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Opal A. Singleton, 97 years, 4 months, and 5 days old, passed to Heaven on August 31, 2015 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, MO.

Opal was born April 26, 1918 in Rippee, MO in Douglas County to John Boulder and Sarah Ann (Strong) Rippee.

Opal was a life long resident of the Ava community. On September 28, 1935 Opal and Willis “Bill” Singleton were united in marriage in Ava, MO and to this union three children were born.

Opal was a dairy and beef Farmer working alongside her husband Bill for many years. She also had worked at Rawlings Sporting Goods in Ava for about 19 years. She was Christian and of the Baptist faith. She was proud of being a charter member of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. Opal enjoyed riding with her husband and showing their fox trotting horses. Some of her hobbies were, crocheting, gardening and playing music. Opal loved cooking for her family and looked forward to family gatherings! She especially enjoyed her time with all her grandchildren and great and great great grandchildren. Opal was a beloved mother and grandmother!

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willis “Bill” in 1994, her son, Willis “Buster” Singleton, an infant son, Donald Lee and 13 brothers and sisters.

Opal is survived by her daughter and husband, Shirley & Floyd Smith, Ava, MO, daughter –in- law, Jeanne Cox, Ava, MO, four grandchildren; Rick Smith, Chris Singleton, Jackie Davis and Joy Davis, 10 great grandchildren; David Smith, Lindsey Wade, Lance Singleton, Emily Whistance, Hailey Richards, Wyatt Davis, Caitlin Patterson, Jenna Davis, Jessie Davis and Buster Davis, 11 great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, several other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Opal will be Sat., Sept. 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery, Ava, MO. Visitation will be Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .

Edward L Utley October 7, 1931 – August 30, 2015

Edward Utley, age 83, of Highland, AR. died Sunday August 30, 2015 at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Ed worked for himself as a mechanic. He served his country proudly for 16 years in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife Pat of the home; sons, David and DeeDee of Baton Rouge, LA. Denis of Springfield, MO. and Danny and Cathi Utley of Herman, MO; grandsons, Jon Utley, Bryan Utley, Lee Utley; sister, Barbara Mathis; and brother, John Utley. He is preceded in death by a son Douglas, his first wife Pauline Hall Utley, brothers Orace Utley, Carl Utley, Tony Utley, and Lewis Utley.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Hardy, AR Sunday September 6, 2015. Brother Larry Kendrick will be officiating the services. Interment will be at Baker Cemetery of Ozark Acres in Williford, AR.

For further information, please contact Wortham Funeral Home in Highland, AR at (870)856-5656.

Foin Don Crowley, 71, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in Willow Springs, MO. He was born December 16, 1943 in Gainesville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Anna Mae (Decker) Crowley; sister Bonnie Allison and infant brother Joel Crowley. He is survived by his brother Lonnie Crowley of Twin Falls, Idaho; several nieces and nephews; and one special niece Sheila Jefferis of Springfield, MO.

He enjoyed visits from his family. He looked forward to yearly visits and calls on Sundays from his brother Lonnie in Idaho. Don was very special to his family and will be greatly missed

Burial is in the Clear Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

A Celebration of Life for Edward Evert Euers of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 5, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Nancy Taylor officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Ozark V.F.W. Post #3246 Honor Guard.

He will always be remembered for his quick sense of humor and willingness to help others and did his best thinking with his pipe in hand. He was a hard worker who seldom missed a day at work. His children all learned from his example and loved him for all he taught them.

Edward passed away peacefully July 20, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 86. He was born July 17, 1929, in Florence, Wisconsin, the son of Edward and Alma Weackler Euers. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman on the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Consolation. He served from 1948 until 1952 during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Lillian Brucklacher on January 31, 1953, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became a refrigeration fitter in the Steamfitters Union for almost 40 years. In Waukesha, Wisconsin, he was a life member of the DAV and VFW. Edward lived in Mountain Home since moving from Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1994. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and worked on the Building and Grounds committee for many years. He was a bow-hunter in his younger years, took up fishing when he came to Mountain Home, then spent his later years using his artistic talents to create many beautiful displays out of styrofoam and paint that many people marveled at when they came to his home.

