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Archive for June, 2013

Millard Ray Ragain was born on September 3, 1937 in a log cabin of the family homestead at Upton, MO. He was the 4th child of Oba Ray and Grace Campbell Ragain. He passed away on June 17, 2013 at Cox South, following a massive stroke. He was 75 years of age. He attended grade school in a one room country school house at Pleasant Ridge and attended Houston High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Grace and one sister Virginia Colleen.

He is survived by his Daughter Rhonda and husband James Kemp of Ozark, MO, his Son Gaylord and wife Pam Ragain of Houston, MO, two Grandsons, Travis Ray Kemp and Lance Howard Kemp both of Ozark, MO; His Brother Clovis (Bud) Ragain of Upton, MO, three sisters: Fern Parks of St. Louis, MO, Dorothy and husband Dean Pinkston of Houston, MO and Rosemary and husband Keith Walls of Cabool, MO, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

He married Erma Burch on November 28, 1957. The couple had two children; a daughter Rhonda Rae and a son Gaylord Don. When they married he was employed at McDonald Aircraft in St. Louis, but one week later the plant had a huge layoff and he was among the unfortunate ones. They moved back to Houston but times were hard and jobs were scarce. After several months of searching he got a job on the night shift at Red Cap Service Station where he would pump gas all night, go home and sleep for about 5 hours, get up and go to wash cars at Akins Motor Co. until his next shift at Red Cap. He kept up this 17 hour a day routine for about a year until he landed a job on the assembly line at Brauer Brothers Shoe Co. in Cabool. In 1977 he made foreman for Brown Shoe Co. He ran the packing room in plants at Cabool, Houston, and Pocahontas, AR until the company moved out of the US. He then, along with his brother Clovis (Bud) Ragain purchased the family farms where they raised beef cattle for many years.

His hobbies were hunting and fishing. His favorite time of the year was deer season. He would be so excited the night before opening day that we wouldn’t go to sleep all night. He and Gaylord would be in the deer woods long before daylight waiting for the first big buck to come along. They would be joined by a group of special friends and in later years by his Grandsons, Travis and Lance, who took up the family tradition as well. He loved being outdoors. On the day of his stroke he had been fishing all day and shared with both Rhonda and Gaylord on the phone that evening about what a fine day he’d had. The weather never got to bad to keep him inside. He and Gaylord cut many a load of wood during snow and ice storms. He also loved to garden and was famous for his bountiful harvests and was happy to share them with anyone who wanted or could use them.

He was a good provider and saw to his family’s every need as best he could. He often said some of his best memories were when Erma worked the night shift at the Lee Co. and he kept the kids. Rhonda, age 6 at the time, prepared and served supper each night. He said “She took real good care of Gaylord and me, and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.” After 20 years of marriage, he and Erma were divorced.

Mib didn’t live a Christian life, but in his last days, through the prayers of the dedicated Chaplains at Cox South and the hundreds of prayers of Family and Friends we feel that he made peace with his Lord and Savior. Though he couldn’t speak he responded by squeezing our hands when we prayed with him about his salvation. The Bible says “bring up your children in the ways of the Lord and they will return”. He was most certainly brought up in the ways of the Lord through unwavering efforts of his deeply faithful parents.

Our circle is broken, along with our hearts, but we believe we will all be reunited in Heaven with him and loved ones who’ve gone on before. So Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend, we love you, we’ll never ever forget you and we’ll see you on the other side.

Services were June 21st at 11 AM in the Hickory Ridge Church. Pastor Russell Kane officiated with burial in Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gaylord Ragain, James Kemp, Lance Kemp, Travis Kemp, Dearl Walls and Allen Starr. Memorials may be given to Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to

Nick Adams, Age 94, was born September 5, 1918 in San Diego, CA to Adam Nick and Bertha (Silva) Adams. He passed away after a short illness June 15, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his wife Katherine Adams (2000), parents, and 2 brothers. He is survived by one brother Gus Adams and wife Betty, 3 sisters Mari Medley, Evangaline Funk, and Helen Porter. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews; special nieces Julie and Darcie, great nieces Jamie, Micah, Eva Marie, and friend Pam Terry. Also, a special thanks to Tony and Beverly Buffet, Gus, Betty and Darcie for the wonderful end of life care which they provided Nick.

