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Archive for February, 2013

Mike Nash, 60, of Mountain Home passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 in Mountain Home. Mr. Nash was born August 4, 1952 in Harrison, Arkansas to the late Bob and Zella Nash. Mike was a dedicated nurse since 1971, working at Baxter Regional Medical Center since 1978. He was an avid gardener and loved his animals, especially his dogs. Mr. Nash married Anita Blythe on October 4, 1972.

Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita Nash; one daughter, Amber Nash of Ozark, Missouri, and one sister, Marsha Bowen of Dallas, Texas.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas, 2656 Hwy 201 North, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

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Wilma Doreene Chowning, 87, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on February 24, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born on May 31, 1925 in Shannon County, Missouri, the daughter of John Edward and Ida C. (Layman) Nicholson.

Doreene was united in marriage to Earl Chowning on August 14, 1948 in Mountain View, Missouri. They shared 64 years together.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Trell and Pete; and one sister, Aleene.

Survivors include her husband, Earl, of the home; two sons, Marshall Chowning and wife, Erma, Birch Tree, and Mike Chowning and wife, Janet, Mountain View; one daughter, Donna Whiteside and husband, Richard, Mountain View; one brother, Paul Nicholson and wife, Beverly, Birch Tree; eight grandchildren, Tamme, Skip, Michael, Steve, Kristy, Tyler, Ryan, and Kelsi; and eleven great grandchildren.

Doreene enjoyed cooking, sewing, and flower gardening. She also enjoyed playing music with Earl.

Doreene was a full-time homemaker and grandma, who never had a grandmother of her own, but was determined to be a good one to her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Interment will be in Montier Cemetery, Montier, Missouri.

Glendolla C. (Moise) Bennett, age 89, was born May 13, 1923 in Clara, MO to Elbert E. and Gertrude (Castor) Crawford. She passed away February 24, 2013 at Houston House with her family by her side.

Glendolla grew up and attended school in the Houston area. She worked for the International Shoe Company and H.D. Lee where she made many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Eliane Sondra Colborn, a sister and two brothers, Linna Irene, Guy and Cyle.

Glendolla was united in marriage to George Moise in April 1941, and to this union four children were born, Eliane, Carollene, Marlene and Michael. She later married Doug Bennett.

Glendolla is survived by her children; Carollene Coats and husband Ray of West Plains, MO and Marlene Branson and husband Kenny of Slidell, TX and Michael Moise and wife Jan of Hartville, MO nine grandchildren; Blaine Holder, Bridgett (Holder) Baney, LaDawn (Branson) Fitzgearld, Karla (Branson) Stastny, Kritsa (Branson) Burger, Tom Coats, Lorette’ (Skouby) Smith, Tony Coats and Jason Moise, and numerous great and great great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Houston First Baptist Church. Glendolla was an avid volunteer with the Texas County Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She loved being a part of the Red Hatters, always ready to go and be a part of their fun times together.

Glendolla was a world traveler, visiting Germany, Italy, Austria, Puerto Rico and numerous other countries. She enjoyed telling her travel experiences with her family and friends.

Glendolla loved to crochet and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Union Cemetery, in her honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday February 27, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home with Delbert Gayer officiating. Pallbearers were; Lester Smith, Scott Baney, Tony Coats, Craig Fitzgearld, Branson Burger and Bradley Burger. Honorary Pallbearers were; Bobby Joe Stastny, Jason Moise, Morgan Moise and Tom Coats. Burial was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Myron “Mike” Meyer, 84, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Gassville Therapy and Living Center.

Local survivors include his wife, Rose (Nalbandian) Meyer; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Robyn Meyer; a daughter and son-in-law, April and Kurt Parnell and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at The Church on 1221 Commerce Drive in Mountain Home.

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

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Funeral services for Alton LeRoy Curtright, Sr., 66, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Curtright died at 10:09 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born May 18, 1946, in Shannon County, Missouri, to William Joseph and Ruthie Juanita Massey Curtright. On June 13, 1969, he was married at Kennett, Missouri, to Bessie Glasgow. Mr. Curtright was a veteran having served with the United States Army as an MP during the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #303, Senath, Missouri.

He is survived by one son, Alton LeRoy (Seb) Curtright, Jr., wife, Jennifer, Caulfield, Missouri; five grandchildren, Aaron Davis, Bakersfield, Missouri, Sharona Curtright, Caulfield, Missouri, Emily Curtright, Arbyrd, Missouri, Wyatt McKee, Caulfield, Missouri and Tony Moore, Caulfield, Missouri; one great-grandchild, Mason Davis; two brothers, Gary Curtright, Senath, Missouri and Joseph Curtright, Tecumseh, Missouri; and six sisters, Betty Speer, Arnold, Missouri, Charlotte Shubert, Iberia, Missouri, Ermalie Rooney, Senath, Missouri, Patsy Whitlock, Kennett, Missouri, Cathy Curtright, Kennett, Missouri and Deborah Collins, Bragg City, Missouri.

