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Archive for June, 2013

Nancy Lee (McCann) Brewer, age 74, of Plato, MO, went to be with the Lord and the love of her life on June 27, 2013.

Nancy Lee (McCann) Brewer was born March 2, 1939 in Peoria, IL to Cecil Leroy and Margurite Lucille (Stringer) McCann.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Jack Alan McCann, one sister, Helen Louise (McCann) Wilhelm, two great-grandchildren, Shayla and Conner Grim.

She is survived by one son, Timothy and Wilma Crawford of Plato, MO, two daughters, Kathy Grim of Plato, MO and Frances Truitt and husband Allen of St. Charles, MO, three grandchildren; Scott A Grim, Jr. of Plato, MO, Nancy Grim of Plato, MO and Rebecca Ortwerth of St. Charles, MO, three great-grandchildren; Lillyann Peltz of Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Moscicki and Nickolei Wilson of Plato, MO, one brother, Ernest Weaver of Plato, MO, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nancy was an active member in the Daughters of the American Revolution Noah Coleman Chapter. She was a former member of the Eastern Star Chapter #497 of Newton, IL. Nancy was a member of the Roby Baptist Church in Roby, MO,

Nancy’s favorite things were traveling with Frank, spoiling her grandbabies, gardening and doing community projects.

Nancy also became a genealogist. Nancy and her sister, Helen, had a passion for looking and finding their ancestry. She had almost finished her book online; Kathy will continue and finish their work.

She was an outstanding Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Aunt, cousin and friend. Nancy was always looking for ways to help her family and friends and felt that God had given her each day to enjoy and live for him. She will be missed, but she is enjoying being with her heavenly family.

A memorial service was held in her honor July 2 at Roby Baptist Church.

William Henry “Bill” Pierce, 77, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on June 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had moved so that his daughter could assist him. He was born December 9, 1935 in Thomasville, Missouri, the son of Howard Otto Pierce and Melinda (Ledbetter) Pierce.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 5 at 10 AM at First Baptist Church in Birch Tree.

He was united in marriage to Patsy Earlene Brake on December 9, 1961 in Birch Tree, Missouri. To this union, four children were born: Charisse, Billy, Alan, and Chris.

Bill was a proud veteran of the US Army, and served for 18 years, of which 11 years were active duty. He served in the Korean War, and a short time in Vietnam.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Melinda; his wife, Earlene; his son, Billy; and two sisters, Virginia Chilton and Sarah Reeves.

Survivors include three children, Charisse Perales and her husband, Albert, of Henderson, NV; Alan Pierce and his wife, Shanda, Wichita, KS; Chris Pierce and his wife Sarina, of Mountain View, MO; six sisters, Erma Ramsey, Arizona, Opal Routh, Missouri; Margie Bradshaw, Missouri, Betty Rickus, Tennessee, Wanda Pierce, Kansas, Janice Hendricks, Tennessee. He had seventeen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Bill was a loving and devoted father. After his wife passed, he moved to Mountain View, where he loved visiting with close family and friends. It was his great pleasure to make someone smile every day. He was an avid baseball fan, and he had many fond memories from his time in the military.

Funeral services for Jackie Wayne Davis, 48, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Davis died at 6:47 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 3, 1965, at West Plains, Missouri, to Edward C. and Irma A. Teppa Davis. On December 4, 1982, he was married in Oregon County, Missouri, to Tammy Wilson and to this union two children were born, Courtney Wycoff and Jordan Davis. On September 8, 2000, he was married at Fulton County, Arkansas, to Dawn Wimmer and to this union two children were born, Kayla and Jacquelyn Davis. Mr. Davis was a farmer and loved all things outdoors. He attended the Wayside Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Courtney Wycoff, husband, Michael, St. Louis, Missouri, Jordan Davis, West Plains, Missouri, Jacquelyn and Kayla Davis, of the family home; two grandchildren, Kylie and Logan Wycoff; two brothers, Daniel Davis, wife, June, Koshkonong, Missouri and Edward Davis, Jr., wife, Ramona, West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Sue Morgan, husband, Dennis, Republic, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and his wife, Dawn, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Thayer City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Teresa Yvonne Wiles, 58 and a resident of Batesville Health Center went home to Jesus at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas. Monday June 24, 2013 at 5:40pm.

