Sibyl “Midge” Pretz

Sibyl "Midge" Pretz

Sibyl "Midge" Pretz

Sibyl “Midge” (Earls) Richards Pretz was born the daughter of Jonie Floyd Earls and Maggie Tennessee (Montgomery) Earls on January 24, 1928 in Randolph County, Arkansas, and departed this life October 7, 2013 in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 85 years.

She was united in marriage at Hastings, Nebraska in 1944 to Roy L. Richards. In 1968, she was united in marriage at Bay, Arkansas to Eugene Anthony Pretz, who preceded her in death in May of 2005.

She is survived by three children, Patricia Jean Pruitt, Netty Pearl Greve and husband, George, and Royal Oliver “Duke” Richards and wife, Gabriele, all of Thayer, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ronda MacDonald of Kansas City, Kansas, Daniel Wittenburg of Tucson, Arizona, Shawn Richards of Thayer, Missouri, and Stephanie Richards of Kansas City, Kansas; six great grandchildren; one brother, Ellis W. Cook, Jr. and wife, Patsy, of Bridgeton, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Maggie Earls; her husbands; and one sister, Silvia Sue Carter.

Midge was a waitress in several restaurants and especially enjoyed serving her patrons in the two restaurants she owned and operated in Kansas City, Kansas.

She enjoyed trout fishing, catching her limit everytime; embroidery work and watching old western movies. She loved cooking for her family, especially their favorite, homemade chicken and dumplings.

Midge accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized at an early age, and became a member of the London Heights Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas.

Her greatest pleasure in life was serving others, which she did with love and compassion. She will be remembered by her family for her unconditional love and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM 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 on Friday, October 11th from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Glenn Wheeler

       Glenn Wheeler

Glenn Wheeler

Glenn Muriel Wheeler was born the son of Fred Wheeler and Ruby (Cypret) Wheeler on August 13, 1927, in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life September 23, 2013, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 86 years.

He was united in marriage on April 29, 1947 at Myrtle, Missouri, to Wanda Marie Brewer, his wife of forty-eight years, who preceded him in death on July 14, 1995. He was united in marriage in 2003 at Salem, Arkansas to Carolee Barton.

He is survived by three children, JoAnn Wright of Independence, Missouri, Larry Wheeler and wife, Linda of West Plains, Missouri and Donna Wheeler of Thayer, Missouri; six grandchildren, Rick Wright and wife, Lynn of Smithville, Missouri, Randy Wright and wife, Tania of Archie, Missouri, Tami DuBois and husband, Geoff, Traci Roberts and Tina Arnold, all of Thayer, Missouri, and Devin Wheeler of West Plains, Missouri; eighteen great grandchildren, Ryan, Robin, Drew, Aaron, Cecily, Weston, Emma, Zeke, Gracie, Hayden, Jathan, Zeb, Jessa, Hunter, Heath, Keera, Jake and Chloe; brother-in-law, Frank Gilmore of Springfield, Missouri; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruby Wheeler; wife, Wanda Wheeler; one son, Ronnie Wheeler; one granddaughter, Kelly Metoyer; two brothers, James and Billy Joe Wheeler; and one sister, Bonnie Gilmore.

Glenn was a Veteran, serving his country during 1945 and 1946 in the United States Army. He and his wife, Wanda, raised their four children near Kansas City, Missouri, where Glenn worked in auto sales. After moving the family back to Thayer in 1974, Glenn was employed as a car salesman for Blackburn’s Chevrolet, retiring after fifteen years of service.

Glenn enjoyed gardening and loved riding the lawnmower and caring for the lawn.

He had attended Church at Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy. The last year of his life, he made his home at Shepherd’s View Assisted Living in Alton, Missouri, where he cherished his time shared with family and friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Clifford Wrenfrow

Clifford Wrenfrow

Clifford Wrenfrow

Clifford Wrenfrow was born the son of John Woodrow Wrenfrow and Samantha Mae (Garrison) Wrenfrow on June 19, 1930 in Ravenden, Arkansas, and departed this life September 22, 2013 in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on October 13, 1956 in California, Missouri to Emma Albertin, who preceded him in death on July 23, 2013.

He is survived by one son, Daniel Joseph Wrenfrow and wife, Terri of Thayer, Missouri; one daughter, Mary Colette Schlernitzauer and husband, Frank of Clarksville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Danielle Daniels and husband, Shawn of Benton, Tennessee, Timothy Trey Wrenfrow and wife, Allison of Barling, Arkansas, Justin Jeramiah Garrison of St. Louis, Missouri and Tasha Nicole Cantrell and husband, Blain of Olathe, Kansas; two great grandchildren, Jeramiah Xavier Garrison and Lily Mariah Garrison, both of Clarksville, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews, his church family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma Wrenfrow; four brothers, Willis, Hanford, Buford, and Truman Wrenfrow; and one sister, Gereva Reckelhoff.

