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Archive for April, 2012

Graveside services for Nancy Lee Batesel, 65, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Fowler Cemetery with Reverend Gale Wooten officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Camby Batesel and Mary C. Casto Batesel, on October 13, 1946 in Hocomo, Missouri and died April 8, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by two brothers, Camby “Sonny” Batesel, wife, Shirley, Marshfield, Missouri, and Paul Batesel, wife, Sarah, Mayville, North Dakota, and several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, Camby and Mary C. Batesel, and one sister, Maxine Sanders.

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

Funeral services for Eva Adelia Horn, 89, Evansville, Indiana, formerly of West Plains, will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Horn died at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Stirling House Assisted Living, Evansville, Indiana. She was born January 5, 1923, at Cleveland, Oklahoma, to Isaac Baty Hoggatt and Lula Webb Hoggatt. Mrs. Horn was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. On August 14, 1946, she was married at Springfield, Illinois, to Clyde Stewart Horn, who preceded her in death on March 1, 2006. Mrs. Horn was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She is survived by two children, Larry Horn, wife, Joyce, Evansville, Indiana and Dan Horn, wife, Mary, Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Kristina Behenna, Adam Horn, Abigail Horn, Webb Horn and Mary Eva Horn; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Behenna and Megan Behenna; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Concetta Marie Lopez, age 86, of Cherokee Village, AR, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Ash Flat Nursing & Rehab in Ash Flat, AR.

Concetta was the daughter of the late Mario and Rosaria Sorbello Miano.

She is survived by a sister in law, Loretta Miano of California, a nephew, Salvatore Miano of Cherokee Village, AR and nieces, Helene Robertson of Cherokee Village, AR and Antoinette Cuccia of California.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Graveside services for Holli Marie Ross, 29, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Holli was granted her angel wings on March 31, 2012. She was a daughter, mother, sister and friend. Holli’s life ended much too soon for many of us. She leaves behind the greatest treasure this world has to offer, a daughter, Andrea, age 5, who will be a loving reminder of her mother. Gone but never forgotten.

She will be sadly missed by her mother, Cindy Ross, father, Terriell Ross, brother, Shaun Ross, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tammy and Raney Neal and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Holli was preceded in death by Scott Neal, Andrea’s father, Carl and Jessie Ford, great-grandparents, Esther Fox, grandmother and Earl and Maxine Ross, grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Andrea Ross, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Thelma D. (Beasley) Bailie, age 96, of Licking, Missouri died April 2, 2012.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 6, 2012, 6 to 8 P.M., at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 3:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.

Lois Mildred (Garrison) Troutman, age 85, was born April 30, 1926 in Raymondville, MO to Edd and Ethyl (Hill) Garrison. On Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012, with her family and caregivers at her side, she made her own triumphal entry into her new heavenly home.

As a child, Lois attended Split Limb School and graduated from Licking High school in 1944.

She was united in marriage to Raymond Edward Troutman in 1946. To this union one daughter was born in 1956. Lois and Raymond were married 56 years.

Except for short times spent in St. Louis and Illinois, Lois lived her entire life in the Raymondville area. She worked at various jobs including International Shoe and Richard Bros Grocery and Dry Goods. She worked at Romines Motor Company for well over 20 years. While there she earned numerous awards from Ford Motor Company for bookkeeping excellence. Wherever she went she made lifelong friends.

Starting in the 1950’s, Raymond began playing in various country music bands. Louis was always there to hear them play. to help carry microphones and amps, and to be Raymond’s biggest fan.

After retirement, she and Raymond traveled from one coast to the other visiting family and friends. She was an avid reader and patron of the Texas County Library. Never one to sit still for long, she was active with the VFW Auxiliary, the Missouri Fiddlers and the Texas County Museum.

Lois gave her life to Christ as a young adult. She was a long time member of Boone Creek Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was an active member of the WMU for as long as her health permitted.

Her greatest source of pride and joy was her family. Every photo, newspaper clipping, card or picture drawn by little hands was kept and treasured.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and numerous sisters and brothers-in law.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Anita and Bob Higgins, Hillsboro, MO, grandchildren, Matthew and Maie Randall, Fair Grove, MO and Leia Randall, Licking, MO, step-grandchildren; Robert and Sandra Higgins, Kristy and Leo Giovando, Fenton, MO, Kelly and Steve Turnbow, Arnold, MO and seven step-great grandchildren, one brother, Doyle Garrison of Licking, MO, brother and sisters-in-law and a whole host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Three Rivers Hospice. Online condolences may be made to

Services will be held Thursday April 5, 2012 at Boone Creek Baptist Church, Licking, MO, with Rev. Fred Bobe and Rev. Josh Hartley officiating. Pallbearers are; Don Romines, Glenn Jr. Romines, Bob Romines, Gary Parish, Gene DeWitt and Randy Kell. Burial is in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Thomas Harold (Pepper) Martin, age 84, was born February 9, 1928 to George William and Mary (Lampkins) Martin in Fremont, MO. He passed away April 1, 2012 at Houston House, Houston, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters; Sarah, Madge, Pearl, Coye, Minnie, Blanch and Betty Jane and two brothers; William Charles and Carl.

He attended school in Raymondville, MO to the 6th grade but quit to help his mother make a living. He started cutting logs with a cross cut saw when he was 12 and also worked at Thompson’s Feed Store, Lilly’s Furniture Store and Watson’s Hardware. Although he was crippled for life in a car accident when he was 17, it didn’t stop him from working. When he worked for Ralph Lilly he operated the Army Surplus Store until they closed and then went to Watson’s. Pepper retired at age 57.