She was preceded in death by her father Raymond Wiles Sr.

Survived by her mother Virginia Wiles of Hardy, brothers, Raymond and wile Linda Wiles of Hardy, AR and Westley and wife Denisa Wiles, sisters, Alta and husband Jess Carroll of Hardy, AR, Neila Pippins of Russellville, MO and Darla and husband Larry Langford of Oronogo, MO. and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral service will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday at Hardy First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Bronaugh Cemetery, Hardy, AR.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Hardy First Baptist Church. Under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland. Memorials may be made to the Gideons.

Terry was very Special and will be deeply missed by all who loved her. Terry leaves you with one question “Are you a Christian?”

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral services for David Daniel Finley, 43, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at the West Plains Civic Center, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Sergeant Finley died at 8:43 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Lake Wedington, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He was born September 26, 1969, at Springfield, Missouri, to Dave and Melinda Funkhouser Finley, and was the oldest of three children.

He graduated from Kickapoo High School with the Class of 1987; he attended Drury University. David was a police officer for the Republic Police Department for three years, where he earned Rookie Officer of the Year. David then was a graduate of the 69th Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruit Class of 1995. He was assigned as the Zone 6 Sergeant covering Southern Howell and Oregon Counties and in 1997 he was named The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He was a dedicated and hardworking member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who believed in the mission of his job.

On March 31, 1996, he was married at Branson, Missouri, to Debra LaFevers and to this union two beautiful children were born, Zachary D. Finley and Allyson B. Finley. Mr. Finley was of the Baptist faith.

Dave (a.k.a. D.D.) Finley embraced the challenges of life and he loved and treasured his family. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing softball, running and biking. He was a loyal fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves. He has forever imprinted his hand on the hearts of those who were closest to him. We will love and miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra; two children, Zachary and Allyson, of the family home; his parents, Dave and Melinda Finley, Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Paul F. Finley and Phillip J. Finley, wife, Stacie, all of Springfield, Missouri; mother-in-law, Janet K. LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dana Frost, West Plains, Missouri and Nicole LaFevers, Springfield, Missouri; and three brothers-in-law, David LaFevers, wife, Jan, Branson West, Missouri, Douglas LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri, and Daniel LaFevers, wife, Karen, Mountain View, Missouri; and many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

His maternal grandparents, Dan and Lillian Funkhouser and paternal grandparents, George and Opal Finley, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at The First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Finley Children’s Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

William F. “Buster” Hillix, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 1924. He later moved with his family to Lander, Wyoming, then on to Birch Tree, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held Friday, June 28 at 11 AM at Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Yarber Mortuary.

Buster enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1941 at the age of 17. He served 6 years on the U.S.S. Mississippi during World War II. Buster received several medals and accommodations. He was discharged May 18, 1947.

Buster married Dana Beth Weaver in 1948. They spent 55 years of their lives together until the time of her death in 2003. Buster spent most of his life in farming and livestock. He was trained as an Agriculture Agent in the early 1950s. Buster was a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri for the last 2 1/2 years.

Buster is survived by a son, William F. Hillix, III and wife, Linda; two granddaughters; three great grandchildren; and three sisters, Patricia Station, Barbara Morales, and Judy Williams. Buster had many lifelong friends. He will be missed.

Graveside services for Liam Wesley King, infant son of Kyle and Halli King, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Babyland at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Liam was called to be with the angels at 3:15 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 20 13, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born June 20, 2013, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Kyle King and Halli Turner King.

