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Archive for August, 2012

Thomas Alan Dute, 76, a resident of Mountain Home passed Monday, August 20, 2012, at his residence.

He was born October 26, 1935, in Amherst, Ohio to the late Reuben Anton and Alice Louise Fitts Dute. Mr. Dute married Carole Frances Heintz on December 28, 1957, in Elyria, Ohio. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Dute graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Horticulture. He was a member of the Independent Church of God 7th Day in Yellville.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Carole Dute of Mountain Home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Erik Dute of Brunswick, Ohio, Ryan and Lisa Dute of The Colony, Texas and Ross and Angela Dute of Belleview, Florida; a daughter and son-in-law, Ronda and James Stewart of Kingston, Tennessee; five grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Burial was private in the Mountain Home Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Levita Alean Lesley Neugebauer was born on March 22, 1926 in Wapanucka, Oklahoma, to Allen Earl and Flossie Cordilla Rittlesberger Lesley. The Lesley’s moved the family to Texas, where Levita grew up with three bothers and five sisters.

Levita was united in marriage to Daniel Alfred Neugebauer on October 21, 1942 and to the union was born two sons and four daughters. Dan and Levita spent fifty-four years together loving and spoiling their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Together they would enjoy each other, whether it was family fun activities or working together in the hay fields. Their home was a gathering place for family and friends to enjoy time together and great meals.

Levita loved her family. She raised her children to be loving and forgiving of others. She always said if you cannot do something or say something good, then don’t do or say anything. She enjoyed time with loved ones riding around on country roads and looking at the scenery. She enjoyed riding through fields and woods on the back of a four wheeler. She loved fishing and riding in a boat. She always said she did not like to cook, but she was well known for being a great cook, especially for her peach cobbler and cinnamon rolls.

Levita was a member of Souls Harbor Church.

Preceding Levita in death were her parents, three brothers, three sisters, her husband Dan, a daughter, Hazel Marie Wilson and two granddaughters; Coni Rae Neugebauer and Gracie Michelle Wilson. Surviving Levita are two sons; Alfred Neugebauer of Oklahoma City, OK and Lonnie Neugebauer of Cabool, MO, three daughters; Kaye Cockrum of Houston, MO, Sandra Allison of Nixa, MO and Jane Turner of Houston, MO, fifteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren, four step grandchildren, thirteen step great-grandchildren and two sisters; Cleo Kluna of Ardmore, OK and Tommie Crowder of Petrolia, TX. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral Services for Steve Coates, a resident of Eminence, will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 11 Am at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville.

Visitation for Steve Coates will be held at Bradford Funeral Home, Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 8 PM

Burial will be in Summer Cemetery near Eminence under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Funeral services for Blanche L. Cox, 99, of Willow Springs will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 PM at the Willow Funeral Home, located at 106 E. Third Street in Willow Springs.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 21st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Willow Funeral Home. Burial will follow Wednesday’s service at the Willow Springs City Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

Graveside services for J. L. Hutchison, 91, Searcy, Arkansas, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Hutchison died Monday afternoon, August 13, 2012, at White County Medical Center, Searcy, Arkansas.

He was born August 3, 1921, at Poughkeepsie, Arkansas to Jasper Lee Hutchison Sr. and Junie Hulett Hutchison. On December 12, 1947, he was married at Bono, Arkansas, to Dorothy Lou Griffin, who preceded him in death on October 12, 2009. Mr. Hutchison was a veteran of WWII having served in the United States Marines. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the Arkansas State University and a Master’s degree from University of Missouri. Before his retirement, Mr. Hutchison had been a teacher for thirty years, having been the business and C.O.E. teacher at West Plains School District for twenty-four years. Mr. Hutchison was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by one son, Ron Hutchison, wife, Donna, Searcy, Arkansas; one daughter, Frances Danenhauer, Denver, Colorado; three grandchildren, Kristen Hutchison Prince, husband, Travis, Jessica Hutchison and Joshua Hutchison, all of Searcy, Arkansas; and one great-grandchild, Landon Prince.

