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Archive for February, 2012

Rosalie B. Reed, 85, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at her residence.

She was born July 21, 1926, in Dongola, Illinois to the late John and Delsie Smoot Buie. Rosalie married Fred Allen Reed on November 5, 1970, in Kissimmee, Florida. She and Fred relocated to Mountain Home from Orlando, Florida in June of 1995. Rosalie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Home. She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepson, Edward Reed; a stepdaughter, Kelley Hartsfield and a granddaughter, Jacklyn Fletcher.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Fred Reed of Mountain Home; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Debbie Barthel of Parker, Colorado; a daughter, Donna Burrows of Mountain Home; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Dennis and Shannon Reed of Apopka, Florida; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jeanne Buie of Carbondale, Illinois and Mary and Charlie Burretti of Largo, Florida; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1106 Spring Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Marian and Leland (Russ) Cooley of Cherokee Village, AR have gone to be with the Lord.

Mrs. Cooley on Thursday, February 23 and Mr. Cooley on Sunday, February 26th. They were married 65 years. They were preceded by their son Leland R. Cooley, Jr. of Oregon and are survived by their daughter Rhonda Michel of Cherokee Village, AR, 7 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

Mrs. Cooley is survived by a brother Robert Fredinburg of Oregon and a sister Lorena Gillespie of California.

Mr. Cooley is survived by a brother Bob Cooley of Arizona and sister Shirley Lauzon of Co.

They will be laid to rest at Bronaugh Cemetery in Hardy, AR, at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Arrangements by Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Funeral services for Leslie Edward Ellett, 87, Peace Valley, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Chapel Hill Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Ellett died at 8:10 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2012, at his home. He was born February 19, 1925, at Plainville, Kansas, to Edward William and Arvilla May Jarvis Ellett. He was married to Inez Miller, and to that union Leslie Dewayne Ellett was born. On December 1, 1951, he was married at Peace Valley, Missouri, to Leona “Maxine” Story. Before his retirement, Mr. Ellett was a teamster truck driver. He raised and trained race horses, loved logging and playing pitch with his family. Mr. Ellett was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy and was a member of the Mountain View Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Ellett was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Ellett, of the family home; four children, Leslie Dewayne Ellett, wife, Lorraine, West Plains, Missouri, Leroy Edward Ellett, wife, Linda, Peace Valley, Missouri, Leona Nichols, husband, Morris, Ashland, Missouri and Della Pauline Schafer, significant other, Rolan Norsworthy, Peace Valley, Missouri; numerous grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Ralph Story, Adrian, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Naomi Ellett, Mountain View, Missouri, Joann Ellett, Carthage, Missouri and Gertrude Wallis, Mountain View, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Dan Davis Ellett, one granddaughter, Shawnna Beth, three brothers and five sisters, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Charles Prickett Foster, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Foster died at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012, at his home. He was born February 21, 1932, at Butterfield, Arkansas, to Arthur and Blanche Orr Foster. Mr. Foster was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force. He graduated from University of Arkansas in 1976 with an E.D.D. On August 4, 1953, he was married at Malvern, Arkansas to Joyce A. Green. Before his retirement in 1995, Mr. Foster was the superintendent of the Mountain Grove school system for nine years and worked for the Department of Education from 1976-1978, he then joined Barker-Phillips-Jackson Insurance Agency. He served as President of Missouri Independent Insurance Agents from 1990 to 1991. Mr. Foster was also a Mason with Masonic Grand Lodge of Arkansas. Mr. Foster attended First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Foster, of the family home; one son, Chuck Foster, Fayetteville, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Brooke Robertson, husband, Chad, West Plains Missouri; and was the beloved Poppy of Riley Simpson, Hunter McCullough, Dylan Robertson and Ali Robertson; one brother, Melvin Foster, wife, Rose, Springfield, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Julie Simpson, one sister and two brothers, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.

Graveside services for Mary Jewell Paschall, 77, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Ozark Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Paschall died at 2:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born December 30, 1934 at Twin Bridges, Missouri to Henry Jack and Wilma Lois Dollins Collins. On October 6, 1953, she was married in Howell County, Missouri to James William “Walter” Paschall who preceded her in death on May 26, 1976. Mrs. Paschall was a graduate of Dora High School and had completed EMT training. She had been a CNA and an EMT and had worked for Dr. Stoll, Piper Ambulance and Ozarks Medical Center. Mrs. Paschall was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by five children, Wilma Jones, West Plains, Missouri, Jewell Marcak, Springville, California, James Paschall, significant other, Brenda Bruffett, West Plains, Missouri, Mary Joyce Paschall, Springville, California and Jesse Paschall, significant other, Sherry Opfer; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one granddaughter, one brother and two sisters, precede her in death.

