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Archive for April, 2012

Funeral services for Jackie Lee Burkhart, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Burkhart died at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at his home. He was born June 11, 1933, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jack Ambrose and Lillie Rosalia Seyfert Burkhart. On October 4, 1956, he was married at Miami, Oklahoma, to Mildred Marie Anderson, who preceded him in death on May 18, 2011. Mr. Burkhart was a veteran having served in the United States Army. Before his retirement, Mr. Burkhart had been employed with International Shoe Factory. He enjoyed nature, gardening and lawn work. Mr. Burkhart was of the Southern Baptist faith.

He is survived by two children, Alan Burkhart, wife, Phyllis, West Plains, Missouri, and Michael Burkhart, wife, Lisa, Mountain Home, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Lyndsay Burkhart, Garrett Burkhart and Melissa Burkhart; one great-grandchild; one brother, Royce Burkhart, Elgin, Illinois; and one sister, Jessie Ziolkowski, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

His parents, wife, three brothers, Charles, Johnny and George Burkhart, two sisters, Kathryn Amman and Helen Eckert, and one half- brother, Herman Quick, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to United Way, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Jewell Oneta Webster, 90, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away April 19 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Visitation will be April 28 from 10-11 AM at Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Service will be at 11 AM, with interment at Pine Lawn cemetery in Houston, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston.

Jewell is survived by:

Nephew Michael Brown of Blue Springs, MO
Brother Gerald Brown of Houston
Brother Dewaine Brown of Rolla
Sister Fern Miller of Cabool

Graveside services for Kathern Elaine Johnson, 67, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson died at 10:40 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012, at her home. She was born November 24, 1944, at Brigham City, Utah, to Vern O. and Fransis Day Jeppsen. On May 2, 1981, she was married at Reno, Nevada, to Alonzo Johnson, who preceded her in death on October 1, 2002. Mrs. Johnson was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by four children, Tina Collins, Siloam Springs, Missouri, Buddy Dean Colbert, West Plains, Missouri, Shelia McCarty, Pomona, Missouri and Sue Ann Walta, Colorado Springs, Colorado; three step-children, Tracy Meadows, State of Arkansas, Charles Johnson, State of Kentucky and Shane A. Johnson, State of Arkansas; six grandchildren, Ty Collins, Talisa Collins, Kayla Colbert, Michael Colbert, Sara Toten and Kim Toten; eight great-grandchildren, Kyler Pauley, Blake Pauley, Haylee Pauley, Wyatt Toten, Justin Toten, Noah Toten, Hunter Toten and Easton Collins.

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

Visitation will be from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Services for Johnny Robert Knowles, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc.

Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, to the Gideons or to Riverways Hospice and may be left at Carter Funeral Home.

Johnny Robert Knowles, the son of the late Thomas Milzie Knowles and Hester Roberta “Bertie” Cheatham, was born January 16, 1927 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. He entered into eternal rest April 19, 2012 at his home in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 85 years.

After graduating from Melbourne High School with the Class of 1945, J.R. served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He met the love of his life, Joann Dillard, at the Hillbilly Junction Cafe in Calico Rock, Arkansas in 1947. The two were married on December 14, 1949 in Calico Rock, Arkansas and were blessed with four children during their 58 years of marriage.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great

grandchildren.. He was also an avid Cardinal Baseball fan.

J.R. had been co-owner of Knowles Furniture in Mountain Home, Arkansas, co-owner of Knowles Chevrolet in Gainesville, Missouri, and co-owner of Knowles Chevrolet-Olds in West Plains, Missouri with his wife, Joann.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Plains for the past 42 years.

