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Archive for July, 2012

A memorial service for Lawrence Earl “Larry” Gordon, 69, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Center Grove Baptist Church, Moody, Missouri.

Mr. Gordon died at 5:40 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 4, 1943, at Marion, Indiana, to Robert Owen Gordon and Mary Joanna Landis Gordon. Mr. Gordon was a veteran, having served in the United States Army and on September 29, 1990, he was married at Long Island, New York to Judy Nuzzi. He enjoyed his cars and woodworking, was a member of the West Plains Car Club, served as president of the M.A.C.C. Association and was on the board of the Moody Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Gordon was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church for three years.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Gordon, of the family home; three children, Robert Gordon, wife, Yasha, Indianapolis, Indiana, Laura Gordon, Indianapolis, Indiana and Philip Gordon, of the State of California; four grandchildren, Hubol, Hillary, Cora and Isaac; one brother, John Gordon, State of Florida and two sisters, Rebecca Shroyer, Swayzee, Indiana and Suzanne Haggerty, McKinney, Texas.

His parents precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church or American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be left at

Stanley Winford Hicks, son of Robert Richard and Velma Anna (Crabtree) Hicks was born at Plato, Missouri on October 14, 1918, and passed away on July 22, 2012. Dr. R.B. Lilly was Stanley’s attending physician and kept a close watch as to insure his survival as Stanley was a very small baby weighing 2 pounds and 6 ounces. Stanley was an only child growing up in the Plato and Roby area. He spent 3 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a very small child. He gave his life to Christ at a young age and was a member of the Plato Baptist Church until 1954. When the Clara Baptist Church was organized he became a Charter Member and a Deacon of the Church. Stanley was a strong Christian and had a great love for his church and church family.

He attended 1 year of High School at Plato and his last three years at Houston graduating in the Class of 1937. During his sophomore year of High School he met the girl of his dreams, Hazel Miller, and they were married on March 2, 1940. There was no greater love than the love that Stanley had for Hazel.

After marriage, Stanley and Hazel lived on a farm on the upper Roubedoux Creek and in the 1943 his father purchased their farm known as the “Johnston Place” near Clara along the Big Piney river. He had admired this farm while he was dating Hazel and when it became available for sale they purchased this property. Since March 27, 1943 they lived on this farm and raised their four children. The river has always been a big part of their lives spending many hours fishing, camping, swimming canoeing and picnicking with the family and grandchildren. Stanley was never too busy to go fishing or take a boat to the river with his “kids”. The grandchildren spent many days with grandpa. When the youngest grandchild Rhonda came along she took the place of the grandsons who were young men and didn’t have much time to spend on the river. Rhonda became Stanley’s constant companion until the end. Stanley shared his farm on the Big Piney with his neighbors and lots of friends. He always said if they shut the gates, they are welcome to fish, picnic and swim at his farm.

Stanley was very involved in the community and served as a board member of the Production Credit Association, the Piney River Commission, board member for the Extension Council, Project Leader for the Hightown 4H Club. He was also the Assessor for the Piney Township for 18 years and an active member of the Democrat Party. Stanley was never too busy to let the farm wait and do volunteer work at the Clara Baptist Church, the feeder pig and calf sales, the Murphy Building and the Livestock pens at the Fairgrounds. If anyone needed help Stanley would stop what he was doing on the farm and go help. Having helped construct the base for the flag at the fairground, he was extremely proud of his American heritage.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Eddie Moore, and grandson Donald Stevenson. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, four children; Richard Lee Hicks and wife Pat , Rowena Moore, and Rose Ward of the Houston area and Rita Peek and husband Richard of Peculiar, Missouri. Stanley is survived by nine grandchildren; Leigh Ann Hicks Myers and James of Lebanon, Missouri; David Stevenson and Amy of Peculiar, Missouri; Michael Moore, Terry Moore and Sharon, Joey Moore and Julie, Rhonda Cook and Jonathan of Houston, Missouri, Raquel Morrow and Doug, Rashel Bussard and Dan of Nixa, Missouri, Dana Hicks Hart and David of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is survived by 13 precious Great Grandchildren, and 5 step Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday July 24, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday July 25, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wolford Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

John Charland Homod, also known by “Big John and Grand Daddy” 62, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at his home in Hsrdy, AR. John was born September 18, 1949 in Belzoni, MS. He married Barbara Bailey Homod on July 30, 1982. John was a draftsman, a carpenter, a teacher and an owner of many businesses, past and present. His main passions for life were his family, friends, fishing and loving people. John was a member of the Light House Baptist Church of Hadry, AR.

