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Archive for March, 2013

Mary Anne Gornick, 77, a resident of Flippin formerly of Allentown, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Mountain Home.

She was born March 12, 1936, in Allentown, Pennsylvania to the late Lewis Bandle and Mary Radokovitch. Mary Anne, along with her companion, Richard Mann retired to Flippin, Arkansas. Before retiring, she worked as a sewing machine operator at various factories throughout the Lehigh Valley. Mary Anne enjoyed her family including her two adopted cats, Tigger and Puss Cat, as well as spending time in the country amongst nature. She took great pride in her flower gardens and baking Christmas cookies. Mary Anne gave her children, grandchildren as well as great grandchildren an appreciation for the wonder and joy of life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Gornick, Sr.; a son, Paul Gornick, Jr. and two brothers, Herman and William Bandle.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rosemarie and Ronald Howells of Apopka, Florida; three grandchildren, Jodi Howells of Apopka, Florida, Eric Howells of Orlando, Florida and Paula Gornick-Avalos of Enterprise, Alabama; three great grandchildren, Julian Avalos, Cayden Avalos and Logan Avalos, all of Enterprise, Alabama and two brothers, Lewis Bandle of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Robert Bandle of Walnutport, Pennsylvania; companion, Richard Mann of Flippin, Arkansas.

Arrangements are private 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.

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Funeral services for Daniel “Paul” Harrison, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Harrison died at 2:37 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, at NHC Healthcare.

He was born June 26, 1923, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Joseph Adison Harrison and Delia Mae Gann Harrison. On October 3, 1942, he was married at Thomasville, Missouri, to Helen Clark, who preceded him in death on June 14, 2012. Before his retirement, he was a pull over machine operator at International Shoe Factory. He enjoyed his farm, gardening and his tractor. Mr. Harrison was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ.

He is survived by one daughter, Joann Eagleman, husband, Ronnie, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Vicki Oberdorf, husband, Eric, West Plains, Missouri, Michael Hicks, Nevada, Missouri and Kevin Hicks, wife, Erin, West Plains, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Felicia, Andrea’, Shelby and Brady; one great-great-grandchild, Marcus; and one son-in-law, Duaine Hicks, wife, Mary, Pomona, Missouri.

His parents, wife, daughter, Beverly Hicks, one brother and two sisters, precede him in death.

Mr. Harrison will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Thursday until service time at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Curry Street Church of Christ, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Bertha Marie (Goodwin) Lawrence went home to be with angels on Saturday, March 23, 2013. She lost her battle with cancer at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. Bertha was born January 4, 1935 in Birch Tree, Missouri, the daughter of Charlie and Edna (Ward) Goodwin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Yarber Mortuary of Mountain View.

Bertha was married on August 21, 1959 to Ed Lawrence, the father of four sons; James Edward, Jerry Kenneth, David John, and Richard Allen. Ed and Bertha also adopted six children; Donna Jean, Charles Earl, Mary, Trevor Reed, Trent Russell, and Chrystal.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Charles Lee Goodwin and Curtis Goodwin; one son, James Edward Lawrence; and one grandson, Daniel Edward Wade.

Survivors include her husband, Ed, Mountain View, MO; children, Jerry Lawrence, and wife, Barbra, Lake Sherwood, MO, David Lawrence, Sunset Hills, MO, Richard Lawrence and wife, Antoinette “Sis”, Jonesburg, MO, Donna Pinnell, Mountain View, Charles Lawrence, Warrenton, MO, Mary (Lawrence) Wright and husband, Dale, Jonesburg, MO, Trevor Lawrence, Mountain View, Trent Lawrence, O’Fallon, MO, and Chrystal Lawrence, Mountain View; one brother, Gene Goodwin and wife, Fern, Mountain View; four sisters, Pauline Woolsey, Vernal Mofield, Sue Sharp and husband, Lester, and Bonita Allen and husband, Raymond, all of Mountain View; thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Bertha loved to quilt and make crafts.

She will be missed by family and friends.

Norma Jean Beck was born on August 2, 1929, the daughter of Ruel Houston Smith and Grace Belle Wilbanks Smith, at Blanchard, OK. She departed this life on March 23, 2013 in Gassville, AR.

Norma attended the Dibble schools, graduating in 1947. As a young girl she gave her life to Christ and was baptized by Rev. Clay Richey in a farm pond.

As an adult, Norma was a member of the Iron Chapel Free Will Baptist Church until a church was started in Purcell at which time she became a charter member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Purcell and maintained that membership until her death.

beckNorma married Fred Beck on December 21, 1957. She and Fred were married for over 51 years until his death in 2009. Fred and Norma bought the service department of Majors TV and Appliance in 1971 in Purcell and then purchased the retail side in 1978 and operated Beck’s Service TV & Appliance until their retirement.

