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Archive for July, 2013

Othal Bill Ramsey, Sr., 77 of Williford, Arkansas died on Tuesday, at his home. Born Wednesday, February 12, 1936 in Lee County, Arkansas, he was the son of the late John Ramsey and the late Elsie Ballintine.

He is survived by his wife Lana Fletcher Ramsey. a son, Bill Ramsey, Jr., daughters, Deborah Beasley, Nancy Smith and Tonya Stallings, brothers, John Wesley Ramsey, Jr., L G Ramsey, Lavoy Ramsey, Donald Ramsey and Ronnie Ramsey, sisters, Gala Miles, Zelma Riper and Linda Sue Ramsey. 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother, Duewy Ramsey. and his first wife, the mother of his children Morma Jean “Short” Ramsey.

Funeral service will be at 10.00am on Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church of Highland, Bro. Mike Stanley officiating Visitation will be Friday from 6:00pm till 8:00pm at Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Highland. Interment will be in Collins Cemetery, Wirth, .

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral services for Avis Mae Kurtz, 90, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kurtz died at 7:20 a.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Willow Care Nursing Home.

She was born November 14, 1922, in Mitchell County, Iowa, to John Erbe and Mabel Wherry Erbe.

On August 17, 1942, she was married at Osage, Iowa, to James H. Kurtz, who preceded her in death on November 29, 2003. To this union, one son, Ian S. Kurtz was born. They lived in Osage, Iowa for several years before moving to Pomona, Missouri in 1954. Avis was employed at Rawlings Sporting Goods in Willow Springs, Missouri for several years. In 1968, she and James purchased the Hi-Way Store in Mountain View, Missouri and operated it for 15 years before selling it. They then moved to their farm in Pomona, Missouri where they raised beef, cattle and hay. In her retirement, Avis enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling and quilting. Mrs. Kurtz was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri.

She is survived by her son, Ian Kurtz, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Norma Gilmore, husband, Rex, Willow Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Eric Kurtz, wife, Sherry, Nixa, Missouri, Heather Kurtz, Springfield, Missouri and James Kurtz, wife, Michelle, Pomona, Missouri; five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Brittany, Aiden, Ian James and Kelby Kurtz; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two brothers, Don and Dale and her daughter-in-law, Camille, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial Services for Christopher L. Hawkins Sr., a resident of Mountain View, and former resident of Summersville will be held Friday, July 19, at 11:00 AM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. Steve Steelman will be officiating.

Funeral services for Lyle Stanley Cockrum, 60, Pottersville, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cockrum died at 4:15 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1953, at Zanoni, Missouri, to Troy Leon and Reba Maxine Woolf Cockrum. On May 11, 2000, he was married at Salem, Arkansas to Joy Dowden. Mr. Cockrum was a coating inspector in the pipeline industry and was a member of the National Association of Coating Engineers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Cockrum was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Cockrum, of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Cockrum, Bakersfield, Missouri and Mary Kate Hillyard, husband, Michael, Belfair, Washington; three grandchildren, Kayla Cooper, Brandon Cooper and Garron Hillyard; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, James Lyle Cockrum, and two sisters, Anita and Ileta Cockrum, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Wanda Grace Laffoon was born to Cecil and Grace (Albee) Laffoon on October 5, 1922 at the family home south of Houston, MO. The youngest of nine, she was preceded in death by her siblings Lyle, Lester, Lucille (Davis), Harold, Donald, Clayton, Claude and Wava (Hilterbrand). Helen (Reeves) Laffoon is her only surviving in-law.

She attended Indian Creek School, then Houston Schools, graduating with the class of 1940. Her classmates predicted she would most likely be “tending chickens on her farm”. Proving them wrong, she helped on the family farm and also worked full time at the “Republican” newspaper office in Houston, operating the linotype machine for nearly 10 years.

On Sept. 4, 1949 Wanda was united in marriage to Eugene L. Watson, of Houston, MO. A year later Sidney Gene was born and in 1953 the small family moved to Washington State. Gene worked in construction, and she worked for a short time at the Yakima Herald newspaper. She shared that they had moved three times in one year and Gene never missed a day of work. Guess who did most of the packing? She worked 20 years as a proofreader in Pasco, WA.

Wanda loved all things beautiful; especially flowers, birds, and a well tended yard. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and crafts. She was a fierce competitor at all card and board games. Wanda had a special flair for fashion; often handmade, usually including a color-coordinating scarf. She was a huge Saint Louis Cardinals fan and could give you a play-by-play without the volume on!

Growing, and harvesting food was a big part of who she was. This resulted in the hard work of canning, freezing, making jams, jellies, juice or pickles. This bounty was often shared and would likely end up in delicious desserts or casseroles. Visitors from out of state would get salmon and wild huckleberry cobbler if they were lucky.

After returning to Houston in 1983, she became involved in the Houston Senior Center and this became her ‘center’ so to speak. She played a vital role in volunteer coordination, quilting and other activities at the center for the past 30 years. She was also active in XYZ’s, Garden Club, Hospital Auxiliary and the Alumni Association.

She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband Eugene (1990) and a daughter, Susan Kaye (1963) and close friend, Tommy Vandiver.

Survivors include: Son, Sidney, daughter-in-law Lois, and grandson Daniel Watson of Kent, WA. Daughter, Rowena Watson, son-in-law, Paul Troka and grandchildren Benjamen and Muriel Troka of Concrete, WA. Nieces- Diana (Hilterbrand) Vandiver, Judy (Laffoon) Davis, Patty (Laffoon) Doll, Wanda Jean (Laffoon) Compise. Nephews- Hoyt Davis, Jerry Laffoon, Alan Laffoon, and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Wanda was an amazing person, had many friends, and all who knew her loved her and will miss her dearly. She defied the aging process, lived life fully and faced her death with courage and dignity. She died peacefully in her own home with her family at her side. We will all miss you, Wanda.