Memorials may be made to the Dialysis Clinic or American Diabetes Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Irene “Carol” Mullins, 74, Pomona, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mullins died at 3:44 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born January 26, 1938, at Junction City, Kansas, to Matthew and Anna Davis Turnbull. On August 11, 1956, she was married at Raton, New Mexico, to Bennie Mullins. Mrs. Mullins was an Army wife for 20 years. She arrived in the Pomona area following her husband’s retirement, and became heavily involved in the community and served as a volunteer with Red Cross. She was a devoted Christian, mother and wife, putting the needs of her family above her own with grace and a giving smile. Mrs. Mullins was well known in the community and was an avid bingo player. She was a positive influence and left a smile on the faces of those she interacted with.

She is survived by her husband, Bennie Mullins, Sr., of the family home; her children, Bill and Cam Luthi, Canadian, Oklahoma, Tony and Marcha Mullins, Springfield, Missouri, Ben Mullins, Kansas City, Kansas, and Bennie Melanie Mullins, Claremore, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Laura Mullins; seven grandchildren, Richard “Wayne” Mullins, Jr., Mary Elizabeth Roberson, Bennie Mullins, III, Tabitha Mullins, Joshua Mullins, Trent Mullins and Heather Mullins; six great-grandchildren, Richard Mullins III, Logan Mullins, Brooklyn Mullins, Zoe Antrim, Kyra Roberson and Joseph Roberson; two sisters, Viann Johnson, husband, Jim and M. Sue McClellan, husband Bobby, both Willow Springs, Missouri; mother-in-law, Martha Mullins, Tatum, New Mexico; three brothers-in-law, Pervis Evans, San Jose, California, Bill Mullins, wife, Peggy, Morgantown, West Virginia and Don Mullins, wife, Mary, Tatum, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Cathy Porter, husband, Bill, Olathe, Colorado.

Her parents, step-father, Anton H. Haas, one son, Richard Mullins, two infant brothers and sisters-in-law Glenda Rogers and Barbara Evans, precede her in death.

Mrs. Mullins will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mackey Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Dorothy J. Dingler, 82, a resident of Mountain Home passed peacefully Saturday, February 25, 2012, in Mountain Home with family at her side.

She was born December 21, 1929, in Tomato, Arkansas to the late Louis and Fannie Lucille Butler Malone. Dorothy married Max Milford Dingler on September 8, 1945, in Blytheville, Arkansas. Dorothy’s hobbies were gardening, especially roses, cooking and most importantly her family. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Arvil, Virgil and Leon Malone; a daughter-in-law, Judy Dingler and a granddaughter, Dawn Kirkland.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Max Dingler of Mountain Home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry Dingler of Sycamore, Illinois and Maxie and Alissa Dingler of Houston, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Louise and Jerry Stancil of Mountain Home, Diane and Barny Novotny of Mountain Home and Juanita “Nita” and James Srkala of Katy, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Marshall “Tink” and Inez Malone of Blytheville; seven grandchildren, Scarlet Brady of Malta, Illinois, Rob Kirkland of New Port Richey, Florida, Wendi Kirkland of Lindenhurst, Illinois, Melanie (Mike) Beam of Mountain Home, Crystal Novotny of Mountain Home, James Srkala of Spring, Texas and Ashley Dingler of Houston, Texas; seven great grandchildren; the family dog, Tasha and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Entombment will be in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery near Mountain Home under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Dingler, Barny Novotny, Jerry Stancil, James Srkala, Mike Beam and Rob Kirkland.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Galen Joel Hickerson was born in Great Bend, KS, on September 29, 1947 to Albert & Virginia Leedy Hickerson. The oldest of three children, Galen grew up in Dodge City, KS.

In 1965, he enrolled at Ozark Bible College, where he received his Bachelors of Sacred Literature degree. While there, he met Evelyn Douglas, and they were married October 11, 1968 at Oak Hill Christian Church. To this union were born two children, Allen and Carolyn.

Galen became an ordained minister, and preached at a variety of mostly smaller rural churches. Over the course of 35 years, he served churches in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. In time, he pursued graduate studies in ministry, specializing in ministry to senior citizens.

Galen was a devoted husband and father, and relished his role as grandpa to his two grandsons, Jonah & Jaxon Davis. He enjoyed singing, lending his bass voice to parts singing in college and church. He was a long-time member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, and enjoyed using illusions and balloon sculpting to share gospel messages with kids of all ages. He was a fan of the St Louis Cardinals, and enjoyed attending Springfield Cardinals games with church groups.

