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Archive for January, 2012

Gary Cole, 69, of Ozark Acres, died on Friday.

Preceded in death by his parents Edward Cole and Ruth Cobb. and a sister Jean Eggleston.

Survived by his wife DeWilma Cole. sons, Russel & Tina Harris of Springfield, MO, Gordon & Rosemary Harris of Fort Scott, KS, Troy & Cathy Cole of Rifle, CO and Brian & Emily Cole of Springfield, MO, daughter, Diana & Richard Schmidt. 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation only will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, at Heath Funeral Home, Highland, Arkansas.

Graveside services for Edith Marie Austill, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Austill died at 11:07 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born August 28, 1921, at Lawrence, Kansas, to Thomas and Hila Messer Lee. On November 24, 1940, she was married at Lawrence, Kansas, to Cecil A. Austill, who preceded her in death on January 20, 1987. Mrs. Austill was a homemaker and enjoyed ceramics and other activities at the Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of First Christian Church where she enjoyed her Sunday school class and Christian Women’s fellowship.

She is survived by three children, Nancy Watkins, Susan Johnson, both of West Plains, Missouri, and Cecil “Jay” Austill, Jr., wife, Debbie, Breckenridge, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Bakken, Chris Watkins, Jeff Austill, Angie Patton, Tyler Austill, Sherry Bailey and Tracy Cherry; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Virginia McGee and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one brother, Jack Lee, three sisters, Ellen Penfold, Edna Owens and Eva Colburn precede her in death.

Mrs. Austill will lie in state from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to West Plains Christian Clinic, First Christian Church Elders Fund or any local Hospice organization and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Charles C. Johnson, 90, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012, at his home.

He was born May 2, 1921, in Minneapolis, Kansas to the late Charles Alford and Rosalee Haynes Johnson. He married Irene Lula Mann on February 11, 1942, in Minneapolis, Kansas. Charles was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. After his military service Charles spent most of his working life as a truck driver for Fairmont Foods and Robert’s Dairy in Concordia, Kansas for 30 years and as a farmer. In 1999 he and his wife relocated to Mountain Home from Concordia, Kansas. Charles was of the Methodist faith and was a former member of the Moose Lodge as well as a lifetime member of the V.F.W., in Concordia, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Irene Lula Johnson; his parents; two brothers; two sisters and a great grandchild.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Kay Johnson of Garfield, Larry Jonson of Clay Center, Kansas and Dennis and Brenda Johnson of Mountain Home; 11 grandchildren, Rose Robins, Connie Muniz, Pam Burchfiel, Roy, Brad, Brandy, Brett, Randy, Ryan and Keri Johnson and Stephanie Avery; 26 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors provided by the American Legion Alley-White Post 52 will be in Baxter Memorial Gardens under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks.

Edward U. Preissle, age 95, was born December 5, 1916, in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Frank Paul, Jr. and Ida Helen (Unshelm) Preissle. Ed was baptized at an early age by Rev. Jaeger in East St. Louis, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Frank Paul Preissle III, one sister Helen Patricia Preissle, and two wives.

Ed is survived by his wife Delma of the home, a stepson Rob Haney and wife Sandra and stepdaughter, Jeri Baker and husband Marty; six step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren; two nephews, Frank Paul Preissle IV, Robert Edward Preissle and one niece Judith of Athens, GA; and numerous other family members and friends.

He grew up in the printing industry, working in his father’s print shop. As an adult he was employed by printing companies in St. Louis, MO.

Ed married Doris Emrich in 1941. He was inducted into the Army June 11, 1941, and was assigned to the 63rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery H, Ft. Bliss, TX. A few days after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, the battalion was transferred to the 4th Anti-Aircraft Brigade and the battery was re-numbered to Battery D-213th Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and transferred to Seattle, WA, where anti-aircraft protection was provided for the Boeing plant and other vital war industries in and around Seattle, from Dec. 1941 through VE Day, May 8, 1945. The battalion was on red-alert many times during those four years whenever Japanese submarines or aircraft were sighted near the West Coast. The battalion was transferred to Orlando, FL, where Sgt. Edward Preissle was discharged on Dec. 15, 1945.

Ed returned to St. Louis and his former employment. In 1953 he accepted a position with Universal Printing Co. one of the major printing companies in St. Louis. He advanced to the position of purchasing agent, holding other positions of responsibility along the way.

