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Archive for May, 2012

Harold Ray Shaver, 87, a resident of Flippin passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at his residence.

Harold Ray Shaver was born on January 15, 1925, at Rushville, Illinois to the late Dwight A. and Gertrude Swanson Shaver. He married Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Ashby on August 9, 1952, in Tempe, Arizona.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II. Mr. Shaver was a missionary for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 37 years. He had a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and was a member of the Flippin First Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Shaver.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. “Betty” Shaver of the home; three sons, Timothy Shaver of Lone Rock, Arkansas; David Eugene Shaver of Oaxaca, Mexico; and Dwight A. Shaver of Bay City, Michigan; two brothers, John Shaver of McComb, Illinois and Roy Shaver of Platteville, Wisconsin; a sister, Ruth Phillips of Rushville, Illinois; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Flippin First Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Martin officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 25, 2012, from 12 noon until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors provided by the American Legion Alley-White Post 52 will be in the Burnt School House Cemetery in Lone Rock (Baxter County), Arkansas under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, 11211 John Wycliffe Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32832 or Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Graveside services for Dallas Ivan Pliler, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Howell Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pliler died at 3:25 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1939, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jonah and Ida Thompson Pliler. On May 28, 1987, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Ruby Williams. Mr. Pliler was a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Pliler, of the family home; two children, Rick Pliler, wife, Pam, and Rob Pliler, both of West Plains, Missouri; four step-children, Delorise Stephens, Denise Brewer, husband, Dennis, Debbie Burnett, all of West Plains, Missouri, and Don Henry, wife, Lisa, Dexter, Missouri; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bill Ellison, wife, Lois, West Plains, Missouri, Gary Pliler, wife, Beverly, Republic, Missouri and Ted Pliler, wife, Brenda, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Mildred Young, husband, Jesse and Faye Collins, both of West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Rhonda Tackitt and one sister, precede him in death.

Mr. Pliler will lie in state from 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2012, until 12:00 Noon Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Colt Andrew Coughlin, infant son of Kelly and Jessica Coughlin, will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Babyland in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Colt died at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at his home. He was born March 29, 2012, at West Plains, Missouri, to Kelly and Jessica Coughlin.

He is survived by his parents, Kelly and Jessica Coughlin, Pomona, Missouri; two brothers, Gavin and Travis Coughlin; one sister, Angela Coughlin; maternal grandmother, Bernadine Breaux, Sulphur, Louisiana; paternal grandmother, Susan Barton, Pomona, Missouri; paternal grandfather, Gary Coughlin, West Plains, Missouri; maternal great-grandmother, Carolyne Shearin, Harrison, Arkansas; maternal great-grandfather, Clyde Shearin, West Plains, Missouri and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His great-grandfather precedes him in death.

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Graveside services for Windell Ray Epley will be on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1 p.m in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Windell was born on July 31, 1932 in Dora, Missouri to parents Hurvul and Jessie Epley. He died on May 23 in West Vue Nursing Center at the age of 79.

He was educated in the Dora school system and enjoyed spending time with his seven siblings , riding horses, and listening to gospel and country music. Windell was a member of the Church of God for all his youth.

Windell was employed at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas before moving to West Plains, MO. There he became employed with Cloud Oak Flooring, Purina Feed, and Southwest Truck Body. He retired from Southwest in 1993 and devoted his time to his family and the family farm, raising angus cattle.

Windell met the love of his life, Dorothy Lou Lowe and the two entered the union of marriage on November 5, 1968. To this union were born two daughters, Reta Kay Epley Crass, and husband Jerry, West Plains, and Dianna Raye Epley Locke, and husband John, West Plains. The couple had two grandchildren, Kevin Crass, Springfield, MO and Makenna Locke, West Plains.

Windell’s wife Dorothy proceeded him in death on November 28, 2010. He is also preceded in death by his parents, siblings Roy Epley, Ethel Epley Collins, Ella Epley Dobbs, his mother-in-law, Zeta Harris Lowe, his father-in-law Roy Lowe, and brothers-in-law Leeman Collins, Lester Collins, Wayne Freeman, and Charley Dobbs.