J.R. is survived by three daughters, Rita Jo Richardson and husband Larry of Alton, Missouri; Rhonda Kay Decker and husband Mike of Arnold, Missouri; Lesa Jane Walls and husband Ron of West Plains, Missouri and one son, Jimmy John Knowles and wife Betty of Ozark, Missouri. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Melissa Smith and husband Gabe; Gregory Richardson and wife Mandy; Lee Anna Smith and husband Max; Courtney Richardson, Robert Webb, Jeremy Decker, Joshua Decker, Andrew Knowles and Jacob Knowles; seven greatgrandchildren, Lacy Jo, Laina Beth, Brock David, Bryce Thomas and Karli Nicole Richardson, Abigail Reese Bailey and Memphis Russell Webb and two step-grandchildren, Miles and Malyn Smith. Also surviving are his three brothers, Gail, Darrell and Bill Knowles, one sister, Betty King and one brother-in-law, James L. Dillard and wife Carolyn and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents; one sister, Laverne Cone and twin granddaughters, Michelle Ann and Maria Allison Decker.

J.R. will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, but the family rejoices in his sweet reunion in Heaven with his “Dandy,” Josie.

A Memorial Service for Larry Edward Wigginton, 64, Pomona, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Wigginton died at 10:47 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born March 6, 1948, at Tupelo, Mississippi, to Demos Wigginton and Mary Duffie Wigginton Irwin. Mr. Wigginton grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he and Connie Brotherton were married in 1967. They lived in Tampa, Florida from 1970 – 1980, where Mr. Wigginton was a service manager at Ernie Haire Ford. In 1980, they moved to West Plains, Missouri and became the owner and operator of Northfork Saloon and Steakhouse until 1998. Mr. Wigginton worked for Western Farm & Home until he retired. He enjoyed fishing, camping and remote control air planes. Mr. Wigginton was an avid musician who loved entertaining and played in both the Country Evolution and 2nd Generation Bands.

He is survived by Connie Wigginton, of the family home; two children, Missy Fugate, husband, Rick, Willow Springs, Missouri, and Trisha Logue, husband, Mike, Tampa, Florida; four grandchildren, Dakota, Jordyn, Myles and Mollie; his mother, Mary Irwin, husband Bill, Tampa, Florida; two sisters, Rita Manikis, husband, Nick, and Betty Torrens, husband, Frances, all of Tampa, Florida; one sister-in-law, Sherry Collins, West Plains, Missouri; three brothers-in-law, Charles Brotherton, Jr., wife, Jackie, David Brotherton and Dennis Brotherton, wife, Darla, all of West Plains, Missouri; and a host of extended family.

His father, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Ina Brotherton, precede him in death.

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

Funeral services for Laura Alice (JoEmma) Lott, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lott died at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center. She was born March 1, 1927, at Bakersfield, Missouri to Joe Bill and Emma Mullins Woodworth. On March 10, 1945, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Wallace Pierce Lott, who preceded her in death on December 9, 2008. In 1945, Mrs. Lott worked at Bead Aircraft, Wichita, Kansas and later at Richards Brothers and Anderson-Carte Dress Shop as a sales clerk, and retired from Eaton Corporation. She was a caring and loving homemaker for her husband and son and enjoyed going fishing with her husband and going to yard sales to find a good bargain. Mrs. Lott was a Christian and attended the Central Church of Christ.

She is survived by her son, Mike Lott, wife, Becky, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tammy Miller, husband, John, Rogersville, Missouri, Amy Wheeler, husband Darron, Pomona, Missouri and Kevin Lott, West Plains, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, McKenna Miller, Andrew Wheeler and Emily Wheeler; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Woodworth and Katherine Lott, both West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, parents, one brother, J. T. Woodworth, one sister, Mary Lou Woodworth, two brothers-in-law, Corliss Lott and Jack Lott and one sister-in-law, Ioane Lott, precede her in death.

Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service for Robert Lee Conger, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012, at First Church of God, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Conger died at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at NHC Healthcare. He was born March 29, 1918 near Brewster, Nebraska to Finis and Mary Elizabeth Stephens Conger. He attended eight years grade school and two years of high school in a one room school in Blaine County, Nebraska and graduated high school at Taylor, Nebraska. Mr. Conger attended Stamps Baxter School of Music in Dallas, Texas, and completed courses from National Radio Institute. On September 18, 1940, he was married to Mildred Lucille Loy Fox, who preceded him in death in October of 1989. To this union, three children were born, Linda Hinkle, Ival Conger and Mildred Joanne Millsap. On June 2, 1990, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Zalla Ballinger. From 1949 to 1958, Robert and Mildred had a duet gospel program on a local radio station. Mr. Conger was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Before his retirement in 1983, he had been employed at Rockwell International of Kearney, Nebraska as a toolmaker and grinder. Mr. Conger was a member of First Church of God.

He is survived by his wife, Zalla Conger, of the family home; two children, Linda Hinkle, husband, Nelson, Elizabethtown, Kentucky and Joanne Milsap, husband, Gale, Ansley, Nebraska; four step-children, Richard Fox, wife, Ann, Broken Bow, Nebraska, Vivian Burns, husband, Robert, Mason City, Nebraska, Sherrill Dorris, husband Jim, West Plains, Missouri, and Bob Edmonds, wife, Linda, Springfield, Missouri; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Mack, Centerville, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, first wife, one son, Ival Conger, one grandson, Bryan Fox, two brothers and one sister, precede him in death.

Kathryn ( Stenger) Elmore, 59, was the daughter of John H. Stenger and Audrey Richards. She was born on September 7, 1952 in Houston, MO. She passed away at her home in Roby, MO on April 13, 2012.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her mother Audrey Richards Stenger.

She is survived by her husband Donald of Roby, MO; her father John H. Stenger of Houston, MO; three children: Anita Rogers and Husband Gene of Success, MO, Dustin Hathaway of Houston, MO, and Landon Elmore of Roby, MO; four siblings: Fred Stenger and wife Doris of Houston, MO, John L. Stenger and wife Shelly of Houston, MO, Donna Story of Houston, MO and Carl Stenger and Patty of Waynesville, MO; three grandchildren: Dinah Brown, Kayla Rogers, and Samuel Rogers all of Success, MO, and several nieces and nephews.

Kathryn grew up in the Roby, MO area. She attended and graduated from Plato School in 1971.

She married her husband Donald Elmore on January 11, 1986 and to this union one son Landon was born.

Kathryn rededicated her life to Christ in 2011. She attended the Roby Assembly of God Church when her health allowed.

Kathryn loved to be outside in the fresh air. She loved to work in her garden when she was able. She used to sit outside of an evening during spring and summer so she could enjoy all of nature’s fragrant flowers.

Kathryn was a homemaker all of her adult life. She chose to be a homemaker so she could spend as much time as she possibly could with her children as they were growing up and later with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved and adored her family.

Kathryn was an all around wonderful person; wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

To those who knew Kathy, you are truly blessed. Those who didn’t never had the chance to meet a kind, gentle, caring, loving lady. Kathy treated me and my brothers like we were her own. I love you Kathy and you will always be a wonderful step-mom to me and my brothers. Please keep looking after us all as you have done for many years. Please keep that ear to ear smile! I love you and may you rest peacefully! Love, Misti Rae

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Hospice Compassus, in her honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 3:00 P.M. Monday April 16, 2012 at Roby Assembly of God Church with Pastor’s Bob Troutt and Carolyn Campbell officiating. Pallbearers were; Gene Rogers, Harold Richards, Chris Christenson, Jonathan Stenger, Scottie Grimm and Eugene Elmore. Burial was in Pilot Knob Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Virgil Brown, 62, was born January 11, 1950, near Rolla, Missouri. He was granted his wings and left us for Heaven on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from his home in the Houston House Nursing Center, Houston, Missouri.

Virgil began his career at Opportunity Sheltered Industries in 1988 and was very well known as the “Greeter” because of his uncanny ability to know when someone would be at the door and needed to be welcomed. He could always be counted on to make sure guests got in the building and were greeted with a wave and a handshake. He was awarded an “Employee of the Month” certificate in 1990 from the workshop. As a collector of Horse Figurines and Hot Wheel Cars, Virgil kept a very neat display of his items and was very proud to show them to friends. While enduring nearly two years of chemotherapy and radiation, he inspired many patients and health care professionals with his positive spirit and infectious, agreeable attitude.