Survivors include his wife of almost 30 years, Barbara and grandson Cody Homod of the home.; his daughters; Wendy Ward Lute and husband David, of Drew, MS., Amy Ward Charbauski and husban Steve of Ash Flat, AR., son John Homod and wife Erica of Highland, AR.; grandchildren Lauryn Lute, Emily and Luke Charbauski, Sierra , Leah and Hunter Homod and Ethan Homod, great grand daughter, Lakyn Lute. John had three sisters, Judy Wesley and husband Charles of Jonesboro, LA, Jean McLendon and Husband Larry Joe of Brandon, MS and Billie Marie Rushing and husband Jim of Greenville, MS; and a host of many other family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his father John David Homod; his mother Billie McCoy and a son Jim Homod.

Visitation will start Tuesday 6:00pm at First Baptist Church of Hardy, AR.. Funeral services will be 10:00am Wednesday at the church. with burial following at Baker Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland. Pallbearers are Alex Hester, Steven Law, Michael Ward, Roger Stark, Mike Asher and Shane Russell.

Family requests in lieu of flowers to please make monetary donations to Camp Quality, P.O. Box 9095, Jonesboro, AR. 72403. Camp Quality provides the opportunity for children with cancer to be children again-to have fun, participate in exciting activites and make new friends who identify with their situation, or Baker Cemetery Association, contact Paul Garner.

Maurice J.D. Hinkle, known as “Bob” or “Peewee”, 68, of Birch Tree, Missouri died July 20, 2012 at his home. He was born November 3, 1943 in Bruno, Missouri, the son of Hershel D. and Wanda Faye (Sitze) Hinkle.

Bob was united in marriage to Alice Ann Wellington on January 28, 2001 in Eminence, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Joan and Barbara.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, of the home; daughter, Connie and two grandsons of Waco, TX; stepdaughter Angie and two grandchildren, Matthew and Sierra, of Mesick, MI; two brothers, Michael Hinkle of Germany and Morgan “Corky” Hinkle of Houston, MO; and two sisters, Donna “Tiny” Hinkle of St. Louis, MO and Juanita Sue Luethle and husband, Ken, of High Ridge, MO.

Bob served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He worked as a gunsmith for many years and owned his own business.

Annie Laura Colter, 83, of Mountain View, Missouri died July 18, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born on February 4, 1929 in Dexter, Missouri, the daughter of Luther and Lena (Jones) Watson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Thomas Watson; and husband, Richard.

Survivors include three sons, Garry Watson of Lansing, MI, Richard D. Colter of Rosamond, CA, and Robert Colter of Mountain View; one daughter, Diana Barney of Belleville, IL; one brother, Preston (Pat) Watson of Bloomfield, MO; six sisters, Ellen Claypool of Swartz Creek, MI, Rosemary Woodham of Broseley, MO, Dorothy Polk of Mountain View, Virgie Wringler of Columbus, IN, Catherine Cowin of Ellsinore, MO, and Susie Victery of McGee, MO; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annie was the House Coordinator for Agape House in Mountain View. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be Monday July 23 from 9-11 AM at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be July 23 at 11 AM at Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View.

Graveside services for Alma Jean Surritte, 86,West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Amy Union Cemetery, Hocomo, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Surritte died at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Republic, Missouri.

She was born August 7, 1925, at Fowler, Kansas, to Felix Carter Berry and Alma Huffman Berry. On March 22, 1942, she was married at Wichita, Kansas, to Calvin Surritte, who preceded her in death on January 5, 1971. She had lived in West Plains nearly 60 years, having also lived in Wichita, Kansas for a number of years. Jean was an original member of the Friends of the Library organization for the West Plains Public Library, where she was an active member from 1979 to 1999.

She is survived by two sons, Warren Surritte, Willow Springs, Missouri, and Michael Surritte, Springfield, Missouri; two daughters, Linda DeMore, Republic, Missouri, and Janice Collins, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Amy Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Ruth Ann Swetnam, of Plato, MO passed away July 19, 2012 at Texas County Memorial Hospital. She was born July 20, 1941 in Harrisburg, IL to James Alvin and Hariette Rose (Baldwin) Wren, just shy of 71 years old, surrounded by her family.

