A Celebration of Life Service for Jeffery A. West, 44, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Faith Assembly Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson Drago Funeral Home.
Jeff departed this life to be with God on July 29, 2015 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Houston, Texas.
He was born at West Plains, Missouri May 26, 1971 to Jessie Lea West and Evelyn Downing West, who preceded him in death. Jeff was united in marriage to Janina Grigory West on February 16, 2002 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Janina; his special little boy (dog) Rusty, who has been with Jeff throughout his journey; Siblings, Melva Johnson, husband, Perry D. Johnson, Joyce James, John West, wife, Sharon and Jerry West; Nieces and Nephews, Justin West, wife, Jodie, Jeremy West, Teena Skiles, husband, Joe and Brock James, wife, Beth; several great-nieces and great-nephews, Brooke, Courtney, Alex and Maisie Skiles, Morgan and Perry D. Johnson III, Renner and Charlie West; In-laws Sharon Coss, Susan Bears, husband, Tim, Denise Honeycutt, husband Trevor, Cari Hutchison, Amber Carter, husband, Brad, Sadie Carter, Ashley Honeycutt, fiancée, Cody Baker; special brother, Dr. Scott Roush ,wife, Melissa; his God children, Sage, Seth, Sean; and cousin, Debbie Sullivan.
His parents, grandparents, two nephews, Perry D. Johnson, II and Bradley Reid, father-in-law John Grigory and mother-in-law Betty Grigory, precede him in death.
Jeff was employed at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative since 1993; he started as a meter reader, then 1st class lineman, Foreman, then Manager of Operations, which he took much pride in. He had a love for music and sang in school plays, church choir, weddings and funerals, also in a Christian group, The Ninth Hour. He had a great passion for the St. Louis Cardinals, playing golf with his friends and going to PBR Bull Rides with his family. Jeff was a member of The First Presbyterian Church where he sang in the Choir. He served on the University of Missouri Extension Council and West Plains Chamber of Commerce. Jeff was also part of the Columbia Legacy Teachers Program at University of Missouri where a third year medical student wrote a paper on Jeff titled “Don’t Take My Hope Away”. He was also honored at a Banquet for the paper that was written.
When Jeff was diagnosed with Cancer he prayed to God “Lord, let me be your miracle, just show me what to do” and he lived by those words. He felt this was a journey to help other people. His Faith never swayed and he never gave up. Jeff had the best medical care possible between OMC Oncology department and M.D. Anderson center. He took part in every medical research study that was ask of him in hopes a cure would be found.
Jeff’s faith in God, his family and integrity was how he lived his life, our family get-togethers were so important to him.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Janina and his family and friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Jeffrey West Memorial Fund, Unit 705, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439 or may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home or Landmark Bank. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Funeral services for Clarence Phillip Green, 79, Overland Park, Kansas, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home
Mr. Green died at 8:04 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Hospice House of Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas.
He was born September 1, 1935, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Charles Layton Green and Nancy Perkins Green. On April 9, 1953, he was married at Thomasville, Missouri, to Virginia Tackett. Before his retirement, Mr. Green was employed with General Motors for forty-six years. Phil and Virginia were “snowbirds” and traveled to southern Texas for the winter months. He enjoyed traveling, camping and photography. Phil was very talented; his talents included silversmith work, stain glass and jewelry making. He made jewelry pieces for all of his family members, which they will forever cherish. Mr. Green was a Christian.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Virginia Green; one son, Phillip Green and wife, Leana; one granddaughter, Heather Montgomery and husband, Stephen; three great-grandchildren and one on the way, Courtney, Christopher and Caitlyn; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one brother, Patrick Green and four sisters, Virginia Leitner, Ellen Chenopolis, Dessie Harris and Jewell Desota, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Huddleston Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
Carl Preston, Sr., age 99, died on Sunday August 2, 2015 at Eaglecrest Nursing Home & Rehab in Ash Flat, AR.
Carl was born on July 21, 1916 in Thayer, MO to Frank and Lillie (Scott) Preston. Carl attended Thayer schools and was the oldest survivor of Thayer High School’s second football team. He worked 36 years as a brakeman for Cotton Belt Railroad out of Pine Bluff, AR from which he retired. He was married to his wife, Lucille (Murphy) Preston for 74 years/11 months and lovingly cared for her until she passed away.
