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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

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Matthew Arnold Smytkowski of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles, Illinois. A memorial service will be held in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at a later date.

Matthew passed away July 26, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 79. He was born November 26, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Adam Matthew and Sophia Josephine Bogdan Smytkowski. He spent much of his life working in metal manufacturing and engineering. Matthew lived in Mountain Home on and off since 1985. He enjoyed sharing stories and telling jokes.

Matthew is survived by his daughter, Leanne Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA; son, Patrick Smytkowski of Euclid, OH; three grandchildren, Alexander Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA, Olivia Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA, and Nicholas Smytkowski of Euclid, OH; several cousins, and was the beloved nephew of Lillian Gancarz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial will be in the Saint Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois.

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

Irene Stafford, 84, of Wichita, KS passed away on August 1, 2015 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born on June 6, 1931 in Theodosia, MO the daughter of Bea and Minnie (Johnson) Kelley.

On August 14, 1950 Irene was united in marriage to Tony Stafford in Yellville, AR. To this union three children were born, Anita Kay, Debbie and Mike. Irene and Tony moved to Wichita over 40 years ago. Tony preceded her in death in 2000.

Irene has been the centerpiece of the family. She enjoyed all her time with them. She loved cooking and made everyone feel special with their very own pie. At all the family gatherings, everyone knew that they would have their favorite pie made just for them…. in some cases an extra one would be made to take home. Often times she would have to start baking a week in advance, but she wouldn’t have had it any other way. If there was anything Irene loved more than making sweets, it was eating sweets. There was no doubt she had a huge sweet tooth!! Irene also loved to crochet and embroidery. She was a very giving person who would welcome anyone into her house. Friends and strangers were all welcomed alike, and given a hot meal and place to stay if needed. She was just that kind of loving and caring individual. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents Bea and Minnie Kelley and her husband Tony Stafford. She is survived by three children: Anita Kay Larson and husband Richard of Denver, CO, Debbie Sharpe of Wichita, KS and Mike Stafford and wife Lisa of Dora, MO; six grandchildren: Tony Larson & Jennifer, John Larson & Sammi, Misty Titus & James, Jason Titus & Nicole, Cody Stafford & Hollie, Lacey Belcher & Derek; sixteen great grandchildren: Johnathan, Timmy, Bryce, Mandy, Jacob “J.J.”, Mia, Migel, Caleb, Nathan, Kayla, Ashlynn, Hailey, Brayden, McKenzie, Valarey, and Kenneth; numerous other children who referred to her as “Grandma”; and three siblings: Jerlene Newton, Samuel Coy Kelley and Troy Kelley all of Dora, MO.

Funeral services are Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, MO with Richard Martin officiating. Burial is in the Ball Cemetery near Dora, MO. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, August 4th from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ball Cemetery and left at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Hilda E. Caudle, 81 years, 2 months, and 24 days old, passed to Heaven on August 3, 2015 at Lake Stockton Healthcare in Stockton, MO with her sons by her side.

Hilda was born May 10, 1934 in Laclede County, MO, Drynob community to William Watson and Verna (Crocker) Elmore. She graduated from Lebanon High School and later received her B.S. Degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State College (MSU) in Springfield, MO.

Hilda was a resident of the Ava community for many years. She was a retired Ava Middle School Teacher and had taught for over 36 years.

Hilda was a devoted member of Ava First Southern Baptist Church. On April 1, 1954 Hilda and Eugene Caudle were united in marriage in Cassville, MO and to this union three children were born.

Hilda was lovingly involved in her children and grandchildren’s activities. She enjoyed every minute she spent with them.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers, her daughter, Kristi Caudle McIntosh, a daughter-in-law, Kitty Caudle, and former husband, Eugene Caudle.

Hilda is survived by two sons and their spouses, Robin & Patricia Caudle, Holton, KS and Kevin & Kelly Caudle, Stockton, MO, five grandchildren, Tyler (Emily) Caudle, Kayla (Steve) Swensen, Chase McIntosh, Chance Caudle and Katie Caudle, one great grandson, Beau Caudle, and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Hilda will be Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Southern Baptist Church in Ava with burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Rose Cemetery, Lebanon, MO. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Nolan Carrier and Pastor Dick Bishop.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church, Ava, MO or American Heart Assoc.