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Archive for March, 2013

lotzLeroy Alva Lotz, age 83, son of Martin and Avon (Keeney) Lotz was born November 28, 1929 in Licking, MO. He passed away March 27, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Leroy is preceded in death by his parents.

He was raised in Licking, MO and graduated from Licking High School. He entered the United States Navy on November 26, 1948 and served in the Korean War. Leroy was honorably discharged on December 21, 1953.

In the late 60’s and 70’s he played the guitar and sang in several area churches in Texas County. He loved singing gospel music. Leroy’s hobbies included hunting, fishing and chatting around the table at coffee shops in the Licking and Houston areas.

Leroy is survived by his daughter, Sandra Gayle Marty of St. Louis, MO, a granddaughter Tara, three brothers; Donald Lotz and wife Dorothy of Licking, MO, Bill Lotz of Annapolis, MO and Bob Lotz and wife Billie Lou of New Bloomfield, MO and one sister, Kay Kinder of Licking, MO.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to

Graveside services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday March 30, 2013 at Boone Creek Cemetery with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were; Jeff Kinder, Bryon Kinder, Jim Kinder, Mark Kinder, Wesley Kinder, Aaron Kinder, Josh Kinder and Lance Kinder. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

stevensVirginia Mae Stevens, 85, of West Plains, Missouri departed this life on March 28, 2013 at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born August 14, 1927 in Alton, Illinois, the daughter of Leland F. and Rosa M. (Webb) White.

Graveside Services will be Monday April 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Yarber Mortuary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry Stevens; two brothers, Lee White and Wilbur White; sister, Alice Budisalich; and daughter, Sally Carter.

Survivors include her children, Gary Stevens and wife, LaRee, West Plains and Carol Smotherman and husband, Dan, Lee Summitt, MO; grandchildren, Laura Watson and husband, Glen, West Plains, Danielle Smotherman, Philadelphia, PA, and Kara Smotherman, Boston, MA; step grandchildren, Kerri Pruiett, West Plains and Kylea Phipps, Jacksonville, FL.

collinsElsie Estella (Chalfant) Collins, age 88, daughter of David H. and Thelma King Chalfant was born September 11, 1924 in Richland, MO. She peacefully left this earth March 27, 2013 at the Life Care Center, Waynesville, MO.

Estella is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Homer, one brother Hollis, a son Roger, a step-son Carl, son-in-law Reide, and a great-great-grandson Ryan Wesley and 5 step-granddaughters.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Kaye Brinkmeyer, Lebanon MO, Estella “Honey Bee” Scurlock,(Pete), Newburg, MO, Edward “ED” Collins, Mountain Grove, MO, step-daughter Norma Jean Hutsell, Bucyrus, MO, step-son Dean Collins (Joy), St. Joseph, MO, daughter-in-law Imogene Collins, Success, MO, and Debbie Adams, Farmington, MO. 3 sisters; Mary S. Chalfant, Springfield, MO, Maxene Scott, Eilene Brann, Lebanon, MO, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 7 great great-grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren, 30 step great-grandchildren, 51 step great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Estella grew up in the Richland, MO area. She was united in marriage to Homer E. Collins, and to this union 4 children were born. Estella was baptized at an early age and was a member of the First Christian Church in Richland, MO. She was very active in the church as long as her health permitted, always ready to bake a pie or cookies, or do whatever was needed for the occasion. Estella loved doing a variety of things including cooking, gardening, reading, sewing, bird-watching, fishing, playing Bingo and traveling.

Estella never met a stranger. Wherever you went, you could be assured she would know someone and have to stop and visit for a minute or two. Estella loved talking about her grandkids. They all have special memories of the time they spent with “Grandma”.

She worked at Fort Leonard Wood, MO for 30+ years, retiring in 1986. She often stated “I watched Fort Leonard Wood being built.” It was during that time that she met many people and made numerous friends over the years.

She lived a long life, along with family and friends, she will be missed but we know that she is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and is rejoicing in the place she has so long desired to see.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Life Care Center of Waynesville.

A Celebration of Estella’s life was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 30, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home with Bob Leinbaugh officiating. Inurnment was held at Dykes Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Michael Randy Cline, age 54, son of Alanson and Margie (Rogers) Cline, was born January 28, 1959 in Santa Ana, California. He passed away March 25, 2013 in the Crestwood Health Care Center, Florissant, MO.

Michael was raised in California and attended school at Montclair High School, until he was seriously injured in an auto accident in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brothers; Alanson Cline, Jr. of Success, MO, Patrick Cline and wife, Darlene of St. Francisville, MO and Edward Cline and wife Lorene of Success, MO and many nieces and nephews, who will miss him very much.

Michael liked sports; he enjoyed playing and watching, baseball, basketball and football. He was also a math whiz; he could add anything up by just tapping in the palm of his hand, like a calculator and would have the exact answer. Michael loved music and playing the drums. He also loved going to flea markets where he would wheel and deal. Michael loved children and animals; he had a special gift when he interacted with them. And they loved him as much as he loved them.

Even though Michael’s life on earth was short, he lived much longer than everyone expected him to. He is now in the arms of Jesus, enjoying his reunion with his Mom and Dad.

