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Archive for May, 2012

Maudie R. Mudford, 75, a resident of Mountain Home, formerly of Muleshoe, Texas went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society.

She was born August 21, 1936, in Baileyboro, Texas to the late Claude and Clara Harvey Coffman. Maudie loved church very much, growing up in church from a little girl. She began playing piano in church at nine years old. Maudie worked as a bookkeeper for several years as well as farmed with her first husband, W.L. Speck. On January 5, 1997, in Muleshoe, Texas, Maudie married Jerry Lee Mudford. In 2001 Maudie and Jerry relocated from Muleshoe to Mountain Home. Maudie was a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church and was active in the choir. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, W.L. Speck ; a brother, Harvey Coffman and a niece, Cherlyn Mainor.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Jerry Mudford of Mountain Home; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Kay and Michael Walker of Arlington, Texas; two step-daughters and step-sons-in-law, Kathy and Joe Ambriz of Muleshoe, Texas and Brenda and Shane Kirk of Joshua, Texas; a sister, Jeannine Rundell of San Angelo, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Lela Sue King (Doyle) of Muleshoe, Texas and Sandra Speck of Lubbock, Texas; two uncles, Chester Coffman of Big Spring, Texas and Roger Harvey(Margaret) of Amarilllo, Texas; four aunts, Rena Mae Coffman of Grand Junction, Colorado, Freda Shuttlesworth of Amarillo, Texas, Fredda Harvey of Cedar Park, Texas and Carol Harvey of Melbourne, Florida; seven grandchildren, Aaron Walker, Kristin Ambriz, Christopher Ambriz, Brittany (Eddie) Alavarado, Matthew Ambriz and Brianna and Lacie Kirk; two great grandchildren, Bethany and Emma Grace Alvarado; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Mountain Home Baptist Church with Dr. Tommy Cunningham and the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Muleshoe Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult 4 Sunday School Class and Leroy Shepard.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Home Baptist Church.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Funeral Services for Lena May McClellan, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverends Marcus Allen and James Duddridge officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Charles McClellan and Gertie Eubank , on June 9, 1917 in Pomona, Missouri and died May 18, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by two brothers, Ralph McClellan, Grand Prairie, Texas and Fred McClellan, wife, Delores, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Fern Alvis, husband, Ray, Pomona, Missouri, and one sister-in-law, Ida McClellan, Willow Springs, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Lee McClellan, Orval McClellan, and Earl McClellan; three sister-in-laws, Mary, Naomi, and Lorraine McClellan; two nieces, Cathy and Elaine McClellan, and one nephew, Gary McClellan.

She was a member of the Pomona Christian Church for many years, and an active member of the Ladies Aide group there.

Memorial contributions may be to the Ladies Aide group of the Pomona Christian Church in Pomona, Missouri.

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

A private service for Richard Dean Martin, 63, Vanzant, Missouri, will be held at a later date.

Mr. Martin died at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home. He was born February 23, 1949, at Batesville, Arkansas, to John Henry and Monnie Mae Hagler Martin. Mr. Martin was a floor covering installer and loved bass fishing.

He is survived by four brothers, John Martin, Cloudy, Oklahoma, Bill Martin, Dora, Missouri, Dennis Martin, Cloudy, Oklahoma and Ted Martin, Aumsville, Oregon; two sisters, Charlene Parish, Bee Branch, Arkansas and Dorothy Nowlin, Vinita, Oklahoma; best friend, Charley Manning, LaPine, Oregon; special nephew, David White; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, grandmother, Edna Hagler; five brothers, Delmar, Dale, Don, Eddy and Denver Martin, precede him in death.

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

Graveside services for Leland Duane “Lee” Walters, 79, Crestview, Florida, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012, at Elk Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Walters passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Crosswinds Health and Rehab, Greeneville, Florida. He was born March 24, 1933, at Angola, Indiana, to Raymond and Doris Geeting Walters. On August 19, 1960, he was married at Overland, Missouri, to Dorothy Evelyn Huff, who preceded him in death on October 8, 2003. Lee worked for many years as a factory worker in metal manufacturing and moved to Crestview, Florida in 2005. His passion in life was fishing and bowling. Mr. Walters was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

He is survived by his two sons, Mike Walters, wife, Tane, Crestview, Florida and Tim Walters, wife Sally, San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Lynn Reeves, husband, David, Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Brandon, Nicholas, Jacob and Megan; and one sister, Francile Stidham, Fremont, Indiana.

His parents, wife, one brother, Dwight Walters and one sister, Lolene Eberly, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crosswinds Health and Rehab, Greenville, Florida or Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Joan Gertrude (Patterson) Smith Lawson went home to be with her Lord on May 11, 2012, at the age of 85. Joan was longtime resident of Mountain View, MO, and worked tirelessly to improve her community. She was born in Coldwater, Kansas, on December 16, 1926, to Ormal Ellis and Josephine Evelyn (Meyer) Patterson.

When she was in high school – she could high jump 6’ 1”. She would have gone to the Olympics but World War II began and they were canceled.

Joan was united in marriage to Albert Glenn Smith on May 30, 1958. They had three children Ormal, Bert, and Evelyn. She worked with Glenn on many projects including establishing and improving local parks. They jointly received the Governor’s Leadership Award in 1974 for their work in the Mountain View Community Betterment program. Glenn preceded her in death January 5, 1982.

