Marie Kilburn

Marie Kilburn

Martha Marie (Griffin) Chronister Kilburn was born the daughter of Leonard William Griffin and Bonnie Frances (Shehorn) Griffin on March 24, 1925, at Barren, Missouri in Carter County, and departed this life on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by one son, Michael Chronister of Alton, Missouri; two grandsons, Brent Crump and wife, Tina of Billmore, Missouri, and Derrek Crump and wife, Nicole of Portage, Michigan; two great grandchildren, Jaden Crump, and Jasmine Crump of Portage, Michigan; other relatives and many friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Kilburn; her daughter, Katherine Dianne Crump; and sister, Frankie Mayfield.

She loved flower gardening and nurturing the hummingbirds. Her favorite pastime was playing the piano, playing cards with friends, and being with her family.

Marie was a beloved member of the community in which she lived and a member of Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.

She will always be remembered as a positive influence on the lives of those she knew and loved.

Marie, We Love You!

The family will have a private burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Alton, Missouri, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Cemetery and left at Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Larry Harper

Larry Harper

Larry Harper

Larry Max Harper was born the son of Posey Harper and Ora (Ary) Harper on March 17, 1946, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on July 5, 2014, at his home in Joplin, Missouri, at the age of 68 years.

He was united in marriage at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas on May 9, 1970, to Diana Cain.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Harper of the home in Joplin, Missouri; one son, Larry Brian Harper of Joplin, Missouri; one daughter, Susan McWilliams and husband, Paul of Owasso, Oklahoma; two grandsons, Casen and Riley Cox; two brothers, James Harper and wife, Sharon of Thayer, Missouri and Jerry Harper and wife, Anita of Thayer, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Parker of Mountain Home, Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe Harper; and a sister, Janice Houts.

Larry grew up in Thayer and graduated from Thayer High School with the class of 1964. He was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge from the military, he worked for RKL Construction in West Plains, Missouri and after moving to Joplin, he was employed with Crossland Construction.

Larry was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and VFW Post 7831 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting and being with his family and friends. He will truly be missed.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

Military Honors will follow at the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Beulah England

Beulah (Anderson) England was born the daughter of Rodney and Rosie (Wise) Anderson on August 17, 1921, at Hardy, Arkansas, and departed this life on June 25, 2014, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 92 years.

She was united in marriage at Hardy, Arkansas on September 28, 1940 to Orphis John England, who preceded her in death on February 17, 2009. To this union one daughter was born, Wilma England.

She leaves to grieve her passing, one daughter, Wilma Stockton and husband, Phil; one grandson, Michael Stockton and wife, Susan; two great-grandsons, Dalton and Lawson Stockton; nieces, Norma Costner, Jana Allen, and Andrea Anderson; nephews, James, Joe, and John Anderson; sister-in-law, Mattie Sue Anderson; nieces, Larein Young, Lavern Risner, and Lajune Romans, and her very dear friends, Bill Ball and wife, Trulia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orphis England; her parents, Rodney and Rosie Anderson; one sister, Eula Mae England; one brother, Rodney E. Anderson; one niece, Tammy Danahay; two brothers-in-law, Harry and Ira England, and two sisters-in-law, Carrie Minor and Alberta England.

She loved to cook and try new things. She was an avid gardener, canning and freezing the things she had grown.

Beulah was a Christian lady and a member of the Spring River Baptist Church.

She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Go Rest in Peace.

Graveside Services for Mrs. England will be Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 11:00 AM in the Taylor Cemetery near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Frank Wise officating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM on Friday, June 27th at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Alberta England

Alberta England

Alberta Dianna (Davis) England was born the daughter of George Thomas and Icy Alice Davis on July 21, 1925, at Many Islands, Arkansas, and departed this life June 13, 2014, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas, at the age of 88 years.

She was united in marriage on March 11, 1941, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Harry England, who preceded her in death on September 22, 2007.

She is survived by three daughters, Larein Young, Laverne Risner and husband, James, and Lajune Romans, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; four grandsons, Harry Young and wife, Shelia, Marty Young and wife, Janet, Bryan Risner and wife, Niki, all of Mammoth Spring, and Brent Risner and wife, Erin of Thayer, Missouri; two granddaughters, Lanae Gaines and husband, Paul of Mammoth Spring, and Lanette Jordan and husband, Benjamin of Starkville, Mississippi; twenty-three great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Beulah England and Barbara Davis; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry England; one grandson, Bradley Allen Risner; two sons-in-law, Louis Young and Glen Dale Romans; four brothers, Dewey, Willard, Harry and Jimmy Davis; and two sisters, Lola McMullin and Dorothy Rogers.