His parents, two brothers, Hale and Harold Hutchison and two sisters, Mable Hutchison and Peggy Goodman, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Harrold G. Braynard, 90, West Plains, will be held on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Mr. Braynard died August 13, 2012 at National Health Care in West Plains.

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, Carter Funeral Home Chapel will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for everyone to sign the register book if they would like to. Also memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s and can be left at the funeral home.

Graveside services for Betty Louise Sullivan, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sullivan died 6:08 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at West Vue Nursing Center. She was born December 8, 1927 at El Dorado, Arkansas to Oval Raleigh and Bessie Mae Ledbetter McFarland. In 1946, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Doyle Bell; on March 31,1976, she was married in Sharp County, Arkansas to Noel Lester Sullivan who preceded her in death on June 5, 2001. Before her retirement, Mrs. Sullivan had been employed at the International Shoe Company and Schroeder’s Greenhouse. She was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains.

She is survived by four children, Pat Patillo, husband, Bill, Terry Bell, wife, Diana, Mike Bell and Mark Bell, wife, Marilyn, all of West Plains; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, and daughter, Mary Bell, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for James “Don” Watkins, 74, Rover, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Huddleston Cemetery, with Minister Greg McLaughlin officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Alfred Watkins and Gertrude Schell Watkins, on October 16, 1937 in Walden, Colorado and died August 12, 2012 at his home in Rover, Missouri.

He was united in marriage January 5, 1957 in Miami, Oklahoma to Gertrude “Billie Wilson, who preceded him in death on July 23, 2006.

He is survived by three children, Brenda Austin, Centerton, Arkansas, Tammy McLaughlin, husband, Greg, West Plains, Missouri, and James Watkins, Jr., wife, Shannon, Rover, Missouri; one special sister-in-law, Elaine Colvin and husband, Charles, Lamar, Arkansas; two brothers, Ted Watkins, wife, Elizabeth, Rover, Missouri, Harley Watkins, wife, Bernadette, Rover, Missouri; three sisters, Betty Pitcock, husband, Frank, West Plains, Missouri, Bonnie Myers, husband, Leand, Braidwood, Illinois, and Beulah Stavros, state of Illinois; twelve grandchildren;, and eleven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie; his parents; one son-in-law, Keith Austin; five brothers, Robert, Chester “Chet”, Duane, Shelby Watkins, and an infant brother, Elwin Watkins.

He loved spending time with his family; loved horses, and enjoyed going to truck pulls.

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

A memorial service for Winifred Harris of West Plains will be held Saturday August 18 at 10 AM at the  Spring Creek Church in West Plains.  Mr. Harris passed away on July 23 and was buried in Oklahoma.

Graveside services for Rex Kevin “Poppa Moses“ Jarvis, 52, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Baptist Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Jarvis died at 9:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 24, 1960, at West Plains, Missouri, to Jerry Lee Jarvis and Peggy Williams Jarvis-Deshazo. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and loved to work on muscle cars. He was also an avid racecar fan. His hobbies included watching movies with family and friends and scrapping out old cars. He loved his family and spent as much time as he could with his grandchildren. He is loved by his family and will be missed by many. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his special friend, Lorna Stuart; two children, Sean Jarvis, wife, Jennifer, and Jeremy Jarvis, wife, Kirsten, both of Caulfield, Missouri; his mother, Peggy Deshazo, Moody, Missouri; one brother, Rod Jarvis, Moody, Missouri; one sister, Sonya Hubbard, husband, Doug, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Ladden, Tanner, Bryton, and one on the way; the mother of his children, Laketa Eagleman, several nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

His grandparents, Berl and Faye Jarvis, and Fred and Minnie Williams, his father, Jerry Jarvis, and one brother, Rick Jarvis precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at