Clifford was employed by McDonnell Douglas aircraft company in St. Louis, Missouri as a sheet metal worker for eighteen years. He was a salesman for AAA Insurance for three years, and worked as an inspector for Marathon Electric in West Plains, Missouri, retiring after many years of service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, growing fruit trees, working on the family farm, and loved animals.

Clifford faithfully attended the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church, as long as health permitted. He was devoted to the Lord, his wife and family and, was a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mr. Wrenfrow will be Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Richard Robinson, Brother Matthew Todd and Brother Joe Garrison officiating.

Visitation will be at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Byrd Cemetery at Myrtle, Missouri, 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 Parkinson’s Group of the Ozarks or Gideon’s International.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Erica Mikus

Erica Nicole Mikus, age 40 of Myrtle, Missouri, died at 8:40 PM on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Her wish was to have a private family memorial.  No public services are planned at this time.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mary Lee Parnell

Mary Lee Parnell

Mary Lee Parnell

Mary Lee (Ary) Parnell was born the daughter of James H. and Leonia G. (Janes) Ary on October 11, 1926, East of Thayer, in Oregon County, Missouri and departed this life September 12, 2013 at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage on July 20, 1961 in Thayer, Missouri to Leonard Edward Parnell, who preceded her in death on November 8, 1988.

She is survived by one brother, J.D. Ary of Thayer, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Paul Parnell of Diamond, Missouri; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Parnell; her parents, James and Leonia Ary; three sisters, Hazel Bennett, Ola Risner and Ora Harper; four brothers, Lawrence Ary, Lehman Ary, Lloyd Ary and Floyd Ary.

Mary Lee was employed as a Sales Clerk at Olds Brothers Department Store in Thayer for twenty years and, worked on their farm for another twenty years. She loved listening to gospel and bluegrass music and enjoyed seeing live music shows.

She often served as a caregiver to her family and friends and was happy to offer her assistance anytime it was needed. Having no children of her own, she loved all children, especially her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. In her younger days, she loved working with the children at her church..

Mary Lee was a Christian and attended Cane Hill Sunday School, East of Thayer for many years.

She was a sweet and kind lady who will be remembered as a loving and caring sister and aunt and a giving, loyal friend. She will be truly missed.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Parnell will be Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.

Mrs. Parnell’s body will Lie In State at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday, September 14th from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Kathleen Mooney

Katie Mooney

Katie Mooney

Kathleen Louise (Hobbs) Mooney was born the daughter of Theo Hobbs and Ruby (Ball) Hobbs on September 16, 1928, in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life September 11, 2013, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 84 years.

She was united in marriage April 17, 1947 at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas to Bobby Dean Mooney.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Vidar and husband, David of Morristown, Tennessee; one sister, Barbara Cash and husband, Linden of Thayer, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theo and Ruby Hobbs and her husband, Bob Mooney.

Katie was employed by the Thayer High School as secretary for many years and had also worked at the Bank of Thayer.

She was a lady of many talents; sharing them with others through her paintings, needlework, quilting, music, and her delicious home cooked meals. Katie especially enjoyed quilting and treasured the time she spent with the Thayer First Baptist Church Peace Maker Quilters. She loved people and always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thayer and was a well-known and respected lady with a kind heart, a loving spirit and a deep devotion for her family. She will truly be missed by all.

Graveside services for Mrs. Mooney will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Gerald Bounds officiating.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Larry Aaron

Larry Aaron

Larry Aaron

Larry Wallace Aaron was born the son of Thomas Jefferson and Jessie (Fisher) Aaron on May 14, 1940 in Tatumville, Tennessee and departed this life September 1, 2013 at his home in Piggott, Arkansas at the age of 73 years.

He was united in marriage on August 14, 1958 in Portageville, Missouri to Peggy Noakes.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Aaron of the home in Piggott, Arkansas; one son, Sammy Noakes and friend, Bobbie Anderson; four grandchildren, Sherry Powell and husband, Wade of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, Bundy Noakes and wife, Trena, Samuel Noakes and wife, Jessica of Little Rock, Arkansas, Zachary Bloomfield of Ash Flat, Arkansas; five great grandchildren, Taylor Noakes, Collin Powell, Coby Noakes, Coltin Powell, and Brooklyn Noakes; one unborn great grandchild; one sister, Oneida Buck and husband, Denton of Harrison, Tennessee; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Jessie Aaron; two brothers, Benny and Paul Aaron; and one sister, Faye Rhodes.

