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Archive for February, 2012

Funeral Services for Jean Cunningham, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pastor Brian Oswald officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Columbus Birmingham and Ednar Birmingham, on March 11, 1918 in Dowdy, Arkansas and died February 19, 2012 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was united in marriage in California to Joe Roberts, who preceded her in death. She was later married on August 29, 1997 in Swifton, Arkansas to Bob Cunningham.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Cunningham, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; two daughters, Winnie May Hulen and Betty Miller; three step-sons, Rick Cunningham, Rob Cunningham, and Jim Cunningham; one sister, Wilma May Lee, and two brothers, Clay Birmingham and Truman Birmingham; four nephews, Tommy Lee, Darrell Birmingham, Jerry Lee, and Francis Birmingham; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, and other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; five brothers, Vernard, Dale, Earl, Ulsus and Boyce Birmingham.

She was a Christian, being baptised at the age of fifteen years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation for Ola Christine Diltz, 76, West Plains, Missouri, will be from Noon until 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Diltz died Friday, February 3, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born December 25, 1935 at Greentop, Missouri to William and Della Morton Courtney. On December 27, 1953, she was married to Robert Brammer, Jr. who preceded her in death on October 5, 1983. On February 29, 1984, she married Dwight Diltz. Mrs. Diltz was a member of the Red Hat’s in Tucson, Arizona; she enjoyed bingo, did beads and ceramics, loved fishing and camping and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Dwight Diltz, West Plains, Missouri; nine children, Diana Skinner, husband, Chris, Moody, Missouri, Cindy Brammer, fiance, Ray Fuselier, West Plains, Missouri, Trina Brammer, West Plains, Missouri, Beverly Abrajano, husband, Roger, Corpus Christi, Texas, Susan Minge, husband, Lonnie, Moody, Missouri, Bradley Brammer, wife, Sylvia, De Land, Florida, Robert Brammer, III, West Plains, Missouri, Dwight Diltz, Jr., wife, Christa, Newton, Iowa and Debra VanBenthuscan, husband, Steve, Springfield, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren and one on the way; two brothers, William Courtney, wife, Betty, and Perry Courtney, both of Iowa City, Iowa; special sister-in-law, Joanne Neece, husband, Richard, Tucson, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend and bingo buddy, Jan, Tucson, Arizona.

Her parents, first husband, and one sister, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Ethan Tyler Turnbull, newborn son of Billy Turnbull and Donna Marie Santacroce, will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ethan was called to be with the Angels on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri.

He is survived by his parents, Billy Turnbull and Donna Santacroce, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Dominic Ellison; three sisters, Alexis Turnbull, Araina Ellison and Serenity Angelo; paternal grandparents, Robert and Susan Turnbull, West Plains, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Ed and Lori Santacroce, Squires, Missouri; great-grandma, Ann Stewart, Ava, Missouri; great-grandmother, Diana Goodin, Apache Junction, Arizona; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Troy Stewart.

Funeral services for David Leo Melvin, 70, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Melvin died at 9:17 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born September 28, 1941, at White Church, Missouri, to Paul Leo and Nellie Elizabeth Hendrix Melvin. On November 20, 1979, he was married at Miami, Oklahoma, to Bonnie Bunch. Mr. Melvin was a veteran having served with the United States Army. Before his retirement, he was the owner/operator of Melvin Crawler Parts. Since retirement he had worked on his farm. Mr. Melvin was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Melvin, of the family home; three children, Wesley Melvin, wife, Melissa, Nixa, Missouri, Traci Wood, husband, Mike, Nixa, Missouri and Ashley Jewell, husband, Chad, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Mallory Melvin, Zack Melvin, Austin Wood, Dustin Wood, Devin Wood, Tyler Jewell, Emma Jewell, and Jacob Jewell; six brothers, Ronald Melvin, wife, Helen, Springfield, Missouri, Ed Melvin, wife, Sandy, Wayne Melvin, wife, Wilda, Dale Melvin, wife, Tammy, Donnie Melvin, all of West Plains, Missouri, and Tom Melvin, wife, Dixi, Marshfield, Missouri; three sisters, Virginia Newberry, Manchester, Missouri, Barbara Hanks, husband, Rick, Willow Springs, Missouri, and Rita Roberson, husband, Dan, West Plains, Missouri; mother-in-law, Dorothy Bunch, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one infant brother and father-in-law, Ocie Bunch, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Charles (Chub) Ray Creameans, 68 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Wednesday, at his home in Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

