman of Bryant, Arkansas; his children, Kelly Hatman and wife, Eve of Pineville, Arkansas, Kimberlie Preston and husband, Jerry of Booneville, Arkansas, Chris Hatman and wife, Sara of Serrum, Virginia, Andrea Bowman and husband, Eric of Lewisville, Texas, Tim Ary and wife, Carolyn of Thayer, Missouri, Denise Davis and husband, John of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Michele McBride of Wentzville, Missouri, and several foster children that were cared for in his home for 25 years; his grandchildren, Saxton Hatman, Trenton Hatman, and Allison Hatman all of Pineville, Arkansas, Josh Madera, Chris Madera, and Kayla Madera, all of Booneville, Arkansas, Noah Hatman of Virginia, Evangeline Bowman of Lewisville, Texas, Zach Ary and fiancè, Brittany Bivins of Thayer, Missouri, Nick Ary of Thayer, Missouri, Leslie McIntyre and husband, Peter of Springfield, Missouri, Wesley Davis of Bono, Arkansas, Katie Shockley, Addison Brown, and Nathan Brown, all of Wentzville, Missouri; great grandchild, Jayden Madera of Booneville, Arkansas; his brothers-in-law, George Miller and wife, Dona of Springfield, Missouri, John Miller and wife, Gayle of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, and Glen Fraley of Houston, Missouri; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andy Hatman; his father-in-law, Bynum Miller; his mother-in-law, Mildred Miller; his sisters-in-law, Donna Hatman and Neva Fraley; and his children, Andy Eugene Hatman, Jr. and Tony Ary.

Gene served his country in the United States Air Force as Security Police and was in law enforcement serving as Deputy Sheriff of Oregon County and Chief of Police of Thayer, Missouri for most of his life. He also enjoyed buying, fixing up and selling vehicles in varying capacities. His favorite past time was sitting on the lake with a fishing pole and one of his many fishing buddies for hours at a time.

He was a believer and a member of First Baptist Church of Thayer, Missouri for many years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services for Mr.Hatman will be Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Dr. George T. Miller officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Wednesday evening, November 13th from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the First Baptist Church Youth Ministry in Thayer. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.

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Leo Hall

Leo Hall

Leo Hall

Leo Hall was born the son of James Andrew Hall and Lydia (Sorrell) Hall on November 26, 1928, in Myrtle, Missouri and departed this life November 8, 2013, in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 84 years.

He was united in marriage on May 5, 1951, in Pocahontas, Arkansas to Jueldine Honeycutt, who preceded him in death on March 4, 1989. He was united in marriage on August 24, 1991, in Thayer, Missouri to Mary (Rogers) Combs.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hall of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; two sons, Don Hall of Myrtle, Missouri and Steve Hall and wife, Ronda of Thayer, Missouri; two granddaughters, Lisa Bowers and husband, Jeremy of Thayer, Missouri and Amanda Jens and husband, David of Pomona, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Brooke, Tessa, Lorrin and Addison Jens, Cole Bettis, and Kyle Bowers; four sisters-in-law and their husbands; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lydia Hall; his wife, Jueldine Hall; and one grandson, Timothy Hall.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Occupation Medal while stationed in Germany.

Leo owned and operated a can milk hauling service for many years. He was also a successful livestock farmer and enjoyed working on the farm and raising cattle. Most of all, he loved his family and cherished time spent with them.

He was a Christian man and a faithful member of the Myrtle Free Will Baptist Church.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. He will truly be missed by his family and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Ralph Douglas and Brother David Honeycutt officiating.

Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery 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 Myrtle Cemetery Fund and left at the Funeral Home.

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Molly Cantrell

Molly Cantrell

Molly Ruth (Walthall) Cantrell was born the daughter of Charles William Walthall and Bertha Jane (Fraley) Walthall on July 19, 1935, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life November 6, 2013, at her home near Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 78 years.

She was united in marriage on August 4, 1957, in Miami, Oklahoma, to Hershel “Bud” Cantrell, who preceded her in death on August 9, 1995.

She is survived by two children, Randal Cantrell of Thayer, Missouri, and Brenda Walker and husband, David of Henderson, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Anita Sturgeon and husband, Bryan of Rover, Missouri, Monica Van Gent and husband, Mike of San Diego, California, and Lindsay Ressler and husband, Trey of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four great grandchildren, Callie, Jobe, and Emmy Sturgeon and Lainey Van Gent; two brothers, Howard Walthall and wife, Duronda of Independence, Missouri and Dan Walthall and wife, Faye of Galena, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Annette Janice Cantrell; and one sister, Lillian Williams.

Molly was an avid reader, and enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and working in her flower garden.

She had been employed at Sears, Roebuck & Company and Montgomery Ward, both in Kansas City, Missouri; Tri-County Shirt Factory in Salem, Arkansas; and worked as a waitress in various local restaurants.

Molly was a member of the Thayer Church of Christ for many years. She will be remembered as a kind and caring lady with a deep devotion to her family. She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Thayer on Sunday, November 10th from 2:00 PM until service time.

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

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Glen D. Johnson

Glen Johnson

Glen Del Johnson was born the son of James Edward Johnson and Lola Mae (Wheeler) Johnson on June 14, 1929 in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life March 27, 2013 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on August 3, 1954 in Thayer, Missouri to Jean Marie Wiggs who preceded him in death on March 22, 1991.

He is survived by one son, Michael Johnson of Las Cruces, New Mexico; one daughter, Jo Fran Hobbs of Lenexa, Kansas; two granddaughters, Jenna Hobbs of Lenexa, Kansas, and Brandy Wiseman of Phoenix, Arizona; one great grandson, Ethan Cannon; two brothers, James Johnson of Alton, Missouri and Phillip Paul Johnson of Merkel, Texas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lola Mae Johnson; five brothers, Boyd “Bud” Johnson, Nolan “Bill” Johnson, Don Johnson, his twin, Glee Johnson, and Ned Johnson; and two sisters, Marian Evans and Jessie Mae Burkhead.

Glen was a machinist, retiring from Armco Steel in Kansas City, Missouri after twenty-three years on the job. He enjoyed collecting and working on guns as well as raising a garden.

He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a wonderful brother, a great uncle, and a loyal friend. Glen will truly be missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Johnson will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Mr. Johnson’s children officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.

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