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Archive for November, 2012

Funeral services for Robert Hayden (Bob) Yancey, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2012 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Yancey died 5:45 a.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 in West Vue Nursing Center. He was born August 28, 1926 near Oxford, Arkansas to Maxey Worthel Yancey and Mahaley Ethel Ann McVey Yancey. On October 1, 1947, he was married at Melbourne, Arkansas to Vernice Harris. Mr. Yancey was a well known carpenter having built many homes in the West Plains area. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Vernice Yancey, of the family home; three children, Donald L. Yancey, wife, Diane, Hendersonville, North Carolina, Donna J. Bridges, husband, Philip, West Plains, Missouri, and Jo Verhelle, husband, Tim, Redlands, California; four grandchildren, Holly Ford, Memphis, Tennessee, Hillary Hunt, Bryant, Arkansas, Bryan Verhelle, Detroit, Michigan and Jennifer Glaze, Redlands, California; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Hobert Yancey, Brewster, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

His father, mother, who died when he was sixteen, step-mother, Verna E. (Dillard) Yancey, who was an important part of the family until her death, seven brothers and four sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Yancey will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2nd until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at

Mildred Pauline (Burris) Mitchell, age 90, was born December 4, 1921 to Frank and Esther (Wills) Burris at Theron, MO. She had three younger siblings: Melvin (Shorty), Marvin and Marlene. She passed away November 28, 2012 at Houston House, Houston, MO.

She attended Ellis Prairie School as a young girl.

She married Herbert Lewis Mitchell on September 1939 and to this union three children were born: Norman, Shirley and Carol.

Preceding her in death are her parents and husband, one brother, Marvin; a granddaughter, Dana Gaston and a great-great granddaughter, Stella Marie Phillips.

Surviving are her children Norman (Judy) Mitchell of Ava, MO, Shirley Crouch and Carol Barton of Houston; a special family friend, Imogene Sutton; her brother, Melvin and her sister, Marlene (Don) Hubbs; numerous nieces and nephews, six grandchildren: Cindy, Rocky, Kim, Travis, Ricky, and Marlyn; step-grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

She made her home in Houston for 64 years. She worked 37 of those years in the same building that housed International Shoe and the H.D. Lee Company. She retired from Lee’s shortly before the factory closed its doors. She lived with her daughter Shirley for several years before spending the last three years of her life at Houston House after her health failed.

She was an active member of the Houston Assembly of God Church for many years. She attended other churches in neighboring communities in later years and was attending Northside Baptist Church with her family as often as her health permitted.

She was a lovely praying woman who enjoyed reading her Bible, musical gatherings with family and friends, gardening, quilting and making homemade banana ice cream.

She will be missed by her family and friends, all those who knew her best. She’ll especially be missed by her great-great granddaughter, Korye Linn Groff, who was able to spend almost every day of her first five years with Grandma. They were best buds. She could always bring a smile to her face.

Graveside services for Connie Jean Clarke Henry, 61, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Henry died at 2:40 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born December 17, 1950, at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Nona Ellen Stanley Clarke Strong and the late William Edmund “Bill” Clarke. On September 15, 1969, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Richard Lee Henry, who preceded her in death on January 31, 1973. She had been a Beauty Operator and the owner of Marilyn’s Lingerie & Boutique Shop. Mrs. Henry attended Open Door Worship Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Henry; two grandchildren, Kenya Johnson, husband, Ricardo and Jubee Berry; two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Nehemiah; her mother, Nona Strong, husband, Harvey; and one brother, Allen Wayne Clarke and wife, Jeannie, all of West Plains, Missouri.

Her father and husband precede her in death.

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

Lula Vaughn (Lou) Taylor, 81 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Tuesday, at her home. Born Thursday, June 18, 1931 in Monette, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Joe Slayton and the late Barbara Stevens Slayton.

Survived by her sons, Jerry Taylor and Mike Taylor, daughters, Carol Barton, Kathy Gore and Rhonda Taylor, brothers, Bill Slayton, Richard Slayton, David Slayton and Danny Slayton, sisters, Elizabeth Bradford and Sally Powers; 8 grand children; 10 great grand children.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Joe Ed Slayton and Robert Lee Slayton, sisters, Barbara Jo King and Mary Edith Minor.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday at Ward Street Church of Christ. Interment will be in Baker Cemetery, Ozark Acres, AR.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, at Heath Funeral Home, Highland, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Ann Woods Garrett, 70, West Plains, Missouri died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at her home in West Plains.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in West Plains, with Reverend Mark Mildren officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Online condolences may be at

Glenda Ruth Britt, 61, a resident of Gassville passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 19, 1951, in El Dorado, Arkansas to Charles Bryan and Frances Parker Britt. Glenda worked as a daycare teacher for over 30 years. She was a member of the Gassville Baptist Church where she taught a toddler’s class for numerous years. Glenda was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Bryan Britt.