Ed’s first wife Doris passed away in 1969. In 1970 Ed married Mildred Albert. In the spring of 1976 Ed and Millie purchased land in the Brown Hill community, east of Houston, where in 1978, they had their retirement home built. Ed retired at the end of 1978 and they were both very active in the Antique Car Club and the Genealogical Society. Ed is past president and Mille was past recording secretary of the Car Club and Millie had been an officer or standing chairperson in the Genealogical Society. Ed and Millie read, in their entirety, or updated over fifty cemeteries that are listed in Texas County Cemeteries. Mildred passed away in 1997.

In 2000 Ed married Delma Haney. Ed and Delma made their home south of Houston where Ed enjoyed his collecting of antique automobiles and automobilia and Delma’s gardens. Doris, Mildred, and Delma have all been loving, loyal and supportive life partners.

Visitation will be Monday, January 16 from 6:00 Pm to 8:00 PM. Services will be Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 AM at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Texas County Hospice of Care.

Funeral services for Frank Douglas Young, 51, West Plains, will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 at the New Liberty Church near West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Young died 2:48 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2012 near Collins, Missouri. He was born August 12, 1960 at El Dorado, Arkansas to Glendel Dean (G.D.) and Barbara June Whitten Young. On July 3, 1987, Mr. Young was married at Salem, Arkansas to Rochelle Smith. He was a commercial well driller and equipment operator. Mr. Young was an environmentalist, was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time, especially outdoors, with his children and grandchildren. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Rochelle Young, of the family home; five children, Matthew Roy Young, wife, Yellonda, West Plains, Jessica Dawn Mann, husband, Dwight, Blue Eye, Missouri, Tyler Lee Taylor, Daniel Ray Young and Caleb Douglas Young, all of West Plains; two grandchildren, Andrew Paul Young-Davis and Emmalee Claire Young and one grandchild on the way; his mother, Barbara Young, West Plains; one brother, Glenn Young, West Plains; two sisters, Grace Pruett, Eldon, Missouri and Ramona Wright, West Plains; father-in-law, Donald Smith, wife, Mary, Thayer, Missouri; mother-in-law, Claudia Smith, husband, Kelley, Shreveport, Louisiana; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

His father, G.D. Young and one grandson, Matthew Lane Young, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Juvenile Diabetes Association or the New Liberty Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Kenneth Lafayette Harris, 86, West Plains, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Harris died 12:30 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2012 at West Vue Nursing Center. He was born May 8, 1925 at West Plains, Missouri to John Lafayette and Bessie Agnes Huddleston Harris. Mr. Harris attended the Lost Pond School and Thomasville High School and on January 28, 1947, was married at West Plains, Missouri to Dessie Irene Green who preceded him in death on March 5, 2008. He was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Harris fought in the Normandy and Rhineland Campaigns and earned two Bronze Stars, as well as the Purple Heart.

Mr. Harris lived in the same house since 1951 and was employed by the International Shoe Company for over forty years. He farmed and gardened at his home place and he and Dessie spent all of their extra time taking their children to ball games and activities. He taught his family to always live each and every day to the best of their ability and to be the best they could be to their family and friends. For over 62 years, Dessie was the love of his life and in their later years, the grandchildren were their biggest joy; they continued to share the bounty of their garden with friends and neighbors. Mr. Harris was a member of the Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by three children, Charlie Harris, wife, Connie, Dennis Harris, wife, Sharon and Judy Judd, husband, Kenny; nine grandchildren, Cara Wertenberger, husband, Gary, Charla Blanks, husband, Ryan, Jodi Layman, husband, Tim, Darrin Harris, wife, Jennifer, Leslie Harris, Ashley Harris, Ashton Harris, Jeremy Judd, wife, Heather and Stan Judd, wife, Chloe; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Harris, wife, Darlis; two sisters, Margie Amyx and Norma Cooper; brother-in-law, Edwin Willard; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one infant son, Kenneth Dean Harris, his son, Kenneth Doyle Harris, and three sisters, Eunice Huddleston, Velma Walker and JoAnn Willard, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk Creek Cemetery or the Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Samuel Howard Grisham, 58, West Plains, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Becky Kiser and the Reverend Diane Cooke officiating. He died 11:50 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center.

Mr. Grisham was born February 28, 1953 in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Gerald Edward and Jeanette Kellett Grisham. He graduated from West Plains High School in 1971, and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drury University in 1975 where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and was a member of the golf team. In 1977, he earned his master’s of business administration degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

On June 26, 1982, he married Elizabeth Paris Newman in Hannibal, Missouri. Sam was a partner in G & W Foods and Grisham Properties. He loved his family dearly, and particularly enjoyed family times at the North Fork River cabin Monadnock. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in West Plains.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Howard and Ruth Kellett and Sam and Hazel Grisham.