Born Wednesday, February 9, 1944 in Newport, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Albert Creameans and the late Susie Hembrey Creameans. He was a factory worker and served in the Navy.

Surviving are son, Stephen Creameans, daughter, Kelley Edwards, brothers, James Creameans of Cherokee Village, AR, Albert Creameans, Jack Creameans and Larry Creameans, sister, Judy Colter; 3 grand children. There will be no local services and interment will be held in St. Louis, MO.

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James Dillon, 76 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Tuesday, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas.

Survived by his wife Karen Dillon of the home, sons, Michael Dillon of Houston, TX and Johnny Dillon of Thornton, CO, daughters, Dorothy Barrett of Founton, CO, Denice Dillon of Cheyenne, WY and Kathy Easley of Frisco, TN, brother, Richard Dillon of Evergreen, CO; 16 grand children; 13 great grand children.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 6 Scenic CT Ash Flat, Arkansas 72513.

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Graveside services for Mary Ellen Cochran, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, with Si Cochran officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Hiram Tom and Rada Kimbell Tom, on January 26, 1922 in Plane, Indiana and died February 14, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage December 8, 1939 in Batesville, Arkansas to John B. Cochran, who preceded her in death May 2, 1988.

She is survived by three sons, David L. Cochran, wife, Charlotte, Michael Cochran, wife, Ada, and Timothy J. Cochran, wife, Anne, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Cindy Eubanks, husband, John, David Cochran, DDS, wife, Kelli, Lance Cochran, wife, Alissa, all of West Plains, Missouri; Marty Cochran, wife, Solara, Golden, Colorado, Sarah Lovan, husband, Ramey, Paragould, Arkansas, and Si Cochran, wife, Anna, Souix City, Iowa; nine great grandchildren, Emily and Connor Cochran, Karlee and Mason Cochran, all of West Plains, Missouri, Zane Cochran, Golden, Coloradio, Chance and Parker Lovan, Paragould, Arkansas, and Jonah and Elijah Cochran, Souix City, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Cochran; her parents Hiram Tom and Rada Kimbell Tom

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Plains Cancer Treatment Center or Gideon Bibles, and can be left at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth (Houser) Hampton, age 105, was born on April 4, 1906 in a house just behind the store at Yukon, MO. She was the daughter of John and Etta Mae (Dial) Houser and had a younger sister Ruth.

When she was about 4 years old her father and his brother Frank took their families by train to Brush, Colorado where they each homesteaded property. Mary grew up exactly like the “Little House on the Prairie” story, living in a home constructed of lumber with a dirt floor. She has told many stories of hot dry summers and winter blizzards. After obtaining title to the land, the Houser brothers sold the Colorado property and returned to Missouri where John bought a farm south of Houston in the Indian Creek community and lived there the rest of his life.

Being about four miles out of town it was necessary for Mary to board in town to attend high school and she graduated in the 1925 Houston High school class.

She married William Arthur Hampton in 1926. They moved to Kansas City, MO for some time and returned to Houston around 1933. In 1934 their only child, Ronald Keith Hampton was born. Arthur farmed and worked in some Houston businesses for a time and in 1939 became one of Intercounty Electric’s first employees, as the Electric Co-op was just getting started. Arthur worked for Intercounty until his retirement and Mary was a housewife and also worked some at Fredrick’s 5 and 10 in Houston.

