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Archive for February, 2012

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. 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.

Colleen Martin, 78 of Cherokee Village, died on Monday, February 20.

The daughter of the late Harold Stanley & Myrtle Casson Richter. she served as a Sgt in the Marine Corps. and was the 1969 Miss California. Colleen was the owner and agent of a insurance company.

Surviving are daughter, Laurie Griffith of Cherokee Village, AR., Grandson and Great Grandson Jeremiah Griffith SR & JR of Little Rock.

Funeral service will be Friday at 2:00pm in Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Highland. Interment will be Monday at 2:00pm in Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Rock, AR. on Confederate BLVD.

Visitation services for Jason Gregory Spurling, 14, West Plains, Missouri, will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jason died at 7:25 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born October 25, 1997, at West Plains, Missouri, to Gregory and Debbie Haney Spurling. He was in the eighth grade at West Plains Middle School, had a paper route and volunteered at Fishland. He loved skateboarding, animals and music. Jason attended Central Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Spurling, fiancé Thomas Roberson, of the family home; two brothers, Michael and Weston Spurling, both of West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandmother, Francis Barnhard, Kansas City, Missouri; special family, Cory Roberts and Kila Busby; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

His father, grandparents, Norma and Cletus Haney, grandfather, Dr. Marvin Spurling and step-sister, Kimberly Spurling, precede him in death.

Memorials may be made to Robert Neathery Skate Park and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Louella VanDusen, 95, Newport, Washington, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. VanDusen died Sunday, February 19, 2012, at Newport Community Hospital Long Term Care, Newport Washington. She was born June 12, 1916, at Siloam Springs, Missouri, to James G. Cook and Julia Ann Patton Cook. On July 8, 1939, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Rolla VanDusen, who preceded her in death on August 6, 2000. Together they moved to California, where they lived until Rolla passed away. Mrs. VanDusen had lived in a nursing home in Newport, Washington for the past two years. She was of the Baptist faith, her membership being in the First Baptist Church, Folsom, California.

She is survived by a grandson, James Cox, State of Washington; granddaughter, Johnnie Marie Rousseau, State of New Mexico; special step-granddaughter, Kelly Wright, Placerville, California; three nieces, Lois London, husband, Paul, Ruth Devore and Hazel Dollins, all of West Plains, Missouri; several other nieces and nephews in Oklahoma, California and Nevada.

Her parents, husband, one son, James R. Cox, four sisters and seven brothers precede her in death.

Mrs. VanDusen will lie in state from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Delbert Lester Fulk, son of Mack and Ethel (Ice) Fulk, was born July 23, 1926 near Houston, MO. He passed away Saturday February 18, 2012 at his home making his age 85 years, 7 months and 26 days.

On July 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Joan Elizabeth Starnes. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary July 31, 1999; the event was hosted by nieces Marcia McKay and Judy McCarter and nephew Richard Mackey.

Due to failing health he had stayed a few months at the National Health Care in West Plains, MO for rehab. The caregivers said regardless of how he felt he always greeted them with a big smile.

Delbert was a hard working man. As a young man he worked at a sawmill and milked cows for several years. He began working for Brauer Bros shoe factory in 1959 and continued working when Brown Shoe bought the business in 1974. He retired July 24, 1991 after 31 years of service. He enjoyed gardening and tending to his farm animals, especially his pets. He also loved to go squirrel and coon hunting.

Delbert was a kind, gentle and caring man, always ready to help family, friends and neighbors. He never charged for his services, his reward was being able to help others. He loved his family very much and enjoyed his 2 nieces Marcia and Judy Lay and nephew Richard Mackey as children and later years of their lives. They filled the void for the children he never had. He loved them as his own and the love was mutual.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan, his parents, Mack and Ethel, two brothers, Edgar and Bob, one sister Lovene, 2 brothers-in-law, Loyal Lay and Russell Mackey.

He is survived by two sisters Lavonne Lay of Broken Arrow, OK, Zella Mackey of Cabool, MO, two nieces, Marcia McKay and husband Tim of KS, Judy McCarter and husband Jim of Broken Arrow, OK, nephew, Richard Mackey and wife Stacie of St. Peters, MO, two great nieces, Cortney McKay and Jenneca McCarter and great nephew, Jeffery McCarter.

Delbert will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorials may be made to Ozark Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, with services being held at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Kendall Ford and Rev. John Wisdom officiating. Pallbearers are; Darrell Scheets, Cory Scheets, Gary Akers, Terry Akers, Darren Ice and Keith Swisher. Honorary Pallbearers are: Gary Grogan, Art Williamson, Darren Scheets, Shawn Watson, Richard Mackey, Jim McCarter and Tim McKay. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Jewell Maxine (Peebles) Farley, 96, of Houston, MO, passed away Monday February 20, 2012 at Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove, MO due to an extended illness.

Jewell was born May 16, 1915 near Mtn. Grove, MO to James Blain and Ethel (Greenwood) Peebles. She was third born having three sisters, Ruth, Theda and Margaret, and a baby brother James or “Junior”. The family spent most of its years on the farm at Dunn, MO. They attended Greenwood Baptist Church where Jewell learned about God’s love. She attended and graduated from Mtn. Grove High school. In August 1935, Jewell met the love of her life, Leland Jennings Farley of Houston, described as an “industrious business man and farmer”. The couple was married on December 17, 1938, much to the surprise of those who regarded Leland as a full fledged bachelor. They lived on the Womack farm west of Houston a few years, and then moved to their stately home on Hawthorn Street in Houston in 1941. There they spent over forty happy years of marriage, Leland employed by Intercounty Electric and Jewell a creative and talented homemaker. Though they did not have children, Leland and Jewell were very fond of their nieces and enjoyed having Carol and Marilyn come visit each summer. Jewell would sew beautiful Barbie doll clothes and make elaborate doll furniture for “her girls”. She spent hours in the kitchen with them, teaching them how to cook and bake pumpkin pie and angel food cake being her specialties. Jewell had a keen sense of humor and would tease her nieces about “her little orphan children who lived upstairs,” creating even more intrigue and desire to go upstairs and explore.