Larry was a Christian and served as a missionary in various countries including the Philippines, Germany, Holland and Poland.

He appreciated the beauty of God’s creation, while enjoying his favorite sport of hunting with family and friends.

Larry was deeply devoted to his family and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral Services for Mr. Aaron will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Reverend John Bonk and Reverend Stephen Martin officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Tuesday, September 3rd from 1:00 PM until service time.

Burial will be in the Eagles Rest Cemetery near Wirth, Arkansas.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Rick Rowsey, Jr.

Rick Rowsey

Rick Rowsey

Richard Allen “Ricky” Rowsey, Jr. was born the son of Richard Allen Rowsey, Sr. and Thelma Maurine (Smith) Rowsey on March 24, 1956 in Springfield, Missouri, and departed this life August 28, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 57 years.

He leaves behind to mourn his passing, four sisters, Brenda White and husband, Travis of Monett, Missouri, Wanda Rowsey of Springfield, Missouri, Teresa Atkinson and husband, Ronald of Springfield, Missouri, and Christina Jones and husband, Jeffrey of Springfield, Missouri; his maternal grandmother, Zelma Maxine Stoops of Springfield, Missouri; special friend, B.J. Jordan of the home in Couch, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Thelma Rowsey.

Richard was an expert drywall craftsman. For many years, he owned and operated R&R Drywall in Springfield, Missouri. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Constitution party. He volunteered with Go Green Ozarks and Common Sense Property Rights Coalition.

He was a person of faith with a great appreciation for nature. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time outdoors.

Ricky will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a loving grandson, a loving uncle to his nephews and nieces, and a kind and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Greenlawn North.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be given to the American Heart Association or, the American Cancer Society and may be left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer or, Greenlawn Funeral Home in Springfield.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Clay Lowther

Clay Lowther

Clay Lowther

Clay Lowther was born the son of Lawrence Dean Lowther and June (Mefford) Lowther on September 1, 1961 in West Plains, Missouri, and departed this life August 29, 2013 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 51 years.

He was united in marriage on September 6, 1981 in Thayer, Missouri, to Jacalyn Annette James.

He is survived by his wife, Jacalyn Lowther of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sons, Matthew Wayne Lowther and Michael James Lowther, both of Ozark, Missouri; two daughters, Amy Elizabeth Lowther of Ozark, Missouri, and Melissa Ann Lowther of Springfield, Missouri; one grand-daughter, Hadley Sanders; his father, Lawrence Lowther and wife, Cathy of Thayer, Missouri; his mother, June Emery of Thayer, Missouri; one brother, Tracy Lowther and wife, Shawnee of Thayer, Missouri; nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Dean Lowther; and step-dad, Mike Emery.

Clay worked as a Service Technician for the telephone company for many years. He loved hunting and fishing, and very much enjoyed working the land.

He was a believer in the Christian faith, giving his heart to the Lord twelve years before his passing. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services for Mr. Lowther will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Randall James officiating and burial in the Thayer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, August 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St.Judes Childrens Research Hospital, and may be left at the funeral home.

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Brian Hurtt

Brian Hurtt

Brian Hurtt

Brian Dale Hurtt was born April 9, 1971, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Ronald C. Hurtt and Wilma Jean (Cherry) Hurtt and passed away August 26, 2013, in Shady Oaks Healthcare Center in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 42 years.

Brian is survived by his sister, Cindy Bennett of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; his brother, Ronald Hurtt, Jr. of Tupelo, Mississippi; his uncle and best friend, Charlie Hurtt of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; four aunts: Ann Haney, Marie Wilcox, Imogene Revelle and June Case, all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; numerous cousins, other relatives and friends. Special survivors are his Shady Oaks family, where he had lived for the past twelve years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Jean Hurtt; two uncles, James Lee Cherry and James Hurtt; one aunt, Ila Corbett; maternal grandparents, J.L. and Wilma Cherry; and paternal grandparents, Arvel and Flora Hurtt.

Brian attended both Mammoth Spring and Thayer High Schools, graduating from Mammoth Spring High School with the class of 1991. He enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. He was thrilled the day the State Champion, Mammoth Spring Bears basketball team came to visit Shady Oaks…a special day that Brian talked about for a long time.

Brian was a member of the Church of Christ and worshipped with the Thayer congregation as long as his health permitted.

He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Erman Croney officiating.

His body will lie in state at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Wednesday, August 28th from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments