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Archive for August, 2012

Mamie Gann, 95 of Williford, Arkansas died on Friday, August 24, 2012, in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Born Sunday, March 11, 1917 in Sitka, Arkansas. The daughter of the late John Gipson and the late Ella Sutton Gipson.

Survived by her sons, Gary Gann and wife Opal of Williford, AR, James Gann and wife Shirley of Alexander, AR and Charles Gann and wife Janet of Oswego, IL, daughter, Jessie Garrison and husband Tom of Myrtle, MO, sisters, Wilma Bettis of San Leandro, CA and Cora Gann of Pocahontas, IL. Grandchildren Tommy Garrison and wife Kathy, Linda Honeycutt and husband Jeff, Janet Ward and Husband Lanny, Sherman Garrison and wife Kelly, Lori Predmore, Kelly Oaks and husband Dave, Chuck Gann and wife Staci, Melissa Philhower and husband Allen, David Morgan and Dennis Morgan. Great Grandchildren Mathew, Pamela, Nathaniel, Johnathan, Eric, Katie, Renea and husband David, Cheyenne, Sammy Jo, Brooke, Bailey, Andy, Kayla, Haley, Olivia, Savannah, Steven, Ryan, Colby, Josh and wife Amy, Chelsea and husband Steve, Alex, Wyatt, Sophie, Kelby, Brandi and Noah Great Great Grandchildren, Melody, Amanda, Louren, Molly, Caroline and Makenzie.

Preceded in death by her parents, one son Jackie Gann, one Great Granddaughter Amanda Honeycutt and one sister Pearl Gann.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, at Heath Funeral Home, Oak Hill Chapel, Highland, Arkansas.

Funeral service will be 2:00pm Monday at Lone Oak Missionary Baptist Church near Strawberry, AR. with Bro Jerry Clement Officiating.

Funeral services for Edna Mae Hooker, 88, Pocahontas, Arkansas, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 27, 2012, at Spring Creek Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hooker died at 12:43 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012, at Five Rivers Medical Center, Pocahontas, Arkansas.

She was born October 6, 1923, at Harrisburg, Arkansas, to Oscar and Julie Curtain Whittingham. On November 25, 1939, she was married at Harrisburg, Arkansas, to Virgil Edward Hooker, who preceded her in death on January 24, 2010. Mrs. Hooker was a homemaker; she loved her family, cooking, gardening, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had been a long time member of Center Grove Church, Moody, Missouri and was currently a member of First Baptist Church, Imboden, Arkansas.

She is survived by six children, Bonnie Young, husband, Lavon, Imboden, Arkansas, Wanda Ford, husband, Bill, Bono, Arkansas, Jim Hooker, wife, Marilynn, West Plains, Missouri, Linda Hall, husband, Ralph, Searcy, Arkansas, Michael Hooker, wife, Debbie, Grapeville, Texas and Shelia Stewart, husband, Steve, Flower Mound, Texas; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; f our brothers; two sisters; several nieces and nephews; and her “second family”, The Denton children,

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

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the South Fork Cemetery. 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

Edward Lee McBride, age 80, son of Clarence E. and Anna Mae (Shoemaker) McBride was born March 7, 1932 in Houston, MO. He passed away August 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.

He married Janice Lowry June 1, 1954 Somers, Iowa, they had one son.

He married Maxine December 14, 1968 and immediately a family of 5 more children were added to his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Betty Jean, who was killed as a young child in 1933, and his wife Maxine.

He is survived by his son Daniel McBride and wife Jennifer of Arizona, daughters, Vicky Blancarte, Kathy Spohrer and husband Richard, Kay Colvin and husband Danny, Sue Colston and son Harold Jones all of Kansas; one half brother, Keith McBride 13 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and many other family members and friends made throughout the years.

Ed worked at Markel-Buick for 18 years and O’Conner Cadillac for 14 years. He was a good mechanic and after moving to Houston in 1994 he often worked on many cars in the area. Besides loving to work on cars after his retirement, Ed loved fishing for crappie and growing roses.

He was converted and baptized at Dog’s Bluff at an early age. After moving back to Houston he had been a member of the First Christian Church of Houston, joining in 1995.

He was a very unique individual and was always ready to help anyone with their vehicles, either by looking at them or giving advice.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be Friday August 24, 6-8 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday August 25, at 11 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Matthew Anderson will officiate with burial in the White Rock

Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line Condolences may be sent to

Bessie Lois Dotson, 92, of Poughkeepsie, Arkansas died on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at her home from a sudden stroke. Born Wednesday, January 14, 1920 in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Frank Perry and the late Dona King Perry.

She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Community Church, and a home maker.

Survived by her sons, Steve Dotson and his wife Doris of Poughkeepsie, AR and Dr. Laurence Dotson and his wife Gail of Anaheim Hills, CA, daughters, Teresa Dotson Pickett and her husband Jackie Dotson of Poughkeepsie, AR and Kathryn Dotson Richmond and her husband Larry of Cherokee Village, AR, brother, Clayton Perry of Ventura, CA, sister, Snoda Corbett of Walnut Ridge, AR. 16 Grandchildren, Nancy, Cheryl, Michelle, Tonya, Tiffany, Samantha, Brenda, Nancy D, Karen, Michael, Tim, Matt, Steven, Robbie, Thomas and Jim. 13 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson also many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Preceded in death by her parents, Husband Glen Dotson Sr. sons Glen Jr. and Samuel Dotson Daughter Patricia Groves. sisters Hazel Robins and Flossie Williams, Brother Clifford Perry, Grand Daughter Stephanie Burton and a Infant Great Grandson.

A Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Heath Funeral Home. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, AR. with Bro. Jackie Pickett and Jim Pagan Officiating The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Heath Funeral Home, Highland, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Graveside services for Norma Lu Robinson, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson died at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at her home.

She was born May 3, 1937, in Buckheart Township, Fulton County, Illinois, to Grover and Lula Lillie Bordwine. On September 29, 1957, she was married at Lincoln, Illinois, to William Roy Robinson, who preceded her in death on March 6, 2010. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Bryant Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Lloyd Robinson, wife, Betty, and Delbert Robinson, wife, Clara, all of West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Enid Johnson, Wilmington, Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one daughter, Joyce Ann Robinson, four brothers and five sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Robinson will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012, until Noon Monday, August 27, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. 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

Gale Melvin Wright, a teacher who made social studies and history interesting at Houston High School, died Monday morning, August 20th, 2012.

A favorite quote from Gale’s favorite movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, sums up our feelings perfectly for our most loved son, brother, friend, and teacher. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he.” –Clarence

Gale, age 41, son of Hubert Dean Wright and Doris Kiser Wright was born at the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, MO on December 1st, 1970. He has been preceded in death by his Father. He was the beloved brother of Dawn Spencer of Houston, MO; Karen Shelton of Ellis Prairie, MO; Traci Knubley of Festus, MO; and Patti Roberts of Richland, MO. Brother-in-laws are Jerry Spencer, Tony Shelton, Jamie Roberts and Craig Knubley. He was a superhero uncle to Jerrod and Nicole Spencer, Evan, Owen and Addison of Licking, MO; Chad Spencer of Springfield, MO; Joshua and Jennifer Shelton, Devin, Dillon and Davney of Ellis Prairie, MO; Scott and Heather Shelton, Serenity and Forrest of Ellis Prairie, MO; Tony and Kristina Shelton, Eva and Liliana of Vieques, Puerto Rico; Emily and Grace Roberts of Richland, MO and Olivia and Sophia Knubley of Festus, MO. He was a member of a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins as well.

Gale attended the Houston Schools for thirteen years where he excelled as a student, made many lifelong friends, and became a lifelong Tiger fan. He was active in many clubs and organizations. Drawing from his high school experiences, Gale took great pride in knowing that the class of 1989 was the best and champions of all. He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed youth activities there. He was baptized on August 7th, 1977. Gale attended SMSU in Springfield graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, majoring in Social Studies. During his college years, he served as a dorm room advisor. He was a friend, confidant and advisor to many. Gale returned to the Houston area where he taught and coached a few years before continuing his education at the University of Missouri School of Law where he graduated in 1993. He taught school in the Columbia area, and then later returned to Houston to teach High School Social Studies. He had also taught classes for Missouri State University in Houston.

Life in Houston was busy for Gale. In addition to teaching, Gale coordinated the Homecoming festivities for the Houston Schools. He was faculty advisor for the Student Council. He was a fan of John F. Kennedy and Camelot, the St. Louis Cardinals, and his alma maters. He was an avid bowler and had won several state tournaments. He loved movies, music, television, books and comic book heroes. He was a trivia whiz. After his busy days, Gale was glad to come home to his faithful companion, Jack, an old English bulldog.

Visitation for Gale will be held at the Evans Funeral Home in Houston Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. The funeral will be held at the Houston High School Gymnasium Friday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. The Reverends Danny Delcour and Ed Edington will officiate. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to a scholarship fund established in Mr. Wright’s honor. Please contact Evans Funeral Home or Progressive Ozark Bank for information.

One of Gale’s many friends shared this with us: “A boyhood friend of mine took pride in being named “A Great Gust of Wind” because when he said “wind” he always made sure to say it like his voice had a whoosh to it and had the arms flailing all around to go with it. He was fabulous and everywhere Gale’s wind blew him, everyone found him fabulous. His capacity for knowledge was matched only by his quick wit and gift of knowing how to make people laugh until they cried, and then keep them laughing. His passion ran deep for his students, his schools, his hometown, his friends and his family. Gale Melvin Wright will always remain that great gust of wind, that force of nature that touched innumerable lives.”

Funeral services for Eula Berniece Von Allmen, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012, at Trinity Worship Center, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Von Allmen died at 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born June 24, 1928, at Rover, Missouri, to Reverend Albin Harold and Laura May Baty Dunkin. She received her education in the Oregon County rural schools, near Rover and graduated from Thomasville High School with Class of 1946. Mrs. Von Allmen was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren affectionately referred to her as “Gammy”. She owned and managed commercial rental property in West Plains, owned and operated Eula’s Dress Shop for a number of years and worked for fifteen years in the jewelry department at Wal-Mart. Mrs. Von Allmen faithfully attended Trinity Worship Center, as long as her health permitted.

She is survived by three children, Lee Von Allmen, West Plains, Missouri, Carolyn Meadow, husband, Darrell, Claremore, Oklahoma and Dennis Von Allmen, wife, Judy, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Carma Wheeler, husband, James, Mike Von Allmen, wife, Dalia, Sherri Roy, husband, Mark, all of West Plains, Missouri, Shauna Millikin, husband, Jimmy, Claremore, Oklahoma, Douglas Meadow, wife, Cecily, Bristow, Oklahoma, Christa Garner, husband, Terry, Claremore, Oklahoma, Katie Von Allmen, Springfield, Missouri and Bryant Von Allmen, West Plains, Missouri; nineteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren on the way; two sisters, Murielene Von Allmen, and Alice Lea Dills, both of West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one infant sister, Ruby, two brothers-in-law, Raymon Von Allmen and Ellis “Buster” Dills, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jolliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Jolliff Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Willard Clifton Hardcastle, 92, Caulfield, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hardcastle died 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the Hospice House of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was born July 13, 1920 at Caulfield, Missouri to Everett and Nell Long Hardcastle. On October 3, 1944, he was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas to Ivene Lawing. Mr. Hardcastle was a veteran having served with the United States Navy during World War II and was a well known dairy farmer in the Caulfield area. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Ivene Hardcastle, of the family home; three children, Diana Ellis, husband, James Terry, Bakersfield, Missouri, Gary Hardcastle, West Plains, Missouri and Kenny Hardcastle, Moody, Missouri; two grandchildren, Holly Adams, Mountain Home, Arkansas and Christopher Ellis, wife, Jessica, Gamaliel, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Kendra Adams, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Chrissa Ellis and Keybinn Ellis, both of Gamaliel, Arkansas; and two sisters, Wilda Newberry, Peoria, Illinois and Marcella Thornton, Kansas City, Missouri.

His parents and one infant sister, Wilma, precede him in death.

Mr. Hardcastle will lie in state from 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fowler Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of the Ozarks and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Wanda Lee Chronister, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverends Glenn Murray and Dennis McGinley officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Luther Sutton and Olive Barton Sutton, on November 18, 1931 in Alton, Missouri and died August 22, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage November 11, 1955 in Alton, Missouri to Eugene Chronister.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Chronister, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; nine nieces, Peggy Beery, Lebanon, Missouri, Donna Moore, Lebanon, Missouri, Janet Tatmen, state of Tennessee, Sammy Kay Cogdill, Lebanon, Missouri, Carol Pitts, Thayer, Missouri, Linda Pierce, West Plains, Missouri, Mary Jo Cook, Malden, Missouri, Becky Henry, West Plains, Missouri, and Jennifer Rebardi, West Plains, Missouri; three nephews, Jim Sutton, Lebanon, Missouri, Keith Johnson, West Plains, Missouri, and Gary Chronister, Mountain Home, Arkansas, and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Elva Johnson, Minnie Glidewell, Ruth Barker, Betty Sutton, Wallace Sutton, Ralph Sutton, and two infants, Clayton and Bernice.

She loved her family. She took great pride in her job of forty years as vice-president of Mercantile Bank in St. Louis, Missouri and later First Bank. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed her retirement years, enjoying wildlife and nature with her husband. She was a loving wife and aunt and will be sadly missed. She was a Christian of the Baptist faith.

Burial will be in Cave Springs Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

John Clinton “JC” Glasscock, 23, of Birch Tree, Missouri died on August 21, 2012 in Texas County, Missouri in a tragic logging accident. He was born September 30, 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Dwayne and Pam (Clinton) Glasscock.

JC graduated from Liberty High School with the class of 2007.

He was united in marriage to Kayla Jene Felts on May 20, 2007 at Alley Spring, Missouri. To this union, two beautiful children were born, Tyler Dwayne and Payton Marie.

Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Donald Glasscock, Glen Nocks, and Robert McCormick.

He is survived by his wife, Kayla; parents, Dwayne and Pam Glasscock of Mountain View, MO; son, Tyler Dwayne; daughter, Payton Marie; grandmothers, Tressie McCormick of Mountain View and Connie Foster of Willow Springs, MO; and three sisters, Tonya Hite, Cecilia Sykes, and Holly Glasscock, all of Mountain View.

JC was a volunteer member of the Birch Tree Fire Department.

He greatly enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time on the river. JC was a talented mechanic and could fix anything—well almost. He enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends.

JC loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Visitation will be Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary

Funeral Services will be Aug. 24 at 1 PM at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery.