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Archive for October, 2012

Graveside services for Jack D. Emerick, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2012, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Emerick died at 10:10 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born July 15, 1927, at Fort Collins, Colorado, to Howard and Mildred Dorr Emerick. He graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1945 and on June 26, 1949, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Emma Lou Conrad. Mr. Emerick was a veteran having served with the United Air Force, United States Navy and United States Army Reserves. Mr. Emerick had worked at Foremost, was a bookkeeper at Pease -Moore Mill and before his retirement, was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He enjoyed golf, sports and loved his family, especially his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Emerick was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Plains.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Lou Emerick, of the family home; one daughter, Christy Ingalsbe, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Khara Moss, husband, Nathan and Shaun Ingalsbe, wife, Jackie, all of West Plains; three great-grandchildren, Ethan Moss, Haylee Ingalsbe and Brody Jack Moss and expecting a great-granddaughter in January; one sister, Bernadean Fuller, husband, Glen, Scottsdale, Arizona, one nephew, John Myers, Switzerland; several cousins and many friends.

His grandparents that raised him, Will and Leota Emerick, his parents, one son-in-law, Carl Ingalsbe and one nephew, Gary Myers, precede him in death.

Mr. Emerick will lie in state from 11:00 a.m., Thursday until Noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to A.L.S. Research (Lou Gehrig ’s disease), and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Sharon Lee Robinson, 59, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson died at 2:50 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at her home.

She was born July 24, 1953, at LaRachelle, France, to Norman and Patsy Pittman King. On March 21, 1975, she was married at Avant, Oklahoma, to Denzil (Denny) Robinson, Jr. She was a waitress at Jimmy’s Walleye & Catfish and enjoyed bingo and scratch off tickets. Mrs. Robinson was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Denny Robinson, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; two children, Summer Watkins, husband, Terry and Tyree Robinson, wife, Angela, all of West Plains, Missouri; five grandchildren, Shayla, Brayden, Elizabeth, Abby and Madison; one step-grandson, Hayden; her father, Norman King, Caulfield, Missouri; and two sisters, Sandra Brummette, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sheila Powell, West Plains, Missouri.

Her mother preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pleasant Home Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Mary Elizabeth Hard, 82, of Mountain View, MO, passed away October 15 in West Plains.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Friday, October 19 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 AM to 8 PM Thursday, Oct. 18 at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mtn. View.

Memorial services for Sidney Funk Jr., 86, Mammoth Spring, will be held Tuesday, October 23 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. in Thayer.

Ernestine J. Fox, 94, a resident of Gassville, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee passed away Monday, October 15, 2012, at her residence.

She was born November 13, 1917, to the late Galen Johnson and Myrtle Hedden Johnson Witherspoon. Ernestine was raised in Hunter, Arkansas. After graduating high school from Hunter High School she relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where she completed the business program at Droughn’s Business School. She worked at E.H. Crump Insurance Company and then at the American Finishing Company in Memphis where she met her late husband, John Stanley Fox. They married in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Ernestine and John relocated to the Twin Lakes area in 1992 to be closer to their son. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home. Ernestine is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John Stanley Fox; her parents; two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include a son, John B. Fox of Gassville; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dora Buzzard of McCordsville, Indiana and Joyce and Kenneth Files of Hunter, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Gadbaw officiating. Burial will be in Baxter Memorial Gardens under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, PO Box 5007, Minot, ND 58702-5007 or Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Kenneth Gerald Stephens, 86, Mountain View, Missouri passed away October 14, 2012, at Mountain View Healthcare.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, with Pastor Brian Ingalls officiating. Interment will be in Oak Forest Cemetery, Birch Tree, MO.

Visitation will be Wednesday October 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary.

Kenneth was a veteran having served with the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was born in Farmington, Missouri on March 12, 1926, to Lowell “Steve” and Irene Stephens and was a graduate of Birch Tree High School and attended MSU-West Plains.

Kenneth retired from the National Park Service in 1986. He then wintered in Texas enjoying the warm weather and fishing with Dorothy, his wife of 65 years.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; six children, Kenneth Stephens, Jr. and wife, Mitzi, of Beckley, WV, Sandra Chaney and her husband, Bob, of Overland Park, KS, Tamra Larimore and her husband, Larry, of Republic, Mark Stephens and his wife, Lisa, of Mountain View, Rebecca Conway and her husband, Mark, of Mountain View, and Robert Stephens and his wife, Amy, of Sarcoxie; thirteen grandchildren, Heather, Eric, Tara, Aubrey, Collin, Logan, Hailey, Seth, Dalton, Brett, Brook, Cameron, and Makayla; and three great grandchildren, Stephen, Alicia, and Cale. Kenneth is also survived by siblings, Bill Stephen and wife, Pam, of Alabama and Betty Lynn and husband, Bill, of Oregon.

Ruth F. (Story) Warner Brockman, age 91 passed away Friday October 12, at Willow Care Nursing, Willow Springs, MO. Ruth, the daughter of Jess and Nora (Gordon) Story was born January 25, 1921 in Burnham, MO.

She was married to Raymond L. Warner and to this union 3 daughters were born, Shirley, Ann and Deborah.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond and two grandsons.

She is survived by her three daughters; Shirley Burnett of Pomona, MO, Ann Warner of Willow Springs, MO and Deborah Murphy of Belton, MO; 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; one brother John Story and three sisters: Irma and husband Gaylen Jones, Melba and husband Tom Rothermich and Jessie Hitzfield, many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was a Christian and attended church in Willow Springs.

Her life was an eventful journey because no matter what needed to be done, she was ready for the challenge. She was known and loved by many in the community. She was generous to a fault, giving of her time and talents to the job at hand. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, but especially loved time spent with her family

She was a loving soul with a heart of gold and a warrior spirit. She will be missed by many.

David Taylor, 60, a resident of Norfork passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Mountain Home.

He was born May 10, 1952, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Evelyn Earnasty Taylor. David worked as a registered nurse and then as a police officer for the New York City Police Department. He relocated to Norfork from Brooklyn, New York in 1990. David was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Emily Taylor.

Survivors include his former wife, Anne Taylor of Mountain Home; three brothers; a sister and special friends, Chet and Brenda Kowalski of Norfork.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Lloyd Painter, 84 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Monday, in Ash Flat

He was a retired tool Dye Maker and a Navy veteran of WWII.

He is servived by his wife Phyllis Painter of the home, Step Daughters Lynn Miller of Cherokee Village and Kathy Michaels of West Bend, WI. A step son David Brunhart of Newburg, WI. 6 grand children; 15 great grand children.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday at St Andrews Episcopal.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral Services for Mr., Danny Shockley, age 60, a resident of Cabool and former resident of Summersville will be held Monday, October 15, at 10 :00 AM at First Christian Church in Summersville .

Visitation for Danny Shockley will be held at First Christian Church, Sunday evening October 14th from 5:00 to 8PM.

Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.