Alberta was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and embroidery work. Her favorite pastime was sharing her hand-made quilts with her family.

She had been a Christian for sixty-five years, and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who cherished all the times she spent with her loving family. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mrs. England will be held Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

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

Burial will be at the England Cemetery near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Alice Howard

Alice Howard

Minnie Alice Howard was born the daughter of Ed Barnes and Delia (Jackson) Barnes on January 14, 1934, in London, Kentucky, and departed this life June 8, 2014, at Twin Lakes Nursing Center in Flippin, Arkansas at the age of 80 years.

She was united in marriage October 13, 1961, in Hamilton, Ohio to Frank Howard who preceded her in death on April 9, 1989.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Rayburn of Flippin, Arkansas; two grandchildren, John Paul Lerma and Victoria Schober; three great grandchildren, Alexis Lerma, Calvin Treat and Vanessa Treat; three sisters, Nellie Warren, Zeldarae Barnes and Sarah White; one brother, Robert Barnes; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Delia Barnes; and her husband, Frank Howard.

Alice had a servants heart, and worked for many years as a waitress. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and flower gardening.

She was a member of the Old Welcome Hill Church of Christ, will be remembered as a sweet, loving mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Howard will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Erman Croney officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Wednesday, June 11th from 12:30 PM until the service begins at 2:00.

Burial will be in the Saddle Cemetery near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Ozarks in Mtn. Home, Arkansas, and may be left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Bill Knobbe

Bill Knobbe

William Kenneth Knobbe was born the son of Bernard Knobbe and Helen (Johnston) Knobbe on April 30, 1946, in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and departed this life on June 5, 2014, at his home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 68 years.

He was united in marriage on October 5, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Brenda Breezley.

He is survived by his wife. Brenda Knobbe of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sons, William Kenneth Knobbe, II and wife, Alicia of Thayer, Missouri, and Robert Knobbe of Garfield, Arkansas; two daughters, Kristina Suggs and husband, Ronny of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Becky Evans of Pineville, Missouri, seven grandchildren, Jordan Knobbe, Andy Evans, Samantha Evans, Thomas Knobbe, Ethan Hammons, Lily Hammons and Cameron Hammons; two brothers, Bernard Knobbe of Tuscon, Arizona and Kenny Knobbe of Marana, Arizona; one sister, Bern Gillette of Tuscon, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Helen Knobbe.

Bill enjoyed working on cars and was a mechanic by trade. He also worked for several years at Marathon Electric in West Plains, Missouri.

He liked being outside; fishing, gardening, stargazing or playing with his dogs, Dutchess, Peppy, Ike and Penny. He also enjoyed drawing and woodworking, and cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandpa and will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral Services for Mr. Knobbe will be held at 6:00 PM, on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Monday, June 9th from 4:00 PM until the time of the service.

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James T. Johnson

James T. Johnson

James Thompson Johnson was born the son of James Edward Johnson and Lola Mae (Wheeler) Johnson on April 1, 1925, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life on May 28, 2014, at his home in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 89 years.

He is survived by one brother, Phillip Paul Johnson of Merkel, Texas; one sister-in-law, Joan Johnson of Alton, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lola Mae Johnson; five brothers, Uil “Bud” Johnson, Nolan “Bill” Johnson, Ned Johnson, Glen D. Johnson and Donald Johnson; and three sisters, Marion Evans, Jessie Mae Burkhead and Glee Johnson.

James was a welder by trade and traveled to many countries abroad and many cities in the United States during his career. His welding career ended due to a work accident and he transitioned to collecting antiques and art. He painted many beautiful pictures and china pieces, many of which are proudly displayed in the homes of his extended families.

James knew the Lord and accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Today, he is with his family in Heaven. He will be remembered as a loving brother, brother-in-law and uncle, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Graveside services for Mr. Johnson will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday, May 31st from 1:00 until 1:30 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 James’ memory to the Smith Cemetery in Alton, Missouri, and may be left at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Bill “B. J.” Williams

Billie Williams

Billie John Williams was born the son of Kibble Williams and Velma Pearl (Thomas) Williams on June 2, 1931, in Thomasville, Missouri, and departed this life on May 20, 2014, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 82 years.

He was united in marriage in Long Beach, California, on October 10, 1953, to Charline Wilmoth.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Charline Williams of the home in Thayer, Missouri; his son, Ronald Allen Williams of Thayer, Missouri; his daughter, Cristine Marie Hiser and husband, John of Fair Grove, Missouri; four grandsons, Kib Williams-Cochran of Flippin, Arkansas, Kyle Williams of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Kane Hiser of St. Charles, Missouri, and Jacob Hiser of Springfield, Missouri; one great granddaughter, Evelyn Williams of Jonesboro, Arkansas; one brother, Carl Williams of Thomasville, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kibble and Velma Williams; and one sister, Wilma Leach.