Edward is survived by his wife, Lillian Euers of Mountain Home, AR; daughter, Deborah Hubbard of Indianapolis, IN; son, Douglas (Kim) Euers of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Amy Cooper of Mountain Home, AR; three grandchildren, Mychal (Sarah) Doering of Bloomington, IN, Christopher Constantine of Mountain Home, AR, and Steve Constantine of Austin, TX, and two great-grandchildren, Izaiah and Henry Doering of Bloomington, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Euers; four sisters, Adria “Honey”, Doris, Joan, and Beatrice; and son-in-law, Michael Cooper.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House or First Presbyterian Church, both of Mountain Home.

Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Online obituary/guestbook at

Chester L. Smith, Jr. was born February 17, 1942 in Searcy, Arkansas to Chester L. Smith, Sr. and Ruby B. (Miller) Smith. He left this world to join them on August 30, 2015. In his last seven weeks, he suffered a compression fracture to his spine, a major stroke, a heart attack, a blood clot that necessitated the amputation of his lower left leg, and lung cancer.

Chester was a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Jurist Doctorate degree. Upon passing the Arkansas Bar, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was a special agent from 1966 to 1994 when he retired. During his time with the Bureau he served in Omaha, NE; Davenport, IA; Toledo, OH and St. Louis, MO. Upon retirement he and his wife moved to Mountain Home, AR. He taught for several years at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.

He was an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer. He was a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and was awarded several awards from that organization. He was also a member of and past president of North Arkansas Fly Fishers. He was also an active member of Trout Unlimited, the Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, the Twin Lakes Retired Policemen’s Scholarship Association and the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I.

In 1966, he married Patricia A. Pearle in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife of the home; daughters Shannon Smith of Nampa, Idaho and Samantha (Jim) Farthing of Jefferson City, Missouri; three grandchildren, Connor, Chester and Elizabeth; five cousins, Nancy Moore of Rogers Arkansas, Harold Miller of Napa, California, Peggy Adams of Terra Haute, Indiana, Steve Miller of Nashville, Tennessee and Barbara Gardiner of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as well as a host of many friends and other relatives.

A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center Chapel from 2 – 4 p.m. to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his name be made to the North Arkansas Fly Fishers Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1213, Mountain Home, AR 72654. Following the service, an “old-fashioned Irish wake” will be held at the family home for family and friends.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Wallace Joseph Plante, 86, of Theodosia, MO passed away on August 29, 2015 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. He was born on November 26, 1928 in Providence, RI, the son of William and Mary (Bellavo) Plante.

Wally joined the United States Army and served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. On October 7, 1950 he was united in marriage to Norma Jackson in Rhode Island. The couple had their first two children there before moving to Arizona in 1957, then came 3 more children to complete their family. Wally opened his own business, Ace Muffler, and ran it for the next 44 years with the help of his sons. He moved to Theodosia, MO in the mid 1980’s and helped one of his sons, Vic, operate their second shop here. For the next 15 years, Wally and Norma would spend half the year in Missouri, and half the year in Arizona. Norma passed away in February of 2001.

Wally loved to spend time on the golf course where he developed several good friendships. Another love was going to the casinos. In every aspect of his life, one theme always stood out……whatever you do, work hard!!!! Wally set a fine example for his family to follow. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a Christian. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Wally is survived by four children: Vic Plante and wife Jean of Theodosia, MO, Elaine Plante of West Plains, MO, Jeffrey Plante and wife Paula of Payson, AZ and Ronald Plante of West Plains, MO; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, one great-great grandson; and one brother Bill Plante of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Norma; one son Kenneth Plante; and two siblings Joan Whinery and Gary Plante.

Local Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, MO with Tom Cantrell and Steven Plante officiating. A second service and burial will take place in Phoenix, AZ next Monday, September 7, 2015 under the direction of AL Moore-Grimshaw Funeral Home in Phoenix.

A Funeral Service for Douglas William Marx, Jr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 4, 2015, at Twin Lakes Baptist Church, with Dr. Sam Bailey officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home.

Doug passed away August 28, 2015, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the age of 38. He was born July 19, 1977, in Metairie, Louisiana, the son of Dr. Douglas and Laura Dawn Baukman Marx. Doug lived in Arkansas since moving from Orlando, Florida, in 1987. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, backpacking, and camping. Doug is also a talented artist and musician.

Doug is survived by his parents, Dr. Douglas and Dawn Marx of Mountain Home, AR; daughter, Evie Taylor Marx of Fayetteville, AR; three brothers, Jacob (Carly) Marx of Fayetteville, AR, Sam Marx of Orlando, FL, and Jonathan Marx of Arcada, CA; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Burial will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

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

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

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.