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Archive for September, 2012

Elizabeth Ann Jones, 65, of Birch Tree, Missouri died September 14, 2012 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born January 21, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Joe Bill and Dorothy E. (Rainey) McDowell.

Arrangements are being handled by Yarber Mortuary.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include four sons, William Doughty of Florida, Clinton Doughty, Jr. of Hurst, TX, Matthew Doughty of Richland Hill, TX, and Jason Doughty of Winona, MO; twelve grandchildren, Tanner, Raelee, Anita, Ginger, Jerrett, Stuart, Kinney, Kutter, Rukh, Dawn, Susan, and April; three great grandchildren, Olivia, Avery and Aidan; two brothers, Timothy McDowell of Grand Prairie, TX and John Paul McDowell of Keller, TX; and two sisters; Rebecca LaPointe and Nathana McDowell, both of Birch Tree, MO.

Elizabeth worked as a chauffeur for the railroad for several years. She also worked in nursing homes.

Elizabeth was a woman of the world, always ready to jump in her truck and go. She was always straight forward and candid.

She will be missed by family and friends.

Janet Arlene Buck, 76 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. Born Thursday, August 20, 1936 in Moline, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Carl Johnson and Mildred “Cameron” Johnson.

She was a member of First Baptist Church Cherokee Village, AR..

She was survived by her Husband Robert “Bob” Buck of the home, Mother Mildred Johnson of Aledo, IL. sons, Kenneth Buck, Donald Buck, Rodney Buck all of Aledo, IL and Bradley Buck, of Moline, IL., daughter, Karen Schisler of Mountain Home, AR.; 9 grand children; 2 great grand children.

She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Roger Johnson.

A visitation will be from 6:00pm till 8:00pm Monday at Heath Funeral Home in Highland. A memorial service will be held at 10:00am Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village. With Bro. Larry White officiating.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Mrs. Gerlene “Gerri” Trentham, age 79, passed away September 15, 2012 in Licking, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Hobart Trentham, and children, Daniel Trentham, Thomas Trentham, Robert Trentham, and Cheryl Floyd.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 17, 2012 at 6-8 P.M. at the Fox Chapel, with a wake at 5:45 p.m.

Service for Mrs. Gerlene Trentham will be held Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Interment will be in Licking Cemetery.

Funeral services for Bobby Jake Todd, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Earl Henry and Sadie Todd, on March 29, 1934 in Howes Mill, Missouri and died September 13, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage November 22, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri to Nancy Deckard.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Deckard Todd, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; one son, David Todd, St. Louis, Missouri, and one grandson, Robert Todd, wife Nichole, St. Peters, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lester Todd; four siblings, Lloyd Todd, Marie Sams, Wilbur Todd, Otis Todd, and five infant siblings.

He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He loved to sit in his chair and watch the birds and wildlife out his window.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel,West Plains.

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

Funeral services for Ruby Mabel Braddock, 94, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bryan died at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born July 16, 1918, in Mercer County, Missouri, to Fay Thomas Carter and Maud Hulda Rust Carter. On March 8, 1941, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Walter Elmer Braddock, who preceded her in death April 20, 2002. She received her education at the Big Springs School, and along with her husband was a farmer and owner and operator of Braddock Lake Resort. Mrs. Braddock was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one sister, Hazel Smallwood, Wilder, Idaho and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sisters, Bessie Johnson and Edna Smallwood, two brothers, Eldon Carter and Ray Carter, precede her in death.

Mrs. Braddock will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Friday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornton Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Steven Charles Heflin, 61, died Monday, September 10, 2012 at his home in West Plains.

Funeral services for Steven Charles Heflin will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains. Following services, he will be interred at Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Donna Sue Jackson, 46, the daughter of Donald Ervin Jackson and Cora Berniece (Ramsey) Jackson was born July 18, 1966 at Houston, MO. She died September 11, 2012 at Bucyrus, MO.

Sue graduated from Houston High School in 1986. She worked at the Sheltered Workshop for several years. She married Paul Hicks May 16, 1988. They divorced April 19, 1999. Sue attended church at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church in Upton, MO.

Preceding Sue in death were her parents, one half-brother, Steve Ramsey and Steve’s daughter, Michelle Ramsey.

Survivors include, one brother, Donald Keith Jackson of Bucyrus, MO, one half-brother, Shawn Johnson of Bucyrus, MO, two half-sisters, Debra Lankford and Eva Mullins of Eldridge, MO, many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, also lots of friends and neighbors.

Services are Thursday Sept. 13th, at 3 PM in the Evans Funeral Home.