His parents, two brothers and one sister, precede him in death.

Mr. Curtright will lie in state from 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the White Oak 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

Funeral services for Sue Stanley, 60, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Junction Hill Pentecostal Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stanley died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013, at her home.

She was born October 6, 1952, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harold D. Harbeston and Dorothy McClary Harbeston. She graduated from West Plains Senior High with the Class of 1970 and on July 18, 1970, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Gene Stanley. Mrs. Stanley was employed with Wal-Mart as a training coordinator, was the owner and operator of Herbs for Health and Guns 4 U and was an election official for thirty-five years. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and was a member of the West Plains Car Club. Mrs. Stanley was a member of Junction Hill Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Stanley, of the family home; four children, Regina Gower, husband, Randall, Joplin, Missouri, Selina Harner, husband, Ronnie, Columbus, Ohio, Andrea Ritter, husband, Shaun, West Plains, Missouri and William Stanley, wife, Brittany, West Plains, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Amber Gower, Lauren Gower, Camden Laxton, Cal Laxton, Autumn Harner, Nick Ritter, Rylan Ritter, Emilee Sue Ritter, Hunter Stanley, Haylee Ellena Stanley and Candace McDonald; her parents, Harold and Dorothy Harbeston, West Plains, Missouri; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William “Dick” and Helen Stanley, West Plains, Missouri.

Two brothers, Jimmy and Johnnie Fox and one sister, Christy Harbeston, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Junction Hill Pentecostal Church Building Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Bennie D. Hicks, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ben passed away at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born February 19, 1932, in Fulton County, Arkansas, to George “Dick” Hicks and Hazel Rhoads Hicks. The family moved to Free Union, Missouri when Ben was a baby and later to Moody, Missouri, where he grew up. He graduated from Willow Grove School in 1945, entered West Plains High School that fall and graduated with the Class of 1949. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he moved into town and got a part time job at the Modern Supply Grocery, where he worked all the way through High School. On September 29, 1949, he was married to Lois Collins at the home of Bill and Wilma Atkins. In 1951, Ben and his brother Bill volunteered for the United States Air Force and had basic training in San Antonio, Texas. After serving four years in the Air Force, Ben, Lois and their daughter Debbie moved to Kansas City, where Ben Jr. was born. In 1957, Bill joined Ben in their first venture selling cars. In 1968, Bill and Ben bought the store at 16th and McGee from Bill Ireland which was the largest Chevrolet store in Kansas City. The two brothers were Chevrolet dealers in Kansas City for thirty-five years. Ben and Lois moved back to West Plains in 1985 and opened a General Motors store and in 1989 opened Timberland Pallets with Dennis Franks, which they operated until 2001. Lois passed away on July 17, 2000 and Ben married Marianna Dold Hoover on September 1, 2001. Bill and Ben had a special relationship, they married sisters, Goldie and Lois Collins, and they lived together for nine years and then the rest of their lives they lived in houses side by side.

Ben was a member of the Church of Christ with his membership at the West 160 Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Marianna Hicks, of the family home; daughter, Debbie Gray, husband, Bill, Gardner, Kansas; son, Ben Hicks, Jr., wife, Joy, Arlington, Texas; four step-children, Paula Huddleston, Alton, Missouri, Elizabeth Vesto, Kildeer, Illinois, Rick Hoover, West Plains, Missouri and Randy Hoover, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Ben Hicks, III, Billie Hicks, II, Angie Gray O’Brian, all of Arlington, Texas, Brett Gray and Christopher Gray, both of Kansas City, step-grandchildren, Riley, Alayna and Aiden Vesto, Brian, Christy, Nelson and Marianna Hoover, Mandy, Angie, Stephanie, Paul and Alie Hoover; great-grandchildren, Brigham, Rae, Billie III, Arrington, Ben IV, Patrick and Grayson; step-great-grandchildren, Marcus, Tanner, Colby, Brett and Mason; two aunts, Sharon Rhoads Kelch and Mary Jane Fenwick; and a host of family and friends.

His parents, first wife, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Goldie Hicks, sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Wilma Atkins, brother, Jim Hicks, sister, Dixie Hicks, grandparents, Alex and Dotty Rhoads and Scott and Mary Hicks, many aunts and uncles, precede him in death.

These words were used by Joe Brown at Dick Hicks funeral and are also words to describe Ben’s life. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who left the world better than he found it, who never lacked appreciation of the earth’s beauty or failed to express it, who always looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center Foundation or CASA, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

There will be a visitation service at D.W. Newcomer’s Johnson County Funeral Chapel, Kansas City, on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., and services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thomas J. Hendricks, 86, a resident of Mountain Home, formerly of Chicago, Illinois passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Hiram Shaddox Geriatric Center in Mountain Home.