Nick was an Independent truck driver most of his life. He served in the Army during WWII, and was in several battles and campaigns; Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. Nick was honorably discharged October 26, 1945.

He had an impact on all who knew him with his love of life and those he loved. Nick will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Graveside services were Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Hickory Ridge Cemetery with Pastor David Barbee officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Lee Edward “Butch” Bales was born May 24, 1939 in Mountain View, Missouri, the son of Lawrence and Gladys (Weller) Bales. He departed this life on June 16, 2013 at his home, at the age of 74.

He was married to Susie Tune on February 20, 1965, sharing 48 years together. To this union four children were born, Ed, Brenda, Dean and Lynn.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Gladys Bales; father and mother-in-law, Cecil and Clytie Tune; two brothers, Jimmy and Charles Bales; and one sister, Wilma Gross.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, of the home; two sons, Edward Lee Bales and wife, Christy, and their four children, Bryce, Devon, Shelton of Mountain View and Chad Bales of Oklahoma, Dean Bales and wife, Nicole, and their three sons, Blake, Chase and Hayden of Mountain View; two daughters, Brenda Kleopfer and husband, John, of Peace Valley, MO and their two children, Justin Bales and wife, Jamie, and two boys, TyLynn and Trent, of West Plains, MO and Fantasia Kleopfer and her daughter, Idahlia, of West Plains and daughter, Lynn Roberts and husband, Stace, and their three sons, Austin and Levi of Mountain View, and Stace and wife, Annie, and daughter, Zoe, (and also, one on the way) of Virginia; three brothers, Tracy Bales and wife, Sharon, of Mountain View, Leroy Bales of Illinois, and Gary Bales and wife, Sharon, of Mountain View; two sisters, Shirley Beard of Birch Tree, MO and Joyce Snell and husband, Dale, of Texas.

Butch served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working as an auto body mechanic for many years. He also loved spending time with his grandkids.

Funeral services for Neal Dixon Secrease, Sr., 88, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Secrease died Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Evansville, Indiana at Columbia Healthcare. He was born October 30, 1924 in Lanton, Missouri. A WWII veteran, he was a steelworker at Continental Steel Mill in Kokomo, Indiana for 30 years before relocating to West Plains, Missouri to enjoy retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lillian LaVee (Shanks) Secrease, three sisters, five brothers and his parents, Samuel and Ollie (Holloway) Secrease.

He is survived by his children, Neal Dixon Secrease, Jr. (Carol), Cutler, Indiana, Carolyn Lucille Crago (Ed), Kokomo, Indiana and Carla Sue Doty (Tom), Newburgh, Indiana; four granddaughters; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Secrease, Harrisburg, Arkansas; and two brothers, Roy Secrease, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Harold Secrease, Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., until service time Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to State Line Cemetery or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Tresia A. Bailey, 62, a resident of Flippin passed Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her residence.

She was born July 8, 1950, in Ardmore, Oklahoma to William and Margorie Grider Hignight. Tresia married Rolland Bailey, D.O. on September 15, 1983, in Sulphur, Oklahoma. She worked as a school teacher, social worker and office manager. Tresia was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Rolland Bailey, D.O. of Flippin; a son and daughter-in-law, Major Marc and Sallie Bailey of Rineyville, Kentucky; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Leah Bailey-Turner and Josh of Siloam Springs, Ann-Marie Fleming of Mountain Home and Katherine and William Herren of Mountain Home; her mother and step-father, Margorie and Charles Vickers of Brownsville, Texas; a brother Ronald Hignight of Marathon Key, Florida and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2013, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. John Carey officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Robert “Bobby” Lynn Flippin, 58, a resident of Cotter passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at his residence.

He was born August 3, 1954, in Gassville to Russell and Lois Morrison Flippin. Mr. Flippin was a guide on the White River for many years and enjoyed both hunting and fishing. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Cheryl Annette Flippin.

