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Archive for April, 2012

Talmadge Henry “Mr. T” was born on December 26, 1933, the son of Roy and Lena (Colter) Henry. He was born in a loving home on Eleven Point River in Howell County, Missouri.

He passed away on April 12, 2012 in his home at the age of 78.

Talmadge was united in marriage to Jacqueline Phelps in Mountain View, Missouri on February 4, 1973.

Talmadge worked at several jobs over the years to support his family but was truly happy when he became a self-employed backhoe operator, which he did for well over 30 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Henry; his parents; one brother, Osborn Henry; and one sister, Aileen Throckmorton.

Talmadge is survived by his children, Pam Phelps of Mountain View, MO, Michael Henry and wife, Debbie, of Mountain View, Vicki Hanley and husband, Jerry, of West Plains, MO, Charleen Murrell and husband, Johnny, of West Plains; grandchildren, Lace and Chris Dana of Springfield, MO, Leslie and Dash Pierce of Springfield, Bobbie Jo Broadbent of Springfield, Chelsey and Ryan VanWinkle of West Plains, Codi Hanley of Dayton, OH, Michelle Hanley of Marionville, MO, J.W. Murrell of West Plains, and Anne Murrell of West Plains; seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday April 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral services will be Monday April 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Poe Hill-Mtn. View.

Funeral services for Eldon Paul Hudlow, 78, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hudlow died at 10:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his home. He was born March 17, 1934, at Pottersville, Missouri to the late Edward Mitchell Hudlow and Clella A. May Hudlow.

On February 4, 1956, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Rosalie Collins. Before his retirement, Mr. Hudlow had worked at Amyx Manufacturing for over forty years. He was a long time member of West Plains Wagon Club. Mr. Hudlow loved spending time with his family and enjoyed cutting wood, doing woodwork, building wagons, singing, playing guitar, coon hunting, trading and bluegrass music. He was known for his words of wisdom, great advice and jolly nature. Mr. Hudlow never met a stranger and would help anyone in need. He was almost never seen without his thermos full of coffee and a smile on his face. Mr. Hudlow was a long time member of Crider Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Hudlow, of the family home; two grandchildren, Delbert Smith, wife, Katie, Thayer, Missouri and Casey Cleveland, husband, Jeremy, Caulfield, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Gracie, Tayten, Teagan, Jaden, Brayton and Makenzie; one sister, Pauline Tilson, husband, Enoch, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Lowell Hudlow, Columbia, Missouri; three brothers-in-law, Mike Barnett, Crider, Missouri, Alvin Collins, wife, Gloria, West Plains, Missouri and Earl Collins,wife, Candy, Boise, Idaho; one sister-in-law, Bonnie England, West Plains, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

His parents, daughter, Debra Sue Smith, one brother, Delbert Hudlow, one sister, Merlene Barnett, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harvey and Pauline Willard Collins, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ledbetter Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Lola D. Rosenbum, 93, of Jefferson City, Missouri and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Golden Living Center, Jefferson City, Missouri. She was born December 21, 1918 in Texas County, Missouri, the daughter of Amos and Jessie (Brake) Smotherman.

Lola was united in marriage to Alma Lee Rosenbum on October 15, 1938 in Alton, Missouri. To this union nine children were born; Yvonne, Kenneth, Gary, Barbara, Sharon, Donna, Brenda, Rick and Angie.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Lee; her parents; sisters, Opal, Virginia, Wilma, Dessie, Beulah; brothers, Dwain and Herschel; granddaughter, Shawnna Beth Ellett; grandson, Scottie Lee Rosenbum; grandson-in-law, Jesse Pirtle; and son-in-law, Richard Gatton.

Surviving are her children, Yvonne and Mike Kirwan, Topeka, KS, Kenneth and Shirley Rosenbum, West Plains, MO, Gary and Ann Rosenbum, Pomona, MO, Barbara Gatton, Jefferson City, MO, Sharon Sampsel, Excelsior Springs, MO, Donna and John Carter, Murchison, TX, Brenda and James Easley, Garland, TX, Rick Rosenbum, Columbia, MO, and Angie and Robert Burch, Forney, TX; one sister, Edith Asplin; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; 18 step grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lola’s greatest love was her grandkids, great grandkids, and great great grandkids.

