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Archive for August, 2013

George W Henson, , 84 of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas died on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

Born Tuesday, September 11, 1928 in Fallwell, Missouri, he was the son of the late Earl Henson and the late Ena Collins Henson.

Surviving are son, Michael Henson, daughters, Judy Ann Martin, Henson, Nancy and Barbara Henson. Grandaughters Sara Henson and Christina Baqui Great Grandsons Ryan and Josiah Baqui~Heson

A Graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday at Bronaugh Cemetery. Hardy, AR.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Linda Ray Ellis, 66 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas.

Survived by her sons, Larry Lyles, Jr. and Vance (Linda) Holper, daughters, Tammy Wyatt and LaDonna Renee (Terry) Hackman, brother, Rayburn Ellis, sister, Pamila (Frank) Bingham. Grandchildren Michael, Christopher, Virgina and Ashley Hackman, Samantha (Adam) Hochstein, Allen and Daniel Lyles, Amanda Conner, Vance, Jacob and Kyle Holper, Matthew Brown, Jordan and Mikayla Wyatt, and 5 1/2 Great Grandchildren.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 1:00pm Thursday at the Mammoth Spring State Park.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bette Jean Middleton, was born on December 23, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on August 10, 2013 in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. After graduating high school, Bette joined the Marines and served as a Corporal stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. during WWII. Bette returned to Detroit after the war, and married Thomas K Middleton in 1945. She then went to work for the City of Detroit as the secretary to the Police Commissioner, along with various other assignments during her 34 year career with the city.

Bette and Tom Sr. retired to Cherokee Village in October 1981, and enjoyed many years of boating and swimming. Bette was an accomplished swimmer, and spent nearly every morning on or in one of the lakes in the Village. They also enjoyed long walks every day along the roads in Cherokee Village, picking up trash along the way. Bette and Tom Sr. generously supported animal shelters and a few other charities during their retirement. Tom Sr. passed away on September 4, 2001

Bette resided for nearly the past six years at Fountain Place in the Village. She was an avid scrabble player, and truly enjoyed every one of her friends and neighbors there. Bette is survived by her two son Tom Jr. and John, along with two grandchildren who reside in Michigan.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2:30pm at Fountain Place with Bro Jimmy Anderson officiating.

Memorials may be directed to Fountain Place or the Cherokee Village Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral services for Phyllis Lorene Rigger, 81, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rigger will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 26th until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Hale Cemetery near Dora, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Hale Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mrs. Rigger died 4:08 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born January 9, 1932 at Davenport, Iowa to Joseph Dobbs and Mable Tillman Dobbs. She attended the West Plains High School and later in life received her GED. On July 27, 1947, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to James Rigger. At one time, Mrs. Rigger operated the Missouri Department of Revenue License Office in Gainesville, Missouri and before her retirement, worked at Baxter Lab, Mountain Home, Arkansas. When her children were in school, she was involved with the PTA, and later was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Pilot Knob Eastern Star, Dora, Missouri, having served as a District Deputy Grand Matron. For a few years, Mrs. Rigger sold her own creation of Amish Dolls and handmade Angels at Silver Dollar City. She loved to fish, garden, enjoyed quilt making and was a great cook. Mrs. Rigger was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains.

She is survived by her husband, James Rigger, of the family home; two children, Katherine (Kathy) Allee, husband, David, Nixa, Missouri and Larry Rigger, wife, Kathy, Springfield, Missouri; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores Driscoll, husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Donna Dobbs, Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one son, Bradley James Rigger and one brother, Hervy Dobbs, preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Ralph Glen Eagleman, 90, West Plains, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Avenue Church of Christ or Free Union Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery.

Mr. Eagleman died at 2:40 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born February 1, 1923, at Leota, Missouri, to Edward Barkley Eagleman and Ella Mae Crawford Eagleman. On December 24, 1941, he was married at West Plains, to Maxine Brumitt. He was a preacher, farmer, carpenter and a jack of all trades. His passion was teaching the Bible; he had been the preacher at Washington Avenue Church of Christ since 1989. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, and woodworking. His woodworking products had been on display at the Farmer’s Market for a number of years. Mr. Eagleman was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Maxine Eagleman, of the family home; five children, Bobby Eagleman, of the family home, Jimmie Eagleman, wife, Patty, Judy Eastman, husband, Lyle, Ronnie Eagleman, wife JoAnn, all of West Plains and Jerry Eagleman, wife, June, Kansas City, Missouri; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Allen Eagleman, Redding, California, Roy Eagleman, wife, Bessie, Caulfield, Missouri, John Eagleman, wife, Goldie, Caulfield, Missouri and Joe Eagleman, wife, Doris, Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters, Reba Sigler, Moody, Missouri, Lu Harper, husband, Fred, Ocala, Florida and Wilma Boyd, husband, Houston, Odessa, Missouri; and many, many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one grandchild, J.J. Kerr, two brothers, Edwin and Virgil and two sisters, Grace Mahan and Fern Harber, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Celebration of Life and visitation services for Bradley Edmond Guffey, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pastor Ron Kelly officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calm Cemetery Fund and can be left at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Mt. Calm Cemetery at a later date.

Brenda Lee Tarrants, age 67, daughter of Miles and Johnnie (Hale) Hunt was born September 20, 1945 in Sikeston, MO. She passed away on August 23, 2013 in Springfield, MO.

Brenda grew up in Sikeston, Missouri and attended Matthews High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Miles and Johnnie Hunt, her brother John Hunt, and one grandson, Hayden Tarrants.