Survivors include four brothers and sisters-in-law; Russell Lee “Mikey” and wife Barbara Flippin of Cotter, Howard W. “Tooter” and wife Barbara Flippin of Mountain Home, Gary E. and wife Paula Flippin of Gassville and Tony C. and wife Jodi Flippin of Gassville; two sisters and brother-in-law, Linda Knight of Mountain Home, Patty and husband Leon Sindlinger of Viola and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mikey, Tooter, Gary and Tony Flippin , Keith Knight and Doug Flippin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Virgil Wilbur, Leon Sindlinger, Michael Flippin, Greg Knight, Bobby Tolliver, Dylan Gamble, Mark Williams and the Cotter Trout Dock Crew.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m-2:00 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Virgil Marcus Scheets, age 80, son of Randall Marcus and Piney Pearl (Sirdoreous) Scheets, was born August 28, 1932 in Yukon, Missouri. He went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2013 in Houston, MO.

Virgil is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Billy Scheets.

He is survived by his wife Wilmadene of Yukon, two sons; Mark and wife Pat of Summersville, MO and Jeff of Yukon; two granddaughters, Angela Lisle and husband Chad of Yates Center, KS, Allison Williams and husband Mike of Gardner, KS; one great granddaughter Eden Lisle; one sister, Delma Preissle of Houston; two brothers: J.W. and wife Clara of Houston, MO and Benny and wife Geneva of Cabool, MO, and many more wonderful family members and friends.

Virgil grew up in the Yukon area and attended Houston High School. Virgil met a pretty young girl in the Yukon area that lived just across the field. Her name was Wilmadene Bailey, there were many trips made to her home across the field and in 1956 they were married. This was a love that lasted 56 years. To this union two sons were born, Mark and Jeff.

He entered the U. S. Army November 25, 1953 and was honorably discharged November 23, 1955.

He went on to Missouri University at Columbia and received his Bachelors Degree in Vocational Agriculture Education. He continued his education at several other universities and had a Masters Degree in Counseling and Specialists Degrees in Administration. Virgil taught VoAg in Bakersfield, MO for 4 years. He then moved his family to Waynesville where he was Counselor and then Principal. Five years later, Virgil and family moved to Houston. He was High School Counselor and later Principal. Virgil retired from Houston after 21 years of service. He helped, encouraged and guided many young people. He cared for each individual and always had a listening ear and a compassionate heart.

After retiring Virgil decided he needed another job. He walked into Evans Funeral Home and was hired on the spot. He was an answer to prayer. Virgil worked with the funeral home for over 10 years.

Virgil loved the Lord and was saved at a young age. He was a member of the Ozark Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher and was also a Deacon.

Virgil loved his farm, taking care of his beloved cattle and riding any John Deere tractor!

The dearest things to Virgil were his family. Getting together to eat, sing, (out of those brown songbooks), and just have a lot of good conversation was a highlight of his day. His granddaughters were a joy to him and with the arrival of Eden another element of pride and joy came.

Virgil was a good husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to many people. He will be missed by the many people he loved and knew.

Memorials may be made to the Houston Alumni Scholarship Fund or Big Creek Cemetery, in his honor.

Services were held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday June 15, 2013 at Ozark Baptist Church with Rev. John Wisdom, Rev. Kendall Ford, Rev. Kenneth Gibson and Rev. Randle Scheets officiating. Pallbearers were; Darrell Scheets, Cory Scheets, Darren Scheets, Jake Scheets, Randy Scheets, Aaron Scheets, Ronnie Scheets and Rob Haney. Honorary Pallbearers were; Chester Herndon, David Branson, Bill Beasley, Robert Stringer, Mark Harper and Willie Johnson. Burial was in Big Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Lou Venia Pace, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Central Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri, followed by a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery, near Flippin, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m., all under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pace died at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Manor.

She was born January 1, 1927, in the State of Oklahoma, to Bill and Vida Hall Hogsed. On February 15, 1947, she was married at Flippin, Arkansas, to Brack Pace, who preceded her in death on December 10, 2006. She worked as a customer service representative with the local telephone company and farmed with her husband. Mrs. Pace was a member of the Bluebirds Singers, was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ, West Plains.