Norma enjoyed her family and her church family. She was an avid OU football fan and wouldn’t miss a game on TV.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Fred; her parents, Houston and Grace Smith; a brother, Donald Smith; a sister, Shirley Stephens; a nephew, Donald Lynn Smith and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Audet. Also 3 brothers-in-law, Kenny Owings, Bob Beck, and Tom Beck; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Beck.

Norma is survived by: 2 sons, Rev. Lynn Beck and wife Debbie of Mountain Home, AR and Gary Beck and wife Jamie of Houston, TX. Two daughters, Jeanne Boyer of Oklahoma City and Susan Teague and husband Ken of Yukon, OK. 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She is also survived by: 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Stephens of Cromwell, OK and Dan Beck of Wichita, KS; 3 sisters-in-law, Linnie Smith of Purcell, OK, Betty Beck of Wichita, KS, and Gloria Beck of Austin, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral Services for Norma Jean Beck will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Purcell, OK. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Arrangements are by Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

bateselA Memorial service will be held at a later date for Jackie Kay Batesel, 66, Willow Springs, Missouri.

Mrs. Batesel died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 15, 1946, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Glenn and Lorene McCallister Stults. On August 6, 1986, she was married at Willow Springs, Missouri, to Bruce Batesel. Mrs. Batesel had worked at Brown Shoe Factory in Willow Springs, Missouri; she enjoyed Nascar Racing, spending time with family and friends and she especially enjoyed her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Batesel, of the family home; three children, Carl Hicks, wife, Beverly, Willow Springs, Missouri, Wendy Willard, husband, Steve, Willow Springs, Missouri and Danny Joe Hicks, wife, Carla, Pomona, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jerod Hicks, Joel Hicks, wife, Christy, Joshua Hicks, Lindsey Aldridge and Jacob Wood; one great-grandson, Hunter Hicks; two very special “adopted” sons, J.D. Cox and Jeff Hicks; and one brother, Jerry Stults, Belleville, Illinois.

Her parents and one brother, Michael Stults, precede her in death.

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smithRay John Smith, age 83, son of Dewey John and Minnie (Jones) Smith was born March 27, 1929 in Raymondville, MO. He passed away on March 22, 2013 in Springfield, MO.

Ray grew up and attended school in Raymondville.

Ray was in the United States Army serving his country during the Korean War.

He married Lenna Garrison on November 18, 1950 in Hardy, Arkansas. They had two children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bonnie Riley, a half sister Pauline Mullins; and one brother, Leo Smith and a half brother, Lefty Troutman.

He is survived by his wife Lenna of the home, two sons: Ricky of Fulton, MO and Michael of the home in Cassville; two grandchildren: Cynthia Bennett and husband Josh of Nixa, MO and Dr. Rebecca Smith of Richmond, VA; one great grandchild Brynlee Rose Bennett of Nixa, MO; one brother Coy Smith of Union, MO and one sister Edith McKinney of Houston, MO; several nieces, nephews and other family members.

He worked for several shoes companies in the manufacturing area. As each one closed he moved on to another company. He began working for the International Shoe Company in Houston, MO spending 13 years there. He then moved to Cassville in 1964 to work for the Juvenile Shoe Company, the Jumping Jacks Shoe Company and finally he went work for Justin Boot Company and retired from there.

Ray was a member of the Raymondville Baptist Church. After moving to Cassville he became a member of the Butterfield Baptist Church and was a serving as a deacon in the church. He was a dedicated member of his church and desired to serve His Lord faithfully.

He has now gone to be with the One he served and is able to enjoy all the beauties of heaven and to rest in the presence of his Heavenly Father.

Ray was a loving husband, father and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Services were held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery, Licking, MO. Brother Robert Wiggs

officiated with Pastor David Eaton assisting. To make online condolences please visit

Cecil Lloyd Miller passed away peacefully at Mountain View Healthcare at 5:10 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013.

He was born Sept. 30, 1928, at Howell County, Missouri to Fred Lonzo and Alta Evelyn (Bay) Miller. He married Opal Mayola Judd, and to this union were added five children, Juanita, Freda, Lavonne, Cecil and Johnnie.

He worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. He owned and operated Miller’s Drive-In. He enjoyed farming, coon hunting and music. He loved to play and sing with his family and friends. He even taught his children, grandchildren and other youth to play various musical instruments.

