Pamela L. Johnson

Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson

Pamela L. Johnson was born the daughter of Eldridge T. Sherrell and Faye (Ballard) Sherrell on December 2, 1953, in Batesville, Arkansas, and departed this life on January 14, 2017, at her home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, at the age of 63 years.

She was united in marriage on September 18, 1981, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Joe Johnson.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Johnson, of the home in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; two sons, Tim Johnson and wife, Donna of Springfield, Arkansas and Tony Johnson and wife, Tina of Center Ridge, Arkansas; one daughter, Natasha Clark of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; mother-in-law, June Johnson of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one brother, Donnie Sherrell of Joplin, Missouri; one sister, Billie Prewett of West Plains, Missouri; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; very special friends, Alan and Sarah Sherrell of Oxford, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldridge and Faye Sherrell; her father-in-law, Harold Johnson; and two sisters, Joyce Bryant and Lena Dockins.

Pamela worked in the health care field all of her working years. She was the first company nurse for Southwest Truck Body in West Plains, Missouri and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for several years at area health facilities, including Fulton County Hospital, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Ozarks Medical Center and White River Medical Center.

She was instrumental in starting the gift shop in Fulton County Hospital and was also Director of Volunteers.

Pamela was a very caring and compassionate person, always putting the needs of others before herself.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife and mother, cherished grandmother, dear sister, and friend to all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring, with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 17th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in her memory to the Fulton County Hospital Gift Shop in Salem, Arkansas.

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Derek Scott Bailey

Derek Bailey Photo Derek Scott Bailey came into this world earlier than expected on December 3, 1984 at 6:04 am. He was one half of a whole. He weighed a mere 3 pounds, 2 ounces. He met the challenge of being born early and small, the way he met every challenge in his life … with strength and faith in the Lord.
Derek spent his childhood outside. Derek loved being in nature and that is what made him the happiest. He would fish and draw. He would turn over rocks looking for bugs and snakes, most of the time successfully. He loved all animals, from baby birds to snakes and everything in between. He was constantly bringing home rescued animals to care for. Derek was kind, and loving to everyone he met. His best friends in this life were mainly cousins, as family was very important to Derek. Derek took each tragic death in his family hard, and grieved greatly.
Derek met each day with beautiful, big, brown eyes, softly spoken words, and a million watt smile. He would light up every life he touched. Derek left this world the way he came into it, earlier than expected on January 11, 2017. Derek was a beloved grandson, son, father, nephew and uncle. His grandparents were the late Charles C. and Mary Bailey. He was the nephew of James and Terry Bailey and the son of Sherri L. Bailey (Neal), all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Derek was the father to a little piece of Heaven named, Michael Scott Bailey, who was born on April 26, 2004 at 1:14 pm.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Randy Livingston officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM until service time at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Ruby Jean Smoot

ruby-smoot-photoRuby Jean Smoot was born the daughter of Billy Jo Burch and Audra Mae (Langel) Burch on July 2, 1942 in Salem, Arkansas and died on January 6, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 74 years.
She was married on August 21, 1958 to Bob Smoot, who preceded her in death on October 12, 2001.
She is survived by one daughter, Bobbie Griffith of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one son, Ron Smoot and wife, Glenda of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Matthew Griffith, Samantha Holdren and Michael Lynch; three great grandchildren; three brothers, David Burch of Salem, Arkansas, Darril Burch of Salem, Arkansas, and Jim Burch of Mississippi; two sisters, Hazel Shelley of Agnos, Arkansas and Imagene Johnson of Ava, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy Jo and Audra Mae Burch; her husband, Bob Smoot; one grandson, Philip Waterhouse; and one brother Billy Jo Burch.
Ruby was a school secretary at Mammoth Spring schools for many years. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother.
Ruby enjoyed painting and was especially known for her landscapes. She also liked spending time reading.
She was a Christian and a member of the First Christian Church in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.
She was truly a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services for Ruby Jean Smoot will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Rick Brothers officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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

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Anthony David Smith

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Anthony David Smith was born the son of Charles David Smith and Claudia Armstrong Smith on February 14, 1972, in Salem, Arkansas and departed this life on January 4, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 44 years.