Pepper is survived by his wife of 57 years, Veneta of the home in Houston, MO, one son, Roger Lynn Martin and wife Tammy of Houston, MO, one grandson, Jason Martin of Houston, MO, two great-granddaughters, Jaydin and Taylor, three nephews, Charles Conley and wife Mary of Eureka, MO, Jimmie Dean Connolly of Raymondville, MO, Ronnie Fagan of Bakersfield, CA, many great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was a member of Houston Bible Baptist Church. Pepper was saved and baptized in 1963.

Pepper enjoyed playing the guitar and mandolin and liked to go coon hunting, fishing and loved to sing. He was proud of being Resident of the Month at Houston House in January 2012.

He was a very kind and friendly man, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday April 4, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor’s David Barbee and Gordon Rhodes officiating. Pallbearers were; Charles Smith, Jason Martin, Bob Postlewaite, Bob Schafer, Lee Schafer and Gene McKee. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Pauline (Koger) Lesley, age 83, daughter of Jess Elmer and Grace E. (Woods) Koger was born April 22, 1928 in Atherton, MO. She passed away March 31, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield, MO.

Pauline is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Odas Lee Lesley, a grandson Kevin Lee Jefferson and four brothers; Elmer, John, Benny, Donald and Bruce Koger.

She is survived by her daughters, Geraldine Lesley of Flippen, AR, Laura Kathleen Robbins of Blue Springs, MO, four grandchildren; Anita Ann Stoner, Michael Wayne Jefferson, Raimey Dawn Ewens and Rodney Dean Robbins, thirteen great-grandchildren; Kelvin, Kylee, Casey, Kleighton, Kyle, Kevin, Devin, Jessica, Austin, Garrett, Kennedy, Landon and Carter, one brother; Albert Koger of Snowflake, AZ, four sisters; Mary Sloan of Pleasant Hill, MO, Alice Miller of Sibley, MO, Betty Kelly of Lathrop, MO, and Kay Peterson of Sibley, MO and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pauline grew up in Sibley, MO and attended the Lawnwood School.

She married Odas Lee Lesley on December 11, 1948 in Lordsburg, New Mexico, and two this union two daughters were born.

Pauline was a member of Souls Harbor Church.

Pauline worked at Lyons Die-casting and Brown Shoe, but mostly she was a wonderful homemaker. She loved gardening, cooking, sewing and quilting. Pauline made quilts for her children and grandchildren. Anyone who received one of her quilts regarded it as a very special gift, knowing it was made with love and care.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was always looking for ways to help her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Thursday April 5, 2012 at Souls Harbor Church with services at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Cordie Wimberley officiating. Pallbearers are; Austin Ewens, Garrett Ewens, Michael Jefferson, Rodney Robbins, Kelvin Stoner and Kleighton Stoner. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Charlann Marie (Anna Marie) Hildebrand-Lane- Parks was born March 4, 1942 in Palace, MO to Charley and Okla (Cassidy) Hildebrand. She departed this life April 1, 2012 at the age of 70 years and 27 days.

Anna Marie grew up on a farm in the Slabtown area. She attended school at Plato graduating in 1959 from Plato High School.

On March 1959 she married Lloyd Lane and to this union three daughters were born.

Anna Marie worked in nursing homes for several years, treating every resident as her own family member. She cleaned Roby Baptist Church for years and had a beauty shop in Roby for several years, until her health no longer allowed it. Anna Marie loved her flowers and spent many hours in her flower beds. She enjoyed making quilts and her girls spent many hours cutting quilt pieces which she sewed together with love, giving most of them away to friends and family members.

Anna Marie accepted the Lord as her Savior as a child and was a member of Roby Baptist Church.

In June 1982, she married Dan Parks who preceded her in death.

Anna Marie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Ethmer and Gary Hildebrand, husband Dan Parks, a niece Kimberely (Lane) Samel and a great nephew, Billy Bryant.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses; Gwendolyn and Rick Sweno of Lebanon, MO, Annette and Bill Monroe of Plato, MO and Lynette Weaks of Plato, MO, her grandchildren; Colby Moe, Landon and Sami Sweno, Bryon Sweno, Beau and Larenie McMahon, Bobby and Niki Hipp, Jedediah Smith and Dawson Weaks, her great-grandchildren; Emily, Kayne, Brantley, Chase, Briar and Cutter, several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters and their spouses; Eula Wade, Lillian Vaughan, Virginia Hildebrand, Hazel Huff, Reba and Wilson Lane, Wilma and Shelly Zook, Jim and Phyllis Hildebrand and Joe Hildebrand. She is also survived by her Aunt Clemmie Wilbanks and a host of nephews and nieces.

She was known to many as “MOM’ and was always a very caring person, putting others first. Anna loved her kids, grandkids and great grandkids and loved visiting with each and every one of them. They all had a very special place in her heart.

She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

A memorial service for Charles William Tom, 87, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Open Door Worship Center. Mr. Tom died at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 1, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center. He was born November 15, 1924, at Leesburg, Indiana, to Hiram and Rada Kimball Tom. Mr. Tom was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II. On December 8, 1953, he was married at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Wilma Faye Skinner, who preceded him in death on February 2, 2012. Before his retirement, he was a self-employed brick mason and was a devoted husband, father, family man and friend to many. Mr. Tom was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by two children, Kathy Campbell and Chuck Tom, both of West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Christopher Campbell and Lauren Campbell; two brothers-in-law, Tom Skinner, wife, Marie, Gamaliel, Arkansas and Bob Skinner, wife, Beth, Pomona, Missouri; four sisters-in-law, Rosemary Holloway, husband, Les, West Plains, Missouri, Delora Johnson, Birch Tree, Missouri, Helen Blair, Lake Elsinore, California and Peggy Skinner, West Plains, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, two brothers, Irvin and JR Tom, two sisters, Edna Rosenbaum and Mary Ellen Cochran, precede him in death.