He loved to serve. He was a Mountain View city alderman in the 1970s. He volunteered with building projects, including the construction of Revival Way Mission Church and Morningstar Campground. Wherever and for whomever he could help he would. His family knew help was only a phone call away.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Juanita, brother Harry Miller and sisters Ellen and Jerri.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Mayola, his children, Freda and husband Roger DePriest of Mountain View, Lavonne and husband James Schwien of Summersville, Cecil “C. L.” Miller and wife Ann of West Plains, and Johnnie Miller and wife Dianne of Black; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great step-grandchild; brothers and sisters Virginia Montgomery, Harry Miller, James Miller, Evelyn Finley, Lois Taylor, Shirley Holliman, Harold “Sunny” Miller, Freddie Miller, Ada Holliman, Darlene Sullivan, Bill Miller, Jody Moore, Kenny Miller, Ruthie Cash, Susie Grooms and Larry Miller.

blakeFuneral services for Flossie Marie Blake, 74, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blake died at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at her home.

She was born September 30, 1938, at Gamaliel in Baxter County, Arkansas, to Bal Minge and Edith Elizabeth Dihel Minge. She graduated from Viola High School with the Class of 1957. On June 6, 1956, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Kenneth Blake. Early in their marriage, they lived in California while Kenny served in the Marine Corps. Later they settled near Bakersfield, Missouri where they raised their children on the family farm. Flossie retired from Baxter Health Care, Mountain Home. She enjoyed the outdoors and camping yearly with her brothers and family; she was a loving mother, grandmother and granny and. Her ability to problem solve and fix anything from mechanics to broken hearts will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Her soft heart touched many people throughout the years. Mrs. Blake was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Blake, of the family home; two children, Deborah Mahan, husband, Mike and David Blake, all of Bakersfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michael Mahan, wife, Tracy, Caulfield, Missouri, Lisa Bean, husband, Bobby, Caulfield, Missouri, Clifford Blake, Bakersfield, Missouri and Cruise Blake, Bakersfield, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Logan and Mason Mahan and Bo and Luke Bean; two brothers, Bob Minge, wife, Leah, Clio, Michigan and Thurlo Minge, wife, Gloria, Viola, Arkansas; one sister, Ruby Pemberton, special friend, Don, West Plains, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, five brothers, Willie, Roy, Troy, Fred and Charlie Minge, one sister, Ida Mae Dobbs and one great-grandson, Jaxon Mahan, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Flutie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Flutie Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


Funeral services for Rudolph Lawrence Eck, 84, West Plains, Missouri and formerly of Peace Valley, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Eck died Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Belleville Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.

He was born December 28, 1928 at Fredericktown, Missouri to Stephen and Anna Rose Kuzma Eck. On November 16, 1950, he was married at Kingston, North Carolina to Goldie Inez Delaplain who preceded him in death on July 13, 2012. Mr. Eck was a veteran having served with the United States Marines; before his retirement, he was a truck driver and farmer in the Peace Valley area and enjoyed fishing. He was of the Catholic faith with his membership at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; also, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Shipley, Vanzant, Missouri and Sandra Huckabey and husband, Joseph, Pomona, Missouri; six grandchildren, Lisa Rodgers and husband, Jimmy, Jenny Hambelton and husband, Greg, Jaci Robinson and husband, Billy, Brianna Shipley, J. L. Huckabey and Catherine Huckabey; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Eck and wife, Rosie, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri; three sisters, Mary Ann Henke, Glen Carbon, Illinois, Micheline “Micky” Owens, Granite City, Illinois and Elizabeth “Beth” Hellrun and husband, Dan, Troy, Illinois; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Eck, Bossier City, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one brother, Richard Eck and one brother-in-law, Edwin Henke, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Cemetery or the Knights of Columbus and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

birdFuneral services for Guy Joshua Bird, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Bird died 10:02 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center. He was born January 13, 1940 at Dora, Missouri to Champ Clark and Winnie Jewell Russell Bird. On July 28, 1961, Mr. Bird was married at Bakersfield, California to Janet Irene Demkey. He was a veteran having served with the United States Marines; before his retirement, Mr. Bird was employed by Santa Fe Energy and Tosco Oil Corporation. He was an amateur gold panner and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Bird was of the baptist faith with his membership in the Central Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Bird, of the family home; two children, Thomas D. Bird, wife, Karen, Pottersville, Missouri and Carolyn S. Pruett, husband, Rick, Bakersfield, California; six grandchildren, Chris Pruett, Nick Pruett, Tal Pruett, Adon Pruett, Cory Bird and Melissa Neal; one great-grandchild, Bryer and one on the way; two brothers, James “Clark” Bird, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri and William “Ray” Bird, wife, Debbie, Pottersville, Missouri; one sister, Norma Wilkins, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Parsons Cemetery near Dora, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Calvary Baptist Church Missions and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at