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Archive for May, 2012

Marie Chorley, 81, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

She was born August 7, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois.  Marie relocated to Mountain Home from Chicago, Illinois in 1996.  She was preceded in death by her husband and a son.

Marie is survived by her son, Robert Chorley of Chicago, Illinois.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Charles (Bud) Johnson, , 85 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Monday, May 28, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. Born Thursday, February 10, 1927 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was the youngest of five children, after all girls. They finally got their boy!. Bud trusted Christ as Savior at 14 yrs at Gull Lake Bible Conference in Michigan, and was baptized at Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan.
He was active in Christian ministry from his teens and sang and played his trumpet in the Voice of Christian Youth in Detroit, MI.
He graduated from Northwestern Bible College in 1958 with a Bible Christian Education diploma and earned his B.A. later.
He married Eunice Johnson who was an assistant in the Music Dept. at the same school. Were married in 1950 and in 1953 a son was born Randy. During this time he attended Ford Motor Co. Trade School and graduated.
In 1960 we adopted a sister and brother, Deb and Mike. Bud was employed at the University of MI, as a mechanical designer. After 5 years he felt called to go into Home Missions – planting new Baptist Churches. He planted 3 new churches: Davenport and Burlington, Iowa and Massillon, Ohio. Later he served as a fields Director with Baptist Church Planters, retiring after 12 years. During his retirement he served as Interim Paster at Foothills Baptist in Hardy for 2 years and in Pueblo West, CO.
Bud was always a fun-loving and Jovial person, diligent in preaching the Word of God in he churches he ministered. Bud always enjoyed young people and served many summers at camp. Bud loved to play his trumpet and Austrian Flugelhorn in the Community Band and loved to sing and lead singing at church. Bud served in church planting for 45 years.
Bud is survived by his wife Eunice Johnson of the home a son Randy Johnson of Northglenn, CO and a sister Florence Thomas of Sister Bay, WI. Grandchildren David Jehle, Joshua Johnson, Crystal Bates and Amber Brink, Great Grandchildren Lacey and Austin Jehle, Brooke Bates, Zachariah and Hannah Bates.
Preceded in death by his son Mike and daughter Deb. his parents and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday at Heath Oak Hill Chapel in Hardy. Funeral service will be 3:00pm Friday at Foothills Baptist Church in Hardy. Interment will follow in Bronaugh Cemetery, North of Hardy next to Spring River Baptist Church.Brothers Peter Jenks and Lynn Raby will be officiating.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral services for John Bill Sharp, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Mr. Sharp passed over Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the age of sixty-nine years, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born August 13, 1942, to Floyd and Doris Sams Sharp at their family home in Howell County, Missouri.  On December 26, 1968, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Paula Hoots.  Bill was a Christian and a faithful supporter of Spring Creek Congregational Church.

Bill graduated from West Plains High School with the class of 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from SMSU and Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education from SMSU (MSU). He earned his Master of Education from Drury University in Springfield, MO.

During Bill’s high school years he was an avid bull rider. He rode both in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas with his cousin and best friend Jim Mustion. Those events became a source of nostalgia for the two men during Bill’s illness. As did his enjoyable road trips with big brother, Don Sharp.

Mr. “Coach” Sharp’s  professional career included working as an educator, administrator and coach in area school districts, including Peace Valley School District, Richards School District and West Plains R-7 School District. After retirement he worked part time at Junction Hill School District. One of his proudest career accomplishments was being instrumental in starting the first girls’ Zizzer Cross-Country program in 1978 at West Plains High School. Under his leadership, in 1979, the girls’ team advanced to the State Meet in Jefferson City, Missouri. For some years he also worked as Assistant Director of White Oak Camp for under-privileged children.

Bill was a loving devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family, remodeling houses, collecting antiques, gardening and writing songs.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Paula (Hoots) Sharp, of the family home; their daughter, Dr. Melonie Bunn, husband, Steve, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Ray Lynn Sharp-Hollingshad, wife, Sally; one brother, Don Sharp, Billings, Missouri; daughter in law, Shawn White; three grandchildren, Zach, Ethan and Amelia Hollingshad all of Springfield, Missouri; one niece, Allison Decker, husband, Greg; two nephews, Donnie Sharp, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Michael Sharp, Nixa, Missouri; one aunt, Mildred McKee, two uncles, Floyd Sams, wife, Eva, and Leonard Courtney; and many cousins including Jim & Sue Mustion, West Plains, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Coach Sharp to Richards School Foundation for an Endowment Scholarship Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Rodney Aaron Hildebrand, age 81, son of William Washington and Eva Mahala (Cooper) Hildebrand, was born June 29, 1930 in Evening Shade, MO. He passed away on May 24, 2012 in the Christian Health & Rehab, Hermitage, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters: Elmer Hildebrand, Otto Hildebrand, Stella Hildebrand, Etta Hildebrand Rampani, Christena Hildebrand Routh, Iris Hildebrand Clark, Clearance Hildebrand, Dorsey Hildebrand and Paul Hildebrand.

