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Archive for May, 2012

Funeral services for Michael Thomas Hale, 50, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hale died at 8:58 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born July 29, 1961, at Calico Rock, Arkansas, to Roy Eugene and Joyce Helen Poe Hale. He loved playing sports, shooting pool and playing cards with his friends. Mr. Hale was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two brothers, Roy Eugene Hale, Jr., fiancée Debbie, Moberly, Missouri and Steven Hale, West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Linda Stubbs, husband, Kenneth, Willow Springs, Missouri, Sharon Hale, special friend, Dale Harris, West Plains, Missouri, Connie Hale, fiancé, Clinton Lung, West Plains, Missouri and Carol Jo York, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one sister, Deborah Ann Hale, one niece, Crystal Dawn Collins, one nephew, Konnie Stubbs and one great-nephew, Canyon Collins, precede him in death.

Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Doris Evelyn (Larison) Whitehair, 99, died May 8, 2012 at her home in Houston, Texas County, Missouri.

Doris was born in Oakland, Burt County, Nebraska August 22, 1912. Her parents were Walter T. and Elsie E. (Hewitt) Larison.

She was baptized at the Methodist Church Windsor, MO. Doris graduated Windsor High School and on a scholarship attained a teachers degree from the Central University of Missouri-Warrensburg. She taught school at local one room schools and in several surrounding towns including La Monte, Creighton, and Otterville, MO. The family moved from Edmond, OK to Houston in 1985 to care for Ancil’s brother Harold and his sister Myrtle Kelley.

Doris spent the year of 1997 with her sister Marge in Kansas City, during this time she had cataract surgery and later at the age of 85 had back surgery.

She and Ancil E. Whitehair were married at the Windsor Methodist Church on May 25, 1941. They had one son, Larry Ancil Whitehair, who was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on

April 19, 1949. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, the Methodist Church in Edmond, OK, and then became a member of the Houston United Methodist Church.

She also taught at Blackwood Business College, Oklahoma City, while her husband was serving in the Medical Corp. in Germany for four years during World War II. Two of her students were her sister Marge Larison and her sister’s best friend Dorothy J. Harvey. She then taught in the Oklahoma City Schools until she retired.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Ancil, and her only son Larry; two sisters Irene (Larison) Gilmore and Velma F. Larison and two brothers, Wilber and Fred Larison.

Survivors include one brother Archie R. Larison, Wichita, Kansas a sister Marge E. Larison, a good friend Dorothy Harvey, Kansas City, MO, two nephews and several grand-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be May 11th, 9-10AM in Evans Funeral Home.

Graveside Services May 11th, at 10:30 am in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Beth Duckworth Officiating

Burial Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Bucyrus, MO

Memorials To: Hickory Ridge Cemetery

Dollie Mae (McKee) Buckner, age 89, passed away on May 7, 2012 at her home surrounded by her beloved family. She was born on May 1, 1923 to John and Mary (Coffman) McKee. She was united in a devoted marriage on February 6, 1943 to Jesse (Jack) Vernon Buckner. To this union they raised nine children.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, one brother; Herbert McKee, two sisters; Edna Buckner and Lydia Garrett, one son; Vernon Buckner, two daughters; Faye Cook and Linda Mae Buckner, and one son-in-law, Charles Cook.

She leaves to mourn four sons, Herbert Buckner and wife Arreda; Gary Buckner and wife Laura; Wayne Buckner and Sherry Heberer; Dean Buckner and wife Brenda, two daughters; Mary Jane Sullins and husband Kenneth; Pat Sullins and husband Frank, one daughter-in-law; Anita Buckner, one sister in-law; Ilene Mitchell, 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

At a young age, Dollie accepted Christ as her Savior. Over the years she remained faithful to The Old Country Church where she enjoyed singing and listening to gospel and blue grass music. Dollie worked through the years at HD Lee Company and Rawlings where she made many friends with her kind and loving nature.

She loved her family dearly. It was the highlight of her day to have them stop so she could visit and make sure they had plenty to eat for the day. She always enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012 at The Old Country Church at Craddock with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers are Shawn Buckner, Meranda Sullins, Travis Cook, Brian Sullins, Eric Buckner, Jeremy Buckner, Brad Buckner and Jake Buckner. Honorary pallbearers are Dustin Buckner, Jesse Sullins, Caleb Buckner, Josh Buckner, Cody Buckner, and Mark Buckner. Burial will follow at the Craddock Cemetery under the direction of Evan Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Robert Harold Vaughan, II, 46, Benton, Illinois, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, at Free Union Church of Christ, Leota, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Vaughan died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at his home. He was born June 22, 1965, at Wasco, California, to Robert Harold Vaughan and Barbara Wilson Vaughan Stane. He was married to Michelle Drysdale.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Vaughan, of the family home; five children, Sara Jeffers, Galatia, Illinois, Mathew Carter, Robert H. Vaughan, JoHanna Vaughan and Evan Vaughan, all of the family home; his mother, Barbara Stane, State of California; and three brothers, James Vaughan, Rice, Minnesota, Scott Vaughan, West Plains, Missouri and Jody Cotter, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

His father precedes him in death.

Visitation will be from noon until service time at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, at Free Union Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Mrs. Lois Lavada Jones, age 73 of Ash Flat, Arkansas died on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Ash Flat Nursing & Rehab Center.

