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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Edith Strain

Edith Strain

Edith Dolores (Fischer) Strain was born the daughter of John B. Fischer and Hazel (Harrison) Fischer on October 25, 1918 in Belleville, Illinois, and departed this life October 25, 2013, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 95 years.

She was united in marriage on November 14, 1944, in Geneva, Nebraska, to James Robert Strain who preceded her in death on April 22, 1996.

She is survived by two sisters, Janet Smith of Vinton, Virginia, and Joan Veath of Belleville, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Daphene Gordon of Fielding, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hazel Fischer; her husband, James Robert Strain; one brother, James W. Fischer; and five sisters, Martha Ehret, Mary Howard, Ethel Fischer, Valeda Koderhandt and Harriet Fehlker.

Edith was a charter member of the Couch Methodist Church, and a former member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed quilting and needlework, and was employed by Puritan Fashions garment factory in Thayer, Missouri, for many years, working as floor supervisor.

She will be remembered as a loving sister, a caring aunt, and will truly be missed.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Strain will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Jeannette Bragg officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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 Couch Community Church, St. Jude’s Chidren’s Research Hospital, or the Gideons and may be left at the Funeral Home.

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James Skaggs

James Skaggs

James Edward Skaggs was born the son of William Henry Skaggs and Ida Catherine (Duckworth) Skaggs on September 19, 1925, in Braggadocio, Missouri and departed this life October 21, 2013, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 88 years.

He was united in marriage on April 29, 1950 in Piggott, Arkansas to Olliene Curtis, who preceded him in death on April 26, 2009.

He is survived by one son, James Allen Skaggs of West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Donna Gail Rainwater and husband, Jerry of Koshkonong, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jamie Lee Rainwater-Hovey and husband, Zack, and Cari Lynn Rainwater, all of West Plains, Missouri, Amy Joy Rainwater of Fenton, Missouri, and Thomas W. Rainwater and wife, Amanda of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one great granddaughter, Ariana Rainwater of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one sister, Mary S. Wion and husband, Jim of Barnhart, Missouri; one brother, Hillis Troy Skaggs and wife, Judy of Englewood, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Skaggs of Collinsville, Illinois and Gloria Skaggs of Salina, Kansas; one brother-in-law, Bill Curtis and wife, Carian of Ash Flat, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; his church family; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Doyle Odell Skaggs and Bobby Gene Skaggs; and two sisters, Kathryn Delila Skaggs and Mildred Magdeline Skaggs.

James was a car detailer and worked for various automobile companies throughout the years.

He was a Christian and faithfully attended the Christian Tabernacle at Wirth for 48 years. He was an avid reader, especially God’s Word, his Bible. He enjoyed family picnics and the Christian fellowship with his church family.

He will be remembered for his kindness and good nature toward his fellow man and the deep devotion and love for his family and church. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Christian Tabernacle at Wirth, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends at the Christian Tabernacle on Thursday from 1:00 PM until time of service.

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

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Deanna Amick

Deanna Amick

Deanna Amick

Deanna Marie Amick was born the daughter of Edward Dale Amick and Linda Marie (Tinker) Amick on November 20, 1969 in Creve Coeur, Missouri and departed this life October 17, 2013 at her Mother’s home in Warm Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 43 years.

She is survived by one son, Dylan Amick of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; two brothers, Christopher Amick and his wife, Sharla of Warm Springs, Arkansas and Michael Amick and his wife, Sara of Myrtle, Missouri; two nieces, Gracie and Audree; three nephews, Charlie, Lane and Coy; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Tinker of St. Louis, Missouri, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Dale Amick; her maternal grandfather, Carl Edward Tinker and her paternal grandparents, Hughey and Ruby Amick.

Deanna was a graduate of Couch High School, graduating with the Class of 1987. She enjoyed sports, ran Cross Country and was a Couch Indian cheer leader for four years.

She earned her nursing degree from Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and was employed by Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center for several years. She will be remembered for her deep devotion to her job and to those she served. Deanna also owned Mid America Legal Consulting Firm.

Deanna’s most enjoyable things in life were her family, her job and helping others. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services will be Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Liberty Cemetery near Gatewood, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Monday from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon.

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

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Billie Gene Rader

Billie Rader

Billie Rader

Billie Gene Rader was born the son of Harve Rader and Ruby (Bennett) Rader on September 17, 1931, in Willow Springs, Missouri and departed this life October 12, 2013, at the Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma, at the age of 82 years.

He was united in marriage on March 13, 1952, in Salem, Arkansas to Genevia Faye Price, who preceded him in death on June 27, 2008.

He is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Gould of Guthrie, Oklahoma; one son, Billie G. Rader, Jr. of Thayer, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Shawna, Angel Marie, Jennifer, Antonia, Billie III, Adam, Travis, Little Jack, and Ashley; several great grandchildren; one brother, Oscar Rader of Willow Springs, Missouri; two sisters, Judy Hammond and Sue Stuart, both of Willow Springs, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harve and Ruby Rader; his wife, Faye Rader; one son, Jack G. Rader; one son-in-law, Donnie Gould; two brothers, Elwood and Tom; and one sister, Lola Mae.

Mr. Rader was a Veteran, proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. He received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star.

He was a truck driver, transporting freight throughout the United States. He loved to fish, even going on a fishing trip in his scooter, on the Veterans Center property, within the last two weeks of his life. He enjoyed the company of his family and friends, but especially loved spending time with his daughter and grandchildren.

He was a Christian and will be remembered as a devoted and loving father, grandfather, brother and loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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