She is survived by three sons, Michael Pace, wife, Diana, Terry “Bo” Pace, wife, Sunie, and Randy Pace, wife, Sherry, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jason Pace, wife, Jenni, Ryan Pace, wife, Tish, Suzannah Pace, Anna Waddell, husband, Pete, Tanner Pace and Brayden Pace; seven great-grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, Blair, Reid, Layne and Luke Pace and Parker Tye Bell; one sister, Lorene Ott, Flippin, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Roy and Don and two sisters, Fleta and Florene, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Melvin Vines, 58, a resident of Gassville passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Baxter Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 6, 1954, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Ralph and Arlis Vines. He married Nancy Hodges on November 12, 1975, in Gassville. Melvin worked in the wiring shop at Ranger Boats for 40 years. He loved music, working on cars and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Melvin was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Glenn Vines.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Nancy Vines of Gassville; four sons, Mac Davis of Gassville, Robert Vines of Gassville, Kevin Vines of Flippin and Scotty Vines; a daughter, Tina Vines of Gassville; his father and stepmother, Ralph and Janiece Vines of Ralph; a sister and brother-in-law, Beneva and Dennis Barron of Yellville; a sister-in-law, Peggy Vines of Yellville; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Gassville Baptist Church. The funeral will follow at 2:00 p.m., Thursday with the Reverend Gary Wise officiating. Burial will be in the Gassville Cemetery under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Shane Chaney, David Huddleston, Dwaine Hodges, Melvin Boyer, Vince Wince and Robby Tolliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Chagnon, Eric Blazedale, Mitchell Willis, Ronald Chaney, Junior Chaney, Brooks Due and Jeremy Hodges.

Memorials may be made to the Gassville Baptist Church, 508 East Main Street, Gassville, Arkansas 72635.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Raymond Leroy Stilley, age 71, son of Raymond and Eleanor (Gourley) Stilley was born August 29th, 1941 in Bado, MO. He passed away suddenly June 8th, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO after experiencing an abdominal aneurism.

Leroy is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Linda and one brother, Jerry.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Bucyrus, three sons: Roger Mayfield & wife Lesia, Kevin Stilley & wife Angie of Houston, MO and Scott Stilley & wife Cathy of Willow Springs, MO. One brother: Lowell Stilley of Bucyrus, MO. Five sisters: Janet Blevins of Springfield, Kay Dillion of Houston, MO, Ermal Wondergem of Greenville, MI, Brenda Kinserlow & Debbie Stilley of Bucyrus, MO. 12 grandchildren: Azure’de, Ashley, Matt, & Kyle Mayfield, Amanda Rossignol, Dustin Kirkman, Tyler, Jasmine, Hunter & Parker Stilley, Amanda & Kelsey Beavers. Five great grandchildren: Skylar Kinnaird, Gavyn & Garrett Barnes and Joel & Grace Rossignol.

Leroy grew up in the Bucyrus area. He attended the one room White Rock Grade School. There were five children in his grade. Leroy said it was a great learning experience because the younger ones were taught their lessons while listening to the older ones. You learned your lessons as well as theirs. He never forgot this great example of learning from your “elders”. He graduated from Houston High in 1960. He met Marjorie Mayfield in 1965 and before the year was over they were married in November. They enjoyed 47 years together. He became a Journeyman Electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for 43 years.

Leroy was a member of the Oak Hill Christian Church. He loved to garden and loved to can what he raised. He was the “pickle” maker of the family. Everyone loved Leroy’s pickles. He fished and hunted all of his life until recent years. He was a father, grandfather and great grandfather above all.

Memorials may be made to Dykes Cemetery, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made to

Services were held Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating. Pallbearers were; Roger Mayfield, Kevin Stilley, Scott Stilley, Matt Mayfield, Kyle Mayfield, Tyler Stilley, Hunter Stilley, Parker Stilley and Dustin Kirkman. Honorary Pallbearers were; Ashley Mayfield, Amanda Rossignol, Kelsey Beavers, Amanda Beavers, Jasmine stilley and Azure’de Mayfield. Burial was in Dykes Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.