Billie served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean war. Following his military service, he spent his entire career working on the railroad ending as a conductor with BNSF.

He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, and fishing on the Eleven Point River. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved St. Louis Cardinals baseball and MSU Lady Bears Basketball. More than anything else, he cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

Billie was a member of the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church and will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Graveside services for Mr. Williams will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church at the corner of Forth and Oak Streets in Thayer, Missouri, on Thursday evening, May 22nd from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

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

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Douglas Wright

Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Douglas Irvin Wright was born the son of Buddy Irvin Wright and Alice Lou (Cantrell) Wright on January 17, 1966, in West Plains, Missouri and departed this life May 17, 2014, at St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 48 years.

He is survived by his parents, Buddy and Alice Lou Wright of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sisters, Donna Henry and husband, Joe of Thayer, Missouri and Tammy Hufstedler and husband, Derek of Thayer, Missouri; one brother, John Wright and wife, Angela of Thayer, Missouri; two nieces, Ashlyn Hufstedler and Jaycelyn Wright; five nephews, Aaron Henry, Austin Henry, Ayden Henry, Braden Hufstedler and Zaiden Wright; two aunts, Novella Cantrell and Carol (Wright) Pulley; one uncle, Harold Cantrell and wife, Becky; several cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clifton and Bertha Wright; maternal grandparents, Ben and Lola Cantrell; four uncles, Dale Wright, Herbert Cantrell, Hershel “Bud” Cantrell and Billy Ray Cantrell; and one aunt, Betty (Cantrell) Girdley.

Doug enjoyed working at Oregon County Sheltered Work Shop in Alton, where he will be missed by his many friends and co-workers. The highlight of Doug’s life was spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Pooh”.

He was a faithful Christian, a member of the Alton Church of Christ and thoroughly enjoyed attending church services.

In his pastime, Doug read and studied his Bible, enjoyed listening to recorded sermons, and loved to write scriptures from the Bible.

He was deeply loved and protected by his family. He will be remembered for his deep devotion to his family and how he touched everyone with his love, kind heart, sweet smile, great spirit and generous soul. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Arvil Hill officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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Robbie Parnell

Robbie Parnell

Robbie Nell (Stark) Parnell was born the daughter of William Thomas “W. T.” Stark and Ezia (Hager) Stark on March 10, 1928, in North Fork, Arkansas, and departed this life on May 13, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage on September 21, 1952 at Thayer, Missouri, to the love of her life, Harlin Fred Parnell, who preceded her in death on July 30, 2005. She and Harlin became parents to two sons, Michael Parnell and Thomas Mark Parnell.

She is survived by her two sons, Mike Parnell and wife, Julie of St. Johns, Florida, and Thomas Mark Parnell of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; Carla Parnell of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Angelina Wood and husband, Brent of Gastonia, North Carolina, Jenicka Lang and husband, Ronnie of Jacksonville, Florida, HaiFeng Parnell and Zoe Parnell, both of Jacksonville, Florida, Joshua Parnell and wife, Laura of Monette, Arkansas, Seth Parnell and Sarah Parnell, both of Paragould, Arkansas; four great grandchildren, Anastasia McArthur, Lance McArthur and Alex Wood, all of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Titus Parnell of Monette, Arkansas; one sister, Betty Cooke of Houston, Texas; one sister-in-law, Sharon Stark of Lenor City, Tennessee; and one brother-in-law, Paul Parnell of Diamond, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlin Parnell; her parents, W.T. and Ezia Stark; one brother, J.D. Stark; two sisters, Dessie Stark and Fern Stark; nine brothers-in-law, Jim Cooke, Wesley Parnell, Rudolph Parnell, Raymond Parnell, Leonard Parnell, Hobart Parnell, Roscoe Honeycutt, Milo Denton and Carl Smith; six sisters-in-law, Jo Parnell, Mary Lee Parnell, Callie Parnell, Dorothy Collins, Rosie Denton and Augusta Honeycutt.

Robbie was a proud homemaker and a wonderful cook. She cherished time spent visiting with and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren. They always looked forward to one of grandma’s home cooked meals and her special apple pie.

Robbie loved her church and was a faithful member of the Thayer Church of Christ. She will truly be missed by her many friends, her church family, and her own family who loved her dearly.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Parnell will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Thayer Church of Christ in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, May 16th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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