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Archive for January, 2013

Funeral services for Winfred “John” Callahan, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Callahan died at 8:20 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born July 3, 1937, at South Fork, Missouri, to John Edmon “Edd” and Alpha Easley Callahan. Mr. Callahan was a veteran having served in the United States Army; he served in France as a military policeman. On June 9, 1967, he was married at South Fork, Missouri, to LaVonna Cobb. Before his retirement, he worked for many years at Amyx Manufacturing and at Southwest Truck Body. Mr. Callahan was a devoted Christian with his membership in the West 160 Church of Christ. He loved the Lord and all of his family.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonna Callahan, of the family home; two sons, Brian Callahan, wife, Dina, Gassville, Arkansas and Scott Callahan, wife, Heather, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Stacie , Hayden Callahan, Tamera, Luke, Briar and Kadence Callahan; one brother, Earl Callahan, West Plains, Missouri; four sisters, Ella Drumright, husband, Jesse, Genevieve Gentry, Dona Hall, husband, Gerald, all of West Plains, Missouri and Lea Langston, husband, Jim, Gassville, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, four brothers, Omer, Jack, Hayden and Donnie Callahan and one sister, Agnes Hunt, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Nancy Lou Counts, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend Dennis McGinley officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Everett Thompson and Alberta Yoachum Thompson, on April 8, 1941 in West Plains, Missouri and died January 22, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage September 24, 1956 in West Plains, Missouri to Gerald D. Counts.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Gerald D. Counts, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; four children, Debbie Greenfield, Florissant, Missouri, Alan Counts and wife, April, Stella, Missouri, Brenda Lewis and husband, Delbert, West Plains, Missouri, and Carmen Wilson and husband, Joe, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Charles Thompson, state of Illinois; seven grandchildren, Richard Greenfield and wife, Melanie, Florissant, Missouri, James Counts, Manchester, Missouri, Michael Lewis and fiance, Miriah, West Plains, Missouri, Jerry Lewis and fiance, Alexis, West Plains, Missouri, Mindy Whitmire and husband, Jordan, Springfield, Missouri, Zach Wilson and special friend, Abby Nichols, West Plains, Missouri, and Tyler Counts, Stella, Missouri; three great grandchildren, Maddy Greenfield and Tommy Greenfield, Florissant, Missouri, and Lilly Marie Duncan, West Plains, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Everett Thompson, Jerry Dean Thompson, Leck Thompson, and Joe Thompson.

She had attended the United Freewill Baptist Church in West Plains, Missouri. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. They were the joy of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverway’s Hospice, and can be left at the funeral home.

Family visitation will be held Thursday, January 24, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Carter FuneralHome Chapel, West Plains..

Burial will be in Howell Valley Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Beth Caughman Bridwell, 95, a resident of Gassville formerly of Springhill, Louisiana passed away Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Gassville Living and Therapy Center in Gassville.

She was born April 13, 1917, in Carthage, Arkansas to the late Junius Pleasant and Louisa Faucett. Ms. Bridwell was of the Church of Christ faith. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Alva Caughman and Jake Bridwell; a son, Alva Dean Caughman; a brother, William Faucett and a sister, Louise Tillery.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Moulton “MoMo” Storey of Gassville; a daughter-in-law, Carla Huie of Bossier City, Louisiana; two step daughters, Dixie Talley of Mountain Home and Phyllis Elkins of Shongaloo, Louisiana; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Joy Faucett of Malvern and Wylie and Lois Faucett of Fordyce; two grandchildren, April Storey Mackey and her spouse, Scott of Bossier City, Louisiana and Kevin Caughman of Bossier City, Louisiana; a great grandchild, Peyton Mackey of Bossier City, Louisiana.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013, at the Tulip Cemetery in the Tulip community near Fordyce with the Rev. Phil Matthews officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home of Mountain Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Berneice Emma Murphy, 92, of Williford, AR., was born Saturday, January 1, 1921 in FT. Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of Allen Topscott and Emma (Hausman) Tapscott. She died on January 17, 2013, at the Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Berneice was united in marriage to Arthur Frantz Murphy on August 31, 1940 in Indianapolis, IN. She and her husband moved from Iowa to Ozark Acres after retiring in 1976. They were members of the Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy, AR.

She is survived by a daughter, LeAnne McGuire and two granddaughters, Meredith McGuire and Rachel McGuire. She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter, Ellen McGuire; a brother, Edward Tapscott; a sister Mildred Kelp.