He loved fishing, hunting, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a member of the Church of Christ in Mammoth Spring, AR. He passed away peacefully with family by his bedside. Carl is preceded in death by his wife, Lucille (Murphy) Preston; son in law, Ralph Gross; grandson, John Preston Gross; two sisters, Eva Childers of Thayer, MO and Evelyn Hall of Wortham, TX. He is survived by one sister, Lena Daily of Thayer, MO; four children, Rosemary Gross of Pine Bluff, AR, Carl (Sandy) Preston, Jr. of Monticello, AR, Louis (Myra) Preston of Cherokee Village, AR, Scott (Karen) Preston Sr. of White Hall, AR; ten grandchildren, Jeff Gross of Pine Bluff, AR, Kyle (Mindy) Preston of Texarkana, TX, Darren (Amber) Preston of Carthage, TX, Curt (Andrea) Preston of Monticello, AR, Karen Kalkbrenner of Jonesboro, AR, Karla (Mark) Poe of Jonesboro, AR, Paula (Jeff) Presley of Jonesboro, AR, Rachael (James) Burks of Abilene, TX, Scott Preston, Jr. of Jonesboro, AR, Clayton Preston of Brandon, MS; 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. His grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at 1 PM followed by a funeral service at 2 PM at the Fuller-Hale South Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, AR. on Thursday August 6th, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Arkansas Children’s Home in Paragould, AR.
A Funeral Service for William “Billy” Arzie Brown of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home, with Brother David Holman officiating. A gathering of friends will be from 1:00 pm until service time.
Billy passed away August 3, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 87. He was born April 28, 1928, in Piedmont, Missouri, the son of William and Marguerite Ezell Brown. He married Iris Osborne on July 14, 1953, at Hernando, Mississippi and worked as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service. Billy was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He lived in Mountain Home since 1985, moving from Memphis, TN. He enjoyed coin collecting and playing chess.
Billy is survived by his two daughters; Kathryn (Mike) Hicks of Lakeview, AR, Karla (Phillip) Cotter of Viola, AR; and son, Keith Brown of Memphis, TN; five grandchildren, Kasey Hicks, Andy Hicks, Shannon (Taylor) Dilday, Ashley (Adam) Ledford, Cody (Kurina) Cotter and great-grandchild, Elaine Cotter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister, Jean Hundley.
Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas, with Mike Hicks, Phillip Cotter, Andy Hicks, Taylor Dilday, Cody Cotter and Adam Ledford as pallbearers.
Military Honors will be provided by the Ozark VFW Post #3246 Honor Guard.
Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.
James Vernon Dockins, 73, of Ozark County, MO entered into rest on August 4, 2015 at his residence surrounded by family. He was born to Velma Dockins on June 21, 1942 in Calico Rock, AR.
On April 17, 1967 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Ingram in Brown Branch, MO. That same year the couple moved to Ozark County, MO where they made their home and raised five daughters. He worked many years as a truck driver and in construction. He was fun loving and full of life. He was always quick with a smile. He loved fishing and tinkering with old cars. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Dockins was preceded in death by his mother Velma Dockins. He is survived by his wife Charlotte of the home; five daughters: Missy Reichert & Tony, Tammie Tinsley & Terry, Hope Dockins & Kelley Breading, Angela K. Plemmons, and Shelly Dockins; his grandchildren: Kimberly, Eveston, Leland Jr., Tela, Kira, Justin, Robert, Leslie, Jacob, Brandon, Tyler, David, Jacqulyn, Teri and Shaunda; and multiple great grandchildren.
No local services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.
Gail Lynn Smith, 54, of Willow Springs, Missouri departed this life on August 3, 2015 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born October 12, 1960 in Hackensack, New Jersey, the daughter of Richard and Eleanor (Rulli) Smith.
Gail was united in marriage to Vernon Smith on April 17, 1978 in Mountain View, Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Elaine Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon, of the home; children, Brian Weaver and wife, Michele, of Springfield, MO, Vincent Smith and wife, Monique, of Willow Springs, Elizabeth Stuart and husband, Byron, of Willow Springs, Daniel Smith and wife, Christine, of Republic, MO, and Jacob Smith of Springfield; siblings, Guy Smith of Oregon, Richard Smith of Missouri, Cindy Griffin of Missouri, and Eric Smith of Colorado; and grandchildren, Brenden Weaver, Mackenzie Smith, Courtney Weaver, Cody Ward, Caleb Ward, MaKayla Nielson, Aiden Stuart, Madison Rousseau, Ethan Weaver, Jaydon Rousseau, Trevor Smith, Sydney Stuart, Destiny Cunningham, Natalie Smith, Lynn Smith, Emma Smith, and Noah Smith.
Gail will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She never knew a stranger and treated all she met as a member of her family. She loved to garden and enjoyed cooking large, delicious meals. Her kitchen table was often circled by her many grandchildren, children, family, and friends. She loved the Lord, her husband, family, and friends fiercely. She will forever live in the hearts of all those who knew her.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday August 6, 2015 at Dry Creek Baptist Church in Willow Springs. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Interment will be in Dry Creek Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
Owen Wayne Tooley, 85, of West Plains, Missouri went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2015, surrounded by family at his home. He was born September 26, 1929 in Parma, Idaho, the son of Chester B. and Myrtle (Collins) Tooley.