Leland and Jewell were longtime members of United Methodist Church of Houston, and enjoyed many friends throughout their years who will remember and miss them.

Jewell is survived by a sister-in-law, Ruth Peebles of Mtn. Home, AR, a niece, Marilyn (Kerry) Lawson of Thatcher, AZ, a great niece, Maranda Rimes of Memphis, TN, great nephews, Aaron (Sarah) Ellis of Houston, MO, Jonathan (Cassandra) Lawson of Nashville, TN and Jordan Lawson of Nashville, TN, and great great- nephew, Zane Rimes of Memphis, TN.

She is pre-deceased by her parents, James Blain and Ethel Peebles, her husband Leland J. Farley, three sisters; Ruth Holmes, Theda French and Margaret Doty, a brother, James K. Peebles and a niece, Carol Ellis.

Thank you to all family, friends and caregivers who touched Jewell’s life and were in turn touched by her. She will be sadly missed and held dear in our hearts. Jewell, ‘May your heart go on as our hearts will go on for you.”

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Houston United Methodist Church, in her honor, in lieu floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday February 24, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be at 11:00 with Rev. Beth Duckworth officiating. Pallbearers are; Reggie Cole, Brad Mitchell, Mike Barreda, Dr. Joe Richardson, Don Tottingham and Aaron Ellis. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Violet Geneva Roberts Eagleman was born on November 3, 1919 in Beyers, Kansas to Sam and Ireva Roberts. Violet went to be with her Lord on February 12, 2012. She had two loving brothers, John and Ralph Roberts. After the death of her mother she was adopted at the age of 9 by Leona and William Ritchey of Leota, Missouri, joining their children, Grace, Bob and Lynn Ritchey. Violet met and married the love of her life, Allen Henry Eagleman of Leota, Missouri in Dec. 1936. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on December 17, 2011. e

Allen and Violet were blessed with a son, Allen Kenneth, daughters Leta Barbara, and Linda Kay before moving to California in 1947. They settled close to Violets brothers and sister and farmed in the McFarland, Delano, Pixley area of the San Joaquin Valley. They moved to Redding, CA in 1956 and soon made their home in Central Valley, CA where they lived for 52 years.

Violet and Allen were very active in the Church of Christ every place they lived until poor health slowed their activities. Violet arranged flowers for the altar of the church, in addition to wedding receptions and special activities of her children, grandchildren, and friends. She was an excellent seamstress, teaching her skills to her daughters at an early age. She served as a leader in 4-H clubs and PTA’s. She loved quilts, a skill she learned from her mother Leona. She helped Allen raise an annual garden with fresh vegetables, and beautiful fruit trees for sharing with family and friends. Violet loved preparing food for any occasion and was well known for her cream style corn, green beans, strawberry waffles, apple and berry pies, and the cinnamon and dinner rolls she prepared for many years at the Church camp at Lake Almanor.

Violet is survived by her husband, Allen, of Redding, her son Allen Kenneth Eagleman (Vi) of Bellevue, WA, daughters Leta Cox, (Gary) of Redding, CA, Linda McKinnon, (Walt) of Rancho Cordova, CA, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Visitation will be held 7pm to 9pm, Thursday, February 23, at Carters Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri. A chapel service will be Friday, February 24 at 2pm at Carters Funeral Home, West Plains. Burial will be at Free Union Cemetery, Moody, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Olga Jackson, 89, a resident of Summersville will be held Sunday, February 26, at 2 P M. at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville, with Rev. Paul Hamm officiating.

Visitation will begin Sunday at 12 Noon until service time at 2 pm at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

In Lieu of Flowers memorial maybe made to Summersville Senior Center and may be left at Bradford Funeral Home.

Memorial services for Patti Lynn Kosin, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Spring Creek Community Church on State Route K, West Plains, Missouri.

Mrs. Kosin went to be with the Lord at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012, at her home in West Plains, Missouri. She was born August 21, 1964, in Naperville, Illinois to Peggy and Gordon Witt. She was married to John Kosin on March 11, 1983. She was a secretary most of her adult life. Her most recent employment was in the family business at Professional Auto Repair. Mrs. Kosin was a member of The Elks West Plains Lodge #2418 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, John; her mother, Peggy Witt of West Plains; her father, Gordin Witt, of the State of Florida; two sisters, Kathrine Thursby, State of Indiana, Donna Mathies, State of Illinois; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, father-in-law, Kinsman Kosin, and wife Mona, West Plains, Missouri.

Preceding her in death are her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Lilurn Marshall Foltz, 87 of Williford, Arkansas died on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

Surviving are son, Darryl Foltz of Tuscola, IL, daughter, Janelle Potts of Mansfield, IL, brothers, Raymond Foltz, Delbert Foltz, Jr. and Edward Foltz, sisters, Shirley Foltz and Jenette Fourman; 4 grand children; 5 great grand children.

A Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Hardy First United Methodist Church. Pastor Brian Hall Officiating.