Survivors include her parents, Charles and Frances Britt of Gassville; an aunt, Ruth Britt of El Dorado; an uncle, Glyn Dean Parker of Denton, Texas and a niece, Blair Elizabeth Britt of Colorado.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Gassville Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Gassville Baptist Church with the Reverend Gary Wise officiating. Interment will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The Deacons of the Gassville Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the family of Glenda Ruth Britt.

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Funeral services for Dorothy Jewell Foster, 82, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Gamaliel Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Foster died at 3:00 a.m., Monday, November 26, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born May 23, 1930, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Henry and Mable Davidson Roberts. On March 28, 1950, she was married at Viola, Arkansas, to Travis Ewing Foster, who preceded her in death on November 6, 1992, and to this union, three children were born, Bob Foster, Kathy Cotter and Billy Foster. She spent the majority of her life living in the Bakersfield, Missouri area as a homemaker and mother. Mrs. Foster was a devout believer in the Church of Christ faith and attended the Gamaliel Church throughout her life. She will be remembered as a very kind lady, who was always considerate of the feelings of others.

She is survived by two children, Bob Foster, wife, Martha, Salem, Arkansas and Kathy Cotter, husband, Garold, Bakersfield, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Cathy Foster, Bakersfield, Missouri; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband and one son, Billy Foster, precede her in death.

Mrs. Foster will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Tuesday until 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bean Cemetery, Gamaliel, Arkansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Gamaliel Church of Christ, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Ron Wilson, age 72, son of Maebelle (McDaniels) Schutz and Albert Wilson was born October 20, 1940 in Kirksville, MO. He passed away on November 14, 2012 at home in Houston, MO.

Ron is preceded in death by his mother, father and son, Timothy Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Doris Wilson of the home in Houston, MO, five sons; Ronald Wilson, Jr. of Pekin, IL, Greg Wilson and Ronald Eric Wilson of VA, Michael Ingalls of CA, Brian Wilson of Mtn., View, MO, two daughters; Angela Slater of VA and Shannon Fugate of CA, 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ron married Doris Walker on March 2, 1985.

He was a member of Souls Harbor Family Church in Houston, MO. He received Christ as his Savior in 2006 and remained faithful for the rest of his years.

Ron was enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War from 1957 – 1961. He later went on to become a firefighter, law enforcement, EMT, PEMT instructor, home builder, Rodeo (bull riding) and a gardener. Out of all of these, his favorite title was Husband, Dad and Grandpa.

His grandchildren and great alike held a very special place in his heart and in his life; they meant the world to him. Ron would sit for hours telling stories of his favorite memories of them. A favorite family joke with him was that when God said “Go forth and populate the earth”, that Ron thought he was literally speaking to him. Ron would laugh and flash his big beautiful smile with a glimmer in his eye and say, “someone had to do it!”

Ron was a proud man, and proud of his family, he didn’t ask much in this life, other than his loved one’s to be happy. He was quiet until he got to know you, then he would open up with such a warmth. He would give big ole bear hugs that would melt even the coldest hearts.

A man’s word meant a lot to Ron, if he gave you his word you knew you could count on him to keep it. During his life, Ron touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed.

Live on Ron, you have earned your reward.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

The family will be hosting a Memorial Service at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday November 27, 2012 at Souls Harbor Family Church with Pastor Cordie Wimberley officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Helen Virgina Petefish, 68 of Wynne, Arkansas formerly of Hardy, died on Friday, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Survived by her husband Donald Petefish of the home, sons, Donald Ray Frazier, Jerry Lee Petefish and Bobby Dean Petefish, brother, Franklin Fraizer, sister, Louada Simms; 4 grand children; 4 great grand children.

Visitation will be Wednesday 10:00am till 11:30 am at Heath Oak Hill Chapel in Highland with a graveside service at 3:00pm in Crittenden Memorial Cemetery in Marion, AR.

Ronald Cecil Carter, 75, of Bull Shoals, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Twin Lakes Therapy and Living Center in Flippin.

Ronald was born July 22, 1937, to Cecil and Alleen (Rodman) Carter and lived in Tulsa his entire life except for the time he was in the United States Army.  He moved to Bull Shoals in July 2011.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his sister, Naoma Carter of Bull Shoals; his cousin and her spouse, Beverly and George Lewis of Bull Shoals, as well as other cousins in Oklahoma.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at the Twin Lakes Therapy and Living Center for their care and support during the last fourteen months.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

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