On February 19, 1987 Joan married Gene Lawson. She continued improving her community by co-founding the Agape House with Gene. The original shelter opened in Mountain View in 1991. A second shelter, the Phoenix Project, was opened in Texas County, in October, 2004. They celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Agape House on October 8, 2011, and the services provided through that organization had helped over 1700 men, women, and children at that time. She served as the Executive Director until her death.

Joan is survived by her husband, Gene Lawson of the home; her daughter Evelyn and husband Steven, grandchildren, Steven, Stephanie and Ginger, and three great-grandchildren; son Ormal Smith and grandchildren Amy, Jason, Aaron, and Holly, and twelve great-grandchildren; and son Bert and wife, Diane.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; and siblings, Garry, Don, John and Dorrel.

Joan served as mayor of Mountain View, on the City Council, and was a true leader in her town. She was an accomplished musician and played the piano and organ for many years at her church. Joan received many awards in her life for various accomplishments. However, she did not work for awards or accolades. Joan was a true servant of Jesus Christ who worked only to serve Him and to make life better for others.

A memorial service will be Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 AM at Yarber Mortuary.

Ron Jones, 71, of Winona passed away May 14 in Winona.

Funeral services will be at 11 AM Thursday, May 17 at the Winona High School Gym, with interment in Pinelawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home in Winona.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday, May 16 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona.

Funeral services for Evelyn “Sue” Gunter, 74, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gunter died at 2:15 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2012, at NHC Healthcare. She was born January 16, 1938, at Eminence, Missouri, to William Albert and Vela Alvus Crowder Conway. Sue graduated from West Plains High School and on June 30, 1956, was married at Hernando, Mississippi, to Sherman Gunter, who preceded her in death on September 1, 1988. Before her retirement, she had worked at Baxter Lab, Mountain Home, Arkansas. She enjoyed flowers and loved her grandkids. Mrs. Gunter was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by eight children, Dianne Collins, companion, Phil Allen, Jr., Pomona, Missouri, Bobbie Collins, Jackie Thornton, husband, Brad, Chris Turner, husband Keith, Tony Gunter, wife, Rhonda, Tommy Gunter, wife, Kim, all of West Plains, Missouri, Timmy Gunter, Gainesville, Missouri and Paul Gunter, wife, Amy, West Plains, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

John F. Hyneman III, 66, of Birch Tree, Missouri and formerly of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania departed this life on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his home. He was born July 10, 1945 in Reading, Pennsylvania, the son of John F. Hyneman, Sr. and Cecelia Pochron, who adopted him. He was the husband of Alexis Hyneman.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Hyneman; and several other stepbrothers.

He is survived by his wife, Alexis; sons, Peter Hyneman, St. Petersburg, FL, Jeremiah Hyneman, Greenville, SC, Job Shugar, Elgerson, PA, and Jason Shugar, Birdsboro, PA; daughters, Maria Sunun, Philadelphia, PA and Rebecca Washington, West Plains, MO; and nine grandchildren.

John graduated from Oley High School in 1963, received tool maker papers from Textile Machine Works, and attended Penn State from 1963-66, receiving a degree in Industrial Technology. He was an U.S. Army veteran who worked on helicopters in Germany during the Vietnam War.

John enjoyed restoring old farmhouses in Pennsylvania in the Birdsboro/Giegertown area, where he and his wife, Alexis, lived from 1978 to 2003, when he retired from ATT/Lucent/Agere Systems and moved to the Ozarks in southern Missouri. He also enjoyed horseback riding and the great outdoors.

His door was always open to friends and those who needed help. He helped build or restore three churches and always found a way to help his children, often depriving his self.

He was a tool maker by trade and his mind was always working to either design or restore.

John was a member of Highpoint Baptist Chapel while in Pennsylvania and First Baptist Church, Mountain View, after moving to Missouri.

Funeral Services for Corvin Thomas Brawley a resident of Summersville will be held Tuesday, May 15 at 1:00 P M at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville

Visitation for Corvin Brawley will be held at Bradford Funeral Home, Tuesday from 11 Am until service time at 1 PM

Burial and Military Honors will be in Flatrock Cemetery near Summersville under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

A Memorial Service for Daniel Lynn Truman, 57, Moody, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Fowler Chapel Church.

Mr. Truman died at 12:05 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Caulfield, Missouri. He was born July 16, 1954, at West Plains, Missouri, to Joseph Edward and Sharilyn Joan Harper Truman. He graduated from West Plains Senior High with the Class of 1973. Mr. Truman was a member of Fowler Chapel Church.

He is survived by three children, Daniel Truman, Koshkonong, Missouri, Amanda Simpson, husband, David, Caulfield, Missouri and Melissa Halbert, husband, Jeff, Salem, Arkansas; four grandchildren; his father, Joe Truman, West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Eddie Truman, wife, Sharon and James Truman, wife, Robin, all West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Rebecca Simpson, husband, Vernon, South Fork, Missouri and Anita Walker, West Plains, Missouri; special friend Kathy Thomason, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His mother and grandparents precede him in death.

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