He is survived by one sister, Agnes Hildebrand Eastin and numerous nieces, nephews and friends made through the years.

Rodney grew up in the Long Hollow community, attending the Long Hollow School during his elementary years and also the Long Hollow church.

He served in the U.S. Army from May 1952 to February 1954 and was deployed to Korea. He received several medals, 3 of them Bronze Service Stars.

Rodney worked for the U. S. Forest Service. He enjoyed his job and found great pleasure working with the Youth Crew in the summer, instructing them and just having fun. He often went to the schools to give presentations on the forest and wildlife.

He had a wonderful vegetable and flower garden. He took pride in knowing each plant and also was generous in sharing his bounty, whether something to eat or a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Rodney was an outdoorsman. He loved being out in the open, whether it was hunting or fishing.  However, he also had a love for old western movies, often in the evenings sitting back and relaxing watching the “oldies”.  He was always welcoming company, and enjoyed playing a game of cards.

Rodney will be missed by those who knew and loved him best.

Services were Wed. May 30, at 11 AM in Roby Baptist Church. Pastor Brock Davis officiated, with burial in the Long Hollow Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Routh, Duane Routh, Gary Eastin, Dale Eastin, David Rampani, Dennis Hildebrand, Steve Rampani, and Roy Hildebrand.

Family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Long Hollow Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to

Garry Lee Wilson, 69, of Willow Springs, Missouri died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at his home. He was born August 4, 1942 in North Platte, Nebraska, the son of Gilbert Harold and Vada Emma (Schimmel) Wilson.

Garry was united in marriage to Susanne Reichert on October 25, 1963 in Anaheim, California. To this union two children were born, Randall Lee and Kira Sue.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Susanne, of the home; son, Randall Lee Wilson and wife, Maureen, of Mountain View, MO; daughter, Kira Sue Richardson and husband, Richard, of Merlin, Oregon; two stepbrothers, Joseph Medialdea of California and Fernando Medialdea of Nevada; one stepsister, Laura Sweeny of California; four grandchildren, Daniel Lee Wilson and Cassandra Lynn Wilson of Grants Pass, Oregon and Lance Garrett Wilson and Makayla R. Wilson of Mountain View; and two great grandchildren, Joseph and Isabella of Oregon.

Garry was of the Baptist faith. He was a ham radio operator and enjoyed traveling. Gary had multiple skills, many of which were self-taught.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Nancy Hall Windly, 69, a resident of Marshall passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Mountain Home.

She was born to the late John and Lola Hall on February 9, 1943, in Marshall, Arkansas.  After graduating from Marshall High School in 1960, her family moved to California then returned to Mississippi.  There she sold real estate for several years.  After retirement she moved home to Arkansas and lived there until her death.

Ms. Windly was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jon Gregory Windly; two sisters, Pearl Hays and Marie Watts; three brothers–in-law, Willos Balentine, B.G. Watts and Earl Hays and her former husband, Larry Windly.

The only surviving relatives are her sister, Bernice Balentine; four nieces; two nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home in Mountain Home.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Assembly of God Church in Harriet with the Rev. Donnie Horton officiating.

Marvin Ray Shelton, 75, a resident of Gassville passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012, at his residence.

He was born June 15, 1936, in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to the late Dillard and Ethel Mae Pennington Shelton.  Mr. Shelton was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict. He married Judith Lee Highfill on September 7, 1996 in Mulvane, Kansas.  Mr. Shelton relocated to Gassville from Mulvane, Kansas in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Judith Shelton of Gassville; five children and their spouses; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating.  Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas  72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Martha Jane Hamilton Britt, 81, died May 24, 2012 at her home in Cherokee Village. Before retiring, Martha worked as an RN. She is survived by her brother J.D. Hamilton of Paragould, her four children, Thomas Mercer Britt, Jr. (Hattie) of Houston, Scott Hamilton Britt , Ms. Dale Lee Britt, both of Paragould and Alfred Jefferson(Jeff) Holland (Realene) of Mt. Home. Martha had 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildred. Her memorial service will be 10am Monday at Heath in Hardy .

Angela Dawn Collier, 38 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died Wednesday, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.
Survived by a Son Jacob Collier of Monile, AL. her mother Patty McLean, Brothers Harold Knowlton, Jerry Coborn all of Cherokee Village, Brother William Coborn of  Memphis, TN and a Sisiter Sheila AustinDeRidder, LA.
Visitation will be from 2:00pm till service time at 4:00pm Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Highland. With Brinda Davis officiating.
Online condolences may be made to the family at

Jimmie Darrell Huddleston, 69, West Plains, Missouri, died at 9:40 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his home. He was born April 9, 1943, at West Plains, Missouri, to Owen and Juanita Womack Huddleston. On July 16, 1966, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Linda Holloway. Mr. Huddleston was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He had owned and operated West Plains Vaccuum. Mr. Huddleston was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Huddleston, of the family home; three children, Karen Avey, husband, Jeffrey, Fortuna, Missouri, Diana Ball, husband, Kenny, Koshkonong, Missouri and Janet Jackson, husband, Dave, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His parents precede him in death.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at