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Archive for March, 2012

Mrs. Rozelle Downs, age 101 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Ash Flat Nursing & Reha in Ash Flat, Arkansas.

She was born on July 31, 1910 to the late William and Leona Hill Simpson.

Surviving are son, Mike Downs of Sarasota, FL; daughters, Kathryn Downs of Ozark Acres, AR and Carol Sharp of Green Valley, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Elizabeth Jolly and a sister, Gladys Campbell.

A graveside service will be in the Vilonia Cemetery, Vilonia, AR at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Arrangments entrusted to Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

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Trilba Jones, 93, a resident of Gassville passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Gassville Nursing Center.

She was born April 11, 1918, in McPhearson to Arthur and Dora Alexander Acklin. She married Solomon Nathaniel Jones on June 4, 1952 in Mountain Home. Trilba had worked at Twin Lakes Nursing Home, now Auburn Hills Nursing Center and then worked at White Sands Motel in Cotter. She loved gardening and sewing. Trilba was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Franks; five sisters, Una Lee Kirk, Esther Everidge, Ruby Cobb, Dolly Siau and Sylvia Acklin; three brothers, Tommy, Chester and Richard “Buck” Acklin; a daughter, Louise (Cranfill) Frost; two sons, Lotus Franks and Raymond Jones and two grandchildren, Robert Lee Cranfill and Melissa Leighty.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Solomon Jones of Gassville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jim Franks of Gassville, Lunnie and Joyce Franks of Whiteville, Leonard and Verna Jones of Gassville and Vernon and Linda Jones of Mountain Home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pauline and Jay Hollingsworth of Whiteville, Linda May and James Davis of Huntland, Tennessee and Della and Wilbur Phillips of Jacksonville, Florida; two daughters-in-law, Shirley Jones of Lakeview and Charlotte Franks of Midway; a sister, Mary Szegedy of Mountain Home; 26 grandchildren, Allen, Kathy, Debbie, Louie, Darrell, Doyle, Missy, Daniel, Molly, Leonard, Lisa, Anna, Angela, Darrell, Lotus Lee, Stacey, Victoria, Tracey, Amanda, Nathaniel Timothy, John Wesley, Leonard Lee, Randy, Raymond Gene and Sheri; 53 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Curtis-Acklin Cemetery near Norfork with the Rev. Gene Carson officiating. Burial will be immediately following under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Hollingsworth, Darrell Franks, Lotus Lee Franks, Raymond Gene Jones, Allen Franks and Randy Jones.

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Mrs. Eva Lee Wilson, 81 of Salem, Arkansas died on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at her residence.

Surviving are daughter, Elizabeth Pope and Jeff of Ash Flat, AR; brother, Melvin Lawyer of North Powder, OR; sisters, Veda Thrasher of Salem, AR, Velma Maxwell of Brockwell, AR and Melba Pitchford of Union, AR. She is also survived by her grandchildren Billy Pope and Becky Pope of Ash Flat, AR.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Friday at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend with Fr. Lines Ukomadu officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Salem, AR.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Heath Funeral Home in Highland, Arkansas and from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM Friday morning at St. Mary’s. Rosary service will be at 10:30AM Friday.

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Evelyn (Overton) Renegar Fread (pronounced “Fred”) was born October 1, 1919 in Guthrie, Oklahoma and died March 10, 2012 in Mountain View, Missouri. She was born to Lonzo and Effie (Jones) Overton, along with two older brothers, Robert and Lloyd, who predecease her.

She was a part of the Overton Granite Works Band, playing the trumpet until her early teen years.

Her father died when she was twelve years old. Mom was then orphaned at fifteen, with the death of her mother. About this time, she was a beauty contest contestant, representing Overton Granite Works.

From the age of fifteen to about thirty-five, she was moved about twenty times; first among relatives and then with her husband, Orville Renegar. She always made a home for us wherever we were.

During World War II, she was a “Wendy the welder” in California and Portland, Oregon shipyards, a job that she was very proud of. She and Orville worked the swing shift and their two daughters at the time, stayed in shipyard daycare.

There was also a period of time in Oregon, that they owned a small acreage near Grant’s Pass. They had dairy cows, so Mom milked cows and kept a house with no indoor plumbing and a wood cook stove.

Shortly after the war was over, the four of us, Mom, Dad, Beverly and Suellen, returned to Oklahoma. We lived in Oklahoma City, and several other small Oklahoma towns and Arkansas City, Kansas. Our stays were always for short periods of time as our father was always looking for greener pastures. In 1948, our youngest sister, Phyllis, was born in Oklahoma City. Two more moves followed before returning to Oklahoma City.

In her forties and fifties, she worked as a church secretary at the Baptist Temple of Oklahoma City. She was also involved in establishing the church daycare.

Our baby, school, maternity, and doll clothes were made by her, as well as Halloween costumes, formals, and her own clothes. She made a dollar go a long way. She always provided Saturday movie money for her girls out of her household money.

In her middle age, after being single for a number of years, she married Willard Fread. They enjoyed dancing at a local lodge and traveling to Bluegrass Music festivals in their travel trailer. They also traveled to Europe, Canada and Hawaii after Willard retired. She helped with their rental property and helped Willard in the garden. He died in 2005.

