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Archive for April, 2013

Funeral services for Clyde William Young, 82, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Young died at 9:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 17, 1930, at Boydsville, Arkansas, to Walter Virgil and Thelma Irene Pence Young. On April 11, 1952, he was married at Ridgeland, South Carolina, to Delphia Louise Nettell. Mr. Young was a veteran, having served twenty-three years with the United States Air Force. Dad never met a stranger, and will be greatly missed by all friends and family. Mr. Young was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Delphia Young, of the family home; two sons, Michael William Young, wife, Lori, West Plains, Missouri, and Glenn Patrick Young, wife, Kathryn, Panama City, Florida; five grandchildren, Joshua William Young, Michelle Denee Young, Jason Michael Young, Wesley Aaron Young and Jared Andrew Young; four great-grandchildren, Kensi, Hannah, Lylah and Makayla; and one brother, Bennie Ray Young, wife, Shirley, House Springs, Missouri.

His parents, two brothers, Lloyd and Robert Young and two sisters, Geneva Kirkland and Virginia Young, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri, at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rover Fire Department and first responders or Hospice Compassus, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Dylan Clay Sansouci, 20, of Mountain View, Missouri died Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Shannon County, Missouri. Dylan was born July 4, 1992 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Tony and Penny (Smotherman) Sansouci.

Visitation will be from 12-2 PM Monday at Yarber Mortuary, with services at 2 PM. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Dylan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Herman Clay “Dutch” Sansouci.

Survivors include his parents, Tony Sansouci and Penny Sansouci, of Mountain View; grandparents, Margaret Sansouci and Larry and Ruthann Smotherman, all of Mountain View; one sister, Becky Sansouci, Mountain View; one brother, Clinton Sansouci, Mountain View; a very special niece, Chloe; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Dylan graduated from Liberty High School with the class of 2011. He was employed as a welder/boilermaker.

Dylan will be remembered for his dazzling smile and his love for life. He was a true cowboy who enjoyed roping and working cattle. He also enjoyed hunting. Dylan dearly loved his family and friends, especially his brother.

Words cannot express his family’s loss at this time.

Robert Strong, age 92, died on Saturday, at his home in Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

Born Tuesday, December 14, 1920, he was the son of the late Hugh Strong and the late Alta Hibshman Strong.

He served in the Navy. He was a Veteran of World War II.

Survived by a son, Tim Strong, sisters, Gladys Coffing and Thelma Butcher; 8 grand children.

A visitation will be at 5:00 PM till 7:00pm on Monday at Heath Funeral Home.

Robert will be taken back to Denver, IN for burial.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

bellFuneral services for Joyce Bell, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 1st Presbyterian Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bell died at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born on the Dora Ridge February 18, 1918 and her proud parents were Norton White Pease and Christena Moritz Pease.

She was the eldest of three daughters; and was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Stout and husband Curtis Stout and she is survived by her baby sister, Louise and husband James. A much loved brother, Dallas, died in his infancy.

Joyce rode the bus to Ava—thirty five miles every day graduating with the Class of 1936 (there was no high school closer). She met her love, Clyde Bell while attending high school at Ava and she graduated with a B.S. in Education from State Teacher’s College (MSU) and then later received a Master’s in Education from Drury University.

She married Clyde Bell on September 23, 1939 and a daughter Carol as born to this rural teaching couple. Carol and her husband Richard reside in West Plains as does their daughter Christena and her husband John Coleman as well as much loved great-granddaughter, Caroline Camille. Joyce is survived by five nephews and two nieces and a host of grand-nephews, their spouses and children.

Joyce lived through the depression (perhaps accounting for her philosophy to save everything), two world wars, and four military encounters while living a quiet, productive life in the hills. She grew up riding the bus and truly lamented when she could no longer drive her latest set of wheels! Joyce was a retired teacher and belonged to several educational organizations, the First Presbyterian Church of West Plains and the order of the Eastern Star. She liked people and loved having a booth at Aids then later to play bingo at West Vue or to entertain her special great-granddaughter, Camille.

During her 95 years, Joyce Bell experienced much, enjoyed lots and made every minute count. She was an independent, fun person who adapted to all of the changes that occurred during her lifetime. She will be missed.

