West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

JW Break
JW Break

JW Break was born the son of Samuel Nathan Break and Ruthie Pearl Byers Break on May 24, 1937, in Hardy, Arkansas, and departed this life October 9, 2016, at his home in Thayer, Missouri.

He was united in marriage on May 31, 1958, in Hardy, Arkansas to Imagene Rutledge.

He is survived by his wife, Imagene Break , of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one daughter, Jaylene Ryan and husband, Bobby Ryan, Jr. of Thayer, Missouri; two sons, Danny Break of Thayer, Missouri, and Terry Break of Lead Hill, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Bobby Gene Ryan, III and wife, Rebecca of Koshkonong, Missouri, Amber Break of Harrison, Arkansas, Angel Break of Harrison, Arkansas and Tara Moss of Colorado; eight great grandchildren; one brother, Doyle Break of Wirth, Arkansas; one sister, Ima Bolton of Warrensburg, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Ruthie Break; one granddaughter, Amanda Faith Ryan; three brothers, Oliver, Johnnie and Carl Break; two sisters, Eula May Break and Mary Break and one infant sister, Vicky Break.

JW was a faithful member of Midway Pentecostal Church. He and was a well-known barber in this area for over forty years and was a great witness for the Lord while barbering.

JW enjoyed life, his family, especially his grandchildren, his church and his customers. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bobby Ryan, Jr., Brother Anthony Woods and Brother Charles Barnett officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 11th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

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



  1. Donna Steed
    October 11, 2016 @ 9:08 am

    Whenever my Dad would come visit me, he always enjoyed going to JW’s to visit and get a hair cut! I loved that my Dad got to know JW, and when I had occasion to go by the barbershop I would always tell JW how much my dad enjoyed visiting with him. Both gentile gentleman; both now gone; perhaps they are visiting in Heaven! I am truly sorry for your great loss here on earth. I also recall that JW would give me a Lance Lollipop when I delivered mail there back in the 80’s. Those were the BEST! I appreciate and remember his kindnesses always.


  2. Challie Frealy
    October 12, 2016 @ 8:13 am

    Our deepest condolences. Mike and Challie Frealy
    Joreta Frealy


  3. Dean Williams
    October 12, 2016 @ 9:38 am

    The family has my deepest sympathy. J.W. was my barber for years. A good man missing in our community as he has his eternal reward. Peace for the family at this difficult time.


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