He survived by his mother, Claudia Freeman of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one sister, Konnie Haney and her husband, Kenny of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; one niece, Kaitlyn Haney of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; his maternal grandparents, Silas and Fern Armstrong of Agnos, Arkansas; two aunts; two uncles; several cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Smith, and his paternal grandparents, Shorty and Jo Smith.

As many will remember, Anthony enjoyed life and had a great passion for cars. He also enjoyed fishing and collecting antiques.

Anthony was a devoted son, loving brother, uncle, grandson and a loyal friend to all. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral services for Anthony David Smith, age 44, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 1:00 PM until service time at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

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

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Lurene McGhee

lurene-mcghee-photo Lurene Alice Melinda Diles McGhee was born the daughter of William J. Diles and Sarah M. Arnold Diles on June 30, 1919, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on January 4, 2017, in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 97 years.
She was united in marriage on April 24, 1941, in Salem, Arkansas, to Ralph McGhee, who preceded her in death on January 10, 1991. To this union two daughters were born.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Hedden and husband, Marvin of Thayer, Missouri; son-in-law, Joey Pendarvis of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Kevin Hedden and wife, Jamie of Thayer, Kim Johnson and husband, Jerry of O’Fallon, Missouri, Jolie Washam and husband, Brad of Mammoth Spring, Julie Rich and husband, Larry of Bono, Arkansas, and Jody Pendarvis and wife, Andrea of Harrison, Arkansas; ten great granddaughters, Meghan Thompson and husband, Brice, Baylee Hedden, Brynn and Braelyn Washam, Jaden, Halle, and Carley Rich, and Ava, Brooklynn, and Macie Pendarvis; two step great-grandchildren, Justin Johnson, and Jamie Frank and husband, Jacob; two great-great grandchildren, Jack and Kaylynn Frank; three sisters-in-law, Marjorie Diles, Rachel McGhee, and Lena Johnson; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William J. and Sarah Diles; her husband, Ralph McGhee; her daughter, Dolores Jan Pendarvis; two brothers, Orville and Dorris Diles; and three sisters, Gladys Cotham, Vida Hall, and Bonnie Agee.
Her family has been her life, especially her grandchildren and ten great-granddaughters. She wore her necklace with ten little girls on it and proudly showed it to everyone.
Lurene was baptized as a young girl at Jeff Church of Christ and worked hard her whole life to be a Christian worker in the Church. You may have enjoyed her fried apple pies, if you were sick or at fellowship dinners. Lanis was lucky to get the last ones she made. She said, “I’m too old to make anymore.”
We will miss you Mother/Nanaw/and Aunt Lurene!

Funeral services for Lurene McGhee, age 97, of Thayer, Missouri, will be held Friday, January 6, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Barry O’Dell officiating.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 AM until time of the service at the Carter Funeral Home.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to either Children’s Home, Inc. in Paragould, Arkansas or Fulton County Gospel News.

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Lucille Cherry

cherry-photo-7    Lucille Vivian Cherry was born the daughter of William P. Dillard and Elizabeth Catherine (Smith) Dillard on September 3, 1926, in Fulton County, Arkansas, and departed this life on December 27, 2016, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.
She was united in marriage on June 9, 1944 in Salem, Arkansas, to Russell Cherry who preceded her in death on August 2, 1991.
She is survived by one son, Kyle Cherry; one sister, Lorene Miller of Flagstaff, Arizona; one grandson, Kristopher Cherry of Springfield, Missouri; one granddaughter, Alisha Cherry of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth Dillard; her husband, Russell Cherry; one son, Wayne Cherry; two sisters, Lottie Geib and Lillie Flynn; three brothers, William Dillard, Ray Dillard and Roy Dillard.
She was a Christian and a member of the Thayer Church of Christ.
She was a long time member to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in the state of Michigan.
Lucille truly enjoyed life. She was a dedicated homemaker, loving wife, mother , grandmother and sister. She liked to knit, play cards and spend time with family and friends. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Graveside services for Lucille Cherry, age 90, of Thayer, Missouri, were held Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Thayer Cemetery with Erman Croney officiating.   Burial was in Thayer Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer.