She is survived by her husband Billy Tarrants of the home, 3 daughters: Debbie Fergason and husband Don of Raymondivlle, MO, Tina Tarrants of Springfield, MO, Tanya Bathon and husband Jerry of Houston, MO; one son Johnny Tarrants and wife Betty of Houston, MO; 6 grandchildren, Sierra and Desiree McLaughlin, Lyndsey and Caleb Tarrants, Austin and Mikayla Bathon and 2 great grandchildren: Grayson and Keira; one sister, Charlotte Bryant of Champaign, IL and brother David Hunt of Sikeston, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.

Brenda will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be Monday August 26, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday August 27, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Jackie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Bobby Jack Hayes, 44, of Ellis Prairie, MO passed away at home on August 20, 2013. He was born February 24, 1969 at Houston, MO to Larry and Bonnie (Kirkwood) Hayes.

He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Fred “Jack” Hayes and Elmer Kirkwood, grandmother, Vivian Kirkwood and two uncles, Bruce Hayes and Lee Kirkwood.

He is survived by his parents, his wife Kris of Ellis Prairie, MO, his grandmother, Bettye Hayes of Houston, MO, his children; Shai Roark and husband Shane of Vanzant, MO, Kyler Hayes and wife Tori of Cabool, MO, Tyann Nettleton and husband Shane of Mtn. Grove, MO, Brody Hayes and Kim Calus of Mtn. Grove, MO, Jon, Adale and Ellie of the home, sister, Karri Keller and husband Kaven, niece, Sierra, nephew, Kayden all of Summersville, MO, grandson Caseten Shrade Nettleton and granddaughter Elsie Raye Roark, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bobby grew up and lived his entire life at Ellis Prairie, MO among his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. He along with his two best friends and cousins, Cindy Smith Stafford and Carl Shelton, attended school K-8 at Success and High School in Houston, graduating in 1987. Bobby was eight years old when he got his little sister, Karri, whom he was so proud of.

During his life, Bobby farmed, milked cows, hauled cattle and worked at the Sale Barn for Doc Taylor. In 1984, he and his family started Hayes Dairy in addition to Hayes Logging and later expanded with Hayes Cattle Hauling and beef cows in 2009. Whether it was hauling cattle, working horses or chasing coon hounds, Bobby was the happiest when outside just living life. He also shared a passion for horses with his dad and sons. They traveled all over Missouri to horse pulls and sales. He took great pride in each of his children showing livestock at the Texas County Fair and was huge supporter of the event.

In 2008, Bobby married Kris, the love of his life. Together they hosted an annual hog roast and loved filling their yard with 100 plus of their dearest family and friends. Shortly after their marriage, Bobby was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For the last four years they have traveled down a path that sometimes seemed unbearable. But they did it together, through sickness and through health, for better and for worse.

Kris became Bobby’s right hand, taking over things to help Bobby keep going. Bobby always referred to her as the “Boss” and was always saying “If Momma Ain’t Happy Ain’t nobody Happy.” Bobby began going back to Ellis Prairie Church, where he had attended with his mother as a child. He never missed a Sunday, no matter how sick or tired he was. It became one of the most important things in his life. Faith led him to be baptized on July 28th of this year.

Bobby loved his family, his wife, parents, grandmother, sister each of his sons and daughters, grandbabies, niece, nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Bobby’s love for his family and friends and his strength through faith is a legacy for us. He would say “Cowboy Up and Keep on Keeping On.”

Keep it simple, Hard work, Cowboys, Coonhounds, Horses, Trucks, John Deere Tractors and above all Faith and Family. That’s what Bobby Jack was all about.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Bobby Hayes Scholarship Fund, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation is Friday August 23, 2013 at Faith Fellowship Church from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Services are at 10:00 A.M. Saturday August 24, 2013 at Ellis Prairie Baptist Church with Mr. Ralph Baker officiating. Pallbearers are; Kyler Hayes, Brody Hayes, Jon Bradshaw, Eryc Koch, Bobby Blackburn, Roger Lee Hayes, Carl Shelton, Chuck Miller and Rodney Neugebauer. Burial is in Ellis Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Graveside services for David “Mark” Newman, 58, Myrtle, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Newman died at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 1, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Melvin and Jacquie Newman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, maternal grandparents June and Ruth Hart, paternal grandparents Carroll and Doris Newman and many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Rita, children Chris Newman and wife Tara, Susan and husband Brett Foster, Courtney and husband David Gunter and David Newman and wife Kristin, grandchildren Sydney, Jackson, Lily, Noah, Hannah, Blake, Cody and one on the way as well as his father Melvin, sister Vicki, father and mother in-law John and June Roberts as well as many other family.

Mark had a lifelong passion for his family and agriculture. Those who knew him best know that his love for the pork industry developed with “a faith born not of words, but of deeds”.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Nerva Jane Black, 91, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Hutton Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Black died at 9:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Willow Health Care.

She was born July 10, 1922, at Alton, Missouri, to Gible Parrott and Bessie Johnson Parrott. On March 12, 1938, she was married in Oregon County, Missouri, to Owen Black, who preceded her in death in July, 1989. She had been a seamstress at Angelica in Mountain View, Missouri and was a Depression Glass Dealer in Hutton Valley, Missouri. Mrs. Black loved to play the piano and was a member of the General Baptist Church, Willow Springs, Missouri.

She is survived by three children, Roy Black, Willow Springs, Missouri, Marideth Benfield, husband, Leroy, West Plains, Missouri and Loretta Warden, Kansas City, Missouri; four grandsons, Paul Benfield, Eddie Benfield, Loyd Warden and Danny Warden; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one great-grandson, four brothers and two sisters, precede her in death.

Mrs. Black will lie in state from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hutton Valley Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at