Mrs. Bell will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Saturday, until 12:00 Noon Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A private interment will be in the Ava Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Clyde and Joyce Bell Elementary Education Scholarship, Boys & Girls Club of West Plains or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Visitation services for Cynthia Jo Baird, 61, Dora, Missouri, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, with funeral service beginning at 12:00 Noon, on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Union Grove Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Cynthia went home to be with her savior and her Dad, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

She was born August 17, 1951, at Gallipolis, Ohio, to Erma Earnestine Fraley Baird and the late Glenn O. Baird. She lived her life in Gallipolis, Ohio and graduated from Gallia Academy High School. After graduation, she worked at the Gal-Co Workshop for forty-one years. She was an active member of the First Church of God in Gallipolis. Cynthia and her mother, Erma, came three years ago to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Bill McKinney of Dora, Missouri. Cynthia was a volunteer at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She met many wonderful friends while working there. Cindy never met a stranger. She loved life and enjoyed family, traveling, quilting, youth group at Church of God, her Alpacas, piano, dulcimer and signing her praises to Our Lord. On April 10, 2010 she was diagnosed with Leukemia and fought a very hard battle. She endured seven months of Chemo at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and other treatments at OMC in West Plains. She was a fighter to the end, always saying, “I am fine.” The cancer never took her soul. She was surrounded by many family members and friends when she went Home to be with Our Lord and her father. Living in Dora she was an active member of Union Grove Baptist Church. Cindy enjoyed singing in church every Sunday. She sang Sunday, April 14, a song which she lived by, “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”. Cindy had a smile that you could never forget.

She is survived by her mother, Erma Baird, West Plains, Missouri, formerly of Gallipolis, Ohio; three sisters, Rebecca Pasquale, husband, John, Gallipolis, Ohio, Donna McKinney, husband, Bill, Dora, Missouri and Kimberly Bates, Jackson, Ohio; one brother, Ron Baird, wife, Phyllis, Jefferson, Georgia; twelve nieces and nephews; thirty-one great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Her father, one niece, Cassandra Canterbury and one nephew, Michael Pasquale, precede her in death.

Funeral services will be held next week at First Church of God, with burial at the Pine Street Cemetery, under direction of Waugh-Haley-Wood Funeral Home, Gallispolis, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

A Visitation remembering Cathy, Diana Lamb“Cat”, 57, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Cathy died at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at her home. She was born December 7, 1955, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Herbert “Ray” Lamb and Elva Dean May Lamb. She had worked as a cook at Lamp Light Village. Cathy was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her mother, Elva Dean “Jackie” Lamb Kreger, West Plains, Missouri; one daughter, Katie Hillyard, Belfair, Washington; three grandchildren, Kayla Cheyenne Cooper, Brandon Wayne Cooper and Garron Justus Hillyard; one brother, Herbert Lamb, Tulsa, Oklahoma; two sisters, Linda VonCannon, Yorktown, Virginia and Tami Dudgeon, husband, Alan, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Her father and one son, James Lyle Cockrum, precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Cancer Treatment Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Marilyn Gauger, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gauger died at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 12, 1922, at Chicago, Illinois, to Christian Paulsen and Hazel Albright Paulsen. On November 29, 1952, she was married at Chicago, Illinois, to Vernon Robert Gauger, who preceded her in death on April 4, 2010. She retired after working for forty years from The United Methodist Publishing Co., in Park Ridge, Illinois. Mrs. Gauger was a veteran, having served in the Women’s Army Corps with the United States Army, during World War II in the South Pacific; she was very proud to have served her country. She was a long time member of the Lutheran Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois and for the past fourteen years was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by two sisters, Irene Garner, Marshall, Illinois and Faith Mickey, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Ruby Paulsen, Marshall, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband of 62 years, three sisters and their spouses, Caroline Garner and husband Leon, Virginia Jahnke, husband, Harvey, Gladys Sanders, husband Luther, two brothers, Ralph Paulsen and Carl Paulsen and one brother-in-law, Bill Garner, precede her in death.

Mrs. Gauger will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Friday until Noon Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Kristain Shere Daniels, 28, of Hardy, Arkansas died on Monday, in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Born Thursday, November 29, 1984 in Batesville, Arkansas, she was the son of Robert and Debbie Herron Johnson. Also survived by her daughters, Cloie Daniels and Ally Daniels, brother, Jasson Johnson.

The funeral service will be held 2:00pm Sunday at Heath Oak Hill Chapel, with Bro. Floyd Rikard officiating. Interment will be in Baker Cemetery, Ozark Acres, AR.