Memorials may be made to Houston Senior Center, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Houston First Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Laramore officiating. Pallbearers were; Mike Miles, Dwaine Miles, Justin Vandiver, John Vandiver, Rick Ichord and Danny Carter. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Wilson Bruce Hall, , 66 of Hardy, Arkansas died on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at his home. Born Thursday, January 9, 1947 in Hardy, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Guy Hall and the late Hetty Green.

Survived by his wife Doris Hall, sons, Jeffrey Hall and Jeremy Hall. Daughter in law Valerie Hall, Grandson Darrell (Cynthia) Hall, Grand daughter Kathryn (Lucas) Hall Great grand daughters Allyssa Hall and Aubrey Conrad.

Preceded in death by his parents, step father and 2 brothers.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday at Heath Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bradford Cemetery, Ravenden, AR.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Heath Funeral Home, , Highland, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Mr. Ron Stone, age 65, of Licking passed away July 13, 2013 at his home. Vigil will be Thurs, July 18th, 6:00 P.M. with visitation 6:30P.M.- 8:00 P.M. at Fox Funeral Home.

Service will be held Friday, July 19th, 10:00 A.M., St. John Catholic Church, Licking. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery.

Survived by wife Mary, son Ryan Stone, mother Fairy Stone

All arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO

Funeral services for Marie Orf Ivester, 89, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Full Gospel Church, Bakersfield, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ivester died at 6:40 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 7, 1924, at Gamaliel, Arkansas, to Thomas and Ollie McFarland Trivett. On July 6, 1940, she was married to Ed Orf, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1981. On August 23, 1986, she was married to Davis Ivester, who preceded her in death on February 11, 1995. Mrs. Ivester was a homemaker and was very involved in church and children’s school activities. She always cooked for church functions and furnished pies for a local café. Mrs. Ivester had attended and faithfully worked in The Assembly of God Church; and since the 1980’s had attended and worked in the Full Gospel Church at Bakersfield, Missouri, where she was a founding member.

She is survived by three children, Virginia June Eagleman, husband, Jerry, Kansas City, Missouri, Gary Gene Orf, wife, Sue, Bakersfield, Missouri and Patricia Jean Kesner, companion, Lonnie Pruett, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Michelle Decker, husband, Jerry, Gaylon Orf, wife, Julie, Christina Perisho, husband, Paul, Lana Krohne, husband Brock, Amy Riley, husband, Heath, April Kesner, companion, David Sexton and Ashley Wolters, husband, Joey; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, River; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father who raised her, Silas Roberts, two husbands, one son, Larry Orf, and one granddaughter, Jerrie June Kerr.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bakersfield Cemetery or Hawkin’s Ridge Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Darnell Kinserlow, age 55, son of Gurnell and Fern (Massey) Kinserlow was born December 26, 1957 in Kansas City, MO. He passed away on June 27, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield, MO after a lengthy illness.

Darnell is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Mark.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Claudine, one brother David of Licking, MO, a special nephew Marcus and niece Samantha; 2 step-children: Preston Willbanks of Ellisville, MO and Christine Breig of Springfield, MO; two step-grandsons and many other friends and relatives.

Darnell loved fishing, camping and shooting pool with his friends.

Darnell was a cement mason for Local #518 as long as his health permitted.

He will be missed, but we know he is rejoicing in a city where the roses never fade.

Online condolences may be made at

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Darnell’s Life to start at 7:00 P.M. with Wesley Wallace officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

tackittFuneral services for Leland James (L.J.) Tackitt, 34, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

L. J. passed away July 10, 2013 near his home in Caulfield, Missouri. He was born April 1, 1979 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Leland and Vicki Tackitt. L. J. attended the Richards School and graduated from the West Plains High School with the Class of 1997. He was a conductor for Burlington Northern Railroad and a farmer. L. J. helped work the family farm from the age of eleven when his best friend and Grandpa, Jim Cooper, passed away; also, at the same age, he started milking and working for the Foster Farms and helping his Grandma “Nornie” keep the family farm up. He was always an “Old Soul” and believed in helping his neighbors. He loved his neighbors, their children and thought of them as family. He loved his friends and was always there for them. L. J. was a member of the Railroad Teamster’s Union and the Masonic Lodge at Bakersfield, Missouri. He became a Christian at an early age and believed that you could not out give God. He shared his tithes with the church and with people he felt were in need. He had a big heart and was very proud of the fact he helped take care of his family.

He is survived by his father, Leland R. Tackitt, Caulfield, Missouri; his mother, Vicki Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; one sister, Kala LeeAnn Bowman and Brian Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; grandmother, Norma L. Cooper, Caulfield, Missouri; grandfather, Lee Olen Tackitt, wife, Edie, Gainesville, Missouri; aunt, Lisa Tackitt Bounds, husband, David; uncles, Kevin Tackitt, wife, Madonna, Keith Tackitt, wife, Brenda; great aunts and uncles, Lola Brown, John Harris, Jr., wife, Darlis, Margie Amyx, Roy and Ola Mae Marshell and Billy Joe Tackitt, wife, Patsy; many cousins; and many, many friends.

His grandfather, James H. Cooper, grandmother, Geneva Ellen Tackitt, great- grandparents, Lloyd and Hester Marie Cooper, Lee and Minnie Estie Marshell and John L. and Bess A. Harris, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christos House or Amy Cem