He is survived by his daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters Bertha Epley Collins and Lorena Epley Freeman, brother Donald Epley, sister-in-law Colleen Epley, sister-in-law Joanne Lowe Griffin, and brother-in-law Mike Griffin, and several nieces and nephews.

Windell was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved raising angus cattle, fox trotter horses, and his family. He was an extremely hard worker, loyal friend, and caring neighbor to all who needed him. He spent a great deal of his latter years devoted to helping care for his ailing sister Ella. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Burial will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Thomas Gene Gammon, 21, Bonne Terre, Missouri and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, died at 12:43 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born July 7, 1990, at West Plains, Missouri, to Ronnie Gene Gammon and Idona Kay Falwell.

He is survived by his father, Ronnie Gene Gammon, Alton, Missouri; mother, Idona Kay Falwell, Caulfield, Missouri; one brother, Travis Gammon; seven sisters, Ronna Kay, Blanche Nicole, Pam, Deanna, Amy, Jamie and Jessica; paternal grandmother, Deloris Johnson, Pomona, Missouri; maternal grandmother, Wanda Martin, husband, Paul, West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandfather, Don Gammon, State of Washington; aunts and uncles, Thelma and Lyndall Dunihoo, Jimmie and Becky Gammon, Brenda Green, Rachel and Bobby Thys, Leann Gammon, Levi Falwell, Stacey and Rich Tanner, and Autumn Falwell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His grandfather, Tom Falwell, one brother, Dustin Gene Gammon and one uncle, Robert Gammon, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Lovern Harriette Goetz, age 84, daughter of Harry and Corinne (Corbeil) Stevens, was born December 20, 1927 in Garfield Park Hospital, Chicago, IL. She passed away May 21, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital with Bill and Kim by her side.

Lovern grew up in Chicago and graduated from a Catholic School. She married Theodore Goetz, Jr. on September 13, 1947 at Our Lady Help of Christian Catholic Church, Chicago, IL. They had three sons, Ted, Pat and Bill.

Ted and Lovern moved to the Beulah area on Feb. 1, 1968 because they had fallen in love with Missouri.

Lovern is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ted in 2005, and one sister Ethel Stevens Frost.

She is survived by three sons: Ted Goetz and wife Margret, of Dryersburg, TN, Pat Goetz and wife Susan of Yuma, AZ, Bill Goetz and wife Kim of Houston, MO, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and other family and friends.

Lovern worked for Brach’s in Chicago, IL. When they moved to the Beulah area she worked at Rawlings in Licking, MO. However, she was mostly a stay at home Mother raising three boys.

She had several interests. She enjoyed painting, drawing, and watching the old science fiction movies.

She LOVED cats and kept a diary of every cat that lived with her.

She was a lifetime member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary.

Lovern will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be Friday May 25th, from 10-11 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services will be May 25th at 11 AM in the Evans Funeral Home, Pastor Jackie Cooper officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to TASTC. On-line condolences may be sent to

Guerdon James Farner, 83, West Plains, Missouri, died at 6:10 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2012, at his home. He was born May 12, 1929, at Flint, Michigan, to Harry and Zola Root Farner. Mr. Farner was a veteran having served in the United States Army and Navy. Before his retirement, he worked as a job fitter with General Motors, Flint, Michigan. He loved golf, football and watching sports on television. Mr. Farner was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by five children, Wendy Burgess, West Plains, Missouri, Karel Vance, husband, Tom, State of Michigan, Scott Farner, wife, Katie, State of Michigan, Mark Miller, State of Tennessee and Dean Miller, wife, Dorothy, State of Tennessee; sixteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee Farner, State of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, two brothers and one daughter, Niki Farner, precede him in death.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan. Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Earl Dean Shelton, age 76, son of Earl and Helen (Hayes) Shelton was born February 18, 1936 at Houston, MO. He passed away May 19, 2012 at home in Bucyrus, MO.

Dean is preceded in death by his father, one sister, Wanda Garrett and an infant son, Bradley Keith.