Memorials may be made to the Kristian Daniels Memorial fund for her girls.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Evelyn Rothrock, 87 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas. Born Tuesday, May 12, 1925 in Mobile, Alabama, he was the son of the late Henry Mays and the late Hazel Mays.

Survived by sons, Gary Castle, Jeff Sexton and Martin Sexton, daughters, Fonnie Bunting of Hardy, AR, Vonnie Bunting, Darlene Weeks and Eva Branch; 14 grand children; 14 great grand children.

A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Monday at Baker Cemetery. Arrangments by Heath Funeral of Highland.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

forbesJames Markus “Mark” Forbes, whose family operated the corner drug store for generations in Houston, died Sunday night, April 14, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 12, 1956, Mark Forbes was bigger than life from the day he drew his first breath.

At age 5, with a missing front tooth, sporting a broad smile and wearing a spotted leopard Halloween costume, Forbes graced the front page of the Nov. 2, 1961, Houston Herald. Years later, he was operating the iconic drug store in downtown Houston and holding court at the soda fountain that is part of the town’s culture.

A 1975 graduate of Houston High School, he was closely associated with athletics and his love for football — whether it be the red and black of Houston High School or the black and gold of the Missouri Tigers — and you could expect to see him cheering on his favorite teams.

Passion was one thing Mark Forbes never lacked: Proud of his Scottish bloodline, you might find him wearing a kilt and eye patch. A rugby fan, he was known to take to the field himself. A friend related, he didn’t know many times he played, but he remembered how many times he required stitches.

Over the years, he coached Mighty Mite football, organized an alumni event named the “Geezer Bowl” that raised money for the football program and supported the football program as leader of the Big Red Quarterback Club.

Where there was fun, you’d find Mark Forbes: In 2004, he arranged for a helicopter to drop a stuffed dummy decked out in a Cameron football uniform before the Tigers took on the team in the state semi-final game at Tiger Stadium. The occasion was a downtown pep rally at Lone Star Plaza — property that the Forbes family donated for its creation.

Mark was the fifth generation of his family to become a pharmacist after receiving his degree from St. Louis University College of Pharmacy. He was a Phi Delta Chi member; friends called him “Tiny.”

Mark’s impact on Houston was anything but tiny: In 2007, the chamber recognized the business as Houston’s longest operating business front. It was established in 1866 and known as Blankenship Drug.

In 1992, he led the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce as its president. Later, he was recognized with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since returning to his hometown, he contributed much to the community. For years, he was the drive behind the Emmett Kelly Clown Festival. It was the perfect event for him.  In typical fashion, he dressed the part in downtown Houston as “Marko” and was eventually featured in a PBS program that highlighted the Midwest festival.

And Houston celebrated with him many times: In 2009, he was the grand marshal of the homecoming parade — wearing his slightly snug HHS letter jacket and muscle car he had built he called “The Beast”.

Three years earlier, he was celebrating his 50th birthday in a typical Forbes drug store promotion with discounts on everything from walkers and canes to pain-related medication in the store that he helped transform from pharmacy to Houston’s retail hub — where you could get a meal at the fountain and pick up a gift on your way out of the door.

As chamber president (typical of his promotion style) he promised that he’d have barber, Chester Herndon, clip him bald if 800 advance tickets were sold to a county fair concert. For a Hospice of Care fundraiser he was crowned “King of the Luau.”

His service to this community was felt in other ways: A longtime trustee on the Texas County Memorial Hospital board — his term expired earlier this month — and booster of Houston Schools. His annual thank you for his generosity was siren-blaring red fire trucks loaded with first graders pausing at the corner drug store to express their gratitude.

Mark had other passions outside his service to the community: He was an avid reader, especially of history and the Civil War; he loved a good movie and was a friend to all that engaged him in conversation. He loved his dogs-Beau and Laddie, the favs.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Clay Forbes.

Mark is survived by his mother, Leta Marie Smith Forbes; his wife, Jodiene Marie Griffin Woosley-Forbes; her sons, Oliver Lawton Woosley and Ahren Rae Laverne Woosley; daughter, Olivie Marie Woosley, who brought Mark much happiness and was the light of his life; and grandson, Cason Elijah Woosley- play mate extraordinaire.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

Services, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, were Saturday, April 20, at First Baptist Church in Houston, where he was a member. Burial followed in Pine Lawn Cemetery.

To remember our friend, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to the Houston Schools Football Department, Houston Schools Music Department, the Houston Middle School/High School Library or cancer research.