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Jim Barton

jim-barton-river-photoJim R. Barton, 80, of Alton Missouri, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016 at his home.
Jim was born in Alton, Missouri on August 6, 1936. He was married to June Forester on April 19, 1957. They were married 36 years before her passing in 1993.

Jim was a farmer and worked in law enforcement. He was employed by Southwest Truck Body in West Plains, Missouri, working as a certified welder instructor, retiring after 35 years of service. He was instrumental in the Patriot Missile launcher redesign and development project during Desert Storm. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing and being around family especially his grandchildren. Jim was gifted with his hands and loved to design and build small projects around his farm.

Jim is survived by his five children, Jimmie Barton, of Lohman Missouri, Jeff Barton, of Lohman, Missouri; Joey Barton and his wife, Rebecca of Gardner, Kansas, Penny Garrison and her husband, Keith of Springfield, Missouri; and Jamie Barton and his wife, Janine of Alton, Missouri. Survivors also include his half brother, Lynn Barton of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Waymon Barton and Louise Barton Miller, as well as his sisters, Ann Cline and Laverne (Butch) Robbins; his half brother, Donald Miller; and one grandchild, Portia Barton.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers who took care of Jim over the last two years for their compassionate care.

Funeral services for Jim Barton will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Reverend Keith Garrison officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM.

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

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Larry Gene Lewis

larry-lewis-photo-1Larry Gene Lewis was born the son of Lem W. Lewis and Joyce (Smith) Lewis on June 8, 1955, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life on December 21, 2016, in Tomah, Wisconsin, at the age of 61 years.
He was united in marriage to Kay Manes and to that union, one son was born.
He is survived by one son, Brent Lewis; one sister, Hasseltine Coats and husband, Warren; one brother-in-law, Lyle Bishop; two step-sisters, Carol Cowen McCord and Marion Cowen; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lem and Joyce Lewis; his stepfather, Erwin Cowen; one sister, Arlene Bishop; one step-brother, Hurley Cowen; one step-sister, Jackie Cowen Martin; and one aunt, Velva Buchanan, and uncle, Orville Buchanan.
He was a Christian and baptized into the Church of Christ.
Larry spent six years in the United States Marine Corp, two of which were hazardous duty service.
After leaving the Marines, Larry worked in commercial construction, working on high skyscrapers.
Larry had an adventurous nature. He loved reading, especially history. He also was interested in hunting and guns. He liked training and riding horses. One of his favorite activities was watching movies.
He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services for Larry Lewis will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Erman Croney officiating.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Lois Peyser

Lois Jean Peyser, age 82, of Thayer, Missouri died December 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM at her home in Thayer. Missouri.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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Rena Mae Lowder

lowder-photoRena Mae Lowder was born the daughter of William Everett and Alice (Hester) Everett on February 8, 1931, in Mark Tree, Arkansas, and departed this life on December 20, 2016, in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 85 years.

She was united in marriage on October 11, 1947 in Piggott, Arkansas, to Earl Lowder who preceded her in death on June 11, 1980.

She is survived by three daughters, Vera Hacker and husband, Doug, Sharon Dutcher and husband, Richard and Michelle Lundry and husband, Leon; five sons, Earl (Butch) Lowder, Jr. and wife, Donna, Ronald Lowder, Michael Lowder and wife, Linda, Jeff Lowder and wife, Tina, and Timothy Lowder and wife, Jen; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Alice Everett; her husband, Earl Lowder; one son, Daniel Lowder; three brothers, Lavern White, Melvin Everett and Levi White; and infant brother, William Everett.

She was a Christian and of the Pentecostal faith. While she was able, she enjoyed bringing others with her to the church services at the United Pentecostal Church.
She spent most of her life as a homemaker. She would always help people in need and she spent time caring for the elderly.

She was an awesome cook and loved to cook for her family. She was especially known for her fried chicken.

She will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral Services for Rena Lowder will be held Friday, December 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Clay Risner officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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