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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Mayme Wrenfrow

Mayme Wrenfrow

Mayme Wrenfrow

Mayme Elizabeth Francis Lee Wrenfrow was born the daughter of Roy Bowling and Mae (Cupp) Bowling on September 10, 1933, in Gatewood, Missouri and departed this life May 11, 2014, at West Plains, Missouri at the age of 80 years.

She was united in marriage on July 2, 1951, in Pocahontas, Arkansas to Hanford Wrenfrow, who preceded her in death on December 10, 1996.

She is survived by seven children, Rosie Branscum and husband, Jerry of Lonedell, Missouri, Hershel Wrenfrow and wife, Lisa of Myrtle, Missouri, Eve Webb of Myrtle, Missouri, Linda Murphy and husband, Joey of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Pat Blankenship and husband, Terry of Union, Missouri, Nancy Cunningham and husband, Devin of Glencoe, Arkansas, and Jerry Wrenfrow and wife, Kim of High Ridge, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren; twenty three great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Bowling and wife, Eleanor of Iowa and Charles Bowling and wife, Ruby of Crane, Missouri; one sister, Ida Mae Cypret of Hurley, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, John Roy Wrenfrow; one great grandchild; one brother, Gilbert Bowling and one sister, Thelma Anderson.

Mayme was employed by Puritan Fashions in Thayer, Missouri for many years. She enjoyed country and gospel music, reading, and growing pretty flowers in her yard. Most of all, she looked forward to the time spent with her family and often cooked a delicious home cooked meal for all to enjoy.

Mrs. Wrenfrow was of the Baptist faith. She was a dedicated homemaker, a devoted mother and a precious grandmother. She will truly be missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Todd officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

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Ronnie York

Ronnie Ray York was born the son of Avril York and Vida (Banning) York on November 24, 1964, in Salem, Arkansas, and departed this life May 5, 2014, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 49 years.

He is survived by his five children, Abbe York, age 13, Audree York, age 11, Lucas York, age 9, Yoshiyah York, age 7, and Eliyah York, age 5, all of Missouri; four sisters, his twin, Connie Mazur of Branson, Missouri, Sondra Burgess of West Plains, Missouri, Karen Dahlquist of Hollister, Missouri, and LeAnn Harper of Republic, Missouri; four brothers, Bobby York of Lanton, Missouri, Randall York of West Plains, Missouri, Joie York of Camp, Arkansas, and Michael York of Springfield, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Avril and Vida York.

Ronnie had prearranged a private burial. Interment was in the Gum Springs Cemetery in Salem, Arkansas, Friday, May 9, 2014, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

Memorial Services for Ronnie R. York will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at the Mammoth Spring State Park, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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Robert J. Curtis

Robert J. Curtis was born the son of Viston Curtis and Mary Ann (George) Curtis on March 10, 1926, in Waverly, Tennessee, and departed this life April 26, 2014, at Shady Oaks Healthcare Center in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 88 years.

He was united in marriage August 23, 1948, in Lake City, Arkansas, to Dorothy Mattox who preceded him in death on March 18, 2002.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Trump and husband, Bruce of Eureka, California, Brenda Curtis of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Kathy Frommel and husband, Philip of Hardy, Arkansas; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Curtis; and his parents, Viston and Mary Ann Curtis.

Robert was a sawmill worker and crane operator. He owned and operated a service station in Hardy, Arkansas for ten years.

He enjoyed fishing and camping, and in his younger days, loved riding motorcycles and deep sea diving.

He was of the Baptist faith and will be lovingly remembered.

Graveside services will be Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Thayer Cemetery with Brad Pierce officiating.  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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Wanda Lou Moore

Wanda Moore

Wanda Lou (Smith) Moore was born the daughter of Claude Orvis Smith and Geneva Ruth (Armstrong) Smith on November 9, 1941, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life April 24, 2014, at her home in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by two sons, John Michael Harrison and wife, Ohako of Bangkok, Thailand, and Jake Daniel Moore and wife, Edeniz of Valrico, Florida; one granddaughter, Annabelle Grace Harrison; her mother, Geneva Smith of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three sisters, Geneva Sue Purcell of Thayer, Missouri, Martha Martin and husband, Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sondra Jones and husband, Charles of Ozark, Missouri; one brother, Therman Smith and wife Melissa of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Orvis Smith; and one infant brother, Claude Orvis Smith, Jr.

Wanda was a homemaker, who enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She was especially creative and excelled in making jewelry. She loved growing flowers and watching birds play in her yard, and had a wonderful appreciation for all of God’s creation.