After battling melanoma for two years, Galen passed from this life on early Tuesday morning, February 21st at Christian Health Care & Rehabilitation North, Lebanon, MO, graduating to a glorious new life in eternity with a new body free of disease and pain. He was 64 years of age.Galen was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Jr. and Virginia Leedy Hickerson and grandparents, Albert Sr. and Eva Hickerson Spalding and Earl and Mabel Leedy. He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Houston, MO; son Allen, of Pawnee, IL; his daughter Carolyn Davis of Tulsa, OK; two sisters, Gwenna Harms of Great Bend, KS and Gina German of Mayfield, KS; three nieces, one nephew; and two grandsons, Jonah & Jaxon Davis.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Ozark Christian College, 1111 North Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 25, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Allen Hickerson officiating. Pallbearers were; Allen Hickerson, Carl German, Ron Harms, Ben Davis, Ty German and Don Odle. Burial was in German Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for William Hollis “Bill” Hale, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012 at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

William Hollis Hale went to be with the Lord on February 22, 2012, in his home in West Plains, Missouri. He was born September 28, 1918, at Grimmet, Missouri in Howell County to Everett Monroe and Elmer Gertrude Hopkins Hale. He grew up in Dora, Missouri and graduated from Ava High School with the Class of 1939. He attended Southwest Baptist College and earned a teaching certificate. He taught one year at Bethany School before entering into the Army in June of 1941. Bill served his country in the 71st Medical Battalion in Hawaii, the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan until November of 1945. He was married to Wilma L. Willard on November 20, 1945 in Rover, Missouri by her grandfather Reverend Joseph Willard. Together they owned and operated the Campus Café. He worked at Howell-Oregon Electric for 32 years retiring in 1980. He was proud to have surveyed most of the electric lines in Howell, Oregon, Shannon and eastern Ozark and Douglas counties. Bill was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of West Plains where he served as a Deacon. He was saved at the age of 12. Bill played golf two or three times a week until he was 92 years old. Some of his best times were had on the course with his buddies. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family members.

He is survived by his wife Wilma of 66 years; son Fred Hale, wife, Shirley, West Plains; daughters Gayla Williams, husband, Doug, West Plains, Sherri Stroup and husband, Steve, Farmington, Missouri and Terri Edgar, husband, Benjamin, Billings, Missouri; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren including Lisa Brassfield and Preslee, Brian Hale and Ashley and Evan, John Hale and Jackson, Steven Brown, Danielle Williams, Derek Stroup, Haley Stroup, Melanie Edgar and Jacob Edgar; survivors of “Uncle Hollis” also include many loving nieces and nephews.

His parents, one infant son, two brothers, Clyde Hale and Thurman Hale and three sisters, Laura Hale, Gladys Western and Amy Bennett Helms, precede him in death.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Military burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Naomi Yvonne Lowe was born January 21, 1936 to Thomas Alfred Smith and Ruth Ophilia King Smith. She was married to Joe Don Lowe for 58 years. They immediately moved to the Houston, Texas area where they retired then moved back to Missouri to spend their retirement years. They were blessed with a son, Joe Don Lowe Jr. and his wife, Ruth and 5 sons Mick, Clint, Kirk, Nathan, and Desmond and one great grandson, Kelton. Naomi was called Yvonne or Von by her family and her many friends that knew and loved her. She was the first born of the three Smith Sisters, JoEtta Irene (Rene) Greathouse and Verna Elizabeth (Betty) Lorton. She is also survived by many young people who lived with them during their 58 years of marriage. Since there were too many to name them all we will name a few that still go home to the family reunions each year. Misty and Chris Watson and their sons Derek and Drew of St. James, MO. Chris Lowe and his daughters Chelsea of Cabool, MO and Shayla, of Springfield, MO, Elizabeth and Troy Castleman and their children A.J., Alex, and 6 other children of Houston, MO; Thor Kakar and his children, Chole and Jake of Massachusetts, Lou and Michael Zamarron and their children Mikie, Nick, and Alex of Houston, Texas, Mary and her children Chase and Emma of Boonsboro, MD, Collette, Cindy, Sharon and Bubba Lowrey of Texas City, Texas and their families and at least a dozen or so more. All of the family above mentioned and many more will truly miss our Wife, Mom, Nanny, Sister and Friend.

Yvonne knew her calling at a young age when she began taking care of her baby sister (Betty) during the summer months while her Mother, Ruth Smith was furthering her education in Springfield during her teaching career in rural schools throughout Texas County. Yvonne loved babies and children from the beginning. She and her husband Joe received the Foster Parenting Award in 1968. Joe Don brags that he has taught almost as many 16 year old kids how to drive as the driver’s education has.

She also was a business lady while they lived in LaMarque, Texas. She owned and operated the D and L Glass Company in LaMarque, TX and had several rentals that she maintained.

Yvonne loved her flower gardens, playing Spite and Malice with the Ol’ Broads and having her family and friends come by for a cup of coffee and a visit and especially the yearly family reunion with her cousins, kids and grandchildren, and loved ones.

Preceded in death are her parents, grandparents, and a great friend, Woofie Lowrey.

Visitation will be held at 6 PM to 8 PM Thursday, Feb. 23, at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 PM in the Evans Funeral Chapel followed by graveside service at Union Cemetery on Z Hwy.

It was her request that in lieu of flowers, send donations to Undivided Hearts or the Union Cemetery.