God’s plans for Virgil were good and his purpose was unique, the ability to communicate with very few words made Virgil an influential person in many lives.

Virgil is preceded in death by a much loved sister, May. He is survived by friends and loved ones throughout the area, including current and former workshop employees and coworkers, and staff and friends from Houston House.

Memorial contributions may be made to Opportunity Sheltered Industries Employee Fund or the Houston House Activities Department. Online condolences may be made at

Services were held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Allen Tyger officiating. Pallbearers were; David Barbee, Travis Spencer, Lowell Stilley, Bryan Wade, Randy Gardner and Daniel Hickcox. Honorary Pallbearer was, Teddy Robertson. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Paul Anderson Ice was born on October 6th, 1944 at their family home near Tyrone, MO. He passed away April 11th, 2012 at his home in the loving presence of his family. He was afflicted with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia which increasingly limited his mobility since 1995. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harlin and Irene (Smith) Ice. He is survived by his wife Reta (Daniel) Ice; son Darren and his wife Renee; son Travis and his wife Christel; three granddaughters Racheal, Abby, and Olivia; sister Iona and her husband Jerry Jenkins; nephew Brian Jenkins and his wife Dee; niece Jana (Jenkins), her husband Jake Linder, and their kids Chase, Tyler, and Preston Linder; nephew Tim Jenkins and his wife Diane; uncle Robert Smith and his wife Mary; Uncle Ernest and his wife Virginia; and many cousins, neighbors, and friends.

Paul attended Grandview School, graduated from Houston High School in 1961, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1965 with a degree in soil and water conservation. He greatly valued his education and all of those friendships he made during those years, keeping in touch with them many years later.

Paul grew up on the family farm helping milk cows since he was old enough to lift a bucket. He continued milking throughout the rest of his life until his disability forced him to stop in 1995. He was the first to milk a registered herd after returning to the farm following college. Paul always took great care of the farm, the animals, and all those who worked on the farm with him. He treated hired hands and hay crews as if they were family. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren show animals at the fair each year. Even after his disability prevented him from working and Darren started taking care of the farm, he still stayed involved in the farm as best he could. He would always keep informed of what was happening on the farm and delivered food and parts to the hayfield. Even amid the hardships of farming and disability Paul always truly enjoyed life and found beauty and joy in all the things around him.

Paul was an active member of the community throughout his life. He was a member of the Young Farmers of America, Citizens for Education, University of Missouri Extension Council Vice President, Ozark Cemetery Board President, Texas County Fair Board President, and many other school and community activities. Paul also served fourteen years as an officer in the HHS Alumni Association. His key contributions serving in the Alumni Association are recognizing groups each year at homecoming, organizing the annual Alumni Association Scholarship Music Gala, and maintaining club histories.

In addition to farming, Paul enjoyed gardening, photography, swimming, music, scrapbooking, puzzles, genealogy, restoring antique furniture, movies, Olympic sports, and writing cards and letters to friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and other kids that he and Reta often babysat. Despite his physical limitations later in life, Paul always had an upbeat spirit and warm heart. While his body weakened, his compassion grew stronger as he spent every opportunity to share his life and his love with those around him. He will always be fondly remembered and admired by those who knew him.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Houston Alumni Scholarship Fund, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday April 17, 2012 at Ozark Baptist Church with Rev. John Wisdom and Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Pallbearers were; Roger Holder, Doug Miller, Roy Monroe, Scott Rust, Mike Hock, Gary Eaker, Cory Scheets and Travis Campbell. Honorary Pallbearers were; George Ice, Kenneth Gibson, Jerry Rupe, Craig Keefer, Tim Jenkins, Brian Jenkins and Jake Linder. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.