He was born June 7, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois to the late, George and Mary Butterly Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he worked as a chauffeur for Marshall Fields. He married Lois Joan Carl on October 17, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1999 they relocated to Mountain Home from Chicago. Mr. Hendricks is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois Hendricks and a brother, George Hendricks.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jackie Hendricks of Mountain Home and Thomas C. and Debie Hendricks of Zebulon, North Carolina; a daughter, Claudia Keppel of Mountain Home; a sister, Armadine Snyder of Elk Grove Village, Illinois; five grandchildren, Karen (Tim) Ciskowski of Mountain Home, Christopher (Nikki) Ciskowski of Chicago, Illinois, Seth (Amber) Hendricks of Middlesex, North Carolina and Katelyn and Sarah Hendricks, both of Zebulon, North Carolina; two great grandchildren, Richard (Jess) Sell and Joseph Sell, both of Mountain Home and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor David Gadbaw officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Ted James, age 79, son of Reuben James and Norma Hinkle James Spencer was born on July 8, 1933 in Bucyrus, MO. He passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at his home in Elk Creek, MO.

Military services for Ted will be on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Houston, MO. Visitation will be at 1 pm and memorial service at 2 pm. Private graveside services will be at Union Cemetery, Cabool, MO.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents, brother, David, daughter, Lea and former wife, Versa.

He has four remaining siblings, Gerald James, Houston, Mo, Joyce Scott, Seymour, Mo, Leon James, Houston, MO, and Doris McAnulla, Ozark, MO.

He is survived by his daughters, Maris Herndon and spouse Royce, Columbia, MO, Nancy Moger and spouse Bob, Carl Jct., MO.

His was very proud of all of his five grandchildren, Marissa Herndon Gaither, and spouse Jeremy, St. Peters, MO, Karissa Herndon Greer and spouse Morgan, Pasadena, CA, Victoria Beth Moger Sprenger and spouse Jon, Liberty, MO, Kelsie Moger Fannon and spouse Jared, Lonoke, AR, and RC Moger of Fayetteville, AR.

He was excited to share time with his great grandson, Tyler Glen Gaither, three years old of St. Peters, MO.

Ted was born at Bucyrus. He grew up in the communities of Bado, Cabool and Houston, MO.

Ted attended Union School, Cabool, MO.

He graduated from Houston High School in 1951 where he enjoyed playing football his senior year.

Ted joined the Marine Corp and served at Camp Pendleton, CA, Korea and Japan.

Upon completion of his military service he worked as a carpenter and logging industry in California and Oregon returning to Missouri.

Ted married Versa Coats on August 3, 1957 at Union Church, Cabool, MO and they were parents to Maris, Nancy and Lea their three daughters.

Ted attended the Union Church, where he accepted Christ, at a revival and was baptized at Flat Rocks in January 1951. He attended the First Baptist Church in Houston, MO with his family. In recent years he planned his evenings to insure he didn’t miss any Billy Graham crusades on TV where he experienced peace and comfort for his life.

Ted was skilled in many types of work. He was on the construction crew at Table Rock Lake, Branson, MO and several office buildings in Springfield, MO. He was a farmer in Buffalo, Houston, and Bucyrus, MO where he worked with dairy and beef cattle. He raised corn, alfalfa, and hay on the beautiful Big Piney River farm he loved near the Horseshoe Bend. He was able to operate heavy equipment and owned a custom bulldozing business. He also owned several sawmills where he produced many railroad ties.

As he could carve out time from these many occupations, he involved himself with horses and music.

He loved to ride fox trotting horses on trail rides (according to him the smoothest riding horses). He was thrilled to have had the opportunity to be on the bicentennial trail ride (1976) to Jefferson City and to support the community cancer rides.

He would seek out all events that were themed around music, Bluegrass festivals, playing his guitar and square dancing were his passions. He enjoyed singing with all who would sing with him. When he wasn’t feeling well a good bluegrass song always made him feel better.

His philosophy for life was to never give up and persevere at all pursuits. Although, his health was not good for a long time his zest for life attitude was always present and an inspiration to his children.

The family requests donations to be given to the Union Cemetery for their cemetery maintenance. The donations can be mailed to Evans Funeral Home, 224 S. Grand, Houston, MO.

James Stewart, 57, of Calico Rock passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born December 24, 1955 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Louie James Stewart and Barbara Moreland Stewart.

James loved volunteering at Project Love, working with leather and gardening, but most importantly spending time with his children and grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his father Louie.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Beverley Stewart of Calico Rock; his mother Barbara; four children; Kerri and Paul Hale of Calico Rock, Adam and Bethany Stewart of Calico Rock, Jimmy and Kim Stewart of Salem and Eric Stewart of the home; eight grandchildren; Alex and Andy Hale, Gauge, Dakota and Piper Stewart, Kazzie, Maddy, Sullivan Stewart; four step-grand children Clara, Carter, Jonah and Ella English; a brother, Greg Stewart and a sister Lorie Swayze both of Oklahoma.

A Gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Project Love in Mountain Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at