She was a member of the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ and will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She will truly be missed.

Memorial Services for Ms. Moore will be held Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Shawn Deree officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Paragould Children’s Home and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Carroll Eugene Moore

      Carroll Moore

Carroll Moore

Carroll Eugene Moore was born the son of Eleck Eugene Moore and Eve Ann (Murray) Moore on April 30, 1951, in Hardy, Arkansas, and departed this life April 16, 2014, in Holdrege, Nebraska, at the age of 63 years.

He was united in marriage on October 29, 1970 at Hardy, Arkansas, to Carolyn Ann Lay.

He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Carolyn Moore of the home in Angleton, Texas; three sons, Carroll Eugene Moore, Jr. and companion, Dana Byrd of Angleton, Texas, Christopher Allen Moore of Angleton, Texas, and wife, Erin of Laurie, Missouri, and Curtis Eleck Moore of Angleton, Texas; two daughters, Cassandra Ann Sarabia and husband, Octavio of Rosharon, Texas, and Catharen Irene Sarabia and husband, Antonio of Rosharon, Texas; twelve grandchildren, Issack Eugene Moore, Ielexas Alisa Moore, Brandon Keith Moore, Madison Renee Moore, Omar Cheyenne Sarabia, Christian Noel Sarabia, Damian Octavio Sarabia, Eric Gabriel Sarabia, Patience Mary Pearl Moore, Jose Antonio Sarabia, Alyssa LaShay Sarabia, and Sondra Dominique Sarabia; one daughter-in-law, Rhonda Moore; one brother, James Franklin Moore and wife, Tony of Paragould, Arkansas; one sister, Brenda Kay Roach of Marmaduke, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eleck and Eve Ann Moore; and one sister, Marilyn Ray.

Carroll was a self-employed truck driver. He lived much of his life on the road, hauling freight across the country for many years.

He was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will truly be missed by all.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Funeral Services for Mr. Moore, age 63, of Angleton, Texas, formerly of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

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Bobby Brewer

Bobby Glenn Brewer was born the son of Hughie Denton Brewer and Vada Lorene Brewer on March 23, 1941, in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life on April 11, 2014, at Westview Nursing Home in Center, Missouri, at the age of 73 years.

He is survived by two brothers, Delbert Brewer and wife, Darlene of Marionville, Missouri and Jack Brewer and wife, Cindy of Stigler, Oklahoma; several nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hughie and Lorene Brewer.

Bobby lived a simple life and faced each day with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed company of family and friends and the twinkle in his eyes and his jovial laugh could light up a room.

His favorite pastime was listening to music, especially any of Willie Nelson’s songs and was an avid collector of stuffed animals.

Bobby will be remembered for his love of people, kind heart and gentle spirit. He will truly be missed.

Graveside Services for Bobby Brewer, age 73, of Center, Missouri, formerly of Thayer, will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Cotton Creek Cemetery near Couch, Missouri with Ida Mae Cypret officiating.

Mr. Brewer’s body will Lie-in-State at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Wednesday, April 16th from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

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

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Jo Rheta Ehrhardt

Jo Rheta Ehrhardt

Jo Rheta Ehrhardt

Jo Rheta Ehrhardt was born the daughter of Connie Ehrhardt and Vida (Campbell) Ehrhardt on December 5, 1932, in Randolph County, Arkansas and departed this life April 8, 2014, at West Plains, Missouri at the age of 81 years.

She was united in marriage on May 20, 1948, in Alton, Missouri to Lehman Ehrhardt.

She is survived by her husband, Lehman Ehrhardt of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; two daughters, Brenda Mills and husband, Ronnie of St. Peters, Missouri and Vicky Rhoads and husband, Steve of West Plains, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Rose Ehrhardt of Alicia, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Connie Jean Hackworth of West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Connie and Vida Ehrhardt; her son, Cleatus Ehrhardt; and two sisters, Marcella Smith and Anita Wicker.

Springtime was Jo Rheta’s favorite time of the year. She enjoyed her flowers blooming in the yard, gardening with Lehman, and bird watching. Most of all, she looked forward to Easter and the family all being together around the table, sharing in good conversation and enjoying one of her delicious home cooked meals. The highlight of her day was joining the grandchildren in the afternoon for their annual Easter egg hunt.

Mrs. Ehrhardt was a member of the Myrtle Free Will Baptist Church and in later years, she faithfully attended the Walnut Grove Free Will Baptist Church as long as health permitted.

She will be remembered for the love and devotion she showed to her family and will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 11, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Brother Matthew Todd officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

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 her memory to the Gideon’s International and may be left at the funeral home.

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