Ruth grew up in Harrisburg, IL and graduated high school from Harrisburg High School. She married Leroy Swetnam on June 15, 1963, and unto this union three children were born.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter; Dena Janell Swetnam and seven brothers and sisters; Charlie Edward Dean Wren, Gerald Leon Wren, Clarence Lyle Wren, James Alvin Wren, Wilma McClendon, Neva Janell and John Robert Wren.

Ruth is survived by her husband of forty nine years, Leroy Swetnam, of the home in Plato, MO, her son, Michael Leroy Swetnam, of Springfield, MO, and her daughter, Karen Lynn Swetnam of Plato, MO, her special grandson, Tyler Edward Leroy Williams, and two sisters; Mary Louise Sanchez of Waukegan, IL and Mildred Gollier of Plainfield, IL and many other numerous family and friends.

She had many talents; she enjoyed doing ceramics and painting figurines, playing computer games and reading. Ruth also loved to sing! She would take her karaoke machine to different churches around the area and where she would sing gospel music. Ruth’s favorite past time was just being around her family.

Ruth will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kathryn Alberta (Harris) Ferguson was born as the only child of Ruie (Campbell) Harris and Frank A. Harris on March 23, 1918 in Summersville, MO. She passed away July 18, 2012 at the Gables Assisted Living, Overland Park, KS.

She attended Houston Grade School and at the age of 13 moved to Pierce City, MO graduating from Pierce City High School in 1936. After high school she attended St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in St. Joseph, MO and graduated as a Register Nurse in 1940.

After graduating from nursing school she returned to Houston and began her nursing career. While working for Dr. Dillman she met her future husband Raymond Ferguson, when he brought his mother into the doctor’s office for treatment. They married on February 20, 1944. To this union two children were born, Bill Ferguson and Carolyn (Ferguson) Norris. While raising her family she worked for Drs. Dillman, Tarr, Beckman, Kelly and Dryer and finally Texas County Memorial Hospital where she spoke at the ground breaking ceremony when construction began in 1958. While working she also taught a home nursing class through the American Red Cross.

Upon retirement in 1983 from the hospital she served on the Advisory Board of Texas County Memorial Hospital for 2 years, Senior Citizen Board, Administrative Board and many committees at The United Methodist Church in Houston.

Alberta was a resident at Licking Residential for 2 years. She had resided in the Gables Assisted Living since September 1, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Alberta is survived by her son Bill Ferguson and wife Leslie of Columbia, MO, and her daughter, Carolyn Norris and husband Roger of Overland Park, KS, and four grandchildren, Kelly Ferguson, Ryan Ferguson, Sarah Norris and Scott Norris and wife Tamara.

Funeral services for Charles Keith Pickerell, Sr., 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Central Calvary Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Pickerell went to be with his Lord at 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at his home.

He was born July 9, 1932, to Clifford and Erma Boyd Pickerell at the family farm in Eldon, Iowa. Mr. Pickerell was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was wounded in action several times. In 1959 he was married in Mexico to Jackie Hucks, who preceded him in death November, 1994. On July 14, 1999, he was married at Ottumwa, Iowa, to Angela V. Barnhill. Mr. Pickerell was a longtime resident of the Ottumwa, Iowa area before moving to West Plains, Missouri. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, an avid bowler and was a member of the American Legion. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, family and friends. Mr. Pickerell was a member of Central Calvary Baptist Church for nine years.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Pickerell, of the family home; four children, Terry Pickerell, Newton, Iowa, William Pickerell, Ottumwa, Iowa, Lisa Pickerell, Davenport, Illinois and Edward Pickerell, Jefferson City, Missouri; foster son, Frank Corella; nine grandchildren, Laura Pickerell, Tiffany Pickerell, Justin and Joseph Brown, Dana and Shelby Pickerell, Katie Pickerell and Gabrielle and Olivia Pickerell; one brother, Russell Pickerell; two sisters, Darlene Isaacs and Phyllis Gideon; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three children, Theresa, Gary and Charles Keith Pickerell, Jr., one brother, Wayne Pickerell, one nephew, Bob Gideon, Sr. and one niece, Sherrill Bates, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Hazel Dollins, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dollins died at 11:25 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her home.

She was born February 15, 1921, in Howell County, Missouri, to Ralph and Dora Cook Collins. On December 24, 1940, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to James Aubrey Dollins, who preceded her in death on March 27, 2003. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Dollins was a member of the Crider Church of Christ.

She is survived by three children, Dorval Dollins, wife, Pat, Calvin Dollins, wife, Shirley and Pat Bunch, husband, Tom, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth DeVore, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and one sister, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at