Survivors include his wife, of the family home; three daughters, Catherine White, husband, Ryan, of Jefferson City; Mary-Louise Tollenaar, husband, John, of Springfield and Margaret Schloss, husband, Jason, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Sophia Elizabeth White; his mother, Jeanette Grisham, West Plains; two sisters, Deborah Wehrman, husband, David, Centralia; Jan Crowe, Nashville, Tennessee; two brothers, Bruce Grisham, wife, Libby and John Grisham, wife, Emily, both of West Plains; nieces and nephews, R. B. Grisham, wife, Jackie, Amy Grisham, George Nelson Crowe, III, wife, Cindy, Emily Crowe Williams, husband, Hudson, Courtney Grisham, Laura Grisham, Sarah Grisham, Phillip Grisham, Greta Grisham, John Zupan, wife, Eva, Molly Rivard, Olivia DeVoy and Henry DeVoy; great nieces and nephews. Jack Williams and Avery Zupan; his in-laws, Gale and Janet Newman; sisters-in-law, Cynthia Newman, and friend Kelly Novak and Caroline DeVoy, husband, John; and several cousins.

Mr. Grisham will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11th at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Missouri State University-West Plains or the West Plains Public Library Foundation and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Cammy Lou Stover, 50, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Howell Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ms. Stover died at 6:00 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2012, near West Plains, Missouri. She was born August 28, 1961, at West Plains, Missouri, to Lee Edward Stover and Patsy Ann Wood Stover Holloway.

She is survived by two children, Zack Waldo and Samantha Woolbright, husband, Christopher, both of West Plains, Missouri; her mother, Patsy Holloway, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Vanessa Woolbright and Bentley Waldo; two sisters, Sandy Allen and Debbie McDaniel, husband, Robert, both of West Plains, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Kim Wilson, West Plains, Missouri.

Her father and step-father, Roger Holloway, precede her in death.

Ms. Stover will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Violet Ilene Smith, 88, was born March 31, 1923 at Summersville, Missouri to Louis W. Tune and Dora Mae (Nowlin) Tune and passed away from this life on January 8, 2012 at Mountain View Healthcare, Mountain View, Missouri.

She was united in marriage to Adrain Smith, and to this union one daughter and two sons were born.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Ivie and husband, Bob, Nixa, MO; son, Duane Smith and wife, Kathy, Summersville, MO; grandchildren, Brad Ivie, Springfield, MO, Brent Ivie and wife, Jamie, Springfield, MO, Tracey Thomas and Willie, Summersville, MO, Stacey Bushong and husband, Chris, O’Fallon, MO; Jessi Daniels and husband, John, Summersville, MO; great grandchildren, Tiffany and Kyle Ivie, Aaron and Emma Ivie, Danny Thomas and wife, Stefanie, Kacey Thomas, Matthew and Abbigail Bushong, and Darra Daniels; great great grandchildren, Tucker, Dallas, Colton and Zachary; one sister, Carolyn Terrill and husband, James, Ark City, KS; two sisters-in-law, Veda Mattison and Juanita Davis and husband, Gene, all of Mountain View; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; beloved son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Sherry Smith; and one sister, Darlene Young.

Ilene was a Christian and a worker in church doing anything she could. She was a kind, loving mother and grandmother. She loved many things, including her family, her church, flowers, cooking, singing, and her many friends and neighbors.

Billy “Bill” Smith, 83 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Saturday, at his residence. Bill was a WWII , Army veteran and a logger. He was born March 9, 1928 in Hardy, Arkansas the son of the late Ralph Smith and the late Vera (Goodwin) Smith.

Bill is survived by his sons Michael Smith of Hardy, AR., Larry Keith Smith of Ash Flat, AR. Shane Smith of Overland Park, KS. Daughters Cindy Wells of Ravenden, AR and Helen Caquelin of Long Prairie, MN. Brother Jack Smith of Hardy, Sisters Donna Lea Cooper of Shawnee, KS., Brenda Jackson and Judy Bell of Las Vegas, NV. 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00am Thursday at Ward Street Church of Christ in Hardy. Visitation will 5:00pm until 7:00pm Wednesday at Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Highland. Brother Robert “Sonny” Malson and Brother Floyd Rikard will be officiating the service. Interment will be in Perry Cemetery.