He is survived by his mother, wife Joyce of the home, two daughters, Debra Shelton of Solo, MO and Brenda Allen and husband Larry of Summersville, MO; one son, Marvin Shelton and friend, Sarah Hildebrand of Bucyrus, MO, two sisters; Betty McKee of Bucyrus, MO and Janet Cole and husband Eddie of Houston, MO, a brother-in-law, Fairel Garrett of Newburg, MO, one grandson and five granddaughters, twelve great-grandchildren, one uncle, four aunts and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dean grew up in the Ellis Prairie community and attended Pine Ridge School.

Dean was saved at a young age during revival at Ellis Prairie Baptist Church and was baptized at Dogs Bluff along with several members of his family.

He married Joyce Nelson on September 5, 1958. They had two sons and two daughters.

Dean worked in the timber industry for over 30 years and with his family, he farmed for several years, until in 1983 he was forced to retire for health reasons.

Dean enjoyed several hobbies; hunting, fishing, pitching horse shoes, he loved baseball, he was an avid Cardinals fan. He liked playing cards with friends and family and was always ready for a game of checkers. He loved gardening and enjoyed sharing what he grew with others.

Dean enjoyed “people”, loving large family gatherings, any chance to visit and enjoy the companionship of others. He had a gift for making friends with children, he always had a project in progress and a child was quite often tagging along.

Although many of the things he loved doing were not possible after his sight failed, he never gave up trying to find a way to do what looked to be impossible. Always making use of his wonderful sense of humor to bring him through the rough going.

Dean was a wonderful husband, father, son, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday May 23, 2012 at Ellis Prairie Baptist Church with George Beshears officiating. Pallbearers were; Eddie Reynolds, Kevin Silveus, Kyson Garrett, Dustin Allen, Danny Thomas, Rick Wheeler, Robert Wheeler, Roger Wheeler, Jeff Shelton and Darin Shelton. Burial was in Ellis Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Edward Joseph “Ed” Schneider, Jr., 62, West Plains, Missouri, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at his home. He was born August 21, 1949, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Edward Joseph Schneider, Sr., and Eunice Mae Shrum Schneider. Mr. Schneider was a business owner in the heating and air conditioning industry.

He is survived by his lifetime partner, Mary Jo Robertson; one brother, Tom Schneider, wife, Beth Anne, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Barbara Stark, husband, Butch, Bakersfield, Missouri; two nieces, Jessica Collins, husband, John, Caulfield, Missouri and Joanna Myers, husband, Keith, West Plains, Missouri; two great-nieces and two great-nephews.

His parents and one daughter, Michelle Linthicum, precede him in death.

Private services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, Missouri, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Janet Lee Toelaer, age 56, daughter of Everett and DeElda (Portrey) Lipscomb was born April 20, 1956 in Mountain Grove, MO. She passed away May 16, 2012 in Springfield, MO.

Janet grew up in the Cabool and Tyrone area, attending a one room school her first year of school. She then went to Houston schools. Janet moved to St. Louis, where she worked and raised her three children, Amy, John and Matthew.

She was preceded in death by her father and one infant sister, Carla.

She is survived by her mother, DeElda of Houston, MO; her three children: Amy Sandridge and husband Jeff of Athens, Alabama, two sons, John Toelaer of Athens, Alabama and Matthew Toelaer of Houston, MO; two brothers: Roy Lipscomb and Eddie Lipscomb of Ashland, MO, one sister, Vickie Gablesberger of Columbia, MO.

She had traveled to many areas, but her favorite was the ocean with its beautiful beaches especially the Florida Keys.

Janet was a seamstress, a cake decorator and very adept at fixing anything, she was truly a “Janet of all trades”. She had a good work ethic and could be trusted to do her best in any situation. She was witty and had a quick and very unique, cutting sense of humor.

Janet may have seemed to be quiet, but quiet waters can run deep. She had a deep love for her children and family and will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were Saturday May 19, at 2:00 PM in the Evans Funeral Home.

Rev. Kendall Ford officiated with burial in the Cabool City Cemetery, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Judy Wade, Debra Head, Sarah Ellis, Carla Taylor, Kelly Hansen and Sarah Sanders. Family requests memorials be made to the Houston High School Band. On-line condolences may be sent to