Memorial donations may be made to spring River Presbyterian Church. No services is planned.All arrangements by Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Delores Mollie Doss, 90, of West Plains, Missouri, passed away on January 19, 2013. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 22, at 10 a.m., at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Richard Wright will be officiating. Visitation will be held at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 21. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at White Church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Delores was born in Moko, Arkansas, on December 13, 1922, the daughter of Jesse Blaine Skaggs and Mary Luella Haslett Skaggs. She attended West Plains High School. On June 11, 1938, she was married to Ray F. Doss at West Plains who preceded her in death on June 17, 1979. She later married Dallas Reese who preceded her in death in August, 2001.

Delores lived and worked on the family farm near White Church for over 60 years and worked as a retail clerk for many years in the West Plains area. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for most of her adult life and attended First Baptist Church after moving into West Plains in later life. She enjoyed many creative past times such as tole painting, crocheting, and wood crafts, but her flower garden was her favorite.

Delores is survived by her sister, Lois Newton; her sons, Ronnie Doss and wife, Veda, Terry Doss and wife, Adele of White Church; Jack Doss and wife, Cindy of West Plains; grandchildren, Andy Cox, Michelle Dorsey and husband, Tommy, Miranda Schuesler, Mapuana Sullivan, Debbie Leach, Tammy Henderson, Mark Doss and wife, Kathy, Blaine Doss and wife, Cindy Kevin Doss and wife, Vanessa, Rebecca Doss, Sarah Doss, Holly Carlson and husband, Cory, Jay Shelton, Nicole Rothove and husband, Wesley; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren, and other family and friends as well as her life-long friends, Gladys Hayes of Springfield, Missouri and Betty Harper of West Plains.

Delores was preceded in death by husbands, Ray Doss and Dallas Reese; her parents, Jessie Blaine and Mary Luella Skaggs; a daughter, Frieda Coburn; a brother, Buford Skaggs; and three sisters, Buena Javaux, Emble Pingree and Vistie Skaggs who died in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The family of Delores Mollie Doss wishes to thank West Vue Nursing Home and Pleasant Valley Manor and their employees for the kind and compassionate care she received while a resident there.

Connie Joe Blankenship passed away on January 18, 2012 at the Houston House Nursing Facility in Houston, MO.

Connie Joe was born to Albert (Joe) and Mable (Smith) Blankenship on July 9, 1944 in Houston, MO. Connie was a special little guy to all who knew him, and to know him was to love him. He had such a big heart, and was always ready to give a hug to everyone that he saw.

Connie grew up in the First Baptist Church in Houston where he loved his church family. He moved his membership to the First Baptist Church in Cabool after he and his mother moved to Cabool to live. After moving back to Houston, Connie went back to attending church at Houston where he was at home. Connie’s job for many years was to ring the church bell on Sunday mornings.

He attended Houston Elementary School thru the eighth grade. He was an avid walker, and pushed his brother Rex in his wheel chair, with Rusty their dog on Rex’s lap, many hours around Houston. After Rex passed away he continued to walk, and could be seen just about anywhere around Houston. Connie also worked at the Sheltered Workshop in Houston for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Roger Lee and Donald Rex. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Betty Blankenship, of Springfield and one aunt, Ethel Holliday, of Cabool, cousins and many friends. He was a special cousin, and taught us much about love and life even with his handicap. Connie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Three Rivers Hospice, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday January 21, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were; Ron Craven, Dale Blankenship, Bill Hamilton, Harold Bennett, Wayne McKinney and Roger White. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Gary Ray Godat, 57, a resident of Yellville passed away Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born October 31, 1955, in Centralia, Illinois to the late Francis Lee, Sr. and Myrtle Evelyn Stubblefield Godat. He married Janise Louise Close on July 5, 1986 in Lakeland, Florida. Gary was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Yellville, the Estes-Williams American Legion Hut # 61 in Yellville and the Christian Motorcyclist Association. He loved his family and his church. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Godat.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jan Godat of Yellville; a son, Eddie Godat of Yellville; two grandchildren, Nioka and Alyssa Godat, both of Yellville; a daughter, Valerie Godat of Yellville; a step-daughter and her husband, Cindy and Mark Surber of Temple, Texas; his mother-in-law, Ellen Close of Yellville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis, Jr. and Joyce Godat of Yellville, Kenneth and Karen Godat of Yellville and Randy Godat of Flippin.