Mary and Arthur loved to travel and visited all 50 states, some of Mexico and a lot of Canada.

Arthur died in 1989 and Mary stayed home for about a year and then lived with her son Ronald in St.Louis for a time then entered Houston House Care facility and after several months moved to Licking Park Manor where she had many active years and made many friends and continued to reside there.

She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Houston.

Mary was active in the Rebecca Lodge and loved her time at the Houston Senior Citizen facility where she enjoyed many friends.

Ronald married Margaret Josephine Heriford and they had Kevin Keith and Ronda Rene which are Mary’s grandchildren. Ronda and Dennis Sulltrop live near Kansas City, MO and Dana and Kevin live in the St.Louis, MO area and have four children, Morgan, Genevieve, Graham and Emma which are Mary’s great-grandchildren that all survive her.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held Saturday February 18, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:00 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Dr. Howell Burkhead officiating. Pallbearers are; Kevin Hampton, Dennis Sulltrup, John Jarvis and Art Heriford. A private burial will be held at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Helen Kaye Drumright, 64, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Drumright died at 11:34 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2012, at her home. She was born September 30, 1947, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Odie and Eva Alberta Welch Croney. On July 20, 1962, she was married at Salem, Arkansas to Lloyd Drumright. She was a cook at the West Plains High School. She loved cooking, spending time with her kids and grandkids, camping and fishing. Mrs. Drumright was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Drumright, of the family home; three daughters, Shelly Lovins, husband, Tim, Sheila Ochoa, husband, Junior, and Sharon Long, special friend, John David Bussard, all of West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Jessica Kenslow, April Collins, Mitch Lovins, Brandi Ochoa, Shane Belt, Shelby Belt and Tyler Lovins; eight great-grandchildren, Emily Kenslow, Kelsey Kenslow, Ruhstyn Lovins, Traityn Lovins, Braidyn Schulz, Kaylie Collins, Karley Collins and Gavin Roberts; three sisters, Dorothy Stowers, husband, Virgil, West Plains, Missouri, Eunice Flowers, McLouth, Kansas and Ruby Warren, husband, Verl, West Plains, Missouri; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, three brothers, Bill, Leffel, and James Croney, three sisters, Hazel Gordon, Thelma Croney and Joanna Croney, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral home. Burial will be in the Hope’s Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Violet Marie Kell, 88, died, Feb 13, 2012 at home in Houston, MO after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born April 25, 1923 in Darien, MO, oldest daughter of William Horace and Maudie Mae Kell. She and Sherman Frank Kell were married April 20th, 1944 in San Francisco, CA. They were married 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Oliver and Fay, her husband, Sherman, and a son, Jimmie Kell.

She is survived by her sister and her husband, Erma and Wendell Byler of Bangs, TX, her brother and his wife, Bob and Freda Kell of Raymondville, MO, her son, Sherman Ronald Kell of Mill Valley, CA and her son and his wife, Daniel and Karen Kell of Houston, MO, 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She lived for many years in the Parker, Cedar Grove and Big Creek communities and worked at Montauk in her youth. She worked in several factories as a seamstress prior to marrying Sherman and followed him during his Naval service living in many, many states before returning to Houston in 1968. She worked for many years at the Rawlings plant in Licking before retiring. Violet and Sherman collected antiques of all kinds taking a particular delight in the collection of Carnival glass.

She enjoyed sewing, making most of her own clothing and that of her sons through the years.

She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.

Services will be Feb. 16, at 2 PM in the Evans Funeral Home.

Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating, with burial in North Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Salem, MO. Pallbearers are Ron Kell, Dan Kell, Randy Kell, Terry Kell and Brent Kell, Honorary Pallbearers are Bob Kell and Wendell Byler. Service was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO. In lieu of flowers family requests memorials to Hospice of Care. On-line condolences may be sent to