Wayne attended Roundtop School. He was united in marriage to Thelma Jean Roper on July 15, 1950 in Winnamucca, Nevada.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, T.J., of the home; two sons, Noel Tooley and wife, Penny, and Jerry Tooley and wife, Linda, all of Willow Springs, MO; one brother, Ival Tooley and wife, Erma, of Willow Springs; grandchildren, Travis Tooley and wife, Jennifer and Heather Duddridge and husband, Eric, all of Willow Springs; great grandchildren, Allie Tooley, Katie Tooley, and Austin Tooley; step great grandchildren, Tye Duddridge, Janda Duddridge, Addyson Duddridge, Ashtin Bathon, and Griffin Bathon; and step great great grandson, Colin Duddridge.
His parents precede him in death.
Wayne worked for many years as a lumber grader at Midwest Walnut in Willow Springs. He loved working in wood.
He was minister of the Gospel, having pastored several churches. He held many revivals in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma over the years.
Wayne enjoyed farming, hunting, and especially his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who will greatly miss him.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday August 7, 2015 at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs with visitation at 1:00 p.m., just prior to the service. Interment will be in Little Zion Cemetery, Willow Springs. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
Earl Wayne Garrett, 81 years, 7 months, and 24 days old, passed to Heaven on August 4, 2015 at the Hospice House in Harrison, AR with his children by his side.
Wayne was born December 11, 1933 in Franklin, Kentucky to Talton Smith and Ruth (Dunn) Garrett.
Wayne was a retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant and veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Wayne learned to work at a young age raising tobacco at the age of 12. Soon after at age of 17 he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and retired after 22 years of service. He then spent 17 years working for the state of Missouri Corrections Dept. Wayne continued working at the Ava and Highland Springs Golf Courses until age 75 when he retired for good.
On October 3, 1952 Wayne and Dixie Nell Sellers were united in marriage in Mtn. Home, AR and to this union three children were born.
Wayne was a Christian and attended with Dixie, The New Life Temple Church in Hollister.
Wayne and Dixie loved to travel and dance. He also enjoyed golf, where he was most proud of his hole in one! He also loved tinkering on his grandchildren’s cars and most of all he loved being with his family and especially the grandchildren!
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dixie, his brother’s-in-law, George Allen and Dean Wilks and nephew Larry Wilks.
Wayne is survived by three children, Mike and Cindy Garrett, Terri and Sam Fossett and Bob Garrett all of Ava, MO, 11 grandchildren; Paul & Roxanne Bocchi, Chris & Amy Kirkland, Heather & Jason Snelson, Cami & Lee Bohnenkamp, Sammye & Delbert Helton, Kirby & Tara Fossett, Courtney & Jeff Davault, Shelly & Gabe Beason, Lindsay Belknap, Jorie Garrett and Judd Tyson, 22 great grandchildren; Brittany, Amber, Tyler, David, Tanner, Logan, Sydney, Brandt, Maci, Myley, Rhett, Allison, Ciara, Claire, Celia, Garrett, Gentry, Gracie, Brooklynn, Addilynn, Jaxon, and Bayler, 2 great great grandchildren; Fisher and Hadleigh, two sisters, Helen Allen, Franklin, KY and Jean Wilks, Portland, TN, and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Wayne will be Sat., Aug.8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery with full military honors by Troy Herd American Legion Post 112 and U.S. Air Force. Visitation will be Sat. from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Norwood Children’s Home, 528 W. Norwood, Norwood, MO 65717 or Hospice House, 501 E. Sherman St., Harrison, AR 72601.
Funeral services for Randall Eugene Harris, 57, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Harris died at 4:02 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center.
He was born May 7, 1958, at West Plains, Missouri, to Mearl Harris and Louise Blankenship Harris. On January 24, 1998, he was married at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to Carla Lair. Mr. Harris was employed with Ozark Action for twenty-four years. He loved spending time with his family, camping, basketball, playing with his son, fishing and turkey hunting. He was a good carpenter and enjoyed fixing things for others.
He is survived by his wife, Carla Harris; one son, John Randall Harris and girlfriend, Emily Sexton; one daughter, Alicia Pulley and husband, David; one grandchild, Finley Pulley; his parents, Mearl and Louise Harris; one brother, Ronnie Harris and wife, Doris, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Sherrie Guffey and husband, Danny and Bruce Lair; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Sue Lair; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his Ozark Action family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to OMC Foundation for Shaw Cancer Center Expansion and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.
A Funeral Service for Mary Emmaline King of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Kyle Tardiff officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 7, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.
Mary passed away July 29, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 83. She was born May 19, 1932, in Montgomery, West Virginia, the daughter of Oscar and Avril Buster Vickers. She married Troy M. King, Sr. on January 22, 1951 at Montgomery, West Virginia and worked as a School Teacher for the Sauk Village School System in Illinois. Mary lived in Mountain Home since 1999, moving from Madison, Mississippi. She enjoyed knitting, bingo and her dog.
Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary A. (Kevin Moback) King of Lakeview, AR; son, Michael (Jill) King of Manteno, IL; brother, Hubert (Sandy) King of Chicago Heights, IL; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Troy King and Cliff King and one brother, Oscar Vickers.
Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas.
Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.