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

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, at the New Hope Baptist Church, 3920 Highway 14 South, Yellville, Arkansas 72687 with Brother Jack Jefferson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, 3920 Highway 14 South, Yellville, Arkansas 72687.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Maddalena Rosa Ronzani, 87, of Mountain View, Missouri died January 16, 2013 at Mountain View Healthcare, Mountain View, Missouri. She was born September 20, 1925 in Amare di Vincenza, Italy, the daughter of Andrea and Margherita (Carollo) Carretta.

Funeral Services will be Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, North Canaan, CT

She was united in marriage to Leonardo Ronzani on May 8, 1948 in Lugo, Vincenza, Italy.

Survivors include her son, Sergio L. Ronzani, and wife, Phyllis, of West Plains, MO; one sister, Luisa Carretta, of Torino, Italy; one brother, Giulio Carretta of Lusiana, Italy; four grandchildren, Jennifer Ronzani of North Canaan, CT, Margherite Ronzani of Torrington, CT, Christina Ronzani of Winsted, CT; and Sergio Ronzani II of West Plains, MO; four great grandchildren and a little girl due in March 2013.

She was predeceased by her parents, Margherita and Andrea Caretta; husband, Leonardo Ronzani; and a sister, Giuseppina Carretta.

Maddalena was a member of the Roman Catholic Church in North Canaan, CT.

In 1954, Maddalena came to the United States, where she worked at the Blackberry Inn in Norfolk, CT until Becton Dickenson opened in the late 1950’s. She worked at Becton Dickenson until she retired in 1983 as a Quality Control Inspector.

After retirement, she enjoyed working several days a week as a volunteer at Geer Memorial Nursing and Rehab in North Canaan, CT. She helped take the residents on outings and especially enjoyed working in the Alzheimer’s Unit.

She lovingly knit her four grandchildren sweaters, hats, and socks in her spare time. She enjoyed traveling, going back to Italy many times. Just before her husband’s passing in 1983, they went to Italy for three months. She was a regular on many bus trips the local tour company made.

In 2004, she moved with her son to West Plains, MO, where she enjoyed attending local live music shows until becoming a resident at Mountain View Healthcare in 2008.

Maddalena’s greatest passion was her family.

Funeral services for Susan Elizabeth Turnbull, 61, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Turnbull died at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born May 20, 1951, at West Plains, Missouri, to James Edward “Ed” Ellison, Sr. and Ruth Gertrude Johnson Ellison. On September 10, 1966, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Robert Turnbull, Sr. She loved family get-togethers and enjoyed crocheting. Mrs. Turnbull was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Turnbull, Sr., of the family home; nine children, Robert Lee Turnbull, Jr., West Plains, Missouri, Kenneth Donald Turnbull, wife, Charmaine, West Plains, Missouri, Roger Dean Turnbull, West Plains, Missouri, Roberta Sue Hodges, companion, Ed Powers, Pomona, Missouri, Edward Allan Turnbull, wife, Heather, West Plains, Missouri, Billy Jack Turnbull, West Plains, Missouri, James Richard Turnbull, wife, Patricia, Caulfield, Joseph Wayne Turnbull, West Plains, Missouri and Ruth Angela Gerdes, husband, Michael, Howe, Oklahoma; twenty-one grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; five brothers, James Ellison, wife, Tammy, Cabool, Missouri, Joe Ellison, West Plains, Missouri, Jack Ellison, wife, Joyce, Houston, Missouri, Bob Ellison, West Plains, Missouri, and Sherman Strawn, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Edith Pringle, husband, Charlie, Willow Springs, Missouri; and one sister-in-law, Debbie Ellison.

Her parents, one infant grandson, Ethan Tyler Turnbull, one granddaughter, Jessica Turnbull, three brothers, Kenneth, Roger and John Ellison and one sister, Edna Strawn, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Ivene Elva Hardcastle, 86, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hardcastle died at 11:17 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born January 1, 1927, at Cureall, Missouri, to Elbert Ambrose Lawing and Gerthie Jane Lawing. On October 3, 1944, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Willard Clifton Hardcastle, who preceded her in death on August 22, 2012. Mrs. Hardcastle was a member of Bakersfield Church of Christ.

She is survived by 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, Gamaliel, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Kendra Adams, Chrissa Ellis and Keyvinn Ellis.

Her parents, husband and three sisters, Vesta, Hazel and Sybil, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fowler Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at