He is survived by his parents, Kyle and Halli King, West Plains, Missouri; paternal grandparents, Joe and Melinda King, West Plains, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Nina and Scott Tryon, West Plains, Missouri and David Turner, Alton, Missouri; and his aunts and uncles, Samantha and Matt Sabath, Dustin King, Josh and Kara Collins, Brittany Tryon and fiancé, Michael Downen and Clayton Turner.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Anna Loree (Tilson) Morris, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Morris died 4:45 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born May 28, 1932 in Howell County, Missouri to Herbert Collins and Opal Fox Collins. She graduated from the Dora High School with the Class of 1950 and on March 7, 1953, was married at Wichita, Kansas to J B Tilson who preceded her in death on May 17, 1990. On January 31, 1996, she was married at Cotter, Arkansas to Robert Morris. Mrs. Morris enjoyed playing the mandolin and guitar and sang as a member of the Gospel Chords; she enjoyed quilting and fishing and often kept in touch with her family and friends by means of a text message. Anna was a Christian and a member of the Calvary General Baptist Church of West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Morris, of the family home; three sons, Jay Tilson, wife, VeAnn, Union, Missouri; Timothy Tilson, wife, Donna, West Plains, Missouri and Jeffrey Tilson, wife, Sherri, West Plains, Missouri; three daughters, LaRee Stevens, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri, Sherry Robinson, husband, Bruce, West Plains, Missouri; and Lynda Coy, husband, Vernon, Tecumseh, Missouri; two step-daughters, Bobbi McMahon, husband, Pat, Willow Springs, Missouri and Cindy Harper, husband, Rodney, West Plains, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Lynn Weber, Sande Rachbaumer, Roni Weaver, Marty Witt, Kylea Phipps, Kerri Pruiett, Shon Brubaker, Jon Brubaker, Casey Gale, Lacey Lee, Jenni Tilson, Jesse Tilson, Amber Squires, Leslie Harper and Jerry Robert Harper; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Lea Rowlett, Hockley, Texas; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Her parental grandparents, Shelt and Anviline Collins, maternal grandparents, Pierce and Jenny Fox, parents, first husband, and two brothers, Marvin and Denzel Collins, precede her in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 24th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Union Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Grove Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Charlee Grace Jackson, 81 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home.

Born Saturday, March 12, 1932, she was the daughter of the late John Newcomer and the late Grace Strickler Newcomer.

Surviving are sons, Gordon Jackson and Stewert Jackson, brothers, John Newcomer of Mechanicsville, VA, Joseph Newcomer of Nampa, ID, Tim Newcomer of Rocksport, WA and David Newcomer of Westport, MS, sisters, Jessie Auer of Arlington, TX and Mary Wiedenhaupt of Bunsville, NC; 9 grand children; 13 great grand children.

Preceded in death by her husband Hoyt Jackson, son Barry Jackson, Brother James Strickland and sisters Charlotte Newcomer and Loranna Wright.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday at (:00am at the Spring Lake Baptist Church in Ozark Acres. Bro. Brad Hartness and Bob Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Baker Cemetery. Visitation Monday night from 5:00pm till 7:00pm at Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Wayne Everett Middleton, age 76, son of John E and Ethel W. (Gourley) Middleton was born September 23, 1936 in Solo, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He grew up in Solo, MO and graduated Houston High School. Wayne entered the United States Army February 10, 1959 and served as a communication technician until he was honorably discharged on February 9, 1965.

On July 6, 1972 he married the love of his life, Rebecca Guernsey; they soon would have celebrated their 41st anniversary. They had three children; Bill, JoAnn and Dennis.

He is survived by his wife Becky of their home in Mtn. Grove, MO, his children; Bill Willis and wife Nanette of Springfield, MO, JoAnn Cook and husband Doyle of Springfield, MO and Dennis Middleton and wife Amy of Nixa, MO, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother Kenneth Middleton of Hartville, MO.

Shorty was a man of many trades; he worked for Boeing, Sunflower Ordinance, drove an ambulance and was a fireman. He worked for Mid America Dairyman for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Shorty also tilled gardens for 13 years. He loved to work; he would get off from his day job and then would go out and find something to keep him busy. He had a talent for making something out of nothing. And if he couldn’t figure something out, he would sleep on it and come up with a solution the next day.

He was baptized at an early age and attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove, MO.

After retirement Shorty fell in love with fishing. He would go fishing as much as he possibly could. You could also find him at the local coffee shop every morning and evening catching up with his buddies seeing who could tell the biggest and best story. Shorty had a way of never meeting a stranger always striking up a conversation with any one he would meet.

Shorty was a very kind and generous man; he would do anything for anyone. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a true friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.