She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Beverly Barkley and Philip Shurley, Suellen and Dr. John Roberts, Phyllis and David Cleary; three stepchildren, Anita Fike, Dorothy Fread, and Bobby Fread; six grandsons; twelve great grandchildren; step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was a complex woman. Never afraid of hard work, she was very frugal. She was not afraid to speak up, as with many of her generation, life was difficult, but she coped. She was a perfectionist in everything she did. She was, at times, perplexing, but we never doubted her love for us and we appreciate and understand the many sacrifices she made for us.

She had both inner and outer beauty. She was a beautiful soul.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Oklahoma under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri.

Albert Leslie Gann Sr., age 59, of Licking, MO died March 9, 2012. Visitation will be Monday, March 12, 2012, 6-8 P.M. at Fox Funeral Home.

Services will be March 13, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at Fox Chapel.

He is survived by children Dustin Gann, Donna Sullins, Bobbi Jean Smith; brothers and sisters: Gene Gann, Ralph Gann, Gloria Lurvey, Ernest Gann, Nick Gann, Larry Gann, Vickey Stackhouse and Tammy Daniel.

The funeral proceedings are under direction of Fox Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dale Honeycutt, age 65, a resident of Sparta will be held Monday, March 12 11:00 AM, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville, with Elder Tom Dennis officiating.

Visitation will be held Sunday, from 2 to 4 Pm at the Nixa Church of Christ in Nixa, MO

Visitation will also be held Monday, March 12 at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel from 10 Am until service time at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Summersville City Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

In Lieu of Flowers memorial maybe made to: Church of Christ and may be left at Bradford Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Kenneth G. Squire, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Squire died 12:00 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 at his home. He was born September 25, 1926 at Salem, Arkansas to Frank Talmage and Mable Gertrude Kenney Squire. Mr. Squire was a veteran having served with the Merchant’s Marines. On December 11, 1949, he was married at West Plains, Missouri to Rachel Ann Green. Mr. Squire had been a farmer at Moody, Missouri and was a bus driver for the West Plains R-7 School District for thirty-four years. He enjoyed the students and the many out-of-town trips he made with the music department. After his retirement, he drove cars for the Willard Brothers Auto Sales.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Squire, of the family home; two children, Linda Squire, West Plains, Missouri and Danny Squire, wife, Jan, Moody, Missouri; two grandchildren, Krista Webb, West Plains, Missouri and Leslie Squire, Branson, Missouri; three great-grandchildren, which includes a special great-grandson, Mason; one brother, Udell Squire, Salem, Arkansas; two sisters, Olga Kennedy, West Plains, Missouri and Orvena Jo Moss, Salem, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers, Talmadge Squire and J. B. Squire and two sisters, Odelsa Collins and Oleta Lowrance, precede him in death.

Mr. Squire will lie in state from 11:00 a.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Moody Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moody Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Kenneth Gerald Hinderliter, age 64, son of Kenneth and Louella (Peirce) Hinderliter, was born Dec 15th 1947 in Buffalo NY . He passed away on March 3rd 2012 at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen of Elk Creek, his sons Ryan of CA, Jason of VA, and Frank and Matt of IA; his brother Donald Hinderliter of FL; and 2 grandchildren.

Ken grew up in the Amherst area of NY, graduating high school there. After high school Ken served in Vietnam with the Air Force, where he was awarded a Commendation medal for his work as a fighter jet mechanic. He was later hired by Koike Aronson in Arcade where his work ethic advanced him to the position of Senior Sales Engineer. This job took him from New York, to California, to Texas and finally to Missouri. After moving to MO Ken took on a job with Durham in Houston MO. He advanced to crew foreman before retiring at 62.

Following his retirement Ken spent time doing the things he loved; working on cars, remodeling and customizing his home, caring for his many pets and spending time with his wife, Ellen.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Tuesday March 13, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with the Memorial Service beginning at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. An inurnment will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO at a later date.

Graveside services for Norma Jean Rogers, 70, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012, at New Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rogers died at 10:40 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012, at her home. She was born September 18, 1941, at South Bend, Indiana, to Frank and Marguerite Severance. Mrs. Rogers was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force. Before her retirement, she was a truck driver. Mrs. Rogers was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two children, Cathleen Allen, husband, Gregory, West Plains, Missouri and Cynthia K. Jewell, Mountain View, Missouri; six grandchildren, Cynthia M. Jewell, Richard Benavidez, Jr., Christopher Jewell, Cassandra Jewell, Joshua Perez and Tyler Allen; seven great-grandchildren, Adriana, Raquel, Denton, Jamisen, Lilliana, Natalie, Elizabeth and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two sisters precede her in death.

The family will receive their friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Fund or Ozarks Honor Flight and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Dan Teslich, 83, West Plains, Missouri, died at 6:00 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home. He was born June 23, 1928, at Rock Springs, Wyoming, to Dan and Julia Gilbert Teslich. On June 1, 1970, he was married at Evanston, Wyoming to Phyllis Ann Shelton, who preceded him in death on February 7, 2008. Mr. Teslich was a carpenter and was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force.

He is survived by five children, William Thomas Cates, wife, Karen, Southern California, Paulanne Kern, husband, Wayne, Racine, Wisconsin, Rodney Cates, wife, Fontella, West Plains, Missouri, Cheryl Martinez, husband, Floyd, Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Cathy Leatherwood, husband, Billy, West Plains, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Bush, Ogden, Utah, Mildred Brent, Olympia, Washington and Julia Leatherwood, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife and two grandchildren, precede him in death. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, Missouri. On line condolences may be expressed at