Pastor Dewayne Weber officiated with burial in the Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnnie Paul Cummins, Chris Ramsey, Cody Ramsey, Bob Ramsey, Jason Ramsey, and Chuck Boone. Memorials may be made to Oakland Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Phyllis E. (Riley) Montgomery, 58, West Columbia, South Carolina, will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Union Grove Church near West Plains under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Montgomery died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, South Carolina. She was born January 10, 1954 at West Plains, Missouri to Cecil Riley and Virginia Riley. She graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1972 and married William (Steve) Montgomery. Mrs. Montgomery was a resident of Springfield, Missouri from 1972 until 1981, moving to Columbia, South Carolina in 1982. In 1973. she attended the Mid-America Draughon’s College and was employed at the Plaza Shoe Store and Komark Automotive while living in Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Montgomery also managed the Ace Glass Company and Porter Pantry while in South Carolina. She was of the Baptist faith and accepted Christ at an early age.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Montgomery, of the family home; daughters, Stephanie Mellott and special friend, Brad, and Jessica Goss; two grandchildren, Stone and Anna; her mother, Virginia Riley Guilliams and husband, Bill; brother, Mark Riley, wife, Yvonne and daughter, Caitlin; sister, Jean Ann Prevett and husband, Tom; sisters-in-law, Pat Wake and Barbara Eakin; and a host of other relatives.

Her father, nephew, Greg Prevett, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerald and Flora Montgomery, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Donna (Christeson) Busse, age 61, daughter of Clyde and Doris (Coatney) Christeson was born August 2, 1951 in Tyrone, MO. She passed away September 10, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO after battling a long illness.

She is preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, George of the home in Houston, MO, two daughters; Angela Grogan of Ozark, MO and Jennifer Stark of Atlantic, IA, six grandchildren; Dennis Grose, Jr., Landon Stark, Kaitlyn Grose, Emily Stark, Jenna Stark and Zoie Stark, her mother, Doris Lankford of Elk Creek, MO, four brothers; Norman Christeson of Thornfield, MO, Donnie Christeson and wife Collene of Solo, MO, Dennis Christeson of Elk Creek, MO and Cloyd Kelly of Abbeville, AL, three sisters; Loretta Brown and husband Roy of Cabool, MO, Judy Jackson and husband Mike of West Plains, MO and Janice Morton of Houston, MO, several nieces, nephews and two grand dogs.

Donna grew up in the Elk Creek and Tyrone community and graduated from Cabool High School.

She married George Busse on June 18, 1976, in Tyrone, MO, and to this union two daughters were born.

Donna was saved at a young age.

She loved going to garage sales, auctions and flea markets. Donna loved her family. She adored her six grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them.

Donna was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was always looking for ways to help her family. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Services will be held Thursday September 13, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor David Jett officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Cecil Denton was born on December 1, 1940, on the family farm near the Shannon-Oregon County line, the son of John and Dora (Reese) Denton. He died September 4, 2012 at his home near Mountain View, Missouri.

Services will be September 14 at 10:00 AM at Yarber Mortuary.

He is survived by three sisters, Thelma Williams of West Plains, Missouri and her son Raymond; Bettie Baser (husband Donald) of Mabton, Washington and their children Larry, Paula and John Donald (J.D.) and their families; and Pauline Koszycki of Roselle, Illinois, and her children Margaret, Carl, Cynthia, Patricia, Teresa and Paul and their families.

His brother Elmer Denton of Monett, Missouri preceded him in death, while Elmer’s children John and Donna, and their families, survive. His brother Max preceded him in death, while Max’s wife Elsie and his children, Deborah, Gordan, Desiree, and Teresa and their families survive. His brother John also preceded him in death, while John’s children Lynetta, Tom, Bill, Gary, Melinda, and Mike and their families survive. Cecil’s parents, brothers Leahman and James Leroy, and sister Genevieve also preceded him in death.

Cecil worked for many years for Conway Winters Shoe Company, and later for Coinco (Mountain View Fabricating).

Cecil was an avid photographer, and his pictures hang in many local homes and businesses in the area. He loved outdoor photography, and photographed many of our region’s streams, mills, and scenic sites. He also enjoyed capturing weddings, graduates, family gatherings, pets, wildlife, and whatever caught his special photographer’s eye.

He loved to travel, and developed a fondness for Europe and their game of “football” (soccer) when stationed there during his military service. He enjoyed long trips, like his travels to Washington State or the Black Hills of South Dakota, but also enjoyed excursions to Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Springfield, or Columbia, whether to visit family and friends, sightsee, shop, or catch a Mizzou game (always with his trusty camera in-hand).

Cecil enjoyed farming, and after his retirement, he spent time with his animals, raising chickens for eggs, walking the fields with his dogs while they ran a rabbit, or training his horse and her colt.

He also gardened. His green thumb yielded amazing vegetables and flowers, and he loved spending a morning at a local farmers’ market visiting with other gardeners or locating a new variety of plant to try in his garden.

Cecil loved books and had a thirst for knowledge and staying current with the world around him. He especially loved genealogy and spent many hours researching family histories. In recent years, he volunteered at the Birch Tree Library and worked to assist in acquiring books and technology for the Library. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Birch Tree Library, in honor of Cecil’s memory, and may be left at the funeral home.