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

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday March 28, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday March 19, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Trout officiating. Pallbearers are; Alanson Cline, Jr., Alanson Cline, III, Patrick Cline, Eddie Cline, Edward Cline, Jr. and Patrick Cline, Jr.. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Shirley Fletcher, 83, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on March 27, 2013 at Willow Care Nursing Home, Willow Springs, Missouri. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 19, 1929 to parents, Floyd and Viola Fletcher.

Arrangements are under the direction of Yarber Mortuary.

She spent the first eighteen years of her life at Houghton Lake, graduating from Houghton Lake High School in 1948.

Shirley accepted Christ as her Savior in August, 1944, was baptized and joined the Houghton Lake Bible Church, where her mother was a charter member.

After graduating from high school, she went to Detroit and attended the Detroit Bible Institute, graduating in 1952.

In Shirley’s growing up years, Ruth Allen played an important part as a Spiritual Mentor. When Ruth and her folks moved to Missouri in 1949, they were missed. When Shirley graduated, Ruth asked if she would come and work with her in Missouri. After much prayer and soul searching, she felt the Lord leading in this direction. So, in June, 1952, Shirley joined Ruth in the work.

They taught Bible School in many rural communities, helped at Hammond’s Mill Bible Camp for over 60 years, taught Sunday School, and visited many rural schools giving a Bible Story to many children who never attended Sunday School. They also taught several Women’s Bible Classes.

They gave many hours volunteering in nursing homes, and gave the Word to many residents.

Shirley was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church in Southfield, Michigan and an associate member of Pilgrim Rest Community Church in Mountain View.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and Ruth, eight aunts and uncles and a number of cousins.

Funeral services for Anna Catherine Warren, 83, West Plains will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains. Ms. Warren died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 29, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

Angie Lee Cook, 85, a resident of Mountain Home, Arkansas formerly of DeRidder, Lousiana passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born September 2, 1927, in Leesville, Louisiana to the late Ansley and Alice Watson Brister. Ms. Cook worked in the cafeteria at DeRidder High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, William Earl Andrews and three sisters, Arlie Bond, Ruthie Stephens and Mertie Cloud.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Etta Andrews of Mountain Home, Arkansas; a sister, Leona McCollough of DeQuincy, Louisiana; two grandchildren, Nicole Dixon (John) of Calico Rock, Arkansas and Jeremy Andrews (Trisha) of Mountain Home, Arkansas and five great grandchildren, Cierra , Johnna and Mason Dixon and Kylie and Kaden Andrews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in DeRidder, Louisiana with Bro. Joe Poole officiating. Burial will be in Sugartown Cemetery in Sugartown, Louisiana.

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

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Mary A. Holt, age 70, daughter of Joseph and Mary Levitsky was born February 9, 1943 in Chicago, Ill. She passed away March 26, 2013 in Houston, MO.

Mary married Lee Holt and to this union one son was born.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her son Joseph Lee Holt.

Mary was a very outgoing lady, always had a smile and loved to visit. She was ready to talk about any new project she was involved in.

She learned to knit and crochet and kept her hands busy making potholders, afghans and other items to be given to many of her friends around town. She said it, “keeps my fingers limber”. Many people in the area can attest to her talents by the gifts they were given because of her generous heart.

Mary loved the Lord and put her all into the church. She was involved in the church, serving as a deacon and was Pastor Wayne’s sounding board for anything going on in the church. She was part of the “goat project” at the church. She helped name them and cared for them in her own way. Mary was always eager to tell about the things going on in the church and was excited when anything new was happening.

Mary loved animals and her special little dog, Sandy. They were best friends.

Mary had a loving heart and will be missed. We are thankful that she knew Jesus as a personal Savior and now is with Him.

Funeral Services for Albert Conner, age 69, a resident of Winona will be held Saturday, March 30, at 2:00 P M. at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville with Rev. Darrell Jones.

Visitation for Albert Conner will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 2 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville.

Burial will be at Mount Zion Cemetery near Winona.

Roy Clifford Williams, Jr., 70, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on March 25, 2013 at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, Mountain View. He was born October 6, 1942 in Montier, Missouri, the son of Roy Clifford and Zella Mariah (Hansford) Williams.

Roy was united in marriage to Norma Jean Bailey on July 10, 1982 in Galesburg, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ray Mansfield, Ralph W. Williams, and Dean Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Norma; children, Roy C. Williams, III and Paula Sue Williams of Santee, CA; stepdaughters, Jody L. Malmrose and husband, David, Santee, CA and Darcy J. Lynch, Fort Collins, CO; one brother, Rick L. Mansfield, Coal City, IL; two sisters, Eva Mae Werry, Thayer, MO and Mary Lue Nortrup, Stronghurst, IL; grandchildren, Alicia, Elaine, Justin, Roy IV, Tessa, R. Mariah, Austin, all of Santee, CA; great granddaughter, Annabelle Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Roy attended Respiratory Therapy school from 1971-74, receiving his national certification in 1976. He had worked in the Respiratory Therapy department at St. Francis Hospital for several years.

Roy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had previously been a member at Lemon Grove Lutheran Church.

Roy lived by Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not “want”.