Lois was born February 12, 1939 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the late William and Anna Goins Kinard. Lois is survived by: son, Andy Braziel of Alex, Ok; daughter, Tammy Reed of Hardy, AR; sisters, Carol Candy of Tulsa, OK and Ada Lindsey of Arlington, TX; brothers Travis and Bill Kinard both of Oklahoma. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11PM in Bronaugh Cemetery, Hardy, AR. Bro. Floyd Rikard will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Graveside services for Rosa Lee Burr, 70, Caulfield, Missouri, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, at Baptist Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Burr died at 6:20 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born June 24, 1941, at Elijah, Missouri, to Sherman Ellison and Ruth Halford Ellison. On June 23, 1975, she was married at Salem, Arkansas to Menford Clayton “Clay” Burr, who preceded her in death on October 23, 2008. Mrs. Burr graduated from high school in Westboro, Missouri and had worked at Baxter Lab, Mountain Home, Arkansas. She enjoyed bluegrass music, her dog, and she loved her nieces and nephews as her own. Mrs. Burr had attended Mineral Point Church and was a member of Baptist Hill Church.

She is survived by two brothers, Donald Ellison, wife, Georgia, Caulfield, Missouri and Dennis Ellison, wife, Laura, Moody, Missouri; one sister, Lyndall Kuk, Caulfield, Missouri; ten nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Keith and Kevin Kuk, Shanna Robinson, Dustin Ellison, Dennis James Ellison, Dakota Ellison, Don Eugene Ellison, Danita Wolf and Melinda Ellison; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several aunts and uncles, including Fannie Jones and Leroy Crowley.

Her parents, husband, one brother in-law, one sister-in-law, one great-great-niece and one great-great-nephew, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Karlene Opal Baughn, 64, of Mountain View, Missouri died May 6, 2012 at Mercy-St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View. She was born August 11, 1947 in Edenberg, Texas, the daughter of Herman Carl and Lois Oneta (Nicholson) Winters.

Karlene was united in marriage to Richard Lee Baughn on July 3, 1976 in Giddings, Texas. To this union three children were born, Rachel Lee, Christopher Willard, and William Louis.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Rachel; sister, Mary; brother, Bob; and brother-in-law, Del.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Baughn of the home; two sons, Christopher Baughn and William Baughn and wife, Jessica, all of Mountain View; two grandchildren, Damion Louis Baughn and Rachael May Baughn; brothers-in-law, Charles Baughn of Florida and Donnie Baughn of Mountain View; and sisters-in-law, Carol Baughn of Mountain View and Lynn Plemon and husband, Jack, of Moberly, MO.

Karlene enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing electronic Yahtzee. She never met a stranger and was a friend to all. She was a unique individual who always found time to help others. Karlene enjoyed all children, who fondly called her “Memaw”.

She will be greatly missed by all.

Graveside services for Ora Eugene (Gene) Ellison, 79, Hartville, Missouri and formerly of West Plains, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Amy Cemetery near Hocomo, Missouri under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Ellison died 8:15 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Hartville Care Center. He was born December 26, 1932 at West Plains, Missouri to Lenzie Otis and Bessie May Johnson Ellison. On May 27, 2003, he was married at Mansfield, Missouri to Janet Wimberly. Before his retirement, Mr. Ellison was employed by Amyx Manufacturing. He was a Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Ellison, of the family home; two sisters, Dora Lorene Carrell, West Plains, Missouri and Opal Turnbull, husband, Wayne, Springdale, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three brothers, Leslie, Bobby Joe and Truman Ellison and two sisters, Bertha May Albro and Ida Ann Ash, precede him in death.

Michael Eugene Craig, 46, of West Plains, Missouri, died on May 4, 2012 at NHC Healthcare, West Plains, Missouri. He was born June 9, 1965 in Mountain View, Missouri, the son of Arvin Allen and Ina Faye (Hawkins) Craig.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Everett and Myrtle Hawkins; his father, Arvin Craig; and his aunt, Jenny Jones.

He is survived by his mother, Ina Craig of West Plains; two brothers, Wayne Craig of West Plains, and Jimmy D. Craig of Mountain View; one aunt, Rosie Kaut of Mountain View; and one uncle, Bill Jones of Mountain View.

Mikey graduated from Liberty High School in 1984. He was an athlete and loved to play football.

Mikey was employed by the City of West Plains in the Water Department until his health failed. He was an avid antique collector.

Mikey will be remembered as strong-willed and hard-working. He fought the good fight.

Visitation will be Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary

Graveside Services will be Monday May 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Mountain View, MO

Mr. Harold Hirsch, 97 of Harrison, Arkansas formerly of Cherokee Village, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, Harrison, Arkansas.

Born Sunday, November 8, 1914 in Hudson, MO. the son of Henry Hirsch and Henrietta “Lotz” Hirsch. Harold was a real estate

salesman and cattle farmer in the Sharp County area. He worked also with Cooper Land Company. Harold was the longest standing member of the Arkansas Soil Conservation and first of two inducted into the Conservations Hall of Fame in Hot Springs.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Eunice and second wife Tina, seven brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by sons, Jim and Bonnie Hirsch of Harrison, AR. and Robert and Jan Hirsch of Wentzville, MO. Grandson Michael Hirsch and Granddaughter Melinda Turner, Great Granddaughters Paige, Amber and Hattie Hirsch, Step Grandson s Bob and Tom Sherrill Step Great Grandchildren Seth, Jennifer and Maggie Sherrill.

Visitation 6 until 8 pm Monday at Heath Oak Hill Chapel in Highland. Funeral service at 10:00am in Heath Funeral Home. Brother Jimmy Anderson Officiating and Denis Gibbons music. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Highland, AR.