She loved making baby quilts, cooking, sewing, and making a home for her family.

Visitation wll be Friday April 13, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral services will be Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Corinth Cemetery, Birch Tree, MO

Betty Jean (Frederick) Dunn, 84, passed away April 12th at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Betty was born April 27, 1927 in Houston, Missouri and spent most of her life in Houston raising her family and running a successful business. She opened Betty’s Beauty Salon on Grand Avenue near Evan’s Funeral Home in 1955. In 1961 she built a new, larger salon on Chestnut Street. She has been a member of hair styling organizations and competed in contests throughout the years including Texas County Cosmetologists Association and The Missouri State Hair Fashion Committee.

Betty’s greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She volunteered as a leader in Scouting and 4-H. She was one of the creators of the Children’s Choir at the First United Methodist Church in the 60’s and 70’s. Betty loved family gatherings and spending time with each family member individually. She also loved gardening and bird watching. She fed many native Missouri varieties of birds from her feeders and could identify each of their calls.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; Elmer and Carrie Frederick, and an infant son, William.

She is survived by her three children; Robyn Harlan and husband, Bob of Yuba City, California, Tom Dunn and wife, DeeDee of Houston, Missouri; and Melissa Dunn of Houston, Missouri. She has three grandchildren; Scott Harlan of Irvine, California, and Kevin and Caroline Dunn of Houston, Missouri.

Funeral Services will be at 11AM Monday, April 23, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church of Houston with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Lawn Cemetery.

The family respectfully requests that contributions be made to Texas County Library, in her honor in lieu of floral arrangements.

Brinda Joyce James, 70 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Wednesday, at Advanced Care Hospital of White County. Born Saturday, April 19, 1941 in Blytheville, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late William McClanahan and the late Ruth Barber.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hardy.

Brinda is survived by her husband Eddie James of the home and her sons, Rick Haynes of Cherokee Village, AR and Mike Haynes of Blytheville, AR, brother, William M McClanahan, Jr. of England, AR, sister, Linda Wood of Monroe, LA. Five granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

A Celebration of her life will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday at Heath Funeral Home with the Dr. Larry Kendrick officiating. Memorials contributions may be sent to Arkansas Boy’s and Girl’s RanchSt. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

George Milton Austin, of West Plains, Missouri, died the 9th of April, 2012, at his home. George was born the 13th of March, 1954 at Boswell, Indiana, the son of William and Florence Bell (Brady) Austin and the grandson of George and Lottie (Wiley) Austin, and George Milton and Opal Irene (Lashbrook) Brady, all deceased.

George was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on the 26th of November 2011 and was an anxious learner of the Gospel. George had battled liver damage for several years, and in February of 2012 was told he had liver cancer. He had made his peace with his Heavenly Father. George worked farms and dairies all his life until he moved to West Plains in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, of 15 years, Deborah Lynn (Flikeid) Austin of West Plains, Missouri; a son, Kenneth Darrell Austin and a daughter, Meranda Lynn Baker and two grandchildren, all of Florida; a step-son, Thomas David Hubert and step-daughter, Tonya Lynnette (Donner) Garza, grandson, Austin Garza, and granddaughter, Alexandrea Garza, all of Arkansas; also, brothers, William (Butch) Austin and Gregory Austin of Illinois; sisters, Donna Tobeck and Debbie Brown, both of Watseka, Illinois and Vicki Eheart of North Carolina. George is also survived by many nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews and many good friends.

One sister, Linda Lester, preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, the 11th of April, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on Christie Drive in West Plains.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with family expenses, in George Milton Austin’s name and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, Missouri 65775.

Wilma Marie Koehler, age 71, daughter of George J. and Vernita (Gearn) Richards, was born July 12, 1940 in Turley, MO. She passed away April 10, 2012 in her home in Success, MO.

Wilma grew up in the Roby-Success areas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother Charles Gearn and one sister, Barbara Thomston.

She is survived by her husband Robert of the home, Debi Watts, who was like a daughter, of Carthage, MO, two half-sisters, Bonnie and Connie.

Wilma worked at Fort Leonard Wood in civil service in the laundry as a supervisor. She was dedicated to her job and was a very hard worker. After she retired from civil service she began to raise dogs. This love of dogs led her to start Robymo Kennels. She raised a variety of dogs, and spent many hours taking care of them, always proud of each one that was born in her kennel. She was a great lover of all types of animals and there was never an animal turned away, all received love and care from her.

Wilma was a member of the Roby Assembly of God Church.

She married Robert Koehler on December 1, 1996. They spent 15 years together, doing the things they enjoyed, working in the kennel, raising animals, fishing and hunting.

She was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends may pay their respects from 12-5 PM on Thursday April 12th at Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO.

Visitation will be Friday April 13th, in the Roby Assembly of God Church from 10-11 AM. Services will be at 11 AM following the Visitation. Brother Bob Troutt will officiate with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO.

Funeral Services for Staff Sargent Tyler Smith, a resident of Fort Bragg, North Carolina and former resident of Licking will be held Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 P M. at the Penecostal Holiness Church in Licking .

Visitation for Staff Sargent Tyler Smith will be held from noon to service time at 2 PM at the Licking Pentecostal Church Burial will be in Smith Cemetery near Hartshorn under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Mary Nadine (Poor) Baker, age 78 daughter of William and Mary (Pelican) Poor was born August 21, 1933 in Licking, MO. She passed away April 8, 2012 at Houston House surrounded by her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bill Poor, Clyde Poor and Arthur Poor; sisters, Florence Hester, Eathel Poor, Lois Payne, Lurene Thompson, Maxine Autenrieth and Dorthea Stickel, also preceding her in death was an infant son Kelvin.

She is survived by her husband Ervin of Houston, one daughter Cassie Gay and husband Greg of Roseville, CA, two sons, Marty and wife Jeri of Houston and Wyn and wife Michelle of Wayne, West Virginia, seven grandchildren: Chris and Tye Gay, Lori Owen, Jacinda, Caleb, Bethany and Drew Baker; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Mary was a member of the Church of Christ in Houston, MO. She was baptized at a young age and remained faithful throughout her years. She loved to sing and had a beautiful alto voice.

Mary who was known by most as “Granny” loved to cook. She was famous for her ham and peanut brittle.

She took notes at church. She wrote down everything and would “threaten” that you better be careful or she would make a “black mark” in her book by your name.

Mary was a wonderful wife, mother and “Granny”. She will be missed by so many.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday April 11, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Evangelist Ronnie Wade officiating. Pallbearers were; Caleb Baker, Chris Gay, Joshua Paulson, Kevin Reed, Gary Gentry and Jayson Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers were; Tye Gay and Drew Baker. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Louise McConnell, 91, Mountain Home, Arkansas and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. McConnell died 12:40 a.m., Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Hospice of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was born July 22, 1920 at West Plains, Missouri to William Ray and Iva Ellen Hopkins Williams. On August 11, 1941, she married Clyde Collins who preceded her in death on October 24, 1975. She later married Glenn McConnell on October 20, 1986, who preceded her in death on November 29, 2011. Louise had worked for several years at Conway-Winter Shoe Factory in Willow Springs, Missouri and later was employed at Marathon Electric in West Plains, Missouri. She enjoyed camping, square dancing and had been a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for many years.

She is survived by two children, Terry Collins, wife, Susan, Elko, Nevada and Donna Goodwin, husband, Elden, Mountain Home, Arkansas; two step-sons, Glenn W. McConnell, wife, Laurabell and Donald McConnell, wife, Joni, both of Milton, Illinois; five grandchildren, Brian,Kelly, Kevin, Rachel and Reuben; and three great-grandchildren, Merran, Dylan and Claire.

Her parents, husbands and one brother, Jack Williams, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Home Christian Clinic or Hospice of the Ozarks and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.